Tag Archives: magic

Fae Friday: Creative Ways to Shrink Yourself

© Tatjana Pilate | Dreamstime Stock Photos – free

What’s your favorite fairy tale? Do you remember from your childhood days? Put on your thinking cap because it can reveal the mysteries of your deeper self. Are you Cinderella, champion of the downtrodden? A maidenly Snow White unhappy with her alter ego, the evil bitch queen? An intrepid wit getting the upper hand on a sinister Rumpelstiltskin? Sleeping Beauty waiting for a wake up kiss? A thrill seeking Little Red Riding Hood? Or are you the big bad wolf?

From a young age my favorite fairy tales were East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Snow White and Rose Red, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and The Snow Queen. Magic runs through all, as in most fairy tales, but a major theme of these four stories is that things are not what they seem. The world is ultimately infused with mystery. This theme speaks to my need to see beyond the superficial, beyond what is in front of my eyes, into the shining dark deep magic of life.

In East of the Sun and West of the Moon, the heroine’s curiosity compels her to sneak upon her lover in the darkness to discover why he forbids her to look at him at night. After she is amazed to see a handsome, sleeping form, he is catapulted away as a beast due to her lack of trust. She must undergo an arduous journey to the home of the blustery North Wind to find her beloved. St. Elmo, a 1896 novel by Augusta Jane Evans, reminds me of this fairy tale. Have you read that fine old melodrama? It is filled with old fashioned literary allusions.

The sisters in Snow White and Rose Red defeat a malicious dwarf when they trick him into letting his beard be cut. Afterward, they are both rewarded with a prince,and their lives are successful mirror images. Snow White rises to pomp and circumstance, while Rose Red lives close to the magic of the earth. She  tends the hearth and knows the murmurings of trees. Rose Red was always my favorite. Which do you prefer?

© Serghei Starus | Dreamstime Stock Photos – free

An invisible cloak is used by the hero in The Twelve Dancing Princesses to discover why the girls’ shoes are worn out every morning. For years they’ve trekked down to a secret world below ours and jitterbugged all night. Would you be bold enough to travel into an alternate dimension? What if the dimension is your own inner self?

My favorite part of The Snow Queen is where the old wise woman in the hut writes a secret note to her faraway sister– on a fish. The heroine goes through a lengthy journey to find the whereabouts of her beloved and for a while gets to experience a rollicking gypsy life.

In different ways we all search for mystery and magic. Your favorite fairy tale can tell you something about yourself and your world view. If you believe in fairy dust, beasts are sometimes handsome princes, there are parallel worlds where you can dance all night, and both nature and fish speak volumes. So now and then let’s close our eyes–and listen.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Fae Friday: Rune of the Day – Inguz

Inner self, higher self, higher power, spirit, angels, goddess, fae, source. There are many names for the sacred wisdom threaded throughout our reality. My old metaphysical teacher called it Spirit, and that’s how I tend to refer to it most times. We can call on the underlying wisdom to guide us. How does it answer? The ways are countless, and one way is rune casting. This is an ancient method from the frozen north, used by Vikings and other Germanic cultures. Runes shine a light on the ripe possibilities of the moment. A casting also comes in many patterns and forms. In the old days one who practiced the magic of runes was called a Vitka. For a swift reading, I draw one rune.

I close my eyes and ask Spirit for guidance, for a message. What do I need to know at this time? From my bag of amethyst runes, I draw forth a single stone. I listen with open mind and heart.

The Binding of Fenris by D Hardy (Public Domain) via Wikimedia

Today I draw Inguz. Its shape is that of an X standing on top of another X. Part of the traditional Germanic Futhark or runic alphabet, it is one of the eight runes under the patronage of the warrior god Tyr. Lately my runic messages seem to be predominantly of Tyr’s Eight. Tyr shines in our minds as the god who bound the monstrous wolf Fenrir, losing a hand in the process.

Inguz speaks of fertility and new beginnings. Its qualities are that of the hero god Ing, whose name I settled on my hero Ingvar in my first book, Wytchfae Runes. Ing and Ingvar remind me of the noble knight Sir Gawain, who strived to maintain his integrity in the deceptive situations he encountered.

The mysterious, changeable moon is related to the energy of Inguz. Each night the moon presents a different face as it travels swiftly in its heavenly orbit, from new to old and back to new in only 28 days. The moon indicates movement and emotional health. Inguz represents these concerns, as well as intuition, a desire for harmony, and the adaptability needed for success.

Inguz signals an emergence from a tense, closed state into a more fertile, creative mode of being. It is a powerful rune signifying a new path and a transition into joy. What may have been stagnant now has the energy to blossom. It is important to actively strive to shake off old habits and outdated thoughts patterns that no longer serve our best interests. Change is at hand.

Recently I completed a life task that has been troubling me for some time. Another such task in also nearing completion. Drawing Inguz seems a validation that these changes are needed and sanctioned by the universe.

I hope you enjoyed our look at Inguz, the Rune of the Day. What’s on your mind after reading this?

More: The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Mythic Monday: Scorpio Goddess Hecate

AN00969955 001 l

Richard Cosway [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“He then the name invokes
Of Hecate; abundant honour straight
Shall follow on his path, if to that prayer
Gracious the goddess leans and opulence
Attends his footsteps; for the power is hers.”
     Hesiod, translated by Sir Charles Abraham Elton, from Theogony

“It keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell
Gluts twice ten thousand Caverns, till the spell
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.”
     John Keats, from On the Sea

As the Wheel of the Year swirls into late autumn, the energy of Scorpio mirrors the cooling of earth and the slow descent into dormancy. The mood becomes more distant, less fiery and emotional, yet not detached in the way of an air sign. Rather, the sense is of the closeted dampness of inner earth, where mysteries abound and life and death intertwine. Scorpio is self-aware and also cognizant of various realities. During this time of year we survey with wonder the changing colors around us, the dying of what was new last spring, and we are beckoned toward attentiveness to life’s mysteries. It is time for us to feel the energy of that which cannot be seen with the eyes. There is immense power now. Magic abounds. Honor the mystery and learn from it, while protecting your own sense of self. Things are not always what they seem, and differentiation of your spirit among many is a worthy task. I honor the great goddess Hecate as the 2015 patron goddess of Scorpio.

Although Hecate is considered a Greek goddess, Barbara G. Walker in The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myth and Secrets traces her beginnings back to ancient Egypt, where she was known as Hekat, the powerful goddess of midwifery and magic. Other spellings are Heket and Heqit. Hekat’s powers flowed from the very source of death and creation. As cosmic midwife, she brought spirit into the body and the world of the living. As priestess, she accepted spirit back into the underworld realm at death. Hekat evolved from an even earlier power, the heq or tribal matriarch of pre-dynastic Egypt. The tribal matriarch commanded the sacred mother’s words of power called the hekau. These magical incantations were vital to gain entrance into various areas of the underworld.

Hecate, or The Night of Enitharmon's Joy, Butlin 316

William Blake [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

To the ancient Greeks, Hecate was a Titan, one of the divinities preceding the Olympic gods. Only she and Zeus had the unique power of being able to grant or withhold at will anything from humankind. Some say her worship came to Greece from Thrace. As cosmic midwife Hecate retained her association with the mysteries of life and death. She existed as a trinity, ruling heaven, earth, and the underworld. In heaven she was the moon Hecate Selene, on earth she was Artemis the Huntress, and in the underworld she became Persephone the death goddess. From the trinity of maiden, mother, and crone, Hecate was most aligned with the dark crone aspect. Hebe or sometimes Persephone denoted the maiden. Hera or sometimes Demeter represented the mature woman. As a triple goddess, Hecate was closely associated with moon goddesses Selene, Artemis, and Diana. Offerings were left for her at crossroads where three roads met. She was the queen of witches and magic, and as Diana this association extended through Roman times and the many centuries following. She was invoked at crossroads at the midnight hour, and magical rites were performed in her name. She was sought after for her powers of healing, guidance, prophecy, and compassion for humanity.

May we all be blessed by the healing and reverence of hidden mysteries as bestowed by one of the most ancient goddesses, Hecate. When you look up at the waxing moon tonight and the full moon five days from now, perhaps you’ll think of the moon goddesses of old.

GuardianoftheDeep_SM (1)Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Mythic Monday: Salamander Fae by Flossie Benton Rogers

LordofFire_MEDcroppedEYEeyeIn magic and fairy lore, salamanders are elemental fire spirits that are named after the lizard like amphibians called salamanders. In fact their appearance is identical to the amphibians. Only a person with second sight or heightened sensitivity or who is trained in the magical arts can distinguish the elementals from their biological counterparts. Salamanders are ancient spirits and are well aware of their value to the order of the world, as well as to those versed in spell casting and magic. Salamanders are favored by witches and ceremonial magicians for their great power, adaptability, and facility of being able to come and go from a magic circle that has been cast. If you think about magic as one method of communicating with unseen parallel dimensions, you begin to discern the true habitat of elemental salamanders.

Salamanders govern the direction of South in a magic circle. They are often sighted around candle flames, hearth fires, or outdoor bonfires. When a magic circle is cast, invoking the four directions, specifically calling the South direction is to beckon the fire elementals to appear and serve as guardians and power enhancers of the circle. They are great allies for all ritual and spell work. If the fire elementals are allowed to remain once a ritual is completed, however, energetic disruptions will surely ensue. Instead, they need to be enticed to return or firmly sent back to their own dimension.

The origin of salamanders is quite interesting, in that they come from a watery environment but are in charge of the opposite element of fire. Over 3,000 years ago in the Middle East, after much observation and study, revered mystics proclaimed that the astral version of the salamander existed not of water but of fire.

In some magic lore and philosophical studies as well, everything is in the process of moving toward and actually becoming its opposite. There is a magnetic attraction between the two, and each dances toward the other. Reality is shaped by this endlessly flowing energy and matter. To me, the salamander is a good example of a universal antithetical framework.

Compatriots of salamanders (fire) are sylphs (air), gnomes (earth), and undines (water).

In Demoness Dreams – Wytchfae 6, salamander fae serve the Goddess of the Underworld. After the Goddess leads him to the sequestered sanctuary deep within her mysterious abode, the fire elementals first appear to the hero Bane Heughar:

At last they came to a rounded crystal enclave where gleaming spears of quartz grew in wild abandon from the rocky walls and ceiling. The crystal luminescence created a dazzling bombardment amid the strategically situated torchlights. The power generated in the room heated his blood until his ears pounded. He cleared his throat to alleviate the pressure.

Helle made her way to a great tripodal cauldron perched on an array of low rocks. “Salamander fae, forged of earth’s blood, ye living fire, be at peace.” She fluttered her fingers, leaving a shimmering ripple in the air.

The flames beneath the tripod curled blue tendrils around the edges. Bane stepped closer. The tiny salamander fae, tenders of the sacred element, faded into the shadows, giving way to the Goddess. Their movement resounded in the enclave like the faint whispers of hissing steam.

The Goddess Helle swirled her hands back and forth over the cauldron and recited a strange incantation.

Even with his magical fae ability to understand foreign tongues, Bane couldn’t make out all the words. The language probably died out before humanoids rose on two limbs.

The water in the ancient cauldron churned and spewed in the presence of the Goddess of the Underworld. A shape formed in the vessel. The image blurred with the movement of the liquid and then stilled to reveal a stunning face. The woman’s hair glimmered like a halo of spun gold. A light kindled her exquisite features as if she looked upon a dazzling sight. A pleasurable thrill thrummed in the middle of Bane’s chest. When he spoke, his voice came out a whisper. “Who is she?”

Helle’s tone became cold and distant. “This is the visage of a Wytchfae named Neva Jaxony.”

Which type elemental are you most drawn to– salamanders of the fire, sylphs of the air, gnomes of the earth, or undines of the water?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Mythic Monday: Rune of the Day Berkana by Flossie Benton Rogers

BerkanaToday on Mythic Monday we start a new feature called Rune of the Day. Divination has always fascinated me, not so much to see what the future brings, but to get insight into the possibilities and fertility of the moment. Runes are one of my favorite methods. Runes constitute an ancient Germanic alphabet in use starting in the 1st century AD. They were valuable to the Scandinavians, Anglo-Saxons, and other Germanic peoples, for writing as well as for magical purposes.

Rune layouts range from simple to complex, with the simplest being a single rune drawn in reply to a question. The question should be in a generalized form such as the following: “What do I need to know about my love relationship at this moment?” Once the rune is selected, the reading works best if the recipient does the following: Sit quietly and still your mind. Open your heart. Consider the following descriptions in connection with love, lovers, significant others, and romantic relationships. In stillness and openness comes the true meaning of the runes.

Today we look at Berkana, a rune that has kept its shape as our modern letter B. Berkana – overall message and energy:
Meaning- Growth, maturation, the natural flow of energy within yourself, beauty, the essence of springtime, new life, healing, a fresh start, new beginnings, ADVICE is to meet the challenges before you, transition from the old to the new, know yourself, stand by your loved ones and your own true self, you are sowing seeds—don’t expect overnight results, the harvest is yet to come, be patient and go with the flow while staying true to yourself.

I hope you have enjoyed our rune feature. Are you drawn to any particular form of divination?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Mythic Monday: 7 Secrets of Thoth by Flossie Benton Rogers

Houghton Typ 620.18.399 Robert Fludd, 1617

By Robert Fludd (author), Theodor de Bry (engraver) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

One of the oldest of the Egyptian gods, Thoth is the beneficent deity who brought civilization to ancient Egypt. He is known as the god of magic, healing, and wisdom. He bestowed the gift of writing, and scribes owed their allegiance to him. He also invented medicine and other refinements that helped ancient Egypt develop into a glorious culture. The Greeks saw him as equivalent to their god Hermes. Thoth’s seat of power was ancient Khmun, located in the borderland of Upper and Lower Egypt, and ruins of his temple still remain there. Thoth is most often depicted with the head of an ibis, one of his sacred animals, but a remnant of him in baboon form can also be found in Khmun. An aside that is always interesting to me: Upper Egypt is the southernmost part of the country, while Lower Egypt is the northern section. Remember, the source of the Nile is in Upper Egypt.

1. The letter “h” is silent in Thoth’s name. Thoth is pronounced Tot, or sometimes Tet or Teut. Because hieroglyphics contain no vowels, the vowels in Egyptian writing are often uncertain.

2. Thoth is the god of weights and measures who invented the 365 day calendar. The moon herself is one of the important ways that mankind measures the passing of time through the division of night from day. Thoth’s depiction with an ibis head is thought to be associated with the moon, as the shape of the bird’s beak is similar to the crescent moon. Thoth got the 365 days he wanted for the calendar, instead of the old version of 360 days, by playing a dice game with the moon – and winning.

3. Since Thoth’s realm of concern included that of balance, he is the perfect god to consider during this Libran time of year. His epithet is “He Who Balances,” as a result of his function in the afterlife. As the scribe of the underworld, Thoth had to write down the judgment decreed upon each human soul after the soul had been weighed by Anubis in the Weighing of the Heart ceremony. Lighter was better, and souls not weighed down with evil were blessed. Those souls heavier than the feather of Maat, however, were fed to the fearsome demon Ammi, who was part lion, part hippopotamus, and part crocodile.

4. Not only was Thoth the scribe of the gods, he was also the librarian of the gods. He maintained their entire library of sacred texts. I guess I not only owe Thoth for my current career as author, but also for my previous career as library director! This guy had a hand in everything.

5. Thoth helped the god Anubis create the method of embalming and mummification enabling the personality of a person, or that which makes a person uniquely himself, to be reunited with his spirit form and what I think of as his “shining body,” after death. Thus, the person would not be assimilated into the great cauldron of creation but would continue his life from the perspective of where he left off before exiting the earth plane.

6. Thoth authored the spells in what is commonly called The Book of the Dead, a compilation of priestly writings over many centuries. The version I have read is the translation by E.A. Wallis Budge. The feat of Thoth sharing his magic with mankind cannot be overestimated, since the writings contained the sacramental spells necessary to assist a person in the journey through the underworld and to a prosperous afterlife. On the funerary papyri containing the spells, the words “Coming Forth by Day” were usually written, and this may be how the writings were referred to by the ancient Egyptians.

7. Thoth is renowned for his wisdom and powers of magic. It was his magic that helped Isis regenerate her husband Osiris after he had been murdered by his brother Set. She had the burning passion and commitment to restore her husband, and Thoth had the know-how. I was right when I said he had a hand in everything. A legendary writing called The Book of Thoth is said to contain powerful spells and knowledge of the secret workings of the universe. People have contemplated its existence and sought its whereabouts for centuries. Some say it was buried with the Pharaoh Neferkaptah, and some say it is secreted at the foot of the Sphinx. What do you think of the possibility of the existence of The Book of Thoth? Could it be?

This is the Libran part of the year, when nature balances light and dark at the Autumn Equinox. It is followed by the world’s descent into the growing darkness of fall and winter, which will be a time to hunker down and reflect upon our past actions and new aspirations. Let’s take a moment now to think of Thoth and all the energy he put into helping the ancient Egyptian culture rise and thrive.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about Thoth and ancient Egypt.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance