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Purification Brew1 part Lemon Verbena
1 part dried Lemon peel
1 part Camomile
Brew, drink for purification prior to ritual. If
desired, add a splash of lemon juice, a teaspoon of
honey or sugar. (Sugar is used by Peruvian shamans in
purification ceremonies.)

Rainbow Brew
When it rains, wait for the clouds to break somewhere
and look for a rainbow. If you find one, put a
saucer or some other nonmetallic pan outside where it
can catch rain. If it rains while the rainbow is still
present, save the water for ritual uses. It has been
blessed by the rainbow's appearance. Because the
rainbow contains all colors, this "brew" is useful for
all types of magick. Bottle and label. Add to baths or
anoint the body and hands while visualizing your
magickal goal.
Sleep Brew
1 part Rose petals
1 part Myrtle leaves
1 part Vervain

Soak rose petals in a pot of water for three days. Add
more rose petals each day. On the third day, add
myrtle and vervain at sunrise and let soak all day.
That night, just before going to bed, bathe your
forehead with three handsfuls of the brew. Your sleep
should be free from nightmares. Use the brew until
gone, then make another batch if needed.

Merry Meet everyone.
Here are my most sacred scriptures. I will be adding to this constantly, so please make sure that you come back to check on the improvements often.
An Invocation is a kind of prayer addressing Deity, or a particular aspect of Deity, and asking for Deity's presence or aid. It should come from the heart, and reflect genuine emotion. When you invoke a Deity, you sould imagine that Deity strongly. You may visualise the Deity in your mind, or imagine It manifesting vefore you. Some people visualise the Deity as amorphous light, or as a ball or column of light. Or they may imagine the light of Deity descending into a statue or picture of the Deity. ALl of these or any other visualisation that helps you to focus on Deity's presence as you invoke It, is good.
January 6, is The day of the Triple Goddess.
To celebrate, light a white candle for the Maiden, a red candle for the Mother and a black candle for the Crone, and reflect on each of these guises and what they represent to you...
Prayers for your Goddess Beads
*On the silver moon bead say:
"Blessed Mother, come to me, and cast your lovely silver light. Uncloud your face that I may see unveiled, its shining in the night. Triple Goddess, Blessed Be, and Merry Meet, my soul's delight!"
*On the 4 spacer beads say:
"I bind unto myself today the Fertility of the Maiden".
*Meditate of the Presence of the Maiden, on each Maiden bead say:
"Maiden daughter, sister, lover, white-light, love's embrace; seeking love, we find each other by the radiance of your face".
*On the 4 spacer beads say:
"I bind unto myself today the Power of the Mother". *Meditate ont he Presence of the Mother, on each Mother bead say:
"Mother of all, radiant, beaming, Full and heavy womb with expectation bright; be present here, Full Moon gleaming, And bless your child with truth and light".
*On the 4 spacer beads say:
"I bind unto myself today the Wisdom of the Crone".
*Meditate on the Presence of the Crone, on each bead say:
"Crone now stands in moonlight gleaming, starlit night and silver hair; peace and wisdom from you streaming Goddess, keeper of our care".
*On the 4 spacer beads say:
"I bind unto myself today the Fertility, Power and Wisdom of the Goddess".
*On the silver moon bead conclude:
"Blessed Mother, stay by me, and cast your lovely, silver light. Uncloud your face that I may see unveiled, its shining in the night. Triple Goddess, Blessed Be, and Merry Meet, my soul's delight! So mote it be!"

One of the most meaningful reasons for meditation is to focus yourself. Not only will it relax you, but it will quiet your mind, allowing you to proceed on your path. Meditate before any ceremony, ritual or spell; this is why we call meditation STEP ONE. How do you meditate? There are many well-known methods. Included in this introductory lesson is a very effective beginner method of meditation. Following lessons will include advanced forms such as elemental and astral.
You Will Need
One large white candle
(Use this same candle every time you meditate.)
(When the candle runs out, get a new one and do the same.)
Matches or Lighter
Meditation Ritual
Light the candle and sit in front of it in any position you feel comfortable. Breath deep; fill your lungs with air. Release. Repeat this seven times. Look into the candle flame and clear your mind. (Do this as much as possible.)(At this point you probably cannot clear your mind.) Take another three deep breaths. Hum slightly. Focus on looking into the candle flame. (If looking directly into the flame hurts your eyes, look a bit below it.) Keep humming. You should feel your body relaxing. Soon you will be in a trance state. (Some describe this as a very relaxed state, hypnotic state, or floating free.) Once you have reached this trance or relaxed state of mind, you are ready to proceed with the ceremony, ritual, spell or maybe even to face the day.
Self Dedication Rite
The first step in learning the craft is Self-Dedication. This, in itself, will allow energies to focus on you. Your body is full of psychic energy which you may already use, and Self-Dedication will open up the earth energies of air, fire, water and earth (known as elementals) to you so you may use them as your own. Each energy that you use is a tool, and the more tools you can use, the stronger your magick. Self-Dedication and Initiation differ in that Initiation focuses the deity and astral energies to you, while Self-Dedication allows you the ability to reach out and draw the energies on your own. Read this ritual over and memorize it so you can recite it without having to stop and remember what is next. The reason why some memorization is important is the effectiveness of the ritual is directly related to your ability to fully focus on your task. Interrupting a ritual to look up the instruction can easily distract you and divert your energies elsewhere, hence defeating your purpose.
You Will Need
Three white candles
One red candle
Matches or lighter
Sweet smelling incense, such as rose
(stick or cone is fine)
A cup with water
A quiet place
This must be done on the night of the full moon. Place the three white candles in the form of a triangle. Place the red candle in the middle. Place the water to the left side of the triangle of candles. Place the incense to the right side of the triangle of candles.
Self Dedication Ceremony
Perform STEP ONE, Meditation. Light the white tip candle and envision white light shooting up from the earth into the candle. Visualize this as best you can. Later lessons will help you develop this ability.) Light the remaining white candles while saying your name. Light the incense and walk around the candles while saying: (If you cannot walk around the candles, simply rotate the incense in a circle around them.)
"On this night, I come before the elements asking for the guardians to arise." "Open the path, open the gates, open the way, I am here."
Light the red candle. Say why you have chosen Witchcraft or the way of Magick. (It is important to be honest with this step.) (Do not simply state that you want to be a witch.) (Do some serious soul searching and put your heart into it.) (You can keep it to one sentence or prepare an elaborate speech.) Stand in the form of the pentagram and say: (Standing in the form of a pentagram means raising your arms to shoulder height and spreading your feet about two feet apart.)
"Earth Mother I invoke you."
Stay in this position for a few moments. Kneel before the candles and take the water. Pass it through the incense and over the candles while saying:
"Bless me Earth Mother, with this water charge your energies inside."
(This will purify the water.) Put the cup of water down and place your palms over it, while envisioning a white light coming from the earth, filling the water. Say:
"As to earth, as to me, may this water purify me."
Hold the cup high over your head and say:
"Open the path, open the gates, open the way, I am here."
Drink the charged water. Put out the red candle and say:
"Great Earth Mother Blessed Be." "I am charged, so mote it be."
Let the white candles burn themselves out
Basic Candle Rite
Here is a taste of magick you may use as soon as you complete the Self-Dedication period. This type of candle magick is very basic, yet quite effective. Lesson Four will deal solely with magick, but this being an introductory lesson, it is only fair to include a taste. This is a good time to iterate how closely Karma and ethics are intertwined. If you cast an evil spell, you may be in for some Karma even though you might call yourself a white witch. You choose your own color of magick, not once, but each time you practice. Some traditions believe in Karma as "What you do comes back to you". Do you? This is your own moral choice. The magick you will learn from this course and the magick you will learn to create on your own can be used for any purpose. Keep in mind that for any magick it is best (though not necessary) to do calling magick, such as money, love, health, luck or anything that brings something to you, during the waxing moon (first quarter) to the full moon. Banishing magick, such as bindings, quitting bad habits, curses or anything pushing energy away should be done during the waning moon (last quarter) to the new moon. These are optimal times, but you cannot always base your magick around the moon. Basic candle magick deals only with two colors, white and black (Lesson Four will have a complete list of color or meanings). Envision the white candle as the waxing to full moon and the black candle as the waning to new moon. For any calling purposes, use the white candle. For any banishing purposes, use the black candle. (Note: Always use candles that are one solid color throughout. Scratch some wax off to test this if you are not certain.)
You Will Need:
One white or black candle
Candle holder
Matches or lighter
Olive oil
(a small amount)
Basic Candle Magick Spell
Perform STEP ONE, Meditation. For white candle: Rub oil from the tip of the candle towards the base, Continue humming and visualizing for about five minutes. For black candle: Rub oil from the base of the candle towards the tip, while humming and visualizing your reason for doing this spell. Continue humming and visualizing for about five minutes. Continue for either candle: Place the candle into the holder and light it. Chant your chant for as long as you can while visualizing your purpose. To chant, use a monotone humming voice. (You should create a specific chant for your purpose.) (It can be as simple as one word or as complex as you wish.) (Examples: "Money, money, come to me", "bring love", or "Protection surround me, complete serenity".) When you cannot chant and visualize any longer, put the candle out and repeat the spell the following night (or day). After you see the first glimpse of the results of your spell, let the candle burn all the way out. Remember, after the completion of any spell or ritual, always say: "So mote it be."
Wax and Water Rite
Some say the best readings are from tarot cards or runes. Directions for these will be discussed in later lessons. For me, however, the wax and water method works best. Though it may take some practice to become very effective, it is an easy process to learn. This too was my first divination tool.
You Will Need:
One white candle
(Use the same candle every time you use this rite.)
(When the candle runs out, simply get a new one and do the same.)
Matches or lighter
Your charged black bowl
or cauldron (filled with water)
Wax & Water Rite
Perform STEP ONE, Meditation. Light your white candle and state out loud what you need to know. Hold the candle tilted over the bowl of water so the wax drips into the bowl. Watch the wax and look for symbols it might form. When you see one, stop. (such as an owl, house, heart, etc.) The drippings may even clearly spell out the answer using letters or numbers. In this case, continue until the letters or numbers stop. After you have a symbol, you must interpret it. (Only you can do this - I can tell you what an owl means to me, but it may mean something entirely different to you.) Simply take the symbol and consider what it means to you. Such as an owl might mean sight, luck, beauty, money, etc. to you. If it spells out letters or numbers, you may not have to do any interpreting. Practice this, and you should become very effective at it.
General and Personal Healing Rite
Beltaine fires we sing, we sing, With this poppet, Health I bring. To one who pines in pain and sorrow. Beltaine fires, heal her tomorrow. Oak and October we come to greet. Merry here again we meet. May those who pine in pain and sorrow. By Oak and October be healed tomorrow. Oak and October and Beltaine fires. In these we know but one desire. May all good people on the Earth. Come to Love and Health and Mirth.
The Yew is great in age and girth A symbol of both death and birth. Endings and beginnings it will spin. At Samhaine, when the veil is thin. Three times round its girth we tread. Releasing mourners from their dread. A knife to cut the spirit free. From bonds imposed by family. A bow to make the spirit fly to resurrection by and by. A sprig for mourners all we take, To give them peace for their own sake.
Magickal Chants
The Deer's Cry
I arise today Through the strength of heaven Light of sun.
Radiance of moon Splendour of fire.
 Speed of lightning Swiftness of wind.
Depth of sea Stability of earth. Firmness of rock.

Sunrise Spell
When December is ripe and days are full
And Sun comes early to claim His throne
Walk before dawn to a silent height
And set three stones in an Eastern line.
Stand behind them while His light
Is rising over the distant land
When he is in the Eastern sky
Offer these words and understand.
Sun of the Year, I move the Earth
To greet Thy Sign
And set myself
To honour Thee in Earth's design.
Perfect the stones to mark His Face
Follow their shadow twelve short paces
Pluck some leaf for an amulet
And wear on your coat, lest you forget.
Sacred Tree Rite
Mother Goddess, please accept our humble offerings, Allow these trees to grow strong. Their roots probing for nutrients in your fertile earth, Their branches reaching for your sunshine. Their leaves filtering your air, Allow these trees to be your servants. Growing stronger with each passing day, Standing as sentinels to protect our glorious land. Blessed Be.
The Colloquay of the Two Sages
I am the child of poetry. Poetry, the child of reflection. Reflection, the child of Meditation. Meditation, the child of Lore. Lore, the child of Research. Research, the child of Great Knowledge. Great Knowledge, the child of Intelligence. Intelligence, the child of Understanding. Understanding, the child of Wisdom. Wisdom, the child of the Triple Goddess.
Death and Re-Birth
Be not afraid. For the Lady bids you come. Here where the trees are full. Of blossoms and fair with fruit. Where you are washed of pain. And being numb. And all the problems. Of the world are mute. Here you are purged of all. Your woes and fears. And the Goddess. Who is your Mother Dries your tears.
Herbal Chant
Thyme and Sage for sore throats Rosemary to darken haire. Bergamot to make a tea. Flax for thine to wear. Cecily for sour fruite. Lemon balm a cake. Chive to mix with salad and egg. Mint a thirst to slake. The monk of olde with loving care. Grew herbes and gave poor folke a share. And cottage gardens still are found. Where Natyre's medicines abound.
Honour Tree Rite
When nights and days are balanced and halved Cut from the branches September has saved.Twelve supple wands all budded green. Twist them together to weave a crown. Summer will come and the Winter wind. Turning and turning the leaves on their stems. Then they must fall, but now in the Spring. The twig is bound and the bud remains. Hang the leaf from a sturdy limb. Of Oak or Maple, or Ash, or Elm, This will the tree live long and well...
Banish Nightmares
St. George, St. George Our Lady's knight He walked by day So he did by night Until such times as he her found He her beat and he her bound Until her troth to him he plight He would not come to her that night.

Safe Journey
The journey I make is one of need I ask the Goddess to pay me heed That I may safely homeward come There and back when my work is done. May the Goddess of Going hear my call To my going and coming no ill befall May I drive with care and may those I meet Be safe and careful on the street.
House Blessing
We ask a blessing on this house This happy eve of Solstice time We sing and dance and make carouse To celebrate deep Winter's clime. For Herne is here, and Mistletoe The Holly and its berries bloom We dance a carol, round we go The Ivy winds about the room. With wine and cake we make a toast, And bring a blessing to our host.
Lughnasahd Blessing
John Barleycorn is cut down dead It is His time to die The Sun that warmed our Summer days no longer is so high. We praise Him and our Goddess fair We thank Him for the corn We gather in the harvest now And leave the fields forlorn.
Blessing of Good Health
I wish healing upon you The healing of Mary with me Mary, Michael and Brighid Be with me all three. Your pain and sickness Be in the Earth's depths Be upon the grey stones For they are enduring. Fly with the birds of the air Fly with the wasps of the hill Swim with the sea-going whale For they are swiftest. Be upon the clouds of the sky For they are the rainiest Be upon the river's current Cascading to the sea.
Gaelic Lullaby Blessing
The nest of the curlew Is in the bubbling peat-moss My little one will sleep and He shall have the bird. The nest of the oyster-catcher Is among the smooth shingles My little one will sleep and He shall have the bird. The nest of the heron Is in the pointed trees My little one will sleep and He shall have the bird. (This can go on and on, as it does work as a lullaby blessing, I have used it with all my foster-children)
Hogmanay Blessing
The blessing of God upon this house The blessing of Jesus upon this house The blessing of the Spirit upon this house The blessing of Brighid upon this house The blessing of Michael upon this house The blessing of Columba upon this house On man and Woman On spouse and youth With plenty of food and plenty of drink With plenty of beds and plenty of wine With many riches and much cheer With many kin and length of life Ever upon it...
Final Blessing
We ask a blessing on the Earth our home All who have been here Are here now And will be in time to come We ask the Old Gods to bless Us when we come to the end Of our own particular dance So mote it be.

January 6, is The day of the Triple Goddess.

To celebrate, light a white candle for the Maiden, a red candle for
the Mother and a black candle for the Crone, and reflect on each of
these guises and what they represent to you...

You can also make a goddess prayer beads.

For this you will need:13 white beads for the Maiden
13 red beads for the Mother
13 black beads for the Crone
52 small silver spacer beads to represent moonlight
1 large silver bead to represent the Full Moon
thread for stringing.

Take the large silver bead, (this represents the moon) and thread it
on. Then take 4 small silver spacer beads (smaller silver beads
represents the moonlight). Now thread on a white, followed by a
single spacer bead, until all white beads are done, then add 4 silver
spacer beads, then start on the red beads using a spacer bead in
between, then followed by another 4 silver spacer beads, and then the black beads, using a spacer in between also. Once finishing the black
beads, follow by 4 more silver spacer beads before connecting this
end to the large silver moon bead.

To explain:
The 13 beads in each set signify the 13 months of the lunar year. The
silver spacers represent moonlight issuing from the Full Moon bead
throughout the life cycle of the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.

Prayers are said on each bead, while meditating on the mysteries of
the Triple Goddess, and the experience of the human life cycle.

Blessed Be