Monday, 20 May 2013

Ceremony of Remembrance- ~“The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation, Solitary Witch” by Silver RavenWolf

WHEN TO PERFORM: This is entirely up to you and should be done when you feel ready. Some covens prefer the full moon, where others find the new moon more appropriate. If you are really into magickal timing, you might want to think about the following:

1. When the moon is in Pisces (ruled by Jupiter and Neptune; both are considered spiritual energies).

2. In the hour of Jupiter, Venus or the moon.

3. On Monday (the moon) or Thursday (Jupiter) or Friday (Venus).

SUPPLIES: A bell (or drum) ; a candle (of the person’s favorite color) for the altar; eight votive candles for the positions of the eight holidays on the Wheel of the Year.; a needfire candle (which will be the first lit); the deceased’s favorite flowers; a picture; a cauldron; a bottle of holy water; the person’s favorite drink and favorite food. Have a box of tissues handy (it is perfectly healthy to cry). Music, if you think this is appropriate. If possible, dress in white. Make a list of your deceased relatives and friends. Optional: Illuminator candles.

PREPARATION: Cleanse the room with the four elements. Set up the altar with your choice of tools. Set the cauldron (for transformation) in the center of the circle or the altar. Place the flowers, candle to the deceased, fire candle, picture, and food on your altar or on a table. Place the votive candles in their appropriate places around the room (you can put place cards by them if you forget which holiday goes where), or you can place everything on a large table (like a dining room table), turning the table itself into the altar. Devote the altar through prayer, light the fire candle, then mix the energies on the altar with your hands. Seal with an equal-armed cross.

THE RITUAL: Light illuminator candles. Cast your magick circle and call the quarters. If there are others in the room, stand in a circle holding hands. Invoke the Lord and Lady using any of the invocation that you prefer or have written yourself.

Stand in front of the picture and say:

“As the sacred Wheel of the Year spins slowly, blessing us with the gifts of transformation, so does the cycle of life, death, and rebirth also turn, allowing us to fulfill our destiny.”

Say the person’s name three times loudly. Then say:

“Even though you have gone beyond the veil, we know that we can send these blessings to you.”

Light each of the sabbat candles, repeating the name of the sabbat aloud, and the saying a gift that you are sending to the loved one–such as love, peace, harmony, rest, happiness, safe journey, and so on–with the flame of that candle, with the following procedure: Light the Yule candle from the fire candle. Carry the fire candles clockwise around the circle and place on the altar. Stand in front of the Yule candle and give the Yule blessing (below), then light the Candlemas candle from the Yule candle. Carry the Yule candle around the circle in a clockwise direction and replace in the Yule position. Stand in front of the Candlemas candle, give the blessing, the move to the Ostara candle and so on. In this way each sabbat candle is lit from the last beginning with Yule and moving around the circle in a clockwise direction, which builds the energy to send to the deceased. Blessings might include:

YULE: May the love of the divine be with you.

CANDLEMAS: May your guide light your journey.

OSTARA: May you find joy in your rebirth.

BELTANE: May you receive our love and blessings.

MIDSUMMER: May you find wisdom and empowerment.

LAMMAS: May you find forgiveness for all things.
MABON: May you be purged of all unhappiness.

SAMHAIN: May you rest in peace.

Pick up the Samhain candle and stand before the altar. In your own way, ask Spirit to carry your blessings to the individual. In the case of a pet, you might also ask that the spiritual caretaker of animals also be present to ensure the safety of the animals’ spirit. Say the deceased’s name three times, then light the pillar candle in front of their picture with the Samhain candle, and envision all the energy and blessings built into the ritual being released into their arm.

If you wish to move the deceased individual into the realm of your personal ancestral dead, you will now make the first offering by verbally listing your lineage and adding the person’s name to the list. Each time you say a person’s name, you will sprinkle holy water into the cauldron. If you do not wish to add them to your ancestral pantheon, you will still state the names of your ancestors but you will not add the deceased person’s name–you will say their name later. If you are facilitating this ceremony for someone else (say the family of a friend), they need to give you a list of beloved friends and family who have passed away. It is this list you would intone during this portion of the ritual. The litany might go as follows:

“I honor my great grandfather, Harold Crossing.

I honor my great grandmother, Mabel Crossing.

I honor my great grandfather, Charles Taylor.

I honor my great grandmother, Lucy Taylor.

I honor my grandmother, Christine Crossing.

I honor my grandmother, Louise Taylor.

I honor my uncle, Patrick Taylor.

I honor my pet, Joey.

I honor the Lord and Lady

May they continue to bless the living as well as the dead.”

Add the deceased’s favorite drink to the cauldron, honoring the newly deceased (this would be a second time you said their name if you added them to the ancestral pantheon). For example, “I honor my friend, Randy Boyer. May Spirit carry this actor of honor to him. So mote it be.”

When you are finished, thank Spirit(and the caretaker of pets, should the deceased be an animal), release the quarters, and then release the circle. Lay the food and flowers outside. Pour the contents of the cauldron on the ground. If you can, allow the candle(s) to burn completely out.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Herbs that you should memorize!

Here is a list of 38 common herbs you should try to memorize. They can be invaluable to you for their convenience, low price and effectiveness. These herbs are both reliable and relatively potent in magickal workings.

Many on this list fall into the category of Culinary Herbs which means you should be able to find them at any grocery store. The rest can be found as loose herbs, incense or oils in most health food stores.

ACACIA: Psychic Development, Protection Against Psychic Attack, Uncrossing, Protection Against Hexes

AGRIMONY: Uncrossing, Protection, Rest, Invisibility, Banishing, Binding, Hexing, Disbursing Negative Energy, Reversals, Returning Negative Energy To Its Source

ALL-HEAL: Healing, Health, Vitality

ALOE: Healing, Protection Against Harmful Spirits, Luck, Water Elemental Invocation

AMBER: Mental Magic, Balance, Protection, Protection Against Harmful Spirits, Protection Against Hexes, Protection Against Psychic Attack.

ANGELICA: Exorcism, Hex Breaking, Divination, Prophecy, Disburses Negative Energy, Protection, Healing

BASIL: Circle Casting, Flying, Exorcism, Protection, Warding Off Harmful Spirits, Love, Wealth

BAY: Protection, Purification, Vitality, Psychic Development, Healing

BAYBERRY: Business Success, Wealth

BENZOIN: Purification, Circle Casting, Wealth, Protection

CATNIP: Familiar Magic, Spirit Familiar Invocation, Beauty, Love, Joy

CHAMOMILE: Rest, Prosperity, Purification, Water Elemental Invocation, Romance

CINNAMON: Lust, Success, Strength, Spirituality, Healing, Divination, Protection, Love

CLOVE: Prosperity, Romance, Protection, Exorcism

DANDELION: Spirit Magic, Wish Magic, Prophetic Dreams, Divination, Health

ECHINACEA: Healing, Protection, Strengthens Spells, Defensive Magic

EUCALYPTUS: Protection, Healing, Water Elemental Invocation

FERN: Weather Magic, Exorcism, Air Elemental Invocation, Good Fortune, Immortality, Protection, Wealth, Healing

FRANKINCENSE: Protection, Spirituality, Exorcism, Purification

GARLIC: Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Protection from Theft, Fertility

GINGER: Romance, Love, Prosperity, Control, Success, Mental Magic

IVY: Health, Healing, Protection

MARJORAM: Protection, Love, Joy, Healing, Prosperity

MISTLETOE: The Hunt, Lust, Healing, Love, Romance, Protection, Exorcism, Fertility, Air Elemental Invocation

MUGWORT: Astral Projection, Potency, Mental Magic, Earth Elemental Invocation, Dream Magic, Protection, Healing

MULLEIN: Courage, Healing, Protection, Love, Romance, Divination, Exorcism

MUSK: Lust, Control, Persuasion, Prosperity, Confidence, Courage

MYRRH: Protection, Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Spirituality

NUTMEG: Clarity of Vision, Friendship, Confidence, Divination, Prosperity

PARSLEY: Purification, Romance, Protection

PATCHOULI: Lust, Protection, Reversals, Hex Breaking, Returning Negative Energy To Its Source, Returns Harmful Magic,Wealth, Money, Fertility, Riches, Earth Elemental Invocation

ROSE: Love, Healing, Mental Magic, Divination, Wish Magic, Protection

ROSEMARY: Protection, Exorcism, Love, Friendship, Lust, Mental Magic, Purification, Rest, Beauty

SAGE: Protection, Wisdom, Youth, Longevity, Wish Magic

SANDALWOOD: Purification, Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Spirituality, Consecration

TOBACCO: Purification, Exorcism, Healing

VALERIAN: Love, Purification, Rest, Protection

YLANG YLANG: Lust, Fertility, Power, Social Power

The Solitary Craft

Solitary Witchcraft is one of the largest and most wide-reaching paths to have been born from Wicca. It is a varied and dynamic Tradition in its own right and is practiced in numerous different ways by a great number of people world-wide.
For some people, Solitary Witchcraft is a form of personal practice that allows a person to gain some experience of the Craft until they are able to find and join a coven. For others it is their central path and the best way for them to practice.

It is our hope that the simple outlines provided here will give a greater understanding of this myriad Tradition, whether you are just curious or seeking to take it up for yourself. Either way, Solitary Witchcraft offers the practitioner a unique and personal relationship with magic and the Gods. 

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Happiness Spell

You need: A candle in your favorite color. 5 red rose petals.
A picture of you as a child looking happy.
Sit cross-legged on the floor and make sure you are comfortable light the candle and spread
the rose petals out around it.
Put your picture in front of you and look deep into the flame of the candle.
Relax for a few seconds and breathe deeply forgetting everything that is depressing you.

Push all your unhappiness into the rose petal closest to you.
Talk the rose petal and crush it in your hand and throw it away.
Breathe deeply again and look into the picture of you as a happy child and chant
"By the power within me, let happiness be.
Dig up from the corners of my mind, the happiness and carefree of a child.
Push away heavy thoughts, let happiness flow free.
So Mote It Be."
Chant this about 3 times, more if you like but no less.
Close your eyes imagine being young and carefree.
Then blow out the candle stand up and spin around anti clockwise in a circle 3 times.

Depression Relief Spell

You will need:
white candle, black marker with wide felt tip, kunzite or blue agate, lemon balm,
lemon oil, and cloth pouch
Begin by completely coloring the candle black with the marker to symbolize the
depression that presently encases you. Light the candle & say:
"Flame cut through depression, deep. Melt it down & make it weep.
Grant me power to re-emerge, From its grip, I leap & surge."
Watch the candle burn until white wax appears at the flame.
Rub a bit of lemon oil into the stone & say:
"Kunzite/agate, stone of mellow hue,
Dissolve the depression, I beg of you.
Take its power & transform its strength.
Into positive energy I can use at length."
Lightly rub the stone against your temples & your heart, then place it in front of the candle &
sprinkle it with lemon balm. Let the candle burn completely.
Place the stone & herb in the cloth pouch & carry it with you.
When your spirits need a lift, re-anoint the stone & repeat its empowerment chant.
Also suggest that you meditate. It helps make you calmer and be able to see things in a clear light.

Psychic Abilities - Types

There are different kinds of psychic abilities. Some people are able to divine the future. Others receive messages from the spirit world. A few may be able to read the thoughts of others, or see "auras" that tell them how the person is feeling.
• Precognition is the ability to know the future. For some people, it's very definite messages, like "You're going to go to a cafĂ© and meet a dark-haired man." For others, it may be more vague, such as, "Someone close to you is about to experience a major change."
• Intuition, or intuitiveness, is the ability to just “know” things without being told. Many intuitives make excellent Tarot card readers, as this skill gives them an advantage when reading cards for a client. This is sometimes referred to as clairsentience.
• Clairvoyance is the ability to see things that are hidden. Sometimes used in remote viewing, clairvoyance has occasionally been credited for people finding missing children and locating lost objects.
• Empathy is the ability to sense the feelings and emotions of another person. Someone who is an empath often needs to learn to shield themselves from the energies of others, or they may find themselves feeling drained and exhausted.
• A medium is someone who gets messages from the spirit world. This can take many forms - some mediums can see and hear actual spirits; others receive messages via dreams or visions. Some can even "channel" the spirit, who may then write or speak through the medium.