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Let’s Talk Witch – Your Household Altar


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Let’s Talk Witch – Your Household Altar

 

Since this is a highly personal subject, only you can determine which objects to place on your altar. If you belong to an organized religion or follow a faith with specific symbols and deities, you might place symbols or images related to your faith on the altar. This will connect your home with the energies of your spiritual practices. A Wiccan, for example, might include a statue of a Moon goddess on her altar.

Fire, in any form, is a frequent addition to altars, for it has long been revered as sacred. Candles are quite appropriate, as are their antecedents, oil lamps. Candles in glass jars-often called “seven-day” candles-are ideal for altar use. They can be left burning for several days with relative safety and are available in a wide range of colors, making them useful for their symbolic meanings.

White candles are often left burning continuously on household altars to promote spirituality and peace within the home as well as to honor deity. Use the colors that seem right.

Charms, amulets and personal-power objects also can be placed on the altar. Favorite stones, shells gathered on distant beaches or any other objects that you feel are special and important belong on the altar as well. Many of the charms mentioned in this book are perfect for altar use.

If you decide that a pile of fossils will guard your home like nothing else, add them to your altar, where their powers will be enhanced.

Choose objects that have special meanings to you, that are related to the house (tiny brooms, pieces of brick, a picture of the structure) or that are magically potent (four-leaf clovers, feathers, coral or turquoise).

In some parts of the world to this day such altars are decked with flowers, greens or fruit, which are cut with simple thanks to the plant providing the sacrifice. The flowers and leaves maybe fashioned into garlands, wreaths or leis. Any seasonal flowers that you enjoy can be added to the altar to increase its powers and appearance. These are seen as sacrifices to the energies, but are also admired for their beauty.

Salt is often present on the altar as well, in a box, bag, bottle or cut-crystal jar. It cleanses and purifies the altar and also lends it the power to prevent poverty and financial misfortune.

Incense burners, another common altar object, provide a convenient means of honoring the divine. Lighting incense daily and placing it in the burner not only “pleases” the gods, it also clears the house of stuffy vibrations. Burning incense regularly is a highly recommended magical household practice. Perhaps the best incense for daily use is the joss-stick type, which can easily be lit and placed in a bowl of sand or an incense burner. Choose incenses not only for their scents, but also for their powers and influences.

If you are a practitioner of magic, you may want to place your ritual tools and objects-drum, rattle, magic blades, crystals, cords, wand and pentacles-on the altar. All will be intimately linked with the house’s well-being and spiritual current.

Aligning the altar with the four elements is a common practice. The elements are the sum of the universal forces divided into four basic types of energies. Invoking their presence in your home lends it their specific powers.

A fragrant bloom, feather or smoking censer can represent the element of Air, which brings intelligence and organization to the home.

The element of Fire is symbolized by a burning candle, an oil lamp or a chunk of volcanic rock, such as obsidian, olivine or lava. Fire blesses the home with warmth, passion, energy, protection and health.

A dish of water or some quartz crystal signifies the element of Water, which brings love, contentment, spirituality, psych-ism and a sense of family unity to the home.

Finally, a bowl of earth, a clay pot, a pile of stones or a container of salt tunes in the element of Earth. This element lends your home stability, physical strength, a nurturing atmosphere, money and food.

One object for each of the four elements can be placed on the altar to bring these influences into your home.

Source:
The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
Scott Cunningham; David Harrington.

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WOTC Extra – Building Your Own Water Bowl


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WOTC Extra – Building Your Own Water Bowl

 Building a water bowl is a simple procedure. With practice, it will take you only a minute or two to build one. In this section, we give you instructions on how to build a simple water bowl with smooth and calm Water. Once you have learned this procedure, we will teach you how to use a water bowl for other purposes, such as scrying. To build a water bowl:

  1. Have a Water Blue color source (something bright blue) available as a reference.
  2. Seat yourself so you can rest your elbows comfortably against your sides at or just above your hip bone points with your arms and hands extended horizontally or slightly up angled in front of you and the tips of your fingers interlaced. This results in a “bowl” at about the level of or just above your navel. High or low bowls will have different effects. Standing, you will only affect the area above and at the level of the arms. If you do a bowl too low or are bent over, it will affect intestinal tract, kidneys, or bladder. If you make one below the waist, it will trigger the body’s mechanism for clearing Water and you will go to the bathroom a lot.
  3. Envision or “mock-up” a dry stream bed or ditch descending from the region of your heart into the bowl on the side nearest you. Build a spout right above the heart and allow a stream of Water to flow down the ditch or stream bed into the left side of the bowl. Just see it in your mind’s eye. You can also allow the Water to flow out of the spout directly into the left edge of the bowl. Be sure and look at your Water Blue source as you are flowing Water.
  4. You can decorate the bowl on the edges if you so desire with palm trees, birds and flowers. The Water flowing down can be a cascading mountain stream or a fountain-like stream pouring into the corner. Fill the bowl, which should be a fairly deep bowl, until the Water reaches the edge. As the bowl fills, you will likely have a sense of a rising coolness or pressure in your linked fingertips. Begin reabsorbing the Water by pulling the Water in your hands and up your arms from the bowl’s far side. You don’t need to think about this—your body knows what to do. The goal with reabsorbing the Water— and re-circulating it in later steps— is to develop a smooth surface to on your water bowl.
  5. As you absorb the Water energies, re-circulate the Water back out to the spout so you have a continuous flow.
  6. If you have alligators in your water bowl and they are dark, leave them alone. If they are healthy and you don’t want them, you can blow them over the edge of the bowl.
  7. As you re-circulate your Water, let the turbulent feelings rush out and down the stream bed into the bowl, as with a turbulent stream down a hillside, without concerning yourself about their source. The only goal here is to smooth out the feelings so you can function in your situation at this time. To accomplish this goal, you want to have a clear top surface so
  8. Continue recycling until one of the following occurs: -The outflowing Water is running smoothly in the stream bed (usually takes three to five minutes). -The outflow stops of its own accord, often with a “chug” feeling. Do not force a restart if this happens! A forced restart may trigger release of an overwhelming amount of suppressed or repressed fear, anger, and grief. When you stop flowing, either intentionally— having achieved a smooth surface in your water bowl— or because the Water stopped flowing spontaneously, pull all the Water back up into your palms and up your arms. Failing to pull all your Water energies back in may cause you to feel emotionally drained or physically dehydrated.
  9. Unlace your hands. You have just completed a water bowl! You can use the water bowl, as outlined in this procedure, consistently to clear out emotional “junk.” If you do so, you will find that your moods will stabilize and you will experience a more peaceful state of being in your

You can use the water bowl, as outlined in this procedure, consistently to clear out emotional “junk.” If you do so, you will find that your moods will stabilize and you will experience a more peaceful state of being in your daily life. You can also release all forms of stress and tension accumulated during the day, and this technique works especially well if you tend to have trouble sleeping.

Source:
Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands
Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, Inc.
Joel, G. Alan (2013-04-16).
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Let’s Talk Witch – What is a Water Bowl?


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Let’s Talk Witch – What is a Water Bowl?

 

The water bowl is a versatile tool of witchcraft that can be used for a variety of purposes, including scrying and sending psychic messages. Scrying is the art of looking for information that is not easily available in the ordinary world. In the practice of witchcraft, Water is the energy of Spirit, and flowing Water with a water bowl can help Spirit find desired information, or communicate with another Spirit.

A water bowl is simply a “bowl” formed by holding your elbows snug against your sides. You lace your fingers together in front of you to form a bowl, and visualize flowing your energetic Water into this bowl. This procedure takes very little time and handles a lot of life’s daily difficulties. It also allows you to accomplish a lot without changing your overall water level, but simply re-circulating it. To make the most of your water bowls, read the following safety cautions until you understand them thoroughly:

-Flow only Water Blue (a bright blue) energy for this exercise. Do not flow dark blue, blue-black, or black.

-Be sure the “bowl” is at or above the level of your navel.

-Do not drop the bowl without first reabsorbing the Water energies in it (we’ll show you how in the next section). If you accidentally drop the water bowl before you have reabsorbed all the Water, it may leave you short of Water which could produce a feeling of being emotionally drained or could cause dehydration. It could also possibly cause diarrhea. Also, keep the bowl level to prevent sloshing.

Source:
Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands
Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, Inc.
Joel, G. Alan (2013-04-16).
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WOTC Extra – A List of Useful Animal Components To Pick Up On Your Next Nature Walk


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A List of Useful Animal Components To Pick Up On Your Next Nature Walk

 

A list of animal components and applications you would likely find on a random walk in nature:

Antlers: Sliced antler makes a very sturdy carving surface, and may be used in making a personal set of runes. Alternatively, antlers can be carried to honor Artemis, Cernunnos, and Bacchus, or used as virility charms.

Eggshells: Traditionally, shells were buried or burned in healing spells (often after having been carried by the patient so the eggshells “absorbed” the illness). Eggshells also make a good womb symbol in which energy can be nurtured to maturity. Be sure to consider the color of the eggshell in the final application. For instance, use blue eggshells to nurture peace and joy.

Feathers: Use feathers for divination, for moving incense around the sacred space, or as a spell component in magick directed toward liberation and release. They’re also good for meditations in which you wish to connect with bird spirits or the air element.

Fur: Tufts of fur can often be found on burrs or other prickly bushes. If you can determine the animal that lost the fur, you can apply the fur as a symbol of that creature and its attributes in spells and rituals. For example, a bit of rabbit fur would be a good component to put in your power pouch for abundance and fertility. (Any small pouch will do as a power pouch. Use it to keep special items, like small stones given by friends and those that carry personal meaning.)

Nails: Nails serve utilitarian purposes (for gathering food) as well as defensive ones—when in the clutches of a foe. With this in mind, animal nails could be carried as amulets and talismans for providence and safety.

Teeth: One of the longest-lasting parts of any body, teeth have natural associations with longevity and durability. Furthermore, teeth affect the way a lot of creatures communicate, so use them in different communication spells, depending on the type of creature involved. For example, if you were going into a meeting where clever discourse was needed, carrying a fox tooth might be apt.

Whiskers: According to an old bit of folklore, cat’s whiskers that you find somewhere can be used in a wish-fulfilling spell. For this to work, burn the whisker and whisper a wish to the smoke. This spell might be accomplished with the whiskers of other animals too, like using a dog’s whiskers to inspire devotion and constancy.

Source:

The Only Book of Wiccan Spells You’ll Ever Need (The Only Book You’ll Ever Need)
Singer, Marian; MacGregor, Trish (2012-08-18)
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WOTC Extra – Blessing of the Book of Shadows

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BLESSING OF THE BOOK OF SHADOWS SPELL

 

Hearken as the witch’s word calls to all, a gulf to ford. Bridge the vast realities.
An it harm none, do as ye please.
Elements, protect and guard this book, from wandering eyes and prying looks.
Fill it with thine ancient powers, in this right and ready hour.
Powers of the North, the East below, help me to live, to learn, to grow.
Lend your strength and stability, to practice the Craft and with love be free.
Powers of East, the wind, the Sky, watch over these pages with thine eye.
Your wisdom and knowledge, for these I do ask,
that this book be worthy of the Craft and its task.
Powers of South, Fire, and hearth, help these
Shadows to prove their worth. Infuse them with all your healing and passion,
so only good comes from the work that is fashioned.
Powers of West, the Water and sea, change and growth are granted by thee.
Bless these pages with all that you know, that righteous readers may learn and grow.
And to the unschooled eye that see,
confusing words and sophistry, lead them from these sacred pages,
and bless their passage through the ages.
For free will of all, and harm none, as I have willed it, it is now done.
So mote it be!

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Let’s Talk Witch – Book of Magick or Book of Shadows

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Book of Magick or Book of Shadows

Whether it’s called a Book of Magic or a Book of Shadows, it’s important for every witch to create a book of records. These are your personal notes, a diary of your spiritual or magical journey. A book to record your interpretations, aspirations, affirmations, notes, charms, and spells. All right, all right, let’s make this simple: It is a book kept and used by a witch to record research, thoughts, experiences , and spiritual information, such as spells, charms, incantations, potions, and so on. I have bits of plants and herbs pressed into mine and drawing of plants on the page that the spell was written on . As with all religious texts, debates loom about how the books came into use. Some say they were prevalent during the Middle Ages written only in runic alphabets to hide their magical meanings . It is widely thought that in the Middle Ages, many were illiterate , and the books did not come into practice until the fourteenth or fifteenth centuries. Even then, runic alphabets and codes were used to protect the owner from persecution and death if found by witch hunters.

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Let’s Talk About All Our Tools Today, But First The Most Important Tool of All…

YOU, THE WITCH

 

You are the most magickal tool of all. It is your intentions and energies that determine the results of any magickal work. Many Witches never use any other tool but their own personal energies! And some of the most powerful workings can be done without ever leaving your armchair. It is the focus, concentration, intentions and desires that reside within YOU that are the real ‘tools” of the Witch!

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Since We Are Making All These Magickal Goodies…..

Let’s Talk About Consecrating Them

 

In many modern Pagan traditions, magical tools are consecrated before use. This achieves a couple of things — one, it purifies the item before it is used to interact with the Divine. Secondly, it removes any negative energies from the tool. This is particularly handy if you aren’t sure of a tool’s past history or who owned it before it came to you. This ritual is a simple one that can be used to consecrate any magical tools, clothing or jewelry, or even the altar itself. By offering the tool to the powers of the four elements, it is consecrated and blessed from all directions.

You’ll need a white candle, a cup of water, a small bowl of salt, and incense. Each corresponds to one of the cardinal elements and directions:

  • North/Earth: salt
  • East/Air: incense
  • South/Fire: candle
  • West/Water: water

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now. Light the candle and the incense. Take the tool or other item you wish to consecrate in your hands, and face north. Pass it over the salt and say:

Powers of the North,
Guardians of the Earth,
I consecrate this wand of willow (or knife of steel, amulet of crystal, etc)
and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

Now, turn to the east and, holding the tool in the smoke of the incense, say:

Powers of the East,
Guardians of the Air,
I consecrate this wand of willow
and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

Next, face the south and pass the tool over the flame of the candle — be careful if it’s a flammable material like Tarot cards or a robe! — and repeat the process, saying:

Powers of the South,
Guardians of Fire,
I consecrate this wand of willow
and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

Finally, turn to the west, and pass your ritual tool over the cup of water. Say:

Powers of the West,
Guardians of Water,
I consecrate this wand of willow [or knife of steel, amulet of crystal, etc]
and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

Face your altar, hold the wand (athame/chalice/amulet/whatever) to the sky, and say:

I charge this wand in the name of Old Ones,
the Ancients, the Sun and the Moon and the Stars.
By the powers of the Earth, of Air, of Fire and of Water
I banish the energies of any previous owners,
and make it new and fresh.
I consecrate this wand,
and it is mine.

Now you’ve not only consecrated the tool, you’ve claimed ownership. In many Pagan traditions, including some forms of Wicca, it’s considered a good idea to put the item to use immediately to bind the consecration and strengthen the energy of the tool. If you’ve consecrated a wand, athame, or chalice, you can use those in a ceremony to consecrate another tool. If you’ve consecrated something that is worn, such as an article of clothing (for example, a ritual robe) or a piece of jewelry, begin wearing it now.

 

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