November’s Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse 2021

The Beaver | Reed | Frost | Snow | Fog Full Moon of November is the first Full Moon following Samhaim and for this reason it is sometimes considered in Pagan practice as the marker of the new year. For those particularly in tune with the thinning of the veil, the November Full Moon carries special importance. This year the Full Moon couples with a partial (97%) lunar eclipse that is the longest (around 3.5 hours) in the last 500-1000 years.

The culmination of this cycle is, for me, about wholness, as every Full Moon is. However, the Beaver Moon conjures something unique. I am asked to seek a feeling of wholeness in the experiences and emotions of death, grief, loss, and “darkness.” Those aspects of myself that may appear “broken” or even “lunatic” request license to guide me now. I sit down into sensations of discomfort and fear — fear of being judged, fear of surrendering to the unknown. I resist the urge to change anything about that. I allow myself to find strength in this space where my companions are those antagonists that I would usually try to change or heal.

And so, here we meet in a bit of a different situation than is usual for us at a Full Moon. Rather than setting an intention for new beginnings, healing, and change, we stare each other down and decide to not change a thing. We decide that this time there is no new beginning; there is only what has always been: our deepest, darkest adversary. The shadow self steps into the circle. We do not blush or ask it to leave or rage against it or turn our face away from it. We open up our arms and embrace her. That is all that we can do during this time of foreboding cosmic alignment: during a session in which the cosmos sings “this is the dark night of the soul.”

Sure, there is darkness here. There is struggle, opposition. And yet, in these things Kali Ma or Hecate can impart that this, too, is part of the cycle of life/death and all that exists in between. We notice, perhaps, that the dark goddesses are goddesses of creation and destruction because they traverse a path avoided by many. They sit down at a crossroads and though that space is dangerous, it allows them to see in all directions.

I am with you in this celebration of darkness because it, too, is a tool for ascension. I am with you in this turbulence of the soul. Together we look at what we usually try to avoid. We are scared but we are brave. In fact, bravery is not possible without fear.

Rejuvenation with the Cardinal Directions

A soft breeze is a wonderful thing, especially during the summer months. The summer is a time, too, to recharge intuitive powers. All that warmth and sunlight just invites a fresh perspective and a lighter outlook! The body feels a natural ease.

To hone my intuitive powers, I engaged a “Rule of Three” spell guided by the tenent that the energy put out will be returned three fold. The intention here was to call upon the spirits of the North, East, South, and West, requesting blessings and clarity. In particular, I made a request to receive messages to guide me in developing deeper intuition and to open a pathway toward knowledge.

Three by Three Rejuventation Spell

Prepare: Find a bird feather (if you are vegan, you can use a craft feather) and tie it to the end of a ribbon or string. The feather is meant to elevate the spirit, and also to carry messages from upper realms. Secure the ribbon in an outdoor space in which it can receive wind from all directions (in other words, make sure that nothing blocks the flow of air in any direction).

Spell: Observe the feather. When it moves strongly in a cardinal direction, turn to face the source of the wind (so, if the feather blows toward the North, face the South and offer your chant to the South). Repeat the spell three times, holding your intention in mind.

[Eastern] forces share with me
Leave no secrets, make them free
Wind and spirit, three by three
Restore peace and knowledge to me

May this magick rejuventate you and brighten your sacred intuition!

Angitia and Parasite Cleansing

ANGITIA

Healing Goddess Snake Goddess Poisoning and Toxicity Thaumaturgy

When I began an herbal parasite cleanse for healing and vitality I sought a spiritual guide to aid my journey.

I found Angitia, a rather obscure goddess worshipped in Ancient Italy. She is/was known as a great healer, especially from poisoning and particularly in poisoning from snake bites. A master of herbal medicine and spiritual journeying, Angitia is sometimes connected to shamanic history.

Her powers and prowess called to me and I immediately conjured a spell centered on her abilities to support me during the parasite cleanse. The spell has two parts, and can be performed successively or independently depending on what is needed in the moment.

Angitia Parasite Cleanse Healing Spell

Tools: Green candle (or a healing candle of choice), a bowl of salted water, a wand (optional, if this is part of your practice), a likeness of Angitia or a snake artifact

Prepare the Space: Light your candle(s). Create a circle (with or without a wand) that is conducive to healing according to your practice. Place the bowl of salted water at the center of the circle, along with the likeness of Angitia or snake artifact.

Recite the Spell: Repeat a number of times (feel this out, you will know when the right number of repetitions has been reached):

All around an inside me
Greater health and vitality
A body balanced with ease and joy
Dispel the parasite, Destroy!

Kneel down by the bowl of salted water and wash your hands in the bowl. Imagine that you are rinsing out your body of parasites, such as your intestines, joints, brain, heart space. As you wring your hands, repeat:

I wash away, day by day,
Parasites stowed away
Balance come, and ailment go,
Angitia’s serpents overthrow

When you feel that you have cleansed away available toxic debris, shake your wet hands out over the bowl and then dump the water onto the earth or down a drain.

Drying Herbs

Summer is an excellent time to harvest herbs. With a surplus of wonderful-smelling plants everywhere you look, this season tells of untold pleasures especially for the kitchen witch, green witch, an Earth elemental witch, or any witch who works with nature.

I dry herbs and plants such as thyme, chammomile, angelica, sage, mint, lavender, and red clover for use in smudge sticks or in my apothecary. These plants are easy to come by where I live, and I am learning more about forraging and identifying plant species here.

There are quite a few ways to dry your herbs but I like to have them hang upside down from hooks and tacks in my bedroom.