Monday, September 20, 2010

A Meditation for Anxiety

A Meditation for Anxiety
I was going through some of my older files and came across this meditation for anxiety and thought I would share it with you.
For this meditation you'll need your choice of grounding stones (smoky quartz, hematite, tiger's eye, or black tourmaline), citrine, peridot or rhodochrosite, aventurine, and hawk's eye or amethyst, and a clear quartz point to hold in your hand. If you also have a smoky quartz point this will help to balance your energy.
You may find it helpful to also burn some essential oils in a diffuser. Place your grounding crystal near the base of your spine, citrine on the navel area, rhodochrosite or peridot on the solar plexus, aventurine on the heart center, and amethyst or hawk's eye just behind your head. Place a smoky quartz in one hand and a clear quartz in the other.
Of course, keep in mind that you can do this meditation without any crystals if you do not have them available to you.
Inhale slowly and deeply. Imagine your breath beginning at your head and traveling down to your feet, then coming back up again. Feel your breath travel through your body. After you've done this for a few minutes notice whether there are any parts of your body where there is tension or a feeling of agitation.
Focus your breathing on those areas. You might want to imagine your breath as a river or waterfall wearing down sharp-edged stones. See these stones become smooth.
Now, without thinking about the situation in detail, open yourself to solutions. If it is appropriate for you, also call on angels (guardian or others), your power animals, or any other beings you ask for assistance. The answers may not come up immediately; what is important is that you're making yourself receptive to them (like clearing and plowing land and planting seeds).
You may also want to recall situations in the past which seemed desperate or hopeless, and remind yourself that you resolved them. If you are meditating with hawk's eye imagine that you are a hawk soaring over the landscape of your life.
How long you spend in this meditation depends on your tolerance for it. If you're a new meditator ten minutes might be as much as you can handle. If you can last for or gradually increase your time to thirty minutes that would be ideal.
The greatest challenge for this particular meditation is to make sure that you continue the slow, deep breathing. If anxiety returns go back to the visualization of the water wearing down the stones. (If you have any nature music which features running water this can be especially helpful.)
When you've finished meditating you may find it helpful to take out a notebook and write down all the things you can do to solve the problem. Call your friends. It isn't their problem, and they won't be anxious about it. This alone will calm you down.
I hope you find this post helpful!
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Gypsy Magick

No one knows where the Gypsies originated. Because they arrived in Europe from the East, they were thought by early Europeans to be from Turkey or any one of the vaguely acknowledged non- European places. They were even thought to have been from Egypt, and were called, among other things, Egyptians, or ‘Gyptians, which is how the word “Gypsy” originated.
No matter their original origins, Gypsies, or Romas, are renown for their psychic abilities and the magickal talent of attracting good fortune or causing upset to a life with a curse. All are born with such gifts, but what makes their powers so innate is their relationship with nature. Their bond with the spirits of the outdoors allow their gifts to evolve naturally.
The Gypsies are responsible for the spread of much occult knowledge over many centuries and every aspect of their lives is steeped in magick. As they traveled all over the world in their Vardo’s they were often sought out by the townsfolk of the villages they passed through for spells and divination. The Gypsies would barely have time to set up camp before the townsfolk would arrive seeking advice.
The traditional Gypsy uses herbal lore, magick and divination for everyday issues. Knowledge of herbs is essential for Gypsy style healing. Using the “sight” leads to making better choices and clearer decisions. All of these are practiced by the Shuvani or The Gypsy Witch. The Shuvani is the keeper of the tribe’s magick, rites and superstitions. Shuvani’s can bless, curse, or heal as they see fit.
Their powers like those of the old Pagan peoples are rooted in a belief in the spirits of the earth, water, air, forest and fields.
There are so many different ways to work magick, some are complicated and ritualistic. They require expensive tools and hard to find objects. Then there is Gypsy magick. This magick is made with everyday items.
The Gypsies say that the power of magick lies in four simple ingredients.
The first is desire/will. The stronger your desire for something to happen, the more power you generate towards that goal.
The 2nd thing is concentration. You must concentrate on what you are doing so that you can put the necessary will power into it.
The 3rd ingredient is patience. After completing your spell, sit back and patiently wait for your work to take effect. Some spells work quickly, some may take much longer, but you must be patient.
The final ingredient is secrecy. Gypsies don’t announce when they have performed magick. They do it quietly with in the privacy of their Vardo’s. You also should keep your magickal workings private. By talking about your spell work, you weaken it. It is the equivalent of working against your own magick.
The Gypsies four simple ingredients are quite similar to the four words of the Magus which is well known in magickal society. The four words of the Magus are to know, to will, to dare and to be silent.
You must have the proper knowledge to work your magick effectively. You need will to concentrate and channel your magick effectively. You dare to see your magick through to the end and you must be silent about your magickal workings.
These things are a must for working effective magick whether it is performing gypsy magick or ritualistic magick, these are the key ingredients.
All magickal workings that the Gypsies perform involve the use of things that are natural. Seldom, if ever do they buy something that is manufactured. This is because the Gypsies are used to making do with what they have and with what they can easily obtain. Natural objects have much purer vibrations than those that are manufactured.
At times it is necessary to search the roads, woods and fields for some time to find an item that is just right for a particular spell. The search is all part of the magickal working, for the anticipation of the search helps build the power which will then be charged with the proper intent when it is found and used.
Please remember, never rush magick. Most magick needs to be done at just the right time of day or night. You need a certain moon phase and astrological correspondence for all aspects to be in line. Granted, at times, we may not always have the time to plan the perfect spell and there are certain ways to make that spur of the moment magick as effective as possible. Those spur of the moment times should be far and few between though.
Knots have always been used magickally in spells. They can be employed in all aspects of love, whether in courtship, with the newly married, or for the love of family many years after marriage. That is why I have decided to include this Love Knot Spell by Raymond Buckland as people of all ages will find it useful. This spell should be employed when two people will be away from each other and want to make sure they are in each others thoughts while apart.
To be out of sight of the one you love is not the same as being out of his heart. He should be thinking about you night and day until he sees you again. To bring this about you need to tie his heart to yours. Take a personal item of clothing from him- a handkerchief or neck scarf, or something similar. It should be something that he has used or worn many times. It can be washed, so that it is clean, but it should be something that he’s used for a long time. The ideal item would be a piece cut from an undergarment, such as the tail of a shirt or undershirt. On this piece of cloth, mark his name and yours, enclosed in a heart.
In earlier times, the young woman would embroider the names and the heart, concentrating her thoughts on the two of them together through every stitch she made. Today, many people would use a felt-tip pen or something similar. This will do (though if you really want to put as much power as possible into the charm, do it the old way!), but you must still concentrate on the two of you while writing. The names should be done in green and the heart in red.
Roll the cloth, lengthwise, into a tight thin tube. Then tie it in a knot in the middle, and tie another knot at each end-three knots in all. As you tie the knot in the middle, say (aloud) his name and yours.
As you tie the knot at one end, repeat your name. As you tie the knot at the other end, repeat his name.
Wear the knotted piece of cloth against your skin for three days and nights. This you can do by tucking it into your underclothes, and at night, beneath your nightdress or pajamas. At the end of that time, give it to your lover, with a kiss. He must always keep it on his person and then he will never forget you. You will be in his thoughts constantly.
This spell can be done in any situation. It can be done by husband and wife, mother and son, or any other combination of loved ones where there is a desire to remain in each others thoughts while apart. Many times two such knotted cloths are prepared and given, one from the woman to the man and another from the man to the woman.
Finding a natural knot is especially powerful love magick. To find a vine that had grown into a knot, or willow twigs that have done the same, is extremely lucky. Gypsies in some areas believe that the spirits, or fairies, have tied these knots. If a man can find such a knot and place it in the bed of the woman he loves, they will become as one, so goes the old belief. It will, of course, work the other way around, with a woman placing it in the bed of a man.
I hope you have enjoyed this article on Gypsy Magick. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments so feel free to write me.
Brightest Blessings,
The Organic Witch

Grab your brooms my fellow Witches

Last night I grabbed one of my old Magical Almanacs to read. I love my Magical Almanacs and I have them going back to 1999. They are filled with information on various areas of the craft and I never lack for reading material.
The article that I opened up to was one about brooms and how we Witches often overlook how effective they are in magic. I am also guilty of this and tend to save my broom for magical house cleanings and for clearing my sacred space. Shame on me however, I should know better. A broom is so much more than that. After all, we Witches are known for having magickal brooms so why aren't we using them more?
The broom itself functions as a symbol of the sacred marriage of the God and Goddess, a rite that has been symbolically reenacted each spring by followers of earth religions for thousands of years. The pole portion represents the phallus of the God, and the bristles symbolize the mound of Venus that guards the opening to the Goddesses reproductive organs. When both parts are united in a completed broom they form a potent magical symbol of wholeness and creative potential.
This sexual imagery makes the broom the perfect choice for a magical tool to use in fertility rites of all sorts.  It is also used at the conclusion of many Pagan marriages (called Handfastings) as the couple "jumps the broom" after exchanging their final vows.
In the distant past women would ride their brooms hobbyhorse style over newly tilled fields to encourage growth, and through barns and pasture lands to encourage the reproduction of animals.
Because brooms represent the totality of the deity-both male and female aspects- they have been used as talismans of protection. They have been placed under beds, across entryways and windows, at the entrances to sacred space, and they have stood guard at hearth sides.
The sweeping action of the broom itself, its ability to cleanse any area through which it is taken and to take whatever debris it collects to someplace else, is so obvious that the magical potency of this simple action is to often overlooked. 
In the article I read last night which was written by Edain McCoy, she tells us about a well-to-do Irish lass named Alice who owned a magic broom that got her into big trouble.
A seventeenth century Irish widow named Dame Alice Kyteler  knew the secret of the broom, and was apparently adept at using it to good effect until she was caught in the act and condemned to death for practicing Witchcraft.
Alice loved her children and was willing to use magic to help them succeed. She would take her broom out into the streets of her native Kilkenny late at night and begin a methodical sweeping action that was aimed toward her home. While doing this she would chant a magical rhyme in which she bid all the wealth in town to come to her eldest son William who lived with her.
No one knows just how long the very prosperous Alice had been working at this spell when she was discovered by a neighbor and reported as a Witch, but we do know that she was able to escape her persecutors and flee to England with most of her considerable wealth in tact. 
Do you think she used her broom to escape her persecutors? I like to think so..:)
With the economy the way it is, I expect all of you to grab your besoms this evening when the moon is high and start your methodical sweep to bless your home with prosperity. You know that I will be out there!
So my fellow Witches, grab your brooms and start using them like they want to be used...:)
Brightest Blessings,
The Celtic Witch

Note, I would also like to add that especially at the holiday season our homes get bogged down with stress and negative energy. This is supposed to be the season of good will.
A good way to cleanse your home of negativity is to grab your broom and starting at your front door move in a clock wise motion through your home sweeping out all negativity. Be sure to get under beds and all closets and corners. While you sweep you can chant something like this or use your own words:
"Sweep, Sweep,
With this broom.
All bad out of this room.
Sweep, Sweep,
All good in.
The bad to never return again."
Be sure your magickal broom never actually touches the floor. Keep in mind that this is a spiritual cleaning and should be done after your regular cleaning for maximum effect.