I’m doing a “Pay it forward” prosperity ritual Sunday afternoon, in which I will be petitioning for prosperity for those who desperately need it. If you would like to be included, like or reblog, or if you want to be mentioned by name *in the ritual* send me your name via private message.
Featuring classic materials used in Egypt: Copper, Carnelian, Turquoise, and Lapis Lazuli, this necklace is an inspired piece, made in honor of Isis, she of 10,000 names. I made this necklace over a year ago and never felt quite moved to wear it, never quite ready to let go of it. Now is the time to let it be put to work in the hands of a priestess or priest of the old ways.
Sometimes it’s hard to whip yourself up into that positive state of mind needed to get real magic work done in the world. This can happen when circumstances seem to be beating you down. Sometimes, the positives just don’t seem to come. Sometimes, you need to acknowledge anger and frustration to release it, channel THAT energy into positive action, to get results. When circumstances are at their worst, that is when you are the most powerful. The question is, do you let that moment pass you by, or do you grab onto it and transform your reality?
The deserts in South Eastern New Mexico was once the provence of a coral reef in a vast inland sea during the Cretaceous period. Fossils of sea creatures are abundant and many rocks of fossilized coral can be found. Like many ancient habitats, deep underground still contains deposits of crude oil and coal which is, as we all know, routinely sought after for fuel. Also deep underground in some areas are ancient tar pits. Once in a while, these tar pits heat up through natural seismic activity and send tar bubbling up to the surface where the tar hardens.
This hardened tar is called “asphaltum”, what we commonly call asphalt, but completely natural. In the deserts of the Middle East, asphaltum was often collected and used in incense. It is not pleasant to smell on its own but can balance out incense mixtures that are too sweet and cloying. It was a common ingredient in Kyphi recipes, as well as incenses used in Ceremonial Magick and Medieval grimoires. Use sparingly.
This asphaltum is hard but can be easily chipped off or crushed. The outside of the nodules contain a small amount lime and silica sediment (sand), but most of it has been cleaned off. If you do not wish to use as an incense, whole pieces can be used in mojo bags. Crushed finely, it can be added to magical powders. Some scrying mirrors are made with a layer of melted asphaltum on the back side of the glass. Native Americans used asphaltum melted down as a glue or pitch to fasten arrow and spear heads. It is also a long-standing substance for water-proofing.
The magical properties of asphaltum are banishing, binding, necromancy, protection, clearing, exorcism, and destruction.
This is an order of five 1-inch Kyphi incense balls based on the classic Egyptian formula. This incense is carefully blended over several weeks and then another few weeks to cure. They can be broken and crushed to use gradually over time, or for a major ceremony, burn a whole pellet at once.
Made with: Raisins, figs, dates, wine, dragon’s blood, frankincense, myrrh, copal, sandalwood, cinnamon, cypress, galangal, juniper berries, orris root, calamus, cedar tips, benzoin, gum arabic, and a little bit of rose otto oil
To me, the “real world” and the “mind” are not separate things.
Paradigms are multi-dimensional maps of reality. Same reality, different maps. Some of them may even be more accurate than others. But each of them has a way of navigating by which the map is based on. If you’re traveling through territory by bicycle and another is traveling down a stream in a row boat, your maps are going to highlight different landmarks, and you’re going to use different tools along the way. You might go through separate gateways from one territory to another, and to open those gateways, you’ll probably need different keys.
Our different magical systems are just as much tools or props or keys as the physical objects we use. The way I operate is, “I’ve been through this territory on a bicycle and gone through this gate over here, but I’d like to see it all again through a different perspective. Maybe I’ll climb over the mountain this time rather than go around it. Oh, but I’ll need some ropes and some hooks and different shoes. I’d better spend time getting those and getting to know the trail, so I’ll also need a different map. What if I want to study the wildlife or see what sort of microorganisms are in the water? I’ll need different tools for that!”
Sooner or later, the geek who wants to explore everything has figured out that the tools needed are the experiences that give them the knowledge and wisdom. “Survivorman” can light a fire without matches, but he still needs to stay warm and he knows that. Given the option between matches and spending energy to rub sticks together, guess which one I would choose? It would be so much easier if I could just light a fire with my brain!
Those paradigms in which you can get beyond the need for all the survival gear (tools) are usually the ones that have you flying above it, but that’s only one way to experience reality. At some point, it’s probably a good idea to come back down and see the world close up.
And I’m also going with the assumption that navigating the reality in which we exist is not a destination to a given point, but a landscape through which we can explore. Many paradigms have one trail that goes through the territory, and like the trails in certain parks, you are strongly discouraged from deviating from that trail. I say screw that. I want to see the stuff off the beaten path!
This is a stand-by project that I repeat every couple of years, when the herbs within fade in their scent, which surprisingly lasts quite a while. This pillow is large enough to actually lay your head on as opposed to being just a sachet.
Sew two 8x16 pieces of silk doubled over into a 8x8” square with one side open. Sew along the open edge about 2/3 of the way and begin stuffing with the following:
2 cups of dried lavender
2 cups of dried mugwort
1 cup of dried jasmine flowers
1 cup of dried deer’s tongue
1 cup of finely cut dried sweetgrass
1 Herkimer diamond
1 amethyst crystal or a tbsp of amethyst chips
1 rainbow moonstone or a tbsp of moonstone chips
(situate crystals toward the center and add stuffing around)
If you wish to have a firm cushion, you should add buckwheat hulls, uncooked rice, or another stuffing to your satisfaction. Sew the open edge together and tie off. Use whenever you want to have more vivid dreams of a psychic nature. Enhances lucid dreaming, astral projection, prophetic dreams, and remembering dreams. Before you go to sleep, ask the divine to work through the pillow to bring psychic and prophetic dreams.
This spell can be used to improve the health of an elderly person as well as to keep harm away from someone who is housebound.
Take a horshoe or an iron nail and bless it by immersing it in salty water. Bury it in the garden of the sick person or in a potted…
Cult of the Dead said:
Iron turns away magk and spirits.
Water (especially salt water) casuses iron to rust.
Rusted iron does not conduct.
If you had been asked to cast a spell to cause ‘x’ and you created this spell, what would ‘x’ equal?
Immersing a nail in salt water for a few seconds to bless it won’t rust it immediately. When you bury it in the ground, it will rust eventually, perhaps over several weeks with any remain salt residue to help it along. With a nail sticking out of the ground, it’s like a mini-lightning rod for bad vibes to go into, particularly when charged that way. Yes, iron does turn away spirits, but it doesn’t turn away magic, per se… it actually grounds it out…and that’s part of why spirits don’t like it… it sucks out their energy and grounds it out. As the nail rusts and breaks down, it will cease to be effective. I do not think this would be ideal for protection of someone over a long period of time, but I think it would be a good idea if someone believes they are being targeted for malefic intent.
I wouldn’t recommend walking over this spot, however, without it being cleansed and blessed and the spiky point removed. Rust is traditionally associated with Mars, used in war water for foottrack magic in Hoodoo, and you might end up cursing yourself.
To those who whine and fret because there seems to be a plethora of those of the Pagan and Witchly persuasions who do not seem to want to be fully dedicated to their path…
The problem we run into as a community where there really isn’t a concept of a layman… I think there’s nothing wrong with there being laypeople who don’t/can’t give the full-time balls-to-the-wall commitment that comes with being a Witch (or insert other appropriate title). I don’t believe in cutting people off from spirituality or magic just because they aren’t as dedicated to (read: obsessed with) spiritual pursuits as I am, and that’s why I choose to help those who need advice and guidance without expectations for them to really buckle down and be
SUPER SRS PAGAN TM.
There’s a place for serious students and those whose job it is to teach seriously committed students. I think there should be a place for guidance of those that just need a bit of help.
We all give blessings one way or another. We say “best wishes” when someone has an important invent in their life, and we say “bless you” when others sneeze. I’m actually talking primarily about blessing yourself, your home, and your family, as magic begins at home. Blessing is seen as the lighter side of magic, and while this is true, even those that walk in the shadow realms can benefit from working blessings into their daily life.
Blessing is one of those things that get glossed over in many of the magical books, because it seems so mundane. But it really is one of the most basic magical habits to get into. Blessing provides positive energy to go towards any endeavor, to instill beauty and grace into the every day, to make sacred the ordinary. Blessing invites good things into your life. It is a mindful way of living.
I’m more of the “gray area” side of things myself, but I think if there are people who are naturally lighter and darker, if they can just acknowledge the worth and value of the other side, balance might just be possible.