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

Saturday, September 20, 2008

How to Inscribe & Anoint Your Ritual Candles

This will explain how to charged and anoint plain candles that are not already anointed or charged. Posts will be made in the future explaing the use of 7 Day Jar Candles and Figure Candles.

The importance charging and anointing your candles before you use them for spells and rituals cannot be overlooked.



If you wish for your rituals and spells to work to full effect, charging and anointing a candle with a particular oil, or inscribing symbols and words on them, will make the candle and it's purpose all that more potent.

For example, if you are performing a love spell or attraction spell to try and find love or to strengthen love you already have, you would use a pink colored candle(pink represents love) and then inscribed love based symbols. After inscribing, you would then anoint that candle with a love based or attraction based oil.

The same could be said to prosperity or wealth based spells and rituals. A green candle would be used(to represent prosperity, wealth, and money) and then inscriptions towards prosperity and wealth would be drawn onto the candle. Afterword, an oil would be anointed that focuses on prosperity.

Inscribing Your Ritual Candle

After cleansing and blessing a spell candle, you should begin to inscribed the candle with symbols or words towards whatever it is your ritual or spell is on.

For example, if you are using a love spell and you wish to obtain the love of someone you know, you can inscribed your initials and their initials onto the candle, or you can even use the full name of the quarent and yourself. You can add the names along side with symbols that represent love as well, such as a heart or even ancient symbols of love such as the Reiki love symbol.



You will need something with a fine point to scratch the surface of the candle. It can be a pin, a specialist scribing tool, a cocktail stick or anything else your imagination can dream up. Once you have chosen your tool though, dedicate it properly, then tuck it away in your magical tool chest and reserve it for just this purpose.

As you are inscribing your candle, visualise the outcome. Make it a small ritual in it's own right. Once you have inscribed your candle, you may wish to 'Dress' it. This is optional, your choice entirely, but it's easy and again adds to the potency of your spell.

Anointing Your Ritual Candle

Anointing your candle would be the next step to properly charged your ritual candles. As stated above, you should anoint with oils that are specific to your desired outcome. There for if you are looking for love and attraction, you would use those types of oils.



The method for anointing your candle is pretty specific. The most general method is to hold the ritual candle in one hand, dip the first two fingers of the other hand in oil and starting at the top (the end with the wick) run your oiled finger down toward the centre of the ritual candle. Stop at the centre, lift your finger off, turn the candle slightly and repeat the process until all the top half of the candle is covered. Then starting at the base of the candle, run the oiled fingers toward the centre. Again stop at the centre, lift the fingers off, turn the candle slightly and repeat the process until the entire bottom of the candle has been coated.

The whole time your are anointing the candle, concentrate on the outcome you wish to achieve with your spell. Experienced spell weavers often anoint the candle in a specific direction depending on the type of spell they are performing. For spells to attract something to the spell weaver, the candle is anointed from top to middle, then from bottom to middle. For banishing or sending something away i.e.. getting rid of bad habits, negative energy, breaking jinxes or hexes, the candle is dressed from the centre out to the top, and then from the centre out to the bottom.

Once the candle is coated in oil, it can be rolled in herbs relevant to the particular spell you are performing. For example, use Agrimony for breaking hexes and returning them to sender, use Chamomile for attracting friendship, Hyssop for purification and cleansing, Patchouli for wealth and so on. Once you have lit your spell candle and performed your spell, allow the candle to burn itself out completely.

Resources And Information:
If you are in need of ritual candles or anointing oils, or if you would like to view various ritual candles and anointing oils for ideas for your spells and rituals, you can do so here:

Ritual Candles

Ritual Anointing Oils

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wiccan Supplies vs WitchCraft Supplies

Whats the difference between wiccan supplies and witchcraft supplies? The answer is quite simple....

There really is no difference between wiccan supplies and witchcraft supplies. The terms are just a preference people use to label the supplies they need for their craft, and is only a matter of personal tastes.

Many different people believe that there are differences between wicca and witchcraft, when truthfully, there really isn't any difference. The definition of a witch is one who practices magick and the occult and one who can cast spells. The term "witch" is more of a generic term, like how many people say "kleenex" over "tissue".

In wicca, individuals perform rituals, cast spells, and engage in ceremonies which in theory would make them a witch.

Usually individuals who practice wicca will use the term "wiccan supplies" or "altar tools" while others who practice magick and the craft on their own being part of no social religious faiths or beliefs will usually use the term "witchcraft supplies" or even "occult supplies".

All the supplies and tools are the same. Whether it is a wiccan, pagan, occultist, shaman, or any other individual who performs rituals, they use the same or very similar supplies.

Incense, ritual candles, and oils are perhaps the most common within any personal faith to use for their rituals and spells. Incense, candles, and oils are essentials within wiccan supplies and witchcraft supplies list as they have the broadest uses. You can buy individual incense, candles, and oils for specific purposes, or you can buy incense, candles, and oils that cover a few categories at one time.

Athames, chalices, wands, and cauldrons are popular wiccan supplies within the wiccan faith. However, all of these are also used by other faiths because of how useful they are. Cauldrons make excellent tools for burning various items, especially paper because cauldrons are made of cast iron and do not burn or melt unless under extreme long exposure to heat.

After all how many times do you see depictions of a witch with her broom and cauldron? As stereo typical as this may be, it is true that cauldrons and brooms are two of the more popular wiccan supplies and witchcraft supplies.

So as you can see the difference between wiccan supplies and witchcraft supplies is like compairing apples and oranges, there really is nothing to compair as they are very much the same.

If you would like to view various wiccan supplies and witchcraft supplies such as athames, chalices, cauldrons, besom brooms, and other common tools of the craft, you can view some here:

Wiccan Supplies & WitchCraft Supplies

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Book of Shadows In Your Wiccan Supplies Part 3 The Design

In a book of shadows you can record as much information as you want, or stick with a bare minimum. Chose to use it as a daily diary, where all your information is kept. Or you can maintain a couple of different books of shadow, separating your daily thoughts into one, research and magikal information into an other, with spells and incantations into a third. It's entirely up to you. But keep in mind, you want your book to be well organized. You want to be able to quickly turn to a particular section and page to find some particular information when needed.
Book of Shadows

Here's a general list and suggested organization for your personal book of shadows.

* Book Title and Date
* Book Blessing
* General Index (make a few sections to help organize your book)
* The Sections:
o Magikal Rules and Principles
Write down your personal principles, beliefs, and/or magikal rules that you chose to follow and believe in. These are your values of life and spiritual path. They should be created from scratch each time you begin a new book. This way you'll be able to review past volumes and see how much you've grown.
o Goals and Aspirations
Write down what your short term goals are. Include a date to achieve the goal and outline a few steps you plan to take in order to reach it. Then write down your long term spiritual aspirations, what you feel you need to work on and how you plan on succeeding. What you would like to achieve and by when.
o Dream and Divination Records
This section is for messages you receive through dreams, or some type of divination. Either a reading you've given to yourself, or received from someone else. This is the section where you want to record your personal introspection and interpretations.
o Research
Here you can record all the research and particular information you receive along your path. You might consider organizing this into sub-sections in alphabetical order. Astrology, candles, crystals, Gods/Goddess, tarot and timeliness research could be some examples.
o Classes & Experiences
Every witch should take a few classes or workshops on topics or subjects that you feel most interested in. Within all classes and workshops, you should receive some type of exercise or "how to" instruction. Record your experiences with these. What you liked, what didn't work and what you'd like to do differently next time.
o Spells, Incantations & Prayers
Record the spells, incantations and prayers you find along your spiritual path. Those you like and even those you really dislike. There is a message hidden within words you feel very strongly against, write them down and note that you "dislike this one". Later when you have time, re-read the words and try to find the message hidden within for you.
o Rituals & Ceremonies
Plan out your rituals and ceremonies. Record your experiences during or after conducting the event. Include your thoughts about what you liked, what worked well and what you'd like to change next time.
o Herbal Remedies and Potions
These are your personal recopies. They can cover various herbology information and recopies to specific potions which are to be used in conjunction with a spell or incantation.
o Closing Thoughts
At the end of the year, or once the book is filled, save a few pages for a review and reflection of your book of shadows. Note the goals and aspirations you achieved, the reflections of what you learned during the research and practices you made. End this section with a blessing of thanks and gratitude to all those forces, seen and unseen that helped you along this journey and with the lessons contained within this volume.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Book of Shadows In Your Wiccan Supplies Part 2 Decision

Start by deciding what kind of book of shadows you want to use. A spiral notebook is one favorite method. A three hole binder is another, making it easy to maintain sections for organization. Some people purchase hard cover stationary books at their local book store, making various volumes or collections of magikal information. Whether you choose a standard notebook or a find journal that is specifically made to be a book of shadows, what matters most is what you put into it. If you would like to view some book of shadows for some ideas as to the design style you may like, you can view some here:

Book of Shadows



Which ever you choose, label the book of shadows and set it's purpose and energy from the start. You can record the title on the outside or on the page inside the cover. But it's the first thing you should do. After the title, date the book. Some witches create a new book at the beginning of each magical year during Samhain. While others use the same book over a period of time until it's full and then they start a new volume. It's up to you which way to date your book of shadows, but you should enter a date and if possible a volume reference. This will help keep your books organized over the years.

Next, take some time and think of a personal blessing to record on the first page (or after the title page). The book of shadow blessing is done as a dedication to your spiritual growth, you path of learning and protection for the information you'll gain and record within the covers of your book. You might write out the blessing on scrap paper until you get just right and then transfer the blessing to your Book of Shadows.

If you find that the book of shadows you've chosen loses it's appeal, or isn't adequate for your needs, don't hesitate in finding a new one. You must feel comfortable and well, attached to your book. This gives the book energy and meaning within your spiritual life. Another example of setting it's intent and importance in your life.

An important note should be taken when choosing a new book of shadows in favor of the old one. If you placed energy into the old book of shadows then the best course of action would simply be to store it some where in a safe place and wrap it in a dark cloth. This way, the energies within the book of shadows is contained within the book and will not leak out when it is not being used. Dark cloth will contain the energy within the book of shadows.

Another idea is to give away your old book of shadows to someone who may want one. This can be the best way, as not only are you giving someone a valuable tool for their craft, but you are freely allowing the energy within the book to pass from you to someone else. It is always a powerful thing to give something freely away and not expect anything else back in return.

Please Visit Part 3 For the Conclusion

Book of Shadows In Your Wiccan Supplies Part 3

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Book of Shadows in Your Wiccan Supplies Part 1 History

As with all spiritual texts, there is large debate about where and how a book of shadows came into use. Some say they were prevalent during the middle ages, written only in Runic alphabets to hide their magikal meanings. Some say the witches during the middle ages were illiterate and the books of shadow did not come into practice until the 14th or 15th centuries. Even then, Runic alphabets were used to protect the owner from persecution and death if it were found by a witch hunter.

Regardless of where they started, they've had just as many varying names. The Golden Grimoire is one of the more famous mythological versions of a book of shadows. It's said to be the Book Of Shadows of Merlin the Magician himself.

The Great Grimoire is another legendary book of shadow, reportedly it contains the spells and incantations of the world's first witch, who received this magikal information from Lucifer (the Angel, not the devil). The Great Grimoire supposedly contained all the secret information about God, including his name of creation. When this name is said backwards, the world becomes undone. Riding the universe of the creature called man and returning the heavens to the Archangels. Unfortunately, many educated scholars believe this legend to be a creation of the Catholic Church during the early 12th century. A mythological tale designed to cast doom and gloom upon those who practiced paganism during that time in history.
Book of Shadows


The "Book of Light and Shadows" is a term that found popular use during the mid-to-late 1800s in Europe. Just about the same time Alester Crowley began to publicize his many works on the Craft. This title is meant to reflect the spiritual information contained within, as well as, the spells and rituals that are performed at night beneath the moon.

"Grimoire" became a popular label for these personal books of shadow during the Victorian era. Many a young woman could be found resting in a park, or flower garden writing thoughts, poems and wishes inside a diary. Upon closer review, you might also find remedies passed down from grand mother to child for various ailments. Elixirs and salves for poison ivy, fevers and more serious ailments such as heart problems or arthritis were often shared amongst family members as well as within tight knit communities. It is from these family recipes and remedies that the term "Kitchen Witch" sprang.

Today the most common label for these personal diaries is a "Book Of Shadows", presumably containing spiritual information and energy that is kept hidden until a witch opens the book and springs forth the words into the light.

It doesn't matter what you chose to call your personal magikal diary. It's just important that you start keeping a record of your research, experiences and magikal information.

Please visit part 2 for more.

Book of Shadows In Your Wiccan Supplies Part 2

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wiccan Ritual: The Great Rite

A common central element of Wiccan ritual is the Great Rite. The spelling of the
word rite is significant. It is not right, as in right and wrong, or right and left. It is rite as in ritual.
The greatest of all Wiccan rituals honors the union and fertility of the Goddess and the God. The ritual practice of the Great Rite has changed significantly during the evolution of Wicca. While the original practice of Great Rite is appropriate for a heavily nature oriented religion, it became a source of controversy primarily due to negative publicity.

In the ritual of some Orthodox traditions the High Priestess would invoke (call into her) the Goddess and the High Priest would invoke the God, then the High Priest would physically join with the High Priestess. It was seen as a way to honor the divine creation of life. In most cases,1 this was rarely if ever done with the rest of the Coven present.

In Reformed traditions the practice of physical joining of the High Priestess and High Priest is seldom done. It has been replaced with a symbolic joining of the Goddess and the God using a chalice (stemmed cup) and an Athame (ceremonial knife). The ritual still honors the divine creation with some finding it more appropriate than the earlier practice.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Essentials For Your Wiccan Supplies Part 2

Here is part 2 of what should be considered essential for your wiccan supplies list.

Wands
A wand is used to project and direct energy to a specific area, object, person,
or even dimension. It can be used for tasks like stirring a cauldron if its
construction allows this. In some traditions, it is used in calling the God and the
Goddess to join a ritual. Although traditional wands are made of wood, you can find wands today in a variety of materials.

The ancient Druids held woods sacred and tools from wood were considered to carry the spirit of nature. It is not suggested that wood from a living tree be cut to make a wand. A piece of fallen wood is much more appropriate as it can be considered a gift from divinity. There are few rules about the size of the wand.

Some Wiccans believe wands should be the length of a persons forearm and hand, but in general wands commonly range from as little as 10 inches up to 3 feet in length. Some people like to hold a wand that is more massive because they feel more powerful.

It is equally acceptable to use a wand that is compact and lightweight. A wand can be as ornamental or as plain as desired. Anything from a wand fabricated of sterling silver and encrusted with gems to a piece of tree branch still covered in bark is acceptable for use. Each will serve well if the person wielding the wand is comfortable with it. The only real concern is that it feels comfortable.

If you would like to view some different wands if you are interested in adding them to your wiccan supplies list you may do so here:
Wands



The Wiccan Boline
The boline is a white handled knife, which clearly distinguishes it from the black handled athame. In many cases the blade has a distinct curved shape. It is a simple working knife used in ritual or ritual preparation for tasks like cutting herbs from a garden, inscribing candles, cutting cords, etc. It is to be used for cutting purposes only for the materials and items you need for your rituals and spells.

The Wiccan Boline is commonly the size of an athame. There are larger bolines that are made, but these are normally called Druid Bolines and are common within paganism rituals and ceremonial use. Even though a larger boline can be used in Wicca, it is usually easier to use the smaller versions of the blade.




The Besom(Ritual Broom)

A besom (ritual broom) is used in Wicca for the preparation of magickal
space. The magickal significance of a besom is twofold. First, as a magickal tool directing energy for cleaning, and second in the heritage of ancient Druidic regard for the woods from which a traditional besom is made. In Wicca, the besom is used to clear the negativity and residual energy from space being prepared as sacred. The sweeping of ritual space is not to clear debris in the physical environment.

The besom does not even have to touch the ground at all. The sweeping motion in the air combined with visualization clears the negative energies lingering from the mundane world. The traditional besom has many legends associated with it. It is said to have been used in fertility rituals where it was ridden hobbyhorse style through the crops.

It is also said to have been used in handfasting ceremonies promoting fertility in a newly wed couple. Besoms are commonly made using an ash staff, birch twigs and willow binding. The ash wood serves to protect, the birch is for purifying and the willow is sacred and holy to the Goddess.

If you would like to view some different besoms if you are interested in adding them to your wiccan supplies list you may do so here:
Besom Brooms



Cauldrons

The cauldron, like the chalice and bell, is also symbolic of the Goddess. In
Wicca, when a cauldron is used it is often central to the ritual, usually linked with fertility or transformation. Some of the lore of the cauldron is based on the legend of Kerridwen's cauldron.

Kerridwen is a goddess from the Celtic pantheon. The story begins where Kerridwen bore a son who was the ugliest and most rotten tempered man in the world. She wanted to fix this by brewing a potion to transform him into the Maiden Moon wisest man in the world. To do so she brewed a potion for a year and a day (a period still recognized as significant in Wiccan practice).

At the end of that time, there were three highly concentrated drops left. Kerridwen hired a boy to stir the potion and a man to stoke the flames. On the very day that the potion was ready, the 3 drops splashed out onto the boy’s fingers. The boy fled knowing that Kerridwen would be very angry.

Kerridwen took after him in pursuit. During the chase, both the boy and Kerridwen changed into several animals. When Kerridwen finally caught up with the boy, she ate him and became pregnant. She had planned to kill the child but when he was born, he was the most beautify boy she had ever seen, so she kept him and he grew to be Taliesin the Bard, one of the most inspired poets. As you can see, throughout the story, the concept of magickal transformation (the symbology of the cauldron) is
prevalent from beginning to end.

Cauldrons are usually made of iron and stand on three legs with the opening of
the vessel being smaller than the inside. You can find cauldrons in a wide range
of sizes from the very small altar top varieties to gigantic pots big enough for headhunters to cook a few explorers in.

If you would like to view some different cauldrons if you are interested in adding them to your wiccan supplies list you may do so here:
Cast Iron Cauldrons



Crystal Balls
While many forms of divination tools have been used, the crystal ball has been
the longest surviving. When used for divinatory purposes, the practitioner gazes
into the ball and pictures are perceived either inside the ball itself or in the
mind's eye of the crystal gazer.

When used in Wiccan ritual, the crystal is placed on the altar to represent the Goddess. Some Wiccans use the ball during the ritual for scrying but it can also be used to store energy raised from the ritual. The crystal ball is often at the center of full moon rituals where it represents the Goddess in Mother form. Of all the tools, the crystal ball is often considered as one of the hardest to charge magickally.

Many recommend that the crystal be exposed to moonlight to increase its charge after cleansing in a saltwater bath. This is seen as aligning the crystal and filling it with energy from the Goddess.

It is usually best for crystal balls to be as close and as pure to crystal as possible. Finding pure crystal balls however is not only expensive, they are hard to find. If you can charge the standard crystal balls that are comonly available as much as possible, especially in the full moon over night, they will work just as well.

If you would like to view some different cauldrons if you are interested in adding them to your wiccan supplies list you may do so here:
Crystal Balls


These are just some of the most common but essential wiccan supplies you may need to begin your rituals, ceremonies, and spells. If you would like to know more on how to cleanse, purify, and prepare your ritual tools, please see the posts below entitled "How To Use Ritual Tools"

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Essentials For Your Wiccan Supplies Part 1

It is always important to know which ritual tools you should have as standard within your wiccan supplies. This post will detail the most essential ritual tools you should have for your rituals, ceremonies, and spells.

The Athame
An athame or athamé is a ceremonial double-edged dagger, one of several magical tools used in Traditional Witchcraft and other pagan beliefs and religions such as Wicca for various ritual knives. A black-handled knife called an arthame appears in certain versions of the Key of Solomon, a grimoire originating in the Middle Ages.

The athame's primary use is for ritual and magical purposes only, to direct energy; if things such as herbs or cords need to be cut, another knife called a boline - a white-handled knife - is used. An exception is the "kitchen witchcraft" philosophy, which actively encourages the use of magical tools for mundane purposes to increase the witch's familiarity with them.

An athame may be employed in the demarcation of the Magic circle rite.

As a masculine principle, it is often used in combination with the chalice, as feminine principle, evoking the act of procreation, as a symbol of universal creativity. This is a symbol of the Great Rite in Wiccan rituals. Some modern witchcraft traditions may prefer not to use iron blades, instead preferring alternatives such as copper, bronze or wood. This is most common amongst traditions that have a particular fondness of the Sidhe, to whom iron is supposedly harmful.

You can view some various styles of athames here if you are interested in adding them to your wiccan supplies:
Athames


The Chalice
In Wicca a chalice, as a feminine principle, is often used in combination with the Athame (ceremonial black-handled knife), as male principle. Combining the two evokes the act of procreation, as a symbol of universal creativity. This is a symbol of the Great Rite in Wiccan rituals. A chalice is also used in the Small Rite.

A chalice is a symbol of the element of water, a feminine element representing intuition, gestation, psychic ability, and the subconscious. The Cup also stands in as a symbol of the Goddess, of the womb, and the female generative organs. The chalice is sometimes interchangeable with the cauldron.

You can view some various styles of Chalices here if you would like to add them to your wiccan supplies list:
Wiccan Chalice


Wiccan Altar Bell
Bells are like the Voice of the Goddess. When you ring one, it brings the Divine's attention to you. And your attention to the Divine.


A bell with a lovely tone will call beautiful, healing energy to you. Bells can also be used to clear energy. At the end of a ritual is a good time for this, but if unwanted energy crops up during a ritual, you can use the bell to disperse it. The purpose is that the clear tone of the altar bell will drive away negativity and keep evil spirits at bay. There are claims that evil spirits cannot tolerate the sounds of a clear high pitched bell.

Using an altar bell to call upon the goddess will ensure you are more protected during your rituals, spells, and ceremonies.

If you would like to view some various wiccan altar bells if you are interested in adding one to your wiccan supplies list you can see them here:
Altar Bells


Altar Cloths
In certain Neopagan faiths, Wicca in particular, the altar cloth is placed on the altar where magical workings are performed. Many altars are patterned with pentagrams, the traditional symbol for Wicca.

Altar cloths prevent damage, dirt, and grime to form on your altar. It is always best to keep your altar clean to ensure you appease the various gods or goddesses you may be calling upon in you rituals. Keeping ones altar untidy can show disrespect to the gods and goddess, so be sure to clean your altar cloth often. Many altar cloths can be put into the wash with your other clothing whenever it is time for you to do laundry.
Altar Cloths


Altar Tiles
The altar tile is also called a pentacle is used on a Wiccan altar as a focal point for ritual work. It is commonly made of metal, wood, or clay stoneware. The tile itself is usually inscribed with the pentagram (five-pointed star) and sometimes with other symbols. The star symbol represents the four elements of earth, air, fire, water and a fifth element of spirit, as represented by the Goddess and God. The tile is positioned with the spirit tip pointing up to signify that the spirit rules over the elements.

If you would like to view some different altar tiles if you are interested in adding them to your wiccan supplies list you may do so here:
Wiccan Altar Tiles

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

How To Banish Demons

There is nothing more frightening or disturbing then to have the feeling you have a powerful negative force lurking inside of your home or following you around where you may go.

Demons and negative entities are actually more common then people may think, and if you are not careful, you can become a victim to their attacks and predatory nature, feeding off your energies like a leech drains blood from the body.



How Demons Invade your Life

The most common way for any demon to come into this plane of existence is through a door way or portal. This usually happen when inexperienced practitioners of the craft or even individuals just "fooling around" with these forces begin using divination tools such as ouja boards, pendulums, crystal balls, and especially scrying mirrors.

These tools are meant to be able to see into the future, or to give warning of events that may happen that can possibly be avoided. However, unfortunately, when anyone uses these tools they are calling upon the spirit realm to help them find the answers they seek. Their tools suddenly become open doorways into that world, and just as easily as good entities can come forward to help, negative entities can come forward to attack.

In most homes that are haunted by negative demonic presences, it is usually by these means. Occultists and inexperienced crafters use these tools, open the doorway, the entities come out and they wind up being stuck here. Usually people who cannot immediately sense these entities have no idea they pulled them out, and because of this, they close their ritual without ever knowing something may have stepped through. The demon presence is then trapped here, and begins to look at this as a perfect opportunity to wreck havoc in people's lives.

Other means of these creatures stepping through are through group rituals and ceremonies where occultists may purposefully summon a demon for whatever reason they may have in doing so. Again, the same rules apply as the divination tools, however the methods are a bit different.

Occultists in groups will make a circle and then if they are summoning a demon something will have to represent a "pit". A pit can be anything from a crawl space in the basement to even a closet(it has to be something that is enclosed though to represent the pit or doorway).

As the occultists begin their work, they perform their ritual or ceremony and using various tools, herbs, oils and incense summon these creatures forward. Most often times when the demons step through the people summoning them have no idea what they are in for, or they believe they have taken enough protective means to spare themselves from the demons wrath. Depending on the demon and how strong it is, this may or may not be the case. If the demons are able to penetrate through protective barriers then the occultists who summoned it will be in serious trouble and danger.



How To Expel And Banish A Demon

Expelling or banishing a demon is NOT easy. In fact, it is tremendously difficult to do this if you do not know what you are doing.

Many people commonly turn to religious means and their faith. Christians, for example, will go to the church and request an exorcism of the actual house(if it is the house that is haunted and not an individual). The priest will then come and bless the house going to each and every room saying a prayer while shaking holy water as he does.

With weaker entities this may help, but in most cases this normally just aggravates and enrages the demonic essence even further. One priest is usually not enough to expel a powerful demon from a home. The best method for this would be to have the priest, and anyone who lives within the home ALL perform a blessing on the house together.

When this takes place, the priest, and the people who reside in the home all gather into the most used room of the house. They make a tight knit circle and all begin to pray and chant together, following the priest's prayer.

Again this is the best means to perform this. Unfortunately however, not everyone has the luxury of having their local church willing to perform something like this. Other people are not Christian and would not want to turn to the church.

In these cases then it is best for the individuals living within the home to confront the demon personally. Again, proper knowledge and tools can aid you tremendously in this task.

One way of being able to expel a demon without the help of the church, would be to find some sage smudge sticks, holy water, and various washes and oils that represent protection, purification, and banishing.

The first step once you have these items, would be to take your protection, banishing, holy water or purification oil or wash, and place it in a spray bottle(if the constancy of the oil or wash is thin enough for this) and begin to spray and mist every room of the home saying a prayer as you do so or words of power such as:

"Demons that have come in my home, I do not stand alone. I banish you back to whence you came, I am the protector, the saving light, and your ultimate bane"



The above is just an example, you can say your own or use this, whichever you prefer. The important thing to remember is you must be STRONG and DEDICATED and SHOW NO FEAR as you perform this.

After misting every room, you will then light your sage incense stick and walk through each room once again saying the same prayer as before. Ensure the stick is smoldering and the smoke is thick enough.

After this you can even go a step further and place protection based gemstones into every room of the house. Gemstones can be cheap or expensive depending on the size and quality, however, they do wonders especially if you place them by your bed while you sleep. Good protection stones are amethyst, malachite, citrine, and the biggest one of them all, quartz.

These steps should help you in expelling a demon or sending it back to where it came. If this does not work, or it does not help, you may have to call professionals in see what they can do. Various psychics, paranormal teams, and skilled people in these subjects hold a wealth of knowledge and abilities able to help you if you have need of it.

There will be a future hub on how to banish demons from an individual, or most commonly called possession.

Resources and Information:

If you need any of the items or tools mentioned in this article, you can find them here to perform these tasks on your own:

Ritual Supplies

If you would like to view some of the various gemstones mentioned in this post you can do so here:

Gemstones

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Adding Mandrake Root to Your Wiccan Supplies

In witchcraft and occult practices, mandrake root is a very common and poten herb that witches use as an ingredient to various spells, oils, potions, and ceremonial offerings. Mandrake root is said to come in male and female "shapes" where male mandrake roots resemble the shape of a human male and the female root resembling the body of a human female.


In particular, the mandrake root is the most powerful herb of love magick, and certainly one of the most deadliest. Ones that resemble a phallus are believed to possess great aphrodisiac qualities and were, at one time, the main ingredient used in Witches' love philtres(potions) despite their highly toxic properties.

A mandrake root that is soaked every Friday in a bowl of white wine and carried in a charmbag made of red silk and velvet will give its possessor great sexual potency and make him or her attractive to the opposite sex. A mandrake root placed underneath a bed pillow will arouse passion between two lovers, even if one is indifferent.

Both male and female fertility is promoted by eating mandrake (males eat the male mandrake root and females eat the female mandrake root) or by carryin one as a charm, according to legend.

A tiny particle of powdered female mandrake leaf added to a cup of red wine (for passionate lovemaking) or white wine (for romantic love) is said to be a powerful Witch's aphrodisiac.


In addition to love magick, mandrake roots have long been believed to possess the power to divine the future. More than one book on medieval Witchcraft and sorcery states that the human-shaped roots (both male and female) shake their heads to answer yes or no when questions are put to them. With the proper incantations, mandrakes can also be made to speak out loud or through telepathy.This is another way in which they can prophesy the future and reveal secrets. Mandrakes have been used by many modern Witches in spells and rituals that increase the psychic powers. They are carried in mojobags or worn on necklaces as powerful charms to attract good luck, and it is said that money placed in a box with a mandrake root will double overnight.

Mandrake root can also be used in exorcisms as it is believed that demons cannot tolerate mandrake root and it is poisonous to them. It is not uncommon during ancient exorcisms that whilst a priest was under going an exorcism on an individual that he place a tiny piece of mandrake in their mouths under the tongue. The potent mandrake was meant to help drive out the demon essence from within the individual.


Extreme caution should always be exercised when using any part of the mandrake in potions, brews and philtres. It is a highly toxic plant, and misuse of it can result in sickness, delirium, or a slow and agonizing death.

According to the legend, when mandrake root is dug up it screams and kills anyone who hears this. Literature includes complex directions for harvesting a mandrake root in relative safety. For example Josephus (c. 37 AD Jerusalem - c. 100) gives the following directions for pulling it up:

A burrow must be dug around the root until its lower part is exposed, then a dog is tied to it, after which the person tying the dog must then run away. The dog is then enticed to follow him, and by doing so easily pulls up the root, but the dog dies suddenly instead of his master. After this the root can be handled without fear.


Mandrake is one of the traditional ritual herbs of the Samhain (Halloween) Witches' Sabbat and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Aphrodite, Diana, Hecate and the legendary Teutonic sorceress known as the Alrauna Maiden.

Resources And Information
If you are in need of any mandrake root, you may get some here:
Mandrake Root