Witch Bell: The Essential Guide for Using Bells in Witchcraft

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Witch bells have been used in witchcraft for millennia, they are among the most popular witchcraft and divination tools as a Wiccan witch and many other practitioners in pagan crafts. In this article, we’ll show you how to use bells in witchcraft and why are they important. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to use the comments section below.

What is a Witch Bell?

A witch bell is, well, just that: a bell that is used by a witch for rituals, spells, divination, or even as an altar symbol. Most experienced witches I know have a bell among their tools (usually more than one, actually, as each may have a different use or purpose).

Every Witch has their own personal use of the bell, it can be hung or carried as a guide to where they are going in the night, or as a means of communication with other witches. They are also widely used as a ritual tool.

How are Bells used in Witchcraft?

There are many ways witches use bells in witchcraft. In olden times, people used to believe that bells had magical powers. The use of bells as a form of protection against evil goes back centuries. From its earliest origins, the sound of the bell has been closely associated with divine power. The shape of the bell is symbolic of the female force and the celestial vault. Since bells can produce sound vibrations that possess magical and spiritual power, it has been used in many religious rites (not just Wicca and other forms of witchcraft, they’re even used in Catholic and other Christian ceremonies).

Here are some examples of how are bells used in witchcraft:

  • In folk magic, the ringing of bells drives away evil spirits, witches, and the Devil himself, and wards off the Evil Eye.
  • Bells are widely used for protection. They have been attached to doors, clothing, worn as amulets, tied to children, and hung from the necks of horses, camels, cows, asses, and other animals important to a community.
  • Clearing and charging crystals and other metaphysical items, as well as bells on the door, are said to bring good fortune into the home.
  • Invoking/vanishing/calling spirits. In Wicca, it is used for invoking the Wicca goddess.
  • Fairies love bells, so they can be used to please them and hopefully keep their mischief at bay.
  • Bells can be used to represent the element of Air or water in spells, rituals, and holiday ceremonies.
  • For energy cleansing, Witch Bells are popular among practitioners of witchcraft to ward off bad energy.

How to make a Witch Bell?

You can prepare your own witchcraft bells for spells casting, protection wards, or as a ceremonial piece, just make sure you set your intentions clear while doing it. It is believed that when a bell is cleansed and consecrated to be used as a magickal tool, it can help to purify everyone that is present when it rings. For this reason, you will often see it used today at the beginning or end of witchcraft and pagan rituals.

You can also go for different tones and varieties of a bell, but it is important to find the right tone to suit you. Many practitioners prefer a bell tone based on their intentions, some like its sound to be strong and clear while some believe it has to be softer or more haunting.

After all, there is no “set in stone” way of choosing your bells. Some witches may even say “your bell chooses you, not the other way around…”.

Some Witchcraft Bells Spells Examples

Home Protection Spell

The ringing of bells is said to ward off evil spirits.

What you’ll need:

  • A white candle
  • Protection incense
  • A bell (preferably made of iron)

STEP 1: On your altar or favorite divination area, light your white candle and protection incense and consecrate the bell. (i.e. run the bell through the smoke).

STEP 2: Hold the bell in front of your eyes and state the exact goal of the protection ritual 3 times. (i.e. what do you want to be protected from and why?)

STEP 3: Hang the bell on your home front door, you may nail it to the front-center of your door or hang it from the doorknob. Leave the white candle on until it shuts off on its own.

STEP 4: If bad energy/bad spirits come to bother your home, the bell will ring to warn you and drive the evil/negativity away.

Friendship Healing Knot Bell Spell

This healing spell will help mend any friendship that has a current issue or rift. It may also help to heal a friendship between two people who have grown apart.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of long multi-colored string
  • Scissors
  • 6 small bells (with small hooks at the top so they can be hung)
  • 2 pink tea light candles (may be replaced with white candles)
  • 2 photographs: one of each party in the relationship
  • Tape

Cleanse your altar/divination area and your tools. Thread both pieces of string through the first bell, then tie a knot at the top to secure the bell.

Repeat this for all 6 of the bells, spacing them out down the string.

Place the tea light candles on your divination area and light them, placing both pictures beside them. Jingle your string of bells 3 times, and with each jingle repeat:

With these bells, I banish all hate,

With each ring, I let go and forgive,

With these pictures, I bring us together.

~Friendship healing Knot Bell Spell

Conclusion

Witches Bells are widely used in witchcraft, and they are among the most used and versatile witchcraft tools. They have been used for ages and can be used for many tasks like divination spell casting, protection, spirit invoking/banishing, among many other uses.

How do you use your witch bells? Let us know in the comments section below. Blessed be!

Mirror Magick For Beginner Witches

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As a witch, there are many tools you can use for spells and rituals. A not-so-common but still very effective tool of the craft is a mirror.

In this article Emma Kyteler from Eclectic Witchcraft tells us about mirror magick. Feel free to share your opinions in the comments section below.

How do you perform mirror magick or scry with mirrors?

Can mirror magick reveal your future?

Do you love looking in mirrors, or do you avoid them at all cost? How many times have you broken a mirror, and dreaded the years of bad luck? What really makes reflective surfaces so enticing to us?

Humans love to look at themselves, preening and perfecting their outward appearance. Sometimes, some people become so caught up with their outer appearance that they completely forget about cultivating their inner beauty!

So, why do mirrors draw us in, or revolt us, so much?

Mirrors were originally just dark pools on sunny days. Their views distorted everything we saw, and no doubt accounted for a few strange details in stories passed down through the generations. Almost from the beginning, these reflective surfaces were used for mirror magick.

Eventually shiny stones took over for those deep, dark pools of water. It took a long time before our reflections weren’t distorted by waves or defects in stones.

Modern mirrors can distort us, too. Sometimes we won’t even know that a minor imperfection in the glass is making us hate our bodies.

As far as inanimate objects go, mirrors might be the most powerful of them all. They symbolism self reflection, self obsession, beauty, and are sometimes seen as portals to other dimensions.

There is so much folklore and so many fairy tales with references to mirrors that it would be impossible to recount them all! Most people remember Snow White’s nemesis and her obsession with being the fairest of them all. Vanity, of course, is closely associated with mirrors.

One of the first tricks I learned as a child was to stare at a mirror, unblinking, for as long as possible.

Over time, the room will seem to dim, and your own face will take on a more grotesque, sinister form. Try it for yourself. Maybe you won’t see something terrifying on the other side, but testing this when I was younger led me to fear mirrors, especially in the dark.

I didn’t know at the time that I was performing mirror magick, but that’s just more evidence that mirrors are innately magical objects.

So what do you see in the mirror? Do you want to learn how to use the mirror to reflect a better life back into the real world? How about diving the future or learning the answers to your questions? Do you want to perform mirror magick?

Mirrors can help us to remember things, to see past lives and divine the future. They may let us contact the dead or other forms of spirits, and travel through different planes of reality.

What kind of mirror magick happens when you place a mirror in your home? A mirror in your office or place of work can multiply the amount of work put on your shoulders, and near a bed a mirror can draw in new lovers. Drawing in new lovers can be either good or bad, depending on your relationship status!

Don’t place a mirror in front of a door, since it can push people out of the room as well as keep energy from flowing into it. Two mirrors near each other can cause feelings of anxiety, stress, and insomnia. A blessed mirror placed over a doorway can bring blessings to those who enter the room.

So You Broke A Mirror

So why does the superstition about broken mirrors leading to seven years bad luck exist?

It might be because people once thought their reflection was their actual soul, reflected up to them from those dark pools of water thousands of years ago. You don’t want to crack your soul into a million pieces, do you?

Mirrors were also once thought to be tools of the gods. Breaking one would break that link between the owner and the gods, thus losing a huge source of power and the ability to foresee the future.

Or, the soul might stray from the body if a mirror is broken. Souls are clumsy, okay? They’ll probably get hurt without a body with them.

The original superstition of broken mirrors leading to seven years bad luck comes from the Romans. They thought that it took seven years for life to renew itself. If you looked into a mirror while unhealthy, you would break the mirror and thus have bad luck and ill health for seven years until your life renewed.

So you broke a mirror. Whoops! Do you want to avoid that bad luck? There are a few ways to counter the bad luck that broken mirror may cause! Just take all of the pieces of the mirror, try not to miss a single piece, and bury it under a full moon.

Another choice is to pound the shards into a fine dust that simply cannot reflect anything again.

Still, you don’t hear of people dying because of their bad luck, so it can’t be all that bad right? You can simply counter the bad luck of a broken mirror by carrying a four-leaf clover, or doing a number of good luck spells.

Mirror magick can be dangerous, scary, and strange, but it doesn’t have to be.

Here’s an easy luck spell

Face a mirror and think of all the misfortune that has befallen you since breaking the mirror. Think of how those things could have gone better, and then clasp your hands together and shut your eyes tight.

Beg Fortuna or another luck deity for forgiveness, and tell her that you never meant to break a mirror or cause her any trouble. Kneel on the floor in front of the mirror and beg for her blessing so that your life may return to normal.

When you are finished speaking with Fortuna or your luck deity, thank them for their time, kiss the mirror, stand up, and turn to the right and walk away starting with your right foot.

Try not to break another mirror anytime soon!

Crystallomancy, Catoxtromancy, or Scrying

Scrying with mirrors has been a popular method of divination since the time of Helena Blavatsky and theosophy. Scrying was once the realm of water, but now it’s as simple as taking a pocket mirror.

Many famous people have used crystallomancy for divination. John Dee for Queen Elizabeth I, Catherine de Medici, and Pythagoras are notable. Ancient Greece has the witches of Thessaly, who wrote what they saw in human blood onto mirrors.

Nostradamus used a bowl of water as a mirror to write has famous, prophetic quatrains while in a trance.

Pierre Coton, a French Jesuit and confessor to the French King Henri IV, used a mirror that revealed plots against the king. The Achaeans used mirrors to divine ill will, diseases, and sudden death.

Crystallomancy is more popular in the East than it ever was in the West, however. It’s still very popular in India, where you would fast, pray and perfume the mirrors before use. Some see the reflection in the mirror as the reflection of the soul, and seeing your soul in the mirror makes it vulnerable to danger and death.

Catoxtromancy / crystallomancy involves looking into glass to divine the future. You generally don’t want to see yourself in the mirror, so it should be angled in a way to show no human or living reflection.

Either a silver or black mirror will do for scrying, though black of course absorbs more energy and can be a more powerful tool. Older mirrors are generally better, unless the oldest mirror seems “off” to you. It isn’t hard to curse a mirror, and you don’t want to use a cursed mirror in a spell.

To do your first mirror divination, take a mirror into the bathroom and allow the steam to build up. Once it is steamy enough, visions should form through the fog on the mirror, and may then be interpreted.

You can also wait for enough water to condense on the surface that it begins to drip, and divine from the shapes that those drips make.

In the 20th century, women would take a mirror into a dark room on Halloween. They hoped to catch a glimpse of their husband’s face. You can see similar visions by simply going into a very dark room where a mirror hangs, holding a flashlight pointed to the ground or a candle low in your hands.

What might you see in the mirror? Almost anything! It depends on your desires, your thoughts, your movements. Make note of anything strange, and write it down once you’re finished scrying. Half of divination takes place after the ritual is finished, and is in deciphering what you saw, felt, experienced, heard, and thought.

10 Strong Wiccan Protection Spells Against Negative Energy

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One of the most commonly used wiccan spells are protection spells. They’re also particularly good for beginners, since they tend to be simple and pretty harmless.

In this article, Emmie Collins from Panda Gossips shares 10 simple but powerful wiccan protection spells that could be cast by any witch.

Feel free to try any (or all) of them, and let us know your results in the comments section below.

Use these Wiccan spells to offer protection to your home, the ones you love, and yourself from any harm or negative energy in your life.

What are Wiccan Protection Spells?

The Wiccan religion is based on ancient pagan practices. Some of the beliefs and practices of Wiccan “witches” date back to pre-Christian times. Nature is important to the Wiccan practice and is the center of many spells that are performed. Those who practice the Wiccan religion are often referred to as “witches.” This term is far from the old, scary stories of women with black hats and broomsticks who bewitch with malice. In the Wiccan practice, one may do whatever they wish as long as they never intentionally cause harm.

The Wiccan religion is nature oriented. “Witches” choose to be grounded in the natural rhythms of the Earth.

This is why so many Wiccan spells promote health and protection. They are meant to bring prosperity and safety to their casters, not to harm anyone else around them. These protection spells can be powerful and beautiful ways to manipulate your environment naturally and peacefully.

How to Cast Powerful Wiccan Protection Spells

When casting protection spells, it is important to make sure that your intentions and attention are focused entirely on completing the spell. Make sure you are: Clear-headed Not going to be interrupted Prepared, having all of your materials ready This will enable you to cast very strong protection spells. If you are distracted or interrupted during the spell casting, your spells may not be nearly as strong. This is extremely important with protection spells, as you do not want to be unable to provide the protection you are intending because you are not paying enough attention.

Different herbs serve specific purposes based on their features. Some are good for protection, others promote health or clarity, etc. Having a stash of some of the most commonly used herbs will be helpful. This will also make it easier to be prepared to cast your protection spells when you need them!

Wiccan Home Protection Spells

Your home is a sacred, safe space and it should always feel that way! If you ever feel that negative energy or the influence of an enemy has entered your home, cast a protection spell to cleanse your space and return balance to your environment.

1. Wiccan Protection Chant

This is a simple Wiccan chant to protect your home. Perform this chant whenever you feel that your home needs protection or to promote safety in your space. What You Will Need: Nothing! How to Cast the Protection Spell: Chant this simple incantation: “Protect this home from all that is dark. Protect all who dwell here too. Protect this place where we reside. Protect with light that is true.”

2. Home Protection Spell

This protection spell is more complicated but is even more powerful. This spell will banish negative energy from your home and restore it as a space of love and positivity. It offers more protection than the simple incantation above. It is meant to be performed at sunrise. If you are unable to do it at that time, you can still cast the spell but it will be less powerful, giving you less protection. What you need: Four glass jars with lids Four handfuls of each: lavender, basil, sea salt, and white rice How to Cast the Protection Spell:

1. Clean and tidy your home the night before. This should be done so it is clean by the time the ritual is performed at sunrise.

2. In the morning, before sunrise, take one handful of lavender, basil, sea salt, and white rice. Place one handful of the ingredients into each of the four jars.

3. When the sun is just beginning to rise, go out into your garden or lawn and place each jar at the North, South, East, and West points. If you do not have an outdoor space, place the jars on windowsills that most closely match the cardinal directions.

4. While placing each of the jars, repeat this passage: “North, South, East, and West At these four corners, I protect my Home May the Goddess bless this space Negative energy be gone Make my home sacred and pure”

5. Once you have finished placing the jars, go into your home and do a peaceful activity that you love. This could be anything from reading or meditating, to playing gentle music and enjoying the space of your home. Try to connect with the positivity that you have grounded in that space and focus on the feeling of new beginnings.

Personal Protection Spells

3. The Goddess Protection Spell

The Goddess is one of the most powerful figures in Wiccan theology. This simple incantation is to be repeated while visualizing a glowing, blue aura around yourself. This spell creates temporary protection but will become ineffective as soon as you stop focusing on the incantation. What you will need: Nothing! How to Cast the Protection Spell: Repeat this incantation for as long as you want the spell to last. “Great Goddess of day and night, Protect me with all of your might.”

4. The Golden Mist Shield Spell

This spell can be used as protection for yourself from the negative energy of other people. This protection will cause you to feel entirely at ease when those around you may be infectiously negative. This protection will travel with you and will ward off emotional harm from an enemy or general negative energy. What You Will Need: Nothing! How to Cast the Protection Spell:

1. Envision you are surrounded by an aura of gold mist. All of the light around you gets caught in that mist and shines directly on you, warding away the darkness just outside of the aura.

2. Repeat this incantation: “The breath of life And the light of my mind Creates an enchantment Of protection and comfort As the air I breathe is purified I surround myself with an orb of gold This golden haze is constantly purified And separated from any negativity May my space be protected”

5. An Incantation to Guard the Mind

This incantation offers you protection for your thoughts. Anyone who attempts to influence your thoughts and actions will be kept at bay by this spell, as well as anyone who attempts to read you without your consent. What You Will Need: Nothing! How to Cast the Protection Spell: Repeat this incantation. “In this place and in this hour By the guardians of the secrets of the night Take the keys to my heart And close the doors of my mind”

6. The Moon Goddess Protection Spell

This spell will bring the protection of the Moon to your aid. Complete this protection spell when you feel you may be in any danger or harm’s way. What You Will Need: A white candle A small piece of paper A blue pen An astrology guide (or the Internet) How to Cast the Protection Spell:

1. Look up your zodiac sign and the planet that is associated with that sign. Look up the names of the moons of that planet.

2. Write your sign on one side of the paper.

3. Write the planet on the other side of the paper.

4. Light the candle.

5. Begin chanting the names of the moons of your planet followed by your middle name. Repeat these names.

6. While chanting, burn the slip of paper with the flame of the candle. Continue chanting until the paper has burned out.

7. After the paper has burned but before the candle is out, try to imagine the entire room filling with a comforting color. Focus on the warmth of the candle next to you. Try to become in tune with the color, warmth, and scent of the candle together.

7. The Bottle Protection Spell

This spell is meant to protect you from an enemy who means to pose any kind of threat to you, whether that be physical, emotional, or spiritual. What You Will Need: 4 drops frankincense or myrrh essential oil 4 tbsp black powdered iron (or another black pigment) 4 tbsp oak moss 4 tbsp sea salt 1 bottle with a cork or lid 1 white candle A small piece of paper A black pen A piece of black thread How to Cast the Protection Spell:

1. Make sure that the paper is cut to a size that will fit in the bottle.

2. Write on the paper: “I neutralize the power of (name of enemy) to do me any harm. I ask that this be correct and for the good of all. So mote it be!”

3. Roll the paper and tie it with the thread.

4. Put the tied paper into the bottle followed by the iron, oakmoss, sea salt, and essential oil. Place the lid on the bottle.

5. Light the white candle and drip the wax onto the lid of the bottle.

6. Finally, bury the bottle somewhere where it will not be disturbed. The power of the spell will last as long as the bottle is sealed and left alone.

Spells that Offer Protection to the Ones You Love

8. Simple Enchantment to Protect a Loved One

This simple spell will guard someone you love and wish to protect. What You Will Need: An item belonging to the person you want to protect or a photo of them How to Cast the Protection Spell:

1. Say this charm: “Protect my loved one from Evil. Protect my loved one from all harm. This is my will, let it be done.”

2. Repeat this as many times as feels right.

9. Spell to Protect a Partner

Use this spell to cast protection onto your spouse or partner. This strong spell will protect your partner as long as you continue to love them. What You Will Need: A handful of rose petals A glass of water A piece of paper A floral candle How to Cast the Protection Spell:

1. The night before the spell, put the rose petals into a small glass of water.

2. Write your partner’s name on the piece of paper and place it under the glass, face down.

3. Let it sit by your bedside until the following evening.

4. When the sun goes down the following evening, light the candle and burn the paper.

5. Once the paper has burned, wet the tips of your fingers in the rosewater and flick the water on and around a bed you both share.

10. Pet Protection Spell

You love your pets like family, so when you think of them, say this short incantation to provide them with protection. What You Will Need: Any pet How to Cast the Protection Spell:

1. Picture your pet with a white aura of light around them.

2. Repeat this 3 times: “My pet is protected right now and safe. No harm or sickness can come to my pet So mote it be.”

Tips and Tricks for Casting Wiccan Protection Spells

1. Whenever possible, follow instructions exactly. This will ensure maximum protection.

2. If an ingredient is unavailable to you, do not replace it unless you are familiar with the qualities of the missing ingredient and replacement.

3. Be sure to stay focused throughout the entire casting of the protection spell.

Hold an Imbolc Candle Ritual for Solitaries

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Imbolc celebration is just around the corner, and a question I always get is how to celebrate pagan traditions when you don’t have a coven or any “witchy friends”. In this article Patti Wigington describes an Imbolc candle ritual that you can do by yourself, or in a small group. Feel free to try it, and if you do, let us know how it went! Source: Thoughtco.com

Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies are often crisp and clear. As a festival of light, Imbolc came to be called Candlemas. On this evening, when the sun has set once more, call it back by lighting the seven candles of this ritual.

The seven candles in this ritual represent various aspects of both the seasons and the human existence. Several symbolize the light that emerges as winter finally comes to an end, and another represents the purifying warmth of the hearth fires. One candle is symbolic of the barrier between the positive and negative in your life; a boundary of sorts between our world and the next. Another stands in for the magic of wisdom and inspiration, and for the light that comes into our lives when we experience love.

If you’re a solitary practitioner, don’t worry! This is a ritual you can perform all by yourself. Although this ceremony is written for one, it can easily be adapted for a small group by assigning each participant their own candle, or candles, to light and take charge of.

First, set up your altar in a way that makes you happy, and brings to mind the themes of Imbolc – rebirth and renewal, purification and cleansing.

Prior to beginning your ritual, take a warm, cleansing bath. While soaking, meditate on the concept of purification. Once you’re done, dress in your ritual attire, if you normally wear it, and begin the rite. You’ll need:

  • Seven candles, in red and white (tealights are perfect for this)
  • Something to light your candles with
  • A large bowl or cauldron big enough to hold the candles
  • Sand or salt to fill the bottom of the bowl/cauldron

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now. Pour the sand or salt into the bowl or cauldron. Place the seven candles into the sand so they won’t slide around. Light the first candle. As you do so, say:

Although it is now dark, I come seeking light.
In the chill of winter, I come seeking life.

Light the second candle, saying:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Light the third candle. Say:

This light is a boundary, between positive and negative.
That which is outside, shall stay without.
That which is inside, shall stay within.

Light the fourth candle. Say:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Light the fifth candle, saying:

Like fire, light and love will always grow.
Like fire, wisdom and inspiration will always grow.

Light the sixth candle, and say:

I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

Finally, light the last candle. As you do so, visualize the seven flames coming together as one. As the light builds, see the energy growing in a purifying glow.

Fire of the hearth, blaze of the sun,
cover me in your shining light.
I am awash in your glow, and tonight I am
made pure.

Take a few moments and meditate on the light of your candles. Think about this Sabbat, a time of healing and inspiration and purification. Do you have something damaged that needs to be healed? Are you feeling stagnant, for lack of inspiration? Is there some part of your life that feels toxic or tainted? Visualize the light as a warm, enveloping energy that wraps itself around you, healing your ailments, igniting the spark of creativity, and purifying that which is damaged.

When you are ready, end the ritual. You may choose to follow up with healing magic, or with a Cakes and Ale ceremony.

5 Steps To Write Your Own Spell

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I have noticed a lot of interest on spells. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using other peoples’ spells — and in fact there is an entire industry devoted to publishing books full of them — there are times when you may wish to use your own. I loved this 5 steps guide from Patti Wigington because if you can’t find what you’re looking for in a book, or you might just feel a need to use original material you have the option to write your own.

Whatever your reasons, it’s not as hard as you may think to write your own spells if you follow this very simple formula.

1. Figure out the goal/purpose/intent of the working.

What is it you wish to accomplish? Are you looking for prosperity? Hoping to get a better job? Trying to bring love into your life? What is the specific aim of the spell? Whatever it may be, make sure you’re clear on what it is you want — “I will get that promotion at work!”

2. Determine what material components you’ll need to achieve your goal.

Will the working require herbs, candles, incenses, or stones? Try to think outside the box when you’re composing a spell — and remember that magic relies heavily on symbolism. There’s nothing wrong with using unusual ingredients in a working — Hot Wheels cars, chess pieces, bits of hardware, sunglasses and even old DVDs are all fair game.

3. Decide if timing is important.

In some traditions, moon phase is crucial, while in others it’s not significant. Generally, positive magic, or workings that draw things to you, is performed during the waxing moon. Negative or destructive magic is done during the waning phase. It may be that you feel a certain day of the week is best for the working, or even a certain hour of the day. Don’t feel obligated to drown yourself in the details, though. If you’re a person who feels confident doing magic on the fly without worrying about timing, then go for it.

4. Figure out your wording.

What words or incantation — if any — will be verbalized during the working? Are you going to chant something formal and powerful, calling upon gods for assistance? Will you simply mutter a poetic couplet under your breath? Or is it the sort of working where you can simply ponder the Universe in silence? Remember, there is power in words, so select them carefully.

5. Make it happen.

Put all of the above together into a workable form, and then, in the immortal words of the Nike commercial, Just Do It.

Llewellyn author Susan Pesznecker says of crafting a spell on your own, “When you build a spell yourself, from the ground up, you infuse it with your deliberateness, your preferences, your wishes, your thoughts, and your energies. This spell won’t simply be something you read from someone else’s pages—it will carry your own signature and resonate through your very core. It will be much more powerful and complete than any ready-made charm could ever be, making you an integral part of the magick from start to finish.

When we practice spellcraft, we use magick as a way of altering reality. We do this by working with as many of the corresponding realities as possible—time, date, place, elemental correspondences, the support of deities, etc.—in hopes that we can shift reality in one direction or the other and alter the outcome. Nowhere is this more elegantly done than in handcrafting spells, charms, and rituals, because in these instances, we put our essence into the magick and make it our own.”

Tips:

  • Despite the above five-step method being a very bare-bones and simple way of looking at spell construction, it does work effectively. You may wish to keep a magical journal or make notes in your Book of Shadows during the spell construction phase, and then keep track of results as they begin to manifest.
  • If a working hasn’t begun to manifest within a few weeks — some traditions say within 28 days, a lunar month — you may want to stop and revisit the working. Figure out what variables may need to be changed.
  • The Universe has a quirky sense of humor, so make sure anything you cast a spell for is worded correctly. In other words, be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it!
  • Remember that magic is a tool and a skill set, but some common sense should prevail as well. You can cast all day to get yourself a job, but your chances of success are greatly reduced if you haven’t pounded the pavement and sent out copies of your resume!

Last but not least important… Remember to practice, practice and practice.

9 Ways to Cleanse Negativity

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Negativity is a pain in the neck and every-time you try to accomplish something, negativity might block you. That’s why I decided today to share this short but insightful article published by The Alchemist. Original source: magicalrecipesonline.com

You must be wondering, there should be a way to cleanse negativity. Of course there is. 9 to be exact (if not more). Here we are going to present you easy ways to banish and cleanse negativity.

Is negativity around?

The First question you have to answer is “does negativity surround me?”. Well to answer this we have to go one step back. Here you can find 10 Signs (and symptoms) when negativity is around. Have you answered yes in more than 5 (out of ten) questions? Then, it is time to make a change and try and see how your magic can help you rectify the issue.

And here is how to get rid of Negative Energy and Cleanse Negativity:

    1. Setting the intention to get rid of all this negativity is step one. The stronger your will, the stronger your magic.
    2. Forgiveness. Simple acts of letting go and forgiving our selves and others have extremely healing properties. All we need to recognise is that everybody tries the best they know how and let things go.
    3. Using the power of water for its cleansing properties. Best solution is to prepare a hot bath, use some salt (or Epsom salts) and add essential oils of herbs with cleansing and healing properties such as eucalyptus, achillea, sage, myrrh and peppermint. Please remember to dilute and do not apply directly on your skin. Dive in and soak your body. Feel the cleansing properties of water removing all the debris from your body and aura and take deep breaths to allow the aroma of the oils replenish you.
    4. Ask assistance from your Deities, the Universe and any higher forces that you work with. The first step is to recognise that you need help, put your pride aside and ask for it. When you ask they will listen.
    5. Carry crystals which ground negativity and have protective properties such as onyx, obsidian, black tourmaline or tiger’s eye. Remember to cleanse them every so often as they all have storing capacities.
    6. Time for a good house cleansing.
    7. Cast a purification and cleansing spell.
    8. Cast a protection spell.
    9. Use the upcoming ritual of the chalice and the athame

Always remember to take baby steps and keep going, asking for help is not a sign of weakness and whatever the situation you are stronger than you think and you can always surpass your expectations.

Yule Rituals [that Anyone can Perform]

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Winter solstice is right about the corner, so it’s a time of the year for some nice wiccan celebration! (Like we need an excuse to celebrate… lol…). This great article by Patti Wigington gives us some great ideas for Yule rituals. Hope you enjoy it! Original Source: Thoughtco.com

Yule, the winter solstice, is a time of great symbolism and power. It marks the return of the sun, when the days finally begin to get a little longer. It’s also a time to celebrate with family and friends, and share the spirit of giving during the holidays. Here are some great Yule rituals that you can do to celebrate this winter Sabbat, either as part of a group or as a solitary.

Yule Prayers

The winter solstice is a time of reflection, during the darkest and longest night of the year. Why not take a moment to offer up a prayer on Yule? Try a different devotional each day, for the next twelve days, to give you food for thought during the holiday season – or simply incorporate the ones that resonate with you into your seasonal rituals!

Setting Up Your Yule Altar

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Before you hold your Yule ritual, you may want to set up an altar to celebrate the season. Yule is the time of year when Pagans around the world celebrate the Winter Solstice. Try some or even all of these ideas — obviously, space may be a limiting factor for some, but use what calls to you most.

Ritual to Welcome Back the Sun

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Yule celebrates the return of the sun after the long, dark nights. Image by Buena Vista Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images

The ancients knew that the winter solstice was the longest night of the year—and that meant that the sun was beginning its long journey back towards earth. It was a time of celebration, and for rejoicing in the knowledge that soon, the warm days of spring would return, and the dormant earth would come back to life. On this one day, the sun stands still in the sky, and everyone on earth knows that change is coming. Perform this ritual to celebrate the return of the sun.

Yule Cleansing Ritual

Yule is a good time to get rid of things you no longer use. Image by Kelly Hall/E+/Getty Images

About a month before Yule rolls in, start thinking about all the clutter you’ve accumulated over the past year. You’re not obligated to keep things you don’t like, don’t need, or don’t use, and the less physical clutter you have laying around, the easier it is to function on an emotional and spiritual level. After all, who can focus when they’re constantly having to step over piles of unused junk? Do this ritual to help clear out your physical space in the weeks before Yule arrives.

Hold a Family Yule Log Ceremony

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Yule has been celebrated through the ages by many cultures. Image by Rick Gottschalk/Stockbyte/Getty Images

A holiday celebration that began in Norway, on the night of the winter solstice it was common to hoist a giant log onto the hearth to celebrate the return of the sun each year. If your family enjoys ritual, you can welcome back the sun at Yule with this simple winter ceremony. The first thing you’ll need is a Yule Log. If you make it a week or two in advance, you can enjoy it as a centerpiece prior to burning it in the ceremony. You’ll also need a fire, so if you can do this ritual outside, that’s even better. This rite is one the whole family can do together.

Holiday Tree Blessing Ritual

Celebrate Yule any way you like – and if you want a tree, get one!. Image by Peopleimages/E+/Getty Images

If your family uses a holiday tree during the Yule season —and many Pagan families do—you might want to consider a blessing ritual for the tree, both at the time you cut it down and again before you’ve decorated it. Although many families use fake holiday trees, a cut one from a tree farm is actually more environmentally friendly, so if you’ve never considered a live tree, maybe this is a good year to start a new tradition in your house.

Goddess Ritual for Solitaries

Celebrate Yule with a goddess-focused ceremony. Image by Barry Madden Photography/Moment/Getty Images

Yule is the time of the Winter Solstice, and for many Pagans, it’s a time to say goodbye to the old, and welcome the new. As the sun returns to the earth, life begins once more. This ritual can be performed by a solitary practitioner, either male or female. It’s also easily adaptable to a small group of people.

Goddess Ritual for Groups

Celebrate the change of seasons at Yule. Image by santosha/E+/Getty Images

As the sun returns to the earth, life begins once more—it’s a time to bid the Crone farewell, and invite the Maiden back into our lives. This ritual can be performed by a group of four or more—clearly, it’s designed for at least four women, but if you don’t have that many, don’t sweat it—improvise, or allow one woman to speak all the roles.

Blessing Ritual for Donations

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Has your group gathered up goods for a local food pantry?. Image by Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

 In many modern Pagan communities, an emphasis is placed on the idea of helping those in need. It’s not uncommon to attend a Pagan event in which guests are invited to donate clothing, canned goods, toiletries, books, and even pet care products. Donations are then presented to local aid groups, food pantries, libraries, and shelters. If you’re gathering up some sort of donations, good for you! Before you drop them off, why not invoke the elements to do a formal blessing of the donated items? This can be a great way to honor your deities and your Pagan community, as well as help others recognize what an important occasion it is.

Real Witches Share 6 Spells That Actually Work!

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As any practicing witch will tell you, there is no right way to cast a spell. The process is deeply personal and needs to be tailored to fit the situation. Spells can be as simple as scratching your intention in the dirt, but they can also be as elaborate as creating an entire ritual, complete with candles, chanting, and spoken rhymes. The accuracy of spells can be a bit of a learning curve, as you will learn below. But it can definitely be achieved.

Here, six real-life witches share the success stories of their own spells—including one that went a bit too well.

by Jennifer Billock

CLEANSING SPELL

“A friend of mine recently lost his two-month-old to SIDS. He constantly complained about hearing the child cry, so I asked if could try to help. As a kitchen witch, my tools are simple: I cleansed everything in his house. It took over seven hours, but afterward, he stopped hearing the baby cry all the time and only ever heard it again when a child was around.” – Luna, 34

Kitchen witches use a variety of tools to cleanse spaces, from herbal techniques to good old brooms. If you’d like to do something similar, try lighting a bundle of dried sage until it begins to smoke, then waft the smoke around the area you’d like cleansed, making sure to get in all the corners. Another method is to actually clean—imagine a white light enveloping your surroundings as you literally scrub and wash everything. When you’re finished, sweep in a counterclockwise direction (also known as widdershins) and brush everything out the door.

LUNAR CYCLE SPELL

“I cast my most recent spell to help a friend find a place to live—not just any place but one that would be specifically suited to her lifestyle and that would allow multiple cats.

It was a two-part spell. The first part was casting intentions during a full moon to clear away any obstructions to her getting a place. The second part was during the new moon, at which time I infused a piece of orgonite with the intention to attract an open-minded landlord.

She is now happily moving into her new place.” – Tammy, 42

Using the specific powers of the lunar calendar is a great way to get your spell to come to fruition. Many witches meticulously track the path of the moon and work their magic depending on whether it’s full, waxing, waning, or new. A full moon is perfect for spells that need a lot of extra energy, divination, and protection. When the moon is waxing (or getting larger), you should do prosperity spells or any type of spellwork designed to bring something close to you or increase something. For a waning moon—one that’s getting smaller—work spells that get rid of things like bad energy, illnesses, and detrimental habits. During the new moon, aim for spells that promote the newness of things, like a new job or a new relationship.

MANIFESTATION SPELL

“When my girlfriend and I decided to move in together, we began looking for a home with a yard big enough for our pets – my cat and her two dogs. We also wanted something where we could separate the house in the middle just in case they didn’t get along, giving the animals plenty of space while we tried to get them used to each other.

So, I decided to use blessed moon water to manifest our perfect home. Every full moon, I blessed water beneath the moon and then used that moon water during the month for various things. For instance, I would make myself a cup of tea or hot cocoa with regular water then, as the tea was steeping, I would say a blessing and charge the moon water again before pouring a splash of it into the cup. Every night during this ritual, I asked the universe to give us “everything we need in life to sustain us and make us happy.”

One day during this time, I drew on a piece of paper a rectangular house that could be split right down the middle. I pictured that house every single night. Lo and behold, at the last minute, we found the perfect house in town, that fit our budget and easily split down the middle, with a huge yard. Everything about it was exactly what I asked for.

To this day, it’s the best spell I ever did, but it took about six or nine months to complete.”

-Daena, 25

Commitment and consistency was the key to success for Daena. If you want to manifest something in your life, try a similar visualization technique. If possible, draw what you’re seeking on a sheet of paper and then meditate on it as often as possible. Manifestation spells work best when they’re repetitive and combined with other types of spellwork to really reinforce the need for what you desire.

HEALING SPELL

“I created a jar spell on the one-year anniversary of my mom’s death in January, intended to bring myself (and others that loved her) peace and healing for the upcoming year. Jar spells are a type of folk magic where the spellcaster fills a vessel with things symbolizing the subject of their magick.

I know it was successful because I could feel this sense of calmness after I completed it. It isn’t a miracle by any means, but it helps. Sometimes I hold the spell jar in my hands while looking at her picture and feel strength.” – Kelley, 28

To create your own spell jar, pick a container that feels right to you for the purpose of the spell. It can be helpful to match the color to your intent, but it isn’t necessary. Based on the spell you’re working, add whatever you think is a good symbol. For example, for a spell to get a new pet, maybe you’d add some hair clippings from a friend’s animal or a collar with dog tags. Generally spell jars contain three things: an item to reflect the intent of the spell (if it was a spell on yourself, you’d add a personal item), a written account of the spell’s intent, and some sort of liquid to bind it all together, tailored to the spell. Fun fact: a lot of antique spell jars used urine!

LOVE SPELL

“In my early 20s, I desperately wanted to date a friend of mine that I thought I loved, and who I know felt a similar way toward me. I decided I would work a spell to get him to ask me for a date. I took a red candle (even though I wasn’t versed in candle magick) and, one afternoon, carved his name into it with a knife. I chanted over the candle for a moment, willing him to ask me out, then I took it inside and burned it. He did eventually ask me on a date—only two years later, shortly after I got married. He told me he felt compelled to ask, though he didn’t know why.” -Jennifer, 34

The delayed response to this spell could have been the result of several things—and shows why it’s important to feel comfortable in your magic and make sure the timing is right.

Jennifer didn’t know much about candle magic when she did the spell and wasn’t fully comfortable with it, so the results could have manifested later, at a point when she had learned more about the style. Plus, it was afternoon, the sun was setting and the day was winding down, which could have had a lengthening effect on the spell.

But the main reason for the delay was likely due to her intention of making the object of her spell do something. Working spells on someone generally doesn’t mess with their free will—so if he didn’t feel it was the right time to ask her out, he was making the choice to wait until he felt like the pressure was off.

BINDING SPELL

“I did a binding spell because I was being bullied by two coworkers. Binding spells are most often used to prevent an individual from causing harm to themselves or to others, which was true in this case. But, then, things seemed to get out of hand.

My patron goddess, a deity I include in my magick for spiritual guidance, told me to wear white and burn white candles. She also told me to purify my body prior and to keep my intentions pure while performing the ritual.

Next, I stole two used water bottles belonging to the coworkers I was binding and combined the remaining drops of water in each bottle into a glass. I used a fluid condenser for the spell, which is a mixture of water, alcohol, and ingredients that represent the magickal intent, reduced through boiling. I poured the condenser into a glass. Then I wrote their names on a scrap of paper, burned the paper, and emptied the ashes into the liquid, which I then transferred to a freezer bag. Then I stuck it in my freezer, where it remains frozen to this day.

The very next day, one of my coworkers texted me an apology for her behavior. So, immediately, I was like: yes! the spell worked! But then, soon afterward, she lost an important account and was crying in the office. She’s been kinder to me ever since.

The other coworker also changed his behavior and was immediately more kind to me. But then, he soon became ill. His mother died suddenly of a heart attack, and he moved away.

I really didn’t wish them any harm; I just wanted the bullying to stop. So I think (I hope) that the bad things that befell them after I cast my spell were just the result of their karma. But honestly, I’m kind of scared to unfreeze the bag now.” – Trinity, 31

Trinity learned a very important lesson with her spell. It’s never a good idea to work magick on other people if you have anger or ill will toward them. That emotion will manifest into something nasty in the outcome of the spell and can often cause more problems than you intended.

Source: Astrology.com