Good Evening My Witchy Reader,
Tonight's discussion will be brief but hopefully informative. As many of my discussions involve, it covers topics that people come into Enchantments to see me about. This is about those who come into the store to ask about items they might already have, or that they purchase and they wish to have blessed. We use the term charge, or enchant, but it is all the same. To infuse with blessed, special energy and to give it a special enchantment that it did not have before.
For those who know me or know my writing, you will find my next comments familiar. I do not typically bless items for people. Not jewelry, or crystals or candles or any items such as that. Now I do enchant spell candles that we make especially for a certain purpose, to bring in financial energies, or love energies, or tranquility, or protection along those lines. Yet it is still important that you put your own energies into those candles when you bring them home, before you light them.
Yes, you, in effect do the blessing yourself. And, it is just as effective and just as powerful as anyone else blessing your object, dare I say it? yes, I will, even the Pope, himself! I actually saw him recently bless the first lady's rosary beads on the Presidential trip to Rome and it made me think of this topic. The first lady asked the Pope to bless her rosary beads, he said of course, she handed them to him, he cupped them in his hands for a brief moment, closed his eyes, and then handed them back.
I honestly do not mean any disrespect to any Catholic, that truly believes that the Pope has some special one on one direct line to God, but he does not, or shall I say he does, just as we all do. You can also bless your spiritual jewelry, your altar tools, your supplies, your special tools that you use in your life whether you are an artist or a musician or a gardener or a writer, no matter what you do. The tools, or instruments you use to perform your hobby, your work, your passion can all be blessed by you and the divine.
It is very much as the Pope demonstrated. Hold the item, close your eyes, but take a bit longer than a brief moment. Imagine bright white light energy flowing from the heavens into your crown chakra, on top of your head, flowing through your body, through your arms, into your hands, into the object you are holding. See this exchange of bright white light energy flowing through you, as the tool connecting the universe with your object for just a few moments, it does not have to be for a long time. Then open your eyes and place your tool where it belongs. Use it as you normally do.
Also the more you use your tools and objects the more charged and enchanted they will become, bonding themselves to your energy. Simply wearing an item of jewelry for 28 days, a lunar month, without taking it off, will enchant it and bind it to you and it becomes part of your energy.
In this same way, it takes some time for us to affect an items energy, so do not have any fear of items in a store being affected by others having picked them up and touching them, then putting them down, before you buy them. We need to work with an item, or have it in our possession for a time before our energy starts to affect that items energy field. Some people get all uptight about the energy of items, but unless they are at a flea market or especially antique stores or estate sales, which I never attend, I wouldn't worry.
Items at those places can very well have very old and intense energy and you should hold an object, walk with it for a while before deciding if it feels good enough to bring home. And, no, you cannot clean off an object that has 'bad' energy, simply because it may have built up over decades. It may not be 'bad' energy, simply energy that does not sync up with yours and will make you anxious, uncomfortable and unhappy to be around. Leave it behind. Simply smudging or cleaning may not rid it of the energy, because you do not know what 'stained' it of the energy to begin with.
Back to blessing objects. A bit of history, and forgive me but this goes waaaay back. A thousand, 1500 years or more. To the beginning of the Catholic religion, which started in Rome after Constantine, most notably under Pope Gregory who was credited with unifying the Catholic church and the religion in Europe. He was instrumental with building Cathedrals, churches and instituting rules and regulations, for example i.e., such as everyone, regardless of desire must attend church. Everyone must pay tithes, everyone had to ask the priests if they had a prayer, as in the early church it was forbidden to pray to God on your own, and if the priests felt it was a worthy prayer and payment was made, they would pray for you.
The entire societal structure which was redeveloped and restructured upon the foundation of the Catholic church and it's new regulations was hierarchical in nature. The emperor was now the Pope so the royal ruler has now become the religious ruler, next were Cardinals, bishops and priests, even altar boys who all had more 'spiritual power' than the common congregant. This ranking of religious, spiritual power and who had it, who was worthy and who was not was so prevalent for centuries, so ingrained, that vestiges still remain in so many ways to this day. We see this in the average persons belief that some people have a special 'gift' that they are able by their very touch to bless something mundane and make it part of the divine.
So the concept of rosary beads, and other items being blessed by those who were 'special' in God's eyes went with the flip side, hand in hand, with some of those same people, such as priests handing out punishments for those sinners who simply lived life and perhaps enjoyed living life a little more than they were told they should. Especially if they were living as their Pagan forefathers had taught them to, as that was being punished, fasted, prayed and penanced out of them as hard and as fast as possible. No longer was the Pagan lifestyle accepted and revered but shunned and those who followed it were being eliminated in many ways.
So, still today, the concept that some people, are special and have a power that others do not, so therefore are able to magickally enchant something and make it special is a lovely fairy tale and some refuse to let it go, but truly you have as much spiritual energy and magick within as I do. Yes, some may be in touch with the Goddess on a more regular basis than some others, simply because of what we do and how often we do it, but that can be said about anyone. Yet if you take the time to sit quietly with your object, say under the full moon, and hold it and feel the energy and feel it flow into your object you will have then blessed it far more effectively than I could.
Having said all of this, I will say I have held objects for the occasional person, as I have met people who simply want me to hold something of theirs and they do not care that they could bless it better than I, or that I have the same energy as they have themselves. They are vested in the legend and lore they have surrounded me with and to refuse would be mean and petty and I do not wish to do that.
But I hope through my words here I can help those who are walking along this path and are learning about our ways, that you are as magickal as I am, right here and now, no matter if you just stepped upon this path yesterday and I have been on it over 30 years. The magick is pure and strong on day one as it is on day 10,000, the only difference is the longer you are on the path, the easier and quicker you can detect the magick. That is all. The magick remains the same.
If you cast a full magick circle, another way to charge or enchant your items is to, after having cast your circle, take the item you wish to charge, let us say it is a pentagram necklace for this example, and first put a pinch of incense powder on the charcoal and swing the necklace through the scented smoke, then hold it in the candle flame and then dip it briefly in the blessed salted water. That is another way to bless an item, but this works best with items that the flame or water will not ruin. Then lay it on the altar pentacle for a few moments and it is charged.
These are just some concepts that come to mind when one is discussing blessing objects. But as I often say, you must really do what feels best to you. If it makes you feel better to have another do this for you then by all means, but know you have it within you all along. Hmmm, why am I reminded of the words of the Wizard of Oz to Dorothy?
Live, Laugh and Always Love, Ms. Faith
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