It is most convenient to mark the circle with chalk, paint or otherwise, to show where it is; but marks on the carpet may be utilized. Furniture may be placed to indicate the bounds. The only circle that matters is the one drawn before every ceremony with either a duly[…]

Casting the Circle (1949)

: 1. Tune in to how you are feeling in your current state. Feel what brought you to this magick regardless of what it is. Breathe and tune into your current state of being. 2. Feel what your desire is and feel that sensation of lacking your desire. How does[…]

The Ritual Method for Goetic Words of Power

Items needed: Eight pieces of iron or iron nails, one black candle, a dish of salt, and protection incense. Place the candle on the floor near your front door. Encircle the candle with the iron pieces and then with a ring of salt. Place the dish of salt on the[…]

Iron Protection Ritual

Be sure you have all the tools you will need to complete the sign you have designed or found. If you are doing an original drawing, plan it out first on a blank piece of paper. Be sure that the picture will represent the result you desire. On a round[…]

How To Make A Hex Sign

Hair represents strength and energy. Early Christians shaved their heads to show their devotion to the religion. In some cultures, it is seen as an act of purity to have all body hair removed before marriage. In the Middle Ages, cutting a person’s hair had symbolic value judicially and was[…]

Hair

Raising the Flame is an interesting exercise, because it both embodies some key pieces of Lore that are common to many Traditions, and is a great example of Lore being directly “enfleshed” by a Tradition. Whether it is ancient Forge Fire or a simple candle flame, the idea of filling[…]

Raising the Flame

Traditionally, crafters may not always use altars in the same way that Wiccans or other religions do. For many spiritual paths, an altar is a combination of shrine and focal point of their worship. But traditional Crafters do not worship the Gods, and if they use an altar table at[…]

Awakening the Altar

Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment Many Traditional Crafters have an interesting relationship with dragons. Some see them as archetypes, some as being similar to the Gods, and some see them as living mythical beasts, in a very literal way. It is certainly true that myths and legends involving dragons[…]

Riding the Dragon

Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment Raising the Cone of Power is a technique that can be found in the Gardnerian Book of Shadows, Katherine Kurtz’s Lammas Night, and most forms of Traditional Witchcraft. The details may vary, but the overall effect is the same. This is the technique that[…]

Raising the Cone of Power

Unlike raising the Cone of Power, this practice is less about raising energy, and more about creating a vortex. Also known as the Widdershins Walk, this is the way to descend to the Wasteland, where we can work directly with our most ancient Ancestors. Craftings involving treading the Mill are[…]

Treading The Mill

Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment For many practitioners of Traditional Witchcraft, the act of preparing the Sacred Space for ritual is known as Laying the Compass. Superficially, it resembles the Wiccan practice of casting circle, but it is done in quite a different way, and for quite different reasons.[…]

Laying the Compass

Sacred space means different things to different people. So really, the only way I can get around that is to tell you what it means to me. Sacred space is an enclosure we create, if you like, an artificial bubble in mundane reality, inside which we create an environment that[…]

Sacred Space

Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment The Quarters and Cross-Quarters can be seen as two sets of overlapping quarters. This has several advantages over the more typical eight-spoked wheel, because it gives a strong sense of the overlap in roles of the various deities, as well as making use of[…]

The Cycle of Ced and Celi

Make sure you are sitting comfortably, with your eyes closed, and relax your body. Start with your left leg, tighten the muscles and then relax them. Then the right leg — tighten the muscles there, relax them, and let them go completely. Then your abdomen and stomach tighten the muscles[…]

Through the Gate of the Sky

Make sure you are sitting comfortably, with your eyes closed, and relax your body. Start with your left leg, tighten the muscles and then relax them. Then the right leg — tighten the muscles there, relax them, and let them go completely. Then your abdomen and stomach tighten the muscles[…]

Through the Gate of the Stone

Make sure you are sitting comfortably, with your eyes closed, and relax your body. Start with your left leg, tighten the muscles and then relax them. Then the right leg — tighten the muscles there, relax them, and let them go completely. Then your abdomen and stomach tighten the muscles[…]

Through the Gate of the Sun

In Northern Quarters the Gates are known by the Airts, or qualities of light. These can be named as Earth, Air, Fire and Water, but they are not the classical Elements as used by the Golden Dawn and most forms of Wicca. For that reason, while the above names are[…]

Seeking the Guardians of Lore. East

Start by using any relaxation technique you like, and sit with your eyes closed. Make sure your arms and legs are not crossed, and take three deep breaths. With each breath, feel the stress and tension of the day fading away, being replaced with a calm expectation. Continue to breathe[…]

Encountering the Lord and Lady

A ritual kissing of five parts of the body, done in certain rites and ceremonies, such as handfasting, in some traditions of contemporary Witchcraft. It is done within a magic circle and is symbolic of the homage paid by the God and the Goddess to each other. The fivefold kiss[…]

Fivefold Kiss

The regular meeting of a coven of Witches at which religious worship is conducted, business is discussed and magic and healing work is done. The frequency of esbats depends on the coven. Most covens meet at the full Moon, which occurs 13 times a year. They may also meet at[…]

Esbat

Drawing Down the Moon An important ritual in some traditions of Wicca in which a coven’s high priestess enters a trance and becomes the Goddess, who is symbolized by the Moon. The transformation may be accomplished with the help of the high priest, who invokes, or draws down, the spirit[…]

Drawing Down the Moon

Charge of the Goddess In Wicca, a poetic and inspiring address given by the Goddess to her worshipers through her intermediary, the coven high priestess. The Charge of the Goddess is used primarily in the Gardnerian and Alexandrian traditions, but is not limited to them. It was authored and popularized[…]

Charge of the Goddess

In ritual, the repetition of sacred or magical words, names and phrases to alter consciousness and raise psychic power. Chanting, done in conjunction with dancing, drumming, visualization and body movements and postures, is one of the oldest and most universal techniques to align human consciousness with the realms of spirits[…]

Chanting

An obscene parody of the Catholic Holy Mass firmly entrenched in the popular notion of Devil worship. Black Masses are erroneously associated with all witches. They are not performed by Wiccans and Pagans, who do not worship the Devil, and it is doubtful that they were ever performed, at least[…]

Black Mass