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Working Wicca Into My World – Jessica Aspen

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a super quick guest blog note

Today I’m guesting on Worlds of the Imagination with the article:

Working Wicca Into My World – Jessica Aspen.

How witches and spells and modern Wicca became part of my fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman.

trick or treat blog hopDon’t forget to stop by Sam Cheever’s blog and hit all thirteen authors in the Trick or Treat Blog Hop HERE and you can complete your entry at my stop HERE.

For more information on Jessica Aspen’s twisted fairy tale releases sign up for the New Release Email Blast. My next newsletter  should be coming soon with news about my Gothic Chritsmas novella: Ghosts of Christmas Past as well as book two of the Tales of the Black Court: Prince by Blood and Bone.

Have a terrific weekend! I’ll be partying it up at Hot Mojave Knights in Las Vegas. Romance, Romance Readers, and Romance Authors: WOOT! I’ll let you know all about it on Monday.

Cheers!

Jessica

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Marigold and Dandelion Eggs to Celebrate Spring

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It’s spring, and with Easter coming up I thought it was time for another recipe from A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, by Patricia Telesco. Ostarra is the holiday most Wiccans celebrate at this time and it has much to do with fertility, hence the symbolism that has carried over into Easter with the eggs and bunnies, and of course, re-birth.

Oh, and I included the variation below with similar magical foods for those of us with no marigolds or dandelions this early in a snowy spring!

a kitchen witch's cookbook by patricia telescoMarigold and Dandelion Eggs (Medieval France)

The marigold is said to be one of the flowers which gives forth small bursts of light, usually near twilight on clear days, like a beacon or flash of insight. In the language of flowers, dandelions are ancient oracles. they are also high in vitamin C. make certain the dandelions you use are free of pesticides.

  • 4 whole dandelion buds
  • 2 tbls butter
  • 2 marigold blossoms, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cream or milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Pick the dandelion buds when they are just about to open. Melt the butter in a frying pan over low heat. Sauté the dandelions until they open wide. Beat the marigold, eggs, cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Pour over the dandelions, which will poke through. cover: cook over low heat until the egg is set and dry on top. Fold in half. Yield: 2 servings

Variation: For the same magical results without the flowers, substitute 1 cup diced cashews, 1/4 tsp orange rind, and 1/4 cup diced, peeled oranges.

Magical attributes: Sun magic, positive outcomes in legal matters, prophesy, simple joys

Celebrations: Spring and summer festivals, Birthday of the Sun, Samhain, Candlemas, Sun Dance

taken from A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, by Patricia Telesco, Llewellyn Publishing, 1994

Rituals of Celebrations by Jane MeredithInterested in other Wiccan Celebrations? Check out Rituals of Celebrations, by Jane Meredith.  Lewellyn’s Sabbats Almanac and Seasons of the Sacred Earth, by Cliff Seruntine.seasons of the sacred earth by cliff seruntine

Llewellyn's Sabbats Almanac

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A Bite of Spring

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celebrating the rites of spring

The spring equinox occurred yesterday. (If you live down under it was the fall equinox.) The day when the minutes of daylight and dark are perfectly balanced. It’s when the pagan religions celebrate spring. Check out my post on banning Easter Egg Hunts to see where I was last year when the days equalized. And today I’m posting links so you can explore different aspects of spring. Happy linking!

Click HERE to learn  about five goddess and one spring god who represent spring in different ancient religions on About.com.

Click HERE  for lists of sacred foods and gemstones to celebrate Ostara or Lady Day as the spring equinox is called.

Click HERE for a terrific article on the origins of spring equinox celebrations.

And enjoy your holiday, no matter how you celebrate it!

-jessica

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Merry Meet on the Solstice Day

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Today is officially the shortest day of the year and the day when some traditions mourn the death of the old king and welcome in the new king. We see this reflected in Christmas and in modern pictorials of Old Man Time and Baby New Year. But we also see it throughout fiction as the sacrifice of the summer king.

The idea that sacrifice is needed by ourselves and our gods plays throughout history, fantasy, and paranormal fiction, but nowhere have I seen it done better than in the book Lammas Night written by Kathryn Kurtz. Kathryn Kurtz is a fantasy author who is most famous for the Deryni novels and you can find out more about her HERE, but I have always loved her story of magic through the ages that she captured in Lammas Night.

In the book England is faltering under the constant attacks of the Nazi’s and the pagan population (which has been fractured and hidden) decides they need to do something. Interwoven within the story of the secrets of the English Pagans is another story, one that comes down through time, of heroes and kings and their sacrifices in times of need. And this is definitely a time of need.

Now Lammas is actually the celebration of Lughnasadh, and occurs in August. But, I can’t help but think of this story of the death of the king when it comes to the winter solstice. Summer’s king has died on Samhain (Halloween) and now is the time of year when the holly king is celebrated. This is the time of year when celebrations of light occur. And this is the time of year when sacrifice is needed to stave off the winter and starvation.

One of the best Winter Solstice celebrations I attended we asked everyone to walk a spiral labyrinth and on their way in to think about what they wanted to leave behind. When the center was reached and we turned around we were supposed to leave it there and walk out, free and open to the New Year and possibly to new versions of ourselves.

As we celebrate the close of 2011 and welcome 2012, what changes are you making to your life. Are there things that need to be purged, or sacrifices made to make the New Year better? When you ring that bell at midnight, what will you be leaving behind?

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The Elements of Magic

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Due to my crazy schedule attending the CRW retreat, getting CRW’s AOE contest and tea organized and the upcoming second challenge of the Thrid Writing Campaign, (as well as taking a sick day) I am taking the liberty of re-posting my first column from Paranormal Freebies Wizzards, Witches and Psychics, Oh My! Thanks for your patience.

Wicca (pronounced /ˈwɪkə/) is a specific Neopagan religion. Its adherents are referred to as Wiccans, though the terms Witches or Crafters are also used.[1] Developing in England in the first half of the 20th century,[2] Wicca was popularised in the 1950s and early 1960s by a Wiccan High Priest named Gerald Gardner, who at the time called it the “witch cult” and “witchcraft,” and its adherents “the Wica.”[3] From the 1960s onward, the name of the religion was normalized to “Wicca.”[4]

Source: Wikipedia

Wiccans practice a variety of different kinds ofmagic. One of the most popular kind is described in books by the now deceased author, Scott Cunningham. Scott’s magical spells are based on working with the harmonies of nature and the four elements. Earth, air, fire and water.

Earth, is the first element. Dense, solid and nurturing Earth is used for growth, prosperity and fertility spells. Ritual tools include dirt, heavy or green stones, earth smelling herbs and the metals iron and lead. Earth is represented by the color green and the pentacle. Its season is winter, its direction is North and the astrological signs are Tarus, Virgo and Capricorn. Spells that are based in earth are spells that need grounding, stability or refer to growth or finance.

Air’s ritual tools include fragrant flowery herbs, wind instruments (such as a flute), light weight stones and the metals tin and copper. Its represented by the wand and the color yellow. Air’s season is spring and its direction, East. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are all Air signs. Spells for travel, knowledge, instruction freedom and recovering lost items all benefit from an air ritual. Air encompasses divination, concentration, visualization and wind magic.

Fire’s basic nature is complex. From warming the hearth to destroying woodlands fire has many jobs. It is purifying, destructive, protective, sexual and forceful. Its color is red and its tool is the knife. Stinging or thorny plants, plants from hot and desert areas and ones that provide heat such as coffee or peppers are all useful in fire rituals. Summer is its season and South is its direction. Gold and brass are its metals. Aries, Leo, Sagittarius are all fire signs. Use fire in spells for protection, sourage, sex, energy, authority and banishing negativity.

Water is used for cleansing and healing. It is the element of the psychic and love. Use aquatic plants, succulents and flowers that represent love in water rituals. Its stones are blue, transparent or translucent and its metals mercury, silver and copper. Autumn is water’s season and West it’s direction. The cup or the cauldron is its tool. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are water signs. Use water in spells and rituals for love, purification, healing, dreams, sleep and psychic awareness.

In a Wiccan ritual all the elements will be represented, but on draws on specific elements for support based on the type of need. A spell for protection from a stalker might use a candle, a garnet and cayenne pepper. A spell for prosperity green herbs and a sketched pentacle. Rhymes and formalized words are used to clarify purpose and strengthen the spells. There are many books and places where you can find more information on Wicca and the four elements. But remember, in Wicca the one rule holds sway: An it harm none, do what thou wilt. In other words, before you do a spell you must be sure of your intention.

Are you interested in magic? Have any questions about the four elements or Wicca? Leave questions, comments and ideas for future blogs in the comments section.

All the information on the four elements found here is from Scott Cunningham’s book Earth, Air, Fire & Water, More Techniques of Natural Magic from Llewellyn Publishing.

This is just a short blog and cannot convey the subtlties of Wicca and Elemental Magic. For more books and resources visit Llewellyn’s home page http://www.llewellyn.co

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