The boline

The boline

The boline

The boline (also spelled “bolline” or “bolleen”)

The boline is a white-handled ritual knife, one of several magical tools used in Wicca and other practices of ritual magic.

Unlike the athame, which in most traditions is never used for actual physical cutting, the boline is used for cutting cords, wands and herbs, carving candles, etc, and is the practical knife of the craft.
Sometimes, a knife called a kirfane or kerfan is used for roughly the same purposes.

A boline has a small blade, often straight but sometimes (and increasingly commonly) crescent-shaped, and a handle which is traditionally white in colour.
Many of the bolines sold today have a characteristic crescent shape, and are described as being for harvesting herbs.

This crescent shape is reminiscent of the sickle described in the “Key of Solomon”,a medieval grimoire which is one of the sources for modern Wicca.

In the practice of Kitchen Witchcraft (a form of witchcraft where the substitution of mundane items for magical items is encouraged), there is little or no need for a boline as a separate tool from the athame, and some traditions, such as that of Robert Cochrane, specifically prescribe the use of a single knife for both ritual and practical purposes.
In the Eclectic Wicca tradition, opinions vary as to whether the boline is truly a magical tool or is merely of utilitarian use.

The Boline is still a magical tool.

It’s energy is just as important as one’s Athame.
Most people who work with them still consecrate them like any other altar tool and keep them away from the hands of strangers.
The Boline is the knife that you can carry with you out to the garden to cut herbs,
it’s the tool to get down and dirty with. It’s a very practical sort of magical tool.
While one probably only uses one’s Athame (in traditional Wicca at least) during ritual and as a symbolic tool, the Boline is often carried about and used in much more of a practical manner for ritual or spell work.

The Bolines is sold in most stores these days are shaped like a scythe. While a scythe shaped Boline is traditional.

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Pentacle Magick

Pentacle Magick

Pentacle Magick

Pentacle Magick is real. The Pentacle is a five pointed star surrounded by a circle, a five pointed star without the circle is a pentagram

A pentacle can be drawn on any thing.

It can be worn around the neck as a symbol of pagan spiritually worn as an amulet for power or protection of which there is a vast array of jewellery around today from your local wiccan pagan store.

The circle that surrounds the five pointed star represents the sacred circle of life and the five elements the very basis of our existence are safely bonded with in it. The mark of the pentacle can be marked on your altar and doesn’t have to be drawn on anything for it to have power.

It is a powerful symbol and serves many purposes as it is the symbol for the five elements which are, Air, Fire, Water, Earth and the star, as a whole, the star symbolizes the spirit (or akasha) and is a symbol of protection for without these elements we would not exist today. I have been fascinated with this symbol for years, I had seen this symbol which is worldwide way before I became a member of the craft and for some reason was drawn to it needless to say I have this symbol on my altar many of my working tools, badges, and tattoos.

A Pentacle is used to invoke power and also to banish and to consecrate tools among other things.

You can draw an invoking pentacle in the air when inviting deities or the guardians, etc., to witness your rites, if you wish you could make your own Pentacle has I have done, I feel that a homemade one has more of my personal power in the making or as said you can purchase one.

I class this powerful symbol as the symbol of the Goddess her name being Kore and in Christian religion the five points of the pentagram have been interpreted as representing the five wounds of Christ (2 wrists, 2 ankles and 1 side) so as you can see various groups use and define them quite differently. The symbol can be easily drawn using a single line as interlocked triangles, also sometimes called Solomon’s Seal, or the Endless Knot, used as a powerful protective symbol it is regarded as the essential mark of a practicing craft member. The Pentacle is used in our magical workings for acts such as: helping with protective power, summoning spirit guides, calling our God and Goddess, and the pentacle is also a suit of the Tarot used in many forms of divination and scrying.

The pentacle is always drawn in one continuous motion, hence its title the “endless knot“. It is said through history that in medieval times it was used as a protection against demons, elf’s and other nasty’s often worn or placed around the house to ward off evil spirits. The five points of the pentacle has a connection with:

5 is associated with Mars.
5 vowels – A, E, I, O, U.
The Wiccan Kiss is 5 fold – feet, knees, womb, heart, lips.
5 human senses – touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight.
5 were the wounds of Christ on the cross.

There are quite a few more references to the pentacle to be found makes one wonder just how powerful this symbol is for many wear the symbol as a tattoo as I do.

Which brings me to say if you would like to share a picture of your wiccan tattoo please feel free to use my gallery to show the rest of the world your work of art….. I Wish You Well.


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Five Fold Kiss

Five Fold Kiss

Five Fold Kiss

The fivefold kiss is a series of ritual kisses given at initiation, and as a portion of the Great Rite ceremony

The kiss is usually done male to female, or female to male, though this is not always the case. It is only performed within the circle.

It is also a ceremony that is sometimes ritually acted out between the High Priestess and Priest to mark the respect shown between the God and Goddess.
The fivefold kiss is not sexual, even when the ceremony is performed naked. It is a ritual of respect, and not in the least degrading for either party. Far from it. The kiss is usually performed by the most senior High Priest or Priestess present.

FIVE FOLD KISS FEMALE:

The High Priest kneels before the initiate and gives her the five fold kiss. He kisses her on both feet, both knees, womb, both breasts, and the lips, starting with the right of each pair. At each appropriate body part, he says:

Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways.
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar.
Blessed be thy womb, without which we would not be.
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty.
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the Sacred Names.

For the kiss on the lips, they embrace, length-to-length, with their feet touching each other’s.

FIVE FOLD KISS MALE:

 Five Fold Kiss

The High Priestess kneels before the initiate and gives him the five fold kiss. She kisses him on both feet, both knees, phallus, both breasts, and the lips, starting with the right of each pair. At each appropriate body part, she says:

Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar
Blessed be thy phallus, without which we would not be
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in strength
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the Sacred Names.

For the kiss on the lips, they embrace, length-to-length, with their feet touching.

 For both sexes the body is a sacred and holy shrine, and is to be revered, not despised. It is to be honoured, not treated with shame. For a woman, the body is considered a temple of the Goddess whose divinity she carries in the centre of the soul. For a man, his body is a temple of the God.


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Solitary Full Moon Ritual

Solitary Full Moon Ritual

Solitary Full Moon Ritual

This Solitary Full Moon Ritual A ritual that I have performed many times and always look forward to the next time.

  A must for your Book Of Shadows.

The ritual can be performed indoors as well as out.

Try to have a type of representation of the Full Moon floating in the water, it may be made of white paper or use a white flower, so long as you cannot see its reflection.

Items you will need:

A bowl of water

White paper Moon or a White flower

Raise the bowl towards the Moon in the sky and

Say these words;

‘Hail to thee white swan on the river. Present

life, tide turner, moving

through the streams of life, all hail.

Mother of old and new days, to you, through

you, this night we cling to

your aura.

Pure reflection, total in belief, touched by

Your presence, I am in your

power and wisdom. I praise

Your power, your peace, my power, my

peace. I am strong, I praise, I bless.’

 Replace the bowl on your altar. Stand for a few moments while appreciating the power of the Moon.


A nice little poem for you below:

The Don’t Quit Poem

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


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Scrying Pool Mirror and Crystal Gazing

Scrying Pool Mirror and Crystal Gazing

Scrying Pool Mirror and Crystal Gazing

Scrying pool mirror and crystal gazing … reflect on these ideas

Scrying is a form of divination, but is also much more than that.

By gazing into a crystal, pool, mirror or other reflective medium, a Witch is able to enter altered mind states and gain access beyond the veil. Because every person you meet will have a different way of accessing their mind states, you will hear many different scrying techniques. Some of the techniques I’ve come across border on the realms of superstition (which I define as fear through lack of knowledge and/or acceptance). You might read that unless a crystal sphere is true quartz counter tops crystal, it will not work. You might hear that a perfect sphere without any visible flaws is necessary.

You may hear that your scrying mirror or crystal must never be touched by sunlight. These are simply not true.

There are legitimate reasons for each of these ‘rules’ but it doesn’t mean that you have to follow them in order to scry effectively. Let’s break down scrying into the basics so you can understand why these rules exist. In this way, you can determine for yourself if you wish to adhere to them, or toss them aside as rubbish. If you wish to begin scrying, you will need some sort of a reflective surface.

More about this later, let’s look at what you will actually be doing with this reflective surface first. Scrying works on the principles of what is named by some as the Ganze field.

If you ever had to sit in the corner as a culinary, staring at a blank wall until you began to hallucinate and have stories, patterns, or images appear to you, you know what the Ganze field is. If you’ve ever stayed awake in bed staring at the ceiling until these same things happened, then you also know what a Ganze field is.

Ok, so maybe I’ve spoiled the mystery of scrying by breaking it down into the basics and telling you what it really is. However, scrying has a very occult side. It isn’t how you get to the mind state of scrying that’s important, it’s the mysteries that are unveiled to you once you are there that are important. Interpreting what you see when you scry is very much like dream interpretation.

There are many books that will define each image you glimpse, but essentially it boils down to what those images mean to you. A key element in quickly attaining the correct state for scrying is flashing light. (If you are epilectic disregard this section, if you eliminate the flickering but keep the gaze similar, you should still be able to scry.)

Place flickering candles around the room you are working in.

Keep them out of your direct line of vision, but at the same time, be certain that the reflection of the flame can be seen in the scrying surface. To get these ‘flickering’ candles, you can open a window a crack to let a draft help you out. Or, there are some candles you’ll find on the market, especially inexpensive ones, which have a flame that rises and falls rhythmically. These work quite well for scrying. Try this for example, you will need:

1) A cook mirror, a cauldron filled with water (or an herbal infusion such as mug wort), or a crystal, or a shallow dish of water (made cook by the addition of ink), a ring with a nice stone (like moonstone) a cook stone like obsidian, a cook tile, or whatever reflective medium you wish to use.

2) Five candles To Begin: Place the scrying medium on your altar so that you can look at it from approximately a 45 degree angle while in a very comfortable position. Arrange the candles throughout the room so that they are elevated above the scrying medium but remain outside of your direct line of sight. You may wish to cast a circle at this time or recite a blessing or charge over the medium and over the entire scrying session.

Breathe deeply and rhythmically while gazing at the medium. Imagine you are looking through a red lens so that everything you see is tinted with red. Move on through the chakra colours in a “Crytal Countdown” fashion (in The Power of the Witch by Laura Cabot) The colour sequence is as follows: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

(The rainbow, easily remembered with the initials as a name…ROY G. BIV) When you feel that you are relaxed, keep looking at the medium. Your first sessions may last 10 to 30 minutes, but work up to hour long sessions. Do not be critical of yourself or your results. If you fall asleep that’s ok, if you daydream that’s ok too. Just let whatever happens, happen. In this way you will quickly refine your skills. Relax your gaze as if you were attempting a 3D magic eye hidden picture. If you have trouble with those darned 3D things, don’t worry, scrying is similar only in that you relax your eyes and don’t really look AT the surface. Follow Up: After you have completed your session, jot down a few rough notes.

Do what you need to do to ground yourself or clean up the area. Sometime during your day, go back to your notes and fill in more details as you remember them. I use two columns, one for the description of images seen, and one for my translations. Go over each image that you saw. You might consult a symbol interpretation list for dreams, you know, the kind that say a bird is an omen, a knife is a……well, you get it. You could also analyse each image by checking what it means to you.

For example, a red rose may mean passion in the books, but if your best friend requested them in the hospital, your personal associations are going to be different. The conclusions you draw from your scrying sessions must eventually be your own and as you continue to practice, you will understand yourself and your visions more and more.


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