Stone Soup: An Old English Parable — A tale for Imbolc

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Stone Soup: An Old English Parable
A tale for Imbolc–a celebration for which the magic ingredient is community.

A weary traveler, in the depths of winter, came into a dark village. His feet were very sore and his stomach was empty. He walked, door to door, with nothing but a single copper coin to his name, and asked the villagers if he could buy a small portion of their food. At each door, a gaunt villager told him that they were starving themselves and unable to spare even a morsel of their winter stores.

Finally, the young man, cold and hungry, sat down in the center of the square, aware of the eyes peering at him from shuttered windows. He reached down, brushed some snow from a small rock beneath his feet, and lifted it. With a start, he jumped  to his feet, looked up to the shuttered windows, cleared his throat and made an announcement.

“You silly, starving people! How can you hide behind your walls, desperate for food when you have perfectly good stones like this laying all around you? Does but one of you fine women here have a good kettle she can loan me? I promise enough stone soup to feed her whole family if she loans it to me for the day!”

The washerwoman had a kettle frozen behind her house, a large kettle that she usually used for stew at Christmastime, too large to use for her family’s meager meals and too small for laundry. She volunteered it, and the young man dragged it, full of snow, from the outdoor hearth it had occupied for a month to the center of the square. Villagers, bored in the dark winter, gathered around to help the man start a fire and melt the snow and ice in the pot. They were all convinced he was daft, but helped him nonetheless. It was a sleepy village, and his obvious lunacy was worth a few cold feet to observe even if for entertainment

Once the snow had melted, he lifted the stone high for all of the villagers to see and plopped it into the pot. “Stewis blueus magic rock,” he chanted, “give us soup within this crock!” He walked clockwise three times around the pot and took a spoon someone handed him and dipped it in. Ever the diligent cook, he tasted the water and its mild aftertaste of Christmas stew and shook his head. “It’s bland,” he told them, “If only I had just a tiny  bit of salt.”  The butcher told him he had salt sitting in his salting pot, the remnants of salting the midwinter’s catch, which had run out the week before. It was brown and hardened into one lump, but he’d give it to the man at no charge.  The man took his offer gladly, and added the brown lump to the pot.

He again took a sip. “the magic is working” he told his audience, and, indeed, there was a faint smell of food coming from the pot. He sipped the soup again, and made a face. “It’s too sweet!” he said. “If only I had the ends of some turnips, or some radishes to give it a little bite!” Two women looked about and then went into their houses, coming out with half-rotten vegetables. The man carefully prepped the rotted parts away and added the vegetables, greens and all.

There was no mistaking that it smelled like food now. The man tasted the soup, and said “It’s missing something” and handed the spoon to the brew man’s wife, who nodded, then scurried into the closed tavern, returning with a small burlap bag of barley. As she dumped it in, the wife of the mayor objected. “You can’t have barley in soup without parsnips!” she declared, and produced a bunch of limp, graying parsnips, which she handed to the man, who skinned them, chopped them and blended them in.

Another woman objected as well, adding a fat, dry onion to the broth, and another, and still another, each adding the small secret ingredient that made the soups they made at home “perfect.”

Within an hour, the smell of the “magic” soup filled the square, and the people came from every crevice and corner with a bowl. The mayor of the town hailed the wanderer as their savior and put him up in his own house after he and the villagers had filled their bellies with the delicious, magical Stone Soup!

Of course the real magic here was that this young man had a need, but his desire to receive was balanced with his desire to receive with the intention of sharing so with certainty he proceeded and because his actions proved to be proactive a miracle was created which benefited the needs of the many and not just the one.

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Powerful Money Manifestation for the New Year

Every year on the exact minute of the First New Moon in the New Year, we write a blank check paying to the order of ourselves and signing it to the Law of Universal of Universal Prosperity.  Place under a money candle until the candle burns out.  Bury the candle remains in your yard with 7 shiny pennies.  If you live in an apartment or in a residence where discretion is needed, wrap the candle remains in a white napkin and place respectfully in the trash can and place the 7 pennies in a park or outside near the entrance to your abode.  If you use a glass encased candle, keep it in your home.  Put the check away and the New Year will bring in awesome prosperity.  The First New Moon of 2017 is on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 05:08:19 P.M. MST (UTC-7).  If you are not on MST, you will need to adjust the time. (e.g., CMT would be 4:08:19 P.M.).  When you are living in the western part of the USA (UTC-08) it’s one hour earlier and if you are living in the Eastern part of the USA (UTC-05) it’s two hours later.  Additionally, it is interesting that the Chinese New Year begins celebrating the Year of the Fire Rooster, IS on Saturday, January 28, 2017 as well.

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New Moon Prosperity Spell for 2016

Every year on the exact minute of the first New Moon in the New Year, we write a blank check paying to the order of ourselves and signing it to the Law of Universal of Universal Prosperity.  Place under a money candle until the candle burns out.  Bury the candle remains in your yard.  If you live in an apartment or in a residence where discretion is needed, wrap the candle remains in a white napkin and place respectfully in the trash can.  If you use a glass encased candle, keep it in your home (e.g., closet, cabinet).  Put the check away and the New Year will bring in awesome prosperity.

The first New Moon is on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 06:31:16 P.M. MST.  If you are not on MST, you will need to adjust the time (e.g., CMT would be 7:31:16 P.M.).

It is best to perform this prosperity at the designated time; however, if the 9th has come and gone; ergo, we are still in the first new moon of the New Year, so this formula can be utilized up through the Full Wolf Moon of January 23rd.  I recommend Tuesdays, Sundays, and only Thursday if your financial situation is NOT dire.  If you are comfortable with other days, naturally this is your choice.  May the Source be with you!

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Powerful Money Manifestation for the 2015

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I originally posted this on the 18th of January, however I cannot explain why it disappeared from my posts?  Although the 20th has come and gone; ergo, we are still in the first new moon of the new year, so this formula can be utilized up through the full moon of Tuesday, February 3rd.  I recommend Tuesdays, Sundays, and only Thursday if your financial situation is NOT dire.  If you comfortable with other days, naturally this is your choice.

Every year on the exact minute of the first New Moon in the New Year, we write a blank check paying to the order of ourselves and signing it to the Law of Universal of Universal Prosperity.  Place under a money candle until the candle burns out.  Bury the candle remains in your yard with 7 shiny pennies.  If you live in an apartment or in a residence where discretion is needed, wrap the candle remains in a white napkin and place respectfully in the trash can and place the 7 pennies in a park or outside near the entrance to your abode.  If you use a glass encased candle, keep it in your home.  Put the check away and the New Year will bring in awesome prosperity.

The first New Moon was on Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 07:56:14 A.M. EST; this is the first of six super moons for 2015.  If you are not on EST, you will need to adjust the time (e.g., CMT would be 6:56 A.M.).

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The Ancient Art of Limpia, Spiritual Cleansing using an Egg

La Limpia swiftly cleanses a person’s aura. The egg cleansing clears the client’s energy field leaving them feeling lighter, blissful, and balanced. Limpia’s are used to clear Malochia (evil eye), blockages, bad luck, generational curses, bad karma, and spiritual illness. It is a powerful technique for removing negative energy, however it is not a substitute for a doctor’s care. Physicians were blessed with the ability to heal under the divine energy of the Archangel Raphael and at times we must surrender ourselves to their care.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

Holy Water

Glass/Water, 2

White Plate, 2

Rue

Copal Resin Incense

Self Igniting Charcoal

Designate one plate and glass of water for the left side and the other for the right side.  Clean the eggs with Holy Water and let them dry. Heat of the Charcoal and begin burning the Copal Incense. Clean your area first and then place at the feet of the person receiving the healing. Anoint the eggs with the Holy Oil. If the client is right handed the first egg will be used to clean the left side, if left handed – the right side. Let’s say the client is right handed, – Take one egg and make a cross on top of the head, then roll the egg clockwise around the head, face, neck, left shoulder and arm, around torso, around pelvic area, then down around the right leg and be sure to clean the soles of the feet. Break the egg into the glass of water on the plate for the left side. Sprinkle Rue around the glass of water for the left side. Now repeat the same method on the right side. Place plates with water/egg under the bed for seven days, making sure the left is on the left and the right is on the right.

It is suggested that a prayer be said during the egg cleansing. The Apostles Creed is suitable, one of the Psalms, or the Lord’s Prayer. If you are not religiously inclined, you can use spring water to cleanse the egg, use your own type of oil, use a symbol affiliated with your beliefs on the head rather than the cross, and you can use your own words of wisdom or protection while performing the egg cleansing.

When you break the egg in the water and there is blood or the distinctive formation of an eye – you will need to perform another cleansing the following week. Continue to do so until the condition is cleared.

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Ceromancy

Ceromancy

Carromancy: Ancient Greek (keros / wax )

CANDLE

The Fine Art of Reading the Candle and the Flame

Ceromancy is one of the world’s most ancient forms of divination. Starring at a flame and viewing wax drippings is a great method of determining if your magic is working effectively. Additionally the way a candle unfolds or deconstructs as it melts can be very significant. I will provide information on how to read glass encased candles, free standing candles, how to read the flame, how to read the smoke, and how to dispose of candle wax. It is important to note that candles poorly made will burn badly no matter how you dress them, pray over them, etcetera… . Also the environment such as the temperature in the area, the presence of wind or a draft, and other factors can play a large part in how a candle will burn.

How to Read the Signs in Glass Encased Candles

Novena or glass encased candles are commonly used in the Hoodoo and Santerian tradition. However many who practice candle magic who create their own candles use mason or other glass jars to pour their homemade formulas into. I prefer the use of glass encased candles over freestanding candles.

A clean even burn from the top to the bottom: This is an indication that all will go well with your spell and that you will get what you are petitioning for. Please be certain to choose the correct spell, the correct novena, and use the correct timing. For if not, even though your candle may burn clean, the expected results will not manifest. On a positive note, a clean burning candle does imply all will be well although desired wishes do not manifest speedily.

Black smoke on the glass, a dirty sooty burn:If the soot does not travel all the way down the glass, and is only at the top or perhaps stops in the middle, the negative influence or obstacle has been unblocked.

If the black goes down the entire length of the candle it means your working has been blocked and there are still forces preventing you for attaining your desired result. It could also indicate someone has casted a spell against you or has significant spiritual protection. If this is the case burn another candle to break through their defenses.

If the soot is at the bottom of the candle it is a warning that negative influences are being sent to you. There are many challenges facing you and there is a tough road ahead. Someone(s) may be working against you. At the top of the glass on the inside, take a sharp object and inscribe the symbol of your spiritual comfort – such as a cross – all the way around or in front and back. I recommend accelerating your protections and start a series of uncrossing rituals.

White smoke on the glass:White soot is another matter all together. This can indicate spiritual communication, purity, and exorcism. It could indicate that the spirits have heard your prayers and removed the negativity from the working. This is especially true in unhexing or uncrossing rituals. Look to the amount of soot to tell you if it is completed or not.

If the soot only goes half way down or less, the cleansing was successful.

If the soot is carried through the length of the candle you may need further cleansing and spiritual work.

If the soot is at the bottom of the candle, it signifies the presence of outside aid or help either spiritually or physically.

If the candle burned half black and half whitethis means that one aspect is overriding the other. Look to which is on top to see what was undone. If black is on top, your spirits cleared it. If white is on top the spirits of another have combated your attempts.

If thesoot is on only one side of the candle, this is a sign that what you are doing is incorrect. Either the candle fixing wasn’t appropriate or the spirits aren’t happy with the candle itself.

When the glass breaks or explodes: If the glass cracks but does not break it means there was some opposition that was broken. It may have been sent to the spell to try to deflect it or it may have been encountered along the way. If it does not break or shatter then the spell is protected and was successfully defended.

However, if the glass breaks or shatters it means you are up against something larger than yourself. Malicious forces have either protected your target or have been attracted to your working and are trying to interfere. It can also indicate someone is casting against you and you are not spiritually protected or strong enough as what was thrown at you was larger than what you were sending out. Either way, do a stronger working and light another candle to try to combat it.

Blockages could be the result of someone coming up against you, however you could be creating the blockage yourself thus sabotaging your spell. Examine all possibilities.

When a candle leaves wax residue: If there is around 1/2” (1.27 cm) or more in the bottom, the spell needs to be repeated. Wax on the sides of the glass indicates where there are personal hindrances to the progress of the spell.

Accelerated Burn: This is considered a good sign, however the rewards may be short lived and the spell will need to be repeated.

Signs on the glass: It is good to look for signs on the glass, particularly those left in soot or wax residue. For instance if there is heavy black soot and a skull is imprinted in the soot – naturally this is not a good sign. If it is white soot and there is a dove – this is a good sign.

Use your own intuition to come to a conclusion regarding the significance of your desired outcome.

Reading Freestanding Candles

The way a candle unfolds or deconstructs as it melts can be very significant. It is wonderful when the candle seems to collapse outward or unfold like a flower. I consider that to be a sign that your wish will be granted. It represents possibilities and paths opening for you. A candle that is too lopsided in one direction or another universally means that you are dealing with a situation that is way out of balance. If the flame is buried by the wax, to me that is often a sign that the wish will not be granted.

If they do burn cleanly and leave no trace other than a circle and a bit of charred wick, then the spell worked very well indeed. Flat smooth wax puddles means the spell worked well.

A free-standing candle runs and melts a lot while burning: This gives you an opportunity to observe the flow of wax for signs. For instance, if you are burning a bride-and-groom type candle for love, and the man’s wax runs all over the woman’s, then the man desires the woman more than she desires him. If you are burning an abundance or prosperity candle and the wax melts and runs down onto the monetary offering, the spell is working well and the candle is blessing the money. Some people try to intentionally influence the way melting wax runs with the intention of increasing the likelihood that things will go favorably for them. Most practioners allow nature to take its course and watch running wax for signs, without interfering in its movements.

A free-standing candle burns down to a puddle of wax: When this happens, examine the shape of the wax for a sign. You may see something of significance there, for the shape may suggest an outcome regarding present or future matters. Wax puddles come in all kinds of shapes; most candle-workers treat them like tea-leaves when they interpret them.

There is much lore in the Mexican tradition regarding the wax remains – they leave messages such as: long serpent-like strings indicating evil intent being neutralized and probably a repeat spell is required.

Heart shaped wax puddles of positive when working love spells.

A Coffin shaped puddle indicates success when burning a candle against a nemisis.

Flat wavy papery remains usually with two claw-like projections are read as scorpions which mean malicious gossip and back biting that is being neutralized. Repeat the spell until wax burns clean.

Twisted pillars of wax, bizarre shapes or monsters is read as turbulence and further healing is required.

Wax remains in the shape of sex organs usually means some sort of infidelity or a venereal disease.

A hooded figure means the “Santa Muerte” Holy Death has been invoked and requires a further ritual to neutralize this.

Shapes of animals, cats, goats, domestic animals and fowls can mean that an animal sacrifice took place to strengthen a spell against you. A further ritual is called for to neutralize the spell (the source, usually Santería or Palo Mayombe). Many make or buy tallow candles for uncrossing and unhexing spells. On a positive note, it could be an animal spirit that is close to you.

A free-standing candle lets out a lot of smoke but burns clean at the end: Signifies hidden trouble or someone working against your wishes. Things will not go well at first, but with repeated work you will overcome.

Reading the Flame

( Pyromancy )

The flame represents the source of our creation, your inner light. It speaks to us of the soul spark that is above and below, within and without, that which links us all together originating from the same source of thought consciousness. Each flickering candle flame contains ‘millions of tiny diamonds, roughly 1.5 million gems are created every second, however they disappear in the blink of an eye. The flame is powerful indeed!

If the candle lights and splits into two or more flames:this indicates the presence of others, either spirits, deities, or human, getting involved. Look to the rest of the candle to interpret whether this person is good or bad. If you are trying to split up a couple and both flames stay lit, the couple will stay together. If you are doing a working for attract a lover and the second flame seems to rise out of the wax your working will be successful especially if both flames grow into one large flame.

If the candle does not light: this means that this type of working will not work for what you need and another type of spell should be used

If the candle flame is high:it means there is a lot of power behind the spell and little resistance. If the candle burns low it means there is a strong opposing spiritual force and a cleansing and or banishing may be needed

If the flame makes a crackling or popping sound:it indicates conversation. Either the spirits are trying to talk to you or the target is talking about you. Look to the purpose of the candle and the other actions of the flame to determine which is which.

If the flame flickers:there is a spirit around. If the flame pops while flickering it is the spirit trying to communicate to you. Open yourself up to it. If it is a devotional candle and it is flickering it means you are in contact with your deity and any prayers or petitions will be heard.

If you attempt to blow out the flame and it does not go out: this means the spirit does not want you to extinguish it. The same can be said if you blow it out and it flicks back on. Let the spirit complete its work, something important may be in the works that you do not want to interrupt. If you are uncomfortable ask the spirit to protect the candle or ask for permission and try to extinguish it again.

If the entire top of the prepared candle catches fire:it means all the resources of the prepared candle are being used due to spiritual influences creating obstacles. Look to the other signs to see if the candle was successful. If the preparations do not collect along the glass as the candle burns, but remain pooled together, it means all the resources are needed and will burn at the end of the candle. The soot, flame, and glass should be read for the outcome.

If the flame burns high and calm and produces no soot:you are in the presence of a larger entity or guardian spirit, most likely benevolent. The same can be said for high aggressive flames that flicker in large strokes . These tend to be darker spirits and deities, both are there to listen or aid you.

If the flame goes out while burning: this means the spirits cannot help you and the answer you seek is already determined. This can also happen if you unexpectedly get the result before the candle is finished.

Burn marks on the glass: Where the flame burns the label with the Saint (Santo) can indicate that there is a nemesis or frienemies that are stabbing you in the back and/or casting you the evil eye.

A healthy flame: has a bright red core, surrounded by a blue halo and then a yellow color. A blazing red center tells you that spirits are getting to the heart of the matter. A red center that is dim or just a pinpoint reveals a situation that may not be motivated by the heart. If the wick of the candle starts building a little bulb at its tip, chances are that you have opposition or a third party working against you. If there is a lot of blue in the flame, I take that as a sign that angels and spirits are protecting you from a possibly unhappy outcome.

Extinguishing a flame: Use your thumb and index finger to put out the wick, or use a candle snuffer, a plate, — magical or spiritual candles are never blown out.

Reading the Smoke of the Flame

( Capromancy )

The candle smoke wafts towards you it means that your prayer is more than likely to be answered. If it wafts away from you, then it means that you will need a great deal of perseverance in order to have your prayer answered.

If the smoke blows to your left “you are getting too emotionally involved with the situation and are in danger of subconsciously sabotaging your own prayer so that it will not be answered. If it blows to the right you will need to use your head rather than your emotions to pursue the situation.”

Disposal of Candle Wax

If the formula you are using dictates the proper disposal of wax remains, follow the instructions. If not, when the spell is of a positive nature discreetly bury the remains in your yard. If you don’t have a yard wrap in a white paper napkin and place in the trash receptacle. If the spell is of a negative nature take the remains away from where you or people you love reside in addition to your place of employment and bury or throw into a dumpster and do not look back.

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An American Witch’s Book of Spells

Good Pic of Book 001This occult book is a comprehensive guidebook from the perspective of Nine Generations of American Witches.  This “living” generational “Book of Shadows” is a complete collection of once secret, ancient magic rituals with spells, charms, amulets, protection, talismans, and other practical sorcery.  There are many spell books on the market, but the type of spells within the pages of this book simply have not been shared outside of the family until now.  A Real Witch adroit in the craft would find the information within this book valuable. Although it is not recommended for a layman, a novice could use this book successfully for the spells are complete, ingredients and directions are concise and detail oriented.  Additionally, although this is a non-Wiccan book, there are many spells that a Wiccan witch could use by adapting it to their principles.
This book has been updated as of 1/19/2014.   Ingredients are provided in US and Metric measurements for Universal appeal.  Formulas include, but are not limited to: Protection & Security, Abundance & Prosperity, Love & Attraction, Banishment & Uncrossing, Business, Success & Legal matters, Spells from the dark-side, Exorcism, making Magical & Tallow Candles, how to make formulas for incense, oils, potions, specialty baths, & floor washes. Additionally, thorough information regarding “Timing” is included to insure the success of your workshop and Ceromancy, reading the candle and the flame.  This book would be a great addition to the library of any witch or person with occult interest.
The book can be purchased on Amazon for $14.95 and a Kindle download is $5.00.  I do have some reviews on selling venues other than Amazon.  You can take a view inside of the book for additional information.

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