Merry Mabon and Autumn Equinox!

It is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly empty, because the crops have been plucked and stored for the coming winter. Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, and it is when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest.

Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Mabon, but typically the focus is on either the second harvest aspect, or the balance between light and dark.

On or around September 21, for many Pagan, Mabon is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. It is also a time of balance and reflection, following the theme of equal hours light and dark. Here are some ways you and your family can celebrate this day of bounty and abundance.

Some things to do on Mabon!

1.  Find a Time of Positive and Negative Energy for Balance

Mabon is one of those times of year that affect people in different ways. For some, it’s a season to honor the darker aspects of the goddess, calling upon that which is devoid of light. For others, it’s a time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance we have at the season of harvest. No matter how you see it, Mabon is traditionally a time of balance. After all, it’s one of the two times each year that has equal amounts of darkness and daytime. Because this is, for many people, a time of high energy, there is sometimes a feeling of restlessness in the air, a sense that something is just a bit “off”. If you’re feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with this simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life.

Setting the Mood

Now that fall is here, why not do an autumn version of Spring Cleaning? Get rid of any emotional baggage you’re dragging around with you. Accept that there are darker aspects to life, and embrace them, but don’t let them rule you. Understand that a healthy life finds balance in all things.

You can perform this ritual anywhere, but the best place to do it is outside, in the evening as the sun goes down. Decorate your altar (or if you’re outside, use a flat stone or tree stump) with colorful autumn leaves, acorns, small pumpkins, and other symbols of the season. You’ll need a black candle and a white one of any size, although tealights probably work best. Make sure you have something safe to put them in, either a candle holder or a bowl of sand.

light both candles, and say the following:

A balance of night and day, a balance of light and dark
Tonight I seek balance in my life
as it is found in the Universe.
A black candle for darkness and pain
and things I can eliminate from my life.
A white candle for the light, and for joy
and all the abundance I wish to bring forth.
At Mabon, the time of the equinox,
there is harmony and balance in the Universe,
and so there shall be in my life.

Meditate on the things you wish to change. Focus on eliminating the bad, and strengthening the good around you. Put toxic relationships into the past, where they belong, and welcome new positive relationships into your life. Let your baggage go, and take heart in knowing that for every dark night of the soul, there will be a sunrise the next morning.

2) Go Apple Picking!

-Apple Divination

Apples have always been popular tools for foretelling the future. There are a number of traditional methods in folklore for seeing who one’s lover might be.

  • Peel the apple, keeping the peel in one long piece. When the peel comes off, drop it on the floor. The letter it forms is the first initial of your true love’s name.
  • Wait until midnight and cut an apple into nine pieces. Take the pieces into a dark room with a mirror (either hanging on the wall or a hand-held one will do). At midnight, begin eating the pieces of apple while looking into the mirror. When you get to the ninth piece, throw it over your shoulder. The face of your lover should appear in the mirror.
  • If a girl has more than one potential lover, peel an apple and pull out the seeds. Place a wet seed on your cheek for each boyfriend. The last one left stuck to the skin represents the suitor who is the true love.

Because of its associations with the harvest, the apple is perfect for Mabon magic. Try the Apple Harvest rite, or honor the goddess Pomona at the harvest.

  • Mabon Apple Harvest Rite: This harvest ritual is designed with solitary Wiccans and Pagans in mind, and uses the apple and its five-pointed star as the focus. Honor the ancient gods at Mabon with this harvest ritual.
  • Pomona, Goddess of Apples: Pomona was an obscure Roman goddess, but she still has significance when it comes to the blooming of orchards and fruit trees in the fall.
  • Magic of the Apple Blossoms: The apple is associated with immortality, but is also considered a food for the dead, which is why it often makes its appearance at Mabon celebrations.
3) Apple Crafts

In addition to being tasty and sweet, apples are perfect for craft projects.

Try one of these to decorate your home with magical apple energy.

  • Apple Candle holders: Make a set of decorative candle holders by coring out the top of a pair of apples. Here is the quick DIY Apple Candlestick Holder instructions:

Naturally, you’ll want to put candles on your altar to celebrate this Sabbat. Why not use vegetables and fruits symbolic of the season to make a candleholder? These easy candleholders are perfect for holding a taper-style candle.

First, you’ll want to select some firm fruits. Red apples, early acorn squash, even eggplants work well – apples seem to last the longest. Rinse and dry the fruit or vegetable thoroughly. Polish the outside with a soft cloth until the apple is shiny. Stand the apple up on its bottom, and use a knife or a corer to make a hole in the top where the stem is located. Go about halfway down into the apple so that the candle will have a sturdy base. Widen the hole until it’s the same diameter as your candle. Pour some lemon juice into the hole and allow it to sit for ten minutes. This will prevent the apple from browning and softening too quickly. Pour out the lemon juice, dry out the hole, and insert a sprig of rosemary, basil, or other fresh herb of your choice. Finally, add the taper candle. Use a little bit of dripped wax to secure the taper in place.

  • Apple Garlands: This easy-to-make craft not only looks pretty, but will leave your home smelling delicious and welcoming! Here is a quick how to DIY Apple Garland instructions:

An apple garland is really easy to make. You can make it any length you wish, and it makes your house smell good in the process and magical apples are everywhere by the time Samhain rolls around! You will need: several large apples of any color, lemon juice, dried bay leaves, scraps of fabric, cinnamon sticks, raffia and florist’s wire. Start by peeling and coring the apples, and then slicing them horizontally into circles about 3/8” thick.

Fill a bowl with the lemon juice, and place your apple slices in it. Allow them to soak for about ten minutes – this prevents them from turning brown and discolored. Remove the apple slices from the bowl and pat them dry with a paper towel. Bake your apples for about six hours at 200 degrees. If you like, before baking you can dust them with a mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg. Once your apples are completely dried out, the fun really begins. Using the florist’s wire, begin stringing the apples. The wire should go straight through the apples, but if you have trouble, make a hole with a toothpick. Between every few apple slices, string some bay. You can also alternate the apples and bay leaves with bows made from your fabric scraps. Make your garland as long or as short as you like – or until your kids get bored – and then knot each end around a cinnamon stick. Tie a piece of raffia around the ends as well, and then drape your garland on your wall, across your mantel, or over your front door. A variation on the apple garland is to make a smaller length and then bend it into a circle, forming an apple wreath (see photo). Tie a piece of fabric – or bend a leftover bit of florist’s wire – to the top so you can hang it on a nail or hook.

  • Apple Butter: Brew up a pot of delicious apple butter to celebrate the harvest. You can buy apple butter at any grocery store or farmers market but, it is especially delicious when it is home made!
4) Count Your Blessings

Mabon is a time of giving thanks, but sometimes we take our fortune for granted. Sit down and make a gratitude list. Write down things that you are thankful for. An attitude of gratefulness helps bring more abundance our way — what are things you’re glad you have in your life? Maybe it’s the small things, like “I’m glad I have my cat Peaches” or “I’m glad my car is running.” Maybe it’s something bigger, like “I’m thankful I have a warm home and food to eat” or “I’m thankful people love me even when I’m cranky.” Keep your list some place you can see it, and add to it when the mood strikes you.

5)  Honor the Darkness

Without darkness, there is no light. Without night, there can be no day. Despite a basic human need to overlook the dark, there are many positive aspects to embracing the dark side, if it’s just for a short time. After all, it was (you can choose your own goddess of night for this but most people use Demeter’s story) Demeter’s love for her daughter Persephone that led her to wander the world, mourning for six months at a time, bringing us the death of the soil each fall. In some paths, Mabon is the time of year that celebrates the Crone aspect of a triune goddess. Celebrate a ritual that honors that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge. Call upon the gods and goddesses of the dark night, and ask for their blessings this time of year.

6)  Get Back to Nature

Fall is here, and that means the weather is bearable once more. The nights are becoming crisp and cool, and there’s a chill in the air. Take your family on a nature walk, and enjoy the changing sights and sounds of the outdoors. Listen for geese honking in the sky above you, check the trees for changing in the colors of the leaves, and watch the ground for dropped items likeacorns, nuts, and seed pods. If you live in an area that doesn’t have any restrictions on removing natural items from park property, take a small bag with you and fill it up with the things you discover along the way. Bring your goodies home for your family’s altar. If you are prohibited from removing natural items, fill your bag with trash and clean up the outdoors!

7)  Tell Timeless Stories

In many cultures, fall was a time of celebration and gathering. It was the season in which friends and relatives would come from far and near to get together before the cold winter kept them apart for months at a time. Part of this custom was storytelling. Learn the harvest tales of your ancestors or of the people indigenous to the area in which you live. A common theme in these stories is the cycle of death and rebirth, as seen in the planting season. Learn about the stories of Osiris, Mithras, Dionysius, Odin and other deities who have died and then restored to life.

8) Raise Some Energy

It’s not uncommon for Pagans and Wiccans to make remarks regarding the “energy” of an experience or event. If you’re having friends or family over to celebrate Mabon with you, you can raise group energy by working together. A great way to do this is with a drum or music circle. Invite everyone to bring drums, rattles, bells, or other instruments. Those who don’t have an instrument can clap their hands. Begin in a slow, regular rhythm, gradually increasing the tempo until it reaches a rapid pace. End the drumming at a pre-arranged signal, and you’ll be able to feel that energy wash over the group in waves. Another way of raising group energy is chanting, or with dance. With enough people, you can hold a Spiral Dance.

9)  Celebrate Hearth & Home

As autumn rolls in, we know we’ll be spending more time indoors in just a few months. Take some time to do a fall version of spring cleaning. Physically clean your home from top to bottom, and then do a ritual smudging. Use sage or sweet grass, or asperge with consecrated water as you go through your home and bless each room. Decorate your home with symbols of the harvest season, and set up a family Mabon altar. Put sickles, scythes and bales of hay around the yard. Collect colorful autumn leaves, gourds and fallen twigs and place them in decorative baskets in your house. If you have any repairs that need to be done, do them now so you don’t have to worry about them over the winter. Throw out or give away anything that’s no longer of use.

10)  Welcome the Gods of the Vine

Grapes are everywhere, so it’s no surprise that the Mabon season is a popular time to celebrate wine making, and deities connected to the growth of the vine. Whether you see him as Bacchus, Dionysus, the Green Man, or some other vegetative god, the god of the vine is a key archetype in harvest celebrations. Take a tour of a local winery and see what it is they do this time of year. Better yet, try your hand at making your own wine! If you’re not into wine, that’s okay — you can still enjoy the bounty of grapes, and use their leaves and vines for recipes and craft projects. However you celebrate these deities of vine and vegetation, you may want to leave a small offering of thanks as you reap the benefits of the grape harvest.

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Lammas- The First Harvest Festival!

Lammas: August 2, July 31st/Aug 1st

Frey Fest/Lughnasa/Lugnasad/Lammas

This is an Irish Gaelic name for the feast which commemorates the funeral games of Lugh, Celtic god of light, and son of thewheel of the year 3 Sun.  In the mythological story of the Wheel of the Year, the Sun God transfers his power into the grain, and is sacrificed when the grain is harvested.  So we have a dying, self-sacrificing and resurrecting god of the harvest, who dies for his people so that they may live.  Sound familiar?

The power of the sun goes into the grain as it ripens. It is then harvested and made into the first new bread of the season.  This is the Saxon hlaef-masse or loaf-mass, now lammas.  Seed grain is also saved for planting for next year’s crop, so the sun god may be seen to rise again in Spring with the new green shoots, as the sun also rises in the sky.  There are many traditions and customs all over the country that are still carried on at harvest-time today.

Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and seeing the desires that we had at the start of the year unfold so rituals will be centred around this.  Lammas is an early Christian festival, “lammas” means loaf mass and represented the first loaves baked from that years crop. These were taken to church and laid on the altar.

It’s a time for bread-making and corn-dollies. Goddesses celebrated around this time include Demeter and Ceres. Trees associated with lammas are Hazel and Gorse and herbs are Sage and Meadowsweet. Colours associated with lammas are golds, yellows and orange for the God and red for the Goddess as mother.

LammasLammas is traditionally first harvest. Look around you and you will see various trees namely Rowan yeilding bright red berries and brambles showing ripening fruits alongwith apple and pear trees. In this day and age when food is mass produced and imported so we get fruits and veg and corn no matter what time of year it is, it is easy to loose touch with the natural cycle of things.

Suggested Activities:

Creating and or decorating ritual items such as a Stang.  Walk through the woods to spend some time meditating in beautiful surroundings.  Making bread, make a wicker man and put all of your bad habits that you want to be rid of inside him and throw him in the bonfire. Making corn dollies.

Simple ritual ideas for Lammas or First Harvest

August 1 in the northern hemisphere marks the great First Harvest, known as Lammas or Lughnasadh in Celtic traditions (down in the southern hem, you lovelies are celebrating Imbolc, or first hint of spring). You know that I love ritual and ceremony and as a working mother, I also need my rituals to be simple. Let me tell you about the holiday first and then recommend some easy ways to celebrate this special day with friends, fellow magicians, loved ones, or as a solitary practitioner.

Lammas, the festival of light and first harvest, falls technically when the sun reaches 15 degrees Leo. This tends to happen on or around August 1, so we use this as a catchall date for celebration. Like all celtic or pagan holidays, this one honors goddesses whose crafts and legends align with the work we’re doing at this time of year. Ceres and Tailtiu (mother of Lugh) are honored now as great forces of agricultural abundance, their blessings manifest in the bounty of food and growth we are about to enjoy in autumn. Our spiritual and emotional crops are ready for first harvest, too – the fruit of those sacred intentions we set in the darkness of winter and early spring.

Lammas is also a holiday of remembrance and releasing, a time of acknowledging the crops that didn’t survive the winter. This day asks us: What do you need to let go of right now so that you can be fully present to the abundance that is ahead of you? We are reminded that not everything survives in the grand cycle of life.

Here are some simple ritual ideas for ways to honor this day, the first turn of the Wheel of the Year toward fall:

1. Gather wheat, stones in colors of the harvest (think oranges, reds, deep umbers) and create a wheel on a round plate or table like you see in the photo. As you place each item, give thanks for what lies ahead. You might offer a few releasing stones as well, like apache or golden obsidian, for those things you are needing to leave behind.
2. The most traditional Lammas practice is the baking of bread (the name Lammas comes from the Old English hlafmaesse or loaf-mass). When we bake bread we use the grain around us to sustain our bodies, honoring and consuming nature’s sacred gifts.
3. Since Lammas is also a festival of light, celebrating the last long days of the year, your ritual can be as simple as lighting a candle. I made one in the shop in shades of yellow, wheat, and white. I recommend you burn a candle in those shades.

Since Lammas is the first of three harvest festivals you can save some of your decorations for the next two celebrations the first is Lammas, then Mabon and last but not least Samhain.

EVERYTHING ABOUT GEMSTONES! Every kind and type explained!

Semi Precious Stones Taken at a craft shop in ...

Semi Precious Stones Taken at a craft shop in Mingora, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From ancient times to civilized times precious and semi-precious stones have always held our fascination. Their beauty is natural and everlasting. Natural Magickians have recognized this beauty and fascination and have used stones in their magick for centuries. They give an extra push of energy onto your desired goal.

Stones are used for many purposes including Meditation, Divination, Healing, magickal oil blends or even crushed in some incense recipes. All gems,stones, crystals hold their own energies or “vibrations”. They respond instantly to the expressed intent of your will. Gem properties are easy for a beginner to master and help build both self confidence and self esteem. There are no rules that you must follow and don’t let anyone tell you that there is! It is a personal journey within yourself and you can learn to use stones in just the right way for you.

You can carry them, burn them, add them to your favorite magickal oil blend, place them around the home, in the car, at the office , anywhere you feel the energies are wanted. We ourselves are still learning all about the wonderous ways of gems and stones. A journey that we hope will never end! Stones predate humans by centuries and can show us our true selves because of that fact. They are symbols for forces far beyond words or cold-hard facts. They are there to show us what is already there within and around ourselves.

There are various uses for the beautiful stones. It is up to you how they are used. This is a mystical journey, no magick is needed other than that of your possession of whichever stone you choose. Get to know each stones properties, learn how these stones can enrich both your personal and spiritual life in unlimited wondrous ways.

10919079_820926061302206_163407303_nCHOOSING YOUR GEMSTONE

One of the most often asked questions about gemstone magick is:
“How do I choose my stone/gem/crystal?”

And the most common answer is:
“Don’t worry. They choose you”

As stated before, stones and gems have their own particular vibration and energy.When you are really serious about finding your stone you will understand this. If you have a chance to plunge your hand into a large barrel of different stones, you will know which ones just “feel” right. Some people experience a feeling of heat when holding a certain stone, others say they feel happy or safe when holding a certain stone. Sometimes its: “It just caught my eye and no matter what I did I couldn’t get it out of my mind.” That’s what is meant by a stone finding you.

A good start in finding the right stone is if you have a goal in mind for the stone. Since there are such a great number of stones available this helps limit your choices. Know the properties of each stone and you will find the one you are looking for; the right shade and shape will become important to you too.

If there is no goal in mind, you just want or need a “special little stone”, see which one jumps out at you, or pass your hand over several stones and feel the energy that comes to you. Try meditating for the right one. Again, knowing the properties of stones may help you in this. The different shapes of the stones will be an impotrtant factor in choosing your stones.

ROUND

Round shaped gems and stones are a symbol of magick and its workings. The means for the opening of psychic awareness and spirituality. Receptive to all powers. Used in all attraction wishes such as love, money and spirituality.

SQUARE

Square shaped stones are masculine in nature and generally considered to be used for building or creating something new or altering something old. A form of stability and endurance.

TRIANGULAR

Triangles are a sign of the three points of humankind; the mind, body and spirit. Able to discern between the four elements. Used primarily for repelling and neutralizing negativity, and for gathering and releasing of all the energies for your intended desire.

PEAR

Pear shapes are a combination of both the round and triangle. Used primarily in associations with the element of Water, it is both receptive and projective. A great shape for balancing of emotions or any wish dealing with psychism or Faerie Magick.

ROD

Rod shaped or Wand shaped are a sign of masculinity. Also commonly referred to as “phallic”. Projective energies, used primarily for a wish for someone, for the intent to be projected towards another.

PROGRAMMING YOUR STONE

Now that you have chosen your stone, it is time for programming it. Programming involves implementing your energy and will into the stone of your choice. However, it is very important to first cleanse the stone. The stones and gems are extremely receptive to vibrations and that includes negative ones. The stone you have chosen may have passed through other hands before reaching you. You must get rid of any other energies the stone may have picked up and make it “yours”.

There are many different methods for cleansing a stone and again it is important to know all you can about your particular stone as some methods may be destructive to some soft stones and gems. The most frequently used method seems to be the one using water and sun.

This method involves holding the stone under running water (spring or well water preferrably) and with the use of visualization, banishing all negative and foreign vibrations and leaving the stone clear with it’s own energies. Instead of drying it with a cloth, place it to dry in the sun. If at night place in the full light of the moon. Both the sun and the moon are powerful sources of natural clear energies.

For stones that are too soft to put under running water, cleanse by passing through the smoke of sage or any other appropriate herb while meditating and focusing on banishing the negative energies and replacing with your own energies.

Another way is to bury the stone of your choice in the earth. Since the earth is the origin of the stone, the natural energies of Mother Earth will cleanse the stone of all negativity. Some say for three days, some say for a week…..you do whatever feels right to you. Also be aware of the moon when burying your stone. The phase of the moon can play a large part in the effectiveness of the cleansing. Still another way of cleansing a stone is to immerse it in salt water, salt being the symbol of the earth’s energies, and let it dry naturally in the sun.

CHAKRA STONES

CROWN (Sahasrara) White Consciousness
THIRD EYE (Ajna) Pure Mind
THROAT (Visuddi) Ether
HEART (Anahata) Air
SOLAR PLEXUS (Manipura) Fire
SACRAL (Svadisthana) Water
ROOT (Muladhara) Earth

The Chakras – meaning wheels in Sanskrit – each relate to different points & are associated with different colours, crystals & gemstones. There are seven primary Chakras, as shown in the above diagram. Place the relevant crystal or gemstone at the Chakra and meditate on that particular point of the body so as to restore or enhance the attributes related to that particular area.

The Crown Chakra is related to spirituality & enlightenment. It is usually used to help with spiritual problems. Colours associated with this Chakra are Clear, White & Purple. Suggested stones to use are Clear Quartz or Amethyst.

The Third Eye Chakra is related to intuition & generosity. It can help heal problems with sight, loneliness, dizziness & uncertainty. Colours associated with the Chakra are Violet, Indigo & Dark Blue. Suggested stones are Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli & Sodalite.

The Throat Chakra is related to communication & harmony. It can help with self expression and, of course, sore throats. Its associated colours are light green and light blue. Suggested stones are Amazonite & Bluelace Agate.

The Heart Chakra is related to love & compassion. It can help with feelings of anger and/or resentment. Its associated colour is green but pink is also sometimes used. Suggested stones are Aventurine and Rose Quartz.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with confidence & self-esteem. Its attributes are for ego, intellect & digestion using the colour yellow. Suggested stones are Calcite & Yellow Jasper.

The Sacral Chakra, sometimes known as the Spleen Chakra, is associated to physical outlet & creativity. It is used to help healing regarding impotence, frigidity, restlessness, jealousy, guilt, bladder & kidneys. Its associated colour is orange and suggested stones are Carnelian & Citrine.

The Root Chakra, sometimes known as the Base Chakra, is realated to sex and stability. It can help with healing problems associated with constipation, fear & low back pain. Its associated colours are black & red and the suggested stones are Haematite, Jasper & Red Garnet.

CRYSTAL AND GEMSTONE POWER

Why do Crystals & Gemstones have power? There are many theories but one of the most popular is that all crystals have the capacity to absorb energies, emotions & knowledge. The variety in their composition means that each type absorbs different powers & these powers are then naturally imparted to the user or wearer.

How do you use Crystals & Gemstones? Firstly it is very important to cleanse your newly acquired crystal or gemstone even if you found it. This is basically to remove any influences from anyone else who has handled the stone. There is no right or wrong way to cleanse your stone & its best to experiment with different methods until you find one that is right for you.

To cleanse your stones wash each stone separately. If you plan to leave them to soak then use a separate container of water for each stone & please be sure to use clean water for each stone. This may seem obvious to some but you’d be surprised how many people acquire several stones at once & just put them all to soak together in a single container. It’s also important to use a natural container not one made of plastic!
You may then wish to recharge your stone and this involves using the power of the earth, sun & moon. I rinse my stones under running tap water then bury them in some earth, (a plant pot will do) for at least a day, so that they may receive earth energies. I then soak them overnight in tap water with a sprinkle of sea salt followed by placing them outside in sunlight so that they may get re-charged or re-energised by the sun. EVERY full moon I place my stones outside so that they may also receive energy from the moon. Obviously, if I’ve acquired a new stone & the next full moon is a long way off, they don’t get placed outside for moon energies immediately.

It is then important to personalise your stone & get to know it. Take the time to hold each stone and feel it with your hands so that you may become attuned with it.

Should you share your Crystals & Gemstones? Many people do not allow anyone else to touch or handle their stones and I too have some some ‘special’ stones that only I touch. However, I have a large wooden bowl on my coffee table and it always attracts attention from visitors who are often drawn to picking up a stone and rolling it in their hand, like a stress ball. I don’t have a problem with this as I like to think that they may ‘need’ something form whatever stone they’ve chosen.

Should you share your Crystals & Gemstones? Many people do not allow anyone else to touch or handle their stones and I too have some ‘special‘ stones that only I touch. However, I have a large wooden bowl on my coffee table and it always attracts attention from visitors who are often drawn to picking up a stone and rolling it in their hand, like a stress ball. I don’t have a problem with this as I like to think that they may ‘need’ something form whatever stone they’ve subconsciously chosen. My children are also constantly ‘playing’ with my stones and sometimes ask to take a certain stone to bed with them. This is why I periodically repeat the cleansing process and recharge my stones. Having said that, it is important that you treat your stones with respect, care and consideration.

Tumblestones and smaller pieces are great for carrying with you each day or make excellent gifts for friends and loved ones. I have a selection of stones that I change and carry according to my feelings or requirements on a particular day. I also have several pieces of jewellery containing different stones and again change these to suit my needs. For example I may wear a particular stone, or have one close by, whilst writing my E-Books but if I’m planning a romantic evening with my husband then I’ll be sure to change the stones later in the evening.

There are numerous ways to use your stones – You can place them under your pillow or on a bedside cabinet so you can absorb their influences whilst you sleep. If you have an ailing plant place some crystals around it or soak a stone in water overnight and use it to water the plant the following day. Talk to your stones, carry them with you, get to know them and feel their energies working for you and then use them however you feel is most appropriate.
Crystal Wands can be used to recharge your whole body. Hold one in your transmitting hand (left if you’re left handed or right if you’re right handed) with the point pointing towards your fingers. Take the second wand and hold it in your receiving hand with the point facing towards your wrist. You now have a complete circuit and after a short while you should feel a flow of energy passing through your body. You can also use a pair of male & female stones in the same way.
Healing with stones is something that’s been going on for centuries although there is now an increasing interest in Crystal healing. Most healers have their own methods and techniques, which they have developed over a period of time to suit them. I stress again, there is no right or wrong way to use crystals and over time you will develop your own rituals for cleansing and using your crystals.

I also stress again that crystal & gemstone healing cannot replace medical treatment and you should always consult a doctor. Crystal & gemstone treatment is a complimentary therapy and should be used as such – complimentary to any other medical treatment you may require.

Diagnosis can be achieved by holding a wand or point in your receiving hand and moving it slowly over the body. With time you will learn to sense an area that needs healing. There is no need to remove your clothes and most healers will not ask you to remove them. If a healer does ask you to remove your clothes then please bear in mind whether you are comfortable with this as it is in no way necessary but some prefer it.
Treatments are numerous and again vary from healer to healer. Some will choose a set of crystals for you to carry with you day & night, others may use a wand or point. In this case the wand is held lightly, as for diagnosing, but usually in the transmitting hand and pointing towards the area to be healed. However, if something needs to be ‘brought out’ from the area the wand will be held pointing away.

Another, fairly common, method is to surround the affected area with appropriate crystals. If the crystals are pointed they will generally be placed with the point towards the area requiring healing for at least 10 minutes.
Chakra healing is also a method used by some healers.
Choosing your Crystal or Gemstone – Actually, they’ll probably choose you. They pop into your life in mysterious & magical ways. They’ll ‘speak’ to you and sparkle like crazy. Crystals respond to thought & feelings so take your time in looking at them and just see if any ‘jump out’ at you.
Just look, don’t touch and see if you’re repeatedly drawn back to looking at the same one. Try not to let logic decide for you – biggest isn’t always best! Let your intuition guide you & trust that feeling.
What about the facets? Well 1 is the number of beginning, initiating, inspiration, ideas & confidence so a Cabochon would be ideal.
2 symbolises mothering & caring. 2 crystals joined represent partnership & sharing.
3 is for communication, expression & creativity. The holy trinity.
4 = mind, body, spirit & feeling.
5 is for freedom & curiosity.
6 = balance & harmony.
7 is for the mystic and seeker of truth.
8 = Power
9 is for helping to learn the lessons of life.
10 represents the whole – it contains the 1 of I am and the circle of completion.
11 A master number that emphasises the meaning of two 1s but also 1+1=2 which symbolises an ability to care for others.
12 completes a cycle – 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 hours of day and night.
13 is the number of divination.

Crystals will create harmony wherever they are. For instance, if you have a child that can’t sleep at night or wakes from nightmares then try placing a crystal under their bed. Children are very receptive to crystals and their power and mine often pick one up and rub it over their tummy or head if hurting – they even instinctively use a clockwise movement.
If someone is sick try placing a crystal in the room with them.
Try placing crystals around your garden plants or in potted plants & see how much more beautiful & bright they bloom & grow. To specifically energise a garden try placing a crystal in each corner and another in the centre. This creates a type of energy similar to pyramid energy.
After you’ve recharged your crystal in water try pouring it over your houseplants or even give it to your pets to drink. Try putting a bowl of uncharged water out for your dog and one that is charged – after time the dog will ‘choose’ to drink the charged water.
To meditate with crystals try holding it in your left hand. Each time you use the crystal it will store the information form the previous meditations and will help your mind more quickly achieve the meditative state.
Crystals are tools to work with & help to create a harmonious environment but they can only assist and amplify what we can do with our minds, energies & willpower.
Crystals are an integral part of the Earth & the Earth and its inhabitants are crying out for love & attention. I believe the heart Chakra of the Earth is now opening and it is time to listen with our hearts rather than our heads. A time to trust and understand our feelings and intuition rather than logic. Crystals can help us reach this new point of balance. They are here to wake us up & remind us of whom we really are.
We are only just beginning to rediscover the power of crystals & gemstones. They will talk to you if you listen.

QUICK REFERENCE AREA FOR COMMON ISSUES

Anxiety Charoite, Amazonite, Celestite, Lepidolite, Verdite, Goethite, Alexandrite
Arguments Labradorite
Attraction Zoisite, Opal
Back Problems Unakite, Soapstone
Breathing Larimar, Turquoise
Circulation Ruby, Lodestone, Agate
Confidence Tourmaline, Gold, Sodalite
Digestion Obsidian, Jasper
Eyes Lapis Lazuli, Jade, Haematite
General Healing Peridot, Tourmailine, Clear, Quartz, Calcite, Fluorite
Good Fortune Angelite, Ruby, Tourmaline
Prosperity Diamond, Emerald, Jade, Malachite
Protection Angelite, Aquamarine
PMT Moonstone
Recovery Silver, Turquoise, Malachite
Travel Jade

HISTORY OF CRYSTALS AND GEMSTONES

Since the beginning of time, crystals, gemstones, rocks & mountains have played a vital role. Many have been found in ancient ruins & Pharaoh Tombs & it is said that the lost city of Atlantis used crystal power the same way we use electricity today. Hindu Puranas describe Krishna as living in a city furnished with rubies, emeralds, sapphires & diamonds. Many cultures believed that stones had a life giving force & this eventually led to them being used for healing.

Stones have also played a key roll in various religions. Islam says that the stones spoke to Mohammed and informed him that he was to receive the Quran from Allah. One of the five pillars of Islam says that every Muslim should try to visit Mecca and the Kaaba which is a huge black stone.

Moses received the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone which are believed to have been sapphires. In the book of Revelations describes Jerusalem as ‘the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth an emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eight beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh a jacynth and the twelfth an emethyst.’

The Egyptians engraved an eye on lapis lazuli as it symbolised Ra, the Sun God.
The Babylonians & Norseman engraved magical symbols on to stones & used them as Rune oracles – somthing which is still used today as a means of divination.
One of the prayers taught to Bulgarians is ‘The Disciple must have a heart as pure as a crystal. A mind as bright as the sun. A soul as vast as the Universe and a spirit as powerful as God and one with God.

Ancient priests believed crystals to be a God given force that defied all evil.
Aboriginals still use crystals for medicine and value the Rainbow crystals in particular as these hold the energies of the Rainbow Serpent & the Rainbow symbolises the bridge between the two worlds They also believe that a crystal that finds its way to you, that you haven’t bought, has been growing itself since the beginning of time especially for you and should therefore be especially valued.

Cherokee Indians consider crystal to be the most sacred & precious stone for healing purposes. They also still revere their crystal skulls which were also used by the Mayans, Aztecs, Egyptians, Tibetans, etc. They were placed on altars and the word of God was believed to be spoken by them. Many psychics consider these ancient crystal skulls as memory banks of information, much like we store information on computers today.

Precious gemstones & crystals have always exercised a magical influence over humanity including Kings & Queens, Smugglers, etc. – all have been lured & seduced by the beauty of gemstones.

INTERESTING FACTS OF CRYSTALS AND GEMSTONES

We often use the names of gemstones to describe certain attributes such as pearly teeth, ruby lips, clear as crystal, etc.
The largest diamond ever discovered is part of the British Crown Jewels – the Cullinan diamond.
Greed has often led man to risk everything for the sake of a jewel.
The most ancient jewellery was found in Queen Pu-Abi’s tomb at Ur in Sumeria and dates from the third millenium BC.
The Egyptians believed that an emerald would break if a marital infidelity occurred. They also ground malachite to wear as eyeshadow.
Julius Caesar was said to have been an avid collector of gemstones.
To drink from an amethyst encrusted goblet was believed to protect against drunkenness.
The Ming dynasty favoured semi-precious stones such as amethyst, agate, quartz and jade. White jade was the stone of divinity and symbolized heaven.
In the middle ages a ruby ring worn on the left hand was thought to protect its owner from seduction.
The Maoris handed down the jade tiki as it was believed to contain the wisdom of the ancestors.
Diamonds were used to cut stone as early as 4000BC.
Crystals are believed to be the connecting force between heaven & earth. Often used for scrying or crystal ball gazing to tell the future.
Remember, shapes & symbols of jewellery can affect you as well as the particular crystal or gemstone it’s carrying. Look at the symbols you wear and decide whether they are helpful and if not give them away! You may also find it beneficial to wear clothes of a certain colour, to match, the crystal or gemstone you’re wearing as colour also plays a vital role in healing – but that’s another book!

Colour is probably the most important factor & the more attractive the colour, the higher the value. Eg. Bright, rich coloured gemstones are valued high & those that are too dark, light or dulled are a lesser value as they are less desired. However, this comes down to personal choice.

Phenomena Some gemstones show unusual effects known as phenomena and this usually increases the desirability & value. Eg. Cat’s Eye effect or Chatoyancy is a reflection effect that appears as a single band of light across the surface. It is commonly found in Chrysoberyl, Tourmaline & Tiger’s Eye. Star effect or Asterism is a reflection that appears as 2 or more intersecting bands of light across the surface. This is commonly found in Ruby, Sapphire & Garnet. Colour Change gemstones are those that change colour when viewed under 2 different light sources. It’s commonly found in Alexandrite, Sapphire & Colour Change Garnet.

Inclusions are mostly microscopic & easily seen under magnification. These are natural features of the gemstones & as long as they don’t interfere with the brilliance, sparkle & fire of a gemstone they don’t affect the value.

Carat a gemstones weight is measured in Carats which originates from the traditional use of carob seeds to weigh gems. One Carat is = to 0.20 Grams. This is then divided into 100 smaller units known as Points. Large gemstones are always rarer than smaller ones, so the per Carat prices rise exponentially. Eg. A 3 Carat Diamond will always be worth a lot more than three 1 Carat Diamonds of the same quality.

ZODIAC CRYSTALS AND GEMSTONES

ARIES Citrine, Agate, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Jade
Mar 21 – Apr 20

TAURUS Jasper, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Jade, Satinspar
Apr 21 – May 21

GEMINI Aventurine, Unakite, Agate, Citrine, Apatite
May 22 – June 21

CANCER Chalcedony, Hematite, Sodalite, Moonstone, Carnelian
Jun 22 – Jul 22

LEO Labradorite, Amazonite, Carnelian, Jasper, Bloodstone
Jul 23 – Aug 23

VIRGO Amethyst, Jade, Amazonite, Carnelian, Jasper
Aug 24 – Sept 22

LIBRA Moonstone, Chrysoprase, Amethyst, Bluelace Agate, Sodalite
Sept 23 – Oct 23

SCORPIO Tigers Eye, Amethyst, Jasper, Unakite, Moonstone
Oct 24 – Nov 22

SAGITTARIUS Sodalite, Obsidian, Smokey Quartz, Chalcedony, Aventurine
Nov 23 – Dec 21

CAPRICORN Smokey Quartz, Opalite, Amethyst, Aragonite, Tigers Eye
Dec 22 – Jan 20

AQUARIUS Rhodonite, Rhyolite, Garnet, Amethyst, Aventurine
Jan 21 – Feb 18

PISCES Turquoise, Bluelace Agate, Calcite, Carnelian, Amethyst
Feb 19 – Mar 20

FOLKLORE AND LEGENDS OF CRYSTALS AND GEMSTONES, A-Z>

ABALONE – Confidence, Spirituality, Heart, Muscles, Digestion
ACTINOLITE – Responsibility, Industry, Inflammations, Liver
AGATE – Competition, Eloquence, Fevers, Gums, Circulation. Particularly good for athletes.
AGATE BLUELACE – Composure, Growth, Infections, Inflammations, Fevers. When worn this stone invokes calmness, removing anger and irritation.
AGATE BOTSWANA – Understanding, Recovery, Toxins, Recuperation, Heart
AGATE DENDRITIC – Energy, Balance, Recuperation, Vitality
AGATE MOSS – Renewal, Assertiveness, Heart, Lungs, Skin
AGATE TREE – Coordination, Management, Chest, Stomach
ALEXANDRITE – Growth, Investment, Nerves, Luck, Joy
ALMANDINE – Affection, Inspiration, Heart, Eyes
AMAZONITE – Clarity, Insight, Nerves, Emotions, Growth, Joy, Success, Self-Expression. A great stone for students as it assists clarity or thought & insight.
AMBER – Career, Accomplishment, Chest, Depression, Uplifting, Optimism, Relief from Worry & Stress. This stone is said to carry the warmth of the sun. Like honey it is disinfectant, antiseptic & protective
AMETHYST – Moderation, Devotion, Insomnia, Addictions, Neuralgia, Acne, Peace, Tranquillity, Happiness, Purification, Healing. Softens negative feelings & also reduces electrical energies so is great for placing near your computer, TV or any other electrical appliances. Aids sleep & headaches. The colour contains the passion, truth & love of Christ.
AMETRINE – Resolution, Teaching, Teeth, Metabolism
ANDALUSITE – Moderation, Enlightenment, Memory, Sight
ANGELITE – Bravery, Fortune, Headaches, Infections, Balancing Emotions, Communication, Overcoming Challenges. Protects against worries.
ANHYDRITE – Coordination, Concentration, Lungs, Chest
ANTIMOANY – Intellect, Progress, Colds, Flu, Swellings
APATITE – Emotions, Business, Speech, Bones
APOPHYLLITE – Tranquillity, Honesty, Respiration, Skin
AQUA AURA – Influence, Arts, Dexterity, Throat, Healing
AQUAMARINE – Insight, Love, Growth, Allergies, Calms Nerves, Detox, Self-Expression, Peace, Purification. This stone is said to help you speak the truth.
ARAGONITE – Energy, Activity, Bones, Digestion
ASTROPHYLLITE – Confidence, Insight, Recovery, Reproductive, Intellect
AUGELITE – Contemplation, Justice, Muscles, Digestion
AVENTURINE – Development, Judgement, Eyes, Migraine, Tension, Insomnia, Prosperity. Stimulates healthy growth and assists the development of mental abilities.
AZURITE – Meditation, Spirituality, Suppleness, Liver, Divination, Concentration
BARITE – Decisiveness, Writing, Muscles
BERYL – Determination, Stability, Nerves, Stress, Energy. It is said that this stone brings those that are on a sea journey safely home. Adds potency to love spells & increases energy levels.
BLOODSTONE – Kindness, Circulation, Strength, Courage, Nature, Blood Toxins, Depression, Spine, Wealth, Confidence. Bloodstone is a variety of Jasper & is primarily associated with the bloodstream & is good for regulating a woman’s monthly cycle.
BLUE JOHN – Strength, Renewal, Vigour, Health
BLUE CORAL – Balances, Blocks Negativity. Helps to stop worrying.
BOWENITE – Intelligence, Leisure, Head, Scalp, Tension
BRAZILLIANITE – Sociability, Relationships, Nerves, Skin
CALCITE – Comfort, Inspiration, Cleansing, Bladder, Pancreas, Toxins. Provides comfort & refreshes the system when in emotional crises. Pink/Clear Calcite is especially good for bringing calmness & balance.
CARNELIAN – Passion, Focus, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Neuralgia, Cuts. Can also enhance sexual energy, assist motivation & benefit the bloodstream. Also, alleviates jealousy.
CASSITERITE – Endurance, Contentment, Cuts, Bruises, Menopause.
CATS EYE – Insight, Security, Headaches, Fingers
CELESTITE – Relaxation, Sympathy, Travel Sickness, Nerves, Stress. Use this stone for a soothing energy. Brilliant for meditation. A great stone if you’re prone to unnecessary worrying.
CERRUSITE – Confidence, Communication, Antivirus, Insomnia, Nerves.
CHALCEDONY – Stamina, Tiredness, Depression, Circulation. A great stone for opening new horizons.
CHALCOPYRIE -Perception, Restoration, Lungs, Hair.
CHAROITE – Assertiveness, Inspiration, Nerves, Cramps
CHIASTOLITE – Stability, Rheumatism, Veins
CHRYSOCOLLA – Expression, Awareness, Heart, Stomach, Blood.
CHRYSOPRASE – Passion, Renewal, Fertility, Ardour, Genitals. Adds fire to physical love! Intensifies friendship, brings prosperity & good luck. Beneficial as a healer.
CHRYSOTILE – Partnerships, Generosity, Veins, Arteries, Skin, Lungs
CINNABAR – Stability, Independence, Appetite, Heart

CITRINE – Renewal, Cleansing, Skin, Diabetes, Circulation. This stone is full of positive influences so is great for helping with anxieties & depression. Also increases psychic power, protects & brings sweet dreams. Opens the door between intuition & logic.

COLEMANITE – Loyalty, Lungs, Muscles
COPPER – Vitality, Purification, Blood, Muscles, Joints. Can amplify the thoughts & feelings.
CORAL – Integrity, Travel, Chest, Creativity
CORUNDUM – Awareness, Confidence, Skin, Eyes
COVELLITE – Communication, Renewal, Ears, Nose, Mouth
CROCOITE – Industry, Sex Organs
CRUPITE – Awareness, Teaching, Circulation, Bladder
DANBURITE – Sociability, Confidence, Muscles
DESERT ROSE – Perception, Commerce, Stress, Recuperation
DIAMOND – Prosperity, Business, Wellbeing, Senses, Bravery, Strength
DIOPSIDE – Love, Commitment, Heart, Lungs, Circulation, Trauma
DIOPTASE – Meditation, Partnerships, Stress, Headaches
DOLOMITE – Optimism, Sports, Limbs, Blood DUMORTIERITE – Patience, Skin, Sickness
EILAT STONE – Spirituality, Balance, Vitality, Wellbeing
EMERALD – Intellect, Prosperity, Headaches, Infections, Thyroid, Skin. Opens the Heart Chakra. The ‘Jewel of Venus’ reveals the truth of a lover’s promise & breaks if they’re false! Helps to develop clairvoyance.
EUDIALITE – Management, Recovery, Sex Organs, Recovery
FLINT – Abstinence, Science, Cleansing
FLUORITE – Caring, Bones, Teeth, Inflammations. A great stone for those in a caring profession such as nursing or healing. Develops spiritual awareness. Brings people together. Grounds excess energy.
FOSSILISED WOOD – Nature, Stability, Nerves, Sharing
FRANKLINIITE – Imagination, Security, Eyes, Hair
FUCHSITE – Productivity, Teamwork, Arteries
GALENA – Dedication, Insomnia
GARNET – Charm, Creativity, Anaemia, Infections, Insomnia. Worn to attract lovers & used by travellers as an amulet. Also has the ability to open the Crown Chakra. Often included in statues of Isis.
GEODE – Fertility, dreams, intensify psychic ability
GOETHITE – Perseverance, Competing, Nerves
GOLD – Generosity, Partnerships, Confidence
GOLDSTONE – Optimism, Development, Stomach, Tension
GRANITE – Stability, Determination, Skin, Hearing
GRAPHITE – Assertiveness, Achievement, Hearing, Spine
HEMATITE – Activity, Stamina, Tiredness, Calming, Travel Stress, Eyes, Blood.
HERKIMER DIAMOND – Stamina, Learning, Energy, Vigour. Special clear quartz that increases the power of other stones, opens the mind & good for dreams
HICKORYITE – Adventure, Flair, Boredom, Negativity, Imagination.
HORNBLENDE – Wisdom, Communication, Balance, Toes, Fingers
HOWLITE – Resilience, Competing, Bones, Teeth
IOLITE – Control, Management, Chest, Addiction
IRNAMITE – Emotions, Judgement, Strains, Muscles
JADE – Benevolence, Providence, Kidneys, Bladder, Digestion, Eyes. Attracts friendship, promotes long life & encourages prosperity. Also used as a travel amulet. Calms the mind & purifies the blood.
JASPER – Attraction, Comfort, Nerves, Blood, Digestion. An excellent energiser.
JET – Sympathy, Healing, Migraine, Negativity
KUNZITE – Vigour, Communication, Balance, Emotions, Skin, Heart. Hiddenite is a variety.
KYANITE – Energy, Finance, Hearing
LABRADORITE – Charisma, Relationships, Arguments, Inhibitions, Feet. Brings out the hidden qualities in the personality. LAPIS LAZULI – Mysticism, Wisdom, Protects Truth, Integrity, Spirituality, Bones, Heart, Eyes. Regarded as a ‘heavenly’ stone. Can enrich both health & wealth.
LARIMAR – Rapport, Meditation, Breathing, Neck
LAVAKITE – Learning, Achievement, Brain, Adaptability
LAZULITE – Purity, Serenity, Sunburn, Teeth
LEPIDOLITE – Restoration, Balance, Nerves, Pessimism, Peace, Insomnia. A relaxing stone
LEUCITE – Clarity, Energy, Nerves, Protection
LODESTONE – Communication, Teamwork, Circulation, Glands
MAGNETITE – Composure, Learning, Heart
MAGNESITE – Enlightenment, Emotions, Fevers, Bones
MALACHITE – Optimism, Recovery, Rheumatism, Asthma, Teeth. Excellent for bringing prosperity to a business. Favoured by gardeners as it makes plants bloom longer. Often used in spells concerning the hearth. Protects & strengthens the Heart Chakra. Clears illusion.
MARBLE – Compassion, Care, Fevers, Renewal
MARCASITE – Ambition, Rapport, circulation, Brain, Eyes
METEORITE – Benevolence, Adventure, Communication, Intuition
MOLDOVITE – Sensitivity, Insight, Hair, Fertility, Renewal
MOOKAITE – Responsibility, Machinery, Stable Health
MOONSTONE – Femininity, Devotion, Dieting, Swellings, PMT. A symbol of female power, attracts lovers, enhances beauty & bestows a long, healthy life. Often used in spells to ensure safe travel. Associated with the Goddess, Diana.
MORGANITE – Intellect, Commerce, Hearing, Vertigo

MOSS AGATE – Identity, Meditation, Lungs, Glands
MOTHER OF PEARL – Providence, Modelling, Skin, Emotions
MTOROLITE – Serenity, Capability, Nerves, Backache
MUSCOVITE – Inspiration, Speech, Muscles, Energy
OBSIDIAN – Achievement, Perception, Stomach, Digestion, Stress. An excellent general healer as it helps create positive influences & provides inner tranquillity. Sends negative thoughts away.
ONYX – Harmony, Spirituality, Hearing, Ulcers, Heart. Used in rosaries as it allows peace of mind & general reflection. Said to strengthen one’s magic & protect against negative magic.
OPAL – Attraction, Theatre, Chest, Creativity, Beauty, Prosperity, Luck, Power
OPALITE – Invention, Management, Fatigue
PAUA SHELL – Versatility, Humour, Tension, Depression
PEACOCK ORE (Bonita) – Charm, Entertainment, Eyes, Brain
PEARL – Assurance, Painting, Tonic, Headaches, Tension
PERIDOT – Career, Whole body, Metabolism, Intuitive Power, Protector, Wealth
PETRIFIED WOOD – Renewal, Hearing, Cultivation
PHENACITE – Intellect, Insight, Stomach, Limbs
PIETERSITE – Organisation, Objectivity, Respiration, Sleep
PREHNITE – Confidence, Business, Mental Energy, Slimming
PURPURITE – Leadership, Prosperity, Finances, Wounds
PYRITES – Awareness, Honesty, Vitality, Recuperation
QUARTZ CLEAR – Purification, Refinement, General, Vertigo, Dizziness. This is probably the most popular of stones & has been used by healers for centuries. It purifies the air, the body, cleanses the system & mind.
QUARTZ ROSE – Love, Forgiveness, Migraine, Headache, Wounds. This is the stone of peace & is closely associated with Venue. It gives joy & happiness in friendship & love & radiates good rapport. Often used in love spells.
QUARTZ RUTILATED – Passion, Contact, Anxiety
QUARTZ SMOKEY – Vitality, Fortune, Depression, Abdomen, Spine. A good luck talisman for competitors. Its protecting & encouraging, provides energy. Often used in spell casting against negative energies.
QUARTZ SNOW – Relaxation, Serenity, Stress, Nerves, Therapy. A ‘soft’ stone for those seeking calmness. Also called Milky Quartz.
RHODOCHROSITE – Friendship, Love, Insecurity, Balance, Eyes, Solitude. A very comforting stone. Helps balance the Sacrum Chakra
RHODONITE – Communication, Restoration, Recuperation, Hearing, Amnesia.
RHODOLITE – Stability, Resolution, digestion, Glands
RHYOLITE – Stamina, Marketing, Chills, Skin
RUBELLITE – Prosperity, Recovery, Heart, Backache
RUBY – Contentment, Fortune, Circulation, Fevers
SAPPHIRE – Love, Partnership, Sleep, Depression, Protection, Power, Inspiration
SARDONYX – Forgiveness, Care, Neck, Hearing
SATINSPAR – Insight, Calm, Disputes, Anger, Spine.
SCAPOLITE – Achievement, Strength, Veins
SCHALENBLENDE – Fortune, Identity, Muscles, Eyes
SCHEELITE – Awareness, Relationships, Colds, Recovery
SCHORL – Practicality, Balance, Liver, Intestines
SEFTONITE – Relationships, Learning, Circulation
SERPENTINE – Meditation, Enlightenment, Stomach, PMT
SIDERITE – Intellect, Loyalty, Bones, Hands
SILICONE – Activity, Attraction, Vitality, Muscles
SILVER – Perception, Investment, Recovery
SMITHSONITE – Consideration, Harmony, Vitality, Digestion
SOAPSTONE – Loyalty, Cultivation, Back
SODALITE – Meditation, Assertion, Blood Pressure, Sleep, Chest. Gives confidence to those that are shy. Used in spells to relieve stress. Helps one to get a new perspective.
SPESSARTINE – Renewal, Confidence, Vitamin deficiencies
SPHALERITE – Integrity, Career, Nerves, Eyes
SPINEL – Energy, Intellect, Stress, Depression, Skin, Slimming
SPIRIT STONES – Vitality, Awareness, Energy, Cleansing
STAUROLITE – Focus, Personality, Spine, Whole body, Forgetfulness. Represents the four elements, bringing everything together.
STEATITE – Adventure, Communication, Digestion, Tendons
STICHTITE – Loyalty, Creativity, Muscles, Chest
STILBITE – Creativity, Understanding, Toxins, Sensory Organs
SUGILITE – Inspiration, Co-ordination, Headaches, Inflammations, Toxins. Used by healers to draw out pain. Brings peace of mind & aids inner vision.
SULPHUR – Intellect, Protection, Skin, Digestion, Arthritis, Rheumatism
SUNSTONE – Insight, Travel, Eyes, Depression. A wonderful re-energiser & health restorer. Used in spells where sexuality is the subject.

TANZANITE – Vitality, Athletics, Bones, Worries
TALC – Affinity, Modesty, Memory, Study
THULITE – Dexterity, Meditation, Hands, Tendons, Concentration. Brings mind & body together.
TIGER IRON – Clarity, Endurance, Movement, Vigour
TIGERS EYE – Insight, Integrity, Asthma, Limbs. A talisman to overcome deceit.
TOPAZ – Assurance, Legal, Infections, Appetite
TOURMALINE – Confidence, Success, General Healing, Good Fortune. Helpful in opening the Third-eye Chakra. This stone is full of joy.
TURQUENTINE – Consolation, Travel, Limbs
TURQUOISE – Environment, Comfort, Respiration, Recuperation, Throat. Expands friendships & protects the home – left in a room it can purify the atmosphere & spread tranquillity. Strengthens all the Chakras. Used in spells to encourage friendship
ULEXITE – Contentment, Industry, Teeth, Worries
UNAKITE – Stability, Enhancement, Muscles, Back-ache, Feet. Gives strength & stability.
UVAROVITE – Vitality, Joy, Throat
VANADINITE – Sociability, Friendship, Lungs, Stomach
VARISCITE – Meditation, Writing, Growth, Digestion
VERDITE – Friendship, Partnerships, Nerves
VESUVIANITE – Intuition, Partnership, Dieting, Depression
VIOLAN – Insight, Vitality, Muscles, Genitals
WILLIAMSITE – Tranquillity, Candour, Lungs, Inflammations
WOLLASTONITE – Moderation, Grounding, Bones, Glands
WULFENITE – Relationships, Invigoration, Digestion
ZEOLITE – Independence, Clarity, Addictions, Toxins
ZINC – Joy, Loyalty, Muscles, Bones
ZIRCON – Clarity, Teaching, Insomnia, PMT. Helps restore a flagging libido.
ZOISITE – Attraction, Entertainment, Fingers, Fertility

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.

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.”