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Dear Friends,

Whenever you do any magickal work you are taking energy from your body and putting it out into the universe. There’s got to be a place that the energy comes from, so this article is full of tips on how to increase energy for your magickal work. When you are completely energized through these activities, you’ll find that your spells and rituals are much more effective.

Raising your energy is a bit like climbing up a ladder toward another plane of existence. There are many different ways to raise energy. You can sing. You can dance. You can chant. And you can use visualization to raise your energy as well. Personally, I’ve found that raising your energy through physical movement is more effective, but visualizations can be powerful depending on what kind of energy you are looking to build.

You can use the following visualization to build up energy. Close your eyes and imagine your feet sink into the ground. You are becoming one with the roots in the ground and are growing deeper into Gaia, the mother earth. Her energies are all around you, rising up like the sap through your feet and your legs. The energy fills your body and envelops each and every one of your cells. Feel yourself becoming one with Gaia.

Feel yourself becoming a great strong tree and stand up with your arms stretched out. Your arms will feel like branches reaching up to Father Sky. You feel your leaves drink in the Sun. You can feel the energy coming down into your body and feeling you more and more with each breath. Continue to draw the energy in and send it out into your limbs. You are at one with everything that surrounds you and you feel life pulsing through you.

This type of exercise is perfect to use before a ritual or powerful spellwork. In addition to using a visualization like this, you can also use mantras. Mantras are simple chants that use the names of the Gods and Goddesses to build up energy. You simply need to pick the deity that is most appropriate for your upcoming magickal work. For example, you could chant “He-ca-te” or “Ven-us.” You can add power to the mantra by adding drums, rattles, tambourines and other items that will help build energy.

A zen like trance is another way to build up energy. You can do this by finding a quiet place to sit that is dark. The darkness will help your concentration. Sit down in a comfortable place and the hold out your arms so that they face one another. Focus on the space between your hands and clear your mind of all thought. Imagine the energy pouring out of the universe and into your body. It comes through your dominant hand and then circulating in your body, and then back out into the universe through your non-dominant hand.

Yet another way to raise energy is to charge a beverage with power and then drink it. Use the following method to create power tea. Brew your favorite tea and then hold your dominant hand over the top of the tea. Move your hand in a clockwise direction and say the following three times:

I am the tool you are the fire,
Fill this cup with all I desire.

Once you’re done, drink down the tea and then feel yourself empowered.

If you feel like you need a lot of energy or just want to take your energy building powers to the next level, use the following spell. You’ll need a bright red or orange candle, some sandalwood incense, a glass of water and a bowl of sea salt. Cast your circle as you normally would and then sit in front of your candle and repeat the following:

Give me energy to happily complete the task I have been given to do.
I will feel better for having done it. The completion of the task will be my reward.

Sprinkle the sea salt around the candle and say the following:

Give me strength, O sacred Earth.

Pass your hand near the candle and say the following:

Give me strength O sacred Fire.

Pass your hand through the smoke of the incense and say the following:

Give me strength, O sacred Air.

Drink the water down and say the following:

Give me strength O sacred Water.

Now immediately move on to a ritual spell that you need energy from.

Finally, I’d like to share a little “craft” project that you that will help you build energy. You need a small jar to hold several tablespoons of herbs. You need to fill the jar with the following herbs:

Cinnamon (which is for dreams)
Nutmeg (an herb for good luck)
Allspice (for healing)
Ginger (for lunar magick)
Basil (for protection)
Fennel seeds (spiritual healing)
Garlic (spiritual purification)
Marjoram (protection)
Sage (spiritual purification)
Cloves (protection)
Mustard seed (protection)

Stir spices together three times and then close the jar. Whenever you need an extra burst of energy, take a sniff from the jar and feel the power of the herbs enter you.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”

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Dear Friends,

The Moon is one of the most powerful celestial bodies that effects life here on Earth. In magick, it’s just as important. Many pagans use it, in conjunction with the Sun, as a Deity. The Moon reflects the Goddess herself because they share the capacity to exist in three different phases. Working with the Moon is one of the basics of practicing magick and in today’s post, I want to share with you how to use moon magick and a few special spells from my own books that deal with the Moon.

In order to use Lunar Magick (another name for Moon magick), you’ll need to know exactly what the moon is doing at any given time. The moon goes through phases each month that aren’t “regular” according to our Gregorian calendar. In ancient times, the months passed with the Moon but since mankind “got in the way” we’ve been off kilter ever since (in more ways than one)! But I digress.

In order to keep up with the Moon accurately, I suggest that you invest in a Witches’ Almanac. This will give you accurate dates of the phases of the moon for any given year. Even if your magick is not specific to the Moon, you should try to schedule your rituals for times that will correspond with the Moon’s phases.

The New Moon takes place from the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after.
The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings as well as love and romance, health or job hunting.

The Waxing Moon is from seven to fourteen days after the new moon. The waxing moon is for constructive magic, like love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or health.

The Full Moon takes place from fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon.
This is an ideal time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. It’s also appropriate for any spells that needs extra power, such finding a new job or healing for serious conditions. You can also schedule spells for legal matters, money and dreams during the Full Moon.

The Waning Moon is from three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon. The waning moon is used for banishing magic, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.

The Dark Moon is from ten-and-a-half to fourteen days after the full moon.
The dark moon is a time for dealing with attackers, for exploring our darkest places and
understanding our angers and passions.

Keep these moon phases in mind whenever you are doing magick rituals and you’ll know that you’ll have the Moon and her power on your side. If you wish to connect further with the Moon, you can use the following ritual. It’s called a Moon soak and offers you a powerful way to connect with the Moon’s power at any time during the month.

To start, prepare a small dish of white flower petals mixed with a small amount of Epsom salts and scented with a few drops of jasmine oil. You’ll also need a silver or a light blue candle. Start out by drawing a warm bath. Light your candle and turn off all other lights, adding some soft background music if you so choose. Disrobe and look out a window, if possible, to see the Moon. If you can’t see her, visualize her in whatever phase she is in. Ask the Lady of the Moon to bless you, and draw down her power, as you anoint your forehead, head, throat, heart, abdomen, loins, and feet, each with a drop of jasmine oil. Finally, toss your Epsom salt mixture into the bath, step in, and enjoy in the Moon’s power.

Finally, here’s a spell for the Waxing moon that will help you fulfill a wish. Take a beeswax candle and use a rose thorn to inscribe a moon into the candle. Cast your circle as you normally would and then light the beeswax candle. Concentrate on the flame and think about your wish. After you’ve held the wish firmly in your mind for a while, say the following nine times:

Gracious Lady Moon
Mother of Love and Light
Grant My Wish
Fulfill My Dreams
Smile on Me Tonight

Once you’ve finished your chanting, extinguish the flame but keep the image of it in your mind. As you think about the burning flame, know that your wish has been fulfilled. Within the next lunar phase, your wish will be granted.

Whether you choose to use one of these spells, or one of your own creation, know that the Moon is always on your side. Take steps to line your magick up with the Moon’s cycles and you’ll always have effective spells.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”

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Dear Friends,

There’s nothing quite like being in love and losing that love. Everyone experiences heartbreak, and some people are more prone to letting it effect them profoundly. I’ve had a lot of friends who have experienced complete emotional breakdown for months after losing a love relationship. While I have certain moral qualms about using love spells that effect another person, I’ve always advised my friends to try a spell to mend their broken heart.

These spells are different from “traditional” love spells in that they are focused on helping you heal your own heart. They are simple ways of making yourself “right” after losing a significant love relationship. Instead of trying to change your ex-lover’s heart and control them through magick (something I definitely do not recommend), it’s better to focus on liberating yourself and moving on. Getting yourself ready to accept more love into your life with someone else is the best thing that you can do after a break up.

Sometimes, when you break up with someone what you really need most is to get rid of the lingering feelings of love and attachment. These are what makes breaking up the most difficult. The following spell will help you free your heart from attachment to another.

You’ll need nine candles, three black, three white and three red. You’ll also need something to represent your lost love. I recommend using a poppet of some sort, but make sure it’s small enough to fit into your cauldron.

Dress the candles in dragon’s blood oil and then start your ritual as you normally would. Place the nine candles in alternating colors around you, light them in a counter clockwise fashion and sit in the center facing North. Repeat the following words and place an object from your love in the poppet. Then place the poppet into the cauldron.

The words you need to repeat are as follows:

Your love will wither and depart
from my life and my heart.
Let me be (your love’s name)
and go away forever.

Once you’ve said these words, light the poppet on fire and let it burn completely. Bury the ashes and any remaining pieces of the poppet.

The next spell is something that you can use if you want to focus on personal healing and growth rather than working to ban the person from your life. You’ll need a red candle (for strength), two white candles (for healing) and a piece of paper.

Cast your circle as you normally would and then write down the name of your past love on the piece of paper. Place the white candles to the left and the right of the red candle. Light the red candle first, then the two white candles. As you light the candles, repeat the following words, and then light the piece of paper with the flame from the red candle:

I burn your name so it shall be
Cast out of my memory
(name of your love) your name burns with fire
To get over you is my desire.

Once you light the paper on fire, place it in your cauldron to continue burning. Snuff out the red candle and bury it with the ashes. Let the white candle continue to burn until it is done.

If you’re fond of potions, you may want to try this potion that will help you stop loving someone. This potion has been helpful, in my circle’s experience, to end feelings of love for someone who isn’t returning your love. Fair warning, this potion doesn’t taste great but it is very effective. Hold your nose and take the plunge.

Make the potion by mixing together equal parts ginger, cinnamon, lemon and water. Add a dash of salt and pepper and crush three rose petals into the mix. You should gather your ingredients and do all of the mixing of the potion within your ritual circle. You’ll need a white candle and a black candle for the ceremony, as well as an uncooked bean of some sort.

Once you’ve mixed up the potion, light the black candle and say the following:

Banish my feelings of love for (your love’s name)
He/she has no place in my life any longer
I move on from these feelings
And choose my new life.
So mote it be.

At this point, you drink the potion. You may want to have some extra water near by to wash it down. After you’ve drank it, repeat the following while holding the bean:

Thank you God and Goddess for renewing my heart,
I am ready to accept the new in my life.

The bean represents new life and potential. Sleep with it under your bed pillow for seven days and then plant it somewhere in your garden. Each time you see the bean plant, you’ll be reminded of the new life that you’ve created after getting over your love.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”

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Dear Friends,

Gossip is not limited to celebrities and gossip magazines. Depending on what social circles you swim in, gossip may be a slight annoyance or something will make or break you socially. While you can’t completely bind people because of free will, these spells will help you reduce or eliminate the impact that gossip has on your life.

A lot of people associate gossip with being in high school or being at a young age. I’m living proof that gossip can spread to other parts of your life. A few years ago (way past high school age) my personal reputation was being damaged by one of my former students. She was going through a lot of personal problems but they manifested as attacks toward me. I used the first of these spells to bind her speech and stop the negativity.

You can also use these spells to eliminate negative influences from your life. Gossip can take many, many forms and just because you don’t have someone talking about you behind your back, doesn’t mean their opinion of you isn’t effecting how they present you to others. I’ve seen this happen a lot in the workplace or social situations. Even though the speech and attitudes of the group wouldn’t qualify as out right gossip, they can still be harmful. If you feel like you’re being unfairly judged, these spells will work for you as well.

This first spell is similar to the binding charm that I’ve taught on this blog, but it’s specifically built for gossip, slander and negative talk. This is exactly what I used to stop the woman who was trying to wreck my reputation.

For this spell, you’ll need a piece of paper for each person who is gossiping (there could be more than one). If you have a large group of people, like your co-workers, just write down their name as a group: “Co-workers”

Take your piece of paper, fold it three times and place it inside a glass bottle that has been consecrated with pine oil, sandalwood oil or some other banishing oil blend. Fill the bottle half way up with water and then put it in the freezer. As you place to the bottle in, say the following:

I place your acid tongues in the freezer
I bring a halt to slander, gossip and lies.
For the good of all concerned, and the harming of none
So Mote it be!

Keep the bottle in the freezer as long as you feel that you need to. When you feel like the threat has passed (like you become friends with the gossiping people), you can remove it or you can keep it there indefinitely.

Another simple charm for dealing with gossip requires a piece of paper and a consecrated red pin. Cast your circle as you normally would and burn sandalwood incense. Draw a tongue sticking out of a mouth on the paper, with a knife going through the tongue. This is to symbolize the holding down of someone’s gossiping tongue. Underneath your drawn, write down the following phrase three times:

The gossip, lies and backstabbing stop now.

Take the piece of paper outside on the night of a New Moon and bury it. Take comfort in knowing that your troubles with the people who were gossiping have ended.

This next spell needs to be completed on a Monday night during a waning moon. You’ll need a black candle that has been dressed with a banishing oil or dragon’s blood oil. If you have a tarot card deck, you should include the ten of swords card on your altar. This symbolizes the end of thoughts and speech which makes way for a new type of thoughts and speech.

Cast your circle as you normally would, and then light the black candle with your left hand. Repeat the following nine times:

Let these fools be silenced,
May their babble be canceled
May peace be mine, now and evermore.

Complete this ritual at the same time every night for the next seven days. Each night, allow the candle to burn for 17 minutes, and the last night let it burn out completely. Once the candle has burned, you’ll find that your troubles are gone.

No matter which of these spells you use, remember that the true power is in your own hands. These charms and spells are reminders that when you take the power back in your life, you eliminate negativity coming at you. Once you do your charm, don’t give the gossipers any more of your energy and time. Consider the manner finished with and it will be. If you approach it this way, instead of worrying about whether or not the spell has worked, you’ll be taking power away from the situation and allowing it to completely diffuse.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”

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