Acacia- A magical plant!

Acacia 
(Acacia senegal) Also known as gum arabic, gum senegal and gum acacia; produced by a tree that grows in North Africa. The species of acacia that produces gum arabic and gum acacia are so closely related that one can be used for the other.
o.8438[1]Parts Used – flowers, leaves, stems, root, bark, resin, seeds, and essential oil

Magical Uses – (Herb and Oil) Burn for altar offerings or purification; aids psychic powers, meditation, platonic love, psychic awareness; purification; inspiration; wisdom; visions; anointing; protection; prophetic dreams; spirituality; money. A sprig place over the bed wards off evil.

Ritual Uses – In India, the wood is used as fuel in scared fires, and also in building temples. Acacia is an excellent choice to build a small chest or sacred box. It should be handmade and used only to store your ritual tools.. If unable to obtain enough to build the box, the powdered herbe may be used to consecrate the containers you use for sacred items.

Other Uses – The dried gum can be burned as incense, the leaves and wood can be infused to create sacred water for aspurging. This gum is water soluble and when dissolved in boiling water, clarifies and makes a very good adhesive that is used, among other things, to make scented beads and pomanders.
Acacia can be used for blessing any sacred space.

The pagans made christmas and the christians took pagan traditions to form what we know as xmas!

Pagans are the reason you see lights and sing carols.. This is the history of Christmas!

What is the true origin of Christmas? Where did it come from? Did you know Yeshua the Messiah was born nowhere NEAR December 25, but that was the “birth day” of the sun- god, “Sol Invictus” or “Mithras”? Did you know December 25 was the concluding day of the pagan winter festival called the “Saturnalia”? Where did “Santa Claus” come from? The “Christmas tree”? How did this pagan feast become connected with “Christianity”?

Although the whole world celebrates Christmas as a “Christian” holiday, including millions of non-Christians, is Christmas really “Christian” at all? Consider this fact: Look high and low throughout the pages of the Bible, and you will find not ONE WORD of “Christmas” being celebrated by any of YEHOVAH’s people! It is not even mentioned once! Neither the Messiah nor any of his apostles ever observed this holiday, nor the New Testament Church!

Yet on the other hand the pagan, heathen world observed this day for thousands of years before the Messiah was even born!

Where did the mysterious rites and ceremonies that surround this day come from? What about the “Christmas tree” and the “Yule log” and the mistletoe and Holly wreaths? Are ANY of these customs truly “Christian” in origin? And what about fat and jolly old “Saint Nick” — or Santa Claus?

It’s high time we addressed these questions, and took a new look at “Christmas.” A church I was formerly a member of, which condemned Christmas observance as paganism, for almost sixty years, today has turned its back on its former beliefs, and encourages its members to observe this pagan mid-winter festival “in honor of Christ”! Many are doing so, heedless of the severe warnings in Scripture of what their eternal fate and destiny will be if they continue to embrace this ancient custom.

Is it wrong to celebrate “Christmas”? What is the truth about this popular and widespread holiday?

The Origin of Christmas

Before one gets carried away with Christmas worship, there are a few things you should know. Let’s take an honest and objective look at the origins of this holiday.

We read in Werner Keller’s book The Bible as History the following admission:

“December 25 is referred to in documents as Christmas Day in A.D. 324 for the first time. Under the Roman emperor Justinian [A.D. 527-565] it was recognized as an official holiday. An old Roman festival played a a major part in the choice of this particular day. December 25 in ancient Rome was the ‘Dies Natali Invictus,’ ‘the birthday of the unconquered,’ the day of the winter solstice and at the same time, in Rome, the last day of the Saturnalia, which had long since degenerated into a week of unbridled carnival…” (p. 331).

Doesn’t it seem rather strange that the so-called “Christian church” should choose a day to celebrate the Messiah’s birth which was identified as the day of the birth of the unconquered sun, the day of the winter solstice, the “shortest day of the year,” when the sunlit part of the days start becoming longer again? What does this have to do with the Messiah, anyway? Was Yeshua the Messiah born anywhere near December 25? Keller goes on:

“Meteorologists as well as historians and astronomers have something of importance to contribute to this question of fixing the date of the birth of Jesus. According to St. Luke: ‘And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night’ (Luke 2:8).

“Meteorologists have made exact recordings of the temperature at Hebron. This spot in the southern highlands of Judah exhibits the same climatic conditions as Bethlehem, which is not far distant. The temperature readings show over a period of three months that the incidence of frost is as follows: December — 2.8 degrees; January — 1.6 degrees; February —0.1 degrees. The first two months have also the greatest rainfall in the year: approximately 6 inches in December, and nearly 8 inches in January. According to all existing information the climate of Palestine has not changed appreciably in the last 2,000 years, consequently modern meteorological observations can be taken as a basis.

“At Christmas-time Bethlehem is in the grip of frost, and in the Promised Land no cattle would have been in the fields in that temperature. This fact is born out by a remark in the Talmud to the effect that in that neighborhood the flocks were put out to grass in March and brought in again at the beginning of November. They remained out in the open for almost eight months.

“Around Christmas-time nowadays both animals and shepherds are under cover in Palestine.

“What St. Luke tells us points therefore to the birth of Jesus having taken place BEFORE the onset of winter…” (p. 331-332).

How interesting! How fascinating! As we explore the time for the birth of the Messiah, we find he was born nowhere near December 25, the very date the world has chosen to “celebrate” supposedly, his “birthday”! But there is much more to the story than this. Let’s go on.

When Was Yeshua Really BORN?

Millions of ostensible “Christians,” or “nominal” Christians, who think they are followers of the religion of Yeshua the Messiah, have been deceived. Not only have they foolishly embraced erroneous “traditions” as if they were “Christian,” but they have been lied to, misled by preachers and ministers and priests, and have ASSUMED that they were worshipping the Messiah! Yet Yeshua the Messiah himself warned: “Howbeit IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, teaching for doctrines THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye HOLD THE TRADITION OF MEN…” (Mark 7:7-8).

The gospel of Matthew also records similar words spoken by the Messiah. Notice! “Ye HYPOCRITES, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, ‘This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouths, and honoreth me with their lips; but THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. But IN VAIN do they WORSHIP me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of MEN” (Matt. 15:7-9).

Let’s look into this matter honestly. Let’s examine the evidence, seeking the truth. When was Yeshua the Messiah born, anyway? Was it anywhere NEAR December 25? And if not, then why believe a lie, and practice and perform a lie?

The birth of the Messiah is not known for certain, but we can know the approximate time of year when he was born! In the book of Luke we read that the father of John the Baptist was Zacharias, and he was a priest who served at the temple in Jerusalem. He was “of the course of Abia” (Luke 1:5). While serving at the temple, he was informed by an angel that his wife was to have a son, who was to be named “John.” After this, Zacharias finished “the days of his ministration,” and “departed to his own house” (v.23). “And after those days, his wife Elizabeth conceived…” (v. 24).

The names of the different courses of priests that served at the Temple are given in I Chronicles 24:1-19. “Abia” or “Abijah” was the EIGHTH course. According to the Jewish historian Josephus, each one of these courses served at the Temple for one week, the first course serving the first week of Nisan, in the spring (compare I Chron. 27:1-2), and then each course in its own order. All the priests served during the annual festivals (Passover in spring, Pentecost, and then Tabernacles in the fall). After six months, the order would be repeated, thus each “course” would serve two weeks during a year.

The course of Abijah, then, would have served the eighth week in the rotation. The eighth week from Nisan 1, leaving out the week of Passover, when all the priests served, would have been IYAR 27 TO SIVAN 5, the day just before Pentecost , which generally fell on Sivan 6. After serving a week in the Temple, Zacharias would have remained another week in Jerusalem, because of the Feast of Shavuot or Pentecost that week. Therefore, he returned home shortly after this, and his wife then conceived. This would have been about the middle of June. If we add nine months to this date, the normal time for the gestation of a human baby in the womb, John the Baptist would have been born about the middle of March, in the spring, shortly before the Passover.

Yeshua was conceived about six months after John (Luke 1:24-31, esp. verse 26). This would suggest that Yeshua the Messiah was conceived about the middle of December. This would place his birth nine months, or 270 days, later — or the month of September!

Who WAS Born on December 25?

If Yeshua the Messiah was not born on December 25, who was? In other words, whose birthday is the whole “Christian world” really celebrating on December 25, though they call it the birth of “Christ”? Or, to put it another way, what “Christ” are they talking about? The word “Christ,” remember, is merely the translation of the Greek word Christos, which literally means “Anointed one” — it comes from the Hebrew word Moshiach, from whence we get the word “Messiah.” So what “anointed one” was born on December 25?

Let us take out our magnifying glass, and like Sherlock Holmes, do some careful detective work, and see if we can solve the mystery — the puzzle of why the whole world observes the birthday of Yeshua the Messiah on a day on which he was not even remotely born! In the book History of Rome, by Michael Grant, we read this startling revelation:

“Yet there was also another pagan belief during this same epoch, that much more nearly competed with Christ for the control of the Western world. This was the cult of the Sun, which was revered by millions of the inhabitants of the Roman Empire, and its religion for a time even became the state worship….

“In Rome, the divinity of the Sun came very early on; and then, centuries afterwards, in the superb dome of Hadrian’s Pantheon, the central opening, surrounded by star-like rosettes, represented the solar orb….Before long, the emperor Aurelian established a massive temple of the Unconquerable Sun as the central and focal point of the entire religious system of the state (274). The birthday of the god was to be on DECEMBER 25, AND THIS, TRANSFORMED INTO CHRISTMAS DAY, WAS ONE OF THE HERITAGES THAT CHRISTIANITY OWED TO HIS CULT” (p. 391- 392, emphasis mine).

Notice! Christianity took over the birthday of the sun god, the cult of the sun, and transformed it into CHRISTMAS DAY, the “birthday” of Yeshua the Messiah! It was in reality the birth day of the pagan sun god, worshipped by millions throughout the Roman Empire!

We read more about this novel and profound “plot” to turn paganism into “Christianity” in a book by historian Jack Finegan, Myth & Mystery: An Introduction to the Pagan Religions of the Biblical World. Finegan writes:

“…But the worship of the sun-god continued widely throughout the empire, and under Aurelian (A.D. 270-275) the cult was restored to its former high estate. In the year 274 Aurelian declared the god — now called Deus Sol Invictus — the official deity of the Roman Empire; he built a splendid temple of the sun in Rome…and set the sun’s birthday celebration (naturalis solis invicti) ON DECEMBER 25, the date then accepted for the winter solstice (also in his solar character the BIRTHDAY OF MITHRAS). In the time of Constantine the cult of Deus Sol Invictus was still at its height, and the portrait of the sun-god was on the coins of Constantine….Likewise it must have been in this time and with the intent to transform the significance of AN EXISTING SACRED DATE that the birthday of Jesus, which had been celebrated in the East on January 6…was placed in Rome ON DECEMBER 25, THE DATE OF THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF SOL INVICTUS. This date appears in a list of dates probably compiled in A.D. 336 and published in the Roman city calendar, edited by Filocalus, for the year 354” (Finegan, p. 211-212, emphasis mine).

Are we beginning to get the picture? This was in the fourth century AFTER the Messiah! At this time, the Church moved to incorporate the birthday of the sun god into the so-called “Christian” calendar, and converted his “birth day” into the birth day of THE MESSIAH himself! That which was distinctly and definitely pagan now was “baptized,” and by some act of “magic” was transformed into something “Christian”! At least, to the observer, it appeared to be “Christian.” It was now called “Christian.” But in truth, it still had a pagan heart and core!

The Influence of Constantine

When Constantine became Emperor of Rome, he nominally at least became a “Christian.” But being the head of a far-flung political Empire, he was concerned about the unity and coherence and stability of his Empire. As a sagacious politician, he sought to reconcile and blend and mesh pagan practices with “Christian” beliefs, to merge paganism with the Roman church. Constantine promulgated the “Edict of Toleration” in A.D. 313. He became emperor in A.D. 323, and “then Christianity was enthroned” (Jesse Lyman Hurlbut, The Story of the Christian Church, p. 74). From this time, for the next two hundred years, all persecutions of Christians of the Roman church, and its adherents, ceased. The sword of persecution was “not merely sheathed; it was buried” (ibid., p. 75).

But Jesse Hurlbut laments the results of Constantine’s making Christianity the state religion, free from all persecution. From that time, he points out, the church became totally subverted by politics and self-seeking opportunists.

  • “…the establishment of Christianity as the state religion became a CURSE.

“Everybody sought membership in the church, and nearly everybody was received. Both good and bad, sincere seekers after God and hypocritical seekers after gain, rushed into the communion. Ambitious, worldly, unscrupulous men sought office in the church for social and political influence….

‘The services of worship increased in splendor, but were less spiritual and hearty than those of former times. The forms and ceremonies of PAGANISM GRADUALLY CREPT INTO THE WORSHIP. Some of the OLD HEATHEN FEASTS BECAME CHURCH FESTIVALS WITH CHANGE OF NAME AND OF WORSHIP” (Hurlbut, The Story of the Christian Church, p. 79, emphasis mine).

How did it happen? Obviously, something strange and weird was going on!

Will Durant, renowned historian, in his massive work The Story of Civilization, wrote in volume III, entitled Caesar and Christ, that in the new “church” that developed in the Roman Empire, the Jewishness of Yeshua was lost or rejected, and replaced with Greek philosophy and thought; the “Law” of the Jews was rejected, and, he writes,

“…the god Christ was assimilated to the religious and philosophical traditions of the Hellenistic mind. Now the PAGAN WORLD — even the anti-Semitic world — could accept him as its own.

“CHRISTIANITY DID NOT DESTROY PAGANISM; IT ADOPTED IT. The Greek mind, dying, came to a transmigrated life in the theology and liturgy of the Church…the Greek mysteries passed down into the impressive mystery of the Mass. Other PAGAN cultures contributed to the syncrestic result. From Egypt came the idea of a divine trinity…from Egypt the adoration of the Mother and Child…From Phrygia came the worship of the Great Mother….The Mithraic ritual so closely resembled the eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass that Christian fathers charged the Devil with inventing these similarities to mislead frail minds. Christianity was the last great creation of the ancient PAGAN world” (p. 595).

These historical observations ought to make us sit up and take notice! The ‘Christianity” that we see around us in the world today is but a “spin-off” of this ancient syncretism or ‘blending” and “merging” of PAGANISM into the professed Church of Yeshua the Messiah, which had lapsed into political apostasy, profligacy and impurity. The descendants of the once chaste and pure virgin of the Messiah, the New Testament Church, had seemingly become, for all intends and purposes, the religious WHORE of Babylon — a bejeweled and bedecked and bedeviled slut and trollop, a “shady lady,” a spiritual PROSTITUTE!

“Paganism” was not defeated by the Church. It invaded the church, infiltrated it, and seduced it from within! The professing Christian Church became the “new face of paganism”! Only the “names” were changed. And in some cases — as in “Easter” Sunday — even the old pagan names were left in place!

H. G. Wells, in his Outline of History, discusses the transformation of the teachings of the Messiah into the pagan worship of the heathen, calling itself “Christian.” He notes:

“The observance of the Jewish Sabbath, again, TRANSFERRED TO THE MITHRAIC SUN-DAY, is an important feature of many Christian cults…He [Jesus] did not say a word about the worship of his mother Mary in the guise of ISIS, THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN. Much that is most characteristically Christian [so-called] in worship and usage, he ignored. Skeptical writers have had the temerity to deny that Jesus can be called a Christian at all” (p. 445, emphasis mine, of course).

How did this happen? How did Mithraism, with its December 25 worship, and Sun-day worship, contribute these prominent “holidays” to the established “Christian” Church? How did paganism overtake, overcome, and subdue, the original teachings of the Church of Yeshua the Messiah, and his apostles, and replace Biblical holy days with pagan “holy days”? Should all true Christians be concerned about this historic truth — this reality? Doesn’t it really matter?

What should these facts mean to us, today, who seek to obey YEHOVAH God, and follow the Messiah of the Bible, who seek to be TRUE followers of the Word of YEHOVAH GOD?

The Seduction of the Church

Admits the Worldbook Encyclopedia, “The exact date of Christ’s birth is not known. The early Christians did NOT celebrate His birth, because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom. The first mention of the observance of Christ’s birthday appears about A.D. 200. For many years, several dates were used. December 25 was first mentioned in 336” (article “Christmas”).

This common reference work acknowledges, “For many years, people observed Christmas as a religious festival only. But they GRADUALLY ADOPTED MORE AND MORE CUSTOMS UNRELATED TO THE CHURCH. Most of the customs originated in cultures that existed before Christianity….In 1643, the Puritans, who regarded such celebrations as pagan, outlawed the observance of Christmas in England.” Colonists in New England followed the English laws and also outlawed Christmas. But immigrants to the New World brought Christmas customs from many lands and the old festivities where soon restored.

All of the popular customs and traditions surrounding Christmas actually were celebrated at pagan mid-winter festivals thousands of years before the Messiah was born. Admits this same encyclopedia, “The custom of burning the Yule log began with the ancient Scandinavians, who once a year burned a huge log in honor of their god Thor. After the Scandinavians became Christians [sic], they made the Yule log an important part of their Christmas ceremonies.”

Where Did the Christmas Tree Come From?

One of the most pervasive customs of Christmas, today, is the bringing home and decorating of a “Christmas tree.” Where did this custom come from? Coffin in The Book of Christmas Folklore tells us:

“Most people have heard that the Christmas tree originates in the tannenbaum and is some sort of vestige of Teutonic vegetation worship. THIS IS PARTIALLY TRUE. However, the custom of using pine and other evergreens ceremonially was well established at the ROMAN SATURNALIA, even earlier in Egypt” (p. 209).

Writes Alexander Hislop in The Two Babylons,

“The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm tree; in Rome it was the fir; the palm tree denoting the Pagan Messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith. The mother of Adonis, the Sun-God and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as the ‘Man the branch.’ And this entirely accounts for the putting of the Yule Log into the fire on Christmas Eve, and the appearance of the Christmas tree the next morning” (page 97).

  • Tree worship was very common among the ancients. Says Festivals, Holy Days, and Saints’ Days,

“The Christmas tree…recapitulates the idea of tree worship…gilded nuts and balls symbolizing the sun…all the festivities of the [heathen] winter solstice have been absorbed into Christmas Day…the use of holly and mistletoe to the Druidic ceremonies; the Christmas tree to the honours paid to Odin’s sacred fir….” (p. 236).

Writes Collins in Christmas Folklore:

“This idea of decorating homes on holidays is both worldwide and age-old….So the Saturnalian laurel, the Teutonic holly, the Celtic mistletoe, and the Mexican poinsettia have all attached themselves to this polyglot ceremony…

“Many of the plants used at Christmas are SYMBOLS OF FERTILITY. Certainly any evergreen (fir, yew, laurel) with its ability to return verdure in the barrens months is appropriate, but by far the most interesting are the holly, the ivy, and the mistletoe. Holly, with its pricking leaves, white flowers, and red berries symbolizes the male reproductive urge. In fact, in the English carols…the holly is the male and the ivy is the female. This use of the plants was most likely BORROWED by the Christians along with other customs of the ROMAN SATURNALIA” (p. 22-23).

Ivy, holly’s mate, in ancient Grecian rites took its name from the girl who danced with such abandon and joy before Dionysius that she fell dead at his feet. The pagan god, moved by her dance, turned her into the ivy that she might entwine whatever is near. Dionysius, of course, was the Greek version of the god of wine and revelry, another form of Bacchus, Tammuz, or Nimrod!

Mistletoe, since the earliest of times, has been regarded as mysterious and sacred, the symbol of the sun, bestower of life, an aphrodisiac, and protector against disease and poison. The plant was especially sacred to the Celtic Druids who offered it in prayer to the gods. The mistletoe was referred to by pagans as the “golden bough.” The two great holidays when the pagans gathered mistletoe were Midsummer Day, the summer solstice, and December 25, the winter solstice. It was supposed to posses the power of revealing treasures in the earth, and was formed into a “divining rod.” It was also looked upon as the “seat of life” of the sacred oak, and as an emanation of the sun’s fire. Kissing under the mistletoe is a survival of Saturnalian sexual licentiousness and bawdy immoral behavior, which was commonplace at the Saturnalia.

What about Dear Old “Santa Claus”?

Even Santa Claus has a not-so-benign origin! This fat and jolly elf can be traced back to another ancient pagan Norse legend! Admits the Worldbook Encyclopedia,

“Some of Santa Claus’s characteristics date back many centuries. For example, the belief that Santa enters the house through the chimney developed from an old Norse legend. The Norse believed that the goddess Hertha appeared in the fireplace and brought good luck to the home.”

Although most people assume that the original “Santa Claus” was a bishop by the name of St. Nicholas of Asia Minor of the fourth century, this is not really true. Although some of this bishop’s deeds later came to be associated with “St. Nick,” the original “Nicholas” was once again Nimrod, the “mighty one against the Lord.” The word “Nicholas” means “mighty one, powerful.” Traditions of a “god” who gave gifts under an evergreen tree antecede the Asian Minor bishop by thousands of years! Among the Scandinavians it was the god Odin or Woden who left special gifts during the Yuletide season under the evergreen tree, his sacred tree!

Tony van Renterghem writes in When Santa Was a Shaman: The Ancient Origins of Santa Claus & the Christmas Tree:

“In newly Christianized areas where the pagan Celtic and Germanic cults remained strong, legends of the god Wodan were blended with those of various Christian saints; Saint Nicholas was one of these. There were Christian areas where Saint Nicholas ruled alone; in other locations, he was assisted by the pagan Dark Helper (the slave he had inherited from the pagan god Wodan). In other remote areas…ancient pockets of the Olde Religion controlled traditions. Here the Dark Helper ruled alone, sometimes in a most confusing manner, using the cover name of Saint Nicholas or ‘Klaus,’ without in any way changing his threatening, Herne/Pan, fur-clad appearance. (This was the figure later used by the artist Nast as the model for the early American Santa Claus)” (page 96).

The Catholic Saint Nicholas also had a confusing past. Says van Renterghem, “He was a compilation of two separate saints (one from Myra in Asia Minor, the other from Pinora), both of whom were — as the Church nowadays admits — nothing more than Christianized water deities (possibly related to the Greco-Roman god Poseidon/Neptune)” (ibid.). In the 1970s, the Second Vatican Council formally stated that no Roman Catholic bishop by the name of Nicholas had ever existed! Vatican II further confessed that the legends attributed to this “saint” had no Christian origin, and probably came from pagan traditions!

Says van Renterghem, further:

“By absorbing such PAGAN FEASTS AND TRADITIONS, the Christian Church could subtly bring in its own theology: in this case, establishing the good Saint Nicholas, bringer of love and gifts, while grudgingly allowing the presence of the Olde Religion’s Herne/Pan, but only as a slave to Saint Nicholas. Thus, in parts of Europe, the Church turned Herne into Saint Nicholas’ captive, chained Dark Helper; none other than Satan, the Dark One, symbolic of all evil….

“In Holland and several other European countries, the Saint Nicholas figure is still highly esteemed. He appears as a tall, dignified, bearded, white-haired old man, dressed as a Catholic bishop, complete with cloak, mitre, and pastoral staff, a seemingly genuine Catholic saint, but with a bizarre, quite unsaintly habit of riding through the skies on a white horse, followed by his Dark Helper. It seems that our Catholic saint inherited some of these customs from the pagan god Wodan, who had also been a BEARDED, WHITE-HAIRED OLD MAN, also dressed in a hat and cloak, carried a staff (or spear), rode a white horse, and dragged along the same dark slave/helper on a chain” (p. 97).

So much for old “Santa Claus”! This mythological figure, also, is pagan to the core!

The Dutch “Sinterklaas” brings gifts to good children, while bad children are harrassed by the “Dark Helper,” called Zwarte Pier, or “Black Pete,” who brandishes a broom-like rod. Like Santa Claus, Sinterklaas also had the habit of entering homes through the chimney! His helper, “Black Pete,” is today, still horned, fur-clad, scary, and less than kind to children. Although portrayed as the slave helper of Saint Nicholas, the two are, in many villages, blended into one character, who often has the name Nikolaas or Klaus. Thus “Santa Claus” is blended with, and is none other than, that old enemy of mankind, Satan the devil!

“In Germany, Saint Nicholas’ Dark Helper is a swarthy, horned, frightening little man, always brandishing the besom [broom]. He is known by many names: Knecht Ruprecht (servant Ruprecht), or in Bavaria, Pelz Nickel, meaning ‘fur-clad Nick.’ In Tyrol, the picture is even clearer; there the Dark Helper is Kllaubau, a scarier version of the British Herne the Hunter, a chained, furry, black-faced horned creature” (p. 103-105).

Who was this Odin, or Woden, the original “Santa Claus”? He was the chief god of Norse mythology, a fierce fighter who carried a spear as his special weapon. He was renown as a mighty hunter, and for his magical powers. This same author declares, further, of the connection between Odin/Wodan and Saint Nicholas:

“Wodan/Odin: …man’s friend, the mysterious Schimmel rider. Dragging his dark and devilish slave Eckhart along on a chain, he rides through the stormy skies. He leads the Wild Hunt, eluding, and finally subjugating, the powers of evil. He also wears a broad-brimmed hat, a wide mantel, holds his spear, and rides through the skies (replace his hat with a bishop’s mytre and the spear with a crozier, and we have the Dutch Saint Nicholas)” (p. 111).

In other words, Odin was another name for Nimrod, who, the Bible says, was “the mighty hunter before [the Hebrew word for “before” also means “against”] the LORD” (Genesis 10:9). Nimrod’s reputation as a mighty hunter was widespread.

Says Alexander Hislop, “The Wodan or Odin of Scandinavia can be proved to be the Adon of Babylon” (The Two Babylons, p. 133-134). Nimrod, Adon, or Adonis, of Babylon was the great “war-god.” Odin was the same. Nimrod, in the character of Bacchus, was the god of wine. Odin was said to partake of no other food but wine. The name of one of Odin’s sons, Balder, indicates the meaning of Odin’s own name. Balder is a form of the Chaldee Baal-zer, “The seed of Baal.” The Hebrew “z” in the later Chaldee frequently became a “d.” Baal and Adon both signify “Lord.” Since Balder is the “son of Baal,” as well as the “son of Adon,” or “Odin,” then Baal, Adon, and Odin must be the same person — representative of Nimrod, the first human to be deified and proclaimed by the pagans as a “god” after the Deluge!

“Santa Claus,” then, is not so innocent and cherubic a figure after all! Why do parents take their young children, sit them on “Santa’s lap,” and insist on teaching them Santa Claus myths? The word “Santa,” rearranged, spells “S-A-T-A-N,” and “Claus” is reminiscent of “Claws” — in other words, “SATAN’S CLAWS”! Do you want Satan, the arch-enemy of mankind, to get his “claws” into your children? By teaching them Santa Claus myths, and taking them to “Christmas parties,” with “Santa Claus” handing out “gifts,” you are subtly teaching your children to worship Satan the devil, the great impostor!

The True Origin of “Christmas”

It is indeed strange that a day never mentioned or sanctioned in the Bible should become the chief so-called “Christian” holiday of the entire year — a day never celebrated by Yeshua the Messiah, or his apostles, or the early New Testament Ecclesia of YEHOVAH God!

What is the actual origin of the celebration of December 25? A careful look at the word “Christmas” itself ought to tell us something. Notice! It itself is a mixture. Though it includes the name of Christ, it also mentions the “mass.” Where did the “mass” — with its rituals, elaborate ceremony, pagan prayers for the dead, transubstantiation rites, etc. — come from?

Alexander Hislop in his remarkable book The Two Babylons, points out that the “mass” is something that definitely goes back to ancient PAGAN customs and rites! He declares in plain and clear language:

“Therefore we find the women of Judah represented as simply ‘burning incense, pouring out drink-offerings, and offering CAKES to the queen of heaven’ (Jer.  44:19). The cakes were the ‘unbloody sacrifice’ she required….In the FOURTH CENTURY, when the queen of heaven, under the name of Mary, was beginning to be worshipped in the Christian Church, this ‘unbloody sacrifice’ also was brought in. Epiphanius states that the practice of offering and eating it began among `women of Arabia; and at that time it was well known to have been ADOPTED FROM THE PAGANS. The very shape of the unbloody sacrifice of Rome may indicate when it came. It is a small thin, round wafer; and on its roundness the Church of Rome lays so much stress….The importance, however, which Rome attaches to the roundness of the wafer, must have a reason; and that reason will be found, if we look at the altars of EGYPT. ‘The thin, round cake,’ says Wilkinson, ‘occurs on all altars.’ Almost every jot or tittle in the Egyptian worship had a symbolical meaning. The round disk, so frequent in the sacred emblems of Egypt, symbolized the sun” (The Two Babylons, p. 159-160).

The “sun-god” in ancient Egypt was Osiris. The round disk of the Egyptian “mass” symbolized the sun, and was an offering symbolizing the sun-god. He was considered the life and nourishment of the souls of men!

The “Christ-mass” therefore is nothing more than the celebration of the birth of the “sun-god” himself, the False Messiah, the False “Saviour” of the world, and the “mass” itself also represents the offering or “cakes” made to the queen of heaven, the “Mother” of the pagan Saviour, the “unbloody sacrifice”! Again, “Christ-mass” is proved to be PAGAN to the core!

It is a fact that December 25 was celebrated for thousands of years before the birth of the Messiah as the birth day of an ancient pagan god — THE SUN GOD! Alexander Hislop points out the truth in these shocking words — at least, they ought to be shocking to anybody with a clear, undefiled, and conscientious mind:

“Indeed, it is admitted by the most learned and candid writers of all parties that the day of our Lord’s birth cannot be determined, and that within the Christian Church no such festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the third century, and that not till the fourth century was far advanced did it gain much observance. How, then, did the Romish Church fix on December the 25th as Christmas-day? Why, thus: Long before the fourth century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the heathen, at that precise time of the year, in honour of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven; and it may fairly be presumed that, in order to conciliate the heathen, and to swell the number of the nominal adherents of Christianity, the SAME FESTIVAL WAS ADOPTED by the Roman Church, giving it only the name of Christ. This tendency on the part of Christians to MEET PAGANISM HALF-WAY was very early developed….Upright men strove to stem the tide, but in spite of all their efforts, the apostasy went on, till the Church, with the exception of a small remnant, was submerged under Pagan superstition” (p. 93).

Hislop goes on,

“That Christmas was originally a Pagan festival, is beyond all doubt. The time of the year, and the ceremonies with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin. In Egypt, the son of Isis, the Egyptian title for the queen of heaven, was born at this very time, ‘about the time of the winter solstice.’ The very name by which Christmas is popularly known among ourselves — Yule-day — proves at once its Pagan and Babylonian origin. ‘Yule’ is the Chaldee name for an ‘infant’ or ‘little child;’ and as the 25th of December was called by our Pagan Anglo- Saxon ancestors, ‘Yule-day,’ or the “Child’s day,’ and the night that preceded it, ‘Mother-night,’ long BEFORE they came in contact with Christianity, that sufficiently proves its real character” (pp. 93-94).

December 25th was observed far and wide among the ancient world. This day was “The birth-day of the unconquered Sun.” The Yule log represented the dead stock of the slain Nimrod, arch-apostate rebel against the Lord after the flood (see Genesis 10:8-10), and the Christmas-tree was supposedly Nimrod reborn — the slain god come to life again!

In Europe, the Saxons offered a boar in sacrifice to the sun, to propitiate the queen of heaven on Christmas day. The boar, in pagan mythology, was supposed to have slain the false pagan Messiah. The boar was also a major article of the feast of Saturn at Rome. The boar’s head is still a standing dish in England at Christmas dinner. Says Hislop: “There can be no doubt, then, that the Pagan festival at the winter solstice — in other words, Christmas — was held in honor of the birth of the Babylonian Messiah” (p. 102).

The largest pagan religious cult which fostered sun worship in the Greek and Roman worlds on December 25 was the cult of Mithraism. They called it “the Nativity of the Sun.” Mithras, the sun-god, was supposed to have been born at this time, but so were Osiris, Horus, Tammuz, Hercules, Bacchus, Adonis, Jupiter — all the pagan Messiahs! This fact alone would seem to indicate that all these pagan sun-gods and deities trace their roots back to the original sun-god of ancient Babylon — Nimrod!

This popular winter festival became such an established custom that in pagan Rome and Greece, Egypt, and throughout Europe, the period of the winter solstice was a time of great revelry and festivity. In Rome it became known as the “Saturnalia,” in honor of the god Saturn, “the hidden one.” Saturn was another name for Nimrod, who late in his apostasy went into hiding from Shem, the son of Noah. The “feast of Saturn,” Hislop adds, “lasted five days; loose reins were given to drunkenness and revelry, slaves had a temporary emancipation, and used all manner of freedoms with their masters. This was precisely the way in which, according to Berosus, the drunken festival of the month Thebeth, answering to our December, in other words, the festival of Bacchus, was celebrated in Babylon” (p. 96-97).

Writes T. G. Crippen in Christmas and Christmas Lore,

“Now in December and the beginning of January there were several festivals which were intimately associated with the daily life of the Roman people. First, from the 17th to the 21st December, was the Saturnalia, the great Roman holiday….One might call it the Feast of Topsy-turveydom; when slaves were allowed for a few days to enjoy the semblance of freedom, were waited upon by their masters, and chose from amongst themselves a mock king to preside over their revels. Next, on the 22nd, came Sigillaria, the Feast of Dolls, when a fair was held, and dolls and other toys, mostly of earthenware, were given to children. Then, on 25th, came Brumalia, otherwise Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, The Birthday of the Unconquered Sun, when the days began to lengthen after the solstice….It is believed to have been instituted … by the emperor Aurelian, in honour of Mithras, the Persian sun-god…” (p. 8-9).

Clearly, the pagan customs of Christmas had nothing remotely to do with the Messiah, or the Word of YEHOVAH God, the Scriptures. Clearly, they had nothing to offer to the Church of YEHOVAH God, as they were the very antithesis of true Christianity! Yet, somehow, this ancient pagan festival wormed its way into the established “Christian” Church and became its most prominent holiday of the year! What a monstrous mystery!

The Catholic Church took the excitement which surrounded the Roman Saturnalia, with its excesses, delights, debauchery, and wantonness, and called them the celebration of the birth of the Son of YEHOVAH God, Yeshua. Most people today still think of December 25 as the birth day of Yeshua, even though this is definitely not the case.

This pagan “bash” was transformed by the Catholic Church into the festivities of Christmas, in honor of the Madonna and Child. Thus the pagan Semiramis (Egyptian Isis) and Tammuz (Horus) were “transformed,” by sleight of hand, by the “magicians” of the Roman Church, into Mary and Yeshua. In this manner, the pagan practices of the past centuries became outwardly “Christian” in name and character! For almost 300 years after the time of Yeshua, the Church showed no concern for the date of the Messiah’s birth. The apostles and leaders of the New Testament Church never bothered to find out when Yeshua was born, as the date was not important to them. It was not until the fourth century that Christmas began to be observed by the Roman Catholic Church. Says the Encyclopedia Americana:

“Christmas — it was according to many authorities not celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian Church as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth. A feast was established in memory of the birth of the Saviour in the Fourth Century. In the Fifth Century the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated forever on the day of the old Roman Feast of the birth of Sol.”

That is how an ancient PAGAN CUSTOM became engrafted upon the unsuspected Christian world! But should true followers of Yeshua, the Messiah, participate in ANCIENT PAGAN CUSTOMS? Should true Christians celebrate “Christmas”?

The Puritans, who were Christians attempting to reform the Church during the 1600’s, did not believe Christmas should be observed. This “baptism” of pagan rites and festivals by the Roman Catholic and the vast majority of the Protestant Churches, was totally rejected by the Puritans. One of them, William Prynne, during the time of king Charles I, wrote:

“Our Christmas lords of Misrule, together with dancing, masques, mummeries, stage-players, and such other Christmas disorders, now in use with Christians, were derived from these Roman Saturnalia and Bacchanalian festivals; which should cause all pious Christians eternally to abominate them” (The Book of Christmas Folklore, p. 8).

Because of his attitude toward Christmas and pagan rituals still observed by the professing Christian Church, William Prynne was placed in a pillory and his ears were cut off.

Should Christians Observe “Christmas”?

Should Christians today celebrate this ancient festival? Many today may think it is all right, but the opinions of men are not our standard or authority. What does the Word of YEHOVAH God itself say about this matter? It is a very serious question. Is it all right in the sight of YEHOVAH for men to take pagan customs and traditions, and to observe them, calling them “Christian”? Is it all right to merge and combine PAGAN practices with the truth of YEHOVAH God?

According to the prophet Malachi, YEHOVAH does not change (Mal.3:8). His laws and commandments are eternal (Psa. 111:7-8). Does YEHOVAH say it is all right to observe the traditions and customs of the pagans?

YEHOVAH God commanded ancient Israel, “I am the Lord your God. You must NOT DO AS THEY DO IN EGYPT, where you used to live, and you must NOT DO AS THEY DO IN THE LAND OF CANAAN, where I am bringing you. DO NOT FOLLOW THEIR PRACTICES. You must obey my laws, and be careful to follow my decrees” (Lev. 18:2-4).

YEHOVAH God hates idolatry! He detests it with vehement passion. He tells us, “…Be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.’ YOU must NOT WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD IN THEIR WAY, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of DETESTABLE THINGS the LORD HATES” (Deut. 12:29-31).

Because of pagan idolatrous practices, YEHOVAH God cast the Canaanites out of the Promised Land. They were worshippers of Baal, or Nimrod, Tammuz, the sun god, the pagan Messiah, the god of wine and revelry. They worshipped the evergreen tree, and used it as a symbol of their god. They observed December 25, in worship of the waning sun, and their sun-god divinity. This whole religious system stemmed from ancient Babylon, the fount of all heresy and apostasy.

Their sensuality and gross lasciviousness was particularly displayed during the mid-winter festival, called the Saturnalia in Rome, with gift-giving, drunkenness, and sexual licentiousness. YEHOVAH says of such Bacchanalial rites,

“Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled, so I punished it for its sin, and the land VOMITED out its inhabitants….Anyone who does any of these DETESTABLE THINGS — such persons must be cut off from their people. Keep my requirements and do NOT follow ANY OF THE DETESTABLE CUSTOMS that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God” (Lev. 18:24-30).

Even such idolatrous items as the “Christmas tree” are condemned in the Word of YEHOVAH God! Jeremiah the prophet wrote,

“Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, LEARN NOT THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them [such as the waning sun at the winter solstice!]. For the CUSTOMS of the people are VAIN [empty, useless, worthless]: for one CUTTETH A TREE out of the FOREST, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They DECK IT WITH SILVER AND WITH GOLD; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good” (Jer. 10:1-5).

Truly, the whole world has been deceived by Satan the devil and his clever masquerades and machinations (Rev. 12:9). YEHOVAH God Almighty thunders: “Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye POLLUTED after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye WHOREDOM after the manner of THEIR ABOMINATIONS?…ye POLLUTE yourselves with all your IDOLS, even unto this day….But as for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD: Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but POLLUTE YE MY HOLY NAME NO MORE with your gifts, and with your idols” (Ezek. 20:30-39).

The very name “Christmas,” combining the holy name of Christ with the pagan mass, POLLUTES and PROFANES YEHOVAH’s holy name! The celebration of these ancient pagan festivals, calling them “Christian,” is an abomination in the sight of YEHOVAH God! YEHOVAH will not accept such pagan, superstitious worship!

Yeshua the Messiah said to his disciples, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will KNOW THE TRUTH, and the truth will set you FREE” — free from the shackles of error, superstition, mythology, and pagan deception! (John 8:32, NIV).

Christmas is pagan. There is no doubt about it. The question is: What are you going to do about it? May YEHOVAH God help you to make the right decision, so you can inherit eternal life, and reign with the saints forever (Rev. 2:26-27; 5:10; 20:4).

Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles (The word carol originally meant to dance to something). The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, usually taking place around the 22nd December. The word Carol actually means dance or a song of praise and joy! Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived.

Early Christians took over the pagan solstice celebrations for Christmas and gave people Christian songs to sing instead of pagan ones. In AD 129, a Roman Bishop said that a song called “Angel’s Hymn” should be sung at a Christmas service in Rome. Another famous early Christmas Hymn was written in 760AD, by Comas of Jerusalem, for the Greek Orthodox Church. Soon after this many composers all over Europe started to write ‘Christmas carols’. However, not many people liked them as they were all written and sung in Latin, a language that the normal people couldn’t understand. By the time of the Middles Ages (the 1200s), most people had lost interest in celebrating Christmas altogether.

This was changed by St. Francis of Assisi when, in 1223, he started his Nativity Plays in Italy. The people in the plays sang songs or ‘canticles’ that told the story during the plays. Sometimes, the choruses of these new carols were in Latin; but normally they were all in a language that the people watching the play could understand and join in! The new carols spread to France, Spain, Germany and other European countries.

The earliest carol, like this, was written in 1410. Sadly only a very small fragment of it still exists. The carol was about Mary and Jesus meeting different people in Bethlehem. Most Carols from this time and the Elizabethan period are untrue stories, very loosely based on the Christmas story, about the holy family and were seen as entertaining rather than religious songs. They were usually sung in homes rather than in churches! Traveling singers or Minstrels started singing these carols and the words were changed for the local people wherever they were traveling. One carols that changed like this is ‘I Saw Three Ships’.

When Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans came to power in England in 1647, the celebration of Christmas and singing carols was stopped. However, the carols survived as people still sang them in secret. Carols remained mainly unsung until Victorian times, when two men called William Sandys and Davis Gilbert collected lots of old Christmas music from villages in England.

Before carol singing in public became popular, there were sometimes official carol singers called ‘Waits’. These were bands of people led by important local leaders (such as council leaders) who had the only power in the towns and villages to take money from the public (if others did this, they were sometimes charged as beggars!). They were called ‘Waits’ because they only sang on Christmas Eve (This was sometimes known as ‘watchnight’ or ‘waitnight’ because of the shepherds were watching their sheep when the angels appeared to them.), when the Christmas celebrations began.

Also, at this time, many orchestras and choirs were being set up in the cities of England and people wanted Christmas songs to sing, so carols once again became popular. Many new carols, such as ‘Good King Wenceslas’, were also written in the Victorian period.

New carols services were created and became popular, as did the custom of singing carols in the streets. Both of these customs are still popular today! One of the most popular types of Carols services are Carols by Candlelight services. At this service, the church is only lit by candlelight and it feels very Christmassy! Carols by Candlelight services are held in countries all over the world.

Perhaps the most famous carol service, is the service of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College in Cambridge, UK. This service takes place on Christmas Eve and is broadcast live on BBC Radio (and all over the world). In my house, we listen to it and it means Christmas has really started! The Service was first performed in 1918 as a way of the college celebrating the end of the First World War. It is always started with a single choir boy singing a solo of the first verse of the Carol ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. Sing along to Once in Royal David’s City! (on a different site) A service of Nine Lessons and Carols has nine bible readings (or lessons), that tell the Christmas story, with one or two carols between each lesson. Sometimes you get carol services which are a combination of nine lessons and carols and carols by candlelight! So you have nine lessons and carols by candlelight!

Déjà vu?

Does any body  get Déjà vu? I get it all the time and its like “Oh I have seen this before!” Or “I know what whats gonna happen next.” The Very definition of the word is from French, literally “already seen”, is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has been experienced in the past, whether it has actually happened or not. It is being studied to see if there are other dimensions in time that are happening and either we are just catching up or we are on different planes it is complicated but, mathematicians are coming closer and closer to seeing how this is not just a coincidence but reality. Just somewhere else happening!

 

Makes me think that time traveling is possible I know I sound crazy especially now but, with certain pictures of people with cell phones in the 1920’s that haven’t been explained call me crazy  but we live in a unexplainable universe there are miracles everyday things that happen that cannot be explained and phenomenons all the time.

The Universe is not meant to be understood completely. Its not and if someone did understand everything about everything they would literally be Goddess & God.

What do you think? has this happen to you?

Cunning Folks

The Cunning Man

The Cunning Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cunning folk – Traditionally the cunning man or cunning woman was a person who, healed, worked magic, created herbal remedies, provided charms, anti-witch measures, spells, and fortune telling services, they were paid a fee for their work. Cunning (knowledgeable) or (wise), originated from an Old English term kenning, this referred to professional or semi-professional practitioners of magic. Some acquired their gifts through heredity, their magic was a mixed bag of folk medicine and occultism, folk magic was passed along in oral tradition, and embellished along the way, they employed practical remedies for specific problems. It was believed they could work with supernatural power in order to increase the effectiveness of their work. In most instances someone could set themselves up as cunning folk, with no particular background or training, although some did come from a background of magical practitioners.

Up until the mid nineteenth century there were several thousand cunning folk working in England, and although there was a higher ratio of men, the women were successful in their role. Many of the cunning folk working in Britain kept their ordinary line of work, while earning money as a professional cunning man or woman to boost their income. Most cunning men and woman were solitary practitioners, and employed a variety of magical implements.

Some kept animal familiars and supernatural entities, known as familiar spirits, they were considered to be benevolent and helpful.  It was believed the familiar spirit took the cunning person on a visionary journey to a place called Elfhame, (elf- home). In this trip the cunning folk’s soul would go with the familiar on a journey into a hill, to a great subterranean fairy hall, while there they would encounter fairies led by the king and queen, and take part in a feast.

As most local clients were poor, fees for magical services were small. Their fees were much higher when a member of the aristocracy sought them out, and this was often to do with matters associated with love, money and bewitchment. The cunning men and cunning women who worked for the aristocracy, were much better off financially than those who only treated villagers. Some cunning folk received annuities, and others took a percentage of all stolen goods found through divination.

They were particularly popular for their charms, which they recited during their spell casting and divination work. They also created specific and very expensive charms for the aristocrats,  writing down magical words in order to conjure, love, money, fertility and prosperity. The charms were sometimes written on parchment or paper, sewn into a bag, and either placed in the clients home, or carried about by them. By employing a variety of divination tools the cunning person was able to tell a person’s fortune and divine the name of their future love. They were often consulted to cast spells or charms to ensure a spouse’s fidelity and to find lost items. Some cunning folk claimed to have the ability to locate lost treasure, the cunning man or woman was called upon to overcome through magical means, the demon, spirit or fairy that was guarding it.

The cunning folk were especially adept in creating charms that would repel or break the spells of other witches blamed for bewitchment. They were the only healers to offer a package of anti-witch measures and were especially effective curing malevolent sorcery. They were also called upon to protect, heal and locate lost animals, and to care for crops. The cunning folk used a wide variety of methods to heal their clients, using various herbs, plants the laying on of hands, and conducting elaborate ceremonies. They practiced folk magic, known as low magic, and ceremonial magic known as high magic, their role was to attend to the physical and spiritual needs of their client.

Cunning folk flourished up until the late 17th century, this was a time when belief in magic was high, they took the role of unofficial police and were believed to be a deterrent to crime, as when crimes were committed a cunning man or cunning woman was consulted to divine the guilty party. From the 18th century onwards their place in society continued, and carried on into modern times, especially in rural areas. Many cunning folk operated in a very competitive market, and would often travel great distances to visit their clients, their profile was very important to them. They used crystal balls and scrying bowls in their work and astrology. A Grimoire was a most coveted item and those who owned one added to their profile. Although they were predominantly solitary practitioners, there were some families who approached it as a magical business.

British Cunning folk were referred to as wizards, wise men, wise women, conjurers, pellars charmers and white witch, and in the Late Medieval and Early Modern periods Britain was a place where folk magic was very popular. In France, the terms devins-guerisseurs and leveurs de sorts were used to describe cunning folk. In the Netherlands they were referred to as toverdokters or duivelbanners, in Germany Hexenmeisters, and in Denmark kloge folk. In Spain they were curanderos and in Portugal they were known as saludadores. Cunning folk and their use of white magic for healing and as a protection against black magic, was widespread in Germany. The primary role of the Italian cunning folk was healing, with the use of herbs and spiritual healing, their spiritual healing was believed to come from an inner power, known as la forza (power), la virtu (virtue) or il Segno (the sign), they were also consulted to remove curses.

Because of the usefulness of cunning folk, they were able to practice their magic as an open secret, and quietly conducted their business in such a way they avoided anti-magic and anti-witchcraft laws. They met with little interference from authorities, who chose to ignore them unless there was a specific complaint. The cunning folk were often denounced during religious gatherings, but because of their popularity and usefulness, were never pursued. During the time of the Inquisition, cunning folk became vulnerable targets, but in spite of this there was a huge amount of public support for them, because they were so important to those who required their services.

The disparity between witches and the cunning folk, was that witches were seen to do harm, and cunning folk were useful and provided a valid service. Cunning folk were active from the Medieval period through to the early twentieth century when it is believed the declining belief in malevolent witchcraft, did away with the need for anti-witchcraft measures, which was a primary service offered by the cunning folk.

Clairvoyance

Release Your Inner Clairvoyant

Everyone has the ability of clairvoyance, which means ‘clear seeing’, this is viewing with your psychic eye, this enables you to see into the past, the present or the future. You are perceiving energies that are not tangible, and by opening your third eye you are able to embrace a different type of vision. Through clairvoyance you will have the opportunity to perceive things before they happen and will be able to tap into the astral plane, through clairvoyance you can receive information from your spirit guides.

We are all born clairvoyant, although some are able to naturally use this ability, others need to work on it. Most people involved in companies and businesses, especially the stock exchange, will often say they acted on gut instinct, or it felt right to take a certain step. There is no logic associated with these feelings, it is just an inner knowing, without realising it you actually use your psychic ability often in your life. Think of how many times you have said, or done something that felt right, you were actual listening to your psyche and acting upon it.

Have you ever watched babies giggling at something that adults can’t see, they are clear seeing, babies are also able to see people’s auras. Mothers are psychic where their children are concerned and seem to have an uncanny instinct as to what their children are doing, or know instinctively if they are in trouble.

There are various types of psychic energies, and each person is different in the way they tune in, there are different ways you can receive information, it all depends on where your psychic strengths lie. For some it is quite natural to sense the presence of a ghost, or receive information from a long lost relative. A medium has the ability to relay information from a departed soul and often they are able to describe the person they are receiving the information from, they are hearing words and this is called clairaudience. Some are able to tune into ghosts by sensing their presence, this is called clairsentience, they are often able to reveal detailed information about the spirit.

When you are beginning you will likely find that you are clairvoyant, you will see images in your mind’s eye, and get a sense of what you are seeing, it is much the same as having a feeling that someone is going to phone you and then they do, or an image of someone falling down pops into your head, and it happens. There are probably many times in your life when you knew something was going to happen and you put it down to coincidence, you were actually tapping your psychic ability. Another way of triggering your psychic ability is to use tools such as tarot cards, the imagery of the cards can help inspire and stimulate your abilities. Runes can also help you to open up clairvoyantly and can be used as a catalyst in opening up your psychic channels.

There are no defined rules to learning how to develop psychically, but by using clairvoyance in your day to day life, you will find decision making easier, and be less likely to make mistakes. It will help you in making wise decisions handling finances, or in choosing the people to spend time with.

Those whose psychic ability occurs spontaneously are often fearful of what they see and feel. And it often takes some getting used to. They may have vivid images in their mind’s eye of something that is going to take place, and it happens, this can be quite unnerving to the uninitiated. They might hear noises in the night, or sense a presence and not know what is happening, this is their clairvoyant abilities surfacing, and it is necessary to learn how to channel the psychic energy so that it doesn’t overwhelm them. Some people have dreams that are precognitive, others have images, others hear, and some sense that it is important that they do, or not do, a certain thing. However the information is received it is all the same, it is the channeling of energy, and everyone has a different way of accessing and using the messages they receive.

Anyone can develop their psychic abilities and use them to enhance their life, there is nothing to fear and it can be a wondrous journey, approach with a sense of humour and with a joyous spirit. If you are keen to learn about clairvoyance, the chances are that you have had some experiences that you had no answers to, either as a child or as an adult. It takes an empathetic person to actually work in the field, as you are often dealing with very sensitive people, but if this path appeals, work on your abilities and decide exactly how you want to proceed. For instance as you progress you may want to use the tarot cards, or do numerology, or astrology. There are many ways that psychic ability can be used and it all depends on what type of journey you are on, and what inspires you.

When you begin your psychic journey it is a good idea to keep a journal, this can be part of your book of shadows. I believe to enhance your abilities you can’t go past beginning with psychometry, this is where you hold an item, such as a watch, ring, pair of glasses, bunch of keys, or piece of jewellery, belonging to someone else, and you sit very still holding the item and concentrating on only that. Breathe deeply and allow the item to reveal images and messages to you, or it could be that you have a strong feeling about something, or you feel cold, hot, or tired, grumpy, happy, elated, nervous. Whatever you see, hear, feel, sense, reveal this to the person the item belongs to, however silly you think it is, just say it, something that doesn’t make sense to you, will likely make sense to someone else. After you have tried this several times you will have an idea of how you are receiving the information, you may get images of actual events that are to take place, or be told of what is going to happen. You may sense certain things, you may receive images that are symbolic, you will not know exactly what it is you are seeing, hearing, feeling, sensing, until you have tried psychometry on several occasions.

I began by going to a meditation class for the first time, after the group of eight had meditated, we were asked to exchange jewellery, watches, or rings, with the person to our left. I was handed a ring by a lady, as I sat holding it I received an image of a white fluffy kitten and a man handing it to the lady, she assured me she didn’t have any animals, nor did she care to have any. We carried on with the reading and I saw other images which I revealed to her. I thought no more about this until the following week, when a very exuberant lady almost bowled me over with her effusive hug, she told me that two days after the class, which happened to be her birthday, an old friend turned up and gave her the most adorable kitten, it was love at first sight. Items hold a history of the person they belong to, and can give information about a person’s past, present or future. Energies of what has taken place, or is about to take place in the person’s life is held within an object. A record is kept of what they have done, are doing, or are going to do.

Some people progress faster than others, and of all the things you can do to develop psychically, you will find that meditation, followed by psychometry is the most effective way to begin. It helps you to open up to the energies that are flying around all the time, it is like being quiet so that you can hear someone whisper something to you. By meditating, relaxing your active mind, and becoming still, you are able to perceive things that you would not, when your mind is very active.

Next time you go to the art gallery, look at the painting and see if you can get a sense of the artist who did the painting, if they have painted a portrait, try to tune into the subject and see what comes to mind. Everything carries an energy, a door handle that many people have touched, a sugar bowl, a spoon, salt and pepper shakers, a chair that someone sits in regularly. Even a car’s steering wheel, whatever people touch, carries a vibration, an energy that is you become aware, you can tune into quite naturally. The next time you speak with someone, see if you can go beyond what they are saying, and sense what they are feeling.

From psychometry you can try reading people, first try this with friends, you could even have a regular meditation class and work with others who are interested in metaphysical matters, you read people without holding anything. You look past them as though you are looking at their aura, and you will find, as reveal to them what is coming to you, when doing this approach with an open mind and don’t take yourself too seriously, you can have fun as you learn. After you have practiced reading your friends, you can try reading people when you are out in public, maybe when you are next sitting having a cup of coffee in a shop, or sitting on a train, or in a taxi, eating out, or just walking along. Energy is bouncing around you all the time, and if you tune in, you will find that you can receive all sorts of information just be being more alert. In a way it is like trying to find a radio channel, you keep turning the switch until you find the right frequency, which them allows you to hear the music clearly. What you are trying to do is to find your particular frequency, once you do this you will learn how to turn it on and off, and will be able to open yourself up when you choose, and close yourself off when you choose.

I would suggest that when you begin your psychic work, you designate an area within your home where you will be working, you can practice your psychic enhancement, and meditate here as well, it can be a room in your home, or an area where you can work comfortably. For your workspace you will require a table, it need not be elaborate, place a cloth of your choice over the table, (which is your altar) velvet is a nice choice, especially black or purple. Two candles in candle holders, at either end of the table, also have some incense that you can light each time you work. You will need four coloured candles, representing the four elements, green represents north and the element earth, the red candles represents south and the element fire, blue represents west and the element water, the yellow candles represents east and the element air. Place these candles north, south, east and west, on your table and light them each time you work. Have an oil essence burner and something that is alive, such as flowers or a plant. Choose a set of tarot cards that you like and have a set of rune stones, place crystals of your choice on your altar and place your tarot cards and rune stones to the left of your altar, next to the candle. Keep your essential oils in a container on your altar, begin with rose, jasmine, gardenia and lavender and add to these dependent on your taste, do the same with your incense, choose the fragrances that appeal to you. Place a crystal ball, with stand, in the center of your altar. Use a smudge stick before you begin any psychic work then light your incense, candles and oil essence.

Your first step before you begin any psychic work, is to open your chakras, these are your inner energy centers. Begin by sitting comfortably, breathe in deeply and exhale fully, keep doing this until you feel totally relaxed, then visualise the colour red which is at the base of your spine, this is your base chakra the beginning of your energy flow, visualise a vibrant red glow, you may notice a warm tingling sensation, see this light moving up your spine to the next chakra which is orange, this is your sacral chakra. See the red light merge into the orange light and continue moving up, next you have the colour yellow which is your solar plexus chakra; envisage the orange chakra merging with the yellow chakra. Visualise the yellow chakra merge with the heart chakra, which is green, visualise the green light merging with the blue, of your throat chakra, this merges with the third eye chakra, which is purple. The final chakra is the crown chakra and this is violet, envisage the purple third eye chakra merging with the violet crown chakra. Imagine light bursting from the top of your head and pouring out to the universe. As this takes place you should feel a wonderful sense of peace and be completely at ease and ready to meditate, before beginning your psychic work.

The base chakra is the four petal lotus located at the base of the spine, the body/mind connection is the building of cells, blood, nails, bones and teeth and the element earth, this chakra relates to your will to live and your connection to the earth. The sacral chakra is the six petal lotus and the mind/body connection is the lymph glands, bladder, reproductive organs and the kidneys, this chakra opens you to the flow of energy between you and your partner. The solar plexus chakra is the ten petal lotus and the mind/body connection is to the nervous system, stomach, digestion and instincts, it helps you to balance the material and spiritual world. The heart chakra is the twelve petal lotus and affects the skin, thymus, circulation, heart and chest, it promotes your ability to give and receive love. The throat chakra is the sixteen petal lotus and the mind/body connection, is self-expression, neck and voice and is known as the chakra of communication. The third eye chakra is the ninety six petal lotus and the body/mind connection affects the pituitary gland, face, ears and eyes, this chakra affects your intuition and psychic ability and helps you move beyond the conscious energy. The crown chakra is the thousand petal lotus and the mind/body connection creates a bond with the universal energies, it is the chakra of awakening and enlightenment.

When you finish your psychic work sit quietly and visualise closing yourself off, you do this by sitting and visualising the crown chakra closing, next the third eye chakra, followed by the throat chakra, next the heart chakra, then the solar plexus chakra, followed by the sacral chakra, and finally the base chakra, next take three deep breaths.

The next thing for you to try is remote viewing, when you lose something, such as your keys, wallet or purse, instead of moving around your home looking for the item, sit quietly meditate for a few minutes then visualise all the places you were thinking of looking and you will find that more often than not by doing this you will very likely find the item. Because as you look with your mind’s eye you may get an image of the place where the item is. Remote viewing works more often than not when you are searching for something.

Before you begin any psychic work light a smudge stick and incense and swirl the smudge stick in a clockwise motion in the area you will be meditating, and working in, hold the smudge stick and swirl it over your altar, you are creating a protective area in which to practice.

Another way you can become more attuned psychically is to keep a dream diary next to your bed, and as soon as you wake in the morning write down everything you remember about your dreams, and how you felt in your dreams. The more you do this the more in touch you become with energies beyond the five senses.

Practice your clairvoyant skills on a daily basis if you are able, pick up items and read the energies emanating from them, the more you do this the easier it will become for you to pick up psychic messages.

Clairsentience and Clairvoyance

Clairsentience, is you tuning into universal energies, this is when you touch something and have a feeling, such as going an antique shop and picking up an item that sends a shiver up your spine, or touching an old book and feeling emotional, this can also happen when you go to a museum. What you feel or sense, is your psyche giving you a direct message.

Clairvoyance and Psychometry

With psychometry the energy is trapped within an object and you are able to tune into the energies contained within, such as thoughts, feelings, emotions, ideas of those who have handled the object. This can be a very revealing activity and is something that anyone can learn to do. Information can be gathered from an item that belongs to someone on the earth plane, and from someone who is deceased.

Clairvoyance and Psychokinesis

This is where you can hold a crystal on a chain and with your mind move the object from left to right, from side to side, or in circles, the object is responding to the promptings of the unconscious mind. This helps you to strengthen and enhance your psychic abilities.

Auras

As you practice you will find that you begin to see auras, some are very bright and vivid, others are dull, and some are barley there, much depends on the energy of the person you are reading. Everyone has a continual energy field and when you are well, happy and in sync with your life, it will be bright and glowing. If you are feeling down and out of sorts it will be dull and heavy, the more you work with psychic energies the easier it will be to see the auras of others. A person’s aura can reveal if they are stressed, tired, lacking confidence. An aura can be seen around the person, or can be seen with the mind’s eye, it all depends on how you personally develop psychically. The aura can reflect the mood and personality of a person, the most visible aura is around the head and when you begin is likely to be seen as a white glowing light. People’s aura changes constantly and the aura reveals the mood of a person, different colours can represent different moods. A red aura is to do with passion, movement, change and sometimes, anger, lust or stubbornness. Orange relates to abundance, creativity, fertility, independence, joy, confidence, eccentricity, low self-esteem unsociability, each colour in the aura spectrum has a positive and negative connotation, it depends on the mood of the person being read for. A yellow aura relates to expertise, adaptability, logic, financial ability, or jealousy and emotional distance. Green relates to a lover of beauty, fidelity, healing, travel, empathy, or possessiveness, sentimentality, dependency on others. A blue aura relates to harmony, powerful leadership skills, justice and knowledge, emotional balance or over-reaction, pedantic, rules and regulations, can oscillate with decision making. A purple aura relates to spiritual powers, imagination, psychic abilities, a visionary or unrealistic, someone who lives in a fantasy world. A pink aura relates to the quintessential peacemaker, a healer, teacher, nurturer, or someone who has undefined principals, over-anxiety, and a martyr. A brown aura is revealing, security, a trustworthy person, a good financial manager, a stable person, or someone who is materialistic, or someone who is overwhelmed by life. A grey aura represents someone who is tactful, adaptable, likes to remain under the radar, someone who is flexible, or secretive, inability to commit. By being aware of the meaning of the aura colours, when you are doing a reading you will be able to sense whether there is a positive or negative energy.

Past Lives

As you are learning to expand your clairvoyant abilities you may also believe in, and be interested in tapping into past lives. Past lives can help you to better understand the life you are now leading, past-life work can help people who have destructive or unworkable, habits or behaviors in this lifetime. Even a relationship you are currently in may be associated with a past life.

It is thought that we have many lifetimes, and are associated with the same people over and over, in a variety of ways. You may have an overwhelming connection with someone and feel you have known them before, the connection is instinctive, this could be mother, father, brother, partner, child, friend. You can often identify those that you have this type of connection with. Or it can work in the opposite way and you find people that you take an intense dislike to and you don’t know why, past-life work can reveal why this is so. There may be places in the world that you are drawn to and you don’t know why, you may be drawn to a church, or particular area, or country. It may be that there are certain times in history that you have an emotional response to, or an aversion. There may be places that leave you feeling sad, or places that make you feeling unquestioningly happy. You can use a crystal ball to help you to tap into past lives, as a crystal ball transmits clairvoyant energies.

Try sitting in your meditation space with your crystal ball, first meditate then sit and stare into the crystal ball, allow your mind to wonder, keep gazing into the crystal ball and see what appears in front of you, it may be that you see a person or place, or a historic time may come to mind. When using the crystal ball it is for focus, when you see something it will be in your mind’s eye. You will find with practice that you will be able to piece together people and places, and a story will begin to unfold. Try using different essences and incense as your sense of smell can trigger past life memories, fragrance can act as a channel through time and can help you to connect. Try using hyacinth, frankincense, lotus, lilac, jasmine, rose, honeysuckle, mint, cinnamon, lavender, mimosa, sandalwood, juniper and cedar.

Light a candle before you begin and use any of the essences in an oil burner, you may also mix fragrances, and see which you respond to. So after you have smudged your area, lit your candles and incense, meditated, you are then ready to focus on your crystal ball. Count backwards to twenty, let the smell of the essences permeate your senses, focus on the crystal ball with the intention of tapping your past lives and receiving information to help you in this time.

Some people believe that we travel through different lifetimes with a family of souls who follow us through each lifetime and play different roles. You can right thing down as they come to you, also you may wish to try this with a friend and each look into the others past life, the same as if you are doing a psychic reading with an item, or using tarot cards or runes.

Another way of tapping your past lives, is to visualise a silver cord in front of you, it stretches from the left to the right, the left is past, this right is the future, you imagine travelling along your past timeline to before you were born and tap the previous lives, you may have images or feelings, the essence you are burning may be triggering heightened senses. You may also tap into your future and your future lives, you visualise yourself travelling along to the end of this life and beyond and see what comes to mind and what you feel. You can also ask the question “what was I doing one hundred years ago”, or “what will I be doing a hundred years from now. Have a pen and paper ready, or have a friend who will write down what you are seeing and feeling, this can be a very liberating experience, and can make sense of things you can’t make sense of.

Clairvoyance and Ghosts

The more you work on your clairvoyant skills, the more likely you are to see ghosts and be able to receive messages, words may pop into your head, or ideas come to mind, there are all different types of ghost, some are restless, some lost, some quite content to live in the home they were happy in. Only by allowing your clairvoyant skills to develop will you be able to see what type of psychic you are and how you receive your information. It may be that you have natural skills as a medium, and the spirit world is your forte, you will only know where your strengths lie, through practice. It could be that you will be a messenger for people’s long lost relatives, and you may receive information to pass on.

Begin by preparing your sacred space, cleansing it with a smudge stick and with incense, and meditating from there you can start your psychic journey, if you decide you wish to embark on this journey with interested friends, or interested acquaintances, try to meet regularly to meditate, and practice your psychometry, your people reading skills, your aura reading, and your journey into your past and future lives. You can progress in any way that you feel most comfortable, and allow yourself to be flexible, begin and progress with love and light.

Ritual Magic

Rituals can be very quick and simple or elaborate and ceremonial, magical ritual however does stand apart from other rituals.

Magical rites are unique and before performing them it is necessary to have an intention, this is a clear idea, vision, image of what is to be attained from the magical rite about to be undertaken. When magic is practiced we are embarking on a journey into the unknown, as we travel through different dimensions. The more people embarking on this journey, the more information there will be to share leading to spiritual evolution, as human consciousness journeys into new realms that offer insight and wisdom.

When practicing magic rituals there is a connection with a different type of consciousness that is beyond mortal, from this inter-dimensional contact comes the opportunity for enlightened thoughts and actions. Although as the levels of communication are so different with the different spheres of consciousness, often the information received is in a symbolic manner.

There is a soul consciousness linking every single human being, no matter how divergent we may be from each other, one energy impacts another, especially so with those who are awakened and dare to delve beyond human consciousness. The mortals who are open and have the ability to commune with different realms, are not only individually affected by divine energies, they have an affect on their family, friends and loved ones. The flow on from this, is that they in turn will affect others with their passive contribution to human evolution.

Imagine if one inter-dimensional message in the form of love, acceptance and healing, reverberated around the world, there would be a variation in all consciousness. Therefore as humans work with magical energies in the spirit of love, kindness and across time, man then absorbs the universal flow which affects all existence. Just one interconnected bolt of supernatural energy at a particular point in time, can trigger a sequence of events that would otherwise not have occurred. There are powers at work available for us to tune into that in our earthly consciousness would not register.

To be an effective magician requires the ability to still the mind enough to be open and receptive, enabling you to channel information in the form of energy. Each individual has the power within, as to whether they have the focus or the ability to tap this power and use it effectively, is another question. Those who are involved in activities such as running a race, competitive swimming, the martial arts or any sporting events, have an energy within that they need to hone, focus and channel with a particular precision to attain the desired result. The practice of magic is much the same, it takes dedication, commitment and an understanding of how to tap the inner power source and hone it.

Magic rituals create a link with intelligences more evolved than we are, they vibrate at a much higher frequency than mortals, and they are impossible to contact with our earthly everyday senses, hence the need for rituals. To successfully connect to supernatural entities, regular meditation and magic is combined, intensifying the connection.

Before beginning your ritual consider what it is you want to achieve, what end would you like to produce. The qualities you will need are imagination, patience, dedication, curiosity, the will to learn and the want to commit. Magic and meditation can only enrich and enhance  your life, as you become open to a myriad of possibilities. In some ways when you are practicing ritual magic you are dealing with a power not unlike electricity, and as with electricity it is meant to be handled with care as its exact nature cannot be defined. Learning what to do with the power you are invoking is as important as the stages of the magic ritual you are performing.

The practice of magic in modern times does not require a sacrifice and the spilling of blood  to appease the gods, or as an offering to the otherworldly beings who are to be summoned. The principles of ritual, many of which have carried through from ancient times, are as valid now as they were when performed centuries ago. Many of the consciousness exercises, techniques and meditations are still used today.

One question to ask yourself is why you want to practice ritual magic? The energies of the occult are powerful and a degree of reverence and caution is needed when working with these powers. Think of yourself as an initiate, or the sorcerer’s apprentice who is learning how to manifest and manage otherworldly energies. Ritual and magic work can be repetitive as you try spell casting and try again, over and over. Dedication is required and a commitment to what it is you are learning. Magic is a natural force available to be used by those who have the key to the door, magic is like alchemy forces come together to create. The are many paths that can be taken in the initiates journey. To become a magician you need imagination, the power of visualization, discipline, trust, faith, belief, intuition and the ability to commit.

When you begin your ritual work you will learn with practice, how to exercise control of consciousness and action through inner dimensions, thus becoming the master over the magic you are conjuring. In many ways you are the initiate learning how to handle the power, this is akin to the electrician who learns how to safely handle electricity, and always proceeds with caution and respect for the power being handled. It is also necessary to have an evolved moral code, guiding you towards using the powers you will be working with, for benign purposes only.

When learning how to practice magic we are absorbing information that alters our consciousness, depending on how we individually respond to it, this change penetrates the structure of our soul. Ritual depends on discipline, knowledge, order, and success depends on our ability to isolate a stream of consciousness, while expelling all influences that will interrupt the pure flow.

To become receptive to divine energy we learn how to achieve a blank mind, while maintaining an alert consciousness. It is necessary to become still and calm, yet remain focused and alert, relaxed and peaceful while being open, willing and ready. From the stillness and the silence comes the all.

In the stillness you may want to acknowledge, “I am not my body, my thinking, what I see, hear, taste, smell or touch, I am not affected in any way by my senses. I have the ability to control consciousness from whatever high level it is received.” Learning how to turn off individual consciousness, is the base from which all magic practices work from.

For ritual work a circle is created to work within, take a pen shape piece of clear quartz crystal and hold it in the right or the left hand, or you may use a wand in place of a crystal, a wand seems to add to the majesty of the moment. Stand up straight and point the crystal or wand, upwards, this is to acknowledge the divine energies from above, point the crystal or wand downwards to acknowledge all other supernatural beings. The energy is felt from the center of our being, face North and pointing the preferred magical object towards the floor, move in a clockwise direction creating a full circle, ending facing North again. Repeat the process, only this time draw a lateral circle, as though standing within a hoola hoop. Next turn sideways, and depending on which hand the magic tool is in, the left or right shoulder will be facing North. Repeat the original process, beginning North and working clockwise form a vertical circle, with this ritual a circle of the Cosmos is drawn . Before doing anything else a state of absolute mind stillness must be attained and maintained, this allows us to bring our minds to a point of focus leading to complete detachment to the outside world.

Focusing energy is done by holding a rod that is pointed at one end, or a wand, as you stand straight and face East, hold the wand in both hands and point it upwards with your hands touching your face. Keep your breathing relaxed and calm and imagine the energy from above connecting. Think, “let my energy and the energy of the wand, become as one with the Cosmos.”

There is a ritual of will and intention that can be done while you are in your magic circle, while holding your wand, conjure in your consciousness something that is worrying you. A problem that you naturally react to, acknowledge and feel the reaction, then think of the word banish, and see the problem being dismissed and disappearing into nothing. You are using the ability to control your consciousness by will and intention, by intentionally calling on something then intentionally banishing it. Very clearly tell the problem to “be gone,” you are sending it out into the universe to then dissipate, it becomes smaller than the naked eye can see and vanishes. Hold on to this point of nothingness for a moment, through will and intention, you have raised and laid something, you are now immune.

A very similar ritual, again while standing in your magic circle, with your wand in one hand, pointed downwards, conjure an image of what you want to change. See it in the darkened sky as if looking at a screen, concentrate on the energy within feel it building and moving upwards to then meet with all manner of supernatural energies. The energies meld into the image in the darkened sky obliterating it, the new imagery of what it is you want to create is manifested and appears on the screen. You feel all opposition to the new image released, there is no resistance to the new manifestation. Point your want upwards, feel the energy of that which you desire meeting with the tip of your wand and being transferred into you, to then manifest in your earthly life.

With all ritual magic you are moving from a place of neutrality, to a place of linking with the energy of the infinite, the source of energy. To become an adept at ritual magic means learning how to manage energy. Each night before going to sleep allowing your mind to empty, you do this by releasing the days thoughts and feelings. You are detaching yourself from earthly events and allowing yourself to become open to the all, you are rising above physicality. Begin each day with a clean slate, start with a neutral uncluttered mind each morning when you awaken, thus allowing yourself to be open to possibilities. Learn to rise above reaction to daily events, and remain in the zero space of neutrality which allows an objective view of all things. By practicing energy control you not only become a more powerful magician, but a more powerful human. This is a way of banishing all that is negative and being receptive to manifest all that is good and positive.

While standing within your ritual circle you can create another space around your body, this can be done with a small crystal in each hand, or a crystal in the left hand and wand in the right. Face North, stretch both arms above your head and let your wrists touch, keeping your arms straight bring them down to shoulder level, extended either side of you. Still keeping your arms straight move them in front of your body with wrists touching, then move both arms until you are touching your legs at the front. Do one full turn to the right and end up facing front, then one full turn to the left facing front. Imagine a white cocoon beginning at your feet, moving upwards and encasing your entire body, then meeting and sealing over your head. Here is your space of suspended animation, a space where you are not affected by what is going on anywhere, a space of complete neutrality, beyond time and space, you created and you control your circle of timelessness. By creating and inhabiting your cocoon of timelessness and light you open a doorway to the Cosmos and all the magic within, you become the keeper of the keys, to the doorway of magic.

Once it is established that energy is omnipresent, it can then be absorbed rather than being sought out, it is a force field in which an individual can become part of the whole. If energy IS then we must learn how to become ONE with it, if we are at ONE with the energy that IS, we then become part of the ALL, the SUPREME energy. Over time ritual preparation becomes faster as there is familiarity with the subtleties of the ebb and flow of energies, creating a cocoon of timelessness, light and neutrality can be done in a moment. The ultimate aim is the control of our Inner and Outer worlds, providing a link between Earth and beyond.

When creating a magical world in which to work while practicing rites, it is also necessary to know how to readily close the door and exit your created world once work has been completed. A simple ritual to collapse the magical space is to take three deep breaths, exhale deeply count backwards from three to one, when reaching one, clap both hands together three times and say the word “release.” Once this has been done, shake the hands as if shaking off water, sip some water and wash your hands.

Once you have the doorway to magic you must then learn how to conduct yourself in other dimensions, and learn how to decipher the information given to you, as often messages come in a symbolic manner. The symbol is a connection for you from one dimension to the other, deciphering the symbol is the key. Much like a new language symbols are your connection between dimensions in effect energy is being exchanged. When connecting with intelligent beings in other dimensions through magic ritual a language is being constructed to allow communication, this is done through symbolism. A skilled practitioner of the tarot may receive the symbol of a tarot card during their communication. A rune reader is likely to receive an inscription pertaining to a particular rune stone. A numerologist will see numbers, and an astrologer will see zodiac signs. Goddesses and Gods often appear and you may spontaneously feel their message, or there may be a slow dawning of understanding. You may also find that certain deities with particular traits present themselves often. If any of these symbols are presented to you and you have no history with any of the divination skills, allow yourself to meld into the symbol, by doing this your imagination and intuition will be activated.

Those not involved in divination practices may see a car, a house, water calm, or tumultuous, they may be shown a heart, this pertaining to love, there could be a multitude of other signs that can be related to. Other times a shape, or a sign is seen accompanied with a feeling the visual and the feeling creating a whole, this triggering the imagination and intuition and a message is delivered.  Through a mutual connection an understanding is reached between dimensions, and over time various symbols present themselves over and over, from this spontaneous understanding is reached. With regular ritual practice a natural harmony is reached and you have your dimensional Master key.

When a symbol is presented that you have never seen before you will not instantly decipher the message, however be still and feel yourself enter into the symbol, become one with it, by absorbing its essence, understanding will be reached. Magical understanding will come to you through merging with the symbols, your understanding and ability will evolve over time. Over time you will find that through ritual practice words will not be necessary,  understanding will come through symbolism and the feeling that goes with it, you will absorb the message the way you breathe in air. You don’t question what constitutes air, or what happens as you breathe the air in and how it affects your body, you just accept that it is the giver of life and you understand. It is the same with ritual magic and symbolism, you begin to breathe in the understanding and it reaches your consciousness. A symbol that often appears during ritual work is the ankh, the symbol for everlasting life, this can have a variety of meanings depending on when and how it is presented.

Look at the symbol of the ankh meaning everlasting life, imagine you were doing a love spell regarding the future success of a relationship and the symbol of everlasting life appeared, the meaning would be everlasting love, longevity, bonding, partnership, affirmation of love, durable partnership, depth. If the ankh appeared in answer to a spell associated with a business partnership, it would mean durability, strong ties, complementary objectives, ideas in sync, long term success. If the ankh appears like a figure eight, eight in numerology is associated with money, managing money, The figure eight often appears when there are obstacles to be overcome, it can mean success after effort, it can mean difficulties that will require action, determination and dedication. More than one ankh linked together can mean continuity, building, fitting together, working together, extending, growing. If as a symbol appears to you, you allow yourself to enter into it, let yourself become one with the energies and feel the message. In this way through ritual magic, one symbol can be presented and through merging with it, and feeling, a plethora of messages can be absorbed.

If you need to charge your energy you can visualize the ankh in front of you exuding energy and you absorbing the energy, this is a very effective meditative exercise. From this visualize  yourself filled with the energy of the ankh, then you are able to exude the energy to create harmony around you. Send the energy out to friends, family and loved ones, if someone is sick send healing energy to them. Once you begin to feel and understand the transference of energy, you will understand the depth and breadth of energy merging and sending.

Once your ritual has ended and the circle has been closed, document everything that you  felt, saw, heard and did. Draw any symbols that were presented to you and write what message was transferred from the symbols. During future rituals do the same and also note if any of the symbols are repeated.

Ritual magic should always be practiced at night, if you choose you can use the lunar cycles, for powerful rituals there is more energy during a full Moon, for less intense rituals the waning Moon is suitable. For ritual work candles can be inscribed with particular zodiac signs, depending on the intention of the spell you will be conjuring.

Air, the element of Air keeps us alive, Air is Prana, energy, when breathing and connecting with other dimensions we are breathing other atmospheres. Incense is lit to symbolize the element of Air, it creates an atmosphere that will match the frequency of the ritual you are practicing. With the element of Air you will invoke the archangel Raphael, he is the healer of all things a broken heart, physical ailments, emotional ailments, throughout time this is his role. Raphael instructs humanity, the sword he carries is the symbol associated with the element of Air, it is also the instrument to cut away disease, and negativity. The sword cuts through issues and brings matters to a head, the sword also prunes that which is no longer necessary. With the point of the sword, the energy of Raphael, and the movement of Air thoughts can be sent out to the universe, reaching into all dimensions. The sword protects, the sword defends, the tongue is a sword and can bring kindness or pain.

Fire, is a powerful element and when invoked, the archangel Michael should also be summoned, for his personification of reason and right overcoming wrong and narrowness. Fire overcomes, heals, cleanses, rejuvenates, by calling on Michael, the power of Fire is directed inwardly and outwardly. Michael is a healer and brings balance, he transforms fire into a safe and manageable form. This ritual begins once the match lights the candle and Michael is invoked to contain and channel the element of fire. The element of Fire can be invoked to help a ritual associated with letting go on some level or another, or to remove the old to make way for the new. It can also be invoked for a new relationship that wants to build on a clear foundation, the energy of fire fans the light of love. If you regularly think of Fire and Michael for a few moments each day, you will have no difficulty invoking the powerful element of Fire for your ritual. Whenever candles are lit before a Fire ritual, or before any ritual, do so with a sense of ceremony, attention and formality. Use a tapered candle or match, to light all candles, and with a sense of the inner spark being ignited to meet with the energy of other dimensions. Fire can warm us when we are cold or it can burn us if we get too close, and do not respect its power.  It can light the way and offer clarity, the understanding and managing of its power is all important.

Water, the element of Water pertains to the ebb and flow of emotions and relationships, before birth we are immersed in water, our bodies contain water. Plants need water to grow, crops and flowers need water, it is absorbed into the earth and gives life to all that grows. Water links conscious and unconscious energies with the all, integrating all life forms. If a water ritual is being performed the archangel Gabriel is called upon, Gabriel is the carrier of messages between different levels of intelligence. He is the symbol of fertility such as fertility of the mind, fertility of a business or fertility of the body to bring new life into being. Before beginning a ritual with the element of Water, take a cup fill it with water and place it near where you will be working, as you fill the cup you charge it with the energy and the intention of the magic spell you will be practicing. You are willing the energy of what it is you wish to achieve as you charge the cup. The cup has a consciousness and understands what is required, whatever the concept it is held within the cup. A powerful ritual is the transference of someone’s energy into a cup of water, as the cup is filled with water the person connected to the ritual is imagined in the cup. Their energy is moving within the water, you then drink the water with love and light while thinking of the spell you are about to perform, by doing this you become as one with their energy and they are part of the spell. This is often the ritual of lovers, it can also be done in the form of healing, the person becomes a part of the loving healing energy exuded and becomes one with the Cosmos. The cup can be used in reverse by filling it with water and whatever it is you want to remove from your life. Whether this be financial difficulties, letting go of a relationship, behaviour, negativity, focus as you fill the cup on whatever it is you want gone. You then tip the water out letting go of whatever it is you want removed, let water from the tap run on your hands as all negativity is washed away. Water rituals can help with emotions, worry, anxiety, love, bonding, partnership, healing.

Earth, contact is kept with Earth as links with other dimensions are attained, contact is kept with Earth as we work with inner and outer forces. Ariel is the archangel of Earth and presides over the luminaries, he connects us with creation and teaches us how to absorb Earth’s energies. Auriel is knowledge and experience and urges us to quest, Ariel helps our Earth consciousness connect with the great unknown, he offers us the key. Ariel encourages us to respect the Earth and its natural power of peace and harmony or natural disaster, Auriels monitors and controls Earth’s behaviour and the forces of it. A rock or a gemstone can be the symbol used for the element of Earth. Call on the element of Earth for any ritual where you would like to change one thing into another, such as a long term relationship into marriage. A part time job into a full time career, financial lack into abundance, where you need an alchemical reaction of one thing turning into another more valuable thing, Earth is the energy to work with. If your ritual is to do with wisdom and understanding coming to you concised into a symbol, an Earth ritual while invoking Auriel will provide the necessary energy. Call upon the element of Earth when you want answers in a feeling, via a symbol, you will absorb the message as a whole. Auriel plants seeds of consciousness that grow with vitality and life, providing answers to problems that arise on Earth. The symbol of a shield represents Earth and can be conjured as a means of protection also, the shield can also be a reflective area for that which is desired by the conjuror. The shield also helps abstract ideas take shape, take form and become understanding, the shield can draw understanding, or repel negativity. For a banishing ritual a shield can be used, as it repels negative people and situations, the shield is useful to draw something to you, or to repel or banish something as you deflect harmful thoughts or energies.

There is a colour and light ritual technique that can be used, the premise is along the lines of colour therapy. After drawing your circle, and before invoking, chanting, meditating, think of colour and let a colour pop into your mind. Whatever colour you choose, this will be the colour frequency from which you will be working during your ritual. This is like turning on a light in your home by flicking the switch, at the end of your session the light can be switched off. By doing this you are illuminating your inner being, and as you embark on your ritual you will see the chosen colour throughout your rite. This is a very efficient technique if your energy is at a low ebb, or you are feeling down in the dumps, or frazzled, the light will have a healing effect. You will find that there will be a particular feeling, depending on the colour of light you have chosen, or the colour that is revealed to you and you work with. The information you receive will depend on the frequency of the particular colour.

Ritual is a connection between differing dimensions, allowing information to travel from one to the other, as intelligences from other dimensions operate through inner dimensions. The ritual begins from the moment the circle is drawn and powerful energies are invoked. We then open ourselves up and become receptive to receive information and impressions, reflected back from other realms to be deciphered by the conscious mind. In some ways we are sending a beam of energy and light, and depending on the depth of connection some response is received from another intelligence. Sometimes impressions can be fleeting, such as catching a glimpse of something out of the corner of the eye, or thinking you heard something but don’t know where the sound came from. There can be a scent that arouses certain feelings, thoughts and memories, in a way, you are receiving thought, feeling, sound sense and imagery as a whole that is to be interpreted. This you do after you have completed your magical ritual and closed the circle. Magic rites begin with energy and attitude, a powerful motivation will allow you to release a power to work with, it is necessary to be totally present.

Consecratory rites, energies coming together for a specific purpose, a dedication is made to all who take part in the right, so that human and otherworldly dedicate to the mutual purpose. The rites of consecration include invocations to the deities, or beings you will be invoking, along with a clear definition of what the intention of the ritual is.

To prepare for banishing rites the intention must be clear from the beginning of the ritual, so that as you invoke energies they know for what purpose they have been summoned. When participating in a vanishing rite it is necessary to be ready to let go of whatever it is that you want banished, by consciously entering into this rite with this in mind it is easier to banish successfully.

Our consciousness is operating on diverse levels, and becoming more aware of our physical senses is an important aspect of ritual magic, as these senses link us to other dimensions. Our own attitude towards the performing of rites, places an integral part in successful spell casting. Regular practice along with a focused and dedicated attitude, will assure growth and a successful for the dedicated initiate. Many practitioners ring a bell at the beginning of a ritual before the circle is drawn, and at the end after the circle has been closed off. If you choose you may wear a particular outfit for ritual work only, this may be loose fitting trousers by a long sleeved top all in one colour. You may like a robe that wraps and you tie an elaborate, or colourful tie around it, whatever you decide to wear, only every wear it for ritual work and in the meantime keep it wrapped in fabric until it is needed. Before beginning any ritual magic you may wish to use a word that you like the sound of, this can be a made up word and by using it before you begin it initiates the beginning. Use it at the end of your ritual also. By preparing a sacred space, using candles, incense and scented oils, drawing a circle and invoking otherworldly energies, you have the tools to practice ritual magic. Always work with love in your heart and for the good of all, thus respecting the threefold law of “do no harm.”

Plant and Herb Magic from A to Z

Plant magic is an age old tradition dating back to ancient Egyptian times, plant magic has been used for many purposes such as healing, self empowerment, love spells and protection, each plant has its own magical properties and strengths and can be used to add power to any kind of spell, plant magic will have the desired result regardless of the strength of the caster due to the fact the plants themselves have high levels of magical properties contained within. With its multiple uses and the speed and effectiveness of its power plant magic is one of the most popular arts used today.

Witches are not the only ones who have been using herbs and plants for healing, nowadays it is common practice in most alternative medicines to use a variety of herbs and plants for healing, most dietary products or heath food supplements used today are based around certain plants and herbs, Eucalyptus for a sore throat, coffee beans for a headache.

A simple method to enhance any spell is to sprinkle specific herbs into the flame of a candle during your ritual this will add extra power to your spells. Other magic that can be done with herbs is leave small amounts of herbs around your home this can remove negative energies, offer protection, bring happiness, promote good heath and bring a peaceful energy within. Once a common practice was to carry a charm bag with a variety of herbs to bring about many things such as a protection or to attract love. It is an old lore that the best time to perform plant magic or collect herbs is at night especially under the full moon it said the plants and herbs are at their most powerful at these times.

Over the years the witches began to use codes in their workings, hence now you hear off eye of newt and tongue of dog which are codes for very simple and attainable flowers and plants. The witches would have a great old laugh about the unsuspecting fool who stumbled upon their recipes and went on searching for the ingredients, battling for a lions hearts, a bulls horn, a mother’s milk and an Englishman’s foot. The most famous reference of using plants and codes is William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth
he quotes

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Though he is not talking about animals he’s referring to simple plant and herbs.

All herbs have a particular vibration and are mixed in such a way that when they are used they bring the body into balance, as all ailments occur when your body is out of balance, the possibilities when using herbal magic is unlimited, or only limited by your imagination. It is also important when using herbs to use your intuition, to be guided by what is right for you, much like the crystal chooses you, so are there certain herbs that will work well with your biological makeup. If you are ingesting herbs such as in herbal tea make sure that you know that the herb you are using is actually edible.

Edward Bach, the well known Bach flower remedialist, maintained that all flowers and plants have a frequency and it is important to choose the correct frequency for your particular ailment.

Create a magical spiritual garden for yourself and practice the witches traditional magic using the plants and herbs from your garden, write in your “Book of Shadows” and create recipes for healing, love, happiness and abundance. Learn to understand how each plant and herb is used and how to use them in your magic practices. You will begin to feel the energy of each flower and plant that you use and be able to understand the alchemy of each one, you will gain hours of pleasure from your magical garden, the lore of each herb and plant must be understood to create your powerful magic. The power of plants and herbs enhance the power of your spells and rituals, you will be able to make love potions, money spells, happiness and luck spells, healing spells. The mere act of keeping a living plant helps to increase your energy and the correct herb can be used for particular magic rituals.

The main methods of using plants and herbs for protections are carrying a small amount of the plant or herb in a small container it can be carried in a handbag, pocket, or in a locket or pouch, the herb or plant can also be boiled and the water with the help of a small watering can, be sprinkled around the home. A sprig placed under your pillow or bed for protection and to induce restful sleep.

Plant and herb magic has been used for decades and it is again enjoying a resurgence as people want to use more natural therapies, you will naturally attune to the herb that is right for you at any particular time. Your plant and herb magic practices will become more powerful, potent as you begin to understand the frequency of each plan and herb you use, you need to learn and understand the smell, texture and properties of all the ingredients you will be using and never use anything until you have first got the go ahead from a medical practitioner as plants and herbs can also be used in conjunction with more mainstream medicinal practices. You can also use plant and herb magic with the magic properties that crystals contain.

Always use your magic with a positive intent, good powerful white magic comes from a benign intent when wielding your magic wand, as you mix herbs you are putting in energy just as you would when practicing Reiki healing.

Below is a list of herbs, plants and their secret names. Followed by Plants, Herbs and their magical properties

Plants, Herbs and their secret names.

An Eagle
A Man’s Bile
Bat’s Wings
Bear’s Foot
Beggar’s Buttons
Beggar’s Tick
Bird’s Eye
Blood from a Head
Blood from a Shoulder
Blood Leather
Blood of a Goose
Blood of an Eye
Blood of Ares
Blood of Kronos
Blood of Hephaistos
Blood of a Titan
Blood from a Head
Bloody Finger
Blood of Hestia
Blood
Bloodwort
Bone of an Ibis
Bull’s Blood
Bull’s Foot
Burning Bush
Butcher’s Broom
Calf’s Snout
Cat’s Foot
Chocolate Flower
Crow’s Foot
Cuckoo’s Bread
Cucumber Tree
Cuddy’s Lungs:
Devils Dung
Devil’s Bit
Devil’s Plaything
Dew of the Sea
Dog’s Mouth
Dogs Tongue
Dove’s Foot
Dragon Wort
Dragon’s Blood
Earth Smoke
Elf’s Wort
Enchanter’s Plant
Englishman’s Foot
Erba Santa Maria
Everlasting Friendship
Eye of Christ
Eye of Newt
Eye of the Day
Eye of the Star
Eye Root
Eyes
Fairy Smoke
Fairie’s Finger
Fat from a Head
Flesh and Blood
From the Belly
Felon Herb
Five Fingers
Fox’s Clote
Frog’s Foot
From the Belly
From the Foot
From the Loins
Gazel’s Hooves
Goat’s Foot
Golden Star
Gosling Wing
Graveyard Dust
Great Ox-eye
Hair of Venus
Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon
Hare’s Beard
Hawk’s Heart
Heart of Osmund
Herb of Grace
Hind’s Tongue
Holy Herb
Holy Rope
Horse Hoof
Horse Tongue
Hundred Eyes
Innocence
Jacob’s Staff
Jew’s Ear
John’s Bread
Jupiter’s Foot
Joy of the Mountain
Jupiter’s Staff
King’s Crown
Knight’s Milfoil
Kronos blood
Ladies’ Meat
Lad’s Love
Lady’s Glove
Lady’s Mantle
Lady’s Slipper
Lady’s Tresses
Lamb’s Ears
Lion’s Hairs
Lizard’s Tail
Maiden’s Hair
Mother’s Heart
Mouse’s Ear
Mouse’s Tail
Negro Head
Old Man’s Beard
Ox’s Eye
Queen’s Delight
Pig’s Tail
Pig’s Snout
Priest’s Crown
Rabbit’s Foot
Serpent’s Tongue
Semen of Ammon
Semen of Ares
Semen of Helios
Semen of Herakles
Semen of Hermes
Semen of Hephaistos
Semen of Horus
Shepherd’s Heart
Snow Drop
Snake’s Head
Snake’s Milk
Snake’s Tongue
Sparrow’s Tongue
Squirrel’s Ear
Stag’s Horn
Tears of a Baboon
Tree of Heaven
Toad
Unicorn’s Horn
Weasel Snout
Wolf Claw
Wolf Foot
Wolf’s Milk
Garlic
Turnip Sap
Holly
Lady’s Mantle
Burdock
Cockhold
Germander Speedwell
Lupine
Bear’s Breeches
Reindeer Moss
A Mulberry Tree’s Milk.
Tamarisk Gall.
Purslane
Cedar
Wormwood
Wild Lettuce
Lupins
Foxglove
Camomile
Elder sap
Yarrow
Buckthorn
Horehound
Coltsfoot
Fraxinella
Irish Tops
Snapdragon
Ground Ivy
Wild Geranium
Wild Geranium
Common Plantain
Magnolia
Great Mullein
Asafoetida
Starwort
Yarrow
Rosemary
Snap Dragon
Conoglossum Officinale
Wild Geranium
Bistort
Calamus
Fumitory
Elecampane
Vervain
Common Plantain
Spearmint
Goosegrass
Germander Speedwell
Mustard Seed
Common Daisy
Horehound
Goldenseal
Daisy
Indian Pipe
Foxglove
Spurges
Tormentil
Earth-apple,
Mugwort
Five-leaf grass
Burdock
Bulbous Buttercup
Earth-apple.
Houseleek.
Chamomile.
Quickset
Ash Weed
Avens
Goosegrass
Mullein
Ox-eye Daisy
Maidenhair Fern
Dill Seed.
Great Mullein
Heart of Wormwood.
Royal Fern
Vervain
Hart’s Tongue Fern
Yerba Santa
Common Agrimony
Coltsfoot
Hart’s Tongue Fern
Periwinkle
Bluets
Great Mullein
Fungus on Elder or Elm
Carob
Houseleek
Marjoram
Great Mullein
Black Haw
Yarrow
ocedar
May Flower blossom.
Southernwood
Foxglove
Nine Hooks
American Valerian
Spira Root
Betony
Turnip leaves
Breast Weed
Maidenhair Fern
Shepheard’s Purse
Hawk Weed
Common Stonecrop
Vegetable Ivory
Fringe Tree
Marguerite
Silverleaf
Leopard’s Bane
Dandelion
Dandelion
Field Clover
Violet,
Houseleek
Clover
White Hellebore
Mustard-rocket
Dill
Fleabane
Horehound
Shepheard’s Purse
Bulbous Violet
Balmony
Blooming Splurge
Adder’s Tongue Fern
Knotweed (grass)
White Plantain
Club Moss
Dill Juice
Chinese Sumach
Toadflax
False Unicorn
Yellow Archangel
Club Moss
Bugle Weed
Kansui Root

Plants and their Magical Properties

Aloe

Magical properties: Plants will keep you safe from any evil influences and protect you from accidents within the home.

Anise

Magical properties: Put anise seeds in a small cotton bag and place under your pillow this will ward off nightmares, just as a dream catcher does; if you use anise leaves in your sacred space and inside your magic circle when practicing your magic or meditating, the leaves will protect your sacred space from anything untoward.

Ash

Magical properties:  By holding, or carrying on your person, a piece of ash you will always be protected on or near water, ash can also be hung in doorways and ward off malevolent spirits. You can sprinkle ash around the outside of your home for protection, place the ash in the four directions of earth, air, fire and water, placing a talisman of each in each of the four directions.

Basil

Magical properties: Basil has potent love properties and is used when casting love spells.

Blackberry

Magical properties: Always use blackberry when casting money spells as it contains properties of abundance. Blackberry can also be used for protection from malevolent energies and for health protection.

Black Cohosh

Magical properties: Black Cohosh is used in love spells, and helps foster determination, courage and faith in self when carried.

Blood Root

Magical properties: This particular root draws love to you, on all levels and helps to create a position vibration and repels negativity, place around your home, above doorways and windows. If you are single and looking for romance place some on your bedside table with a rose quartz next to it and two red candles.

Catnip

Magical  properties: Catnip is a magnet for positive energies and luck, if can also be used in love spells in conjunction with the placing of a rose quartz and red rose petals.

Chamomile

Magical properties: All witches know to use chamomile in their money spells, chamomile used well, creates abundance, if you want to remove a curse, spell or negative feeling, use chamomile first steeped in warm water then sprinkled with basil.

Cinquefoil

Magical properties: For any official purposes, help or guidance you can’t go past Cinquefoil, place a small bag of Cinquefoil under your bed to ensure a restful night’s sleep, the five properties of the leaves attributed to love, health, power, money, intelligence and wisdom.

Cowslip

Magical properties: The powerful scent has healing properties and has been used by witches for centuries.

Elder

Magical properties: Elder will protect you from all types of negativity, place on windowsills, in doorways, the berries can be carried on your person, if you place in a pot, or flower bed it will bring you prosperity, elder wood is also used for wand making.

Fennel

Magical properties: Fennel will repel all evil spirits, it is good luck to grow it around the home as a form of protection. Hang it at windows and doorways for protection, carry with you for protection.

Hawthorne

Magical properties: If you have Hawthorne in, or around home you will repel ghosts, Hawthorne also draws fairies into your garden.

Hazel

Magical properties: Hazel twigs in your home, strategically placed, will protect your home from damage due to inclement weather and fire. Brides were often given hazel nuts for good luck.

Hibiscus

Magical properties: Always use a red Hibiscus flower when making love potions it is associated with good fortune and love.

Holly

Magical properties: Holly will protect you from all things earthly or otherwise, plant around your home for a ring of protection, and carry holly for luck. A love potion can be made using holly leaves, rose petals, a rose quartz and two red candles, light the candles and visualize the object of your desire do this for five minutes then blow out the candles and drink a full glass of water, wash your hands when you finish. Using a cloth you can place holly leaves in and put under the bed to ensure a restful night’s sleep.

Lavender

Magical properties: Lavender is the perfect plant to use in love spells, to attract love rub lavender on your clothes, lavender under your pillow will give you a restful night’s sleep.

Marigold

Magical properties: If you are in an executive, or position of power or influence, bathe in a hot bath with Marigold to help you further your career. By stringing Marigold around your home you will be sure to keep out evil spirits. It also works on unpleasant or unwanted visitors by repelling them.

Mint

Magical properties: Mint is the perfect herb to use when you are planning to travel it is also used for prosperity spells. Benign spirits are drawn to mint when it is placed in your sacred circle or upon your magic alter.

Mistletoe

Magical properties: It is said that if you carry Mistletoe it will help fertility and protect you from all ills. To repel evil spirits burn mistletoe, and by placing mistletoe under or on your bed it will ensure a good night’s sleep and enhance dreams.

Morning Glory

Magical properties: Morning Glory seeds under your pillow will work like a dream catcher and prevent nightmares, and by growing it in the garden Morning Glory will draw happiness and tranquility.

Nettle

Magical properties: Witches have always used Nettle to remove a curse and return it back from where it came, have a pot of freshly cut Nettle under the bed of someone who is unwell it helps in the recovery.

Oak

Magical properties: Place Oak twigs around your home as protection it can also be placed within the home, Acorns place in the window will protect the home from lightening and floods, it will also ward off illness. Acorns on windowsills when the moon is full will draw money to you.

Passion Flower

Magical properties: Passion Flower brings tranquility to a household that is experiencing difficulties or tensions, by carrying it, it breeds hospitality and good social relationships. Under your bed or pillow it aids in having a restful night’s sleep.

Peppermint

Magical properties: Perfect for healing, often taken for upset stomachs and works particularly well for nausea, place under the pillow for a good night’s sleep, it can aid in you having precognitive dreams.

Rose

Magical properties: The rose has been used in love spells for centuries, it brings harmony and warm feelings, roses in your garden welcome all manner of magic beings. Place rose petals around the home for an ambient environment and to reduce tensions and upsets.

Snapdragon

Magical properties: When you are practicing your craft place a vase of snapdragons for protection, snapdragon on your altar and reflected in a mirror repel curses and send them back from where they came.

St. John’s Wort

Magical properties: St. John’s Wort can be worn to help physical healing, and to banish evil spirits, it also helps to brighten you up if worn when you are having emotional difficulties.

Sunflower

Magical properties: Grow Sunflowers in your garden and bring them into your home for good luck and a lightness of spirit.

Below is a complete list of plants, Herbs and their magical properties

Herbs and their magical properties A-Z

A
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

B

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
BrackenBrazil NutBriony : Image Magic, Money, Protection
Bromeliad : Protection, Money
Broom : Purification, Protection, Wind Spells, Divination
Buchu : Psychic Powers, Prophetic Dreams
Buckthorn : Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Legal Matters

C

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

C
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
Cloth of Gold : Understand Animal Languages
Clove : Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money

D
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

E

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

F

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

G
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

H
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,

H
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

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

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

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

L
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

M
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

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

O
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

P
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

Q
Quassia : Love
Quince : Protection, Love, Happiness

R
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

S
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

T
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

U
Urva Ursa : Psychic Workings

V
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

W
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

XYZ

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