WOTC Extra – How to Do the Rooting Ritual

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How to Do the Rooting Ritual


Rooting is a great ritual for flowing Earth energies deep into the ground, releasing excess energies of any kind, pulling Earth energies into the body and mineralizing the body. To perform this ritual, follow these instructions:

1. Place your palms or heels on the ground. These are the parts of your body from which you will extend “roots.”

2. Extend your roots out of your body, through the carpet or tile, into the sub floor and down into the Earth. Just imagine or “see” roots growing from your palms or heels and reaching into the Earth. If you are in a multi-level building, you will need to go through each level until you reach the Earth. If you are wearing shoes with thick soles, you may have to extend the roots out the sides of your shoes to avoid the soles.

3. Once your roots reach the Earth, keep extending them down through the topsoil and deeper layers until you reach bedrock. You will feel the bedrock as a more solid sensation than burrowing through the soil.

4. When you reach bedrock, dig your roots in, and lock them in.

5. With each exhalation, push excess tension, anger, frustration, sadness, distraction, or other unwanted energies through your roots into the bedrock. The Earth will easily accept these energies.

6. With each inhaled breath, pull up minerals and energies from the Earth for stability and balance.

7. Once you feel relaxed and nourished, pull your roots back up into your body. Just see the roots retracting and going back into your body. If you stand up without pulling in your roots, you will feel a slight “popping” sensation, and your body might be sore for a few days.

8. This is a very simple but highly useful magic ritual during times like these. If you are under a great deal of stress, do this ritual at least once per day to relieve daily tension and negativity.

Enjoy the relaxing sensations of connecting with Mother Earth. Don’t worry about affecting the Earth negatively— she can handle any and all kinds of energies!



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Alan G. Joel


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Let’s Talk Witch – The Magic Ritual of Getting Grounded

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The Magic Ritual of Getting Grounded


One of the best ways to weather the ups-and-downs of the current world change is to practice rituals that connect you with Mother Earth. These are rituals that ground you into the Earth, and they work because the Earth is huge and absorbs just about anything you throw at it. Any magic ritual that grounds you, and connects you with the element Earth, will help you weather the storm. Now why is this? Because there are already a lot of Air, Fire, and Water energies zinging around, and these combined energies can often lead to fear, reactivity, negativity, and other junky emotions. Magically, these three elements represent the following:


Thinking, planning, and communication. In a highly-charged situation, this could lead to arguments, negative thoughts, or plans for revenge.


Movement, action, desire, and will. If you are stressed, increasing your Fire energy by doing a Fire-based magic ritual could lead to road rage, frenetic but useless action, or a fist-fight.


Emotions, feelings, and the language of Spirit. If you already feel down about your situation, doing a magic ritual that is too Watery can make you feel even sadder, triggering negative emotions.

For all of these reasons, rooting rituals that ground you and connect you with Mother Earth are definitely useful during these topsy-turvy world changes!



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Alan G. Joel


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How To Cast a Circle – Solitary Style


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How To Cast a Circle – Solitary Style


In modern Paganism, one of the facets common to many traditions is the use of a circle as a sacred space. While other religions rely on the use of a building such as a church or temple to hold worship, Wiccans and Pagans can cast a circle pretty much any place they choose. This is particularly handy on those pleasant summer evenings when you decide to hold ritual out in the back yard under a tree instead of in your living room!

Bear in mind that not every Pagan tradition casts a circle – many Reconstructionist paths skip it altogether, as do most folk magic traditions.

Start by determining how big your space needs to be. A ceremonial circle is a place in which positive energy and power are kept in, and negative energy kept out. The size of your circle will depend on how many people need to be inside it, and what the circle’s purpose is. If you’re hosting a small coven meeting for a few people, a nine-foot-diameter circle is sufficient. On the other hand, if it’s Beltane and you’ve got four dozen Pagans preparing to do a Spiral Dance or a drum circle, you’ll need a space significantly larger. A solitary practitioner can work easily in a three- to five-foot circle.

Figure out where your Circle should be cast. In some traditions, a Circle is physically marked on the ground, while in others it is merely visualized by each member of the group. If you have an indoor ritual space, you can mark the Circle on the carpet. Do whichever your tradition calls for. Once the Circle is designated, it is usually navigated by the High Priest or High Priestess, holding an athame, a candle, or a censer.

Which direction will your circle face? The circle is almost always oriented to the four cardinal points, with a candle or other marker placed at the north, east, south and west and the altar in the center with all the necessary tools for the ritual. Before entering the circle, participants are purified as well.

How do you actually cast the circle? Methods of casting the circle vary from one tradition to another. In some forms of Wicca, the God and Goddess are called upon to share the ritual. In others, the Hight Priest (HP) or High Priestess (HPs) will begin at the north and call upon the deities of the tradition from each direction. Usually this invocation includes a mention of the aspects associated with that direction – emotion, intellect, strength, etc. Non-Wiccan Pagan traditions sometimes use a different format. A sample ritual for casting a circle might take place like this:

Mark the circle upon the floor or the ground. Place a candle in each of the four quarters – green to the North to represent Earth, yellow in the East to represent Air, red or orange symbolizing Fire in the South, and blue to the West in association with Water. All necessary magical tools should already be in place upon the altar in the center. Let’s assume that the group, called Three Circles Coven, is led by a High Priestess.

The HPs enters the circle from the east and announces, “Let it be known that the circle is about to be cast. All who enter the Circle may do so in perfect love and perfect trust.” Other members of the group may wait outside the circle until the casting is complete. The HPs moves clockwise around the circle, carrying a lit candle (if it’s more practical, use a lighter instead). At each of the four cardinal points, she calls upon the Deities of her tradition (some may refer to these as Watchtowers, or Guardians).

As she lights the candle in the East from the one she carries, the HPs says:

Guardians of the East, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of knowledge and wisdom, guided by Air, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

The HPs moves to the South, and lights the red or orange candle, saying:

Guardians of the South, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of energy and will, guided by Fire, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

Next, she circles around to the West, where she lights the blue candle and says:

Guardians of the West, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of passion and emotion, guided by Water, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

Finally, the HPs goes to the last candle in the North. When lighting it, she says:

Guardians of the North, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of endurance and strength, guided by Earth, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

At this point, the HPs will announce that the circle is cast, and other members of the group can ritually enter the circle. Each person approaches the HPs, who will ask:

How do you enter the circle?

Each individual will respond:

In perfect love and perfect trust or In the light and love of the Goddess or whatever response is appropriate to your tradition.

Once all members are present within the circle, the circle is closed. At no time during ritual should anyone exit the circle without performing a ceremonial “cutting.” To do this, hold your athame in your hand and make a cutting motion across the line of the circle, first to your right and then to your left. You are essentially creating a “door” in the circle, which you may now walk through. When you return to the circle, enter it in the same place you exited, and “close” the doorway by reconnecting the line of the circle with the athame.

When the ceremony or rite has ended, the circle is usually cleared in the same manner in which it was cast, only in this case the HPs will dismiss the deities or Guardians and thank them for watching over the coven. In some traditions, the temple is cleared simply by having all members raise their athames in salute, thanking the God or Goddess, and kissing the blades of the athame.

If the above method of casting a circle seems boring or dull to you, that’s okay. It’s a basic framework for ritual, and you can make yours as elaborate as you like. If you’re a very poetic person who likes lots of ceremony, feel free to use creative license – call upon “the weavers of the wind, the breezes that blow from the East, blessing us with wisdom and knowledge, so mote it be,” etc, etc. If your tradition associates various deities with the directions, call upon those Gods or Goddesses in the ways that they expect you to do so. Just make sure that you don’t spend so much time casting the Circle that you don’t have any time left for the rest of your ceremony!


Have all your tools ready ahead of time — this will save you from scrambling around during the middle of the ritual looking for things!

If you forget what you mean to say when casting the circle, improvise. Talking to your deities should come from the heart.

If you make a mistake, don’t sweat it. The universe has a pretty good sense of humor, and we mortals are fallible.

What You Need:




Other tools of your tradition



By Patti Wigington

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WOTC Extra – Preparing Your Altar for Spellwork

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Preparing Your Altar for Spellwork


Altars have many uses within witchcraft, they can be used in spells, as a way to display the turning of the Wheel of the Year, or just as a place for contemplation and meditation.

Altars can vary in size and form as much as magic practitioners themselves do. They can be a small wooden box containing a few items, right up to a 6 by 4 foot carved oak slab. I’ve seen many altars set up on windowsills, shelves, bedside tables and mantelpieces. Altars also do not need to be in a fixed place, or permanent. Tree stumps make excellent outdoor altars (just be careful with any candles).

The important thing is to stop worrying about how your altar should look, and think about what you actually want an altar for. There are a few things that a lot of altars do include, but an altar is your personal work space, and it should include what you feel necessary, not what anybody else does.

Below are a few things that you typically find on an altar before any spellcrafting is done:

Elemental representations – These can be anything that represent Earth, Air, Fire and Water. These do not have to be anything elaborate it could be, a small crystal or bowl of soil for Earth, a feather or incense for Air, a candle for Fire and a small cup of rain/stream water or a sea shell for Water.

Deity representations – Statues or pictures of a specific Deity. If you are not working with a specific God or Goddess then you may still want to light candles or have representations of general male and female energies.

Seasonal representations – Foliage, flowers and symbols representing the time of year, especially if your altar is set-up to celebrate one of the Wheel of the Year festivals.

Pentacle or Pentagram – Often people put a Pentacle or Pentagram at the centre of their altar. This is often either as a tile or sewn onto an altar cloth. On smaller altars you could paint one on a pebble or shell.

Magical tools and diaries – If people have tools they use for magical purposes, wands, runes, athame, tarot decks, crystals, etc, then they often like to leave these displayed on permanent altar leaving these tools on your altar (especially during a Full Moon) can be a simple way of cleansing them.

This is by no means any kind of definitive list, you can put anything on your altar that you feel has a significant meaning to you. Have fun with it remember that setting up and maintaining your altar after spellwork should be something that you can enjoy, not something to worry about or view as a chore.

Hedge Witchery

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Let’s Talk Witch – Creating Spells

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 Creating Spells


There are lots of books written containing spells, and a countless amount of websites devoted to them. My advice regarding spells written by other people has always been, read as many as you can, and take from them the parts that appeal to you. Add things, remove things, switch the crystals or the herbs used, just make it your own. In my opinion spells always work best when they are written for a specific person and purpose.

One very important question you should ask yourself before performing any kind of spell is whether or not you should cast it at all. Many branches of magick believe that if you put something negative out there, sooner or later it’ll come back to you. This is well illustrated by part of the Wiccan Rede:

“An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”

Usually what I say is ask yourself two questions; Will this spell directly affect or influence anyone else? If ‘yes’, would I mind somebody else casting the same spell and affecting me in this way?

If your happy that the only way you would directly influence someone is in a way which you can live with, then go ahead with spell. There is much debate around the ethics of spell casting, for example, if you cast a protection spell on your home, and then a burglar breaks there leg whilst trying to break in, does that mean you’ve “harmed” them? I always say ethics is a personal thing, and as long as you consider your actions first and are happy with what your doing, then do it.

The next thing you have to decide on is exactly what you want your spell to achieve. Are you looking for something specific to happen? A sick friend making speedy recovery, a new job, etc. Or, you may want to do small ritual just to feel closer to your spirituality, or to celebrate specific festival or moon phase. Whatever you are casting a spell for don’t go into it with a vague idea, make sure you have your purpose very clear in your mind before you start.

It is important to prepare yourself for spell casting, to relax, but not feel tired, after all you need to focus and place some enthusiasm into your castings. This is sometimes referred to as ‘raising power’ or ‘building energy’. This can be done by, singing, chanting, dancing, playing musical instruments or meditation. Actually, there are countless ways to do this, just remember what your doing it for, as a way to wake-up the senses and focus them on the spell or ritual you are about to perform.

During your workings it is important that you feel comfortable and will not be disturbed. These are things that should be taken into consideration when deciding on where and when you will perform your ritual.

In my opinion one of the most important parts of any spell comes at the very end. However you choose to finish your spell, you need to invest some confidence in it, have a little faith. Whatever you’ve cast for try not to overly fret about it. You’ve cast the spell, you’ve dealt with it / put it in hands of the Lord and Lady / released it to the universe, however you want to think of it. It sounds a redundant thing to say but, if your going to use magic, you need to believe in it.

Hedge Witchery

Lily Oak

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WOTC (e) Sight

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While I have been touting the use of other senses, visualization remains a very important part of spellwork. Being able to visualize a result brings it closer to reality, but augmenting that with information for your other senses completes the experience, making it more than just a picture. If you can represent the emotional content with sound or touch or smell, if you can create a complete an in-depth representation of your result, you are much closer to reaching that goal.

Even if you can’t create a perfect image in your mind, the other senses can help fill in the blanks left by visualization. Smells, sounds, and textures allow you to expand that picture, and the more real you make it, the more real it is.


When all five senses are engaged in our spellwork, we are taking steps toward bringing our goal a deeper sense of reality. While different senses may be more or less suited to different types of spells, all spells benefit from this added realism. When we can vividly imagine our results in detail, they are already closer to being manifest . Using each of our senses, and finding ways to combine them, can make our spellwork more powerful, add depth to the representations of our goals, and add power to our workings. Combining hearing, smell, taste, and touch with sight allows us to imagine it in greater detail and to put more power behind it.

by Marion Sipe

Llewellyn’s 2014 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living (Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac)

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WOTC Extra (d) Touch

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Despite being the one we most use to interact with the world, touch is perhaps the most underrated sense. In the material world, we use it to manipulate objects, to create desired results, much as spellworkers use their wills to create magical results. For this reason, touch can be a tremendous help to spellwork , though it may require stepping outside of our general perceptions in order to use it effectively. Having a book in one’s hands feels a certain way, and you would recognize a book in your hands even if you couldn’t see it . In the same way, we can use our sense of touch to give texture, depth, and solidity to our spells. Often, we judge more real that which we can touch. Giving texture to our workings, and the results for which we’re aiming, creates in us a sense of realism that establishes it firmly in our minds as real, material, touchable.

While you can use any texture, it is best to use as a focus or a material something that reminds you of the goal. You probably wouldn’t use rough burlap for a sleep sachet or fragile cotton to represent protective armor . It’s also important to be inventive when it comes to touch. Water has a feel all its own when you submerge your fingertips in it, and the feel of still water is completely different to that of moving water, but both lend reality to a working and create a certain feeling within us.

by Marion Sipe

Llewellyn’s 2014 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living (Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac)

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WOTC (c) Hearing

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We readily acknowledge that our sense of hearing has power over us, but we often don’t realize how much. A drumbeat simulating an increasing heart rate can create feelings of tension and anxiety, while we all find certain music soothing or energizing. We can use this effect on our emotions in spellwork as a means of representing our goals, both concrete and abstract. A spell to calm anxiety, for example, may incorporate a drumbeat with an increasing cadence, which you then incrementally slow. Not only does it replicate the results that you’re looking to be able to reproduce, but it pulls them from potential into reality.

You can also play the sounds back later, helping to remind you of the spell and its intended effects. Moreover, linking the spell and the sound makes the sound a part of the spell . Every time you listen to the sound, it triggers the same process and the results are now something you can hear and with which you can interact.

Additionally, using sounds in rituals can take on many forms, from music that encompasses the emotional message you wish to create to simple sound effects that simulate your reaction to the desired result.

by Marion Sipe

Llewellyn’s 2014 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living (Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac)

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