Pisces Moon - Unconventional Witchery

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“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember; and there is pansies, that’s for thoughts…
There’s fennel for you, and columbines; there’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays. O, you must wear your rue with a difference.” -William Shakespeare

The last night of the Pisces moon brought a need for water, to drink it, be in it, to go under. Pisces brings out intuition. I filled my cup with chlorophyll and my bath with greens. I needed to be immersed. It was dark when I made my way out to the garden to cut herbs. I had snakes in my hair. And this I tell you is not a lie.

I needed water snakes, the energy, the movement and so I put fabricated ones in my hair. I put on green and stripped down. I was not near swamp or mud so I made my own. Lemon balm says, “Don’t misuse me.” and brings memory and friendships to play. I stepped in and went under.

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Sometimes something as simple as food coloring, chlorophyll, and a few fresh herbs can be exactly what you need to revive yourself. One of my greatest bits of knowledge was learning that you didn’t need expensive items to make magic. Sometimes a feather or a plastic snake is exactly what you need. Sometimes a simple candle and phone camera can create the most beautiful magic. Summertime is always a time of enchantments. What is your favorite fairytale or mythology? How can you bring a bit of that into your life?

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     The Mistress of Magic

Tarot of the Day: Two of Wands

By Katelan Foisy

Walk boldly into the future.  Now is the time to take charge of your life and push forth.  You’ve got a plan, now throw that fear aside and move.  Take a risk.  Fortune favors the bold so be bold.  The energy is shifting and it’s time for you to be the leader. Once you step out of your comfort zone you will understand that you can do this. The first few steps can be a little scary but once you take a few more and begin to see results you’ll begin to feel that confidence and let it guide you.  So go on now, take that first big step through the wands and into your future.

Tarot of the Day: The Hanged Man

Hanged Man by Katelan Foisy

Tarot of the Day: The Hanged Man - It’s time to let go of past patterns and grow beyond them. Sacrifice those things as hard as it may be and open yourself up to intuition. This card is about suspension, not beginnings or endings, it’s about inner peace, faith, and simplifying. This is a time when emotions run high, when insights are deep, and you dangle in the realm of fairytale. It is also card that suggest at this time being a little daring, trying new things, and letting go a little. These are moments that won’t last forever but they are moments worth listening to.


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     The Mistress of Magic

Making Potions

Making potions in the Secret Strega House.

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   The Mistress of Magic

Witchy Community Garden

For all out witchy NYC friends.  Beneath the Half Moon and the Secret Strega House are opening up the garden to the witchy community.  Living in NYC definitely has it’s perks but sometimes you need to dig in some dirt.  I’ve lived in the Secret Strega House for 6 years now and have tended the garden each year with whoever I was living with.  This year Melissa and I would like to do something different.  We have 400 square feet of private back yard with a picnic table and grill.  The back has two main plots and smaller plots on the side with more shade. We are located in Astoria Queens.

We’d like to invite our friends and fellow witches to come and plant whatever they’d like in the garden, help tend to it, throw artist salons, BBQ’s etc.  We’d like the garden to be full and loved, while providing our comrades with some nature.  Here’s how it works.

Email me at katelanfoisy@gmail.com

I will figure out a date that works for everyone to come over and plant. Bring what you want to plant.  We’ll have markers so we know what everything is.  If you can’t make this date no worries.  You can come over at any time to plant what you’d like. We have extra potting containers but you can always bring your own too. 

Over the summer we’ll have get together’s, palmistry, tarot and tea parties or if you need a day to be outside email or call me or Melissa and we’ll let you in.  Weed, read, plant, listen to music, sunbathe, draw ritual circles, meditate, or just follow your bliss. 

At the end of the summer we’ll have a harvesting party where everyone can harvest the last of the crops. 

What we have:

Beautiful ivy that is growing along the sides and in the back.

A rose bush

sage

lemon balm

rue

chives

bleeding hearts

tulips

hens and chicks

lavender (one small bush)

a few other leafies that I can’t remember the names of.

A few pics of the garden.  It’s a bit bare because of the winter but things are starting to pop up.

x to the o,

   The Mistress of Magic

Katelan

Sigil Magic

Quick and easy way to make magic on this new moon in Aquarius and Chinese New Year. Dragon energy lets us be daring.  Want to make your dreams a reality? Now’s the time.

Write down (clearly) what you want.  Take away all the vowels, then take away the repeating letters.  The letters you are left with will become your special code.  Merge them together in a design you like and it becomes your own personal symbol.  To activate, focus on the sigil and visualize it heating up and glowing until it bursts off the page. Carry the sigil with you or put it into a safe place.  Then get to work, you’ve got some magic and dreams to make a reality.

Need an extra boost? Wear red, draw your sigil in red.  Red indicates fire and passion.  It brings good fortune. 

 Here’s Grant Morrison explaining sigils in less than 60 seconds.

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The Mistress of Magic

How to Heal the Land

I recently came a cross a quote.  I have no idea who posted it or where it originated from.  It went something like this.  “There is an old woman who is very sick and has been mistreated by those who are supposed to take care of her.  Her name is Earth and she needs your help.”

Today marks the ten year anniversary of the Twin Towers falling.  It’s an emotional time for a lot of New Yorkers especially with the upcoming Full Moon in Pisces.  I walked around my neighborhood today listening to The Secret Exploration Society, trying to form my brain around things.  I didn’t want to go into a place of sorrow, I didn’t want to release that into the world. 

New York City did good this year.  They created a sacred space honoring the dead to be up for three days.  They set up 2,753 empty chairs facing south toward the fallen towers.  Each chair to honor those who died in the attacks.  The chairs sit, sectioned off in Bryant Park. 

As part of Bryant Park’s commemoration volunteers with vintage black typewriters went around asking “What would you like the world to remember about 9/11?”  The performance art project is called “Collective Memory” by artist Sheryl Oring.

With all the turmoil of making large portions of parks quiet zones, the demolition of old building with old souls,buying out of New York’s buildings and beaches, sucking the life out of those to become money factories, and the general uncleanliness of the city something happened this year.   You could feel it, especially this summer, that makes me think something is changing.  It started with a trip to Inwood where I visited the “monument” where the Native American’s sold New York for $24 worth of beads.  There are two parks in Inwood, one is friendly and one frankly isn’t.  Fort Tryon Park is rather friendly to humans and is the home of the Cloisters.  Inwood Hill Park is a strange park filled with odd characters, angry spirits, and more fights than I have cared to see.  It also overlooks the location of Inwood’s House of Mercy which was a home for wayward girls. 

Court papers accused the institution of “locking inmates in a small room or cell without food or water for periods varying from one to five days…corporal infliction by whipping, the use of a gag, handcuffs and a straight jacket….that inmates are not permitted to communicate with or to see friends for long periods of time.”

Anya warned me before we set foot in the park that it would be an odd experience at best and something uncomfortable had always happened whenever she was there.  I told her I was usually allowed to walk in these kinds of places as I was part Native American and since this land had once belonged to them, they’d feel okay with having a kindred soul on their soil.  I will not lie to you.  There is a lot of sadness and anger in the park, mostly for the lack of respect to the land and the memory of all that had happened there.  We forget sometimes that land has an imprint of history and those memories stay with it, just as those memories stay with us.  I asked her to take me to the boulder where the Shorakkopoh plaque was.

It reads, “According to legend, on this site of the principal Manhattan Indian Village (Shorakkopoh), Peter Minuit in 1626 purchased Manhattan Island for trinkets and bead then worth about 60 guilders.
This boulder also marks the spot where a tulip tree (Liriodendron Tulipera) grew to a height of 165 feet. It was, until its death in 1938 at the age of 280 years, the last living link between the Reckgawawanc Indians who lived here.

I looked at the boulder and plaque and immediately felt an immense sadness.  For all the history that happened here, I was standing next to a boulder with a plaque, not a flower planted around it.  It was littered with gum wrappers and garbage.  Anya reassured me that every time she comes she brings an offering for the spirits but frankly the park was a little too hostile for her.  I had to agree, this was the first time, even I felt uncomfortable on Native soil.  I started to get a headache. But I had a soft spot for the park, as I do for so many things that are broken or hurt. I wanted to go further toward where the school was but sadly that was where my headache grew worse and where the most energy was.  And as we made our way back to Fort Tryon we sent out good energy and left pennies as token of our appreciation.  The copper plating in pennies can balance out energy in the land based on the metal’s energy conducting properties.

I didn’t realize it then, but that day was indeed setting me up for my next experience and one that really made me change the way I thought about the city and it’s land.  Sherene, Stefanie, and I were heading off to Escape to NY on the Shinnecock reservation.  I didn’t quite know what to feel about going to a festival on a reservation.  I just hoped the Natives were paid well and respected. Needless to say, the first night the energy was terrible and I felt off balance the whole day.  We planned to leave that morning if the energy wasn’t better.  We also decided to stay and see Patti Smith perform.  You can’t go to a festival and not see Patti Smith perform, especially when she’s headlining.  “This next song is dedicated to the land spirits.” and went into “Ghost Dance”.  The entire show was dedicated to the dead, dedicated to taking back the country that is being destroyed and understanding that we have the power to do so.  I told Sherene and Stefanie. “She’s healing the land here.  Musicians, artists, writers, and healers, the land so desperately needs us right now.  We are the ones healing it.” And with that Patti recited parts of Ginsburgs “Howl”.

The next morning the energy had lifted.  I had asked the spirits the night before to give me a sign in the morning if it was ok for us to be there.  As soon as I entered the grounds I was swamped with readings.  I put my hand on the earth and gave it some of my energy.  As it and the spirits had provided for me, I now gave back to it and as promised I ate the food of the Natives. 

A few weeks later I ended up outside at Lincoln Center at the Laurie Anderson show.  I can’t remember who said this but it really stuck with me.  “Laurie Anderson talks about the NYC I want to live in.” And it was true, the entire night her love for the city and the musicians that accompanied her lifted the energy around us.  It was magic in the making. 

And that brings us back to today and the beautiful installation in Bryant Park.  This land here is wounded and we need to learn to heal it.  Here’s a few tips:

1. Connect:  It’s as simple as placing your hand on the ground and connecting your energy with the lands.  My friend Warren wrote a bit about this in his book Crooked Little Vein. 

"The Native American shamans," she said, "listened for the future in the sound of horses.  They divined it from the pattern of hoofbeats.  They would sit like this, and just listen.  In those days, horses were the sound of their world, the true sound of motion, and they believed that their movement through time let in leakages of the future.  Presentiments of what will be."

"I don’t see any horses."

"Then you’re not looking." She smiled, indulgent.  This is the sound of our world in motion, right here.  Cars.  The strike of hooves became the point where rubber meets road."

And as odd as it sounds, it’s actually true.  Our world is changing around us.  It is our job to tap into the energy of where we live and to divine and work with it from there.  I used to freak out my friends by telling them when the train was going to come.  I would tap my foot on the ground three times and the lights would appear from the tunnel.  It wasn’t about being psychic, it was about tapping in and noticing slight changes in sound and air pressure.

2. The Arts: This land needs the arts now more than ever.  It’s so important for cities and towns to have an arts community.  The United States needs to understand that their artists are important.  In Europe you can make a living as an artist, in the U.S. you can do it but you better believe you are going to work your ass off.  Cities and town needs art on the walls, they need musicians in the streets and plays in parks.  The land thrives on creative energy.  You have heard over and over that plants thrive when being talked to, it is the same for plants everywhere.  The more creative and artistic energy that is around the more our parks and gardens thrive.  Lincoln Center has been doing an amazing job at bringing quality entertainment for free this summer.  The good that this has done the city is immeasurable.  The Gamelatron was incredibly helpful to the Shinnecock reservation as well as to any other place it goes.  Or look at my friend Swoon who is doing an incredible musical architecture project in New Orleans called Dithyrambalina.

3. Honoring the Spirits of the Land: It’s a start for NYC with this memorial and there are a few other memorials around the city with very healing energy.  The Merchant Mariner’s Sculpture in Battery Park is one that at high tide can seem haunting and at low tide be the most uplifting poignant sculptures in the city. 

You can also honor the dead by bringing them small offerings and leaving them by trees or historical sites throughout the city.  Food of the people who resides there, beads, trinkets or coins all work.  Even pouring a little bit of beer, wine, or native drinks onto the ground is an offering that will be happily accepted.  Morning coffee? Yes, that works too.

4. Know Your City or Towns History: It’s important in order to truly connect with a place to know it’s history.  One of my favorite places in NYC is a place I walk to every morning.  I got to Hell Gate and sit by the water and have my coffee while I make lists for the day or write in my journal.  This particular location is where the terrible General Slocum Disaster took place. 

There were investigations on why life preservers that were useless were marked by safely inspectors from New York City as safe? The lifeboats were wired to the deck? The fire system did not work. One can see that the inspectors of New York City never looked at the ship and were given bribes most probably.

By having a wonderful park right next to this historical spot and so many lively people around the land and the spirits can move on. Also it made sense that they built a playground near the site as having children’s energy around helps to heal, especially at a site where so many women and children had died.  By understanding the lands history you can attune to it and understand it better.  Also you develop and attachment to that land and want to take care of it.  You think twice before throwing something on the ground or trampling over a flower or two. 

 The Mistress of Magic,

                          Katelan

The Sacred Oracle

Man’s law changes with his understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit remain always the same. - Crow proverb

Jo Harris

I found my first crow feather recently on a trip to Massachusetts.  It was a special moment walking through the forest I had spent my childhood in.  I looked down and there right in my path was a lone crow feather.  I picked it up and danced around.  The earth and crow had given me a gift and message.  I’ve been writing a lot about air animal totems as those are the ones that seem to be crossing my path as of late.  Crow is special as he has been with me for a long, long time.  Crow has taught me about keeping the sacred mysteries veiled until the time is right. Crow has also reminded me to accept change in all forms.  By releasing the past we allow new fresh energy, opportunities, and people into our lives, thus allowing growth.  Crow will forever bring change.

Crow as Totem:

With Crow expect transformation and transitions.  A keeper of inner wisdom and secrets of the divine mysteries, Crow does not give up his information easily.  You must earn Crow’s trust and follow his directions, only then will he divulge secret knowledge.

By seeing past, present, and future in unison Crow has no sense of time and lives in the void. Crow understands the lunar cycles and tells us that we must encompass and understand the balance between light and dark, truth and shadow truth.  Crow teaches us that we must understand both the dark and light sides of ourselves and that we must accept them in order to be whole. There can be no baggage with Crow.  You must accept, and leave the baggage behind, before you start the journey.  This is one of Crow’s many messages.

Crow is the totem of the Great Spirit and must be respected as such.  He is the divine oracle.

Those with Crow in their totem often get lost in their own worlds, their thoughts are deeper than most and they understand both suffering and joy intensely.  Crow does not come to just anyone.  Their paths are hard but with that comes understanding that you must walk the walk and be mindful of speech and actions.  Crow only shows himself to those who understand the deeper meaning behind it’s presence.

Crow is sometimes called the Left-Handed Guardian. They say looking into a crow’s eye will show you the gateway to the underworld.  Crow is the keeper of all sacred law. Being the keeper of the sacred Crow is allowed to bend the laws of the physical world. This is what we would call  “shape shifting.”  This includes  being in two places at once time consciously aka “doubling” or  taking on another physical form and observing what it happening from a distance.  They can also be masters of illusion.  What you see is not all that is there when Crow is near.

A week or so ago I had an unusual but pleasant experience with another of Crow energy.  I fell asleep that night as usual but sleep was odd.  I was aware of everything around me, yet I was asleep. And then the lucid dreaming began.  I dreamt this person was next to me sleeping as well.  I could smell his scent and feel his body heat and we slept for a good while before I my alarm went off and the sound of pouring rain once again permeated the room.  I looked around a little confused, aware that I was both dreaming and yet not at the same time.  I sent him a message.  “I dreamt you were sleeping next to me last night.  It’s very funny to dream of sleeping while asleep.” We exchanged a few messages realizing he had experienced the same sleep.  “Well that explains a lot.” He messaged back.  The doubling of Crow energy works in very mysterious ways and often when you are not fully aware.

Crow brings us to the sacred place between worlds where we truly understand ancient mysteries, magic, secret knowledge of the unknown as well as potential not yet discovered.  So put down those bags and take flight with Crow.

From Thaakat

Turquoise:

This is an interesting stone as it takes on the characteristics of the owner.  This is a stone that a person must learn to attune to instead of the stone attuning to the person but once a relationship is formed it can be a very personal and protective ally.

One of the oldest stones known it carries great wisdom of basic truth. When working with this stone it will show you as you truly are. This stone is a reminder to share your vision and walk the walk and talk the talk of truth! It is a motivating stone and when you are ready it will guide you to the mysteries.

Once attuned with it, it will take you to the physical to the higher realms. It aligns all chakras, creating a clear channel for the nurturing and creative energy of the stone.  It also absorbs negativity from the body and clears the mind mind helping you to develop your own natural powers and intuition.

You can also use Amethyst when working with Crow.

Randy McKown

Amethyst:

Associated with the crown chakra, amethyst is considered to be a psychic stone as well as spirituality and contentment. It can help raise a lower vibration energy to a higher one. It is believed to help overcome alcoholism and other addictions and helps to calm the mind and body for spiritual work.

It bridges the gap for those seeking spiritual guidance, healing, protection or wisdom. Program an amethyst and store it with your tarot cards or other divination tool for clearer visions and divine messages. It is known as the Stone of Transformation, a powerful stone of protection as it repels more than it attracts. It is also said to protect the wearer from seduction and false relationships.   Amethyst induces visions and revelations and is kept under pillows by some during sleep for such reasons.

x to the o,

         The Mistress of Magic

                            Katelan