Category: Pagan Life


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The dark primordial river of wild male shakti has nothing to do with the distorted masculine we see at large in the world today – true male shakti is very, very wild and powerful. Very strong and playful. Very direct and penetrating. It serves only Love. Many men have never given themselves permission to access this side of their being.

Pure male shakti energy comes from the deepest root of a man’s being, flowing in a a very free and relaxed way, with nothing to prove. This is the essence of a power that can bring down civilizations, it can fight to the death for love, it can live only for love, it can bring a woman into her wildest, deepest pleasure. The world is terrified of this transformational energy.

Male shakti is expressed directly in the world. It is the warrior energy that can inspire humanity to rise up off its knees and incite change in radical ways. This wild male shakti can ONLY ever come into being through an open heart and full connection with the feminine. That is why what we see in the world at the moment is a negative shadow of this energy – the power to manifest creations that are ultimately destructive or disharmonious. It is not so much that men are frightened to embody this energy, they just don’t know how to.

Men have been deliberately guided away from this energy, or its secrets have been hidden to them. In the very depth of their beings they’ve always desired and searched for it, but have been led in the wrong direction – misled onto paths of separation from the feminine and separation from love.

The full expression of this wild masculine sexual energy needs a very powerful, open, wild womb to receive it – a ‘Magdalene’ Womb. When the wild feminine rebirths the wild masculine, and when men claim the full magnificence of their loving power, a New Earth is birthed.

~ Azra Bertrand

CURSES Part One

CURSES

What You Need To Know Before You Begin:

Please take care to read all of the points below, then, read them again! Before you consider laying out a curse, please, know all of these points like the back of your hand.

These points will tell you if you should even be considering a curse at all. If they do tell you to go ahead, then they have the power to arm and protect you when you do.

*remember, this is my method and how I was taught. I am sure that there are many other ways of doing this.

THE RULES:

1.)  Never try out a curse for a joke. You will not like what happens!

2.)  Ignore the small harms and slights that befall you; we all have the same types of things happen. Curse when you only truly deserve a resolution, and you have tried all other means.

3.)  Never cast a curse on someone who is innocent. Never curse someone who might be innocent. Wait to see if they are truly guilty or not. If you cannot cast a curse without collateral damage, don’t curse. Wait until the enemy becomes an unobstructed target.

4.)  Curse only when your cause is just and true. Remember, you are NOT always the best judge of what is just, who has wronged you, or what you are owed.

5.)  Exhaust all other options first. Try appeals, mitigation, arbitration, assertive communication, and compromise. Should you jump right to the curse first, you will regret it.

Why put a curse on someone? Well, why not? You have tried everything else, haven’t you? You’ve asked nicely, been patient, willing to compromise. Now, from being so reasonable, you are feeling like a pushover. Now, you have been shut down and shut out altogether. So, try a curse. Much cheaper than a lawsuit and much more civilized and legal than punching someone in the face, and you won’t have to explain a curse to the police.

There are lots of paths with lots of curses out there, but in reality, there tend to be a basic four that we work with.

 

The Revenge Curse

When you’ve been stabbed in the back, nothing else will really do, now will it? But remember this: Betrayals are, unfortunately, pretty common, so pick your battles wisely. Not everything calls for a curse. You must know when to walk away.

The Warning Curse

Use this is ward off a betrayal coming down the line.

The Binding Curse

Also can be called a neutralizing curse, it ends stalemates, wears down enemies, gets you noticed, and gets your calls returned. Whenever possible, choose a binding curse over a revenge curse. In the dark art of malediction, less is usually more. Binding spells are much softer and gentler and defiantly much more idiot-proof than revenge curses, and will usually leave you feeling better about yourself the next morning.

The Repudiation Curse

This will guard you from organized harm. Use it against institutions that mislead or hurt people.

Do I need animals to sacrifice when I curse?

You don’t need goats or chickens to sacrifice, most ingredients for a curse are very commonplace, and you already own them.

Will It Work?

It will if you believe it will, and if you follow the rules that I posted above. Just like with any type of spell craft, you must believe, have the will, and be focused for the curse to manifest. Remember, however, that doing nothing can sometimes turn out to be the best thing that you can do. Not every problem can be solved, nor does every problem need to be solved. Many battles are not worth fighting, so why allow the stress poison you? Choose your battles wisely! *”One of the most time consuming things is to have an enemy,” said E.B. White, you know, the guy that wrote Charlotte’s Web. Cursing should not make you bitter, nor should you be obsessed with the outcome. If you are, you will not get the desired result. Step back, let the curse work, no fussing, no monitoring and no touchups. Like with other spell work, walk away from the cast and forget about it. Your curse will work in time.

Is Cursing Ethical?

As for me, the methods that I am sharing here are karmically and ethically sound. Yet, I did say for me. Also, what I will be sharing is not complete, so please, do your own work when cursing. Again, you will get tired of hearing me say this, make sure that you deserve the remedy that you are asking for! Have you truly been harmed by this institution or person, or have you instead been hurt by the events and not truly harmed? Is it your pride or something else that you are trying to redeem with a curse. Do some self searching as well. Often, we may thing that the harm has come from the outside, when in reality, we brought it on ourselves. Remember the bottom line, if you aim a curse at an innocent, your curse is not ethical and it will be dangerous to you!

I Have A Legitimate Complaint And A Curse Is Ethical, How Soon Can I Cast It?

That will depend on that type of curse you choose to use. A warning curse should be cast just as soon as you sense a threat that is coming at you. Don’t even wait to know for sure. Yes, I know, this sounds contradictive to what I wrote above, but if you do turn out to be wrong, the warning will only glance off the intended target and will not come back on you. Do not be too hasty to cast a revenge curse. Revenge curses can really cause harm to the intended target and you don’t want to use it on someone without being absolutely sure that they deserve it. You also want to make sure you have taken every other step possible to resolve the problem. Don’t take binding or repudiation curses lightly. They have power and can have repercussions on you. Again, make sure you are not casting against an innocent. Never cast any curse casually or as a joke/experiment, or when there is plenty of time to wait and see what happens by itself.

Is There Anyone I Shouldn’t Curse?

Yes, innocent people. Never curse anyone that is not responsible for your trouble. Never cast a curse on someone near and dear to your enemy in order to hurt them vicariously. Never curse yourself, unless it is a self-help “self-curse” that will rid you of a bad habit.

Never curse a child or an animal. Do not curse anyone that is sick. If you do decide to curse a loved one that has wronged you, consider the future first. Do you want to lose that person forever? Lay that curse, and I you most assuredly will.

Can I Curse People I Don’t Know or Can I Curse Institutions Or Groups That Have Hurt Me?

Yes and Yes. Stay away from institutions like the IRS, FBI, NSA, ICE and CIA if you really know what is good for you, or unless they have really, really, really harmed your or harmed your family. (This is a good time to consider a repudiation curse if you like. You are sheltered there.) Whatever you do, DO NOT and I repeat, DO NOT curse innocent people at the institution. Focus only on who is tormenting you or your family. Find this out before you start, or curse only the people at the top. Again, do what ever it takes to NEVER curse an innocent person.

What If My Curse Comes Back On Me?

This is certainly a common worry for everyone, at one time or another. You do not need to worry. Before embarking on your journey of revenge, Confucius had this to say, dig two graves. I believe he was only partly right. To protect yourself, just follow the rules above. They are not hard to learn or to adhere to. Commit them to memory, know them as a friend. Follow them to every letter, do not vary. If you skip over them, cherry pick them, or change them, you will do so at your own peril and at your own energetic danger level.

What I have found is this, when I stick to the rules, sometimes I find a better solution to the problem at hand. In this way, I find a much more pleasant resolution to the situation. This is always better than utilizing a curse, wouldn’t you say? But when a curse truly is needed and is warranted, follow the rules!

What If Someone Is Innocent When I Curse, And I Didn’t Know? Will The Curse Boomerang?

Make every effort to insure that the person you are cursing is not innocent in the situation. This comes back to not being the best judge of your own situation. Ask others. Do not ask those that will just tell you what you want to hear, truly ask others for what they see. Remember, accidents do happen. In the case that you were honest about your endeavor of finding the guilty party, you adhered to the rules, and yet you cursed an innocent person, the curse may not ‘take’, you can hope and attempt to visualize this, but you won’t know for sure if you have been heard and more to the point, if luck was on your side.

If you have done your homework beforehand, the curse usually will not revert back to you, but you won’t know that right away either. The very best thing to do, and what has worked for others I know in the past, is to do nothing. Do not talk about it to anyone, be contrite. I will cover this little problem later on in this series.

Does A Curse Have A Statute of Limitations, How Long Does It Last?

This question truly depends on the curse you throw. Some can be short, some can last centuries, and even other’s will not end until the enemy is dead…and who knows for sure if the curse actually ends at death. Some will lose power over time, and fade away somewhere in the middle, usually closer to the short end of the spectrum. When casting, just specify the length of time you wish the curse to last. The life of the curse should specified in your incantation, just like in any other spell, be specific!

WARNING: think long and hard before laying a curse that will last forever, or even a very long time. There is some truth to you reap what you sew. Very few things in life deserve a forever curse. Think this through very very carefully.

Does My Victim Have To Hear My Curse To Make It Work? Do They At Least Have To Know About It?

No, and no. The cursee will not know that they have been hit with a curse in the first place; they will just consider it a bad case of flu, or a bad patch, or a bad life. You shouldn’t tell him either. There are exceptions to that, but we will discuss that on a curse by curse basis. You shouldn’t tell them either, resist the urge to tell anyone, actually (unless of course, this is group work when the curse is laid). Remember, you should tell no one when laying a curse, or tell anyone that you already have. Cursing is a lonely art.

What Curses Won’t I Find Here?

It has been a very long time since the dark ages, and these days, we can settle our differences with gentle versions of the ancient maledictive curses that we know of. That means, you won’t find ways to wither crops, sicken livestock, or dry up their milk ( or harm any animal at all, and remember, you should never curse an animal in the first place).

SICKO SPOILER ALERT!!! You will not find any information in this series of posts of how to do away with anything or anyone. Nothing that I will write to you will bring on death. We will not discuss summoning Lucifer, Devil, Dark Spirit, etc. You cannot disfigure, age your kids’ bullies and tormentors, you cannot make a pregnant woman miscarry, or make houses catch fire. Well, you can, but I won’t tell you how.

We no longer settle our differences by killing people or blighting their crops. Remember, people can be bothered by a myriad of things, not just financial or health related. If you do your homework, you will find that sore spot, the little place, that when poked, can bring on a big reaction. Remember, you aren’t trying to kill or harm for fun, this should only be done when the situation does warrant a curse.

So, What Will I Find Here?

You will find curses and incantation on how to sour and spoil milk; peel paint; shatter china; split seams, zippers, and bra straps; make pants drop; and other such things. Just because these curses do not cause death or destruction, do not underestimate their power. Remember, these curses are also ancient, existing side by side with the kind that could drop people dead in their tracks.

You will not find here anything to help you deal with getting rid of what I call ‘life’. You know, those things that you have to deal with, that require pulling up the big kid panties. You shouldn’t be cursing the guy that cuts you off in traffic, but the guy that speeds off from the scene of an accident, well, I will leave that decision up to you!

I must say one more thing about the modern adaptations of the ancient curses, the intent is the same but the punch is lighter, and often, so are the materials needed to curse. Many curses utilized blood, urine, or other bodily fluids when utilizing the elementals in their work. You have heard of blood magick, right? When ever you see wine, sherry, or stale beer for example, you may substitute with any bodily fluid that you see fit. This will make your curse more powerful and have more longevity. Think about what you are doing before you substitute with fluids,, and make sure that is where you want to go. Substitutions are always allowed, your choice!

Final word of caution: Spirits can be tricky to work with. Since you probably do not have a relationship with the spirits and entities I utilize in my work, I will limit spirit invocation here to a very few easy going type of curses. The ancients, of course, called up darker and more dazzling spirits, but that also means more dangerous as well. I am not going to cover that here. I mean, for goddess sake, how would you explain it to the ER doctor and the police?

 

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CHURCH OF SATAN

Fact or Fiction: Are They Evil?

History of the Church Part Four:

 

LaVey knew the date upon which the first Church of Satan must be established. It would have to be during the traditional night of the most important demonic celebration of the year, when witches and devils roam the earth, glorifying the fruition of the spring equinox: Walpurgisnacht, the night of April 30th—May 1st.

LaVey shaved his head as part of a formalized founding ritual, in the tradition of medieval executioners, carnival strongmen, and black magicians before him, to gain personal power and enhance the forces surrounding his newly established Satanic order. It was the enactment of an allusion at the end of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kubla Khan: an incantation rejecting the Holy Trinity and the spiritual life in favor of one devoted to Hell and material pursuits.

Shaving the head is also traditional to the Yezidi devil worshippers as a rite of passage that the emerging adept must perform. The razor for this rite is washed in the waters of Zamzam, the subterranean well of Islam said to be the point of origin for underground streams flowing under the Seven Towers of Satan. The caverns beneath the Towers are supposedly tributaries leading to the place of the Satanic Masters, known as Shamballah, or Carcosa. Thus, shorn of his locks, he leaves the world of the descendants of Adam behind him. To make the ritual complete, LaVey declared 1966 Year One, Anno Satanas—the first year of the reign of Satan.

LaVey declared 1966 Year One, Anno Satanas — the first year of the reign of Satan.”

The Council of Nine, following the dictates of the Nine Unknown, was established throughout the world. Many significant writers have obliquely referred to this mysterious cabal—Shakespeare, John Dryden, Talbot Mundy, and Richard Johnson—an archetypal formation that is reflected in the nine members appointed to sit in positions of absolute authority on the United States Supreme Court. The new Age of Fire had been inaugurated, and though the ceremony on Walpurgisnacht, 1966, was a highly personal, private one, LaVey would soon feel the tremors it was to produce.

“We blended a formula of nine parts social respectability to one part outrage,” says Anton LaVey. “We established a Church of Satan—something that would smash all concepts of what a ‘church’ was supposed to be. This was a temple of indulgence to openly defy the temples of abstinence that had been built up until then. We didn’t want it to be an unforgiving, unwelcoming place, but a place where you could go to have fun.”

And thus was initiated two revolutions which have carried over into today: 1) the integration of magic and logic, and 2) a religion based on self-indulgence, carnality (here and now instead of there and then), and pleasure instead of self-denial. Other ego-affirming, human potential programs like EST drew from the groundbreaking attitudes and techniques of the Church of Satan.

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Painting by Warlock Marcus Mayer

Sources:

Official Church of Satan Website

Church of Satan: A Historical Overview by Tina Parsons 2011

The Devil’s Avenger (1974) by Burton Wolfe

Secret Life of a Satanist (1990) by Blanche Barton

by Blanche Barton ©2003
(condensed from The Church of Satan and with supplemental material by Peter H. Gilmore)

CHURCH OF SATAN

Fact or Fiction: Are They Evil?

History of the Church Part Three:

Modern Prometheus

LaVey was never expecting to be the founder of a new religion, but he saw and recognized a need for something publicly opposing the stagnation of Christianity, and he knew that if he didn’t do it, someone else, probably less qualified, would.

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He noticed that there must be a new representative of justice, someone who understood the torment and torture of being human, which shared our own passions and follies, yet was somehow wiser and stronger. He began to realize that those who rebelled against “God” and the traditional Church, or at the very least, the dictates of conventional, and mainstream society had achieved most of our progress in science and philosophy. Humankind needed a representative for that revolutionary, creative, and irrepressible spirit within all of us. This single figure, and who it must be, was very clear to LaVey from an early point in his life; a deity whose rebellious, passionate nature and been described, either in awe or fear or both, from the darkest beginnings of time.

Satan, by one name or another, haunted mankind, tempting him with sweet delights and enlightening him with blinding secrets intended only for the Gods and Goddesses. Lucifer, Son of the Morning, could be petitioned and evoked for powers of retribution and who gave deserved rewards right now. Instead of creating sins to insure guilty compliance, Satan encouraged indulgence. He was the single deity who could really understand what it is like to be human and could understand us.

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The Magic Circle/Order of the Trapezoid

From the early 1950’s, LaVey explored some of these ideas, eventually gaining himself notarity as a powerful black magician and San Francisco character. Those who felt aligned with his philosophy gravitated to him, gathering in his Victorian “Black House”. In line with LaVey’s researching of demonic geometry, they took to wearing odd shaped black and red medallions adorned with a bat-winged demon and formed a group called the Order of the Trapezoid, which later became the governing body of the Church of Satan.

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Those who attended LaVey’s soirees always comprised an array of professions and pursuits: “the Baroness” Carin de Plessen—who grew up in the Royal Palace of Denmark, Dr. Cecil Nixon—magician and eccentric extraordinaire, underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger, as well as artists, attorneys, doctors, writers, and law enforcement officers. City Assessor Russell Wolden might share the room with Donald Werby, one of San Francisco’s most influential property owners; anthropologist Michael Harner with writer Shana Alexander. A ship’s purser might be seated next to a deep-sea diver, a dildo manufacturer next to a plastic surgeon. A famous tattoo artist, the grandson of a U.S. president, the owner of one of the world’s largest collections of Fabergé artifacts—all attended LaVey’s get-togethers. The field of fantasy and science fiction personages alone yielded the likes of Anthony Boucher, August Derleth, Robert Barbour Johnson, Reginald Bretnor, Emil Petaja, Stuart Palmer, Clark Ashton Smith, Forrest J. Ackerman, Fritz Leiber, Jr., to name a few, into LaVey’s circle of magical compatriots.

LaVey wanted to establish something new, not strict doctrines awash with attitudes of blind faith and worship, but something which would smash all concepts of anything that had come before, something to break apart the ignorance and hypocrisy fostered by the Christian churches. Something, too, that could free people to apply the black magic he and his Magic Circle were using. Anton became convinced he was learning methods to harness the dark forces which cause “a change in situations or events in accordance with one’s will which would, using normally accepted methods, be unchangeable,” as LaVey defines magic.

Anton expanded and refined his formulas for the Magic Circle rituals and began achieving precise results—professional advances, unexpected rewards, monetary gain, sexual or romantic satisfaction, the elimination of certain enemies—it was apparent to everyone involved that Anton had indeed tapped into that mysterious Dark Force in Nature.

There was the magic—and there was a workable philosophy to go along with it. It was a down-to-earth, rational, bedrock philosophy that emphasized the carnal, lustful, natural instincts of man, without imposing guilt for manufactured sins. To break apart the crust of stupidity and irrationality fostered over the past 2000 years, LaVey knew it was necessary to blast its very foundations. His ideas could not be presented as just a “philosophy”—that would be too easy to pass off or overlook. LaVey would blasphemously form a religion and, even more, he would call his new organization a church, consecrated not in the name of God but in the name of Satan. There had always been a Satanic underground, centuries old, but there had never been an organized Satanic religion, practicing openly. LaVey decided it was high time there was.

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Photo Credit: Tina Parsons

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sources:

Official Church of Satan Website

Church of Satan: A Historical Overview by Tina Parsons 2011

The Devil’s Avenger (1974) by Burton Wolfe

Secret Life of a Satanist (1990) by Blanche Barton

by Blanche Barton ©2003
(condensed from The Church of Satan and with supplemental material by Peter H. Gilmore)

CHURCH OF SATAN

Fact or Fiction: Are They Evil?

 

Anton LaVey Part Two:

 

The press turned their attention toward LaVey soon after the founding of the Church of Satan, particularly with the wedding of radical and left wing journalist, John Raymond to New York socialite Judith Cast on February 1st, 1967. Joe Rosenthal, award-winning photographer, from the San Francisco Chronicle was sent to capture an image, which was printed in the Los Angeles Times and other major newspapers as well.

 

LaVey began mass distribution of his ideology and philosophies via the release of a record album, The Satanic Mass (Murgenstrumm, 1968).

 

 

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The album featured a cover graphic that LaVey named the ‘Sigil of Baphomet’. The symbol, now known world wide as a symbol of the Church of Satan or Satanism, is the goat head in a pentagram, circled with the Hebrew word “Leviathan”. This album features part of the rite of baptism written for three-year old Zeena (performed May 23rd 1967).  In addition to the actual recordings of Satanic Rituals, the B-side features LaVey reading sections of the then yet unpublished, The Satanic Bible over music of Beethoven, Wagner and Sousa. He continued with his Friday workshops and he created and brought to fruit his series of “Witches’ Workshops” to instruct women in the art of attaining their will through glamour, feminine whiles, and the exploitation of male desires and fetishes.

 

By years end of 1969, LaVey and taken monographs he had written to explain the philosophy, rituals and ideologies of the Church of Satan and fused them together, along with all of his influences from Ayn Rand, Nietzsche, Mencken, and London, and with the base wisdom of the carney’s. He prefaced all of these essays and rites with reworked excerpts from Ragnar Redbeard’s Might is Right and he finished it with “Satanized” copies of John Dee’s Enochian Keys to create his The Satanic Bible.

The Satanic Bible (Underground Edition).pdf – Epernicus

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It has never gone out of print and remains the main source for the contemporary satanic cults, groups, and churches.

 

The publication of The Satanic Bible was followed in 1971 by The Compleat Witch (re-released in 1989 as The Satanic Witch), a manual that instructs on “Lesser Magic”-the ways and means of reading and manipulating people and their actions toward the fulfillment of one’s desired goals. A companion piece to The Satanic Bible was The Satanic Rituals (1972) and contains rituals taken from a satanic tradition identified by LaVey in various world cultures. Two collections of essays and rhetoric on society, which can be fun and light to down right sordid, The Devil’s Notebook (1992) and Satan Speaks (1998), complete his writings and published works.

 

Since the inception of the Church of Satan, the organization has attracted a variety of people who all seemed to share an alienation from conventional, mainstream religions, including such celebrities as Jayne Mansfield and Sammy Davis Jr., as well as rock stars King Diamond and Marilyn Manson, who all, for at least a time, were card carrying members.

 

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laVey counted among his associates Robert Fuest, director of the Vincent Price “Dr. Phibes” Films, as well as the film The Devil’s Rain; Jacques Valee, ufologist and computer scientist, he was the basis for the character Lacombe in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind; and Aime Michel known as a cave spelunker and publisher of Morning of Magicians.

 

Many an article in the news media published worldwide spread LaVey’s influence and notoriety. Magazines such as Look, McCall’s, Newsweek, and Time, men’s magazines, and talk shows such as Phil Donahue and Johnny Carson. The publicity left a mark on novels like Rosemary’s Baby (Completed by Ira Levin during the early day’s of the Church’s high profile media blitz” and Leiber’s Our Lady of Darkness, and films such as Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Devil’s Rain (1975), The Car (1977), and many of the “Devil Cult” films spanning from the 1970’s through the 1990’s. All picked up symbolism from LaVey’s writings. A feature length documentary, Satanis: The Devil’s Mass (1969) covered the rituals, ideology and philosophy of the Church, while LaVey was profiled inn Nick Bougas’ 1993 video documentary Speak of the Devil.

 

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LaVey’s musicianship is preserved for posterity on several recordings, the two most prominent are Strange Music (1994) and Satan Takes a Holiday (1995), both originally released by Amarillo Records, now available and still in print from Reptilian Records. The tone of LaVey’s music shows a trend toward tunes from the 1930’s through the 1950’s, which range from fun and humorous to doom-laden and dark, let’s not forget the devil-themed songs. LaVey created his pieces on a series of self-programmed synthesizers, imitating various instrumental groups. They are very impressive, as these are not multitrack recordings, but are done in one take with the sounds of instrumental groups created through the simultaneous use of a number of synthesizers played by LaVey’s hands as well as his feet, on an organ-style food pedal keyboard hooked up through a midi connection.

 

Two biographies have been written about LaVey: The Devil’s Avenger (1974) Burton Wolfe and Secret Life of a Satanist (1990) Blanche Barton. Particularly detractors of LaVey, who accuse him of self-promotional exaggeration and downright lying, have disputed the truthfulness and authenticity of some of the events described in these works in recent years. LaVey was an actor, a skilled showman, and a talent that he never denied. However, the number of incidents detailed in both biographies that can be authenticated via photographic and documentary evidence outweighs the few items in dispute. All in all, the fact is that LaVey pursued a course that exposed him the dizzying heights and the dismal depths of humanity, full of encounters with fascinating people; it climaxed with his founding of the Church of Satan and let to a notorious and feared celebrity status on a worldwide scale. The Church has survived his death, and continues today, through the medium of his writings, continually attracts new members who see themselves reflected in the philosophy that LaVey called Satanism.

 

Part Three will discuss LaVey’s definition of Satanism, and I think it may surprise you.

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Photo Credit: Church of Satan Archives (LaVey, Anton 1968)

 

 

sources:

Official Church of Satan Website

Church of Satan: A Historical Overview by Tina Parsons 2011

The Devil’s Avenger (1974) by Burton Wolfe

Secret Life of a Satanist (1990) by Blanche Barton

Preparing Your Crystal For Healing

To prepare your crystal for healing, first clean the crystal physically of any mud, oils, sand or other debris. Then using a cleansing technique, be sure any negative energies are removed from the crystal so that you do not transfer residual energies onto yourself or your client. For maximum healing effects, charging crystals will ensure the crystal is ready electromagnetically and is saturated with ultraviolet light which energizes each crystal. To “wake-up” your crystal, you may need to activate it into its role and mission.. And finally, program your crystal to direct the energy for a specific outcome or for support during a healing session.

Cleaning Crystals

If you purchased a crystal with mud on it, chances are it still has part of the growth matrix on it. The matrix is the part of the earth that the crystal grows in, full of mineral nutrients. Try using a dry brush first, to remove what you can but be careful as the crystal may be softer than the matrix it grows in. Then use a warm water bath and a stiff scrub brush for coarse crystals or a flexible medium-soft toothbrush for more brittle crystals. I sometimes use a high foaming dishwashing detergent with a scrub brush, using the lather to lift off small pieces of grit and sand from tight corners. The matrix on quartz crystals is usually yellow, somewhat cakey-hard like mud and can be removed in a 2-5 day bath of oxalic acid if brushing and water doesn’t take it off. I suggest that you look at the following link to Sweet Surrender Mines in Arkansas which details the process better than I could write here for you.. A chemist/pharmacist may be able to get the oxalic acid for you or try contacting one of the many mines on the web. Use 1 part oxalic acid to 2 parts water. As for “normal” mud, I suggest that you use a warm water bath and/or a high pressure hose stream at the mud. You can pick at the mud with a firm wooden stick. If you use a steel tool, you will probably scratch or break the crystal as steel is harder than the crystal. Let your crystal dry in the sun and catch those rays !

Cleansing Crystals

Once you have cleaned the crystal physically, the next step is to cleanse the crystal of unwanted vibrations and energies that come from other people handling the crystals during its mining, packing, transportation, unpacking and display before it has actually reached you. Crystals tend to take on energy indiscriminately and like wearing someone else’s clothing, you can feel what’s not the right energy for you.

I have read and heard a lot from people advised to do everything from burying their crystals in salt for several weeks to performing elaborate cleansing ceremonies. Do what you feel comfortable with and what makes sense to you. Experiment and see what works for you. From my own extensive experience, I recommend using a salt water bath for crystals that are able to take salt. Salt is really good for removing negative energies from most crystals. However, some crystals like Angelite and some marbles and pearls are sensitive to salt and their surfaces can be damaged very quickly in a salt bath. For those, you can use a smudge (see below.).

You don’t really need to soak your crystals very long in salt water. A minimum of 7 hours is usually all that is needed unless you have crystals that are extremely toxic for some reason. When I do some really, really heavy clearing with clients (exorcism level), I will soak the crystals is heavily saturated salt water for 3-4 days or longer. However, in normal daily wearing of crystals, a light short 7 hour bath every 2 weeks or so is fine. Get a plastic bowl large enough to hold your crystal(s). Glass is fine but it is a hard surface and you could chip your crystals easily if not careful. Fill the bowl with water to cover the crystals by about 1 inch. Room temperature water is fine and it would be best to have spring water which is “alive” with nutrients that crystals like. For more refined energies, use distilled water. It doesn’t matter to the crystal unless you go back and forth between extremes of very hot and very cold (even Pyrex has a maximum tolerance). Then, for each crystal, add 1 tablespoon of salt as a rough guideline. The “perfect” cleansing solution is a 30% solution of sea salt and spring water. If you have genuine sea water, use that ! As a intuitive, I usually just throw a handful of salt over the crystals and just leave the bucket in the sun to soak.

Try using a pendulum to help you determine when the crystals are ready to come out of the bath. This method works well for me, although I usually walk past the cleansing crystals and intuitively know when they are “done”. When you pour off the salt water, do not touch the water or you will be transferring the negative energies back onto yourself. remember to thoroughly rinse off any salt residue from your crystals. I let the crystals drip on to newspapers or tea towels.

Some people ask if there is a difference between using sea salt and table salt (rock salt). There is. Most people are not very sensitive to subtle energies. In my experience, I find that sea salt leaves the crystals with a different feeling than table salt. Sea salt has a more refined energy signature with a lot of small rainbow-colored vibrations. Table salt is like a workhorse, less subtle, more coarse and has clunky yellow and grey-blue vibrations. If I plan to use a crystal at my upper chakras (3rd Eye or Crown), I will want it cleansed in sea salt, as these centers are very refined on my body and I prefer the more subtle vibration. Wouldn’t you ? Try soaking two crystals – one in sea salt and one in table salt. Rinse thoroughly and then see if you can tell the difference energetically.

I’ve also smudged crystals with sage, sweetgrass or incense such as frankincense to cleanse them. This is especially good for crystals that cannot be soaked in salt water. I usually spend about 3-7 minutes doing a smudge, fanning the incense over the crystals with a feather fan. This is particularly good of you have a whole cabinet full of crystals or some that are very large and awkward to bathe. Try not to use your hand as a fan – as the smoke rises, it pulls out and takes the negative energies away from the crystal. Passing your hand in this smoke will track these negative energies onto yourself. Don’t forget to give yourself a good smudge to clear your own negative energies, especially your hands which are handling crystals directly.You can also rinse your hands in salt water after using the crystals either on yourself or someone else.

Charging Crystals

Sunlight re-charges crystals with ultraviolet light, sometimes called light radiation. You see, when the crystal comes from the Earth, it is has been nurtured in ying energy, the feminine. The crystal has been taking nutrients from the ground – gases, water, various minerals and other nutrients to develop into a crystal. When it is “harvested” from the Earth, it is being removed from the yin energies and needs now to receive yang energies as its source of energy renewal. So, the ultraviolet light from the sun, the full spectrum of light, restores the crystals depleted energies. The time it takes depends on the crystal’s capacity to absorb the light (it’s crystalline energy structure has a lot to do with it), the stage of energy depletion within the crystal, and I think the will of the person who has been handling the crystal. Typically, I find 4 hours in the sun once a week keeps a small crystal energetic and alert. However, some crystals require a much longer time to recharge. You can experiment with the crystal by putting it in the sun for 1 week then holding it in your hand. You may receive and energy discharge from the crystal ! Also use your pendulum to check if it is ready and also to find out the percentage of replenishment.

There are another six methods of re-charging crystals that I teach in my crystal healing classes. Programming a crystal will also take up some of the energy of a crystal and that you may need to recharge more often depending on the usage of the crystal. Also crystals vary a lot between each other in terms of ability to store energy. Size has something to do with it, but also the energy structure of each crystal will be different.in its ability to hold an energy charge.

Activating Your Crystal

Some readers will not be familiar with how to activate a crystal. Sometimes, a crystal can be a “sleeper”, and needs to know it is going to be used for healing or meditative purposes. Making a spiritual connection with the crystal helps to activate it, to awaken its consciousness. You can activate your crystal through an initiation ritual, by holding it, rolling it quickly back and forth in your hands, sleeping with it, gazing at it, washing it and generally handling it. To awaken its consciousness through ritual, offer some sage, sweetgrass or tobacco and indicate your intent for use of the crystal (e.g. for healing). This event marks the initiation of the crystal and makes an energy connection with the person using the crystal. Remember to fully recharge your crystal after you’ve been handling it for activation purposes.

Programming Crystals

Why do we want to program our crystals ? There is a folklore that crystals carry programming (a set of instructions) put there by other people or other beings before we acquire the crystals and that sometimes we do not want that. Well, I have the view that first, crystals come on the planet already with a set of instructions on how to grown, what structure, where, how fast and with what energy characteristics – just like humans who have a set of genetic instructions. This inherent pattern cannot be changed. It is up to your own belief system whether there were extra-terrestrials or others who have loaded instructions into crystals or not. Let’s move on then.

Second, each crystal has its own mission, or its own programming for healing. Sometimes, it is to provide a grounding force on the planet, maybe working energetically with other crystals in the earth to provide a network of stabile energy across the planet as part of the physical matrix of the planet. Sometimes, the crystal will carry a specific energy signature by resonating tones, colors and other vibrations that are provided through compassionate forces for humans and other life forms on Earth. Crystal people sometimes say that a crystal resonates for a particular chakra, or has a mission to “clear a past life” for instance. We don’t want to harm that type of programming either.

Third, there is a blank database in each crystal. This is a spiritual (ie, not physical) energy centre which has the ability to store new instruction. Just like humans who have infinate capacity for spirituality, the crystal can translate and absorb an energy signature from outside itself and store it into a crystalline energy structure within itself. Now this is the real esoteric work of a crystal ! The mundane science of a crystal explains some of how these energy instructions are stored, but now we’ve left that far behind now and are going into an area of deep inner science! This database sometimes gets filled up with unconscious instructions from people handling the crystal, unaware they are projecting energy thought forms that are picked up and stored by the crystal. So, we will want to be sure that the database is empty of any unknown programming first. When we add our set of instructions. The crystal will then resonate with those instructions, amplifying, broadcasting, and projecting the new set of energy patterns to ourselves or others as directed.

Here are some different programming techniques used with crystals.

1) A simple method is writing a thought on a piece of paper then placing a crystal on top to absorb the thought energy. The crystal magnifies the thought and acts as the transmitter, sending the thought in its amplified state to the target person or thing mentioned in the note. You can also use one of the other methods below and place the crystal on a person’s photograph to send them an amplified thought.

2) You can also program your crystal by holding it in your hand then breathing in through your nose, hold the thought in your mind of what you want, then forcefully breath out (snort !) into the crystal through your nose. Do this on each side of the crystal to program it. There are 6 sides to a clear quartz crystal. This is a powerful programming technique that I teach in my classes and hope you will benefit from it. You can also read about this technique at the Vogel-Cut Crystal site.

3) Another method is to create a circular breath by holding the thought of what you desire in your mind and then breath slowly and naturally through your nose into the crystal and then breath energy back in from the crystal. Repeat this circular breath for 10 – 20 minutes. This is an effective meditative technique and is quite powerful to direct your mind for positive results.

You can put as many thoughts, affirmations or items such as holographic images into your crystal. Whenever you want to clear them out, just forcefully breathe the word “CLEAR!” into the crystal 6 times (one for each side of the crystal) and this will be done. By the way, if you are holding a crystal and are thinking bad thoughts, don’t. Put the crystal down and clear your mind. Revisit your intent and then you can proceed to use the crystal, unless you need to cleanse the crystal of any negativity its picked up or to clear it of any unintentional programming. Crystals are indiscriminate about energy, but Spirit isn’t – so please use them for positive purposes.

I program my crystals for protection, to enhance my dream states, to store affirmations (“I am healthy, wealthy and wise!”) among other usages.

I cannot remember where this information came from. If you know, please tell me. I have utilized some of this and have made much of it my own info, but this is mostly a generic idea on how to cleanse, charge and program your crystals for the work that you do.

 

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CHURCH OF SATAN

Fact or Fiction: Are They Evil?

Recently, the Church of Satan has been in the news, at least in Oklahoma. The decision to put a statue of the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol has opened the door for a lawsuit over a statue of Satan as Baphomet.

This link will take you to an MSN article about the dispute: http://news.msn.com/us/satanists-unveil-design-for-okla-capitol-monument

The question has been posed, will this be good or bad for practicing pagans in America. Let’s learn about the Church of Satan (C of S) and more about it’s founder, Anton LaVey.

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Anton Szandor LaVey (April 11, 1930 – October 29, 1997) was the founder and High Priest of the Church of Satan, as well as a writer, musician, and actor. LaVey was born in Chicago, Illinois. The family soon relocated to California, San Francisco to be exact, at a time where the brightest and darkest manifestations of the American Dream were taking place. This was a very fertile environment for a sensitive, artistic and impressionable child to grow up in.

LaVey learned from his Eastern European Grandmother all of the superstitions that are still honored in that part of the world. From his Grandmother’s tales, LaVey became interested in dark, gothic literature such as Dracula and Frankenstein. He searched out pulp fiction novels, and befriended Weird Tales authors Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Barbour Johnson, and George Hess. His imagination was captured by dark characters out of the works of Jack London, in comic strip characters, such as Ming the Merciless (I always thought LaVey looked a bit like Ming the Merciless), as well as historical figures with a  bit of a dark bent-Cagliostro, Rasputin and Basil Zaharoff. He was more interested in books of obscure knowledge such as Dr. William Wesley Cook’s Practical Lessons in Hypnotism, Jane’s Fighting Ships, and anything on handwriting analysis. The occult books of the day left him dry, feeling that they were fluffy bunny, sanctimonious white magic.

LaVey’s musical ability manifested early. His parents gave him free reign to try various instruments. He found the keyboards to his liking due to their versatility and scope. He could easily play what he heard, and never had the need for music books or sheet music. This talent was to be a major source  of income for LaVey for many years. “Answer Me” by LaVey was released on his album, Satan Takes A Holiday

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Honolulu Baby

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Take a listen, you may be surprised by the content. Not what one would imagine. His keyboard skills were of extreme import during his days with the carnival as a calliope player. He would also do stints as an organist in bars, lounges and nightclubs throughout the Bay Area.

LaVey’s interests marked him as odd, and he did nothing to dispel these feelings or did he ever choose to ‘be one of the boys’. LaVey was not interested in sports, and actively despised gym class. He would often choose to cut classes to follow his own interests. An avid reader and film buff, LaVey would watch such German expressionist film such as M, The Cabinet of Dr. Cagliari, and the Dr Mabuse movies. He was a flashy dresser, and his style alienated him even more from the mainstream. Dropping out of high school, LaVey hung around with what would be considered hoodlum types of the day, and he gravitated toward working with the circus and the carnivals. He started as a cage boy and roustabout and later as a musician. He was able to learn and work with big cats and the mechanisms behind the spook shows. LaVey was well versed in the many rackets that were used to separate the patrons from their money, and excelled in the psychology behind what lead people to these pursuits. He played his music for the strip shows on Saturdays, and then played for tent revivalists on Sunday’s. He would often seem the same individuals at both. This is where his cynical worldview began to evolve.

After carnival season, LaVey would supplement his income by playing organ in the burlesque houses in the Los Angeles area. LaVey said it was during this time that he had a brief affair with the then unknown, Marilyn Monroe. After moving back to San Francisco, LaVey worked as a photographer for the San Francisco Police Department, and during the Korean War, he enrolled in San Francisco City College as a criminology major so he could avoid the draft. (As a side note, this is where my cousin, John, met him.) His job and his studies revealed the grim insights of human nature. He met and married Carole Lansing, who gave him his first daughter, Karla Maritza, in 1952. A few earlier LaVey began exploring the writings of Aleister Crowley, and in 1951 he met some of the Berkeley Thelemites. LaVey was unimpressed. He felt that they were more spiritual and not ‘wicked enough’ to be disciples of Crowley’s libertine creed.

In the 1950’s, LaVey supplemented his income as a psychic investigator. He would investigate ‘nut calls’ referred to him by friends in the police department. Through this experience, LaVey learned that many individuals were inclined to seek a supernatural explanation for phenomena that had more commonplace explanation. His rational findings would often disappoint those that were making the claims and complaints, so LaVey invented exotic causes to make them feel better, giving him insight as to how religion would affect and function in people’s lives. (Remember, he is an actor.)

LaVey purchased a Victorian house on California Street in the Richmond District of San Francisco. The year was 1956. He painted it black; later it would become the Church of Satan. After his death in 1997, it remained empty until the real estate company that owned it demolished the house. The demolition took place on October 17, 2001.

Diane Hegarty entranced LaVey in 1959; he then divorced Carole in 1960. Never married to Hegarty, she bore him his second daughter, Zeena Galatea in 1964 and Hegarty was his companion for many years. They later separated, and she sued for palimony in a case that was settled out of court. Blanche Barton, who bore him his only son, Satan Xerxes Carnacki LaVey on November 1, 1993, was his final companion. In accordance to laVey’s wishes, she succeeded him as the head and high priestess of the Church after his death on October 29, 1997. In 2001, she passed on her position to long time Council of Nine member, Peter H. Gilmore. He heads the Church today.

Through his psychic investigating and his gigs as an organist, LaVey became a local celebrity and his holiday parties would attract many of San Francisco’s most notable residence. Guests have included Carin d Plessin, known as ‘the Baroness’ since she had been raised in the royal palace of Denmark, anthropologist Michael Harner, Chester A Arthur III (grandson to a U.S. President), Forrest J. Ackerman (the publisher of Famous Monsters of Filmland and expert on science fiction), author Fritz Leiber, local eccentric Dr. Cecil E. Nixon (creator of the musical automaton Isis) and underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger. From this group, LaVey created what he called a ‘Magic Circle’ of associates who shared his interests in the bizarre, the hidden side of what moves the world. As laVey’s expertise grew, he began to present Friday night lectures that would summarize the results of his research. In 1965, LaVey was featured on a humorous children’s program hosted by marionettes called The Brother Buzz Show. The focus, LaVey’s ‘Addams Family’ lifestyle-making a living as a hypnotist, psychic investigator, and organist. They also focused on his very unusual pet, Togare, a Nubian lion.

While in the process of creating his lectures, LaVey was led to construct a very unique philosophy based on his life experiences and research. When a member of his Magic Circle suggested that he had the basis for a new religion, LaVey readily agreed. He decided to found the Church of Satan as the best means for communicating his ideas. In 1966, on the night of May Eve-the traditional Witches’ Sabbath-LaVey declared the founding of the Church of Satan as well as renumbering 1966 as the year One, Anno Satanas-the first year of the age of Satan.

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Sources:

Official Church of Satan Website

LaVey: The Devil’s Avenger 1974 by Burton Wolfe

Secret Life of a Satanist 1990 by Blanche Barton

ELVES

ELVES

By D.J. Conway

By the fern brake, deep and shady,

There I met an elfin lady.

Dressed in cobweb silk and flowers,

There she whiled away the hours,

                  Waiting until dark.

On the soft green moss beside her,

Lay a baby wrapped in eider.

Skin so fair and hair like midnight,

The lady watched the coming twilight,

                  Waiting till ‘twas dark.

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Silently, I sat beside her,

Hoping for some words to gather

In my numb and startled mind.

Said the lady, “you’re most kind

                  To wait with me till dark.”

“Are you lost?” I asked the lady.

“Is this your home, this fern brake shady?

Will others come by star and Moon?”

She only smiled, began to croon

                  To the elfin child.

The baby slept. The lady told me

Deep magic of the Earth and Sea.

Spells she whispered, strong and old.

“Use them well,” she said. “Be bold

                  When spelling in the night.

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“Can I work these?” The lady smiled,

Gathered up her sleeping child.

“Oh yes,” she answered, “Tis a boon

For waiting with me till the Moon

                  Slips up the sky.

Thinking deep, I sat beside her,

Keeping watch, I heard the rider

Coming through the fern brake shady.

“Are you there, my lovely lady?”

                  Called an elfin voice.

An elfin lord, his clothes all viney,

Armed with sword and dagger shiny,

Rode his horse into the fern brake.

Then my heart began to quake

                  On seeing his dark eyes.

Twilight gathered; birds were still.

The Moon came up above the hill.

Suddenly I felt alone.

“Have no fear, for you have sown

                  Good friendship.”

The lady smiled and raised her hand.

Upon her brow a shining band

Glistened by the light of Moon.

“Would you too give forth a boon?”

                  She asked her lord.

“For here is friend, a watcher bold.”

“But they are enemies of old,”

The elf lord answered.

“No,” she said,

“But guarded us in this fern bed.”

                  He smiled.

“So there are some who wish us well.”

His voice was like a distant bell.

A ring he took from off his hand.

“This will tune you to the land

                  And magic.”

Its stone was pale, just like the Moon.

The air was filled with eldritch tune,

As they mounted, lord and lady.

Rode off through the fern brake shady.

                  I stood alone.

People say elves are not there.

But I have heard their voices fair,

When I sit down in the brake.

Magic spells I’ve learned to make

                  All from the lady.

Elf lord’s ring is on my hand.

To help with magic from the land.

Sometimes I talk with lord and lady

In the fern brake, deep and shady,

                  Secretly.

Is there magic? For me ‘tis so.

For when the sun is sinking low,

I feel Earth’s power within my heart

And know that I shall never part

                  From the lord and lady.

 

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The crown chakra symbolizes the highest state of enlightenment and facilitates our spiritual growth

“What you do is what the whole universe is doing at the place you call the here and now. You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that the wave is something that the whole ocean is doing. The real you is not a puppet which life pushes around. The real deep-down you is the whole universe.” – Alan Watts

As Kundalini energy rises up from the lower chakras, we enter into the realm of pure consciousness. The Vital Breath has been inhaled, the Sacred Utterance has been spoken, the Divine Light has been felt, and the Third Eye has been opened. We now know the truth that only higher consciousness can bring: one is all and all is one. We are now, and forever more, receptive to stimuli to which, in the time before, we were insensate. Shakti has removed the Veils of Maya (illusion), which have evaporated like a mirage. This article will discuss the eternal significance of the seventh and final chakra: Sahasrara, the Crown Chakra.

We have now ascended the chakra from which all chakras emanate. We have achieved the last milestone of human awareness, the pinnacle of the human spiritual condition. Here, sacred energy is infinite and wisdom is pure and eternal. Before, things were merely relative. Now, things are absolute. We have obtained a state of Nirvikalpa Samādhi, a state of non-duality where we realize we are one with the cosmos and everything in the cosmos is one with us. A singularity of self has been reached.
Lalita-Devi-deity-crown-chakraThe cosmos has emptied its energy into us, as we have emptied our energy into it. Everything is now an eternal beacon of providence. Like Alan Watts said, “God emptied to the limit is man, and man emptied to the limit is God.”

The Sahasrara chakra is symbolized by a lotus with a thousand different colored petals, arranged in twenty layers of 50 petals. It encompasses the crown of the head, where all chakras are integrated, while it passes into infinity from the top of the head. It is said to be the most elusive chakra in the kundalini process. This chakra is associated with wisdom, enlightenment and transcendence. Its governing planet is Uranus, and it is often linked to the pituitary gland.

The presiding Deity of the Sahasrara Chakra is Shri Lalita Devi, or the Thousand Named Goddess. It is said that she gives us the power to awaken the kundalini in others, upon awakening ourselves. As the Paraclete Shri Mataji is known to have said, “This center of a thousand petals covers the limbic area of the brain like the closed bud of a lotus. Above this covering is the balloon-like structure of ego and superego.

As the brain is covered completely when these two institutions join and calcification takes place on top of the head; that is how we become a closed personality. At the time of our awakening, of our second birth, this egg-like personality breaks at the top of the head.”
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The true nature of the seventh Chakra is beyond human comprehension. No words can do it justice. When our crown chakra is cleansed and open we experience divine union and cosmic love, stretching out forever. Vibratory awareness becomes paramount as kundalini unites us with the infinite wavelength of eternal vibration. Our unique frequency is in tune with the cosmic orchestra. The Collective Unconscious has become manifest.

When our crown chakra is blocked or closed, however, we feel disconnected spiritually. We tend to doubt everything we’ve known to be true. In worst case scenarios we tend to fall into an existential blackhole, or Dark Night of the Soul.

Here’s the beautiful double-edged sword of spiritual enlightenment: if we are able to make it through these dark times and shed that which weighed us down, then our crown chakra opens up once again, even wider than before, and we once again become receptive to stimuli to which before we were insensate. This can happen many times on our spiritual journey, and each time we tend to gain new levels of wisdom.

Sahasrara Chakra Meditation: 

This chakra, more than any other, is about complete surrender and dissolution; a letting go of the hold the physical world has on us. While meditating with your hands over your solar plexus, let the little fingers point up and away from you, touching at their tips, while braiding the rest of the fingers with the left thumb underneath the right. Open the third eye, and focus upon the thousand-petaled crown splintering off into the cosmos.

Feel the powerful kundalini energy pooling up from your roots, passing through the sacred waters of the sacral, basking in the fire of the solar plexus, breathing in the vital breath of the heart, absorbing the ethereal voice of the throat, pouring through the dissolution of the Third Eye, and spilling up and out like a mighty fountainhead into the greater cosmos.

Imagine kundalini circulating through your body, from Crown to Root and back again, over and over. Further imagine the universe as a giant mirror, while heeding the wisdom of Khalil Gibran, “Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are the eternity and you are the mirror.”

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Lalita devi deity of Crown chakra

I said in the beginning, we are lazy witches for the most part. So today’s lesson is going to cover charging and dressing your candles for ritual or spell work. It is a small step that can have big results. We know that magick is about intent, focus and will. So with that in mind let’s find out how you can increase the success of your workings .

Once you have selected the candle you wish to use , it then needs to be charged and dressed. The purpose of dressing the candle is to establish a psychic link between it and you. By physically touching the candle during the dressing procedure, you are charging it with your own personal vibrations and also concentrating the desire of your magical act into the wax. The candle is becoming an extension of your mental power and life energy.

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To dress a candle you use oils and herbs, specifically ones that empower and compliment the work at hand. Always be sure that the oil you are using is skin safe. When using things like banishing and cursing oils I recommend using gloves to protect yourself. Another thing I do when using oils of a certain nature is to dilute them with a little olive oil or other carrier. Now the purists will scream at that, but I don’t care. Either way just use caution.

At this point, I am including a link to one of the best and most comprehensive sites I have ever found for information on the magical uses of oils. I would not presume to try and copy her work. As far as I am concerned it’s the best I’ve seen. This link takes you to A-C… so follow the links on her blog for the rest of the alphabet.
http://vampyressgrimoire.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/vampyress-list-of-magick-oils-and-their-uses-a-c/

As to herbs, again choose them based on your working. I am including another link to a very good herbal resource. Ya know I have to make you work for some of it!
http://www.themagickalcat.com/Articles.asp?ID=242

Now to put it all together.

Using the Oils
When you dress a naked candle for magical use, imagine that it is a psychic magnet with a North and a South pole. For magick to bring things to you, Rub the oil into the candle beginning at the top or North end and work downwards to the half-way point. Always brush in the same direction downwards. This process is then repeated by beginning at the bottom or south end and working up to the middle. For magick to send things away from you, start at the center point and work upwards, then the center point and work downwards. Focusing all the while on your intent. For jar candles it’s a little different. I will explain that in a bit.

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Using the herbs
Once you have selected your herbs, you can crush and mix them in a mortar and pestle, or being the lazy witches we are, I have a coffee grinder just for this purpose. For candle work I prefer them fairly powdery, and the M&P doesn’t always work. I found mine at a thirft store for $1.99. But my old arthritic hands would have paid more. Sometimes I grind them into a fine powder, sometimes I just pulse them a time or two if I want them chunky.

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Now , you have dressed your candle with the oil, and have your herbs ready. Take a paper towel or cloth or plate even and sprinkle the herbs on it and then roll your candle in to coat it. It doesn’t have to be completely covered, just make sure its there. Again focusing your intent while doing this.

At this point your candle is pretty much ready to go. However there is another step you can choose to do. Prior to oiling and rolling in the herbs. You can choose to inscribe your candle with signs or symbols or names or whatever you feel like that helps focus on your working. Using a Pin, or Pen, Or your athame, or any other sharp pointed item. I have a porcupine quill for mine. Again focusing on your intent.
Now for jar candles, to start, sit with it in your hands and focus your intent for its use. Then you can use a marker or even a piece of paper that you can wrap around the glass to draw your signs or symbols or words on. Focus on your intent! Then drop some of the desired oil on the top of the wax, and sprinkle some of your herbal mixture in with it. And then what do you do? Focus your intent! Are ya seeing a pattern here?

Now your candle is ready ! So what do you do now.

One of the simplest forms of candle magic is to write the objective of your ritual on a virgin piece of paper. You can use color paper which matches the candle or parchment paper, heck even notebook paper if that’s all you have. You can write your petition on the paper using a magical alphabet, such as
theban, enochian, malachain,etc if you like, Or in your own language just be sure to empower your words as you write down what you want to accomplish — a new job, healing for a friend, a change of residence, a new love affair, etc.– visualize your desire coming true. Visualize the circumstances under which you might be offered a new job, imagine your employer telling you that your salary has been increased or conjure up a vision of your perfect love partner.

When you have completed writing down your petition, carefully fold up the paper in a deliberately slow fashion. Place the end of the folded paper in the candle flame and set light to it. As you do this concentrate once more on what you want from.

You can also place the parchment or paper under the candle if it is something you need to work on for a few days. Just be sure to sit and meditate on your workings for a few minutes each day prior to lighting your candle. As long as you are working the same spell you don’t need a new candle each night. Keep in mind that some candle magic has to be repeated over a period of days. Don’t choose a place where there is a tv, radio noise or other disturbances. Keep in mind to not put candles near curtains and such, as you would not want to burn your house down. Keep them away from pets and children.Candle magic should always be performed in a low traffic area. That is why a bedroom is really nice for such work. Never leave the room with a candle burning, always use proper safety measures.

My herbal knowledge is not something I can really put into words or teach. Back when I started my path I am sure I used what the correspondences and lists told me to. These days, I pretty much open my herb cabinets and let spirit lead me to what I need. Its haphazard at best. But it works for me.

In my experience, very frequently the names alone of the herbs give you a clue as to what they are for, at least for me…for example:
If I was gonna do some angelic type protection work.. I would grab Angelica without even thinking..

Witchbane- protection from stupid witches trying to cast on me
Grains of Paradise or Guinea Peppers- turn up the heat
Knotweed- why confusion and strife of course
Adam and Eve root- lover stuff
Adder’s Tongue- stop gossip
Buckeye, or even buckwheat—umm buck=money…

Not all the herbs are like that, but once you practice using them , once you make your own blends and work with them, it will come to you.. Remember , you are the power, you have the power, your intent is the magic, so you are the magic. I will admit that there are times I need to look up an herb, just to be sure… other times for workings that I tend to do frequently, I don’t even have to think about it. The trick is to use it, work with it, learn it, feel it, smell it. Be sure to read warnings because there are a lot of herbs that are poisonous.. some to the touch, some with ingestion and some when burning.. Herbs are wonderful things for healing and making into wonderful potions and notions but due care must be taken.

Also some oils are more apt to cause a reaction. Some are skin irritants from the start, some you become sensitized to over time. This is why it is important to learn what essential oils have dangers. And pay attention. I love oils, I used to do a lot of aromatherapy and have a lot of recipes and blends for that, but with 3 cats running around my house I don’t burn them often. While essential oils and blends for issues like fleas and such are usually alright for Dogs, Cats have a different respiratory system and a lot of oils can harm them. Their system does not metabolize essential oils the same way, and it can be deadly to them. Always keep your pets and kids away from them.

Some random notes here.. with herbs. This is what I do… I make up jars of base loose herbs.. the go to herbs for specific needs, like health and healing, prosperity ,Love, banishing, darker stuff.. but I pick 3 or so herbs for my base mix.. I don’t grind or crush yet, just mix and label.. so when I need to do a working I have a base to start with,,then I add whatever else I feel is needed and then grind. It works so I don’t start from scratch every time.. so do some research, figure out what kinds of workings are your most used, then make a base mix and be sure to label with the intent and the herbs in the mix. Put em in a jar and you are good to go.

Also, don’t be afraid to mix oils either.. If you are doing a prosperity spell or mojo bag.. I will combine money draw and lucky oil together.. and it doesn’t take a bunch of oil,, don’t waste it,,, a little goes a long way, remember its your intent and focus, the herbs and oils help to empower but they are the side show, not the main event!
This pretty much ends the candle magic class. The rest is up to you. But in closing I have put some links here for the books on candle magic,and oils that I like. These links are to Azure Green.. one of the big witchy retailers. But I have a wholesale account with them, and can get things at a discount. I don’t have the books on my site right now. Because you can get these all over. If by chance you decide you ever need anything Azure Green has, please think about ordering through me at a discount! All I need is the item code.. I will honor a 15% discount off their retail price if that helps anyone. But you have to tell me that you are in this group with me…

I have these books and do recommend them.
Another great place to get these is
www.half.com
Its an ebay company, but all books and media.. right now one of bucklands books they have from .75 cents up to 9.00… can’t beat that! Plus shipping is always reasonable… One of the best places for used books anywhere… any genre, any subject… Ok that’s all my secrets now!

Advanced Candle Magic- Buckland
http://www.azuregreen.net/prodinfo.asp?number=BADVCAN
Coventry Candles Book.. good info
http://www.azuregreen.net/prodinfo.asp?number=BCOVMAG
Practical Candle magic -buckland
http://www.azuregreen.net/prodinfo.asp?number=BPRACAN
And this is the Oils and Herbs and Brews from Cunningham
http://www.azuregreen.net/prodinfo.asp?number=BCOMINC

I have truly enjoyed sharing this with you all. I hope there are questions, I hope I have answers. But mostly I hope I have inspired you to take a closer look at a sometimes forgotten form of magic. I can’t say this enough… INTENT-INTENT-INTENT and INTUITION-INTUITION-INTUITION-.. Believe in yourself, believe in your magic and your power.. But that’s not enough, you must not just believe your spell will work, YOU MUST KNOW IT!..Every part of you must know for certain that your working is alive and powerful. Any doubt, any at all will weaken your spell. Forget what the books say, don’t stress over memorizing things, either make it up as you go , or read it. Ive been to circles that everyone had a script in hand… it was kind of funny seeing everyone with a lighter out to try and read. Also expect the unexpected… you will drop a candle, you will forget what you are saying, you will giggle and maybe even cry … just last week, we could not get one of the quarter candles to light… nothing worked. So one of us just stood there with bic and became that “living candle” for that direction… be sure to laugh at your self and not get freaked out.. The Gods love a little comic relief sometimes! Use what you find as guides and guidelines. Not hard, fast rules…this is magic folks, not rocket science! Let spirit guide you, and then one day, it will just all fall into place! You will awaken and it will be a time of knowing!
I have so many more things to tell you, but its not a part of this class..and I tend to ramble. I hope you have found value in these!
Most of you that know me know I rarely say this, but when I do I mean it.. so

candlemagick