Rite of Wind

Light incense. Pass over working area. Place the representation of your magick key near your other supplies for this night. Close your eyes, and envision yourself surrounded by white light.

Winter Solstice

Time: For three days from sunset on or around 20 December (20 June in the southern hemisphere) Focus: Rebirth, the return of light, the triumph of life over death,

Creative Visualization

Were you called out for daydreaming or having an overactive imagination as a child? Creative visualization is a technique that uses your powers of imagination and concentration to create

Center and Ground

This is an essential magical technique that ties especially well into self-care. It’s a practice that can calm agitated personal energy, replenish low personal energy, and create a sense

Weather Magick

Witches were once believed to be able to raise the wind at their pleasure. In a confession made at Auldearn in Nairnshire in the year 1662, certain women accused

Gris – Gris

In Vodun, charms or talismans kept for good luck or to ward off evil. The original gris-gris were probably dolls or images of the gods, but most gris-gris today

Calling the Quarters

Also referred to as “drawing the quarters” this is a way of acknowledging the four cardinal directions and their Elemental associations, as well as the chosen deities of the

Blasting

The ability of witches to interfere with or destroy the fertility of man, beast, and crop. This malicious destruction was considered a common activity among witches, and remedies and

Caul

The amniotic fetal membrane that sometimes clings to a newborn’s head or body after birth. Being born with a caul, or veil, has significance in folklore related to magical

Curse

A curse is a spell intended to bring misfortune, illness, harm or death to a victim. Curses are the most dreaded form of magic, as curses are universal. They

Crossroads

A heavily charged place of magic. The Greek goddess of witchcraft, Hecate, was also the goddess of the crossroads, and animals were sacrificed to her at such locations. It

The Season of the Witch

From the Autumn Equinox until just after the Wild Hunt rides out around Samhain is the Season of the Witch.  People all over the United States seem to know that this is true

Baphomet (Explanation)

This name was given to the statue of a mysterious deity alleged to be worshipped by the Knights Templars. The latter, although a powerful and wealthy order of chivalry,

Flying Ointment

This greasy, trance-inducing substance was traditionally made of hallucinogenic (and often fatal) herbs that had been boiled in pig fat and then strained. It was called “green salve” or

The Brocken

The Brocken, also called the Blocksberg, was the most famous meeting place for witches in Europe. An old-fashioned poet, Matthison, wrote of it with gruesome awe. The horn of

Glyph

In Witchcraft and magick, glyph is a term used to describe a powerful symbol that represents a person, place, or thing. When the glyph is consecrated, and/or acted upon,

The Black Fast

This ritual was one of fasting to aid concentration, for some particular purpose. It was alleged to have been used by Mabel Brigge, who was executed for witchcraft at

Traditional Witchcraft

Traditional witchcraft is an umbrella term that includes many traditions. Essentially traditional witches are practitioners of forms of witchcraft that pre-date Wicca and new age practices. Some of these

Lucius Apuleius

Lucius Apuleius is best known to us as the author of The Golden Ass, one of the most famous romances in the world, containing as it does the story

Mathew Hopkins

Hopkins, Matthew (?–1647?) England’s most notorious professional witch-hunter, who brought about the condemnations and executions of at least 230 alleged witches, more than all other witch-hunters combined during the

Fairy Witch of Clonmel (1894)

Fairy Witch of Clonmel (1894) A young woman named Bridget Cleary, of Clonmel, County Tipperary, who was tortured and burned to death because her husband believed the fairies had

Hibbins, Ann (d. 1656)

Hibbins, Ann (d. 1656) Prominent Boston woman convicted of witchcraft and executed. Her chief crime as a witch seemed to have been a bad temper, which was disliked by

Graves, William (17th century)

Graves, William (17th century) Connecticut man accused of witchcraft over a dispute with his daughter and son-in-law. Though no legal action was taken against William Graves, his case indicates

Bamberg Witches

At the center of the worst witch tortures and trials in Germany was Bamberg, a small state ruled by Gottfried Johann Georg II Fuchs von Dornheim. The Hexenbischof (Witch

Hawkins, Jane (17th century)

Hawkins, Jane (17th century) Massachusetts midwife and healer expelled on suspicions of witchcraft in the delivery of a deformed, stillborn fetus. The witchcraft accusations were mixed with a religious

Gruber, Bernardo (17th century)

German trader accused of sorcery by Pueblo Indians in northern New Mexico. Bernardo Gruber was imprisoned. He escaped but died a strange death. In 1668, Gruber arrived in New

Arras witches (1459–1460)

A mass witch hunt in Arras, northern France. The accused were brutally tortured and promised their lives, then burned at the stake. The incident roused the ire of the

Ladder

Widely held superstitions that it is bad luck to walk beneath a ladder are related in part to fears about witches, especially during the witch hunt times in colonial

Guazzo, Francesco-Maria (17th century)

Guazzo, Francesco-Maria (17th century) Italian friar who became well known as a demonologist and opponent of witches. Francesco-Maria Guazzo is best known as the author of Compendium Maleficarum (Handbook

Witch Hunts & Bees

According to the demonologists of the Inquisition, witches or sorceresses who managed to eat a queen bee before they were arrested would be able to withstand torture and trial

Chelmsford witches

Chelmsford witches Four major witch trails in the 16th–17th centuries that resulted in numerous convictions and executions. The first trial occurred in the summer of 1566, under the rule

Corey, Giles (d. 1692)

Executed in the Salem Witches hysteria of 1692–93 by being pressed to death for not acknowledging the right of the court to try him on charges of witchcraft. Giles

Corey, Martha (d. 1692)

The fourth person to be accused of witchcraft in the Salem Witches hysteria of 1692–93, who was tried and executed. Martha Corey was the wife of Giles Corey, who

Burroughs, George (d. 1692)

Burroughs, George (d. 1692) Minister accused of witchcraft and executed in the Salem Witches hysteria in Massachusetts in 1692 to 1693. George Burroughs served as minister of Salem Village

Gowdie, Isobel (?–ca. 1662)

Scottish witch whose stories of wild sexual escapades with the Devil titillated and shocked her stern neighbors and reinforced the prevailing beliefs in witches as evil creatures bent on

Cole, Ann (17th century)

Accused witch in Hartford,Connecticut, who was believed to be under demonic possession. The case was recorded in a letter written by Reverend John Whiting, which in turn was published

Greensmith, Rebecca (17th century)

Hartford, Connecticut, woman accused of witchcraft, who confessed and was executed. Rebecca Greensmith and her third husband, Nathaniel, lived next door to Ann Cole. The couple were reasonably affluent,

Devil’s Marks

According to witch-hunters, the Devil always permanently marked the bodies of his initiates to seal their pledge of obedience and service to him. He marked them by raking his

Good, Dorcas (17th century)

The youngest victim of the Salem Witches hysteria of 1692–93. Dorcas Good was the daughter of Sarah Good, one of the first persons to be accused of witchcraft in

Your First Steps to Witchcraft

Our first steps on the path of Witchcraft require us to connect to the earth and at least wonder about its inherent value. Could the earth, its seasons, and

Sunday Magick

Associated with our most powerful planetary influence, the Sun, which rules over things such as individuality, creativity, vitality, will power, and optimism, Sunday is the perfect day to celebrate who you are as an individual, and ideal

Rite of the Mountain

Light incense. On a purple candle, inscribe the word mountain with a pin, nail, or clay inscribing tool. Place the candle in a safe holder, and light. Intone the

Goblins in the Fairy Realm

Goblins are earth spirits. Popular in European folklore, goblins are said to be knee-high, with heavy gray hair and beards. They inhabit the homes of humans, where they indulge

What is a Hedge Witch

A Hedge Witch is a solitary practitioner of the herbal arts – both, medicinal and spiritual. She is the person you call when you develop a rash or get

An Explanation of Divination

Among other things, Divination can be termed as foretelling the future, finding objects and people, and determining guilt by means of information obtained from signs, omens, dreams, visions, and

Hermetica. Mystical Wisdom

Hermetica Forty-two sacred books of mystical wisdom attributed to the mythical Hermes Trismegistus, or “thrice great Hermes,” the combined Egyptian and Greek deities of Thoth and Hermes, respectively. The

The Hedge – The Lowerworld (Annwn)

Annwn translates as “in-world” or “the very deep place”. The translation of “Ceugant” most roughly approximates “infinity”, or finding or returning to some sort of “source” or “god”. It

Journaling Framework Ritual

Using magical ritual is a way of setting an action or sequence apart from the everyday world. Repeating a certain sequence of actions also allows you to become very

Self-Care Journal Dedication

Before you start using new tools, it’s a good idea to cleanse and bless them or dedicate them to their intended purpose. This ritual calls for a candle and

Kitchen Witch: Tortilla

Planet: Sun Element: Fire Energies: Spirituality, protection Lore: Tortillas are a standard Mexican food. They are still made in the same way as they were during Aztec times. Round,

A-List of Magick Incenses

Allspice Allspice is used in spells for money, strength and action. Apple Blossom Use apple blossom for love, fertility, optimism, inner beauty and youthfulness. It is particularly good in

The Hedge Craft – The Celestial

The sun, moon and stars have equal importance in the Hedge Druid’s Craft. With the cycles of the sun we find ourselves travelling through the year with agricultural festivals

Winter’s End Ritual

You Will Need A White candle A Corn dolly A Fireproof receptacle Either the sticky burrs from a cleavers plant (which has a cleansing effect) or several pieces of

Art of Candle Magick

A lot of witches burn candles just about every night. They burn a candle in honor of the Goddess. Just burning a candle, too, puts you in the right

Totem Representations

You may also wish to collect images of the HedgeWitch totem representations for your personal altar. If these totems don’t suit you, simply change them to what you feel

The Hedge – The Ancestors

The ancestors are a very important part of the Witches’ tradition. They have a lot to do with moral and ethical frameworks. As we realize the interconnectedness of all

The Hedge – Hedge Riding

Hedges have long been used by Witches in the community, who were often termed “Hedge Riders”. They were those who worked between the boundaries of the everyday and those

Hedgewitch: Primal Language Exercise

Unchecked mind chatter or verbal communication complicates your life by sending mixed signals to the universe. Superfluous words can actually block your desires. Negative words will bring you things

Starting the Day the Hedgewitch Way

Begin in the morning by reading the affirmation for the day. Today’s segment concentrates on the wind, associating this energy with that of Spirit. Close your eyes, quiet your

Hedgewitch: Circle of Influence

No HedgeWitch is an island. We have friends, those we love, perhaps children, significant others, parents, partners, co-workers-people that we allow to exert influence over our lives because we

Rite of the Enchanted Woods

There are two ways in which you can perform this rite. You can visit the physical woods (with a friend) in a safe area sometime throughout the day or

Spell crafting exercise

Exercise 1. Do not do the following exercises in bed until you are used to the technique, as it is likely that you will fall asleep. 2. Have a

How to Write your own Spells

While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using other peoples’ spells — and in fact there is an entire industry devoted to publishing books full of them — there are

To Cast a Spell

Probably the most obvious characteristic of a Witch was the ability to cast a spell. A spell being the word used to signify the means employed to carry out

Ritual and Spellwork

It might be said that Wicca, as a religion, recognizes the laws of the Universe symbolically through the Goddess and God, the Wheel of the Year, and reverence for

Petrified Wood

Good fortune – Stability – Security – Strength – Longevity – Grounding – Calmness – Wisdom Zodiac – Leo Typical colours – Browns Petrified Wood is also known as

Aventurine

A stone of prosperity It reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness. Promotes compassion and empathy. Encourages perseverance. Aventurine relieves stammers and severe neuroses. It stabilizes one’s state of mind, stimulates

Bloodstone

Bloodstone A semiprecious stone with magical or healing properties. Perhaps the best known is green jasper with red flecks, used in rituals and charms by sorcerers and witches. It

Peridot

Colour. Olive green, yellowish-green, honey, red, brownish. Appearance. Opaque. Clear crystal when faceted and polished. Usually quite small. Rarety. Easily obtained but good crystals are rare. Source. United States,

Meditation and Visualization

Preparing for ritual and magical work involves accessing a beneficial altered state of mind that allows for both openness and focus. Many traditions practice specific meditation and visualization techniques

Calendula

Calendula is known to affect the menstrual cycle and should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Theoretically, calendula may affect conception when taken by a man or woman,

To Be a Witch

A witch is either a woman or a man who knows that he or she is a witch. A witch is a natural. A witch realizes certain powers; represents,

The Witches Cauldron

The cauldron, like the broomstick and the black cat, is one of the features of any scene of witchcraft as pictured in the popular mind. Some of the belief

Alex Sanders. A Magic Childhood

Left to himself, Alex might have ended his foray into witchcraft there and then, but family circumstances forced him into contact with his grandmother almost daily and before long

Margaret Murray (1863 – 1963) Part Two

Murray, seeing parallels with her Egyptology work, started digging through documents, and in 1917 she published “Organizations of Witches in Great Britain” in the Folklore Journal. That dry-sounding paper became

Doctor John (19th century)

Famous American witch doctor, Doctor John (also called Bayou John and Jean Montaigne) was a free black man who owned slaves in antebellum New Orleans. A huge man, Doctor

Alex Sanders- The Haunted Hill

In 1939 David was born, the sixth and last of Alex’s brothers and sisters, and soon afterward war broke out. Alex, with most of the other children in Manchester,

Margaret Murray (1863 – 1963) Part One

Margaret Murray was noted Egyptologist, archaeologist, anthropologist, folklorist, and first-wave feminist, she is now best-known for a series of books on witchcraft that profoundly shaped the modern Wicca faith.

Hohman, John George (d. ca. 1845)

Hohman, John George. The most famous braucher in the powwowing tradition of folk magic, spells, hexes and healing. John George Hohman was a German immigrant to America and the

Duncan, Helen (1898–1956)

Duncan, Helen (1898–1956) British Spiritualist whose conviction on flimsy charges of witchcraft led to the repeal of Britain’s Witchcraft Act of 1736, thus clearing the way for the public

Bury St. Edmonds Witches

Bury St. Edmonds Witches Of the various witch trials of Suffolk, England, conducted in Bury St. Edmonds during the 17th century, two episodes stand out. In 1645, 68 witches

Biddy Early (1798–1874)

Irish seer and healer often described as a witch. Most of what is known about Biddy Early has been collected from oral tradition, and many of the stories about

Ostara Blessing

Ostara Blessings to all. Today is the Spring Equinox when night and day are both at equal length. If you go out late afternoon you might just catch the

How to Meditate

Attitude is everything. While there are many meditative strategies, what makes the difference in terms of spiritual awakening is your quality of earnestness or sincerity. Rather than adding another

Mindfulness in Meditation

Mindfulness is not a technique so much as an important aspect of magical practice. Mindfulness is being in the moment, allowing whatever task you’re performing to have the whole

Meditation

Meditation is a focusing of the mind and creating within it a relaxed state of awareness. When you learn to properly meditate, you actually alter how your brain functions—lowering

The Love Box

Items needed: Small, heart shaped box, love-drawing incense, love-drawing oil, pink candle, parchment paper, pen, rose quartz, some of your own hair, orris root powder, charcoal, and matches. Perform

Iron Protection Ritual

Items needed: Eight pieces of iron or iron nails One black candle, A dish of salt, Protection incense. Method Place the candle on the floor near your front door.

Black Mirror Gazing

The black mirror is used very much like a crystal ball. You can purchase, or make your own if you prefer! Black paint on the back of a piece

Moonstone

Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminum silicate ((Na,K)AlSi3O8) of the feldspar group that displays a pearly and opalescent schiller. An alternative name is hectolitre.   Etymology Its name is

Opal

Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica (SiO2·nH2O); its water content may range from 3 to 21% by weight, but is usually between 6 and 10%. Because of

The Planets: Mercury

Mercury is the closest and densest planet in the solar system to the Sun. Its interior is composed of a huge iron core. This is thought to be partially

Avebury

One of Britain’s most well known stone circles, dating from around 4000 years ago and originally consisted of 180 stones. Today it is possible to see two stone circles

CHANCTONBURY RING

In England, Chanctonbury Ring is one of the time-honoured meeting places of the Sussex witches. A well-known landmark and local beauty spot, it is a green, rounded height, crowned

Planetary Correspondence Saturn

Glyph Symbols Scythe, key, double axe Deities Saturn, Kronos, Hera, Kali, Net Archangel Cassiel Day Saturday Color Black Number Three Metal Lead Stones Onyx, obsidian, jet, hematite, apache tear

Planetary Correspondence, Jupiter

Glyph Symbols Thunderbolt, trident, crown Deities Zeus, Athena, Jupiter, Minerva, Tinia, Marduk, Maat Archangel Sachiel Day Thursday Colors Purple, dark blue Number Four Metal Tin Stones Amethyst, lepidolite, sugilite

Planets

Millions of years old, from ancient Babylon to modern times, the planets have always symbolized the essential forces of the universe. Equated with the gods, endowed with magickal attributes,

Catnip spell

Catnip is magical correspondence with Venus and water both are associated with love and feelings !! This spell is to encourage a partner to be more imagination in love

Moon Wort

Status Best Time to See June, July, August Colour Green Habitat Woodland, Grassland A small fern with a magical reputation. So named for the shape of its leaves, which

Mandrake

A poisonous perennial herb that grows in the Mediterranean region and that is reputed to have powerful magical properties. Mandrake, part of the nightshade family, has a strong and

Cypress

(Cupressus sempervirens) P Folk Name: Tree of Death Gender: Feminine Planet: Saturn Element: Earth Deities: Mithras, Pluto, Aphrodite, Ashtoreth, Artemis, Apollo, Cupid, Jupiter, Hekat, Hebe, Zoroaster Powers: Longevity, Healing,

Magical uses of plants/scents

ACACIA -Blessing, raising of vibration, protection via spiritual elevation. AGRIMONY (Cocklebur) -Helps to overcome fear, dispel negative emotions, overcome inner blockages. ALLSPICE -Adds strength to Will, gives determination and

Jasmine

Jasmine flower awakens your spirit and opens your heart to great energies involving all matters of Love, as Jasmine helps to attract love into your life in all forms.

CLOTH-OF-GOLD

(Crocus angustifolia) X Powers: Understanding Animal Languages Magical Uses: The cloth-of-gold gives the power to understand the language of birds and beasts. You must be barefooted with washed feet

Roses

Roses are a highly versatile and magickal herb that has the highest vibrational frequency out of all the plants. As such they have been used for cultural and medicinal

Psychic Attack// What is A?

A spiritual or psychic attack is when someone intentionally sends negative energy your way. All that’s really required is for someone to think negative thoughts or wish you ill

Essential Healing Salve Recipe

When it comes to healing salves, there are a couple kinds that prove their need most often. Though everyone has different preferences and different recipes for those salves, these

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

This homemade elderberry syrup can be taken at the first sign of a cough, cold, or flu. It’s also great as a daily immunity booster. For cold and flu.

The Best of Elderberries

The elderberry recipes here are what will make the bounty of your foraging a real prize. A recipe is what brings surprise to all you’ve gathered. There is much

Rite of Celestial Power

Places your calendar on the center of the altar, along with your magickal key. Ring your bell or chimes eleven times. If you can, go outside and light your

Rite of the Mountain

Light incense. On a purple candle, inscribe the word mountain with a pin, nail, or clay inscribing tool. Place the candle in a safe holder, and light. Intone the

Rite of Stone

Arrange your thirteen chosen gemstones around your dedication candle. You will not light your dedication candle tonight; instead, we are preparing your altar for the final ceremony. Put your

Rite of Thunder

Arrange the white candle, the bowl of aromatic herbs, and your magick key on your altar near the black and white plate project from last night. This particular rite