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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Biblical Magic

Bible SpellsBible Spells by William Alexander Oribello
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The bible is one of the most powerful and magical works around. Many fundamentalist Christians will try and tell you that magic is wrong but they are so confused. The magic is simple to do and a breath of fresh air to those who are overwhelmed by the complex rituals of Wicca and Ceremonial magic. Plus not everyone that does magic wants to work with Pagan deities. I could careless so long as the job gets done.

This sort of magic is often called "Granny Magic", "Folk Magic", "Hoodoo" and even Voodoo. It was brought over to the Pennsylvania area by German Christians who believed that humans were co-creator of the world along with god. Later on it got combined with Native American elements and herb lore and also it combined with African Folklore. These Germans had a strong background in Kabballah.

Those who practiced magic or knew of it's essence were usually part of a mystery school. The mystery schools taught that the stories in the religion were not real but were meant to carry out a certain and vital truth. These mystics used theurgic magic to better themselves and learn the power of love and faith.

What follows are four types of spell. The first type of spell is strictly reading from the bible. The next sort of spells are candle spells, crustal spells and incense spell. The final chapter deals with some folk spells collected from some very reluctant volunteers. I guess there is still persecution from Christian.

For now I would like to share some of the things I have learned. First about candle colors.
Red = Energy or love Pink= love Green= money or good fortune. Blue = Healing or psychic development. Purple = power over enemies and personal power, spiritual attainment or get rid of negativity.

Next is about incense: Frankincense= draws solar energy and creates sacred space, consecrates objects. Jasmine=luck especially in love. Musk= courage, vitality and vigor. Myrrh= protection, healing and purification. Patchouli= money and attraction spells. Pine you burn for strength and to reverse neagativity. Rose =love Sandalwood= all purpose.

The list for crystals is rather long so I will not bother. Rather I shall now discuss the power of verse. Bear in mind that with all magic the main ingredient is your personal power and the preparation for magic is mental preparation. You must teach yourself to focus on what you want which is your reason for doing magic. Concentrate on the finished project.

To get started you close your eyes and visualize yourself surrounded with white light in a word a bubble. When you do your spell focus on the finished product. Moon phases are essential waxing moon for attraction and waning moon for banishing or destroying. Do not talk about your spell as it weakens the magic.

After your bubble think about what you want or write it down. For example if you want new job or want romance then right your statement as " I will find a new job" or " I will find true love"

Next you select a bible verse and read it three times for three days in a row the same time each day. If you are doing this for a person then make sure you mention their name three times after repeated the bible verses. If you are doing a healing make sure no running water stand between you and your patient as water tend tp carry the energy away.

A little note on Ironweed. If you have kids like I do you may want your kids to carry it so that they will enjoy education. Finishing off on healing here is cure for headache something which I get rather often. Say the following " Tame thou flesh and bone, like Christ in paradise; and who will assist the, this I tell thee (name) for your repentance sake", Say the verse three times taking three minutes to say it each time.

Next is Candle magic. I like this as it is nice and simple. You only have to use olive oil to anoint. To attract you put some olive oil on the bottom and anoint up to the center.Then you put some atop and anoint toward the center. To repel you anoint the center of the candle and go down ward. Next put some oil to the center and anoint toward the top. When the candle is burned to the stub you can wrap it in cloth and bury it your property, throw it to a larger fire or throw it into running water.

When making candle you will carve in Schaddei for attraction and Aha he for repelling. Once the preparation is complete you then light your candle, repeat your bible verse, ask for help in your own words, last visualize yourself reaching the goal. Finally just forget about it.

Working with crystals: to clear a crystal you can run it under water and visualize the negativity being forced out, warm it in the sun as light purifies the crystal. Or burn some sage and pass it several times through the smoke.

To charge a crystal hold the stone in your right hand.Visualize your magic need and pour energy from your body into the stone.Once you feel the vibration you will know that it is charged.

To use the crystals first focus on what you want to achieve.While holding the crystal in your hand. You can also write down your desire. Repeat your bible verse 1-3 times. For added power say for a total of seven day.

For incense spells you light your incense focus on your goal and then when you are ready repeat your bible verse three times. For added power chant three days in a row if not working repeat in three weeks times.
Here are some spells and they mostly have to do with money. I am a greed guy I guess or is it the only thing I need is money.

Crystal spell for lottery. Use Sapphire stone then say "and take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand, peradventure it was an oversight.

Crystal spell for wealth. Use Citrine stone and say " bring ye all tithes into the storehouse, that there maybe meat in mine house, and prove me now here with, saith the lord of host, If I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be enough room to receive it.

Crystal spell to keep away those who would hurt you: Use Cat's eye and say " For he shall be like the heath in the desert and shall not see when the good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places of the wilderness in a salt land not inhabited

Here are some incense spells:

Incense spell to calm a troubled youth. Burn passion flower and say the verse " These things command and teach. Let no man despise they youth; but be thou an example to them that believe in the word; in manner of life; in love, in faith, in purity. Till I come give heed to reading to exhortation , to teaching .

Incense spell to banish spirits. Light violet incense and say "Put on the armor of god, that ye maybe able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

Incense spell for making money: burn cinnamon incense and then sayn "Bring ye all tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in mine house and prove me now here with saith the lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be enough room to receive it."

Incense spell to attract wealth: Burn Ginger incense and say "Ask me and I will give you nation as your inheritance. and the ends of the earth as your own possession."

Incense spell luck with lottery burn chamomile and say " Honor the lord with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow .

Incense spell never to have money worries . burn Patchouli incense and say "Give no occasions of stumbling either to jews or greeks or to the church of god even as I also please all me in all things not seeking mine own profit but the profit of many that they may be saved"

You say this every morning to be blessed at all times every morning when arising from the bed say " I conjure thee, sword, sabre or knife that mightiest injure me or harm me by the priest of prayers who had gone into the temple at Jerusalem. and said An edged sword shall piece your soul that you may not injure me who am a child of god"

Keep poverty at bay you take a measure of black thread for unused spool . Starting from the bottom you tie seven knots and say aloud " For we are god's workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works. Which god prepared in advance for us to do." thread is then placed in a bag and carried by who ever needs it.

Finally to have good fortune say this biblical verse three time before the sun rises " and they that are wise shall shine as bright as the firmament and they that turn many to the righteous as stars forever and ever.

Keep the faith.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Real Midgard

The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark AgesThe Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages by Brian Bates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Middle Earth was a real place or should I say time and place. Most readers have head the term before as the mythical setting for the Lord Of the Rings and the Hobbit and assume it was a fiction that existed in J.R.Tolkien’s mind. Tolkien often admitted that his sources of inspiration came from different mythologies. One of his main sources was Norse Mythology.

The Middle Earth occupied Northern Europe and parts of England. It was a time and place occupied by Vikings ,Norse Tribe s and Celtic tribes. Their mythologies and beliefs have many overlapping points in common. To these residents of the Middle Earth the forest and land was a place infused with vital lifre force and imagination. These people lived close to nature and liked being in close proximity to the spirits of nature.
Dragons as we know it are huge scaly creatures who guard treasure buried in a cave. It cannot be taken as there is no getting a gift without owing something in return. Dragon did not give it away in fact it could be said that they represented greed. One never knew when they would step on a dragon. They were underworld creatures. Who were feared even if they could not be seen. Often times Romans were seen as dragons. They violated nature’s codes and were thus punished as a result. That is why when the Norse came they avoided the remaining Roman villas despite their relative comfort.
The Earth was a place of enchantment. Rivers, trees, nights and well were all places of magic imbued with particular spirit. Elves were nature beings supposedly made of starlight. They were believed to inhabit the other world or underworld. To mess with their dwellings or run against a ley line could incur sickness or wrath. Elves infected people with elf arrows small tiny pin like objects. This would make a person sick. Some times this was combatted with a chanting of psalms and some herbs. Herbs or [plants had spirits that could help heal a person when combined with incantations and prayers. Wells often led to underground and were scene as portals to the underworld. People prayed there for health and future spouse. They left offering of food and sometimes needles so the elves could make use of them.
There were many creatures mentioned in the Lord of the Rings and in the Middle earth in general. Ravens who ate the remains of the dead were seen as being able to fly to both this world and the underworld. They were also seen as messengers. For the Celts , Ravens were associated with Morrigan and for the Anglo-Saxon they were associated with Odin. Wolves were sometimes viewed as a threat a they would attack if hungry enough and they often ate the same food as men did. Bears were supposedly a lot like humans. They walked and had round head. They would die for the winter and then revive. They were considered underworld animals and also the strongest in battle. Boars also had lots of repsect. Shape shifters would don a wolf hide or wear a token of the animal that served to connect them to the animals energy. There spirit would change shape byt not the body. Sibnce berserkers often shape shifted into a bear they could prove to be very dangerous fighters on the battle field. Odin it was said went on a wild rade to collect souls to take to the underworld.
Certain of the creatures in Tolkien’s mythos were showcased in the ancient world. Ents represented giants of the world who had fallen. We must remember that the giants gave birth to the gods and that eventually the Gods waged war on the giants and exiled them to an island on the outer reams of midgard. Dwarves made jewelery and craftsmanship, in fact they did it so well that the gods even came to them for stiuff. The giant spider Shelob has an ancient counterpart. In North Europeans Shamanism the spider is the one who takes the future shaman to the other world . A rather positive role.
Many of the elements discussed in this article were somehow featured in Tolkien’s classic works. They maybe altered a bit but if you study both the text and the Middle Earth chronicles you will see the parallels. Excellent work.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Faery tale Rituals

Fairy Tale Rituals: Engage the Dark, Eerie & Erotic Power of Familiar StoriesFairy Tale Rituals: Engage the Dark, Eerie & Erotic Power of Familiar Stories by Kenny Klein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When it comes to Grimm's Faery Tale's you are seriously going to have to forget what you know and try to learn about them with an open mind. What you may have read in the Grimm's faery tale or seen on the big screen is nothing but a sanitized and watered down version of what the real faery tale was. The Grimm brothers had started out with a privileged life , it was while studying in the University that they became enamored in folk tales. So they began to collect them. To make them palatable to everyone else they sort of cleaned them up and made them all light and fluffy.

The first tale is about Snow White and the most famous right now. In the original tale though it was not the stepmother who wanted Snow White killed it was rather the real mother. Why would a real mother want to kill her own child. Well in the original the father is the one who wishes for the daughter and while riding through the snow on their carriage they find a young forest nympth. The father is taken by her and the mother grows jealous. The huntsman is supposed to kill her. He doesn't and Snow White literally becomes wife to seven dwarves with the older one having special privilege over her.The queen tries to kill her several times but fails the ends up eating some apple that gets lodged in her throat. A bumbling prince find her and wakes by accidentally knocking the coffin over and dislodging the apple.

Hansel and Gretel are children to a starving couple at the forests edge. Hans the smart is the guy who leaves bread crumbs which are disposed of by the evil ,mother. Later he uses silver pieces . Through there story they are helped by birds. In the faery like forest where thy are lured into a witches trap . Actually there are several faeiries that eat people also. Wiches were perfect bad people. In faeland things reverse and Gretel is the smart one who tricks the witch. When they come back mother is dead. (She was the witch).

Briar Rose is the real Sleeping beauty. She placed in a country estate and then found by a king who is married. He has his way with her while she sleeps and then goes away. In his absence she gives birth to twins.The king picks her up later on but his wife is rather jealous. No matter she gets tortured to death in the end anyways.

Little broomstick is the original version of "beauty and the beast". In here the father picks a rose for his daughter. He is then captured by the beast and has to spend his time there in the castle or have a family member stay in his place.First he tries to get broomstick to take his place but the beast see through it so pious little beauty does it. She ends up sleeping with the bear and falling in love. She leaves for a bit then comes back and absence which almost kills the beast.He is revived with cabbage. The family ends up living living there.

Of course those are just a few of the stories with a different retelling. If you want to find out more then get the book I recommend it. After each story there is a ritual that goes along with it. Some rituals are coming of age, love, friendship and or keeping away unwanted attention. Kenny Klein is well read man and offers many comparison both to Paganism, religion and other nationality folktales. The thing of it is that he should tell the who tale first and then make his comparisons.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tolkien on Norse Legend

The Legend of Sigurd and GudrunThe Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

JRR Tolkien made famous by his Hobbit book the the Lord Of the Rings trilogy, was an author who created his own world complete with a set of gods, languages and people. He has several sources of inspiration and one of those sources is Norse Mythology. JRR now undertakes a retelling of a famous Norse tale.

The retelling of this story was unearthed by Christopher Tolkien who found several of his father's notes. This mark another posthumous publication. JRR culled this retelling from a variety of sources. The most famous of these resources being the Poetic Edda. He also pulled from the Lay of the Volsungs and the Lay of the Niblungs. Before launching into the retelling we are treated to a rather boring an loing forward by Christopher Tolkien which is unsuitable unless one is a super scholar. JRR himself gives an introduction somehow pulled from sketching and notes of speech he devlivered. Two important thing s that I learned is that the Scandinavians and the Germanic tribes once having been the same branched off and became two different people. The Germans built their lavish castles and kingdoms and dominated the European landscape. The Scandinavians were more pastoral an tened to be much poorer and more peaceful until they became Vikings. An analysis of the Pagan practices tells us that belief in the Ancient gods was all but dead or a fossil before they became Christians. They were a godless people who believed in self-reliance and indomitable will.
The story starts off in the area of the Volsungs. 10 brothers venture over to another kingdom based on peaceful premises only to be tricked. The brothers are bound in the forest and everyone but Sigmund gets devoured by a wolf. There is a sister who predicted this all and she gets revenge. She bears a sun named Sinjotifil and together him and Sigmund wreak havoc on the kingdom . When all is settled Sigmund takes a wife from the enemy camp who is somewhat resentful at the forced marriage and the death of her brothers and father. She gets her revenge by poisoning Sigmunds nephew. But no bad deed goes unpunished. As Sigmund gets older he marries a young woman and she conceives. Unfortunnately he dies during a battle thanks to the treachery of Odin. Odin has a nasty habit of killing those that are loyal to him so that he can claim them for Valhalla. These warrior will later fight in the Ragnarok where everyone get's killed.
This young wife is first brought to another kingdom as a vassal and then is made the wife of a king. The son of Sigmund named Sigurd is given to Regin as a fosterling. Regin teaches Sigurd about Runes , magic and fighting. Sigurd during this time receives a horse named Grani and a sword called Grim. Regin makes the sword himself. Finally when Sigurd is older Regin convinced him to go up against a dragon named Fafnir.
Now there is some backstory that needs to be covered here. First off at the beginning Odin went travelling to the realm of the dark elves along with Loki, and a very not oft mentioned God Hoenir. Loki , a trickster, a manages to kill an otter that is killing a salmon. Turns out that this otter is the some of Hreidmar a demon. He catches the three of them and they are bounded. The ransom for this killing an otter skin full of gold. Loki steals this from the dwarf Andvari along with a ring that is cursed. Loki gioves over the gold and all are free. Greed overtakes Fafnir who slays Hreidmar and he takes all the gold and hides it in a cave.
Sigurd kills Fafnir only to realize that later on Regin was a brother to Fafnir. Sigurd does not give him the gold. They do eat Fafnirs heart. Sigurd it should be mentioned is of Odin's seed. He will a play a part in Ragnarok. A word from the birds sends Sigurd to awaken a sleeping beauty, one who is a warrior Valkyrie that is forced by Odin to give up fighting and wed. She will not marry nayone unless they are a king and so Sigurd meets up with the Gjuking and conquers back his kingdom. The Gjuking have a beautiful daughter named Guden. Grimhild is a sorcereress who gives Sigurd a potion that makes him fall for Guden. As fate would have it Brinhilde the sleeping beauty gets married by Gunnar the king. She wanted Sigurd. Though wile and deception she convinced Gunnar to kill Sigurd. Gunnar realizes his mistake at the end and both Sigurd and Brinhilde die together.
Several years later Attila the Hun is laying waste to Europe. Gunnars kingdom is taken over and Guden is forced to marry Attila the Hun. She gets her revenge with sorcery

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Modern Root Work and Hoodoo

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American ConjureHoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure by Catherine Yronwode
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I remember a while back buying some money drawing oil from the local occult shop and really liking the smell. The person who sold me the blend told me it was a Hoodoo blend. I also learned that many folks like to use Hoodoo or root work when doing money magic or other magic geared toward getting some physcial result. When I asked where the formula was from this book was shown to me. Now there were no recipies for the money drawing oil but there was everything else.

Catherine Yronwode, Jewish by background, had an intense interest in African American folklore and spellcraft. Her introduction at the beginning of the book is highly informative. She tells the reader the history of Hoodoo here in America. It all started with African slaves being bought over on ships and forcibly beeing resttled here in America. They bropught with them their religion, magic and root knowledge. These African religions mixed together and coagulated with European magick brought over by the slave owner and native American lore. Hoodoo has several advantages over Wicca and Ceremonial Magic. It does not have all the high ceremony and it is practical as it uses rocks, bones, herbs and graveyard dirt. There is no religious system per se in Hoodoo but there are at certain occasions calling for a prayer to Mary, Jesus and the Holy Ghost. Of course while there is no heavy duty ceremony there was an influence of grimoire magic back in the day. This influenced there crafft greatly. Now of course I must mention another advantage. Root worker use the herb it is as perfect as God above craeated it. There is no need to harvest at a particular time or plant at a particular time. Modern Paganism is really into lunar fazes and planetry hours. While some of that is in Hoodoo, because there are certain magical actions that call for doing it during a waxing moon and a waning moon. Some Pagans might take issue with the use of Jesus, Mary and the Holy Ghost.

Ceremonial Magic and Wicca have some corrolaries or limits to the use of there magic as sometimes there can be a negaitve result. Hoodoo does not have such limitation. There is nothing to protect yourself from. There is also no Wiccan rede or three fold law.. Quite liberating. Now there are several incense blends, recipes for Gris Gris bags and what have you.
So what exactly is your aim? Hoodoo has it. Is it money, revenge, love, psychic powers, curses, controlling someones behavior, keeeping a spouse faithful, dominating your lover etc. The list could go on there is spell craft for just about everything.

Now the question why didn't I give this book a five? My first qualm involved the fact that the ingredients called for certain powder and oils which were not given a recipe for in the book or at least I could not find it. The author has a website so you will have to order some of those products from her website or shop. Would be great if she put the recipes out front so we could even be more empowered and make the stuff. Although truth be told things like a bat heart, badger tooth or gator paw you most likely would order from her shop. Some Hoodoo calls for placing object on someone's property or quite literally on their doorstep. These days with security cameras and high tech surveillance equipment. Good luck.

As I type this review my wife has just read to me something about wearing bat blood around your neck for gambling luck. Where will I obtain bat blood. What about a recipe for goofers dust, or commanding oil?

This is the best book on Hoodoo you will find. Everyone raves about it and for good reason. There are plenty of practical magical actions that you can do with what you have on hand. This book is a must read.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Children of Hurin

The Children of Húrin (Middle-Earth Universe)The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everyone familiar with the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Familiar with Sauron well Morgoth was his master and teacher. During the first age in Middle Earth even before there were Hobbits there were Elves and Men. The Elves were the first born and many migrated East with the Valar. The ones that stayed behind were called Dark Elves. Those that went with were called Light Elves, especially those that went to Valinor or the isle of the blessed. The ones that chose to stay on the West coast and not complete the journey were called "Grey Elves" Light Elves made it all the way to Valinor. Morgoth was the highest of the Valar but he basically rebelled and started his own kingdom. He destroyed the Golden and Silver Tree from Valinor and swiped Feanor's Silmarrillion. Feanor went after him but never really got the Silmarrillion back.

Jump ahead many years after that and you have Noldor as a kingdom along, with Doriath and Nothrolomad. They are elven kingdom. There is also a hidden elf kingdom called Gondolin. Men have also come from the East many of whom are fleeing Morgoth. These men are given are given land and they form kingdoms that are allied with the elves. Some houses of men are the houses of Hador and Haleth. Hurin is of the line of Hador. Hurin and his brother Huar are the leaders. During an initial skirmish with Angabond they are separated from their group. They eventually are taken by eagle flight to Gondolin where they reside for a year. After which they return and of which they say nothing of. Morwen is Hurin's wife and he has two children Lalaith and Turin. Lalaith dies from a plague sent by Morgoth. Turin is left surviving. Another battle ensues where elves and men try to resit Morgoth and his orcs. Hurin's side is utterly routed. Hurin himself is captured by Morgoth and in return for his resistance Hurin gets to watch his family cursed. Now bear in mind that Morgoth is helped by a giant Dragon called Glauron. As Dorlomin is overtaken by savage men from the east. Morwen is able to hold on to the castle for a bit because people think she is a witch. After all she has elf friends and hence magic. Turin stay there for a few more years and then goes to the Elven king of Doriath, where Thingol is the king. Turin grows up there and becomes a warrior of some stature. But some elves do not like uncouth humans. Saedros provoke Turin and eventually attack Turin. After Turin kills him he flees the kingdom and joins a band of outlaws. From there they run into Mim one of the last dwarves in the Middle Earth. Mim is resentful of the outlaws and Beleg, Turin's elf friend who tries to persuade him to return to Dorlomith. Eventuyally the orc take over and Turin find himself in Nagrothond. Eventually Glauraung sacks that castle as well. Having failed to save an elven maiden and the city Turin flees to his old homeland to find it in ruins. He joins some woodsmen and for while they resist the orc invasion. Things end with Turin reuniting with a younger sister he never met, meeting a maiden and a sad parting and an ending of honor and battle very reminiscent to the ending of Beowulf.

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