Other Spiritual Entities

Ch'kara:

A great article. I live in a world surrounded by other worldly beings, who have always been a constant in my life.

Originally posted on Witches Of The Craft:

Other Spiritual Entities


Although ordinarily you can’t see them, many beings share your world with you. Perhaps you’re aware of spirits around you — you may see or hear them, or simply sense their presence. Some of the entities reside here in the physical realm, others exist in what is often thought of as heaven. These distinctions, however, are a bit misleading, as the various levels of existence aren’t really separate — they interact with and permeate one another.

Elementals

Elementals are so named because they represent the four elements:earth, air, fire, and water. Most of the time you can’t see them, though occasionally they cross over into human beings’ range of vision. If you befriend them, elementals can serve as devoted helpers who will eagerly assist you in performing magick spells.

Gnomes are earth spirits. Sometimes called trolls or leprechauns, these creatures can assist you…

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Tues, July 15th

Reblogged from Witches of the Craft

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Tues, July 15th

The enchanting perfection of a sweet fantasy can grab our attention and turn down the volume on our logic. The Moon slipped into the boundless realms of watery Pisces last night at 10:40 pm EDT, and her hook-up with nebulous Neptune today pulls us toward those magical things which can’t be perceived in the real world. However, complicated lunar aspects throughout the day remind us of the gulf that still exists between reality and our dreams.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You might feel a bit emotionally deflated today, especially if you see something you truly want yet know you cannot have. You could even grow annoyed with yourself for falling victim to your own unrealistic expectations. Thankfully, your frown can transform into a smile once you understand that you are the source of your own discontent now. The truth may not be what you wished for, but it still has the power to set you free.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You are on your best behavior today, but still could land in trouble if you assume that you can fix everything that is broken. It’s tempting to overestimate the positive results of your actions now. You appreciate a new opportunity, but may become frustrated if it disappears as suddenly as it arrived. Even so, there’s no reason for discouragement to come between you and promising prospects. Don’t resist; allow your irrepressible dreams to pull you toward success.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You can’t justify starting so many unrelated projects now, since your current responsibilities require that you follow one specific task through to completion. Naturally, you’re feeling very restless and are inclined to jump from one activity to the next. However, don’t attempt to beat the system and move on too soon; ironically, narrowing your focus onto a single goal can actually open new avenues for exploration.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You want nothing more than to live in a free-spirited world of sunshine and flowers today, but reality can’t live up to your fantastic expectations. Unfortunately, the Moon’s presence in your 9th House of Big Ideas isn’t very helpful if you have more practical issues on your plate. Set aside a bit of time for aimless daydreaming, but then let your inspiration guide you gently back to earth.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You could have an amazing vision today, and by exercising patience and follow-through you might even be able to produce something special. Even if you’re not Mozart or Picasso, a lack of artistic skills need not stand in your way. Although you want your talent to be appreciated, it’s more important now to express your creativity whether or not anyone else notices your work. Remember, it’s currently more about the process rather than the end results.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You can drive yourself nuts today if you try to focus your attention on answering one single question. Unfortunately, the more you narrow your concentration now, the more your mind escapes the confines of the current situation. The problem is that forced logic morphs into fuzzy thinking. Instead of looking at the dilemma from an objective point of view, just visualize the desired outcome and start off in that direction.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You are eager to share your inspirational ideas at work today, but they might not be quite ready for an unforgiving audience yet. It’s like a dream that makes perfect sense in your head until you start to tell it to someone else — and then it quickly fades back into the shadows. Paradoxically, even your most concrete plan begins to shift as you elaborate on the details. Skip the lengthy explanation for now; you can always bring others up to date in a day or two when they’re more receptive.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You don’t want to waste your time discussing trivial subjects today but ironically, it seems that you’re unable to avoid it. You would rather place the endless stream of words on hold in order to intensify a current emotional dynamic. But you may have to engage in superficial conversations just to make it through the workday. It’s not an either/or situation; you can still make time to explore more meaningful topics later with someone you trust. A little friendly banter never hurt anyone.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You’re on an emotional high while planning for an upcoming journey, yet a quiet uncertainty is beginning to take root and you don’t understand why. Concerns about your family or your own personal security may prevent you from traveling anywhere now. Happily, you can go somewhere magical without even leaving home. The advantage of a mental excursion is that no one has to know that you are gone. You can explore the far reaches of the universe in your imagination and still return in the blink of an eye to answer your phone.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You’re not averse to wandering around in the fertile fields of your imagination today; however, you start to feel anxious if you go too far in the process. You may struggle if there’s no apparent way to return to solid ground, but your fear is the only thing standing in your way. Avoid stress by consciously staying connected with your work even while you’re daydreaming. Be creative, but don’t fly so high that you get lost in the clouds.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

It might feel as if you’re losing touch with reality today, but your perception is only an illusion. People can’t see your inner mental process, so they don’t realize that you’re struggling to keep it real; actually, your thoughts are quite pragmatic now. You can take advantage of this temporary confusion as long as you don’t appear threatening to anyone. Be assertive and push for what you want. You may be pleasantly surprised at the results if you stay within your limits.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You are quite facile at shifting metaphysical gears today and slipping in and out of the real world so fast that no one even notices your absence. Even serious responsibilities won’t stop you from indulging in your mini-escapes to other realms now. But instead of trying to squeeze your daydreaming into short moments here and there, consider scheduling a block of time for your metaphysical adventures. Stretching your mind into other dimensions is healthy as long as you also deliver on your promises

witch’s stitches

Originally posted on Ozark Pagan Mamma:

Goldenseal has been used to treat digestive problems as well as the common cold and respiratory tract infections, and many other ailments. The chemical berberine found in goldenseal may be responsible for it’s effects against bacteria.

The bulk of my experience with goldenseal is it’s use topically for skin conditions and wounds. Goldenseal can be used on the skin to treat ulcers, infections, cold sores, eczema, acne, and itching.  It makes a good antiseptic skin cleanser.

Combine goldenseal root powder with a pinch of cayenne pepper to make an excellent first aid for wounds called “witch’s stitches”. What cayenne adds to the equasion is a fair bit of pain relief and it helps stop bleeding.

I keep witch’s stitches in a bottle close to my first aid supplies. A small sprinkle on a cut before adding a bandaid can prevent an infection. Once I used it to treat a wound…

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How To Make A Gratitude Jar – reblogged from the Lunar Apothecary

How and Why to Make A Gratitude Jar

reblogged from The Lunar Apothecary

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Gratitude jar on prosperity & abundance alter.

I want to start this by saying that you can use absolutely anything you want to count your blessings every day. There is no right or wrong way. If it feels right to you, then that is what you should do. I only offer my experiences and I encourage my readers to do their own thing in all situations. Always.

I got the idea for this from my mentor, Kimi. She made a video about hers, http://youtu.be/GUM-i-P0ImQ , she got the idea from Pinterest. This is something that can be useful for all faiths. Pagans can make a spell jar, Abrahamic faiths can make a prayer jar, anybody can use this. It is something that can be tailored to your specific path. The goal and results are the same.

Count your blessings, instead of your troubles. You attract more blessings by acknowledging the ones you already have, no matter how small they may seem.

If you don’t want to go all out, you can use a journal. Just write in it every day, every thing that happened that you are grateful for. You found a penny on the ground, be grateful. A feather, a pretty rock, be grateful. Acknowledge the abundance being poured out to you, the results are quite amazing.

I started mine after my husband got laid off from his job. I have my Etsy shop, but his income is what pays our bills. He gets laid off and things can go south, fast. One of the many reasons I love my path,  when things like this happen, I know I can do something about it. I don’t have to sit by and be an observer of my own life.

I rely heavily on The Law of Attraction for everything I do. “What you think about you bring about” is my motto for the year. This is something I am still working on and learning. It isn’t easy to change your thoughts. You have to be very conscious and mindful,  in the hustle and bustle of every day life, monitoring every single thought is just down right overwhelming. I have found that showing gratitude, is a huge step towards living the Law of Attraction.

So, my husband got laid off. In his profession this is a normal occurrence. He is a welder. He contracts himself out to the highest paying job. They are never permanent. He may work for 10 different companies in a year. This lay off however, was unexpected. It was supposed to have been a 2 year job. I was standing at my dresser when I heard the front door open, it wasn’t time for him to be home, my heart dropped as he walked through the door. “They laid us off.” I was devastated.

Another important lesson I have learned, is to honor all feelings and emotions. Pushing them away or pretending that they don’t exist is a slippery slope. I’m not saying unpack and live in your despair, but honor it. If it makes you sad or scared, then be sad or scared. Work through the emotions and let them go.

In my devastation, I cried. I prayed, I made offerings to the Goddess, I spent time under the moon. I owned what I was feeling. Then, as I so often do when I’m feeling lost, I turned to the inspiration of YouTube. There are so many wonderful spiritual thinkers there, I knew I would find something to help me during this difficult time. I had no idea what I would find.

I usually go to Kimi’s channel first. She was my mentor so the things she posted resonated with me. This time was no different. I clicked on her channel and that video was in my suggested que.

I had just been at the local Dollar General and had seen they had  pretty colored jars, some were green. I watched her video and went about making my plans.

The items I placed inside didn’t require very much research on my part. I have been collecting and using prosperity and abundance herbs, crystals, and essential oils since I started my practice. Inside my jar is a crumbled cinnamon spell star(I’ll share the recipe for those in another blog) and a large cinnamon stick. Cinnamon is my go to herb for manifestation and it smells amazing. It is also powerful for protection. Mugwort, I have large jar of it and I use it frequently, it is for fertility, protection and psychic powers, among other things, but those are the intentions I used it for in this instance. Basil for wealth and protection. My daughter got my birthstone(garnet) ring out of a gumball machine and gave it to me, so it went in the jar. A green aventurine tumble, a rutilated quartz Kimi had used in a prosperity & abundance fire that she gifted me. Amethyst for it’s connection to the divine. A penny and a six pence. My favorite, glitter. Sparkly glitter means prosperity to me.

My mother in law gifted me a beautiful glass top humming bird table. It is small and fit perfectly in a small corner in the center of our home. On it next to the jar I placed a Citrine cluster, an ammonite fossil, a star shaped, and green candle. I light the candles every time I sit in front of the alter to meditate and write down my gratitude. I placed a handmade piece of pottery to hold my slips of paper and a pen. When I sit down to do my gratitude, everything I need is there. That is important. Once you call in Sacred Space, you don’t want to be running around looking for a pen and paper. You need to be grounded and centered anytime you are connecting with the divine. I have done my gratitude at the end of a stressful day and it is much harder to see all the small things I need to acknowledge if my mind is still running around.

An alter isn’t required. It is what resonated with me. You can place your jar anywhere you can go for quiet time. You also don’t have to put a thing inside of it if that doesn’t speak to you. This is a very personal ritual. However you decide to put yours together is 100% up to you. Every day I make time to clear my mind and sit in front of it. I write down all my blessings and put them in the jar with the herbs, crystals, and trinkets.

When it gets full, I build a bonfire. I usually post on my FB page and ask that anyone that would like their name added to my Sacred fire leave a comment. There are always so many names, I love doing it. I’ve gotten some awesome emails from people that had abundance dropped in their lap after. That makes me SO happy!

I pull out each slip of paper, I will interject here, I wish I had used a jar with a wider mouth. It takes forever to get those slips out of that small opening. I read each one out loud and burn it. Sending my gratitude soaring into the universe at the speed of fire!

Three days after I started my jar and put together my alter, my husband got a job. He walked in and said, “what did you do?” I always grin when he asks me this question(he asks it a lot). I flippantly said, “the gratitude jar, you need to add to it now and say ‘thank you’.” It only took three days of acknowledging all my blessings and he was right back at work. My Etsy shop that had been dead, started selling again.

When Mercury went retrograde I had a big shift, that caused some major, hardcore releasing. It made me physically ill. My jar and alter were neglected. My husband got fired from the job for a rookie safety violation. He is back at work now, finally. Things have been harder than they have to be. I fully believe it is because I stopped being grateful. I started complaining every day about how bad I felt, how much I wished Mercury Retro would be over, blah blah, complain, whine. It got sent back to me.

Now that I am coming out of the sticky, mucky, sick, releasing. I am being drawn to it again. I’ve promised to write about it for a month. Today when I woke up, my guides let me know it was time. After I hit “publish” on this, I am going to spend some time in front of my alter. I have so much to be grateful for, I may fill it in one sitting.

If you read this and it calls to you, I would love to see pics and know about all the blessings being poured out to you!

Bright blessings,