The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Some simple gardning magick




 Good Afternoon,
Today I will be working in the witch's gardens at Enchantments. I have flowers blooming, herbs growing and birds and butterflies fluttering amongst the blossoms. It's like a Disney movie! I just love it! I'm going to be doing some simple gardening today, fertilizing plants already planted, dead heading or snipping off the spend flowers off of the geraniums and some simple weeding as I see an occasional weed has crept into my garden.

Trust me, it's a magickal enough process to simply garden, although many may not be able to get in touch with the magick of gardening, the magickal person will. Here are some simple things to do while gardening that can help you feel the magick of the task at hand.

Light a Green Candle:  Having a green candle lit and outside in the vicinity of your gardening can help the work go more smoothly, and help you tune in to the magickal energies to be found while gardening. Take a small green candle, hold it in your hands (un-lit at this point) and close your eyes. "See" the candle glowing a bright white` and feel the energy start to pulsate within the candle. Now blow a breath gently on the candle and then place it in a holder and light it. Keep it in the area where you are doing your gardening. You may wish to shield the candle flame with a small, glass chimney if it's breezy out.

Send Energy into the Plant:  While dead heading, weeding next to or working closely with a particular plant you can help it grow by rubbing your hands together and placing them near the plant, feel the sparks of magickal energy flowing from your hands into the plant. The energy flows from the universal source of energy through your crown chakra on the top of your head through your body to be released through your hands. This is especially helpful for any sickly plants you might have.

Visualize a healthy, lush garden:  Visualization is a key technique in successful magickal manifestation.  Take a few moments to close your eyes and 'see' your garden as you wish it to be. Lush, vibrant, green and blooming. Even if it's not there yet, visualization will help it along it's way to getting there.  

Be aware of conflicting thoughts:  Send gratitude to the heavens. It may seem simple, but it can be a bit complex. sending gratitude. People want their gardens to be lush and lovely but will bemoan the amount of rain we have been getting this year. That 'contrary' thinking can slow and stunt the growth of your garden. Your garden is an extension of you and your thoughts.  Wanting a wonderfully full and amazing garden is in contrast to complaining about the wet weather we've been receiving.  Be grateful and recognize a good thing when it happens!

These are just a few simple magickal tips you can work into your gardening chores which will reward you with a lavish, blooming and beautiful garden. And don't forget, after all the hard work, to spend some time enjoying the garden! 



Peace and Happiness


© 2010-2013 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Be Aware of Magickal Internet Garbage!




 Good Afternoon,

I had a customer stop by Enchantments just the other day that made me think up this topic. I've spoken in the past about Internet 'crap' and that a magickal practitioner should be aware of it, and it seems like a good time to re-visit this topic.

This customer told me he was new to the magickal world  and was just learning. He had read that the athame (the ritual knife used in circle) was never to be used to cut anything, which is generally true, but that he had seen a website that told one to use the athame to carve candles and inscribe magickal symbols into ritual tools. NOT TRUE!

Yes, there is a lot of areas where a witch can go off on her own and create magick as she/he wishes, but there is some foundational principles that generally need to be followed. When one sees a common theme in just about all published work (the only sources I take seriously) and then sees something coming from left field on a website .  .  .   be aware, be very aware that you are most likely seeing a mistake or just someone's ignorance as to what should really be done.

In the case of the athame, there is only one physical cut an athame is allowed to make in it's magickal life and that's the first cut of a wedding cake after a handfasting. In truth, the cake knife a bride and groom uses to cut that first sacred slice is in fact an athame, even if it's put away after the ceremony never to see the light of day again and regardless of religion. Other than that, it is not used as a Boline, which is the ritual working tool used to cut, carve, whittle and the like for magickal usage.

Please, please, please keep reading from the published magickal masters such as Laurie Cabot, Janet Farrar, Gavin Bone, Raymond Buckland, Raven Grimassi and Scott Cunningham. Learn from the best and be wary of any of their work for free on a website as many websites pirate their works and these authors do not get the credit or any compensation for their efforts. Buy their books! Your magickal schooling deserves a financial investment and by buying their books you know you are getting solid, reliable magickal information.

Have a Happy Day and be sure to get out and enjoy some of this wonderful summer weather!


Peace and Happiness




© 2010-2013 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 


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Monday, June 17, 2013

The Summer Soltice is almost here!







 Good Afternoon,

We've had lots of rain for the past couple of months, but the mid point of summer, the Summer Solstice, is almost upon us. The Summer Solstice has been a special time marking the mid point of summer for centuries. 

Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England has been a gathering site for the mid winter and mid summer calendar points for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence proves that as many as 4,000 people would gather at Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice in ancient times. The stones are aligned in such a way that an observer, standing within the stone circle, would see the sun pierce  over a specific stone, the heel stone, right at the moment of the sunrise. This happens every year in the same manner, suggesting the stone henge was built on the principles of a clock or stone calendar.

In Pagan times , long before Christianity was introduced, pagan folks would gather at outdoor venues such as sacred groves, crossroads, temples and such, to worship the Sabbats on the Wheel of the Year. The Summer Solstice was a big event as people were known to travel during the mild summer months to the celebration sites. The site of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris before the Cathedral was built was reputed to attract upwards of 10,000 people during the Summer Solstice.  In ancient times, those numbers are pretty impressive. Heck! Those numbers are pretty impressive today!

Enter Christianity.  As the early Christians were hell bent on converting everyone to the new, only, religion, they started to incorporate many concepts with which to encourage the conversion. One was to build churches and cathedrals on sacred gathering sites. This was why Notre Dame Cathedral was built. People would still come to the sacred site to worship, but now they had to go through the doors, pay their tithes  and worship as though they were Catholic.

Stonehenge was a Pagan gathering site that is still populated by Pagans every year at the various Sabbats and has not been Christianized to this day.

The Summer Solstice enters this Friday, June 21st and in the United States is recognized as the first day of summer, whereas for many Pagans it is the mid-summer marking point, as we recognized May 1st, Beltaine, as our first day of summer. Regardless of when you recognize summer to have started, we are in summer this week and I plan to enjoy it!

Going out now to plant two Witches Broom Bushes in my broom garden. I hope you get out this week and enjoy the summer in your own special way!


Peace and Happiness!






© 2010-2013 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited.


 If you know someone who would like my work, please send them this link. If you or they would like to be included on our daily email distribution list send me an e mail with your email address to be included. If you ever wish to unsubscribe to this blog, please contact me and you will be immediately removed from our list.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

You are cordially invited to . . . Enchantments upcoming events!




 Good Afternoon,

The next few weeks have a couple of fun things happening at Enchantments that I'd like to invite you to. First our Summer Solstice (Litha) Ritual and Feast.  To be held on Saturday June 22nd in the front gardens of Enchantments at 10 am. Followed right afterwards by a pagan feast. You are invited and are asked to please bring a dish to share with others.  We celebrate Litha (a Germanic name for a Summer Goddess) to honor the God and Goddess and this time of Summer and abundance.  Litha is the only Summer Sabbat we have as the prior three were considered Spring Sabbats. It is directly across from the Winter Solstice or Yule which we celebrate 6 months from now in December.  But enough about winter!! Now is the time to celebrate the warmth of the Sun, the flowers and abundance we find in our lives.

The next activity planned after our Litha Sabbat is our Bi-monthly Women's Spirituality Group meeting. This next meeting is being held at a special time and date, 7 pm on Tuesday July 2nd and we will meet at Halls Archery located at 291 Middle Tpke West in Manchester, CT. Ladies only, as this is our Women's Spirituality Group meeting and it will cost each lady $12.00 to participate. After an hour of shooting bow and arrow we will take the party across the street to the Chinese Buffet which will cost each person $13.99 and talk about our experiences. I have conducted this archery class every year for several years and it is a blast! No worries if you have never shot a bow and arrow before, nor if you are the least athletic person you know! With the excellent instructors at Hall's Archery you will be shooting bulls eyes before you know it. The hour goes by quickly and the empowerment from such an experience is awesome.  Being able to hold a quivering bow in your hands and direct an arrow to its destination can be a metaphor in many ways into taking charge of situations in your life and directing things as to where to go and how to work them for your own benefit. We will conduct a  spirituality meeting while having dinner at the buffet. I hope you will consider coming to this event. Please call me, Ms. Faith at Enchantments 860-791-6033 or e mail me at Enchantmentsllc@gmail.com to let me know to expect you at Hall's Indoor Archery on July 2nd.


Peace and Happiness


© 2010-2013 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Which elements are you?

 Good Afternoon,

We all, well most of us, know the element we are associated with due to our Sun sign. Such as Virgo is an earth sign, Aquarius is an air sign and so forth. But could you have more than one element within you? I think so. And, I've come up with a mini quiz to help you determine which elements you have the most of within you. Take my quiz and then check below to see the qualities that make up a part of you.






What element are you?

To determine the element you most sync up with circle only one option for each question.

1.     When working in the garden what item would you never wear ?
a.                 gloves
b.                 hat
c.                  shoes
d.                 sun glasses
2.     Do you use an umbrella when it rains?
  
a.                 sometimes
b.                 most of the time
c.                  always
d.                 never

3.     What would bother you the most?

a.                 Being in a large, crowded, noisy & excited place
b.                 Being in the dark
c.                  Being in a dark, musty, damp cave or basement
d.                 Being alone

4.     Imagine that you are upset about a situation and you were told that if you sat or lay down beneath one of 4 trees, you would feel better. Which tree would you choose?

a.                 oak
b.                 soft fir
c.                  sugar maple
d.                 willow

5.     What would you most like to do on a perfect day off?

a.                 go shopping
b.                 take a hot air balloon ride
c.                  go on a roller coaster
d.                 travel down a gently flowing stream in a very comfortable boat.

6.     If you could design the front yard which represents you the best what would it contain? Pick the one which is the most important for you to have in your front yard.

a.                 privacy hedge
b.                 a manicured or wild grass garden
c.                  bright, beautiful fragrant flowers
d.                 a fountain

7.     Which creature are you most “in sync” with?

a.                 bird
b.                 dragonfly
c.                  bee
d.                 butterfly

8.     What would be your ideal vacation from the 4 below?

a.                 Dude Ranch
b.                 Skiing
c.                  Tropical island
d.                 Cruise

9.     What creature would you most likely pick up?

a.                 Toad
b.                 Spider
c.                  Salamander
d.                 Snake

10.                        Which pet are you most likely to have?

a.                 cat/dog
b.                 bird
c.                  reptile
d.                 fish

11.                        Which one of the four color combos is most pleasing to you?

a.                 brown-green
b.                 yellow-red
c.                  red-black
d.                 blue-green

12.                        Which of the following is the most abhorrent to you ?

a.                 Falling a great distance
b.                 Being buried alive
c.                  Drowning
d.                 Being burned

13.                        What element is your astrological sign?

a.                 earth
b.                 air
c.                  fire
d.                 water



Astrological Signs:

Fire Signs - 

Aries (3/21-4/20)
Leo   (7/23 - 8/23) 
Sagittarius (11/23- 12/21) 

Air Signs: 

Aquarius (1/21) -2/18) 
Gemini    (5/22 - 6/21) 
Libra       (9/23 - 10/23) 

Water Signs: 

Pisces  (2/19 - 3/20) 
Cancer ( 6/22 - 7/22)
Scorpio (10/24 - 11/22) 

Earth Signs: 

Virgo (8/24 - 9/22) 
Taurus ( 4/21 - 5/21) 
Capricorn (12/22 - 1/20) 

 To score yourself apply the following:



Count up number of A’s, B’s, C’s, & D’. The majority of one letter is the dominant element within you. Many people have traces of all the elements in them, and many more have two strong elements within. How did you score?  a - earth, b- air, c- fire, d- water 



Now that you've scored yourself and found out your elements, lets discuss a bit about each element and what type of personal qualities each has. 

Earth - an earth sign or someone with a lot of earth within them are usually steadfast, loyal, true and devoted. They fall in love strongly and for keeps. They are usually good with organizational tasks and give good advice to those closest to them.  Don't cross them though, as they can be true life long friends, betraying them will cause them to turn their backs on you and they never look back. 

Air - Those with a lot of air within are often in their heads. They are intellectual, trustworthy and very smart. They work well with others and can be great friends. They love with all their hearts but be sure not to treat their love lightly as they will tend to look elsewhere for the love, respect and admiration they desire. 

Fire- Those who have a dominant fire element within can be passionate, energetic, effervescent and fun to be around. They are passionate lovers and are hard workers. They tend to be truthful, sometimes this can be hurtful to others they tell their truth to! They make good friends and a fire element can be surrounded by many who wish to be with them. 

Water- Those who have an abundance of water within are caring, compassionate and loving. They can be moody with their emotions and at times just wish to be by themselves until they feel more sociable. They can be creative, artistic and are very consistent with their likes and dislikes. 


This is my mini quiz on how the elements may work within you. The ancient philosophers felt that the four elements, earth, air, fire and water along with spirit (the fifth element) were to be found in some combination within all things found on earth. I feel the same applies for us. I hope you enjoy the quiz!



Peace and Happiness




© 2010-2013 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

 If you know someone who would like my work, please send them this link. If you or they would like to be included on our daily email distribution list send me an e mail with your email address to be included. If you ever wish to unsubscribe to this blog, please contact me and you will be immediately removed from our list.