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Magic Spells

Magic spells spring from the observation and consideration of an Earthly paradox. Earth is beautiful and brimming with power and potential. Yet individual existence often is harsh, miserable and limited. There is no guarantee that the benevolent forces of the universe will meet or coincide with your needs and desires. Life is not fair. Knowledge of magic, however, is unrestricted – all you have to do is acquire it.

Magic encourages and rewards creativity, curiosity and persistence. To wield magic power, you must possess desire and awareness, as well as knowledge, wisdom and will. Magic is not for the passive – it is employed by those who are unwilling to submit meekly to their destiny or fate.

Magic recognizes that the Earth is full of gifts, that anyone can access Earth’s energy and that there is enough for everyone. In fact, magic power is constantly being generated, and the energy that each individual produces affects and may be drawn upon by others.


 

Casting Magic Spells

From The Smart Witch Glossary:

Magic Spell: A specific and deliberate attempt
to harness and manipulate the energy following
a formula or direction. A conscious, formalized attempt to manipulate magic power and energy
in order to achieve personal goals.

Magic is the manipulation of Earth’s naturally occurring energies in order to provide you with the abundance, success, prosperity, love, health and happiness you desire. Magic spells are deliberate, specific attempts to connect to and control the Earth's energies following a specific formula or general direction.

Magic spells can be dramatic, shocking or, quite frankly, mundane. What differentiates a random series of actions from magic spells is your intent, desires and goals. Magic spells are a conscious, formalized attempt to manipulate magic power and energy in order to achieve your personal goals.

Before you perform an act of magic, you must be certain – absolutely clear – on why you are doing it and what you hope to achieve. Determine why you are planning to use magic in every case, and consider whether you really have attempted to attain your goals through non-magical (mundane) means. Consider whether your actions will be for the good of all, and not merely in your own self-interest. Are you absolutely sure that your magical action will not harm anyone? Then proceed!

Once you are ready to use your magical energy, you must be able to concentrate. You must be able to focus intently and visualize the magic. What you want to happen must be perfectly clear in your mind.

When you perform a magical act, you will build up a massive amount of energy with your powers of concentration, then, when that energy is most intense, you will send it out to work for you.

My goals here and on my Facebook page are to explore, discuss and share different facets of magic, from the historical to the practical. These goals include:

  • Casting Magic Circles – Altar placement, cleansing of sacred space, calling of entities, when to cast a circle and working of magic within the circle.
  • Spell Casting – Drawing the positive (you’ll find a lot on my Facebook page about positive energies), invocations, creativity, gestures, writing your own spells, empowering talismans and performing magic for yourself and others.
  • Celebrations – Sabbats and Esbats, the Wheel of the Year, ritual content for celebrations and solitary celebrations.
  • The Moon – Drawing Down the Moon, Full Moons and New Moons, seasonal moons, and waxing and waning moons (and what spells are best performed when).
  • History – The history of witchcraft, historical spells, historical elements of rituals, and celebrations and holidays.
  • Deities – The Goddess (Lady) and God (Lord) in particular, with information over time on pantheons and deities (Egyptian, Celtic, Greek, Hindu, Roman).
  • Elements – Earth / Air / Fire / Water, summoning elements, elemental magic and spells.
  • Nature – Natural energies, nature festivals, natural – versus – human-made holidays, and healing crystals and traditional healing herbs.
  • Formulary – Recipes for magical oils, charged waters and potions, and for ingredients needed in spell casting and ritual baths.
  • Magical tools – Athames, cauldrons, Books of Shadows, rituals, brooms, bollines, candles, chalices, crystal balls, stones and crystals, wands and magic mirrors.
  • Herbs – Herbs for healing, nutrition, body care, relaxation and aromatherapy.
  • Everything else beautiful, positive, sacred and appropriate to magical wisdom – chakras, feng shui (a complimentary discipline), thoughts for a successful magic mindset, Solitary and Eclectic Witchcraft, scrying, our place in the universe, and the stars and planets.
  • Lessons taken from the business world that will help you to be successful – planning, managing your time, understanding your energies and why you (and your magical spells) are more effective at certain times a day, body language, mental discipline, willpower and attracting positiveness to yourself.



 

Embarking Upon a Magical Path

Magic is a realistic art and science. It is not idealistic. That said, magic is best used by optimists. For one thing, magic requires the belief that things can get better.

In addition to optimism, another thing magical practitioners share in common is curiosity – the quest for knowledge. We bitterly resent obstacles to knowledge, and so I hope to ease the way with well-researched historical and magical information for us to share.

I will continually remind you of the basic witches’ principle: whatever energy or action is sent out, whether it be negative or positive, will be returned to you in kind. If you send out positive energies, you will get positive energies in return. It’s akin to tossing a pebble into a pond – every positive ripple you send out has the potential to affect many and much. In this way, your life will continually expand and improve.

Being a Witch is about more than casting spells. It is not for dabblers, nor is it a hobby nor pastime. Being a Witch means that you are walking a certain path. It is a lifestyle and more. Being a Witch is about commitment and responsibility: to yourself, to the community, to the Earth, and, if you have one, to your coven.

A central pillar of the practice of witchcraft, for many, is found the Wiccan Rede, a poem actually, which was first published in 1975 in the Green Egg Magazine (Note: a different source and an earlier year are also cited as the first publication of this work; that reference is given in the Introduction to Magic page).

       The Rede of the Wiccae       
Being Known as the Counsel of the Wise Ones

Bide the Wiccan laws you must

            in perfect love and perfect trust.

Live and let live –

fairly take and fairly give.

Cast the circle thrice about

to keep all evil spirits out.

To bind the spell every time,

let the spell be spake in rhyme.

Soft of eye and light of touch –

speak little, listen much

Deosil go by the waxing Moon –

sing and dance the Wiccan rune.

Widdershins go when the Moon doth wane,

and the Werewolf howls by the dread

Wolfsbane

When the Lady’s Moon is new,

kiss the hand to her times two.

When the Moon rides at her peak,

then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the Northwind’s mighty gale –

lock the door and drop the sail.

When the wind comes from the South,

            love will kiss thee on the mouth.

When the wind blows from the East,

expect the new and set the feast.

When the West wind blows o’er thee,

departed spirits restless be.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go –

burn them quick and burn them slow.

Elder be ye Lady’s tree –

burn it not or cursed you’ll be.

When the Wheel begins to turn –

let the Beltane fires burn.

When the Wheel has turned a Yule,

light the Log and let Pan rule.

Heed ye flower, bush and tree –

by the Lady blessed be.

Where the ripping waters go,

cast a stone and truth ye’ll know.

Where ye have need,

hearken not to others’ greed.

With the fool no season spend

or be counted as his friend.

Merry meet an merry part –

bright the cheeks an warm the heart.

Mind the Threefold Law ye should –

three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is enow,

wear the blue star on thy brow.

True in love ever be

unless thy lover’s false to thee.

Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill –

an it harm none, do what ye will.

I think this poem is quite sweet and lovely, but what does it mean?

The Smart Witch Summary of the Wiccan Rede:

  • You must keep the laws of witchcraft with an attitude of perfect love and trust.
  • Respect people and Nature. Treat them as you wish to be treated.
  • Witches generally cast a circle within which they perform magic. Casting once is sufficient for protection. Casting three times, however, respects the tradition of the three phases of the Goddess and the God. Also, three is a magical number, and it represents creativity.
  • While it is not necessary to manifesting your magical intent, speaking spells in rhyme actually gives your conscious mind something to do. This lets your unconscious tap into your energy and that of the Goddess and the God, and so magic is done!
  • Be gentle. Listen.
  • When the Moon is waxing – getting bigger – move around the magic circle clockwise to attract good things to yourself.
  • When the Moon is waning – getting smaller – move counterclockwise to remove negativity. Wolfsbane is a poisonous plant.
  • When the Moon is new and has just become visible after being dark, salute the Lady. Welcomee her by kissing your first two fingers.
  • When the Moon is full, pursue your heart’s desire – you can ask anything of him or her at this time of month.
  • Various elements are associated with the four main compass directions: North, East, South and West.
  • Nine kinds of magical wood may be burned in the cauldron during rituals: apple, birch, fir, hawthorn, hazel, oak, rowan, vine and willow. But elder wood is never to be burned, as elder trees are those of the Lady. In honor of her, elder trees always are spared.
  • The turning of the Wheel is the cycle of the year. Beltane, on May 1st, is one of the major Sabbats (holidays) of the year. The Yule is another Sabbat, and falls at the time of the winder solstice.
  • Be mindful and respectful of Nature, for the Lady’s sake.
  • Observe what happens when a stone is cast into water: the ripples spread out. Likewise, your actions send out ripples that affect everyone and everything.
  • Do not be swayed by profit. Do not accept money for magical workings.
  • You will be associated with the company you keep.
  • It is good to be among friends.
  • Be mindful of the Threefold Law: whatever you do comes back to you three times (three times the power, positive or negative, with which you sent it out).
  • When you are in trouble, visualize a blue pentagram (five pointed star) on your forehead; this will protect you.
  • Be loyal in love. But if your love isn’t true to you, forget about him or her.
  • Eight words sum up the creed: if it harms no one (including yourself), do what you want.

 

Learning the Basics

Magic power is inherent on Earth. By various means, we have learned how to use it. We hold the complete, pure energy of the All – of the Goddess and the God – most high. As witches, we know that we are a minute part of the universe. Yet we are connected to every other part of the universe. Everything affects us, and what we do affects everything.

If you do magic, it can truly change things. As a witch, you must respect this. You have the power to change things, and you can have a major impact on people and their lives. With this power comes great responsibility – to other people, animals, the Earth and to yourself.

Practitioners of magic understand that what is perceived to be the difference between the physical and the non-physical is due to our limitations as materially based entities. Some of the tools used in the practice of magic are indeed non-physical. Three of the most effective of these are music, dance and gestures. Writing and creating art can help to free your conscious mind and focus your concentration for working magic.

Techniques used to raise power, alter consciousness and to unite with the Goddess and the God often are part of ritual. In fact, effective, even powerful rites can be achieved using mere gestures. We honor dance and music as being among the earliest magical and religious acts. From the earliest of times, practitioners of magic have employed color, rhythm, hand gestures and bodily postures in their craft.

I define ritual as specific movements, manipulation of objects (tools) or a series of inner processes, which are designed to produce desired effects. For Wiccans, rituals are ceremonies that celebrate and strengthen the relationships with the Goddess, the God and the Earth. A simple rite may consist of a lone celebrant lighting a fire and chanting sacred names as she or he watches the moon rise. Conversely, a Wiccan rite may involve a number of people, each with specific roles, speeches and offerings in honor of Deity. Rites may be ancient, newly written or spontaneous.




Cleansing Magical Tools

Any tool or object – such as an athame, a crystal or a chalice – to be used in a spell or ritual should be cleansed and consecrated. Once a tool it consecrated, it should be used only for magical purposed. It should be properly stored so that its magical energy remains strong. Should a tool become clouded with negative energy or spiritual debris, it can be re-cleansed and re-consecrated.

There are a number of ways to cleanse a tool before its first use:

  • Place it on a bed of rock salt for three days (don’t use for metal or wood objects).
  • Leave it overnight in the light of a full moon.
  • Bury it in the earth for three days.
  • Wash it with pure spring water (don’t use for metal or wood objects).
  • Wash it with ocean water (be sure to thank the water spirits for the gift, and don’t use for metal or wood objects).
  • Pass it through smoke (sage smoke is traditional; use a feather to fan the smoke over the object).



Consecration Ritual

Once a tool or object has been cleansed, it must be consecrated. This is done on a new or a full moon before the object is used in one’s spells or rituals. Several tools can be consecrated at once, or a consecration ritual can be performed on each separately.

You will need: Ritual space (it does not have to be your altar); a small, light colored candle (I rub mine with essential oil of lavender or rosemary, or sage or thyme); a sage wand; a fire-proof plate, large enough to hold the candle and sage; and small bowls of salt and spring water.

  • Create a sacred space. Set up your ritual space, then cast a magic circle, or meditate until your mind is clear.
  • If casting a magic circle, call the quarters. Call the quarters (compass directions) and their elements (earth, air, fire and water). The elements will protect you and lend their power to your goal.
  • Invoke the goddess and god. Say, “Great Mother, Great Father, I ask you to join me as I consecrate this [tool] for magical work.”
  • State your intention. Light the candle and sage wand. Take the tool in your hands and say, “I consecrate this [tool] for magical purposes. It is released from all its worldly energy to carry the energy of all the elements.“
  • Perform the magical working – Element of Fire. Pass the object over the candle flame, and say, “By the fire, it is blessed.” Visualize the flame’s energy filling the tool with its power.
  • Perform the magical working – Element of Air. Pass it through the sage smoke and say, “By air it is blessed.” Visualize the smoke filling the tool with the power of air.
  • Perform the magical working – Element of Earth. Sprinkle it with salt and say, “By earth it is blessed.” Visualize the power of the earth imbuing the tool.
  • Perform the magical working – Element of Water. Sprinkle it with water, and say, “By water it is blessed.” Visualize the energy of the water filling the tool with its power.
  • Repeat and clarify your intention. Holding your hands on the tool, say, I consecrate this [tool] for magical purposes. May it bring me health, wisdom and transformation. This [tool] is consecrated by all the elements and by the will of the gods. An’ it harm none, so mote it be.”
  • Thank the deities and release them. Thank the goddess and god for their assistance and for joining you, and then release them, with, “Farewell and blessed be.”
  • Conclusion. Allow the candle and sage to burn down. Release the quarters and open the circle.
Cleanse and consecrate all of your altar items: the altar cloth itself; Goddess symbol (e.g., green candle); God symbol (e.g., red candle); stone (north/earth); wand (east/air); athame (south, fire); chalice (west, water); the altar or spell candle; and any other items with which you may work, such as a mirror, crystal, gazing ball or pentacle. There is a separate Altar Blessing to be used the first time you erect a permanent altar.




Music, Dance and Gestures in Ritual

Practitioners of magic understand that what is perceived to be the difference between the physical and the non-physical is due to our limitations as materially based entities.

Some of the tools used in the practice of magic are indeed non-physical. Three of the most effective of these are music, dance and gestures.

Writing and creating art can help to free your conscious mind and focus your concentration for working magic.

Techniques used to raise power, alter consciousness and to unite with the Goddess and the God often are part of ritual. The most effective and powerful rites can be achieved using mere gestures.

We honor dance and music as being among the earliest magical and religious acts. From the earliest of times, practitioners of magic have used color, rhythm, hand gestures and bodily postures.

Ritual prescribes specific movements, manipulation of objects (tools) and a series of inner processes, which are designed to produce desired effects.

For many of us, rituals are ceremonies that celebrate and strengthen our relationships with the Goddess, the God and the Earth.

A simple rite may consist of a solitary celebrant lighting a fire and chanting sacred names as she or he watches the moon rise.

Conversely, a Wiccan rite may involve a number of people, each with specific roles, speeches and offerings in honor of Deity. Rites may be ancient, newly written or spontaneous.



Magic Circle
      John William Waterhouse

The Pagan resurgence ... seems to be part of a general process of putting humanity, long seen by both the monotheistic religions and by secular materialism in abstraction from its surroundings, back into a more general context.
          - Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick,
            A History of Pagan Europe




Respect the Effects of Magic

If you do magic, it can truly change things. As a witch, you must respect this. You have the power to change things, and you can have a major effect on people and their lives. With this power comes great responsibility – to other people, animals, the Earth and to yourself.





True Name

A true name is a name of a thing or being that expresses, or is somehow identical with, its true nature. The notion that language, or some specific sacred language, refers to things by their true names has been central to philosophical and grammatical study as well as various traditions of magic, religious invocation and mysticism (mantras) since antiquity.

According to practices in folklore, knowledge of a true name allows one to magically affect a person or being. Knowing someone's, or something's, true name therefore gives the person who knows the true name power over the other. This effect is used in many tales, such as in the German fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin.

In fantasy fiction where magic works by evoking true names, characters often go to great lengths to conceal their true names. This may be a rule for all characters, as in Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea, or for those of magical inclination, as in Larry Niven's The Magic Goes Away, where a wizard is revived from the dead only by another who found his name, with great difficulty.





Prosperity Spell

This prosperity spell is best worked on a Sunday or Thursday.

Tools: Cinquefoil incense, a green candle, patchouli oil, a prosperity symbol (a gold coin or gold box; a frog, lion or pig figurine; a Chinese prosperity dragon; a statute of Ganesha or Lakshmi) and a bill of any denomination.

Technique: Cast the circle, call the quarters and light the incense. Invite a goddess and god of prosperity to join you. “Lady Rosmerta, goddess of abundance and wealth. Lord Cernunnos, god of prosperity and riches. Please join me in this rite of prosperity. Bring me your gifts of wealth and wisdom.”

Dress the green candle with patchouli oil, and then light it. Hold the prosperity symbol and say, “I charge this (symbol name) to invite prosperity into my light. This is the guardian of my wealth.” Hold the symbol in both hands and imagine how it will feel to be prosperous, and helping other to benefit as well as yourself. Use the oil to draw a pentacle (star) on the symbol and on the bill. Place the symbol on the bill and say, “Prosperity is mine. My life is filled with abundance, peace and love. An’ it harm none, so mote it be.”

Release the deities, “Lady Rosmerta and Lord Cernunnos, thank you for giving me the gifts of wealth and wisdom. Stay if you will, go if you must. Farewell and blessed be.” Release the quarters and open the circle. Place the prosperity symbol and bill in the feng shui prosperity corner (southeast) of your home. Let the candle burn all the way down.




Spell to Cleanse the Body of Negative Energy


Tools
:
Three candles – one white (representative here of positive energy), one black (representative of negative energy) and one green (representative of healing). Matches. Herbs (optional).

Technique: Sit comfortably and place the candles before you. Clear your mind and light the white candle. Say the following:

Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit,
I ask thee to cleanse my body
of all negative energies.

Light the black candle and repeat the incantation. Light the green candle and say:

Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit,
I ask thee to free and heal my body from all negative forces. Blessed Be!

Sit without interruption and keep your mind still for 15 minutes, after which you should feel renewed and fresh.

NotesThis constructive spell is most effective when performed during the waxing of the Moon, when the Moon is shining brightly. Practice this spell while in a positive mood, as this will achieve the best end.

If you would like to set some herbs around the candles for additional effect, bay leaves are believed to possess a great deal of positive energy. Use five bay leaves: Place them so that one leaf is on each side of each candle (that’s four) and the fifth is in the front and center.





Egg Personal Cleansing Spell

Eggs are believed to be extremely absorbent. Thus, they are able to remove and eliminate negative energy and spiritual debris.

Tool: An egg, preferably fertilized.

Technique 1: If performing on yourself, pass a whole egg over the body, moving from the top of your head downward, mentally focusing on eliminating any negative psychic debris. When complete, take the egg outside, far from your home and smash it on the ground. Leave it there and return home via a different, circuitous route.

Technique 2: If performing on another person, pass the egg over the entire body. Let the person who is being cleansed exhale upon the egg. Break the egg in a dish and examine it. If there is blood or any abnormality, then this indicates that further, stronger action must be taken. If the yolk appears normal and is free of blood, then the cleansing is considered complete.

Notes: In theory, one should use fertilized eggs so that the possibility of blood exists. If blood appears in regular, unfertilized eggs, however, this is an extremely powerful indication that further cleansing is required.




A Spell Against Spite and Gossip

Traditionally, witch bottles filled with rusty nails, sour red wine (or even urine) and sprigs of rosemary were buried under the doorstep of a house as an age-old method of keeping away spite.

Here's a contemporary update on this practice.

Tools: A dark bottle with a cork, sour milk, old red wine
and dried rosemary

Technique: Into the bottle pour the sour milk, wine and dried rosemary. As you do so, say:

      Viciousness and venom,
      malevolence and malice,
      feelings turned sour,
      envy and spiked tongues,
      begone!

Close the bottle with the cork and shake it over your sink. As you do so, say:

      Curdle and coil,
      serpents of spite,
      hiss and miss me,
      spit where you will
      do no harm.

Uncork the bottle and run it under the cold tap until the mixture has flowed away and the bottle and sink are clean. As you do so, envision all of the harmful words and the negativity associated with them, swirling down the drain.

Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the bottle, give it a good swirl, pour some into the sink drain and rinse the bottle again. As you do so, say:

      Anger cease,
      go in peace.

Notes: Observe that you have neither attacked anyone nor returned the spite. You will probably find that the other person may be more positive on the next encounter. If you are suffering from an emotional vampire who drains you emotionally, add powdered garlic to the mix.







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