Sunday, October 26, 2008

How To Use A Pendulum

Pendulums are one of the easiest and quickest ways to perform divination. Pendulums have been used for centuries as means to divine the future and to find out answers to pressing questions that people would like to have answers for.



Even though pendulums are easy to use in a sense, there is much more to diving through pendulums then meets the eye.

In order to perform a pendulum reading properly, steps should be taken and considered before you begin to ask your questions to the pendulum.

This article will explain all the necessary steps, measures, and routines that should be used before you begin to divine with your pendulum.

Step 1: Choosing Your Pendulum

Pendulums come in many different shapes and sizes as well as materials that are used to craft and make them. Some popular pendulums include gemstone pendulums, metal pendulums, and wood pendulums.

Gemstone pendulums are made from actual gemstones and not only do they contain the energies of the stones that they are made from, but they also are best suited for pendulum divination because these energies inside the stones will cause the pendulum to swing stronger giving you a more clear answer to your questions. Gemstones are also very pure forms of energy as long as they are properly cleansed.



Metal pendulums are often made from brass, chrome, pewter, or steel. These pendulums are the next best pendulums to use after gemstones as the magnetic energies that many of these metals provide can give a strong swing to your pendulum bringing more clarification to your answers.



Wood pendulums are made from various woods and are normally hand carved. Wood is not the best medium to use for pendulums since they do not hold energy rather well and can often be weak when they swing back and forth.



Whatever pendulum type you use or decide to buy, make sure the pendulum is solid though not too heavy. The heavier your pendulum is, the harder it would be for it to swing. Like wise, you do not want a pendulum that is too light either.

Many people also like to use necklaces with pendants for pendulums. Even though this can be done and the jewelry will swing back and forth like a traditional pendulum, the SHAPE of the pendulum is a key reason why traditional pendulums are preferred over jewelry.

Traditional pendulums are shaped in a certain way to specifically aid with divination. Many pendulums are shaped to where they have a point at the end. This point represents the end of the channeling energies that are being passed from you(the diviner) to the pendulum.

If you use necklaces with pendants instead of an actual pendulum, you may find that your answers are inconsistent and wrong. Even though the energies are there making the necklace and pendant move like a pendulum, they are not being channeled correctly because the needed centered point is not there to complete the energy transfer.

For this reason it is best to use traditional pendulum shapes for your pendulums for most accurate results.

Step 2 Cleanse Your Pendulum

Once you have your pendulum of choice, it is always wise and advised to cleanse it before you perform any form of divination with it.

The easiest and most simple way to cleanse your pendulum would be to take some sage incense or a sage smudge stick and light them to where they are smoking well. Take your pendulum and pass it through the smoke several times. You can perform a prayer as you pass the pendulum through the smoke for added benefit if you choose.

Another way for cleansing would be to make up a salt water bath for it. If your pendulum is made from a gemstone this is a good method for cleansing. Take some cold water and mix it with some salt, preferably purification salts, though dead sea salt can also be used. Dunk your pendulum into the water several times and then when finished, dry it off very well.
For metal and wood pendulums this is not a good method as the salt can damage your pendulum, so the sage smoke cleansing method would be better suited for these pendulums.

Step 3 Use Your Pendulum

After you have cleansed your pendulum it is time for you to use it. Before you use a pendulum it is always best to ensure that you perform a protection ritual or spell before hand. The reasons for this is because when using any form of divination tools such as crystal balls, scrying mirrors, or pendulums, you are opening door ways not only to your subconscious, but also to the spirit world. Spirits often are summoned through divination whether intentionally or unintentionally to aid the seeker in finding their answers.

Even if you are not calling out to the spirits for aid, they will still be attracted to the divination tool because it is a doorway from their realm to ours and they often try to step through with or without our permission. This often leads to negative entities and demonic presences that can sometimes use these tools as a means to attack the seeker.

If you choose to neglect the protection ritual or spell, then be warned that you are at risk of attracting unwanted energies to you.

Take your pendulum by the chain or attached medium and hold it inbetween your index finder and thumb. Rest your arm that is holding the pendulum on a table or firm surface by the elbow and let the pendulum dangle loosely. Ensure that there is enough slack for it to swing freely and without obstruction.

Make sure your hand holding the pendulum is steady and does not move at all, also ensure that pendulum will not be influenced in any way by things such as a fan, open window, or air conditioning unit.

Once you are ready, close your eyes and clear your mind as best you can. It is important that you keep your mind blank. Try to envision however your subconscious mind opening up, almost like a door is opening in the back of your mind. Imagine energy coming out of this open door and shooting up from your mind and into the pendulum.

Try to focus on this for several minutes. The intention of this exercise is to charge the pendulum with your energy, by charging you are making the pendulum more powerful and more accurate.

Once you feel the pendulum is charged enough, open your eyes slowly, and stare at the pendulum, focus on the pendulum point(the end of the pendulum) and then ask the pendulum to show you what it's response will be to a "yes" answer for a question you ask.

For example, you can ask your pendulum "Show me Yes." after you say this, wait and watch which way your pendulum will swing. Some pendulums will swing either back and forth or circular. Whichever way it goes in response to that question will be it's direction for "yes". Do the same for "no"("Show me No") and ensure that the pendulum stops COMPLETELY then begins to turn in the opposite direction. This will then be "no".



Once you have seen the directions in which your pendulum is moving for yes and no answers, you can then begin to ask your questions. Begin by asking obvious questions such as..."do i work at..." or "is my name...." if the pendulum is correct in these answers then ask the questions that want an answer for.

It is always important when you ask your question to try and keep your mind BLANK when you ask. If you focus on the question you can influence the swing of the pendulum with your conscious mind, and it is the subconscious that you want to answer since the subconscious mind is the higher state of mind and holds the true answers that you seek.

If spirits are aiding you in your answers, the pendulum may vary well swing very strongly depending on the strength of the spirit. Spirits however are notorious for giving bad and inaccurate answers on purpose. If it is a good and helpful spirit this can be one of the best ways to get an accurate answers to your question. If however, you have a mischievous or malevolent spirit, they will purposefully make your pendulum reading frustrating and possibly even dangerous.

Resources and Information:

If you would like to view various pendulums or if you are interested in purchasing a pendulum for use, you can find some here:

Pendulums

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Samhain Meaning & History

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain
(pronounced sow-in). It is the time between Samhain (pronounced "Sow-in"
in Ireland, Sow-een in Wales, "Sav-en" in Scotland or even "Sam-haine" in
non-Gaelic speaking countries) and Brigid's Day "the period of little
sun." Thus, Samhain is often named the "Last Harvest" or "Summer's End".
The Earth nods a sad farewell to the God.


Symbolism of Samhain
- Third Harvest, the Dark Mysteries, Rebirth through
Death.

Symbols of Samhain - Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms.

Herbs of Samhain - Mugwort, Allspice, Broom, Catnip, Deadly Nightshade,
Mandrake, Oak leaves, Sage and Straw.

Foods of Samhain - Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Beef,
Pork, Poultry.

Incense of Samhain - Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg.

Colors of Samhain - Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold.

Stones of Samhain - All Black Stones, preferably jet or obsidian.


We know that He will once again be reborn of the
Goddess and the cycle will continue. This is the time of reflection, the
time to honor the Ancients who have gone on before us and the time of
'Seeing" (divination). As we contemplate the Wheel of the Year, we come to
recognize our own part in the eternal cycle of Life.



While almost all Celtic based traditions recognize this Holiday as the end
of the "old" year, some groups do not celebrate the coming of the New Year
until Yule. Some consider the time between Samhain and Yule as a time
which does not even exist on the Earthly plane. The "time which is no
time" was considered in the old days to be both very Magickal and very
dangerous. Even today, we celebrate this holiday with a mixture of joyous
celebration and 'spine tingling" reverence.

The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the
United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their New Year on November
1.

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the
dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human
death.

Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between
the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.

On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed
that the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. In addition to causing
trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the
otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to
make predictions about the future.

For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these
prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the
long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druid priests built huge sacred bonfires,
where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the
Celtic deities.

During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of
animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes.

When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they
had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help
protect them during the coming winter.

By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the
course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two
festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic
celebration of Samhain.

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally
commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor
Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees.

The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this
celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for
apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands.
In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st 'All
Saints' Day', a time to honor saints and martyrs.

It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the
Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday.

The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle
English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the
night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually,
Halloween.

Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day,
a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big
bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and
devils.

Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and
All Souls', were called Hallowmas.

Halloween is the eve of Hallowmas, better know to modern Christians as All
Saints' Day. Hallowmas celebrates God's harvesting into heaven the
faithful of every age, culture and walk of life. It is a day of glorious
rejoicing.

Saints are people who, by their joyful service, have extended the love of
God to others. The martyrologies, the list of the saints officially
honored by the church, contains over 10,000 names - and those are only the
saints we know of.

All Saints' Day also remembers those holy people whom no one but God any
longer knows. The reading for the day from Revelation describes a great
multitude that no one can count.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pentacle vs Pentagram

It is common within witchcraft, wicca, and paganism to confuse the pentacle and pentagram. Although there are several arguments that go around saying they are one in the same, this is not exactly true.

Through many different historic texts through the ages, the pentacle and pentagram have come to represent different meanings depending on the faithful who hold these symbols in holy light.

This posting will summarize the differences between the pentacle and pentagram


The Pentagram

A pentagram is a five pointed star and means "five line" or "five lines" which stems from the Greek word pentagrammos. The pentagram was used extensively in Greece and Babylonia. To the Greeks and Babylonians, the pentagram stood for magical energies and associations. Those who wore a pentagram or showed a pentagram adorned on their clothing would show off without fear their practice of witchcraft freely.



Neo Pagans are also heavily associted with the pentagram, and it is commonly tied to a deity The Horned God.

Ironically, the Christians once symbolized the pentagram as the five wounds of Jesus.

The pentagram is often represented with Venus the planet and Venus the Goddess. Ancient astronomers when viewing into space every eight years could make a constallation around Venus in the shape of a five pointed star.

By the mid-19th century a further distinction had developed amongst occultists regarding the pentagram's orientation. With a single point upwards it depicted spirit presiding over the four elements of matter, and was essentially "good".

However the other way up was considered evil. A reversed pentagram, with two points projecting upwards, is a symbol of evil and attracts sinister forces because it overturns the proper order of things and demonstrates the triumph of matter over spirit. It is the goat of lust attacking the heavens with its horns, a sign execrated by initiates.

This is perhaps where the pentagram started to become synomous with Satanism and evil. Satanist use a pentagram with two points up, often inscribed in a double circle, with the head of a goat inside the pentagram. This is referred to as the Sigil of Baphomet and is now often associated with Lucifer or Satan and has demonic meanings.



Many Neopagans, especially Wiccans, use the pentagram as a symbol of their faith similar to the Christian cross or the Jewish Star of David. It is not, however, a universal symbol for Neopaganism, and is rarely used in actual rituals and spells that Pagans and Wiccans actively practice in. It is more of a religious symbolism that is commonly explained by reference to the basic understanding that the five points of the pentagram represent the four elements air, earth, fire, and water with the addition of Spirit as the uppermost point. As a representation of the elements, the pentagram is involved in the Wiccan practice of summoning the elemental spirits of the four directions at the beginning of a ritual.



The outer circle of the "circumscribed" pentagram is sometimes interpreted as binding the elements together or bringing them into united harmony with each other. The Neopagan pentagram is generally displayed with one point up, mostly because of the "inverted" goat's head pentagram's association with Satanism; however, within traditional forms of Wicca a pentagram with two points up is associated with the Second Degree Initiation and in this context has no relation to Satanism.

Wiccan and Pagans do not believe in Satan or what Satan traditionally represents. They instead worship gods such as Gaia, The Horned God, and often Norse, Greek, and Egyptian gods.

The Pentacle

A pentacle in all definately is actually considered an amulet that is used for magical invocations, rituals, and spells. The pentacle is meant to be a symbol with which the spirit draws upon for added strength and energies for these spells and rituals.



The most famous historical pentacle is the Seal of Solomon. Solomon was historically linked to being one of the greatest wizards that ever lived. He is often revered by wiccans and pagans and in grimoires and various texts, there are different styles and designs of Solomon's pentacles. Each of them that he had crafted were used for various difference rituals and spells that he would perform.



Even though pentacle and pentagram are similar in spelling, pentacle does not represent "five" rather, it represents magical energies and any design or shapes could be considered pentacles. If they were drawn with five points they were often referred to as hexagrams, not pentagrams.

Pentacles were often used for protection against demons and negative entities. They were used and still are used extensively for these purposes within paganism and wicca. They can either be adorned around the neck as a necklace or charm, or they can be used as altar tiles or patens for altars.



Pentacles are also considered important to draw or attract spirits. Within Wicca and Paganism, the pentacle can be used as a center point with which to open the doorway for spirits to step forth into this plane. Many rituals and spells often call for a pentacle of some form to be within the center of the sacred circle as a focal point for the spirits to be drawn to.

It is often said that once a spirit has been summoned, they are "tied" to the pentacle's center often like a statue being held by a base, the spirit is tied to the center of the pentacle and cannot leave or move beyond that point.

Solomon commonly employed this method when either summoning spirits or to entrap them. He was famously known for binding and sending back evil spirits and demons to whence they came, and he often used the above method to do this.

Pentacles are also popular for appearing within the Tarot. The pentacle within the tarot replaced the coin reference within the minor Arcana. The pentacles in tarot represent the Earth or financial situations depending on the meaning of the cards to the reader.


Resources and Information:

If you would like to view various pentacles and pentagrams in their many different forms, you can do so here:

Pentacles & Pentagrams

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pentacle Symbol Denied For Fallen Solider's Plaque by The Government

The Department of Veterans Affairs says that they allow 38 symbols to be used on government issued markers for fallen soliders during wars and other brave men and women who serve to protect the country and smaller municipalities such as police officers and firemen.

These symbols range from the Christian Cross to the Jewish Star of David to the Atomic Whirl that denotes Atheism.

Why then is the Pentacle that represents the Wicca faith NOT allowed on these markers?

The pentacle represent Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit, and is meant as a symbol of faith and protection within Wicca and Paganism. This ancient symbol is so wide spread that when anyone even hears the word "wicca" or "wiccan" this is normally the first image that pops into their head.



There have been lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and state that are asking the government to change it's policies on this subject, arguing that Wiccan's Constitutional Rights to religious freedom have been abridged.

It is no secret that Wiccans and Pagans are normally bastardized and out right called "satanist" by many closed minded people. The pentacle is often confused with the pentagram which is popular among Satanists and Occultists as a symbol of their own faith and religious beliefs.

This confusion and the fact that wiccans and pagans practice witchcraft(rituals and spell casting) within their faith unfairly labels them as Satan worshippers even though Wiccans and Pagans do not practice black magick or any form of negative based magick. These energies are strictly forbidden within these faiths and Wiccans especially do not believe in Satan.

The fact that an individual who is giving their life freely to protect our country as well as a country that is not even his or her own, then this alone should warrant the pentacle to be allowed as an acceptable symbol to be placed on these markers.

The fact that the pentacle cannot be allowed on markers does indeed break the religious freedom and choice right, and whether or not anyone disagrees, the government needs to uphold to everyone's constitutional rights.

Some states have already begun to work on these issues however. A pentacle on a plaque honoring a Nevada National Guard a one Sgt. Patrick Stewart who died in Afghanistan last year, was put in place not too long ago on the Nevada Veterans Memorial at the state run Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetary in Fernley, Nevada.

Stewart's widow Roberta, says the federal government originally balked at her request to have the pentacle on a plaque. However, Republican Gov. of Nevada Kenny Guinn insisted that the state provide the plaque and use the wiccan symbol and the federal government then withdrew and allowed it.

A Guinn's spokesman stated, quote "Honoring the service of this man who gave his life for his country was more important than the symbol," he says. "He felt it was important that the man be honored."

For nine years Wiccans have tried to get their religious symbol approved as an offical religious symbol. During this time as they patiently wait, SIX other symbols have been approved over them.

Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says he's baffled as to why the federal government continues the policy and has seen no explanation of the practice from the VA.

"I've been in Washington since 1973, and I have never seen a bureaucratic mechanism work in such a bizarre fashion," Lynn says.

The suits were filed on behalf of Wiccan widows of combat veterans and Wiccan churches that have sought to have the pentacle put on markers.

There is no central governing body for Wiccans, so it's difficult to find accurate numbers for how many Americans practice the religion. A study by City University of New York in 2001 found 134,000 self-described Wiccans in the USA.

Roberta Stewart, whose husband was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, is named in one of the lawsuits, even though she won her fight to have the pentacle placed on her husband's plaque in Nevada.

"My personal quest has been completed, but I continue this fight for all of our pagan, Wiccan veterans who have not been honored," Stewart says.

She believes that the federal government misunderstands Wicca. She says she and her husband often described their faith as a mixture of Native American and Celtic influences and rituals.

In Wicca, "you don't go off what's in a book," Stewart says. "You go off what's in your heart."

Purification And Cleansing Tools

*This post is from a special guest writer who wished to spread some of her own knowledge about Purification and Cleansing Tools. Thank you Ronnie!*

"The spiritual first-aid kit for home and self"



From the very moment I learned about using purification and cleansing tools, and rituals.
I began putting them to use. My personal journey with these ancient tools has led to many
times of empowerment, and are an endless source of strentgh for me.

My first, and my favorite of these is "Sage"... It has been used for century's by the
(beloved), Native American Culture. Also at times I use "Sweet Grass Braids" which is
another tool used by some Native American Nations.

Secondly, I have always used "Incense". There are many kinds, and just as many uses...
The two that I use primarily are "Frankincense" and Myrrh Resin.
The last but by no means least, of my collection is "Blessed Olive Oil". Blessed by a
member of the Priesthood. Alongside of these special tools, are of course the Prayers and
Rituals.

These are of personal choice, depending on your area of faith or spiritual beliefs.
I have many beliefs and I see truth everywhere, so mine are varied, according to my needs.
There are many other tools out there...These listed are simply the ones of my preference.
It is my belief, through many personal experiences, that these tools and prayers, or rituals
are indeed worth researching, and making use of, especially if you feel uneasy or bogged down
by negative energies or people. They can also, in my opinion, help at times in lifting anger
or depression...

In Love, and Light..
Best Wishes,
Ronnie

Ronnie is an in depth writer on subjects such as the paranormal, spirituality, and enlightenment. You can visit her personal blog here:

What Life is This? The Extremes Of My Life.... From the enlightened and spiritual

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Athame

Athame History and Background

The athame is a ritual dagger that is used by Wiccans and Neo Pagans in rituals and spells as an extension of their body.

The athame in Wicca is traditionally a male principal, or a male symbol representing the reproductive organ of the Horned God who impregnated the Goddess Gia to give birth to the Earth and nature.

The athame is traditionally either black handled or wooden handled, with the blade made of steel.

Wood is often used in an athame because of it's representation of Nature and the Earth. A tree was either sacrificed or already dead, and the wood was recycled into the athame so that it may be continued to give life and energies once again, almost like a symbolic rebirth.

It is not exactly clear as to why the black handle became a traditional, though many texts and historic refrences point back to King Solomon who was said to use a black handle athame in his rituals and spells. This black handled blade then became a symbol and a staple to the athame since Solomon was revered as one of the greatest wizards to ever have lived in real life folk lore.

Whatever handle blade you decide to use or choose for your athame, it is always best to use steel for the blade. Iron is not considered a good metal for an athame because traditionally this metal is soft and weak when put under heat and will melt. Since fire is such a strong symbolic element within Wicca and Paganism, many rituals call for it and often times, the athame needs to be plunged into a fire and must with stand the heat. For this reason stainless steel or steel in general is the best material for the blade itself to be used.



Athames are NOT meant to be used as a weapon in Wicca. These sacred tools are meant for rituals and spells only, never to be raised as a weapon even for self defense. Athames are an extension of yourself and are to be used almost like a carpenter would his hammer or saw.

It is very common within the Wicca tradition for an athame to "find" it's owner. This means that the individual who would like to own or use an athame must not actively seek it out. Rather, the blade is supposed to find the individual. Almost as if when you actively seek out love and you never find it, but when you are not looking you suddenly come across the person of your dreams.

Athames Have a Mind of Their Own

It is often believed that athames pick up a mind of their own. That often they become "alive" and almost have their own personality. This seems to be true, or at least, there have been many strange and unexplained occurrences with athames.

There have been accounts from their owners that they simply disappear without a trace for hours or sometimes days only to return right where the owner left it later on, safe and sound and without damage.

Some people insist that they placed their athames in a storage box at night and when they awaken the blade was resting besides them on their beds or night stand right next to them.

If an athame was given to you as a gift you should cherish that blade and be sure to give your thanks to the individual who gave it to you. Athames who have been in someone's possession and used extensively for rituals and spells not only pick up energies of their past owner that are retained within the blade, but they retain the energies they were used for(such as protection, love, prosperity spells and rituals etc.)

If your athame is brand new and has never been used then it is "dormant" or basically it has yet to be given life. The more you use it, the more you place your energies and will into this ritual tool, the more and more this blade will take on a life of its own. You HAVE to respect your athame for if you do not and you misuse it, much like a dog who has been abused so many times it snaps, the athame will cut you.

The more these sacred objects are mistreated and abused the more likely that are to become a source for negative energies. The blade will suddenly become a vessel for these dark forces and they will begin to leech off your energies like a vampire and will backfire the rituals and spells you use the athame in.



Much like a gun, it is not the gun that is evil or intends to do harm, it is the individual who wields it. The same can be said to any ritual tool you use, especially your athame.

To prevent this, ensure you treat your blade with respect and dignity. A good way to ensure such respect would be to offer the athame knife as an offering each night before you go to sleep or every morning when you awaken to one of the gods or goddesses you worship and pray to. Say a prayer as you are knelt down, with your head down looking at the ground and the blade held out in both hands, palms up in front of you. After the prayer lay the blade down on your altar and keep it there until you are ready to use it once more.

Rituals To Put Your Athame to Use

You can use your athame for practically any ritual or spell you perform. However, if you are just breaking into Wicca and would like some example rituals as to how you can use your athame here are a few examples.

The first ritual that you can use your athame for would be in a protection ritual. Cast and open your circle as you would any ritual and set up all your other tools(incense, candles, gemstones, etc.) when this is completed, sit cross legged in the center of your circle and begin to meditate. Since this is a ritual on protection, imagine energies begin to build up inside of you that will keep you safe from negative influences and forces. These white light energies completely surround you, imagine these energies being channeled from your core and outwards so that it surrounds your entire body in a shield.

Perform this meditation for as long as possible, and when you feel you ready pick up your athame by the hilt and hold it firmly. Stand up and while standing, hold your athame out in front of you and begin to imagine this protection energy being channeled into the athame from your body, through the hilt, and into the blade.

Imagine in your mind's eye that the blade is glowing in a white protective light, and when you feel that you have charged the blade, take the athame and begin to trace in the air in front of you a symbol of a pentacle. As you are doing this, try to imagine the pentacle forming in white light as you trace the design with the athame.



Once you have finished tracing your pentacle, stand before it and imagine the light getting brighter and brighter until it is blinding. When you reach this point, just through the pentacle and imagine it's protective white energies merging with your own to strengthen the shield that you had previously put around you.

Another example for a ritual with your athame would be a love ritual. It is very similar to the above example, only instead of imagining white protective energies surrounding you, you would imagine pink colored energy flowing through you and your body. Imagine a sense of love, peace, and harmony and that you DESERVE love, and love will find you.

Instead of tracing a pentacle, you would trace a heart in the air with your athame and then picture that energy as the same pinkish rose color. Step through the heart as you would the pentacle.

Again, these are just some example rituals you can perform. Rituals and spells when created by you are limitless in the possibilities you can do with them. These rituals will work and they are quite powerful when you put all your energies into it.

Cleansing Your Athame Knife

Cleansing your athame is quite simple and easy. The best way to cleanse your athame would be to light up some sage incense or even better, a sage smudge stick and then wave and turn over the blade several times through the smoke. Sage purifys and cleanses and is perfect for this task as your athame will not get damaged.



Another method would be to simply rinse your athame with some clean water. Get some bottled water, pour some onto a cloth, and then wipe down the blade and hilt as best you can. Be sure to dry it off when you are finished. Usually salt is mixed with water to cleanses other ritual tools however salt water can corrod and rust the blade and you do NOT want this. Keep salt away from your athame.

Resources and Information:

If you would like to view various different athames or if you would be interested in purchasing one, you may do so here:

Athames

Friday, October 3, 2008

How to Use Magical Amulets

Magic amulets have long been associated with many different traditions. From the ancient Egyptians to the druids to modern day witches and wiccans, magic amulets are symbols of power that can not only be a focal point for your rituals and spells, but can be worn with you wherever you go.

Magical amulets provide amazing value within wicca, the occult, and witchcraft. The energies contained within various different amulets can surround your body always whenever you wear them. Providing you a constant source of these energies.



If you worship a certain deity you can use the amulets as a form of an offering. In this way you can take your magical amulet and as you hold it, say a prayer to your deity and then place it on your altar as an offering each night before bed, or each morning when you awake. The deities will be sure to smile down upon you for this act of good faith on your part. Amulets used in such a fashion can still be used in rituals and spells, and still worn. However, if you are going to use them as an offering it is best to cleanse and purify your magical amulet each time after you use it in a ritual, spell, or if you have worn it all day and night before making the offering to your deity.

In rituals and spell work they can be used as a tool or as symbolic symbols to amplify your energies. They can either be used just for your rituals and spells as sacred objects, or they can be used, cleansed, then worn around your neck once again.

Magical Amulet that involve protection are perhaps the most powerful ones you can obtain. There are many different types of protection amulets however, when worn, these amulets can help prevent negativity and dark entities from being drawn to you and attacking or draining your energies.

The versatility and usability of magical amulets are incredible. Many amulets already come pre-charged and energized. Other amulets need to be charged and energized by you. Either way however, you can charge your magical amulets quite easily with the proper steps. Some of these steps will be outlined here, and with the many different amulets you can obtain, this post will just go into a few examples.


Charging Your Magical Amulets


The first way to use a magical amulet would be to wear it with you wherever you go. However, before you wear it is always best to charge and strengthen the amulet before you place it around your neck. In order to do this effectively, take the amulet and wait to perform this ritual when the moon is full. The best time is around 2am-4am and on a Friday night.

Meditate while burning some incense that represents that of which you wish to obtain. For example if you wish to have a love amulet, you can use amber, dragon's blood, jasmine, or love named incense. Be sure you are holding your magical amulet in your hand this entire time, and while meditating imagine the energies that wish to have come to you flow through your body and being channeled into the amulet.



If you wish for love then imagine love, joy, and fiery passion flowing through your body. If your amulet is meant for prosperity or money, imagine wealth, prosperity, and abundance flowing through you and into your amulet, and then use the appropriate incense for wealth(prosperity named, musk, high john the conqueror).

Perform this and charge this amulet in this fashion for as long as possible(a half hour is ideal). Once the ritual is done, let the incense burn completely out and then place the amulet into a velveteen bag that is sprinkled with herbs that represent that of which you wish to use the amulet for. For example if you have a love amulet use herbs such as lavender, rose hips, rose petals, jasmine flowers, and ginseng.

Place the velveteen bag in a safe place for a period of seven days. After seven days has passed, you can take your magical amulet out and then wear it around your neck and the energies will be within the amulet, all charged and ready to help you.

The other way to charge and use a magical amulet would be to perform the above steps however instead of wearing the amulet, leave it in the velveteen bag and then carry it around with you in your pocket when you are out and about, and then when you sleep, place it under your pillow or within the pillow sheet when you retire at night.

If you wish to use your magical amulet as a tool in your rituals instead of wearing it or using it to attract things into your life, one way you can use your amulets in your rituals would be as follows.

If for example you are performing a ritual of protection to protect yourself or your home, you would open up your circle and perform your normal routine as you would any other ritual to begin with. During your ritual, hold your magical amulet in your hand as you meditate and perform the ritual and visualize protective energies coming out of the amulet and into your home or into you. In this fashion your amulet then becomes a ritual tool to be use during your rituals and spells instead of the ONLY item being used in a ritual or spell.


Cleansing Your Magical Amulets


Your magical amulet should be routinely cleansed and dowsed like any other ritual tool in your wiccan supplies, witchcraft supplies, and occult supplies collection. When cleansing an amulet there two simple easy ways to do so that is not very time consuming and doesn't necessarily need to be done within a ritual for cleansing(unless of course you prefer that method)



The first way to cleanse your amulet would be to light some sage incense or a sage smudge stick and wave the amulet through the smoke a number of times. You can say a prayer as you perform this if you wish. The sage smoke will cleanse and renew your amulet.

Another way to cleanse your magical amulet would be to make up a bucket or bowl with some water and salt. Ensure that the salt is completely dissolved and then simply dunk your amulet into the water a few times to begin with then place within the water and leave it in there for roughly 2-5 minutes. Do not keep your amulets in the water too long because the salt can damage the amulet and make them rust, tarnish, or become unusable.(do NOT perform this if your amulet is made of wood)

Remember that magical amulets only are as good as their owner. If you want them to work properly and to help you bring that of which you seek, ensure to follow the steps above and they will bring you a constant source of strong energies for that of which you desire.

Resources and Information:

If you wish to view different styles of magical amulets, or if you would like to purchase one you can do so here:

Amulets

If you would like to view or purchase the various incense scents mentioned here, you can do so here:

Incense

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Purification Ritual using Smudging

Smudging with smudge sticks is one of the best ways to remove negativity, negative forces, and unwanted energies from your home.

There are many different ways you can perform a smudging ritual or ceremony on your home that is quick, safe, and effective, however this post will go into just one general ritual that basically anyone can do and use as long as they have the proper smudging materials needed to perform it.

Step 1 Gather Smudging Tools

Smudge Sticks

The most important thing you will need to begin a smudging ritual for your home will be a smudge stick. Smudge sticks are normally hand made and rolled, and tightly tied together by yarn or string. There many different variations, scents, and herbs that are used in the making of a smudge stick, however, sage is the most common one used because sage is one of the most potent negativity killers out there today and has been for hundreds of years.



Incense

Another added benefit you can have while you are performing your smudging ceremony would be to obtain some incense. Incense comes in many different scents and varieties like smudge sticks, including cones, sticks, and pure natural granular incense. Any of the three will do, however we find that the more natural the better. Natural granular incense however will need to be burned different then cone or sticks. If you are going to use granular incense you will need some charcoal and an incense burner. You light the charcoal first outside the incense burner holding the charcoal with a pair of tongs so you don't get burned. Once the charcoal is lit make sure it is smoking regularly and then place it into your incense burner. Next, place your granular incense ontop of the charcoal and then if you have some sand, or gravel, or small pebbles, you can place this over the charcoal and the incense in a mound shape but ensure the smoke can rise from it.

Some scents you can use along with your smudge stick for incense would be sage, cedar, banishing, purification, water(element incense), sweetgrass, copal, dragon's blood, and lavender are some of the most effective.

Before you work with your smudge stick, it is best to place whatever incense you are using into each room of the home and let it burn with the windows open if there are windows in that room.

Gemstones

Another tool you can use along side your incense and smudge stick would be some gemstones. Gemstones are a powerful tool in cleansing. The energies within the stones can be potent, and depending on the size of the gemstone(the larger the more energy it will have) you can have an amazing purifying source in the gemstones. Some gemstones for purification and cleansing purposes are quartz, citrine, amethyst, and malachite. If you happen to have enough stones place one into every room of your home along side the incense. If you only have one stone or only have the means to have one, then you can carry it with you while you perform the smudging ritual.

Step 2 Begin your Smudging Ritual

The first step with this ritual if you have incense in every room would be to light all the incense and make sure they are burning with all the windows you have in your wide open, the curtains and blinds up.

The next step is to make sure your gemstones are in place next to your incense.

Whenever this particular ritual is performed, it is performed during the day, preferably on a sunny day. The sun and light will help you in this ritual to purge the dark energies and negative forces out of the home.

When you have that all completed, the next step is to go to your front door and hold your smudge stick in your dominate hand. Next, light the smudge stick and let it smolder and smoke real good. The best way to light a smudge stick is to use an enlongated lighter that you would use to light candles or pilot lights in stoves.



Once your smudge stick is smoldering and smoking and really good, keep that lighter on you(and your gemstone if you only have one, keep it in a pocket or in your hand whichever you prefer as long as it is close to you) and begin to walk around the first room that your front door is in. As you walk through each room say a prayer and say it with POWER and STRENGTH. One such prayer you can use is:

"Negativity that invades my sacred place
I banish you away with the light of my grace
You have no hold or power here
For I stand and face you with no fear
Be gone forever, for this I will say
This is my sacred place and you will obay"

Again this is just an example, you can use your own or this one, whichever you prefer. Once you are done with that room, go on to the next room, and the next, until every room in your house is fully covered. Ensure that you hit every corner of each room, and make sure the smudge stick is smoldering and smoking. If it begins to die out then relight it with your lighter. You being the smudging ritual at the front door of your home, and you end it at the back door. If you wish once you have finished going from front to back, you can go back through again starting at the back door and then going to the front door.

Step 3 Closing Your Smudging Ritual

This is important. Properly closing out your ritual can be vital to ensure the energy you put into it worked. For this ritual the proper way to close would be to first put out the smoldering smudge stick or you can let it burn itself out. One way of putting out a smoking smudge stick would be to get an ash tray, or ceramic plate, or something similar and gently dab the lit end onto it like putting out a cigarette. Another way would be to simply place it onto something where it won't fall and let it burn out on its own(they usually do).

Once your smudge stick is out, let your incense burn out on its own naturally. If you are using gemstones an idea to close the ritual with even more positive energy would be to take an altar bell(or any bell if you have one) and gently ring it right above the stone. The ringing of the bell will send vibrations into the stone and this will trigger the gemstone to release it's energies into the room. If you do not have an altar bell, you can get a glass and a fork and gently ding the glass with the fork over the gemstone as well.

If you do not have gemstones in every room and only have the one you were carrying around with you, take the gemstone and perform the above with the chiming technique and then place the stone by your bed or under your pillow.

If you have performed everything mentioned within this post you will have yourself one purified and blessed home for quite a while. You can re-do this ritual every six months or as needed. The incense and stones are just extra benefits to the ritual, however the smudge stick is essential. If you cannot or do not want to use the incense or gemstones, ensure you walk through your home and say the prayer with your smudge stick as mentioned.

Resources and Information:

If you would like to view various smudge sticks or if you would like to purchase some for your own purification ritual, you can find some here:

Smudge Sticks

If you would like to add incense to your ritual you can find some here:

Incense

And if you would like some gemstones for your ritual they can be found here:

Gemstones

Monday, September 29, 2008

How To Make Incense

Incense in wicca, paganism, witchcraft, and the occult is extremely popular for good reason. The smoke from incense can infuse with your own energies while you are working rituals and spells enhancing the effects and potency. The scent from incense also can lure one into a more deeper meditative state because depending on the ingrediants used to make incense, they have the ability to deeply relaxe the mind and body allowing for a more pleasureable and intense meditative state.

There are basically three forms of incense - granular(or raw form), cones, and stick. The oldest form of incense is the natural granular incense and by far it's the easiest of the four to make. Loose incense usually burns on charcoal. Cone incense is economical to make and less messy than loose incense.



When learning how to make incense, the main thing to remember is that there are four basic ingredients that go into making incense, with the exception of the loose incense. They include your aromatic substance (which creates the scent), a base or chemical that helps the incense to continue to burn, some sort of bonding agent that holds it together and a liquid that allows the bonding agent to change into a type glue.

When it comes to the aromatic substance, there are many scents to choose from.

Bark: woody, semisweet, mild
Berries: heavy, earthy, resin-like
Flowers: dry, grassy, semisweet
Gums: heavy, semisweet, resin-like
Leaves: dry, herby, grassy
Roots: earthy, heavy, woody, different
Seeds: burny, bitter, smokey
Spices: sweet, dry, mild
Wood: woody, semisweet, mild

You can use any kind of herb you can possibly imagine to make incense. The same can be said to essential oils, which also can be used to make your incense. When using herbs, some give off stronger aromas then others, and depending on what you are using your incense for, you will have to experiment and discover how strong each scent will be once burned.



Things to consider when making incense

It's important to keep the proportion of aromatic substance at least twice as large as the base. Too much base can cause a strong after smell of smoke, so be careful not to overdue it.


When measuring ingredients in your incense recipe, be sure to use level teaspoons and always make sure your ingredients are grounded well, and as finely as possible. This will help assure your final incense product burns clean and evenly.

When grounding down ingredients, use a mortar and pestle. A blender can be used for larger ingredients.

The key formula is twenty parts aromatic substance, four parts base and one part bonding agent.

Bases

There are many types of bases to choose from. A base burns easily and gives off a nice odor when burning. The reason a base is needed for your incense is because most herbs burn poorly without one. The base helps make all bitter roots and herbs balance out and give them a smoother, milder fragrance. The most popular and easy to obtain bases are wood powder, sandalwood, red sandalwood, quassia, vetiver, willow, evergreen needles and talc. Wood powder is nothing more than sawdust that has been ground very fine. You can either buy it or make your own. Any lumber store will be more than happy to give you all the sawdust you can use.



Salt peter is added to incense to help reduce the burning time by 25 to 40 percent making your incense burn much longer. If you've ever bought and burned incense and notice that some burn forever while others burn out fast, salt peter is the reason. In case you don't know what salt peter is, it is a natural form potassium nitrate that they put in gunpowder and fireworks.

Choosing your bonding agent

The bonding agent is very important in good incense. You can choose from a variety of gums and resins including agar agar, ghatti gum, guar gum, gum arabic, brewer's yeast, locust bean gum, karaya, sodium alginate, tragacanth and xanthan gum.

Liquid

Any fluid can be used, but water is your best bet however you can use essential oils, wine, beer, and olive oil.

And finally...

Once you have the above ingredients, you can begin to combine them and can use them to form cones, cylinders or down hand rolled or dipped sticks. If all you want is the loose incense, then you are done.

You more then likely need something to crush up all these incense ingredients such as the herbs, and other materials that may not be already very fine and in powder form.
Mortar and Pestles
are the best tool to use for this purpose.

For sticks you can use thin wood strips and dip it into your mixture. For cones you will need to shape them, the best thing to do for this would be to find a metal mold in the shape of a cone and then pour your incense mixture into it to form the cone shape.

Resources and Information:

If you would like idea on scents to use for your own incense visit this link for a large list of different scents and how each scent can be used in your rituals and spells.

Incense

If you are in need of any of the above materials or tools, please visit this link that has all the materials mentioned:

Incense Supplies

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Magical Herbs In Your Wiccan Supplies

Having magical herbs in your wiccan supplies can be very beneficial, not only medicinally as a natural means to help fight against less sever ailments, they can be a very powerful addition to your rituals and spells when used correctly.

Using Magical Herbs In Rituals And Spells

Many magic herbs can serve the same purpose of the same rituals and spells, and it could be a good idea to mix herbs that serve these similar functions to enhance the potency of whatever ritual or spell you may be performing.

The best way to use magical herbs are to use them as a compliment to other ritual tools you may be using.

For example, if you are using a cauldron in any ritual you can place whatever magical herbs you are using into this cauldron and then get the herbs to smolder and smoke. This is the best method to release the energies and properties within the herbs. Just having the herbs sitting besides you in a bowl, dish, or cauldron will not do you much good. The smoke from the herbs can actually carry into the air and strengthen your own magickal energies to your spells and rituals.

Another method for using magical herbs in your spells and rituals would be to place them in a velveteen bag, tie it tightly, and then place your spell OVER the bag. The magickal energies you place on the herbs within the bag will then be contained within the bag itself and you can then carry it with you in your pocket or around your neck as a charm. Velveteen bags are excellent for this purpose because these bags are designed specifically for spell use. The thickness and dark colors they come in contain the magickal energies in the bag so they do no leak out.



Here is an example spell you can use for a coltsfoot spell bag

A lucky money spell is made by placing in a conjure bag seven pieces of money, each different, such as a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, a half dollar, $1.00 bill, and $5.00 bill, all of which are sprinkled liberally with coltsfoot. Take the bag with you for seven days and your money should multiply seven times (this would give you $41.46 above your original investment ) or, in some instances if the gods are smiling in your direction, seven times seven! This would result in a tidy sum of $338.50 and seems well worth trying for

Depending on the ritual or spell you may be performing, you can sprinkle whatever herb you are using around you circle. The herbs are more of a means of representation to the energies you are performing.

For example, if you are working with a ritual circle involving healing, you would use healing herbs to sprinkle around your circle to better represent the energies of that circle.

Another purpose of magical herbs would be to use them as offerings for your altar to whatever god or goddess you hold in a sacred light and pray to. Place the herbs into your offering bowl, cauldron, or dish and place it on your altar during a sacred offering ritual, or you can place them there in the morning upon awakening, or before you go to sleep. Be sure to say a prayer to your higher power as you make the offering if it is not during a sacred offering ritual

Other Uses Of Magical Herbs

Magical herbs have many other uses you can use them for. Depending on how crafty you are, you can use them for potporii, mixtures in home made essential oils, shampoos, lotions, soaps, bath salts, and especially herbal teas. If you have other ingrediants you can take those and use these raw herbs and crush them up in a mortar and pestle and then place them within a mixture for your own home made bath and body products and healthy teas.

Disposing of Magical Herbs

Once any of these herbs are used DO NOT throw them away or re use them for other rituals and spells. The best means to dispose of them would be to gather them back up and to place them back into the Earth from once they came by burying them. You can also simply place them on the ground, however, this is not always the best idea as depending on the herbs, they can be toxic to animals if they ingest it. The best way is to bury your herbs you have already used, this ensures that no animals will be harmed, and they will be recycled back into the earth once more.

Burning magical herbs for disposal purposes is also not recommended. If you burn already used herbs this is considered disrespectful to the gods and goddesses. Burning ANYTHING after you use it within magick is not a good idea. The best way to burn herbs is explained above, to smolder and burn the herbs for the smoke to be released DURING your rituals and spells. Fire is a potent element, and represents many different things within magick, and depending on how you use fire for magick, it can be either good or bad. When burning any of magical herbs or ritual tools after a ritual is performed this then represents fire as Chaos and Destruction and this is energy you do not want to bring about to you unless you are performing dark arts and black magic that focus on more destructive energies.



Disposing magical herbs in water such as a lake or river can be used as well, however again, fish and other water life may be intolerant to these herbs and can poison them. If you know of a lake or CLEAN water source that has no life within it you can place the herbs within the water for disposal. Another great idea would be to take them to the beach and bury them within the sand. If any crustaceans such as crabs or other scavengers comes across them they will be more suited for digesting some of the more toxic properties of the herbs.

Below is a list of the five most effective herbs for the specific rituals and spells they serve. There are literally hundreds of herbs you can use for each of rituals and spells, however, these are top ones that seems to the most effective.

Top 5 Magical Herbs For Healing Rituals and Spells

Angelica
Brewer's Yeast
Calendula Petals
Cinnamon Powder
Echinacea Purpurea

Top 5 Magical Herbs For Purification Rituals And Spells

Blessed Thistle
Cloves
Calendula Petals
Cedar Tips
Red Sandalwood Chips

Top 5 Magical Herbs For Love Rituals And Spells

Rose Hips
Rose Buds & Petals
Lavender Flowers
Ginseng
Jasmine Flowers

Top 5 Magical Herbs For Prosperity, Wealth, and Abundance Rituals And Spells

Coltsfoot
Buckeyes
Galangal Root
Flax Seeds
Elder Berries

Top 5 Magical Herbs For Protection Rituals and Spells

Sage
Garlic Powder
Feverfew
Burdock Root
Mandrake Root

Top 5 Magical Herbs For Psychic Abilities, Clairvoyance, Divination, And Meditation

Agrimony
Chamomile
Damiana
Eyebright Powder
Ginseng

Top 5 Magical Herbs For Exorcism, And Banishing Negativity

Devil's Shoestring
Wormwood
Witches Grass
White Sage
Hyssop

Resources and Information:

If you would like more information as to how beneficial each of the above magical herbs are to your health and ritual use, or to gain more information on herbs not mentioned here, please visit the link below:

Magical Herbs

If you are in need of any of the other items mentioned in this post such as mortar and pestles, and velveteen bags, you can find them here:

Ritual Supplies

Saturday, September 27, 2008

How To Use A Scrying Mirror

The scrying mirror, or magick mirror, is a powerful psychic tool. It can bring the user hidden knowledge and clairvoyant ability and can act as a portal to other planes of existence. History shows its use in many of the traditional mystery schools and oracular temples. Today the serious student of magickal arts can rediscover the ancient rites of the magick mirror, for these techniques are again coming to light.



Scrying can be defined as the mantic art of gazing into or upon a crystal or dark mirror, allowing the physical eyes to relax, thus letting the inner psychic eyes begin to open and receive desired visions or information. The use of the black mirror is one of the best methods of achieving the state of mind required for entering trance and for scrying work. It not only acts as a focal point for visualization but can become a doorway into the astral plane. It allows communication with higher realms and the subconscious and access to Akashic records. The traditional crystal ball is also a wonderful tool, but it is more for advanced users. The scrying mirror is a more efficient way to begin to learn to scry and journey in other realms.

The practiced scryer has the ability to "read" these records and focus on this vast source of timeless knowledge with the aid of the mirror and a strongly directed imagination. Guides from the world of spirit often lead the scryer in astral travel and mental journeying through the black mirror or crystal sphere. Scrying develops one's clairvoyant abilities and is especially helpful in strengthening the third eye.

The preparation and construction of the mirror is extremely important. The black scrying mirror must be created with the highest magickal standards and traditions. At the full moon, specially cut glass disks are cleansed and magnetized. They are then anointed with a powerful herbal fluid condenser to attract and hold energy, vital force and any charge given them. A tincture of gold and moonstone is then applied to the surface, and they are ritually blessed under the light of the full moon. They remain for a night and a day within a circle of protection. The black coating is then applied to seal in the energy, and a felt backing is put on to protect the mirror and absorb later applications of fluid condenser. The mirror stand is carved rosewood, ebony or teak.

Ways in which the black mirror can be used

To contact spirit guides
To access knowledge
For healing and self improvement
As a magickal transmitter and receiver
For divining the past, present and future
As a portal to the astral plane
For shamanic journeying
For ritual invocation and evocation
To improve visualization skills
Preparing to work with the black scrying mirror

Always keep the surface very clean using alcohol and a soft cloth.
Never use it for anything but its intended magickal purpose.
Do not let others look into its surface, except in ritual context. Keep it stored in a silk bag when not in use.
Frequently recharge the mirror with vital force and fluid condenser, as explained following.
Practice the visual exercises described following until mastered.
Keep the working area clean and free from any disturbance.
Generally, scry using the mirror at night, preferably during the full or new moon, depending on the operation. The mirror can be used at any time, but tends to work better at these points.

When indoors, light two votive candles, one on each side of the mirror. Use white or colored candles appropriate to the work: blue for healing, purple for psychic work, orange for communication, and so on. (For more suggestions on candle colors, see any standard table of correspondences, for example in Scott Cunningham's books or The Spiral Dance).

Burn a lunar or psychic blend incense before working with the mirror.
Place the mirror on a wooden table or altar with a clean cloth beneath it and be seated on a wooden chair in front of it, or if you prefer, assume a comfortable asana on the floor with the mirror before you.
Extinguish all light sources except the candles and/or moonlight.
Allow nothing to reflect in the mirror's surface. It should appear as a dark tunnel or window.



Before starting, always create a sacred space to work in. Cast a circle of protection or visualize the area surrounded by white light and protection from false or misleading influences - call your guides and guardians to protect the working.
Keep a journal to record your experiences.
The rite of scrying

First, clearly decide what you seek or are trying to accomplish in the working and prepare appropriately. Then prepare the work area carefully as suggested previously.

Once you are ready, close your eyes and begin to relax; feel every part of your body releasing, relieved of all tension. Visualize your circle of protection and know you are safe and in control of all that happens within it. Begin to breath rhythmically and fully; try a count of four in, hold four, release four, four in, hold four, release four and so on. Feel yourself entering a light trance surrounded by sacred space, removed from time and the material world. Silently call your guides or guardians of the work, invoking the Goddess or calling angelic presences, spirit guides, watchtowers, astral guardians or whatever you prefer. Reaffirm your desire and the purpose of the work.

Now open your physical eyes and gaze into the mirror; remain relaxed and do not hesitate to blink when necessary. Relax the focus of your eyes but remain alert. After a while, the surface of the mirror will begin to change and fade; a dark mist will appear.

Your inner eyes will now open, and the journey into the mirror begins. Remember that the inner eye sees inside the mind, through the magickal imagination. Most people when scrying do not see the images appear with the physical eyes on the mirror's surface but see within the mirror and in the mind's eye. The mirror acts as a focal point, a gateway within.

When you have completed your journey or work you set out to do, begin the return to your body and ordinary senses. Breath fully and deeply, and remain still until you feel you have completely returned. Now close your eyes and remember all you saw and felt during the scrying or journey. Review your entire experience mentally.

Write it all down immediately in a journal kept for this purpose.

To begin to see

This is a very important exercise to master if you are new to scrying or are having trouble receiving images. It will aid your "visual imagination," which allows your psychic and physical eyes to see clearly together. It gives clairvoyant strength.



Sit before your mirror and begin to imagine objects on its surface, one after another. You should try to see these images clearly in the mirror with your eyes open, just as if they were there in reality. Try simple shapes or colors first. Hold onto the image of each shape, object or color one minute before dissolving it and going on to the next. For example, use a red triangle, a yellow square, a blue circle and silver crescent; see them appear in the mirror using your firm imagination. For best results, do this exercise every day for 15 minutes until it is mastered.

This exercise is well worth the effort; it gives magickal discipline and strengthens the inner eye so visions can come with clarity and ease.

Charging the mirror with light

To charge and empower the mirror with light force is a simple but powerful process. It should be done frequently, especially just before using the mirror, so as to ensure you see correct visions, connect with positive energy and do not experience interference.

First, you must imagine that white light is collecting inside your body, being channeled down from the crown chakra. The body becomes a vessel filled with light. Remember to breathe fully, deeply and rhythmically. Now stand in front of the mirror and direct the palms of your hands toward one another. Imagine that the internal light is now moving into your hands, forming a ball of condensed white light between them. See and feel this clearly in your imagination. When ready, begin to project this ball of light into the surface of the mirror, purifying and enlivening the mirror, filling it with magickal force. See the light "soak" into the mirror. This process needs to be repeated until the mirror feels "full."



This process can also be used to give a special or programmed charge to the mirror. Follow the steps preceding and create the ball of light between your hands, then mentally project your desire into the light before projecting the light into the mirror. This technique can be used for healing works and self-improvement. You can also charge the light with a specific color or vibration - whatever can be felt or imagined can be put into the mirror to aid the magickal energy. The empowering exercise can be used for other magickal operations as well, such as charging other magickal tools and the giving of healing light to another person. All it takes is a strong desire and powerful imagination.

Locking the charge into the mirror is accomplished by willpower. When the light has been absorbed into the mirror, state in your mind and with all the faith you can muster that the charge will remain as long as you require it. To release or remove a special charge, simply reverse the procedure, pulling the light out of the mirror into the space between your hands. Then disperse the energy into the atmosphere through the imagination. Do not draw it back into the body - see it return to the universe.

Creation and use of the fluid condenser

A fluid condenser is an infusion of herbs with tinctures, essences and gold added. It serves to hold the mirror's magickal charge and attract elemental force. The condenser can be used not only on mirrors but also on all other ritual tools you want to charge for ceremonial use. The use of certain herbs, stones and metals in small quantities attracts etheric energy of a like kind. These fluids can be made individually to represent each of the elements or to enhance a particular work. I recommend making a universal fluid condenser that will work for all purposes, having all elements represented along with tincture of gold, representing solar and God energy, and essence of moonstone, representing lunar and Goddess energy.

The fluid is applied to recharge the mirror and to draw magickal symbols upon it for use in ritual. When the mirror is not in use, it is wise to anoint its surface with the fluid before putting it away. The fluid can be cleaned off with alcohol or distilled water later.

To make the fluid, you must first gather the herbs you need. They can be fresh or dried, but the more life force they contain, the better. The list of herbs following includes some suggestions, but you need not use all the herbs to make a good condenser. Use the ones you can find of good quality.

Once gathered, the herbs are placed in a pot with distilled water or rainwater. There should be about an ounce of each herb and enough water in the pot to cover the contents completely. Bring this mixture to a boil, and then turn down the flame and let it simmer for an hour with the pot lid on. When this is done, let the mixture cool and strain it through a muslin cloth. Put the liquid back into the pot and simmer without the lid until only a quarter of the original amount is left. When this is cool, add the gold tincture, about 13 drops to each pint of liquid. Then add the essence of moonstone. If gold tincture and essence of moonstone are not available, gold chloride or gold salts can be used and whole moonstones and crystals added to the mixture as a vibrational additive. Gold tincture can also be made at home with fairly good results.

To make gold tincture, take a pure piece of gold and holding it with a pair of pliers heat it over a flame until red hot. The red-hot gold is then dunked into a container of about half a quart of distilled water or rainwater. The heat and rapid cooling causes gold molecules to remain in the liquid. This process should be repeated nine times in the same water. Be careful of the rising steam, and try not to get the hot pliers into the water!

When you have combined all the fluid condenser ingredients together in a sterilized glass container, then add an equal amount of wood or isopropyl alcohol to act as a preservative. Store the condenser in an air-tight glass container in a dark place, and it will last for years.

For a very powerful and personalized condenser, add a few drops of your own blood to the mixture. Quartz crystals can be left in the fluid while it is stored to keep it clear.

Herbs for the fluid condenser

For the water element: elder flowers, water lily, orris root, white rose, willow, cucumber seeds, jasmine

For the fire element: red poppy, cinnamon bark, bay leaves, orange peel, rosemary, marigold, galangal, damiana, tobacco, nutmeg

For the earth element: oak, ivy, cypress, mugwort, vervain, patchouli herb, wheat, primrose

For the air element: mistletoe, acacia, clover, pine, sage, lavender, verbena

For spirit: gold, blood, crystal

For healing: juniper, thyme, mandrake, tansy, elder, coriander, lavender, life-everlasting, sage, cypress

For universal fluid condenser: chamomile, dittany of Crete, ivy, oak leaves, bay leaves, almonds, cypress, clover, grape leaves, rose petals, mugwort, jasmine, vervain, mandrake root

Incense for psychic work

The best incense to use when working with the mirror or any scrying device is lunar or psychic in nature, representing the sphere of Yesod.

Resources and Information:

If you are interested in using a scrying mirror, or if you would like to obtain any of the materials you need for use of a scrying mirror, you can find them here:

Scrying Mirrors

Herbs

Incense

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

How to Use A Crystal Ball

How to Use A Crystal Ball

Step 1. Preparation

Most people find crystal ball gazing is easiest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Many people like to have candles burning. For some the reflections of the flames help to summon images - others find them a distraction. Burning incence is common and some people like to have soothing music playing gently in the background.The important thing to remember is that you are creating an atmosphere.

The important key when doing crystal ball gazing is that you must be relaxed and your mind must be clear. It is always best to perform a cleansing ritual followed by a protection ritual, and THEN begin your crystal ball work. Normally a cleansing ritual would be performed on night one. The next night you would perform a protection ritual on yourself and within the room you intend on performing the crystal ball gazing. On the third night you can then be well prepared to use your crystal ball. Even though these rituals are not necessity, it is always wise to do them for maximum safety and best results.



When performing any form of scrying or divination you are summoning forth forces from the spirit realm. Normally these forces are closed off from this plane we live in unless otherwise disturbed such as through specific rituals such as crystal ball gazing and scrying. When you perform divination these forces can either aid you in bringing forth images of the future or other events, or attack you.

Evil spirits and negative influences can use your crystal ball, scrying mirror, ouija board, or pendulum a link for them to step through into this world. They can also use it as a means to drain energy from you as well. This is why it is always best to ensure proper cleansing and protection is prepared before hand.

Step 2. The Crystal Ball Gazing Method

Place the crystal ball on a table in front of you. Many crystal balls you can buy come with their own stand. If you don't have a crystal ball stand you might like to use a small cushion or a silk handkerchief purchased and reserved specially for this purpose.

*Tip*
To amplify your crystal ball gazing, you can use a gemstone sphere as a compliment to the crystal ball. Simply having a gemstone sphere resting next the crystal ball can augment your diving two fold.

Sit down and relax. Lay your hands gently on the ball for a minute or two in order to energise it and strengthen your psychic rapport. Whilst holding the crystal ball, think about the purpose of this scrying session. If appropriate try to visualise the subject of your question. Some people like to ask the question out loud, others prefer to internalise it.

Now, remove your hands from the crystal. Look into the crystal, stare deeply. Allow your eyes to relax and become slightly unfocused. After a little while you should see a mist or smoke forming in the crystal. Let this mist grow and fill the ball, then visualise it gradually clearing to reveal images within the crystal.

The images you see might not be what you expected. That's OK, don't fight them. Your subconscious mind knows what information you need. Many people find that when they first begin to use a crystal ball, the images have nothing to do with what they focus on. This is because your mind is not yet adjusted at being able to grasp and focus on the energies being past from your subconscious into the crystal ball itself. Think of the mental energies going from your mind to the crystal ball as a funnel. The base or "tip" of the funnel is your subconscious energies and that energy is being directed upwards towards your conscious mind which is the mid point of the funnel. The conscious part of the mind that receives the subconscious energy then "spills" it into the crystal ball to form those images from the subconscious, which would be the mouth of the funnel.

Since divination uses both the subsconscious and conscious part of the mind at the same time it can be rather difficult to concentrate on both at once. Your subconscious is where the energy is stemming from. It passes it upwards to your conscious which is needed to act on that energy into the crystal ball. Without the conscious mind you would be in more of a deep meditated state and your eyes would not be able to consciously focus or input the images within the crystal ball.

As noted, it is perfectly ok that the first couple times you divine with a crystal ball the images are not related to what it is you want. The fact you are able to see ANYTHING in the crystal ball is showing progress. The more you work with the crystal ball, the better you will get at being able to see exactly what it is you want to see by manipulating your subconscious energies to your conscious energies, and then to the crystal ball. Either way, just let the images flow, changing and taking you wherever they choose to go. Don't try to rationalise now, time for that later.

Step 3. Closing The Crystal Ball Session

Let the images slowly fade back into the crystal ball. Don't just stop the session suddenly, instead reverse the process you used at the beginning. Visualise the mists coming back and covering the images, then receding to return the ball to its natural state.

Thank your crystal ball and put it away carefully wrapped within a dark cloth is best as dark cloth keeps the energies of the ball contained within it and prevents it from leaking out.



It is also always best to ensure you cleanse your crystal ball. A good, fast, and simple way of doing this is to simply light a sage smudge stick and or sage incense and move the ball around the smoke before you place it back for storage. Another quick and easy way to cleanse your crystal ball would be to give it a dip in salt water for roughly one minute. You do not want to soak it too long in salt as it can damage and ruin the crystal ball.

Resources And Information:
If you would like to view or are interested in buying various crystal balls, crystal ball stands, and gemstone spheres you can do so here:

Crystal Balls

Monday, September 22, 2008

Benefits of Gemstone Spheres in Your Wiccan Supplies

Using gemstone spheres and adding them to your wiccan supplies can be incredibly beneficial for many reasons.

Gemstones in general have many different healing, protection, attraction, and purification based properties that by themselves can be quite potent. When added to your rituals and spells these effects can be two fold.

The benefit of gemstone spheres however are that they are good sized orbs and the energy concentrated within them is amplified. Being circular, gemstone spheres also make excellent tools for diving and divination purposes which will be discussed below.

Gemstone Spheres for Healing Purposes:

Gemstone spheres can have remarkable healing powers. Depending on the type of gemstone you have, or want to get, they all have their own innate abilities that can enhance your own power.

Whether you are looking for healing emotional, mental, or even physical ailments, gemstone spheres can be used to help these issues.

A good way to use a gemstone sphere would be to take the stone and gently roll it around your body slowly going from head to toe. Focus on your forehead, chest, and stomach in particular, but by performing this slow rolling motion will have the gemstone sphere's energies go into and through your whole body.

This can be done as a prelude to a ritual, during a ritual, after a ritual, or all three depending on what you are comfortable with.

For example, if you were to perform a ritual to heal or purge negativity within and around you, a good stone for this would be the quartz gemstone sphere as quartz is incredibly powerful in eliminating negativity. You would take the quartz gemstone sphere and before you perform your ritual, roll it slowly over your body(ensure it makes direct contact with your skin) and say a prayer as you do so:



"Negativity within, you will leave
You have no more power over me
With this stone I purge you away
In my body you will no longer stay"

The above is just an example you may use, you can create your own if you wish, whatever is comfortable.

Using the gemstone spheres in such a manner is also very soothing and calming. Another idea would be to use them as a massaging tool as well. If you normally perform massages for friends or lovers, you can have them lay on their stomach and you can take your gemstone sphere and gently roll it up and down their neck, back, and legs which will guarantee an even more pleasant massage.

If you or someone you know is suffering from illness such as a cold, flu, or even something more severe, you can take your gemstone sphere and use it's energies for this as well. Again, rolling the stone over the body is best, you can even have the person who is inflicted with the illness hold the stone as you perform a prayer or ritual for them. With them holding the gemstone sphere directly, they will be able to draw in the stone's energies directly. One gemstone sphere that is excellent for ailments such as detoxify the liver, lowering blood pressure, fever reduction, speeding up recovery from burns, and can alleviate cramps is the Chrysocolla gemstone.



Divination Uses For Gemstone Spheres:

Gemstone spheres make excellent compliments to your crystal ball, scrying mirror, or pendulum if you use divination.

Many gemstone spheres have the ability to enchance your abilities as you are scrying and diving, so having a gemstone located right next to your crystal ball or scrying mirror can be very beneficial. One such gemstone sphere that promotes psychic awareness, enhances mental powers, and increases strength is Black Amethyst.



As noted, these gemstones can also be used for specific rituals and spells as well, being used as a sole tool or as a compliment tool. If you are performing a ritual for prosperity and to gain more wealth, you can use a Malachite Gemstone Sphere which promotes prosperity, wealth, better business, and to protect the money you already have.



Resources And Information:
If you would like to view various gemstone spheres or wish to add them to your wiccan supplies, you can see a good selection here:

Gemstone Spheres