Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for February 3rd – St. Blaise’s Day or Blaze Day

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February 3rd

St. Blaise’s Day or Blaze Day

St. Blaise is considered to be one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, a group of saints venerated for the supposed efficacy of their prayers for human necessities. He was a Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia who, on his way to execution, miraculously cured a boy who had a fishbone lodged in his throat. He was thus invoked against throat ailments. An old Armenian folk custom explains that if one ties a knot in a cord while asking for St. Blaise’s blessing, he or she will be protected from throat ailments.

The Witches Magick for Feb. 12th – A Witch’s Ladder Charm

MAKE A WITCH’S LADDER CHARM

This charm can be of two varieties. One is a general purpose charm of protection and good luck, the other for a specific purpose.

Supplies needed

For a General Purpose Charm

A length of White Cord,
A length of Red Cord,
A length of Black Cord
Nine Feathers, each of a Different Color
Red for physical vitality,
Blue for mental abilities, peace and protection,
Yellow for cheerfulness and prosperity,
Green for growth and health,
Brown for stability and respect,
Black for mystical wisdom,
Iridescent Black for mystical insight,
Barred Black, Gray or White for balance and harmony,
Feathers with “eyes” such as peacock feathers for protection and inner clairvoyant vision
 

If it is possible, make the Ladder on the night of a Full Moon. Arrange your alter and cast a circle. Use about a yard of each color yarn. Tie the ends together and braid them together while you say :

Yarn of Red, Black, and White
Work Your magic spell this night.
 

Repeat this until the braid is finished. Braiding is a magickal act because it makes three strands into one. This represents the three aspects of the Goddess in one. Tie a knot at the end of the braid. Starting at about a foot from the beginning of the braid, tie a feather with a knot around the base and say : (example a green feather)

With this feather and this string
Prosperity this charm will bring
 

Tie all nine feathers to the cord, spacing them as evenly as possible. Tie the ends of the cord together to form a circle. Pass the finished Ladder above a candle flame then incense smoke. Sprinkle it with consecrated water and say :

In the names of the Goddess and the God
By Air, Earth, Fire and Water
I consecrate this charm
Of feathers nine and cord of three
As I will, so mote it be!
 

Hang the Ladder where it will not be seen by others but where you will see it every day.

To make a Ladder for a specific purpose, you need three feathers and one length of yarn braided into a cord in the color of your need.

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Let’s Talk Witch – Knot Magick

Let’s Talk Witch – Knot Magick

 

In spellcrafting, knots offer a simple way to contain or loosen energy. The obvious symbolism of tying a knot indicates an intention to bind something or someone. If, for example, you wanted to prevent an enemy from harming you, you could create a poppet to represent your enemy and bind his hands and feet with string. If a witch preceives unwanted energies in a space–especially whle performing a spell–she can tie a knot in a piece of clothing or the altar cloth to trap that energy until after the magickal working.

You can tie energy of any kind into a knot.  Witches sometimes tie a line of knots on a long cord, placing thoughts, emotions, incantations, etc. into the knots. These lines are sometimes called a witch’s Ladder. Untying a knot at a later date frees the energy bound therein.

You can use knot symbolism in the following types of spells:

Binding and banishing ( especially illness and negative energy)

Channeling energy into a specific location (the energy can be captured in the knot, and then released when it’s most needed)

Securing relationships  (hence the term “tying the knot” to refer to marriage)

Tying up the loose ends of a situationo

You can tie intentions into knots too. Let’s say you want to stablize your finances. The best number for this purpose is four. You could make a money charm and secure the pouch with a gold ribbon. Tie four knots in the ribbon and concentrate on your goal each time you tie a knot. Or tie a ribbon around your bills, using four knots to limit the outflow of money.

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Knot Magick Spell To Heal

Knot magick spell to heal

You need an 8 inches long string. Mark the string 6 times, so that you have seven equal parts. Repeat the following 6 times and tie a knot each time:

‘Disease, no one asks your stay,
It’s time for you to fade.
With these knots, I ask your leave,
With these words I weave.’

Put the string in a container with salt (represents burying it in the ground). Make a seal for the container with the spell above written on a piece of paper. Get rid of the container in an appropriate manner.

Rid Yourself of Troubles (Knot Magick)

Rid Yourself of Troubles

Concentrate on something that is troubling you. When you are full of
emotion, firmly tie a knot in the cord and then leave the room and the
cord behind for awhile. Later on, after you’re relaxed and focused, go
back into the room and untie the knot, releasing what has been
troubling you. Visualize it disappearing.

How To Make a Witch's Ladder

How To Make a Witch’s Ladder

By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide

A witch’s ladder is one of those nifty things we sometimes hear about but rarely see. Its purpose is similar to that of a rosary – it’s basically a tool for meditation and ritual, in which different colors are used as symbols for one’s intent. It’s also used as a counting tool, because in some spell workings there is a need to repeat the working a particular number of times. You can use the ladder to keep track of your count, running the feathers or beads along as you do so. Traditionally, the witch’s ladder is made with red, white and black yarn, and then nine different colored feathers woven in.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Varied

Here’s How:

Realistically speaking, it makes more sense to use yarn colors that have a significance to you and your working. Also, finding nine differently colored feathers can be tricky if you’re looking for them out in the wild — you can’t just go plucking feathers from local endangered species — and that means a trip to the craft store and some oddly tinted feathers. I’d recommend using either found feathers of any color, or something else entirely — beads, buttons, bits of wood, shells, or other items you have around your home.

To make your basic witch’s ladder, you’ll need:

Yarn or cord in three different colors

Nine items that are similar in property but in different colors (nine beads, nine shells, nine buttons, etc)

Cut the yarn so that you have three different pieces in a workable length – usually a yard or so is good. Although you can use the traditional red, white and black, there’s no hard and fast rule that says you must. Tie the ends of the three pieces of yarn together in a knot.

Begin braiding the yarn together, tying the feathers or beads into the yarn, and securing each in place with a sturdy knot. Some people like to chant or count as they braid and add the feathers. If you wish, you can say something like this variation on the traditional chant:

By knot of one, the spell’s begun.
By knot of two, the magic comes true.
By knot of three, so it shall be.
By knot of four, this power is stored.
By knot of five, my will shall drive.
By knot of six, the spell I fix.
By knot of seven, the future I leaven.
By knot of eight, my will be fate.

By knot of nine, what is done is mine.

As the feathers are tied into knots, focus your intent and goal. As you tie the final and ninth knot, all your energy should be directed into the cords, the knots and the feathers. The energy is literally stored within the knots of the witch’s ladder. When you’ve completed the string and added all nine feathers or beads, you can either knot the end and hang the ladder up, or you can tie the two ends together forming a circle.

If you’d like your ladder to be more like a rosary string, I’d highly recommend picking up a copy of Pagan Prayer Beads by John Michael Greer and Clare Vaughn.

Let's Talk Witch – "Knots"

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Knots

In Spellcraft, knots offer a simple way to contain or loosen energy. The obvious symbolism of tying a knot indicates an intention to bind something or someone. If, for example, you wanted to prevent an enemy from harming you, you could create a poppet (see preceding section) to represent your enemy and bind his hands and feet with string. If a witch perceives unwanted energies in a space—especially while performing a spell—she can tie a knot in a piece of clothing or the altar cloth to trap that energy until after the magickal working.

You can tie energy of any kind into a knot. Witches sometimes tie a line of knots of a long cord, placing thought, emotions, incantations, etc. into the knots. These lines are sometimes called a witch’s Ladder. Untying a knot at a later date frees the energy bound therein.

You can use knot symbolism in the following types of spells:

Bindings and banishings (especially illness and negative energy)

Channeling energy into a specific location (the energy can be captured in the knot, and then released when it’s most needed)

Securing relationships (hence the term “tying the knot” to refer to marriage)

“Tying up the loose ends” of a situation

You can tie intentions into knots, too. Let’s say you want to stabilize your finances. The best number for this purpose is four. You could make a money charm and secure the pouch with a gold ribbon. Tie four knots in the ribbon and concentrate on your goal each time you tie a knot. Or tie a ribbon around your bills, using four knots to limit the outflow of money.

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A BASIC LOVE SPELL

A BASIC LOVE SPELL

(Be careful how you use these)

Take three cords or strings of various, pleasing pastel colors- perhaps pink, red, and green- and braid them tightly together. Firmly tie a knot near one end of the braid, thinking of your need for love.

 

Next, tie another knot, and another, until you have tied seven knots.  Wear or carry the cord with you until you find your love.

 

After that, keep the cord in a safe place, or give to one of the elements- burn and scatter the ashes in the ocean or in a stream.

Spell of the Cord

Spell of the Cord

 

By the knot of one, the spells begun
By the knot of two it cometh true
By the knot of three, thus shall it be
By the knot of four, tis strengthened more
By the knot of five,so may it thrive
By the kniot of six, the spell we fix
By the knot of seven, the stars of heaven
By the knot of eight,the hand of fate
By the knot of ninethe thing is mine.

The Witches Spell for October 4th – Cord Binding Spell

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The Witches Spell for October 4th

Cord Binding Spell

Items You Will Need:

Short length of black thread

The Spell:

This spell is intended to be used to prevent someone from causing you harm.

In order to work properly it requires full concentration. Take a short length of black thread. Tie a knot in one end, saying:

“One to seek him/her/it.”

Tie a knot in the middle, saying:

“One to find him/her/it.”

Tie a knot in the other end, saying:

“One to bring him/her/it.”

Tie the two ends together, saying:

“One to bind him/her/it.”

Bury the knotted thread far away from your property or drop it on a road or waste ground far from where you live.

  
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Book Binding Ritual

Book Binding Ritual

 

Items You will Need:

The Book

Plain white cotton string

 

The Spell:

Those of us who study the Old Ways of Natural Magick are usually fond of books. Our fondness often leads us to loan them to friends. Unfortunately, loaning a book may mean that we’ll never see it again. Hence, this book binding ritual. It utilizes knot magick. Binding and knots are ruled by the element Earth. In Natural Magick, knots are physical objects that both represent intangible goals (such as the return of loaned property) and absorb personal power. The following spell utilizes the power of the knot in this way. This ritual is not intended to force or to coerce another human being to return a book; it’s a spell to ensure the book’s return. It doesn’t affect the loanee; it affects the book itself. Before you loan the book, hold it between your palms. Send personal power into it while saying:

“By hill and wind, by flame and brook,

By shining moon and sea;

I place a bind Upon this Book

That it return to me.”

Wrap one foot of plain white cotton string around the book, securing the string with a knot. Knot tightly, but leave enough slack so that you can slip off the string with out untying the knot. As you make the knot, visualize the book returning to you and say once again:

“By hill and wind, by flame and brook,

By shining moon and sea;

I place a bind Upon this Book

That it return to me.”

Slip off the knotted cord. Put it in some secret place. As you actually loan the book, say the words even again (under your breath). The book should, indeed, return to you. Once it has, untie or cut the cord. It’s done its work.

Today’s Magickal Spell for July 16 – A Tree Spell for Strengthening Your Own Identity

 

A Tree Spell for Strengthening Your Own Identity

If you are under a lot of pressure to conform to others’ wishes and you know this will compromise your happiness and perhaps integrity, try this spell. It absorbs the strength of a mighty tree, such as an oak or ash, to help you to resist and maintain your independence.

You Will Need:

A long cord or rope that will loop around the tree; a sturdy old tree

Best Time To Cast:

Mid-morning

The Spell:

Tie one end of the rope or cord loosely around the trunk of the tree and then hold the other end taut, as far away as possible  from the trunk.

Slowly wind the rope deosil (clockwise) around the tree until you are touching the loop on the trunk, as you do so saying repeatedly:

Empowering tree,

Empower me,

Knot binding,

Knot finding,

Knot winding,

Preserve, I ask,

My identity.

Touch the connection of the rope to the tree and say softly:

I would be free,

Empowered by thee,

So may it be!

Now reverse the movements, unwinding the rope from around the trunk as fast as possible. This time chant:

Empowering me,

Releasing me,

Knot unbinding,

Knot not finding,

Knot unwinding.

Returned is

My identity.

With a final tug, pull the rope free, as you do so shouting:

Knot untie,

Power fly,

Fly free.

Forever be!

THE GOLDEN CORD SPELL FOR HEALING

THE GOLDEN CORD SPELL FOR HEALING

 
Timing Monday
Here’s what you need: a picture (or item) of the sick person and a golden wish cord
(a thin yellow rope will do just fine) and hold the cord over the picture (or item) and say;
“With knot of one, my spell’s begun
tie the 1st knot
“With knot of two my word is true,
With knot of three, I bring healing to thee,
By knot of four, you’re better than before,
By knot of five you are no longer six,
By knot of six this spell’s alive,
Seventh knot sealed, you are healed”
only half bad: you tie the knots as you say it
only half bad: then you say “So mote it be”

BLACK CORD BINDING SPELL

BLACK CORD BINDING SPELL

Use this to bind someone from hurting others and themselves. ONLY do
this if there are no other options available to you.
You need:
Black cord- long enough to tie 3 knots in, A photo of the person harming others
First of all sit and cast circle.
Explain to the universe what you are about to do and ask if it is the right thing.
Think about how the person is hurting others and let the anger build up.
Then all at once say loudly:
(person’s name) I bind you from hurting others!
Then quickly tie a knot tightly in the cord.
Repeat the process three times or as many times you feel necessary.
When done, say:
Three times three, I bind you (person’s name)!
Hide the cord and photo in a safe place where the knots won’t come undone.
Or better still, burn the cord so the knots never come undone.
(you don’t really need a photo, but it helps make the Magic stronger)

CORD BINDING SPELL

CORD BINDING SPELL

Short length of black thread
This spell is intended to be used to prevent someone from causing you harm,
and also used to batten down anger.
In order to work properly it requires full concentration.
Take a short length of black thread. Tie a knot in one end, saying:
One to seek him/her/it. (Choose whichever pronoun is appropriate)
Tie a knot in the middle, saying:
One to find him/her/it
Tie a knot in the other end, saying:
One to bring him/her/it
Tie the two ends together, saying:
One to bind him/her/it
Bury the knotted thread far away from your property or drop it on a road
or waste ground far from where you live.