Category Archives: Book of Shadows

July Buck Moon

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The full moon falls on the July 9, 2017, known as the Buck Moon. This is when the male deer have full sets of antlers for the upcoming mating season in the autumn. This is also called Thunder Moon, for the season rain and storms.

Some fun activities include gathering storm water for rituals. I often do this with leaving glass jars out in the rain, then labeling them to be used later. The water can be used in ritual, for washing altar tools, or use for scrying.

Water scrying. (video tutorial) This technique lets you use visualization for divination similar to crystal ball gazing.

Ice Spell- Use the storm water to use in an ice spell. Take some parchment or paper, write down what you wish to remove from your life. Ideally, think of a bad habit or something that blocks you from moving forward in your life. Meditate and infuse the paper with this thing you wish to remove. Set it in the water and freeze this overnight PDRM0244until it is solid. Use enough to cover the paper. The thicker the ice, the longer it will take to melt. You can use rocks to hold down another bowl on top to form a ‘bowl’ of ice too.

Once frozen, remove from the container and set a candle at the center. Place in the moon outside, on a warm night and say “Ancient Moon, empower me to grow, let the ice melt away that which blocks me. Let it water my intentions to grow and thrive”.

You can meditate as it melts, but don’t leave any candle unintended. If you wish, don’t use the candle, just leave the ice outside. Once melted, pour to the ground and bury the paper left over. Give thanks.

Some pagans might want antlers for their home, and the other day someone asked me why were they so difficult to find? For starters, many animals will chew and eat antlers as they are great for teeth grinding (squirrels, rabbits, porcupine, beaver) not to mention a good source of calcium for anything that likes to gnaw such as Bobcat or wolves. Even if you were to find them in the woods, you often find gnaw marks on them.

You can check local hunting supply stores to see if they have antlers. Hunters use them to lure in bucks by rattle them together, simulating bucks fighting. You can search online but read descriptions. Some listings are made of resin and not bone at all.

Another source, try pet stores. You’re not likely to find a full rack but they carry antlers for dog chews of various sizes.

sun goddesses

In Wicca, you have the harvest god, sun god. But in many cultures, there are also moon gods as there are sun goddesses.

Check out Sun Goddesses to learn more.


Celebrating Summer:

Sangria recipes

Thai Peanut Skewers (grilling)

Very easy Strawberry frozen yogurt.

10 Best Summer Salads

The August Moon- Corn Moon

cornThis is the month of Corn Moon, marking the time of year for harvests. It’s also known as Sturgeon Moon, Blueberry Moon, and Full Green Corn Moon; all marking the importance of abundance with food.


Some August Activities:

Have a feast. This is the most traditional (and fun) activity to have in any month to celebrate harvests. Have a potluck and invite friends/family to share in the bounty.

Clearing out clutter. This is a great time to clean off your alter and switch to an autumn theme. This sort of activity also should include cleansing of tools, to clean physically as well as spiritually.

When cleaning out alter tools, you might want to see if items need a new home. Things I don’t use often find themselves to someone else who needs them.

Try baking something new. The act of baking, mixing, measuring, and stirring can add magic to our food.

Add sigils to pie crusts (for fruit or pot pies)

Make a bread cornucopia– A fun way to serve bread. This is the ‘horn of plenty’, a symbol of abundance and nourishment. Fill with produce, nuts, and flowers.

Offer sacrifices. Making offering can be anything from a libation poured on the ground thanking the gods, but consider these ideas;

  • Volunteer to help others to honor the god/dess
  • Make promises to them for a month such as being kind to others, giving money to a jar you’ll give to charity, etc.
  • Burn incense in their honor with a prayer of gratitude
  • Food, which was very popular in Greek/Roman times. Make the food yourself such as pastries or herb mixes, and leave out as offerings.
  • Songs, dance, art- I went to a pagan festival and a woman gave a song she wrote herself as an offering. Another woman offered a lovely dance. Others left notes of promises they would keep as offerings.

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The Abundance Check

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A new moon spell I heard about was The Abundance Check spell. It goes like this;

  1. Use one of your checks, or print one out, or even sketch one on paper.
  2. Fill out your name at Pay to the Order of-
  3. In the dollar amount, put “paid in full’
  4. Where you write out the dollar amount, put “paid in full’
  5. Leave the date blank.
  6. Sign the check “Law of Abundance”
  7. Under that write ‘thank you thank you thank you’
  8. Keep the check on your alter or in your wallet.

You can look up a number of ways of using this spell, including printables. Or you can download my version here; Click here to download the PDF file.