“Our forefathers looked upon nature with more reverence and horror, before the world was enlightened by learning and philosophy, and loved to astonish themselves with the apprehensions of witchcraft, prodigies, charms, and enchantments. There was not a village in England that had not a ghost in it, the church-yards were all haunted, every large common had a circle of fairies belonging to it, and there was scarce a shepherd to be met with who had not seen a spirit.” — Joseph Addison
Spirits as we know have not faded away into the grave yards, in it’s stead is quite the opposite. There are numerous sightings and interest paid to spirits, especially during this time of Samhain.
And so is the way in which to conjure them… This then be a witches way~
History tells us that the earliest known records of a witch performing a spirit conjuring is found in the Bible, the book of 1 Samuel, around the time period of 931 B.C. and 721 B.C. When King Saul sought the necromantic talents of a witch named “The Witch of Endor”. The king desiring the witch to conjure up the dead prophet Samuel’s spirit, and therefore giving aid in defeating the Philistine army. The first known recorded practice of the witch and necromancy.
The witches familiar… Most often mentioned the owl, cat, toad, or hare, who did the bidding for their witches. Considered to be lower level daimons, or even the fae. Goats as well as stags, appearing to the witch in hedge flight… Taking her to the sabbaths, and other realms…
To conjure a spirit you must first make a circle within a location of privacy and space, I make mine of salt, and sage. Adjacent to your circle on the left-hand side, make a triangle, this is where you will conjure your spirit.
There are numerous herbs and plants that will aid you in this magickal working. Here are some that are more traditionally used. ~
Juniper berries– a magickal bunch of little berries said to inebriate spirits into becoming visible, as well as enhancing your abilities to see them.
Wormwood– combine wormwood with sandalwood and burn this incense in a graveyard, and await for the dead to arise and speak. Or use Yew to raise the dead.
Offerings to receive favorable blessings from spirits are made of mint, and/or lilac, and use valerian root as a substitute for graveyard dirt, and darker workings…
Black henbane to aid hedge flight, and to bring communing within the spiritual realms.
Or try a suffumigation of frankincense resin, anise seeds, and dried carnations to conjure your spirit guides.
Sprinkle salt on your doorsteps to ward off evil spirits, and sprinkle cornmeal around by your bed, and the spirits will draw your future…
Dark and Wild blessings for a magickal Samhain. )0(