Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Casting Spells

Spell Casting is a safe and simple way to improve a situation by using your wishes to harmonize natural energies.

A spell is the combination of words and objects used to focus magical energy and direct it into ensuring the desired result. Casting spells can help you deal with areas of your life that cause problems and give you the confidence you need to overcome them. By working with words and objects that symbolize the goal you are seeking, you can direct and focus your won natural energies.

The Ethics of Spell Casting

All true Wiccans follow the ethic, "An it harm none, do as ye will", meaning you should not cause harm to anyone with your spells, including yourself. By using the power of your imagination, focused and heightened by concentration, will-power and belief, you can start to cast spells safely and positively.

Spells help your unconscious mind focus on your wishes and attract the outcome that is right for you. Use natural ingredients to harness the magical energies around you.

Spell Casting Through History

Witches and their beliefs have been demonized in recent times, but for thousands of years spells were used to help protect people from life's sorrows and pains. In the Middle Ages, local witches combined the roles of doctor, midwife, and vet, dispensing herbs to heal human and animal ailments and to aid births. Without a local pharmacy, they found their own ingredients, and an extensive knowledge of herbalism was essential. The traditions of herb and Moon lore, learned by witches, were usually oral. These were passed down and adapted through time.

Spells can be divided into three broad categories: Blessing, Wishing, and Protection.

Blessing Spells

Blessing spells are used to improve existing conditions. Within a rural community, such spells may include blessing crops and encouraging the appropriate weather to ensure a good harvest. Blessing spells can also heal people and animals, bringing more happiness and positive influence into a person's life. They can be used to purify places and buildings, removing unwanted influences. Blessing spells remind us of our connection to the people around us and our environment--for example, you may cast a blessing spell for along and happy life on a newborn baby or on a newlywed couple to ensure their future happiness.

Wishing or Attraction Spells

Wishing spells are cast to improve your quality of life. They include:

*Spells to improve your current job situation or help you find a new one.

*Spells to help you overcome nerves and perform well during exams.

*Spells to improve your luck.

*Spells to attract love into your life.

When you perform wishing spells, remember you are seeking to attract what is right for you. It is better to do spells to attract the "right" job or lover rather than a specific person or career, which may not in fact be right for you.

Protection Spells

Protection spells were among the most popular kind cast in ancient times. These can include:

*Protection when traveling

*House protection from burglary or negative influences.

Binding Spells

Binding spells are cast to stop an individual acting maliciously or negatively in a manner that causes harm. Such spells also help the person causing the problem to realize the harm they can do. They are NOT curses.

For example, if you are sexually harassed at work and wish to prevent the perpetrator from behaving in this manner, a binding spell would reflect their negative energies back on them and make them realize how they are harming others.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Using Magic Wands

Magic wands can help you to channel the mystical forces surrounding you and focus this power into the object of your spell.

A wand functions as an antenna. When pointed upward and used with ritual and focus, it enables you to draw down magical energy. When spell casting, you can then point the wand at an object to release this power down your arm and into the wand, where the energy is intensified by its crystal tip. You can also focus on directing your own energy into the wand. Thus, double-pointed crystals work very well on wands, enhancing power from yourself and external forces.

Harnessing tree magic

A wand is imbued with the properties of the tree from which it is make. Willow is the most popular choice of wood, but you can make wands from most trees and reserve individuals wands for specific purposes. Birch trees, for example, signify renewal and a birch wood wand could be used in spells to bless new projects.

The Uses of Magic Wands

You can use a wand for a variety of purposes when practicing magic and rituals and casting spells.

*Sleeping on a willow wand is said to make your dreams more vivid and meaningful.

*Rowan wands can help to enhance your clairvoyant abilities.

*Wands can be used to cast sacred circles, which you can then step into and cast a spell.

*Place a wand on an altar at a Wiccan celebration as your offering to the ritual.

*Enhance the power of your spells by using wands to focus more energy on your intent, whether it be for love, prosperity or healing.

*Use a wand made from a specific wood to celebrate a seasonal festival. A holly wand, for example, could be used to perform magic at a Winter Solstice ritual.

How to Make a Magic Wand

Follow this simple and fun step-by-step exercise to create your own magical wand, adorned with brightly colored ribbons, pretty gems and elaborate feathers.

Wand Materials

To make your magic wand, you will need:

*a 10-12 inch long stick of willow or other wood

*a knife

*a double-pointed quartz or other preferred crystal

*sandpaper--coarse, smooth and very smooth

*almond or linseed oil

*a brush

*copper wire

*needle and cotton thread

*PVA glue

*ribbons, feathers, beads and shells

1. Ask permission from a tree to take its wood. Then cut a 10-12 inch piece. Thank the tree and leave it a gift.

2. Strip off bark with a knife, while the wood is "moist" and easy to peel. Later, return the shavings to the tree.

3. Sand the wood, first with the coarse paper, then again with the smooth. Finally, use the very smooth sandpaper.

4. Allow the wood to dry out for a few days. Then lightly brush it with oil until it is soaked through. Leave it to dry.

5. Glue the crystal you have chosen onto the top of your wand and wrap with the ribbons securing it with glue.

6. Now, you are ready to personalize your wand. Use a needle and thread to attach other magical items, such as beads, feathers and shells to the ribbons.

Using Advanced Wands

The more practiced you become at magic, the less elaborate your wand needs to be. Many experienced witches will used a plain wooden stick and do not worry about dressing it up.

Decorating your wand does not increase its magical powers, but the ritual of spending so much time on the tool's creation helps to forge a psychological connection, encouraging the flow of magical energies between you. Many beginners find this useful.

Using a Ritual Blade

Other rituals associated with creating your own wand include setting aside a special knife, which you use only for this purpose.