Phoenix: Keeper of Fire

Just about everyone has heard about the Phoenix, the mythical bird of fire that would sacrifice itself and burn up in flames to be reborn from its ashes. There are legends from all over the world about the Phoenix but they all have seen them as a symbol for rebirth and transformation. The Egyptians called them Benna, and connected them to the Sun God RaThe Greeks believed that the Phoenix would build a nest in the cypress trees. Once the nest was built they would flap their wings together to start burning and burn until they were ashes. Then after three days, the Phoenix would be reborn to live again. The Romans say them as a symbol that their empire would be everlasting. Christians associated the Phoenix with Jesus, since they both sacrificed themselves and are reborn three days after their death. The Chinese called them Fe’ng Huang and believe that the Phoenix was sent to mankind to assist them in their development. They also see the Phoenix representing the yin and yang and that they always come in pairs. Many other cultures have folklore about Phoenixes. And they all go by different names such as the Native Americans called themThunderbird, but the Russians called them Firebird.

But despite where the folklore comes from they have many of the same correspondences and meanings. Phoenixes have a strong association with the Sun and the element of Fire. Most are said to be gold, red and purple. It is said that if you burn myrrh you will draw them to you. Then some think they gather myrrh, cinnamon, and cassia to make their nest from. Phoenixes are also seen and the keepers of Fire and once they burn to ashes they leave a golden egg from which it will hatch from after 3 days. The time to honor them is early in the morning as the Sun rises, or late in the evening just as the Sunsets. This is because just as the Sun “dies” each night, each morning it is “reborn”. They are also connected to both spring and autumn. The tears of a Phoenix are said to have great healing powers. And if a Phoenix comes to you it is a good omen. They can remind us that the end is only a new beginning. They are said to bestow the wisdom of life, of death & rebirth, along with hope & freedom from depression and despair. They can help you by giving you the courage to face your fears. They represent transformation, rebirth, death, strength, power, immortality, protection, renewal, resurrection, imagination, and balance.

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Bay Laurel: Symbol of Glory and Reward

Since ancient Greece Bay Laurel has been a symbol of glory, reward. And it all started with the Greek God Apollo who loved the beautiful nymph Daphne, only she did not love him back. So she went to the other Gods and pleaded for their help. It was then that her father Peneus changed her into a laurel tree so that Apollo wouldn’t be able to chase her anymore. When Apollo discovered she had been turned into the laurel tree he bowed down before it and declared it would be sacred for eternally. Then wreaths of laurel became a symbol for glory and reward. They were given to warriors, poets, emperors, and the winners of the Olympics. And Bay Laurel didn’t just influence the Greeks, but it has stayed a symbol in the modern world also. Apollo was the Greek God of medicine and even in now it is still used in the Hippocratic oath that medical students recite.

Herbalist also used it throughout the ages since it is seen as being an astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic, narcotic, and stimulant. In the Middle ages, it was often prescribed to promote menstruation and to induce abortions. It also helps to relax the body while soothing the stomach and relieving flatulence. It can help to soothe the aches and pains of arthritis.

Bay Laurel trees (Laurus nobilis) are in the Lauraceae family, which also includes avocado, cinnamon, and nutmeg. They are a small evergreen tree that has shiny gray bark with shiny, leathery, dark green leaves. They do tend to be hard to grow and can not survive a cold winter at all. But they do grow well in a pot indoors. If grown indoors they can reach 6-8 ft. tall and you will have a ready supply of Bay leaves all year. Culinary Bay leaves are often used in soups, stews, tomato sauces, and they work well with shellfish, meats, and sausages.

Magickally they are masculine and connected to the Sun and the element of Fire. Bay is not just sacred to Apollo, but also to Aesculapius, Ceres, Faunus, and Eros. It is said to have posers of protection, psychic powers, healing, purification, strength, wishes, divination, justice, wisdom, and promotion. There are many ways to use Bay leaves magickally, the most common way is to write wishes on a leaf and then burn them. But they can also be used in teas for clairvoyance and wisdom. They are also said to help bring prophetic dreams if you place them under your pillow. They can be used in amulets to help with warding off negativity and evil. They can be used to help cause visions by burning them. If you mix Bay leaves with sandalwood and then burn the mixture it is helpful to remove curses and evil spells. I have recently used Bay leaves in a cleansing ritual and it worked very well. Bay leaves are also very popular to use in decorations for Yule. With all of the many uses, it is no wonder why it can be commonly found in spice racks and one of the most commonly used herbs by witches and pagans across the world.

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Prosperity Crystal Grid and Spell

All of us from time to time need a little help with the finances, and this spell is for those times. When I decide to write a spell, especially a crystal one, I will first look at what I have on hand, and I recommend you to do the same. These crystals are what I have and any of them can be replaced with another crystal that is used for prosperity workings. I always recommend to also use your instinct, the spell will be stronger if you do since you are adding more of your energy to it.

Prosperity Crystal Grid and Spell

Purpose of the Spell: To draw money to you to help with bills.

Items Needed for the Spell, Including the Purpose of Each Item:

Moon Phase and Explanation: New Moon (abundance) or Full Moon (prosperity)

Day of the Week and Explanation: Thursday or Sunday, both are good for prosperity spells

Sun Phase: Morning between 9-11 am

Altar and Circle Setup: Each element candle in their proper corners. Water dish in between the water and earth candles. Sage and shell between the Air and Fire candles. Center of altar place the green paper. Place the green candle and holder at the top of the altar between the Earth and Air candles. Place other materials close by so you can get to them easily.

Preparation Before the Spell: Cleanse everything with sage and set the altar up before starting the spell. Then make your sacred circle and light your elemental candles.

Spell: To start your spell first ground and center yourself. The first thing to do will be to dress your candle. You will need to sprinkle 3 pinches of Basil, cinnamon, and chamomile onto your spare paper or paper towel. Next, take and add 3 drops of Bergamot essential oil into your carrier oil ( I used olive oil). Then dip your fingertips into the oil and start at the top of the candle and rub the oil down the candle to the middle of it., you will need to do this all around the candle. Then repeat the process but start at the bottom of the candle and going up to the middle of it. This will draw the money to you. Once the candle is covered in oil, then place it onto the herbs you sprinkled on the paper and gently roll it in them until the candle is covered in the herbs. Then carefully place it into the candle holder. Light your candle and then say the chant 8 times as you place your crystals onto the paper. For the crystals, I always start with the center one and then work my way out. Also just place them however you feel called to place them, you do not have to place them exactly like mine. Once you have your crystals placed, then you will need to activate it to do this take the extra clear quartz and touch the center stone and then one of the other crystals, then back to the center. Move around the grid until you have connected all of them to the center crystal.

Chant: Say the chant 8 times (8 for prosperity)

Send money my way,

I have bills to pay,

Let them be paid each day!

Ending Information: Let the candle burn out naturally if possible and then dispose of any extra wax. Leave your crystal grid up until the next Full Moon.


Carnelian: Crystal of Fire

Whenever I see a Carnelian crystal, I think of the element of Fire. It has a Mohs hardness of 6 to a 7 and comes in a variety of colors from pale orange to a deep rusty brown. With its fiery colors, it is no surprise that it is connected to the Sun and has masculine energies. It is associated with the zodiac sign of Virgo.

It can be used for working with the Sacral and Root chakras. It is can be used to honor the Goddess Isis. You can also use it during Samhain since it is connected to that sabbat. Magickally it is often used for protection, peace, healing, sexual energy, abundance, good luck, and concentration. Carnelian is a variety of silica and is in the quartz family and a chalcedony mineral. It has even been found to be used as far back as Early Neolithic times for beads. It was often worn by ancient warriors because it was believed that it would give them courage and the physical energy to conquer their enemies. It has also been used in ancient times to prevent illness and even the plague if it was worn. But now it is often used to help bring a balance to the body’s energy levels. Another use it for it to attract abundance and good luck, which all of us can use.

Lugh: The Shining One

Lugh is a solar deity. His story begins before he is even born with his grandfather Balor. Balor of the Fomorians was known for his evil eye. Baylor one day learned of a prophecy about his death. It said that he would die by the hand of his grandson. To be sure this never happened he locked his only daughter away. He put her on an isolated island in a castle with nine ladies-in-waiting. Then one day he raided the Irish coast. In this raid, he stole a magickal bull owned by Cain and hid it on the island with his daughter. Cain, part of the Tuatha De Danann, went to take his bull back. With the help of a druidess, he was able to get onto the island disguised as a woman. He then seduced Baylor’s daughter Ethlin and took his bull back. Cain left Ethlin pregnant, Baylor was very upset and went to the island to kill the child. But Ethlin had triplets which Baylor tossed them into the sea, where only one survived, Lugh. A blacksmith and his wife raised Lugh. Another story about Lugh is when he tried to get into the great hall at Tara. Anyone that entered the hall had to have a skill and only one person was allowed for each skill. Lugh asked the guard to let him in and told the guard he was a skilled carpenter. The guard told him they already had a carpenter. Then Lugh kept asking and each time naming another skill he was good at and each time the guard turned him down. Finally, Lugh asked the guard if they had someone that was skilled in all of the crafts. The guard then went and asked the king and the king said to let Lugh in. Once inside the king wanted to test Lugh and made him complete three challenges. The first challenge was to test his strength, he proved it by besting all that were there. The next test was a game of strategy, and again he bested all that were there. The last test was in the artistry of a bard, which again he proved he was the best. The king then gave Lugh the name of “samilda’naeh” which means “skilled in all crafts”. Then the king surrendered his thrown to Lugh since Lugh had proved himself. Lugh then leads the Tuatha De Danann into battle to fight their enemy and his grandfather Baylor. In that battle, he did fulfill the prophecy and killed his grandfather.

Lugh is a solar deity which is one of the reasons he is called “The Shining One”. The second reason, was because he was very handsome. Which his father was from the Tuatha De Danann which was said to be a very beautiful race. He was raised by a blacksmith and his wife who treated him very well. He loved his adopted mother very much and he made Lughnasad in her honor. Lughnasadh is a harvest festival and that is why I connect Lugh with harvest, abundance, fruition, sickle, wheat, and grains. Lughnasadh also is on August 1st, which just strengthen my connection with him and the Sun. It is at the end of the summer which helps me connect him to abundance and harvest. I can also see how he can be connected to water since he was tossed into the sea and survived. He is connected with justice because he battled with his grandfather Baylor and killed him. Which this battle happened because of the horrible way Baylor treated the Tuatha De Danann. Because of him being such a warrior and hero I also see him connected to protection, horses, swords, spears, and athame. He is seen as being connected to all kinds of skills which also makes him a God of Arts and Crafts. I see this as being part of his correspondences because in his myths he says he is a carpenter, blacksmith, warrior, harper, poet, magician, and physician.

Lughnasadh: Gift to the Earth Ritual

Lughnasadh one of the 8 sabbaths that I celebrate. It is the halfway mark between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. It is a time for workings dealing with abundance, gratitude, blessings, harvesting, and reflection. With that in mind I wrote this simple ritual for Lughnasadh, but it can also be used at the beginning of spring. Lughnasadh is the first of the harvest festivals and as such this ritual is to thank Mother Earth for all of her wonderful gifts. 

Items Needed for the Spell, Including the Purpose of Each Item: 

  • Elemental candles: Yellow/Air, Red/Fire, Blue/Water, & Green/Earth
  • White candle for the Goddess
  • Gold candle for the God
  • Dish of Holy water (Water & Salt)
  • Sage bundle and shell 
  • Lighter or matches
  • Half a cup of dried old coffee grounds and/or tea leaves & bowl . (Just save them up from the coffee and/or tea you make): adds nitrogen to the soil
  • A few washed and dried egg shells lightly crushed & a bowl (just save them from your cooking): adds calcium to the soil
  • 3 tsp of Epsom salt in a small bowl: (helps the soil soak up the nutrients)
  • A bowl big enough to hold all of the ingredients 
  • A spoon or scoop to spread the mix

Astrological Timing and Explanation: Lughnasadh is the midpoint between the Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox and is the first of the harvest festivals. 

Altar and Circle Setup: 

Preparation Before the Ritual: This ritual needs to be done outside or next to a window where you can feel the Sun’s warmth. Before the ritual is set to start, be sure to cleanse and consecrate all of your supplies and have your altar set up. Right before starting the ritual light your chosen incense. 

Casting the Circle: 

As you sit at your altar close your eyes and feel the warmth of the summer Sun then visualize the Sun placing a  dome of protection over your sacred space and say:

“Father Sun, who guides us through the seasons.

Lend me your protection on this day.

Fill my sacred space with your bright light for this Lughnasadh.

I summon this circle for this ritual,

Power, peace, and protection will come in,

May Air, Fire, Water, and Earth protect all within!”

Calling in The Corners: Standing to the East, light your yellow candle and say:

“Element of Air,

We call to you for Blessings on this day!

Please stand with us, may your winds purify our space!

Welcome to our Sacred Spaces!”

Standing to the South, light your red candle and say:

“Element of Fire,

We call to you for Spiritual Strength on this day!

Please stand with us and allow your flames to cleanse our space!

Welcome to our Sacred Spaces!”

Standing to the West, light your blue candle and say:

“Element of Water,

We call to you for your healing energies!

Please stand with us and let your waters purify our space!”

Welcome to our Sacred Spaces!”

Standing to the North, light your green candle and say:

“Element of Earth,

We call to you for protection on this day!

Please stand with us and guide us with your grounding energies!

Welcome to our Sacred Spaces!”

Evocation of the Guides/Deities:  Stand before your Gold Candle and focus on the God Lugh. Feel His energy fill your Sacred Space, light your candle, and say:

“Father Lugh,

The Shining One,

We call you and ask you to join and give us your blessings during this ritual for Lughnasadh. 

Please stand with us on this Sabbat!

Welcome to our Sacred Spaces!”

Stand before your White Candle and focus on the Goddess Danu. Feel Her energy fill your Sacred Space, light your candle, and say:

“Mother Danu,

Earth Mother,

We call you and ask you to join and give us your blessings during this ritual for Lughnasadh.

Please stand with us on this Sabbat!

Welcome to our Sacred Spaces!”

 Blessings: 

Place the bowl to blend everything into the center of your working space.

Pick up the small bowl of dried coffee grounds, dip your finger tips of your other hand into your holy water and sprinkle the water onto the grounds and say:

“ Water and Earth, bless these grounds so they may nurture the Earth.”

Then take the Sage bundle and move the smoke around the bowl of grounds and say:

“Air and Fire, bless these grounds so they may nurture the Earth.”

Then add the grounds to your main bowl.

Pick up the small bowl of dried and crushed egg shells, dip your finger tips of your other hand into your holy water and sprinkle the water onto the grounds and say:

“ Water and Earth, bless these egg shells so they may nurture the Earth.”

Then take the Sage bundle and move the smoke around the bowl of egg shells and say:

“Air and Fire, bless these egg shells so they may nurture the Earth.”

Then add the egg shells to your bowl.

Pick up the small bowl holding the epsom salt, dip your finger tips of your other hand into your holy water and sprinkle the water onto the salt and say:

“ Water and Earth, bless these salts so they may nurture the Earth.”

Then take the Sage bundle and move the smoke around the bowl of salt and say:

“Air and Fire, bless this salt so they may nurture the Earth.”

Then add the salt to your bowl.

Gently mix the ingredients together.

Hold your hands over the mixture you have made and say:

“We bless this mix, to give to the Earth.

We give thanks for the abundance we have been given this year.

We may harvest on this day,

But we also give back on this day.

As we spread our gift, Mother Earth know we thank you for the abundance you have given us. 

May the cycle continue for years to come,

As we give this gift to bless the Earth.

Thank you, Mother Earth!

So Mote it be!”

Communion with the Guides/Deities: Lift your chosen Cakes and Ale, and lift them towards the center of your altar and say:

“Lord Lugh,

Lady Danu,

We thank you for joining us on this sabbat!

Blessed Be!”

Energy Requests: Now we are at the portion of the ritual where we will be sending out energy and prayer requests. Everyone is welcome to participate. How we do this is simple. Everyone simply types out any prayers or energy you need to be sent to you or your loved ones. Once everyone has stated what they need then I will ask you to simply concentrate on the requests and send out that energy. If there are requests you choose not to send energy out for, that is fine. If there are requests that you do not agree with, then simply move forward. We are all here in perfect love and perfect trust. There is no judgment here and it is a safe place for all.

Any further requests?

Thanks to the Guides/Deities: Stand before your White Candle and focus on the Goddess Danu. Feel Her energy throughout your Sacred Space, snuff out the candle and say:

“Goddess Danu,

Earth Mother,

We wish to thank you for joining us in this blessing.

Thank you for standing with us today!

Thank you for joining our Sacred Spaces!”

Stand before your Gold Candle and focus on God Lugh. Feel His energy throughout your Sacred Space, snuff out the candle and say:

“Father Lugh,

The Shining One,

We wish to thank you for joining us in this blessing.

Thank you for standing with us today!

Thank you for joining our Sacred Spaces!”

Corner Releasing: Standing to the North, snuff out your green candle, and say:

“Element of Earth,

We thank you for your energies for grounding us on this sabbat!

Thank you for standing with us and guiding us with your strength!

Thank you for joining our Sacred Spaces!”

Standing to the West, snuff out your blue candle and say:

“Element of Water,

We thank you for your healing energies that blessed us on this sabbat!

Thank you for standing with us and blessing us with your energies, 

Thank you for joining our Sacred Spaces!”

Standing to the South, snuff out your red candle and say:

“Element of Fire,

We thank you for your  Spiritual Strength this sabbat!

Thank you for blessing  us with your scared flames!

Thank you for joining our Sacred Spaces!”

Standing to the East, snuff out your yellow candle and say:

“Element of Air,

We thank you for your purifying winds on this sabbat!

Thank you for standing with us and blessing us with your winds of change!

Thank you for joining our Sacred Spaces!”

Circle Opening: Using your wand, stand to the North and feel the energy coming back to it. Focus your wand to the sky and turn in a widdershins direction and say:

“Element of Spirit, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth,

We thank you for removing any negativity from this space!”

Ending Information: Facing back to the North, lift your hands to the sky and say,

“The Circle is Open, but it is not broken.

Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again!” 

Disposal Information: Once you are done with  the blessing, take the bowl with the mix and spread it on to your garden or potted plants and sprinkle it over the soil. As the rain (or as you water your plants) it will carry all of the nutrients down to the roots of the plants so they will keep growing healthy and strong. 


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Heart’s Delight the Magick of Lemon Balm

One of my favorite things to grow in my garden is Lemon Balm. I love just walking by it and brushing it gently with my hand to fill the air with its lemony scent. Lemon Balm has gone by many names such as Common Balm, Balm Mint, Balm, Bee Balm, Lemon Balsam, Melissa, Sweet Balm, Sweet Melissa, and Heart’s Delight but its official name is Melissa officinalis. And it has a rich history, in ancient times it was often planted around by beekeepers to keep the honeybees content. It was also planted around the Temples of Diana, it was a herb sacred to her and it helped keep the honeybees happy. It is from the Goddess Diana that Lemon Balm was started to be called Heart’s Delight. It was believed in ancient times that Lemon Balm was useful to calm the heart and the body. And it has been used through the ages for many reasons from flavoring medicine and flavoring in cooking. It has been found to have a sedative effect and as a tranquilizer. It is also said to help inhibit bacteria and viruses and also as a digestive aid. As a digestive aid, it can even be added to fresh salads where it will add a fresh lemon flavor.

Magickally Lemon Balm is feminine and associated with the element of Water. It is also connected to the Moon and the planet Neptune. it is commonly used in love sachets but it has more magickal uses than just for love. Magickally it can be used for love, success, healing, cleansing, fertility, animal healing, happiness, prosperity, psychic awareness, and divination.

Dressing of Candles

Candles are one of the most commonly used tools in magick. The most often question I am asked is “how do you dress a candle?” So here is a quick post on how I dress my candles.

First, you need to figure out if you are trying to draw something to you or push something away from you. So if you are doing spells for prosperity, good health, or anything else you are wanting then you would start putting the oil on the ends of the candle and go to the center of the candle. But if you are wanting to push something away from you such as negative energy then you would start putting the oil the center of the candle and move towards the ends. After you have the oil on you can roll the candle in the herbs you are wishing to put onto the candle.

There is also another way you can dress a candle if it is a beeswax rolled candle. If it is then first you need to find the seam where it ends and carefully unroll it. Once you have part of it unrolled then you can dress the candle from the inside. You first will add the oil to the candle by spreading it onto the inside part of the candle. You would add the oil going from the ends to the middle or middle to the ends depending on the energy you are wanting for the spell. Once you have the oil on all you need to do next is sprinkle the herbs on, and remember a little bit goes a long way with herbs and candles.

Once the herbs have been added then carefully roll the candle back up and press it tightly together and your candle is all ready to use. I hope this information helps you to remember how to dress your candles for your spells.

Turtles Symbols of Longevity and Wisdom

I remember as a child of finding a turtle trying to cross the road. We stopped and picked it up and I was determined to keep it as a pet. I remember watching it walk in the grass and I loved how slow but strong it was. My little pet turtle was only my pet for a short time before we set it free near the creek behind our home. He needed to be free in my heart. Turtles are reptiles and belong to the Testudines family. Depending on the species they can live up to a hundred years. They also vary in sizes with the largest being the Leatherback Sea turtle with a shell length of 6.6 ft and weighs about 2,000 pounds. Turtles are connected to the element of Water and most live in or near water. There are a wide variety of folklore surrounding turtles and many creation stories that include turtles. Some of the Native American tribes believed in the World Turtle. The World Turtle carried the Earth on her back, and whenever she stretched she caused the Earth to shake and move. Then the Celtic saw turtles as the guardians of the entry into the world of the Fey. There are so many more legends and folklore surrounding turtles from cultures all over the world. If turtles come to you in your dreams it could be a sign that you need to follow your intuition more.

It could also symbolize that you are about to go through a period of spiritual growth. Turtles are symbols of fertility, security, defense against obstacles, longevity, blessing, journeys, emotional strength, endurance, stability, wisdom, and peace. Magically they are connected to serendipity and intuition. And in folk magick, it is said if you carry a turtle bone with you in your pocket or as an amulet then it will bring good fortune your way. Simply wearing a piece of turtle jewelry it can help bring security and stability into your life. If you are lucky enough to find an empty turtle shell, take it home and place it near your front door and it will protect your home and all who live there. But that is not the only use for turtle shells, they have also been used for divination. You can fill one with water and do some scrying in it. Or you can use it as a catcher bowl for bone or stone divination. Just be sure the shell is empty before you take it off to use.

But overall turtles remind us that it is strength and determination which helps us to overcome any obstacles that may come our way in life. They also help to remember to remain true to your path while also living in the moment.


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