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Protection Spell and ritual

This is a simple protection spell that even the children can participate in!

Friendship bracelet braid by Charity Bedell

Materials:

One 2 foot length of each of the following flosses (the kind you find in the sewing/embroidery isles for friendship bracelets) Red, Yellow, Green, Violet, White, Black, and Gray

A small piece of tape to tape the floss to the table while making the bracelet

Spell:

Tie a knot at the top of the bracelet and state:

“BY these colors and by my love you are protected”

Proceed to weave the floss one color strand after the other over the others in the shape of a 4.

After every color has been done once tie another knot visualizing a shield for protection

Repeat the above process 7 times

Tie the bracelet together and give it to your friend

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Product Review: Crystal Essences from Charissa’s Cauldron

Set of 4 Crystal Essences

Today I am talking to you about the first set of Crystal Essences I am reviewing for Charissa’s Cauldron. This is one of the first trades I have done with The Pagan Business Network I was sent a set of twelve Crystal Essences. Since I do work with crystal magic I though that these essences might be another way for me to work with crystals and I was right. This review is going to focus on a set of 4 Crystal Essences. Since there were so many in the trade I have decided to try and work with them in sets of 4. This will give me time to really experience the essences.

So to start with I’m going to post an excerpt about what essences are from her website: Lady Charissa: About Essences

Essences are infusions that carry the energetic properties of plants or crystals. They address the emotional and mental aspects of health and well being. The most well known essences are Dr. Bach’s Flower Remedies. He discovered the first 38 remedies in the 1930’s. There are many more available now.

These essences interact with our life energy on an emotional and mental level. They work best on the deeper emotional issues we have rather than the resulting feelings. In choosing essences look for the deep causes or roots of these emotions. These issues keep you from reaching a state of mental and emotional well being. This can cause you to put up roadblocks and keep you from reaching dreams and goals in life.

Essences do not create euphoria or banish conflict or pain. They actually will help you bring buried feelings to the surface and deal with them so you can move towards a state of health and wellness.

Essences can be taken orally or used in a mist sprayer, a cream base or in a bath. The standard dosage is 4 drops 4 times daily. Essences do not contain toxic substances and only contain such minute traces of the physical substances of the plants that there is no concern for an allergic reaction. They work on an energetic vibrational level. The main ingredients of essence bottles are water and the alcohol that is used as a preservative. You would have to drink large quantities of essences to be affected by the alcohol content.

Crystal Essences are crystals that have their energetic properties charges into the alcohol (in this case Vodka). The 4 Crystal essences I am working with and reviewing right now are: Carnelian. Blue Onyx, Citrine, and Jade. Alone I’m sure they are each very effective. Together I have found a powerful get me to be myself set.

I started working with the essences by mixing 4 drops of them in my water. After a day or two I did the first two doses right on the tongue and the other two in the water. Before each drop was added to the drink or to my tongue I said a prayer and an affirmation about the crystal essences in order to strengthen their work and my work with them.

I use all four at a time as I felt that the balance of the energetic forces with these four would help me start making some changes in my life, and let me tell you they have. These essences are powerful and effective. I have been using them only as directed and found this internal magic to be very effective. For me the first changes we make should be internal magic and these essences allow for that practice.

The first essence up is Carnelian.

Carnellian Essence Carnelian Crystal Essence

There are aspects of my life that I have had difficulty expressing in any way. Over the last four days as I have been playing with the essences and working with them that has changed. I’ve been ale to express my needs and just go after them. I’ve also been highly motivated and found a renewed sense of passion. These are all aspects that the Carnelian essence can help you with. Carnelian Crystal essence

The next essence is Blue Onyx

Blue Onyx Essence Blue Onyx

I’ve been using the Blue Onyx Crystal to be an enhancement for the spiritual work I am doing within the Feri tradition. The work in the Feri tradition is about claiming our spiritual selves and our spiritual strengths. What stood out for me with this crystal is its spiritual strength attribute.

When you combine that with the stress relief and the increase of self control you get an essence that helps us find balance within ourselves and can claim our own power. It also grounds us which allows us to find that power and strength. This essence is all about inner strength and peace.I’ve had a lot of stress the last week because of the short notice for the event this Saturday. This crystal essence has been a huge help in grounding me and using my spiritual strengths to find ways to deal with the stress. Blue Onyx Crystal Essence

The third Crystal Essence is Jade:

Jade Essence Jade

The Jade essences effects were the first that I really noticed. While I have always had dreams I had not always remembered them. With the Jade essence I was able to start remembering aspects of my dreams. I’ve also started to feel more connected as a person. This is another essence that has been an effective addition in the Feri tradition alignment work I do as its also about uniting the mind and body and mind and spirit as one. To me this has been happening through the dreams which is why I have been able to remember them more clearly and why they have had more of an impact on me.Jade Crystal Essence

Finally and last but not least is the Citrine Essence

Citrine essence Citrine

Citrine has has been keeping me very optimistic about the event and a few other things happening in my life. I have also been using it to break through my blocks and to bring me success and abundance. I had a sale since I started to use this essence which for me is a sign that the success and abundance is coming. I’m feeling good despite the various stresses in my life and I feel that everything will be fine which also shows that one of my blocks to success and abundance is being overcome (over worrying). Citrine Crystal Essence

The best thing about these essences is that everyone ordered has a paper that comes with it explaining the different attributes of the crystals that the essence works towards. This will allow you as an individual to be able to pick out which essences you feel will work best for your health and your situation.

I can’t wait to try the other 8

Product Review: Florida Incense.com

There are many companies out there that sell bulk supplies for those of us who make handcrafted items. Some stores also sell bulk items like lamp diffusers for oils and tinctures and censors. The Florida Incense company is one of those companies that sells bulk supplies for those who craft and sell herbal incense and oil products. Two years ago I ordered a small bundle of censors for them to start my ritual supplies section of my store. A few days ago I ordered more items from them. This time I added in lamp diffusers for oils and tinctures.

What really got me to write this review was how great their customer support is. They happened to be out of one of the items that I was ordering. I ordered 2′ sized censors. They didn’t have them but they had the larger size for $2 more a dozen. In stead of charging me extra I was sent the larger size at no extra cost. This to me shows excellent customer service and a desire to see their customers happy.

I will definitely continue to buy products from them and I hope others will consider working with them in the future as well.

Florida Incense

Product Review: The Sacred Oak

Sacred Oak sampler group

This is the first time I am doing a product review on this blog.  However part of this blogs goal is to serve as a resource for supplies as well as information on various spiritual practices.  This blog is focusing on a few small products from a small business that has a variety of products for Pagan Rituals, Meditations, Spells, and other ritual work.  That business is called

In exchange from some products from my Business Mystic Echoes I received a small sample package from This business.  My package included a Goddess Doll, a wood burned altar tile, a mini goddess candle, and a healing sachet.  I found this to be a perfect little sampling of the products offered from the Sacred Oak.

The first item up is: Goddess Dolls

These Goddess dolls are perfect altar supplies.  They are stuffed so they don’t break if they are knocked down.  They are handmade so they are full of Goddess power and blessing from the process of being made.  I have mine on my Star Goddess Altar.  Its a great Addition to my All Mother, God Herself altar.

BY itself

BY itself

On My Feri Tradition Altar

On My Feri Tradition Altar

The next item up are the Satchet Pillows

This one: The Moon faced pillow:Healing Satchet
is a healing packet.  I have to say that I’m much calmer and relaxed when sitting at my computer with it next to me.  I’ve had a lot come up in my life that has been difficult to deal with.  Handling this sachet has been helpful in keeping depression symptoms at bay and helping me remember better times with a loved one who has recently passed.

My one suggestion would be to have a list of the herbs that was in the packet.  I was simply told it was a healing packet and I can feel that sort of energy in the packet.  I would suggest that in the future the owner make sure that all of the packets have information on the contents provided.  After all someone could be buying it for another person, and I personally would like to know what was in any sort of packet I got.

The item I was most excited about in my packet was the:Mini Goddess Candle

Mini Goddess candle.  Now this item is not currently listed on their website.  I still have to say its one of my favorite products.  It actually came to me at the perfect time as I was thinking about needing a green candle and a goddess candle for a working I had in mind.  Now I can do that working.

The final item I have to review is

My altar tile:
Wood Burned Altar Tile

As I am starting to explore Germanic witchcraft the altar tile I received is a perfect tile for me.  It is a Germanic sigil that is for protection.  Its a perfect addition to my altar to Odin and Frigga.  I simply need to perform a ritual of consecration on it to dedicate it to them.

In general I would have to say that this site has quality handcrafted products.  Check them out and support small businesses.

Its new product time!

Over the next week I am going to be spending a lot of time crafting new products for Mystic Echoes. There will be several new incense blends, new tinctures, a new product line with essential oils and magical oil blends. I will also be starting to craft candles as well. So there are all sorts of new products coming this way.

Core seeking of this path

One thing I have come to see as my central seeking and search is for the core that is witchcraft.  I have seen that witchcraft manifests itself in many different forms and styles.  I have found that there are many definitions of witchcraft in many different cultures.  There are vast differences in approaches to magic and spirits, religion, and spirituality in all of the paths I have studied.There are also some core striking similarities that are expressed in different terms and concepts yet seem true to all aspects of witchcraft as I have experienced them both in books and experience.  My goal is to create a path that allows an individual the ability to experience all aspects of witchcraft for themselves so they can in their own way find their core of a witch.

Pagan Blog Project: Galangal Root

Also called:It is also known as Low John the Conqueror, Chewing John, Galanga, China Root, India Root, East India Catarrh Root, Lesser Galangal, Rhizoma Galangae, Gargaut, Colic Root, and Kaempferia Galanga.

Galangal Root has many different uses.   Like many different herbs different traditions have different associations and uses of the herb.   This herb like many others has multiple properties and associations thought it is commonly used for only one or two of those items.

There are uses in protection magic, legal aid, hex breaking, lust, health, money, and psychic powers are all properties of Galangal Root.  Most often in Hoodoo the herb is applied to legal and court case working as well as hex breaking.  Occasionally wish granting is also associated with this herb.

Common applications in Hoodoo include chewing the herb and spitting it out with a specific intention to make the spell work.  This can be done infront of court houses for legal aid.  You can also chew on the root while thinking about your wish or desire and then spit it out when chewed completely to have your wish granted.

By wrapping a bill around the root you can and use that charm to bring money to you.  You can also burn incenses of the scrapped and ground root for similar properties.  Other charms include carrying the root in mojo bags for protection and hex breaking.

Available:  For sale:

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Sources:

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs: by Scott Cunningham

http://www.themagickalcat.com/Articles.asp?ID=242

http://www.luckymojo.com/johntheconqueror.html

http://www.pookapages.com/Gruenwold/Magical%20Herbs.htm

Pagan Blog Project: B- To begin

Beginning your path

Over the last few weeks I have given you a lot of information about researching and answering questions related to your path.  I gave you advice on how to choose your directions and even some concepts on divinity to start with.  These are all great things to know and have as an idea before you actually begin your path.  However once you know where you are going, what your views on deity are and the cultures you are basing your practices off of how do you actually start to begin your practice and path?  This is the question we are going to focus on and answer for you today.

There are many different ways that you can actually begin your path.  The important thing is to try and spend as much time doing research and reading about new beliefs and practices you want to explore as it is to actually spend the time doing the work.  If all you do is read and research and reflect on what you read and research you will have a lot of book knowledge and some great opinions.   You just wont have any experience and you wont actually “know” the processes, the spirits, the Gods, or even the effects of the practices you have been dedicating your time to.

Ways to begin your practice

I remember when I took my first steps on my path as a witch I was very nervous.  I was afraid of doing things wrong.  I was afraid that the Gods and the spirits wouldn’t listen to me.  I had no formal teachers or training.  I was simply stumbling in the dark.  So I remember the anxiety.  It was both a positive anxiety as well as a negative or hesitant type of anxiety.  I had the same feelings when I started to practice Germanic Paganism.  The important thing is that you work through the anxiety and the sensations and start on the path.

So what can you do to start on your path?  You can build an altar.  You can start a magical journal or spiritual record of your practices.  You can start a meditative practice.  If you are very confident in your connection to your path you can perform a rite of dedication and direction.  Finally the most important thing you can do is try the exercises you encounter in the books and websites you use as  tools and references in your studies.

There are as I said many different things that you can do to start walking your path.  You may not be able to do as much as you would like right away and that is ok.  You may miss sabbats and opportunities for rituals and worship as you learn the important dates and times in your chosen spiritual path.  The Gods know you are human and you are learning.  So long as your heart is in your path and you work hard you will be amazed at the path you will create for yourself.

Altar creation

One of the things you can do to begin your path is start an altar.  Altars are a wonderful way to express your spirituality.  By creating an altar you are creating a sacred space in which you can focus on performing your spiritual work and practices.  Altars can be very simple or they can be very elaborate.  There are many different things that you can put on an altar and there are many different ways that an altar can be set up.

My basic altars when I am working with a new spirit or starting to work with new Gods are very simple.  They typically include a candle that I light when I am praying to that spirit.  I also light the candle as an offering to them.  I also if I have them have an incense burner for burning incense as offerings to the Gods and spirits and to help as a focus when I work on meditation.  I also typically have a cup or bowl for any liquid offerings I may give the spirits.

No two altars are going to be the same.  If you do decide to set up an altar let it be a reflection of your relationship with the spirits you are working with.  Your altar is for you and your practice alone.  It doesn’t matter what it looks like or what you have on it at this point in time.  Its just there as a focal point and expression of your relationships with the spirits you work with.

A lot more can be said about altar creation.  I have written two entries elsewhere on this blog that deal with altar creation.  If you decide to start with the creation of an altar I would recommend you look at the articles. They contain several examples and some exercises for you to use as you build your altar.

Altars part 1: 6 exercises and points for altar building

Altars part 2: Specifics for paths and practices

Magical and spiritual record keeping

The second thing I mentioned you could do as a formal start of your path is to create a spiritual journal.  This journal may have already been started if you have been following the exercises and advice I have been giving you on this blog.  Some traditions have specific names for the journals that are kept and others are incredibly personal.  In all traditions though the personal spiritual journal is a very powerful sacred personal object.

One thing I mentioned previously is that as you do your research into the various paths out there was take note of things that you agree with and things you disagree with.  I also advised you to write down quotes that gave you something to think about.  I have also given you several different types of questions to answer and reasons for asking those questions.

All of the notes you have taken, the questions you have asked, and the answers you have given yourself are the start of a very important document.  This document or well book is very important.  This book is going to serve as your record of spiritual growth.  This book will have a lot of information in it as time goes on.  It is also one of the most personal spiritual items and tools you will ever make.

You may be asking why a journal of your spiritual experiences, thoughts, and beliefs is important.  The answer is simple.  This book and journal will show how you have grown and developed spiritually.  This book will contain things you agree with and things you disagree with.  You will basically put anything in here that you feel is important information about your path.  There really isn’t anything you can’t put in this journal.

The act of working on this spiritual journal is also a way to connect your mind and emotions with your actual soul and spirit feelings.  By writing out your thoughts and reflections to ideas and concepts you are processing how your spirit feels about these things.  This allows your mind to understand what drives you and allows your mind to spend time finding ways to include those thoughts, beliefs, and practices in everything that you do.

Writing in a journal is a very therapeutic thing.  It helps you process the day and it helps you really sort out how you really feel and think about many concepts and ideas.  In many different spiritual paths one of the key concepts or ideas to strive for is to know yourself.  Writing in a journal is one of the best ways to know yourself as you are truly honest to yourself about how you feel and what is on your mind.  By knowing yourself you also know what your real needs, wants, and desires are.  In spirituality this can also mean knowing exactly the type of connection you are actually seeking with the Spirits and the universe.

These books will also serve as your references for your personal experiences.  In them you should include exercises you have done (the steps of the exercise and your experiences), prayers you have said and or rituals you have done.  It can also include prayers and spells you have found inspiring from other sources.  If there is poetry or myths you find inspiring and directly related to your path you can put that in there.  Its your guide to your experiences and your development as a spiritual person.

In witchcraft most often there are two terms for these spiritual journals.  One of them is occasionally called a mirror book.  That book is full of your reflections and ideas.  Its where your theories and beliefs are recorded.  Its a reflection of your innerself and your soul.    This is a very personal book and is often not shared.

The other book is often called the Book of Shadows.  The book of shadows is a book containing spells and rituals.  It also has the lore of the practice.  In solitary practice this book is your sacred text basically.  It forms a workbook for formulating spells and rituals.  Its your tool in your acts of priesthood.  This book can be shared with people if a solitary chooses to share their work.  Typically if it is handed down it will be to children or very specific family members interested in the practice all at the individuals discretion.

In covens and in specific traditions there is a Book of Shadows that is specific to that coven or tradition.  Members are expected to hand copy or make themselves an exact copy of the book for their own use.  Like the individual book this also contains all the materials needed to form the rituals and practices of the coven.  It may also contain coven history and tradition history.  These books are also used as teaching materials to preserve the practice and and ensure that all members have the same information to go from.   Ceremonial Magic has a similar practice called Grimoires, and some witches elect to call their ritual and theory books Grimoires as well.

Meditative practice

One element that is common among spiritual paths is some sort of meditation practice.  This practice is a way for you to go within yourself and reflect on things.  It can also be a way for you to communicate with spirits and Gods.  Meditation is a very powerful tool for spiritual development and daily spiritual practice.  This is one tool that comes in many different forms and has different uses.

One use for meditation techniques is to understand different philosophic principles.  By working with different powers of the mind in meditative states you can learn and experience different philosophies which will create spiritual experiences.  Often times these meditative techniques also are building blocks to deeper spiritual techniques and can also be magical techniques as well.

Meditation techniques can also help you learn how to better focus and use the powers of your mind.   Through meditation you can travel to the spirit worlds.  You can meet many different spirits and interact with them.  You can experience the mysteries in the universe.  These mystery experiences will provide you understanding and spiritual growth.  These are things that will also make your spirit and you feel at home and have deeper understandings and connections to the world around you.

Basically meditation can work for psychic development, spiritual development, mental development, and the development of focus skills.  Meditation has many different effects and uses spiritually and practically.  Its worth an entry all of its own.  When you engage in meditation as the starting point or beginning of your practice you will want to explore many different philosophies and types of techniques.  Remember to record and write down what you experience in meditation and what the techniques were.

Dedication ritual

This is often the first real serious step a person takes on their spiritual path and practices.  Dedication rituals are very serious acts and indicate a specific level of commitment.  When you are dedicating yourself to your path you are promising any and all spiritual powers on this path that you are there to serve them and to learn from them.  You will listen to them and you will do all that you can to live your life the way they ask you to.  It also shows that you are ready to make your path an intricate part of all aspects of your day to day life in some manner.  You are ready to not just be a student and exploring of the path.  You are ready to say this is my path.  I will follow you for as long as I can.

If this is what you want to do for your first step on your path than you should go for it.  If this is your choice then you have done enough research and had enough of an emotional connection and response that you know that this is where you want to go for now spiritually.  Taking the step of dedication is a big step and its one that should not be taken lightly.  In some paths a self dedication is the equivalent of an initiation of sorts.  In other paths its a phase of learning before swearing a deeper oath and practice.  For myself dedication is both a learning period and a way of swearing an oath.

I am not going to write any more on dedication here. It is a first step in a path and it is a way to begin your path. I have written an essay on this blog earlier in more depth about dedication and the types of dedication there are. That post even has two different types of dedication rituals.

D:Dedication

Do the Exercises

Many books on spirituality and spiritual paths will have exercises scattered throughout the chapters to illustrate and give you personal experience with the concepts being discussed.  Most of the exercises do have a practical aspect to them.  When it comes to spirituality and magical practices the only way to really understand the concepts of energy and spirit is to have experiences.  The experiences do more to teach you the philosophies and world views than just the books ever could.

Sometimes it may not be easy to see the meaning or reason behind the exercise being placed where it is.  If this is something you experience that is fine.  In this case finish the chapter.  Read the exercises and the rest of the chapter.  Reread it a few times if you have to.  However once you have an idea of what the exercises and the chapter together are teaching you need to do the exercises.  The exercises will actually show you more than any words can.

In spiritual paths the concept of mysteries and how they must be experienced is often brought up.  The exercises including guided meditations and occasionally mini spells or rituals are there to have you gain access to the particular mysteries of that path.  The author of those exercises has used them several times themselves and seen how they worked for their spiritual paths and development.  By publishing those exercises in a book, website, blog, or podcast the author is providing access to the mysteries for others.  They want you to share the experiences they have had.

When you do an exercise be sure to write down the exercise in step by step processes so you can repeat the exercise.  Also write down everything you experience while doing the exercise.  You will find that some of the techniques out there will be more effective for you than others.  That is ok.  By having the experiences and by doing the exercises and the work you are knowing yourself and your spiritual path bringing both into closer harmony.

Conclusion

In this post I have illustrated several different ways that you can start practicing and walking your path.  Each of these first steps has a benefit to them and they also have their down sides to.  Each step also plays its own role in your development spiritually and personally.  These steps are all good ways to start including your path in your life in a more direct and outward way.

My personal suggestion would be to do a mixture of the journal, meditation, and exercises for a while.  Then after you know a bit more about the spirits you are working with and you have gained some experiences I would set up an altar.  Now the altar can be a tool for meditative focus and spiritual development.  I would work with these combinations for a few months before I performed an act of dedication.

I hope that these steps help you find and develop your spiritual path.  As always if you have any questions or comments please let me know.  If you feel that there are other steps out there I could have mentioned also please let me know.

 

~Loona Wynd~

Pagan Blog Project: Beginnings

The most common question I am asked is how did I actually begin my practice.  I’m sure that you readers are now wondering the same thing.  You have looked at your own beliefs.  You have come to have a decision and a direction, and you have figured out your concept of the divine.  Now that you have all of those choices and all that work done what do you do?  You actually begin your practice.

Beginning Your practice

The first step on your path is to perform a rite of introduction to the Gods and spirits of your practice.  By now you should have read a few books on the practices of the path you are taking.  If you have a reference for this then that is great.  If not I am going to give an outline for an introduction rite.  Yes before you begin performing offerings on a regular basis it is important that you at least introduce yourself to the pantheon and the spirits you intend to work with.

Now it is important to note that an introduction rite is not the same as a dedication rite.  That is something we can cover another time.  An introduction rite is a more formal way of saying hello.  You may have prayed and gave offerings before as part of your decision making.  Thats good.  Its a start.  Now you are formally declaring your intent to study their ways and work with them.  Before it was a “Hi this is for you if you want”.  Now its more formal.

So what was the point of the ritual before hand if we are beginning with a deeper more direct ritual?  This ritual is a step below actual dedication.  You have not completely dedicated yourself to their service but you are basically promising to study their ways for a year or so.  During that year you will perform rituals, pray, meditate, read, and reflect.  If after your year of studies you have formed strong bonds and feel called to do further work on that path then you will perform a rite of dedication.  For now a rite of introduction is still important.

What does this rite entail?  It entails preparing yourself mentally and physically before the ritual.  Its going to entail blessing the offering in their names.  Its going to entail prayer and meditation.  Its a very simple and basic ritual.  However when you put all your emotions into the ritual you can find that even the smallest ritual gesture like lighting a candle with intent can produce substantial results.

The Ritual

Materials:

  1. Candle to represent your passion and your flame
  2. Note book to write down the ritual and any personal messages you get during the meditation
  3. Fresh soap for the ritual shower  & your normal shampoo and conditioner
  4. Candle for the God and or Goddess
  5. if you are 21+ an alcoholic drink to share as a communion if not sparkling ciders are good
  6. Chalice
  7. An incense you find appealing
  8. Water
  9. Salt

Here is the rest of the ritual

Ritual Shower:

  1. Set the shower at as high a temperature as you can stand and get in.
  2. Begin to wash your body with you soap.  Using the soap suds see the soap becoming all negative energy and all doubts from the day.  See them coming from your body into the  soap.  Put the soap down and rinse your hands.  Let the soap stay on your body for a moment and let it continue to absorb your negative energy and thoughts.
  3. Take your shampoo and lather your hair.  Do the same thing you did with the body to your hair.  This time focus on intense emotions and thoughts.  Focus on stress and frustrations during the day.  See those items become the suds in your hair.
  4. Rinse your hair and place the conditioner in it.  Let the conditioner soothe those thoughts and feeling.  Let the conditioner bring you a sense of peace and relaxation.  Work that sensation all through your hair.  Let is set for about five minutes.
  5. Stand in the shower in a position where your hair wont get wet but parts of you can.  Start to rinse yourself off.  As you start to rinse see the shadowy soap bubble run down the drain and fade away.
  6. After a few moment step under the shower directly and rinse completely,  This time seeing everything run down that has not already gone away.
  7. Repeat the shower one more time.  This time chanting “Water Water Wash Away.  Water Water Cleanse today”
  8. End the shower.  As you towel off wrap yourself up in a white light of positive energy.  This will replace and replenish the energy that was removed through the cleansing shower.

Introduction rite:

  1. Get dressed and set up the altar or place for the ritual.  Make sure you have a container for the water and a container for the salt as well as your offering of food and drink to the Gods.
  2. Mix a pinch of the salt into the water.  You are making Holy water right now.  As you mix the salt and the water see any impurities in the water be gone.  See the water being filled with sacred light from the great divine forces out there.
  3. Light your incense
  4. Take the salt water and either in a circle or simply by sprinkling the water in the four directions dedicate the space as being sacred.  Call upon any guards and guides as you see fit to witness this rite.
  5. Repeat the process with incense.  Now you have consecrated the space with all the elements.  Earth and water in the holy water and fire and air with the incense.  The place is now set for spirits and gods to come and answer.  At this point it is best to remain in the ritual area.  You should only leave in an emergency situation.  If you do say a quick prayer for exiting and a prayer for entering.  Other traditions have other ways of entering and exiting the space in ritual but this prayer will work for now.
  6. Light the Candle for the God and Goddess (both or just one depending on what you had chosen to do)
  7. Call to the Gods.  If you have read an invocation or prayer to them for calling them to a ritual now would be a great time to recite that work.  Basically ask them to come with you now and to join the rite.
  8. Light the candle to represent yourself.  State your intention to learn the ways of those Gods and their followers.  State who you are and why you are serving and learning their ways.  Promise to do your best to learn all you can and integrate what you learn into your life.
  9. Bless the drink and pour a drink for them and for you.  Share this drink with them.  You can praise them or you can silently meditate on their presence and the meaning of the rite.  You should have an idea at this point if they are accepting of you and listening to you,
  10. When you are ready thank the Gods and the spirits for attending the rite.  If you formally laid a circle or walked a circle you can release it now.  If you just sprinkled some water and consecrated the ground by extinguishing the incense and the candle the space is being released. You can then extinguish the candles.  You can pick up and put away.  You may now say a final prayer of thanks and wishes for continued guidance as things get put away and cleaned up.
  11. Record the ritual in the notebook.  Write down everything you did all your feelings and all your emotions.  Write down what you think about what you did and how you felt before and after.

You have now formally introduced yourself as their student.  You have now taken a step into letting the Gods lead the way and be your teachers.  Now you just need to listen to what they have to say.  You may find the lessons come in very strange forms and you may find that things come into your life for no reason after doing this.  These actions are a result of your introduction and prayer manifesting.  The Gods are listening.

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