Nine Things to Know When Starting Magic

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Thinking about starting out in Magic?  I have been in Magic for about 15 years now and I thought I would write a post on things I wish I knew when I started.  The occult is a very strange place and hard to understand, but Magic is what attracts people to the occult.  If you are just starting out or looking to get into Magic, here are some things that might help.  These are critical for anyone who is starting out on the Magic path.

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Creating Individual or Small Group Rituals: A Step by Step Guide

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Rituals are an important part not just of druidry or of nature-based spirituality, but of human life in general.  According to leading scholar Catherine Bell in her book Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions, human beings have been involved in rituals for as long as we have recorded history—and likely well before. Rituals use meaningful symbols, movement, actions, repeated forms and staging to help us step out of our normal time with conscious and sacred intention. While many rituals may have spiritual or religious significance, rituals can also be cultural (graduation ceremonies) or personal.

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A few weeks ago, I hosted a ritual creation workshop as part of AODA’s online workshop series as a lot of people want to start to create their own rituals.  In this post, I’m going to offer the framework I shared at the workshop to help you think…

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Daily Rituals and Daily Spiritual Practices

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In my time as an Archdruid and now Grand Archdruid in the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), a set of questions I see often are questions surrounding the establishment of daily ritual or daily practice question. These are questions like: how do I figure out how to do something every day and actually stick to doing it?  How do I build daily rituals into my life? What are some daily rituals people do?  Why would I want to do daily practices?  Since these questions are so common, today’s post explores the idea of daily rituals and practices for druids:  I’ll share how to begin and some considerations and also share a number of examples of daily or regular practices that you can do to deepen our druid path.

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The idea of a daily ritual is, of course, that you do something at the relatively same time…

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Rituals and Prayers for Peace

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Peace is a fundamental part of the druid tradition. The ancient druids had roles as peacemakers and justices, and today, many druids find themselves in a position of promoting and fighting for justice and peace.  A lot of this work is happening right now: working towards for the equal rights and treatment of black, brown, and indigenous people; fighting on the front lines of the pandemic as a medical worker or essential personnel; or and trying to work for inner peace in these challenging times, just to name a few.  Given what is happening at present, it seems like a very good time to start, reaffirm, or deepen a spiritual practice that focuses on spreading peace. Thus, in this post, I’ll share a peace meditation, peace prayers, and peace rituals that you might use as part of your practice. I also think that the more of us that do the…

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2019 Harvest Moon Mabon Ritual

Happy Full Harvest Moon!

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” … Albert Camus

The new season is almost upon us and soon the trees will shed their leaves and prepare for the darker half of the year.

Mabon is the threshold for the darker half of the year. A balance of light and dark, the Autumn Equinox gives us a balance of day and night and is a beautiful reminder of balance and harmony within and without.

This year the Autumn Equinox falls on Sept. 21 or 22nd depending on your location and this Full Moon opens the Mabon portal.

Like the trees, we can prepare and shed our leaves too… anything weighing us down, limiting beliefs, habits or patterns that no longer serve us.

This ceremony will help you shed what no longer fits into your life and help you invoke what you truly desire for the rest of the year and darker half.

The Full Moon Ceremony tonight can be done anytime within the Mabon portal between today, 9/13 to 9/22. You can do the first half of the ceremony tonight on the Full Moon tonight and finish the ceremony on Mabon as well. What does your intuition guide you to do?

Read complete articles at Spirit de la Lune 2018 Harvest Moon Ritual

Aquarius Full Moon Crystal Vision Session

Aquarius Full Moon Crystal Vision Session by Krista N. Mitchell / www.krista-mitchell.com

Hello dear one!

You will need to hold a quartz crystal for this vision session, though it is not required. Any size, shape, or form will do. Trust what you feel intuitively guided to hold.

Get settled and comfortable, close your eyes, hold your crystal.

And we begin…

What is your boldest dream?

Not fantasy, but dream, desire, soul-based or heart-centered wish?

It doesn’t have to be grandiose, but it could be something you keep thinking about, picturing, or wishing, but then dismiss as impossible.

The frequencies coming from this full moon keep telling me it IS possible!

So often we’re conditioned to train our thoughts on he reasons why not.

This moon is encouraging you to change from “Why not’s” to “What If?”

Read more at the Blog: Krista Mitchell ~ Aquarius Full Moon Crystal Vision Session

Corn Moon Card Blessing Ceremony

Happy Full Corn Moon, beauties!

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We hope this moon cycle has been fruitful with blessings and abundance!

Today we will show you how to bless any of your tarot and oracle decks with this powerful card blessing ceremony. Cleansing and blessing your cards periodically can help release stagnant energies and old readings from the cards so you can begin anew. But blessing them as well can amplify and expand your readings. And cards can really help us call in certain energies and archetypes we want to work with in our life!

 

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It is best to do this ceremony under a Full Moon because your intuition is heightened and the Full moon’s light amplifies and illuminates energies. The Corn moon also amplifies the blessings you are bestowing and calling in with your cards!

This ceremony pairs perfectly with our Spirit de la Lune deck (the Prism edition is still available!), but you can also use any tarot or oracle deck you feel called to work with.

 

Read more at the Blog: Spirit de la Lune Corn Moon Card Blessing Ceremony

Working with and Honoring the Sun at the Solstice

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The sun’s rays come over the horizon, on the solstice, the most sacred of days. The solstice goes my many names, the day of high light, midsummer, Alban Hefin. Across the globe and through time, it has been celebrated since before recorded history. In the light of the sun, we have strength, warmth, growth, energy, abundance, healing, and wisdom. The sun has been shining down upon our beautiful planet has been shining for at least four billion years and we can expect it to remain unchanged for another five billion years. The sun is also enormous–it accounts for 99.86% of the mass of our solar system.  It is such an incredible thing that it’s hard to image in the scope of the sun as it compares to of human lives or human history.  You might say that the sun is one of the most…

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Full Hare Moon in Scorpio

Apple Hex Breaker

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There are thousands of ways to break a curse. But the other day I was thinking about curse breaking with ordinary items. The humble egg is the most common hex breaking tool in your average kitchen. But what about an apple?

Apples are great for love and healing spells. They’re used in binding spells too. And no one can forget the apple curse that trapped Snow White. But breaking a curse with an apple? Absolutely.

I can think of several ways to make this work, the most obvious being simply using the apple as a poppet – which is actually something of a traditional substitute. But we’re going to go a different way with a hex breaking spell today.

This spell is intended to break a hex or curse that you think has been placed on you. With an ingredient as common as an apple, you can easily do this…

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