Outline for Designing Your Own Rituals

Originally posted on Witches Of The Craft:

Outline for Designing Your Own Rituals

When performing rituals, though it is acceptable to follow another’s ritual design, it is a good idea to write and personalize rituals of your own. Most rituals should include the same basic procedures and some procedures do not have to be included at all. The ritual outlines will vary from religion to religion. For now you will learn the Wiccan ritual. Anything stated in the outline below that you do not understand will be reviewed later.

  1. Ritual Preparation
    1. define purpose
    2. write ritual
    3. gather necessary tools
    4. prepare area
    5. prepare body
  2. Open/Cast Circle
    1. find compass north
    2. set up door between the worlds
    3. call the Watchtowers/Elemental Quarters
  3. Invocation to the Deities
    1. align self with deity
    2. invoke deities
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. Actual Working or Act of Honor
    1. Working
  1. complete preliminary manual or visual tasks b. raise power/energy c. focus power/energy d. ground power/energy
  2. complete preliminary manual or visual…

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Drying Herbs

Originally posted on The Ditzy Druid:

I’m not sure if Sarah Lawless knows just how much she inspires and influences so many of us on our various spiritual paths. When she posted this amazing photograph of her kitchen, I was struck by how beautifully natural it all was.  I’ve been living in my new apartment for a little over a year and struggling with finding a good place to dry my herbs.  In my old apartment, I used to tie everything into bundles and hang them on curtain rods in the windows.  It was just too much sun, too much dust, and it looked dreadful…  I’ve looked at various drying racks for sale but money is not something I give away easily these days.  So when Sarah shared that window into her world, I thought, “Of course!  A branch hung on a wall!”  How natural, how sensible, how affordable, and how witchy and Druidic.  What’s more…

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The Dedication Ritual

The Dedication Ritual

The Dedication Ritual

Ritual portion from Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway

(special tools: chalice of wine, white taper candle in cauldron, piece of magical jewelry, perfumed oil)

The dedication ritual should be performed when you have decided to devote your time and being to the craft. You do not have to perform a dedication ritual in order to be able to perform spells and rituals just as a Baptist does not have to be Baptized in order to pray. It is simply a symbolic self-dedication to your new way of life, should you choose it as your path. Prepare yourself beforehand with at least one hour of meditation. This ritual should be done on the full moon. For the dedication ritual, one should be skyclad. You may have a piece of magical jewelry chosen at this time which will stay with you and be worn under your clothing and during ritual and spellwork in the future. This should not be worn, but placed on the altar for the dedication ritual.

Begin by casting the circle. Insert the following where the sample circle casting states: “proceed with the planned spellwork or ritual.” Put a pinch of salt on your tongue and say:

I am a mortal, loved and cared for by the Triple Goddess and the Great God. Through the Great Mother, all things are born; to her all things, in their season, return. Through her sacred cauldron, I enter and leave this physical world, until by my actions I no longer must return to learn.

Set the perfumed oil on the pentacle. Kneel before the altar and say:

I, (magical name), come into this sacred place willingly. I come to dedicate my life to the pagan way, to the Old Celtic Gods, whose power is still strong and vital. Here I give my word-bond to follow the ancient paths that lead to true wisdom and knowledge. I will serve the Great Goddess and give reverence to the Great God. I am a pagan, a stone of the ancient circle, standing firmly balanced upon the earth, Yet open to the winds of the heavens, and enduring through time. May the Old Gods witness my words!

Rise and go to the eastern quarter.

Behold, O powers of Air! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the south.

Behold, O powers of Fire! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the west.

Behold, O powers of Water! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Go to the north.

Behold, O powers of Earth! I, (magical name), am a follower of the Lord and Lady.

Return to the altar. Take the perfumed oil and, with a drop on the forefinger of your power hand, anoint your forehead. Say:

Let my mind be open to your truth.

Anoint your upper lip. Say:

Let my mouth be silent among the unbelievers.

Anoint your heart. Say:

Let my heart seek you always.

Anoint the center of the palms of your hands. Say:

Let my hands lift in praise of you.

Anoint the tops of your feet. Say:

Let my feet always walk your sacred paths.

Stand in silence to receive a blessing. Lay your piece of jewelry on the pentacle, saying:

This emblem shall I wear for all things magical. Bless this (name of jewelry), O Great Ones, that I may be blessed and protected in all ways.

Place the wine chalice on the pentacle for a few moments. Then lift it high, saying:

To the Old Gods! Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.

Drink the wine, saving some to be put outside for the little people..

Now is a time for meditation.

Close the circle.

Damiana – Wonder Herb

Originally posted on ritestuffuk:

damiana_herbAsk someone, chances are they won’t have heard of this amazing herb.  Maybe it’s because it’s one of Mexico’s best kept secrets.  It’s been used there, and in other central American countries for centuries, and its properties are so highly-prized they won’t let it out of their country alive.  By that I mean, no growing herb or fertile seeds.  You can get it in dried, chopped and ready-to-use form, but unless you live there you won’t get hold of the fresh herb.

So what does it do?  Why are the Mexicans so keen to keep it to themselves?

Damiana is most coveted for  its aphrodisiac properties.  But it gets better.  Not only does it help spice up your love life on one of those special nights but, if used over a period of time, it increases a person’s general libido, sexual fitness and performance.  It works by opening up the blood vessels…

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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Festival of Diana

Originally posted on Witches Of The Craft:

August 13, 14 and 15

Festival of Diana

This was a great day of celebration for Diana, the Roman Goddess of wild nature. She was invoked to avert storms that could possibly ruin the crops or hinder the harvest. Her festival took place at her temple, said to have been founded by King Servius Tullius, whose mother had reputedly been a slave. After its establishment, the temple became an asylum for runaway slaves, and this day a holiday for all slaves of both sexes.

Diana, who was originally identified with the Greek Artemis, was regarded as a Goddess of hunting and of the moon. She was considered to be a protector of women, particularly in childbirth. One of her sanctuaries was Lake Nemi, where her priest was an escaped slave who had to kill his predecessor in single combat to take office, and then guard his  guard his station against…

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Good Thursday Morning To All My Family & Friends!

Ch'kara:

As I have several Dragons guarding me and mine, I like this and thought I would share.

Originally posted on Witches Of The Craft:

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I made a promise to the ladies in the chatroom last night that I would look up an old protection blessing for them. This blessing was written for our old WOTC group. This was after I found out I had members sending demons and the such after each other. See what fun I use to have, lol! The protection blessing is written by one of the most powerful Druids I know. If you would like to use it on your site as a site blessing or even a site protection, feel free to do so.

(Oh, it helps to have a very mean looking dragon at the start of the blessing).

Let It Be Known,

A Dragon Is Amongst Us!

Let this Guardian Dragon keep a watchful eye over (name of group/site)

and all its members.

With you ever watchful eye guard

us from all evil and negativity that

would enter…

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Magikal Correspondence for Trees

Reblogged from witchesofthecraft.com

Magikal Correspondence for Trees

Acacia: Symbolizes purity, air, and used in initiations, psychic workings, and protection. Also viewed as a Mother tree, the gum from it symbolizing menstrual blood. Tree of the wiccan goddess Neith, Osirus, Astarte, Ishtar, and Diana.

Alder: Sacred to the god Bran. Represents resurrection, rebirth, and fire.

Apple: Used in love Magic and also for peace, happiness, prosperity, perpetual youth, and healing.Represents water. Associated with Venus, Hercules, Diana, Apollo, Hera, Athena, and Idunn.

Ash: Represents water, the Universal Mother, and the source for unborn souls. Used in healing, protection, and sea Magik. Traditional Yule log. Associated with Poseidon, Neptune, Woden, Thor, and Mars. Aspen: Used for phyllomancy which is divination by leaf rustling. Used for protection.

Birch: Sacred to Cerridwen and represents beginnings and births. Used for purifications and blessings.

Cedar: Used for purification, prosperity, and longevity. Represents earth, spirituality and self.

Cypress: Used for Maypoles, easing losses, healing, past life workings, and protection.
Represents earth.

Elder: A witch tree and often used to make wands. Used for healing, love, protection, and. Sacred to the goddess Hel. Represents air. Associated with Venus.

Elm: Represents primordial female powers. Used for protection.

Fir: Symbolizes youth and vitality. Used in prosperity magik.

Hawthorne: Called the May tree. Represents water and the White Goddess Maia. Used for female sexuality, cleansing, marriage, love, and protection.

Hazel: Sacred to witches and the Celtic sea god Manannan. Often used to make all-purpose wands and used in fertility, divination, marriage, protection, and reconciliation. Symbolizes female wisdom and air. Associated with Artemis and Diana.

Holly: Represents fire. Used for protection.

Linden: Used for prophesies and protection.

Maple: Used for love and divination.

Oak: Used for healing, strength, protection, masculinity and for fertility magic. Represents fire. Associated with Dagda, Dianus, Jupiter, Zeus, Cybele, Rhea, Janus, Cernunnos, and Herne.

Palm: Metaphor for Osiris’s penis. Used for male fertility, strength, and virility.

Pine: Symbolizes immortality and represents earth. Pine cones represent fertility. Used for purification, health, fortune, fertility, and prosperity. Associated with Pan, Attis, Venus, and Cybele.

Rowan: Used for protection, healing, and strength. Represents fire.

Willow: Represents water. Used in moon, wishing magik, healing, protection, enchantments, and easy delivery of babies. Associated with Artemis, Persephone, Hecate, Ceres, Hera, and Circe