The Witches Power
The universe is a fluid, ever-changing energy pattern, not a collection
of fixed and separate things. What
affects one thing affects, in some way, all things, like ripples on the etheric
plane. All is interwoven into the
continuous spiral fabric of magic. Its
warp and weft are energy, which is the essence of magic.
Energy is ecstasy, when we drop the barriers and let power pour through,
it floods the body, pulsing through every nerve, arousing every artery, coursing
like a river that cleanses as it moves. In the eye of the storm, we rise on the winds that soar
through our mind and body, throbbing a liquid note as the voice pours out
shimmering honey in waves of golden light, that as they pass, leave peace.
No drug can take us so high; no thrills pierce us so deep because we have
felt the essence of all delight, the heart of joy, the end of desire.
Of all the disciplines of magic, the art of moving energy is the simplest
and most natural. Picture the power
in motion, and it moves, feel it flowing, and it flow.
Witches conceive of the subtle energies as being, to a trained awareness,
tangible, visible and malleable. We
can learn to sense them and mould them into form.
A witch's power of changing and summoning can shake the balance of the
world, it is dangerous that power. It
must follow knowledge and serve need. To
light a candle is to cast a shadow. Energy
is constantly in motion, it cannot be stopped.
Energy flows in spirals. No
form of energy can be exerted indefinitely in one direction only; always it will
reach a peak, a point of climax, and then turn.
An important aspect of this movement is grounding the energy after it is
raised, consciously recognizing its fall as well as its peak, and returning it
to the earth, its elemental source. Nature
knows best. Magic is part of
nature; it does not controvert natural laws.
Magic is an art and a discipline, which demands work, practice and effort
before it can be perfected.
In coven rituals, energy raised is most often moulded into the form of a
cone, the Cone of Power. The base
of the cone is the circle of conveners; its apex can focus on an individual, an
object, or a collectively visualized image.
At times, the cone is allowed to rise and fall naturally, as in a power
chant. It may also be sent off in a
burst of force. Rhythm, drums,
handclaps and dance movements may also be used in building the cone.
The energy can be also be moulded into other forms, for example, a
fountain, that rises and flows back on the conveners, a wave form, or a glowing
sphere. Possibilities are infinite.
Witches conceive of the energy as an energy field, which surrounds and
interpenetrates the physical body, and which sustains us.
We feed off it, and its movement through our body appears as a blue glow.
Animals, plants, clean air and water, physical exercise, and sex increase
vital energy. When the raith-energy
is low, people become physically ill, tired and emotionally depressed.
Magic uses a great deal of vital energy, and anyone who practices magic
regularly must take care not to become depleted.
Beings outdoors, consciously making contact with nature and the elements,
also restores vitality.
Grounding before every magical working or psychic exercise prevents us
from becoming depleted. Instead of
draining our own vitality, we tap directly into the unlimited sources of
elemental energy in the earth. Power
flows through us, not out of us. When
we invoke the Old Gods in rituals, we connect with this energy, that connection
is the heart of the greater magic, of mystical ecstasy.
Awareness of energy is awareness of the great dance of the universe.
Awareness of your own energy is the awareness that flesh and spirit are
The universe is a dance of energy, a uni-verse, a single song of
ever-changing rhythms and harmonies. Sustaining
the melody of the physical world is a rich interplay of counterpoint and
Power is latent in the body and may be drawn out and used in various ways
by the skilled, but unless confined in a circle it will be swiftly dissipated.
Hence the importance of a properly constructed circle.
Power seems to exude from the body via the skin and possibly from the
orifices of the body; hence you should be properly prepared.
The slightest dirt spoils everything, the attitude of the mind has great
effect, so if you are intoxicated or confused, even slightly, you cannot control
the power you evoke. The simplest
way is by dancing and singing monotonous chants, slowly at first and gradually
quickening the tempo, until giddiness ensues.
The calls may be used or even wild and meaningless shrieking produces
power, but this method inflames the mind and renders it difficult to control,
though control can be gained through practice.
The scourge is a far better way, for it stimulates and excites both body
and soul, yet one easily retains control.
The great rite is far the best, it releases enormous amounts of power,
but the conditions and circumstances make it difficult for the mind to maintain,
control at first, but again, it is a matter of practice and the natural strength
of the witch's will and concentration.
When we're in good health, our bodies are capable of producing tremendous
amounts of this energy, it derives from the earth, for our bodies transform
food, sunlight, fresh air and water into available power, normally we use this
energy to maintain good health and for such daily activities as exercise, work,
sleep, study, thought, play and sex. In magic we transfer some of this energy to other purposes.
The Cone of Power:
This was the old way. The circle was marked out and people stationed to whip up the dangers. A fire or candle was within it in the direction where the object of the rite was supposed to be. Then all danced round until they felt they had raised enough power. If the rite was to banish they started deosil and finished widdershins, so many rounds of each. Then they formed a line with linked hands and rushed towards the fire shouting the thing they wanted. They kept it up till they were exhausted or until someone fell in a faint, when they were said to have taken the spell to its destination.
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Wiccan Rede / Charge of the Goddess / Charge of the God / The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus) / The Witches Chant / The Witches Creed / Descent of the Goddess / Drawing Down the Moon / The Great Rite Invocation / Invocation of the Horned God / The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief / The Witches Rede of Chivalry / A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality
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esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism
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history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope
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Nider’s Formicarius /
Heinrich Kramer /
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Sabbats and Rituals:
Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder. Also see: The Willow Tree (Folk Music)
Rocks and Stones:
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin: / Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murder by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A. Kelly / Albertus Magnus “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders "the King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary / Carl Llewellyn Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard (Dave Smith) / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Dorothy Morrison / Doreen Valiente / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake and the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gerald B. Gardner / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater "Horrible Herman" / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell / Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell “Lady Sheba” / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave (the White Fox) / John Michael Greer / John Score / Johannes Junius the Burgomaster of Bamberg / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau the " Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the Desiderata / Monique Wilson the “Queen of the Witches” / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellers / Mrs. Grieve "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and "The White Goddess" /Rudolf Steiner / Rosaleen Norton “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids / Sabrina - The Ink Witch / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather / Thomas Ady / Vera Chapman / Victor Henry Anderson / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest
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