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Cauldron and Candle
Issue #80 -- December 2006

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In this Issue:

[00] Editorial Notes: The Cauldron's NINTH Anniversary
[01] Cauldron News
   * Message Board Rules Revision
   * A New Look For The Cauldron
   * The Return of Elspeth
[02] Interesting Recent Cauldron Discussions
   * Earth-Based? What and Why?
   * Who Are You When You Die?
   * Thoughts on Winter Holidays?
   * Universalized Beliefs
   * Representing Paganism
   * Personalities, With or Without Cults
   * Climate Opposite What Your Religion Honors?
   * Do Neo-Pagan Religions Have Much in Common?
   * Do The Gods Love Us?
   * Judging?
[03] Articles
   * Message Board Rules
   * Advertise On The Cauldron's Web Site
[04] Flamekeeping: Submission and the Divine
[05] Software Gadgets: The Column
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[06] Grimoire: Basic Candleburning Spell
[07] Recipe: Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Zinfandel
[08] Support The Cauldron
[09] Newsletter Information
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Welcome to the December 2006 issue of Cauldron and Candle. You
are receiving this issue because you subscribed. To learn how to
unsubscribe, see the last section of this newsletter.

You are probably thinking that this issue is late. It is,
however, there is a reason. I wanted to publish this issue on The
Cauldron's Ninth Anniversary. It's been nine years today
(December 13th) since The Cauldron first opened its message board
to Pagans around the world.

Nine years ago today -- on December 13, 1997 -- the folks at
Delphi (now DelphiForums) got our new "Custom Forum" fully
working. I had started the forum on December 10th, but due to a
glitch the forum would not let anyone but me post until the 13th.
It took Delphi several days to fix it -- and this was back when
you had to pay to start a forum.

The Cauldron was a Yule gift to Elspeth. TC started out very
slow. I think by the end of three months, we only had 400
messages or so -- most from a small group of our friends. But the
board grew with time. We've moved around a bit since then. First
to a mailing list, then back to Delphi (reopening our original
forum there), then when DelphiForums just got too annoying to
live with Bob offered his server and to what is now our "Archive
Board" here. When the upgrade to Beehive 0.6x proved to be a
disaster of slowness, we moved to this older version of Beehive
last February. Fortunately, our members have followed us from
home to home.

A few of us (Elspeth, myself, and Ann for sure) have been here
since day one, many more have joined us over the years and many
have made TC their online home for many years. A lot of things
both good (I met LyricFox here) and bad (lots of spammers) have
happened here in nine years, and will -- with your support and
the Gods willing -- continue for years to come.

This issue is mainly devoted to The Cauldron article-wise. The
January issue will see a return to our normal Pagan and magical
oriented articles.

Randall Sapphire
Editor and Publisher, Cauldron and Candle
Co-Host, The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum

========= by The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum Staff

===== Message Board Rules Revision

The Cauldron's Message Board Rules have been revised. You can
read the revised rules a bit further along in this newsletter or


===== A New Look For The Cauldron

After six years or so with the same look, we decided it was time
for a change to the appearance of The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum.
While we'd love to do a complete site redesign with a modern CSS
layout, we've finally admitted that we aren't likely to have time
to do this -- after over two years of having a complete CSS
redesign scheduled for "soon." Therefore we have just given the
website a minor face lift: new colors and a slightly cleaner
look. However, this minor update will make it much easier to
integrate third party features into The Cauldron's web site
because this site will use solid colors instead of background
images. This will also make it load a bit faster.

The default color theme on our message board has changed to match
the new look of our web site. However, if you prefer old message
board theme, it is available as the optional theme "Old Cauldron"
in the settings menu.


===== The Return of Elspeth

Elspeth received a laptop as an early holiday present. This
allows her to make brief visits to The Cauldron again when she
feels up to it as she no longer has to try to get to the
computer. It's really nice to see her able to join us again!

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========= Recent Discussion Topics on our Message Board

In an average month, over 200 new discussion topics are started
on The Cauldron's message board. Here are a few of the more
interesting recent discussions. It's not too late to join in.

Thanks to Feedburner, you can now receive an email every night on
days we post new site news items to the main page of The
Cauldron's web site. These emails contain a link to the new item
and the first couple of lines of the news text. You can sign up
for Feedburner's free news delivery via the form at the end of
the site "News and Updates" section of The Cauldron's main web

===== Earth-Based? What and Why?

Occasionally we have the thread or poster who finds it very
important to inform TC's members that all pagans are earth-based.

What makes a religion earth-based? What are the defining factors?
What happens if you have five festivals held to pray for a good
harvest interspersed with 30 festivals that have nothing to do
with any agrarian function? Is that an earth-based religion and,
if so, why?

And, further, why is it important that all pagans *be* earth-
based? Does this act as some unifying feature? Does this have
some meaning?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Who Are You When You Die?

Let's say we don't just vanish when we die. There's an afterlife,
be it the Summerland or Hades or Heaven, etc., and we go there as
humans rather than some ball of energy or something.

Who is that 'self'?

Is it just the self you were when you died?

Is it a younger self, maybe you as a child or some other point in
life? If so, why that particular self?

Is it a composite of all the selves you were during your life?
But what if you had vastly conflicting views and traits during
your life -- how would they be reconciled in your new spirit

If you believe that we aren't human-like in the afterlife, then
what are the differences between the afterlife self you believe
in and our mortal self?

Finally, a more concrete question. How would your views on the
afterlife resolve this issue -- a man marries a wife, she dies,
then he marries again. Once they're all dead, what's their
relationship with each other like?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Thoughts on Winter Holidays?

How does everyone here feel about the holidays we celebrate at
this time of year?

I'm buying Christmas presents for all my family memebers because
it's a family tradition, and this is the one time of year when I
can give them all something really nice and personal. I was
raised Catholic, but I consider myself Pagan. My brother and his
wife are practicing Catholics, my sister has no proclaimed
religion, my other brother is an atheist and my parents are non-
Church-going Catholics (but still have all the basic beliefs of
the church).

The point is, I realize that Christmas is a Christian holiday,
but I feel ok celebrating it because it's also such a big part of
my family, my childhood and my (our) culture. On the other hand,
I would feel ridiculous celebrating Hanukkah because I don't
really understand it and it's not part of my belief system. I
would only celebrate it if I were invited by a Jewish friend who
felt the need to share that with me... Maybe I'm rambling, but I
hope you get the point.

How do you feel about celebrating holidays that aren't actually
part of your religion? How do you feel when others celebrate one
of your holidays if they ever do?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Universalized Beliefs

Most of the people I've come across in the Cauldron are
polytheists, and I find that there's a tendency for them to say
that their beliefs only apply to them and their gods, not
necessarily to anyone else.

But does your path have beliefs which you think apply to others
as well, regardless of what they believe? (For example, you might
believe that reincarnation happens to everyone.)

How do you feel about other people's beliefs that they claim are
true for you too? How do you deal with them?

I ask because, since I worship an omniomnifoofoo god (thank you
Darkhawk), I wonder if anyone ever gets offended that my beliefs
tend to be universalised and hence include them.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Representing Paganism

I have a question for all of the pagans out there. Paganism isn't
exaclty the most accepted religion out there, right now. We all
know that. Were facing a whole bunch of promblems because of
this. So I have to ask you, in light of this, How do you think we
should represent our religion?

Alot of pagans dress 'goth' or are just 'off' in some way or
another. We just never seem to be 'normal'. I'm not saying that's
wrong and I agree it's fun to dress 'goth'. Alot of the things
most pagans wear, are freakin awesome. However, you have to think
about how that looks to the outside world...

Alot of the time, when paganism is mentioned in the media, we are
potrayed as 'different' and out there. This isn't really helping
our case to becoming closer to the mainstream or at least more
accepted... So what should we do?

I'm all for freedom of expression and everything. It's just,
should we consider changing ourselves (making ourselves a little
more normal), so that we can gain the benifits, that comes with
fitting in?

The rest of the world isn't going to come to us. So should we
change- just a little?

And if so, what should we change?

If not, what can we do, to become more accepted?

Should we be more accepted?

Have you done anything, personally to make Paganism more

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Personalities, With or Without Cults

How important are individual religious leaders to your religious

Is there a tradition founder, a guru, someone with particular
contact with the gods, or something similar that you have to deal
with? Do you know that individual personally? (Shadow, stop
laughing.) Do you believe that person is due some particular
reverence because of their status as founder or whatever?

Are there people in any of your religious organisations who are
particularly significant? (High priest/ess, perhaps?) What
difference does their status make?

Do you think there is a problem in your path with people behaving
inappropriately towards Big Name whoevers? Is this likely to show
up with overfamiliarity, lack of granting adequate respect for
seniority, bowing and scraping?

How do you judge when someone's individual persona is doing its
job as a religious leader and when it's leading to inappropriate
relationships or causing problems in the religious community?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Climate Opposite What Your Religion Honors?

My whole life I lived in the Northern half of the US , mostly
Massachusetts however recently I moved to Florida and as I am
sure you know it's pretty much summer or spring here year round.
While preparing for Samhain this past season it occurred to me
that in Florida our Harvest season is the complete opposite of
what is celebrated in paganism particularly Celtic (which is the
path I am more than likely heading towards). So I was wondering
if any of you have come across this issue and if so how do you
deal with it? The time of year to celebrate a Harvest it the time
of year to begin planting our seeds, this tends to make it hard
to honor something that you are not practicing. Anyone?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Do Neo-Pagan Religions Have Much in Common?

Do you agree or disagree with this statement: Neo-pagan religions
have much in common? Why or why not?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Do The Gods Love Us?

Most people who believe in gods seem to have a pretty firm
conviction that these same gods love us. Or some of us. Or the
right us. I find myself wondering where that conviction comes
from. Is it just that, with such larger, more powerful, beings to
deal with this assumption of love is the only thing that keeps us
from running in fear or trying to come up with ways to
fight/destroy them?

Is it that they/their prophets say so?

Is it that they created us? (for those of us who believe they did
- after all, parents usually love their children)

On the flip side, what is the evidence for indifference or enmity
from these beings? How many fire bringers (Prometheus, Coyote)
were punished for helping us keep from freezing to death. How
many knowledge bringers (the snake in Eden, others I'm not aware
of or can't think of at the moment) are reviled for making us
more god-like by giving us understanding the creators didn't?

In terms of happy, fulfilling, lives, who is better off - the
ones the gods leave alone or the ones they pay attention to?

I'm not doubting their existence, mind you. I'm a firm
(sometimes) hard polytheist. I do doubt their benevolence and
their motives.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Judging?

Every now and then, we end up discussing whether or not we have
the right to judge. There are some portions of the Pagan
'community' that assert that we don't have the right to judge
others. Sometimes this is phrased as 'so long as they aren't
hurting anyone else, who are we to judge?'

Do you believe that you have a right to judge others? Why, or why
not? Do you base this on theology, common sense, or some other
basis for your approach?

If you believe that it's a variable issue (It's ok to judge when
X, but not when Y), what effects whether you feel it is right to
judge an issue?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

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HeartShadow is following her own religious path. She calls it
FlameKeeping. This regular column will present articles on
FlameKeeping, many taken from HeartShadow's FlameKeeping blog at:


=====  Submission of the Self

here are many times and many places in our lives where one can
wish to submit. Submit to the system, to the rules, to another
person. It appears easier, in many ways. When we give up our own
filter of moral judgment, we allow another's judgment to step in,
let them make the decisions. While it is necessary to submit to
reality and to ourselves, to accept our limitations and the
consequences of our actions, it is just as necessary to not use
submission as an excuse to abrogate responsibility for ourselves.
Even though the consequences may not be what we would wish for,
they are still the consequences we earn.

Submission is directly tied to the concept of consequence. We
fear consequences in our life, both not getting the consequence
we desire and receiving the consequence we don't. So we try to
find ways to dodge the consequences, ways to change our realities
to match what we desire. We play games with ourselves, find
excuses where no such excuse can possibly exist. One of those
games is submission.

Submission is an attempt to give to another our own
responsibilities, to say that another person has the right to say
what we can and cannot do. We say, "We're just doing our job,"
when we realize what we're doing isn't something we'd do
otherwise. Or, "It's the law," even if it's something we morally
disagree with. We sometimes even come to finding a desire to give
all our responsibility to another person, and become totally
submissive to another's will.

The problem is that we cannot truly give our will over to another
at any time. While we say we are not responsible, that does not
make it so. We cannot simply give up responsibility morally or
legally, for we are what we do, not the spin we put on it.

When we try to give our responsibilities to another, we saddle
them with something impossible.

=== Questions:

    * Why is submission wrong? Why is it impossible?

    * Why do we try to dodge moral culpability for our actions?

    * Why is the law not a good excuse for moral submission? Do
      you think such an excuse exists? Would you allow it if
      someone else used it and hurt you in the process?

=========  Interesting Items From The Software Gadgets Blog
=========  http://softwaregadgets.gridspace.net/

The Software Gadgets Blog aims to present a different "software
gadget" every weekday. A software gadget is a program or addon
that is both interesting and useful -- and often free. This
column highlights three of the programs listed recently. Many
more were listed and you'll find more gadgets like these added
every week at the Software Gadgets Blog at:



When I wrote about the new Internet Explorer 7 last Friday, I
complained that I could not find an ad blocker for it. A Software
Gadgets reader emailed me and suggested I try Maxthon. Formerly
known as MyIE (I used MyIE years ago), Maxthon uses IE's HTML
engine to display sites, but wraps it with a different user
interface -- and it comes with an ad blocker that works something
like the Ad Blocker Plus extension for Firefox. I downloaded the
latest version of Maxthon and gave it a spin.

According Maxthon's home page, it includes a number of additions
to IE including:

    * Mouse Gestures
    * Super Drag&Drop
    * Privacy Protection
    * AD Hunter
    * IE Extensions Support
    * External Utility Bar
    * Skinning

I took Maxthon for a spin and found it lives up to its claims.
The interface is a bit busy, but it adds a lot of nice features
to IE -- even IE 7. Most importantly for me, the ad blocker
works. I can't cruise the net without the ability to block the
more annoying ads. I don't block them all, but if they try to
track me around the net, block my view of the web page, make
noise, or otherwise act annoying to try to get my attention, they
get my attention long enough to block ads from that ad server/ad

Maxthon's tabs are a bit more polished than those of IE 7 and
Maxthon seems to use a bit less memory than IE 7 (which means far
less than Firefox). Maxthon can use some major IE Plugins and
even has several hundred Maxthon plugins -- something like
Firefox extensions -- although IE 7 seems to a broken some of
them. The Maxthon web sites lists a number of other minor
features Maxthon provides out of the box, such as, Page Zooming,
Simple Collector, Web Services, Password protecting Tabs, URL
Aliases and many others.

I like Maxthon. Not enough for it to replace Firefox as my
primary browser, but it has already replaced Internet Explorer
for those times I just have to use IE on some web site or
another. Maxthon is just a better IE than IE.

Rating: 5.0
Operating System: Windows 98+ with Internet Explorer 5.5+
License: Commercial Freeware
Price: Freewar
Version: 1.5.8 build 116
Web Site: http://www.maxthon.com/


Chances are you have thousands of folders on your computer. Most
of their icons look exactly alike. If you are visually oriented,
this visual sameness can make it hard to see the folders you
consider important in large collection of folders in Explorer.
While there have always been ways to fiddle around in Windows and
replace folder icons, the majority of methods have either been
error-prone or expensive.

Folder Marker changes that. Folder Marker puts a "Mark Folder"
option on the menu when you right click on a folder. Selecting
"Mark Folder" brings up a menu of special symbols you can overlay
on a folder or you can change its color. It's one of those
programs that "just works" -- and, best of all, it's free.

Here are some of the program features from the Folder Marker web

    * Folder Marker can change a folder icon with one mouse click
    * Folder Marker can mark folders by priority (high, normal,
      low), by degree of work completeness (done, half-done,
      planned) and by the form of the information contained in a
      folder (work files, important files, temp files, private
    * Folder Marker can change a folder's color
    * Folder Marker changes folder icons from a popup menu of the
      folders. To mark a folder, you don't even need to run the
    * Folder Marker's menu can contain convenient category
    * Folder Marker contains a User's Icons tab. Add up to 10 of
      your favorite icons and mark folders with them. It's easy!
    * Folder Marker can work with several folders at once
    * Folder Marker can assign an icon to a folder from: ICO,
      ICL, EXE, DLL, CPL or BMP file
    * Folder Marker supports 32-bits icons

Rating: 4.0
Operating System: Windows
License: Freeware
Price: Free
Version: 1.2
Web Site: http://www.foldermarker.com/


I discovered a freeware program for Windows 3.1 called Stiletto
in the early 1990s. On the surface, it was a bar you could launch
programs from. But the author, Bruce Switzer, just kept adding
features to it. It seemed like a new version with even more
features came out every month. It quickly became the most
important desktop enhancement/utility program on my computer.
When Windows 95 arrived, the author rewrote the program for 9x
based systems and made the new 9x version shareware. When I
finally ordered a Windows 95 capable computer, I bought a license
before my new computer arrived so I would be able to have my
favorite program installed and fully functional immediately. It
was the best money I've ever spent on computer software (and it
was only $20 or $30).

The years rolled by with new versions every few months. Then
Bruce rewrote the program from scratch and renamed it "Powerpro"
and new versions with even more features continued to roll out
every few months. A few years ago, Bruce got tired of the hassles
of shareware support and made the program freeware again. New
versions, generally with piles of new features, still come out
two or three times a year, however.

It is impossible to describe everything Powerpro can do in this
short article as it does a heck of a lot and does it all while
being very resource friendly.

Here's a partial description of what can be done with Powerpro
taken from the Powerpro help file.

    This is a general summary of PowerPro's features:

    * Powerpro provides many user actions for launching programs
      and commands, such as bar buttons, menu items, hotkeys,
      mouse actions, scheduled commands, or from a script.

    * Whichever user action you choose to launch an application,
      you can also choose how it will be launched. For example
      PowerPro has a "Switch to if active" checkbox (which
      prevents accidentally starting a program twice); you can
      start an application maximised, minimised, hidden, etc;
      specify whether it should have OnTop status; define its
      exact window size and position. You can even automate
      sending commands to an application every time it starts,
      such as switching Explorer to Details view. There are other
      ways to start programs (such as ordinary toolbar programs,
      or Desktop shortcuts, or the Start Menu) but PowerPro can
      start programs with more customisable options.

    * PowerPro offers several ways to control a running program,
      such as sending simulated keystrokes to a specified window,
      or simulating mouse clicks and movements anywhere on the

    * Powerpro provides many ways to switch between tasks. You
      can make an "active bar" as an improved substitute for the
      Windows TaskBar; or if you prefer, create your own Task
      Switching Menu, shown by a hotkey perhaps.

    * Powerpro offers many ways to configure and control the
      Windows system and Windows features such as Explorer, the
      Clipboard, the Desktop, etc.

    * Powerpro bars can be positioned, colored and sized in many
      ways. You can even apply skins to bars.

    * The menus you create with Powerpro are also very
      customisable in appearance with submenus and conditional

    * The variety of results you can set for clicking a bar
      button or a menu item is limited only by your imagination
      of what you would like it to do. Read here about the
      demonstration bars.

    * Powerpro can retrieve a wide range of information about the
      system and running programs, then display that information
      however you wish. Or use the retrieved information as
      parameters in your commands.

    * It can be set to monitor the computer for various
      conditions then respond with a warning message or an
      action, such as automatically starting your email program
      and a timer whenever the modem connects.

    * Powerpro can replace many small utilities such as a tray
      utility, a virtual desktops program, a sticky notes program
      and more. By using PowerPro's tray features, vdesks, notes,
      etc, instead of dozens of small programs, you can integrate
      all of these into a single user interface of your own
      design. Also the parts can be made to interact with each
      other in more interesting ways.

    * Not only is there unlimited variety to what different users
      create with PowerPro. There is also variety in how they
      create it. One user will develop a comprehensive setup
      without writing a single script, only using the GUI
      dialogs. Another will prefer to use their text editor to
      create file based scripts and .ini files to define their

This leaves out many features and doesn't even begin to mention
all the things that can be done with third party plugins.
Powerpro is one of the most complex windows utility programs out
there if you try to figure out and use every feature for all it
is worth. But while a bit overwhelming, it is easy to get
Powerpro to do very useful things without a lot of effort by
going through the tutorials in the help file. There are also two
helpful Powerpro mailing lists: one for beginners (where Powerpro
experts try to help without overwhelming beginners) and one for
everyone (Bruce is often active on this group and beta versions
are made available for testing and debugging here).

I would not know what to do without Powerpro. I launch most of my
programs from a tiny transparent Powerpro bar at the right side
of my screen. Powerpro manages my virtual desktops, tells me the
day of the month, sizes and positions windows, and much more. Yet
for all it does for me, I doubt I use a quarter of its features.
Give Powerpro a try and I expect you will probably find it as
invaluable as I do. Powerpro's web site doesn't do it justice, by
the way -- especially the awful (and ancient) screenshots.

Rating: 5.0
Operating System: Windows 95+
License: Freeware
Price: Freeware
Version: 4.5
Web Site: http://powerpro.webeddie.com/

========= From the Spell Grimoire:

Do this spell the last thing at night. Then go to bed with the
thought that the ritual will succeed.

Select a candle of an appropriate color. The candle should be new
and never used for any other purpose. The following information
will help you select an appropriate color:

    * White: A balance of all colors; Spiritual enlightenment,
      cleansing, clairvoyance, healing, truth seeking; Rituals
      involving lunar energy. May be substituted for any color
    * Yellow: Activity, Creativity, unity; brings power of
      concentration and imagination to a ritual; use in rituals
      where you wish to gain another's confidence or persuade
      someone, or in rituals that require solar energy.
    * Gold: Fosters understanding and attracts the powers of
      cosmic influences; beneficial in rituals intended to bring
      about fast luck or money, or in rituals needing solar
    * Pink: Promotes romance, friendship; standard color for
      rituals to draw affections; a color of femininity, honor,
      service, brings friendly, lively conversation to the dinner
    * Red: Health, passion, love, fertility, strength, courage,
      will power; increases magnetism in rituals; draws Aries and
      Scorpio energy.
    * Silver: Removes negativity and encourages stability; helps
      develop psychic abilities; attracts the influence of the
      Mother Goddess.
    * Purple: Power, success, idealism, psychic manifestations;
      ideals for rituals to secure ambitions, independence,
      financial rewards, or to make contact with the spiritual
      other world; increases Neptune energy.
    * Magenta: Combination of red and violet that oscillates on a
      high frequency; energizes rituals where immediate action
      and high levels of power or spiritual healing are required.
    * Brown: Earthly, balanced color; for rituals of material
      increase; eliminates indecisiveness; improves powers of
      concentration, study, telepathy; increases financial
      success; locates objects that have been lost.
    * Indigo: Color of inertia; stops situations or people; use
      in rituals that require a deep meditational state; or in
      rituals that demand Saturn energy.
    * Royal Blue: Promotes laughter and joviality; color or
      loyalty; use to attract Jupiter energy, or whenever an
      influence needs to be increased.
    * Light Blue: Spiritual color; helpful in devotional or
      inspirational meditations; brings peace and tranquility to
      the home; radiates Aquarius energy; employ where a
      situation must be synthesized.
    * Blue: Primary spiritual color; for rituals to obtain
      wisdom, harmony, inner light, or peace; confers truth and
    * Emerald Green: Important component in Venusian rituals;
      attracts love, social delights, and fertility.
    * Dark Green: Color of ambition, greed, and jealousy;
      counteracts these influences in a ritual.
    * Green: Promotes prosperity, fertility, success; stimulates
      rituals for good luck, money, harmony, and rejuvenation.
    * Grey: Neutral color useful when pondering complex issues
      during meditation; in magic, this color often sparks
      confusion; it also negates or neutralizes a negative
    * Black: Opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious; use
      in rituals to induce a deep meditational state, or to
      banish evil or negativity as in uncrossing rituals;
      attracts Saturn energy.

Anoint the candle to impress your thoughts on it and to
consecrate it to your purpose. The best type of oils to use for
dressing candles are natural ones which can be obtained quite
easily. Some occult suppliers will provide candle magic oils with
exotic names. The oil soluble perfumes sold by craft shops for
inclusion in candles will work as well.

Before starting get clear on what you wish, then write your wish
on new paper. Put this paper under the candle holder.

Lower or turn off other lights. Rub the anointing oil on your
fingers and gently rub it onto the candle.

Light the candle and sit in quiet concentration upon your wish.
Above all visualize the thing you want.

Use the burning candle as a focus of concentration.

When you feel that you have concentrated for long enough take the
paper and burn it in the flame of the candle, with the thought
that you are now projecting your wish into the beyond to find

As the paper burns, chant the following:

    Candle shining in the night
    With your flame enchanted,
    By the powers of magic might
    May my wish be granted.
    When the candle sheds its gleam
    At the mystic hour,
    Let fulfillment of my dream
    Gather secret power.
    Flame of magic, brightly burn,
    Spirit of the fire.
    Let the wheel of fortune turn,
    Grant me my desire.
    One, two, three - so mote it be!

Blow out the candle if its not consumed. Wrap it up in clean
paper to use again on the same wish only! Repeat the spell as
necessary to reinforce it.

=== About This Spell

This spell is taken from The Cauldron's Spell Grimoire, a
collection of basic spells available on The Cauldron: A Pagan
Forum's web site. You'll find more spells at:


========= From the Cauldron Cookbook:
========= submitted by Eadie

=== Ingredients

1 3/4 cups red Zinfandel
1 cup sugar
1 cup (packed) brown sugar
6 wole cloves
6 whole allspice
2 sinnamon sticks
1 3x1 inch strip orange peel
1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries

=== Procedure

Combine everything but the cranberries in a saucepan. Bring to
boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 1 3/4 cups, about 10
minutes. Strain syrup into large saucepan. Add cranberries to
syrup and cook over meduim heat until berries burst, about 6
minutes. Cool. Transfer to bowl and refrigerate until cold. Can
be made 1 week ahead. Makes about 3 cups.

=== About This Recipe

This recipe is taken from the Cauldron Cookbook, a growing
collection of recipes submitted by members of The Cauldron: A
Pagan Forum. You'll find more recipes at:


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===== Have Questions or Suggestions?

If you have specific questions, proposals or other ideas we
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rssapphire00@ecauldron.GETRIDOFEME.com. (Unfortunately, Randall
has to answer general "Tell me more?" type questions with a
request for a more specific question. He's not trying to be rude,
he just can't think of anything general and useful to say that
isn't said here.)

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