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Shift Your Life at Eclipse Season

Right now with a change of seasons in the air and a duo of powerful eclipses on the way, don’t be surprised if you sometimes feel scattered and like you are “in between” things. Change and energy shifts can be unsettling, to be sure. These natural cycles, however, can become amazing catalysts for the positive changes you want to create. In this article I describe what this can mean for you – and what you can begin doing right now in preparation.

Since cycles like season changes and eclipses happen annually, why would things feel either more unsettling or more intense in these moments? And why would you simply sense that the energies had been amplified several notches?

Why You Feel What You Feel

For one, you are not imagining things. There is a plethora of energy recalibration occurring. Most likely, because you are awake to your spiritual path and conscious of the planet’s mega shift, you are a “sensitive.” This means that you feel things more than the ordinary person still asleep to the bigger picture of things. It means that many times you sense energies even before they arrive! You are intuitive, after all, and like a cat that senses an earthquake seconds before it happens, you can anticipate things way before you have physical world validations.

Here’s another important thing to note. Natural cycles have a kind of preamble to them. The seasons, for example, don’t radically change overnight. It’s gradual, with little signs here and there – signaling the new season. With eclipses it’s similar – an effect can be felt up to six weeks before and six weeks after the actual eclipse.

Impact of September Eclipses

Within this larger context, consider that you are already being impacted by both of September’s eclipses: the Virgo New Moon Solar Eclipse of 12th-13th and the Aries Full Moon Lunar Eclipse of 27th-28th during Equinox weekend. An eclipse tends to amplify the effect of the moon, too, catalyzing emotions and increased awareness of things usually hidden from view. Significant endings and beginnings tend to get energized – on both a personal and collective level.

It’s like someone put a magnifying glass on the status quo and what’s out of balance. This, of course, can be uncomfortable to say the least!

Back in the 1800s or even the first half of the 1900s, our world was in a radically different place. Energy shifts were happening, but most of humanity was unconscious and the momentum for radical revolutionary change was not fast enough for most to notice. Starting in the 1960s, however, everything shifted and humanity began to wake up. With each decade since then, there’s been a powerful surge of energies that not only support awakening but shine light on dysfunctions, inequities, and injustices.

Each time we have an eclipse cycle, it’s like the energetic catalyst for change moves up several notches. Before 2010, those shifts were much smaller than now. Each year we’ve seen an incremental acceleration of the process – with the September 2015 eclipse season helping to bring a whole new set of energies.

What you are sensing now is these new energies arriving this September.

Part of the discomfort you may feel with changing energies is that they are fluid. They have varying potentials. Therefore, it’s impossible to know how they will play out on either a personal or planetary level. There’s another side to the discomfort, however, and I suggest tapping into that: the extra powerful push available to help you shift your life.

Turning the Magnifying Glass Around

As a divine changemaker, you are at choice in cycles like this. You can utilize even chaotic and uncertain energies to grasp nuances previously hidden from view and to make connections not possible before. As you do this, you can jump start your life in miraculous ways!

It’s like you are turning the magnifying glass around – the magnifying glass that seems pointed at you and perhaps making you feel uncomfortable as it brings to light what you need to change. Rather than fighting it, you say “yes” to it.

You courageously take that magnifying glass in your own hands and point it inward, receiving spirit’s guidance. You boldly invite the deeper look at yourself. You do this, not with self-judgment or harshness, but with self-love. You do it knowing that whatever you are seeing is not you at your core. You are love.

The love that you are is not afraid of being at the helm of such big changes and challenges. That boundless part of you intuitively knows you are okay. It trusts that you can do things you have never done, if truly needed and appropriate. It sees your path, not as an obstacle course but as an engaging labyrinth full of adventure and amazing potentials. The love that you are can find contentment even in irritation, for it remembers that you are divine. The love that you are helps you to find your way home.


The Current Moon Phase for September 8th is Waning Crescent

September 8
Waning Crescent
Illumination: 20%

The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

Phase Details for – Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Phase: Waning Crescent
Illumination: 20%
Moon Age: 25.16 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 391,196.16 km

Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,703,343.07 km

Lady A’s Specialty for September 8th – Spell To Ward Off Evil and Black Magick

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Spell To Ward Off Evil and Black Magick


-Cast during a full moon
-Need: rosemary, lavender, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger root,6 white candles, and 1 black candle

Place all candles in a circle around you. Cast a circle, face the North, and meditate for a while. When finished, light the white candle to right of the black candle and continue clockwise. Use a white candle to light the black candle. Light the mixture of herbs and spices, and recite:

“Whatever evil comes to me here,
I cast you back, I have no fear.
With the speed of wind and the dark of night,
May all of your harboring take flight.
With the swiftness of the sea
And all power found in me
As I will, so mote it be.”

Loudly say “I cast you out” then blow out the black candle as hard as possible. Let the mixture continue to burn and go out on its own. Etch an eye into the black candle, wrap it in white cloth, and bury it in your back yard.

The Witches Magick for the 8th day of September – Lecanomancy Divination

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You will need three white stones you find in nature and a basin or bathtub filled with water.

At midnight, rinse the stones in cool water for at least a couple of minutes to clear them of any residue energies. Fill the basin with water. Hold your hands over the stones, and say three times:

May the Goddess and God bless these stones as a true oracle.

Toss the stones, one at a time, into the basin of water. If they make a clear splashing sound, the answer to your question is “Yes.” If they make a dull, muffled sound, the answer is “No.” Also, make a note of any images in the ripples of the water as you toss the stones into the basin. When you are finished, return the stones to nature.

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Sirona Knight

WOTC Extra – Maintaining Cohesion in a Solitary Practice

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Maintaining Cohesion in a Solitary Practice


It can be very lonely working as a solitary Wiccan, no matter what your reasons for the solitary path may be. At times it can seem that there are more obstacles, more frustrations, more opportunities for self-doubt. It’s all too easy to let your practice become lax and unfocused, because there’s no one else to monitor your progress and encourage you when you need it.

Giving yourself smaller daily rituals to engage in—no matter how short and simple they are—keeps you in touch with the gods and your spirituality on a more regular basis. If you touch the Divine on a daily basis, it’s much easier to touch the Divine on the big occasions. The human mind can be remarkably apathetic when it comes to actually stirring ourselves to do something requiring energy and input. Doing a sabbat every six weeks can be a really huge undertaking if you haven’t trained yourself with baby steps in between.

Wicca should never be something you take time out of your regular life to practice. The point of a spiritual path such as Wicca is to incorporate your spiritual practice into your daily life without fuss and drama. Your spirituality should inform your thoughts, opinions, and action in daily life as well as in ritual. Practicing Wicca every moment of the day should make your life more harmonious, not more complicated.

So often a solitary Wiccan becomes more of a philosopher than an active participant in the dance of life. It can be very easy to think about Wicca, and to slowly cease your actual ritual practice. While thinking and reflecting upon your spiritual evolution is essential to further development, maintaining your regular daily practice is paramount. Your ritual practice is your interface with the world beyond.

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Arin Murphy-Hiscock

Let’s Talk Witch – Growing as a Solitary Wiccan/Witch

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Growing as a Solitary Wiccan/Witch


How do you relate to the larger picture when you work alone? Here are some methods by which you can structure and appreciate your own evolution and spiritual growth, and how this spiritual practice relates to the world at large.

To offer recognition of the divine feminine, to show one’s respect for nature, to have the opportunity for self-improvement and self-self-empowerment, and in appreciation of the decentralized aspects of the religion—these are all common reasons people choose to practice Wicca.

How do we define the goal of Wicca? A common answer is “to serve the gods.” We work with the gods, not for them. And while this is one of the goals of Wicca, it is not the only purpose. You can serve God or gods in any other religion. What makes Wicca unique?

Scott Cunningham titled one of his books Living Wicca, and this wonderful phrase encapsulates what Wicca truly is: Wicca is more than a practice—it’s a way of life. To live Wicca means living in awareness, in peace, in balance, and in harmony. It means living with the goal of every action contributing positively, and every situation teaching you something. It means being mindful, sincere, and true. Living Wicca means recognizing the Divine in everything that surrounds you, and always being able to feel your connection to the gods and the universe.

The true goal of Wicca is to create a way of life that brings you to this state. That state isn’t an end; it is a means by which you can improve your life and maintain the harmony so essential to a better life and a better world.

Solitary Wicca For Life: Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own

Arin Murphy-Hiscock

365 Days of Spirituality, Folklore and Legends for Sept. 8th – Feast of the Blessed Virgin

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September 8th


Feast of the Blessed Virgin


It was more than 1900 years ago, in a little Galilean village of Nazareth, that a holy couple of the royal lineage of the House of David was blessed with a child. The child was called Mary, the chosen one of Adam’s race destined to be the Mother of Jesus Christ-the Christian redeemer of humanity. The feast of September 8 in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary originated at Jerusalem, as did the solemnity of August 15-the the Assumption of Mary.


Invocation for the Virgin Mary

Our Lady’s love is deep and wide,

To some her secrets are denied.

But we shall fearless still proceed,

To follow where she may lead.

She fills our hearts with hope and laughter,

That we shall not fear of what comes after.

Praise be to the Virgin, Mother,

and to the Queen of Heaven.

Tuesday Is Ruled By Mars

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Tuesday Is Ruled By Mars


Tuesday is a Mars day, and just like the god of war, this is the time to tap into magicks to call for strength and courage. This day of the week is for rebels and warriors. If you are facing a challenge of any kind, need a boost to your courage, or want to enhance your passions, Tuesday is the day of the week for you. Some suggestions for Tuesday enchantments would include:

*Wearing the fiery colors associated with this day: scarlet, red, black, and orange. Don some of the more daring and bewitching colors of your wardrobe on Tuesdays and turn a few heads

*Carrying a bloodstone in your pocket or wearing garnet-studded jewelry to reinforce your convictions

*Working with protective and fire-associated plants such as the snapdragon, thistle, and holly to boost your shields and bravery

*Burning spicy-scented energy-enhancing candles to add a little magical aromatherapy to your home

*Cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success

The Witches Correspondences for Tuesday, September 8th

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The Witches Correspondences for Tuesday, September 8th


Tuesday (Tiw’s-day)

Planet: Mars

Colors: Red and Autumn Shades

Crystals: Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Flint, Rhodonite, Iron and Steel

Aroma: Basil, Ginger, Black Pepper, Mars Oil, Dragon’s blood and patchouli

Herb: Basil

The day of Mars. This day could only ever symbolize the sheer power of the god of war! The ideal spells to be cast on this day are that of force, power war and protection.

Dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified as Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, and Tyr.

Magical aspects: controlled power, energy, and endurance, passion, sex, courage, aggression, and protection.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, the breaking of negative spells, dynamic energy, matrimony, war, enemies, prison, hunting, politics, contests, protection, victory, and athletics.

The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, September 8th

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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, September 8th

Tuesday (Mars): Passion, sex, courage, aggression and protection.

Birthday of the Virgin Mary


Waning Moon

The Waning Moon is a time for study, meditation and little magickal work (except magick designed to banish harmful energies).

Moon phase: Fourth Quarter

Moon Sign: Cancer

Cancer: Stimulates emotional rapport between people. Pinpoints need, supports growth and nurturance. Tends to domestic concerns.

Moon enters Leo 10: 36 pm

Leo: Draws emphasis to the self, central ideas, or institutions, away from connections with others and other emotional needs. People tend to be melodramatic.

Incense: Basil

Color: Gray