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In a little over an hour I plan to take advantage of some powerful lunar eclipse energy and send another jolt of the peace and love vibrations to our Love/Peace egregore that is hovering over planet Earth. Remember last July we started this collection of thought forms (an egregore) to overshadow the fear based one that has had our planet under its oppressive influence? 

Our energy of love and peace has made a difference! I know some days it doesn’t seem that way, but the first thing I thought of on January 21st with the world wide peaceful marches was the egregore  we had created. 

Since today there is a lunar eclipse,  and he the magick is extra strong, I plan to join with coven mates and we will build the energy over a few hours to finally release it in the form of a giant quasar like burst to supplement the Love/Peace energy we started last summer. Eclipses contain the energy of all moon phases over about 4 hours. Search the web to find out the times for the lunar eclipse for February 10/11, 2017. The next lunar eclipse will be in August and we can do this same ritual again to keep the positive going.

Please give a thought to whatever full moon ritual you are doing and join your love/peace energy with ours as we send it to heal blessed Gaia. Many thanks!

Blessings,

Sarina Ravensmoon 

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Quickenings

Imbolc has marked the beginning of early spring here at the magickal cottage. This particular Imbolc was special for me in that I was reborn into a first degree priestess with my new coven. Going from being a solitary for so many years to being part of a coven has been a rewarding experience indeed. The timing was right just as the timing dictates when the new lambs are birthed and the seeds begin to stir beneath the soil. Our lady, Brigid, is the goddess of midwives and so associated with Imbolc. What new wishes are you birthing into your life? I, of course, am turning my attention to the garden, and as soon as the rain lets up I will lose myself outdoors. As I gaze out the window my mind paints pictures of the possible projects and changes soon to take place. 


I made several Brigid’s crosses this year. I was delighted to find that the leaves of poor man’s orchid, which grows in our yard in excess, works wonderfully for making the crosses. When folded over the leaves bend and don’t break. An ancient solar symbol, Brigid’s cross reminds us of the return of longer days and abundant growth. 

Here’s to the beginning of the light half of the wheel that makes up our year! May old Sol smile on you and your magickal home. ❤

Bright Blessings,

Sarina Ravensmoon 

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Where I live here in California the lemons ripen on our tree in January. I usually end up giving many of them away on top of making lemonade, lemon pies and this year I made lemon blueberry scones and took them to our full moon ritual to share. Yes, to me January is about lemons and all they symbolize!


Lemon Blueberry Scones

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Lemons are very cleansing and after all the holiday hubbub, I am ready for some physical and ritual scrubbing. In January I feel like going minimalist and cleaning out cupboards and behind furniture. I still have a lot of stuff, but after the Yule decorations are put away I  feel like seeing calmer colors and bare table tops. 

Lemon is a great additive to a cleansing wash for floors and countertops. The juice or oil of lemon will raise the energetic vibration of people and places. The yellow color is very Mercury-like and I feel the flavor and smell of lemon can clear the cobwebs from your brain. After last fall and the mayhem in the muggle world I am needing a brain cleanse. How about you? 

Physically, lemon in water is very detoxifying and helps the body to release unhelpful buildup. Can we relate to holiday overindulgence? Thank the Goddess for lovely lemons!

I know many people have snow rather than lemons in their yards right now, but lemons in some form are usually available almost everywhere these days. Actually, meditating on a silent white field could have a similar cleansing effect on body and spirit as you sip a lemony brew. 

“Bloom where you are planted”, I always say. Look around your space and acknowledge what you are being presented with at this moment in time. Do you have lemons or a snowy landscape or the sound of rain on your roof? What magick can you work with these blessings? 

With the return of the light at Yule may you move forward, renewed and ready to accomplish your goals for this journey around the sun!


Brightest Blessings,

Lady Sarina

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I created a video to go along with yesterday’s post, “Connecting Circles to Overshadow the Fear”. I hope it gives you some ideas for your full moon ritual next week. Please feel free to comment and share! 

Full Moon Ideas for Sending Positive Energy to a Troubled World

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Full Moon, July 19, 2016

Full Moon, July 19, 2016

Can you feel it? It’s almost palpable. There seems to be a spirit of fear that is looming over planet Earth at this time that has touched just about everyone in some way. I very much suspect that these feelings of fear have been sort of coagulating into something that has been termed an “egregore”, and so I am going to refer to this spirit of fear as the Egregore of Fear.

What is an egregore? Well, an egregore is like a collection of thought patterns that join together and form a collective energy that takes on a life of its own. Some may regard an egregore as a type of entity, and others may feel it to be less “alive” than an entity.  But entity or not, an egregore can have a profound effect on those with whom it makes contact. To read more about egregores visit this link:Egregores

There are egregores in the mundane world. Corporations have used them for years. They may not call them egregores per se, but the idea is the same. Companies create an atmosphere and use it to inspire employees to buy into their corporate philosophy. The psychologist,  Carl Jung speaks of the “collective consciousness” which shows how our thoughts can join together to create a larger thoughtform. 

I think we’ve all experienced egregores at some point in our lives. Most of us have had the experience of walking into a room or other space and feeling an overwhelming feeling of dread or depression. There can be “good” egregores as well. Visiting a holy place of some sort or a sacred space in nature, one might sense a feeling of peace or joy that lingers there.

So I am thinking that this Fear Egregore I mentioned has grown pretty big. It is draining us right now. I expect it could grow even larger and drain us even more. Social media seems to be acting as an accomplice to the Fear Egregore. You read a post about something horrible, or some policy, or some political candidate and you react either pro or con to the post and the Fear Egregore gets fed. I am guilty of responding in this way and need to constantly monitor my thoughts.

 

Don't Feed the Egregore!

Don’t Feed the Egregore!


Ok, now, hold on! Don’t feed the egregore! I’m thinking there are steps we can take, but we need to keep calm and take action in a deliberate and unified way as a magickal/spiritual community. There may be more than one way to deal with a  “non-helpful” egregore. One might focus on breaking it up energetically or trapping it and emprisoning  it, but I see problems with both of those tactics.  One very effective way to deal with an unpleasant egregore is to create a bigger “good” egregore to overshadow it, rendering it less effective. You may hear people say they are sending love and light to a situation and they are pretty  much attempting to create an egregore of love and light. The thing is, an egregore needs to be composed of the thoughts/energy of at least two people. The more people involved, the larger the egregore. 

So here is my suggestion: let us come together as circles, groups and solitary idividuals from all parts of the world during the upcoming full moon on July 19 to raise energy of love and peace. We will in this way create a Love and Peace Egregore. The more who participate in raising or sending energy,  the bigger our Love and Peace Egregore will grow. Be creative and come up with visualizations and various ways to pack some power into the energy you send! What does love and peace mean to you as an individual and a group? Does it mean having  all physical needs met? Does it mean being loved unconditionally? Can you gather items, photos, etc. to suggest to you what love and peace means? Could you dance or sing or chant to raise your power? And as you release the power you raise, see it rising up over our planet and joining together with the thoughts and energies of others to create a huge, glowing bright Love and Peace Egregore. Watch it overshadow the Fear Egregore and even cause it to appear smaller and smaller.

Some people may read this post and say, “Yeah, right! Sounds good on paper, but this is just more of that fluffy bunny mentality. It ain’t gonna work! This is just the way people are. Can’t change human nature.” In response to that I would put forth that it’s certainly worth a try. What have we got to lose? Perhaps we will need to do this circle linking more than once (I suspect we may). But isn’t that what magick is? It’s bringing about change through the force of the will, desire and action. 

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas for this full moon ritual. Please share and repost this blog post so that as many of our community can participate as possible. Thank you.

Brightest of Blessings,

Sarina

On Facebook you can join  this event on the 19th: Full Moon Connecting Circles

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From Yule to Imbolc and on through Ostara and then Bealtaine, the wheel of the year has seemed like the Goddess decided to give it an extra push to speed things up! Having new babies around will make it seem that way. I have been helping with the twin grand babies and time seems to have shifted into high gear. 

But what a gift to see any baby, whether human or other species, thrive and grow and change by the day! Caring for the small and helpless can reward us with some truly “zen” moments. We are forced to slow down and live in the moment. The act of rocking a baby to sleep can’t be rushed any more than rushing a seed to sprout and grow. 

The Magickal Garden has an abundance of blossoms right now and the foxgloves, which are sacred to the fae, are finally blooming after the seeds were sewn more than a year ago. 


And my love affair with the roses continues. In fact, more and more it seems like I grow more in tune with my surroundings since returning to California 3 years ago. 


Yesterday at the Covenstead we celebrated the arrival of the summer season with Bealtaine. We danced the Maypole, cast a spell for “A Shower of Abundance” , and drank a Magickal Brew to honor and encourage fertility for all good things to birth and blossom in our lives. 



An so, my magickal ones, life goes on, and hopefully new things are blossoming in your lives. As we leave the past behind, so too must we leave the sorrows and look for the sprouting seeds and newborn babes to enter the wheel of our lives in whatever form they may take. And so it is! Blessed be!

Bright Blessings,

Sarina

Bealtaine Shower of Abundance Fertility Spell

Frogs know when it’s about to rain, and the more water, the better it is for mating. Just before a rain storm you might notice frogs croaking. This fertility spell is based on this magickal froggy activity.

Gather together: 1. Frog sound noise makers ( or you can use your voice to croak like a frog) 2. Rain stick or rattle or your voice to sound like rain falling. 3. Rose petals which you have charged with your wishes for abundance and fertility in whatever area of your life you choose.

Say: “The sleeping frog woke and has started to croak!

The sound does inspire to attract his hearts desire!”

Make the frog croaking sound and really build it to a crescendo. 

Say: ” down from the sky falls a magickal shower,

Bringing us blessings and lending its power!”

Make the sound of rain with your rain stick, rattle or voice.

Pour the charged rose petals over your head and say, “I am truly blessed!”

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Creating a Crystal Grid

Recently we have been experiencing an astrological grand trine in earth signs. Maybe that’s what inspired me to write a post on creating crystal grids. I really love crystal energy and I don’t know why I haven’t posted much about these powerhouses of magickal energy in the past, but a crystal grid can really enhance the energy of your magickal home! Earth is one of the five major energies that can be tapped into for manifesting your magickal wishes.

 

A crystal grid is simply an arrangement of crystals, often in a circular shape, laid out with a certain intention and charged to send out energy for that purpose. You can use all clear quartz crystals (they are sort of all purpose in the crystal energy realm), or a variety of stones of various colors that are known to possess the energy you want to project. For example, many green stones relate to the heart chakra and are good for love and healing of emotions. However, green is also a good color for financial prosperity and abundance. Knowing the energy of the stones is very useful in setting up a crystal grid. One book I would recommend for learning about the stones is:

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This is a wonderful go-to book for the meanings and uses of just about every crystal! I love it! There are a lot of great websites that deal with working with crystals, too, and I am by no means an expert on working with these “gems”. There is always more to learn where crystals are concerned, but don’t be discouraged thinking you don’t know enough to use their wonderful power. A simple grid set up in a place where you will see it often will suffice to bring about your magickal intention!

 

I keep a crystal grid set up continuously on my ancestor altar around a candle. My ancestors in spirit are my guardians and I honor them at all times. I have two pieces of selenite that are shaped like angel wings and I arranged them on either side of the candle. I also have some heart shaped stones that my husband and I collected that I like to include. Green and pink stones for the heart and higher heart also seem to fit in this grid and I use quartz crystals to further enhance the energy. 

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Do you see the possibilities for working with crystals? By adding their energy to candle work, herbal charms, or any other type of energy work you are making a good thing even better!

 

I have been collecting crystals for years. Some I have purchased and others were given to me as gifts.


When you receive a crystal, always remember to clear it. My favorite ways to clear a stone are by running it under cold water, smudging it or holding my hands over it and sending energy into the stone with the intention of clearing old energy that will not benefit me. I also like to then charge the stone to work for my magickal intentions. At the full moon I like to set my stones out in the moonlight to recharge them. 

After deciding on your intention, gather the crystals, the cloth or other base you are going to use and any candles or figurines you will use for the center of your grid. Start in the center with your central figure and then place the crystals around the center in a pleasing pattern. I always feel that your intuition should guide you in the crystal placement. When you feel everything  is in place, hold both hands over your grid and charge the crystals to give off the desired energy. If you want to say a charm or prayer over your grid, that would be great. Leave the grid in a place where you will see it at least once a day. When you do visit your crystal grid, visualize all the positive results that you desire from its work. Don’t focus on what you lack or bring any worry energy to the grid. Just be calm and positive that all is well! Be sure to thank the stones and other energies you are working with while the grid is set up and when you are ready to disassemble it.


So here are a few examples of some SIMPLE crystal grids to get you started:

This grid is calling on Ganesha to remove obstacles (because that’s what he does!) from achieving financial prosperity. The citrines are orange and clear money magnets, the green malachite and emerald and other green stones are for wealth and those clear quartz crystals are radiating the energy into the environment. In back of Ganesha there is a copper ball and piece of copper (metals are also $). I chose a gold plate as a base for the grid and set the grid on a red table cloth, because Ganesha just loves red! 

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The following grid calls on Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion.  Have there have been lots of arguments and disagreements in your home?  Have you been needing to show a little compassion towards yourself? If so, call on Kwan Yin. Rose quartz is associated with her and the energy of compassion. Green stones are for the heart and healing. She is on a pure white background, symbolizing the purity of her love and, again we have some quartz crystals to radiate that loving energy into the environment.

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This final grid is using an amethyst candle holder and several spiritual, higher chakra stones to tap into the astral planes. This would be a great grid to use in meditation. This time I used some flat ended quartz crystals aimed upward to send out a beacon to the higher realms. I set it all on a piece of star studded fabric in a very magickal purple color. I lit the candle in the holder as well as some incense to create a wonderful, simple crystal grid for meditation purposes.

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I hope you enjoy exploring the magickal world of crystals! At the full moon I may set up a grid to be charged in the moonlight to bring in even more magickal energy. Then there is the idea of a garden grid,  or a fairy grid, or a new moon manifesting grid……..the possibilities are endless!!

You can watch me set up a crystal grid on YouTube on The Magickal Cottage Channel at: The Magickal Cottage on YouTube

Blessings,

Sarina

 

 

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