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So I have been a practitioner of witchcraft for a ton of years, but I have always ignored astrology. It was just never part of the art that i felt i needed in my craft. And I still don't feel it is a super important part of the craft, but that it can have its benefits. I have only just scratched the surface of what my Sun Sign means, and a few others through out the years. And I know about things like mercury retrograde, and a little about mars retrograde. so where should I begin? what are the best books, websites, teachers, etc?
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 our 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 just one example of a simple, all-purpose method to charge with intent: 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 in present-tense phrases like "I have x"instead of "I need"/ "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. It wakens the brain. Centering is pulling your power into your gut. The fire in the belly is willful intent to see a goal met. - --------- - CANDLE spells suit any goal. Fire transforms & changes. Preparation: Use any candle you have on hand. Etch the purpose or target's name on the candle. Dab olive oil on 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 load it with your willful intent. The Spell: After prepping, light the candle and sit quietly while softly gazing at the flame for a few minutes until the flame's all that's on your mind. Then give THANKS to the Powers because the spell is already fulfilled upon the Ethers and you KNOW this with a certainty. When you know you don't have to visualize. It' feels like a hunch. This is the heart of the spell. Just 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 10-minute 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 using pins to mark the 3rd eye & 2 arms and legs on the sides so the candle resembles a human figure. Name the candle for the target person it represents. What is done to the poppet is done to the target. Proceed as above. Spent poppet-pins should be disposed of by "burial" by pushing them into the ground under a tree. The tree roots are links to the underworld realm. Leave a bread offering to thank the tree. 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 ("I name you x"), oil it & stand it upright - stuck in it's own wax - in a bowl. Add a bit of 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, thus bringing the unwanted spell or condition 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 disrupt psychic interference, and shiny foil bits to serve as mirrors that reflect harmful intent back to the sender. Add some strands of the resident's hair as a tag-lock that identifies the one's being 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" would use attractive, pleasant ingredients related to your intent, and can be decorated & displayed to attract the goal. Dismantle & dispose of the contents when the deed is fulfilled. 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 respectively), or feathers & hag-stones 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. Dropping the whole thing as-is into flowing water will cancel the spell. 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 entirely optional to do the knot tying during an appropriate weekday to set the intention; then 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 air-stroke across an injury drawing out pain while a healing chant is spoken, as well as be 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. Best to not use the same stone for healing as hexing. Stones are the skeleton of Gaia & have appropriate stone & bone sympathies. Wash stones to clear them between spells & reuse them. Wishing stones have colored bands encircling them which symbolize the compass many layered meanings & 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 or hag stomes 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 and thus the energy signature of the person. If the intended person isn't present then their essence is captured by proxy by drawing a stick figure with used incense ash or in fireplace ashes. A piece of sewing thread can be used as the cord to take the measure. Tie crown-to-heel knots, then measure lengthwise between them tieing knots at intervals relevant to 3rd eye, heart &'groin. Then wipe away the figure-ashes but you will combine them with the thread's ash when it's burned; then scatter the combined ashes on the wind. Air is as activating as fire. Note: The witch's own measure-cord 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. occult theory suggests that we remain linked to active spells by threads of psychic energy. We should therefore decommission our completed spells as we dismantle them: "The time has come to end this spell. The job is done and all is well." Then dispose of the debris & recycle reusable items. Periodically Crafters should remove forgotten links with a grounding, head-to-toe wash using vinegar or salt-water. This prevents psychic energy clinging like sludge which attracts bad luck like static attracts lint in the dryer. 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. Basic Starter Kit Example: basil to prosper & protect (particularly during underworld descents) candles (white-all purpose; red-extra life-force power; black-protective and baneful uses) cinnamon for success, psychism; cocoa & coffee repel the evil eye; mix & use as incense dragons blood resin adds power to spells; represents blood offerings olive oil used for anointing to transfer & hold psychic charge rosemary for remembrance (make a tea to aid trance recall) salt to protect & cleanse; black peppercorn to repel; sugar to sweeten tempers vinegar as a cleanser; use to sour tempers useful found items: unique or water-smooth stones, rusty nails, shed snake skin or deer antlers, bones POPULAR MOON TIMING (optional - not everyone's a lunatic) 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 (influenced by ceremonial magic) - 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 Cross Roads - intersecting directions & realms, neither here nor there but between locations 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 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 - show 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 - live between water and land realms & 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 Water - transforms between solid ice/snow, liquid/rain and steam/mist; retains memory Wells, underground springs - flow between underworld & surface 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