Monday, September 24, 2007

Meanings of Colors

Candle Colors for the Zodiac:
Aries Red, Scarlet
Taurus Red-Orange, Pale Green, Olive, Brown, Indigo
Gemini Orange, Turquoise, Silver, Mauve
Cancer Yellow-Orange, Pale Blue, Silver, Pale Green, Amber, Maroon
Leo Yellow, Orange, Gold, Purple, Greenish Yellow
Virgo Yellow-Green, Grey, Navy Blue, Brown, Multicolor, Plum
Libra Green, Blue. Emerald
Scorpio Blue-Green, Blood Red, Dark Brown
Sagittarius Blue-Violet, Amethyst, Dark Grey
Capricorn Turquoise Blue, Black, Iris
Aquarius Violet, Electric Blue, Blue Mauve
Pisces Red-Violet, Violet, Indigo, Green, Crimson, Pinky Brown.

Colors of the Week :
Sunday - Yellow, Monday - White, Tuesday - Red, Wednesday - Purple , Thursday - Blue, Friday - Green, Saturday – Black

The Significance of Colors:
When you apply color to Candle Magick, the meanings of each color can be quite specific.

White - Spiritual Enlightenment, Cleansing, Healing, Truth Seeking.
Yellow - Activity, Creativity, Concentration and Imagination.
Gold - Beneficial in Rituals intended to bring luck or fast money.
Pink - Romance, Friendship
Red - Health, Passion, Love, Fertility, Strength, Courage, Willpower.
Silver - Helps develop Psychic Ability, Removes negativity, encourages stability.
Purple - Power, success, idealism.
Royal Blue - Promotes laughter and loyalty.
Light Blue - Peace and Tranquility.
Blue - Rituals to obtain Wisdom, Harmony, inner light or peace.
Emerald Green - Attracts Love, fertility.
Dark Green - Counteracts greed, jealousy. When used in a Ritual.
Green - Prosperity, Success, Luck, Money.
Black - Helps open up deeper levels of consciousness, use in Rituals to banish evil or negativity.

Friday, September 21, 2007

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Monday, September 17, 2007

The Hows and Whys of Altar Tools

So there you are, a beginner to Wicca, and you ask yourself, "Gee, what are all these Wicca supplies for anyway? What am I going to do with Altar Tools?" Those are good questions, since we are in a religion where there aren't many seminaries to teach Priests and Priestesses what's what, and what special church supply store they need to go to so they can purchase the right chalice or vestment.

What Altar Tools do you need, anyway? What Wiccan supplies do you need to be a "real Witch?" And how do you remain "non fluffy" while doing this?

Here is a quick primer on Altar Tools and Wicca Supply. Just the basics, of course.

Athame: Beginner Witches always have trouble pronouncing this word. It is pronounced ah' thuh may. Or, you can just call it that big ole Wicca knife. Nobody will be upset with you. You can buy many different types of athames, and since it will be your own personal Wiccan tool, you can tell those who might not like a nice wooden athame and say that the only "real athame" is a metal one with a blade that looks like it came out of Mad Max, that they can eat your Wiccan shorts. The athame is generally used to assist with casting a circle. Since you don't use it to cut anyone, and you only brandish it to look cool (unless some naughty Wicca haters are hanging around your circle making threats), you can buy any type you desire.

Athames are also used to signify the God in the Great Rite.

Bell: Now why would any Wiccan need a bell? Is it the "dinner bell?" No! It's the Altar Bell. And why does a Wiccan need an Altar Bell? As you should know, sound is very important during ritual. One learns to "vibrate" and "intone" with your voice, which helps the Gods to hear you. Same thing with an Altar Bell. The nice tones of a quality Altar Bell will let the Gods know that you would like an audience, please. The Bell is also used to cleanse energies at the end of a ritual.

Cauldron: You will find that most Wiccans LOVE cauldrons, especially cast iron ones and use them for many different things, some ritual, some not. They are most often used as vessels to hold lighted charcoal to burn incense, but they can also be used to make herbal remedies, or simply to cook chili.

Chalice: The Chalice signifies the Mother Goddess and is used to hold water on your Altar during ritual. The Chalice can be anything from a paper cup to a gaudy ornate jewel encrusted one. The Goddess doesn't get upset with you for not buying the solid gold chalice. A beautiful silver or stoneware one will do just fine :-)

Offering Bowls: Having a nice set of offering bowls on the Altar is a "good thing." How else will you hold the element of Earth? Offering bowls can be any type at all, from beautiful hand made jeweled ones, to little black scrying altar bowls, to the proverbial paper cup. As with all things Wiccan, it's your choice.

Altar Cloths: An Altar cloth is essential to a "well dressed Altar." It also protects the Altar from candle drips or other stains. Even experienced Wiccan practitioners find MANY candle drips after a ritual. Know that your Altar cloth WILL get drips. It is good if it is machine washable. You CAN buy that beautiful gold wrapped Altar cloth, but the first time the chalice full of wine falls, or the Mother Goddess candle drips red wax, you won't be a "happy fun Witch."

Wands: A wand is another item that you can use in circle casting, or in any other ritual where you wish to direct and focus your energy. Magickal wands are wands that you choose (either purchased or made....since Kestra must stay away from sharp objects, her wands are purchased), and charge with your own personal energies. Magickal wands can be metal, wood, plastic, or any kind of material you desire, but Kestra prefers wood. Wicca, the Earth, wood, you know.... that sort of thing. Different woods have different magickal uses.

Altar tools and Wicca supplies are very personal choices. If you know WHY you are making the choices you make, such as, "I want to use only white candles for this particular ritual because I feel that they will be appropriate" or "I must have a black offering bowl because I feel that only black should hold the Earth element" then that choice is a good one. Do not purchase tools or supplies because others tell you those are the things you "must have." Look sideways at any who tell you that there is only one "correct" chalice, one "correct" cauldron, or one "correct" athame. They are all choices, and personal choices at that.

Blessings

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Which Witch Are You?

Hey there, Dorothy -- are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch? Is your friend acting like a bitch? Answer these five questions from Samantha's Twisted Book of Shadows and find out which witch is which?

1. These days I ride:

a) side-saddle
b) a broom
c) a vibrator
d) a vacuum cleaner
e) the bus home alone

2. My familiar is:

a) a dog named Toto
b) a flying monkey I conjured up the other day in my cauldron
c) Sailor Moon
d) several black cats
e) a gay friend

3. My idea of a good time is:

a) baking cupcakes for the poor
b) stealing food and reselling it outside the food bank
c) dressing up like Vampira and going to fetish night
d) doing impressions of Margaret Hamilton to amuse my friends
e) being alone so nobody hurts my feelings.

4. My favorite television witch is:

a) Martha Stewart
b) Endora from Bewitched
c) Sabrina the Teenage Witch
d) Heather Locklear
e) Kathie Lee Gifford.

5. My favorite witch movie is:

a) Practical Magic
b) The Craft
c) Rosemary's Baby
d) Mommie Dearest
e) The Wizard of Oz.

Now analyze your answers below to find out what kind of witch you are!!

A) GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH

If your answers were all "a", you are a modern Glinda the Good Witch. You visualize all your troubles surrounded in a bubble and floating away from you, and it works. Congratulations.

1. You're probably a real tree-hugger and into horses and nature and all that.

2. You're just like Dorothy, who, if you'll recall, was Glinda the Good Witch's protégée in The Wizard of Oz.

3. You know that all the goodness that you do comes back to you three by three by three.

4. You love the way Martha Stewart says, "It's a good thing" at the end of every segment.

5. You love the idea of a bunch of modern witches mixing up potions from their kitchen cupboards, wearing headscarves and dancing to music by Stevie Nicks.

B) A WICKED WITCH

If your answers were all "b", you are just plain eeevil.

1. If you get on a broom and your feet actually lift off the ground, that is truly creepy.

2. A monkey with wings is a dead giveaway.

3. To steal from the poor is pretty unspeakably evil.

4. Endora's a wicked old crone just like you -- only a little prettier.

5. You kind of like that Fairuza kid... you wish you had a daughter just like her.

C) YOU'RE A WITCH WANNABE

If your answers are all "c", you're just a wannabe. You've bought one of those do-it-yourself witchcraft books at the local new-age store, and even though you've been following the recipes, havoc is still being wreaked in your life. Do you think that if a spell actually worked, a real witch would really give her secrets of success away in a book that could be had for 10 bucks? Think about it.

1. If all those love spells you do actually worked, you wouldn't need to be using a vibrator.

2. Dressing like Sailor Moon won't give you supernatural powers.

3. Dressing in a way that appeals to men empowers men, not you... think again.

4. Statistics in The Toronto Sun recently cited that witchcraft is the No. 1 interest of teenage girls, so if you're a wannabe, chances are that this is your favorite show.

5. So far you've been practicing witchcraft all by yourself. Wouldn't it be nice to belong to a real coven like Rosemary's friends?

D) SURPRISE... YOU'RE NOT A WITCH BUT A GAY MAN!

If your answers are all "d", you're gay! I know it's confusing, but it's true. Gay males love a good wicked female archetype more than life itself.

1. You like to clean; that means you're gay!

2. Cats are considered to be "gay children".

3. You also like to do the occasional impression of Joan Crawford.

4. She's a Goddess in the Office! You wanna be Evil Scheming Manipulative Heather Locklear!

5. You love the scene where Joan beats little Christina with the hanger.

E) YOU'RE A WITCH'S VICTIM

If your answers are all "e", the only kind of spell you know is a fainting spell. You're more the kind of person prone to be the victim of witches because you refuse to acknowledge that magic exists. You wouldn't know what an athame was if you were lying on a slab and it was plunged into your heart (not that there's anything wrong with that).

1. Witches have cast spells so they get all the men and all the rides home.

2. All the straight males have been bewitched by real witches, so you're stuck with this gay friend.

3. You are the victim of the many psychic attacks practiced by amateur witchlets out there.

4. You don't really like Kathie Lee Gifford but for some reason every time she's on the TV you just can't stop watching her... it's like you're under her spell or something.

6. The Wizard of Oz is the only movie you've seen with a real witch in it.

* Editorial Note: This is our beloved Samantha exercising her funny bone; athames are never meant to touch blood and are not used in any form of sacrifice. No Victims were harmed or sacrificed in the writing of this article. J (David)

Samantha Steven's articles have been published in many high-standing newspapers and she has published several books. If you wish to buy Samantha's books about metaphysics click here Insomniac Press You can meet Samantha Stevens at Psychic Realm where she works as a professional psychic. You can also read more of her articles at Newage Notebook