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Witching my way through the world one day at a time here at Yesterways Cottage, incorporating the ways of old with modern times. Join me as I journey on a spiritual path I call "Yesterways WiseCraft Wicca." Feel free to comment and ask questions -- I'll get back to you, I promise, Witch's honor.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Wiccan Rede

Below I have included the full version of the Wiccan Rede. As I have explained in one of my videos (click here for part 1 and part 2), while I do believe that everyone should strive to harm none, it may not always be possible, so I also follow "just enough", meaning do only as much as is necessary. I also follow "do that which is right". For me, using all three of these (and three is a magickal number and also corresponds with the three aspects of diety), builds a nice framework for me to live my life.


The Wiccan Rede
(Full Version)

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,
let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

When the Lady's moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart's desire seek.

Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God's
insight.   Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it's now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it's height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you'll be.

Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you'll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These Eight words the Rede fulfill:

"An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Easy Incense for the slim budget

Maybe you are on a slim budget, have no budget at all or simply don't have a new age shop around to buy incense and charcoals. Where there is a will there is a way -- and a few simple things from the kitchen.  Nearly every kitchen out there has these three things: a glass container (wine glass, empty glass jar, or old candle votive), cinnamon spice, and salt. The only other things you need are notebook or typing paper and matches or lighter.

Put 1 to 2 inches of salt in the glass or jar that is at least 4 inches or taller. Now, cut a thin strip of paper that is at least one inch shorter than the top of your glass and at least one inch taller than the salt.  Push this empty paper tube down in the salt in the middle of the glass.  Now fill the tube sticking up out of the salt with ground cinnamon.  Light the paper on fire and VOILA! You have a beautiful smelling incense. ;0)

Wish I could take the credit for this idea but I got it from this YouTube video.  Be sure to watch the full video as she has lots of helpful ideas. Embedding isn't allowed so click the links.

The Witch's Way - Incense on a Budget - Part 1

The Witch's Way - Incense on a Budget - Part 2



Blessings,
Rayven Michaels