Preparing Yourself for Spellcasting

by Leanna Greenaway

Some people love the idea of meditating, others think that it will be boring or a waste of time. The fact is that you won’t get anywhere with your spellcasting if you can’t attune your­self, so the following easy meditation techniques will begin to turn your mind, your psyche, and your aura in the right direction for the work that you wish to do.

Before you begin to cast spells, you must try to clear your mind and thoughts and rid yourself of any negative vibrations. Now let us take a look at meditation and visualization. It is impor­tant to focus when you perform ritualistic tasks, because you need to master the art of tuning in to your inner self so that the spells that you use will be effective.

When someone begins to learn the art of meditation, they usually follow the guidelines written in certain books or teach­ings. This is fine as a beginner’s guide, but as you progress, you will form your own methods and exercise your own techniques. There are many different ways to meditate, and I am sure that you will eventually discover the system that suits you best. What suits you may not work for another person, but as long as you practice regularly, you will find you can really can tap into your subcon­scious and become at one with yourself.

Meditation and visualization are not only useful for putting yourself into the right frame of mind for performing rituals, but they are also a fantastic sleep aid. I read somewhere that ten min­utes of good meditation is equivalent to four hours sleep, so it really is worth giving it a try. I usually advise my students to spend a couple of weeks working on their meditation before starting to cast spells.

How to Meditate

Find a quiet place in your home. It is probably best to lie down on your bed, but relaxing in a scented tub can create the perfect setting. Take care, because meditation can make you sleepy; so for goodness sake don’t drown! Surround yourself with scented candles. Ensure that you have complete peace and quiet and that your family and pets are unlikely to disturb you.

Take three deep breaths and clear your thoughts as you do so. In your mind, recite your protection prayer for whatever day of the week it happens to be and imagine that you are looking out through your inner eye. Keep your breathing steady as you do this. In your mind, count down from thirty to zero. Your body should start to feel light, floaty, and relaxed at this point.

Next, take ten deep breaths, but this time, imagine that with every inward breath you are inhaling all the magical energies of the universe. As you exhale, imagine that you are ejecting the negativity that is within you. This is called spirit purification, and if performed properly, it can give you a wonderful sense of well­being. The next stage is to take a further ten deep breaths, letting the magic that you have allowed in to envelope your spirit. It takes practice to perfect this, so don’t be too disappointed if you fall asleep; enjoy the rest and try again the following night.

Excerpted from Practical Spellcraft by Leanna Greenaway9781571747549


For the past 11 years, Leanna Greenaway has had her own monthly column in Take a Break’s Fate and Fortune magazine. As their resident witch, she answers reader’s questions and offers quick and easy spells to combat problems. She is the co-founder of The Psychic Study Centre and lives in the south of England.

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Sagittarius Love Spell Oil

by Lilith Dorsey

My sister is a Sagittarius, my brother-in-law is a Sagittarius, my niece is a Sagittarius … and I’m an Aries. You can see how the Holidays are a fiery and exciting time at our place. The astrological Sun sign of Sagittarius is given to those born between the dates of November 22 and December 21st.

Taken by Lilith Dorsey at the What's Your Sign? Mural Project in NYC. This project was created by Love Heals, the Allison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education.
Taken by Lilith Dorsey at the What’s Your Sign? Mural Project in NYC. This project was created by Love Heals, the Allison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education.

Sagittarius is a fire sign, and in matters of love they are known for being caring and romantic, but also silly and optimistic. In a relationship they like to be casual and allowed their freedom. This fiery sign is known for it’s great ego which can sometimes turn to stubbornness. Relationships if you are a Sagittarius can be hard, and dating a Sagittarius can be even harder. The following Love Spell Oil will help bring you love and joy in your relationships. The oil contains sunflower to bring you a sunshiny love and healing; rose to channel and focus your passion; bergamot to give you a sweet romantic blessings; clove for spicy sensual delights; and lavender for focus and spiritual blessings. Everyone deserves a good love story so lets get started on yours.

Ingredients

3 drops Sunflower (Helianthus) oil
3 drops Rose oil
3 drops Bergamot oil
1 drop Clove oil
1 drop Lavender oil
¼ tsp. Sweet Almond Oil
Glass bottle

Place the Sweet Almond oil into your glass bottle it will serve as the base oil. Into the bottle place the Sunflower oil, the Rose oil, the Bergamot oil, the Lavender oil, and the Clove oil. Rub the bottle of oil between your hands to charge it with your magical energy. As the bottle goes back and forth imagine love coming towards you and blessing your life. Wear the oil daily for help with love. You can also use this oil to anoint a piece of turquoise, which is a power stone for Sagittarius. This will help to focus your love magic.

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Lilith Dorsey, MA is a magical practitioner/voodoo priestess with training in several traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean (Santeria and Vodun), and Native American spiritualties. Her traditional education focused on plant science, anthropology, and film. She owns her own magickal consulting business, Branwen’s Pantry, and is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly. She is also the author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook. She has a degree in anthropology from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Spell to Increase Physical Energy

From Goddess Spells for Busy Girls by Jen McConnel

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Spell to Increase Physical Energy

Sometimes, we all feel a little run-down.

Ask Sekhmet to recharge you whenever your battery is drained.

You will need:

  • A small stone (tiger’s-eye, red agate, or amber)
  • A piece of tinfoil
  1. Take the stone and set it on the tinfoil. Leave this somewhere in direct sunlight to charge. Make sure you don’t forget about the spell: you want solar energy for this, not lunar, so you need to complete the spell within one day.
  2. Before the sun sets, take the stone and cup it between your hands as if you are clapping. Imagine that you are holding a tiny sun. Lift the stone to your lips and blow on it gently, infusing it with your energy. Say, “Sekhmet, Eye of Ra, as you wear the energy of the sun upon your brow, let me too carry the sun with me. This stone is my sun.” Repeat this invocation three more times.
  3. Touch the stone to your forehead, just above your eyebrows. Say, “My solar crown is my radiance. I am radiant. I am energy. I am fire.”
  4. Cup the stone again between your hands, holding it in front of your heart center. Bow to Sekhmet, and thank her for her help. Carry the stone with you whenever you need an energy boost. Make sure you don’t bring it into the bedroom with you at night so you can sleep soundly!