Fire Magick

As Fire is both destructive and creative it its nature, it is easy to use, but must be treated with respect. The qualities most often associated with Fire Magick are:  Brightness, Thinness and Motion. It is considered to be continuously Active, with a mode of On all the time.  From the beginning fire has been used to warm our homes, cook our food, ward off darkness, to light our path both from man-made and the sun and of course it fuels the passions within.  We use it in modern times to bring us closer together, to sit within the warmth it provides and bond. Unlike the other elements Fire does not come from a natural state. Fire only happens when it is consuming other elements. Fire is the element of transformation.  It takes the energy of what it is consuming and converting it to another form: heat, smoke, ash, and light.

You can feel this power in its various manifestations on any sunny day, when the Sun warms and lights your way.  When the logs crackle and the smell of smoke is coming off of a burning fire, the manifestation is often comforting. When you gaze at the flame of a fire or candle and you lose yourself into the energy being emitted.

While fire has a destructive aspect, we can control that aspect, and it is in that control that we are able to gain benefit from the element’s energy.  A lit candle helps to limit the power of the flame, as well as call it forth. In addition, candles can add color magick, however that is in another post. While we often rue the destructive nature of fires, especially when they are within the limits of a city, we need to be able to see the positive aspects of those we can.  Often forest fires help to clear the underbrush and make way for those things that have been dormant to come forth from the Earth.   Thinning forests to create new spaces for those things that have not been able to grow for many years.

 

Often times herbs or flowers will be added to a bonfire or a hearth fire as added magick. Fire is often the only way to add those things to the magick we are using.  We need the consuming factor of the fire to be able to access the correspondences of the herb or flower we are using.  Fire is a powerful tool, an instant way to get the will and energy into the world.  As an active element it is an almost instant magick tool.

I use fire magick, in both my hearth and through candles almost daily.  Candle magick (as you know from a previous post) is my favorite for a variety of reasons.  Fire is my personal element and I am very much aware of that.  I feed my fire element daily and I work within my will and intent using candle magick.  I keep my home warm as well as protected using the hearth.  In the summer I am a Sun Worshiper.  I am a Leo by birth, and I have fallen into the path of the Sun and Fire with a whole hearted love.

What element speaks to you?  I will be discussing them all… don’t worry 😀

Weekend Work

While binge watching Grimm on Amazon and Playoff Football on network TV (with antennae) I managed to get 90% of my kitchen re-organized and cleaned. The coffee mugs and spices cupboard are left to organize and the stove top is left to clean. Anyone who knows me is aware of what a Herculean task this was. My oldest step-son came out of his cave for sustenance, blinked and said ” we have counter space, everywhere”. I responded “lets try to keep it that way” to which of course I received a blank stare back.

I also made super yummy homemade mac and cheese on Saturday and a great smelling chicken tortilla casserole on Sunday. Now I’m set to meal plan for the week and try to get to the grocery store. That may be tomorrow though. We have plenty of leftovers and my youngest son has a concert for choir this afternoon.

Oh in cleaning I managed to sell multiple appliances for which I will get 1 appliance that replaces them all. So more space in general. This is super exciting. Once I get my new appliance I will have one more single serve blender I can sell.

As someone who loves to practice kitchen witchery I am always relieved when I purge and clean. However, I suck at keeping it that way and then I get overwhelmed. So what are your tips for keeping a kitchen that regularly feeds 5, and has maybe 2 that clean it, clean? Let me know because I could use the tips. I am thinking that in a few months I may want to hire someone that comes every other week to help with bathrooms and general cleaning. Do you have an outside house keeper?

I am most excited because with the kitchen the way it is right now I can also get, a water garden and start growing my herbs again. That was the major motive behind cleaning it as thoroughly as I did. Hydroponic Gardens for the kitchen are super fun and easy and fresh herbs are the best. Do you have one? If so do you love it? What brand is it? Pros and cons?

Okay. Off to check the casserole and get ready for the concert. May your weekend be blessed.

Friday Musings

So today, here in Northern California, it is a blustery day.  One that reminds me of the 100 Acre Woods with blowing winds and pouring rains and puddles, and pile ups.  Winnie and the 100 Acre Woods is one of my favorite escape places.  Eeyore is my soul-buddy.  We have a lot in common.  These days though, just like Eeyore, I perk right up.  Just another day, but the wind is energizing and washes away the cares.

One of the great things is that each of the Cardinal Directions (North, South, East, West) also has an element associated with it.  Those elements all have correspondences and actions that help the soul, the body and the mind.  Because it is so windy today I thought I would talk about the element of Air, associated with the East.

Air is associated with the Zodiac signs of Aquarius, Gemini and Libra.  They will often be thinkers who want to be allowed to think their own way.  Flighty and floaty they are often whimsical and most that I know appear ethereal.  I can always spot an Air Element, just from their energy.

Air bring clarity and communication.  I love standing in the wind as it blows away the cobwebs and helps me to think clearer.  It seems to pen my mind and create within me the space to be alive and energized.  In addition, I can listen to the voices.  The trees are talking, the wind itself is speaking to us, if we listen closely.

In this fast paced work we live in, constantly running from place to place, the wind reminds us to stop and listen.  I always feel when there is an abundance of one of the elements where I am at, that I must need a reminder.  I would agree with the wind today.  Some clarity in thought, some energy and rejuvenation and of course, the cold.

Cold is something I have come to associate with the wind when I need it most.  The harshness of the brisk feeling against my cheek and pushing on my body help that clarity of thought happen.  The walking against a 24 mph can bring forth effort, determination and a single mission, which helps with focus.

I try to remember I am not against the wind, nor is it against me, rather it is reminding me that all is possible if I just listen and think clearly and creatively.  Today was a great day for that reminder. (However, I wouldn’t be adverse the thunderstorms slowing down some so my fence stays sorta upright).

May the light of the times shine down on you this weekend.

(All information on Correspondences comes from my favorite reference The Complete Book of Correspondences by Sandra Kynes, published by Llewellyn).

Esbats

What???!!! Huh???!!! That’s not a word Heather.  You’re making stuff up.  LOL. Nope.  Esbats, the ritual used to celebrate the Full and New Moons each month. For the longest time at Sacred Mists I got to write them and then hold the rituals.  I loved that.  I still get to do the solitary rituals, as we post those on months where there are Sabbats (major Pagan holidays). I don’t write and hold the Esbats anymore because now I facilitate the program and help others grow by writing their own and hosting the rituals.  Growth is a necessity.

So what is an Esbat?  Well it is a celebration ritual that is held on the New Moon or on the Full Moon.  The ritual is different depending on the time of month.  A New Moon is a cleansing, new beginning ritual and the Full Moon is a completion, thankful ritual. Often the ceremonies will be tied together based on the Magick of the Month.

Each month has a particularly named Moon Cycle:

January – Wolf Moon, February – Snow Moon, March – Worm Moon, April – Pink Moon, May – Flower Moon, June – Strawberry Moon, July – Buck Moon, August – Sturgeon Moon, September – Corn Moon, October – Harvest Moon, November – Beaver Moon and December – Cold Moon

These names all come from the Native American Tradition and follow the Moon and Seasons.  In addition, there are Gods and Goddesses associated with each Moon Cycle as well as other correspondences.  If there is a particular month you would like more information on, please just leave me a message here and I will get you all the information you need for the Moon Cycle you are asking about.

While Full Moons are amazing to look at and it is a perfect time to bathe your crystals and Draw Down the Moon, I love New Moons.  The new beginning that happens every month, the ability to cleanse and start again, no matter what else is going on, appeals to me at a very basic level.  Not everyone agrees, as it is a dark night to start on, but the shadow side of me likes being out and loves being refreshed.

So tell me, do you celebrate the New Moon or the Full Moon? Did you know that these were celebrated regularly by Pagans and Wiccans?  Which moon is your favorite?