Spirit Message of the Day – Remember Your Lightness of Being

“The flower spirit of the Nomocharis brings us the message of freedom. Floating as if suspended in the air, this sublime flower oozes contentment, liberty, and openness. Let this flower spirit become part of your essence, as it is a reminder of who we really are: free spirits, but trapped within physical bodies and constrained by our own conditioning. Now is the time to free yourself from subconscious patterns that may be ruling your life. We can’t achieve freedom by running away, because as soon as we return, or incidents remind us of where we were, we are triggered into automatic behavior – our buttons are pressed -and we feel the same way again.”

“If you have chosen this card, perhaps you are ready to release some of the ways in which your buttons are pressed by situations or people. The most effective way to do this is to become aware of how you feel in certain situations and with certain people. Watch how you sometimes get triggered and feel as if your energy is being drained or irritations arise within. Once you begin to notice these feelings, simply remain alert and in the moment and dont’ try to push them down. As soon as we accept feelings and acknowledge where they have come from, they begin to lose the control they have over us. If we do this with compassion, then we can truly liberate ourselves and transmute old subconscious patterns of behavior that have been running our lives. Float with the Nomocharis and feel the essence of pure freedom.”

Today’s message is from Flower Spirit Cards by Melanie Eclare.

Spirit Message of the Day – The Art of Spell Casting

“Bewitched, beguiled – who hasn’t felt like something or someone has cast a spell over them? It can be a scary, exciting time, when you hardly feel in control of your actions or feelings. Or perhaps you don’t enjoy being bewitched – feeling like someone or something else is controlling you. Or perhaps it is you who has bewitched someone else. Having that power over someone or something can be scary and exciting too. Quite a bit of responsibility comes with that power. It is better, more responsible and safer, to bewitch yourself and your life. The ability to bewitch can be harnessed and used consciously. You can do it and enjoy the results of your own focused intent and magick. And you can guard against becoming bewitched yourself. You can be the writer of your own destiny.”

“In Bewitching, we see a young, powerful witch.  Around her head, she wears the symbol of the moon, showing the moon in all its phases: waxing, full, and waning. Resting on her head, this symbol shows her focus and intent. She carries a pentagram, a symbol of the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire. The top point represents spirit, which rules all the elements. The pentacle in her hand indicates using her focus and intent to manifest change in the physical world. This is, in essence, the nature of magick. She is smart to be clothed in black, the color of protection and of the crone goddess.”

“Magick can be dangerous if misused, so a bit of protection and the wisdom of the crone goddess will be useful. For while this witch is smart and powerful, she lacks experience, so the ancient wisdom from the crone will serve her well. It seems she is willing to heed the crone’s wisdom, because a raven, a messenger from the spiritual realm, is on its way to her. The crescent moon shows that not all is revealed – that she doesn’t know everything and is wise to seek advice before casting her spell.”

“The power, knowledge, and wisdom you seek are all available to you. You can certainly accomplish what you wish. Use your abilities wisely, or there will be unforeseen consequences. Seek the advice of someone more experienced than you before implementing your plan, whether it is a spell, project, or course of action. Remember that with power comes responsibility. If you are planing a bit of magick, keep in mind this practice of many witches. It is a kind of ‘out’ clause to keep you from causing harm you don’t intend.  At the end of spell, say something like, “I ask for this or something better, for the greater good of all, and with harm to none. So mote it be.”

Today’s message is from Enchanted Oracle by Barbara Moore with art by Jessica Galbreth.

Remember all spells and casting should only ever be cast against yourself and your own personal life in order to empower, enlighten, and build up positive qualities and traits like self-esteem, self-confidence, intuition, and aid in attracting positive people and events into your life. Use spell cating to create positive change that is healthy for you and everyone involved. Remember what you put out there comes back to you triple fold.

The Rule of Three, also known as the Three-fold Law or Law of Return, is a religious tenet held by some Wiccans. It states that whatever energy a person puts out into the world, be it positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times. Some subscribe to a variant of this law in which return is not necessarily threefold.

According to John Coughlin the Law is “a literal reward or punishment tied to one’s actions, particularly when it comes to working magic”. The law is not a universal article of faith among Wiccans, and “there are many Wiccans, experienced and new alike, who view the Law of Return as an over-elaboration on the Wiccan Rede  is a statement that provides the key moral system in the Neopagan religion of Wicca and other related Witchcraft based faiths. The most common form of the Rede is An it harm none, do what ye will.

– Excerpt from Wikipedia

Spirit Message of the Day – You Are Your Thoughts

“To feeling happier right now, think about a memory or something else that makes you smile. The unicorns say that happiness is actually quite simple: It comes from thinking happy thoughts. By drawing this card, the unicorns say that you’ve been thinking about some unhappy thoughts lately. They want to help you turn your life around by changing your thinking. Can you remember a time in your life when you felt really happy and safe and content? Think about that memory now, and feel it in your body.”

“Even if some sad things are going on in your life right now, you have the power to be happy by thinking these positive thoughts. The happier you are, the more quickly things will get better in your life. Happiness is a magical energy that attracts pleasant experiences to you, and healthy people near you, so don’t delay in choosing to hold only good thoughts.”

“This card also asks you to have happy thoughts about other people. You can always choose to see good or bad things in people (and that includes what you choose to see in your own self). To have better relationships, focus on the good within yourself and others. This will motivate everyone to act in better ways. You can bring more happiness to the world by being joyful yourself. When you’re happy, you lift the moods of everyone around you. Your happiness helps everyone feel better, and helps all of us to enjoy a better world. What are some happy thoughts that you can think of right now? Enjoy them!”

Today’s message is from Magical Unicorns Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, PH.D.

Spirit Message of the Day – Nurture Your Unconditional Capability

“The vibrant, alert spirit of the pink Dahlia flower sends us a beautiful, heartfelt message to feel deep compassion for ourselves.  There is a growing belief that we need to learn to love ourselves and others unconditionally. If we were truly enlightened, then maybe that would be possible. As it is, most of us seek to become more loving, but unconditional love is something we experience only in rare moments in our lives.”

“It will become easier to begin to accept ourselves unconditionally if we can feel deep compassion for who we are and where we are. If we are able to access our feelings each moment, and then surrender to them in compassion, we open the door to self-acceptance. Once this happens, our self-worth begins to grow, as it does not depend on any outside influences for acknowledgement. As soon as we begin to learn unconditional compassion for ourselves, our need to criticize and judge others also drops away. Then we can truly feel unconditional compassion for others, and the love we feel will flow unhindered and without resistance or reserve.”

“The lesson from the pink Dahlia is important: it suggests that you may have been a little harsh with yourself and shut down feelings that you have experienced. On a regular basis, sit quietly with a feeling of unconditional compassion for yourself and see how this gradually softens and expands your whole being.”

Today’s guidance is from Flower Spirit Cards by Melanie Eclare.

Spirit Message of the Day – Use Compassion to Find Strength

“The Eastern Goddess Kuan Yin hears all prayers and is the essence of purity, nurturing love, and gentle power. Kuan Yin is a bodhisattva, meaning that she’s eligible for Buddhahood. Yet, she has vowed to stay near Earth until all beings are enlightened. This youthful and beautiful goddess helps us feel compassion and mercy towards ourselves and others. She’s also a protectress of women and children, and she awakens musical interests and abilities as well as psychic clairvoyance.

“The Goddess Kuan Yin reminds us to be compassionate and release judgments about yourself and all others, and focus on the love and light that is within everyone. Gentleness is the strength behind true power, and it comes from feeding yourself with nourishing words, thoughts, deeds, intentions, and all forms of food. Shield yourself from harshness by placing an intention to attract only kind and gentle life lessons and relationships. Surround yourself with positive people, situations, and events that add value to your life. Transform harshness into gentleness by refusing to see anything but the shining light that’s within each person and situation. This intention begins with your relationship with yourself. Be very gentle with yourself in all ways. Keep your thoughts positive. Be happy, be kind, be sweet, but most of all, be true to you.”

Today’s message is from  Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, PH.D.

Spirit Message from the Day – A New Perspective, A New Life

“Gaia is the reproductive Goddess-energy of this planet and her Dragon is the cosmos, the atmospheric and celestial energy within which she interacts and dwells. Each needs the other to be…not to survive, but to be. She and he are in divine accord and union and represent the marriage of Heaven and Earth. She is the cycles of the planet, he is the seasons of the Universe. Together, they create a new world and a new life: and bring about hope. Their love for each other is steady, constant, with harmonious and different energies blending beautifully together. Theirs is a peaceful and passionate love, and to each other they are externally true.”

“Hear our voices, male and female, coiling through and around each other, as we speak as one. We are Gaia and her Dragon and we are one being, though separate, just as your divine union will be. Think of the beauty of love-making with a partner…the harmony and balance, the yielding and the chase, that which we represent through our perfect union is the Divine Marriage: the blissful soul mate experience that so many beings long for. True marriage does not mean becoming the same being: look at how apparently different we are! And yet, within that is protection and care, fertility and new growth, Heaven and Earth, joined together.”

“Is the sky the same as the earth you walk on? No, but look at their harmonious relationship. In exactly the same way, your Divine Union will not be with one who is the same as you, but you will, when brought into divine marriage and perfect balance provide each other with a home, and unity and love, and you will bring out what is best within and without the other. The Dragon loves and protects Gaia. Gaia adores her Dragon, who is the heavens, and will bring forth new life as a result of this union. You are loved and have on this planet and within the celestial realm a perfect and divine partner…beyond history, past lives and future lives lies this divine union. It is and will be yours…”

“Bringing into balance matters of the Earth and matters of the heavens, balance of the celestial and terrestrial, union between man and woman, beloved child, pregnancy, fertility, creations coming to fruition, meeting true lovers ho are faithful, caring and protective, understanding your own sexual nature and being free to be who you are, balance of masculine and feminine in your world.”

“Bring to your life your innate gift of relationships. Ask Gaia and her Dragon for their assistance in allowing each person in a relationship to be fully themselves, and yet be in perfect relationship with each other. Know that your relationship can also be true, steadfast and sacred, and that integrity in relationships is valued, prized and to be kept sacred.  Gaia will assist you in bringing forth ideas, even children and can be considered a wonderful Goddess to call on for fertility: her Dragon will assist in calling forth male beings who are honourable, trustworthy, strong and passionate. He is able to care for and protect without ever attempting to mute her power and creativity…such partnerships can exist for you, too, if you allow them into your life with Gaia and her Dragon’s help.”

Today’s message is from Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish.

Spirit Message of the Day – Honor Past Lessons to Move Ahead

“This Egyptian high-priestess moon goddess is regarded as one of the most important ancient deities because of her many functions and her vivid history. She’s simultaneously motherly and businesslike, feminine and ultra-strong. Isis brought her murdered husband, Osiris, back to life, and they conceived their beloved son, Horus (the falcon-headed pharaoh). Unfortunately, Osiris was murdered beyond repair after the conception, and Isis devoted her attention to raising Horus. Isis also convinced the sun god Ra, to tell her his secret names that contained vibrational tones that created instant manifestations. Thus, Isis is also known as a goddess of Divine magic and alchemy. You can call upon her for assistance in many areas, including help with past-life memories.”

A situation which has been weighing heavily on your mind or in your heart lately has to do with past life memories. “Your roots upon this planet are strong and deep, and some of the roots have anchored you in past memories from faraway times. These roots have anchored you so deeply, in fact, that you’re paralyzed when it comes to moving forward. I’ve called your attention to this condition so that you may unearth and uproot past memories. Sometimes you bury those memories to shield yourself from psychic pain or embarrassment, so you won’t remember those awkward moments when life tested you to the maximum. Reveal those lessons to yourself, now, strong sorceress, and move forward with the confidence that you have sage wisdom behind you.”

Today’s guidance is from Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, PH.D.

Spirit Message of the Day – Return To Innocence

“Deep within all of us is the perfect unblemished innocence of source. When we are born, we each begin a new journey along our life’s path and gradually we forget where we came from and the purity that lies at our core. The sweet spirit of the Aquilegia flower is bringing us back to an awareness of a higher power, as we begin another journey back home to reconnect to that innocent perfection within, our true selves.”

“Take time now to focus on the sensitive invitation of the Aquilegia flower spirit to bask in a state of purity and innocence. Free yourself from al preconceived notions of who you are and all the parts of yourself that you judge severely and unkindly. Let go of your adult critical mind and recall the innate understanding of our creator that is within. Allow that feeling of purity to resonate throughout your being. Know that this connection and peace is always there, it’s just a matter of remembering to look.”

“Take heart from the Aquilegia’s message of innocence and know that the flower spirit is helping you to recall your own inner beauty and perfection. Revisit a childlike innocence and inquisitiveness in your daily routine. Bring it into your relationships and feel how much easier it is to communicate and express yourself when you come from a place of innocence. Honor and love that side of yourself and know that this is where enlightenment dwells, in your purse connection with source.”

Today’s message comes from the Flower Spirit Cards by Melanie Eclare.

Spirit Message of the Day – Celebrate Pre-Harvest, Lammas 2010

Lammas is the first of the harvest festivals, and if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, it begins August 1. This is one of modern Paganism’s Sabbats that has its roots in agricultural societies, and a time to celebrate the upcoming fall harvest. It’s the time of year when the first grains are threshed, bread is baked, and people begin storing up for the coming winter months. In some traditions, it’s also a season to honor Lugh, the craftsman god. Meanwhile, if you’re one of our Southern Hemisphere readers, you’re probably preparing for Imbolc, which honors the returning sun as spring looms around the corner. In many traditions, it’s a time to honor the goddess Brighid as well. Whichever one you’re celebrating, may you and your family have a joyful and blessed Sabbat!

What is Lammas (Lughnasadh)? – How to Celebrate Lammas
It’s the dog days of summer, the gardens are full of goodies, the fields are full of grain, and the harvest is approaching. Take a moment to relax in the heat, and reflect on the upcoming abundance of the fall months. At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it’s time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months, and recognize that the bright summer days will soon come to an end.

The Beginning of the Harvest
At Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have been picked, corn is tall and green, waiting for us to come gather the bounty of the crop fields. Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more. This holiday can be celebrated either as a way to honor the god Lugh, or as a celebration of the harvest.
Celebrating Grain in Ancient Cultures
Grain has held a place of importance in civilization back nearly to the beginning of time. Grain became associated with the cycle of death and rebirth. The Sumerian god Tammuz was slain and his lover Ishtar grieved so heartily that nature stopped producing. Ishtar mourned Tammuz, and followed him to the Underworld to bring him back, similar to the story of Demeter and Persephone.
In Greek legend, the grain god was Adonis. Two goddesses, Aphrodite and Persephone, battled for his love. To end the fighting, Zeus ordered Adonis to spend six months with Persephone in the Underworld, and the rest with Aphrodite.
A Feast of Bread
In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas — it meant that the previous year’s harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities. However, on August 1, the first sheafs of grain were cut by the farmer, and by nightfall his wife had made the first loaves of bread of the season. The word Lammas derives from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to loaf mass. In early Christian times, the first loaves of the season were blessed by the Church.

 Honoring Lugh, the Skillful God
In some Wiccan and modern Pagan traditions, Lammas is also a day of honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. He is a god of many skills, and was honored in various aspects by societies both in the British Isles and in Europe. Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-NAS-ah) is still celebrated in many parts of the world today. Lugh’s influence appears in the names of several European towns.

Celebrating Lammas Today & Honoring the Past
In our modern world, it’s often easy to forget the trials and tribulations our ancestors had to endure. For us, if we need a loaf of bread, we simply drive over to the local grocery store and buy a few bags of prepackaged bread. If we run out, it’s no big deal, we just go and get more. When our ancestors lived, hundreds and thousands of years ago, the harvesting and processing of grain was crucial. If crops were left in the fields too long, or the bread not baked in time, families could starve. Taking care of one’s crops meant the difference between life and death.
By celebrating Lammas as a harvest holiday, we honor our ancestors and the hard work they must have had to do in order to survive. This is a good time to give thanks for the abundance we have in our lives, and to be grateful for the food on our tables. Lammas is a time of transformation, of rebirth and new beginnings.
Symbols of the Season
The Wheel of the Year has turned once more, and you may feel like decorating your house accordingly. While you probably can’t find too many items marked as “Lammas decor” in your local discount store, there are a number of items you can use as decoration for this harvest holiday.
  • Sickles and scythes, as well as other symbols of harvesting
  • Grapes and vines
  • Dried grains — sheafs of wheat, bowls of oats, etc.
  • Corn dolls — you can make these easily using dried husks
  • Early fall vegetables, such as squashes and pumpkins
  • Late summer fruits, like apples, plums and peaches

Crafts, Song and Celebration
Because of its association with Lugh, the skilled god, Lammas (Lughnasadh) is also a time to celebrate talents and craftsmanship. It’s a traditional time of year for craft festivals, and for skilled artisans to peddle their wares. In medieval Europe, guilds would arrange for their members to set up booths around a village green, festooned with bright ribbons and fall colors. Perhaps this is why so many modern Renaissance Festivals begin around this time of year! Lugh is also known in some traditions as the patron of bards and magicians. Now is a great time of year to work on honing your own talents. Learn a new craft, or get better at an old one. Put on a play, write a story or poem, take up a musical instrument, or sing a song. Whatever you choose to do, this is the right season for rebirth and renewal, so set August 1 as the day to share your new skill with your friends and family.

Lammas Rituals and Ceremonies
Lammas is the first of three Pagan harvest festivals, and takes place on August 1, right around the time of the early grain harvests.The fields are full of grain, and the harvest is approaching. Take a moment to relax in the heat, and reflect on the upcoming abundance of the fall months. At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it’s time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months, and recognize that the bright summer days will soon come to an end.

Celebrate with rituals and ceremonies to honor the harvest
Decorate Your Lammas Altar
Lammas Harvest Ritual
Ritual to Honor Lugh
Bread Sacrifice Ceremony

Lammas Prayers

Lammas History and Folklore
Grain has held an important place in the role of human development and society. Because of its growth patterns, it has often been associated with the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Read on to learn about the ways different cultures have honored and mythologized grain and the spirit of the harvest.

Lammas History
Deities of the Fields
Legends and Lore of Lammas

Lugh, Master of Skills
The Legend of John Barleycorn
The Final Sheaf
The Spirit of the Grain

All About Imbolc
Imbolc is a time to celebrate the end of winter, and the goddess Brighid. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, August 1 marks this Sabbat for you. Learn about the history and folklore behind this holiday, as well as some rituals you can do to welcome the season! Read All About Imbolc.

Lammas Magic
Lammas is a good time to get in touch with one’s inner warrior, and get focused on magic relating to protection. Learn about different types of protection magic, and how you can use everyday items in your magical Lammas workings.

Warrior Meditation
Ash Tree Magic
Protection Magic
Onion Magic
Magical Vervain Water

Today’s message is from About.com by Patti Wigington, your Guide to Paganism / Wiccan.

Learn about Lughnasadh