Our Bath Salts are Now Available Online…


Dream Time yes Salem’s Moon is happy to announce that you can now order our Bath Salts online.

All of our Bath Salts are custom blended using the finest quality Sea Salt and Essential Oils.

Order by phone (914) 522-6830 …….or

Click on any of the product photos on our Bath Salts page to be taken directly to that item on our SQUARE STORE site.

Thank You to All…


Front view Thank you to all who came out to the Wurtsboro Fair yesterday (July19). It was great to see old friends and make so many new ones.

We look forward to seeing you again at the Blueberry Festival on Saturday, August 9 in Ellenville.

Remember,  you can always call us at 914-522-6830 to place an order and pick it up at the Blueberry Festival.

Salem’s Moon will be at the Wurtsboro Street Fair…


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(Above -  George Micewicz and our booth at The Center for Symbolic Studies – Beltane Festival 2014)

Look for the Salem’s Moon Booth

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The WURTSBORO Street Fair ~ Saturday July 19th 12-6pm

We will be selling all your favorite Salem’s Moon products…
Our Handcrafted Magickal Oils, Incense, Spell Kits, Bath Salts, Floral Crowns and Adult and Children Wands.
Be the first to test our brand new Fairy Magic Shea Butter!
In addition to our own unique products, we will also have a selection of Jewelry, Gemstones, Books, Tarot Cards, Cauldrons, Candles, Offering Bowls… and more!
Want to be sure we bring your favorite product?
~ Order by Phone ~ Pick it up at the Fair!

Give us a call at 914-522-6830.

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The Charites…….


image In Greek mythology, a Charis or Grace is one of three or more minor goddesses of grace, charm, beauty, adornment, mirth, festivity, dance, song, nature, human creativity and fertility. Together they are known as the Charites or Graces. Their names were Aglaea (“Splendor”), Euphrosyne (Mirth), and Thalia (Good Cheer).

They were part of the advisors and assistants of Aphrodite and Hera. The Charites were also associated with the Greek underworld and the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Although the Graces usually numbered three, other Graces are sometimes mentioned, including Auxo (seasons and the natural portions of time), Hegemone (plants) , Peitho ( persuasion and seduction), Phaenna (brightness), Pasithea (relaxation, meditation and hallucinations), and Charis  (grace and kindness). An ancient vase painting attests the following names as five: Antheia (Blossoms), Eudaimonia (Happiness), Paidia (Play), Pandaisia (Banquet) and Pannychis (Night Festivities). – The were the patronesses of amusement and festivities.

aohrodite Of all the deities, the Charites (Graces) are the nearest to Aphrodite; for they were given the adornment of personal appearance and the embellishment of each part of the body; consequently, they are the very incarnation of beauty and grace; as was Aphrodite.

The character and nature of the Charites are sufficiently expressed by the names they bear. They were conceived as the goddesses who gave festive joy and enhanced the enjoyments of life by refinement and gentleness. Gracefulness and beauty in social intercourse are therefore attributed to them. 

They are mostly described as being in the service or attendance of other divinities, just as real joy exists only in circles where the individual gives up his own self and makes it his main object to afford pleasure to others. The less beauty is ambitious to rule, the greater is its victory; and the less homage it demands, the more freely is it paid. These then seem to be the ideas embodied in the Charites. They lend their grace and beauty to everything that delights and elevates gods and men.

eloquence The most perfect works of art are called the works of the Charites and the greatest artists are their favorites. They also assist to give grace to eloquence and persuasion in speaking and writing and wisdom itself receives its charms from them.

Poetry is the art which is especially favored by them.  They are the friends of the Muses; with whom they live in Olympus.  Poets are inspired by the Muses, but the application of their songs to the embellishment of life and the festivals of the gods are the work of the Charites.

Animal Totems: Dictionary of Animals…


The following information on totem animals was written by Starstuffs -

“This Animal Totem’s web section was created in 1997 as a student guide for those seeking understanding. It was one of the very first animal totem web sites out there at the time and it was also the first to have the totems broken into the individual groups; animals, insects, land animals, reptiles and water animals. From the beginning it has always been the author’s intent to share knowledge of the animals in order to become a better person in hopes to create a better world for human and animal kind. Many parts of this web section and its animals has been featured in ezines, blogs, bulletin boards, web publications, other web sites, and various classroom and e-learning curriculums.” – StarStuffs

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Animal Totems: Dictionary of Animals by StarStuffs

antelope Antelope/Pronghorn:

Heightened psychic ability, may need to insulate our self or come out of hiding, adaptability with strong survival skills, strong sense of smell, new opportunities can be seen, teaches how to overcome obstacles with a swift and gentle nature. Antelope teaches listening to intuition. Are you adapting like you should? Taking chances or afraid of failing? Are you listening to your instincts? Antelope can teach you strength and courage in all areas.

armadillo Armadillo:

Teaches protection and how to use it, sensitivity to others attacks either real or imagined, demonstrates boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others, learn to trust what you feel with others, new birth coming -shows how to deal with it. Teaches how to use defenses when needed. Is it time to hide away to collect thoughts or come out and present your thoughts and abilities? Are you letting your guard down too often? Armadillo can show you how to protect your personal space.

ass Ass/Donkey:

Ass or Donkey can teach much about patience and humility. They have wisdom and teaches when to use it with timing. Ass’ aids in realizing outer recognition of inner potentials and the strength that comes from internal fortitude. He can aid in showing one how to move with the flow and allow Spirit to work and/or trusting your strengths. It is a time to not be content and complacent while you enjoy the road to the goal. Are you working too hard and not being productive? Are you following your intuition in what you “should do”. Is stubbornness hindering you mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Ass will teach you how to listen to your head and heart. [Listen]

badger Badger:

Keeper of stories, write things down, sees beneath the surface of all things and people, including herbs and roots, self-expression and knowledge when to act and react, teaches how to ground and connect with the earth, chances to develop self expression, reliance along with persistence and perseverance, shows how to navigate the new chapter in your life. Are you being aggressive and fighting for what you want or need? Are you expressing feelings? [Listen]

bat Bat:

Initiation, death-rebirth, changes are taking place which are blessings, facing facts in ones life, fears are always beneficial, trust instincts. Bat tells us it the end one phase of life and the beginning of another. Bat can show how to navigate in the dark and unknown. Soon you will see the world with a new perspective, teaches sensitivity to vibrations around you, navigation, introspection and demonstrates ability of observation and power of meditation and solitude along with ability of working in groups when necessary. Bat shows how to make those important transitions. [Listen]

bear Bear:

Sub/Unconscious mind, strength, grounding, inner energy of soul to find answers, judgments, are you too critical or not critical enough, inner power to taste the honey of life. Bear teaches caution, quiet of the mind and silence within. There is great power in introspection which awakens insights and opportunities. Bears teaches leadership, natural healing abilities and defending when necessary. Are you eating a balanced diet? Utilizing your intuition? Being cautious? Brown, black or white, what does the color say to you? Bear will show how to balance and express oneself. (See also Polar Bear) [Listen]

buffalo Bison/Buffalo:

Abundance, incorporates our own efforts to embrace and hold life, burdens and rewards are carried, keep self well grounded, follow the easiest path, don’t use force in areas of life, flow with it. Teaches creativity, courage, sacred knowledge, sharing with a sense of community, survival strategies, teaches how to challenge with forthrightness and grace. A time to honor your path and ask for assistance from Spirit. Buffalo teaches abundance and strength of character along with harmony and expression of gratitude and honor for all creatures. Do you have gratitude? Strength? Surviving with courage? [Listen]

boar Boar:

Boar teaches spiritual strength, protection and the mysteries of nature. Aids in getting organized and solidifying changes. Shows self-reliance, independence and fearlessness in trials and tribulations, enduring and strong, boar shows how to protect your efforts. Are you too scattered in thoughts and actions? Do you need to stand up for your beliefs and opinions? Are you using your intuition throughout the day? Boar can teach power and respect in the balance of complacency and activity.

bobcat Bobcat:

Bobcat teaches that there is a time for solitude, learning to be alone but not lonely and a time for social balance. He shows how to keep confidences of those around you with a balance of inner and outer perceptions. Bobcat aids in tapping into the curiosity of the unseen world of secrecy, invisibility and hidden meanings for understanding spiritual mysteries of the path that is being traveled. Bobcat will offer protection and expertise of this path and lend its knowledge in maneuvering your developing natural internal power. Bobcat teaches the ability of being able to turn on/off creative forces in life. Always look for what is hidden on all levels and trust your senses for bobcat medicine is a powerful one with lessons on many levels. [Listen]

Buffalo/Bison: – see also Bison/Buffalo

Abundance, incorporates our own efforts to embrace and hold life, burdens and rewards are carried, keep self well grounded, follow the easiest path, don’t use force in areas of life, flow with it. Teaches creativity, courage, sacred knowledge, sharing with a sense of community, survival strategies, teaches how to challenge with forthrightness and grace. A time to honor your path and ask for assistance from Spirit. Buffalo teaches abundance and strength of character along with harmony and expression of gratitude and honor for all creatures. Do you have gratitude? Strength? Surviving with courage?

bull Bull/Steer:

Fertility of thoughts, ideas, possessions, makes the mundane and earthy more fertile, new ideas need to be expressed, teaches stability w/o stubbornness, assert feminine energies for balance. May demonstrate the necessity for a balance diet. Are you being forthright in your intentions? Are you willing to stand your ground in life matters? Bull can give us skills needed for expressions of strength. [Listen]

This listing is continued HERE

Spider…


imageSpider awakens creative sensibilities. It weaves a web of intricate and subtle fabric, as if to remind us that the past always subtly influences the present and future…the spider found within the web reminds us that we are the center of our own world. We are the keepers and the writers of our own destiny, weaving it like a web by our thoughts, feelings and actions…Spider teaches you to maintain a balance – between past and future, physical and spiritual, male and female. Spider teaches you that everything you now do is weaving what you will encounter in the future.” -  Animal Speak -  Ted Andrews

Like the spider waiting for her prey patiently, the presence of this spirit animal in your life could point to the need to show patience regarding a project or some ideas that you are trying to realize.

Seeing the Spider weaving a web, it signals to us that we must weave our own lives. The Spider as a spider-and-web guide serves as a reminder that our choices construct our lives. When the Spider appears to us, it is a message to be mindful of the choices we are making.

Spiders and their webs draw attention to our life choices, but that is not all. They also show us how we can manipulate our thinking, so we can construct the life we want to live.

Spider teaches us to maintain a balance – between past and future, physical and spiritual, male and female. The Spider also teaches us that everything we now do is weaving what we will encounter in the future.

Spider fosters the integration of all parts and aspects of your life into a whole. The power of this animal encourages you to count on your ability to view things from multiple angles and weave 4fe2c310 mental and intuitive flexibility into your daily thinking.

Spider’s web is also a constant reminder of the eight festivals; just look at the wheel webs some spiders weave. The strands of the web, like the spokes of a wheel are straight from the edge to the middle and form the eight fold wheel.

Spiders are very delicate creatures that play an important role in the myths and lore of many peoples. To the Native Americans, Spider is Grandmother, the link to the past and future. In India, its associated with Maya, the weaver of illusions.

image Among the various Native American traditions, spider medicine has been known to represent creativity. Her eight legs represent the four winds of change and the four directions on the medicine wheel, while her body is in the shape of the infinity symbol, which represents infinite possibilities. Spider was said to have woven the alphabet, creating the means for people to communicate and record their history through language. Just like the Greek myth of the Fates, three women who weave the tapestry of life, spiders are said to weave the creative forces that bring forth the intricately symmetrical patterns of our lives.

Spider Grandmother is an important figure in the mythology, oral traditions and folklore of many Native American cultures. She is creator of the world in Southwestern Native American religions and myths such as that of the Pueblo and Hopi peoples. Although accounts vary, according to mythology she was responsible for the stars in the sky; she took a web she had spun, laced it with dew, threw it into the sky and the dew became the stars.

imageIn Babylonian Mythology the Goddess Ishtar was often depicted as a Spider and her symbol was an 8 rayed star connecting to the 8 legs & 8 eyes of the Spider.image

 

In African mythology Anansi was a trickster god depicted as spider.

 Visualization to see Spider

Sit down in a quiet place alone.  Make certain there will be no distractions or interruptions.   Draw a circle around you and bless the circle with sage, cedar, sweet grass, tobacco or some other sacred medicine. if you own a dream catcher, stand or lay it beside you. Begin your journey into the spirit world with prayer and continue with deep meditation.  

Get comfortable.  Take a deep breath.  Inhale, exhale deeply several time. Release your ego, desires and expectations of what may follow.  Chase away all shadows of fear and negativity.  Begin to dream of some idyllic place like a forest trail, bubbling mountain stream, or flower covered glen.  

In your mind, see an open place with one exit. From that exit, you see a small garden spider approaching. You follow the spider and you see that she walks to a tree. In that tree she starts to weave a web blocking the exit. The spider weaves her web so steadily that is fascinates you and soon you realize that the weaving itself is a meditation. With that weaving you imagine her as a creator weaving the whole universe and you also imagine her as a dream catcher weaving the net to manifest our deepest desires. When the Spider is finished weaving, she sits in the middle of the web and she starts her teaching to you. She ends her teachings by telling you that she weaves a new web every day. She tells you that she takes down the web when it is ruined and begins again everyday and she never has to think about it, she just spins her web with great care. 

After giving her lessons to you, she takes down her web blocking the exit and leaves. By doing so she is signaling that it is time to end your meditation or visualization.

Finding Your Totem Animal…


totem animalsMany people don’t know that in addition to a spirit guide, a spirit that is or once was a human soul, they also have an animal guide or totem animal. In fact, just like spirit guides it is more than likely that you have not just one totem animal but several watching over you.

You can start to find your totem animal but thinking back on a particular animal that seems to appear in your life over and over. Perhaps you have a collection of frogs or elephants. A favorite stuffed animal as a child may also indicate which totem animal is yours. Dreams can also reveal your totem animal.

Totem animals may appear in your life at times of great stress or when you need protecting from situations that are beyond your human strength, even though you may not have noticed them before. Sometimes they appear because you are not paying attention to changes that are about to occur or that you may need to make. Pay attention, especially if you come across an animal in a place that it is not usually found. A good example of this would be to find an opossum in downtown Manhattan.

gryphon Totem animals can be the creatures you come across every day, rarely or may even be mythical beasts from legend such as a unicorn or a gryphon. They can even be dragons. Mythical totems are not usually a birth totem and may not stay with a person for a long time. The mythical totem is very strong. If you feel very drawn and close to this being, it is more than likely that it is your totem for that time in your life. Always the totem is there to teach us or protect us, or both.

scarab Just as possible is to have a totem animal that is an insect. Ants teach a sense of community, social structures, industriousness a sense of provision. Beetles aid in transformation, metamorphosis, resurrection and rebirth – rebirth of the soul to a new spiritual ideal and renewed devotion. Butterflies can show transformations and transmutations taking place. And these are just a few examples.

Meeting Your Animal Guide

Sit down in a quiet place alone.  Make certain there will be no distractions or interruptions.   Draw a circle around you and bless the circle with sage, cedar, sweet grass, tobacco or some other sacred medicine.  Begin your journey into the spirit world with prayer and continue with deep meditation.  

Get comfortable.  Take a deep breath.  Inhale, exhale deeply several time. Release your ego, desires and expectations of what may follow.  Chase away all shadows of fear and negativity.  Begin to dream of some idyllic place like a forest trail, bubbling mountain stream, or flower covered glen.   Move about in this world seeing, smelling and feeling everything.   After awhile, you will hear something and you will see a creature slowly coming to you.

The creature is friendly and invites your touch.  You embrace.  This is your animal spirit guide.   Spend time talking with your animal guide now. 

Be open to any and all types of messages.  Do not get trapped by wishing for a certain messages.  Clear your mind completely. Open your heart to its love and lessons.  When your time is finished, thank all the beings in this special place and your animal guide who has chosen to teach you.  Slowly return by the way you came into full consciousness.   Open your eyes. 

After you understand what type of animal guide has come into your life, educate yourself fully as to the nature of the animal. Learn about its habitat, life cycles, what it eats, physical characteristics, special skills and traits, social and mating habits. Go to places where your animal guide can be found in real life. Study it in nature. Gaining insight into the nature of your animal guide will help you to better understand its messages. Meditate on this knowledge and discover its power and medicine. – http://www.manataka.org/page291.html#MEETING YOUR ANIMAL GUIDE