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.

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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.

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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.

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Correspondences: The Moon

Like the days, the moon and its phases also hold different energies – for example, a new moon is for beginning new things, while a waning moon is for getting rid of old things.  I’ve collated some information here for you about the moon’s phases, as well what it means when the moon is in a particular sign and what this can hold for your spellwork and ritual.

Please note – that the waxing and waning moon may appear the opposite way around depending on where you are located in the world, but the properties of each remain the same.  I have written how I see it from the Southern Hemisphere.

MOON PHASES

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New Moon

When: Technically the midpoint of the Dark Moon between the waxing and waning moons, but astrologically when the first sliver of the moon is again visible.

New Moon magick begins on the day of the New Moon to three-and-a-half days after.  Use the energy of the New Moon for new ventures and new beginnings.  Also use the New Moon for love spells, job hunting and healing.

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Waxing Moon

When: The Waxing Moon begins at seven till fourteen days after the New Moon.

Use the Waxing Moon for constructive magick, such as love spells, magick for wealth and success, courage, friendship, luck or good health.

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Full Moon

When: Fourteen days after the beginning of the new moon.  Halfway through the moon’s cycle.

A powerful energy for rituals of prophecy, divination and protection.  Any spellwork that requires extra energy, such as finding a new job or healing serious conditions, is best begun during the Full Moon.  Also for love, gaining sacred knowledge, legal matters, attracting money and prophetic dreams.

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Waning Moon

When: Begin Waning Moon magick three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the Full Moon.

The Waning Moon is used for banishing negativity, for curing addictions and illness.

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Dark Moon

When: As soon as the moon is no longer visible, after the waning moon.

The energy of the Dark Moon is useful for working magick against attackers, and for understanding your own angers and passion.  Wonderful for inward journeys of the soul.  Also for rituals designed to bring justice to bear in very negative situations.

MOON IN SIGNS

The Moon spends a day or two each month in each of the twelve signs of the zodiac.  The Sign the moon is transiting through can be used to good advantage during spellwork.

Moon in Aries
A good time to perform spells related to job ventures and all new projects related to money.  Also a good time to develop strength and courage, and lust spells.  This is not a good moon for performing divination.
Keywords: Purification, overcoming, personal development.

Moon in Taurus
This moon is excellent for spellwork related to love, creativity and inner peace.  Spells done at this time take the longest to manifest, but the results will be very long-lasting and be stable.
Keywords: Abundance, devotion, fortitude.

Moon in Gemini
The perfect time for spells dealing with communications, healing and uncrossing spells.  Be careful – the moon in Gemini can be unpredictable and unstable.
Keywords: Transformation, bringing symmetry to diverse energies/situations.

Moon in Cancer
Excellent for any spell involving the home, fertility, children or divination.
Keywords: Inventiveness, prosperity, any lunar-orientated working.

Moon in Leo
Spells involving leadership, prosperity, fame and career are best done in Leo, but do not perform any spells invoking love, or any other emotion, as Leo may actually counteract it.
Keywords: Acquiring new qualities, strength, any solar-orientated working.

Moon in Virgo
This moon ensures a spell which involves meticulous detail, especially spells involving education, healing and stability.
Keywords: Virility, monetary improvement, success.

Moon in Libra
Excellent for working a spell with a partner, and for magick involving marriage, couples, partnership, peace and fairness.
Keywords: Balance within and without, discernment, revealing secrets, air-orientated magick.

Moon in Scorpio
Use this energy for mysteries, the occult, divination and sex magick.
Keywords: Passion, sexuality, intense study.

Moon in Sagittarius
This is an excellent time to experiment with new techniques or magick spells, but not a good time for psychic work or divination.
Keywords: Firm foundations, self-control, manifesting goals, fire-orientated magick.

Moon in Capricorn
Perfect for spells to manifest life’s basic needs and for stability.
Keywords:  Looking within (inner development), overall supportive energy, earth-orientated magick.

Moon in Aquarius
The best time to work on behalf of others, but consciously stay focused on your heart to maintain a higher consciousness with others, and to avoid selfish motives.
Keywords: Fun, adventure, liberation.

Moon in Pisces
Perfect for divination and psychic work, past life regressions and communication with spirits.
Keywords:  Movement, profuseness, water-orientated magick, developing psychic awareness.

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Correspondences: Days

Quite often you will need something done immediately, and the day doesn’t matter.  But each day holds its own energy, and so your spells and rituals can be more potent and more relevant on certain days.

Here I have listed some information about each of the seven days of the week, including the planet, elements and starsigns they align to, as well as some other useful bits of information.

SUNDAY
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Sign/s: Leo
Colours: Gold, yellow, orange
Stones: Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Quartz Crystal, Red Agate, Carnelion
Trees: Birch, Laurel, Cedar, Oak
Flowers/Herbs: St. John’s Wort, Buttercup, Marigold
Oils: Heliotrope, Orange, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk, Myrrh
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Deities: Sun Gods, Brighid, Apollo, Lugh, Belissama
Angel: Michael
Symbolic Object/s: Disc
Influences: Power, prosperity, health, banishing evil, exorcism, happiness, contentment, music, poetry.

MONDAY
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Sign/s: Cancer
Colours: Silver, white, grey, pearl
Stones: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Fluorite, Quartz Crystal, Geodes, Azurite
Trees: Birch, Willow
Flowers/Herbs: Orris Root, Motherwort, Vervain, Night Flowers, White Flowers, White Rose, Iris, Moonwort
Oils: Poppy, Rose
Incense: Myrtle
Deities: Hecate, Moon Deities, Selene, Nephtys, Artemis, Isis
Angel: Gabriel
Symbolic Object/s: Cauldron
Influences: Intuition, dreams, psychic ability, female fertility, the Goddess, increase.

TUESDAY
Planet: Mars
Element/s: Fire, Water
Sign/s: Aries, Scorpio
Colours: Red, orange, pink
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Pink Tourmaline, Rhodocrosite
Trees: Holly, Cedar
Flowers/Herbs: Red Rose, Cockscomb, Pine, Thyme, Daisy, Pepper, Basil
Oils: Basil, Ginger, Allspice, Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Deities: Elves, War Gods, Mars/Ares, Tiew, Oya, Kali
Angel: Samuel
Symbolic Object/s: Arrow
Influences: Courage, energy, physical strength, banishing negativity, defence, protection, inspiration, defeating obstacles, sex, dance.

WEDNESDAY
Planet: Mercury, Chiron
Element/s: Earth
Sign/s: Virgo
Colours: Orange, Grey, Light Blue, Purple, Yellow, Violet, Magenta, Silver
Stones: Aventurine, Moss Agate, Bloodstone, Hematite, Sodalite
Trees: Hazel
Flowers/Herbs: Lavender, Fern, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Oils: Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Anise, Sweetpea, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Deities: Lord & Lady, Mercury/Hermes, Athene, Sarasvarti, Woden
Angel: Raphael
Symbolic Object/s: Staff
Influences: Divination, communications, knowledge, wisdom, study, learning, exams and tests, legal issues, travel, ideas, memory, science

THURSDAY
Planet: Jupiter
Element/s: Fire, Water
Sign/s: Sagittarius, Pisces
Colours: Purple, Royal Blue, Metallic Colours
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire
Trees: Oak, Pine
Flowers/Herbs: Cinquefoil, Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Oils: Clove, Melissa, Oakmoss, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Deities: The Lord, Thor, Jove/Jupiter, Rhiannon, Juno, Laxmi
Angel: Sachiel
Symbolic Object/s: Drum
Influences: Generosity, natural justice, expansion, property, wills, family matters, good luck, wealth, healing, male fertility, legal matters

FRIDAY
Planet: Venus
Element/s: Earth, Air
Sign/s: Libra, Taurus
Colours: Green, Pink, White, Aqua, Light Blue
Stones: Rose Quartz, Rhodocrosite, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald, Jade
Trees: Apple, Myrtle
Flowers/Herbs: Thyme, Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet, Water Lily
Oils: Cadamon, PalmaRosa, Rose, Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Deities: The Lady, Love Goddesses, Venus/Aphrodite, Angus, Parvarti
Angel: Ariel
Symbolic Object/s: Rose, Star Symbol
Influences: Love, sex, sexuality, marriage, fertility, friendship, affection, partnership, allurement, beauty, art

SATURDAY
Planet: Saturn
Element/s: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Sign/s: Capricorn, Aquarius
Colours: Black, Red, Grey, White
Stones: Jet, Smoky Quartz, Onyx, Amethyst, Lava, Pumice, Snowflake Obsidian
Trees: Alder
Flowers/Herbs: Mullein, Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Fir, Nightshade
Oils: Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli, Hyacinth, Pansy
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone, Myrrh
Deities: Fairies, Hecate, Nemesis, Saturn
Angel: Cassiel
Symbolic Object/s: Chain, cords
Influences: Boundaries, binding, exorcism, discipline, reduction, protection, deflection, psychic ability, meditation, communication with spirits.