Your I Ching Hexagram for Jan. 4th is 41: Decrease

41: Decrease

Friday, Jan 4th, 2013

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Increase and decrease are part of the natural cycle of life. As spiritual author long ago put it, ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.’ Like a reservoir that is being used to irrigate the fields, learning to accept a decrease in position or material possessions is part of preparing for increase in the future.

We may live in materialistic times, but there is no disgrace in material decrease, particularly if it represents an investment in future gain — even if that gain be in the form of one’s education or the development of personal character. Likewise, the inner strength that comes from bearing loss can be balanced by a corresponding increase in inner strength and insight — as in the expression ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ When letting go of attachment and personal demands leads to a greater simplicity in daily life, good fortune often comes calling.

In nature, the lake evaporates to form the clouds that drop the rain that nurtures the surrounding forest. As the forest grows thick, more rain is captured for the lake. Similarly, an ‘evaporation’ or decrease in one area of your life, may give rise to an eventual increase in another. A loss of responsibility at work can mean more free time; more free time may generate more career options. A period of decrease is not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, it can free the spirit and fill the soul.

Be mindful of the lesson of young lovers: even with a minimum of possessions, feelings of the heart can bring an unsurpassed richness to life. The smallest of actions, if sincere, have value. So remain confident, for a time of decrease may actually bode good fortune, especially if you remain open to that possibility.

Let go of frustration, resistance and regret over whatever may be going down at this time. Accept the cycle, and remember what goes down must come up.

Banishing A Love Rival

Banishing A Love Rival

By Edain McCoy

 

Components:

Raw Meat

Something Broken

Angelica

Garlic Clove

Leek

Cheesecloth

Black thread

Dragon’s Blood Ink

Lime Juice

 

Instructions:

This spell from New Orleans encourages a love rival to turn his or her attention elsewhere and is best done on Friday or Saturday night during a Waning or New Moon. Beginning after Sundown, gather some raw meat a little past its prime, something “broken,” some angelica, a garlic clove and a leek. Tie these items together in a cheesecloth bound by black thread. On the outside paint the letter “X” three times in dragon’s blood ink. Douse the entire charm know as a gris-gris in New Orleans in lime juice. Before dawn, take the charm to your rival’s home and toss it onto the lawn saying:

“By this spell, you must find a love that steals your heart and mind. Turn your heart from my love, and  make a new start.”

TGIF! It’s Friday! The Weekend Is Finally Here! Yahoo!

Gooooood Friday Morning, dear friends! How are you doing this fine morning? I hope fine. I want to apologize real quick then I will get busy. I don’t know if you noticed or not but we sort of went POOF! off the internet yesterday. I believe about a month ago, I told you about the construction people that were installing fiber optic around here. They weren’t a construction company, they were a destruction company. When they came through here, they cut all the lines to everyone’s houses and our office. Well, dummy me thought that they did both sides of the road the first time. Then we would be through with them. HA! Yesterday the construction company came back only this time on the other side of the road. And I be darned they haven’t learned a darn thing. They cut all the lines again. I was never so mad in my life. This time was a little funny though, they cut through the main water line running through here. The men were all running for their lives. They had the water gushing up in the air. I never seen anything like it. But they had to get the water company out here, the cable company and the light company. It took all day and half the night to get everything fixed. I don’t know where the telephone company got this bunch but they need to fire them. They have destroyed half the county. Anyway that is what happened to us. I looked out all around today to make sure these idoits were no where to be seen. I guess they are off to destroy some other neighborhood.

Now I am sorry about yesterday but it wasn’t our fault. Now that you know what happened, I am off to get busy.

Have a fantastic Friday and a super weekend,

Luv & Hugs,
Lady A

 

 

 

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Blessings To Everyone This Fantastic Friday!

I apologize for us, yes “us,” running late. Lady A and I are sharing a computer today. She is sitting beside me looking at everything I do. Anyone want to adopt a witch? I am kidding, of course. I love her to death and I am very glad she is here. It didn’t seem like the same place without her here.

She has been wanting to read all the comments in the back. I have been wanting to get the posting done. We have had a conflict of interest, lol! There a lot of wonderful comments in the back. We thank you for them and we will eventually work our way through them and reply to you all. There are great words of encouragement and love expressed in them. We truly thank you for your love and support. You are all very special and we love each one of you.

We hope you have a fantastic Friday and a super weekend,

Love and Hugs,

Lady A and Annie

 

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Good Friday To All My Dear Friends!

Good Friday Morning/Afternoon to all of you! I hope you are having a very blessed day.  I am sorry I am running late but there is no rest for the wicked, lol! Every time I say that my husband looks at me and asks, “what have you been up too?” That just happens to be one of my favorite sayings. I am not a wicked or evil person. But when you work your butt off and people come along leave crap on the floor or make a mess. It seems these people are trying to push you to the edge, turn you wicked. Does that make any sense? I am sure it does to those who have picked up a living room. Then have two grown men come in and mess it. I blew a gasket last night with both of their butts. I told them if they do it again, I was going to beat them with a wet noodle.

Anyway, you might be wondering what the little farm girl has to do with witchcraft. Nothing, lol! It has to do with me. I am running late because I had some chores to do. Hmm, that reminds me of a song that will tell my story, and oh, woe is me, it is ……………

Green acres is the place for me.

Farm livin’ is the life for me.

Land spreadin’ out so far and wide

Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.

New York is where I’d rather stay.

I get allergic smelling hay.

I just adore a penthouse view.

Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.

…The chores.

…The stores.

…Fresh air.

…Times Square

You are my wife.

Good bye, city life.

Green Acres we are there.

Green Acres Lyrics by Vic Mizzy

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Your Magickal Spell of the Day for June 15 – Ring and Ribbon Spell

Ring and Ribbon Spell

Are you ready to “tie the knot?” This spell strengthens the loving connection between you and your beloved.

Items You Will Need:

  • 2 rings
  • A piece of red or pink ribbon
  • A pen that writes on fabric

Best Time To Cast:

  • During the Waxing Moon
  • When the Sun or Moon is in Libra
  • On Fridays

The Spell:

  1. Write your name and your partner’s on the ribbon, along with a special loving wish.
  2. Slip the ribbon through the two rings and tie a knot, while you envision your wish coming true.
  3. Tie the ribbon and rings on your bedroom door.

Hey Ya’ll, It’s A Happy, Happy Day! Why? It’s FRIDAY!!! TGIF!!!

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Good Friday morning, my friends! How is everyone doing this morning? I hope super. It is a get-away day and plus it also Father’s Day Weekend! Have you got all the special men in your life their presents yet? My husband told me something a long time ago that I now use on him, lol!

When Mother’s Day rolled around one year, I asked him why he hadn’t bought me a Mother’s Day present. He turned around and told me, I wasn’t his mother that’s why he hadn’t bought me a present. I have a memory worse than an elephant. Every year, I turn the tables on him and tell him, “he’s not my daddy, hmm!” He ought to have remembered the old saying what goes around comes around, lol!

Well let’s see what we can get into real quick…..

Ah, an Irish Blessing For You, My Friends!

When the first light of sun-

Bless you.

When the long day is done-

Bless you.

In your smiles and tears-

Bless you.

Through each day of your years-

Bless you.

Have a super day, dearies!

The Proper Timing for Magick

Author: Taliesin McKnight

Timing is one of the most important things to consider when doing magick. Astrology can be likened to a great cosmic clock. It reflects the cycles and rhythms of nature. The proper alignment of the stars, the sun, the moon, and the planets should all be taken into consideration. Does this sound complex? I assure you it is not as complicated as it may sound. In fact, this may reduced to two things: the days of the week and the cycles of the moon.

The seven planets rule the seven days of the week. The names even derive from the planets in many different languages. In English these come from the names of the Norse planetary deities. Sunday is the day of the Sun; Monday is the day of the moon; Tuesday is the day of Tue (Mars) ; Wednesday is the day of Wodan (Mercury) ; Thursday is the day of Thor (Jupiter) ; Friday is the day of Freya (Venus) ; and Saturday is the day of Saturn. Therefore, for maximum astrological benefit, a love spell should be done on Friday, the day of Venus (planet ruling love) . In the same way, magick involving education may be done on Wednesday, which is ruled by Mercury. The planetary correspondences are as follows:

The Sun rules Sunday and is good for Success, luck, spirituality, knowledge, and healing. The moon rules on Mondays. This is a good time to do spells for intuition, dreams, astral travel, and communication with spirits. Mars rules on Tuesdays. It is a good time for effective magick involving battle, conflicts, protection, strength, overcoming adversity, and binding.

Mercury is the planet presiding over Wednesdays. This is a time for rituals for education, knowledge, divination, communication, and healing. Thursday is the day of Jupiter, and governs success, prosperity, luck, and leadership. Venus dominated on Fridays and can bring love, romance, heal relationships, and grant new friends. Saturday is governed by the baleful influence of Saturn. This planet grants protection, destruction, binding, curses, purification, and overcoming weakness.

In addition to the seven days of the week, the seven planets also rule the hours in the day. There are several different methods to calculating the planetary hours. One of these involves following the hours from sunrise to sunrise; another divides the hours between sunrise and sunset and divides them into 12 sections and the same is done for the period between sunsets. To avoid all the math and difficulty, a very simple and effective system omits this and simply uses the 24 hours from midnight to midnight. This has worked wonderfully for me and I see no reason to list the other methods. If you would like to examine other methods for calculating planetary hours, that information is readily available online or in other books on magick. For simplicity, just know that the planet for the day also rules the hour at 6 am, 1 pm, and 8 pm.

Now, to illustrate this, let us take an example. If you wanted to do a love spell, it would be a good idea to do this on Friday (the day of Venus) at 8 pm (the hour of Venus) . This acts as a magickal doorway in which the proper astrological conditions are right. In this way the magus moves with the cycles and the rhythms of nature. If one were to bind (or restrict) someone from causing harm to others, Saturday at 6 am would be a good time. The days and hours should be at least partially memorized. The easiest way to do this is to simply memorize which planets rule each day and to simply remember that the planet for that day also rules at 6 am, 1 pm, and 8 pm. In this way, it will not be necessary to look this up every time one wishes to do a spell!

The phases of the moon also have an important impact on the effectiveness of magick. The waxing (growing) phase and the full moon are good from creative magick and bringing things into your life; the waning (decreasing) phase and the new moon are used for destructive spells and getting rid of things in your life. This is the most stressed point in ritual timing in the Wiccan tradition.

The concept of moving with the phases of the moon is very ancient and is found in many different cultures. This can be seen as a more important element in timing than anything else. It is much better to go with the phases of the moon on the wrong day than to do it on the right day of the week and the wrong lunar phase. This aspect of magickal timing should not be over-looked. The full and new moons are peaks of the creative and destructive cycles. The mid-way points (the half moons during increase and decrease) are also times of great magickal power.

The last aspect of ritual timing is the moon sign. The moon passes through the 12 signs of the zodiac, remaining in each sign only for a few days. This is not as important a consideration as the other 2 timing concerns. Nonetheless, this can lend power to rituals and spells. When the moon is in an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) are good for financial concerns; when the sign is in an Air sign (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) are ideal for education and spells consistent with the characteristics of the element of Air. When the sign is in a Water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) it is a great time for spells that are connected to the Element of water and to emotions, artistry, and relationships; While the moon is in a Fire sign (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) it is a good time to do rituals of a fiery nature.

The individual characteristics of the sign (rather than just the element) should also be considered. This is not a very important aspect to magickal timing, so don’t stress too much over it. As I said before, though, utilizing this can only help and never hinder!

There are other lesser aspects to astrological timing. These would include the weather and the current Sun sign. The reason Sun signs are rarely considered is not so much that it is a weak influence, but rather that it is not practical to wait months just to do a spell, when it will probably no longer even be needed or be too late. This could also be a great aid if followed.

Weather is an issue as well. Storms are usually great for magick because it is a time of great elemental power. Furthermore, if one is doing a ritual involving the Sun, this should be done during the day and when it is sunny. One would assume this would go without saying. On the contrary, however, many people fail to recognize this simple concept. After all, it is only common sense. Thus, weather and the Sun sign can lend a lot of extra power to spells, if you would only harness that power with the use of correct ritual timing.

Now that this has all been laid down and explained, let us take another example to make sure these concepts are well understood. Let us say that someone is looking for a new job and decides to do some magick to help the job search. The moon should be waxing (this is for bringing things into your life) and the spell may be done on a Thursday (the day of Jupiter) at 1 pm (the hour of Jupiter) on a cloudy day because Jupiter is a sky god. The moon should also be in the sign of Capricorn. This would be an extremely good time for such a spell. The conditions are perfect.

Does timing have to be followed? Of course not! In the preceding example, the job is probably needed immediately. It would be foolish to wait for the right conditions during such an emergency. Do spells whenever they are needed. However, WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT, the astrological conditions should be considered. If a spell can wait for the perfect conditions, then great. If they spell can wait a few days for the right day ruled by the proper planet, that is good too. But if the spell can’t wait that long, then do it now. The spell can be repeated when the stars, sun, and moon are aligned right if needed. The spell will still work. The point is lending extra power to your spells. That’s it.

Following the cycles and rhythms of nature is also another way of aligning oneself with the universe. In the ancient Mystery Traditions, from which magick derives, Man was seen as a reflection of the cosmos. One is moving in accordance with the universe. We are moving with the tides of nature. Can magick be done against these cycles and still be effective? Sure. But it is like swimming against a current. Why not “ride with the tide”? It may even carry you a ways if you would only let go and let the currents of the Great Mother take you. Thus, in magick we try to follow the ways of Nature. Magick is merely using Her ways.

Remember, that which separates the initiate from the vulgar is simply that the occultist is aware of the laws of the universe and uses them to his or her advantage while others do not use this power that lies in their hands.

 

Your Magickal Correspondences for Friday, June 8

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Friday, June 8th’s Correspondences

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow
Friday belongs to Venus, and its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) works well on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

It’s Friday, Friday! TGIF! In Case You Haven’t Heard, “IT’S FRIDAY!

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I just couldn’t resist this cutie! It reminded me too much of my Stinker. In fact, it looks like something the little goofy would do, if he could, lol! I would have been here sooner, but……Razzy decided she wanted to be super loveable this morning. Compared to yesterday morning, I will take this Razzy any day. Yesterday, I don’t know what was wrong with her. She was like hell on four paws, gee! We all got up at 3 a.m., and the more I cleaned and picked up, the more she tore up. Then when I sit down at the computer, here she would come with her string. She gets her string, in her mouth, and comes and wraps it around my ankle. That’s her way of telling me she wants to play.

Let me tell you this and then I will hush for the day, maybe, lol! I had a phone call the other day from a contractor that was supposed to be from our phone company. He wanted to know if anyone was going to be home. He was going house to house drawing up plans for the phone company to lay fiber optic line for people who had DSL. Well I told this man, we no longer had DSL with the phone company. He told me, he couldn’t help that, they had me down as having DSL. Since they had me down as having DSL, he had to come out and draw up the plans. I finally said, “Hell, come on!” After I hung up with him, I got to thinking about all the home invasions that have been happening around here. Great, what if this old boy is with a bunch that is doing these home invasions? I just gave him an open invitation to come on over and invade me! I got to thinking what would be a great way to meet him at the door. We have guns, rifles, shotguns and all that mess but I really don’t like to messing with them. So it hit me, get Razzy! I tracked her little butt down just as the man was knocking on the door. He came in and acted like he wasn’t  in a hurry to get to work. He kept talking and talking. I brought up about all the wildlife we have out here in the boonies. He was telling me about a cougar a few miles down the road that had practically killed a horse. Then I told him about the momma wildcat and her kittens that had come up to our house. He said you mean, “a bobcat?” I said, “Oh, yes, I call her a wildcat but she is really a bobcat.” Then he got nervous. He wanted to know if she was “in the house?” I told him, yes she was, most of the time she stays in the bedroom with me. But when I get up she generally goes with me wherever I go. He started looking around the kitchen real nervously. I told him it was ok she was right here. Then I moved and Razzy was sitting right on the edge of the cabinet. I thought this man was going to crap his pants. It was funny, all of a sudden he didn’t want to talk anymore. He had to get to work, NOW! He went out and drew up some plans. He had said he needed me to approve them before he left. He came back up to the porch and wanted to know if I could come outside and approve them. I told him, no, he would have to come in. He stepped about a foot inside the door. He kept his hand on the knob all the time. I approved the plans and he left. After he left I got to feeling bad about what I had done. Then again, I didn’t know him. He could be a contractor that cased out houses for the home invaders. These days you never know. But I did find out one thing, I have the greatest deterrent ever, Razzy! Word gets around that the crazy lady that lives here has a bobcat in the house, we will be avoided like the plague, lol! Instead of ADT, I have BDT!!! Can I sign you up?

Enough with my BS, I hope everyone has a great Friday! Also Monday is President’s Day, I hope you have a long weekend. We all could use an extra day of rest and relaxation!

Have a great one!