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Brigid

With Imbolc approaching this week, I thought it would be appropriate to write something about Brigid (aka Bride), the triple goddess who is associated with this Sabbat. I think our impressions of goddesses are very personal, spiritual experiences. Some people like to take spiritual journeys to commune with deities and so different people have different impressions of what a god or goddess might be like.

Brigid is associated with the element of fire. She is often portrayed with firey red hair -very Irish looking! In fact, when I think of Brigid I think of the Emerald Isle. St. Brigid has been beloved amongst the Irish people since even before catholicism took hold. She was one of those clever goddesses who, when Christianity arrived, managed to morph into a saint through the love and loyalty of her people ;-)!

On a personal level, my impression of Brigid is of a warm and caring goddess. She is very approachable and radiates the warmth of her firey element. Brigid will cheer you on when you are striving to reach your goals. Like your fire sign friends, she may lose her temper, but won’t stay mad for long. She will invite you to bring your troubles to her healing well and cast them in to lighten your burden.

She is a triple goddess, embodying the energies of maiden, mother and crone. She also, in this aspect, rules over poetry, smith craft and healing. Being a healer, I like to remember Brigid for her healing abilities. At Imbolc this Thursday, a time of renewal, I plan to renew my dedication to my healing practice in Brigid’s honor. My friend and I will honor Brigid in our circle and feast around the fire pit in the cold winter air. Happy Imbolc and Blessed Be!

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This is all in fun, of course, but some of these things may ring true! LOL

How To Tell If Your Next-Door Neighbour is a Witch By Andie Gilmour
Fifty sure-fire ways to detect paganism without having to resort to a  dunking stool or wart-inspection.
1) Never puts any rubbish out on refuse-collection day. I mean, re-cycling  and composting is fine, but you can take it too far.

 2) You casually ask what phase the moon is in, and she tells you down to  the exact number of days, hour and minute of rising, position on horizon,  and current angle of declination.

3) All the stray cats in the neighbourhood tend to congregate in her garden  (and use your own as their litter).

 4) A screech owl has chosen the lamp-post outside her house as its  favorite calling-post. That’s just when it’s getting warm at night and  you like to sleep with the window open. 

 5) Doesn’t cut down the weeds in her garden; in fact it looks more like  she’s cultivating them. Needless to say, you get the seeds wafting over  onto your pristine lawn.

  6) Most of her clothes on the washing line are black. 

7) The local kids talk in whispers as they go past her house, then  start running at the last moment. 

 8) Nobody trick-or-treats her house; not after the incident when the  kids’ costumes were less scary than hers when she opened the door to  them. (She was embracing the Crone that year no doubt!)

  9) Footprints on the roof. And the trees in her flight-path have been  pruned down. I swear it’s true! 

 10) She can’t even make a simple sandwich without adding fresh herbs to  it. And don’t ask her for a cup of tea unless you want something yellow coloured and smelling of flowers. 

 11) She hardly ever gets junk mail. You ask her what her secret is and  she confides that she returns it to sender after writing something on  in strange curly writing. 

12) When you pop next door for a chat, the kettle is always already on. 

13) The Jehovah’s Witnesses never call (not anymore; not after the  last time! :-). 

14) Keeps the local scented-candle shop solvent. 

 15) Has a pond full of frogs (and you haven’t seen that bothersome  double-glazing salesman around for a while). 

 16) She’s always smiling, darn her! 

 17) She goes dressed as normal to a Hallowe’en fancy dress party; and  wins first prize. 

 18) Her house always smells of incense. 

19) Has named her four cats Beelzebub, Kali, Diana, and Moonbeam. (Or  her rats Devon and Cornwall) 

20) Her bumper sticker reads “I brake for toads”. 

21) Frequently gets raided by the drug squad who confiscate large  amounts of dried green leaves; they always return them with apologies  after analysis. 

 22) At Christmas, it seems like half the garden has been moved into the house. 

 23) You sometimes hear the sound of singing and dancing through the wall.  If you look out of the window, it is usually a full moon. 

24) She was given a bodhram drum for her birthday. And she plays it  at midnight in the fields. And she’s got a blasted tamborine.

  25) You discover that her realistic resin skull ornament in her living  room, actually is real

.  26) You catch her washing a crystal ball along with the dishes. 

 27) She wears a lot of silver jewelry, even when doing the gardening.  And bat ear-rings for goodness-sake. 

28) You knock on her door and she answers it naked except for a toweling  robe. You apologize for disturbing her in the bath, but notice that her  hair isn’t wet. 

29) Irritating tendency to hum a lot. What’s she got to be so happy about, huh? 

 30) She has a tame robin that will eat from her hand in the garden. That  can’t be natural.

  31) Never catches a cold, even though she walks barefoot most of the time.  In the snow as well. 

 32) Doesn’t kill spiders. Not even big hairy long-legged ones that  suddenly appear from the waste-pipe whilst you’re having a bath. 

 33) She listens to what you are saying like she really cares. 

 34) She has lots of female friends who come round every few months. When  you ask what they get up to, she tells you that they just have cakes and  ale and a good natter. 

35) You catch her hugging a tree.

  36) Her dinner-set is decorated with Celtic patterns. 

 37) She has a mail-order account with a semi-precious gem wholesaler.

  38) You notice that the parish priest crosses himself whenever he walks  past her house. 

39) She never watches television. And she has shelves full of books with  black spines and silver-lettered titles. 

40) To your certain knowledge she has never set foot in the local church.  In fact, you have heard rumours that she has been barred from it. 

41) She makes jars of quince and mandrake relish for the Women’s Institute coffee morning jumble sale.

  42) You ask to borrow a pack of cards for an impromptu bridge evening,  and there are 78 in the pack. 

43) You have never known her to visit her GP. 

44) When you talk with her, she maintains eye contact all the time. 

 45) Expectant mothers are forever visiting her. Also women who become expectant mothers a month after visiting her. 

 46) You ask her for suggestions for nice walks in the area, and they  all go by way of stone circles and strange earth mounds. 

47) She only buys organic. And you just bet that she’s a vegetarian as  well. (Well, maybe not strictly vegetarian.. ..) 

 48) When you ask her about her vacation plans, she tells you she will  be camping in a tee-pee in the Brecon Beacons.

  49) There aren’t any mirrors in her house. Or clocks. 

50) She tells you that she is coming out of the broom closet, joins  Witches’ Voice, and erects a stained-glass pentacle window in her front  door . Ooo what a give-away! 

 

Witchy woman

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Follow the moon!

One of the first bits of knowledge I would like to pass along is that it’s very advantageous to follow the phases and signs of the moon. That’s right, the moon affects more than the tides! She affects our emotions and thought patterns. The phase of the moon as well as the astrological sign she is in will be important to know if you are going to work some magick into your life. Here is a great website I use to find out what Lady Moon is doing at any given time :http://www.zodiacarts.com/whatsup/Calendars/ct/Calendar.shtml The great thing about the website is that you can adjust the information for your time zone.

In a nutshell: when the moon is new (not visible in the sky) it a great time to begin new projects and bring new energy into your life; when the moon is full it is a powerful time to focus and work many kinds of magick; when the moon is waning (getting increasingly smaller in appearance in the night sky) it is a good time to send things away or banish things from your life. We will also need to take into account what sign the moon is in or if the moon is void of course (more on that later) when planing magickal workings.

Today, Jan.27,2012, the moon is waxing (growing bigger) and is now in the sign of Aries. This might be a great time to focus on your personal needs. Aries is the sign that is focused on the self, so maybe you would like to think of a way to make some self improvement. An example of what type of magick you could use with this Aries moon is to start a fitness plan. Aries is ruled by Mars which rules athletic achievement. You could use a little candle magick to get things off to a good start. Write your goals on a small piece of paper. Get a tea light (a red one would be great) and pull the candle out of the metal candle holder. Read your fitness goals three times and say, “So it is”, fold the paper so it fits in the candle cup and replace the candle on top of the paper. Light the candle and as you gaze at it say, “candle, candle, burning bright, make my plan turn out all right” as many times as you wish but at least three times. Focus on how you will look and feel when you have achieved your goal. Let the candle burn out in a safe place. See how it works with the moon signs and phases? The important thing is for you to focus your energy to work with the energy of the moon.

Take some time to go outside and gaze at the moon. Appreciate all she does for us!

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As you wind your way up the path through Angels Grove to the door of my Magickal Cottage, lift the handle of the dragonfly knocker and let me know you are there. I’ll be happy to let you in. The kettle has just started to boil and tea will be brewing in just a moment. As we sit and chat I’ll share ancient knowledge that will help you create your own magickal life!

As we travel through the seasons and moon phases, I’ll show you ways to enhance your life and your surroundings. In the mean time, you might want to visit The Kitchen Witch’s Cottage: https://sites.google.com/site/thekirchenwitchscottage/ as well as The Witch’s Cottage Garden:https://sites.google.com/site/thewitchscottagegarden/ and peruse the information I have posted there.

Come back and visit often. You are always welcome if you enter with a friendly heart!

Welcome!

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