Knots of Love Binding Spell

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This spell is best used when two people are already in love. I don’t recommend this spell to bind people against their will, especially in the case of a separation or divorce. Items needed: One 9” length of red cord, photographs of you and the one you desire, two red candles, and a red cloth pouch large enough to hold …

Knot magick

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Knot magick, sometimes referred to as cord magick, relies mainly on the powers of concentration and visualization. The cord and tying of the knots are points of focus that will link the thought-form to the individual or situation and bind it, or hold it in position. This type of magick is used to stop a person from harming him or …

Knot

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The knot is a symbol of linking, bonding, or the connection to protective powers. The Egyptians used the knot to symbolize life and immortality. The Isis knot, which resembles an ankh with its arms at its sides, was widely used as an amulet of binding and release. It represented the ability to hold the power of magick until it was …

Key

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The key is symbolic of the power to open and the power to lock. This concept is displayed in the symbol of the dove and the key, signifying the spirit that opens the gates of heaven. In Roman mythology, Janus, the god of doors and new beginnings, was generally represented by a doorkeeper’s staff and key. The goddess Hecate was …

A Spell for Confidence and Courage

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Use this spell whenever you need for self-confidence, self-esteem, or the courage to handle a difficult situation. Items needed: One opal pendant and one red candle. Relax and let go of your fears and tensions. Take several deep breaths and then light the candle. Pick up the opal pendant, hold it in your hands, and feel the power that emanates …

Jewels

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Magickally, jewels and gems are associated with spiritual truths due to their innate talismanic attributes. Like all natural substances, gemstones contain an energy or life force of their own. The color, shape, and size of the stone are what determine its magickal value. For example, because of its red color and association with fire and the planet Mars, the ruby …

Incense

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Incense, like music, speaks without words to the conscious mind. It stirs the emotions as it brings back memories of things, events, places, and people long since forgotten. Because of its evocative nature, incense has always played an important role in both religion and magick. Priests and magicians have long believed that the burning of incense will attract higher spiritual …

Sand and Ice Love Spell

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If you feel the one you love is not responding as he or she should, use this spell to get things going. You will need a flat container of finely grained sand (please do not use cat litter). Several hours before you plan to perform this spell, freeze a fresh red rose in a container filled with water. Begin this …

A Spell to Freeze Your Enemy

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Use this spell to stop or impede an adversary or irritating person who will not take no for an answer. Items needed: One small opaque container, a bottle of Tabasco sauce, and a picture of or handwriting from the person you want to stop. Place the picture or handwriting at the bottom of the container. Sprinkle some of the Tabasco …

Ice

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Given that water is symbolic of potential, swift movement, and the ability to nurture, it only stands to reason that ice be given symbolic jurisdiction as well. Water flows, promotes growth, responds to our needs, and is one of the four elements required for survival. With magick, water is used to attract love, encourage healing, and advance transition. Ice, on …

How To Make A Hex Sign

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Be sure you have all the tools you will need to complete the sign you have designed or found. If you are doing an original drawing, plan it out first on a blank piece of paper. Be sure that the picture will represent the result you desire. On a round disk of wood or metal, draw out the hex sign. …

Hex

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The term hex comes from Early American Folk belief, and implies the use of magick to hurt or harm another person’s body, family, or property. The hex was usually cast by a hex-doctor or sorcerer, who used deep concentration and symbolic imaginary to affect his or her target. Although the hex is considered to be an evil curse or black …

All-Purpose Healing Amulet

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Items Needed: Green cloth pouch, red cloth paint or marker, and a pinch of each of the following herbs: Garlic Eucalyptus Cinnamon Sage Lay the pouch on a hard surface and smooth out all the wrinkles. Using the red cloth paint or marker, draw the following “healing symbol” on the pouch. When the paint is dry, fill the pouch with …

Herb Love Spell

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This spell will give your new romance a kick-start. As the plant grows, so will the love and affection between you and the one you desire. Items needed: One small basil plant, earth, one rose quartz crystal, and a red flower pot. Write your name and the name of the one you desire on the front of the pot. Just …

Herb Protection Pouch

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Use this spell to protect your property or a loved one you may feel is in danger. Items needed. One black candle, one small stone from a cemetery, black cloth pouch filled with a pinch of each of the following herbs and plants: Vervain Wormwood Thyme Oak bark Spanish moss On the night of the dark moon go into the …

The Urban Herb Garden

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The Window Box Even the city apartment dweller has room for herbs. Take clutter off the kitchen windowsill and replace it with an attractive planter, filled with fresh, growing herbs. The following herbs and small plants are attractive and easy to grow, and are the staples of most love spells. Window Box for Love and Attraction Basil Violets Parsley Rose …

Herbs

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Herbs provide us with an abundance of medicinal, as well as magickal substances. Most herbs are easily grown and cared for, because in reality they are weeds. Herbs will grow in the shade, in between rocks, thrive in sandy soil, and can go for long periods of time without water. Once planted, herbs return year after year and serve as …

Hair

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Hair represents strength and energy. Early Christians shaved their heads to show their devotion to the religion. In some cultures, it is seen as an act of purity to have all body hair removed before marriage. In the Middle Ages, cutting a person’s hair had symbolic value judicially and was done to dishonor the law breaker. In cultures where magick …

Spell for Wisdom and Truth

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This spell will help you find the happiness that comes from wisdom and truth. On the first Sunday after the new moon, inscribe a small circle in the earth. In the center of the circle draw the following symbol: Place a small gold candle on top of the symbol and arrange nine apple seeds evenly around it in a circle. …

Gypsy Protection Spell

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The Gypsies placed great value in the power of cards. This simple spell was used to protect the family from those wishing them harm. On the face side of the ace of spades, the person’s name is written in red ink. On top of this, place a black candle and three black crow feathers. At midnight, before the moon turns …

Golem

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Most magicians are familiar with the legend of the Golem,a figure made of clay and wood that was brought to life through a process discovered by Rabbi Yehuda Low. According to Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, the formula for creating a Golem was found in the Sefer Yetsirah, a theory of creation derived from the first 10 numbers and 22 letters of the …

Glyph

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In Witchcraft and magick, glyph is a term used to describe a powerful symbol that represents a person, place, or thing. When the glyph is consecrated, and/or acted upon, it can ward off psychic attack, illness, and bad luck. Most glyphs are a combination of an individual’s name and birth date. These are inscribed upon a piece of parchment with …

Incenses and Fragrances based on the Element of Fire

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Allspice (money, luck) Wear allspice oil to increase luck, especially when gambling. Allspice is added to incense to attract money. Basil (love, wealth, protection) Add basil to food, or sprinkle around the house to attract love. Carry basil in a pouch to attract money and wealth. Make a wreath of basil tied with red and black ribbon for protection. Carnation …

Fire

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In the practice of magick, the element of fire relates to the South, the realm of energy and power. The potential of this element is expressed in the crackling flames of fire, lustful passions, or disciplines requiring strenuous endeavour. The element of fire promotes transformation and purification. Fire is the life-giving generative power of the sun. From fire, we receive …

Fairy Garden Money Spell

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Gardens, especially ones designed with a purpose, will attract good fairies, gnomes, and all manner of beneficial creatures. Cultivate a nine-foot circular patch of earth. Around the perimeter, place small stones and crystals. In the centre of the circle place a stone garden gnome. Around the gnome, plant a mixture of marigolds and clover. Each day, spend some time with …

Fairy Wishing Spell

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For this spell, you will need a small white birthday candle, a silver coin, seven moon cookies (sugar cookies cut into crescent moons), and a secluded wooded area where you can be alone. As you walk through the woods, keep a close eye out for Fairy circles, small circular areas surrounded by inedible red fungi with white spots. It is …

Fairy Magick

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  Because fairies are connected to nature, their spells are usually performed outdoors. A small brook, a secret lily pond, the base of your favourite tree, or a field of wildflowers all make excellent settings for fairy magick. Even large, lush window boxes, overflowing with fragrant herbs and delicate blossoms, can serve as a haven for the wee folk. Fairy …

The Fairy Realm

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Please Scroll Down for Audio Compliment Auki The mountain spirit of Peru who inhabits the high Andes, called upon by the brujos (shamans) to heal the sick. The brujos will call the auki by whistling. The auki will descend, and channel its power through the brujos.   Bogie A frightening goblin of English folklore. The bogie is described as little, …

Fairies

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Please Scroll to the end of the Story for Audio Compliment Fairies are magickal creatures endowed with the powers of shapeshifting and invisibility. They dwell in an invisible kingdom known as middle or lower earth. Often depicted as small humanoid beings with diaphanous wings, they look like tiny angels. However, they are not angels, they are unpredictable, and they can …

Eye

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment The eye is considered to be the primary organ of sense perception. It is closely associated with light, the spirit, and the sun. The eye symbolizes spiritual and mental perception and is considered to be the mirror of the soul, the organ of spiritual and mental expression. The right eye is associated with activity, …

Earth Incense and Fragrance

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment The following herbs, oils, and incense mixtures should be used when doing earth magick. Because herbs are related to earth, their vibrations will enhance all your magickal works, especially those affiliated with the earth element. Honeysuckle (money, protection) Wear honeysuckle oil to attract money. Mix honeysuckle oil with a bit of vervain for protection. …

Ivy Love Spell

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment Use this spell to win the affections of the one you desire if he or she has not returned your feelings of love. In an earthenware pot, plant a fresh cutting of ivy (which represents constant and ever growing love). Braid two lengths of red and green ribbon together. Wind the ribbon around the …

Earth

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment Earth is a physical reality. It symbolically represents both the womb and the grave. Earth is the element that brings forth life and then reclaims it. Magically, earth is viewed as the final outcome, a place where the other elements can physically manifest their nature. Earth is our base of operation, in which we …

Dragon Prosperity Spell

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment This spell is designed to create prosperity. It works best if you have a job and are looking for a pay raise or bonus. Items needed: One large green pillar candle, dragon’s blood incense, incense burner and charcoal, dragon prosperity oil, a green silk pouch, five new coins (a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and …

The dragon

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment The dragon is a fantastic beast that appears in almost every mythological tradition throughout the world. Often depicted as a mix of several different creatures, it represents the four elements of life: air, fire, water, and earth. The dragon has the wings of a bird and is covered with the scales of a fish …

Charm Magick

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment Charm of The Yellow Rose Dab a small amount of your favourite perfume or cologne on a tissue. Take a long-stem yellow rose, and with great feeling and emotion, charm it with the following verse: The stars above, in darkness shine, With light that fills the heavens divine. So bright with radiance our love …

Charms

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment The word charm comes from the French charme, meaning chant or song. In magick, to charm is to physically act upon an object or an individual, compelling it to change its course of action. This is usually accomplished through special rhythmic chants, songs, or music which bring the object or individual under the control …

Black Cat Protection Spell

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment A good spell to ward off the evil intentions of another, block a psychic attack, or turn your luck around. Items needed: One black cat candle, black cat oil (composed of patchouli and frankincense), and a mirror. On the night of the waxing moon, as close to midnight as possible, begin the spell. On …

Candle Love-Binding Spell

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment Use this spell to bind the love of another to you, or to reinforce the qualities of love within an already existing relationship. Items needed: One red candle, one astrologically coloured candle to represent yourself (see chart), and one astrologically coloured candle to represent the one you desire, a picture of yourself and a picture …

Candle Colour Guide

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment Red Courage, strength, survival, One hour power, lust, immediate action. Pink Love, friendship, open the heart, One hour, calm the emotions. Orange Action, attraction, selling, bring Two hours, about desired results. Yellow Communication, selling oneself, Three hours persuasion, attraction. Green Love, fertility, money, luck, health, Four hours, personal goals. Blue Creativity, tranquillity, peace, Three …

Working with Candles

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment The first step in candle magick is to choose a candle whose colour and shape represent your desire. Next, you will have to dress, or energize, the candle. This is done by anointing the entire candle with an appropriate oil. The oil is usually made from a plant or flower that also represents your desire. …

Candles

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment The history of candle burning is as old as humanity itself. It originates from fire worship. Early man was in awe of fire—it warmed him, protected him, and helped him cook his food. The flame of the hearth was guarded carefully, shielded against the ravages of wind and rain. Over time, fire came to represent …

The Crooked Path of the Outcast

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One of the parts of strolling the Crooked Path that is once in a while tended to in books is the feeling of being an untouchable. What we’re discussing is this feeling of being separated, of being distant from everyone else notwithstanding when you’re in a group, notwithstanding when inside a horde of Pagans, you’ll sit separated from them. You …

ATHAME

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The athame is a double-edged knife used to inscribe, or cast, the circle of power onto the earth or floor. It is associated with the element of fire, and it represents strength, power, and the masculine force of nature. Since the athame is a weapon, it also has the power to subdue and banish rebellious entities or spirits. In magick, …

ASTRAL PROJECTION

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Start by selecting a peaceful place and time of the day where you will not be disturbed. Although this exercise can be done in a chair, it is best to lie flat on your back on a firm, but not hard, surface. Next, stretch out and loosen your clothing. Relax. Follow your breath, fixing your consciousness totally on the breathing …

ASTRAL

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The astral plane is the working ground of the magickian, where the truth about all things is revealed. It is the place of angels, demons, and fairies, host to the elemental forces of nature. To the Witch and magickian alike, the astral plane holds the secret of power, the key to the creation of miraculous effects on the physical plane. …

ANIMAL MAGICK

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The following animals all have magickal qualities that can be harnessed in times of need. Choose an animal to work with that best represents a personality characteristic you would like to develop or improve. Bear (introspection, stability, wisdom) The strength of the bear lies in its ability to enter into a state of hibernation. In this state it is able …

ANIMAL

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It has long been believed that humans have a kinship with animals, and that this kinship allows us to draw on their special qualities. When choosing an animal as a totem (a hereditary badge or emblem for a tribe or clan that serves as a personal sacred talisman), you call upon the power of the animal and are drawn into …

AMULET MAGICK

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Ankh The ankh symbol stands for everlasting life and regeneration. The ankh amulet works best when made from wood, metal, or faience. The ankh helps its wearer live life to the fullest degree and is sometimes used for success, as well as for protection. Cross The cross is the primordial sign for the union of opposites: spirit and matter, positive and …

AMULET

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AMULET The amulet is an object that has been left in its virgin state and has been psychically charged with a specific purpose in mind. Amulets are passive in their abilities to communicate energy patterns. Only when their barriers have been crossed do they react or retaliate. For example, the horseshoe that hangs over the door will only bring good …

AIR INCENSE AND FRAGRANCE

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Please Scroll to the end of the Story for Audio Compliment A listing of some of the incenses and fragrances associated with the element of air. Ambergris (love, lust) Wear ambergris to attract love. Mix Ambergris with a small amount of vanilla, burn on the night of the full moon to increase passion. Benzoin (purification, prosperity) Burn benzoin to clear a …

Air Magick / Ballon Magick?

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Items needed: small balloon filled with helium, parchment paper, 6-8” string. Everyone loves balloons. They are like birds, free to float wherever the wind may take them. The idea behind balloon magick is to free your wishes from human bonds so they will have a chance to manifest.The best time to perform balloon magick is on New Year’sEve. Choose the …

AIR MAGICK Knot the Wind

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Please Scroll to the end of the Story for Audio Compliment AIR MAGICK Knot the Wind Items needed: 3’ strand of blue cord Compass. The calling or raising of the wind is a very old magickal process, originally used when the wind was vital for sailing. Witches were reputed to harness the power of the wind in a knotted cord, …

AIR

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Air is symbolically related to breath. It is the subtle realm between the physical and spiritual planes. Air provides us with inspiration, illumination, and the ability to communicate our ideas to others. Air represents new beginnings, the thought process, and creativity. Air helps us to focus and direct energy toward a desired goal. It is our ability to think and …

Introduction to Magick

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Magick is the most vital force in our lives. It gives us personal mastery over our destiny so we are no longer victims of fate. To study magick is to study life, and to understand the concept of controlled coincidence. Things do not happen randomly, but rather in conjunction or answer to a previously set up condition. The past is …

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Casting a Coin in the Well

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment If there is one spell that we like to use above all others in Briar Rose, it is this one. It is an old crafting that was used throughout Britain, though it is best documented in the Silver Bough, a wonderful collection of folklore and practices from Scotland. Traditionally, this was performed at a …

A Crooked Sixpence

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment There are plenty of spells from various witchcraft traditions that use coins, especially silver coins. Even in Hoodoo and Conjure – which are uniquely American traditions borne of the union of European and African folk magic, with a healthy dose of Native American lore for seasoning – you will find that the “Mercury Dime” …

Raising the Flame

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Raising the Flame is an interesting exercise, because it both embodies some key pieces of Lore that are common to many Traditions, and is a great example of Lore being directly “enfleshed” by a Tradition. Whether it is ancient Forge Fire or a simple candle flame, the idea of filling yourself with fire-energy is common to most traditions, but the …

The Fetch

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As if there weren’t enough twists and turns in the Way of the Crafter already, there are at least three distinct things that can be referred to as a Fetch in modern crafting; the Fetch Beast, “fetch-and-carry”, and the “shapeshifter’s skin”. The Fetch-Beast, also known as the Fetch-Wife, has been dealt with elsewhere in this book, and is the Underworld …

Awakening the Altar

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Traditionally, crafters do not use altars in the same way that Wiccans or other religions do. For many spiritual paths, an altar is a combination of shrine and focal point of their worship. But traditional Crafters do not worship the Gods, and if they use an altar table at all, it is more akin to the ceremonial magician’s use of …

Riding the Dragon

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment Many Traditional Crafters have an interesting relationship with dragons. Some see them as archetypes, some as being similar to the Gods, and some see them as living mythical beasts, in a very literal way. It is certainly true that myths and legends involving dragons are central to many of the traditional cultures from which …

Libation

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For a Wiccan, this is “cakes and ale” and is a sharing of food and drink that has a great deal of symbolism and meaning attached to it. For the Traditional Crafter, this goes deeper still. Known most often by its Cornish name of “Houzle”, the coming together of white bread and red wine or dark ale is seen as …

Raising the Cone of Power

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment Raising the Cone of Power is a technique that can be found in the Gardnerian Book of Shadows, Katherine Kurtz’s Lammas Night, and most forms of Traditional Witchcraft. The details may vary, but the overall effect is the same. This is the technique that the Witches of England were said to have used to …

Treading The Mill

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Unlike raising the Cone of Power, this practice is less about raising energy, and more about creating a vortex. Also known as the Widdershins Walk, this is the way to descend to the Wasteland, where we can work directly with our most ancient Ancestors. Craftings involving treading the Mill are generally concerned with moving between the Worlds or opening a …

Laying the Compass

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment For many practitioners of Traditional Witchcraft, the act of preparing the Sacred Space for ritual is known as Laying the Compass. Superficially, it resembles the Wiccan practice of casting circle, but it is done in quite a different way, and for quite different reasons. Before we get into the practicality of this,  it may …

Sacred Space

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Sacred space means different things to different people. So really, the only way I can get around that is to tell you what it means to me. Sacred space is an enclosure we create, if you like, an artificial bubble in mundane reality, inside which we create an environment that is conducive to whatever type of ritual work or crafting …

Root and Crown — The Bilé Tree Turned Upside Down

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Practically anywhere you look within the various indigenous religions of Europe, you will come across the World Tree, and in many religions of other lands too. Whether it is the World Ash, Yggdrasil, the Celtic Bilé Tree, the stang of the Anglo-Saxon Witch, or the Celestial Pole of various traditions, rumoured to originate in the magic and philosophy of Egypt …

The Cycle of Ced and Celi

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment The Quarters and Cross-Quarters can be seen as two sets of overlapping quarters. This has several advantages over the more typical eight-spoked wheel, because it gives a strong sense of the overlap in roles of the various deities, as well as making use of the traditional symbol of the Celtic Rose, which has four …

North-West

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The North-West is the realm of the Wasteland, a very special place that is the gateway to initiation. The guardian of this gateway is the Queen of the Wasteland.

South-East

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The South-East is the direction of the Greenwood, the primal forest of tall trees, lush undergrowth and mossy rock. It is pregnant with potential and throbbing with life. The guardian of this gateway is Morgan le Fey, half-sister of Arthur and one of the four Grail Queens who accompanied him to Avalon.

North-East

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The North-East is a traditional direction from which to enter sacred space, and it is also a place where powerful external forces are at play on the Compass. In the old stone circles of Britain, the North-East is the place where the heel-stone is often found, a single standing stone that sits alone outside the circle proper. It is usually …

Cross-Quarters

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One of the significant differences between Wicca and traditional Witchcraft is the use of Cross Quarters. Four more gates, which lead to realms that hold initiatory Lore and experiences. Some Traditions have these gates guarded by deities, some by magickal creatures, such as dragons, or the traditional mythical beasties such as dragon, unicorn, mermaid and Pegasus, or the lion, eagle, …

Through the Gate of the Sky

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Make sure you are sitting comfortably, with your eyes closed, and relax your body. Start with your left leg, tighten the muscles and then relax them. Then the right leg — tighten the muscles there, relax them, and let them go completely. Then your abdomen and stomach tighten the muscles up and then release them, let them go completely. Now …

North

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The Northern Airt is the Gate of Sky. This is the velvet darkness of midnight, where the Mother of Winds calls to Her Children. The deities who guard this gate are Sky Gods, or associated with heights and winds. Arianrhod, Lady of the Silver Wheel, has strong stellar associations, as does Nuit, the Egyptian deity whose name is synonymous with …

Through the Gate of the Sea

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Make sure you are sitting comfortably, with your eyes closed, and relax your body. Start with your left leg, tighten the muscles and then relax them. Then the right leg — tighten the muscles there, relax them, and let them go completely. Then your abdomen and stomach tighten the muscles up and then release them, let them go completely. Now …

West

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The western Airt is the Gate of the Sea. This is the threshold place of disk, when the veil is thin between the realms and seers see, and Crafters craft. To stand at the crossroads, or with one foot on land and the other in the ocean, both under a grey sky, is to stand where magick is truly worked. …

Through the Gate of the Stone

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Make sure you are sitting comfortably, with your eyes closed, and relax your body. Start with your left leg, tighten the muscles and then relax them. Then the right leg — tighten the muscles there, relax them, and let them go completely. Then your abdomen and stomach tighten the muscles up and then release them, let them go completely. Now …

South

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The Southern Airt is the Gate of Stone. This is the place of noon, when the sun is highest in the sky and everything is at its most lively. The warmth of day has released the fragrances of the plants, and on days that are warm enough, the loamy scent of the earth itself is carried on the air. The …

Through the Gate of the Sun

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Make sure you are sitting comfortably, with your eyes closed, and relax your body. Start with your left leg, tighten the muscles and then relax them. Then the right leg — tighten the muscles there, relax them, and let them go completely. Then your abdomen and stomach tighten the muscles up and then release them, let them go completely. Now …

Seeking the Guardians of Lore. East

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In Northern Quarters the Gates are known by the Airts, or qualities of light. These can be named as Earth, Air, Fire and Water, but they are not the classical Elements as used by the Golden Dawn and most forms of Wicca. For that reason, while the above names are perfectly valid, we use names that are more in tune …

Seeking the Guardians of Lore

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Closely related to the wheel of the Year is the Compass Round. This is another construct on which we can hang Myth and Lore, and the one can be overlaid over the other. But the Compass isn’t just a construct, it is also a concept, because when we refer to the Compass of the Circle, we are also referring to …

Yule

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At the point of Midwinter, the Queen of Fate gives birth to the Horned Lord — in Wraith form — from the cauldron. Although reborn, the Hero is not yet made manifest. For that He must wait for Imbolc. As you can see, there are definite links to the agricultural cycle practiced by the various Folk religions revived under the …

Samhain, or Hallows

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At Samhain the cauldron is overturned as the womb becomes the tomb, and the Sacred King enters the mound and passes beyond the Veil as Dark Time fall upon us. This Mystery of Death and what lies beyond is worked alongside the more public Mystery of the Wild Hunt, where Gwyn ap Nudd gathers the souls of those who have …

Autumn Equinox

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Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment At Autumn Equinox, the exiled Hero returns to His tribe as Priest-King, to lead them in renewing their commitment to the Hearth and the Heart of the Mysteries. At this point, the Red River of Blood and the white Celestial River of the Milky Way are joined by the Bone Ladder. Vows are re-affirmed, …

Lammas

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A harvest festival with a difference, the Hero makes the ultimate sacrifice, and offers Himself up to Fate, hanging on the Tree, just as Llew — in the form of an eagle — took refuge in a tree after being speared by Geronwy, the lover of Blodwedd. In our rite, the Sacred King is offered up as a sacrifice along …

Midsummer

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For the Sacred King, the Midsummer rite is a time of sacrifice, as He is literally “made sacred” in order to become Priest to His people. The fulfilment of desire behind Him, He lays down His personal desires for the good of the tribe, and makes His future decisions based on what is good for the tribe, rather than for …

Beltaine, or May Eve

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This is the festival where we work the Mystery of the Sacred Marriage, the Hieros Gamos. Our hero, having attained manhood, now fulfils his desire by uniting with the Maid. In the process, He transforms Her into the Mother, ensuring the continuation of the Cycle. In many ways, it is the Maid who undergoes initiation this time, facilitated by the …

Spring Equinox

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In the story of Llew, his mother, Arianrhod, lays a geas upon Him that He will not receive a name or arms from anyone but her, and it is through the trickery of Gwydion that He attains his rite of passage into manhood. At Spring Equinox, we work the Mystery of Coming of Age, where the Hero is named and …

Imbolc or Candlemas

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Most accounts of the Wheel of the Year start with Imbolc or with Yule, and this one is no exception, but it is not an easy place to start. You really have to understand that our Wheel considers the period between Samhain and Imbolc to be the Dark Time, when the Horned Lord is beyond the Veil of the mound …

Notable Points on the Path of the King

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Everything hangs on the Wheel. Well, as in most things esoteric, there is more to that statement than meets the eye, but it is true that in this path, the Wheel of the Year creates a powerful framework on which to hang Lore, practice and ritual in a way that ties everything together. For us, the cycle of Festivals laid …