Spells & Rituals

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

March, 2017

Zodiac Tarot Spread

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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
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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

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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)

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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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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.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

November, 2016

Knot Magick

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A simple yet powerful way to cast a spell is by putting knots in a cord. It could be for protection, healing, invoking energies or giving yourself confidence. Sailors once had witches put wind into knots, so if they found themselves in a calm, they could untie one of the knots to get wind to fill their sails.

Before beginning, fix your desire firmly in your mind as you feel what its like to have what it is you are asking for.

A round silk cord or other natural fiber is generally preferred, but anything from a shoelace to yarn to ribbon can be used. You might also pick a color to correspond with the spell.

Say, “By the knot of one, the spell’s begun,” as you tie a knot on the far left of the string.

Say, “By the knot of two, my words come true,” as you tie a knot in the far right end of the string.

Say, “By the knot of three, it comes to me,” as you tie a knot in the middle of the string.

Say, “By knot of four, “I’ve opened the door,” as you tie a knot between the left end and the middle knot.

Say, “By knot of five, the spell’s alive,” as you tie a knot half way between the center knot and the one on the far right end of the string.

Say, “By knot of six, this spell I fix,” and tie a knot in between the two on the left end of the string.

Say, “By knot of seven, there is no question,” while tying a knot between the two knots on the right side of the string.

Say, “By knot of eight, it’s now my fate,” and tie a knot to the left of center and the knot to the left of that.

Lastly, say, “By knot of nine, this thing is mine,” and tie the last knot between the center knot and the one to the right of that.

End it with, “So mote it be,” or some similar seal.

To add more power in each knot, after saying the words and while imagining the feel of having the desired outcome, blow your will into the cord as you tighten it.

The knotted cord is then worn or carried with intent, not as a casual accessory. When the spell is over, I recommend burying or burning the cord.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

October, 2016

Water is Life

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I am among the many pagans who want to support the warriors at Standing Rock. Two sisters in my coven – Debra Cohen and Janet Coffa – wrote a ritual that more than a dozen women chose to
participate in at a Mabon retreat. I’m sharing it below in the hopes that you will use it to enlist the support of others in this important effort.

The protectors, the warriors at Standing Rock represent each and every one of us who understand the need to protect our environment, our multicultural values and the very Earth that supports us.

The statement Water is Lifeis true for every human being and it must be fought for by everyone. The fight must take many forms, from physical presence in places that are immediately threatened to communication with our government and education of those unaware of the impact of inaction.

Standing Rock speaks about clean water, industry greed,
governmental weakness, and the power of money that buys bad
decisions. It also speaks with a vision of potential catastrophe when we fail to consider the future impact of current energy policy. We, our children and our grandchildren have a duty to stand in the face of
intimidation and say NO MORE, YOU SHALL NOT PASS and WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING for what is right, just and sacred.

[Invite participants to share their thoughts.]

As in everything, we all do what we can, as we can. It is our
responsibility to share our ideas and support each other in our efforts. These are some ideas about sending support to Standing Rock:

Send donations

Contact legislators

Attend a vigil in support of Standing Rock

Use social media to education and share information

[Participants took turns stating one thing they would do in the name of the warriors at Standing Rock. Each was then blessed with water of determination – in our case it was rain water collected during a
thunderstorm that carried the essence of the power needed in the struggle. Fingers were dipped in the water and touched to the feet, then each hand and then the throat with the following words.]

Bless these feet so they can walk the walk.

Bless these hands to do the heavy lifting.

Bless this to speak truth and defiance to power.

WE ARE CHANGE!

Merry part.

And merry meet again.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

September, 2016

 

Book Review:“The Big Book of Practical Spells by Judika Illes

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Some books stand the test of time and I find myself returning to them time and time again. “The Big Book of Practical Spells” is one of those books, in part because it’s in its third incarnation. In 2001, it was published as “Earth Mother Magic” and again in 2007 as “Pure Magic.” It was Judika Illes’ first published book.

Into it, she poured all her working knowledge of magic, making it a comprehensive reference book for those new to the path as well as for those with experience. The first part covers working with the earth, a glossary of magical vocabulary, a primer on the elements, supplies and more. Part Two discusses magic allies such as animal totems, ancestors, crystals, botanicals, altars and dreams. The last section has spells for 16 different situations including protection, psychic enhancement, fertility, money and healing.

The book serves as a basic reference with solid, accurate, practical information, making magic accessible to everyone.

It has been around longer than I’ve consciously been a witch, and I’ve referred to it along the way. Like many others, I learned much of what I know about paganism and witchcraft through books. Starting out, their quality is especially important because you have no other frame of reference. I appreciated the introduction this book gave to many aspects of magic. It was also important to me to learn early on that there was no one right way to practice magic, and that its most important elements were the desire and focused energy I brought to it.

Illes explains that magic in its purest form is a dialogue between you and the earth. “Magic is your birthright,” she states. Then she offers straightforward, easy steps to working with energies and magical allies.

Can’t decide which psychic enhancement spell or which luck spell is most suited or most powerful? Illes’ sound advice, given in the introduction to the section on spells is, “Read through them and see which ones call to you.”

Looking through the latest book, published in June 2106, I found it still had things to teach me. For instance, I did not know that copper is a purely positive metal, that it’s sacred in some cultures, or that it stimulates romance and healing.

On Amazon, Illes’ page reads, “When I was six, my older sister brought home a deck of tarot cards. I took one look at them and fell in love. Around the same time, I heard (and loved) the Rolling Stones’ version of Benny Spellman’s song, ‘Fortune Teller.’ Either or both of those experiences may have been what started my career. I have been a student of metaphysics and the magical arts ever since.”

The Big Book of Practical Spells” is available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

Her other books include, “Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells,” “Encyclopedia of Spirits,” “Encyclopedia of Witch Craft,” “The Fantastic and Forgotten,” and “Magic When You Need It.”

Merry part.

And merry meet again.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

August, 2016

A Ritual In Song

is the strongest form of magic.” –Marilyn Manson

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In my practice, I accept that everything has a vibration, be it an object such as a besom, or a sound such as a bell. Our own voices put out vibrations that are like no other. Your voice is your unique signature.

As was explained on the Wicca Spirituality website, When you sing magical chants and songs, you bind your intention to the vibrations of your voice, vibrations which you send out into the ever-vibrating world.

Its reflected in the word enchantment, as your magical intention is wrapped into a chant or a song and released to the Universe.

I like to chant and sing during ritual, and have been toying with the idea of doing a ritual completely with songs. It helps that I dont mind using electronics in sacred space, because an iPod is perfect for this.

Below, I share with you a playlist that takes you from grounding and centering to opening the circle all using songs. A link is provided for each. Please forgive any ads that appear. Alternatives are noted and lyrics are given after the playlist in the same order songs appear.

I hope this inspires you to share your suggestions and experiences.

Merry part.

And merry meet again.

PLAYLIST

Cleansing and consecrating the area

Make Sacred Spaceby Shawna Carol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZKu0y_pYtY

Casting the circle (one or both of these, in whatever order you prefer)

Circle Within a Circleby Rowand Whitewolf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhu7KQ59F5U

There Is No Timeby Kellianna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_LmbRFD0_w

Invoking the elements & deities

Air:This New Dayby Kellianna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bShN7bFS-h8

Fire:Spirit of Fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S0gqI6koJw

Water:Born of Waterby Lindie Lila

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZaN8C8wklE

Earth:The Earth Is My Mother (Ancient Chant)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_S93xMn_uo&list=RDY_S93xMn_uo

another version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xQd_dv5W_Q

Center:Spiraling Into The Centerby Flight of the Hawk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq5NwdesHf8

Goddess: (pick one)

Freya, Shaktiby Emerald Roase

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=freya+shakti&&view=detail&mid=308428A1DFB3B9D3DAC6308428A1DFB3B9D3DAC6&FORM=VRDGAR

Witches Chantby Inkubus Sukkubus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nZsdH85x1U

I Am the Goddessby Lisa Thiel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Mz0UteSmA

To save, use one of these to call everything at once:

Circle Casting Songby Reclaiming

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0-QGeiNmbM

Direction Songby Kellianna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxYMFWrUnE0

Earth, Air, Fire, Waterby Lila

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRPPx_7M0k8

Elementalby Hecates Wheel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQMfiXdOpXw

Innvocation

I Hear You Callingby Chalice & Blade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tseP170J_5E

or Charge of the Star Goddessby Shawna Carol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mvbYSF_IAY&index=19&list=PLq9dJm8_bbDFyS9cKAaQ4-X7o9hFRfsty

The purpose / work / magic of the ritual (some possibilities are below)

Dedication or rededication to your path

I Walk With The Goddessby Kellianna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8Ac0hHAhf8&list=RDh8Ac0hHAhf8

Also, Magic of the Goddessby Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z-5sQPoMxk

For a releasing or healing ritual

Stonehengeby Kellianna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1k16Xv6BIw

To honor the moon

Lady of the Moonby Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r9wKUYxkD4

Honoring Inanna at Mabon or Samhain

Inannaby Second Chants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giyv9tE8VCA

Meditation

Be Stillby Shawna Carol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKlQr8UVYh0

Cakes and Ale

Cakes and Ale (Winter) by Marie Bruce

http://tidido.com/a35184374348226/al55f16e97a5f39075738becfc/t55f16e99a5f39075738bed71

Opening the circle

May the Circle Be Openby Alice DeMicele

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-rWiFyAUnE

LYRICS

Make Sacred Space

by Shawna Carol

Make sacred space

and be reminded

of who you are

Make sacred space

Make sacred space

and be reminded

of who you are

You are

spirt in body

spirit in body

spirt in body

sacred space

Make sacred space

Circle Within a Circle

We are a circle
Within a circle
With no beginning
And never ending

There Is No Time

by Veronica Appalonia ©2006

Vocal arrangement: Kellianna

There is no time but now

There is no place but here

In the sacred we do stand

In a circle hand in hand

This New Day

by Kellianna

From the darkness day is dawning

In my darkest hour I seek the light

All my pain and all my sorrow

May it ease with this new day

May my tears remain uncounted

And I bid the Goddess be my guide

For where you lead you know I’ll follow

At the dawning of this new day

At this crossroad the way seems clouded

And I bid the Goddess be my guide

Grant me grace and grant me vision

At the dawning of this new day

May my strength and may my power

lift me up and light my way

I seek faith and I seek wisdom

At the dawning of this new day

Spirit of Fire / The Fire Chant

Spirits of fire come to us
we will kindle the fire
Spirits of fire come to us
we will kindle the fire
We will kindle the fire
dance the magic circle ’round
We will kindle the fire
we will kindle the fire

Born of Water

Born of water,

Cleansing, powerful

Healing, changing

I am.

Born of water,

Cleansing, powerful

Healing, changing

I am.

The Earth is Our Mother

The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her

The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

Her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take

Her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

The Earth is our mother, she will take care of us

The Earth is our mother, she will take care of us

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan

The Earth is our Mother (alternative version)

The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her

The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

The sky is our father, we must take care of him

The sky is our father, we must take care of him

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

The rivers are our sisters, we must take care of them

The rivers are our sisters, we must take care of them

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

The trees are our brothers, we must take care of them

The trees are our brothers, we must take care of them

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

The earth is our mother, she will take care of us

The earth is our mother, she will take care of us

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Hey yana ho yana hey yana ho

Spiraling Into the Center

Spiraling into the center

The center of the shield

Spiraling into the center

The center of the shield

I am the weaver, I am the woven one

I am the dreamer, I am the dream

I am the weaver, I am the woven one

I am the dreamer, I am the dream

Freya, Shakti

Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon,

Rhea, Maat, the Morrigan

Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon,

Rhea, Maat, the Morrigan

Chorus:

High, raising up the Goddess

Oh, fill my soul

High, raising up the spirit

Oh, make me whole

She is a woman crowned with a crescent

She is the mother of all that lives

She is the Earth that is spinning in starlight

She is the Goddess of all that is

(chorus)

I know a woman stirring a cauldron

She is the source of the heart’s deep core

I love a maiden dancing in moonlight

She is the key to the ancient lore

(chorus)

Freya, Shakti, Hathor, Rhiannon…

Witches Chant

by Inkubus Sukkubus

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hectate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna

Note: various God versions exist, including Apollo, Cernunnos, Vishnu, Pan, Horus, Herne, Odin, Green Manand Pan, Herne, Osiris, Priapus, Baal, Dionysis, Apollo, Lugh”

I Am the Goddess

I am the Goddess, Mother of Life,

I am the Goddess, Bearer of Life

Chorus:

I am, I am, the Goddess Divine

I am, I am the Goddess Divine

Isis, Venus, Ishtar, Kali,

Minerva, Shakti, Kwan Yin, Lakshmi,

I am, I am the Goddess Divine,

I am, I am the Goddess Divine

I am the Goddess, ever living,

I am the Goddess, ever loving

(Chorus)

I am the Goddess, creatress of life,

I am the Goddess, who nourishes life

(Chorus)

I am the Goddess, Mother of Life,

I am the Goddess, Bearer of Life

I am, I am, the Goddess Divine

I am, I am the Goddess Divine

Circle Casting Song

by Susan Falkenrath Wolf

Eastern morning, first breath of the soul
World view forming, sacred and whole
Wind of knowledge, simple and wise
Bringer of the lightning, that strikes in our minds
Come to us be here now.

Southern fire, white rays of the sun
Source of will, that always is done
Heat of passion, longing and need
You who pushed the Green One out of the seed
Come to us be here now.

Western river, devotee of the moon,
Gentle sculptor, of babes in the womb,
Spring of jubilation, courage and tears
Giver of the sweet love, that soothes all our fears
Come to us be here now.

Northern mountain, body of the earth,
Finite treasure, of infinite worth,
Cave of transformation, childbirth and death,
Suckler of the wild ones, who curl upon your breast
Come to us be here now.

The Direction Song

by Terri Rivera

Vocal and Frame Drum: Kellianna

Facing East I send my prayers away, away

East sky enlighten me I pray, I pray

East a place for peace

Life, light anew you rise up

Spotted eagle I welcome you

And give thanks for visions of peace, of peace

Facing South I send my prayers away, away

South sky for innocence I pray, I pray

South the peak of life

Gifts of new horizons

Golden eagle I welcome you

And give thanks to work in peace, in peace

Facing West I send my prayers away, away

West sky to strengthen me I pray, I pray

West the place sun goes down

Sacred and of ancient

Now bald eagle I welcome you

And give thanks for journeys in peace, in peace

Facing North I send my prayers away, away

North sky for purity I pray, I pray

North the place of courage

Wisdom and of knowing

Oh white eagle I welcome you

And give thanks for healers in peace, in peace

Mother Earth I send you my prayers

Father Sky I send you my prayers

Oh Great Mystery I feel your breath in my mouth

Oh Great Mystery I welcome you

And give thanks for you in me in peace, in peace , in peace

Earth, Air, Fire, Water

The Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water

Return, return, return, return

The Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water

Return, return, return, return

Heya, heya, heya, heya

Aio, aio, aio, aio

Elemental

by Amy Otero 

I am the wind in the trees

I am the truth that you must breathe

And I am here to free you

I am the spark that lights the fire

I am the flame that takes you higher

And I am here to inspire you

I am the rain, I am the river

I am the flow that makes you quiver

And I am here to deliver you

I am the forest, I am the field

I am the Mother to whom you yield

And I am here to shield you

I am the Spirit, I am divine

I am with you and you are mine

And I am here to guide you

I Hear You Calling

by Chalice & Blade

Once in a month, when the moon is full some secret place shall ye gather. Adore the spirit of me who is Queen of all of the wise.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

Sing and dance; feast and make love all in my name

For mine is the spirit in ecstasy; Mine is joy on Earth

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

Mine is the secret that opens the door unto the land of youth.

Mine is the cup of wine, of life, Cauldron of Cerridwen.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

I give freedom and I give peace, reunion with those gone before.

I am the mother of all that lives. My love is poured on the Earth.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

I am the beauty of the green Earth, white moon among the stars.

I am the mystery of the waters. Desire in the hearts of man.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

I call to Soul, Arise, come to me. For I am the heart of nature.

And I give life to the universe. For I am She.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

From me all things do proceed. To me they must return.

May your divine, innermost infinite soul enrapture be embraced.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

Let my worship be in your heart and rejoice. All acts of love are mine.

Let there be beauty, strength and pleasure all are my rites.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

And you who think to seek for me, know that it avails ye not.

Unless you know the mystery, look deep within.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling.

For the hunt, I have been with thee since the beginning of time.

And I am that which ye shall attain, the end of desire.

And I hear you calling. And I hear you calling. (repeat 2x)

Charge of the Star Goddess

I who am the beauty of the green Earth,

and the white moon among the stars,

and the mystery of the waters,

I call upon your soul to arise and come unto Me.

For I am the soul of nature, which gives life to the universe.

From Me all things proceed, and unto Me they must return.

Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices,

For behold, all acts of love and pleasure

all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.

Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion,

Honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And you who seek to know Me,

Know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not,

Unless you know the Mystery

A mystery, a mystery

Were that what you seek you find not within yourself,

You will never find it without.

For behold, I have been with you from the beginning,

I have been with you from the beginning,

And I am that which is attained at the end of desire,

attained at the end of desire,

attained at the end of desire.

I Walk With The Goddess

Lyrics by Kellianna and Leanda Walker

I walk with the Goddess

The Goddess she walks with me

She is the clouds up in the clear blue sky

She is the ground beneath my feet

She is the oceans and the falling rain

She is the spark that lights my way

Magic of the Goddess

Lyrics by Kathi Wahls and Brian Morse

I go walking through my life

with my heart wide open

and the Goddess shines Her love through me.

Chorus:

Through you, through me

the magic of the Goddess is rising

It goes through you, through me

The magic of the Goddess is rising

I go walking through my life

with my eyes wide open

and the Goddess works Her magic through me.

(Chorus)

I go walking through my life

with my mind wide open

and the Goddess shows my destiny to me

(Chorus)

Stonehenge

Mother help me

Mother heal me

Please release me

From all things worldly

That do not serve me

Mother love me

Within these stones

I feel the power

I am reborn

As I break these chains that bind

And now I’m floating

light as a feather

As I break these chains that bind

I’m gonna break these chains that bind

I’m gonna break these chains that bind

I’m gonna break these chains that bind

Yes I will break these chains that bind

Oh Blessed Mother

you empower me

yes You have shown me

just how to set myself free

And now I’m soaring

up in the clear blue sky

As I break these chains that bind

Yes I have broken these chains that bind

Yes I have broken these chains that bind

Yes I have broken these chains that bind

Yes I did break these chains that bind

Lady Of The Moon

by Vicki Scotti

Lady of the Moon, Lady of the Moon

Shine Your light on me, Shine Your light on me

Lady of the Moon, Lady of the Moon

Shine Your love on me, Shine Your love on me

Lady of the Moon, Lady of the Moon

Come and dwell in me, Come and dwell in me

Lady of the Moon, Lady of the Moon

Set my spirit free, Set my spirit free

Lady of the Moon, Lady of the Moon

Hail, farewell, Blessed Be, Hail, farewell, Blessed Be

Hail, farewell, Blessed Be.

Inanna
by Susan Sterling

We go down as She goes down

We follow Her underground.

Hail to Inanna who dies to become whole

And deep calls to deep, deep calls to deep

And deep calls to deep, deep calls to deep
The veils drop by on our way

As we pass through the gates

With Inanna as our guide

We find truth in deepest night

And deep calls to deep, deep calls to deep,

And deep calls to deep, deep calls to deep

Be Still

Be still and listen

Know that I am

You are Goddess

Be still and listen

Know that I am

You are Goddess

Cakes and Ale (Winter)

With cakes and ale we end our spell

May the gifts of the Goddess nourish thee well

Merry meet marry part as we go our way

Til me meet again on a sacred day

So with cakes and ale we end our spell

May the gifts of the Goddess nourish thee well

Merry meet, marry part though the circle remains

Til me meet again in the Ladys name

May the Circle Be Open

May the circle be open, but unbroken

May the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart

Merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again

Note: alternative lines include

May the Lord and the Lady be ever in your heart

May the peace of the Goddess be always in your heart

May the love of the Lady be ever in your heart

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

June, 2016

Two Book Reviews

Merry meet.

Small books are fun to grab and travel easily. This month, well take a look at two that are about spells.

Little Cauldron of Good Luck Spells by Midia Star, first published in Great Britain in 2004, is a collection of more than 40 spells and charms to bring about good fortune.

cauldron

Dedicated to all those who are down on their luck right now,this 128-page book offers a magical helping hand. There are good luck spells for an audition, travel and selling your home. Others cover business, finances, love and health. Nearly all take up two pages, assuring that nothing is too complicated. Tools and ingredients are common and simple.

Readers are also given a section on banishing bad luck, and advice on how to retract a spell that was cast and then regretted.

The book starts off with a brief introduction including rules of the Craft and some basic information that serve as a base for working magic. Star rightfully notes, You can craft spells using no tools whatsoever, except for the tool within you the power of your mind,and,The best spells are the ones that come from inside you.

Not every spell will resonate with every reader, and while you can follow the recipes which the author states do work you are also free to piece together parts of more than one to tailor something for yourself.

The Little Book of Hexes for Women by Sophia was printed in 1997. The professional psychic, spiritual teacher and author offers hexes for nasty landlords, phone or door-to-door solicitors, drivers who steal your parking spot, people who leave you waiting and individuals who always tell the ending of books and movies. If you feel youve been wronged, chances are Sophia has a curse you can use for revenge.

hexes

While the introduction states this book is just for fun, a laugh, a harmless way to blow off steam,it also calls itself an instant karma-adjustment-how-to book.

Hexes, bindings and cursing are not for everyone, and some paths forbid it. Like other forms of magic, hexes are serious and should be done after careful thought and with a clear intention. For instance, the hex for people who are always on the phone (yak yak yak )reads, These people can tie up a phone line for hours, talking about nothing! It is remarkable, but it can go beyond irritating. When enough is enough, pull the plug with this little number!The spell to correct that calls for dipping a black feather in patchouli oil, drawing a W in the air and repeating a chant, leaving the feather under the phone or a under a photo of the person – “at night when the moon is half-waning.

If it is important to you to put a techno snob in his or her place, to seek revenge for a bad haircut or to change the behavior of couples who use cutesy-wootsieterms of endearment, then this book will offer hexes so you can have the last laugh.

Both books are available on amazon.com.

Merry part.

And merry meet again.

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