Lesson 26: Review of “Intent” and Self-Evaluation

Well, conveniently the New Year is around the corner, and we have finished the first unit on Intent.  Congratulations! Good job for sticking with it!  How do you feel you are doing so far?  Take some time now to review what you've learned, and consider what you might be able to do to improve upon that work.  You can write in your magickal journal or Book of Shadows, or simply run through a mental evaluation for your own purposes.  Go over anything you feel you didn't grasp; catch up … [Read more...]

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 22: Letting It Go

This is the part of magick-working that is hardest for me, and it may be very difficult for you too.  There is a fine line between being empowered, and being a control freak.  You can’t control everything.  There are millions of other Wills that you share the world with, and they need what they need too. Wayne Dyer refers to this as “disattachment from outcome.”[1]  I personally find that language is only good for Buddhists.  What do you mean that I shouldn’t care about the … [Read more...]

Lesson 21: Doing the Real-World Work

Sometimes, a spell might take so long to manifest that it seems like it’s a hopeless cause.  You would be amazed how often I hear about this!  A friend of mine did a spell to get a new job, and it took her months and months to find beneficial employment.  Her spell seemed sound, her training was sufficient to the task, and she didn’t have any immediate enemies who were likely hexing her.  But then I asked her, “So where have you applied?” thinking that maybe she was looking for work … [Read more...]

Lesson 20: Perfect Love and Perfect Trust

This post is entirely available to the general public.  Please pass it on to your friends.  May it derail potential Witch Wars everywhere! Ideally in Wicca, a group comes together “in perfect love and perfect trust.”  Certainly this isn't always possible or even desirable, but when you come together to work magickally, you need to put aside your personal differences and issues before you attempt ritual.  This is just as true for your own personal Work.  And if you have difficulties … [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...]