Spells and Charms * Practical Sorcery * Magical Cures
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Diamond refers to both a gemstone and a shape. In the metaphysical language of geometry, the diamond shape may stand in for the human eye or for the vagina.
Diamonds, whether carried or worn, promote self confidence in sexual matters. They relieve root causes of sexual dysfunction. They are a cleansing, releasing, purifying stone in matters of sexuality. These are spells that will, no doubt, please the target.
To stimulate someone to be mre sexually receptive toward you, bestow a gift of a diamond, magically charged with your own desires.
To heal your own sexual ihibitions and dysfunction, don't wait for someone else to bestow the gift. Provide your own diamond, charge it with your desires, bathe it in spring water enhanced with hibiscus flower essence, and wear it.
Sânziană is the Romanian name for gentle fairies who play an important part in local folklore, also used to designate the Galium verum or Cruciata laevipes flowers. Under the plural form Sânziene, the word designates an annual festival in the fairies' honor. Etymologically, the name stands for sân (common abbreviation of sfânt - "saint", "holy") and zână (a word used for fairies in general).
People in the western Carpathian Mountains and other parts of Romania celebrate the Sânziene holiday annually, on June 24. This is similar to the Swedish Midsummer holiday, and is believed to be a pagan celebration of the summer solstice in June....
From ancient times people marked the time of the return of the sun, the shortest and longest night. In olden times it was called the Feast of the Dews- Rasos. When Christianity was established in Lithuania, the name was changed to Feast of St. John, according to agrarian folk calendar, the start of haying.
The rituals of the longest day were closely related to agrarian ideas and notions. The main aim was to protect the harvest from natural calamities, evil souls, witches and mid summer visitors like draught, hail, downpours of rain and thunder....
In ancient Rome, this day (June 24) was known as the Festival of Fata, the Goddess of Fate and Chance. She was more commonly called Fortuna, and this day was also known as the Festival of Fortuna. The Temple of Fortuna stood on the banks of the Tiber and on this day many Romans would make a pilgrimage on foot or by boats decorated with garlands of flowers....
In Romania, Pentecost or the week after, including Trinity Sunday, is the time when the Rousalii, the three daughters of an emperor who were ill-treated during their lives on earth and later became goddesses, set out to cause misery and mischief wherever they could. Traditional Romanian belief holds that during the period from Trinity Sunday to St. Peter's Day (June 29), the Rousalii roam over the earth, causing high winds and storms. People may be caught up in whirlwinds, or children may be snatched from the arms of their mothers if they venture outdoors or travel any distance from home.
On the eve of Rousalii, it is traditional to place a twig of wormwood under your pillow. Because medicinal herbs supposedly lose their potency for several weeks after Rousalii, it is considered unwise to gather any herbs from the fields until at least nine weeks have passed.
Themes: Humour; Protection; Weather; Fertility; Fairies; Growth Symbols: Water; Linen; Green Robes Presiding Goddesses: The Rousalii
About the Rousalii:
A group of ill-treated women in life, these Goddess often create mischief when they interact with humans, especially those with nasty dispositions. They do, however, have a good side. The Rousalii know the dances that make plants and people grow and thrive, and sometimes they will teach them to humans. In literature, the Rousalii sometimes appear as water fairies, begging linen from passers-by, which they use to make green robes for fertility rites.
To Do Today:
In Romania, people would tell you that it is best to stay home today and leave the Rousalii offerings of bread and salt to avert their impish ways. If it's windy, definitely stay home; this means the ladies are in a foul mood. To protect yourself, place wormwood under your pillow, pull the covers over your head, and stay put!
On a less drastic level, wear something green to keep them happy and try this spell to encourage the Rousalii's growth or maturity in any area of your life. Take a little piece of linen (or cotton cloth) and dance with it in your hand, moving clockwise and saying:
The dance of life
The dance of power
Rousalii, join me this magic hour!
To _______ bring growth and maturity
By your power this spell is freed!
Fill in the blank with your intention. Tuck the swatch of cloth on your person, or close to the area that represents your goal.
St John's Eve (or Oiche Fheile Eoin) is celebrated in many parts of Ireland with the lighting of bonfires. In Northern Ireland it is termed Bonfire Night. This ancient custom has its roots in pre-Christian Irish society when the Celts honored the Goddess Áine, the Celtic equivalent of Venus and Aphrodite. She was the Goddess Queen of Munster and Christianised rituals in her honour (as Naomh Áine) took place until the nineteenth century on Knockainy, (Cnoc Áine – the Hill of Áine) in County Limerick.
During the festival, people would say prayers, asking for God's blessing upon their crops. They would also take ashes from the fire, and spread them over their land as a blessing for protection for their crops. It was also common to have music, singing, dancing, and games during the festival. The fire was used for destroying small objects of piety (rosary beads, statues, etc.) without disrespecting God. It was also common for people to jump through the flames of the bonfire for good luck.
In Thomas Flanagan's The Year of the French, the ancient festival of St John's Eve takes place. The book is set during the Irish rebellion of 1798. Here is an excerpt from The Year of the French:
Soon it would be Saint John's Eve. Wood for the bonfire had already been piled high upon Steeple HIll, and when the night came there would be bonfires on every hill from there to Downpatrick Head. There would be dancing and games in the open air, and young men would try their bravery leaping through the flames. There would even be young girls leaping through, for it was helpful in the search of a husband to leap through a Saint John's Eve fire, the fires of midsummer. The sun was at its highest then, and the fires spoke to it, calling it down upon the crops. It was the turning point of the year, and the air was vibrant with spirits.
Some regions of Ireland follow a custom seemingly inspired by the activity from which this saint takes his title, Baptist (more accurately, Baptizer). They head to the ocean and immerse themselves in its waters. In this, they imitate the original form of baptism practiced by St John, as well as by the early Christians.
If you were born between June 21 and July 22, you were born under the sign of the Acanthus. Sensitivity is the watchword for acanthus flower signs. You are perceptive, and have high intuition in matters of the heart, and environment. You often react to others (even when they don’t speak their feelings, you still know what is going on inside their hearts), and your surroundings....
Litha (pronounced "LITH-ah") is one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on June 21st, but varies somewhat from the 20th to the 23rd, dependant upon the Earth's rotation around the Sun (check the calendar). According to the old folklore calendar, Summer begins on Beltane (May 1st) and ends on Lughnassadh (August 1st), with the Summer Solstice midway between the two, marking MID-Summer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that Summer begins on the day when the Sun's power begins to wane and the days grow shorter....
To entice a lover to return, pick five roses on Midsummer Night's Eve. Bury one under a yew tree at midnight. Place the second outside a church gate. Put the third at a crossroads with the head pointing in the direction of home. Place the fourth beside running water....
To encourage Good fortune, on Midsummer Night's Eve take an orange, to represent the sun, and a lemon, which symbolizes the moon. Press cloves (representing brown wooden nails) into the skin of the fruit....
The following is an "Incantation To Plants," written by the Greek physicians of Alexandria (which explains both the usage of Greek and Egyptian gods), which would be used while watering or collecting plants.
On this day, (June 17) the Romans celebrated the festival of Ludi Piscatari, festival of fishermen. Ludi Piscatari became sacred in England as a Christian Saint, renamed St. Botolph. Botolph guarded the gates of ancient English walled cities...
Here are three simple spells for successful hunting and fishing.
1. Bathe in an infusion made with the herb ajos sancha before fishing. Ajos sancha, a vine known as false garlic, brings luck to fishers and hunters and also allegedly removes bad luck. On a practical level, its strong garlicky aroma may also mask the human scent.
2. Coat the body with aloe vera juice for luck before going fishing or hunting.
3. Anise oil also allegedly provides fishing and hunting luck. Create an infused oil of anise or dilute the essential oil in jojoba oil. Bathe in it or massage it into the skin prior to your hunting trip.
This medieval fish spell serves to bind a woman, keeping her entranced by the relationship.
Do you fear your lover will leave you? The answer is simple, cook a whole fish in donkey's milk. Strain, reserving the liquid, because that's what you need for the spell. What you do with the cooked fish is irrelevant. Let the liquid cool to room temperature, or a little above. While the woman is sleeping, gently bathe her vaginal area with some of the cooking liquid.
This medieval love spell allegedly produces one of the most potent aphrodisiacs. This spell lingered throughout Europe for centuries. It's practice was condemmed by a Latin penitential dated from the 10th and 11th century.
This spell is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for the queasy. Only a seriously determined person would be even tempted to try it. Here's how it goes:
Insert a live fish into your vagina.
Keep it within until you are absolutely sure it's dead.
Cook the fish as you will.
Using other aphrodiusiac ingredients when cooking the fish, such as saffron, champagne or cardamom which can only enhance the power of this spell.
Serve it to your beloved.
Beyond stimulating great passion and sex, it is also supposed to keep him faithful to you alone.
The Egyptians called it, Night of a Teardrop. On this night, (June 16) when the moon rose high in it’s sky, Isis shed one blessed and mournful tear for her beloved, Osiris. That precious tear was then collected into the palm of the Goddess of the River Nile, Satis, in which she placed it within’, causing the Nile to bring forth it’s annual flood. Even in Isis’ pain, something divine came forth....
For this spell you will need Acacia Honey. No other kind of honey may be substituted. Acacia gum is perceived as being the tree's menstrual blood complete with similar romantic powers, therefore lending men a magical power that biology deprives them. Acacia honey is produced in France.
Annoint the penis with acacia honey.
This action not only ensures that she will love only you, but allegedly guarantees fidelity as well.
Ruler: Oshun, bee goddess Type: Food Magickal Form: Any type
Use this sweet and sticky substance to attract good fortune, fertility, and love. Dishes filled with honey beckon angels and other beneficial spirits. For wealth, create an altar with coins drizzled with honey. For a conception spell, cover a pumpkin with honey and offer it to a river. For love, bathe in warm water and honey.
This is also a favorite offering for the love goddesses. The passion and fertility-enhancing properties of honey may owe that reputation to the hexagons of the honeycomb, six being the sacred sexual number of Aphrodite.
Note: An assassination attempt was once made on the African love goddess, Oshun. The plot was to poison her with honey. In remembrance of this, always taste the honey first before offering libations to any goddess.
Themes: Creativity; Knowledge; History; Art Symbols: Fountains; Springs; the Number Nine Presiding Goddess: Mnemosyne
Mnemosyne means "memory." Remembrance is this goddess's gift to us, memories of all the wonderful moments of our lives. In Greek tradition Mnemosyne also gave birth to the Muses today (June 14) - the nine creative spirit children that give our lives so much beauty, song, stories, tradition, humor, dance, and sacred music. Greeks sometimes....
This day (June 14) is sacred to the Viking god Vidar, son of Odin. According to Viking tradition, leather workers should put aside all of their off-cuts for Vidar's boots, so that the god can combat the demonic wolf, Venris...
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Ruler: Scorpio, Mars, Pluto, Chango Type: Syrup Magickal Form: The darker the better
Use this syrup for controlling and compelling magic. Molasses is great to summon strength for hard work. Add three large tablespoonfulls to bathwater to create a stick-to-itiveness quality and increase your drive. Use in money magic along with honey and coins to draw business into an establishment. Offer cigars dipped or cured in molasses to Chango for business success. Scry in a bowl of molasses to gain wisdom and messages from Hecate, the dark mother.
When creating spells for a specific purpose you may want to use herbs or flowers that resonate to a specific elemental power, for example - when igniting the "flames" of passion - you might want to saturate the space with "fire" herbs, when doing a moon spell you might want to use water herbs. Alternatively, for balance you might want a little of each. With that in mind, here is a comprehensive listing of the four elements and their respective herbal correspondences. There are many different lists of elemental herbs - this was the most extensive one I found. Not every one agrees as to the elemental properties of some of the herbs listed. When in doubt, go with what seems right to you.
Perform this spell during an eclipse or a waxing moon phase. Arrange sea shells on a secluded beach, in the shape of a circle. If you do not have access to a beach, perform this ritual in a garden or forest using stones, branches or flowers to form the circle.
Kneel at the centre facing the ocean. Light a blue candle and incense of your choice. Raise arms high and recite...