Witch’s Brew – September, 2016

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September, 2016

Month of Virgo


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Jon Anastasio
Wheel of the Year

In about ten weeks, we in the Northern Hemisphere will celebrate Samhain – Halloween – for us Wiccans, the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new, but also the moment when we start going deeper into the dark half of the year – a time of reflection, counting the results of our personal harvest and planning for the Spring’s new endeavors.

Samhain is one of the two times when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. So it is a time to think about and try to connect with ancestral spirits, to offer gratitude, seek guidance for our reflections and integrating our lessons until the Sun returns, and ask their blessings on our aspirations and goals.

Since spirituality is intensely personal and experiential, it is important to connect with the energy of this time at a deep individual level. In addition to costume parties, trick or treating, Witches’ Balls, and the like, spend some time alone with the feeling of the night of Samhain. In my Tradition, one suggestion is to open your front door, sit at the threshold, and feel the energy that is all around you – notice the wind, the leaves blowing past, the rain, whatever comes. And be aware that everything is energy, differing only in its vibration, and that the Spirit guides, ancestors, and Angels that surround you are there for your learning and healing benefit and you can call on them to support what is in your highest good. Or if you can, walk in a park or the woods. Think about how you will celebrate Samhain now, so you can be peaceful and prepared for a deep and meaningful experience.

Between now and then, we have work to do – we need to bring in our personal Harvest. All the plans, schemes, projects, and activities we’ve been engaged in since Candlemas are coming to their current level of fruition – we had our first taste of the Harvest on August 1 – Lughnassadh to us Wiccans – the small harvest. We tasted the blueberries and other early crops, and became aware that the light is waning, though the heat of summer is still with us, and we look toward the Equinox – Mabon – to celebrate bringing in the rest.

This is a time for gratitude. Though our tests are surely upon us, we have been given much. Mabon is a time to express that gratitude, and perform a celebration to thresh the wheat from your personal harvest, give thanks for it, and release the chaff so that its energy can be recycled for the good.

As Mabon approaches, do an inventory – what you have accomplished and received and will retain, for which you feel grateful; and what no longer serves you that must be released to allow for the coming of what is new, highest, and best for your life path. Be sure to prepare your personal offering for the blessings of the season.

May you Blessed Be.

Jon Anastasio

 

 

 

September’s Tarot Card, Astrological Outlook & Featured Stone
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Giavonne Mitchell

Welcome the wonderful and exacting energies of Virgo. Late August and September are months of harvest and preparation for future bounty, it’s a time to prepare for the changing seasons. You can look to the constellation Virgo to keep you on track for getting done what needs getting done. She’s ruled by the Planet Mercury, a planet known for it’s ability to deliver us from one point to another swiftly and safely, but beware, it’s also known as the Trickster and can just as easily prank you to keep you on your toes.

Mercury is retrograde in Virgo from August 30th to September 22nd. This offers you a chance to go back and set projects back on track as well as celebrating what you have worked hard to achieve. From digging up an old cooking recipe and perfecting it, to sitting down and finishing that knitting project you started eons ago, Virgo and mercury help you get things done. Remember, patience is a virtue and not abundant in this sign. So mind you go easy on yourself and others! The tricky nature of retrograde mercury reminds you that you are still human-for now. Take a break and have some fun or you may find yourself slipping up and feeling a bit embarrassed or taking others to task. Remember to take a break from time to time to keep your thoughts clear.

The Hermit
The Hermit, Farrago Spiritum Deck (To Be Sold in Stargazers Soon) Artist: Yvette Endrijautzki/ Co-Creator: Raven Bella Zingaro

 

The Hermit is the ninth card in the Tarot, and associated with Virgo, because it’s primarily lands in the ninth month of the year. Hermits were all about taking time away from worldly things. They were known for seeking to perfect their connection with the Divine and sought a higher state of consciousness. They were also known as healers with an understanding of plants. This is the month a great time to get make your health a priority.

So while you are planting your seeds for your future (Virgo) do your best to keep a sense of humor (Mercury) to assure your peace of mind and health. Go within and connect deeply with Creator. Light candles at dinner or before bedtime and take in the glow. Dab on a few drops of Meditation oil or Hathor oil from Raven’s fine essential blends. Take deep breathes throughout the day, play lovely music while you do your chores, be gentle on yourself and others, trust that you have all that you need inside you. Call on the energies of the month to distill your thoughts into wise ones.

I love CRutile Quartzlear quartz points and Rutile Quartz of any kind for the coming weeks. Clear Quartz is above the fray. They’re efficient crystalline companions to assist you in anything you want to achieve. Hold them or wear them close to your body, let your pulse slow and consider clearing your mind of what you think you know, allow the clarity of the quartz to guide you to where you want to go and how you want to get things done. If you have a rutile quartz ring, pendant or tumbled stone, look at those minute lines zipping from point a to point B inside the crystal. Set your intention, trust your intuition and go for it!

 

 

 

 

 

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John Skyrman
Numbers Numbers Everywhere…

 

September is the 9th month, the Month of Virgo, the Hermit in Tarot & the Number 9 in general. The hermetic is a 9, representing an inward journey to enlightenment, bringing things into the light as well as giving birth to the new. This is also a time for taking a personal time out for renewal and healing. The number 9 in your life path says you are a very old soul with much knowledge. Wondering how to find out what your Life Path number is?

Your life path number is your entire birthdate added up, ie: 09/16/1982 =     9+1+6+1+9+8+2 = 36=     3+6 =9

 

 

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Christina Stembler

 

Always A Positive Side

As one of the Resident Witches on Site, I like to keep things Positive no matter what I do. This is one of my ways of creating Positive Magick, I hope you enjoy them. If you like them and would be interested in seeing them on Stargazers’ shelves, please speak up.

 

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