What Do I Need to Have and Do to Be a Witch – series continues Part 1

How Long Does a Spell Take to Work?

Let me start by reminding you the Universe, Gods, and Goddesses do not wear watches, look at clocks, or use calendars as we do. Where we may think of time in different ways for different things in this lifetime starting with a year being 365 days for 3 years in a row and than the 4th year has 366 days. Or to break it down smaller those day are broke down into 12 months 11 of them always have either 30 or 31 days and the 12th month consist of 28 dayys for 3 years in a row and every 4th year it gets 1 extra day. The 12 months break down in 52 weeks most consistening of 7 days. 7 days breaks down for a total of 168 hrs or 24 hours per day every day of a year. I could go futher and break it down to the number of minutes and seconds per day but I don’t feel like borung you or doing the math right now. The form of a calendar was introduced in 1584 by Pope Gergory XIII and is referred to as the Gregorian calendar.

Right about now if I were you I would be asking myself, “What does this have to do with Witchcraft and spellwork?” The answers is we are bound on this planet by time restrictions be it something that make time seem to go faster or be it something that makes it feel like time is running slower but no matter on the passing of time feels a day still only has 24 hours, each hour 60 minutes, and each minute has 60 seconds.

When we write a spell the questios I was taught to ask and teach my students to ask include When should the spell start and when should it come to furitation? Going back to my original sentence that Goddesses, Gods, and The Universe do not wear watches or look at clocks to find out what time it is, nor do thet look at at calendar to see the day or date or even what year it is.

Keeping in mind about time, the Universe, and when you want a spell to come to fruitation bring the results you want. Let me tell you from personal experience one spell I did multiple times a years for 17 years and each year I would pick a date for my spell to come to fruitation. I wrote a spell for each phase of the Moon asking for a coffee shop to open up within walking distance of my house. Here’s where we go to lack of Universal time for me it took 17 1/2 years for my spell to work but if you think of how long scientists have said our universe has been around those 17 1/2 years are probably less than a blink of an I for the God and Goddess I invoked to help my spells to have more power. But there is now a nice coffee shop about 5 blocks from my home that also has yummy baked goods they make right there.

A close friend of mine wrote different spell and rituals to bring as perfect of a fit as possible to what she wanted in a man for a long term relationship. After dating a few men that were not right at all when she really got to know them. But she kept empowering a special jar where she placed things and a list of the qualties the right man she wanted it had. Each time she tired and it wasn’t the right man she got discouraged but did not give up and about 4 years after doing a lovers spell for the 1st her dream man came into her life and they are very happy together. I need to stress this was not a special to make a specific man fall in love with her. The spell was sent out for a man to come to her of his own free will to see if they were compatible or not.

The reason for these examples is to stress you may have to wait for your spell to work and when it does it is because it is at the time in your life you really need it to come to fruition. So don’t get upset if it doesn’t happen by the date you set for it to. I have learned instead of setting a specific date I want wherever it is I did the spell for I ask the deity and/or universe to find the right time in my life for it to happen. There are exceptions to this like healing or comforting spells or a ritual for someone who died to cross the veil as these are thing we need our spells to work as quick as possible and the Goddesses and Gods can see the urgency in the spell or ritual happening right now.

I have been asked many times if a spell has to rhyme or not. This is a topic that is damaged daily by pagans especially witches. The Wicce/Wican Rede says, “To bind the spell every time, let the spell be speak in rhyme.” But their are traditions in the pagan community that follow none of the Wicce/Wiccan and even some witches that do follow the major part of the Rede,”Do what ye will, least it harm none, and” do not always rhyme spells. Personally most of my spells rhyme but longer ones usually do not. I have over the years that when my spells rhyme because it takes longer for me to write them which helps me to focus more on my intent to make sure the words I am using have the correct meaning for the out come I want.

I strongly suggest that every with who is writing spells have a regular dictionary, a thesaurus (sometimes a word you are using his no rhyming word that works for your spell so you can look it up and find others words with same meaning that rhyme with another word you want to use in your spell), and lastly a rhyme dictionary (this dictionary has been invisible to me when my brain derails from failing to come up with the word I want to use.)

I teach my students as I was taught to have any spell we write to be able to answer all 6 of these questions:

Who is the spell for?

Why does the person including yourself want it done?

What is the spell for?

When is the best for the spell to be done?

When should the spell come to fruition?

How is the spell going to be done? This answer would list things like herbs, essential to oils, crystals, bags to make into a mojo bag, candles, paper, pen, altar items, etc.

The great thing about being a with is you do not have to follow my suggestions at all and do spell in a way you are comfortable with and you get results from.

Copyright Lady Beltane 2019

What Do I Need To Have and Do to Be a Witch? – Introduction to Series

This is an introduction to help explain the title question. Today’s post is just going to answer frequently ask questions I have gotten over the years. Some of the other topics for this series will include but not limited to magickal tools, herbs, essential oils, crystals, precious and semi-precious gems, stones, your Book of Shadows, your altar and what you want to put on it, spells, rituals, etcetera. Most of the topics have other posts about them on Coven Life and Witches of The Craft. I also might add viedo links and/or a link for a general search on that day’s topic.

If you have questions about things in any of the post please ask them in the Comment box located below each post. This way if other people have the same question I only have to answer once.

If at anytime you want to share a picture of how you do something for that days topic please email it to LadyBeltane@aol.com subject line should have “For Sharing” please include your first name only or you pagan name and a short description about the picture. At the end of each days post the top I for tomorrow will be there. If you get pictures to me by 8:00 PM CDT for the next days topic I will include them in them post.

Any questions please ask them in the Comment section and I will reply to them by 8:00 PM CDT.

Tomorrow’s topic will be “Magickal Tool.” I look forward to learning different ways of doing things for every topic with you.

 

The Importance of Grounding Excess Energy After Doing a Spell or Ritual

During any type of magickal workings there is energy that is unused to complete it. This energy, especially if it is allowed to build up over time can cause minor or major problems usually with electronic devices. So grounding the extra energy every single time you do a spell and/or ritual whether you are doing inside or outside of a sacred circle must be grounded to Mother Earth. She should be told the energy is here to use however it will help her. You should also do this anytime you cast a circle for any reason.

To ground the excess energy raise your hands palm facing downward, as far as you can than slowly bring them down until you touch the ground of outside of the floor inside. If you cannot bring your hand all the way down bring them.as close to the ground or floor as you can and then imagine the energy being pushed down from that level into Mother Earth.

Wether you are working alone as a Solitary or in a Coven this is a very important piece of the spell.and/or ritual to especially when I’m your home.

I have a sister who had practiced for a few years grounding the extra energy only when she felt like it which was not that often. One  day many years ago we were talking about witch stuff and she was explaining  some problems she was having with the lights on her altar along with the fact her desktop computer, which was in the same room wasn’t working right at all and no scans could find anything wrong. After explaining the importance of grounding she did a major grounding of the built up excess energy over the years including grounding herself. The next day her computer and lights in the room started working right again.

When I forget to ground excess energy, we all can for her sometimes, after doing a quick spell in my den which is also the room I use as my sacred space/altar room, it builds up and starts blowing up light bulbs somewhere in my home. So try not to let this happen very often, replacing light bulbs can be expensive…lol Even after lighting and putting out an empowered I ground this excess energy. I have a healing candle that I normally light daily to help with my fibromyalgia pain, so I ground excess energy almost every day. Yes sometime I for get to do it after I put the candle out and if I have not done anything else like a spell, ritual of a circle for some reason it does not cause me a problem but if I do not ground the excess energy after lighting the candle two days it will cause some  type of electrical problem in my, as I really  refer to it, witch cave, will.happen or in the bathroom that you enter into through my witch cave.

Besides feeding your intention in to your the other very important thing is to always ground excess energy as soon as your magical work is done. If you are working in a circle ground the excess energy before opening the circle.

Copyright Lady Beltane 2019

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The Four Quarters or Corners

In This Article:  What are the Quarters?  •  How are the Quarters Called?  •  Deosil vs. Widdershins

What are the Quarters?

The ‘Quarters’ often refer to the elements of nature that are forces honored by Pagans and Witches. They are named many things, but you will often hear them referred to as corners, quarters, Watchtowers, elements, Elementals, etc. All of these related titles have different meanings and represent different forms of energy.

As with nearly everything in the Craft or in Paganism, these forces are seen differently by each individual. This is a general explanation of what they are and how they are ‘called’. Above all else, research and explore all the opinions you can acquire, but remember that you are your own best teacher and there is no substitute for personal experience.

Many people feel that the pentacle represents the four elements, with the practitioner, the divine, ‘spirit’, ether, or akasha residing above the rest as represented by the top point. This demonstrates how the Witch, or the divine within the practitioner, guides the elements or forces. This is just one interpretation of the pentacle or of how elements are viewed in relation to the Witch.

To read the rest of this article from Pagan Path please click on this link: http://paganpath.com/study/library/trads/167-watchtowers

Casting Instructions for ‘Calling the Quarters (calling the watchtowers) Spell’

Charge your circle and start with the east, south, west, and then finally north.

Take wand -: ?Hail unto You, O Guardians of the Watchtower of the East, Powers of Air and Inspiration! We invoke You, and ask You to be with us this night, to share with us Your love, Your guidance, and Your inspiration. We pray that You will help us to open our minds and our eyes and strengthen our thoughts as we go forward this night. We bid You hail and welcome!?

For calling the rest of the Watchtowers according to Spells of Magic website click on this link: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/spells/spiritual_spells/conjuring_spells/4663/page.html

Celebration of the Four Elements

Lori Toye, author of the “Earth Changes” series of books writes in her blog of the Celebration of the Four Elements.  It is a time of “The Legend and Myth of Shamballa-the Etheric City of White.”

I find that I enjoy decorating my altar at this time of year to follow along with the celebration of Shamballa.  I feel it gives me a greater connection with the four elements.  In her series of books, she gets into the various meanings of the Seven Color Rays of Light and Sound…and I like to incorporate them in my altar for Shamballa by using candles of those colors.

Her blog post about Shamballa can be found at this link:  http://iamamericaearthchanges.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-legend-and-myth-of-shamballa.html

More information about the Color Rays can be found at this link:  http://loritoye.com/Media/sevenraysoflightandsound.pdf 

© 2015 Wolf Woman Ways

 

 

Summerlands

“Shining bright against the sky,
they never seem to fade or die
And as they glow throughout the night,
Round the world they go in flight”
-Peter Fein

~ Three Stages of Life by Klimt

There were many symbols sacred to the Celts. The number three was evident in many of their spiritual practices,
for instance, the three worlds:

The Upperworld (Sky)

The Middle World or Earth (Land)

The Lowerworld or Underworld (Sea)

The Celts determined that the rise to the Summerland was by accessing the Sky, while entrance into to the Lowerworld or Underworld was admitted through the Sea or by mounds known as Sidhe (shee). The Underworld does not refer to ‘hell’ as the Christian beliefs, but rather a place of rest to await and be reborn. The Celts did not believe in an all-evil entity such as the Christian devil.

Reincarnation seems to be one of the most controversial spiritual topics of our time. Hundreds of books are being published on the subject as if the Western world had only recently discovered this ancient doctrine.

Reincarnation is one of Wicca’s most valuable lessons. The knowledge that this life is but one of many, that when the physical body dies we do not cease to exist but are reborn in another body answers many questions, but raises a few more.

Why? Why are we reincarnated? In common with many other religions, Wicca teaches that reincarnation is the instrument through which our souls are perfected. One lifetime isn’t sufficient to attain this goal; hence, the consciousness (soul) is reborn many times,each life encompassing a different set of lessons, until perfection is achieved. Perhaps being an “old soul” means one is a slow learner. No one can say how many lives are required before this is achieved. We are human and its easy to get caught up in our day to day dramas.

A man could even become his own daughter by dying before she is born and then entering her body at birth. Some tribes avoid eating certain animals because they believe that the souls of their ancestors dwell in those animals.

 

In Wicca, we seek to strengthen our bodies, minds and souls.We certainly live full, productive earthly lives, but we try to do so while harming none, the constant One upsmanship, intimidation and looking out for number one slows this journey down.

 

The soul is ageless, sexless, non-physical, possessed of the divine spark of the Goddess and God.Each manifestation of the soul(i.e: Each body it inhabits on earth) is different. No two bodies or lives are the same. If this wasn’t so,the soul would stagnate.The sex, race, place of birth,economic class and every other individuality of the soul is determined by its actions in past lives and the lessons necessary to the present.

 

As an aid in learning the lessons of each life, a phenomenon exists which has been called karma. Karma is often misunderstood.It is not a system of rewards and punishments,but a phenomenon that guides the soul toward evolving actions. Thusly, if a person performs negative actions, negative actions will be returned.Good brings good.With this in mind, there’s little reason to act negatively.

 

 

Karma means action,and that’s how it works. It is a tool, not a punishment. There’s no way one can “wipe out”karma, and neither is every seemingly terrible event in our lives a byproduct of karma.

 

We learn from karma only when we are aware of it. Many look into their past lives to discover their mistakes,to uncover the problems inhibiting progress in this one. Trance and meditation techniques can help here, but true self-knowledge is the best means of accomplishing this.

 

What happens after death? Only the body dies. The soul lives on.Some Wiccans say that it journeys to a realm variously known as the Land of the Faerie ,the summerland, and the land of the young. This realm is neither in heaven nor the underworld. It simply is-a non-physical reality much less dense than ours. Some Wiccan traditions describe it as a land of eternal summer, with grassy fields and sweet flowing rivers, perhaps the earth before the arrival of humans. Others see it vaguely as a realm without forms, where energy swirls coexist with the greatest energies-the Goddess and God in their celestial identities.

 

One day you may “know”, not believe, that reincarnation is as real as a plant that buds, flowers, drops its seed, withers and creates a new plant in its image. Reincarnation was probably first intuited by earlier peoples watching nature. Until you’ve decided for yourself, you may wish to reflect upon and consider the doctrine of reincarnation.

 

~ Vienna by Klimt

 

“We are not human-beings having a spiritual experience,
but we are spiritual-beings having a human experience.

~ Deepak Chopra

 

~ The Waiting by Klimt

Where we come from, where we go . . . beyond punishment and judgments there is acceptance and unconditional love, from where we separated us. Life never starts, never ends, just its expression does change, which makes us believe we die, or we take birth.

All the ancient peoples of the world believed in the reality of reincarnation and a majority in this world still does. Buddhists, Hindus, Druids, Celts, Britons, Gallics, Platonists, Pythagoreans, many gnostic Christians, are only some of the people that hold to this doctrine. Add the Inca and Maya civilizations, the old Egyptians, the Roman poets Vergil, Lucretius, Horatio, the Stoics, and the list is still not completed! Also the Jewish Sohar, the famous Kabbalistic book, contains references to reincarnation.

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Spell for making a Sacred Place

This is a spell that can be used to make a sacred place, which is different than a sacred circle. This can be used when you want to do a spell or mix up a potion and you do not have time to do a full circle. A scared place  is only in place while you are using it and then it melts away. It will keep the energies raised in check but very important to ground any left over energy before movi8ng away from where you cast it.

I make this place a sacred space, you made .

A warm and comfortable place.

A space to protected and used for my craft with honesty and fairness,

Impenetrable by those who would use it with dishonesty and unfairness.

I dedicate this space to Air, Water, Fire, Earth, all Deities, positive Entities and Magickal Beings who help and guide my craft with these words,”And it harms none.”

So mote it be.

Coppyright 2008 Lady Beltane