Candle magick is my all time favorite and I love to mix up the oils that are used for anointing my spell candles. I thought I would share some of my basic mixes with you today. I use these to dress my candles during any spellwork. Be sure to refer to the website for the best days and lunar cycle times to cast your spells using your own candle magick. You can pick up some great essential oil sets for pretty inexpensive like this one on Amazon.
Magical Blended Oil Uses
Astral Travel: Frankincense, Myrrh, Cypress, Jasmine
Attraction: Musk, Cassia, Sandalwood, Myrrh
Blessing Oil: Myrrh, Cedarwood, Amber
Divination: Musk, Ambergris, Vetivert, Violet, Lilac
Fast Luck, Patchouli, Carnation, Mimosa
Gambling: Lily of the Valley, Rose, Sandalwood, Mimosa, Cinnamon
Love: Gardenia, Jasmine, Muguet, Sandalwood, Musk
Money Drawing: Patchouli, Pine, Bay
Needed Changes: Sandalwood, Mimosa, Hyacinth, Cinnamon
Prosperity: Patchouli, Gardenia, Cinnamon
Protection: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Amber
Psychic Power: Cedarwood, Myrrh, Violet, Musk, Ambergris
Success: Heliotrope, Patchouli, Lavender
Uncrossing: Rose, Carnation, Bay, Clove
It's hard to believe that Lithia, also called Midsummer, is just around the corner. This day celebrates on the Summer Solstice. The solstice, in our location, is June 20th at precisely 11:24 (if you want to be that precise about it). In the southern hemisphere it is the Winter Solstice on the same day. Here are some interesting things about the solstice:
So what type of celebrations occur for Lithia?
It is considered to be sacred by many pagans who celebrate this as one of the yearly sabbats, or holidays. The summer solstice is one of four solar holidays that are celebrated. The others are the autumn equinox, the winter solstice, and the vernal equinox. There are four other non-solar holidays celebrated as well which are Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh.
On the summer solstice we celebrate the longest day of the year and give thanks that the crops are growing hardily and that the earth has warmed.
Litha is celebrated with feasts, festivals, and the bonfires. One of the biggest celebrations is at Stonehenge. It is the longest day of the year and being outside in the elements is the best way to celebrate.
There are some great ideas for celebrating Lithia:
Here are a few great prayers:
A prayer for the garden:
Small plants, leaves and buds,
growing in the soil.
O fiery sun, may your rays of
light and warmth
bless us with abundance,
and allow these plants to blossom
A prayer to the sun:
The sun is high above us
shining down upon the land and sea,
making things grow and bloom.
Great and powerful sun,
we honor you this day
and thank you for your gifts.
Ra, Helios, Sol Invictus, Aten, Svarog,
you are known by many names.
You are the light over the crops,
the heat that warms the earth,
the hope that springs eternal,
the bringer of life.
We welcome you, and we honor you this day,
celebrating your light,
as we begin our journey once more
into the darkness.
Setting up your altar outdoors is great for Lithia. Think solar colors when decorating. Orange, yellow, gold, and red are all "fiery" colors that will honor the sun. Your candles and coverings should reflect these. Using circles, pinwheels, and disks on your altar for representation of the sun is common. You can even choose to decorate your altar with midsummer flowers or fruits and veggies from your garden. Sunflowers are great to add to the altar as well as acorns and oak leaves. Using sandalwood and frankincense for your incense blends brings an amazing honoring as well.
Have fun, celebrate the power of the sun and the battle of darkness and light. Be outside, enjoy the beauty and abundance of the earth.
Our body is constantly flowing with energy. It travels from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes. That energy has a name. A chakra is a center of energy. Derived from the Sanskrit word for "wheel," our body contains seven of these powerful energy sources. The seven chakras are: the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra and, lastly, the crown chakra.
Imagine a spinning disc filled with energy and interacting with all our bodies various systems. The chakras provide a constant flow of harmonious energy between those systems and throughout our body. If that flow of energy gets blocked or disrupted, our bodies become unbalanced. This can result in physical ailments, unhappiness, inability to focus and a list of other issues. Understanding chakras and how they affect our bodies is an important step in maintaining both physical and mental health.
The Root ChakraLocated at the base of the spine, this chakra deals with the physical body and its connection to the Earth. Feelings of safety and being grounded are associated with the root chakra. It is considered the foundation from which all six other chakras feed off of. Imbalance with your root chakra can lead to sluggishness, depression and poor circulation. Financial issues may also be the result of a blocked root chakra.
This chakra is associated with all things red. To clear a blocked root chakra, light a red candle anointed with ylang ylang oil or sandalwood oil. Recite the following affirmation:
I am safe, I trust in the natural flow of life.
I take my natural place in the world content in the knowledge that all I need will come to me in the right time and space.
I am secure and grounded in the physical form and give thanks to Mother Earth for the nourishment, shelter and stability she gives me .
Carry some tumbled carnelian in a red pouch with you. Make an effort to get some exercise, especially outdoors.
The Sacral ChakraThis chakra sits behind and slightly below your naval and is your body’s physical center. The source of your pleasure, passion, creativity and sexual enjoyment, the energy of this chakra is connected to our emotions and feelings. Issues with intimacy, sensuality and low libido can be caused by disturbances in your sacral chakra.
Garnet is a powerful stone linked to the sacral chakra. Carry these tumbled stones with you or place them on your altar when praying or meditating. The color orange is the color of the sacral chakra. To help balance this chakra, draw a hot bath. Anoint an orange candle with amber oil or orange oil and recite the following affirmation:
I love and enjoy my body.
I have healthy boundaries.
I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.
I am passionate.
I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.
I know how to take care of my needs.
I value and respect my body.
I am open to touch and closeness.
I allow myself to experience pleasure.
My sexuality is sacred.
Emotions are the language of my soul.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.
Massage is another technique used for clearing your sacral chakra. Light some cinnamon incense and put on some relaxing music while focusing on opening yourself up to creativity and passion.
Solar Plexus ChakraMoving up the body, the solar plexus chakra is located below the breastbone and above the naval. This chakra is the home of your self-esteem, confidence and willpower. If this chakra is depleted, you may feel worthless, powerless and unable to motivate yourself to deal with life’s trials. Digestive problems, ulcers and memory issues can all be related to an imbalanced solar plexus chakra.
These physical manifestations can be relieved in a variety of ways. Rosemary oil and lemon oil are connected to this chakra. Place dabs of the oil behind your ears and on your throat and wrists. Anoint a yellow candle, the color of the solar plexus chakra, and recite the following affirmation:
I effectively manifest the deep desires of my soul.
I am capable. My needs are important.
I can solve any problem that comes up. I respect myself.
I stand up for myself and what I believe in.
Meditation is also very helpful when working to unblock your solar plexus chakra. Create a mantra that you feel connected to and repeat it while you meditate. Goldstone and golden tiger eye stones are also powerful tools in balancing this chakra.
Next week we’ll discuss the last four chakras; the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra and, the crown chakra. In the meantime, try experimenting with balancing your chakras and take note of how you feel. Good luck!
Holy water is a universal healing element. It has been used throughout the ages for purifying, sanctifying and connecting oneself to the divine. A huge diversity of religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Wicca, all use the blessing and magic of this water. No matter who you are or where you come from, you can benefit from the enrichment that holy water offers.
How Does it Work?
All water has memory. The molecules in water change when they are exposed to emotions and charged with intention. Love, kindness and healing intention have a huge impact on the charge of water, as do emotions of hate, jealousy and fear. Love and healing is the language of nature and the divine. Positive energy is what makes holy water so powerful and effective.
Traditionally, holy water is water that has been blessed by a priest, a witch or some other religious figure that knows the correct methods of benediction. By reciting scripted prayers, charms, chants, verses from the Bible or some other spiritual text, water is charged through sanctified intention.
Nowadays, we know that water can be sanctified by anyone with good intention. Focusing good feelings and emotions toward it is an easy way to sanctify your own holy water. Simply tape a positive word, like “love,” to a sealed glass of water and visit the love water frequently. Reiki and other forms of energy healing can also charge water.
Holy water can also be found in nature in the form of spring water, river water, seawater, rainwater or morning dew. Each form that water takes has a special purpose, for it has been shaped by the natural forces.
How to Use Holy Water
Since water is so flexible and can be charged with any intention, it can be used in ceremonies and rituals for a wide variety of purposes. It is best to hone in on your intention and find the water that suits your purpose. Sprinkle holy water on yourself, such as the top of your head, or around a space. In larger bodies of water, you can submerge your whole being underwater.
Holy water can be used as a sort of "liquid smudge stick." Take a bundle of white sage, dip it in a bowl of holy water, and flick it around a space for blessings, cleansing and protection.
There are other ways of incorporating magical items with holy water. Herbs and flowers, like rose petals, can soak in holy water to instill it with the flower’s essence. Certain stones and metals, like clear crystal quartz or silver, can be placed in or next to water so it can absorb the element’s special resonance. Water can also be placed in the moonlight, sunlight or starlight to absorb cosmic energies.
Only drink holy water that is guaranteed to be absolutely clear, safe and fresh. Fresh holy water has extraordinary healing power. It can replenish your body’s cells at the molecular level, stimulating healing at the deepest possible source.
Storing and Disposing of Holy Water
Holy water that is stored in an airtight, non-metallic container, bottle or vial can last up to a month, especially if it is recharged daily with focused intention. After that, holy water acts a lot like regular water in that it prefers the fresh, natural flow of renewal. Part of working with holy water is being in tune with the fluid, recycling nature of it and knowing when it is time to replenish it with a fresh source.
Never pour holy water down the drain. With respect, holy water should be disposed of back into the earth outside. Many Roman Catholic churches use special sink basins that lead directly into the ground.
As mentioned already, the natural language and tendencies of water is of love and healing. Water reacts dramatically to negative emotions, and it will soon go “bad.” That is, it will soon start to mold, discolor and stink if not recycled back into the earth.
Holy water is sacred, delicate and potent, and it is made up of the same element that our bodies are mostly composed of. It has the profound power to alter our chemistry by revitalizing and refreshing the spiritual energies that make up our conscious being. Rejoice in water, for it is sacred!
In many Wiccan traditions, Imbolc is celebrated as the point in the year when the Goddess recovers from giving Birth to the Sun. The young God grows from an infant to a child. It is a time when the growing light promises the return of springtime. Many Wiccans also tend to focus their rituals on the Maiden aspect of the goddess at this time as well.
The goddess, Brighid, is primarily worshiped because of her triple aspect as the patroness of smith-craft (fire associations), healing, and inspiration.
Brighid's DayImbolc is also called "Brigit's Day", in honor of the great Irish Goddess Brigit. At her shrine, the ancient Irish capital of Kildare, a group of 19 priestesses (no men allowed) kept a perpetual flame burning in her honor.
She was considered a goddess of fire, the patroness of smithcraft, poetry and healing (especially the healing touch of midwifery). This tripartite symbolism was occasionally expressed by saying that Brigit had two sisters, also named Brigit. Another form of the name Brigit is Bride, and it is thus She bestows her special patronage on any woman about to be married or handfasted, the woman being called "bride" in her honor.
The Roman Catholic Church could not very easily call the Great Goddess of Ireland a demon, so they canonized her instead. Henceforth, she would be "Saint" Brigit, patron saint of smithcraft, poetry, and healing.
Brigit's holiday was chiefly marked by the kindling of sacred fires, since she symbolized the fire of birth and healing, the fire of the forge, and the fire of poetic inspiration. Bonfires were lighted on the beacon tors, and chandlers celebrated their special holiday. The Roman Church was quick to confiscate this symbolism as well, using "Candlemas" as the day to bless all the church candles that would be used for the coming liturgical year.
The Catholic Church, never one to refrain from piling holiday upon holiday, also called it the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is surprising how many of the old Pagan holidays were converted to Mary Feasts. The symbol of the Purification may seem a little obscure to modern readers, but it has to do with the old custom of "churching women". It was believed that women were impure for six weeks after giving birth. And since Mary gave birth at the winter solstice, she wouldn't be purified until February 2nd. In Pagan symbolism, this might be re-translated as when the Great Mother once again becomes the Young Maiden Goddess
LupercaliaA curious Imbolc festival of purification known as Lupercalia was overseen by a class of priests known as the Luperci. Here rites of purification and symbolic fertility were interwoven. The Luperci took strips of goat skin and raced in the nude from the legendary grotto where Romulus and Remus were suckled by a wolf and along the Via Sacra, laying the lash across the backs or buttocks of any women they encountered in passing, thus assuring them fertility.
There are two legends explaining the origins of this rite. The first recounts that Romulus and Remus, after the victory over Amulio, removed their encumbering clothing and raced each other exultant to the site where the she-wolf had suckled them as children.
The second legend states that after the rape of the Sabine women, the raped wives were left sterile. The men and women then went to pray for a cure in a forest consecrated to Juno. Her voice sounded in the rustling leaves, replying that the Sabine wives must be joined with a sacred goat.
Everyone was dismayed at the thought of such a joining. An Etruscan soothsayer solved the dilemma by sacrificing a goat to Juno and making leather straps from its skin. He ordered the young wives to offer themselves to the penetrating blows of the straps. The women complied with the dictates of the goddess and thereby overcame the infertility curse.
CandlemasMany Wiccans call Imbolc by the name Candlemas. Candlemas involves celebrations of banishing the winter and welcoming the spring. At the time of Candlemas, the new-born Sun God is seen as a small child nursing from his Mother. At this phase of the cycle, winter is swept away and new beginnings are nurtured.
In the seventh century, the Roman Church adopted a celebration known as the Festival of St. Simon. The date was changed to February 2 in hopes of putting an end to the rival Pagan celebrations.
February 2 became the Purification of the Blessed Virgin. This time was then known as Candelora or Candlemas because people were blessed by candles distributed to the faithful by the Church. These candles were believed to possess protective virtues against calamities, storms, and the agony of death.
Brideo'gasThe Maiden is honored, as the Bride, on this Sabbat. Straw Brideo'gas (corn dollies) are created from oat or wheat straw and placed in baskets with white flower bedding. Young girls then carry the Brideo'gas door to door, and gifts are bestowed upon the image from each household. Afterwards at the traditional feast, the older women make special acorn wands for the dollies to hold, and in the morning the ashes in the hearth are examined to see if the magic wands left marks as a good omen.
Groundhog DayIn America, Groundhog's Day is celebrated on February 2nd. Groundhog's Day is basically a weather divination ritual. If the day is sunny, the Groundhog will see his shadow and for some reason be frightened by it, returning to his hole to sleep for 6 more weeks until the Spring Equinox, as we endure an extended winter. If it's cloudy, however, he won't receive the fright and we are due for an early spring.
European folklore attributes this weather-forecasting ability to not only the groundhog, but the bear and the badger, too. And a similar tradition -- where snow and overcast skies signal an early end to winter -- is observed in northern Europe on Candlemas Day, which also falls on February 2 and in some areas marks the beginning of spring planting.
This custom is ancient. An old British rhyme tells us that "If Candlemas Day be bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year."
Actually, all of the cross-quarter days can be used as "inverse" weather predictors, whereas the quarter- days are used as "direct" weather predictors.
Goddess FebruaIn ancient Rome, February was a period of passage signaling the end of the old year ear and the prelude of the birth of the new year. February was sacred to the Roman goddess Februa and her consort Februus, who were deities of purification and death. February focused upon expiation of the souls of the dead, as well as personal, spiritual, and physical.
At the Calenda of February one celebrated the dedication of her temple on the Palatine Hill with a procession of torches. By the seventh century, Rome created a Christian festival of night time processions with candles from every parish, intended as a penitential procession to exorcise a resurgent licentious and carnal Pagan parade.
On Imbolg night, it is also said that the spirits of the dead walk among the living. The connection of the dead and themes of death within the Roman celebration of February never disappeared, even in the distant conquered territories of the Roman Empire. The Full Moon following this month begins the time of self purification known as Lent. This is a remnant of the old rites of February.
For modern Witches, candles can be anointed with a scented oil. Sit in front of the candle and meditate on what is both desirable and undesirable in your life and in your heart. Affirm that you will nurture the good and dissuade the bad.
Preparation & Set Up
This Ritual shall be performed during the evening hours, sometime after Sunset. Sweep area, starting in the North and moving deosil, with your magickal broom to cleanse the Circle area and "sweep away" any lingering negative energies. Set up the Quarter candles (North-Green, East-Yellow, South-Red, West-Blue) and/or other items symbolizing the elements at the Four Quarters. Set up your altar as desired, and face it to the North, covering it with a red or green altar cloth. Place all of the items listed below in their proper places upon it. For this ceremony, decorate the altar with holly, mistletoe, evergreen, pine cones, ivy, berries, ribbons, and whatever else feels right. Having a Yule Tree nearby the altar will add a lot to the ritual. Along with your usual ritual tools and items, have upon the altar:
Red or Green Altar Cloth
Holly Sprig (placed upon the altar)
Mistletoe Sprig (placed underneath the altar, for use later)
Three Candles in Holders for the Triple Goddess
(1 White, 1 Red, and 1 Black - arranged around the Cauldron)
Cauldron with a Green Candle inside
Incense - Any of the following either alone or mixed together to make a Winter Blend:
Cinnamon, Myrrh, Cloves, Frankincense, Aloes Wood, and Saffron
When all is set up, take a shower or bath for purification and don your Ritual Robe or other ritual attire. Be sure to wear your Magickal jewelry, if you have any. Sit quietly and meditate for a little while - to ground and center. When you feel ready to begin, play some quiet peaceful music for the ritual.
Cast the Circle... Light the God and Goddess candles. Leave all the other candles unlit until the appropriate time within the ritual. Have the green candle placed inside the Cauldron, surrounded by the white, red, and black candles. Also have the sprig of Holly upon the altar, and the Mistletoe sprig tucked away underneath the altar. Sit quietly meditating within the cast Circle for a little while... When you feel ready, begin your ceremony with these words:
"Blessed be the season of Yule. This is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. Darkness reigns triumphant, yet gives way and changes to Light. The Sun King has gone into the realms of Death --- yet, within the Sacred Cauldron of Rebirth, he is once again transformed into the Newborn Divine Child of Light. Blessed be the young Virgin Goddess who gives to her people tonight a Newborn God. Blessed be the Newborn Sun King."
Pause and reflect on the meaning of this spoke in the Wheel of the Year for a few moments, then continue... saying:
"All is cold, and I await the coming of Dawn. As the Sun rises, the Triple Goddess once more gives birth to the Divine Child. In silence and wonder I stand before the Sacred Cauldron of Rebirth, knowing that one day I too must pass through the Cauldron to be reborn. For this I now give honor to the Triple Goddess."
Light the White candle near the Cauldron, saying:
"White is for the Maiden. Blessed be the Virgin, innocent and fresh. May you plant your seeds of joy and new beginnings within my life."
Light the Red candle near the Cauldron, saying:
"Red is for the Mother. Blessed be the Mother, fertile and loving. May you grant me gifts of creative ideas and the strength to bring them to completion."
Light the Black candle near the Cauldron, saying:
"Black is for the Crone. Blessed be the Crone, powerful and wise. May you give me wisdom to understand the Magickal Mysteries."
Light the Green candle inside the Cauldron, saying:
"Green is for the Newborn Lord of the Forests, the Divine Sun Child who comes once more into the world. I welcome you, Child and Consort of the Triple Goddess."
Face the North, raise your arms and say:
"Rejoice, O Powers of Earth! Welcome the Divine Child."
Face the East, raise your arms and say:
"Rejoice, O Powers of Air! Welcome the Divine Child."
Face the South, raise your arms and say:
"Rejoice, O Powers of Fire! Welcome the Divine Child."
Face the West, raise your arms and say:
"Rejoice, O Powers of Water! Welcome the Divine Child."
Take up your Athame and banish the Old Year by drawing a banishing Pentagram in the air, saying:
"Farewell to the Old Year. Farewell to the Holly King."
Now draw an invoking Pentagram in the air and say these words:
"Welcome to the New Year. Welcome to the Oak King."
When you are done, replace your Athame on the altar.
Next, remove the Holly from the altar and place it out of sight. Then place the Mistletoe, the symbol of the Oak King, on top of the altar in a place of honor. Say these words:
"Blessed be the King of the Waxing Year. I pray you will guide your children safely through to the season of warmth and light."
Take the Goddess candle in your left hand and the God candle in your right, saying these words:
"Tonight the Goddess and God are reunited. Tonight Life begins anew, and Light begins anew. Blessed be the One Light. Blessed be the Divine Force of Creation."
Move the candle flames together so that they are one. Spend a moment reflecting on its meaning, and then replace the candles side by side on the altar. Continue with these words:
"Hail, O God of the Woodlands and New Life! I give you honor and ask your blessing."
Sit in silence to receive His blessing... then continue, saying:
"Hail, Triple Goddess, bringer of Light out of Darkness and New Life out of the Cauldron of Rebirth. I give you honor and ask your blessing."
Again sit in silence to receive Her blessing. Drink from the Chalice, pour a Libation to the Lord and the Lady and save some to be put outside for the little people. When you are finished, proceed with the Cakes and Ale Ceremony. followed by Releasing the Circle in your usual manner.
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When working your magick you may desire to use the corresponding color(s) to your intention(s). Use these colors in candles, clothing, altar cloths, or even inks and pencils to write your spells.
Grounding, wisdom, learning, protection, safety, reversing, uncrossing, unhexing, repelling black magick, banishing negativity, releasing, shapeshifting, defense, scrying, pride
Communication, will power, focus, forgiveness, good fortune, weight loss, truth, fidelity, patience, domestic harmony, organization, removing bad vibrations, sincerity, astral projection, water element
House blessing, animal/pet magick, earth magick, concentration, material goods, stability, locating lost objects, earth element, real estate, construction, food, financial crisis
Business success, passion, money, fertility, career growth
Masculine divinity, great fortune, abundance, prosperity, male energy, understanding, divination, fast luck, solar/sun energy, positive attitude, justice, health, attraction, luxury
Loneliness, glamour, contemplation, removing negative influence
Prosperity, abundance, money, physical & emotional healing, growth, luck, marriage, tree/plant magick, acceptance, weather, counteract envy/greed/jealousy
Spiritual guidance, psychic ability, stop gossip/lies, dignity, divination, meditation, ambition, overcome depression
Knowledge, intuitionLight BlueSpirituality, tranquility, peace, protection
Creativity, self-expression, intellectual matters, overcoming addiction, legal matters/justice, joy, business success, ambition, vitality, fun, action, opportunity, celebration, investments
Love, compassion, nurturing, femininity, friendship, romance, partnership, spiritual & emotional healing, protection of children, domestic harmony, self-improvement, maturity
Wisdom, influence, spiritual power, contact with spirits, drive away evil, change luck, independence, government, break habit
Passion, vitality, strength, survival, fertility, courage, sexual potency, mercy, action, danger, war, fire element, conflict, sports, independence, assertiveness, competition
Feminine divinity, stability, psychic awareness, intuition, dreams, victory, meditation, communication, moon magick, gambling luck
Spirituality, connection to higher self, Goddess, insight, clarity, tension
All purpose, unity, purity, cleansing, peace, balance, spirituality, healing, innocence, rain, magick involving young children, truth, consecration, balancing the aura
Pleasure, success, happiness, learning, memory, concentration, persuasion, inspiration, imagination, solar magick, charm, confidence, air element, travel, flexibility
The use of incense is as old as mankind. It has been used in religious and magickal practices in all cultures. Incense has always been associated with magick and for good reason. Although Witches have known for many centuries that herbs, resins and oils carry with them their own vibration which attracts sympathetic events and/or people, science has just recently proven that this 'folklore' is true. It has been established that the scents of specific herbs and oils stimulate a predictable response in the brain receptors - whether it be sexual, meditative, aggressive or relaxing.
The smell of ritual incense as it burns works directly on the subconscious mind, helping the magickian to focus on the work at hand and direct the energies. Burning incense represents the elements Fire and Air. The smoke can be used to send the magickal energy forth via visualization and focus, or, by writing the desire on a small piece of parchment which is then burned in the thurible along with the incense.
Ritual incense should be composed of natural, non-synthetic ingredients - herbs, resins and essential oils. The herbs, resins and essential oils should all correspond to the energies sympathetic to the types of energies to be raised during a ritual. For example, if a ritual for psychic development is to be performed then something like a Moon incense should be used since the Moon rules the psychic realms. The ingredients of the incense should be those of a lunar nature such as white sandalwood, cucumber and water lily. A Success incense should be made from Sun herbs, the planet of success and personal power or perhaps a combination of Sun and Jupiter ingredients since Jupiter is the planet of authority and expansion.
The ability to compose an incense which will stimulate the desired response is both an art and a science. You must be familiar with the planetary symbology and meaning of each herb or oil, the planetary affinities of the ingredients you plan to use and with the phase of the moon so that you can take advantage of the lunar tides as part of the energy or power of your incense. Learning all of these correspondences and then being able to apply them confidently takes many years of study and practice. But the application of your study is very satisfying when you can make a special incense for a ritual which fits every aspect of your rite perfectly.
Natural, loose incense which is burnt on incense charcoal is a combination of dried herbs, flowers, gum resins and essential oils. The essential oils and gum resins are the ingredients which give the incense most of its scent; the dried herbs and flowers provide an attractive base and additional energy/planetary vitality.
The composition of incense is not difficult and can be done with a minimum of equipment and space. All that is required is a mortar and pestle to crush and mix the ingredients and, of course, the herbs, gums and oils.
(A mortar and pestle, herbs, gums, and oils can be found in the shoppe.)
When you make your incense be aware of the moon phase, the planetary affinities of your ingredients, the planetary day and, if you want to be very precise, the planetary hour so that all of the components of your mixture will enhance your magickal operation.
Developing your own formulas is part of the fun of incense composition. To give you an idea of the possible combinations and to illustrate the process of making incense, we will use a recipe for Mercury incense.
Gather together your mortar and pestle, ¼ ounce powdered cinnamon, ¼ ounce lavender flowers, ¼ finely cut licorice root and one dram of cinnamon oil. Pour the cinnamon, lavender flowers and licorice root into your mortar and pestle and begin crushing and blending the herbs thoroughly with your pestle. When they are as fine a consistency as possible, add 20 drops of the cinnamon oil and mix again. If you like the smell of lavender you can add 20 drops of lavender oil as well. Set the mixture aside for at least 12 hours to allow the oils to completely permeate the herbs and to let the scents combine.
You will need incense charcoal upon which to burn your incense. Be careful not to completely cover the charcoal with the incense or you will smother it and put it out. About a baby teaspoonful is the perfect amount. If you prefer self-igniting incense which burns without a charcoal, add 2 teaspoons of potassium nitrate (also known as salt peter) and distribute the powdered potassium nitrate evenly through your incense. Potassium nitrate will cause your incense to burn unevenly if not distributed thoroughly throughout the incense and may 'spit' sparks.
If you store your incenses in small glass jars out of the sun and away from a heat source (a closet is perfect, or inside a drawer), it will last for several years. Happy mixing!
Copyright 2004 Karen Charboneau-Harrison, All Rights Reserved.
The Wonderful World of Scrying
Also called crystallomancy, scrying is a technique used by seers, psychics, and sorcerers. Using crystals and gemstones in the divination of one's past, present, and future traditionally played a key role in the decision-making process of many powerful leaders throughout history, including such notables as King Arthur, who sought out the advice and prophecies of Merlin the Magician, and Queen Elizabeth I, who at times consulted the famous seventeenth century scryer, Dr. Dee, on matters of state.
One of the earliest and most well-known forms of divination, scrying originated from people using reflective surfaces to gain knowledge about the future. One of the earliest uses of crystals and gemstones in scrying comes form the Druids, who used beryl for scrying. Scottish Highlanders termed these objects "stones of power." From this, the early crystal balls were made from beryl, later replaced by spheres made from rock crystal. Prominent in the middle ages, scryers revered their crystal balls, and often passed them on to their apprentices.
Many other cultures around the world traditionally used crystals and gemstones as tools for various forms of scrying. Examples include the diviners of the Yucatan, who placed great reverence on clear stones such as quartz, and Apache medicine men, who used crystals for inducing visions.
Divination, by virtue of its name, is a tool for reaching and communicating with the divine, which means, in a sense, crystals have always been used in communications, just as they are today in radios, telephones and computers. The reason crystals in particular became important tools for scrying is because of their inherent characteristics of transparency and regularity of patterns, called symmetry. Additionally, the energetic fields of crystals and gemstones influence what the scryer sees on a very subtle and often esoteric level.
The following is a basic technique for crystal scrying. Use this as a guide for your own crystal scrying, adapting the procedure where needed. Remember to trust your intuition.
Begin by selecting a stone which refracts light well, and feels physically and psychically comfortable to you. Once you've chosen a stone for scrying, clear it out by using the cleaning steps outlined in Chapter Three. Once cleared, the crystal can be used as is or charged with energy, before using it to scry. Traditionally, scrying stones and spheres were never exposed to sunlight because this was thought to hinder their ability to connect and communicate with the psychic mind, and in turn, the divine. However, moonlight was often used with the full moon being a perfect time to charge your scrying crystal with the energy of moon. Chapter Five provides a complete explanation and step-by-step instructions for charging stones with moonlight.
Seven Steps for Crystal Scrying:
1. Scrying is best when done at night because traditionally night rules the psychic mind. Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably, and place the crystal on a stand, table or hold it in your hands.
2. Candles are conducive to scrying. If you find yourself distracted by the reflections and movements of the flame, then experiment by using other light sources, or try moving the candle until you find what works for you.
3. Now relax by breathing deeply for a few moments with your eyes closed.
4. Upon opening your eyes, hold the crystal in your hands until it is warm. Many scryers say this is important because this step connects your energy to that of the stone. Heating the stone also activates it.
5. While holding the stone, think about what your intentions are for scrying. Examples of intention might be information regarding your career, relationship, or future. Be clear about your intention.
6. Next, place the stone back in its resting place or continue holding in your hands, and then begin gazing into the crystal.
7. As you gaze deeply into the crystal, move your mind beyond the physical structure of the stone, merging into the light within. The idea is not so much to see physical images, but instead to use the crystal and the light reflecting in it as a tool to connect to the divine energy within yourself and all things. When connected, you will begin getting impressions and insights. Practice this technique, particularly merging with the crystal, until everything flows and feels comfortable to you.
What is drawing down the moon? Oh, I'm so glad you asked my friends!
Drawing down the moon is an amazing experience where you draw the power of the moon inside you, as well as invoking the Goddess inside of you. It's a very beautiful and powerful experience. Let me break it down for you a little bit more.
The time of the full moon is a very magickal and powerful time. This is the perfect time for big spells that you need quick results from. But the most important part of it is this: at the time of the full moon, magick reaches it's peak of the month for drawing things to you. After the full moon, you go into the waning phase. During the moon's waning phase it is best to do spells that send things away from you such as banishings, releasings, etc. During the waning phase, many witches notice that their powers seem to dwindle a little bit as well. Ever noticed how around the time of the waning moon you seem a little sluggish and tired? No? Well, maybe that's just me. However, because of the waning phase of the moon, things are diminishing and decreasing, so when you have a full moon, drawing down the moon will help you store up extra energy. Make sense?
It's a lot like a solar powered battery. It stores up energy during the day because of the sun, and at night time it uses that energy to produce light, etc. We are a lot like that. During the waxing moon we have all sorts of energy and are capable of storing up more energy. During the waning moon, we can become a little sluggish and seem to be dispelling energy. So, how do we go about remedying that? Drawing down the full moon. The full moon is like when the sun is at it's full peak with your solar battery storing even more energy from it. So, we draw down the moon to keep a well of energy stored during the waxing phase to use for any of our spell work then.
So how do we go about doing that? Well, my friends, I have a little ritual that I like to do from time to time. This is a tried and true ritual!
Full Moon Ritual
The incense can be any scent that you feel called to. The candle would be perfect if it were silver, but sometimes silver candles are hard to come across, so a white candle will do as well. You don't have to have a huge candle, it can be a tea light, but some people do like having one large candle, dedicated to full moon work, that they light only during their full moon rituals. If this is your first time doing a full moon ritual, please make sure that the candle is new. Otherwise, if you have a dedicated full moon candle, please feel free to use it.
If the weather allows it, go outside where you can see the full moon in absolute plain sight. If it's raining or just too darn cold, or your neighbors might freak out, it's fine to do this ritual inside. If working inside, make sure you are near a window where you can get full view of the moon.
Now, once you've decided where you are going to do your ritual, it's time to set up a ritual altar. This is not as scary as it may seem. The way I view a ritual altar is as my work place to hold my tools. I very rarely view it as an altar in the sense of say a Catholic altar, because that makes it seem almost like a forbidden place.
Now, in Wicca, we would cast a circle. Circles are meant to keep negative ickiness away from you while you are working with the powers that be. Some people work in circles, some don't. We won't get into the debate about whether or not to work in a circle. For now, if you want to work in a circle, you can cast one now. I'll share an example of what I would do, and you can go from there if you like. Otherwise, skip this step.
Casting the circle:
Give yourself lots of room to work. You don't want to feel confined to a tiny space, so don't just stand in one place and turn around in a circle, walk a large circle. If you're inside your home, and have just a small space to work at you can envision a circle forming around your entire home. I like to walk a salt circle completely around my house, and when working inside, I'll find that circle in my mind, touch it with my energy, and watch a circle cover my whole house.
Anyway, if working outside, walk a large-ish circle around your altar/workspace. While walking the circle, walk in a clockwise motion, and you can point with your finger, an athame, a wand, or not at all, however you are comfortable. As you are walking clockwise, envision a magickal boundary appearing and covering your workspace in a big bubble. You can say fancy words while the circle is forming if you like, but I just go with something simple that I can remember, because I can be a little bit scatter brained. I would say something like: "As this circle opens, all negativity is kept at bay. Only those invited within this circle may enter, and may only come with an open heart." Then when I see the circle complete itself, I'll walk to the middle and say, "As above, so below, this circle is now open." There's a reason behind that that and you should state it.
So, now you're circle is open, and you have a safe place to work. Now you're probably wondering what to do next. That's pretty easy. Remember where you started walking your circle? Grab your salt, and go there. Walk the circle again and toss a little salt as you walk saying, "By the power of earth, this circle is protected." Next grab your water, and walk the circle, saying, "By the power of water, this circle is protected." Grab the incense, light it, and walk the circle saying, "By the power of air, this circle is protected." Light the candle, walk with it around the circle saying, "By the power of fire, this circle is protected."
Now you're circle is completely protected and ready to go! Sounds repetitive and boring, I know, but believe me when I say there's some scary shit out there, and if you're going to cast a circle, you want it completely sealed and protected. But, now comes the fun part, I promise!
Walk to your altar, gaze up at the moon. Now say:
Goddess of the Moon, full, beautiful, and fair. Please enter into this circle with me.
Envision the pure silver light of moonlight tunneling into your circle, filling it, but not blinding. Feel the goddess standing beside you. Now, hold your glass of water above your head, facing the moon. Envision that same silver light filling the glass and swirling through the water. Envision the silver light overflowing the glass. Feel the energy tingle through the glass, through your fingertips, and into you. Now say:
Goddess of the Moon, I ask that you fill my glass with your pure energy.
As the water turns into your energy, I ask that you sustain me through all the days to come.
Now drink the water. Feel the energy coursing through your body. Let it swirl throughout every part of your body. Envision it filling you with silver light from your toes to the crown of your head. When it reaches the crown of your head, let it spill out in a straight line, back to the moon, connecting you with the Goddess of the Moon. Envision your toes as roots, and meditate momentarily on how the Moon sustains the earth, and all that live in it. Once you've finished, feel the energy, and everywhere that it has touched within your body. By now, your body is probably tingling all over, and it may be hard for you to focus, which is totally normal. Pull the energy from your fingers, toes, and head, down into the center of your belly. Feel it's warmth and strength there. This is where you will carry the energy until the next time you draw down the moon.
Now that you've centered the energy, there will probably be excess, and you may feel a bit light headed, or dizzy, or even just super amped. If you are outside, sit on the ground, and let the excess energy flow into the ground. Do not let the energy in your center flow out, only the excess that is buzzing around everywhere else. Now is the perfect time to talk with Goddess, cast any spells you had planned for tonight, or just be at peace inside your circle. Once you've finished whatever you planned, you can close the circle.
Walk counterclockwise, watching the circle disappear. Thank the Goddess for all of her blessings, and for sharing her energy with you before closing the circle. You can let the incense burn down, put out your candle, and clean up the area. Now that everything is cleaned up, it would probably be a good idea for you to have something to eat. Even after grounding (when you sat on the ground and let the excess energy flow into it), you are probably going to feel a little off in some way. Eating something will help fully bring you back to this world, and fully ground you.
My rituals are always very simple, and most are planned for people on a budget. There's no need for fancy tools, and in my personal practice, the fancier things are, the more likely I am to get distracted from what I'm actually doing. The fancier the wording is in my rituals, the more likely I am to forget what the hell I was saying, and then I'll get distracted again. So I keep things simple. It doesn't matter how fancy or simple you go, what is most important is what is in your heart when you enter the ritual.
I hope this helps you guys be able to plan your full moon ritual tonight.