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Bonfire for Beltane!

Although bonfires tend to be popular in all ancient pagan practices, Beltane is the time of year when it seems the most fitting!  There are many ways to incorporate a Bonfire into your ritual – and it doesn’t even have to be large.  Sure, if you have the space and a nice fire pit, a big Beltane fire is idea – but if not, there are other ways to still bring the feel of a Bonfire into your celebration!

Portable Bonfires

These can be great if you have no permanent fire pit in your backyard or if you want to be able to travel with your fire pit.  They can range in price from under $20 all the way up to over $300 – so there is an option to fit any budget.  You can purchase these at any home improvement store or even make your own! This blog tells you step by step how to make one out of a flower pot!: Create a Fire pit out of Flower Pot!

Please remember that no matter what you decide to do, be safe! Here are some fire tips from a former firefighter to help you have a fun and safe experience: Fire pit safety tips

Indoor Cauldron Fire

If your only option is to be indoors, you can still have the fire experience with an indoor cauldron fire!  You will need the following items

  • Cast-Iron Cauldron – mine is quite small, about 4″ in diameter
  • Epsom Salts – easy to find at the supermarket or pharmacy
  • Rubbing Alcohol – 70% isopropyl (safer) or 90% isopropyl (hotter)
  • Fire-Proof surface, preferably not heat conductive
  • Long Wooden Matches

It is best to use a cast-iron cauldron, since one won’t be too hard to get and it can withstand the heat. Don’t use aluminum, since it sometimes melts or can even catch on fire. Never make an indoor fire in a cauldron that is painted, since burning or even very hot paint will produce dangerous fumes.

Use half (by volume, not weight) alcohol and epsom salts.  Always put the cauldron on a fireproof surface (such as a hearth, other tile surface, metal, etc.) and make sure that the only nearby objects are reasonably heat-resistant. Taper candles, if placed too close, will bend or even melt. Votives in glass holders work better.

Always keep a bucket of water nearby in case things somehow get out of hand. A big box of baking soda also works well. Let the cauldron burn out by itself (how long this takes depends on the size of the cauldron and how much fuel you have put into it), wait till it is cool, and then soak the inside in water to loosen the grayish mass of salts that’s been fused together by the fire. After letting it soak overnight it’s not too hard to clean.

If it’s necessary to put the cauldron out suddenly, covering it with a fireproof lid is the easiest and least-messy method, but be careful not to burn yourself while putting the lid on. One of those big leather work gloves might be good to keep around.

Now that you have a fire, what can you do?

Once you have your fire pit – there are many different ways to incorporate this into your ritual!

  • – Use herbs – you can burn any herbs in your fire pit.  If you are using an indoor fire pit be sure to only burn a very small amount at a time so that you don’t have an out of control fire.
  • – Use lava rocks to help keep your fire going. Click here to see how to use lava rocks.
  • – Fires can symbolize messages moving up to the universe to to deity – they can also symbolize the cleansing or banishing of bad things and bad energies.
  • – Fires can make the start a new phase in life – can be used at the start of a project, symbolizing burning down the old to pave the way for the new.

 

What are the Nine Sacred Woods?

The nine sacred woods – or nine sacred woods of the bonfire are part of a traditional Celtic ceremony.  They represented the first nine tress in the Celtic calendar and are generally listed in the long version of the Wiccan Rede by Doreen Valiente.  Over the years, this has been changed to a Nine Sacred Herbs incense, which you can make yourself or purchase from us here: Nine Sacred Woods Incense.  This blend is a nice way to add a Celtic touch to any bonfire celebration!

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Come visit us in Rock Hill!

Come check out our Rock Hill, SC store! And if you can’t – you can take a virtual tour below! We are offering classes, readings, events and so much more!  We hope to see you here with us – and if you are not local, I hope you drop in if you ever pass by our area!

Our Rock Hill Store, Raven Moon Emporium!

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Olive Oil Get Well Spell

I wanted to share this spell with you! I wrote this a long time ago, for Cal Orey’s Book “The Healing Powers of Olive Oil: A Complete Guide to Nature’s Liquid Gold”.  This spell is based on an old Italian spell.  It’s a three day spell but has always been effective for me! You can also find it on pages 41-43 of the book.  Enjoy!

The Olive Oil Healing Spell
by Lady Raven

Use this spell when preparing for surgery or when recovering from it.  This is a three day spell so make sure you have the time to cast it over the next few days.  If casting on someone else or for someone else, be sure to get permission from them first!  This spell uses Olive Oil as the focus of the spell.  Olive oil has been used for centuries as a sacred oil, and was even burned in churches during ancient rituals.  Ruled by the Sun and the element of fire, it imparts strength to overcome all obstacles.  It is also an excellent spell to boost stamina an constitution either before or after major medical procedures.

Tools Needed:

  • One 6-inch red taper candle
  • Rosemary
  • Bay Leaves
  • Olive Oil
  • Picture of person who is ill (or their name written on a piece of paper)
  • Altar Pentacle
  • Mortar and Pestle
  • Incense Burner with Charcoal
  • Cauldron or other fire-safe Container

Timing:

  • Waxing Moon
  • This is a three-day spell – so be sure to cast it somewhere where your tools will be undisturbed for three days.

Prep:

  1. Add the Rosemary and Bay to your Mortar and Pestle
  2. Add a few drops of Olive Oil
  3. Create a moist incense (not dripping with oil – but damp with it) by crushing them all together in your mortar and pestle
  4. Take your candle and make 2 marks on it – separating the candle into three equal size portions.
  5. If you wish, you can scribe the candle with runes for healing and strength and/or the person’s name on it. (This can be used for an animal as well)

Casting Your Spell

Day One

  1. Cast your circle, light your charcoal, place some of the incense you created on the burner.  Be sure to keep the incense burning the entire time the candle is lit.
  2. Place the name or picture of the person on your altar Pentacle
  3. Visualize the person in your mind.  Healthy, happy and fully recovered.
  4. Anoint the candle with Olive Oil as you visualize and transfer this healthy image to the candle.
  5. Place the candle on a holder and directly in the center of the pentacle, with the picture or name of the person under it.
  6. Light the candle, watch the flame and feel the strength that the fire brings.
  7. Watch the flame and focus on the person the spell is for, until the candle burns down to the first mark.  Once its burned, snuff it out.
  8. Leave altar undisturbed for the next day.

Day Two

  1. Approximately the same time as during day one, cast your circle and light your charcoal, add incense and keep it burning the entire time the candle is lit.
  2. Once again, light your candle and visualize as you did on day one and watch the flame.
  3. Once it burns down to the second mark, snuff out the candle and leave the altar undisturbed for the final day.

Day Three

  1. Repeat the process from day two, but this time watch the candle burn all the way down.
  2. Once the candle is out, finish your spell by saying “this is my will, so mote it be”

Your spell is complete!

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New Website!

Hello everyone!

Wow it has been a long time since I have been able to post something new here – and I sincerely apologize! Now that the move to the new store is over, and we are all settled in to our new location, I will have more time to focus on our blog and other magickal endeavors – and I am so excited!

To get the ball rolling, we have re-designed our website.  As you can see, the new site is easier to navigate and our new blogging section will make it easier to find all of the information you are looking for!  Leave us a comment on our facebook page and let us know what you think!

~ Lady Raven

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Memorial Services

Memorial Services by Lady Raven

Memorial services represent a difficult time in life.  Our goal is to make a wonderful ceremony to celebrate the life of your loved one and to help you say goodbye.  When you ask me to do your memorial service, please remember several things that I will take into account:

– Your ritual will be uniquely yours and no one else’s!  For this reason, I will need to meet with you and your family at least a couple of days before the ceremony to decide how you wish the ritual to flow.  I will not do a last minute memorial services with generic rituals.  All of our rituals are customized to each family.

– Location – I will drive anywhere within the following counties for your ceremony.  I am located in York, SC, for the locations a little further out, I will require reimbursement of gas costs:

North Carolina: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Gaston Counties
South Carolina: York and Lancaster Counties

– Dress: You can choose from a more formal Wiccan ceremony (with traditional HPS black robes) or a more generic ceremony for which I have white robes.  I will do my best to do what makes you and your guests more comfortable.  If you decide to have a private Wiccaning (with you and your partner only, we can accommodate that as well).

– Supplies: Once your ritual is completed and you have had a chance to look through it and approve it, you will be responsible for securing all necessary supplies.  If you decide to purchase them through our Online Store, Raven Moonlight Botanicals, you will receive a 15% discount on your order and we will bring it to you the day of the ceremony.  If not, please be sure you have all that is needed before hand.

– Cost: Most memorial services will run between $150 and $175 since there are generally time constraints involved.  Payments must be made up front before any ritual design takes place.

If you are ready to schedule your ceremony, please contact us!  The initial consultation will be $20, which will be taken off the final price of services.

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Wiccaning Ceremony

Wiccaning Ceremonies by Lady Raven

Wiccanings are special!  They are a time to introduce your little one into the world and ask the gods to watch over them.  When I do a Wiccaning for you, please remember several things that I will take into account:

– Your ritual will be uniquely yours and no one else’s!  For this reason, I will need to meet with you and your partner at least a couple of weeks before the ceremony to decide how you wish the ritual to flow.  I will not do a last minute Wiccaning with generic rituals.  All of our rituals are customized to each couple and child.

– Location – I will drive anywhere within the following counties for your ceremony.  I am located in York, SC, for the locations a little further out, I will require reimbursement of gas costs:

North Carolina: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Gaston Counties
South Carolina: York and Lancaster Counties

– Dress: You can choose from a more formal Wiccan ceremony (with traditional HPS black robes) or a more generic ceremony for which I have white robes.  I will do my best to do what makes you and your guests more comfortable.  If you decide to have a private Wiccaning (with you and your partner only, we can accommodate that as well).

– Supplies: Once your ritual is completed and you have had a chance to look through it and approve it, you will be responsible for securing all necessary supplies.  If you decide to purchase them through our Online Store, Raven Moonlight Botanicals, you will receive a 15% discount on your order and we will bring it to you the day of the ceremony.  If not, please be sure you have all that is needed before hand.

– Cost: Most Wiccaning ceremonies run between $100 to $125.  It will depend on what you wish to incorporate into your ritual. Depending on location there may be additional transportation costs.

If you are ready to schedule your ceremony, please contact us!  The initial consultation will be $20, which will be taken off the final price of services.

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Hand Fasting Ceremony

Hand-fasting Ceremonies by Lady Raven

Hand fasting is a special time and I treat it as such!  When I do a hand fasting for you, please remember several things that I will take into account:

– How serious are you?  Hand fasting is a serious union of two people who love each other and wish to be together.  We will not be performing hand fasting for couples who just want to do it for fun.  If you are not serious about it, please look elsewhere.

– Your ritual will be uniquely yours and no one else’s!  For this reason, I will need to meet with you and your partner at least a couple of weeks before the ceremony to decide how you wish the ritual to flow.  I will not do a last minute hand fasting with generic rituals.  This is an important time, and it is critical to make it special to you!

– Location – I will drive anywhere within the following counties for your ceremony.  I am located in York, SC, for the locations a little further out, I will require reimbursement of gas costs:

  •                 North Carolina: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Gaston Counties
  •                 South Carolina: York and Lancaster Counties

– Dress: You can choose from a more formal Wiccan ceremony (with traditional HPS black robes) or a more generic ceremony for which I have white robes.  I will do my best to do what makes you and your guests more comfortable.

– Supplies: Once your ritual is completed and you have had a chance to look through it and approve it, you will be responsible for securing all necessary supplies.  If you decide to purchase them through our Online Store, Raven Moonlight Botanicals, you will receive a 15% discount on your order and we will bring it to you the day of the ceremony.  If not, please be sure you have all that is needed before hand.

– Marriage license: I am ordained through the ULC and can perform legal weddings in both NC and SC.  You must procure the legal documents yourself for the license and I will sign them upon completion.

– Cost: Most Hand fasting ceremonies run between $100 and $125 (plus the cost of gas depending on location).  It will depend on what you wish to incorporate into your ritual.  Payments must be made up front before any ritual design takes place.

If you are ready to schedule your ceremony, please contact us!  The initial consultation will involve discussing the services we can offer but no ritual design will take place until booking is made.

(please note, the same rules above also apply to hand partings – thank you!)

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Crystals and the Chakras

By S.L. Barnett

As a general rule the colour of the crystal is normally similar to that of their corresponding Chakra. For example, the darker coloured crystlas such as red, brown and black, will only feel comfortable on the lower chakras. As mentioned before, chakras ‘spin’ at different rates. The lower chakras are much slower that the higher chakras, therefore you need to use crystals also according to their energetic frequency. Some crystlas have a very fast vibration, like quartz, and others feel much slower and more dense, like jasper.The slower and more dense crystals should only be used on lower chakras as placing a dense/heavy frequency crystal on a high frequency chakra such as the third eye or crown can make you feel quite uncomfortable.

Working with crystals on chakras is all about trying to bring each energy centre into a state of balance. If a chakra is overactive, you would need a crystal that would help to calm this down. for example if someone has a sore throat from talking too much, then something like blue lace agate will help to ease this. If, however they are having trouble with communication at the throat chakra then you need a faster more energetic crystal such as sodalite to encouage this and to activate the chakra rather than trying to calm it and so on. As before, use your intuition as much as possible as crystals will help you out! However, if you want to find out more then check with a qualified crystal healer.(See Sharon and Brian in the Directory section under Healing)

Here are some examples of crystals and the Chakras with which they work, along with what they are used for on a spiritual, physical, mental or emotional level.The

1st Chakra (the Base or Root Chakra):-The main colour of this Chakra is red, although other colours such as brown and black also work. Examples of crystals which can be used in conjunction with this Chakra are:

* Bloodstone – helps decision making and unselfishness. Can improve talents and creative abilities. It also helps to dispel bewilderment. Bloodstone helps purify the blood and aids treatment of the spleen, liver, bladder & intestines. It can balance blood flows and aid rashes, leukemia and failing eyesight.

* Red Jasper – can help you to learn to progress and also allows you to remember dreams more clearly. Helps prevent setbacks and can soothe the nerves. It can also aid loss of smell and help treat tissue deterioration in internal organs.

* Obsidian – a good ‘grounding’ stone for meditation. Protects from both physical and emotional harm. It brings purity by balancing body, mind and spirit. . It can also help clear the eyes and aid disorders of the veins and skeletal structure.

The 2nd Chakra (the Sacral or Spleen Chakra):The main colour of this Chakra is orange. Examples of crystals that can be used in conjunction with this Chakra are:
Carnelian – good for stabalising energy in the home. Protects from envy, fear and rage and can be used to dispel apathy. It can remove negativity from other stones. It can help in the treatment of neuralgia, colds, gall & kidney stones and pollen allergies. It also aids disorders of the spine, spleen and pancreas.

* Gold Topaz – Like a battery, Topaz can recharge your energies. It enhances your relaxation and feelings of peace and calm. Also it acts to initiate faith and can attract people to you. It can aid disorders of the liver, endocrine glands and the bladder.

* Amber – can help one to choose and also be chosen. It is said to bring good luck in battle, most likely because of it’s protective qualities. It cleanses its surroundings and helps to purify mind, body and spirit. It can help diseases of the throat, and aid the kidneys and bladder.

The 3rd Chakra (the Solar Plexus):-The main colour of this Chakra is yellow. Examples of crystals that can be used in conjunction with this Chakra are:

* Gold Tigers Eye – Good for meditation as it instills peacefulness and can also enhance psychic abilities and intuition. Encourages optimism and a positivity for life. Good for stimulating wealth. It can help problems with the eyes, throat, reproductive system and bowel cramps. It can also aid night vision and help mend broken bones.

* Citrine – It is said to help income if placed in your till or cash box. It can help dispel fear and brings a great sense of happiness & comfort. It can be helpful in the resolution of group/family problems. Also it is good for circulation and to help digestive disorders. A very positive stone. Cleansing and helps instil cheer, upliftment and positive decision making.

* Gold Calcite – is an energy amplifier and releases electrical pulses when under pressure. It helps the user to remember, especially in meditation, and is a great aid to study (particularly the arts and sciences). It can also clear and activate the Chakra it is working with. Helps the spleen, pancreas & kidneys to function properly and can also aid decalcifying bone growths.

The 4th Chakra (the Heart Chakra):-The main colour of this Chakra is green. Examples of crystals that can be used in conjunction with this Chakra are:

* Jade – said to bless what it touches. Used as a protection from ill health and attack. Inspires ambition and releases blockages to allow you to attain your goals and dreams. A confidence booster. Can stimulate the adrenal glands and help regulate the metabolism. Also helps with colic and aids the body when it is under stress.

* Emerald – can enhance the memory and its capacity. Good for meditation as it regulates breathing. An excellent stone for happy, harmonious relationships and also brings loyalty. Helps you to focus and be practical about life. Also said to bring favourable results in legal matters. It soothes the eyes and can help treat the spine, heart, lungs and muscles.

* Rose Quartz – this may seem to be out of place as the crystal is, as its name suggests, pink in colour and not green, however Rose Quartz is the ‘Crystal of Love’ so it is ideal for use with the Heart Chakra. It helps you to love and to be happy with yourself and others. It heals emotional wounds and brings peace and trust to relationships.

The 5th Chakra (the Throat Chakra):-The main colour of this Chakra is blue. Examples of crystals that can be used in conjunction with this Chakra are:

* Sodalite – eliminates confusion and encourages trust in oneself and others. Allows you to realise and speak your true feelings. Can dispel insomnia and aids purification of the body, helping digestive disorders and glandular problems. Also helps with calcium deficiency.

* Kyanite – similar to the Boji Stone™, Kyanite will automatically balance, clear and align all the Chakras. It is very calming and, therefore, good for meditation. It can help the throat and also with communication.

* Turquoise – a protective stone and an excellent healer. It is also a good ‘grounder’ and can therefore protect and keep you level-headed during meditation. When used with the Throat Chakra it will help with communication of emotions and intuition. An all-round healer that can help strengthen the entire body. Helps to fight all illness, and is especially good for eyes, throat and headaches.

The 6th Chakra (the Third or Psychic Eye):-The main colour of this Chakra is indigo/purple. Examples of crystals that can be used in conjunction with this Chakra are:

* Sapphire – said to be the stone of prosperity. It eases frustration. Blue Sapphire aids communication and helps develop psychic abilities. Enables you to interact comfortably and beneficially with others. Relieves blockages and gets rid of negative energies. It can also help with disorders of the blood and brain.

* Lapis Lazuli – enhances wisdom and expands awareness. It can help you understand your dreams and provides clarity of mind, body and spirit. Aids the organisation of a daily routine. It can relieve depression and protect from psychic attacks.

* Azurite – good for psychic development and discussion. Relieves any blockages and worries to allow you to progress in which ever direction you need to go. Gives confidence & inspiration, and enhances relaxation, so making meditation easier to achieve. It helps disorders of the bones and circulation. Clears unwanted toxins from the body.

The 7th Chakra (the Crown Chakra):-The main colour of this Chakra is violet/white. Examples of crystals that can be used in conjunction with this Chakra are:

* Clear Quartz – a good ‘all round’ healing, energizing and balancing crystal. It dispels negativity. Very good for the mind in meditation and spiritual development. Helps ease pain. Can aid vertigo, circulation, fever and glandular swelling. Can help to eliminate toxins, it can also benefit digestion, bladder and kidneys.

* Amethyst – one of the most popular crystals, probably because it has such a calming effect. Clears negativity from the body and also from its surroundings (which is why it is suggested that you place a piece of Amethyst near your television to disperse unwanted electro-magnetic energy. However we feel that black tourmaline is the best thing for this purpose as amethyst can be too brittle and end up breaking). Excellent for meditation, spiritual & psychic work and will help protect you from harm. It can aid the nervous system and hearing disorders. Also good for headaches and relieving insomnia. The digestive tract, stomach, heart, skin and teeth can also benefit.

* Purple Fluorite – brings order to every part of your being (i.e. mind, body, emotions and spirit). Helps you to understand the balances essential to all relationships and can help attain physical perfection. It cleanses & purifies and helps dispel the symptoms of cold, flu, infections and ulcers before they take hold. Also used to treat tumours in their early stages. Can help the bone structure by strengthening cells.

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