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51 Spiritual Spells from Practical Witches

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51 Spiritual Spells from Practical Witches

Included in this list of 51 Spiritual Spells
  1. 7 Day Candle Love Spell
  2. Communication with your Spirit Guide
  3. Contact the Deceased
  4. 13 Goals of a Witch
  5. Basic Esbat Information
  6. Glossary Terms of the Craft
  7. Brief Herbal Lesson
  8. Ritual Work I
  9. Witches Rede of Chivalry
  10. Basic Sabbat Lore
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#21 - #30
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#1 - 7 Day Candle Love Spell

A 7 day candle spell to attract a spouse or lover.
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  • 1 Pink Taper Candle
  • Candle Holder
  • Pin or Needle
  • Rose Essential Oil
  • Sugar
  • Rose Petals
  • Matches or Lighter
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  • Candle Holder
  • Pin or Needle
  • Rose Essential Oil
  • Sugar
  • Rose Petals
  • Matches or Lighter
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    The Candle:

    Taper candles typically burn for 1 hour per inch of candle wax. So, a normal taper candle (which is approximately 10 - 12 inches) should burn for about 10 - 12 hours. Temperatures, humidity, and elevation can cause the burn time of the candle(s) to vary, however.

    For this spell, you will need to burn your candle for 7 days, with the 7th and final day being on the night of the full moon. The idea being that the energy put into the spell and the power of the power of the waxing moon work to strengthen the power of your spell.

    Candle & Burn Time Per Day:

    • Day 1 - Approximately 2 hours
    • Day 2 - Approximately 2 hours
    • Day 3 - Approximately 2 hours
    • Day 4 - Approximately 2 hours
    • Day 5 - Approximately 2 hours
    • Day 6 - Approximately 1 hour
    • Day 7 - Approximately 1 hour

    Note: Be sure to keep an eye on your candle as it burns, both to avoid in fire danger and to make sure you have enough of the candle to burn for the full 7 day time period.

    The Spell:

    Start by dressing your candle with the rose oil. As you work the oil into the candle’s surface, focus on your intent of drawing a spouse or lover into your life. Visualize it as vividly as you can, but try not to focus on a specific individual.

    When you’re ready, use a pin or needle to etch words or phrases associated with the qualities that you want your spouse or lover to have, into the candle’s wax. Try to be as specific as you can. Some possible words include:

    • Loving
    • Caring
    • Gentle
    • Kind
    • Fun Loving
    • Adventurous
    • Loyal and Faithful

    As you etch each on into the candle, focus on each one and try to visualize this in your mind. You can even chant the words or phrases as you etch them. This can help you build energy, as well as further focus on your intent.

    When you’re done, place the candle in its holder and sprinkle the sugar and rose petals around the base. Light your candle and visualize the candle drawing your spouse or lover to you. As you do this, softly chant:

    “True love is what I seek to find. I wish for a lover/spouse that is divine. I wish for romance; happiness in love and life. I seek a relationship free of strife.”

    Meditate as you chant this, but again try not to focus on a specific individual.

    On the 7th day, the night of the full moon, once you’ve done this, and your candle has burned out, bury the remainder of the wax, sugar, and rose petals at the base of a tree. Say a small thank you to the moon as you walk away, and be patient while you wait for your spell to work.

    Note: Keep in mind, this will not drop a lover or spouse on your doorstep and it will take time to manifest. Get out. Meet new people. Have fun, and look for new opportunities that might take you to your lover or spouse.

    Source for Candle Burn Time

    Added to on Jul 15, 2019
    Last edited on Jan 22, 2020
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    #2 - Communication with your Spirit Guide

    This is a meditation/spell to use to communicate with your spirit guide.
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    Once you're completely relaxed, visualize yourself walking down a street. The street splits off into two paths: one to the forest, and one to the city. Take the path to the forest.You enter it, and begin to notice the sensations of the forest. The liveliness, the flowers covering the grounds, the songs of the birds.

    Start to notice a large body of water to your right, and turn to it. Before it, lays a circle of stones. Enter the circle. Once you have done this, you will feel peace. Bliss. You are happy. Close your eyes and bask in this warmth, and happiness.

    After a few minutes, you notice a shadow hovering over you. Open your eyes. When you are ready to see, you will see your spirit guide. Connect to them, get to know them. At the end, thank your spirit guide for coming to visit you.

    Added to on Oct 28, 2014
    Last edited on Jan 24, 2019
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    #3 - Contact the Deceased

    This is a simple way to contact someone who has passed.
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  • 3 white candles
  • a pendulum (can be a homemade)
  • a picture of the one you have lost
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  • 3 white candles
  • a pendulum (can be a homemade)
  • a picture of the one you have lost
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    Put the picture of the deceased on a table. Above it hold the pendulum. Around picture put the candles and light it.

    Invite the deceased, you can say something like ''(Person's name) come at me,I want to speak with you''.
    Use pendulum for speak with the deceased.

    At the end thanks spirit for coming.

    Credit goes to Wickedspell

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    #4 - 13 Goals of a Witch

    These are the thirteen laws a witch should strive to live by. These are from Scott Cunningham, but is used in many a coven.
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    13 Goals of a Witch

    1.Know Yourself

    Take time to learn about yourself. Keep daily journals as well as sleep journals. Record your thoughts, experiences during meditation, your goals and anything else you think that is important. Use your dream journal to build a base line so that you can interpret your dreams because dreams are the way our shadow self talks to us. Endeavour to heal your shadow self. Use your daily journals to understand your thoughts and motivations. In other words, step back and examine yourself, your life, your goals and what you want and who you really are.

    2.Know Your Craft
    Study and practice the Craft. Through exploring the different aspects and theories of the Craft you will become more adept and begin to form your own theories and practices that work best for you. Take classes offered in your area such as tarot, meditation among other things that interest you. Attend public rituals to gain insight into how others practice. Talk to other Wiccans and exchange ideas and experiences.

    The learning never ends when you are a witch. Read and study everything that you can and never dismiss any knowledge out of hand. You never know where a revelation may be hiding.

    4.Apply Knowledge with Wisdom
    Use the wisdom you have gained to temper your actions. Wisdom is a gift given to the wise and the wise use their wisdom to make the best decisions available. To apply knowledge without wisdom is reckless and can be dangerous in certain situations. The truly wise never claim to know everything or claim the status as an authority or guru, because no one knows everything. Do not abuse the knowledge you have acquired.

    5.Achieve Balance
    Wicca is a religion of balance. We embrace the light and dark, the God and Goddess; neither is more important than the other. Both have a purpose. We are to achieve balance in our lives. Such as balance in the self, home, personal relationships, what we take from the earth and what we give back and so on. A balanced life is a good life.

    6.Keep Your Thoughts in Good Order
    This goal goes hand in hand with Goal 7. As a witch, your thoughts manifest reality in accordance with your will. Once you have reached a level of magical development you can set events in motion without even realising it. A disciplined mind reduces those occurrences and aids in magical works. Your thoughts manifest before words are even formed.

    7.Keep Your Words in Good Order
    As thoughts manifest reality in conformity to your will, so do words. Words are the verbalisation of your thoughts and therefore carry power. To not mind your words is the same as spreading chaos magically. Discipline in minding your words adds meaning to what you speak and enhances their effectiveness in magical workings as well as the mundane world.

    8.Celebrate Life
    This one is somewhat self-explanatory. Live your life to the fullest and make every day a celebration of life. Life is a gift from the God and Goddess and they wish us to have a good time while here. Essentially, don?t be afraid to enjoy your life.

    9.Attune with the Cycles of the Earth
    This is one of the basic concepts of Wicca. Our holidays, Sabbats, are based upon the Wheel of the Year, with the Wheel of the Year being based on the cycles of the Earth. We are to experience nature and understand that we are part of it, it is part of us and how it affects us. It is another mystery of Wicca that one has to experience to truly understand.

    10.Breathe and Eat Correctly
    This one is self-explanatory as well. We are to eat the proper foods and practice our breathing. It doesn?t mean we can?t enjoy the food we eat or occasionally indulge. What it means is that we should eat a proper diet because it will help to make our bodies healthy. A healthy body not only makes us feel better and live longer; it aids us in our magical works and makes the mundane tasks easier.
    Learning to breathe correctly aids in the raising of energy, focus, stress relief and meditation.

    11.Exercise the Body
    This is a difficult goal for many people but it is an important one. Our bodies are wondrous things that the God and Goddess have blessed us with. We should respect the bodies we have been given and keep them in shape. A healthy body feels better both physically and emotionally. We also live longer and are less encumbered during mundane activities and magical ones as well. To exercise the body is to honour the God and Goddess.

    Meditation is a key skill in the working of magic. It allows us to focus our thoughts thereby focusing our will. It also helps us in our mundane life as well. It reduces stress and helps us get through our mundane tasks by being able to focus and think clearly.

    13.Honour the Goddess and the God
    We should honour the God and Goddess in everything we do. They are a part of us as we are a part of them. We are all connected. By honouring them we honour ourselves and our fellow humans. We also honour our Gods through rituals and celebrations. We do this because we love them and we desire to not because we fear them.

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    #5 - Basic Esbat Information

    Following the Sabbats and Esbats are a very important part of a witches life. According to Raven Grimassis book The Wiccan Mysteries and Wiccan Magic following both is key to learning how to hear the voice of the wind. Where Sabbats are to honor the turning of the seasons and the Gods where no magic is normally worked, Esbats are the celebrations of the Lady and giving her honor and also when magic is worked by the coven. There are many books on Esbats and Moon Magic that you can check out, but the following is the basics that most witches use. The following are the Full Moons and I will post the Dark Moons later.
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    Wolf Moon - January
    Storm Moon - February
    Chaste Moon - March
    Seed Moon - April
    Hare Moon - May
    Dyad (pair) Moon - June
    Mead Moon - July
    Wyrt (green plant) Moon - August
    Barley Moon - September
    Blood Moon - October
    Snow Moon - November
    Oak Moon - December
    Blue Moon - variable

    Wolf Moon (January)
    Also known as: Quiet Moon, Snow Moon, Cold Moon, Chaste Moon, Disting Moon, Moon of Little Winter
    Nature Spirits: gnomes, brownies
    Herbs: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts, cones
    Colors: brilliant white, blue-violet, black
    Flowers: snowdrop, crocus
    Scents: musk, mimosa
    Stones: garnet, onyx, jet, chrysoprase
    Trees: birch
    Animals: fox, coyote
    Birds: pheasant, blue jay
    Deities: Freyja, Inanna, Sarasvati, Hera, Ch'ang-O, Sinn
    Power Flow: sluggish, below the surface; beginning and conceiving. Protection, reversing spells. Conserving energy by working on personal problems that involve no one else. Getting your various bodies to work smoothly together for the same goals.

    Ice Moon (February)
    Also known as: Storm Moon, Horning Moon, Hunger Moon, Wild Moon, Red & Cleansing Moon, Quickening Moon, Solmonath (Sun Month), Big Winter Moon
    Nature Spirits: house faeries, both of the home itself and of house plants
    Herbs: balm of Gilead, hyssop, myrrh, sage, spikenard
    Colors: light blue, violet
    Flowers: primrose
    Scents: wisteria, heliotrope
    Stones: amethyst, jasper, rock crystal
    Trees: rowan, laurel, cedar
    Animals: otter, unicorn
    Birds: eagle, chickadee
    Deities: Brigit, Juno, Kuan Yin, Diana, Demeter, Persephone, Aphrodite
    Power Flow: energy working toward the surface; purification, growth, healing. Loving the self. Accepting responsibility for past errors, forgiving yourself, and making future plans.

    Storm Moon (March)
    Also known as: Seed Moon, Moon of Winds, Plow Moon, Worm Moon, Hrethmonath (Hertha's Month), Lentzinmanoth (Renewal Month), Lenting Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Moon of the Snowblind
    Nature Spirits: Mer-people, Air and Water beings who are connected with spring rains and storms
    Herbs: broom, High John root, yellow dock, wood betony, Irish moss
    Colors: pale green, red-violet
    Flowers: jonquil, daffodil, violet
    Scents: honeysuckle, apple blossom
    Stones: aquamarine, bloodstone
    Trees: alder, dogwood
    Animals: cougar, hedgehog, boar
    Birds: sea crow, sea eagle
    Deities: Black Isis, the Morrigan, Hecate, Cybele, Astarte, Athene, Minerva, Artemis, Luna
    Power Flow: energy breaks into the open; growing, prospering, exploring. New beginnings; balance of Light and Dark. Breaking illusions. Seeing the truth in your life however much it may hurt.

    Growing Moon (April)
    Also known as: Hare Moon, Seed or Planting Moon, Planter's Moon, Budding Trees Moon, Eastermonath (Eostre Month), Ostarmanoth, Pink Moon, Green Grass Moon
    Nature Spirits: plant faeries
    Herbs: basil, chives, dragon's blood, geranium, thistle
    Colors: crimson red, gold
    Flowers: daisy, sweetpea
    Scents: pine, bay, bergamot, patchouli
    Stones: ruby, garnet, sard
    Trees: pine, bay, hazel
    Animals: bear, wolf
    Birds: hawk, magpie
    Deities: Kali, Hathor, Anahita, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Bast
    Power Flow: energy into creating and producing; return balance to the nerves. Change, self-confidence, self-reliance, take advantage of opportunities. Work on temper and emotional flare-ups and selfishness.

    Hare Moon (May)
    Also known as: Merry or Dyad Moon, Bright Moon, Flower Moon, Frogs Return Moon, Thrimilcmonath (Thrice-Milk Month), Sproutkale, Winnemanoth (Joy Month), Planting Moon, Moon When the Ponies Shed
    Nature Spirits: faeries, elves
    Herbs: dittany of Crete, elder, mint, rose, mugwort, thyme, yarrow
    Colors: green, brown, pink
    Flowers: lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom
    Scents: rose, sandalwood
    Stones: emerald, malachite, amber, carnelian
    Trees: hawthorn
    Animals: cats, lynx, leopard
    Birds: swallow, dove, swan
    Deities: Bast, Venus, Aphrodite, Maia, Diana, Artemis, Pan, Horned God
    Power Flow: full creating energy; propagation. Intuition, contact with faeries and other supernatural beings. Strengthen connection with supernatural protectors and beings around you. Power flowing from the Greenwood Gods and trees.

    Mead Moon (June)
    Also known as: Moon of Horses, Lovers' Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Honey Moon, Aerra Litha (Before Lithia), Brachmanoth (Break Month), Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Moon of Making Fat
    Nature Spirits: sylphs, zephyrs
    Herbs: skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses
    Colors: orange, golden-green
    Flowers: lavender, orchid, yarrow
    Scents: lily of the valley, lavender
    Stones: topaz, agate, alexandrite, fluorite
    Trees: oak
    Animals: monkey, butterfly, frog, toad
    Birds: wren, peacock
    Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Isis, Neith, Green Man, Cerridwen, Bendis, Ishtar
    Power Flow: full but restful energy; protect, strengthen, and prevent. A time of Light; Earth tides are turning. Decision-making, taking responsibility for present happenings. Work on personal inconsistencies. Strengthen and reward yourself for your positive traits.

    Hay Moon (July)
    Also known as: Wort Moon, Moon of Claiming, Moon of Blood (because of mosquitoes), Blessing Moon, Maedmonat (Meadow Month), Hewimanoth (Hay Month), Fallow Moon, Buck Moon, Thunder Moon
    Nature Spirits: hobgoblins (small, grotesque but friendly brownie-type creatures), faeries of harvested crops
    Herbs: honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop
    Colors: silver, blue-gray
    Flowers: lotus, water lily, jasmine
    Scents: orris, frankincense
    Stones: pearl, moonstone, white agate
    Trees: oak, acacia, ash
    Animals: crab, turtle, dolphin, whale
    Birds: starling, ibis, swallow
    Deities: Khepera, Athene, Juno, Hel, Holda, Cerridwen, Nephthys, Venus
    Power Flow: relaxed energy; preparing; succeeding. Dream-work, divination, and meditation on goals and plans, especially spiritual ones.

    Corn Moon (August)
    Also known as: Barley Moon, Dispute Moon, Weodmonath (Vegetation Month), Harvest Moon, Moon When Cherries Turn Black
    Nature Spirits: dryads
    Herbs: chamomile, St. John's wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue, orange
    Colors: yellow, gold
    Flowers: sunflower, marigold
    Scents: frankincense, heliotrope
    Stones: cat's eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate
    Trees: hazel, alder, cedar
    Animals: lion, phoenix, sphinx, dragon
    Birds: crane, falcon, eagle
    Deities: Ganesha, Thoth, Hathor, Diana, Hecate, Nemesis
    Power Flow: energy into harvesting; gathering, appreciating. Vitality, health. Friendships.

    Harvest Moon (September)
    Also known as: Wine Moon, Singing Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Haligmonath (Holy Month), Witumanoth (Wood Month), Moon When Deer Paw the Earth
    Nature Spirits: trooping faeries
    Herbs: copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian, skullcap
    Colors: brown, yellow-green, yellow
    Flowers: narcissus, lily
    Scents: storax, mastic, gardenia, bergamont
    Stones: peridot, olivine, chrysolite, citrine
    Trees: hazel, larch, bay
    Animals: snake, jackal
    Birds: ibis, sparrow
    Deities: Demeter, Ceres, Isis, Nephthys, Freyja, Ch'ang-O, Thoth
    Power Flow: rest after labor; balance of Light and Dark. Organize. Clean and straighten up physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter.

    Blood Moon (October)
    Also known as: Harvest Moon, Shedding Moon, Winterfelleth (Winter Coming), Windermanoth (Vintage Month), Falling Leaf Moon, Ten Colds Moon, Moon of the Changing Season
    Nature Spirits: frost faeries, plant faeries
    Herbs: pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, uva ursi, angelica, burdock
    Colors: dark blue-green
    Flowers: calendula, marigold, cosmos
    Scents: strawberry, apple blossom, cherry
    Stones: opal, tourmaline, beryl, turquoise
    Trees: yew, cypress, acacia
    Animals: stag, jackal, elephant, ram, scorpion
    Birds: heron, crow, robin
    Deities: Ishtar, Astarte, Demeter, Kore, Lakshmi, Horned God, Belili, Hathor
    Power Flow: to let go; inner cleansing. Karma and reincarnation. Justice and balance. Inner harmony.

    Blue Moon (October 27-November 1)
    Also known as: Moon of the Dead, Hunting Moon, Ancestor Moon, Hunter's Moon
    Nature Spirits: banshees and other beings who carry messages between worlds
    Herbs: ginger, hops, wormwood, hyssop, patchouli, mugwort, nutmeg, star anise
    Colors: black, white, purple
    Flowers: white lily, dahlia, chrysanthemum
    Scents: rosemary, dragon's blood, lilac, pine, wisteria
    Stones: obsidian, onyx, Apache tear
    Trees: pine, cypress, yew, elder
    Animals: bat, wolf, sow, dog, snake
    Birds: owls, raven, falcon
    Deities: Cybele, Circe, Hel, Nephthys, Cerridwen, Horned God, Caillech, Freyja, Holda
    Power Flow: release, remember; communion with the dead. Prophecy. Releasing old negative memories and emotions.

    Snow Moon (November)
    Also known as: Dark Moon, Fog Moon, Beaver Moon, Mourning Moon, Blotmonath (Sacrifice Month), Herbistmanoth (Harvest Month), Mad Moon, Moon of Storms, Moon When Deer Shed Antlers
    Nature Spirits: subterranean faeries
    Herbs: grains of paradise, verbena, betony, borage, cinquefoil, blessed thistle
    Colors: gray, sea-green
    Flowers: blooming cacti, chrysanthemum
    Scents: cedar, cherry blossoms, hyacinth, narcissus, peppermint, lemon
    Stones: topaz, hyacinth, lapis lazuli
    Trees: alder, cypress
    Animals: unicorn, scorpion, crocodile, jackal
    Birds: owl, goose, sparrow
    Deities: Kali, Black Isis, Nicnevin, Hecate, Bast, Osiris, Sarasvati, Lakshmi, Skadi, Mawu
    Power Flow: take root, prepare. Transformation. Strengthen communication with the god or goddess who seems closest to you.

    Cold Moon (December)
    Also known as: Oak Moon, Wolf Moon, Moon of Long Nights, Long Night's Moon, Aerra Geola (Month Before Yule), Wintermonat (Winter Month), Heilagmanoth (Holy Month), Big Winter Moon, Moon of Popping Trees
    Nature Spirits: snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
    Herbs: holly, English ivy, fir, mistletoe
    Colors: blood red, white and black
    Flowers: holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus
    Scents: violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
    Stones: serpentine, jacinth, peridot
    Trees: pine, fir, holly
    Animals: mouse, deer, horse, bear
    Birds: rook, robin, snowy owl
    Deities: Hathor, Hecate, Neith, Athene, Minerva, Ixchel, Osiris, Norns, Fates
    Power Flow: to endure, die, be reborn; Earth tides turning. Darkness. Personal alchemy. Spiritual paths. Reach out to friends and family, the lonely and needy.

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    #6 - Glossary Terms of the Craft

    These are basic terms used in the craft. They are Copyrighted by Rowan Moonstone and Durwydd MacTara and permission has been granted to copy the terms if being used to share as lessons.
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    AKASHA- the spiritual ether (or Aether); the omnipresent
    fifth occult element which embraces the other four- earth, air, fire, and water; and from which they stem. This is the
    realm of ''pattern'' or causality, from which the realm the
    normally thought of ''five senses manifests. Some define it
    is the ''other'' of the ''two worlds'' that the witch or
    magician walks between.

    ARADIA- Daughter of the Goddess Diana, and a name for the
    Goddess used by Italian Witches or Strega, commonly used in
    many Wiccan traditions today.

    ASPECTING- Any advanced magickal activity in which a practitioner manifests a particular aspect of the Goddess or God, in thought,feelings, behavior, appearance, etc. Often as a direct result of a ''Drawing Down''. Often a minor variation of this phenomena occurs with the selection of a ''Magical Name'', of Craft Name.

    ASPECTS- Forms, facets, or personas of Deity: for example, Brighid, Iseult, Eos, and Kore are all aspects of the Maiden, and the Maiden is an aspect of the Goddess.

    ATHAME- black handled, double edged dagger. Principally used
    to cast and dissolve the circle, for which purposes it is
    interchangeable with the magic sword. A tool of the ''Element'' of Fire in the Georgian Tradition and some others.

    BELTANE- May Eve festival. One of the Ancient Celtic ''Fire
    Festivals.'' on this night, the cattle were driven between
    two bonfires to protect them from disease. Couples wishing
    for fertility would '' jump the fires'' on Beltane night. Also
    the traditional Sabbath where the rule of the ''Wheel of the
    Year'' is returned to the Goddess. This Festival also marks
    the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from
    those of Maiden to Mother.

    BOOK OF SHADOWS- Traditionally hand copied book of rituals,
    recipes, training techniques, guidelines, and other
    materials deemed important to a Witch or a coven. Each
    tradition has it's own standard version of the Book and each
    Witch's book will be different as he or she adds to it with
    time from many different sources. Only another Witch can see
    your book of shadows. Also, traditionally, it may never
    leave your hands or possession until death, when it should
    be destroyed, or (in some traditions) returned to the coven
    to be disposed of.

    BURNING TIMES- a term used by some Witches for the period of
    persecution in the Middle Ages and later. It is in fact a
    misnomer in some places, as Witches were only burned in
    Scotland, and on the continent of Europe. In England and the
    U.S., they were hanged.

    CANDLEMAS- Festival held on Feb. 1. One of the 4 Celtic ''Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called ''Imbolc'' (the old Celtic name). This is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are noted, i.e. the first sprouting of leaves, the sprouting of the Crocus flowers etc. In other words, it is the festival commemorating the successful passing of winter and the beginning of the agricultural year. This Festival also marks the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from those of Crone to Maiden.

    CARDINAL POINTS- North, South, East, and West, marked in the
    Georgian Tradition by candles of green, red, yellow, and
    blue, respectively. The Circle is drawn to connect these
    four points.

    CHALICE- one of the tools of the Witch. Placed on the altar
    to represent the element of Water.

    CHARGE OF THE GODDESS- The Traditional words of the Goddess
    to her followers, or ''hidden children''. Normally declaimed
    by the HPS at every coven Circle.

    CIRCLE- the area in which the magickal worship and spells
    takes place. Can also be used to designate a particular
    group of Witches or Pagans such as ''Silver Acorn Circle''.

    CONE OF POWER- power raised in the circle by the Witches
    assembled, and sent out into the world to work magick, is
    usually visualized as being retained and built in the form
    of a ''cone'' prior to release.

    COVEN- an organized group of Witches, led by a High
    priestess and/or a High Priest who meet regularly for
    worship and fellowship. The traditional membership is 13,
    but in fact most covens number considerably less. 3 is the
    minimum in the Georgian Tradition. In Middle English,
    ''Covin'' a group of confederates; In Old French ''Covine'' a
    band or group with a single purpose; Latin ''Com''-together,
    ''Venire''-to come or move.

    COVENSTEAD- regular meeting place for a coven. Usually the
    home of the High Priestess or High Priest.

    COWAN- a non-Witch. Formerly used in a very derogatory
    manner. Still used in Masonic Ritual to indicate the non
    initiate and/or pretender to ''real craft''. Not often used
    today among most Witches.

    COYOTE ENERGY- trickster energies. Named for the American
    Indian Trickster, Coyote, who tricks man into learning what
    he needs to learn. Applies to one who constantly jokes and
    clowns. Also applies to the concept of ''Holy Fool'' in many

    CROSS QUARTER DAYS- The modern name for the Celtic Fire
    Festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lammas.

    DEOSIL- clockwise, or sunwise. Traditional direction for
    working ''building'' magick.

    DRAWING DOWN THE MOON- Ritual invocation of the spirit of the Goddess into the body of the High Priestess by the High

    DIVINATION- magical method of exploration or inquiry into a
    situation via such methods as Tarot cards, runestones, I-Ching, etc.

    ELEMENTS- Earth, air, fire, and water, plus spirit, which
    includes them all. These are regarded as realms or categories of nature (both material and non-material) and are not to be confused with the physicists table of elements, which the modern witch, of course, accepts.

    ESBAT- weekly or biweekly meeting of a coven. Traditionally
    held either on the full moon or the new moon.

    FAMILIARS- Either a Witch's pet animal which has been
    trained to be a magickal helper, or an artificially
    created ''elemental'' which performs the same functions as
    the animal friend.

    FIVEFOLD KISS, FIVEFOLD SALUTE- The Witches' ritual salute,
    with kisses; (1) on each foot, (2) on each knee, (3) above
    the pubic hair, (4) on each breast, and (5) on the lips-
    really 8 kisses in all. It is only used within the Circle,
    but the words that go with it are the origin of ''Blessed

    GARDNERIANS- Tradition of Witchcraft descended from the
    teachings of Gerald Gardner.

    GNOMES- an ''entity'' or ''elemental'' that dwells in the plane
    of Earth or is associated with the EARTH Element.

    GREAT RITE- The rite which is the main feature of the third
    degree initiation, and which is also laid down for certain
    festivals. It is sexual in nature, but may be actual and private to the couples concerned or symbolic, as the
    participants wish.

    HALLOWS- name used by some traditions for Samhain, or

    HANDFASTING- Wiccan equivalent of a wedding. It can be made
    legal if the Priestess and/or Priest are registered as clergy with the local authorities, or it may only be considered binding within the coven.

    HIGH PRIEST/ESS- Technically speaking, a Witch who has
    received the 3rd. degree initiation. More usually, the male
    and female leaders of a coven.

    IMBOLC- Celtic name for Candlemas.

    INVOCATION- The ritual ''calling-in'' of an entity (or energies) higher than human, either for communication with the caller through a medium or by visible manifestation or else to enter into a human body as in the Drawing Down the Moon. In some traditions, a Prayer.

    LAMMAS- August 1st. Witch Festival. The Old Celtic name for
    this festival is Lughnassadh. It is the Festival of the
    First Fruits, and is the first of the 3 harvests. This
    festival also marks the change of the Threefold Goddess
    energies from that of Mother to Crone.

    MAIDEN- An appointment held by one of the women of the coven. She is virtually the assistant High Priestess. This term is also the descriptive term used to describe the first of the aspects of the Threefold Goddess Energies (Maiden, Mother, and Crone). It is traditionally associated with the Waxing Moon, and the period from Imbolc (Candlemas) to Beltane (May eve) where the energies are those of initiating, beginning, and creation.

    OLD RELIGION- another name for the Craft.

    PAGANING- Presentation of an infant to the Circle and to the

    PENTACLE- a disc shaped talisman; in particular, the metal
    disc which represents the earth element among the witch's
    working tools.

    PENTAGRAM- The five-pointed star. With a single point
    uppermost, it represents the human being. Inverted, with two
    points uppermost, it can have Satanist associations; but not
    necessarily. Some traditions of Wicca use the inverted
    pentagram to signify an initiate of the second degree.

    QUARTERS- The North, East, South, and West parts of a
    magickal circle or other ritual area. (See also ''Watchtowers'')

    REDE- rule or law.

    SABBATS- the Eight festivals or high holy days of Wicca.

    SALAMANDER- an entity that dwells in the realm of Fire.

    SAMHAIN- The festival of remembrance for the dead, held on
    the eve of Nov. 1st. It is the last of the three harvests.
    This festival also marks the transition of rulership of the
    ''Wheel of the Year from that of the Goddess to that of the

    SCRYING- divination, usually using such methods as crystal
    gazing, or divination via incense smoke, or water as opposed
    to tarot or other manipulative means.

    SPELL- a prayer, or verbal direction of magickal energies
    toward the accomplishment of some goal.

    SUMMONER- The male officer of the coven who corresponds to
    the Maiden. He is the assistant High Priest.

    SYLPH- an ''entity'' or ''elemental'' that dwells in the plane
    of Air or is associated with the AIR Element.

    TRADITIONS- any of the various ''sects'' of Wicca such as
    Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Georgian, Seax, etc.

    UNDINE- an ''entity'' or ''elemental'' that dwells in the plane
    of Water or is associated with the WATER Element.

    WAND- A rod or staff that is prepared so that it may be used
    for magickal or psychic purposes, usually to project some
    form of power.

    WARLOCK- a term coined in the Burning Times . It was used to
    denote a traitor to the Craft, or one who had betrayed the
    followers of the Old Religion. It's origin is Scottish.
    Because of the negative connotations, it is not used by most
    Wiccans today.

    WATCH TOWERS- Originally from the Enochian branch of
    Ceremonial Magick, now incorporated into many ''Traditions''
    of Wicca, these are the four elemental ''directions'' or
    ''quarters'' (corresponding to the appropriate points on the
    compass) called to protect the Circle during its
    establishment. Each of them have a correspondence between
    the compass point, an element, and (varying amongst
    different traditions) color associated with them.

    WICCA- the name most modern day Witches use for the Craft.
    It comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Wicce, meaning to bend or
    to shape. This is the root word from which we get wicker.

    WIDDERSHINS- counter clock wise. Used for ''tearing down''
    OR BANISHING magick.

    WHITE HANDLED KNIFE- the working knife of a Witch. It is
    used to carve candles, and for fashioning the other tools.
    Traditionally, it can only be used in a Circle.

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    #7 - Brief Herbal Lesson

    These are the basic usages of herbs as magical components.
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    Herbs & their Magickal Properties

    Acacia : Protection, Psychic Powers, Money and Love Spells
    Adam & Eve Roots : Love, Happiness
    Adders Tongue : Healing
    African Violet : Spirituality, Protection
    Agaric : Fertility
    Agrimony : Protection, Sleep
    Ague Root : Protection
    Alfalfa : Prosperity, Anti-Hunger, Money
    Alkanet : Purification, Prosperity
    Allspice : Money, Luck, Healing
    Almond : Money, Prosperity, Wisdom
    Aloe : Protection, Luck
    Aloes, Wood : Love, Spirituality
    Althea : Protection, Psychic Powers
    Alyssum : Protection, Moderating Anger
    Amaranth : Healing Heartbreak, Protection, Invisibility,
    Anemone : Health, Protection, Healing
    Angelica : Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions
    Anise : Protection, Purification, Youth
    Apple : Love, Healing, Garden Magic, Immortality
    Apricot : Love
    Arabic Gum : Spirituality, Purify Negativity and Evil
    Arbutus : Exorcism, Protection
    Asafoetida : Exorcism, Purification, Protection
    Ash : Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health
    Aspen : Eloquence, Anti-Theft
    Aster : Love
    Avens : Exorcism, Purification, Love
    Avocado : Love, Lust, Beauty

    Bachelor's Buttons : Love
    Balm, Lemon : Love, Success, Healing
    Balm of Gilead : Love, Manifestations, Protection, Healing
    Bamboo : Protection, Luck, Hex-Breaking, Wishes
    Banana : Fertility, Potency, Prosperity
    Banyan : Luck. Happiness
    Barley : Love, Healing, Protection
    Basil : Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection
    Bay : Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength
    Bean : Protection, Exorcism, Wart Charming,
    Reconciliation, Potency, Love
    Bedstraw, Fragrant : Love
    Beech : Wishes
    Beet : love
    Belladonna : Astral Projection, Visions **TOXIC**
    Benzoin : Purification, Prosperity
    Bergamot, Orange : Money, Success
    Be-Still : Luck
    Betony, Wood : Protection, Purification, Love
    Birch : Protection, Exorcism, Purification and Cleansing
    Bistort : Psychic Powers, Fertility
    Bittersweet : Protection, Healing
    Blackberry : Healing, Money, Protection
    Bladderwrack : Protection, Sea Spells, Wind Spells,
    Money, Psychic Powers
    Bleeding Heart : Love
    Bloodroot : Love, Protection, Purification
    Bluebell : Luck, Truth
    Blueberry : Protection
    Blue Flag : Money
    Bodhi : Fertility, Protection, Wisdom, Meditation
    Boneset : Protection, Exorcism
    Borage : Courage, Psychic Powers
    Bracken : Healing, Rune Magic, Prophetic Dreams
    Brazil Nut : Love
    Briony : Image Magic, Money, Protection
    Bromeliad : Protection, Money
    Broom : Purification, Protection, Wind Spells, Divination
    Buchu : Psychic Powers, Prophetic Dreams
    Buckthorn : Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Legal Matters
    Buckwheat : Money, Protection
    Burdock : Protection, Healing


    Cabbage : Luck
    Cactus : Protection, Chastity
    Calamus : Luck, Healing, Money, Protection
    Camellia -Riches
    Camphor : Chastity, Health, Divination
    Caper : Potency, Lust, Luck
    Carawy : Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-Theft, Mental Powers
    Cardamon : Lust, Love
    Carnation : Protection, Strength, Healing
    Carob : Protection, Health
    Carrot : Fertility, Lust
    Cascara Sagrada : Legal Matters, Money, Protection,
    Cashew : Money
    Castor : Protection
    Catnip : Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness
    Cat Tail : Lust
    Cedar : Healing, Purification, Money, Protection
    Celandine : Protection, Escape, Happiness, Legal Matters
    Celery : Mental Powers, Lust, Psychic Powers
    Centaury : Snake Removing
    Chamomile : Money, Sleep, Love, Purification
    Cherry : Love, Divination
    Chestnut : Love
    Chickweed : Fertility, Love
    Chicory : Removing Obstacles, Invisibility, favors, Frigidity
    Chili pepper : Fidelity, Hex Breaking, Love
    China Berry : Luck, Change
    Chrysanthemum : Protection
    Cinchona : Luck, Protection
    Cinnamon : Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power,
    Psychic Powers, Lust, Protection, Love
    Cinquefoil : Money, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Sleep
    Citron : Psychic Powers, Healing
    Cloth of Gold : Understand Animal Languages
    Clove : Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money
    Clover : Protection, Money, Love, Fidelity, Exorcism, Success, Luck
    Club Moss : Protection, Power
    Coconut : Purification, Protection, Chastity
    Cohosh, Black : Love, Courage, Protection, Potency
    Coltsfoot : Love, Visions
    Columbine : Courage, Love
    Comfrey : Safety During Travel, Money
    Copal : Love, Purification
    Coriander : Love, Health, Healing
    Corn : Protection, Luck, Divination
    Cornflower : psychism
    Cotton : Luck, Healing, Protection, Rain, Fishing Magic
    Cowslip : Healing, Youth, Treasure Finding
    Crocus : Love, Visions
    Cubeb : Love
    Cuckoo-flower : Fertility, Lover
    Cucumber : Chastity, Healing, Fertility
    Cumin : Protection, Fidelity, Exorcism
    Curry : Protection
    Cyclamen : Fertility, Protection, Happiness, Lust
    Cypress : Longevity, Healing, Comfort, Protection

    Daffodil : Love, Fertility, Luck
    Daisy : Lust, Luck
    Damiana : Lust, Love, Visions
    Dandelion : Divination, Wishes, Calling Spirits
    Datura : Hex Breaking, Sleep, Protection
    Deerstongue : Lust, Psychic Powers
    Devils Bit : Exorcism, Love, Protection, Lust
    Devils Shoestring : Protection, Gambling, Luck, Power, Employment
    Dill : Protection, Money, Lust, Luck
    Dittany of Crete : Manifestations, Astral Projection
    Dock : Healing, Fertility, Money
    Dodder : Love, Divination, Knot Magic
    Dogbane : Love
    Dogwood : Wishes, Protection
    Dragons Blood : Love, Protection, Exorcism, Potency
    Dulse : Lust, Harmony
    Dutchmans Breeches : Love

    Ebony : Protection, Power
    Echinacea : Strengthening Spells
    Edelweiss : Invisibility, Bullet-Proofing
    Elder : Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Prosperity, Sleep
    Elecampane : Love, Protection, Psychic Powers
    Elm : Love
    Endive : Lust, Love
    Eryngo : Travelers Luck, Peace, Lust, Love
    Eucalyptus : Healing, Protection
    Euphorbia : Purification, Protection
    Eyebright : Mental Powers, Psychic Power

    Fennel : Protection, Healing, Purification
    Fenugreek : Money
    Fern : Rain Making, Protection, Luck, Riches,
    Eternal Youth, Health, Exorcism
    Feverfew : Protection
    Fig : Divination, Fertility, Love
    Figwort : Health, Protection
    Flax : Money, Protection, Beauty, Psychic Powers, Healing
    Fleabane : Exorcism, Protection, Chastity
    Foxglove : Protection
    Frankincense : Protection, Exorcism, Spirituality
    Fumitory : Money, Exorcism
    Fuzzy Weed : Love, Hunting

    Galangal : Protection, Lust, Health, Money,
    Psychic Powers, Hex-Breaking
    Gardenia : Love, Peace, Healing, Spirituality
    Garlic : Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Lust, Anti-Theft
    Gentian : Love, Power
    Geranium : Fertility, Health, Love, Protection
    Ginger : Love, Money, Success, Power
    Ginseng : Love, Wishes, Healing, Beauty, Protection, Lust
    Goats Rue : Healing, Health
    Goldenrod : Money, Divination
    Golden Seal : Healing, Money
    Gorse : Protection, Money
    Gotu Kola : Meditation
    Gourd : Protection
    Grain : Protection
    Grains of Paradise : Lust, Luck, Love, Money, Wishes
    Grape : Fertility, Garden Magic, Mental Powers, Money
    Grass : Psychic Powers, Protection
    Ground Ivy : Divination
    Groundsel : Health, Healing

    Hawthorn : Fertility, Chastity, Fishing Magic, Happiness
    Hazel : Luck, Fertility, Anti-Lightning, Protection, Wishes
    Heather : Protection, Rain Making, Luck
    Heliotrope : Exorcism, Prophetic Dreams, Healing,
    Wealth, Invisibility
    Hellebore, Black : Protection ****TOXIC***
    Hemlock : Destroy Sexual Drive ***TOXIC***
    Hemp : Healing, Love, Vision, Meditation
    Henbane : Love Attraction ***TOXIC***
    Henna : Healing
    Hibiscus : Lust, Love, Divination
    Hickory : Legal Matters
    High John the Conqueror : Money, Love, Success, Happiness
    Holly : Protection, Anti-Lightning, Luck, Dream Magic, Balance
    Honesty : Money, Repelling Monsters
    Honeysuckle : Money, Psychic Powers, Protection
    Hops : Healing, Sleep
    Horehound : Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing
    Horse Chestnut : Money, Healing
    Horseradish : Purification, Exorcism
    Horsetail : Snake Charming, Fertility
    Houndstongue : Tying Dog's Tongues
    Houseleek : Luck, Protection, Love
    Huckleberry : Luck, Protection, Dream Magic, Hex Breaking
    Hyacinth : Love, Protection, Happiness
    Hydrangea : Hex Breaking
    Hyssop : Purification, Protection

    Indian Paint Brush : Love
    Iris : Purification, Wisdom
    Irish Moss : Money, Luck, Protection
    Ivy : Protection, Healing

    Jasmine : Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams
    Jobs Tears : Healing, Wishes, Luck
    Joe-Pye Weed : Love, Respect
    Juniper : Protection, Anti-Theft, Love, Exorcism, Health

    Kava-Kave : Visions, Protection, Luck
    Knotweed : Binding, Health

    Ladys mantle : Love
    Ladys slipper : Protection
    Larch : Protection, Anti-Theft
    Larkspur : Health, Protection
    Lavender : Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity,
    Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace
    Leek : Love, Protection, Exorcism
    Lemon : Longevity, Purification, Love, Friendship
    Lemongrass : Repel snakes, Lust, Psychic Powers
    Lemon Verbena : Purification, Love
    Lettuce : Chastity, Protection, Love, Divination, Sleep
    Licorice : Love, Lust, Fidelity
    Life Everlasting : Longevity, Health, Healing
    Lilac : Exorcism, Protection, Beauty
    Lily : Protection, Breaking Love spells
    Lily of the Valley : Mental Powers, Happiness
    Lime : Healing, Love, Protection
    Linden : Protection, Immortality, Luck, Love, Sleep
    Liquidamber : Protection
    Liverwort : Protection
    Liverwort : Love
    Looestrife : Peace, Protection
    Lotus : Protection, Lock-Opening
    Lovage : Love
    Love Seed : Love, Friendship
    Lucky Hand : Employment, Luck, Protection, Money, Travel

    Mace : Psychic Powers, Mental Powers
    Maguey : Lust
    Magnolia : Fidelity
    Mahogany, Mountain : Anti-Lightning
    Maidenhair : Beauty, Love
    Male Fern : Luck, Love
    Mallow : Love, Protection, Exorcism
    Mandrake : Protection, Love, Money, Fertility, Health
    Maple : Love, Longevity, Money
    Marigold : Protection, Prophetic Dreams,
    Business and Legal Matters, Psychic Powers
    Marjoram : Protection, Love, Happiness, Health, Money, Healing
    Master Wort : Strength, Courage, Protection
    Mastic : Psychic Powers, Manifestations, Lust
    May Apple : Money
    Meadow Rue : Divination
    Meadowsweet : Love, Divination, Peace, Happiness
    Mesquite : Healing
    Mimosa : Protection, Love, Prophetic Dreams, Purification
    Mint : Money, Love, Luck, Healing, Exorcism, Travel, Protection
    Mistletoe : Protection, Love, Hunting, Fertility, Health, Exorcism
    Molukka : Protection
    Moonwort : Money, Love
    Moss : Luck, Money
    Mugwort : Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection,
    Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral Projection
    Mulberry : Protection, Strength
    Mullein : Courage, Protection, Health, Love, Divination, Exorcism
    Mustard : Fertility, Protection, Mental Powers
    Myrrh : Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Spirituality
    Myrtle : Love, Fertility, Youth, Peace, Money

    Nettle : Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Lust
    Norfolk Island Pine : Protection, anti hunger
    Nuts : Fertility, Prosperity, Love, Luck

    Oak : Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck
    Oats : Money
    Olive : Healing, Peace, Fertility, Potency, Protection, Lust
    Onion : Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Money,
    Prophetic Dreams, Lust
    Orange : Love, Divination, Luck, Money
    Orchid : Love
    Oregon Grape : Money, Prosperity
    Orris Root : Love, Protection, Divination

    Palm, Date : Fertility, Potency
    Pansy : Love, Rain Magic, Love, Divination
    Papaya : Love, Protection
    Papyrus : Protection
    Parosela : Hunting
    Parsley : Love, Protection, Purification
    Passion Flower : Peace, Sleep, Friendship
    Patchouly : Money, Fertility, Lust
    Pea : Money, Love
    Peach : Love, Exorcism, Longevity, Fertility, Wishes
    Pear : Lust, Love
    Pecan : Money, Employment
    Pennyroyal : Strength, Protection, Peace
    Peony : Protection, Exorcism
    Pepper : Protection, Exorcism
    Peppermint : Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers
    Pepper Tree : Purification, Healing, Protection
    Periwinkle : Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Money, Protection
    Persimmon : Changing Sex, Healing, Luck
    Plot Weed : Protection
    Pimento : Love
    Pimpernel : Protection, Health
    Pine : Healing, Fertility, Protection, Exorcism, Money
    Pineapple : Luck, Money, Chastity
    Pipsissewa : Money, Spirit Calling
    Pistachio : Breaking Love Spells
    Plantain : Healing, Protection, Strength, Snake Repelling
    Plum : Healing
    Plumeria : Love
    Poke : Courage, Hex Breaking
    Pomegranate : Divination, Luck, Wishes, Wealth, Fertility
    Poplar : Money, Flying
    Poppy : Fertility, Love, Sleep, Money, Luck, Invisibility
    Potato : Image Magic, Healing
    Prickly Ash : Love
    Primrose : Protection, Love
    Purslane : Sleep, Love, Luck, Protection, Happiness

    Quassia : Love
    Quince : Protection, Love, Happiness

    Radish : Protection, Lust
    Ragweed : Courage
    Ragwort : Protection
    Raspberry : Protection, Love
    Rattlesnake Root : Protection, Money
    Rhubarb : Protection, Fidelity
    Rice : Protection, Rain, Fertility, Money
    Roots : Protection, Power, Divination
    Rose : Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection
    Rosemary : Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers,
    Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth
    Rowan : Psychic Powers, Healing, Protection, Power, Success
    Rue : Healing, Health, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Love
    Rye : Love, Fidelity

    Saffron : Love, Healing, Happiness, Wind Raising,
    Lust, Strength, Psychic Powers.
    Sage : Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes
    Sagebrush : Purification, Exorcism
    St.Johns Wort : Health, Power, Protection, Strength,
    Love, Divination, Happiness
    Sandalwood : Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Spirituality
    Sarsaparilla : Love, Money
    Sassafras : Health, Money
    Savory, Summer : Mental Powers
    Scullcap : Love, Fidelity, Peace
    Senna : Love
    Sesame : Money. Lust
    Shallot : Purification
    Skunk Cabbage : Legal Matters
    Slippery Elm : Halts Gossip
    Sloe : Exorcism, Protection
    Snakeroot : Luck Money
    Snakeroot/black : Love, Lust, Money
    Snapdragon : Protection
    Solomons Seal : Protection, Exorcism
    Sorrel Wood : Healing, Health
    Southern Wood : Love, Lust, Protection
    Spanish Moss : Protection
    Spearmint : Healing, Love, Mental Powers
    SpiderWort : Love
    Spikenard : Love
    Squill : Money, Protection, Hex Breaking
    Star, Anise : Psychic Powers, Luck
    Stillengia : Psychic Powers
    Straw : Luck, Image Magic
    Strawberry : Love, Luck
    Sugar Cane : Love, Lust
    Sumbul : Love, Luck, Health, Psychic Powers
    Sunflower : Fertility, Wishes, Health, Wisdom
    Sweetgrass : Calling Spirits
    Sweetpea : Friendship, Chastity, Courage, Strength

    Tamarind : Love
    Tamarisk : Exorcism, Protection
    Tansy : Health, Longevity
    Tea : Riches, Courage, Strength
    Thistle : Strength, Protection, Hex Breaking, Healing
    Thistle, Holy : Purification, Hex Breaking
    Thistle, Milk : Snake Enraging
    Thyme : Health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Powers,
    Love, Purification, Courage
    Ti : Protection, Healing
    Toadflax : Protection, Hex Breaking
    Toadstool : Rain Making
    Tobacco : Healing, Purification
    Turmeric : Purification
    Turnip : Protection, Ending Relationships

    Urva Ursa : Psychic Workings

    Valerian : Love, Sleep, Purification, Protection
    Vanilla : Love, Lust, Mental Powers
    Venus Flytrap : Protection, Love
    Vervain : Love, Protection, Purification, Peace,
    Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep, Healing
    Vetch, Giant : Fidelity
    Vetivert : Love, Hex Breaking, Luck, Money, Anti-Theft
    Violet : Protection, Luck, Love, Lust, Wishes, Peace, Healing

    Wahoo : Hex-breaking, Courage, Success
    Walnut : Health, Mental Powers, Infertility, Wishes
    Wax Plant : Protection
    Wheat : Fertility, Money
    Willow : Love, Divination, Protection, Healing
    Wintergreen : Protection, Healing, Hex Breaking
    Winters Bark : Success
    Witch Grass : Happiness, Lust, love, Exorcism
    Witch Hazel : Protection, Chastity
    Wolfs Bane : Protection, Invisibility
    Wood Rose : Luck
    Woodruff : Victory, Protection, Money
    Wormwood : Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits

    Yarrow : Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism
    Yellow Evening Primrose : Hunting
    Yerba Mate : Fidelity, Love, Lust
    Yerba Santa : Beauty, Healing, Psychic Powers, Protection
    Yew : Raising the Dead
    Yohimbe : Love, Lust
    Yucca : Transmutation, Protection, Purification

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    #8 - Ritual Work I

    This is a brief lesson on why we cast circles, what the Watchtowers are, and invoking Diety during ritual.
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    A question was asked regarding Watchtowers, Cirlces,and Deities. The following is a brief description of each. These are the basics of circle. If anyone else has anything they want to add please do.

    The circle is cast to contain your energy untill you release that energy and it also serves as protection from outside forces. The circle usually is about 9 feet in circumference, but can be smaller if you are by yourself. It is important when casting a circle you follow proper protocall. When you cast a circle you usually start in the North or East depending on your personel preference and you cast it by walking Deosil or Clockwise. Then you bless the circle with earth and water then fire and air. Once as the circle is cast then you call in the Watchtowers.

    The Watchtowers are known by many names. They are guardians of the gateways to the elemental kingdoms. They are the Old Ones, they are the Kings of their realms. They have many forms and many names. The following are some ways the guradians are seen and their names that are called upon. Their angelic names are Aral(South), Chassan(East), Taliahad(West), and Phorlakh(North). The Archangels are Micheal(South), Raphael(East), Gabriel(West) and Uriel(North). The sacred animals that are seen as guardians are the Red Lion of the South, the Yellow Eagle of the East, the Blue Sea Serpent of the West, and the Green Bull of the North. The Kings are Djin of the South, Paralda of the East, Necksa of the West, and Gobb of the North. These are but only a few of the guardian

    We call on the Watchtowers as guardians of our circles and to bless and bring their energy to our circles also. You call the Watchtower Tower pretty much the same way you cast the circle. Start in the East or North and continue Deosil around the circle calling on each guardian at their appropriate quarter.

    There are quite a few quarter calls out there that you can use. At th e end of this post there one is that you can use. Experiment and find the ones that you like. They can be very simple or very elaborate. Remember though when you call the quarters you must also relese them and send them back to their relams from whence they came at the end of your circle. You do this by starting with the last elemental you called into your circle and continue going Widdershins or Counter Clock Wise around your circle and releasing each quarter. You can say soemthing as simple as '' Powers of the North and Earth. Great Guardians! I give thee thanks for lending your power and protection at my circle on this night, but your prescence is no longer needed at this rite. Return to the realms frome wence you came in perfect love and perfect trust. Hail, Fairwell, and Blessed Be.''

    It is important to remember when you are doing circle work you call the quarters BEFORE you invoke the Goddess and God in the beginning of your ritual. Once as the quarters are called than you can invoke the Lady and Lord. It has to be done in this order so that way the quarters or guardians are present in the circle to help protect the Lady and Lord when you call for them into your circle. When closing your circle or ending your ritual then you thank the Goddess and God first for their blessings at your circle by saying something like '' Hail to thee Lady/Lord. Great Mother/Father I thank thee for your blessings on this night and the magic you aided in my rites. Stay if you will, go if you must in perfect love and perfect trust. Hail and Blessed Be.'' We NEVER dismiss the Gods. We always welcome them to stay, but we let them know we understand if they leave. Then you can release the quarters with the words in the paragraph above.

    As for the Deities you always want to call them. You might not have a patron Deity right now, but do you not believe in a Goddess or God? A divine mother or father? Usually all witches have a diety and a lot of them have a Patron Deity, but it can take time for them to find their Gods. If you don't have a patron deity you can call on them by addressing them as Lady and Lord. You can also call on a deity depending on what the ritual is about. If you are doing a ritual to gain love then you can call on Aphrodite and Eros. Some people work with Pantheons depending on what they are drawn to. I work with the Greek and Roman Pantheons. My Goddess is Hecate and my God is Helios. My God changes through the year though. During the winter months I was calling on Hades and now it's Helios.

    You always want to call on the Gods and Guardians during rituals. Spell work not as much. You can cast a circle when you do spell work, but you always don't have to do a full out ritual for it. This is the Wiccan way.

    Now since I am a Hoodoo worker also when I do spell work I don't cast a circle, I don't call on guardians, and I don't call on the Gods although I do say prayers as I do my spells. Witchcraft is my religon and Hoodood is my practice. I keep the two seperate and try not to blend the worlds together. During my rituals they are fully witchcraft. When I do my spell work they are fully Hoodoo. When I do ritual though I do cast my circle, cleanse it, call the Guardians, and invoke the Lady and Lord. I hope this It's a lot of information. Any other questions you know how to get a hold of me.

    Elemental Quarter Calls
    Eastern Ones!
    Lend me your presence and your power,
    Give me clarity, vision and swift thought.
    Wind and cloud, tall mountain's heights,
    Blue horizon, morning's light.
    Be with me now, Creatures of Air.
    Southern Ones!
    Lend me your presence and your power,
    Give me inspiration, energy and love.
    Bonfire, beacon burning bright,
    Embers rich, wild lightining's strike.
    Be with me now, Creatures of Fire.

    Western Ones!
    Lend me your presence and your power,
    Give me intuition, wisdom, and empathy.
    Green-hearted lake, a river wide,
    Rainfall's jewels, ocean tide.
    Be with me now, Creatures of Water.

    Northern Ones!
    Lend me your presence and your power,
    Give me protection, grounding and sense.
    Hill and dale, deep cove, old bone,
    Fertile field and soil and stone.
    Be with me now, Creatures of Earth.

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    #9 - Witches Rede of Chivalry

    A way of living for a witch
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    Witches Rede of Chivalry

    Magical Rites from the Crystal Well, Ed Fitch and Janine Renee, 1987, Llewellyn Publications.

    Insofar as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of humankind. It behooves all who are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old Gods, to their sisters and brothers of the Craft, and to themselves.

    Therefore, be it noted that:

    1. Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the old ways.

    2. It must be kenned that thoughts and intent put forth on this Middle Earth will wax strong in other worlds beyond and return... bringing into creation, on this world, that which had been sent forth. Thus one should exercise discipline, for ''as
    ye plant, so shall ye harvest.''

    3. It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain godhead.

    4. ''This above all... to thine own self be true...''

    5. A Witch's word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.

    6. Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.

    7. Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in large part, a thing of falsehoods.

    8. Be thou honest with others, and have them know that honesty is likewise expected of them.

    9. The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one's head is a virtue.

    10. Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to do harm.

    11. Diverse covens may well have diverse views of love between members and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.

    12. Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.

    13. As a Witch, thou has power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in the use thereof.

    14. Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.

    15. Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.

    16. Thou shalt not reveal the secrets of another Witch or Coven. Others have labored long and hard for them, and cherish them as treasures.

    17. Though there may be differences among those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing, and must hear nothing.

    18. Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.

    19. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.

    20. Have pride in thyself and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady has said, ''How canst thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first?''

    21. Those who seek the Mysteries should consider themselves the select of the Gods, for it is they would lead the race of humankind to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars.

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    #10 - Basic Sabbat Lore

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    The Eight Sabbats form a never ending circle which is known as the 'Wheel of the Year'. These are the major festivals of the Witch's year. At these times, witches celebrate not only the changes in the Goddess: from maiden to mother then crone and finally back to maiden again, but also the many faces of the God. The sabbats are a very important part of a witches life and should always be observed.

    The names of the Sabbats can vary slightly from coven to coven and city to city, as they come from a time when spelling wasn't an issue. So, if you are a solitary witch at home, use the names that feel most comfortable to you.

    Samhain 31st October/Halloween

    Pronounced sow-ain, Samhain is the most important festival of the witch?s year, it is the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. At this time, the Goddess takes her role as crone or wise woman, and now we look to her for guidance. On this night, the wise woman bestows her wisdom in many forms - for example in divination methods such as tarot cards, runes, dark mirrors and other forms of scrying.

    Samhain is the only one of the eight Sabbats that deals with death, and in history, this would have been a time for people to let their loved ones go, to finish jobs, pay debts and start to get everything ready for the winter months ahead. So now is a good time to put aside any differences you may have with someone, ready to move into the New Year.

    We remember loved ones who have passed, and we place an extra setting at the dinner table to honour them. A time to remember, and also a time to look to the future. Known to the rest of the world as Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, this is a truly magical time. For those who work the land by growing their own crops and herbs all plants must be picked before this day. Anything left in the garden after Samhain is said to lose it's nutrition and belongs to the fae.

    Yule 21st December/Winter Solstice

    This is the winter solstice celebration of rebirth. Of the year, it is the shortest day and longest night, which brings an end to darkness as the days will now start to get longer. An excellent way to celebrate is to go out just before dawn to watch the sun rise and welcome the returning Sun King.

    You can create your own Yule log in the same way that our ancestors did. Take a log with a flat bottom, as it needs to hold candles. Every person at your Yule celebration must place a candle onto the log and light it whilst making a wish. Keep this log safe for the rest of the year, and burn it in your fireplace on the following Yule.

    Exchange hand made gifts of good will with your friends, and drink plenty of mead and warm mulled wine. This is a time to rejoice, and to look forward to lighter days.

    Imbolic Feb 2nd/Candlemass

    Pronounced im-bolk meaning ?in the Belly?, this is the time when the crone removes her winter cloak to become once again the maiden. The earth is ready to give birth to new things, and we see with the first arrival of lambs in the fields. Now is a time to kick bad habits and look to the up and coming year with fresh thoughts. Pay off any debts, or bring to an end anything that you feel will help you to make a better start to your year.

    Spring clean this month, and get ready to receive all the things you have hoped for and thought about all winter. Clean out your wardrobes and give to charity all that you know you?ll never wear again. You can also ask your children to ?spring clean? their toys, as they will have received so many over the Christmas period and by now will know which ones they have outgrown.

    We celebrate the goddess Bridget by making a basket bed with a corn dolly dressed as a bride to represent the maiden, and place this with a symbol of masculinity to ensure the fertility of the earth in the months ahead.

    Ostara 21st March/Spring Equinox

    This is pronounced o-star?-a and is a time to rejoice the spring and natures? beauty, to just get out and walk with the earth. We celebrate being alive at this time and that the days and nights are now equal, so this is an excellent time to balance out the things in your life that may not seem very even at this moment.

    Ostara gets its name from the free spirited goddess Eostre and the story is that while entertaining some children, she turned a chicken into a rabbit and it preceded to lay coloured eggs, and so we get the basis for the Easter Bunny and its colourful eggs. This is also a time when the maiden truly embodies the spirit of spring, wraps herself in a cloak of new flowers, and sees the adolescent sun god in a very new light. A time to celebrate being alive and truly look forward to what the year has to offer you with an open mind.

    Share with the earth what you have at the moment, bury one egg in each corner of your garden and your house will be fruitful all year round. If you don?t have a recycle bin or a compost heap, now is the time to get one. Witchcraft isn?t just about spells and magic, it?s also about the earth and how we can protect it.

    Beltaine May 1st/May Day

    Beltaine is the second most important celebration after Samhain. Bel is the name of the welsh sky God and Tan (means fire). Hence, this is known as the celebration of the fire in the sky.

    Beltaine is a time for union between goddess and god, and many Wiccan couples will perform the ritual of hand fasting on this day. Hand fasting is the union, as equals, of a male and female witch and is presided over by a Wiccan priestess - though the couple write their own vows and make their promises directly to each other. They have three choices of duration: a year and a day, a life time, or for all time - which means they will meet in the next life time and so on. The couple?s hands are tied together with a small rope or ribbon, and at the end of the ceremony they leap over a broomstick or besom into their union. This is where the saying ?tying the knot? originates.

    May is a good time for outdoor celebrations such as may pole dancing, so you could try to find a local fair or carnival to visit, then invite your friends home, and sit under the stars surrounded by the people you love.

    Litha 21st June/Summer Solstice

    This is the longest day and the shortest night of the year and from this point, the days will get shorter and the dark hours longer. The goddess is still in her robes of Mother but the ever changing God now takes his place as the Father Sun.

    This is a time of reflection - so try to rise with the sun on this day and greet the dawn, spending a few moments in thought. Divide your celebrations for today the between light and dark hours. Take a walk in the park and look at the world before the night starts to draw in and spend time watching the sun go down.

    This is a good time of year to have your altar outside for evening rituals, as the weather should still be warm in the evenings. On this day, have a picnic with your friends and try to help them in some way - whether it be going to see them more often or by performing a little magic with their consent.

    Meditate on what your choices will be for the second half of the year and on projects that you may be presently undertaking, acknowledge whether or not they are working and decide on appropriate action. This is very much a time of light and dark, and as all witches know, this doesn't mean good or evil - it actually represents day and night. So, when someone tells you a witch works on the dark or light side maybe it?s just because she works more at night or during the day!

    Lammas 1st August/Lughnasadh

    This is the festival commemorating the death and resurrection of the Celtic sun god Lugh and is pronounced [loo-nass-uh or loo-nass-ar]. The goddess - still the mother - is sad, as the Sun God?s power is now waning, though he lives inside of her as her child, thus maintaining the cycle of life. In the past, some of the remains of the first harvest would be kept and made into small cakes, bread or biscuits in the shape of men, and this is the origin of the ginger bread man. They were then eaten in sacrifice to the land to repay it for what it had given.

    Lammas is a time to count our blessings, and to give back to the earth to cover what we have received. We can do this by giving our own ginger bread men to family and friends to celebrate our own personal harvest. We must make some sacrifices now for the coming year, so decide one altruistic thing you would like to do in the next year, and commit yourself to this. The lesson for Lammas is to be patient in the face of uncertain outcomes.

    Mabon 21st September/Autumn Equinox (Harvest Festival)

    Mabon is pronounced ma?-bon meaning ?great sun?. By some it is called the ?Witches Thanksgiving?, the second harvest as the rest of the grain is stored for winter. Once again, a time of balance when days and nights are equal. As with the other equinoxes and solstices, the date may move slightly from year to year.

    Mabon is the feast of the bringer of justice and the release of prisoners. In years gone by, most prisoners would be returned to their families at this time of year as people would be preparing for the winter months when food was scarce. They would know exactly how much food they had to last them for the winter and how many mouths they could feed. Any old or infirm live stock would be slaughtered so as not to waste food also.

    Mabon is a good time then to let go of old arguments, pay debts before the snow comes and let go of any regrets - keeping then alive helps to feed no-one. The Autumn Equinox is also a great time of healing, so put mistakes behind you and move forward.

    Here is a little more information on the Witches Sabbats:

    Samhain 31st October, Imbolic 2nd February, Beltaine 1st May and Lammas 1st August are all major sabbats. Samhain is the most important with Beltane the second. These are all celebrations of fire, and can be celebrated by building a fire outside or by lighting candles indoors.

    Yule 21st December and Litha 21st June are both solstices with the days being at their shortest and the nights at their longest. These are minor sabbats.

    Ostara 21st March and Mabon 21st September are the equinoxes and at these times, the days and nights are equal. These are also minor sabbats.

    As the solstice and equinox are never the same, we can celebrate anytime from the 20th to the 22nd of these months

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