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Wendi Friend

Introduction

About eight years ago, give or take a few months, I received my first quilt. My father, long-since divorced from my mother, was married to a woman who had no children of her own. During two brief visits to my father’s house, I met and bonded with his wife. Shortly after those visits, I became ill with cancer. Two years I endured several surgical efforts to tame the beast, and countless invasive procedures. Eventually, a hysterectomy was in order. Just before I went into the hospital for my partial hysterectomy, I received a box from my step-mother. In it, a quilt her mother had made. Her mother had since passed away and my step-mother had no daughter of her own to hand the quilt down to. To my great honor, she sent the quilt to me at a pivotal time in my life.

Since the day I received it, I’ve slept with that quilt every single night. It has moved with me more than half a dozen times over the years. I take it on vacations. I wrap myself in it when I write. I snuggle in it when I watch television. Worn to the point of ragged tears and snags, the quilt my step-mother handed down to me has been a constant companion, a cloak of protection, and a key to inspiration, tradition, nostalgia, heritage, and magick.

Making a quilt of my own has always been an interest, but a light-hearted “one of these days” kind of interest that didn’t provoke action. I daydreamed, that’s all. Over the years, the daydreams converted to night dreams and I began seeing quilts in my dreams as I slept. I felt drawn to quilts in antique shops and knew that the quilts were speaking to me.

Earlier this year, during the summer, I mentioned to a friend who enjoys crafting that I’d like to make a quilt of my own. I remember supporting this same friend during the making of her own first quilt, a patriotic flag following the events of September 11th. Recently, I had the honor of vacationing at my friend’s house in Pennsylvania for a week. During that vacation, I mentioned quilts again. When I did, we decided to take it a step further and made a trip to the local craft and fabric store. The rest of the week, I began working on my first quilt – a combination of pinks, burgundies, reds, oranges, and yellows. It reminds me of a Raggedy Ann and Andy Valentine’s theme.

While stitching together my first pieces of fabric with clumsy, unskilled hands, my mind drifted and wandered and wondered through the ancestry of quilts and the magick permeating quilted timeless treasures. Hence, this writing; I’m curious.

Brief History

The word quilt is derived from the Latin culcita, a stuffed sack, mattress, or cushion. While many believe quilts to be a product of colonial times, history produces evidence of quilting from ancient artifacts from China, Egypt, India, and Persia. One reason history holds its secrets well, in regard to quilting, is due to the fact that many of the original quilts or quilt variations were buried with their owners. However, art and other ancient relics reflect use of quilts from thousands of years ago.

Discovered in the Middle East, the crusaders are responsible for bringing the quilt back to Europe and the British Isles in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The fourteenth century found the quilt to be a way of life due to climate – and anything that could be added for warmth would be used, including grass, leaves, and paper as well as wool. By the early fifteenth century, quilted garments were being worn.

Initially, quilts were quite basic – usually plain white and three simple layers consisting of fabric, stuffing, and fabric. Three layers of fabric and stuffing, stitched together at critical points formed the first quilts out of necessity. The purpose of quilts, naturally, was to keep warm. However, by the sixteenth century, as the quilting technique was applied in other domesticities such as curtains and rugs, quilting became a way of life.

As quilting became more popular, it was discovered that designs could be incorporated with the stitches, which then took on an additional function to their original purpose of holding the fabric together. Embroidery and ornamental embellishments became an intricate part of quilting from that point forward, with letters, symbols, images and such being woven into the design.

While its true quilts originated as a need for warmth, possibly as far back as ancient times, the craft of quilting evolved to an art form as well as an elaborate form of fashion – an art form imbedded, now, with tradition and nostalgia.

Quilting Traditions

When quilting was introduced to the British Isles, it was the wife who became responsible for designing and producing the family’s bedding and other fabric household items, and who was responsible for teaching her own daughters the trade when they reached appropriate age.

Young girls, as soon as they were able, were taught the trade of quilting by their mother. They would spend their youth quilting daily at twilight, assembling a collection of basic home needs to be included in the girl’s dowry as preparation for her marriage. By the age of marriage, the girl would have all but completed her collection, with one piece remaining: The bridal quilt. This quilt would be the most decorated and elaborate of all her creations, and would be assembled as a group effort consisting of extended family and friends. This could well be where the quilting circle originated. Once the bridal quilt was finished, the collection was complete and the young woman would not quilt again until her own daughters were of age to learn the craft.

Many assume quilting was also a daily aspect of the lives of women in Colonial America, but such is not the case because fabric was expensive and not easily obtained. American quilting didn’t really expand until around 1840 when the textile industry had grown to the point that fabric was readily available to nearly every family. From that point forward, quilting has become a much loved American tradition – a tradition imbued with magick.

Quilting Magick

There are multiple ways in which quilts are magickal. Because they have, in many cases, become family heirlooms, there’s a timeless sense of connection woven into quilts. We can get lost in daydreams and visions of aged but skilled fingers laboring over yards of material, threading her needle, and day-dreaming her own intent as the quilt becomes a whole.

Much of the magick of quilting reflects directly on the thoughts, intent, time, and energy invested in the birth of a quilt, the essence of which remains long after the quilter’s death. Hours upon hours, needle in and then out again, one square – one thought – one stitch after another woven into the fabric of time and space. Pay mind to the hands, the fingers, thoughts, daydreams, hopes, well-wishes, and love threading the fragments together.

We can clearly see the magick generated through thought, energy, and intent of the quilter, but what may not be seen as clearly is the purpose in the type of stitch used in a quilt. There are several variations of stitches, each representing a magickal meaning or purpose. Some forms of stitching include the chain stitch, good for working with the cycles of nature and symbolizes the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth; and the cross stitch which is appropriate for workings with efforts requiring balance, quality, or justice.

For a complete list of stitch styles and their magickal correspondences, visit the Country Cauldron website. (http://www.countrycauldron.com/stitches1.html)

Because quilts are decorated using varied patterns, shapes, colors, and designs, magick can also be imbedded into quilts via symbols, elemental representation, astrological influences, Reiki, Feng Shui principles, and more.

There are several patterns and designs stitched into quilts with magickal intent. Through magickal intent, with the use of size, shape, color, and symbols, you can create quilts designed for healing, prosperity, prophetic dreams, protection, wisdom, blessings, love, or myriad other purposes.

Quilts in Dreams

Quilts can also be considered magickal when they appear in dreams, offering symbolic meaning to the dreamer. One theory suggests that a plush down quilt is a sign of prosperity, whereas a patchwork quilt in dreams symbolizes domestic happiness.

The Witch’s Book of Dreams by Karri Allrich says the following about dreaming of quilts:

“Stitching and piecing a quilt together out of various materials can represent your desire to integrate and bring together all the various aspects of your life into one whole.. If you are snuggling under such a quilt, you are secure and comfortable with all the pieces and feel as if things have come together for you.”

Whether the magick of quilts comes to you in dreams, handed down via family tradition, or by way of inspiration to learn about or create a quilt of your own, it does a soul good to embrace the magick of quilts!

Sources:

Here are the resources used in researching this piece, and additional websites that offer more detail on the history of quilts, magickal meaning of quilts, quilt patterns, and more.

http://members.shaw.ca/kitchenwitch/kitchenwitch/quilting.htm

http://www.womenfolk.com/historyofquilts/

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/3567/GG8.html#Paganism%20and%20Quilting

http://www.goddesswriting.com/mgcthreadsmain.html

http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/tbarcalow/Quilt/History/history.htm

http://www.geocities.com/asetmoonglow/moon_goddess.pdf

http://www.kateryndedevelyn.org/Quilting.pdf

http://magick-whispers.com/crafting_sewing.htm

http://www.historyofquilts.com/

http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/witchcraftstudies/quiltingcraft.htm

http://www.handmadequilts.net/quilting_history.asp

http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/quilts/

 
A Witch’s Book of Dreams
By Karri Allrich
Llewellyn Publications
ISBN: 1-56718-014-1

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Wendi Friend

When it comes to conjuring spells, writing incantations, brewing potions, or working other forms of magick; with the exception of honoring the threefold law and the law of harming none, the greatest benefit is that there are no set rules etched in stone to be followed. True, you can go to any bookstore and buy a myriad of spell books to follow word for word, but magick is meant to be made unique by each practitioner. Many witches advise that any spell borrowed be slightly altered, in verbiage or ingredients, to make it uniquely that of the one who casts the spell. Here are some guidelines, suggestions, and shared knowledge from experience – not rules and regulations.

Abiding by the threefold law and the law of harming none may seem simple, but in reality and beyond, these laws are extremely intricate and complex. Every action has a re-action. Each reaction is magnified by three, then, returned to sender. This is the threefold law. The threefold law does not only apply to those spells you intentionally cast, or only to the incantations you poetically scribe, but to each and every thought you think on conscious and subconscious levels. In order to truly live by the threefold law, one must always and forever be evaluating their own purpose, intent, actions, and consequences. In addition, you may think you’re safe from the law of harming none if you never make a voodoo doll, or if you never curse another. But to think a bad thought about someone is to curse them; or to accidentally involve another because your plan wasn’t carefully enough thought through, is to harm them. We hurt people without meaning to, so it’s a fine line to walk when aiming to harm none. Once you’ve mastered the threefold law, the law of harming none, and the basic study of elements and energy, you’re ready to begin creating your own spells, brews, potions, and incantations – according to your own guidance and knowledge.

I do, on occasion, make things up to “boost” an energy I’m working with, although I rarely perform spells. Witchcraft is an earth-based practice, one that uses the natural resources and forces of the Earth, as well as the influences of the universe. Unlike scenes in the popular television series Charmed, witchcraft is not based on vanquishing demons and orbing from one scene to the next. On the contrary, witchcraft is a way of tapping into Earth’s natural resources, such as herbs and oils, crystals and gemstones, and planetary influences, among other things. It’s true you may find a witch stirring a brew in her cauldron, but it’s most likely going to be something she can wash her face with, mop the floors with, or cook with – and under most circumstances, won’t contain live or dead animal parts, with the exception of an occasional hair.

Scott Cunningham, well-known author of books on witchcraft, provides us with an excellent tool for learning the basics of whipping up magick in the form of Incense, Oils, and Brews. From this book (or from several online resources found easily via internet search), one can learn the basics of creating such potions. Study is key in magick and witchcraft because it’s important to know what magickal attributes come from what plants, flowers, and trees. Also important is to be able to decipher which elements can be harmful to your health if swallowed. Some herbs can be brewed into healing teas and tinctures, while others can be fatal if swallowed. Eventually, having studied and read, you’ll be able to recognize what oils or herbs you need to create a specific result.

Here are a few simple things I’ve conjured up along the way, and a few simple recipes I’ve created based on the knowledge gathered:

NOTE:

Remember to carefully label all of your products and keep harmful products out of the reach of children.

Bug Spray/Air Freshener/Household Cleanser
2 drops each of citronella oil, peppermint oil, lemongrass oil, and cinnamon oil; combined with 4 drops of alcohol and eight cups of water, boiled and cooled, makes an excellent natural bug repellent that doubles as air freshener and kitchen/bathroom cleanser! I mix up a batch, fill up a spray bottle, and keep it under the kitchen sink.

Home-made All-natural Carpet Fresh
I use an old coffee can with holes punched through the lid as my dispenser. In it, I mix one cup of salt, ½ cup of baking soda, 3 tablespoons of sugar, then a few drops of whichever oil suits the mood and the purpose. The salt absorbs negativity, the baking soda absorbs odor, and the sugar adds a touch of sweetness. The oils are added for their specific energies and/or aroma. Certain oils are best for protection, others for love. Choose an oil based on the mood you’re trying to set in the room.

All Natural Mop Water
To mop, I use an old fashioned mop bucket and a good rope mop. In a pot on the stove, I mix about six cups of water with 2 drops each of Pine oil, Sandalwood oil, Patchouli Oil, and Cinnamon. To that mixture, I add 3 drops of alcohol (to break apart the oils), and ¼ cup vinegar. Once boiling, I remove from heat and pour the mixture into the mop bucket, then fill with hot water. You can use lemon oil, orange oil, or any other oils that suit your needs, but for a mop wash, I’ve found it best to include pine.

Not only do they work, but these ideas are extremely cost effective, and don’t contain an abundance of harmful chemicals and artificial odors. If you’re able to respect the threefold law, know you’re harming none, and are well studied in your craft, then don’t be afraid to listen to intuition and break free from recipe and spell books. Go ahead, make it up!

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Gazing into blackened sky, it’s the stars that are appreciated or wished upon. Actors, singers, dancers and artists are referred to as stars because we associate them with brightly shining glimmer and glitz. When a student does well on a paper, they’re often rewarded with a star. Our human bodies, when standing with arms outstretched to our sides with legs shoulder length apart, form the shape of a star. An apple sliced sideways presents us with a five-seeded star. Christmas trees are topped with stars. Even songs for children call attention to the enchanted sparkle of stars. Yet, if a star encased within a circle is encountered, some will shudder, associating it immediately as something evil.

Sadly, many people of today’s world shun the pentagram. Thinking it a sign of black magick or devil worship, there are countless people who don’t understand what the pentagram represents or the history behind this symbol. Truth be known, the pentagram has been in use for more than 8,000 years throughout a variety of cultures and has been appreciated for myriad reasons including geometry, spirituality, numerology – and yes, for magick.

While it is true that some people have inverted the symbol to represent black magick or satanic worship, those numbers are minor in comparison to the thousands of years and cultures who have put the upright symbol to use for positive purposes, including Christians. How can you tell an inverted pentagram from an upright pentagram? The symbol most often (but not always) associated with Satan worship or dark magick presents a star with dual points facing upward, whereas the pentagram reflecting the single point at the top is more commonly used, representing positive energy. To understand this more effectively, one must know what it is the five points of the star represent.

In several belief systems, each point of the star represents a unique element: Spirit, Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The majority of us can agree that without these elements, there is no human life. This is the elemental perspective; but to make it more personal, these elements can be associated with more human aspects.

The element of Earth represents our physical being, our bodies. Water is associated with our emotions, how we feel. Fire is the element of action, everything we do and Air equates to our mental being, everything we think. The final point of the star, the one facing upward, is spirituality, also associated to our psychic abilities or our sixth sense.

With the single point upward, one is signifying spirituality governing the other elements. However, in the cases of devil worship or black magick, the two points of emotion and action (water and fire) are upward, indicating personal, physical pleasure above all else. Appropriately by this definition, it is the inverted pentagram appearing on the Devil card of the Rider/Waite deck of Tarot cards.

That being said, note that negative associations with the pentagram were non-existent prior to the nineteenth century. Bear in mind, though, that the duel points upward does not necessarily imply or encourage negative energies as many religions use different positioning of the pentagram points to represent various levels of initiation. Other point positions can indicate time of year as well, such as the single point upward to represent summer, while two points upward is indicative of winter.

There is no singular definition for the pentagram that is right for all. In fact, one can check Webster’s dictionary and won’t find the word pentagram. An Internet search at Dictionary.com provides the definition of a pentagram as being “n. a star with 5 points; formed by 5 straight lines between the vertices of a pentagon and enclosing another pentagon.” But for millions of people spanning thousands of years, the meaning of the pentagram is defined differently.

Dating back to approximately 3500 B.C., the pentagram has been used by Jews as a symbol of Truth and representative of the five books of the Pentateuch., by Egyptians and Celts symbolizing the underground womb or the Goddess Morrigan, by Gnostics as ‘The Blazing Star’, by Druids as symbolic of Godhead, by Christians as the Five Wounds of Christ, by Mathematicians for it’s geometric shape, by the Greeks who called it Pentalpha, by freemasons, magicians and the list continues through present day use.

The pentagram has been believed through the ages to be protection against evil; a symbol of Gods and Goddesses; a sign of royalty; knightly virtues of generosity, courtesy, chastity, chivalry and piety; a sign of life and humanity, the five fingers of man; symbolic of humanity reborn; representative of man’s quest for enlightenment and more.

Pentagrams have adorned buildings of various faiths, doors and windows as protection for homes, have been worn as amulets to protect the body and are used in magickal workings for purification and power. In addition to its diverse purposes, properties and presentations, the pentagram has been known by several names, including the Endless Knot, the Goblin’s Cross, the Pentalpha, the Witch’s foot, and the Devil’s star, to name a few.

Numerology lends its own flavor to the five points of the pentagram. Sulis.net reports, “Five is the quintessential number – it appears in all major religions and philosophies around the world in many forms. It permeates nature, math, art, literature and music. The pentagram is a widespread sacred symbol used in Ancient and modern times throughout almost all cultures of the world.”

Numerology.com lists the number five as being in accordance with the characteristics of adventure, change, freedom, exploration, variety, sensuality, unattached, curious, experienced, periodicity, knowledge seeker, knowledge teacher, traveler, imagination, child-like, playful.

Additionally, the number five is represented in Tarot by the Hierophant; in Astrology by Mercury, Venus, Taurus and Leo; in Runes by Raidho; in I Ching #15 Ch’ien; in the Tree of Life by Geburah, Severity (power); by the Hebrew letter He’, Nun; in Shamanism by the Bull Elephant; in Alchemy as earth/man; in the elements as Air and Fire; in the Aura by earth tones. The number five is represented by the colors blue-green (turquoise) and orange, is represented in gemstones as Turquoise and ruby, by the musical note G and is even associated to specific months in the year and days of the week!

As well as possessing the magick and mysteries of the number five, the pentagram is the most basic form of a star shape that can be drawn universally with a single line. With five distinct points and a womb shaped pentagon at the center, even architecture has employed the shape in such buildings as the Pentagon, a point of political power in the United States.

Too many people around the world currently associate the pentagram with something of evil nature or intent without knowing its origin or possible meanings. Considering the historic and widespread use of this symbol, not to mention its natural attributes apparent in plants and animal life, the instant negative association is a sad testament to closed minds or lack of knowledge.

Not every person wearing a pentagram charm, tatoo or emblem is a devil worshiper. Not every person wearing a pentagram is a witch. Not every person wearing a pentagram is a Christian, or a Jew or a mathematician. Whether used as a religious symbol or an amulet of protection, there must be a reason that this five pointed symbol has been an important tool throughout the ages. What does the pentagram mean to you?

Sources:

http://www.dictionary.com
http://www.flindersclubs.asn.au/pagan/paganism/pentagram.html
http://paganandproud.bravepages.com/ThePentagramitsrealhistory.html
http://www.fabrisia.com/pentagram.htm

http://www.witchvox.com/basics/pentacle.html
http://lilpagan.hyperchat.com/pagan3.html

http://www.sulis.net
http://www.numerology.com

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Wendi Friend

Every work of magick has a form of consequence. Before you go off trying to conjure prince charming or vanquish a spited ex, try working simple forms of magick into your daily life. Here are some examples:

Whenever people ask me how I began my journey into the magickal realm, I point to the moon. The moon’s influence over our planet, and everything on it, is a remarkable force, — one to be acknowledged. By becoming aligned with the moon’s phases and cycles, one can better balance their daily lives and predict things to come.

The moon travels through a basic 28 day cycle. During that journey, several influences play a role in the personality of the day, week, month, year, or hour. As the moon travels, it goes through two phases: waxing, a time when the moon grows from new to full; and waning, a time from full to dark (new).

When the moon is waxing (growing), this is the time to draw things in, to aim for new heights, to reach for your goals, and to send out positive force. When the moon is waning (shrinking), this is the time for self reflection, inward focus, study, and spiritual insight. If you’re trying to get a new job, you’re advised to do so during the waxing moon, when positive energies are growing in force. Your chances of getting the job are said to be increased. If you’re starting a new diet to lose weight, start the diet when the moon is waning – this is when things move away, fall off, or decline in power.

Furthermore, in addition to waxing and waning, the moon travels through each of the twelve signs of the zodiac, succumbing to the influence of each as it passes through the signs of the horoscope in the sky. For example, when the moon is in Pisces, people are more easily influenced by emotion and feeling than by thought and logic. When the moon is in Leo, people feel more empowered, strengthened, aggressive. Apply that information to what you know about the moon, and you can predict that when the moon is waxing in Pisces, you’re likely to feel emotionally charged, positive in thought, and affectionate. However, if the moon is waning in Pisces, you may be more subject to getting your feelings hurt or slipping into depression. Knowing this can help you plan, prepare for, and balance those influences as they approach. It can also help you predict how others may be feeling during that time as well.

By attuning yourself to the moon’s waxing and waning journey through the zodiac, you’re essentially honing your skills of perception, intuition, and psychic energies. For a complete list of the influences of the zodiac on the moon’s journey, visit The Moon In the Zodiac.

There’s more to a day than whether the moon is waxing or waning, and where she is on her astrological journey. In fact, each day of the week presents its own personality and energies to contend with. The scientific aspect of it is that the earth travels around the sun, and as it does, it encounters various planets. As it gets closer to one, earth becomes under that planet’s influence.

Mondays are ruled by the moon, represented by the color white. Monday’s influence is for psychic connections and prophetic dreams.

Tuesday is ruled by Mars, known in the past as the God of War. Tuesday, therefore, is represented by red and is a day of passion, aggression, and opposition.

Wednesday, being ruled by Mercury, is colored purple – the best day for thought and expression.

Thursday is a good day, ruled by Jupiter, representing luck, money, and numbers – therefore, the color green (some references say blue, but instinct rules the toss up).

Venus, Goddess of Love, rules Friday, splashing the day pink (some sources say green, but again, one must follow instinct. Go with the color that feels natural to you).

Saturday, a day colored black, is ruled by Saturn. This is a day for self reflection and memories of bygone days.

Sunday is the day of healing and strength, as it is in many religions and customs. Sunday is ruled by the sun, and so represented by yellow.

Knowing the energies and influences of the day, you can begin to predict not only your own mood, but the mood of others around you. In this way, you may not be as sensitive to their remarks and actions, or you may develop a stronger sensitivity towards them with your words and actions. You can also align personal projects and plans around this information, deciding which day’s influence would be the most beneficial for the long term results of your goal. To honor the energy of each day, you can either light a candle of that color; wear clothing of that color, or both.

Begin each day by focusing on the alignment of the sun, moon, stars, and planets. Where we are in the universe reflects in how we feel. Meditate on goals for the day that will be aided by the moon’s energy and the influence of the earth’s position in relation to other planets. Stay focused throughout your day, holding on to your goals, and standing up to your challenges. At the end of the day, draw yourself a magickal bath, charged with your own energy and with oils intended to enhance other specific energies (match your oils to your days). Relax in the bath, letting go of the day’s troubles and turmoil. After the bath, relax with a cup of hot herbal tea, and record the day’s progress.

There’s much more magick that can be applied to daily life, but this should get you started! In the beginning, you may have to reference resources to remember which days go with what planets and influences, but before long, it will become a matter of simple daily magick.

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Why do I spell magick with a “k” at the end? No, it’s not a typo. Magic without the “k” signifies illusion, trickery, stage magic, or magic for show. By spelling magick with the “k”, I’m referring to an entirely different kind of magick – the magick of energy, the magick of thought, the magick of nature and the elements.

That’s how I spell magick, but how do I define magick? Maybe the best place to begin answering that question is to instead state what I believe magick is not.

In my opinion and understanding, magick is not a quick fix solution to any given problem. Unlike a toy used for recreation or personal pleasure, magick is not meant to be used for entertainment; nor is it intended to make money fall from the sky, encourage a romantic partner to sweep you off your feet, change the weather at whim, make you win at gambling, miraculously help you pass a test, or remove you from a situation from which you’re meant to learn and grow through experience. Most importantly, magick is not intended to be used for harm, revenge, or gaining power over individuals.

There are many paths, methods, beliefs, and ways of using and abusing magick. There are ceremonial forms of magick wherein circles are cast and wands are waved, or there are solitary methods of practicing magick in which energy is conjured more according to personal preferences than ritual requirements. There are magickal spells written with words and suggested ingredients, or there are magickal spells done knowingly or unknowingly through particular thoughts, actions, words, and patterns.

In my personal belief, magick, or the conscious shifting of energy, is intended to help strengthen our character, give us courage to accomplish what needs done, and give us patience while we wait for the results of our efforts to manifest.

In my experience, most magick is not instantaneous. If I focus on something specific during a private, full moon ritual, I generally don’t see results for about three weeks or so, and the types of results I receive are never quite what I could have imagined.

Let me interject here that one of the elemental misconceptions or “mistakes” made in magick is that the practitioner all too often tries to micro-manage the form of the result, meaning that if they can’t imagine how something could happen, then they can’t imagine that it can happen, therefore they limit their ability to open their mind and allow true universal magick to work at its best. It’s when we let go of the “answer” that the magick comes.

For example, one of the major issues I hear people comment about is money. Money truly can be perceived as the root of all evil, can’t it? We need money to pay the power bill, to buy the groceries, to cloth ourselves, to get through the holidays, etc. – It’s not feasible to think you could conjure a spell or work some form of magick that would cause $500 to drop out of the sky. However, as long as you don’t try to dictate exactly where that $500 will come from, provided the inclusion of harm to none, then the money can and often does appear, although the universe seems to have a great sense of humor and often waits ’til the eleventh hour to deliver. The problem most people have is that they can’t imagine where that much money would come from. It’s not like a family member is going to suddenly give us a loan, or like our boss will kindly give us a bonus. But as long as we don’t try to imagine the how and just focus on the need itself, it can be conjured, as long as it’s not taken for granted, misused, or being used for negative purposes. For example, having that pair of shoes is important to you, yes – but not important enough to work magick over. However, getting the money to fix a broken car so you can get to work and earn money is!

So I define magick as an ability to consciously shift a situation or circumstance through energy and intent in order to provide you with the tools you need to accomplish the task at hand. Magick is not meant to remove you from the task at hand or prevent you from having to do the work yourself.

There are many elements involved in magick. Some may suit you, some may not. There are solar, lunar, and planetary influences; many forms of divination such as tarot, runes, tea leaves, scrying; herbs; candles; crystals; oils; and a continuing collection of contributing forces too large to mention.

For one that’s interested in learning more about or practicing magick, the best advice, in my opinion, is to start with study, not with a hurried anticipation to try out a spell, buy a broom or label one’s self a witch. It’s a long journey full of conscious effort and directed will, not a quick fix for an immediate problem.

It’s easy to get lost in magick. With so many subjects and interests, one can be overwhelmed with the amount of information available. Start slowly with areas that are naturally interesting to you and allow the rest to wait. No need to force it . . . magick happens!

Believe good things; what you believe becomes!

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