Witchcraft

WOTC Extra (a) – The Good Witch

The Good Witch

The “Good” Witch Thanks to the magic of movies, it’s nearly impossible to separate the Good Witch archetype from Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. This type of witch waves a rose-colored wand and all the problems of the world float neatly away. She smiles a disarmingly innocent smile and trusts wholeheartedly that all of the world’s ills will eventually fix themselves through the law of return.

 

Alternatively, you have Samantha from the television series Bewitched, refusing to use her powers except in emergencies, and only if they’re used for “good.” What made the “good witch” archetype work in the popular mind forty years ago was the fact that she didn’t interfere and hesitated to wield her power, effectively immobilizing any sense of threat. She wasn’t trying to be special; she wanted to be normal.

 

For the modern Neo-Pagan, Wiccan, or Witch, this creates an odd challenge. What is truly “bad” or “good” about the “good witch?” Some beginners’ books on Wicca give the roundabout impression that a spiritually proficient life is nearly idyllic. It is almost as if the writer is saying, “If your life isn’t like this everyday, you’re doing something wrong.” Meanwhile, it’s hard not to think, “Hey, you! Your life isn’t like this either!” Most people’s lives aren’t the material from which Hallmark cards are made.

 

Why do we create mundane or magickal yardsticks up to which no one can possibly measure? That is the true danger in the “good” witch; she’s got a very tough, if not impossible, act to follow. None of us are completely enlightened, or we wouldn’t still be here, going through another round of life lessons.

 

Meanwhile, the “good” witch archetype stands there, looking pristine, never shaken, always grinning as if there’s not a care in the world. How many of us can say we ever look like that? The Good witch archetype externally gives the impression that perfection just comes naturally (except perhaps for the glitter). But real witches know better. We know that true magick takes more than a bucket of fairy dust to manifest.

 

Another concern I have with the “good” witch is the all-too-simple instructions she gives. “Follow the Yellow Brick Road . . . don’t stray from the road . . . .

 

Additionally, in her unshakable optimism, the “good” witch can often be taken quite unaware by life’s significant ups and downs (the turning wheel). It’s great to expect the best, to put energy toward good things. That’s part of feeding the Law of Return. However, there must always be a rational balance point—a place to which you return to regroup when the rugs gets pulled out from under your broom. No witch worth her wand would be caught dead tripped up on a floor with tusseled hair and had a wrinkled robe, but that’s exactly what can happen if the good witch gets too out of touch with reality. Sometimes things go wrong, but when that happens, just pick up your broom, clean up, laugh, regroup, and get on with it. May that is exactly why Glinda’s mantra for Dorothy was, “there’s no place like home.” Perhaps Kansas was Dorothy’s regrouping point once she got some perspective.

 

 

A Witch’s 10 Commandments: Magickal Guidelines for Everyday Life
Marian Singer

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Let’s Talk Witch – The Bad Witch

 The Bad Witch

First, let’s consider the “bad” witch in terms of what lessons the archetype teaches:

 

The “bad” witch never seems to be afraid of her powers, nor does she question them. This implies a rather casual acceptance of magickal gifts as natural and readily available once mastered. What would our lives be like if we simply trusted in our spiritual nature as fully as she does?

 

The “bad” witch rarely hesitates to use magick to improve her fate. She sees her magical abilities as a birthright and sees herself as wholly worthy of what those attributes bring. In this, we are reminded that the human ego serves a very real purpose. We must know and honor ourselves if we hope for any type of positive result from our workings (as within, so without). More importantly, we have to use our magickal methods and ideals if we ever expect either to impact our realities.

 

The “bad” witch laughs—rather, cackles—in the face of adversity. You won’t find this lady whining and wringing her hands over a poorly dealt hand. Instead, she sharpens her nails and her wits and tries another angle, flying off to that task fully anticipating success. Now, that’s confidence!

 

The “bad” witch speaks strongly of the way we as a species perceive power. Why must a woman’s strength, confidence, and conviction be hidden behind old age and/or a displeasing visage? Because anything else would threaten the status quo. I’m pretty sure that if The Wizard of Oz were rewritten today, we’d discover that Dorothy was a young upstart, intent on taking over the wicked-witch’s business deals. By the way, this new-improved wicked witch would wear a three-piece suit, carry a brief case, and ride a Hoover!

 

The archetype of the bad witch does have its darker side, the side that embodies energies that most modern witches strive to avoid. In the “what goes around, comes around” scenario, dark magick, while it may be successful, cannot only swing back to bite the user but it also negatively affects the user’s aura in definable ways. To use the analogy of a radio, unless you’re completely tuned to be evil and nasty, that type of energy is going to create static in and around your life, just if you tried to force an AM signal through an FM channel. Dion Fortune explains this very well in Psychic Self-Defense:

 

One of the most effective, and also one of the most widely practiced methods of occult defense is to refuse to react to an attack, neither accepting nor neutralizing the forces projected against one, and thus turning them back on their sender. We must never overlook the fact that a so-called occult attack may be evil thought-forms returning home to roost.

Someone wielding negative magick will eventually see that figurative “wheel” turn around and come back to himself or herself. That alone becomes a pretty nasty prospect. Next, consider the kind of feelings someone would have to put into baneful magick. What sort of memories would they have to evoke? What kind of energies would that person call to himself or herself? If you stand too close to that type of energy, or stand in the wrong place at the wrong time, just as surely as if you were standing too close to a raging fire, you’re going to get hurt.

 

Many people cannot figure out why anyone would choose to go to the “dark side” after weighing the consequences. It seems obvious that any sensible practitioner would carefully avoid baneful magick.

 

However, there is an allure in dark magick, one that comes from wielding power without worrying about tomorrow . . . one that comes from the spirit of selfishness that grows fatter the more it gets fed. Make no mistake. We all walk a very fine line between good and bad, but the farther over that line we go in either direction, the harder it becomes to distinguish where it was originally.

 

Additionally, there is also a chance that some people were pushed into what could be considered “dark” magick out of desperation (such as feeling helpless when a loved one got hurt, and running out of mundane ways to try and help). Or people may do a good thing for a bad reason. It’s a good thing to want to help others, but sometimes that turns into enabling. There are moments in every person’s life when they’re pressed to a wall, when they feel as if there are no good choices, or when they feel the need to fight back. Most of us have faced that moment of truth. What then? No one wants the Threefold Law to hit with full force with negative energy.

 

 

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WOTC Extra (b) – Spell to Cancel a Spell


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Spell to Cancel a Spell

 

This is similar to calling back a spell, only you don’t command the energy to return to you to be grounded and neutralized. Instead, you allow it to be released from its original goal to flow freely to wherever it can do the most good. The choice of method is up to you.

Timing: whenever necessary; your personal power time

Supplies:
I foot of black thread
Sharp scissors

Steps:

To help your visualization for this spell, empower a foot of thread with your memory of the original spell. Tie a loop in the end of the thread, and slip it over your wrist. Allow the loose end to dangle straight down from the loop on your wrist. Have a pair of sharp scissors ready. Remember to purify both thread and scissors.

State:

I command all energies released in the pursuit of [name the goal]
on [name the day] at [name the time] to cease their motion this day,
this hour, this minute. I release you, I release you, I release you.
From this moment, you are free. Disperse and flow to where the
universe desires, to do good in the way that the Divine commands.
You are free, you are free, you are free!

Cut the dangling thread with the scissors. As you do so, visualize the energy you originally sent out being freed from its path toward the goal, and returning to the energy of the Universe to do the work of the Divine. You may choose to bury the thread and the loop, or burn them; it’s up to you.

If you created something during the spell that you still possess, such as a poppet or talisman pouch, then take it apart and dispose of the ingredients separately.

It’s a good idea to purify yourself after canceling or recalling a spell. Take a shower or a bath (add some salt), or at the very least wash your hands and let the water flow over them for a bit. Eat something grounding such as bread, crackers, or a rice cake and go for a walk.

Power Spellcraft For Life: The Art Of Crafting And Casting For Positive Change
Arin Murphy-Hiscock

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WOTC Extra (a) – Thing Went Wrong, So Just Call The Spell Back


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Thing Went Wrong, So Just Call The Spell Back

 

Spells are a method of rebalancing the current energy of a situation. This means that yes, sometimes things will seem to go even further out of whack before they find that correct balance point and settle down. Energy takes time to move around and play with all the finicky little aspects of life , which are bound up in the situation you have targeted . Don’t panic. Roll with it. Give it a chance before you declare it a failure.

If a spell obviously fizzles badly right off the mark— and I’m not so sure they truly do— then there are a few things you can do to save the situation. The best option requires that you’ve kept detailed notes on how you constructed the spell. Go back and undo the spell carefully. Some practitioners change a couple of words and in essence perform the spell in reverse: at the point where they sent out energy, they draw it back. (Note that this doesn’t mean starting at the end of the spell and working back to the beginning; it means flipping the direction or the polarity.) In this scenario, use the same correspondences and colors and tools you used the first time; this is an instance of like attracting like, as employed in the first spell, but you’re trying to attract the energy out there to you and the identical components.

To bypass all the previous steps, just call back the spell. When you call it back, however, be sure to ground it to avoid being flashed by its energy Flashing is my term for energy backlash as a result of being in the line of backfire. Calling it back can be done : remember the analogy of the web of energy, which connects all things? The energy can travel back along those strands, the same way it traveled out.

This technique should only be used if you are secure in your grounding, because it can otherwise overload you. During this summons, I recommend holding a tool such as a wand or a knife, or whatever tool you use to direct energy (if you use one): you can channel the energy you summon into the tool, in order to use it later in spells. Or do this outside with your hands on the ground, and channel the returning energy into the earth to ground it directly.

Under no circumstances should you call it back and attempt to contain it within yourself. That’s a classic setup for being flashed, creating migraine headaches, becoming physically ill, and being unbalanced for a day or more.

In order to call the spell back, ground, and say:

I command all energies released in the pursuit of
[name the goal] on [name the day] at [name the time]
to return to my hand this day this hour, this minute .
I recall you, I recall you, I recall you. Cease your activity,
freeze your motion; as of this moment your
purpose is null and void.
Return to me, I command you now!

Visualize the energy you sent out stopping its flowing motion, then being sucked back along its path to you. Keep visualizing its movement through you to the earth, or the tool. If you created something during the spell , such as a sachet, knotted cord, or poppet, this is the time to undo it. Don’t just destroy it; take the time to undo the knots, unpick the pouch, sort out the larger ingredients. Then dispose of them separately in running water, by burying them, or burning them.

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Arin Murphy-Hiscock

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Let’s Talk Witch – Nothing Happened When I Casted That Spell


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Nothing Happened When I Casted That Spell

 

Are you so sure? Just because you don’t see an immediate or drastic change doesn’t mean that your spell isn’t having some sort of effect. Take a careful look at what you asked for, and think about what you visualized during your spell. Remember that spell energy travels through the path of least resistance, which sometimes means a circuitous route. Spells won’t temporarily stop the earth from rotating to give you more time to finish a project for a looming deadline; they’re much more likely to find another way around the problem.

Think about your request , and think about how long it will reasonably take to achieve it. Patience is a necessary virtue when it comes to spellcasting. It can take a while for effects to become evident.

If you’re positive that nothing has changed, pull out that record sheet and double-check your correspondences. Did you inadvertently choose two herbs whose other associations cancelled out the ones you were using ? If you chose to do a fertility spell on a Monday during a waxing moon , did you verify that the moon wasn’t void of course when you performed it?

Power Spellcraft For Life: The Art Of Crafting And Casting For Positive Change
Arin Murphy-Hiscock

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WOTC Extra (a) – Sample Ancestor Prayer


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 Sample Ancestor Prayer

 

Ancestors—from all corners of creation,
I/we welcome you among us.
Thank you for all that you have done
to pave the way for a better future for
all humankind. By all your honored
names we each remember you in our
hearts today, and welcome your continued
guidance in daily life. Bless us, walk with us,
watch over those we love and help us ever
continue to strive for spiritual insight.
Today and every day you are with us,
in our hearts and memories.

A Witch’s 10 Commandments: Magickal Guidelines for Everyday Life
Marian Singer

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WOTC Extra – Various Ways of Ancestral Worship


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Various Ways of Ancestral Worship

 

There are many other ways to honor personal ancestral spirits, including:

Sharing the teachings or crafts passed down to you by them with friends and family so these valuable things are not lost to time.

Holding small rituals of blessing and peace on special dates and enjoying your memories. Note that before or after the ritual, you may wish to have a meal of some of the ancestor’s favorite foods. You can also burn incense of a scent you know he or she liked.

Looking at photographs and other images of these people regularly, allowing all the special moments with them to bless you once again. Don’t forget to share those moments through stories with others who will treasure them.

Maintaining a memory book filled with stories about your ancestors, their sayings, and habits, and other memorabilia. (This book will become a family heirloom.)

Creating an ancestral altar filled with pictures, memorabilia, and candles.

I realize some readers may be wondering what honoring our personal ancestors has to do with ethics. They connect on many levels. Each time we see or think about our ancestors, we’re also bringing to mind the valuable lessons and traditions they gave us. This preserves their teachings for the future. Since ours is a living tradition, this preservation becomes a bridge, and the foundations, lessons, and advancements of the past build toward a secure and well-grounded future.

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Marian Singer

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Let’s Talk Witch – Ancestor Worship


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Ancestor Worship

 

Worship of personal or communal ancestors is a form of religious expression that has appeared in a wide variety of nations, including China, Africa, Malaysia, Polynesia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Even the Hebrews showed reverence for the dead. The most common reason for ancestor worship is that the deceased continue to have interest in the affairs of the living. When we honor them, we placate their angry spirits. Further, many believe that the ancestors are willing to be helpful to the living by giving advice or sharing wisdom, just as guardian angels and spirit guides do. At this juncture, it’s important to separate “ghosts” from “ancestral spirits.” While there are various rituals for communicating with ghosts, they are not generally regarded with the same respect as the ancestors (who have fully crossed over, whereas the ghost may be stuck between lives).

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

While the ancestors have crossed over, most societies that practiced ancestor worship (or reverence) felt that these beings still remained close, especially to their kin. People believed that praying to, or appeasing, the ancestors could create manifestations that included rain, fertility, joy, etc. Other means through which the ancestors are known to communicate include dreams, divination tools, vision quests, and even possession.

The most positive social aspect of ancestor worship was the sense of family solidarity. When it comes to honoring personal ancestors, this focus still holds great merit, but how do we begin? First, it’s important to recognize that honoring these beings is not the same as worshipping them. Unless your path stresses worship, it need not enter into your personal practices.

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