Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Spirit Talking Boards

* Each Ouija board has its own unique energy, offering a little something different.

* Make your own!

* You can set the environment with candles, etc. to set the mood.

* You might not want to do it at night: Some feel that the world slows down - the veil between the realms grows thinner.

* Some won’t use it during eclipses because it’s a gateway for things to enter our domain more easily.

* Face the West (where the Sun sets).

* Have a pen and paper for notes when using the Board.

* Visualize a silver cloud around yourself for protection.

* Questions:
1) Is there a spirit present?
2) What is your name?
3) Are you male/female?
++ Give me a sign to know that we are in contact.

* Place your planchette on “good bye” when you’re done.

* If buying an old Ouija board, clear it before using it.
+ Visualize the old energy leaving the Board.
+ Sprinkle with salt.
+ Run through incense smoke.

* Never use the Board if you aren’t of complete piece of mind. It leaves you vulnerable otherwise.

* At the beginning of your session, the planchette might move in a deliberate configuration. This is a way for a spirit to identify itself.

* If you feel a new spirit has entered, simply ask for their name.

* Keep your Board in a safe place and out of sight. Having it open to others allows it to absorb their energy like a sponge.

* Clear your Board and bless it before getting rid of it to protect the future users.

Divination Basics

* Set the scene with enhancements (candles, lighting, music) to get into a better state of mind.
* Properly center yourself.

* Invite a proper deity to provide extra power.

* Pay attention to the timing of the reading for specific types.

* Focusing Technique

Close your eyes and breathe deeply, filling your belly with air and your body with energy. Now imagine your skin becoming translucent and the energy from your body moving out through your skin and into the space around your body. Feel this energy body as a “receptive outer skin”, able to sense in its own way, through emotions and fleeting impressions. Breathe and notice your thoughts and feelings.

* Work with your psychic energy.

* Start any divination session with a protection technique of using white light. Visualize a cloud of bright light encompassing you, at least 2 feet out, from your head to your toes. Put together your index and middle fingers, forming a type of pointer. Pointing down, draw an imaginary circle of white light around yourself and any materials you will be using.

When your session is done, visualize the circle lifting into the air through the ceiling, through the roof, into the atmosphere. Wash or shake your hands to be rid of excess or energy residue.

* Keep a “Divination Diary” for every time you do a reading. Record your thoughts, goals, successes and failures. You will be able to tell what worked, what didn’t and why.

++ Include:
Day of the week
Moon phase
The place where it was performed
Type of weather
Explore how you were feeling
Record the type of divination used
Questions you asked
Thoughts about what you saw, thought, felt, or sensed.

* True power comes from within.

* Increasing your level of concentration will increase your psychic abilities.

* Specific Times for Divination Techniques

* Use Spirit Talking Boards from Monday to Thursday.

* Use Cartomacy (reading playing cards) any day of the week.

* Crystal gazing and scrying is good on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

* Use Runes on Friday and Saturday.

* Use pendulums on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.


Using a compass, centre yourself in the proper direction. Using a simple form of divination (like a pendulum) try asking the same question in each of the four directions. See if you can sense any difference. Note this in your journal.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Imbolc Chant

“Dread Lord of Death and Resurrection,
Of Life, and the Giver of Life;
Lord within ourselves,
Whose name is Mystery of Mysteries,
Encourage my heart,
Let thy Light crystallize itself in my blood,
Fulfilling of us resurrection.
Thus I banish winter,
This I welcome spring;
Say farewell to what is dead,
And greet each living thing.
Thus I banish winter,
This I welcome spring!"

(“A Witches’ Bible” - Janet and Stewart Farrar)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Imbolc Ritual

A symbol of the season, such as a representation of a snowflake, a white flower, or perhaps some snow in a crystal container can be placed on the altar. An orange candle anointed with musk, cinnamon, frankincense or rosemary oil, unlit, should also be there. Snow can be melted and used for the water during the circle casting.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle.

Recite The Blessing Chant:

“May the powers of The One,
The source of all creation;
All-pervasive, omnipotent, eternal;
May the Goddess,
The Lady of the Moon;
And the God,
Horned Hunter of the Sun;
May the powers of the Spirit of the Stones,
Rulers of the Elemental Realms;
May the powers of the stars above
And the earth below,
Bless this place and this time,
And I who am with You.”

Invoke the Goddess and God:

Invocation of the Goddess

Crescent One of the starry skies,
Flowered One of the fertile plain,
Flowing One of the ocean’s sighs,
Blessed One of the gentle rain;
Hear my chant ‘midst the standing stones,
Open me to your mystic light;
Waken me to your silver tones,
Be with me in my sacred rite!

Invocation to the God

Blazing God,
You Who are the King of the Gods
Lord of the Sun,
Master of all that is wild and free;
Father of woman and man,
Lover of the Moon Goddess and protector of all the Wicca;
Descend, I pray,
With Your Solar ray of power
Upon my Circle here!”

“This is the time of the feast of torches,
When every lamp blazes and shines
To welcome the rebirth of the God.
I celebrate the Goddess,
I celebrate the God;
All the Earth celebrates
Beneath its mantle of sleep.”

Light the orange candle from the red candle on the altar (or at the southern point of the circle). Slowly walk the circle clockwise, bearing the candle before you.

“All the land is wrapped in Winter.
The air is chilled and
Frost envelops the Earth.
But Lord of the Sun,
Horned One of animals and wild places,
Unseen you have been reborn
Of the gracious Mother Goddess,
Lady of all fertility.
Hail Great God!
Hail and welcome!”

Stop before the altar, holding aloft the candle. Gaze at its flame. Visualize your life blossoming with creativity, with renewed energy and strength.

If you need to look into the future or past, now is an ideal time.

Celebrate the Simple Feast: Hold up a cup of wine or some other liquid between your hands to the sky, and say:

“Gracious Goddess of Abundance,
Bless this wine and infuse it with Your love.
In your names, Mother Goddess and Father God,
I bless this wine.”

Next, hold up a plate of cakes (bread, biscuits) with both hands to the sky and say:

“Powerful God of the Harvest,
Bless these cakes and infuse them with Your love.
In your names, Mother Goddess and Father God,
I bless these cakes.”

The Circle is released.

(“Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” - Scott Cunningham)

Personal Rite of Dedication

Choose a power place ahead of time. You will need nothing but your ritual garment. If at all possible, work barefoot.

Begin by standing. Ground and center, and let your mind become relaxed yet alert. Open your arms and legs until you are in the pentagram position. Pull in golden and silvery light from the Earth Mother and the Sky Father, and send it out from your head to your right foot, from your right foot to your left hand, and then to your right hand, your left foot, and back up again to your head. Pause for a few heartbeats, breathe deeply, and send the light from your head to the end of your right fingers, to your right foot, and so on until the light has formed a circle around you. Think about what it means to be a pentagram, a human figure within the circle of spirit. With your right hand, point your first two fingers and send all the energy from your pentagram self down to the ground, a few feet out from your body. Now visualize the light as blue-white, like neon, or black light bulb colour. This is the colour many use to represent pure power. Beginning in the East, cast a line around you as you turn in a circle. Turn all the way around, back to the beginning, and seal the circle by touching the end of the line to the beginning.

Turn to the East, and visualize and feel a rush of air in your face, a strong breeze bringing with it the powers of the mind: creativity, intellect, clarity, illumination.

“Hail, East! A new voice calls you today - mine. I am here to dedicate my life and my mind to the ways of the Old Gods, and to follow where they lead. I call you to my Circle, and ask your protection. I have yet to see the faces of you, my East Guardians, but know that you will reveal yourselves to me in the proper time. Welcome and blessed be.”

Turn to the South and feel the heat of the Sun upon you. Let every pore soak the heat in. Feel your passion, the yearning for and ecstasy of spirit, of your gods, your sacred sexuality, you anger and its power to bring change. Feel the energy of fire, of will.

“Hail, South! A new voice calls you today - mine. I am here to dedicate my life and my mind to the ways of the Old Gods, and to follow where they lead. I call you to my Circle, and ask your protection. I have yet to see the faces of you, my South Guardians, but know that you will reveal yourselves to me in the proper time. Welcome and blessed be.”

Turn to the West. Feel the cool mist of the sea upon your face. Open yourself to the crashing waves of your own emotions. Imagine tears falling from your eyes as you stand in the rain, and know that tears are healing and cleansing. Tell yourself it is okay to feel. Let the energy flow within and through you, and know that it is good.

“Hail, West! A new voice calls you today - mine. I am here to dedicate my life and my mind to the ways of the Old Gods, and to follow where they lead. I call you to my Circle, and ask your protection. I have yet to see the faces of you, my West Guardians, but know that you will reveal yourselves to me in the proper time. Welcome and blessed be.”

Turn to the North. Notice the solidity of your body, and the miracle that it is. Become aware of the sinews, the muscles, the bones. Notice the rocks, and understand they are the bones of the Mother, the soil, her flesh. Feel your body’s weight, suppleness, and vibrant health. Feel the Mother beneath your feet, supporting you.

“Hail, North! A new voice calls you today - mine. I am here to dedicate my life and my mind to the ways of the Old Gods, and to follow where they lead. I call you to my Circle, and ask your protection. I have yet to see the faces of you, my North Guardians, but know that you will reveal yourselves to me in the proper time. Welcome and blessed be.”

If you have particular gods that sing to you, visualize them smiling down upon you, giving you strength and support for what you are about to do. If you haven’t felt a connection to a particular deity, don’t worry. They will reveal themselves in the proper time.

“Gods and guardians of the Mystery unfolding, I have come here today to tell you of my intention to follow where you lead. I have cast a simple circle, for I am untried and have only begun to learn. I have not chosen which gods will lead me, but I am willing to listen and learn who you are. I ask on this day that you reveal yourselves to me, and that I be blessed with the awareness of your divine presence. I am hungry for knowledge and direction, and ask today also for you to teach me and to guide me.

I come here, spiritually naked, with no tools save my breath and my body. I am humbled before you, and ask only that you show me the way. For this, I am grateful. These things I promise you, and myself.”

Once your vows are made, you may wish to meditate on your personal path. Singing or chanting is good afterwards, and there are many good songs and chants available. (Example: The Goddess Chant, the God Chant)

To finish the ritual, open the circle with this:

“Lord and Lady, I thank you for being here with me today. I will look for signs of your divine presence and guidance from this day forward. I am ____, and I am your spiritual child.”

Turn to the North, and say:

“Thank you North, guardians of earth. I will look for your face in my dreams and meditations, as well as in future circles, that I may know you and call you by your sacred and beautiful name.”

Turn to the West.

“Thank you West, guardians of water. I will look for your face in my dreams and meditations, as well as in future circles, that I may know you and call you by your sacred and beautiful name.”

Turn to the South.

“Thank you South, guardians of fire. I will look for your face in my dreams and meditations, as well as in future circles, that I may know you and call you by your sacred and beautiful name.”

Turn to the East.

“Thank you East, guardians of air. I will look for your face in my dreams and meditations, as well as in future circles, that I may know you and call you by your sacred and beautiful name.”

Always either cut or pick up the circle. Using your first two fingers, either “cut” the circle by making the motion of an “X” or a double crosswise cut (at an angle - with the wide part toward you, twice) about a foot apart.

“The circle is open, but unbroken. May the peace of the gods live forever in my heart. Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again.”

Enjoy a simple feast afterwards, and give yourself a dedication gift of something fiery.

(“Dedicant” - Thuri Calafia)

Calling the Quarters

Go to the eastern quarter of the Circle. Light the red (or yellow) candle and hold your hand up in greeting. You may also salute the Element with your dagger or wand instead of your hand.

“I call upon you, Powers of Air, to witness this rite and to guard this Circle.”

In the southern quarter, light the white (or red) candle and greet the Element:

“I call upon you, Powers of Fire, to witness this rite and to guard this Circle.”

Move to the west. Light the grey (or blue) candle and hold up your hand in greeting:

“I call upon you, Powers of Water, to witness this rite and to guard this Circle.”

End by going to the North. Light the black (or green) candle and greet the Element:

“I call upon you, Powers of Earth, to witness this rite and to guard this Circle.”

Move back to the central altar, and stand facing East. Raise your arms in greeting:

“This Circle is bound,
With power all around.
Between the worlds, I stand
With protection at hand.”
(“Celtic Magic” - D. J. Conway)

Lesson: Filtering

Visualize that the sphere is made up of a substance like gauze. Only positive energy can travel freely into your sacred space, and anything negative is turned positive when it hit’s the surface, adding to your energy, building your power.

This technique is especially useful when someone is trying to manipulate or control us to do their will, either in the mundane world or in the magical world.

(“Dedicant” - Thuri Calafia)

Lesson: Shielding

Imagine the sphere of light around you going rigid, emanating a psychic energy field that nothing can penetrate. You can also visualize it as being metallic if you wish, or a black stone surface such as obsidian. Know that nothing can penetrate this shield, but rather that the energy will glance off, like an arrow shot at a smooth, round dome. Nothing can get in. You are safe.
Another use for shielding is to shield others from your energy. Perhaps you’ve had a really bad day and are attending a Sabbat celebration that evening. You can’t get the day off your mind, but you don’t want your energy to disturb or affect anyone. You can put a shield around yourself, and your thought cannot be read or felt.

(“Dedicant” - Thuri Calafia)

Lesson: Blasting

Focus on pulling in all that light and energy, concentrating the light inside you to a laser beam’s width and intensity. See the energy from the Earth Mother coming up into your spinal column in a thin, bright silver beam, and the Sky Father coming down into your bliss chakra (just above your head) in a thin, bright gold beam. Concentrate those beams and make them smaller and smaller. Let the energy pool in your solar plexus chakra (near your bellybutton), your center of power and will. Breathe a few breaths, concentrating the energy, and then become aware of a circle, about three feet out from your body, as a boundary. Now, when you’re ready, blast that energy out in an explosive sweep, clearing away any unwanted energies from your personal sphere. You can even yell, psychically or openly, “Begone!”

This is good for pushing away any entity or energy, whether in spirit or incarnate form, that is bothering you. Continue with the visualization of your tree. If you ever find yourself in the position of having to do a blasting, keep a conscious shield around yourself for a while afterwards, until you feel safe.

(“Dedicant” - Thuri Calafia)

To Rid Yourself of Negativity

Set an empty cauldron or goblet on your altar between two lit white candles. Burn a good protection or blessing incense. Sit or stand before the altar. Breathe slowly and evenly until you are calm and centered. Take the cauldron or goblet in both hands; hold high over the altar in salute to the gods. Lower to chest level and slowly breathe into the cauldron, silently naming each habit, person or experience you wish removed from your life.

When finished, turn the cauldron or goblet upside down on the altar, saying:

“The contents of this vessel I give to thee, Great Ones. Exchange these experiences for better.”

Place an offering of herbs and milk outside. Or burn herbs in your censer. This is best done during the Waning Moon.

(“Celtic Magic” - D. J. Conway)

Shadow Fest Ritual/ Samhain Ritual

Items Required:
a) 1 vial of essence oil (God scent)
b) 2 red candles for altar
c) 4 black candles for quarter points
d) 1 human skull symbol placed in the West quarter
e) Winter incense
f) root of Rue plant
g) a small white candle
h) dried leaves (Oak leaves or Pine needles)
I) Personal offering to the God
j) cauldron

1) Cast the circle in the usual manner. Go before the altar and say:

“I come on this sacred night when the veil between the worlds turns to mist, I join now in spirit with those who have gone before. As it was in the time of the beginning, so is it now. So mote it be.”

2) Place the skull at the West quarter. Stand before it and say:

“O ancient gods of my ancestors, bless this sacred setting, that I who worship in your ways may be protected from the coming powers.”

3) Stand at the west quarter and read the Myth of the Descent of the Goddess aloud:

“Diana, my Lady and Goddess, would solve all mysteries even the mystery of Death. And so she journeyed to the Underworld in her boat, upon the Sacred River of Descent. Then it came to pass that she entered before the first of the seven gates to the Underworld. And the Guardian challenged her, demanding one of her garments for passage, for nothing may be received except that something be given in return.

And at each of the gates the goddess was required to pay the price of passage, for the guardians spoke to her: “Strip off your garments, and set aside your jewels, for nothing may you bring with you into this our realm.

So Diana surrendered her jewels and her clothing to the Guardians, and was bound as all living must be who seek to enter the realm of Death and the Mighty Ones. At the first gate she gave over her sceptre, at the second her crown, at the third her necklace, at the fourth her ring, at the fifth her girdle, at the sixth her sandals, and at the seventh her gown.

Diana stood naked and was presented before Dis, and such was her beauty that he himself knelt as she entered. He laid his crown and his sword at her feet saying: “Blessed are your feet which have brought you upon this path”. Then he arose and said to Diana: “Stay with me, I pray, and receive my touch upon your heart.”

And Diana replied to Dis: “But I love you not, for why do you cause all the things that I love, and take delight in, to wither and die?”

“My Lady,” replied Dis, “it is age and fate against which you speak. Thus I am helpless, for age causes all things to whither, but when all die at the end of their time, I give them rest, peace, and strength. For a time they dwell within the moon’s light, and with the spirits of the moon; then may they return to the realm of the living. But you are so lovely, and I ask you to return not, but abide with me here.”

But she answered: “No, for I do not love you.” Then Dis said: “If you refuse to embrace me, then you must kneel to death’s scourge.” The goddess answered him: “If it is to be, then it is fate, and better served!” So Diana knelt in submission before the hand of Death, and he scourged her with so tender a hand that she cried out “I know your pain, and the pain of love”.

Dis raised her to her feet and said: “Blessed are you, my Queen and my Lady.” Then he gave to her the five kisses of initiation, saying: “Only thus may you attain to knowledge and to joy.” And he taught her all of his mysteries, and he gave her the necklace which is the circle of rebirth. And she taught him her mysteries of the sacred cup which is the cauldron of rebirth.

They loved and joined in union with each other, and for a time, Diana dwelled in the realm of Dis. For there are three mysteries in the life of man which are: Birth, Life and Death (and love controls them all). To fulfill love, you must return again at the same time and place as those whom you loved before. And you must meet, recognize, remember, and love them anew. But to be reborn you must die and be made ready for a new body. And to die you must be reborn, but without love you may not be born among your own.

But the Goddess is inclined to favour love, and joy and happiness. She guards and cherishes her hidden children in this life and the next. In death she reveals the way to her communion, and in life she teaches them the magick of the mystery of the Circle (which is set between the worlds of men and of the gods).

4) At the West quarter set a burning white candle. Pause for a moment and then extinguish it, saying:

“Diana swells now in the Realm of the Dread Lord of the Shadows. The world grows cold and lifeless. But I do not sorrow in this harsh season, for all is as it must be. Therefore, I draw close to the Dark Lord and embrace Him. I find comfort in the knowledge of His Essence. May my path be blessed in the name of the God.”

5) At the North quarter lay down the spirit blade and wand. Then stand facing the tools (south). Recite:

“The reign of the goddess surrenders in love to the reign of the god.”

Then pick up the ritual tools, kiss them, and place them down at the North quarter again. Sit facing the skull and recite the Charge of the God:

“These are the words of the God: “By the fallen temple stone or in a forgotten glen, there shall you gather, all who seek to know my secret mysteries. I am He who guards and He who reveals all of these things.

I am the Lord of earth and sky, of rocky cliffs and forests deep and darkened. I was there when the world was new, and I taught you to hunt and to gather plants for food. Look within yourselves, for I am there. I am that strength upon which you draw in times of need. I am that which conquers fear. I am the hero and the fool. I am your longing to be free, and your need to be bound.

In my love for you, I give up my life. I die but rise up again. I prepare the path upon which you journey, going always on before you. For it is in becoming as you, that you may become as me.
Hear the thunder, there am I. See the hawk and the raven soar, there am I. See the great wolf and the stag appear in the forest clearing, there am I. Close your eyes at the end of your days, and there am I, waiting by the temple stone.”

6) Carry the goddess icon from the altar to the west quarter and place it there. Recite:
“ These are the words of the goddess: “The wheel of the year has turned, Cycle unto Cycle, Time unto Time. I have journeyed to the Hidden Realm of the Shadows; there to prepare a place for you. The harshness of the season I leave behind me; kindle for yourselves a fire of love within, and I shall remember you, and return to you. For you are the Keepers of the Flame, and all who kindle the flame I shall never abandon.

By the changing of the harsh season shall you know that I draw near you again. And I shall return then the greenness of plants and trees; then will you know that I have come.”
7) Go to the altar and retrieve the chalice. Place the candle at the west quarter. Then set the chalice of wine in front of the goddess icon. Lift up the chalice, and dip the wand in it (tip down).
8) Move the candle in front of the chalice and light it. Go to the North quarter, pick up the skull, return to the West quarter and set the skull down in front of the candle.
9) Pick up the candle in one hand and the skull in the other. Recite:

This is the light that was borne from the season before. I accept now the essence of the god.”
10) Snuff out the candle with the skull.

11) Taste a small piece of rue root dipped in the wine.

12) Set the cauldron at the North quarter. Fill it with the dried leaves and ignite them. Place an offering in front of the cauldron. Look at the cauldron flames and recite:

“Behold the womb of the Goddess of Night, that kindles the Child of the coming year. O symbol of the Mystery by which we return, I honour your Essence, and the magick that emanates from Union with you.

O bring forth the Child of Promise.”

13) Retrieve the skull from the West quarter, and holding it, recite:

“I shall be secure in the protective power of the god. Not shall I be in want, nor shall I suffer for I am in his care. Therefore I feast and celebrate all in his praise.”

14) Celebrate with wine and cakes.

15) Close the ritual circle and snuff out all the candles.

(“Hereditary Witchcraft” - Raven Grimassi)

Addressing the Goddess on the Full Moon

“O Great Diana, Queen of all Witches, hear my adoration. Hear my voice as I speak Your praises. Receive my words as they rise heavenward, when the Full Moon brightly shining fills the heavens with Your beauty. See me for I come before You, and reach my hand up to You. As the Full Moon shines upon me, give me all Your blessings.

O Great Goddess of the Moon, Goddess of the Mysteries of the Moon, teach me secrets yet revealed, ancient rites of invocation that the Ancient Ones spoke of, for I believe. When they spoke of Your timeless glory, when they said to entreat You, and when seeking for knowledge to seek and find you above all others.

Give me powers, O Most Secret Lady, to bind my enemies. Receive me as Your child, receive me though I am earth bound. When my body lies resting nightly, speak to my inner spirit, teach me all Your Holy Mysteries. I believe Your ancient promises that all who seek Your Holy Presence will receive of Your wisdom.

Behold, I Ancient Goddess, I have come beneath the Full Moon at this appointed time. Now the Full Moon shines upon me. Hear me and recall Your Ancient Promise. Let Your Glory shine upon me. Bless me, O Gracious Queen of Heavens. In your name, so mote it be.”

The Charge (To recite in Memory of Aradia)

Whenever you have need of anything, once in the month when the moon is full, then shall you come together at some deserted place, or where there are woods, and give worship to She who is Queen of all Witches. Come all together inside a circle, and secrets that are as yet unknown shall be revealed.

And your mind must be free and also your spirit, and as a sign that you are truly free, you shall be naked in your rites. And you shall rejoice, and sing; making music and love. For this is the essence of spirit, and the knowledge of joy.

Be true to your own beliefs, and keep to the Ways, beyond all obstacles. For ours is the key to the mysteries and the cycle of rebirth, which opens the way to the Womb of Enlightenment.

I am the spirit of Witches all, and this is joy and peace and harmony. In life does the Queen of all Witches reveal the knowledge of Spirit. And from death does the Queen deliver you to peace and renewal.

Give offerings all to She who is our Mother. For She is the beauty of the Green Wood, and the light of the moon among the stars, and the mystery which gives life, and always calls us to come together in Her name. Let Her worship be the ways within your heart, for all acts of love and pleasure gain favour with the Goddess.

But to all who seek her, know that your seeking and desire will reward you not, until you realize the secret. Because if that which you seek is not found within your inner self, you will never find it from without. For she has been with you since you entered into the ways, and she is that which awaits at your journey’s end.

The Veglia (use on a Full Moon)

Once, long ago, all Witches worshipped in the open fields and upon the ancient sites. And our chants were carried upon the winds. Our prayers were received upon the smoke of our incense by the Old Ones. But in times, we were enslaved by the worshippers of a jealous god, and our villages were given over to the cruel Lords. The Old Ways were forbidden and we were forced to accept the ways of our oppressors.

Now it is a time of gathering in the shadows. We have suffered persecution for our beliefs, and many of us have died. Yet we have been reborn among our own again. Always has it been that the cycle of Life pass and return again. All things are remembered, and all things are restored.
I am one of the hidden children of the Goddess. From generation unto generation has the knowledge been passed and the Old Ways been kept by those who kindle the flame. In remembrance, I come this evening beneath the Full Moon, to honour the past, secure the future, and receive the essence of the Old Ones. As it was in the times of our beginning, so it is now. So mote it be.

Full Moon Ritual

“I come on this sacred night of the Lady, beneath the Full Moon, to adore Her symbol, which she has placed among the stars. And to give due worship unto the Great Goddess as it was in the time of the beginning, so is it now. So mote it be.”

“Hail and adoration unto You, O Great Diana. Hail Goddess of the Moon, and of the Night. You have been since before the beginning, You who caused all things to appear, Giver and Sustainer of Life, Adoration unto You.”

“Hail and adoration unto Thee, O Source of All Enlightenment. I pray Thee impart to me Thy Illumination. And enlighten my mind that I may perceive more clearly, all things in which I endeavour. And illuminate my soul, imparting Thy essence of Purity. I reveal my Inner Self to Thee and ask that all be cleansed and purified within.”

“O Ancient Wanderer of the Dark Heavens, Mystery of the Mysteries, emanate Your sacred essence upon me as I wait below at this appointed time. Enlighten my inner mind and spirit, as do you lighten the darkness of night.”

(***This is a combination of phrases that can be used during a Full Moon ritual***).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

An Earth Meditation

Sit or lie comfortably in a favourite spot. Close your eyes. Ground and center. Acknowledge your personal guardians and gods, and project a circle around you. Breathe deeply and steadily.
You are standing in your power place, a place of safety and peace. Feel the earth beneath your feet as you look around at the landscape. It is Winter, and there is a thick blanket of snow on the ground, but you are not cold. You feel only peace and a sense of adventure. You sit on a rock and feel a pulsating energy, its vibratory frequency, the energy pattern that makes it a rock. You find you can somehow repeat this frequency in your own body, and now you can literally feel your flesh and bones with a heightened awareness. Every fibre, every cell is alive, buzzing with energy, vibrating to the frequency of the rock beneath you and the earth beneath that. You begin to rise, and suddenly find that you can’t get up. You are glued to your spot, finding yourself sinking into the rock, deeper and deeper, until you are part of the rock, the earth, the soil. You slip a little deeper, and find yourself in total darkness.

You are deep within the body of the earth, and you have no idea how deep you really are. You seem to be swimming, or flying, but the matter around you is hard, smooth as stone, but malleable as clay. You lean a little to the right, and you go right… you merely think about going another direction, and you’re on your way. You can go anywhere you wish to under the earth, and you begin to dip and dive and turn at whim, glorying in the sensation of the earth around you… You find you can even experience with breaking through the upper soil, and diving back in again, like a dolphin in water… you enjoy exploring for as long as your heart wishes to… on this earth journey, you learn much about your body, your abilities to manifest, as well as about the Mother’s body and her ability to manifest… your thoughts are as open as your journey in this dark place of Mysteries unfolding… and you soar…

After a while, you find yourself emerging into an enormous glittering cavern… all around you are ancient crystals, reflecting the tiny shafts of light streaming in from a few small holes in the cave roof. You touch the smooth, sharp jewels, and realize that this is one of the Mysteries. You are like these gems: fine and multifaceted, filled with light and colour. You are a reflection of the light, even in the dimmest surroundings, like the crystals in this cavern… you open yourself to the knowledge that you are nothing… less… than precious. Fine and beautiful… the way the gods made you. You touch your body, and realize what a miraculous thing it is. Every cell, every fibre has a purpose… you remember what you learned while you are flying through the earth earlier. You hug yourself, and glide sweetly and gently back to the surface where you began this journey, remembering all that you learned.

Just a Quick Note!

I Do write my own Wiccan rituals and so on as well, but I'm in the process of retyping everything in my Book of Shadows (because, quite honesstly, sometimes I can't read my own handwriting!), so I'm posting entries as I type them! :)

Blessed be!

An Imbolc Ritual

Altar Setup

The altar is covered in white satin, gold and silver confetti, and lacy cut-out snowflakes. Above, more snowflakes hang. On the altar are all the standard ritual tools, a special bowl of blessed water to be used later, along with the usual water bowl used for purifying the space. A grouping of candles of many sizes and earth colours stands in the North quarter of the room. There are three other groupings of candles in the room - the direction East, South, and West, on small tables. A tray of candles for the center - the direction of Spirit - stands ready to be placed in the center at the appropriate time. All of the candles are elementally appropriate in colour, yet they vary greatly in size and type. A single white candle stands lit in the bottom of the cauldron or large bowl, which is on the floor in the center of the room. This is the only light in the room. A small vase of white roses is located on the altar also.

Smudge the area in which the circle is to be cast, then smudge yourself. Take special care to waft the smoke over your whole body. Anoint yourself with some oil over your third eye.

Pre-ritual Message

“I begin in darkness (snuff candle in center)… in the seed-place, the place of deciding, of becoming… The place where nothing is as yet established. The gleaning is over, the Dark Time has ended, the Wheel has turned.

As the Sun grows in strength, I turn to face my future. What will the coming year bring? What will I learn? How will I work change in my life? These are the questions I ponder this Imbolc, knowing that it is up to me… to spark the seeds of my own illumination, here… now… tonight!
Here, in this place that is not a place, in a time that knows no time… in this place of choice and change. I know that I can create my own transformation, for this is the place where though begins, where only a glimmer (relight candle) can cast the shadow that defines the difference between light and dark, the place where I can begin to illuminate my own Mysteries…”

Casting and Calling

Take three measures of salt from the Earth dish with your athame, or two fingers and stir it, deosil, into the water vessel, then imbue it with purifying energy, and sprinkle it around the perimeter of the circle. Return the vessel to the altar.
Lay a measure of incense on the charcoal; then imbue it with charging energy and carry it around the perimeter of the circle. Return the censer to the altar.

Cast your Circle.

Call the Quarters

“Greetings, East,
By dawn’s fresh scent
I welcome the winds of change
Bright morning sky, gentle Spring,
Which fans the Sacred Flame,
I seek you and I call you to my
Sacred space tonight
That I may know the truth within
By the power of your light.
So come, oh East!
And bless me now with the power to
And may blessings return then
To you, my source
On the morning’s gentle wind.
Blessed be.

Greetings, South,
By high noon’s heat
I welcome the fires of change
Bright summer sky, high noon Sun
The earth’s most Sacred Flame.
I seek you and I call you to my
Sacred space tonight
That I may know
The desire of my will
By the passion that burns so bright.
So come, oh South!

And bless me now with the power to
Work my will
And may blessings return then
To you, my source
And the Sun keep climbing, still.
Blessed be.

Greetings, West,
By twilight stars

I welcome the tides of change
Sweet evening skies of romance true,
Which temper the Sacred Flame,
I seek you and I call you to my
Sacred space tonight
That I may honour my truth with love
By the courage you bring the light.
So come, oh West!
And bless me now with the powers to
See and to dare
And may blessings return then
To you, my source
Upon the misty air.
Blessed be.

Greetings, North,
By midnight’s silence
I’m here to learn of change
By cobalt skies and Mysteries deep,
Which hold the Sacred Flame,
I seek you and I call you to my
Sacred space tonight
That I may manifest the truth
By the power of your might.
So come, oh North!
And bless me now with the power to
Manifest change
And may blessings return then
To you, my source
In their sacred names.
Blessed be.”

Invite the Goddess

“Fiery Brighid, goddess of the forge, of healing and of poetry, come! Blessed goddess with the flame-bright hair, who inspires me to greater visions, who is the Lady of Creativity and Eloquence, who fuels the bright flames within, come! I ask you to my circle tonight, that I may see and illuminate my own life, my own Mysteries. Mighty Brighid, come! Please, be here now! Blessed be.”

Invite the God

“Lugh, Bright Lord of the morning skies, of noon and afternoon’s heat, come! Radiant Warrior who saved you people with your bright sword, who is the Celtic God of drive and of action, come! I ask you to my circle tonight that I may learn the truth of the illumination I seek, that I may act on what I’ve learned, with courage and strength. Bright Lugh, come! I ask you to be here now! Blessed be.”

The Message

“Tonight, I stand in the seed-place, between the worlds to be certain, but also between the dark and the light. For the Dark Time has long been ended, and now the first stirrings of life and light are coming forth. Although all may seem dormant still, there is life teeming under the soil. Even as I go now to explore my own Mysteries, just as Persephone learned in the Underworld, so I know I will return to celebrate the truth and light, just as Kore will soon return and warm the earth again.”

Take a moment to cleanse your third eye with the salt water, then get comfortable, ground and center, and take some deep breaths. Go within, and sink your roots deep into the earth… see them going deeper and deeper, down to the very foundations of bedrocks, of spirit, of being. See your roots probing and exploring your own dark spaces, your own Mysteries, your core… And as you see and feel these dark spaces opening, know that now it is time to bring some of the more puzzling of these Mysteries to light… and just note these areas which you would have knowledge of, and remember. Remember, noting all that is still in want of illumination. Know that you are still in that seed place, where new clarity and understanding can dawn. As you come up from the depths of meditation, know that you have the power to bring this illumination to your life: you have the will and the desire… and the skill. Open your eyes when you are ready, and relight the candle before you.

Know that all of the things we would wish to illuminate come from somewhere, some elemental force rules them. Light a plain white candle from the candle in the center and then snuff it and place the tray of spirit candles on top of the cauldron or bowl. Rise and light the other candles in the room while chanting. As you chant, walk your circle deosil, pausing in your steps and your chant as needed to focus on that which you wish to have illuminated. When you are ready, light a candle of prayer for each thing as it comes to you, each in its proper place of Air, Water, Earth, Fire and Spirit.


“Within, within,
To Mysteries dark and deep
I shine a light for wisdom, bringing
Answers that I seek.”

Continue the chant, letting power build to a peak after all the candles are lit, then fire the energy into the candles, knowing that the answers you seek are all coming to you in their proper time.
When you are ready, stand and say your thanks and goodbyes.

“Farewell, North,
By midnight’s silence
You give me strength to change
By cobalt’s skies and Mysteries deep,
Which hold the Sacred Flame,
I thank you for the gifts you brought
To my sacred space tonight
That I may manifest the truth
By the power of your might.
Blessed be.

Farewell, West,
By twilights stars
You bring the tides of change
Sweet evening skies of romance true,
Which temper the Sacred Flame,
I thank you for the gifts you brought
To my sacred space tonight
That I may honour truth with love
By the courage you brought to light.
Blessed be.

Farewell, South,
By high noon’s heat
You bring the fires of change
Bright summer sky, high noon Sun
The earth’s most Sacred Flame,
I thank you for the gifts you brought
To my sacred space tonight
That I may know the power to will
By the passion the burns so bright.
Blessed be.

Farewell, East,
By dawn’s fresh scent
You bring the winds of change
Bright morning sky, gentle spring,
Which fans the Sacred Flame,
I thank you for the gifts you brought
To my sacred space tonight
That I may know the truths within
By the power of your light.
Blessed be.”

Thank the Goddess

“Fiery Brighid, Goddess of the Forge, of healing and of poetry, I thank you! Blessed goddess with the flame-bright hair, who inspires me and fuels the bright flames within. I thank you for coming to my circle tonight that I may see and illuminate my life, my Mysteries, Mighty Brighid, again I thank you! Please, stay if you will, but go with my blessings if you must! Blessed be!”

Thank the God

“Lugh, Bright Lord of the morning skies, I thank you! Radiant Warrior God of drive and of action, I thank you for coming to my circle tonight and helping me learn of the truths I sought. I ask that you continue to help me, that I may act on what I’ve learned, with courage and with strength. Bright Lugh, again I thank you and bless you as you go on your way - but please stay if you will! Blessed be!”

Open the Circle

“The Circle is open,
But unbroken.
May the peace of the gods live forever in my heart.
Merry meet, merry part,
And merry meet again”.

Pick up the Circle.

(***”Dedicant” - Thuri Calafia***)

The Rainbow Pathway (meditation)

Sit or lie comfortable in a favourite spot. Close your eyes. Ground and center. Acknowledge your personal guardians and gods, and project a circle around you. Breathe deeply and steadily.
Begin in your power place. When you are ready, imagine, superimposed on the landscape of that secret and special place, a translucent rainbow pathway. The Pathway. Observe that when you look from side to side, the stripes of colour are each wide enough for a person to stand in comfortably. The bands of colour are three-dimensional, like tall shafts that go on forever. You walk all the way over to one side of the path in order to begin in the red section.

And the red swirls around you like a fog, like a translucent column of light. As you begin to walk down this path, you become acutely aware of all the things red means to you. The symbols that red energy harmonizes with fill you with that energy, and your body becomes very warm in the energy of this vivid warm colour. Perhaps you even experience sounds associated with red; smells, feelings, tastes, rhythms, intentions… actions… You drift and trance in the totality of the red light that now penetrates your skin, your flesh and blood. Let your spirit take from the light whatever it needs… and breathe… When you are ready, step into the orange light.

Just as red filled your senses and feelings a moment ago, so now orange and all it means to you surrounds, permeates, and fills you. Orange isn’t quite as warm as red, however, so you may find the temperature changes… You take your time, letting the orange light deepen in you… learning all orange has to teach you or show you, just as you did in the red section…

You step, colour by colour, repeating the pattern from above, in the order of the rainbow, going through yellow next, and then things cool down considerably as you move through green into blue… in each colour, you stay long enough to receive any messages, healing, or lessons your spirit needs, moving finally to purple, the mixture of blue and red, and you feel a warmer glow within in this colour… Take your time to move from colour to colour and even back again, if you feel the need. Linger as long as you like… when you are ready, go back again to your power place, and know that the journey, for now, is complete. You have walked the width of the rainbow and learned much. You know there are other colours and other layers - for instance, brown is somewhere between red and orange, crosswise to green. And silver and gold, the pure light of the Lady and the Lord, still await exploration. And there are darker and lighter shades, too… but these must wait for another time, another meditation. You will be back, and you will find more each time you visit, for the Path is constantly in motion, swirling the colours of our lives in many ways and combinations, teaching us, healing us, making us stronger. Hold to that knowledge.

(*** "Dedicant" - by Thuri Calafia ***)

The Storm Moon (March)

The Full Moon of March rains upon us, fertile and strong. Cold soil and soul, warm and awaken, softening in innocence with the first stirrings of Spring. Reflecting on the future we prepare for the time of fertile readiness by cleansing and blessing the growing ground, sanctifying the soil. The earth is prepared for planting, and the self is readied for change and growth. In the days before the birth, the Mother cleans the nest, preparing for the soon-to-arrive Innocent. Operating from instinct and cleansed of illusion, truth guides our choices. The primal self knows what to sew and what to cull.
Anticipation, inspiration, and imagination grow, their magical strength beckoning to the seeds of future harvests.

“Seed Moon, Plow Moon,
Moon of Winds,
Illusion ends as true growth begins,
Hecate, Athene, Astarte, Morrigan,
In pure inspiration the cycle begins again.”

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Quickening Moon (February)

The Full Moon in February can help you prepare for rebirth. Deep within, seeds are stirring with visions fertile and strong. While Winter’s fury blusters and brays, our own inner visions stir in the growing light of days. Below the surface of the earth, small seeds are awakening. Spring is still but a memory within our heart, but the worst of Winter has passed and soon the growing cycle will start.
It’s time to clear the clutter within and around. Let go of anger, resentment, and old, limiting behaviour. Clear yourself of habits and things that no longer serve you. Make way for new growth. Light a candle, white for purification and potential, beckoning the brightness of Spring.

“Hunger Moon, Wild Moon,
Ice Moon stealth,
In quiet preparation I love myself,
Brigit, Persephone, Diana, Kuan Yin,
Help to cleanse and heal what’s within.”

The Wolf Moon (January)

The Full Moon rises in January while the wild Winter wind howls. Like the wolves that stalked early villages, it prowls and growls, hungry and hunting, this Moon of deepest Winter. Inside, gather close to the warmth of hearth and home. Draw a cloak of protection and strength around you, and journey within. Let the darkness of the season shelter your plan and dreams. Inner visions appear, spurring us to plan what we will plant, for ahead lies the fertile cycle. Both in the spirit world and within the earth new life gathers its energies, preparing. Take time for quiet contemplation of what is to come. Focus on preparation and protection in the privacy of loved ones, for strength grows in the quiet times as we are readied for the season ahead.

“Snow Moon, Cold Moon,
Quiet Moon abide,
Let protection and strength grow inside.
Inanna, Sarasvati, Hera and Sinn,
Sew new beginnings deep within.”

Writing your own invocation

1) Create a list of sensory elements you associate with the object of your invocation: on a blank piece of paper, write the object in the middle, and write every word or phrase that pops into your mind all around it. The symbolic meaning of words, or the underlying ideas and concepts that accompany words, functions most strongly and effectively in an invocation. Literal and implied meanings are less important. Symbols are the language through which we communicate with the Divine part of ourselves.

2) Do a bit of research on your object, even if you already feel familiar with it. This will offer the opportunity to discover a new piece of information that inspires you to develop your invocation in a whole new direction.

3) Copy the words from your brainstorming sheet onto an index card. At the top of the card, write the object. Every time you write a new invocation, create an index card of key words associated with the object of the invocation. This will make further invocations easier. As you research, add key words to your ongoing lists. You may discover particular phrases about your object that resonates strongly with you. Note them down on the card as well. Phrases like this can help you connect to how others see the object of your invocation.

4) Write a prose draft of the invocation using the key words that resonate most clearly for you. Don’t worry about style or meter or rhymes; just write it out as a plain paragraph. This is only a rough draft for your invocation. Use everyday words, contractions, and slang; don’t try to couch it in fancy language.

5) Put your prose paragraph away and return to it after a bit of a break to review it. This forms the basis of your invocation.

6) Up to this point you have been working with words associated with your object. Now you will turn your words into an invocation, by adding the depth of emotion necessary to elicit the correct energy. Think about the images that have spontaneously formed, or that arise in your mind or heart when you read your plain prose paragraph. Play with the sequence of the words and refine them. Consider synonyms. Do not, however, deliberately construct clever-sounding imagery. Forced images will not flow properly. Often the simplest imagery becomes the soul of an invocation and the heart of the unfurling energy.

7) Formulize the language only to the point at which you are comfortable. Never use any word if you are not 100% certain of the meaning.. If a word sounds right but you still can’t put your finger on precisely what it means, take the time to look it up. Don’t try to write your invocation in unfamiliar language. Trust yourself, both as a Ritualist and as a writer of invocations; reflect who you are and don’t try to sound like someone else.

8) Next, think about the structure of your invocation. Used with intent and awareness, devices such as rhyme scheme, meter and form can reinforce and amplify the meaning of your invocation. Play with how it changes. Be watchful, however, to ensure that the poetic form and structure of your invocation do not obscure the intention behind it.

9) Read your invocation out loud.
How does it sound?
How does it make you feel?
Does it create the effect you were looking for?
If yes, then you’re ready to use it in ritual!

Sunday, January 11, 2009


1) From where do you instinctively sense
your personal energy emanating?

2) Where do you first feel emotion?

3) Where do you first sense energy,
or experience intuitive sensations?

4) When you raise energy, is there a point
in your body that resonates with it?

5) If you relax and allow your awareness to examine
different areas within your body, what feels more like
a repository of energy?

*** Most people find that their energy
Center is a Chakra point.***


“Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna…
Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna…
Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna…
Three times round your Name’s been called…
Three times round the Circle’s cast…
By Earth and Fire…
By Air and Water…
Mother Goddess, hear my plea…
Hear now the Words of the Witches…
The Secrets we hid in the Night…
The oldest of Gods are invoked here…
The great work of Magick is sought…
In this time and in this hour…
I call upon the Sacred Power…
Bring your power to my aid…
Guide me in this sacred quest…
Memories of past lives…
Lay dormant still inside my mind…
Open the lock so I might see…
Return to me my memory…
As I will, so mote it be!”

Hecate Protection Spell

“Hecate, I call to thee,
Watch over me
As you can see
All the negativity
Swarming around me.
May your grace
Protect me.”

To increase the power and energy of this spell, mix the following powder:

1) Black salt (not the Indian cooking type, but the magical one). Used for protection.

2) Coarse sea salt. For cleansing negativity.

3) Ground dragon’s blood. To compliment and raise the powder’s energy level.

Mix them in equal parts and use it to mark a sacred circle on the ground.

Spell to Protect your Book of Shadows

During the phase of the Waning Moon, visualize the pages of your Book of Shadows growing thick with wisdom and witchery. Set the book up on your work space, light a few candles, get your favourite incense going and set a magical mood. Ground and center yourself. Raise your energy high and then hold your hands palms down over the book. Repeat the charm while you empower the book with the powers of the Four Elements, knowledge, wisdom, and illumination.

“As the Moon does grow fuller and fuller
each night,
My Book of Shadows grows too,
In knowledge and light.
By Earth, Air, sky, and sea,
As above, now so below,
The Elemental powers spin
And my magick holds.”

Full Moon Ritual

The Moon Mother shines in her brightest glory at this time. In addition to being a time of protection magick and the dismissing of unwanted energies in our lives, Full Moons offer us a chance to say, “Thank you”, for the things accomplished during the previous lunar cycle. Giving thanks for completed work is part of achieving the cycle of balance that we work toward achieving in our lives.

“Lady Mother, I, who am your child,
Stand between the worlds in sacred space
Under your light.
Once more I affirm my joy in life
And in my union with you upon your path.
I honour you, Lady Goddess,
For the favors and energy you bring to my life,
And ask your blessing upon me.
Beautiful Lady, thank you for the light and
Beauty you bring to my life.
Thank you for the energy and wisdom you give
To me to walk in balance in your world.”

Hecate Chant

The 30th of each month is the sacred day of the Triple Goddess of the crossroads and the patroness of Witches, Hecate. She has many names and titles: Hecate Trevia, “of the three ways”; Hecate Phosphoros, “the light bringer”; Hecate Nykterian, “of the night”; and Hecate Basileia, “Hecate Queen”.

“Hecate, Goddess of the crossroads,
Hear my cry!
Protect and guard me under
Your midnight sky!
Hecate Phosphoros,
“She who brings light”,
Hecate Trevia,
Bless me with your wisdom tonight”.

Casting a Circle

Imagine a circle of light surrounding you. This light can be white, blue or purple. Circle the light around, above and below you in a clockwise direction, like the representation of an atom. Feel it as a sphere around you or as a cone of power. Remember to leave a “doorway” through which your magick energy may exit. Banish all evil and negative energy, forbidding anything harmful to enter your space. Remember, you are always safe within your circle if you command it to be so. You should feel warm and peaceful within your circle. You can also outline the perimeter if needed. Negative entities cannot cross a line of salt. Candles, crystals, cord, stones, flowers and incense can also be used to create a barrier.

“I consecrate this circle of power to the Ancient Goddess.
Here may she manifest and bless her child.
This is a time that is not a time,
A place that is not a place,
On a day that is not a day.
I stand at the threshold between the worlds,
Before the veil of Mysteries.
May the Ancient Ones help and
Protect me on my journey.
I call upon the power of Air to witness this rite and guard this circle.
I call upon the power of Fire to witness this rite and guard this circle.
I call upon the power of Water to witness this rite and guard this circle.
I call upon the power of Earth to witness this rite and guard this circle.
This circle is bound,
With powers all around,
Between the worlds, I stand
With protection at hand.
By the powers of the Ancient Goddess,
I bind all power within this circle,
Into this spell,
So mote it be.”

Thursday, January 1, 2009


At first you weren’t quite sure what path to take -
The left, the right, the summit or the pond -
Nor how to pour the ale or cut the cake,
But in good time you learned, and passed beyond.
Though other roads were wider, smooth and new,
An older Way rose up beneath your feet.
You followed it, and studied it, and grew
And spoke with fellow souls you chanced to meet.
So now you stand, outside of time and space,
To dedicate yourself among the Wise.
The trees lean down to listen in this place;
The Moon shines as your witness in the skies.
“I am a Witch!” You say the words, times three,
And what you say, forevermore, shall be.