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Wendi Friend

Every work of magick has a form of consequence. Before you go off trying to conjure prince charming or vanquish a spited ex, try working simple forms of magick into your daily life. Here are some examples:

Whenever people ask me how I began my journey into the magickal realm, I point to the moon. The moon’s influence over our planet, and everything on it, is a remarkable force, — one to be acknowledged. By becoming aligned with the moon’s phases and cycles, one can better balance their daily lives and predict things to come.

The moon travels through a basic 28 day cycle. During that journey, several influences play a role in the personality of the day, week, month, year, or hour. As the moon travels, it goes through two phases: waxing, a time when the moon grows from new to full; and waning, a time from full to dark (new).

When the moon is waxing (growing), this is the time to draw things in, to aim for new heights, to reach for your goals, and to send out positive force. When the moon is waning (shrinking), this is the time for self reflection, inward focus, study, and spiritual insight. If you’re trying to get a new job, you’re advised to do so during the waxing moon, when positive energies are growing in force. Your chances of getting the job are said to be increased. If you’re starting a new diet to lose weight, start the diet when the moon is waning – this is when things move away, fall off, or decline in power.

Furthermore, in addition to waxing and waning, the moon travels through each of the twelve signs of the zodiac, succumbing to the influence of each as it passes through the signs of the horoscope in the sky. For example, when the moon is in Pisces, people are more easily influenced by emotion and feeling than by thought and logic. When the moon is in Leo, people feel more empowered, strengthened, aggressive. Apply that information to what you know about the moon, and you can predict that when the moon is waxing in Pisces, you’re likely to feel emotionally charged, positive in thought, and affectionate. However, if the moon is waning in Pisces, you may be more subject to getting your feelings hurt or slipping into depression. Knowing this can help you plan, prepare for, and balance those influences as they approach. It can also help you predict how others may be feeling during that time as well.

By attuning yourself to the moon’s waxing and waning journey through the zodiac, you’re essentially honing your skills of perception, intuition, and psychic energies. For a complete list of the influences of the zodiac on the moon’s journey, visit The Moon In the Zodiac.

There’s more to a day than whether the moon is waxing or waning, and where she is on her astrological journey. In fact, each day of the week presents its own personality and energies to contend with. The scientific aspect of it is that the earth travels around the sun, and as it does, it encounters various planets. As it gets closer to one, earth becomes under that planet’s influence.

Mondays are ruled by the moon, represented by the color white. Monday’s influence is for psychic connections and prophetic dreams.

Tuesday is ruled by Mars, known in the past as the God of War. Tuesday, therefore, is represented by red and is a day of passion, aggression, and opposition.

Wednesday, being ruled by Mercury, is colored purple – the best day for thought and expression.

Thursday is a good day, ruled by Jupiter, representing luck, money, and numbers – therefore, the color green (some references say blue, but instinct rules the toss up).

Venus, Goddess of Love, rules Friday, splashing the day pink (some sources say green, but again, one must follow instinct. Go with the color that feels natural to you).

Saturday, a day colored black, is ruled by Saturn. This is a day for self reflection and memories of bygone days.

Sunday is the day of healing and strength, as it is in many religions and customs. Sunday is ruled by the sun, and so represented by yellow.

Knowing the energies and influences of the day, you can begin to predict not only your own mood, but the mood of others around you. In this way, you may not be as sensitive to their remarks and actions, or you may develop a stronger sensitivity towards them with your words and actions. You can also align personal projects and plans around this information, deciding which day’s influence would be the most beneficial for the long term results of your goal. To honor the energy of each day, you can either light a candle of that color; wear clothing of that color, or both.

Begin each day by focusing on the alignment of the sun, moon, stars, and planets. Where we are in the universe reflects in how we feel. Meditate on goals for the day that will be aided by the moon’s energy and the influence of the earth’s position in relation to other planets. Stay focused throughout your day, holding on to your goals, and standing up to your challenges. At the end of the day, draw yourself a magickal bath, charged with your own energy and with oils intended to enhance other specific energies (match your oils to your days). Relax in the bath, letting go of the day’s troubles and turmoil. After the bath, relax with a cup of hot herbal tea, and record the day’s progress.

There’s much more magick that can be applied to daily life, but this should get you started! In the beginning, you may have to reference resources to remember which days go with what planets and influences, but before long, it will become a matter of simple daily magick.

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Written by:
Wendi Friend

Why do I spell magick with a “k” at the end? No, it’s not a typo. Magic without the “k” signifies illusion, trickery, stage magic, or magic for show. By spelling magick with the “k”, I’m referring to an entirely different kind of magick – the magick of energy, the magick of thought, the magick of nature and the elements.

That’s how I spell magick, but how do I define magick? Maybe the best place to begin answering that question is to instead state what I believe magick is not.

In my opinion and understanding, magick is not a quick fix solution to any given problem. Unlike a toy used for recreation or personal pleasure, magick is not meant to be used for entertainment; nor is it intended to make money fall from the sky, encourage a romantic partner to sweep you off your feet, change the weather at whim, make you win at gambling, miraculously help you pass a test, or remove you from a situation from which you’re meant to learn and grow through experience. Most importantly, magick is not intended to be used for harm, revenge, or gaining power over individuals.

There are many paths, methods, beliefs, and ways of using and abusing magick. There are ceremonial forms of magick wherein circles are cast and wands are waved, or there are solitary methods of practicing magick in which energy is conjured more according to personal preferences than ritual requirements. There are magickal spells written with words and suggested ingredients, or there are magickal spells done knowingly or unknowingly through particular thoughts, actions, words, and patterns.

In my personal belief, magick, or the conscious shifting of energy, is intended to help strengthen our character, give us courage to accomplish what needs done, and give us patience while we wait for the results of our efforts to manifest.

In my experience, most magick is not instantaneous. If I focus on something specific during a private, full moon ritual, I generally don’t see results for about three weeks or so, and the types of results I receive are never quite what I could have imagined.

Let me interject here that one of the elemental misconceptions or “mistakes” made in magick is that the practitioner all too often tries to micro-manage the form of the result, meaning that if they can’t imagine how something could happen, then they can’t imagine that it can happen, therefore they limit their ability to open their mind and allow true universal magick to work at its best. It’s when we let go of the “answer” that the magick comes.

For example, one of the major issues I hear people comment about is money. Money truly can be perceived as the root of all evil, can’t it? We need money to pay the power bill, to buy the groceries, to cloth ourselves, to get through the holidays, etc. – It’s not feasible to think you could conjure a spell or work some form of magick that would cause $500 to drop out of the sky. However, as long as you don’t try to dictate exactly where that $500 will come from, provided the inclusion of harm to none, then the money can and often does appear, although the universe seems to have a great sense of humor and often waits ’til the eleventh hour to deliver. The problem most people have is that they can’t imagine where that much money would come from. It’s not like a family member is going to suddenly give us a loan, or like our boss will kindly give us a bonus. But as long as we don’t try to imagine the how and just focus on the need itself, it can be conjured, as long as it’s not taken for granted, misused, or being used for negative purposes. For example, having that pair of shoes is important to you, yes – but not important enough to work magick over. However, getting the money to fix a broken car so you can get to work and earn money is!

So I define magick as an ability to consciously shift a situation or circumstance through energy and intent in order to provide you with the tools you need to accomplish the task at hand. Magick is not meant to remove you from the task at hand or prevent you from having to do the work yourself.

There are many elements involved in magick. Some may suit you, some may not. There are solar, lunar, and planetary influences; many forms of divination such as tarot, runes, tea leaves, scrying; herbs; candles; crystals; oils; and a continuing collection of contributing forces too large to mention.

For one that’s interested in learning more about or practicing magick, the best advice, in my opinion, is to start with study, not with a hurried anticipation to try out a spell, buy a broom or label one’s self a witch. It’s a long journey full of conscious effort and directed will, not a quick fix for an immediate problem.

It’s easy to get lost in magick. With so many subjects and interests, one can be overwhelmed with the amount of information available. Start slowly with areas that are naturally interesting to you and allow the rest to wait. No need to force it . . . magick happens!

Believe good things; what you believe becomes!

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