Practicing Patience and Learning Lessons

What I have learned about starting a Pagan organization.

1. You will spend an exorbitant amount of time defending any organization name.

It never occurred to me the name of the organization would be a pain point. It never occurred to me because, I’ve been of the mindset the purpose of an organization was the most important. I have found Pagan organizations with comical names, redundant names, traditional names, out of this world names….but did not judge, or condemn them, by their name.

My decision to interact with them, or let them go about their business, has always been based on two things:

a. Do they appear to be knowledgeable.
b. Are they actively raising awareness and benefiting the community.

I could add a ‘c’ also…do they promote other pagan organizations, whether in their local area or outside of it. That leads me to…..

2. When reaching out to local Pagan organizations, never expect a response.

I reached out to multiple pagan organizations within Colorado and Nebraska. I called phone numbers, left voice mails, and emailed. I did not receive one single reply. None. Nada. Zilch. Zip. Nothing! So… I thought maybe a letter of introduction would trigger a response. Nope.

I turned to Facebook to try to drum up some kind of response. That action lead to these lessons learned. I ended up deleting every post. The responses were not beneficial to either our organization, or the organization represented by the Facebook page.

I added a couple of groups to my ‘Never contact, work with, or support ever, ever!’ list. However, it is a personal list. If our organization would decide to work with them I would support it. I cannot fault an organization for the actions of its people. I would recommend caution. I would be very suspect of any request from them. I would put our organization first and break ties immediately if it adversely affected our reputation or relationships.

That leads me to….

3. When starting a Pagan organization, be prepared to be disappointed and disillusioned.

My belief that Pagan organizations, and Pagan path followers, were peaceful, proactive, supportive, and above pettiness was drastically blown apart. I blame my naive view on my own experience. I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by pagans who embody my beliefs. I am extremely lucky to be surrounded by these amazing people. Spoiled by them.

My only hope is, we as an organization, will go above and beyond to ensure we embody the values we’ve set forth. That we excel at being supportive, peaceful and proactive. And that we leave pettiness and judgement at the door.

The one last thing I’ve learned….

4. Do not give up!

It may be my stubborn streak. I may also be insane. Either way I believe in what we’re doing. Our organization may be young. It may be a challenge defining our true identity right now but, we’ll struggle through. And we will be there for other Pagan organizations. We may not have the answers, but it is only when we work together that we find the answers. All we can do is…

Have a little faith
Say a little spell
And live well!

Blessed be my friends!

Endless Possibilities!

candle I’ve had to start a new Book of Shadows.

It’s the fourth or fifth one I’ve started. Every time I start a new book I get excited! All of the possibilities! The spells I’ll write, the recipes, the potions, the rituals, the….Oh so many things!

The hardest part is finding the perfect book, or making it if you’re creative. I’m creative, but not THAT creative! So, I tend to spend months searching for the perfect book. I end up getting frustrated because I can never find the perfect book. So… I stop looking. Shortly after I stop looking the book shows up on my doorstep.

So.. now that I have my book. It is time to do a BOS Dedication Ritual. Here is my take on the whole thing:

BOS Dedication Ritual

Needed:

Full Moon Night
Purple Altar Cloth – Represents spirituality, psychic development, magick
Frankincense
Items to represent the four elements
Smudge Stick
Pentacle Disk
Lavender Oil – to anoint the white candles
Sea Salt – lots of salt, enough to make a circle around your new BOS
Holy water or salt water
Ritual Clothing or Sky Clad
5 White Candles
Red Wine
Sharp Knife/safety pin

Before you cast your circle, be sure to smudge your new book. You don’t want to bring any unwanted nasties, or negative energy into your circle. I know people who like to cleanse their book after they’ve cast the circle and called the quarters. You don’t know what is attached to the book you just bought, or just made. Cleansing it before entering the circle gives you a clean slate. You can cleanse it again once in the circle if it is part of your ritual.

Cast your circle. Here is a quick, simple circle I picked up long ago:

World Above, World Below
Energy Come, Energy Flow
Bright Divine Light Circles Around Me
Mountain and Sky, Flame and Sea

The quarter call for this ritual is part of the ritual for blessing your BOS. Take your new BOS to each quarter as you call it. Smudge it, and then call the quarter. For this quarter call I use:

To the North:
Element of Earth, guardian of time
We call upon you to join us
Bless this BOS for generations to come

To the East:
Element of Air, guardian of the past
We call upon you to join us
Bless this BOS for the history it holds

To the South:
Element of Fire, guardian of the future
We call upon you to join us
Bless this BOS for the magick yet to be added

To the West:
Element of Water, guardian of emotion and the higher self
We call upon you to join us
Bless this BOS for the good of all, harming none

In the Center:
Before these assembled elements we bring this BOS to be dedicated to the service of the Lord and Lady

After you’ve called your quarters take your BOS to the altar and place it within the circle of salt on the pentacle disk. Place your hands over the book. Imagine white light enveloping every inch of the book. Then say:

In Perfect love and Perfect Peace
Your purpose shall be one
The sacred charge of every word
Forever to harm none.

Focus on the intent of your new BOS. See yourself writing new spells, or rituals, or recipes…all the great things you’ll add. Imagine filling the pages and passing on the book to family, or friends, or those in your coven. See all the good the book will do. Once you’re done, do an Invoking Earth pentagram over the book to seal your intent.

Now that you’ve placed your book within the circle of salt. Take the five candles, which you should have put in candle holders, and place them around the book. Put them as close as you can to the circle of salt, but don’t break the circle. As you light the five candles say:

Secrets your pages soon will hold
A life of Magick shall unfold
Safe from strangers, theif or crook
May only blood read this book

I’m not much of a ‘must be bound by blood’ person. My belief is if you bind something to you in blood you are opening a can of worms you may not be able to close. I know a lot of people who bind their BOS to them with blood. If the day ever comes they decide to step out of the Pagan path – that book will haunt them. If someone else gets their hands on their BOS – it can be used to harm them. It is your choice what you do, but weigh the pros and cons first. A BOS will stay with you because you’ve charged it to, not because it is blood bound to you. On that note though, if you noticed the last line of the above… “May only blood read this book”… If you’re a solitary, you don’t need the next step. If you’re a coven, or group, you’ll want to be sure only those of blood can read the book. The easiest way to do this is – get your chalice out, pour a glass of red wine, and everyone add one drop of their blood to the wine. Mix, then everyone drink.

As everyone is taking a drink, open the cover of BOS – don’t disturb the salt. Choose one person, the one with the best handwriting, to write the following inside the cover of the book:

These words herein are mine/ours alone
Fashioned deep inside our/my bones
Each picture, thought and quote you see
Are all reflections of what is me

Beware the urge to take this book
Or read it in some private nook
Because its magick isn’t blind
And we/I will know you’ve touched what’s mine

Now that the book has been blessed, charged, and protected. The last thing to do is the consecration. I like to grab the moon and then sprinkle holy water, or salt water, on the object I’m consecrating. Since I always have blessed water and salt on my altar it is a quick matter to combine the two. You can use holy water if you prefer. If you’ve never ‘grabbed the moon’ it is an easy process. Place the tips of your index fingers, middle fingers and thumbs together so they form a pyramid. Then stand with your hands above your head, and the moon is in the middle of the pyramid. In this stance say the following:

Calling now the words of the Witches
The Lord, the Lady and the Moon above
By the gods of old and those yet born
The howling wind which proceeds the storm
We step forth to consecrate
Our sacred book of hidden charms
Guardians from the four directions
Hear our pleas and lend protection

Now take your pyramid and lower it over you BOS and say:

In this night, and in this hour
Fill these pages with your power
My no unveiled eye ever see
The secrets we entrust to thee
My these truths of time gone by
Be shielded from outside eyes

Now, face all whose book this will be – if it is just you have a mirror handy. Then say the following:

To the Witches whose book this be
May the ancient ways be clear to see
And through all the ages yet to come
May your magick always harm none
So mote it be!

Release your quarters. Starting in the Center, then to the North and working backwards:

In the Center:
Before these assembled elements this BOS has been dedicated to the service of the Lord and Lady

To the North:
Element of Earth, guardian of time
We thank you for joining us
Hail and farewell

To the East:
Element of Air, guardian of the past
We thank you for joining us
Hail and farewell

To the South:
Element of Fire, guardian of the future
We thank you for joining us
Hail and farewell

To the West:
Element of Water, guardian of emotion and the higher self
We thank you for joining us
Hail and farewell

Then, release your circle. I am a creature of habit and always use:

Open now this sacred space
Send all energies back to place
Fare the well, and safe return
Let not our magick ere be turned

Once you’re done… enjoy your book! And remember…

To spin a spell, time it well,
Colors count, ingredients too
For each will influence the spell and you.
But mind your mood as you begin…
For EVERYTHING is added in!

Blessed by my friends!

Not Spelling Well

I want to talk to you about spells.

I’ve been sitting here trying to write one for the past half an hour. I’m not having as much luck as I normally do. My mind keeps wandering to a statement a friend made. They commented that ‘they would be afraid to piss me off.’

Now, I’m not normally a grouchy person. And to be honest, I laughed their comment off. I knew it wasn’t meant in any derogatory manner. Their comment came from that place inside most people. The place where an outdated stereotype lays in wait.

Not all people have this place. I run across a vast majority of people who ask questions, and are genuinely curious. Even my friend knows better, but within her is this place. A place of movies, books, and church doctrine. A deeply engrained vein of ill-conceived misinformation.

It is not the individual’s fault this vein exists. I do place some blame on the movie industry for perpetuating a stereotype. However, I place more blame on us. The Pagans, the Witches, those of us who follow the off-beat, non-mainstream, spiritual path we follow. We have the ability to change, and thus change everything.

So….

Instead of going off on my usual rant…which I see a strong start of above. I want to take you through the assumptions and stereotypes…from a Witches perspective.

1. All Witches are evil.

Ya….not so much. You always have those bad apples. The ones who give the rest of us a bad rap. The truth is…. As a Witch we have one tenet, on rule, one abiding charge: Harm None.

Do you have any idea how hard that is to live by? Really think about it for a minute. There is so many ways you can cause harm. The biggest way is what you say or think. I’m the worst at internalizing things. I wake up on a week day morning and my first thought is: “I don’t want to do this today!’ That negative self-talk sets the tone for my whole day. It becomes self-fulfilling. It is causing harm.

When someone seeks you out to talk, whether it is work, personal, family member, etc., and you pull your phone out to check it. You’re doing harm. I’m guilty of this one and was called out on it the other day.

We have fleeting moments where our ability to listen and communicate can make the biggest difference. We don’t always know when those moments are…but are you willing to miss them? I seem to be missing a lot of them lately. Not only am I harming myself by placing value on the wrong thing, but I’m devaluing the most important parts of my life…the people in it.

I’ve had the debate with Christians – the ten commandments vs. harm none, morality vs. ethics. If you really look at the ten commandments though. Well, except the whole “Thou shalt have no other god before me” part. I find it rather dictatorial and narcissistic. You give a whole species free will and with one sentence take it away from them. Anyway, that’s a whole other rant!

If you look at the other commandments though. There is not one of them you can’t break down into ‘Harm none.’ Take the tenets of any religion and break them down. You’ll find, at the core, harm none. It is a simple concept. A core concept. One which should be a human concept.

That leads me to my second misconception:

2. Witches will hex you, or put a spell on you.

We will put a spell on you….if you ask us to, if we ask your permission, or if it will benefit you in some way. We’ll put a spell on you/do a spell for you to help with your health, to find love, to find the perfect job, to escape a bad situation, etc. We will not put a curse on you, or hex you. Granted, there are those who would argue if you hurt our family, or familiars, you are fair game. I’m of the mind which says harm none, no matter what…

I’m no saint. I’m sure if the situation arose where harm was done to a family member, a friend or my familiars, I would lose rational thought. My instinct would be to lash out and ‘get even.’ It would be then my values and morals would be tested. I like to believe, in those situations, I would fall back on what I believe: Harm None. I hope I never have to find out what I would do.

The thing is…as a Witch… my whole purpose in life is to help people. Whether it is helping them understand why I’ve chosen this path, or helping them get over their cold faster. I am a life valuing, nature loving, herb crafting, passive Witch.

On to number three:

3. Witches familiars will steal your soul, or any number of other things.

My familiar, Jinx, will harm a fly. He’s my happy hunter. Get him in a ritual though and he becomes guardian and protector. He often approves, or disapproves, of my spells. He walks the circle to make sure its cast correctly. His place is set on the altar, and he knows exactly where it is and when he needs to be there.

He comforts me when I’m sick, and argues when I don’t give him enough treats. There is a special bond between us. For the most part though, he’s not ‘other people’ friendly. I couldn’t send him out into the world to harm someone – he’d go, but would likely get distracted at the first bird he saw. Plus, I would be more worried about people harming him.

Familiars are family. They lend you their strength, courage, wisdom, and cat sense. Their input on spells is invaluable. We would be lost without them…and we do everything we can to keep them close, safe, and well loved.

Every time I write about the stereotypes and my complete distaste for them. I rediscover the reason I’m a Witch. I don’t have the heart to be anything else. So….back to writing my spell! Wish me luck!

Blessed be my friends!

Guidance Ritual

I’ve been a bit busy trying to get my BOS into digital form. In the process, I’ve been writing up a lot of what I have into actual ritual form. Mainly because in my BOS everything is in my shorthand. If I was to pass the book down to my kids. They’d be left with a lot of information but no key elements. They wouldn’t know if you need candles, or herbs, or colors, or….anything for the spell I have listed. They’d know its name, and the words, but that is it!

That is why you’ve seen a couple of posts of rituals. Well…. I have another one to add today. :)

Guidance Ritual

Needed:

Earth Element
Chamomile for Tea
Tea Pot
Tea Cups
5 Purple Candles to represent Spirit, Guides, Angels, your choice
1 White Candle to represent Yourself
Sandalwood Oil to anoint the candles
Azurite, sodalite, and/or fluorite to put under your pillow

Start by brewing yourself a nice, relaxing cup of tea. Keep it handy and then cast your circle. Here is a quick, simple circle I picked up long ago:

World Above, World Below
Energy Come, Energy Flow
Bright Divine Light Circles Around Me
Mountain and Sky, Flame and Sea

 

Call your quarters. Start with North. Light your elemental candles. Here is what I generally use:

To the North, I call upon the guardians of the element of Earth.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome

 
To the East, I call upon the guardians of the element of Air.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome

 
To the South, I call upon the guardians of the element of Fire.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome.

 
To the West, I call upon the guardians of the element of Water.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome.

Acknowledge what you’re feeling. You can do this in writing, out loud, or silently. I like to use flash paper so I can release the feelings in a quick flash of fire. I have my dramatic side! You can list your feelings or write something like:

I am feeling [scared, confused, lost, unsure, overwhelmed, uneasy, etc.]
I acknowledge these feelings and welcome them.
May their presence guide me to the next step of my journey.

You’ll find once you surrender to your feelings you’ll feel a sense of relief and clarity. If you’ve been struggling with your feelings for a while… like I do. You’ll find this a bit euphoric. Revel in it for a few minutes. Then burn your paper, sip your tea, and let it all slip away.

Here is where I would invoke the ancestors, spirit guides, god, goddess, whomever you feel you need. Once you’ve invoked them, ask them for their guidance.

Today I’m standing at a crossroad
I ask your guidance on which way to go
 
All aspects of my decision are clouded
The answer hidden by my fears
 
I acknowledge and release my fears
So I may receive your answer clear
 
I ask for clarity in my dreams tonight
Provide me with your wisdom and insight

Now, I know guides can be a bit impatient when they need to tell you something. And, since I’m a Tarot person. You can always do this instead:

Today I’m standing at a crossroad
I ask your guidance on which way to go
 
All aspects of my decision are clouded
The answer hidden by my fears
 
I acknowledge and release my fears
So I may receive your answer clear
 
I ask for clarity in the cards before me
Provide me with your wisdom and insight

Then I lay out a three card spread. The first card is for where I am currently. The cards usually tell me why I’m struggling. The second card provides insight into what you should do. The third card explains why you should do it. Make note of what they say. Keep them with you for a day or two to remind yourself.

Take the time to meditate on the cards. Drink your tea. Don’t rush back to the real world. A little me time is just what the Witch ordered. When you’re ready….

Release your quarters. Starting in the North and working backwards:

To the North, I thank and release the guardians of the element Earth
Hail, and Farewell

 
To the West, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Water.
Hail, and Farewell

 
To the South, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Fire.
Hail, and Farewell

 
To the East, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Air.
Hail, and Farewell.

 

Then, release your circle. I am a creature of habit and always use:

Open now this sacred space
Send all energies back to place
Fare the well, and safe return
Let not our magick ere be turned

I’m sure you’ll see more rituals from me over the coming months. I have another one that is top of my list – one to help me make some decisions. That’s what started the Guidance Ritual but… I really need to make a few decisions. I’ve been struggling with decisions on my future what to do, where to go… you know, all the fun stuff! For now though… I hope you enjoy the guidance ritual.

Blessed Be my friends!

Dedicated to Witchy-ness!

Things around here get busier and busier! Just when I think I can sit back and relax a bit… all the flying monkey’s get loose! Okay, maybe not the monkey’s but, things do come flying at me. First it was a wedding. Then it is ritual after ritual. Ostara was a blast! Jen did a great job with the whole thing. Then it was helping someone get a job. Now it is a dedication.

I love all the rituals. I always feel so incredibly peaceful after them. Dedications are really fun because you’re introducing someone to the craft. Then you get to party! I’m all for both!

So… I thought I’d share the dedication we used tonight. Take it, make it your own, and yes, parts of it may sound a little familiar if you’re a Charmed fan. If the words fit, and feel right, I say use them! On to the dedication….:

Dedication Ritual for New Follower

Items Needed:

• Sandalwood or Blessing Oil
• Gift
• Cake/desert
• Wine and/or Drink of persons choice – it is a party after all!

Start by casting your circle. Here is a quick, simple circle I picked up long ago:

World Above, World Below
Energy Come, Energy Flow
Bright Divine Light Circles Around Me
Mountain and Sky, Flame and Sea

Call your quarters. Start with North. Light your elemental candles. Here is what I generally use:

To the North, I call upon the guardians of the element of Earth.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome

To the East, I call upon the guardians of the element of Air.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome

To the South, I call upon the guardians of the element of Fire.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome.

To the West, I call upon the guardians of the element of Water.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome.

When I do a dedication I like to do an invocation, to call the ancestors. Then the actual dedication where you confirm the person really wants to dedicate themselves to the craft. Then a blessing, because, well, everyone needs a blessing now and then. Last, but not least, a charge to remind them what the craft is all about. I think the charge on this one is a little bland. It needs more of a kick, but I’ll rewrite it in time.

Invocation:

We call forth from time and space
The Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Wilder/Morrell line
Fathers, Mothers, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons and friends.
Our family spirits without end
Gather now in this sacred place
To surround David with your grace

Dedication:

Is it your intent, David, to be dedicated into the world of the Witches?
To follow the path of your ancestors.
To know the secrets they hid in the night
To invoke the oldest of gods and goddesses
To learn and study the old ways.
And to step forth for the good of all, harming none.

Blessing:

Blessed be your mind, that you may use your thoughts and intellect for the greater good of all, harming none.
Blessed be your eyes, so that you may always see the path you have chosen to walk.
Blessed by your mouth, that you may speak often to the god and goddess
Blessed be your heart, that you may always let love guide your works, both magickal and mundane.

Charge:

In the name of the Lord and Lady
We place this threefold charge upon you
To know the God and Goddess
To love them through the knowledge of nature
And to follow the ways of the Ancient ones

I still need to add a release for the ancestors. For this one I just did a quick thank you and told them they could stay if they liked, or go if they must. I’m sure, given a little more time, I’ll come up with something. I did this all in a couple of hours so… a little rushed leaves a few holes. Just saying…

Anyway, on to releasing the quarters. Starting in the North and working backwards:

To the North, I thank and release the guardians of the element Earth
Hail, and Farewell

To the West, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Water.
Hail, and Farewell

To the South, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Fire.
Hail, and Farewell

To the East, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Air.
Hail, and Farewell.

Then, release your circle. I am a creature of habit and always use:

Open now this sacred space
Send all energies back to place
Fare the well, and safe return
Let not my magick ere be turned

You’ll probably find this, word for word, familiar from yesterday’s post. A little copy and paste saved me from having to retype. You can fault me for that if you want but… hey, when you’re busy sometimes you take a few shortcuts when you’re writing.

I’ll tell you though… I do love ritual. I do love being Witchy. And I am truly the happiest when I am doing something Witchy. Whether that is mixing up brews, writing up a ritual, or simply filling the herb jars. I always catch myself humming a little tune. You know what makes you the happiest when you start humming. Now….if I could just get paid for being Witchy!

Blessed Be my friends! Be happy and hum a little! :)

Job Hunting the Witchy Way

jobsearch

Job Binding Ritual

This ritual is for binding yourself to a job, or position, you are wanting to achieve. Please use with caution as the old adage applies…. Be Careful what you Wish for! And always, always do a divination before you perform this one. Forcing your will can back fire…badly.

Items Needed:

• 4 people – the person who requested the ritual, the person who performs the ritual, and two additional participants to help seal the binding.
• Herbs, or dirt to represent Earth
• Feather(s) to represent Air
• Holy Water/ Spring Water to represent water
• Fire….to represent fire duh!
• Picture of person, or paper with their name on it
• Job ad/description person is wishing to obtain
• Ribbon or cord in white or cream. Green works to if it is all about the money! You can also give each person their own color.
• Optional: Flash paper with person’s name on it, and job name

Start by casting your circle. Here is a quick, simple circle I picked up long ago:

World Above, World Below
Energy Come, Energy Flow
Bright Divine Light Circles Around Me
Mountain and Sky, Flame and Sea

Call your quarters. Start with North. Light your elemental candles. Here is what I generally use:

To the North, I call upon the guardians of the element of Earth.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome

To the East, I call upon the guardians of the element of Air.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome

To the South, I call upon the guardians of the element of Fire.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome.

To the West, I call upon the guardians of the element of Water.
Guard and Guide Me. Hail and Welcome.

I normally invoke the god or goddess I work with the most, or the one best suited to the work I’m doing. You can do a general invocation, or skip this all together. The choice is yours. Here’s a general invocation I’ve always fallen back to when my mind goes blank – it is by no means one of my favorites:

I call the light of golden rays
I seek protection thus I pray
For heaven forces at my side
Angels, sages, Spirit Guides
Or Wolves who walk
With cunning skill.
Come to my aid!
Come at my will!
Black Bird soaring light my path
So we are victims to no one’s wrath
And when my journey knows success
All who aid us, Goddess Bless!

For this Ritual I’m throwing in a general intention to open and close it. It just helps keep my mind on an over purpose which is running through my life. Sort of an, “Yes, I recognize this is happening! Let’s celebrate it!” sort of thing. While I’m rattle off my general intention I light any charcoals I will use for the ritual, or additional candles, or sprinkle herbs, or simply take additional time to focus. Here is my general intention for this ritual:

Winds of Change
Blow through our door
Now Re-arrange
Our life for more

Out with the Old
In with the New
Winds of Change
We Welcome You!

Then on to the reason for this ritual. Binding yourself to the job you want, or wish for…. I’m going to do this in two parts. First part, the words for the ritual:

By Air and Earth
By Water and Fire
Now be bound
With your desire

By three times three
And nine times nine
To this job
We now you bind

As the cord goes round
We seal your will
Harming none
Your fate, now sealed

Second part, actions to go with the words. Before you start make sure your charcoal or fire is burning. You’ll need it to burn the herbs/earth, feather, and water – just remember, a little burns faster than a lot, and is less likely to put out your fire! Now, if you add the steps to the words:

By Air (throw the feather on the fire) and Earth (throw the earth/herbs on the fire)
By Water (sprinkle a little water on the fire) and Fire (light the flash paper with person’s name/job on it – if you don’t have flash paper, a little salt works to spark the fire)
So be bound
With your desire (pick up the paper with the persons picture/name on it, and the paper with the job ad/description on it. Put them together facing each other)

By three times three (roll up the papers, and wrap the cord/ribbon around it three times.)
And nine times nine (hand the rolled up paper and ribbon to the next person, and have them wrap their cord/ribbon around it three times, then on to the next person until everyone has bound the papers together – this should take until the last line)
To this job
We now you bind

As the cord goes round
We seal your will
Harming None
Your fate is sealed (tie the last ribbon in a bow and hand it over to the person being bound)

After you’re done with this piece, and the person has the bound papers. Direct them either put the papers in the freezer, bury them under a tree, or just put them someplace safe. I usually suggest the freezer because if they decide they no longer want to be bound to this job….they can simply untie all the ribbons and be released.

Last, but not least, thank the god or goddess for assisting with a:

[God or Goddess Name} we thank and release you
Stay if you will. Go if you must
Blessed Be!

Release your quarters. Starting in the North and working backwards:

To the North, I thank and release the guardians of the element Earth
Hail, and Farewell

To the West, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Water.
Hail, and Farewell

To the South, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Fire.
Hail, and Farewell

To the East, I thank and release the guardians of the element of Air.
Hail, and Farewell.

Then, release your circle. I am a creature of habit and always use:

Open now this sacred space
Send all energies back to place
Fare the well, and safe return
Let not my magick ere be turned

Feel free to modify this ritual as you need to. If you do modify it, and you’d like to share, I would love to see what you come up with! If you have feedback, I’d love to hear that too! I don’t bite….or at least I didn’t the last time I checked :)

Blessed Be my friends!

Impossibly Persistent Poltergeist!

I have been reading Christopher Penczak’s: The Mighty Dead.

I admit I’m a Christopher Penczak fan. Not because I base my Craft solely on what I read in a book. I do a lot less reading these days then I probably should. I enjoy Mr. Penczak’s books because of his approach to the Craft. It is not a rambling of rituals and ‘you have too’s.” He does provide rituals in his books but, he expands on the ritual – reason, intent, and science. For a logical over-thinker like me…that’s a gold mine!

The reason I began reading The Mighty Dead is because my grandpa has been hanging around. His presence is always preceded by the smell of cigars. If he really has something to say the smell can be overwhelming. So far, his appearances have been subtle.

The thing about his appearance though is…there is always a reason! He’s not one to just pop in and say hello. He is always on a mission. I admit I cannot always communicate with the deceased the way I would like to. Grandpa is no different. So… I picked up the Mighty Dead in hopes of clearing up the communication problem.

I found the book to be a wealth of information. Far beyond what I expected!

Now, I’m not here to write a review of the book. Although, if you can’t tell already, I would recommend adding it to your reading list. What I am here to do is to make you think.

We spend so much of our time working with the elements, gods and goddesses, spirit animals, totems, angels, etc. but we spend very little time with our ancestors. Samhain is the only time I really work to connect with them. Yet, the rest of the year they have things to tell us….show us…help us with…and we pay them no never mind.

And that is why grandpa is hanging around. He is stubbornly, and persistently, reminding me of my purpose. I am admittedly fighting against this purpose. I am a very ‘set in my ways’ solitary practitioner. I like my herbs. I like my alone time. I like my rituals practiced in my own place, at my own pace, for my own reasons, without complications or crowds. Yet…

I am, not so subtly, being pushed to a more leadership role. It scares me. I hate to fail, and this idea is full of hundreds of ways to fail. But…that same fear of failure also points out that if I don’t try…I’ve already failed. A double edge athame if I’ve ever seen one!

So what am I being pushed to do? Well, you may have noticed I added another page to the site. The Pagan Council page. Therein lies your answer.

The community I live in, while filled with more churches than gas stations, is seeing a growth in the Pagan Community. When you talk to any of this community they will all tell you the same thing: “There is not enough events for Pagans, and there is very, very limited ways to grow.” And they are right.

You will see prayer groups for rain during the summer months. You’ll see local churches holding soup suppers, and vigils, and other events. Even the local farmers have events. The local library holds hundreds of books, but only about 20 on Pagan belief systems.

We are a dustbowl when it comes to anything Pagan related. We have one, count them ONE, local store which sells Pagan items. Her stock is limited to only a few items. We only have ourselves to blame for this though. We’ve spent so long being afraid. Practicing in private, or in the backwoods, or in secret.

We’ve let the stereotypes run the show. We need to step out of the shadows and back into the world. We have just as much right to practice in the park, or hold Pagan Pride Days. We have the right to get a little wild and let our true nature show.

We also have an obligation to provide access to books, and teachers, and other leaders in the Pagan community to the youth. There are so many of them searching. By staying in the shadows we fail at upholding the one basic tenant we have… Harm None.

So…. There is my round about story on how my persistent grandpa has been prodding me to do more. And how, on many levels, I know he is right. Take a few minutes to read through the Pagan Council page. See what it is all about. It is still a work in progress….so please ignore any unfinished sentences or headers without information.

The council is growing fast, and accomplishing a lot. If you have any questions about it, please feel free to contact me. You can catch me at wilderthings@yahoo.com, wwilder@pagancouncil.org, and on Facebook at Wilder Things.

It is time we step out of the solitude and help those who are just as scared as we are to step out of the solitude.

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