Circle of Protection
Make a circle of salt. Stand inside the circle with a white candle. Gaze into the flame of the candle.
Concentrate and imagine fire all around you with glowing.
Protective light. Now speak these words in a chant:
“Craft this spell
Into the fire
Craft this spell well
I weave it high
I weave it now
I speak to this simmering flame
None shall ever come
To hurt me or maim
No one shall ever pass
This fiery wall
None shall pass
No one at all!”
Repeat these three times then blow out the candle and step out of the circle of salt.
—Douglas Hensley, A Book Of Magic Spells And Hexes
Binding & Cursing
Binding and cursing are often frowned upon in magical circles. Many people like to believe they’ve been bound or cursed, but the truth is that very few people can do a decent binding or curse and of those who can, even fewer would bother.
In binding, the idea is to prevent another person from doing something. Binding them from doing harm is a popular concept thanks to the 1996 movie The Craft. Binding someone to prevent them from telling a secret is another. It seems simple enough and well-intentioned too. However you must not forget that you will be bound along with them as you are the channel for the magic. You must be absolutely certain that you are right. There can be no doubt. The love spells that focus on a particular person are a binding. You want that one person, so you do a spell to make him or her come to you and love you. Then you’re stuck with them. They might be a total prat, might not be all that they seemed, or as my friend found, they might be violent and abusive. Unfortunately because of your binding, you’ve bound them to you and it’s not that easy to get rid of them.
For best results, a personal link is required for a successful binding. A photograph will suffice but hair, blood, nail clippings, clothing or a signed document work better. A doll or poppet can be stuffed with these, along with herbs or other materials. Baptise the doll with their name, every name for that person that you might know— full name, nicknames, online alter-egos, as many ways of clearly identifying that person that you can come up with. Then bind them with anything you desire; cord, chain, or even a piece of barbed wire. After they’re bound, seal it and deal with it as you will.
Paper cutout figures can work just as well. Write the person’s name in the middle and what you are binding them from and fold it up tightly. It can be secured with paperclips if you like.
Cursing is ill-wishing someone. Again, there is a chance that you will suffer alongside them, so be very careful before trying this.
In the past, I have been somewhat creative in my cursing. I cursed someone to feel compassion for the victims of their actions. For me this wasn’t a problem, I am fairly compassionate by nature, but for him, it was a curse. Another person I’ve used this curse against committed suicide. I struggled with it for a day or two, but after thinking it through and processing things I came to the realisation that I was not responsible for her death. I wanted her to realise what she’d done and take responsibility for the damage she’d caused. How she chose to cope with that was completely on her and from what I hear, the consequences of her actions were catching up with her in other ways that were even less pleasant for her.
If you are going to curse, you first need to be sure that you mean it. You might want someone to have a nasty car crash, but if you aren’t also prepared to see them die slowly and horribly from cancer then you don’t really mean it. Even if you have the power to perform a curse of this magnitude, you need to think about a few things before you consider it. Working with dark energy is one thing. Cursing death is tantamount to murder. It’s no different from the person who chooses to use a gun, only this time your weapon is magic.
A family member of a friend was receiving death threats from someone. While she has cursed him, she has done it in such a way that the curse will only take effect if he crosses a boundary that she’s set around that family member and others that are close to him.
I’ve been accused of curses that I haven’t performed. My partner’s ex-wife believed that I was going to curse her when she started making trouble for him. In all honesty, why would I bother? She was doing it all to herself without me wasting any of my time and energy, what was the point?
Most of the time, if left to their own devices, people that you would consider binding or cursing manage to do it to themselves quite nicely. Some will suddenly realise that they’ve driven everyone away and maybe it was something they’re doing, some won’t. It’s never their fault as they’re perpetual victims. Cursing someone like this will only reinforce their mindset and behaviour. It won’t teach them a lesson so there’s no point wasting your energy.
There’s one last thing I want to say on this topic. In the Craft there is a saying, “if you can’t curse, you can’t heal”. Effectively what this means is that you need to destroy the illness in order for the healing to begin. You need to be balanced and work with both sides.
—Debbie Dawson, The Common Sense Spell Book
Magickal Goody of the Day
Psychic Simmering Pot
If you wish to link your conscious mind with your psychic awareness, if you wish to use tarot cards or rune stones or other tools to glimpse possible future events, create this blend and simmer to stimulate your psychic mind.
3 tbsp of galangal
1 tbsp of star anise (or 2 whole)
1 tbsp of lemon grass
1 tbsp of thyme
1 tbsp of rose petals
A pinch of mace
A pinch of real saffron
Mix and charge the herbs in a small bowl. Visualize your psychic awareness as being under your control. Smell the fragrance rising from the herbs. Inhale the energies. Relax, chant the following words, and foretell.
‘Starlight swirls before my eyes
Twilight furls its wisdom wise
Moonlight curls within the skies
The time has come to prophesize’
(Genuine saffron is quite expensive. However just a pinch is necessary here and it may be omitted)
—Crafty Witch, How To Make Potions & Spells That Really Work: The Beginners Guide To Real Witchcraft
Incense of the Day
EGYPTIAN LOVE INCENSE
1/2 oz Benzoin
1/2 oz Cinnamon
1/2 oz Galangal
1/2 oz Frankincense
1 oz Myrrh
3 drops honey
3 drops lotus oil
1 drop rose oil
Pinch of dried Orris root
Gemstone of the Day
Herb of the Day
Deity of the Day
Symbols: Architect’s transit, level, plumb-line, bricks, djed
Cult Center: Memphis
Ptah was the chief god of the ancient city of Memphis. He was a creator god who brought all things to being by thinking of them with his mind and saying their names with his tongue. He was unique amongst Egyptian creation gods in that his methods were intellectual, rather than physical. According to the priests of Memphis, everything is the work of Ptah’s heart and tongue: gods are born, towns are founded, and order is maintained.
Ptah was also the patron god of skilled craftsmen and architects. This may be due to the excellent sources of limestone near his temple in in Memphis. As a craftsman, Ptah was said to have carved the divine bodies of the royalty. In Dynasty XIX, he was shown fashioning the body of Rameses II out of electrum.
In the artisan’s community of Deir-el-Medina, near Western Thebes, Ptah was especially venerated. He was believed to determine the individual destiny of the artists there. Craftsmen carved stelaes dedicated to their god. Ears were often carved on these stelaes to encourage Ptah to take notice of their prayers. In fact, one of Ptah’s titles at Thebes was, “the ear which hears.”
In Memphis, Ptah was part of a holy triad. His wife was the lioness-goddess Sekhmet, and his son was said to be either Imhotep or Nefertem.
Ptah is depicted as a bearded man wearing a skullcap and shrouded as a mummy. His hands emerge from wrappings in front of his body and hold the was sceptre, an ankh (hieroglyph meaning “Life”) and a Djed (sign of stability).
Top Ten Cheesy Pick-Up Lines For Pagans
10. Hey babe, what’s your sign? What’s it’s ascendant? What is your planet alignment in Venus during Cancer’s revolving around the Fourth House?
9. Read any good Llewellyn Books lately?
8. Would you like to come over to my place and widdershens?
7. Haven’t I seen you someplace before in another life?
6. Yes, I’m handfasted, but that’s not “technically” marriage.
5. So, do you draw down the moon here often?
4. What’s a nymph Goddess like you doing in a place like this?
3. You have the prettiest third eye I’ve ever seen.
2. You’re feet must be tired because you’ve been Spiral Dancing in my mind “all” night long.
And the Number One Cheesy Pick-Up Line for Pagans to Use at Gatherings is:
1. Is that a May Pole in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2016 January 11
A Colorful Solar Corona over the Himalayas
Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Dai
Explanation: What are those colorful rings around the Sun? A corona visible only to Earth observers in the right place at the right time. Rings like this will sometimes appear when the Sun or Moon is seen through thin clouds. The effect is created by the quantum mechanical diffraction of light around individual, similarly-sized water droplets in an intervening but mostly-transparent cloud. Since light of different colors has different wavelengths, each color diffracts differently. Solar Coronae are one of the few quantum color effects that can be easily seen with the unaided eye. This type of solar corona is a visual effect due to water in Earth’s atmosphere and is altogether different from the solar corona that exists continually around the Sun — and stands out during a total solar eclipse. In the foreground is the famous Himalayan mountain peak Ama Dablam (Mother’s Necklace),
See the Unicorn on dark January nights
You’ll need a very dark sky to see the constellation Monoceros the Unicorn in the sky on these cold winter nights. Although a slender waxing crescent moon lights up the southwest sky at dusk and nightfall, it’ll set at relatively early evening. Monceros will be out nearly all night long. Monceros will be higher up and easier to see in the later evening hours.
Let’s find the Unicorn, which comes out at nightfall. Focus in on the bright stars Betelgeuse, Sirius and Procyon. They make a triangle, which is sometimes called the Winter Triangle. Within this triangle of stars, hidden in between the many bright and glittering stars and constellations visible at this time of year, there’s a constellation that’s as elusive in our night sky as its namesake is in countless fairy tales.
This is the constellation Monoceros the Unicorn. Once again, you will need a very dark sky to see it.
Like all of the night sky, the region of the heavens around Monoceros holds interest. The winter Milky Way runs through here, so it’s a good place to scan with binoculars.
With binoculars, you can see star clusters here. Those with dark skies might try drawing an imaginary line from the star Sirius to Procyon. About a third of the way along this line, you’ll find a hazy object – an open star cluster – called M50.
You need a telescope to see M50 clearly. But, with an ordinary pair of binoculars, this cluster of stars is wonderful to glimpse and contemplate on a winter night. There are really about 100 stars in the little patch we know as M50. The main part of the cluster is about 10 light-years across. The entire cluster is located some 3,000 light-years from us.
Bottom line: Treat yourself to a visit with a mythical beast – Monoceros the Unicorn – in the January evening sky.
The Wisdom of Buddha
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
Your Daily Influences
January 11, 2016
Eight of Swords Reversed
Fresh starts are possible.
Ingwaz signifies completion, success and fertility. Your present ambitions are about to be met. You are fecund in both mind and body.
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.