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Ethical Implications of Spell Casting

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on June 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Assuming that you are confident in your ability to “cause change in accordance with will”, how do you react to the following scenarios? Are there any particular circumstances under which you would or wouldn’t use magic to affect the situation? If you did decide to use magic, what particular elements of the scenario would you attempt to change?

 

1) An appeal appears in a pagan magazine. A developer is chopping down a forest and a pagan group have taken on...

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Deciding Magic

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on June 23, 2016 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Witches need to think very carefully before performing magical operations. The reason is that as Witches we take responsibility for our actions. We have no devil to blame, and we don’t empower other people over us by fixing the blame on them. As Witches the buck stops with us. When we undertake magical work we take responsibility for it, and that includes taking responsibility for unforeseen consequences. This is part of the magical thinking that is required for our magic to seem e...

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The Wheel of the Year by Dave Bracey

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on June 20, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Craft is a practical approach to life. It is not an intellectual thing, not mental wanking.

 

There is a cycle to the year. There is, or should be, a cycle, or pattern to our lives, both long term and on an annual basis. By aligning with the “natural” cycle we flow with the force, we do not swim upstream, and so life becomes ‘easier’.

 

The cycle of the year can be summarised in four words, sow, grow, reap and weep.

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Natural Magic

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on June 13, 2016 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

To my mind magic is the manipulation of meaning which leads to the transformation of phenomenal subjective experience of reality. I am inclined to agree with Kant and the German Idealists in that we don’t experience reality directly; rather we experience it through our senses and we know that what we experience is further shaped by our beliefs, cognitive processes and expectations. We don’t see the world as it actually is and if the observer effect is correct in science then per...

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Writing Pathworkings

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on June 9, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We have all now had some experience at pathworking and have done several of them over the last few months. In this session it is now time to look at some tips which will help you to write them for yourself.

 

On writing a pathworking the first thing to consider is the purpose of the meditation. Not all techniques of meditation have a purpose but pathworking does. Is your pathworking about exploring a specific myth, meeting a mythological character, invoking an archetype,...

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Signs and Symbols

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on June 3, 2016 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Craft operates through the medium of mythology and symbols. One way of approaching the experience of the divine and the numinous is through symbols.

 

According to Jung a sign is less than its referent. A sign points to its referent. So the signpost to Stowmarket points to Stowmarket but is not Stowmarket itself. By this he means that a sign points to just one thing, in this case just Stowmarket. . In normal cases the letter a, refers to the sound a. However, ̵...

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Rituals Indoors or Outdoors?

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on June 3, 2016 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Whether Witches work their rituals indoors or outdoors has got to be a matter of practicality and preference. Working rituals outdoors can be a wonderful experience if the weather is amenable as it leads to the possibility of serendipity. For example, a few years ago I attended the funeral of a Witch at Wrabness Green Burial site near Harwich in Essex. As the coffin was being lowered into the earth a skylark rose up from a nearby meadow into the sky and began to sing creating a poignant se...

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Psychic Self Defence

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on June 3, 2016 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 It is essential to be familiar with this psychic self defence and its techniques when you start working in the Occult, although the chances are that these skills will very seldom be called upon. It is like wearing a seatbelt in the car, despite always being in place we very rarely need them but when we do it can save our life.

 

By the word ‘psychic’ we are not referring to a sixth sense or special paranormal powers. When I was training I was to...

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Plants, Magic, Intuition and Man Eating Tigers

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on May 17, 2016 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

By getting to know plants we build up our world of meaning, our mythos, and so enrich our experience of the world. Instead of seeing a hedge we see hawthorn, field maple, oak, ash, mugwort, common mallow, poppies, cow parsley etc., etc. We learn when certain plants flower, when trees leaf and come into fruit and so we learn about the rhythms and cycles of nature. We don’t just experience these things prosaically but experience them as having meaning. We experience mugwort as being r...

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The Great Wheel of the Year

Posted by suffolk-witchcraft on May 6, 2016 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

• Solstices and Equinoxes: Solar events, Public Rituals, Ceremonial magic (Druidry). Masculine?

• Greater Sabbats: Astrological events, Imbolc in Aquarius, Beltane in Taurus, Lammas in Leo and Samhain in Scorpio (The Man, Bull, Lion and Eagle, all of which are also the signs for The Elements/Humors/Evangelists/Tarot suits/Magical Tools etc. etc.).

• Lunar Esbats: Nocturnal Hidden. Feminine?


History

 

• Ross Nichols...

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