What kind of magic?

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What kind of magic?
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Sat, 06-12-2010 - 9:19pm
I'm just now buying a few items that I can use in working magic but I'm wondering how many of you use magic in your rituals? If you do, what do you use, herbs, candles, or something else?
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Fri, 06-25-2010 - 8:38pm
I use herbs, essential oils and different colored candles, sometimes specific crystals. Different color candles for the different Sabbats, or to represent the Four Directions, or the Goddess or the God. Here are the books I have found useful:



1. Scott Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs



2. Starhawk's Spiral Dance. Some good Appendices for color, incense, etc., for specific Sabbats, purposes, etc.



3. Scott Cunningham's Magical Household.



4. Scott Cunningham's Earth Magic. and Earth, Air, Fire and Water. For Magick out in Nature, without altars, etc.



5. Scott Cunningham's The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews.



6. Books on crystals, their magical and healing properties, such as Crystal Bible or The Illustrated Guide to Crystals.



Sometimes I have candles "dressed" at my local Pagan shop, but can also "dress" my own, by choosing appropriate colors of candle, appropriate herbs and essential oils, etc.



Sometimes I do spellwork by mental focus, casting a Circle, calling the Lady & Lord, the Guardians of the Four Directions, and my Totems to connect my focus and power, to Theirs. And I use mental focus and intent and visualization. It's nice to have ritual tools, oils, incense, crystals, be at my altar, but there are times when one's best and strongest tool, is simply oneself, the power of one's mind, and breath, and simply joining oneself to the power of Nature, the Guardians and the Goddess and God. As Witches, we are Connectors with all of Them, and the Earth itself. Using tools like herbs, candles, crystals, etc., can help strengthen our focus and concentration, but we can learn to channel the energy power by mental focus, concentrated breath, or just sitting under a tree, as well. Or wherever we are and have need of enacting a spell, not near our altar, tools, etc. There are many ways and in the beginning of working with the Craft, using tools and special rituals, is very helpful in learning how to connect, concentrate and channel the power to one's specific purpose as well as when one needs more "OOMPH." :) Also very helpful to use tools and an altar when working Magick in a group; keeps everyone "on point" and focused.



I hope that helps. :)


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 8:19pm

Hi Gypsy,

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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 8:33pm

Hi Gypsy,

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Thu, 07-01-2010 - 2:34pm
I will try to answer as best I can, Shadow Fox and Jackie. ;))



As a bit of an explanation of my journey with the Goddess & God, and Wicca, I think I can say unequivocally that I have gone from following directions of others who have "gone before," so to speak, to developing my own way to "connect" with the Lady & Lord, Nature and the Universe at large... When I began nearly 20 years ago, when middle aged, I started with Starhawk's Spiral Dance and then found Scott Cunningham's two books for the Solitary Practitioner. I have other books on my shelf, even Silver Ravenwolf's book for the Solitary Practitioner, Laurie Cabot, which I have found useful when looking for ideas for planning a Sabbat ritual for my little Circle group. However, other books have just sat on my groaning dusty bookshelves, after reading them initially, and get little use. Especially after all this time. :P I have found Scott Cunningham's approach to be more in keeping with my own, as I have walked this path now. Simple. True from the heart. My own words. Use what tools I wish to, but not all that many have on their altars. (As for tools? I believe each of us, our bodies, minds and spirits, are our own best "tools" and once we truly learn to focus and visualize, that is truly all we need to direct and conduct Magick and spell work. I do like to use candles and herbs and the occasional crystal.) From the beginning, I just found feeling I have to go out and buy all the tools listed and necessary on the altar, or having even an ongoing inventory of herbs or incense or what have you, or multiple decks of Tarot cards, and so on, somehow a way to give up my own personal connection to the guidance of the Lady & Lord, and let others define me and my path. That approach was helpful in the beginning, but as I have continued, I have found I must define my own path, in direct connection and intuitive guidance from the Goddess. Each person must find their own way to connect, IMO. Other's journeys in books, are a great help in the beginning, but eventually I have discovered, that to stay true to my path, isn't about following others' ways of doing things, but to discovered my own.



I don't want to tread in formalized "footsteps" of ritual or tools or ways I "must" do things, to be "a true Wiccan." Written by other people, telling me what I must do to be truly "Wiccan." I have no patience for any of that. I had that dictatorial approach raised as a Catholic. So, no thanks! LOL! :D That's not to say I haven't developed my own style of self-discipline, to my practice and my ways of worship or working with the Craft. I recognize not all who choose to call themselves Wiccan, practice witchcraft. Some do; some do not. I chose to embrace witchcraft as part of my path. So, that said, basically I chose as the years went by, to let go of others' ways of doing things, and pretty much follow my own intuitive sense, and inner wisdom in how I wish to connect and "do" things. I may use resources, but I mix them up, for ideas for Sabbat ritual, or the basis for some Magickal workings or spell work. I pretty much put together my own spellwork with my own words (and I do not rhyme things, either, lol), and use the herb book and essential oil book I listed by Scott Cunningham, as my guides for using herbs/oils known for a particular Magickal need (healing, protection, etc.). For colors for candles, I find the appendices in Starhawk's Spiral Dance useful.



So my main books are Scott Cunningham's, with a dash of Starhawk and even Silver Ravenwolf. ;)) I have books by Z. Budapest, Laurie Cabot, and a host of others I bought in my early years of following this path, but found that Scott Cunningham's approach was the one I was looking for. My DD bought Buckland and others, such as The Witches' Bible by the Farrars, but also finds she doesn't use them much, but has developed her own "style" as a Witch and Wiccan. As have I. Wicca is a new religion, having had so much of the Old Religion wiped out and destroyed over the centuries of Christian domination and evangelization. If one looks into Catholic ritual, for example, there is much "borrowed" and intent and words changed, from the Old Religion. ;) Perhaps that is what I brought from my being raised Catholic, the candles, incense, the "Magickal" atmosphere. Even the intonations of the priests, using all of one's lungs and diaphragm, to "echo" and express the great Power of the Earth and the Universe. I learned as a Zen Buddhist for several years, the power of meditation as well as chanting. Both important tools in learning to focus, visualize and work with witchcraft.



So, I am more of an "Eclectic" Wiccan & Witch these days. ;) I work from my inner intuition and the Lady's nudgings and guidance, in planning and doing any spellwork. I trust that She will guide me as She has been doing. And that my own inner approach is authentic and real, and as I continue my journey, my self-confidence in working with my intuition, and inner wisdom and voice, grows. And I can leave behind others' frameworks and tools, to work with my own. A work in progress, to be sure, reflecting my 20 years or so of walking alone accompanied by the Lady & Lord. ;))



I *do* want to say, though, that in the beginning, having the resources of others' books and ways of developing ritual, even their "words" for spells or ritual, and learning of the tools for your altar, how to use them, and so on, all helps. So, books and other resources that find their way to you, can help you along in your development and inner growth. I also say, however, it's very important to be open to your own insight and intuition, to use what makes sense to your heart & spirit, mind, and letting the rest go. As one's confidence grows, one's path becomes truly one's own. You will find what works for you. Trust it and follow it. :)



Blessings,

Gypsy

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"All things share the same breath;

the beast, the tree, the man.

The Air shares its spirit with

all the life it supports."

--Chief Seattle



"If there are no dogs in Heaven,

then when I die I want to go where they went."

~Will Rogers



"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress

can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

~~Mahatma Gandhi





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Thu, 07-01-2010 - 3:13pm
About candles & colors, herbs, incense, crystals, what to keep on hand, how to combine them, etc....



Well, I started picking the candles for particular Sabbats, for the Goddess & God, and setting up my altar for Sabbat ritual. Using the books I mentioned already, primarily, by Cunningham & Starhawk. :P For spells, I would look up ideas. Herbs in handmade pouches, "dressing candles" in glass cylinders, adding oils or herbs or both, for the specific purpose, and choosing the appropriate color for the candle, herbs in little glass jars to be buried for protection of the home, or put in the window. Even using essential oil used for protection, to draw by hand in oil, the Pentacle on my doors and windowsills. Each Samhain DD & I make little pouches to fill with herbs & drops of essential oils, for the purpose of prosperity, harmony & love, protection, good health, of those in our homes. We hang these at all doors going to the outside. I put one in my glove compartment. One goes in the garage. This ideas came from various books, and even the Internet. :) You can be creative, do what makes sense to you, what you have $$ to spend on, what your skills are. Often I use candle magick, and write down what my focus is and burn it in my little altar cauldron. You can be as creative as you like. I don't use crystals frequently for spell work, but do when I want special "oomph" from the Earth powers.



At first, use your books and resources. Pick a few books that reflect the approach, answer some connection within your heart, mind & spirit. Which books, which authors, speak to you in a way that makes more sense, that you want to try to emulate in ritual or Magick? You may have to try a few "methods" or "approaches" before you find the Wiccan philosophy or Magickal approach that fits well with your own inner spirit and intuition. Go slow. Pick just one book, even, and plan a Sabbat with just that one book for a resource. Or pick one suggested spell, get the ingredients, and work with that. In time, you will know which books align with your own inner connection with the Goddess & God, the Universe, the Earth, the Elements. :)



I also do not keep an "inventory" of herbs or crystals or candles in different colors, or essential oils. At my local Pagan shop, I can buy little vials of the oils, and small amounts of herbs that they sell loose. They also have crystals in various sizes as well. When I wish to make the small pouches I mentioned for Samhain, for example, I have some plain cotton cloth and cut into small squares/rectangles for the pouch, sew up 3 sides. Use ribbons of different colors (like the candles) for all the purposes, then add pinches of herbs and drops of essential oils, and even a small bit of paper, with my spell words on it) into the pouches. Tie them closed. Put on my altar and "activate" as I would a crystal or a "dressed candle" with a ritual and spell. Then place the infused or "programmed" items where I wish them for their purpose. (Windowsill, hung on door knobs, buried in the front yard/backyard, near entrances, etc., carried in my pocket, etc.).



There is *so* much information out there, on the Net as well as in books. You will find the resources that more closely attune to who you are, your spirit, your soul, your intuition. Take your time, try different things. The Goddess & God will guide you.



I keep a few colors of votive size candles on hand, like white for protection, yellow for discernment/wisdom/guidance, blue for healing, green for prosperity, red to focus energy, occasionally pink for encouraging harmony. :) I light what I need for more informal candle work. I also keep several kinds of incense on hand for similar purpose. I don't use those everyday, but wield reinforcing energy just standing in front of my altar, which has a representation of the Goddess & God, and the Four Elements and my Totems on it. And I focus and call to Them All, and state my purpose. If I have something more involved, I will buy specifically what I need for that, be it herbs or essential oils or crystals or a special incense.



Hope some of this is helpful. Wicca is not a path written in "concrete" with only one "proper" or "right" way to do things. It's a very individualized personal path and journey. Even my little group/Circle and I don't all do things the same. We each take turns planning & hosting a Sabbat ritual, but we are "Eclectic" enough to be open to our individual approaches and resources. We don't agree on or use only one book. We share or plan spells and participate together for a common purpose. But we don't use one book or one tradition, etc. We create from our inner selves and share with each other, respect each other's ways of doing things. And, even as a Solitary, you can do this by trying out different books/resources to see what approach and method fits your own inner spirit. There is no *one way* to do this. Each must find his/her own best way to worship, to do Witchcraft if one chooses to, what divination tools to use to be open to the Goddess' guidance, etc. Take you time, go slow. There are many "voices" out there coming at you, but you must find your own voice. It takes time and patience. :)


Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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"All things share the same breath;

the beast, the tree, the man.

The Air shares its spirit with

all the life it supports."

--Chief Seattle



"If there are no dogs in Heaven,

then when I die I want to go where they went."

~Will Rogers



"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress

can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

~~Mahatma Gandhi





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Blessings,

Gypsy

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Fri, 07-02-2010 - 10:58am

Hi Gypsy - Even though I'm very interested in either Wicca or witchcraft I find it all very confusing. There are so many options and combinations

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Fri, 07-02-2010 - 3:21pm
You are very welcome, Tommy. :) Yes, Wicca is an open, inner-directed as opposed to outer authority directed, path, very unlike the Catholic Church or other religions that have strict guidelines and dogma members follow, from an "outside authority and/or hierarchy or leadership." I hesitate in that you say, use my posts as a template. YIKES! :O ROFL! I am no expert on Wicca in all its glorious diversity, that's for sure! I only know where it's taken me. :D Check everything you read or try out in practice in ritual or witchcraft work, against your own inner voice and intuition. If it doesn't feel right, move on to find what feels true and authentic to you. The inner-directed approach is very, very different, than following a spiritual path/religion that gives you rules to follow, dogma, requirements, etc. While there are general parameters characteristic of Wicca, not all Wiccans necessarily subscribe to them. For example, practicing witchcraft. some Wiccans really make the Goddess paramount, Dianic Wiccans (as is Starhawk). I don't know if all Wiccans believe in Karma and Reincarnation, or subscribe to the "Three Fold Law." But many do. All these "choices" are your own to make. You may find other Pagan paths more to your inner connection, than Wicca also. There are many who are Witches and practice witchcraft, who are not Wiccan, also. So, there is much exploration ahead of you. If you're like me, you'll find your journey is never-ending. You are a Spirit who is evolving. As I see it, we choose particular spiritual "disciplines" or paths that help us evolve as Spirit. When these practices no longer serve, we move on, leaving behind what no longer applies or makes sense to us. Yet, our journey is ongoing, and we may find our paths and the "labels" we attach to them, changing as we continue to explore and be inner-guided. I've found nothing is "wasted" in our spiritual seeking and practice. :)


Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Strong like a mountain,

Flowing like a river."

~~Tai Chi Chih



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Mika Dog




"All things share the same breath;

the beast, the tree, the man.

The Air shares its spirit with

all the life it supports."

--Chief Seattle



"If there are no dogs in Heaven,

then when I die I want to go where they went."

~Will Rogers



"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress

can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

~~Mahatma Gandhi





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Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Fri, 07-02-2010 - 8:39pm

Hi Gypsy,

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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 12:20pm
"What do you mean when you talk about 'dressing a candle'? I live in a location where there aren't any Pagan stores for me to by the different supplies (herbs, crystals, colored candles, etc.) so where or what would you recommend I do. I could plant some magick herbs in pots on my apartment balcony but I'm not sure which ones would be used the most or are the basic ones. Any suggestions?"



Here are a few links. You can adapt or change as you are inspired to do.



http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usoh&c=teen&id=12296



http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/bookofshadows/a/Candle_Magic.htm



http://www.ehow.com/how_4557018_dress-candle-spellwork.html



I know others find supplies on-line. Since I buy locally, I don't have any web sites or sellers to recommend. I'll start a new thread here...maybe there will be some posters who can recommend some online sellers to you, that they have used and find reputable. :) Try googling and see what you come up with.



Besides buying herbs online, you can buy dried or fresh ones at your local grocery store, at least some herbs will be available that way. You will need to "purify" them, removing attached energies of others who have touched the herbs in the process of harvesting and getting them to the grocery store... And, growing your own in pots is a great idea as well. :) You can usually get starter plants at your local nursery as well, if you don't want to start from seed, I think.



Also, some health stores carry essential oils in small vials as well as some herbs. So you might check your local health stores if you have one nearby, as well.



Hope this helps a little! Now I'll go post a new thread asking re online Pagan supply sources... :P




Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Strong like a mountain,

Flowing like a river."

~~Tai Chi Chih



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Mika Dog




"All things share the same breath;

the beast, the tree, the man.

The Air shares its spirit with

all the life it supports."

--Chief Seattle



"If there are no dogs in Heaven,

then when I die I want to go where they went."

~Will Rogers



"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress

can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

~~Mahatma Gandhi





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Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 12:46pm
I use herbs, candles, incense, and even food.