Thursday, January 31, 2013

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantras #4: Lighten Up! (with Imbolc, also known as Candlemas)

It's just about Imbolc/Candlemas, D. D. Scott-ville!

In the magickal witchery realm, that means it's time to "Lighten Up!"...from the inside out!


Beginning tomorrow night at sundown - February 1st - thru sundown on February 2nd, I'll be celebrating the witch's sabbat/holiday of Imbolc, also known as Candlemas or Brigid's Day.

I've talked about Brigid before as she's one of my all-time fave goddesses. You can learn more about her in my Magickal Mantra #2: Home and Hearth, Health and Wealth, O Bright One!

She is indeed The Bright One. The Triple Goddess of hearth, health and home, she's considered the keeper of the flame and therefore a wonderful source of light and illumination.

She was born at dawn and heralded a brilliant light (thus she's often referred to as The Bright One), which she forever maintains around the hearth of homes the world over. Because she illuminates life and keeps homes full of good health and love, prosperity/wealth (in all aspects) grows.

Here she is bringing light to a cold and snow-filled Winter night.



Imbolc marks the half-way point between Winter and Spring, and believe it or not, the earth and all of its amazing plants and flowers (some of its animals too) are beginning to wake up far beneath all that snow.


For thousands of years, people have celebrated this half-way point by bringing all the extra light into the world that they can - primarily using candles (thus...Candlemas).

I'll be doing something to this effect both outside and inside our home to light the way for Spring and to encourage more light and love in our hearts...




There are many other magickal correspondences for this fabulous witch's holiday too! For example, you can use the magick of flowers (called flower fascinations) using white and red carnations - white to symbolize the snow blanketing the earth and red for the flames from the fires we burn, whether in our hearths/fireplaces or by candlelight.

One of my favorite witches - Ellen Dugan, The Garden Witch, also uses the color purple to give her the comfort of knowing the gorgeous purple crocus will soon be popping out of the snow and ushering in Spring.

Note: I highly recommend you follow the Wheel of The Year with Ellen. She's just wonderful, totally witchy brilliant with superfab fun 'tude to go with it! I'm on her Pinterest almost every day, which is where I found these gorgeous images for Imbolc. And I'll have soon read all of her books! :-)

So, as we all settle in for the weekend and perhaps another cold, snow-filled Winter night (and if you don't have snow where you live, I've probably got some from here along the fab shores of Lake Michigan that I can share with you), light those candles and your heart along with the rest of the world!



The Best of D. D. Scott-ville Magickal Wishes --- D. D. Scott, Witch-in-Training

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantras #3: Bubble Up!

Welcome Back to D. D. Scott-ville, where we're goin' magickal all year long!!!

As I finish the first book in my brand new Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches Series - PRACTICAL MISCHIEF, I thought I'd share with you a fantastic magickal tip that Belle teaches her niece Gia, who could be the next Queen of Witches, if she can recover her magickal abilities which are "lost," thanks to the magickal mischief and dark magick spells of her other powerful witch of an aunt, Angelica.

Gia, like many of us newbie witches, and even the most powerful of witches, have moments, whether among non-magickal mundanes or fellow magickal folks, where the environment is just too much for our psychic channels to handle.

Let me give you an example...

Going to the grocery (or any large public venue) is often a bit of a challenge for magickal folks. Especially if your talents include clairvoyant skills and/or intuitive and empathic skills.

Why is the grocery a problem?

Because your senses and psychic receptive areas are simply overwhelmed by all of the energies swirling around you.

Peeps with magickal skills are, in a nutshell, people who are very in tune with other peoples' energy as well as all of the energies in their surroundings. It's as if we have large signs on our foreheads that say: "Please allow me to feel, fret about, rejoice over and share everything you are feeling, thinking and worrying about."

So, how do we handle this pouring in of energy fields?

We BUBBLE UP!!!


Yep...think in terms of the gorgeous, sparkly purple and blue bubbles in the image above.

We literally envision large purple or deep blue bubbles and mist forming around us, protecting us and acting as a shield of sorts against all of the various feelings, thoughts, emotions and both positive and negative forces that want to share with us. It's our very own psychic armor so to speak.

Personally, my bubble is very Glinda the Good Witch. I've always sooo luuuvvved her...well...until I saw Wicked, which made me want to be a total Elphaba but in Glinda's fabulous bubble.


I'm getting to the point now where I don't have to BUBBLE UP unless I'm surrounded by people who I sense are very dark and those filled with a lot of negative, depressive energies.

In those rare cases when I do have to BUBBLE UP, because I honestly will do pretty much anything to just stay clear of those emo-monsters and psy-vamps period, I throw up my glowing and very sparkly purple bubble and actually borrow one of my fave lines from Glinda's script:

"You have no power here! Be gone, before somebody drops a house on you, too!"

That's it, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps...when you're feeling overwhelmed, no matter where you are...in other words, if you're far from the quirky fabulous comfort of Oz or Munchkin Land, no need to worry...just...BUBBLE UP!!!

The Best of Bubble Up Magickal Mantra Wishes --- D. D. Scott, Witch-in-Training

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantras: #2 - Hearth and Home, Health and Wealth, O Bright One

Merry Meet and Blessed Be, D. D. Scott-ville!

Here's a fabulous bit of Kitchen Witchery to fill your heart with the magick of hearth and home...

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantras: #2

Hearth and Home, Health and Wealth, O Bright One!




I'm a natural, eclectic witch, which means that my hearth and home and the natural energies surrounding it, as well as the natural elements (earth, fire, water and air) that I bring inside, create and empower the magick of my heart.

As is often chanted while conjuring up fabulously bewitching spells:

As within, so without; As above, so below

For this wonderfully magickal kitchen witchery, I gather together three, 7-day white candles (I buy them at The Dollar Store - for yep, just a buck each.) I also use a Black Sharpie and draw the ancient triskele ruin on the glass to symbolize and tap into the powers of the inspiring Celtic Goddess Brigid.



Brigid is the Triple Goddess of hearth, health and home. She's considered the keeper of the flame and therefore a wonderful source of light and illumination.

She was born at dawn and heralded a brilliant light (thus she's often referred to as The Bright One), which she forever maintains around the hearth of homes the world over. Because she illuminates life and keeps homes full of good health and love, prosperity/wealth (in all aspects) grows.

To welcome Brigid's kind of hearth and home, health and wealth energies into my home, I keep three candles (three for the Triple Goddess) lit at all times while I'm home. I keep them on our stove because of Brigid's hearth connection. Today's hearth is either your fireplace or your stove/oven.

I light my candles before dawn each morning and say:

"To Hearth and Home, Health and Wealth, O Bright One!"

And then I work each day with these fabulously warm and positive energies combined with everything I do. Each time I go into the kitchen, I see the candles burning bright and am reminded that my happy home is my number one priority.

What do you think, D. D. Scott-ville? Does this sound like a wee bit of kitchen witchery you'll try?

Blessed Be! --- D. D. Scott

Thursday, January 10, 2013

D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantras: #1 - An Apple a Day Brings Magick Your Way

Let's get magickal, D. D. Scott-ville!

Today, to celebrate my new wonderfully bewitching series - The Belle Bishop Books - which launch in late February with Book One, PRACTICAL MISCHIEF, I'm kicking off my new blog series filled with Magickal Mantras!

In this series, I'll treat you to a bunch of magickal spells, teach you to conjure up powerful warding witchery, and train you to work a little kitchen and garden magick too!

It all begins with this...



D. D. Scott's Magickal Mantras: #1 - An Apple a Day Brings Magick Your Way

Did y'all know that an apple is one of the most magickal of fruits?!

Why, it even has its very own five-pointed star (pentragram). Simply do a cross-section cut, and you'll see it!!!


Apple wood makes for a great wand, and the tree itself is a favorite of witches. When witches celebrate both Mabon (which is a Thanksgiving of sorts) and Samhain (a witch's Halloween), apples are used as a divination tool, decoration and as yummy treats. They are also symbolic of knowledge and illumination. And are thought to be a gateway to other realms such as faeryland and The Summerland (the land of the dead).

Need a great love spell? You might work with an apple.

Need a secret way to let someone know you are a witch? Then serve them an apple and cut it crosswise.

Need a great way to spread love, gratitude and generosity? Show it in apples and apple blossoms! :-)

I eat an apple a day, and it's not just about keeping the doctor away, although apples also represent healing. It's to bring more magick my way!!!

The Best of An Apple a Day Magickal Wishes --- D. D. Scott

P.S. I also enjoy red, apple-scented candles and use them for spellcasting.