Author: Silver RavenWolf

Fall Equinox Magick – The Season of Closure #Mabon


Corn Mother by Silver RavenWolf
                                                           Corn Mother by Silver RavenWolf

Mabon – Fall Equinox – The Season of Closure

by Silver RavenWolf
copyright 2016

The power of Mabon unfolds when the Sun is at 1 degree Libra.  This year, Mabon (Fall Equinox) occurs on Thursday, the 22nd of September at 10:21 AM EDT/ 7:21 AM PDT.  A few hours earlier, Mercury turns direct.  The third quarter Moon is in Gemini in Her Disseminating (Harvest) phase.  The Corn Mother, whether she is called Selu, Demeter, Brighid, the Cailleach, or Maighdean-Bhuana rules the Autumn Equinox.  She brings good fortune, bountiful harvest, and bright blessings to all who acknowledge Her; particularly gifting those who have worked hard throughout the season to bring joy, wisdom, and delight to the creatures of the earth and its inhabitants.

This is the Season of Closure, where the dramas, projects, and lingering events that have unfolded since last November (when the astrological Samhain marks the new Pagan year) demand completion.  The two weeks before Mabon you may feel the urge to finish any number of issues, whether they brought you joy or sadness.  From the conclusion of a significant project to the relief of finally shutting down the detritus of something unpleasant, Mabon offers you the opportunity to close it up, lock the door, and walk away.

With Mercury turning direct on Mabon you have a fantastic opportunity for swinging the wand of forward motion in the direction you desire.  The hours when Mercury stations before turning direct build power that is expended at the moment the planet shifts and turns direct.  I call this window and the subsequent release of energy, the opportunity for sling-shot magick!  The trick is to begin with the release energy already available.  This includes the harvest phase of the year and the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse that occurs on 16 September at 3:05 PM EDT/12:05 PM PDT, along with the recognition of the power that Mercury has attained during its retrograde period where the focus was on building within.  Prep yourself and your life to let go of what isn’t needed, wanted, or helpful in the week before the Fall Equinox.  I realize that many of you have already been doing this in the last several months.  I read all the comments on my FB posts, and several of them mention cleaning out garages, move of house, letting go of negative employment, etc.  These previous actions will serve you well, and what you do now?  The sweet icing on the cake!  A full house cleaning between the 16th and the 21st,, preparing the home for winter/summer (depending upon your location), harvesting/prep for planting (again, depending upon your location), reviewing payment plans and finances for upcoming holiday spending, weeding out extraneous projects that munch through your valuable time, etc.  Perhaps you would like to take the time this year and make a corn dolly – the ultimate symbol of the season.

As a reminder, Mercury will again retrograde during the Yule holiday.  I hear the groans.  Yup!  The planet enters its storm on Thursday the 15th of December (where you will actually notice the sluggish energy and more than one hysterical fallout) and retrogrades on Monday, the 19th of December.  My advice?  Keep your calendar cleaner than usual and shop EARLY.  I mention this here because what you don’t take care of this retrograde period (which is right now), is going to come back and bite you.  Don’t put tasks off – tie them up this Mercury go-around so that during the major holidays you will be golden.

Mabon is the perfect time to blend with nature and give thanks for Her support of human life.  A walk in the woods, a visit to a field or orchard, or performing a meditation in your garden are all positive actions that will uplift the heart and guide a clearer mind to better future choices.  Put your hands on the earth, run energy into the soil, feast your eyes on the true glory of what is already there!

Let go of the whiney-baby pissy pants shit and move forward.

Life is short.

You are here to bring joy!

You are here to create!

Celebrate!

Mabon!

The Wheel is turning ever forward
Whisper thee your act of closure
Fill the cauldron, light the fire
Cast the magick ever higher!
Find the laughter, make ye merry
Mother’s heartbeat, act of Fairy
Magick swirls and eddies onward
Field of change is sweetly honored
Golden glow and autumn’s kiss
Season’s end demands all this.

Many blessings this autumn season!
Silver

Candle Divination — The Science and the Unseen


by Silver RavenWolf
copyright 2016

candleDoes the way a candle burn have a mystical significance?  Or, do we rationalize that the manner in which the wax drips and pools falls merely within the realm of science?

The answer to both these questions is — yes!

I have been making candles for many years — you name it?  I tried my hand at it — paraffin, soy, blend of the two, beeswax melting and rolling, pillars, figure candles, votives, tea candles, container candles — whew!  I’ve worked with a slew of products — waxes, additives, oils, essentials, carriers, wick weights and types — if you could consider it a candle?  I made it.

Along the way I learned that there is always a scientific explanation on how any particular candle burns — space conditions, barometric pressure, the quality or type of wax used, wax temperature when poured, additives, oils, herbals (if any) the wick size, etc.  I was forced to acknowledge the science that creates a high quality product; yet, at the same time, I realized the amazing mystical aspects at play in all of my choices.

spiritsummon2For example, let’s say you bought a dud candle — it simply won’t light.  Perhaps the wick, somewhere along the way from production to you, was saturated with a heavy oil that won’t allow it to burn.  A bad carrier or even an overload of essential oils in the wax can also create the same problem.  That’s the science.  The magickal aspect asks:  “Why do I have this stupid, non-burning candle right now?  Right when I want to do this magick?”  We know that the Universe helps us in the form of visual signals that seem ordinary — like the candle wick not accepting the flame as a hint that all is not right with this working.  In the realm of the mystical — that candle possibly won’t light because:  You haven’t thought this spell through.  It isn’t the right time to do this particular spell.  You really don’t want to do this working because you are fearful or unsure of the circumstances…etc.  Perhaps, if you do this spell, it is going to rebound on you like dog shit flying out from under a ten ton mower blade.

The trick is to find the balance between the mystical, divinatory possibilities and the scientific reasoning.  By tying the scientific with intuition, you can learn a lot more about an issue simply by paying attention to the signals the universe is sending through ordinary means.  Being aware of your feelings before you do candle magick is worth the few moments to analyze the type of emotion you are experiencing before you light that wick.  Are you confident?  Afraid?  Feeling good?  Not so sure?  Back off if you are in the negative, do a cleansing of some type and then move forward.

Let’s say that you empowered your candle, lit it and it is burning beautifully.  Along comes your spouse and he blows out that candle. 

Oh…My…Stars! 

Really? 

You’ve got to be kidding me! 

WHY did you do that? 

Perhaps that person gives a very logical explanation.  You turn away, frowning, because your mind is filled with questions.  Why did that happen?  Should I light the candle again?  Should I trash it and start over?  Obviously the scientific answer is that your spouse blew out the candle.  Done deal.  The divinatory one can be a little more complicated depending upon the nature of the working.  It could be that you (or your spouse) subconsciously don’t want to move forward on this issue at this time.  Perform some type of spiritual cleansing or Jinx Remove to get rid of this type of block, re-empower the candle if you still want to move forward OR, trash this candle and do a new one where the wording is different.  The spouse blowing out the candle could also be a signal that someone outside of yourself or your partner is concentrating on blocking your success on this issue — someone at your place of employment, or in the family who wishes to “outen” your work — an individual who, for whatever reason, does not want you to succeed.  It could be petty or it could be “just business”.  If your gut tells you that this is the right explanation, you would re-empower the candle, re-light it AND add an additional candle — such as Road Opener, Crown of Success, Protection, Hex Breaker, Send Back, or Black Cobra (if you think the negative energy is intentional). 

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Hand rolled beeswax candles for Money Spell

Although natural soy and beeswax candles rarely soot — it can happen on occasion — soot indicates that there is resistance to your work.  Scientifically, certain fragrances and essentials are known to create soot — pine being the major one.  Again, why did you choose a pine scented candle for that working?

Here’s another example:  You buy ten beeswax candles in a pack.  You go to do the spell with one of the candles.  The flame goes out immediately.  You light it again, this time holding the flame longer to the wick and touching the wax.  The candle stays lit.  Science:  You did not hold the flame to the wick long enough because these wicks are not pretreated with any chemicals and it is cotton.  Mysticism: As this was the first candle out of this package, and you did not already know to hold the flame securely to the wick for a longer period of time — you may be jumping the gun on the working — or, your working will seem to take off, then poop.  Conversely, if this is the second candle in the pack, you already know to hold the flame to the wick longer because of what happened with the first candle — and the candle will take off the first time no problem.  

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Scrying Candle

Strange things can happen with candle magick, which is why you must be vigilant in safety procedures.  If a glass container candle explodes, there are at least four scientific explanations:  Either there was an extreme temperature variation between the surface glass and the burning wax,  OR the container suffered some sort of hairline fracture, OR there were too many herbals in the wax too close to the flame (I blew up a love spell with that one), OR when the candle was poured the wick was crooked and portions bent too near the glass.  The last explanation is the most dangerous because when you first purchase the candle, you can’t see that the wick is doing a strange loop-de-loop under the surface of what looks like a centrally placed wick.  I set a pair of curtains on fire years ago because a dollar store candle wick was next to the glass half way down the jar and I didn’t realize it.  Hence, my interest in making my own darned candles!  Whatever the scientific reason for the explosion, in the realm of the mystical — expect the circumstance to be over quickly and often with an unexpected or powerful event.  Usually it is a good sign if you can get past the physical damage that might have occurred. 

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Candle Magick Ritual

If a candle keeps going out on its own — scientifically, the wick is not heavy enough to handle the wax formula, you cut the wick too short for that formula, the carrier of the fragrance is too heavy, or the ratio of essential oil to wax is incorrect.  Sometimes you can continue to dump the excess wax so the candle can burn properly — however…what does this tell you about the circumstance?  Maybe, you need to do a different type of working to combat the obstacles that you might not be seeing.  Or, perhaps you aren’t actively investing your energy in the issue and need to change your behavior and thoughts surrounding the circumstances.  Scientifically?  If you have two of the same candle and they both burn badly?  Find a new brand of candle.

What if the candle makes snapping sounds?  Scientifically, there is water somehow, some way, in the wick, OR your magickal oil dripped down (somehow) next to the wick column between the wax and the wick. Mystically, chatter in candle magick is normally seen as a good thing, meaning that a great many changes are being made to fulfill your goal. 

mycranberrytinWhat if your candle burns super fast?  Scientifically, there is probably a lot of air movement around where the candle has been placed (drafty), OR the wick is too large for the formula or size of the candle, OR your magickal oil or other ingredients in the candle such as herbs, hasten the burn, OR you are burning a soy container candle and you didn’t let the melt pool cover the top of the candle before putting it out.  This is called tunneling.  On the lines of mystical interpretation — be pleased — your desire will come to pass quickly.  

If the wick flame is super high, you either forgot to trim the wick to the height appropriate for the type of wax, or there is an additive that is super combustible (something either added in the manufacturing process or by yourself).  Enchantment thought is that there is an influx of energy and the matter will end well and swiftly.

Puddles of wax can also be read in a divinatory way.  To the right of the candle, the worst is behind you.  To the left of the candle, there are obstacles ahead, gather up the puddle once it has cooled, inscribe a banishing pentagram on it, and dispose of it off your property.  The shape of the puddle can also be read like tea leaves — does it look like a ship and you were burning a money candle?  Then your fortune is on its way!  Does it look like cat vomit?  That was the first thing you thought?  An aura cleansing is definitely in order!  Usually the first image that comes to mind when reading wax like this, is correct — your subconscious mind is trying to tell you something, through a symbol, that the conscious mind is ignoring.  Stars are generally success, birds are messages, arrows are moving in a specific direction, etc., however, symbols although universal, should be read in a personal way.  For example, a spider can mean creativity and is solution oriented; but, if you see a spider and you don’t like spiders, then the message is definitely a personal one.  Scientifically, a soy votive will puddle everywhere unless burned in a candle cup, and various other waxes have their own general pooling patterns.

The residual wax left on the sides of a container candle can also be read in a divinatory way by interpreting the shapes and patterns remaining on the cold glass.  Why is there wax clinging to the inside of the container?  Whether soy or paraffin, the wick was too light or the choice of wick construction was not appropriate for that type of wax.   For example, natural waxes require a different type of wick than paraffin waxes.  If you use a wick designed for paraffin in a soy brew, you will have trouble with a good burn (if it burns at all).  Beeswax is particularly fussy.  Sometimes chandlers (candle makers) actually design the candle so that it will leave the residue, making the container appear to glow softly.  

samhainbag5.jpgWhat type of candle is best for mystical purposes?  They say that beeswax is superior, soy second (because it is natural; however, due to the process involved in making soy wax, research indicates soy wax cannnot be termed “organic”), followed by palm wax, and paraffin last — this, of course, depends on who you are asking.  But, who is the expert?  You are.  Choose the type of wax, that through personal experimentation, brings you the most reliable, consistent results.

Science?  Magick?  Both?  You decide.