Monday, April 29, 2013

Full Moon Names and Their Meanings

So I'm sure everyone is wondering what the deal is with all these full moon names that we've been seeing. Most people refer to the full moon as what it is, the full moon. However, each full moon has a unique name that means something to that specific full moon. This naming process can be traced back to the Native Americans as a way to keep track of the seasons.

Let's start at the beginning:

Full Wolf Moon--since the wolves would wander the forests during this cold winter month, the people would hear the howling of the wolves at night. Thus the name of this moon.

Full Snow Moon--it is said that February is the month of the heaviest snowfall.

Full Worm Moon--the ground begins to thaw in this month and comes the appearance of earthworms and the birds that prey upon them. What a cool way to signify the coming of Spring!

Full Pink Moon--herb moss pink, or wild ground pholx, is one of the earliest and most widespread flowers to appear for this month. It's another signal for spring.

Full Flower Moon--by this month, flowers are abundant everywhere.

Full Strawberry Moon--this is the month when strawberries are in season.

Full Buck Moon--this is the time when bucks begin to grow their antlers and they become visible.

Full Sturgeon Moon--Sturgeon is a large fish caught out of the Great Lakes and it is known that during this month there is the most abundance of this fish.

Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon--this moon signified when it was time to harvest corn crops. It occurs very close to the Autumn Equinox and sometimes peaks in October instead of September.

Full Hunter's Moon or Full Harvest Moon--this is the time when people began preparing for the long winter months ahead by storing meats, grains, and other materials from their crops.

Full Beaver Moon--Beaver's were hunted during this month for their furs to keep warm during the winter. The beaver's are also preparing for the winter at this time.

Full Cold Moon or Full Long Nights Moon--During this month, the nights are at their longest and the winter is fully upon the Earth.

For more complete details for these moons, check out the link below. Some of the moons are referred to with different names other than the ones listed above. Also, in other traditions, these moons have different names.

Reference: Full Moon Names and Their Meanings

Here are a few different names for different traditions!

Sunday, April 28, 2013


I've known about the benefits of Earthing, or walking barefoot, for quite sometime but until recently have I been seeing these pictures pop up around the internet highlighting being barefoot. When I do outdoor rituals when the weather permits, I do them barefoot to feel the ground. To use the Earth energy around me to feed into the purpose of the ritual. I also love to dance barefoot.

Since we live in a society where being barefoot in cities and certain areas is not permitted we tend to keep our shoes on whenever possible because it's convenient. Go ahead. Take those shoes off and feel the grass and dirt beneath them. Even if you're surrounded by concrete you can still make use of the ground. Earthing, is becoming very popular. It's always been popular to me but now it's finally being recognized as healthy and energizing.

Love the Earth. Walk the Earth. Harmonize with the Earth.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Song: Legend
Composer: Adrian von Ziegler

This man composes Celtic music and is very good at what he does. Please visit him at or


Thyme is a very interesting herb. Did you know that thyme volatile oil was placed in milk to keep it from spoiling before the invention of refrigeration? Interesting right? During the periods of plague, townspeople would burn this herb to ward off the disease from themselves and their home. This herb has a multitude of uses which include:
  • treatment for coughing
  • aiding in curing bronchitis
  • relief from the common cold
  • fights respiratory infections
  • aides in asthma relief
  • aides in allergy relief
  • combats parasites
As for spiritual uses, thyme has a reputation for improving health, sleep, and increasing psychic awareness, mainly clairvoyance. It is also used in procuring love and can be seen coupled with rosemary in many love spells. It's also said to increase courage.

Try This!

Make a small satchel of lavender and thyme to place under your pillow to help you sleep peacefully at night.

Drink herbal tea that consists of 1 part rosemary, 1 part thyme, and 1 part peppermint to help ease your common cold. Add honey to help ease your sore throat and aide in cough relief. 

Wiccan Graces

These are qualities that I believe everyone should aspire to have, especially that of compassion. Without compassion toward our fellow human, animal, plant, etc, this world would be a dismal place indeed. Spread the love, joy, and peace to everyone!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lunar Eclipse

This is an event I am so ready to witness! Not only is April 25th the day of a lunar eclipse but it is also the day of the Full Moon, or Pink Moon. I hope everyone will take some time to see this wonderful event take place.  In Wicca, we recognize the moon phases as having specific affects on the universe and on the performance of magick, rituals, and spells. 

A lunar eclipse may heighten psychic awareness, increase the strength of spells and rituals, and produce massive amounts of energy that we may use for healing. However, it has also been said that adversely the lunar eclipse may excite negative entities or spirits. Be prepared and well protected on this sacred night, honor the deities, respect the laws of the Wiccan Rede, and try to stay out of trouble!

Monday, April 15, 2013

To Be A Witch

This is a little different than my usual posts but I really liked this saying, or poem, if you will. It reminds me why I chose this path. For the beauty, for the knowledge and wisdom, for the freedom, for the spirituality, for the love, for the compassion, and for empowerment. I hope you all enjoy!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Witch's Rune

Song: Witch's Rune
Artist: S.J.Tucker
Album: Blessings

Basic Ritual Altar Setup

There are quite a few ways you can setup your altar table. You may place items and tools wherever you wish. For me, I put meaning into where I place my ritual tools and items. Above, is one basic setup you can do for your altar. The tools that are present in this altar setup are standard in Wicca. The tools shown above are used as follows:

1.) God Candle--this is representative of the God and is lighted in his honor as an offering.
2.) God Idol (Statue)--a physical representation of the God
3.) Cakes--this is a plate of cakes used during the Rite of Cakes and Wine typically performed at the end of a ritual.
4.) Chalice--the chalice may hold any drink that is being used for the Rite of Cakes and wine and represents feminine energy.
5.) Goddess Idol (Statue)--a physical representation of the Goddess
6.) Goddess Candle--this is representative of the Goddess and is lighted in her honor as an offering.
7.) Incense Burner--used for lighted incense and is representative of the Air Element.
8.) Athame--used to call the Quarters and direct energy when casting the Circle, represents masculine energy and associated with fire (or air depending on tradition).
9.)Wand--used to perform spells and also direct energy, represents masculine energy and associated with air (or fire depending on tradition).
10.) Pentacle--a disc normally inscribed with symbols used to ground energy, associated with earth and feminine energy.
11.) Bowl with Water--water is used for cleansing.
12.) Bowl with Salt--salt is used for cleansing.
13.) Bell--the bell is used to signal the beginning and end of rituals, chants, etc.

Some of the items missing from this setup include the cauldron, herbs, crystals, and any extra candles or items that you would deem necessary for a ritual you are performing such as representing the elements. Here are some pictures of other altar setups.

As you can see there many different ways to setup your altar. You can either go "by the book", along with your tradition, or you may move things around as you see fit.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Getting to Know Your Cauldron

The cauldron above is the exact cauldron that I own. I use my cauldron for many things such as holding candles, burning herbs and paper with spells written on them, for holding water for scrying, as a symbol  of the Goddess, and much more. The cauldron is an essential ritual tool of a Witch when performing rituals and magick.

The cauldron is typical and metal pot or kettle with three "feet" and some sort of handle so that you may be able to hang it over a burning fire. They are typically black in color and some of them adorn symbols such as the ond adorning the goddess symbol above. I've seen other with triquetras and pentagrams as well. They may be small, only about 5 inches in diameter or larger. When choosing the size of your cauldron and if it has symbols or not inscribed on it, think about the purpose of it and what kind of magick you will be making.

Cauldrons are not typically used for cooking any longer, however some people still use them to cook broths and herbal teas. As for now, they are used in tools of Wicca and are associated with the Goddess. In Celtic mythology, the cauldron is associated with the Goddess Cerridwen. During symbolic representations of the Great Rite in Wicca, the cauldron is used to represent the feminine and her womb. An athame, or sometimes the wand depending on the tradition, is placed inside the cauldron to represent the sacred union of the God and Goddess. The cauldron may also represent rebirth and renewal. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Getting to Know Your Besom

Besoms are traditionally made from a piece of wood about 3 to 5 feet in length and an inch to two inches in diameter. At one end, a bundle of twigs, straw, or herbs is tied together to form the end of the broom as seen in the picture above. Witches who use these brooms ceremonially tend to place charms, crystals, ribbons, and other objects on the broom for decoration, charging, cleansing, protections, etc.

The wood and bristles of the broom can be made from any material or wood you choose. However, I would advise to choose a type of wood or material that is most meaningful to you so that it can serve your purposes the way you want it to. The besom holds both masculine and feminine symbolism. The handle is a phallic symbol representative of the masculine while the bristles are feminine. You may think of it as the masculine and feminine joining in harmony or union.

The besom can be used as a tool to "sweep" away negativity within a sacred space or Circle. It is also an important tool in handfasting ceremonies where the couple who is to be wedded jumps over the besom to symbolize their new beginning together as a couple. Also, it is said that hanging your besom with the bristles upward will keep good fortune within the home and from getting lost. Place it next to your door to keep your home positive and cheerful within your home.

Monday, April 8, 2013


I don't know about you but Dandelions are everywhere where I live. They always pop up in the spring and stick it out through the summer till they finally die and children pick them to blow their seeds away for their wish. When I was younger, I thought they were really pretty flowers and I used to pick them for my mom all the time. It wasn't till I got older that I found out that they were undesired by people and labeled a weed.

Dandelions have wonderful healing properties though that I think everyone should have a chance to know about! These properties when ingested as extract include:

  • Weight loss
  • Supports Insulin production
  • Contains Pectin which is anti-diarrheal and helps lower cholesterol
  • Contains Gallic acid which is anti-diarrheal and anti-bacterial
  • Contains Choline to help improve memory
  • Supports healthy teeth and gums
For a more thorough list please Reference: The Health Benefits of Dandelions

Amber & Selenite

What do you think of when you think of amber? Do you think of tree sap entrapping an unsuspecting bug? Do you think of a beautiful yellow orange stone? Well amber is not actually a stone but fossilized tree resin. It's very unique. Some of the healing properties of amber are:

  • Love
  • Purification
  • Cleansing
  • Energy
  • Joy
  • Patience
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Wisdom
  • Spontaneity
  • Success
  • Good luck
  • Absorbs negative energy
As for Selenite, it is a peaceful stone. It helps enhance clarity of situations and thoughts. It cleanses negative energy and helps one find a deeper inner peace. It can also be used to enhance psychic abilities.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Negativity and Misfortune Banishment Ritual

This is in a group ritual format, however, it can be changed to suit a solitary ritual. This ritual is to be performed on the waning moon or the new moon.

Charge and cleanse tools.

Cast your Circle.

Have all four elements present. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Allow the members to enter with the correct password and anoint them with oil on their forehead.

To enter the Circle they must say: “With Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

Cleanse everyone with sage.

Call the Quarters:

Stand to the East:

“I call upon the Guardian of the East, who dwells in the Realm of Earth. I beckon to you to come forth from your entombed realm and harmonize our souls to the rhythm of the Earth. Bring to us strength, endurance, and power as we perform our rites. Hail and Welcome. So mote it be.”

All: “So mote it be!”

Stand to the South:

“I call upon the Guardian of the South, who dwells within the candle flames and basks in the light of the sun. I beckon to you to come forth from your fiery realm and teach our souls the power that you hold. Bring to us confidence, will, and empowerment as we perform our rites. Hail and Welcome. So mote it be.”

All: “So mote it be!”

Stand to the West:

“I call upon the Guardian of the West, who dwells within the waters of the rivers and the waves of the ocean.  I beckon to you to come forth from your watery realm and wash upon our souls the sensuality you possess. Bring to us Healing, Renewal, and Purity as we perform our rites. Hail and Welcome. So mote it be.”

All: “So mote it be!”

Stand to the North:

“I call upon the Guardian of the North, who dwells within the Northern Winds. I beckon to you to come forth from your airy realm and rush through our souls the knowledge that you possess. Bring to us Wisdom, Understanding, and Freedom as we perform our rites. Hail and Welcome. So mote it be.”

All: “So mote it be!”

Call upon the Goddess:

“We call upon the Goddess in her aspect of the Crone, the mother of the waning moon, the means to an end of all things, the path to regeneration and rebirth. We call upon thee to come forth within this sacred Circle and aid us in our ritual. Help us to end our miseries, our negativity, and our misfortunes. And with this end, help us rise to embrace the gifts of wisdom, cleansing, and purification which you have gracefully bestowed upon us.”

“We honor you, and your many gifts. So mote it be”

All: “So mote it be!”

Call upon the God:

“We call the God, to assist us and his Lady during this time of the waning moon. Bring us understanding and clarification of our goals upon this night. Be our light that lights the dark. So mote it be.”

All: “So mote it be!”

Call upon the Old Ones:

“We call upon the Old Ones, the ancients, our teachers, our guides, to aid us in our endeavors to rid ourselves of negativity and misfortune. We call upon you to join us as we perform our rites. So mote it be.”

All: “So mote it be!”
Ridding Oneself and Building Oneself:

For this ritual, we will be energizing people. One person will stand in the middle of the Circle at a given time and have a lit white candle, while the members stand around them. The members standing around the one member will hold hands and spin in a deosil direction. As the members do this, the member in the center will ask the God and Goddess what they desire an end to (ie an end to money troubles, negativity, an end to misfortune) and then state what they would like new beginning to (ie a fresh start at a new job, a new positive outlook). Once the member finishes their requests they will end by saying: “So mote it be.”

All shall say: “So mote it be, so mote it be, so mote it be.”

The members will keep circling until every member has said at least three positive things about the member in the Circle (ie you are strong willed individual)*. This will be done as the member in the center meditates upon her requests of the God and Goddess. Once every member, has said their three positive things, all the members who are circling shall say: “So mote it be.”

The member in the center shall say: “So mote it be.”

They will then extinguish their candle.

Briefly, switch places with another member and begin the process again.

*Note: When saying positive things about a member, make sure it addresses to that member. Use the member’s NAME.

Cauldron of Rebirth:

Each member will sit upon the ground and will be passed a piece of paper and a pen. They will write down what has been bothering them for the past month. The leader shall say:

“Dear Crone, we write upon this paper our worries and our sorrows. We ask thee to heal us, to guide us, and bestow upon us your wisdom in overcoming our troubles. Help us achieve our goals, aide us in improving our misfortunes, and banish all negativity from us and our surroundings. So mote it be.”

All: “So mote it be.”
Each member may choose to either read aloud what they wrote before casting it into the cauldron or they may simply place their paper into the cauldron one by one, each saying “As I do will, so mote it be.”

Once all is cast into the cauldron:

“We cast our troubles into the cauldron of rebirth. What is put forth shall be born into something good, that which is desirable to us. So mote it be.”

All: “So mote it be.”

Light the contents of the cauldron and meditate while holding hands in the circle around the cauldron (still seated).


“As the fire transforms us, we begin anew. For what we have asked, we shall receive. So mote it be.”

All: “So mote it be.”

Cakes and wine:

Hold the cakes and say:

“Dear God and Goddess, bless these cakes that we take into our bodies. May we never hunger.”

Hold the Wine:

“Dear God and Goddess, bless this wine that we take into our bodies. May we never thirst.”

Thank the God, Goddess, and Old Ones for their services. Thank the Quarters, and open the Circle.

End Ritual

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Trees

The Trees

Sometimes I tell my sorrows to the trees
and they shudder as if in understanding.
Sometimes they sway as in nodding their heads
and it comforts me knowing I am heard.

Sometimes I sit at the base of their trunks
and look up into their long flowing branches.
Sometimes I wonder if they see me there
nestled underneath them with my journal.

Sometimes I give them big tree hugs
because I need a hug every now and then.
Sometimes I feel like they hug me back
and they know my pain and hurt.

Sometimes they give me their kindness
with the energy and light that flows through them.
Sometimes they help me heal and forget
what it was that was troubling my mind.

Sometimes I wonder if they are ever thanked
or appreciated for their efforts for so many years.
Sometimes I wonder why they never feel resentment
or anger at us when we do nothing but take from them.

Sometimes I ask them how they are feeling
because it is only polite to ask.
And sometimes I imagine them smiling
because they have not been forgotten.

Beltane Fire Dance

Song: Beltane Fire Dance
Artist: Loreena McKennitt

Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm comes from the mint family. The leaves give off a lemon aroma and can be used in various medicines. Lemon Balm can be used as a medicinal treatment for various illnesses. Here are some illnesses it's said to be able to help.
  • Upset stomach
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Vomiting
  • Colic
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Headache
  • Toothache
  • Hysteria
  • Melancholia
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • ADHD
  • Swollen airways
  • High blood pressure
  • Sores
  • Tumors
  • Insect bites
  • Alzheimer's Disease

Now that's a pretty long list for such a tiny herb! However, like any other herb it also comes with side effects and warnings so make sure you thoroughly research the herb before deciding to use it in herbal tea and remedies. The above link is great for checking out what it's said to help with and what could possibly be harmful.