Consecrating a Talisman

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Consecrating a Talisman

There are MANY ways to consecrate a talisman, but I thought I’d share my most commonly used method here. I actually pulled this from D. J. Conway’s “A Little Book of Candle Magic” and altered it just a little to make it more comfortable for me.
For those unaware, a talisman is basically a good luck charm, & can be any object you choose. It can help calm you in times of crisis, help bring you luck & protection. Mine, for example, is a small pentacle ring that a friend gifted to me when I first began practicing. It actually never leaves my finger. It is a constant reminder to me of my spirituality, and of being aware of all of the actions that I take and things that I say.
That being said, you can also create different talismans for different things, infusing only one element powerfully into each. The decision is always up to you. If you are a beginner, working this spell on a full moon or during the waxing moon cycle will give you added energy to work with.

Tools for the consecration:

CANDLES
•Red candle (represents will power and strength)
•Silver candle (represents stability and security)
•Black candle (represents biding all harmful forces)
You can use any kind of candle, but I would suggest votive or chime candles, only because it’s BEST to let them burn all the way down. If this is not possible, however, it’s perfectly fine. Use the tools you have available in the ways that are most convenient for you. Spirit will understand your intentions.

•OIL: Frankincense (courage, joy, strength, health, success)
•HERBS: Frankincense, sandalwood (I placed them in a small bowl)
•INCENSE: Lotus, frankincense
•STONES: Bloodstone, Black Onyx, Black Obsidian
•WATER: usually in a small bowl
•The item you plan to consecrate

•SPELLWORK: Anoint the black candle with the oil from the end to the wick. This can be done with your fingers, or a dropper, if you’re sensitive to oils and herbs. Anoint the silver and red candles from the wick to the end. You will be forming a pyramid shape with your candles & stones. Light the incense and candles. Place the red candle with the bloodstone just above it. Set the silver candle below the red candle and to the left, with the black obsidian in front of it. Place the black candle below the red candle and to the right, with the black onyx in front of it. (General diagram pictured below. I moved the bottom candles a little further down and out) Place your bowls of water and herbs in the center of the pyramid (triangle) you’ve just created. Hold the object in the incense smoke for a moment while chanting three times, “I bind you with protection and light. Return to me only protection and light.” Now move to each candle, starting with the point candle (red candle), circling the flame clockwise with the object and repeating the chant once over each flame. Next, dip your fingers in the bowl of water, and sprinkle or flick droplets over the object, reciting the chant three times. Then place your object into the bowl of herbs, burying it just slightly while reciting the chant three times. Then say, “This is my will. So shall it be.” Leave the object in the bowl of herbs until your candles and incense have burned out. Dispose of the wax, ash, water and herbs by burying them in the ground, if possible. If not possible, simply dispose of them normally, with the intent firmly in your mind of giving them back to the earth.

This works best if you refresh the consecration from time to time. Once a month is most common, but if your intuition tells you it’s not needed so often, listen to it. Our hearts and subconscious minds always know what’s best for us. Another suggestion I have, is if you are unable to acquire colored candles, use plain white candles (as this is normally what most people have on hand) and simply carve what they represent into them. It can be the word, or a rune that represents it.

So that is how I normally consecrate a talisman. You could even take this and alter it to your own liking as well. After all, spells started somewhere, right? 20140802-225537-82537893.jpg

Broken Open

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Broken pieces break into me
So imperfectly what you should be
I don’t want you to go
Don’t wanna see you back out in the cold
Air you’re breathing out – it fades you to gray
Don’t run away
Find me
I know the battles of the chasing the shadows of who you wanna be
It doesn’t mater
Go on and shatter
I’m all you need
Broken pieces break into me
So imperfectly what you should be
Lay here, it’s safe here
I’ll let you be broken open
Hide here, confide here so we can be broken open
Let’s enlighten the night
We can fall away, slip out of sight
When you drop your guard
Melt in time, so intertwined
Quiet
I know the battles of chasing the shadows of who you wanna be
It doesn’t matter
Go on and shatter
I’m all you need
Broken pieces break into me
So imperfectly what you should be
Lay here it’s safe here
I’ll let you be broken open
Hide here, confide here so we can be broken open
Broken pieces break into me
So imperfectly what you should be
Lay here, it’s safe here
I’ll let you be broken open
Hide here, confide here so we can be broken open
Lay here, it’s safe here
I’ll let you be broken open
Hide here, confide here so we can be broken open

Some Crazy Wiccans…

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Some Crazy Wiccans…

Growing up, I had always thought that I’d see all the drama and manipulation I’d ever see in high school, and that the meat of it and the most horrible manipulations would be out of the way. Well of course, shortly out of high school I knew better than to retain that belief. However, I never imagined that someone well into middle age could ever find the time to waste on manipulation and drama, let alone help cause some of the worst I’ve ever seen in my life, then blame everyone and everything else for the problems that would arise from it. I expect it from a child sometimes, but never from someone with many years of life experience behind them. And especially not from someone that practices a faith that expressly teaches that almost everything that happens in your life is a direct result of a choice or choices you make. Not the devil. Not evil. Not a sorcerer. Not black magick. We are responsible for the people we bring in and keep, the decisions we make, the way we allow others to treat us and certainly the way we treat others.

I went through something last year, with a spiritual group, that I apparently needed to go through to learn some valuable lessons. I’ve learned that, as decently skilled of a people reader as I normally can be, there are still masks that I can’t see past yet. I’ve learned that some people will never, under any circumstances, take responsibility for their own mistakes. I’ve learned that I can no longer trust as quickly as I have in the past. And I’ve RElearned that great friends and a great foundation are still the best support systems you can ever have.

I can probably never regret anything, no matter how harmful or negative, that I had to go through then, because with the most horrible people I’ve ever met came some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Have to take the bad with the good right? Well, I’ve taken the bad, cycled through most of it – getting through the last bits, and cherished the good. I’ll continue to do so, and even hope that the other people involved in what transpired last year will one day understand that the world is not always out to get them and that it’s okay to stop hiding behind the lies, manipulation and games. I have a horrible habit of wanting to help people that are lost, so that they can have the tools to find their own way. But I know now, that some people are beyond that – it’s a cushion they use to protect themselves from a reality they have created and that cushion is THEIR support system. I can only hope that introspection will one day take the place of pointing the finger and these people can find some peace within themselves and within the rest of the world.

“Turned away from it all like a blind man. Sat on a fence, but it don’t work. Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed and torn. Why, why, why? Insanity laughs under pressure we’re cracking. We give ourselves one more chance. Why can’t we give love that one more chance? Why can’t we give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love? Cause love’s such an old fashioned word and love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night. And love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves. This is our last chance. This is ourselves under pressure.”

Crestfallen

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Who am I to need to you when I’m down
And where are you when I need you around
Your life is not your own
And all I ask you is for another chance
Another way around you
To live by circumstance once again
Who am I to need you now
To ask you why, to tell you no
To deserve your love and sympathy
You were never meant to belong to me
And you may go but I know you won’t leave
Too many years built into memories
You’re life is not your own
Who am I to need you now
To ask you why, to tell you no
To deserve your love and sympathy
You were never meant to belong to me
Who am I to you
Along the way I lost my faith
And as you were you’ll be again to mold like clay, to break like dirt
To tear me up in your sympathy
You were never meant to belong to me
You were never meant to belong to me
You were never meant to belong to me.
Who am I
Who am I
Who am I
Who am I
Who am I
Who am I

The End is the Beginning

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The End is the Beginning

Have you ever had someone in your life that seemed to be all kinds of bad for you, but you just COULDN’T let go of them? No matter how hard you try, the urge to run to them when something happens is so strong that you can’t ignore it.
My best friend…he’s one of the most amazing men in my life. The first day we ever met, it was like we had known each other our entire lives. We clicked right away over a love of music and movies and the way we usually hole our emotions up inside ourselves until the hole starts to become all consuming, and we’re forced to fill the hole up with something….anything, without ever really resolving the issue. It’s kind of a form of dismissal. And he and I have always been exceptionally good at it – except until it came to each other.
See, I like to pride myself wonder woman when it comes to emotions and relationship problems. ANY kind of relationship has problems. But I’ve always been great at keeping my relationships pretty evenly balanced. A little give, a little take, and a whole lot of love, communication, and affection. Apparently, my love and affection was confused for something more than I intended it for about two years ago. That should have been the time I permanently let go. But he promised he’d get over it, and the subject didn’t arise again for over a year. When it WAS mentioned again, I attempted to let him go. I tried. I really tried. But he had told me, when I so vehemently tried to cut the cord, that there was no way I’d be able to stay away from him. He was absolutely right, and he knew he would be. We are, after all, practically the same person.
The major difference between us, however, is that I’m in a happy, loving marriage and he is involved in a stagnant relationship that he insists on maintaining even though he’s not completely happy. His excuse, every time I grilled him about it, was the heaviest guilt trip of “The one I want isn’t available, so I get to settle for what I have.” I accepted these excuses, even though deep down I knew that he fixated on me only because he’s REALLY not ready to settle down, and he’s using me as an excuse to keep from fully committing to his girlfriend. I’m “safe.” He knows that I will never want him the way he CLAIMS to want me. He knows I love my husband more than anything or anyone else. He knows that although he’s my best friend, my husband is my ULTIMATE best friend. He knows that I love him, but only as a brother. He KNOWS.
Let me tell you what I know. I know that communication came undeniably easy with him. I know that we have so much in common, and think so much alike, that sometimes it seems as if we’re the same person. I know that he’s given me so much more than any of my other friends have ever given me. I know that he’s a good man, despite and in part because of his flaws. I know that I love him like the kind of brother that I always wished I’d had. I know that I have to let him go. And I know that this time, there can be no looking back.
It’s going to break me in half – so sharply that I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to mend completely. No amount of glue will fix this situation. And nothing will make it easier. He’s all over my life – his gifts, his lyrics, his way of thinking…his sage advice. His name will probably be permanently etched into my heart, but all I can do is keep it there, with the rest of the names of people who have touched my life in unspeakable ways, and find solace in my husband’s arms. I can only hope that this end can be HIS new beginning.

“Inside of me, is such a part of you. Oh, the years burn…..”

Wow!

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I’m planning some trips at the moment, and as I’m planing the one down to Austin for Austin Pagan Pride, it hit me that I haven’t updated here in quite some time. I had promised myself that I would keep this up, & I already broke that promise. Boo me.

Busy is the word – if it hasn’t been one thing, it’s been another. Health, friends, family, or just life in general; pretty much all have bombarded me either one at a time, or in multiples at one time, for the past few months. It’s mostly been great, though, with much of my time being taken up by friends and family.

I have been keeping my promise to write much more, but it’s been in my own personal journal, and in my Book of Shadows. I’ve also been looking into some traditional Witchcraft schools to take part in. I’d really like to learn TRADITIONAL witchcraft – not Wicca, which may share some of the same elements, but aren’t the same thing, as I’m sure many of you know. If anyone has any suggestions for a school of traditional Witchcraft (please don’t tell me Hogwarts, lol) please let me know. I’d greatly appreciate your input.

I’m also taking a larger part in my local Pagan community and making many new and great friends. I never realized how great the community in this area was until I branched away from myself a little and a group that was trying to be expressly exclusive. Taking part in more drum circles has prompted me to pursue my long silenced want to try out percussion. I’m actually in search of a decent sounding djembe drum at the moment, and have purchased some tambourines with heads. Those have been fun! I can’t wait until I find a good djembe.

I really am going to try to make more time to post here, even if just from my phone, since my computer was “virused” and I don’t really want to pay the money to get it fixed right now. I hope to be posting more opinions, and maybe even some Witchcraft things as I transition from Wicca to traditional Witchcraft.

Thanks so much to anyone that reads, and again – any Witchcraft school suggestions, and even djembe drum suggestions would be very helpful and greatly appreciated. :)

Open Mind

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My best friend, whom I love beyond words, is an atheist. Normally, this would not be an issue. However, he has a tendency to be what I call a “preachy” atheist. “Preachy” atheists, to me, are those that live to tell every religion on the planet that all of their beliefs are wrong, & that science has all the answers. Don’t get me wrong – I FIRMLY believe that science has many answers & what answers it doesn’t have will be found later after more research. What makes me see red, is the hypocrisy of the action. My best friend (not using names here) absolutely LOATHES when a Christian preaches to him about anything pertaining to their religion. Therefore, it would stand to reason, that he would then not reflect the same action back, correct? WRONG. He, along with quite a few other atheists I know, are persistent in ridiculing people of religious faith.

It all seems like a great way to never learn from each other, if you ask me. When you are determined that you are right, one hundred percent, it leaves no room to gain knowledge from others. I for one, find that appalling. The answers can ALWAYS change, even in science. Our world is constantly evolving. All of it. The planet, animals, human kind, the space surrounding the planet, and our knowledge of it all – it’s all constantly in motion. So why would anyone want to ever limit themselves by thinking that they have it all figured out? It’s a question I continuously ask myself AND my best friend, without ever getting a real response.

As a witch, many of my views are atheistic in nature. I do not believe in a god & goddess the way many other Wiccans do. I call them the God and Goddess, sure. But in my views, they are merely words that represent this planet and all of the life it sustains. However, I would never begrudge those Wiccans that believe in an ACTUAL God and Goddess. From where I’m standing, as long as you don’t try to force your beliefs on me, then I have no quarrel with you as far as that topic is concerned. In the same light, I don’t want to put down the god and/or goddess of any other religion or spirituality. I only have a problem with one “group” of people trying to keep any other “group” of people from having any right that the “average” citizen has. Oh the Libra in me just rears its crazy little head sometimes: I want things to be as fair as possible.

Anyhow, I just thought I’d burn off a little steam here. My best friend and I bicker about this topic plenty. We usually try to avoid it, but the fact that we tell each other everything makes that difficult sometimes. No matter our differences in opinion on this, I still love him dearly, and a difference in religious preference, or lack thereof, could never change that. I just wanted to say that I hope we can all keep our minds open to the endless possibilities that this world has to offer. Make every day a learning experience because every day is new. It’s such a better way to live. :)

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