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Greetings all!

So a lot has been going on and I apologise for the delay in further posts.  Life has kind of got away from me, and TheGeekWitch.com has kind of been put on the backburner for a while.

You may or may not know that I have, since my last blog entry, had another baby!  We welcomed Emmett into the world on the 25th May (making him a month old today).  Lily is a very proud big sister, and we’re pretty smitten with the new little man in our lives.

I have also been working a casual job from home for the past 7 months or so, as well as running three other blogs and my webdesign business, so things have been hectic!

I truly want to keep TheGeekWitch.com going as a resource, but I have been lacking inspiration (not to mention time!) to update much and other things have unfortunately taken priority.  I’ve also been a bit of out of touch with the Pagan community for the past 18 months or so, simply due to “playing mum”, so I’m not even sure what the big issues or goings-on are at the moment.

This is where I need your help.

I am after suggestions for posts/articles, or even submissions of articles if you wish, to write about.  With a new baby came baby brain all over again, and I’m just not coming up with any new ideas easily (not relating to Paganism anyway).  If you have any ideas, please contact me – I’ll be eternally grateful!

Thanks for sticking by TGW!

Techniques

Tree Meditation – Grounding

Use this meditation to ground yourself in preparation for and following ritual.

Make yourself comfortable, and breathe deeply. As you inhale with each breath, glowing white light begins to shine from your navel.  With each inhale, the light becomes brighter, stronger, warmer, larger.  With each exhale, the light grows through your body.  Up your chest, down your arms, up your shoulders, neck and head.  It grows down your body, down your spine, through your legs and into your feet.

Take another deep breath.  Now the light travels down into the earth. Your roots begin to grow.  You can feel the warmth of the earth.  Allow your roots to spread wider, and to go deeper. You can feel the layers of the earth, travelling down through caverns and water tables, through cool soil and slabs of stone. Further still, you travel through warm layers of magma, and further still, to the centre of the earth, to the heart of the earth.

Take another deep breath, and feel the energy of the heart of the Earth Mother.  This is the energy to invigorate. This is the energy to change. This is the passion, and love, of the Earth Mother.  Now draw up this energy, through your roots, back through the layers of earth and stone, and into your body through your feet.  This energy now travels through your body, up your legs, through your spine, through your pelvis and navel and chest.  The energy moves through your shoulders and down your arms, up your neck and through your head.

Feel it rise over your face. Feel it rise higher, past your head, and further still, growing branches high into the sky.  These branches extend toward the sun, and begin to grow leaves, and buds, and flowers.  Feel the warmth of the sun on your growing branches, and grow further upward, a full canopy of branches and leaves. Feel your connection to the Mother Earth. Feel the energy of the warm sun on your branches.

Feel the connection, and the balance, between the earth and the sky.

Hold this moment for as long as you need to. When ready, allow the energy to come slowly back, back down into your head, through your neck and shoulders, through your arms, down your chest, back into your navel.  Allow the energy to slowly come back through your roots, through the layers of earth, back into your feet, back through your legs, through your pelvis, and back to your navel.

Feel how the energy now sits in your navel.  Feel the light dull down, but remain bright.

When you are ready, open your eyes.  You are now grounded.

Book of Shadows

Correspondences: Numbers

If you’ve ever looked into numerology at all, you’ll understand the concept that each number has certain qualities, attributes and even power.  I have below listed the corresponding qualities for each number, 1 to 9.

ONE is the number of essence.  It is the symbol of identity, of equality, of existence, of conservation, and of general harmony.  Being without parts, a single unit announces order, peace and tranquility, which are founded on a unity of sentiments; consequently, one is a good principle.  One represents new beginnings, new happenings, new potentials, self-completeness, creativity, the individual and the positive.

TWO is the origin of contrasts; it is the symbol of diversity, of inequality, of division and of separation.  Two is an evil principle, a number of bad omens, characterising disorder, confusion and change.  Two represents balances, a balance of energy, gentleness, nature, imagination, romance, couples and love.

THREE is the first unequal; it is the number containing the most sublime mysteries, for everything is composed of three substances.  It represents divinity, the soul of the world, the spirit of man.  It is meditation, atonement, completeness – beginning, middle and end.  Three represents creativity, activity, results, ambition, control and authority over others and moving forwards.

FOUR, the first mathematical power, is also one of the chief elements.  It represents the generating virtue, from which come all combinations; it is the perfect of numbers; it is the root of all things.  This number gives the human soul its eternal nature.  Four represents foundation, building, structure, stability, rest and health.

FIVE has a peculiar force in sacred explanations: it is everything; it stops the power of poisons, and renders evil spirits powerless.  Five represents action, energy, conflict, opposition, versatility, communication and impulsiveness.

SIX is a fortunate number, the number of luck and chance.  It derives its merit from the first sculptors having divided the face into six portions.  Six represents kindness, luxury, love, friendship, money, art, affection and health.

SEVEN is a number very powerful for good or for evil.  It is the number of the entire cosmos.  Seven especially belongs to sacred things.  Seven represents spirituality, mysticism, imagination, psychic power, secrets, travel, change, intuition and clairvoyance.

EIGHT is the first cube, that is to say, squared in all senses, as a die, proceeding from its base two, an even number.  Eight represents strength, perfection, karma, stability, intensity, loneliness, hidden feelings, secrets, institutions, hospitals, health and long-term illnesses.

NINE is the square of three, and is regarded as the extent to which numbers would go with all others being embraced and revolving within it.  Ten but recommences a fresh series capable of infinite expansion.  Nine is regarded as sacred and represents fruition, accomplishment, courage, completion, high spirituality and is a good number to incorporate in all spells.

Book of Shadows

Correspondences: Elements

Generally within these descriptions, the only thing that could vary greatly is the associated direction – in my own practice, I place Earth in the South and Fire in the North; but traditionally this is reversed.  Some place Earth in the East and Air in the North.  It depends on your teachings or, if solitary, what feels right to you.  If you live where there is physically water in the east, you might wish to honour water in the east.  It’s up to you.

EARTH
Gender: Feminine
Direction: South
Colour: Green
Elementals: Gnomes
Animals: Wolf, owl, dragon, stag, wild cats
Stones: Onyx, jade, amethyst, fluorite (to be fair, most stones could be Earth stones, since they mostly come from the earth)
Properties: Fertility, jobs, money, business, health, ecology, nature, stability.

AIR
Gender: Masculine
Direction: East
Colour: Yellow
Elementals: Sylphs
Animals: Doves, wolf, fox, deer, turtle
Stones: Moonstone, turquoise, rhodochrosite
Properties: Memory, intellect, test-taking, divination, psychic ability, travel, overcoming addictions.

FIRE
Gender: Masculine
Direction: North
Colour: Red
Elementals: Salamanders
Animals: Porcupine, coyote, fox, squirrel, hawk, mouse, deer, bear, snakes
Stones: Amber, citrine, smoky crystals, gold, copper
Properties: Success, sex, illness, protection, legal matters, competitions, strength, energy.

WATER
Gender: Feminine
Direction: West
Colour: Blue
Elementals: Undines
Animals: All sea mammals, all sea birds, fish, night creatures, ravens
Stones: Silver, river rocks, amethyst, coral, seashells, rainbow-coloured crystals
Properties: Love, friendship, meditation, healing, dreams, childbirth, clairvoyance, purification.

Website

Back in 2010, I posted this note about sharing spells and how I never will on this site or by email.

I’m standing by my opinion at that point – I will not share spells unless I see fit, and definitely will not create spells for people who request them.  Spells are potent, personal things and each person has their own situation for each spell and how that works for them, as well as their own inherent needs and thoughts relating to what is being affected.

In response to some of the comments made on that post when I first published it, I wish to say that I don’t feel I am limiting learning of the Craft by not sharing or creating spells for people.  Indeed, I’m building a whole website to assist people in learning the Craft, sharing what I know and what I feel about certain Pagan topics.  If that is limiting resources to others, then I don’t know what more I can do.

Nowhere in my original post did I mention anything about not helping people to build their own spells – I’d rather empower people to do it themselves than just give them the spell to use.  Teach a man to fish, ya know?  And in fact, I have provided a resource to help people write their own spells.

Finally, the fact of liability comes into play – what if the spell I give someone doesn’t work for them?  Where do I sit then?  People need to understand that they use magick at their own risk, but many won’t, particularly if they are inexperienced or not learned in the Craft at all.  So many people just want a ‘quick fix’ these days, and I’m not going to be one to give that when I can’t guarantee the results, nor do I wish to be giving spells out willynilly to people I don’t even know, for purposes I don’t know, and simply hand over knowledge that I have accumulated over the past 12+ years.  No, thankyou.  I haven’t spent all this time, over half of my current life, just to hand over spells that may have taken me days, weeks, months, even years to perfect for myself and my own purposes.

I hope that provides a little more clarity to the whole “I don’t share spells” scenario – if you still have questions about this, please feel free to contact me.