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Weeks 37 - 42 Herbs, Magick, and Healing

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WEEK 37 - Herbalism

In the craft there are two very different uses for herbs   - one is for Magick and the other for healing.  Make sure you don't get them mixed up, as some of the herbs used for Magick can be deadly if ingested.  Also there are several really fine books on the market for both uses. And should be in your library.   Anything you are planning on using should be in your Book of Shadows.

 

 

Herbs by Lady Aurora Leilani

Introduction

BOTANICALS 01 (an introduction to alternative food and medicine sources)

The medical uses listed in this course are from various home-remedy sources and worldwide lores. None of these botanicals have been tested or approved by the USFDA. While some of these herbs are medically approved elsewhere in the world, many are not. Most of these remedies have undergone little or no clinical trials. Therefore, any benefits and/or side-effects are unproven. I have attempted to list the chemical(s) in each plant that should cause the desired effect, possible interactions and side-effects, and any nutritional information on the plant where ever possible. However, I must urge anyone interested in herbals to practice extreme caution when ever trying a new food or supplement for any reason. Reactions can be sudden and extreme.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS:

1. Anyone with a serious medical condition; allergies, asthma, or hay fever; or taking any medications or alternate herbals should consult a qualified professional before trying ANYTHING new.

2. When switching from another herb or over-the-counter medicine always wait 2-3 days before starting something different. This gives your body time to rid itself of any last traces of the previous substance.

3. When buying whole plants for harvest, wait at least one full cycle new growth to occur before harvesting. Never eat the fruits, leaves, or flowers that are on the plant when you buy it. Most are sprayed with harmful chemicals either before shipping, or at the nursery.

4. When harvesting from the wild: Be 100% sure that you are picking what you think; there are many plant mimics, and some are poisonous. Never pick plants from roadsides or other highly polluted areas, some toxins may have been absorbed by the plant.

5. When buying pre-made remedies, always buy from a source you know and trust. If you are unsure of a particular store or brand-name, ask someone you know for a recommendation. Check the label for dosage and DO NOT take more than recommended, some things are safe only in small amounts. Look for warnings on the label, some brands do include these.

6. Never buy flowers for consumption from a florist or nursery, most have preservatives, dyes, etc. added.

Edible Flowers:

Apple

Anise Hyssop

Basil Blossoms

Beebalm

Broccoli

Calendula

Chamomile

Chives Blossoms

Chrysanthemum

Dandelion

Daylilies

Dianthus

English Daisy

Garlic Blossoms

Hollyhock

Honeysuckle

Hyssop

Johnny-Jump-Ups

Sugared Flowers

Here’s how to sugar-coat edible flowers to preserve and enhance them. Gently wash fresh edible flowers in water. Place on white paper towels and let air dry or gently blot dry. Stir together 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon thawed frozen egg product in a small bowl. Using a small, clean paintbrush, brush the egg mixture on each side of each petal in a thin, even layer. Sprinkle each flower evenly with sugar; shake to remove excess sugar. Let flowers dry on waxed paper for 2 to 4 hours. Store in an airtight container between layers of waxed paper for up to 4 weeks. For longer storage, freeze sugared flowers for up to 6 months.

Edible Flowers

Colorful Alternatives

Borage’s star-shape blossoms practically fall off the plant when they are ready to eat. They have a mild cucumber flavor that is delicious in lemonade.

Tulips have a wonderful crunch—especially at the base of the petals. The flavor ranges from pea- to bean like. Use tulip petals as a low-calorie substitute for chips with dip.

Pinks and other Dianthus have a sweet, clove like taste. Do not eat whole—remove individual petals. Infuse petals in water for tea, or top a cracker and cheese with several petals. Makes a delectable sorbet. ‘Tangerine Gem’ marigold and the other Gem hybrids are the only good-tasting marigolds, with a citrusy tarragon flavor. Use petals in deviled eggs. Lilacs are another variable flower, with a grassy taste or a delightful perfumed flavor. Use in chicken dishes and fruit salads.

 Edible Flowers

Popular Options

Pansies span every color of the rainbow, so you can have fun decorating food. Plan a party months ahead and grow pansies to match your decor, best outfit, or favorite color. Their flavor is slightly minty. Nasturtiums may be vivid yellow, orange, or red as well as muted tones and bicolors. Both the leaves and the flowers have a peppery flavor and are best eaten uncooked. Toss petals into salads.

Roses may be tasteless, sweet, perfumed, or slightly spicy. Chop the petals and mix with sugar. Let them infuse for a week and use for baking and desserts.

Medical Terms

ABORTIFACIENT: Induces or causes premature expulsion of a fetus.

ACRID: Has a biting taste or causes heat and irritation when applied to the skin.

ADJUVANT: An herb used to aid the effect of a principal ingredient when added to a mixture.

ALTERATIVE: A vague term to indicate a substance which alters a condition by producing a gradual change toward the restoration to health.

ANALGESIC: Relieves or diminishes pain; anodyne.

ANAPHRODISIAC: Reduces sexual desire or potency.

ANODYNE: Eases pain.

ANTACID: Neutralizes excess acid in the stomach and intestines.

ANTHELMINTIC: Expels or destroys intestinal worms.

ANTIABORTATIVE: Helps to inhibit abortive tendencies (help prevent miscarriages)

ANTIASTHMATICS: Relieves the symptoms of asthma.

ANTIBIOTIC: Destroys or arrests the growth of micro-organisms.

ANTICATARRHAL: Eliminates or counteracts the formation of mucus.

ANTICOAGULANT: Prevents clotting in blood, or liquid.

ANTIDOTE: Agents which counteract or destroy the effects of poison or other medicines.

ANTIEMETIC: Counteracts nausea and stops vomiting.

ANTIHISTAMINE: Stop or minimizes the body’s allergic reactions by blocking the body’s production and/or use of histamines.

ANTIHYDROTIC: Reduces or suppresses perspiration.

ANTILITHIC: Reduces or suppresses urinary stones and will dissolve existing stones and gravel.

ANTIPERIODIC: Counteracts periodic or intermittent diseases such as malaria.

ANTIPHLOGISTIC: Reduces inflammation.

ANTIPYRETIC: Prevents or reduces fever.

ANTISCORBUTIC: Counteracts scurvy.

ANTISCROFULOUS: Counteracts scrofula.

ANTISEPTIC: Destroys or inhibits bacteria.

ANTISPASMODIC: Prevents or allays spasms or cramps.

ANTITUSSIVE: Relieves coughing.

APHRODISIAC: Stimulates the sex organs.

APERIENT: Herbal agents that are mild laxatives to the intestines, being gentle in peristaltic action.

APPETIZER: Stimulates the appetite.

AROMATIC: Agents which emit a fragrant smell and produce a pungent taste. Used chiefly to make other medicines more palatable.

ASTRINGENT: Causes contraction of tissues.

BALSAMIC: A healing or soothing agent.

BITTER TONIC: Bitter tasting properties which stimulate the flow of saliva and gastric juice. Used to increase the appetite and aid the process of digestion.

CARDIAC: Agents which have an effect on the heart.

CARMINATIVE: Expels gas from the stomach, intestines or bowels.

CATHARTIC: Causes evacuation from the bowels. There are different types of cathartics. Aperient or laxatives are mild and gentle in their actions. Purgatives are powerful and produce copious evacuations and are used only by adults afflicted with stubborn conditions.

CAUSTIC: Acts as a laxative to empty the bowels.

CHOLAGOGUE: Increases the flow of bile and promotes its ejection.

CORDIAL: Invigorating and stimulating.

COUNTERIRRITANT: Agents applied to the skin to produce an irritation for the purpose of counteracting a deep inflammation.

CURATIVE: Healing.

DEMULCENT: Soothing, bland. Used to relieve internal inflammations. Provides a protective coating and allays irritation of the membranes.

DEODORANT: Destroys or masks odors.

DEPRESSANT: Eases nervousness or functional activity.

DEPURATIVE: A purifying agent.

DETERGENT: Cleansing.

DIGESTIVE: Aids digestion.

DIAPHORETICS: Herbal agents that increase eliminative secretions through the sweat glands, thus facilitation elimination of toxic and accumulative waste matter.

DISINFECTANT: Cleans infection by destroying or inhibiting harmful micro-organisms.

DIURETICS: Herbal agents that promote secretions of the urinary system, increasing toxic elimination and accumulative matter along with excess water.

EMETICS: Herbal agents that cause evacuation of the stomach contents via induced vomiting and are usually anti-poisonous.

EMMENAGOGUES: Herbal agents that act upon the reproductive system by strengthening and balancing the cellular tissues by regulating the body’s hormonal flow.

EMOLLIENTS: Herbal agents that soothe and soften the external skin surfaces and promote healing by removing foreign toxic matter through absorption.

ERRHINE: Substances which, when applied to the lining membrane of nostrils, creates a discharge of mucous.

EUPHORIANT: Produces an abnormal sense of vigor and buoyancy.

EPISPASTICS: Causes blisters, when applied to the surface of the body, and causes sloughing.

EXANTHEMATOUS: Pertains to skin eruptions or skin diseases.

EXPECTORANTS: Herbal agents that act upon the mucosal membranes of the respiratory tract, facilitating catarrhal discharge, by rendering them less viscid.

FEBRIFUGE: Reduces fever.

GALACTAGOGUE: Promotes the secretion of milk from the nursing breast.

GERMICIDE: Destructive to germs.

HALLUCINOGEN: Produces hallucinations.

HEMOSTATIC: Capable of slowing down or stopping hemorrhage.

HEPATIC: Acts on the liver.

HYDRAGOGUE: Purgative that will produces large amounts of watery discharge.

HYPNOTIC: Capable of inducing sleep.

INVIGORANT: A strengthening agent.

IRRITANT: Capable of producing local inflammatory reaction.

LAXATIVE: Causes the bowels to act.

LITHOTRIPTIC: Help dissolve and eliminate urinary and biliary stones and gravel.

MUCILAGINOUS: Emits a soothing quality to inflamed parts.

NARCOTICS: Herbal agents that have a sedative effect by diminishing the action of the nervous system and vascular system.

NAUSEANT: Produces the tendency to vomit.

NEPHRITIC: Applies to diseases of the kidneys.

NERVINES: Herbal agents that regenerate the entire nervous system, having a calming effect, by altering deranged nervous tissues and neutralizing toxins, that cause irritation of the nerve fibers.

NUTRIENT or NUTRITIVE: Nourishing.

OXYTOCIC: Capable of producing uterine contractions

PALLIATIVE: Relieves or lessens symptoms without curing.

PECTORAL: Relieves affections of the chest and lungs.

POISON: Harmful, destructive, or fatal.

PROPHYLACTIC: Protects from disease; preventative.

PURGATIVE: Causes copious evacuations from the bowels. More drastic than laxatives or aperient, and are generally combined with other agents to control or modify their actions. Used only by adults.

REACTIVATOR: Restores to a state of activity.

REJUVENATOR: An agent which imparts renewed vigor.

RUBEFACIENT: A substance used externally which causes redness and

increased blood supply when rubbed into the skin.

RESTORATIVE: Restores consciousness or normal physical activity.

SEDATIVE: Calms the nerves.

SIALAGOGUES: Increases the flow of saliva.

SOPORIFIC: Induces sleep.

SPECIFIC: Agent or remedy that has a special effect on a particular disease.

STIMULANTS: Equalizes circulation and regenerates the tissues of the arterial system.

SUDORIFICS: Increases perspiration, thus facilitating the elimination of toxic waste through the skin.

STOMACHIC: Stimulate the flow of digestive secretions and increases the volume.

STYPTIC: Contracts the blood vessels and stops bleeding.

TENIAFUGE: Expels tapeworm.

TONICS: Tones the alimentive tract, thus correcting problems of the digestive system. Promotes regeneration of tissues throughout the body.

TOPICAL: Applied to the skin only.

VASOCONSTRICTOR: Narrows the blood vessels and raises blood pressure.

VERMIFUGES: Kills and/or expels parasites or worms.

VESICANT: Raises blisters.

VULNERARY: Tone and heal the muscular and skeletal systems and are often employed along with emollients as a poultice for external wounds.

INTERPRETATIONS OF OLD OCCULT HERBAL INGREDIENTS:

Tears (or Sleep Sand) of a Hamadryas Baboon - Dill Juice

Blood of Hephaistos - Wormwood

Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon - Dill Seed

Semen of Hermes - Dill

Blood of Ares - Purslane

Blood From a Shoulder - Bear’s Breach

From the Loins - Chamomile

A Man’s Bile - Turnip Sap

A Pig’s Tail - Leopard’s Bane

Blood of Hestia - Chamomile

An Eagle - Wild Garlic

A Lion’s Hairs - Tongue of a Turnip (the leaves of the taproot)

Kronos’ Blood - Cedar Blood (sap)

Semen of Helios - White Hellebore

Blood of a Goose - A Mulberry Tree’s Milk (sap)

Semen of Herakles - Mustard Rocket

A Titan’s Blood - Wild Lettuce

Blood From a Head - Lupine

A Hawk’s Heart - Heart of Wormwood

Semen of Hephaistos - Fleabane

Semen of Ammon - House Leek

Semen of Ares - Clover

From the Belly - Earth Apple

From the Foot - House Leek

BOTANICAL SOURCES OF...

VITAMIN A (carotene): carrots, broccoli, beets, garlic, sweet potatoes, spinach, lambís-quarters, dandelions, violet leaves, parsley, garden cress, butternut squash, hubbard squash, pumpkin, cantaloupe

VITAMIN B1 (thiamin): Dried beans, brown rice, nuts, sunflower seeds, millet, turnip greens, dried peas, sesame seeds, soy beans

VITAMIN B2 (riboflavin): dried beans and peas, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, millet, collard greens, broccoli, amaranth, lambís-quarters, kidney bean sprouts

VITAMIN B3 (niacin): broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, peanuts, sunflower seeds, ginko nuts, wild rice, brown rice, dried beans, peas, collards, mushrooms, whole wheat, barley, oats

VITAMIN B6 (pyridoxine): carrots, lima beans, bananas, avocado, spinach, dried lentils and dried garbanzo beans, orange juice, brown rice, soybeans, kale, black-eyed peas, pigeon peas, potatoes (with skins), sunflower seeds, peanuts, parsley, whole grains

BIOTIN: most fresh vegetables

CHOLINE: legumes, grains

FOLIC ACID: escarole, spinach, romaine, beans, legumes, seeds, nuts, oranges, avocado, asparagus

INOSITOL: fruits, vegetables, lima beans, peas

PABA: rice, molasses, whole grains

VITAMIN C: broccoli, berries, citrus, cantaloupe, kiwi, papaya, brussel sprouts, kale, turnip greens, cauliflower, parsley, watercress, currants, honeydew melon, sweet peppers ,snow peas, violet leaves, rape, alfalfa, rose hips, chili peppers,

VITAMIN E (tocopherol): vegetable oils, dark green leafy vegetables, brown rice, whole grain rice and wheat, roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, lima beans, cabbage, asparagus, oats, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes

VITAMIN K: broccoli, soybeans, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, peas

POTASSIUM: legumes

CALCIUM: bok choy, broccoli, collard greens, flax seed, figs, almonds, black-eyed peas, kale Legumes, mustard greens, okra, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, dandelions, rutabagas, many seaweeds, fava beans, spinach, chard, sorrel, beet greens, parsley, lambís-quarters, rhubarb, wheat bran

MAGNESIUM: avocado, banana, potato, spinach, lentils, walnuts, seeds, brown rice, peanuts

FLAVONOIDS: apples, citrus, cranberries, grapes, broccoli, celery, onions

CAROTENOIDS: carrots, peppers, tomatoes, dark green leafy vegetables

ALLICIN, SULFURALLYL CYSTEINE: chives, garlic, leeks, onions

ISOTHIOCYANATES: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower

INDOLES: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower

TERPENES: citrus

BORON: apples, pears, purple grape juice

FOLIC ACID: soybeans, sunflower seeds, wheat germ and bran, pinto beans, watercress, spinach, garbanzo beans, brussel sprouts, romaine lettuce, mung beans, white beans, kidney beans, lima beans, peanuts, pigeon peas, black-eyed peas, potatoes, orange juice

PANTOTHENIC ACID: sunflower seeds, fava beans, peanuts, soybeans, oats, pigeon peas, lentils, broccoli, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, green peas, filberts, cashews, ginko nuts.

PHOSPHORUS: pumpkin and squash seeds, sunflower seeds, millet, dried beans, lima beans, peas, corn, soybeans, wheat germ and bran, dark green leafy vegetables

IRON: parsley, pumpkin and squash seeds, dried beans, millet, sesame, amaranth, pigeon peas, sunflower seeds, sorghum syrup, dark rye, wild rice, sunchokes, prune juice

How To Can Food For Long-Term Storage

1. Gather necessary equipment
2. Blanch product
3. Skin/pit/slice product as needed
4. Poach if needed
5. Place product in jar and add liquid ( to within half an inch of the jarís top)
6. Cook and seal: Put on a dome lid that is screwed down snug, but loose enough to let air escape. Place filled jar in boiling water bath or pressure canner for specified amount of time.
7. Label (name and date)
8. Cool and store
This method is appropriate for acidic foods. Non-acidic foods must be pressure cooked to avoid contamination (sea level - 1000í =250 degrees at 10 pounds/ higher elevations at 15 pounds)

How To Freeze Food For Long-Term Storage

1. Gather necessary equipment
2. Place empty tray in freezer
3. Boil item(s) to be stored
4. Chill cooked product in ice water
5. Cut as needed
6. Put in zipper-seal freezer bags
7. Label (name and date), and seal
8. Place on cold tray in freezer

To Press Flowers

1. Pick flowers in the morning after the dew has dried
2. Lay, so they donít touch each other, between sheets of paper towel. Gently place them between the pages of a heavy, old phone book.
3. Put the book in a warm, dry spot and place more heavy books on top of it. Leave in the book for at least six weeks to dry completely and quite flat. If they are damp or stick to the paper towels, leave them to dry for another week.

Air-Drying Flowers

Hanging is the easiest way to air-dry bulky or thick-petaled flowers.
1. Gather several flower stems together, remove the leaves, and secure stems tightly with a rubber band.
2. Bend a paper clip into an S-shaped hook. slip one end of the paper clip through the rubber band. Twist the other end onto a coat hanger.
3. Hang the coat hanger with the suspended bundles of flowers in a warm, dark place where they wont be disturbed. Spread out newspaper on the floor beneath because some flowers mat release seeds or pollen as they dry.
4. Allow between three days and a week for bouquets to air-dry., depending on temperature, humidity, stem thickness, size of bundles, and flower type.

Lady Aurora Leilani - was our teacher of herbs when we were in Florida   She knew both the Magical and the healing use of herbs.  She has her own webpage and if you want to read more by her go to the HERBAL now and read her pages - then you will have to use your back function to get back here.

Class: What are the different uses of herbs in Witchcraft.

Project: Have several different types of herbs. Feel them, smell them, grind them...

Questions:

  1. What is Cascara Sagrada used for?
  2. What is Cat's Eye?
  3. What is Chicken Toe?
  4. What is Horse Tail
  5. What are different uses of herbs.

 

NEXT WEEK: Read pages 205 - 226 To ride a Silver Broomstick.

 

 

WEEK 38 - Herbs, Rocks, and Crystals

Rock and Crystals - very magickal.  Many uses and are easy to get.   We have set up a page on finding stones and Crystals. click here. don't mind spending money you can get all your rocks and crystals from New Age Stores or Museum stores.  Usually in the New Age stores they are polished and the Museum stores will have both raw and polished.  Now if you want to save a little money and have a wider selection try a rock store.  You can save about 25% off a New Age Store and maybe more off a Museum store. And they usually have a much wider selection as they are catering to rock collectors.  Now if you happen to live in a part of the country where there are gem mines open to the public, this is another great way of getting stones - not only will you be finding them yourself, they will be in a raw state.   The savings (depending on the mine - beware mines in area's were there are no mines) can be as high as 95% over other sources.  At some mines a five dollar bucket of dirt can land you the stones that would cost up to $100 in a New Age Store - and they are in the raw form - some never before touched by human hands.  Now the final method is rock hunting.  Parks and woods, Lakes and River banks.  This is the cheapest, but with it you will not get a very large selection of different rocks and crystals - but some of these can be very strong - much more so than rocks gotten in other ways.

Stones and Crystals

 

Agate - Strength, Courage, Longevity, Gardening, Love, Healing, and Protection

Alexandrite - Luck and Love

Alum - Protection

Amazonite - Gambling and Success

Amber - Luck, Healing, Strength, Protection, Beauty, and Love.

Amethyst - Dreams, Overcoming Alcoholism, Healing, Psychism, Peace, Love, Protection Against Thieves, Courage, and Happiness

Apache Tear - Protection and Luck

Aquamarine - Psychism, Peace, Courage, and Purification

Asbestos (Tiger's Eye) - Protection

Aventurine - Mental Powers, Eyesight, Gambling, Money, Peace, Healing, and Luck.

Azurite - Psychism, Dreams, Divination, and Healing.

Beryl - Psychism, Healing, Love, Energy, and Anti-Gossip

Bloodstone - Halting Bleeding, Healing, Victory, Courage, Wealth, Strength, Power, Legal Matters, Business, Invisibility, and Agriculture.

Calcite - Spirituality, Centering, Peace, Love, Healing, Purification, Money, Portection, and Energy.

Carnelian - Protection, Peace, Eloquence, Healing, Courage, Sexual Energy.

Cat's Eye - Wealth, Beauty, Gambling, Protection, and Healing

Celestite - Compassion, Eloquence ,and Healing.

Chalcedony - Peace, Anti-Nightmare, Travel, Protection, Lactation, and Luck.

Chrysocolla - Peace, Wisdom, and Love.

Chrysoprase - Happiness, Luck, Success, Friendship, Protection, Healing, and Money. (Deity: Vesta)

Citrine - Anti-Nightmare, Protection, and Psychism.

Coal - Money

Coral - Healing, Regulating Mensturation, Agriculture, Protection, Peace and Wisdom (Deity: Isis & Venus)

Cross Stone (Fairy Crosses) - Elemental Magic, Elemental Power, and Luck.

Quartz Crystal - Protection, Healing, Psychism, Power, and Lactation.

Diamond - Spirituality, Sexual Dysfunction, Protection, Courage, Peace, Reconciliation, Healing, and Strength.

Emerald - Love, Money, Mental Powers, Psychism, Protection, Exorcism, and Eyesight. (Deities: Isis, Venus, Ceres, and Vishnu)

Flint - Protection, Healing, and Divination.

Fluorite - Mental Powers.

Fossils - Elemental Power, Past-Life Regression, Protection, and Longevity.

Garnet - Healing, Protection, and Strength.

Geodes - Meditation, Fertility, and Childbirth.

Hematite - Healing, Grounding, and Divination.

Holey Stones (any stone with a natural hole in it) - Protection, Anti- Nightmare, Health, Psychism, and Eyesight. (Deities: Odin)

Jade - Love, Healing, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Gardening, Prosperity, and Money. (Deities: Kwan Yin, Maat, and Buddha)

Jasper - Healing, Protection, Health, and Beauty.

Jet - Protection, Anti - Nightmare, Luck, Divination, and Health. (Deity: Cybele)

Kunzite - Relaxation, Peace, and Grounding

Lapis Lazuli - Healing, Joy, Love, Fidelity, Psychism, Protection, and Courage. (Deities: Isis, Venus, and Nuit)

Lava - Protection (Deities: Pele)

Lepidolite - Peace, Spirituality, Luck, Protection, Anti- Nightmare, Psychism, and Love.

Malachite - Power, Protection, Love, Peace, and Business Success.

Marble - Protection and Success.

Mica - Divination and Protection.

Moonstone - Love, Divination, Psychism, Sleep, Gardening, Protection, Youth, and Dieting. (Deities: Diana, Selene, and Isis.)

Mother-Of-Pearl - Protection and Wealth.

Obsidian - Protection, Grounding, Divination, and Peace. (Deity: Tezcatlipoca)

Olivine - Money, Protection, Love, and Luck.

Onyx - Protection, Defensive Magic, Reducing Sexual Desires. (Deity: Mars)

Opal - Astral Projection, Psychism, Beauty, Money, Luck, and Power. (Deity: Cupid)

Pearl - Love, Money, Protection, and Luck (Deities: Isis, Aphrodite, Freya, Venus, Lakshmi, Diana, Neptune, and Poseidon)

Peridot - Protection, Health, Wealth, and Sleep.

Petrified Wood - Longevity, Past-Live Regression, Healing, and Protection.

Pumice - Easing Childbirth, Banishment, and Protection.

Rhodocrosite - Energy, Peace, and Love.

Rhodonite - Peace, Anti-Confusion

Ruby - Wealth, Protection, Power, Joy, and Anti-Nightmare (Deities: Buddha and Krishna)

Salt - Purification, Protection, Grounding, and Money (Deity: Aphrodite)

Sapphire - Psychism, Love, Meditation, Peace, Defensive Magic, Healing, Power, and Money. (Deity: Apollo)

Sard - Love, Protection, Courage, And Facilitating Childbirth)

Sardonyx - Protection, Courage, Marital Happiness, Eloquence, Peace, and Luck (Deity: Mars)

Selenite - Reconciliation and Energy.

Serpentine - Protection and Lactation.

Sodalite - Healing, Peace, Meditation, and Wisdom.

Sphene - Mental powers and Spirituality

Spinel - Energy and Money

Sulfur - Protection and Healing

Sunstone - Protection, Energy, Health, and Sexual Energy.

Topaz - Protection, Healing, Weight Loss, Money, and Love (Deity: Ra)

Tourmaline - Love, Friendship, Money, Business, Health, Peace, Energy, Courage, and Astral Projection.

Turquoise - Protection, Courage, Money, Love, Friendship, Healing, and Luck. (Deities: Hathor, Buddha)

Zircon - Protection, Beauty, Love, Peace, Sexual Energy, Healing, and Anti-Theft.

For more information on rocks and crystals read "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic"  by Scott Cunningham.  Much of the above information came from that book. 

Class: Healing VS Magickal properties of herbs.

Project: Have several different types of rocks and crystals. Feel them...

Questions:

  1. What are the properties of rocks
  2. What are some of the characteristics of the following:
  1. Amber
  2. Amethyst
  3. Geodes
  4. Malachite
  5. Rose Quartz
  1. What are the Magickal uses of the following herbs:
  1. Apples
  2. Bay
  3. Clover
  4. Garlic
  5. Holly
  6. Rose
  1. What is the medicinal use of the following herbs:
  1. Anise
  2. Basil
  3. Caraway
  4. Fennel
  5. Ginger

NEXT WEEK: Read pages 155 -170 Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

 

 

WEEK 39 - MAGICK part 1

Finally, after 39 weeks we have reached Magick!! Now any of you who feel this is the first time we will be working with magick needs to go back and start over.

Magick is all around us. It is every place we look.  Now how do we do Magick and what is a spell??         Magick is bending energies to do our will.  Can anyone do magick - yes, but they must believe they can do it.  If they do not believe in it, it doesn't work.  You must be able to use visualization - Take your hands and put them a few inches apart - see a small ball of glowing energy there.  Make it do things....  I know you can do it, I've seen two and three year olds making these little balls of energy do anything they wanted them to do - must just like playing catch with them.

Just remember - when doing Magick you should be inside a Circle that you cast.   For now cast the circle even when you are playing with the energy balls.

Project: Work with energy balls...

Questions:

  1. What is Magick
  2. What you need to do to prepare yourself for Magick:
  3. What is the circle used for?:
  4. What is a Cone of power?

NEXT WEEK: Read pages 235 - 245 Witches Bible part 2..

WEEK 40 - MAGICK part 2

We should now have an idea of what Magick is - now we want to use Magick.   This is were spells come in.  You should only use spells written for your coven or spells you have written yourself.  You may find in a book a spell you want to use - then adapt it to yourself - you may not change it very much - but when you are through adapting it, you will understand it and what it is "really" going to do.

WARNING: NEVER, EVER, ASK FOR SPELLS OFF THE INTERNET!!!! You have no idea who the person is who wrote it and what purpose he might have behind it.  Also they know nothing about you.  And if you can not write the spell yourself - you should not be doing it (unless you are part of a coven  performing the spell)  If you have  trouble writing spells and you are in a Coven - ask for help form someone in the Coven.  Like everything there are exceptions to the rule, but be very careful with any spell you didn't write.  Make sure you understand it.  Beware of wordy spells, as they can hide true meaning.

A good example of this is on the Internet I saw a really pretty protection spell.  It was very long and had a lot of pretty words in it.   What the spell was, was a spell in which you would bind yourself from using Magick.   So in a way it could be looked upon as a protection spell, but the results would not be what the person performing it wanted.

Class:. What is the proper use of Magick.

Project:...Cast a circle and work with energy

Questions:

  1. What is a spell?
  2. What are the best spells?
  3. What book by Crowley is considered an indispensable handbook of Magick

NEXT WEEK: Read pages 173 - 204 To Ride A Silver Broomstick

WEEK 41 - MAGICK part 3

You will read that Magick is like prayer.  This is true in several aspects.  One of the major things they have in common is belief.  You must believe that your magick will work - if not, it will not.  The magick of Witchcraft is not a lot of written formulas that you can just cast.  The Magick you will be using comes from within you.  The God and Goddess will help you, but you must believe in yourself.  I have seen children perform Magick that most adults couldn't do, because they new they could do it and they did it.

Magick can be very simple to very complex, but when creating a spell - make sure you do not make it more complex than you need.  In other words - don't do or say things just to do them.  If you feel that my making it complex it will help raise the energy you will need - then do so.

Always make sure you understand why you are doing Magick.  Never do Magick when you are MAD.  Many people think as long as they say "as long as it harms none" in their spell it will not harm someone.  But if you are mad a person and you are doing a spell to counter something they have done to you and in your mind you are thinking of all kinds of things that could happen to this person - you will cause the person harm and you will pay for it.  So think things out before doing them.   Understand them.  Make sure what you say and what you feel agree.

Friends will find out that you are a Witch and they will want you to do spells for them.  This can be tricky - what should you do.  First if they are serious and you feel their is merit to what they want done, see if they are willing to be part of the ritual. (Many times this will end a discussion before it goes very far).  And if you feel comfortable about it do it.  Make sure you let them know what you are going to do and what you want them to do and what you want to happen.  Also make sure they don't think you can do Magick like on "Bewitched" or even "Charmed". In most cases people will want you to do something that you wouldn't do for yourself, so just say - that's not the kind of Magick we do.  You can also say it no different than Prayer what we do.  But each case will be different.

Never Do Magick For Money!!!! Witches don't do that.

Class:. Explain spells and their uses.

Questions:

  1. How long should there be between drinking Alcohol and doing Magick.
  2. What are quarter spells
  3. What is Grey Magick
  4. What is Drawing Down the Moon?
  5. What are Magickal Alphabets
  6. How do you Brake a spell?

NEXT WEEK: Read pages 175 - 188 Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft.

 

WEEK 42 - Power of the written Word

The written word - is there power to it.  Yes!  The written word has shaped the world, it tells history (and usually from the view point of the winner) and it can be Magick!

Outside of yourself, you most important tool is your Book of Shadows.  It has in it you spells and rituals and other important information for your use.

We have already talked about Theban and if you have read this weeks lesson you have read about several other Magickal alphabets.  Why use one in writing a spell - it makes you think - it puts more of you into the spell. Some things you should have are a quill pen and parchment paper.  If you can't find a quill pen you can make one out of any large wing feather - chicken, goose, duck or other bird.  You can find them around lakes where ducks gather or in a hen house.  We have open range chickens where we live and we are always being left nice feathers.    There may be a time you feel you must write out the spell a certain way, even if its in English.  I did one where I wrote it on parchment with a quill pen and the help of a kitten.  Quill pens are what Ink blotters were made for and a kitten can walk across a page just written and unblottered and add nice paw prints.  At the end of the spell the parchment was burned. (If you have trouble finding parchment look in a food store).

Class:. Is there still a need for Magickal Alphabets?.

Project:...Try writing using several different alphabets.

Questions:

  1. Why Should you use Magickal alphabets?.
  2. What is the more poplar name of Honorian?
  3. What is a Talisman?
  4. What is an Amulet?

 

NEXT WEEK: Read pages 193 - 200 Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft.

 

 

WEEK 43 - Healing part one

Class:. Faith Healing VS Witchcraft?.

Project:....

Questions:

  1. What is the Aura?.
  2. What is Pranic Healing?
  3. What is Gem Therapy?
  4. What is a poppet and how is it used for healing?

 

NEXT WEEK: Read pages 220 - 234 Witches Bible part 2.

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WEEK 44 - Healing part Two

Class:The use of psychology in Wiccan Healing.

Project:....

Questions:

  1. How are herbs used for healing?.
  2. What is an image spell?
  3. What is Auric healing?

 

NEXT WEEK: Read pages 203 - 211 Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft.

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