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Dear Friends,

Love spells can be a tricky bit of magick. Some witches will tell you that working any type of love spell is wrong as it can interfere with another individual’s free will. Others may feel as though working love spells is acceptable if you are only working a broad spell not targeted at a specific individual. And then there will be those that tell you that you should feel free to practice any spell you want simply because you have the power to do so.

There are some “love” spells though, that have nothing to do with attempting to attract a lover into your life. Some love spells can help to improve an already existing relationship that may be having a few difficulties. It is often common for some relationships to lose some of their passion as the lovers become comfortable with one another and settle into a certain “routine.” Maybe the hectic rat-race of everyday life leaves you too drained to become passionate with your partner. Or maybe as you’ve gotten older you feel that passion is only for the young. But I am here to tell you, no matter how old you have gotten and no matter how busy or hectic your life might be, rediscovering that passion with your partner will make both of you happier people and possibly improve any relationship difficulties you are experiencing.

There is a very simple spell that you can perform using roses that can help make your partner more passionate. Now this particular spell is directed towards yourself. It helps to make you more alluring, which can help your partner find that little spark once again. The spell primarily uses roses, but you will need to gather a few other materials as well. To perform the spell, you will need these materials:

1 red rose
1 white rose
1 purple rose
Fern foliage
1 red ribbon
1 small vase filled with clean, sun-charged water

Cast your circle and place your materials on your altar. First pick up the red rose, and focus your energies on romance and love from your partner. Place the red rose into the vase. Now pick up the white rose, and focus on the unity that your partner and you share. Add the white rose to the vase. Perform the same action with the purple rose, focusing on the passion you desire. Finally, add the fern foliage to the vase. Ferns symbolize fascination, a feeling which you want your partner to feel to help him or her feel fascinated by your presence and form.

Arrange the roses and fern foliage in the vase. Now keep in mind, your arrangement doesn’t have to come out looking like it came from a professional florist! Personally, I like to create a small background using the fern foliage and then arrange the roses in front of the fern as artfully as I can muster. But that is just my personal preference and not essential for the spell to work. The arrangement will be on “display,” which is why I like to make my “passionate partner” flower arrangement look as pretty as I can manage.

Once the flowers are arranged, focus your energies on the flowers and say these words: “With these roses one times three, I seek desire love and sensuality. Ferns add fascination, red to bring me love. Purple bring me passion from my heart’s true love. White to bring me unity that stands the test of time. May the Goddess hear my call and help my love to shine.”

Tie the red ribbon around the vase or around the flowers if you prefer, and take down your circle as that part of the spell is complete. Place the flower arrangement into an area where it will be near you, but seen by your partner as well. I personally like to fix a nice dinner for two with a few candles and put the flower arrangement right smack dab in the center of the table! The intimate dinner setting helps to add to the romance in the air, and never fails to help add that little spark to things in no time at all.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch in Charge”


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One of the key concepts of magick is that your thoughts and desires can work to shape the reality around you. When we perform a spell or ritual, we focus on our thoughts on our desires in an attempt to create the reality that we want. Creative visualization is an important part of magick, as visualizing your desires will help to make it real to your body and mind which can then help it to manifest in your own world, or reality.

Everyone visualizes. From young children to wizened-elders, everyone visualizes, even if only in their dreams at night. Many people however, visualize not only in their sleep, but during the day as well. Believe it or not, “day-dreaming” is actually a method of visualization. Consciously, or even unconsciously, “fantasizing” or visualizing is the minds way of using your imagination to “see” your reality the way that you want it.

Now, it is important to remember that not all visualization is positive and that can be detrimental to how your reality is ultimately shaped. Many people are totally unaware that some of their thoughts may consist of negative visualization and may be seriously impacting their life in a harmful way. Have you ever encountered someone with a cold and thought to yourself, “Oh great! Now I’m going to catch a cold!”

Or perhaps you made a mistake with something at work. Did you spend the rest of the day thinking, “Oh man! If my boss finds out about this I’m going to get fired!”

Is your vocabulary filled with “I can’t” or “I never” or “Why do I even try?” All of these statements and thoughts are negative visualizations. As you are thinking them, you are more than likely imagining those instances playing out. These thoughts can actually shape your reality, determining your future and causing the negative things to happen to you. You get sick…you get fired. Your beliefs create a negative reality.

When you learn to change your thoughts and create positive visualizations, you create a positive future. Your positive beliefs determine a positive reality. Now this theory may sound crazy to some at first, but what if I told you it was an extremely widespread belief found throughout many different religions and even science? The basis of magick is that by sending our desires out into the Universe, we can obtain the outcome we want. In Christianity, the Bible even states that “I have said ye are Gods,” and what we deem true here on Earth, God deems true in Heaven. What we visualize becomes our reality through prayer. Scientists believe, and have even proven through scientific experimentation, that how we perceive things, or how we visualize them, determines how the environment around us is manifested.

The key to making the power of positive thinking, or creative visualization, work for you is to realize that it is more than just having a thought or visualizing a picture. Your entire being must “feel” it. Your mind, body, heat and soul must all be in-tune with your visualization. You cannot simply vocalize positive thoughts. When your co-worker is coughing all over you and you walk away thinking you can feel those germs crawling all over you, simply saying, “Ok, well, I’m not going to get sick,” isn’t going to work if deep down inside you’re already trying to figure out how many days you’re going to miss from work.

Learning to harness the power of positive thinking is not always easy. One of the best ways to do so is by using positive affirmations to help shape a positive reality. Take some time out of your day to meditate and use your positive affirmations. Say things such as “I am happy.” Use present tense statements. Say the statement with authority, as if you already have it in your life. Focus on the things that you want, rather than the things that you do not want. Do not say, “I do not want to be depressed.” Reaffirm to yourself that you wish to be happy. Speak directly to yourself to boost your self-image. Tell yourself, “Mary, you are worthy of happiness and love.”

Using creative visualization and positive thinking will greatly help to improve your life, and shape a positive reality for you. It will help improve how well your magick works, and can even have a positive impact on your personal relationships and health. Think positive, and give yourself the gift of a happy, positive future.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch in Charge”


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Dear Friends,

Say the word cauldron to a non-pagan, and most people get the image of a wrinkled old crone stirring eye of newt or wing of bat into the cauldron. While those of us “in the know” understand that such images are not only false, but somewhat amusing, cauldrons and witches do seem to go hand-in-hand.

The reality is, a cauldron is a very handy tool to have in your magick box, as it can be used for a variety of things. Cauldrons are of course excellent for mixing potions, but they can also be used as a fire pit, an incense burner or even a potpourri pot. Some witches may never actually use their cauldron to perform magick, but still have one none-the-less as a magickal element upon their altar. The cauldron is symbolic of the Goddess, making it an excellent choice as an altar decoration. The shape of the cauldron is representative to the womb, a symbol of birth or rebirth. This makes it a powerful tool for use in purification rituals or spells that represent a new start.

If you have never purchased a cauldron, there are some things that you should take into consideration before spending your hard earned cash. First, you must determine exactly what you will be using your cauldron for. If you will indeed be using your cauldron to brew potions by fire, or exposing it to heat in any way, you should absolutely make certain that you choose a cauldron made from cast iron. Cast iron is a strong and durable material that will keep fire contained, making safer for use both indoors and out.

Most cauldrons that you find will be made from cast iron, both large and small. However, some cauldrons sold in specialty stores will be made from other materials like ceramic or enamel. These cauldrons are still suitable for some uses, but should never be used with fire. If you will only be using your cauldron as a decorative touch or for holding non-flammable items, these cauldrons are sufficient and normally not as expensive as cast iron.

If you will be using your cauldron to brew potions, look for a cauldron that comes with a fitted lit and carrying handle. This will make it easier to move if necessary, and in some spells or rituals you may actually need to cover the pot with a tight fitting lid for the spell to work properly. It is also important to consider the size of the pot you will need before you make your purchase. While it may seem more prudent at first to buy the largest cauldron you can find or afford, it is not always the smartest idea. A large cast iron cauldron will be heavy! This may make it harder for you to move around safely, especially if it is full of liquid. Unless you know for a fact that you will be working with a large amount of materials, a medium size cauldron of about six to eight inches in diameter is usually sufficient for most spell work.

One of my favorite uses of a cauldron is scrying. It is easy to use almost any size cauldron for a scrying ritual, though a medium size pot does make it a bit easier to focus on the visions that unfold. For such a ritual, I simply fill the pot with fresh, clean water. I personally like to use clean spring water that I have let be cleansed and charged for a few hours in the sun. This is not necessary, but in my opinion is better than using tap water which may be loaded with man-made chemicals. Once the cauldron is filled, I will toss in a handful of Marigold petals, fresh if they are available though dried will work fine in the off-season as well. I will burn incense that will aid me in my ritual, such as frankincense or lemongrass to increase clarity, or cinnamon to enhance my psychic intuitions.

As I gaze into the water, I allow my mind to clear and as the Goddess to grant me a vision of the future. Make sure to not focus on one event that you wish to learn of, rather keep an open mind to be granted the ability to see what the Goddess desires you to see.

Make sure to treat your cauldron as you would any of your other tools; with respect and care. Clean the cauldron after each use, and dry it thoroughly to prevent it from rusting. As with any magick tools, if you treat your cauldron with care it will serve you well for many years to come.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
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Dear Students,

I must apologize for neglecting the blog for the past few weeks. Due to the Simple Spell Casting E-Kit, and all the work around it, I just didn’t have time to post. But I’m back on track now… I really need a vacation! ;) Speaking of “vacations”… next time you take one, why not make it Magickal?

Planning a family vacation is often stressful enough without having the additional worry of how your home will fare when you are away. Constantly fretting over a burglar breaking in or some freak storm causing damage to your home can really prevent you from having a good time while you are away.

There are a number of different spells and methods of protection that can be used to add an additional layer of protection to your home while your family will be gone. Now, it’s important to remember that using these magickal methods of protection is meant to be an additional means of protection. Common sense and good judgment should still be your first priority in protecting your home while everyone is absent. Lock your doors and windows, turn off all unnecessary appliances, have a trusted friend or family member check on your home occasionally; all of these things are still essential in helping to keep your sanctuary safe. However, unless you are having a round-the-clock house sitter keep an eye on things, it also can’t hurt to add a few layers of magickal protection as well.

There are many methods of magick that can be used to protect your home. You can use just one, or employ a variety for a strong circle of protection. I personally enjoy making an easy potion that can be left in the home while I’m away, or even be left in place when my family is home. This particular potion and spell can be used to protect both your home and the people and items within it. To make the spell, you will first need to gather your materials. Fortunately, you probably already have many of these ingredients already in your kitchen. For those you don’t have, you should be able to easily find that at your local grocery store. To make your protection potion you will need:

A medium size jar with a lid
Enough salt to almost fill the jar
5 cloves of garlic
5 tablespoons of dill seed
5 tablespoons of anise seed
5 tablespoons of dried basil
5 tablespoons of dried fennel
5 tablespoons of dried sage
5 bay leaves
5 tablespoons of black pepper

Place all of the ingredients into separate small bowls upon your altar, with a large bowl in the center to mix the ingredients in. Cast your circle to begin working your magick. Start by placing the salt into the bowl and say “Salt that protects, protect my home and all that is within.” Continue adding each ingredient into the bowl with the same chant, only changing the name of the ingredient added. Do not mix the ingredients as they are added, you want to wait until all ingredients are in the bowl.

Once you have added each ingredient, slowly mix all of the herbs together using your hands. Envision positive, protective energy coming through your body and into the ingredients. Visualize your home being enclosed in a shining, safe white light. Pour the ingredients into the jar and tightly seal the lid. If you desire, you can light a white candle and melt a small amount of wax around the seal of the jar to add an additional seal. Place the jar in a secure location in your home. When leaving my home, I will usually place the jar right by the front door. Otherwise, I will place the jar in a hall closet or somewhere else that it will not be tampered with. When you place the jar in its secure spot, say the following words, “Salt and herbs contained inside, protect and guard this home of mine.”

This is just one method of home protection that can be used while you are away from your home that will add an extra layer of protection and help give you a sense of security while you travel. Another method of protection that you can use is to bury crystals around your home or property edge that are known for their protective powers. Some crystals, such as quartz, riverstone, ruby and halite, work better for protecting your home or other buildings than others. Cleanse the crystals before use to rid them of any negative energy, and bury them around your home to help add an additional layer of protection.

These are just a few of the methods that can be used to help protect your home while you are away. Of course, these methods can be used anytime, whether you will be away from home or not. You may be surprised at how much that extra little bit of security will help put your mind at ease and help you have a great vacation without stressing as much about how things are at home.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch in Charge”


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Dear Friends,

Expanding some more on the topics of beliefs that I have been discussing lately, I wanted to share with you all how to make a beliefs braid. Making a beliefs braid is a wonderful way to help open yourself to growth, self-reflection and change. It is a very easy thing to do, and can work wonders with your spiritual growth.

To make a beliefs braid you will need to gather three lengths of cord, yarn or twine. Avoid using animal based products like leather or suede. The lengths of cord should be around fifteen inches long. Feel free to personalize the braid as much as you wish. The colors of the cord may vary, and you can also attach beads or stones to the cords to personalize it even further.

Take one strand and hold it in your hands. This strand represents your beliefs, ideas and thoughts. Hold the cord in your hand and concentrate on your beliefs. While holding the cord say:

“Grant me an open mind, to provide me with clear eyes and an open heart to see the world. I open myself to new ideas, and becoming a new person. I am open to new insights and perspectives of thought, and will not close my mind to those beliefs which I do not understand.”

Sit and focus on those words for a few moments, concentrating on the power of your words. Place the strand of cord aside, and pick up the second strand.

This second cord represents resources that will assist you in identifying your beliefs. Once again, hold the cord in your hands. While holding the cord, say the following words:

“I open myself to welcome the resources that are available to me to help me in my spiritual quest. Whether from family, friends, books or other means, grant me the wisdom to listen to these teachers and hear what words they have to share with me.”

Again, sit and focus on the strand for a few moments concentrating on the power of your words. Now place the second strand aside and take hold of the third strand. The third cord represents opportunity. Holding the third cord in your hands, say the following words:

“I open myself to opportunities that are presented to me which will allow me to grow spiritually. I will use an open mind to evaluate and experience new ideas that are presented to me and be thankful for the opportunities that the Universe provides to me.”

Again, focus on your words while holding the third strand. When you are done, gather the three strands together so that the ends are even. Knot one end of the cords together. Using a safety pin, attach the knotted end to something so that both of your hands are free and you can pull the cord to tightly braid it. Begin braiding the three strands together. Each time you cross one string over the other, breath deeply and say “I am open.” When you reach the end, tie off the end of the braid in a knot that will hold the braid together, but will be easy to untie as well.

As you are tying off the braid, say:

“I am granting myself permission to be open to who I am truly meant to be. I am taking responsibility for my own personal and spiritual growth, and accept that my beliefs are truly my own.”

Carry the braid with you taking it out and touching it occasionally. Once a week, untie the knot at the end and undo the braid. Slowly re-tie the braid once more. As you are re-braiding, repeat “I am open” with each crossing, or feel free to change the words to reflect how you feel at that moment such as “I am growing” or “I am searching” or things to that nature. Do this once a week for four weeks. At the end of a month, place the braid into a place of safe keeping.

Making a beliefs braid is a wonderful ritual that will help you to open your mind, examine new beliefs and help you to grow in many ways. It is a task that you can perform once, or many times if you feel the need. Your beliefs are important to determining who you are as a person, and self-reflection of those beliefs can never be over-performed.

Brightest Blessings,

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


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