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Shed Snake Skin-Working with Snake energy

One of the most unique products available at Mystic Echoes is our collection of Shed Snake skin.  These shed skin come from our two loved Baal Pythons.  They shed their skins several times a year as part of the natural cycle of life.  So no worries.  These snakes are well loved and cared for.

Animal bodyparts have been used in magic historically.  Shed snake skin is no different.   The snake skin contains the essence of the snake spirit.  It is a vessel for the spirit of the snake and the snakes spiritual energy. These skins allow us to contact and communicate directly with the spirit energy of snakes.  These skins also provide an excellent physical charm to carry with you.  These physical charms allow you to access the energy of the snake spirit at any time.  Some traditions call those items fetishes.

The magic of the snake can be found across cultures.  In some cultures snakes are symbols of evil and darkness for example in Christianity snakes and serpents are associated with the Devil and Hell..  In other cultures serpents are symbols of primal energy and are considered to be highly passionate creatures.  Some cultures associate Snakes with transformation as well as growth and development.  Every culture is different.

You may find over time that you develop your own associations with snakes and serpent energy. As with any magical practices and associations it is up to you to develop your own connections to the magic within the spirit.  The more you work with the spirit the stronger your relationship will become and the more you will learn from them.

So how do you begin to work with the magic of snakes?  First you have to think about the many associations with snake spirits and their energy.   Secondly you have to think about your personal feelings on the snake spirit.  What do snakes mean to you?  What does your spirit say about working with that energy?  Finally you have to think about your magical and spiritual objective.  What do you want to get from the spell or ritual?  How deep do you want this relationship to go?    Once you have answered those questions you can begin to formulate your spell and ritual.

In order to help you start working with snake energy and the snake spirit we are going to fo through the process of developing a ritual and spell to start your relationship with serpent energy.  We will be working with the first associations that my intuition developed when I first held onto snake skin.

So let’s start at the first step.  The first step in the process is understanding several of the magical and spiritual properties associated with the curio.  As shown above there are different properties and works from different cultures.  This list is a collection of properties associated with just the snake skin.

Magical properties of Snake Skin

  • Healing
  • Renewal
  • Protection
  • Rebirth
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Hexing and or cursing
  • Power
  • Change and Transformation
  • Removal

The next step in working with snake skin is deciding what snakes mean to you. What do you think of when you hold the snake skin?  For myself the first thing that comes into my mind is shedding of old so renewal,rebirth,and removal.  The next thing that comes into my mind is Change or transformation as well as healing.

The last step is  what your personal goal is and how deep you want the relationship to go.  Since you are going to be calling on the spirit of the snake it is important to be respectful and acknowledge the power and presence of the spirit.  The magical goal is important, but its important to have the spiritual aspect understood first.

Here I am going to deal with healing depression.  I want to feel connected to myself.  I want to remove ill feelings and I want to feel refreshed and renewed.  So the goals here are healing, renewal, and removal.  Those are the magical goal.  Since the healing is related to a mental health issue this is something that is going to be continual.  So this is a relationship that you may want to develop for an extended period of time.

Let’s start with a ritual to get to know the snake spirit.  From there we can then focus on the magical work.  Its a two part process.  First is the calling on and greeting the spirit.  Second comes the magical work.  For this you will want to have a few pieces of snake skin three for the spell and one for the ritual, or you can use one large one that you break into four smaller components.

Calling the Snake spirit
Materials:
Snake Skin
White Candle
Offering of Water

Ritual:
Set up your altar with a large white candle for your spirit and a glass of water for the snake spirit as an offering

State a prayer to your spirit Guides and ancestors asking to open and connect the way to the animal realms

Place the Snake Skin on the Altar

As you place the Snake Skin on the altar pray to the spirit:
“Serpent spirits hear my prayer
I call to you,
I ask that you hear my plea
Send your blessings to me
A friend to you I will be
In my heart you will stay
open the doors in my way”

Sit there and be in the moment.  Hold the snake skin and see what comes into your mind.  When you feel that your communication has ended snuff out the candle and leave the altar.  Keep the snake skin there.  Over the next month twice a week light the candle and repeat the prayer and meditation.  This will keep the communication open to you and the spirits.

After the month of prayers and developing a relationship with the snake spirit you can start doing your first magical working with the snake.  This is where we will call on the snake energy directly in the spell and ritual.

Healing with Snake Skin
Materials:
3 Pieces of Snake Skin
3 pieces of Paper
Matches
Black Thread
Blue Candle
Healing Oil

Working:
On the candle inscribe it with the words “healing, renewal,removal”

Take the healing oil and dress the candle from the top to the bottom (you are healing and removing things so top to bottom works)

Light the candle and state:
“Candle burning bright
Bring healing with this light”

Pick up the snake skin and call to the spirit of the snake.  A prayer like this would work well:
“I call upon the ancient powers of the snake
May you help weave the web of fate”

On the first piece of paper Write out everything you wish to have removed from your life

As you write out the things you want to have removed see them gone, feel them behaviors and emotional issues removed from your life and you set clear

Once you have poured all that emotion into the paper place one of the snake skins on the paper

Fold the paper in half away from you.  Turn the paper away from you and fold the paper again.  Do this twice more and then tie it with the black thread.

When you have tied the knot state:
“I banish that which causes me ill
In their stead blessings fill”

Next write out on the last piece of paper how you want to be healed.   Talk about what you will do when you are healed and feeling a sense of being a new person.   Include things you want to do but haven’t been able to do for a while.  Be as clear as you can.  See yourself outside doing those activities.

Fold the paper in half away from you.  Turn the paper away from you and fold the paper again.  Do this twice more and then tie it with the black thread.

Tie the folded paper with the black thread.  as you tie the knot state:
“Renewal and refreshed I am on this day
Cleansed and blessed will I stay”

On the last paper write that which you want to heal.  Include as many details as you can.  be as emotional as you can.  As you write out these healing requests see yourself healed.  See yourself feeling the way that you want to feel.  Know that you will be healthy.

Once all of that emotion has been placed into the paper place the next piece of snake skin.

Fold the paper in half away from you.  Turn the paper away from you and fold the paper again.  Do this twice more and then tie it with the black thread.

When you have tied the knot state:
” Healing Come to Me
Better health I do see”

Next take the candle and the three packets and go outside.  Place each of the packets in the candle flame.  As they burn state:
“candle burning bright
Giving me your sacred light
Burn all obstacles in my way
Health and wellness stay”

Once the packets have burned and there are ashes sprinkle those ashes at the crossroads, into the wind, and into a stream.  This will send your desire to be healed into all directions.  If there is no stream you can bury the ashes on your property or blow them all into the wind.

The materials for the spells and rituals can be obtained here:
Shed Snake Skin
Health and Healing Oil
Spirituality Candle
Healing Candle

Animal Familiars for Beginners Book Review

The book  by Alexandra Chauran is an excellent book for beginners in Wicca and witchcraft.  This book while it focuses on the aspect of working with animal spirits in magic and ritual also covers most of the basic concepts in Wicca.  This book overall covers the 8 sabbats, spells, meditation, trance, and spirit work.  The only aspect of Wicca that is not covered is deity worship which was not the focus of this book.  By eliminating the focus on deity chants and the worship of deities the author was able to touch on basically all Wiccan principles and focus on the work of the book which is connecting spiritually with animal spirits.

One of the definitions of a witch is “One who has a familiar spirit”.  In the media there have historically been images of cats, snakes, spider, and bats as witch familiars.  Witches and animals who help them in their work have been a part of witch lore for centuries.  Often times today modern witches wonder if the idea of working with a pet as a familiar comes from the witch trials or if it comes from an actual historical practice and if one can work with their pets as a magical ally.

The introduction of this book provides excellent insight into what sort of materials you will find within the book.  The author first starts off by talking about her personal experiences with animals both spiritual and mundane.  The author then goes on and explains what many of the benefits found in the book will be,  Finally the author ends with providing a few different real life examples of people who have had experiences with animal familiars.  The mixture of history, personal experiences (the authors and other people) and the exercises provide powerful insight to what this book has to offer.

The first chapter of this book covers the history of witches and familiars.  The author covers stories from Shakespeare to a few tales of shape shifting in the witchtrials.  The author covers here why witches have familiars, what they are, and a few of the forms they can appear in.  This is the first time the author mentions the possibility of working not at all with physical animals but animals who may not exist such as Dragons, unicorns, Mythical serpents, and the like.  Here we are introduced to the idea that the types of spirits witches can work with are not limited to just those who live and breathe in our worlds.

The second chapter is one that most modern witches and pet owners should really look into.  This was the chapter that struck me the most.  Like most witches I am an avid pet owner and I have worked some magic with my pets.  This chapter in the book gave me new reasons to consider the possibilities of working with my pets within ritual and the home.  The key points included in this chapter were things I might not have thought about such as adaptations that a witch may need to make in their practice to have their animals p[resent such as no incense for birds and the need to move altars to places where cats or dogs wont jump on them or knock over the candles and cause fire.  The second chapter focused on animals within Pagan homes and how one can work ritual with them.  The chapter ends with a simple spell that can be used to find more pagans who are pet friendly considering that some may have allergies and the like.

The third chapter is probably where the reader can most clearly see the Wiccan elements of the book.  This is the chapter on actual rituals with pet familiars.  Here the author discusses the basic components in Wiccan ritual and how you can work with animal familiars.  The circle casting involves animal spirits rather than direct elemental spirits which can be a drastic change for most who practice Wiccan style rituals.  After discussing the circle casting the author then provided several different types of spells and rituals that can be performed with pets or other animal familiars.The author then provides two different examples of how wildlife can be used and seen as a focus for the Wheel of the Year.  There are sample rituals and concepts provided through out the chapter.

The fourth chapter discusses totem animals and how they can also be considered spirit familiars.  The author starts this chapter off with a description of a Marine who got a wolf tattoo after his service.  The author provides the story as an example of how as humans we can take on the characteristics of animals both positive and negative.  The author the provides a few working examples of how we can use totem animals for strength and courage as well as other aspects we may need to bring out of ourselves in our day to day life.  The author then goes into shape shifting as a historical practice and about how we can find our totem animals.  Finally the author touches on animals as spirit guides and guardians in meditative work.

The fifth and final chapter in this book is a book on working with wildlife.   Earlier in the book the author discussed and mentioned working with incarnate animal familiars.  These are animal familiars who we may work with that are not physically present in our lives.  Here the author talks about doing meditative practices outside in nature to connect with the animals.  The author provides a few examples of how you can work in nature to work with wild animals as familiars and how you can give back to them.

Though this is a very short book each chapter provides significant information for a beginner to get started with.  The chapters are concise while providing the needed information.  This allows the reader to have a starting point for beginning their journey and allows them plenty of room to have their own experiences and develop their practices from there.  This will allow people of any experience level to gain some insight from the book and be able to try new things.

~Loona Wynd~)0(

Please comment and let me know if this book review was useful for you or not.

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