Spellcrafting

WOTC Extra – Intermediate Circle-casting Techniques


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Intermediate Circle-casting Techniques

 

Before you formulate your own circle, experiment with the following technique:

Variations on the Single-Pass Circle

To vary the basic technique of walking the perimeter of your circle area a single time channeling energy into the barrier, use different-colored energy. Match the energy’s color and programming to whatever your ritual purpose may be. Visualizing color adds the energy of the color to your circle; it’s a different method of programming it, as each color carries corresponding energies. For example, you can use green energy for healing, or blue for justice rituals, or an appropriate sabbat-associated color for whatever sabbat you may be celebrating. Many Wiccans prefer to use white energy silver energy or blue energy These three colors are multipurpose and each corresponds to protection and peace.

Variations on the Three-Fold Pass Circle

Another common method practiced by Wiccans involves walking the circle perimeter three times, as three is recognized as a sacred number:

1. Walk your circle perimeter three times, casting one layer of the circle by channeling energy as per your usual method, then channeling a second just inside the first, and then a third just inside the second.
2. When you are done, stand and concentrate, visualizing all three layers merging into one.

There are many ways to vary the three-fold circle. You can allow each layer to grow up and under into the sphere shape, remaining separated from the other two. In this way, you have three distinct barriers that together form your sacred circle. You can cast in the names of the triple-aspected deities of Wicca, if you like, or for the triple layers of reality perceived by various cultures (the underworld, the material world, and the spiritual overworld). You can cast each layer while visualizing a different color of energy emerging from your hand or tool. When you’ve finished your third layer, you can visualize all three different-colored layers coming together to form a multicolored energy barrier.

Solitary Wicca For Life: Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own
Arin Murphy-Hiscock

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Let’s Talk Witch – Advance Circle Casting


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Advance Circle Casting

The circle is not temporary sacred space; it is a temporary temple—a formal place in which a Wiccan may work and worship in safety It must be remembered that:

• Wiccans consider the entire world, material and nonmaterial, to possess inherent sacred energy.

• Wiccans consider themselves to be containers of a spark of divine energy.

These two beliefs working together mean that we can formally designate any area as sacred at any time, as the Divine within us recognizes the holiness inherent in the physical location through the ceremony of raising a circle. Circles were once used in occult practices as protection from evil.

Wiccans today don’t believe in an abstract concept of evil roaming the earth, looking for unwary individuals to ensnare. Therefore, a circle’s primary purpose in Wicca is not to defend from evil, but to separate us from everyday surroundings and place us within a holy zone closer to the gods. A circle’s secondary purpose is to contain the energy you raise with defined intent. Although a circle acts as a magical container, holding the energy you’re working with, when you release that energy with intention the energy passes through your circle without breaking it. As part of its secondary purpose, the circle concentrates the energy you raise within its limited space until you are ready to release the energy toward your intended goal. Finally, a circle’s tertiary purpose is to define the boundary of your workspace. In a circle, your actions are separated from the everyday world and you engage in a greater intensity of focus.

On a physical level, you create a circle by walking around a perimeter (often three times) of your intended workspace. Simply walking in a circle three times defines the circle’s space in your mind, but it does not create the energy barrier Wiccans understand the circle to be. For the circle to exist both in the physical realm and in the mental and spiritual realms, you must also visualize the circle with clear intent, channeling energy into that visualization until it takes form. The energy used for channeling mainly comes from the earth, to which you ground yourself prior to raising the circle, but also partially from within the caster, as you must guide that energy with your will.

Beginner Wiccans understand the concept of walking the circle, but it takes a while before they channel energy with confidence as they raise one. Casting a circle begins as an act of faith, to an extent; you believe the circle is there. Over time, a Wiccan realizes that the energy within the designated space is very different from the energy outside it. This concept is something you learn, for example, if you have to cut a door in your circle to fetch something you’ve forgotten and sense the difference between the energy within the circle and beyond it. More proof comes when you’ve done a strenuous and taxing ritual and dismantle the circle to be met with a cool breeze and relaxed energy—a direct contrast to the heat and high vibrations you felt while the circle was still up.

There’s nothing wrong with casting and dismantling circles just for practice. A circle is just a step within a larger formal sequence, nothing more. Don’t feel obliged to include the invocations and ritual workings that you normally do in a formal ritual. Instead of raising it with intention for it to be a temple space, practice raising it with the intention of refining your circle-management skills. Before you experiment with the more advanced techniques of circle dissolution, make sure you ground and dismiss all the extra energy inside your circle.

Solitary Wicca For Life: Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own
Arin Murphy-Hiscock

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The Energies of the Moon for Each Calendar Month


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The Energies of the Moon for Each Calendar Month

 

January Moon: Also called the Wolf Moon, the January Moon has the energies of the New Year.

February Moon: Also called the Ice Moon, the February Moon has the energies for a soul searching journey.

March Moon: The March Moon, also called the Worm Moon, has the energy for new beginnings.

April Moon: The April or Growing Moon is packed with energies for growth and gatherings.

May Moon: The Hare Moon, also called the May Moon, is known for its energies for physical, emotional and mental nourishment.

June Moon : The Mead Moon is the best time for understanding.

July Moon: The Hay or July Moon is full of energy for the future.

August Moon: Also called the Corn Moon, the August Moon energizes you with the ability to let go and move on.

September Moon: Also called the Harvest Moon, the September Moon is the best time for achieving results

October Moon: The October Moon, called the Blood Moon, gives positive energies related to building, creating and beginning new relationships, business ventures etc.

November Moon: The Snow Moon equips you with the energy to give up negativity and bad thoughts. It gives you the power to release all that bothers you.

December Moon: The Cold Moon is the best time and energizer to leave behind what doesn’t fit in your life.

With this knowledge about the moon, its sighting and its phases, anyone wanting to cast a spell can plan when to do so in the best manner. Because every spell has a particular lunar phase during which it has maximum effect, the moon and its movements should be considered beforehand so that the ritual yields the best results.

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Wicca Made Easy: Simple Spells for Love, Money, Luck, Success, Weight Loss & More!
Sarah M. Lancaster
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Let’s Talk Witch – The Magic of the Moon


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The Magic of the Moon

The Moon is an alluring object. While we have grown used to seeing it many nights and taking it for granted, its mere presence and beauty remain a mystery. Apart from being seen as a wonder of nature, the moon is also known to have secrets of the years gone by and of those who seek its beauty for worldly means.

In Wiccan tradition, the moon forms the center of most of this discipline’s concepts. Just like this object has different connotations in various religions, for Wicca Witchcraft, the moon stands as a powerful force that affects the efficacy of spells and incantations. In the previous section, together with the spells and their mantras , the phase of the moon has also been mentioned. The importance of the phases will now be explained in detail.

The magic of the moon is a very strong pillar of Wicca. It has been explained previously that magic and spell casting have a lot to do with positive thinking, visualizing and the subconscious thought process in general. The role played by the moon is emphasized because, according to tradition, the moon controls the entire subconscious domain. Therefore, the phase it is in, or the cycle it experiences, has a direct effect on the power of visualization and spell casting.

Consequently, a person who wants to practice Wicca or cast spells precisely would do well if he/ she learns about the moon and its magic. Two concepts, namely: The Phases of the Moon and The Energies of the Moon are the most important when it comes to enhancing the power of spells and improving their effectiveness.

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Wicca Made Easy: Simple Spells for Love, Money, Luck, Success, Weight Loss & More!
Sarah M. Lancaster
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WOTC Extra – When Your Spell Works, Finish It


Witchy Comments & GraphicsWhen Your Spell Works, Finish It

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 smouldering 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 visualise 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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The Common Sense Spell Book
Debbie Dawson
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Let’s Talk Witch – When None of The Time is Right for Spellwork


Witchy Comments & Graphics When None of the Timing is Right

 

If you’ve done your homework and want to get the timing right but it’s the wrong day, planetary hour or season, it can be easy to feel hamstrung by the timings. However, consider the way you’ve planned or worded your spell. A spell to ensure success (a building spell) can be reworded to become a spell to remove obstacles (a banishing spell).

In one of the laws of physics, “nothing is ever created or destroyed, it is transformed”. You can tailor the wording and the spell to the timing, rather than waiting until the right time which may be months away.

Remember that the timings can only aid in the success of your spell. They aren’t the only factors and while it is advisable to do banishing when the moon wanes or during the winter months, a banishing can still be done at New Moon. Just be aware that you’ll need to work a little harder and not draw on the New Moon’s beginnings/ creative energy. Magic isn’t about what is easy or what can be done right now . Sometimes you need to work harder to bring about success and sometimes the hard part is to wait.

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The Common Sense Spell Book
Debbie Dawson
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Let’s Talk Witch – The Structure of a Spell


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Let’s Talk Witch – The Structure of a Spell

Spell Structure While every spell is (or should be) different and unique, there is still a basic structure to follow. A statement of intent, the making of the spell in whatever form you choose, empowering or charging up your spell and the clean-up. Following is a list of things to consider when writing your spell.

Purpose of the spell— what results are you seeking and how will they come about.

The type of spell —what method will you use to cast your spell.

Inclusion of Deities or other supernatural entities— Do you need or want their help?

Timing of the spell —does it require a particular time or day of the week, moon phase or sign or time of year.

The materials for the spell— what do you have to hand, what can you use or improvise with, or what can you get easily. Or is this a spell that must wait for that extra rare first blossom after the rising of Sirius?

Do you need to cast a circle ?—consider not only your spell and your ability to contain energy, but also other potential disruptions like children, pets and noisy or nosy neighbours.

How you will raise and release energy to power your spell— many of the same considerations as circle casting but also natural abilities are important.

How you will close, bind or end your spell— is it one to go on forever , or one with an expiry date. What do you need to do to finish it off and clean up.

There are a lot of considerations to be made before leaping head first into performing a spell. If you are truly serious about bringing about your Will then you need to spend the time doing everything in the power to ensure that it will be a success.

 

 

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


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Let’s Talk Witch – Spell Structure

 

While every spell is (or should be) different and unique, there is still a basic structure to follow. A statement of intent, the making of the spell in whatever form you choose, empowering or charging up your spell and the clean-up. Following is a list of things to consider when writing your spell.

• Purpose of the spell— what results are you seeking and how will they come about.

• The type of spell —what method will you use to cast your spell.

• Inclusion of Deities or other supernatural entities— Do you need or want their help?

• Timing of the spell —does it require a particular time or day of the week, moon phase or sign or time of year.

• The materials for the spell— what do you have to hand, what can you use or improvise with, or what can you get easily. Or is this a spell that must wait for that extra rare first blossom after the rising of Sirius?

• Do you need to cast a circle ?—consider not only your spell and your ability to contain energy, but also other potential disruptions like children, pets and noisy or nosy neighbours.

• How you will raise and release energy to power your spell— many of the same considerations as circle casting but also natural abilities are important.

• How you will close, bind or end your spell— is it one to go on forever , or one with an expiry date.

What do you need to do to finish it off and clean up. There are a lot of considerations to be made before leaping head first into performing a spell. If you are truly serious about bringing about your Will then you need to spend the time doing everything in your power to ensure that it will be a success.

 
The Common Sense Spell Book
Dawson, Debbie Dawson (2013-11-27).

 

 

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