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Flashback 2013 Samhain

SAMHAIN 2013

An example of a Samhain (pronounced sow-en) altar.

Halloween decoration are rife with symbols of the Crone goddess, and these trendy dark and gothic trappings are great for working transformation magick with her. Consider those ebony and amethyst candleholders, sparkling black tapers, candles shaped like skulls, silk but real-looking ravens and crows. This Samhain, why not go all out with a Crone altar dedicated to the Greek goddess Hecate? Hecate is a Triple Goddess and also a patron of Witches, sorcerers, and magicians. Tonight the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. Spirits walk, the Old Ones are out among us, and magick is ripe. Call upon Hecate for the wisdom to work with these types of energies.

Samhain has come, the veil between the worlds is thin,

Chilly winds now blow, and fallen leaves do spin,

With this Crone altar, I celebrate your special time,

This Samhain spell is now cast with the sound of rhyme.

Hecate, light my path on this magickal night,

Grant me your courage and grace, wisdom and insight.

Copyright Ellen Dugan Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2013 Page 115

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Casting the Circle [Coven]

Set up: place a candle in each of the four cardinal directions. Lay the rest of the tools on the altar cloth or near it. The altar can be on the ground, a table, a rock or a stump. The altar should be in the center or just north of center of the Circle. Light the six candles and the incense, start the music and begin the ritual.

The Ritual

Facing North, the High Priest and Priestess kneel in front of the altar with him to her right. She puts the bowl of water on the altar, places the point of her athame in it and says:

    “I exorcise thee, O Creature of Water, that thou cast out from thee all impurities and uncleanliness of the world of phantasm; in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia”

She then puts down her athame and holds up the bowl of water in both hands. The High Priest puts the bowl of salt on the altar, puts his athame in the salt and says:

    “Blessings be upon this Creature of Salt; let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hence, and let all good enter herein; wherefore so I bless thee, that thou mayest aid me, in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia.”

He then puts down his athame and pours the salt into the bowl of water the High Priestess is holding. The High Priest then stands with the rest of the Coven outside the Circle. The High Priestess then draws the Circle with the sword, leaving a gap in the Northeast section. While drawing the Circle, she should visualize the power flowing into the Circle from off the end of the sword. She draws the Circle in a East to North or deosil or clockwise direction. She says:

    “I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou beest a meeting place of love and joy and truth; a shield against all wickedness and evil; a boundary between men and the realms of the Mighty Ones; a rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that we shall raise within thee. Wherefore do I bless thee and consecrate thee, in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia.”

The High Priestess lays down the sword and admits the High Priest with a kiss while spinning him deosil and whispers “Blessed Be”. He then admits a woman the same way. Alternate male/female/male. Then the High Priestess finishes closing the Circle with the sword. She then names three witches to help strengthen the Circle. The first witch carries the bowl of consecrated water from East to East going deosil, sprinkling the perimeter as she/he goes. They then sprinkle each member in turn. If the witch is male, he sprinkles the High Priestess last who then sprinkles him. If female she sprinkles the High Priest last, who then sprinkles her. The bowl is replaced on the altar. The second witch takes the incense burner around the perimeter and the third takes one of the altar candles. While going around the perimeter, each person says:

    “Black spirits and white,
    Red spirits and grey,
    Harken to the rune I say.
    Four points of the Circle, weave the spell,
    East, South, West, North, your tale tell.
    East is for break of day,
    South is white for the noontide hour,
    In the West is twilight grey,
    And North is black, for the place of power.
    Three times round the Circle’s cast.
    Great ones, spirits from the past,
    Witness it and guard it fast.”

All the Coven pick up their athames and face the East with the High Priest and Priestess in front, him on her right. The High Priestess says:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Lords of Air; I do summon, stir, and call you up to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

As she speaks she draws the Invoking Pentagram of Earth in the air with her athame. The High Priest and the rest of the Coven copy her movements with their athames. The High Priestess turns and faces the South and repeats the summoning:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Lords of Fire; I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

She does the same pentagram and then faces West and says:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Lords of Water, ye Lords of Death and Initiation; I do summon, stir, and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

She faces North with rest of the Coven and says:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Lords of Earth; Boreas, thou gentle guardian of the Northern Portals; thou powerful God and gentle Goddess; we do summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

The Circle is completed and sealed. If anyone needs to leave, a gate must be made. Using the sword, draw out part of the Circle with a widdershins or counterclockwise stroke. Immediately reseal it and then repeat the opening and closing when the person returns.

  • Farrar, Janet and Stewart; “Eight Sabbats For Witches”; Robert Hale 1983
  • Valiente, Doreen; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985

From: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos033.htm

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Flashback 2005 Beltane

 

Beltane is experienced differently by different people, depending on whether they are single or not. If you do have a mate or partner, this is a good time to celebrate the relationship. Each of you should make a list of seven qualities you most appreciate and cherish in the other. These should be inherent traits, like sense of humor, or being good with animals. Do this separately a few days before Beltane.

On May Eve, draw a circle, if you wish, in whatever fashion you usually do. Then sit facing each other holding hands. You might want to do this sitting on your bed. One of you starts by saying “I love you because….” naming one of the qualities previously listed. (You can flip a coin to decide who goes first.) Then the other one does then same, alternating down through the list. When you are finished say together, “I love you because you are you!” Finish with a kiss. If you are alone on Beltane you can make a list of qualities you like about yourself. Do this ritual in front of a mirror, saying what you love about yourself, to yourself.

Copyright Magenta Griffith Llewellyn’s Witches” Datebook 2005

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All About Samhain

SAMHAIN

[There are a lot of links to more information, crafts, and recipes]

The fields are bare, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the skies are going gray and cold. It is the time of year when the earth has died and gone dormant. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) the Sabbat we call Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died. This is the time when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is thin, so it’s the perfect time of year to make contact with the dead. You may want to take a moment to read up on:

 

Rituals and Ceremonies

Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Samhain, but typically the focus is on either honoring our ancestors, or the cycle of death and rebirth. This is the time of year when the gardens and fields are brown and dead. The nights are getting longer, there’s a chill in the air, and winter is looming. We may choose to honor our ancestors, celebrating those who have died, and even try to communicate with them. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying for Samhain — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

 

Samhain Magic, Divination and Spirit Work

For many Pagans, Samhain is a time to do magic that focuses on the spirit world. Learn how to properly conduct a seance, how to do some Samhain divination workings, and the way to figure out what a spirit guide is really up to!

Traditions and Trends

Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of the late harvest? Find out why Samhain is important, learn why black cats are considered unlucky, how trick-or-treating became so popular and more!

Crafts and Creations

As Samhain approaches, decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas that honor the final harvest, and the cycle of life and death.

Feasting and Food

No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. At Samhain, celebrate with foods that celebrate the final harvest, and the death of the fields.

From: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/samhainoctober31/a/About_Samhain.htm

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Find What is Lost

Easy spells can be just as successful as complicated ones, but remember that the effort you put into a spell is part of where its energy comes from. Easy is fine as long as you don’t get lazy about it.

Find What is Lost

A little chant may not seem like a real spell, but it can still bring magickal results if you put your heart into it. Use this spell when you are looking for something you’ve misplaced in your home. You just need a white candle.

Light the candle, and put it in a holder that is easy to carry. Begin to walk from room to room with it, repeating the following:

I need what I seek
Give me a peek
Draw my eyes
For my prize.

Let your eyes wander around until you feel drawn to the spot where your missing item is hiding.

From: http://www.free-witchcraft-spells.com/easy-spells.html

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Poppet Pattern

poppet

Print and cut out this pattern to make your own magickal poppets. [Enlarge the pattern to whatever size you want the finished poppet to be. Remember to make it about a half-inch larger all the way around to allow for the seams when sewing it together.]

Materials:

1 12-inch by 12-inch square of felt or other material to match skin color or magickal intent
sewing thread
sewing and embroidery needles
cotton batting or fiberfill for stuffing (optional)
herbs, incense, stones, and candles appropriate for purpose
a bit of fingernail, lock of hair or other momento of person for which poppet is intended
embroidery floss or fabric paint to match eye and lip color
yarn to match hair color
small scrap of fabric in the appropriate color for heart (green or blue for healing, pink or red for love, etc)

Instructions:

1. Print and cut out the poppet pattern.

2. Fold material, right sides together.

3.. Pin the pattern on the material, then cut out.

4. Proceed with poppet magick.

From http://www.earthwitchery.com/pattern.html

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Poppet Magick

Before we get into the process, let’s take some time to look at the magickal theory behind poppet magick, a form of sympathetic magick.

TYPES OF POPPETSThere’s a lot of room for creativity in poppet magick, as you’ll soon see. If you don’t have sewing supplies on hand, use wax or even potatoes. Some have been known to stuff gloves. The possibilities are endless. For some creative examples of poppets, go here.

Wax PoppetsThis is an intriguing poppet. If you saw the movie “Witches of Eastwick”, you saw Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle whats-her-name make one of these.

Take 7 white candles (new candles, not used) and melt down in a double boiler on low heat. You don’t want to melt them down to liquid, just soften them so they can be worked with. (If indeed you do liquidize them, just let them cool until they can be handled.) Remove wicks.

Rub lavender oil on your palms and fingers before working the wax. When the
wax can be easily shaped (don’t burn your hands!), begin to shape your poppet. Oils, herbs, and personal effects (hair, nails) should be kneaded into the wax. Try to incorporate some of the features of the person. Are they thin? Stocky? Any distinguishing features will help.

When the figure is shaped, place a representation of the heart in the chest area. This can be a piece of copal resin, a small piece of tourmaline, or any other stone or item that represents the heart. Take a pin or other pointed object and draw your magickal representations on the figure.

A variation on this process would be to rub an oil that corresponds to your magickal intent on your hands as you shape the poppet. Rose if it’s a love poppet. Patchouli for a prosperity poppet. Any oil that you would incorporate into the spell would be appropriate.

Cloth poppetsMy favorite method. Cut two identical gingerbread shapes from fabric. (See
pattern). Felt, cotton, or muslin is suitable, but so is fabric from the subject’s old shirt or any piece of clothing. Embroider, draw, or paint magickal symbols, words, anything meaningful to the spell on the right side of one piece of your pattern. Green eyes? Dark hair? This is where you add those details. Right sides together, sew the shapes together, leaving a good sized hole to stuff it with.

Prepare your herbal mixture. For those of you into numerology, one method is
to choose a number that corresponds with your magickal intent and add that number of herbs. I use multiples of three in my poppet blends. Using multiples of three, a prosperity blend might include patchouli, honeysuckle, and basil. If I’m adding honeysuckle flowers, I might add 6 or 9. I mix my personal effects with these herbs (hair, fingernails, a cut up picture, whatever I have.) For a money spell, I might shred a dollar or add three silver coins. For a healing spell, I might add a stone that represents the ailing body part and use herbs that would medicinally treat the sickness. This is where you can get entirely creative. I like to place representations of the heart inside cloth poppets. Again, a piece of copal resin or tourmaline would do nicely if stuffing inside. Some sew hearts on the outside in a color corresponding to the purpose of the spell.

You don’t have to stuff the poppet entirely with herbs. You can include a small herbal mixture with other kinds of stuffing — batting, shredded paper, whatever you have on hand. I just love the smell and feel of poppets stuffed entirely with herbs. Once you’re satisfied with the stuffing, sew the poppet up and consecrate.

Paper PoppetsThe easiest of all. Cut a gingerbread figure from a piece of clean paper. Write the name of the person for whom you’re making your poppet on the paper. Draw your sigils and any other distinguishing signs. This is a very quick, yet surprisingly effective alternative to putting hours into poppet design. Anoint the paper with herbal oils corresponding to your spellwork. For the emergencies or impromptu spells.

Root or Wood PoppetsSeveral herbal roots and wood are very well suited for poppet magick. Of course, there is the mystical mandrake. This wo/man-shaped root has been used for centuries in sympathetic magick, especially love magick. To activate a dried mandrake, place it on the altar undisturbed for three days. Then place it in warm water overnight. The root will then be activated and ready for any magickal purpose. A human shaped mandrake root is going to be very expensive. Substitute ash roots, apples, root of the briony, or the American may apple if the cost is prohibitive. Ginseng root has a human shape, and is especially good for protection, love, and healing spells. Ginseng is expensive too, though!

Poppet shapes can be carved from wood. Apple wood is a great choice. This can be labor intensive unless you are a wood carver or just happen to find a nicely shaped branch or stick.

Clay PoppetsBuy clay or gather from the riverside. When your figure is formed, hollow out a hole in the heart area to place hair, nail clippings, herbs, or other magickal ingredients. Cover the hole with clay and proceed with spell. Clay poppets may crack if dried too quickly. If cracking occurs, wet fingers and smooth clay over cracks. Repeat daily, if needed, until poppet is dry.

Mr. Potato HeadPotatoes can be carved into poppets. Apples too. A carrot would make a good fertility poppet. Are you getting the idea that just about anything will work as a poppet? Focus and magickal intent are the keys.

CONSECRATING THE POPPETAs with all magick, it’s best to perform it when the moon and other astrological signs are favorable. (For a list of moon phases, signs, etc and their magickal correspondences, go here.)

Gather your materials. Cast a circle. Construct a chant to use while making
your poppet. This can be as elaborate as a sigil or as simple as repeating
the name of the poppet’s intended or a rhyme stating your magickal purpose.
Visualize your magickal intent as you work.

When the poppet is finished, lay it on the altar and repeat this or
something like it:

Though separate you were,
Now you are one.
The link of unison has begun.
Continue with your spell, visualizing what you intend to accomplish. Close the circle.

CARE OF YOUR POPPETSAfter performing your magick, wrap the poppet in a white cloth and store in a safe place. You should keep the poppet safe until the magick has manifested. I’ve worked magick on the same poppet more than once. I’m one of those witches who sees no harm in repeating spells (as long as you don’t obsess over your magick). Some witches are strongly opposed to this.

DISPOSING OF YOUR POPPETSTake it apart and bury it after the magick has manifested. Be sure to sever the magickal connection between the poppet and the person it represented with this or a similar chant.

By the Moon and Stars
and Goddess above.
I now sever this link
with thanks and love.

ETHICS OF POPPET MAGICKNever manipulate another person through poppet magick.
Never manipulate another person through poppet magick.
Never manipulate another person through poppet magick.

Poppet magick is a very powerful form of magick. For this reason, it’s
important to use it with care. Never make a poppet to represent another person without their permission. This is the psychic equivalent of rape. Never construct a poppet for malicious purposes, that is, to torment or harm another person.

Ever mind the Rule of Three
Three times what thou givest returns to thee
From http://www.earthwitchery.com/poppet-magick.html

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Poppet Doll

The Healing Poppet is a Wiccan title assigned to what has traditionally been known as the Voodoo Doll; however, the two cultures differ greatly in their uses of the magical dolls. The Wiccan cultures do not use these type of dolls for cursing, or for any negative purposes whatsoever. On the other hand, cursing, and hexing are the primary uses for such dolls in the Voodoo culture. The dolls are usually made from socks, shirts, pants, or any pieces of clothing or a cloth, as long as it belongs to the person you are directing the magic toward. Ideally the closer the association between the person and the material all the better. The first thing you will need to do to make your Healing Poppet is to lay out the material you have from the person you wish to heal, and draw a pattern of the doll you want to create using a pattern similar to the one illustrated in the next picture. Keep in mind, you will be hand sewing the doll together, so you may want to keep the size of the doll fairly small. After you’ve drawn the front and back of the pattern, cut them out, and place them together so they match up. Now, you can begin to sew the sides together with your needle and thread. I do not recommend the use of a sewing machine to complete the doll, as this will detract from the potency of your magical intentions. The easiest way to sew the doll up, with respect to filling it up later with herbs, would be to begin on the shoulder area, and work your way down the body, and back up to the other shoulder. To make the body of your doll more aesthetically pleasing, you can turn the doll inside out after you sew the body together; although, you will not be able to do this with the head, and the stitches will still be seen. You are now ready to fill the doll up with your herbs, which will vary depending on the work you are performing. Use a pencil, or small stick to poke the herbs through the head to the legs and arms. When you have the entire body filled up, except for the head, you proceed to fill up the head area, as best you can, then sew it up to finish the doll. If you so desire, you can add finishing touches such as yarn for hair, and small stitches for the eyes and mouth. You can also highlight particular areas of ailment and illness by stitching marks where the illnesses lie. For the doll to be effective, the key is to concentrate on healing the sick person while creating the doll itself. Once the doll is completed, place it in a safe place, where it will not be seen, such as under the bed, or in a closet. You do not have to place the doll close to the ill person for this to be effective, nor do they have to know that the doll has ever been made.

Flowers, Dawn (2012-03-24). The Spell Book of Wiccan Shadows (Kindle Locations 553-556). Under the Moon. Kindle Edition.

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