Three Cauldrons of Poesy

In 7th Century Ireland, a Bard by the name of Amergin White-Knee penned a magical text that has come to be known as the Three Cauldrons of Poesy. As is common with ancient Celtic lore, there is much mystical wisdom hidden within the text that can only be understood through meditative practices. Some have referred to these three cauldrons as the Celtic Chakras, Three Levels of Reality, Three States of Enlightenment or the Threefold Mind. According to this text, all people are born with three cauldrons.


The cauldrons are described as follows:

The Cauldron of Wisdom is located in the HEAD, and represents Spiritual Health. It contains our highest spiritual and artistic inspirations. This cauldron is inverted when we are born, but turns fully upright when we become enlightened.

The Cauldron of Motion resides in the HEART, and represents Psychic Health. It contains our spiritual or psychic/magical gifts and abilities. This cauldron turns on it’s side when we become aware of our gifts, fully upright when our gifts are developed, but turns fully inverted in those with no evident psychic/magical skill or ability.

The Cauldron of Warming is located in the BELLY and represents Physical Health. It contains the source of our physical strength and health. It is upright when we are born and remains upright, with the potential to be fully filled.

Some teachers suggest that through visualization, we can place objects or images into the cauldrons to increase our spiritual, psychic and physical health. We can also utilize these cauldrons when doing healing work for others.

The majority of the text of the Cauldrons of Poesy focuses on the Cauldron of Motion as the vessel that truly holds the poets power. It is born half-tipped, and it is by the deeds and events of human life that it becomes fully upright, able to obtain a full measure of the Mead of Wisdom. In the same way the Cauldron of Wisdom is born tipped on its lip, empty of power, and must be turned. This is described as happening due to powerful emotional events – sorrows and joys – during the course of life.

The Four Sorrows are described as: longing, grief, jealousy and hard travel. The Joys are said to be twofold: divine joy and human joy. Human joy is fourfold: Sexual delight, physical health, the joy of prosperity from one’s vocation, the joy of success in one’s efforts. Divine joys are the delight of the Blessings of the Gods, and the joy of eating of the Hazelnuts of Wisdom. These joys and sorrows come from the events of our lives – they are not just from within, but rather they must grow from real experience and relationship with the other. In a modern life, if we have any adventure in us at all, any of that which might make a poet or magician, we will have many of the joys and sorrows described. If we can take them in and process them, they become the raw material for our understanding and wisdom.

There are different translations of the text of the Three Cauldrons of Poesy. I have included one below.

Three Cauldrons of Poesy

(7th Century-Irish)

My perfect cauldron of warming
has been taken by the Gods from the mysterious abyss of the elements;
a perfect truth that ennobles from the center of being,
that pours forth a terrifying stream of speech.

I am Amirgen White-knee,
with pale substance and grey hair,
accomplishing my poetic incubation in proper forms,
in diverse colors.

The Gods do not give the same wisdom to everyone,
tipped, inverted, right-side-up;
no knowledge, half-knowledge, full knowledge —
for Eber Donn, the making of fearful poetry,
of vast, mighty draughts death-spells, of great chanting;
in active voice, in passive silence, in the neutral balance between,
in rhythm and form and rhyme,
in this way is spoken the path and function of my cauldrons.

Where is the root of poetry in a person; in the body or in the soul? Some say it is in the soul, for the body does nothing without the soul. Some say it is in the body where the arts are learned, passed through the bodies of our ancestors. It is said that this is the truth remaining over the root of poetry, and the wisdom in every person’s ancestry does not come from the northern sky into everyone, but into every other person.

What then is the root of poetry and every other wisdom? Not hard; three cauldrons are born in every person — the cauldron of warming, the cauldron of motion and the cauldron of wisdom.

The cauldron of warming is born upright in people from the beginning. It distributes wisdom to people in their youth.

The cauldron of motion, however, increases after turning; that is to say it is born tipped on its side, growing within.

The cauldron of wisdom is born on its lips and distributes wisdom in poetry and every other art.

The cauldron of motion then, in all artless people is on its lips. It is side-slanting in people of bardcraft and small poetic talent. It is upright in the greatest of poets, who are great streams of wisdom. Not every poet has it on its back, for the cauldron of motion must be turned by sorrow or joy.

Question: How many divisions of sorrow turn the cauldrons of sages? Not hard; four: longing and grief, the sorrows of jealousy, and the discipline of pilgrimage to holy places. These four are endured internally, turning the cauldrons, although the cause is from outside.

There are two divisions of joy that turn the cauldron of wisdom; divine joy and human joy.

There are four divisions of human joy among the wise — sexual intimacy, the joy of health and prosperity after the difficult years of studying poetry, the joy of wisdom after the harmonious creation of poems, and the joy of ecstacy from eating the fair nuts of the nine hazels of the Well of Segais in the Sidhe realm. They cast themselves in multitudes, like a ram’s fleece upon the ridges of the Boyne, moving upstream swifter than racehorses driven on midsummer’s day every seven years.

The Gods touch people through divine and human joys so that they are able to speak prophetic poems and dispense wisdom and perform miracles, giving wise judgment with precedents, and blessings in answer to every wish. The source of these joys is outside the person and added to their cauldrons to cause them to turn, although the cause of the joy is internal.

I sing of the cauldron of wisdom
which bestows the nature of every art,
through which treasure increases,
which magnifies every artisan,
which builds up a person through their gift.

I sing of the cauldron of motion
understanding grace,
accumulating wisdom
streaming ecstacy as milk from the breast,
it is the tide-water of knowledge
union of sages
stream of splendor
glory of the lowly
mastery of speech
swift intelligence
reddening satire
craftsman of histories
cherishing pupils
looking after binding principles
distinguishing meanings
moving toward music
propagation of wisdom
enriching nobility
ennobling the commonplace
refreshing souls
relating praises
through the working of law
comparing of ranks
pure weighing of nobility
with fair words of the wise
with streams of sages,
the noble brew in which is boiled
the true root of all knowledge
which bestows according to harmonious principle
which is climbed after diligence
which ecstacy sets in motion
which joy turns
which is revealed through sorrow;
it is enduring fire
undiminishing protection.
I sing of the cauldron of motion.

The cauldron of motion
bestows, is bestowed
extends, is extended
nourishes, is nourished
magnifies, is magnified
invokes, is invoked
sings, is sung
keeps, is kept,
arranges, is arranged,
supports, is supported.

Good is the well of poetry,
good is the dwelling of speech,
good is the union of power and mastery
which establishes strength.

It is greater than every domain,
it is better than every inheritance,
it bears one to knowledge,
adventuring away from ignorance.

The Song of Amergin

Amergin was a bard and judge of the Milesians, who took control of Ireland from the Tuatha Dé Danann. The Milesians had to win the island by engaging in battle with the three kings, their druids and warriors. Amergin acted as an impartial judge for the parties, setting the rules of engagement. The Milesians agreed to leave the island and retreat a short distance back into the ocean beyond the ninth wave, a magical boundary. Upon a signal, they moved toward the beach, but the Druids of the Tuatha Dé Danann raised a magical storm to keep them from reaching land. However, Amergin sang an invocation calling upon the Spirit of Ireland, that has come to be known as The Song of Amergin. He was able to part the storm and bring the ship safely to land. The Song of Amergin is often recognized as Ireland’s first written poem and Amergin as Ireland’s first Druid. There are several musical versions, but it can also be explored through meditation. This ancient, mystical poem from the Irish Mythological Cycle contains imagery that can be visualized in the mind’s eye while in an altered state of consciousness.


I am the wind on the sea,

I am the wave of the sea,

I am the bull of seven battles,

I am the eagle on the rock,

I am a flash from the sun,

I am the most beautiful of plants,

I am a strong wild boar,

I am a salmon in the water,

I am a lake in the plain,

I am the word of knowledge,

I am the head of the spear in battle,

I am the god that puts fire in the head,

Who but I spreads light in the gathering on the hills?

Who but I can tell the ages of the moon?

Who but I can tell the place where the sun rests?

The Irish musical group Anuna has a beautiful rendition of the Song of Amergin, which you can listen to at this link.

The Ways of the Draighean

tumblr_static_triple-spiral-4turns_green_transparentatqauI have always been drawn to the Celtic path, infusing my magical practice with Celtic symbolism and working with several Celtic deities, primarily Cerridwen, the Keeper of the Cauldron. Other paths and pantheons felt foreign to me, but the magic and mysticism of Ireland, Scotland and Wales always spoke to me deep within. As my studies led me to Druidry, I began to notice many similarities. Both paths cast a circle, both acknowledge a Goddess figure, and while not all druids practice magic, there are many who do. After joining the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, I learned about Philip Carr-Gomm’s book, DruidCraft: The Magic of Wicca and Druidry. I immediately ordered a copy and devoured every word. I enjoyed the book immensely, however, I was still left with a dilemma. I do not identify as Wiccan. I am a student and follower of the Old Ways, magical beliefs and practices that pre-date Gerald Gardner and modern Wicca. My practice blends Druidry and Celtic Paganism with Old World Witchcraft. The term “DruidCraft” did not fully express my path. What to call myself? There did not seem to be a name for it. I spent many hours in meditation with my deities and guides, and in my personal divination times, the Lightning-Struck Tower card repeatedly appeared in readings. This is usually an indication of some misfortune, some kind of personal trial or hardship that cannot be avoided. At that time I belonged to a local community of pagans and witches, and taught classes at a downtown shop. Without going into detail, I ended up leaving that community abruptly after observing a number of disturbing behaviors from the community leader. When I left, by my own choice, lies were spread and I lost many friends because of it. It was a very dark time in my life.

blackthorn-blossom-and-thorn-april-500x375Shortly after this happened, the Spirit of Blackthorn introduced itself to me in my meditations, and quickly became a plant spirit familiar and guide. I learned that the Blackthorn represents strength and protection after enduring trial and hardship. The Blackthorn shrub/tree has long, sharp thorns, yet it blooms with delicate white flowers as Winter comes to an end. To me this symbolized that even in the midst of Darkness, the Light can still be found. Blackthorn appears frequently in Irish lore. The Irish-Gaelic word for Blackthorn is Draighean. This word resonated with me on so many levels, and it was revealed in my meditations that this is what I should call myself from henceforth: a Draighean: Blackthorn Druid Witch. And somehow, I knew I wasn’t the only one. I now share my practices with private students and teach them how to become Draighean themselves.

bannerfans_1795776638There are a magical people who feel a strong kinship with the ancient tales of Celtic lore and legend. They are drawn to the Old Ways of magic and enchantment, ancient beliefs and practices that pre-date any concept of Wicca. They embrace both the Dark and the Light, recognizing that true strength comes from overcoming adversity, trial and struggle. These mystical folk find power and wisdom in the natural world, in the philosophy of Druidry, and in the practices of Old World Witchcraft and Celtic Mysticism. They hear the whispers of the stone circles and the misty moors, beckoning those who will listen and discover their secrets of times long past. These are a people who walk between the worlds, weaving their magic along the paths of the Seen and the Unseen. The magic and mysticism of Ireland, Scotland and Wales is part of their very DNA. Who are these mystical people? In the House of Blackthorn tradition, they are identified as the Draighean: the Blackthorn Druid Witch. The Draighean path is one that honors Nature and the Celtic Path, the study and application of Magical Wisdom and Occult Knowledge, and the dedication to Healing and Service. This triplicity of magical wisdom is symbolized by three symbols: the Triquetra, the Triskele and the Celtic Knot Circle.

The myths and legends of Ireland, Scotland and Wales are filled with hidden lessons and mystical teachings for those whose eyes and ears have been opened to receive them. The Draighean study and learn many of these stories, committing them to memory and applying their wisdom in their lives. These old tales abound with magic, insight and guidance. The Draighean experience these stories not only through reading and study, but also through altered consciousness and meditation. Those who follow the ways of the Draighean learn to explore and develop their own magical and healing abilities, in creative ways that utilize Celtic imagery and symbolism. The study of the Old Ways of Witchcraft (which include divination, spell-casting and other forms of magic) is a priority, and these studies are focused on pre-Wiccan beliefs and practices. In this regard the Draighean do not adhere to the modern “harm none” philosophy. Blackthorn Druid Witches take responsibility for their own actions and follow their own ethical codes. In the House of Blackthorn tradition, the Light and the Dark are embraced equally. The Draighean become aquainted with the Shadow Self, integrating their own darker aspects in a healthy and balanced way while working to transform what needs to be transformed. Both Dark and Light are necessary. Placing too much emphasis on one or the other puts us out of balance. Those who are called to the Draighean path have walked through darkness and have found strength after enduring hardship and adversity. Blackthorn Druid Witches revere Nature and view it as alive and sentient. The trees, flowers, plants and stones all have a consciousness of their own, and the Draighean learn to interact with many of them. The magic of herbs, trees and crystals is a vital part of Draighean practice, and Blackthorn Druid Witches frequently call upon them for assistance in magical workings. Druid magical philosophy is also a major force for those learning the ways of the Draighean. While it is true that ancient Druidry was primarily an oral tradition, today’s followers of Druidry believe that many druidic teachings are encoded in the old stories of Celtic lore and legend, particularly in the Tales of the Mabinogion. The Draighean identify as both Witch and Druid, blending two distinct paths seamlessly together. The path of the Draighean is not one of merely self-development, but one of service to the community. Blackthorn Druid Witches explore and develop their own healing abilities, whether inherent or learned from a teacher. Energy Healing, Crystal Therapy, Flower/Plant/Tree Magic and other alternative healing methods are explored. Those on the Draighean path are encouraged to offer their healing abilities in service to their communities.

Training in the ways of the Draighean is offered twice a year, in the Fall and in the Spring, for those who can travel or live in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. There are thirteen (13) separate lessons taught in-person. This is currently only a private training, however, not everyone who seeks training has access to a private teacher. For this reason, the entire training will eventually be available in book form for those who wish to self-study. While this is in no way a substitute for in-person training, those who feel drawn to the ways of the Draighean but cannot travel will be able to learn it on their own.

Friends of Like Mind

Occasionally I hear someone criticize others who “only associate with people who agree with them”. Is that really such a bad thing? That’s how you make friends, after all, with things in common, similar beliefs and interests.

Hey, there’s an interesting word: Friend.

How do you define true friendship? Who are your true friends?

Is it true friendship if your Christian “friend” thinks you’re going to burn in Hell? I don’t think so. Is it true friendship if your conservative “friend” doesn’t think you should have the same rights they do? I don’t think so. This is not about “hating” people who believe differently. It’s about associating with people who are truly supportive of who you are and who really want you to be happy. Let’s face it, that’s not everyone.

I do have a few friends with different religious/spiritual beliefs who are quite supportive, non-judgmental, and are genuinely concerned about my happiness. We acknowledge that we have different beliefs, but we don’t hate or look down on each other because of it. Unfortunately in today’s society, this is the exception rather than the rule.

If someone has different views than you, it doesn’t mean you have to hate them. It also doesn’t mean you have to be their friend. I have aquaintances and people I interact with that have drastically different views and beliefs than I do. I don’t shun them, (well, maybe some I do), but most of them are not in my “circle of friends”. I see nothing wrong with that.

News Flash: You don’t have to be friends with everybody.

It has also been suggested that by sharing personal views, we are contributing to the hate in the world, since there are others who will disagree with us. Does that mean we should refrain from speaking what we think, feel or believe, lest we step on someone’s delicate toes? I don’t think so. We all have opinions. We all have minds of our own. Perhaps it is the way in which we share our thoughts and beliefs that needs to change. I tend to be straight-forward. I do believe in peaceful solutions, but at the same time I’m not passive in the least. I believe in speaking out and taking action. Peace isn’t always passive.

If someone is being outwardly hateful and malicious toward you because of who/what you are, then it has to be addressed, though some will say you’re creating more conflict by addressing it. Will ignoring it make it go away? In some cases, perhaps, but not always.

I have a hard time with the word Tolerance. When you tolerate someone, it means you really don’t like them but you’re putting up with them. Tolerance is not acceptance. For me, it’s not about liking them or not liking them. I simply accept that they are someone who has different views than I do. Unless they’re being outwardly hateful and malicious, I will do my best to treat them with the same dignity and respect that everyone deserves. It doesn’t mean I have to pretend we’re friends. And that’s OK.

As the saying goes, “Friends of a feather flock together”.

Choose your friends carefully…


“Friends of a feather flock together”

Symbols of Celtic Magic

trinityThe Triquetra or what some call the “trinity knot” is an ancient symbol that some people might recognize from the Charmed TV series. The word ‘triquetra’ originally meant ‘triangle’ and was used to describe triangle-shaped objects. It has pre-Christian origins and some scholars say it was originally a symbol of the Goddess. Over time, it was co-opted by the Celtic Christian Church to represent the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Still, modern pagans, witches and druids use the symbol to represent the three aspects of the Goddess (Maiden, Mother and Crone) or the triplicity of Nature (Land, Sea and Sky). Some associate this symbol with Body, Mind and Spirit. Many witches will wear a triquetra pendant if they are not comfortable wearing a Pentacle ( a 5-poined star in a circle). In our modern times, the Triquetra has become associated as a symbol of Celtic Witchcraft and magic, although some Christians still use it as well.
tumblr_static_triple-spiral-4turns_green_transparentatqauThe Triskele or Triskelion is another symbol with three points representing Land, Sea and Sky. This symbol consists of three interlocked spirals. At second glance it appears to be spinning, indicating motion and progress. This is one of the main symbols used by Druids, Celtic Pagans and those who practice a Celtic form of Wicca.


thThe AWEN symbol is the primary symbol of Druidry. ‘Awen’ is an old Welsh word that means “poetic inspiration”. The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids describe the three lines as rays emanating from three points of light, with those points representing the triple aspect of deity and the points at which the sun rises on the equinoxes and solstices – known as the Triad of the Sunrises. The emblem is surrounded by three circles representing the three circles of creation. There are many layers of meaning to this symbol. The three dots represent the three sacred drops of ‘poetic inspiration’ that flew out of Cerridwen’s cauldron onto Gwion Bach’s thumb. Those familiar with this ancient story know that when Gwion Bach put his thumb in his mouth, he ingested the three drops and was thus imbued with all of the magical wisdom of Cerridwen. Various Neo-druid groups and individuals have their own interpretation of the Awen. The three lines relate to earth, sea and air; body, mind and spirit; or love, wisdom and truth. It is also said that the Awen stands for not simply inspiration, but for inspiration of truth; without Awen one cannot proclaim truth. The three foundations of Awen are the understanding of truth, the love of truth, and the maintaining of truth. The rays also stand for the letters from which all others evolved: I, O, and U.



The Celtic Knot Circle has interlacing lines that stand for “No beginning, No ending”, continuity and intertwining. It represents how we are all connected to each other. In the Circle we stand as equals.


$(KGrHqVHJB8F!lZIlZbYBQZd-+mHbw~~60_35The Celtic Tree of Life is another many-layered symbol. It represents balance and harmony in Nature, Wisdom, Strength and long life. It also represents rebirth. Just a tree sheds it’s leaves in the Fall, and hibernates in the Winter, it is ‘reborn’ with new leaves in the Spring. The Tree of Life unites the Upper and Lower worlds. It’s roots reach deep into the Lower World, while the branches reach high into the Upper world. The trunk of the tree connects the two worlds to the Middle world (the material plane). It is through this commection that Celtic Gods and Goddesses can communite with people, through the Tree of Life. It is bleieved that the Druids regarded the trees and living, magical beings. Trees were considered a doorway to the spirit world. There are many meditative practices that incorporate the visualization of a tree.

The Ogham is an early medieval alphabet used to write the early English language and later the old Irish language. There are roughly 400 inscriptions on stone monuments throughout Ireland and western Britain. The largest number outside Ireland are in Wales. The Oghma is also called by some the Celtic Tree Alphabet, as it is believed the names of various trees can be ascribed to individual letters. The symbols are read from bottom to top. Below are charts that show the Ogham symbols and their tree associations.



To see what your name looks like in Ogham script, visit this link.

There are many more Celtic symbols, some that contain various animals and other Celtic knotwork, however, in this article I wanted to share some of the ones I use in my own practice. I also use the Pentacle, since I combine Druidry with Witchcraft.


Tarot & Ego


I once belonged to a group of tarot readers, an online forum where readers could share ideas and insights about the world of tarot. This group has thousands of members worldwide and it seems to be a great place for networking with fellow readers. However, the past few days I encountered something very disturbing, which caused me to voluntarily leave the group. Someone had posted a question out of concern for one of their friends. The friend had called a tarot-by-phone service, and was charged $200 for the reading. There was concern that this friend had been scammed. To my astonishment, I began to see posts from people stating how much they charged for readings, both in person and over the phone. Some of them charged $100, $200, even $300 or more for readings. When I suggested that those prices might be unethical, they became quite defensive. One by one, more people chimed in, and it became quickly apparent how widespread this has become. Some had the audacity to ask “How is this unethical”? They were actually defending their right to charge hundreds of dollars for their readings. Unbelievable. I realized this was not a group I wanted any part of. To not see this as unethical, they are either extremely greedy or arrogant beyond belief. After all, they must feel that their abilities are so amazing they can charge such ridiculous prices. Perhaps it would be better if I skipped paying rent this month, or go without food, just so I can pay for one of their incredible readings. I’m being sarcastic, of course, but this is the impression one gets.

These practitioners are preying on those who are vulnerable and easily-manipulated. Some view themselves as celebrities, and because of their perceived status and “years of experience” they feel justified charging high prices. They believe they can charge so much because of who they are, and the reading has become more about them and less about you. The unfortunate thing is, as long as people are gullible enough to pay these prices, readers will continue to charge them. I really think there should be some kind of government regulation that controls how much people charge for readings. Laws vary from state-to-state, but in some places, it is illegal to market yourself as a “fortune teller” and you are required to tell your clients that your readings are “for entertainment purposes only”. Not that anyone really believes that.

I don’t consider myself an expert tarot reader, but I would certainly never call myself one, no matter how much experience I had. I charge a small flat fee for all readings and I do not place a time limit on them. I think that’s only fair. I’m more concerned about helping the person who has come for the reading than I am about how much money they’re paying me. It’s not about the money. Tarot is a service that I offer to help people, I do not seek to make a living from it. I don’t do readings for free, but I purposely keep my prices low so the average person can afford them. I saw one tarot reader at a beach resort who was charging different prices for ½ deck readings and ¼ deck readings or readings just from the Major Arcana. Not even a whole deck. You can’t tell me that this is ethical in any way.

No tarot reader is worth 300 dollars. How “good” or accurate they are is completely irrelevant. Do not be taken advantage of. You can find other tarot readers who charge much less, and they can be just as good, maybe even better than the one who wants you to pay them 200-300 dollars. Whatever happened to “payment in kind”, “whatever you can afford” or “exchange of services”? I’m not entirely convinced that tarot reading should be someone’s sole source of income. Even the full-time witches that I know offer a wide variety of services, not just one specific skill, and they don’t charge triple-digits for them. Tarot readers should be accessible to everyone, not just those who have a few extra hundred dollars to throw around. The average person can’t afford 200+ dollars for a reading. For most people, that is just not a reality. I’m also a little leery of the dollar-per-minute readers, simply because I would have to keep one eye on the clock to  make sure I don’t go over what I’m able to pay. I rarely go to others for tarot readings anymore, as I can read for myself. I’ve used the same deck for years and I have a strong connection to it. When I do readings for others, some people would be shocked out of their minds to know I only charge $20 for readings. How dare I do such a thing.

10 Ways to Magically De-Stress the Workplace

Stress-Pie-Chart-259x300Numerous studies have shown that the major source of stress for most people is related to their jobs and the workplace. Domineering bosses, a heavy workload, deadlines and unusually high expectations contribute to stress in the workplace worldwide. This in turn cause many people to develop health problems that include high blood pressure, depression and anxiety disorders. I have seen this particularly in the customer service field, in which I have some experience.

I will share with you a horror story from a job I once had…

I have had more than one job where those in management would mistreat their staff. Some employees don’t complain for fear of losing their jobs, and sometimes when they do complain, it does no good. If you are asked to take your complaints through the “chain of command”, this does not always work when someone in the “chain of command” is part of the problem. All of this contributes to high stress levels. Many moons ago, I worked as a teller for the now-defunct Great Western Bank when I lived in San Jose, California. The money was good, but the working conditions were terrible. One of the supervisors was insulting and verbally abusing staff on a regular basis, often leaving people in tears. Whenever someone would complain, we were told this supervisor was “having personal problems” and that this somehow excused their abusive behavior. Add to this the fact that at this particular job, there were a hundred and one things that could get you fired. The branch manager was constantly reminding us how easily we could be terminated if we stepped out of line. And indeed, it seemed as though someone was getting fired every week. The atmosphere in the bank was always filled with tension, and we were all wondering who would be next! Eventually, it was my turn for the chopping block. I had returned from a 3-day vacation, after which I was called into the office and informed that $100 in Traveler’s Cheques had gone missing from the vault. And, since I was the only one responsible (other than a supervisor) for keeping track of the traveler’s cheques, then naturally they assumed I was the one who took them. They were asking me questions like “How are things at home?” “Are you struggling financially?” Anything they could find to determine why I would have stolen the traveler’s cheques. But the thing is, I did not take them. I wasn’t the only person who had access to them. The other person was a supervisor, and whenever we counted them at the end of the day, we had to sign both of our signatures. The supervisor was never questioned, and I was the one who got fired. All of this happened a very long time ago, and I can only assume it was the supervisor who took them and then placed the blame on me. How is that for job stress? When I left there that day, I actually breathed a sigh of relief. Even though the pay was good, even though I was temporarily out of a job, I would no longer have to deal with all the nonsense and drama. Fortunately at the time I had other options. Some employees continued working there because they had no other options.

Which brings me to another point: If one of your co-workers complains about their job, it’s not fair to say to them “If you don’t like it here, why don’t you leave?” Many people stay at jobs they hate because they don’t have a choice. They still have rent and bills to pay. They might have kids at home that need food. It’s not as simple as “If you don’t like it, then leave”. Some people can’t “just leave”, as much as they may want to. Show some compassion.

Over time, I found ways to help me deal with stress on the job, no matter where I was working. Depending on your work environment, you may not be able to implement all of these suggestions, but some of them you may find easy to do.


tumblr_o2i5frx9hP1uxyfzmo1_500You can create an energy clearing room spray using Sage or Lemongrass essential oils and distilled water. There are a couple of ways to do this. The simple way is to mix 3 ounces of distilled or spring water, 1 teaspoon of vodka and 10-18 drops of Sage essential oil. (A great combination I like to use is 10 drops of Sage and 10 drops of Lavender). Also add a pinch of sea salt. A glass spray bottle is ideal, but plastic will work as well. Place a small crystal in the bottle, either Amethyst or Rose Quartz. Before anyone arrives, spray the solution all around your work area, room or anywhere you want to neutralize harmful energies. Sage is a powerful plant that disperses those yucky energies and clears the room for beneficial ones. A more potent spray can be made by simmering sage leaves and lavender flowers in a pot on the stove for about 30 minutes. Strain out the herbs and allow the water to cool, then add to the bottle with the other ingredients.



Before anyone arrives, sit down, close your eyes and take several deep breaths until you reach a meditative state. Visualize your work area completely filled with blue light and say three times, “This is a place of peace and tranquility” or “I will react in peace and do my work in peace” or “All who enter this area will be filled with peace”.


111-MM-NATURAL-gigante-quartzo-rosa-bola-Pink-Crystal-pedra-esfera-curaCarefully placed crystals can work in subtle ways to neutralize harmful energies and bring peace to the work environment. Place a large piece of Rose Quartz on your desk, on a table, or on the windowsill. If you can’t afford a large crystal, then fill a glass bowl with small Rose Quartz and Amethyst crystals. Those who are unaware of crystal magic will see them merely as a piece of office décor, but you will know they are working to clear the air of tension and bring peaceful energy into your work environment. Place your crystal where it will be seen by those who come into work area. I do not recommend Clear Quartz, as this stone is an amplifier. If someone has strong emotions such as anger, fear or stress, Clear Quartz will only increase those energies. Amethyst or Rose Quartz are recommeded as stress-reducing stones.


essentialoilI have a bottle of Lavender essential oil I keep in my workspace, and I put a few drops on my wrists and temples when I am feeling stressed at work. You can make your own relaxing essential oil blend by mixing a few of your favorite scents together in a special bottle to keep at work.



503bb59ff58f567cedb5653529ec7b46Place a scented candle with a relaxing, calming scent somewhere in your work area where will it be out of the way and undisturbed. Be sure to keep it away from curtains or anything flammable. Some candles are so strong they don’t even have to be lit, but if you can light it, all the better. Light and floral scents work great. You’ll know it is working when people walk into your work area and say “Oh, it smells good in here” or “I smell flowers”. If you can use them at work, scented candles are a great way to bring peaceful energies into your work environment.


It’s always good to get an idea of what your work day will be like. Purchase a tarot deck that you keep specifically at the workplace. Every morning when you arrive at work, hold your tarot deck in your hands, close your eyes and take several deep breaths until you reach a meditative state. Ask the cards to show you what to expect for that day at work. Then draw three cards. Familiarize yourself with the cards meanings or keep a “cheat sheet” nearby so you can see what the cards have in store for your work day.



This is a simple technique that activates your aura and energizes it to become a sheild that blocks out harmful energies. To activate the shield, do the following steps:

  • Close your eyes and take several deep breaths until you reach a meditative state.

  • As clearly as you can, visualize your aura, the energetic shield that surrounds your body.

  • See your aura crystallizing, forming a sheild around you. Some see the shield polished like a crystal ball, others may see it multi-faceted like a diamond.

  • Make the shield as real as you can make it in your mind’s eye.

  • Say three times: “I charge this shield to protect me from all harmful energies”.

It is important to take your time and do not rush this process. Your shield will fade over time and will need to be re-inforced periodically. The more you use it, you will be able to sense when it is fading. Mine usually last about 2 ½ to 3 days. For more information about protective techniques, see Christopher Penczak’s book, The Witch’s Shield.


Music is another great way to neutralize harmful energies and allow peace to come into the workplace. Buy special instrumental music for relaxation or meditation, and turn it on at low volume. It should be just loud enough where you can hear it but not distracting to you or your co-workers. Avoid music with drums or vocals. The idea is promote a feeling of calm and relaxation. You’ll be amazed how much work you get done with calming music playing in the background.



This is something you can do when you arrive at work in the morning, and is best done when noone else is watching! Face each wall of the room or the East/South/West/North directions in your work area. Extend your right hand and draw pentacles in the air, projecting them in each direction. The pentacle is a powerful symbol of protection. As you “draw” each pentacle, visualize blue flame coming out of your fingers as you make the pentacle symbol. Draw the Earth-Banishing Pentagram first (as shown above), then enclose it in a circle with a clock-wise motion. Do this for each wall of your office or direction in your workspace.


glencoe-valleyIf you can, place photos of nature scenes in your work area. These can be pictures of trees and forests, flowers, the ocean or any type of imagery that promotes a sense of peace. Calendars and day-planners with nature scenes work wonders, but if you can place framed photos on your walls or on your desk, that’s even better. Plants and flowers in the workspace are also great ways to help neutralize harmful energies and bring a sense of peace into an otherwise stressful workplace.

Here is an extra tip: Don’t take your work home. Leave work at work. Some companies want their employees to make the job the center of their lives, but if you want to keep your sanity, you really cannot do that. I don’t know about you, but I have other things to think about when I leave work at the end of the day. I have other responsibilities and other things that need my attention. I have a life of my own outside of work and I’m sure you do too.

The above suggestions are just a few magical ways to help bring a sense of calm and peacefulness into the workplace. I do many of these and I have found them tremendously helpful.

Witches and Christianity


Rik Potter

This is not a post bashing Christianity or it’s followers. I have a few friends who are Christian, whom I sometimes get along better with than certain other witches. I don’t have a problem with Christians as long as they don’t try to convince me to become one too. I know not all Christians are hateful people, but it sure seems at times that quite alot of them are. Ever since I became public about being a Witch, I have met some Christians who condemned me to the “fires of Hell”, while others were merely curious about my beliefs and spirituality as it relates to Witchcraft. Most of them were educated and intelligent enough to know that witches do not worship Satan, we do not even believe in Satan, nor do we participate in human sacrifice or do any of the other horrible things that some people think we do…

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Winter Thoughts

I haven’t posted here since December 2015, and that is simply because I’ve been hibernating, in a sense. Winter is my least favorite season, and I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with my nose in various books, dealing with horrid Winter weather, and immersing myself in studies with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I have one more module of the Bardic Grade to complete and then I will have finished the first year. It’s taking longer than usual because I am on a quarterly payment plan, and while the training with OBOD is totally worth it, it is not cheap and we’ve had other expenses to take care of. In the meantime, I am reviewing the materials I’ve received this far. There is quite a lot of it, so much that I had to buy a special notebook to keep everything in. It’s all so wonderful and resonates with me on so many levels. It keeps me busy on these dreadfully cold Winter days. Winter is a time for me to hibernate, and I mean that in every sense of the word. During the Winter months, I plan absolutely nothing and spend 90% of the time indoors. Quite frankly, cold weather makes my body hurt and snow is the last thing I want to see. Yes, I admit there is something mystical about falling snow and it can be pretty to look at, but I prefer to enjoy it from a distance, and not for very long at that. Close the curtains, please, I’ve seen enough. We had 33 inches of snow in 1 day and for the first time ever my car was completely buried. Luckily it was light and powdery, and it did not take as long as I anticipated to remove it.

I also recently put out a call for new students for training in Blackthorn, a magical tradition that I developed myself over a period of 5 years, with input from my personal deities and spirit guides. It was always Celtic-based, but since joining the Order it is even more so, as my training in Druidry has confirmed so many things that I had always sensed. Blackthorn is a formal tradition and a training coven for carefully-chosen students. It is not a casual, ‘t-shirt and jeans’ sort of training. Even though I have been a member of casual groups and covens, I’m not particularly fond of them. I happen to like formality and ceremony. For Blackthorn, this means a formal dress code, assignments completed on time, and a fierce dedication for study and magical growth. I have high expectations and strict requirements for those who want to become Witches of Blackthorn. I will caution that Blackthorn is not for everyone, and requires a certain mindset. I interview all potential students personally and ask specific questions to determine if they would be a good fit for the Blackthorn tradition. If this means it takes longer to find suitable students, that is how it must be. I’m not going to be as lenient with students as I have been in the past. My time is valuable, and I don’t want to waste it on students who are not serious about their training. As of now, I have a tentative date for Fall 2016 to begin training new students, but this is subject to change depending on how many serious inquiries I receive before then. During the Spring and Summer, I will meet with those who have already contacted me. I prefer to train everyone at the same time so they can all learn together, instead of staggering training for people at different levels. This will make it less confusing for everyone, including myself.

clannad_2013-300Lately I have been re-discovering the music of Clannad, an Irish band from Donegal who sings in both English and Gaelic. I have always loved them, but lately I’ve been listening to them nearly every day or in the evenings when I go to bed. Their gaelic songs are quite mystical and enchanting. If you haven’t heard them yet, I recommend Anam, Banba, Landmarks and Lore. Such wonderful music. Go have a listen.

I may be teaching another public class in March, simply because I was asked to do so and I had a strong impression that I needed to do this one. I don’t teach publicly often anymore, and this class will be on Spellcasting, so it should be lots of fun. I will post more details later as they become finalized.

Another musical group I have grown rather fond of is Anuna. Here is their Whispers of Paradise video. So magical and mesmerizing.

From the shadow of the cauldron,