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Day 29 of the Great Release Challenge!

Organize the Tools of Your Trade and Watch the Creativity Flow!

Day 29 of the Great Release Challenge!
30 Days to an AWESOME New You!

by Silver RavenWolf

Your Mission Today:  Clean out and clean up — your tools.  No, I don’t just mean hammers, screw drivers, and saws — (although that’s okay, too) — here, I’m referring to any tool that corresponds to your creativity.  This year we were lucky enough to work through our release challenge with the assistance of a Mercury Retrograde.  Come tomorrow, the planet Mercury will station and turn direct at 2:21 AM EST — HOWEVER if you are on Pacific time — Mercury stations and turns direct for you this evening (29 December 2010 at 11:21 PM PST).

Today, we take advantage of the slow Mercury motion, the station, and the gearing up that is to come by preparing our creative outlet for a major burst of energy!  You might have already cleaned some of your creative tools, or perhaps rearranged them.  Today, however, I’d like you to look at them with new eyes.  Dream big as you organize and de-clutter.  Get excited about what all you’re going to be doing with them in the next few weeks!  Allow that great rush of energy to envelope you!

On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day the Moon is in the astrological sign of Sagittarius (Fire) and the Sun is in the sign of Capricorn (Earth).  The moon is in its 4th quarter, the last stage of natural banishing.

Our New Year’s Eve celebrations here will center on two Braucherei (Pow-Wow) practices.  The first is the Takin-Off, used to remove negativity from the aura of the individual.  This negativity could be from yourself, your own thoughts, or from others (even sickness).  Your measure is taken from head to foot, plus the length of the foot, with red thread or yarn.  You then ball the yarn in your left hand and circle a table nine times widdershins.  Then, the yarn is burned outside.  Although this sounds ridiculous, it has always worked for us, and it is doubly fun on New Year’s Even when done with a group of people you like!  Laughter is all the more powerful to the practice!

The second type of charm is called the Milk Warsh, and is done to remove any negativity sent to you by any person or group of people.  You simply write your name on a piece of paper, make three equal-armed crosses on it, ask the Spirits to remove all evil from your person, and put the paper in the milk until it is covered.  Leave for 24 hours, then dump both milk and paper outside the house.  That’s all there is to it.

New Moon occurs on 4 January along with a partial Solar Eclipse, where both the moon and the sun will be in the astrological sign of Capricorn (earth) — and cardinal — (cardinal means Capricorn is considered a go-getter-time-to-move sign).  The planet Jupiter (the great benefic and great energy for expansion) will also conjunct Uranus (super change) in Pisces — if you’ve got a vision for the future and it involves gain?  Magick for it!

Part II (Of course there had to be a Part II — we’re almost done!) is to walk around your work/home environment and congratulate yourself on all you’ve accomplished in the past thirty days!  Even if you only got a bit done, a bit is better than nothing — so, go ahead and be proud of yourself!  If you got lots accomplished — even better — you are going to meet the New Year swinging in power!  Let’s check out that bathroom.  We started there, first.  How is it doing?  Does it need a touch-up?  Part II, then, involves our touch-ups of work already accomplished.  In this process, we’re going to evaluate what really needs more work, or what is difficult to keep stable — and think about why that may be.  Consider options, really think about it this time, on how you can change circumstances so that the problem areas can eventually stabilize.

Part III –  oh yes, there is a Part III — is to cleanse your work/living area with either holy water and incense, or both.  A quick run-through is fine.  Remember, today is touch-up day.

Tomorrow, our 30th day, we are going to light a white candle and do a simple relaxation exercise and meditation.  To participate, you will need the white candle, a clear glass of water, and a stone — yes, like the stone in the story — except your stone?  Never runs out of magick juice.

Keep me posted on your progress.  We’re almost done!

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Day 28 of the Great Release Program!

Braucherei -- There's Magick Everywhere! Even in that chair.

Day 28 of the Great Release Challenge!
30 Days to an AWESOME New You!

by Silver RavenWolf

Your Mission Today:  Is a Secret.

Once upon a time, down West Virginia way, there was a woman with a darned big family.  Lots of kids.  And a Civil War Veteran who lost his leg for a husband.  Seven dollars a month — that’s all the pension they were allowed.  Yet, each month she spent at least forty-eight dollars at the general store.

Come to find out — she had a secret.  Of German extraction, she owned a very special stone.  From the Motherland.  Yes, indeed!

Dug out of the riverbed.

From the Old Country.

When she really needed food or money for all those children, she would take that special stone she kept hidden in the hearth, and place it atop the mantle.  It was never too long until what she needed came to be — one way or another.  When she got what she wanted, she secreted the stone back into the hearth…to keep it warming until the next time.

Just like her grandmother taught her.

Months went by and neighbors as well as estranged family members noticed that even though her husband’s pension was only seven dollars a month,  her family always had enough.

Enough food.

Enough money.

Which set the neighbors to talking.

They did…


A lot.

All the gossip, however, did not reveal the secret, and when they asked her how she did it — she’d just shrug.

That yuletide a distant cousin stayed over for the holidays.  There were no extra bedrooms, so he camped in front of the hearth.  He’d heard tell of the stories of his cousin’s ability to make ends more than meet; but, hadn’t seen any evidence of anything out of the ordinary.  On the eve of his departure he stayed up rather late, irritated that sleep wouldn’t come.  He wished he was home already in his own bed, and it didn’t help that he was hungry.  He knew the kitchen was empty, because he’d taken a peek in there looking for a snack.


Resigned to a growling stomach, he rolled up in his blanket and tried to drift off to sleep.  Around about midnight, his cousin crept from her bedroom, grabbed the secret stone, and placed it atop the mantle.  He heard her, but didn’t move.  Instead, he opened his eyes just a sliver to see what she was up to.  As she placed the stone on top of the mantle, she whispered, “Eggs, coffee, bacon,  make ’em, make ’em, make ’em … come morning,” several times.  Then, as quietly as she entered the room, she retreated.

Eventually, he drifted off to sleep, still contemplating the strangeness of her behavior.  The next morning he woke to the sharp sounds of sizzling bacon and the pungent aroma of strong coffee.

“Where’d you get the food?” he asked as she served up a huge platter of eggs and bacon.  “There wasn’t any in the kitchen, and I know the smokehouse is empty.  We ate the last chicken for Christmas, so there can’t be any fresh eggs.”

She just shrugged and started to walk away.

He cocked his head, and glared at her back.  “Its that there magick stone you got.”

She stopped, but did not turn.  “What magick stone?”

“The one you took from the hearth last night.  I saw you.”

She continued to walk toward the kitchen.  “You must be mistaken.”

The cousin left that morning, went into town, and told all the neighbors and family members about the magick stone.  By nightfall the entire town knew about that enchanted little rock and how the family always had just what they needed because of it, even though their pension was only seven dollars a month.  By Sunday next, everyone in the county buzzed about it, and the minister from his pulpit preached against it, staring straight at the woman the entire time.  She left the church angry, humiliated, and embarrassed because some said it was just a scam, she was probably thieving the whole time.

Come Monday morning, she needed milk for the little ones.  She looked at the stone, yet did not touch it.  Tuesday morning, the need for milk was greater.  Still, she did not touch the stone.  Memories of her humiliation burned in her soul.  Wednesday, however, the children could go no longer on the scraps of bread and bit of butter, let alone her invalid husband.

And, there was no milk.

She grabbed the stone, said the words, and placed it on the mantle piece.

Thursday morning…there was no food.  No butter.  No bread.  No milk.

Angry.  Desperate.  She tried again.

Friday came and went.

And now there was nothing.

The stone no longer worked.

The magick spoiled.  At least that’s what the neighbors said.

This story is my version of a tale told by one woman on the DVD entitled Signs, Cures & Witchery — German Appalachian Folklore presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College.  To the average individual — it is a story about a magick stone.  Except, we know, it wasn’t the stone at all, was it?

Signs, Cures and Witchery DVD

Your Mission Today:  I’d like you to re-read the story from a quantum physics point of view, and then relate this story to your own life, especially if you’ve been dealing with negative circumstances.  Please post your thoughts — I would so love to hear them!

Oh.  Your Mission Today?  Release your disbelief.

My Release Diary:  Did you notice Day 27?  The oven?  That was my husband in the pic.  We cleaned the oven as a team.  I took the first swipe.  He took the next two, and then I finished off with the fourth and final round of cleaning.  Sometimes, it helps to break up a big task with someone else.  Its even better when they offer! (Yes, he did.)  I finished the release part of the day with mopping the floor and once again cleaning that ever-present-remodeling-dust.

Oh!  Today, it was so windy?  The spouting ripped off the house.  Yep.  But, you know?  I wasn’t panicked.  Well, okay, so I started to panic when it was just hanging there, whipping around, because I thought — Oh, Stars!  What if it tears off and kills someone?  My husband was at work, so there went that idea.  I thought — What the hell can I, a 54-year-old woman in the middle of a horrendous wind storm, do?

I used Braucherei, that’s what I did, and I finished with:  “I know the spouting will come down safely.  I know everything is going to be okay.”

And the spouting stopped being a windmill, slipped off the last bolt, and floated down to street level.

Yep.  Good day.  Monday, Lord of the Day, thank you for helping in every way!

Tomorrow we’re going to run through all the things we have accomplished, and I’ll talk about the New Year planetary energies a bit.