Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Witches Apple

Apple Lore: Few of our Mother's gifts are so celebrated in lore as the apple. Often associated with fertility Goddesses, the apple is, for many peoples, a Tree of Knowledge.

Apples may be incorporated into any ritual in which one desires to give honor to a God or Goddess of fertility. The seeds may be planted in establishing a shrine of trees to Aphrodite or other fertility Goddesses. Dried seeds and bark may be powdered to be used as incense. Apples may be eaten, the juice shared in the ritual cup, or incense offered when seeking knowledge through the Tree of Life, an act requesting wisdom from the dieties. The apple may also be used as a symbol of security.

Apples are often associated with good luck. Many enjoy cutting the apple in half horizontally, where the seed cavity produces a five-pointed star.

The apple is believed to improve one's spirits and elevate one's happiness. Apples are corresponded with Venus and with Friday, which is her day.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Celebrate Samhain!~

Samhain, pronounced “sow-en or sow-in” is the most magical and important night of the year for Pagans, Wiccans and Celts throughout the world. Exactly opposite Beltane on the Wheel of the Year, Samhain is Beltane’s dark twin and the Witches New Year. Samhain rituals begin at sundown October 31st when the veil between the worlds of humans and spirits is at its thinnest and the dead return to visit their kin. The modern world recognizes this holiday as Halloween.

The Samhain season celebrates the thinning of the veil between the worlds of humans and spirits. The veil begins to thin about Oct 15th with the veil at its very thinnest upon the eve of Oct 31st. The holiday season goes to about thru Nov 10th or so. During this time, divination is at its highest point. Use a crystal pendulum to divine answers for yourself and your loved ones during the Samhain season and during your Samhain ritual.

Samhain is the celebration of death. The time to connect with our ancestors who have passed on and invite them once again, into our lives. A time to embrace our heritage reminding ourselves of the connection we have with those who have gone before us into the great beyond. To celebrate their lives and the memories we hold dear. We have not forgotten you ~

Samhain Ritual Items available at the White Magick Shoppe ~

White Magick ~ Then and Now

The history of White Magick and its spiritual practices date back to ancient times, when people realized and learned that they could manipulate the conscience mind utilizing the natural forces of the universe to bring about a greater good for all of humanity. History tells us that is was the ancient Celts, whose religion was Pantheistic, meaning they worshiped many aspects of the creative life source, worshipped both the Gods and the Goddesses.

The religious beliefs and practices of the Celts grew into what later became known a Paganism, derived from the Latin word Paganus, meaning "country dweller." This outgrowth was consistent with the Celts' love for the land and their holding such things as the oak tree and mistletoe sacred.

After North America was discovered and Europeans began migrating to the new land, witchcraft came into practice by some of the early, colonial settlers. Since it had previously been branded as "demon-worship," witchcraft was forbidden throughout the North American colonies. Despite this order, some colonists secretly practiced witchcraft knowing they would be hanged or burned if they were caught. It has been said that certain rituals performed by early American witches helped shield their settlements from attacks by Native Americans.

Here we are in the 21st Century, and magic and the practice of witchcraft is alive and well. While we are all familiar with the term “Black Magic”, “White Magick” is completely the opposite. White Magick is the practice of intentional spell workings and rituals harnessing the universal powers of all that is good and that will bring a positive end result, harming none.