Monday, August 31, 2009
Posted by Raven_Nightwind at 4:46 AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Lady, thank you
for this sink of dirty dishes;
we have plenty of food to eat.
Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry;
we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.
And I would like to thank you, Lady,
for those unmade beds;
they were so warm and comfortable last night.
I know that many have no bed.
My thanks to you, Lady,
for this bathroom,
complete with all the splattered mirrors,
soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory;
they are so convenient.
for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs cleaning.
It has served us faithfully for many years.
It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.
Thank you, Lady,
for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today;
It has baked so many things over the years.
The whole family is grateful
for that tall grass in the yard that we all enjoy.
My kids are healthy and able to run and play.
Lady, the presence of all these chores awaiting me
says "You have richly blessed my family."
I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.
Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings,
Thank you, Lady, that I can hear.
There are many who are deaf.
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible,
thank you, Lady, that I can see.
Many are blind.
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising,
Thank you, Lady, that I have the strength to rise.
There are many who are bedridden.
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic,
when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short, my children are so loud,
Thank you, Lady, for my family.
There are many who are lonely.
Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines
and the menu is at times not balanced,
There are many who are hungry.
Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous,
Thank you, Lady, for the opportunity to work.
There are many who have no job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to
day and wish my circumstances were not so modest,
Thank you, Lady, for life.
Posted by Raven_Nightwind at 8:57 PM
Sunday, August 23, 2009
My home altar is usually only this done up for Samhain or if someone really has something comin to them. As you can tell I really have a liking for Voodoo.
Posted by Raven_Nightwind at 9:58 AM
It is no secret that ever since my car accident in 1994 I have completely forgotten how to use my tarot cards. I do have a set I have been using and it is my favorite so far. The Necronomicon Tarot
Posted by Raven_Nightwind at 9:51 AM
This movie was one of the worst I have seen this year, don't wast your money! And before anyone says anything this kind of movie is right up my alley, I love action flicks. I slept through a good portion of it, the only reason I woke up is because people were laughing at my snoring.
Posted by Raven_Nightwind at 8:42 AM
Saturday, August 22, 2009
"A spell is a symbolic act done in an altered state of consciousness
in order to cause a desired effect."
To cast a spell is to project energy through a symbol. It is
important to note that the energy is what is key, not the symbol; too
often, the symbols (example: candles, inscense, herbs) are mistaken for the agent that casts the spell.
While props can be useful at times, it is the mind ( or the casters intent)that works the magic, not the symbol or prop.
Correspondences between colors, numbers, and plants do make up a great deal of magical lore.
While particular objects, shapes, colors, scents, and images do work better than others to embody certain ideas, I still feel it is due in part to the feelings, or effort one put into the object.
The most powerful spells are often improvised from materials that feel right
or that one simply happens to have on hand.
Posted by Raven_Nightwind at 8:21 AM
I just wanted to post this because I found it interesting, I do not agree with everything stated in this article.
When it comes to wishes, the best advice is to be careful what you wish
for--you just might get it! While there are numerous spells designed
specifically to carry your wish into the universe and to the powers that
can make it
come true, using herbs as well as the four elements in your spell can
ensure its success.
It is common knowledge that herbs possess many properties-- including
numerous magical powers. Herbs add their energy to the spell, which in
turn adds an
extra dimension of power. While many people believe that using a
herb is the only way to make a spell come true, today we know that
it is not always possible to get enough of one particular herb,
it is hard to find. A mix of herbs can work, too.
If you choose to use a mixture of herbs, be sure that none of the herbs
the mixture will counteract your wish. Vervain is a good herb to use in
almost all wish spells, because its properties are very general as well
protective. Cinnamon, however, would not be a good choice if your wish
release your power. It would counteract the wish and instead grant
You also need to make sure you use the correct ink. For example, Dove's
Blood Ink is the common ink used in wishing spells. However, if your
destructive in nature, you would use Dragon's Blood Ink instead. A word
caution here is that whatever you wish onto another will come back to you
sevenfold, so, again, be careful what you wish for.
When you need a special wish granted, write the wish out in Dove's Blood
on parchment paper. Make three folds in the paper and place it in a red
flannel bag. Then fill the bag with dandelion petals, sew it closed with
thread, and wear it around your neck for three days. Although this spell
not recommended for acquiring money or property, it is quite effective
used in situations when you are in danger of losing or having it taken
by outside influences.
You can also write your wish on a piece of parchment paper using Dove's
Blood Ink. While the ink is still fresh sprinkle on some peony petals.
paper up, and seal it with melted red wax from a candle. Hide the
in your home, making sure to change the hiding place every third day.
the spell as you remove and hide the bag. After your wish has been
destroy the token by burning it.
Here is a common spell that can be chanted three times in succession as
perform your ritual. You may adapt it to suit your specific needs. For
example, you can replace the word "wish" with your specific request.
Powers that be grant me a wish today,
Large, small, tiny, or huge.
Let my wish grow here, there, and everywhere,
North, south, east, and west.
Carry my wish through your quarter to the powers that be,
Grant me this wish so that we may rejoice together.
So mote it be.
Here are some popular herbs used in wishing spells.
BASIL is an easy herb to obtain or grow yourself. If your wish is to be
protected from negativity or to be cleansed, then basil is the herb to
BAY LAUREL, commonly known as bay leaf, is used in success and prestige
wishes. Although this is a tender perennial, it does grow well indoors
in a pot.
CALENDULA LEAVES and dried flowers placed under the bed are said to make
one's dreams come true. This is an easy flower to grow. It adds extra
your herb garden with its bright orange, yellow, and pink petals.
CINNAMON is the spice of choice for wishes dealing with power.
HYSSOP is effective when used in wishing spells for spiritual calmness.
JOB'S TEARS, sewn inside your pillow, are said to make a wish come true
within seven days.
MUSTARD SEED has always had special properties. To make a wishing bag of
your own for a particular objective, place into a drawstring pouch one
foot, five new nails, nine mustard seeds, and thirteen pennies. Anoint
bag with Mojo Oil and then rub the bag between your palms as you make
PARSLEY is best used in wishing spells by women. Parsley is effective
wishes involving calming an atmosphere or protecting a specific place.
PEPPERMINT is best used for money and prosperity wishes. Peppermint is
to give a mentally stimulating vibration. hen growing your own
be sure to put it in a large pot and bury the entire pot. Peppermint is
ROSEMARY is most effective when used in promotion or advancement wishes.
cooler climates, rosemary can be overwintered in a pot indoors.
RUE is an excellent herb to add to your wish spell mixture because it
provides protection. It is also a spiritualizing herb that adds a
vibration to spells. A note of caution: If you are allergic to rue, it
boils on your skin when you touch it.
SAGE is good if you wish to resolve a problem. It is also a good choice
wishing spells that deal with mental clarity. Sage is a very easy herb
VERVAIN is good for making your dreams or wishes come true. Steep the
vervain, covered, in warm water for five minutes. Strain and add the
your bath. The carrying or wearing of vervain places one under the
influences of the Love Goddess. Vervain is also considered a protective
that will guard the wearer from enchantments on them. This is the best
to use for general wishes.
YARROW LEAVES and flowers are often used in wishing spells that deal with
love. A word of caution here: One should not perform a love spell.
spells are known to backfire, and one should not try to control the will
another. However, the sprinkling of yarrow can increase human love.
Once you have decided which herbs you will be using and are ready to
complete your spell, you will need to measure out the correct amount of
Generally a small amount, such as a tablespoon, of each herb is
However, for talismans you may need a bit more in order to fill your
If you are using fresh herbs, be sure to dry them first--especially if
will be put into a talisman.
by Sheri Richerson,
Posted by Raven_Nightwind at 8:14 AM