The essence of Witchcraft is transformation. The idea is to take the "you" currently present and accounted for and change your essence into something better, greater, stronger, and incredibly dynamic. Being a Witch means to want to work every day to be a better person. When you change yourself, then the world around you cannot help but change. There's no getting around it. All this changing can be a lot of hard work- and there are certain aspects of the path that require time, effort, and energy. Although many of the things you truly want can be achieved in a short time with the techniques presented in this site, there are other issues in your life that will require patience, effort, and practice to reach your ultimate goals. If you didn't have to work at some things, then the study wouldn't seem worthwhile. To be a witch, you must be brave enough to face everything inside of you, and have the courage to change the things you do not like. being a witch has nothing to do with spells, rituals, and unusual clothing-they are the fun stuff. To be a witch is to desire personal transformation.
When you truly take the power of Witch training into your being and strive to do the best that you can regardless of the situation, the thirteen powers of the universe are given to you. These are either transferred through a religious ceremony by those who have been gifted before you, or they can come about at there own pace as you grow and learn on your own. If a power is abused, it is thought that the gift is taken from you, either for a period of time or permanently. The powers speak of blessings that you can give to others or use for yourself to enhance your own as well as others around you.
Thirteen powers do the Witches claim
their right of lineage by (say the name of
your patron god or goddess here)'s name.
tie a knot and say the words
or hand on head-the blessing conferred.
a Witch can give success and love
curse or bless through
speak to beast and spirits alike
command the weather; cast out blight.
read the heavens and stars of the night
divine the future and give good advice.
Conjure treasure and bring fortune to bear
heal the sick and kill the despair.
This poem can be said as a blessing when giving something to another and can be included in any spell by adding:
This is my birthright to have and to share
blessing a upon you, (the persons name),
may the spirits be fair.
This poem itself is very powerful and will create change. Just be careful what you wish for....
Charge of the Star Goddess
The Charge of the Goddess is one of the most popular ritual invocations in the modern Wicca. The foundation of the work comes from a book titled Aradia: Gospel of the Witches (Vangelo delle-Steghe), written by Charles Leland and published in 1899. Sometime after 1955, Doreen Valiente, one of the most gifted poets and Priestesses of Wicca in our time, use the information in poetry while assisting Gerald Gardner in compiling the material later used for geardnerian instruction. The version written here appeared in The Grimoire of Lady Sheba, first published 1972. In later years, the charge is broken into two parts, with the second section standing alone and titled "The Charge of the Star Goddess."
Depending upon personal or coven choice, the charge is read:
* At the beginning of a ritual. Members of the coven may practice deep breathing, grounding and centering, or meditation.
* Before communication.
* At the end of a ritual, as a closure.
* At some point during an initiation rite.
* During daily devotions.
* During personal spell working.
The Charge (Part1)
Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old, called amongst men, Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arionhod, Bride, and by many other names.
At mind Altar, the use of Lasedemon in Sparta made due sacrifice. Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month and better it be when the Moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place and adore the Spirit of Me, who am Queen of all the Witcheries. There shall ye assemble, who are feign to learn all sorceries who have not as yet won my deepest secrets. To these will I teach that which is as yet unknown. And ye shall be free from all slavery and as a sign the ye be really free, ye shall sing, feast, and make music, in all my presents. For mine is the ecstasy of the Spirit and mine is also joy on earth. For my Law is love unto all beings. Keep pure your highest ideals, strive ever towards them. Let none stop you or turn you aside. For mine is the secret that opens upon the door of youth and mine is the Cup of the Wine of Life and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality. I am the gracious Goddess who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man upon earth. I give the knowledge of the Spirit Eternal, and beyond death I give peace and freedom and reunion with those that have gone before. Nor so I demand aught or sacrifice, for behold I am the Mother of all things, and my love is poured out upon the earth.
The Charge (part 2)
Here ye the words of the Star Goddess. She, in the dust of who's feet are the Host of Heaven, who's body incircleth the universe.
I, who have the beauty of the Green Earth and the White Moon amongst the stars and the mystery of the Waters, and the desire of the heart of man; I call unto thy soul to arise and come unto me. For I am the Soul of Nature who giveth life to the universe; from me all things proceed and unto me all things must turn. You, beloved of the Gods and men, whose innermost divine self shall be enfolded in the raptures of the Infinite, let my worship be in the heart. Rejoiceth for behold, all act of love and pleasure are my rituals; therefore, let there be beauty and strength-power and compassion-honor and humility, mirth and reverence-within you. and thou who thinkest to seek me, know that thy seeking and yearning avail thee not, unless thou knowest the mystery-that if that which thou seekest thou findeth not within thyself, thou wilt never find it without thee. For behold! I have been with thee from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire!
There are many forms of healing practiced by Witches and others. Among them is absent healing. As it implies, it is a form of healing in which the patient need not be present. Within this category are a number of methods of directing the healing energies. Some are done in a Coven situation, with a number of people combining their energies, and some are done by individual, or Solitary, Witches.
In modern Wicca, all healings start with obtaining the permission of the patient. Wiccans will not interfere with another's free will in any way whatsoever. They believe that each has his or her own lessons to learn in life, and that a particular illness may be part of a lesson that needs to be experienced. If the patient feels strongly that the suffering is part of a learning process, then he or she may well not seek magical relief. The Witches will not, therefore, attempt to heal someone unless that person had told them they may do so. Also, Wiccans believe that the medical profession should be consulted first, since they are professionally trained in healing.
Looking first at the coven, a typical healing circle starts with all coven members being apprised of the complete situation: The name and location of the patient; what is wrong with him or her; how the situation came about; the patient's circumstances; and the medical prognosis, if there is one.
The members discuss which methods should be used to raise the necessary power, and exactly which role each coven member will play. In some covens, the Witches will raise their Cone of Power and direct it individually toward the patient. In other groups, the power is channeled to the High Priestess or another coven leader. and that leader is the one who actually directs it to the recipient. In healing magic, as in all forms of magi, the focus is on the result. In other words, the Witches center on seeing the patient completely well, rather than simply getting better.
Much the same thing takes place with the Solitary Witch. First come the complete assessment of the situation, followed by a decision about which method to use to raise power. If a long term illness is being dealt with, then the Witch or Witches will repeat their distant healing regularly over a period of days, weeks, months, or even years.
In both coven and Solitary practice, the actual type of healing is another decision to be reached. It is possible to simply project healing energies, but it is also possible to work though Poppets, Candle magic, color projection, and other methods. Covens are more likely to direct their energies directly or through color projection, while Solitaries are more likely to indulge in candle manipulation and poppet magic, although all methods are open to everyone.
The central theme of an initiation is the Palingenesis, or symbolical death and rebirth. This is a universal theme found in initiation and puberty rites in many civilizations and among primitive peoples alike. In many such rituals the novitiate is, at some point, bound and also blindfolded. This binding and blinding symbolize the darkness and restriction of the womb prior to birth.
Mystery religions, of which Witchcraft os one, magical orders and secret societies, follow the same general pattern of blindfolding and binding the candidate at or before his or her initial entrance to the temple. There is a challenge and an exchange of passwords, then the proselyte is brought into the circle. At some point the blindfold and cords are removed, signaling the rebirth, and "new knowledge" is imparted.
In Wicca, the form of binding is important. The cord is first tied with a single square (or "reef") knot around the left wrist. The arms are brought together, crossing over one another, behind the Initiate's back, forming the base of a triangle with the back of the head. The cord is then tied again, once, around the upper right wrist. The two ends of the cord are taken up, one on either side of the neck. They are brought around, crossing the front of the neck, then back to be tied in a loose bow, known as a "cable tow", on the side of the neck with the ends of the cord hanging down. A similar binding in Freemasonary and in many forms of ritual and ceremonial magic.
Binding is necessary in some forms of Wiccan magic, In the Gardinerian tradition, for example, the High Priestess is bound, as described above, and then kneels before the altar. She is then ritually scourged, to course the blood through her body, which is believed to help generate magical power. She remains bound throughout the working of the magic.
Binding Spells are used to prevent someone from divulging secrets, especially Craft of Magical secrets. Witches may not perform negative magic, but binding spells are generally viewed as being in a "gray area", in which the person at whom the spell is directed is neither helped nor harmed. Most such binding spells involve the use of a poppet, to represent the subject although they can be done with no more than a photograph or even a brief example of the persons handwriting. If a poppet is used, it may be of wax, cloth, clay, or similar material. The figure is named for the person in a consecration ritual and it is stated that whatever is done to the figure will be done to the person it represents. The poppet is then bound with silk thread of a relevant color and, if necessary, the mouth may be sewed shut. No physical harm come to the subject, but specific words and/or actions are restricted.