Category Archives: Rituals

Sage

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I have been gathering sage from my garden this week. Cutting and binding some, drying and then crushing the rest. It’s been a busy week for me as I get things harvested and stored.

Most Pagans/Wiccans/Witches are familiar with sage as the main herb you use for smudging. It is a rather common in the pagan community to envision sage bound in a wand for such a practice.

But did you know that not all Sage is created equal? It’s true. There are two common types of sage used when making wands, desert and white. The thing many people don’t know is they used for different types of clearings.

White Sage: can be used to lift/clear energy through out a space or around a person. Some people use it as an aura cleanser.

Desert Sage: can be used to help open new doors or opportunities in your life when you feel a bit at a stand still or stuck in a rut. It is good for grounding and is said to carry with it more of a “playful” energy.

Share with us your experiences when smudging with either of the sages.

~*Kitchen Witch Wicki*~

*Some of this information as found in Magickal Housekeeping by Tess Whitehurst*

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Book Of Shadows

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A Book of Shadows (BoS) contains a complete record of the witch’s magickal workings, much like a journal of your magickal journey.

In it you can record how you interpret the things you learn such as Rituals Guidelines, Invocations, Spells, Divination, Correspondences, Symbols, Poems, Chants, and anything else of use to you personally.

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Basic Ritual Structure

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This is a guideline, not something set in stone that you must do. Use it, change it to meet your needs, or discard it.

I find that personally it is always nice to have a small checklist in mind when I start to do rituals. Simply because I forgot things and would have to start all over again once I did have my proper tools and steps I wanted to take in order.

13. Opening/Closing the circle (in reverse direction of casting)
Usually done in the same manner as it was cast i.e. by song, dance, blade, wand, etc.

~*Pagan Mom*~

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Basic Ritual Structure

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This is a guideline, not something set in stone that you must do. Use it, change it to meet your needs, or discard it.

I find that personally it is always nice to have a small checklist in mind when I start to do rituals. Simply because I forgot things and would have to start all over again once I did have my proper tools and steps I wanted to take in order.

12. Thanks & dismissal of elements
A. Directions/elements (in reverse direction of casting)

~*Pagan Mom*~

Writing your own spells and rituals

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Know the Best Time to Work a Spell:

Do you know what type moon phase is best for money or healing spells? What days of the week are best for certain types of magick? What about how each hour of the day will affect your spell? 

By learning how the timing affects your magickal workings you will know when to work your spell.

~*Pagan Mom*~

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Basic Ritual Structure

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This is a guideline, not something set in stone that you must do. Use it, change it to meet your needs, or discard it.

I find that personally it is always nice to have a small checklist in mind when I start to do rituals. Simply because I forgot things and would have to start all over again once I did have my proper tools and steps I wanted to take in order.

11. Thanks & dismissal of spirits
A. Deities/spirits (in reverse order of invocation)

~*Pagan Mom*~

Writing your own spells and rituals

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Know the Intent or Purpose:

Think about what is it you are trying to do. Are you looking to heal a illness, sell a house, or to celebrate a sabbat?

Before you begin any magickal working, you should have a firm grasp on what outcome you are seeking.

Be as specific as possible. By doing so you have a better chance of achieving the things you are seeking to do.

~*Pagan Mom*~

Basic Ritual Structure

Sitting-in-Silence

This is a guideline, not something set in stone that you must do. Use it, change it to meet your needs, or discard it.

I find that personally it is always nice to have a small checklist in mind when I start to do rituals. Simply because I forgot things and would have to start all over again once I did have my proper tools and steps I wanted to take in order.

10. Hiatus
A. Meditation or
B. Sharing, discussion, announcements, business
C. Silence

~*Pagan Mom*~

Basic Ritual Structure

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This is a guideline, not something set in stone that you must do. Use it, change it to meet your needs, or discard it.

I find that personally it is always nice to have a small checklist in mind when I start to do rituals. Simply because I forgot things and would have to start all over again once I did have my proper tools and steps I wanted to take in order.

9. Communion
A. Charging/blessing and sharing:
1. Food (cakes, bread, fruit, etc.)
2. Drink (water, juice, wine, etc.)

~*Pagan Mom*~

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Peaceful Home

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With this time of year being great for spring cleaning I like to do charms and spells for my house. To help get rid of the old almost stale smelling enemies and bring in the light clean smelling energies.

This last year has been a hard one on my family so I am pulling out some of my most powerful cleansing spells that help bring my family members together. I want to share with you one of the rituals I plan to do to help in this.

~*Pagan Mom*~

Peaceful Home

Items needed:

1 Lavender cloth
A small item to represent each person living in the home
Lavender
Rose
Chamomile
Small amethyst
A lavender or pink candle
Peace oil

Remember to focus on your intent for a peaceful household as you are putting this spell together and casting it.

Sew a pouch out of lavender cloth. It need to be big enough to hold everything you have gathered for this spell.

Place the small items in the pouch. Thinking of each family member that the item is suppose to represent. Invasion them happy, communicating, joyful, loving, listening to understand.

Add the herb ingredients into the pouch. As you place the herbs in the pouch focus on what work you desire them to do for your home and family. Last add the stone to the pouch.

Anoint all candles with the peace oil. Once you are seated in front of the candle then light it or them. Holding the pouch in your hands and say the following 3 times:

“Blessed Goddess, most gentle one,
I ask thee now to help calm my home.
Relieve all tension, release all fear,
So from stress that we may hold each other dear.
Touch my family with peace and healing,
with loving light and understanding,
Bless my home, Great gentle Goddess.
Unite us with your kiss.”

Set the pouch beside the candle. Do not blow out or snuff out candle. You should allow it to burn out on it’s own.

Hang the pouch in the room where everyone gathers the most within your home.