Magickal Work for Family Harmony

In this post we will explore a couple of ways you can help manifest family harmony. Perhaps a family reunion or holiday is coming up and you don’t get along with one or more family members. Or perhaps there has been a series of fights in your household recently. Whatever the case may be, the following magickal workings may prove helpful.

Meditation

Get into a meditative state and visualize the place that your family will be interacting. Perhaps this is your home, the home of a relative, or somewhere else entirely. You can visualize the exterior, interior, or both; moving from the exterior to the interior. Now, visualize a blue mist/rain/fog/etc. (whichever you prefer) come over the area, washing away any negativity and replacing it with a calming, harmonious energy. Blue is a color of peace and harmony. By doing this meditation, you are sending these energies to the location.

Spell

Materials Needed:

Regular Altar Tools

Light Blue Candle

Cauldron

Water

Stones (preferably moonstone, but generally any stones will do) (1 for each family member including yourself)

Spell Work

Ideally, this spell is done under the waxing or full moon. Cast the circle and fill your cauldron with water. Place your stones in the cauldron. Each one represents a family member, including yourself. The water cleanses them of any harmful energy that may prohibit them from interacting together harmoniously and lead to hostility. Place the light blue candle in the cauldron (it should not be completely submerged) and light it. Visualize yourself and your family members together; laughing, smiling, and generally getting along. Hold this visualization until the candle burns down and the water extinguishes the flame. At this point, the harmonious energy of the candle and the cleansing energy of the water are infused in the stones. Remove the stones from the cauldron as they are now cleansed and charged with harmonious energy. Release the circle and return the water used in the cauldron to the earth. Keep the stones together in a safe place.

The above meditation and spell have worked wonders for me, and I hope that I can help others by sharing them.

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Nothing is Coincidence

Absolutely everything happens for a reason. It may not always be the reason one might expect, but reason nonetheless. Everything that occurs in life, from grand events to the most miniscule incident, has meaning. Those who practice magick know that their work often manifests itself subtly. What secular individuals call coincidence, we know to be much greater.

For example, imagine you stub your toe on the way to your car. You pause for a moment to scream a few obscenities and wait for the pain to subside. This disrupts your routine by about thirty seconds. Driving along to wherever it is you’re going, you realize that you’re thirsty from screaming earlier and decide to stop at the local 7-11 for a drink. You pull into the 7-11 and meet a friend inside. The two of you make plans to get together later that night. You meet up with your friend that night to find he has also invited another friend of his. This friend of a friend happens to be a sword salesman, and after discussing your mutual interest in swords, he offers to sell you a scimitar at a great price, something you’ve been searching for quite awhile. If you would not have stubbed your toe, you would have never gotten the opportunity to buy a scimitar.

The situations in the above example have a direct causal relationship. Stubbing your toe caused you to yell; yelling caused your throat to dry, the dry throat caused you to stop at 7-11, stopping at 7-11 caused you to meet up with a friend and make plans; this caused you to be given an opportunity to obtain a much sought-after scimitar. None of this was coincidence, it was a series of direct causal relationships that all served a purpose.

Another, more significant, example might be the following. Suppose you stubbed your toe, but the following day you wake up to find that your toe still hurts and has become swollen. This goes on for awhile until you decide to go to a doctor. During this doctor visit, your physician recommends a standard physical as you have not had one for quite some time. During this routine examination, cancer is discovered. Luckily, it was caught early enough that treatment proves viable. If you had not stubbed your toe, you would have not gone to the doctor and treatment may not have been as successful if the cancer was discovered much later.

These things happened because you were meant to buy that scimitar or discover your health issue. The series of ‘coincidences’ were merely used by the universe as a means to an end. They were not merely random occurrences or accidents; they were meaningful events leading up to following events that were indeed meant to happen.

Magick also often works in the same way. If you were to do a spell for a job, a job would not simply ‘fall into your lap’, but you may receive an invitation to a party where you will meet a business owner who has an opening. Or perhaps you do a spell to keep a harmful person away from you. A week later, you hear that this person was offered an opportunity to move to another state, and they were doing so. This is not coincidence, it is the manifestation of your magickal work.

Everything that happens to you, no matter how large or small, is all part of a higher purpose. Nothing happens merely by accident. Nothing is without meaning or purpose. Recognize this, and you will become aware of just how perfect the universe is and how magickal the workings of it truly are.

The Problem of Pagan Infighting

All too often, it seems that Pagans are constantly belittling one another. For example, there was a video shared on the internet that documented a Pagan ceremony. The group that posted the video did not support Paganism, nor did they criticize it, but simply created it for educational purposes. One might expect a few fundamentalist Christians to comment such things as ‘Repent!’ or ‘These devil worshippers are going to hell’, yet most negative comments came from fellow Pagans.

The group in the video partaking in the ceremony was dressed in full ritual garb, with elaborate dress and jewelry. Several self-proclaimed Pagans commented that these people ‘look ridiculous’, ‘are the reason people think us Pagans are freaks’, and ‘no real Pagan actually dresses like that and dances around’.

Needless to say, I was shocked, disappointed, and rather upset by these comments. How could a fellow Pagan speak so ill of those who choose to wear proper ritual wear for their practice? If someone chooses to perform ritual or ceremony in casual street clothing, that is perfectly fine. It is their pr78051469actice and their choice. However, they have no right to bash a fellow practitioner because they choose to wear robes, jewelry, or other formal ritual wear. Doing so does not make that person a ‘freak’, it simply means that they take their practice seriously and choose to express their practice in a certain way.

As Pagans, we come under attack enough from the outside. Fundamentalists continue to preach that Witchcraft is ‘evil’ or ‘devil worship’. Materialistic atheists and other secular individuals think that our beliefs and practices are nonsensical foolishness. There is still such a lack of understanding, and sometimes overt hatred, by those outside of the community, therefore it is not wise for Pagans to belittle each other over such trivial things as how we choose to express ourselves in our practice.

If a fellow Pagan chooses to wear a robe or dance around a fire, they are not ‘freaks’. If you choose not to do so, that is your right and you should not be condemned for it. However, you have no right to condemn those who do. We are misunderstood by so many, it is absurd that we would attack one another in such a way. Communities are made up of individuals who may do certain things differently, yet all have certain core things in common. Common attributes of our community include; a reverence for nature, reverence for the Goddess and God, a belief in magick, etc. For a community to survive, it must be strongly united. If the Pagan community is to grow in strength and unity, we have no time to waste on bashing our fellow members based on what they wear during ritual.

Lessons from Paranorman

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There are several lessons, both magickal and mundane, to be learned from the 2012 film ‘Paranorman’. The setting, Blithe Hollows, MA, is clearly based off of Salem, MA, with the witch trials and subsequent unjust executions as a central theme. The story follows a boy, Norman, who is ostracized from his community for his interest in the paranormal and his ability to communicate with spirits. The people of his town, along with his own family, bully him relentlessly for being ‘weird’. Like so many in the real world, they are simply afraid of what they do not understand. It is not until he uses his abilities to save the town that people finally celebrate him and his gift.

For those who are deemed ‘normal’ by mainstream society, Paranorman teaches acceptance and respect for those who are deemed ‘weird’. For the purposes of this article, however, I will focus on lessons that can be learned for those who are themselves the ‘weird’ ones.

First, Paranorman teaches self-acceptance. Unique abilities, style, and worldview are gifts that should be embraced. They may even be used to serve the community as a whole by doing something no one else is able to. You should have confidence in yourself and not allow others to dictate how you think or act.

This brings us to the next lesson, forgiveness and understanding. It is important to understand that those who act in a hostile manner toward you because of your differences are doing so only because they are fearful of what they don’t understand. By understanding this, we realize that their actions are often a reflection of their own insecurities, rather than a reflection on you. This understanding can lead to forgiveness. It is important to remember that forgiveness is best when it is done for your benefit. When you forgive, you are releasing negative feelings that do not serve you, such as anger and hatred. In this way, forgiveness is in your best interest, not only in the interest of the other party.

Finally, we learn that it is best to act kindly to others, even if they act unkindly to you. When you treat someone poorly, you are only giving them further reasons to treat you badly. However, when we treat others with unconditional love and kindness, we show them that even though we are ‘weird’, we are not bad people. This is especially important for those of us in the magickal community. There are still many people under the unfortunate and false idea that we are evil devil worshippers. By treating these people kindly, we are showing them that we are good people. We are taking fuel from their fire; their accusations of us being evil become even less reputable when we display acts of love and kindness.

Others, while perhaps not considering us evil, will still consider us weird. It is our job to show them that being ‘weird’ is not a bad thing. It just means that we have our own styles, ways of thinking, abilities, or spiritual practices. Showing these people that while we are different in some ways, we are not dangerous or threatening. We may look and believe differently, but we are still humans who treat others with kindness, and there is no reason to fear us.

This is not to say that we should be pushovers and not stand up for ourselves, quite the contrary. We must remember to be proud of who we are and continue to be ourselves. However, when confronted with hostility, we must combat it with love. Understand that these people are only attacking us because they are afraid of what they don’t understand. Prove to them that you are not a bad person. Fighting fire with fire only burns the whole world; fighting fire with water will eliminate the destructive force and bring peace. Be the water and extinguish the hate with love. And above all, never be afraid to be who you are.

The Magick of Storytelling

About a week ago, I began work on a novel. This will be my most ambitious writing project to date. I hope to have it finished and published sometime this summer (July/August). That is what inspired me to write this article.

Creativity is one of the greatest gifts bestowed upon humanity. Whether it be through artwork, storytelling, or music, we all have the ability to create something original and share it with the world. In this article I will focus on storytelling and explaining just how magickal it truly is.

Writing is the act of creating an entire world in your mind and translating it onto paper. By doing this, we are then able to invite others into this new world. Readers are able to feel a connection to this world and the characters who dwell within it. Sometimes, a story can be so captivating that it changes a person’s life. There are entire lifestyles that have developed from such books and stories. There is true power in creative storytelling.

In the Druid tradition, creativity is considered one of the three goals of the Druid. The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids explains that we should “fully participate in life on earth, and that we are meant to express and share our creativity as much as we can” (www.druidry.org/druid-way/druid-beliefs). One does not need to be a Druid to adopt this philosophy into their life.

Awen is a Welsh word meaning “poetic inspiration” or “the inspiration of the poet bards”. It is traditionally attributed to poets and soothsayers, but is now often described as the inspiration of all creative peoples. It is an important concept of modern Druidry.    2000px-Awen_symbol_final.svg.png

Storytelling is both the expression and sharing of creativity. The expression comes when we create the stories in our minds and then continues when we write those creative thoughts. Sharing occurs when we tell or read our story to another, or when they read what we have written.

Whenever we use our creativity, we are practicing magick. Storytelling is the ultimate form of creative expression. We are creating entirely original thoughts and expressing those thoughts through the art of the written word. We work towards realizing our creative potential and bring others joy in the process. We honor the gods by using their gifts to the best of our abilities. In this way, the stories we tell are indeed very real. Is this not truly magickal?

Protection Magick Spell: Protection from a Harmful Person

The most important thing that needs to be mentioned before we begin is that this is not a spell to bring harm to the person you need to protect yourself from, it is simply to keep them away from you. It is important that you have the intention that this spell be mutually beneficial. To do otherwise is not in accordance with the Wiccan Rede.

Materials Needed

Your regular altar tools (for circle casting, elements, etc.)

Cauldron

Four Thieves Vinegar (Usually apple cider/white vinegar as base with garlic, and sometimes with herbs such as rosemary and sage. Many recipes can be found online)

1 Black Candle

Parchment Paper and Pen

Spell Work

Ideally, this spell should be done during a waning moon, but emergency circumstances may not allow you to wait. If you must, this spell may be done during any moon phase. However, if you can, it is best to wait for a waning moon.

Cast the magick circle. On the parchment paper, write the name of the individual whom you need protection from and set it on the altar. Pour the four thieves vinegar into the cauldron. Place the black candle on top of the paper and light it. Visualize the person as clearly as you can as you watch the candle burn. Say, “In the name of the Goddess and the God, I seek protection from _____. May he/she be prevented from causing me harm. Let this be for the highest good of all, harming none.” With the black candle, light the parchment on fire and allow the ashes to fall into the cauldron, mixing with the four thieves vinegar. Hold the black candle over the cauldron and allow several drops of wax to drip into the mixture. Then snuff out the candle and break it in half, symbolizing your separation from the person. Close the circle.

The next day, dispose of the four thieves vinegar mixture. This should be done outside, but not too close to your house.  (I was lucky enough to live on a 10 acre wooded property, so this was not difficult for me). If you don’t have a large property, simply do this as best you can. You could even let it run down your driveway, as long as it flows away from you. You want to keep this person and their energy away from you.

Finally, dispose of the 2 black candle pieces in two separate locations, far from one another. Again, this symbolizes the separation between yourself and the other person, as well as their inability to get to you and harm you.

Spirit Guide: Gargoyle

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Name: Gargoyle

Element: Earth

Guide, Protector, Guardian

 

 

 

 

Gargoyles, while most associated with gothic architecture and Catholic churches, can arguably be seen in ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Celtic civilization. Churches traditionally used them as water spouts and to keep evil spirits at bay. They serve a similar purpose in Pagan traditions.

The gargoyle is both a protector and guide. They keep negative energy from entering the home and magick circle of those who welcome their presence and who they have chosen to act as a protector to. They work to protect you from both physical and spiritual danger. Their element is earth, and are therefore very grounded, deliberate, and careful in their actions. They may sometimes appear to be moving and acting slowly, but this is their nature as contemplative beings. They rarely act hastily, usually acting only after they have deliberated and found the best course of action that will be for your highest good. They are very competent and loyal, so you can always be sure that they will stand by your side and complete their tasks in due time.

As a guide, the gargoyle will provide information on difficult situations. They act as counselors leading you to find the best course of action at times when difficult decisions must be made. They also act as loyal friends, letting you know they are ever present and will protect you from any danger you may encounter in the situation you find yourself in. On the lighter side, they are not always somber and serious. In my experience, gargoyles have even been known to crack jokes, and don’t always prevent those pesky dwarves and gnomes from messing with your belongings, and may even join in on the fun.

If you are lucky enough to be chosen by a gargoyle, know that you have a competent protector, a wise guide, and loyal friend.  Little is written about gargoyles on most Pagan sites, and some even shy away from them because of their association with the Roman Catholic Church. If you are approached by a gargoyle, acknowledge and embrace them, and you could be led to a very rewarding relationship.