Solitary Witchcraft

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There are many reasons for performing witchcraft alone: your personal circumstances or the location of your home may mean that you cannot travel to a group, or you may live in an area where there are few others who share your interests. Many witches choose to practise alone, drawing in their family and close friends to celebrate with me on …

Tools And Treasures

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You will need to collect some basic tools for your spells and rituals. If you are working in a group, these can be kept either by different members or in a safe place and brought out at meetings. They need not be at all expensive. Magick was traditionally carried out with the equipment of the home: the broom for sweeping …

Spell Casting

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Spell casting is part of some, but by no means all, Wiccan activities. Most spells are carried out with the purpose of changing someone’s life for the better or sending healing energies to others. For example, love magick could, if you wish to bring love into your life, be focused on increasing the love in the world, thereby attracting love …

Book of Shadows

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Whether you are working alone or in a coven, you might like to start a Book of Shadows, a record of rituals that have worked well, names of those who need healing and herbal brews and incenses that are especially evocative. In time, this will become a source not only of reference but also of inspiration to you. Books of …

Witchcraft Within Covens

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A coven is a group of members of a unit of witchcraft and, in fact, can number anything from two to 13, or even more. The number 13 is traditionally designated by the 13 moon cycles that make up one year, and 13 is the number of the Goddess (hence it became unlucky under Christian influence). Gardenerian covens generally number …

Folk Magick And Ritual Magick

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Whether you are casting a simple spell, using items from your kitchen cupboard, or performing a complicated group ceremony, the source of the power behind it is the same. Every spell or ritual involves channelling the life force that runs through all forms of existence and transforming it into higher spiritual energies. These spiritual powers include our own evolved self, …

Thoroughly Modern Magick

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Not everything you use for magick must be of ancient origin, however. Even your computer can be a magical tool, used to draw magick circles. You can draw figures to represent lovers, estranged family members or yourself and a baby you hope to conceive and draw them closer with your mouse until they join. You can draw a square on …

Different Kinds Of Magick

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What is certain is that whether folk customs or more formal ceremonies are used, the underlying principles of all types of white magick are the same throughout the world, and can be categorised under the following headings. Sympathetic Magick This involves performing a ritual that imitates what you would desire in the outer world, so bringing on to the material …

Starting Your Own Coven

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You can start a coven without subscribing to any particular form of Wicca or witchcraft. Some of the most spiritual covens are those that do not have anyone in the role of High Priestess or Priest, but instead take it in turns to organise the meetings and rituals and take responsibility for any events. However, if you do want to …

Joining A Coven

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Before joining a coven, consider what you are looking for. Some covens emphasise set ritual and ceremony and a learning path that can take years rather than months, along which you progress in an orderly fashion, gradually building up a great store of wisdom and experience and allowing your psychic powers to unfold slowly – is that what you want? …

The Four Stages Of Magick

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Although there are many different kinds of magick, in practice all spells and more formal magical rituals tend to follow four stages, though informal spells may combine one or more steps. The Focus This defines the purpose of the ritual or spell and is generally represented either by a symbol or a declaration of intent. These could take the form …

The Four Elements

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In magick, there are four elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. They all contain symbolic qualities and powers that together form the energies used in rituals. Each element controls a quadrant in the magical circle. Earth, in the North, represents the stability, security and strength of old stone circles, mighty castle walls, tall craggy rocks and mountain peaks. It …

Magick In The Southern Hemisphere

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In magick, time and direction have an important place and it is necessary to understand that there may be differences according to which hemisphere of the globe you are working in. In the northern hemisphere, magical circles are cast clockwise, or ‘deosil’, which means ‘in the direction of the Sun’. In the southern hemisphere, however, practitioners casting their circles deosil …

A Ritual Using Light And Cosmic Power

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The following ritual can be carried out anywhere at all, as direction is not important. It is most powerful when performed standing beneath a tree that perhaps has stood for hundreds of years. If sunlight is filtering through the leaves, so much the better. You can work alone, with a group of friends, or in a more formal coven. You …

A Magical Place

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You can create magick in all kinds of ways and you can use it for an almost infinite variety of purposes. Your magick can be solitary or group-based, self-centred or entirely altruistic. It can be personal and informal, or it may be framed in rigid ceremony. But whatever kind of magick you wish to practise, you will need to create …

Altars

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Your special place will need to contain an altar. To many people, the word ‘altar’ summons up images of vast churches with golden crosses or B-movies with dark-robed figures sacrificing damsels on a stone slab in the middle of a deserted moorland. But in magical terms an altar is simply the term for a sacred work space on which you …

Setting Up Your Altar

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You will need a large, flat surface for your altar; a table or a cupboard will do – you can use the drawers for storage and cover it with a cloth. It does not really matter what shape the surface is – circles and squares are both sacred shapes and easy to divide into quadrants for the four elements, Earth, …

Empowering Your Altar

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You can further empower your special place as a reflection of the positive aspects of your changing life by placing on it other small items that carry happy memories for you. These might include stones or shells found on an enjoyable outing, presents from friends or family, a letter or even a printed email written in love, pictures or photographs …

Casting A Circle

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All spells and rituals, however formal or informal, are based on a magickal circle. This may be large enough for an entire group of practitioners to stand in, or it may be small enough to fit on your personal altar. I have known practitioners who have only a small area create a circle on a table-top and sit facing North, …

Casting A Dual Circle

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You can create a dual circle if you wish. * First consecrate the salt symbolising the Earth element in the North of the altar by stirring it three times with an athame, wand or crystal, and visualise radiance pouring into it. * Stir the water, also three times deosil with the athame, wand or pointed crystal, asking the light and …

Casting A Triple Circle

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Three is a sacred number in magick and for special ceremonies you can create a triple circle of both power and protection. The number three represents the three aspects of the god figure in many religions: the Holy Trinity, the Triple Goddess, the three aspects of the Moon -maiden, mother and wise woman or crone – the trefoil or triple …

Uncasting A Circle

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When you have completed your spells or rituals, you should close the circle. This is done by simply reversing the casting process. * Thank the Guardians and send the light of the elemental candles to whoever needs it. * Extinguish the elemental candles in reverse order of lighting. Visualise the light fading and say, together with any present: Let the …

Preparing Your Mind For Magick

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As well as preparing the physical area for magick, you also need to prepare your mental state. It is universally agreed that we have two hemispheres of the brain -the left, logical, and the right, intuitive, side – and that generally in the everyday world the left brain predominates. This may be no bad thing; after all, buying golden sunflowers …

A Moon Magick Ritual For Calm

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* Wait until the Moon is moving towards full, and is quite bright in the sky. * Find somewhere as dark as possible so the light is undiluted and slowly ‘inhale’ the light through your nose, looking at the Moon and drawing its light towards you. * Hold your Moon breath for a count of ‘One and two and three’. …

A Sun Magick Ritual For Energy

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Because it can be dangerous to look directly at the Sun, catch your sunlight close to noon in a large crystal or in water in a brass dish. * As before, ‘inhale’ the sunlight via the crystal or water with your eyes open. Hold the Sun breath, counting ‘One and two and three’, then close your eyes and exhale the …

The Mechanics Of Witchcraft

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Magick takes place at what TS Eliot in The Four Quartets called the ‘still point of the turning world’, that moment of timelessness that enables thought to be turned into reality on the material plane. It operates on the principle As above, so below’. This phrase comes from the beginning of The Emerald Tablet, attributed to Hermes Trismesgistos (thrice-blessed Hermes), …

The Goddess And The Horned God

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Neither evocation nor invocation is part of modern witchcraft, however, and white witches do not recognise any demonic figures in their religion. When we refer to the Goddess and her son-consort, the Horned God of Wicca, we are referring to the archetype or source energies of the feminine and masculine aspects of ultimate power. They are the creative female and …

Reaching Gods And Goddesses In Trance

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Modern Wiccans call into themselves the energies of the Goddess to amplify their own innate divine spark and at times may work in a deep trance, uttering words of prophecy or profound teaching. This is said to increase the power entering the body, like turning up the current from a power source. But until you have practised magick for many …

The Goddess as Focus

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Many beliefs emphasise the polarity of the female/male, Goddess/god and anima/animus energies. The bringing together of these two powers, the Sacred Marriage that is celebrated symbolically in the Great Rite of the union of Earth and Sky, is a ritual that permeates all cultures. In Egyptian mythology, Isis, the sister-wife of Osiris, sought and reassembled his body after his murder …

Gods And Goddesses

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There is a vast selection of gods and goddesses from many different cultures that you may choose to form a focus for particular energies in rituals. I have given a list of these later in this chapter, but I have not given much detailed description, as it is important we create our own deity images. There are many excellent sites …

Deities Of Love And Passion

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Aphrodite Aphrodite is the Cretan and Greek goddess of love and beauty. Her name means ‘born from the foam’. She can be invoked for the gentle attraction of new love as well as for sexuality and passion (hence the term ‘aphrodisiac’). Aphrodite is especially potent in candle and mirror spells, romance and for love rituals involving the sea. Artemis Artemis …

Deities For Power

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These deities may be invoked for strength, success, energy, inspiration and increase. Apollo Apollo, the Greek Sun God, was twin brother of Artemis, the Moon Goddess. As god of the solar light, Apollo made the fruits of the Earth ripen, and at Delos and Delphi where he slew Python, the first crops were dedicated to him. (Python, the great lightning …

Deities Of The Moon

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Invoke these for gentle increase, power and banishing energies, fertility, intuition, magick and dreams. Arianrhod Arianrhod is a Welsh goddess of the full moon and also of time, karma and destiny. She ruled over the realm of the Celtic Otherworld, called Caer Feddwidd, the Fort of Carousa. Here a mystical fountain of wine offered eternal health and youth for those …

Mother Goddesses

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Mother Goddesses are for fertility, abundance of all kinds, female power and all rituals for women. Astarte Astarte is the supreme female divinity of the Phoenicians, goddess of love and fertility, associated with the Moon and all nature. Invoke her for power and wisdom, seduction and passion as well as fertility. Cerridwen Cerridwen is the Welsh Mother Goddess, the keeper …

Deities Of Marriage

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These deities can be invoked in rituals concerning the family and the home. Frigg Frigg was the Viking Mother Goddess whose jewelled spinning wheel formed Orion’s belt; as patroness of marriage, women, mothers and families, she can be invoked for all rituals concerned with families and domestic happiness. She invited devoted husbands and wives to her hall after death so …

Father Gods

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The Father Gods represent authority, channelled power, benevolence and altruism, nobility of purpose, expansion and limitless potential. Dagda Dagda, the Father God in the Celtic tradition, was also called Eochaid Ollathair (Father of All) and Ruadh Rofessa (the Red One of Knowledge). He was the first King of the Tuatha de Danaan, the Irish gods, and it was believed that …

Deities Of Change

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These deities may be invoked in rituals involving not only change but also good fortune. Oya Oya is the African goddess, also known as Yoruba, who rules the winds and so controls the winds of change. She oversees trading and the marketplace, and brings good fortune to all honest traders and those who work with finance. She is very powerful, …

Deities Of Power

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These gods and goddesses bring psychic self-defence, protection, righteous anger against injustice, also change, regeneration and survival. These deities are very powerful and should only be invoked in their most positive aspects for the purpose of defending the weak and never for revenge or personal anger. Experienced witches call on them only rarely and with the purest intent under the …

Deities Of The Environment

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Invoke these deities for rituals involving all aspects of the environment and for healing the planet. Gaia Gaia is the all-embracing and all-nourishing goddess of the Earth. It is said that she supplies in her bounty all the necessary plants to cure any disease and, in spite of human pollution, she constantly heals and renews the planet. She is also …

Deities Of The Male Principle

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These deities are for the hunt, instincts, willing sacrifice and ecstasy. Cernunnos Cernunnos, meaning ‘horned one’, was a generic term for the various Horned Gods of the Celtic tradition. The god dates back to the shamanic figures portrayed on cave walls. Cernunnos was lord of winter, the hunt, animals, death, male fertility and the Underworld, and was sometime portrayed as …

Deities of fire

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Agni Agni, the Hindu god of fire, is said to be manifest as the vital spark in mankind, birds, animals, plants and life itself. He appeared in lightning, in celestial sun flares, in the sacred blaze rising from the altar and in household fires. Agni was the divine priest and acted as messenger to the gods, interceding with them on …

Deities Of Healing

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Aesculapius Aesculapius was a healer, son of Apollo and the mortal Corona, who lived during the eleventh century BC, and became a god after Zeus killed him with a thunderbolt for raising the dead. The first shrine dedicated to Aesculapius was built in Athens in the fifth century BC by Sophocles. Other shrines followed in rapid succession, the most famous …

Deities of wisdom

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As well as wisdom, these gods and goddesses are for knowledge, truth and justice.   Athena Athena, or Athene, daughter of Zeus, is goddess of wise counsel, both in peace and war, of intelligence, reason, negotiation and all forms of the arts and literature. The owl is her sacred bird and the olive her symbol representing peace, healing and nourishment. …

Wise Woman Deities

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These goddesses are for transformation rituals, for endings that become beginnings and for accepting what cannot be changed. Cailleach Cailleach, meaning’ the Veiled One’, is the Celtic name for a number of hag goddesses. These are powerful crone goddesses, who have retained their early associations with the winter. For example, the Scottish Cailleac Bhuer, the Blue Hag, manifested herself as …

The Charge of the Goddess

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Charges are declarations of the powers of the gods or godesses involved in the ritual, and are in themselves empowering and a way of linking the practitioner’s own divine spark with that represented by the Divinity. They are similar to creeds in a Christian religious service. The Charge of the Goddess is a powerful way of focusing on cosmic energies. …

Charge Of The God

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For some practitioners, this charge is less important, but some may  believe that the male polarity or energies are an integral part not only of the seasonal Wheel of the Year, but also of human experience, whether you are working alone or as part of a coven. It is one I have found helpful, but you can create your own …

A Goddess Meditation

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You can use this to create your personal or group Charge of the Goddess. Find a quiet, safe place for meditation where you will not be disturbed and can fall asleep without coming to any harm, if you naturally drift from a meditative to a sleep state. Choose a time when you are not too tired and before you begin, …

Candle Magick

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Although tools of the craft may at times help you can practice magick with nothing but a candle. A candle is a self-contained magical system, for although it represents the Fire element, it also containing the other three basic elements of magick:Earth is represented by the unburned wax of the candle, Air is the smoke, Fire the flame and Water …

The Elemental Candle Colours

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Each of the four elements – Air, Fire, Water and Earth – is represented by a single candle colour – yellow, red, blue and green. A coloured candle representing each of the elements can be placed at the four main compass points around the circle to mark the quarters – East, South, West and North. You can place the elemental …

Green Candle

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Green is for Earth and the North, midnight and winter. A green candle is placed at what would be the 12 o’clock position on a clock, aligned with magnetic or a symbolic North. Earth is the element of order, both in nature and institutions such as the law, politics, finance, health and education. It also represents yin, the female, nurturing …

Yellow Candle

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Yellow is for Air and the East, dawn and spring. A yellow candle is placed at the three o’clock position. Air represents life itself, logic, the mind, communication, health, new beginnings, travel, learning, yang and the male god in the form of Sky deities. It is a good element to invoke if you are seeking change or when communication is …

Red Candle

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Red is for Fire and the South, noon and summer. Place your red candle in the six o’clock position. Fire represents light, the Sun, lightning, fertility, power, joy, ambition, inspiration and achievement and also destruction of what is now no longer needed. Like Air, Fire represents the yang, male god in the form of the Sun deities. Fire rituals are …

Blue Candles

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Blue is for Water and the West, dusk and autumn. A blue candle is placed in the nine o’clock position. Water represents love, relationships, sympathy, intuition, reconciliation, harmony, healing and the cycle of birth, death and rebirth, natural cyclical evolutions from one stage to another as opposed to changes made consciously under the auspices of Air. It is also potent …

Zodiacal Candles

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Candles etched with zodiacal signs may be used to represent people born during a particular Sun period. They may then be burnt in rituals for different purposes. For instance, you can burn your own zodiacal candle at a time when you need confidence or to assert your identity. Alternatively, you may burn any astrological candles whose strengths you need at …

Zodiacal Colours And Associations

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Aries, the Ram: 21 March to 20 April. Colour: red. A cardinal Fire sign, for all matters of the self and of identity, for rituals of innovation, courage assertiveness and action. Ruled by Mars. Taurus, the Bull: 21 April to 21 May. Colour: pink. A fixed Earth sign, for rituals concerning all kinds of material matters and security, also for …

Colour Correspondences

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Colour is of great significance, both in healing and magick, and colour symbolism is used frequently with candles, and also with crystals, flowers, foods and coloured water, as a way of focusing on and activating the different qualities inherent in the colours. White In magic, white represents light, the life force and clear vision and so is helpful where a …

A Black And White Candle Ritual

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This is a Black And White Candle Ritual ritual for a new beginning after sorrow or loss. You can carry out this ritual for yourself or someone you know who is grieving or unhappy after a betrayal. It is especially healing if you are feeling angry over unjust or cruel treatment, because it can stop any guilt, blame or pain …

A Candle Ritual For Love

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* A Candle Ritual For Love Scratch the zodiacal glyphs for yourself and a lover on candles of the appropriate colour then light the candles. * Move them closer to each other over a period of three days while speaking words of love and desire to increase the love energies. * For the first two days, blow out the candles, …

Herbs In Magick

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There is a long tradition of using herbs for healing, but they have many other uses. As well as healing rituals, you can place dishes of charged herbs near a bedside in a sickroom or on your healing altar next to a symbol, photograph or the name of the person to be healed. However, they are also excellent for emotional …

Herbal Poppets And Sachets

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Traditionally, empowered herbs were used to fill either sachets or featureless dolls called herbal poppets. They were made for love, protection, prosperity, fertility, healing and success and could contain either a single herb or a mixture, depending on the purpose. Poppets, which are used mainly in love or healing or occasionally in protective magick, are generally kept in a safe …

Making Coloured Sachets For Rituals

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Making sachets for rituals is very simple. If you are good at sewing, fold a rectangle of cloth and stitch the sides together, using a running stitch. Alternatively, just place the herbs in the centre of a square piece of cloth, gather the corners together and tie with three, six or nine knots. The colour of the cloth should be …

A Ritual For Empowering Herbs For Healing

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All healing herbs must first be empowered. You can use ready-dried and powdered herbs or chop your own and grind them in a mortar and pestle. This method is particularly suitable for herbs to be placed in a healing sachet. * Place your chosen herbs in a small ceramic or glass bowl and run them through your fingers into a …

Cleansing your Lungs

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Cleansing your Lungs For Smokers and Ex Smokers Needed Ingredients: 1 pound of onion Ginger root (size of a thumb) 2 tablespoons of turmeric 1pound of sugar (you can use honey or maple syrup) 1 quart of water Preparation: In a pot pour the water and then include the sugar. Place it on heat and start boiling it, after that …

Herbal Infusions

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As well as magical sachets, you can make herbs into infusions. Add one level teaspoon (5 ml) of coarsely chopped dried herbs or two level teaspoons (10 ml) of freshly chopped leaves or flowers to a cup of boiling water; leave it for five minutes and strain. Once the liquid has cooled, you can sprinkle it round rooms, furniture and …

A Healing Ritual For An Absent Person

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This simple healing ritual is for someone who has a virus or other debilitating condition. The virus may be affecting the whole body and not responding to treatment. . As the ritual is intended to stimulate the body’s immune system, it is best done on the gentle early waxing moon energies Through magick, a concentrated dosage of healing power is …

Oils and Incenses in Magick

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Oils and incenses, like herbs, are very versatile. The easiest way of attracting all the good things you want not only for yourself but also for those you love and for those in need, is to burn oils and to release the appropriate fragrances and let them work in their own way.You can choose the appropriate oil for health, happiness, …

Types of Oils Used in Magick

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A Short list of Magickal Oils Benzoin: Benzoin reduces tension, stress, and melts away tension, anger, resentment, emotional pain and frustrations. Positively, benzoin increases self-confidence and attracts prosperity, both material and spiritual. It mixes well with rose, pine and lavender. Bergamot: Bergamot soothes irritability and lifts depression or apathy, encouraging gentle but honest communication and the manifestation of a person’s …

Incense Magick

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Incense Magick has formed a central part of religious and magical ceremonies for thousands of years in lands as far apart as India and North America. It has been used for purification purposes, to invoke angels and to bind or repel demons by medieval magicians. It is said to release specific energies contained in its fragrance and to carry prayers …

Incenses For Magick

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A List of Magick Incenses Allspice Allspice is used in spells for money, strength and action. Apple Blossom Use apple blossom for love, fertility, optimism, inner beauty and youthfulness. It is particularly good in rituals concerning babies and children. Avocado Use avocado incense for desire, increase of beauty in oneself or the environment. Basil Basil is used in rituals for …

A Ritual For Harmony

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This ritual can be used when, for example, a colleague, family member or friend is intruding in your life, but you do not want to hurt their feelings. It can be very successful if you have received one too many phone calls or visits at inconvenient moments from a friend or neighbour. It may help to ward off constant interference …

Crystals And Protective Magick

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Whether you are carrying out spells, rituals or divination or are simply feeling anxious, vulnerable or under attack from inner or external forces, psychic protection can enclose you in light and keep out all that threatens your harmony. It is a very positive form of magick that for everyday use requires a basic ritual or visualization that takes only a …

Collecting Protective Crystals

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Protective Crystals have innate  qualities as well as healing and empowering properties and so can offer instant harmony and energy even in the most draining situations. Certain crystals have, over the millennia, from Ancient Babylon, Egypt and the Orient, acquired the reputation of possessing strong protective qualities and are also usually potent in strengthening and healing. These include amber, black …

Cleansing Crystals And Gemstones

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Cleansing crystals should always be carried out after after use in protection, healing and empowerment. When you obtain a new crystal, cleanse it before charging it with your own personal energies. In this way you can remove all the energies, not necessarily negative, of those who have prepared, packed and sold the stone. If the stone was a gift, however, …

Charging Your Crystals With Positive Power

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All crystals contain power as well as protective qualities and charging crystals is itself empowering. However, if you are being subjected to stress or harassment of any kind, you might like to charge your crystal, so that when you touch or look at it, you will be enclosed in its radiance and stimulate your own innate self-protective power. Your charged …

A Protective Crystal Ritual

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This crystal ritual is particularly effective for anyone feeling anxious about travelling or moving house. You will need a map of the journey involved. You may like to work by candlelight, in which case light a yellow candle for a journey of a short distance or duration and a blue one for major travel. You can also adapt this ritual …

Basic Sigil Magick

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At its most basic definition, sigil magick is described as symbolic drawing. The word ‘sigil’ derives from the latin word ‘sigillum’ meaning seal. It is a drawing or symbol that has a special meaning behind it such as a mystical significance. In this article I will give a brief introduction to sigils, and tell you a simple method for incorporating …

Queen of Pentacles

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The personality of the Queen of Pentacles combines the positive earth energy of the Pentacles suit with the inward focus of a Queen. If you were to visit the Queen of Pentacles, the first thing she would say is, “Come in, come in. It’s great to see you. Have a bowl of soup!” No one is more welcoming and nurturing than she. Her …

A Banishing Spell for A Home

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This is a spell to banish any unwanted influences in your home. It consists of an elemental banishing ritual, followed by a cleansing and purification of your home. This spell is an ideal way to prepare a new living space before you move in. It will take away any remnants of the old tenants that were there before you and …

The Witches Pentacle

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The  Witches Pentacle, the symbol of Witchcraft, is a bold and fascinating statement about our place in the Universe. The pentagram represents an ancient concept that can be found in philosophical thought in both East and West. Although over 8,000 years old, the image of the pentagram is applicable in our modern world. The pentagram tells us that we have …

The Elemental Pentacle

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  The Elemental Pentacle, the most famous symbol of Witchcraft is a bold and fascinating statement about our place in the Universe. When the pentacle is drawn or written, the image created is called a pentagram. The pentagram represents an ancient concept that can be found in philosophical thought in both East and West. Although over 8,000 years old, the image …

The Witch’s knot

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The Witch’s knot is a common symbol in folk magic. The witch’s knot is a symbolic representation of the knot magic practiced by witches in the middle ages, and was used as a sympathetic charm against witchcraft, and usually scratched over doorways of homes and stables. One aspect of its efficacy as a protective charm lay in the ability to …

Meditation

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Meditation is a focusing of the mind and creating within it a relaxed state of awareness. When you learn to properly meditate, you actually alter how your brain functions—lowering the brainwave frequency into what has been termed “alpha” brainwave level. It is this relaxed level of consciousness that is needed when working magic. During a proper meditation designed to create …

Spell Work (( Thinking))

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Thinking and rational perception come from the left side of the brain and are usually the first part of the spell casting process; we contemplate the rational elements of our spell. When trying to create change through magic, it is best to get a clear mental idea of what you want to happen, the end result of your spell: your …

Spell Work ((Feeling))

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The aspect of feeling is extremely important in working magic. It is an aspect that is often underrated and downplayed. Too often magical practitioners cast a spell while filled with desperation or fear and then wonder why the results of their spell fail to manifest or manifest in unpleasant or inadequate ways. Improperly focused feeling is a major cause of …

A To Z of Sacred Sites in the UK

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AVEBURY (nr Marlborough, Wiltshire) One of Britain’s most well known stone circles, dating from around 4000 years ago and originally consisted of 180 stones. Today it is possible to see two stone circles surrounded by an outer circle. The larger circle is surrounded by a henge and at the southern entrance; the stone avenue used for processions still stands. BOSCAWEN-UN …

Herbalism

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The following is meant to be a quick guide to common herbs one might find in the home or garden and their usages. This is for general information only. As with all alternative medicines, please consult with your doctor or medic and please do not exceed the recommended dose. AGNUS CASTUS – menstrual problems e.g. PMT, menopause ALOE – soothing …

Banishing Techniques

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Best done at a waning or new moon – used to get rid of negative energies or spirits Tools needed: Athame, Broomstick, Candles, Cords, Gobi Dirt, Incense, Mirrors, Spells, Salt, Sistrum, Wand, Water, Xua, etc (this list is not exhaustive) Athame – Black handled blunt knife used for invoking positive energies in a circle and for protection. Broomstick – Use …

Healing Crystals and Gemstones

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AVENTURINE A very sweet green variety of quartz, usually available in touchstone form from most New Age outlets.  This is a handy one to have.  Good for emotional and etheric bodies, it has a calming influence.  The chakra it relates to is the heart. AGATE A variety of chalcedony, this comes in many colours.  Tones and strengthens body and mind, …

Sacred Chants

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From the Goddess  We all come from the Goddess And to her we shall return Like a drop of rain Flowing to the ocean Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna Goddess is alive, magic is afoot Calling the Powers  All ye powers powers all Answer unto this my call Power of earth and power of fire Hearken unto my …

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

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BASIL Basil is a top note, i.e. the scent is stimulating and uplifting, so the aroma lasts for 24 hours.  It is very much an oil with a kick, blending well with bergamot, geranium, and hyssop. Therapeutically the uses for this oil includes indigestion, gastro enteritis, headaches and migraines, muscular spasm, anxiety and depression, asthma, bronchitis, and can be used …

Rite of Good Health

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    ORACLE OF THE GODDESS DANA     Good health is an outward expression of our souls. Although it is usually necessary to deal with physical problems – say, setting a broken leg – by material means, the prevention of illness comes about through soul level. Life Force may be conducted by a Healer into the aura of a …

Moon Ceremony

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On an altar let there be a phial of anointing oil, a chalice of water, a salver of salt, burning incense, three lighted candles, a rock or crystal, some flowers, a wand and or athame, a sistrum, bread and wine/fruit juice and a container of herbs. Participants may be in black, white or dark or pastel robes Opening Ceremony Celebrant: …

Dreamwork

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We have all had those dreams which we can vaguely remember and strive to figure out what they mean. So what are dreams? Dreams are the language of the subconscious, encoded in symbols, which is trying to tell you something as you sleep. I hope that this brief guide will help in this respect and will act as a few …

Dawn Rite of Abundance

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    ORACLE OF THE GODDESS AMA-TERASU-O-MI-KAMI     Humanity has lost its ancient communion with the Deities. Though material prosperity prevails in some parts of the earth, millions are starving elsewhere. Guidance from the Inner Planes help the Devotee to know what to do and how to do it. Each of us can therefore play a part in bringing …

Evening Rite of the Five Elements

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ORACLE OF THE GODDESS SARASVATI     In order to awaken our spiritual bodies, we need to study the mystical four elements, not listed by materialist scientists. “Earth” signifies our bones, which conserve the Life Essence. “Water”, denoting the flow of our blood, circulates the Life Flow, activating the Third Eye. Electric-like “Fire” ignites our dormant psychic centres. The Holy …

Quick Guide: Tarot (Major Arcana)

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This is a quick reference guide for the Major Arcana, the main 22 cards of the Tarot FOOL – innocence, looking before leaping, foolishness MAGICIAN – knowledge, skill, magic HIGH PRIESTESS – mystery, priestess, occult EMPRESS – mother figure, feminine power, beauty EMPEROR – father figure, masculine power, leadership HIEROPHANT – religion, guidance, advice LOVERS – relationship, love, marriage CHARIOT …

Astrology Basics

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There are twelve sun signs in the Zodiac: ARIES – The Ram. Energy, love of action and perseverance. Impetuous, yearning to lead and conquest. Element is Fire and Ruled by Mars. Loyal and Quick tempered. Colour is red TAURUS – The Bull. Steadfast, reliable, practical. Limited outlook and interests, prone to stubbornness. Element is Earth and ruled by Venus. Honest, …

Divination Tools

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Anything from clouds, crystals, incense smoke, or tarot, oracle, or playing cards can be read for divining purposes. All you need is to feel attuned to interpret what you see. Images may appear to you unbidden with a voice within you, telling you the meaning of what you see. The image you see may even change upon acknowledging it, to …