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New Moon in Cancer- June 24, 2017

New Moon in Cancer- June 24, 2017
Hello readers, hope everyone is enjoying their Summer so far! June 24th brings a New Moon in Water sign Cancer, helping us to keep cool in this record heat. Water signs are the most sensitive signs of the Zodiac, flowing back and forth between reality and imagination. Using this New Moon energy to help us recognize our emotions and how to express them in positive ways will be helpful during this time.

Cancer's symbol is the Crab. The crab uses its hard shell and sharp pincers to defend its delicate insides, much like those born under this sign. This is just an example of how Cancer learns to nurture and protect itself when feeling vulnerable or threatened. It would be wise to take note of these traits under this New Moon influence. We are encouraged to take time to do things that make us feel comfortable, safe, and at ease. This starts from within, but surrounding ourselves with loved ones can help us to find comfort as well!

Planet Mercury moved into Cancer on June 21st, which brought a balance to the emotional focus this month. Mercury affects communication, messages and thoughts. This works well with the sign Cancer by bringing clarity when dealing with personal and work relationships. Intuition could be heightened too, so making important decisions during this time should be easier than usual, allowing us to relax and enjoy our work life!

New Moon represents new beginnings. With Cancer fueling our emotional needs we will want to do what feels right to us. If you've been considering starting a new business venture, it should be successful. With this New Moon we are especially alert and observant, eager to put our plans into action! 

Remember to accept, honor and appreciate your truest and deepest feelings right now. Commit to your personal goals for the long term, learning to support yourself first so that you can do the same for others with compassion. We each have a chance to create positive changes within our lives, inspiring others to do the same.  Best wishes!

 

-Juliana M. Fanucchi

Author Bio:

Juliana uses astrology to understand how the planets can affect us on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Raised as a Nichiren Buddhist, she studies other metaphysical interests like numerology, music, tarot, and gemstones. She received her 200 hour yoga certification in December 2016. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. You can follow her on Instagram- instagram.com/whooliana.

Ritual for the Beginner Witch

Rituals are an important part of a Witch’s life. We use rituals to celebrate, help create change in our lives, to connect with Nature and Deities, and a variety of other purposes. Although there are many steps to take to do a ritual, it need not be a complicated, daunting task. You can make your rituals as simple or elaborate as you please; there are no rules on how a ritual has to be run, only guidelines to help those who wish to learn. Once you know a way or two to run a ritual, you can change your methods and make the rituals your own.
Ritual for the Beginner Witch
Below are the steps I take to perform a ritual. Feel free to edit and/or omit the parts that
do not work for you.

The Purpose of the Ritual
  • The first step in preparing a ritual is determining the purpose.
  • For this article, the purpose of the ritual will be to bless and consecrate your altar and tools.
  • Feel free to use this as your template and insert the purpose you need.
Cleanse area of negative energies and remove clutter from your sacred space.
  • You can sweep the area with a besom to remove negative energy, or
  • Smudge the area with sage or incense of your choice, or
  • Sprinkle salt water around the area, or
  • Stand in the center of the area and visualize the negative energies bursting out away from you and dissolving.
  • You can do a combination of these things if you would like
Cast your circle
  • After cleansing the space of negative energy, take your Athame, Wand, or first two fingers and point to the ground at North.
  • Move around deosil (clockwise), to the East, South, West, then back to North, visualising positive, protective energy leaving your Athame, Wand or fingertips, forming a sacred circle.
  • As you form the circle, say:“I draw this sacred circle in the name of my God and Goddess. Only love shall this sacred circle come to bless.”
Call the Quarters
  • Face North.
    • Say, “Blessed Spirit of the North, Spirit of Earth, I ask you to join with me in this sacred space, blessing me and this circle with your presence and protection. Welcome, and Blessed be.
  •  Face East.
    • Say, “Blessed Spirit of the East, Spirit of Air, I ask you to join with me in this sacred space, blessing me and this circle with your presence and protection. Welcome, and Blessed be.”
  • Face South
    • Say, “Blessed Spirit of the South, Spirit of Fire, I ask you to join with me in this sacred space, blessing me and this circle with your presence and protection. Welcome, and Blessed be.”
  • Face West
    • Say, “Blessed Spirit of the West, Spirit of Water, I ask you to join with me in this sacred space, blessing me and this circle with your presence and protection. Welcome, and Blessed be.
Call the God and Goddess (Or any Deity(ies) you desire)
  • Say something like, “Gracious Goddess, I open my heart, soul, and mind to you. I ask you to join with me in this sacred space to bless and consecrate my altar and tools, and to bless me with Your Love, Your presence, Your guidance, and Your protection. Welcome Mother Goddess, and Blessed be.”
  • Say something like, “Gracious God, I open my heart, soul, and mind to you. I ask you to join with me in this sacred space to bless and consecrate my altar and tools, and to bless me with Your Love, Your presence, Your guidance, and Your protection. Welcome Father God, and Blessed be.”

★ Bless and Consecrate your Tools

  • Light your Sage or smudging incense.
  • Mix salt into your bowl of Water.
  • Pass each tool through the smoke of the Sage or incense and sprinkle with the salt water.
    • Say, “I bless and consecrate this (Insert Name of Tool) in the name of my Mother Goddess and Father God, and in the presence of the Powers of the Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. May this (Insert Name of Tool) aid me in worshiping my Eternal Parents, celebrating the Sabbats and Esbats, and working my will in accordance with the Rede. Blessed be.”
Cakes and AleThe Beginner Witch Series
  • Traditionally, food and beverage is shared among the participants of the ritual to help ground excess energy.
    • You can use whatever food and beverage you would like; bread and wine, cookies and milk, etc.
  • Leave an offering of food and beverage for your God and Goddess on your altar or outside.
Thank your God and Goddess (Or other Deities)
  •  Say, “Dearest Mother Goddess, thank You for being with me and for blessing me with Your presence, love, protection, and guidance, I love you, always. Hail and farewell. Blessed be.”
  • Say, “Dearest Father God, thank You for being with me and for blessing me with Your presence, love, protection, and guidance, I love you, always. Hail and farewell. Blessed be.”
Thank the Quarters
  • Face North
    • Say, “Blessed Spirit of the North, Spirit of Earth, thank you for your presence and protection in this circle. Hail and farewell. Blessed be.
  • Face East
    • Say, “Blessed Spirit of the East, Spirit of Air, thank you for your presence and protection in this circle. Hail and farewell. Blessed be.
  • Face South
    • Say, “Blessed Spirit of the South, Spirit of Fire, thank you for your presence and protection in this circle. Hail and farewell. Blessed be.”
  • Face West
    • Say, “Blessed Spirit of the West, Spirit of Water, thank you for your presence and protection in this circle. Hail and farewell. Blessed be.
Releasing the Circle
  • When you are ready to release the circle, start at North, then move widdershins (counter clockwise) around the circle, visualizing the energy from the circle drawing back into your Athame, Wand, or fingertips.
    • As you release the circle, say: “May the circle be open, but unbroken, May the love of the God and Goddess be ever in our hearts. Merry meet and merry part, And merry meet again.”
Ground
  • Take a moment to ground excess energy from the ritual.
  • Sit or stand. Imagine you are a tree, with roots reaching deep into the ground. Visualize any excess energy from the ritual flowing down through your roots and into the Earth where it is neutralized.
  • If you wish, you can visualize calm energy traveling back up from the Earth into your roots and through the rest of your body.


Congratulations! You performed your first ritual! Don’t worry if your ritual didn’t go as planned. Once you become familiar with how you like to perform rituals, they will flow
more smoothly… Most of the time. Everybody makes mistake sometimes, and
unforeseeable distractions will happen. My first time, I forgot my lighter and bowl of
water, so I had to open the circle in the middle of my ritual to go grab those items. Then, I moved on with my ritual as planned. No biggie! Just remember to relax and do what works for you!

Love and Light and Blessed Be!

Author Bio:

My name is Emma Strawdinger and I am a Pagan Witch who was born in 1996. For most of my life, I never truly felt connected to any of the common religious or spiritual paths. I had my own set of beliefs, but I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I believed in a God, but also a Goddess, Mother Nature. I researched many Native American religions to try to find one that fit my beliefs. It was not until my God and Goddess brought a very special person into my life that I discovered Paganism and the Craft. She introduced me to this amazing path by confiding in me that she was a Witch and answered every question I had. I dedicated myself at the age of 15 and it was the most amazing thing I ever did for myself.

In my mundane life, I work for Silver Lining Riding, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children and adults of all ages with a wide variety of disabilities and special needs. I also take care of my furry four-legged babies, including a Cat, Dogs, and the family Horses.

You can connect with me on facebook, on my page Witchy Writings

We Three

I am lucky. There, I said it. Lucky. Why, you ask? Because I get to see a side of Inked Goddess Creations that most of you don’t get to see. I am Morgan’s first, and until recently, only employee. I get to work at the greatest place ever! Yes, it’s still a job and yes, it’s work, but getting to help create positivity and light in this dark world is beyond soul-soothing. I get to hang out with an awesome friend while drinking coffee, or giant vats of vanilla Diet Coke, wearing my slippers and playing with her menagerie of pets. Plus, we’ve both been married to our best friends for 18 years, so naturally, we talk smack about our husbands occasionally. It’s therapy and work, all rolled into one.
We Three on The Inked Grimoire
So what does a typical workday look like? If it’s during the school year, I drop off my kids at school and make the long drive across town, but if it’s summer, I get to bring my kids to work. My kids are the same age as Morgan's kids, so they get playmates and play dates while we work. It’s the best of both worlds.

Sometimes we jump right into our day and sometimes we spend way too much time talking about anything but the work ahead of us. Sometimes we plan and throw ideas around. I love being part of the creative process and I love to see Morgan’s astounding business acumen and creativity poured into her products. There’s a certain magick to seeing all of our thoughts and ideas come together into the monthly Magick Mail. I get absolutely giddy to see new products in the store and am privileged to get to purchase new items before they hit the store. There’s rarely a week that goes by that I don’t go home with some new magickal goody. I think I might actually get more excited than the dogs when the UPS or FedEx truck pulls into driveway. I can’t wait to see what we are creating next from the barrage of packages arriving.

So, on to our day. I have a laminated to-do list, as does Morgan. We go through orders and split up our duties. We also have a second employee, Juliana, who helps keep us both organized by doing things that help us stay on track, like keeping inventory in check. When it’s time for the daunting task of packing Magick Mail boxes, her entire family gets involved. We try to work as efficiently as possible to keep the flow going but sometimes our day might be interrupted by a child needing homework help or a missing hedgehog that takes us an hour to find. Sometimes we light incense or candles and put on soothing music but just as often, we put on 90s rap and sing along. We might make an occasional Starbucks run or break for lunch but sometimes we are so busy, we eat while we work. Rest assured, your products are filled not only with positivity and magick, but also with laughter, love, occasional cursing and caffeine-fueled energy.

I’m a huge Terry Pratchett fan and several of his Discworld books feature a trio of witches. I often think of work when I’m reading his books because our workspace has a special kind of synergy. I’ve never voiced this until now, but because of our age differences, we embody the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, just like the trio of witches in Pratchett’s books. The reason I’ve never mentioned it is because, sigh, I am the Crone. Although Morgan and I have kids the same age, I also have kids older
than our third, the fair Maiden. I’m old enough to have grandchildren but none of my grown children have blessed me yet. I like to think we each bring a unique perspective of our age and generation to the workspace.

So, the next time you open a package from Inked Goddess Creations, remember it comes from a place of craziness, laughter, and most of all- love. I can’t wait to see what the future brings. Perhaps it’s time to break out my tarot cards and see.

Blessings,
Amy

Author Bio:

Amy is a mother of four kids, ranging in age from 12 to 28. She has been married to her best friend for 18 years. A native to northern Indiana, she and her family moved to Arizona in 2012 to help her rheumatoid arthritis. Amy considers herself a pagan but doesn’t adhere to any one practice or pantheon, although she is very drawn to Gaia and loves all things outdoors. She loves to search the desert for cool gemstones, rocks
and minerals for her rock garden. She also loves cooking and dabbles in a bit of kitchen witchery. Amy loves animals and her household is blessed with a dog, cat, guinea pig, turtle, countless fish and 5 chickens.

You can follow her on Twitter @moonstoneowl, unless you’re easily offended, then maybe not.

Embrace Your Paradox

A paradox is defined as a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth. Life is full of paradoxes- "Less is more;" "Hurry up and wait;" "The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club."

Embrace Your Paradox

Some of the beliefs that I hold most dear, that have proven themselves to me over and over again, turned out to be huge paradoxes. Once I embraced these paradoxes, and stopped fighting against what my brain told me couldn't be true, life just... flowed.

I was born on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius- Earth and Air. My elemental birth chart is heavy in Air energy and Fire energy, but Earth energy and Water energy are almost nonexistent. So, I always knew I was an Earth child, with heavy Air and Fire influences- no Water at all. 

Then we moved to England. It rains 364 days out of the year there (okay, in reality it's like a third of the year, but if you've ever lived there, you know it sure *feels* like it rains almost every day). In England, I was at the height of my "gifts"- I had clairaudience (extra sensory perception by hearing), clairvoyance (extra sensory perception by sight), and became a rather strong empath (ability to feel others' feelings). We left England and moved to South Carolina- again, an area of high humidity, and my gifts got even stronger. I picked up reading Tarot like it was reading a picture book; I started seeing auras; I could walk into a room and immediately tell what happened 5 minutes before, because the energy "told" me. 

Then we moved to Arizona- the desert. I went blank. No clairaudience. No clairvoyance. My tarot cards just looked like beautiful works of art. I could barely tell what was going on in the room while I was in it, much less 5 minutes before I walked in. I meditated. I divined. I begged the Universe to give me my gifts back, and wondered what I had done that was so wrong that my gifts would just be gone.

Then, monsoon season started. For 4 months we have monsoon season, where it rains just about every day. The rain poured down, and my personal energy rose. I became more motivated. I just felt alive

That's when the thought popped into my head...

"Maybe Water is your element..."

No, no. I'm on the cusp of Earth and Air, with high Air and Fire energies. No Water. No Water anywhere. Plus, I'm pretty deathly afraid of Water. I only stick my toes into the ocean; I panic when a bridge goes over water- not land, just water; I don't ever go into the deep end of a pool; I loathe when my clothes get wet when it rains; I don't even have water gun fights with my kids. Water and I just don't get along. 

Why is that? My thought train just kept chugging away...

Well, when I was about 9 or 10, I almost drown in a pool. As I bobbed up and down in the deep end, I remember the lifeguard staring at me, as if I was pulling a prank. My friend had to pull me out of the water, where I vowed to never go into the deep end again. 

So, the element that almost killed me, gave me strength...

Whoa. Paradox #1. 

Water

As much as my mind wanted to fight the idea, and as much as water scared me, I began to work with Water, to learn from Water, to embrace Water. Almost instantly, I felt a shift in my energy. Water began to calm me, when it had previously caused anxiety. When it rained, I felt stronger. I walked into my yard, fully clothed, during a rainstorm. I sat in the shower and just let the water fall over every inch of me. I looked forward to monsoon season.

My element is Water. I just accept it now, and it has given me so much strength.

This idea stayed in the back of my mind when I came face-to-face with my other morbid fear- snakes. My whole life I've been afraid of snakes- the way they move, the sinister look in their eyes, the way they lie in waiting to strike when you least expect it. Horrible. Just horrible. 

We moved into a new house almost a year ago- a place up in the desert, without 75 neighbors all within a few feet of you. Our little slice of paradise. One night, I walked out of my bedroom, through my dark office, to check something, and as I walked back into my bedroom, a small shadow caught my attention. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I could make out a head, S-shaped body... Oh, very funny. My kids put a rubber snake at my bedroom door to scare the crap out of me. I relaxed a little, then went to kick the "rubber snake" out of my doorway, while I opened my mouth to yell to my kids... and the "rubber snake" turned around and headed to the bookshelf behind me.

I'm not going to lie- it took my brain a few seconds to comprehend that a "rubber snake" doesn't move on its own.

Yes, I screamed. Yes, I ran. Yes, I called my husband and made him leave work, drive all the way home to find the intruder, who we found after an hour, behind my witchy cabinet. It was a baby King Snake- harmless, about 12" long. And when my husband asked me, "Do you want me to kill it?" I couldn't say yes. I watched as he grabbed it, took it outside, and threw it over our wall, alive and well. Then, I proceeded to have my third panic attack of the night...

Fast forward a few months, to a few weeks ago. I was out for my morning stroll, paying more attention to the semi-busy road I was walking along, and not so much at the ground. My Pandora played a song I wanted to skip, so when I looked down at my phone to hit 'Next,' I stopped dead in my tracks... about 2 feet from one of the largest black snakes I have ever seen that wasn't behind glass at a zoo. I couldn't think. My vision blurred. I knew I needed to back up and cross the street, but my legs wouldn't move. I started hyperventilating, and as I forced myself to cross the street and head home, all I could think about was how I almost stepped on a 4 foot snake. I made it home, crumbled to the floor, and cried like a baby.

Snake symbolism, everyone told me. Look up what the snake symbolizes. Transformation- okay, sure, we're going through some huge changes here right now. Rebirth and cycles- yeah, makes sense. Then, I read the description of someone who has the snake as their totem or spirit animal:

  • A natural ability to balance energies (you're likely a gifted healer)
  • Diplomatic and eloquent in areas of speech and writing
  • Dynamically intuitive (often knowing other's thoughts and emotional states without trying)
  • Impulsive, but not without careful consideration. This may sound paradoxical, but those with the snake totem know what I mean here.

Holy crap, that's me!

Could my spirit animal be a snake?

No. No. NO!!

The more research I did, the more obvious it became. The snake is my totem. Paradox #2.

 

Snake Kiss

 

I set up some snake symbolism on my altar and began embracing the snake energy. I felt stronger, more at peace. I still haven't brought myself to start taking morning walks again, but I'm taking baby steps with this. I didn't just jump into the deep end of a pool when I started working with Water; I'm not heading to the exotic pet store to pick up a python anytime soon, either. 

Deathly afraid of Water; Water is my element.
Deathly afraid of snakes; The snake is my spirit animal.

Life is full of paradoxes.

I definitely advise everyone reading this to take a look at the things that scare you the most, and analyze why they scare you. What lesson does that object, animal, element, place, etc have to teach you? What message are you ignoring because fear takes over?

Embrace your paradox. Face your fears. You'll find out more about yourself than you ever knew before. And your energy will flow more freely when you aren't fighting the lessons you are meant to learn. 

~Morgan

Author Bio:

Morgan is the owner of Inked Goddess Creations. When she's not working on store stuff, she enjoys watching ridiculous shows and 80s movies with her kids, cuddling with her dogs- Ariya Stark and John Snow, pretending she's going to take a day off to relax, experimenting in the kitchen, and plotting ways to annoy her husband for the next 18 years, as it has worked so well for them for the last 18. You can read more serious info on the shop's About Us page.

Full Moon in Sagittarius- June 9, 2017

 

Full Moon in Sagittarius, June 9, 2017

 

The Full Moon will be in the fire sign of Sagittarius on Friday, June 9th. Sagittarius's optimistic effect encourages us to stay motivated and feeling positive! This Full Sag Moon will be opposite Gemini Sun. Organized Gemini tends to thinks logically while Sagittarius uses intuition to think in a more big-picture way. Both traits of theses signs are equally valuable, and this Full Moon invites us to find a happy balance between the two!

The Sagittarius Archer is not one to wander aimlessly. Rather, they are inspired to stay the course with a clear sense of direction and purpose. The curious Sag never tires of learning new things. Philosophical, metaphysical, and spiritual subjects could become more of interest under this type of influence. This Full Moon allows us to take another look at what our goals are, asking ourselves questions to find emotional clarity.

These pasts few weeks might have felt somewhat chaotic in our personal lives and of course within our society. What we should remember is the importance of having a sense of purpose in our lives to help us through difficult times. Work-related or personal relationships could be disrupted by this lunar phase shedding light on what is valuable and what is not. Even though change can seem daunting, many positive experiences can be gained by the upcoming changes this Full Moon brings!

The Archer uses a bow and arrow to steady, aim, and shoot for the stars with full belief that our goals will be achieved. Although just like any Hero of a quest learns, there will be obstacles on our paths to gain wisdom and insight. Realizations and manifestations of our thoughts could feel overwhelming, but the clarity and truths revealed will be well worth our efforts! Find the Sam-Wise to your Frodo, encourage each other to stay true, listen to your instincts, and have a sense of adventure!!  Best wishes!   

-Juliana M. Fanucchi

Author Bio:

Juliana uses astrology to understand how the planets can affect us on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Raised as a Nichiren Buddhist, she studies other metaphysical interests like numerology, music, tarot, and gemstones. She received her 200 hour yoga certification in December 2016. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. You can follow her on Instagram- instagram.com/whooliana.

Book of Shadows for the Beginner Witch

Book of Shadows for the Beginner Witch on The Inked Grimoire

 

You are a Witch; one who performs magick and rituals, and usually helps heal illnesses with simple home remedies. You have a plethora of recipes, magick spells, and rituals all in your head, but where else do you keep them to ensure you do not lose them? Your Book of Shadows, of course!

What is a Book of Shadows?

A Book of Shadows is a sacred tool used to keep the records and recipes of a Witch. A BOS is a very personal item and can contain whatever information you want to put in it. You could add special recipes, such as those for cakes and ale, home remedies, your beliefs, code of ethics, rituals, spells, or blessings. Additional information, such as magick correspondences, interesting magickal or spiritual articles, and various resources can be added. Many use their BOS as a journal as well, writing about how a well a spell worked or what their runes said about their situation or a wide variety of other topics. My BOS contains all of the previously mentioned topics, plus information on various Deities, healing and magickal properties of stones, plants, and essential oils, and information and rituals for the Sabbats and Esbats. You can add all of the above to your BOS, or none at all; that is the great thing about your BOS, it is whatever you want it to be!

The Beginner Witch Series on The Inked Grimoire

Choosing your Book of Shadows

There are many different types of Books of Shadows. Your BOS could be as simple as a spiral notebook or binder, or as elaborate as a highly decorated, traditional bound book with a lock and key. Your BOS may not even be a book at all! You could choose to keep all of your information on a flash drive or a computer/laptop. Or, you could be like me and store your information in all three; I have a book that I made myself that is bound with ribbon (to allow me to rearrange and add pages), a BOS flash drive, and a BOS in Google Drive. Your BOS can be handmade or purchased; either way, as with all sacred tools, it should be blessed.

Blessing your Book of Shadows

Here are the steps I took to bless my own Book of Shadows. If you need more information on performing a ritual, you can read, Ritual for the Beginner Witch: Blessing Altar and Tools.

  • Cleanse area of negative energies and remove clutter from your sacred space.
  • Cast your circle
  • Call the Quarters
  • Call the God and Goddess (Or any Deity(ies) you desire)
  • Bless and Consecrate your Book of Shadows
    • Your blessing can be as simple as, “I bless this Book of Shadows in the name of my God and Goddess, and in the presence of the Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water,” or as elaborate as the one I wrote:
    • O, to the God and Goddess, the Powers that be,
      Please bless and protect this Book for all eternity.
      Infuse it with Your Love and Your Light
      So any negativity around it will take flight.,
      Let it be filled with knowledge and wisdom,
      And aid in embracing personal power and freedom.

      May the Elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth,
      Please protect this Book, wherever its hearth.
      Let no evil seek this Book,
      And no strange eye take a look,
      For within are secrets entrusted to thee;
      Thoughts and spells sacred to me.

      May all within abide by the Rede,
      Keeping in mind the Rule of Three.
      With harm to none,
      Under the Moon and Sun,
      I now bless this Book, so sacred to me.
      As I will it, So mote it be.
    • Take a moment or two to infuse your energy into you BOS; make it yours!
  • Cakes and Ale
  • Thank your God and Goddess (Or other Deities)
  • Thank the Quarters
  • Open the Circle
  • Ground

Remember, your Book of Shadows is yours and is whatever you want it to be; there is no right or wrong way to create one. As long as it feels right for you, go with it!

Love and Light and Blessed Be!

About the Author:

My name is Emma Strawdinger and I am a Pagan Witch who was born in 1996. For most of my life, I never truly felt connected to any of the common religious or spiritual paths. I had my own set of beliefs, but I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I believed in a God, but also a Goddess, Mother Nature. I researched many Native American religions to try to find one that fit my beliefs. It was not until my God and Goddess brought a very special person into my life that I discovered Paganism and the Craft. She introduced me to this amazing path by confiding in me that she was a Witch and answered every question I had. I dedicated myself at the age of 15 and it was the most amazing thing I ever did for myself.

In my mundane life, I work for Silver Lining Riding, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children and adults of all ages with a wide variety of disabilities and special needs. I also take care of my furry four-legged babies, including a Cat, Dogs, and the family Horses.

You can connect with me on facebook, on my page Witchy Writings

New Moon in Gemini- May 25, 2017

 

New Moon in Gemini- May 25, 2017

 

May 25th's New Moon is in the Air sign of Gemini.  A few traits associated with this sign are thoughts, communication, creativity, duality, and quick-wittedness. The Super New Moon in May will be followed by a Super New Moon in June.  These back to back celestial events create a strong energy which may cause the next few weeks to feel intense.  Now should be a time of focusing on our thoughts and how we communicate with ourselves, others, and our environment!

Gemini is ruled by planet Mercury, which is a messenger of the gods.  We should expect to receive an influx of messages coming to us.  Whether they are bad or good is up to us and how we choose to view them.  Thoughts are so powerful and can have a noticeable affect on how we feel.  This should be something to be remembered, especially in these next few weeks!

Under the influence of the Gemini Twins energy there could be a tendency to get bored, distracted, or feel emotionally unstable, but do your best to not pay too much attention to this. By reminding ourselves to be flexible and patient, we can have an easier time going through any feelings of tension or frustration that we may experience.

Ideas and creative subjects may become a peak interest now, so its a good time to study, paint, or even just having a philosophical conversation with a friend! Finding new creative outlets for self-expression can also help us to feel a sense of renewal now. Setting new intentions for the New Moon is a great way to attract what you want for your life, and can be as easy as using a mantra or affirmation to help build on the energy.  Or if you enjoy using gemstones, I would suggest using one of Gemini's birth stones, Citrine, as a way to let go of your fears and manifest what you truly want. Whatever goals you choose to set, allow the process to unfold naturally, and the best outcome is bound to happen in perfect timing. 

Wishing you all an enchanting Super Moon! 

-Juliana M. Fanucchi

Author Bio:

Juliana uses astrology to understand how the planets can affect us on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Raised as a Nichiren Buddhist, she studies other metaphysical interests like numerology, music, tarot, and gemstones. She received her 200 hour yoga certification in December 2016. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. You can follow her on Instagram- instagram.com/whooliana.

Full Moon in Scorpio- May 10, 2017

Full Moon in Scorpio

This month's Full Moon in Scorpio on Wednesday, May 10th, will have a noticeably strong effect. The water sign Scorpio is known for intensity, transformation, secrecy, prosperity and power. Full Moons are about completion, meaning the efforts we have made in the previous two weeks, starting from the New Moon in Taurus on April 26, will be recognized and brought to the surface. This would also be an ideal time to tend to our relationships with co-workers, friends, partners, or connections with nature. It is important to note that our inner world deserves just as much attention. Changes are bound to arise, more so within our personal lives rather than the outside world. This is a wonderful time to see real and positive growth, starting from within!

Scorpio is definitely a strong sign. With a desire to seek and understand what lies beneath the surface, the Scorpio(n) is skilled in waiting for the right time to take action. This is something that should be kept in mind so that decisions being made can be done with full confidence. With this energy present, we should expect to see some deliberate changes in our environment. Depending on how we choose to see and use this energy, a sense of "destiny" could come into play. Situations could come up that demand us to identify what changes need to be made, or things that need to be revealed and let go within our lives. If something needs to be worked out with a person you are emotionally connected to, now is a great time to do so. Fair warning- sometimes things like secrets can come to the surface that we never knew were there. Remember to stay honest and upright in all of your dealings. This Scorpio Full Moon is anything but superficial, which in the end will allow us to positively feel like we have a much clearer big picture mentality!

This entire month of May has to do with the Divine Feminine quality within each of us. The Pagan tradition, Beltane, associated with the beauty of nature and fertility, deals with similar aspects as this Full Moon or "Full Flower Moon". This is mostly due to the fact that flowers blossom and bloom in May. Spending this lunar phase celebrating nature by simply taking a walk or a swim can be considered a full moon ritual! Like Mother Nature in Spring, we are being given a chance to shed the old and welcome in the new. Using this as an opportunity to come face to face with ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, can bring forth a sense of re-birth and renewal. This is also a high time for magickal workings related to healing, protection, and prosperity. Using crystals and gemstones under this Full Moon can be especially helpful when asking for guidance about money and relationships, drawing power from the moon to set strong intentions, or to simply clear out any unwanted feelings or energies from your life!

Wishing you all a safe and happy Full Moon!

~Juliana M. Fanucchi

Author Bio:

Juliana uses astrology to understand how the planets can affect us on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Raised as a Nichiren Buddhist, she studies other metaphysical interests like numerology, music, tarot, and gemstones. She received her 200 hour yoga certification in December 2016. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. You can follow her on Instagram- instagram.com/whooliana.

Samhain, the Witch's New Year

‘Happy New Year’ is not too far off of a greeting in the month of October. October 31st, most widely known as Halloween, but also known as Samhain, is thought to be the time of the Witch's New Year. It is a time for casting from you that which you no longer want, and for setting goals to achieve in the next year.

Samhain, pronounced ‘sa-ween’, means ‘summer’s end’, and marks the end of the light time of the year and the beginning of the dark period of the year.  It is a time for digging deep inside yourself and examining what is there, what makes you stronger, and what you can do without. It is a great time to meditate on themes such as change, endings and beginnings, building positive habits, shedding old beliefs or patterns, and setting goals for the upcoming year.

Samhain

Halloween gets it’s name from ‘All Hallows Eve’, which is the time of the year when the veil between the worlds (spirit and physical) is the thinnest. Traditionally, it is a day (along with All Saints’ Day on November 1st) to honor those who have passed, and often is celebrated by setting a place for each at the dinner table in hopes they will return for one night. You can also bury apples as food for hungry spirits, or hold a seance or work with a spirit board to establish contact with those who have passed. Please note that seances or spirit board work should be done by invitation, not by commanding or summoning the souls.

As the veil between the worlds is the thinnest at this time of year, It is the perfect time for scrying in a dark mirror, a crystal ball, or a dark bowl with ink and water. This is also a great time for casting runes or reading tarot cards to see what the future holds for you. If you read tarot cards, the Wheel of the Year spread is perfect to forecast the year ahead. Pendulums are also amazing divination tools for asking yes or no questions to determine what lies ahead. Messages from beyond are more easily received during Samhain. 

Correspondences for Samhain:

Oils- Cypress, Myrrh, Patchouli, Eucalyptus, Coriander, Peppermint
Incense/Herbs- Frankincense, Galangal, Myrrh, Wormwood, Bay, Sandalwood, Rosemary
Gemstones- Obsidian, Carnelian, Onyx, Smoky Quartz, Jet, Bloodstone
Goddesses- Cerridwen, Morrigan, Hecate, Lilith, Kali, all Crone Goddesses
Gods- Osiris, Cernunnos, Anubis, Odin
Candles- Orange, Black and White
Food and Drink- Pumpkins, Pomegranates, Apples, Gourds, Mead, Cider

Find some amazing recipes, decoration ideas and more at our Samhain & Halloween Pinterest Board.

Here at Inked Goddess Creations, we have actually set aside our favorite products for this time of year in our Samhain Category. These items inspire the feeling of the season, and can help with spirit contact, starting your new year and so much more!

Samhain Blessings Kit from Inked Goddess Creations

We've also made celebrating Samhain a little easier with the Samhain Blessings KitThis kit is specially blended to bring blessings, prosperity and success, while heavily protecting the user from negativity. It's also great for increasing psychic awareness for divination or communication with the spirit realm, on Samhain/Halloween, a night when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest.

Included in this kit are:

~Votive Candle in Harvest Spice and Patchouli blend.

~1/4 oz Glass Vial of Samhain Blessings Herbal Incense and Spell Powder, which can be burned during your Samhain ritual, or sprinkled into a blessings bag to carry with you.

~1 Dram Glass Vial of Samhain Blessings Oil with herbs. The Samhain Blessings Oil is a base of Apricot Kernel oil specially blended with Frankincense, Patchouli, Apple, Orange and Cinnamon Oils, with Galangal Root and Blessed Thistle herbs floating throughout, to be used to anoint objects like altar items (for blessings in the upcoming year) or divination items (for a deeper connection with the spirit realm on the day the veil between the worlds is the thinnest), to be worn by the spell worker, or to dress the votive before burning.

~2" x 3" Bag of Samhain Blessings Herbal Offerings, which can be used to add to a blessings bag, used as an offering, or even added to bath water for a ritual bath.

~Small Halloween themed vintage picture; A great use for this is to write your blessings and wishes on the back and burn in a ritual fire or cauldron, to ensure prosperity and success in the upcoming year.

~2 Charcoal Discs for incense burning

All inside of a 5" x 8" Black Satin bag.

Spell and ritual kits from Inked Goddess Creations do NOT contain instructions for a spell. I have found over the years that the most effective spells come from within, when the spell worker follows their heart. As a result, more energy is infused into the spell. With that said, most spells do require certain components like incense, oils, stones, spell bag, parchment, etc, so that's where my spell kits come in handy. Follow your intuition, use what ingredients you feel you need, and always remember to be specific.

Whether you celebrate Samhain, All Hallows Eve, or straight out trick-or-treating Halloween, the history and lore of this season is definitely worth reading about.  It is very easy to mesh together practices from all of these to create a wonderful celebration that will nurture your intellectual, social and spiritual sides (and have fun!). 

 

 

Potion Bottles- Types, Uses and More!

Ever since launching some of the new potion bottles here at Inked Goddess Creations, I get asked a lot now, "What can I DO with a potion bottle?"

The answer: Just about anything!

Potion bottles have so many uses. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can be decorative, or house your most personal magickal blends. 

The most common (and sometimes cutest) bottle used for witch potions is a glass bottle with a cork. These can come in super small size, up to gallon jugs. The best things for corked glass bottles are

  • herbal blends
  • raw incense blends
  • resin blends
  • salt blends
  • kitchen witch spice blends
  • gemstones

Liquids, such as oils, tinctures and elixirs, can be housed in a glass bottle with a cork, but understand that cork is a natural, porous material, so some of your liquid may be absorbed into your cork over time. Lighter, thicker corks (similar to those used in wine bottles) are better than the darker, more porous corks (similar to that used to make cork boards), and allow much less evaporation or absorption.

(Witch Bottle DIY Kits from Inked Goddess Creations give you
the supplies you need to create your very own Witch Bottles.)

Corked glass bottles also make amazing Witch Bottles (also known as Spell Bottles). Witch bottles have been used for hundreds of years for magickal purposes. Fill your bottle with herbs, resins and gemstones of your intent, add some personal effects (clipped fingernails or hair work best; a picture is always good, too, or even an affirmation or request written in your own handwriting on a piece of paper), seal it with wax and bury the witch bottle in your yard. If you are unable to bury your witch bottle, stow it away in the back of a closet or little nook somewhere, to be forgotten about.

When it comes to your liquid potions, such as oils, tinctures, inks, and elixirs, those are best kept in a potion bottle with a screw-on or snap-on top. Decorative oil bottles can also be used, which add a little flair to your altar or sacred space. I do always recommend using glass bottles, as this material is a more natural substance than plastic, and will treat your potions better over time. 

Anything your magickal heart can dream up, can probably be housed in a potion bottle. Entire spells can be wrapped up in a potion bottle and sealed away. Potion bottles can be worn around he neck as amulets, can be given away as gifts filled with your concoctions, or be used as decoration in your home (my house is FILLED with potion bottles). The possibilities really are endless.

To see what types of potions bottles we currently have in stock here at Inked Goddess Creations, check out the Potion Bottles category. You can also see different styles of bottles and their intents below in one of our vlog posts!

Blessings to you!
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Morgan, Owner of Inked Goddess Creations