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    Proving Grounds

    How to Move from Everyday Into Magical Consciousness This is lesson four of a twelve-lesson series comprising a year-and-a-day of magical instruction. These lessons are not meant to make you a witch; the Goddess has probably already done that.  It’s meant only to give you a little information to be going on with. Let’s suppose. Let’s suppose that you have need of something.  You sit down in front of your altar, and begin to make magic. But something’s wrong.  You know what to do, you know how to do it, but you can’t get into the head space that lets you wave a wand and point a finger at the…

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    Finding, Preparing, and Using Magical Tools and Supplies This is Lesson Three of a year-and-a-day instruction program in becoming a witch. Finding magical tools and supplies is much less onerous than it once was. The internet is lousy with sites that will eagerly supply herbs, stones, athames, chalices, jewelry and amulets of every description, powders, and potions to the neophyte. How to choose, how to choose? One way to choose is swiftly. Buy an “altar kit,” which will usually include an athame, a ready-made wand, possibly a chalice, often an altar cloth, some herbs, and usually a candle and holder or two. Drop fifty bucks, often what a chalice or…

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    CHOICE:  WHAT A BITCH The next thirteen posts of this blog constitute a “course in witchcraft.”  This post covers Lesson No. 1: How to choose your magical goal wisely, and articulate it precisely. Choosing wisely assumes wisdom on the part of the chooser.  Unfortunately, wisdom is not a commodity easily come by.  To complicate matters, our society doesn’t value it highly. Nonetheless, wisdom is a necessity of witchcraft. One goes about acquiring wisdom by first becoming self-aware.  There are as many roads to self-awareness as there are people, and there are no shortcuts.  Two of the most-traveled are meditation and/or yoga, and astrology. Why develop self-awareness?  If you are going…

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    Faith and Witchcraft Faith can be held in a lot of things: that the Sun will rise in the east, that Tuesday follows Monday, that your car will run well enough to take you to work tomorrow. A witch may well believe in any or all of these things, but faith does not enter into her or his relationship with the Divine. Why? Because through meditation, guided visualization, group or solo astral travel, a witch has direct personal experience of Divinity1. Experience may have shown this witch that the Element Fire has more to do with a person’s sense of humor than the Element Air, that a seedhead of grass…

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    Well, hello. Nice to see you here. What I hope to accomplish with this blog: passing on about forty years’ worth of practice in the Craft of the Wise, AKA being a witch. Like most people, I’ve learned a few things, and messed up a few others before I finally Got It. I hope to share with you the ups, the downs, the occasional cosmic misfires, and the equally occasional cosmic successes, past, present, and future. Spellcraft, writing a novel, that wicked slavemaster called “personal evolution,” doing the dishes, and cleaning out the litter box: it’s all fair game. Along the way, I’ll tell you a few stories. I’ll see…