Week 49 – Beltane

May 9, 2011 at 5:12 am (Uncategorized)

Have a Passionate Beltane!

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Week 42 – Spell Working 2

May 9, 2011 at 5:07 am (Uncategorized)

Astral Colors
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) = Blue
Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) = White
Aries (Mar 21-April 19) = White
Taurus (April 20-May 20) = Red
Gemini (May 21-June 21) = Red
Cancer (June 22-July 22) = Green
Leo (July 23-Aug 22) = Red
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) = Gold
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) = Black
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) = Brown
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) = Gold
Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) = Red

Sunday = Yellow
Monday = White
Tuesday = Red
Wednesday = Purple
Thursday = Blue
Friday = Green
Saturday = Black

Candle Work
Subtle light for doing magic at night (mundane level). Candles are charged to contain energy and act as small batteries to empower spells. Heat serves in the long run to help release the magnetic energy which is generated during magical working. Heating a magnet releases some of its charge (physical) so this is true on the magical (metaphysical) level, too. Candles also used in magic to represent person or situation that the spell is designed to influence. In such cases a symbolically colored candle links to the nature of the work you are doing with spell-casting. If the candle represents a person, then the color should reflect something of that person (age, birthdate, etc.). Same is true for any given situation (reflective of the nature of the magic’s target). Some witches like to use candles in the image of man or woman when performing magic with another person. Some anoint and name it after the person for whom it is intended. All of this helps to focus the mind.

Can be anointed with oil, cologne, etc. Words then spoken over the candle such as:
I name you _____
You are _____

I name you “prosperity”
You are “money”

When you speak, you infuse the energy into the candle for the magical purpose. The way in which the candle is used varies based on many factors. Typically the candle is anointed on both ends towards the center (attraction) or center outward (banishing).

Additional power can come from dried herbs that you roll the candle toward you (attraction) or away from you (banishing).

Hollow out the bottom, put small piece of the herb or oil and seal with wax.

Candle can be notched into sections. Each section marks off one hour or one day. Candle can build up energy. Direct energy at an event. The manifestation happens after the last notch has burned (if 7 notches for 7 days, then the manifestation happens on the 8th day).

Candle is the key or the physical link to the influence and point of focus for the power of your mind. These are tools. By themselves, they have no magical ability. They help focus your mind.

Burn only candles of wax, not from the killing of an animal. Beeswax is acceptable because it doesn’t involve killing animals.

Trim wick to about an 1/8th inch.

Freeze candles for an hour to prevent dripping. After freezing them no more then overnight.

Offertory candles are spell candles.
Altar candles (working candles) are one or two white candles when you perform candle magic which are always lit before doing the candle magic. These can be place in the corners in the back of the altar.
Astral candles are the ones that represent the petitioner. See list above.
Day candles can be used in any spell to give more power and focus

Mandatory Steps

  1. Collect materials for spell
  2. Ground and center (tap into energy from earth or universe)
  3. Cast circle
  4. May call in Quarters
  5. Call in a specific deity that associates with that characteristic. God and Goddess do not need to be there unless you are actively using their support
  6. Do spell
  7. Leave an offering for gods and goddesses (24 hours on altar). Clearly communicate that it is for the god or goddess.
  8. Dismiss, open circle, ground (eat food)

Incense
Wisp of one’s magic. The flux of the thoughts, the medium of the mind, shaping and reshaping of consciousness. Rising and dispersing of smoke has magic. Substance and environment for one’s thoughts to materialize. Provides vehicle or propulsion by which one can transmit into the astral dimension. The magical use of incense:
Conditions the mind by stimulating smell
Draws spirits through magical associations and astral connections
Raises or lifts energy of the spell up to the ether (astral plane)

Memory pathways are created by the sense of the incense. Advantage is that specific scents can invoke previous states of consciousness because you’ve imprinted that into your mind. Type of incense burned must correspond to the nature of the magical work being done. For example, love spells incorporate incense of Venus. Drawing on various sources of power contributes to building up a significant energy charge without depleting your own energy. Incense can be used to add power to candles. Passing the candle 3 times in a clockwise manner through the smoke helps to create the alignment in your mind of the corresponding powers upon whose aid your are calling.

Oils
Similar to incense because of the sense of smell. In addition and more importantly, they have the ability to hold magical charges for long periods of time. When an object is anointed with charged oils, it becomes charged as well — contagion magic. Example: Sugar sweetens whatever it is in. It has a lesser thing, but has a profound effect on the great thing.

Candles are anointed with oil. Concentration of the intention is the most important point of contagion magic.

Oils add power to the spell. The spellcaster as well as the candles should be anointed if it is appropriate to the spell. Example: Anoint a green candle AND your pulse points on your wrists and neck. As a witch, you should have on hand a variety of oils for a later use previously charged. This helps if you are physically or energetically tired. Oils can aid in increasing power. Do not store in sunlight because sunlight can weaken the power in the oil.

Herb cabinet
Herbs (with date because they only last about a year/year and a half)
Oils
Feathers
Parchment paper

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Week 39 – Chanting

May 9, 2011 at 5:00 am (Uncategorized)

Chanting

Chanting influences the mind: gives rational part something to do keeping it out of the way so that the intuitive mind can do work.

Enchant means to bring your energy to the object (person, place, or thing). Chanting used in many different religions and cultures. Pagan chanting draws on entire musical history of chanting. Learn through oral traditions. Can have musical accompaniment. Chanting used to raise and direct power. In paganism, used for magical spells and celebratory rituals.  The regular rhythm engages the regular mind in relaxing while energizing the intuitive mind. With time, the repetition builds up, not just raising energy, but producing profoundly altered states of consciousness. Can be performed for hours at a time. For solitary practitioner, can create mystical mood in the absence of others. Others use prerecorded chanting while they work. For a group, it unifies the members into a “group mind” out of the individual line. Melodic chant with a harmonizing line are best. Evoke natural cycles, human-divine connections, etc. Single melodic line can be done by one person or a group, which can build more energy than with one person. Chant raises power through (energy manipulation through repetition and intensity).

Chant can be used to heal someone in the middle of the group or passed hand to hand during chant. Circle or spiral around the subject moving clockwise for attraction and counter-clockwise for banishment. The performance raises and directs the purpose of the chant. Raise, guide, and sending through different chants or by varied intensities. Gradually increase speed and volume to increase the intensity. Takes practice especially to sense when it’s right to release it. Raise the speed and volume to a peak and stop suddenly to release the spell. Can add a gesture like hands into the air or at a person to release and send the energy.

A brief magical composition in between speaking and singing, although it can be just spoken. If it’s performed by multiple people at the same time, it’s performed by everyone in the same way. It can be in a round, subdivided into parts and the performers can also be subdivided. A chant is the ultimate exchange of quality over quantity. An effective chant can be as short as one syllable (Om).

Short 12-16 words, Medium 20-36, Long 50-65 words.

Repetition
Sounds repeat through alliteration, assonance, consonance, rhyme. Not all rhyme, though. Words, phrases may occur and reoccur. Consider magick number. Celtic = 3, Native American = 4 sets.

Rhythm
Strong rhythm is necessary. Performers will stumble over a poor rhythmic chant. One good line,

Brevity, repetition, and rhythm facilitate both condensation of energy and ease of learning. Ideally, listeners should be able to learn the chant after hearing it only a few times.

Free verse or prose-style rely on alliteration, refrains and rhythm without rhymes.

We go down to the cave
Bravely climbing, gravely chanting
We go down, we go down
Earth swallows us, water wets us
Magic awaits us
Down in the cave

Sound echoes with the “w” and “ave” sounds
“We go down” repeats
Parallel phrases “Bravely climbing, gravely chanting” and “Earth swallows us, water wets us, Magic awaits us”
Rhythm changes and descends towards calm helping chanters descent into spiritual space.

Call-and-response
Lines from leader and/or audience may rhyme. Repetition makes it easier to remember. Focus on polarity. Write down key words into “leader” and “audience” columns. Rearrange order. Check for quality of sounds.

[Leader]
Come whirlwind Mama
[Audience]
Thus we do call
[Leader]
Oya of the storms
[Audience]
So say we all

Overall Steps

  • Composing a chant is all about creating the right sounds
  • Create free verse at top of page
  • Write about topic: What does it mean? Goals? Hope to accomplish? Associations?
  • Refine what you have. Look for one or two lines that best define what you want. If not, synonyms that might work?
  • Pick the line and repeat it a few times.
  • Use active verbs and vivid nouns. Be specific rather than general.
  • Don’t need to follow grammar. Get rid of words that get in the way.
  • READ CHANT OUT LOUD. It should get smoother and more compelling as you go along. It’s ready when you want nothing more than to start chanting it. It will hum with energy.

Poetic form

  • Research colors, stones, deities, ideas, times of day
  • Alphabetize for alliteration and assonance
  • Sort by syllable count and stress patterns
  • See if some phrases naturally point to other phrases
  • Fit into form and connect with additional words as needed.
  • 1 or 2 ideas per line only.
  • Repeating a great line is preferable to creating a mediocre line.
  • Stick to the form of poetry.
  • READ ALOUD. Smooth it out with better words and rhythms.
  • Rhyming dictionaries help; near-rhymes work well.
  • Check revised version against the poetic form. Decide if they matter enough.

Homework:
Compose two chants.

  • Raising energy. Figure out subject of spell.
  • Call-and-response.

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Week 38 – Spell Working

May 9, 2011 at 4:21 am (Uncategorized)

Spell Working

Magical composition that the caster’s will can use at her wish. Spellcraft holds great power and is like a wrench in that it’s something we can use for leverage. Must know what you’re about to do before doing anything. Keep records of success and failures. Choose goals wisely and take responsibility. Desire drives a spell providing much of the direction for your spell. Writing your own spell is the best because it reflects your needs and wants. Casting the spell yourself is also preferred because it is driven by your desires. You can ask someone to team up for group spells if you need their expertise.

First step: Identify desire. Example, new job. If you focus on money only, then the other conditions might not play out the way you want it to. Include as many conditions as you can to gain what it is that you really want. You need to know yourself well enough to be able to clearly identify what it is that you really want.

Second: Say what you mean. Magick lives in the will, but is moved with the words. Witches must be careful with spells because the meanings will be followed more precisely by the Universe. Saying something casually might undermine what your spell. The more honest you are and the more accurate you are will make the spell more powerful with a tighter focus. Positive expressions work better (Wind blow gently) than negative phrasings (Wind do no harm). The Universe does not understand negatives well. Say what you want, not what you don’t want. A spell needs precision and accuracy just like that of a computer program. Say what you mean and nothing you don’t mean. Everything will happen in the spell whether you want it to or not. Use phrases as safety nets to prevent for backlashes. Example, “At the end of the moon, if energy from this spell lingers outside its goal, it shall return to earth with harm to none.” “If it be for the good of all…,” “Give me what I ask for or equivalent or better.”

Casters use their will to affect reality. Spell refers to the words of the spell or the incantation.

3 parts of a spell:

  1. Verbal (Written or spoken words)
  2. Active (gestures and motions)
  3. Materials (supplies)

Most are complex interactions of the three parts.
Hard to write a good incantation without knowing what else is going on within the spell (action and materials). You can put those into the verbal portion.
Like a play: Incantation (dialogue), Action (stage directions), materials (props), caster (director)

Verbal parts of a spell define a spell’s purpose and direct its energy in a detailed and specific way. Must decide what kind of incantation you want. May have one verbal component with different incantations: Stone, herb, and rune in a spell bag.

Prose can be formal or informal. Poetry works with short or medium incantations. Write it so that you are not stumbling over your words, so practice it to make sure that it is smooth. Write out what you want in plain speech first, how you want it to happen. Make it so specific that it is reflecting truly what you wish. Check meanings of words with dictionaries. Add safety catch phrases to make sure that it has no harm. Look up correspondences for colors, moon phases, plants, days of the week. Change, healing, love, prosperity, success.

Communication
Deal in information: conversation, divination inspiration, and telepathy. Verbal component is important. Tarot is a divination tool that can emphasize what you want using specific cards.
Colors: Yellow and blues.
Stones: Azurite, celestite, sapphire, topaz, and turquoise.
Plants: Amber, honeysuckle, lemon, and spearmint.

Change
Personal growth, travel, transformation. Spans motion. Use gestures and actions. Work well with lunar magick.
Colors: indigo, magenta, and purple
Stones: Alexandrite, geodes of any kind, and moonstone
Plants: clove, myrrh, willow

Healing
Affects body and mind for health maintenance, longevity, recovery from illness, and tranquility. Balance different components. Poppets and herbs often used.
Colors: green, blue, and pink
Stones: amethyst, aventurine, celestite, malachite, rose quartz, and sodalite
Plants: Bay laurel, gardenia, honeysuckle, pajoulie, sage, thyme, witch hazel, and yarrow.

Love
Relate to matters of family, fertility, friendship, and romance. Include benevolent bindings and other sympathetic magick. Waxing or full moon
Colors: red, orange, and pink
Stones: agate, carnelian, diamond, geodes, lapis, rose quartz
Plants: clove, gardenia, nutmeg, orange, and rose

Protection
Passive or active. Concerned with banishing, binding, purification, and warding. Waning or dark moon
Colors: Black, white, red, and brown
Stones: Aquamarine, carnelian, diamond, garnet, hematite, onyx, and turquoise
Plants: Bay laurel, dragon’s blood, holly, rose, and yarrow

Success
Attractive spells. Courage, justice, luck, prosperity, security, and strength. Waxing or full moon.
Colors: Red, green, gold, and purple
Stones: Aventurine, blood stone, chrysoprase, jade, opal, and tiger’s eye
Plants: Bay laurel, cinnamon, clover, ginger

Composing the moving parts of a spell
Handling more than just words and need to attend to the actions and materials of the spell. when writing a complex composition, you can choose the order. Have a clear ending in mind lest you might get stuck. Write an outline first, then your incantation, however might limit the incantation. If you write the incantation first, then write everything around it. This strengthens the incantation, but you might not know what materials you’re using, which might then need to change the incantation. However, if you have a strong part of the spell that comes to you, try just starting there. Write it down right away so that you don’t lose the power that came with it.

General Steps for Writing a Spell

  1. Determine topic of your spell
  2. Choose a style that suits your topic and available resources
  3. Symbols and correspondences you want to use. Look in reference books for gestures, runes, stones, herbs, etc.
  4. Consider what things you find personally meaningful, can be more powerful than what books are saying. What works for you specifically is most important overall.
  5. Gradually, shape a beginning, middle, and end for your casting. Figure out where you want the incantations to go, when you want to perform the actions, and how you want to use the materials. Can do magick without a circle or altar, but they boost the power and should be used whenever possible. Putting up a circle – beginning, taking circle down – ending of the spell.
  6. Take it one step at a time.

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