March Full Moon Ritual 2020

Here is the full moon ritual for this month. You will need 3 bay leaves, and any candles, incense and other offering you would like to use.

From North to East we dance around
To South and West we call to sound,
The powers from below and above
To surround!

With horns in the Air
And thorns in our hair,
With stones we throw
And bones we wear
In the circles and crossroads
Is the witness we bear
Of Gods, Spirits, and Ancestors
We, of the Twisting Yew,
Beseech thee to share
Clarity and power
In this hour

Welcome all Tonight, we are here to celebrate Hekate during the March full moon. We are here to ask for her blessing. We are here to use Her energy to help keep us on our true path. We are here because we seek connection in times where division seems to be everywhere. We seek a connection to Divine, to Self, to this Fellowship.

Hail Hekate!
You call Brimo! tonight we call upon you that your fierce winds of change be swift and fruitful during the waxing of the spring equinox on this full moon

Hail Hekate!
You are called Mistress of Balance, tonight we call upon that balance during the waxing of the spring equinox on this full moon. We call upon the Mistress of Balance! Allow us clarity of our true path.

Hail Hekate!
You are called Enodia, in the path, tonight we call upon that aspect during the waxing of the spring equinox on this full moon. We call upon Enodia! Allow us fortitude to carry on this path.


With this offering I bury the negativity blocking my true path,
I let go of the people blocking my true path.
I bury the thought patterns blocking my true path.
(bury one bay leaf)
With this offering I send my intention out, to receive the opportunities, that grow my path.
I send my intention out, to receive the prosperity, that grows my path.
I send my intention out, to receive the energy, that grow my path.
(burn one bay leaf)
With this offering I embrace the strength to keep moving on my true path.
I embrace the changes required to remain on my true path
I embrace the energy that grows my true path.
(hold one bay leaf to the moon, then carry it on your person.)

In the name of Propylaea
In the name of Enodia
In the name Soteria
Amen
(make the sign of Hekate Triformis)
Hail Mighty Hekate, we thank you for your presence in this hour. Go if you must stay if you will.
From West to South we have Danced around
From East to North we have called to sound
the powers from Above and Below
You may now go.

With horns in the air
and thorns in our hair.
With stones we throw
and bones we wear.
In the Circles and Crossroads
is the witness we beared
of Gods, Spirits, and Ancestors.
We, of Twisting Yew, thank you
for your presence, clarity and this hour of power.
You may go now.

Written by Kaylus the grey 2020

Dark Moon Ritual For Resolution of Unhealed Emotions

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Everyone has  unresolved trauma that results in Shadow Self to put up obstacles in our progress of our work. Resolving issues our Shadow Self presents is an important endeavour, although seemingly endless one. Items needed will be an offering to Anubis, a black candle, incense: frankincense or dragon’s blood, drum or a drumming recording.

Light the Incense, and make your call.

Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew, and those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your grounding energy into our ritual.

Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew, and those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your moving energy into our ritual. 

Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew, and to those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your searing energy into our ritual.

Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. Awaken this day to the tribe of Twisting Yew, and to those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your cyclic energy into our ritual.

To Twisting Yew, Teacher, Wander, stripper of false, Awaken us to your call, to Your path. We honor you and welcome your blessings upon our ritual.  
Light the candle
Anubis! The Jackal God, the Gatekeeper to life after life, We are unbalanced. Help us to become more balanced, more unity in self, more wholesome.  Black God of the Night guide us to the door where we can met our own Shadow self, our reasons for unbalanced, or traumas to be healed. Place the offering, begin lightly drumming. When ready speak the petion, repeat if desired.

Hail Shadow Self! Tonight I call to you. Tonight I honor you. Tonight we heal,  Hear me now!

I float away but you are my gravity. Die to love another day. I’m a broken feeling, I’m full of pain. I’m sick of all this blockage. I can escape. I know the truth from the lies. I forgive your for your damage and I carry you through, No matter how hard we fall, we Know. You will bleed for me and I will bleed for you. We rise again. You rise again. I rise again!


As the drumming continues pay attention to thoughts, images, and feelings that appear in your mind. Greet them, acknowledge them as they are part of you. If it something you want to change, thank it for giving you knowledge.

When you feel this sessions is complete, announce it: This work is done, so be it! Call to Anubis to guide you back. Before you are part offer your pain of the trauma, or the hardship, to Anubis in thanks for his help this day.

To the Anubis, thank you for sharing this time and space with us. Leave if you must but know that you are welcome always to stay.

To Twisting Yew we hold you always with us, go if you must.

To West,To South,To East, And To North, Thank you for sharing this time and space with us. Leave if you must but know that you are welcome always to stay.

Thanks for reading. May your roots never rot, May your growing never stop.

Lyrics from Papa Roach song feat. Maria Brinks, Gravity used in the petition. They are not my own and are copyrighted.



Prayer Beads

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Growing up in America, specifically a Roman Catholic dominated area, I was exposed to rosaries. I still have the one gifted to me for my first holy communion. It is still in the white purse with the never opened prayer book and a saint card, sitting in the attic of my childhood home. My parents where paper Catholics as adults and they attempted to pass Catholicism onto myself and my sister.  I never took to it, though I do use some of the practices, like candle burning, incense, and now prayer beads.  Yes, I know these are all common to a lot of religions not just the domain of Catholicism.

It took many years to be comfortable with prayer beads. I always associated it with being Catholic, not pagan. After reading and learning about history and different religions I came to understand that it is another practice widely used in many religions.

Why would a Pagan, or a Witch use prayer beads? My answer is to create the right atmosphere for your mind to practice magik, receive messages, or to calm your mind. Using a set of prayer beads to put your mind on magik is easy. Before you do any work, grab your prayer beads get comfortable. Stat with holding a bead, then thank each deity, spirit, entity that you work with. If you only have one that you work with, start by thanking that diety. you can then move on to naming all the epithets they may have, listing accomplishments they have, or thank them for the gifts they have given you.

If you have several ingredients in a spell, you may also use your prayer beads to focus on the aspect of each of the ingredients needed for your work. For example, a love spell is what you are going to do today and you are using red candles, rose petals, jasmine incense. You may use just four beads of your prayer beads to focus on each ingredient. Pray to each ingredient, seeing each, feeling each becoming that ingredient for the time period spent holding a bead.  Some people may find this redundant, as they do this already when they do their work. That is ok. Others may find this as a useful key to unlocking greater efficacy of personal work.

How does one make prayer beads? The method is easy.

1. Decide on the number of beads in a set.

2. Decide on the number of sets.

3. Acquire beads and material to string them together.

The colors and types of beads may also be a consideration. In the picture at the beginning of this article is my homemade prayer beads. I chose to keep the traditional number of 5 sets for a rosary, however, I use seven beads and not ten normally used.  The skulls where a bead I liked and I found hematite separator beads to go in between the sets of skull beads. I could not find a suitable metal pendant and had to make my own using a bottle cap. The Santa Muerte pendant was ordered from Frater Setnakh.
Prayer bead may be as simple as a strand of beads, they do not need to emulate any other template. The most important thing is to make it work for you.

Until Next Time,

May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book of Shadows

The Book of Shadows is a modern iconic image associated with witches. A simple search will bring loads of articles, Pinterest, Instagrams, and books about the subject. With all the information available it is easy to be a bit confused or overwhelmed to not want to start.  I have been through several books over the years, never quite happy with them. They held their information adequately, and where durable. Though something just wasn’t quite right.

Three years ago I discovered a solution to the not quite right feeling. I found an organization system that allowed flexibility. It was the poor organization and rigidness that was off feeling.  The solution I found is the Bullet Journal system.  It is something I use in my daily life. Durning one of my review sessions, the thought of  “I can use this in my BOS!” excitedly screamed through my head, as I sat there.

How many times have I paged through the several of my BOS’s looking for the specific information, like a spell, an ingredient, results of a magik, or a dream? Too many that it was a problem. When you have just one BOS looking through it may not be that much of a time sink, but when you have books it adds up quickly. The Bullet Journal system solves it in a fairly easy and simple solution. An index and numbered pages. That is it, so simple, why didn’t I think of it kind of simple.  DPP_5980.JPG

The other element of that system is the idea of collections. Collections are just that pages with a collection of a specific type data, for instance, herb uses. How do you navigate through multiple books? Easy, you label the books. Say you had a list of correspondences for a God in an early BOS, and two BOS’s later you found need to continue and update it, all you need to do is start the new collection in your current book, at the bottom of the page you would write the label of the old book and page number on it with an arrow from the page number of the current book pointing to the old book location.20171112_170810.jpg

Maybe  I just missed the class that discussed over the years, as I tend to live in my own world, but this moment was a defining for my spiritual development. It has allowed me to see patterns and recognize the changes I want to make.

Having the index allows a BOS the flexibility of personal growth.  A lot BOS organization suggestions call for three-ring binders and page protectors, section dividers. I do not like spending money on all of that. Quite frankly I do not like having all of that extraneous material in my BOS. The index allows you to put that spell next to that ritual next to that herb list and keep track of it. That thought of inspiration, that meditation message, that divination result, put it down and log it in the index. If you run out of index room, you can use scotch tape to add pages for your index. Go check out the Bullet journal community for ideas you can carry over into your BOS.

Until Next Time,

May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.