The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Yes, It Is True . . . Karma Is A Bitch!

Good Evening My Witchy Readers,

Tonight's discussion is a very serious one and most people tend to disregard karma as something that happens to the other guy. The one who has 'done them wrong', the bad guy, the thief, the abuser, the murderer, the adulterer, the person who embezzles from your business or tries to steal your clients or business prospects.  People feel anyone who says or does anything to them that they do not like will somehow cause karma to boomerang back on the person who hurt them.

But will it? Let's look at this carefully, breaking it down.  One definition of karma is simply "effect from cause".  Well that doesn't seem to have good or bad associated with it, does it? It really doesn't. When you look at karma, there needs to be a specific intent or energy associated with the action for there to be karmic feedback.

Karma works both ways. Both positive and negative. if you go out of your way to bring happiness to  the elderly at a convalescent home or to sick children at a hospital, to read to children at a local library or to volunteer at a pet adoption event because you wish to give of the love in your heart, that energy will return to you in a form of karmic feedback.

The same is true if you 'deliberately' go out with intent to hurt or harm another. You put effort into stealing your boss' funds, or you steal his computerized list of company clients, with the intention of taking business away from his company.  Or, this is an obvious one, you go out with the intent to take the life of a person, or you deliberately harm a person, child or animal. These actions will most certainly cause severe karmic feedback to visit you.

Yet, there are subtle areas that people often mistake as 'karmic' actions when in truth they really are not.  Say you are driving down the road, and suddenly a strong rainstorm starts and you are not able to pull over and before you can do anything you are involved in a car accident, where in the aftermath a person in the other car dies as a result. You were completely sober, driving properly and doing all of the correct things, but the accident could not be avoided, and the other person was not at fault either. You survived, they passed away due to their injuries. Now we are not discussing what would be determined in a court of law, but karmic law. Would karmic feedback come back on you? No. You did not do anything with deliberate intent to hurt the other person, and accidents can be just that, accidents.

Perhaps you did something, you fill in the blank, that was never meant to hurt another. You did what you chose to do for yourself, to fulfill your desires or needs or expectations. Perhaps you went out with some friends for drinks and didn't ask another friend to go, and this was found out and hurt feelings ensued. Or you went out for lunch or dinner with a friend and a new girlfriend or boyfriend came in the restaurant and saw you and misinterpreted what they were seeing and got all upset and angry.  Now, with misunderstandings, overly sensitive feelings,  maybe you forgot a friends birthday or plans you had made with them, will any of these things cause karmic feedback? No, or very little.

But, here is where it gets tricky.  The 'wronged' person may decide to take it upon themselves to act as the Goddess of Karma and this is a huge mistake.

Once that wronged person starts on a path of retribution it is too late to pull it back, and what happens is karma turns on them, because the other person did not do anything directed at them intending to hurt them or harm them or wrong them in anyway. Now the wronged person may have all sorts of ways of rationalizing and twisting and confounding the situation and feeling that "if you loved me" then you would have, or wouldn't have or .  .  .   as humans we can try to rationalize anything.

Except karma is not human. Karma is an energy that is like a stretched rubber band. Once that deliberate action fueled by an energy to hurt or to help, to harm or to heal, to send out punishment or to send out love, is drawn back and then released at its intended target then karma will be directed at the person who released the 'rubber band' of action.

Many people who are hurt or feel wrong set upon a path of punishment or retribution in a vain attempt to try to gain a sense of solace for their pain and hurt, but as we know from gospel right up to new age gurus and inspirational speakers those actions never give the desired results. What I do know from understanding the science and energy of karmic action and feedback is that it will return back to the person who sent it out pretty much exactly to them what they had hoped would be delivered to the one who hurt them.  The other person may feel bad to have unintentionally hurt the other person but karma will not be delivered to them. In this case the other person often tried to be the bearer of that karma by in someway punishing them. Not speaking to them, being 'mad' at them, distancing themselves from the friendship or even worse, as in the case of divorce or break ups, speaking poorly about them to offspring or family members and former friends to ensure that hard feelings are directed towards the wrong doer.

If this makes sense to you up to this point, then you have a deeper understanding of the metaphysical world than many, and your understanding of working in the world is often fulfilling and profound. It does not mean we do not have bad days or weeks and we are not affected by the actions or lack of actions by others, but we do not seek vengeance or payback, because the Pagan/witch knows it will only come back upon them the same as would a curse.

Unfortunately if you recognize yourself in the one who has sent out vengeance and punishment for being 'wronged' there is nothing to do to change it. Karma cannot be negotiated with, reasoned with or paid off to change it's course. One must take what one has wrought and then deal with the results no matter how painful, unfortunate and final.

I know, there are many reading this that are scoffing because they do recognize themselves but are filled with righteous indignation and refuse to believe anything I have written and I respect that. I only speak from over 40 years of close observation and experience and learning and training. I like to learn my lessons quickly and without having to re-live them again and again, but others choose to relive that cyclical loop. To each their own life experience.

There are those who look at others and say, "Hey! How come they do this and that and all of these 'bad' things and nothing ever bad happens to them? They never have to pay? Karma never visits them!" Well, truthfully you really do not know this. One never knows the pain, and suffering within a person's soul. But perhaps you are seeing the 'wrongful' situation in one light and in actuality it came from another place without any deliberate harmful intent.

There is also another level I will touch on briefly because this level can get very deep and be discussed in great detail.  For everything that happens to us, for every action, word, behavior we encounter in our day to day we have a choice. A choice on how we will react to that action. For instance someone could cut us off in traffic and yell obscenities at us and we could get all upset and yell back and exchange finger gestures or we could smile and send out blessings to them, knowing that it is quite possible that they may be going through some things much more painful in that moment than you.  That you could easily brush off the experience as a non issue and go on your way to have an amazing day and keep your karma clean.  Read the top poster again. It really is true.

How people treat you is their karma, remember how they deliberately treat you, is their karma. How you react is your karma. I choose as often as I can, to love that person, to try to understand where they are coming from, to walk away when things get tense and if I get upset I go out of my way to speak with them and let them know how I care and that I understand they are going through some things and that I am there for them. Always. If it is someone I do not know or am not close to, I walk away and wish them well, as their karma is not my concern and I really am not invested in their spiritual growth but my own.

What I do not do, is try to change another person. That is not my job in this lifetime. I will advise, and discuss and give my opinion if asked or if it comes up in a conversation, but after that I respect that the person I was discussing with will do what works best for them and the most important thing? I respect their choice! Even if I would make a different choice.

That can be hard for some people, to allow someone to have their own choice, their own decision, their own path, even if the other would choose differently. I find it is easier for people to feel this way for those distant from them. Acquaintances for instance. Yet it is surprising to me that the closer one is to a person, the more 'loved' as it is, the more some people feel compelled to change, control and even demand that a person act and behave a certain way. Parents of course get into this rut when children are little, they have to, but it will last at time long into a child's adulthood, when their choices must be their own.

Spouses and significant others are also in the group of people who often cross the line and feel they have a right to demand how the other must act, behave and live their lives when in truth we are each walking our spiritual path alone. At times we walk along with another by our side, but that is just as companionship, a friendly traveler traveling alongside for just a moment in time, and never does it confer ownership, an entitlement to control or to demand a person act or respond in anyway you desire. In this area is where most people have issues, because it is their expectations, desires and wants that they put upon the other when it should be given as a gift.

As far as karma is concerned, when a gift is given, it is accepted or refused, and no karma is attached.  When a gift is demanded, well it is not really a gift is it? And so the Karmic cycle starts and the wheel turns until the karmic feedback has been delivered.

As all of my discussions are understood to be, if this makes sense and resonates within you, then it is meant for you, if it does not, then leave it aside, as it is not meant for you at this time.

I do have to say at this time, hahahha  as with some of my blog discussions, I can think of a dozen or more people who may read this discussion and be absolutely sure I am writing about them. I believe Carly Simon sang it best "If you think this song is about you, you're so vain"  ♫ ♪ ♫  Please let me assure you, it is not, but isn't it interesting that you went there, Hmmmm? Giggle

Live, Laugh and Always Love, Ms.Faith

© 2010-2017 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

So You Want to Cast A Spell to Regain A Past Love huh?

Good Afternoon My Witchy Reader,

I am always happy to write for my long time readers, but this discussion is also for newer readers and I hope many read this and share with others.  My goodness, what is in the air lately? It almost feels like the week after Valentine's day! Haha You know. Everyone stays with their lover for Valentine's Day, then after the holiday, they break up! Then I usually get a deluge of people wanting to use magick spells to get their former lovers back.

In the past month or so, a similar rush has occurred, where I have received emails, phone calls and customers coming into the store all looking to rekindle the flames of an old love relationship. Both men and women looking to have this happen. This sort of thing does not fall on just one gender. Broken hearts affect men and women alike.

Sadly though, it is with a heavy heart that I need to inform them that magick does not work this way. I have written of this before, but I will be gentle and try to help those who are suffering from heartache and grief, because that is what you go through when you lose the one you love.

Funny thing, in an ironic way, when searching for photos of 'couples breaking up' on Google images, I came across a few poems, posters and memes all expressing thoughts on the topic and a common one nowadays, has me a bit perplexed. Now keep in mind, anyone can make these little sayings and 'computer screen bumper stickers' for lack of a better term. But there are many with the same theme, "that if the couple fights often, breaks up, splits up, goes back together again, and keeps repeating this cycle, then it's true love."

Um .  .   . What!? .  .  . wait? .  .  .  what!? NO!! It is not!! Listen I have been a 'spiritual counselor' because that is what tarot card readers and witches are, for over 20 years, and I have had done well over two thousand tarot readings in that time, and you get to hear and learn and know people, pretty darn well. NO!, NO!, NO!, young, foolish child or whomever put that nonsense on a meme and put it on google images, you are so wrong and naive. A couple who fights all of the time, who breaks up all of the time and keeps coming back together again and again, are in a unhealthy psychological place and could benefit from either serious therapy and or breaking up completely and for good, calling it a day and moving on.

A healthy, happy relationship is not one of anger, and constant break ups. That is just crazy. And for those who have broken up, please before you go looking to cast a spell to bring that person back to you, sit down and ask your self a few very serious questions. Was that person a good (we'll use the word partner in this discussion to cover all of the possibilities e.g. husband,wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc) Was that person a good partner? Were they always there for you?

Did they do the small things for you that are important for you? Whatever they may be? Did they make you first in their lives, or were you always way down on the priority list? Were you the one they anxiously looked forward to being with or were you always the one waiting for them? Did their friends come first? Their family? Their dog?

Were there always arguments, fights, disagreements, sarcasm, veiled insults, or simply a lack of compliments or nice things said? Yes, you might very much still love them, but maybe, just maybe the memories of when things were good would be better to reminisce over than to re-kindle the relationship that will fall back into the unhappy, unsatisfying, unfulfilling place you were before you broke up?

Or are you looking to get back together because it is hard to find someone new? Well, that takes effort and time and all sorts of new things that need to be addressed, but nothing worth having is every really all that easy. Also, if you did get back with that other person, have either of you really changed? If neither of you have changed, then why would the relationship be any different this time around?

Then there is the very tricky point that just because you might wish to get back together, what is to say your ex wants to get back together with you? Yeah, I went there!! Oh, because you broke up with her? Uh huh? You sure she's still on that shelf waiting for you? No, you're not, or you wouldn't be knocking on my witch shop door looking for a love spell!

No, my friend, she has moved on and is happy with her new love and you need to put your efforts into making your life happy again for you. Because casting a love spell, as I have said before, like any spell we cast, we cast on ourselves. What we send out comes back to us. I am often recommending, gently, that people put the past behind them, and look forward to new beginnings, new people, new loves and new adventures.

This concept is simple. If we cast a money spell, we send out the energies and it comes back to us in money and abundance, right? Okay. If we cast a protection spell, we send out the energies and it comes back to us in protective energies surrounding us, got it? Good. So why would a love spell, when we send out those energies go to someone else, and NOT come right back to us?  It wouldn't. It will only bring loving energies to surround you and then others will be attracted to you and then you get to pick and choose those you wish to have in your world. But only of those who come around, no stalker like behavior allowed! Tsk, tsk, wagging finger in your face, no, no!!

The same concept works with curses, if we were foolish enough to try to send one out it would only come back to us, so we never do that, because a smart witch knows better. We may do protective spells but we never send out a harmful curse to someone else, simply because it is the same as shooting ourselves in the foot. It would be a stupid and a naive, inexperienced thing to do.

So yes, back to love spells, you may indeed cast a love spell, but understand you are casting one on yourself and on no one else. And then sit back and see who comes into your sphere and decide if it is someone whom you wish to get to know better.

A universal mystery I will share with you:  Each person we come into contact with, in our lives, no matter how briefly or how long we know them, we are meant to have them in our lives for that period of time. It may be for a few months of working with a co-worker on a temporary project at work and then each of you might be reassigned and never see each other again, or it may be a love interest you have for a year or even 6 months, or a marriage for 20 years, but when the time is ready for those people to move on, should it not be through the natural process of death, then the soul's decide.

When the souls decide, and if the people do not heed the natural 'push' the universe gives you to move on, the gentle push at first, then discord starts. The vibrational energy starts to become more distant and feels less in sync, or it may even settle on a different plane if the relationship will take on a new role and find a new level. Trying to conform with 'societies' understanding of normal roles can make it difficult for people to walk away when necessary and so there are long periods of unhappiness, stress and tension.

Yet, when the people start to pay attention to what the souls are saying, then it makes it easier to make other decisions that can make the relationship better, or perhaps make the ending of said relationship less painful. We see this often with parents who divorce but remain friends for the children. Less animosity and a new relationship and life goes on.

Many times, when a love relationship ends, the natural flow is to become friends but people feel that if they are no longer lovers then they must become enemies and that is sad and unnecessary as so much experience and living and loving is lost this way. So, they break up, fight and hate each other and have nothing to do with one another, but this will only bring them back to each other in another lifetime to finish what they have not finished.

Life, like relationships are like the ebb and flow of the ocean waves. But throw the largest, straightest, hardest tree trunk into the water and the waves will decide where it goes and will lift it aloft and carry it forth, the tree trunk having no decision on where it is to go. Life and relationships on the grand cosmic soul scheme are like this. If we simply stopped fighting the ocean waves and just went where they took us, we would be happier in the long run. But to do so, we have to give up some control, and be willing to see that what sometimes we do not wish to acknowledge.

There is a lot of love out there, just waiting.  What are you waiting for?

Live, laugh and Always Love, Ms. Faith


© 2010-2017 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

You Want To Be A Witch? You'd Better Toughen Up!!

Original created for author by artist Giancarlo Fusco 

Good Afternoon My Witchy Reader,

I am stepping away from spell casting and such discussions for a moment to address a concept that has been brought to my attention a few times over the last few months or so.  I often espouse on how we must have the knowledge and experience to do what we do effectively, to create needed magickal manifestation.

Yet, there is another side of the witches coin, if you will. That is the inner strength, confidence and self assurance of the magickal practitioner. You need to have strength, self assurance and confidence to practice this path and to be open about your beliefs. If you do not have these things then stay deep inside of the broom close and practice as a solitary and keep it a private, secretive thing to yourself.

Because, my witchy darlings, it is a cruel, cold, heartless and relentless world out there and I do not refer to Christians in regards to your magickal path, but other magickal people. So many people come to this path seeking a more accepting, loving, understanding group of like minded people. Sometimes they are lucky and will find a few like them, but many times they run into those who have come to this path bringing with them all of the  baggage they brought with them when they left behind their old path, you know, the path that wasn't working for them. When in reality it was them and not the path.

No matter the path you choose, you are the one who has to make the changes to make it work for you. That does not mean others are expected to change to fit your idea of what should work, nor will the path change to accommodate you.  My goodness, if you are a super sensitive person? Then please think long and hard about following this path because you will come up against a wall, and that wall is you. I will give you an example.

I had an older woman who had taken classes for a couple of years and she ended up having an issue with another younger student. It was personal so I let them handle it on their own. One day after class was over, a verbal fight broke out in the classroom! and the younger student left and the older woman broke down in tears and had a breakdown over what was a very trivial matter.  I needed to leave for another class.

No, I did not stay and hold her hand, comfort her and :Oh poor baby". She was in her 60's and quite frankly needed to grow up by this time. Seriously, if you can't even sit in a classroom and take class with other students without having personality issues which end up in a fight, then this is probably not the right path for you, I assure you things will only get more challenging.

The two students spoke afterwards and decided they would not be friends and I thought fine, not everyone on this path has to be friends, but we're adults so lets work together and continue classes. Well the older student, took a few days and then sent me a letter. Yes, I was expecting it. I became the focus and blame for all of her issues and problems. I had changed from the sweet, understanding teacher she first knew into someone else. Hmmmm, did I? Really?  No, I didn't. She only knew the Ms. Faith I presented to the class. And when she started to try to manipulate me with her drama she crossed a line and met another side of me. The, no nonsense, suck it  up and fly straight on your broom witch, teacher's attitude.

The point of this story is she put in her exit letter to me, that "You took my power away, and I will never let anyone ever do that to me again.": Which fits perfectly into what I am writing about today. No, my dear witchy reader. No one can ever take your power away from you, not if you actually have any in the first place. And once you have it, you know it. I can't take it away from you, no one can.

I do not normally teach children for a reason. Yet I often run into some undeveloped attitudes that need to be reminded you left your childhood behind a while ago. This is an adult world and things can get tough. Be prepared and brace yourself. I will be gentle and light for the first few weeks or month until a student gets used to classes then you need to toughen up. I am not mean or cruel but I don't sugar coat or molly coddle students and for students who persist in telling me, they are super sensitive, or too shy, or can't handle confrontation, this article is for you.

Ahhh, but blame is a calming balm that many find solace in. When we blame others we no longer have to take responsibility for our actions, our mistakes, our insecurities and our foibles. No, because when we take responsibility for those aspects of our character, well then,  we are driven to make corrections and improvements and that takes work, effort and introspection which can be painful and difficult.

I have had, recently, some customers come into Enchantments and ask questions about some basic, first year concepts, and when they were given the answers, instructions on how to work with various techniques they then went on line and gave us a couple of bad reviews saying we acted as if we knew more than they did. That we undermined them, made them feel inferior. We are very careful to never patronize or condescend to anyone who comes into Enchantments, but yes we often do know more than many who come in and ask questions. I have been practicing for well over 30 years, I'd like to think I've picked up a few things.

I teach a college level program of magickal studies and I also teach at a local college and am a guest lecturer at Universities and museums, civic organizations, libraries and historical societies. I do have the credentials and I know my material so yes many times I do have the answers to their questions, but that is why they come to me in the first place. It is curious that they, in turn, feel less than or inferior afterwards. That is not on us. That is within the person.

During our Sabbats we have a saying. It is read during the "Charge of the Goddess": "If what you seek , you must knowest the mystery. If you cannot find it within you, you will never find it without".

And so not blame those outside of you for knowing what you do not, they just might be a bit farther along on the path. Blessings, Ms. Faith

Live, Laugh and Always Love

© 2010-2017 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

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Spell Casting - Getting More Bang For Your Spell Casting Buck

Good Evening My Witchy Reader,

Tonight's discussion is the second in this month's series of spell casting, and continues to fine tuning your spells to make them more effective and to have them manifest as specifically as you desire.

Our last discussion, "Spell Casting - Understanding It's Principles"  discussed step one of anatomy of a spell, knowing and being able to visualize your magickal goal.  This discussion, now goes into the next couple of steps.

There are 5 basic steps to Anatomy of a spell as I teach the concept.  The first, as I mentioned is knowing your magickal goal. The second is choosing your magickal method of spell casting. Now here is where spell casting gets interesting, it can get complicated and all sorts of witchy!! Simply burning a green candle for money, abundance magick will have some effect. It may cause you to start finding loose change, forgotten crumpled dollar bills in old coat pockets or billfolds, or purses. Small amounts of money, but it will manifest somewhat.

But let us say you need some serious abundance, financial, success energies to come your way. Maybe in your corporation or career or in some significant manner. Then a simple green candle burned will have little affect. This is where an experienced witch considers her magickal 'tool box' so to speak. The knowledge she has, the experience she has, the supplies, the ingredients, the need for the desired outcome and using what she has and what she knows, manifestation can be quick and effective.

Step Two of An Anatomy of a Spell is Method of the Spell:  There can be dozens of methods one can use to cast a spell.  A very effective method is to combine various methods, simple methods creating what I call a 'layered spell' which could conceivably take up to 10 or 20 different layers or methods and when all are put together can create a very powerful spell that will manifest quickly and powerfully.

For an example, let us stay with the financial, money abundance spell we are discussing. We can indeed start with a green candle, which has two layers to start with, a candle and the color green. Then you can carve an abundance Sigil into the candle. A simple Sigil (symbol) is the dollar sign. Then rubbing an abundance attracting oil into the candle, such as patchouli, or olive oil, or corn oil all would be excellent choices. Rub into the candle until the oil is absorbed into the candle.

The candle can then be rolled in a mixture of powdered and dried cinnamon, basil and cinquefoil. Triple the spell by preparing three green candles the same way, and get them ready to  burn. Surround them with coins, cleaned and shiny, gold, silver and green glitter and most importantly when preparing to burn and while burning visualize bags of gold coins falling into your lap. You may visualize yourself sitting in the center of your business, perhaps your office, a conference room or some other significant room of your business that you feel is financially centered in your business.

You may add other layers if you choose, a tarot card. A strong pentacle card, perhaps the Ace of pentacles might be a good choice, surrounding the candles with strong money drawing stones such as pyrite, malachite and jade as well as quartz crystal points would help intensify the spell.

Placing the entire spell on top of a crystal grid would be another stronger level also. The levels you choose to layer is only limited by your experience and your knowledge. Of course, the specifics of your situation dictates what you should or should not use in your spell. If you are focused on money and wish to use a crystal grid, using stones that draw in love would be counter productive, even if they might be more pretty and attractive to the eye.

Crystal Grid

You may also choose to write an incantation to recite while you cast the spell, make a potion or an oil to use on the candle or to wear while you cast the spell. Never, never, NEVER consume, drink, eat or otherwise ingest any magickal mixture unless it is a commercially prepared tea you purchase at the food market or a health food store.

The Harry Potter movies were a lot of fun but consuming magickal potions are not necessary, will not do anything more than using them outside of the body and can very well make you very sick or worse. Again, unless they are a simple tea, do not drink them.

You can use a petition, which is a piece of paper with words written upon it. These pieces of paper are then burned or destroyed in some way releasing the energies of the words so that they may return back to the magickal practitioner.

You may also use the energies of the various watchtowers, in this case the watchtower of the North which is abundance, growth, fertility and all the energies one needs to bring financial success.

The more you know the more effective your spell casting will be. Never limit yourself to just a few concepts or ideas, but expand and try more and the layering as many as you can will make your efforts far more rewarding.

Understand that spell casting is a science and as such does take time, patience, effort and practice to become effective and to have quicker than not manifestation. Simply waiting for an emergency to try to fumble through a spell is not the best path to take. Many time people will come into my store, many Wiccan or magickally minded and wish to do a first spell or one of their first when they are under the gun, needing to go to court because of a serious situation, or facing a serious financial situation or some such life crisis. This is not the time to try to learn spell casting.

And we do not do spells for people, no one who is ethical will do so unless, you are part of their immediate family or a very, very close friend. The closer the better, best friends or significant others. Then it is only an experienced with who will be able to effect necessary change for another. It really is important to be able to do your magickal work yourself. So start practicing now.

You do not need a serious life crisis to start spell casting. Start simple, easy. We work with five magickal goals that everyone can use more of in their lives so they can be worked at anytime. Protection, tranquility, money/abundance, love, and health.  Who would say no, no I have enough love in my life, or enough money or my health is strong enough and I don't need anymore tranquility!! No we can always use a bit more of these magickal elements in our lives, so they can easily be worked and developed in your life.

So .  .  .  .  what are you waiting for? Go on .  .  .  and happy Spell Casting!!

Live, Laugh and Always Love!! Ms. Faith

© 2010-2017 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Spell Casting - Understanding it's principles

Good Afternoon My Witchy Readers,

Today we are talking about spell casting. I'm going to come out and say spell casting is one of my most well developed skills.  I teach, study and am constantly researching our history, as it is of great personal interest of mine, but when it comes to the practical aspects, spell casting and divination are my specialties.

We each of us have our strengths and specialties. I teach and touch on many, many different topics found within the witch world, but what I will say, if I may be so bold, is my spell casting is one of my strongest talents. That is not because I am a better witch than any other, no, not at all. It is because of a couple of things. One, I have been practicing for over 30 years, and secondly, I have a keen eye for detail.

Perhaps it is the Virgo in me, maybe it is the latent scientist in me, but for whatever reason, I look at my spells as scientific experiments, which in truth they are. Witchcraft is a science.

Whoa .  .  .  wait .  .  .  what?!  I can hear some of you, quite loudly! Haha Yes, Wicca is the "Religion of the Witches" as it was declared by Gerald Gardner when he developed it in the early 1950's in Great Britain. Yet, witchcraft and Wicca are not necessarily one and the same. Witchcraft is by it's very nature a science.

Now, I have myself, run into Academics who have poo pooed that statement. Huff Puff, getting all scholarly and hiding behind very esteemed, gold edged, fancy framed diplomas from very important scholarly places "Well, you do know .  .  .  witchcraft is not reeeeeallllly a science. Not a reeeeal science."

I simply smile when I encounter this type of person because it does nothing for me to pop the bubble of their understanding of the world as they know it. Now, if they took my course, well then .  .  .  they would be introduced to a horse of a different color. Because witchcraft in the area of spell casting absolutely falls into the very essence of what we know as a science. Except in it's infancy it was at times disguised as a practice called "Alchemy". Ah, now that sounds familiar doesn't it? Or, does it?

Ask someone "what is alchemy?" Most likely you will be answered with the concept of someone trying to turn lead or other metals or rocks into gold. That would be wrong. But it was a clever ruse that worked as it was intended for centuries. The early Alchemists, were magickal practitioners, they might have called themselves at the time wizards, or magicians, or even sorcerers but they were the true scientists. An alchemists true focus is to try to understand and get back to the beginning of all time, the big bang if you will. The spark of creation. One of the premiere goals of the Alchemist was to try to create immortality. During their experiments, and each person who was involved in this endeavor had their own theories and concepts and followed their own path, created experiments and tried many different ways to do all sorts of 'magickal' things. Like to create the Philosopher's stone.

To create the Philosopher's stone, one could theoretically achieve immortality, heavenly bliss and total enlightenment.
This Alchemical symbol represents the Philosopher's stone and is a representations of all four elements of matter. A 16th century Swiss alchemist Paracelsus believed in alkahest which he felt was an undiscovered element of which the other four known elements of earth, air, fire and water all derived from and he felt this 'mother' element was in fact the philosopher's stone.

But the reason I bring all of this up, is in reality, while women were being burned, hung, tortured and being put to death for being witches, in reality midwives and herbalists, these men, the alchemists were being left alone. Yes, their work was as magickal, if not more so than the witches of the day, but their clever story of how they were working on turning base metals into gold, well that would have any king or nobleman leaving them alone to do their work in relative peace, as long as any gold or discovery of this sort would benefit the kingdom.

Yes, clever indeed. So much so, that the myth of the alchemist exists to this day. The science of magick, witchcraft, alchemy whatever you wish to call it also exists. Yet what we do is not wiggling of fingers and noses and expecting things to materialize out of the clear blue sky. No, our work now falls in the newer more modern arena of the sciences known as physics. You may call them metaphysics, though the area of quantum mechanics/physics is also a part of what we do.

The witch knows that what she is going to manifest already exists in this world. We are not creating something that doesn't already exist. We are simply bringing it to ourselves, in one fashion or another.

We work with all of nature's gifts. The elements, the stones and crystals, herbs, essential oils, even colors as in the candles we use, and by combining them along with using words, as words contain power, using our inner energy, mixing it with universal and divine energy, we come up with a magickal mixture called a spell. Then we cast it forth, in any number of ways and then we wait for it to return back to us.

I initially started this discussion by saying I am good at spell casting because I have an eye for fine detail and this is very important for effective, accurate, repeatable spell casting. It's all fine and good to cast a spell, but for it to manifest, as the 'witch' wants it to, as close or  exactly as desired, and then to be able to repeat this feat again and again, is the trait of an expert spell caster.

There is a few 'tips' or techniques which need to be followed and an eye for fine, tiny detail is necessary. To cast a spell first one must follow a basic anatomy of a spell. There are a number of variations but they all break down into a five step recipe. The first step is knowing what your magickal goal is. What is it you want to have happen.

We will talk about the other steps in the next few discussions, but to conclude this discussion I will discuss the first step. Step 1 of Anatomy of a Spell:  Magickal Goal.  Please lose the mamby pamby intentions everyone is always throwing around. One of the reasons your spells are vague and watered down is you have an intention. Think about it, one does not study their butt off throughout  high school, striving to get the best grades, working hard to get scholarships and accepted at the best colleges because you have an intention of going to college, maybe. No, one has a solid, clear cut goal to go to college. And then one strives towards it. One keeps working towards this goal until they achieve this goal. It is worked for and shot at again and again until it is achieved.

This is how effective spell casting is achieved. A solid, clear cut magickal goal. Let's say your business is your magickal goal, the financial success of your business. Some might say, well just burn a green candle on a Thursday, but is that correct? Let's look carefully, at the tiny details. Is it actual money your business needs as in a retail establishment, then a green candle would work on a Thursday. But say your business is more geared towards communication with people as in V bloggers who put out videos on social media and want lots of followers and in turn advertisers, then a blue candle on a Wednesday would be more effective, as blue is the color for communication and Wednesday is a strong day for Mercury the messenger who will deliver your verbal words to lots of ears and eyes.

Well, say instead you wish to 'communicate' with a lot of people but your words are written, because you are an author. You may still do your magick on a Wednesday but change up the candle color to yellow as that is the color for the intellect and the higher level of understanding and reasoning in the mind, hence the color yellow which is also good for studying for tests and researching and learning, so reading falls under this area. Even though you are 'communicating' your thoughts to the people who read your book they are receiving your information differently than you speaking it to them.

Sounds a bit particular, well, yes it does. And that is why some witches are better at spell casting than others. Some know enough to go through the motions but have not been taught to focus and visualize specifically and to be specific in their visualization and choice of magickal supplies.

So look at your business, sticking with our example, and decide exactly what you really need to have the end result, which would be financial success. Do you need more employees, skilled employees, perhaps a larger fleet of delivery trucks. Maybe your business deals with animals such as a groomers or you maybe an animal sitter or a dog walker, then burning brown candles for animal magick is appropriate and it should be burned on Monday.

It takes the most time to sit down and write out the end results and then the path which to get there. What your magickal goal is, and then how you think you may get there. Yes, in beginning stages, to do a money spell we simply do simple spells and we do not tie down the avenue which the money may come to you, but that is for finding lose change and dollar bills in your old coat pockets. But sustainable regular increased income you must look at possible avenues and how to direct the money to increase along those avenues.

You have to look at the entire situation carefully and then make the decision on what area you want to work on. Spell casting can be mad effective, very precise and can indeed manifest your true desire, you simply need to put in the effort, and use the magickal world to aid you in manifesting your desires.

If unsure, seek out competent magickal advice and follow it carefully, and the more effort you can out into your spell yourself the more effective it will be.

Live, Laugh and Always Love, Ms. Faith

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Going On A Magickal/Spiritual Journey or Quest

Good Afternoon My Witchy Readers,

I never know where I am going to get my inspiration for my next discussion I wish to have with you, but I wait, patiently and it always comes. This time it was from a person who, within the space of a mere year and a day has become a dear friend and mentor in a special way and now he is leaving on a journey, a quest if you will, an adventure much like Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings.

I started thinking about his journey and then expanded my thoughts to encompass how so many people go on quests or journeys, magickal or spiritual in nature in their lives, sometimes once, sometimes more than once, and some people even make their entire lives a journey of discovery.

I put above the tarot card "The Fool" as an example for this discussion, but not that one taking a journey of discovery is foolish in any way, not at all, the opposite it true. It often is the wisest amongst us that seeks to find themselves by taking a journey whether it be physical and covering geographical distance, or internal and on a spiritual path only. But this tarot card, "the fool", shows a person, the subject of the tarot reading going on a journey, a quest and I see stages in the person's life depicted. First when they are young and capable of getting into grave danger and needing a mother or another's care to keep them safe, but then the time comes when they are able to pack up and travel away and explore and seek new adventures all on their own.

This card shows the subject "the fool" not as a stupid or foolish person, but in the mid 1800's the fool was considered one who passed time idly, such as going on a journey without being in a rush, taking time as it came, learning lessons as they were given. Not trying to control the world around you, or commanding the energies to obey your will, but simply traveling and learning and experiencing what the world has to teach you and being content in that. There is a lesson to be learned in allowing the journey to be your teacher.

Whether your journey is an actual one and you find yourself moving from one place to another, or more metaphoric as you move within and explore the experiences and changes that come your way, it is the path you travel that is the teacher, never the destination. For remember Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and then a supporting character in the Lord of the Rings story his final destination brought him back to the Shire.  It was never his destination that was the goal, but the adventures and the quest of experience he reluctantly endured for those in his rag tag troupe, all for a greater good.

Eventually his adventures were recorded for his future generations in a book that could be read and passed down to his descendants, so like a Book of Shadows, which is the magickal practitioners record of her/his magickal practice/experience as well as spiritual path working. This record can be written, recorded, many today videotape their experiences, but there should be some order and chronology to this path of experience. Whether a diary, a book of poetry, a collection of lyrics and sheet music, perhaps a collection of paintings reminiscent of the great masters such as Monet and the impressionists who lived the south of France, or any medium you choose to record your path that you take and where the path leads you.

This also holds true for those who never leave home but choose to go on a spiritual quest by using other means of traveling a path. Some may choose short meditations everyday, but if you do this, be sure to have a specific goal a purpose for your meditation. Too many people try to meditate just to relax, but realize you do this every night when you sleep. Meditation should have a purpose, it should enhance your life in some way and make your life more beneficial for you. Or perhaps you will choose a course of study, or meeting new people, exploring places around where you live and seeing what they have to offer you. Perhaps your quest is to watch documentaries on a certain interest of yours and allow your mind to expand to allow additional ideas and concepts to be considered.

One of the most interesting, even fascinating things about going on a spiritual quest or journey is, remember when I said initially that the destination is not the goal, but traveling the path is? The start of the journey. Yes, it is an even more significant part of your journey to decide how, what, where, when, that journey will take shape. You already know the who, you, and the why, why not? Or because you feel compelled to do this, is what most people will say if asked.

It is the same with everyone who has ever attempted to climb Mt. Everest. When asked why? You never hear, "well, I promised my girlfriend I would do it for her.", or "I did it on a dare." it is always, how they felt compelled, how there was an almost inexorably pull for them to do this thing that kept calling to them, until they felt they had finished their quest. Most, when they have completed their quest, whether a physical one or only spiritual, which by no means implies it is less than significant,  find themselves changed in some significant ways.

For each person the change is personal, some can talk about it,, some choose not to. Some make life altering changes that forever change and adjust their lives and some merely enhance the lives they were already living. Some leave all and everyone they knew behind to start afresh somewhere else, and some choose to embrace the old life and families and friends along with the new people and loved ones and meld them into a diverse melting pot of loved ones they always want to have around.

One of the most important things I can tell you about this topic, should starting a new path, exploring an interest or going on an actual quest be crossing your mind, is this. Do it. So many, too many people tell me, almost weekly at my shop, that they have always been interested in the magickal world, for instance, and they just didn't start, didn't know where to start, wasn't sure how to, or what to do, so they did nothing. For weeks or months and sadly for many years. No, no, no!! Doing nothing, is just that! Nothing!! Do something for goodness sake! Start, pick up a book, speak to someone, take a trip, take a class, just do something. The great thing is, if it is not exactly right, well then you can cross that off of your list and go to the next thing!

But to sit there and wish and wonder, wanting and desiring and never reaching out and trying to grab at what you really want and desire, leaves you with nothing. Well, that is where you are right now, so it hurts nothing to try, and you have nothing to lose. And everything to gain! Never have the regret of wondering, .  .  .  "what if I had only  .  .  .  ?" Start, by getting up and doing something and then the rest will come easier than you will realize.  Just start.

Ah, if you thought I would give you the tips and tricks, and check list of your spiritual/magickal journey here, you are mistaken, as you are the one to write it, what it will be and it will record upon your soul who you will become.

All I can tell you with great certainty, if you decide to embark on a spiritual/magickal journey is two things. One .  .  .  You will start.  And Two .  .  .  one day you will finish.  The rest you will need to fill in.

Live, Laugh and Always Love, Ms. Faith

This discussion is dedicated to my friend Jack Riley - "May The Winds Be With You"  Gaelic Blessing To The Traveler 

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ancient Magickal Techniques - Using Candles

Greetings My Magickal Reader,

We have covered many ancient magickal techniques over this past month from using hair, stones, music and todays discussion will cover the ancient magickal technique of using candles. When I use the term 'magickal technique' it covers the tools, supplies and the actual usage of such tools and supplies.

Before candles were developed, candles as we know them to be fashioned with a wick in the center, rush lights were used and were made from sheaves of reeds dipped in animal fat and set on fire. Yet before candles in some areas of the world, around approximately 4,500 B.C.E. years ago the first oil lamps were created in countries that used oils such as olive oil. Then approximately 3,000 years B.C.E. candles were credited to the Egyptians who took scrolls of papyrus and rolled them tightly and dipped them repeatedly in animal fat, inserted a wick in the center and burned them, resembling closely the candles we have today.

The concept of magick surrounds the candle / oil lamp because before this time, the darkness was a handicap to deal with for everyone in the nighttime. Many times one would have a fire or even more than one but when one went to bed or even moved a few yards away from the fire, the darkness surrounded them. The idea of being able to hold a light and carry it with you was magickal and would quickly have come to represent keeping the spirits and harmful things that hid in the dark away, thus bringing a sense of protection to surround the one carrying the light.

Originally the first candles were made from animal fat, primarily beef tallow, but that made for a smoky, smelly darker light and the candles dripped and often when blown out flaming globules of fat were a danger of catching the surrounding area on fire. I have often wondered if this may have been the origin of our now common practice of never blowing out spell candles but always snuffing them out? Perhaps a habit of safety that hearkens back to a time in the long distant past?

At a later time the Egyptians had started using beeswax for their candles, at least the Royals did, as it was much more costly to obtain, and prepare, but burned cleaner, made for a brighter flame and smelled sweeter. The poor were still subject to using the tallow candles if they could afford to make any at all.

It is very hard to find early written evidence of the use of many magickal techniques, as so many written works, if they were written down at all, were usually destroyed by the invading forces of a civilization which overtook another such as the Roman Empire, or eventually the Catholic church which tried to eliminate that which did not adhere to their desired version of historical events.

I find many of the earliest magickal, or call them spiritual or religious techniques are readily preserved in the bible, most especially in the Old Testament, again most especially the versions of the Old Testament that are the first 5 books of the Torah called the 5 books of Moses, that have not been adulterated and revised as in some Christian bibles. They present not just religious teachings but historical information of legend that can tell us so much about a time when magick and miracles were considered one and the same.

Many do not realize that in Jesus's time it was a common practice for 'religious men' be they called Priests or Wise Men who would go door to door knocking and asking the inhabitants if they had need for any magick to be done on their behalf? During this time it was common to cast healing spells, curses upon those who had caused you harm, protection spells, most especially legal spells, and many others.

Magickal practice was as common then as going to a physician is today. It was not frowned upon or considered evil or bad. It was considered something that was part of regular society and people lived in a world that understood that magickal forces were around them everywhere.

It only makes sense that candles would also be used for magickal purposes. Many old candles have been unearthed by archaeologists that have been found with pins stuck through them for some unknown ancient purposes. Candles have been found in cess pits, in tombs, and in unearthed foundations of abandoned ruins of ancient churches.

I have found early Catholic church dictates that made it forbidden, that colored candles never be used in church or by Catholics, but only white candles, as colored candles donated Pagan practice, which tells us a lot by this simple rule of the new Church. So it is apparent that Pagans were using colored candles before the Catholic church took hold and that was approximately 600 C.E. when Pope Gregory unified the Catholic church in Europe. Now the church did exist a bit before this time, but it was truly empowered and came into full strength in the 7th century, along with most of it's new rules, regulations and newly enacted sins.

Today this most ancient of magickal practices, using candles for our magickal spell casting, to use in ritual, to honor Divinity, actually Pagans and witches use candles in just about any and all opportunities, allows us to touch a deep, ancient magickal place within ourselves.

One of our most ancient of all candle spells, which just about everyone has practiced and does so every year, whether they feel they are magickal or not, is the birthday candle spell. Yes, if you have ever blown out the candles on your birthday cake, you have cast a candle spell that goes back appx 5,000 years ago, this time to ancient Greece. You see ancient Greece was very close to ancient Egypt right along the Mediterranean and as such they shared and often came up with similar innovations at about the same time. Well, this candle spell can be attributed to the ancient Greek temple of Artemis.

It is reputed that people would go to the temple on a night when the moon was full, as the temple had an open space in the roof so one could see the moon shining down. They would bring small, crescent moon shaped cakes and tiny candles. They would lay out the cakes on tables and put candles all around. Then each person would light a candle, ask Artemis for a wish, blow out the candle and take a tiny cake and eat it, thus assuring the wish would come true. In a sense like an offering you would take into your body similar to our cakes and ale ceremony or the Catholics Holy Communion.

There is no doubt, just with this simple candle and moon shaped cake spell that candle magick has been around for millenia. Even today, it is not just Pagans or magickally minded folks who believe in candle magick. There are many Christians who burn candles to Saints, or for loved ones who are sick or needing prayers.  Even those who do not think of themselves as spiritual, religious or magickal are  known to burn some candles on the table when serving a special dinner for lovers, for Valentines day or an anniversary or other special occasion.

Candle magick has a long, varied history and today can be as simple or as complex as one wishes. There are entire books written on candle magick, but the best advice I can give you, is if you have candles in your possession, .  .  .  burn them.  Hanging onto them, will do you no good, unless you release their energy, by burning them.

I have an altar where I burn a candle every night. A love candle, to send love out into my world, every single night. I will also burn a candle if someone I know is sick and has given me permission to burn a healing candle for them, or for some other special reason. What you send out will return to you on one level or another. This is one way to do that. A most ancient of ways.

Live, Laugh and Always Love, Ms. Faith

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ancient Magickal Techniques - Using Music

The Divje Babe Flute - 67, 000 years old

Good Afternoon My Witchy Readers,

 When we practice magick today, conduct rituals, celebrate Sabbats, web-weave with other like minded magickal people we often have 'new age' or 'witchy' music as an accompaniment or background to our festivities.

It is almost impossible to go through a day in our world, in our society without musical accompaniment. From listening to the radio in our cars, to television commercials, to the musical score that flows through each and every movie we watch, to the background of every video game and phone app game you play.  Every television show, whether it is a news show, a sports show, or a sit-com, they all have a musical theme song that starts and ends each show.

That is not even mentioning the nightclubs, bars, churches, restaurants, and of course concerts and casinos, malls and supermarkets we frequent. Actually music is around us all of the time, so subtle so many times we are not even away of it. We take for granted that music will be there, and when we find ourselves somewhere without the music and chatter of humans the silence can be "deafening."

This discussion started as I was contemplating the origins of music created by humans and when it would have started being used ritually/spiritually in our world. I find we must go far back into the mists of time back to prehistory, back to the dawn of paleolithic times, where archaeologists and music-archaeologists have come to some very interesting conclusions where they have found prehistoric cave paintings in caves, in areas of caves where the resonance was optimal and 'pitch perfect' if you will, than in other areas of the cave.

This has been proven to be the case in not one, but in several caves and in any areas where cave paintings were found, and some of these paintings were in very unusual places, very difficult for humans to access and seemed to make little sense as to why they would be placed there, but when the resonance was determined to be musically superior in these locations it seemed to make more sense as to why these remote locations may have been chosen

Ancient flutes, carved by human hands from bones made from bear bones, bird bones and other animal bones have been found, one being as old as 67,000 years old found in Slovenia. Understanding how humans lived back then, spending every waking moment in the employment of staying alive. Hunting and gathering food and animals to be made into food, clothing and other items for purposes of sustaining life. Crafting shelter and tools, and doing all that needed to be done to ensure life and survival for oneself and ones tribe or village. The Divje Babe Flute, 67,000 years old is believed by some experts to be the only musical instrument associated with the Neanderthal culture, whereas other experts feel that the use of musical instruments by the Homo Sapiens and not the Neanderthal is one reason the Neanderthals became extinct and the Homo Sapiens flourished, but we will never know for sure. We can only speculate.

It seems activities such as making music would be more directed towards ritual practice, which was to thank the Creator, rather than making music for festive entertainment and fun.  We have much evidence by unearthed early Goddess figurines that early man felt it was a Great Mother figure, who was the Creator of all of life. I have written earlier about the Achuellian Goddess who has been carbon dated to between 800,000 and 1 million years B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and is the oldest human crafted artifact ever unearthed, to this date.

Some of the oldest musical instruments to have survived to this day, including the above pictured flute The Divje Babe Flute, and this flute dated to 35,000 years old
were all created during the time of an era where artistic culture began to develop and became very significant among human tribes that interacted among each other on the earth. This time was between 70,000 and 30,000 approximately years ago.  This is when most of the early cave art paintings were first developed, the regular practice of crafting and wearing of jewelry was undertaken, Many more Goddess figurines were being crafted, such as the Willendorf Goddess  (crafted between 28,000 - 25,000 B.C.E.) which again falls into the window of the artistic cultural era. It makes perfect sense that this level of human creative development would include the development of musical understanding.

In the earliest books of the Bible, the Old Testament, there is many references to music and musical practice in relation to honoring God and celebration of the Spirit. Many have heard of King David and his use of music in religious ritual and historians ascribe the 150 psalms of the Book of Psalms from The Old Testament, attributed to King David,  as the poetry most often set to music in Western civilization than any other. We have heard of the trumpets that brought down the walls of Jericho, which were really rams horns called shofars, and whereas their melody may be questionable they were absolutely music played for divine, religious spiritual purposes.

There are some music-archaeologists who feel the first concept of music struck early prehistoric man when he felt his own heartbeat. as the oldest musical instruments made by mankind to be found date to 165,000 years ago and are percussion instruments.
Percussion stones  165,000 years old

Now, many believe the very first musical instrument was the human voice, but after that, the banging and rhythmic beats kept by banging and striking objects against other objects, making a rhythm or a beat in a manner to resemble the heartbeat may have been one of the first musical making instruments made by prehistoric mankind.

Whereas these percussion stones were used to strike and bang and to make noise of a sort, the oldest skin drum ever found, so far, is an elephant skin drum found in the Antarctica dated to 37,000 years old. Here is a portion of this ancient drum pictured here:
It was preserved during the ice age.

Pan Pipes are at least 30,000 years old and date back to the ancient Greek Culture:

The bull roarer also known as a rhombus or a turndun is an ancient ritual instrument and with the loud sound it makes was also used as a way to communicate over long distances. It was used in ancient Greece in rituals and dates back to at least 17,000 B.C.E.

Aside from musical instruments you might be interested in the earliest known written musical notes and those are found here in this cuneiform tablet from Iraq, and dated to 2,000 B.C.E. with these notes specific to strings on the Lyre. This tablet represents one of the earliest melodies ever found.

During later cultures we have well documented ritualistic musical practice where some ritual groups would go into musical frenzied dance to create an element of magickal power and to raise their energy. Some use music to aid in meditation, to go into ritual trance, to tap into the magickal energy to aid in our rituals and our spell casting.

Music still today is used in churches to raise spirits, to touch the energy of the Divine, used in rituals of Pagans as well as every spiritual and religious group typically found in this country and around the world. What is today called religious is also known and was in ancient times known as magickal.

There are times when singing a song I can feel the energy of the Divine overtaking my spirit and overtaking my entire being and I am filled with an energy and a power greater than myself. This is what the ancients felt and what we so often feel today. The best thing about music is you do not have to be in a sacred space to create this phenomenon, because music works by its very vibrations on the airwaves and by doing so, it creates sacred space simply by the notes being played, wherever you may be.

Something as simple as ringing a bell to start a ritual, three small notes, can start an amazing magickal energy that builds and accumulates until we release the cone of power to be sent off to manifest in the change we wish to make.

Humans have known the power of music for thousands of years, hundreds of thousands of years and the magick of music is with us still.

Live, Laugh and Always Love,  Ms. Faith

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