Enough Already. Time to Summon a Great President

calm by La Hermosa Bruja 2Enough already.  The United States of America, where most of us live, needs a good President.  We need a President like Lincoln or FDR.  Hell, I’d settle for Eisenhower.  The truth is, we have needed one since Sept. 11, 2001 whatever you may think of the Presidents we had before that moment.  Yes, Obama was great, or at least good if you’re a conservative, but we all know what went wrong there.

We need a Great leader who Republicans will not sabotage for spite.  (Yes, that might mean getting rid of Republicans, but that’s a different spell)  We can be sure that people all over the country are working for this on a material level.  I have great hope for their success.  Nevertheless, I think the effort needs some spiritual help.  Let’s give it a hand.  Below is a simple candle magic spell.  If enough people perform this spell frequently over the next two years, we should build up enough power to get an AWESOME President.  Aren’t we ready for another Lincoln?  Or Franklin Roosevelt?

Disclaimers: This spell is just a suggestion.  Feel free to write your own or adapt this one as long as it harms none.  I do not advocate harming any living being in the practice of magic.  So, don’t.  There is no scientific evidence that magic has any effect whatsoever, so don’t bother suing me if it doesn’t work.  I am using ‘he’ here because when I was taught grammar, an unknown person was ‘he’ and I am old enough to stick with what I know.  Use whatever pronoun you want.  You can call on your own deities and write your own invocations if you want.

Equipment:

A list of qualities desired in a President.  Be detailed. Kitchen witch 2

Pin or stylus

 

A large colored candle.  Pick a color that represents the Presidency to you.  (check a color correlations chart if you want)

Oil – you can use a scent if you want.  Pick one that fits the President, or just a neutral one.  As pure and high-quality as you can afford.

4 candles – one for each direction

Matches or a lighter.

Wand or atheme (optional)

Paper and a pencil (optional)

You can add things like herbs, incense, more candles, crystals, God/dess statues, Tarot cards or whatever you want.  Go as simple or elaborate as you want.

Preparation:

Note – this can be done alone or with others.

Use the pin or stylus to carve as many words from your list onto the candle as you can.  It’s okay if you don’t have room for all of them but begin with the most important.  While you are doing it, visualize your new President.  Imagine what he’ll look like.  How he’ll sound.  What will he wear to his inaugural?  Will he be a great speaker or a quiet guy who gets things done?  Will he be an idea man or a policy wonk?  Imagine as complete a picture as you can.

Next take the oil and coat the candle.  Keep visualizing it.  When you feel the picture is strong and clear enough go to the next step.

Place the candle on the sheet of paper with the list of qualities you want.

Place the other four candles in the directions and light them.  It is traditional to use specific colored candles.  Consult a chart to see which color goes with which direction.  Otherwise try to use all the same color.

Place out any additional items you are planning on using.

Pick up your wand or atheme and call on each direction. Stand facing East.  Point your wand and say, “I call upon the Guardian of the East, Spirit of Plantings and New Beginnings.  Watch over my circle and bless my magic.  This is my will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the South.  Point your wand and say, “I call upon the Guardian of the South, Spirit of Growth and Hard Work.  Watch over my circle and bless my magic.  This is my will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the West.  Point your wand and say, “I call upon the Guardian of the West, Spirit of Abundance and Harvest.  Watch over my circle and bless my magic.  This is my will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the North.  Point your wand and say, “I call upon the Guardian of the North, Spirit of Security and Rest.  Watch over my circle and bless my magic.  This is my will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn towards your big candle.  Place wand upon the altar.

Invoke your deities or guardians.emperorempress

Holy Goddess, Mother Earth, bless my working and bring my will (wish) to be.  Blessed Be.

Others – Blessed Be

Holy God, Father Sky, bless my working and bring my will (wish) to be.  Blessed Be.

Others – Blessed Be.

Light the candle with visualizing your new President being elected &/or inaugurated. Hold the visualization as long as you can (either as a frozen picture or a gif on repeat) at least 5 minutes.  Snuff out the candle either with your fingers or a snuffer.  Don’t use air to quench fire – not cool.

Pause for a moment and feel your power rushing out into the universe to make your will manifest.

Thank your deities.

Holy Mother, thank you for watching over my ritual and making my will manifest.  Please always watch over us.  Go if you must; stay if you will.  Blessed Be.

Others – Blessed Be

Holy Father, thank you for watching over my ritual and making my will manifest.  Please always watch over us.  Go if you must; stay if you will.  Blessed be.

Turn to face the North.  Point your wand and say, “Hail to the Guardian of the North, Spirit of Security and Rest.  Thank you for watching over my circle and blessing my magic.  Go if you must, stay if you will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the West.  Point your wand and say, “Hail to the Guardian of the West, Spirit of Abundance and Harvest.  Thank you for watching over my circle and blessing my magic.  Go if you must, stay if you will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the South.  Point your wand and say, “Hail to the Guardian of the South, Spirit of Growth and Hard Work.  Thank you for watching over my circle and blessing my magic.  Go if you must, stay if you will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Turn to face the East.  Point your wand and say, “Hail to the Guardian of the East, Spirit of Planting and New Beginnings.  Thank you for watching over my circle and blessing my magic.  Go if you must, stay if you will, blessed be.  (Others – Blessed Be.)  Draw a symbol (usually a pentacle) in the air.

Our Circle is Open.  Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.

Simple Feast (aka – eat something)

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Please do this or a similar ritual every new moon (or close to it) until the next Presidential Election.  It will take a lot of magical energy to successfully call a great leader to the Oval Office.  If you miss a month or two, no sweat.  Pick it up again when you can.  If enough of us pour enough energy into this, we can get the kind of President we can tell our grand children about.

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Beauty has Her Ways

Curvy and Beautiful put this up on Facebook

Curvy and Beautiful put this up on Facebook

I have a question that has been bothering me for a while and this is as good a place as any to throw it out into the world and start a discussion.  Please give me your thoughts.

I came across the picture to the left on my Facebook wall.  (I will include as much photo credit as I have.  If someone knows the creator, please tell me and I will credit that person.)  I am a fierce opponent to beauty being measured only by how skinny a woman is.  I certainly believe that a woman’s VALUE is only marginally related to her physical appearance {say maybe 0.0002% of a person’s overall value is appearance}.  I, also, understand that instead of allowing women’s beauty to include all varieties, we, as a culture, are narrowing the allowable parameters of MEN’s beauty.  (Once again the search for equality gets turned on its ear.) {We need to do something about that, but that is not the topic today}

Here is the topic I’d like to discuss – Are we doing a disservice by saying things like “Everyone is equally beautiful”?

Yes, I know that beauty is not skin deep and yes I know that even the Elephant Man was beautiful.  Hear me out.  Beauty means “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.”  That is a clear definition.  In order to be beautiful a person or thing must give pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalt the mind/spirit.  People do not do this in equal measure.  In other words, everybody is somewhere on a continuum between beautiful and ugly.  That being true, if you put the pictures of two different women in front of one person and said “Point to the more beautiful of the two” that person will pick one or the other.  Therefore, we as a culture use the word ‘beauty’ to classify something measurable.  The more a thing gives pleasure to the senses &/or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit, the more beautiful it is.  Therefore while beauty is a subjective quality, it is still a measurable quality.  It is NOT possible for every woman to be equally beautiful.  So my questions (at long last) are …

First Question – Are we doing a disservice to the Language by saying “every woman is equally beautiful”?  Is it destroying or neutering the word beauty by saying it applies to everyone?

Second Question – Are we doing a disservice to women by saying “Every woman is equally beautiful”?  It is a lie.  Every woman is not equally beautiful.  Furthermore it is an ineffective lie.  A woman can look around her and see that some people are more beautiful than others.   Beauty to ugly is a continuum and all people are at different places on the continuum.  Rather than lie and say everyone woman is beautiful, shouldn’t we rather say everyone woman is valuable whether they are beautiful or not?   It would be better if a cry “you’re ugly” is as meaningless as saying “You have five fingers”?  If someone whistled at a women going by and said, “Hey babe, you have five GREAT fingers!” the woman would probably think, “and your point is… what?”  She’d shrug her shoulders and move on.

Since we are people (I’m guessing) who are trying to change how women are perceived and valued both by our Selves and by the broader society, wouldn’t it be better if we created memes/cliches that stressed that every woman/every person is valuable.  Every woman is an important, valuable treasure who brings something unique and irreplaceable to the world.  Her value is no more hooked to her beauty than it is to the fact she has five fingers or that she has freckles.

Final Question – I would like to hear people’s thoughts on what is Beauty.  Beyond the dictionary definition.  What are the qualities that bring us to that pleasurable sensation; to that exultation?  Those qualities certainly have a subjective element.  Is there an objective element?  Maybe not completely objective in the way that 5 is 5 universally, but is it, at least in part, objective?  If so what are the universal elements of beauty?  Are they universal only to a specific group or culture?  For example, good food in Alabama is terrible food in Hong Kong.  Is there even a small number of qualities that are beautiful to ALL humans?

I know that these questions are both pretty deep and navel gazing bullshit.  However, I think they are important questions to ask.  The ‘Women’s Movement’ is only in its beginning first steps.  It is going to be going on for a long time because ideas about a ‘woman’s place’ are many layered and deeply entrenched.  It is going to take a couple of generations to dig them all out.  We are shaping how this revolution will move into the future.  All of us, whether we are loud mouth liberal activists or tight-lipped, conservative homemakers, are influencing how our daughters see themselves, the world and their place in it.  We owe it to them to make conscious decisions about how we are shaping them and the world they live in.  Whatever we choose, whatever answers we find individually, as a bunch of people chatting online, as a community and as a culture, we should find them consciously.

NOTE – I know that these are hot button issues for a lot of us.  It is hard to talk dispassionately about beauty and how society measures it and how we, ourselves, have been measured.  These are very personal issues.  So I ask that we all remember to keep this abstract both in our comments and our responses. Thanks.