Today, I am answering the question that has appeared more and more in my emails. What spell book do I endorse? Good Witch Bad Witch by Gillian Kemp is my most favourite. The spells are simple and affective.
The two types of cards represent the balance of opposites within nature - day and night, summer and winter, good times and bad times. This is something witches respect as they honour the seasons of the year and all aspects of life. We might prefer to only have happy days but we can't avoid every misfortune and there are valuable lessons to be learnt from the sad times of grief and hardship.http://badwitch.co.uk/2008/01/good-witch-bad-witch-by-gillian-kemp.html http://badwitch.co.uk
Good Witch Bad Witch by Gillian Kemp
Sweet Spells and Wicked Witchery
Includes 52 Enchanting Cards and a 64 page Spell Book.
With this beguiling set of 52 cards and accompanying book, you can revel in delicious devilment against your enemies, or weave good white magic around you and your loved ones.
In Good Witch, Bad Witch there are two suits of cards: 26 Good Witches and 26 Bad Witches. Simply shuffle and lay them like tarot cards, then look up the prediction in the book and cast the spell. Remember, the good witch spells turn toads into princes and
the bad witch spells turn princes into toads. All you need is this charming kit and a little hocus pocus.
About the Author
Gillian Kemp is a clairvoyant and medium who prophesies the future using astrology, tarot cards, a crystal ball and tea leaves. She appears regularly on television and radio as an astrologer, writes a weekly column in Baby magazine and is the author of books including The Good Spell Book, The Romany Good Spell Book (published in the US by Little, Brown), and The Love Spell Box (Cico Books, 2000). http://Gilliankemp.com
Beltane Chant (by Rudyard Kipling):
O do not tell the priests of our arts,
for they would call it sin!
We will be in the woods all night
A-conjuring conjuring summer in.
And we bring you good news by word of mouth.
For women, cattle, and corn:
The sun is coming up from the south,
By oak and ash, and thorn!
(Continue chanting 'by oak and ash and thorn')
The first day of May marks a festival of great importance for all those who follow the Pagan way. We call this day 'Beltane' which means 'Fire of God,' the Sun, renews his gift of Need-Fire to the Earth Mother. The spark of life has once again been delivered.
The Celtic May festival, to celebrate the arrival of summer; from Old Gaelic words meaning blaze-kindling. In Druidic times, two fires were lit, and the tribes cattle driven between them, in a purificatory rite. In later times, young men would leap over fires in tests or displays of energy and virility.
On April 30th in some areas, fires burn from dusk till dawn. Beltane or May Day at dawn wash your face with dew for a good complextion and good luck throughout the year.
BELTANE - The Celtic 'Flower Festival.' Marks the first day of Celtic Summer - the first day of the Light Half of the year.
Date - May Eve/May 1st (psychic high-tide; full moon before May 1st).
Modern Equivalent - May Day, Lilac Sunday, Lady Day Walpurgisnacht.
Celtic Godforms - Belinos, Flora, Bloodeuwedd.
Alignment - Male, Cross-Quarter Lunar
Customs - sexual license among peasants, May Pole erection, gathering flowers, wearing green, Fire Calling, feasting, merry-making.
Symbols - May Pole, daffodils, bright colors, smiling sun.
Sacred Foods - sweets and sugar products, heather mead, cakes, cookies, no meat or fruit.
Threshold - Dawn
Incense - lilac, heather, apple blossom.
Wiccan Spells and Witchcraft
April arrives with a shower of cosmic energy, providing exactly what you need to get your projects and ideas blooming!
The planets make their presence felt right away when the Sun squares off against Pluto on April 1. You may feel blocked or trapped, but the build-up will prove to be more difficult than the event itself, so you'll have things well in hand by April 1. The Sun also meets Jupiter that same day, boosting morale and sprinkling a light dusting of good fortune over most everything.
The stars take a break until April 7, when sparks fly as Venus and Mars meet in a passionate embrace, making romance hot and heavy. Things heat up outside the bedroom as well, with these planets adding sexy attitude to everything you do!
On April 10, a new Moon rises in Aries, making for one of the most decisive days of the year to get cracking on new projects. Just be sure to set your sights on something you
can do quickly -- otherwise, you might grow bored.
Come April 12, Pluto sends you back to the drawing board once it turns retrograde in Capricorn. Use this time to reconsider -- and perhaps even reorganize -- your plans
regarding finances and material goods.
Your outspoken nature advances to the forefront two days later on April 14, when Mercury moves into Aries. You may struggle with foot-in-mouth disease a bit, but your direct and honest approach will be refreshing ... and maybe even welcomed!
As April comes to a close, however, the cosmos will remind you not to go overboard. Saturn puts a damper on your newfound indulgence on April 22, when it opposes Venus. Three days later, on April 25, a lunar eclipse between the Scorpio Moon and Taurus Sun
forces you to find balance between emotional intensity and basic common sense. Finally, Saturn returns on April 28 to oppose the Sun, serving as a reminder that duty must come before extravagance.
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At last! On the Edge, originally published by Club Lighthouse Publishing in May 2010 has been completely revised. Now titled "AT THE EDGE."
This week I posted an exclusive excerpt for my readers to get glimpse of the YA, magic realism, paranormal book. I'm leaving this excerpt up for only a few days, and then will be taking the read down. I'm excited to search for aYA book publisher to discover the best home for the new and improved story.
About the Book "AT THE EDGE," - Real people developing relationships; while Carm is struggling to pick up the pieces after the death of her husband.
Two Quick Questions - 1. How important is it to you to create likeable characters?
I portray the characters inner characteristics and emotions as they struggle with issues of their own. The characters are realistic that the readers will believe. Tough and practical Paige takes command; Roxy under a watchful eye intimidates; always helpful Lizzy goes with the flow and Carm is consumed with sorrow and mental anguish. Gretchen, a witch is a welcome relief from life's pressures. To add support and conflict to the story are Thomas a friend everyone wants to deserve and Philip is certainly not safe to trust.
2. What do you most hope that readers will take away from the book?
In this book I provide a unique insight into the drug world and mysticism – addiction and the belief that direct knowledge of ultimate reality is attainable through intuition and the unseen world. I hope the reader will begin to believe if you change your choices while guided by Spirit you can change your life for the better.
Stop bt http://Witchskel.wordpress.com to read an EXCLUSIVE excerpt. Remember to forward this to your friends...so they too can check it out!
Smile and the world Smiles with you!
I would like to thank my readers who rushed out to bookstores to read my paranormal book Severed Ties. http://DamnationBooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781615728206 Till Death and Beyond - The bond of love can bring two forbidden opposites together.
Till Death and Beyond opens with a teenage girl named Zoe, inexperienced in witchcraft, in the woods on a Full Moon cast a spell for a love she feels is lost to her. The teenager new to magic, is careless of her words for her desire. The spirit of a maiden witch appears. At first the teenager is afraid of the ghostly figure, and then her curiosity calms her nerves.
The Spirit tells the tale how she and the love of her life were separated by ignorance. Zoe, the teenage girl experiments with magic to reunite the Spirit with her long lost love.
As a direct result of the long hours I spent reading the history of witchcraft my novella Till Death and Beyond was created.
The main conflict in the short read is the Puritans attempting to keep evil from tarnishing their community and the witches strong belief based on the oneness of self an nature. Puritans against the witches. What happened and what it meant.
Historically the Puritans and witches were two very different groups of people with two very different belief systems. Puritan America was based on clear roles between men, women, and God. Witchcraft served as a system of explanations for the ways of nature and a method by which one could gain control over their life. Witches were considered enemies to their God.
Puritans linked witchcraft with the devil and hell because their first responsibility was to serve one God. The Biblical regulative principle of worship and commandments was the puritan blueprint toward that duty. Witchcraft became a crime against the church to rid those who did not dedicate themselves to their faith. They became known as immoral and wicked people even though their faith exsisted long before the Purtian's belief system did.
I had a very specific idea in mind when I wrote Till Death and Beyond a love story between Emery a Puritan and Frye a witch and the petty rivalry connecting the two faith driven neighbors. The main conflict between the Puritans and the witches' belief systems is the the theme of the romantic story. I wanted to tell the important elements that are in the traditions and of the similarities and difference among them. I hope to say to the reader the story isn't strictly romantic; it will have some history. Check out the first chapter
Till Death and Beyond
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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, February ought to be an especially romantic month, right? Guess again, according to the cosmos. But that doesn't mean it still can't hold some excitement!
Venus gets the ball rolling on February 1 with an uncommonly anti-romantic move into Aquarius. Still, while intimacy may not be the name of this transit's game, friendship sure is -- and hopefully with as fun and diverse of a group as possible
Also on February 1, Mars skids into Pisces and is suddenly forced to slam on the brakes. The planet's usual aggressive tendencies get watered down by Pisces' dreamy approach to life, so your best course of action will be to focus Mars' energies on your artistic and spiritual pursuits.
February 4 could increase anxiety levels as Mars conjuncts Neptune and sends your plans into a black hole. However, February 5 sees things perk up when Mercury joins Mars in Pisces for an extra-long stay. Your intuition will prove invaluable, but you'll want to double-check everything, just to be on the safe side.
February 10's new Moon in Aquarius directs you toward your favorite cause, so roll up your sleeves, tackle this project, and don't worry if you fall short of your plans -- you'll still be further along than you were before.
Challenges brew on February 15 and 16, when Mars, Pluto, and Saturn get together to make your life difficult. Determination and perseverance will pay off, though, so remain strong and hold your ground!
On February 18, when the Sun moves into Pisces, a hint of dreamy romance may nudge its way into your life. You'll also develop a newfound sensitivity that could lead to helping those in need. That same day, Saturn turns retrograde, at which point certain projects will have to slow down so you can go back over them with a fine-toothed comb.
Then, toward the end of February, the pace really picks up! February 21 sees the Sun involved in a foggy conjunction with Neptune. Mercury then turns retrograde on February 23, bringing all its usual communication strife. On February 25, you'll experience a hopeful square between the Sun and Jupiter. Also on February 25, thanks to the conflicted Virgo full Moon, you'll try to soar to your highest highs, all while keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground.
Finally, on February 26, the universe gets its romantic act together as Venus drifts dreamily into Pisces, producing a soft and sweet aura. You'll have lovely fantasies, some of which will come true ... and some of which won't. Either way, it'll be charming and pleasant time!
February could be your month to shine! Your February Forecast
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WHEN THE LADY'S MOON IS NEW, MAKE A WISH, AND THEN KISS THE LEFT HAND TO HER, TIMES TWO. Moon, Moon, beautiful Moon,Look down on me, smile down on me,Moon, Moon, please grant my wish,On this magical night.So shall it be.
The New Moon on January 11 sets 2013 in gear with a fresh start from the stars. Capricorn's ambitious nature and ability to dig in and execute details in addition to big-picture thinking mean that any goal plan set and followed from here on practically guarantees success!
I am very happy with my first review for my novella Severed Ties. By the use of divinatio and magic, some ties can never be severed. Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Reader Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/review/8020
Smile and grow with harmony:)
A talisman is a woman/manmade magical object designed to pomote health, wealth, love, protection or similar objectives. The purpose of Talisman is to be carry out certain task - to protect against evil in general and bring success. We're used to say that Talisman would attract, on the one who is wearing it, luck, money, and love as honey attracts bees or magnet attracts iron, and that it would take away, negative waves of bad luck and failure.
Talisman has always been, as far as I can remember, part of the most precious things that a family owned. My mother give it to me, herself got it from her mother who herself got it from hers…
A talisman: a coin-size disk, square or triangle with certain symbols enraved on it. The talisman has been specially prepared and is worn for protection or to bring health, wealth or love. Objects would be blessed and become powerful talismans and magickal charms.
A love talisman must be made on a Friday, on or just before the Full Moon. It should be made of gold but can be created on copper. A really old coin that has been worn fairly smooth is a good choice. A flat stone on you diligently search for is another choice.
The witches' tool an Awl, or engraver is a small tool, about the size of a pen or pencil and is used in similar fashion to a pen, but it scratches, or engraves the characters into the coin. But a sharp nail alone will do.
One way to make an awl is find a piece of wood (can be the same as the wood for the wand) and carve it into a shape. You can carve the awl with symbols that are relevant to you. Take a small nail 9 -D would do) You can grind the nail into a point by working it against a rough rock. Tap the nail firmly into the end of the wood, be careful not to split the wood.
In magick you are not trying to do things the quick and easy way, you are working at putting your energies into your work. As you engrave, you must concentrate on your intent.
On the night of the Full Moon itself, wash the talisman in pure spring water and then hold it in the palm of your left hand. Breathe on it seven times, then hold it up high towards the Moon so that the light of the Moon shines on it. Then kiss the talisman and then keep it on your person.
Love symbols should be engraved on the natural object (coin, stone) during the waxing moon. As you engrave, concentrate on putting you intent into what you are trying to accomplish. On the reverse side, engrave names, astrological birth signs or dates to make more personal (your love one and yourself).
Witches have a vast store of knowledge regarding symbols and their uses. They have passed out the knowledge of where to find them, how to prepare them, or how to use them. Ancient Grimories have been past down from hand to hand across the length of Europe. Most of this information can be found in reading magickal texts.
There are tremendous range of symbols. Perhaps the most popular is that of the Sun. Almost as popular is the Moon. The heart symbol was actually to 'give heart' to to the person who wore it. But hearts can be equally good at producing love.
Probably the most famous of all "magical" rings was worn by King Solomon who ruled over israel in the thenth century B.C., and whose name is a symbol of great wisdom. He supposed to have worked miracles with the ring, which was of pure gold set with a precious stone, called in the ancient manuscripts a shamir, and engraved the five-pointed star or pentacle, known as the "shield of Solomon" and the initials of four Hebrew words meaning, "Thou art mighty forever Adonai." Adonai is the ineffable name of God, that is, so sacred as never to be spoken.
In ancient Rome, rings engraved with a five-point-srar were among the most popular means of aquiring good luck.
So it is that rings as a symbol of love, friendship, and good luck have come down to us in modern times.
Hebrews used talismans for all sorts of benefits - success in business, favor both God and people, love by enemies. They were composed of multitude of magic symbols, letter, and words written on skin or parchment. They often contained the six pointed star made by placing one triangle on another. This was known as the "shield of Solomon." Other used the five-pointed pentacle.
The Pentacle has the amazing power to capture ALL the positive cosmic energy circulating in our Universe, no matter how faint. The five-pointed-star, which the ancient believed had the power to trp the forces of evil, rendering them powerless.