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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.

Source:

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.

Source:

The Common Sense Spell Book
Debbie Dawson
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WOTC Extra – Your Magical Name


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 Why a Magical Name?

 

Ah, the magical name. So many people find Paganism or Wicca and decide right off the bat that they’re going to name themselves Lady Such-and-Such or Lord Whatsis. Go to a Pagan event and you’ll meet more fifteen-year-old Lady Morganas than you can shake a stick at. And it’s virtually guaranteed that within about three months, at least one of those Lady Morganas will decide her magical name, sometimes called a craft name, is really supposed to be Starfluffle or Moongypsy, and she’ll change it.

In fact, she’ll probably change it two to three times a year.

The Name-of-the-Month Club:

This odd phenomenon, known as the Name-of-the-Month Syndrome, happens most often because the person in question hasn’t taken the time to research and learn, which is crucial to finding the right magical name.

A magical name is unique to the practitioner, and there are several ways to find yours. When you find the right name, you’ll keep it for a long time. In some traditions, it‘s customary to wait until you‘ve studied a year and a day before claiming your magical name. In others, it is selected at the time of initiation, but still after significant thought has been put into it. Some Pagans have two magical names — one which they use in public and one which is known only to the gods and members of the person’s coven.

Think Long-Range:

One method by which people sometimes find their magical name is to simply choose something they like. A problem with this method is that what we like on one day, we may find silly a year down the road. If you’re going to choose a name based on whether it sounds cool or not, stop and think about it. What is it about the name that appeals to you? Ten years from now, are still going to feel comfortable saying, “Hi, I‘m Fairypuddle,” when you meet a new person?

Names with Meaning:

Choose a name not only for its sound, but its attributes as well. For example, someone wishing to convey strength in their name might include “oak“ or “iron“ as part of their moniker. A person who is highly creative might select a name that reflects their art or craft. You may want to choose a name based rooted in folklore or mythology. Many people include the name of an animal that resonates with them. A cautionary note here: in the Pagan community, certain animals pop up all the time. You’ll meet two dozen Ravens and just as many Cats, but it’s unlikely you’ll encounter anyone calling himself Wombat or Penguin.

Names to Avoid:

Another bit of advice — generally, the titles Lord and Lady are reserved for people who are elders or have a significant amount of leadership experience under their belt. To name oneself Lady So-and-So without any credentials is considered presumptuous by many Pagans. Likewise, in many traditions it’s seen as hubris to give oneself the name of a deity. You may want to choose a name that indicates your dedication to a god or goddess, but don’t co-opt their names. It’s just rude. If you’re a dedicant to Apollo, don’t call yourself Master Apollo, call yourself something like Apollonius instead.

Using Your Birth Number:

Another popular method of finding a magical name is to choose one that corresponds with your birth number. To find your birth number, begin by adding the digits of your birth date.

If your birthday was September 1, 1966, you would start with the numbers 911966 = 9 + 1 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 6 = 32.

Now take those two numbers (3 and 2), and bring it down to a single digit: 3 + 2 = 5. That number — in this case, 5 — is your birth number.

Use the grid below to find a name that corresponds to the number 5, by calculating the sum of the corresponding letters.

 

1 = A, J, S

2 = B, K, T

3 = C, L, U

4 = D, M, V

5 = E, N, W

6 = F, O, X

7 = G, P, Y

8 = H, Q, Z

9 = I, R

 

Let’s say you’ve decide you like the name Willow. Using the letters in “Willow” you would take the numbers 5 + 9 + 3 + 3 + 6 + 5 = 32. From there, 3 + 2 = 5. If the name you like doesn’t match your birth numbers, try some creative or alternate spellings to see what happens.

A Gift from the Gods:

In some cases, you may be fortunate enough to have your new name bestowed upon you by a god or goddess. In these instances, you may encounter someone in a dream or a vision who tells you, “Your name is Such-and-such.” While you may choose to add to it or come up with a variation on it later, if this happens to you, accept the name as the gift that it is.

Whatever method you end up using, think carefully before you finalize your new name. While it’s okay to change your name later on as you evolve spiritually, changing your name every few weeks or every time you see a new episode of “Charmed” is probably not the best course of action. Find the name that is right for you — and when it IS the right one, you will know.
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Author: By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert

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WOTC Extra – Ethical Laws of the Rules of the Road


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ETHICAL LAWS OF THE RULES OF THE ROAD

 

These ethical laws will give you a more detailed standard by which to measure your acts, or the acts of others, to determine whether they are in accordance with Rules of the Road. Judge any act of magic or witchcraft by these laws before doing it.

  1. Do nothing that will harm another being unless you are willing to suffer like or greater harm. Note that what the Universe considers harm may be different from what our culture teaches as harm.
  2. Do not bind another being unless you are willing to be likewise bound. This applies to many love spells and some kinds of healing rituals.
  3. Never use magic for show, pride, or vainglory. Using magic to show off, to prove a point, or from a place of injured pride usually results in side-bands (undesirable side effects) to the operation that will bring very undesirable backlash from the Universe.
  4. Never set an extremely high price for the use of magic (especially divination, healing, or spells) based on your having special knowledge. With some operations that take significant man hours, such as divination, it appears by our observation to be appropriate to charge the same fee as any other professional might charge per hour in your local area.
  5. Do not use any special word, symbol, incantation, or spell unless you understand thoroughly and completely its mechanics , content, and intent! Be very wary of using other people’s operations if you wish to avoid “frying” yourself, either figuratively or literally!
  6. Never do a spell without first doing a divination to determine a) if you should do it, and b) exactly what needs to be dealt with. Modern American social values and overt appearances of a situation are not trustworthy guides for a practitioner wishing to avoid bad karma. In other words, there may be hidden factors in the situation, which cause the doing of a spell to be against Rules of the Road.
  7. Take your time, think it through and do it right!

 

 

Source:

Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands (Witchcraft Spell Books) (p. 53). Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, Inc..
Joel, G. Alan (2013-04-16).
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Let’s Talk Witch – The Rules of the Road: Universal Laws For Any Practitioner of Witchcraft or Magic


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Let’s Talk Witch

The Rules of the Road: Universal Laws For Any Practitioner of Witchcraft or Magic

 

Thanks to Reverend George Dew of the Church of Seven Arrows for researching and putting these rules together. While similar to the Wiccan Rede, we feel these Universal Laws are stated more practically and pragmatically for everyday use.

As mentioned the Rules of the Road are the set of Universal ethics, which must be followed for safe and effective magical practice. The Rules of the Road are not the same as morals (what our culture teaches us is right and wrong) or ethics (what we personally believe to be right and wrong), since both morals and ethics change over time. Particular or personal morals or ethics may or may not agree with the Rules of the Road.

The Universe does not recognize morals and ethics because they vary from culture to culture, and they change over time. Experienced practitioners use the Rules of the Road defined here to guide them in their practices instead of relying on their own personal value systems.

To practice magic safely and effectively you must know and abide by the Rules of the Road since, as far as we know, the Rules of the Road operate whether you know of them, believe in them, or agree with them or not— like the law of gravity in the earlier example. Additionally, normal scientific physical laws and principles must be followed.

AS USUAL, DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

George Dew gave us this set of Universal laws, and we have “put the rubber to the road” in our own practices to ensure that they actually work. We can assure you that our experience shows that these Universal laws are effective, useful, and true.

But that is not good enough. As a practitioner of witchcraft or magic, you need to verify for yourself whether these Universal laws are going to work for you and your practice. Never take our word for it. Try out these Universal laws.

TWO MAJOR RULES:

1. Whatever is done to the environment or to other beings in the environment brings similar effects upon the doer.

This is often called the Law of Karma. The Universe does not care why some action was taken , or whether the doer is trained in magic or aware of the Rules of the Road. Although many different teachers have stated this law in many different ways, including calling this law the Golden Rule, this law is especially important for practitioners of witchcraft and magic. This means that a practitioner’s acts are consciously and willfully directed— thus, much more focused— and are therefore more powerful than the acts of untrained people. So the effect of this law in relation to a practitioner’s acts becomes much more powerful. This applies to both constructive and destructive acts.

Note: While many religious and other practices consider that Karma can carry from lifetime to lifetime, it is our experience that the Universe operates under a system of “pay as you go.” In other words, the effect of any act upon the environment (or upon beings in the environment) comes back to you within a relatively short period of time—often within hours or days.

2. The magician judges the “goodness” or “badness” of his or her own acts, whether they are conscious or unconscious acts, on the basis of what the Universe reflects back on him or her. The same is true of judging others, entire communities, states, or nations.

On a practical level, one can judge one’s compliance with the Universe’s standards of right and wrong, or good and bad, in terms of one’s level of health, soundness of social relationships, luck with appliances, and sufficiency of food, clothing and shelter. If your “luck” seems consistently bad, then you’re probably acting contrary in some way to the Rules of the Road , regardless of what your action are.

Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands (Witchcraft Spell Books) (p. 53). Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, Inc..
Joel, G. Alan (2013-04-16).
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The Wheel of a Lifetime

THE WHEEL OF A LIFETIME
  



(NE - Infancy)  Everything is brand new and there is a blur between the self and                          
others. There is also a sense of trust that we will be cared for. We are still 
deeply connected to our parents.

(EAST - Childhood)  We become more independent from our families. Friends are                                    
of great importance and we find a great many things we are interested in 
learning and doing.

(SE - Adolescence)  We begin to be more independent from our families. Friends 
become very important. We struggle with the uncertainties of who we are and  
what we look like to others.

(SOUTH- Young Adult)  We finish our formal education and begin to settle into 
jobs and perhaps marriage and a family. It is a busy time of  caretaking, 
establishing careers and community involvement.

(SW -  Middle Adulthood)  We begin to take a look at our life and at how we can 
bring to balance.  There is often a shift of focus, perhaps from job to family 
or from volunteer organizations to personal interests.

(WEST - Middle Age)  This is often a time when we discover that there are things 
we are clinging to and need to release before we can move on; perhaps it is a 
relationship, a job a house or a grudge.

(NW - Senior)  Children are grown and retirement nears or begins. We find we 
take more quiet contemplative time for ourselves.  We see things more in 
perspective and appreciate things we were to busy to notice before.

(NORTH -  Elder)   We are grateful for what we have and what we have had in our 
lives.  We are more accepting of things and are able to guide others without 
expectations of how they might use that guidance.

It is important to be aware that we reach these stages at different ages. Some 
folks reach the South quite young with an early marriage and family. This may 
force them into the care taking of the South before they have had the time to 
really process the Southwest. Others take may years to sort out who they are in 
the Southwest before they take their place in the South.
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The Wheel of the Month

THE WHEEL OF THE MONTH
  
The moons energies affect us on a more emotional level that is hidden to us 
unless we carefully pay attention.

The first sliver of the waxing crescent moon represents the Northeast. She is 
the newborn moon and reflects all possibilities. That  first sight of the new 
moon brings a sense of hope for the future.

As the moon moves toward the waxing first quarter inspiration of the East comes 
easily. This comes more often in the form of intuitions or dreams.

When waxing gibbous moon begins to assert herself in the sky we are in the 
Southeast. We may begin to become more aware of how we are feeling. We must be 
careful to avoid confusing our feelings with who we are.

The full moon represents the South in all its power and full emotion. We tend to 
feel wakeful and full of energy. We can use this energy to get out and enjoy 
friends and activities. 

As the moon moves into her waning gibbous phase in the Southwest we calm a 
little from the high energy of the full moon. Our emotions may begin to come to 
balance as we see what we can create and accept what cannot be.

The waning last quarter moon of the West can at times be jarring. The moon seems 
to be deserting us as she becomes smaller and smaller in the sky. Often emotions 
must be released in order to be able to move on.

Gradually the waning crescent of the Northwest becomes smaller and smaller. We 
are able to let go a little easier and are in a highly intuitive, receptive 
state. Deep understandings may come to us at this time.

At last we cannot see the moon at all. We are in the dark of  the moon, the 
North.  This is a deeply inner time that restores us in readiness for the first 
glimmering of the visible new moon as we continue around and around.

Source: Wicca-Chat.com
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How The World And People Came to Be


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                              HOW THE WORLDS AND PEOPLES CAME TO BE



Night and Day danced lovingly and long, through the spectacular, blazing bits of 
thought that had flown away by the breaking of the Necklace.  Not long can such 
love exist with creating of Itself images that reflect this Great Love.

Many of the bits of brilliance grew heavier and more solid throughout of passing 
of the Ages of Loving.  These bits were called Worlds, or Planets.

The Lady and the Lord, Her Consort, looked upon their Worlds, delighting in each 
one, and decreed that there should be life upon them.  Life that re-created the 
Love and Harmony that They and the Universe shared.

So, They began to form upon these Worlds, rivers and streams and bodies of water 
to quench the thirst of the plants and animals that would henceforth live upon 
the nurturing breasts of these Worlds.

These Worlds They called "Little Mothers," for from their soil would spring all 
manner of life and it would be sustained by the "Little Mothers."

Near each of the "Little Mothers" there was always placed a particularly bright 
thought-speck, called the "little Fathers." For Night and Day knew, as we do, 
that Life must have warmth and light to truly grow and reproduce.

All Worlds They did not make the same, for diversity and combination serve to 
further the Great Love of Themselves.

Having then seen to the Planets and Suns, and too, to the seeding of the Worlds 
with all manner of vegetable and animal life, the Divine Ones rested.

But the Great Goddess was not content.  She felt the work was yet unfinished. 
She spoke to Her Consort and told Him of a plan.  He agreed, knowing that the 
Lady knew what was best for Her Creations - for was She not the Progenitor of 
All?

Thus, they began to make and mold a people for a World.  They made them in twos, 
male and female, to reflect the images of Themselves, and so that the re-
enactment of Their Great Love might take place.
Now we know what people transpired upon this World, but we, as yet, know not 
what people were designed to populate other Worlds, or which Stars they are 
under by which they flourish by the Lady.

Though we would wish in our hearts to be the only objects of reflection of their 
Love, we must never think to believe that Their Infinite Love, burgeoning across 
all the Universe, had created none but Ourselves.  Nor that the Divine Ones are 
so limited that They have not created many peoples on many Worlds, though 
unbeknownst to us.  And they - these people of other Planets, like us, are 
perfect reflections of that immense, Divine Never-ending Love.
 Source:
Wicca-Chat.com
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