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Say the Magic Words: From Movie Magic to Personal Power
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“Corono Rhombusos Ancile!” I love Latin. Corono means, “to encircle”, Rhombusos is “a sorcerer’s magic circle” and Ancile is a “holy shield from heaven”. Spoken together with conviction, they form an impenetrable force field. The power of the safe circle taught by my family was engrained deep in my psyche long before I could tie my own shoes. Uncles pantomiming boogeymen chased me screaming into the arms of Gramma, who by forming a hoop with her frail arms and touching the tips of her index fingers together could deflect the impact of a full grown man, at least in the eyes of a child. As my faith in the power of the circle grew, so did my self-confidence. Sitting in her lap gripping those fingers like handle bars, I learned to open and close the circle myself, still playing the game of cat and mouse with the boogeymen, baiting them to attack and watching them crash into the invisible shield. I giggled uncontrollably as they pounded on the air, then crept away disgruntled, always lurking just around the corner. Later on Gramma started to use my fingers, holding them like two electrical wires and touching them together just in time to activate my magickal defense system, and sending the monsters into seizures caused by “a gazillion volts of love coursing through my veins”.
As I grew up and went out on my own, I was told, “Remember to put the safe circle around you.” I still touch my fingers together to this day. This is my personal example of true hereditary magic, which has been “battle tested” more than a few times in my ten years in the U.S. Army in overseas deployments like Iraq. This kind of magic cannot be found in any book anywhere. It cannot be bought, stolen, dropped, misplaced or left in your other pants pocket. Its seed is planted, watered, grown and picked from the family tree. Everyone has it somewhere in his or her life; it’s just a matter of finding it and developing it in yourself.
Now it’s one thing to take that power and put it into spells and magic words. Knowledge is power. But the real trick is to actually put it to use. Wisdom is the application of knowledge and magick is the result.
Anyone who loves “Harry Potter” knows “Wingaurdium Leviosa,” or has cried out “Expeliarmus!” to shoo their children out of the room or encourage their boss to disappear. I recognize the similarities of this movie magic to very real spell craft and defensive techniques. For starters, I love the Latin! Mostly because I use it too, as does nearly everyone else. It can be found in most arts, sciences and common everyday words. Latin can also add a little flare and a lot of magick to a spell or ritual.
Generally speaking, my spells have two parts: the first is the main body of the spell, which should include the purpose and intention while being “spake in rhyme" (though I encourage the apprentices not to get caught up in the eccentricities of poetry. Like the great pyramids of Egypt, some of the most primary shapes can prove to be indestructible, so keep it simple.) The second part is what I call the “declaration statement”, the part where screaming in Latin comes in. I have come to realize how much the moon phases can affect my mood, so I wrote this simple spell to harmonize myself with the current phase; “Bright moon, Dark moon, Waxing, Wane, Run your course, and cause no pain” (Simple!) After reciting the spell aloud, I place the paper in the fire place or cauldron to burn, while the spell is concluded by raising my athame and loudly calling the declaration statement “Lunaris Concordia!” This is Latin for "moon harmony."
Once I have cast the spell in ritual, it is recorded in my Book of Shadows along with any notes or important details. For example, while preparing and casting this spell, I felt it important to enision scales, off balance at first. As I recite the spell, they begin to move into place, and at the point of declaration they are balanced perfectly. After this has been done, I consider the spell “committed” and the next time I feel the moon pulling my large intestine to high tide, I need only declare “Lunaris Concordia!” to feel the scales go level.
Casting the spell “in ritual” is an important part of committing the spell permanently: cast a circle, call quarters, and put all you can into the commitment of that spell so that you can call upon its power when you need it. Find your source, like the safe circle; find some source of power from something personal in your life. Love is the best, but even anger works as long as you use it positively. I have a few choice Latin words I use on a regular basis; for instance, one can be said as a reply, to shield against the anger of “the finger.” I use “Deliquescere” to release my own stress and destroy anger and frustrations, and then “Patronus Raferio” for a reflective shield that sends any energy right back to the sender, just like hiding behind a mirror. I encourage you to develop your own magickal family traditions, defensive techniques and a vocabulary of declarations. Use them; there is a positive alternative to negative energies, which works and is fun too. Someday, you will be a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent and finally an ancestor; what words will your descendants call upon in their time of need? Where will they find the faith and courage to stay the course? What will be whispered on their lips at their moments of truth? How about “Corono Rhombusos Ancile"?
I am not qualified to teach, but happy to share; let spells and prayers replace profanity and mares.
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