|Posted by spiritscraft on September 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
1) "Where the ocean meets the sky, I'll be standing."
I made it to the seashore earlier this week and when I was walking along gazing out at the horizon I sent my spirit flying to the far off place where the sun sets. I also like to do this when I am riding on the highway, I look out as far as I can see where the road disappears into the sky and send my spirit ahead to that place. The magic of our furtherest sight is less explored than it could be and I hope you try sending your spirit off into the distance sometime to scout around. Like when Peter Pan says second star to the right and straight on til morning, we can fly ourselves off to any point we can see directly--Especially if we have a little fairy dust!
2) The railroad tracks.
In the city, the railroad tracks often separate parts of town, there is a sense of a different world. Where I grew up the tracks bordered a forested park and going across them led to the wild. While further into town, the tracks separated the spooky old industrial sector from the more vibrant neighborhoods and mainstreets. The liminal exists within urban areas as much as it does in the country or wilderness. Find your otherside and take a moment to cross into it and see what ghosts and spirits haunt the different areas of your landscape.
3) Across the hedge.
In the alley behind my old house, a hedge of bushes stood and little tunnels made by animals broke through here and there. I would sit nearby and breath in and out through my teeth making a hissing sound to enter into a trance called the serpants breath, my eyes focused on the darkness under the hedge. As my focus intensified, my spirit could wander under the hedge and into mystical lands. When my boyfriend and I go on walks around his apartment complex which is built inside a forest, we crawl through the dense pine trees into little spaces completely obscured from outside view to sit and contemplate the important things in life. My favorite place to be is with my beloved in the trees talking about spirits and manifesting our dreams.
I think crossroads with monuments, cairns, crosses with offerings and the like are more potent then any old neighborhood or highway intersection. Folklore and history specifically describe the special shrines at crossroads and spirits travelling to the graveyard. Our modern day shrines at cross roads might be a statue to MLK Jr. or a cross covered with Teddy bears and roses where a community member was shot, or a kid was hit by a drunk driver, or even an old country road where people have piled up stones in a cairn just because, bringing their many energies into convergence. Sure the place where to neighborhood streets cross at your corner may do, but could a special crossroads be more apropo? And perhaps you could make a subtle shrine at you nearest crossroad to increase its power. Worth a try?
Its easy to imagine magic being performed at stonehenge and standing stones or other ancient ruins. If you have access to beautiful old ruins of ancient ancestors near your home there are probably also legends about magic being done there. My favorite ruins are actually an old replica of Stone Henge in washington called Sam Hill that is a memorial to WWI vets. It used to be an active roadside attraction, but its pretty much abandoned now, the gift shop is closed and empty. I go there to gather holey stones and stand on the cliffs overlooking the river with the ruins behind me.
6) Fairy Rings
In the grassy knolls where mushrooms and toadstools grow in circles the fairies dance. If you stand in a fairy ring on midsummer and recite lines from shakespears Midsummer nights dream, you will summon Puck of Pook's Hill according the the novel by Kipling. Kipling's work contains a lot of magical lore and what he says about fairy rings is true. Find yourself in the middle of a fairy ring and be ready, because you could really meet a fairy.
These are places where people are put to rest and their loved ones come to visit and honor them. Most graveyards have a very peaceful and relaxing energy, in my opinion. There is a direct connection between the grave and the otherworld and many magical types harness that connection to communicate with the otherside. Fairy doctors can gain their sight by performing an initiation rite during a funeral. You can go to graveyards to talk with your ancestors or the ancestors of your land if you are newer to the area. My favorite local graveyard is in the center of my city and many Masons and Eastern Star members are buried there and their stones are inscribed with pentagrams and other mystical symbols. I like to bring them offerings and inter magical items there to be charged with the liminal energy of the underworld.
I am opening registration for Spiritscraft Magic School soon and if you want to learn more about what to do at liminal areas to work with spirits and magic please sign up for my Basics of Magic E-course here.
|Posted by spiritscraft on August 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
I am stuck in the car a lot, driving to my part-time job, to my boyfriends, to my coven meetings and to my mentoring sessions. I can be in the car over two hours a day, and I can tell you I have grown tired of the current offerings of all the major types of music stations country, hip hop, rock, oldies, and pop. I decided to feed my mind instead of hearing the same songs over again so I first started buying audio books, but then I discovered a secret, there are tons of free occult audiobooks on Librivox!
I got the Librivox app for my phone so I can listen anywhere, but these same websites let you save files so that you could burn them to CD for your car stereo or walkman, or even listen to them at home on your computer or tablet. This is just a smattering of what is available, but be aware that searching the site is challenging. I use the advanced search and try tons of different keywords: occult, mystic, hermetic, celtic, mythology, legend, theosophy, magic, Rosicrucian, astral, etc.
A caution when listening to or reading books that are old enough to be in the public domain as many have out of date information or suffer from the racist ideologies of the time. Terms like primitive, savage, and concepts of “karma” and “evolution” should be heavily scrutinized as to take what is the best of the ideas and discard the prejudiced ones.
Enjoy and be sure to comment with treasures you have found on librivox or other audiobook sites.
|Posted by spiritscraft on July 7, 2016 at 3:10 AM||comments (0)|
Invocation to the Holy-Stone
I have found A holy-stone upon the ground.
O Fate! I thank thee for the happy find,
Also the spirit who upon this road Hath given it to me;
And may it prove to be for my true good
And my good fortune
When you see a holey stone or hag stone on the ground you should say something in gratitude to the spirits that left it there for you. The above is just an example from the Gospel of Aradia.
Now once you have one, what do you do with it? You can’t really hold it in front of your eyes all the time to look for the fae. Though it does work that way, as do key holes and knot holes.
Making a hagstone cord is a useful project. You can make it with one hag stone and multiple knots, or multiple hag stones and multiple knots. The number varies between spells. I say chose a number with meaning to you. Chumbly’s consecration has 7 knots in a black leather cord, Bramshaw’s has nine knots and up to nine hagstones on a red string.
Either way, the point is to concentrate on a different otherworld setting for each knot, including at least one at a witches sabbat. Visualization is important on this one. Each knot is a place you want to go to. Once you have tied the knots you will string the hagstone(s) on and tie it off as a bracelet.
As you string the knots through the hagstones picture you are running each destination through the gate to the otherworld, fey land, underworld, astral, and so on.
You will hold the bracelet with at least one of the stones in your off hand (non dominant hand) as you sleep. Your dreams shall be significant astral or otherworldly dreams rather than regular dreams. You will travel to one of your chosen destinations.
If you don’t remember what happened in the astral dreams, but remember you had them. Then some part of you does remember and it will still impact your knowledge and practice.
If you find it isn’t working and you aren’t going anywhere. Meditate with your stone specifically on one of the chosen dreams and journey there in meditation. There is plenty to be done that way as well.
I have found this tool to be very powerful and my dreams have changed when I wear my hagstone cord. I have met witches at strange libraries, gained messages from my mighty dead, followed tree fae to their hollers and swam with underwater creatures in the deep.
Bramshaw, Vicki. Craft of the Wise. 2009 http://www.o-books.com/book/detail/616/Craft-of-the-Wise
Chumbly, Andrew. “What is Traditional Craft?” http://xoanon.co.uk/archive/what-is-traditional-craft/
Leland, Charles. Aradia, Gospel of the Witches http://www.sacred-texts.com/pag/aradia/ara06.htm
Traditionalwitchcraft.com wiki “Hagstone.” http://www.traditionalwitchcraft.com/Hagstone
|Posted by spiritscraft on July 6, 2016 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
This is a lovely illustrated guide about Dreams and Astral Travel covers all the history and science of Dreams and Astral travel in a very interesting and informative way. It won’t exactly teach you how to astral travel, but will give you a really good education on the subject.
This basic guide covers much of what you need to know to astral travel with a quick overview. It covers in a bare bones manner all the major skills required to have out of body experiences. It is a great starting point for research into all the separate talents you will need to cultivate.
This is the classic on the subject from the Theosophical Society, however, it is dated (/racist), dry and boring. However, it is the most complete guide available for free. I think it would be better read with guidance from an experienced mentor than just trying to struggle through it alone.