New Moon in Taurus Ritual

I feel as if I’ve been walking through a gray cloud of fog and mist these last few weeks. Even with Aries pushing me along to create and do, it’s as if I’ve only been half awake through that process. This week has been the first in a long time where I have awoken with a clear mind and at ease spirit.
I felt called to share with you my ritual for this cycle. At the end, I felt as if I could truly stand tall, claim my space, and move forward.
Working with Taurus was quite interesting. Now I know I’m about a day late or so in sharing this, but I had no real plan for my ritual work this week. It just… happened! I have been wanting to do more natal chart work and this seemed to beckon me in as the perfect opportunity to start. Taurus is my Rising sign and having been struggling with my anxiety the last few weeks, working on my Self was an absolute must.
What you’ll need:
Journal/notebook & pen/pencil
4 candles*

Purple – inner healing and personal power

White – release, calming, grounding

Green – prosperity

Red – manifest

*if you have pre-designated candles in other colors, please feel free to use those. We all connect with colors differently.

Dried bay leaves
Cauldron or fire-safe bowl
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Let’s begin.
Set your Sacred space however you see fit. Some may feel called to cast a circle, call in the elements or any spirits or deities. This is entirely up to you and how you will feel ready to work.
Taurus rules “I Have”. We must address our relationships, our need for things, our health, everything that we have in this physical world and how it impacts us.
In your journal, you’ll work on two sets of questions. Take as much time as you need. As always, it is important that we be honest with ourselves. Do not edit yourself, do not worry for another’s feelings. Let it all flow out of you onto the page.

1. What relationship(s) always leave me feeling drained?

2. What commitments do I have that I view only as obligation and have no emotional investment in?

3. What habits do I keep that undermine my ability to commit to the lifestyle I want?

4. What thoughts do I have about myself that are toxic? [What do you say about yourself that you would never say to a loved one?

When you feel ready, take a few small pieces of paper and write down some overall themes you came across in your writing.
Now that we’ve addressed the less positive side of “I Have”, we’ll take a look into its counterpart.

1. What relationships do I truly value? How can I foster a deeper connection with these individuals?

2. Is it possible to remove myself from commitments I have no real passion for? If not, is there any part of this obligation that you enjoy? No moment is too small. How can I encourage more of the moments I enjoy?

3. What always brings me joy? How can I incorporate that more into my lifestyle?

4. What do I value and love most about myself?

When you feel ready, write down some of the overall themes you came across in this second section on the bay leaves.
Place the four candles in a circle around your cauldron.

White, place in the direction of West..

Purple, place in the direction of North.

Red, place in the direction of East.

Green, place in the direction of South.

Light the White and Purple Candle. Say the following 3 times while burning your small paper in the cauldron.
Accepting of Self, I am embracing who I Am and my Path fully. I release myself from all preconceived expectations and unhealthy relationships and habits.
Light the Red and Green candles. Say the following 3 times while burning your bay leaves.
I am Capable. I am Worthy of Love and Affection from my Self and others. I call in abundance to my loved ones and my Self to care for all our needs.
Rest for a few moments. Enjoy the moment and allow yourself to breathe. You could take this time to meditate on any words that stuck out to you.
By my breath, I release my intentions for inner healing and acceptance into divine space.
Blow out your candles and rest. Complete the day/evening however feels best for you to care for yourself. I took a nice warm shower and read before bed.
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Please let me know how you felt called to work with the new moon this cycle. I am feeling so inspired and grounded. I cannot wait to share with you what is to come – my alignment hasn’t yet felt this strong.
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Tarot Forecast – 05.07-05.13.2018


I know. I know. It’s been a hot minute since I did a transcript of the weekly tarot forecasts. I DO try to do weekly videos within the facebook group and on Instagram however. This week, was not one of those weeks though. Life just seemed to take control and here we are on Wednesday evening, finally.
As always, I ask the same three questions to maintain consistency
What energy do we need to focus on this week?

Stars

You are being guided along your path and you will get to where you need to be. Be open to the new opportunities and experiences that may arise this week, or at least try to see situations from a refreshed perspective. This card is all about aligning with your true self and trusting yourself and your choices.

What do we need to keep an eye on?

Ten of Cups, Reversed

You’re likely going to feel very overwhelmed and drained by those around you. Even an extrovert reaches their limit at some point. Or you may feel as if something is just not quite right. You may be living or making choices in a way that do not actually align with your true self. You may question your choices and commitment to your path.

How can we overcome challenges this week?

Hermit

Take some time to yourself to refocus on your wants and needs. Wisdom comes to us in moments of quiet. If you are running around this week like a busy bee, how are you able to hear your intuition clearly?

*Super Secret Bottom Card – a clarity draw that always seems to tie everything together.

King of Swords

Do not focus too much on the intellectual, analytical side of things. Sometimes you need to trust your heart and intuition in matters. Also, do not brush aside the feelings of others as you make choices.

Let me know in the comments if this week has been testing you to get realigned. I know I am definitely feeling it.
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Why I Left My First Coven

I did not ever think that a coven would appeal to me. I shied away from Wicca because of the rules of the faith and practice. I wanted to build and create my own way. Yet, when I was invited to join a small online coven, I was excited. The leader was knowledgeable and had brought over members she trusted deeply from a prior group she had created.

I went in with little expectation. I had barely begun my own practice and was eager to learn. But practicing online, with strangers, proves to be a difficult thing over time. As one of the older members, my day to day life made it difficult to connect with them. We had wonderful conversations regarding craftwork and how witchcraft is coming further into the public eye, but we didn’t really practice together.
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Now, while I didn’t learn much in the way of developing craftwork, they did help me realize the path I did want to create for myself. I realized that I no longer found myself reaching to the group to share and grow with. Which sparked me to try to overcompensate with them. I did not want to just leave the space without trying. I truly thought that if I tried to drive conversation or pose questions, challenge them more, we would grow closer. But I eventually found myself at odds with the coven leader. Not in any kind of dramatic way, we just didn’t see eye to eye any longer.

I realized that while I enjoyed the intense conversations that a few engaged in with me, it left others feeling like I was overbearing. I was too opinionated. Which now, I could see how they would get that impression. When I get excited and truly engage, I tend to prattle on and on. It’s rare that I feel safe enough to discuss things like that, so when it happens I dive on in.

There came a moment where I realized that we just weren’t a fit for one another any longer.
Leaving people while on your path does not have to be some big dramatic to-do. Sometimes, you just outgrow your friendship or no longer hold the same perspective. There is no need to burn bridges or curse them to the heavens simple because the relationship no longer suits your needs.

I swore I would never work with a coven unless it was with people I deeply connected with.

Lo and behold, within the last few months I have found some of my greatest friends that practice. We are all so different on our paths, but that diversity sparks some amazing growth. No one’s path is better or worse, accepting those differences and learning from and with them can inspire a whole new direction for you.

Be open to the relationships and opportunities that present themselves to you. You’ll find your people in time.

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Building Your Own Wheel of the Year

If you don’t really want to tie your practice to the traditional wheel, make your own! The key is to nail down the seasons or times that feel truly significant to you.
Building a WOY
If I were to create my own wheel, it would probably look something similar to this:
Yule/Christmas
Christmas has always been a significant holiday in my life.  My parents loved the holiday and it was always filled with delicious food.  You can read a bit more about it here.
Summer Solstice
I adore the summer in the Rockies.  My allergies may disagree with me, but being able to go outside and up into the mountains with pretty much no worries is the best. It’s gorgeous and green and just, alive. This is when my husband and i first got together, and when we eventually got married. So summertime holds a lot of sweet memories for me.
October/ early November
So this isn’t tied to a specific solstice or sabbat like Samhain.  I don’t actually enjoy Halloween much (I know, I have just lost any witch street cred I was racking up there for a moment). It’s fun to celebrate but I don’t enjoy being scared, I don’t work with spirits or my ancestors.  It’s a beautiful time for self reflection – but I mostly just enjoy retreating back into my house as it gets colder and start making all kinds of delicious, yummy, cozy foods. I have touched on common Samhain practices before though! You can read those here, if you’re looking for ideas.  This was written before I realized how much time and energy I just don’t have for every holiday.
And that’s pretty much it. I’m not a huge holiday doer already.  I enjoy more day to day intentional stuff than large altars and rituals. I’ve planned a few sabbat events within the Magickal Mavens facebook group, but only as an excuse to hang out. I’m a terrible sabbat follower, so don’t feel like you need to adhere to it in order to have a meaningful practice.
Assess the seasons, months, that have greatly impacted your life, bring you great joy or caused you to reflect. Use those as a starting point.
This has been a helpful video in assessing what areas were significant to me:  Reinventing the Wheel of the Year, Witch Hazel’s Cauldron 
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Sacred Space and Altars

Altars often get this reputation of having to be big beautiful ritual spaces. They are centerpieces, or entire rooms full of magick and intention. It can be so satisfying to put something like that together, but if you do not feel called to do so or even have the energy to upkeep it, that is totally okay.
Sacred Space and Altars
You do not have to have an altar. Unless you are committed to following a very specific path, there are no rules to what your practice must look like. Altars are a common way to assist with creating a sacred space or getting your mind and body into a space for magick making.
If you’re looking for a starting point to build an altar, I suggest using pieces of your practice that you have been using consistently or felt strongly connected too. For me, that was initially my favorite tarot deck, a little journal I had been keeping, and my sage and matches. That was it and that’s all it has to be at its core. My altar space has grown as I have and will continue to do so. Your altar should be a space that you feel at peace with. This should be a space that you frequent and it should portray the energy that you need at the time.
Pinterest is a great place to get ideas on creating sacred space. From inspiration, to layouts, to tool layouts, it’s all there. I’ve pinned some of my favorites here. I should note that Wiccan paths in particular can be quite serious about their altars. Every piece has a very specific purpose and placement on your altar. I highly recommend looking into Raymond Buckland’s Big Blue Book if you are interested in pursuing a Wiccan path.
If you like the idea of carrying sacred space with you – make a pocket altar! A tarot bag or Altoid tin are perfect for this. This will vary based on your needs, but a few key pieces to include could be a tea light, a small vial of salt, sage or palo santo, and matches are the perfect starting point. I’ve pinned some inspiration for these as well. These are great to have if you feel called to practice suddenly or while outside in nature.
If you’re still stuck, here are some quick questions to help you nail down what you may want to include:

→What element do you feel most drawn too at this moment? How can you include it?

∴     Fire: Candles, or melting wax (if you can’t really have an open flame)
∴     Water: natural water or salt water, snow water, water from the tap
∴     Earth: Salt, bark, flowers (dried or fresh)
∴     Air: Incense, oil diffuser, bells, chimes or other noise

→ What tools (if any) do you find yourself reaching for right now?
→ What crystals do you enjoy? Are there any in particular you wish to use in channeling energy?
→ Is there something or someone in particular that you would like to honor with your altar? What are their associated symbols, colors, foods, etc?

Even if you only have one or two pieces that can be specifically tied to them, by placing them with pure intention, you give them great power in your space.
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