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Magic – Making

Magic – Making

Author: witchskel 

I was like most young people; I rebelled. I ventured forth into the world at the tender age of fourteen. I wanted to experience life so I just went out and lived it. I had a variety of survival jobs, which included dishwasher, hotel maid, mover and waitress. I enjoyed my years grooming horses. I enrolled twice to secondary school attempting to receive my high school diploma.

My past was really tough. I have had positive and negative experiences in life. No human is perfect. I made mistakes. Close friendships, long-term companions, and committed relationships are where most of my education took place. I experienced a series of broken agreements, dishonesty, not staying true to commitments. In return, I gained a great deal of distrust for people. I expected the worst. My anger became a hindrance and very detrimental to my whole being.

My constant support was my family. My mom and dad have always been there for me.

I moved home to the farm where I had a good support system after sampling many of life’s pitfalls. I wanted to control my anger. Witchcraft captured my interest. The Earth faith is the belief that the universe is a giant web, on which every person, animal, plant, tree and object holds a thread of energy connected to every other thread. To believe in magic one knows that like produces like and things that once had been in contact will always continue to have a connection. Things that have a common quality, ever quickly seek their kind.

Reading Green Witchcraft by Ann Moura and a series of Witchcraft books by Laurie Cabot I learned the basics. I explored the fine art of spell casting during the Sabbats, Esbats, and other rituals attuned to the cycles of nature. I discovered planning is important to the process and outcome. One’s success depends a great deal on one’s effort to change. Being given copies of both sides of my family tree, I learned I am descended from Celtic ancestry.

I am a witch. Descended from women of Europe being a witch and witchcraft is my heritage. I’m often asked what does a witch practitioner do. There is no single approach to witchcraft. I can’t speak for anyone but myself. The main ancient formulae guidelines in magic are followed: An herb, a flower and a tree make three.

I walked out into the open field during the Sun’s cycles – the Sabbats, the changing of season and Moon Phases – the Esbats, the Full Moon rites and New Moon to acknowledge the earth’s changing seasons and cast spells for me to be better to myself and others – to be conscious of my choices and outcomes. I never request for material things. I drew a protective circle on to the earth with flower petals, feathers, salt or stones. I faced each direction, beginning in the east, moving clockwise I lift my voice to call the Spirit of East, South, West and North. Inside sacred space with the use of herbs, candles and other natural ingredients that have a common quality (to apply like energy will attract like energy) .

I applied witches’ spells to help accept my past choices, to find peace and my place in the world. I asked Spirit that what I willed be correct and for the good of all. I remained in the center of the sacred ring and talked openly to Spirit for guidance or meditated – listened for an answer. I closed the circle by circling around counter clockwise, drawing the energy inward and saying: “The circle is undone but not broken”.

On my way home, I’d look for either negative or positive support from nature. If a Blue Jay appeared or if I heard the bird’s song I knew I had the resourcefulness and adaptability to accomplish that which I set out to accomplish that which I set out to change. If I tripped over a Blue Jay’s blue, black, and white feather, there would be surprises in love, the unexpected. If a gust of soft wind suddenly blew, this meant for me to favor love – use the emotion to achieve harmony. The west wind would tell me to be confident to restore hope; the east wind I would need to be patient; the north I had gained wisdom – use my intuition.

Casting a sacred circle, spell casting and reading signs in nature, I stayed aware of the person I wanted to be and the direction I would like my life to take. In my daily life, I became conscious of my words and of my deeds and how they affected others and myself.

I pursued information from books. I studied a lot of literature, magical books of instruction, fragments of history, traditions, legends and formulas for conjuration. Of all trees, the oak tree is one of the most powerful and sacred reputations. Furthermore, it is extremely good fortune to find one struck by lightning.

Both the Druids and the Hebrew race felt the oak was a sacred tree to perform magical rights – prayers with responses under it. The mighty and sacred oak tree is known as the Grandfather tree and is a great place for magic making (open door, go down into the earth) . In a remote location, an oak tree of immense age made itself known to me. I cast a circle around mighty tree, lit incense for good psychic atmosphere, and then sat center of four trunks growing upward as one. Within sacred space I talked to my grandfather’s spirit, my guide, to find confidence, conquer fear, and to become more secure with self and the direction I would like my life to take. Spirit made contact in many ways. During meditation, visions appeared like a movie or magical symbols to foretell the future. Sometimes it was a clear image, other times a voice unlike my own. I came to expect whatever I needed — not wanted but needed — would surely gravitate to me.

My heart and head became open to the synchronicities, the small coincidences that were placed in the right place at the right time to change my attitude and life for the better. Dedicated to Spirit who is an advisor and Otherworld Guide, I withdrew from society to live closer to my family, friends and nature. Most of my family allows me the freedom of choice without criticism. Most are quite supportive when at dawn or dusk, new or full moon, I can be found outside with candles and/or incense.

Reading witchcraft literature and practicing out in the open field beliefs, customs and traditions I’ve learned to accept people for who they are or attempt to right the wrong. I’m not pushed or agitated by the whims of others for a long period of time.

Tuning into the seasonal activities connects one with the wheel of life. Life is continuously changing, evolving, dying, and re-born. Winter is fading and releasing the emptiness. Spring has sprung; seeds begin to stir beneath the soil, and soon will begin to open to become solid forms. If you have been kicking around the idea you would like to know more about practical earth magic to allow physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual expansion head to your local new or used book store.

Risking an overload of information in the witchcraft or spiritualism sections take a quick survey of the array of titles. Close your eyes and relax. With your left-hand allow your fingertips to float across each spine in the row of books on the shelf, out loud or to yourself saying: “Come forward allow me to thrive by uniting your knowledge. Allow your intuition to pick out what books contain the information you need.”

If there are many books on more shelves, one by one perform the process. Look for the connection in the book you chose. Take time reflecting on the content. Read; uncover the secret knowledge for yourself – “Truth in our hearts, Strength in our hands, Consistency in our thoughts”. Doing this you perform a valuable act of personal magic. It will put you in touch with your inner self.

The magical books of instruction, fragments of history, traditions, legends and formulas for conjuration might transform your way of thinking and your way of living.

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Djinn Healing spell 2

Djinn Healing spell 2

 

This spell attempts to bribe or pay off an invading, disease-causing spirit.

 

1. Soak a coin of reasonably large denomination in spring water, holy water, angel water, Carmelite water or similar.

 

2. Burn black and white colored benzoin.

 

3. Pass the can through the incense smoke and place it under the patient’s pillow.

 

4. Should the patient begin to recovery, ask a spirit worker to divine who (which spirit) caused the illness. Donate the coin to a cause dear to that spirits heart. Feel free to supplement with additional cash.

 

Jane’s Pocketbook of Spell: Cleansing, Banishing, Protection and other various Remedies

Alicia(juju j.a.n.e.)Hill

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Ancient Pagan Prayers – BABYLONIAN PRAYER FOR HEALTH

BABYLONIAN PRAYER FOR HEALTH

(Exorcism of Spirits of Disease)

Tablet I

THE noxious god, the noxious spirit of the neck, the neck-spirit of the desert, the neck-spirit of the mountains, the neck-spirit of the sea, the neck-spirit of the morass, the noxious spirit of the city, this noxious wind which seizes the body and the health of the body.

Spirit of Heaven, remember! Spirit of Earth, remember!

Tablet V

He who makes an image which injures the man, an evil face, an evil eye, an evil mouth, an evil tongue, evil lips, an evil poison.

Spirit of Heaven, remember! Spirit of Earth, remember!

Tablet VI

The cruel spirit, the strong spirit of the head, the head-spirit that departs not, the head-spirit that goes not forth, the head-spirit that will not go, the noxious head spirit.

Spirit of Heaven, remember! Spirit of Earth, remember!

Tablet VIII

May Nin-cigal, the wife of Nin-a’su, turn her face toward an-other place; may the noxious spirit go forth and seize another. May the propitious spirit and the propitious genii settle upon his body.

Spirit of Heaven, remember! Spirit of Earth, remember!

Tablet IX

May Nebs, the great steward, the recliner supreme among the gods, like the god who has begotten him, seize upon his head; against his life may he not break forth.

Spirit of Heaven, remember! Spirit of Earth, remember!

Tablet X

On the sick man by the sacrifice of mercy may perfect health shine like bronze; may the Sun-god give this man life; may Merodach, the eldest son of the deep, give him strength, prosperity and health.

Spirit of Heaven, remember! Spirit of Earth, remember!

(Nin-cigal–The Goddess of the House of Death)

 

From the Book:

Pagan Prayers
by Marah Ellis Ryan

 

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Let’s Talk Witch – House Spirits


Egyptian Comments & Graphics

HOUSE SPIRITS

For the ancients, the hearth-place was also the altar of the household gods, where offerings could be made; when you being to think of your home as having indwelling spirit it can make a huge difference to the quality of life within it. You can use your mantelpiece as an altar, and many people do, or you can make a small shrine or niche beside it. Every house has its own spirit, what we detect as an ‘atmosphere’ when we enter it. A witch should be aware of this spirit and make sure that it is honoured in the proper way. It was once the custom to make gifts to the spirit before entering a dwelling, offering it bread and salt. In bygone Rome this spirit was called the Lar familiaris (‘household lar’) and was given daily offerings of food and monthly gifts of garlands, all placed on the hearth shrine. The Lar protected the house and its wealth. Its presence was invoked on family occasions such as birthdays, weddings, births and deaths.

Legends of house spirits are found throughout the world, from the Hawaiian Menahune to the Scottish and northern English Brownie, the Spanish Duende, the German Hausmänner, the Russian Igosha, the Finnish Kodin-Haltia, and the North American Shvod and Cambodian Àràk.

The first thing that people did when they moved into a new house was to greet its resident spirit. For example, the D#duška (‘Grandfather’) is a Russian house fairy who appears as an old man covered in hair, often in the likeness of a family patriarch. He wears a red shirt, cloak and a red belt. He lives behind the oven or near the threshold of the house, in the cupboard, or in the stable, sometimes with his wife and children. He will protect the family, their home and their livestock from bad luck, keep the servants in order and do all kinds of chores about the place while everyone is sleeping. He is especially keen on spinning. To keep him happy he should be given something from each meal and white linen should be placed in his favourite room. The family that pleases its fairy will prosper in all things but the family that fails to do him honour or uses bad language in his presence will suffer his anger. He will revenge himself on the crops and cattle or leave the house altogether. The unprotected family will then fall ill and die.

To entice an alienated spirit home, the inhabitants must dress in their best clothes and go out in the evening and walk about their courtyard saying “D#duška Domovoy come and live with us and tend our flocks”. Salted bread is wrapped in white cloth and put in the hall or courtyard while the family bows to the four quarters, praising the fairy and asking him to forgive them and return.

Without a D#duška Domovoy a house is unprotected, so when a new home is built certain rituals must be performed to gain one. The first creature to cross the threshold is in some danger so a cat or cock is thrown inside. Some of the first bread baked in the house is broken and buried in the right hand corner of the attic with an invocation to a spirit to come and protect the place and obey a new master. The D#duška Domovoy is sometimes thought to be an incarnation of an ancestral spirit.
When a family moves house, they will make every effort to take their house fairy with them. At the old house an elderly woman will clean the cinders from the hearth into a pan which she covers with a cloth. She then opens all the windows and invites the fairy to leave this house and go to the new one. She takes the cinders to the new house where the master and mistress wait with bread and salt at the gate. They bow low, take the pan into the house, and empty the cinders into the new grate. The pan is broken and buried in a corner of the room.

There were very similar beliefs in Britain. Brownies are solitary fairies found in southern Scotland and the northern counties of England. They become attached to particular houses or families and while the humans are asleep, they work about the house or farm, cleaning, tidying up, or help with the brewing. When the cock crows it is to let the brownie know it is time to go to bed. The only reward they ask is a bowl of cream or best milk. They are very good at hiding and can make themselves disappear at will, but those who have seen them describe them as small, shaggy haired and ugly, with flat faces. They are often ragged in appearance, but they are offended by gifts of clothes and will promptly disappear forever if given a new suit, so if you have a helpful house fairy don’t be tempted to reward it in this fashion. Brownies have a mischievous side and like to play tricks on humans, such as rattling the fire irons, smashing crockery, hiding objects, or making a mess. They are easily offended, and if they are mistreated they turn into destructive boggarts. House fairies often have a mischievous side and like to play trick on the human inhabitants of a dwelling, particularly if they are not getting their due. Such pranks might include rattling the fire irons, smashing crockery, hiding objects, or just making a mess.

Hearth Witch (The Eight Paths of Magic)
Anna Franklin

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September 12 – Daily Feast

September 12 – Daily Feast

If you are standing deep in trouble don’t talk disparagingly of things spiritual. Spirit is your hope. It is your wisdom and your healing, key to your money and your relationships. If you believe these things are not true – then you have the reason for your emptiness. “Prove me now”, the wisdom goes. Spiritual things are provable. There is wisdom that can be tapped and put to good use when it has made the right connections. Right connections are not just people but Spirit. Breakdowns occur without Him, breakthroughs happen with Him.

~ We want to keep peace; will you help us? ~

RED CLOUD – SIOUX CHIEFTAIN

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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The Spirit and Magick

The Spirit and Magick

 

Like the God & Goddess, we are all  three-part beings. You have a body, “mind”, and soul.

The BODY is self-explanatory.

The “MIND” holds a consciousness, a subconsciousness, and a super-consciousness. 

 

Your internal self is a SOUL or a spirit. You may be “all” these things, but you are still “ONE” person. Getting clearer?

This portion of you, the soul, is within the body. A larger, multidimensional portion of you, called the Higher Self exists simultaneously outside the body at all times, and in all places, and in all incarnations.

Everything, Mind, Body, Soul and the Higher Self is a part of the Creator as well. Entertwined you become the energy known as Akasha. This is what creates Magick or Miracles. This is personal empowerment. The all-encompassing spirit!!

In doing magick of any kind, you are going to have to use all of yourself, the consciousness, a subconsciousness, and a super-consciousness to visualize, meditate, focus, and practice what you need to know and do, along with the forces of nature. Air (one of the elements and one used frequently) may be what transports that new thoughtwave or bit of electrical energy that you are planning on sending out to it’s newest destination. That will mean that the atoms of air, the atoms of you, the atoms of the Spirit will all be in contact at the time, moving, exchanging, changing etc. Magick will not come if you can not learn to use all of the above together at the appropriate times.

In other words, if you put your whole self into what you are doing, use all the “energy” from that weary old brain (all areas of consciousness’) that you can muster, and all the feeling from that still-beating heart, you can generate some powerful energy. Energy that no one but you is in control of….as long as you can also learn how to focus it and direct it.

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Conjuring of Spirits

Conjuring of Spirits

Timing:

Waxing Moon or Full Moon

Waning or New Moon

 

Items You Will Need:

Two tall purple candles

Two tall green candles

A purple Amethyst

Green Jade or Agate – in center of altar

Sandalwood & Lavender Incense

Sandalwood & Willow Bark Incense

Spirit Candle 
  
 Instructions:

Cast a triple circle. Conjuring of Spirits is always done in hours of darkness, not necessary to be midnight, but preferred.

After you have performed your primary ritual, cast the incense into your burner, Place the Spirit Candle into the center of the altar and say: 

“Spirit of good will, I bid thee enter

The Outer Circle.

The Second Circle.

The Inner Circle. 

I am protected by this Pentacle upon my breast.

Which bears the name of (your Spirit Guide)

I bid thee, Spirit, Reveal thy Earthly name! 
 

(turn slowly deosil as you speak) 

Repeat this conjuration three times. 

Perform a nine card Tarot Divination for the Spirit’s name, unless the Spirit replies in some other manner. 

Ask: Have you a message for me?

Perform ATarot Divination or use the Witches’ Bowl to ask questions. 

Spirit, is it true that….? 

Deal gently with the friendly Spirits and they will lead you to the Greater Mysteries. 

During your questioning, observe the Spirit Candle. If it wavers or rises and falls, or flickers unevenly, use the Tarot to see if the Spirit has a message. 

You may ask 3 questions, after that you must ask: 

May I seek further guidance? 

Ask only 3 more questions. 

Bid the Spirit depart, saying: 

(Name), Good Spirit,

Thou hast diligently answered my questions and I do thank thee. I hereby give thee license to depart. Depart, thrice – blessed Spirit, and be thou willing to return when next I conjure thee. By the sound of this bell(Use your Witche’s Bell), do I bie thee leave. Depart, Depart. Depart!

 

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Practice and Method of the Shaman

Practice and Method of the Shaman

 

The shaman plays the role of healer in shamanic societies; shamans gain knowledge and power by traversing the axis mundi and bringing back knowledge from the heavens. Even in western society, this ancient practice of healing is referenced by the use of the caduceus as the symbol of medicine.

Oftentimes the shaman has, or acquires, one or more familiar helping entities in the spirit world; these are often spirits in animal form, spirits of healing plants, or (sometimes) those of departed shamans. In many shamanic societies, magic, magical force, and knowledge are all denoted by one word, such as the Quechua term yachay.

While the causes of disease are considered to lie in the realm of the spiritual, being effected by malicious spirits or Witchcraft, spiritual methods as well as what we would consider physical methods are used to heal. The shaman often will enter the body of their patient to find the spirit making the patient sick, and heal by removing the infectious spirit by the patient.

However, many shamans have expert knowledge of the plant life in their area, and an herbal regimine is often perscribed as treatment. In many places, the shamans claim to learn from the plants directly, only being able to determine the effects of a plant and use it to heal after meeting the spirit of the plant and getting permission.

In South America, individual spirits are called through singing icaros; to call the spirit, the spirit must teach you their song.

The use of totem items such as rocks is common; these items are believed to have special powers and an animating spirit.

Such practices are presumably very ancient; in circa 368 bc, Plato wrote in the Phaedrus that the “first prophecies were the words of an oak”, and that everyone who lived at that time found it rewarding enough to “listen to an oak or a stone, so long as it was telling the truth”.

The belief in witchcraft and sorcery, known as brujeria in South America, is prevalent in many shamanic societies.

Some societies distinguish shamans who cure from sorcerers who harm; others believe that all shamans have the power to both cure and kill; that is, shamans are in some societies also thought of as being capable of harm. The shaman usually enjoys great power and prestige in the community, renowned for their powers and knowledge; but they may also be suspected of harming others and thus feared.

In engaging in this work the shaman exposes himself to significant personal risk, from the spirit world, from any enemy shamans, as well as from the means employed to alter his state of consciousness. Certain of the plant materials used can kill, and the out-of-body journey itself can lead to non-returning and physical death; spells of protection are common, and the use of more dangerous plants is usually very highly ritualized.

Shamanic technology

Generally, the shaman traverses the axis mundi and enters the spirit world by effecting a change of consciousness in himself, entering into an ecstatic trance, either autohypnotically or through the use of entheogens. The methods used are diverse, and often are used in conjunction with each other.

Some of the methods for effecting such altered states of consciousness are:

  • Drumming
  • Singing
  • Fasting
  • Sweat lodge
  • Vision quests /or vigils,
  • Dancing or Spinning Games

 

Power Plants

  • Tobacco
  • Fly Agaric
  • Psychedelic Mushrooms Alluded to euphemistically as “holy children” by Mazatec shamans such as Maria Sabina
  • Peyote
  • San Pedro Named thus (St. Peter) by Andean natives because he’s the guardian of Gates of Heaven
  • Ayahuasca Quechua for “Vine of the Dead”
  • Iboga

 

 

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