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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Week 37 – Herstory: Paganism from Pre-historic through Today

February 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm (Uncategorized)

*No new information from Weeks 33-36

Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Italy are origins of pagan stories. Predated Celtic traditions by about 1000 years or so. In Celtic lands, Druids taught traditions (indigenous/foreign). Pagan traditions originated neolithic great Goddess traditions, not Indo-European (old Europe – Greece, East Europe). 7000-3500 BCE ancient matrifocal cult of the great goddess and her consort the horned god. People of this ancient region were referred to as pre-Indo-European culture, matrilineal, peaceful, agricultural, and sedentary. Foundations of ancient mysteries were created here.  Lewis Spence Mysteries of Europe says that Celts got it from native Britain and Early Mediterranean travelers of the Stone and Bronze Age shared the “Cult of the Dead.” Iron Age: Britain becomes isolated resulting in transformed beliefs unique to Celtic people. Old Religion spread West from Southern Europe from 4500 BCE, icons from Spain and France (from Matrifocal cult of Mediterranean region). By 3000 BCE, people from Mediterranean (Spain and Britannia) settled in hills of England carrying with them the religion of Old Europe. The Cult of the Dead or Spirits of the Dead having festivals in October/November still have festivals in Southern Europe. People of Sicily settled in Ireland and created tombs. These are the people in the parthenon Irish Myth.

700-500 BCE Celts invade England. Celts are initially afraid of Sidhe (fairies). Celts had no temples prior to Gallo-Roman period. They performed their ceremonies in forest sanctuaries under the guidance of the Druids who had become their religious leaders. Druid means knowing or finding the Oak tree. Associated with practicing in the woods. After the influence of the Romans, Celt erected pagan temples, which have been unearthed. Celts were the first defined people to form a distinctive culture in the European territories north of the Alps. Prior to the middle of the first millennium, they were completely unknown to the civilized world of the Mediterranean. They were eventually classified among the Greeks as the largest number of barbarian people. Can trace origin of Celts culture to the Bronze Age Tumulus  which reach its peak in 1200BCE. They are not known until 7th, 6th centuries BCE. History of the old religion extends back into the hunter/gather groups. Roots of paganism dates back to Ice Age with paintings on caves. Becomes more recognizable during the agricultural movements. When hunter/gatherers became more agricultural, they brought deities of the forest and those transformed into gods of the pasture, farm, and harvest. Gods of the forest became gods of the harvest.

Early ancestors worshiped a great goddess who personified mysteries of women. To menstruate and give birth was something that was in awe. Women separated from men because of these traits and became the leaders of communities. This was also done to escape from men’s sexual desires as well as to be supportive of each other during birth. They passed on knowledges of herbs for birthing and other life experiences, and men were not exposed to these knowledges. Women created the taboo system, which are eventually co-opted under patriarchal rule. Men recreate that as things they have to avoid, fear, and dread. These times made it so that sexual intercourse was not possible and caused women great pain. Negative images develop and oppress women by describing them as unclean and contaminated.

Men sought an understanding of their own relevance, which was a slow process. Majority of men were elders and lamed hunters, left behind, and were taught by the female shamans. They become the priesthood of paganism and challenge the structure of matrilineal descent and its supremacy of its concepts. Great Mother image remains even in the shift to a patriarchal religion, examples Mother Mary, Mother Church. Mother figure is the strongest and most lasting image of the human experience. Mothers brought humans out and into the agricultural society. Neolithic art 6500 BCE show mother and horned deities. Widespread matrifocal cult among people of Old Europe. Ancient culture contains origins of Wicca/Paganism.

Cultural roots of Old Religion go back to early tribal groups of humanity. Founded upon the laws of nature. Storms and earthquakes rooted in beings or gods greater than themselves. Craft legends are full of stories in which gods interact with humankind. Evidence to support early interactions with some advanced beings with early tribes that could have brought about Old Religion. Stonehenge and Nasga Plains. Lemuria and Atlantis are representative of the fall of the humankind through the first and second ages. Women directed religious practices because men were in awe of birth. When men realized their role in conception, they began to take power in religion. Great Mother Goddess was earliest of deity forms. Goddess centered art with absence of war and male domination reflects a social order in which women as head of clans or queen priestesses played a central part. The great goddess cult of Europe began decline 4300 BCE and ended 2500 BCE. Religion functioned as a blend of matrifocal and Indo-European practices. In S and West Europe, resistance held out much longer, which is why the Streghe of Italy was around after that and is present today. As humans began to construct cities, solar and lunar philosophies grew apart. The controlling rule making aspects of the solar philosophies appeared better able to subdue enemies than intuitive aspects of the lunar philosophies.

Two separate pagan philosophies form (solar = men and lunar = women). Solar eventually wins out causing the lunar to be outlawed. Lunar cults practice away from cities in secrets. Forests become temples for worship. Hearts of people go with Goddess in the Lunar way. Witch cult and other mystery traditions flourish until 4th century CE when early Christians looted pagan temples preventing rites to be performed. 324 CE Emperor Constantine decreed Christianity as official religion of Roman Empire. Pagan temples destroyed or converted into Christian churches. The pagan rituals were absorbed into Christian religion, leaving them in the shadows to perform the seasonal rites. Villagers and town folks still sought out the local witch. Tuscany was a strong center for paganism, but eventually falls. All survivals of pagan belief were condemned as demonic and suppressed. Synod of Roman 743 CE outlawed any offerings to pagan gods or spirits. Synod of Paris 829 CE advocated death of pagans. Earliest trial carrying death penalty 1022 CE in Orleans France. Execution of witches occurred as early as 1100s but became acceptable 1300s. Early example of secular persecution was the Normal King of the Two Sicilies, Roger II. He stated that the concoction of love potions was a crime. Although witchcraft was officially a punishable crime in 13th century, witchcraze didn’t hit until early 15th century. Papal Bulls like the one issued by Innocent VIII in 1484 turned persecution of witches into an epidemic. Numbers of dead total in the millions. In 1951, England repeals last of anti-witch laws. Revival emerges. 1954 and 1959 Gerald Gardner Witchcraft Today and Meaning of Witchcraft which revealed much of the Italian aspects of witchcraft. Aradia appears in the English system with original Italian script with the Charge of the Goddess. Charles Leland and James Frazer influence Gardner. Leland studied Italian witchcraft in late 1800s. Frazer studies magick and religion. Both were published. Leland wrote Aradia: Gospel of the Witches and Etruscan Magic and Occult Remedies. Frazer wrote Golden Bough, which was a standard in the field. Ceremonial practices skyclad and practicing magic/rituals precedes Gardner and is found in Leland’s Aradia. Gardner brought Wicca to the US and made it more prevalent. 1980s saw significant changes. New Age philosophy opened doors for Wicca and book publications. Lots of divergent thinking around Wicca. Many of the older practitioners use “witch” instead of “Wiccan” to describe themselves, where they once referred to themselves as “Wiccans” because of the stigma. Those who considered themselves “true to the path” called themselves “witches” following ancient rituals and practices. They had a mentality and spirituality that they protected including keys and roots. Protecting the Tree of Life.

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Week 32 – Telekinetic Enhancer

February 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm (Uncategorized)

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Week 31 – Yule Ritual

February 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm (Uncategorized)

The God is reborn on this day making the sun grow in strength after this, the shortest day of sunlight. Yule comes from the pagan Scandinavian word “Jul.” This is a day to welcome the growth of the sun. The Oak King and Holly King meet once again for their battle to see who will govern the next half of the year. The Oak King beats the Holly King. After paying well deserved respect to the Holly King, the Oak King takes over for the light half of the year until Litha (summer solstice).

The Oak King

The Holly King

“Santa Claus” is modeled after the Holly King.

Saturnalia
The Romans had a celebration that occurred every December 25th. The parties were quite boisterous with drinking, celebrating, and let’s just say “adult” activities. In any case, in the 4th century the Christian church decided that in order to dilute this holiday, they would have their own celebrations on this day celebrating the birth of the Son of God, Jesus, and in turn, changing the entire nature of the holiday to make it more socially conservative. Christmas as a day of celebration ebbs and flows throughout history. It doesn’t become a holiday in North America until the 1800’s. Decorating trees is not associated with Christmas until then, as well. The phrase “Merry Christmas” becomes popular after Charles Dickens releases “A Christmas Carol.”

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Week 30 – Grey Magick (Continued)

February 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm (Uncategorized)

Grey Magick (continued)
If you receive a “slap” three times and you know it’s truly coming at you, then it’s time to do a deflective spell aimed at the specific person (known or unknown) who is sending it at you.

“Do as you will, an harm none, lest it be in self defense.”

Universal Language
It is important in grey magick to use words that will not kill a person. The point is to hit the person, not kill them. The universe take the path of least resistance, so wording is key in any spell. Just saying “with harm to none” will not make it safe. Specifics are crucial.
What do you want it to?
What are the results you want?
Who is the individual?
If you don’t know the individual, can you be specific enough so that it goes only to the individual?

Do not use:
Don’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t, won’t 
The universe does not recognize these words and will turn the sentence you are using in the affirmative. “Don’t affect” becomes “Do affect”.
Explanatory descriptions like “I’m doing this spell so…”
Use sentences that are direct like “Bind Joe’s actions”
Wording that binds the person. Bind the ACTIONS of the person.

What materials do you need for the spell?

Homework:
Write a binding spell about a person who is committing child abuse. Research phases of moon, days of the week, candle colors, and materials needed as well as writing the spell.

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Week 29 – Spirit Board & Grey Magick

February 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm (Uncategorized)

*No new information for Week 28.

Spirit Board
Cast circle
Solid line (bead) of salt around spirit board
Call to spirit guide to protect against malevolent energies
Place God and Goddess fingers (index and middle fingers) on planchet very lightly side to side on the spirit board. Planchet might need some assistance to get moving initially, but the spirit you are communicating with will take over. Move the planchet in a circular motion around the board and let the spirit direct you to the answer on the board. If you do not get an answer, it’s possible that the spirit does not want to give you the answer. In other words, it’s up to you to find out the answer on your own in your life.

Grey Magick
There is karmic consequence using this type of magick. Karma weighs the offense against the reason for the offense.

If you have done something that Universal Law says that you should not do but had no other recourse through the mundane plane, Karma will “hit” you three times.
Is someone being physically hurt?
Do I know where this is coming from and who is doing this?
Can I resolve this on the mundane level through communication?
Can I resolve this through legal matters?
If no other path is possible, then magick can be used, but not without consequence.

Type 1
Sends back to the originator all that is being sent to you. This comes with a purpose of “hitting” that person through the deflection. This is different than just deflective magick. Simple deflection magick will not stop things that are purposefully directed at you, though.

Type 2
Binding actions of another individual.

You cannot do this kind of magick for someone else. You need to have the emotion involved so this is the reason why you cannot stop their actions.

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Week 27 – Book of Shadows, Divination

November 17, 2010 at 5:10 am (Uncategorized)

Book of Shadows Sections
Informational, instructional, magickal

  1. Dedication
  2. Blessing to God and Goddess
  3. Pagan Rede
  4. Goddess Blessing
  5. Chants
  6. Witch’s Rune
  7. Pentagram Page (show invoke and banish for each direction)
  8. Witch’s Alphabet
  9. Norse Runes
  10. Sabbats starting with Samhain
    Samhain
    Samhain ritual, Samhain prayer, Samhain fire, Talking with the Dead, Offering for the Dead
    Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh (Lammas), Mabon
  11. Associations and Correspondences
    Colors, Planets and Metals, Astrology, Numbers
  12. Tag Locks
  13. Divination
    Crystal ball, Pendulum, Magic Mirror, Fire and smoke (candle work), Tarot, Spirit board, Runes, Water divination, Geomancy
  14. Herbs
  15. Formulary
    Oils, inks, water, incenses
  16. Medicinal Herbs
  17. Chants
  18. Spells

Planets and Metals
Sun = Gold
Moon  = Silver
Mercury = Mercury and zinc
Venus = Copper
Mars = Iron
Jupiter = Tin
Saturn = Lead

Numbers
1 = Unity, number of the Creator, and Divine
2 = Happiness, love, balance, duality, the act of creation, and generation
3 = Supreme magick number of power, successful prophecy, successful culmination to the creative act (end result of your actions)
4 = Stability, Challenge, death (Native American), danger (Eastern)
5 = Protection in semitic magick, instability and havoc in following the Golden Dawn (the path you’re following), adventure
6 = Love, romance, and successful acquisition
7 = Magick number of power, epitomizes magick (Seven Seas, Seven Stars, Seven Archangels, Seven Devils), protection, success, reversing and cleansing spells
8 = Infinite, eternity and success
9 = Supreme magick number of power (3×3), protection, success, reversing and cleansing spells, achievement, accomplishment, finality, ultimate expression

Tag Locks
Very powerful items, can suffice for having the person with you, correspond to all three magicks (white, grey, and black)
Hair, nails, cigarette butts, used chewing gum, tissue used to nose or glasses, paper towels used for hands, napkin for mouth, plastic ware that was used including paper cups, discarded piece of paper from the subject, dirt from their shoes

Divination
Runes
Alphabet of Odin – According to the Eddes, the poetic saga of the Norse Gods, the Runic Alphabet was a gift from the great Father God, Odin. Rune means “whisper” or “secret wisdom.” From the Eddes: Odin hangs upside-down for nine nights upon the World Tree.  He is wounded and without food and drink. He sees a reflection of the Runes below. The Runes originated around 200 BCE as magickal symbols engraved in stone. They were developed into the first alphabet. The Elder Futhark. 24 characters. Many permutations created variants including the older and younger Futhark. Eventually the 16 character version became the most common. Go through each rune, have a journal so that you can write what your impressions are for each rune.

  • Reading Runes
    Have a question. Mix them up in a pouch, pour them out, and the ones that are face up are the ones that you use to read your message.

Crystal Ball
Can be totally clear, but sometimes those with natural occlusions can be easier. Light a black candle six inches behind the crystal ball. Ground and center yourself. Take three deep, slow breaths with eyes closed. Open eyes and use “diffused” sight for images that are found through the crystal. Allow for time and it will take effort. Burning mugwort can help. Cleanse (in sunlight for an hour), charge (in moon for an hour) and consecrate the crystal ball while it has black cloth on it. It should be covered whenever it is in storage. Do not share the crystal ball or you will have to cleanse, charge, and consecrate it every time.

Pendulum Scrying
Let the pendulum choose you. You need to become familiar with your pendulum. Ground and center. Sense how the pendulum feels, and connect with it. Connect by putting it in your dominant hand. Call in your spirit guide specifically. “Show me yes.” “Show me no.” If you’re not shown an answer, put it down and go back to it later. Focus deeply on your question while holding the end of the chain. When ready, be specific and as your question. Spirit will move the pendulum to show your answer. If no answer, you’re meant to search for that answer yourself. Always thank your spirit guide every time you get an answer (even if no answer is the answer).

Magick Mirror (Scrying Mirror)
Black, concave mirror (round or square). Ground and center. Burning mugwort helps open the third eye. The mirror should stand up; never let it lie down. Light a black candle. Set it to the right side of the mirror. Don’t allow it to reflect in the mirror. Take three deep, slow breaths with eyes closed. When ready, open eyes, gaze into mirror, see reflection, look into and through the eyes of your reflection. Allow yourself to go deeper into the void behind your eyes behind the reflection. Images may begin to emerge and become clearer as you continue. Always thank spirit when you are done. When no more images seem to be appearing, write it all down and figure out what it might mean.

Fire and Smoke (Candle Work)
Look at the fire and smoke for images. Incense smoke can also be used.

Tarot
Numerous books and authors. As with the pendulum, you must form a relationship with the deck, which will help make you more proficient at reading it. Go through each card, have a tarot journal so that you can write what your impressions are for each card. After listing your own impressions, then read what the author says. Must have physical contact every day, even if it’s just to shuffle the deck. Once initial bond is set, you can make contact once a week or so to maintain the bond.

Spirit Board (Ouija Board)
If you make your own, your energy will be in it. Protection must be used to keep out unwanted spirits. Consecrate your board. Prepare the space by saging it and your space. Light three white candles and place them around the upper rim of your board. Call in your spirit guide. Ask your guide to keep all malevolent spirit from coming into the room and the board. Ask them to prevent them from entering the portal you will open. Encircle the table, board, and you with an unbroken circle of sea salt. Ground and center. Begin opening mind’s eye. See your guide at the portal and ready as you’ve requested him/her to be. Request for safety while you are divining. Gently place God and Goddess fingers from each hand on the planchet. Ask your question or call forth a particular spirit that you’d like to converse with. The Universal Spirit is the one that will give answers. Don’t ask your guide to answer the questions. Thank and release your guide. Remove salt and sage the area allowing the smoke to go out through a window opening.

Water Divination
Have a black bowl filled with water. Light with mugwort. Ground and center. Breathe deeply with eyes closed. Open eyes and with diffused vision, look through the water and see images. As with mirror and crystal scrying, this is a portal. See the water as endless. Mist might form and move towards the center. Images may come at that point. Do “automatic writing” which is something you do without looking at the paper.

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