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Let’s Talk Witch – SРЕLLЅ FRОM THЕ RЕАL BООK ОF SHАDОWЅ – DO THЕУ EXIЅT?

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 SРЕLLЅ FRОM THЕ RЕАL BООK ОF SHАDОWЅ – DO THЕУ EXIЅT?

Sреllѕ from the rеаl Book of Shаdоwѕ – dо thеу rеаllу exist? Seeing аѕ the rеаl Bооk оf Shadows inspires such fеrvеnt discussion, thе аnѕwеr should bе ѕtrаight-fоrwаrd. Unfоrtunаtеlу it’ѕ not and it iѕ a ѕubjесt that iѕ аѕ соmрlеx аѕ it iѕ mysterious.

Some ѕау it dоеѕ еxiѕt and tаlk оf аnсiеnt ѕсriрtѕ аnd rituals that оriginаtе from it – the muсh coveted ѕреllѕ frоm thе rеаl bооk of ѕhаdоwѕ. Sоmе сlаim it iѕ a mоrе modern concept belonging tо Gardnerian Wicca. Let’s lооk аt thе truth аnd the mуthѕ behind this аrсаnе article аnd еxаminе sources for ѕреllѕ thаt соuld bе just whаt уоu’rе lооking fоr.

Firѕt, a briеf overview оf whаt a Bооk оf Shаdоwѕ is. It is actually a term fоr thе journal used bу witсhеѕ and Wiccans fоr recording their реrѕоnаl ѕреllѕ. It саn аlѕо bе саllеd a Grimоirе. Mаking nоtеѕ оf аnу progress thеу mаkе, сhаngеѕ tо spells оr rituаlѕ, оr еvеn рѕусhiс еxреriеnсеѕ iѕ аn еѕѕеntiаl раrt оf lifе fоr аnу ѕреll-саѕtеr.
It is a vеrу реrѕоnаl соllесtiоn аnd for thе mоѕt раrt, fоr thеir eyes оnlу. Thе еxсерtiоn to thiѕ would bе if there is a fаmilу trаditiоn of witсhсrаft or thе witсh iѕ part of a Wiссаn coven. Thеn thе Bооk оf Shаdоwѕ саn bе раѕѕеd dоwn to thе nеxt gеnеrаtiоn tо uѕе and learn frоm.

The tradition оf kеерing a jоurnаl iѕ said go back tо mеdiеvаl timеѕ whеn witсhеѕ were реrѕесutеd fоr their сrаft. Because thеу didn’t wаnt to be discovered, thеу wrоtе thеir nоtеѕ аnd spells in code. However, thiѕ only led tо furthеr tоrturе as thе wоrdѕ bесаmе even mоrе mуѕtеriоuѕ and thеrеfоrе ѕuѕрiсiоuѕ to thеir discoverers.
But what of the tеrm Bооk оf Shadows? Here thеrе seems tо bе ѕоmе соntrоvеrѕу. Thе сrеаtоr оf thе mоdеrn day form of witchcraft, Wiсса, wаѕ lаrgеlу dеvеlореd bу Gеrаld Gardner. In fасt уоu will ѕее him referred tо аѕ the ‘father оf Wiсса’ just about anywhere уоu read аbоut him! But before he mеntiоnеd thе term in his works оf the 1950ѕ, some сlаim thаt thе tеrm wаѕ nоt rесоrdеd аѕ being in use. Witсhеѕ had uѕеd journals but nоt nесеѕѕаrilу саlling them a book оf ѕhаdоwѕ.

Gаrdnеr did ѕреаk оf аnсiеnt ѕсriрtѕ however, so соuld thеѕе bе thе elusive spells from thе rеаl bооk of shadows? Unfоrtunаtеlу, thе jurу iѕ оut on whether thеѕе аrе аuthеntiс tоо. Sо ѕаdlу, it ѕееmѕ that thеrе iѕ nо proof that аn оriginаl рiесе оf wоrk еxiѕtѕ, or еvеr did exist, that соuld bе dеfinitivеlу саllеd thе rеаl bооk of ѕhаdоwѕ. But if уоu аrе looking fоr ѕоmеthing with thе ancient wiѕdоm thаt ѕреllѕ from thе real bооk оf ѕhаdоwѕ would bring уоu, where dо you gо next?

Depending on whеthеr уоu are lооking fоr a раrtiсulаr ѕреll fоr a specific rеаѕоn оr wаnt to add to your оwn bооk оf shadows, there аrе some alternative ѕоurсеѕ thаt you might wiѕh tо try.

Firѕtlу, you саn ѕimрlу search for аnсiеnt ѕреllѕ. However, bе рrераrеd to find рlеntу оf inсаntаtiоnѕ аnd rituаlѕ trаnѕlаtеd fоr thе modern wоrld, аlbеit for good rеаѕоn. Some оf thе really оld ѕреllѕ саn bе nigh оn impossible tо understand! And fоr thiѕ rеаѕоn, they аrе unlikely tо bе еffесtivе if уоu аrе unable tо fully comprehend thе mеаning.

You can аlѕо try tо perform ѕоmе аuthеntiс Wiccan ѕреllѕ. Thеѕе hаvе the аdvаntаgе оf hаving bееn рrасtiсеd bу mаnу оthеrѕ. Thiѕ is not be rесоmmеndеd for thе uninitiаtеd as it tаkеѕ practice аnd dеdiсаtiоn but уоu may wiѕh to try studying thе wауѕ оf Wiсса аnd build your ѕреll wоrk as you рrоgrеѕѕ.

Lаѕt but nоt lеаѕt, уоu саn try turning tо ѕоmе еxреriеnсеd witсhеѕ! She may dividе орiniоnѕ but bеginnеrѕ can lооk аt thе work of Silver Ravenwolf for inѕрirаtiоn аѕ ѕhе iѕ renowned in hеr fiеld. Shе рrоvidеѕ infоrmаtiоn оn a witch’s lifеѕtуlе right thrоugh tо ѕреllѕ fоr уоur оwn personal bооk of shadows so will almost сеrtаinlу get уоu ѕtаrtеd оn thе right trасkѕ.

Although ѕреllѕ frоm thе rеаl bооk оf shadows may bе еluѕivе, уоu саn ѕtill find рlеntу tо enjoy in thе mоdеrn dау world оf Magic, ѕоrсеrу аnd bewitchment.

 

Book of Shadows: Step-by-Step Guide to Book of Shadows (Wicca, Witchcraft)
Lisa Buckland

Significant Times of the Day Every Witch Should Know

THE WIZARD AND HIS DRAGONS
Significant Times of the Day Every Witch Should Know

Midnight is a popular spellcasting time. Long considered the “Witching hour,” Midnight is significant because it marks the changing of one day to the next. Some believe that this is when the veil between our world and the spirit world is thinnest over the course of a day.

3 a.m. has religious and cultural symbolism, especially in Christianity. Known as the “Devil’s Hour”, some believe that this is the time at which demonic entities are the strongest in the human world.

4 a.m. is considered a time of luck and victory.

8 a.m. is a time to work on personal change

10 a.m. is an ideal hour to focus on resolutions and goals

2 p.m. is a time to use Magick to enhance relationships and love

4 p.m. is considered a time of harmony between the elements

9 p.m. can be a great time for introspection

10 p.m. may be a time of clear-mindedness

Source

Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
A. Rayne

Getting Rid of the Magickal Leftover from our Workings (Part 2 – Banishing)

Getting Rid of the Magickal Leftover from our Workings

Banishing

Whether it is your place or someone else’s you are to banish, you are to understand beforehand that there are not to be any form of dispute in the place, or to fill it with resentful or bitter emotions for the cycle of one Moon after your work. More often than not, the behavior would have been empathetic with whatever entity was causing the discomfort. Things are attracted to strong blasts of emotion as much as they are attracted to psychic activity. You need to be aware of this phenomenon in association with all your magickal practices, but especially where protections and enchantments are concerned.

Your Banishing is irreversible. It matters not whether the entity is a living person or an energetic agent. Banishing is about getting rid of, but “getting rid of” requires full Reaving of a property and encirclement of its boundaries, as well as the correct placing of pentagram seals when you are warding..

Before you go near the place that the banishing is to be done, you will seal off all orifices, psychic and actual, of your own body. A man has twelve, a woman has thirteen. For both: eyes, nostrils, ears, mouth, nipples, umbilicus, anus (eleven). For a man: penis (twelve). For a woman: vagina and urethra (thirteen). Secondly, you will take with you your boline, just in case you encounter the need for self-defense.

You will work the same process as reaving, but you will seal each portal of the house with a Banishing pentagram of Earth. You will keep the intent of Banishing clearly in focus at all times (words or no words).

You will work from a central point in the house to the outer most part of the property. You will conclude by encircling the entire property and laying seals on the ground at all entrances and exits.

Part 3 – Warding

Before We Get Into The Spells, We Are Going To Talk About Getting Rid of the Magickal Leftover from our Workings

The First Way to Rid Your Home of Magickal Residue

Reaving

 

There are lots of unwanted and random energies and entities floating around one’s environment. The following techniques which we are getting ready to discuss are required understandings for any Witch. You will need to keep you own environment clear of these unwanted wraiths, and you may also, over time, be called on by others to clear these things from their houses or their lives.

 

Nothing ever goes away, you must understand. Things that are made of matter are not made only of matter, and can just as easily be energetic. Matter does not imply intelligence, soul does (and that’s a rather ineffable concept). So why is it considered that intelligence inhabits only things of a material nature ( like biological species)?

 

Entities can be either material or non-material. They can be left over from extreme emotional discharges. They can be other and therefore, not of a recognizable origin.

 

Reaving – Clearing a Place

To psychically clear unwanted entities is also called Reaving. Banishing often accompanies Reaving, but Reaving can also be performed to tranquilize a house or an environment that has been cluttered by a previous occupants.

You will require a container of consecrated water, your athame, incense, and censer, a candle for each room, and a vacuum cleaner. It’s often preferable to work with another person, but not strictly necessary. You are better to get rid of any occupants of the property. You are to work privately whenever possible. The energies of Cowans can be unpredictable.

Every psychic knows that accumulated psychic grunge is heavier than air and will fall to the floor (and sometimes stick to windows). So the first thing that you should do is vacuum the floors with intent. A vacuum cleaner is one’s contemporary besom (broom stick), and much quicker than the manual tool; There’s no point having the house occupants do it, it just never feels as clean. Then you should set up a candle in each room, light it, and close off whatever doors there are. Then get the charcoal burning, and then take a shower with intent of purificaton.

Each room, from one end of the house to the other, is to be lightly encircled with your dagger ( these encirclements are meant to be embracing rather than encapsulating), encircled with the smoke of the incense, and encircled with the consecrated water. With each action you perform, you will raise aloft each implement to the four directions, calling on their powers of protection and harmony. As you exit each room, you will extinguish the candle with your fingers ( don’t blow it out, pinch it or snuff it out with a candle snuffer), and leave the door open.

When you are done, you are to pack up all your things and leave without entering into conversation with anyone.

Part 2 – Banishng (Getting Rid Of A Thing)

Basic Spell Construction

 Basic Spell Construction

 

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

 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.

As you use your oils, light your candle or incense (or utilize any other tool you have chosen), you should begin to further intensify the energy that you have set into motion around you. A high degree of intensity is vitally important.

The Altered State of Consciousness that you must reach is not a meditative state. Anything that interferes with your ability to concentrate upon, reach and control the high energy state necessary to perform magick should be avoided. Such as, screaming children, a sink full of dirty dishes, use of alcohol or drugs, etc.

Do not scatter your energy by attempting to do more than one magickal working at a time.

 Remember that Magick is the manipulation of energy, a thought is a form of energy and a visualization is an even stronger form of energy. Your visualization can be a method used to intensify further and direct your will. Your visualization can be the method by which you control the magickal energy you have produced. You must know what you want. You must see it. You must feel the high energy flow. You must direct it.

One of the most important elements in the practice of any form of Magick is the Universal Law of Cause and Effect. This means that whatever you do (or don’t do) you cause something to happen.

The most important consideration is the Universal Law of Retribution. This means that no matter what you do, it comes back to you in like kind.

 It is the nature of things that as you send something out it gains momentum, so that, by the time it comes back to you, it is three times stronger. If you do something nice for someone, someone will do something nicer for you.

 “As you weave and spin your spell, Three fold return the tale will tell.”

Writing your own spells and rituals

 Writing your own spells and rituals

 

Know the Basics
Know what magick is. Know different ways to raise, direct and ground energy. Know how to cast a magick circle. Know how to open a circle. Know the basic outline of a spell.

Know the Intent or Purpose
What is it you are trying to do? Heal an illness? Increase your concentration? Bring love into your life? Sell a house? Celebrate a Sabbat? Before you begin any magickal working, you should have a firm grasp on what outcome you are seeking.

Know the Best Time to Work the Spell
Do you know what type of magick should be worked during the waning moon and what type during the waxing moon? What type of magick is best worked on the full moon? The new moon? What ays of the week are best for what types of magick? Learn how the moon phases and days of the week affect magickal workings so you will know when to work your spell.

Know Correspondences
Learn which colors will bring what results. Learn a little about herbalism; which herbs can be used for what magickal purposes. Learn about image magick and how it works. Learn about elemental magick; which elements can be used for what types of magick.
 

 Basic Working Spell Outline

 Ritual Preparation
 Choose a time. Decide the intent. Choose an aspect of the Divine, if  you wish. Decide how to raise energy (ie: dance, chanting, drumming,  etc.) Choose how to cast and close the circle.

 Cleanse yourself and your magickal space.
 You can do this with a ritual bath for yourself, or through meditation  to still and focus your mind. You can cleanse your space with your  magickal broom or with incense or burning herbs.

 Cast the Circle

 Invocation of the Divine

 Statement of purpose
 This is simply to tell the Divine why you have called Him/Her to the  circle; what you are trying to accomplish.

 Magickal Working
 Raise energy, through chanting or drumming or however you have  chosen to do so. Direct or channel this energy by using candles,  herbs, stones or whatever other correspondences you found to fit  your specific need. Ground your energy when you have completed  the working.

 Cakes and Wine
 Eat a small piece of bread or cookie and drink a little wine, milk or  juice to help restore your energy.

 Thanking the Divine

 Closing the Circle

 

Spells and Incantations

Spells and Incantations

 

At the beginning, there was a word. And the word was magic. Yes, indeed, creation of a matter from a void, using only power of words, is a magic work.

 

A word is a great power. A word can kill or give a new life. In our world by means of words, states are ruled, laws are ratified, wars are begun and ended, marriage promises are made and feelings are expressed. In the real world, we can get various things by entreating favors of our patrons or demanding obedience from our subordinates. But here, we should recollect that the great ones of this world are not the main authority in the universe. There are the more high-ranking ones — the Nature Powers and Old Gods able to grant to us what we want or to take away what we already have. A direct verbal contact with these forces is the oldest kind of magic.

 

But, certainly, using of common words and expressions will hardly help you to have contact with a power of the universe. Here, it is necessary to use special word formulas which are named magical spells and incantations.

 

Incantation. This term has several different meanings. The first meaning is an entreaty or a supplication for anything in the name of someone. The second meaning is a bending in your will or a subjection of somebody or something by power of magical words.

 

The primary kind of incantations is a special speech that are directed to an object on that it is necessary to influence. This influence can be directed on various objects of our world or the beyond, on people, supernatural beings and natural phenomena which are personified — all they are consider as living creatures. Usually, such incantations have form of demands and commands, which are made in a dogmatically imperative tone and into them quite often there are mention of punishment in case of not carrying-out a commands. A formula or a common construction of the incantations is “I order you to make this and that…”.

 

The other kind of magic word formulas are imploring or beseeching incantations. In this case, magical words are directed not to object of the influence, but to an intermediary — natural forces from which a help is expected. Beseeching incantations can be directed to Old Gods, the Sun, the Moon, stars, nature elements, spirits of ancestors, spirits of house or forest in whose power to decide one or another question. Fairly often, the magical words are accompanied with symbolical sacrifices — food, wine, clothes and different things are burnt, buried, sunk or thrown before a wind as offering for the nature elements. These incantations are constructed as the two-part formula: “I give you… and you will give me”.

 

Magical spells are “placing of words on” or “uttering on” — magical words are uttered directly on a thing so that a breath touch its surface. In essence, it is a direct transmission of a magical power to an object. Usually, spells are uttered on salt, sugar, food, water, ground, and on things belonging to a person on who it is necessary to influence.

 

There are spells a basis of which is a comparison or a likening of two objects or events — actual and wishful. A common construction of such spells is “As… so” or “When… then”. Often, a realization of wishful events is compared and connected with time of beginning and ending of various natural phenomena. For example, “When all leaves will have fallen from this tree, the illness will have gone off”. In that way, a natural force responsible for one process is called for help in another affair. Spells of this kind are usually said at time of an action that are similar to one that is wanted to cause — they as if describe and explain an inside meaning of the imitating actions. For example, a wizard lights a candle and says, “I light not a candle. I kindle love. As the flame is hot, so the love will be ardent”.

 

Also, spells can be uttered without any actions at all. In this case, spells are considered as a substitution of a real action by its description. Anyway, a casting of any spell must necessarily be accompanied by a mental visualization — you must mentally see what you speak and what consequences your words will be have.

 

So, the power of magic word is boundless: it can control natural elements, prevent or evoke a thunder, a storm, a rains, and a hail, give bumper crop or sterility, increase herds or extirpate them by a plague, grant a happiness, a health, a success to people or distress them, heal a sick man or send illnesses to healthy one, inflame love in heart or cool a passion, inspire a mercy, a gentleness, or an anger and a grudge, give an accuracy to weapon and make a soldier invulnerable to bullets, arrows, and swords, cure wounds and stop blood, turn people into animals, trees, or stones — in short, a magic word can influence on events, change essence of things, subjugate beneficial and malicious forces of the nature to a will of a witch or a wizard.

Let’s Talk Witch – Basics of Love Magic

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Let’s Talk Witch – Basics of Love Magic

In some circles of the Pagan community, magical workings pertaining to love are frowned upon. The rationale is that to do any magic related to love is to interfere with the free will of someone else. However, there are many traditions that believe love magic is perfectly acceptable to perform, either generally (as in, “bring love my way”) or specifically (as in, “Brad is gonna fall head over heels in love with me”). If you’re of the opinion that love-oriented workings fall within your scope of ethics, here’s some information on traditional love magic.

Love Poppets

In some forms of European folk magic, there are a number of ways to bring love your way. One of the most well-known (and easiest) is through the use of a poppet, or magical doll. You can approach this in a couple of different ways:

Create a poppet that represents yourself, and use it to draw love to you
Create a poppet that represents the object of your affection, if your tradition permits you to do so, and use it to compel the person to see you as someone worthy of love
Create a poppet for yourself and a poppet for the person you wish to be with, and do a working that brings the two of them together

Remember, if your beliefs prohibit you from doing love magic on other people, the first option may be the best one for you.

 

by Patti Wigington
Published on ThoughtCo