Spells & Rituals

Bad Witches Guide

June, 2017

 

The Bad Witches Guide to Life, Love and Magick
I am a bad witch. There are a long list of reasons why I am a bad witch. Having been out of the broom closet for some considerable number of years I would on occasion get asked “but you’re a good witch though?” My response to that depending on the person asking but I found I started to say “yes, a very, very good witch” rather darkly as it usually got the point across.

There is this sort of pressure to be “nice” to everyone, as though we had to be saintly ambassadors of our faith. Not that I’m not generally a polite person I just don’t subscribe that “nice” is any kind of “good” or healthy. It is not authentic, it’s fake and insincere and I loathe it. Unfortunately good witches tend to fall into two camps. The “yes” witch (it’s a trap); whom has to be the kindest, sweetest most co-operative person to their own detriment of their own health and sanity (of the two kinds I have been closest to this kind). The other is the more witchy-than-thou; who will loudly proclaim or in snide whispers that only a _____ can be a true witch. This will depend on the witch but the vitriol and nastiness that goes with it, under the guise of “nice” of course, is deeply awful. These kind of witches police and pigeon-hole the community.

 

Life! Don’t talk to me about life!” Douglas Adam Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

I am a bad witch because I am not a patient person, nor a terribly forgiving one (though I try). I believe that life is wonderful, beautiful and amazing. It’s also full of injustice, hate and bile. From abusive partners, to drug-addicts who might want to break into your house, awful ex’s who make your life miserable or diseases robbing you of years of life.

Now life to me is three-fold, what you think, do and treat the world echoes out and you have to take responsibility for a certain amount of it. Yet being a bad witch I also think sometimes life happens to you as well as you happen to life. As such being passive about it all is a wonder in theory, “this too will pass” is wonderful if you have never had a kidney stone. You are responsible for you, and your kids. I don’t have the stomach to watch the powerful abuse the weak. It enrages me. I just can’t “love and light” at them. These things are usually time sensitive too. I am a bad witch because I think that a good offence can be the best defense. I happen to think that people who cause pain for their own pleasure are pretty awful and maybe if they got dumped into a barrel of sharp rocks and rolled down hill I wouldn’t lose any sleep.

That said I do understand that there is always more to a story (that doesn’t make someone less of a villain if they are one) and that good people can do terrible things. Cursing everyone who happens to eat meat because you think it is cruel shows a profound lack of understanding of context, and is the other end of the extreme of those who hunt for sport. There is no such thing as “harm none”. It doesn’t exist. Farmers in third world countries growing soy and other cash crops commonly consumed by vegans will kill pests with extreme prejudice and often live in poverty. Hunting “big game” damages the eco-systems and reduces an animal’s life to an “experience”. All you can do is the best you can and try not to be a dick about other people’s choices.

I think it is more productive to get passionately involved in making things better as often as you can.

You are going to have dodgy bosses (or co-workers), silly accidents, sudden illness and lying friends or family. Life is not a stream of perfect but you can be a good witch and suffer it well or take your power and do something about it.

 

 

“Keep it in Your Pants” Spell.

Sexual harassment is illegal; however temporary contracts, poor management, and no job security are. Sometimes being honest and making a complaint can get you fired. This isn’t right, but this is the world we live in.

A gendered pair of underwear. (Briefs, knickers, granny pants)

Wool or cushion stuffing

Yarrow flowers

White heather

Spring water

4 white candles (tea lights will do)

Photo or paper with all of their names.

Sew, staple or hot glue the underwear mostly closed.

You have no power of me, from sexual violence I am set free.”

This would be an appropriate gluing or sewing chant, but “leave me alone” is just as applicable.

Mix your herbs and stuffing together then add to the underwear. Add their photo or names and shut the underwear.

Place your underwear on a plate or dish with the unlit candles around it.

Let those who need to see what s/he is; see clear.

Those who are afraid feel no fear.

They lose the power they hold dear.

I am free to pursue my career.”

With each line light the candle. Then carefully pour the water over the underwear soaking it through. Now you can place in a zip-lock bag and put in the darkest deepest reassesses of your freezer (under the unmarked left-overs from three years ago); or under a rock in the garden. Somewhere cold and damp will do.

Leave for three months. If things haven’t changed you may need to do something else and if they have you can remove and deconstruct the underwear and re-cycle or destroy the underwear.

 

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Lucy Drake has self published three books. The Key: Opening the doorway to Magickal Practice (which is in its second edition) and Litanies of Grief and Inspiration.

 

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

June, 2017

Book Review: Practical Spellcraft: A First Course in Magic” by Leanna Greenaway

 

 

Published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company

Published, 2017; Copyright, 2003

Available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions

Most of us, if I had to guess, began to make our way on this path with the help of books.

Leanna Greenaway offers a comprehensive introduction. Her book takes readers from the early steps – relating Wiccan beliefs, the sabats and setting up an altar – through more than a dozen important topics including the significance of botanicals, the meaning of animals, and correspondences. The second half of the book provides 50 spells on a wide variety of topics touching all aspects of life. Some are simple and some are more involved, but all are easy to follow.

The only thing I could tell for certain was updated from the original edition were the pages that gave the dates of new and full moon through 2027.

From the time she was young, Greenaway recalls being superstitious and performing rituals long before being shown how. She began meditating when she was 6 and her mother, a white witch who descended from practicing clairvoyants, began sharing her secrets when Greenway was 13.

This book will touch on all the basics, making it a useful “Spellcraft 101” manual and reference.

There are such practical tips – many from her own experiences – such as how computers can go haywire during rituals if close to where the magic is being performed, and how electronic appliances can accelerate a ritual.

Although she provides spells, she tells readers that as their confidence builds, those they create for themselves can be more effective. The information in the book helps unravel the mystery and symbolism so readers can start to gain control over their lives and understand their destiny.

Greenaway notes what many on this path have realized: that it is often not so much learning something new as it is remembering that they already knew it.

 

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

May, 2017

Nightmare

(Nightmare Bag)

To Stop Nightmares

Merry meet.

Several people I encountered were experiencing nightmares and looking for relief. I began making charm bags (that I also call spell bags or mojo bags) and was told they worked, so I am sharing it with you.

Choose a piece of fabric or a purchased bag – of a natural material if possible – in deep purple, dark blue or black, but any one you’re drawn to will be good.

Based on my research, I came up with the list of ingredients below that have magical properties to alleviate nightmares. Read it over and select those you’d like to use. You can combine the dried botanicals and stones in almost any combination or ratio. Add a few drops of oil if you wish. If you feel stuck, try using a pendulum to make your selections.

A wise woman told me, “I have found magical blends to have more to do with one’s own personal relationship with the plants than with any recipe, formula or dogma. And what one has on hand at a time of need is there with reason, purpose and value.”

I hope you’ll take that advice to heart as did I. I didn’t have frankicense oil, but I did have frankincense resin, so that’s what I used. I was moved to put in rose petals and lavender flowers, and in one, a few grains of pink salt.

With your ingredients in the center of the piece of cloth, or in the bag, you can tie them up with a few words such as,

“This bag holds the power to restore peace, it brings a good night’s sleep as nightmares cease. As I will so mote it be.”

Put the bag near your head, on a hook above your pillow, next to your bed or even under the mattress.

Sweet dreams.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

List of gemstones:

Agate

Amethyst

Chrysoprase

Hematite

Lepidolite

Malachite

Prehnite

Quartz (clear or smoky)

Rhodochrosite

List of herbs:

Anise seed

Jasmine flowers

Morning glory seeds

Mullein

Purslane

Rosemary

Vervain

List of essential oils:

Frankincense

Lavender

Orange

Rose

Sandalwood

The Good Witch’s Guide by Shawn Robbins & Charity Bedell – Book Excerpt Exclusive: Spells for Money

May, 2017

The Good Witch’s Guide by Shawn Robbins & Charity Bedell

*Credit:  Excerpted with permission from The Good Witch’s Guide  © 2017 by Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell, Sterling Ethos, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

 

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Spells for Money

One of the most common sources of stress in modern life is money. We need money to pay the bills, obtain food, and have shelter. We have all had financial worries at some point or another. Some people struggle with earning enough money or are out of work. Other people may have unexpected expenses come up in their lives, like medical or repair bills. All of these issues cause stress, and too much stress can lead to illness. The following spells will help bring about a healthier bank balance and more peace of mind. Do be warned, though—casting spells for money will only bring about what a person actually needs, rather than what they desire: Never spellcast for greed, only for what you need.

 

Money-Packet Wish Spell

Materials

1 pen

1 green candle

1 sheet of paper

5 coins (4 pennies and 1 quarter, or for other currencies 5 silver coins will work fine)

40 inches (100 cm) thin green ribbon (giftwrapping style is fine)

Ritual

Using the pen, inscribe the wax of the candle with the word “money,” and then, using the same pen, write the word “money” on the paper. Go on to write all of the things you need the money for, using as much detail as possible. For example, if you need extra funds to pay the bills, write clearly in capital letters:

GAS BILL, ELECTRIC BILL, MORTGAGE PAYMENT, DENTAL BILL,

And so on.

As you write out your needs, pour your emotions into the paper. Place the coins on top of the paper, and light the green candle next to it. Say this spell seven times:

Like the trees growing free,

Prosperity there shall be.”

Keeping the coinage inside, start to fold the paper toward you, turning and folding the paper around the coins until you can’t fold it anymore. Take the green ribbon and wrap it around the packet. With every three rotations of the ribbon-wrapping, turn the packet toward you and chant these words seven times:

Money flowing free,

Prosperity there shall be.

Money worries gone from me.”

When the packet is almost completely covered with the ribbon, use what’s leftover to secure it with a knot. Drip wax from the candle onto the knot to seal the spell. Let the candle burn down, and bury any remains from it at the root of a tree near your home. Place the packet in your wallet or purse, or carry it in your pocket with you every day. If you wear a skirt or a dress, take a safety pin and pin the packet to the inside of your skirt or dress. Keep the packet with you until the money issues at hand have resolved. Then dispose of the packet at a crossroads or under a tree near your home.

 

Money-Tea Spell

Materials

Saucepan filled with water

Sharp knife

1 green candle

Copy of a utility bill or job application; anything that represents the need

Mortar and pestle

1?4 teaspoon finely chopped

chamomile flowers, either fresh or as dried tea (in a tea bag or loose)

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1?4 teaspoon finely chopped goldenrod, either fresh or as dried tea (in a tea bag or loose)

Strainer

Mug or cup

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons honey

Candleholder

Ritual

Put the pan of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. While the water is heating up, use the knife to inscribe the candle with words of your intent (“erase debt,” “find employment,” “pay bills,” etc.). Place the candle on top of a bill, job application, or a piece of paper with your need written on it.

With the mortar and pestle, grind together the herbs and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon for the tea. As you mix them, visualize your financial stress disappearing and your desire materializing. As the water on the stove boils, charge it with images of financial security and what manifestations of prosperity and success would look like. Visualize a green and orange light flowing in the water.

Put the blended herbs into the boiling water. Leave it to simmer for a few minutes. Take the pan off of the heat, and leave to cool. When the tea is cool enough, dip your finger into it and anoint the unlit candle. The candle should stay sitting on top of the bill, application, or paper. Say this spell five times:

Money flowing free,

Money come to me.”

Pick up the candle and rub it a few times from bottom to top with your hand. Strain the tea into a cup and then mix in a teaspoon each of cinnamon, sugar, and honey. Repeat the chant five more times while you stir the tea clockwise. When you’ve finished, rub the candle down with the remaining honey, from the bottom to the top. Once the candle has been fully anointed with the honey, roll it in the remaining cinnamon and sugar. Next, place the candle in a holder and light it. Take a sip of the tea, then say this spell:

Money tea, I drink thee.

Prosperity there shall be.”

Drink the tea. When the candle burns down, take the wax and the strained herbs from the tea and bury them at a crossroads. If there are no crossroads available, a spot on your property or a plot of land is acceptable. You can toss them into the trash, but do so with a prayer or statement, so that it brings your intent to all corners of the world.

 

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About the Authors:

 

Shawn Robbins is the author or coauthor of four highly successful books, including the newly released hardcover edition of Wiccapedia (Sterling) now used as a teaching and reference guide in many of the online Wicca schools. She has taught classes about herbs, health, and healing at the NY School of Occult s, as well as lecturing extensively throughout the country on this subject.

Charity Bedell (also known as Loona Wynd) has been a practicing witch for over 15 years, with an extensive knowledge of herbal medicine and magick. She has an online store where she sells her handmade herbs, tinctures, and oils (Mystic Echoes) and has a large following both in the Wiccan community and in mainstream America.

Useful Links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-good-witchs-guide-shawn-robbins/1124566628

 

*Credit:  Excerpted with permission from The Good Witch’s Guide  © 2017 by Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell, Sterling Ethos, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

April, 2017

Spell

 

To Follow or Not to Follow, That is the Question

Merry meet.

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,

Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,

Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,

Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–

For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”

So said the 2nd Witch in Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15), as she and two other ugly witches stir the bubbling contents of their cauldron. It’s one of the most familiar spell castings associated with witchcraft.

In Shakespeare’s time, people believed in witches and their powers to do evil.

Every culture has magick in its history. Some oral traditions and written documentation have survived, which has led some groups to choose to follow old spells to the letter. The more eclectic the witch, the more likely he or she adapts and improvises.

You can easily find spells that call for seemingly ridiculous or difficult workings. There’s one to get rid of your daughter’s boyfriend by hard boiling an egg laid by a black hen in urine (yours, his or hers), peeling it and feeding half to a dog and half to a cat while saying a specific sentence about how the couple shall become enemies just as the animals are natural enemies.

There must be something magical about black hens, because if you want a long life, you’re supposed to eat the first egg laid by one.

One love spell calls for cooking a chicken heart, drying it, grinding it into a powder, adding powdered coriander seeds to it and then putting small amounts into your beloved’s food to inspire passion. Another directs you to fill a shot glass with your sweat and perhaps a drop of menstrual blood, then place it atop a copper sheet and hide it somewhere the one you want to love you will walk past.

To get someone to return to you, a spell calls for wrapping three fresh eggs and a teaspoon of salt in an article of clothing belonging to that person and burying it where a footpath branches out into a fork, forming a Y shape. Saying the absent person’s name three times, you then state your wishes only once, quietly to yourself, cover the hole and leave without looking back.

A love spell calls for stealing three hairs from a woman, one at a time … on three separate occasions … while she’s sleeping … and, for maximum effect, the hair should be taken from near the nape of the neck. The strands are then to be braided and pushed into a crack of a tree.

Iron boxes, a mandrake root exposed to moonlight, fenugreek seeds and a divining rod cut from mistletoe growing on hazel or thorn trees are all parts of money spells.

Some profess that these methods have stood the test of time. Other witches believe not all that that is necessary, and might even say that magick is stronger with it’s organic and personally meaningful.

Whether you choose to follow complicated, traditional spells to the letter or you are willing to improvise and keep it simple, it’s still magick you are working. Done with intention, respect and personal power, either should be effective.

If you don’t agree, let’s have a discussion below.

Merry part, and merry meet again.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

March, 2017

Zodiac Tarot Spread

spellcrafting

Merry meet.

A new zodiac year begins March 27 at 7:59 p.m. (on the East Coast) with the new moon in Aries. It’s an opportune time to do a manifestation spell using all twelve houses of the zodiac. While this is written for a group, changing a few pronouns will make it work for a solitary.

To prepare for the ritual, place a copy of the zodiac wheel in the center of the table or on the floor, and put a candle at each of the 12 houses plus one in the middle to represent Spirit. Candles can relate to each the sign that rules each house (such as red for the first house that is ruled by Aries, a fire sign) or they can all be white. You will also need one or more decks of tarot cards per person. Oracle cards can also be used, but so can photographs, images cut from magazines, or other representations. Select a card to represent what you want to manifest in the coming year for each of the 12 houses. By reading through the ritual first, you can select the cards you wish to use before you begin, or you can take the time to do it at each step.

The wheel is held so that the first house, known as the house of self, is located from 9 o’clock to 8 o’clock on the circle. The wheel moves counterclockwise, with the second house spanning 8 o’clock to 7 o’clock, and so on. Each house is briefly explained below, and wording is suggested for when each candle is lit. When all 12 are complete, there will be a blessing to offer gratitude for its fulfillment.

To begin, ground and center in your preferred way. When my coven did its zodiac ritual, we called the quarters, so you’ll see the elmental candles in the photo. (You’ll also notice that the wheel goes the wrong way on the plate used in the center.)

Light the center candle and say, “On this night, we bless the year to come. Our will be heard. Our will be done.”

Beginning with the first house, allow time for each person to select the card that represents what they’d like to manifest in the coming year that is related to this house. Then, light the candle and say, “Goddess and guides, see our desire. To manifest it, we light this fire.” An alternative could be “_______ (name of natural planetary ruler), see our desire. To manifest it, we light this fire.” More detailed words can also be written for each house. For example, for the first house, you might say,“Mars, hear our desire. Bring us opportunities to begin anew to create ourselves and the world we desire. To manifest it, we light this fire.”

Each candle can be lit individually, or the candle for the second house can be lit from the first house candle, and so forth around the circle.

When all twelve houses have been addressed, conclude by saying, “This ring of fire burns with our desires. We offer gratitude as their fulfillment transpires. Power flows from candle fire and brings to us our hearts’ desire. Our circle is strong around the sun. So mote it be, our spell is done.”

Each house is explained below.

The first house is about self-image. It is our appearance and the personality we project to others, our general outlook on life, and our relationship with our immediate environment. It is ruled by Aries whose natural planetary ruler is Mars.

The second house is about self-worth and money. It is ruled by the sign of Taurus – and its planet, Venus – and has to do with our sense of self-worth. It rules money and personal finances, basic values and possessions.

The third house is communication, research and exploration. It’s how we interact with our immediate environment (siblings, neighbors, co-workers) as well as thoughts, speaking and writing. Gemini rules this house and Mercury is its planet.

The fourth house is about roots and security, family and home. Ruled by Cancer, it has to do with our psychological foundations, our home life, ancestry and our sense of security. The moon is the planet associated with this house.

The fifth house is about self-expression, creativity, romance and pleasure. It relates to awareness, creative self-expression, all forms of play, hobbies, romantic relationships (lovers as opposed to partners), drama, and adornments. It is ruled by the sign of Leo and its planet, the Sun.

The sixth house is work and jobs (as opposed to a career), daily life, health, nutrition, service and helpfulness, how we perfect ourselves, and pets. Virgo rules, along with its planetary ruler, Mercury.

The seventh house is about partnerships and marriage – companionship, counselors, competitors and our own shadow selves. It is ruled by Libra and its planetary ruler, Venus.

The eighth house, ruled by Scorpio, is about transformation, sexuality, death and rebirth, addictions, psychology, and the money of others (taxes, alimony, inheritance, etc.). Its planet is Pluto.

The ninth house is about our own personal belief system, exploration, higher education, long-distance travel, publishing and commerce. It is ruled by the sign of Sagittarius and its natural planetary ruler, Jupiter.

The tenth house is concerned with your career or profession, reputation, social standing, achievement, material success and governments and. Its ruled by the sign of Capricorn that has Saturn as its natural planetary ruler.

The eleventh house is about aspirations, personal goals and our inner purpose. It’s also about friends, acquaintances, organizations and groups. This house is ruled by Aquarius; ruling Aquarius is Uranus.

The twelfth house has to do with soul growth (and undoing), secrets, karma, hidden strengths (and weaknesses), spiritual studies and dreams. Pisces presides over this house; Neptune is its natural planetary ruler.

If you don’t get to do this for this new moon, your birthday could provide another opportunity. Rather than manifesting, drawing a card for each of the houses would make it divination.

Merry part, and merry meet again.

The Love of Chocolate from Guest Author Lilith Dorsey

February, 2017

The Love of Chocolate
Lilith
Dark and delicious, almost everyone loves chocolate. This little bean is not only tasty but also quite magickal. It has a long history of use throughout several countries and cultures.
Chocolate is made from the seeds of the cacao tree, discovered over 3,000 years ago in the rain forests of Central America. Originally it was used as an alcoholic beverage. Prized by Ancient Mayan societies, Chocolate from the very beginning was an integral part of rites and rituals. The Mayans has uncovered a way to cultivate the beans. Next they dried, roasted and ground them into a paste. This was then combined with chili peppers and cornmeal to make a strong beverage. This ritual drink was used for everything from initiations to burial rites.
The invasion of Mexico by the Spanish brought chocolate to Europe. There it was prized as a beverage of wealth and power. It was reserved for the elite as a supreme delicacy.
Even if you’re not a magickal person it is easy to see how chocolate is a sensual delight. It’s smell, texture and touch lend themselves to passion. Because of this chocolate is a wonderful ingredient to use in your love spells and workings.
In my book Love Magic, I talk about combining two great aphrodisiac ingredients, chocolate and strawberries. “Strawberries are one of the many plants ruled by Venus. This recipe blends two great romantic pleasures—both strawberries and chocolate—to conjure up some sweet romance.” Craft this recipe witch care and magickal intent and you will be able to manifest your desires.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Recipe
1 pound strawberries, washed and dried
2 Tbs. butter
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chunks or chips)
To make dipping easier, leave the leaves on your strawberries. Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler. Dip strawberries one at a time into melted chocolate. Cool in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy with your love.
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Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I., New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo . Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and Psychic, and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism,The African-American Ritual Cookbook, her latest book Love Magic and also choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show.
Lilith can be reached at the following:

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

February, 2017

Showing Our True Colors

Rainbow

Merry meet.

Maya Angelou said, “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” This ritual illustrates that.

A pagan discussion group that meets at True Colors, a non-profit organization in Connecticut that supports sexual and gender minority youth, planned a ritual that drew nearly 20 individuals. Looking at the circle that formed, you would probably notice the diversity in ages, genders, skin tones and styles. The broom we decorated became a symbol of how much we had in common.

We got a large selection of yarns in various colors and cut 20 pieces each to a length longer than the broom we intended to cover. We placed the piles around the outside of the cloths spread on the ground that served as our altar in the center of our circle.

One by one, each person stood up, named a label that they identified with and picked up a pile of yarn. Walking around the circle, anyone who identified with that label took one of the pieces. We went around the circle twice, and then allowed anyone who had a trait not yet named to do so. Each time, participants took a piece of yarn from the people with whom they identified.

We had to cut some more yarn, and some colors were used for more than one identity.

Some of the identities mentioned included are student, partner, parent, bisexual, healer, artistic, intuitive, adopted, shy, pet owner, and ally.

After that, everyone tied a knot near one end, and then tied another one a few inches from it. Holding them out for everyone to see, it was amazing how colorful we were, and how many others had each of our colors.

Then we cut the yarn between the two knots. The small end was kept by each participant, and each long portion was gathered up and tied to the broom.

The next year, the ritual was modified for another group and beads were used in place of yarn, with each individual leaving with a cord strung with a variety of colored beads and charms. There are other ways the same intent can be adapted to your situation.

Merry part, and merry meet again.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

January, 2017

 

Calling Kali-Ma

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(Kali The Awakener from the Daughters of the Moon deck)

Merry meet.

We are coming into some dark times, and one of the most powerful and the most frightening of the dark goddesses is Kali-Ma. While she represents the Dark Mother, this article is focused on Her as the warrior. In the Hindu tradition, Kali is the Goddess of death, destruction and resurrection. She is fierce. She wears a belt of skulls, there is blood dripping from her mouth as she stands upon the body of her husband, holding up his severed head and, in another hand, the machete she used.

Kali was created to destroy the demons taking over the world and she was so good at, she couldn’t stop. Call it mania if you must. As the gods saw her destruction unfold, they realized she needed to be stopped and sent her spouse, knowing well that it was a suicide mission. When she killed him, she stopped her rage and was filled with remorse. Her red tongue is extended, which in India, is recognized as a symbol of humility.

Kali Ma works well as a reminder of the immense power we hold, and the need to remember to limit our rage to be appropriate and not too destructive.

Looking at current events, Kali has come to America.

As the destroyer of worlds, the oracle of sacred change, she has brought down our world with a shocking smack; all the illusions we had about the land of the free and the home of the brave were banished on election night.

We are not who we thought we were. Now we must get ready to stand in her fires of transmutation. We need them,” wrote spiritual storyteller Vera de Chalambert in an article appearing in Rebelle Society.

There is a great yearning for change and de Chalambert stressed that rather than move out of the dark into the more comfortable light, we need to provide a space for difficult feelings to come and rest. To grow spiritually, we must enter the deepest, darkest depths of despair without hope, without light, without knowing. It is there that the darkness will heal.

[T]he wound is the gift,” she said. No spoonful of sugar to help this medicine go down.

Kali demands everything and takes it. She is the Wrathful Goddess. She is the psychic force of menstruation – the cycle of destruction that comes before fertility. She teaches us that pain, sorrow, death, decay and destruction are not overcome by denying their existence or by trying to explain them away. These are part of life and we must accept them.

Working with her, we can “get our Kali on.” We can learn to be like her. Fierce. The protective mother. We will sit in the womb of the night, awaiting our rebirth. Her gift is freedom.

RITUAL:

This ritual was presented in “The Dark Goddess: Dancing with the Shadow” by Marcia Starck and Gynne Stern (The Crossing Press, 1993) and is reprinted here with permission.

While there are various ways to work with Kali, this ritual is being used to increase the warrior energy. It is good to do this ritual during the dark moon.

Women come dressed in saris or wearing other Indian clothes, accessories or ornamentation, including swords or other instruments appropriate to Kali-Ma. Red is a good color when working with warrior energy.

The altar should be decorated with skulls and bones, a brazier or incense burner with some joss sticks or other sweet incense, red and black candles, pictures of the Mother in both her benevolent and terrible aspects, and a small bowl with some menstrual blood.

Background music can be sitars or flutes. Women can also bring rattles and drums of any kind to use during the ritual.

The High Priestess or four different women invoke Kali through four Hindu goddesses.

In the East, call Ushas, Goddess of Dawn, to being this new cycle and help us see through illusions and seek the truth.

In the South, call Parvati to bring the fires of purification so we may be cleansed.

In the West, invoke Durga to teach us to look into the dark places in our being so that we may not be afraid.

In the North, call on Saraswati to bring us the wisdom of India, her music and dance, so we may be wise in traditions of the Goddess.

Lastly, call Kali-Ma, Dark Mother, Great Goddess, Createtress of All There Is, Slayer of Demons, Goddess of Destruction, Goddess of Just Revenge.

One at a time, each woman approaches the altar and takes an object such as a sword or skull that exemplifies her interpretation of the warrior energy. With this object, she speaks of her need for Kali’s energy, her work with bringing forth her aggressive side, and her desire to go forth into the world and slay whatever demons of injustice or oppression burden her. She then chants and dances her feelings while the women in the circle drum or play other instruments.

When everyone has had a turn, the High Priestess dances among the women, blessing them and putting a drop of menstrual blood on each of them to show that they have been purified through Kali’s energy. The women then sit in a circle and discuss ways of being in the world that will encourage their warrior side. In closing, chant and sing to Kali:

Kali Durga, Na Mo, Na Mo
Kali Durga, Na Mo, Na Mo
(repeat eight more times)

By this ritual, may you come to understand and use the energy of Kali-Ma. You may also choose to adapt it to suit your own personal practice.

Merry part, and merry meet again.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

December, 2016

Yule Spell

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Merry meet.

At Yule, the darkest night before the rebirth of the sun, it is said the Holly King dies and the Oak King is born. A simple spell that echoes that is to gather three dried holly leaves, and using a mortar and pestle, crush them into a powder. On a piece of paper approximately four inches square, write in red ink a single word representing something you wish to give birth to. Add the holly powder and fold, roll or twist the paper up around it. Light it from the flame of a red candle, or by another symbolic means and as it burns in a cauldron or other safe place, see and feel the wish fulfilled, and give thanks.

If you are burning a Yule log, you could add the bundle to the fire, or you could write your intention on a piece of a holly branch and add that to the fire instead.

Merry part, and merry meet again.

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