Monthly Archives: January 2013

Circle Casting for Solitaries

Circle Casting for Solitaries:

Place your quarter point/element candles or symbols in their appropriate quarters (colors of quarters/elements: North =Earth = Green; East =Air = Yellow; South=Fire=Red; West=Water=Blue).

Set up your altar (typically facing North). Your altar should include: candles, water, a bowl of salt and incense.

Light all the candles & light the incense.

Using athame, Bless the water:

“I consecrate and cleanse this water in the names of _______ and ______ (or whatever deities you prefer), so it may be purified for use in this rite.”

Using athame, Bless the salt:

“I consecrate and bless this salt in the names of _______ and _______, so it may be purified for use in this rite.”

Add some salt to the water.

Take the athame or sword, begin walking deosil (clockwise) drawing a circle (envisioning a white or blue light forming all around) , saying:

“O circle be a place of peace, love, joy and truth. A shield against all evil, a place of protection that shall contain the energies I shall raise within thee. I do bless thee and consecrate thee in the names of _______ and _______.”

Pick up the salted water, starting in the East (walking deosil), sprinkle the salted water around the circle.

Pick up the censer (incense), starting in the East (walking deosil), cense the circle.

Pick up the athame, go to East. Drawing an invoking pentagram, say:

“Hear me watchtowers and guardians of the East, look now upon me, guide and protect me in my rite.”

Follow with all the quarters just replacing the East with the correct direction.

Your circle is now ready for whatever work you intended to do.

To close your circle:

Thank the Lord and Lady.

Pick up the athame, go to East. Drawing a banishing pentagram, say:

“Watchtowers and guardians of the East, thank you for attending my rite. Let us live with peace and love in our hearts. Hail and farewell.”

Follow with all the quarters just replacing the East with the correct direction.

Extinguish all candles.

by: Lady Pagan/The Pagan Musings

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Choosing, Cleansing and Charging Stones/Crystals

CHOOSING and CLEANSING YOUR CRYSTAL

Most people will choose the crystal which will best assist them in the situation they need it for; Clearing your mind, helping with a physical problem, meditation, charms for protection for yourself or your home, for healing, for chakra work, for stone elixirs, or for anything that seems suitable. Select the crystal which has the properties to help you. Or… simply pick the stone that “calls” to you!

First decide why you are doing the crystal work. Is it for you or someone else? What is the problem? Do you need to give or receive energy? What does it require? In all crystal work, select the stone which has the properties to help you.

For a little energy, carry the stones with you, either in a little pouch around your neck or in a pocket. In a full-scale crystal working, ask the stone for its energies and utilize them. At the end of the process, the stone is probably completely exhausted and it is best to thank it and cleanse it in the ground.

For meditation, carry the stone with you. For healing, place the stone on the afflicted area and feel it’s energies work as it draws the sickness or pain out. Remember, some stones will retain these negative energies. Or, you can hold the stone in your receptive hand to absorb the healing energies.

For elixir: place the stone in a bottle and fill the bottle with salt water, as salt cleanses and purifies. Place it in the sun for a day, then use it. In healing, place the crystal on the part of the body where you need it. For chakra work, choose crystals of the appropriate color and properties. Most crystal’s properties are linked to the chakras. There are many wonderful healing properties that can be utilized from these wonderful treasures. I hope you explore the possibilities.

CLEANSING STONES

There are a number of methods of stone purification. The simplest is to place the stone in full sunlight for a day, three days, or even a week. The Sun’s rays do the work here, burning away the unnecessary energies.

Place the stone in direct sunlight. An inside window ledge isn’t as good as an outdoor location because window glass blocks some of the Sun’s rays. Remove the stone each day at dusk. Some stones will ‘clear’ after a day’s soaking up the rays. Others will need longer periods of time. Check the stone daily and sense the energies within them by placing them in your receptive hand. If the vibrations are regular, healthy, the cleansing has been successful.

A second method is somewhat more difficult. In this case, running water is the tool. Place the stones in moving water and leave there for a day or two. If you happen to have a river or stream running near your property, this is ideal. Place the stones in a net or bag or devise some other method to ensure that they don’t wash away in the water. Leave them overnight in the water, which gently washes away the impurities.

The third main technique is governed by the powers of the Earth. Bury the stone in the ground for a week or so, then check to see if it has been purified. If it has, wash or wipe it off and your magic can begin.

CHARGING STONES

Before using them in magic, stones should be ‘charged’ or ‘programmed’ with energy. This is done simply by holding the stone in your projective hand (usually the right, but the left for lefties}, visualize your magickal need, and pouring energy out from your body into the stone.

This energy is personal power. it resides within all of us. We can move the energy from our bodies out into stones, candles, metals and other objects to help us achieve our magickal goals. the movement of this or other forms of natural energy is at the heart of magic. See the power flowing out from your body, through your projective hand and into the stone. Charge it with the energy of your magickal need. when you know that the stone is vibrating with your personal power, the charging is complete. This simple process, performed before each ritual, will greatly enhance the effects of your stone magic.

CUNNINGHAM’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CRYSTAL, GEM AND METAL MAGIC – by Scott Cunningham

Equinox and Solstice Dates and Times 2013

Equinoxes and Solstices of 2013:

SPRING EQUINOX March 20, 7:02 A.M. EDT
SUMMER SOLSTICE June 21, 1:04 A.M. EDT
FALL EQUINOX September 22, 4:44 P.M. EDT
WINTER SOLSTICE December 21, 12:11 P.M. EST

Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2013

February 23, 2013
9:41 GMT
4:41 AM EST
1:41 AM PST

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March 17, 2013
20:03 GMT
4:03 PM EDT
1:03 PM PDT
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June 26, 2013
13:07 GMT
9:07 AM EDT
6:07 AM PDT

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July 20, 2013
18:22 GMT
2:22 PM EDT
11:22 AM PDT
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October 21, 2013
10:29 GMT
6:29 AM EDT
3:29 AM PDT

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November 10, 2013
21:12 GMT
4:12 PM EST
1:12 PM PST