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Dear Friends,

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I often give the instruction to “cast a circle as you normally would” before launching into ritual. You may have wondered what a circle is and why it is important in magick. In magickal practice, or any type of spiritual practice, it’s as basic as learning the ABCs. Casting a circle is not just something to be taken lightly. Even though I sometimes gloss over the process when I write of rituals, it doesn’t mean it’s significance is any less than that of the actual ritual. My gloss over from time to time is simply a result of having this part of the process so ingrained into my understanding that I tend to forget that I need to explain it.

Circles are cast in order to protect you (psychically) from dark forces that you can be susceptible to during your magickal work. By dark forces, I mean that there is dark and light to everything….and that includes energy and spirit. When you put yourself into a highly positive spiritual state, like you do when you are doing spellwork, while you are meditating or while you are attempting to do psychic work, you are sending out a little beacon to the dark that exists around you. Your normal psychic defenses are incapacitated on these moments. When you open yourself up to being spiritual, you are relinquishing control over your life. It’s a state of being “open.” Casting a circle ensures that you are opening yourself to the right types of things.

Being a wise Pagan, I’m sure you always cast a circle before you start magickal work. But if you don’t the time to start is now. A circle is like a psychic shield that goes out and prevents anything that you do not want from coming in. It’s like a sandbox. You decide what comes in that you want to “play” with, and everything else stays out according to your will. Casting a circle is the most basic and most important type of protective magick.

It’s vitally important that you cleanse yourself and your space, cast a protective circle and then do your magick. Doing it in this fashion will help you stay safe while you open yourself psychically and spiritually. Before doing a ritual, you should also take some steps to cleanse and clear yourself from any “residue” you may be carrying from the outside world. Take a ritual cleansing bath, immerse yourself in incense or sprinkle yourself with some salt water.

Some could argue that the act of making a circle is more psychological than physical. And there’s definitely some validity to that point. I can’t physically see my circle. I can feel the subtle vibration of energy around me. And I feel the energy flowing between me and the rest of the room. But I’m not sure if my circle would stand up to scientific tests. That being said, there’s no reason why a circle shouldn’t work…even if it is just psychological and not physical.

Drawing out the circle and taking the steps to make it “real” to you is a powerful action, whether it is physical or not. When you create the circle you are declaring that “this” is in your control. The space inside of the circle is under your command. Anything outside of the circle that you do not want to come in is not welcome. You decide what enters your space. This declaration combined with the physical action of walking around your circle signals your subconscious mind that something special is happening and that this time needs to be revered.

Creating a circle is creating a shift in your mind. So much of the time, we walk through life without taking notice of what is really happening around us. We live half lives with our energy scattered here and there. We don’t realize the impact that our energy has until we focus it. Rituals help focus our energy, and it all starts with casting a circle.

Casting a circle should be done before every ritual, spellwork or even meditation. I know many people, including myself, that do a modified circle casting before we read tarot cards. This was we can focus our attentions and block negative energies from entering the space.

Begin your circle casting by purifying the area with sprinkled salt water. Walk the boundary of your circle and sprinkle the water as you go. Then ask for protective spirits to enter and stand watch over the circle. Many people call upon the elementals to serve this purpose. You could used Christian images, like angels, or specific Gods from a pantheon that you are attracted to.

Once you call in the protectors, you’re ready to being doing the work that you are intending to do. This may include invoking the God and Goddess for an elaborate ritual, or doing something as simple as telling your own fortune with some runes. Whatever the purpose, you can go foreward knowing that you are adequately protected.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
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Dear Friends,

Hard times befall everyone from time to time. They definitely aren’t exclusive to Pagans, but I think that those of us who are walking this path can take in stride. In today’s post, I want to speak to you about how to overcome your personal troubles and allow them to take you to the next level in your life. When trouble comes your way, you have two choices….you can take things in stride and allow them to help you grow. Or you can let a bad situation ruin your life as you obsess over what happened to you in the past. The choice is yours.

I think one of the main reasons that Pagans have an easier time accepting difficult times is because we see life as cyclical instead of linear. The wheel of life turns and just as there are good times in life, we also experience the bad. Nature operates just like this. A bountiful fall turns to a cold winter. A beautiful blooming spring turns to a scorching hot summer. Nothing stops this turning of the wheel of life.

As a Pagan, I know that this wheel of life is internalized as well. Just as I know that this year’s Beltane celebration will be repeated next spring, I know that no matter whatever troubles I am having right now, I will experience happiness again. It is inevitable.

Of course, this doesn’t cure the problem I’m experiencing at the time, but it does give me strength to hold on to my sanity while I’m going through a tough time. I look for opportunities to learn from my difficult experiences. I ask myself “How can I prevent myself from experiencing this again in the future? What can I do now to make it more tolerable?” The answers to these questions help me grow as a person.

You should approach hard times in your life with the same type of perspective. Anger, resentment and bitterness create nothing but more of the same. You have a choice with how you approach the world. The experiences you have do not mean that the Gods or against you or that you are somehow cursed. They happen to everyone. The only difference is that different people approach their circumstances differently.

I’m not implying that you should revel in your misery or enjoy it in any way. Tough times are tough, but your approach to them can make a difference. Spending all your time wallowing in misery is no way to live. Approaching your troubles with peace and patience is the best way to get through hard times in your life.

So today’s spell is all about developing peace in your life so that you can grasp onto the “good” parts of your troubles. For this spell, you’ll need a white candle, four pink candles and a piece of paper. Ground and center yourself and cast your circle as you normally would. You can add a special touch to this spell by burning some peaceful incense like chamomile, rose or vetivert.

Start your ritual out by calling the four corners, as well as the God and Goddess. Before their presence, work on releasing all of your feelings about your difficult time. Write down everything that is troubling you on the piece of paper before you. Let it all out and put your emotion into your writing. Not only are you writing words on a page, but you are imbuing that page with all of your negative emotions, your fears and your worries. Let them go as you are writing them on the page.

Once you’re done writing, fold up your piece of paper and place it underneath your white candle. Place the four pink candles in the four corners around the white candle. Light the white candle first and repeat the following words:

I release my worries, and accept peace from the God and Goddess.

Light the pink candle to the North and say:

I send peace to the North.

Light the pink candle to the West and say:

I send happiness to the West.

Light the pink candle to the South and say:

I send calmness to the South

Light the pink candle to the East and say:

I send love and light to the East.

Focus your attention on the center candle and say:

And I feel all these things coming back to me.

Take a few deep breaths and experience the peaceful, calming feelings flowing back to you from all four corners. As you breathe in each breath, know that your worries have been released and are no longer yours to carry.

Hopefully this ritual will have you feeling peaceful the next time you feel overwhelmed. Life has it’s ups and downs, but with the right attitude and a little bit of magick, you don’t need to worry about your downs.

Brightest Blessings,

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


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Dear Friends,

In the last post, I began sharing with a technique for spiritual growth through self hypnosis. While self hypnosis isn’t typically categorized as a pagan activity, I’ve found use for it in my life in the past and I hope you will as well.

So far, I’ve shared the first two steps in a three step process that will help you get yourself in a state of self hypnosis. The last two steps were done over a two week time period. This practice will help you quickly and easily get your mind into a state that is ready for suggestion. Suggestion is a term used in hypnosis for the “programming” that you give yourself. This programming usually takes the form of a statement made in the positive tense, kind of like an affirmation. The suggestion is something that your mind will accept and incorporate into your understanding of the world. In this way, self hypnosis can help your spiritual growth.

Once you start this third step, you no longer need to do the second step. For this step, you’ll need to get a 3X5 card that you can carry with you all the time. If you need something smaller, try cutting the card in half. You need to write down your suggestion and have it with you at all times.

Write down a statement that either speaks to a specific thing you’d like to change, or one that is more general for your overall well being. Always phrase your statement in the present tense. For example:

I am always calm and react with peace and tranquility.
I eat healthfully and maintain a perfect body weight.
I am constantly experiencing a greater level of abundance.
I am growing to be a person of great character and luck.

For this part of the process, you need to sit as you did before in a quiet spot, with your attention focused on the spot just above your eye level. Take your card and hold it in front of the spot. Read your suggestion out loud three times. As you do this, visualize the words of the suggestion coming true. See yourself acting in a peaceful manner. See yourself losing weight. See yourself experiencing all that you are meant to experience. Hold this image in your mind as you take yourself into your hypnotic state.

Take your three deep breaths and remember to hold your breath on the third cont. Close your eyes and count backward from five to one. Exhale and allow yourself to go into a state of hypnosis. This time, instead of counting slowly from twenty five to one, you are going to silently repeat the words of your suggestion in your mind. Repeat this over again and again until the words vibrate through you completely.

During your repetition, see the suggestion coming into your life. Hold onto your visualization so that you can feel what it will be like to experience your suggestion in real life. As you keep repeating the words, it’s okay if the statement begins to become fragmented or breaks apart. Just keep going. This is a sign of your subconscious mind deconstructing the statement to integrate it into who you are.

Once you feel like you should wake up (a feeling that you helped establish in the second step of this process), simply count forward from one to five and then open your eyes. You’ll notice that you’ll feel very refreshed and ready to go on with your day.

Self hypnosis is appropriate to use in all forms of your work and your life. It can be used for anything that requires your own efforts. If you’ve ever thought “I could succeed it I’d just get out of my own way” then self hypnosis is something that you should definitely try out. As for using it for a variety of things (like quitting smoking AND being more confident), it’s certainly up to you whether you want to try to program more than one thing at once. I have found that for me personally I get better results if I just concentrate on one suggestion for a period of a month or maybe six weeks, then move on to the next. Or, if you like, you could try a more blanket approach to your suggestion and come up with something that implies that you are improving your life holistically rather than just in one area.

No matter how you choose to use self hypnosis, I feel that it’s a good addition to any Pagan’s tools for self development. If you’re not on this path to grow spiritually, then you shouldn’t be on this path at all. Self hypnosis is a way to grow spiritual and improve your life on a variety of levels.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
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Dear Friends,

It is my sincere hope that you chose this path as your own to create powerful changes in your spiritual life, and not to just gain control over others. Not only is the latter motive not possible with witchcraft, I’ve seen the desire for power destroy what were once spiritually balanced people. Magick is powerful, but it’s to be used to transform yourself and not necessarily others. That’s why I thought that it was important today to focus on rituals and spellcraft that cut to the heart of what it is to be on this path and be a witch: your own personal spiritual growth.

Spiritual growth is something that can only be defined and understood on a personal level. There’s no way I could hold up a stick and “measure” your spiritual growth. A small step for one person may be a large step for someone else. The key to using magick for spiritual growth is to focus on the areas that you feel you need the most help with. For example, if you’ve been dealing with anger issues all your life, you might do a ritual or take up a practice that involves calming down your moods.

There are definitely specific rituals that are built for different types of growth. You should try to find one that fits your specific needs, if you have them, either in the archives of this blog or elsewhere o the Internet. Pick something that speaks to you and then work with it. Keep in mind that if it’s an issue in your life that has been particularly troubling in the past, you may need to work on it for some time in order for it to leave your life.

If you have some part of your spiritual life that you’d like to modify or transform, it it worth looking into self hypnosis. As I’m sure you know, self hypnosis is normally categorized as a “new age” therapy technique, but it has it’s place in Paganism as well. Self hypnosis is a natural extension of spellwork, and by using it in your practice you can help yourself gain control over areas of your life that you might not be able to do otherwise.

It’s a naturally occurring state of mind that puts your mind into a higher state of awareness. During hypnosis, you’re able to make suggestions to yourself that will help change your behavior or your approach to life. It’s a powerful technique, and I recommend that you try using it.

There is a three step method to self-hypnosis. This method will require some practice on your part, but in a matter of time you’ll find it very easy to do on command. The first step is done before you go to sleep while you are lying in bed. The relaxation that you experience while you lie in bed, coupled with the fact that you’re already used to be relaxed in that place, make self hypnosis very easy.

The first step is a pre-sleep technique that you’ll do for seen days before you start the actual hypnosis process. As you relax in bed, just before you are about to go to sleep, think the following statement:

“Every day in everyway, I get better and better”

While you are thinking the statement, visualize yourself doing better at what you do. Imagine peaceful relationships with people, working more efficiently, getting things done….etc. As you do this, press down a finger on your hand each time to complete this statement. This way you’ll keep track of how many times you’ve said it and will be able to stay awake through the whole series of statements.

The next step is to induce yourself into a state of hypnosis during waking hours. Twice a day, you’ll be hypnotising yourself for two to three minutes and then bringing yourself back out of it. Sit comfortably somewhere that you will be safe. Focus your attention on a spot on the wall opposite you, and slightly above your eye level.

Breathe deeply for three breaths and as you inhale your third breath, hold it for five full seconds. As you hold your breath, count backwards like this “five…..four…..three…..two….one.” Close your eyes and relax your body and mind. When you close your eyes, you’ll be sending yourself into a state of hypnosis. Stay there for two to three minutes. Mark your time by counting very slowly from twenty five down to one.

Once you’ve reached one, start counting upwards from one to five and then you’ll be ready to exit hypnosis. Try this part out for seven days, twice a day. At the end of the week, you’ll be able to use the third and final step, which I’ll share with you in the next post.

Brightest Blessings,

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


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Dear Friends,

Divination, as you learned in my last post, is a great way to give yourself a heads up about what is coming around the bend. Although it’s not specifically Pagan, a lot of people in Paganism are drawn to it. And for good reason! Using divination tools reminds you that you are connected with everything – the past, the present and the future.

Before you start using any of these divination methods, you need to go into it with the right attitude. When it comes to divination, attitude is everything. The only thing that matters is that you believe in what you are doing and take notice of the messages. Whether you’re divining for fun at a party or using it as a serious part of a complex ritual, the belief is all that matters. Belief helps you focus in on the messages you are receiving.

Think about it this way. You walk up to a friend and ask their advice, but preface it with “I don’t really care what you say, and I’m going to ignore your advice, but here’s my question.” After a while, your friend is going to start ignoring you right back. While I’m all for the playful use of divination (by using one of the more unusual methods described below), thinking of the divine as silly or non-essential isn’t going to get you anywhere. Remember to have respect for the divine and pose your questions with honesty and an open mind.

That being said, let’s get to some unusual and fun ways to divine the future. These methods work just as well as traditional methods like tarot cards, but can provide a way to break out of the seriousness of those methods. I find that when I use more unusual methods, I find connecting with spirit a lot easier. I don’t know if it’s something about stepping out of my usual methods or what, but the unusual methods allow me to relax and get more in tune.

The first method that I like to use requires no more than a television and a remote….seriously. To use the television method of divination, sit in front of the television while it’s turned off. Ask your question and turn the T.V. on. Then start flipping through the channels at a regular pace. Listen to the words and phrases that you are getting from the television.

As you flip through the channels you’ll hear fragments of sentences and words. These words and phrases are coming to you in a specific sequence. Listen to this sequence and try to divine some meaning. One time while doing this I asked the question: “What is the best course of action with my sister?” I was having an argument with her at the time, and wanted to know if it would be better to call her or let her call me.

“Listen…”
“Act now”
“No one is dead”

I called her right away. Your results may vary with this method. Sometimes I have to make a few complete rounds through the channels before I get a clear message.

Another fun method of divination is bibliomancy. As the name implies, bibliomancy is telling the future using books. Traditional bibliomancy books have been the Bible, the Aenid (by Virgil) and the I Ching, but you can use any book that you like.

The basic method is that you put the book on a table with it’s spine down flat down on the surface of the table. Ask your question and then let the book fall open by itself. Point to a paragraph at random on the lefthand side page. Then read the paragraph and draw meaning from it. You can select a book that deals with the theme of your question to get even more insight. For example if you have a relationship question, you could use a book like “Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus.”

Another variation of this method is to decide on a specific number before you “cast” the book. Then you can count out that number of sentences down the page when the book opens. This sentence is the answer to your question.

Finally, a quick and fun method for divining the answer to a yes and no question is to use a coin. It’s a very old method of divination that is still used to this day for coin tosses. But it can also be used for divination. As you might expect, a coin toss needs a yes or no question. Most commonly, yes is heads and no is tails. But you might want to “ask” your coin which direction it prefers. To do this, simply ask “Show me yes” and then flip the coin. You’ll get more accurate answers if you do it this way.

Once you’ve determine what side is which answer, it’s time to ask your questions. Ask them clearly and then confidently flip the coin and catch it in your hand. Unlike with standard coin flips, you’ll want to open your hand to see the coin that is facing upward. This is your true answer. If you drop the coin, try to find it and see what side it landed on. This will be your answer.

Television divination, bibliomancy and coin tosses are just three of the unusual ways that you can use the old art of divination to predict your life. Hopefully you will find use for them soon!

Brightest Blessings,

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


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