Magick & Ritual
Herbs can be used to draw or attract things we want into our lives. There is a shift that happens within our aura as a result of using herbal mixtures. It is our aura that becomes the magnet which pulls or attracts that which we desire into our life. Use enchanted magickal herbal paper to record spells kept in a book of shadows and light or to weave and cast spells.
When weaving spells, you can infuse the magickal energies of herbs and flowers into your spell making it that more powerful. You can also incorporate seeds into this paper so it grows from the soil.
You can choose any type of paper product you wish. For this recipe, I used recycled kraft paper on the roll. You can find rolls of this paper at any school supply or store that carries packaging materials.
Mise En Place
- a deep tub at least 2' x 1.5' wide
- 1-2 cups herbs, seeds or flowers of your choosing
- enough water to fill the tub 2/3 the way full
- enough wadded and crunched paper to loosely fill the tub 1/2 way fill
- Mold & Deckle set. If you do not have a mold and deckle set you can use a skillet screen and hand pour the pulp. This method works well for papers that can remain chunky and do not need to fit in any particular shape. Most often to be burned.
- A blender
- Mesh metal strainer
- 2 large bowls
- Soak herbs, paper, and water in the deep tub. Once the paper is soft and tears easily, begin pulling it apart in small chunks so it is easier for the blender to shred.
- Set up a mesh metal strainer inside a larger bowl alongside the blender, a tub full of soaked paper and another large bowl to hold pulp.
- Using a cup fill the blender approximately half full using the herbal water, then add the hand shredded paper pulp to the water. The water to paper ratio should be 2:1. So if you fill the blender halfway with water then you add enough paper to fill the blender to 3/4 full. This is just a suggestion. I've burned up my share of blender motors in my time and I found this method works the best. Hahaha
- blend up the paper until you get a fine to medium pulp consistency.
- Pour into a strainer and ring out a little bit of water
- transfer the pulp to the empty bowl and add the strained herbal water back into the tub of soaking paper.
- Repeat Steps 3-6 until all your paper has been blended
- Use you mold & deckle or fry screen to form paper.
- Bless your dried papers using sage or frankincense before knotting with sting and storing. It is also a good idea to charge your papers as you would crystals in the full moon!
Goddess Aspect: Crone
Associated Goddesses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan.
Magickal Attributes: BANISHING Releasing the Old, Removing Unwanted Negative Energies, Wisdom, Psychic Abilities, Scrying, Reversing Circumstances.
General working are for: Banishing Magick, ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.
Disseminating Moon - addictions, decisions, divorce, emotions, stress, protection.
Last Quarter - addictions, divorce, health and healing (banishing disease), stress, protection
Directly after the light of the full moon has passed that the light begins to grow less visible each night, is a Waning Moon. The energy of the Waning Moon can be used to remove those energies and issues that no longer serve you such as letting go of a relationship that may be toxic. It is also leading up to the new moon which can be a time of rest and energy restoration.
As our energy dissipates, we can become out of balance by attempting to compensate with energetic masculine energy. For this reason, it is a good time to practice balancing meditations and mudras.
The Waning Moon is a beautiful reminder to rest and recoup. Stones that carry an energy of unconditional love are perfect during this time as they are a reminder that taking care of the self is as important as anything else that you do. Stones such as Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Ruby in Fuchsite, Pink Kunzite and/or Danburite work well with the Waning Moon.
Dream Potion, Mugwort Tea
Plain mugwort tea is very potent. A cup before bedtime should stimulate dreams. Unfortunately, it tastes so unpleasant few will drink it. Adding honey may be sufficient to sweeten the taste for some.
Place one teaspoon of dried mugwort in a cup and cover with boiling water. Allow this to steep for ten minutes, then strain and drink. Color or paint your dreams in the morning.
Labradorite Crystal Spell
Sleep with Labradorite beneath your pillow to repair, strengthen and cleanse your aura. It also encourages perseverance and determination-all required qualities for a successful magical career. If you use it regularly, maintain a regular cleansing schedule for the crystal, as well.
Many people do not breathe correctly. Knowing how to take a full, deep breath is a true life skill. A full breath cycle spreads life giving oxygen throughout the body, gets rid of waste gasses like carbon dioxide, and stimulates the spine and internal organs.
Many of us are “chest breathers,” meaning we’re accustomed to an unhealthy pattern of initiating the breath from the chest. When you fall into a pattern of isolated upper-chest breathing, you overuse muscles in the neck and upper body and under use the diaphragm. During heavy exercise and in emergency situations, you need those muscles to supplement the diaphragm by getting more air to the lungs. Unlike the diaphragm, the muscles of the neck and upper body tire more easily, leaving you anxious and fatigued.
One of the first steps in learning to breathe well is to learn diaphragmatic deep breathing. When you breath in, the diaphragm contracts and flattens downward creating a vacuum that draws in air. When you exhale, the diaphragm returns to its dome shape, pushing air out of the body.
Once you know how to get your diaphragm working for you, you will find that diaphragmatic breathing is both energizing and relaxing. It is the way a truly efficient body breathes throughout life. Diaphragmatic breathing activates the upper torso yet creates a full, deep pattern of breath.
Lying on your back with your knees bent or straight, put your hands on your lower ribs so that the tips of the middle lingers touch each other at the end of an exhalation. Your shoulders should be relaxed and dropped away from your ears. When you breathe in, try not to let it affect your shoulders. You want your shoulders to stay down and relaxed.
Your spine is long, a neutral spine, a natural position of the spine that allows the curves of the spine to be present. If you are sitting, feel that your weight is falling directly down through your sitting bones and your head is floating up toward the sky. Your throat is open and relaxed.
Breathe in slowly through your nose. Let the air flow into your upper chest and down your spine, expanding your sides and lower ribs, diaphragm, back, and pelvis. Allow the deep inhale to push your belly out a little bit. The chest does move with the breath but remains relaxed and the ribs maintain their cylindrical shape.
Exhale in the reverse order. Drop your lower abdominal, then your belly. Let your ribs pull in, and then let your chest drop as you fully expel all the air. Remain calm and comfortable at all times, never force, and if you feel strain or agitation, stop and let the breath come back to normal.
Learn and practice this breathing before you start practicing any other breathing technique. Remember that a small smile also helps relax your facial muscles and helps you to breathe fully!
The hara is a central area of power and essence -- it is also referred to as the Sea of Energy and the Sea of Enlightenment.
Abdominal breathing-especially when it is slow, deep, and long-combined with certain mindfulness practices directed to specific energy centers, can help you receive the energies of the earth, nature, and the heavens. In natural breathing, when you breathe in, a respiratory wave starts deep in the abdominal cavity and flows up to the head. When you breathe out, the wave moves from head to feet.
To sense your power center (ham), lie in relaxation pose. Hara breathing can be done standing, sitting, or lying down. The ham is located two inches below the navel. It’s the physical and spiritual center of the body.
Cover the navel with your hands. Breathe gently, in through the nose, filling the abdomen with air, and focus on your navel.
On the exhale through your mouth, contract the muscles of your abdomen. Tighten the abdomen as much as you can.
Continue until you feel your breath being drawn from deep within your hara. When you breathe from your navel, you will feel the abdomen expand and contract.
Take a deep breath and feel the diaphragm muscle move downward on inhalation and upward on exhalation. Do this
exercise anytime, for as long as you can, but at least 5-10 minutes.
[breathe by dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer]
Evil Spirit and unwelcome communication is a common concern and frightening fear when one begins a journey of psychic development. It is important you address these fears early on so you do not harbor negative energies and self-doubt. I found a passage by Raymond Buckland I feel is helpful in addressing those fears.
“Like attracts like” is the adage, and it has proven to be true. For this reason, you really need have no fear of attracting to you evil entities of any sort, while practicing your mediumship. Yet this is certainly a common fear among newcomers to Spiritualistic phenomena. Indiscriminate use of items like Ouija boards has brought problems to some people in the past, which has helped give rise to this apprehension. But, as I say, like attracts like. In other words, if you’re the sort of person who is positive, seeking to help others through your mediumship, and looking to advance spiritually, then you’ll attract nothing but good to you. You really have nothing to fear. On the other hand, if you are the sort who takes delight in playing pranks with a sadistic twist to them, are not averse to swindling people out of their savings, and wouldn’t think twice about dealing in stolen goods, then you might well draw similar spirits to you! And along with such negative spirits you might well attract negative “entities,” for want of a better term; elemental beings from other realms who might be looking for a means of entry into this one. Ivy Northage (previously quoted) says:
I am often asked If psychic activity invites evil spirits. Accepting a reasonable and sensible approach to all such phenomena, the answer is a positive no. Like attracts like, and someone sincerely desirous of developing their gifts for the good of humanity cannot be in touch with evil. It should be remembered, however, that psychic ability on the astral level is as a light in a foggy street. Therefore, uncontrolled or denied the spiritual stimulus of upliftment afforded by the guides, it can expose you to mischievous or lost spirits that, once attached, can be difficult to dislodge without firm refusal of psychic activity on the part of the medium.
With all of this in mind, it behooves the sensible medium always to take some precautions just in case. It takes but a moment to erect a psychic barrier around you, so why not do so every time you prepare to do any sort of psychic work? And I would even include your meditation. Here is a simple little cleansing and protection process you can go through right before you meditate, right before you try table tipping, psychometry, automatic writing, or a full-blown séance. In other words, every time.
Sit quietly for a moment, eyes closed, feet flat on the floor, hands loosely in your lap or on the arms of your chair. Breathe deeply and evenly, and calm yourself. Then, as you breathe, imagine that with each intake of breath you are drawing into your body the soft, positive, blue light of protection; as you breathe out you are pushing out all negativity. Feel this blue light (some people prefer to “see” a white light or a golden one; use whichever color you feel most comfortable with) coming up into your body through your feet. Feel and sense that it is coming up from “Mother Earth”; from the great goodness of nature. Even if you are sitting in a room several floors up in a building, you can still sense this energy coming up out of the ground and then slowly climbing up through the building until it reaches your floor and your feet. Look upon this as an attunement with nature and with all the positive aspects of the myriad forms of life in and on the earth.
As you breathe in and out, feel/sense your body filling with this positivity and driving out all the negativity until you are completely filled with good energy. Then keep going for a while. “See” the light expanding until you are totally enclosed in a sphere of it; a ball of light with you in its center. This is your protective shell. This is the egg of which you are the yolk. Nothing negative can break through it. Know this, and accept it. It will serve and protect you.
If you are of an especially religious turn you might want to add the saying of a prayer to this practice. You can do this as you work on the power/light building. Another alternative is to see white, gold, blue, or whatever color light descending from “above” (from God/Goddess/All That Is) and entering your body at the crown of the head or the position of the third eye, rather than coming up from the ground.
Do not hesitate to do anything that will give you an added sense of security and protection. But at the same time don’t, please, scare yourself into believing that you are about to embark on a perilous journey that is fraught with danger and from which you may not return! As I said earlier, there is probably no need for this protective measure at all; we are just doing it to err on the side of safety. So do it as a matter of course, then carry on without thinking anything more about it. You will be fine.