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Friday, January 20, 2012

Today and Yesterday: Witchraft in the News

In my spare time, I enjoy searching the archives of various newspaper for interesting stories related to Wicca, Witchcraft, Hoodoo, Voodoo, and various related topics. These are just a few articles which I found in my most recent search. I hope that you, my readers, will find these as interesting as I have.

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Hoodoo in the News 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Announcement: Healing Revival

Carolina Dean's Helping Hand

Are you oppressed by spirits? Are you blocked? Is your health failing or is your money jinxed? Can't get ahead in the world? Do you fear your enemies? Are you restless? Sick and tired of being sick and tired? 

Well good news, brothers and sisters. God had called me to organize my first HEALING REVIVAL! It doesn't matter if you are a Christian, A Muslim, A Pagan, A Wiccan, A Witch, A Buddhist, or un-decided; together we are going to REVIVE your SPIRIT, we're gonna mend your BODY and heal your SOUL! We're gonna DRIVE them devils BACK TO HELL and let them take all the EVIL in our lives with them.
For years I have seen clients in person and performed hands-on-healing for them. With GOD'S HELP I have conquered minor and major illnesses alike such as:
·        Styes
·        Migraines
·        Cuts and Bruises
·        Pneumonia
·        Fevers
·        Chronic Pain
·        Cancer
As a root-worker I have taken spirits off people, uncrossed the crossed, reversed evil, removed blockages and opened the way. ALL with GOD'S HELP. These old hands have prepared candles, set lights, crafted dolls and mojo bags for a variety of purposes. And now I am going to put them to work FOR YOU.
What you need to do:
1.      Print out Carolina Dean’s Helping Hand NOW.
2.      Write your specific request on the back of the image. 
3.      Carry the Carolina Dean's Helping Hand with you.
4.  On Wednesday January 18th, 2012 at 8 am, 12 pm, and/or 4 pm; take out Carolina Dean’s Helping Hand and place your own palm over it. Meditate on receiving the blessings of the Holy Spirit.
5.  At the aforementioned time, I will be channeling healing energy out of my own hands, and to YOU through the virtue of the Helping Hand.
6.   Continue to carry Carolina Dean’s Helping Hand with you or place it on your altar. The energy of Carolina Dean's Helping Hand will now always be available to you when you are in need. 
How You Can Help  

I am calling upon the Priest, Priestesses, and Elders of ALL faiths and traditions to JOIN me in bringing HEALING to the people. If you are WITH me, all I ask is that you SHARE this blog post on your facebook wall(s) and be there on Wednesday, January 18th 2012 at either 8 am, 12 pm, and/or 4 pm to pray, chant, drum, meditate, etc...with me FOR THE PEOPLE. Remember, this is not about the greater glory of me, or you, but for GOD ALMIGHTY whatever you conceive him or her to be.
If you are so inclined I have changed the settings on this blog so that users can anonymously share their experiences with our GREAT HEALING REVIVAL
 Carolina Dean 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Affirmation Jan 2012

I live in the joyous expectation of all good things!
I live in the joyous expectation of all good things!
I live in the joyous expectation of all good things! 

Affirmations are defined as a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something. In magick, affirmations are often worded in a positive manner and repeated over and over to ourselves either silently, or aloud. The idea is that we focus on inwardly that which we wish to manifest outwardly. However, it is not enough to simply repeat these statements, but we must also believe them to be true.

Belief is perhaps the most important factor in magickal thinking. If you don’t believe the words coming out of your mouth you’re not going to achieve any results. Affirmations help us build up our beliefs and make them more real. In fact, the word affirm come from the Latin word that means ‘to make solid’. When we are thinking positively, we are not thinking negatively; and in the absence of negative thoughts we grow to believe our words. With belief in our thoughts and words, comes the manifestation of our desires.

Writing Your Affirmations

While some people may have a difficult time thinking positively, it’s not very hard to write a positive statement. Here are some things to keep in mind when writing yours.

  1. Begin your affirmation with the words I AM. For example, I am wealthy rather than I will be wealthy. By stating that you will be wealthy it places your intent in the future rather than the present and that is precisely where your intent will manifest in the future, always before you, always out of reach.
  2. Make your affirmation active rather than passive. Directly after the words I am, include a word ending in –ing. For example, I am having, I am receiving, I am manifesting, etc...
  3. Avoid negative words and contractions. For example, repeat I am patient and understanding, rather than I won’t lose my temper. The point here is to focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
  4. Be specific but keep it short. In order to get what you want, you must be clear about what you want. Avoid vague statements but keep your statement short as short affirmations are easier to remember. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Weather Magick (Wiccan)

Among the many powers attributed to witches is the fantastic ability to summon storms, stir winds, and call forth any manner of precipitation as well as to withhold life giving waters to blight crops, and to destroy homes and villages with mighty winds and torrents of rain.

As an agricultural society our continued existence depended (and still largely depends) on knowing the weather in our area. People who stayed in one area over long periods of time noticed the cyclic nature of weather patterns and developed signs and omens to help them predict the weather. One of the most famous atmospheric predictors of the weather used by sailors goes "red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky in the morning, sailor's warning." Omens which predict rain include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. To see a ring around the moon, means rain; in winter it could mean snow. 
  2. When the crescent moon is shaped like an upside down U, portends drought.
  3. When the crescent moon is shaped like a U, it means rain.
  4. When the Sun sets behind a cloud means rain.

While some witches looked to the heavens for answers, others looked to the earth for natural predictors. A now famous ritual which takes place in Pennsylvania near the end of every winter entails waiting to see if a ground hog will see his shadow or not to determine the length of winter. Other natural predictors include,
  1. To hear frogs croaking in the evening means rain.
  2. Bird often roost early and eat more just before rain.
  3. Pigs will often insulate themselves before a cold snap.
  4. When cows lied down in a field it portend rain.
  5. When a squirrels tail is very bushy, it portends a harsh winter.
In addition, humans who have broken bones have often discovered that their bones ache right before a storm; human hair is also very responsive to the amount of moisture in the air. When the air is dry, hair shrinks and curls up, however when the air is moist (indicating rain) it swells and straightens out. My own grandmother could always smell the rain coming and sense the drop in temperature or atmospheric pressure right before it rained.

A relatively new belief in the area of weather predictors goes that whenever NASA sends a rocket into space, it will rain. But this is in mainly in the tri-state area around Cape Canaveral in Florida. 

When the signs weren't favorable, witches developed spells and rituals to help turn the odds in their favor. Some of the methods witches have used to shape the weather include:
  1. Tying up winds in a rope or string and slowly untying the knots to release the winds. These types of ropes were often sold to sailors in the Middle Ages.
  2. A rather famous spell to call a storm includes dipping a rag in water and beating it against a rock in the Devil's name.
  3. Burn the picture of a deformed or otherwise ugly person and the heavens will cry for them out of pity.
  4. Place the 6th Pentacle of the Moon in water and it will rain as long as the Pentacle remains there.
  5. Dip a broom in salted water and flick it to the four directions to bring rain.
  6. Throwing rice in the air is thought to cause rain. Rice is thrown at weddings to bring good luck to the couple by washing away ill luck.
  7. Among Native Americans, the Rain Dance is a ceremony performed to bring rain and ensure the crops.
  8. Hang a dead snake in a tree and it will rain so long as the snake remains in the tree.
  9. Burning Ferns is said to bring rain as is burning cotton.

As witches, we align ourselves with the particular energy of our area each time we call the elements to our rituals, which I believe is the first step in beginning to manipulate the weather. If we move to a new location, we need to introduce ourselves to the energy patterns of the place in which we live and keep a detailed journal on weather patterns, local lore, etc... 

In my personal practices in affecting the weather, I normally stand with my feet together and imagine them as deep roots in the earth. I slowly raise my arms up to the sky and feel the energy of Mother Earth traveling up my feet, spine, arms and out my hands and direct this energy at the sky. Sometimes I hold my hands slightly before me and slowly circle around clockwise. I visualize the rain (or other phenomenon) that is needed, and usually verbalize my goal in the form of a spell. My favorite rain spell/chant is "Ice, Cloud, Storm" which represents the three states of matter as relating to water (solid, gas, and liquid respectively.). So this method is about changing the gaseous clouds to liquid.

In other instances, I have created my own Weather Map. To make a Weather Map, I either purchase a map of the area I want to affect, or print one offline. I then bless it in the name of the area in the same manner I would a Poppet. Next, I re-create the type of weather I need over the map. For example, if I wanted rain I might paste storm clouds over the map, place clear bowls of water on the map, finger paint with water colors ( a great children's activity) or even pour water over the map. For snow or a cold snap,  I could dip the map in water and place it in the freezer, or place a bowl of ice on the map. This type of magick is only limited by your imagination. 

That being said, the manipulation of the weather is an area of magick which should always be taken seriously, and not without great thought; as changing the weather in one area can have a direct correlation on the weather in another area and can have undesired affects in what has been termed the Butterfly Effect. 

Carolina Dean 

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012: The Year in Numbers

Numerology is the art and science of divination by numbers. According to the science of numerology, everything in the universe can be reduced to a numerical equivalent. Using various calculations, we can determine various key numbers which will tell us a great deal about ourselves and the world around us.

My Numerological Profile

Name:  Paul Dean Harris Jr.
 DOB:  September 15th, 1973

The Birth Number 
Your Birth Number is the sum of all the digits that comprise your date of birth, and it represents your self identity.

09+01+05+1+9+7+3= 35

3+5= 8

My Self Identity- (8) Creative. Determined. Energetic. Need Order, are often activist. Persistent needs to be in control of all situations, domineering to a fault. 
The Name Number

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

The Name Number is the sum of all the digits that comprise your name, and it represents the role you were assigned by your family.

7133 4515 819991 19= 76

7+6= 13
1+3= 4

Role Assigned by My Family (4)  Grounded and stable. Enjoys their comfort zone. Errs on the side of caution. Very dependable, shy, quiet, meek, intelligent, but has at times difficulty applying it.

In addition, the sum of all the consonants in your name represents how you deal with the outside world.

7 3 4 5 8 9 9 1 1 = 56

5 + 6 = 11

1+1= 2

How I Deal with the Outside World (2) Balanced, emotional, think with their hearts. Can be sensitive. Artistic. Dependent. Social and have a fear of being alone.

The sum of all the vowels in your name represents your sense of security.

1 3 5 1 1 9 = 20

2 + 0 = 2

My Sense of Security (2) Balanced, emotional, think with their hearts. Can be sensitive. Artistic. Dependent. Social and have a fear of being alone.

The Destiny Number

Your Destiny Number is the sum of your Name Number and your Birth Number and gives an indication of your true will

8 + 4 = 12

1 + 2 =  3

My True Will (3) Very outgoing, creative, they think outside the norms of society, do not accept criticism well, enjoy pushing the boundaries of society and experimental in all aspects of their life.

The Personal Year Number 

Your Personal Year Number is the sum of your Month and Date of Birth plus the year in question and gives an indication of your position in a 9 year cycle of personal growth. The Personal Year Number provides you with a avenue for personal focus and gives you an idea of your personal theme for any given year.

9 + 15 + 2012= 2036

2+ 0 + 3 + 5 = 11

1 + 1 =2
According to this website, a personal year two is "a time during which the seeds of change you have planted during a year 1 cycle start to grow. Ideas or attempts to change can be compared to seeds that are nurtured in darkness and just pushing their tendrils up through the soil. A year 2 is all about patience. It is a year that you should spend finding new allies and kindred spirits and making any necessary personal changes that might be acting as obstacles to your success. Many people find the year 2 to be challenging as it is often filled with obstacles and delays but by the end any trials you experience will only refine your best qualities."
This will be a year in which I build on previous successes. I already see some of the seeds I planted in 2011 beginning to sprout. 

  • This time last year I was unemployed having been laid off from my previous job, now I am gainfully employed at a job that I like (most days). 
  • I have had several articles either published or accepted for publication in future issues of Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly
  • I now have my very own Tarotscope column in HCQ. 
  • Author Denise Alvarado recently announced a writing project in which she and I are working on together so you'll soon see BOTH our names on a special book in a bookstore near you!  A second book may just be in the works as well...but you didn't hear that from me. ;)
  • Some friendships were tested, some failed and those people moved on; however they just made room for true friends. 
These are just a few of the exciting things that happened to me in 2011 and I look forward to all the potential opportunities awaiting me in 2012!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

In the Cards: 2012

This will be a year in which you re-evaluate your thoughts, beliefs, and your personal reality.  It is now time for you to put your knowledge and experience to practical use. Frustration and anxiety results when you take on too much responsibility for the spiritual growth and education of others. Though you can advise, and lead by example, it is important to remember that your journey is yours alone and you must make time to nurture your own spirit. 2012 promises to be a year in which you complete many major projects which will lay the foundation for great success and prosperity for years to come. However success can often breed contempt and jealousy, so keep your wards up on all fronts and trust your spirits.