Fire

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 inspiration and personal power. It is the force that motivates and drives all living organisms. It represents personal willpower and the force that sparks creation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fairy Garden Money Spell

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 the gnome. Make friends with him and beseech him to make your wealth grow as the
garden does. To ensure he follows your wishes, chant the following each time you water the garden.

Nature spirits everywhere
My love and energy I now share.
With cool water this charge I give
Plants now grow, blossom, and live,
Your gift of wealth I seek to share
In return, I give you loving care.

As the garden grows, so will your wealth and prosperity.

 

 

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Fairy Dust

Items needed:

A blender or coffee grinder, silver glitter, dark blue jar, three silver coins, silver paint or asilver marker, and the following dried herbs ground
into a fine powder:

1 tbsp. woodruff
1 tbsp. clover
1 tbsp. rose petals
1 tbsp. jasmine
1 Tbsp. meadowsweet

Place the powder into the dark blue jar. On the outside of the jar, inscribe the following symbol with the silver paint or marker:

On May eve as the sun begins to set, place your jar of Fairy dust in the center of a Fairy circle. Kneel next to the circle, uncap the jar, and chant the following nine times:

Nature spirits and fairy friends
Bless this dust to serve my ends.
I place my trust and faith in thee
To bring me love, wealth, and prosperity.

Rise and leave the area for one hour, giving the fairies time to bless your powder. When you return, thank the fairies for their help, retrieve the jar, and leave the three silver coins in its place.

Sprinkle the powder over a sleeping loved one to increase passion, sprinkle on the threshold of a business to attract new customers, or sprinkle around the perimeter of your home to invite happiness and goodwill.

 

 

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Fairy Wishing Spell

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 believed that fairies meet within these rings to celebrate their magickal rites. When you find a fairy circle, carefully place your coin in the centre of it. Set the candle on top of the coin, light it, and make your wish.

When the candle has completely burned out, place the moon cookies around the coin, state your wish aloud, and then walk away. If you return to the spot and your coin and candle are gone, you will know that your wish has been granted.

 

 

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Fairy Magick

 

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 Enchantments

If there is one thing that a fairy takes great pride in, it is the ability to charm and enchant an unsuspecting human.

Using herbs, flowers, and mystical incantations, the skilful fairy makes a magickal dust that can be used to inspire love, protect loved ones, and bring forth great riches when sprinkled on the ground or over an unsuspecting human.

The Fairy Realm

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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, black, and hairy. It is considered dangerous, mischievous, sly, and is renowned for its intelligence. Parents would use the threat of the bogie to frighten young children into good behaviour.

Brownie

A household spirit popular in northern English and Scottish folklore, the brownie is a very small, brown, shaggy human and usually dresses in ragged brown clothes. Brownies are considered to be most industrious when it comes to such household chores as grinding grain, churning butter, and plowing. They love to help humans with their work, especially with tedious tasks. Brownies are thanked with a bowl of fresh cream and freshly baked bread. If criticized, they will undo what they have already done and destroy a good deal more.

Deva

In New Age philosophy, devas are the guardians of nature and are responsible for building up forms on the inner planes as well as on the physical plane. The devas hold the keys of fate for all forms around us. They appear in every shape and size, from the earthly gnome to the highest archangel.

Elf

Found in British, Scandinavian, and Teutonic folklore, elves are tiny, human-shaped supernatural beings who resemble little old men. However, elf maidens are considered to be young and very beautiful. They live in communities or kingdoms, hidden in the hollows of trees, long burrows, or in mounds. They are ruled over by an elf king and queen. Elves exert their powers over humans whenever they can, usually with mischievous intent. When offended by humans they will take revenge by stealing babies, cattle, milk, and jewels, and they have been know to enchant the offender and hold them for years. Elves emerge after sunset to dance in the moonlight, swim in shallow pools, and frolic in the woods.

Gnome

Considered to be a nature spirit or elemental, gnomes resemble dwarfs with small stocky bodies, and usually appear as little old men dressed in monks’ habits. Gnomes live in the earth, the element they represent, and are the guardians of mother nature’s treasures.

Goblin

A grotesque, diminutive, malicious earth spirit. Popular in European folklore, goblins are said to be knee high, with heavy gray hair and beards. They inhabit the homes of humans, where they indulge in poltergeist activities. They are not fond of adults but do seem to like children, as they have been known to protect them and bring them gifts.

Imp/Impa

A mischievous minor fiend often described as being a childlike offspring of the Devil. Imps manifest in many different forms. The most popular form is that of an evil-looking infant with tiny horns protruding from its head and tiny wings from its shoulders. Imps were the star attractions at Witch trials, as they were considered to be the familiars of the accused.

Leprechaun

The folklore of Ireland is filled with famous tales of this fairy shoemaker. The Leprechaun is depicted as having a wizened face, gray beard, and twinkling eyes. He wears a red jacket with silver buttons, brown breeches, black, silver-buckled shoes, and a high crowned green hat. In pictures, he usually appears in an apron, holding a hammer and mending shoes. This wee creature is tricky, and likes to make mischief with humans. He also has a reputation for having a huge stash of gold hidden in a secret place.

Nymph

Nymphs are female water spirits that appear in classical Greek and Roman mythology. They are portrayed as beautiful your maidens dressed in gossamer gowns, with long flowing hair. The nymphs would attend to gods and entertain them with dancing and music. Like most spirit creatures, nymphs were
both benevolent and malevolent toward humans.

Pixie

These small creatures are said to have red hair, small, turned up noses, pointed ears, and pale, youthful faces. They especially attracted to gardens in bloom, and take up residence under toadstools. Pixies have mixed emotions when it comes to humans. However, if they take a liking to someone they will help him or her out with household chores and gardening. They also like to work with gold, silver, and bronze. Some believe that the residue from their metal work is the main ingredient in Pixie dust, a magickal powder use to make wishes come true.

 

 

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Fairies

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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 be as puckish as they are benevolent.

Sometimes referred to as “little people,” fairies are an important part of most cultures, religious traditions, and folk beliefs throughout the world. In European culture, they are believed to be nature spirits who dwell in the trees, plants, and waterways. Christianity seems to think they are Lucifer’s fallen angels and therefore evil. Other folk beliefs, especially those of African origin, view them as souls of the dead or ancestors. Celtic culture has probably done the most to promote the idea of fairies, who are believed to be the descendants of the small, dark, Neolithic people who invaded early Europe.

Being small and dark and living close to the land allowed them to quickly hide from their enemies. This ability, along with their elusive mannerisms, led people to believe they were capable of magick, shapeshifting, and invisibility.

When the old Pagan way of life died out, the fairies were relegated to the realm of myth and fantasy. We find the Great Goddess transformed into the Good Fairy Godmother or Queen of Fairies. The Horned God became the Fairy King, Puck, and the trickster. Those with less appealing traits were relegated to the realms of devils and demons.

 

 

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Eye

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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, the future, and the sun. The left eye is associated with passivity, the past, and the moon. In some cultures and religions (such as Buddhism), a third eye is envisioned in the middle of the forehead, just above the nose, and is considered to be a symbol of inner vision and power.

In magick, heterotopic eyes are those that have been transferred anatomically to various parts of the body, such as the hands, wings, torso, arms, and different parts of the head. These eyes are the equivalent of spiritual sight or clairvoyance.

When the eyes are situated on the hand, it signifies that the individual has great clairvoyant powers. The most widely used eye symbol in magick is that of Horus. In ancient Egypt, the right eye of Horus, the sky god, was his solar eye, and the left eye was his udjat eye, or eye of the moon. The udjat eye symbolizes the power of light and was one of the most sacred and powerful protective amulets in Egyptian magic.

Depending on its employment, and surrounding symbolism, the single eye can represent the forces of good or evil as the single eye of god, or the destructive power of the Cyclops.

 

 

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Earth Incense and Fragrance

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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. Burn honeysuckle incense on the night of the new moon to attract money.

Magnolia (fidelity)

Wear magnolia oil to keep loved ones faithful. Burn magnolia incense in the bedroom to maintain a faithful relationship.

Patchouli (money, lust)

Wear patchouli oil to entice passion in the one you love or desire.

Vervain (protection, purification, youth)

Mix vervain and patchouli oil together and wear as a veil of powerful protection. Mix vervain with sage to cleanse and protect your home from negative influences. A drop of vervain oil on a cloth placed inside your bed pillow will keep you feeling young.

Vetivert (love, luck, money)

Wear a drop of vetivert to attract both love and money. Gamblers rub vetivert oil on their hands before playing cards for good luck.

 

 

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Ivy Love Spell

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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 pot and tie in a large bow.

Place the potted plant in a window where it will receive sunlight during the day and moonlight at night.

Each time you water the plant, chant the following:

As the ivy does grow
To my true love show.
I shall be his (her) delight
Both day and night.

Be sure to nurture the plant carefully, for as it grows, so will you gain the love of the one you desire.

 

 

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Earth

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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 exhibit the final product of our imagination. Earth is the magician’s altar, a place to create change in accordance with will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drawing Down the Moon

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It was believed by the ancient Greeks and Romans that Witches had the power to draw down the moon from the sky. This assumption is not without reason. Should a witch be seen invoking the Goddess beneath a full moon, she would naturally be standing in a position where the beams from the moon would highlight her person, making it seem as if she had a direct link to the lunar orb.

In modern Wicca, the rite of Drawing Down the Moon or Calling Down the Moon is of considerable importance. During this potent invocation, the practitioner enters a trance-like state of altered consciousness and draws the essence of the Goddess into herself. The energy of the Goddess is then focused toward a magickal act, divining the future, or spiritual revelation.

Drawing Down the Moon involves being completely open and receptive to the feminine spirit of nature. It is usually done out of doors, beneath a full moon. Stand with your arms outstretched, pointing upward at the moon. Once you are relaxed, focus on the moon. Feel its rays reach down and touch you. When you feel the time is right, slowly begin the following invocation, building to an emotional climax.

 

 

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Dragon Prosperity Spell

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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 half-dollar), and an altar or small table.

To make dragon’s blood incense,

mix 1/2 tsp. dragon’s blood resin with 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1/2 tsp myrrh resin, 1/2 tsp. dried orange peel, 1/2 tsp. sandalwood powder.
To the mixture add 3-drops cinnamon oil, and 3 drops orange spice oil. To make dragon prosperity oil, mix 5 drops cinnamon oil with 3 drops orange
spice oil and 2 drops sandalwood oil in a small bottle.

The first thing you will need to do is engrave the figure of a dragon on the candle. This can be easily done using a ball point pen or a small sculpting tool. The engraving does not have to be an elaborate work of art, just a simple outline will do.

Begin on the night of the new moon. Place the dragon candle on your altar with the incense burner in front of it.

Place the coins on the left side of the candle and the silk pouch on the right side.

Light the green candle and charcoal. When the coal is glowing red, sprinkle some incense on it. Pick up the penny, hold it tightly, close your eyes and visualize the dragon in his cave. See his treasure and all the wealth he guards.

In your mind’s eye, slowly approach the dragon. Show the dragon your coin. Then, with great respect, ask the dragon to expand your wealth as you say:

O great dragon of wealth and power,
I greet thee in this sacred hour.
Great good fortune on me now shower.
That my prosperity shall blossom and flower.

Stay with the dragon for a short time. Listen to what he says, and take heed of his advice. When the dragon begins to fade, leave his cave and return to the present.

Place the penny in the green silk pouch. Thank the dragon by saying:

I thank thee great dragon of power and might
For granting my wishes on this night.

Leave the candle to burn for four hours and then snuff it out.

Repeat this spell every night until all of the coins have been placed in the green pouch.

When the last coin has been placed in the pouch, allow the candle to completely burn out. The rite is then complete.

 

 

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The dragon

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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 or snake. It is capable of breathing fire, and usually guards a horde of treasure deep within the earth.

In pre-Christian Europe and the Far East, the dragon was seen a symbol of power, virility, and superhuman strength, and was considered to be a friend of mankind.

In magick, the dragon is wholly beneficent and is seen as the manifestation of life-giving waters (the serpent), and the breath of life (the bird). Generally, it is considered to be a celestial power and has the attributes of both the sun and moon, masculine and feminine, good and evil sides of nature.

The dragon and serpent are usually interchangeable as representations of the unmanifest and the creation of form and matter.

The dragon represents the highest spiritual power, the supernatural, and the spirit of change. When you align your forces with those of the dragon, you gain strength and power. Its magick can help you overcome negative thoughts and it can teach you how to live abundantly

 

 

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Charm Magick

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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 glows,
It outshines the sun and dims all foes.

Wrap the rose in the scented tissue and place in the refrigerator. As soon as possible, find the opportunity to give it to the one you love.

The Marriage Charm

Bind two small gold rings together with a white ribbon. Hold the bound rings in both hands as you chant the following
over them:

With body and spirit
As these rings entwine
Unite our souls
Our essence combine.

Place the rings in your pocket or purse. Carry them with you whenever you are with the one you wish to marry.

Charm of Success

Purchase a small gold or brass sun disk pendant from a jewellery or department store. Hang the pendant in your window so that the sun will shine on it ever day. Allow the pendant to absorb the sun’s rays for one week. Then on a Sunday morning, stand in the rays of the sun, and, holding your pendant, chant the following charm over it:

Through sun and will, and patient skill,
Within this disk I now instil,
That I shall fare successfully,
For this is what I will to be.

Protection Charm

For this you will need a pentagram pendant and a bowl of salt water. Holding the pendant in your left hand and the bowl of salt water in your right, turn to the West. Slowly pour the water over the pendant as you speak the following charm:

Elements of earth and sea
Return to all by power of three.
That which may be sent to me
Unless I have summoned it to be.
I am protected from this night
By the spirits of power and might

 

 

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Charms

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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 of the Witch or magician.

To our ancestors, charms were used to control malevolent spirits, which were believed to be the cause of human suffering. The local magician, priest, Witch, or wizard would be called upon by the stricken to utter the right words—speak a spell, formula, or invocation—over the person or property that was under attack. The charm would then ward off the evil eye or malevolent force.

With the advent of the written word, it became popular to imbue charms with a certain amount of permanency by inscribing the magickal verse or formula onto a variety of materials, such a wood, paper, bone, stone, wax, clay, and even precious gemstones and metal. The charm was engraved directly onto the object and worn or carried by the user.

In contemporary Witchcraft, a charm is a simple poem or verse that is spoken over an object, such as an amulet, to endow it with magickal qualities. The charm, once spoken, exudes a subtle energy, which entices and influences control over its quarry. Once properly charmed, an object is capable of attracting love, creating a good fortune, and providing protection for its user.

 

 

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Black Cat Protection Spell

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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 your altar or a small table, place the mirror reflecting side up. Dress the black cat candle with the black cat oil. As you do this, visualize your luck changing and good things coming to you.

Next, place the cat candle on the mirror and light it as you chant the following:

Black cat power
From this hour
Reflect the light
Make things right.

Allow the black cat candle to burn for one hour. Repeat this spell every night, at the same time, until the full moon.

On the night of the full moon, place the mirror with the black cat on it in the moonlight.

Repeat the chant, and allow the candle to burn out.

When the candle has been consumed, discard any wax left and put the mirror away.

 

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Love-Drawing Spell

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This spell is ideal to get someone to pay attention to you, draw someone you already know closer to you, or make your lover a better lover.

Items needed:

A picture of the desired one and some of his or her hair and handwriting to use as tag-locks. You will also need a red cloth pouch, one red image
(sexually aligned to the gender you wish to attract), a candle, rose petals, and rose oil.

Place the candle in front of you, along with the picture and all of the needed items. Dress the candle with the rose oil as you visualize your lover coming closer to you and being more attentive. When you feel the time is right, light the candle and chant the following to build power and energy.

Direct this energy into the candle.
Candle of power,
From this hour,
Bring unto me
The love that I see.
That he/she shall require
My attention this night,
Let him/her see only me.
As I will, So Mote It Be!

Allow the candle to burn completely out. Carry the pouch filled with the rose petals and your lover’s items with you whenever you are going to be together. It is also a good idea to wear some of the rose oil.

 

 

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Candle Love-Binding Spell

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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 of the one you desire a small jar with a metal lid, love-drawing oil , a small sharp knife, and matches.


On the night of the full moon, as close to midnight as possible, place all the items called for on your altar or on a small table. Place the photographs facing each other into the jar and screw the lid on very tightly. Then prepare the astrological candles. Use the knife to write the name of your desired one on his or her candle, and then write your name on your candle.

Next dress both candles with the love-drawing oil. Then cut two inches off the bottom of each candle, leaving the wick intact. Tie the wicks of the two candles together to make one candle, and as you do so say the following: I tie this knot, to bind the heart Of my desire [subject’s name] to me.


The next step is to attach the tied candles to the top of the jar. Light the red candle, drip a pool of wax on the lid of the jar to act as the adhesive, and then attach the tied candles to it.


Light the candle that represents you and say the following:


At this time, and from this hour
You feel my love, you feel my power.


Now light the candle that represents the one you desire and say the following:


Feel my passion, feel the fire
I am the one you desire.


When the candles have completely burned out, take the jar and bury it in the ground as close to your loved one’s house as possible. Before the next full moon you should be enjoying each other’s company.

 

 

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Suggestions for Candle Magick

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Whenever possible make your own candles. While the wax is in a liquid form, add a corresponding oil, herbs, or flower petals. For example, if you are doing a money spell you could add Heliotrope oil and mint leaves.

When dressing the candle, close your eyes, concentrate, and visualize what the candle represents. See in your mind’s eye the manifestation of your desire.

Always keep in mind, and allow for, the burning time of the candle when scripting a spell or ritual.

When creating your own spells, always use the proper phase of the moon and planetary symbolism. This will align the spell with the natural flow of energy produced by the moon and corresponding planet, giving the spell more power.

 

 

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Candle Colour Guide

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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 hours, perception.

Indigo Wisdom, self-awareness, Two hours, psychic abilities.

Violet Power, ambition, tension, One hour, spiritual development.

Black Protection, return or release One hour, negativity, power.

Brown Stability, grounding, earth rites, Four hours, create indecision.

White Universal colour can be used for No set time any work. All general candle magick.

Gold Prosperity, attraction, wealth, One hour, increase.

 

 

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Working with Candles

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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. Place some of the oil on your fingertips. As you concentrate on your desire, rub the oil onto the candle, starting from the centre and rubbing upward. Then rub the oil from the centre downward. Be sure to cover the entire candle with the oil as you infuse it with your desire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Candles

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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 strength, power, and the ability to see past the terrors of the night.

Symbolically, candlelight represents illumination, the energizing power of the sun, and the spark of life that resides within the human soul. As an agency of the fire element, candles are quick to respond to magickal incantations and creative visualization. The simple lighting of a candle creates an atmosphere of magick, and as the darkness gives way to the light, desires are brought into reality.

Candles can be used by themselves as a form of magick, or they may be incorporated as part of a spell. In either case, the candle itself becomes the point of focus. The colour of the candle and its shape and size all play important roles in the art of candle magick. The colour signifies intent, the design or shape represents the objective, and the size is equivalent to the amount of time needed to carry out the spell.

Colour is of primary importance in candle magick. There are 12 basic colours, which offer different sensory vibrations. Red is the most physically potent and powerful, and violet is the most passive and spiritually receptive. The primary colours of the light spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) emit specific energies, which are symbolic of their intrinsic properties. These colours move energy outward and forward, as well as inward and backwards. In addition to the seven primary colours, there are five additional colours used in the art of candle magick. These are black, white, grey, pink, and brown. Black anchors and absorbs; white encourages and supports; grey is seldom used because it is considered to be void, without movement; pink attracts and entices, and brown stabilizes and sustains.

Burning times (that is, how long the candles should burn) are as essential to candle magick as color is. Each color of the spectrum has its own special wavelength or vibrational frequency. This vibrational frequency is the equivalent of motion and energy, which is the amount of time needed to activate a spell. Therefore, a candle that requires a burning time of four hours will take four times longer to work than a candle that requires only one hour to burn. However, the longer it takes a spell to work, and the more energy involved in its formulation, the more enduring its results.

 

 

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The Crooked Path of the Outcast

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 feel like there’s something among you and them that prevents you from being a piece of it. You feel especially alone. Furthermore, it tends to be extremely unsettling, particularly when you don’t know what standpoint it’s maintaining.

So what causes this, since it is by all accounts an extremely widespread ordeal that individuals have as they get further into a Pagan or otherworldly way. Also, there are some exceptionally viable purposes behind why this ought to happen. The first of these is that in case you’re following a mysterious way, you’re experiencing encounters that must be imparted to other people who have just been there before you since no one else would truly get it. There are likewise encounters that you simply don’t have the words to clarify, that even another person who’s been there you can’t truly talk about either, in light of the fact that you can’t discover the words. You simply need to trust that they’ve been there enough that they realize what you’re attempting to state and get the substance of it that way. And after that obviously, on the off chance that you have companions who aren’t Pagan, on the off chance that you converse with them about your encounters, they’re going believe you’re somewhat flaky.

Indeed, even the individuals who are Pagan amicable may not by any means comprehend what you’re discussing and may downplay it, or make you feel like uneasy here and there — without importance to, obviously. What’s more, this can get super discouraging. I’ve realized individuals who’ve had a horrendous time, and this isn’t something that leaves.

Indeed, even individuals who are Pagan don’t generally comprehend it, on the off chance that they’re not going into it as profoundly as you may be. Our way is custom fitted to us. We tailor it to suit our very own requirements, so notwithstanding when we’re in a coven or some other sort of gathering; it’s still extremely only a group of people who happen to go a similar way for some time. It’s somewhat similar to caravanning or carpooling on an excursion. You didn’t begin with these individuals. You may not wind up with these individuals. However, at this moment all of you happen to go a similar place in the meantime. Thus you travel together for comfort. Be that as it may, you’re still particularly an individual going along your very own way.

ATHAME

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, the athame is used for directing personal power and to focus energy in the desired direction. The athame also regulates, as well as conducts, the flow of internal expression toward the desired destination during magickal operations.

CONSECRATION OF THE ATHAME

Items needed:

Athame; small bowl of water with
three pinches of salt added; one white candle; one
black candle; sandalwood incense.

On the night of the full moon, place the above items on your altar or small table. Light both of the candles and the incense. Relax and focus on the athame. Pass the athame blade and handle through the flame of the black candle as you say:

All negative thoughts be banished, all unwanted vibrations be gone.

Now pass the athame blade and handle through the flame of the white candle as you say:

Let only the forces and powers I wish be within from this moment on.

Pass the athame through the smoke of the incense, through the white candle flame, and then sprinkle with salt water as you say:

Elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.
To this tool of the magick now give birth.
Blessed and consecrated in this hour
Be thou athame of strength and power.

Wrap the athame in a red silk cloth, and keep in a safe place. Only use the athame for magickal rites and spellcrafting

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ASTRAL PROJECTION

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 process.

Make a conscious effort to go completely limp. Begin with your feet and, working upwards, relax all of the muscles in your body. This should take about four or five minutes. While in this relaxed state, visualize your inner self becoming light and lifting free of the physical body. Imagine yourself floating directly above the body as though you were on a cloud of air. Allow yourself to experience this feeling for about five minutes and then slowly lower yourself (your astral self) back into your body. Do this exercise several times until you feel comfortable floating and then continue with the next step.

Once you are free of the body, walk into another room. Go slowly and take the time to examine everything in the room. Take note of pictures, how furniture is arranged, and where objects of interest are. Do this exercise several times, and then have someone rearrange the room just prior to your journey. After you have returned to your body, write down exactly what you saw and where everything was positioned.
Return to the room and check on your accuracy. The results will then indicate if you actually did astrally project.

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ASTRAL

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.
The astral plane has often been defined as the realm of
visual imagination, a celestial realm where all things are possible.
As a result of its ethereal atmosphere, the astral plane
remains a great mystery to most. For the fearless explorer,
however, the astral plane is nothing more than an uncharted
realm waiting to be discovered.
The astral plane is just as real to the astral body as the
material plane is to the physical body. To the traveler on the
astral plane, the scenery and everything connected with it seems
as solid as the most solid material appears to the physical eye.
One may travel from one region of the astral to another simply
by an act of will without ever moving the physical body.
When consciousness operates outside of the body it takes
the mind with it. However, rarely is the mind fully conscious.
This is why, although over 90 percent of us project, seldom do we remember our experiences. Usually they are forgotten
or passed off as vivid dreams.

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ANIMAL MAGICK

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 to digest the year’s
experience. The bear gains wisdom through sleep in dream
time. When warmth and sunlight return, the bear emerges
strong, stable, and with renewed vitality. Bear is strongly protective
of home and family.

Bear Associations
Direction: North
Element: Earth
Deities: Artemis, Diana, Thor, Cernunnos
The bear will teach you great wisdom. He will also teach
you the value of stillness and introspection. When you feel
the need for stability, call on the bear during meditation.
Ask him to bring you wisdom.
Buffalo (abundance, prayer, thanksgiving)
The buffalo was the major source of food for the Plains
Indians. The buffalo provided meat, hide for clothing, and
hooves for glue. The buffalo was considered sacred in many
traditions because it represented the ideal that when all was
in balance there was great abundance. When there was abundance,
prayer and thanksgiving were offered in gratitude.
Buffalo Associations
Direction: North and South
Elements: Earth and Fire
Deities: Apis, Cernunnos, Jupiter, Thor, Zeus
When you feel out of synch with those around you or
your environment, ask the buffalo for help. Work with the
buffalo during meditation. When you feel the need to pray
or give thanks for blessings received, ask the buffalo to help
you express your emotions in a proper manner.
Cat (independence, secrets)
The cat is very independent, a mighty hunter, and has
many secrets. The cat was worshiped by the Egyptians because
of its cunning and ability to purge the house of undesirable
elements. Bast, the cat-headed goddess, was considered to be a great protector of women. In ancient
Rome, the cat was a symbol of freedom. The cat is known for
hiding and being secretive.
Cat Associations
Direction: North and South
Elements: Earth and Fire
Deities: Bast, Brighid, Hathor, Isis, Maat, Osiris, Ra
If there is something you need to find out about yourself
or others, ask the cat for help during meditation. If you feel
overburdened and feel the need for more for independence,
invite the cat into your dreams.
Dog (friendship, loyalty)
Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend. The
dog is loyal to a fault, content with the bare necessities of
life, and, like the wolf, protective of home and family. For
thousands of years, dogs have been honored for their loyalty.
Hermes (Mercury) was frequently accompanied by his
faithful dog. Argos, Odysseus’s dog, was the only one to recognize
him when he returned from the Trojan War. Dogs
have a keen sense of smell, hearing, and sight. It is said they
can sense evil and death approaching.
Dog Associations
Direction: North
Elements: Earth
Deities: Odin, Lugh, Demeter, Mercury/Hermes, Ishtar
Use the dog when you feel the need for support from
your friends, or when you feel loyalties are divided. During
meditation ask the dog to protect you from the negative
thoughts and vibrations others send your way

Eagle (spirit, connection to the Divine)
The eagle is believed to be the messenger or connection
between humans and the divine. The eagle has the ability to
live in the realm of the spirit and yet remain connected to
the Earth and its inhabitants. The eagle represents the grace
that is achieved through hard work. The eagle teaches
humans how to have courage and learn from the lows in life
as well as the highs.
Eagle Associations
Direction: East
Element: Air
Deities: Zeus, Indra, Jupiter, Mithras, Apollo
When you need help with spiritual development ask the
eagle for help. In meditation merge with the eagle for help
with rising above material desires. Ask the eagle to enter your
dreams and impart knowledge of about the Ancient Ones.
Elephant (wisdom, stability)
The elephant has always been revered for its size, intelligence,
and devotion to family. The Greek philosopher
Aristotle admired the elephant for its great wisdom and
intelligence. In Hinduism, the elephant-headed god Ganesha
is invoked before any undertaking for his wisdom. Ganesha
is said to bring stability and abundance to shop owners.
Elephant Associations
Direction: North
Element: Earth
Deities: Ganesh, Indra, Siva
If you’re having problems making decisions, work with the
elephant for wisdom and stability. If you’re considering starting
a business or need to attract more customers to your present
business, ask the elephant-headed god Ganesha for help.

Horse (swift action, power)
The horse has long been a symbol of swiftness and power.
In ancient mythology it is the horse that bears the heroes
and the gods across the earth, and even across the sky, at
great speed. The horse is physical power and unearthly
power. In shamanic practices, the horse enables the shaman
to fly through the air to reach the heavens or spirit realm.
The horse is able to carry great burdens for long distances
with ease.
Horse Associations
Direction: North, East, South, West
Element: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Deities: Epona, Helios, Brighid,
Apollo, Godiva, Mars, Artemis
When you need to respond swiftly to a situation, call on
the horse. If you need more personal power, or are overburdened
by too much work, ask the horse to give you strength.
Owl (clairvoyance, magick, astral projection)
The owl has been called the night eagle because of its
connection to the world of spirit. The owl hunts at night.
The owl can see in the dark and pinpoint prey by sound.
Humans may be afraid of the dark, but night is owl’s friend.
The owl is silent; you can’t hear it when it flies. The owl has
often been associated with the Witch because of its connection
to the night.
Owl Associations
Direction: East
Element: Air
Deities: Athena, Lilith, Hecate, Bloeuweed,
Isis, Minerva

During meditation, ask the owl to help you unveil the
truth and see things clearly. The owl can also help you learn
to interpret omens and intuit dreams. Before doing any kind
of divination, ask the owl to be present and help you interpret
things correctly.

Wolf (power, protection, psychic development)
Wolves howl at the moon, they mate openly, and walk
silently through the woods. The wolf lives by instinct. The
wolf is the pathfinder, the discoverer of new ideas who
returns to his family to teach them the ways of the world.
The Wolf has keen senses, works with the power of the moon,
and is a symbol of psychic energy

Wolf Associations
Direction: North
Element: Earth
Deities: Loki, Odin, Diana, Artemis,
Brighid, the Morrigan
When you are in need of more personal power or psychic
energy call on the wolf. The wolf will take you to his
private den and teach you how to walk silently and work
with the power of the moon to build psychic skills.

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ANIMAL

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 harmony with its strength and
power. Totems appear in dreams and bring healing, abundance,
strength and power, and protection. Native American
Indians believe that when you align your consciousness
with that of an animal, that animal will speak to you in a
special way, the way of power. This way of power is considered
to be very potent. The totem animal then becomes your
spiritual ally and safely guides you through life’s trials and
tribulations. For example, if you feel the need for more independence,
you might want to work with the cat. If you are
faced with a problem which calls for swift action, then the
horse would be a good choice.
The best way to make contact with your power animal is
during meditation. Choose a place where you can be alone
for at least 15 minutes. Dim the lights and turn off all outside
distractions, including the television, radio, and stereo.
Seat yourself in a comfortable chair and relax your body.
Begin at the top of the head and work downward.
Tilt your head forwards, backwards, and then from side
to side, breathing deeply three times each. Relax.
Continue down through the neck, chest, back, arms and
abdomen, breathing deeply three times for each body section.
Relax.
Then continue on down through the thighs, knees,
ankles, feet, and toes. Check all muscles you can feel and be
sure that they are relaxed. If your breathing is even and calm,
relaxation will come quickly and easily.
As you direct your breathing, exclude all thoughts and
sensations and fix your consciousness totally on the breathing
process. Let your mind slip into a semiconscious state
and ask for your power animal to appear. When the animal
comes into focus, relax and allow yourself to connect with
the animal on a mental level. Invite the animal to work with
you and give you a measure of its power. When you feel you
have absorbed the qualities or power needed, thank your
power animal, and return to a full conscious state of mind.

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AMULET MAGICK

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 negative,
male and female, sacred and secular. The cross is
the conjunction of all planes in existence. It is worn
for protection.
Eye or Udjat (the Eye of Horus)
Whether facing left or right, the eye is a form of
protection and good health. Because of its association
with Ra (the high god of Egypt), the udjat
was considered to be a potent amulet that would
bring strength, vigor, and soundness to its wearer.
Feather
The feather is a symbol of truth, transcendent
knowledge, and power. It represents the wind, the
heavens, and the soul’s journey to other realms.
The feather is considered to be a good omen and
brings good fortune and luck in games of skill.
Hecate Wheel
The symbol of the goddess of the crossroads, and
emblem of the eternity of Witchcraft. It can be
used for protection or to help invoke the goddess
herself. The symbol is usually imprinted on a small
round disk of silver, wood, or ceramic, and is worn
on a cord around the neck or carried in a pouch.

Key
The key is considered to be a universal symbol
of life, knowledge, initiation, wisdom, and freedom.
The key brings opportunity, offers choice,
and signifies new beginnings. A gold key brings
good luck, prosperity, and opportunity, and is good for business.
The silver key helps one retain knowledge, imparts
wisdom, and frees the spirit.
Pentacle
The symbol of the spirit in control of the forces
of nature or the elements of ordinary life. This
is usually made of silver, gold, pewter or copper,
and is worn around the neck for protection
from negative vibrations. (This can be
consecrated into a talisman, or just worn as a protective
amulet).
Scarab
This is a replica of the Egyptian dung beetle. It
is usually made from stone or clay. The beetle
(scarabaeus sacer) was the symbol of the sun
god Khepera, a self created and self-sustaining
force. The scarab represents life, regeneration,
and renewal—divine providence. To wear the scarab brings
health and strength. It also provides powerful protection
against all harm.
Unicorn
The unicorn is a lunar emblem of chastity, purity,
and divine justice. To own or wear a Unicorn
brings security and protection. The root of
the Unicorn is a symbol of love, and used to bind
the affections of another.

Yin-Yang
Chinese cosmic symbol. The yin-yang symbol
has become very popular with the New Age movement,
because it represents the universe and all
its possibilities. It is the embodiment and unification
of all opposites—the feminine (yin) and
masculine (yang) principles. When worn as an amulet it serves
as protection and a means to bring one into alignment with
the cosmos

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AMULET

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 luck to
those who pass beneath it.
Almost any symbolic object—special stones, shells, wood
carvings, statues—can be turned into an amulet. To charge
an object as an amulet, hold it in your hand, think about what
the object represents, and visualize the object becoming a
symbol of that concept as you force your intention into it.

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AIR INCENSE AND FRAGRANCE

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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 room of unwanted vibrations. Mix benzoin with frankincense and burn during the new moon to clear confusion, and increase psychic powers.

Lavender (love, protection)

Wear lavender oil to soothe the mind and body, and bring visions of love. Mix lavender with sage and burn during the waning moon to purify and protect the home.

Pine (healing, money)

Burn to clear air and help with breathing problems. Mix pine with eucalyptus and burn to enhance life and bring money

Sage (wisdom, protection)

Wear sage oil to clear confusion. Place sage leaves under a door mat to protect the home from negativity. Burn sage during the waning moon for protection and to clear confusion.

Star Anise (psychic power, luck)

Burn or wear the seeds to increase psychic power. On a windy day scatter the seeds in the wind to bring luck.

Sweetgrass (spiritual attunement)

Burn sweetgrass to call in the spirits. Mix sweetgrass with lavender and burn to protect the home from unwanted spirits

 

 

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Air Magick / Ballon Magick?

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 color of a balloon which most matches your desire, and have it filled with helium:

Ten minutes before the hour of midnight, write your wish on a small piece of parchment paper. With a small piece of string, attach the paper to the balloon. At the strike of midnight let your balloon go as you chant the following passage.

Float now free
Bring to me
What I wish
So Mote It Be!

Turn around and don’t look back. Forget about the wish, and allow the powers of the universe to make it come true.

 

 

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AIR MAGICK Knot the Wind

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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, and then sell it to sailors. When untied, the first knot would bring a gentle breeze. The second would bring a strong wind, and the third a gale.

Modern Witches use the knot spell to for inspiration and creativity. To harness the power of the wind you will need a strand of blue cord and a compass. Go to the highest hilltop you can find. Face the East. Take several deep, cleansing breaths. Hold the cord above your head. When the wind begins to blow, tie the first knot, as you say the following:

I knot the wind
The wind of desire
I knot the wind
The wind that shall inspire.

Repeat the above conjuration as you tie the second and third knots. Take a few moments to feel the cleansing power of the wind. Ask the wind to free you from all negative thoughts and vibrations. Take your cord and hang it above your desk or work space. Whenever you feel the need for inspiration, untie the first knot and say the following:

I free the wind
The wind of desire
I free the wind
My mind to inspire.

 

 

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AIR

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 reason.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Introduction to Magick

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 what controls the
present, and the present is what creates the future.
In essence, magick, is the rediscovery of your basic ability
to create. What you create or make happen today, is going
to reflect on how you are able to deal with tomorrow. If you
were to get that much needed pay raise today, you could pay
your bills tomorrow, and even plan for something special in
the future.
Learning to do magick is like learning to drive—you learn
by doing. You take a little time each day to practice, and
pretty soon you have it mastered. By learning to drive, you
increase your mobility and thus your realm of opportunities.
You can suddenly go places and do things you weren’t
able to do before. Each time you use magick, your ability to
control your life increases, and the better your chances are
of getting what you want.
Discover how Witchcraft and magick can help you lead a
better, more fulfilling life. Arranged alphabetically, the magickal rites in this book can help you solve those annoying,
everyday problems that cause stress and anxiety. Each
entry is fully defined, and then followed by time tested spells
that really work—spells that will fit into your fast-paced life
style. Best of all, you don’t need to be a trained initiate, or
have special powers, to make use of the material in this book.
All you need is an open mind, and the desire to succeed.
The word ‘Witch’ derives from the Anglo-Saxon wicca “a
magickian who weakens the power of evil, or one who is able
to bend reality using natural forces.”
Generally, Witchcraft employs the powers of nature to
create a charm, philtre, potion or spell to bring about the
desired change. The physical object then becomes the catalyst
or focal point of the magickal operation.
You decide what it is you want, and then you create a
spell or magickal rite to get it. You are in control at all times,
and the outcome depends on your focused will. The only
limitations on magick, are those you place upon it.
Spells are one of the most popular and delightful ways
to approach magick. Since they do not require any specific
amount of room, elaborate equipment, or special training,
anyone can do them. The only thing you really need to make
a spell work is, a strong desire to have something or someone.

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Casting a Coin in the Well

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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 well that was sacred to a local saint. The idea was to take your coin and a rag or length of rope, and, during the hours of darkness — ideally just before dawn — walk three times around the well, each time petitioning the saint for the desired outcome, and then throwing the coin into the well, after spitting on it or kissing it. The rag or rope was then tied upon the tree that was always associated with sacred wells, and head off away from the well, never looking back. The idea was to be out of sight of the well before
sunrise.

Naturally, for most  — especially those in the US — it is not easy to find an appropriate well that can be used for this. But in Briar Rose, we have the good fortune to work with St. Nectan, the saint whose well was visited by the Knights of the Round Table before setting out on the quest for the Grail. Consequently, we use the cauldron as a well for various workings, including skrying, and it lends itself nicely to this crafting.

First of all, we have a collection of silver sixpences that we use and reuse exclusively for crafting purposes. Prior to a working, each participant purchases a sixpence in exchange for a modern coin. We then open up our sacred space, place the cauldron (about half full of water) in the centre, and open the Well of the Ancestors. We do this by calling upon Nectan, and then we open the well in the cauldron using a technique very similar to the one Orion Foxwood uses to open the Faery Well.

Start by feeling for the surface of the well. In our case, it is going to be the opening of the cauldron, so we pass our hands deosil around the lip of the cauldron, not quite touching it, feeling for the point of pressure where the worlds meet. Once we feel that, we begin to open it up by dipping our fingers through the pressure “bubble” and creating an aperture that is widened to match the lip of the cauldron.

Once the well is opened, we call to the Ancestors, breathing life-force into our hands and offering it into the well, where we feel the Ancestors receiving it, and returning their own offering of life-breath into our hands. We take that up and inhale it. This is done three times, and then the Well is fully open.

Next, we all walk around the well three times, or more if we feel the need to “wind up the power”, chanting or muttering as we go something appropriate to the working. Then each person in turn kisses or spits on the coin, depending on what is appropriate to the crafting being worked, and then throws the coin in the well. We then tie our rag or string to the Stang, representing the World Tree, and leave.

Later, after the evening’s work is complete, we retrieve the coins and clean them for later use. The modern coins — legal tender — that everyone used to buy the sixpences are taken to a charity collection pot, or are left at a crossroads, depending once again on which is felt most appropriate for the working.

Another thing we do with the coins is that everyone has a sixpence that they keep in their left pocket. Whenever something is going on that they need to influence the outcome of, they reach into their pocket and turn the sixpence three times without removing it from the pocket. This is an old crafting tool, and I have developed the habit of giving a sixpence to anyone who visits our home, so they can keep it in their pocket for the same purpose.

 

 

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A Crooked Sixpence

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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” is favoured. This is a ten-cent coin that depicts the winged head of Liberty, but it is easy to see why it was mistaken for the Roman God Mercury. It was minted between 1916 and 1945, and is used as a good luck charm or for prosperity, especially by gamblers. Mercury dimes minted in a Leap Year are said to carry double the luck. For those of a British persuasion, the coin of choice is the silver sixpence, once ubiquitous as the token placed in every Christmas pudding, to give luck to the one who found it — providing they didn’t swallow it, of course.

There are many things about the sixpence that makes it particularly valuable to the crafter, especially in modern times. Firstly, as a coin, it has been around for a very long time. The first sixpence was struck for Edward VI in 1551, and it was legal tender until decimalization in 1971. It was also the last coin to be made of silver — until 1920 the sixpence was sterling silver, and in that year it was reduced to 50% silver. It was not until 1946 that the Treasury switched to cupro-nickel. So a pre-1946 coin has both the weight of history and real silver in its makeup. This made it especially valuable for spellcrafting, but the final clincher is its value, sixpence for the six arms of the Hex Star.

Modern crafters have the additional advantage that it has been withdrawn from circulation. It is no longer legal tender in this realm, making it “legal tender” in the next world instead. The old custom was to bend a coin, rendering it useless for mundane purposes, but now all sixpences come ready to use in the realms beyond this one.

 

 

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Raising the Flame

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 Path of the Blacksmith can often be found hidden within the wider path of a particular Craft
Tradition and it often manifests within that tradition as the Lore of Forge Fire.
Most cultures have a Blacksmith God, and the stories of Hephaestus, Vulcan and Weyland are well known, but
less well-known is the Celtic equivalent, Goibhniu, who forged weapons and armour. But for the Welsh Crafter
there is an even less well-known deity of the forge, and that is Fraidd (also spelt Ffraid), a Welsh aspect of
Bridhe or Bridget — she is said to have sailed to Wales from Ireland on a sod of earth, which became a mound
in the sea between Anglesey and Holy Isle.
There is a distinct connection between the forge-fire and the hearth-fire, or heart-fire, and this exercise makes
good use of that.

Raise the Compass, and place a candle in the East. You may embellish with a skull,
hammer and tongs, etc, but the candle flame is the most important thing.
Sitting down, enter a deep state, and visualize yourself expanding and contracting with each
breath, like the bellows of a blacksmith.
Take three deep breaths while blocking off the left nostril, and expand the visualization so
that you are inside a giant bellows: when you breathe out it is the expanding of the bellows
that is sucking the air out of you, and when you inhale, it is the contracting of the bellows
that is pushing the air into you.
Let the bellows-wind that is being blown into you fan the smouldering flame within you,
making it brighter as it dances up your spine. Keep this up as the fire expands within your
body. Feel the sexual heat of arousal – a side-effect of the fanning of the flame.
You will get to a point where you feel very warm and empowered, but don’t stop there.
With intent and focus, take a deep slow breath and use it to push the flame down deep into
the earth beneath you, down to the forge of the Old One at the heart of the Earth. When you
exhale, draw that fire back up into your body, rising up your spine through your loins, belly
and heart to your head. Let it really infuse your spine and head.
This fire that returns is not just the Fire you sent down. It contains the Fiery Blood of the
Land, of the Underworld, the Transforming Fire of the Forge God Himself. Let your arms
raise as the Fire rises, then exhaling again, let the Flame return partially to the ground, to
complete the circuit, and bind you to the Land.
Sit and contemplate the Old One, relaxed and breathing normally.
The more you do this, the more it will affect you.

The Fetch

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 Self of the Crafter, known in Briar Rose as the Dragon.
The third kind of Fetch, the one used in shape-shifting, is traditionally a piece of skin or fur belonging to the
animal into which the Shape-shifter transforms. In some cases, such as the selkies in Ireland, it is the actual
whole skin that the shape-shifter puts on to become the animal.
But when Witches refer to a Fetch, they usually mean the “thought-form” created for a specific purpose, to find
something or someone, to bring people together, or carry out some other task. Ceremonial Magick has a similar
technique, the main difference being the status of the Fetch… in the Craft, it is a living entity, whereas CMs
tend to see them as servitors, something akin to astral droids.
To create a fetch, you need to start by pulling energy together in a concentrated form. There
are many ways of doing this, but for a solo practitioner the most effective way is to
visualize a ball of light between your hands, and pump energy into it from your core,
through your hands. Keep pumping energy into it until it is really full, and you can feel the
energy really strongly. Then you begin to shape it. You should have chosen an appropriate
form before-hand — most Witches work with animal forms, and it is recommended to
avoid using human forms unless you know what you are doing.
Once the fetch has its form, you should name it, bind it to its task, and then set its
destruction fate. It is considered bad form to let a fetch exist longer than a year, so
traditionally a cut off date is built in, so the fetch ceases to be on a certain date, or when the
task is complete, whichever comes first. A fetch that is allowed to exist for too long,
especially after their task is complete, can develop independence and start drawing off the
life-force of its creator. State firmly the fetch’s purpose, its cut off date, and name it,
binding all these things together. Then release it to complete its task.

Awakening the Altar

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 the
altar as a workbench. But we do pay our respects to our ancestors, and while the altar itself is just a table (in our
case a very nice hand-carved and purpose-built one), it is the resting place for the tools we use to interact with
our ancestors, the Hearth Stone, the Skull, the wand and the cup. So when we talk about awakening or activating
the altar, we are really talking about opening up the gateway for the Ancestors.
This is one of those exercises that are very simple, and will almost seem silly until the first time you do it right.
We have a bunch of candles on the altar, because we like to work in candle-light, but there are a set of candles
around the skull and stone that are specifically there for the awakening process. We start by lighting these
candles — a black one to the left of the skull, a white one to the right, a blue one behind the skull, and a red one
upon its crown.
The black and white candles represent the pillars that mark the gateway, and the arrows that are often found
attached to the stang, among other things. The blue and red candles represent in turn Noctifer and Lucifer, the
two aspects of Venus, the Evening and Morning Star.
In many ways Noctifer and Lucifer are to the Tradition what the Dragon and Crown are to us as individuals.
Noctifer is the dark twin, potent, passionate, chaotic and illogical, while Lucifer is the calm, intellectual and
controlled one. They are, of course, both separate and the same, and can be found in such cultural pairings as
Lugh and Cromh, Llew and Gronw, Osiris and Set.
Each of us has our own way of lighting the candles. Some use a few words, other do it in silence. The important
thing is to acknowledge and feel the presence of the pillars and twins, and to be aware of their balance. Then we
call in the Ancestors, by calling on our primary ancestor:

“Old XXX, bring them in,
Old XXX, bring them in,
Old XXX XXXXXX, bring them in,
One by one, and all together
Ancestors long gone, and those yet to be
Bring them in to dance the dance of life and death with me.”
Obviously the name of our primary ancestor is particular to us, and private, so I have replaced it with the XX’s
above.
Three times the wand is banged on the altar, then the crafter places his hands either side of the skull, and using
bellows breathing (where the sacred space acts like a bellows, and it feels like the air is pushed and pulled from
the crafter’s lungs rather than simple inhale-exhale), the y start to build up energy in the breath, with every
inhale going “right down to the boots”, getting bigger with each breath, until by the third inhale the crafter
draws breath in until their whole body is filled with energized air to the point where they can’t hold it in any
more. Then, the crafter exhales the charged air — life-force — into the mouth of the skull, as if giving mouth-to
mouth resuscitation, breathing life into the skull. It is difficult to describe the process, but you will know when
you get it right, because the skull will suddenly feel “enfleshed” in your hands, and with breathe back.
The ancestors are then welcomed, and a bell is rung to signal that we have moved between the worlds and are
now in the presence of the Ancestors.

Riding the Dragon

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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 British Witchcraft derives.

In Sumerian and Babylonian mythology we have Tiamet, the Mother of Dragons, and even in the Ancient Egyptian Mysteries we can find the dragon tucked away — take a good look at the figure of Ptah found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, and you will see the markings of feathered wings wrapped around His
mummiform body. Ptah, the Great Architect, and one of the oldest gods in the Egyptian pantheon, is a dragon. But for us in Briar Rose, the dragon is a very personal thing, because we see drakes to a certain extent as “all of the above”, but most importantly, we see the drake as part of our own make-up. Just as Orion Foxwood teaches that we have three selves, the Dream Walker, Surface Walker and Star Walker, so in our kind of crafting we work with three aspects of self, the Drake, the Initiate and the Crown. In other Traditions these also appear,  though they may have different names, such as the Fetch-Beast, the Magician and the Star-Body, or ShadowSelf, Self and Star-Self.

For us, the Drake is the Underworld component of our being, the Shadow form from which we gain our power. So awakening the Dragon is an important part of our development, and a key part of our rite of initiation. However, there is a caveat, because the Drake needs to be reined in by the Crown or Higher Self, otherwise it is out of control, and will ride roughshod over the Initiate self. It is much like the relationship between Set and Nephthys in the Egyptian Mysteries — Set is, among other things, the chaotic yet potent power of the desert storm, wild and destructive. But Nephthys provides the control and contact for his chaos, giving form to his force so that the power is tamed and becomes her power of dissolution, the side of nature that involves breaking down things to their basic building blocks through erosion, decay and rotting, so that those components can be recycled and incorporated in new growth, new life.

So the key when working with drakes is to find the balance point, much like finding the fulcrum point of the Compass in order to work magic… only the Drake is the engine that powers the magic, and the Compass is the tool we use, guided by our Higher Self or Crown, to direct it. We use the term “riding the dragon” both for the process of balancing this relationship, and also for the exercise we use to learn and practice it.

The exercise of riding the dragon is similar in some aspects to a martial arts exercise, as it involves directing energy through posture. Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees to lower your centre of gravity, and curve your spine, so it is a little like sitting in an imaginary chair or saddle. You should lift your heels off the ground slightly, and allow your ankles and knees to flex slightly. This results in a gentle bobbing motion, which should be matched to your breathing. Try to curve your back a little more, so the upper part is also curved. Let your head drop forward and down, and then look up,
curving the neck. Finally, hold your arms and hands out before you, though they should be curved as well, as if you are holding a large invisible beach ball in front of you. This is the basic rider position.

Now reach down with your senses, feeling for the dark pulsing energy that “bobs” in time to your own motion. This is your Drake. Draw it up until you feel almost as if your feet will leave the floor, and be aware of the Drake flexing in time with you between your thighs. At this point things will start to get warm, and you will feel spontaneous movements ripple through your spine and neck. This is where you need to find the balance point, which allows the energy to move where you want it, without it getting away from you. It is a bit like riding a unicycle. As long as there is balance, you will find that gentler controlled
movement is easy and flows well, and the whole thing feels like an extension of yourself — but lose that point of balance and it will quickly get away from you, and suddenly you are being forced to move, dragged in the direction it wants to go, because you have lost control.

 

 

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Libation

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 honouring the blood and
bone of the Ancestors. This is a complex piece of symbolism, considering how simple the practical technique
itself it. The libator dips the bread in the wine or ale, and toasts the Ancestors, the Gods, old Hornie, and
whoever else they need to honour. In a group, the participants take turns. It seems very simple, but the
symbolism runs very deep, as in addition to the act of symbolic theophagy that can be seen in the Catholic Mass,
there is also the nature of blood and bone to take into account. Frequently the blood is seen as the lineage itself
— the Witch-Blood — and the bone is the body of Lore that both sustains the blood and enables us to discover
and connect with it.
Traditionally, the Houzle is performed with a horn cup, which — depending on the tradition — can be an actual
cup made of horn or a stirrup cup (the cups designed originally for members of the fox hunt to drink their
libation before the hunt. They do not have a base, but rather are stored upside down, and are frequently made in
the shape of animals, especially stags and foxes.)

Raising the Cone of Power

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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 defend Britain from the Nazis during World War II.

The technique that can be used is for everyone to stand in a circle. The person or thing the energy is being raised for is placed in the centre if possible, or if not a photo, some other representation, or just visualization will suffice. The leader of the cone starts everyone swaying from side to side, beginning a chant such as:

“Circle, circle, power build
Open, open, be ye filled.”

When the momentum is built up enough, the leader begins to step deosil around the circle, and the others follow suit. It is helpful to have a few experienced crafters spread evenly about the circle. The circling begins painfully slowly, and gradually builds up to a run.

Experienced crafters may try the classic Witch-step, where you step to the left with your right foot, crossing in front of the left foot, as you look left, then step to the left again with the left foot. The next step with the right foot goes behind instead of in front of the left foot,
turning the face to the right. It is difficult to describe, but when competently performed it is graceful and filled with power.

Although the momentum builds steadily until everyone is running around the circle, the leader “pulls back” as much as possible, making the chanting lag behind the steps just enough to apply the brakes. This is to create tension, friction, and maximize the amount of energy generated. As soon as the leader feels the energy reach its peak, they yell for everyone to stop and direct the energy at the target.

Part of the trick could be for the rest of the group is to follow the leader and maintain a balance point in the work, while not focusing too much on the details.

 

 

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Treading The Mill

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 portal between the worlds in order to affect an exchange of some sort. An
excellent example is what we do at Samhain, when we open a gateway into the Mound to allow the spirits of the
recently departed — gathered by the Wild Hunt — to be escorted into the Land of the Dead where they will be
placed in the Cauldron of Cerridwen for rebirth.
This is not a technique that anyone would call fun, except that we all seem to be addicted to doing it… it has
some superficial resemblances to laying the Compass, except that it is always widdershins (well, there is a
deosil version, but used for very specific reasons), and there is no attempt to focus on an outcome or a “result”.
In fact, it is important for the participants to surrender to the brutality of the physical process, leaving just the
Mill leader to guide and control it.

Physically, there are two ways of doing the Mill that I have learnt — I’m sure there are others too. The first of
these is the way that the Clan of Tubal Cain does it. They place a focal point, such as a candle, at the centre, and
extending their left arms, point at the flame with their index finger. Turning their head to the left, they sort of
cock it backwards, so that their left cheek is over their left shoulder and they are able to sight down the length of
their arm and finger. This is described obliquely in the Cochrane letters, alluding to the way a cow looks over
her shoulder, and it results in both a visual effect (from gazing at the candle flame surrounded by swirling
circular movement) and a slight restriction of blood-flow to the brain, which combine to create a powerful
trance state. This technique is most effective for oracular work, or for seeking answers and guidance.
The other method, which we use in Briar Rose, is mostly used for taking the entire coven to the wasteland or
some other realm, where they interact with entities or do a crafting together. It opens doorways in a very
physical, visceral way, such as when it is done to open the Mound at Samhain.

The technique this time is to tramp around the circle widdershins, with your eyes loosely
focused on the back of the person in front of you. The centre of gravity is lowered by
bending the knees and curving the back so that everyone is in a crouching gait, and each
step includes swaying to the side where the foot is planted, giving everyone a shuffling,
side to side gait, so we almost zigzag around the circular path. Like the Compass, the goal
is to get the feeling you are pushing against an obstacle and sinking into the ground. A slow
chant is used to keep everyone in step like a chain gang, because it is important that nobody
has a single thought about the goal or purpose of the task at hand, but rather they all
mindlessly stumble along behind the one in front, as if they are joined by a chain to the
leader. The Mill does not speed up — if anything, it is likely to slow a little — but it gets
more and more intense, until the participants are feeling real discomfort, bordering on
agony as the pressure build. When the leader feels the whole thing is ready to burst, they
yell “down!”, and everyone drops to the ground and releases the pent-up tension and
energy, which is directed by the leader to open the portal, push unwanted things into the
void, or upon up the vista of the realm being visited

Laying the Compass

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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 be important to take a look at the Compass itself, what it is and how we can use it. Probably one of the most important tools for the practitioner, the Compass exists as a concept, a “map” as a working tool (of the non-physical variety) and as a training aid.

As a training aid, we may have already encountered the Compass — in many ways, those diagrams of the Wheel of the year are very much this aspect of the Compass. In other words, it acts as a framework upon which we can “hang” our deities, energies, stories and so on, and examine the relationships between them in order to gain insights. . The Compass in this mode is a construct that we fashion for our own use, and it does not define ultimate reality on any level.

Think of it as a test pattern, that we use to try out the “fit” of things. Where something makes sense, we can use its position and relation to other things to help us understand Lore, to construct rituals and to generally expand our understanding of the universe. But if it does not make sense, we can try a different position, and work with it until we find a workable relationship. So in this way, the Compass can act as a template for ritual construction, or as a way to try out a theory before committing to an actual working.

Its role as a concept is equally fluid, though it changes much less frequently. We have all come across the term “moral compass”, and this is a concept that fits well here, if we replace moral with ethical. It cannot be stressed strongly enough that the Crooked Path is a path that requires the practitioner to be ethical rather than moral.

Morals are rules laid out by a person or organization. The Christian Ten Commandments are a moral code, to be followed without exception.  This in itself can provide a framework of ethical behaviour that can be followed without too much thought. A Witch or Cunning person  needs to take responsibility for their own actions. Blindly following a moral code is fine for a beginner, but it presupposed a universe of stark
black and white, and the universe we live in is made of endless shades of grey. So instead of the moral code of “do not steal”, the Witch follows the ethical route, where the theft is weighed for its position on a sliding scale.

Theft is wrong, but allowing a child to starve is more wrong, so if your child is starving and there is no better way, stealing that loaf of bread becomes a lesser wrong. You might be arrested and placed in a cell for the theft, but that is a small price to pay for the continued life of your child.

That phrase, the “price to pay” is the key here. For Cunningfolk, the real question becomes, “am I willing to pay the price for what I do?” This is why the Crooked Path is unlike Wicca with is “harm none” moral code. Sometimes it is okay to harm others, whether it is taking the life of an animal in order to feed, or taking the life of someone who threatens the life of your loved ones, or yourself.

So we cannot stress enough that by taking upon yourself the act of laying a Compass, you are placing yourself at the centre, the fulcrum or balance-point, where you are responsible for the things that are done within that sacred space.

The practical technique of laying the Compass is known by several other names: ploughing the bloody furrow, raising the grove, raising the hedgerow, calling the Land, calling the Moat, and other such names. There are countless variations of the physical process, but here is a description of the most common — at least, in my experience.

One or two people enter the space, and begin circling about the centre. If it is two people, they sort of half face each other, and try to keep the centre between them, so they are forming the ends of the diameter of the Compass space. This often involves a sort of semicrouching sideways walk, and it usually starts slow and gets faster as the intensity builds. Asolo Compass layer will do much the same, but might drag their trailing leg as if literally ploughing a furrow in the ground with it. As the intensity builds, they may start rhythmically clapping or slapping their legs, as breathing becomes laboured and grunts and other sounds escape them. Finally, if there is a pair, they grasp hands or embrace in the centre, and the Compass is laid.

Not surprisingly, it is the non-physical part of the exercise that is most important. As the person or persons circle about, they see themselves digging deeper into the ground, as if digging a ditch or trench with their feet, and this usually continues until they feel themselves about knee-deep in the Land. At this point, the idea is to build up some resistance to their movement, as if they were pushing a boulder around the trench. Usually the boulder is not visualized, but rather the person or pair “feel” the effort and push against it. This psychic “friction” builds the energy and the tension to a point where the space within the trench or moat becomes “separate” from mundane reality, which is perceived as a thickness in the air and a sense of timelessness. Coming to a stop frequently invokes dizziness in the participants, even though the circling motion itself does not make them dizzy.

Next, everyone involved in the working needs to enter the Compass, and this is done by either the person who laid the Compass or the Guardian laying a broom across the entry way so that the bristles are outside and the end of the handle is inside the moat. At this point
the sacred space is perceived as if it were a boat moored at the quay-side, and each person enters by tapping their left foot on the broom and turning widdershins into the space, as if they were climbing over an old stile to get over the fence or hedge between two fields.

When there is a group, such as a full coven, working together, there are a few considerations to be noted. Firstly, the person officiating or facilitating the work needs to claim the space and take the Compass for their own, and the other participants need to acknowledge this and surrender the Compass to the leader — an act of great trust. This is facilitated by the use of a coin to “pay for the Land”. By paying the coin, the leader becomes — temporarily — sovereign over the Land, and is able to take possession of it fully. In coven structures, this is often done by the Magister giving a coin to the Guardian, who taps it three times on the broom before stepping over it, and then presenting the coin to
the Ancestors on the Magister’s behalf, before depositing it on or near the hearthstone.

Obviously for solo or small informal workings, the leader can do this themselves, but in a coven, this esoteric equivalent of “power of attorney” gives the Guardian the authority to override the Magister for reasons of safety, and so on.

 

 

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Sacred Space

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
work we plan on doing.
Now there are a lot of different methods in different traditions on creating sacred space. A lot of different names
too. For the average Neopagan Wiccan, circle casting is the term that springs to mind. But circle casting is not
exactly what the traditional Witch or cunning folk or traditional crafter would call the setting up of their sacred
space. The reason for this is down to good old fashion history, and the fact that Crafters are not likely to use
terms that have been borrowed from other places.
You see, circle casting is technically a ceremonial magic technique, and as Wicca borrowed quite a lot of its
ritual structure from ceremonial magic, from the Golden Dawn, courtesy of Gerald Gardener and even more so
Alex Sanders, who got even more ceremonial than Gerald did. So the circle casting that you have in most
Wiccan covens is very ceremonial oriented. It uses the classical elements or the Watch Towers as they’re often
called. Even the phrase that is used when drawing the circle, in Gardnerian and Alexandrian circles at least, is
taken straight out of the Key of Solomon:

“I conjure thee, o circle of power, that thou be’est a boundary between the world of men
and the realms of the mighty ones; a guardian and protection that shall preserve and
contain the power that I shall raise within thee. Wherefore do I bless thee in the names of
the Lord and Lady.”
Or words to that effect.
So, it’s very much about creating a barrier, a boundary within which you can work. And perhaps the most
significant difference from the point of view of a crafter between the ceremonial or Wiccan circle and the sacred
space created by non-Wiccan methods is that in a Wiccan circle, in a ceremonial circle, the aim is to set up an
environment. And then bring everything you need into that environment. So you call upon your deities and
bring them into the circle with you, drawing down the Moon, drawing down the Sun, invoking, bringing things
in. This is very much the modus operandi of the ceremonial magician. He stays put and everything comes to him
or her.
In traditional crafting, it actually works the other way around. The space is warded, or set aside if you like. And
then the crafter takes the space and themselves to where ever it is the entities or energies that they want to work
with happen to be. So, there’s a definite difference in feel, if nothing else. There’s also a difference in names.
Most traditional crafters try to avoid saying “casting circle” unless they really have to, just because they want to
emphasize the fact that it’s different from what a Wiccan does. Names that you might find being used for
creating sacred space, warding the space, laying a compass, ploughing the bloody acre, raising the hedgerow,
lots of different terms like that, which tend to be very physical-sounding descriptive terms. And each of them
has a particular technique associated with it.
Some are use predominantly by a particular tradition, and some are more generic. Warding the space is probably
the most generic term. It covers all the techniques for doing this. And it just involves essentially — and there are
traditional crafters that are going to hate me saying this — casting a circle by another name. It is making the
space in which you’re standing something special, set aside from the mundane world.
Laying a Compass is a little bit more technical than just warding space, because what you’re aiming to do is to
set out the lie of the land, which is a very old fashioned sort of phrase, but it involves basically setting out things
that are specific to your tradition and establishing their relationship to each other within the space and  placing
yourself in the centre or fulcrum-point, so that you’re able to bring about the changes that you want.
And it takes a little bit of practice. Laying the Compass is not something you can learn from a book. It’s
something you really have to either get a light bulb moment about, or have somebody who is skilled at it work
you through it. Like most traditional crafting techniques, it’s all very experiential. You have to actually learn it
hands on. So I’m not going to try to explain it in detail here, except basically what you’re trying to do is you’re
trying to superimpose your tradition’s map of the universe upon the land upon which you’re working.
Ploughing the bloody acre is more of an outdoor term. It often involves the traditional image of dragging your
left leg or your right leg, usually left leg, as you work your way around the perimeter of the circle space to
establish a boundary marker, if you like. And the bloody acre is the area that is covered by the river of blood.
It’s a nice technical term, as used in fairy faith as well as several other old crafting traditions, that it’s basically
the current of magic or crafting that the practitioner is part of, so you’re talking about immersing yourself in the
current, in the tradition itself.
“Ploughing” is working the land quite literally, and making the two one and the same, because all traditions, all
currents come out of the land in one form or another, because they’re tied into the Ancestors.

So do we do this indoors or outdoors? Well, as I was taught, if you can’t work your magic stark naked in a
concrete bunker, then you can’t work magic period. So ultimately it doesn’t matter. But obviously sometimes
you’re going to be working indoors and sometimes you’re going to be working outdoors. Does the technique
change? Yes it does, mainly because traditional crafters tend to see all of the land outdoors as sacred to a greater
or lesser extent. So you don’t really need to make the land sacred — it is already.
So when working outdoors, you just basically set up your boundary markers and you do your work, and usually
at the end of it, rather than taking it all down again, you just walk away from it, because you’re not going to desanctify
the land, any more than you’re going to make it more sacred than it started out to be.
Indoors is a different matter. If you work in a temple, then you’re going to build up a similar sort of effect over
the years in your temple space as well. But if you have to use the living room or a corner of your bedroom, then
you’re basically going to put it up and take it down each time as completely as you can so that you don’t have
any issues with using that space for mundane purposes at other times

Root and Crown — The Bilé Tree Turned Upside Down

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 — both Pharaonic and Coptic — the concept of a structure that both defines
and bridges between the realms is powerful and nearly universal.
As a tool of cosmology, the Tree or Pole serves a useful function, and has been expanded in the Qabalah to
become a veritable filing cabinet, route map and curriculum that is both elegant and complex. But for the
practicing modern Cunning Folk, the Tree itself is a potent tool for working magic, in addition to its use in
exploring the realms.
For many of us, the Bilé Tree is first and foremost the vertical axis of our Compass. At its root we find Annwn,
the Underworld, home of the Cauldron of Rebirth. In the middle is Abred, the physical realm, and at its crown is
Gwynvid, or Heaven. Of course, for Crafters there is often a twist to the general philosophy, and here we find
the twist to be almost literal, as the Cunning Folk like their World trees to be topsy-turvy, and invert the Tree so
that the Underworld is above, and Heaven is below. The reason for this is that the apparent paradox reveals a
Mystery, which is often referred to as the stars reflected in the water. Simply put, we are the stars reflected in
the water, and this manifests on many levels. Aleister Crowley was fond of the quote from his “Book of the
Law” that states “every man and woman is a star”, and this is another way of expressing the Mystery that
manifests in the mundane world as the fact that the carbon that is part of the molecular structure of every living
thing on earth originates in the stars and the sun, carried here across time and space. So we are literally made of
the stuff of stars.

The Cycle of Ced and Celi 1.2

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Ced and Celi

According to Owen Morgan, the author of Light of Britannia, Ced is the primal Black Mother who exists before manifestation. She/Her womb is the Great Enclosure. Her consort is Celi, the Unmanifest Sun, All Father to her All Mother.

The Gods

Their son is Hu Gadarn, also known as Hesu the Mighty, who is born at the Winter Solstice, and follows the circuit of the Sun as Solar Deity until Spring Equinox. At this point, he becomes, through a state akin to puberty, Alawn (Father Hermes). At Midsummer he becomes Plenydd (Sun Longest Day), and at the Autumn Equinox, he becomes Gwron (Hero).

Hu Gadarn

Hu the Mighty was the leader of the Cymry, and was reputed to have led them to Ynys Prodain (Britain) from Deffrobani (The Summer Realms). During a great flood, caused by the giant beaver Afanc, he enticed the beast from Itys Lake with the aid of a young girl, and while it slept with its head on her lap, he bound it with iron chains. The chains were attached to Hu’s oxen, who were strong enough to drag the Afanc through the mountains, ploughing a pass through the mountains and imprisoning the Afanc in the lake LynnFfynnon Las.

Alawn, Plennydd and Gwron

The three primitive Bards, the disciples of Tydain Tad Awen by whom Druidism was founded. A Druidic movement being started would be presided over in turn by a Plenydd or light-bringer, a Gwron or stabilizer, and an Alawn or harmonizer, and so on in succession. According to Owen Morgan, the Earth is the Ox-Pen of the Bards, and these are the three great bulls which form the Triad of the Sun, or the Head of the Dragon.

The Goddesses

Hu’s consort is Calen (the Earth), and she matches his transformations, becoming Morwyn (Holy Maid of Sea Foam), who is also Venus. At Midsummer she becomes Blodwen (Holy Flora), and at Autumn Equinox Tynghedwen (Holy Fortune) or Tynghedwen-Dyrraith (Fecundity/Barrenness). These latter three comprise.

Calen

Calen is Mother Earth (a manifestation of Ced, the Enclosure). Morwyn, Blodwen and TynghedwenAccording to Owen Morgan, these three are the three great cows which form the Triad of the Earth, or the Dragon’s Tail.

 

 

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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 petals instead of the more common five, and which was used in East Anglia as a symbol for the Cunning Arts especially in the form of the knot pattern known as the Celtic Rose. But it can also be found from time to time in the form of the Tudor Rose, once again as a symbol of Witchcraft (also found — rarely — in a six-petal version, representing the Hex Star.). Plus, this way, the quarters and cross-quarters are true “quarters” rather than “eighths”.

The Quarter Deities are the familiar ones that are mentioned above, but the Cross-Quarter Deities have a special relationship.

 

 

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North-West

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

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

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
attributed to the Dark Mother, or the Black Goddess, who is known by various names like Black Anna or Black
Annis.
The guardian of this gateway is the Queen of Northgales, one of the four Queens who accompanied Arthur to
Avalon. Named in Mallory’s version of the tale as Annowre, a Medieval version of the name Anu, or Black
Annis.
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Cross-Quarters

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, bull and human of St John. In Old Craft Traditions,
the Cross Quarters tend to be more primal, and more powerful than the more anthropomorphical Quarter points.
The Quarters tend to deal with the Lore of the Bright Gods, made in the image of humanity, while the Cross
Quarters deal with the Titanic forces from the dawn of existence. As such, they tend to be introduced to the
more advanced students who have a good grasp of the Quarter Lore.

Through the Gate of the Sky

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 your chest and breathing muscles tighten them up and then relax them. Your back,
shoulder, and neck muscles, tighten them up as tight as they’ll go and as you release them
feel the tension of the day just draining away. It’s a wonderful feeling. Now your head and
face muscles tighten them up as tight as they’ll go. Tighten them up as tight as they’ll go
and then relax them. Lastly, do the muscles of your arms. Tighten them up as tight as
they’ll go and then relax them, from the shoulders down to the finger tips.
Now become aware of the black nothingness around you. Feel yourself floating, and then
moving forward, lifting, drifting away. As you feel yourself floating away, the blackness
fades to grey, becoming like a foggy mist as you begin to descend.
Your feet make contact with a surface, and you find yourself sitting in a small round boat
— a coracle — which is floating through the mist on a river. It gently moves towards a
bank, and comes to a halt, and you climb out and onto the riverbank.
The riverbank is forested, but where you climbed out of the coracle there is a pathway
leading into the forest, and you follow it. The path is narrow, and twists and turns through
the trees as it takes you deep into the heart of the forest, where you find a most pleasant
glade. The ground is dotted with foxgloves taking advantage of the dappled shade, and a
rocky outcrop supports a waterfall that pours down through a giant hag-stone. Standing
beside the waterfall is a man in simple hermit’s robes, and you hear him introduce himself to you as Nectan, Keeper of the Well, as he gestures to a small brick-built well at the edge
of the clearing…
(pause for conversation with Nectan)
Nectan points out that it is getting late, and bids you continue along your way. You make
your farewells, and set off on the path that leads on from the clearing, a wider, straighter
path that keeps the sky visible above. Before you know it, you find yourself approaching a
tall tower as the dusk closes in around you.
The open doorway leads to a staircase spiralling up the inside the tower, to a platform high
above the trees. On reaching the top, you notice that it is quite dark now, and that there is a
lady of regal bearing standing there, waiting for you: Arianrhod waits to talk with you about
the stars…
All too soon it is time to move on again, and descending the stairs, you head for the edge of
the clearing, aware of her piercing gaze watching you from the tower’s top.
This time the path leading away from the clearing curves sinuously this way and that, in
great lazy loops, until before you know it, you find yourself at the riverbank again.
Although this is much further downstream, the coracle has floated down this far and is
waiting for you. Carefully, you climb into it once more, and no sooner are you seated than it
begins to move away from the bank, taking you into the mist, which gets thicker and
thicker, until all you can see is the coracle. Soon the mist closes in completely, leaving you
in a featureless grey expanse as you feel yourself floating up and back.
The grey mist fades to black, and you feel yourself returning to the place you started from,
sitting with your eyes closed. Sit up and open your eyes. The journey is over

North

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
night.
Male sky deities are rarer, but where there is sky there is weather, and most pantheons have an Old Thunderer
who can lend His services to guarding this gate. Taran or Taranis is an old British Thunder God, and for the
more Northerly inclined Thor makes an excellent choice. However, my Path departs from the obvious here, and
works with Nectan, Keeper of the Sacred Well of Initiation used in the rite of Accolade for each of the Knights
of the Table Round. This may seem counter-intuitive, and is certainly not easy to explain in writing, but
sometimes the focus is not on that which casts the lightning bolt, but on that which calls the lightning strike to it

Through the Gate of the Sea

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 your chest and breathing muscles tighten them up and then relax them. Your back,
shoulder, and neck muscles, tighten them up as tight as they’ll go and as you release them
feel the tension of the day just draining away. It’s a wonderful feeling. Now your head and
face muscles tighten them up as tight as they’ll go. Tighten them up as tight as they’ll go
and then relax them. Lastly, do the muscles of your arms. Tighten them up as tight as
they’ll go and then relax them, from the shoulders down to the finger tips.
Now become aware of the black nothingness around you. Feel yourself floating, and then
moving forward, lifting, drifting away. As you feel yourself floating away, the blackness
fades to grey, becoming like a foggy mist as you begin to descend.
Your feet make contact with a surface, and you find yourself sitting in a small round boat
— a coracle — which is floating through the mist on a river. It gently moves towards a
bank, and comes to a halt, and you climb out and onto the riverbank.
The riverbank is forested, but where you climbed out of the coracle there is a pathway
leading into the forest, and you follow it. The path is narrow, and twists and turns through
the trees as it takes you deep into the heart of the forest until you find yourself at the door of
a small cottage in a clearing.
The door opens before you can knock, and you enter, noting the large hearth, with a great
cauldron set over it, steaming gently. Sitting in a chair beside the hearth is an old lady,
wrapped in a shawl, tending to her hearth. Although you get the impression of great age,
she is most certainly not frail or helpless, for this is Cerridwen, tending her mighty
cauldron…
(pause for conversation with Cerridwen)
The time comes for you to continue along the path, and so you take your leave of her, and
return to the forest outside.

You set off on the path that leads on from the clearing, a wider, straighter path that keeps
the sky visible above. Before you know it, you find yourself approaching a quayside, down
by the river. A coracle much larger than yours is docked there, upon which sits a majestic
figure, surrounded by a pack of hounds. You step on board, and introduce yourself to
Gwynn ap Nudd…
(pause for conversation with Gwynn ap Nudd)
This time your coracle is moored right next to Gwynn ap Nudd’s larger one. Carefully, you
climb into it once more, and no sooner are you seated than it begins to move away from the
bank, taking you into the mist, which gets thicker and thicker, until all you can see is the
coracle. Soon the mist closes in completely, leaving you in a featureless grey expanse as
you feel yourself floating up and back.
The grey mist fades to black, and you feel yourself returning to the place you started from,
sitting with your eyes closed. Sit up and open your eyes. The journey is over.

West

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.
The deities who guard this gate are water Gods, though not necessarily Gods of the Sea. River, lake and weather
deities can guard this place as well, so you may find Manannan, Welsh God of the Sea, or his more elusive
cousin, Nudd, associated with water wherever it is found.
Goddesses too, may be associated with water through their tales, rather than being specific sea deities.
Cerridwen, keeper of the Cauldron of Rebirth, and strongly associated with Lake Bala in Wales (formerly Llyn
Tegid Foel, named for Her consort, Tegid), fits the bill quite nicely.

Through the Gate of the Stone

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 your chest and breathing muscles tighten them up and then relax them. Your back,
shoulder, and neck muscles, tighten them up as tight as they’ll go and as you release them
feel the tension of the day just draining away. It’s a wonderful feeling. Now your head and
face muscles tighten them up as tight as they’ll go. Tighten them up as tight as they’ll go
and then relax them. Lastly, do the muscles of your arms. Tighten them up as tight as
they’ll go and then relax them, from the shoulders down to the finger tips.
Now become aware of the black nothingness around you. Feel yourself floating, and then
moving forward, lifting, drifting away. As you feel yourself floating away, the blackness
fades to grey, becoming like a foggy mist as you begin to descend.
Your feet make contact with a surface, and you find yourself sitting in a small round boat
— a coracle — which is floating through the mist on a river. It gently moves towards a
bank, and comes to a halt, and you climb out and onto the riverbank

The riverbank is forested, but where you climbed out of the coracle there is a pathway
leading into the forest, and you follow it. The path is narrow, and twists and turns through
the trees as it takes you deep into the heart of the forest, eventually coming to a shady
clearing, still covered high above by the green canopy provided by the tall trees around it.
In the centre of the clearing is a mound, green with moss and plants, but clearly made from
three great stones supporting a huge slab of granite, covered now by dirt and undergrowth.
You hear a sound like deep sighs from within, and find your way through the growth
covering the stones, to enter the mound.
Inside it is surprisingly warm, and a little humid. It is difficult to see in what little light
makes it into the mound, but the texture of the rock under your fingers feels like it has been
carved with intricate maze symbols and spirals. You become aware of a presence in the
centre of this place, and as your eyes adjust to the dim light, you see the matronly form of
Modron, planted firmly in the ground…
(pause for conversation with Modron)
Almost before you get going, it seems that is time for you to continue your journey.
Promising Modron that you will return again, you make your farewells, and wriggle out of
the mound once more.
You set off on the path that leads on from the clearing, a wider, straighter path that keeps
the sky visible above. Before you know it, you find yourself approaching a small hill that
appears to be more or less a large rock jutting out of the ground. You climb up the rocky
surface, which takes you up above the treetops and into the sunlight.
Standing at the highest point, looking out over the forest, you see the muscular back of a
man, tanned, naked, and rippling with power. But all of this fades into insignificance as you
notice the fine antlers that extend from either side of his head. He turns, with a smile on his
face and a glint in his eye, and you find yourself face to face with Herne…

(pause for conversation with Herne)
Once again, the need to continue your journey catches up with you. Surprised to see that the
sun is beginning to set, you thank Herne and continue on your way.
This time the path leading away from the clearing curves sinuously this way and that, in
great lazy loops, until before you know it, you find yourself at the riverbank again.
Although this is much further downstream, the coracle has floated down this far and is
waiting for you. Carefully, you climb into it once more, and no sooner are you seated than it
begins to move away from the bank, taking you into the mist, which gets thicker and
thicker, until all you can see is the coracle. Soon the mist closes in completely, leaving you
in a featureless grey expanse as you feel yourself floating up and back.
The grey mist fades to black, and you feel yourself returning to the place you started from,
sitting with your eyes closed. Sit up and open your eyes. The journey is over

South

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 deities who guard this gate will be closely associated with nature. Earth Mother Goddesses are appropriate
here, especially those who invoke the rich musk and fertility of the soil. Modron from the Welsh pantheon, or
Gaia for a more generic touch, fits the bill perfectly here.
The male deities are often more oriented toward animals rather than plants — still wild and untamed, but ready
to run with the herd, and rut. Herne and Pan, or their more “civilized” brother Cernunnos, are apt guardians here.
We work with Herne here, more British than Welsh, though Gwyn ap Nudd would not be inappropriate.

Through the Gate of the Sun

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 your chest and breathing muscles tighten them up and then relax them. Your back,
shoulder, and neck muscles, tighten them up as tight as they’ll go and as you release them
feel the tension of the day just draining away. It’s a wonderful feeling. Now your head and
face muscles tighten them up as tight as they’ll go. Tighten them up as tight as they’ll go
and then relax them. Lastly, do the muscles of your arms. Tighten them up as tight as
they’ll go and then relax them, from the shoulders down to the finger tips.
Now become aware of the black nothingness around you. Feel yourself floating, and then
moving forward, lifting, drifting away. As you feel yourself floating away, the blackness
fades to grey, becoming like a foggy mist as you begin to descend.
Your feet make contact with a surface, and you find yourself sitting in a small round boat
— a coracle — which is floating through the mist on a river. It gently moves towards a
bank, and comes to a halt, and you climb out and onto the riverbank.
The riverbank is forested, but where you climbed out of the coracle there is a pathway
leading into the forest, and you follow it. The path is narrow, and twists and turns through
the trees as it takes you deep into the heart of the forest.
You notice the sound of metal on metal, in a rhythmic hammering, and follow the sound as
the path brings you to a clearing in the forest. In the clearing you see the back of a simple
hut, set up as a blacksmith’s workshop. The sound of hammering is coming from the other
side of the hut, so you walk round, to see a woman of average build, dark-haired, wielding a
hammer as she shapes the hot metal upon the anvil. Beside her, the glowing coals of the
forge radiate heat. This is Fraidd, the Forge Maiden. Moving round, you approach her and
she pauses in her work, regarding you with an appraising eye…

You realize that the minutes have passed quickly, and it is time to move on. Making your
farewells to Fraidd, you move to the far side of the clearing.
You set off on the path that leads on from the clearing, a wider, straighter path that keeps
the sky visible above. Before you know it, you find yourself approaching a stone building
nestled among the trees. It is a hunting lodge, and its doors are open, so you enter, noting
the array of animal trophies and weapons decorating the wall. A short hall leads you to a
doorway, and inside is a room that has a black floor and a fireplace at the far end. Standing
before the fire-place, with his back to you, is a tall slim male wearing a red tunic and black
pants, who has flowing brown hair, almost like a lion’s mane. As you walk towards him,
you realize that there appears to be stars reflected in the floor, even though the room has a
simple white ceiling. The man turns to greet you, his extended hands are the work-worn
hands of a craftsman, despite his noble bearing. This is Llew, Master Crafter and warrior…
(Pause for conversation with Llew)
Once again, it is time to move on, and you thank Llew before leaving the building to
continue your journey.
This time the path leading away from the clearing curves sinuously this way and that, in
great lazy loops, until before you know it, you find yourself at the riverbank again.
Although this is much further downstream, the coracle has floated down this far and is
waiting for you. Carefully, you climb into it once more, and no sooner are you seated than it
begins to move away from the bank, taking you into the mist, which gets thicker and
thicker, until all you can see is the coracle. Soon the mist closes in completely, leaving you
in a featureless grey expanse as you feel yourself floating up and back.
The grey mist fades to black, and you feel yourself returning to the place you started from,
sitting with your eyes closed. Sit up and open your eyes. The journey is over

Seeking the Guardians of Lore. East

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 with the essence
of the Airts, and so the East is the Gate of the Sun.
This is the place of dawn, of the first warm stirrings of daylight, and the lighting of the fire in the hearth,
perhaps lit by the embers left from the previous day. Most books will refer to this gate as Fire, but it is the literal
flame of the hearth-fire or forge fire rather than the Element of Transformation.
The deities who guard this gate will be gods of Light (note, not necessarily solar deities). Llew/Lugh is often
mistaken for a Solar deity, but He is in fact a God of Light, not the Sun, and as a Light-Bringer He has obvious
associations with the Morning Star, Venus, and Lucifer. It is interesting to note that in the Bible, Jesus is
referred to as the Bright and Morning Star.
In addition to Gods of Light, Forge Gods may be found guarding this gate. As there will often be a God and a
Goddess acting as guardians, it is not uncommon to find Traditions that make use of an often forgotten aspect of
Bridhe as the Forge Maiden. This is most obvious in the Welsh regional version of Bridhe, Fraidd.
You’ve probably noticed that the God and Goddess given here are not a “couple”, husband and wife. This is
because the emphasis is not on fertility rites, but on the Mysteries of Initiation. We work with Llew in part
because He is our prime example of the cycle of the Sacred King, but also because he brings in many of the
creative aspects of enlightenment. The Forge Goddess, Fraidd, is also quite obviously connected to creativity,
and between them they represent a very practical kind of wisdom and understanding that is key to our Mysteries
and our Path as a whole

Seeking the Guardians of Lore

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 our personal ethical
compass, and this is a key part of our practice and beliefs. Where a Wiccan might cast a circle in which to work
and celebrate, we generally lay a Compass. It is essentially the same thing in practice, but the intent, symbolism
and technique are all quite different.
As a construct, the Compass contains the layout of our ritual space. At the Quarter we have Guardians, deities
who we work with placed at key points to provide access to the Inner Realms and their Lore. These deities are
not fixed in place, but are rather called in specific locations as an aid to memory, and to invoke certain
relationships — they are free to move where they will within the Sacred space. This construct is purely for our
convenience, and as a teaching and working tool it is very effective for us. Other non-wiccan Traditions use
similar constructs, though the details are likely to be different.
There are several layers to the Compass construct, the first being the Quarter Gates and their Guardians. It is
important to note that while I give as examples the deities we use as Guardians, it is more important to work
with deities or forms that are relevant to you, so you should not blindly follow any examples as if they were
holy writ.

Yule

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 umbrella of neo-Paganism, but these underlying Mysteries are in fact all part of one Greater Mystery
known as the Path of the Fool, or the Hero or sacred King. It is a cycle that profoundly affects each and every
person working the Tradition, and is one of the key things that draws people to this path. There are other sabbats
that we work as well as these, but that can wait for later — I’m a firm believer in taking things in bite-sized
chunks.
With the birth of the Wraith Lord, the one who carried Sacred King for the year is released, which considering
the events of the year, turned out to be a bittersweet moment for me. A great weight was lifted from me, while at
the same time I knew I had been transformed in ways that would continue to take me by surprise for years to
come.

Samhain, or Hallows

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
died during the year and takes them into the Mound to enter Cerridwen’s Cauldron of Rebirth. From this rite
until the Rite of Imbolc, no male deity is called on. The Crone, having assisted the Lord into the Mound and
keened at His passing, becomes the Queen.
Our rite includes separating the Sacred King from the one carrying it, so he can enter the Mound as our divine
messenger to the Gods, while the person who carried him is released so that they don’t follow him across that
threshold, never to return. From this point on, the title of Sacred King is symbolic only for the person who
carried it. In recent years we have passed the mantle of Sacred King to a giant poppet filled with straw, which is
wrapped in the altar cloth and cremated at the end of the rite.

Autumn Equinox

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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, and the tribe or family is strengthened.

Almost every year we take our cauldron, hearthstone and ancestral skull to the ocean, to wash and cleanse them under the moonlight with meditation and chanting before we gather round the ancient stone to renew our commitment to the Mysteries and to each other.

In many ways, this is the simplest and easiest rite for one who carries Sacred King, because the role of the King is passive. It is, however, deeply moving and emotional, to blood the hearth stone and reaffirm the vows as the Sacred King.

 

 

 

 

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Lammas

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 with a scapegoat,
a loaf of bread. The working involves senior initiates literally hanging on the Bile Tree by their initiate cords,
and taking a journey with the Sacred King into the Underworld. The whole thing is presided over by the Millwife,
a form of the Dame, and upon the acceptance of the scapegoat loaf, the King returns to be crowned.
Although rare, it has happened that the Sacred King has been taken instead of the scapegoat (i.e., the person
representing the King dies at this time of year), in which case the coven immediately goes into Dark Time as if
it were Samhain. In one case, an initiate who knew he was dying took the role of sacred King in order to make
his passing more meaningful to himself and those he loved, and did indeed pass around this time of year. To

quote a phrase written about another Sacred King, “Greater love hath no man than this…” It is at Lammas that
the Mother becomes the Crone.
What can I say about hanging on the Tree? As Sacred King, I experienced a journey through the Underworld,
passing through three sets of great gates (one bronze, one silver, one gold), that took me to the Great Enclosure
at the centre of the Earth, where I came face to face with the Black Interior Sun, and embraced my Fate by
leaping into it and surrendering myself to the certainty that I was not going to return from this journey. It was
not until I acknowledged and fully accepted the fact that I was going to die that I was released from its grasp and
was allowed to ascend back up to where my body and the rest of the coven were. I’m told that when they all got
back up I was not breathing and there was a tense minute or two before I drew a breath and returned to them.
What I do know for sure is that although I returned, part of me stayed with the Interior Sun, and remains there to
this day. Because of that I can take myself back there in an instant, which is extremely useful for the crafting I
do, and this was the start of the journey that led to my discovery of the visceral nature of magick.

Midsummer

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 His own
personal needs and wants.
The laying down of desire is represented by His symbolic castration, which in turn is represented by the cutting
of mistletoe from His body, to be hung on the Bile Tree until Midwinter. Strangely enough, this ritual is always
very potent for everyone who participates, and each year when we sit down to plan the coming rite, it is almost
impossible to remember what we did in previous years. It is almost as if this rite has to be completely ‘new’
each year.
True to the years before and since, the Midsummer rite of my year as Sacred King is definitely a little blurry.
About the only thing I truly remember is the symbolic castration, performed by lopping mistletoe hanging
between my thighs with a sharp sickle. I’m told that the priestess carrying the Mother came close to making it
non-symbolic, but either way, I think I would have been okay with either outcome, because I was so in the
moment.
When we have an individual carrying Sacred King, it is usual for that person to be completely celibate between
Midsummer and Lammas, honouring the spirit of the act of symbolic castration. For me this resulted in a deeply
sensual encounter with the Pale Lady, resulting in several ecstatic nocturnal experiences where she brought me
to powerful and extended orgasms with no physical interaction on anyone’s behalf, knocking me out of my
physical body with the force of the release and taking me to place that, even now, I have trouble finding the
words to describe.

Beltaine, or May Eve

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 King/Hero. Sometimes this rite can express itself through a sexual union, but this is not
essential, as the true Hieros Gamos is the union of the Lower and Higher selves within the mundane form of the
Initiate. In our path, we refer to this as the union of the Drake and Crown.
As Sacred King I had the unique experience of consummating the Hieros Gamos with the May Queen fully and
completely, just not physically. Simultaneously deeply erotic and profoundly spiritual, it is hard to describe in
anything but sensual terms, even though it by far transcended a merely sexual act. It was at this point where it
became apparent that the journey was not going to be one of love and light, as the insights I gained
foreshadowed the darker rites to come.
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Spring Equinox

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 armed, and sent out into
exile to seek His Fate. This can be expressed in several ways, through the walking of the shepherd’s Race and
receiving the Gifts of Arianrhod at the centre of the maze, or through encountering Nectan at the Well, in order
to receive a blessing on the start of your quest, as the Knights received purification and sanctification from him
before setting off to find the Grail.
The working can also manifest in a very emotional way. For several years, initiates of our Path referred to
Spring Equinox as the “fuck you” rite, because the impetus for the exile manifested as a rebellion against
authority. I’m pleased to say that, valuable though the experience was, the Mystery seems to have settled on a
more benign manifestation in recent years, becoming more of a communion with the initiate’s Patron or Matron.
My experience of this Sabbat as Sacred King is a little hazy. It was one of those “fuck you” years, and I was
exiled from the circle top find my/the King’s Path after being named and armed. I remember passing through
forest, despite the covenstead being in the middle of urban North Hollywood, and by all accounts it took them
some time to find me afterwards, despite the fact I was sitting on a couch in the next room — they kept looking
in there, but did not see me until my perception returned to the mundane.

Imbolc or Candlemas

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 and is essentially
inaccessible to us. At Imbolc, the Horned Lord is made manifest in the form of the Child of Promise, and the
manifestation is the work of the Maid, bringing Him forth from the Cauldron. This is not to be confused with a
birth, despite the cauldron-womb connection — note it is the Maid, not the Mother that brings Him forth. He
enters manifestation from the Cauldron-as-Mound/Tomb rather than the Cauldron-as-Womb.
The Child of Promise is, of course, each one of us, and the manifestation within us is represented by the lighting
of a candle, symbolizing the flame at our heart/hearth.
My year of carrying Sacred King really began with the Imbolc rite, where I played the role of the Child of
Promise. After the Child was invoked or made manifest within me while I stood in the cauldron, I got to light
each person’s candle and speak to them from the heart, awakening each one’s own Child of Promise within. It
was a gentle start to the year, yet one that moved me deeply, as I felt myself planted firmly in place on the
Wheel of the Year. It started as a gentle ride, but quickly became more like the experience of Jack Sparrow in
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, where he, William Turner and the former Commodore are fighting
on the runaway water wheel. I guess it was all a matter of momentum…

Notable Points on the Path of the King

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 out around the Wheel
of the Year embody the journey of the King, and our seasonal rituals are all about enacting these Mysteries
rather than the agricultural celebrations found in Wicca. For simplicity, I have included the eight Sabbats that
are familiar from Wiccan Lore and literature. Some traditional Crafters — including us — use them, others do
not. But they are a good balanced starting point. You might want to eventually add to them (we did), or replace
them altogether, but they are perfectly fine as a starting point.
So who is this King? Well he is the Sacred King, the Hero of Myth and Lore, often personified as a slain and
risen God like Llew, Osiris or Jesus. We tend to work primarily with Welsh Celtic deities; so much of our
Wheel work revolves around aspects of the story of Llew, although it applies also to Math, Son of Mathonwy,
Mabon, Son of Modron, and many other heroes. I have a personal bias, as Llew is my Patron, but I try to be fair
to the others. It is important to note that while the term King is a masculine title, and many of the heroes of these
stories are male, the Mysteries themselves are not gendered, and can be enacted or worked by either sex. We
sometimes look to myths that have a female protagonist to make this clearer, but in truth the important polarity
in the myths is that of initiator and facilitator, rather than male and female.
We have used the Sacred King cycle in several different ways, by having a person “carry” Sacred King for the
coven through an entire year, having a male and female “Jack and Jill” work the cycle together, and with
everyone being their own personal Sacred King. We have also run through a couple of years with a different
person as Sacred King for each Sabbat. Each version has its pros and cons.

Carrying Sacred King on behalf of the coven is a very profound experience for the individual, but it does tend to
relegate the other coveners to the role of spectator, though they can still get deep insights if they make the effort.
In an ideal world, everyone would get to take their turn at it, but in a larger group that entails waiting several
years for your “turn”. Using the “Jack and Jill” model (yes, named after the nursery rhyme characters) speeds
up the process as well as exposing the Initiator/Initiatee relationship nicely, but it is a very different cycle
because the focus has changed. Letting everyone be their own Sacred King keeps everyone involved, but the
focus is on the personal path then, rather than the shared Lore and egregore of the coven. We have found that
changing it up between all of the methods to be most effective, because it enables us to use what is appropriate
for the dynamics of the group, the specific time period and the wider world.
I was lucky enough to walk the Wheel as Sacred King for my coven the year after I was initiated into the
Crooked Path, and it is an experience that I cherish, even though it has to be said that this particular journey is
not an easy one to make. My “reign” started with the coven Mistress announcing at the end of the Yule
celebration that I would be Sacred King for the coming year.

Encountering the Lord and Lady

Start by using any relaxation technique you like, and sit with your eyes closed. Make sure
your arms and legs are not crossed, and take three deep breaths. With each breath, feel the
stress and tension of the day fading away, being replaced with a calm expectation. Continue
to breathe deeply, as your journey begins.
See before you a pair of pillars, with a midnight blue curtain suspended between them. You
part the curtains and see a grey mist beyond, but right in the centre of your vision is a silver
star, floating without support. You examine the star, noticing how clear and “present” it is,
but suddenly, without warning, the star disappears. You find yourself pulled into the space
where it was, passing through the pillars and into the mist. Everything goes grey as you feel
yourself lifted up, floating up and away, eventually drifting down, to find your feet landing
on a grassy hill, as the mist clears. You find yourself on a hilltop, looking down onto
woodland in the valley below, a narrow dirt path leads down the hillside to the edge of the
forest, and you begin to follow it, feeling a breeze in the air as you descend.
Entering the forest, the path continues along, winding between the trees, and you follow it
in the dappled green light that filters through the leaves. You hear the rustling of creatures
in the undergrowth, but do not see any of the animals as you follow the crooked path deeper
and deeper into the forest.
Ahead you notice that there is a fork in the path, and you pause, pondering which fork to
take. Suddenly you see a flash of white further along one of the paths, and this is the path
you choose, walking rapidly along, trying to see what the white flash was. Turning a bend
in the path, you see a white stag a short way ahead, looking back as if to check that you are
following, before it heads off down the path again. You follow, unable to catch up, but
avoiding being left behind, as the path continues to twist and turn between the trees.
Deep in the heart of the forest now, the canopy is thick and the dim green filtered sunlight
serves only to accentuate the shadows, so it is with some surprise that you turn a bend in the
path to find yourself breaking out into a clearing at the heart of the forest. In the centre of
the clearing is a fountain, encircled by rocks about the right side to sit on, and the tranquil
atmosphere along with the gentle tinkling of the water draws you to go and sit by the
fountain.

Sitting in contemplation, you hear a sound like a church bell ringing in the distance, and
you look up in the direction it came from, to see a beautiful woman entering the clearing.
Naked and tanned, with long flowing hair, she is the most beautiful woman you have ever
seen, and you watch, captivated, as she walks across the clearing to come and sit by the
fountain across from you. Her eyes are filled with joy, and a smile forms on her face as she
regards you.
Then another sound breaks the silence — a hunting horn. Looking up in the direction this
new sound came from, you see another form enter the clearing. This time it is a handsome
man, muscular, tanned and equally as naked as the Lady who now sits with you. As he
walks towards you, there is a grin on his face and mischief in his eyes, but you hardly
notice because you cannot take your eyes off the magnificent antlers growing out of his
head. He too comes and sits beside the fountain, next to the Lady, and beckons you to speak
with them.

Once your conversation is at an end, thank the Lord and Lady, and ask them if you might
return again. Then say your farewells and turn to cross the clearing to the path that brought
you here. As you turn, you see that while you were talking, the animals from the forest have
come into the clearing, and are waiting patiently for the Lord and Lady.
With one last look over your shoulder at the pair, you re-enter the forest, and follow the
twisting path back to the fork, where you pick up the original trail that leads to the hilltop.
You quickly make your way to the edge of the forest, returning to the hilltop, where the
mist once more envelops you and you feel yourself lifted up and back, until your feet come
to rest once again at the two pillars. You walk back between the pillars, as the curtain closes
behind you. Contemplating your journey for a moment, you then turn your attention to your
physical surroundings as you open your eyes, and the journey is over.

The Lord and Lady

Here we come to a more familiar place for those who started out in Wicca. The Lord and Lady here can be
embodied by the Gods and Goddesses of Nature, or by the Faery Court. It is the Lord who is manifest in the
Wheel of the Year as Sacred King, and the Lady who is His Consort. He goes through the metamorphosis from
Child of Promise, through Warrior, Lover, Priest and King, to the Wraith form of the Dragon Beneath the
mound. Each year at Midwinter he is born of the Dark Mother’s barren cauldron in wraith form, to be brought to
manifestation as the Child of Promise by the Maid, brought into manhood by the Mother, sacrificed by the
Crone, and reborn by the Queen.
Even in my Wiccan days, I used a vision quest technique to go and talk with the Lord and Lady, and found to
my surprise that few of the other Wiccans I knew ever did that. They would draw down the Moon and the Sun
in circle, invoking the God and Goddess to empower their rites, but never seemed to go and talk to them. I
remember sharing my technique with a Witch from Aberdeen, and the tears running down her cheeks as she
talked about how she had never had an experience like that in all her years of the Craft. For that reason, I give
the exercise in the form of a pathworking here.

The Black Goddess, or Dark Mother

It is said that the Dark Mother exists outside the Wheel of Manifestation. In the Great Stone Circle of existence,
she is the heelstone that stands beyond, to the North East. She is the fixed point to which we apply the lever of
our will in order to move the Universe and bring about Change. Some would say that she is embodied by such
as Cerridwen or the Mill Wife, and there is certainly value in exploring that, but it is wise not to let that become
an assumed truth, because there is far more to this enigmatic Lady than that.
Encountering the Black Goddess is an essential part of your Path if you wish to master the Cunning Arts rather
than just be a journeyman, but it is not an easy or enjoyable experience in most cases. Nothing can prepare you
for the way She turns your life upside down, but by the same token, there is no substitute for the total
transformation She brings about.

Le Grand Belle Dame Sans Merci, or The White Lady

Often referred to as the Queen of Fate, she is frequently mistaken for the Great Mother of nature-based
religions, but she is not a nature or fertility Goddess, but rather the Mistress of the Mysteries. Cold and aloof,
she nevertheless brings us what we need on the Path, and is often embodied by such Goddesses as Goda. In
Briar Rose we rarely call upon Her, but She will make Her presence known when there is a need, and She is
always present at our initiations.

The Horned Lord, or “Auld Hornie”

Also known as the Horned Master, this is the archetypical God of the Witches, and can be embodied by the AllFather,
Odin, Herne, Cernunnos, Gwynn, and other similar deities. He is often portrayed as the Master
Magician, a Trickster who teaches us by putting us through experiences. There are strong influences of the
Underworld, as well as the Wild Man of the Forest, and He almost seems to be using His human visage as a
mask for something older, deeper and darker. In Scottish Witchcraft, he would be unashamedly referred to as
“the De’il”, and he certainly plays the role of the Devil in the pre-Christian sense — the adversary who provides
the momentum and motivation to move through the experience and achieve the goal. In this way, he is the Devil
wrestled in the churchyard for the Toad Bone, the Black Man at the Crossroads who grants us our greatest
desire, the Trickster who fools us into thinking the Path of Fate we walk is one we “chose”.

Gods and Archetypes on the Crooked Path 1.1

It is important to remember that the Crooked Path can be walked in the shadow of any religion or spirituality, or
none at all, for that matter. The Gods encountered upon that Path are very likely to be strongly influenced by the
God or Gods of the religion practiced, but there are certain archetypes that are embodied for the modern Crafter
that are universal.
There is quite a difference in opinion among various Pagans as to the nature of deity. For some, they are living,
breathing entities in their own right, while others see them as archetypes, or representations of deep-seated
facets of our own psyche. The whole argument of whether they come from within or without is debated fiercely
and eternally on various internet forums, but ultimately the only opinion that matters is your own, formulated
from your own experience. For myself, I always answer “both”, not only because there are differences in the
nature of different deities, but because I believe — based on my own subjective experience and interaction with
the Gods and Goddesses I work with — that they truly do partake of both.

The Cunning Art 1.3

Another key feature of the Cunning Art is the emphasis that is placed on working with Ancestors, which is a
good indication of the shamanic nature of the path. Modern practice is concerned with enfleshing Lore passed
down from our ancestors, and recovering Lore that has been lost, using practices that are collectively known as
“tapping the bone”. In the context of this art, the term Ancestor refers to both our genetic and spiritual forebears,
and because we believe time to be non-linear, we refer to “ancestor long gone, and ancestors yet to be”. When
we talk about the Ancestors, we often use the term “River of Blood” in the sense of a bloodline, and also the
“Bone Ladder”. These are in other Traditions sometimes referred to as the Red Thread, the Ancestral lineage
that defines a Tradition. Being somewhat anarchic as Cunning Folk should be, we prefer to think of lineage as
something that is only relevant — if at all — within a particular group. For us the emphasis is on the individual
forging their own link with the Ancestors, so they do not have to rely on a hierarchy or lineage to validate them.

The Cunning Art 1.2

As an esoteric path, the Cunning Art is a journey of self discovery. Although much is taught through the use of
myth and Lore, the emphasis is on personal experience. We examine the old stories, or myths, and extract Lore
from them, from which we construct exercises and rituals in order to experience the core of the myth and the
Lore. We firmly believe in the process of leading students to discover key wisdom for themselves, so that they
can own the knowledge and not have to take it on faith. This is perhaps the most significant factor of this path,
and it can be very frustrating for the students — we often answer a question with another question, and we talk
in riddles, poems, and will push our students to come up with the answers to their own questions. This process
requires students to be able to make critical analysis and to think for themselves, and this has become much
harder since schools and universities have abandoned this way of learning

The Cunning Art 1.1

Witchcraft in the British Isles has been called many things; the Old Persuasion, the Art, the Craft, the Nameless
Art and the Cunning Art, to name just a few. Most are self explanatory, but the Cunning Art deserves a closer
look. The word Cunning comes from the Anglo-Saxon “kennen”, to know, and it makes an appearance in
another phrase often associated with Witches, wort-cunning (herb knowledge). So from this, it is easy to see that
the Cunning Art is a path of gnosis, or knowledge. As it was written over the entrance to the Temple of the
Mysteries, “know Thyself.”

Developing Psychic Abilities 1.5. Ways to use you Psychic Abilities

Give yourself fifteen to twenty minutes each day to practice the techniques presented in this article. Pick
a time of day and a particular place in your residence where you can be alone without being disturbed. If you live with other people, politely request that no one interrupt you during your special periods of
silence. Unplug your phone. Turn off the radio and television set. Practice what you have learned thus far
until your state of mind improves, and it is easier for you to relax, imagine, and feel comfortable with
issues of trust and faith.
After you have been doing this for awhile, test yourself. How quickly can you relax and still receive full
benefit? Can you form clear images in your mind by simply deciding to, instantly? How confident are
you of your ability to improve your life, to be all that you can be? Are you willing to trust your inner
guidance? Are you willing to trust yourself? Are you willing to love yourself?
Look in a mirror. See the eyes of perfection looking back. Say to your face in the mirror – “I love you. I
appreciate you. I forgive you of any mistakes you have ever made. Today is a new day. The past is gone.
I choose to begin anew, better, wiser, kinder than before. I choose the path of excellence because I am
unlimited in how wonderful and productive and creative I can be. I treat others as I want to be treated. I
respect the rights of others, and I choose to respect myself. I am grateful for my life, my health, and my
intelligence.”
When you resume activities, after your period of silent relaxation, notice the objects around you. Allow
your vision to slip lightly past the first object you see, almost as if you were beginning to see double. Do
you see anything unusual? Look again. Eventually you will begin to notice a white misty band of energy
around the object, usually an inch wide, some times wider. Scan the room you’re in. If you are still
relaxed, you may notice that everything in your room has this same band of light surrounding its surface.
This is an aura.
Everything that exists has an aura; people, animals, objects, plants, the land. That misty band of light you
see is caused by the speed that in individual or object is vibrating, and by their temperature and degree of
consciousness. Many times, especially around people, the aura will be colored and have designs in it,
such as rays or spirals. Artists throughout history have painted auric bands around the heads of wise
leaders and saints, as a way to depict holiness. But the fact is, everyone and every thing has an aura –
some larger than others.
To test this, invite a few wall that is white or lightly colored. Remove all decorations so you have a blank
surface. Dim the lights. Have one person stand with his or her back to the wall, looking straight ahead.
This person should take a few deep, quick breaths to increase air capacity, and relax, empty of thought or
expectation. The other people should stand at least half-a-room away from the person in front of the wall.
When looking, allow your gaze to slip slightly past the individual, as if you are seeing double. Does an
aura appear? Most people will see a white glow around the individual almost immediately. Some will see
colors. Others will see designs in the colors. Have the individual in front of the wall move his or her
consciousness to the left, then right, then high up near the ceiling. (This is done by the person deciding
to; thinking makes it so.) Does that person’s aura change location as his or her consciousness moves
around? Most people will see this, especially after practicing for awhile. Don’t try too hard, though, as
too much efforting actually blocks your ability to see an aura. Once you are able to see auras in dim light,
you can begin to train yourself to see them in full light. Tell yourself you can do it and you can. Trust the
process. It works.
Find books about auras and read what is known about possible meanings to the colors and designs. Each
color or hue seems to be reflective of how an individual feels, including moods and basic personality.
Large, expansive auras of bright, clear colors are usually found around people with a lot of strength and charisma, and who are healthy. Training yourself to see auras can be a beneficial extra, especially if you
are in the healing profession or work in sales and promotion.
Open your hands, bend your fingers somewhat, and bring both of your hands together, stopping just
before the fingers of both hands touch each other. Relax, and blank your mind of thought. Can you feel
anything between the palms of your hands? Is there any heat or energy movement pre sent between your
finger tips? If you feel nothing, rub your hands together rapidly until you create some static electricity.
Now, repeat the exercise. Bring your hands and fingers almost together, but not quite. Do you feel
anything this time? Most people will feel something akin to a body of energy or a presence between the
hands and fingers. Some recognize that this energy or presence is elastic, and that they can stretch it as
they slowly move their hands further apart. The body of energy you feel is the power of your auric field.
You can see the aura, as in the exercise you did before this; or you can touch it, in this simple hand
demonstration. While you’re looking for books on the aura, search also for books on healing hands, touch
for health, or working within the auric field. Once you train yourself to sense and see this energy, there is
no limit to what you can accomplish once you put the skill to use.
For instance, staying about three inches away from a person’s body, you can glide your open hands
through the air around that person, moving down the body to relax the individual, and moving up the
body to energize the individual, until you have massaged the entire auric field of the person involved.
Historically, this kind of sharing, of helping another to feel more comfortable and cared for, was reserved
only for religious or spiritual rituals, and practiced during services dedicated to healing. Now this type of
knowledge is universal, and anyone who wishes to can practice the skill. The effectiveness of this gentle
technique is incredible!
When distraught, confused, or nervous, use the relaxation technique given earlier (when you put your
consciousness in your center). This time, once you have aligned yourself with your center, remain there
for awhile, affirming and knowing that Divine Order is in effect, that you will be guided to take the right
step and do the right thing that is the most appropriate for your highest good and the highest good of all
concerned, when full consciousness returns. This is all you need to affirm. Be in your center, that place
of perfection and wholeness. Relax and be. Invariably, once you are alert again, you will be guided or
inspired in a positive way and any confusion you once had will either lessen or disappear. Train yourself
to reach your center without much effort. A few deep breaths should be enough to free your mind from
its present state, and take you there. Relaxation is the key. Intent is what makes it happen One way to clear your residence and your body of any distracting ener gies or unwanted spirit forms, is
the following: relax fully and in your mind’s eye imagine a giant circular disc. This disc is radiantly powerful, unbreakable, and functions as if a screen or sieve. Envision that this huge radiant disc is
located in the ground below your residence, and that it is large enough to fully encompass your entire
property. Now, slowly lift this disc with your mind (you do it by deciding to); silently tell it to lift. As it
does, see and know that all discordant and distracting en ergies are caught in its sieve-like screen, and are
removed from your environment and from your body. Continue to see the disc lift higher and higher,
until it has passed through your residence, your body, all objects, air space, walls, floors and ceilings,
until it dissolves in the upper stratosphere, leaving no trace of any essence, spirit-form, or substance
caught in it. Your environment is now clean and cleansed, and so are you. If you feel the need, repeat this
exercise two more times. Open a few windows to let the air circulate freely. Place a house plant or
bouquet of flowers in a central location to add that final touch of freshness and beauty.
The circular disc technique is an example of using creative storylines (like when you practiced how to
daydream), that can have an immediate and positive impact on your life. Another example of this is when
you are about to have surgery. In a relaxed state, prepare your body for what is about to happen. Envision
all parts of your body, each cell, listening to you and paying attention. Explain the surgery in detail,
illustrating in your mind’s eye that only what medication is needed will be utilized, and anything else will
be immediately flushed out of your system. Show your body how appropriate this surgery is, and how
much better it will be able to perform once it has healed. Affirm Divine Order, that all medical personnel
will accomplish their tasks ably and efficiently and without difficulty.When the surgery is over, rehearse any movement you might make in your mind first, and in detail,
before you actually do it. Rolling over, sitting up, going to the bathroom, eating, bathing, whatever.
During your psychic rehearsals, affirm and know that as each movement and task is made, there will be
little or no pain, and you will be able to accomplish that movement without risk or problem. Make no
exceptions. Practice in your mind’s eye before you do anything, all the while imagining a speedy and safe
recovery. In most cases, a technique like this will bring about stunning successes and incredibly rapid
healing. Surprise your doctor, try it! Thank you for reading this article, and for taking the time to do what
was suggested. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you use your psychic abilities, the broader
their range and the greater your accuracy.

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Developing Psychic Abilities 1.4. Trust

The root word of “psychic” means “soul.” Thus, psychic abilities are really soul abilities. The “gifts of
spirit” you hear so much about are no different than psychic abilities. These gifts and talents differ only
in the label you apply to them, in how they are used, and what for. Because it is so easy for thoughts of
greed and selfishness to distort such gifts and talents, it is wise for all of us to remember this simple truth
– we are not the author of the greatness which exists within us. The power of our being, the gifts and
talents we possess, are merely on loan from The One Power, The Creator of All Things, the God within
who doeth the work. Give the credit where it belongs.
It has been said that “God can do no more for you than through you.” This is true. We supply the “elbow
grease,” the initial effort. The rest unfolds in ways both magical and miraculous. That initial effort is
based on our choice, our freedom to decide. As our free will is inviolate, so is everyone else’s. No one
has the right to interfere with or try to control the life of another. This is a universal law based on the
sacredness of individual choice.
The only person you can ever change is yourself. The only things you can ever really control are your
own thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Put your trust in the divinity of being and in your God-given right to improve yourself; strive to be all
that you can be.
You may want to investigate and learn various methods of how to meditate and pray affirmatively. Both
skills are invaluable assets for a successful and satisfying life.

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Developing Psychic Abilities 1.3. The Ability to Relax

The more thoroughly you can relax while remaining consciously alert,the quicker you can unleash your
heart’s ability to feel and your mind’s ability to create – hence, your psychic potential.
Relaxation alters your state of consciousness. The deeper the relaxation, the more benefits you receive. As
your brain decreases the speed of its brain waves, breathing slows from the normal twelve breaths per
minute to about six, for the average person. When this happens your body uses less oxygen, thus
enabling your metabolic rate to lower. The result? Tension and stress melt away. Cellular repair and new
growth accelerate, as your body uses this opportunity to rid itself of toxins.
Relaxation also fosters patience and understanding. It gives you the “time out” you need to wind down
from the day’s many activities and switch into “neutral” – that wonderful, non-judgmental state where all
things are possible, and you can feel good about yourself.

While you drift in the joy of being completely relaxed, be aware that at some special spot within you is
located your center – the very center of your being. Move your consciousness to that spot. Go there now.
You know your center. You recognize the place. It is that part of you still connected to the purity that is
God, the oneness of all creation. Your center is a place of radiance, of perfect love, perfect joy, perfect
peace, perfect knowing. Just be there. Be in your center, safe and warm, secure in the knowledge that you
are wonderful, and that you have the right to be who you are. For you are an expression of God’s
blessings, part of The Great Spirit and A Greater Plan for All Creation.
When it feels right to leave your centre and return to full conscious awareness, do so slowly, in steps,
knowing that at the count of three you will be wide awake and ready to resume your day. Counting one. .
. affirm that every part of your being is healed and whole. Counting two. . . feel surges of energy
refreshing and reinvigorating your body. And counting three. . . eyes open; you are alert, joyful and
happy.

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Developing Psychic Abilities 1.2. A Positive Attitude

Research has consistently shown that a positive state of mind automatically increases your psychic
abilities. The more positive and enthusiastic you are, the more your faculties will stretch beyond any
limitations you may have thought you had. Negative thinking or excessive skepticism (some skepticism
is desirable), will impede this process or block it altogether.
To insure that you remain in a positive frame of mind, read uplifting and inspirational literature, at least a
few pages, each morning before you go to work or begin your day’s activities. This starts you out on the
right foot, and helps you to maintain a sense of objectivity as the day progresses.
Also use affirmations. Post them at eye level in your home; an especially good place is around or on your
bathroom mirror. Make certain your affirmations can readily be seen, and that includes in your car and at
work. Most bookstores and gift shops sell a broad range of such eye-catchers, or you can make your own.
Try affirmations such as these:
● “Every day and in every way, I am getting better and better; I am becoming more and more.”
● “I am peace. I am love. I am joy.”
● “Health and wealth are my birthright, success my tool, kindness my standard.”
“I am beautiful and loved RIGHT NOW, for I accept and express the goodness which resides
within me.”

By noticing affirmations like these posted throughout your environment, your spirits will perk up; smiles
will replace frowns. Incredible as it may seem, what you affirm on a regular basis often manifests in your
life.

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Developing Psychic Abilities 1.1

Everyone is psychic. Some people are more so than others and every one of us possesses this ability. You
do. I do. And we can further develop, train, and direct, what we already possess. . . expand our psychic
potential until every measure of our lives is vastly improved.
Psychic abilities are practical and usable.


This is true because psychic abilities are merely extensions of faculties normal to us. For instance,
clairvoyance extends the ability to see, clairaudience extends the ability to hear, telepathy – the ability to
communicate, precognition – our sensing faculties, deja vu – past memory recall. Every psychic ability
you’ve ever heard of is but an enhanced version of what is normal and typical for each member of the
human race.


What does it take to extend our faculties?
First and foremost, a positive attitude. . . plus the ability to relax and imagine and trust.
Faculty extensions (what most people refer to as “psychic abilities) allow us to access multiple layers of
information, and sometimes simultaneously. And they enable us to reach that wellspring of inner
knowingness which resides in the deeper depths of our being.


Our intent, that directive force of our attitudes and beliefs, determines the type of results we can achieve
once we accept our psychic potential and begin the process of developing this inner resource. As with
any other talent, practice makes perfect – use establishes value.


You may notice that the process of extending faculties normal to you has a special “feel” to it. This
feeling signals the coming together of your head and your heart. When the energy of head and heart join
and function as one unit, all aspects of yourself unite as if teammates working for the same goal.
Amazing things occur when this happens. You become healthier, happier, more loving and patient, wiser;
and you attract more friends and exciting opportunities.


Literally, to be alive, truly alive, is to be psychic.
Developing your innate psychic abilities is one of the best investments you can make in creating a better
future for yourself. The fact that you are reading this article tells me you are ready to take this positive
step forward. So let’s begin – right now!


What follows are the four basics necessary to improve and expand your psychic potential. They are: a
positive attitude, the ability to relax, imagine, and trust.

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A Pagan Dictatorship

Lorre Wells Might as well be Catholic…..

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Julie Hunter Don’t some try to do that anyhow?
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Crystal Waters Go my own way

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Rain Clarke No.. nothing wrong with being guided by those that have been doing it longer and have maybe more life experiences but that’s not the same as a set of rules. If I wanted that I would have gone down the Wicca route years ago.
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Sally Martin You have some strange ideas!
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Freddie Green Indeed I do, can I ask you do you take them all seriously#

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Sally Martin No not at all !

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Hayley Richardson Nope we pagans follow our own path, we just receive guidance when needed x

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Helen Sproston Hell to the NO!!

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Leslie Cox Absolutely No!!!!

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Mandy Whittle Seen this in paper today xx

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Freddie Green which papaer

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Steph Anie Erm no!!!!!!!

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Callora Pearce Mmmmnope.

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Pati Thomas I won’t be listening to them! ?
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Mandy Whittle I fort same guys fort ide show you all but this in uk ??

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Mandy Whittle Julie Hunter saw this yesterday in paper ?ide say stay on your own path and walk alone!

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Julie Hunter Mandy Whittle oooohhhhhhhh.
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Nicola O’Neil If they tried I don’t think many of us would be listening ?

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Jennifer Lathrop That would be alot like Christianity

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Lorn C Gadd Definitely not it goes against everything we stand for. Guides, mentors from those who have been walking this path longer if they are asked but not those like the christians who have a hierarchy and rules and punishments if we dont do as they say…

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Cynthia Rafler Pagans think for themselves and take knowledge from Mother Earth

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Vincenzo Jimmy Coletti No, that’s why it’s a way of life and not a religion, because you can practice the way that suits you.

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Asheley Kapel NO! Against everything we stand for.

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Richard Smith NO! Everyone’s path is different, even if some are similar. Sharing information and advice is fine, but we each have our own ways that work for us.

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Kris Long Hell no

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Lucy Min Definitely not!

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Sue Garner NO each to their own path
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Donna Byrd HELL NO we already got enough people telling us what to do.
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Cheryllee Rowan Ehh no I think freedom to be who we want to truly be is what guides us to paganism.
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Tera Lane No way!
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Rose Hathaway No we shouldn’t
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Traci Frantellizzi Absolutely not
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Suzan Tataoah are u nuts?
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Anni Rose Absolutely NOT
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Sharon E Smith I hope not just got out of that
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Leslie Cruz No. Definitely not
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Eva Hadert No although it seems some circles / organisations can be like that sadly
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Freddie Green Exactly and if you are in your 20 blonde and female , you are very welcome to join those circles

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Glenys Walmsley Why would you even suggest it!
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Freddie Green Well if nothing else it gets people chatting
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Tracy Folland No way !
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Yve Bailey Definitely not
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Holly Albertson No,it shouldn’t!
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Christine Widdecomb That would truly be a sad day!??
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Candy McKinney Sounds like christianity…no thanks
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Petra Rice Are you serious. Then we’re not pagans anymore but just another one of those organized religions
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Freddie Green I think we may need to take a close look and stop ourselves becoming one of those organized religions. Naturally I could be wrong but I do not believe I am
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Petra Rice Freddie Green i don’t answer to anyone but the goddess i choose to work with. Because of the doctrine of narrow mindedness is that I became pagan. I don’t need a building to show my gratitude to the universe. Church is where I want it to be not where someone says it is.

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Brenda Melnick absolutely not!
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Teresa Mason Lol i needed a chuckle ??
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Rose Cunningham NO most definitely NOT.
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Julie Porter Absolutely not. We would be n better than them.
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Ali Pearson Some pagan sites I’ve been on have been like that…but NO…
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Margo Williams What a stupid thing to ask? NO
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William Tenhoff I here to agree. I not going to do what someone ask me to do. Pagan or not. I have the power over me. And know one else.☠️??
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Chellie Carnes Pls no thank you
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Mary Kitchen Absolutely NO
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Wendy Labelle I was born in a full pagan family and I for one will tell you there is no top pagan. Paganism is many different paths so no there cannot be any top pagans so no they can’t tell other pagans what to do but that was a very good question
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Caroline Carruthers You are pulling my leg!!?
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Lauren Perdue I will quit

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Jennifer Lewis Parker No not at all
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Amanda Green That would go against slot of what paganism is about
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Fayne Lee Taylor No ! For if it does , I for one will not bow to the dictator
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Dee Bowmer No. Pagans are too diverse for that to happen.
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Sarah Waite Definitely not, sounds like modern organised religion (social control) which surely we’re all against?
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Amanda Nicole Meseberg No cause than we become catholic
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Ellie Colón If you want an organized religion then I guess paganism is not for you. That’s my opinion.
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Teresa Mason Ellie Colón my organizational skills go out the window lol

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Thrudd Gunn Bedwell No that’s is why I did not join a covern

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Sandi Rust what? as if anyone would follow – have you ever tried organizing even a small group of pagans?
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Jim Sun Bear You may end up with Kings and Queens which can be about the same. just like the old days theses individuals would be different from one location to the next. Some fair, some not. With the Indians the leaders were more like advisors.

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Celley Bower I practice paganism and witchcraft freely it’s no dictorship for any magic

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Lorenza Boulanger No way that’s not what paganism means it’s about following your own path and he with kindred People who feel thé same way
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Adriana Prinsloo NO!!! We are not politicians, neither Christians. Ee desides for ourselves. Others are not more important than the younger generation. All are equal.
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Deborah Reeves Never!! That would be totally wrong. We are our inner Goddesses and Gods. They are our highest order. I think it’s fabulous to have ministers, but we don’t report into anyone but ourselves.

Paganism and Spirituality

Paganism is a way of living, praying and connecting to the flow of the universe. Pagan spirituality addresses the existence and nature of the Deity, the relationships of ourselves and the universe with the Divine, the nature and scope of human existence, what happens to us after death, the nature of the physical and non-physical universe and our relationship to that universe. Spiritual practices among Pagans are quite varied and include everything from rituals to meditations, quiet walks, dancing, singing, healing, divination, ecstatic sex, working with herbs, gardening and massage. Just about any activity can be incorporated by a Pagan into his or her spiritually

 

 

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Paganism A Different Worldview

Paganism can be seen as a way of life that deliberately incorporates perspectives from science, metaphysics and mysticism into its spirituality. Pagans tend to see all parts of the universe – from the smallest atom to the largest planetary system – as sacred and having some form of conscientiousness or spark of intelligence.   A vast majority of Pagans believe that this living universe is able to communicate to all parts of itself on one or more levels and that these parts can choose to cooperate together for specific ends. This practice can be known as cooperation magick.

 

Paganism and Personal Responsibility

Most Pagan traditions stress personal responsibility and put the burden of developing spiritual practices, beliefs and ethics on the individual.  Even those traditions that offer established beliefs and methods encourage their members to test ideas so that members will build the mental muscles necessary to judge the soundness of beliefs for themselves.

Those traditions that offer established moral guidelines also tend to encourage their members to explore ethical ideas and ideals so that members can find their own ethical sense and form consciences accordingly.

With this freedom comes a corresponding responsibility, as in a responsibility for one’s beliefs, behaviour and degree of spiritual development.

On the whole, Paganisms approach to the issue of personal responsibility is very empowering for the individual. It is also empowering for the greater society as the number of mature and self-directed individual increase

 

 

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Spiritual Diversity in Paganism

Paganism is a way of life that as a whole has no central hierarchy or dogma, though individual traditions may adopt an internal governing structure and specific beliefs.

Some Pagan Paths have a specific ethnic focus such as the Asatru, African, and Celtic traditionalists. Others pull together many Pagan and non-Pagan beliefs and practices then blend them into a unique expression such as eclectic and blended paths.

Many Pagans enjoy spiritual diversity and may not think it is appropriate for all Pagans to think the same things, practice the same way or be organized in the same structure.

 

 

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Pagans Seeking Answer

As in different lifestyles, Paganism looks to answer the certain questions, such as, what is the significance of life, what occurs after death, is there a divine being, what is our essential nature and how would we associate with the more prominent universe. Pagans can look for these answers with regards to a lifestyle in a social network or alone. Pagans can assemble in houses of worship, homes or outside and meet in gatherings that may in addition to other things be called Circles, Covens and Groves. Having said this, Pagans don’t really need to meet others with the end goal to carry on with a Pagan lifestyle.

Like different lifestyles. Pagans may now and again have some type of church who will perform Rituals, for example, relational unions/handfastings and funerals. Pagans may likewise watch a hallowed year and have occasions that praise the periods of the year. Most Pagan Traditions can be portrayed as Earth Centered. Pagan occasions frequently fall on the dates that check the progressions of the seasons or are of generally regular significance.

 

 

 

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The Value of Shamanism

Having said that, we cannot dismiss shamanism as having no
relevance to modern society. Obviously it does, but this very much
depends how you approach it. In an age where most information is
transmitted via print or electronics, the value of adopting shamanic
techniques lies in recovering knowledge from within, and also in
relating with other people. Ecstasy can be freed from the purely
private domain and returned to the communal. Also, in trying to
regain the spirit of our collective past, we can regain a sense of
community with our ancestors, using techniques which carry us back
to our forebears on the savannah plains of Africa. this can endow us
with a sense of community that surpasses all cultural differences. In
learning to see the world as shamans, we reconnect with ourselves,
and can adapt much easier to the world around us.

Shamanic Traditions

The shaman, as the sole mediator between humanity and the universe
of spirits and omens, originated in the very early stages of human
cultural development. The hunter-gatherer stage of society endured
for hundreds of thousands of years. As societies began to move
towards settled agriculture (this being only about 10,000 years ago)
then the shamans began to differentiate into a developing priesthood.
The hunter-gatherer society is a closely-knit culture, geared towards
the least possible change both within and across generations. This
is a stark contrast to modern society, where the pace of social change

is seemingly outstripping our capacity to assimilate it. As Alvin
Toffler put it, many of us are suffering from future shock. This
naturally poses a problem for anyone seeking to emulate the shaman
in our society. All lines of tradition have been broken, and in the
West, we now have the ability to enter any world-view at will and
imprint its symbolism on our minds. If you work at it long enough,
then the deeper regions of the mind will ‘speak’ to you in terms of
a particular set of symbols. There is a wide range of belief systems
which we can adopt with varying degrees of success, and the criteria
seems to be that you adopt something that fires your imagination to
greater heights. Our idea of spiritual progress has become
synonymous with the idea that as we change ourselves, we change
our society as a whole. This idea is a direct antithesis to that of the
hunter-gatherer, where any changes which threaten the continuity
of tradition are viewed with great suspicion.

The Origins of Shamanism

The roots of shamanism are lost in antiquity. However we do know,
that given the similarities between shamanistic practices in the new
world and Europe, that the fundamental elements of shamanism
had been established as the first Paleo-Americans began to move
across the Bering land bridge which connected Siberia to Alaska.
This bridge disappeared about 12,000 years ago, as the Artic glaciers
melted.
Another source of the origins of shamanic practice lies in the
study of psychotropic plants. The ethnobiologist R.G. Wasson
proposed that all major world religions grew from psychotropic
experiences, and most shamanic cultures have some form of
psychotropic plant associated with them. Siberian shamans make
use of Amanita Muscaria, which has been tentatively identified as
the divine Soma of the Rig-Vedas. There are at least 80 different
types of psychotropic plants the were, and continue to be used in
North and South America, and American Indian shamans have made
extensive use of both the red Mescal bean and peyote. An American
researcher, R.K. Seigal, has also demonstrated a link between the
psychotropic-induced visions of shamans and tribal pottery and
weaving designs.
Of course drugs are not the only means of inducing ecstasy, and
many shamanic techniques revolve around drumming, dancing,
singing, fasting, sleeplessness, and physical feats of endurance.

The Shamanic World-View

The term “shaman” is derived from the Siberian Tungusic root “saman”. The word Shaman usually refers to a male practitioner, whilst the word shamanka refers to a female. As a loose generalisation, it is possible to draw a composite picture of the worldview of the shaman. The universe is multi-layered, with both a celestial overworld and a chthonic underworld, with appropriate spirit rulers and other denizens. there are also rulers of the principal directions or quarters. The levels of the universe are connected by a central axis, the axis mundi which appears as a sky ladder or world tree. It is via this central axis that the shaman gains entry to all the levels of the universe.

Another central feature of the shaman’s world is that humanity, animals, and all other life is equal – the shaman is at one with nature. Such equality may be expressed for example, in terms of rituals to appease the souls of dead animals. The precise arrangement of the skulls of animals so that they face east (the place of rebirth) is found in many cultures. Both Finnish and American Plains Indians for example, perform such rites. A related concept is that of metamorphosis, being the belief that humans and animals are capable of assuming each others shape. In many genesis-stories, this ability was had by all, but it was lost, usually through taboo violation, and became the sole province of the shamanka. In South America, the most common doppelganger to the shaman is the Jaguar, so much so that the words for Jaguar and shaman are interchangeable.

The idea of a gateway between the worlds is also central to the shamanic vision. This is the entrance to other worlds, where dwell
ancestral spirits and demons. The gateway is often represented as clashing rocks, the jaws of a monster, or icebergs.

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Tiger Iron

Tiger Iron (mugglestone)
A combination of Golden Brown Tiger Eye, Hematite, and Red Jasper, exhibits the metaphysical properties of its components as well as its own. The grounding power and circulatory affinity of hematite, the healing power and blood-cleansing abilities of red jasper, the energizing power and clarity inducing strength of tigereye as well as being considered powerful in its own right. Tiger iron is believed to be a rare and potent three-fold stone
1 – it grounds energies
2 – protects the spirit
3 – manifests the will

Tiger Iron is the perfect companion for those who tend to take on others feelings and emotions (whether consciously or unconsciously). Readers and Healers should keep a piece of Tiger Iron close to remain grounded, balanced and centered during a session.

Tiger Iron is a powerful lower Chakra stone, promoting physical vitality, energy, and stamina. Tiger Iron is a helpful aid to those who feel emotionally, mentally or physically exhausted and burned out. Full of grounding Earth energy, Tiger Iron also helps to find courage and refuge in times of danger and promotes a deeper connection to the Earth and her cycles. Tiger Iron, like Golden Brown Tiger Eye, is helpful in manifesting ideas into reality and giving personal strength in times of change.

? Related to the sacral and root chakras.
? Brings protection
? Clarity of knowledge
? Confidence
? Willpower
?Balance
? motivation

Tiger Iron is a great stone to use for creative solutions and ideas. Many musicians, artists, actors, and writers find Tiger Iron to be a perfect ally in their pursuits, but it is also helpful for any in the working world to come up with new ways of dealing with old problems.

Tiger Iron acts as a supreme healing stone, encouraging the remembrance of perfection within the cells, and can be therefore laid upon any affected areas to bring improvement. For those sensitive types, Tiger Iron can pull extraneous energies down into the lower chakras, thereby enhancing the emotional integrity and centering the self.

Physically, Tiger Iron can assist those who have chemical or noise sensitivities. It can be used to relieve stress and aid in soothing fractures, cramps, aching muscles, balance white and red blood cells, increase natural steroids, and improve muscular structure, and help with healing legs, sexual organs, liver, and the nervous system.

 

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Blue Calcite

Blue Calcite radiates a tranquil vibration. It calms nerves, anxieties, and worries. It’s an excellent stone to use when recovering from something, be it emotional, spiritual, or physical. Blue Calcite facilitates physical healing by clearing negative emotions and encouraging rest and relaxation. Meditating with Blue Calcite can promote an optimistic point of view by helping one to see the perfection of the Universe.

Blue Calcite activates the Third Eye Chakra and the Throat Chakra. It absorbs energy, filters it, and returns it to benefit the sender. This stone aids in relaxation, calming, and releasing negative emotions.

Use Blue Calcite with the Throat Chakra to facilitate calm communication. Blue Calcite amplifies energy in the Throat Chakra, allowing clear & eloquent communication, especially among differing or opposing points of view. That being said, it’s an excellent piece to carry during arguments, or disagreements.

Elements- Air and water

Blue calcite is known as “the student’s stone” because it aids in mental clarity and discernment and is believed to help to retain information when studying.

A nice aid for clear communication and strengthening psychic abilities.

Healing Properties
The soft and gentle color of blue calcite is so soothing to our nerves. This light blue beauty is good to have around when we need rest and relaxation. This stone is beneficial to those who are extremely sensitive to the thoughts and energies of others. The energy of blue calcite surrounds us with an enveloping and protective blue spiritual light which allows us to gently drift out of our bodies. This applies particularly when we go astral journeying. During those out of body experiences, blue calcite prevents negative or unpleasant energies from entering in.

Blue Calcite helps those with a “defeatist” attitude. Creative folks can benefit by having blue calcite around because it stimulates inspiration. 

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