Hecate - The magickal Witche lives both in the magickal and non-magickal worlds. She maintains her outward appearances of civility while at the same time, harboring the last vestiges of a tradition that is as old as the proverbial hills. Witches are people trained in the ways of magick–including not only divination, but spellcasting, potions, shapeshifting and defense against negativity.
Magick requires effort and diligence on the part of the Witch. Everytime a Witch does a technique, spell or ritual, they are setting up a magickal pattern. This pattern is like a seed that you nurture and care for until it comes to fruition.
Magick is a formula for getting what you wish out of life. By believing in the possibilities of magick, you open your mind up to a world where anything is possible. On one hand, this could be scary because of its unlimited implications and responsibilities. On the other hand, by creating magickal patterns to attain your goals, you can manifest your deepest desires and make your dreams come true.
Magick is all around us whether you choose to acknowledge it or not. Science, for having all the answers, still falls short in their explanations. Ultimately, science and spirituality must come into balance, where both concepts are integrated into one. This union, this oneness, is the wellspring of all magick. It is the accumulative power of all that is, was and will ever be and more.
By becoming a Witch, you begin to unleash the magickal power in your life. To become a Witch means you have mastered the blending of science and spirituality. Once again, science is everything real and seen and based upon reason and is the masculine wherein spirtuality is everything unseen and the mystery and is the feminine.
As stated above, a Witch needs to apply herself and become the best Witch that she can be. Intend and expect to make miracles and magick happen every day by applying what you have studied and learned. As with learning anything, the more you practice and apply yourself, the further you will get in the training.
Training as a Witch is timeless when it come to magick and has proven effective for many aspiring students. Knowledge is most important when it stirs us to more to the next level of development. With practice, we are all capable of achieving this goal. People do not become proficient Witches until they practice and become proficient in the magickal arts.
You carry the flame which is the flame of Hecate and She is Queen of Witches. How you illuminate your world is a matter of how you apply your flame. When you become magickally adept, you can light the night sky like a brilliant star, ridding the world of ignorance and fear, and its progeny darkness.
Witches gather their magickal supplies before they start to do magick. They collect spell books, cauldrons, broomsticks, robes and wands. Wands have the power to open doorways into other magickal dimensions. Wands draw energy from these other worlds that affect what is going on in this world. When doing magick, the primary connection is between this world and the world of the Divine.
When doing magick, it is customary to place your wand and other magickal tools on your altar. This is the sacred table of the Goddess. The word altar means "high place" which is symbolic not so much of altitude but of attitude. It is a connecting place to the Divine, where the sacred and mundane meet as well as magickal working surface that holds your tools, focals, and other items. Standing before your altar, you make potions, do rituals and spin spells, and ask for Divine guidance. Approaching the altar with its tools, lit candles and burning incense is truly magickal in itself and immediately creates an aura of mystery and magick. You ever notice, that sometimes you just do not feel like doing a ritual but once you get the candles lit, the incense burning and your circle filled with energy, that you suddenly become alive. It is because of that mystery and magick.
THE THREE STEPS OF MAGICK
Your altar provides the sacred space for doing magick to attain your goals. The three basic steps of magick are: (1) intention and expectations; (2) desire; and (3) merging. Combined, they are a basic formula for patterning energy. This is yet another way of looking at what is called the Cone of Power which is to know, to will, to dare, and remain silent.
You can apply the three steps to all your magick making. First, you need really understand what your intentions are and what it is you expect and most of all, that you really want it. Second, you must have a strong desire to attain your magickal goal. This is very important. Third, you must merge with divinity as deeply as possible.
Magickal time adds incredible power to your work and increases your success rate. It is knowing the best hour, day, month, and moon phase to do magick. The moon phase is the most important when wishing to do a spell. The other is Moon Void Of Course and if Mercury is in retrograde. Timing helps your magick flow but it should not stop you from doing magick. The only "time" that should prevent you from doing magick is when the moon is void of course. Remember, timing is supposed to help you, not hinder you. So keep your focus and above all, when doing any kind of magick, keep in mind that it is your intention and expectation going into the work that counts the most.
The lunar energies are strongest at night. Some of us are larks, some of us are owls. Unfortunately, for the larks, darkness is the time to cast spells. Throughout history, Witches have almost always cast their spells under the Goddess cloak of the night, as it is a time when our psychic minds are opened. This is also a good time to map out magickal potions and spells. Darkness marks a perceptual change. Our imaginations springs to life; we hear and see things that the noise and light of the day swallows up; our intuition is sharper, more vivid. All of this adds to the mystery and wonder of all that is possible instead of confining us merely to what we think we know. Portals open in your mind, your heart, in the very center of your being. In darkness, your beliefs shift more easily and often shift in bold, dramatic ways. This does not mean that spells cast during the daylight hours will not be successful. The universe does not care when you cast your spell. It is just that in darkness, it is easier to imagine what might be and the capacity to imagine is integral to the success of any spell.
Knowing which ritual and spell to use when the situation calls is one of the keys to successful magick. Logic, in the sense of knowing how to put a pattern together, is also a necessary part of magick. You must know what practical steps you need to take to attain your magickal goals.
Ritual and spells set the stage for empowering your goals. Certain words and rhyming phrases, coupled with the three basic steps of magick (intention and expectation, desire and merging) can open the right windows and let the magick come into your life. You can use this energy to bring you more love, to create a better relationship, to get a better job or get better grades in school among other things.
Successful magick involves setting a pattern in place, and then through spell casting and ritual, building the power of the pattern until comes to fruitation.
Rituals and spells that use incantations and magickal focals, such as candles and incense, give sensual form to magickal patterns. Through the proper use of magickal ingredients, potions and spells, you give method to your magick. As with all magick, you need to clearly understand the intention, purpose and ultimate goal of your portion or spell.
Through rituals and spells, you can entice magick to occur in your life. There are ways of communicating with the Divine spirit that is the Goddess. She is the infiniteness that connects us all together into one living entity. When you do a ritual and spell, you call upon the Goddess’ powers that reach in this Oneness. The Goddess connection is the primary key to successful magick making.
Evoking the Goddess and ancestral energies give power to your magickal patterns. In essence, you are the meeting place between the Goddess and your ancestral spirits. There are those Witches who feel that they do not need to call on the Goddess, feeling that they have all that they need for a successful spell since they carry the divine within.
Essentially, magick is an affirmation of the Goddess energy within you. All magickal energy comes from your connection with the Goddess. Rituals and spells reaffirm this connection. A sign that you are doing powerful magick is when after doing a working, you are filled with an incredible feeling of love that spreads througout your being like a warm tingling glow.
By using helpful entities, you bring their energy to life. Which aspect of the Goddess you ask to help you depends on the potion you are making and the spell you are doing. For instance, a love spell, you could ask love Goddesses such as Aphrodite, Freya or Venus to guide you and bless your spell.
And remember, before beginning a particular ritual or spell, first read it over so you know what ingredients you will need to gather together prior to doing it. Make sure you have everything you will need, including matches, because once you begin casting a spell, you do not want to have to interrupt the flow. You are creating energetic patterns and once a magickal pattern begins, a flow or momentum is created that can be amplified for maximum success.
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