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Spell Methods

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From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Spell Methods
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 22:26:55 GMT

lorax666 wrote:
> 50030313 VII om
> "Nightwish" :
> > ...what things do you all take into consideration when
> > writing a spell?
> I don't often write them out, but when I do I like to
> give it careful consideration.

I don't write spells out unless i am doing so for the sake of teaching
a student. I may rehearse then in my mind once or twice before
performing them. 

> > Do you pay close attention to when you plan to perform
> > the spell? (ie: do you pay close attention to day
> > of the week correspondences,
> date is usually more important to me than week day,
> but both factor in. mo./day relations are valuable
> to me too: 3/9, 4/16, 5/25, etc.
> > moon phase correspondences, etc.?)
> quite often.

Time and timing are very important to me. I recognize at least 9
methods of timing a spell (astrological, numerical date, clock time,
time of day, day of week, etc.) and i try to have at least 4 of them
lined up favourably for the purpose of any given spell. 

> > Do you cast a circle when doing a spell?
> never. circle-casting is something that I have studied
> but never consistently-employed. I gather it came out
> of Solomonic magic into Wicca through Gardner, but the
> Sorcerer's Chamber substitutes when I need a focus
> or solitude. Hermetic sealings appear rather overdone.

I rarely cast a circle unless the purpose of the work is for

> > Does your spell rhyme?
> it doesn't always include words, but sometimes rhymes.

Unless i am performing a spell that was taught to me with a rhyme, i
do not rhyme. Not all of my spells involve spoken enchantments, but
many do, and i adopt the formal cadence associated with
African-American improvisatory preaching (this is sometimes called
"tuned" speaking, because there is a melodic content to it as well as
a rhythmic cadence).

> > Do you use herbs,
> of late, yes, mostly as additions to incense/oils,
> sometimes as ingredients to a mojo.

Yes, i have always used herbs, roots, spices, and other botanical
ingredients in my spells and in the compounded products such as
incense, oils, and powders. I also work with lodestones and other
minerals and with zoological curios. 

> > candles, insence, oils, etc. in your spells?
> I've always used candles and incense. oil was a recent
> addition, I've become aware of their formulae
> and quality standards within the last few years.

I do not always use candles, but i find that they provide a good focal
point even for spells that are not candle-magic per se. I do like
incense burning as i work. My incenses are loose powders with added
herbs and resins. I often use herb-based oils or herb-based powders to
dress candles, papers, lodestones, talismans, myself, and so forth. 

> > I'd like to know more about how different people go
> > about doing things. I know each person generally has
> > their own method, and I was simply curious as to how
> > people here did things.
> sensible. there are traditions which flow through people,
> taught in tenuous ways like through this thread.

I work in the hoodoo tradition. For more about how candles, herbs,
oils, powders, and such are used in this tradition, see these free,
non-commerical web pages:

Laying Tricks and Disposing of Ritual Remains in the Hoodoo Tradition

Ritual Baths and Floor Washes in the Hoodoo Tradition

Dressing and Anointing Oils in the Hoodoo Tradition

Incense in the Hoodoo Tradition
Sachet Powders in the Hoodoo Tradition

Candle Burning in the Hoodoo Tradition


cat yronwode

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