What is a Spell?
Spells are closely related to prayers, in that they both are a means of petitioning a deity or deities for a particular desired outcome, and which require the visualization of the goal, statement of desire for the goal and ritualized movements or body positions, such as the bowing of the head, the folding or clasping of hands, or shutting of the eyes, etc.
|How is a Spell Cast? |
A spell-casting ritual involves the raising of power through the combination of visualization, incantation (the statement of goal), petition of the deities and projection of the will. It is thought that the success of the spell rests on the power and will raised and the skill with which they are focused and projected. All of these powers go into spell casting. Things aiding spell casting include words, chants, songs, movements or dance which may be accompanied by the use of objects such as ritual tools, effigies, poppets, cords, candles, and nail clippings.
You shouldn't substitute healing magick for proper medical care, but the added energy can help when you or someone you care about is ill.
Magical healing usually involves sending energy to speed the recovery from an illness or injury. It can be a gesture of love and support. When we help heal someone, we help make their life a bit more comfortable. But are all the lessons of life comfortable? Many important growth steps involve some type of pain. The pain of childbirth brings new life; the pain of adolescence brings adulthood. Perhaps the pain of illness is a difficult part of the human experience, the lessons of the flesh that we are all born to learn. When we work magic to ease someone's pain, are we cheating them out of something they needed to learn?
There are no right or wrong answers here, but before we help heal someone we should consider what is best for the patient. (They usually know better than we do!) Did the patient ask for our help? What are their beliefs on the afterlife? Do they welcome death as a type of "graduation ceremony" or do they truly wish to live? While it may not always be possible to communicate with the patient, hopefully we know them well enough to understand their wishes. It may be wise to discuss these matters with loved ones beforehand. Many people have a Living Will; does the same concept apply to the use of magic?
While most Pagans speak of Karma and reincarnation, many of us were born into a society where death is feared, rather than accepted as a natural part of the cycle. The fear of death may be the root of our desire to prolong life for our loved ones. A healer should always examine their own motives for wanting to heal. Is it because we truly want to help, or is it because we are afraid of being alone?
Bubble Healing Spell
By SunFeather MoonLite Orcan
5 small bowls
Incense [burn spearmint and allspice on charcoal]
Bubbles and bubble wand
Food coloring: green, blue, red, yellow
[Mix each color of food coloring in each bowl with a portion of the bubble solution, and in the 5th bowl add a small portion of each color to a portion of the bubble solution]
Cleanse your sacred area, cast the circle, call the Quarters, invoke the God and The Goddess, and light the incense. Begin by meditating on the purpose of the bubbles and healing. Visualize the healing within each bowl and see the solutions glow with a white light.
Either with a picture of the sick person or with the actual person at hand, blow the red bubbles and say 3 times:
Fire from above and Fire from below,
Take the illness and pain,
And into the fire we watch it go,
Burn it away as this life will not ail but gain
Blowing the blue bubbles, say 3 times:
Water from above and water from below,
Washing away the burnt illness and pain,
Taking it from this physical form,
Wash it away as this life will not ail but gain
Blowing the yellow bubbles, say 3 times:
Air from above and Air from below,
Blowing far away in the shape of a bubble the washed illness and pain,
Keeping it all trapped in the bubble and drying the body and the soul,
Blowing it away as this life will not ail but gain
Blowing the green bubbles, say 3 times:
Earth all around and Earth from below,
Bury this bubble that trapped the illness and pain,
Keeping it from harming any friend or foe,
Bury it deep far away as this life will not ail but gain
Blowing the bubbles of all 4 colors, say 3 times:
Within these healing bubbles,
I have called the power of the corners to heal,
Taking away all the ailments and troubles,
No more pain or ailment for this body and soul to feel
Thank The Goddess and The God, release the Quarters, and close the Circle.
There is no single goal more often sought after than finding true love. Be careful with love magick, as it can backfire on you. Love spells shouldn't be directed at any specific person because that would be manipulative.
To manipulate a person into a relationship in which they have shown no interest developing is to try to negate that person' s right to free will. To cast a spell "to make so and so fall in love with me" shows not a spirit of love but an insensitivity to another's feelings. But witches do cast love spells. don't they? Yes, they do. The first love spell a witch should cast should be for her/himself. Self esteem is essential in correct magical working. To bring a complete and balanced person into a relationship, is indeed to give a precious gift to another. To be capable of receiving love, we must be able to truly give love.
So what would be a correct love spell? A spell to "remove obstacles to love" could cause physical distance to cease to be a problem, would allow "circumstances" to arrange a meeting or draw someone who is good for you into your life that perhaps you do not even know yet! It could also make someone who IS interested in you to be able to overcome shyness in approaching you or you with them. The point here is that while Wiccans are free to influence energies to accomplish a purpose, they are not free to manipulate people.
Being able to keep yourself safe is a valuable tool, whether it's against other magick or not. Remember that using protection magick doesn't mean you have full license to be reckless or foolish. The Correspondences below relate to protection and will help when constructing your own protection spells.
|Herbs||Angelica, Anise, Fennel, Mistletoe, Rue, Horehound, Betony|
|Stones||Amber, Jet, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Tiger Eye|
|Day of the Week||Saturday|
How to Make a Witch Bottle
Witch Bottles have been around for hundreds of years and have been found all over Britain. The original purpose of a witch bottle was to keep witches and evil away! It was the idea of sympathetic magic that made people think that making these bottles would work. They were suppose to protect the person from the witch or evil, while also bringing on harm caused by all the objects in the bottle. Today the purpose of the witch bottle is to protect a person from negative energy targeted at them. Objects like rusty nails, razors, pins, thorns, urine and hair from the person being protected, blood, and other sharp and nasty things went into the bottle. This is a simple way to make and use a witch bottle for general protection.
A glass or ceramic jar or bottle, with a big enough iopening to put the objects in it
hair, fingernails or blood
any other sharp or nasty object that would divert negative energy
First place all the items in your bottle. With each object, visualize the bottle being infused with protective energy. Know that any negative energy directed towards you will be absorbed and destroyed by the bottle. You could also write on a tiny piece of paper all the things you want to be protected from and stick it inside. The last items you add would be the blood (menstrual blood could be used) urine, vinegar or hair and nails (urine and blood symbolize yourself, they connect you to the bottle, they are a really strong element to work with in magic). Lastly seal the top (you can drip black candle wax over it, or just close the lid). Now you should bury it somewhere outside or in your home. These bottles have been found under floor boards, in walls, under the porch, in fireplaces and buried outside. Wherever is most convenient for you.
As long as the bottle stays intact and doesn't break, it will work.
Witch bottles can also be constructed in other ways and for other purposes. Just think of it as a spell in a bottle. To draw money you would add things like coins, herbs to bring money, dollar signs made of cloth, and any other thing you can think of to symbolize money. You could also add those other things, like blood or hair to tie the bottle to yourself.
How to Make a Witch Ball
Witch Balls were very popular in 18th century England, but their actual origin is thought to be much older. For well over 300 years hollow glass spheres have been hung in windows to ward off witch's spells, evil spirits and ill fortune. Hanging these decorative balls in the window is thought to tantalize evil spirits which may be threatening a home's tranquility. The evil spirit is mesmerized by the ball's reflective beauty. When the spirit touches the sphere it is absorbed and trapped in the web-like strands of glass inside the ball.
1 Red taper candle
1 Clear ball ornament that has a cap you can pull off
Frankincense or Patchouli
Take the cap off of the ornament. Put silver paint in the ornament and swish it around until the whole inside is covered put it aside and let it dry.
After the paint is dry (this varies depending on the paint and how thick you coated it. You may wish to leave it overnight if you have the time), take the red string and cut it into strips that are 3-inches in length, and fill the ball up with the strips until its full.
Put a few drops of oil in it. You can add protective herbs also if you'd like.
When finished, cap off the ball with the cap it came with, or close it off with the candle wax.
Lastly visualize protective energy filling the ball and recite with intent:
"Symbol of the moon, symbol of the lady divine, Reject all negativity, defend this home (car, etc.), me and mine!"
You may hang the ball in a window, a car, on a wreath on the door, so-on.
Spell to Protect a Doorway
Besom or Decorative Broom (plain, or decorated to match your decor or the current season)
Nail to hang it on (Hammer to mount the nail)
Hang the besom or broom on the back of the door and say:
As you hang upon my door, Remember what a door is for
Letting in and keeping out, Is what a door is all about.
As we travel on our rounds, Help us return safely to our grounds.
But whether we're in or whether we're out, Please keep want and trouble out."
Make the sign of the banishing pentagram* on the inside of the door, and the sign of the invoking pentagram* on the outside.
Banishing Pentagram - The banishing pentagram is the star shape starting at the lower left point moving up to the top point. Always end on the same number you started on.
Invoking Pentagram - The invoking pentagram is the star shape starting at the top point and moving to the lower left. Always end on the same number you started on.