What You'll NeedA flower (such as a rose) with many petals that you can strip from the plant and strew about, or a variety of fresh greeneryA 5-6 inch red taper candleAnother fresh flower, intactTraditionally, witches recite various chants on Beltane Eve. At midnight, mark out a nine-foot diameter circle on the floor using flower petals or greenery. Light a red candle. Hold the candle in your right hand and hold a flower, a well-budded branch of greenery, or other fresh plant in the left hand. Hold both candle and vegetation to the sky. Stand in the east of your circle of flowers and begin wal..
Beltane honors life at the peak of spring and the start of summer. The Goddess is celebrated as the Maiden and the May Queen at the peak of womanhood. The God as the Oak King courts and mates with her bringing fertility to the Earth. It is a night of passion, sensuality, vitality and joy. It is the time of the year to celebrate new ideas, hopes, and dreams putting them into action. Symbolically planting a seed or tending a garden is a wonderful activity recalling the crops of our ancestors and encouraging growth for any venture.
Anxiety is not an evil entity trying to ruin your life, or the product of an unhappy childhood; it is simply the messenger for emotions that need to be expressed in the body. Every human has emotions, which makes every human prone to anxiety. The good news is that there is so much we can do to free ourselves from it completely.
Every human has emotions, which makes every human prone to anxiety. The good news is that there is so much we can do to free ourselves from it completely.
Ah, it's that wonderful time of the year when Witches are suddenly in vogue. A vast array of bewitching-themed items can be found in every store across the land. Houses and shops are decorated with orange lights, fall leaves, blooming mums, colorful gourds, pumpkins, and scarecrows. Oh, and of course, ghosts, Witches, and screeching black cats. In all the excitement of decorating and preparing for the sabbat, it is easy to forget that often the most practical and magical of items are to be found very affordably, courtesy of good old Mother Nature. This Halloween why not keep things simple? For..
Honoring your ancestors, like any practice that deals with spirits, is a lot like cooking. Anyone can do it, not just people with special training. (That's a big part of the reason why I wanted to write a book about it!) But whether you're an amateur or a trained professional, you still need to stay in the moment and use your senses—or you might end up burning something.When you cook, you don't just put your food on the stove for ten minutes and trust that it's been cooked perfectly. Even if you're following a recipe and the recipe says, "cook for ten minutes," you need to watch the food chang..
One day my daughter was peeling a hard-boiled egg. She said, "I wonder why eggs have so many parts: there is the shell, then the skin part, then the egg inside."I said, "Well, each part has its purpose."She turned to me and asked, "Do people have a purpose?"I smiled and said yes, that every person had a purpose, though we don't always know what that purpose is. "I thought so," she said, "but I just wondered."These are the kinds of everyday encounters that can instill in our children the sacredness of life and help launch deeper discussions. They also introduce the idea of metaphor; the egg is ..
It's easy to get overwhelmed when you come upon the tarot for the first time and try to learn the esoteric meanings for all the cards and the card combinations. The tarot lies at the very heart of modern Western magic, and to understand it requires at least a partial knowledge of various esoteric subjects, the most important of which are the elements, astrology, numerology, and the Kabbalah.One way to learn the basic meanings of the cards is to memorize them by rote, but there is another way, a much more organic and holistic way that I used when I was a beginner, and I will describe it for you..
I have always been a strong advocate of Pagans touching or connecting with the earth in some way. The earth, after all, is the primal source of our spirituality. It stands to reason, then, that any activity that causes you to physically interact with the earth can enhance your Pagan spirituality.
Any time is a great time to add a new energy clearing technique to your home. As we integrate positive changes, creating a crystal grid in your home can really shift the energy in it. (Everything that happens in your home gets imprinted energetically in each room; the crystal grid transmutes that energy so that it doesn't remain in the home.)Crystal grids can cleanse, align, and shield the energy in any home. When we set the crystals in any space, the points emit beams of energy that are projected into the space. The beams of energy can go through walls and all physical objects. Multiple cryst..
Every day of the week, Sunday through Saturday, is a magical day. Each of the seven days of the week has its own magical correspondences such as deity associations, colors, crystals, and herbs. Each individual day also carries its own bewitching specialties. The trick is finding a way to apply these correspondences in a practical and fresh way to your Witchcraft.You may feel like you don't have much room in your schedule to add to your magical practice. Between your job, hauling the kids to soccer practice, walking the dog, and doing the laundry you've got maybe twenty minutes to spare for mag..
Ever wonder why statues of Catholic saints are sold in the same shop next to mandrake roots and Eleggua candles? How the saints joined forces with the African pantheon that would become Santería or Voodoo is a story dating back to the late 1600s.Huge populations of African prisoners of war, mainly from the kingdoms of Benin and Yoruba in western Africa, were enslaved and shipped to the Caribbean to work in mines and on cane plantations. The plantation owners baptized their slaves as Roman Catholics and prevented them from practicing their Pagan faith. But, recognizing similarities between the ..
You can tell a lot about a crystal by its color and the magical way that a crystal interacts with light. In fact, color may be the single most important factor you will need to know in order to work with crystals.Since the 1900s, when Isaac Newton used a prism to split sunlight into a rainbow of colors, scientists have recognized that light is a form of energy. That energy travels in waves, and the distance between each light wave is measured in terms of wavelength. Every wavelength has its own color—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet.In a way, color is an optical illusion. In..
To begin the Svadhisthana meditation, find a comfortable position with your back straight. Close your eyes and begin breathing yogically. Breathe deeply through your nose without separation between inhalation and exhalation and feel yourself relaxing. Take your time and become conscious of your body by following your breath for about five minutes. After five minutes, bring your attention to your second chakra, right above your sexual organs. Then bring your breath to your second chakra. On each inhalation, feel the energy centered in your sexual organs increasing. You will feel it as a heat an..
It is often said that tarot is a mirror. There are different ways of thinking about this. Some say tarot reflects back what you think, feel, or believe. Some say that it reflects back what you want to see. Some say that it shows you nothing more or less than your own potential. All of these are possible, and depending on what you believe about how tarot works, one or more of these may be at play when you work with the cards in any way.
Whatever you believe, you can blend these ideas into one process that helps you identify your ideals and your practices so that you can be aware of the dista..
Danu, the Great Mother Goddess of the Irish Celts, calls us to recognize the abundance of life
lighting the fires of inspiration connecting us to the Divine spark.
Amethyst is one of the best crystals for meditation allowing a raise in
vibration of the Third Eye.
Read more about this mystical purple gemstone.
I have been a practicing witch for 20 years, and while I understand the
frustration over Trump and his policies, I won't be participating in tonight's mass ritual against Trump. Here is why.
Before you can embrace your new year and intentions, you need to let go
of anything that has troubled you or held you back in the past. Not just
the past year, but your life until now.
If you listen to the rhythm of nature, Winter is a natural time to
stay indoors, meditate and reflect. The hustle and bustle of the summer
slows down with less outside activities to eat up your time. Take stock,
not of food stores but of yourself. A new year is coming - what do you
want it to hold for you?
Explore the magical properties of Garnet, the deep red gemstone of protection, purification, and healing.
How do you connect to friends and family who are no longer with us? It can be something as simple as making muffins.
I always love watching a TV show or movie and noticing an item I carry featured in it!
Most recently, it was while watching the "Hell to Pay" Season 8 episode of ABC's Castle starring Nathan Fillion which first aired May 9, 2016. Castle opens a secret vault in his PI office revealing a secret room full of occult items and information. The camera pans thru the mysterious room containing all manner of "scary" things and focuses for a moment on a statue of Baphomet - the statue by artist Maxine Miller which is one of our best sellers! Below are 2 screenshots I managed to snag to show you.
Create An Altar
An altar is really just a working space set with objects that reflect
you, the purpose of the altar, or the ritual or season you are
celebrating at it. Here are some things to think about when setting up your first altar.
On of our favorite manufacturers, Ancient Treasures, is in the process of changing their US distributor and all inventory is currently in transit to their new warehouse while other pieces are in the process of being restocked - including items that have been out of stock for a long time! This came unexpectedly as of June 21 and affects their museum quality Egyptian replicas as well as some of the Celtic and other lines we feature at MysticConvergence.com.
Unfortunately, this means there are shipment delays as they get everything transferred and re-inventoried. At this moment, I don't kn..