Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So I guess before I really get into those different kinds of spells I want to start off saying that this is how I feel about them, not how everyone should feel about them.
I started off following Wicca and of course with the Rede I said nay and looked the other way from "black" magic. I figured that that was what was right and only doing "white" magic I was in perfect balance with the universe.
After a few years though I started to think about it. Isn't harmony about having a balance of both dark and light, yin and yang? At this point of my pagan path I figured that Wicca wasn't really for me, especially once I found out about some of the inner court information (not really being told because that out make the speaker an oath breaker but it had gotten to a point here they couldn't say no to my questions). So I branched out and stumbled upon hedge witchery/green magic and kitchen magic.
Now with my new found feelings as just being a witch I sat down one day and really put some thought into what magic is. I've heard different spells being referred to as dark/black, grey and white/light magic. It didn't really make sense to me that once something is light it will always be light. Like if you cast a spell to get money then it's considered white, but if that money had come from the death of someone in the family it was still white? Which led me to the realization that magic doesn't have a colour, it just it. It's what you do with that magic, the intent that you use it that makes it either black, grey or white.
And if magic just is, why would there be "bad" spells out there? Then I thought back to the idea of balance. Now to be a doctor, you need to know how to save lives and stop them. To be able to sell anything (whether you're a sales person or a corporate tycoon) you need to know both how to sell and how not to sell. That way you know what you should and should not do. To have that balance. Shouldn't that be the same with magic? Shouldn't you need to know how to curse and hex to be able to heal?
With my new resolve to learn how to cast hexes and curses, the old rule of three popped back in my head. And really what you do does come back to you, whether it be something small or something big, right? But say if you kill the latest cockroach running across your kitchen floor or your eating that steak shouldn't that mean that your friends and family start croaking? No. Obviously there are people who eat meat every day and no one seems to die because of that (besides the animals but that's beside the point).
So after thinking that I started not to really think of karma as this end all and be all of magic doing. Really I started thinking of it as more as what you can personally live with. If you do a hex on someone (say they stole your lunch at work) and you heard that they had gotten seriously hurt then of course you have to live with the idea that that might have been because of you. Say if it's a serial killer on the loose though, I don't have any problem trying to stop them, with any means at my disposal. I mean, magic is for us to make the world/our lives a better place and I'm sure karma wouldn't nip you in the butt for stopping a killer.
In conclusion, I have no problems with love spells, hexes/curses or black magic. Magic is there for you to use and if you do something that you will regret then that's your fault for not thinking things through. Magic isn't one thing or another, it just is.
- 1 cup finely ground almonds
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 drops almond extract
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg yolk
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Needless to say, at the end of the week I'm usually a bundle of nerves who just wants to find a rock to crawl under and just sleep for a month. I got the basis of this ritual bath from MagicTV's ritual Bath video and then added to it to make it a bit more me.
What I do is do this spell/ritual bath and it refreshes me every time.
What you need:
- Preferably a bath tub, though a shower will do
- A hand full of Sea salt, though regular salt is ok
- A tea ball or cheese clothe with string
- Various herbs, such as Rosemary, Sage, Caraway, Chives, Catnip, Coriander, Ginger, Black Pepper, any herb that promotes protection, clarity, cleansing or soothing (Catnip is rest)
- If you have it, Lavender oil or bubble bath, anything that soothes you
- White candles (though they are not necessary)
- A mirror, can even be your bathroom mirror
- Anointing Oil, preferably sandalwood but olive oil is just as good (and cheaper lol)
Light any candles that you have a turn off the lights, if you don't have candles then leave the lights on. Before getting into tub, take a moment and ground yourself. Feel the energies around you and breath in and our deeply until you feel ready. You can say a little something like "Oh Goddess, help me to cleanse myself and to release everything that is holding me back". Get into the tub.
Rinse yourself in the tub, covering every part of your body and then lay back and get comfortable. Lay there and feel everything melt into the water. Imagine it's rinsing away everything that is bad and causing you trouble. Take your time to visualize this.
Now, think back, maybe over the week, month and/or year. Think back and think about anything that has held you back in anyway. If anything has come up, acknowledge it and say something like "I acknowledge that __this__ has held me back, and I release it so it may never trouble me again." If any random thoughts come to you, release them. Don't focus on anything but the moment you're in the bathroom.
Take a moment and relax, breathing deeply in and out for a few minutes. Remain as long as comfortable (not too comfortable to fall asleep though!). Rise out of the tub and think back to everything that you had let go. Unplug the drain and imagine everything that was troubling you wash down the drain, being carried by the water. Don't dry off, let the air air-dry you. Look into the mirror and start at yourself. Remind yourself that you are a good person and tell yourself that you love yourself and that you're the child of your deity.
Take the anointment oil and put a little on your fingers. Anoint your feet saying, "Blessed be my feet, may they always walk on sacred paths." Then anoint your knees, "Blessed be my knees, that I may kneel at the altar of (insert your deity's name)." Then anoint your pubic area, "Blessed be my second chakra, that I may bring forth life and art and joy." Then anoint the center of your chest, "Blessed be my heart, that I my love and receive love." Then your lips, "Blessed be my mouth, that I speak the words of power." Then anoint the center of your forehead, "Blessed be my mind's eye, that I may see the unseen and recieve the messages from spirit." Finally, anoint the top of your head, " Blessed be my crown, that I may be one with (spirit, deity, your deity) always."
When done, look into the mirror again and say something like, "With everything that I have released, let it be filled with love. So mote it be."
And you're done! Clean up and release any extra energy/ground yourself.
- To ward off negative energies drink Sage tea (highly protective energies)
- To encourage love energies, try a mixture of orange rind, rosehip and cinnamon. Makes a delicious tea, especially if you add a little honey
- To attract luck and opportunity, make lemongrass tea and place an almond in the tea pot
- To draw abundance and wealth, try a mix of one part ginger and one-eighth part each of clove and nutmeg
- For drawing courage, use herbs like parsley, raspberry leaf, nettle, aniseed and ginger
You are The Moon
Hope, expectation, Bright promises.
The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.
The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.
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I wanted to start a blog dedicated to my spiritual journey down the garden path.
Here I want to keep a collection of brews, potions and anything else I come across. Any input would be great!
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