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Monday Magic: Full Wolf Moon in Cancer/Uruz 2022

Happy Full Wolf Moon in Cancer/Uruz!

In mythology, Cancer is associated with the crab in the story of the Twelve Labors of Heracles (represented by the Hercules constellation). In the myth, Hera sends the crab to distract Hercules while the hero is fighting the Lernaean Hydra, the serpent-like beast with many heads and poisonous breath, represented by Hydra constellation. When the crab approaches Hercules, the hero kicks it all the way to the stars.

In another version, the crab gets crushed instead and Hera, a sworn enemy of Hercules, places it in the sky for its efforts. However, she places the crab in a region of the sky that has no bright stars, because despite its efforts, the crab was not successful in accomplishing the task. Cancer does not have any stars brighter than fourth magnitude.

Cancer, astrologically speaking, is all about home, family, and domestic practices. This full “Wolf” moon is in the dead of winter here in the northern hemisphere. This is when we normally cocoon in with our families, and because of the pandemic, it’s even more important for our survival. Survival is the imperative at this time of year. We also tend to go deeper, internally, and may dreg up some emotional wounds that may need healing. This moon is here for you. Alternatively, you may want to try a different approach.

For those who are more into Northern European practices, this is the full moon in Uruz. Uruz is the rune of strength, health, endurance, independence, and pure life force. Where Fehu is about domesticated cattle, Uruz is the pure wild one. Where Fehu is about young lovers, Uruz is about young warriors. Uruz is worn for healing and well-being, and is considered to be a grounding rune. It promotes strength and stamina. All of the things we need for winter!

Since this is the “Wolf” moon, I’ll talk a little about the wolf totem.

Photo courtesy of Milo Weiler via Unsplash

Wolves are the epitome of the wild spirit. Their beneficial characteristics are so numerous that the Native people of the Americas practically deified them. Wolves are also very ritualistic. They live by carefully defined rules. They pile up stones to mark their territory, and howl as a form of group echo-location. Each member of the pack has a specific place within it, and they are led by the parents of the group. Contrary to popular belief, wolves do not have an “alpha.”

Wolves do not fight unnecessarily. They often go out of their way to avoid conflicts where possible. This is also true for those who carry wolf as a totem. Wolves are extremely intelligent and have a strong connection to corvids (ravens and crows). They have excellent hearing and sense of smell. Wolf people can often smell that something isn’t right when others cannot. Wolves are considered to be great teachers, and those with this totem tend toward teaching roles. Wolf is the epitome of strength, adaptability, and survival. Ask wolf to teach you how to incorporate these into your life!

May your full moon bring you joy and empowerment!

Alexis, The Bonesong Witch

Monday Magic Ringing in the Deep

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New Year Greetings from The BoneSong Witch! It’s a magical time for us as society rings in 2022, and we shake off the trappings of 2021. For most of us, the past two years have been very stressful. We’re going into our third year of a global pandemic, with no real end in sight, and it’s wearing on us, on nearly every level. It’s hard to be hopeful in times like these. We hurt, regularly, and it isn’t just surface level. I’m here to tell you that we can use this time and emotion for our individual and collective benefit. This is where deep magic lies.

I’m sure many of you ancestors-in-training (think those of us over the age of 55) are already in on this little secret, but it’s time for us to share some of our hard-won knowledge that only comes with the experience of age. That adage, “you’ll understand when you’re older,” is so very true in this case. So, here it is. Hopefully, I can explain it well enough that it will be understood. Any fault in comprehension lies with me. So, here goes.

Magic can be accessed at any time. That’s not a secret in the Witching World. But, deep magic happens when we are willing to be wounded in our spirit and open ourselves to The Mystery. Perhaps you’ve noticed this in your life.

Have you ever used music to help you grieve when a lover or potential lover has broken your heart? Have you ever written a masterpiece poem or created amazing art because you were coming from that place of pain that cannot be expressed in simple terms? This is what I’m talking about. It’s about taking the cavernous torture and excavating it for treasure. This is spiritual alchemy, and mystics throughout the ages have been perfecting its secrets this entire time. The opposite can also ring true.

The extreme of emotion helps us to connect. When we feel overwhelming joy, sadness, ecstasy, agony, et al, we are tapping into something pure and wild, and we can find a way to ride it, but we will never tame it. It belongs solely to our most profound self. It’s the letting go that’s most difficult, in order to fall into that state where creativity lives. And, that, dear wildlings, is where power is cultivated- through creativity.

This is why I tell you to use the magic guides as guides, only. If the color of the day says, “red,” but you feel it’s more of an orange day, then go with it. Make it as brightly or darkly orange as you can. Take it to that extreme, if only in your heart. Fully, deeply experience this life. It’s shorter than you know. Go for the deep magic this year. Take the painful and the pleasurable and make them beautiful. You are Wild Witch, after all. This is your birthright.

I wish for you a beautiful year of creative alchemy!

Alexis (The BoneSong Witch)

Welcome!

I thought I’d take a moment to welcome those of you who are visiting my newly redesigned site! It’s a continual work in progress, but I am finally able to have you create an account, make payments, etc. right from the site!

I also plan to take Bone Songs to the level that I wanted to, originally. While Daily Magic Guides are something I’ve been doing for almost 20 years’ now, I’d like to go deeper into story, myth, and magic. It’s time.

I hope you’ll take the time to peruse the pages, see the offerings, and reach out with any questions that you have. I look forward to journeying with you!

Bone Songs Chronicle for September 19, 2021

Witchcraft/Paganism Curated News

Trigger Warning: some of these stories speak to several kinds of abuse. I am not responsible for the content. I share for educational purposes, and want you to be forewarned. Read the news at your own risk. Some of it is cool!

This Week’s Tarot: The Nine of Wands

Light Seer’s Tarot Deck

Key words/phrases: Resilience, courage, persistence, test of faith, boundaries.

The Nine of Wands comes as a sign that even in the face of adversity, you stand tall and strong. You may be on the edge of exhaustion, but you are resilient, persistent, and ready to do what it takes to get to the finish line. This card may also come when you feel battered and bruised, having endured significant challenges and struggles along your path. Just when you think you are making progress, you suffer another setback. The Nine of Wands asks you to trust that this is merely a test of your ‘grit’ and resilience, and know that every time you overcome an obstacle, you are getting stronger. You have the inner resources necessary to overcome any difficulty you encounter, even though it may seem impossible at the time. See this Nine as an assurance that you will eventually prosper if you maintain your position. And, if you do not succeed at first, then try again.

The Nine of Wands encourages you to keep pushing – you are so close to the finish line. Even if you want to give up, this is your final challenge before you reach your goal, so don’t let go of your hopes and dreams when you are so close to making them a reality. Stand firm in the face of your challenges, and you will achieve your goal.

Others may try to oppose your plans, make things difficult for you, or even attack you for what you are putting out into the world. Often, they do it because they’re jealous of your success or are projecting their own insecurities and fears on you. Don’t let them get to you. You are a change-maker, and you have a vital message to share in this world. Don’t dim your light because of others’ insecurities.

This Week’s Totem: Badger

Key words/phrases: Determination, aggressiveness, independence, persistence, and fearlessness.

The badger is the giant of the weasel family. Those with this totem should study the weasel as well. The badger is gray, black, and buff, with a white stripe from the nose to the back of its head. This in itself is very symbolic of how open it is, the keeper of much light and knowledge of other animals and the Earth.

The badger may look fat, but it is muscular and powerful. Its outer skin is loose, so it is difficult for bites from other animals to injure it. Its own jaws are exceedingly strong. The jaws are the symbols of powerful expression. This ties the badger to mysteries of the “word” — particularly the magic of storytelling. “I would ask you to remember only this one thing,” said Badger. “The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other’s memory. This is how people care for themselves.”

The badger is a remarkable digger. Fast and quick, it can dig beneath surfaces easily. It can out-dig a ground hog or a mole, moving rapidly through the Earth. This ties them to all earth spirits and gnomes of lore; and, also hints at the ability to see beneath the surface of all things and people. Badger lives in an underground complex of burrows that are called “earths”. Badger has several living chambers, along with latrine and storage chambers. These earths hint at the stories beneath the outer, the inner places, and homes of the outer world.

Badger is active both day and night, and is a carnivorous animal, living primarily on rodents such as rabbits, gophers, mice, squirrels, and other underground dwellers. Badger eats many crop-consuming rodents, and will often store the animals or parts of them in his/her earths. Because of this Badger can be thought of as the keeper of other animals’ stories.

Badger is basically an unsociable animal. Badger does not “relate” well with others–even his/her own kind. This might be why stories are its symbolic means of communication.

It is often easier for those with Badger Medicine to relate through stories than to have to do it directly.

Young badgers, usually 2-3, are born in May or June. The family always separates in the fall, when the young and the father move to find their own homes. Sometimes the father will help with the raising of the young, but as a whole, Badgers are loners and solitary. They are comfortable within themselves and are very self-reliant. They can teach this or help those with this totem to teach it to others.

The dachshund (badger dog) was bred specifically to hunt and dig after the badgers and to chase them out of the burrows. Dachshund owners probably have some Badger Medicine or can easily connect to it.

Because it is such a powerful digger, the badger has knowledge of things beneath the earth. This includes minerals, roots, and other plants and herbs. This makes the badger also a dynamic healer. Sometimes the badger healer is overly aggressive, but the technique is usually effective. Badger can teach the long forgotten knowledge of roots and their mystical and healing powers.

The badger is bold and ferocious, and never surrenders. If Badger has come into your life,
you should do some examination. Are you or those around you not digging deep enough? It may indicate a need to get beneath the surface. It may reflect a time of greater connection to the earth and its animal spirits. It may be telling you to draw upon the stories that intrigued you and held you fast during childhood. They may be symbolic of things going on or about to go on in your current life. Whenever badger shows up, there will be opportunities to develop self-expression and reliance. It speaks of a time to begin to tell a new story about yourself and your life.

  • If Badger is your totem: You are tenacious, bold, love being alone/solitary, can ‘sniff out the truth’ easily, and are extremely loyal to those you consider family.
  • If you have encountered Badger recently: You are being asked to take on the traits of Badger for a specific period of time- usually around 6 months.
  • If you dream of Badger: prepare yourself to face a challenge or enemy head on.

Bone Songs

This week, the seasons change in both hemispheres. Here, in the north, we move into autumn. South of the equator, they’ll see the awakening of spring. It’s time for us to begin thinking of endings, and make preparations for the thinning of the veil between the worlds. Ancestral heritages will be honored, and we shall commune with our beloved dead.

To me, that’s the most comforting of all… communing with those who have gone before me. I’m an ancestor-in-training, after all. I’ll be with them sooner than I’d probably like, and my hope is that my descendants will also honor me after I’m gone.

For now, I’m choosing to eke out every single drop of life I can get, and honor each season I’m allowed. I am happy to welcome autumn’s arrival. May your harvests be full.

Sláinte,

Alexis, The Bone Song Witch

Bone Songs Chronicle for September 12, 2021

Witchcraft/Paganism Curated News

Trigger Warning: some of these stories speak to several kinds of abuse. I am not responsible for the content. I share for educational purposes, and want you to be forewarned. Read the news at your own risk. Some of it is cool!

This Week’s Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

One thing to know about me- I ADORE Tarot art and artists. Ciro Marchetti has a unique style that is prevalent in all of his tarot decks. This card is no exception, and I believe it captures the spirit of this Tarot card.

Wheels have always had significance to humans. They symbolize freedom and the cyclical nature of life. We spin the wheel of chance to see what randomly might come up in our lives. We use wheels to transport us to places in a much quicker fashion than walking. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that this Wheel of Fortune card symbolizes all of those things, and more.

Note the numbers on the four corners. Did you see the Hebrew letter “bet” on the bottom left? Hebrew letters have numeric value to them, and this one is the number two. It represents duality, male and female, home, protection, security, and a universal “home,” in spirituality. All of these come into play with the Wheel of Fortune.

You could be riding high right now. If so, are you prepared enough for when you’ll be on the low-end of the wheel? If you are on the low-end, are you seasoned enough to realize that this too, shall pass?

Ask yourself if you’re trying too hard to control the spin. Have you “clogged up the wheel” with trying to carry too much or through an unhealthy perspective? What can you release that will allow the wheel to move in your favor?

As with any reading, your new knowledge can change an outcome. It’s worth exploring!

This Week’s Totem: Bull

Bulls have held a place of significance in human culture since before the beginning of recorded history. They appear in cave paintings estimated to be up to 17,000 years old. The mythic Bull of the Heavens plays a role in the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, dating as far back as 2150 BC. The importance of the bull is reflected in its appearance in the zodiac as Taurus, and its numerous appearances in mythology, where it is often associated with fertility. In Hinduism, a bull named Nandi, usually depicted seated, is worshipped as the vehicle of the god Shiva and depicted on many of the images of that deity. To the Celts, the bull was regarded as a symbol of fertility. They invoked this symbol when they wanted to enhance procreation among newly married couples. The bull stands for motivation in the Chinese tradition. The Chinese connect the bull symbol with strong will, perseverance, and strength.

The Bull of Wall Street statue sits in the financial district of New York city, as a symbol of financial optimism. ‘The Bull Run’ is a term used in the financial markets to signify an upsurge in market trends. The Bull Run works in contrast to the Bear Run, which shows when a market is spiraling downwards.

Bull as Your Totem

The Bull as a totem is a solar symbol of strength, masculinity, and sacrifice. To sacrifice means, “to make sacred.” Bulls have been sacrificed to various gods throughout the history of mankind. If you carry this totem, you tend to carry the “weight of the world” on your strong shoulders. You are able to withstand an onslaught and keep on going. You have stubborn tendencies which are both beneficial and detrimental to your well-being.

People tend to come to you for protection. You may have been the kid who protected those being bullied on the playground at school. You tend to stand up for what’s right.

You can also have a serious temper, when provoked.

Dreaming of Bulls

Bulls in our dreams are much like those of the totem itself. Bulls represent wild, untamed energy that can be very aggressive. Bulls can represent our deeper feelings that may have been dragged out by others reactions and provocations in the previous day. It can also mean that you’ve set up a goal and you’re feeling pretty confident about it.

Bull as a Messenger

If Bull has stomped into your life today, it’s time to take stock of your own belief in yourself. Have you given up on something important to you? Have you given up on yourself? Do you need some of bull’s stubborn strength to get you through? Call on Bull for help in standing your ground, being aggressive where it’s warranted, and in drawing upon wealth that lasts through generations. Bull is a great ally in times like these.

Bone Songs

We, in the northern hemisphere, are coming upon my favorite time of year- autumn. Summer is winding down, storms are flaring up as the “muchness” of the season bellows out its rebellion against the waning of its power. We’ll experience some “hot flashes,” as the earth prepares to sleep in our half, and awaken in the south. Many of us need the quieter time to regroup and reconnect. We cannot do it while the cacophony of summer assaults our senses. I find that I cannot take on new things to learn during that time. It’s a time of giving, not receiving.

Don’t get me wrong; there is nothing like the fecundity that summer brings. Our local farms are filled with the fruits of labor and partnership with the earth. The green leaves that cover the forest behind my home give me a sense of privacy that I do not have in the barren of winter. Our peach tree out back provided an absolute feast for our groundhog guardian that lives under the shed. I am grateful for all that has been given, and I am not trying to rush, but…

The temperatures are sliding, the crickets’ chirps are slowing, the farms are celebrating ‘harvest season,’ and there’s a feeling of excitement trying to well up within me. Soon, the windows will be open again, and I will breathe the fresh, welcome chill of the season I most love. She’ll arrive, with her thinning veil; and my ancestors will almost be visible through it. She’ll be cool to the touch, but warm with her wardrobe. We’ll connect in a way that only Witch can understand. I can’t wait for the dance to begin!

Dear readers- thank you so much for taking the time to read and share the weekly chronicle. Your constructive feedback is always welcome, and I hope you find this edition edifying. Please feel free to reach out via this site or the Bone Songs Facebook page. I love connecting with you!

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Wishing you the most wonderful week!

Sláinte,

Alexis, The Bone Song Witch