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Many Blessed and Greetings to All this Féile Moingfhinne i.e. Feast of Mongfind, Samhain, and Feast of the Dead. This is the time in which we honour those who came before us, our Ancestors those who came from the roots and earth of the Old Religion and always remembering where they truly came from, what the spirit of family, land, and the heart truly came from, from the land of the dead from the realms hidden inside the veils of the unseen and Greater Mysteries. Mongfind means one of fair hair or white hair, she is also of the bean sidhe and she was the Queen of Ireland Foras Feasa ar Éirinn FFE 344-351 she was the head wife of Eochaid; he took a second wife, Cairenn, who gave birth to Niall of the Nine Hostages. Several stories depict Mongfind as an adversary of her stepson. to learn more of her visit Mongfind.
What we know today as Halloween celebrated on the 31st of October is not the original date or name of the day, the original date for what we know and call Old Samhain (originally the Feast of Mongfind) was the 15 of November when inside the constellation Scorpio is at 15° over the Northern Hemisphere. The 31st of October was the date in which the church gave to our day in a way to stop us from our celebrating and doing our rites, this gave us only two times a year to celebrate as is the case with most if not all of our sacred rite days. Now, this is the time when the oldest magic of conjuring, divinations, communicating with the dead and doing sorcery to honour the dead. We now as those who follow the Old Religion at least I myself personally do, do much of the magic for healing and renewal and ask those things of Hecate to manifest in the next year (this being on her day of feast the 30th of November) and if done on her day she will grant your wish for it to manifest one year from the date of your request. There is many forms of magic done in this time, but do so with a pure heart and be justified in the works that you do, do for only then shall they manifest as you have cast them out to the Universe.
We are of many heritages, cultures, religions, traditions and paths in our lives, ancestors and our personal spiritual journeys, we must all remember that we do not have to agree with each other and how as individuals we practice and believe, but one should respect one another for having the free spirit and mind as an individual to practice those beliefs in which are deep in the heart of each of us and not worry so much about others and how they practice. If we all step up and honour the ways of Old, or honour the Gods and Goddesses, God, Allah, Budda, Orishas or whatever you choose to follow let us remember acceptance towards all humanity and respect one another for individual beliefs.
This Samhain season as with all I am reminded of many things, death, life, change, growth, loss, gain and most importantly the powers of the nature in which not one of us have any control over. Sandy was an evil disaster one in which I know was from the wrath of the Gods and the Mother of the Oceans to remind us who truly has the say over all life. We are mere ants in this world and as descendants to those ancestors who were from the lines of the Old Religion and of the path of Warriors, justice keepers, healers, prophets, readers of the stars, visions of the hidden realms and more we must remember we are here to work together not to harm those who seek our counsel and guidance.
My Ancestors are of the Milesian and of the line of Erimon, cousins to the Tuaha de Dannan, they fought and defeated the magic of the Tuaha to then become the last of the invaders of Ireland, but not before travelling over vast lands masses, and learning the arts of the ancient craft, Mongfind was the head wife of Eochaid the High King of Ireland. Eochaid had two wife’s, Mongfind and Cairenn she was of the family of Sachell Balb, King of the Saxons. Caireen was pregnant with my ancestor Niall of Niall of the Nine Hostages captures of St. Patrick and his sister. Mongfind so jealous of Caireen sought out to prove how much she loved her husband and on what we now call Samhain drank poison to prove her love to her husband and died, hence the beginning of what we today celebrate as Samhain. Originally Feast of Mongfind and originally dated it to have begun at the time of her death circe 351. Mongfind means fair main. As the Queen of Ireland the people honoured her death and from this is where we today get Samhain the feast of the dead. Mongfind was later turned into a deity and is the known as the Sorcerer of Magic, while Caireen is known as the Goddess who protects children.
This time of year has a much deeper rooted meaning for myself as it is the one time of the year I have always felt most drawn too, the darkest time of the year (but only because it is when the sun sits lower on the earth) when those things that are hidden are revealed and seen. I find that when we understand the meaning of our festivals we better connect to the energy of the season. The Church calls this the season of the devil; the devil never was mentioned in any ancient works that of the Old Ways in any culture, it was only after the Church forced those who lived in the county side to convert was he created by the Church itself. There in honouring the dead is to remember where we came from, our roots and the deepest core of our true heritage. Yes, it is true not all can follow this path and work magic or walk with the dead, it is a path for those whose path it is destiny to wake our fate.
True witches/Witches, Crafters of the Wise, Priests, Priestesses, Shamans, and all such titles of the old have never needed to cover their faces or decisive themselves from being seen by the dead that at this time of the year when the veil is at it thinnest walk among the living to return home and visit their loved ones, miss out on something powerful.
Samhain is a time we honour the dead and all who have given and had their lives taken for us to have the liberties we have today. During this time of the dead as well as the forever living for this is the true meaning of death, in death we live in life we are dead, take time and really give your heart some focus on what this time means to you. For those whom you have and do love who are no longer amoung the physical realms set them a plate at the table and dine with them in silent, prepare a dish of favourite for them and invite them home. Place their photo for all to see and talk about them and light your spirit candles for them all. Welcome them home for in this time they do walk amongst the living Honour your Ancestors and remember them always, for they are never truly dead they are always living just not always there in the physical.
To my family and friends and those who are of my Craft family I shall miss gathering with you all in this year, but I shall see you all soon and we shall celebrate next year in honouring our ancestors.
May all be blessed in the Feast of Mongfind i.e. Samhain (so wín) Blessings, Prosperity and Health to all in the coming year.
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Originally posted on Ananael (The Secrets of Wisdom):
Greetings to all my friends and fans!
At the “Artists, Artisians & Authors” Event
Saturday, September 13th, 1-5pm
Mystikal Scents metaphysical supplies, located near Tampa, FL, is hosting an “Artists, Artisians and Authors” festival. I’m going to be there to sign books and perhaps talk a little bit about Solomonic and/or magick.
There is no admission for entry! So stop by and say hello, it would be great to meet you. :)
Please join us, Saturday, September 13th 1:00 – 5:00 PM for Artists, Artisans & Authors gathered together to display their wares from 1–5pm. Meet them & discuss their works of art, see a book you like, buy it & then get it signed. Their work will be on display & available for purchase, we are asking for your generosity, by donating nonperishable food items to be donated to local food banks, so anything you can donate will…
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There are both Mars and Mercury in which are in good positions for Astrological Talismans at this time. Saturn is in trip and peregrine in motion placing him farthest from the earth making his true nature of destruction by fires, earthquakes, chaos, aggressive tendencies, and pinning one against another.
In October of this year we will have two eclipses, I did not write anything on this years eclipses to date, but I will be working on the October ones for sure and posting them here for all of you to enjoy.
We will be having a Total Lunar Eclipse on the 8th of October will be in an Aries Moon which is Mars ruled, and in my location at the time of the eclipses greatest point in the 8th house opposing the Sun in Libra. On the 23 of October the Eclipse will be a Partial Solar Eclipse with the Sun and Moon combusta in Scorpio again Mars ruled in the night side of his nature and with Venus also conjunct and close to combusta, as well as also being in the 8th house from my location.
Eclipses never portend good new, so with this nature again as the past ones this year and if I recall correctly last year this will bring very war like energy and in Mundane Astrology the 8th house is the house of International finance, corporations and transnational corporations are associated within the 8th house. Foreign investments, death, public mortality, assassinations, death duties of officials, death arrangements and national mourning reside in the 8th house. It is possible that the 8th house can bring renewal, regeneration and new resolve to the populace after a time of grieving. The 8th house is opposite the 2nd, and therefore speaks of the “death of things a nation holds dear.”
I will touch on this more, in some of my past predictions I have spoken on this many times and in the timing of when most would occur. With this placement inside of the eclipse again it will only intensify my earlier predictions.
Many Blessings in the Dark and Light
Rev. High Priestess Ariana Afsanay de Ly
We finally have some good planet positions for the casting of astrological magic and astrological talismans. While we do still have those planets that are in term (which is bringing on the heavier more aggressive natures as is clear in what is going on around the globe today, we have a small window to do some magic workings with the celestial, mercury and mars to shift some of those energies around for the better.
Sun is in his own Sign and in Trip this is a good placement for talisman of the sun as long as the moon is not opposing and there are not any afflictions with other planets that are conjunct.
Mercury is in EXALTATION, he is in his sign and in triplicity and this is an excellent time to create or re-consecrate your mercurial talismans to bring those energies and that of the nature of Mercury for success in business into your life.
Mars is in his own sign and in trip another good placement for a talisman.
Within the fixed stars we have Regulas w/Mercury and this brings honourable things, popularity, generosity but those who are the givers will take it for granted, by those who you give it too and fame and gain through high position.
Alphecca is with Mars and this brings an Active Mind and it is a better time for writing then in speaking what you wish to say, so wait a week to say what must be said to ensure you do not come across misunderstood.
Sirius with Mars this is a courageous and generous and a great time to begin work in connection with the metals.
This is a powerful time take advantage of the placements and what you have been seeking in your life it is time to move the plans forward and manifest it into your life.
Many Blessings in the Light and Dark
Rev. HPs Ariana Afsanay de Ly
Originally posted on Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight:
The World of magic is sometimes strange and difficult to understand: even when you practice magic for years. Last week a magical door opened; and this little piece of knowledge causes worlds to open up. Conversations follow with people close by and far abroad. You will probably think: this is good, but not particular magical.
The breathtaking part of the story is, that simultaneously and out of the blue, magical objects start to appear. The little closet in my temple contains very few objects, and I regularly need something from it. Yesterday evening I opened the closet and there was sitting a little package in a box. I lost this box some years ago. I am absolutely sure that it wasn’t there before. This phenomenon is called an ‘apport’. I have seen it just a very few times in my magical career, and every time it happened it was a…
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Workshop: The Basics of Astrological Magic and Talismans
Presented by Ariana Afsanay de Ly: Reverend High Priestess, Psychic and Traditional Astrologer
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Date: 2014 July 5
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm PDT
Cost: $65.00 (contact me directly, please with any questions)
In this workshop we will be covering the basics of Astrological magic with a focus on discussing what is astrology, the ancient zodiac signs from Mesopotamia. We will also be looking at the star charts of Babylonian as… they are used even today when focusing on working with their influences in Mediaeval magic and talismans and how according to the Babylonian the signs were in the wheel prior to today’s wheel layout.
We will also be discussing the zodiac signs, colours and numbers associated along with the virtues, spirits and intelligence/s that rule them when working directly with a specific planet and seal.
Finally we will be looking at how we calculate the magic we cast by looking at the Witches Timepiece and planetary hours (lower magic) and the days of the week and the best hours to cast magic.
It is very important to have a basic knowledge and understanding of the celestial system prior to casting any magic, magic is from those realms of the invisible and when we do our work we call on the spirits, intelligences, the Gods and Goddesses which are directly above us in the planets that move throughout the heavens. When we do our work we are invoking the very nature of the Universe at the Mental level and if you do not know what you are doing, I think that say it all.
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The Workshop will cost 65.00 per person and each person will receive a file of the topic to follow along, however, this will only be provided after you register and you shall receive your file the day of the workshop.
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Presented by: Ariana Clausen – Velez – Traditional Astrologer and Spiritual Mentor
I enjoy many visions in my journeys but the ones that hold the greatest impact on me are those that reveal the truths from between the realms. We have to be willing to open up our hearts and minds to the Truths in which are given to us, be it by our Gods, our visions, or inner self or through the vehicle of another person who holds great meaning in our lives.
We are all solely responsible for ourselves, our actions, or reactions. We are not responsible for anyone else, do… we have the right to do what must be done by rising Moon and Setting Sun to bring Justice to those who have harmed the innocent, Yes, that is the way of the Old Religion to send those who commit such evil crimes to the Abyss and leave them there for all eternity to never allow their spirit to reincarnate to this earth. In Ancient Egypt upon the one’s physical passing they must pass through the 42 Halls of Maat and face Maat, Horus the Avenger, Anubis and that of the scarab is placed upon the Scales of Justice, if the scarab which is the representation of one’s True Heart outweighs the Feather of Maat they are devoured by Ammut and taken to the darkest of depths and not allowed to pass into the Afterlife.
On this Summer Solstice this is a time of truth of the light revealing all those things hidden and a time to find healing from those truths and to accept. We all are living in the Modern Dark Ages, the Invincible Sun of Sol Invictus the Bringer of Light/Lucifer who is the true healer of all things brings us all a great Awakening and understanding to find and understand such knowledge and to move forward in our lives to a better place to leave behind those things that are toxic to us.
I find great joy in my path as a Witch/Priestess and High Priestess as I do the work and serve the Mighty Ancient Ones as I find conjunction in growing as a person as well and that of my connection to my Higher Self to move beyond all things.
We must love and give love, we are the ones who guide the way for those who seek to come home and who are remembering who they are, we are the Mother’s of the Old Religion let us do what must be done and protect and defend all the innocent as we know it is to be.
Many Blessings, a lot of fantastic inspiration on this day.
This was shared from an acquaintance I met some time back this is the land of my Ancestors Niall of the Nine Hostages and the lands my ancestors travelled through Galicia, Spain from many other European lands prior to them inhabiting and being the last invaders of Ireland after defeating the Tuatha magic.
This is the land of those of old blood and of the old soul.
Once again Mercury is in Retrograde and again, in the sign of Cancer, there have been a lot of emotions flying about, quarrels, influxes, miscommunication, assumptions without the facts and more. Mercury gets a bad rap and we have to remember there are 5 planets and then the Celestial Sun and the Luminary the Moon all of this goes into what energies are moving around. Also it may be that your chart does not have Mercury in this sign or in Retrograde, so the Retrograde will not necessarly affect you like others.
When Mercury is in Retrograde he is simply moving backwards a bit off from his normal self and yes it can be frustrating but we cannot always lay blame on him alone, we must consider all the other planets, are they in detriment, term, face, exaltation, triplicity are they with their natural enemy or are they in a good position, are they too in Retrograde themselves all of this makes for a good pot of cooking or a bad pot of poison, it makes for getting things accomplished or having them take some time, and of course holding off until a later date.
This is not the best time to be doing new contracts, negotiations, promotions, and anything to do with the signing or communication. If so you will come into some conflicts and feelings will be hurt and emotions will run high. With Cancer, Cancer being best when in the Moon sign of Cancer, it is emotional, feeling, psychic energy, communications with the Other-side, and those persons who are of hidden tendencies will reveal this face of themselves and it will manifest during this particular retrograde, as was the last Mercury Retrograde I wrote about. Last year his position was in the same place, which means he will fall in all the other water signs this year, he first was in Pisces now in Cancer and lastly in Scorpio.
Normally when Mercury is in Cancer he is very compassionate, though lacking patience and very intuitive and psychic by nature. He aids us in communication with the dead and those spirits and elements, it also aids in mediation and allowing ourselves to see into our own emotions.
Tempers will be high right now, as we also have to look at where Mars is, Mars is in detriment and with Libra which is ruled by Venus and the night side of Venus she reveals her darker side at this time. Saturn is in Scorpio and in retrograde as well, so here we have Saturn in trip and with his natural enemy so we have again more fire energy burning the earth this leads to aggression and angry situations will arise.
Through this retrograde I will be offering my Annual Readings at a discounted price, I will be offering them for $100.00 that is a savings of $30.00 from my normal price.
A great way to carry a talisman
Originally posted on Knot Magick:
I though it was time to share a simple pattern which is great for making magic and really shows off how weaving the magic physically can affect your spell work. This pattern is ultimatly adaptable, but as written produces a pouch small enough to wear daily and can contain a slip of paper, a dash or two of herbs, crystals chips etc comfortably and securely. Plus you can choose your yarn colours for its association with the focus of your spell work and take the time to stitch your intent into the pouch itself with spoken charms or unspoken intent.
This pattern is written for a four ply pure cotton but will adapt to other yarn weights and types. However you will need to adjust your hook size accordingly and be aware to keep your tension tight so that the contents remains secure.
I will write a separate blog post…
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A Story Behind Aries
Originally posted on Jessica Davidson:
Each sign of the zodiac represents an archetype. These are elemental structures in the psyche which give shape to our lives and inspire meaning through myth. Astrology is a multidimensional, multivalent system of storytelling. The myths behind your horoscope form a complex web of meaning which underpins the narrative of your life. The gods are alive and living through you…
Aries is a crusader with a righteous vision of life. Wherever there’s a mission or cause to be fought for, you’ll find Aries, armour glinting in the sunshine. The Aries myth is all about the future and vanquishing the enemy, doing the noble deed with passion and adventure.
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Originally posted on Sylvatica:
Today’s work in the kitchen consisted of powdering egg shells. Powdered white egg shell is traditionally used to draw outdoor sigils for offerings to spirits. It can also be used to line the edge of your circle for protection.
Wash each egg shell thoroughly and scatter them in a pan. Place the pan in the oven on low heat (120-150 degrees F) for about an hour, or until egg shells are dry and brittle to the touch.
With either a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder, grind up the shells into a fine powder. For a really fine powder I recommend the coffee grinder, otherwise for a chunkier powder the good ‘ole mortar and pestle works great. I chose the coffee grinder for this since my mortar is still covered in sandalwood and copal resin from the last incense blend I made.
Once the egg shell is powdered to your liking, store…
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Another great one
Originally posted on Three Hundred and Sixty-Six:
I came across this photo on Pinterest whilst cataloging the thousands of ways people are using Mason jars. Obviously, it caught my eye. I love the “Sit a Spell” signage above the pentagrams, but I also love these star planters, too. How easy would it be to nail a few together, wire a jar to the front, and hang them from a fence? I could also see using flower pots and planting something in them instead of the more vase-like Mason jar application.
This is an idea I’m definitely filing away for “When I become a homeowner…”
Originally posted on Knot Magick:
The broom is the one of those quintessential witchy items that stir the imagination. The earliest cleaning implement known to man, the besom is traditionally made from a staff of hazel with bristles of birch twigs. Every home no matter how rich or poor would have had their own which would have been made, and repaired, by the womenfolk of the house.
The idea of the broom being used to cleanse a space of negative is an ancient one, biblical even. Isaiah 14:23 states “I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts” and the image of the housewife beating unwanted guests from their front door is an old one in itself. Traditionally you would find a broom standing by the door, bristles pointing down, in order to protect the home from negative spirits.
The traditional besom woods have magical properties and associations with the…
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Let us always remember this amazing woman who brought about so much change and love in this world.
Originally posted on patricia a. matthew:
Of all the things I remember about the time I met Maya Angelou, I don’t quite remember how we ended up shopping in Shreveport, Louisiana the day after she visited my college. As college friends post memories on my Facebook page of her visit, I have been trying all day to remember exactly how we ended up shopping and how she came to buy me this scarf.
I do remember that the process, the work of bringing her to campus taught me everything I needed to know about political maneuverings, regional pride, and, eventually, what is possible when an entire institution decides to do a thing right.
I got it into my head one summer that I should bring her to my small, private, mostly lily white, college in Northwest Louisiana. I’d read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in middle school in Biloxi, Mississippi when my father was…
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This is a wonderful story of going beyond what you know. Enjoy
Originally posted on Antariksh Yatra:
I was recently in the remote Alaskan town of Barrow for an academic project. Barrow is profoundly different from any place I have been: at 71.3 N latitude, it perches at the edge of the Arctic Ocean. During April, when I visited, the ocean is frozen as far as you can see. The tundra is white and flat, and there is no vegetation. Most of the people who live there are Inupiat Eskimos. It is as far removed as you can imagine from Delhi, where I grew up, or for that matter, Boston, near which city I now reside.
I was wandering through the bright hallways of Ilisagvik college in Barrow, looking for someone with whom I hoped to speak, when I found an efficient young administrative assistant. She assured me she would find the person I was seeking, and took my name down. As is usual in…
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I have been noticing lately a lot of posting that say they are coming from my email to the site that have nothing to do with the topics on my site. Please DISREGARD them, I am not posting them and when brought to my attention I delete them immediately.
My apologises to you all for inconvenience.
When I began reading this book it was last year sometime and going through a great deal of transformation in my personal life was making a lot of changes not only on the mundane level but on the spiritual and magical levels as well. I had given so much of myself of my mundane world and what needed to be done there I due to many hard events in my life avoided much of my magical workings.
A great article shared with me, do enjoy!!!!
Originally posted on Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight:
My window looks out over a small harbour. Centre Rotterdam, a place of exceptional natural beauty. I hear the sounds of busy birds. On an old tree trunk, floating in the river two coots are building a nest. With the precision of craftsmen branches are put together into a curious building.
Where are the swans? I haven’t seen them this year. I am at the lookout for them, until suddenly the couple paddles into the harbour. Two? No young ones?
Suddenly the wings are lifted and splash, splash, splash … a row of feathered balls jumps of the back of mama swan, and land in the water. The parents guard the dangerous road to the big river. I watch how the chicks get swimming lessons. A jolly chaotic bobbing and twittering. The swans watch their offspring, and each other. Their necks form a perfect heart. In the heart I see…
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http://wisewomanradio.com/interviews/clausen-velez.html, tune in now and listen in to my interview with Susun Weed. Do enjoy!!!
We had an amazing interview discussing the Temple of Diana which just celebrated its’ 10 year Anniversary, my work as a Crafter of the Old Ways and Traditonal Astrologer and more.
Blessings to you all.
Originally posted on Palliser Pass:
The Moon and Spica.
A few clouds, but not bad for eclipse night. A remarkable sight. The earth’s shadow kept biting the moon until it was red. Snapped a couple pics. Plenty of owls ‘who, whoing’. I can imagine they cursed the eclipse as it made the rodents harder to see. Before the moon had moved from the shadow the clouds rolled in. It was nice of them to hold off as long as they did. You don’t see the moon act up like that every day. Very good night.
The Moon in eclipse and mars through the clouds.
The Earths shadow covers all but a sliver of the Moon.
The Moon and Mars tangled in the branches.
Wishing everyone a most Blessed Spring Equinox, the rites we gather and celebrate are truly in our hearts and there is not always a need to be in a public or large circle, we manifest and cast our own circles when we do magic to bring health, healing, prosperity and joy to others lives.
This Spring Equinox may you all be in my circle of magic and may you all be blessed with all fantastic joys and new endeavours.
My love is my circle and that is the strongest magic of all. Look into the mirror and see where your truth lies from within, do you do magic for the greater good or do you do it to build up your ego the latter is the wrong way to go for when we give openly without thinking of ourselves we are blessed beyond all we can imagine.
Blessed Spring Equinox to you all and Happy New Year.
Astro Weather for 27 Feb 2014
Sun in Pisces
Jupiter is in exaltation
Venus is in her own element-Touch to get through too very strong willed and headed, wants things her own way and that is that. Holding onto emotions and not letting people through easily wants to have some control on the situation/s.
Moon in Aquarius-eccentric and erratic behaviours and mental issues may manifest. This too is a creative energy and one of travel to the east as well as dreams of those this that make no sense.
Rigel is with the Sun which portends for today the energies of bold and courageous, insolent, unruly temper/s, hasty actions, war and contention (bloodshed), great however for good fortune, and military success.
Sirius with Venus there is a need for ease and comfort and luxury, extravagance, and someone will see gain by an inheritance.
Ascendant with Propus (this fixed star is not common in its appearance in the heavens) it is of the nature of Mercury and Venus giving strength, eminence and success in all things you do.
MC is with Deneb Adige it is of the nature of Venus and Mercury and gives ingenious nature and cleverness intellect and quick at learning.
Judgements of the Head and Tail of the Dragon
The Head of the Dragon is in all points like to Mercury, good with good planets and evil with evil planets for being joined with the evil planets he doth increase their goodness and with the evil their malice.
The Tail is contrary to the Head, for his is evil with the good and good with the evil, so that he doth dimish the malice of the evil planets and in like manner doth hinder and let the goodness of the good.
Hail to you oh, Goddess, the Moon, blessed lady, fortunate, cold
and moist, temperate and beautiful. Of all the planets you are the
head and key, your movement is smooth, you have shining light, lady
of happiness and joy, of good words, of good fame, of the power to
You are the lover of law and ponder the things of the world, and
your thought is subtle. You love joyful singing and enjoy joking and
love, you are the lady of ambassadors and messages and of the
revealing of secrets. You are high and noble, you are nearer to us
than the other planets, you are more powerful than all of them and
bright; you bring good and evil, you connect the planets to one
another, you transfer their light, you control everything through your
And everything in the world is adorned by your ornament and
by your judgment all is judged. You begin all things, you are their
end. You above all planets have nobility and honor. And in this way
I call upon you.
I conjure you by [all Buddhas & Bodhisattvas] and by Celan and
Silija’il, who are the angels God has set over you to complete your
I invoke you by all your names; in Arabic, Camar [Qamar]; in
Latin, Luna; in Persian, Mehe [Mah]; in Greek, Zamahyl [Sam’a’il];
in Indian, Cerim [Suma]; in Roman, Celez [Selene], have mercy on
me and receive my humble petition, fill this talisman with your
power, with your spirit, with your pneuma, look with favor on us,
help us to be successful, and to be happy, healthy and safe. Thanks
be unto you, O Moon!
The following 19th century folklore article is referencd to by Leland in his Preface to Aradia or the Gospel of Witches, 1899. It contains many small and marvelous treasures of Italian magical lore, including discussion of lore about the witches’ council meeting under the walnut-tree of Benevento, the flight of Herodiade, healing spells, prayers or spells made upon rosary without medals or knoted cords, etc.
If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. Pitre, or the articles contributed by “lady Vere De Vere” to the Italian Rivista, or that of J. H. Andrews to Folk-Lore,* he will be aware that there are in Italy great nubers of strege, fortune-tellers or witches, who divine by cards, perform strange ceremonies in which spirits are supposed to be invoked, make and sell amulets, and, in fact comport themselves generally as their reputed kind are wont to do, be they Black Voodooists in America or sorceresses anywhere.
*March, 1897: “Neapolitan Witchcraft”
–Charles G. Leland, Aradia or the Gospel of Witches, A New Translation by Mario Pazzaglini, Ph. D. and Dina Pazzaglini, 1989, p.115.
It seems that many 19th century folklorists mixed up different types of “withces” willy nilly. Andrews made no distinction between those who act for good or ill. He lumped together those who called upon devils in charms with those who invoked Jesus. Descriptions of deeds quite probably done by genuine living 19th century practitioners were intermixed with imaginary deeds done by folkloric witches.
Activities involving the use of a padlock and knotted cord to attract a lover and that certain charms were taught on Christmas eve were presented along with witches magically removing a hump from a hunchback, dancing naked to cure a sick person, and flying.
Probably Andrews intermixed these activities because they all fall into the realm of folklore about magic. However, by using the single English word, “witch,” he implies all these activities were done by one of the strega.
Leland, wrting at about the same time period, apparently has done much the same. He labeled all Italian female practitioners of magic and divination as strega.
TRANSACTIONS OF THE FOLK-LORE SOCIETY
Vol III March, 1897 No.1
by J.B. Andrews
Southern Italy has been for many ages the favorite country for witches; they come from all parts of the peninsula to the Grand Councils held under the walnut-tree of Benevento, and even from more distant lands, for its fame is celebrated in Mentonnese tradition. This tree is to have been destroyed by S. Barbato in 660, during the reign of Duke Romualdo, in contending against superstition. Benevento was formerly called Malevento, a name perhaps significant. The site of the tree is now disputed, its very existence doubted; but witches still pretend to meet on the spot where it grew. The Neapolitans have an occult religion and government in witchcraft, and the Camorra; some apply to them to obtain what official organizations cannot or will not do. As occasionally happens in similar cases, the Camorra fears and yields to the witches, the temporal to the spiritual. There are also wizards, but as elsewhere they are much rarer; according to the usual explanation they have more difficulty in flying, being heavier.
It is said that the devil as a man prefers women; they for their part are amiable to him, at times even seducing him. There are special departments of the art–there is that of the earth and of the sea–having their special adepts. The first will only be treated of now; any witch can, however, render service to sea-faring folk, in giving a good haul of fish or averting a storm. Amongst witches by birth are women born on Christmas Eve, or on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Whoever invokes the devil on Christmas Eve before a mirror may become a witch.
An instruction in the methods is by itself sufficient; it is frequently given by the mother to her daughter, but not exclusively; any one may learn the art, even those knowing only a single incantation can make use of it. When a new witch has completed her education, the two women open a vein in their arms; having mixed the blood, the older witch makes a cross with it under the left thigh of her pupil, who says : ” Croce, croce, sciagurata sono.” There is no visible sign by which to detect them, they recognise one another by looking into their eyes; then the one who first leaves salutes the other by striking her with her left hand on the left shoulder and simply saying : ” Me ne vo.” In payment for the power he gives, the devil receives her soul with those of the others she procures for him; in witness of her fidelity she mocks at religion, and will profane the Host by trampling on it. But she means to cheat him and save her soul at the hour of death. She goes to mass, fills her room with pious pictures, before which, however, she does not work her charms. In her death-agony she sends for the priest, gives up to him all her apparatus to be burnt, then confesses and receives absolution. Her companions try to save some of the most precious objects from the flames. There are certain crimes for which there is no forgiveness, such as having caused death or made a hunchback. Among the many devils the head of all is called Satanasso.
Especially malicious is the Diavolo Zoppo (the lame devil), proud, violent, and treacherous ; he occupies himself much with lovers. Others are Lucibello, Lurdino, Lurdinino, Quisisizio, Turbionone, Scartellato, Baldassare. Their aid is invoked, they are present at the councils. The witches go to meet them flying through the air, often on horseback. In order to be able to fly, after having completely undressed and undone their hair, they go a little before midnight to an isolated spot out of sight, away from every sacred object. It is forbidden to see them, but not to speak to them. Then they anoint their bodies with the following composition, the quantity varying according to their weight: ten pounds of spirits of wine, half a pound of salt of Saturn, half a pound of Dragerio, to be left for four hours in a covered vessel. Then, saying ” Sotto I’acqua e sotto il vento, sotto il noce di Benevento, Lucibello portami dove debbo andare,” they fly away.
The meetings take place at midnight in the country, when the witches dance and take council together. Anyone seeing them may claim a gift; thus a hunchback once got rid of his hump. Hearing them singing ” Sabato e Domenica” in endless repetition, he added ” E Giovedi morzillo” (and Shrove-Thursday), a favourable day for witchcraft, as is also Saturday. This story is one of those most widely spread in Europe. It is indispensable that the witches should return before dawn: once the hour has passed, they fall in their flight and are killed. As a proof, it is said that some have been found very early in the morning in the streets of Naples lying dead and naked. On their way they can neither traverse a running stream nor cross roads; they are obliged ” to go round them.” They can turn themselves into animals, especially into black cats, but not into inanimate objects. However, they may become “wind,” so as to enter a house in order to carry off someone, or to transform him, or for other bad purposes. If when in the house the witch is seized by the hair and so held until day-break, she dies; but if in reply to her question “
What do you hold ? ” is said : ” I hold you by the hair,” she answers, escaping: ” And I slip away like an eel.” On entering a house she should say: ” lo entro in questa casa come vento per pigliarmi questo figlio, e a I’ora in cut me lo rubo, dev’ essere presente anche la morte.” If she means to transform the person she says: ” lo non sono cristiano, sono animale e sono eretico, e dopo di avere ereticato, ho fatto diventare questa donna (uomo o fan-ciullo) animale, ed io divento piu animale di questa donna.” Beside the bed she says: ” Io sono venuto per forza del demonio, il diavolo mi ha portato su di un cavallo, e come diavolo, e non come cristiano, io mi ho preso questa donna.” Their aid is invoked in quarrels. The Camorrists and bullies bring their arms to have them made invincible. A witch present at a fight can prevent the blows from striking home, or she may stop the fight by saying under her breath: ” Ferma, ferma, arma feroce, come Gesu` fermo la croce, come il prete all’ altare, I’ostia in bocca ed il calice in mano.”
Witches are much sought after in affairs of the affections between lovers, and between husbands and wives, and to restore love between parents and children. They use an ” acqua della concordia ” and an ” acqua della discordia.” To bring back an unfaithful lover the witch goes at night to the cemetery, digs up with her nails the body of an assassin, with her left hand cuts off the three joints of the ring-finger, then reducing them to powder in a bronze mortar, she mixes it with ” acqua benedetta senza morti,” bought at the chemist’s. The lover is to sprinkle the road between his house and his sweetheart’s with this water, and this will oblige the beloved one to return.
Another very powerful powder is made by scraping the left humerus of a dead priest; the powder is then made into a small parcel and hidden on the altar by the server at a mass paid for by the witch. When the priest says: ” Cristo eleison” she must mutter: ” Cristo non eleison.” Such a bone was shown me by a witch; it had been purchased for fifty francs from one of the servants of a confraternity. It had belonged to the witch’s mother, who was also a witch, and had been stolen from the objects given by her before dying to the priest to be burnt. It must be the left humerus, ” the right having been used for giving the benediction.”
It is possible to make a lover come in the following manner. At noon precisely take hold of a shutter or door of the room with the left hand, shut it quickly three times, then strike the floor heavily three times with the left foot. This ceremony is repeated three several times; at the end the shutter is slammed with violence. Each time the door or shutter is shut, say: ” Porta, che vai e vient;” then at the last time of all : ” Prendilo, Diavolo, e non lo trattieni; giacche` set il Diavolo Zoppo, portami N– o vivo o morto.”
To prevent a lover from liking another, stand in front of a wall so that your shadow falls on it; speak to the shadow as if to the lover, saying: ” Buona sera, ombricciuola mia, buona sera a me e buona sera a te; avanti a N— tutte brutte figure, ed io bella come una luna.” In speaking of oneself, touch the breast; the shadow, in naming the lover; in saying bella, touch the face; in mentioning the moon, the wall. Witches undertake to punish the unfaithful. They prepare three cords with knots, a black cord for the head, red for the heart, white for the sexual organs. To cause pain in the head, they take hold of the black cord, gaze at a star, and say: ” Stella una, stella due, stella tre, stella quattro, io le cervella di N– attacco, glide attacco tanto forte, che per me possa prendere la morte.” This is repeated five times outside the witch’s door. For the heart, say: “Buona sera, buona sera, N– mio, dove e` stato? Diavolo da me non e` accostato; diavolo, tu questa sera me lo devi chiamare e qui me lo devi portare.”
Taking hold of the white cord, is said:: ” Diavolo, to in mano ho questo laccio; to gli lego c—i e c-o, da nessuno possa f/–e ed impregnare; solo a questa f-a possa adorare.” The incantation finished, the cord must be worn in order to keep the knots intact, for if untied the charm is broken. A lemon, orange, or even a potato, stuck over with pins of various colours and nails answers the same purpose. The pins and nails are inserted at midnight in the open air, deeply or superficially, according to the harm intended. In sticking in each pin, is said: “Stella, stella, delle fore fore, diavolo quattro, diavolo nove, io questa spilla in testa a N— inchiodo,gliela inchiodo tanto forte che per me ne deve prendere la morte.” Then knots are made round some of the pins with a cord secretly bought by the witch for this special purpose, refusing to take change; if the seller calls her back she tells him that he is mad. In knotting the cord, is said: “Diavolo Zoppo, io metto questa spilla in testa di N– vivo o morto.” Then the object is hidden to prevent a disenchantment, as by throwing it into a drain or into the sea. The head, heart, or liver of an animal is also used, the head of a cock for a man, of a hen for a woman.
To prevent an unfaithful lover from sleeping, the woman goes to bed quite naked, takes hold of the left sleeve of her chemise, saying: ” Rissa, rissa, diavolo, io mi vendo questa camicia, non me la vendo per denaro. Pulci, cimici, piattole e tafani e I’ortica campaiuola, da N– ve ne andate, ed allora pace fossa trovare, quando questa camicia si viene a prendere.” Then, putting the chemise in the middle of the bed, she stands at the foot, places her arms crossed on the bed, and turns them four times so that the last time the-palms are turned upwards, saying: “Il letto di N– non Io vedo, non Io so. Ai piedi ci metto due candelieri, alia testa ci metto un capo di morte, nel mezzo due spine di Cristo. Diavolo, per me si ha da volt are, spesso e tan to deve volt are forte, che per me deve pigliare la morte.” Then she must lie down without speaking, or else she will herself have much suffering. To detach a husband from his mistress, the wife can go barefooted with unbound hair to a crossroad, where picking up a pebble and putting it under her left armpit she says : ” Mi calo a terra e pietra piglio, tra M– e N– un grande scompiglio, e si vogliono acquie-tare, quando questa pietra qui sotto si viene a pigliare.” She does the same at a second cross-road, putting the pebble under the right armpit; then at a third placing the pebble between the chin and breast. Returning to her house she throws the pebbles into the cesspool, so that they cannot be got at, saying: ” M– allora con N– fossa tu parlare, quando queste tre pietre qui dentro viene a pigliare.”
To attract a lover, the witch provides a magnet wrapped with a knotted cord; it must be worn. Much recommended are cakes containing, according to the case, menstrual blood or sperm. A padlock also serves to submit a person to one’s will. In opening it, say: “N— di lontano ti vedo, da vicino ti saluto, ti chiudo e non ti sciolgo, se non farai tutta la mia voglia.” Then lock the padlock, put a knotted cord round it, and keep it in a safe place. It is possible to overcome the protection of holy medals or other blessed objects, especially if something belonging to the person can be obtained-a bit of his skin, nails, or clothing; besides this, the co-operation of four or five witches is necessary. They sing together, one saying ” Tu gli I’hai fatta, to gli la leva,” another replying “Tuglilafai, e non gli la nego.” The witches also undertake to break spells. Suspending a sieve on scissors under the bed of a man made impotent, the witch also places there her shoes crossed; she provides herself with a rosary without medals or other blessed objects, and a packet of unwashed herbs, then tearing the packet and scattering its contents on the ground, she says: ” Come io sciolgo questo mazzo, cost sciolgo questo c-o.”
Sometimes a dance of naked witches takes place round the bed of a sick person, recalling the devil dances in Ceylon, the object of both being to cure the illness. There must be three or five witches; if five, one remains at the back, one stands at each corner of the bed, holding between them cords which must cross the bed diagonally, then dancing, they sing ” Tit git I’hai fatta, ed io gli la tolgo,” going round the bed. When there are only three witches the left corner at the foot of the bed remains empty, the cord being held laterally. They cure all diseases, employing medicinal herbs as well as magic, or even pious objects. Medals of S. Anastasio are much recommended against infection; they are also most efficacious amulets against the Evil Eye, as are also spinning whorls and the well-known horns.
As regards the Evil Eye, witches cannot make it, but they can avert its influence. A small packet of salt worn on the person is a protection against it; but according to the Neapolitans it is useless against witchcraft, contrary to the belief in some other places. For that, a little bag full of sand is good, the witch being obliged to count each grain before working her spell, in the meanwhile the hour of her power passes. A comb, three nails driven in behind the house-door, and the horseshoe are also recommended against witchcraft. Witches can make storms cease, or render them harmless, by saying before an open window: ” Ferma, ferma, tuono, come Gesu` fermo I’uomo, e come quello schifoso prete all’ altare, con ostia in bocca ed il calice in mano.”
Witchcraft is powerless on Wednesday, during Holy Week, and (contrary to what is thought in some other countries) on the eve of St. John Baptist’s Day. It is believed that at midnight then Herodiade may be seen in the sky seated across a ray of fire, saying:
” Mamma, mamma, perche` lo dicesti?””Figlia, figlia, perche’ lo facesti? “
The were-wolf is known, but not as the creation of witches. It is a curse on men born on Christmas live; they are known by the length of their nails. The malady seizes them in the night; they run on all fours trying to bite, but they retain the human form. If they are wounded so as to lose blood, the madness is stopped at once. Girls born on Christmas Eve are not maidens.
The foregoing information was obtained quite recently from witches in Naples. When asked what books they used, they answered None, that their knowledge is entirely traditional. The incantations, often composed in verse, have become in time so damaged that it has seemed better not to attempt to indicate the verses. Still, literal accuracy in repeating the spells is believed to be of the greatest importance. A scarred tongue was shown to me as the consequence of a mistake.
Some of the apparatus of witchcraft mentioned was presented to the Society that it might be placed in the Cambridge Museum.
I owe much to the kind aid of Signor Luigi Molinaro del Chiaro, of Naples, founder of the paper, Giambattista Basile, so much appreciated by amateurs of Italian traditions. Unfortunately it exists no longer.
Le Pigautier, Menton, September, 1896.
I have just returned from my travels and working in Salem, MA at the Fantastic Shoppe Magika on the Pickering Whaft at 63R Wharf Street, Salem, MA.
Everyone one there is amazing, hard working, dedicated to the clients and helping those find the true answers they seek and helping them to understand the greater sense of the Occult and the inner self and spirit we all have. I would like to thank Jacqui Allouise, Vlad, Douglas, Anthony Bruno and of course my “True Mother” Lori Bruno for opening the doors and welcoming me into the Magika on the Pickering Wharf family to work with everyone. A great group of people working with one another. Also many thanks to Richard and Gail I really enjoyed working with you too.
The Festival of Light, Love and Life was a fantastic kick off to many more to come, fantastic music, dance, magic and so much energy and magic we cast on that night letting go of all things negative and celebrating the life and our Ancestors who walked the lands and paths before us to make way for what we have today.
I had a great and fantastic time.
I will be resuming doing my Phone and Face to Face Readings following the 15th of November. I am taking appointments for the end of November and thru the end of the year and into the New Year for those seeking guidance and spiritual counselling.
Many Blessings to All in the Dark and Light
Ariana Afsanay de Ly
Astro Weather of the Week 13 October-19th October
Mars is in Term and moving into exaltation—Good for talismans
Jupiter is in exaltation–Great for Talismans for Prosperity, Success and Fortune
Venus is in Term—Good for Talismans
In the Fixed Stars
Spica w/Sun shows persons of eminent dignity and favourable for public and legal affairs. As at the time of this weather forecast it was culminating it shows preferment in the Church and Religious affairs as well as State affairs.
Antares w/Venus inclines persons that of insincere and dishonest in nature, out for themselves and their own and dishonest actions selfish but with an energy to move swiftly as to slight of the hand and unfavourable.
Regulas w/Mars there will be an increase in higher military command, strong character and will, will stand out and prominence in the public with rise.
Castor w/Jupiter, there will be an increase in the study of the Occult more topics, discussions, people wanting to understand it more, an increase in the media as well as philosophical discussions. There will be loss by that of the law from dishonest actions.
Alphecca w/Saturn, a focus on studies more occult, a serious student, economy will have problems, there is a strong character that emerges and of a good and controlled within the passions, there are disappointments in love and marriage is above one’s station.
In the Astro-Meteorlogy
Alphecca w/Saturn: Moist and cloudy, sometimes snow and rain.
Castor w/Jupiter: High winds
Regulas w/Mars: Great heat and high winds and extremely sultry weather.