Casting Creative Magickal Circles: Samhain excerpt

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Recognized as one of the most important holidays of the year,‭ ‬Samhain,‭ ‬meaning‭ “‬Summer’s End,‭” ‬is a major festival with several aspects.‭ ‬It is the celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the dark half of the year,‭ ‬because of this transition it is also known as‭ “‬The Witches‭’ ‬New Year‭”‬.‭ ‬Many pagan traditions also see this as the time of death for the Sun and the solar gods,‭ ‬to be reborn at the Winter Solstice or Yule.‭ ‬It is a night when we remember our departed loved ones and honor our ancestors.‭ ‬Samhain is when the veil between the world of the dead and the world of the living is said to be at its thinnest.‭
Creatively speaking,‭ ‬Samhain circles are the most difficult to foster.‭ ‬There are so many different aspects of the holiday that it’s hard to focus on just one.‭ In Casting Creative Magickal Circles  I have included circles for the different themes that are commonly used in Samhain rituals.‭ This circle in particular uses an Ancestor theme that allows your ancestors to be a part of your circle and ritual. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

The Ancestor Circle

Items needed:‭ ‬photographs of your ancestors.
When casting your circle for a Samhain ritual that has an ancestor focus,‭ ‬you would begin in the west‭; ‬traditionally regarded as the realm of the dead.‭ ‬Begin by placing the first picture on the floor in the west calling out the name of the ancestor as you do.‭ ‬Continue clockwise around the parameter of your space,‭ ‬calling out each name as the picture is placed.‭ ‬If you do not have enough photographs to complete a circle,‭ ‬place them evenly throughout the circle.
When you have returned to the west,‭ ‬say or something similar:
‭“‬I have laid this circle in love and protection,
May all that have been named help hold,
This sacred space on this Samhain night.‭”
Visualize protective and loving energy connecting each picture,‭ ‬and then expanding into a sphere around your space.
Saying:‭ “‬So mote it be‭” ‬when you have created your sphere.

When you are ready to release the circle,‭ ‬starting in the west,‭ ‬walking counter-clockwise begin to pick up each picture,‭ ‬visualizing the energy being released out into the universe,‭ ‬while saying or something similar:
‭“‬I release this circle in love and honor.‭”

This circle casting can be easily adapted for group rituals as well,‭ ‬allowing all participants to bring and add their own ancestor photographs.‭

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Casting Creative Magickal Circles: Mabon excerpt

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Mabon is the second in the three harvest festivals,‭ ‬also known as the Autumnal Equinox and is commonly seen as the Witch’s Thanksgiving.‭ ‬It is a day of balance,‭ ‬when the equal hours of both light and dark are seen in the sun’s journey toward the equator.

At this time,‭ ‬many Wiccans and witches give thanks to the waning sunlight,‭ ‬and the blessings we have received.‭ ‬It is a time to begin reflecting on the passing year and give thanks for what the things that we have received and learned.‭

In Wiccan lore,‭ ‬Mabon is the time when the God prepares to die to be reborn again from his mother’s,‭ ‬the Goddess‭’‬,‭ ‬womb.‭

Over the years,‭ ‬I have written many Mabon and harvest themed rituals,‭ ‬but as of late,‭ ‬I would much rather focus on a community dinner gathering to celebrate.‭ ‬These‭ “‬dinner parties‭” ‬still have the aspects of ritual‭; ‬just not as formal as they would be any other holiday.‭ ‬The three circles I have chosen to include in this chapter were created during my years in solitary practice,‭ ‬but they can easily be adapted for a group.

 

The Gifts that Keep on Giving Circle

Items needed:‭ ‬one apple of any color,‭ ‬a handful of quarters.
This Mabon circle’s focus is about sharing the blessings of the harvest.‭ ‬Before you begin,‭ ‬place the quarters in the apple.‭ ‬The apple will be utilized to cast the circle.‭ ‬Begin casting in the north representing abundance.‭ ‬With the apple in hand,‭ ‬walk slowly clockwise around your space,‭ ‬saying or something similar:
‭“‬I cast this circle with the blessings of abundance,
With love and for protection.
I honor,‭ ‬sacrifice on this blessed Mabon.‭”
Visualize protective and loving energy emanating from the apple,‭ ‬then expanding into a sphere around your space.
Saying:‭ “‬So mote it be‭”‬.

When you are ready to release the circle,‭ ‬starting now in the north,‭ ‬walking counter-clockwise around your space with the apple in hand.‭ ‬Visualizing the energy being into the apple,‭ ‬while saying or something similar:
‭“‬I thank the harvest for its gifts,
I release this circle out into the world,
Let it touch all those who need it love.‭”

After your ritual,‭ ‬take the quarters out of the apple and keep them with you.‭ ‬Using them for good deeds,‭ ‬such as in a parking meter that is about to run out.‭ ‬Use them in moments of‭ “‬paying it forward‭” ‬or share the harvest with those in need.

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The protests of Philly’s Pagan Pride and Guided Meditation: Spirit of the wolf

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It has been a very busy last few weeks, I haven’t had a chance to sit down and write. Over the last few weeks, I have been facilitating private ceremonies, holding workshops, and attending various Pagan events. One of those events was the Philadelphia Pagan Pride, for which I am also a board member. If you are in the “Pagan Pride” community, you might have come across a few articles about this event. It has gotten a little focus due to a few “Christian” extremists protesting the event. I went back and forth in my head whether or not to write a blog post about the protest and its effects, but decided not to add to fuel that is their fire. Instead, I will only talk about some of the positive things I experienced and then move on to a meditation.
Unfortunately,, the protest started right next to my tent, which was for the children. It wouldn’t have been so bad if the tent wasn’t for the children. This tent was meant to be a sort of refuse for children to explore and learn about their spiritual interests and should not have been exposed to the ranting of negative remarks from a hate group. Although, I don’t believe that children should be shielded from such things, there is absolutely no reason for them to be involved in it. At the start of the protest, I had a few children working on various activities and they weren’t affected by it. Once it escalated, comments and questions had erupted from a few of the children, my nephew included. I decided to take the “teachable moment” and change the focus of negativity to something positive. It became a discussion of religious acceptance and similarities, rather than prejudice and hate (sadly, from both sides). Once the protest had ended, I witnessed an amazing sight; two of the children went around the event with sage in hand, smudging all the tents and area to remove the negativity of the protest. This was completely done without adult direction and solely on their own accord. For me, this made the event a success.

One’s spirituality can be a driving force for a multitude of emotions and experiences. Which is why so many religions find themselves in some uncomfortable situations. But what happens when these situations affect us on a personal level? By utilizing some meditative techniques we can learn how to better control our emotions in these situations. Such practices of breathing and quieting the mind can help us take hold of the responses our emotions can create. Having a regular meditation practice makes it easier to use these techniques during emotional situations.
This guided meditation employs the spirit of the wolf, who in many traditions is seen as a guide to spirituality. In our meditation we will visit the moon to get a better understanding of its energies within its various phases, all by means of the wolf.

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Spirit of the Wolf Guided Meditation

Begin by lighting a candle and some incense. Turn off the lights. Close your eyes, make yourself comfortable and relax. Next begin to prepare for the meditation by breathing in deeply through your nose, filling your belly, hold for a count of three and exhale through your mouth. Do this three times, or until you feel relaxed, centered and open.

Feel the room around you, acknowledge the glow of the candle and scent of incense.
As you breath in, begin to visualize the smoke of the incense circling you, surrounding you.
It begins to create a bubble around you. This bubble will protect your body on your journey.

You find yourself sitting in the dark, outside on a hill.
You can feel the cool grass beneath you, but, the air is warm around you.
Crickets quietly chirp in the distance.
Although, you are sitting in the dark, you are not afraid….
Appearing before you is the spirit of the wolf.
He sits harmlessly before you.
Looking closer you can see that he is in spirit form rather than solid, yet his soft fur sways in the warm breeze.
He will be your guide on this journey and will take you through the phases of the moon.
Begin your journey by feeling and reaching out to wolf’s energy.
Allow it to mix with your own, you will become one with wolf.

Now, as wolf, looking up to the black sky, you notice a tiny sliver of light begin to appear, it is the new moon.
Feel and see yourself going toward the moon.
At the same time the moon also comes to you.
You and the moon meet and join together.. You are the new moon….
Take some time and feel the energy of the new moon.
It is of new beginnings and birth.
Allow yourself to succumb to its energy and let the moon show you what you need to learn at this time…….

After a moment, wolf calls you back and to let go of the new moon’s energy.
As you pull away, you begin to see the sliver of the moon begin to grow into a waxing crescent moon.
It’s energies of growth and love begin to surround you.
Allow the knowledge of where you are headed to enter you, let the moon show you what steps you need to take to grow at this time.

Again the wolf calls you back after a few moments, the images begin to fade and you are now overcome by the bright light of the full moon… The energies and power are almost too overwhelming.
It is time to open yourself up to them and be the full moon.
These powerful energies feel as though they are recharging you, like a battery.
You can feel your own magikal energies reach the highest they have ever been.
You are now glowing with pure positive energy.
The energy pours out of you in all directions and reflects off the clouds above and touches the trees and plants below.
As above, so below you are the full moon…

Just as you feel you are able to expand your energies around the world, the light fades into a waxing crescent moon.
It begins to draw back some of the energies you have just absorbed.
Along with some the full moon energies, the waning moon extracts all the negative thoughts you hide within yourself.
It takes your fears.
Your self created obstacles.
You can see all this pouring out of you in a long dark plume of black smoke…..

You are now floating in darkness, no sound…Total emptiness.
You are not afraid. You know you are protected by the spirit of the wolf.
This is the time to confront all the negatives that had poured out of you.
Face them, learn from them… This is the dark of the moon……….

After a moment, all the images begin to fade as you hear the cry of the wolf.
You have now returned to the hilltop, looking up, you can see all the moon phases in the sky.
Bid farewell to them, individually and thank them for their wisdom.

Eventually, the darken sky becomes day and before is the wolf.
Thank and honor his spirit.
You may also wish to take a moment to accept any wisdom he gives you.
Say your farewells.. Take 3 breaths, and open your eyes….

The Witch Next Door: Call for submissions

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E. Massey is seeking submissions for “The Witch Next Door, a collective book of shadows by the unknown Witches of the world”. I am looking for a wide variety of entries by you, the everyday Witch and magickal practitioners of the world. All levels and different traditions will be accepted. All pieces must be entirely original works of the creator. Submissions are currently open.

Potential entries include:

-Rituals for any of the Wheel of Year Holidays

– Rituals for any of the Moon phases

– General rituals

– Any and all tried and true spells, followed by your personal experience

– Invocations and evocations

– Original tarot spreads

– Incense and oil recipes

– Sabbath recipes

– Magickal tea and brew recipes

– Potions

– Charms and sigils

– Devotional hymns and prayers

– Meditations

– Photographs of altars and shrines

I am open to anything interesting that shows the diversity of our practices and beliefs.

All submitted work should be 100% original of it’s author. Submissions should be sent as an attachment of either a DOC file, or for any original photographs or graphics JPG or PNG. Files should contain no footnotes. All Submissions should be at 12 pt size and in Times New Roman font. Please include a reliable email address, the name that you want to be listed as (i.e., magickal name or pen name), your legal name, the submission’s title, and a 200 maximum word bio including any websites or blogs. Please make sure the subject line of the email reads “The Witch Next Door Submission”

All sale profits will be used for retail distribution and promotion and a yet to be determined non-profit Pagan Based organization.

Selected contributors will receive a free PDF of the book when it’s complete and will be able to purchase the book at cost. Please send all submissions to witchnextdoor3@gmail.com

Deadline for Submissions is February 28, 2018

 

“Casting Creative Magickal Circles” by E. Massey

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