I often get asked when people find out that I’m a witch are you white or black? For me the easiest explanation that I can give them is that I am a grey witch. For my belief is most magical use is grey and should be acknowledged as such.
Even the fluffiest fae’s magic can be tainted from pure white to grey by just a tiny glitter malfunction.
The same can be said about those who are perceived to be utilising dark magic, are affected by their environment and rather than ritual sacrifice, if presented with a cute bundle smelling of Jonsons baby products, will melt & coo.
This is a rather basic outlook but it helps people understand the concept of neutralisation.
As a practising witch Thursday has always been quite special to me. I flicked through my old book of shadows and have found that even as I dabbled at the beginning that the majority of my spells were cast on this magical day. Now this could have just been down to hubby working late on Thursdays so I had space to play or some other cosmic force pushing me towards the day.
I’m not sure if I have mentioned before but I do not like to stick to the 1 pantheon and really like to mix things up, using the energies that best fit rather than the god and goddess that “play nice” together. Thor has always had a special place within my heart and as such his services have been utilised on more than one occasion.
Thursday: Jupiter; probably the best day for spell work as Jupiter is so benevolent and loves to give. All prosperity spells or luck and success spells should be done on this day.
Colours: Purple, Gold, Green, Blue
So enjoy the day, whatever you are doing, I am going to kick back and relax with a little bit of Thor
The history of April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year’s Day was moved from March 25 – April 1 (new year’s week) to January 1.
Communication travelled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1.
These people were labelled “fools” by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on “fool errands,” sent invitations to non-existent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a “Poisson d’avril” or “April fish” because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.
This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool’s Day has taken on an international flavour with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.
In Scotland, for instance, April Fool’s Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are known as April ‘Gowk’, another name for cuckoo bird. The origins of the “Kick Me” sign can be traced back to the Scottish observance.
In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called ‘gobs’ or ‘gobby’ and the victim of a joke is called a ‘noodle.’ It was considered back luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon.
In Rome, the holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is also referred to as “Roman Laughing Day.”
In Portugal, April Fool’s Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends.
The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on one another and smear colours on one another celebrating the arrival of Spring.
So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don’t be surprised if April fools fall playfully upon you.
April Fools Charm
1 Silver Coin
Brightly Coloured Fabric (Yellow if possible)
Seeds (I prefer sunflower, pumpkin or apple)
Small amount of thread
Place all the items within the fabric and tie with the thread, whilst reciting:
Catch the starlight in this coin so bright
I’ll get the wish I wish tonight.
Within this coin my wish is carried
The Magic will grow when it is buried.
Then bury the coin in the garden or a plant pot if you have one spare and leave it to manifest.
This is an exceptionally good spell for children, not only for use on April’s Fools Day, it just seemed fitting to have something light-hearted.
Well I started the year with so much gumption to write here every day and here we are March 30th and this is my first post.
I have however been creating and crafting within this time, so my energies have not been wasted.
Next post will be a light hearted spell for Aprils Fools Day, why I feel inclined to do this is anybody’s guess.
Today has been quite a quiet affair. Wrapping and planning have finished and now I just have 1 list left, 1 list for the boring veg etc. that is needed to be bought for the weekend. This of course all belongs to the commercial side, which is Christmas.
For me the planning today has been for the solstice tomorrow… shortest day of the year with the longest night of the year. My thoughts always turn to reminiscing rather than looking forward. A time to reflect on the last year, take a long hard look at where I am, what I’ve accomplished and where I really want to be going. Of course as 1st Jan dawns, we will be in 2012, the year of impending doom, or the year of enlightenment, or the year of… well let’s throw ideas into a hat and pick.
A spell of healing would be good tonight..for loved ones or Gaia herself.
Plans, ideas, visits and chaos.
Thursday, it is most definitely Thursday. I have lived this whole week thinking I was one day ahead of myself, this is the result of my Christmas brain. My usual calm, ultra organised ways seem to go askew at this time of year and I have to manage everything with disorganised thoughts. Lists are the way to do it at this time of year, that is if you can remember where you put said list. Children breaking up for half term, aswell as the hubby home from Uni, starts to make me panic. So much left to do and not enough time to do it.
I am always like this from Mid November until the solstice, when everything then seems to fall into place. I promise myself and plan that I will be ultra organised next year and be finished with my shopping in October or before but actually what is the point? I know it’s never going to happen and I will be in the same mess next year.