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An Old Craft Witch's Calendar 15th February




February is a time when all of Nature still appears to be in a state of limbo, halfway between the snows of winter and the warm rain of spring. It is the time for spectacular sunrises and sunsets for which the witch has an in-built appreciation. For those who take the time to stand and stare, there are those few fleeting moments of a true Turneresque skyscape, when a whole kaleidoscope of colour is visible. Turner was often accused of exaggerating the colours and forms of nature, but as he was alleged to have retorted to the woman who complained that she never saw his skies in nature — ‘Then God help you, Madam.’ [Extract from Traditional witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows]

th New Moon and the perfect time to cast a money drawing spell but remember, s
pells for wealth will only bring what a witch needs, or it will offer an opportunity to improve your circumstances – but never a winning lottery ticket!  Also bear in mindthe old saying about being careful about what you ask for – or you might just get it!  So be aware of asking for more than is needed and keep an open mind about how any money difficulties might be resolved – a leaflet dropped through the door offering to buy broken bits of gold jewellery netted an immediate payment of £200 and came just at the right time!




WOODLORE:  During the winter, ash trees are easily recognised by the sooty-black buds arranged in opposite pairs along the twigs. The ash is the last of the trees to show its foliage and the first to lose it in the autumn. Ash wood is both supple and closely grained, resisting shock without splintering and was often used in weaponry. In Norse mythology the ask held an honoured place, appearing as Askr, the Father of Mankind. The myth claims that when the gods wanted to populate the earth they took an ash tree and breathed the human soul into it and Askr was born while woman was fashioned from an alder tree. The ash is one of the nine sacred woods and one of the nine Celtic Chieftain Trees.


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Mélusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Mériém Clay-Egerton. She has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years with Arcanum and the Temple of Khem, and writer of numerous popular books on magic and witchcraft. Her highly individualistic teaching methods and writing draws on ancient sources, supported by academic texts and current archaeological findings.


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