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:

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