Deity Family Trees


I am currently trying to do family trees for the Irish deities without my head exploding.  This is because I theorise that various professions were handed down in families and I am trying to find out if my theory is correct.

For example, we have Ogma, who developed the ogham alphabet and his son Coirpre, who is a poet.  Thus we have writing as the family profession.

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Finding Spell


I don’t normally post my spells online, but this one is so specialised that it would be difficult to use it for anything else.

I lost my wedding ring while going on holiday. I was in the car and pulled my rings out of my coin pocket only to hear my wedding ring going “tinkle, tinkle, disappear”. Hubby searched the car three times to no avail and (despite being non-pagan) knew it would be a bad omen if it wasn’t found, so I had to roll up my sleeves and make a spell.

What is now two
should be three
tomorrow brings my wedding ring
back to me

In the name of
The Morrigan, Badb and Macha triplicity
as two of them
do not make three

I normally have three rings which my husband has given me : engagement, wedding ring and a garnet one he gave me for an anniversary. I either wear all three rings or don’t wear any of them, so they are a set.

I was nervous and unsure that this spell would work. Firstly, because I was ill when I made it. Normally I do divination to see if it would work, but if I did divination when ill all I would divine is that the tarot cards are very pretty, which was why I put in the deities, which I don’t normally do. The Morrigan is a tutelary deity of mine and has said she’ll give her help with spells, so when I needed a triplicity to complete the spell I invoked her.

The other reason for my nervousness was that I have never done a timed spell, but hubby was putting the car in for it’s M.O.T. the next day (a British car test which is a legal requirement) and was going to ask the mechanics to look for my ring. As everyone knows, often an item is found just after you have replaced it and I did not want this to happen. The mechanics found my ring sitting in the rear footwell, where my hubby had already looked.

If I had to do this spell again I would cut my normal circle casting down from nine jars with candles and items in them (search for my post on circle casting if you’re interested) to three, as it would amplify the intent of the spell, but I’m more than happy with the result.

How Traditional are you?


To answer my own question, I base my own practice on tradition but I am not going to vet everything I do scrupulously to make sure it’s traditional. Yes, elements creep in that I have made up, especially as I have no teacher, so my practice evolves from what I have read in books or on the net with things that are relevant to the occasion added in. This is most likely to happen in ritual, as I cast the circle and then speak from the heart and in the moment without script. I will research the festival beforehand, but what I speak is from my head.

Returning to Meditating


I haven’t meditated in a long while. This was because I was always feeling tired and I had been told by deities not to meditate when feeling ill. Since I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I know it’s a disability to work around, not an illness and today I have gone back to meditating.

Thankfully there is no fall out from my deities from not meditating. I talked to them about it and they told me that since I thought I was ill and stopped because of that, I was doing what I was told. I have found in the past that “I didn’t know” is not a valid excuse when dealing with deities.

I’ve decided to meditate on Mondays. I want to meditate once a week and if I have a bad day with my fibromyalgia it’s not a good time to meditate, or if my son has a bad night then I won’t meditate on Monday because I’ll start falling asleep during meditation and annoy my deities. At the moment it’s far too easy to for things to shift to the right in my life (for example, I was planning to post this on Monday and it’s now Wednesday) and intending to meditate on a Monday ensures I do meditate once a week as I’ll meditate on another day if things are bad.

Other People’s Spells


A spell which has been given to you will never work for you; you have to design your own spells.

This is because you are not living in the writer’s world with all the associations the writer has. For example, a lot of people will say that green is associated with money. This is because in The States money is printed in green whereas in Britain money is printed in different colours for different denominations, so I do not have the association green=money and a spell that utilised that association would not work for me.

Your own spells work because you understand not only all the associations but how and why and the reason(s) it was put together.

Beliefs


What you believe shapes your world. I’ve just been watching the film “Shadowlands” in which the author C.S. Lewis suffered a lot because he believed that it was the natural state of people to suffer.

Granted, a film is not real life, but I believe that if you believe people should suffer then you will subconsciously seek out situations where you suffer. Before you get angry, please note that this is a generalisation and I am not saying that people are responsible for the bad things that happen to them.

What I am saying is that if you believe that you deserve a good life, good things and people around you, then you will seek out good things and good people – but you may still end up in a car crash, train wreck or other trauma through no fault of your own.

A good example is that I used to end up with partners who were not good for me. Then I started thinking to myself “I deserve to be with a good person” and I started ending up with better and better partners.

Carving Myth


I have read in other places the myth that “the wood always takes blood from the carver”. When I did some carving classes, my teacher warned us that this was a myth. He also told us that we should always carve away from our hands and he would shout at anyone who he saw carving towards their hands.

This was not a problem for me, as I had learned my lesson the hard way when doing lino cutting in art classes at school. However, he never had to shout at anyone and no-one ever spilled blood in his class.

Divination


There are many methods of divination. This is because all divination requires is ascribing meanings to various symbols and then pulling them out at random or thinking about the question with eyes shut, then opening them and seeing what there is.

I once selected a number of stones at random, closed my eyes and decided what the stone I picked out was going to represent (e.g. work life, love live etc) and then picked one. It was quite basic, but it worked.

A friend of mine once ascribed meaning to the dots on six-sided dice. I meant to try this method, but I put the book under my bed when my parents were coming round and the damn thing has disappeared. It’s especially annoying as I have a dice program on my phone, so I could easily try his system out.

Tarot cards are so prevalent because unlike systems such as cloud or fire divination they can be used as long as you have a light source. I’m best at cloud divination, but in Britain the sky can be a mass of solid grey cloud, which we Scots call dreich and is no use for divination.

I can’t get on with fire divination or any method that involves scrying : I just don’t have the talent for it. Someone tried to teach me many years ago and I tried, but just couldn’t get the hang of it at all.

Illness


I have heard that you shouldn’t perform witchcraft while ill. I would amend that and say I would not perform witchcraft while I was unable to function except if it was an emergency.

To muddy the waters further, I have found I am unable to read tarot cards with a headache but would have no problem performing witchcraft. Others may be able to read the tarot with a headache as it could be that the reason that I am unable to read with a headache is because I’m not very good at reading the tarot.

In other words, it’s up to you and your own limitations. I imagine there are a lot of people thinking “that’s not very helpful” but if you have fibromyalgia (like me) or another ongoing illness then there are days where you can perform witchcraft and then there are days when only two brain cells turn up for work and you’re not going to be able to do anything.

Newspaper Astrology


The problem with newspaper astrology is that it focuses only on the sign your Sun is in. It’s particularly inaccurate for me as my Sun is in Scorpio, but the vast majority of my planets are in air and fire signs.

This means that when the newspapers say that my Sun is in Cancer or Capricorn and good things will happen, they are dead wrong.

This is because the Sun makes some very nasty aspects (see bottom of this post for details if you’re interested) in those signs and only one nice aspect.

I am currently having a very hard year because Saturn is in Capricorn (which the papers probably say great times for me) and for most of this year making some nasty aspects.

This is why I calculate my own astrological chart.

Saturn aspects : square natal Moon, conjunct natal Jupiter, square natal Pluto (there’s roughly a 0.2 degree orb between the natal Moon squaring natal Jupiter, which is one of the reasons why it’s lasting so long).

Sun in Cancer aspects : first a sextile with natal Mars, then makes a cardinal cross with square natal Moon, square natal Pluto and opposite natal Jupiter. Later it squares natal Venus/Uranus conjunction and lastly trine Sun.

Sun in Capricorn aspects : square natal Moon, conjunct natal Jupiter and square natal Pluto. Later square natal Venus/Uranus conjunction and lastly sextile Sun.

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