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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:14 pm

STOCKING A FRUGAL WITCH'S SUPPLY CUPBOARD

Some of the most useful tools are often household items you have on hand like heat-safe Pyrex bowls for water/salt & small fire Magic's, a kitchen knife & cutting board, a mortar & pestle, electric coffee grinder or blender. Thrift shop, variety dollar store & grocery store shopping plus outdoor specimen collecting can fill our spell needs. Repurpose bottles & jars for storage.

A personalized herb starter kit might include herbs that have properties of protection, prosperity & power. That which protects also cleanses and banishes, and what brings prosperity also heals & attracts good luck, and that which aids power maintains strength & aids spirituality. Choose a few Kitchen herbs or spices that have any of the 3-P's or use Elemental correspondences. See complete-magickal-correspondence-t26933.html.

It makes sense to choose aromas that you can tolerate so that you can comfortably use them. You can determine the magical qualities by using your physical response to an herb's smell, taste or appearance to guide you. Scent, texture & growing conditions express a plant's magical uses. As a general guide the Goddess is associated with florals & citrus & the God is associated with forest and spice scents. Pungent scents that sting your nose & make you draw back will cleanse and repel. Eye opening, refreshing scents are used to attract. Build a working relationship & you won't constantly need to look things up.

Magical use is not equivalent with medicinal use. Do not consume plants not found in the common grocery store.

Tip: Save money & waste less by purchasing in small amounts when starting out. You can buy fresh herbs & dry them yourself for the experience. Choose 5 common herbs to get to know and start using them in daily life immediately in cooking, spells and meditation. Their aromas trigger our senses through which we perceive the natural world.

Substitutions: when we copy a spell that calls for unavailable or questionable ingredients, we can substitute. Rosemary can be substituted for any other herb, Rose can be substituted for any other flower, Frankincense can be substituted for any gum resin, Tobacco can be substituted for any poisonous herb. Salt is the all-purpose purifier. White or clear quartz is an all-purpose stone. Your reaction to ingredients can effect the spell so don't feel compelled to use expensive or unappealing ingredients.

Incense: amber, copal, dragons blood, frankincense & myrrh are popular tree sap resins valued for their cleansing and spiritual properties & scents. Resin pieces need to be melted on salte-petre treated coals (from religious supply or new age shops) which need a heat-safe container with an inch of sand/fine gravel in the bottom to act as heat insulation; these scents are available in easy to use stick & cone forms from variety shops or on-line.

Resins burn slowly in small amounts as long as the 1-inch coal tablet lasts up to 3 hours and will provide a huge amount of smoke; cones & sticks last about 20-30 minutes with much less smoke, and herbal smudge bundles burn only a few minutes, or longer if you fan them. Sage can be overpowering used indoors so open a window. If smoke is an issue then substitute aerosols or oil diffusers. This is the 21st Century & we aren't locked in the past.

Oils are used to anoint yourself, ritual tools and charms to transfer & hold the psychic charge when setting your intention. Herbs can be added to lite-olive oil to add properties. Place dry or fresh herbs in a small jar, cover with oil & cap. Let set 4-6 weeks, swirling daily to mix. Strain. It is safe to handle "straight" undiluted. Make small batches. Distilled essential oils should not be handled during pregnancy & must be diluted for safety by adding 5-7 drops of EO to a 1-tsp of an unscented carrier oil. A little goes a long ways.

Candles of any size can be used. Plain white is all-purpose. Birthday cake candles come in colors & some Crafters choose from a variety of color-correspondences & scented candles as options. Stick, taper & chime candles use snug holders & drip catching plates. Jar-type & tea lights come in their own containers that can be written on with a permanent marker pen. Votive candles are meant to go in glass cups for extended burn times from 10-15 hours. To remove any attached energies do a salt-water dip or wipe down of candles before use. Ritual candles can be reused in the next ritual. Spell candles usually should be allowed to burn completely & the stub discarded. Some spells repeat over a few days so could reuse the candle until it's gone. Aaand other spells will tell you to bury the debris. blue_blank

Stones: any stone you find on the ground that appeals to you can be set with an intent & will hold the psychic charge. Raw quartz is abundant &' all purpose. Uniquely marked stones can be used in spells: water smoothed stones for healing, banded stones for wishes & stones with intersecting lines as maps for spirit traveling. Find natural stones by hunting along graveled pathways, beside rivers or shorelines where water has worn back the soil, or at craft & garden stores, tourist gift-shops, new age stores & on-line. Stones had magical uses long before crystals became popular in the Craft. Rock & Gem shows are usually annual, local events.

Wild Crafting - I paraphrase a guide found in a 1960's era US Farmer's Almanac: To identify magical uses of wild plants observe their shapes, scents, colors and growing conditions. Easy elemental associations are that roots represent earth, the stems are associated with water, leaves with air, flowers with fire and fruit/seeds with aether. The round, flexible stems associate with passive polarity and firm, square stems with active polarity. Add either passive-pastel or active-intense color values, passive-smooth or active-sharp texture, and passive-sweet or active-pungent scent to detail the purposes for which it can be used magically (not medicinally!). NEVER burn poisonous plants as inhaling their smoke can do serious harm.

Planetary associations: (+)Sun plants have long, strong stems with skyward lifted flowers of white, yellow or orange. (-)Moon plants are water-retaining with large leaves & 'white flowers, if any. Mercury plants grow horizontally (vines) & move with the wind. Venus plants have pastel colored & highly fragrant flowers. Mars plants are prickly with thorns or stinging hairs on the leaves or stems. Jupiter plants are large, over bearing and grow in abundant clumps. Saturn plants grow in inhospitable areas (cacti). Once you've discerned the planetary association of a plant you can determine its magical uses by correspondence.

Correspondence short-list by element, planet, purpose, color, herbs, weekday (ref. Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs)

Air - Mercury; thought, mental activity; yellow; marjoram, mint, sage; Wednesday
Fire - Sun & Mars; vitality & partnerships; red; bay, basil, rosemary; Sunday & Tuesday
Water - Venus & Moon; emotions & psychic activity; blue; lemon, rose, thyme; Fri. & Mon.
Earth - Saturn & Jupiter; home, prosperity; green; grains, patchouli, salt; Sat. & Thursday

Specimen Hunt:

Note: Plants are living beings, so ask for permission & observe it for response. Take no more than 2/3s of a plant so it regrows. Leave water, plant food, bread or cornmeal as thanks offering.

Bring along:
Map of area & trails
Local plant guide
Carry sack or back pack
Folding pocket knife or scissors for cutting
Garden trowel for digging roots & stones
Newspaper to wrap specimens & pen to label them (droopy plants look alike when you get back home)
Cornmeal or bread &' bottled water for offerings
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Ashrend » Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:16 pm

As you seem to have the fountain of information. How would you go about cutting wood from a tree as part of making an altar? I have a table top that im going to cut to my desired shape. I know how to dry out the wood and treat it with beeswax, but how do you go about actually harvesting the wood directly from the tree to avoid moisture from the ground?

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Re: Getting Started

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SPELLS THAT YOU CAN ADAPT

THE FOUR POWERS OF THE WITCH: mundanely speaking, to know is having knowledge of the Craft, to will is your intention, to dare is courage to practice the Craft, and to keep silence is to never speak of the deed until it is done, nor to share with outsiders.

Magically speaking however, Knowing is a sense of quiet assurance that a thing is thus/so & is of Air. Willing is the single minded clarity of your purpose & the determination to stay the course to see a thing done, and of Fire. Daring is sheer guts - the chutzpah to follow your inner wisdom & of Water. Silence is the inner solitude that let's the voice of wisdom be heard & is of Earth. These 4 powers are what make the wheel of magic go.

These are mildly altered states of consciousness that have the power to stimulate the light of thought energy into motion & acquire the Elemental substance it needs to gain physical mass & take form. It's necessary to get in the zone to cast effectively.

Simple Spell Crafting draws on the witch powers of to know, to will, to dare and to be silent. It uses common supplies to build a relationship with our own environment.

Our intent changes from spell to spell but the activation formula to set any intention stays the same. One example of an all-purpose method is:

1. Belly breathe. Ground & Center to light the fire of intent in the belly.
2. Know your goal - to attract, to repel or to bind/hold something.
3. Own your intent by phrasing it in present-tense: not "I want/it will be", but rather "i have"/"it is".
4. Exhale & push the willful intent of that desire from the fire in your belly & out thru your breath, hands & intense gaze into the item used to hold the spell.
5. Thank the Powers because you Know the thing is done. Release it.


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OLD RELIABLE SPELLS

Below are tried n' true, old time spells that are likely to be In every witch's repertoire. They're a basic foundation that can be adapted endlessly to suit what you have on hand to work with. They've endured and thus have accumulated success from frequent use over centuries.

Candle spells are likely the most popular spells. They are simple and can be adapted to any need. Universally a flame symbolizes spiritual light, passion &' change. Fire is active energy. Usually candles are left to burn completely out in one setting as long as it's safe to do so; but a 7-knob candle will reuse the same candle for the same spell 7 times, usually daily for a week. Colors can aid intents: white-all purpose, black-banishing & protection, yellow-clear thinking & telepathy, red-vitality & passion, blue-psychism & emotional health, green-prosperity & physical health, purple-spirituality & spirit travel. it's OK to use a different color code or none.

To dress a candle: Dab olive oil onto your hand & then role the taper candles between oiled palms or dab oil on the top of tea lights & spread it clockwise (to increase/attract) or reverse (to decrease/repel). Oil seals our intent to the candle; & the olive represents victory.

Tip: dab oil in a five-spot pattern (:-:) to anchor the intent into NOW; represents the circle's quarter calls.

To set the intention: Use positive, present-tense phrasing. Words don't have to rhyme. Stand the candle in it's holder & place both hands around it. Take 3 deep breaths & each time state the goal as you push the goal into the candle thru your breath, hands and an almighty fierce Witchy gaze. On the last round add, "And it harm none. So be it done." The candle is ready.

The spell: Now light the wick; sit quietly & gaze into the flame. Observe the flame's many layers of color. Breathe and watch the flame until you are only aware of the flame, then with a witch's knowing, KNOW that the spell is already fulfilled upon the ethers. Know your goal in your gut & you don't have to visualize. Give THANKS because the deed is already done. Prepping set the intent. Let the candle burn completely; when the flame burns out is when the magic begins. Dispose of any spent stubs in the trash.

If you want to stop something already in progress then name a candle for what must be ended ("I name you X") oil it & stand it upright - stuck in it's own wax - in a bowl. Set your intention. Add water to cover the bottom of the candle & light up. Gaze at the flame for a minute or two knowing it is done & give thanks as above. When the candle burns down to water level it will be extinguished, bringing the unwanted matter to an end. This can be used to cancel a former spell or to un-hex.

A candle poppet can be made with five straight pins pushed into a taper candle at positions to represent the head at the top, 2 arms at the sides & lower down add 2 legs so that a taper candle resembles a human figure. Inscribe the name & apply oil before adding pins. If you're using a tea light, votive or jar candle the pins are placed like an upright pentagram into the top surface, like Leonardo's Vitruvian Man. Name the poppet for the target person it represents when activating your intention & burn the candle as described above. Dispose of the spent poppet pins by pushing them into the earth beneath a tree. Thank the tree for the roots' underworld connections as you "bury" the poppet (pins).

A witch's bottle is a home protection spell in which you fill a small bottle/jar with 3 bent "straight" pins to foul incoming bad intentions, 3 rusty iron nails to protect from psychic interference, 3 glass shards or shiny foil strips to serve as mirrors & deflect harmful intent. Add some strands of hair as a tag-lock to identify the one's being protected, including pets. Add pepper corns to repel & a tsp salt to protect. Top off the bottle with vinegar to mark your territory. Set your intent. Bury (or hide) the completed spell near the house's most used entrance. Burying in the ground uses passive Earth energy to "pacify" harm.

Adapt a witch-bottle spell to a Wish-Bottle by changing the contents & using pleasant, attracting herbs, colorful ribbon, charms, petition papers & sigils that are symbolic of the wish. Decorate imaginatively. Set intent & display.

A Good-luck charm just for witches was the original inspiration of a "travel-altar". Miniature charm replicas of the witch's tools (originally a plow blade, broom & cauldron) and a pinch of salt are carried by the witch in a red cloth pouch that is closed with a blue bead (against the evil eye). Consecrate the replicas as if they were the real tools. These transfer accumulated power from your tools to you wherever you go. Old time, iron artifacts were made by a blacksmith. Hobby stores today sell jewelry making charms to use instead.

Petitions: should be written only on the front of any clean paper. Write the goal (intention) in a few present-tense words; turn the paper (clockwise to attract, reverse to repel) 1/4-turn & over-write the goal with the name & birthdate of the person to benefit from the spell. By over-writing the goal with a name you are showing that they dominate over the goal; but if the spell is against someone then write their name 1st & then over-write the name with the goal to show that the goal dominates the person. Then turn the paper 1/4 turn again & sign your name showing that your will dominates all else. Dab oil in a five-spot pattern (:-:) to anchor the intent into NOW, represents the circle's quarter calls. Petitions can be added to other spells. Eventually they are burned. Writing is air-active energy & burning uses fire's active energy.

A Word Sigil is a spell made up of the letters of your written intention. Write the goal on paper in a few present tense words. Cross out the vowels and duplicate letters so only one of each consonant remains, like a text message (tx msg). Rearrange the remaining letters artfully in any way - upright, reversed, exaggerated - into a pleasing hieroglyph. Draw a containing circle around it. Cut the encircled sigil out. Set your intent. Then burn it or shred it to transform & activate it which is a key step with word sigils. Writing uses active, air energy, & words must be transformed to manifest. Scatter the ash/shreds on the breeze. Both Fire & Air have active polarity so they activate.

9 Knot Spell might use a piece of natural fiber twine or woolen yarn as long as your forearm to be tied with 9 knots. Don't pull so tightly that you cannot untie the knots. Use white twine as all-purpose, red for power, black to protect. Say one line of the charm while forming a knot, then blow a breath of power through the loop, or peer at the Moon through the loop just as you pull it closed to capture the Moon's energy in the loop. Repeat the process in sequence for all 9 knots & KNOW that the goal is done.

By knot one the spell's begun.
By knot two it comes true.
By knot three so shall it be.
By knot four the power is stored.
By knot five the spell's alive.
By knot six the goal is fixed.
By knot seven it is given.
By knot eight it is fate.
By knot nine it is mine
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You can do the knot tying during an appropriate weekday to launch the effort & set the intention, then store the string in a safe place until the best moon phase for your goal, then untie them. Knots hold the intent. Untying the knots releases the knot's power & burning the untied string transforms it. You can scatter the ashes in the wind, using active fire & air. In the days of sailing ships Sailors were known to buy a 3-knot wind spell from wharf witches & untie a knot to release a desirable wind. A knot spell is also a binding spell & as long as the knots remain tied the intent is held in place. To hold/bind permanently you would bury the string without untying the knots. The knots cannot then be undone & are thus bound. You will have changed the last line to "by knot nine (name, thing or deed) is entwined & confined". Knots themselves & burial use passive earth energy to hold/pacify harm.

A witch's ladder is a different chain of 5 knots for wish-fulfillment, 7 knots for good luck, or 13 knots for protection that are tied in twine with bundled twigs (oak, ash, thorn) or feathers tied into the knots. The ladder shape (like all ladders) symbolizes connecting 2 realms (as above, so below) & thus has magical potential. To activate it the completed chain is swung in the air hypnotically like a pendulum. Lock on a fearsome witchy gaze while thrice whispering your purpose & pushing the fire in the belly into the chain. Then it is hung in a tree to gradually weather & disentegrate & release the spell. Tree-magic traverses the 3 realms as the trees branches reach to the celestial realm, the trunk inhabits the mundane realm, and the roots pierce the underworld. Remember to thank the tree & leave an offering. The ladder spell can be cancelled by tossing the whole chain, as-is, into a flowing water. Water is a passive energy & pacifies.

Stroking Stones can be used to gently stroke above an injury to draw out pain as a healing chant is spoken, as well as used for remote healing & influencing. Choose any water-smoothed stone for healing as Water has life-giving force. Be prepared to spend an hour rocking fore 'n aft &' side-to-side as you stroke the stone while softly chanting: "Stone to stone, bone to bone, flesh to flesh, vein to vein, (name) is whole again." Keep it up until you mentally fade out or have some other indication you've reached your maximum capacity & can stop. Any stone will hold an intent until something dislodges it. Don't use the same stone for healing & hexing. Wishing stones have a colored band encircling them symbolizing the Circle & all it's magical associations. They are stroked to aid manifesting desires. Map stones have lines traversing & intersecting across their surface symbolizing Ley lines & ghost-tracks & are stroked to aid spirit travel. Wash used stones between spells to clear & reset them. An exceptionally lucky stone is a holey-stone with a natural hole clear through. They are protective charms in themselves as symbols of the life-giving womb. They can be used for scrying by peering through the hole & often are seen strung as pendants or on Witch's ladders.

Ordinary stones we find laying on the ground can have (+) active, Solar energy, or (-) passive, Lunar energy. Employ a pendulum to determine which polarity a stone has. Use the solar stones for dominance, overcoming and repelling, and short-term tasks as the Sun's cycle repeats daily; and use Lunar stones for nurturing, psychism, attraction and long-term tasks as the lunar cycle repeats monthly. Wash stones in cool, running water to clear them after use &' refresh them by re-placing them on the earth. White Quartz is abundant & in-tune with Gaia's energies so is considered all-purpose.

The witch's cord or "measure" previously described in ritual tools captures the energy signature of the person whose measure is taken with a cord or twine. Likewise, when the target is absent, a proxy-measure can be made from a stick figure drawn in fire pit ash (or with old incense ashes) & named for the target. Use sewing thread to measure head-to-foot (tie end knots), then measure the length of the head & tie a knot, measure from that knot to the chest (tie knot), from chest to crotch (tie knot). The measure sympathetically captures ailments & injuries & is then burned &'its ash is mixed with the stick-figure-ash & disposed of in flowing water that carries away the ailment. Fire is an active element and "activates" the intent first, then water which is a passive element, is used to pacify the condition.

The witch's own measure is worn on their person during rituals and spell crafting to reinforce their own intent. It can be wrapped around spells-in-the-works that you want to support and let "cook" while you do other things.

Potions can use a spoonful of each herb that you choose & enough water in the pot to cover the herbs. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by 1/2, then cool & strain. Add brandy or vodka equal to 1/2 of the remaining liquid as a preservative. Serve a teaspoon of this final brew in a cup of tea or other beverage. Add honey-to-taste. Activate the intent at the time of brewing. Use only safe kitchen herbs with the magical properties you want for brews you will drink or add to the bath. Brews used as aerosols usually are added strained & cooled to an equal amount of rubbing alcohol or witch hazel. Brews that get sprinkled across door stoops and pathways or poured around the foundation for protection usually have lots of salt, garlic and peppery "go-away" ingredients and need no preservatives. The simplest brew is a cup of tea. (See "correspondences" in the WC and Wicca 101 section to find herb properties.)

HOW TO DESIGN A SPELL:

What do you want?
Know your general goal: prosperity (attracting abundance, good-luck, health, love); protection (purifying, repelling harm); or power to bind & hold.

When should you do it?
The Moon Phase sets the over all forces to working & each phase lasts a week. Spells for attraction, gain & increase work best as the moon grows from new-to-full (waxing moon); spells for repelling, reducing or banishing are best done when the moon diminishes after full to dark moon (waning moon). Spells for personal empowerment & success of endeavors are done at Full Moon. Full moon energy includes the day before full, the day of full, and the day after the full moon. The Moon's influence is present even in the daytime or if the night is cloudy.

Consult any media weather forecast for the current day's moon phase. Or print/purchase a moon phase calendar.

Like affects like. What is simpatico with the intention?
You can beef-up a spell's effectiveness by paying attention to the element that best relates to the general category of your purpose. The elements each have properties & symbolism you can use to build your spell around.

Air - Mercury; thought, intellect; yellow; marjoram, mint, sage; Wednesday
Fire - Sun & Mars; vitality & partnerships; red; bay, basil, rosemary; Sunday & Tuesday
Water - Venus & Moon; emotions & psychic activity; blue; lemon, rose, thyme; Fri. & Mon.
Earth - Saturn & Jupiter; home, prosperity; green; grains, patchouli, salt; Sat. & Thursday
Aether - cosmos; spirit travel; purple; fermented brews; quartz ---

Choose your means I.e., container: bottle, jar, pouch; knots, candle, potion or stone & assemble what you have on hand to hold the spell.

Set your intent by pushing the goal's fire in the belly into the the assembled items. Recite a short, repetitive chant or rhyme you have written that states the goal for fun. Rhyme helps focus the will, and repetition strengthens intent.

Wording: Use positive, present-tense phrasing to own the intent in the Now so your thoughts don't stay in the "wanna-be" realm. When projecting your focussed will for a desired outcome, state "and it harm none". You, as a witch, Know that the universe has already responded to your goal. Knowing's like a hunch & feels like a door opens.

It is traditional to never discuss a spell until after it has manifested, lest you deplete and weaken the energy by drawing it back to you like a yo-yo. Also, it's not a good idea to post photos of active spells because it provokes energy scattering.

Disposal & Clean-Up: Occult literature teaches that we remain connected to a spell by tiny energy threads as long as the spell is active (that's why what we send out returns). Breaking your energy-connection to the spell and disposing of spent materials after the spell is done is as much part of the spell as creating it. It stops attachments from forming. Herbs can be buried or burned and ashes (that weren't deliberately scattered) get flushed in running water because earth/water are passive energies & therefore "pacify". (Fire/Air are activating energies.) Stones can be washed or returned to earth. Spent candle stubs can be put in the trash & removed. When dis-assembling the spell use your spoken intent to decommission the debris. "The time has come to end this spell. Your job is done and all is well."

We clean up after ourselves, neutralize energy that was summoned, and disconnect from what was accomplished. This important step keeps psychic energy from clinging to us & becoming psychic sludge that can drain our energy. The Crafter should periodically do a self-cleansing salt-scrub while showering (stroking head to feet to ground & neutralize) & remove forgotten spell links.

MAGICAL LAWS (paraphrased)

Doctrine of Signatures - The attributes without mirror the qualities within. Nature has left clues to the magical uses of an object through it's shape, texture, color, markings, smell & taste.

Law of Contagion - Once together, always together. Whenever two things touch, they leave connecting strands of energy between them. The longer the contact, the stronger the link. Witches tap into these connections as identifying tag-locks.

Law of Sympathy - In magical use, what is willed, intended, or done to the symbol or image, will also impact the material target. The symbol is as real as the thing itself.
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Re: Getting Started

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VOTIVES, VIGIL CANDLES, PETITIONS & PSALMS
(highly popular folk magic practice & useful for broom-closeted folk)


Popularly the Votive candles that burn 10-15 hours in their cups or the 5 to 7-day, jar type of vigil candles can be used for extended burn time. The plain, unprinted vigil candles from the dollar-store are inexpensive. As with any candle, wash or wipe down the surfaces with blessed salt-water to remove prior shop handling & energy residue & price stickers. Dress the top of the candle with your selected oil by dabbing a five-spot pattern (:-:) of oil around the wick to symbolically "call quarters" & anchor the goal into the material realm. Then spread the dots of oil around the top with a finger while you state the intent. If herbs are used please lay them around the base of the candle holder rather than sprinkling onto the wax as they can clump in the melting wax & catch fire.

Note: when adapting the spell, apply oil & rotate petition papers deosil -> to attract something & turn widdershins <- to repel something

The petition can be written on any clean paper that's about palm-size. Write on only the front of the paper, over-writing text. Write the goal (intention) in a few present-tense words; turn the paper 1/4-turn & over-write the goal with the name & birthdate of the person to benefit from the spell. By over-writing the goal with a name you are showing that they dominate over the goal; but if the spell is against someone then write their name 1st & then over-write the name with the goal to show that the goal dominates the person. Then turn the paper 1/4 turn again & write the Psalm number & its beginning phrase showing it dominates all else. Oil is dabbed in a 5-spot pattern [:-:] on the 4 corners and center of the petition paper, as explained above.

The candle is placed in a safe area & the petition is placed under it. The candle is lit & the selected Psalm is read aloud or under the breath. The candle is left to burn continuously until it's done. The Psalm is re-read daily. If necessary, you can snuff the flame then re-light as able; & repeat the Psalm with each re-light until the candle is fully consumed.

Here's a short list of useful Psalms from Candle Burning with the Psalms by William A. Oribello:

Disperse disturbing ghosts & spirits, both Ps 144 and 145
Dream guidance, Ps 23 or 42
Evil eye removal, Ps 91
Good fortune, Ps 65
Healing Ps 6 or 21
Help in time of need Ps 18
Hex break Ps 7 or 8
Mental clarity Ps 115
Repel all harmful conditions Ps 100
Spiritual enlightenment Ps 25
Thanksgiving Ps 30 or 116

YouTube channel Hoodoo Delish is the source I used for interpretation of the wax &' smoke residue left on the glass when the burn is complete to check the status of the spell. A clean glass with very little residue is ideal, meaning all is well with the spell. If the wick was uncentered & leaned sideways to blacken the glass, it was a mechanical issue & is not read. Otherwise, black soot indicates resistance was encountered and the sooner it stopped on the glass, the better. If the soot extends 1/2 way down the glass then rethink the spell &'repeat. White soot signifies spirit assistance was given, probably by their guides. Waxy residue like frost covering a large area shows that matters were not clearly seen before beginning & results may be less than hoped for. Waxy, unbroken rings pertain to time factors before the spell can resolve: 3-rings close together can be 3-days/weeks, or 3-months if spaced farther apart. Broken rings regardless of spacing show you weren't certain the goal was desirable so your focus was broken, & the spell results are iffy. If the wick divides so that 2 flames occur, then your spell has powerful spirit assistance. If the flame goes out right away it's a mechanical issue so just expose more wick & relight. If the flame is burning OK but goes out 1/2 way down or more then the spell is done. The magic starts when a candle is done. Interpretations vary by reader so use your own intuitive symbolism. Dispose of vigil glass containers in the trash or wash & repurpose. Votive cups get washed & reused.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:18 pm

binxyhollow wrote:As you seem to have the fountain of information. How would you go about cutting wood from a tree as part of making an altar? I have a table top that im going to cut to my desired shape. I know how to dry out the wood and treat it with beeswax, but how do you go about actually harvesting the wood directly from the tree to avoid moisture from the ground?

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I'm sorry, but I have no idea. I imagine once a tree is felled it can be cross cut into slabs if you have the proper saw and strength. It's way beyond me. Wouldn't you think wood slabs should be dried under pressure to prevent warping? How you'd do that, I have no idea, or experience but I'd bet a lumber mill can tell you. The ends of 2x4s are stamped with info that the wood was pressure treated when dried. Go to a Home Depo or Lowes and see their set up.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Ashrend » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:21 pm

I know how to make it. I mean more blessing the ground or tree, how to give it back what you are taking from that tree

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Re: Getting Started

Postby Hagerman420 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:52 pm

binxyhollow wrote:I know how to make it. I mean more blessing the ground or tree, how to give it back what you are taking from that tree

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Maybe plant a seed for new growth of another tree?
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:56 pm

Same as wand-cutting: Use a sturdy hand saw with a drop cloth on the ground to prevent it from touching the sod & losing it's virtue into the earth. Cut at dawn or in cold weather so the sap isn't running. Address the tree and explain the purpose. Express your thanks. Leave an offering of bread.

If you take the entire tree down it's possible the roots will regrow in time. You could provide a miniature habitat to replace the one you are taking. Use all of the tree as you would any living creature if you were hunting.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Hagerman420 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:03 pm

The way the first nation people do it when they kill for food is give thanks to the spirit for allowing for them to take it's life to feed existing life.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Ashrend » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:06 pm

I wouldnt be killing the tree, just taking a small part of it. I dont know my gods or goddess other than arthemis yet but i know nature is integral to me. I do like the idea of making or buying a bird house to place in the tree for which im harvesting the wood from. I would take fallen branches but they get soaked and ruined easily

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Re: Getting Started

Postby Ashrend » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:13 pm

Would the tools in which i prep the tree branch need blessing or consecrating?

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Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:18 pm

No, I don't think so. Your intent will honor the life force. But you might wipe the blade down with alcohol so you don't transfer any tree diseases. I do that when pruning roses from bush to bush. Also the Land is already sacred and you are asking to take something from a living being.

I like your idea of the bird house :mrgreen:

Edit: hmm, I thought about this overnight. I did a head smack as I remembered I had consecrated my gardening tools. But I used them again and again in the same location, as you would use altar tools again and again at the location of your altar. So, I'm gonna fudge out and say it's up to you. Your intent at the occasion of a one-time pruning is sufficient for the purpose, IMO.

EDIT: and leave an offering, of course. Doh. Whenever we glean from Nature, leave an offering as apology for disturbing the spirit involved.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Ashrend » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:38 pm

Alright thank you for the info, i think il take my time and either wait for a storm and go searching for one or wait til the time feels right to go harvest the wood. Il consecrating my gardening toola anyway as i want to grow some of my own herbs, so trimming or digging them up il need it

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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:45 pm

THINGS THAT ARE BETWEEN

There are special times, things & places all around us that contribute to magical effectiveness. These are "between" one thing and another. They are therefore powerful in that they assist our thoughts to be "between" & thus to manifest.

Bridges - are neither this side or that side & are literally between 2 realms.
Cacoons - contain a caterpillar between stages of life, changing from larva to moth.
Caves - passageways into the Land itself, and to the underworld.
Cemeteries - are links between the mid-world and the underworld.
Chimneys - passageways between in & outdoors by way of the transforming hearth.
Church yard - is neither within the sanctuary or detached from it, but "between" both.
Circles of Stone - as with any circle, it is neither in this world or the next.
Concave shapes - bowls, cups, caves, skulls; accumulate & hold ethereal energies.
Cross Roads - intersection of directions & realms, not being one or the other & thus between.
Doorways, windows - are neither in or out but are between.
Eggs - eggs are one thing & become another thing; what's within the egg is between.
Embankments & Shorelines - are between land and water.
Ember days - between the winter solstice (or Christmas) and Epiphany, Jan 6.
Equinoxes - end of light/dark annual cycle, beginning of next.
Hill tops, mountains - are between land and sky.
House beams, power lines, foot paths, fence rails - transfer & direct energy between locations.
Liminal hours of dawn, noon, dusk, midnight - neither today or tomorrow, morning or night.
Mirrors - reflect this world in reverse; cosmic & underworlds are reverse of mundane.
Solstices - the peak of the light or dark 1/2's of the annual solar cycle.
Spirals - ascending or descending transmute energy from this to that.
Stairs & ladders - are between one level and the other, connect realms (as above, so below)
Swings - move between by rhythmic back & forth motion as do rocking chairs.
Toads &' frogs - live both in the pond & on the land, thus between 2 realms.
Trees - connect between 3 realms of cosmic, mundane & underworld.
Trance - when out-of-body we can pass between worlds; we're not dead but "living dead".
Wells, underground springs - exist in the underworld and surface worlds.
Water - transforms between solid ice/snow, liquid/rain and steam/mist; holds intention.

Well, you get the idea. Add some thoughts of your own.
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Re: Getting Started

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BROOM CLOSET

Many beginners quite reasonably may want to keep their practice low key and un-noteworthy. Exploring new beliefs that aren't yet ready for discussion or that may be at odds with one's established home life can feel vulnerable. I don't recommend bold face deceitfulness. I do support safe exploration of ideas with the disclaimer that outward actions are subject to parental authority until we reach legal age. That's just the way it is. You can be discrete without being sneaky. You don't want to create drama that will injure your relationships.

You can have an altar if you want that's hidden in plain sight by using household items as symbolic representations of the Elements & Deity as described in the altar section; by choosing flameless & smokeless methods; by avoiding bejeweled, fantasy gear & unimaginative solid black. Feed your altar space by spending time there every day. It's a good place to be to write in your plain, uninteresting notebook. You can do spells with free, found-in-nature & junk-drawer supplies. You can do a complete ritual in a cramped space without a single ritual tool by using your hands & mime. (see Rituals in Cramped Space, pg. 4).

Lots of Mainstream Religious households use personal shrines. Perpetual lights & altar lights can be battery powered candles (come in all shapes & colors) or strings of Yule lights to represent spiritual light. The four archangels do actually represent the 4 Quarters of the Universe; patron saints & guardian angels are real guardian spirits. Votive & vigil candles are spell candles.

There's no way to disguise smoke. Replace incense with an aerosol mist, oil diffuser or a dry potpourri (bowl, jar or dream pillow) & shake to release the aroma. Instead of magical transformation by fire (burning) for paper petitions, sigils & cords use scissors to cut-up-to-transform &' scatter the confetti in the wind wafting above a waste basket. Both fire & air are activating force (+) for magical intents.

Every Snoop Sister knows about the shoe-box of treasures hidden under the bed & it's the first place they look, so let them find a harmless seashell or rock collection. Sadly, ever since H. Potter the stick-wand has become a dead give away. Nothing shouts "Witch!" like a wand, cauldron or pentagram. So don't use them. Substitute & allow ordinary, random items to be in plain sight as decor thus showing they are of no special interest.

Historically only the Priestly class in religious temples had fancy magical regalia and sacred vessels. The average home Crafter made do with a cooking pot & broom that have become modern icons of the witch. Repurposing isn't a new thing. Some suggestions for repurposing are below.

Supplies from Household Items:

Altar cloth - place mats, bandanas & scarves, towels
Athame - letter opener, any pointer, or point index & middle fingers to rep 2-edged blade
BoS - use a plain notebook any size; go digital & post in EUTM BOS topic
Candles - flameless battery powered lights; tealight or birthday candles in a cup if flame is OK
Cauldron - any mixing bowl, plain or decorative; Pyrex is heat safe
Charm bag is a spell packet - Coffee Filter pouch, folded paper or envelopes; decorate & tie closed
Chalice, candle holder, offering plate - repurpose household dishes
Cord magic - embroidery floss, yarn, twine, string, ribbon
Herbs - aid psychism w/bay leaf or pumpkin spice; protect w/salt-black pepper; aid prosperity w/basil or mint; sweeten w/rose petals, sugar or honey
Offerings - water, freshly brewed coffee; floral bouquets; bread; fruits, nuts, beans & grains
Oils - olive oil represents fruitfulness & victory; sweet oil
Pendulum - for yes-no divination use a pendant, ring on a string, needle & thread
Pentacle - 5-petaled flower, 4-way gods eye made of yarn & sticks
Potions - herbal teabags are conveniently pre-packaged, decorate the bag with sigils
Storage containers - recycled jars, coffee canisters, zip-lock bags, water bottles
Stones - white quartz=all purpose; water-smooth=healing, banded=wishing, lined=spirit-travel
Tarot - Playing Cards https://exemplore.com/fortune-divinatio ... ying-Cards
Wand - use a fallen stick, trim to desired length, peel bark, sand & lightly oil to protect
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