Besom Blessing Ritual

Besom Blessing Ritual

A Besom blessing ritual  can be carried out in many different ways, here is but one below.

There is no right way or wrong way – it’s whatever works for you. So if this besom blessing ritual doesn’t feel quite right don’t be afraid to change it. If you have several besoms you wish to bless, they can all be done at the same time. There is no need to perform the ritual individually although there is nothing wrong in doing so.

The ritual should be carried out on the night of the full moon. Make yourself comfortable on the floor with all the items in front of you.

You will need a white candle, incense, a small dish of water, and some salt.
Light the candle and incense.
Breathe in deeply through your nose (as if you were meditating) and visualize grounding energy filling your body.
Breathe out through your mouth ridding yourself of all negativity.
Repeat this process until you are completely relaxed and grounded.
Pass the besom through the incense smoke and say:

With scented air light and free, I give you breath. Blessed be.

Pass the besom (very quickly) through the candle flame (being careful not to set the besom on fire or burn yourself obviously) and say:

With fire dancing wild and free, I give you passion. Blessed be.

Sprinkle the besom with a little water and say:

With water pure I give to thee, the blood of life. Blessed be.

Sprinkle the besom with a little salt and say:

Salt of earth I give to thee, roots in magick. Blessed be.

Hold the besom close to you. Caress it lovingly and say:

I am yours and you are mine henceforth until the end of time. Life I give you willingly as I will so mote it be.

Your besom is now ready to be consecrated.

You may also like to make your own besom as below

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Cauldron Blessing Rituals

cauldron Blessing

There are of course many cauldron blessing rituals in existence and this is the one we use

There is no right way or wrong way – it’s whatever works for you. So if this cauldron blessing ritual doesn’t feel quite right don’t be afraid to change it.

The ritual should be carried out on the night of the full moon. Make yourself comfortable on the floor with all the items in front of you.

* You will need a white candle, incense, a small dish of water, and some salt.
* Light the candle and incense.
* Breathe in deeply through your nose (as if you were meditating) and visualize grounding energy filling your body.
* Breathe out through your mouth ridding yourself of all negativity.
* Repeat this process until you are completely relaxed and grounded.
* Pass the cauldron through the incense smoke and say: With scented air light and free, I give you breath. Blessed be.
* Pass the cauldron through the candle flame (being careful not to burn yourself obviously) and say: With fire dancing wild and free, I give you passion. Blessed be.
* Sprinkle the cauldron with a little water and say: With water pure I give to thee, the blood of life. Blessed be.
* Sprinkle the cauldron with a little salt and say: Salt of earth I give to thee, roots in magick. Blessed be.
* Hold the cauldron close to you. Caress it lovingly and say: I am yours and you are mine henceforth until the end of time. Life I give you willingly as I will so mote it be.

Your cauldron is now ready to be consecrated.

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Chakra Ritual

Chakra Ritual

As certain real witches already know, there are layers of Magickal practice that lie beyond the basics of entry-level Wicca and Witchcraft

One area of advanced Magick concerns seven gateways to Magick that take considerable practice to master.

These gateways are called chakras, and have been utilized in Eastern mysticism for thousands of years to accomplish everything from telekinesis to levitation. There are good articles on chakra Magick and its relationship to Pagan yoga already available online, but very little has been shared concerning the nature of the Magickal chakra ritual used by real Witches.

Before we describe the ritual itself, a few cautionary issues should be discussed, as chakras are very strong power centers in the Magickal body, and their use should not be undertaken lightly.

1. Chakra Magick should only be studied with an effort to maintain balance among the seven energies that will be awakened. Too much focus on any one chakra without equally cultivating the others can do more harm than good, even for a powerful Wiccan, Witch or other Pagan practitioner of Magick. The only exception to this rule is the Air chakra (also known as the heart chakra), which is, itself, a microcosm of all creation. When in doubt about the balance of your Magickal chakra energies, return your full consciousness to the Air chakra, and you will be safe. 

2. Chakra ritual should not be performed without pursuing a parallel path of chakra meditations. These two exercises should be done at different times of day, as they are opposites on the same circle, the former being one of projective power and the latter being one on introspective reflection. More importantly, meditation will help you perfect your powers of visualization, which are crucial to the success of the rituals. 

3. Chakra ritual should be performed with great regularity–every day, if possible. Familiarity with the chakras will open accelerated pathways to high Magick, and the pursuit of their secrets should become the center of the Witch’s life. If you are not ready to rebuild the foundations of your life around the powers that will be awakened within you, wait until the time is right. Your existence in the universe is long and spans many lifetimes. There is no hurry.

4. Visualization is a key ingredient to Wiccan chakra Magick. Never let the daily rituals and meditations become rote or routine. You will be opening the core energies of your Magickal body to powerful forces in the course of this practice, so stay focused, don’t let you mind wander, and bring every fibre of your being to task of seeing the deeper reality that will soon open up within you.
If you’re already a Wiccan, Witch or other type of Pagan magician, this ritual is not so different from those to which you are already accustomed. You’ll see obvious similarities such as circle casting, the use of Magickal tools, and the calling of the quarters. The main differences you may notice have to do with Elemental colours, the order in which certain tasks are undertaken, and the increased focus on chakra energies within your Magickal body.

The other departure from lower-level magickal practices is the inclusion of Ether/Spirit, the fifth Element. This is one of the key gateways to high Magick, a stepping stone from the four common elements and Goddess/God consciousness. 

As with all Magickal rituals, the following is only a starting point.

Change the names of Gods, Goddesses, and Spirit Guides to fit your own Magickal labels and preferences. When other changes suggest themselves, go with them. Follow your spirit guides and your heart, always doing what “feels” right. Pay attention to the messages and guidance you receive from the Otherworld, as this is where your true Magickal education will take place.

The only other important note is that all Magickal rituals should have spells or workings associated with them, so not to waste the time of your deities and spirit guides. The working that should be undertaken every time in this ritual–whether others are performed or not–is that of increasing your own awareness of the Green World/Otherworld and your ability to open gateways for its return to the mundane world.
This is the highest purpose of Pagan Magick: facilitating the return of the Green World and its Magickal occupants to our lands, which have become lost in mists of greed, confusion, and poison. Even when you have other workings to perform, include this one … bend all your will to the task of returning our lost planet to its rightful place in the realms of enchantment.


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Herbs in witchcraft

Herbs in witchcraft

Herbs in witchcraft have been around and have played an important part in man’s life for thousands of years

In that time they have been used for numerous purposes, medicinal, superstition, in religion, in politics, and, of course, in magick.

Some herbs were undoubtedly given “magickal” properties by ancient cultures due to their medicinal properties. Throughout the ages, and throughout the world, herbs have played an important role for mankind.

Today’s Witch has many herbs at her disposal, although not all are easy to get hold of except through a specialist dealer.

Many spells make use of herbs, and herbs can be used in a variety of ways within those spells. Some herbs are safe to drink (tea is an herb after all!) and some are safe to use as a salve etc. Of course, no herb should ever be ingested unless you know exactly what you’re doing. Don’t take chances. If in any doubt, consult your doctor.

The best way to have a good supply of herbs on tap for spell use is to have your own herb garden.

Apart from the fact that this will enable you to have a year round supply, it will also give you access to some of the more exotic and lesser known varieties. Herbs are not that difficult to grow provided a few basic steps are taken to ensure success. After all, why limit your magick because you don’t have the herbs needed?

From the botanical point of view, an herb is a seed plant that does not produce a woody stem. But does live long enough to develop flowers and seeds. Herbs can be classified as annuals, biennials, and perennials. Annuals bloom for one season and then die. Biennials live for two seasons but bloom only during the second season. Perennials if successfully established will overwinter and bloom each season.


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May 1

Lore,  Altar, Herbs,  Stones, Magick, Activities, Food.

Lore:

May is the time of fertility and new beginnings after a long winter. The Faeries are afoot! They dance in the hills and roll in the grass, revelling in the joy of warm May breezes. Our spirits are high with the lust and heartiness of spring. New life is stirring and appetites are keen. Laurie Cabot, Celebrate the Earth.

In Celtic tradition, the two greatest festivals of the solar year are Samhain and Beltane, celebrations of death and rebirth, respectively. Love is in the air at Beltane. In our rituals, we celebrate the union between the Great Mother and her young Horned God. Their coupling brings fresh new life on Earth. Some form of this Great Rite is enacted on this sabbat in nearly every modern pagan circle. The Great Rite symbolizes the sacred marriage, or sexual union, of the Lord and Lady. Often the rite is performed symbolically by a male and female who place a knife (a phallic symbol) into a chalice (a female or yonic symbol). In Old Europe, whole villages would celebrate May Day by slipping away into the woods for indiscriminate sexual encounters. Any children conceived during this occasion were known as “merry-begots” and were considered children of the gods. These “greenwood marriages” were acts of sympathetic magick believed to have a positive effect on their crops, animals, and themselves. (In this age of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, however, we must exercise responsibility — by means of safe sex, monogamy, or even abstinence. Use your better judgment.)

Crop fertility was a strong theme at this sabbat. Besoms were ridden hobbyhorse-style through fields by women in symbolic fertility rites. Menstruating women ran and danced naked in the newly-sown fields. Cows were led to the fields to calve, and ritually consecrated chalices of sheep’s blood and milk were poured on the crops, as were ashes from the balefire.


The Altar:

Drape the altar in a green cloth and decorate it with blooming flowers and herbs.


Herbs:

All-heal, blessed thistle, broom, curry, daffodil, dogwood, coriander, dragon’s blood reed, fern, fireweed, nettle, flaxseed, hawthorn, marjoram, paprika, radish, rue, snapdragon, mushroom, almond, meadowsweet, rose, woodruff, tansy, elder leaves.


Incense:

Rose, jasmine, ylang, ylang, peach, musk, or vanilla.

Stones:

Malachite, garnet, rose quartz, emerald, beryl, tourmaline.


Magick:

Spells to ensure prosperity, conservation, safety, and love.


Activities:

Jump the balefire. The bonfire, or need-fire, is one of the oldest Beltane traditions. When lighting the fire, use nine sacred woods from the following list:

oak, apple, hawthorn, birch, elder, ash, blackthorn, grape vine, mountain ash (rowan), holly, willow, cedar, yew, and hemlock.

Ashes from the balefire can be scattered in the fields as a fertility charm. Women wishing to conceive can tie a bag of the ashes around their necks. Traditionally, cattle and other animals were driven between two fires for protection, healing, and purification. Modern pagans can ritually purify tools or other things in the balefire. Jump the dying embers of the fire for summer blessings.


Dance around the maypole.

Gather the first wild herbs of the season.

Go a-Mayin’ by going to the woods and fields to gather flowers. Take a picnic.

Wash your face in dew at sunrise on Beltane for beauty in the coming year. (Traditionally the dew from the hawthorn tree, but dew from grass and flowers will do.)

Make daisy chains and fresh flower wreaths and chaplets (head dresses) to wear and to place atop the maypole. Braid flowers in your hair. Make and wear leafy green masks to represent the Green Man who has returned.

Make a wish at the hawthorn tree, a tree associated with faeries. Place strips of cloth symbolizing your wish in the tree (the colour should be appropriate to the nature of your wish, i.e. blue for health, pink or red for love, green or gold for prosperity). Take some time to attune to the tree. When you feel you have contacted its spirit, visualize your wish coming true as you hook the cloth on one of the tree’s thorns, chanting your wish. When you have finished, leave a gift for the tree.

Make love in the woods. Beltane is the time of year when the Goddess and God consummate their passions. Traditionally it is a time when lovers pledge to live together for a year and a day. At the end of the period, they may part ways if things haven’t worked out. If all has gone well, they may make plans for a hand fasting at Midsummer.


Commune with the faeries.

Mark the boundaries of your circle with oatmeal, a traditional Beltane grain.


Food:

Oatmeal and dairy products. Begin the day with a hearty bowl of Irish oatmeal topped with cream and brown sugar or country butter. Oatmeal brings good fortune and encourages the power and magick of the faeries. We always have warm oatmeal cookies and vanilla ice cream as a Beltane treat.

Farls (Oat Cakes):

3 cups real mashed potatoes.
2 cups dry oats.
2 Tablespoons margarine or butter.
1/2 teaspoon corn-starch.
1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
1/8 teaspoon salt.
Pinch pepper.
Pinch rosemary.

Soak oats in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes until soft and slightly swollen. Mix them with other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Knead until mixture is like a thick dough. If it seems too thin or moist, add a teaspoon or two of flour. When thoroughly mixed, form small sections into small patties. Fry in hot vegetable oil in a small skillet until lightly browned. Serve immediately.


May Wine
from “Dancing with the Sun” by Jasmine Yalenorn.

1 cup sweet woodruff.
2 bottles rose’ wine.
4 dozen rose petal ice cubes.
1 quart strawberries.
1 quart chopped peaches.
1 cup sugar.
1/2 cup white rum.
2 bottles champagne.
1 bottle white wine.
1 litre lemon-lime soda.

Two weeks before serving: clean woodruff and pack into one bottle of wine. Cork and let sit.
The day before serving: make four dozen ice cubes by placing rose petals in the compartments before adding water. Freeze until solid.
Hull and wash the strawberries. Slice. Mix peaches and strawberries. Add sugar and rum. Marinate overnight.
An hour before serving: Strain woodruff out of wine and discard leaves. Mix champagne, all remaining wine, lemon-lime soda, and fruit in a large bowl. Stir.
Add ice cubes 15 minutes before serving. Serves 20.

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