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Magickal Apple Harmony Spell

Magickal Apple Harmony Spell
Magickal Apple Harmony Spell
    The purpose of this spell is to bring harmony, and what better time than Imbolc! As we bring in the Light, let’s bring in harmony! This works for harmony with the Self (check in: are you disappointed or even mad at yourself for some reason? Is this blocking you from your goals?), a relationship with Another (school friend, co-worker, lover, spouse, friend, sibling), or a Group (families, co-workers, a class you’re attending or teaching, spiritual gatherings, covens, etc.).
     You may do this by yourself, or with your partner or in a group or coven. It is especially effective to share if you’re working on harmony in relationships with others, but not necessary.
    You will need an apple (or other fruit if you prefer) and a glass of water (you may share the glass, or have a glass available for each person if you prefer).
    Next, cut up the hurts! Cut the fruit into several slices. As you cut, visualize the incidents that have taken you apart over time. If you are disharmonious with your Self, visualize why as you cut the apple. Have you not completed an important project? Have you been unkind to yourself? If the lack of harmony is with Another, visualize the challenges that your relationship has had and the changes that have occurred as you cut. Really feel the hurt, anger, frustration. If the lack of harmony is in a Group, see where the lack of harmony began, and cut the apple.
    If you’re with the person or group you wish to create harmony with, while you are cutting, talk openly and gently about the challenges. You can even talk about the challenges if you’re by yourself. Allow the emotions to flow. Maybe even the tears. Know that the cutting of the apple is symbolic of the separation of harmony from your life, the cutting apart of you as a whole person or the cutting apart of you with a partner or group. If you’re doing this with others, make a pact before the spell work begins that no matter what is said, it is safe to feel because everyone involved knows that the goal is to heal and bring you back to your natural state: Harmony.
    When all is said and felt, close your eyes and visualize the apple as it began, a blossom on a tree. Compare that to the very beginnings of your relationship with Self, Another, or Group. Pink, light, blowing in the breeze. Visualize the apple growing and compare that to the friendship and trust. Visualize the entire summer season, drinking in the sun, and moving into fall. Compare that to the growing and maturing Harmony of the relationships. Fill yourself with the love that was the original foundation and blossom of your relationship. Recall and Feel the very, very best of your relationship to your Self or Group. This should feel truly amazing.
    Now, hold your hands over the cut apple, close your eyes, and see the apple as beautiful, whole, delicious, nutritious, fulfilling its destiny, growing in the sun, and compare that to how you want the relationship to be again. Keep the vision in your mind’s eye until you can feel how beautiful the apple is, and how beautiful your relationship is. Remember the very best of your relationship. Recall the best of the spiritual Self, Another, or Group.
   Open your eyes, and see the love and harmony of your relationship in the apple. You may say words of your own or similar to, “As I eat this apple and it becomes whole within me, I here and now make a pact with the Goddess and the God to make my relationship whole.” Eat the apple in silence, and know that you are creating the basis of making your relationship with Self, Another, or Group, whole, beautiful, and harmonious. Savor the beauty of your relationship as you eat the apple. If you are spell crafting with those you’re doing magick to be harmonious, the apple is shared among you.
    Hold the water, bless it with words you choose, or something like, “Mother, Father, Goddess, God, just as water has given vibrant life to everything that exists on the earth, let this water bring vibrant life and harmony to (myself, or name the partner or group).” Drink the water or share it (you may each have your own glass if you prefer), and know that the harmony you’ve ingested will grow with the sacred water of life.
    Blessed be!
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Initiation, Rebirth, and Light.

Initiation, Rebirth, and Light.

This is a very important, personal, and special Imbolc for me. I’m taking the time to look at my Life as it is now, and compare it to the Wheel of the Year. Jung might have called it the Hero’s Journey.

Much of the Craft as we know it today is based on recent reconstruction. In some cases, the spells and rituals had more to do with the personality of the creator than being historically correct. Even more to the point, depending on the influence of that personality, their spells and rituals became The Law. If you didn’t do ritual or magick a particular way, you weren’t doing them right! Er… Welcome, Pagan Dogma? I know all about this because at one point I was a do-it-the-right-way Pagan snob. Now? Not so much. Blasphemy for some, liberation for me.

So, at Samhain last year, life began to turn to a tide that proved unbearable uncomfortable. I did a personal ritual to usher in the perfect life events to take me in the direction I was supposed to go. It was, after all, Samhain: the New Year. By Solstice, I was on the road. I left my partner of five years, and was coming home to Oregon. It was my goal to be in Oregon by the Solstice, and I made it. I had just finished “Winter Shock” which was a joy, but that joy was suffocated by the huge task of recreating my very Life, so I hadn’t had the opportunity to celebrate my accomplishment.

I got an amazing discount at a seaside lodge. It was perfect! I had a lovely personal Yule celebration in a huge, private hot tub on the Oregon Coast with some very nice aged scotch and fudge. This was seriously the only thing that I had available for cakes and ale; I’m not complaining! I see the humor. I did the whole Solstice ritual in the round hot tub, practically big enough to swim in, listening to the waves wildly crashing outside my window feeling totally free for the first time in a very long time. I celebrated the birth of “Winter Shock.” The ritual was a time of immense gratitude to the Goddess and the God, a time for inward reflection and setting intention, and it also represented an in-between time, the longest night of the year when we’re contemplative, then turn toward light. The hot tub became a large womb, like a cauldron. I gave myself the gift of another chance to be the “Sally” I came here to be, nurtured by the Goddess. The energy was phenomenal. It was an amazing experience. I’ll never forget it.

Now, at Imbolc, I certainly have a lot to celebrate, and after hitting rock bottom on so many levels back in December, which feels like a lifetime ago (indeed, it was another life), I certainly have nothing but potential!

And so we come to Imbolc. I go with my feelings, and I go with the personality of the creator, which in this case, is me. In your case, it’s you. I energetically feel the cross quarter Sabbats much more than I do the Solstices and Equinoxes – not always, but it’s a general trend. This year, Jupiter is going direct just before Imbolc. I’m a Sagittarian, and Jupiter is my ruling planet – the planet of expansion, so this makes me happy! I celebrate Imbolc with light, using lots of candles, and combining that with Jupiter going direct, I’m celebrating with my Inner Light Expanding. I know this is all very personal, but I believe that’s how we all learn and grow. We trust. We splay ourselves wide open in the face of Life, and become teachers, healers, friends and support for each other. We’re all in this together. I hope you think about how your Wheel of the Year is going — the seeds, the growth, and how our personal shadows always, always, always lead us to the Light.

Imbolc, for me, is all about potential, initiation, honoring the coming light. We’ve made it through the coldest, darkest part of the year (I’ve made it through the coldest, darkest part of my life so far), and now we’re closer to the Light. The days are growing longer. We move from inward reflection to action. I turned fifty last November and didn’t celebrate and honor my huge, enormous, giant, stupendous, cosmic event (there’s an adjective for every decade). I kindled the desire for change on Samhain, was in the womb on Solstice, so now, on Imbolc, it’s time to be born. I’m having an Imbolc ritual filled with Light, and it’s going to be my Birthday party — surrounded by great friends I love and adore! It is an Initiation, and those present at the ritual will be stepping forward in to their Initiation and new birth as well. This will be joyful!

I think we invent Life as we go along.

So, where are you this Imbolc? Is it a rite of passage, a time of expansion, a time to grow the Light within, a time of initiation, or maybe even a Birth Day for you too? Invent your Life!

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From One Witch To Another: Imbolc

From One Witch To Another: Imbolc

Greetings! Imbolc arrives February 2nd. It is traditionally a time of cleansing and purification, and it is a time of rediscovering Light after winter. Also called Candlemas, Imbolc is a Gaelic word which refers to the return of milk to the ewes as Spring will soon arrive. Milk is said to be a gift of the Goddess Brigid, whom we celebrate on this day. Imbolc is an incredibly beautiful Sabbat; using candles for healing, visualization, and blessings creates a wide-eyed awe as we bring back the Light and the days grow a little longer. Imbolc is also Ground Hog Day, a form of weather divination which we can see mirrored in old limericks and couplets. A Scottish example: “If Candlemas Day is Bright and Clear, There’ll be two winters in the year.” Wishing you a beautiful Imbolc.

Blessed be,

Sal

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