Ritual Working

Meditation, Self-Hypnosis, Visualization and Energy Direction

 Meditation, Self-Hypnosis, Visualization and Energy Direction

 

First, we’ll take meditation. I am hoping here that you have read up on & studied the previous lessons, but we will review it nevertheless. Meditation is the art of clearing the mind of all mundane thoughts and feelings. It is a state of relaxation and peace, the goal being to reach a state of non-thought. This is not easy but it is essential. Your mind must be at peace so that you can focus on what you’re trying to accomplish. This generally comes with continual practice. Self-hypnosis helps to put you in a trance-like state so that you are more aware of your creative energies and less aware of the outside world. It is a great relaxer and aids visualization as well as meditation. These things will be entwined in your magickal endeavors. Learn to use them well.

Visualization

Visualization is the ability to see with your mind & not with your senses.

Visualization is a core tool you will need in order to direct energy and create visible change. Visualization is the ability to accurately hold an image in your mind. The only way to increase your skills in this technique is to practice. Start with simple objects like a ball, or box. First take a good look at it and study it closely. Then close your eyes, but continue to see it. Try and make out the details in your mind. As you practice, try and hold the image in your mind longer each time, and then gradually move on to more complex images. When you have mastered this, your next step is to create an image, preferably something you haven’t seen before, and then hold that image for as long as possible.

As I said above, Visualization is the ability to see with your mind & not with your senses. And although you will not actually be using your senses (i.e. tasting, smelling, seeing, hearing, feeling etc.), you will attempt to visualize with them in your mind. Try this exercise.

Close your eyes. Within your mind’s eye & think of something that you might need to visualize, a baby bird, for example. Let your mind see its tiny body, its feathery soft wings, its little open beak, etc. Let your mind feel the feathers. Are they soft or rough or damp or dry? Does the bird have a scent? Let your mind smell that scent. Let your mind hear the chirping as the little bird tells you all about its troubles. (Taste also falls into this category, but it doesn’t apply in this case.)

Visualization is not always easy, but with practice you can visualize anything you want. During spellwork you will visualize your goal, being very specific and detailed.

Focus is another tool that is developed through prolonged practice. It is more difficult than visualization because it requires you to hold more than just a picture in your mind. You will need to hold a concept, and address it. Hold this idea in your mind, and focus on only this one concept, with all the mental powers you have within you. For example, take the concept of levitation. Focus on it. Feel it.

Focus on levitating something in the room with you. Unless you have some power of telekinesis, this won’t really happen, but pretend that it is. Visualize it happening. Focus on it intently. You can also do something else that requires intense focus, such as working out math problems in your head or something similar that requires concentration on a particular subject.

Energy Direction

This is the ability to use the energies of the correspondences, your own energy and that of the universe & direct it towards your goal. As you charge an object, the energy is initially coming from you. So how does one go about directing energy? Try this:

From within yourself, visualize a bright light, maybe blue for a healing spell for the baby bird you pictured above, that must have fallen from the nest. Visualize this light and imagine it forming within yourself, centered between your chest and stomach. Let that light grow and expand. Use your emotions!! Feel it!Then direct it up through your body, down your power, or what we call your projective arm, out your fingertips (or through your athame or wand) and into whatever you are trying to heal or charge. In this case, you are sending healing energy out to the bird. Feel it leave your body as a burst of energy rushing from you. See it enter whatever you are working with. Watch as it swirls all around your little patient.

When charging objects with this energy, you will visualize the energy flowing through your projective arm and going into the item you are using. For example, when using candles during your work, you may light them and see your energy flow from your arm into the fire and onto the candle. And if using a stone as well, take it & pass it through the misty smoke coming from your candle. Feel your energy flowing into the stone as you pick it up and pass it through the smoke. Burn incense, oil, herbs etc. whatever you feel will help you direct your energy. While you direct that light, that energy, you will be visualizing your intent with as much feeling as possible.

It is important to understand that magick is energy flow coming from the spellcrafter. It is not power. All spells create a tangible connection between the items of correspondence used and yourself. When you work magick, be specific, but be careful!

If you do a spell for money, be sure that you visualize the money coming, but not at the expense of another! Now we are almost finished. It is a good practice to turn everything over to the Creator, and ask that your workings take a path that is for the good of all involved. To do this, you merely use your own words to say so. You may also write a spell beforehand if you wish. This often provides that extra dash of charge necessary for your goals to be accomplished.

Remember This!!

Meditation, visualization, self-hypnosis, energy direction and concentration are the essential ingredients to working any magick. Without them, you can do nothing. The Altered State of Consciousness that you must reach is an intensive one that is done step by step from the very beginning of your choice to do magickal spellwork. Anything that interferes with your ability to concentrate and control the high energy state necessary to perform magick should be avoided. Remember that Magick is the manipulation of energy; a thought is a form of energy and a visualization is an even stronger form.

Your visualization is used to further intensify and direct your will. It will lead to the method by which you control the magickal energy you have produced. You must know what you want. You must see it, hear it, smell it, taste it. But most of all, you must feel it. And then it is up to you to direct it. To do this, you begin your altered consciousness as early as possible, meaning as soon as you first begin to prepare. Even choosing your correspondences can aid in increasing your energies if you will let it. That is actually their purpose to begin with.

(Example: Begin your visualization process as you do the things I have written about below. Even do them as you choose your magickal place. For this chore, you can visualize yourself performing magick and receiving what you wish for.)

Doing magick involves many steps especially as you are learning. It becomes easier the more you practice and the better you learn it. It is important to have no distractions. Choose a place to work that is comfortable, peaceful and secure, a place that you can call yours where others won’t invade your privacy. Distractions can destroy the best of intentions. This must be a place where you can do your meditation and visualizations without interruptions.

Before you begin your magick, always gather together your correpondences and your tools. Actually everything you use is nothing more than a tool to help you set the mood and get into the proper mindframe. There is nothing magickal about these things. The tool is not magickal. You are!!

BUT…when these tools are used properly, they can help to trigger the creative side of your brain and elicit primitive responses from deep inside you. They help to lull the “logical” side of your brain into conformity. Consider the purpose of your ritual and choose your tools accordingly. If your magick is to be a healing, then the tools should make you feel calm and peaceful, but also powerful. They should represent a healing. (As you choose, you should be visualizing.)

Just before a ritual, we generally prepare by doing a cleansing. Prepare yourself by any means necessary (and safe) to cleanse and purify. Some people fast, some follow a particular bathing ritual, and some use self-denial or sensory depravation. There are many ways to prepare for a ritual. The choice is up to you. Whatever gets you in the mood. ( But as you do this, you should be meditating and visualizing.)

Whatever you decide to use, this will set the energy that you will be using into motion so be sure to do your meditation and visualization!!

Once your purification process is finished, you are ready to begin. Go immediately to your special workplace. Many use music to set the mood during this phase of spellwork. In fact, new research has shown this to be an excellent idea. So if you wish to do so, begin it now.

As you use your oils, candles, incense, herbs, or whatever tools you have chosen, you should begin to further intensify the energy that you have already set into motion. Be sure to keep visualizing and maintain your focus throughout this period. The more you do this, the more powerful your energy becomes. Your entire purpose depends on how well you can visualize it and direct it. Good luck and Blessings to you!

 

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Self-Hypnosis (Part 2)

Self-Hypnosis (Part 2)

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for anything you do or attempt to do here. This is to be done using your own discretion. I do not know you, so I can not possibly suggest what is right or wrong for you. This is a decision you must make for yourself if you wish to continue.

Life energy flow follows mental commands such as those done during self-hypnosis. The stronger the life energy that interacts with the object of your magick, the stronger that action will be upon that object. Magicians of all ages knew this and they called this life energy by many names. Some of those names are Ki, Prana, Chi, Psychic Power, Magickal Power, and Mana. By using self-hypnosis you will be making your energy stronger each time you go under to practice or to do magick.

First let’s find something to meditate on, something that will represent our magickal target such as a photograph of the person you are going to heal or do magick for. This representation of the target could be any number of things, such as a photo, hair, fingernails, or an article of clothing. This item is known as the psychic link. When we get to the part that concerns your “goal”, this is what you will concentrate on.

Using a clock or a metronome can greatly aid in self-hypnosis. Try this technique. First get comfortable and relaxed. Usually a sitting position is best so that you don’t fall asleep. Now concentrate on deep rhythmic breathing and clear your mind to allow your thoughts to slow down. Your heart rate and pulse will generally slow down also.

Either memorize what you want to say or record it for use at your convenience. Try saying something along this line.

1) I feel good. I am feel fantastically good.
2) I hear the beats slowing down — slower & slower.
3) It is getting longer and longer between each beat.
4) I am relaxed and I have all the time I need.
5) There is nothing that I need or want to do at this moment.
6 ) I will awaken later feeling much better, refreshed and happy.

NOTE: If it makes you feel better, you can name a specific time and date and year etc here. Personally I don’t bother. I am always on the go and in need of whatever rest I can get. So I just sleep until my body is ready to awaken with no suggestions.
7) I will remember all that I do when I awaken.
8) Each ticking of the clock (or beat of the metronome) is further and further apart now. (Pause to listen to this beating.)
9 ) This will be much easier and faster next time.
7) I am relaxed and I have all the time I need.
8) I am relaxed. I am at peace with myself.
9) Time is slowing down.
10)The beat of the clock is only in the distance now.
11) It is beating slower and softer.
12) Repeat this until you “feel” that each beat is between 2 – 3 minutes apart.

Practitioners learn to build up energy so that they can project it. In the olde days, they did this by chanting, singing, emotional build up during rituals, walking or dancing in circles, sacrifices, and sex magick, etc. There are numerous ways to accomplish this same goal and that is what we are going to work on next. We will be working on directing your Life Force energy as we continue this exercise.

By now, you should be fairly relaxed and ready for the next step. First take a deep calming breath. Inhale and as you do, imagine that your life force energy is entering your body through your left hand. Now as you exhale, imagine it growing and building up in an area of your body such as your abdomen. Keep doing this for a while until you can feel the energy in that part of your body.

Now the next time you inhale, imagine that the life energy is entering your body through your left hand and that when you exhale, it is leaving your body through your right hand. Continue doing this for awhile. You have now learned how to direct energy. Practice is what makes it work to your advantage. Now you will begin your focus on whatever you are working on. Say something like this as you begin:


1) I have the time to do this.
2) My abilities are growing and I am better and faster in my performance of “—-“. (name your goal, ie-working magick, healing, relaxing etc)
3) I am totally relaxed .
4) As I practice, this is becoming easier.
5) I feel great and am in no hurry.
6) I have all the time that I need.
7) My thoughts will stay focused on my goals.
8) I am ready to begin now and I will not be distracted.

You will now be in a suggestive state of mind, and can stay clearly focused on what you wish to do. You will work at optimal levels of efficiency when you are more relaxed and feeling happy about yourself and your endeavors. This is the most important part and should not be rushed, especially if you are a beginner.

Continue to visualize the energy flowing into and out of your body as you gaze at your “psychic link”. Redirect that energy. Into your left arm. Into your torso and out of your right arm. Into your magickal target. Concentrate and do not lose your focus. Visualize this energy taking over and see your desire coming true. Use all your senses in this visualization. See it come true. Hear it, smell it, taste it etc if possible. Send your energy through it. Concentrate on this for awhile until you feel that it is enough. Now we will stop and prepare to come out of the trance. The more you practice this , the better at it you will become. So guess what? Like everything else, practice is the key!

Alright now. Let’s bring you out of the trance. Begin by counting backwards from 10 to 1 and then you will slowly awaken. Or you may allow yourself sleep here if you wish. By this time, you may be sleepy, relaxed and ready for a nap. I know, I usually am. Just don’t forget to ground yourself and recapture your own energy if you feel the need. You may want to eat and drink something at this point. If not, have a nice rest. So mote it be and Blessings to you!!

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Self-Hypnosis, Relaxation, & Healing Rituals

Self-Hypnosis, Relaxation, & Healing Rituals

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for anything you do or attempt to do here. This is to be done using your own discretion. I do not know you, so I can not possibly suggest what is right or wrong for you.

Dr. Schultz was the first to develope a system of hypnotic suggestions called Autogenic Training. He published the first book on it in 1932. He recognized that while under hypnosis the subject experienced various feelings such as warmth and heaviness. He went on to teach practices to self induce these feelings and, consequently, induce hypnotic states. Auto-genic means self created.

Autogenic Training is a method of distinct auto suggestive formulas to relieve tension, for stress management, and to relieve psychosomatic disturbances, including many cases of insomnia, overweight, inability to concentrate, high blood pressure, constipation, skin problems, etc. Some people use Autogenic Training or self-hynosis as an aid to meditation, concentration, and to keep their focus during magick. Today that is what we are going to practice. Self-hypnosis.

Lay down in a comfortable position. If you are doing this meditation to relax, fine, go on to sleep if you like, but if not, then try and stay awake if you can. If not, don’t worry. You will next time. lol! Believe me. I know all about this one. I fell asleep dozens of times.

Okay, the idea is to allow your physical body to relax so that your mind can be free to travel; being uncomfortable will only inhibit this exercise. Actually this exercise is used for many things and is an excellent technique, one of my favorites, in fact. When I do meditations, relaxations, or self-hynosis, this is the ritual I always use. Comfortable? Let’s begin now.

First, a few suggestions towards success: Try not to let your mind wander. Don’t think about anything but what you are doing right this moment. Forget everything else for awhile, and make sure you are where you won’t be disturbed. Now I can tell you a trick that was told to me tohelp me learn better concentration techniques, but it is not a “Must”. It is entirely your choice. Because of our society and the way that nudity is perceived, doing this ritual nude and uncovered will cause you to keep your focus on your body. It’s an automatic response, although some find their thoughts, uh, wandering in a different direction while trying this, so if you are having problems of a sexual nature, I would save them for tantric magick. lol! Did I try it? Heh…I’m not telling. Ready now? Let’s begin then.

THE RELAXATION EXERCISE:

Inhale deeply and then exhale. Let a natural rhythm take over. Continue this for a minute or so, concentrating on your breathing and preparing yourself to focus. Now we are going to tense up our bodies. Tense it all up, every muscle, every nerve. Hold this for a moment and then release it.

Now we begin the real work. ( lol! That oughta scare ya’. Oh, and for those of you reading in that don’t know it, I am from Texas & I just normally talk that way.)

Okay, beginning at your toes, I want you to tense up your toes and hold this for a few seconds, then release them. Keep your focus. Don’t let your mind wander. Don’t think about anything but what you are doing right this moment.

Now move up a bit and do the same thing with your entire foot. You may do both feet together, if you wish. Tense them up and hold briefly, then release them. Keep focusing.

Calf muscles (both) now. And go on down the list. Do not skip a thing. Thighs, hips and groin, abdomen, chest, arms, neck, face, scalp.

As you release each body part and finally come to the scalp, feel the tension melt away and a lightness set in. Release your worries. Now here’s where the exercise differs.

  • If you are doing a healing this is where you begin your visualization. You should now be in a somewhat languid state. Use this to your advantage and continue on with your other work. When I do this myself, I combine exercises. I will use the Chakras healing meditations of light and as I am visualizing, I re-tense and un-tense each body part, if I have to just to stay in focus. And as I do it, I visualize that it is the patient being relaxed in my place. It is his/her body I am tensing and releasing, not mine, and as I do each body part, I draw in white (or the proper color) light upon tensing up, and throw out negative effects upon the release. This can be a very effective healing especially with the bodies reactions added into the exercise, but I wouldn’t try it at the very beginning of your studies. Get in a little practice first.
  • Now if you are doing this merely for relaxation, you can also do the self-hypnosis method. This is how you hypnotize yourself. First as I have said, you do the top part of this ritual, tensing and untensing. Then once you are finished, you will be going down an escalator into a deep, dark pit, but it is not scarey at all. In fact, you are looking forward to the ride down. You will focus and begin to count like this: (Very slowly)One,…. two, ….three,…. down,…. down, ……four,…. five, …down, ….down, ….deeper, ….deeper and deeper….. You will now begin to tell yourself that you will be going into a trance-like state and that when you awaken after a cleansing, healing sleep that you will feel refeshed and happy. Count some more and as you do, envision yourself going down that escalator bit by precious bit, very slowly. Just a note here: I tend to be one to rush things and so I always got too close to the bottom before I was supposed to. lol! If you are like this as well, just go back to the top and take up counting where you left off. Don’t let it bother you. And although it surprised me, having to go back up, never seemed to interfere with my work. If you are using this for relaxation, just continue counting until you fall asleep here, seeing yourself in a nice, cozy bed at the bottom of that escalator. (Relaxation stops here!) Now, if you are working towards a goal for yourself, let’s continue.
  • Now it is time to state your goal. Begin talking to yourself and stating what it is you want from yourself. Say it in detail. Be explicit. Keep reaffirming this for a bit. Describe it. See it. Visualize yourself either doing it, having it, etc Give yourself a royal talking to and then once you are finished, you will finally begin to count again, going back up. Begin, if you recall on the number you left off at but if not just pick a number, say 50, and begin to slowly count up, envisioning yourself riding that escalator back up to the top.
  • Fifty, fourty-nine, fourty-eight- up, up, up I come…fourty-seven and so on. If you wish, you may sleep now while you are still relaxed. Just reaffirm that you will feel refreshed and happy upon awakening and count yourself to sleep in either direction you wish to go. As long as you just keep counting those moving steps, you will eventually sleep, I promise. lol!

 

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The Dedication Ritual

The Dedication Ritual

Ritual portion from Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway

(special tools: chalice of wine, white taper candle in cauldron, piece of magical jewelry, perfumed oil)

The dedication ritual should be performed when you have decided to devote your time and being to the craft. You do not have to perform a dedication ritual in order to be able to perform spells and rituals just as a Baptist does not have to be Baptized in order to pray. It is simply a symbolic self-dedication to your new way of life, should you choose it as your path. Prepare yourself beforehand with at least one hour of meditation. This ritual should be done on the full moon. For the dedication ritual, one should be skyclad. You may have a piece of magical jewelry chosen at this time which will stay with you and be worn under your clothing and during ritual and spellwork in the future. This should not be worn, but placed on the altar for the dedication ritual.

Begin by casting the circle. Insert the following where the sample circle casting states: “proceed with the planned spellwork or ritual.” Put a pinch of salt on your tongue and say:

I am a mortal, loved and cared for by the Triple Goddess and the Great God. Through the Great Mother, all things are born; to her all things, in their season, return. Through her sacred cauldron, I enter and leave this physical world, until by my actions I no longer must return to learn.

Set the perfumed oil on the pentacle. Kneel before the altar and say:

I, (magical name), come into this sacred place willingly. I come to dedicate my life to the pagan way, to the Old Celtic Gods, whose power is still strong and vital. Here I give my word-bond to follow the ancient paths that lead to true wisdom and knowledge. I will serve the Great Goddess and give reverence to the Great God. I am a pagan, a stone of the ancient circle, standing firmly balanced upon the earth, Yet open to the winds of the heavens, and enduring through time. May the Old Gods witness my words!

Rise and go to the eastern quarter.

Behold, O powers of Air! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the south.

Behold, O powers of Fire! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the west.

Behold, O powers of Water! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the north.

Behold, O powers of Earth! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Return to the altar. Take the perfumed oil and, with a drop on the forefinger of your power hand, anoint your forehead. Say:

Let my mind be open to your truth.

Anoint your upper lip. Say:

Let my mouth be silent among the unbelievers.

Anoint your heart. Say:

Let my heart seek you always.

Anoint the center of the palms of your hands. Say:

Let my hands lift in praise of you.

Anoint the tops of your feet. Say:

Let my feet always walk your sacred paths.

Stand in silence to receive a blessing. Lay your piece of jewelry on the pentacle, saying:

This emblem shall I wear for all things magical. Bless this (name of jewelry), O Great Ones, that I may be blessed and protected in all ways.

Place the wine chalice on the pentacle for a few moments. Then lift it high, saying:

To the Old Gods! Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.

Drink the wine, saving some to be put outside for the little people..

Now is a time for meditation.

Close the circle.

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Closing The Circle or Dismissing the Watchtowers

Closing the Magic Circle (dismissing the Watchtowers)


When you are ready to end the ritual, go to the east and extinguish the yellow candle. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Air. My thanks and blessings.

Extinguish the red candle in the south. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Fire. My thanks and blessings.

Extinguish the blue candle in the west. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Water. My thanks and blessings.

Extinguish the green candle in the north. Say:

Depart in peace, O powers of Earth. My thanks and blessings.

Return to the altar and say:

To all beings and powers of the visible and invisible, depart in peace.
May there always be harmony between us.
My thanks and blessings. .

Cut the circle with a backwards movement of your tool to release all remaining traces of power for manifestation. Say:

The circle is open, yet ever it remains a circle.
Around and through me always flows its power.

Put away the tools and clear the altar. Make sure to wash all dishes and put the remainder of cakes and ale (if you choose to do a dedication ritual or holiday ritual) outside for the little people. Leave any objects which must remain either to burn or be empowered for a stated period of time.

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Casting the Circle for Your Ritual or Spellwork

Casting the Magic Circle (or calling the quarters or Watchtowers)

Parts taken from Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway

 

When properly drawn, with the candles of the Elements at the cardinal directions and the altar in the center, the circle becomes a mandala, or sacred drawing, upon which the magician stands. The circle is drawn by the dagger, sword or index finger of the power hand as protection against potentially dangerous forces or spirits. It concentrates the cone of power raised within its boundaries. In magic, a properly drawn circle becomes an invisible boundary, having power in this and other realms. Once cast and sealed, it is unwise to cross the boundary until the ritual is finished and the Elements dismissed. Cats and small children for some strange reason are able to cross the boundaries without upsetting the power flow.

Casting the Circle:

Holding your ritual tool of choice in your power hand and beginning in the eastern quarter of the area to be circled, aim the weapon at the ground or floor while visualizing an intense silver-blue flame coming from the point. “Draw” a circle clockwise with that flame, overlapping the ends of the line in the east. More important than a perfectly round circle is that you see, at least with your inner eye, the boundary of silver-blue flame around you.

The actual area of the circle may be marked out with chalk or masking tape, but should be redrawn each time it is used for ritual.

The symbols and/ or candles representing the four Elements are set just inside the circle at the four directions. Use a compass to establish the correct cardinal points. Walking deosil, sunwise or clockwise within the circle is for positive magic and walking widdershins or counterclockwise is for banishing or cursing. After the circle has been cast and sealed, it is important to the power flow that you turn or walk within the cast circle according to the type of magic you are using. When the magical procedures are finished, “cut” the circle by a backward or reverse movement of the sword or dagger across a section of the circle. The silver-blue flames will wink out of existence.

Set the altar up facing east and have everything ready before you enter the circle from the east.

Take up your tool or use your finger to draw the magic circle, beginning in the east. Visualize the silver-blue flame and draw the circle, remembering to overlap the ends in the east. While you are drawing the circle, say:

I consecrate this circle of power to the Ancient Gods. Here may they manifest and bless their child.

Move back to the altar, facing east. Raise your tool in greeting. Say:

This is a time that is not a time

In a place that is not a place On a day that is not a day. I stand on the threshold between the worlds, before the veil of the Mysteries May the Ancient Ones help and protect me on my journey.

Set the water chalice on the pentacle disk. Hold your dagger over it and say:

Great mother, bless this creature of Water to your service. May I always remember the cauldron waters of rebirth.

Hold your dagger over the salt, say:

Great Mother, bless this creature of earth to your service. May I always remember the blessed earth, its many forms and beings.

Sprinkle a little salt into the water, touch the chalice briefly to the pentacle disk, then hold the chalice up high, say:

Great Mother, I give you honor!

Beginning in the east and moving clockwise, sprinkle the water-salt mixture lightly around the edges of the circle. Replace the chalice on the altar. Hold your dagger over the lighted incense burner, say:

Great Father, bless this creature of fire to your service. May I always remember the sacred fire that dances within the form of every creation.

Hold your dagger over the incense. Say:

Great Father, bless this creature of air to your service May I always listen to the spirit winds that bring me the voices of the Ancient Ones.

Put a little incense on the charcoal. Touch the burner briefly to the pentacle disk, then raise the burner high, saying:

Great Father, I give you honor!

Carry the burner around the circle clockwise, beginning in the east. Return it to the altar. Go to the eastern quarter of the circle, light the yellow candle, and hold your hand up in greeting.

I call upon you, Powers of Air, to witness this rite and to guard this circle.

In the southern quarter, light the red candle and greet the element.

I call upon you, Powers of Fire, to witness this rite and to guard this circle.

In the western quarter, light the blue candle and greet the element.

I call upon you, Powers of Water, to witness this rite and to guard this circle.

In the northern quarter, light the green candle and greet the element.

I call upon you, Powers of Earth, to witness this rite and to guard this circle.

Move back to the central altar, and stand facing east. Raise your arms in greeting:

This circle is bound, With power all around. Between the worlds I stand With protection at hand.

Proceed with your planned spell working or ritual ceremony. When complete, hold your hand or dagger over the altar and say:

By the powers of the Ancient Gods

I bind all power within this circle into this spell. So mote it be.

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Preparation to Make Before Your Ritual, Preparing Your Area & Your Body

Preparation to Make Before Your Ritual

 

Preparing the area:

Preparation of the area includes cleansing and consecrating the area in which you are working and setting up the tools in and around the altar space. Make sure that the quarter candles are arranged around the outside of the circle with the correct color in the correct direction: yellow for east, red for south, blue for west, green for north. All of the tools that are needed for the ritual should be placed on the altar and the illumination candles and the charcoal for the incense should be lit.

Preparing the body:

Before any ritual you should take a cleansing bath or shower. Baths are best as you can bathe in oils and bath salts that correspond to your working. On the correspondences page and within the recipes page, you can find different oils and salts that you may want to use for specific spells and rituals. Clean all parts of your body. Work at relaxing and cleansing your mind as you do this. Unless you are a practiced witch, you should remove all jewelry and anything else from your body that is not natural. You should not wear anything in your hair or any makeup. If you choose to wear clothes, you should wear a light cotton, silk or wool robe. The robe must be loose and must be of natural materials only. It is better, however, to work skyclad, or naked as clothing impedes the flow of magic and energy.

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Outline for Designing Your Own Rituals

Outline for Designing Your Own Rituals

 

When performing rituals, though it is acceptable to follow another’s ritual design, it is a good idea to write and personalize rituals of your own. Most rituals should include the same basic procedures and some procedures do not have to be included at all. The ritual outlines will vary from religion to religion. For now you will learn the Wiccan ritual. Anything stated in the outline below that you do not understand will be reviewed later.

 

  1. Ritual Preparation
    1. define purpose
    2. write ritual
    3. gather necessary tools
    4. prepare area
    5. prepare body
  2. Open/Cast Circle
    1. find compass north
    2. set up door between the worlds
    3. call the Watchtowers/Elemental Quarters
  3. Invocation to the Deities
    1. align self with deity
    2. invoke deities
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. Actual Working or Act of Honor
    1. Working
  1. complete preliminary manual or visual tasks b. raise power/energy c. focus power/energy d. ground power/energy
  2. complete preliminary manual or visual tasks b. dedicate cakes and wine c. partake of cakes and wine
  3. disposal
  4. washing of plates and glasses
  5. putting away tools and other implements
  1. honoring
  1. Meditation
  2. Thanking the Deities
  3. Closing the Circle
    1. Mentally and verbally close the circle
    2. physically close the circle
    3. clean up

 

Basic Outline of a Ritual for the Solitary Witch – by Silver RavenWolf

 

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