Strengthen Your Inner Magick Chant


Note: This is originally from the Left hand Path, but this chant works for all path workings and does NOT affect your inner light/dark. It simply just raises power and works those magickal muscles.black-flame

Your inner magick, inner black flame, Chi/Qi, energy, primal magick power or however you refer to your inner power you use for your manifestations and other workings on your chosen path, here is a great way to help empower and expand your power capacities. Basically, a way to build a bigger internal engine for your magical self to get you that additional horse power to drive your craft. This chant is super easy and SUPER effective. Remember that with most things pronunciation doesn’t matter too much but the intent is what matters most. That’s not entirely true with this particular chant. It doesn’t matter how you spell it, but it needs to be said properly or it won’t work.

I got this chant from one of my favorite black practitioners, The Serpent’s Key, who was given this directly from the spirit of the Goetia, Azazel. Below is her video explaining the chant, how it works, how to use it, correct pronunciation, where she got it, why you should use this chant as well as the most important part concerning some precautions and warnings.

Magick does need to be strengthened and trained to build it’s strength. Much like a muscle you need to work it to build on it, and if you don’t use it it will dwindle and need to be built up again. When you first start with these exercises you can feel a variety of symptoms if any at all such as flu like symptoms, headaches, dizziness, etc. You’ll start to feel energy building in your solar plexus giving sensations of tingling, pressure, rushing or even swirling type feelings. Your first time you may raise a massive amount of energy where it feels like you may have summoned a spirit by accident, or you may not feel anything at all, but you did and practice will increase it over time, so be patient.

The chant itself is great for beginners just starting out to help affirm that you really do have magick as everyone does. I use this as a confidence booster for those that doubt they have any power at all. This can be done as a meditation, a mantra, pre-ritual chant, or any other use you may find for raising power.

Pay Attention to The Warnings!!

This is strong stuff. When you raise your energy using this chant be absolutely sure to dispose/release the energy or put it into a ritual or spell. If you do not, it can cause injury to your being on multiple levels even physical if you raise a massive amount. I tested to see out of curiosity and to be able to convey the importance of these warnings. Magick is not a toy, but a force, a vehicle that drives your WILL into existence. Car accidents happen if you’re not a practiced and knowledgeable driver.

When I used it for the first time I was meditating and left this whispering chant run on loop. I sat there with it going for near an hour and had felt warm crackling type feelings from my chest to my third eye. The more I meditated and deeper I went the stronger it got. After about 2 hours, there was so much power built up in my solar plexus and third eye that despite having my eyes closed it was like looking at the sun on a clear summer day and that I was a very deeply rooted tree ready to explode like an atom bomb. As I released the energy back into the earth I felt dizzy and proceeded to pass out.

Mind you, I have been using magick for nearly 20 years now, and I haven’t raised that much power so quickly and so steadily I was absolutely speechless! This simple little chant was that effective! I did do an experiment, as mentioned above, (which was very stupid but I wanted to test my personal limits at that time) where I used this chant to raise as much power as I possibly could and neglect to release it. I know it was dangerous, but again, I was being stupid. It was very painful on all levels of existence that I can, at that time, perceive. It felt like I was being shredded from the inside like my chakra points were extended balloons that contained swirling saw blades and they were tearing me up. Even my physical muscles were being torn up, but as if I had done a majorly tough workout without stretching and pushed myself much too far. That was in December last year and I’m still feeling the twinges in my joints. Again… very stupid, but now I’m able to tell you that when given a warning, we mean it!! It’s for your own safety.

 NATZ FEHR ATA INFERNUM NEGRA

Awaken Your Inner Black Flame

Since then I have only used this as a daily exercise for about 15 minutes to stretch those magickal muscles and then release or use that raised energy. Chanting it yourself or listening to her recording is effective either way. I prefer to listen to the recording on loop, personally. This is because when I meditate I get so relaxed that my speech will, for lack of a better term, turn into a train wreck.

If you like what you see here with The Serpent’s Key, I encourage you to check out her YouTube channel as well as her website. She’s a great no nonsense gal who tells it like it is.

 

Cooking with Magic


Lately I’ve been working on bettering my husband’s and my diet. Making everything from scratch or as near to scratch as sanity would allow and only purchasing what we needed. Easy rules I’m following; if I can make it get the healthiest (not trendiest) ingredients, if I can buy it fresh get it fresh and preserve it at home, be mindful of where the food comes from. I also tend to add to my food storage as well. I admit I’m a mild prepper, but it’s saved my family, animals included, when we had major power outages during the winter storms in my area when snowed in for a few days and without power for nearly a week. I get box milk, tests the same if not better and lasts nearly a year, eggs 5 dozen at a time, and I get canned meat, fruits and veggies making sure they’re packed in water, juice or oil avoiding things like syrup and added sugar. I found avoiding non-fat and low-fat food items I’m not getting digestive issues or headaches. Too many additives trying to make fat-less food taste good and these in turn can make you sick. Beware dieters!!! We allow cookies and dark chocolate once in a while… I wouldn’t survive otherwise. ^_^

I’ve gotten off topic. We’re here to talk about magic and food. Two great, yet delicious subjects. *I’m torturing myself at the moment since I have brownies in the oven and it smells awesome while I’m typing this.* I know some of you crafty witchy folk out there are a little timid when it comes to casting spells and actually trying new ideas. You’re probably worried you’re going to mess it up or it’ll backfire and cause you problems.

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Here’s my advice to you… Don’t be afraid of it. Big things like evocation, invocation or spirit crafting of some sort I agree takes a huge amount of respect for the entity you’re dealing with as well as knowledge. However, we’re not doing that. We’re doing simple you and the food magic. You don’t even need a spell book for this or special herbs or tools! Just you and whatever yummy dish you’re cooking up!

Firstly, we’ll answer some simple questions, no need for pen and paper. Just answer them to yourself. What do you need in this moment. Easiest way to do it is by non-materialistic needs. If you need money, car, tools or something like that you can do it here but would be more effective with additional workings to make it more potent and more chances for success.

For instance, today I was feeling numb and not energetic in the least, more lethargic than anything. So I decided to do some magical food to help lift my spirits and let me get back to work doing research and such for more material for both this blog and for my own book of shadows. I found that comfort food works best and whatever ingredients or additions that sound tasty to you. I decided on brownies, but this is magical and I wanted to punch it up a bit, even though it isn’t necessary for it to work.

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As you start the cooking process each time you add something in imagine you’re fulfilling your initial goal of this dish. Doesn’t have to be a spell or even rhyme. Mine didn’t even make sense. The whole time I was mixing the dough I was grumbling about how I didn’t want to be sore, tired or melancholy anymore. I was starting to feel a little peppier when I got to pouring the mix into the pan and when I was striping the top with caramel and dark chocolate I was singing something I was making up as I went along. Go with the flow. Spirit wants to sing, sing. Easy!

I felt much better but not completely recovered. I remembered I had Himalayan Pink salt and sprinkled that over the top of my brownies for a salted caramel *drooling* twist to it. I popped it in the oven and have been bouncing ever since. The closer to being done, the more positive I’m feeling.

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This is perhaps one of the easiest spells I’ve ever worked that has had such great results. For many years now I’ve done this and without a doubt it’s worked every time… except that time I dropped my pan of cinnamon rolls on the floor when I was putting them in the oven. That was unfortunate, but I recovered them by unfolding each one and rolling a strip of bacon into it. That was delicious. It pretty much turned into a batched working and was recovered, and very om nom nom I might add.

This magical workings doesn’t depend on the tools or ingredients, but yourself and the intent you’re putting out there. You can look at it as a form of active meditation designed to alter your state to a more positive one. Be safe in all your workings and I hope you enjoy this finger licking good article!!

In case you were curious, here’s the recipe I used:

Best Gooey Salted Caramel Brownies EVER!

I would like to add a cooking tip that’s not mentioned in the recipe. If you use cold heavy cream when adding it to your mix it will mix more evenly and quicker without cooking to the bottom and becoming lumpy. Works for rue sauces, too. Just a thought. Enjoy!

Crystals Lesson


Lesson 6 – Crystals

Crystals have long been used in magic for their vibrations and healing properties. They are still used widely today for these and other reasons, including modern technology e.g. Computers (silicon chips), Watches, Radios etc.

Cleansing a Crystal

Crystals should always be cleansed when just purchased or if they have just been used in a healing ceremony. You should also cleanse them after they have been used in meditation practices a few times.

Crystals can be cleansed in many ways you can use salt, a smudge stick, pure water, organic dirt, sound, some dried herbs, the sun, and even the moon will recharge your crystals. Please use a little common sense when cleansing your crystals as not all stones are suitable for all cleansing types.

When using salt to cleanse your crystal, you will need:
Salt and a container to hold the salt and the crystal.

Dry sea salt is the best to use, but in a pinch, you can use a non-iodine salt. Please be cautious with some stones in the salt, because it may damage your crystal if placed directly into the salt.

When using water to cleanse crystals, I prefer to use a natural source such as a stream, a lake, a river, rain, and my personal favorite is the waterfall. Place or hold your crystal in the water source of your choice and/or availability. The length of time needed for cleansing is up to you. When the crystal feels light, and you can feel the energy flowing within the crystal, it is cleared and ready for reprogramming.

You should not use this method with porous stones such as azurite or chrysocolla.

To use dirt for the cleansing of your crystal dig a hole and place the stone point down and loosely cover it back up with dirt. This is one of the most powerful ways to cleanse your crystal and/or mineral. It is always good to use a marker to mark where you put the stone, if you are planting it outside. Otherwise you can use a pot with organic soil. It is best not to let the crystals sit in the dirt for more than twenty-four hours.

Dried herbs are probably the gentlest way to cleanse your crystals and/or minerals. You can experiment on what herbs work best for you. A few examples that I have used are: sage, frankincense, rose petals, sandalwood, clovers, daisies, and comfrey. Just lay your stone into a bowl and sprinkle the dried herbs over the top.

You can also lay your crystal and/or mineral on top of a quartz cluster, which would include your amethyst clusters and citrine clusters depending on the type of cleansing needed. Just lay your stone on top of the cluster and allow the larger crystal to cleanse and recharge the smaller one. Of course the large cluster would need to be cleansed itself after doing this a couple of times.

You can use a Tibetan singing bowl, a bell, a tuning fork or anything that creates a pure sound such as the OM meditation sound, to clear your crystals with sound. Hold your stone close to the origin of the sound until you feel the energy in the crystal and/or mineral become cleared and filled with light and love.

You can smudge crystals with a few different types of things like: sage, sandalwood, cedar, and sweet grass. There are many other herbs and incense that can also be used. Simply light the smudge material the blow it out. Hold the crystal in the smoke that is created. Depending on the smudge material used, this will help to cleanse, charge, and protect your crystals.

The moonlight is a great way to recharge crystals. All you have to do is place the drained crystal outside, where the moonlight will hit it for a couple of hours.

Charging a Crystal

When you charge crystals you’re basically giving them the chance to refresh their ability to focus and expand their energy. There are several reasons to do this.

1. Sometimes after you’ve cleared a crystal its energy may seem a little dull or flat.

2. A crystal which hasn’t been worked with for a while may also feel this way.

3. If you notice that a crystal has become cloudy you may want to both clear and activate it.

4. If you want to program a crystal for a special purpose, before you program it you may want to activate its energy for that purpose.

Charging Methods

1. Place crystals in the reflected light of Austrian crystals, i.e., where the rainbows from such crystals fall. (Note: Austrian crystals are leaded glass, hence human-made crystals). The crystals can remain in place for as long as the Austrian crystals are reflecting sunlight.

2. Place crystals on a quartz cluster. Quartz amplifies the energy of any crystal with which it is in contact.

3. Crystals can also be activated with sound. * Put a crystal near a single-note chime and strike the chime gently
several times. This has a harmonizing effect on the crystal.

* If you like to chant and make it a regular practice do so in the presence of your crystals, especially if you want to use them as part of your meditational practice.

4. Your thoughts can have an activating or de-activating effect on crystals. If your thoughts have been gloomy and you’ve also been noticing that your crystals have gotten cloudy or dull, you’ll realize that they’ve been absorbing your negativity. In this case do not delay in cleansing them thoroughly.

To activate crystals with your thoughts you could hold them in your hands and visualize them bathed in light and love. You can also tell them (either silently or aloud) how much you appreciate them. They may not understand the words (and, then again, they may), but your intention will be clearly transmitted.

Crystal Correspondences

Amber – Love, Luck, Healing, Protection
Amethyst – Happiness, Healing, Love, Peace, Protection, Psychic Work
Aventurine – Healing, Luck, Money, Peace
Carnelian – Healing, Peace, Protection
Citrine – Protection, Psychic Work
Diamond – Healing, Peace, Protection, Spirituality
Emerald – Love, Money, Protection, Psychic Work
Garnet – Healing, Protection
Hematite – Divination, Grounding, Healing
Jade – Healing, Love, Money
Lapis Lazuli – Healing, Protection, Psychic Work
Malachite – Love, Peace, Power, Protection, Success
Moonstone – Divination, Love, Protection, Psychic Work
Obsidian – Divination, Grounding, Peace, Protection
Pearl – Love, Luck, Money, Protection
Peridot – Healing, Money, Protection
Quartz – Healing, Protection, Psychic Work, Power – Use clear quartz to boost the power of any spell
Rose Quartz – Happiness, Love, Peace
Ruby – Money, Power, Protection
Salt – Grounding, Money, Protection, Purification
Tigers Eye – Money, Protection, Love, Divination

Recommended Reading

Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham
Crystal Power, Crystal Healing by Michael Gienger
Illustrated Guide to Crystals by Judy Hall

Spell for Lesson 6
Crystal Aura Repair

Use a quartz crystal to repair breaks and holes in your aura. Someone else must do this for you, ideally someone with psychic gifts.

Slowly pass a charged quartz crystal around the body.

If a ‘cold’ spot is sensed or there is a perception of a gap or vulnerability, stop and allow the crystal to hover and rest over the area. This has a rebuilding and repairing effect, although it may need to be repeated several times to be fully effective.

Magical Herbs


Lesson 5 – Magical Herbs

Plants’ experience of being in the world is very different from the experience of us animals. Because plants cannot move about, they exist in a state of profound acceptance and peace within themselves. Emotions such as fear, hate, jealousy, possessiveness, etc. are wholly unknown to plants and would serve no useful purpose. On the other hand, plants are capable of experiencing a wide range of higher emotions the like of which we animals could scarcely conceive.

The vibrations of the universe are what we need to effect to order to bring about needed change. Herbs allow us to do this by utilising the unique vibrations that are contained within them.

According to the ‘perennial philosophy’, the universe is a living network of fields of resonance, vibrating at different frequencies in the great chain of creation. Everything in the universe is perceived as vibrating from the spirit to soul, mind, body and matter, which includes the various frequencies of the animal and plant worlds as well as the frequencies of the colours, metals, minerals and stones.

Herbs have particular correspondences with numbers and planets among other things.

Numerology: the numbers 3, 7 and 9 are favoured in herbal magic – you will often see them in lists of ingredients for spells. Multiples of these numbers are also used.

Planetary Correspondences:

Sun: Heliotropes, marigolds, sunflowers, golden or large & showy flowers, oranges, saffron, nutmeg.

Moon: Watery fruits, cauliflowers, cabbages, cucumbers, daisies, dew, white or night-blooming flowers, fungus, water plants, water lilies, turnips, trees rich in sap, seaweed.

Mercury: Medicinal herbs, small plants.

Venus: Cultivated crops, flowers and fruit generally, apples, roses, blossom, and vines.

Mars: Nettles, radishes, spices, thorn-bearing plants, arsenic, capers, cayenne, garlic, horseradish, mustard, onions, witch hazel.

Jupiter: Clover, maple trees.

Saturn: Hemlock, ivy, cypress, elm & poplar trees.

Uranus: Orchids.

Neptune: Water lily, willow.

Pluto: Rhododendron, deep-rooted plants.

Through thousands of years of communicating, cultivating, harvesting and observing plants, we now find that we have access to an enormous amount of herbal correspondences.

Herbal Charms

Basil to attract Wealth.
Burdock for Protection
Cedar attracts Money
Cinnamon for Healing
Dill for Personal Protection
Galangal for Luck
Ginseng for Beauty
Horehound for Wishes
Juniper Berries to Enhance Psychic Abilities
Pennyroyal for Business Success
St John’s Wort for Courage
White Willow to attract Love

Herbal Sayings and Legends

No ear hath heard, no tongue can tell, the virtue of the Pimpernel.

Where Rosemary grows the missus is master.

Faerie-folks are in old oaks.

Only the wicked grow parsley.

Plant your sage and rue together, the sage will grow in any weather.

Where the yarrow grows, there is one who knows.

The fair maid who, the first of May goes to the fields at break of day, and washes in dew from the hawthorn tree will ever after handsome be.

St John’s wort and cyclamen in your bed chamber keep, from evil spells and witcheries to guard you in your sleep.

Recommended Reading

Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham
The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl
Kitchen Witch`s Guide to Brews & Potions by Patricia Telesco
Ancient Wisdom Master Grimoire

Spell for Lesson 5

Power Jar

Herb jars can be used for enhancing your abilities or creating a mood:
This recipe is for enhancing your Mental and Physical powers.

Fill one jar with the following:
Cinnamon [for dream Magic]
Nutmeg [for good luck]
Allspice [healing]
Ginger [lunar Magic]
Basil [protection]
Fennel seeds [spiritual healing]
Garlic [spiritual purification]
Marjoram [protection]
Sage [spiritual purification]
Cloves [protection]
Mustard seed [protection]

Meditation


Lesson 4 – Meditation

Meditation will improve your focus, make you a happier person and greatly reduce the stress in your life. This is an Ancient practice is and is actually quite easy to learn and apply.

There are many different forms of meditation. The most basic is the watching of your breath. To perform this exercise simply find a comfortable spot away from any distractions, sit cross-legged on the floor, and allow your hips and shoulders to relax.

As you watch your breath rise and fall, allow your mind to rest from the constant forced thinking and internal chatter it endures throughout the day.

Focused meditation, as an alternative to the “empty mind”

meditation, can be an effective tool to de-stress. If you

change your focus to a powerful and positive image, thought

or desire during the meditation, and envelop yourself in the

feelings associated with that powerful positive image, you

come out of the meditation with a change in vision.
Think of a childhood memory connected with great joy. For

some this could be yuletide, for others a wonderful

grandparent, loved pet, favourite toy, sunny morning playing

in the sand, or a thousand other things.

Now remember your feelings associated with that memory.

Focus on the joy you felt, on the subtle vibration of

anticipation in your body over opening a gift, going to the

park, or whatever is specific to your memory. Now carry that

feeling into your present and associate it with a positive

image you want in your life today.

Before meditating you need to prepare your space.

Begin by cleansing the area of dirt and clutter, use

crystals/candles/incense to rid the atmosphere of any

negative vibrations.

Personalize the area by using a blanket, rug or cushion.

You may wish to prepare an altar to reflect your

personality, this could include flowers, incense, crystals,

statues, offerings, shells, photographs etc.

Scents are a very effective in creating the correct

atmosphere:
Frankincense – Enhances calm, conducive to

prayer
Bergamot – Mood Enhancing
Cypress

– Purifying, aids deep breathing
Jasmine – Antidepressant
Sandalwood – Ancient meditation scent

Position

Sitting Upright – This allows your body to get the maximum

level of oxygen and full exhalation. With the spine upright

the Chakras are activated and energy can move freely

throughout the body.
Lying Down – While this is a comfortable position, avoid

going to sleep as this is not the aim of meditation.
Palms Up – This opens yourself to circulating energy.
Palms Down – This increases the sense of security and

grounding.

Breathwork

This is an essential tool of meditation, by paying attention

to our breathing, our focus is removed from all of the

thoughts and feelings running through our mind. When we

inhale we are taking in the energy of the universe.
Draw the air into the abdomen, focus on the flow of breath

through the nostrils, work through this for 3-5 minutes

taking note of how the breaths become longer and deeper.
Dos and Donts

Do:
Wear loose comfortable clothing
Keep warm
Practice early in the morning or before going to bed
Start with 3-5 minutes, 2-3 times a week
Try to work in the same place and time
Afterwards, sit silently and attune to the outside world

whilst maintaining inner composure and peace

Dont:

Wear clothes that restrict the waist or chest.
Leave your shoes on , as you won’t be able to connect to the

Earth energy effectively.
Meditate immediately after eating as you may feel drowsy, or

have discomfort in the abdomen.
Start out with set expectations, some days will be easier

than others.

Forms of Meditation

Silent: Sitting, Counting Pebbles, Meditating on a Candle,

Focusing on a Flower, Mandala, Celtic Knot work, Zen

Puzzles

Sensory: Touch, Scent, Incense, Taste, Sound, Nature,

Barefoot Walking, Sense Withdrawal
Active: Yoga, Dancing, Qi Gong, Walking, Gardening,

Calligraphy, Baking Bread

Meditating for as little as three to five minutes each day is a great start. As your body and mind become more comfortable with the routine you can extend this to ten, fifteen or twenty minutes.

Recommended Reading

Meditation Bliss by David Fontana
Chakra Meditation by Swami Saradananda

Chakra and Kundalini Workbook

Power of Breath

Simply Meditation

Spell for Lesson 4

Peace Bath

Draw a bath for yourself.
Pour a tablespoon or so of milk into a large bowl of water

and say: ‘Water ripples on the breeze…’

Add several rose petals (fresh or dried) to

the bowl of water and milk.
Say: ‘Thistledown flies through the air…’

Stir the water, milk, and rose petals with the index finger

of your right hand.
Say: ‘Silent as the mighty seas…’

Gently pour the mixture that you have created into the bath.
Say: ‘Peaceful here without a care.’

Step in. Bathe for as long as you wish. Let the water absorb

negative thoughts and worries. Allow yourself a few moments

of healing peace.

Tools of the Craft Part 2


Lesson 3 – Tools of the Craft

Part Two

This is an introduction to the symbolism of magical tools

and how they are used.
Please note that ideas may vary depending on tradition, this

article is intended as a guide only.

Bowls
Bowls are an essential witch’s tool; they may be used for

offerings, wishes, scrying and consecration.

Offering bowls are set upon the altar and presented to

the deities in the manner in which an honoured guest would

be welcomed into the home. Offerings typically include fresh

pure water, fruit, flowers, jewels, incense, scented oils,

flower water and shells.

Wishing bowls serve as a vessel to manifest your dreams

and desires. Write down your wish on a piece of paper, fold

the paper and place it inside your wishing bowl. Focus your

intention as you place your wish inside. You may want to add

some herbs or stones that share the properties of the wish

you desire. Use your bowl as a magickal vessel until

manifestation, then burn or bury the paper.

Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of

divining the past, present, or future. Around 2,000 BC,

Greece, as well as “early” Britain and its subsequent Celtic

population, practised many forms of scrying. The media often

used were beryl, crystal, black glass, polished quartz,

water, and other transparent or light catching bodies. The

best kind of water to use is Moon water: spring, rain or sea

water which has been placed in the Moonlight every night for

a whole lunar cycle. The water can be blessed in whatever

way you feel is appropriate, possibly dedicated to one of

the Moon goddesses who rule such activities as these.

Scrying is a magical art with many possibilities. Exactly

what it is and how it works is for each individual

practitioner to decide for themselves, but it will certainly

enhance and focus both the psychic and creative abilities of

the magician.

Consecration purifies by means of salt, water and

incense. The salt, water, and incense stand for the four

elements of the Wise – earth, water, and fire, together with

air – symbolically constituting the basis for the material

universe. By consecrating an object you are using these four

basic constituents to “wash” the article of all extraneous

vibrations, prior to recharging it with your own will and

concentrated power. Bowls have an important role to play in

consecration as they are used to safely store the salt,

water and incense needed.

Crystal Ball

A crystal ball is a crystal or glass ball believed by to

aid clairvoyance. Celtic tribes, known to exist in Britain

as early as 2,000 B.C., were unified by a priesthood known

as Druids. Druids are one of the earliest known peoples to

have used crystals in divination. Later, during central

Europe’s Medieval Period (500 – 1500 AD), seers, wizards,

sorcerers, psychics, gypsies, fortune tellers, and all other

types of diviners also used crystals to “see” into the past,

present, or future.

The art or process of “seeing” is known as “scrying,”

whereby images are seen in crystals (or other mediums such

as water) and are interpreted. The information gleaned then

is used to make important decisions in one’s life, for

example – love, marriage, finances, travel, business, etc.

When the technique of scrying is used with crystals, or any

transparent body, it is known as crystallomancy or crystal

gazing.

As with all forms of divination, images often appear as

archetypes, whose interpretation is left for the reader or

the person having the reading. Images my appear stationary,

or move about. They may appear two dimensional or

holographic. If you cannot ‘see’ anything in the crystal

ball at first, be patient and keep trying. At the very least

a crystal ball will bring energies to the room in which it

is placed. Dowsing, sometimes called divining or water

witching, is the practice which dowsers detect hidden or

buried water, metals, gemstones, or other objects with the

aid of simple hand held tools or instruments.

Dowsing can be also used for searching for underground

features such as archaeological remains, cavities and

tunnels, oil, veins of mineral ore, underground building

services, missing items and occasionally missing persons.

Pendulums
Pendulums such as a crystal or a metal weight suspended on a

chain are sometimes used in divination and dowsing,

particularly in remote or “map dowsing”. In one approach,

the user first determines which direction (left-right, up-

down) will indicate “yes” and which “no,” before proceeding

to ask the pendulum specific questions. In the practice of

radiesthesia, a pendulum is used for medical diagnosis.

Dowsing is reported to date back approximately 7000 years

but origins are still unknown. It is accepted, however, that

the Egyptians used images of forked rods in some of their

artwork as did the Ancient Chinese kings.

Some believe that when dowsing, you are engaged in a

dialog with your Higher Self and other spirit guides who are

trying to assist you in obtaining the information you seek

and/or accessing a repository of unlimited knowledge,

referred to by Carl Jung as the “collective unconscious”.

Various other theories have been given including

electromagnetic, subtle geological forces and ESP.
Incense

Incense not only smells wonderful; it can be wonderful

for you if used in the right manner. Used for thousands of

years to promote well-being and balance moods, incense is

still a valuable sensory tool today. Many religious

ceremonies and spiritual purificatory rites employ incense;

it is also used in medicine and for its aesthetic value.

Incense can be, like art for the eyes, music for the

ears, or fine cuisine for the palate, an indulgence for the

sense of smell. Many people burn incense to appreciate its

smell, without assigning any other specific significance to

it, in the same way that the forgoing items can be produced

or consumed solely for the contemplation or enjoyment of the

refined sensory experience.

Use of incense in religion is prevalent in many cultures

and may have their roots in the practical and aesthetic uses

considering that many religions with not much else in common

all use incense. In magic incense is used to raise energy,

purify an area, cleanse an area of negative energy, create

an atmosphere, focus the mind, alter consciousness and used

as an offering to the chosen deity or used to invoke the

powers of air. The use of “perfumed”, “dipped”, or synthetic

incense is generally avoided during magical workings, since

such artificial materials are believed to not contain the

energies useful for magic.

Runes

The Runic alphabets are a set of related alphabets using

letters known as runes to write various Germanic languages

prior to the adoption of the Latin alphabet. The

Scandinavian variants are also known as Futhark (or fuþark,

derived from their first six letters of the alphabet: F, U,

Þ, A, R, and K.

The three best-known runic alphabets are the Elder

Futhark, the Anglo-Saxon runes, and the Younger Futhark. The

origins of the runic alphabet are uncertain. Many characters

of the Elder Futhark bear a close resemblance to characters

from the Latin alphabet. In Norse mythology, the runic

alphabet is attested to a divine origin. The Noleby

Runestone from around 600 CE reads ‘I prepare the suitable

divine rune’.

Early runes were not so much used as a simple writing

system, but rather as magical signs to be used for charms.

The name rune itself, taken to mean “secret, something

hidden”, seems to indicate that knowledge of the runes was

originally considered esoteric. A recent study of runic

magic suggests that runes were used to create magical

objects such as amulets (MacLeod and Mees 2006).

Nowadays Runes are mainly used in divination; they work

best if you detail your current circumstances and then ask a

specific question. Rune readings are sometimes obscure. They

hint toward answers – this is when the rune casters

intuition becomes paramount.

Tarot

Tarot was not widely adopted by mystics, occultists and

secret societies until the 18th and 19th centuries. Antoine

Court de Gébelin, a Swiss clergyman and Freemason, published

Le Monde Primitif, a speculative study which included

religious symbolism and its survivals in the modern world.

Gébelin further claimed that the name “tarot” came from the

Egyptian words tar, meaning “royal”, and ro, meaning “road”,

and that the Tarot therefore represented a “royal road” to

wisdom.

The idea of the cards as a mystical key was further

developed by Eliphas Lévi and passed to the English-speaking

world by The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. His book

‘Transcendental Magic’ introduced an interpretation of the

cards which related them to Hermetic Qabalah. He devised a

system which related the Tarot to the Kabala and the four

elements of alchemy. Tarot divination became increasingly

popular from 1910, with the publication of the Rider-Waite-

Smith Tarot (designed and executed by two members of the

Golden Dawn), which replaced the traditionally simple pip

cards with images of symbolic scenes.

Each card has a variety of symbolic meanings that have

evolved over the years. Custom or themed tarot decks exist

which have even more specific symbolism, although these are

more prevalent in the English-speaking world. The minor

arcana cards have astrological attributions that can be used

as general indicators of timing in the year, based on the

Octavian calendar, and the court cards may signify different

people in a tarot reading, with each suit’s “nature”

providing hints about that person’s physical and emotional

characteristics. In many systems, the four suits are

associated with the four elements: Swords with air, Wands

with fire, and Cups with water and Pentacles with earth. The

numerology of the cards is also considered significant. The

tarot is considered to correspond to various systems such as

astrology, Pythagorean numerology, and the Kabala.

Carl Jung was the first psychologist to attach importance

to tarot symbolism. He regarded the tarot cards as

representing archetypes: fundamental types of person or

situation embedded in the subconscious of all human beings.

The theory of archetypes gives rise to several psychological

uses. Since the cards represent these different archetypes

within each individual, ideas of the subject’s self-

perception can be gained by asking them to select a card

that they ‘identify with’. Equally, the subject can try and

clarify the situation by imagining it in terms of the

archetypal ideas associated with each card. Some schools of

occult thought or symbolic study, such as the Hermetic Order

of the Golden Dawn, consider the tarot to function as a

textbook and mnemonic device for their teachings. This may

be one cause of the word arcana being used to describe the

two sections of the tarot deck: arcana is the plural form of

the Latin word arcanum, meaning “closed” or “secret.”

Wands

There are a lot of variations on magick wands, depending

on the purpose and the Witchcraft tradition. In many

European based Witchcraft traditions, the magick wand is a

simple unadorned stick of natural wood, often with the bark

still intact. In high ceremonial magick the wands are very

elaborate, typically constructed of metal or fine wood, and

encrusted with valuable gems. Magick runes or symbols are

carved on the length of the wand and typically there is a

valuable gemstone at the tip. Many Witches craft a much less

expensive ceremonial wand by wrapping a piece of wood with

cloth, leather, twine, and other materials. Magick runes or

symbols can be burned or carved into the wood or drawn on

cloth or leather strips and wrapped onto the wand.

Seashells, feathers, crystals, and other items from nature

can be tied or glued to the wand.

When you finish choosing or making a wand, you will want

to dedicate it to magickal work. The ritual should be short

and simple: place the tool on the altar, cast a circle, and

perform a short ritual to consecrate the tool. If you belong

to a specific Witchcraft tradition, use the ritual specified

by your tradition. If you are an eclectic Witch or still

undecided on tradition, make up your own short ceremony,

possibly based around a poem you write. If you have a

permanent altar, you might leave your wand on your altar for

24 hours after your ceremony before making use of your new

wand. Any of the Sabbats or New Moon or Full Moon are

particularly appropriate times to dedicate a new wand.

Some traditions correspond wands with the element air.

Some traditions correspond wands with the element fire. In

some traditions, the element is determined by the materials

and decorations, including runes and other magick writing.

The wand is considered to be a phallic tool and therefore of

masculine element and male energy. The wand corresponds with

the planet Mars. Wands are most commonly used to channel

energy. Match the wand’s materials and decorations and

magick writings to the kind of energy being channelled.

Wands may be used to cast a circle. Some Witches use an

athame for most circles, reserving wands for casting circles

of special significance. Wands may be used to invite and

control entities and for manifestation.

Recommended Reading

Divination for Beginners by Scott Cunningham

 

Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A E Waite
Runes for Transformation by Kaedrich Olsen

 

Art

of the Pendulum by Cassandra Eason
Everyday Magic by Dorothy Morrison

Spell for Lesson 3

Center yourself with this simple and powerful spell.

 

Find a quiet space and gather a white or silver candle, a glass bowl of

spring water, a smooth stone, and a spoonful of

salt.
Light the candle, and concentrate on the flame.
Hold the stone in your palm.
Feel its weight, and its solidity.
This stone represents your core truth-the unchangeable,

timeless, and solid aspect of your core being. Identify this

aspect and name it. Place the stone into the water. Breathe.
Hold the salt in your hand, and let it slip through your

fingers into the water, saying:

“This life and time,
ever changing.

Goddess, may I recognize my truth
and center my life on it.

As time changes me,
may I remain timeless,
fluid, and honorable..”

Tools of the Craft


Lesson 2 – Tools of the Craft

Part One

This is an introduction to the symbolism of magical tools

and how they are used.
Please note that ideas may vary depending on tradition, this

article is intended as a guide only.

The Pentacle

The Pentacle is a flat board or circle that is usually

inscribed with a pentagram (a five-pointed star), though

they may also have many other symbols upon them.

This tool acts like a platform upon which many other acts

are often performed –especially consecrations. It is

symbolic of the Element of Earth, not only as the general

Element, but also as the planet Earth itself and on a larger

scale it can even be used as a symbol of the universe. It is

generally placed in the centre of the altar, and magical

workings are performed on top of it. It can also be used in

meditations. The Pentacle is often used in ceremonial magic

as it blocks evil very effectively.

It’s direction is North and it’s energy is Female.

In the upward direction it is used for Protection,

Blessing, Consecration, Meditation and Positive energy. In

the downward direction it is used for Banishing and Binding.

The five points of the pentacle can be used to represent

several things:

Five Senses
Human Body
Love, Wisdom, Power, Knowledge and Law
Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit

In Tarot, the pentacle symbolises political action and

intrigue.

Bell

Bells are used to banish negative energy and evil

spirits, they are also used to mark the beginning and end or

a ritual or ceremony. It is a tool of the element of air and

spirit, the sound represents the creative power of the

universe. Bells can also be used in invocations, chants and

meditation techniques.

Athame

An athame is a ceremonial knife used in Traditional

Witchcraft and other pagan beliefs for various rituals. A

black-handled knife called an arthame appears in the Key of

Solomon. The athame is an important ritual tool but is not

used for physical cutting.

The athame’s primary use is for ritual and magical

purposes only, to direct energy; if things such as herbs or

cords need to be cut, another knife called a boline – a

white-handled knife -is used. An exception is the “kitchen

witchcraft” philosophy, which encourages the everyday use of

magical tools to increase the witch’s familiarity with them.

Gender: Masculine
Direction: East
Element: Fire/Air
Uses: Mixing solutions and potions, charging and

consecrating amulets and talismans. Opening and closing

magic circles.
Additional Information: Also known as the right handed

knife. Athames must be consecrated or purified before use.

Bags and Pouches

Bags and pouches are an important magical tool as they

have many uses. You can use them to carry tools safely; or

keep tarot decks and crystals protected from negative

vibrations and damage; create a Mojo bag; stuff with herbs

to make a sachet charm or dream pillow.

Storing a tarot deck in a special place helps the reader

to appreciate the significance of her cards. It builds an

atmosphere of respect for the tarot reading. It is also

believed that care placed in storage practices keeps the

cards from absorbing negative energy. A popular storage

option is a dark coloured fabric bag. Some people wrap their

cards in a cloth before they place the cards in the bag.

Mojo bags (also known as a gris-gris or conjure bag)

usually contains a mix of herbs, powders, personal items

such as a hair or fingernail clippings, sometimes a coin or

dice, a lodestone, a petition paper or prayer, and other

objects thought to promote supernatural action or

protection.

Herbal sachets are small fabric bags filled with herbs

intended to achieve a particular magical goal. They are

popular for protection and attracting positive influences

into your life such as love, psychic ability, prosperity and

the like. Sachets are constructed with appropriate

correspondences for the magical intent they are being

created to achieve. These correspondences include the time

and day they are made, the colour of the cloth used, and the

herbs and other items often including crystals which are

enclosed in the pouch.

Making dream pillows are an excellent way to make your

subconscious mind work with you on problem-solving,

divination, etc. Dream pillows will also help when you are

troubled by nightmares. For hundreds of years people have

used herb mixtures to affect their dreams. In the same way

that certain fragrances (like fresh coffee or cut grass)

evoke a pleasant memory for you, herbs also evoke pleasant

associations of memory.

Book of Shadows

A Book of Shadows is a blank book where witches write

down information useful to their craft. It is considered a

sacred tool, which means it is an item of power that should

be consecrated with all of your other magical tools. Copy

spells and rituals into your Book of Shadows by hand – this

will not only transfer energy but will also help you

memorise the content.

Typically a Book of Shadows will be used to store

information on Spells, Rituals, Magical Correspondences,

Gods and Goddesses, Festivals, Recipes, Charts, Sketches,

Recordings of Magical Workings etc.

Tips:
1. If you find a rite, spell or piece of information

somewhere else, be sure to note down the source. It will

help you keep organized, and you’ll start to recognize

patterns in authors’ works.
2. Add a section that includes books you’ve read, as well as

what you thought of them. This way, when you get a chance to

share information with others, you’ll remember what you’ve

read.

Boxes

It is important to keep your magical tools in good

condition. Boxes offer physical protection from damage, and

keep your items clean. By respecting your magical items you

will have greater affinity with them, and their powers will

be more in harmony with your own. On a metaphysical level,

boxes prevent negative energies from affecting your tools.

Boxes can also be used as an integral part of any magical

working. In general, a spell box is filled with power items

necessary to achieve a goal, although you should follow

directions given for specific spells. It may be a cumulative

spell done in increments: items are gathered one by one and

added to enhance the power oft he box. Sometimes a special

box lends itself to a magical or spiritual goal. The box

itself can become an intrinsic part of the spell. Some ideas

for use include: Attach and incorporate the power items to

the box itself, such as charms, beads, shells and feathers;

Paint images on the outside or inside of the box to

correspond with the spells goals; Embellish with sigils or

other symbols using magic ink, henna or other natural dyes.

Broom/Besom

The besom’s components are of both masculine and feminine

orientation. The handle, a stave, is masculine in nature

while the bristles are feminine. The besom is an important

part of hand-fasting ceremonies in some traditions. The

couple jumps over the besom during the ceremony as a

fertility rite.

Uses include: symbolic and physical cleansing, sweeping

away negative vibrations, expelling evil spirits, defining

boundaries and purification. Brooms should always be looked

after to keep from losing good fortune. It is traditional to

keep a broom either by or above the front door, to protect

hearth and home from negative energy The broom is sacred to

the Goddess Hecate, it’s element is Water.

Candles

Candle Magic has been around for many, many years, being

traced as far back as the Palaeolithic era. It is a very

powerful form of sympathetic magic.
There are many factors that play into the art of candle

magic. Keep in mind that some candle magic has to be

repeated over a period of days. Therefore, you will want to

place them in an area that will not be disturbed. Do not

choose a place where there is a tv, radio noise or

disturbances of any kind. Keep in mind to not put candles

near curtains and such, as you would not want to burn your

house down. Candle magic should always be performed in a low

traffic area.

Any type of candle can be used for candle magic as long

as it has been cleansed and consecrated prior to use.

Cleansing removes any negative energies that the candle has

picked up along the way. As with all supplies you want your

candles to be as free of psychic debris as possible.

The candles you use for any type of magical use should be

unused. Under no circumstances use a candle which has

already adorned a dinner table or been used as a bedroom

candle or night-light. Vibrations picked up by second-hand

materials or equipment may disturb your workings and negate

their effectiveness.

Once you have purchased or made your ritual candle it has

to be oiled or ‘dressed’ before burning. The purpose of

dressing the candle is to establish a psychic link between

it and the magician through a primal sensory experience. By

physically touching the candle during the dressing

procedure, you are charging it with your own personal

vibrations and also concentrating the desire of your magical

act into the wax.

The Cauldron

The cauldron or pot symbolizes cyclical time and the

lunar calendar, it is the repository of inspiration and

magick.

In contemporary Witchcraft, the cauldron is an important

magical tool that symbolically combines the influences of

the ancient elements of air, fire, water, and earth. Its

shape is representative of Mother Nature, and the three legs

upon which it stands correspond to the three aspects of the

Triple Goddess, the three lunar phases (waxing, full, and

waning), and to three as a magical number. Additionally, the

cauldron is a symbol of transformation (both physical and

spiritual), enlightenment, wisdom, the womb of the Mother

Goddess, and rebirth.

Since early times, cauldrons have been used not only for

boiling water and cooking food, but for heating up magical

brews, poisons, and healing potions. They have also been

utilized by alchemists and by Witches as tools of

divination, containers for sacred fires and incense, and

holy vessels for offerings to the gods of old.

The

Chalice

The Element of Water is represented through the use of

the Chalice, which is a ceremonial drinking vessel. The

Chalice is used to take drinks during rituals and at the

culmination of ritual work. In some paths it is also used to

toast the Gods.

This tool also represents the universal feminine or the

womb, especially when combined with the Athamé during the

symbolic Great Rite. However, in Asatru the chalice is used

as a drinking horn for holding sacred mead.

Chalices are used for:

* Mixing salt and water
* Mixing potions
* Invoking the power of the Moon
* Conjuring emotions
* Presenting offerings and pouring libations
* Drinking ritual wine
* Create bonds between coven members
* Proposing toasts

Recommended Reading

Altars

Made Easy
Crafting Personal Shrines by Carol Owen
Witch’s Guide to

Life
Kitchen Witches Guide to Magickal Tools by

Patricia Telesco

Spell for Lesson 2

Bell Blessing

You will need:

– Salt
– Rosemary

Incense
– Bowl of Water
– White Candle
– Your Bell

Sit at your working space with your bell in front of you.

Make yourself comfortable, and take a few deep breaths to

relax and focus yourself.

Sprinkle salt around the bell and say:
“Element of Earth, cleanse and purify this tool, keep its

tone healthy and strong”

Next pass the bell through the incense smoke and say:
“Element of Air, cleanse and purify this tool, may its

clarity be heard throughout the ether.”

Pass the bell over the candle flame and say:
“Element of Fire, cleanse and purify this tool, may it bring

bright energies and drive out the dark.”

Sprinkle water on the bell and say:
“Element of Water, cleanse and purify this tool, that it may

aid me in my tasks and keep me focused.”

Place your hands either side of the bell and visualise light

energy coming out of your palms and passing into the bell,

say:

“I consecrate this bell in love and in trust,
In peace and in wisdom,
I bless this tool of my craft,
So mote it be.”

Feedback

Thank You soooo much. I have been looking for a bell

blessing to no avail! This was exactly what I was needing!

It was a gift to have found it!!

Next Lesson…

The Tools of Witchcraft, Part 2

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