Spells and Charms * Practical Sorcery * Magical Cures
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In Germany, Walpurgisnacht (or Hexennacht, meaning witches´ night), the night from April 30 (May eve), is the night when allegedly the witches hold a large celebration on the Blocksberg (the highest of the Harz Mountains of north central Germany) hold revels with their Gods, and await the arrival of Spring.
In some parts of northern coastal regions of Germany, the custom of lighting huge Beltane fires is still kept alive, to celebrate the coming of May, while most parts of Germany have a derived christianized custom around Easter called "Easter fires".
In rural parts of southern Germany it is part of popular youth culture to go out on Walburgisnacht to...
Magical and healing herb gardens are sanctuaries of the soul. Indeed, any garden is a magical one to the Witch.
The earliest formal record of gardening dates back to a stone tablet from Mesopotamia circa 4000 BC. It describes how Enki, the Sumerian god of water, provided fresh water to the dry land and thereby produced fruit trees and fields from a desert like land. By 2250 BC, the famed Hanging gardens of Babylon were well established in the capital of Sumeria. These are considered to be the forerunners of gardens today....
If you are faced with many choices, write each down on small slips of paper. Fold each twice and place them on a flat surface (such as a picnic table) which is standing free (not up against anything), in a place where a gentle easterly wind is blowing...
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On a sturdy, preferably dead, bush or shrub still planted in the ground, in a place where the winds blow clear and free, tie or push onto the tip of a branch or twig one leaf for every one of the ills that is bothering you. If you tie the leaf, do so loosely and use a natural fiber cord....
There are many spells designed to carry a secret wish into the universe when the productive powers of creation can bring its realization into being. Nearly all spells make use of the tremendously powerful process of creative visualization.
The following spell courts the favor of the 4 winds or the energies of the compass points. For this spell you will need to ascertain North then find South, East and West.
The 4 winds were given magical names by the ancient Greeks - Boreas, Eureus, Notus and Zephyrus - it is these forces together with those of the elemental spirits of air, water, fire and earth, that are called upon in the spell to carry your wish to the four points of the universe....
This is a spell to assist if someone is bothering you or if you have a strong, unfulfilled desire. To begin, make sure there is a slight breeze blowing. Light a yellow jar candle and take a few minutes to meditate on your desire or problem.
An ancient Coptic talisman invokes Poseidon's blessings of protection while at sea.
The required image depicts Poseidon brandishing his trident, with one foot on a dolphin.
Draw this on parchment paper (artistic ability not required) and carry in a charm bag.
For maximum power, have the image engraved on aquamarine or beryl, the stones that Poseidon holds sacred.
Charge and consecrate the talisman before putting out to sea.
Ma Zu, the Lady of Sailors and Fishermen, began her career as a pious young woman, devoted to Kwan Yin, whith whom she still shares altar space. The historic Ma Zu came from a seafaring merchant family and was born in 906 CE on Meizhou Island off Putian in Fujien.
Ma Zu began demonstrating her powers in childhood, demonstrating the ability to rescure people while she lay in a shamanic trance, resembling a coma. Those saved had a vision of a little girl. In life, she was able to send out her spirit to rescue those in danger of drowning at sea. After death she continues performing miracles. ma Zu calms typhoons and rescues people from storms and pirates.
To access her power, burn red candles in Ma Zu's honor before beginning your journey. Invoke her name during an emergency. Should she perform a genuine miracle for you, a vow to visit one of her shrines in China, Taiwan, or Singapore may be in order.
This boat you see, friends, will tell you
that she was the fastest of craft,
not to be challenged for speed
by any vessel afloat, whether
driven by sail or the labour of oars.
The threatening Adriatic coast won’t deny it,
nor the isles of the Cyclades,
nor noble Rhodes, nor fearful Bosphorus,
nor the grim bay of the Black Sea
where, before becoming a boat, she was
leafy wood: for on the heights of Cytorus
she often hissed to the whispering leaves.
The boat says these things were well known to you,
and are, Amastris and box-wood clad Cytorus:
she says from the very beginning she stood
on your slope, that she dipped her oars
in your water, and carried her owner from there
over so many headstrong breakers,
whether the wind cried from starboard
or larboard, or whether Jupiter struck at the sheets
on one side and the other, together:
and no prayers to the gods of the shore were offered
for her, when she came from a foreign sea
here, as far as this limpid lake.
But that’s past: now hidden away here
she ages quietly and offers herself to you,
Castor and his brother, heavenly Twins.
The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival was held on the Full Moon in April. There was a procession of decorated boats up and down the rivers and lakes in the moonlight. Everyone participated, for they believed that this pleased the dragons who brought life-energies to the community. They would throw flowers into the water to carry their blessings and wishes....
The lunar eclipse is the symbol of the Crone, also called Hecate, Hel, Mother Hulda, the Snow Queen, Bone Mother, Demeter (when searching for Persephone and the earth's vegetation dies) and Sekhmet. It is significant that the eclipse does not related to the Crone as Lady of Wisdom, who is part of the Crone image with the waning crescent-moon part of the lunar cycle, but focuses on the Lady as Passage. Now is a fine time for Dark magic and ...
Ruler: Mars Type: Spice Magickal Form: ground, whole
Heat producing and fiery chili pepper makes a great lust ingredient. Add to coconut and chocolate to turn up the flames of desire. Place a circle of red peppercorns around a photograph of your lover to keep others away from him or her. ...
What follows is a dry and lengthy discussion about peppercorns as legal tender. I included it here at Gypsy Magic because it interested me and because I think the concept can be used in magick as well.
Consider this - you want to do magick, and you'd like to invoke the aid of a deity, an elemental spirit, or some magickal entity but you are unsure as to how to "seal the deal." In a court of law, a "legal" contract, in order to be binding, requires that both sides provide consideration, and I think that in magick this could be true as well...
Themes: Prosperity; Abundance; Love Symbol: Blue Presiding Goddess: Erzulie
About Erzulie: This Haitian love goddess extends her beneficent springlike energy whenever we need it, especially when our pockets or hearts are empty. When life gets out of kilter, petitioning Erzulie sets everything back on track, slowly but surely. Blue is Erzulie's sacred color, and she is sometimes called the "loving one."
To Do Today:
Use peppercorns somehow, of course! This festival began in 1816 when the mayor of Bermuda was given use of the state house for the annual rent of one peppercorn. This rent must be delivered annually, and with all due pageantry, to preserve the island's prosperity beneath Erzulie's watchful gaze.
For us this might translate into eating a peppercorn dressing on a green salad (lettuce represents money) to internalize financial abundance, or keeping a peppercorn in your wallet to safeguard your money and its flow.
Definitely wear blue today to catch Erzulie's attention, and add blue foods to your diet - blueberries, blue juice drink, or even blue colored water. You can also encourage Erzulie's blessing through selfless actions. Give a friend a hug, pamper your pets, take the kids out for some quality time, and remember to kiss your partner goodbye in the morning. You'll feel better and find your heart naturally filling with Erzulie's love.
Traditionally in India, a menstruating woman is often discouraged from eating hot spicy foods because this might increase her "dragon power," her potent menstrual magical influence. Of course, should someone NOT desire to diminish that power, but enhance it instead - hot spicy foods would be recommended.
A Dragon needs a home; create a lair or cave or peak filled with treasure. The nature of the treasure determines the nature of the Dragon. Determine whether the dragon you wish to summon has a solitary nature; if not, add images of other dragons and attractive human figures to keep the Dragon company.
To summon the Dragon, light red candles and provide offerings of candy and sweets. The invocation can be...
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The Dragon Goddess of Borneo protects the living and guards the dead, guiding them to the next realm. She is the preeminent goddess of the Dayak, the indigenous people of Borneo. Her image is ubiquitous in Dayak culture, appearing on everything from baby carriers to funerary monuments. Dragon imagery is incorporated into traditional architecture so that she serves as a personal home guardian.
The Dragon Goddess is the source of agricultural and personal fertility. She commands thunder and lightning. Her consort and male counterpart is the Rhinoceros Hornbill, among the largest hornbills and now an endangered species. This hornbill rules the Upper World while the Dragon Goddess rules the Underworld. Together they preside over a Tree of Life, linking the realms.
Today, April 23, is St George's day. The patron saint of England, St. George is credited with having slain a fearsome dragon to save the life of a virgin. However, the Dragon means different things to different peoples. In some medieval traditions it is linked with the devil or Satan, hence the carvings and windows depicting St George, or sometimes St Michael, slaying one....
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This recipe is a proper replacement for traditional almond crescent cakes in the cake and ale ceremonies. This bread relates closely to the element of earth and is a good grounding aid.
1/3 cup butter
2 1/4 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1 cup creamed corn
1/8 teaspoon each parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, and garlic powder
Melt the butter in a 13 x 9 inch pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Stir in the milk, corn, and spices. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly. Roll into a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into crescent shapes and place in the melted butter, turning so that each side is coated in butter. Cook at 450 degrees for 18 minutes. Serve warm.
This a basic listing of herbs and spices associated with the element of earth:
Alfalfa: Alfalfa is kept in the home to protect against hunger and poverty. It is frequently burned and the ashes scattered around the home for the same reasons. It works well in money spells as well.
Barley: Barley is a healing herb and is known specifically to relieve toothaches. It is absorbent and will remove negative influences. Barley can also be scattered for protection.
Beet: Beet juice is sometimes used as magical ink and as a substitute for blood in magical use. It is known to attract love.
Buckwheat: Buckwheat is most often used in spells concerning money and/or protection. It can be scattered, carried, or burned.
Corn: Corn works well in matters involving fertility, luck and protection. It is frequently used in Sabbat rituals and as an offering.
Cotton: Cotton is known for its qualities of luck, healing, and protection but has other specific uses as well. Burning cotton is thought to cause rain, while scattering cotton seeds assures a productive catch when fishing and repels ghosts. Cotton cloth is excellent for magical use, as it is completely natural.
Cypress: Cypress is both a death herb and an immortality herb. It is a symbol of the crossover between the planes of life. It is a healing herb and is thought to increase one's life span.
Fern: The fern improves health and increases luck and prosperity. It is an herb of exorcism and can banish any negative influence. It is said that burning the fern's seeds will cause rain to fall, whereas carrying them will render one invisible.
Honesty: Also known as the silver dollar plant, honesty is used in prosperity spells and rituals.
Honeysuckle: Honeysuckle is healing, protective, and cleansing. It also carries the quality of increasing one's wealth and psychic powers.
Horehound: Horehound is protective and healing and is used in exorcism rituals. Drinking it is said to improve one's mental powers.
Horsetail: Horsetail is used in fertility rituals and spells.
Knotweed: Knotweed is used in bindings and health spells. It is absorbent and therefore protective.
Loosestrife: Loosestrife holds within it the attributes of peace and protection. Simply scatter it around. It can also be given to someone to cease an argument.
Mugwort: Mugwort aids in astral projection, increases strength and psychic powers, and is protective. It is very useful in any type of intuitive work. (Note: Contact with mugwort may cause dermatitis. Also, do not ingest.)
Oats: Oats are used primarily in money and prosperity spells.
Patchouli: Patchouli is useful in spells involving fertility or money. It is a good substitute for graveyard dust.
Potato: The potato is often used as a poppet for image magic. It is also protective when carried.
Primrose: The primrose is carried to attract love. When growing in the garden it attracts fairies. It is also said to protect against madness.
Quince: Eating quinces is said to promote love. If eaten while pregnant, it is thought to increase the intelligence of the child. The quince can be carried for protection.
Rhubarb: Rhubarb pie, when fed to a lover, is said to keep that lover from straying. It is a protective amulet when worn on a string.
Rye: Rye bread served to a loved one will ensure that your love is returned.
Sagebrush: Sagebrush, also known as white sage, is a cleansing herb. It has long been used by Native Americans in smudging ceremonies to drive away negative influences.
Tulip: The tulip serves in matters of love, prosperity, and protection. it may be carried or placed on the altar.
Turnip: Turnips in the home protect against every type of negativity. They are also used as poppets in image magic.
Vervain: The magical use of vervain has been well documented throughout the ages. It was considered the most prized of the herbs among ancient Druids. It contains the magical qualities of love, protection, purification, peace, youth, chastity, money, healing and sleep.
Vetivert: Vetivert is most useful as a curse breaking herb. It also attracts money and luck.
Wheat: Wheat attracts money and fertility.
Wood sorrel: Wood sorrel is a healing herb when placed in a sickroom or carried.
This is a basic list of the stones and minerals associated with the element of earth.
Brown jasper: Brown jasper works well as an aid for grounding and centering.
Coal: Coal has a well-known reputation as a money attracting stone, but there is more to it than that. Coal can also absorb any negative influences, making way for a clearer understanding of situations. It removes psychic blocks.
Emerald: Emerald has a long and distinguished magical reputation. It is said to increase psychic powers, attract money and love, banish negativity, heal, improve memory, and protect the wearer. Emerald has even been assigned the power to promote your business.
Green agate: Folklore holds that washing this stone in water and then drinking the water will safeguard one against sterility. Green agate improves vision when worn. It is also reputed to reward the owner with a happy life.
Green calcite: Green calcite is known to attract prosperity.
Green jasper: Green jasper is a healing stone, both to the mind and body. It is also said to increase empathy.
Green tourmaline: Green tourmaline can be worn to increase business success and to stimulate creativity.
Jet: Jet holds the attribute of becoming electrically charged when caressed between the palms. Due to the electrical qualities of this stone, it is helpful in transformations. Jet is absorbent and can remove negative influences. It is also said to protect, increase psychic powers, and heal.
Malachite: Malachite holds a unique attribute: it is said to break in half to warn the owner of impending danger. It increases magical power, protects (works especially well with children), brings business success, and attracts love and peace. It is also rumored to protect against falling.
Moss agate: Moss agate is the gardener's stone. It is reputed to work as a magical safeguard to the garden. It is a healing stone and is said to be especially good for relieving a stiff neck. Moss agate can be worn to draw new friends. It works well in spells that involve happiness and riches.
Peridot: Peridot is a protective stone. It is said to be especially effective in protecting the wearer against the magic and jealousy of others. Peridot is also a healing stone. It attracts prosperity, calms rages, and reduces stress.
Salt: Salt was so valuable in some parts of the world that it was used as money at one time. The religious use of salt goes back for centuries. It is cleansing and protective, increases prosperity, and works well to help one ground properly. Salt is also absorbent and therefore serves to remove any negative energies that surround a person.
Turquoise: Turquoise protects against danger. It is also said to increase courage and attract money, love, friendship, and luck. It works well as a healing stone.
Here is an excellent powder for grounding, or anytime you are wanting to feel more connected to the earth.
1 teaspoon dirt from your yard or a favored plant
3 drops patchouli oil
1 teaspoon barley, wheat, cornmeal, or rye
Combine the ingredients in a mortar, and grind to a fine powder. Sprinkle it about your meditation area to connect with earth while meditating. If you have trouble grounding after ritual or spell work, keep a bit in a covered box and smell it or touch it when you need help grounding.
Earth magic - or magicks that utilize dirt, the substance of the earth - utilizes two main techniques: burying and transporting. We transport basically anytime we use earth in a spell that does not include the burial of the item or take place directly upon the soil. For example, if a loved one tracked muddy footprints into my home and I swept them up and saved the dirt for later use in a healing spell, this would be considered transporting.
You may bury things in the earth for the purpose of cleansing an item of negative vibrations, ridding yourself of an item (banishing), planting seeds for future growth of crops, or blessing an item.
You may transport the element of earth by placing soil in a charm bag or in your home, using a mud mask, or even growing houseplants. Many magical practitioners make use of dirt by piling it on their altar and burning candles in the pile. As dirt is sacred, it is fine to do this.
It doesn't matter which of the techniques you use - burying and transporting both hold the full power of earth, even when the soil is used in small amounts.
Various kinds of dirt are said to perform specific functions in many magical practices. According to Hoodoo and Voodoo traditions graveyard dirt is thought to hold within it the vibrations of the departed soul. The ritual collection of graveyard dirt includes getting in touch with the spirit of the body in the grave and leaving a payment for the dirt (usually a coin on the gravestone). For instance, if your intention was to use the dirt to cause harm, you would find a grave that held a murder victim or some other tragic soul and use the dirt frm it. Also incorporated into the ritual collection of graveyard dirt is the time of day in which the dirt is collected and the corresponding area of the body in the grave. In other words, for a love spell, you would take dirt from the area where the heart of the body lies.
Dirt from a crossroads is considered sacred in almost all magical traditions. It is believed to be loaded with supernatural powers. it is used for protection, blessings, banishing, domination - virtually any purpose. It is thought to be neutral, so one has only to direct it according to one's wishes.
Santeria incorporates the magical qualities of dirt in the following ways:
Bank dirt: Dirt from the area around a bank is thought to hold prosperity within it.
Courthouse dirt: Dirt from the area around a courthouse is used to gain victory in legal disputes.
Dirt from the bottom of a person's shoes: This dirt is said to allow one to dominate or cause harm to the owner of the shoes.
Dirt from the four corners: This mixture of dirt is thought to open the road to success. This particular dirt is considered a four-way crossroads.
Forest dirt: Forest dirt is considered protective.
Library dirt: Dirt from the are around a library is used in spells to increase one's knowledge and wisdom.
Mountain dirt: Dirt from a mountain is used in cleansing practices.
Racetrack dirt: This dirt is used in gambling spells to increase luck.
Seashore dirt: this dirt is thought to be cleansing.