Lesson 25: Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Part 3

Exercise 24: The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram Happy Solstice!  We resume with Part 3 of "The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram": Evocation of the Archangels Spread your arms straight out to the sides, so that your body forms a cross. Take a second or two to feel once again the energy flowing through you and making you a brilliant cross of light at the center of the universe. The cross also represents the four magical elements of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth in … [Read more...]

Lesson 24: Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Part 2

Exercise 24: The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram We resume last week's lesson with Part 2 of "The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram": Formulation of the Pentagrams Focus your attention now back to the center of your magickal space; you are no longer at the center of the universe. Move to the Eastern side of your space and continue to face East.  (It’s generally a good idea for Witches and magicians to invest in a compass, but if you don’t know where East is, make your … [Read more...]

Lesson 23: Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Part 1

I would like to teach you a basic magickal ritual that has been used for hundreds of years, called the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.  This is probably going to take you some practice to work through because the visualizations are much grander in scope than the work you have done so far.  You may find it helps you to put on some music; some people really like classical music with grand, sweeping notes, like Holst’s “The Planets” and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, for example.  … [Read more...]

Lesson 19: Aligning Intent as a Group

When working magick together as a group, it is necessary that everyone’s Intent be in as perfect alignment as possible.  Otherwise, you will end up with conflicts of Wills working against the same spell!  From a magickal perspective, this is the purpose of ritual.  Using common symbols, and a common framework to visualize in, gives everyone involved something to focus on together, and since everyone is taking part in the same “story,” this aligns everyone’s Intent.  This is also why … [Read more...]

Lesson 18: From the Astral to the Material

Now it’s time to bring your Intent into the physical realm.  Magick doesn't end with the casting of the spell.  There are a couple of things that you need to do – and not do! – in order to make your Intent manifest. Don’t Give the Universe an “Opt-Out” Option! It’s important when you’re casting your spell, and when you’re working to make it manifest, that you not give the Universe an “opt-out” option. Have you ever heard that quotation, “Every day, people are … [Read more...]

Lesson 17: Manifestation

Now that we've Set the Spell, and considered motivation, we need to take this statement and translate it into something that Younger Self understands.  My statement is too long and it has too many words in it.  I need to either simplify it, or perhaps make symbols and a picture out of it. So what I’m going to do is draw a picture of me signing books in a bookstore.  I’m smiling and there are lots bills with dollar signs on them sticking out of my back pocket or my purse.  My husband … [Read more...]

Lesson 16: True Will

Ceremonial magicians often speak of something called “True Will.”  True Will is your innermost desire, as well as a sense of destiny.  People in the New Age community call it “Serendipity.”  Some people believe that the god(s) sent us here for a specific purpose, and when we have accomplished this purpose, then we will pass into the next realm and perhaps be sent back later for a different purpose.  Magicians believe in a similar philosophy, except that they believe that we have … [Read more...]

Lesson 11: The Witch’s Pyramid

Exercise 13: The Witch’s Pyramid (Four Powers of the Magician) You may have heard of these, but perhaps you are not aware of what they are.  I hope to guide you through them and apply them to your magickal working, and perhaps, your everyday life.   We’re going to work through the Pyramid and use it to create more effective spellwork.  Let’s start in the East. The Witches' Pyramid … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Witch’s Eight Paths of Power!

In Gerald Gardner’s Book of Shadows, he writes about what he calls “The Eightfold Way,” which is a list of eight different methods of performing magick.  In his original 1953 version, Gardner lists these as: 1. Meditation or Concentration. (Intent) 2. Trance, projection of the Astral. 3. Rites, Chants, Spells, Runes, Charms, etc. (The Craft) 4. Incense, Drugs, Wine, etc., whatever is used to release the Spirit. (Intoxicants) 5. The Dance and kindred practices. (Sacred Movement) 6. … [Read more...]