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Yule 2014 - The Highest Vision Spell

Yule 2014

The Highest Vision Spell

Cleanse & consecrate the crystal by burning the four resins on charcoal or similar.   
Empower with the spell.
The spell is now in the stone & can be recharged all year long. *

May __________ now be blessed.
The Highest Vision manifest.

Known or unknown, seen or unseen
From piece by piece the truth I glean.

Piece by piece the steps appear
That pave the way now free and clear.

Copal, Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Myrrh
Within me Highest Vision stir

For the highest good & harming none,
As I will it so let it be done.

So mote it be!

*Fill in the blank to fine tune. Choose Wisely!


This Spell was inspired by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra from their last 21 Day Meditation Challenge.
 In it Deepak spoke of manifesting the Highest Vision of our lives. 
So I wrote this spell for our coven & community at The Silver Broom Ministries.
I post it every year so those far away or those who just can't attend our annual Yule Party can have the spell for launching the new Wheel of the Year.
This year Yule falls on Sunday December 21st, which also happens to be a New Moon in Capricorn, perfect for to manifest the Highest Vision of any & all aspects of our lives.

The ingredients are easy to get online or at any Witch/Magickal supply shop.

  • Ingredients
    • Copal
    • Dragon's Blood 
    • Frankincense 
    • Myrrh 
    • 1 Clear Quarts Crystal

    Blessed Yule & Blessed Be,

    Rev. Mark A. Lyons, President
    Drawing the Circle Productions INC.
    631-968-8307 @ProfWitch on Twitter


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Litha 2014: Counsel, Gluttony & But-less Desire

 Litha 2014: Counsel, Gluttony 

& But-less Desire

My, what a powerful Beltane Season it has been. So much to do, so much fun & so much magick since our Beltane Ritual in the beginning of May, a lot went down that day & since. There are a few hints in my last Beltane Blog.

To start with we flash mobbed our own ceremony at Beltane. We held secret rehearsals, about 30 Women / Maenads & myself. I asked two of our ministers from The Silver Broom Ministries to write the worst ceremony they could, on purpose. They did.  

The circle cast had zero umph (on purpose) the quarter calls were also umphless & in the wrong order (again on purpose) & they scripted the Statement of purpose before Invocations, which is a procedural no-no. Really, it was a masterpiece of faux ca-ca ritual design.

Because I am known as a rather lightning-ish Zeus Archetype, we scripted that I would halt the ceremony, practically terrifying all in attendance, even those in on the joke. I stood up, scolded them, took control, did an invocation to Dionysus then said, HIT IT! 

The music began & Pharrell Williams' Happy blasted from the stereo. We got practically the whole place dancing & really, it was so much fun to watch my people cut loose & dance without inhibition. A few keenly intuitive people figured it out when they saw 2 really skilled ministers doing it all wrong. 

But on the whole, people were shocked, pissed at me, then stunned when they realized it was all a set up when we started dancing in unison. What a pisser! I had to swear to never try & pull that off again. (I had my fingers crossed, you never know what I will cook up for Beltane.)

There are no pictures of the "Happy Ritual" because part of the pact we made was that there would be no physical evidence of us dancing without inhibition.

Then, about 30 minutes later a major part of my Sacred Mother Maple, split off & crashed to the ground. We were all set to trim her down the next day in a sacred way, so she got the job started for us. That was magick in action folks & everyone was a bit astounded by it all. It was certainly a prelude of the many powerful changes & manifestation to come. BTW, no one was near it when it happened & no one was hurt.

That said, we are now at Litha / Summer Solstice & I am personally ready to step into those energies that my coven calls, The Full Moon of the Sun. Litha is the longest day, so it would correspond to Full Moon in the sense that the Sun is at its peak. The God born at Yule has matured & is now a KING, ready to rule & guide us through the dark half of the year.

Here’s the thing that had been puzzling me about Litha though. The Sun God is at his peak, but it is the first day of the Sun moving into the sign of Cancer, a feminine, cardinal, water sign. 

Part of it makes sense, when Summer hits, we do slow down a bit because it just gets so hot for the next 3 months, at least on Long Island. It is the perfect time to literally & figuratively chill out, rest, take vacation & look back upon all that has happened in the last 6 months since Yule. But the Sun, is a King, in the sign of Cancer? That made no sense. So, I asked my Gods about this.

Cancer is the sign where my Hera/Queen - Mother Archetype is placed in my chart. So when She said to me that She joins the King / Zeus in rulership as his Queen, it all clicked into place. This isn’t literal of course, but it does speak to the Anima/Animus balance, or the Yin/Yang, Lunar/Solar, Goddess/God energies within us. 

Though this flash of inspired insight came quickly & was greatly clarifying, it also came with a warning. It is an extremely powerful, creative & very Emotional time. I was reminded of a quote from Abraham-Hicks.

“If you were driving your vehicle at 100 miles per hour and you hit a tree, you would experience a very big crash. However, if you were to hit the same tree while your vehicle was traveling at just five miles per hour, the outcome would be considerably different. See the speed of your vehicle like the power of your desire. In other words, the more you want something, or the longer you have been focusing upon your desire, the faster the Energy moves. The tree, in our analogy, represents the resistance, or the contradictory thoughts, that may be present. 

It is not pleasant to run into trees, and it is also not pleasant to hold powerful desires in the midst of great resistance. Some try to remedy the imbalance by slowing down their vehicle. In other words, they deny their desire, or they try to release it, and sometimes, with great effort, they are able to diffuse the power of their desire to some degree, but by far, the better remedy would be to reduce your level of resistance.” Abraham

This means that we have the potential to increase the power of our desire / Fire / Solar energies, but have to keep an eye on our emotions to navigate, avoiding the ‘trees’ as it were, by reducing our resistance to the things we want to be, do & have. Not easy, but doable. It does take practice & since I’m not very good at slowing down in that sense, I am getting better at avoiding the trees through something my guides call ‘But-less’ desire.

It goes like this. So many of us want things, we feel the desire & then we follow it with a big BUT. Like, I’d really love to travel the world, BUT…  I’d really like to eat that chocolate, BUT…  I’d really enjoy having a partner in life, BUT…  You see this is conditioned in us since childhood, let along the thousands of past lives where we learned to but into our desires.

So, I’ve been practicing just holding my desires, fanning the flames as it were without sticking my but in it. I think this is what visualization is about at its core. We visualize the things we want to be, do & have without the resistance of why we can’t have it. We imagine ideal scenes free of resistance, just letting ourselves have the experience of what it would feel like to be, do or have what is wanted, without the rest of the contradictory stuff getting n there.

Then we open our eyes, the logical mind takes over & we wipe our buts all over the energy we just generated via visualization. I see well trained witches do this too. They will spend hours drafting a spell, writing it like a contract, going over every line, gathering the right correspondent magickal carriers, even working with astrological timing for the perfect day & moment to cast.

Then, we start spreading our buts around like it’s last call at the singles bar. Enough of that says Zeus & Hera to me. Just hold the delicious feeling of the desire & watch what happens. This isn’t about faith, or belief. It is about knowing. Know that you came into the world from spirit to create. Know that it’s all just a quantum hologram, an illusion of separation, a dream, an hour upon the stage to strut & hopefully not fret so much.


So it is that I encourage you to choose what you think & especially say these next 3 months. Litha corresponds to the 5th Chakra, the Throat. 

The Grace of the Throat is Counsel, the Shadow Passion is Gluttony. Since the power of the Throat Chakra is Will Power or Choice Power, this makes sense. Will we choose to speak to ourselves & others in a way that calms & soothes, speaking positively & in an uplifting way? Or, will we be gluttons of negativity, chewing on ‘what is,’ or even worse, ‘what was’ rather than 'what could be?’

Thankfully we have a whole season to practice & perfect our choices of empowerment, choosing thoughts words & attitudes that empower us & speed us along, but-less & free of hitting trees. 

Maybe that’s what Mother Maple was trying to say. “I’ll take care of the trees, you just stay happy, because Litha is coming & the heat is going to be turned up, as it always is this time of year."

I really wish you all the very best of the season & that you can keep your but out of your dreams. Do the Cancerian Crab thing, keep your dreams to yourself or share in sacred space with those you trust & enjoy the fresh breath that uncontradicted / but-less desire always brings.

Blessed Be & Blessed Litha!

Rev. Mark A. Lyons, President
Drawing the Circle Productions INC.
631-968-8307 @ProfWitch on Twitter

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Beltane 2014 - Too Cool for School?

Blessed Happy Beltane to you all!

Traditionally speaking, Beltane is the beginning of the 6 month Season of Fertility, ending at Lughnasadh, The Season of Harvest, on August 2nd.

This time of year we are midway through the season of Spring, started at Ostara / Vernal Equinox. Beltane is my hands down favorite Sabbat in the Witches’ Wheel of the Year.  We started both Drawing the Circle Productions (16 years ago) & The Silver Broom Ministries (9 years ago) on Beltane.

We celebrate the sabbat & the anniversaries with a party for our coven, my clients, students & other active members within our Silver Broom Community. There is a ceremony to mark the sabbat then we build a bonfire & honor our tradition of doing shots off  an Ice Luge.

This is why we now call the name of the party, “Fire & Ice.” 
Do you hear Pat Benetar in your head now? I do!

The Heart of Beltane

Beltane is the 4th of the 8 sabbats & corresponds to the 4th or Heart Chakra, which manages Emotional Power. Because of the Heart Chakra association, it has a lot of powerful symbolic coordinates to guide us through the season, if we work it right.

For example, in the Kaballah Tif’eret is the sphere of the Heart. It holds the power of Harmony & Balance. To put a fine point on it, it is EMOTIONAL harmony & balance, a tricky feat any time of the year. But at this sabbat it is highlighted so we can focus on & become empowered with Love. 

Wrath & Fortitude
The Shadow of the Heart is Wrath; that emotional anger & rage that possesses us when we are caught off guard & acting unconsciously. Its healing Grace of Fortitude is the emotional strength to slow the momentum of Wrath, open our hearts & forgive, mostly ourselves.

Beltane is also the symbolic sacrament of Marriage, which is perfect because it is the sabbat of the Sacred Marriage between God & Goddess, Sun & Earth, which leads to the consummation of the union & the fertilizing of the land with divine seed into the womb of the earth. This is why Beltane is often referred to the ‘Sex Holiday’ & ‘fertilizing the fields’ often refers to a sacred romp outdoors with a beloved, or close to it.

On a more personal & internal level, it has to do with the known or unknown marriage vows we make to our soul. So many are looking for a soulmate who have not yet mated with their own soul. Beltane is a perfect time to write down those vows & have a wedding within the self. Do you vow to Love, Honor & Cherish yourself, etc..?

Sacred Truth
This speaks to the Heart Chakra’s Sacred Truth, “Love is Divine Power.” When we bring the heart into balance - Tif'eret, consistently tempers our Wrath with Fortitude - Shadow/Grace & make new Vows to Self - Marriage the Heart opens like a valve. We can access a range of emotions from contentment, through happiness & into the highest states of emotional freedom, joy, bliss & ecstasy.

But what does it take to be emotionally balanced? That’s a complicated question because we all have very different paths, psychology & physiology to consider. But there is still some common ground we can examine. The Course in Miracles states,

“Happiness is a decision I must make.” 

Not a choice, but a decision. I have learned there is a difference between the two:

  • All choices have consequences. The size of the choice often determines the size of the consequence, but not always. 
    • Sometimes small physical choices have gigantic consequences. But in retrospect we may find what we thought was a choice was a decision.
  • A decision is life changing & takes our lives down a different path or way of being. 
    • We make many choices before, during & after a larger decision. 
    • Like choices, decisions have consequences. Though as I mentioned above, one may look like the other if we are not aware of what we are doing & more importantly, how we are feeling.   
Happiness is a wonderful emotion. It indicates that the Divine Power of Love is flowing through us & with practice; we can up the voltage into the higher realms of Joy, Bliss, Ecstasy & Exhilaration. 

This is the benefit of a daily spiritual practice within the Heart Chakra & makes the entire 6 month season of Beltane a lot of fun. Our hearts can blossom like spring flowers & emit a vibrational perfume that enhances all of our eternal senses, which leads me to the magick in all of this.

If Happiness is a decision that we must individually & collectively make, then we can decide to imbue its power into our lives & of course our spells. Earlier I was listening to a meditation by Deepak Chopra where he said, “Happiness is Viral.” To me this says that we have a greater power to influence the world when we deliberately decide to set our vibration at Happy & tend to it from a spark (Yule) to a candle, (Imbolc) to a fire (Ostara) to now a bonfire at Beltane.

Don’t take my word for it. Practice it for yourself, Cast spells from a place of emotional happiness & then deliberately do your best to maintain being happy for as long as you can after casting. Though what you cast for may or may not drop into physical form immediately, you will begin to see symbolic synchronicities, what Muggles call coincidences, creating a trail of bread crumbs toward what we want.

In other words, you can’t live a sad story & have a happy ending. That only happens in fiction. The key to living ‘happily ever after’ is to generate & maintain an open & happy heart every day until we eventually croak at our appointed time. This way, regardless of how long we live, we can live happy & ‘put our hearts’ & ultimately our divine power, in all that we do. It ain’t easy, but it is so very worth discovering this power we all have, but rarely consciously use.

Too Cool for School

I will however, give a small warning. Many of us have emotional shields that we've gathered, like armor around our hearts. This just happens as a reaction to life in this world. Some of us have developed a shell of shields around the heart chakra, making us ‘Too cool for school.’ 

For example, do you sit in a corner snarking at weddings when people are risking looking foolish as they drink & dance the night away? I certainly have, but I made myself outgrow that because I found it to be at its core, cowardice.

The opposite of cowardice is courage. Courage, from the French word for the heart ‘Coeur,’ is about developing the bravery to crack our emotional armor, open our hearts & act on the guidance it gives us to let go & enjoy the moment freely. Simple, but hardly easy as no one is born with courage, it must be developed.

So if you find yourself at a party, wedding, ritual/ ceremony, what have you & the cowardice of ‘too cool for school’ kicks in. Stop for a moment & ask, what am I so afraid of? Has the tribal dictates of the world bound you emotionally? Can you muster the courage to dance, laugh & participate? Is ‘too cool for school’ keeping you left back in your personal spiritual curriculum? Are you in Heart Chakra detention?

Only you can free yourself from this, but it can be done in baby steps, allowing you to mature into a spiritually mature emotional adult. As the Course in Miracles also says:

“In my vulnerability I become invulnerable” 

This is not to be taken literally, but symbolically & more important for the lessons of Beltane, emotionally. So remember this, to keep it simple:

‘Too cool for school’ leads to ‘Too cool for happy.’ 

Wouldn’t you really rather practice that 'Perfect Love & Perfect Trust' we as Witches are always going on about? Then have at it, crack open that heart chakra, bring it into balance, heed its guidance & let the Love & happiness that is divine power influence, everyone around you known or not & the world as a whole.

Blessed “Happy” Beltane,

Rev. Mark A. Lyons, President
Drawing the Circle Productions INC.
631-968-8307 @ProfWitch on Twitter