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Practicing Inconspicuously

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:14 pm
by Vervain
The following was my reply to a post in the Introductions forum, but I felt it would be more appropriate to copy over here. Perhaps this can become a useful resource.

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Varod wrote:is there a way to practice the Craft without too many rituals? it would freak my family out...


Yes, absolutely--or at least a way to practice without an altar and without roaming skyclad around your parents' house chanting and smudging. The physical part of the craft (tools, herbs, altar, etc) is mostly just symbolism to help you more easily connect with the spiritual plane. You can get in touch with Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit simply by grounding, meditating, and talking to Spirit.

Grounding can be done anywhere anytime;
Meditating doesn't necessarily look like this:
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(Okay, so maybe I just wanted an excuse to use the picture.)
Any activity you find meditative can get you in contact with the spiritual plane. It can be just sitting outside in the breeze, or practicing a musical instrument, or flow arts, or walking, or cooking, or... anything;
You can talk to Spirit anywhere, about anything.

One of my favorite no-tools ways to connect to spirit is chanting, which I like because you can do it anywhere. I happen to be happily out of the broom closet, and sometimes my atheist boyfriend will even chant along with me, which is really nice, but I chant alone on the way to class, in my house alone, in the shower, et cetera.

Some of my favorite chants are:
this one
and this one
and this one too
and also this one
That playlist is actually full of all my favorite chants.

I hope this was of some help to you! I'm probably going to go repost the majority of this reply in a more appropriate subforum.
Blessed be!
Vervain

Re: Practicing Inconspicuously

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:45 pm
by raynelae
Very helpful and inspiring for people with little privacy. Just remember, it will get better the longer you practice!

Re: Practicing Inconspicuously

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:22 pm
by Xiao Rong
Not to mention cooking! It's very easy to practice magic inconspicuously while cooking, and no one ever objects to the end results if they're tasty!

Re: Practicing Inconspicuously

PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:14 pm
by SpiritTalker
If you want tools then use inconspicuous household dishes & supplies, birthday candles if flame's allowed, salt, oil & water.

A walk outdoors can be a silent act of honoring the Divine in Nature. Grounding, centering, shielding are invisible actions. Meditation is a personal spiritual practice & different forms can be done sitting still or while walking or doing routine chores.

We can do secular magic without religious ritual or we can use subtle hand gestures & still cast a circle with a pointing finger.

Hand Gestures

.Purify - Hands over eyes-ears-mouth to see/hear/speak no evil
.Horned God - closed fist with pinkie & index fingers extended like horns
.Goddess - a closed fist with the thumb inserted between index & middle finger.
.Hand-to-heart - showing reverence & respect.
.Bowing - respectful acknowledgment of great power
.Earth Element - A closed fist.
.Air Element - Open palm with spread fingers.
.Water Element - Cupped palm turned upwards.
.Fire Element - Tented fingers
.Ether - fist pump

Re: Practicing Inconspicuously

PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:06 am
by MsMollimizz
Its called "wish magick"....
I've had to re-do my whole magick thing due to an accident I had.

Sometimes, I just holler, "Help me Mr Wizard I don't wanna.....anymore"
Just talking to your Goddess and let her know the trouble you are having,
"Goddess of my heart, She who knows all, I could really use some help
right now with......."
There's no right way or wrong way to talk to your God/dess and ask
for assistance with whatever is necessary.
Only remember to ask yourself first if it is something you need or just
want. What is necessary for growth will come in time, what is wanted
may not come until you've received what is needed for your growth.
That does NOT mean you won't get what you want-within reason-you
won't receive the winning lottery numbers...but you could receive an
unknown amount of money necessary for survival-I've seen it happen
just last Samhain !
Just be reasonable in your requests.
Magick doesn't fix everything, just some !
Gentle Indigo Light
MsMollimizz