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I trust that you all had a nice Imbolc this year, may it set us on the path for a happy year. Imbolc or Candlemas, (one of the four fire festivals) celebrates the coming of spring and the Goddess transforming from Crone to Maiden – this time of year is…
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First and foremost, it’s a little late I know but Happy New Year everyone! I hope we all have a good one. I know I haven’t been uploading much at all in the past couple of months insert any plausible excuse about being busy here but I’m hoping to get…
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For me today, I chose not to do a ritual but instead to enjoy a meal with some close family and to respect in thoughts Nanny and other members of my family who are no longer with us. I miss them each and every day.
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What with everything that's been going on lately, I've lacked almost any motivation to write. I've been so busy that any free time I do have, I end up spending with friends trying to relax and distract myself from the current events.
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I’m sure for some of you reading, if you are a solitary witch i.e. not a member of a coven, it’s sometimes hard to find other like-minded people. When you have other commitments like work, kids (or even pets!) you won’t always have the time to go to…
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Cleansing your Tools

I recently posted an article on what kind of tools can be used in the Craft so I thought it would be a good time to give ways in which to cleanse these tools before and after using them.
When buying or reusing items which haven't yet been used in ritual with you yet, it's almost essential to cleanse these items to prevent any negative energies affecting the ritual/spell that you plan on carrying out. It's also a good time to cleanse your tools if you haven't done so in a while, depending on how often you use the equipment.
There are a few ways to cleanse your tools, the first of which is to run the tool through the smoke of a smudging stick. A smudging stick is generally a bundle of sage which can be burned slowly to purify anything around the smoke, (obligatory fire safety warning) make sure when using a smudging stick to have an ash tray to catch any falling ashes and embers and also be sure to put it out completely when finished. This particular method would be good for just about anything but especially larger items such as cauldrons or even the entire house! The second method is to use salt water and rinse the tools. This method is very cheap and simple although it wouldn't be ideal for items like your broomsticks or anything else that can be damaged by water or salt. The third method is to leave your tools outside under a full moon. Although this method is probably the best as it is not only cleansing it but also empowering it with the Goddess' moonlight, you can only do this every 28 days and on some of those nights the weather may not be in your favour.
All in all, I would suggest using the smudging sticks to cleanse your tools generally and then use the full moon to cleanse them whenever you can.
Blessed Be,
Willow x

http://www.blogofshadows.co.uk

Dance For All People, Image of Smudging Stick, [accessed online] Available from: http://danceforallpeople.com/respecting-indian-tradition/
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The Elements

In Wicca, there are five elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Air and Spirit. Each element is associated with different zodiac signs, Sabbats, flora, fauna and many other subjects. At the start of a ritual, the Wiccan conducting the ceremony calls each element to each respective corner (north, east, south and west) clockwise, and relieves them at the end of the ritual, counter clockwise.
Earth
Earth is represented physically in the environment by our bodies, rocks, soil, cave systems, forests, fields and so on. As an element, Earth is associated with the direction north and most commonly the colours green and brown (sometimes also yellow and black). Earth is characterised with patience, stability, respect and endurance. It's season is Winter and zodiac signs include Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
Air
Air is represented by our breath, the sky, birds (and feathers), incense smoke, mountain tops, wind and more. Air is associated with the direction east and the colours white, yellow and silver. This element is characterised with intelligence, objectivity and inspiration. It's season is Spring and zodiac signs include Aquarius, Libra and Gemini.
Fire
Fire is represented by our souls, stars, volcanoes, deserts, candles and many others. Fire is associated with the direction south and most commonly the colours red and orange (sometimes also gold and white). This element is characterised with health, strength, sexuality, courage and passion. It's season is Summer and zodiac signs include Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Water
Water is represented by our blood, cups, the Moon, rain and just about any source of water such as lakes, rivers, oceans, streams etc. Water is associated with the direction west and most commonly the colour blue (sometimes also indigo, green and black). This element is characterised by healing, compassion and forgiveness. It's season is Autumn and zodiac signs include Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces.
Spirit
Spirit is different to other elements as it has no true form or real representations apart from colour. Spirit is an important part in Wicca as it is said to be present in all things, binding everyone and everything together. Spirit is associated with the colours purple and white it has no direction or characteristics or season but at the same time is all of them.
As always, I will add to this guide as and when I learn more about and around the subject.
Blessed Be.
Willow

http://www.blogofshadows.co.uk

DeviantArt (2015) Allen's Art: The Pentagram of Elements [accessed online] Available from: http://rumpleteazer875.deviantart.com/art/The-Pentagram-of-Elements-283960621
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Waning Moon
The Waning Moon is the moon that is getting smaller, it is moving toward the New Moon from the Full Moon. A Waning Moon is a good time to cast banishing spells and to bring an end to bad decisions or stages in one's life (such as addictions or unhealthy relationships).
New/Dark Moon
The New Moon is the moon that is barely visible, it is moving towards the Waxing Moon from the Waning Moon. The New Moon is said to be a good time to cast "dark" spells, although any true Wiccan wouldn't cast spells to harm others. New Moons are also said to be a good time to cast similar spells to that of the Waning Moon, except it is more powerful because of this particular phase.
Waxing Moon
The Waxing Moon is the moon that grows into the Full Moon, when the moon is in this state it is good to use spells related to attraction e.g. love, wealth, job opportunities etc. or anything that is to be increased or grown.
Full Moon
The Full Moon is the moon at it's largest point, between the Waxing and Waning Moons. Full Moons occur 12-13 times a year and are celebrated by Wiccans to give thanks to the Goddess. These celebrations are known as "Esbats" which are much like Sabbats but are more so based on the Goddess rather than the God. Full Moons are used predominantly for ritual and spells used at this phase are said to be more powerful (e.g. healing spells).

Happy Spellcasting and Blessed Be.
Willow

http://www.blogofshadows.co.uk

Moon Connection (2015) Image of Moon Phases [accessed online] Available from: http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases.phtml
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Introducing the Goddess

The Goddess has three life stages Maiden, Mother and Crone. Each life stage has different personality traits and experience (much like in our lives) and it's good to use this to the advantage of any spells that you wish to conduct, choosing a different form of the goddess to suit the spell. Each form of the Goddess is also associated with a different moon phase.

Maiden
The Maiden aligns with the waxing phase of the moon. She is associated with youth, innocence and naivety. Her season is spring which represents her well as she's still growing herself.
Mother
The Mother is aligned with the full phase of the moon. She is associated with fullness, vitality and fertility. Her season is summer which represents the many plants and animals that have matured healthily.
Crone
The Crone is aligned with the waning phase of the moon. She is associated with wisdom and death. Her seasons are autumn and winter which represents the winding down of the year and the eventual death of it.

As each form of the Goddess is associated with a different lunar phase, the Triple Moon symbol is often used in rituals, spells and general worship. The Triple Moon symbol (above) is distinguishable by a crescent pointing left, a full circle and a crescent pointing right. This simple design can be decorated however one wishes,  an example would be the simple pentagram in the middle of this particular design.
Blessed Be.
Willow

http://www.blogofshadows.co.uk

Celtic Jackalope 2015 Image of Triple Goddess [accessed online] Available from: http://celticjackalope.com/shop/fine-art/triple-goddess-maiden-mother-and-crone-8-5-x-11-poster-print-by-maxine-miller/
Ancient Symbols 2014 Image of Triple Moon Symbol [accessed online] Available from: http://www.ancient-symbols.com/symbols-directory/triple-moon.html
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