Deities in Spells


There is a fashion for “using” a deity you need into a spell.  This shows disrespect to the deity concerned and will not work unless you have a relationship with the deity, as the deity does not know you.

I recently for the first time used a deity in a spell.  This was The Morrigan, who I have known for years and will help me with spellwork.  I needed a triplicity, as I needed to find my wedding ring which I’d dropped in the car but despite extensive searching had remained missing and is one of three rings I either wear together or don’t wear at all.  The Morrigan makes a triplicity with Badb and redactions of the Lebor Gabala Erenn name various goddesses as the third.

If you do need the help of a deity who does not know you, then sacrifice has worked for me.  I was in trouble and had a meeting to decide what should be done.  The Irish deity of judgement is Bodb Dearg, so because Dearg means red I coloured a third of my pay red to consecrate the money and burnt it.  I got a very fair judgement.  Offerings will work as well, but this was important enough to warrant a sacrifice.

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Finding Spell


I don’t normally post my spells online, but this one is so specialised that it would be difficult to use it for anything else.

I lost my wedding ring while going on holiday. I was in the car and pulled my rings out of my coin pocket only to hear my wedding ring going “tinkle, tinkle, disappear”. Hubby searched the car three times to no avail and (despite being non-pagan) knew it would be a bad omen if it wasn’t found, so I had to roll up my sleeves and make a spell.

What is now two
should be three
tomorrow brings my wedding ring
back to me

In the name of
The Morrigan, Badb and Macha triplicity
as two of them
do not make three

I normally have three rings which my husband has given me : engagement, wedding ring and a garnet one he gave me for an anniversary. I either wear all three rings or don’t wear any of them, so they are a set.

I was nervous and unsure that this spell would work. Firstly, because I was ill when I made it. Normally I do divination to see if it would work, but if I did divination when ill all I would divine is that the tarot cards are very pretty, which was why I put in the deities, which I don’t normally do. The Morrigan is a tutelary deity of mine and has said she’ll give her help with spells, so when I needed a triplicity to complete the spell I invoked her.

The other reason for my nervousness was that I have never done a timed spell, but hubby was putting the car in for it’s M.O.T. the next day (a British car test which is a legal requirement) and was going to ask the mechanics to look for my ring. As everyone knows, often an item is found just after you have replaced it and I did not want this to happen. The mechanics found my ring sitting in the rear footwell, where my hubby had already looked.

If I had to do this spell again I would cut my normal circle casting down from nine jars with candles and items in them (search for my post on circle casting if you’re interested) to three, as it would amplify the intent of the spell, but I’m more than happy with the result.

How Traditional are you?


To answer my own question, I base my own practice on tradition but I am not going to vet everything I do scrupulously to make sure it’s traditional. Yes, elements creep in that I have made up, especially as I have no teacher, so my practice evolves from what I have read in books or on the net with things that are relevant to the occasion added in. This is most likely to happen in ritual, as I cast the circle and then speak from the heart and in the moment without script. I will research the festival beforehand, but what I speak is from my head.

Other People’s Spells


A spell which has been given to you will never work for you; you have to design your own spells.

This is because you are not living in the writer’s world with all the associations the writer has. For example, a lot of people will say that green is associated with money. This is because in The States money is printed in green whereas in Britain money is printed in different colours for different denominations, so I do not have the association green=money and a spell that utilised that association would not work for me.

Your own spells work because you understand not only all the associations but how and why and the reason(s) it was put together.

Illness


I have heard that you shouldn’t perform witchcraft while ill. I would amend that and say I would not perform witchcraft while I was unable to function except if it was an emergency.

To muddy the waters further, I have found I am unable to read tarot cards with a headache but would have no problem performing witchcraft. Others may be able to read the tarot with a headache as it could be that the reason that I am unable to read with a headache is because I’m not very good at reading the tarot.

In other words, it’s up to you and your own limitations. I imagine there are a lot of people thinking “that’s not very helpful” but if you have fibromyalgia (like me) or another ongoing illness then there are days where you can perform witchcraft and then there are days when only two brain cells turn up for work and you’re not going to be able to do anything.

Hiatus


I’ve not really been doing anything apart from flametending and what I call my daily practice i.e. talking to my ancestors and reading the horoscope that I calculate for myself, as I’ve been suffering from tiredness.

I am currently awaiting blood tests to come back from the doctors. Hopefully it will be vitamin D deficiency (which I have had before) or another vitamin deficiency rather than diabetes or my fibromyalgia stepping up a gear.

I was going to write a pagan post, but I thought I’d use this as an example of when not to use magic.

You see, I ran into someone asking for help to do a voodoo or hoodoo cleansing on a Facebook group. After I queried why (and people had given assistance) he told us it was because he was tired all the time and thought he was being psychically attacked. It turned out he had not been to the doctors.

I do not know what happened to him, but in a case such as his and mine it is best to get it investigated by the doctors, take their advice/medicine and if that does not help, then use magic. Also, it takes more time and work to do a spell rather than make an appointment with your doctor, turn up and have blood tests done.

The Reality of Paganism and Witchcraft


When you decide to become a pagan and/or witch, you imagine it to be a wondrous world filled with magical things where you can wave a wand and make all your troubles go away.

The reality is that you just inherit another set of tools to deal with problems. You can see what the problem is by reading the tarot cards or look into the future to see if your spell will work. This depends on how good the reader is and unfortunately I am not that good a reader.

You may not use the tools in the right way. Using the tarot cards to make decisions for example, or there are times I have not asked the correct question.

You could curse a hated enemy, but the curse may not remove the problem or (for example) if you have cursed the enemy with digestive problems then they may take their discomfort out on you.

Then there’s the fact that spells take hard work. First, you have to sort out what you’re going to do and use. Then, do the divination to see the outcome of the spell. Third, repeat the first two steps till you get it right.

There’s also all the research and the reading and learning to do. There’s interacting with deities and the mistakes you make along the way, suffer because of them and have to put them right.

It’s fools like Silver Ravenwolf who write that you can become a witch by reading one book. I prefer Terry Pratchett’s Granny Weatherwax who says “I’m just learning every day”.

Irish Witchcraft


For some years I have been trying to find a strain of witchcraft that is particularly Irish and so far I have failed.

I feel it is time to drop this search and concentrate on doing witchcraft. This is because while such a search usually has benefits because you find out other things while trying to find your goal, this one has not borne any fruit, so it is time to concentrate on other things.

I have not totally given up and may resume the search at some time. If I am meant to find it, the deities will guide my steps. It may be that another is destined to find it and I am not.

Witchcraft in Venice


Last Monday we hired a babysitter and went to the talk about witchcraft in Venice at Treadwells.

The talk disappointed us by solely focusing on the witchcraft courtesans use. For example, up until World War II there was a large Jewish population in Venice and it is from Venice that the word “ghetto” comes from. We both would have been interested to hear about Jewish magic.

There was also (I don’t know if this is still being done) a marriage ritual performed yearly between Venice and the sea which was not mentioned.

It seems that the magic the Venetian courtesans performed is much like British magic, except with no familiars, but the courts were a lot more lenient. The accused would produce witnesses to her character and often got off the charge by playing the “I’m the poor illiterate woman whose lodger has left these books behind” card. The most that happened to one witch is that she was imprisoned for ten years. Her imprisonment involved having dinner with the Warden.

Picking up Witchcraft


I am trying to pick up my witchcraft practices and do something every day. It may be a bit of research, a tarot reading or finding an ingredient.

With a toddler, it is easy to do things if they do not cost a lot of time. However, picking up the practice after being ill is difficult, especially when you have a lot of things to do as I do.

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