Beginner to Advanced Techniques for speaking with Deities


God Talk

Speaking with the Gods

When I was just a kid, I remember my Grandma keeping various candles about the house that she used for different purposes. One was in the shape of a five-pointed star and was green. This was her money candle. These early memories must have influenced me because I’ve always been attracted to candle magic. I enjoy the choice of color, scent, and shape. When developing my own rituals for communicating with deities, candles were a natural choice.

Jay’s Starting Technique

The first step is to choose an entity that you wish to speak with. It can be a God, Goddess, or nature spirit. I won’t go into communicating with the spirits of deceased humans in this article. Once you have selected your subject of interest, do some research on them. Find their associated symbols, read and familiarize yourself with stories about them, even look for related art. Really get familiar with them, and get your mind tuned to their essence.

For this technique we’ll use a slightly ritualistic approach with candle magic. Find a candle that you feel represents the deity you are going to communicate with. Try and find a color, smell, shape or size that reminds you of the deity’s attributes. For instance, I think of Manannan as a storm god, so I chose a black candle that had a very masculine and mysterious scent to it. The shape didn’t matter to me as much and so I chose something practical, but it can be helpful symbolism to chose a 3-sided candle for communicating with a triple-aspect goddess and so forth.

Once you have the candle, it’s good to add some personal touches to its appearance to give it more importance. This can be done by carving a symbol representing the god or goddess into the candle. If you are unsure what symbol to use, there are plenty of books that cover this topic, or you can try searching for information on the internet. If the deity correlates with one of the planets, you can use the astrological symbol. 0e59e842b813d62cab15bc978cf574ee--astrological-symbols-astrology-symbolsIn addition to symbols, you can attach plants and herbs or surround the candle’s base in a wreath of them. A decorative holder can also be used, such as a shining gold base for a sun god, a shallow bowl filled with water for those water related, and the same for Stones, earth, feathers, you name it! Make the candle special with whatever feels right to you and has a strong personalized connection to the spirit you want to speak with.

 

With the candle prepared, the next step is to imbue it with the energy of your will and desire. This process can be started while you are working on decorating the candle. Think about what you know of their history, their nature, and what you hope to gain by speaking with them. Feel the energy pouring out of your hands as you work on the candle. Do this at a time when you are feeling an appropriate level of enthusiasm. Give the candle your full focus, making sure distractions don’t take you away from the task. This candle is an expression of your willpower to communicate with a higher entity, and a vessel for your personal energy. It may seem like a lot of work, but this is something you will be using over and over again. I personally feel it lends extra power to the candle the more times you use it.

The second step is to plan a good a time and place to make the connection. For Manannan, since I didn’t live near the ocean at the time, I chose to communicate during a storm. Likewise, working with a moon deity is best in view of the moon at night, and a nature deity could be contacted in the woods. For some situations you’ll have to create your own environment. For fire deities, you could try it in front of a fireplace or in a dark room lit by a lot of small candles. The idea is to make you feel closer to the element of that God/Goddess, and to put you in an appropriately mystical mood. It’s not a requirement that you be near a like element at all, only a suggestion to help increase the conductivity. Of course it is also always sensible to find a place or time you won’t be disturbed during the process.

Once your candle is ready and everything is in place, simply sit there for a while and calm yourself. Get all distracting thoughts out of the way (as much as any human can expect to) and get comfortable. If you want to be in a chair, on the floor, or standing, do it. Go with whatever feels right in this situation. As you light the candle in front of you, say the deity’s name out loud like a mantra. Elongate the syllables and really feel the name. “Maa-naan-naaan” or “Briiih-ghiid” etc. Repeat the name while willing the god or goddess to appear in front of you. Make your will and your call a friendly invitation and a hopeful request for conversation. Some people will see a visual signifier that a presence has entered the room, others will simply sense a shift in the rooms atmosphere. There isn’t one key event used to signify that a deity has arrived. Sometimes they will speak first, other times they will enter and wait to be addressed. I usually sense a building of energy in front of me as the deity enters the room. When this build-up stabilizes is when I attempt to converse.

This is the hardest part to describe, as it may be different depending on the person. When I communicate with a deity or spirit, I often speak out loud. If you choose to speak out loud, also be sure to “think” what you are saying loudly. Make sure that as you are saying the words, you are also thinking of those words and what they mean. As humans we have the amazing ability to speak while thinking of something totally unrelated at the same time. Try to maintain a balance of focus and relaxation. After you speak, immediately clear your mind of thought and listen for an answer. Be patient and be open. Some people receive communication in the form of images, others hear the voice respond in their mind, and some receive mental concepts in return. Feelings and ideas can be as effective as words, and you may want to try communicating with those as well. Likewise if you relate to images stronger than words, try communicating by sending images to the god. Experiment and find the method that works best.

I recommend your first communication with the deity to be an introduction and a statement of purpose. Much like when you approach someone in person, introduce yourself and let them know why you’re talking to them. Tell them about yourself while also expressing interest in who you are speaking to. Maintain a cordial tone and be respectful until you know who you’re speaking to better. It is very possible to have a casual relationship with a deity but in the beginning I highly recommend keeping things more reserved. After introductions are out of the way, wing it. Respond to what they say or move the conversation toward your goal.

For some people, success will be instant. For others practice is needed. I find that the more times you speak with a spirit or deity the easier it becomes to hear and communicate. Some people become comfortable enough that they can communicate while walking in the woods or while driving to work. There will be days, no matter how often you practice, that your mind is too distracted or nervous, so don’t give up and don’t let failure get you down! The rewards out weigh the effort by tenfold!

Advance Spirit Bonding Technique

Before we begin with the advanced technique, I’d like to say that this is potentially dangerous. In spite of this I feel comfortable publishing it for two reasons: 1. Too many magic and occult books shy away from anything potentially unsafe or risky, which is somewhat dishonest. There are dangers on the astral plane, from immoral magic users in the form of psychic attack, and negative nature elementals. That’s a fact any active occultist will have to face someday. 2. Not everyone is going to be able to apply this technique, as it requires some amount of experience and skill. If a newbie is able to do this, then their natural gift will hopefully help them deal with the results.

This is more than just communicating with a God. It is sharing your physical body; being a host for the deity’s spirit or soul. Making one’s body available to an outside energy is the basis of channeling, and in my experience there are two levels of this process. The most extreme version of channeling has the host completely leave his body so that another entity can inhabit it. This is not only the most dangerous but also the least useful to the experiencer. Classically in this situation a second person is required to interact with the channeled spirit as the body’s true soul is pushed or displaced to a different location during the session. If you were to attempt this on your own, you would remember only fragments at best.

What I am teaching here allows a very temporary coexistence within your body. Your soul still fully inhabits its vessel and the god or goddess overlaps parts of your soul while partially occupying your body. Let me simply go over a typical session’s requirements and events and I’ll expand on this concept as I do. This should of course be done with an entity you have communicated with frequently and one with which you share a close bond of trust.

I strongly advise doing the advanced communication technique in a well shielded area that you have done magic in previously. Be at your most comfortable and secluded. Ask anyone in your home not to disturb you no matter the reason, turn off your phone, etc. Do whatever you usually do to get yourself into a trance like state. (Incense, dark room, music, whatever.) Call the deity you wish to attempt this with as you always do. You of course want to discuss this idea with the god or spirit as they may be unwilling or unable. I only say unable because of the large range in spirit or deity type, although I believe most all types are capable of this. Once the event is agreed upon, a shift in your will is required. This may vary depending on the type of psychic self defense you have. If you keep shields around you to keep out all outside energy types, you will of course have to lower these or alter their intention. If you have them you know how to do this. Next, one needs to become fully aware of his or her spiritual energies. Quiet your mind and feel the shape of your astral body and the energy that infuses your physical being. Feel the flow of energy and lightly part it in front of your body as if you were opening a door. Mentally/verbally say: “It is my will that (name) enter and share my body.” If you want to alter this sentence to have preset limitations (such as “..my body for the next 20 minutes”) it is fine of course, although you may want to question why you have a trust issue. Let the deity’s energy flow into you. Don’t feel like you have to react to it, simply let it be. You won’t have to combine your energy with that of the god, they should be able to flow over and around each other without mixing.

The experience at this point will vary depending on who or what you are communicating with. The first thing I always feel is very strong energy flowing into my body. This may be gradual, or it may be very quick. It is the entity merging with your body. Because of the size and strength of most deities, the whole of their essence will not fill your body completely. Only a portion of it will, and the rest will surround your body. My awareness increases dramatically at this point and my perception is very different. Senses like taste, sound, and smell will be most apparently different. An odd combination of divine experience and physical sensations overlap at the same time. Knowledge can be shared very quickly in this mode, although each entity should have control over what knowledge is imparted. The potential at this point is up to you and who you are dealing with. The mutual benefits should be obvious. The energy overflow from having multiple souls in one body, especially one being a deity, is too much to handle for an extended amount of time. If this is the first time you’ve attempted this, you may want to keep it short. Use your own judgment with this. Go by your gut, and if you feel like you should quit or it is getting to be overwhelming, just stop.

The separation process for me has always been a communication to the deity that it is time to stop and the energies have always willfully been withdrawn. Another reason to only do this with a trusted entity that you have worked with many, many times before. Re-shield yourself as necessary. You should find yourself feeling very energetic when this experience is over.

Question and Answer section:

Q. I’m hearing a response when I try to communicate, but how do I know that it’s not me answering my own questions? -or- Are the voices in my head coming from the inside or the outside?

A. Sometimes we question if the conversation we’re hearing is self created. For me it often feels too strong and different from my own thoughts to be doubted. Other times it may seem too much like, and may even be, inner dialog. You’ll reach a point where you’ll know you are speaking to someone else because you’ll learn things you didn’t already know, and get answers to your question that you never would have expected. Sometimes you want to hear an answer so badly your inner-self offers up an answer and blocks out the deity. This is normal. Just clear your mind, take a deep breath, and sharpen your focus. I think a healthy dose of skepticism is great, but a friend of mine advises to simply not worry too much about it and press on. With practice you’ll know for sure.

Other times our inner-voice offers up an answer because it should be listened to. More than once, while asking for advice, I have found that I already knew the answer before the question was finished. This is good too, and shows us in our busy world how little we take time out to quietly do some soul searching.

Q. I’ve tried speaking with (insert deity name here) many times now and never with any success. What am I doing wrong?

A. You may want to try a different technique than mine, or change any technique so that it works better for you personally. Also, you may want to attempt speaking with a different deity. You will find you have better connections with some more than others because of their nature and your own. Just like people in your work place and in your family, it’s simply easier to talk to some people than others.

Some deities are also more person friendly than others. Some don’t feel the need to communicate with humans, or are very selective. Most seem to enjoy it, and welcome the opportunity. You may want to make sure you are making your attempt with respect. Commanding a god or goddess to appear isn’t very effective or cool.

Q. Isn’t speaking to God or whatever a sign of insanity?

A. Ah yes, this classic idea springs from stories of mad bombers and murderers who were commanded by God to commit such heinous acts. My first response is to point out that even if someone told you to kidnap a bus full of nuns, you’d have to be really nuts to simply say: “Okay. Sure, I’ll get right on that.”

Aside from that, no it doesn’t mean you’re crazy. Pagans, Hindus, some Christian groups, and many other religions have some sort of way to communicate with god.

A pinch of skepticism is good, so if you hear something scary or crazy, by all means dismiss it. If the whole topic makes you too uncomfortable, simply don’t do it. If it makes you feel better, they say that really insane people are too crazy to question their own sanity.

Copyright © 2002 by Jay Bell / Temple of Manannan Mac LirVisit the Original Article

Protecting Others Psychically


As you become more comfortable and skilled in protecting yourself, there will be times when you may want to shield another person or loved one. You can extend the protection skills you have honed for yourself to help others.

Preparation:

Many people feel that an essential first step in protecting someone is to first gain that person’s acquiescence. There is some wisdom to this. They may not actually need your help. If you see a loved one struggling though rough times they may need to experience these hardships in order to motivate themselves to find a solution. A person may also seem to be overwhelmed when in fact they feel they are handling the situation in the best way possible. Basically without directly asking the intended person if they need help, it is hard for us to make a fair judgment if any help should be given. So rule number one is to ask if your help is need before you provide it.

Ideally someone will ask you for help, thus bypassing this entire issue. Get as many details on what they need help with. Do they feel they are being psychically attacked? Are they seeking refuge from a situation that they actually need to face? Be as systematic and logical in assessing their needs as you would be with your own. If you don’t actually want to help this person then you probably shouldn’t attempt to shield them. Protection is so strongly based on will that a ward created grudgingly would be of little use.

Also, if the recipient of the shield practices magic themselves, you should ask if they’ve made any attempts on their own and if so of what sort. Discuss the nature of the shields they attempted to create, even if they felt it was completely ineffective. If the protection they tried to create was made to attack anyone back, was created during anger or frustration, or was anything more than a shell they wrapped around themselves, you will want them to first deconstruct those shields.

Preparing yourself is very important as well. Make sure you shield yourself well before doing magic for anyone else. If there are any unpredictable backlashes you will be glad you did. Build your energy levels up as much as you can. It will be more draining to create a shield for someone else. You should first shield yourself at least an hour ahead of time before you plan on doing magic for the other person. After you shield yourself you can ground and work on building up your energy levels.

When you’ve chosen a course of action and a method for shielding you next need to implement it. Find a quiet place to perform the magic where both of you won’t be disturbed. Ideally the intended subject will be in your immediate presence. The subject of the magic should be in a comfortable position so that they don’t need to move around much. They should occupy their mind as much as possible during the process. If they are capable of keeping their mind clear that is good. Otherwise you may have them visualize a place where they feel safe or a place the often like to visit. The reason for this is to keep their mental energies from interfering with your own. This also has a benefit for you as it can be hard to focus on the task at hand while someone is watching or scrutinizing you.

There is no set rule for the physical positioning between the caster and the recipient. Some people like to have their hands close to where they are making the shield, moving the hands up and down the body as it is created. Others are comfortable sitting away from the subject on a separate couch and passing the energy over the distance. Experiment and find what works best for you. When performing the actually shielding method you have chosen be sure that you are using your energy to wrap the recipient and not their own. A few of the protection techniques on this site involve charging ones chakras or psychic centers. You don’t want to visualize the chakras of the other person. It is your energy that you are using to protect them. Although most of the shield techniques given earlier can be used on another person, choose a means that does not directly involve the chakras at all. You can of course charge your own psychic centers beforehand to increase your energy level. Here is a fairly easy method you can use on another person.

The Blanket Technique

Visualize in the air between you a dot of pure blue light. Increase this light’s intensity until it burns very bright. Take this dot and trace with it a square twice as big as the person you are going to shield. This is the outline for the blanket we are creating and it must be big enough to wrap around the subject at the end. When you trace the outline of the blanket its lines should stay visible and shinning in your mind’s eye. Once the outline is complete, begin to pour energy into the square shape. Fill the square with as much energy as you can muster letting it fill the entirety of the shape and even become thick like a fluffy comforter. While you are filling the square with energy, be sure to acknowledge the protective powers you want to be inherent within. Think of the specific circumstance that they are seeking protection from and instill this energy with the power to resist and repel it. Once this blanket of energy it complete, move it to the subject and wrap it around them. It should reach completely around them, even covering the area above the head and below the feet. Allow it to become solid once all parts are covered. Hold this image in your minds eye for a good minute before letting it go.

You should put more energy into this other person’s shield than you would your own. Without being connected to any replenishing energy source, this shield isn’t going to last as long one of your own. You also want to make sure you clearly visualize any energy that is connecting between you completely dissipated. This is to ensure your energy is drained to support the shield.

Recharging

The shield you create for another isn’t going to last as long as one created for yourself and if you intend for it to provide protection while under fire, you will have to recharge it at last once a week, perhaps even once a day. Before you attempt to recharge it, first try and sense what condition the shield is in. Is it still strong and holding up, is it rather weak, or has it collapsed completely? This way you can judge how much energy to use when you refresh it. If you feel the shield didn’t take or collapsed altogether, simply recreate the shield as you did the first time, but plan to check it and recharge in shorter invervals. If the shield is still holding up, recharging is very simple. Follow the short method below.

Recharge Ball Technique

Get into your ready state making sure to build your own energy levels up to a very high level. As with the initial creation of the shield, it is best to do this in person with the other individual in a very calm and relaxed state. Push your energy out in front of you and gather it into a ball. Charge the ball with as much energy as you feel the shield requires until you feel it is vibrant with light. Extend a thread from the ball to the shield of the other person. Mentally focus on the idea that the energy is going to pick up the same attributes that the shield energy already has. Poor this ball of energy slowly into their shield, visualizing it glowing more and more brightly as it is repowered until the ball is depleted completely.

Copyright © 2007 by Jay Bell / Temple of Manannan Mac LirVisit Original Article

Psychic Protection: What to do during a psychic attack


If you feel you are under psychic attack, you first want to assess why. I have found that many people’s favorite form of attack is the psychological bluff. They will tell you that they are going to “get you”, “destroy you magically”, or “use their powers to make you pay.” I even have witnessed someone threatening to kill a group of people over the Internet. Needless to say, none of the intended victims actually died. If someone actually had such power they certainly wouldn’t feel so insecure that they need to harm people whose online opinions offend them. So first try to assess if your attacker is really a threat or not. If this is someone you know and have they made empty threats in the past? Is it someone who has mood swings and calms down after short bursts of anger? Does this person practice any magical arts? Most people who actually are going to attack you magically aren’t going to give you the benefit of a verbal warning. Why would they want you to have a chance to prepare? Psychic attacks are most often hyperbole.

Unfortunately there can be a dangerous effect with such ploys. Sometimes the victim believes so strongly that an attack is going to take place that they actually create the attack themselves and suffer the consequences. Hypochondriacs constantly tell themselves that they are suffering ailments and seem to really feel the symptoms of their supposed illness. They believe that they are sick and so they allow themselves to feel sick. If someone expects voodoo doll induced pains to pierce their arms and legs, there is a good chance they will unwittingly provide the pains themselves.

Because of this, preparing a defense is recommended even if you suspect a bluff, if only for peace of mind. Start by increasing the frequency that you shield yourself. You may want to even shield twice a day, once during the day and once during the evening. Whatever amount makes you feel safe is fine.

Reversing a Spell

What if you want to do more than just being on the defensive? Why should someone be allowed to direct malicious energy at you while you stand by and commit your time and energy to holding these attacks off? If you want to do more than keep your aggressor at bay, there is one method of counter action that is generally considered fair play.

The Mirror Ball

This is a great technique that reflects whatever magic sent at you right back to the sender. This will be set up as a secondary shield that exists outside of your regular shields.

The visualization for this technique is fairly simple. After reaching your ready state, conjure in your mind the image of a great spherical mirror surrounding you. This perfectly ball shaped mirror will be outside of your primary wards, so make sure it’s big enough to compensate for this. If you want to have fun with this exercise, you can make the mirror ball appear like a giant disco ball. It’s sort of hard not to imagine it like that anyway. Hold this image in your mind and try to add extra detail by visualizing your surroundings reflected in the mirror’s surface.

The inclusion of a mantra adds extra dedication and power. Here’s an example of what your chant could be:

Of the mirror I am the master
Return the magic to the caster

Or

My mirror is my defender
Send it back onto the sender

Asking Outside Sources for Protection

Religious Sources

Vishnu, Hindu god of protectionDepending on your religious outlook, asking an outside source in the form of a higher power to shield you may be an option. Classically when we think of religious protection our minds turn to prayer. Regardless of one’s faith, this is a valid form of gaining assistance from outside sources. Christians will most likely call on Jesus or God for assistance, while other religions might have more specific personas to select from depending on the situation. Catholics have a variety of saints to choose from and Pagans have a large number of gods and goddesses that each specialize in one or more art. Requesting protection from one of these sources is as simple as communing with the source in whatever manner suits you best. Prayer, trance states, meditation, and invocation seem to be the most common techniques. Call on your higher power and request their protection. This can be quite effective in a pinch, but you should always try to stand on your own two feet and try to provide your own protection first.

Other Magic Users

It is quite possible to have protection magic done for you by someone who is well versed in its art. If you do choose to go this route, you want to choose someone you know fairly well. In most situations a stranger won’t know you well enough to provide anything more than short term protection. They won’t share enough of a connection with you to keep you effectively in mind after you leave their presence, and they won’t have as much motivation to help you as a friend would. Trust is essential.

Also, you may only want to consider someone else shielding you as a temporary arrangement. One of the benefits of having your own shields is that they will be directly connected to your own energy source. It isn’t fair to expect someone to constantly contribute their power to protect you all the time. Create your own shields and seek outside help only when overwhelmed.

Protection from Illness

Here’s a funny little technique I’ve had great success with. I’m not skilled at magical healing, even though I’ve tried many times, but I did discover a way to help prevent myself from getting sick in the first place. Using the technique below, I’ve managed to avoid catching countless colds and the flu from ill people I’ve been in close contact with.

The idea is to create a shield so powerful that it defends against airborne illness. The shield should be super concentrated and intense, so it only focuses on the mouth and nose. Visualize a white mask that covers your face just as a surgical mask does. This mask should extend over your nose and dip down below your chin. I recommend using white energy for its symbolic purity. You should fill this mask with as much intense energy as you can muster up. The energy should be very concentrated, so strong and buzzing that you imaging it burning any germs that try to pass through it. Think of the mask as being formed of extremely bright energy that is invulnerable in its strength and ability to burn away impurity. This white fire is harmless to the flesh but deadly to any particles of germs. You may even visualize this high-frequency energy extending into your mouth to offer an extra amount of prevention.

This technique may require a large amount of energy, but it is better than the weakened state illness can imbue us with. I usually visualize this right before meeting with someone I know is ill and try to re-visualize it every two or three hours if I’m still around that person.

Copyright © 2004 by Jay Bell / Temple of Manannan Mac LirVisit Original ArticleOther sources

Magical Energy: Techniques


Grounding

This isn’t grounding in the sense of punishing your child; instead it’s the sort of grounding you do to keep from flying off the handle at your kid. You are probably familiar with this concept already as it’s one of the most widely used and published techniques. This process is most often sited as being the tool used to balance energies out. Some people suffer a lack of energy, while other people feel overwhelmed by the amount of energy they have. This technique helps to establish the perfect balance of energy, and it also has a very cleansing effect on your general vibration.

To begin, either stand with your feet filmy planted on natural earth, or just sit on your rump. While it can technically be done anywhere, I strongly recommend doing it outside on a natural surface like a patch of grass. It is a casual enough process that no one will be able to tell what you are doing, so your yard or a public park will do just fine. Calm your mind and adjust your breathing to a slower and deeper rate. Visualize roots made of pure light extending from your feet or the base of your spine and extend these roots deep into the earth. When you go deep enough, you should sense a large reservoir of raw energy. With the roots dipped into this source, soak energy up by visualizing it being pulled through your tendrils and allow it flow back into your body. Take in a good drink of energy as you inhale, letting the light spread into every corner of your body. Do this every other inhalation until you feel your body is highly charged. Enjoy the buzz for a moment before sending the energy back down your roots and into the ground as you exhale. The idea behind this is that you are washing your body in pure energy that mixes with your old energy. Cycling the energy in and out of your body is to purify and dispel some of the old energy while refreshing invigorating your system with movement.

Continue the flow of incoming and outgoing energy. Saturating your body with fresh energy helps to dispel any negative vibrations in your system. When you feel this process is complete, slowly pull the roots back into yourself, dispersing their form as they reenter you. Remain still for a few moments longer and then continue on with your life refreshed and balanced.

If you feel heavily burdened by negativity, additionally visualize black or tainted energy being pushed down your roots into the earth below. See the negativity absorbed, overwhelmed, and then purified by the strong natural energies of the earth. Take additional pure energy to replenish that what you then expelled.

While working customer service and technical support jobs, I found this technique to be a real lifesaver. I would leave the building on break and find a grassy area on the edge of the parking lot. After performing this technique I felt a renewed vigor and a much stronger hold on my sanity.

Psychic Center/Chakra Visualization

Psychic Center Visualization is fantastic for raising energy before doing any magical work. You have many energy centers in your body which correlate with your spiritual or etheric body. These psychic centers of energy are most commonly called chakras. There are many different schools of thought as to how many chakras a body has. Likewise, there is an ancient Indian spiritual philosophy known as ayurveda which combines the body, sense organs, mind and soul to guide the processes of energy and rebirth. In western magic, most people agree that there are 6 classic chakras.

The Crown Chakra- Right above your head, and the largest of all the chakras. This one connects you to the spiritual, and your higher self.

The Third Eye- Located between and above your eyes, this Chakra is in the center of your forehead and is said to govern clairvoyance.

The Throat Chakra- Just as it sounds; it is located in the throat. It represents communication… Kind of predictable with the name and meaning huh?

The Heart Chakra- Located in the center of your chest. This center governs emotions.

The Solar Plexus Chakra- Located just above the navel, usually by a few inches. This chakra is all about will power.

Root Chakra- Between the genitals and the anus. It represents primitive states of being and sex. It’s also one of the hardest ones to talk about with a straight face.

There are plenty of systems that only recognize a few of these, while others boast upwards of 300 chakras. For charging purposes, and for a psychic protection technique given later, I add one more to the classic six, and that is the Earth Chakra.

Earth Chakra- This is the chakra created when the feet are near proximity, and is the combined point used to absorb energy from the ground. This chakra symbolizes being grounded and balanced.

(More about the Chakras HERE)

This exercise activates all seven of these psychic centers. I recommend this exercise be performed either standing straight up, or lying down while stretched out completely. Clear your mind as much as possible and increase the depth of your breath. When you feel you are ready, move your awareness to the area just above your head to the crown chakra. Gently visualize the center there as a white ball of light. Start by seeing the ball as being rather small. As you inhale, will the energy to grow, becoming more concentrated and powerful. As you exhale, see the center shine with a new brightness. Repeat this breathing/energy building a few times, and pause for a moment to feel it’s powerful energy. When you are ready, visualize a white line of light extending from the crown chakra to your next center in the middle of your forehead. As with the crown chakra, see this center as a small ball of white light and allow it to grow larger as the energy builds in this area. As before, you want to will the energy of this chakra to shine with every exhalation. Again take a moment to feel it and then extend another line down to the next chakra, the throat. Charge this area until you feel satisfied and then draw a line to the heart or chest center. Charge this potent center and then draw your next line to your solar plexus, just above your navel. Next we take our line of light down to the sex or root chakra located at the genitals. Charge this center well before drawing a long line to our last stop, the earth chakra. The earth chakra and the crown chakra are usually visualized as being a little bit larger than the other centers of the body. After the earth chakra is charged, take a moment to become aware of all seven of these centers glowing with a powerful charge.

The next step is to create two lines of light from the earth chakra at your feet. Take each line up around the side of your body and connect it to your crown chakra, creating a circuit of energy. Send energy down the line you had previously created down through each chakra all the way to the earth center. The energy should continue again up the two lines and through the whole cycle again. Time it with your breathing so that each surge of energy moves when you breathe in and out. I always visualize the energy moving up the two lines at my side as I breathe in, and then down through all the chakras as I breathe out. Repeat this for a few cycles before gently letting the imagery fade from your mind’s eye. Slowly open your eyes and take a few more breaths before moving on to a magical task or just everyday life.

Some people may already have a high level of energy naturally. For instance when I was younger (can you hear my bones creaking as I type this?) I never had to use energy raising techniques before magic. I was constantly wired in everyday life, and my magical life followed suit. So if you feel your levels are already high enough, than by all means skip over this step. Likewise there are some days where one is revved up, and others when one is a walking zombie. Use common sense when deciding if energy raising is necessary.

Copyright © 2004 by Jay Bell / Temple of Manannan Mac LirVisit the Original Article

The Year of The Ox


The Ox sign is of the Water element. Generally, the Water element indicates the potential for a powerful communicator and someone who is able to skillfully manipulate people into seeing a particular point of view. Those born under the Water element are observant and very quick to take advantage of opportunities and harness resources to fulfill their aims. They are also versatile and adaptable, embodying the very nature of Water, which is fluidity.

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The Metal Ox – 1901, 1961

Metal Oxen are indefatigable. Tough as steel nails, these Oxen are the most hardworking of all the Oxen. They are also extremely determined to achieve their objectives and can give new meaning to the word “bull-doze”.

Socially, the Metal Ox is quiet and may not be demonstrative to his loved ones but he is highly responsible and will look after his family well. Integrity is important to the Metal Ox who will pull out all stops to make sure he fulfills his promises and commitments – you would do very well to have an Ox as a partner and friend.

Work wise, the Metal Ox does not work well in a team as he is quite inflexible and rigid. He does not accept differences of opinion well and can give an air of superiority. However, he does have a relentless drive and unceasing energy that will see through any goal. The obstinacy of his Ox characteristic can be harnessed to achieve great things in this instance. Once he’s set his mind to something, it will be extremely difficult to discourage or distract him from accomplishing it to its fullest. He will earn people’s grudging respect for that.

The Metal Ox should be more accommodating of people’s opinions in order to function better in a team. At least, he could consider other possibilities than those in his rather fixated mind.

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The Water Ox – 1913, 1973

Water lends the solid Ox a sense of much needed flexibility and the Water Ox is the most easy-going of all the Oxen. If you explain things logically to the Water Ox, he is willing to change his mind and incorporate changes in order to achieve his goals.

The Water Ox may not be too open to anything too avaunt-grade though, so present alternatives in as conventional a manner as possible. The determined Water Ox’s systematic and logical approach combined with a willingness to listen to others will stand him in good stead to rise to great heights. Like the steady flow of water, the Water Ox also has a strong propensity for hard work and will be reliable, diligent and responsible in his tasks.

Socially, the Water Ox is also more popular as he is more amenable to people’s different points of views. Since the native sign of the Ox is already that of water, the double water element will bestow on him a great amount of patience which will see through many things – both at work and in relationships. With this resilience, he is very capable of managing both the commitments of his own life as well as to tackle obstacles that arise in a calm and unobtrusive way.

Water Oxen are patient creatures and focused on goals. However, it would be good for them to not wait too long before acting. If the Water Ox manages to leverage on his good relationships with people, it will bring him the support he needs to succeed.

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The Wood Ox – 1925, 1985

The Wood Ox is very principled yet is the least obstinate of the Oxen. He is also the most accepting of change. He is open to consider others’ ideas and suggestions and unlike his stubborn brethren, the Wood Ox is happy to go along with what everyone else thinks. Also, while he is quite conservative, he is much more open to new ideas than his Ox brothers.

He is also empathetic and gets on well with people. As a result, people look up to and are fond of the Wood Ox – for his moral discipline as well as his respect for others. He is able to create and maintain good relationships in all aspects of his life. With the combination of both flexibility and the ability to cooperate well with others, the Wood Ox has a tremendous potential to excel, especially in the workplace. However, while he is honest and direct, sometimes he is too blunt for comfort.

The Wood Ox should work to achieve the potential success that he is capable of. While he has good people skills, he would find more success in his endeavors if he improved his communication skills – he could learn to be a little more sensitive to the feelings of others and try not to be too frank in his honesty!

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The Fire Ox – 1937, 1997

Flamboyant and aggressive, the Fire Ox is the most active and domineering of the Oxen. Proud and arrogant, the Fire Ox gravitates towards positions of leadership at work and also on the social level. His uncompromising, loyal and regimented outlook lends him well to a career in the armed forces.

The Fire Ox may be obnoxious at times because he will ride roughshod over your feelings in his single-minded focus on his goals. It is not deliberate but just that the Fire Ox can be insensitive to others’ needs. The Ox in him will also be very stubborn and want to hold on very tightly to his views; he’ll need to be careful not to allow both his stubbornness and arrogance to take over his decisions and action. These qualities can also be helpful to keep him in line though – by his obstinacy and need for recognition, he will fulfill his responsibilities and not back down easily in the face of challenges.

The Fire Ox is egoistical and may think more highly of his own capabilities, which can get him into trouble as he may unintentionally over promise what he can deliver. He can also become quite calculative and discard people who he feels may not be of use to him. If he becomes less judgmental and thinks about the qualities of these people, he may discover some gems that he would have otherwise overlooked.

However, the Fire Ox is someone of integrity and unlikely to be dishonest, though these qualities may be only seen by those who love or know him well.

The Fire Ox needs to be more practical about his goals in order to succeed and take on only what he can handle. It would be helpful to him to set limits. If the Fire Ox can be more considerate of others, instead of being too quick to criticize, he may be well amazed at how this will be reciprocated and how much more support he can garner for his many ideas.

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The Earth Ox – 1949, 2009

The most dependable and stable of the Oxen is the Earth Ox. He is practical to a fault and lives by convention but others will appreciate the firm sense of grounding he brings to any group. Ever loyal and hardworking, he knows what he is capable of and what he is not. Thus he only commits to what he can fulfill and he will always fulfill what he has promised. He likes the sense of security and will always seek to create that around him and in the things that he does.

The Earth Ox is a good team player who will happily pull his weight without complaint. He’s not one for sentimentality – being as practical as he is does not leave much time for emotional indulgences! However, this reliability and constancy makes him a trusted employee and friend, and he is well liked by all.

The Earth Ox accepts that life is an uphill battle and he works towards his goals relentlessly. Although the Earth Ox is not the most dynamic of the Oxen, he is the most steady and will achieve what he wants in the long term, perhaps more assuredly and successful than other quicker but more fickle signs.

In love, the Earth Ox is not the romantic charmer but he is faithful and is emotionally stable. For those who appreciate these qualities, the Earth Ox will be a wonderful and long-term partner.

The Earth Ox needs to relax and add some fun and excitement to his life, however alien that concept is to him. He also needs to be careful not to take too long to deliberate over decisions and take action for it could slow down progress.
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Aeracura


Aeracura, Aericura, Heracura. Name for a Celto-Germanic goddess seen as a cult partner of Dis Pater in a stone statue found at Oberseeback, Switzerland. Aeracura may have been an earth goddess displaced by Dis Pater. Hername may be related to Hecate, the Greek goddess of the underworld. A male couterpart, Aericurus, is recorded in Northumberland.

Aeracura is typically pictured carring a horn of plenty and a basket of fruit. She is a celtic earth mother and earth diety.  According to some, Aeracura is a goddess devoted to blossoming, and should be welcomed into the garden for beauty to unfold from your flowers and her help.

Message from Aeracura:
In many ways you are like a flower bud who is ripe and ready to open and grow.  Don’t try to rush this process, as it’s part of your beautiful path.  Enjoy learning new knowledge and skills.   Take your time to gather new ideas.  Nurture your body with plenty of fresh air, sunshine, water and healthful food.  Soon enough you’ll get the unmistakable signal that it’s time for you to put your learning into action.  Spend time among flowers, or work with flower essences and oils to support your growth process.

Aercrua is a Celtic and Germanic goddess who multitasks as an Earth Mother Deity, a fairy queen, and also as a bridge between earthly life and the hereafter.  She is especially fond of assisting artists and inventors.

She governs over manifestations and appears takes special interest in artists and inventers. She’ll appear to them intrigued with their works and will offer her guidence and support in their craft. If someone has a dire need Aeracura is the one to call upon for that emergency providance. She is resider over abundance, change, craft, death, earth, fairies, art, and rebirth. Using her symbols of flowers and tools of a trade are some good ways to intive her into your life. 

Go outside to call upon Aeracura by taking off your shoes and connect to mother earth in your bare feet.  She is very kind hearted and if she hears your calls you will be well taken care of, but don’t forget to thank her!

I personally enjoy dancing with her our in my own little make-shift garden every evening when the world starts to settle down and the air cools. Since welcoming Aeracura into my garden it has exploded and have so many blooms and buds most of which are way early. I’m so thankful to her. Hoping to celebrate her presence by planint an orchid or lillies to honor her.

Hope you enjoyed this little ….thingy. ^_^ It was fun to write. Will be adding more dieties I personally follow. Blessed be to you all and Merry Part.