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Let’s Talk Witch – The Beauty and Spirit of Ritual


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The Beauty and Spirit of Ritual

 

If you look at rituals written in a book, they don’t seem like much. Black print on white paper is cold and impersonal. It isn’t until you actually perform them that they come to life, as solid as the earth you stand on— your breath the air, your spirit the light and the passion that ignites them and makes them live.

What makes a ritual special is the power of belief. The spirit of the one who performs it, whether in a living room in the city or a forest glen, in the middle of the darkest night or under the glow of a full moon— this is what makes a ritual blossom and sparkle.

In other words … you.

The truth is, rituals are just words. But words have power, as we all know. Think of the inspirational speeches of people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. Just words—until they are spoken by people who believed strongly and felt with all their hearts. Poets and playwrights and prophets have all used words to move us and challenge us and make us think.

That is the true power of ritual. It taps into our hearts, our minds, our souls, and helps us to create positive change in the universe. Through our will, our focus, and our belief , we can become the change we desire.
Rituals are powerful tools, but they require more than just candles and incense to bring them to their full power; they require you. What you get out of a ritual depends very much on what you put into it. So take the time to allow yourself to sink into the meditations, beat the drum , and listen to the beating heart of the world beneath your feet. Let the beauty of words move you to tears or laughter (or both), and let the magick blossom in your heart.

Remember that, in the end, ritual is about spirit and beauty and our own personal power . As you speak the words written on pages, you transform them … and that is magick, indeed.

Source:
Everyday Witch Book of Rituals: All You Need for a Magickal Year
Deborah Blake
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WOTC Extra – Touching Your Core of Power

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Touching Your Core of Power

 

To touch your core we must get into a relaxed state. For this exercise you will need the following things:

1. Straight back chair
2. A coffee table (that is free of clutter)
3. A glass of water
4. Incense of any kind and a holder
5. Tranquil (instrumental) music.
Before you begin this meditation, make sure that you start your music, sit in your chair and light your incense and place it in the holder and then place it on the coffee table, yet out of your direct line of sight.

Place the glass of water before you, and begin to relax. Take as much time as you need to relax before beginning the meditation.

Now we are ready to begin.

Sitting in your chair bring your attention to the glass of water before you. Breathe at your normal pace. Gently gaze at the whole glass, as well as its contents. Do not strain your vision simply acknowledge the glass of water with your sense of sight.

As you are gazing at the glass of water, also become aware of the music that is playing, as well as any other sound that you might hear in your surroundings. Simply hear the music while you are staring at the glass of water.

As you are gazing at the glass of water and listening to the music, also notice the smell of the incense, simply notice that you smell the incense while gazing at the glass of water and listening to the music.

As you gaze at the glass of water, listening to the music and smelling the incense, also become aware of your whole body. Simply feel your whole body, while gazing at the glass of water, listening to the music and smelling the incense.

Continue in this fashion, seeing the glass of water, hearing the music, smelling the incense and feeling your whole body. You will begin to feel as if you are being pulled in every direction, while at the same time your senses will feel as if they are revolving around some unknown center.

Close your eyes and sit in this relaxed state. Let go of the senses. Simply sit in this space. You have entered into the core of your being. Don’t think; simply be in this space.

Bring your attention back to your body, and slowly open your eyes. When you are ready, take a drink from the glass of water and this completes the exercise.

Once again , the goal of touching your core is to link you to the source of your power. Overtime and with a little practice, you will be able to bridge into your core vibration within seconds. Often times, I can touch my core, simply by hearing everything in my surroundings. I will usually feel a sensation of lightness and hear a static sound in my inner ears, which lets me know that I have touched my core.

The glass of water at the end of the exercise was only utilized to bring the sense of taste into the practice. If you choose to you can completely forgo this step, however you could also use this final step as a magical spell in its own right. For your first bit of magick, think of a specific goal, while focusing on the glass of water; see the water as your goal; as one and the same. Perform the rest of the exercise the same as before, but around your specific desire, represented as the glass of water.

When you take in the water you will take in your desire, which in time will be fulfilled.

 

Enchantment: Life Empowering Magick Spells: Invocations and magick to empower your life
Jamie Assiah
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Let’s Talk Witch – The Core of your Being

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The Core of your Being

 

It may be gathered by this point, that the power of magick is the power of your personal will. In order to successfully cast a spell, the magician must come into contact with the center of their being, which will imbue life into the desires expressed through the spells they cast. I call this level of consciousness The Core.

When I speak of the core, I am referring to a place within us that is beyond our bodies and beyond our thoughts and emotions. It is a place of stillness within. We are not unfamiliar with this notion. Terms such as “the Force” , as well as “ the Power” seek to explain the essence of this energy that is the power behind all that exist.

The Core is the essential force inside of us. It is from this core that all magick begins. To cast a successful spell, there needs to be power behind the spell and the core is that source of power. Anything that we place within the center of our being will grow from within us; outwards in all directions and it will eventually show up in our lives as a manifestation, or a successfully executed spell.

Over the years I have began to practice a state of being that I term as touching my core. The neutrality of this space calms the mind, so it is the starting place for all of my mystical endeavours, such as prayer, contemplation, or more advanced forms of magick such as spell work and elemental or spiritual magick, such as summoning and interacting with spiritual forces.

The energy in this state of being is inexhaustible because it is the beginning of everything that you really are, before the programming that came at a later stage, just as the universe was in a state of darkness, until the first emanation of light.

The Core holds every potential creation. It is your personal reservoir of power, because it corresponds directly to the center of the universe outside of yourself. The easiest way to access this core is to start with the aspect of ourselves that is always readily available to us: the five human senses. Our five senses; the act of feeling, hearing , seeing, smelling, and tasting can act as a springboard that will help lift us into our core vibration; the seat of our power within us.

Our senses are observational tools that help us to witness our external world , yet at the same time, our senses can help bridge us into the world within. Once we find a way to flow through our senses, while at the same time building upon them, we will begin to notice a neutral space within them. Not only will the senses seem to flow around this neutral core, the core itself will also be felt within each individual sense.

 

Enchantment: Life Empowering Magick Spells: Invocations and magick to empower your life
Jamie Assiah
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WOTC Extra – Remembering To The Do The Exit Ritual

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REMEMBERING TO THE DO THE EXIT RITUAL

 

Remembering to do the Exit Ritual can be the one of the hardest parts of this beautiful ritual of contact with powers and beings. Benjamin Franklin said that it took at least 21 days to form a new habit. Many spiritual teachings emphasize 40 days as the amount of time needed to imbed something into your experience. So, if you are feeling frustrated by your own forgetfulness, take a breath and relax. We all forget to do rituals the beginning.

To help yourself remember, you might buy a pack of sticky notes and post reminders to yourself on your doors (so that you see them as you go outside) and on the rearview mirror of your car. These will prompt you to remember. Alternately, program your smart phone to remind you. Also, if you find yourself driving in your car and realize that you have forgotten to do the Exit Ritual, pull your car over to the side of the road and stop. Take the time, then and there , to get out of your car and do it. Once you have to stop your car a few times you’ll begin to remember!

Good luck and keep up the effort— the rewards are worth all the effort! Here’s the Exit Ritual again, compressed into four short lines to make it easier to remember:

Sky Above [extend attention into sky]
And Earth Below [extend attention into earth, keeping it in sky also]
I Greet You. [keep attention in both sky and earth]
[Pause a minute after saying this]
“I am amazed at the powerful pull I felt from
the sky and the earth as I did this exercise. I have never felt that kind of power before. I don’t have a clue what it means, but I can’t wait to practice this ritual some more. I have tried many spiritual rituals, but this is by far the most real response I have received.”

 

Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands
Alan G. Joel

 

 

 

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Let’s Talk Witch – The Exit Ritual & How To Do It

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The Exit Ritual & How To Do It

 

The Exit Ritual is a contact and greeting ritual that reconnects us to powers and beings. People call powers and being by all kinds of different names: Universe, God, Higher Power, Angels, Totem Spirits etc. It doesn’t matter what view you take, just know what there are higher beings that exist all around who cannot wait to help you out!

Connecting with powers and beings is useful because they can help you get back into that feeling of peace and serenity. They exist a higher level than we do, so it’s often easier to ask them for help rather than trying to “do it all” ourselves. The Exit Ritual also realigns our chi or life force, which can become distorted from working and living in buildings with strong electromagnetic fields.

How to Do The Exit Ritual:

To do the Exit Ritual, follow this procedure every time you leave an enclosed space such as a car, building or house:

1. Extend your focus up into the sky and say aloud, “Sky Above.” The reason we extend our focus first is that the Exit Ritual is a form of making contact with and asking favor from powers and beings. Thus it is appropriate that we go to them (with our focus) rather than asking them to come to us. In ritual, we only invite powers and beings to come to us after we have carefully prepared an appropriate sacred space for them. Once we have completed the ritual, we then thank them, and then bid them farewell. Because we don’t want to go to all that trouble, in this case we simply extend our focus first, and then make contact.
2. While keeping your awareness above, extend your focus into the Earth and say aloud, “And Earth Below.”
3. Then, keeping awareness of both above and below, say aloud, “I Greet You.”
4. Wait a moment and see what happens. Be alert for acknowledgement or response in one of these three ways:
-from within you, such as a realization, a change of attitude or belief, a new awareness
-changes in your environment, such as a sudden breeze, a change in the color of the sky, a bird or animal suddenly appearing visually or vocally, or a tree or shrub suddenly becoming vividly visible
-a response from Sky and/ or Earth: a special message for you, an answer to a question, or guidance and new directions. Note that this message may sound like a voice in your own mind. This is perfectly normal. What will be different is that the message will usually be different than what you say to yourself.
What happens may happen in just that moment, or it may happen throughout the day. It may change the quality of your day, your awareness… whatever you notice. You may also want to use arm gestures. Arms raised in a upward facing V for “Sky Above” and arms down in a downward facing V for “Earth Below.”

 

 

Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands
Alan G. Joel

 

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WOTC Extra – Preparation for RItual


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PREPARATION FOR RITUAL

 

Inevitably there are certain things to remember before the ritual proper begins. While you are preparing for the ritual, when putting on your robes or ritual gowns you might spend time in reflection, silent meditation or prayer. Prior to the beginning of any ritual, and while enrobing concentrate on the matter in hand, if the ritual has a special intent. Alternatively, simply focus on the Supreme Being, Cosmic Responsibility and/or a successful outcome and ask that the event to follow helps you in your learning.

There is no limit to what can be worn in a ritual. Some groups will suggest white robes with black cords or vice versa for everyone, thus ensuring that everyone starts off on an equal footing. Others may designate certain colours for leaders of the group and other colours for trainees, while yet others will simply suggest that you are comfortable in what you wear. Many people will spend a great deal of time, energy and effort on fashioning suitable robes, and we suggest that you use sigils and symbols appropriate to your own beliefs.

The idea is that when working magically you leave behind the ordinary mundane world, so you will probably prefer to turn off mobile phones, put away keys and name tags and remove money from pockets and so on. It will be a matter of group preference as to whether you wear jewelry or not. In some circles, magical jewelry such as the pentagram, the ankh or rings with magical symbols or significance may be allowed while in others they are not. Many groups will not allow the use of watches, since time is considered irrelevant.

It is often better not to use perfume or cologne unless it is based on essential oils which are suitable for the work in hand, or complement any incense being used.

Natural Magic: Spells, Enchantments & Self-Development
Pamela Ball
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Let’s Talk Witch -Working Magick as a Group


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Group Working

 

Rather than working as a Solitary practitioner, many people will seek a community of like-minded individuals on the basis that their own individual powers are thus enhanced. We give a method of group working, although it is very easy to adjust this for work on an individual basis. The rituals used for a group represent a cooperative act of worship which widens the scope of the ceremony to encompass larger objectives than just the personal; we can then consider our joint responsibility for the world in which we live and a more universal perspective. At the same time, through working in a group, a more focused atmosphere can be created – a raising of consciousness so that each participant receives wisdom and energy commensurate with their needs and understanding. True initiation into the mysteries of magic for instance, is a private silent process, but an initiation ceremony accompanied by ritual can be seen as a more formal process for marking unmistakable long-term changes in the consciousness of the practitioner.

The purpose of rituals used in this way is to create an inspiring and expressive atmosphere in which to give life and meaning to the connection between the ordinary and the sublime. Symbolism takes on a meaningful existence and through colour, sound, movement and imagination, becomes a vibrant language of the soul. Rituals help us to do several things:

1. To learn the proper application of a basic structure for personal use and to understand the relevance of ritual.
2. To increase an understanding of the flow of energy which we experience and to develop confidence in the use of symbols.
3. To contribute to the group awareness of members thus helping them make the best use of their individual and group powers.
4. To create spiritual and emotional conditions where initiation on an inner level is accepted and experienced and where we can accept heightened states of awareness as the norm.
5. To use knowledge of ritual and power as a way of achieving personal spiritual health, so that the rituals themselves eventually become unnecessary and are recognized simply as a way of gaining access to the ultimate. They may then be replaced by direct experience.

By using the same rituals for both individual and group work these are seen as complementary and members of the group are able to enhance their experience on both a personal and shared level. We can take the insights gained from group work into the personal sacred space and come into contact with an awareness of a new level of activity and vice versa. A magical ritual is far superior if it succeeds without side effects and therefore can be shocking if there are untoward results. Traditional forms of magical ritual – often first taught in a group situation – tap a basic and, if misunderstood, possibly dangerous force which has to be channeled and directed properly. Group work can form a training arena which is also protected to enable the fledgling magician to learn the craft.

Natural Magic: Spells, Enchantments & Self-Development
Pamela Ball
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WOTC Extra – How to Walk the Moon Circle


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How to Walk the Moon Circle

 

Once your circle is in place, enter the circle from the east, as this is where the Sun rises and is the direction that opens all passages. You will exit through the west, where the Sun sets. If using a three-circle layout, you will have already created an entry point to pass through.

Next you should cleanse yourself and the circle. You may want to use a smudge stick of white sage as a form of purification. You can buy a stick of white sage at most health food stores or New Age gift stores. Light the sage stick and let it smother. When it starts to smoke, pass it back and forth in front of and around your own body as a form of purging. You are bathing yourself in smoke. If others are involved, smudge them as well, passing the smoke around them.

Some people use loose sage and light it in a seashell, using a feather to spread the smoke. However , the sage stick is usually the easiest, as it requires no other tools. Next, smudge the circle in the same manner, spreading smoke throughout the circle to release negativity.

If you do not have sage or prefer not to smudge, simply pass your hand in a sweeping motion over the circle and visualize any remaining negativity leaving the circle. To cleanse yourself, shake your hands in front of yourself as if shooing the negativity away and out of your body . This is the quick and simple way. I do recommend using the smudge stick if possible.

Now you are ready to walk the circle. Start from the east and walk around clockwise at least three times. It will take a cycle of three to bring up the energy of the circle, as three is a number of multiplication. If , after three walks, you do not feel the energy in the circle shifting, continue to walk until you feel it is time to stop.

If others are with you, they should follow. When you stop, stop in the direction you are led to and sit in that section of the circle.

When working with others, they may not choose the same direction to stop or they may want to continue to walk until they are led to their special place. Someone may choose to sit in the same direction with you, as this is where they are led, and others may sit in an opposite place. There is no right or wrong . Sharing a space with someone will not take away energy from you or deplete the messages you are receiving.

You may sit with your hands in a receiving position with palms up, or you may decide to cross your hands and concentrate in a contained manner. Some people feel when meditating or becoming in tune with the universal forces, it is not good to cross hands or legs. I have done both and think that your comfort is the most important issue because you need to be relaxed and comfortable for this particular ritual.

Always sit facing inward, toward the center power point. In other words, you may be in the section that is considered north, but once in the north area, you are actually turned and facing south. The message you pick up will be of a southern nature with crossovers of energy from the north. It is not necessary to know what direction you have ended up in, as you can determine that later. Once you are seated in your direction or message point, calm your mind and relax. Allow the message to come to you. Ask silent questions if you like, and see what answers you intuit.

Once you feel you have received your messages or answers from the collective consciousness, take your time and slowly rise.

Give thanks to the energy of the circle by saying something to yourself or out loud such as, “I give thanks to the earth and the life force for guidance.” Make up what you like. You may just say a simple thank-you with a bow of the head.

Acknowledge the power from above that has visited to help and guide you. Leave the circle from the West, where the Sun goes down, as this gives closure to the ceremony.

Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want
Diane Ahlquist

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