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Tools of the Dragon Magick Trade

Tools of the Dragon Magick Trade

 

A ritual tool is a psychological aid to concentration. It is the tangible representation of unseen forces. The mind works magic and the tools enhance the power of a trained mind. Still, as such, they are very important. These listed are the basic tools and are in no particular order.

Athame': Element – Fire Traditionally it is a black hilted, double-edged blade Projects force of will, aggressive, masculine principle, direct energy & fiery energy Used to invoke Dragons Used to evoke & banish elements and draw the boundary of a circle Aggressive rather then assertive Always held in right hand Never used to cut

Thurible or Censer: Element – Fire, but also Air from the vapors given off and Earth from the residue left Used to burn incense, petitions, etc…

Chalice: Element – Water Holds wine for the ritual libations Brass should not be used for wine unless it’s sealed

Pentacle: Element – Earth but also all six elements in balance Can be used to insulate altar from the heat caused by Thurible Personal pentacle – Used as an amulet for protection All tools are consecrated upon the Pentacle

Wand: Element – Air Traditionally made from natural woods – Willow for women and Oak for men Held in left hand while invoking Dragons Assertive rather than aggressive A symbol of knowledge

Boline: Element – Earth Traditionally a white handled, single edge blade Used for cutting wands, herbs, inscribe on candles, etc…

Altar Candles: Element – Fire Traditionally there are two and they are red in color, also tallest candles on the altar Used as sentinels and to bring blessings to the altar They are the first candles you light and the last to be extinguished Always light from left to right and extinguish from right to left They can be reused each time – always re-anoint the candle with Oil before relighting them

Bell: Element – Spirit but also Air Used to attract the attention of the Dragons, to summon Dragons, and to dismiss Usually rung 3 times – ring once then wait for the tone to stop before ringing again

Charcoal: Element – Fire but also Earth Used in thurible or censer to burn powdered incense Use self-lighting coal not barbequing coal

Candle Snuffer: Element – Earth Used to extinguish candles (NEVER BLOW THEM OUT)

Altar Cloth: Element – All six elements Traditionally black – should be cotton and washable Can be other colors for particular purposes, such as Green for an Earth or money ritual, etc…

Robe: Element – Earth Traditionally black with hood made from natural materials Some traditions work “skyclad” (nude)

Pen & Ink: Element – Air Traditionally a quill pen Inks – Dragons Blood, which is aggressive for power Should be consecrated during the hour of Mercury Inks are mixed with three drops of your own blood to link them to you, but no one else can use the ink if you do this

Book of Shadows (BOS): Element – Earth Traditionally a black bound, unlined book Used to record spells, magical & herbal recipes, invocations, etc…

Grimoire: Element – Earth Used as a diary or journal

Tarot Cards: Element – All four (Wands – Air or Fire, Cups – Water, Swords – Fire or Air, & Pentacles, Coins, Disks – Earth) Used to aid in meditation, in concentration during spells, in representing elements, divination, etc…

Statues: Element – Spirit Used to represent the Dragons being invoked on the altar Should represent both the masculine and feminine aspects

Bowl: Element – Water and Earth Used to hold water for cleansing and consecrations

Sword: Element – Fire Traditionally it is a black hilted, double-edged blade Used in place of the Athame’ when working in a group

Staff: Element – Air Traditionally made from natural woods – Willow for women and Oak for men Used in place of the Wand when working in a group

Sash: Element – Earth Used to determine the circumference of the circle Helps keep you grounded during rituals Also shows your rank in the Draconic Tradition by the color Made from natural materials and hemmed at the end and edges to keep from fraying Should measure nine feet long and three inches think

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Deity of the Day for Sept. 13 is Gaia, The Greek Goddess of the Earth

Deity of the Day

 Gaia

The Greek Goddess of the Earth

Areas of Influence: The Greek Goddess of the Earth was called Gaia or Gaeo. In the Greek creation myth she was formed out of chaos to become the Earth. Gaia therefore represents the primal earth Goddess through whom the whole universe was created. She was the ultimate personification of Mother Nature.Gaia was also linked to the art of prophecy, responsible for the original oracle at Delphi before Apollo took over.

Gaia’s Children: The Greek Goddess of the Earth was lonely so she created from within her body, Pontus (the Sea) and Uranus (the Sky God). With her first husband, Uranus, she had many children including the original twelve Titan Gods and Goddesses: Oceanus, Coeus, Crius, Hyperion, Lapetus, Theia, Rhea, Themis, Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Tethys and Cronus. The couple also produced the Erinyes, Cyclops and the three monsters known as the Hecatoncheires.

Cronus,the youngest Titan God, castrated and killed his father with a stone sickle. This was at the request of Gaia, as she was worried that her jealous and fearful husband would harm their children. As Uranus died the Gigantes were formed where his blood touched the earth.

Gaia remarried and with her new husband, Pontus, gave birth to: Nerus, Thaumas, Phorrcys, Ceto and Eurybia.

Gaia’s Popularity: After the war, the Titans were overthrown by the Olympian Gods and the original Greek Goddess of the Earth‘s popularity began to wane. Some of her attributes were taken over by Rhea and Demeter. However, the Greek people continued to make offerings of barley and corn cakes and swore their sacred most oaths using her name.

In modern times her popularity has enjoyed a renaissance due to the scientist James Lovelock and his “Gaia hypothesis.” In this theory Gaia the earth is viewed as a holistic self-regulating organism.

Roman Equivalent: Terra

Symbolism: Often Depicted as a matronly woman or with the top of her body appearing out of the Earth. In some images she is also shown reclining, surrounded by infant Gods and Goddesses.

Gaia’s Archetype

The Mother is a life-giver and the source of nurturing, devotion, patience and unconditional love. The ability to forgive and provide for her children and put them before herself is the essence of a good mother.

The Greek Goddess of the Earth is the first mother and founding ancestor of all the Greek Gods and Goddesses.She is very protective of her off-spring and plots with Cronus to kill her husband when he cruelly imprisons her youngest children.

How To Work With The Mother Archetype

It is not necessary to be a biological mother to have this Archetype. It can refer to anyone who has a lifelong pattern of nurturing and devotion to living things.

You are exhibiting the features of the shadow Mother if you smother your children and are over protective.

Encourage independence and allow children to make mistakes but be available to give care and advice when it’s needed.

Call upon the great fertility Goddess if you are trying to get pregnant or want to benefit from the wisdom of the Greek Goddess of the Earth.

 

Source:
Goddess-Guide.com

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Perform an Earth Meditation Ritual

Perform an Earth Meditation Ritual

By , About.com

 

Try this simple meditation to help you attune to the element of Earth. To do this meditation, find a place where you can sit quietly, undisturbed, on a day when the sun is shining. Ideally, it should be in a place where you can really connect with everything that Earth represents. Perhaps it’s a hillside outside of town, or a shady grove in your local park. Maybe it’s somewhere deep in the woods, under a tree, or even your own back yard. Find your spot, and make yourself comfortable.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: About an hour

Here’s How:

  1. Sit or lie on the ground, so that as much of your body as possible is in direct contact with the ground. Use all of your senses to attune to Earth. Relax your body and breathe slowly, through your nose, and taking in the scents around you. You may smell freshly cut grass, or damp earth, or flowers and leaves. Close your eyes, and become aware of the earth beneath your body. Feel the cool breeze blowing by, and allow yourself to become in tune to the rhythms of nature.
  2. Once you are completely relaxed, focus on the warmth of the sun on your face. Imagine that warm golden light being absorbed into your body, through your third eye. Feel the light of the sun warming your head and face, a little at a time, just as the earth is being warmed back up. Imagine this light working its way along your body, traveling through your neck, down into your chest, where your heart chakra is located. Allow it to warm your heart, then traveling slowly down through your abdomen and down to your root chakra.
  3. As this light warms your body, feel it connecting you to the ground beneath your body as well. Imagine this warmth spreading, a golden glow journeying along your legs, your knees, and finally to your feet. By the time the sensation reaches your feet, you should feel as though your entire body has been infused with the warmth and light of the returning sun.
  4. Feel your connection to the earth. Imagine that warmth growing and spreading from your body into the ground. Visualize the awakening roots, seeds, and other life that is just below the surface. Share your warmth and light with them, and feel your own roots growing into the soil. Feel the stability and security of the earth beneath you. Keep your breathing even and regular, and enjoy the sensation of being one with the soil, the grass, and even the rocks below.

What You Need

  • A quiet place
  • A sunny day
  • An hour of uninterrupted time
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The Earth Element: Folklore and Legends

The Earth Element: Folklore and Legends

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Each of the four cardinal elements – earth, air, fire and water – can be incorporated into magical practice and ritual. Depending on your needs and intent, you may find yourself drawn to one of these elements more so that the others.

Connected to the North, Earth is considered the ultimate feminine element. The Earth is fertile and stable, associated with the Goddess. The planet itself is a ball of life, and as the Wheel of the Year turns, we can watch all the aspects of life take place in the Earth: birth, life, death, and finally rebirth. The Earth is nurturing and stable, solid and firm, full of endurance and strength. In color correspondences, both green and brown connect to the Earth, for fairly obvious reasons! In Tarot readings, the Earth is related to the suit of Pentacles or Coins.

Let’s look at some of the many magical myths and legends surrounding earth:

Earth Spirits:

In many cultures, earth spirits are beings that are tied to the land and plant kingdom. Typically, these beings are associated with another realm, the forces of nature that inhabit a particular physical space, and landmarks like rocks and tees.

In Celtic mythology, the realm of the Fae is known to exist in a parallel space with the land of man. The Fae are part of the Tuatha de Danaan, and live underground. It’s important to watch out for them, because they’re known for their ability to trick mortals into joining them.

Gnomes feature prominently in European legend and lore. Although it’s believed that their name was coined by a Swiss alchemist named Paracelsus, these elemental beings have long been associated in one form or another with the ability to move underground.

Likewise, elves often appear in stories about the land. Jacob Grimm collected a number of stories about elves while compiling his book Teutonic Mythology, and says that elves appear in the Eddas as supernatural, magic-using beings. They appear in a number of old English and Norse legends.

The Magic of the Land:

Ley lines were first suggested to the general public by an amateur archaeologist named Alfred Watkins in the early 1920s. Ley lines are believed to be magical, mystical alignments in the earth. One school of thought believes that these lines carry positive or negative energy. It is also believed that where two or more lines converge, you have a place of great power and energy. It is believed that many well-known sacred sites, such as Stonehenge, Glastonbury Tor, Sedona and Machu Picchu sit at the convergence of several lines.

In some countries, spirits associated with various landmarks became minor, localized deities.

Today, many modern Pagans honor the spirits of the land by celebrating Earth Day, and use it as a time to reaffirm their roles as stewards of the earth.

Deities Associated with Earth:

  • Brighid (Celtic)
  • Cernunnos (Celtic)
  • Cybele (Roman)
  • Dionysus (Greek)
  • Gaia (Greek)
  • Geb (Egyptian)
  • Pele (Hawaiian)
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Witches Magick for July 23rd – Dedicate a Ritual Space (Group Ceremony)

Dedicate a Ritual Space (Group Ceremony)

If you have an area of your home or property designated for ritual work, it’s not a bad idea to ceremonially dedicate it as ritual space. A formal dedication ceremony turns that space into more than just a room or a patch of grass – it gives it the feeling of being sacred and magical. Dedicating a ritual space is a good idea if you’ve recently moved into your home, or if you have a new group of people coming over on a regular basis to celebrate. In particular, if you’ve recently formed a group and you’d like to dedicate a site as a covenstead, this ritual marks the space as someplace special.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Varied

Here’s How:

  1. Adapt this rite as needed, depending on whether you’re holding the ritual inside or outdoors, and how many people you have participating. There is no need to cast a circle before performing this rite; the ceremony itself delineates sacred space. Designate one member to represent each of the four elements/directions.

    You’ll need the following items:

    • An altar or work table

    • A large white candle

    • A bowl of earth/sand (north)

    • A feather or fan (east)

    • A small tealight candle (south)

    • A bowl of water (west)

  2. All members of the group should surround the table and join hands. Take a moment to meditate on the purpose of the space you are dedicating. Will it be a place only for ritual? Or will you also use it for study, work, and fellowship? Ask each participant to focus for a few moments on how they envision the space being utilized.

    Have the participants representing the elements stand at the appropriate spots. Whoever is leading the ritual should stand by the altar. The person holding the sand will stand to the north, the feather stands to the east, and so forth.

  3. North (holding bowl of earth out for all to see): Guardians of the North, elements of earth! I call upon you and ask that you mark this circle as a sacred place. Tonight we designate this circle as the spiritual home of [your group's name]. We ask that you protect us and guide us, and watch over us as we worship. Let the energies of earth keep this circle safe and secure. Let this be a home to love and laughter, joy and happiness, and a place where we may honor the gods of our tradition! Guardians of the North, elements of earth, we honor you as well, and keep you in our hearts.
  4. East (holding feather or fan up for all to see): Guardians of the East, elements of air! I call upon you and ask that you mark this circle as a sacred place. Tonight we designate this circle as the spiritual home of [your group's name]. We ask that you protect us and guide us, and watch over us as we worship. Let the energies of air bring inspiration and wisdom to this place. Let this be a home to love and laughter, joy and happiness, and a place where we may honor the gods of our tradition! Guardians of the East, elements of air, we honor you as well, and keep you in our hearts.
  5. South (holding lit candle up): Guardians of the South, elements of fire! I call upon you and ask that you mark this circle as a sacred place. Tonight we designate this circle as the spiritual home of [your group's name]. We ask that you protect us and guide us, and watch over us as we worship. May the energies of fire bring passion and strength to all who enter this place! Let this be a home to love and laughter, joy and happiness, and a place where we may honor the gods of our tradition! Guardians of the South, elements of fire, we honor you as well, and keep you in our hearts.
  6. West (holding out bowl of water): Guardians of the West, elements of water! I call upon you and ask that you mark this circle as a sacred place. Tonight we designate this circle as the spiritual home of [your group's name]. We ask that you protect us and guide us, and watch over us as we worship. Let the energies of water sweep away the negative, and keep this place pure and holy. Let this be a home to love and laughter, joy and happiness, and a place where we may honor the gods of our tradition! Guardians of the West, elements of water, we honor you as well, and keep you in our hearts.
  7. Once this is done, the Leader says, All of the elements are welcome here, and we ask their blessing in this sacred space. Now, we bring them together as one, to symbolize the unity of this group.

    North brings the bowl of earth to the altar, and sprinkles earth on the table, saying, May the blessing of earth be upon this space.

    East brings the feather to the altar, and says, May the blessing of air be upon this space.

    South brings the tealight candle to the altar, saying, May the blessing of fire be upon this space.

    West brings the water and places it on the altar, and says, May the blessing of water be upon this space.

  8. The ritual leader places the large white candle in the center and lights it, saying, Tonight, we consecrate this space. It is holy, it is sacred, it is protected. In the name of the gods and goddesses of this tradition, we make it so.

    Join hands once again, and focus energy on the white candle in the center of the table. If your group typically chants or sings, this is a great time to raise energy by doing so. Meditate for a few more minutes on the purpose of the group and the space itself, and then end the ritual in the customs of your tradition. If possible, leave the candle burning until it goes out on its own.

What You Need

  • An altar or work table

  • A large white candle

  • A bowl of earth/sand

  • A feather or fan

  • A small tealight candle

  • A bowl of water

By Patti Wigington, About.com

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Spell to Calm and Center Your Emotions

SPELL TO CALM AND CENTER YOUR EMOTIONS

 

Moon Phase: Waning,

Timing: Any Day, Any Time, Use as needed

Materials:

A bowl of distilled or boiled water

Favorite Incense flavor

A white candle

Some Earth

 

The Spell:

Begin by casting your circle as you normally would. Say aloud:

 

Here before me I gather the elements of life, Earth, Air, Fire,

Water, to remove all negative energies from within.

The Earth grounds me from harm

 

(rub the Earth between your hands)

 

The Air blows away any fear

 

(run hands through the smoke of the incense)

 

Fire burns away negativity

 

(quickly run fingers through the candle flame, be careful not to burn yourself)

 

And Water brings freshness back in

 

(place your hands in the bowl of water)

 

With harm to none, I release my negativity to cleanse my emotions,

And fill myself full of good intention.

So mote it be

 

Take the Water and Salt outside and empty it near your door (if in a large city,

a park will do fine) and save the candle and incense for later spells of similar need.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day May 18

Elder’s Meditation of the Day May 18

“…Grandmother the Earth. That power is here all the time. It is continuous, and nobody controls it.”

–Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

There are certain powers that the human being has no choice but to obey. We cannot negotiate or barter with this power. Our choice is either to conform or to live out of harmony. Whatever our choice, it will be the end result in our lives that we notice. So it is with the powers of the Earth which produce life. The Earth has the life force power. If anyone plants a seed, the seed will grow. The Earth treats everyone equally. The human cannot interfere, only obey. We should all show great respect for the Earth and Her powers.

Great Spirit, today, let me honor and respect the power of the Grandmother, the Earth.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day May 11

Elder’s Meditation of the Day May 11

“[The Old People] would gather words as they walked a sacred path across the Earth, leaving nothing behind but prayers and offerings.”

—- Cleone Thunder, NORTHERN ARAPAHOE

Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going on. Too often our minds are somewhere else, thinking about the past or thinking about the future. When we do this, we are missing important lessons. The Earth is a constant flow of lessons and learning, which also include a constant flow of positive feelings. If we are aware as we walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness. When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude. When we do this, the next person to walk on the sacred path will benefit even more.

My Creator, today, let me be aware of the sacred path.

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