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November 1st, 2010

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“To Bind A Love” Spell

Many witches are in disagreement about the fairness of using a binding spell for love. Some feel this may take away your lover’s free will. I would caution that the love be mutual if you decide to proceed with this potent spell. You’ll need your partners strands of hair that you can get from a brush or their clothing. Do the same with your own hair. Cut two pieces of cotton string to approximately 12 inches or use centimeters…your choice. Now separate and tie each string around the hair or the hair around the strings to secure when working this magick.

What you need:

    • Strands of hair, both party’s
    • Cotton String, 12 inches long
    • Favorite scented oils you’ve shared
    • Red candle

Light the red candle. Anoint the string and hair with your scented oil. His aftershave on his, your perfume or massage oil will do on yours. With two strings, both anointed and hair attached, hold with one hand and repeat.

“I bind (their name) to me

In perfect love and perfect trust.

I bind myself to thee

In perfect love and perfect trust.

So mote it be.”

Tie the two ends together at the top and repeat.

“I bind our love with a sacred knot

That you know our love is true

You’ve found the lover you sought

You will love me as I love you.

So mote it be.”

Tie knots all the way to the bottom as you chant his name and yours. Think about each quality you admire and desire from your lover. When you finish with the last knot, pour the wax over both ends to seal them. Place your knotted braid in a plastic bag and keep in cool dry place until you wish to end the binding spell. If you need to reverse, burn the knotted braid in a safe area outside and bury repeating.

“I release you from the binding love

You are free to seek another

By the Goddess and God above

I burn and bury all claim to my lover

So mote it be.”


Bind Someone to Keep Them from Harm

When you’ve exhausted all your resources to prevent someone from harming themselves or another, a binding spell can be cast. Although this white magick is used as a last resort, the conjuring is tricky and permanent until you release the person. You must be sure and accurate with your desire–strong emotions will skew your results. Always remember, “First ye do no harm, do what ye will.”

What you will need:

1. A white candle

2. A small rag doll representing the person to be bound.

3. A nail clipping, hair from a brush, toothbrush or something that made contact with the receiver’s body.

4. Salt

5. A container that will seal filled with clean spring water.

6. A grey ribbon. (This neutral color is useful when pondering complex issues during meditation; in magic, this color can spark confusion; it can negate or neutralize a negative influence useful in binding spells.)

You must use a good representation of the individual you are binding. A photograph cut to show only the person to be bound is useful, or write the person’s name on white fabric and pin to the doll. The hair, nail clippings or other article of their person should be attached to the rag doll or whatever you have collected. Keep this all together with tape or glue.

Cast a circle and call the four elements of water, fire, earth and wind. You may also stand at your altar and pray that you wish no one to be harmed, then meditate to clear your mind. When you’re ready, light the white candle and offer your desire for the person’s recovery. “I shine my love and light on and around (person’s name) so they may find their true path.” Focus on why you found the binding necessary to do a lasting binding spell.

Wrap a gray ribbon around the doll or bundle you’ve created to represent the person you’re binding, nine times. Chant and focus on raising energy within yourself. You could say, “I bind you (person’s name) from harming yourself or others, so mote it be.” Repeat until you feel the energy drain into the grey ribbon that binds the person’s future actions. Now LOOSELY tie a knot three times.

Visualize in your mind the person with light, peace of mine and clarity, with white light. Drip the hot wax from the white candle onto the knot to seal it. Re-affirm your intentions with, “(person’s name), you are now bound by magic and will do no harm to yourself or anyone else.”

Sprinkle salt three times into the spring water of the seal-able container and place the bound objects of the person into the container, saying, “Be cleansed of negative thoughts and purpose, be safe from harm and from harming others. So mote it be.”

Seal the container and open your circle or end in prayer. Place the container in a freezer right away to finish the binding spell. If and when you release the person from the binding spell, thaw the ice, undo the knots of the ribbon and say, “I release you, (person’s name). So mote it be.”

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Floralia: Beltane Renewal Spell with the Goddess Flora

When thinking of Beltane, we usually think of the practices from northern Europe, but we can actually trace some of the roots to ancient Roman Paganism.

The Romans honored many gods and goddesses, but during the Spring months, from the end of April to early May, the goddess Flora was celebrated with the flower festival Floralia.  Flora, the goddess of flowers, was the consort of Zephyrus and her major festival, Floralia, was associated with the dead as well as having strong sexual overtones.

She was mainly worshiped by young girls who would giver her offerings of fruit and flowers and drape her statues with garlands which were carried in a procession of singers and dancers to a flower-covered tree, the predecessor of the Maypole.  These practices were among many to be spread to other cultures after they were conquered by the Romans.

The Spell

This is a simple spell to help you tap into the renewing energies of Spring.  This is the perfect time to do some “Spring cleaning”, be it physical, emotional, spiritual or all three.  Take an inventory of the things that should remain with the dead of winter and toss them out, either physically (like cleaning out your closet) or symbolically (clearing out the cobwebs of your life).  What you have left, the important things that you wish to cultivate and harvest this year, plant like seeds now.  Also, make sure to remain open to all opportunities that come your way to help make you dreams come to fruition.

Supplies:

·        offering to Flora (fruit, flowers or some other form of offering)

·        pen and paper

You may begin by creating sacred space or casting a circle, whichever works better for you is fine.  If you have a statue or a picture of Flora, it would be nice to drape it with a garland (a flower Lei would work for this).  If you would like, you and also burn a floral incense or light flower-shaped candles.  When you feel you are ready, call to Flora:

“Flora, goddess of flowers and Spring,

Whose worshippers would dance and sing;

I call to You this fist of May,

To renew my life on this Spring day.”

Make a list of the things that you wish to leave behind, the things that you wish to leave in the dead of winter to be recycled by Mother Earth and transformed into something new.  If you need to, take the time to make notes as to how to remove these bad habits form your life.  When done, say:

“I leave my past behind, it’s dead and buried,

Gone are the days all crazy and harried.

I open myself to life anew

And I do it with the aid of You.”

Now, make a list of the things that you wish to plant like seeds, the things that you wish to grow and harvest this year.  Take the time to “check off” each thought-seed on your list, see in your minds-eye it growing to fruition.  If you feel so inclined, Meditate and ask Flora for Her guidance and wisdom.  Place your offering upon the altar and say:

“Please guide my path, show me the way.

I open new doors each and every day.

In return I give these offerings to You,

My thanks for aiding me in what I do.”

In your own words, say thanks to Flora.  Leave the offerings until morning.  Keep checking in on your lists, taking the proper steps to grow your seeds!

Sources:

·        Beltane by Raven Grimassi

·        Encyclopedia of the Gods by Michael Jordan

Home Cleansing Rite
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A solitary ritual to spiritually cleanse your home.

Supplies

Athame

Sage bundle

Abalone shell

Bell

Holy water/oil

Broom (besom)

Tray

Matches

Jar candle (small, light yellow or blue)

Chalice with drink (your choice)

Plate of offering (your choice)

*Tea light candle and holder (one for each window)

Preparation

Place an unlit tea light in a holder on each window sill in your home. Place your athame, chalice and plate of offering on your altar. Set the tray on another table in your ritual room, and place the matches, jar candle, holy water, bell, sage bundle and shell on it. Lean the broom on the wall next to your home’s main entrance. Next, shower/bathe in only candlelight before dressing in your traditional ritual robes and jewelry.

Rite

Sit down on the floor of your ritual room, and place the palms of your hands together, in a prayer-like position, bringing them in close to your body.  Inhale deeply and hold for a few moments, then exhale. While you are doing this, imagine your personal energies beginning to swirl within you, centering around your solar plexus. Do this until you can feel the hum of energy moving and spinning in your body.

When you are ready, stand and pick up your athame. Go to the center of the room.

Pointing your athame to the West, and say:

By the waters at the dock,

Point to the East and say:

and the fog of haze,

Point to the North and say:

By hardness of the rock

Point to the South and say:

and the heat of blaze,

Walk a complete circle deosil (clockwise) and say:

I cast this circle with the power of elements four,

Point the athame to the sky and say:

And the power of the fifth is at my core.

Point your athame to the floor and say:

This circle is cast. So mote it be.

Put your athame down on your altar. Go over to the table with your tray of ritual items.  Forcefully clap your hands together and then rub them together for a few moments. You should feel the energy growing within and between them.

Anoint the top of your left hand with the holy water/oil in the shape of a God symbol, while saying:

I anoint myself in the name of the God. May my hands yield the banishing power of the God.

Anoint the top of your right hand with the holy water/oil in the shape of a Goddess symbol, while saying:

I anoint myself in the name of the Goddess. May my hands yield the purifying power of the Goddess.

Place the anointment water/oil back on the tray. Light the jar candle on the tray and say:

May the universal energy move as I wish, as I cleanse this space.

Light the bundle of sage, but then blow out the flames, so the bundle is only gently smoking. Place inside the abalone shell (to catch the ashes).

Pick up the tray and walk to the main entrance of the home. Pick up the bundle of sage and draw a banishing pentagram in the air. Then, ring the bell three times. Anoint the door knob with the holy water/oil. Repeat:

Smoke in air and music sound

May my blessings carry ‘round

With sage and chime,

Now is the time,

To drive away all harm and fear

Only good may dwell in here.

Move widdershins (counterclockwise) through the house, repeating the actions and verse at each window and outside door.

Light the tea light candles at each window (watch out for the curtains!) and anoint their sills with the holy water/oil.

End by returning once more to the home’s main entrance. Open door and use broom to sweep outside all that is unwanted, saying:

Be gone with you, the toxic and the foul,

Reside no more and end your prowl.

You are welcome not in this abode,

I am captive no more of your heavy load.

Return the tray to your ritual room, and then move around the house deosil (clockwise) going to each window. Open the window, being careful not to knock over the candle! Repeat:

With this candles flame and smoke,

the power of negativity I revoke!

Blow out the candle, blowing the smoke out of the window, then close the window. Move on to each of the tea lights in the windows until they are all blown out, then return to the ritual room.

Pick up the chalice and plate of offerings and go to your home’s main entrance that leads outside.  Using your own words, offer the God and Goddess your libations and a taste of your offering. Pour some of the drink on the ground outside, and toss some of your offering on the ground too.

Return to the ritual room. Partake of the remaining drink and food, while thinking about all the positive energy now attracted to your home since you have banished all the negative forces.

Thank the God and Goddess in your own way.

When you are ready to end the rite and open the circle, stand up  hold your hands high about your head with your palms facing up. As you repeat this, slowly bring your hands down to your sides (palms down) and sink the circle’s energy into the floor and ground beneath:

By the waters at the dock and the fog of haze,

By hardness of the rock and by the heat of blaze,

I open this circle with heart pure this night,

May the power of the elements stay or take flight.

Within me, my spirit is at home and remains

Renewed and refreshed like the powerful rains.

So mote it be.

Blow out the jar candle after the circle’s energy has dissipated. Place it on the mantle above your fireplace or in the family room. Repeat this ritual whenever you feel the need.

Notes

*Please use caution and common sense when burning candles.

Pathways Rite

A solitary ritual to clarify your path ahead.

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Supplies

Table salt

Pepper

A small bowl

Matches

One black votive candle and holder

One white votive candle and holder

One candle and holder to represent the God

One candle and holder to represent the Goddess

Small plate with deep edges

Offering bowl

Small bowl of extra virgin olive oil

A large piece of hardy bread on a plate

Chalice with beverage
Rite

Sit down in a comfortable position and ground yourself in your own traditional way.

When you are ready, stand up and cast a sacred circle and call forth the Elementals in your own traditional way.

When you are ready, invoke the God and Goddess and welcome them to your circle.  Light the God and Goddess candles on your altar.

Place the deep-sided plate in front of you, and pour the table salt into it, so that it nearly fills the entire depth of the plate.

Smooth out the surface of the salt with your fingers, while repeating:

Salt of the earth,

You are of me and I am of you.

We are one, sacred and true.

With your pointer finger, slowly trace a spiral into the flat surface of the salt, leaving a deep trail in the salt as you start at the center of the plate of salt and work your way out. As you are doing this, think of the direction you want to take in your life. What are the things that you want to accomplish? What are your goals?

When you are done, gently pour some pepper into a separate, small bowl. Take a pinch of pepper between your index finger and thumb, and think about where you are in your life at this very moment. Gently sprinkle the pepper onto the center point of the spiral. Say:

I am at the center of this moment,

but I have a path before me.

Take another pinch of pepper, and begin sprinkling it along the path of the spiral. Continue this until you have added pepper to the entire spiral (see photo).

Light the white votive candle, and repeat:

Walking on pathways sacred and true,

Walking along, journey’s not through.

Left turns and right turns and circling back,

Finding my way on this unique track.

Beneath me is earth, above me is sky

To my left and my right, other’s stumbling by.

Doubt is present, and fear passes through,

Yet I’ll find my way, because my compass is you.

Breath on my lips, earth under my feet

Fire in my belly, and water tastes so sweet.

Guided by the Gods, my paths become clear,

As I follow my own way, the choices draw near.

Light the black votive candle and say:

The paths are before me, laid by the Gods,

Yet my steps are my own, and I make my own odds.

The spice of my life, choosing one way or the next,

Make me who I am, beautiful and complex.

Take some time to commune with the God and Goddess, asking them any question you might have about your road ahead.

When you are ready, sprinkle some salt and pepper into the olive oil. Tear off a piece of the bead and dip it into the oil, then present this, your offering, to the God and Goddess, placing it in the offering bowl. Raise you chalice in honor the the God and Goddess and then pour some of the beverage into the offering bowl. Partake of the remains of the offering yourself, as you wish.

Thanks the God and Goddess and bid them farewell. Thank the Elementals and let them take their leave.  Open the magick circle. This rite is complete.

“Lovespoon Rite”

This rite is an enchantment of a wedding and/or handfasting gift.

Supplies

One wooden spoon

Q-tips

A picture of the happy couple

Essential and carrier oils of your choice

2 dram amber-colored empty bottle

Small funnel and dropper

God and Goddess candles and holders

Offering of food and drink

Wood carving tools

Matches

Preparation

Find out what flowers the couple are including in their wedding/handfasting ceremony. Try to locate an essential oil of one of the floral scents. Using a small funnel and dropper, mix 3 drops of the essential oil with some carrier oil in a 2 dram amber-colored bottle. Place the cover on tightly and shake the bottle until the oils are mixed well.

Rite

Sit down in a comfortable position and ground yourself in your own traditional way. When you are ready, cast a sacred circle and call forth the Elementals in your own way, spoken or non-spoken. Invoke the God and Goddess, welcome them to your circle, and light the God and Goddess candles on your altar.

Pick up the picture of the happy couple, and say:

This couple will soon commit to their future life in a handfasting.

May their partnership be abundant with love everlasting!

Pick up the wooden spoon, and say:

This lovespoon is a tool for feeding twin souls,

So may their union make them feel as one – whole!

Carve the happy couple’s initials into the backside of the spoon. Then, dip a q-tip into the oil mixture you prepared earlier and trace the initials with the oil, while saying:

With essence of flower in the carving of wood,

May my hopes for this couple be understood.

Let their lives be full of luck and love ever after,

With long nights of bliss and long days of laughter.

May they find themselves full from what love does give,

And may they eat of it heartedly for as long as they live!

Make an offering of food and drink in the name of the God and Goddess, thank Them and bid Them farewell. Thank the Elementals and let them take their leave.  Open the magick circle.  This rite is complete.

Notes

Tie a little note to the spoon with a red ribbon, suggesting that the couple hang the lovespoon in their kitchen and anoint it together every year on their anniversary! Don’t forget to include the bottle of the essential oil you used in the enchantment!

Making Positive Changes with Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom

December 16th is set aside on the Greco-Roman calendar for the goddesses Sophia and Sapientia.  You may notice the word “sapiens” in the name Sapientia, as this is the Roman Latin word for “wisdom”.  This is why we humans are called “Homo Sapiens”.

But the Romans “stole” this goddess from the Greeks, and to them she was called Sophia, the Goddess of Wisdom.  This Greek principle was actually adopted by the Gnostic Christians and she was the primordial female force in the cosmos.  She was sometimes called Pistis Sophia because Sophia descended from the “goddess” Pistis (which means “faith”) who was one of the rulers before the cosmos was even created.  Because of her Christian “roots”, Sophia was widely worshipped during this time of early Christian influence.

According to the Gnostic Christian writers of the time, who were a blend of Judaic, ancient near-Eastern and Greek philosophies, Sophia is described as a primeval element of light.  She as Pistis was one of the Archons (“rulers”), the primordial celestial deities of the universe and the creators of mankind.  In the war between light and dark, Pistis Sophia was the challenger to the primordial “shadow” that became chaos.  She also acts as a mediator between the immortal Archons and humans, or “Homo Sapiens”.

THE SPELL

This is the time of year when we look forward to the Mid-Winter Solstice.  Even though it is the shortest day and longest night, we know that every day after will bring more and more light as we approach the warmth of Spring.  One week after the Mid-Winter Solstice we plan to celebrate the time of Janus, where the month of January gets its name, the time of looking ahead and making resolutions and looking back and analyzing what lessons we have learned over the past year.

You can use the power of Sophia to bring back the light in your life, to make wise decisions and to set goals for the coming year.  For this spell, you only need a candle (color of your choice, white is ideal), a pen, a piece of paper, a calendar and your will to take control of your future.

Gather these items and call to Sophia:

“At this time of the waning light,

Awaiting the rebirth of the sun;

I call to the primeval element of light,

Pistis Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom.”

Light the candle and say:

“I light this candle in honor of You,

To attune with your brilliance.

In this coming year of new,

Please guide my pans with intelligence.”

Now get out your pen and paper.

Look over the past year and ask yourself what lessons you learned (“mistakes” are learning experiences after all!) and what changes you need to make so that the coming year runs more smoothly.  Brainstorm and make a list of goals that you would like to achieve for yourself.  Next, figure out what you need to do to accomplish those goals.  Now, put these items in order of importance.  Spread them out over the span of the entire year if you need to.  Don’t try to makeover your entire life in a couple of weeks.  Be honest with yourself and take baby steps if you have a lot to get done.  “One thing at a time” as they say.

Then, get out your calendar for next year.  Write in brightly colored marker when you will tackle each thing on your list.  When working on things that you wish to attract to you, place these things on the parts of the calendar where the moon is waxing.  Conversely, when working on things to rid from your life, place these “to-do’s” at the time of the Waning Moon.  It’s also a good idea to not make any plans during the time of Mercury Retrograde or when the moon is Void-of-Course as you may get frustrated because these plans will likely not get off the ground.  Again, spread your work out and allow yourself plenty of time to get it all done.  Slow and steady is just fine.

Whew!  That was a lot of work, but, you didn’t do it alone, you had the help of a goddess.  Make sure to giver Sophia your thanks.

“Pistis Sophia, my thanks to You,

For guiding this work I do.

For the good of all and harm to none,

So say I, so shall it be done!”

The next step is to tap into the faith aspect of Pistis Sophia.  You have to have faith in yourself that you will make these positive changes.  Keep in mind that others may not have the same faith in you as you have in yourself, so you may want to keep this your little secret.  Their negative “jabs” may just get you to quit, so don’t give them the opportunity!  Just keep plugging away, and you’ll get your “to-do” list crossed off in no time.  If you feel like something on your list is too tough, simply light a candle and call to Sophia to help you puzzle it out.  Also, to keep the faith, support your physical actions with visualization ad affirmations.  If things don’t play out as you have planned, that’s OK, just reformulate your plan and keep at it.  Don’t ever give up on yourself!

Sources:

Yule:  A Celebration of Light and Warmth by Dorothy Morrison

Encyclopedia of the Gods by Michael Jordan

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