To Know, To Will, To Dare and To Keep Silent, make up the four principles to
what is known as The Witches’ Pyramid. These principals are very important to
successful spell working. But what do they actually mean?

1. To Know
Know your correspondences. Research what kind of spell you are going to
perform. What the spell requires. Why you need a certain candle color or oil,
or why you are using a particular herb. Different Traditions do have
different correspondences for color, plants, oils etc. Learn the moon phases
and timings. The more you learn the more focused your energy will become,
adding to the power of your spell work.

2. To Will
This relates to you. You must have confidence in your spell for it to work.
You must believe that magick does work. You need to be focused on what you
are doing totally. Your spell needs your energy to work. If you do not
provide your spell with the right energy, then your spell may not work, even
backfire. Just having the props, without the will, will give you
unpredictable results.

3. To Dare
Make a list, before doing the spell, on exactly WHY you are doing the spell.
Are there mundane ways of reaching your goal. Will the spell actually
accomplish what you want. If you have mixed emotions or purpose, than this
can compromise your spell working. Know exactly why you are doing the spell.
Be very clear in your own mind why you believe a spell will achieve the
result you require.

4. To Keep Silent
Once you have performed your spell, you should not mention it or dwell on
whether your spell has met it’s objective. Let the spell, do its work. Don’t
waste energy worrying if a spell is going to work or not. That energy can be
better used elsewhere. Don’t talk to another about your spell either. This
may weaken the strength of the spell if the other person questions or
undermines your ability or whether the spell will work.

These principals may differ from tradition to tradition, but basically what
it boils down to, is having the confidence in the power within you. Believing
in your magick. Follow the basic principals and your spell work will succeed
every time.

Before You Start A Spell….Start Your Engine Engine


You need to be able to concentrate to will the manifestation of spells.

Exercises for concentration

1) Light a candle on the table before you. Look (not stare) at the flame for a
few minutes. Close your eyes and hold the image in you mind for as long as you
can before you conscious mind intrudes.
2) Do the flame exercise once again and once you have the flame in your mind
change the size shape and color of the flame. Summon associated images and
follow them through.
3) Take a picture, place it at eye level, and follow the directions for 1.
4) Do 3 again, but when you have the picture in your mind, make it move, change
it and follow any related imagery through.

Notes on Meditation – meditation centers and grounds you.
Meditation can teach you many things about yourself, your abilities, and the
world around you.

Soft wordless music can help in meditation.
The fewer distractions the better.
Be in a comfortable position, but not one you will fall asleep in.
Do not try to meditate when sleepy, you´ll just fall asleep.
Close your eyes and encircle yourself with protective light, normally white.

Use a staircase, a bridge, a cave, any crossing over symbol you wish, to start
your trip into a different consciousness.

Talk to those you meet if you wish.
Try any thing that feels right to you.
If at any time you become uncomfortable with what is happening reaffirm the
protective light and leave.

You can search out and meet your anima/animus this way if you wish.
You can even meet a guide.

Alpha State –

Close your eyes and center yourself.
On a screen of the inside of your forehead see a large red 7.
Then count down, seeing the numbers on the inside of your forehead,
orange 6,
yellow 5,
green 4,
blue 3,
indigo 2,
violet 1.

Feel each color´s vibration.
Once you reach violet 1 then keeping the color violet in you mind count
backwards from 10-1.

Then say to yourself “Now I am in Alpha state all I do will be for the good and
harm no one.” Do what you wish now, spellwork, concentration manifestations,

To leave Alpha state first give yourself a total health clearance by removing
everything yucky from your system with your mind (passing a hand across your
body and visualizing any stress or illness leaving you works well) then count
from violet 1 to red 7.

Then count up from 1-10 keeping the red in your mind, take a few deep breaths
and open your eyes.

To get into instant Alpha, when in Alpha decide upon a sign that you can use to
go directly into Alpha with your eyes open (useful for use when driving).

To neutralize threats through use of Alpha State, go into Alpha visualize
threats and cross them out with white x´s.



Because of the very nature of magick, each working should be highly individualized and personal.  Even if following a traditional spell, it should be tailored to your specific needs to be most effective for you. Understanding the basics of spell construction will enable you to formulate your own specific, effective spells for any purpose you desire.
Preliminary planning is necessary.  The very first step is to decide precisely what your desired end result is to be.  Before you can start, you must decide where you are going.  You must be very explicit.
It is important, also, that you choose your time carefully.  You should take into consideration all astrological implications, energy currents and moon phases.
The moon is the astronomical body closest to us and, therefore, has a profound influence upon us, it is very important to choose a time when the moon is in an astrological sign which is appropriate for your working.
For example:
Aries/action – enthusiasm
Taurus/renewal – sensuality
Gemini/communication – curiosity
Cancer/emotion – nurturing
Leo/vitality – determined
Virgo/organizing – studious
Libra/balance – cooperation
Scorpio/sexual – philosophical
Sagitarius/strength – humour
Capricorn/authority – ambitious
Aquarius/innovation – social
Pisces/sensitivity – idealistic.
Bear in mind that magickal workings for gain, increase or bringing things to you, should be initiated when the moon is waxing (from dark to full);  when the moon is waning (from full to dark), it is time for magickal workings of decrease or sending away.
The highest energy occurs at the full moon and, therefore, this is the most powerful time for magickal workings.  The new moon is the next most powerful time for magick.
Whenever possible, follow nature’s natural energy currents.  There is a natural time for starting things (a planting time), for maturing things (a growing time), for reaping things ( a harvest time) and, of course, a time for rest and planning.
Flowing with these currents will make your magickal work much easier. remember to plan your project for a time of uninterrupted privacy.  It is important that you have no distractions.  Generally speaking, it is best to work as late at night as possible.  A time when there is less frantic energy is most appropriate.  You might consider midnight or later.
In choosing a place to do your magickal working pay particular attention to your needs, for you must be comfortable.  Your place should be private, quiet and secure.  If at all possible, set aside a special place for this purpose only.  An unused room, a special corner of your bedroom, a quiet, secluded spot in your garden.  A place that is yours.  A place that you can come to whenever need arises and that is as free from intrusion of others as possible.
Prior to the night of your magickal working, gather together the things that you will need.  All of the things used are tools.  They have no inherent magick.  They are to help you create a mood.  If correctly made and used, they will trigger primitive responses from deep within you.  They should be chosen with care.  Consider the purpose of your ritual and choose your tools accordingly.  If your magick is to be sexual, your candles, oils, incenses and so forth, should bring forth a sexual response.  If the desired result of your magick is tranquillity, then the tools should make you feel calm, peaceful and serene.  Any candles you might use should not have commercially added fragrances as these may not be appropriate for your working.
Prior to your ritual, prepare yourself and your equipment by any means necessary to clean and purify.  Historically, people have fasted, followed meticulous and detailed bathing practices, practiced chastity and used many other methods.
Most often a ritual bath is the preferred method.  A bath frequently utilizing candlelight, fragrant herbs, bath salts or sensuous oils. A sumptuous hot bath, special bathing preparations and appropriate lighting, combined, can create the soothing effect which will help in the very important step of relaxing and clearing the mind completely of all mundane thoughts and experiences of the day.  Your ritual bath should, also, begin to set the specific vibrations conducive to your purpose into motion.  You must not only cleanse and purify but must, also, begin to create the type of energy necessary. Once your purification process has been accomplished, you are now ready to begin.  Proceed to the special place you have previously chosen in which to perform your magick.  If at all possible, you should make use of the primitive responses set into motion by a well chosen piece of music.  Your music should start slowly and build to a rousing climax.



The spell is at the heart of folk magick. it is simply a ritual in which various
tools are purposefully used, the goal is fully stated (in words, pictures or
within the mind): & energy is moved to bring about the needed result.

Spells can be as simple as reciting a short chant over a fresh rose while
placing it between 2 pink candles in order to draw love; forming & retaining an
image of the needed result in the mind; or placing a quartz crystal in a sunny
window for protection purposes.

To perform effective magick – 3 necessities must be present: The Need, the
Emotion & the Knowledge.

It has been said that magick was the first religion, & that if you lovingly
utilize the forces of nature to cause beneficial change, you also become one of

It is these powers that have been personified as Goddesses & Gods. Attuning with
them is a spiritual experience & is the basic of all true religion.


Clearly state your need.

Clearly state all dimensions of your need (enduring love, rather than just love;
complete protection, rather than just physical protection; etc.).

If possible, mention some of the tools that you’ve decided to use in the spell
in your words of power or magickal rhyme. Indeed, for some spells, these words
may help you to structure the entire rhyme or chant.

Use hypnotic words (those beginning with ‘s” or containing a “z”) for psychic-
awareness, love, healing spells; Use potent, strong words for protection spells.
match the words to the type of ritual you’re composing.

Don’t expect the words to simply flow from you. Work at it & work with them.
Your psychic mind knows what you need.


“I ask in the name of (Goddess & God or The All) that I, Morgan, be granted
(state desire)…I ask that this be correct & for the good of all people. So
mote it be. In no way will this spell reverse, or place upon me any curse.”

“In this night & in this hour, I call upon the Ancient power. O Goddess Bride &
Consort Bright, I ask thee now to bring your light.”

“I have a need that must be met. I ask thee (name of deity) that I obtain the
perfect (whatever it is) for (reason).”

“I ask the Universe to lend the power of all the correct astrological
correspondences so they may enter this circle now to obtain my desire.”

“Therefore, I specifically draw toward myself the (desire) without affecting the
free will of all & harming none.”

“I now proclaim this spell is done. The (desire) is mine! In no way will this
spell reverse, or place upon me any curse! As I will, so mote it be!”

“In this sacred space & time, We call now the Old Ones; the Goddess of the moon,
seas & rivers; the God of the rayed Sun, of valleys & forests; Draw near us
during this, our circle.


First Saturday after Full Moon or on a Full Moon; One white & One black candle
for balance; Props: protective nature (amethyst, apache tears or smoky quartz)

– Say:

“One the Eve of ( ) I cast a spell & the effect I created I must now quell.
Specifically ( ) May this spell be lifted & I now be gifted Specifically with
( )”


A binding spell is the act of grasping the negative energy that is propelling a
person or thing & stopping it. In a way, you are negating the unhealthy energy.

The most important thing to remember when conducting a binding spell is that you
must control your own violent emotions of hatred or fear. The binding spell is
for protection only, not for harm. This is not easy. The Goddess to be employed
is Aradia, Queen of Witches. Be sure you are honest in your intentions. Aradia’s
symbol is the red garter. If you desire justice call upon Maat, she who balances
the scales. However, you must be sure that your own hands are free from violence
& hatred, lest she weighs the scales for you as well! Her symbol is the pure
white feather.

The binding itself is a very simple matter. A poppet can be sewn to represent
the malicious person. Fill it with earth (grave dirt if you can find it),
rosemary, sage, a piece of smoky quartz & a piece of amethyst. Also enclose a
piece of the person’s fingernails, a lock of hair, or another personal item.
Handwriting can be enclosed if you have nothing else. Photos can be used also.
If your intention at any time during the ritual is to harm that person, remember
that you will only bring harm upon yourself – so be very, very careful.

If you can’t do the ritual right away, store the doll (with the head still open)
in a white cloth. During the ritual, you will sew up the head while connecting a
psychic link. Then you will proceed to sew arms & legs of the doll together. You
will finish by wrapping the doll mummy-fashion with a black ribbon. Bury the
doll when you have completed the ritual.

A person can also be bound using mental capabilities.

Placing a sample of a person’s handwriting & copper tightly in an old bell jar
is a way of stopping malicious gossip. When the danger is over, burn the



* Type of Spell or Formula:
* Date & Time Made:
* Reference:
* Astrological Phase:
* Specific Purpose:
* List Of Ingredients &/or Supplies Needed:
* Specific Location Required:
* Date, Time & Astrological Phase When Used:
* Results:
* Deities Invoked During Preparation &/or Use:
* Step By Step Instructions For Preparations &/or Use:
* Additional Notes:



* Type of Ritual:
* Date & Time made:
* Moon Phase & Astrological Correspondences:
* Weather:
* Physical Health:
* Purpose of Ritual:
* Tools & Other Items Required:
* Deities Invoked:
* Approximate Length of Ritual:
* Results of Ritual:
* Ritual Composition:
* Additional Notes:


Example of Basic Ritual Worksheet



Use this as a guideline and feel free to add to it and print it out for your own personal journals.

Type of Ritual: _________________


Date and Time:________________


Moon Phase and Astrological:_______________________






Physical Health:__________________________________


Purpose of Ritual:_________________________________


Tools and Other Items Required:


Deities Invoked:


Approx. Length of Ritual:


Results of Ritual:


Ritual Composition:


A Little Humor – Fashion No-Nos

Fashion No-Nos


As we all get older in the Pagan Community, it is easy to get confused about how we should present ourselves. We’re unsure as we try to be nice and harmonize with the fashions that younger members of our community have adopted.

So I’ve made a sincere study of the situation and here are the results. Despite what you may have seen on the streets or at Pagan gatherings, the following combinations do not go together and thus should be avoided:

  1. A eyebrow piercing and bifocals
  2. Pony tails and bald spots
  3. A pierced tongue and dentures
  4. Ankle bracelets and corn pads
  5. Nipple jewelry and a gall bladder surgery scar
  6. Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge
  7. Tattoos and liver spots or varicose veins
  8. Belly-button piercings and old pregnancy stretch marks
  9. Skyclad and Depends.

Please keep these basic guidelines foremost in your mind when you shop.


Turok’s Cabana

Feng Shui Tip for October 11 – ‘It’s My Party Day’!

Today is called ‘It’s My Party Day’ — and I’ll cry if I want to! You would cry too if it happened to you! At least that’s how that sad old song goes. If your own engagement party just ain’t happening, than maybe it’s time for a little marriage-minded Shui. According to this philosophy, the ‘god of marriage’ named Chieh Lin lives among the stars. In fact, this god is none other than the old man in the moon and he is said to be responsible for all weddings that take place between mortal men. To activate some romance luck inside your own soul mate’s ready space, display a painting, image or photo of the full moon in the ‘Romance’ area of your bedroom, along with a pair of champagne glasses tied together with red cord. Displaying these symbols on the day of the full moon is considered highly auspicious. Now go out and get yourself someone really special to put a smile on your face. Because it’s your party and there’s no crying allowed!

By Ellen Whitehurst for

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Oct. 11 is 11:Harmony

11: Harmony

The trigram earth is above that of heaven, and heaven seems to be on earth. The gravity of matter merges with the upward radiation of light to merge in deep harmony. This juxtaposition denotes a time of peace and blessings for all living things. In the affairs of humans, tranquility comes when the good, strong and powerful show favor to those of lower status, and those of more modes means are well disposed towards those who are currently blessed. This condition marks an end to feuding. In such a state, it is best to let the energy ride high. The way is cleared, and the prospects for great success are outstanding.

Chaotic forces still abide in nature, but man, by carefully responding to the rhythms and cycles of the world around him, can find peace in the natural world. By planting the right crop in the right place in the right season, the farmer brings harmony to the cultivation of plants, and prosperity to his family. Similarly, any business must adjust to the natural cycles of the season; only through flexibility and adaptation can order and growth be maintained. Peaceful times produce a time of flowering and prosperity; the wise person channels positive energy to all quarters, to each in proper proportion, just as a farmer waters his field. But be vigilant. Otherwise, peaceful conditions will foster the growth of weeds as well as flowers.

Today’s Tarot Card for October 11 is The Emperor

The Emperor

In the most practical terms, what has traditionally been called the Emperor card represents the highest leadership, a head of state or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the positive working out of affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.

The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits or appearances to the contrary.

Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, October 11

It’s challenging to settle down when we’re on a mission and the expressive Leo Moon dares us to act on our ideas. However, the Moon’s shift into critical Virgo at 3:23 pm EDT can make us dissatisfied with anything less than perfection. We may even grow anxious when we face reality instead of our idealistic dreams. Thankfully, the Virgo Moon also gives us the ability to apply sound logic in practical ways as we progress toward our goals.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

There’s not much of an opportunity to rest today if you left too many tasks undone. Don’t be overly concerned; just get busy with your chores. Even if you don’t have any pressing obligations, you might still be too serious to enjoy yourself. Keep in mind that you will have plenty of time to play later on. The sooner you get started with what’s on your plate, the more likely you are to finish.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Although you’re very methodical in seeking pleasure now, you may need to wait until later to get what you want. It helps to set a goal early in the day and then doggedly pursue your destination. Even if others think that you would be happier doing something else, you can still derive sweet satisfaction from staying focused on what you consider most important.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Life shouldn’t be so difficult, but you cannot avoid feeling annoyed if you’re blocked from pursuing your dreams today. Your natural tendency is to scatter your ideas like Johnny Appleseed; however, it’s more effective now to keep them to yourself until you know you have found the most fertile ground. Then, take your time to share your thoughts in detail and carefully nurture them until they reach fruition

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You could be overly protective of those you love as you attempt to balance your concerns with their needs. You might not even notice that you have overstepped your role. Although you want to initiate action for someone else’s benefit, consider that your interference may not be in their interest. Sometimes a temporary setback or emotional hurt is the best teacher. Ease up on the reins and let others take more responsibility for themselves.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your life may already be in flux because a significant cycle is reaching a turning point. You want to narrow your focus now but you’re receiving mixed signals from the cosmos. Instead of fearfully closing down your mind, think about whatever makes you happy. You don’t have to do anything about your fantasies today if you commit to executing your new plan tomorrow.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your anticipation level is high, but you may not be confident enough to fully trust your impulses today. Instead of taking a risk, play it more conservatively for now. After all, you aren’t interested in an easy come, easy go solution. Demonstrate your wisdom by building on your previous accomplishments while still progressing on your long-term goals.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Although you’re eager to balance work and play, enjoying yourself can be challenging today until you complete your unfinished business. Free-floating anxiety may plague you now, especially if you know that you are running out of time. Fortunately, this impending deadline is more flexible than you think, so don’t waste your energy panicking; just continue doing the best you can.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your friends may be making too many demands on your time these days. They might not think twice before asking you for what they want, even if their neediness poses an inconvenience. It’s hard to tell if they are aware of the impact of their behavior. However, your loyalty is so strong that if a close friend requests your help, you will be there. Keep in mind that setting healthy boundaries won’t detract from supporting those you love.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You’re more concerned now about what others think, prompting you to do what is right in the social sphere today. However, you’re not insecure with your judgment if it differs from the crowd. It’s just that you really want to be a team player and will sacrifice some of your needs for the good of the family, group, or community. Good intentions bring positive results.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You may be a bit ornery today, especially if an acquaintance is pushing your buttons. You’re short on patience, especially when it comes to situations that aren’t your immediate concern. You’re not willing to waste your time on trivial matters just because someone else does. But don’t be too harsh when judging others; paying attention to social etiquette now will serve you well.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You are ready to jump to conclusions now, unless you consciously slow down your mental process. But there’s a trick to making this work; you don’t have to change the speed of your thinking. Instead, just increase the time between a thought and the moment you respond. You’ll be surprised at the difference you can make if you just count to ten before saying anything.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Someone might obstinately stand in the way of your satisfaction today as the Virgo Moon in your 7th House of Partners squares feisty Mars. Instead of glossing over a potential problem, find the courage to talk about it in a nonthreatening manner. Nearly any complex issue is easier to resolve once you commit to handle it together, but it takes two willing participants to make a relationship work.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for October 11

Every so often, the universe runs out of steam and offers humanity a lull in the usual barrage of solar, lunar and planetary intensity. Yesterday’s void lunar cycle in lion-dominating Leo continues in force as today begins, and there is a short window of opportunity for lovers to coalesce around a common theme when the Moon parallels Venus (12:44AM PDT). If you are flying solo right now, then utilize this Moon-Venus rapport to enhance one or more of your talents in the arts.  The Moon leaves its void mode at 12:25PM PDT by entering industrious and meticulous Virgo. Clean-up campaigns are back in style on the home and business fronts. Make everything shine and glow again. Stop worrying about things you can’t change. Use words to heal — not criticize and condemn. Watch out for a temporary veil tossed over affairs of the heart as the Moon makes its monthly opposition to Neptune (1:30PM PDT).  Stock up on cereals, grains, herbs, nuts, seeds and seasonings at a favorite natural food store or co-op. Health, medical and nutritional issues are very much in the spotlight with the Moon in the sixth sign of the zodiac.