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OSTARA: BALANCE AND REBIRTH
Ostara or Eostre also known as Eostremonath, Easter, Ausos or Alban Eilir. It is named after Eostre, Goddess of Fertility. It is celebrated on the night of 21 March. It is the Spring Equinox, the perfect balance between day and night. It is the time when daylight and darkness have the same duration and from this night onwards we enter the brightest part of the year, when there are more and more hours of daylight. At last, warmth comes to the earth, plants bloom, sage rises and life finds its way to the surface in search of the nourishing sun. Spring has come, it is the time of Ostara: the goddess awakens from a slumber, her feet tread the earth again and her light dispels the darkness, she is the goddess Eostre. Although the name Ostara is used for this festival, it is more closely related to a lunar goddess and is usually celebrated the following esbat, on the full moon of the equinox. The Ostara Festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of the season of rebirth, spring. The Scandinavians celebrated with a blót - a sacrifice - in honour of the goddesses Frigg and Freya and the god Frey, gods associated with fertility. Today the blót is a celebratory meal and Wiccans use the term cakes and ale, which translates as cakes and beer, to celebrate it. Ostara was understood in Norse mythology as the brightest blessing of the year, celebrating Thor's victory over the giants, the Sun over the wolves that pursued him, and summer over winter. It was the festival of renewal, rejoicing and fertility, although the forces of winter were still present and would have to wait a while for their total disappearance. Greek mythology tells that Persephone is a young maiden abducted by Hades, the God of the Underworld. Her mother, Demeter, the goddess of Earth, is grief-stricken at the loss of her daughter, causing winter and death to come to earth. Persephone will later return to her mother, but since she had eaten six pomegranate seeds while in the Underworld, she must return to it for six months each year, during the autumn and winter months. His annual reappearance in spring brings so much joy to his mother that the Earth blossoms once more. On this day we celebrate the restart of life after a prolonged period of darkness and cold. The warmth of spring carries away the cold giving life and strength to the earth to begin a new cycle. Today we should celebrate the joy of life and the fertility of the earth at this time. In the old days, giving coloured eggs to friends and loved ones was a way of wishing them good wishes for the coming season, a magical ritual of prosperity and fertility. This custom has survived into the modern Easter holiday, with the typical Easter eggs and the rabbit, one of the sacred animals of the Eostre holiday. It is an ideal time to perform rituals to bring balance into our lives. We may be looking for balance within ourselves or perhaps on the outside. We can take the opportunity to change certain habits in our lives to promote good health and harmony, such as changing our diet, a physical exercise routine, starting meditation... whatever it is that makes you feel in harmony and balance. If we don't know where to start, we can also do a small health check to find out what we need. As we have already mentioned above, we must not forget that Eostre or Ostara is the beginning of spring where everything blossoms and fills with life. It is abundance. So this night of Eostre is a good time to perform rituals of abundance and fertility. We can plant bulbs loaded with our desires or projects, ask the Goddess for fertility. Here are some magical correspondences of Ostara to use either in a ritual and/or to decorate the altar or the home not only on the night of celebration but throughout the spring. - Keywords: awakening, resurgence, renewal, transformation, balance, rebirth. - Plants: Lavender, seasonal fruit plants, all seasonal flowers, violets, honeysuckle, daffodils, lilies, Jasmine, rose, marigold. - Herbs and resins: marjoram, sage, acorn, saffron, lily, honeysuckle, violets, nutmeg, frankincense, sandalwood, thyme. - Essential oils: orange, sandalwood, frankincense, eucalyptus, lemon. - Colours: Green, White, Yellow, Pink, Gold. - Crystals: Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Aquamarine, Amazonite, Moonstone, Red Jasper. - Typical foods: Eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, seeds, leafy vegetables (salads!!!). - Drinks: whatever you wish to make with fruits of the season! - Deities: Eostre, Ostara (who is also connected with Ishtar and Astarte), Aries, Artemis, Ahtene, Black Isis, Astarte, Cybeles, Hecate, Luna, Mars, Minerva, and Morrigan. It is a time to venerate Cernunnos the horned god, the Lord of the Animals, our brothers and also the Green Man, lord of the forests, in order to bring about the return of greenery to the meadows and the forest, with new little animals frolicking in their pastures. So we can decorate our altar and our home according to the time of the year we live in and thus attract the renewing energy to our home, life, work and projects. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments, and we will answer them as soon as possible. If you need any further information or any help, you can contact us directly with your queries, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe to our blog and you will receive our ENERGY CLEANSING GUIDE for free, this will be your welcome gift so you can perform an energetic cleaning in your home step by step. And never forget, that ALL YOU NEED IS WITHIN.
HOW TO PERFORM AN ENERGY CLEANSING RITUAL
Today I want to talk to you about something that is very important for your physical, psychological and emotional well-being: the cleansing of negative energies. Often people think that only those of us who work in magick need these kind of rituals, it’s not true. Every person needs an energetic cleansing from time to time, like all homes or workplaces could benefit from it, but we do not always take the time to embrace it. Every person needs an energetic cleansing from time to time, it is very important for your physical, psychological and emotional well-being The vital energy is found in everything around us and in ourselves. It is something inherent to the planet, to all beings we call living and those we call non-living. In fact, the planet has its own vital energy. This energy gives us the possibility of existence, which together with information or memory that it holds, that is, life experience, produces certain characteristics in us and in the world that contains us. So, whether or not you do magick, your energy and that of your environment needs a little review or cleansing, so as not to be an obstacle in your life. Has it ever happened to you that you've arrived at a place and didn't feel comfortable within it? Or that you've visited an oppressive or cold house, or somewhere with an atmosphere that was unnerving, that made you want to get out of there immediately? I'm sure you've experienced this feeling at some point. It may be that the place needs an energetic cleaning. This is what we call "negative energies", unless they are entities, but that is another topic. But, there are stagnant energies. The so-called negative emotions: anger, rage, hatred, sadness, envy, jealousy, revenge, or pain are in charge of stagnating both our energy and the energy of a place in which we are or live in. Life, sustained by energy, is in continuous change. When we want to stop it, whether it is a happy moment, we are stagnating energy and with it all, our life The energetic cleaning rituals manage to break the knots and the energy returns to flowing freely, since its natural characteristic is to be in continuous movement. And this is the fundamental factor. Life, sustained by energy, is in continuous change. It flows in movement because life is movement. When we want to stop it, whether it is a happy moment, or we continually return to a happy moment or without seeing the present, which is the only reality we have, we are stagnating energy and with it all, our life. We tie ourselves to a kind of still photograph that we call life. This is overwhelming, heartbreaking, disillusioning; we do not flow with the life course and our energy is stagnant. What can we do? One way to help is to do this energy clean-up. There are many techniques for this. We could say that every culture has one or several techniques of energetic cleaning. Today I am going to give you a very simple ritual to cleanse yourself, but of great effectiveness, because in magick, rituals do not have to be very complex, what they need is concentration and will. What you need: - A bunch of white sage. - Mineral or spring water. - A black tourmaline. Boil the sage in the water. Leave it to rest until it hardens. Then, wash you hair and body in the shower with your chosen soaps, allow the water to then wash over you and visualise how everything negative in your etheric or energetic body washes away with the white sage water. Then, dry yourself normally. Once you have done this, take the black tourmaline, program it (give a purpose or mission to the Crystal through a ritual), and always have it with you, because it is a stone that protects you. Household or site cleansing requires more steps and knowledge. You can receive the FREE ENERGY CLEANSING GUIDE for your home by subscribing to our blog. This is our welcome gift to you. You can also buy your cleaning kit HERE. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments, and we will answer them as soon as possible. If you need any further information or any help, you can contact us directly with your queries, please email to email@example.com And never forget, that ALL YOU NEED IS WITHIN. Raven's Cave
JANUARY FULL MOON. WOLF MOON
Good January nights in which this year 2021 the full moon will reign on Thursday 28th, called the wolf moon. By all accounts this name was given to it in the Old ́s Farmer Almanac in 1792. And it took that name because the Native Americans called it that because they had noticed an increase in the howling of wolves during this moon. The Full Moon of January is also called the Quiet Moon, Cold Moon, Snow Moon and Little Winter Moon. All these names are related to the winter season. The Native Americans called it that because they had noticed an increase in the howling of wolves. The Full Moon of January it is also called the Quiet Moon, Cold Moon, Snow Moon and Little Winter Moon. Why is the Full Moon so important, whether in winter or summer? Ever since we were born as human beings, when the moon manifests itself in all its splendour in this phase, it illuminates our nights, it gives light to the darkness. In these times when we suffer from light pollution with our big cities, it doesn't seem to be important. But imagine when it was all darkness and we could only illuminate the hedge of light from our campfire. Then, with a full moon all the dangers of the night were no longer so mysterious. The darkness was mitigated and we were be able to see beyond. That is why the full moon was imbued with significance, magic and protection. The full moon is the Mother who protecting us, who protects us from dangers, who gives us security. We can take advantage of this energy to ask for protection for our family and prosperity and abundance in our home for this new year MEANING OF THE WOLF MOON
The wolf moon is the winter moon in itself, we are already immersed in this season. The wolves howl more at the moon in winter because of the lack of food and dare to come down and approach humans searching food.
These animals are associated with the sense of group, the pack, the family and with the strategy for hunting which must be more intelligent and efficient due to the time of the year and the food shortage. Thus, the Wolf Moon is a moon that makes reference to all these aspects, all of them in relation to union, strategy for the year, family, group or friendship. This is why we can take advantage of this energy to ask for protection for our family, for the home and we can also visualize prosperity and abundance in our home for this new year.
How to do this? Here is a small ritual of protection for your home that you can do on the wolf moon. HOME PROTECTION RITUAL You will need the following elements:
- A green candle
- Pine cones or acorns (if you can't find them, you can use representations of them: drawings,
- Figures or representations of animals of the forest: deer, wolves, owls, mice,
rabbits... (You don't need a lot of them, two or three will do).
- A figure that you must choose to be the protector of your home. It can be a
figure that you already have at home, or that you want to buy. It doesn't matter what it represents or what
material it is made of.
- Food and/or drink. (Optional)
Steps to follow:
Light the incense and candle. Stand in front of the figure of the protector who should be surrounded by the other be surrounded by the other elements or representations. Say:
Guardian Spirits, I invite you to join me in this space. You are my friends and I want to thank you on this Wolf Moon. Take the incense and circle the guardian symbol three times, moving it clockwise. Say:
I thank you for helping to keep the atmosphere clean and my home protected. Move the candle three times around the symbol, clockwise.
I thank you for the light you send me to purify and dispel the darkness. With the index and middle finger of your skilful hand, mark three circles around the symbol in a clockwise direction.
I ask you to continue to give me protection for my home, myself and my family, my pets and my property. I ask you to drive away troublemakers, thieves and anyone who physically or non-physically any others who physically or non-physically want to break our union or our home. Stand with your arms raised high. Say:
Beloved Mother, beloved Wolf Moon, Lord of the Forest, I present to you the Guardian and protector of this house, the special spirit I invited into my home. I honour this Guardian in this symbol that represents his existence. Bless this guardian. If you have included food and drink, invite the guardians to share it with you. Speak to them in whispers and leave the food out. When you are done, thank them for their presence. Well, that's it for today. As always, if you have any questions or comments, leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you need any more information or any kind of help, you can also write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe to my blog, I have prepared a magical surprise for you, which will be my welcome gift: A detailed ENERGY CLEANSING GUIDE completely FREE. And remember that ALL YOU NEED IS WITHIN. Raven's Cave
WINTER SOLSTICE. RENAISSENCE.
Many ancient traditions and cultures celebrate the rebirth of a god with Winter solstice. Some of the legends are derived from the celebration of Mithras, who was the Sun God. As with Christmas, the day of the birth of this God was held on 25th December. The Winter Solstice is a turning point in nature. In Samhain, the Sun God has died and from 31st October to December, has wandered the dark lands of the underworld, to be reborn on the solstice, making the light grow again. All this mythology explains the relationship between light and darkness. The traditions, with different stories, explain to us the movements of nature and its impact on all living beings. Yule, or the Winter Solstice marks the day shortest and the longest night. But it is not a moment of fear or despair, because from the birth of The Sun the days begin to grow again and the nights will be shorter. And so, the light, little by little, is winning over the darkness until it reaches Summer Solstice. The sunlight starts to increase again. It is the day of the solar renaissance. In Samhain, the Sun God has died and has wandered the underworld, to be reborn on the solstice, making the light grow again and so making the nights shorter. This myth reminds us of Eastern Yin Yang, where a dark spot lives in the light and a light point lives in the dark. So much so that traditions tell us that in the point of greatest darkness lies the spark of the rebirth of light. And this is a good reflection to make. Look at nature and see how everything that we consider to be the opposite is actually complementary. If you pay attention, you will realise that duality does not exist but that unity is present in everything that exists, in everything that is. This is the blessing of the Winter Solstice, which brings us hope and aspiration. It is your most sacred teaching teaching. And, especially in this year 2020 which is really hard for many people. Therefore, in this celebration there must be joy, optimism and aspiration. The Wheel of Life turns, again and again. Ideas are born, projects are made, plans are made. They manifest themselves or not, but we continue anyway, because everything has its time. Joy and sadness, aspiration and disillusionment; strength and weakness... Don't be fooled, everything has its moment and everything deserves to be lived. This is what Yule teaches us. Don't be fooled, everything has its moment and everything deserves to be lived. This is what Yule teaches us. Whether you plan to celebrate the solstice with a Winter Solstice Ritual or not, I propose an idea to celebrate this rebirth, not only of the sun, but also yours. It's about two crafts you can do with your children if you have any: Make a horn of plenty. It is the cornucopia, used by the Greeks for decoration. It is simple to make. It forms a cone with a large piece of cardboard and stick the sides together. Fill it with fruits, sweets, and small decorative objects. You can embellish the cornucopia with ribbons, ornaments or gilded paper. Use it on the Christmas table. Bags for the Christmas tree. To make these bags you need: 140 grams of corn flour. 1 gram of bergamot oil. 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 85 grams of talc. 1 drop of pine oil 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. You can make the bags or buy them ready-made. You fill each one with the ingredients. Once filled, take each bag in your hands and imagine that a little the energy of your heart goes to them through your arms and hands, and asks for a little desire. Then you hang them on the Christmas tree. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments box, which I will reply to as soon as possible. If you need any further information or help in your reflections, you can also write to me at email@example.com And don't forget, ALL YOU NEED IS WITHIN. Happy New Year! Raven's Cave
THE MAGICAL BEINGS OF WINTER
The whole universe is united. And, as such, the nature of this planet also has its correlations, not only of information but also of correspondences. Since ancient times the mythology of all cultures speaks of magical beings, also called elementals, which govern every moment of Mother Nature. Beings who on many occasions help human beings, but who are also willing to make life more difficult for them with their mischief. Since ancient times the mythology of all cultures speaks of magical beings, also called elementals, which govern every moment of Mother Nature. I don't think it's a coincidence that I started this blog at this stage, because it's in the energy North, in the midnight of the spirit and the light of the pentagram where all that is, begins. These creatures are divided into five kingdoms. Four of them are known: air, fire, water and earth. The different types of elementals belong for the most part to these four kingdoms. However, there is also the fifth element that unites and governs the other four: the Ether. There are magical creatures of this fifth element although less known. However, today I want to talk to you about the magic force of winter. Soon we’re all going to be in the Winter Solstice, or Yule, the birth of the King Star. It is the entrance to the winter that lasts, as we all know, until spring. On December 21st we will enter, where Nature falls asleep, and the energy becomes introverted. There is no activity as in summer, plants are collected, many trees are left bare and their energy goes inside. It is the same with energy forces; it is time for hibernation. That is why the magical beings that belong to winter are the elementals of earth. Everything returns to earth, Mother Nature needs a time of reflection and rest. Nature falls asleep, and the energy becomes introverted. The currents of energy are slow, below the surface and just as everything is born in darkness, are moments of beginning and conception. What does this mean? That the currents of energy are slow, below the surface. And just as everything is born in darkness, are moments of beginning and conception. It is a time of protection and conservation of the energy working only on personal matters that involve you, because you need to of recollection. It is at this time that you can work with elementals such as gnomes, goblins and some elves. You can also work with what we call the souls of plants, trees, animals and stones that can help you according to their purposes. For example in this period you can work with an oak tree to get strength ; any kind of with ivy, for flexibility in any situation, and with rock crystal to enhance some of your strengths, or simply with salt to purify or clean. I give you an example of a ritual to do with the Winter elves, taken from the book Magic with
D.J. Conway's moon. For this celebration you will need: - Ginger powder and a small spoon.
- Four candles: yellow in the East, red in the South, blue in the West and green in the North.
- 4 quartzes to put next to each candle You should be in the centre of the room. Tune in:
Oh! Small in every way.
Show yourselves to me, I ask you.
No harm will come from me.
Introduce me to friendship and love.
Rejoice with me in ancient magic.
Together with the Old Gods.
We can turn all things into gold.
Guardian spirits, beautiful observers.
Our lives are united. We share all things. Go to the East. Splash some ginger on the candle and say: All you nature spirits and goblins.
Listen to my call.
Enter into this magic circle.
Go to the South, sprinkle with ginger and say
All of you Little ones from the rays of the sun
Listen to my call.
Enter this magical circle.
Welcome all. Go to the West, sprinkle with ginger and say All you nymphs and water spirits.
Listen to my call.
Enter this magical circle.
End by heading North. Splash ginger and say:
All of you Little Ones of the Moonbeams
Hear my call.
Enter the magic circle.
Welcome all. Sit quietly for a while, thinking of the Little Ones. Perhaps you will hear voices or you feel heat from its rays of light. Talk to them if you wish. When you are finished, stand up in the centre of the room. He raises his arms and ends up saying: Thank you and blessings.
For those of Air, Earth, Sky and Sea. This is a beautiful work to do and to verify that these creatures that we know by
folklore and that we considered them a myth. However, they are energetic forces that if
we respect, they can help us a lot in our daily life. And this is what I wanted to tell you today. Don't hesitate to subscribe to my blog and if you have any questions or comments, please let me know arrive through the comments. If you need any more information or help with these elementary, you can also write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org And don't forget that ALL YOU NEED IS WITHIN. See you next time. Raven's Cave
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