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[Witch Way] Volume #1 Issue #9 -- The Basics of Magick
February 13, 2009
Wow, itís that time again? It seems just like yesterday I was writing this article for the January issue of Witch Way.
Itís been a very busy month here. You may have noticed the new section on astrology. Iíve got a few more articles to put up there. In fact, they may already be there by the time you get this.
Astrology has never been my favorite subject. Probably because every book or article Iíve ever read, left me more confused than when I started.
Iím going to try to remedy that. After all, whatís the use of a Divinatory method that no one can understand? This section on astrology wonít make you an astrologer, but it will at least help you to better understand what astrology is, and how it works.
Iíve asked several friends to write articles for me, since I really donít understand it. Perhaps weíll learn it together.
I am also working on fulfilling some promises Iíve made in the past about what Iím going to add to CyberWitchcraft. I canít tell you what they are, but if youíve been reading Witch Way for any length of time, you know about them.
All I can say for now is that I hope to have a big announcement for you next month. (Geeze, I hope thatís enough time to get it all done...) I think youíll be pleased when you read about it.
In This Monthís Issue
You may recall that last month I wrote an exercise to help rid yourself of all the things that are holding you back in life. This month, since thereís no Sabbat to talk about, I thought Iíd use the Time of The Season column to explain what Iím doing and how. As well as why it works.
Basically, Iím going to take you all on a journey of discovery and magick. If you follow the directions and spells Iíll be giving you throughout the year, you should have something good come into your life. After all, isnít it the good things in life that weíre all looking for?
Youíll also find a small piece explaining an offer you wonít want to miss. Iíve been listening to you, and youíve told me what you really want.
Until next month, may all your days be bright, and your nights magickal.
Time of The SeasonLast month I started a series in Time of The Season, where I use the Sabbats as a template to work some magick in your life. Thereís nothing new about this, itís what Witches have been doing forever.
The Wheel of The Year is normally used for sympathetic magick, to bring the things that you want into your life, and to rid yourself of the things that you no longer need.
First, at the beginning of the year, we make the fields of our lives ready for planting the seeds of our desires, by clearing them of the dead stalks of previous growth. Just as the farmer clears the fields he plans to plant in the Spring, we rid ourselves of those thoughts and ideas that we have no need for anymore.
Only by clearing out the debris of prior harvests, both positive and negative, can we make room for the growth of new fertile ideas. Last month, we cleared the fields of our lives with a magickal exercise. We let go all the things that are holding us back from being the person we really want to be.
The Farming Metaphor
Next month is Ostara, so weíll plant the seeds of whatever it is we most desire. At Beltane, weíll water, fertilize, and weed the sprouting seeds. By Litha, weíll be able to take a good look at what is growing, and be able to thin the crop so that what is left has room to grow. Lammas, Mabon and Samhain will let us harvest and manifest what we have grown during the year. By Yule, weíll have allowed our fields to go fallow until next year.
As you can see by the outline above, weíre using the agricultural model to show us what to do, and when. Witches have been following this model for thousands of years. It was simply how life was. Everyone worked in the fields to ensure that there was enough food for the Winter. It was only natural that their magick would follow the same process.
We have grown away from the agricultural lifestyle over the last 150 years. Most people now, have never even been to a farm. Their food comes from a grocery store. There are even those who donít understand that the food isnít actually produced by the grocery store, strange as that sounds.
The Basics of Magick
The fact that we no longer have that connection to the earth we once did, isnít a huge stumbling block to using a farming outline for magick, as long as you understand the process. You plant what you want to grow in the Spring, and you harvest what youíve manifested in the Fall. You tend your crop of ideas in the Summer, and you clear the fields for the next planning in the Winter.
As long as you understand this basic template, you can focus on your goal, not the process itself. So what keeps most people from getting everything they really want? The answer is simple and diabolical at the same time. You keep yourself from getting everything you want.
You constantly sabotage your own self by thinking that you canít have this, you donít deserve that, or you could never be something else. Magick is an act of Will. Those who are successful in life, have a Will that can not be overcome by anyone or any thing.
If you do not have the Will to work for what you most desire, you will never attain it. You must truly want whatever it is you seek. If you really want something, you will do whatever it takes to get that thing. Itís as simple as that.
If you are constantly thinking that you could never have something, or that you really donít deserve something, you will never get it because you are constantly telling yourself by these thoughts, that you shouldnít have it.
If you really want something, no matter what it is, money, love, a big house, a lot of friends, what it is doesnít matter, if you really want it, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
That includes changing your attitude about it! You must come to the realization that whatever you want in life, you do deserve.
If you donít think you deserve it, youíll never get it. That brings us to the second part of how we sabotage ourselves on a regular basis. In order to put the Will it takes toward manifesting your desires, you must first know exactly what it is that you want.
Now I know most of you who read that last sentence are going to think, ĎBut I know what I want!í Do you? Do you really? Those of you who are wanting money, do you have an exact amount that you want, or do you just want ďa lot of moneyĒ? If you are looking for love, do you know exactly what traits your perfect partner will have, or are you just looking for ďsomeone to love youĒ?
These are just two examples, but they tend to be the things most people want in life. In order to focus your entire Will toward manifesting something real, you must first know your true Intent.
Itís not enough to want to win the lotto, you have to know exactly how much that lotto would be worth. You must also know exactly what you would do with that kind of money.
After all, most who do win the lotto end up broke because they never planned what to do with their money, and they end up spending it all, like thereís no end to it. If you want something, you have to know not only what it is you want in exact terms, but you must also know exactly what you would do if you get that thing.
Itís even more important if what you are looking for, is a partner!
Iíve put this out here this month, because next month we plant the seeds of what we want to grow for this year. Itís important that you take the time between now and then, to think about what it is you really want to manifest.
Start out broad. You can say ďI want enough money to live comfortably for the rest of my life,Ē when you first get the idea. Once you have that idea, itís time to do some hard thinking. In this example, how much money is enough to live comfortably?
How much money would you need to live comfortably for a month? What is the dollar amount? Ok, youíve got that, multiply it by 12, to see how much youíd need for a year.
Wow! That much?
Do you really believe that you deserve that much money? If you canít believe that you deserve to have it, youíll never get it.
You now have two choices, work on believing that you do deserve to have that much, or work with a smaller amount, that seems more reasonable to you.
The choice is yours. You have a month to decide what it is that you most want your life to bring you this year. Continue working on ridding yourself of the things that are holding you back.
This means doing physical effort. If money is holding you back, put more effort into your job, or start looking for a better job. Learn the skills needed to get more money, or a promotion.
Magick doesnít work in a vacuum. You have to make the effort on this physical plain, in order to achieve the requirements your magick needs to bring whatever you want to you.
This is a hard lesson to learn, and it took me many years to figure it out.
Iím giving you a head start, try not to waste it.
What is the #1 most important question you have about Witchcraft?As I said up in Kenís Korner, Iíve been listening to you.
Since pretty much the beginning of CyberWitchcraft, Iíve been putting up polls for everyone to take. Things like, how long have you been a Witch? What questions do you have about Witchcraft? Whatís the airspeed velocity of a fully laden swallow? Oh, wait, that doesnít belong there...
Anyway, youíve been giving me information about who you are, and what youíre looking for, and I have been listening. One of the reasons it seems like just yesterday that I put the January issue of Witch Way to bed, is that Iíve been working feverishly to create something youíve been asking for.
You have questions about Witchcraft, and I have answers. So I created a set of audio files to give you those answers.
Years ago, I used to teach Witchcraft 101 classes. In those classes, (which ran for 13 weeks) I would explain what Witchcraft is, and how it works. The classes were highly interactive.
Iíve made a lot of friends from those classes over the years.
This was the class you took to help decide if Witchcraft is the Path you want to follow. It covered the basics. It answered the questions everyone has about Witchcraft. Am I a Witch? Can I become a Witch? Do I have magick? What is Witchcraft? Am I too young to be a Witch? Am I too old to be a Witch?
Just about any question you may have about Witchcraft was answered in these 101 classes. Now, Iíve condensed the class down to 6 files with a total running time of just under 3 hours. I plan to sell this class as a way to make CyberWitchcraft self supporting, but because you took the time to subscribe to Witch Way, Iím going to let you have the first look, and a special deal.
The only way you can get this first look is through this link. There are no other links going to this page of the website. Itís open only to those who read Witch Way, and itís only for a limited time.
I have tested the links, and everything should be working correctly. If you have any problems, reply to this email and let me know about them.
If youíve found CyberWitchcraft informative, I think youíll find this class even more so.
Take a look and see what the class covers, and if itís of interest... Get It!
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Until next month, may you be blessed in all that you do, or as we usually say,
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