~ Diana/Artemis ~
Diana, whose name simply means "Goddess" is the most
popular of all the Goddesses. Diana is the Roman name
for the Greek Goddess, Artemis. Diana has remained,
throughout the centuries, as a symbol of classical
antiquity. When paganism saw its first revival, both
Diana and Artemis quickly came to the forefront as
Goddesses of the wild and woodlands. Diana is usually
depicted with a bow and arrow. Diana was the twin
sister of Apollo, was a virgin and was called up by
women who needed independence or protection from men.
~ Hecate ~
Hecate, a divinity of the Underworld and companion of
Persephone, is called the Queen of the night and the
Goddess of the crossroads. Her three faces are turned
towards as many directions, and her name was shrieked
at night at the crossroads of cities. She is portrayed
as bearing torches, and it is with them that she
killed Clytius during the course of the Gigantomachy. Hecate is regarded as supreme both in Heaven
as well as in the Underworld. It is said that Zeus calls upon her
whenever any man on earth offers sacrifices and prays
for a favour. Hecate was originally a Goddess in her
maiden aspect, but over the years, throughout history,
has taken on the feature of a crone.
Isis was the supreme mother Goddess of ancient
Egypt. She was married to her brother Osiris,
and their child was the God Horus. The 3
Deities together made up the holy trinity of
the Egyptian pantheon. Isis spent time among
mankind and taught many skills to the women,
such as the grinding of corn, spinning
fibres and reading.
Isis was the most powerful Deity of the
pantheon, even more so than the older sun God,
Ra. She tricked Ra to get his secret name, by
which she gained many of his powers as well as
Isis was also the first to use Mummification.
When her husband was murdered by his jealous
brother Set, Isis found the pieces of his
body, wrapped them in linen strips and
breathed life back into him. This is the base
for the well-known tradition among the ancient
Egyptians to mummify their dead in preparation
for the afterlife.
Kali is the great Indian
Goddess and although she is another loving
mother figure although she is depicted with
her tongue hanging out and wearing a necklace
of skulls, which does not seem very
Kali fought with Raktavija,
the lord of the Asuras (Demons) and for every
drop of his blood that touched the Earth, a
thousand demons sprang up. Kali, in her Divine
madness solved this by licking up every drop
of this blood with her tongue, and won the
day. Wild with joy, she continued tot dance
her dance of destruction until the Gods begged
her to stop but she would not listen. Finally,
her husband Shiva came to implore her. Still
crazed, she did not recognise him and instead
threw him on the floor with the corpses and
danced over him.
The destruction associated
with Kali has been connected with the cycle of
creation and rebirth.
means "Queen of Heaven", is the Sumerian Great
Goddess and forerunner of the Babylonian
Ishtar. Sumer was a culture located in what is
now the southern half of Iraq.
Inanna is the
first daughter of the Moon, and the Star of
the morning and evening. Like Anat and
Aphrodite she is linked to the plant Venus and
is a love Goddess. Her wedding to the shepherd
Dumuzi was celebrated on the first day of the
new year as a sacred marriage rite, and her
legends show her to be a woman of powerful
to the Underworld to learn of the wisdom of
death and rebirth. To be released from death
she must choose a substitute and offer up
Dumuzi, who in her absence did not mourn her.
Morgan was also
known as Morgana and Morgan Le Fay. She was
the older half-sister of King Arthur. She is a
fairy queen and sorceress and it is said she
was a pupil of Merlin. Morgan is very
much associated with the magical island of
Arthur and the legends are full of her
attempts to bring his downfall.
It is said that
Morgan is a Goddess of the sea and of the Isle
of Avalon. She was a healer and
drinking water blessed by her provided
and instant cure for all ills.
The 'Fay' in her
name means fate or fairy, which in itself
Abundance and Fertility
Freya was the sister of the god Freyr, and was one of the Vanir, the Norse
deities of earth and water that lived in Asgard.Venerated by women, heroes and
rulers alike, she was the Scandinavian goddess of fertility and abundance.
Freyja could be called upon for assistance in childbirth and conception, to aid
with marital problems, or to bestow fruitfulness upon the land and sea.
In some traditions, she is known not only as Freyr's sister
but his wife as well. Like Freyr, she is associated with material wealth. She
was known to wear a magnificent necklace called Brisingamen, which represents
the fire of the sun, and was said to weep tears of gold. In the
Norse Eddas, Freyja is not only a goddess of
fertility and wealth, but also of war and battle. She also has connections to
magic and divination.
Freyja was similar to Frigg, the chief goddess of the Aesir,
which was the Norse race of sky deities. Both were connected with
childrearing, and could take on the aspect of a bird. Freyja owned a magical
cloak of hawk's feathers, which allowed her to transform at will. This cloak
is given to Frigg in some of the Eddas.
Brigantia is the tribal goddess of the Brigantes tribe of
northern England, whose name comes from the root brig and means "High One" or
"Queen". She was associated with water and rivers (one inscription refers to her
as the Nymph Brigantia), and the river Braint (in Anglesey) and river Brent (in
Middlesex) were both probably named after her, and possibly the river Brechin in
Scotland as well.
The Romans associated her with Victoria, goddess of victory, and Minerva,
goddess of war and wisdom, as can be seen from inscriptions combining the names
of these deities with Brigantia.
There are at least ten Roman inscriptions to Brigantia. One image shows her
bearing a spear and a globe, with a gorgon pendant around her neck and a shield
behind her, which are all strongly reminiscent of Minerva. The Irish goddess
Brigit and Gallic goddess Brigindo have also been identified with Brigantia.
Arianrhod is a Welsh Goddess whose name means Silver Wheel. Some say she lives
in the constellation called Corona Borealis. She is the mistress of the
otherworldly tower of initiation, Caer Sidi, where poets learn starry wisdom and
where the dead go between incarnations.
Herne is the silent master of the Wild Hunt, a legend that is found in most
Celtic lands. Herne is also one of a number of horned gods that are found in
Celtic tales. Like the others he was a symbol of the life force.
Herne, like the Greek Pan, was a symbol for a wilder form of
that force. Just as Pan's pipes drove people to pan-ic, Herne also had a highly
effective horn. Only his did not drive one to panic but called all who heard it
to joint he wild hunt and be filled with an uncontrollable lust to hunt down and
rip to shreds what or whom ever was unlucky enough to become the object of this
hunt. He was always aided in this by a number of large hounds.
The pentacle, a pentagram
within a circle, is the most recognizable
symbol of Wicca.
The pentacle represents the integration of body and spirit, and the
spiritual mastery of the four elements. The
pentacle is used in a number of Wiccan
The pentacle is often worn as a symbol of recognition amongst
practitioners, especially those who practice a
code of secrecy.
Its five points represent (starting at the top
and moving clockwise) spirit, fire, water,
earth, and air.
The fact that "spirit" is at the topmost point means that all of the
earthly elements are subject to the power and
influence of "otherworld;" the fact that there
is a circle connecting all five means that
they are interwoven, the natural elements with
If you'd like to cast a
spell the simple way, all you have to do is visualise your goal,
send your energy to it, and you've essentially cast a spell. Whether
you use fancy tools, invoke presences by name, or manipulate other
materials is up to the person making the spell...they are focusing
devices and are often immensely helpful, especially to novices.
If you feel it is enough
to just light a candle and meditate and call it a spell, then you
are right, it is enough. That is the simplest sort of spell:
Lighting a candle, tying a knot, waving a wand, singing a chant. All
of these are "spells," assuming you visualise properly.
If you want to get a little more involved than
this but don't wish to go through the large-production-type spell of
twenty steps as in some spells, here is a simplified version made up
of eight steps, with the "bulk" cut out and the most essential parts
emphasised. This is for those who are not interested in making a
giant production out of it and prefer simplicity. They are listed
and then explained in more detail.
Define what you need or
Define your sacred space.
Manipulate spell materials
Thanks and earthing.
Release sacred space.
When you decide you want
to do a spell, make sure you know why you're doing it. Consider
whether you should. Are you following the Wiccan Rede? Are you
remembering the Threefold Law? So if you're not going to hurt anyone
and you wouldn't mind if the karma from this hit you threefold, you
still need to decide whether you should do this. Ask yourself
whether the person would be opposed.
Generally you're not
supposed to try to use magick against someone's will . . . sometimes
you will be tempted to think it is for a person's own good. You
might try shying away from that. For instance, if you think a friend
is entering a relationship that will destroy him, instead of trying
to "make" them break up with a spell, try casting your spell hoping
that the relationship not impede his happiness. Perhaps your
influence can brighten the relationship so it is not destructive or
empower him to see what is wrong with
the relationship before
it does destroy him. Always try to find positive ways to cast the
spell instead of destroying things; the only thing you should
routinely banish is negative influences.
For any spell, no matter
how simple, you must know what you want to have happen. This does
not mean "I want to get a job working Checkout No. 2 at Sainsbury's
from 8 to 12 on weekdays"; this means "I want to get a job somewhere
I can be happy with the hours I can handle." You need not make
predictions or demands of specifics; just the essentials of your
need should be known and defined.
Make sure that if you're
looking for a job, you're not going to inadvertently be trying to
kick someone else out of the position you want...remember, you want
to get what you want if it's available, not to snatch it away from
someone who has it.
What will you do to
symbolise your need being met? You should decide at this point what
kind of spell you want to do and find out what sorts of materials,
if you want to use any, will help you. You can look in your Book of
Shadows if you have one, on the Internet, in books, ask friends . .
. and try
to decide what you will
do to make this spell different from simply thinking about your need
If you want to give a
friend peace, will you make a clay doll of her and sprinkle it with
some sort of peaceful herb? Research appropriate colours for the
clay and the type of spice you will use. If you want to encourage
fertility, you light a candle and carve a rune. Research appropriate
colours for the candle and appropriate runes for your purpose, and
get an idea of what you should carve the rune with. Will you use a
crystal? What kind? Something else? Also research if there's a good
time of the week, month or day and place...inside, outside, under a
tree, by the sea, to do your spell. Look through reliable sources or
just listen to the symbolism in your own mind.
Get your stuff
together. Set up your altar the way you want it, facing whatever
direction you've decided is appropriate in your research phase.
Bring together all the things you'll need and set out the boundary
of your circle, assuming you're going to use one
workers use circles for their sacred space. You can learn to cast a
proper circle, but you can make the boundary of your space with a
cord or salt or whatever you like, then seal the space off from the
outside world with your own energy and/or whatever outside
influences you like to complete your space (many "call in" the
north, east, south, and west elements to form their circle, along
with their own energy).
Lots of people
feel they need to address the God and Goddess--this is the time to
invite Them. Call upon the presence you desire in any way you see
fit, and ask for Their presence and help. You might explain your
need to Them, justify why you've asked Them to come.
So, start your spell.
You might want to start by raising your energy by dancing, singing,
or simply reading something inspiring or thinking about how happy
you'll be when your need is fulfilled.
Then, do what you've
decided to do to symbolize your need...light your candle or whatever
and visualise what it represents, send your energy to it . . . and
really try to use the energy you have to help make it happen. You
must visualise strongly and contribute energy; lighting a candle
does NOT make things happen by itself!
If you anoint a
meaningful stone with some sort of oil to symbolise something, you
can't just rub it on there and think about it... you have to
remember what the oil represents, speaking in pictures and meanings
to the presences you .
have invoked, give the
simple actions their volume through your energy, make them
three-dimensional. The oil and stone are symbols, and we use them
because they help us visualise and they help us align ourselves with
the movement of nature, to think that for thousands of years people
have used these same materials to mean the same things; it's
inspiring, and therefore works. You should visualise your need VERY
strongly and finish your symbolic actions
that came to your circle deserve a little thank you. If you believe
the God and Goddess have attended your circle, show that you are
thankful by offering something, such as a food offering, and share
it with Them...meaning you eat some too, "earthing" yourself
(assuming you need to be brought back to your usual reality) and
replenishing your energy. You'll need a moment to rest if you've put
a lot into your effort.
Re-absorb or send to the earth
any energy that was making up your circle or other sacred space, and
then clean up your mess, since you're likely to have one.
Here are a few spells to keep you
safe and from harm:
Into a long, small
bottle pour fresh, clean soil. Fill it to the top and cap it. Place
this bottle near the entrance, preferable in a window, to guard
against evil entering your home.
In past ages the earth
was thought to confound evil spirits and demons, who had to count
every grain of earth in the bottle before entering the dwelling.
Today evil spirits are
seen as negativity which floats around the Earth in large
quantities. This negativity can enter your home. Therefore, this
earth protection bottle can be useful in blocking negativity from
entering your house.
This spell is designed to
transform negative energies into positive energies and arouses
protective energies within its maker.
For this spell you'll need four black taper
candles, a bowl of water, salt, and a paper bag. If you can't find
black candles, use white. (Black candles can be hard to find, but
most of the mail-order suppliers carry them).
Place the bowl of water, a small vessel of
salt (you'll need no more than 4 pinches of it) and the four black
candles on your place for spell making. Have also there some matches
(boxed matches are best) and a paper bag.
Sit or stand before the assembled items. Close
your eyes and visualise a fortress of protection surrounding you. If
you feel the need to see a magickal being or creature defending you,
fine. Or you may wish to imagine yourself with a flaming sword,
fighting off all attackers. Raging Amazons may endlessly circle and
protect you. The possibilities are endless, but your visualisation
should be clear and concise. See that you're protected.
Know that you're protected.
Light a match. Light one black candle. Hold the candle close to you
"You are nothing!"
Move it farther away and
"You are fading!"
Move it still farther,
at arm's reach, and say:
"You are banished!"
Push the lit end of the
candle into the water. Watch it's flame sputter and go out. Know
that the water also extinguishes all energy that is meant to harm
Break the spent candle between your hands (or use a hammer) and
place it into the paper bag. Add a pinch of salt to the water to
Repeat the entire spell 3
more times, once with each candle: saying the words, moving the
candle farther from you, plunging the lit end into the water,
breaking and disposing of the candle, and adding the salt to the
When you've finished, say
these or similar words:
"Evil that rides the
Chill winds that blow;
Darkened charms that arise
from far below:
Broken now, fading fast,
you will not thrive.
For with this spell I've cast
you can't survive!"
Wash your hands. Remove
the black candles (in the bag) from your property. Pour the briny
water down the drain and wash the bowl well.
It is done.
Sit or stand before any fire or a candle. Look
into the flames (or flame, if using a candle). Visualise the fire
bathing you with glowing, protective light. The fire creates a
flaming, shimmering sphere around you. If you wish, say the
following or similar words:
"Craft the spell
In the fire;
Craft it well;
Weave it higher.
Weave it now
Of shining flame;
None shall come
To hurt or maim.
None shall pass
This firey wall;
None shall pass
No, none at all."
Repeat this simple yet effective spell
every day when in need.
Windchimes are available in a wide
variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. They're also ruled by
the element of Air and can be used to guard your home
against unwanted guests and negative energies.
Find, make, or buy a new set of
windchimes. They should emit a definite sound. Before
suspending them outside, charge them to do their task with
the following spell.
Place the windchimes on a flat surface in
your place of magick. Gaze down at them, realising that
they're lifeless, still, unmoving.
Wave your projective hand over them while
Nine times nine."
Lift the windchimes by the string from
which they will be hung. Hold them before your face. Blow
against the dangling noise-makers, visualising their tones
scattering and driving away negativity.
Hang them up outside, with visualisation,
and let the windchimes do their work.
For the best results, repeat this simple
charging spell every nine days.
This is a simple spell designed to "trap"
negative energies before they enter your home. Similar
objects and devices have been used for centuries around the
world. To make it you'll need:
A small jar that once held
spices, perhaps. It should be glass for,
after all, glass is made from sand. Thoroughly wash and
dry the jar, removing any labels. It must have a
close-fitting lid as well.
quantities of 2 different colors of
sand. Some types include: fine
grey-white beach sand; yellowish coral
sand; orange sand from the desert; red
sand from volcanic areas; black
obsidian sand and many others. Search
for suitable sands or buy them from
aquarium supply stores, plant
nurseries, or craft shops. If you buy
them, be certain that the sands
haven't been artificially colored.
(teaspoon for smaller jars; tablespoon
for larger ones)
Before you begin, pour one type of sand
into the bottle until it's just over half-filled. Empty this
sand into one dish. This will be referred to this as Sand
No.1 throughout these instructions.
Clean the bottle (if necessary) and
repeat with the second type of sand, emptying in into it's
own bowl. This is Sand No. 2.
Now you're ready. Hold your projective
hand over Sand No. 1. Look down at it. See it humming and
writhing with protective, projective energy. Touch the sand.
Caress it. Visualise it emitting sparks of bright white
light that ensnare negativity and draw it inward. Charge it
with personal power.
Repeat with Sand No. 2
Place the bottle before you. Scoop out a
level spoonful of Sand No. 1. Pour this into the jar while
saying the following words:
Trap the ill.
Trap the bane and evil will."
Fill the spoon with the same amount of
Sand No. 2. Carefully pour this into the jar over the layer
of Sand No. 1, saying the same rhyme.
Continue alternating layers of sand and
the chant. Repeat until the jar is completely filled. You
should put so much sand into the jar that, when the top is
on, the contained sand shouldn't move.
When you've finished, you'll have a jar
filled with bands of different colored sand. Hold it between
your hands and say once again, while visualising:
"Trap of sand,
trap the ill.
Trap the bane and evil will."
Push power into the sand trap. Place
outside your home hidden among plants, buried in the earth
or inside a flowerpot filled with earth. If this is
impossible, place the jar in a sunny window. It will do its
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All Hollow's Meet
Oh, wild lonely places of
sweet dread delight
That call to my Children on Halloween night
In whispering wind wisps and whipporwill plight
Tickling the treetops where moonbeams alight.
Come hither, ye Witches,
on silver light fly!
Don't dawdle, don't saunter, don't idly stroll by!
Lift your skirts as seer
gusts catch the leaves
dead and dry
Rise up with the wind
soaring hasty on high!
Ride ye thus to the hollow
in the wood dark and deep
Where all merry parted
shall now merry meet.
At the time 'twas appointed that time shall ye
To honour me, hail me
in great Esbats fete.
When the moon sailing bright in the dark midnight
Casts her spell on the landscape, reversing
And the scent of the night gives the magickal clue
To the circle make haste,
give Hecate her due!
Dance wild, draw the power and shape in a cone,
Till the power is thine and
the will is thine own
Then hurl't to the wind that thy purpose be flown
And thy wish shall I grant on the Night of the
One and all then come
hither and join the great feast
Where within all are welcome: Spirit, Human, and
Give hail and farewell to the souls since deceased
Then wend thy way home
'fore the Sun tints the East.
But remember, my Children, remember quite clear
The sound of my voice ringing high in your ear.
'Tis my summoning call in
the owl's hoot you hear
To meet merry again on All Hallow's next year.
~ Liadan ~
Charge Of The
the words of the Great Mother, who of old
was called Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine,
Ceridwen, Diana, Arionrhod, Brigid, and by many
"Whenever you have need of anything, once in the
and better it be when the
moon is full, you shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit
of Me who is Queen of all
You shall be free from
slavery, and as a sign that
you be free you shall be naked in all your rites.
Sing, feast, dance, make music and love, all in My
presence, for Mine is the ecstasy of the spirit
Mine also is joy on earth.
For My law is love unto all beings. Mine is the
that opens upon the door
of youth, and Mine is the
cup of wine of life that is
the cauldron of Ceridwen,
that is the holy grail of immortality.
I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal and beyond
death I give peace and
freedom and reunion
with those that have gone before. Nor do I demand
aught of sacrifice,
for behold, I am the mother
of all things and My
love is poured upon the earth."
Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of
whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body
encircles the universe:
"I who am the beauty of the green earth and the
white moon among the stars
and the mysteries of the waters, I call upon your
to arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must
return. Let My worship be in the
heart that rejoices, for
behold - all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and
and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know Me, know that your
seeking and yearning will
avail you not, unless you
know the Mystery:
for if that which you seek,
you find not within yourself,
you will never find it without. For behold, I have
been there with you from the beginning, and I am
that which is
attained at the end of all desire."
We should gather in
Circles at dawn,
spider webs still caught
on our faces,
dance our thanks,
turn up our palms,
toward the sun.
Work our muscles carving wood,
cut through ripe fruit,
We should circle fires
stamping our bones into dirt,
jump toward the moon,
entangle each others body,
sweaty from the dance,
full after spicy dishes,
and we know how
Legend of the Goddess
In ancient times our Lord,
the Horned One,
was, as he still is,
but men knew him as the Dread Lord of Shadows -
lonely, stern and hard.
Now our Lady the Goddess had never loved,
but she would solve all mysteries,
even the mystery of Death - and so she journeyed to
the Nether Lands.
The Guardian of the Portals challenged her,
"Strip off thy garments,
lay aside thy jewels for
nought may ye bring with
thee into this our land."
So she laid down her
garments and her jewels
and was bound,
as are all who enter the realms of Death the
Such was her beauty
that Death himself knelt and laid his sword and
crown at her feet and kissed them saying;
"Blessed be thy feet that
have brought thee in these ways. Abide with me,
but let me place my cold
hand on thy heart."
and she replied,
"I love thee not.
Why dost thou cause all
things that I love and take delight in to fade and
"Lady" replied Death,
"tis Age and Fate, against which I am helpless.
Age causes all things to wither; but when men die
at the end of time, I give them rest and peace and
strength, so that they may return.
But you - you are lovely; return not - abide with
But she replied,
"I love thee not."
Then said Death,
"An you receive not my hand on your heart, you must
receive Death's scourge."
"It is fate, better so,"
she said, and she knelt.
And Death scourged her tenderly, and she cried,
"I feel the pangs of love."
And Death raised her,
and said, "Blessed be ."
and gave her the Fivefold Kiss,
saying the Mysteries and gave her the necklace,
which is the Circle of
And they loved and were
one ; and he taught her
all the Magicks.
For there are three great events in the life of
mortals "love, death and resurrection in a new
body" and Magick
controls them all.
To fulfil love you must return
at the same time and place
as the loved one, and you must remember and love
But to be reborn you must die and be ready for a new
body; to die you must be born; without love you may
not be born and these be all the Magicks
She runs through the night,
Watching and protecting,
A mysterious bird that
She used to be a dreamer too,
until her dreams became real,
and she wrapped them
around her naked, aged body, and became younger
again in the night.
You can see her sometimes when she leaps from the
edges of the forest.
She holds her blanket out,
and she waves it to you,
as freeing air cools her
She calls to you, in her forest, in her darkness,
in your dreams.
She calls with madness,
and a tasting of the real.