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 their elements, planetary body & More!

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AGATE
Folk Names: Red Agate, Blood Agate
Energy: Various (see below)
Planet:: Mercury
Element: Various (see below)
Deity: Aesculapius
Powers: Strength, courage, longevity, gardening, love, healing, protection
Magickal Uses: Generally, this stone is used in spells and rituals involving strength, bravery, longevity, etc. Carry an agate while gardening to ensure a bountiful harvest or healthy flowers. Moss Agate is best suited for this task. Wear this stone to avoid envious thoughts and to remove spite in regards to searching for or strengthening love. Wear as a truth amulet, or to prevent falling. Use in protective spells and rites. Offers protection from sorcery, demons, and fiendish possession. From a medical standpoint, agates can be used to reduce fevers by applying them to the forehead, to refresh the body, and to heal minor health problems. Any agate may be used for the above purposes. The following varieties have other uses as well:

Banded: Energy is Projective and its Element is Fire. Restores bodily energy and eases stressful situations.

Black: Energy is Projective and Element is Fire. A protective stone that can be worn for courage and success in competition.

Black and White: Energy is Receptive and Element is Earth. Guards against physical dangers when worn as an amulet.

Blue Lace: Energy is Receptive and Element is Water. This type of agate can be worn or carried for peace and happiness. When surrounded by burning light blue candles, it reduces household quarrels and calms the psychic atmosphere.

Brown or Tawny : Energy is Projective and Element is Fire. Often used for success in all areas. Also a wealth talisman.

Green: Energy is Receptive and Element is Earth. Often worn to improve the health of the eyes. A woman who drinks the water of a green agate ring is magickally guarded against sterility.

Moss: Energy is Receptive and Element is Earth. An important gardener’s talisman. Also used is rituals involving riches, happiness, and long life. The stone can be worn to help make new friends and to discover treasure.

Red or “Blood” : Energy is Projective and Element is Fire. Used to guard against insect bites and to promote peace.

ALEXANDRITE
Powers: Luck, Love
Magickal Uses: This rare and expensive stone draws luck and good fortune, and is used in love spells.

ALUM
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Saturn
Element: Earth
Powers: Protection
Magickal Uses: Worn as a protective amulet. Placed in the home to guard it, or sewn into children’s hats for the same purpose.

AMAZONITE
Folk Name: Amazon Stone
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Uranus
Element: Earth
Powers: Gambling, Success
Magickal Uses: Worn by gamblers to attract money and luck. Also used by anyone taking a chance to ensure success.

AMBER
Energy: Projective
Planet: Sun
Elements: Fire, Akasha (Fifth)
Deity: The Great Mother
Powers: Luck, Healing, Strength, Protection, Beauty, Love
Magickal Lore: Since the stone is actually not a stone, but fossilized tree sap, it is considered to be under the influence of the Fifth element. It was often carved into shapes of animals and worn to evade impotency and sterility. The ancient Chinese believed that the souls of tigers turned into amber when they died. Amber can cure almost every type of internal ailments, including sore throat, deafness, headache, toothache, asthma, digestive ailments, etc. A ball of amber held in the hand reduces fevers. It is connected with The Great Mother because it is considered to contain the animating principle of life. In some Wiccan covens of today, High Priestesses wear neckalces of alternating amber and jet beads. This stones represent the Goddess and God, respectively, and all the influences connected to Them. This is truly an important stone which has been prized for thousands of years.
Magickal Uses: Has been utilized for almost every magickal purpose. Worn around the neck, it acts as a general protector of health. True amber is expensive, but worth it. Amber necklaces are amulets against negative magick and help in protecting children. Amber is used to strengthen spells and to increase effectiveness. Also use to enhance beauty and general attractiveness. Often worn to attract love, and also to increase strength, business success, money flow, etc. Plays a part in attraction spells, much like a magnet; it helps to attract love, money, power, and success. Adding a bit of powdered amber to incenses will increase their effectiveness.

 

AMETHYST
Energy: Receptive
Planets: Jupiter, Neptune
Element: Water
Deities: Bacchus, Dionysus, Diana
Powers: Dreams, Overcoming Alcoholism, Healing, Psychism, Peace, Love, Protection Against Thieves, Courage, Happiness
Magickal Uses: This stone is one of the most popular magickal stones. It has been used for virtually every magickal purpose, and it harbors absolutely no negative side effects, nor any associations with violence, anger, or passion. This stone has abilities to calm fears, raise hopes, lift the spirits and promote thoughts of spiritual reality behind our lives. Wear it to ward off guilt and self-deception, to help overcome addictions (such as alcoholism), to curb over indulgence, to bestow good judgement, and to gain courage. Amethysts are powerful amulets for travelers, and they protect against thieves, harm, sickness, and danger. The Amethyst is a highly spiritual stone which helps with meditative practices. Pre-meditation baths help to attune the practitioner; light a purple candle as you bathe and ring the candle with amethysts. This stone helps to increase psychic awareness and the “sixth sense”. An amethyst is often worn during divination, and sometimes kept with divination tools to heighten their inner energies. Placed beneath a pillow, an amethyst helps to produce restful sleep and pleasant (sometimes prophetic) dreams. It drives away nightmares and insomnia. It also makes sure that the sleeper doesn’t oversleep. The stone also sharpens the consious mind. It improves the memory, enhances mental powers, and quickens the wit.

Amethysts are often utilized in love magick because it is a stone of true emotional love. It is a stone specifically prescribed for men to attract women. This stone was once thought to be a stone of chastity, although this idea is quickly becoming archaic.

This stone is also used by people involved in lawsuits to ensure that right is done. It is also used in prosperity magick and has long been thought to bring success to businesses because of its Jupiterian influences.

When emotionally upset, go to a place outside where you can be alone. Hold an amethyst in your receptive (non-dominant) hand and pour out all your negative and hurtful feelings from your body through your arm into the stone. Send the hurt and pain into the stone with all your might. When the stone is full of negative energy, throw it away from your as hard as you can. Cry out as you do this. As you release the stone, release the pain. Know that it is in the stone and outside of you. Calm yourself, then thank the Earth for its help. Never again bring the stone into your life.

APACHE TEAR
Energy: Projective
Planet: Saturn
Element: Fire
Powers: Protection, Luck
Magickal Uses: Apache Tear is carried as a good-luck charm and a protective amulet. The Apache Tear is actually a piece of translucent Obsidian, therefore they have the same properties. See the Obsidian listing for more uses.

AQUAMARINE
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Powers: Psychism, Peace, Courage, Purification
Magickal Lore: This stone, a variety of beryl, is associated with sea-goddesses of long ago. Aquamarine beads were found in the mummy pits of ancient Egyptian pyramids.
Magickal Uses: The Aquamarine, as its name suggests, is a stone associated with the sea and the element of Water. This stone is cleansed by Sea Witches in ocean water on the night of the Full Moon; land-locked folks can fill a blue container with water and sea salt, drop the stone in, and let it sit overnight.

The stone is worn or carried to enhance the use of psychic powers. It reduces the hold of the conscious mind on the psychic one. Due to its water influences, it can be used in purification rites and spells. A tincture can be made from this stone; place an aquamarine in a glass of water. Put it outside, if possible. Let it sit in moonlight for three hours, then retrieve the stone and drink the water for purification and heightened psychic awareness.

Aquamarines exchanged between the bride and groom smooth the path of their interactions, since it is a stone which helps to calm and soothe emotional problems. The Aquamarine is also an excellent protective amulet during sea travel. Even if you’re flying over water, this stone will protect you. The Aquamarine also is worn to ensure good health, to halt fear (by strengthening courage), and for alertness of the mind. Medically, this stone relieves toothache and cures illnesses of the stomach, throat, and jaw.

ASBESTOS
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Power Protection
Magickal Lore: Asbestos was seen as a magickal stone because it could be burned without being consumed. It was used to make wicks for ancient Greek temple candles which burned continuously. It was used for protection against black magick and the evil eye.
Magickal Use: Because of its bad publicity and utter misuse, this stone is no longer considered to be safe. Surprisingly, however, asbestos that is associated with quartz and polished is known as tiger’s eye.

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AVENTURINE
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mercury
Element: Air
Powers: Mental Powers, Eyesight, Gambling, Money, Peace, Healing, Luck
Magickal Uses: Green Aventurine is worn to strengthen the eyesight. It is also utilized to increase perception, to stimulate creativity, to enhance intelligence, to bring luck in gambling, and to attract money. It is an all-around lucky stone, and is useful in calming troubled emotions and speeding healing.

AZURITE
Folk NamesLapis Linguis, Lapis Lingua
Energy: Receptive
Planet:  Venus
Element: Water
Powers: Psychism, Dreams, Divination, Healing
Magickal Uses: This stone has long been used to increase psychic powers. Place a piece of azurite beneath your pillow for prophetic dreams, or hold/wear one while divining the future. A simple divination technique using azurite: Place the stone between two lit white candles in a darkened room, and hold it in your hands until it is warm while clearing your mind. Close your eyes and feel the stone’s energies. Then open your eyes and gaze at the stone until messages or answers come through. Also use azurite in healing magick.

BERYL
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Moon
Deities: Poseidon, Neptune, Tiamat, Mara
Associated Herbs: Seaweed
Powers: Psychism, Healing, Love, Energy, Anti-Gossip
Magickal Lore: Beryl spheres were used long ago for scrying, just as crystal balls are used today. In fifth-century Ireland, scryers who used these spheres were called specularii. Dr. Dee’s famous crystal housed in the British Museum is made of beryl. Ancient peoples also used beryl in rituals designed to bring rain. 16th century magicians prescribed wearing beryl to win all arguments, and yet to be amiable, well-mannered, and understanding. In the 13th century, an image of a frog was carved into beryl and carried to reconcile enemies and to attract friends.
Magickal Uses: Like aquamarine, beryl is worn or carried for protection during sea travel. Also like aquamarine, it is exchanged between lovers to strengthen the relationship. This stone is also used to prevent fascination (deliberate psychic manipulation) by evangelists or salespersons. Beryl is used to make its bearer unconquerable, fearless, optimistic, and happy.

Beryl can be worn or placed on the altar during Full Moon rituals because of its lunar influences. It is also utilized to find lost things; hold a beryl in your hand and visualize the object. Still the conscious mind and let your psychic mind reveal its location. Beryl can be used to halt gossip and when worn during study, it helps the conscious mind to retain information.

Medically, beryl is considered to be an excellent remedy for liver ailments, swollen glands, and diseases of the eyes.

BLOODSTONE
Folk Names: Heliotrope, Hematite (a different stone)
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Associated Herb: Heliotrope ( Heliotropum europaeum)
Powers: Halting Bleeding, Healing, Victory, Courage, Wealth, Strength, Power, Legal Matters, Business, Invisibility, Agriculture
Magickal Lore: This stone has been used in magick for three thousand years. It was used in ancient Babylon to overcome enemies and ancient Egyptians used it to open doors, break bonds, and cause stone walls to fall. Bloodstone was popular with soldiers because of its power to stop bleeding. Bloodstone was utilized to prevent injury, or as magickal first aid. It was also worn to cure fevers, to promote blood health and cure blood-related illnesses, and as a general health-giving talisman. Farmers in the Middle Ages wore bloodstone during planting to increase the yield of crops. It was believed that if a bloodstone was smeared with fresh heliotrope flowers and worn or carried, it would dazzle the eyes of other people and therefore render the bearer invisible. Bloodstones were also engraved with the figure of bats in the 13th century and worn by magicians to increase the effectiveness of spells and rites. Women hung a bloodstone on the arm to prevent miscarriage and later on, it was hung on the thigh to ease childbirth.

A folk name for bloodstone was hematite, although these are two different stones. Read more about this in the Hematite listing.
Magickal Uses: Wear bloodstone to increase physical strength, to win competitions, to promote longevity and courage, to calm fear, and to eliminate anger. It has been used in spells designed to secure victory in court. It is also utilized in spells involving wealth, money, and business because of its color. Carry in the purse or pocket, or place in a cash register to attract wealth.

CALCITE
Folk Name: Iceland Spar
Energy: Various (see below)
Planet: Various
Element: Various
Powers: Spirituality, Centering, Peace, Love, Healing, Purification, Money, Protection, Energy
Magickal Uses: This stone has the unique quality of double refraction; draw a line on a piece of paper, then place the calcite over it. The line will appear to be doubled. This property causes calcite to be used in spells in order to “double” the power of the rite.

Clear Calcite : Energy is Receptive, Planet is the Moon, and Element is Water. Use this stone in spirituality rituals, and as a focus of contemplation in meditation.

Pink Calcite : Energy is Receptive, Planet is Venus, and Element is Water. This stone is calming, centering, and grounding when held in the hand. Use it in love rituals.

Blue Calcite : Energy is Receptive, Planet is Venus, and Element is Water. Blue Calcite is a healing stone when worn on the body, or placed between burning purple or blue candles. This stone can be worn or used in purification rites.

Green Calcite : Energy is Receptive, Planet is Venus, and Element is Earth. This stone brings money and prosperity into the household; this can be expediated by placing it between burning green candles every morning for a few minutes.

Orange Calcite : Energy is Projective, Planet is Sun, and Element is Fire. This is a protective stone which lends energy to the body when held.

CARNELIAN
Energy: Projective
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Powers: Protection, Peace, Eloquence, Healing, Courage, Sexual Energy
Magickal Lore: Carnelian was worn on the hand in ancient Egypt to still anger, jealousy, envy, and hatred. In Renaissance times, the carnelian was engraved with the image of a sword or a warrior and placed in the home to guard against lightning and storms; It was also carried as a talisman against enchantments.
Magickal Uses: This stone is worn by shy and timid people to lend them courage. This stone is excellent to use in public speaking; it strengthens the voice, provides self-confidence, and gives eloquence to the speaker. This stone can also be used to counteract negative thoughts and to confer patience. Carnelian guards against others who try to read your thoughts. It also stimulates sexual impulses, strengthens astral vision, and halts nightmares when worn to bed.

Healthwise, carnelian prevent skin diseases, insanity, nose-bleeds and all other blood diseases, and as a general health inducer.

CAT’S EYE
Energy: Projective
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Powers: Wealth, Beauth, Gambling, Protection, Healing
Magickal Lore: The ancient Assyrians believed the cat’s eye caused invisiblity, most probably due to its dazzling appearance.
Magickal Uses: Possession of this stone guards the owner’s wealth, prevents financial ruin, and restores wealth lost prior to possession of the stone. This stone is excellent for gamblers. A cat’s eye money spell; take a bill of the highest denomination you have, and rub it all over with the cat’s eye. Then, wrap the bill tightly around the stone and tie up the bill with green thread. Carry it in your pocket. Don’t spend the bill until the spell has worked.

A cat’s eye set in a silver ring is worn for mental health, protection, insight and luck. It also dispels depression, gives pleasure, and should be worn during financial speculation. Because of its eyelike appearance, this stone is worn to relieve diseases of the eyes.

CELESTITE
Energy: Receptive
Planets: Venus, Neptune
Element: Water
Powers: Compassion, Eloquence, Healing
Magickal Uses: This stone is worn or carried to create eloquence and to promote compassion for the Earth and its beings. Celestite can also be used to relieve headaches and tension in the body because it removes stress from the physical body.

CHALCEDONY
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Powers: Peace, Anti-Nightmare, Travel, Protection, Lactation, Luck
Magickal Lore: In the 16th century, chalcedony was prescribed by magicians to dissolve illusions and fantasies; it was pierced and worn around the neck. In Renaissance times, this stone was engraved with the figure of a man with his right hand upraised and worn for success in lawsuits, health, and safety. In Italy, mothers wear beads of white chalcedony to increase lactation.
Magickal Uses: Chalcedony banishes fear, hysteria, depression, mental illness, and sadness. It also promotes calm and peaceful feelings. This stone drives away nightmares, night visions, and fear of the dark when placed beneath the pillow. Chalcedony is also used for beauty, strength, energy, success in all undertakings, and lactation. This stone protects its bearer during times of political revolution, while traveling, from physical attack, and negative magick. It also prevents accidents. An arrowhead carved from chalcedony is worn or carried for luck.

CHRYSOCOLLA
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Powers: Peace, Wisdon, Love
Magickal Lore: Chrysocolla was once held in the hand to drive off unreasonable fear and illusions.
Magickal Uses: This stone is worn to grant the power of discretion and increased wisdom. It is also a stone of peace that soothes the emotions.

A simple chrysocolla love spell: hold the stone in your hand and visualize it attracting love to you. Then, place the stone in a small red or pink cup half filled with water. Place three red roses into the cup. Add fresh roses as the others fade.

CHRYSOPRASE
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Deity: Vesta
Powers: Happiness, Luck, Success, Friendship, Protection, Healing, Money
Magickal Lore: In the 13th century, chrysoprase was engraved with the image of a bull and worn as an amulet of protection.
Magickal Uses: Chrysoprase is worn to lift the spirits, to banish greed, envy, selfishness, tension, and stress, and to prevent nightmares. It is also worn to attract new friends and for luck, eloquence and success in new undertakings. A small piece carried with you at all times attracts money.

Chrysoprase’s healing powers include strengthening the eyes, staunching blood, and relieving the pain of rheumatism.

CITRINE
Energy: Projective
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Powers: Anti-Nightmare, Protection, Psychism
Magickal Uses: Citrine is a form of quartz that is worn at night to remove fear, to prevent nightmares, and to ensure a good night’s sleep. This stone is also used to aid in bringing about psychic awareness.

COAL
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Saturn
Element: Earth
Power: Money
Magickal Uses: Coal is considered to be a good attractant of money, therefore it is carried in the pocket or kept with money. Speculators in the stock exchange in London often carry a piece of coal with them for luck.

CORAL
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Venus
Elements: Water, Akasha
Deities: Isis, Venus, The Great Mother
Associated Metals: Silver, Copper
Powers: Healing, Regulated Menstruation, Agriculture, Protection, Peace, Wisdom
Magickal LoreCoral comes from two Greek words meaning “daughter of the sea.” In the Meditteranean, coral was thought to be like amber; to contain the life essence of the Mother Goddess. Temples were often built of lava rocks and coral, and coral was placed on graves to guard the deceased. Women in Italy wore red coral near the groin to help regulate and predict menstruation; it was thought that the coral would turn lighter during the flow, and would get darker afterwards. However, if a man saw this coral, it would lose all its power. A popular use for coral in ancient Egypt was to powder it, mix it with seed and sow it over newly planted fields. This protected the crops from bad weather and insects. It was also hung on fruit trees to increase their yield. Coral earrings were worn in Rome by women to attract men. Coral was also used in 16th century Venusian love incenses.
Magickal Uses: Coral, when worn so it is visible, is a protective amulet. It guards against “the evil eye, demons, furies, succubi, incubi and phantasma,” as well as accidents, acts of violence, poison, theft, possession, and sterility. Coral also effect inner changes; it dispels foolishness, nervousness, fear, depression, murderous thoughts, panic, and nightmares. It gives its bearer reason, prudence, courage, and wisdom. Placed beneath the pillow, it ensures peaceful sleep by preventing disturbing dreams. Coral is also a house luck-attractant; take a piece of coral and touch it to every door, window, and wall in the house while moving in a clockwise direction. Coral protects sea travelers because of its ocean influences. It guards against shipwreck and shark attacks.

Coral has been used to protect children. Given to a child as a gift, it ensures their health in the future. Infants wear coral pendants or beads to ease teething pain. It has been put in rattles or placed in a child’s room to protect him or her.

Coral’s healing powers include curing indigestion, digestive tract pains, eye complaints, and to staunch blood. Red coral is worn to alert its wearer of ill health by paling in color.

CROSS STONE
Folk Names: Cross-Stones, Fairy Crosses
Energies: Projective, Receptive
Powers: Elemental Magick, Elemental Power, Luck
Magickal Lore: Cross Stones are apparently a form of andalusite and are found in coarse crystals. Broken or sliced open, they show a symmetrical cross pattern of alternating light and dark colors. Shamans included a piece of this stone in their medicine or power bags. It is a favorite item to exchange with others.
Magickal Uses: Because of this stone’s shape, it is worn or carried when practicing elemental magick or by those who wish to balance the four elements within themselves. It is worn, carried , or placed on the altar for power during all magickal rituals and for luck.

CRYSTAL QUARTZ
Folk Names: Crystal, Witch’s Mirror, Star Stone, Iris (because of its prismatic effect), Zaztun(Mayan)
Energies: Projective, Receptive
Planets: Sun, Moon
Elements: Fire, Water
Deity: The Great Mother
Associated Metals: Silver, Gold, Copper
Associated Herbs: Copal, Mugwort, Chicory, Sage, Sweetgrass
Powers: Protection, Healing, Psychism, Power, Lactation
Magickal Lore: This stone was once thought to be solidified water, so it was often used in rainmaking in Australia and New Guinea. Cherokee shamans kept the stone wrapped in buckskin when not in use, and they “fed” it deer’s blood at regular intervals. Most Wiccans wear quartz, often with silver, during Full Moon rites. Crystal spheres are often placed on the altar during lunar rituals. Its cold temperature represents the sea. Some Wiccans also place two quartz crystals on the altar to represent the God and Goddess. Quartz was symbolic of the spirit and intellect of human beings. In Renaissance times, most scrying spheres were made of beryl, but quartz was also used. It was sometimes half-covered with pure gold and set on a base of ivory or ebony. in 19th century Europe, crystal spheres were placed beneath the pillow to create a link with its used and therefore enhancing its effectiveness.
Magickal Uses: The use of quartz crystals in healing, altering consciousness, and magick have made them enormously popular. This stone can substitute for any other stone through visualization. Crystal spheres for divination are very expensive, but are worth their price. They do not need to be perfect, or free of marks and inclusions. Simply gazing into a natural crystal point can produce psychism. A crystal sphere can be exposed to the light of the Full Moon to strengthen its powers. Crystals can also be made into pendulums when hung from a silver chain. There are two ways to interpret its answers;

1. Circling in either direction: yes, or favorable
Side to side: no, or unfavorable

2. Circling clockwise: yes, or favorable
Circling counterclockwise: no, or unfavorable
Side to side: no answer

Wearing or carrying a quartz crystal increases psychism, and placed beneath the pillow, it offers psychic impulses in the form of dreams and peaceful sleep. Tumbled quartz stones are often painted with runes and used as divinatory tools. Quartz crystals are excellent power amplifiers for magick. 13 crystals (for the 13 Full Moons) or 21 crystals (13 Full Moons plus 8 sabbats) can be used to construct the magick circle. Situate the crystals with the points facing inward for religious ritual, meditation, or general magick. Face the point outward for defensive or protective magick. Tumbled quartz can be used as well. A crystal garden can be made by filling an earthenware bowl with white sand (you could probably use salt, too) and placing the crystals in it, points upward.

There are many forms of quartz:
Blue Quartz : Energy is Receptive. A peace and tranquility stone.
Green Quartz : Energy is Receptive. Use in prosperity workings to increase money or provide an “easy life”. Stimulates creativity.
Herkimer Diamonds : Energy is Projective. These are small, double-terminated quartz crystals which substitute for diamonds in magick.
Rose Quartz : Energy is Receptive. Use to stimulate love, to open the heart chakra and to promote peace, happiness, and fidelity. Wear a heart shaped rose quartz to attract love.
Rutilated Quartz : Energy is Projective. An energy stone which can be worn or placed on the altar to increase the effectiveness of magick.
Smoky Quartz : Energy is Receptive. Elevates the mood and is used for grounding. Overcomes depression and other negative emotions.
Tourmalated Quartz : Energy is Projective. This quartz, penetrated by black tourmaline crystals, is used to stimulate astral projection.

DIAMOND
Energy: Projective
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Associated Metals: Platinum, Silver, Steel
Powers: Spirituality, Sexual Dysfunction, Protection, Courage, Peace, Reconciliation, Healing, Strength
Magickal Lore: In India, women wear unblemished white diamonds with a slightly black hue to ensure male children and to conquer infertility. In ancient Rome, the diamond was set into steel rings and worn with the stone touching the skin to produce bravery, daring, victory, and courage. Magicians of ancient India set diamonds into platinum or silver rings for victory in battles and conflicts.
Magickal Uses: This stone, when worn, promotes spirituality, self-confidence, fidelity, physical strength, protection, peace, reconciliation between quarreling lovers, and restful sleep and it aids in mediation. It helps in relieving sexual dysfunction, as well as being a cleansing, purifying, and releasing stone in this matter. This stone also helps to dispel nightmares and is used in scrying.

EMERALD
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Deities: Isis, Venus, Ceres, Vishnu
Associated Metals: Copper, Silver
Powers: Love, Money, Mental Powers, Psychism, Protection, Exorcism, Eyesight
Magickal Lore: This stone is representative of the Earth. A curious use for emeralds comes from India, where ancient writings prescribe wearing the stone during sleep to halt nocturnal emissions. Emerald was used in protection magick all over the world. It was given to “possessed” people to exorcise the evil entity, or the stone was bound to a person’s left arm with string to guard them while traveling. People often used it to strengthen the memory.
Magickal Uses: Emeralds are often used in business spells to promote sales and increase public awareness of its establishment. This stone can be used to increase understanding, produce eloquence, and to enhance awareness of psychic faculties. Its soothing color makes it a popular gazing stone to relieve tired, bleary, or weak eyes, to relax the optic nerve, and to restore normal sight. For best results, the stone should be set in silver or copper.

FLINT
Folk Names: Thunderstone, Elf-Shot, Fairy-Shot, Elf-Arrow, Adderstone.
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Associated Metal: Silver
Power: Protection, Healing, Divination
Magickal Lore: The Irish set flint knives in silver to guard against fairies. Scandinavians sometimes honored flint knives as family “gods”. Beer and melted butter were poured over them (hmm…). It is used in divining gold, water, gems, and other underground treasures.
Magickal Uses: Items made of flint are protective amulets and are particularly potent when placed above a door. A flint knife can be placed on the altar or held in protective rituals. A modern flint spell to cure headaches; strike a flint several times and visualize the pain traveling out of your head, into the sparks and disappearing with them.

FLUORITE
Energy: Projective
Powers: Mental Powers
Magickal Uses: This stone is relatively new to the New Age community, but it is becoming more popular. However, it does not have a long history of magickal use and its influences are still being discovered. Fluorite seems to be good for the conscious mind; it helps in straightening your thoughts and reducing emotional involvement in a situation in order to gain a more accurate perspective. It also strengthens the bearer’s analytical abilities, quells strong emotions, and soothes desperation, depression, and anger. Fluorite is helpful in theorizing and assimilating information. Some use fluorite to strengthen the effects of other stones.

FOSSILS
Folk Names: Sponge, Witch Stone, Ammonite, Snake Stone, Draconites
Energy: Receptive
Element: Akasha
Powers: Elemental Power, Past-Life Regression, Protection, Longevity
Magickal Lore: Because fossils are the remains or impressions of ancient life, it is linked with Akasha. Fossils represent time, eternity, and evolution.
Magickal Uses: Fossils are generally used as protective objects, and also as amulets to increase the life span. They can be placed on the altar as symbols of the Earth and the ambiguty of time, as well as to increase the power of magick. Sand Dollars are linked to the pentagram because of their natural five pointed design. Fossils are often used to help recall past lives. A simple ritual for past-life regression:

Perform at night, and wear a quartz crystal to prevent being disturbed or magickally harmed. Meditate upon the fossil. Next, in a room light only by candlelight, hold the fossil in your receptive hand; still your mind, breathe deeply, and awaken your psychic mind. Feel your present life slip away. If you relive a life or experience that is disturbing, drop the fossil and you will return to the present.

GARNET
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Powers: Healing, Protection, Strength
Magickal Lore: Garnets were worn to repel insects in the 13th century. Garnets were carved with the figure of a lion and carried to guard the health, especially while traveling. Garnets were also thought to drive off demons and night phantoms. This stone was often exchanged between parting friends to symbolize their affection and to ensure that they met again.
Magickal Uses: Garnet is worn to enhance bodily strength, to tap into extra magickal energy, for protection and to repel negative energies. It is often prescribed as a protection against thieves. Medically, garnets are used to relieve skin conditions (especially inflammations) and to regulate the heart and blood.

GEODES
Folk NamesAetites, Echites, Aquileus, Eagle Stone, Thunderegg
Energy: Receptive
Element: Water
Deity: The Great Mother
Powers: Meditation, Fertility, Childbirth
Magickal Lore: Geodes were thought to be favored by eagles in the Middle Ages because they placed them in their nests. Because they are round and contain crystals, they are egg symbols.
Magickal Uses: Geodes can be used in meditation as a contemplative object. This stone can be placed on the altar to concentrate the powers of the stones within it. They are also charged and placed in the bedroom to increase fertility and promote conception. Geodes are recommended to be carried or worn to attract love and avoid miscarriage. 

HEMATITE
Folk Name: Volcano Spit
Energy: Projective
Planet: Saturn
Element: Fire
Powers: Healing, Grounding, Divination
Magickal Lore: Ancient peoples called hematite what we now know is bloodstone, so all ancient texts making references to hematite actually refer to bloodstone. Today’s hematite apparently “bleeds” when worked on a lapidary wheel. Hematite also possesses an odd ability to “heal” itself. If you make a small scratch on its surface and rub your finger over it, the scratch may disappear.
Magickal Uses: Hematite is often used in drawing illness from the body, grounding, stabilizing, focusing on the physical plane, and divination. A scrying spell: Light a red candle in a darkened room and sit before it. Hold a large piece of hematite so the candle flame is reflected on it. Gaze at it and visualize a question; the answer will come to you.

HOLEY STONES
Folk Names: Holed Stones, Holy Stones, Odin Stones
Energy: Receptive
Element: Water
Deities: Odin, The Great Mother
Powers: Protection, Anti-Nightmare, Health, Psychism, Eyesight
Magickal Lore: Holey Stones were often hung on the bedpost to prevent nightmares. As a protective amulet, they were worn around the neck, placed in the house, or hung from the front door. According to the Eddas, Odin transmuted into a worm and slipped through a hole in a rock to steal “the mead of poetry.” This is probably how it got its folk name. Wise Women in England rubbed a child’s body with the stone to remove the disease.
Magickal Uses: Holey stones are stones with naturally occurring holes, not ones you have drilled yourself. This stone is often used for protection. Hanging it where a pet sleeps guards it. To enhance psychism, go to a wild, lonely place at night and look through the hole with one eye; you might see visions or ghosts. Looking through the hold is also said to improve eyesight.

JADE
Folk NamePiedra de Hijada (Spanish, “Stone of the Flank”)
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Deities: Kwan Yin, Maat, Buddha
Powers: Love, Healing, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Gardening, Proseperity, Money
Magickal Lore: Jade has been used to fashion musical instruments because when it is struck, it produces a resonant tone. It is a sacred stone in China, where Altars of the Moon and Earth were made from jade. Jade carved in the shape of two men was exchanged between male friends as a token of friendship. It was also carved into a butterfly and worn to draw love and was a frequent engagement present. Jade bowls were also popular because it was believed that the stone’s energy entered the food before it was eaten.
Magickal Uses: Use jade to attract love, for healing, to prevent disease, for longevity, to improve the health of plants while gardening, to draw money, for protection, and to gain wisdom. It also strengthens the mind and helps reasoning.

An old spell for protection: Take a perfectly square piece of jade and carve the numbers 1, 8, 1, and 1 into it, one number in each corner. Mount the stone in pure gold. As the Sun rises, turn to face it. Breathe on the amulet 3 times, then say “Thoth” 500 times (a little excessive maybe?). Wait until sunset, then breathe on the amulet three times again and repeat “Thoth” 500 times. Then, the amulet is finished. Tie a red thread around it and carry it with you to guard against others imposing their will on you.

JASPER
Folk NamesGug (ancient Assyrian), Rainbringer
Energy: Various (see below)
Planet: Various
Element: Various
Powers: Healing, Protection, Health, Beauty
Magickal Lore: American Indians have used jasper in rain-attracting rites, giving it the name “Rainbringer”. It was also used for divination. A green jasper carved with the image of a dragon surrounded by rays was worn by the ancient Egyptian king Nechepsus to strengthen his digestive tract. Red jasper engraved with images of lions or archers was carried to guard against poison and to cure fevers.
Magickal Uses: Generally, Jasper is worn or carried to promote mental processes, to restrain dangerous desires or whims, to protect against physical and nonphysical dangers, to relieve pain and guard mother and child during childbirth, and jasper arrowheads are worn for luck.
Red Jasper : Energy is Projective, Planet is Mars, and Element is Fire. This is a good protective stone which is used in defensive magick to return negativity to the original sender. It is also worn in healing and health spells, and young women wear it to promote beauty and grace.
Green Jasper : Energy is Receptive, Planet is Venus, and Element is Earth. A healing amulet and health talisman. Wear to halt hallucinations, to promote restful sleep,, and to be more sympathetic towards others. Ring a green candle with this stone to ward off ill health.
Brown Jasper : Energy is Receptive, Planet is Saturn, and Element is Earth. Wear this stone for centering, grounding, and to focus on the physical plane. It is good for use after heavy magick ritual and psychic or spiritual work.
Mottled Jasper: Energy is Projective, Planet is Mercury, and Element is Air. Wear this stone for protection against drowning. It is said to be even more potent in this use when carved with an equal armed cross, which represents the powers of the 4 elements, foundation, and control.

JET
Folk Names: Witches’ Amber, Black Amber
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Saturn
Elements: Earth, Akasha
Deity: Cybele
Associated Herbs: Lavender, Sage
Powers: Protection, Anti-Nightmare, Luck, Divination, Health
Magickal Lore: Jet is magickally paired with amber and shares many of its qualities. Ancient Greek worshippers of Cybele, goddess of growth and plants, wore jet to obtain her favors. Sea witches and fisherman’s wives burned jet in the household as an incense to guard their husbands. During the Middle Ages, it was carved into images of beetles and worn for protection.
Magickal Uses: Jet is fossilized wood. Jet absorbs energies, especially negative ones. It is a powerful household protectant. Jet is a good traveler’s amulet. Use this stone to guard against nightmares, to ensure restful sleep, to strengthen psychic awareness, to protect children, to maintain proper energy flow within the body, and to promote health.

KUNZITE
Energy: Receptive
Planets: Venus, Pluto
Element: Earth
Powers: Relaxation, Peace, Grounding
Magickal Uses: Kunzite is a fairly “modern” stone of which no mention is made in ancient texts. It also happens to be quite expensive. A quarter sized piece bought in 1988 cost $9.00. It is usually pink or lilac, but the best quality seems to be the lilac. This stone is used to induce relaxation, release tension, to gain peace, attract love, calm fear, and for grounding and centering. It can be added to car protection amulets and a piece can be put on your desk or near your work station to de-stress. Many of this stone’s secrets are still undiscovered.

LAPIS LAZULI
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Deities: Isis, Venus, Nuit
Associated Metal: Gold
Powers: Healing, Joy, Love, Fidelity, Psychism, Protection, Courage
Magickal Lore: Lapis Lazuli has long been associated with royalty. Some believe that, because of the pyrite within it, the stone is ruled by both Venus and Mars. However, this proably has little basis considering the pyrite concentration is minimal and sometimes nonexistant.
Magickal Uses: This stone can be used for healing, de-stressing, improving conditions of all human planes (i.e., mental, physical, spiritual), focusing energy toward a magickal outcome, promoting spirituality, encouraging fidelity, strengthening psychic awareness, for protection of children and adults, and for courage. Medically, this stone allievates fevers, blood diseases, and strengthens eyesight. It is a good meditative stone which relieves depression and stimulates gentleness.

LAVA
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Deity: Pele
Powers: Protection
Magickal Lore: In Hawaii, lava rocks were used to create heaiu, which were center of religious and magickal activity. They had different functions; some were healing centers, some were devoted to fishing deities, and others were the domain of the war god Kukailmoku. Tourists who have taken lava rocks without first asking permission from Pele and leaving an offering have endured great metaphysical hardships.
Magickal Uses: There are two types of lava; A’a, which is rough and chunky, and Pahoe’hoe, which is smooth. A small piece of lava carried or placed on the altar is protective. If you suspect that you are under psychic attack, bathe in salt water. Then, take 9 or 13 lava rocks and sit on the ground facing East. Beginning there, place each stone a few feet away from you to form a circle that encloses you. Visualize the rocks sending up sprays of lava that repel and return the negative energy to the sender.

LEPIDOLITE
Folk Names: The Peace Stone, Stone of Peace
Energy: Receptive
Planets: Jupiter and Neptune
Element: Water
Powers: Peace, Spirituality, Luck, Protection, Anti-Nightmare, Psychism, Love
Magickal Uses: A calming stone which is good for relieving the stress of everyday life. This stone soothes anger, hatred, and negativity, promotes spirituality, increases psychic awareness, drawing love, and aiding in reconciliation.

MALACHITE
Folk NameMalaku, (Greek, “Mallow”)
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Associated Herb: Mallow
Powers: Power, Protection, Love, Peace, Business Success
Magickal Lore: A piece of malachite is carried to warn the bearer of danger. Legend says it will break into pieces to warn of peril.
Magickal Uses: Malachite can be used to lend extra energy to magick, and it protects against negativity and physical dangers, prevents falls, expands the ability to love, calms emotions, promotes tranquility, ensures sleep, dispels depression, draws customers, and increases your ability to obtain good deals and sales. It is the salesperson’s stone.

MARBLE
Folk NameNicomar
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Powers: Protection, Success
Magickal Uses: This stone is used in protective spells. Some magicians use a slab of marble for the top of their altars, and altars made entirely of marble are good places to perform protection spells. Marble tables and fixtures in the home are protective. It can be carried for this purpose. It is also used in spells involving personal success.

MICA
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mercury
Element: Air
Powers: Divination, Protection
Magickal Uses: This stone is carried for general protection. To expand psychic awareness and determine future events; Take a piece of mica about an inch or so square. Hold the stone in full moonlight while visualizing yourself having total control over your psychic powers. Catch the glow of the moonlight on the stone and gently move the stone in your hands. Let its shimmer drowse your conscious mind.

MOONSTONE
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Deities: Diana, Selene, Isis, all lunar goddesses
Associated Stone: Quartz Crystal
Associated Metal: Silver
Powers: Love, Divination, Psychism, Sleep, Gardening, Protection, Youth, Dieting
Magickal Lore: Some say the the moonstone’s power changes with the moon phases (i.e. most powerful at the Full Moon).
Magickal Uses: Moonstones are receptive and love-drawing. It also has the ability to work out problems between lovers. Moonstones are often placed beneath the pillow to ensure restful sleep. This stone is also associated with gardening and protection. It protects during travel, especially on or over water. Moonstone rings can be worn while swimming for protection. These stones are worn during divination and to produce psychism, as well as to renew or maintain youth, to lose weight. A weight loss spell: three nights before the Full Moon, stand nude before a full-length mirror in bright light. Study your body carefully. See the areas you wish to reduce and visualize a new, slimmer, in-control you. Then, hold a moonstone in your projective hand while continuing to visualize. Rub the moonstone over the problem areas of your body and visualize the fat melting away. Draw it across your head to help control unhealthy eating habits. Carry this moonstone with you at all times and when you feel the urge to eat something unhealthy, place the stone in your receptive hand, breathe deeply for ten seconds, and push the image of that food out of your mind. Then, eat something healthy. Remember, magick doesn’t solve everything; you must back up this spell with sensible eating and regular exercize.

MOTHER OF PEARL
Energy: Receptive
Planets: Moon, Neptune
Elements: Water, Akasha
Associated Metal: Silver
Powers: Protection, Wealth
Magickal Lore: Mother of pearl is the iridescent interior of some mollusk shells. It is best to collect it yourself since commercial mother of pearl is obtained by killing the animal. It relates to the ocean, depth, and movement.
Magickal Uses: Mother of Pearl is placed on newborn babies to protect them. It is also useful in spells involving wealth, money and riches. A spell: empower some mother of pearl with your need for money, then anoint it with seawater, patchouly, or cedar. Place a silver coin or another piece of silver next to it. Wrap green paper or a dollar bill tightly around it and the silver with green string. Place this talisman on your altar between two green candles. Burn the candles for 10-15 minutes while visualizing, then carry the charm with you.

OBSIDIAN
Energy: Projective
Planet: Saturn
Element: Fire
DeityTezcatlipoca (Aztec, “Smoking Mirror” or “Shining Mirror”)
Powers: Protection, Grounding, Divination, Peace
Magickal Lore: Flat, square mirrors made of obsidian were used as scrying mirrors. They may still be in use today. It was also used to make knives, spear points, and arrowheads. It is often known as flint when used in these ways, and obsidian arrowheads have magickal properties.
Magickal Uses: This stone is excellent for grounding, centering, protective rituals, and for scrying. A protection ritual involving obsidian is to surround a white candle with four arrowheads, with each pointing to one of the directions. This guards the place where it is set up. Obsidian spheres are still made in Mexico, and can be used instead of quartz crystal.

OLIVINE
Folk Names: Chrysolite, Chrysolithus, Lumahai
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Associated Metals: Gold, Lodestone
Powers: Money, Protection, Love, Luck
Magickal Lore: Olivine has recently been found in meteorites and has a volcanic origin. Some say that olivine and peridot are the same stone.
Magickal Uses: Olivine can be used to draw money, for business success, for protection (more potent when set in a gold ring), to guard against thieves, to encourage optimism, to attract love, and to bring luck.

ONYX
Energy: Projective
Planets: Mars, Saturn
Element: Fire
Deity: Mars
Associated Stone: Diamond
Powers: Protection, Defensive Magick, Reducing Sexual Desires
Magickal Lore: In the past, onyx was thought to be the manifestation of a demon imprisoned in the stone. It woke up at night and terrorized anyone near it. The image of the head of Mars or a figure of Hercules was engraved on an onyx for courage.
Magickal Uses: This stone is used for protection and defense against negativity consciously directed towards you. It can be worn in battles, conflicts of any kind, or while going down a dark street at midnight. Onyx has also been used to reduce sexual impulses, but care should be taken when it is used in this manner. Sexual repression can lead to mental and physical illness, antisocial behavior, religious delusions, and even murderous tendencies. Be careful! When used correctly, it can be helpful, but never use it carelessly.

OPAL
Energies: Projective, Receptive
Planets: All
Elements: All
Deity: Cupid
Associated Herb: Bay
Powers: Astral Projection, Psychism, Beauty, Money, Luck, Power
Magickal Lore: These stones were once used to create invisibility when wrapped in bay leaves and carried.
Magickal Uses: The opal contains the colors and qualities of every other stone, so it can substitute for any stone with visualization. Opals can be used during astral projection (for protection and to facilitate the process), to recall past lives, to develop psychic powers (opal earrings are ideal for this purpose), for luck, and to bring out inner beauty. A spell: Place a round mirror on the altar so you can see your face while kneeling. Place two green candles on either side of it. Light them and empower the opal with your need for beauty. While holding the stone, gaze at your reflection and visualize the face and body you desire. Then, carry or wear the opal and resolve to improve your appearence.
Fire Opals are often used in drawing money or customers to a place of business.
Black Opals are thought of as power stones by magicians. They are worn in ritual jewelry to increase the amount of power raised and released from the body during magick.

PEARL
Folk NamesMargan (ancient Persian), Neamhnuid (Gaelic)
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Moon
Elements: Water, Akasha
Deities: Isis, Aphrodite, Freya, Venus, Lakshmi, Diana, Neptune, Poseidon; all ocean deities, although pearl is more female-oriented; also associated with sky goddesses
Associated Metal: Silver
Associated Stone: Ruby
Powers: Love, Money, Protection, Luck
Magickal Lore: Pearl is the product of a living creature; because the oyster is killed to get the pearl, some believe that those who sell and wear pearls will pay a heavy debt. Pearls symbolize the Moon, Water, the center of creation, and the universe. Cultured pearls, however, are thought to be less magickall potent. In early Saxon religion, pearls were thought to be the congealed tears of Freya. The Chinese thought that pearls were raindrops swallowed by oysters; in Chinese belief, pearls fell from the sky when dragons fought in the clouds (storms). Dragons and pearls are closely linked.
Magickal Uses: Pearls have been used in love magick; they are worn or carried to spread love, and Indian women wear them to ensure a happy marriage. A simple money spell involves a pearl (an inexpensive one). Hold it in your hand; attune with the pearl and give thanks to the oyster, then visualize money coming into your life and spending it wisely. Still visualizing, throw the pearl into any moving body of water (I don’t think the toilet counts). Pearls are also used to protect against shark attacks and house fires, and to attract luck, lengthen life, promote fertility, drive off demons, preserve health, and to instill courage and physical strength. Black and bluish-tinted pearls are used to bring luck to the owner (but not the oyster). Pink pearls are worn to bring about a comfortable life. Hindus use yellow pearls to bring wealth, and red pearls promote intelligence.

PERIDOT
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Associated Metal: Gold
Powers: Protection, Health, Wealth, Sleep
Magickal Uses: Peridots set in gold are good amulets for protection against enchantments, night terrors, illusions, and the evil eye. This stone is worn for general healing purposes (especially healing of insect bites and liver problems), to attract love, to calm anger, to soothe the nerves, to dispel all negative emotions, to promote sleep, to relieve depression, and to attract wealth. Magickal uses associated with olivine also apply to peridot.

PETRIFIED WOOD
Energy: Receptive
Element: Akasha
Powers: Longevity, Past-Life Regression, Healing, Protection
Magickal Uses: Petrified wood is a fossil and therefore ruled by Akasha. Like all fossils, it aids in extending life and recalling past lives. It is also carried as a protective amulet. It guards against drowning and sets up barriers against negativity.

PIPESTONE
Folk NameInyan-sha (Sioux: Inyan, “rock”; sha, “red”)
Energy: Projective
Planets: Mars, Sun
Element: Fire
Associated HerbKinnickkinnick (red willow bark)
Magickal Lore: A Sioux legend: A great flood inundated the praries. A few people managed to escape by climbing a hill, but the flood drowned them. The hill collapsed on the people and formed a pool of blood. The pipestone is the solidified remains of that pool, and it is therefore sacred because blood is a substance of life. Its red color also makes it sacred because red is the color of blood. To the Sioux, red is the color of the North and symbolic of the Earth and the blood of its people. The pipestone not only symbolizes them, it is them. Pipestone was and is still used to make sacred pipes (hence the name pipestone) in which red willow bark is smoked during rituals.
Magickal Uses: Pipestone is only found in Minnesota. If you are fortunate enough to obtain some, it can be placed in medicine or power bags or on the altar. Pipestone is a sacred object and should be treated as such to respect the ways of the Sioux and Omaha people.

PUMICE
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mercury
Element: Air
Powers: Easing Childbirth, Banishment, Protection
Magickal Uses: A banishing spell: Hold a piece of pumice and visualize a problem you wish to be rid of (not a person, witches don’t work that way). Send the energy which is behind the problem into the stone. Visualize it pouring into the pores of the stone like thick black smoke. Then throw the pumice into a body of water. Because the pumice floats, it strengthens your ability to “rise above” the problem. If you don’t have access to water, fill a large basin or bucket with water and perform the ritual. When finished, pour the water (stone and all) onto bare earth. Pumice can also be empowered to be a “sponge” which absorbs negativity. It can be placed on the altar during protective magick.

RHODOCROSITE
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Powers: Energy, Peace, Love
Magickal Uses: Use rhodocrosite to lend extra energy during physical activity, to soothe the body and emotions, to de-stress and to draw love. It can be placed or worn in a bath to aid relaxation.

RHODONITE
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Powers: Peace, Anti-Confusion
Magickal Uses: Wear rhodonite to be come, to remove confusion, doubt, and incoherency, and to shut down the psychic centers, and promote balance within the bearer.

RUBY
Folk Name: Carbuncle
Energy: Projective
Element: Fire
Deities: Buddha, Krishna (nothing to do with those Hare Krishna guys, though)
Powers: Wealth, Protection, Power, Joy, Anti-Nightmare
Magickal Lore: This stone was used as an offering to Buddha and Krishna. It is thought that dreaming of rubies indictates coming success in business or money matters, or a good harvest if the dreamer is a farmer or gardener. This stone grows dark when danger or negativity approaches the owner, or when illness threatens. Rubies were often used as tools of scrying. In the 13th century, rubies were used as wealth-increasing stones, especially effective when engraved with a dragon or snake. In ancient India, possession of rubies helped the owner to accumulate other precious gems. The ruby was thought to protect against all foes, wicked spirits, negativity, plague, fascination, and famine.
Magickal Uses: The ruby strengthens psychic defenses, guards the home against storms and negativity, protects trees from lightning and violent storms, increases magickal energies available during ritual, ensures restful sleep, dispels nightmares, produces joy, strengthens will power and confidence, repels fear, and increases the body’s warmth. Star rubies are potent scrying tools. Gaze at the crossed lines of light.

SALT
Energy: Receptive
Element: Earth
Deity: Aphrodite
Associated Herb: Ti (Cordyline terminalis)
Powers: Purification, Protection, Grounding, Money
Magickal Lore: Salt is connected with life and death, creation and destruction, and the feminine aspect. Salt was frequently offered to deities because of its scarcity and purity. It was used as currency is parts of the world. Salt was often a substitute for blood where it was called for in ancient rituals (and if a spell you come across calls for blood, don’t you dare cut yourself or someone else! Apple cider is another substitute. Besides, harming others screws up your karma).
Magickal Uses: Salt is a wonderful purification substance, as well as for grounding and cleansing. Adding salt (Earth) to Water mixes the two elements and combines their influences. Sprinkling empowered salt in the corners of each room in the house, visualizing it burning and sterilizing negativity, is good for protecting a home. Tasting salt brings you firmly to Earth and closes off your psychic centers (avoid salt in your diet if you’re working to increase psychic awareness). Rock salt is used in money attracting talismans and spells. Carry some salt in a green bag for awhile to focus your energies and attention, especially if you tend to focus too much on the spiritual and neglect the physical.

SAPPHIRE
Folk Names: Holy Stone, Star Sapphire, Astrae
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Deity: Apollo
Powers: Psychism, Love, Meditation, Peace, Defensive Magick, Healing, Power, Money
Magickal Lore: The Greeks associated the sapphire with Apollo, and it was worn while consulting oracles. According to manuscripts of the late 1300’s, this stone cools anger. It was once thought to scare away devils and evil. Another ancient text states that it can be worn in rituals to strengthen the magician’s ability to tap into and send forth power. Sapphires were once engraved with an astrolabe to increase wealth.
Magickal Uses: Sapphire has many uses. It stimulates the third eye, promotes fidelity, attunes feelings between lovers, banishes envy, draws love, aids in meditation, returns negative energies to their sender, guards the owner from captivity, banishes fraud, protects the health in general, and attracts money. Medically, sapphires strengthens the eyes, reduces fevers, and halts nosebleeds when pressed to the forehead. Star sapphires are considered to be more magickally potent than ordinary ones.

SARD
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Powers: Love, Protection, Courage, Facilitating Childbirth
Magickal Lore: In the 1300’s, sard was engraved with the image of a grapevine (male energy) and ivy (female energy) and worn by women for good fortune and to draw love. This stone was given to women in labor to aid in childbirth. Sard is considered to be more magickally effective for women than men.
Magickal Uses: Because it is red and ruled by Mars, sard is used in protective rituals and in banishing negative spells. It also promotes courage and strengthens self-confidence and the body’s personal power.

SARDONYX
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Deity: Mars
Associated Metals: Silver, Platinum, Gold
Powers: Protection, Courage, Martial Happiness, Eloquence, Peace, Luck
Magickal Lore: In ancient Rome, sardonyx was engraved with a figure of Hercules or Mars to promote fearlessness. It was also once engraved with an eagle’s head, set in silver, platinum, or gold, and worn for luck.
Magickal Uses: This stone is used in protective rituals and promotes courage and good relations between lovers and married couples. It ends domestic strife and aids in communication. It is worn or carried, especially by lawyers and public speakers, for eloquence. It can also be worn in court to ensure that the bearer’s testimony is clear and consise. Worn or placed near the heart, it relieves depression and despondency and produces peace and joy.

SELENITE
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Powers: Reconciliation, Energy
Magickal Uses: This stone was named for the ancient Moon goddess Selene. It is exchanged between lovers for reconciliation and worn to lend energy to the body.

SERPENTINE
Folk NameZa-tu-mush-gir (Assyrian)
Energy: Projective
Planet: Saturn
Element: Fire
Powers: Protection, Lactation
Magickal Lore: Seals made of this stone were carried in ancient Assyria so the gods and goddesses would send double blessings. It was also worn around the neck by nursing women to regulate their milk supply.
Magickal Uses: Serpentine’s main use is guarding against poisonous creatures (i.e., snakes, spiders, bees, scorpions) and troublesome reptiles and insects.

SODALITE
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Powers: Healing, Peace, Meditation, Wisdom
Magickal Uses: This stone is often mistaken for lapis lazuli, but it lacks the iron pyrite. This stone heals emotionally related diseases caused by stress nervousness, anger, and fear. Wear or rub over the body to dispel fear and guilt, to still the mind, relax the body, and calm inner turmoil. This stone helps to promote wisdom and is good for use in meditation.

SPHENE
Folk Name: Titanite
Energy: Projective
Planet: Mercury
Element: Air
Powers: Mental Powers, Spirituality
Magickal Uses: When found, this stone is used to improve the mind and processing information, and for studying, theorizing, and debating. Sphene is also worn to promote spiritual enlightenment during meditation.

SPINEL
Energy: Projective
Planet: Pluto
Element: Fire
Powers: Energy, Money
Magickal Uses: Spinel can be worn or used in rituals to lend energy to the body and to attract riches and wealth. It can also be worn to boost physical strength during periods of exertion.

STALAGMITES, STALACTITES
Energy: Stalagmites: Projective, Stalactites: Receptive
Element: Earth
Magickal Lore: Stalactites hang from cave roofs and stalagmites project up from cavern floors. They were thought to be petrified earth, and it was common practice by tourists 100 years ago to break them off as souvenirs. Small stalagmites and stalactites were carried in small bags to guard against negativity and evil. Its phallic shape probably contributed to its projective properties, but any other projective stone can be substituted for these stones. Don’t destroy the beauty of a cave just for magick.

STAUROLITE
Folk Names: Fairy Cross, Fairy Tears, Staurotide, Cross Stone
Elements: All
Powers: Protection, Health, Money, Elemental Powers
Magickal Lore: Staurolite comes from the Greek word stauros, meaning “cross”. People in Brittany thought they fell from the sky and worn them as charms. The crosses within these stones symbolize the intersection of physical and spiritual planes, the combination of projective and receptive energies within ourselves, sexual intercourse, and the four elements.
Magickal Uses: Staurolite is worn or carried for protection against negativity, disease, and accidents. It can be empowered and placed in the car for the last purpose. It can also be worn to draw wealth, increase the sex drive, and to control the elemental forces when set in electrum as a ring or pendant.

SUGILITE
Energy: Receptive
Planet: Jupiter
Element: Water
Powers: Psychism, Spirituality, Healing, Wisdom
Magickal Uses: This stone is worn or carried to facilitate psychic awareness, for healing, during meditation to increase awareness of the spiritual world, and to obtain wisdom.

SULFUR
Folk Names: Sulphur, Sulfer
Energy: Projective
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Powers: Protection, Healing
Magickal Lore: Sulfur was often burned in ceremonial magick to drive off demons and devils. It was believed that positive forces were attracted by sweet scents, and negative forces were repelled by foul ones. It was also burned to protect animals and dwellings from fascination.
Magickal Uses: Sulfur is often prescribed for colds, rhuematism, and bodily pain; it is usually put in a small red bag and worn around the neck. Pieces of sulfur are also put on the altar during protective rituals or in the home as a general magickal ward.

SUNSTONE
Energy: Projective
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Associated Stone: Moonstone
Associated Metal: Gold
Powers: Protection, Energy, Health, Sexual Energy
Magickal Lore: In Renaissance times, this stone was associated with the Sun due to its colors. It was set in gold and worn to bring solar influences into the magician. There are at least two stones named sunstone; a form of translucent quartz with an orange hue, and a form of feldspar which resembles an orange opal. The former stone is Oregon sunstone, and the latter comes from India and was the only sunstone used in ancient magick. This stone is magickally linked with moonstone.
Magickal Uses: Sunstone is protective, and gives extra physical energy to the body in times of stress or illness. It stimulates sexual arousal and increases sexual energy when worn near sexual regions. To spread protective energies throughout the house, place it in the home before a white candle. This stone, when placed in a bag of healing herbs, is strengthened.

TIGER’S EYE
Energy: Projective
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Associated Metal: Gold
Powers: Money, Protection, Courage, Energy, Luck, Divination
Magickal Lore: Roman soldiers wore tiger’s eye engraved with symbols for protection during battle.
Magickal Uses: Tiger’s eye promotes wealth and money, protects against all dangers, strengthens convictions, and creates courage and confidence. This stone is beneficial for the weak or sick and promotes energy flow through the body. Tiger’s eye can be used for divination when held in the hands outside on a sunny day. Gaze at the stone and still your conscious mind. It is also a past-life regression tool.
HAWK’S EYE: Also called “blue Tiger’s Eye”, this stone promotes psychic energy and can help one hold his/her temper. It is a rare stone, and quite beneficent to those who possess it.

TOPAZ
Energy: Projective
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Deity: Ra
Associated Metal: Gold
Associated Stone: Tiger’s Eye
Powers: Protection, Healing, Weight Loss, Money, Love
Magickal Lore: The stones now known as olivine and peridot were once called topaz. Topaz was used in the past to create invisibility.
Magickal Uses: Topaz specifically guards against envy, intrigue, disease, injury, sudden death, sorcery, negative magick, and lunacy. It is more effective when set in gold and bound to the left arm. It also can be worn to relieve depression, anger, fear, greed, frenzies, and other disturbing emotions. This stone also brings wealth, money, and love. It guards against fire and accidents in the home, and it fends off nightmares and stops sleepwalking when placed beneath the pillow. Topaz helps to relieve the pain of rheumatism and arthritis, as well as to regulate the digestive system. It is also good for weight loss.

TOURMALINE
Energy: Various (see below)
Planet: Various
Element: Various
Powers: Love, Friendship, Money, Business, Health, Peace, Energy, Courage, Astral Projection
Magickal Uses: When tourmaline is rubbed to create friction, one end becomes positive and the other negative.
Pink Tourmaline : Energy is Receptive, Planet is Venus, Element is Water. Wear this stone to draw love and friendship, and to promote sympathy towards others.
Red Tourmaline : Energy is Projective, Planet is Mars and Element is Fire. Also called Rubellite, this stone is worn to lend energy to the body, to promote courage, and to strengthen the will. It is used in protective rituals.
Green Tourmaline : Energy is Receptive, Planet is Venus, Element is Earth. Use this stone to draw money and business success, and to stimulate creativity.
Blue Tourmaline : Energy is Receptive, Planet is Venus, and Element is Water. Wear this stone (also known as Indicolite) to de-stress and for peace and restful sleep.
Black Tourmaline : Energy is Receptive, Planet is Saturn, Element is Earth. Use this stone for grounding purposes, to represent the Earth in spells, and protection from negativity. You may also find this stone under the name Schorl.
Watermelon Tourmaline : Energies are Projective and Receptive, Planets are Mars and Venus, and Elements are Fire and Water. This stone is worn to balance the male and female energies within the body. It also attracts love and works best when used by balanced people.
Tourmalated Quartz : Energy is Receptive and Planet is Pluto. Wear or place beneath the pillow to promote astral projection. Also, you can obtain a sphere of this stone and gaze at it. Still your mind and project your astral body into it.

TURQUOISE
Folk NamesFayruz (Arabic, “Lucky Stone”), Turkey Stone, Turkish Stone, Thyites (ancient Greek), Venus Stone, Horseman’s Talisman
Energy: Receptive
Planets: Venus, Neptune
Element: Earth
Deities: Hathor, Buddha, The Great Spirit
Associated Metal: Gold
Powers: Protection, Courage, Money, Love, Friendship, Healing, Luck
Magickal Lore: Turquoise is a sacred stone to many Native American tribes. It has been used with coral to create sand paintings and placed in tombs to guard the dead. The Pueblos laid turquoise under a floor as an offering to the deities when a house was built. It was also attached to bows to ensure accurate shots.
Magickal Uses: Turquoise is a protective stone. Turquoise carvings of horses and sheep are kept by Navajos to guard against negative magick. A turquoise ring guards against the evil eye, disease, serpents, poison, violence, accidents, and all other dangers, and it promotes courage. Horse riders mount turquoise in gold and wear it to prevent falls, and they attach a second piece to the bridle or saddle to protect the horse. It is a good amulet for travelers, and it aids in gaining wealth. Given as a gift, it bestows wealth and happiness upon its receiver. Turquoise is also used in love magick; it is used to promote martial happiness. It also attracts friends, increases beauty, and creates joy and even-temperedness. Turquoise is a lucky stone which brings good fortune.

This is a healing stone which strengthens the eyes, alleviates fevers, and reduces headaches. Turquoise rings and pendants are worn to promote and protect health. It is said to prevent migraines.

ZIRCON
Energy: Projective
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Associated Metal: Gold
Powers: Projection, Beauty, Love, Peace, Sexual Energy, Healing, Anti-Theft
Magickal Uses:
Clear (or White) Zircon : A magickal substitute for diamond that is worn for protection, clear thinking, and to promote mental processes. Here’s an odd ritual: kiss this stone. The stone will remain clear if you’re chaste, but it will turn black if you are not.
Yellow Zircon (Jargon, Jargoon, Ligure) : Wear to increase sexual energy and to attract love. Carry to drive away depression, to increase alertness, and for business success.
Orange Zircon (Jacinth, Hyacinth) : Wear to increase beauty, to still fears and jealousy, and to guard against injury while traveling. Place in the home to guard against theft or keep with valuables for this purpose. Set it gold to double its power.
Red Zircon (Hyacinth) : Red Zircon increases riches if worn, and it guards against injury. It is a protective stone which vitalizes the body, heals, draws pain from the body, and lends extra energy in times of physical stress.
Brown Zircon (Malacon) : Use for grounding, centering, and in wealth and money spells.
Green Zircon : Use in money spells.

Full Moon Names

English: Moon over cumulus clouds

English: Moon over cumulus clouds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Full Moon Names and Meanings

Many human cultures have given names to the full moon throughout the year. Different full moon names can be found among the Chinese, Celtic, Old English, and New Guinea cultures, to name a few. In addition, Native American tribes often used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons and gave a unique name to each recurring full moon. The full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.

Although many Native American Tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known names of the full moon come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the moons. They even invented some of their own names that have been passed down through time.

The names given below aren’t the only ones that have been used. Every full moon, with one exception, had variations on its name among various Algonquin tribes, not to mention other tribes throughout North America. But the names below are the most common. Some of the variations are also mentioned.

January: The Wolf Moon
In January snow gathers deep in the woods and the howling of wolves can be heard echoing in the cold still air. Some tribes called this moon the Snow Moon, but most often it was used for the next month.

February: The Snow Moon
Snow piles even higher in February, giving this moon its most common name. Among tribes that used this name for the January moon, the February moon was called the Hunger Moon due to the challenging hunting conditions.

March: The Worm Moon
Snow slowly begins to melt, the ground softens, and earthworms show their heads again and their castings or fecal matter can be found. Other signs of spring gave rise to other variations: the cawing of crows (the Crow Moon); the formation of crusts on the snow from repeated thawing and freezing (the Crust Moon); and the time for tapping maple trees (the Sap Moon). Christian settlers also called this the Lenten Moon and considered it the last moon of winter.

April: The Pink Moon
Flowers begin to appear, including the widespread grass pink or wild ground phlox. Other variations indicate more signs of full spring, such as Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and Fish Moon (common among coastal tribes).

May: The Flower Moon
Flowers come into full bloom and corn is ready to plant. Also called the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

June: The Strawberry Moon
Strawberry-picking season reaches its peak during this time. This is one of the few names that was universal to all Algonquin tribes.

July: The Buck Moon
Buck deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers in July. Frequent thunderstorms in the New England area also resulted in the name Thunder Moon. Some tribes also used Hay Moon.

August: The Sturgeon Moon
The sturgeon, a large fish common to the Great Lakes and other nearby bodies of water, is most easily caught during this month. The reddish appearance of the moon through the frequent sultry hazes of August also prompted a few tribes to dub it the Red Moon. Other names included the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.

September: The Harvest Moon
Many of the Native American tribes’ staple foods, such as corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and rice, are ready for gathering at this time. The strong light of the Harvest Moon allowed European farmers to work late into the night to harvest their crops. The Harvest Moon does not always occur in September. Traditionally, the name goes to the full moon closest to the autumn equinox, which falls during October once or twice a decade. Sometimes the September full moon was called the Corn Moon.

October: The Hunter’s Moon
After the fields have been reaped, the leaves begin to fall and the deer are fat and ready for eating. Hunters can ride easily over the fields’ stubble, and the fox and other animals are more easily spotted. Some years the Harvest Moon falls in October instead of September.

November: The Beaver Moon
At this time of year the beavers are busy preparing for winter, and it’s time to set beaver traps and secure a store of warm fur before the swamps freeze over. Some tribes called this the Frosty Moon.

December: The Cold Moon
Winter takes a firm hold and temperatures plummet at this time. Sometimes this moon is also called the Long Night Moon as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun. The full moon name often used by Christian settlers is the “Moon before Yule”.

Blue Moon
Note that due to the 29-day lunar cycle the exact dates of the full moon move every year. Most seasons have three full moons, but because of the variation some seasons have four full moons. The term “blue moon” was used to identify one of these extra full moons. A mistaken definition in the March 1946 edition of Sky and Telescope magazine claimed the blue moon fell on the second full moon of the calendar month. This mistake caused widespread misunderstanding until it was finally corrected in 1999.

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.”

Scrying

Scrying is something all witches learn from a very tender age, it means to perceive or to reveal. To scry you need a reflective surface to gaze into, this can be a crystal ball, a mirror, a candle flame or water. It is an ancient technique used for the purposes of divination. Many witches use a crystal ball or a crystal sphere which stimulates their psychically induced images. You are the scryer and you are going beyond the conscious mind into a mystical place to gain information offered by the cosmos, our ancestor’s scryed using clouds by day, and the reflection of moonlight on water by night. Nonphysical shapes and images appeared on the surface of the water, in mirrors, crystal balls, clouds and flames. Sometimes what appears is symbolic or images from the past or future may be revealed, at times symbols are shown. It is up to the scryer to interpret what the images, or symbols mean and it is only through practice and the intuition of the scryer that accurate, informative and helpful messages and information are revealed. Those who can scry anywhere anytime, are fortunate to have this magical skill, so long as they are able to switch it off at will and do not become completely distracted every time they see a shiny black surface. For the rest of us there are many things we can experiment with to make scrying easier, and different things will work for different people. Scrying can be defined as the art of gazing into a dark mirror, water or crystal, going beyond the physical eyes and letting the inner psychic eye open allowing us to receive visions and information.

Scrying is a learned skill, just as riding a bicycle, or ice skating, practice is necessary, even with an innate talent, and as with any other learned skill, patience is needed during the learning curve. When you first begin learning there will be times when you feel you have reached a point and are standing still, then there will be a shift of energy and a growth spurt will occur. There will be sessions where things work well, and sessions where you feel nothing is coming through, but as you continue you will find that there are more highs than lows, and you will feel more comfortable as you progress.

Some people have a natural aptitude for scrying. They only have to walk past a shallow puddle in the road, glance at a piece of black glass, admire the glossy fur of a black cat and numerous images flood into their minds. Others have to spend days, weeks, months, even years, mastering this apparently simple technique, staring into elaborate black mirrors and seeing nothing but their own dark reflection – frustrating indeed – and of course, that very frustration makes things more difficult. As with all magic, it needs to be taken seriously, but with a playful and curious state of mind. Trying too hard is counterproductive. One of the things which make scrying so hard for some people to do, is that like meditation, it requires an altered state of consciousness to be achieved, but with the eyes open. In meditation, path working, and in parts of a ritual most people prefer to work with their eyes closed, this makes an altered state so much easier to reach and to maintain.

Over the centuries people have been eager to know what the future holds and have tried various mediums to gain the anticipated information that will guide them in their life, they can find out about their financial situation, their loved ones and relatives. When there was no other form of communication, other than the written word carried by a messenger, or the spoken word. And people were away from loved ones, scrying was one way to keep an eye on those close. The world was a much bigger place then and people could not traverse the world with the ease we do nowadays.

For centuries scrying has been practiced by adepts and novices alike, by witches, magicians, sorcerers, priestesses, priests, kings and queens, many different tools were used, sacred vessels, pieces of glass, bowls of water, crystal balls, crystals and so on. What is revealed to the scryer is not always easy to distinguish and it can be and the images, symbols or messages can be fuzzy, hazy and unclear. Our Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides often offer us assistance when we are scrying, by way of symbols, messages any imagery. We can consult with the God or Goddess energies and other deities, who can offer guidance through there infinite wisdom. The future always holds many variables and the future revealed when scrying is influenced by our choices, universal shifts beyond our manipulations, and the action or inaction of those with whom we interact.

The predictably changeable quality of the future, can through practice become clearer as our skills are honed, and through careful and cautious study and contemplation of the symbols, images and messages received, effective choices can be made. Thus our carefully calculated and implemented actions can holistically influence our destiny. Witches are adept scryers and at a glance are able to discern and interpret what is revealed to them, in whatever form it is presented.

The earliest uses of crystals and gemstones comes from the Druids to gain knowledge of their future, the Scottish Highlanders referred to them as the “stones of power.” During the middle ages crystal balls were considered precious items, and skilled scryers often passed them on to their apprentices. Apache medicine men used clear quartz crystals to induce visions and the Yucatan scryers placed a mystical reverence on the clear quartz crystals. The goddess Hathor carried a shield which reflected things in their true light, from this shield she was able to create the first magic mirror used for scrying. The Ancient Persians used the Cup of Jamshid, along with wizards and those involved with occult practices, with this they were able to observe the seven layers of the universe. The cup was filled with the elixir of immortality. The ancient Celts and Greeks used beryl tools, crystal, black glass, water and clear quartz. Romans used any shiny objects and crystals. Nostradamus used a bowl of water for scrying as he gazed into this and saw into the future. The Alchemists John Dee and Edward Kelley, used a crystal ball or polished obsidian.

Communication with Divine Energy takes place when someone is scrying, crystals have, are and will continue to be used for communication. Crystals are favoured by diviners because of their symmetry and are important tools for all those who practice the art of scrying.

When selecting a stone we should choose one that first draws us and refracts light well, pick it up and see how it feels, close your eyes and get a sense of the energy it is emitting, decide whether it feels right for you. If the first one does not then try the same thing again with another crystal, keep doing this until you find one that you feel in tune with and know you can work with. The traditional way to care for the crystal or crystal ball, was to never expose it to sunlight because sunlight inhibits the connection with the psychic mind and blurs the communication with the Divine Energy. Moonlight, was thought to provide the correct energy by charging the crystals with the energy of the Moon.

Scrying is something that becomes easier through practice and it is found that those who are practiced in the art tend to see the same symbols and symbolic images, each time they scry. Therefore once correctly interpreted, the symbols can be quickly and readily understood in the context of the reading. In order to scry successfully it is necessary to allow the intuition free reign and to trust our psychic vision. Scrying can also help us to divine our dreams and use the knowledge to enhance our life.

Through scrying we are able to tap the wisdom offered by the Akashic Records which contains the experience and knowledge of all mankind, past present and what is held for our future. Once we enter this realm normal time restrictions do not apply, it means we have reached a place where there are no time limitations.

Often witches scry inside a magic circle to avoid being distracted by outside influences which distort the visions, it is better to scry at night as psychic vibrations are more easily received. Night offers the most suitable energy for any form of divination, and those who are skilled in the art of scrying will only do so after the sky is dark and the white noise of the day has lessened.

Witches use their scrying abilities to find a lost object, this is done by holding a crystal pendant over a map where the object is thought to be lost, the more energetically the pendant swings the closer you are to the lost item. When the crystal pendant has located the object it will pull down to the specific point on the map.

Whatever instrument you use to scry with you will be tapping your Clairvoyant abilities, images will be projected into your crystal ball, crystal sphere or whatever it is you have chosen to work with. It is the psychic eye that projects the images allowing you to see them and be able to interpret the messages. From this vantage point you are able to tune into the past, present and the future, and we are able to see beings from other dimensions. With practice and patience we are able to communicate with these beings from other dimensions, whether they be Angels, Nature Spirits, relatives who have passed over, or Spirit Guides. People often find that they have a particular connection, or spiritual link with people with whom we have been linked and who are acting as teachers.

Through scrying and the tapping of the Collective Unconscious we are able to not only see (Clairvoyance), but to hear (Clairaudience) which is hearing with our psychic ear. Through scrying and the burning of fragrant oils, scented candles and incense, we stimulate our psychic sensing (Clairsentience). This where our psychic senses are heightened letting us tune into our feelings using this vital psychic sense.

If we think of ourselves as spiritual beings encased in a physical body we can then believe in the Divine Light within everybody and then tap into the wise inner being within us all. There is a vast amount of information floating around the cosmos and scrying assists us in tapping this readily available information. We all carry within us hidden and unprocessed information which through scrying can be accessed and used to enhance our lives. Images seen when we scry, offer us ancient information passed onto us from the experiences of the people from that particular time.

Information can be given through images given by Nature Spirits, Angels, Spirit Guides or ancient ancestors, even deceased relatives offer guidance. Eventually after much practice, as soon as you see something in your crystal ball, mirror or water reflection, your mind will quickly interpret words and impressions. You may actually feel something physically, such as tingling in the fingers and toes, or a prickling sensation on top of the head, sometimes it may feel as though your face is being touched, this is to do with the energies you are accessing.

Through scrying you are able to travel back in time to view your past in this lifetime, you can then project forward and view what you will be doing in the future, viewing the people you are to meet, and the places you are to go. As you move backwards and forward in time you experience the space where time has no relevance. Although when you move backwards and forward you are in the space of no time, you can if you choose to gauge the time of when the future events are to take place.

When symbols are presented to us during scrying, even though we may not understand at first, what the meaning is, there is within us, somewhere down deep inside, where we retain the clairvoyant ability to interpret the meaning. Symbols, and the profound information they contain, will be shown more often once you develop your clairvoyant abilities, this is due to the fact that symbols offer information that is deeper and more spiritual.

A crystal ball will reveal detailed images more readily than the flame of a candle, and as your clairaudient ability becomes stronger you will be able to distinguish the messages you are given more readily. Clairaudience and reading for others requires that we speak with gentleness and understanding when reading for others and revealing information that comforts and helps. When scrying with a crystal ball psychic touch operates as a generator to our psychic energies, transmitting psychic impressions, there is an energy field around anything you use to scry with, much as human beings have an auric field. It is important to use our own judgement regarding the validity and the appropriateness of the information you receive. While at the same time being acutely sensitive to the querent’s emotional wellbeing, and whether they are strong enough to receive all, or just some of the information received. Sounds often trigger impressions, fragrances, tastes, images and senses and can transport us to another time and place. Crystals are amplifiers they receive and transmit energy assisting the one who is scrying.

To be able to scry successfully, dedication and patience is needed, and if your psychic abilities have not yet surfaced, you may find that scrying can awaken that which is within you waiting to be revealed. Once the symbolism has been revealed to you, and you have acquired sufficient understanding to interpret the symbols scrying will become a more natural form of divination. If you find that it is too difficult to awaken your abilities through scrying, put it aside for a time and try the Viking Runes, or the Tarot, this may be an easier way to begin your journey. You can always go back to scrying as you become more in tune with your abilities.

To crystal scry successfully do so at night, as night rules the psychic mind and the energies are conducive to psychic phenomenon. Create a space in your home where you can sit comfortably, and have somewhere to place your crystal, or crystal ball. Always light a candle, or candles before you begin, making sure that candles are placed safely in suitable candle holders, and away from any flammable object or material.

Allow yourself to enter a relaxed state by closing your eyes and taking several deep breaths, when you open your eyes touch the crystal, or crystal ball until it feels warm, by doing this you are connecting your energy to the energy of the stone. The heat activates the stone and you are becoming as one with the instrument you will be using, thus allowing the psychic energy to flow.

Before beginning to scry, and while touching the stone it is important to contemplate the intention of the reading, being as clear and concise as possible. By sending out a clear message or thought tuning in to the necessary psychic energies will begin.

You are now ready to gaze into the crystal, or crystal ball, at this point you are going beyond the conscious mind and entering a place of psychic awakening, where you will be receptive to messages, images or symbols that may be revealed to you.

As you gaze into the stone imagine your mind merging with the energy of the stone and being encased by the light within the stone. As you do this you will feel the energy shifting, go beyond any physical images as the reflective light of the stone links you with the Divine Energy, enhancing your psychic vision. When you feel as one with the Divine Energy, absorb the impressions and insights that come to you, your senses will heighten and your inner psychic ear will be acutely aware of sound. Relax into this energy and feel it flow through you.

While scrying information can come to you via all five senses, and will not necessarily be visual, sometimes it is just a sense of, or there may be flashes of intuition that you instantly understand the meaning of. How you receive the information is not as important as how you interpret it, when you review what you have perceived during your scrying, do so in a non-logical way.

As you are learning, limit your sessions by giving yourself a specific amount of time in which to work, begin with ten minute sessions and work up from there. You are aiming for a session of forty five minutes in length, in this time you enter an altered state of awareness leading to acute psychic receptivity.

The most common techniques for scrying are;

Water gazing, dark water is a good way to start, not least because it is easily available and costs nothing. A pool can be lovely to scry in, though I would recommend sitting or kneeling down to do so, since it is very easy to forget what your body is doing once your mind becomes absorbed, and it is somewhat undignified to fall into the (possibly stagnant) water at a moment of great revelation. A black bowl filled with water is another method and has the advantage of being safe and suitable for indoor use. Tap water is fine, but spring water will probably work better. Perhaps the best kind of water to use is Moon water: spring, rain or sea water which has been placed in the Moonlight every night for a whole lunar cycle. The water can be blessed in whatever way you feel is appropriate, possibly dedicated to one of the Moon goddesses who rule such activities as these. An alternative to using a black bowl is simply to use any dish but to darken the water with black ink. The old witch in her cottage would doubtless have done her scrying in a bubbling cauldron of stew or in the water boiling in an iron pot ready to make up some herbal brews.

Crystal gazing, always use a clear crystal, one you have chosen for the specific purpose of scrying, and only use it for this purpose, this is the most popular form of divination. It is to be a crystal that draws you and one that feels comfortable to the touch, place it on a table in front of you. Do your deep breathing until you are completely relaxed, make sure you have a lit candle behind your crystal then touch the crystal. When scrying with a crystal you may turn it to view different images, crystals are conductors of energy, able to send and receive signals. Once you have become attuned to your crystal you will receive a wealth of information, through thoughts, images, symbols, senses, supernatural beings, or loved ones. Older crystals have a higher frequency and are able to keep records of ancient knowledge. As you gaze at your crystal you are looking at the window of the crystal and while you work the crystal will bring into balance the body, mind and spirit. When you and your crystal link frequencies you will intuitively receive information that is relevant, sometimes when gazing into the crystal shapes will move and change before your eyes.

Fire gazing, flame of a candle can produce some dramatic and startling results as the energy of fire is conducive to psychic visions, always use candles with care and place then safely in candle holders.

Mirror gazing, black mirrors easiest to use because they don’t slop about like water (at least not under normal circumstances!). They are expensive to buy but very easy to make. Spray the back of the glass from a cheap clip frame with a couple of coats of black enamel paint. Make sure the glass is spotlessly clean before you do so as any little marks may spoil your concentration when you come to use it. Once the paint is completely dry, return the glass to the frame. Bless the mirror if you wish to and treat it with the respect due to any magical object. It can be kept hanging on the wall or put away after use, wrapped in a natural material like silk or cotton. If you prefer something a little more fancy, charity shops are excellent hunting grounds for interesting frames. The size of the mirror is not important, although if you are just learning the technique, a larger surface area will probably prove easier to use. I would also avoid too elaborate a frame on a small mirror as it may distract you. When gazing into a mirror, with all lights turned out you enter a trance preparing you for scrying work, it acts as a focal point for visualization and can become a doorway into the astral plane.

The dark mirror allows communication with higher realms, and the subconscious access to the Akashic Records. View your past lives by gazing into the mirror and watching your face change shape, and your hair change style and colour. Each time you try this, the images become more refined and detailed, allowing you to gain a clearer picture of your history. Spirit energy can also be perceived while gazing into the mirror, some people find this a little daunting the first time they try this. A black scrying mirror is a powerful psychic tool, offering the user hidden knowledge and clairvoyant ability, it can other be a portal to other planes of existence. The hidden mysteries of oracular temples and the ancient rites of the magick mirror and the techniques that were practiced are again coming to light.

A further use of this art is to communicate with another person, such as a magical partner, especially if they live a long way away and you cannot meet very often. Each person should have their own mirror, dedicated solely to this purpose. Ideally the mirrors should be identical and made by the people involved on an occasion when they are together, to ensure the closeness of the link. When separated both people look into the mirror at an agreed time and a good psychic channel of communication can be set up. With practice, it becomes possible to call the other person to the mirror if you really need to talk to them at a time when you have not agreed to “meet

Egyptian Dream Scrying, used by the ancient Egyptian priests and priestesses as part of their initiation ceremony. Water would be placed in a large black bowl, after entering into an altered state the Initiate gazed into the vessel and the Initiates destiny was revealed. To use the Egyptian Dream scrying technique you must observe absolute silence once the sun sets, until after you have finished scrying. Drink only water before you begin and shower or have a bath, after which you are to use olive oil on your temples. After bathing and before you begin scrying light a candle. Next write on a plane white piece of paper with black ink the purpose of your Dream scrying, and the name of a dream god. Morpheus and Thoth are both dream gods. Draw an image of the dream god on your left palm, sit comfortably and gaze at the candle flame. Look at the image on your palm and call upon the dream god of your choosing, by saying the name of the god and then recite after the name “I invoke through the silence of night awakened power of dreams divine.” You then focus on your question and blow out the flame of the candle. After this climb into bed and go to sleep, when you awaken write down your dreams and decipher the message.

Symbols are subjective, and interpretation is peculiar to the diviner, a crystal will offer a clear picture of a symbol or symbols, they can be messages from spirit energy nearby. You will likely find that over time, and after symbols are repeated, you begin to get a sense of what they mean and the message becomes clear.

There are traditional interpretations that some scryers use, however over time it is likely that you will create your own, until that time you may wish to try these;

Blue clouds: Career or business success.

Gold clouds: The chance of a new romance, a flow of cash, prosperity.

Grey clouds: Dark gray – Black; Sadness, disappointment, ill fortune.

Green clouds: Happiness and good health.

Orange clouds: Unresolved emotions, suppressed anger and aggression.

Red clouds: Be aware of what is going on around you.

Silver clouds: Some difficulty ahead which will be overcome leading to happiness.

White clouds: Good fortune awaits.

Yellow clouds: Be patient and strong there are obstacles to come.

Stones used for scrying

Apophyllite: This stone allows us to see into the future after gazing into it.

Diamond: Suitable for all types of scrying.

Obsidian: This is a black power stone that aids us in accessing the subconscious mind.

Scrying is a magical art with many possibilities. Exactly what it is and how it works is for each individual practitioner to decide for themselves, but it will certainly enhance and focus both the psychic and creative abilities of the magician who is drawn into dark pools to find the bright treasure of secret knowledge. The act of scrying is related to the Moon and lunar energy that is why it is always best to practice after dark. When within your home and before you begin, extinguish electric lights and work by candlelight. Experiment with where and how you like to work, and always place yourself in a calm and quiet environment to assure a successful session, you may also work with quiet music, without lyrics. For any type of divination a calm and meditative atmosphere is necessary, somewhere the scryer can feel unhurried, peaceful and calm, and are able to  comfortably open up to the Divine Energy.