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Re: Getting Started

Postby nightshroud » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:17 am

To me it comes from the heart as long as you can put your heart and soul into it the gods will listen. (That) makes for an easier connection with them, because the gods don't want you to try and be like others. they want you to be your wonderful self.

Mother Gaia blessed us with individuality why not use that? nothing wrong with you I went down that road. The gods love you for you. :D

Blessed be your day and hope you find this helpful.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:01 pm

Yup. Being truly ourselves is the core of having a personal WCraft practice.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Tue May 30, 2017 9:19 am

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The basic idea is to clean the item to get road dust and unwanted psychic energy off from it. Then you make a statement to the spirit of the item that it will be used for the purpose of x (fill in the blank). Then ask your deity's blessing. And you charge it.

There are variations because, of course, nothing a pagan ever does has only one way to do it :roll: The standard cleanse (or re-set) is done with fire and water the two forces that shape the Earth, if you you think in terms of eons.

An altar tool is an unintelligent chunk of matter (housing a wee bit of universal spirit) until you imbue it with your magical will and give it's purpose to the spirit within the thing. You always spell things out clearly in magic so everybody knows what the intent is.

If you regularly work with the five elements of air, earth, fire, water and spirit, then you add an introduction to each element after the cleansing & statement of purpose. You touch the item with each symbol of all of the elements: sprinkle it with some salt or garden soil for earth, and fume with smoke or fan the item or blow on it for air, and hold it above the candle flame for fire, and sprinkle it with water for water; and for spirit you draw a pentagram or equal-arm cross on it with a finger dipped in oil (these are Signs of the Craft).

The last step of consecration is to ask the blessing of your deity. Short and sweet is better than long, flowery, tongue twisting speeches.

Sometimes, like when you only own one tool, or don't regularly work with all of the elements, the tool can be introduced just to the one single element that it represents. For example, a wand represents air so it could be cleansed, dedicated to the purpose of directing your magical will, then fanned or blown on for air as a way of awakening it, and finally blessed in the name of deity.

The standard tools used in Wicca each represent one element of Nature:
Earth-pentacle, Air-wand, Fire-flame (or blade), Water-cup, Spirit-bell.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:09 am

RITUAL FOR CRAMPED SPACE
for when you are pinched for everything


When your practice is confined to a small working space & you have nothing at all to use for your ritual, or you just like simplicity, use gestures to express your intent. No tools or candles, no water or incense is used, but the cleansing steps will be carried out by intention through gestures.

Stand where the center of the circle would be, facing north or east. Ground by passing the flat of your hand from crown-to-crotch, as you imagine the vertical axis along your spine descending into the Earth. Center by tracing an X on your middle as you imagine the N/S and E/W intersections. Raise power by swinging your arms forward and back for a full minute to pump up some juice. To cleanse yourself and your aura, do the see-hear-speak no evil hand gestures placing the hands over the eyes, ears and mouth. (This dispels negative energy.) If you like to use words to emphasize the intent, say something like: "I see no evil. I hear no evil. I speak no evil. All about and within me is harmony."

Next, charge the sacred space. Still standing in the center spot, turn a slow circle as you point your index & middle fingers, and your gaze, to direct your energy to the circumference, drawing forth the power & pouring it through you. This energy passes right through furniture to make a sphere. You might say, "Round and round and round about. All good in, & all bad out! As I turn the circle's cast, a place between and holding fast."

To call the quarters, remain in the center location & turn to each quarter, using a gesture of hand-to-heart and a respectful nod to each quarter, and then the circle's center. Starting (N)orth: "I call Earth the power to grow. (E) I call Air the power to know, (S) I call Fire the power to Go, (W) I call Water the power to flow. (C) I call Spirit to make it so. As above, so below."

You now stand at the cross-roads, cleansed, centered, balanced and at peace with All realms. You are ready to address your Deity and state your purpose.

Evoking your deities is quite personal, and the words should come from the heart. Greet and welcome them by name or title. Hand-to-heart gestures can express the feeling, with a bow from the waist. If you aren't working with a deity, then silently bow to Nature.

You can slip right into meditation here, divination or spell work is done next, as applicable. No spell materials are needed. You can raise, program & charge the Cone. Do this by imagining a blue mist rising from the Earth below your feet & spiraling around you. Imagine & feed your intent into the spiraling mist. Speak your intent in the present tense as a completed task. When you know it is thus/so release the spiraling Cone of Power to fulfill the task: "Aid friends and vanquish foes. I command you now to GO." Push! Trust the system. Rest.

In place of the thanksgiving food offering, pledge a simple service within your means (clean up after the dog, shovel snow, empty all the waste baskets and take out the trash, pull weeds, etc.). "I have no food or drink to hand, instead I offer what I can. I will X."

Finally you announce the rite is completed, thank and release the Deities "Our rite is at an end; and may we always part as friends. Go if you must, stay if you will, with ever peace between us still."; and the Powers "Powers of North, East, South & West. Go you now to your rest."

Standing in the center spot, ground the circle's residual energy as a gift back into the Earth. Raise your arms straight above your head, then slowly lower your arms out to the sides & straight down as you visualize the circle sinking into the earth. And you're done.

Hand Gestures

Horned God - closed fist with pinkie & index fingers extended like horns, the thumb holding down the middle & ring fingers.

Goddess - a closed fist with the thumb inserted between index & middle finger.

Earth Element - A closed fist.
Air Element - Open palm with spread fingers.
Water Element - Cupped palm turned upwards.
Fire Element - A triangle made with touching index to index fingers & thumb to thumb makes an upward triangle sign of Fire that also makes a window for looking through to intensely focus one's magical gaze.

Athame - Extended parallel index & middle fingers together; reps dual polarity, double-edge.
Wand - Extended index finger alone.
Chalice - Cupped palm, same as Water.
Pentacle - Traced in air with finger(s).

Hault- flat open, extended palm signals pause/stop.
Summon - open palm drawn toward us as invitation.

Purify - Hands over eyes-ears-mouth shows that you see/hear/speak no evil and purifies sacred space.

To aid meditation

Touch tips of thumb to index finger to aid concentration; Touch tips of thumb & middle finger to aid centering; touch tips of thumb & ring finger to aid grounding.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:35 am

FULL MOON RITE
Simple Solitaire Drawing Down the Moon

To help you plan your evening, the Full Moon rises as the sun sets, and reaches the zenith at midnight. You should have a cup or bowl of plain water in which you will catch the Moon's reflection, set in the center of your space. Moonlight is all the blessing that it needs. This will later become your Libation offering. Have your Wand (if used) & journal near by for recording. If you work outdoors there is no altar to set up. Full moonlight is bright enough to see in. Ground & Center as usual. During any Moon meditations, you can look at the Moon or, if that makes you dizzy, use it's reflection in water.

The water will be moon-light charging while you cast the circle with drawn down moon-energy instead of raising earth-energy. Lift one hand, palm upwards and open to the Moon. Point your other hand (or use the wand) to where you will draw the circle's rim. Then pull the moon light towards and through your raised hand and push it out the other, using the moon's energy to cast your circle. At the calling, call on the Moon Goddess alone, and call to features of the Moon light at each quarter rather than calling the elements themselves.

Speak softly, under your breath, so as not to disturb the Night. As I cast the circle's rim, I summon silvery light within. Around and 'round & round about. All good in & all bad out. As I turn the circle is cast, a place between and holding fast.

Then welcome the Moon Goddess & call the quarters. I welcome you Lady of the Moon, Selene, come Ye down to grant this boon. Holy Lady of the Night, may it please you to attend and bless my rite.

North: I call to the Light of the Moon to nourish my energy-body
East: I call to the Light of the Moon to inspire my mind
South: I call to the Light of the Moon to infuse my spirit
West: I call to the Light of the Moon to refresh my soul


Then go on with a simple meditation in Her powerful light. (see 3 suggestions below)

When your meditation ends, write about it in your journal as an offering to show Her you value the experience, whatever it is.

You can sip the moon charged water now. No speeches. Do this in reverent silence. Feel the Moonlight. Pour out some water as offering to the Earth & leave the rest outside until animals drink it or it evaporates and the spirits have consumed it.

And because you didn't evoke any but the Lady Moon & Her light there is no elemental dismissal, only the farewell:

Holy Lady, stay if you will, go if you must
May it always be with love and trust

The rite is ended.


Ground and dissipate the circle. Standing in the center spot, kiss your hand to the Moon and raise your arms straight above your head; then slowly lower your arms out to the sides & straight down as you visualize the circle sinking as a gift into the earth. And you're done.

MEDITATION

1. Outdoors, on any moon lit night, regardless of the Moon's phase and even if it's cloudy as the Moon is still present: Stand or sit facing the moon haze. Imagine the Moon's hazy white light is surrounding your head and shoulders as if you wore a hoodie of soft, white Cashmere wool. Imagine this light flows into your energy body, and throughout your whole body. Allow about 10 minutes then just let the excess flow down and out through your feet to ground you. Record your experience.

2. On a clear night, stand outdoors in the direct path of the full Moon's light. Focus your awareness on your own energy-body, which is slightly larger than the physical body-space you occupy. Focus your awareness outward to the edges of your space. Sense the moon light and notice how it feels. Then pull your awareness from the edges of your space along with the moon light, and draw back into your center point. Rest within your center and commune in silence. The Moon is linked to psychic energy and 10 minutes of communing will do. You may experience some dizziness so don't over do it. Ground your energy body when you finish. Record your experience.

3. On a clear night, go outdoors in the direct path of the full Moon's light. This can make you dizzy, so sit down. Stare at the moon. Blink as needed. Just keep your gaze on the moon. Let yourself go with the light. To return, think firmly of your body where you sit. Ground yourself. Record your experience.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Shadee » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:36 am

Remember when you told me about centering, and I said I couldn't do it right? ^^ I might have found a solution.

Centering is about bringing back our energy to ourselves. The energy that we spread by feeling concern about various things, like work, family, the dinner, and other worldly things.

Here was my problem: when I tried to center, I felt overwhelmed with energy. And since I have absolutely no natural shield against such thing, I just ended up laughing and crying like crazy after five minutes of trying. This made my emotions go completely nuts, yet most of them didn't come from me. It was like laughing out of being tickled.

Then I realized these energy bursts came from inside my chest, near the Heart chakra. It's a very sensible spot for me, and I might have made the mistake of trying to bring back my energies there. So when I tried again, I decided to store it all behind my navel button, near my Sacral chakra. And this time, it felt a lot better.

So there you have it ^^" I wasn't listening to my body enough, I guess... Thank you for this guide!
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:56 am

Well done :) You stayed with your intent and found your space. Grounding and releasing the emotional energy waves can help ease the pressure. Centering is also about uniting with one's force of will.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby PhoenixRising » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:06 pm

SpiritTalker wrote:KNOW YOUR LOCALE. Know about your geographic location, it's history, and the lay of the land and your neighborhood. Get out and feel Nature. Feel the Earth's energies at dawn, noon, dusk, & midnight.


This is something I've always done, ever since I was a child. And I've always had an excellent sense of direction, and a strong memory of which way I came, should I get turned around (or "lost," as my ex used to insist :lol: ).

Admittedly, I do need to get out and feel the wonders of Nature more often.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:24 pm

Getting our senses involved speeds up learning.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:58 am

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