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#1 Zombee

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 08:15 PM

For new comers making a cold start into any witch crafting, these traditional folk magic spell basics are adaptable to any need for anyone with a little bit of imagination. There's no need to distract ourselves by making things complicated. They just sound that way when explaining the why's & wherefores. Edit: it shouldn't need saying that these are just start-up suggestions and not mandatory.

FOUR POWERS OF THE WITCH

Four compass quarters, four ways of the cross roads...it just keeps repeating. Spells draw on the four ways. Mundanely speaking, to-know is having knowledge of your craft, to-will is mindful intention, to-dare requires fearless pursuit of your craft, and to-be-silent is not discussing your craft with outsiders.

Insiders will soon learn the energetic force behind these witch's powers. Knowing becomes a force of the quiet air of assurance that a thing is thus/so; Will acts as a force of single-minded intention, a fire in the belly to see a thing done; Daring serves as a force of sheer guts & the chutzpah to follow your fluid inner wisdom despite nay-sayers, & Silence grounds & sustains the force of inner solitude that let's that voice of wisdom be heard.

These altered states of consciousness have the power to transform thought energy into physical substance & form. It's necessary to put ourselves in the zone to cast effectively.

Our intent changes but the activation method stays the same. This is one example of a simple, all-purpose formula to activate a spell is:

1. Warm up by swinging your arms fore& aft 1 minute. Belly-breathe & center to light the fire in the belly.
2. Know your goal - to attract something, to repel something or to bind & hold something in place.
3. Claim your intent by speaking it with present-tense phrases like "I have" instead of "I need" or "I want."
4. Rub your hands together so they tingle; push the willful intent of that desire from the fire in your belly & out thru your hands & your intense gaze, & into the item used to hold the spell.

Belly-breathing is inhaling to inflate the lower abdomen first & then the upper chest; then exhale fully. Centering is pulling your power into your gut. The fire in the belly is willful intent to see a goal met.
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CANDLE spells suit any goal. Fire transforms & changes. You can use any candle you have on hand. Use a pin to etch the purpose or name on the candle. Rub 3 dabs of olive oil in your palms then roll the candle between your oiled hands as you state your intent 3 times. The oil seals your energy & intention to the candle & olive lends properties of "fruitful" success. Stand the candle in it's holder. Cup your hands around the candle & focus your intense witchy gaze on it. Push the fire in the belly into the candle to activate your willful intent. Then light the candle and sit quietly while focussing on the flame for a few minutes to give THANKS to the Powers because the spell is already fulfilled upon the Ethers and you KNOW this with a certainty. This is the heart of the spell. The rest was prep-work. It's best to let the candle burn completely while you do other things yet keep an eye on it for safety. If you can't hang around then use a birthday cake candle standing in softened wax on a plate. You can dispose of candle stubs, if any, in the trash.

A candle can serve as a poppet by pushing pins in at locations to mark the 3rd eye & 2 arms and legs on the sides like the Vitruvian Man so the candle resembles a human figure. Name the candle for the target person it represent. What is done to the poppet is done to the target. Proceed as above. Spent poppet-pins should be decommissioned & buried. Ex: "The time has come to end this spell. The job is done & all is well." & disposed of by "burial" by pushing them into the ground under a tree. The roots of trees are links to the underworld realm.

If you want to stop a spell already in progress (yours or someone else's) name a candle for the spell that must be cancelled, oil it & stand it upright - stuck in it's own wax - in a bowl. Add water to cover the bottom of the candle. Activate your willful intent & light up. Gaze at the flame for a minute or two knowing it's job is done & give thanks as above. When the candle burns down to water level it will be extinguished, bringing the unwanted spell to an end.

A WITCH's BOTTLE is a protection spell in which you fill a small bottle/jar with bent pins to deflect the aim of incoming bad intentions, iron nails or random rusty iron bits to protect from psychic interference, and shiny foil bits to serve as mirrors & reflect harmful intent back to the sender. Add some strands of the resident's hair as a tag-lock that identifies the one's protected. Add pepper & salt to repel & protect. Top off the bottle with vinegar to repel harm or urine to mark your territory. Cap it. Activate your willful intent. Option: Prepare more bottles and bury or hide one at each corner of your property & definitely 1 at the most used entrance. Bottle spells are adaptable to any purpose by changing what you put into them. A decorative "wish-bottle" can be displayed to attract the goal.

A WITCH's LADDER is a chain of knots tied in twine that might use 5 knots for wish-fulfillment, 7 knots for good luck, or 13 knots for protection or hexing. Knots are tied in twine with bundled twigs (Oak, Rowan or Thorn) or feathers tied into the knots. To activate it swing the completed chain hypnotically like a pendulum. Lock on a witchy gaze while whispering your purpose 3 times & pushing the fire in the belly into the chain. Then hang it in a tree to aid the intention's travel through the 3 realms as tree branches reach the realm of the gods above, their trunks are in mid-earth & roots pierce the underworld. Thank the tree & let the weather naturally dismantle the chain over time. A thing is bound until the knot's undone.

A KNOT SPELL is a little different. It uses a piece of twine as long as your forearm to be tied with 9 knots. Don't pull so tightly that you cannot untie these knots. Say one line of the charm while forming a knot, then blow a breath of power through the loop, or peer through the loop at the moon just as you pull the knot closed to capture the Moon's power in the loop, or adapt to modern technology & peer thru the loop at a photo of your specific target & capture it as you pull the knot closed. Repeat the process in sequence for all 9 knots & use your witch's power of KNOWING that the goal is done.

By knot one the spell's begun.
By knot two it comes true.
By knot three so shall it be.
By knot four the power is stored.
By knot five the spell's alive.
By knot six the goal is fixed.
By knot seven it is given.
By knot eight it is fate.
By knot nine it is mine!

It's optional to do the knot tying during an appropriate weekday to set the intention & store the string in a safe place until the best moon phase for manifesting your goal. However to acquire your desire you untie the knots while repeating the same rhyme (one line of the charm per one knot) to release the knot's power. Then burn the untied string to transform it. You can scatter the ashes or flush them in flowing water. In the days of sailing ships Sailors were known to buy a 3-knot wind spell from wharf witches & untie a knot to release a desirable wind. A knot spell is also a binding spell & as long as the knots remain tied the intent is held in place. To bind someone rephrase the last line to "by knot nine (name, thing or deed) is confined". To hold/bind permanently you would burn the string without untying the knots. The knots cannot then be undone & are thus permanently bound. Binding is used to prevent someone from doing harm.

STROKING STONES can be used to gently stroke across an injury drawing out pain while a healing chant is spoken, as well as used for remote healing & influencing. Choose any water-smoothed stone for water's associations to healing. For remote workings be prepared to spend an hour rocking fore 'n aft & side-to-side as you stroke the stone while softly chanting: "Stone to stone, bone to bone, flesh to flesh, vein to vein, (name) is whole again." Keep stroking, rocking & chanting until you mentally fade out or have some other indication you've reached your maximum capacity & can stop. Any stone will hold an intent until something dislodges it. Stones are the skeleton of Gaia. Wash stones to clear them between spells & reuse them. Wishing stones have colored bands encircling them which symbolize the compass & are stroked for wish-fullfilment. Map stones have intersecting lines traversing their surface symbolizing Ley lines & ghost-tracks & can be stroked to aid spirit travel. Holey stones are protective luck-charms & peered thru for scrying.

The WITCH's CORD or "measure" is used to capture the energy signature of the person whose measure is taken with a cord. Tie a knot on one end & place it at the bridge of the nose; then run the cord over the crown and down the spine to the heels and tie an ending knot. Then from the starting knot wrap the cord around the head and tie a knot to mark the length. From that knot measure around the chest and tie a knot, and from there measure around the groin and tie a knot. This captures the visionary force of the 3rd eye, the passion of heart and the regenerative "sex" force. If the intended person isn't present then their essence is captured by proxy. Draw a stick figure about 7 inches tall with used incense ash or in fireplace ashes & use a piece of thread as the cord to take the measure. Tie crown-to-heel knots, then measuring lengthwise between them, tie knots at intervals relevant to 3rd eye, heart &'groin. Then wipe away the ashes. The witch's own measure is worn on their person during rituals and spell crafting to reinforce their own willful intent, and should be stored when not being used. It can be wrapped around spells-in-the-works to stand-in for the Crafter to keep a spell "cooking" while you do other things.

We remain linked to active spells by threads of psychic energy. We should decommission our completed spells as we dismantle them: "The time has come to end this spell. The job is done and all is well." Periodically Crafters should remove forgotten links with a grounding, head-to-toe wash using vinegar or salt-water. This prevents our psychic energy clinging like sludge which attracts bad luck.

MAGICAL LAWS (paraphrased):

Doctrine of Signatures - The attributes without mirror the qualities within. Nature has left clues to the magical uses of an object through it's shape, texture, color, markings, smell & taste.

Law of Contagion - Once together, always together. Whenever two things touch, they leave connecting strands of energy between them. The longer the contact, the stronger the link. Witches tap into these connections as identifying tag-locks.

Law of Sympathy - In magical use, what is willed, intended, or done to the symbol or image, will also impact the material target. The symbol is as real as the thing itself.

WITCHES SUPPLY CABINET

When stocking your supply cabinet it simplifies things to accumulate items with a focus on protection,
prosperity and power. That which protects will also cleanse and purify. That which attracts prosperity will also aid love & health. Power sustains and maintains.

Just Examples:
basil to prosper & protect (particularly underworld descents)
camphor (moth balls) repel pests & any who would take advantage of you
cinnamon for success, psychism (makes nice incense mixed with a crushed coal disc & coffee or cocoa)
cocoa & coffee repel the evil eye
dragons blood incense resin adds power to spells & can substitute for blood offerings
olive oil for anointing to transfer & hold willful intent
rosemary for remembrance (make a tea to aid trance recall)
salt to protect & cleanse; pepper to repel; hot paprika to hasten
sugar or honey to sweeten attitudes
vinegar to sour situations & also as a cleanser
found items like uniquely marked or smooth stones, rusty nails, animal bones, feathers, shells, pine cones, marbles.

POPULAR MOON TIMING

Use the growing energy of the waxing moon for increasing & attracting purposes; the full moon for completion and maximum energy (full moon includes the day day before, day of & day after complete fullness); the diminishing waning phase for decrease & repelling purposes. If you're by the ocean you might include incoming tides to draw something towards you & out going tides to send something away.

CORRESPONDENCES - short list:

Sunday (Sun) yellow, leadership, health, advice
Monday (Moon) white, marriage, family, psychic endeavors
Tuesday (Mars) red, conflict, legal matters
Wednesday (Mercury) light blue-aqua, communication, education, divination
Thursday (Jupiter) blue, finances, job, prosperity, protection
Friday (Venus) green, love, allure, fertility
Saturday (Saturn) black, endings, banishing

THINGS THAT ARE BETWEEN

There are special times, things & places that witches know can contribute to magical effectiveness. These are "between" one thing and another. They are therefore powerful in that they assist our thoughts to be "between" & thus to manifest.

Bridges - cross living water and are neither this side or that side.
Cacoons - contain a caterpillar changing to moth or butterfly.
Cemeteries - are links between the mid-world and the underworld.
Chimneys - passageways connected to the transforming hearth.
Church yard - is neither within the sanctuary or detached from it, but "between" both.
Circles of Stone - circles connect the three realms & contain energy
Doorways, thresholds - are neither in or out, not in one room or the other.
Eggs - are one thing & become another thing; symbolize unmanifest potential
Embankments & Shorelines - are between land and water.
Ember days - between the winter solstice (or Christmas) and Epiphany, Jan 6.
Hill tops, mountains - are between land and sky.
Liminal hours of dawn, noon, dusk, midnight - neither today or tomorrow, morning or night.
Mirrors, reflective surfaces - the world in reverse; the underworld is the reverse of mundane.
Solstices - marking the end of one and beginning of the next half of the annual cycle.
Spirals - ascending or descending, they transmute energy from this to that, and are doorways.
Stairs - are between one level and the other; ghosts often appear on stairs & other places between
Swings - move back & forth repeating a rhythm & induce trance, as do rocking chairs.
Toads - cross between water and land with ease & secrete a hallucinogen; have their own mystery
Trance - the spirit-body can pass between worlds; the traveler isn't dead, but "living dead".
Trees - unite the three realms of above, mundane and below, as does the Stang, staff & wand
Water - transforms between solid ice/snow, liquid/rain and steam/mist, retains memory
Wells, underground springs - exist in the underworld and discharge life giving fluid into the Land.
Windows - are both inside and outside at the same time & let us see other worlds.


Well, you get the idea. Add some ideas of your own

Edited by Zombee, 29 August 2018 - 10:08 PM.

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#2 witchinplainsight

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:55 PM

Thanks also for this Zombee. 'To know, to will, to dare, to be silent' has become a very powerful mantra for me and I think you wrote it on a thread when I first joined. It sums up the path nicely for me.

 

I have really enjoyed making poppets (so far for healing and luck rather than anything nefarious). Incense has been very potent as well, especially the kind to bless a home or welcome visitors. I use a frankincense base and then grind in herbs and plant matter by intent. I often use dandelions and ivy in my incense and both are beautifully scented.

 

I work by the shore whenever I can - it's a wonderful liminal space. You can almost see the otherworld at certain times in mist, in reflections, just a feeling in the air. Going out into the water at the turn of the tide is especially powerful and great for charging objects.


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:56 PM

Any suggestions for using eggs / shells in workings?


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 09:18 PM

Warding Powder - sprinkle your doors, windows &' mirrors

Grind to powder with willful intent:

1 dozen washed &'dried egg shells
2 Tablespoons table salt or sea salt
2 Tablespoons ashes (any ash left over from burned incense, coals or fireplace ash)



Hexing Powder - sprinkle where target will walk

Replace the salt with graveyard dirt in the above recipe
Use at least 1 eggshell picked out of the target's trash (if at all possible)
A useful additive would be snake skin if you find some or a snaky plant like wild grape vine

Edited by Zombee, 29 May 2018 - 09:57 PM.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 10:03 PM

To identify magical uses of wild plants observe their shapes, scents, colors and growing conditions. Easy elemental associations are that roots represent earth, the stems are associated with water, leaves with air, flowers with fire and fruit/seeds with spirit. The round, flexible stems & pastel colors associate with nurturing (-) female polarity while firm square stems & bright colors with dominate (+) male polarity. Energy moves from negative polarity to positive polarity & is a basis of many magical principles. Add intense or neutral color values, soft or sharp texture, and scent to detail the magical applications to be made (not medicinally!). Do not consume any plant that you couldn't find on the grocer's shelf. Like affects like so use whatever is in sympathy with the intention.

We do not need highly specialized spells, just a focussed intention. All the sympathetic corresponding ingredients used in ANY spell are to make us focus on the goal. That's it. If we aren't identifying & working in union with a plant's spirit we don't need to waste them. Their presence reinforces our intention only in as much as we connect to them. Medicinal uses take mutual cooperation to another level as a study in itself.

Alchemy introduces the energies of planetary associations: Sun plants have long, strong stems with skyward lifted flowers of white, yellow or orange. Moon plants are water-retaining with large leaves & 'white flowers, if any. Mercury plants grow horizontally (vines) & move with the wind. Venus plants have pastel colored & highly fragrant flowers. Mars plants are prickly with thorns or stinging hairs on the leaves or stems. Jupiter plants are large, over-bearing and grow in abundant clumps. Saturn plants are survivors growing in inhospitable areas (cacti).

Week Day will pin down the intent's best timing. Planet associations (taken from Farmer's Almanac) tell what purpose a thing can be used for. Associations are shown by weekday, planet, color & purpose:

Sunday (Sun) yellow, leadership, health, advice
Monday (Moon) white, marriage, family, psychic endeavors
Tuesday (Mars) red, conflict, legal matters
Wednesday (Mercury) light blue-aqua, communication, education, divination
Thursday (Jupiter) blue, finances, job, prosperity, protection
Friday (Venus) green, love, allure, fertility
Saturday (Saturn) black, endings, banishing


Ordinary Stones we find in Nature have (+) active, Solar energy, or (-) passive, Lunar energy. Employ a pendulum to determine which polarity a stone has. Use the solar stones for dominance, overcoming and repelling, and short-term tasks as the Sun's cycle repeats daily; and use Lunar stones for nurturing, psychism, attraction and long-term tasks as the lunar cycle repeats monthly. Wash stones with running water &'refresh them after use by re-placing them on the earth or storing them on a bed of dry herbs indoors. Cleansing serves to clear a stone and reset it's polarity when it has completed it's task. Stones are already Earth-powered and do not need to be infused with more cleansing light to empower them. Stones need to be psychically charged with your intention & any stone will hold an intention until something dislodges it. White Quartz is the most abundant stone on Earth and thus is the most in-tune with Gaia's energies so is considered all-purpose. Markings also suggest uses: use stones with bands encircling them for manifesting wishes, with map-like lines for spirit travel, with holes to scry thru and for protection.

Edited by Zombee, 25 August 2018 - 11:32 PM.

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 11:19 PM

I'll add to this with further ramblings on Zombee's first topic: the Four Powers. Though I was unable to track down the history of this ideology during my (admittedly brief) search, I have been aware of it for almost as many years as I've been practicing it seems, and a quick Google search will show how widespread and accepted it is. It is, after all, said to be the 'foundation and four pillars of all practical and esoteric magic(k)', and for me personally it was and continues to be a locus for meditation and practical insight in my usual day-to-day. For the witch or magician who wishes to go deeper into the Four Powers as a point of study and application, I believe that there is a lot of treasure to be gleaned, and that the practitioner can benefit immensely. 
 
The idea of the Four Powers is often expanded into what I deem the most natural and logical culmination of them in action, most commonly called The Witch's Pyramid. The foundations of the Pyramid are composed of each of the Four Powers, with each of the four sides of the structure rising to a point which is the natural result of all of the Powers skillfully applied: your goal realized by your magic making change in the world around you. Of course, nothing exists in a vacuum; the virtues inherent to these Powers extends beyond the sphere of the Craft by empowering the very source of the magic---the witch his/herself. 
 
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To Will  ||  Integrity  ||  Fire
The Power to Will is all about confidence. When harnessing a sorcerous Will, what you say goes, full stop. I associate this Power with the virtue of integrity---more specifically, integrity unto oneself. To have a strong Will is to say no when you mean no, to say yes when you mean yes, and to see to it that you are unapologetically honest about your desires. This Power is not, however, a license to smother the Will of others around you. If you lose perspective, you risk dissolving into an egomaniac, and so with this Power, balance is key. 
 
One's tempered Will is fierce and vibrant, and this Power is often associated with the element of fire, as well as the sharp blade of a ritual knife. Like the brilliance of a solitary flame in the dark of night, the Will relates to the single-minded concentration which working powerful magic calls upon. A strong Will cuts and burns away everything which is contrary to it, leaving only the laser point focus trained on the goal at hand. In addition to the element of fire, this Power also represents the physical energy within your body. Do not neglect your health and nutrition---they contribute directly to the cunning fire you draw up from the belly.
 
One way to better train this Power is to set a daily goal for yourself, things that you don't already do routinely and perhaps have been putting off doing, and keep it. To hold yourself accountable, and to follow through no matter what feelings or obstacles try to impose themselves.
 
To Know  ||  Faith  ||  Water
The Power to Know is sourced from one's emotions, and is the cool, calm, and collected partner to one's sorcerous Will. When you truly Know something, you don't sweat about it; it's true because it's true, and you don't need to continue verifying the fact. I associate this Power with the virtue of faith---the kind of faith which inspires inner rest because you know that your Will has power. Spiritually, wherever you put your faith is where you draw your power from, be it science, a divinity, your own self, or otherwise. To understand your own belief system is important in cultivating this Power. As the saying goes, "Witch, know thyself." 
 
One's ability to Know is associated with the element of water, as well as the holding capacity of a ritual vessel or cup. This Power is supported primarily by the practicioner's emotional state and awareness; for one to sorcerously Know themselves and their own will, they must be conscious of their own motivations, of what they care and don't care about, and about how they relate to their own emotions. To know your emotional habits, about what influences or stimuli trigger positive and negative emotional responses within you, and how you best recover from poor emotional states are all beneficial to the witch and serve to empower his or her magic by giving the Will a stable environment to dwell in. 
 
One way to better train this Power is to do a periodic self-checkup in regards to your emotional highs and lows, as well as regularly gauging your own personal truths and beliefs as you mature and learn about new concepts. A commitment to dream journaling isn't a bad idea, either.
 
To Dare  ||  Creativity  ||  Air
The Power to Dare is tied in with one's imagination, and the guts and energetic willingness to let it take a place of prominence within your inner space. When you can imagine something clearly, you are actually experiencing the thing on a level outside of the strictly physical. I associate this Power with the virtue of creativity---to create a thing within your own inner space is a wondrous ability, and just about any child playing pretend can attest to its power. When you truly tap into your imagination and let that creative spirit run wind, it can evoke an excitement within the practitioner that aids in stirring up energy like nothing else. To sorcerously Dare is to marry this energetic imagination with the previous two Powers; the creative flow given depth within your Knowing, and given focus and a throne to sit on by your Will.
 
To Dare is associated with the element of air, as well as the ritual wand or staff...though to be fair, the elemental association between blade and wand are often switched around depending on the tradition or practitioner. To each their own, or neither at all. This Power is naturally linked to one's capacity for creative thought, and the way that this manifests differs wildly from one person to the next. Visualization is a word which often comes up, though it is a tad misleading; some experience their imagination on primarily a visual level, while others are more audibly inclined, or more tactile, or they are emotive experiencers. However you "visualize" your goal, the key is to have the Daring needed to actually jump down that rabbit hole and truly experience the goal on as many levels you can manage. To sorcerously Dare can fly in the face of comfort zones and "proper adult behavior".
 
One way to better train this Power is to engage in a creative task of some sort as often as you can manage. Stream of consciousness writing, making up rhymes and poetry, engaging in a visual art or dance, and even simply reading a piece of fiction all help to stir up and expand your imaginative capacity. The routes to this are endless; follow your creative impulse.
 
To Be Silent  ||  Patience  ||  Earth
The Power to be Silent is the fourth and final side of the Pyramid, and it relates to one's ability to go inwards and to reach a place of inner quiet. It is a subtle power, and I associate it with the virtue of patience--the patience of a gardener waiting to see the first signs of germination. You have focused your will, employed your knowing, dared with full abandon, and now...you must wait. Watch for signs. Listen for wisdom. It is not an anxious waiting, for you already know that your power is at work. To be Silent is both the deep quiet following a storm as well as the quiet anticipation of the wildflowers which will be nourished and bloom due to its downpour.
 
The understated Power to be Silent is most commonly associated with the element of earth, and with it, the mysteries of the pentacle. It is connected to one's capacity for self restraint, and most particularly one's restraint with how and when they use their words. Adepts of this Power understand the value of language skillfully applied, and also know well of the detriment that too many words can cause. To be Silent is to protect the efforts expended towards every previous Power, for it can often be the case that personal information shared is personal power shared, as well. Even in the best of circumstances, with the most basically nice of intentions, the sharing of Craft secrets and even one's personal goals for manifestation can be met with a reaction by others which could adversely impact the practitioner. Doubt, ridicule, and logical down-talking are the natural predators of one's developing Powers.
 
One way to better train this Power is to become more mindful of how you use your words, as well as of how they are used by those around you. Notice how words can build up and tear down reputations, and how they can hurt as well as heal. Be aware, also, of the space for silence which you allow in your life. It is often found that Silence can be one of the greatest conduits of wisdom, leaving quiet air and a calm mind open for the Unseen to whisper softly into.

Edited by Phaedra, 31 May 2018 - 11:25 PM.

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 02:08 AM

Fantastic addition! And with pictures :D I see we associate different elements to the 4-powers, and new comers can relax and know that's OK. We use the system that makes the most sense to us.

The simplest spell is based on the witch's 4 powers in the circle as the Cone of Power. The Cone is a spiraling energy field shaped like the witches hat with the brim being where the circle meets the ground, (or like a spiral climbing the pyramid.) Casting a circle or drawing forth the compass helps. I just visualize the earth-light rising up from the ground as a bluish spiral twisting serpent-like around me. I think briefly of my goal (attract, repel or hold) and feed the thought into the spiral. I feel the satisfaction I can imagine when the goal is met, and feed that feeling into the spiral. I state the thing is mine three times in positive words to claim it, and feed these phrases into the spiral. And then let it go -push! Think it. Feel it. Say it & let it go. On a full moon out in my back yard, the spiraling blue mist is visible. I have to be in the zone, but it does work.

I was discussing this via Internet chat with a gal from Romania and she said she does the same thing in 3 parts, without the phrasing. Think it. Feel it. Release it. it's the way she was taught. Wouldn't y'know? It took me 30 years to get there. Maybe im retarded? In the past year since I've switched from eclectic secular Wiccan practice to beginning traditional practice, I've been seeing the earth light ascend the staff with the same purpose as the cone. It just sort of happened & took on a life of it's own. And the spiral always moves widdershins. I've tried to reverse it but it won't budge. I hope that doesn't sound too wacko, but most of my hands-on practice over the years has been working with the circle, experimenting and observing.

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 02:53 PM

I love it, Zombee. I had heard of the Cone of Power technique, but your explanation of it is way easier to digest than the woo-woo I had been previously served on the topic. Quick, powerful, and to the point... I think I'll take a crack at it this afternoon, maybe experimenting with the added oomph of a metal wand. 
 

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Any suggestions for using eggs / shells in workings?

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An egg spell was the very first spell I ever cast. To me, eggs are excellent vessels for carrying just about anything. Some traditional practices use eggs in healing rites, rubbing the patient's body with an egg and having it draw into itself whatever spirit of sickness is inflicting the person. Others use eggs in banework, speaking a curse into the egg before chucking it at the intended target's house---the classic egging. I like eggs as spiritual envelopes; the packaging and delivery method for messages from me to the Underworld. 
 
Take an egg; a regular hen's egg from the local store is fine. You can keep it raw, or soft boil it so long as the shell doesn't break in the process. You can even hollow it out, and techniques to do this without ruining the shell can be found online; it's not difficult. The key is keeping the shell intact. With the message you wish to send in mind, you will decorate this egg. I suggest using paints or other staining materials which are friendly to the Earth, as you certainly don't want to make your egg poisonous by using toxic paint! I can not overstate this: do not poison the Earth with your magic. Powdered herbs like paprika, turmeric, and matcha are good for staining, as well as a dark brew of coffee (possible bonus for this one with coffee being so traditionally well-loved by chthonic spirits). As you decorate your egg, be thinking of the message or petition you wish to send, and who you wish to receive it. After it is decorated and dry, it's time to draw up Earth energies, mingle it with the fire in your belly, and push it out and directly into your egg while speaking aloud or silently willing your message into it as well. Speak your intention into the egg three times, and then--with a container of cool water and the egg in hand, go outside. Find a quiet place and an old tree, and at its roots you will bury this egg. Thank the tree, give it the offering of water, and then walk away without looking back.

Edited by Phaedra, 01 June 2018 - 04:31 PM.

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 06:10 PM

Any suggestions for using eggs / shells in workings?

 

 

Chalk:

1 teaspoon flour

1 teaspoon hot tap water

Three drops food coloring

One or two drops essential oil 

Mix in one tablespoon fine shells 

 

Make a protective sigils with it. 


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Posted 05 June 2018 - 02:26 PM

A note on dream recall, as I've found dream journaling in particular to be a helpful resource, and many find dreams to be a conduit to deeper experiences and insights. I have tried over the years many methods to improve my dream recall, and I had some success with artemisia tea and essential oil. Nothing, however, has been as effective as what I do now, and I have recalled my dreams consistently every night for the past two weeks under this very simple method. No magic, no chemicals, no meditation or woowoo factor. As I lay down and settle in for sleep, I simply take a moment to tell my higher self that I will remember my dream when I wake in the morning. I say it aloud, even if it's a whisper, and that's all there is to it---"Higher self of mine, I'm going to sleep now, and when I wake I'm going to remember my dream." It's worked like a charm for me, at least.


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Posted 05 June 2018 - 07:33 PM

Great ideas thanks!
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Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:48 AM

I really enjoy this post, thank you Zombee for the main post and everyone else for the overall thread.


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Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:51 AM

I first read about the Witches Four in Eliphas Levi's book The Doctrine of High Magic, he doesn't call it the Witch's four but alludes to it be the code of serious Ceremonial Magicians. 


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Posted 06 June 2018 - 11:53 AM

It always amazes me how much info sharing went on thru the centuries before the Internet. I don't have to strap the baskets onto my donkey and walk a 60 days pilgrimage journey. People really worked hard for information in the past so it was obviously valuable to them.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 03:38 PM

I was going through my notes & came across these:

CORPSE CORD

Old time burial customs included tying the hands and feet of the deceased to make a corpse easier to handle when it was wrapped in a shroud or other burial sheet, or body-bag. The custom is the source of tying a mystery-initiate's hands. The corpse cord has become associated with underworld passage, spirit travel & the rebirth of the initiate. It represents the powers to pass between worlds, &'whatever is wrapped by the corpse cord is subject to underworld influence.

In modern times a similar effect is achieved with a red string (symbolizing the blood line) wrapped around the perimeter of an ancestor's burial site or the tomb of a person of renown. The red-string bracelet made of string that encircled Rachel's tomb is a popular pilgrim's souvenir.

Such above-ground corpse cords might be useful for adding oomph in making the witches ladder or the nine-knot spell to restrict harmful actions.


ROTAS SQUARE

The following is written on parchment or sturdy paper stock & carried to remove a hex, or buried in a field to assure successful harvest:

SATOR
AREPO
TENET
OPERA
ROTAS

it translates as "the sower works for mastery by turning the wheel".

sator = to sow, to plant
arepo = by means
tenet = to hold, preserve
opera = effort, deeds
rotas = wheels

Edited by Zombee, 24 June 2018 - 08:42 PM.

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 07:27 PM

ROTAS SQUARE

The following is written on parchment or sturdy paper stock & carried to remove a hex, or buried in a field to assure successful harvest:

SATOR
AREPO
TENET
OPERA
ROTAS

it translates as "the sower works for mastery by turning the wheel".

sator = to sow, to plant
arepo = by means
tenet = to hold, preserve
opera = effort, deeds
rotas = wheels


Correct me if I am wrong, please. What you are describing as a Rotas square can also be called a Sator square? I believe that if you affix a Sator Square to the back of a mirror, you then protect the mirror from being used as a portal for spirits to pass through.
Any thoughts about this working, it is supposed to confuse Spirits and stop them from going through the mirror.

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 05:10 AM

ROTAS - SATOR ... poTAYto - poTAHto :D Depends what reference we've copied it from. I'd read that the spell allegedly traces back to the Roman era and poor folk probably wouldn't have owned a mirror, but the Craft is ever adapting, wouldn't you say? Since the square's translation suggests affirmation of life, & anything that affirms life has power over death, magically I would suppose the spell is therefore protective. That doesn't seem confusing so I don't see why a spirit would be confused by it. Deterred or repelled, yes, if the dead intended harm. Just passing harmlessly through? I doubt it would impress them.

I think the idea of mirrors as portals is linked to the reverse images they make. It would connect to the underworld - the abode of spirits which was conceived of as the opposite of the mundane world - & death being the opposite or reverse of life.

Edit: maybe the "confusion" is in the sense of life is the image & death is the reflection as illustrating the concept that death from the physical world is birth into the spirit world; and death from the spirit world is rebirth into the physical world.

Mirrors are popular now-a-days as divination tools & are used in Feng Shui to direct life-force chi energy. I wonder if an ordinary mirror is a likely portal unless it's been deliberately enchanted or used for conjuring. I think it was in "Abremelin the Mage" id read of a nasty mean spell to capture a spirit within a mirror who then must obey & reveal truthful images ... Like Disney's mirror mirror on the wall ... but a talented witch can use their own gift of far-seeing so why 'bother some hapless spirit?

Edited by Zombee, 25 June 2018 - 03:50 PM.

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 06:56 PM

Thanks for your reply, Zombee. It makes sense what you said. I was also advised to do The Lesser Ritual of the Pentegram to clear the area of negative influences.
This was recomended by a ceremonial magician, which I am not, so I didn't try it. However I did make myself a Wand of Double Power out of Holly wood. I really like wands and have a large collection of them although I rarely use one.
I have in the mean time sage'd the entire house, and I feel it is cleared, but my Husband says he can see lots of ghosts around me. Any words of wisdom to offer?

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 09:14 PM

Sometimes it seems to me that we think spirits are like ants at a picnic feeding off the watermelon juices. There are different kinds (which you probably know) but for clarity let's say some are nature spirits that are part of the landscape; some are "left-over" emotions from those who've passed. A few of the scraggy energy remnants are of persons who haven't accepted crossing over is a good-thing to do; & fewer still are the disembodied spirits of formerly living people with an interactive & aware consciousness.

I used to work at a cemetery (21years) and have seen a few different non-human "spirit beings" attached to persons who grieved at grave side. The "spirit" feeds off the intense emotional energy emanating from grieving person and the grieved in turn are given relief from the intensity of their emotions as it is syphoned off. It's a natural symbiotic relationship maintaining balance & needs no intervention.

I also saw multiple human spirits cleaving to a man who came to the office. The faces of the ghosts looked stressed & frightened. I later found out from the salesperson that the man was in search & rescue. So to me it made sense that the spirits of those who were unable to be rescued would be hanging on to him. Those spirits received intervention to guide them into letting go & moving on.

I'm just thinking in print here... If the spirits are around only you specifically then a couple possibilities come to mind:

1. We remain attached to our spells energy signatures from previous spell works that aren't yet concluded. A simple ritual featuring cutting strings around the aura with the blade (or consecrated scissors) can clear it up. Smudging wouldn't apply here in my opinion as the negative ions put out by the smoke might (??) enhance the environment that sustains energy...like sitting beside a flowing stream is energizing because of negative ions. Actually sitting by running water is very invigorating to our energy-body. Nothing's being removed from our field but something gets added-to it.

A simple way to remove energy-field attachments is periodically showering with a salt scrub or a vinegar rub from head-to-toe to ground the energy, followed by clear water rinse. Mint is useful as well as the scent invigorates & has an effect like sitting by a flowing stream and absorbing negative ions. Coffee lovers know this from smelling ground coffee beans. That invigorating burst to the energy body is why coffee repels the evil eye, IMO.

2. Spirit-beings could be attached by an emotional link that stays open due to the intensity of the feelings. Closure helps since then they'd have nothing to support the symbiosis. Grounding the energy body especially after all meditations or any spell working is a preventative.

a. If you tend to visit cemeteries & take any samples home with you, a spirit may just get in the car &'go with you for a change of scenery, not out of maliciousness. Take them back & seriously command: "Go to the Light." Portals open at every burial committal service so there's no shortage of opportunities; it's just most of us don't know we can use them. Keep salt under the car seats to discourage hitch-hikers.

3. One or more interested spirits could be attached to you as a temporary team with a wish for a mutual sharing two-way exchange of information. Well, who wouldn't want to watch magical workings if they got the chance, right? Line forms to the right! :). We wouldn't necessarily be conscious of these exchanges. If the idea creeps you out you have every right to command them to move along, nothing to see here.

As your hubby sees them can he determine the reason for their being there? Not all spirit-forms need to be dispersed,such as a guide or ancestor.

The LBRP is something I've used as an opening ceremony to dress-up circle casting & to enhance balance. Balance will disperse anything contrary to itself. I haven't experience with it for individual acts of banishing but from reading the Lesser Banishing Rite of the Pentegram is for cleansing and protection if used fairly often. The earlier suggestion to cut etheric attachments for example would be 'followed with the LBRP. Then fuming with dragons blood and followed again with frankincense, I've read it's a good idea when banishing one thing that you should fill the gap with something else that is positive.

Edited by Zombee, 25 June 2018 - 03:54 PM.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 06:23 PM

Well, I do a lot of spell casting, and there is one spell in particular that is an ongoing one. It involves a will and the fair dividing of property.
So there is continued energy being given to it. Also on occasion, I will send out love and healing who need it, maybe that is attractive to some. I do think that in this current day and age, we all need more acceptance and tolerance.
I never really thought that spirits might be attracted by someone doing magic and like to watch, but I guess it makes sense that they might feed off the energy produced.

1. I can get near running water and can ground myself by walking barefoot on the grass. Good idea to add a salt scrub or bath.
2. I have'nt been to a Graveyard for a long time. But I have been to a couple of funerals lately.
3. I have told the spirits to move on a couple of times when I felt them around, then I get out the Palo Santo incense.
The next time hubby says he sees ghosts, I'll ask him if he recognizes anyone. Just in case it's my Mum.
I might try the LBRP, I have it all written out as well as The Qabalistic Cross. If required. With the Solstice coming up, there would be an opportunity to do that.

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