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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Rites of the New Year



Watch Night (December 31st)-Primarily observed in African American Churches, this day is set aside for song and prayer in praise of God and in thanksgiving for one's blessings and asking for the continuation of those blessings in the coming year. The origin of this practice cannot be clearly traced, however, some have theorized that Watch Night began with what was originally called "Freedom's Eve", the night before January 1st, 1863- the date on which the Emancipation Proclamation would take effect.

Folk Traditions: All over the world, people light fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve/Day in celebration of the New Year, as well as to frighten away evil spirits. In China and parts of the American South, many people sweep out their homes on New Year's Eve day, sweeping out their ill-luck; shortly before midnight, they open their front door's to welcome the New Year. In Turkey, women wear red underwear at midnight to draw love to them in the coming year. In Germany, families melt lead and pour it into water in order to divine their fortunes in the coming year. In Spain, believers eat 12 grapes at midnight to ensure 12 lucky months in the New Year. In Scotland, it is believed that the first person to visit you on New Year's day can bring either good luck or bad, a practice called first footing. The ideal visitor was said to be tall, dark haired, man! Among the Dutch, it is said that if you eat doughnuts on New Year's day that it will bring luck, because they are round and symbolic of coming full circle.

New Year's Day Prosperity Ritual- All over the South people eat a meal of collard greens, cornbread, and black-eyed peas to ensure their prosperity and protection in the coming year. Symbolically, the greens are said to represent green 'paper money'; the corn, being yellow, represents gold or coins; and the black-eyed peas, each possessing an eye, is said to protect you from negativity and bad luck (especially in the form of the evil eye).

Interestingly, a silver dime is often placed in the black-eyed peas, and the person who by chance is served the dime is said to be especially lucky that year, and he or she will keep the dime as a lucky token throughout the year.

On a personal note, growing up in the South our grandmother's often told us that 'what you do on New Year's Day, you'll be doing all year,' therefore we were never to wash clothes, do housework, etc...

Carolina Dean

Monday, December 29, 2008

Magickal Ethics



What the Wiccan Rede Means to Me


The word Rede comes from Old English and it means a guide or advice. The Wiccan Rede is the principle by which many Wiccans live their lives, but it is not an immutable cosmic law, rather it is a guide by which to live, if you so choose. Humans are born with the gift of free will, and all have the freedom of choice in how they exercise that will.


The exact origin of the Wiccan Rede is uncertain. According to Gerald Gardner, the Rede is derived from the legendary Good King Paulsole, who declared, “Do what you like, so long as you harm no one.” and apparently was adhered to by a successive generation of witches. It has also been claimed that the Rede has its origin, at least in part, in the writings of Aleister Crowley, Lady Gwen Thompson, Francois Rabelais, and many others---though these claims have been disputed. Suffice it to say, the origin of the Rede cannot be clearly defined.


The Wiccan Rede has been a somewhat controversial subject among Wiccans, Witches, and Pagans. Some have theorized that the Rede’s true purpose was to assist in making modern witchcraft more acceptable to the public. Because the Rede is a concept that was generally believed to have been written by a living person rather than a strict commandment from a deity, it is not generally given the same weight as laws in other religions, such as the Ten Commandments.


Generally, witches do not believe that they should use their powers to interfere with another’s free will. They believe that it is unethical to use magick to harm or manipulate others in any way. Many witches believe that the Rede prevents them from casting spells on others without that person’s permission---even healing spells. This interpretation seems extreme, for it means that spells should not be cast against wrong doers—a witch could make no effort to stop a rapist, or murderer magickally because they would be interfering with that person’s free will. Conservative witches argue that they can instead cast spells to protect victims. Often witches get around the issue by casting binding spells, that is, spells aimed to prevent evil.


In the old craft laws, witches were taught that they could not attack another person maliciously; however, they have every right to protect and defend themselves if the necessity arose and to do so in a manner that they feel would most efficiently get the job done. Some witches practice cursing or other manipulative spells when they feel that it is warranted, but they do so with the knowledge that they must accept the consequences of their actions and keep quiet about their work. The poetic version of the Wiccan Rede states, in part, “Live and let live, fairly take and fairly give.” To me this means that in the course of my life, that I should attempt to be fair with others and exercise patience as well as to resolve my problems with others on a mundane level, but should the time come when I feel the need to use magick against another individual, then I should let the punishment fit the crime.


For example, as much as we want to murder that person who cuts us off in traffic and exceeds the speed limit endangering others on the road that would be over-kill. However, in this instance it wouldn’t be uncalled for to magically ensure that that person gets detained by the authorities, their license suspended, or at the very least, get ticketed.


Another area of concern in magick circles is that of casting love spells. Generally speaking, casting spells to bring “an appropriate lover” to yourself are considered not harmful, as you are asking the universe to send someone to you who is compatible and who would be accepting of your attention and interest and who would return your affection in kind. However, many witches feel that casting spells to cause a specific person to fall in love with you to be inappropriate and a violation of the Wiccan Rede. However, it is my belief that casting a love spell is no more manipulative than having good hygiene, wearing enticing cologne, dressing to accentuate your physical form, or even flirting! In the same manner, casting a spell to get a specific job is no more wrong than dressing the part and presenting yourself as having the right attitude and qualifications for that job.


The Wiccan Rede is often cited along with the Threefold Law. Whereas the Rede provides us with a guide for living an ethical life, the Threefold Law represents the consequences of straying from the Rede. The Threefold Law says that an action is not returned in equal measure, but rather will be magnified three times, which defies the laws of physics. I personally do not believe in the Threefold Law, in this respect. Wicca, as a religion which draws its teachings from nature itself, should therefore reflect the law of nature. Science tells us that every action has an equal or opposite reaction. An object propelled upwards will descend at the same rate of speed at which it climbed. Therefore, I believe that “what is sent, comes back” in equal measure.


In summation, I believe that the Wiccan Rede to be an idealistic guide to the way in which a person can live their life. As humans, we have free will and we will not always exercise that will in accordance with the Wiccan Rede. The Wiccan Rede empowers me to find and pursue my true will, and it is not an excuse for inaction, or to be the world’s dormat. I believe that magick is a means to an end and that it is no more manipulative than other means that are used by those who do not use magick. I believe in treating people with fairness and consideration and in attempting to resolve my problems with others on a mundane level before resorting to magick. I have the right to protect and defend myself from harm, and I have a choice in how I will protect myself. When I choose to invoke the forces of magick against those that have or have attempted to bring my harm, or who are a threat to me and my well being, I choose to let the punishment fit the crime. If I violate the Rede, I do so with the knowledge that what I send out will eventually return to be in equal measure, not magnified thrice over. And this is what the Wiccan Rede means to me.


Carolina Dean

Friday, December 19, 2008

Road Opener Spell...


for Safe Travel Over Icy Roads

Let me preface this by saying that I am from South Carolina where we don't get very much snow, and what little snow we do get doesn't stay around for long. It's now been five days since it's snowed here and conditions are still icy, with a lot of snow on the ground. I don't mind telling you that driving home tonight I was scared shitless. I know you all look up to me and think of me as super-witch, but apparently snow and ice are my kryptonite. In addition, according to the weather report, we're about to have the mother of all snow-storms this weekend.

Road Opener is a traditional formula in the Hoodoo Tradition that comes in the form of oils, incense, and powders. It is used to remove obstacles and provide safe travel. The obstacles that block you don't necessarily have to be physical ones. While they may be physical, they may also be mental or spiritual blocks as well

That beind said, I do not know the traditional formula for creating Road Opener. Many of these formulas are considered propriety and are not generally known (just like Colonel Sanders secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices.) Also many practitioners have their own formula which may be different from others formulas with emphasis on certain forms of obstacles. Therefore, the spell below is my own and is specifically written for safe travel and protection while driving on icy roads.

To cast this simple spell, you'll need a candle cast in a warm color such as Yellow, Orange, or Red to represent the energy of light and heat. In addition, you'll also need some High John the Conqueror Oil for power, Epsom salt, which is a purgative and salt melts ice; powdered wormwood, which prevents accidents; and finally some powdered cinnamon (a fiery herb associated with the Sun) for protection. Finally, I also printed the Road Opener Label from Lucky Mojo to use in the spell as well.

Whereas comfrey root is an herb often found in spells for safe travel and it could be utilized here as well I did not include it in this spell as I simply don't have any at the moment and I am writing the spell with what I actually have on hand.

To begin, cut the Road Opener Label out and write the following on it's reverse...

"May I travel upon the road with complete protection, arriving safely to my destination. May nothing block my path or impede me in any way, shape, or form. And when my business is successfully completed, may I return to the safety and security of my home once again. Amen."

Sign your name at the bottom. Fold the paper towards you three times, rotating it clockwise between each fold. Put the paper aside for the moment.

Next, mix equal amounts of Epsom salt, wormwood, and cinnamon together. Anoint the candle with High John Oil and roll it towards yourself in the powdery mixture. While chanting the Irish Prayer for the Road....


God before me

God behind me

I, on thy path of God,

Thou, O God, in my steps

In the twisting of the road,

in the current of the river

Be with me by night

Be with me by day

Be with me by night and by day

Amen


When you are done, put the candle on an overturned saucer under which you have placed your written petition. Light the candle and repeat the Prayer for the Road three times while visualizing yourself driving to your destination without any incident, and finally arriving safely home.

Leave the candle to burn out on it's own.

Carolina Dean

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow Day

Well it's snowing again for the 8th or 9th time in four days. Here's a videos I captured from my bedroom window.



Carolina Dean

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Snowman Banishing Spell



It's really easy, all you need is to build a snowman. Then you can use natural objects such as sticks, stones, pine cones, and even fruit to personalize the snowman. Make it resemble the person you wish to banish just enough so that it's clear in your own mind and so that person doesnt' even realize it's them, or else you're gonna have some s'plaining to do Lucy.

If you do have something that belongs to the individual such as hair or nail clippings, clothing, a photograph, business card, etc... you can incorporate that into the snowman as well by hiding it in the body of the snowman. You can also use this method to incorporate herbs, or other magickal objects into your snowman.

One thing, don't use your own clothing to personalize the snowman like some people put hats, scarves, etc.. on snowmen, because you don't want the magick to bite you on your ice-cicle...

While building the snowman, you may wish to think of the person in question, chant their name backwards as you work (to repel or reverse their influence in your life). When the snowman is complete, chant these words:


"(Name)

As each day this snowman thaws,

from my life you now withdraw;

& when it has to water returned,

you'll no longer be my concern!"


Then, all you have to do is go enjoy your life and let your magick take effect. This spell has several applications including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Allowing children to personify their fears by building snowman of them and then destroying them by knocking the snowman down, beating it with a baseball bat, or just letting nature take it's course.
  2. Personify an aspect of yourself that you don't like and destroy the snowman as in #1.

Enjoy those snow days kids, and don't eat any yellow snow!


Carolina Dean


Thursday, December 11, 2008

To Protect Someone...


...separated from you by a great distance. Make a weak tea of sage and soak a piece of plain white paper in it for a few minutes, then place it on a flat surface where it will dry overnight. The following day, write the person's name on the paper three times and set it aside.

Anoint a green candle with oil and roll it in a mixture of sage, yarrow, and peony. Place the name-paper under the candle. Light the candle and say:


Beyond my reach and out of sight,

but still within my mind and heart;

keep him safe by day and night,

protect this child now set apart!


Let the candle burn itself out. Repeat as needed each month at the full moon.


Note: This is the spell I cast to protect Kaleb when Robert sent him back to South Carolina until he gets out of the military in a few weeks and rejoins him.


Carolina Dean

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Magickal Use for Broken Dishes

The other day I reached into the cabinet to get a bowl for some soup I made and accidentally knocked one onto the floor where it broke. As I gathered up the shards I suddenly became possessed by the spirit of Martha Stewart!

This evil (?) spirit then directed me to place the larger shards on a doubled towel and smash them to smaller bits with a hammer. Next, I placed these shattered bits of ceramic in a medium sized jar along with some nails, pins, some hair from my hair brush, nail pairings, and finally I put the jar aside until the following morning.

The next day, I place my first mornings urine into the jar and sealed it shut as tight as possible. Later, I cleansed and blessed my little witch bottle and when night fell, I buried it a foot deep in the bushes outside the bedroom window of my apartment.

Finally, the evil spirit of Martha Stewart left my body and I was free from her grip. Also my house was spotless!

The purpose of witch bottles are to protect you from negativity and evil spells of others. It works much like a voodoo doll, in that it represents you. The magick that is sent to bedevil you becomes attracted to the bottle instead where it gets trapped inside caught up in the pins and nails, where it is finally sliced up and broken apart by the sharp edges of the broken dishes.

Many, many of these types of bottles have been unearthed in the last few hundered years and now have home in museums all over the world. The most common placed they are found are near the hearthstone, buried near the front door, up chimneys, and even plastered inside of walls! If any of these places are not possible for you, you can place your witch bottle in the back of a dark closet or cabinet where it will not be seen or disturbed.

It makes perfect sense to use your own dishes, which you have accidentally broken in your witch bottles. They are the dishes that you, presumbly, ate off of and shared meals with your family for a long time. Often, when moving to a new home, broken dishes are inevitable and what better way to bring blessings to your new home by taking a negative and turning it in to a positive!


Carolina Dean


Friday, December 5, 2008

Charge of the God to His Gay Sons

You know me and you do not, for I can never be fully known and yet I cannot be avoided. Whether you sought me out or fled from me, you were never far from me, for I am always with you. I am inside of you and all around you. You are my son, and I am yours. You belief in me sustains me, and I am that part of you that gives you strength and courage.


I am the light that guides you, and yet I crouch in darkness to frighten you, for fear is no more than the desire to live and I am life itself. To know fear is to know me, but I am also love, freedom, and joy; and again I am sickness, pain, and oppression--- for I balance all things. I am present in the swelling of your loin, and in the ripeness of fruit. My voice can be heard in the laughter of boys at play, and the lines upon the faces of old men point to me.


I surrendered my life for you and yet I live for I am boundless and eternal. My love and compassion for you knows no end, for I share in your greatest pleasures as well as your deepest sorrows. No pain is too great for you to bear, but should your strength abandon you, I will bear the weight of your burden. Even as you fear me, do not cower before me, but love and embrace me, even as I love and embrace you. Be not ashamed and I will shower my blessings upon you.

Carolina Dean

Monday, December 1, 2008

To Attract a Lover

You will need:

A Photograph of your ‘type’ of lover.
(This can be torn from a magazine, a newspaper, or printed offline. If you are artistically inclined you may draw the image yourself. )

A Poppet to Represent Yourself

Honey
(To sweeten the person to you.)

Lavender Buds
(To attract a man)

Basil
(To cultivate an emotional bond)

Ginger
(To ‘heat up’ things and add some spice to your relationship)




Before you begin there here are some guidelines when choosing the photograph that you are going to use in the spell.

  1. It should NOT be of a famous person, or even anyone that you know. The purpose of this spell is not to attract any one specific person. It is to attract someone new, unknown to you that fits the ‘mold’ of the type that most attracts you.
  2. Try to choose a photo which best represents the ‘type’ of individual that you are most attracted to. For example if you like someone athletic you may choose a photo of a baseball player; if you prefer the intellectual type, then you might prefer a photo of someone who reflects those qualities.
  3. The photo you choose should evoke an immediate reaction from you on a deep level. It should represent someone to whom you are extremely attracted.

To begin, mix equal parts of powdered Lavender, Basil, and Ginger together in a mortar and grind it with a pestle. Chant:

Herbs mixed within this bowl,
help me to achieve my goal;
to a compatible lover find,
lie with him & make him mine!

Take a red candle and considering its phallic form, smear it all over with a light coating of honey and say:

Like moth to flame
like worker bee
let him now
come to me.
Sweet as honey
sweet as can be
let him come
make love to me!

Now sprinkle some of the herbal mixture on a candle board and roll the candle towards yourself in the herbal mixture. Light the candle.

Take a good look at the photo that you have chosen. Think about the type of person that it represents and allow those feelings and emotions that it evokes within you to rise to the surface. If you want to go to a deeper level, flip the photo over and write down the non-physical qualities that you would like in a lover such as non-smoker, doesn’t drink, has a good job, etc…When you are ready, smear the entire photograph with a light coat of honey and say the following three times:


Like moth to flame
like worker bee
let him now
come to me.
Sweet as honey
sweet as can be
let him come
make love to me


Sprinkle the herbal mixture all over the photograph and say the following three times:

Lavender, Ginger, and Basil
I call on you to work my will;
made to order, this man find,
bring him to me, make him mine!

Fold the photograph and wrap it around the poppet representing you. Wind red yarn, cord, or ribbon around the poppet mummy fashion chanting:

With this cord this spell I seal,
to bring to me a man ideal;
he to me, and I to he,
joined as one we shall be!

Leave the package in front of the burning candle. When the candle is spent, place the package under your mattress so that it will line up approximately with your genitals. You may wish to place the package in a ziplock bag or a shoebox, so that the honey does not attract ants or vermin.

Note: This spell is loosely based upon one which appears in The Witches of Eastwick. Click here to read the spell as it appears in the book.

Carolina Dean