Grand Sextile – Magic Window

Grand Sextile – Magic Window

When planets align at a 120 degree angle, they form a trine.  When three form, you form a triangle, or a Grand Trine. Jupiter, Saturn, & Neptune are still forming their Grand-Trine in Water, which is scheduled to last well into August.  All three are relatively slow-moving planets, so this aspect will continue its affect for quite a while.  They are each positioned in one of the water signs, so the emotional tides of the whole world are experiencing the benefits of this harmony.  One astrologer referred to the effect as “The end of hope, and the beginning of truth.  A great awakening.”

So what’s all this talk about a Grand Sextile?  Well… Venus and Pluto have been trine to each-other for a little while, now.  But on Monday, July 29th, the Moon will move into position in Taurus, to form a Grand Trine. All three in the earth-signs.  The Grand-Trine in Water is joined by a Grand-Trine in Earth. Both earth and water are feminine, so the result is a Feminine Grand Sextile, pictured below in gold… [Read more…]

Coventry Magic with Jacki Smith

Jacki Smith, creator of Coventry Candles–the premier supplier of magical candles in the U.S.–reveals the secrets to her super-charged magic in her new book.  Eye of Horus is one of only three stores (and the only one in Minnesota) Jacki is visiting to present workshops and launch her book Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils and Herbs. Her Blessed Herbal Candles, Motor City Hoo Doo Candles & Ois, and Witch’s Brew Candles & Oils are staples of many spiritual communities.

Jacki Smith

Jacki Smith, Author Coventry Magic

Jacki will be at Eye of Horus in the first weekend in November for a weekend packed with offerings. Here’s the quick schedule for the Coventry Magic Weekend, Come Friday for readings, come Saturday for a free demo and book signing or come Sunday for an in-depth workshop (registration required for workshop, space is limited):

  • Akashic & Tarot Readings – Nov 4th (Friday & Sat) – by appointment, call 612-872-1292 or book online
  • Free Talk and Interactive Demo – Nov 5th (Sat) 1-3pm – Getting a New Perspective on Magic with Jacki Smith
  • Book Signing Q&A – Nov 5th (Sat) 3-5pm
  • Coventry Magic Workshop Nov 6th (Sunday) 2-5 pm – Advanced Elemental Spell Crafting, Coventry Style Click here for more info and registration.

Read on for all the details! about the book and events . . .

Coventry Magic Book

Coventry Magic Book

Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils and Herbs

Released October 15th and now in stock, Coventry Magic is a both a fun and profound exploration of what influences shape our lives, and the role we can take in that shaping. In her own witty and wonderfully witchy voice, Smith teaches how to manifest luck, love, money, power, creativity, and abundance into your life. Learn the basics in spellcasting—including clearing a space, choosing corresponding colors and gemstones, elementals, and simple tarot readings—plus everything you wanted to know (or didn’t even know was out there) about wax divination, Ceromancy (divination based on the flame of the candle), potent herbal blends, and much, much more.

“Although this book is a wonderful introduction for the beginner, it is absolutely packed with all kinds of ways to use candle magick. The experienced practitioner will be inspired to add some new techniques to their repetoire as well—I particularly love the section on candle magick and tarot! Great job!” ~Karen Harrison, author of The Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook

Buy your copy online or call the store at 612-871-292

Coventry Magic Weekend Details

For Akashic & Tarot Readings, come Nov 4th (Friday)
Jacki Smith, combines the insight of the Tarot with the life changing energies of the Akashic records in her psychic readings. When you book a session with Jacki, you are not only getting a reading, you are also getting a soul level healing.  During your session with Jacki, she will tap into your Akashic records to access your past, present and future. From this perspective she will help you see where you your current path is leading you, what from your past is blocking your dreams and how to help you overcome them. Each session with Jacki is a unique experience; with many life changing outcomes. Are you brave enough to face your dreams? 30 minutes $60  Book your in-store Reading with Jacki online

Discover Coventry Magic – Nov 5th (Saturday)
Getting a New Perspective on Magic with Jacki Smith Free Talk and Interactive Demo – 1-3pm
So many times what we think is the problem is only the symptom of the bigger problem. Jacki Smith uses humor and Coventry Oracle Cards to show you how easy it is to use a system to ferret out the underlying issues and beliefs that can often sabotage magical spells. No registration required, but come early for the best space.

Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils and Herbs  Book Signing Q&A – 3-5pm
This book helps readers get to the meat of issues and solve them in a magical, life-changing way. Coventry Magic will be an invaluable reference for beginners as well as experienced magic practitioners—the ultimate candle magic reference book. Call 612-872-1292 to pre-order your copy!

Coventry Magic Workshop Nov 6th (Sunday) 2-5 pm
Advanced Elemental Spell Crafting, Coventry Style
So how many times are you going to light a prosperity candle, get good results then need one again next week or month? If you need to do magic around an issue, you probably have a block there.  If you didn’t, you wouldn’t need magic.  In this class, Jacki Smith will take you deeper into your magical quest and help you uncover what your core magical needs are, thus making every spell more effective and long lasting.  You don’t want to miss out on this one, we don’t know when, if ever, Jacki will be back in MN.

As a special bonus, workshop participants will get 20% off candles, oils and herbs on the day of the workshop! Space is limited, so don’t wait! Call 612-872-1292 or register online with Paypal or Credit Card (or select Pay in Store).

Don’t Forget to pick up or reserve your copy in advance. Here’s what the experts are saying about the book, Coventry Magic:

“Jacki is the real deal and makes candle rituals fun, meaningful, and magical.” ~Amy Zerner & Monte Farber, authors of The Enchanted Tarot and The Soulmate Path

“From self-understanding to healing and transformation, Jacki prepares us to be creators and channels of powerful magic in our own lives. She makes both magical theory and practical application accessible and effective and fun.” ~Barbara Moore, author of The Mystic Faerie Tarot and Tarot for Beginners

“A comprehensive book of very practical magic that can be done–with a little practice–by anyone. And it is effective magic . . . it works!” ~Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland’s Book of Gypsy Magic

“Jacki Smith is a masterful artist of magickal candles. I’ve enjoyed her blend of strong magickal intentions and great smelling scents in her products. To have her wisdom in a book is a treasure!” ~Christopher Penczak, co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft and author of The Plant Spirit Familiar

“Coventry Magic isn’t just another good book outlining magical practice. It’s the best damned self-help book on the market—bar none!” ~Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked and Everyday Magic

“Not only does she provide practical and understandable information, Jacki Smith invistes us into her process of discovery, application, and direct results. Now we understand why Coventry products work so well! And now, the reader can apply the same type of magical development and practice to their work.” ~Orion Foxwood, author of The Tree of Enchantment

How to Charge Your Pendant with Purpose

We are often asked if we magically bless or charge the goods we sell, but we don’t.  We just cleanse them, as we cleanse our whole store, so they start ready to receive your intention and work for you.  The most we do is put the intention in everything that it finds the “right home.”  It’s not because we are stingy or don’t know how to charge a pendant.  The fact is, only you truly know what you need or want.

Eye of Horus Pendant

Eye of Horus Pendant

How many times have you asked for something for a holiday gift and had what you though was a simple request curiously or disappointingly misunderstood?  Seriously, do it yourself – someone else might not quite understand, and no one else can put the same amount of desire or meaning into it. The purpose of charging is to get yourself in touch with what I’ve come to think of as a universal energy meme or magical subroutine attached to the symbol; to personalize the pendant with your specific intent; and to activate that intent in the universe. No one can do this better than you, because even the best psychic can’t feel, see and taste your purpose half as well as you.

What I am presenting here is not “the one true way” to charge your pendant, talisman or amulet.  There are as many ways to bless an object as there are religious, magickal and folk traditions. You can search the internet and find any number of ways.

You might want to do an additional cleansing of your pendant before you begin.  Set it out overnight under moonlight, sprinkle with salt, or smudge it with incense, etc.

9 Steps to Charge your Pendant:

  1. Gather your pendant, a small piece of paper, and a writing utensil then go to what you consider your sacred or private place. If you have a favorite incense, you might want to use that, as well.  Frankincense and Sandalwood are two options if you aren’t sure what to use.
  2. Light your incense, take a few clearing breaths – enough to let go of whatever you were doing prior in the day and what you might be fretting about or planning to do next. If it helps, visualize erasing a blackboard (or whiteboard).
  3. Connect to your higher self, patron diety or saint, spirit guide, your heart of hearts, etc. so you can put forth an intention for your highest good.
  4. Focus on the outcome you want to achieve, and how it feels, rather than your need . . . so focus on feeling safe and invulnerable vs. needing protection from harm, for example. Be as specific as you can, take time to ask for clarity, if needed.
  5. Take the piece of paper and draw the pendant or the symbol on the pendant on it.  (Or, if it doesn’t have a symbol, pick a symbol or word which represents the pendant to you) It absolutely doesn’t need to be exact. You are not being graded, even on a curve.  It needs to be your interpretation. As you draw, remind yourself of the outcome you want, so it flows through your hands into the symbol on the paper.
  6. Wrap the pendant in the paper, or just set the pendant on the paper, pick them both up and hold them in your hands, acquainting them with each other.  You are introducing your specific purpose to the universal meme, just as you would two people. Hold them for as long as you can keep the focus of what you want for your outcome, or until you feel that the two have “bonded” or become BFFs, soulmates, two sides of one coin . . . whatever metaphor works for you. Then press the paper to transfer your personal version of the symbol into the pendant, and vice-versa, so the “two become one”
  7. Send your intention forth to the universe by burning the paper (in a fireplace, fire pit or cauldron), composting, burying or otherwise sending that energy out into the universe, preferably without littering, please.
  8. Say “Thank You for” and name your outcome. (Some traditions say things like “So Mote It Be” but with “Thank You” it’s a done deal which flickers through space-time, not a hope. It’s also more polite.)
  9. When you put it on, remember your purpose, and when you take it off, give thanks again.

That’s it!  Now when you wear your pendant, it connects with the universe, and be ready for the hints the universe provides to keep to your purpose and respond accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to charge my pendant?  Won’t it work anyway?

No, you don’t have to charge your pendant.  If it is designed for a purpose, it will serve that purpose, generally.  But if you’re reading this article, some part of you wants to put more specificity/energy/oomph into it. Be honest with yourself, if you have resistance.  You might need to examine the purpose you intended to use the amulet or talisman for. Or it might be this is a “next step” or “level up” moment. We often obtain amulets or talismans during transition moments in life and then wonder if we really are ready, after all. If that’s the case, review step 3 and do what it takes to get into even temporary alignment with your highest, greatest self. Then decide if you want to, or need to charge your pendant.

What if my talisman is lost or stolen?

I’ll deal with the second part first, if someone takes your pendant and wears it hoping to achieve the same marvelous outcome you did, they’ll only confuse it, because their intention doesn’t lock into that personalized version you introduced to the pendant. So they can clear it and personalize it for themselves, but it’s questionable whether the energy meme will cooperate. If the owner knows in his heart of hearts that it isn’t really his, there can never be a true bond or focus, and that knowledge of illegitimacy will work against him.

Many people are afraid if they lose their talisman, it could be used against them in some way.  Not if you use this method of charging! Here’s why:

First off, if someone tries to use a symbol for anything other than the universal energy which has been associated with it by tradition, it simply won’t work. Secondly, you put your energy into the paper which then transferred the purpose to the amulet or talisman, and you returned that paper to the universe. It acted as a sort of a translator or forwarding address. Thus, when you wear the amulet, it is perfectly tuned to you and to that universal energy working for you, but in the hands of someone else, there is less of an energized link to you.  The link goes first to that intention that has been dispersed to the universe as to a forwarding address.  Of course, if you wear a piece enough, or wear it during rituals, etc. it will still pick up your energy.  If that’s the case, you might want to do a cutting or misdirection ritual.  Since it is already associated to that forwarding address, you could invoke the symbol and cut your ties with it.

I did everything you said . . . why it didn’t it work?

Think about it.  Think about it seriously.  You will likely come up with some fork in the road, something else you could’ve done, advice you didn’t head, etc.  You might find some mental block, self-deception, disruptive pattern or the like. Your soul may have had a greater lesson to learn. Or it could be you were relying on a thing around your neck to overcome common sense, physical reality or your own inertia. A talisman or amulet is not an excuse for not engaging in life with your fullest ability.  It is a crutch, when you need it, or a boost when you are ready for the results.

Summary

Sometimes you may just need something simple, but sometimes something more involved helps you tap into the power of a symbol.  So, if you need or want more, this ritual will work.  Feel free to elaborate or adapt it for your own use, trusting your own intuition to guide you. If you’ve found this article useful, please comment or use the share links below. Thanks!

copyright © 2011, Jane R. Hansen