Three Angels came from the East Bringing Frost & Fire
Easy to Learn!
The past week has certainly been busy! Last January I decided that it would be fun if I held a Granny Camp program here at the hearthstone. The general idea was to provide a hands-on, enjoyable summer experience that incorporated crafty things as well as mind magick. We set the date and for several months I rolled around in my head what projects we could do, what themes we would touch on, and how I would incorporate physical activities with a spiritual thread that would run through the two-day intensive.
Having just finished Lesson 3, it was a perfect time to work with people in person, touching on several of the chants, charms, and practices in the lessons. This was a pilot program, not open to the public, so that I could monitor how well the program worked, examine the overall cost, and consider what concepts might be strengthened or cut from the two day training.
I have always worked with the moon in the signs when training in public, and began, two years ago, working with the planetary hours for group events; but, I never said much about it. With the Sun in Leo — I knew people would want to make things in a big way, and show what they made. With the Moon in Capricorn they would be more open to structure and guidelines — and would expect hand-outs (something I don’t often provide; but made the extra effort to do so) For this event, I set up the planetary hours in schedule form — first writing what each hour basically meant, and then worked in what events would seem to flow better with each individual hour. This worked extremely well, and I think we all learned from it.
The schedule looked something like this:
1:11 – 2:20 – Moon – Water, Emotion — Open with a Group Mind Activity — Tying long counting cords to a metal pentacle stake in the center of the yard right over the underground aquifer and perform a fun, opening ritual.
1:30 – 3:28 — Saturn — Earth — Structure — Teach how to clear one’s field, practice Golden Light visualization, practice silent movement, begin introducing the chants we will use this weekend.
and so on.
We used three chants basic chants for the event:
Pentacle of One — in Lesson 3
Will of the World — Lesson 3
Web of the Wyrrd — Lesson 4
During the two days we used the hourly “Mindful Bell”, practiced divination with white and black stones, made poppets filled with herbs in accordance with which stone they chose (white or black), used paper talisman magick, enjoyed a bonfire healing circle with drumming, overdipped candles, made incense, Granny’s Secret Powder (which is very versatile) and magickal oils. Let me tell you with the sun in Leo? We had some pretty, darned snazzy poppets! Thanks to Lady Kori, who brought not only the herbs, but also tons of embellishments!
If you are interested in learning Braucherei, Granny Magick, and Blue Mountain magicks you can purchase lessons one through three at http://www.crowcrossroads.etsy.com. We’d love to work with you!
by Silver RavenWolf
The brightest star in the sky at 1.46 magnitude, Sirius is twice the size of our sun. Located in the constellation of Canis Major this powerful star historically heralded the hottest days of summer in Greece and signaled the flooding of the Nile in Egypt. Named by the Greeks, “Sirius” means “glowing” or “scorcher”. At one time Sirius rose with the sun on summer solstice; but, due to the precession of the equinoxes, Sirius’glittering reign does not begin until the early days of July and lasts approximately 40 days, somewhere around 11 August. Positioned in the constellation of the Greater Dog, Sirius became known as the Greater Dog Star, with associations to Artemis, Anubis, and Isis.
Specifically located at 13° 57 min. Cancer, Sirius embodies the energy of luck, pride, ambition, good reputation, occult interests, wealth, good fortune, honor, and same. The stars energy is also associated with dog bites, literally and metaphorically. Some practitioners associate Sirius with the Goddess Hecate in her Bitch Goddess aspect. Although Sirius can highlight fame, it can also inflame danger and violence particularly if heat and humidity are high.
At this point you’re saying, “Gee that’s great Silver, but what is that to do with me.”
Sirius has one more title, that of the Great Conjurer.
It is now, right now, that the power of Sirius according to folklore, is at its greatest height. Reference can be found in numerous collections of American stories of legend and lore to the Dog days of Summer, when Pow-wows, Hexenmeisters, Witches, Grannies, and a plethora of conjurers, might work their greatest magic.* Facing the rising Sun each day for 13 days one might offer one’s petition in a variety of methods to reach a goal of success, happiness, and good fortune. Many stories single out the waning moon during this period, wherein the banishment of evil, revenge, and the destruction of misfortune find the path of least resistance. Boiling a piece of clothing that you have worn and not washed is thought to break the worst of curses if done on the waning moon during the reign of Sirius. Pow-Wow’s often advised to throw in some finger nail clippings and hair as well.
This year, Mercury will turn direct right under the nose of this star, and then, about four days later, will conjunct with it. The energy might be like waving a dog bone right under the snarling jaws of the beast on the day Mercury turns direct. Four days later, that dog will get that bone! Around the 3rd or 4th of August, Mars will conjunct with Sirius. Giving you two very interesting boosts of power should you choose to use them in your magick.
Not only do you have the opportunity to use the Grand Sextile (see previous post) you also have the Braucher’s Time of Power – The Dog Days of Summer. Even if you do not choose to use this energy, it will be interesting to be informed – and to watch as public events unfold.
Artwork: Sirius Sigil drawn by Silver RavenWolf from page 410 of The Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Henry Cornelius Agrippa edited and annotated by Donald Tyson – Llewellyn World Wide Publications.
*American Witch Stories by Hubert J. Davis – Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, New York, 1975. A compilation of stories collected during the depression years by the WPA for the Virginia Writers Project.
Note: If you find fault with any of the historical or astrological accuracy of this post, please feel free to correct by comment with your sources.