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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

☆☆☆☆ Success Charm for the New Year ☆☆☆☆

my favorite ornament on my tree (of course!)
Even though I’ve been studying spells, charms and the magic of nature for decades, I still consider myself a novice. I don’t like complicated spells or charms that use ingredients that I don’t know well , have on hand, or can easily get. So the spells and charms I have in the Spell Book in my shoppe are all fairly simple and easy. This charm below is fairly simple as well and quite fun! It is from one of my favorite books,  
“Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth” by Dorothy Morrison
Good luck!


Charm for Success in All Things
You will need:
6 inch square of yellow fabric
1 teaspoon dried chamomile
1 penny
1 teaspoon dried lavender
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 sprig mistletoe
a hair from each person living in your home
12 inch yellow ribbon
white candle
Frankincense incense

Place the fabric square on the altar, then light the incense and candle. Lay the penny in the center of the square and place the mistletoe on top; then say something like

A penny for luck so money can grow
With good fortune and power from this mistletoe

Add the hair clippings. Visualize each person in your home as you add their offering. See them becoming successful in reaching their goals and dreams. As you add each offering, say something like :

I add (persons name) to this charm to ensure his / her success
 in dreams and endeavors and true happiness

Then sprinkle the dried herbs on top while chanting:

oh, herbs now protect and invoke what we need
fertilize our success- let it bloom and seed

Gather the corners of the fabric together to make a pouch and secure it with the ribbon. Watch the candle flame for a few moments while you visualize the rays of the sun pouring down everyone in your household. Then ask the sun to bless your home and all who live there by saying something like this:

Fire of Sun with light so warm,
with the good fortune our lives now charm,
open possibilities and windows of opportunity
 fill our environment with new success and with positive energy,
this home please bless

 Let the candle burn all the way down, then hang the charm over the front door. Replace it the following year and toss the old charm in the Yule fire.

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Courtney McNeil began studying painting and illustration in 1985 in London, England. Not one to stay in one place very long she continued perfecting her love of the arts while traveling the world studying painting and illustration in Europe, Hawaii, California, and Australia and eventually graduated cum laude with a BA in illustration and continued on to do her graduate work at the Royal College of Art in London, England.  A few years later she added to her creative interests and studied letterpress and bookmaking at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After receiving her undergraduate degree she began work at the Getty Museum in Malibu for almost a decade which allowed her to study and work among some of the most famous classic works of art in the world from Vincent Van Gogh to Manet. Teaching in the galleries of the Getty started her career in Art Education. She has been teaching painting and drawing to young artists and adults at the Davis Arts Center since 2006.