Being a Witch means living consciously, in harmony with the rest of existence to the best of your ability.
If you have room, you might enjoy creating a permanent circle, either inside your home or outdoors. You could incorporate a circle into a garden, perhaps designing a grassy area surrounded by shrubs or flowers. Consider marking the four directions with appropriate symbols and objects, as described earlier. Large standing stones erected at each of the four main compass points—maybe even a complete ring of stones—would nicely define your circle. Depending on the site, you might wish to place an altar in the center of your circle and perhaps include a spot to light ritual fires. To emphasize the elements, you could position a fire pit (or barbecue grill) in the south, a fountain or pond in the west, a large shrub or tree in the north, and a windmill or whirligig in the east.
Inside your home, you may be able to turn an ordinary round rug into a magick circle. Place candleholders and flowers at each of the four directions. If you like, add other objects, artwork, or colors to symbolize the four elements. Use a cabinet, chest of drawers, table, or large trunk as an altar. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
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Let’s take a moment to talk about Emergency Magick. You know magick you need when you are in a pickle. Magick is Earth’s oldest system of crisis management. Think about it. When you are in a crisis situation, what happens to your mind and body? Your heart starts racing, adrenaline starts pumping, you can’t breathe, can’t think and there’s a sinking weight in the pit of your stomach.
When you are in crisis mode, you may not feel very calm, but you are actually in the perfect state to produce some incredibly powerful magick.
The strongest, most effective magick is magick that’s fueled by necessity. It’s the most intense, the most potent, and the most powerful magick that exists. Magick takes all that fear, worry, stress, panic and desire and channels it into something productive and positive.
Magick allows you to overcome the helplessness and panic of an emergency situation and DO something to exercise your will. It gives you back some control over your destiny.
So when you find yourself panicking, just remember the best thing you can do is turn to your magick tools—and they will work for you better than ever, precisely because of those powerful emotions that you have.Excerpts from: Wiccan Power Spells “Every thing You Need to Know About the Ancient Secrets of Wicca” by Aurora
Perhaps you are one of those people who know exactly what they want. Or perhaps, you are one who is looking for that just perfect spell to get what you want.
If you are one of these individuals then it is great. But not everyone is as fortunate as you. Not everyone knows their true heart and mind. Not everyone has the security and perhaps confidence of knowing what exactly are they suppose to be doing. They are unsure what Path will bring them success and happiness in their life or perhaps disaster.
There are several ways for an individual to discover their own Path in life. Most people know deep down what it is they should be doing, but they don’t have the confidence in themselves to take that leap. They just can’t do it, who knows why and I would imagine they don’t know either.
The main issue is to get past those “doubts” and get in touch with your inner self and your true desires.
There is a visualization that is wonderful to try and it will remove all the self doubt:
Imagine you are living in a world where you cannot fail. Success is all around you. In everything you do, you succeed. So imagine what you would be doing? Remember whatever you try, you will be a success. Where would you be living? Job? Lots of Money? Family, kids, dream house or single and having the time of your life? Try to imagine these things in as much detail as you can. Write them down. This is your Path, and these should be your goals.
With the help of magick, you can eliminate your doubts and fears. And start to pursue your true heart’s Path.
Let’s take into consideration, you might have had a problem with what you saw. Then, my friend, take this as a sign. A sign that your true Path is deeply buried in your subconscious mind and you are probably going to need help to get to it.
Don’t stop trying, never stop trying. As you grow in the Craft, you continuously learn each day. Perhaps today, you could obtain your true Path, give it a day or two. Then try again. As we grow we learn new things about ourselves. Also your confidence and self-doubt will start to diminish over time.
Stay on your journey, keep your Faith and the Goddess will reveal what you need to know when you are ready.
There are two types of shapeshifting; changing your light body in the astral to power animal, & changing your physical form on the earth plane into an animal. Perhaps this is where the lycanthropy legend actually began. Very adept shamans are said to be able to change their physical human forms into that of animals.
There is also a middle ground where we should not miss. During certain ritual dances, humans can be possessed by the animal spirit. Although they outwardly do not become the animal, their body may contort or move in the fashion that the animal is most comfortable. Vocalizations are also heard, such as the cry of the Eagle, scream of the Falcon, etc. These power dances are not harmful, as long as they are done within some type of magick circle. Inwardly, the individual melds with the animal. The human’s sense of smell or sight may be heightened, there
could be increased dexterity in the limbs, or a feeling of savage power that the animal may represent. It is exhilarating & enlightening.
In the astral, taking on the shape of the animal is not particularly dangerous. I had only one glitch, & that was in the form of a panther, where I had to learn to control the beast & not let it run away with my (or its) strength.
In order to keep accurate track of your astral studies, you should use your notebook. Be sure to write the date, time, moon phase, weather conditions & your own health at the time of the travel. Also indicate the reason for the exercise.
While most curses are designed to do their jobs and dissipate, upon occasion we have need of one that goes a little further. Sometimes, we need it to work indefinitely. And when those times arise, a little bit of aggravation simply isn’t going to do the trick. We need something that, like the Energizer Bunny, keeps on going. And it’s on those occasions that it’s best to give a gift – a gift like no other – a gift that has a curse built right in.
Of course, not just any gift will do. It’s going to have to be something that the subject of your intent is going to be delight with and will love beyond all reason. Otherwise, it will just get tossed aside or throw away, and all your efforts will be for naught.
Admittedly, this may be the most difficult thing you’ve ever done — especially since it requires you to purchase something absolutely lovely for your least favorite person in the world. However, there are reasons that you may actually want to go this route. And it’s those reasons that will keep you smiling all the way to the check out line.
What sort of reasons? well for one thing, your target is going to feel guilty as hell for having done you dirty if you turn up with a nice gift—and that, in itself is part of the curse. Every time he or she looks at that gift of uses it, a vision of you and how you were treated will be the first thing to surface in the mind’s eye. And that’s exactly why it’s important that the person not be able to part with the gift.
Another reason for handling things in this fashion is that while you can certainly weave any curse you’d like into the object, your personal energy is not attached to it in the same way it would be if you crafted the gift yourself. And this not only disassociates you somewhat from the target but helps to keep some of that negative reside at bay.
If not that’s not enough to convince you, there’s this: Your target will never suspect that you are in any way responsible for the sudden turn that his or her life has taken. You did, after all, knock yourself out to obtain that wonderful gift. And anyone who goes to all that trouble couldn’t be anything but kind, compassionate, loveing and gracious. Right?
Taking this avenue is easy once you get past having to purchase the gift. There are, however, a few rules of thumb. Do yourself a favor, follow them caefully, and those worrisome afterthoughts won’t come to call.
Do not involve living creatures,I shouldn’t have to spell this out, but I will just to ease my own mind. This means absolutely no plants or aimals.
Only purchase gifts suitable for afults. This means no stuffed animals, no dolls, or any other toy that might inadvertently fall into the hands of a child or a pet.
In the case of music boxes, be mindful of the tune. While the music may be uplifting, it should not in any way, emmpower the target. A box that plays “When You Wish Upon a Star,” for example, is a magickal no-no.Excerpt from: Utterly Wicked Curses, Hexes &Other Unsavory Notions Author: Dorothy Morrison
Magick is an art form. Despite the best efforts of Ritual Magicians and Techno-pagans, it remains as unpredictable and powerful as the weather unless you are highly skilled and focused. Scientists studying weather prediction in the 1970’s discovered something amazing. Weather, they found, is as unstable as to be impossible to predict more than a day or two in advance. In fact, computer models suggested something they called the Butterfly Theory. It seems that the air disturbed by a butterfly taking off from a cactus in Mexico, if it happened at the right time and place, could in theory cause devastating storms and tornadoes in the U. S. Midwest. Magick is very similar. Each action we take, magickal or mundane, has consequences that spread out from it like the ripples in a pond.
They spread out, touching everything – and reflect back to converge on the source. Be very sure, then, before you work magick, exactly what the consequences may be. Ask yourself, “If this spell backfires on me, and affects me instead of the intended target, can I live with the result?” Thus I tend to use magick only in direst need, and then must the cause be just.
Some Wiccans counsel about how rain on your fields could cause drought elsewhere. This might be true, if you are trying with your own personal power to squeeze the rain clouds as they pass over. But asking the Lady and Lord for the blessing of rain for everybody’s crops is a different thing entirely. Selfish magick has negative consequences: Loving, giving magick only positive ones. For Selfishness is the true root of all evil. “I want it! Destroy the world, let Chaos take the universe as long as I get what I want!” Be careful of what you ask, you just may get it….
So, you’ve studied hard, learned all about Witchcraft and now you find you can really do things. All the powers of the Elements is yours to command. Love, money, power, respect – all these are yours. You are special. You are powerful.
It is always important to remember that the gift of magickal power is just that – a gift from the Lady and Lord. It must never be abused. And glorifying yourself because of something lent to you is like showing up at your class reunion in a borrowed suit and a rented Jaguar.
During purification, the chant is used to prepare your mind, body and soul for the coming ritual. When used during the drawing of the four quarters or requesting the presence of your deities, the chants are a request for the participation of the higher powers. If you chant during the magickal work itself, then it is used to raise the power needed for your ritual or spell work.
Different chants work at different times and in different ways. A chant for money wouldn’t be used during a purification ritual. A chant requesting Eros and Aphrodite presence shouldn’t be used for a travel spell as they represent love. However, a chant to Eros and Aphrodite would be great when performing a ritual requesting love to come into your life, to help you and your significant lover to get over a fight or when dissolving a love match. They are over all aspects of love
Using a chant isn’t hard. The first thing is to know what your spell or ritual is supposed to do. Then choose or write your chants accordingly. Pick a magickal number (usually three) to repeat the chant. Visualize what you want, need or the purpose of the chant while chanting. Then once you have completed the chant, visualize releasing the energy you just built towards you goal while saying “So mote it be“. It is just that simple.
Some people with gesture or raise their voices as they chant, but that is a personal or traditional preference. When chanting with others, it is a good idea to chant together on a rhythm unless the magickal work calls for the timing to be different. These things could make the chanting more difficult but they are not necessary. It all depends on your spell.
Writing a chant is also not very difficult. Most are just a few lines. Most of my chants are just calling on the deities, making the requests and then closing the chant with “So Mote It Be.” Some people prefer a more poetic sound to their chants. They use an iambic pentameter or rhyming couplets. Some prefer son and dance. It is all in what you want and what is needed for the ritual.