Articles/Essays From Pagans
February 10th. 2017 ...
Understanding the Unseen
Kitchen Magic and Memories
January 10th. 2017 ...
The Gray of 'Tween
Becoming a Sacred Dancer
Little Dog, Big Love
December 9th. 2016 ...
A Child's First Yule
November 10th. 2016 ...
What Exactly Is Witchcraft?
A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities
On Death and Passing: Compassion Burnout in Healers and Shamans
What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path)
October 10th. 2016 ...
Witchcraft from the Outside
September 11th. 2016 ...
How Did I Get Here? (My Pagan Journey)
Wild Mountain Woman: Landscape Goddess
September 3rd. 2016 ...
Rethinking Heaven: What Happens When We Die?
What is Happening in My Psychic Reading?
August 12th. 2016 ...
When Reality Rattles your Idea of the Perfect Witch
Hungarian Belief in Fairies
Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament
July 13th. 2016 ...
What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses
Magic With A Flick of my Finger
An Open Mind and Heart
Finding and Caring for Your Frame Drum
June 13th. 2016 ...
Pollyanna Propaganda: The Distressing Trend of Victim-Blaming in Spirituality
Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia
My Father, My First God
Life is Awesome... and the Flu
May 15th. 2016 ...
Faery Guided Journey
How to Bond with the Elements through Magick
Magical Household Cleaning
Working with the Elements
April 2nd. 2016 ...
An Alternative Conception of Divine Reciprocity
Becoming Wiccan: What I Never Expected
The Fear of Witchcraft
Rebirth By Fire: A Love Letter to Mama Maui and Lady Pele
Magic in Sentences
Blowing Bubbles with the Goddess
The Evolution of Thought Forms
March 28th. 2016 ...
Revisiting The Spiral
Lateral Transcendence: Toward Greater Compassion
Spring Has Sprung!
January 22nd. 2016 ...
Coming Out of the Broom Closet
Energy and Karma
Community and Perception
December 20th. 2015 ...
Introduction to Tarot For the Novice
Magia y Wicca
October 24th. 2015 ...
Facing Your Demons: The Shadow Self
The Dream Eater--A Practical Use of Summoning Talismans
Native American Spirituality Myopia
A Dream Message
Feeling the Pulse of Autumn
October 16th. 2015 ...
Sacred Lands, Sacred Hearts
September 30th. 2015 ...
September 16th. 2015 ...
Vegan or Vegetarian? The Ethical Debate
Nature Worship: or Seeing the Trees for the Ents
August 6th. 2015 ...
Lost - A Pagan Parent's Tale
July 9th. 2015 ...
Love Spells: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
The Magic of Weather
June 7th. 2015 ...
A Pagan Altar
A Minority of a Minority of a Minority
The Consort: Silent Partner or Hidden in Plain Sight?
Why I Bother With Ritual: Poetry and Eikonic Atheism
May 6th. 2015 ...
Gods, Myth, and Ritual in Naturalistic Paganism
I Claim Cronehood
13 Keys: The Crown of Kether
March 29th. 2015 ...
A Thread in the Tapestry of Witchcraft
March 28th. 2015 ...
On Wiccan Magick, Theurgy, Thaumaturgy and Setting Expectations
March 1st. 2015 ...
Choosing to Write a Shadow Book
Historiolae: The Spell Within the Story
February 1st. 2015 ...
Seeker Advice From a Coven Leader
The Three Centers of Paganism
Magick is No Illusion
The Ancient Use of God/Goddess Surnames
The Gods of My Heart
January 1st. 2015 ...
The Six Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned on My Path as a Witch
Manipulation of the Concept of Witchcraft
Publicly Other: Witchcraft in the Suburbs
NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.
Magick: The Basics
Article ID: 12324
Age Group: Adult
Days Up: 3,224
Times Read: 5,007
RSS Views: 33,045
Author: Pagan Sanctuary
Posted: April 27th. 2008
Times Viewed: 5,007
Basics are as important to the study and practice of witchcraft as the most advanced spell is. It could be said that the basic conceptions and laws of magick is as important to witchcraft as yeast is to bread. Without either, nothing you desired will result.
The First Concept: When we talk about sympathetic magick, it is the concept that “like equals like”. Thus for banishment it is best to cast spells during the Waning Moon, preferable on the first night of the New Moon.
Another sympathetic magick concept is the use of tools and artifacts. These are not only meant as a means of focusing the energy but if in the hands of the practitioner they become the very item they represent.
Thus a poppet (the correct name of a voodoo doll) is no longer a little doll but becomes an extension of your will and becomes a miniature representation of the person that is named. This poppet can be used for both healing and beneficial magick or can be used in banishment, binding or curses. All of this depends upon the caster as to what they want to happen to the person.
A good example is the use of certain herbs that look like certain things. If one was to read a Grimore that was written during the Dark Ages and they would come upon the names such as Dead Mans Toe, Lady’s Finger, Baby’s Breath or Dragon’s Blood, they would instantly assume that they were actually what were written.
But to protect their spells and rites, those that wrote the tome have changed the names of various herbs to what they represented. The same goes for coding of the Grimore.
So here you should realize that in magick and witchcraft the concept that sympathetic magick is the ability to use an item to represent another thing or create the desired manifestation.
Sympathetic magick is not the only basic you need to know but one of many lessons that one must understand well before they can hope to perform magick.
The Second Concept is the desire to cast the spell. If you truly do not have a desire to cast a spell then the spell will not work. The caster uses his/her desire or will to create the desired manifestation. If their desire or will is not strong enough then regardless what they say or do nothing will come of it. By your desire you are placing your own energy into the spell binding it with the energy that you draw up into you. Stronger the desire more power the desired manifestation will be.
The Third Concept is the very act of vocalizing or speaking the rite. To be more effective and allow the Subconscious mind to take over the Conscious Mind you need to understand the reason why in ancient religions they use vocalizations of rhythms and chants to create the desired mood and sensation.
It is accepted in witchcraft that the energy that we draw into our selves has a frequency unique to everything. This energy is known as Auric Energy, and everything gives off this energy to some degree. Depending upon the strength and the object will depend upon the frequency but recreating some of the more common frequencies, such as that of a heart beat or the soft drumming to represent the sound of thunder or the haunting sounds of reed flutes, you are then creating the vibration that are liken to the environment… and as such you create the spiral cascading effect of drawing this energy into your very being.
This is the reason why when people hear various mantras, chants, sounds and even rhyming verse done in a ritual they become carried away with it. This is due to the fact that these representations of totems and manitous are caressing your mind body and spirit.
Through the use of various mediums, drums, chants, mantras etc., you create the vibrations that aid in the creation of the desired manifestation.
One’s subconscious mind is the ability to enter into what is known as the Alpha State. This is much akin to the time when one is entering into a REM Sleep State or in deep meditation. By tapping into this, you are using your own psychic energies to bind the spell.
The Fourth Concept is the ritual cleansing of the body prior to the person entering the sanctuary. This is done to remove negativity and make the mind body and spirit ready to perform the task.
To do a ritual cleansing you need to know that you should abstain from sex for twenty-four hours prior to the ritual and consume nothing that will inhibit the mind… thus no smoking, no alcohol, and no stimulant that will inhibit the mind.
Next is the cleansing of the body, this is usually done in a small room off of the altar or sanctuary. The person will have salt water in a small bowl, and incense of sandalwood or sage burning. The practitioner, if in a coven, will be ritually cleansed by the Priest/ess by putting a small amount of water on the body in a downward motion. This is then followed by the incense that is allowed to cover the body. If you are acting as a solitaire then you will have to do this yourself.
As you wash away the negativity, picture in your minds eye that all the evil and negativity is washed away being carried away with the water. The use of the incense is such that as it caresses your skin and you inhale it purifies and protects the body and spirit from negative.
After this cleansing ritual is completed then and only then should you enter into your sanctuary.
Copyright: Pagan Sanctuary 2000
Location: Minden, Texas
Other Articles: Pagan Sanctuary has posted 2 additional articles- View them?
Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE
Email Pagan Sanctuary... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)
Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2017 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.
Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.
Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wrenâ€™s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witchesâ€™ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.
Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.
Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
of The World
NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.
The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.
All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).