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Traditional Witchcraft: How to Create an Altar

Posted in Black Magic, occult, protection spells, spell casting, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by littleredridinghood

How to Create an Altar for Traditional Witchcraft Purposes

by Sophia diGregorio

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In traditional witchcraft, an altar is a place to which you accumulate power and draw upon that power in the course of a working, therefore, how you construct an altar will depend on what you plan to do with it and how you plan to do it.

There is no one right way to create an altar and how you construct one will be based solely on your purpose. You may, also, have multiple altars for different purposes. The following are only some examples:

There are basically three types of altars:

1. Those that involve the powers of the elemental forces.

2. Those that are dedicated to the powers of a spirit or spirits

3. Those that involve a combination of both of the above.

In traditional witchcraft, altars do not serve a decorative purpose, rather each item on the altar adds something to the power of the work you do there. You must first decide what you plan to do at your altar. Will you cast certain types of spells? Will you use it to connect to a particular spirit or spirits? Then, you will place the items on the altar that are useful to you in this endeavor.

For example, if you plan to perform spells at your altar in which you work with elemental forces, then you might place representations of these things on your altar. For example, a candle to represent the element of fire; a bowl of water to represent the element of water, a sturdy incense burner to burn resins, herbs and commercial incense in to represent the element of air and a bowl of salt to represent the element of earth.

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If you plan to connect with an ancestral spirit, then you would place those pertinent items on an altar for that purpose. If for example, you have a knowledgeable matriarch in your family who has passed on, you would place a photograph of that person, along with something of theirs that was significant to them in their lifetime upon the altar. If you have grandmothers or great grandmothers who made bracelets of their hair, which was popular in the 1920s and ’30s, then you would place items like this on the altar. If you have bones, teeth or an urn, place these things on the altar. Also, place a candle there and a little bowl of water, salt, flowers and some food (which you change daily or, at least, every three days) for the spirit. Choose the favorite flowers, foods and other items to attract the spirit and use this altar as the place where you communicate with this spirit. If you need help with something, for example, the casting of a spell, then place the pertinent items on the altar and request help.

Similarly, if your altar is to be used to communicate with the spirits of saints, Vodou spirits, the Orishas or the “gods” of Western Europe, then set up an altar much the same way as you would for an ancestor. If you are working with a particular spirit, learn about about him or her and what she likes and place these things on the altar as offerings. The offerings strengthen the power of the altar, which creates an energy field for you to use when you need it to accomplish something.

Some traditional witches are ceremonial magicians. If you have an altar for ceremonial purposes, it might contain a wooden wand; a bowl; a magic mirror, crystal ball or a bowl of water; an incense burner for burning herbs and resins. Various old grimoires detail the specific types of lamen, sigils or pentacles that should be designed and laid upon altars to attract particular spirits.

Colors

Colors of candles, altar cloths, gemstones, flowers and other items are important in many spells and rituals. If you have an altar for a particular purpose, you may leave the items of the corresponding color there, however, if you use one altar for multiple purposes, you may change the colors based on your purpose at the time.

In the modern Western witchcraft of English-speaking countries, some of the colors and their associations are as follows (Color associations differ in folk magic concerning other nations in the West and the East.):

Black: Banishing; to repel negativity; revenge; reversal of spells and curses

Blue: Communication; telepathy; focus; concentration; healing; wisdom

Brown: Court cases; contracts; legal affairs

Gold: The sun; masculine energy; wealth; happiness, especially family happiness; success

Green: Abundance; prosperity; good luck; success; growth; financial concerns

Orange: Cleansing; healing; harvest season; abundance.

Pink: Affection; family; love; selflessness

Purple/Violet: Spiritual energy; healing; advanced psychic abilities; peace and calm

spiritual protection and healing, psychic ability, protective energy.

Red: Love,; vigor; aggression; strength

Silver: The moon; feminine energy; abundance

White: Protection; healing; exorcism; peace

Yellow: Knowledge; learning; focus

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Veve (symbol) for Erzule Freda

If you are working with a particular spirit, use colors that pertain. For example, if you were working with the Hatian Vodou spirit, Erzulie Fréda Dahomey, who is a spirit concerned with affairs of the heart, you would erect a special altar just for her, place an image of her or her symbol (veve) on it and dress it in her colors, which are red and pink. You would purchase gifts for her as offerings and place them on her altar to empower it. In her case, you might buy jewelry or lacy, frilly knick-knacks in red and pink. You would place red and pink flowers on her altar. Spirits like Erzulie Fréda require dedication, so your altar to her would be permanent.

If your primary concern is protection from enemies and revenge, then you will want to have a permanent altar, dressed in black upon which you place your spell items to charge them with the elements or allow them to be charged by the spirits you work with.

If you have one altar that you use for different purposes, change the colors to correspond with your purpose. A white altar cloth is generally considered neutral and will suffice in most instances.

Furthermore, your altar and the items you place upon it should be used only for this purpose. Your altar and the items you use can be dedicated and charged for this purpose by simply speaking over them reverently, as follows: “I charge you that you are now dedicated to my service.” You can use a more elaborate ceremony or wording, but the idea is that the altar and the items on it have a singular purpose.

There is no one right way to construct an altar in traditional witchcraft, but the main thing to keep in mind is your purpose in doing so. An altar is a place where energy and power for a particular purpose accumulates. It is a device and a tool, in itself, which you can use to achieve your goals.

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Black Magic for Dark Times: Spells of Revenge and Protection by Angela Kaelin, the only spell book especially written for crime survivors.

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Magical Spell to Protect Yourself and Your Home from Unwanted Visitors Either Incarnate or Discarnate

Posted in occult, protection spells, self-defense, spell books, spell casting, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2013 by littleredridinghood

Home Protection Spell

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A witchcraft spell to protect your hearth and home from intruders both human and ghostly.{pd}

The following is pretty much a white witchcraft type of spell. There are more powerful methods of protection, which are used by black magicians, but this one is just very basic and is intended to ward of unwanted and unwelcome people who might come to your door or around your dwelling. It is, also, intended to ward off unwelcome spirits of any kind.

Here’s the scenario:  You have been experiencing unwanted visitors around your home, either of a discarnate or incarnate nature or both, and you want to guard your dwelling from any further intrusions.

The Procedure for Protecting Your Home from Unwanted Visitors of Any Kind

For best results, perform this spell on a  Sunday at sunrise  (or during the Planetary Hour of the Sun), during a Full Moon or Moon in Cancer.

The object of this spell is your dwelling and it is here that the spell will be released. For this spell, also, choose an object to represent the abstract concept of protection. This may be a horse shoe, sharp objects, a crystal, a root or any other object that represents protection to you.  Choose needles with broken eyes, to pierce the door with to keep passers-by from noticing your entryway. Choose blades and knives to stick into window sashes and door jambs to discourage unwanted visitors.

Potion or formula to use: Blessed thistle, House Protection or similar potion. If you have hairs from a guard dog or a cat who is guardian of the house, add them to the potion.

Dress your altar in white for protection and peace or in black for very aggressive protection from enemies.

Charge the items involved in the spell; recite an incantation or one of numerous prayers or Psalms for protection and invite a protective spirits such as Santa Muerte, Saint Michael or an ancestor who has passed on to assist you.

While you are at your altar, release the spell directly upon the objects you have chosen in the first step by anointing, sprinkling or passing them through the smoke of incense produced by your potion.

Then, bury protective items, such as the crystals, in your yard or inside your home at the four cardinal points. Your home and objects in your home, such as entryways can serve as the objects upon which you act directly. This may include every corner of your property, inside and out, doorways, windows, fire places, water pipes vents and any other means of entry.

Place a horseshoe over your door as a symbol of ancient protection. Place protective roots and crystals at cardinal points. Place the anointed and blessed needles in the doors to ward off black magic and the evil eye. Place the blessed knives or blades in the doorjambs and window sashes.  Circle your entire house with protective charms or potions.

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How Can I Become a Traditional Witch?

Posted in Black Magic, occult, spell casting, Traditional Witchcraft on May 22, 2013 by littleredridinghood
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There is no simple answer to this question because traditional witchcraft is a broad area of practice and, also, of research and study.

The question itself, “How can I become a traditional witch?” seems to reveal the nature of the person making such an inquiry since being a witch is a natural state. Chances are the person who asks such a question is coming from a religion, such as either Christianity, Wicca or some other form of neo-paganism.

The first thing anyone coming from a religion like one of these must do is to completely forget everything they were ever told about history, humanity, the relationships between men and women, the relationships between races, etc. They must erase from their memory and from their subconscious all of the programming inherent to religions – any religion.

Above all, they must forget the moral teachings of these religions. For Christians this is the whole of its teachings, for Wiccans, this is usually the Three-fold law and the Rede. This the first and sometimes the largest obstacle that must be overcome. It’s nearly impossible for many people who have been raised in some kind of Christian religion – they never quite get over their early programming and retain a lot of irrational fears. Although, the same can be said of many Wiccans, especially those who were previously Christians.

Nowadays, because of the popularity of Wicca in movies, television and popular publications, more often than not, the person who poses this question has already been introduced to Wicca.

For anyone coming from Wicca, another good move is to cast aside most – but not all – of the books written by Wiccan authors in your personal library. Examples of ones to keep are Cunningham’s books on herbs and gemstones because those have very good, useful information. But, if you’ve read or purchased very many books on Wicca, you’ve probably come to realize that most of them are very similar. You’ll, also, probably realize as you dig deeper into the occult that many of these modern books on “the craft of the wise” appear to be written for children.

Abandon, too, the idea that witchcraft is about “love and light” or that it is somehow an extension of the self-help movement. These are ideas that come from Wiccan and some other modern New Age writers and they are completely wrong.  The truth is genuine witchcraft is about power – power over our own lives and sometimes over the affairs of others.

Instead reach for the older books on the subject of witchcraft, especially those written before the popularity of Wicca. When you look at newer books on the occult, look for those authors who are publishing books on subject related to traditional witchcraft.

Traditional witchcraft is almost always a solitary practice or a practice within a family. There is no initiation rite or baptism because traditional witchcraft (again, not a religion) is based in esoteric science and the transformation of someone into a witch occurs as a person comes to know the reality of those esoteric principles for him or herself. This is true initiation. Belief does not enter into the practice of traditional witchcraft as often as experience does. Traditional witchcraft is not a matter of faith, but a matter of fact. Once you know the truth about the order of the universe, you will never, again, have the need for “faith” or “religion.”

Read the book, What’s Next After Wicca? Non-Wiccan Occult Practices and Traditional Witchcraft

Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and Smashwords.

What's Next After Wicca? Non-Wiccan Occult Practices and Traditional Witchcraft

About What’s Next After Wicca?

Wicca is the most accessible and acceptable form of witchcraft in existence in English-speaking countries today. It can be a doorway to the the riches of the occult or a trap for the mind and spirit, depending on how it is approached and the knowledge with which this is done.

In “What’s Next After Wicca?” the author answers the question she often heard from her metaphysical bookstore customers who had studied Wicca, but felt dissatisfied with it and wanted to learn more about the subject of witchcraft, in general: “What else is there?”

This book represents the opinion of the author after 25 years of experience in the occult and several years of owning a store that was, also, a networking center for neo-pagan groups. It is written in an informative, yet conversational style, just as she would speak to friends and customers who would ask for her opinions about witchcraft and the occult.

It includes a discussion on the origins and the present state of Wicca, other alternative religions and philosophies including Satanism, Luciferianism, Germanic Occultism, Gnosticism and traditional witchcraft. Throughout are recommendations for other courses of occult studies, including a categorized bibliography.

Note: This is not a spell book or a manual on how to do witchcraft.

Read the book, What’s Next After Wicca? Non-Wiccan Occult Practices and Traditional Witchcraft

Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and Smashwords.

What is Traditional Witchcraft? How to Know if You are a Wiccan or a Traditional Witch

Posted in occult, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , on May 21, 2013 by littleredridinghood

What is traditional witchcraft?

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The answer to this question seems to depend a lot on who you ask, however, to those who consider themselves traditional witches, traditional witchcraft might, also, be called historical witchcraft. Moreover, traditional witchcraft is a world-wide practice; it is not a religion.

In recent years, the term, “traditional witchcraft,” has  developed to distinguish those who practice old folk magic or historical witchcraft from those who are members of the Wiccan religion or other neo-pagan religions, who, also, sometimes refer to themselves as witches and refer to their religions as witchcraft.

While there is no universal definition of the term, “traditional witchcraft, “Michael Howards, gives an interesting one in his book, “Children of Cain: A Study of Modern Traditional Witches,” when he refers to it as, “any non-Gardnerian, non-Alexandrian, non-Wiccan or pre-modern form of the Craft, especially if it has been inspired by historical forms of witchcraft and folk magic.”

Furthermore, traditional witchcraft is not any form of neo-paganism, which encompasses a variety of modern pagan religions, including Wicca.

Much of the confusion about the meaning of the term, “traditional witchcraft, seems to arise from the usage of the term “traditional” within Wicca. Often Wiccans use the same terms as those used in traditional witchcraft, but ascribe a different meaning to them. Within Wicca and neo-paganism, the term “tradition,” refers to the version of Wicca or other form of neo-paganism a person is pursuing. They sometimes refer to this as a “path,” which means a course of study. In Wicca, this might mean that the person is involved in the study or worship of various pantheons. Often, Wiccans choose a pantheon that is in alignment with their own national or cultural origins.

Also, within Wicca, the term “tradition” is used to describe various brands of the Wiccan religion, such as Cochranian, Alexandrian and Gardnerian. You may hear a Wiccan say, “traditional Gardnerian Wicca” or “traditional Alexandrian Wicca.” But, this use of the term has nothing to do with traditional witchcraft, itself, and is only a term used within the Wiccan religion to distinguish various subsets of itself. In this way, the use of the term “tradition” within Wicca may be likened to the use of the term “denomination” within Christianity.

Some Wiccan writers seem to resent the term “traditional witchcraft,” because they hold that their religion is very old and, itself, traditional. But, a little research into the origins of Wicca and its evolution shows that it is a very new phenomenon and while it is a witchcraft-based religion, much of Wicca has little or no resemblance to traditional or historical witchcraft, either here or elsewhere in the world.

By contrast, traditional witchcraft is a worldwide practice, which bears some commonalities based on an ancient esoteric science known the world over. While it may be involved in religion – in fact, there is quite a bit of witchcraft going on in Christianity, although they prefer to think of it as something else – witchcraft is not a religion. People who practice traditional witchcraft include a wide range of people around the world who may be part of a religion that recognizes a supreme being or not or they may simply be atheists.

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Differences Between Being a Wiccan and Being a Traditional Witch

Because Wicca, like Christianity, is a religion, the people who get involved in it often enjoy a sense of belonging to a group – if not a coven or a congregation, then, at least, to some identifiable sub-culture. Christians wear their crosses and Wiccans wear their pentagrams to help themselves recognize each other in public encounters.

By contrast, traditional witchcraft has no such recognizable symbolism.

Wiccans, Christians and members of neo-pagan orders usually have sort of initiation rite or a baptism rite, through which you become a fully-fledged member of their group.

By contrast, there is no moment at which you officially become a traditional witch – it’s not like becoming a Christian through baptism or a Wiccan by means of an initiation ceremony or simply taking a spirit “into your heart,” through sincere belief.  Another major difference, of course, is that there is usually no group to belong to.

When compared to Wicca or any other religion, traditional witchcraft tends to be a much lonelier occupation and often a far more secretive one. The fact that we have no moral doctrines or dogma and that many of us are atheists, makes us unacceptable to many members of the broader society, including many Wiccans and neo-pagans. (As an example of this kind of intolerance, see the requirements for being a member of the large, popular site, supposedly devoted to witchcraft, called WitchVox, –  traditional witches, Satanists, Luciferians and atheists are excluded – only Wiccans or other members of a neo-pagan religion with a moral code are allowed to participate. See their rules here, particularly #8, as follows. When you join, you must promise the following: “I follow a positive code of ethics such as The Wiccan Rede or The Troth’s Nine Virtues. …- I also understand that Witchvox does not list Christian/Satanic listings.. “)

Both Wiccans and other types of neo-pagans tend to focus heavily on a region of the world or a culture, which they  call a “tradition” or a “path.”  They often feel a connection to a particular place or land.  All forms of neo-paganism seem to focus heavily on the earth and create a worship of things associated with it.

By contrast, traditional witchcraft is a universal practice and an esoteric science, which transcends all notions of place, race, nationality, politics or anything else. While practices around the world are of great interest to many traditional witches, they generally make practical use of whatever the encounter. Lacking any prescribed ethics or moral authority, they are often very open to what they find.

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How to Know if You are A Wiccan (and, Therefore, Not a Traditional Witch)

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To alleviate the confusion, here is a quick guideline for how to know if you are a Wiccan or a traditional witch:

1. If you call yourself a “Wiccan,” then you are probably a Wiccan. Although, there are traditional witches who will call themselves “Wiccans” if cornered by someone because Wicca is well-known and is more socially acceptable, but some will, also, try to pass as Catholics or a member of any other accepted religious group, if cornered by a religious zealot. Nonetheless, traditional witches are not Wiccans.

2. If you belong to a Wiccan coven, then you are a Wiccan and not a traditional witch.

3. If you participate in Wiccan rituals centering around a goddess, god or some combination thereof, then you are a Wiccan.

4. If you have a Wiccan world view, ie. the earth is a goddess. She is our mother. There is no evil because nature is neither good nor evil. All gods are one. Everything you do comes back to you ___ -fold, etc., etc., then you are a Wiccan and not a traditional witch.

5. If you have a cat or other pet, which you call your familiar, then you are a Wiccan. In traditional witchcraft, familiars are spirits, usually demonic spirits.

6. If you believe in the Gardnerian “Charge of the Goddess,” the “Three-fold Law,” or the “Wiccan Rede,” then you are most certainly a Wiccan.

7. If you accept the “Principles of Wiccan Beliefs” codified in 1974 by the Council of American Witches headed up by Mr. Carl L. Weschcke Llewellyn, owner and publisher of Llewellyn Worldwide, which defines Wicca (and uses the term interchangeably with witchcraft) as an earth-centered pagan religion, then you are most definitely a Wiccan.

8. If you use the term “dark witchcraft” to describe any aspect of witchcraft, then chances are you’re a Wiccan. The usage of this term is a relatively new phenomenon on YouTube in the past couple of years and the source of some witch warring between some moralizing Wiccans and some less-moralizing, more open-minded Wiccans and traditional witches. “Dark witchcraft” is a newly made-up term. (Witchcraft is pretty much all dark, if you’re doing it correctly!)

9. If you have an altar in your home and seasonally “decorate” it, then you are probably a Wiccan or other neo-pagan. (See the article, “Traditional Witchcraft: How to Create an Altar,” for the purpose of an altar in traditional witchcraft.)

See the next article in this series: How Can I Become a Traditional Witch?

Read the book, What’s Next After Wicca? Non-Wiccan Occult Practices and Traditional Witchcraft

Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and Smashwords.

What's Next After Wicca? Non-Wiccan Occult Practices and Traditional Witchcraft

What’s Next After Wicca? Non-Wiccan Occult Practices and Traditional Witchcraft

About What’s Next After Wicca?

Wicca is the most accessible and acceptable form of witchcraft in existence in English-speaking countries today. It can be a doorway to the the riches of the occult or a trap for the mind and spirit, depending on how it is approached and the knowledge with which this is done.

In “What’s Next After Wicca?” the author answers the question she often heard from her metaphysical bookstore customers who had studied Wicca, but felt dissatisfied with it and wanted to learn more about the subject of witchcraft, in general: “What else is there?”

This book represents the opinion of the author after 25 years of experience in the occult and several years of owning a store that was, also, a networking center for neo-pagan groups. It is written in an informative, yet conversational style, just as she would speak to friends and customers who would ask for her opinions about witchcraft and the occult.

It includes a discussion on the origins and the present state of Wicca, other alternative religions and philosophies including Satanism, Luciferianism, Germanic Occultism, Gnosticism and traditional witchcraft. Throughout are recommendations for other courses of occult studies, including a categorized bibliography.

Note: This is not a spell book or a manual on how to do witchcraft.

Read the book, What’s Next After Wicca? Non-Wiccan Occult Practices and Traditional Witchcraft

Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and Smashwords.

Witchcraft and the Occult: What is a Grimoire?

Posted in Black Magic, Holy Death, Mexican Witchcraft, occult, Santa Muerte, spell books, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2013 by littleredridinghood

What is a grimoire?

by Sophia diGregorio

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A grimoire is a book of spells, invocations and magical procedures. Although the origins of the term, “grimoire,” are disputed, it is generally believed to have derived from the Old French, grammaire, which means “grammar” and was once used to refer generally to books, especially those written in Latin. The usage of the term evolved over time and by the 18th century it came to be applied to occult text books.1

The first such grimoires appeared in the Middle Ages. They contained information involving astrology, the use of herbs and minerals, instructions for constructing talismans, instructions for spells and rituals, directions for constructing altars and other instruments used in conjurations, instructions for performing divination, summoning angels and demons.

A large collection of grimoires were preserved by the Holy Roman Catholic Church because it confiscated them from those accused of witchcraft. Some Jesuits and other Catholic holy men, also, wrote grimoires of their own.

A Book of Shadows is a type of modern grimoire, although one of a highly personal nature that is not usually published. Some Books of Shadows belong to an entire coven. Others are books that are passed down in the family, similar to the way a cookbook is passed down.

What is a grimoire not?

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It is not a personal history of the magician who wrote it, although some modern versions of historical grimoires may give some background information on the original authors, this is not a grimoire’s primary purpose.

A grimoire presents the author’s own occult research and basic procedures for purposes of instructing others, however, procedures used in witchcraft are of a highly personal nature and the most intimate secrets are never shared because to do so is to give away power. Any time you experiment with procedures in grimoires, you should likewise personalize them and make them your own.

It is not a history book. While some grimoires may contain introductory information of an historical nature, either written by the original author or a later editor or translator, the primary purpose of a grimoire is to give spell procedures, prayers, incantations and rituals.

Examples of Historical Grimoires

The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage Translated by S.L. MacGregor Mathers 1900. This grimoire is a primary source for modern ceremonial magic.

The Magus By Francis Barrett 1801. A grimoire of alchemy, astrology, and the Kabbalah.

Grimoire of Honorius

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Le Grimoire du Pape Honorius “Perhaps the most frankly diabolical of the Rituals connected with Black Magic.” – Unknown. This ancient book is is the source of very old traditional witchcraft practices dating back to the Salem witch trials. Its contents were familiar to the black magician Joseph Smith who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was wearing a Jupiter talisman based on a design from this book at the time of his death. Smith came from a long lineage of witches, but wrapped his occultism in a veneer of Christianity, thus the Mormon church may be well described as a black lodge within a white lodge and Smith was one of the most successful, well-known black magicians of all time.2

Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses. Two very mysterious grimoires, which claim to be Kabbalistic in nature, although there is very little if any actual to do with the Kabbalah in them. These books present a ritual system with incantations to summon and dismiss spirits for the purpose of achieving worldly ends.

The Key of Solomon The King. (The Greater Key), translated by S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers, 1888. The key to modern ceremonial magic. It is attributed to King Solomon, although it was probably written in the 13th century. This book was a powerful influence on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

The Lesser Key of Solomon by S.L. MacGregor Mathers and Aleister Crowley, 1904. The companion Grimoire to the Greater Key of Solomon,. It lists demons and their descriptions and various purposes and gives invocations and procedures for summoning them.

Pow-wows; or Long Lost Friend by George Hohman, 1820. A system of German “folk” magic from 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania.

Examples of Modern Grimoires

Enochian Magic series by Donald Tyson This the first book in a  series expands on the work of John Dee and Edward Kelley, which is over 400 years old. It fills in the gaps and makes the information given by Dee and Kelley a practical system.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the White Lady of Mexico

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico – Click to purchase paperback.

 

Necromomicon by Simon This is the most popular version of several books by the same name – Necronomicon. It is generally regarded as fiction and certainly the narrative at the beginning of the Simon version has some hole in the plot. Despite this, the book and the entities have been the source of some unusual experiences for many readers. 

Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey Also, known as the Bible Black, it was first published in 1969, the year of the official founding of the Church of Satan in San Francisco. It allegedly contains the core teachings of the Church of Satan, although there is certainly far more to this organization than is told in this book, which was an introduction to Satanism targeted primarily to young men.  Part of the book contains a grimoire including rituals and conjurations.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte by Sophia diGregorio. The “Grimoire of Santa Muerte” is a manual, prayer book and grimoire for devotees of Most Holy Death, the powerful folk saint of Mexico who has drawn the wrath of both the church and state. To those devoted to her, she is their friend, a spiritual mother and the source of unconditional love and protection from whom all of the necessities of life flow. She is an advocate, a healer and the performer of miracles.

Santa Muerte is the patron saint of those who have confronted death and lived and those who must confront deadly situations every day. She is a spirit of second chances who avenges those who are devoted to her and punishes evil-doers. She is a godmother who guides those under her care and arranges things in much the way a benevolent and powerful living benefactor might.

This book shows you how to communicate with Santa Muerte and includes information about how to construct an altar for her, how to consecrate items, how to pray the Rosary of Santa Muerte and prayers, spells and rituals for a variety of purposes.

References

1. Davies, Owen, “Grimoires: A History of Magic Books, Oxford University Press, 2010., P. 1

2 “Joseph Smith and the Mormons: Occultism and Witchcraft in Mormonism,” http://oldwitchcraft.hubpages.com/hub/Joseph-Smith-and-the-Mormons-Witchcraft-and-Occultism-in-Mormonism

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Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico. Click to purchase paperback.

 

Misconceptions About Santa Muerte: Most Holy Death is Public Enemy Number One to Journalists, Christians and Law Enforcement Agencies

Posted in Holy Death, Mexican Witchcraft, occult, Santa Muerte, spell books, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by littleredridinghood

Misconceptions About Santa Muerte: Most Holy Death is Public Enemy Number One
to Journalists, Christians and Law Enforcement Agencies

by Sophia diGregorio

Sophia diGregorio is the author of The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico

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Santa Muerte or Saint Death is a saint that one can petition for protection, luck, good negotiations and love. She is not officially recognized by the catholic church who has declared her following a cult. It is believed that she is actually a representation of the much older Aztec God of death.
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There are many misconceptions about Santa Muerte, who is one of numerous folk saints in Mexico.

Despite the goodness and rich beauty of the Mexican tradition of Santa Muerte, her long history and noble legends, critics within the conventional religious and government establishments have tried to besmirch her image and associate her and her devotees with Satanism, narcotics trafficking and heinous crimes. To the Catholic Church, she is Satanic and a heresy. They refer to her as an “illegitimate saint” or a “banned saint.”

In 2006, former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, ordered her shrines to be destroyed by the Mexican Army and police departments and drug agencies in the U.S. have declared her a “narco-saint.” The FBI and other agencies of the U.S. government seem convinced that there is a connection between Santa Muerte and drug trafficking, although they seem to ignore the fact that the devotion to Santa Muerte is so common, and increasingly so, that trying to make such a connection is impossible.  Nonetheless, they have endeavored to connect her devotees with the commission of a range of heinous crimes, including human sacrifice.

Recently, she was denounced by the Vatican culture minister on a tour of Mexico as “blasphemous.” The Catholic Church, which is engulfed in numerous scandals ranging from pedophilia to accusations of mafia connections inside the Vatican, is desperate to hold on to what remains of its influence in Mexico and elsewhere. They see Santa Muerte as a direct threat to their power and influence, although, many devotees of Santa Muerte are, at least, nominally Catholic.

Journalists have happily demonized Santa Muerte in sensationalized and often religiously biased “news” pieces, mostly at the expense of the facts.

The truth is that most devotees of Santa Muerte in the U.S  and Mexico are not drug dealers, prostitutes or other types of criminals. Many are prosperous, upstanding members of their communities who practice their devotion in secrecy with home shrines. Many are highly spiritual people, who are natural healers of one kind or another.

Santa Muerte is a powerful spirit who succeeds when all else fails, therefore, it is often in the most desperate of times that devotees first turn to her.  Many are people in need of comfort, healing, love, financial help, protection and justice in an unjust world.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico

As the authority of both church and state have crumbled, Santa Muerte’s following has grown ever larger.  Devotion to Santa Muerte is not so much a matter of faith or belief, but a matter of experience. To know the power of Santa Muerte for yourself, you must forge a personal connection with her.

The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico was written especially with non-Catholic, non-Spanish speaking people in mind. The author attempts to make Santa Muerte accessible to English-speaking readers. You can find it at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo and other online outlets.

A nice article and review of the book may be found here: http://ideefixemon.blogspot.com/2013/02/santa-muerte-unoffical-saint-of-mexico.html

 

Types of Psychic Mediums and How to Develop Your Mediumship Abilities

Posted in Clairvoyance, ESP, Mediumship, Mediumship Development, occult, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by littleredridinghood

Types of Psychic Mediums and Mediumship Development

Richard,_Riemerschmid_—_Wolkengespenster_I_—_1897

Wolkengespenster – “Ghosts in the clouds”
Richard Riemerschmid – Public Domain

Mediumship is a natural human ability and anyone who is influenced by spirits is to some degree a medium. Therefore, mediumship is not the privilege of an elite few – in fact, there are relatively few people who are completely devoid of any mediumistic ability. Nonetheless, the term, “medium,” is generally reserved for those in whom this ability is well-developed.

Mediumistic abilities do not manifest themselves the same way in all cases an each individual has varying aptitudes for particular methods and means of communication.

The main types of of mediumship are as follows:

Sensitives are those who are able to recognize the presence of spirits by means of vague impressions, such as chills, goose bumps, or the sensation of the hair standing on end. The medium may, also, be able to determine the general nature of the spirit, for example, if it is benevolent or malefic. This is a fairly common variety of mediumship.

Clariaudients are those who hear spirits, usually by means of an inner voice, although sometimes by means of an external one. Such mediums are sometimes able to enter into a two-way conversation with spirits. Other such mediums are only able to relay the information they receive; these are channelers or speaking mediums.

How to communicate with Spirits: Seances, Ouija boards and Summoning by Angela Kaelin

How to communicate with Spirits: Seances, Ouija boards and Summoning by Angela Kaelin. Click here to purchase your own copy.

Channelers or speaking mediums are those whose bodies become instruments through which the spirits directly speak to the living. This form of mediumship is closely related to automatic writing, in which the hand of the medium becomes the vessel for spirit communication. In both of these methods, the medium can receive transmissions and convey them without being consciously aware of what is transpiring. The medium is merely a passive instrument.

Automatic writing mediums are those who receive spirit communications through writing. Such messages may, also, be received by modern mediums by placing their fingers on the keyboard to receive messages. This faculty is closely related to the use of spirit boards or Ouijas.

Clairvoyants are those who have the ability to see spirits. Some can do this while in a waking state, others must be in either a light trance or a state more closely bordering sleep. Some mediums only see spirits while in a dream state.

How to Develop Advanced Psychic Abilities: Obtain Information about the Past, Present and Future Through Clairvoyance

Healing mediums are those who use techniques such as those described in the book, Magical Healing: How to Heal Yourself and Others. Such mediums are able to heal themselves and others at a distance using techniques similar to mesmerism and, also, with the assistance of intelligent spirits.

Physical mediums are those who produce physical phenomena, including ectoplasm. They can move inert objects and produce noises form the ether. Table rapping and table tipping are common examples of this ability.

How Do People Become Psychic Mediums?

Most people discover their mediumistic abilities by accident. Whenever you discover the spark of these abilities in yourself, consider how you can develop the ability so you have more control over it.

Choose a place where you can be alone and free of distractions so you can practice your mediumship. Make a habit of relaxing yourself and calming your own internal chatter. Learn to be receptive to the signals coming from outside yourself. Be open to the things you experience

Do not edit or filter the messages you receive. If you are able to bridge two-way communication with a spirit, ask for their names, ages and what messages they have for you or other people.

How to communicate with Spirits: Seances, Ouija boards and Summoning by Angela Kaelin

You can go a long way in your development on your own. Read all you can on the subject and practice what you learn. If you have the opportunity, join a mediumship development group.

A good psychic mediumship development group consists of supportive, like-minded people who have the same goal. These should be people you feel comfortable with who allow you to take turns acting as a medium and open themselves up to share the flow of their energy with you to support you in your efforts.

How to communicate with Spirits: Seances, Ouija boards and Summoning by Angela Kaelin

How to communicate with Spirits: Seances, Ouija boards and Summoning by Angela Kaelin. Click here to purchase your own copy.

Desire and patience are the most important qualities you need to develop your mediumistic abilities. Even with highly gifted psychics it sometimes takes weeks or months of consistent effort to achieve clear spirit communication.

With focused effort, your initial spark of abilities will soon grow into well-developed psychic mediumship.

Learn more about mediumship with How to Communicate with Spirits: Seances, Ouija Boards and Summoning by Angela Kaelin

Also, available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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