Sunday, August 23, 2015
Candle: Black for repelling negativity (Can substitute with white for purification)
Oil: Lavender, Dragon’s Blood, Mint, Sandalwood, or Rosemary. (Optional)
Sit on the ground comfortably with the candle in front of you. Spend a few minutes staring into the candle flame, concentrating on the issue or problem causing the buildup of negativity in you. Really try to get to the root of what’s bothering you, keeping your gaze trained on the flame.
Once you’ve figured out the source of the negative energy, place a drop of oil on your finger tip and draw the rune Sowilo on your chest (if you don’t have oil or have sensitive skin, simply draw the symbol on your chest without oil). As you repeat the following lines, visualize a white light bathing you from above, cleansing the anger and negativity from your body:
Sun and fire cleanse my energy,
Banish all negativity.
All anger, depression, and anxiety be gone,
Only positive energies welcome from here on.
Free me from darkness, return me to light,
May my spirit be pure, serene, and bright.
If you can, set the candle in a safe area and let it burn out on its own. If that’s not possible, snuff it out and bury the remains in the Earth.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Witchcraft is an earth-based religion steeped in magick and history, reconstructed from pagan practices and beliefs dating back before Christianity. Although beliefs among different traditions of Wicca and Witchcraft have their own particular beliefs, most traditions agree upon these basic principles:
Witches believe that the divine is in nature; nature is sacred, and must therefore be respected and protected. The pentacle represents our connection to nature and the natural elements, earth, air, fire, water, and spirit, which are represented by the 5 points on the pentacle.
Most witches, including myself, believe that the divine is both masculine and feminine; that there is both a God and a Goddess, and all of the Gods and Goddesses from various pantheons represent different aspects of this one God and Goddess, much the same way that the Holy Trinity (father, son and holy spirit) is all part of the one God in Christianity.
Witches do not worship Satan. In fact, we do not even believe that such a being exists, nor do we believe in hell or sin. Satan, hell, and sin are part of Christianity, not Witchcraft.
Witches believe in the Rule of Three: What you give is returned to you threefold. This means that whatever energy you send out is returned to you times three. This is why Witches always strive to do good and only send out positive energy; if you use magick to hurt someone, that negative energy will rebound on you threefold, either in this life or the next.
We seek to live in harmony with nature and its cycles. We celebrate the turning of the seasons and the cycles of the moon.
Every one of us has the ability to enact meaningful change in their life and the world around us through prayer, ritual, and magick. We all have the ability to call upon and interact with the divine; we do not require a priest or select group of clergy to communicate to the divine on our behalf—we are all equally important and equally loved by the Goddess and God.
We believe in live and let live. We do not try to convert other people to our religion. Everyone has the right to believe what they want and practice what feels right and natural to them. We respect other people’s personal and religious beliefs and wish for them to accord us the same respect.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Hello everyone, and merry meet! I'm Cassandra Larsen, author of the fantasy series The Witches Circle. Witchcraft is a subject near and dear to my heart, as I have been practicing it myself for almost 10 years. I've decided to branch out from fiction to begin a different project teaching witchcraft to novices in my new non-fiction Simple Witchcraft Series ©, to be published early this fall.
I understand how difficult it can be to be drawn to this beautiful and fulfilling Earth-based religion and not have the money to buy the expensive books or tools that others deem necessary. Many of the books on Wicca and Witchcraft I read when I was first starting out required expensive tools and lengthy, complex rituals that were hard for me to follow and understand. In my new Simple Witchcraft Series, I will share my own simple, yet effective, spells that anyone can do, regardless of experience or budget.
I am a firm believer that simple rituals and spells can be just as meaningful and effective as complex ones—if not more so—as long as you have the will and the desire to enact change in your life.
I started this blog in the hopes of helping others who are just starting out on their journey; an easy to follow how-to guide full of simple, yet powerful spells that will change your life.
This blog is designed for people like you, who are just beginning to discover this life-changing, soul-defining path, and desire a clear, simple guide to show them the way to creating powerful magick without spending hundreds of dollars on expensive tools or manuals.