O is for Obstacles

Although my spiritual practice follows a standard Wiccan framework, I use practices from many traditions. One example is my affinity for Ganesh. As a Hindu deity, Ganesh is commonly referred to as the Remover of Obstacles. In this capacity, Ganesh removes any obstacles standing in an adherent’s path. In addition, he is also known to place obstacles in your path to remind you how strong you really are.

In Vodou, Road Openers describe clear the way to a better life or when starting something new. Below is an example of my Ganesh-powered Road Opener incense and meditation.

 

Blend together equal parts of cedar, sage, and lemongrass. Burn over coals in front of an image in Ganesh. Visualize yourself on a road obstructed by several rocks. See yourself, aided by Ganesh removing the rocks one at a time until the road is clear. Once this is complete, ground and center, and bring yourself out of the meditation.

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N is for Nine of Wands

The Nine of Wands is one of my favorite cards in the Tarot. In most decks, it depicts a man with a bandage around his head holding himself up with one wand, while being surrounded by eight other wands. In divination, the Nine of Wands symbolizes victory after a conflict, courage, and inner strength. In magick, the uses of this card are similar. Below is a victory spell from my Book of Shadows. I use it to make the odds more favorable to me in times of crisis.

This spell is best performed on a Tuesday just after dark. You will need the Nine of Wands and the Chariot cards from a Tarot deck, an incense of pine, dragonsblood, black peper, and coffee, and nine red candles. Light the incense and place the censer on the altar along with the two tarot cards and one of the red candles. Place the other 8 candles in a circle around your working space. Ground and center and cast the circle. As you cast the circle, light the candles one by one. Save the candle on the altar for last. Stand before the altar and say

“Mighty warrior, I call you near

I call thee forth, by shield and spear.

Fierce and untamed, whose mighty power can make

The strongest walls from their foundations shake.

I call you know to attend me to

And ensure my victory.”

One my one, snuff the candles out, but allow the altar candle to burn. Release the circle and send the energy to do its work.

 

N is for Nightmares

Gather together a white candle, lavender incense, and a piece of onyx. Cast your circle and light the candle and incense. Hold the piece of onyx and see it glow in protective light. Close your eyes and say

 

Powers of the Earth,

Attract and nullify.

Protect me as I sleep.

 

Allow the stone to return to its normal appearance and open the circle. Allow the candle and incense to burn out. Keep the stone near your bed and recharge every month.

 

Excerpt from my Book of Shadows

March 23, 2011

M is for Meditation

As a baby witch, I gave little importance to meditation. In fact, I thought it was pointless. My magic worked well enough, I was spiritually fulfilled, so what was the point. When I entered into adulthood, with the busy schedule and demanding job, I often felt frazzled. I was tired all the time, stressed out, and really unorganized. My energy was always so scattered that I was convinced that a simple full moon rite might actually conjure a demon (not really, but you get the idea). So, I turned to a wise woman in my life and she recommended meditation.

At first, it didn’t feel right to be alone with my own thoughts, so I used prerecorded guided meditations. I found most of these on CD in occult book stores and on YouTube. After a while, the narration became a distraction. They always paused for too long, which caused me to mentally create my grocery list, or they paused for too little, which caused my visualizations to become interrupted. Now, I use guided meditations to get the gist of the visualization and work through it myself.

Meditation has become my preferred method of magical practice. If I want to banish something, I go into a meditative state and visualize myself destroying what I want banished. If I need a boost of energy, I meditate and visualize myself pulling up energy from the Earth. My meditative magic is usually more impactful than a full blown ritual.

Below is an excerpt from my BOS about a meditation I did a few nights ago.

 

I lit the white candle on my altar and settled before it. I closed my eyes and focused on my breathing. As I relaxed, I let the thoughts come naturally. I observed them and allowed them to float away. I then visualized myself growing roots and becoming one with the Earth. As the visualization continued, my body was transformed into vegetation. My feet and legs were covered in vines; my torso was a tree trunk, my arms branches. I scanned my body and saw that some of the plants were dead. I responded to this by mentally pruning the dead plants away from me. I saw them being burned by the light of the candle. I noticed movement on my leg. A small garter snake slithered its way up my body. I wasn’t scared, I allowed it to happen. On my shoulder I noticed a lady bug. Again, I allowed the lady bug to remain. I finished my meditation and snuffed out the candle. Tomorrow I will work on finding out what these animals mean to me. Blessed be.

M is Monument

 

Travel and work have been kicking my ass recently, so I have not kept up with this year of blogging the why that I hoped to. While mindless web surfing last night, I came across the Temple of Satan’s website.

Before I continue, let me give a disclaimer. I don’t consider myself a Wiccan anymore than I consider myself a Satanist. However, I do enjoy the Satan as Prometheus ideal that Satanists promote, just as I consider the Wiccan framework to be useful in my spirituality. In addition to this, most Satanists hold true to a belief in radical self interest and taking responsibility for one’s actions. This resonates with my beliefs just as much as the Wiccan Rede of “harm none” does. Now that the disclaimer is done, let’s move on.

The Temple of Satan, like most atheistic Satanic organization, uses Satan as a metaphor for their approach to life. Among their tenets is compassionate living, respect for others freedoms, and that belief should conform to our scientific understanding of the world. This sparked my interest so I read further. I was very surprised to see that they were involved in a number of political/social campaigns.

The Temple support same-sex marriage, woman’s health issues, and abolishing corporal punishment in schools. They even are attempting to adopt a highway. I’ve never seen a Satanic group be interested in this type of outreach. The campaign that further interested me is their campaign to erect a statue of Baphomet in Oklahoma City next to a monument of the Ten Commandments.

As the ACLU is currently in suit for the 10 Commandments monument to be removed, the Satanic Temple is proposing that the statue stay if the Temple is allowed to erect their statue. If the statue is permitted, this would be a huge win for religious freedom, and pave the way for other religious groups to have their beliefs memorialized as well.

To learn more about the Satanic Temple, their current campaigns, and to donate, check out their website at thesatanictemple.com

L is for Lilith Beauty Spell

As mentioned in the previous post, Lilith is my patron Goddess. I call upon Her for much of my magical practices. Below is a simple spell from my Book of Shadows that calls upon Lilith to enhance your beauty (adapted from Fiona Horne)

 

You will need:

3 black candles

2 red candles

Clove incense

Dark spiced rum in a silver chalice

A mirror

A representation of Lilith

 

Light the clove incense and place it on the altar in front of the image of Lilith and the mirror. Sprinkle the altar with a bit of the rum. Arrange the black candles in the shape of a triangle with the point facing the altar. Arrange the 2 red candles with the black candles to form a pentagram shape. Light the candles and stand in the center. Say the following:

Black winged Goddess of the Night,

I cast this spell, so that I

Will radiate a blinding light

And bewitch all held within my sight*”

 

* Adapted from Fiona Horne

L is for Lilith

Ever since I read Her myth, Lilith has been my patron. For me, She is the Goddess of independence, freedom, magic, and strength. Not only is She a Patroness of Witches, but she is the Patroness of Badassery. When life knocks me down, I hear Her voice say “He hits like a bitch, doesn’t he?” When someone tries to start trouble with me I hear Her familiar chuckle as she says “I wish a motherfucker would…” When I am feeling down, she reminds me of the magic of laughter. When I call upon her during spell work, She will remind me to ask for the perfect solution, rather than a suitable one.

In my practice, Lilith has some nontraditional offerings. She loves the smell of cloves, especially in the form of Djarum Black clove cigarettes. She loves red wine, but vodka works in a pinch, as does any dark liquor. Instead of chants, she would much rather I sing her the songs of Garbage and Porcelain Black.

Below is a piece that I call the Charge of Lilith. It is adapted from the Charge of the Dark Goddess (you can find many of these works through a Google search) and the Charge of the God by AJ Drew.

 

The Charge of Lilith

Hear me child, and know Me.

I have been with you since you were born, and I will stay with you until you return to Me at the final dusk.

I am the passionate and seductive lover who inspires the poet to dream. After the day is done, My children find their blessed rest in my embrace.

I am the Queen of Magick, hidden in the deepest night.

I am the mystery of the other world and the fear that coils about your heart in the times of your trial. 

I am the soul of nature that gives form to the Universe.

I am the womb from which all things are born.

I am the shadowy, still tomb; all things must come to Me and bare their breasts to die and be reborn to the Whole.

I am the Sorceress that will not be ruled,

the Weaver of Time, the Teacher of Mysteries.

I snip the threads that bring my children home to me.

I slit the throats of the cruel and drink the blood of the heartless.

Swallow your fear and come to me, and you will discover true beauty, strength, and courage.

For my law screams one is not free while others remain enslaved.

There shall you assemble, you who have not yet won My deepest strength, but who are brave enough to seek it.

To these shall I teach that which is yet unknown.

You shall be free from slavery, and as a sign that you be truly free you will free those still enslaved.

You who seek to remove My veil and know My true face,
Know that all your questing and efforts are for not,
Until thy own face beholds and knows the mysteries of they own self.
For you to truly know Me, you must look in your own heart
and know and accept thy self.

For those of you who call upon Me
and My powers for magick, beware!
For My magaick is swift and without regards to the consequences.

When you are frightened, throw back your head and laugh in the face of fear, I shall strengthen you

When you feel pain, offer it to me and I will subdue it.

When you feel pleasure, offer it to me and I will intensify it.

For it is My dark cloak of protection that is wrapped about you.
Close your eyes My child and call to me, for I am there,
within your Darkness.