Stretching Your Psychic Muscle
Symbols of psychic work, such as a scrying mirror, tarot cards, runes, a crystal ball, etc. (you can often find little divination kits at some Pagan and New Age store.
A black candle in a holder you can safely pick up
Sage smudge stick
Small bowl of salt
Small bowl of water
Grimoire or Book of Shadows, if you have one, and a pen
Quarter candles (one each of red, blue, green, and yellow, or four white)
Goddess candle (white, cream, or silver— I like silver for this ritual) Matches and a candle snuffer
Optional: Amethyst tumbled stone or crystal (or any amethyst jewelry set in silver)
Optional: Black ribbon or yarn (long enough to lay on the perimeter of your circle)
Optional: Athame or wand
Optional: Cakes and ale
Be sure to cleanse your circle area carefully using sage or some cleansing incense. This ritual should be done at night in as quiet a space as possible.
Cleanse yourself using the sage smudge stick, paying special attention to the area of the third eye (middle of forehead) and heart. Concentrate on clearing and cleansing any negativity or blockages from your chakras.
Cast the circle. Use your finger, wand, or athame to point as you turn clockwise in a circle, visualizing a bright white light springing up around you. In addition, you may wish to lay the black ribbon, cord, or yarn out on the floor as a physical representation of your protected space.
Call the quarters. Turn to the east. Say:
I call the power of Air to watch over my circle and keep me safe. (light yellow candle)
Repeat for south (Fire, red candle), west (Water, blue candle), and north (Earth, green candle).
Invoke the Goddess. (If you want to call on a particular goddess for this ritual, Hecate or Athena are good ones to choose.) Hold your arms open, palms to the sky. Say:
Great Goddess, guide and guard me as
I open myself to the mystical world and
help me to expand my senses.
So mote it be.
(light Goddess candle)
Sit comfortably and handle whichever psychic tools you have chosen to use. Really let yourself feel them. Look at them and try to see beyond the surface to their potential to aid you in your psychic exploration. When you feel in tune with them, put them back on the altar.
Light the black candle, and hold it over your tool( s). Say:
With Fire I dedicate this tool to clear insight and a positive psychic practice.
Hold the candle in front of your third eye. Say:
With Fire I open myself to the exploration of worlds unseen.
Waft the sage smudge stick over the tool( s). Say:
With Air I dedicate this tool to clear insight and a positive psychic practice.
Waft the sage over yourself. Say:
With Air I open myself to the exploration of worlds unseen.
Sprinkle salt over your tool( s). Say:
With Earth I dedicate this tool to clear insight and a positive psychic practice.
Sprinkle a little salt over yourself. Say:
With Earth I open myself to the exploration of worlds unseen.
Sprinkle water over your tool( s) and say:
With Water I dedicate this tool to clear insight and a positive psychic practice.
Dab water on your third eye. Say:
With Water I open myself to the exploration of worlds unseen.
If using the amethyst, hold it to your third eye and then over your heart. Say:
With this stone, blessed by the Goddess, I ask for clarity and wisdom.
Pick up your tool again and hold it up to the moon (whether or not you are outside). Say:
Lady, I ask this boon: that I might see clearly,
interpret wisely, and use any knowledge
I find in the best way possible,
for the good of all and according
to the free will of all.
So mote it be.
Sit quietly for a minute, feeling the power of the ritual. Then use your tool (tarot cards, scrying mirror, etc.) and see what shows up. Write the results in your grimoire. If you don’t use a tool and just want to open yourself to the psychic realm, that’s fine too.
Have cakes and ale, or ground yourself by placing your hands onto the earth and sending any excess energy into the land.
Dismiss the quarters:
I thank the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water for their protection and assistance. Blessed be.
(snuff out candles)
Thank the Goddess. Hold your arms up. Say:
Great Goddess, I thank you for your wisdom and your guidance. May you be with me now and always. So mote it be.
(snuff out candle)
Open the circle. If you used a black cord, wind it up.
Turn counterclockwise in the circle and visualize the walls of light falling as you turn.
Put your tools away carefully.
Practice more often for a little while to make sure that your psychic muscles stay strong. Practice some form of psychic work every night for a week to keep your psychic muscles working. Or draw one tarot card or rune stone every day for a month. Write down what you pulled and what your intuition told you about that card or stone. Be sure to keep track of anything you predicted that happens!
Everyday Witch Book of Rituals: All You Need for a Magickal Year
Blake, Deborah Blake