AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) Have you been having problems with someone, either in person or online? If things have been rather tense, now's the time to swallow your pride and start communicating and compromising.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19) Are matters involving home, family, domestic arrangements, parents or property dominating your thinking? Things will gradually improve, as long as you stay centred and keep an open mind.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Work projects are favoured, as you make the most of the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus visiting your career zone. Creativity and motivation are high but try to keep a sense of perspective.
LEO (July 23 - August 22) Party-loving Lions are keen to socialise and circulate; mix and mingle; imagine and create; as you let your hair down and have some fun. But it's Equinox day so try not to overdo things!
PISCES (February 19 - March 20) You're thinking about a financial, business or work project as today's planetary patterns help you tackle tasks with extra energy and enthusiasm. But things won't happen overnight!
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) Open and honest communication is the secret to success at the moment. There'll be plenty of opportunities to expand your peer group. But don't neglect your long-term friends in the process.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) The planetary patterns give tired Taureans a welcome energy surge today. The stars also favour some quiet contemplation, as you use your intuition to help you solve a current problem.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) You're in the mood to help a loved one through a rough patch, or cheer up a close friend who is down-in-the-dumps. If you get drawn into a fiery discussion, strive to be balanced and fair-minded.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Scorpio is the sign of extremes, and you can have trouble relaxing. As we celebrate the Equinox - when day and night are of equal length - strive to bring more balance into your busy life.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) It's time to get talking with your nearest and dearest about subjects you may not necessarily feel comfortable about. Try to be fair and balanced, as you view things from differing perspectives.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) Business ventures are brewing at the moment, as you combine common sense with intuition to achieve a positive result. Don't be impatient though. Your dreams will take a while to manifest.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19) Are you being too subjective about a current issue? Take a step back, adjust your focus, and strive to view the situation from a much broader and wiser perspective. Balance is the key.
Re: Do i need? By: WhiteRav3n / Knowledgeable Nov 21, 2011
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Being out in nature when doing magick is the best, in my opinion. When I am performing an important ritual, I try to do it outside, weather permitting.
Candles are merely a focus point. You can use anything as a focus point. Just remember to raise energy as you chant. Most new to magick just think speaking words will work, but even words are just a focus. Magick is all about focus, will, energy, and belief. The rest are tools to aid the process.
Re: Do i need? By: Brysing Moderator / Adept Nov 21, 2011
Post # 6
I don't like the idea of "to become a witch". Of course, there are "practising" witches, but if you believe in the magic of nature. If you believe there are strange things in the world, and that we humans do not understand all of them--yet!
If you believe all this, then you are a witch!
It is not like being Baptised, or even initiated. Many practising witches were never initiated. They became witches by learning, by observing the way nature works. In old days, a witch was the "wise one", with knowledge of healing,etc. They did not suddenly become "wise". It took time, and study.
It is the belief that makes you a witch. Not any chanting. If you believe in the magic, then you are a witch.
Re: Do i need? By: WhiteRav3n / Knowledgeable Nov 21, 2011
Post # 9
Then learn all you can. This site is filled with information. And when you feel confidant in your knowledge (although you continue to learn until the day you die) you may perform a dedication ritual. Witch is believed to be synonymous with "wise one". Knowledge is very important!
As Brysing stated, I was never "initiated" into anything or by anyone. I decided to dedicate myself when I was 16, even though I had been learning about such things since I was a child. There is no rush. It feels more special when you have earned it.
Let me offer a different perspective (or perhaps the same perspective worded differently):
I disagree that candles are merely an aide for better concentration. Yes, they are an aid, but that is not the end of the story. I, for one, would never take a candle magic spell and eliminate the candle, much like i wouldn't take a spell that incorporates magical herbalism and eliminate the herbs. I would choose an entirely different spell based upon the ingredients, or lack thereof, that i have on-hand.
Reason being is that magic works, at least in great part, by the laws of ressonance: like equals like, and candles have some serious ressonance mojo (Google "sympathetic magic" if you have no idea what i'm talking about).
For instance, let's take a love spell and a common method of preparing a candle to be burned for that purpose:
You'll use a red candle, most likely. The color red has a strong ressonance towards love and passion, thus increasing the mojo.
You'll carve symbols such as your lover's initials, hearts, and any other sigil - again, strong ressonance toward your goal = mojo.
You'll anoint the candle with magical herb-infused oil and roll the candle in a powdered blend of love-drawing herbs. This is a blessed union between herbalism and candle magic and provides strong, strong ressonance toward manifesting your goal.
The flame of the candle burns like your passion for your lover = strong ressonance. As it burns, the color red, your herbs, oils, and symbols get released into the Universe directed towards your goal = powerfully awesome mojo.
And this is where i full-Heartedly agree with others, as the candle burns, it provides a wonderful focus for your chants, prayers, and petitions.
And this is a very simple candle magic spell. There are other candle magic spells that include figure candles to further ressonate with your goal. There is a whole body of "moving candle spells" where you actually inact your goal with candles: drawing people closer, moving people away, flusing them down a toilet, etc. In these examples, to simply eliminate the candlework is eliminating a huge percent of your mojo.
Is it possible to effect change in the world through words and willpower alone? Of course it is. Look at the huge body of work on the Law of Attraction, vision boards, positive affirmations, etc. But this is NOT candle magic, a deriviative of candle magic, nor is it sympathetic magic.
Most beginners, and experienced pracitioners alike, need all the help we can get to bring our will into fruition. We use "helpers" that have magical powers *inherent within them*: herbs, stones, colors, symbols, Diety, etc. To call these things mere tools discredits their natural powers. To join with them increases your mojo exponentially.
In short, in my opinion - take it as you will - i would not substitute out candles in a spell that really depends on candles for their efficacy. There are plenty of other non-candle spells to choose from that rely on the ressonance of your own mind, energy, and Diety; work with those.