Pagan Blog Project – J is for Jera

Jera - The Harvest - Faeorain Ui Neill

Jera – The Harvest – Faeorain Ui Neill

Jera
Pronounced: “Yair-ah”

Translation
Literally: “year”
Associated: harvest

Meaning
Jera is the success and good harvest of either the land, or something you’ve put your time and effort in cultivating and manifesting, taking the proper actions along the way. It is very much tied to the land, and is a useful rune to carve or place around the garden (even for container gardeners!).

Along with the harvest theme of Jera, it represents fertility, creation/creativity, peace and harmony with the land, and plenty.

It’s a time to be aware of the cycles of the worlds, cycles of the inner worlds within yourself. Allow yourself the time and patience to grow that which you seek in your life, the same it would take to physically grow a crop. Changes for the better need time to evolve and become what they ultimately need to be, and stick.

 

There is no reverse for Jera, as it is the wheel of time. However, if you find Jera converse (sideways), you need to rethink the actions you are taking to achieve that which you want manifest. You may also need to review your end goal, as if it is not truly right for you, you won’t achieve it in a successful fashion.

It is also a time to think about some of your talents you’ve kept hidden from yourself and others. Use the tools and abilities the Gods have given you. Only by doing this can you move forward and create great abundance in your life.

 

Sources:
Rune Secrets
Rune Maker

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The Month of The Vine

Image from Wikipedia

Celtic Name: Muin

Latin Name: Vitis (along with another name depending on the variety)

Dates: September 2-29

Parts Used: Grapes, leaves, wood, juice, seeds.

Medicinal Qualities:
Grape sugar is different from other sugars chemically; it doesn’t need the saliva to enter circulation within the body. This means that there is a fattening and warming action that aids with restoring energy and repair after the effects of fevers have taken hold, however, this action is not suitable for gout or inflammation.
Grapes in the diet also aid in anemia when eaten daily.

The leaves and seeds are an astringent. The leaves were used previously to stop bleeding and hemorrhaging. The leaves are used today dried and powdered and used on cattle to cure dysentery.

Image from Botanical.com

Magickal Qualities:
As the month the vine presides over (September) is a time of harvest, it makes sense that the vine is worked with in magic for harvesting, whether it is physical or spiritual. It has both masculine and feminine qualities. You can work with the vine for magics of joy, faerie workings, excitement, spiritual initiations, sacred knowledge, rebirth.
It increases fertility: placing a wreath above your bed aids in becoming pregnant, and on your child’s first birthday, hanging vines around the house ensures a long, fruitful life.
It is a wonderful tree to work with for all sorts of fertility, abundance, prosperity, money, happiness, and a sense of ease in life.
We musn’t forget that grapes are turned into wonderful, delicious wine. Wine is used to aid in connecting to the Otherworld, breaking down the barriers our minds put up around us. Though, each person reacts differently to different mind-altering substances, so it may work well for one, but not another. Wine is used to celebrate, to lose ourselves to revelry and our more primal selves concerned with our own happiness and pleasure.

Image from Wikipedia

 

Mugwort

Latin Name:
Artemesia vulgaris

Common and Folk Names:
 Artemis, Artemesia, Common Mugwort, Felon Herb, Muggons, Naughty Man, Old Man, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, St. John’s Plant, Witch Herb.

Parts Used:
Leaves, roots.

Herbal Uses:
Mugwort can be used to help promote appetite as it aids in the production of bile. It is also used as a mild purgative. It is most often used as an emmenagogue (to stimulate menstruation) in teas and baths to help regulate menstruation. Also used in a bath, it aids with tired or sore legs and rheumatoid arthritis.
Mugwort was also used to aid in palsies, hysteria and epilepsy, and is quite useful in bringing fevers down.

Magical Uses:
Mugwort has long been used in divination, as a wash for crystal balls and scrying mirrors, placed under or around the crystal ball to aid in psychic work. A tea of mugwort is also drunk before divining. It is also burned with wormwood or sandalwood during any divination. Pillows made with mugwort and slept upon will bring prophetic dreams; leaves placed next to the bed is said to help achieve astral projection.
Mugwort is carried for luck, fertility, protection against malicious spirits and wild animals and fatigue (place leaves in each shoe to gain strength and stamina during long journeys on foot).

 

 

Norse Runes – Fehu

Thought it would be nice to have a new segment for the blog! Especially for those days  in the coming school year when I have no want to write off the top of my head! Which will most likely be often, lol. Le sigh.

So the new segment is all about the Nordic runes!

The first rune in the Elder Futhark runes is:
Fehu, Fe, Feh, Feoh, Faihu, Feo
(we generally pronounce it: “fay-who”)

Translation:
The word literally translates to cattle, money and wealth. In ancient times, cattle was equated with wealth. Nowadays, it represents tangible wealth such as money and possessions.

Meaning:
When casting the runes, if you happen to get an upright Fehu rune, it means that there is an abundance in your life, a wealth. This could mean different things to different people. For some, it is monetary, for others, spiritual, and for others yet, it may be that they have a comfortable place to live, food in their bellies, and no actual need for money.
It indicates a time of plenty, of success, happiness and hope. Wealth won or earned.
It, being the first in the runic sequence, also shows a time of new beginnings, getting rid of the more stagnant old to make way for the better new. With this, fertility and creation is also associated. There is also foresight and the ability to see that sharing the wealth, compassion, aids to keep our lives abundant.

Merkstave:
When this rune is cast and it is upside down, or “merkstave”, it shows that this is a time where there is some sort of failure. There could be a loss of “wealth”, a loss of something that is important to you, that you’ve put much energy and time into. There is also greed, cowardice, poverty, lack of intelligence. Being bound to the material world (or the things you find wealth in). Bad luck, wasting what you have, lack of control in one’s life, and an obstacle one must overcome to become fertile again within one’s life.

Converse (sideways):
When this rune shows up sideways, it shows that the abundance/wealth is hidden from you at this time. It is being withheld.

Magical Purposes:
Abundant harvests (whether physically: farming, gardening, pregnancy, or spiritually), money, wealth, luck, prosperity, energy, charisma, power and control.

Associations:
The number 1, Frey, red, Aries, fire, Elder tree, stinging nettle, gold.

Elemental Magick – Earth



Earth is the element of the north. If you are experiencing issues with money/wealth, growth, fertility, creativity, employment or your own business, this will be the element you should call upon.

Herbal/Oil/Incense Associations:
Pea, vervain, wheat, turnip, primrose, sagebrush, alfalfa, oleander, rye, mugwort, tulip, beet, oats, fern, corn, cotton.

Stone Associations:
Turquoise, green and moss agate, black and green tourmaline, alum, stalagmite, stalactite, green calcite, salt, cat’s eye, peridot, chrysophase, olivine, coal, malachite, brown and green jasper, kunzite, jet.

Elemental Beings:
Gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, beings who live within the earth and rule over precious gems, minerals and the entirety of the Earth herself.

Animals:
Cow, bull, snakes, stags, bison, mouse.

Tarot:
The suite of Pentacles or Coins (for quite obvious reasons). The Empress, the Hierophant, the Hermit, the Devil, the World.

Gods:
Adonis, Athos, Arawn, Ceres, Cernunnos, Demeter, Dionysus, Mah, Marduk, Nephthys, Pan, Persephone, Prithivi, Rhea, Rhiannon, Tammuz.

Magical Workings:
Finances, wealth, riches, prosperity, employment, business, work, promotions, material possessions empathy, fertility, life/death, stability, success, growth, creation, agriculture, gardening, ecology, construction, buildings, food, progress.

Elemental Magic – Water


It’s about time I continue on my posts about elemental magic associations! We’ve come to water, the element of the west and autumn, the emotions, relationships (partnerships), healing, meditation, love, fertility, childbirth & children, the womb, psychic abilities, intuition, the moon and dreams.

Herbal/Oil/Incense Associations:
Apple, belladonna, catnip, lettuce, lotus, bleeding heart, hemp, monkshood, hibiscus, moonwort, jasmine, huckleberry, apricot, elder, grape, wolfsbane, rose, ragwort, willow, vanilla, chamomile, aloe, iris, peach, plum, orris, hellebore, heather, sandalwood, raspberry, thyme, violet, yew, tansy.

Stone Associations:
Azurite, aquamarine, amethyst, blue lace agate, celestite, beryl, blue and pink calcite, chalcedony, lapis lazuli, geodes, quartz, coral, chrysocolla, holey stones, jade, blue/pink/green tourmaline, selenite, sapphire, sodalite, moonstone, mother of pearl, pearl.

Elemental Beings:
Undines, nymphs, mermaids; as in many old tales of mermaids and nymphs, the female beings would marry human men and have children with them to gain a soul, they would also lure them unto the dark depths of waters. they are creatures who can pull at the emotions without as much as a word, eliciting feelings of passion and love.

Animals:
Basically everything that lives in water, 🙂 Dolphins, whales, fish, etc.

Tarot:
The suit of Cups; the Priestess, The Hanged Man, The Chariot, Death, The Moon

Gods:
Celtic: Dylan Eil Ton, Lir, Manannan mac Lir, Sequana. Egyptian: Hapy, Anti, Nu, Tefnut. Greco/Roman: Aphrodite/Venus, Poseidon/Neptune, Sirens, Triton, Fontus. Norse: Aegir, Njord, Nix.

Magical Workings:
Emotional workings, love, relationships, improving your psychic powers, healing, fertility (both in creating babies and creating new ideas/habits within yourself), scrying.

 

The Month of Birch

Dates:
December 24 – January 20

Celtic Name:
Beth

Latin Name:
Betula alba

Parts Used:
Bark, leaves

Herbal Uses:
The resinous substance secreted by young shoots and leaves have acidic properties and when combined with alkalies, create a tonic laxative.
To aid with dropsy, gout and rheumatism, make an infusion (Birch Tea). This tea is also valuable in dissolving kidney stones.
And infusion made with the bark can be employed to treating and the ridding of putrefaction. A decoction (boiled in water) will aid skin eruptions and dropsy by bathing the area with the birch bark water.

Magical Uses:
Birch is associated with purification, protection and exorcism, and represents renewal, rebirth and beginnings as it is the first tree after Winter to come into leaf.

To ward off the evil eye, tie a red ribbon on the branch of one of these lovely trees. To exorcise people and animals by gently striking them with the twigs of this tree. The wood was once used to make cradles as the wood would protect the young one within as well as boughs hung over the child to keep them from being enchanted by the Little People.

Birch will also protect against lightening. The branches were marked with ogham and carried for protection in small pouches as well as given to newlyweds for fertility. In Wales, the Birch is a tree of love, and wreaths are made out of the branches and twigs as tokens of love. When beginning a new project or journey, call upon the powers of the Birch as it is also a tree of new beginnings and new view points. Birch rods are used in protection spells and carried to protect from malicious magics (crossing/hexing) or even mundane situations/people.

The Month of Hazel

Dates:
August 5 – September 1

Celtic Name:
Coll

Latin Name:
corylus avellana

Parts Used:
Nuts, leaves, wood, branches

Herbal Usages:
Can be used in the draining and restoring elasticity of lungs. The nuts are a good source of magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, fatty acids and protein. The nuts can be powdered and added to mead or honeyed water to help with a cough.

Associations:
Masculine; air; Mercury; Wednesday; Hermes/Mercury; Thor; Fionn; Artemis/Diana; Lazdona; the crane; brown; band-red agate; wisdom; springs and wells; salmon.

Magic(k)al Workings:
One of the nine traditional woods burned in the Belfire by the Druids at Beltaine, burned for wisdom. Known in ancient times as the “Tree of Wisdom”.
Spirit contact, manifestation, protection, prosperity, wisdom, dreams, divination, dowsing, knowledge, marriage, inspiration, wrath, fertility, intelligence, reconciliation, poetic inspiration, anti-lightning charm.
A couple of twigs bound with gold or red thread to form a solar cross is carried for protection and good luck. The mistletoe that grows on Hazel protects you from being bewitched. Sleep under a hazel tree and you will have vivid dreams.

Hazel is sacred to the Fey. A wand made of the wood can be used to call the Fey. Druids used the wands to find ley lines. Forked branches can be used to find water or buried treasure.

Twigs, nuts and branches should be gathered after sunset on Samhain for that is when the magic(k)al power of the tree is at its peak. However, you mustn’t cut Hazel with a knife, but a flint.

Month of the Oak

The Oak has always been one of my favourite trees. Just looking at pictures of one from afar gives me a sense of wonder and simple, homely countrysides. From June 10 to July 7 is the Celtic month of Duir, the Oak. Oak is the seventh moon of the Celtic calendar as well.

Latin Name:
Quercus alba (White Oak)

Parts Used:
Bark, wood, leaves, acorns

Herbal Usages:
Oak is well known for its astringent and antiseptic properties and has been used as a tonic for a long time. Bark can be made into a tea to heal hemorrhoids.
When given with chamomile flowers, it helps eases intermittent fevers.
Very useful when there are chronic diarrhea and dysentery problems, a decoction of 1 oz of Oak bark in 1 quart water, boiled down to a pint and drank in wine glass size portions will aid the bowels.
This decoction is also used externally as a gargle to help sore throats, and as a fomentation (warm or hot liquids that are applied to the body to ease pain; like a poultice). Can also be injected for leukorrhea, and applied to bleeding gums, or hemorrhoids.
Acorns can also be peeled and be used to make potions to treat alcoholism, bad breath and constipation.

Associations:
The word “Duir” comes from the Sanskrit “Dwr” which means “Door”. It is the door to the three worlds of the Shaman.
Fire; Sun;
wren, black, white carnelian; moonstone; Yule fires; Yule log; Brighid; The Dagda; Dianus; Janus; Cybele; Rhea; Pan; Erato; Hecate; Zeus; Jupiter; Thor; Perkunas; lightning; thunder; the Wild Hunt; King Arthur’s round table.

Magic(k)al Workings
As the month of Duir has the summer solstice in it, the Oak is a powerful symbol of midsummer.
Money, success, strength, fertility, stability, health, healing, potency and good luck. Different types of Oak will lend slightly different properties to magic(k)al workings. Red Oak is fiery, White Oak is for solidity and strength, Brown Oak is earthy and is used for grounding.
Acorns can be used to attract someone of the opposite sex, used for divinatory powers, and to attract prosperity and wealth.
Oak is known as the “King of the Grove”; a holy tree; the lord of truth and is one of the three  sacred trees “Oak, Ash & Thorn”. Worship of the Oak may stem from the early nomadic Europeans using acorns for food.
The acorn is seen as the representation of the supreme form of fertility and creativity of the mind; as such, they are used to increase fertility of both projects and ideas and human reproduction, and also ease pain.
Because of its ties to immortality symbolism, acorns are sacred to the Samhain season and are often used in fall decorating.
It is said that the voice of Jupiter can be heard in the rustling of the leaves. At midsummer, the future can be divined by listening to the wind in the leaves. Acorns should be planted during the Dark moon to attract prosperity.
It is a very powerful herb for protection; England is said to be protected by the Oak when using its timbers to build their ships. It is also used as a boundary for its protective qualities. Acorns placed in windows will ward off lightning and beings that would scare us at night; they will also attract luck. Acorns can be born in pockets to ward off storms, to prevent the bearer from getting lost, and protect from evil intent. They are also carried as charms for immortality, longevity, fertility, ward off illness and preserve youthfulness. Three acorns can be made into a charm to attract youthfulness, attainment, and beauty in life. This charm should be bound with the maker’s hair, and blessed at every Full and Dark moon of a year, and then worn.
A leaf worn on the neck and next to the heart will allow the wearer to not be deceived by the world at large.
A few leaves in bath water will cleanse body and spirit. If you catch a falling leaf, it is said you will not be sick for the winter. If a sick person is in your house, light a fire of Oak wood to draw out the illness.
Because the Oak is a male tree, athames,  and certain male-aspect wands and staffs should be made of its wood. The wood is also used to make religious idols.
The Waning moon is the right time to harvest Oak, during the day for Acorns, and at night for the leaves and wood. Offer wine to the Oak’s roots as thanks for allowing you to take a part of him.

Beltane

Beltane Reunion - Emily Balivet

Beltane Reunion – Emily Balivet

Blessed greetings to one and all! I thought I would write up some thoughts and history on Beltane here, as this will be a blog for me to present my findings of research and practice, and personal discoveries. So Beltane! And here we go “a-maying!” 🙂 Beltane Belenos (amongst many different spellings) is a generic Celtic god of the Sun and simultaneously of the crops. Belenos literally means “Fire of the Gods”. Balefires were lit in honor of the sun and it’s return, people would usher their herds between fires to purify and ensure fertility before loosing them out to pastures for the summer season. The fires are quite restorative, in energy and symbolically. Symbolically, they were lit and danced around to usher in the sun and summer, bringing the Belenos/The Oak King/The Horned God/The Green Man to his full power and virility in this light part of the year. May poles are erected with flowers and long ribbons for the people to dance around and create beautiful patterns as they move around the pole. The May pole is obviously a phallus placed within the earth symbolizing the union between god and goddess, the land and the sun. People would traditionally make love in fields where crops were to transfer a sort of sympathetic magic to the land, enforcing its fertility, ensuring a bountiful harvest the entire month of May. Beltane does not necessarily need to be celebrated by making love, or focusing on sexual energies, although that part is quite fun 😉 No, Beltane can be celebrated alone, by loving oneself and finding unity within; by walking in the park and witnessing the change of the land, the fertility and growth in plants trees and animals around; by ushering in new ideas, big changes, and cleaning out one’s mind and body for new things to grow and bear fruit.