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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
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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.”

 

 

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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.

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Pamela Ball
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WOTC Extra – Grounding and Centering


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Grounding and Centering

Your spell is done. The energies have been released, you’ve cleaned up after yourself and the magic is free to do its thing. The very next step is to ground yourself. Grounding and centering is often missed or skipped over and yet is one of the first things any witch should learn . If you’re not grounded it can cause all sorts of problems in all areas of your life.

A few years ago, I took part in a ritual where I was Air. We weren’t just calling the elements, we were invoking them.

Invoking is an often misunderstood word— in this case, I was embodying the element so for the ritual I was Air, not just a representative. The ritual was lovely but grounding didn’t happen very well. My friend who was another element, didn’t ground properly either. We found ourselves outside after midnight in Winter, wearing light sleeveless dresses and feeling very silly, giggly and quite euphoric. It took a week or so before I came back down to earth’ and re balanced myself. I’ve made an effort ever since to ensure that I ground thoroughly when I’ve finished anything magical.

There are many ways to ground. Food is one simple and good way— carbohydrates especially, although chocolate works well too. This is why cakes and ale come at the end of a ritual. When we used to do open sabbats we’d finish the night with a pot luck feast. Running your hands under cold water also works, as does rubbing them on the ground. Gardening and physical exercise are also good grounding activities. You might like to try a tree visualization where you see your roots going into the earth and returning the excess energy that you don’t need can be useful, but be aware that if you’re brimming with energy and feeling flighty then the focus required may be hard to maintain.

Centering yourself requires that you find your center and pull your energy into it. Some people feel their center to be their heart, others feel it in their solar plexus or belly. You will know when you find it—it feels like your true core. Being centered is being in a calm, balanced and serene place. You have energy, but not that restless twitchiness where you are itching to be off doing things.

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The Common Sense Spell Book
Debbie Dawson
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Let’s Talk Witch – Finishing A Spell


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Finishing a Spell

Like releasing energy, a spell needs to be released so it can go off and do its thing . It might need a boost now and then but this is different from leaving it open and hanging around.

Words like “As I will, so mote it be!” are commonly used and they put the stamp of will on the spell. It’s a clear ending place. However, there is still the clean -up that many people forget to do.

If your spell is to draw something to you then whatever form your spell has taken needs to be kept nearby. A charm, bag, petition, talisman or whatever you’ve chosen to use should be worn or placed somewhere of importance to you but still within your vicinity.

If your spell is to remove or banish something, it needs to be disposed of away from you. I’ve thrown things in the rubbish, burned spell remains and disposed of the ash, poured out washes and brews into drains, rivers and the sea. If you do this, please be aware of what is in your brew— you don’t want to poison the waterway or wildlife.

What of the other components or tools used that you plan to keep? The pot you brewed in, the pin or knife used to inscribe or the charcoal still smoldering in your burner with the remainder of your incense. The clean-up is just as important as every other component of your spell. Tools will need to be cleansed of that spell’s purpose and made ready for next time and the energies that have been used need to be cleared away.

Think of your spell as a cake you’ve baked. You’re not likely to leave your mixing bowl and spoon or beaters covered in the cake mix are you? You’re going to wash them and put them away for next time.

Cleansing your tools depends on the type of tool, the type of spell and what methods you prefer. There are many ways to cleanse your tools but one of the most effective ways is to use the elements:

Air— pass the item through incense smoke or hang in a tree,
Fire— pass the item through the flame of a candle, -
Water— wash the item or sprinkle blessed water on it, -
Earth — sit the item on the earth, bury it, or put it on top of a bowl of salt.

Obviously, some of these methods aren’t practical for some items. You may want to use only one (and that’s fine) or a combination. You might like to visualize white light completely enveloping the item, and clearing away all other energies leaving the item purified and clean.

When you’ve cleansed your tools and cleared the energy and closed your circle, tidy up all of your gear. Unless you’re specifically leaving an item somewhere, like your altar, try to return the area to the state it was in before you started. This is especially important if you have been working in a public space.

Once you’ve truly finished write the spell up in a magical journal or Book of Shadows. Remember to write how you feel it went, any sensations or visions you may have had, as well as your own account of what you did. Sometimes what you end up doing for a spell differs a little, or a lot, from the plan you made. Document all the changes and why you did them, if you know the reason.

The final step to finishing your spell is to keep silent. As I’ve previously stated this isn’t always literal, just that you shouldn’t talk about your spell. Keep it to yourself and let the magic work.

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Debbie Dawson
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WOTC Extra – Which Direction To Face When Casting A Spell


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Which Direction to Face

Another gift of nature and an important factor to consider when initiating a Moon spell is the direction in which to face. Compass directions north, south, east, and west are very significant when casting a spell. By facing the proper direction, you are utilizing the vibration or energy that it offers. The powers of the four directions are a free gift of nature that is often overlooked.

You can also think of the four directions as the four winds. You can “bring up the winds” from the north, south, east, and west. This means you will still stand facing a compass point, but will invoke the energy to blow toward you in the form of a gust. By not bringing up the winds, the flow of the vital forces are far more gentle, which is often necessary. It depends on the type of spell whether you only face a specific direction or you face that direction and also bring up the winds. One might compare it to an electric fan with two speeds. The flow of air is coming from the same source, but you control how quickly or slowly it reaches you.

Also, bear in mind that you most likely will not actually feel the wind that you have summoned. However, the invisible activity through the air will make its way to your spell area and serve you far beyond your realm of thought. There is magick in the air!

The following details about the vibration that emanates from each compass direction.

NORTH corresponds to the element of earth. Face north for health issues , healing of the body, spirituality, increasing or developing your intuition, using some type of divination, for transcending the physical and trying to communicate with someone telepathically, and in asking for guidance from whomever or whatever you call your higher power. This is the most powerful direction.

SOUTH corresponds to the element of fire. Face south for love issues , relationships of any kind, creative and artistic pursuits, anything of a romantic or emotional nature.

EAST corresponds to the element of air. Face east for career issues, strength, clarity, new business opportunities, financial matters and any endeavor requiring extra energy, healing of the mind, new beginnings.

WEST corresponds to the element of water. Face west for letting go and moving on, increasing self-esteem, forgiving yourself or someone else, cleansing, unconditional love.

Special Note: When in doubt as to which direction to turn, face north, because it is the foundation of all things.

If the compass direction you’re using does not put you in view of the Moon, do not be concerned. The energy of the Moon enters from all around you even if your back is to her. Try to face the direction that I suggest in the spells as opposed to facing the Moon itself. The energy coming down from the Moon is all you need to acknowledge.

For the best of both worlds, conduct your spell outside when the Moon is directly overhead or almost overhead. In that way, you can see the Moon from any direction.

Another suggestion is what I often do: Sometimes when I am casting a spell inside, I peak my head out the door for a few seconds to get a glimpse of the Moon to feel the connection and then come back inside and perform my ritual. Relax . . . Moon vibrations can permeate through rooftops, mountains, clouds, rain, snow, and even the apartment of the people above you.

Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want
Diane Ahlquist
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Let’s Talk Witch – Where to Conduct Your Spells: Inside or Outside?


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Where to Conduct Your Spells: Inside or Outside?

Inside

It is easier to conduct spells inside, due to the fact that wind will not keep blowing out your candles, you have electricity for music, there is privacy and also safety.

As you are accessing the powers of the Moon, try to find a spot where you can see the Moon , if possible. But above all, be comfortable.

If there is a room in your home where you can see the Moon but you are not relaxed in that area, do not use it.

If you’re conducting your spell during the day or are someplace without windows or any view of the sky, use a representation of the Moon. A picture of the Moon works well (feel free to draw your own) or any item that represents the Moon.

You can purchase a terra cotta Moon decoration at most garden centers or make one out of cardboard or anything you have available. A Moon pendant or pin would do. Be creative; anything you feel that represents the Moon is perfect for you.

Keep in mind, your privacy is a must. There should be no one else in the room
with you unless they are directly participating in this ritual. If you have a large family and have a difficult time finding a place to be alone, you can always opt for the bathroom. It may sound comical, but I performed one of my best spells in the bathroom at a Holiday Inn as I was sharing a room with a friend who was not like-minded.

Outside

To do a spell outside is excellent as you are surrounded by nature. However, the majority of people do not have acres of land where they can be assured privacy. Even in a park or on a beach, there is the probability of you attracting onlookers and people passing by.

A backyard is workable, but if you have noisy neighbors, barking dogs, or a delivery person that may show up unexpectedly, it is not a good idea. Remember that you should not be trying to gain attention. Be discreet , and the power is more effective.

If you are one of the lucky ones who has a privacy fence or lots of land around you, you may give it try. The use of candles may not work if it is a windy day.

Whatever you do, make sure you always feel safe. If you cast your spell in the evening and are afraid someone will sneak up on you, it will defeat the purpose. Why add stress to your spell?

Usually a group of people is better for outdoor spells. Weigh the positives and the negatives and make a choice. I have performed spells outside as well as inside, and the results have not been more successful one way or the other. I must admit, though , if you have the opportunity to perform magick amidst nature, do venture to do so. The experience is very enchanting.

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