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Solitary Witch is the ultimate Book of Shadows for today's new witches. Definitely not meant for insta-witches, this book will give you a thorough understanding of the history and development of magick in the Western world, the evolution of Wicca as a religion, the theory and practice of both ritual and folk magick, and the spiritual depth of the Craft.
This book is like a grimoire from days gone by. Laden with useful information throughout, it's up to you to decide how to use it. Solitary Witch will serve as an encyclopedia of magickal information for any witch as long as your mind is open, your heart is true, and your will is strong.
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Silver RavenWolf, a nationally recognized leader and elder of Wicca, is the author of many books, including To Ride a Silver Broomstick, Solitary Witch, and A Witch's Notebook. She has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and U.S. News & World Report as an expert on modern Witchcraft.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Whether you can believe you can do a thing or
believe you can’t―you are right.
Although today many of us don’t think about
the power of words, sound, or touch, those who
have gone before us knew that all these things
carried an energy of their own, and to give that
positive energy to another was a gift more precious
than gold.To bless is to remove any negative
energy around a person, animal, place, or
thing and instill them with positive energy. To
bless another is to empower them. By sound,
touch, and thought,we can help the sick, lighten
the heart of the troubled, or open a pathway for
a better life by removing negative blockages.The
mere utterance of a blessing can change the
course of a person’s life. In our modern world,
people often scoff at this idea, not believing that
such power could be contained in anything so
simple. Many of us are independent individuals,
and to think that someone else (by mere word
or physical proximity) could alter our pattern of
living may seem unthinkable.
But they can.
In many cultures, past and present, it is customary
to leave a blessing at an individual’s
home when saying farewell. It was believed that
a magickal person could make words turn into
f lesh, meaning by uttering words with one’s
magickal voice (SEE PART III, UNDER POW WOW)
you could create a physical manifestation. To
have your house blessed in such a way by a magickal/
religious person ensured health and prosperity
for the occupants for months to come.
You too can give such a gift. Don’t be shy about
it. If you believe you can do it, so shall it be.
Sometimes the mere presence of magickal individuals
can change the course of one’s fate. The
more spiritual the person, the more pure the environment.
I’ve also noticed that if a magickal
person is involved in a particular type of study,
that study can affect those around him or her.
One Witch who steadfastly worked on building
her prosperity realized after a few months that
every time she walked into a store, especially a
deserted one, her energy attracted paying customers
off the street. Another Witch who
worked on protection experienced the same
phenomenon. He could walk into any establishment
and if there were negative people around,
they would quickly disperse. What you work on
in the magickal world will affect the world
The mechanism of a blessing is very easy:
· Think of a white light so powerful that it
encompasses your mind, body, and spirit.
· Move the white light into a mental picture
of the person, place, or thing.
· In your mind, allow the white light to burst
through the object (no, this won’t hurt
· Intone words of blessing or touch the
person, animal, or thing.
· Seal the blessing with a hand motion of
your choice while pronouncing aloud
“It is done.”
The Thirteen Powers of the Witch
When you truly take the power of Witch training
into your being and strive to do the best that
you can regardless of the situation, the thirteen
powers of the universe are given to you. These
are either transferred through a religious ceremony
by those who have been gifted before
you, or they can come about at their own pace
as you grow and learn on your own. If a power
is abused, it is thought that the gift is taken from
you, either for a period of time or permanently.
The powers speak of blessings that you can give
to others or use for yourself to enhance your
own life as well as the lives of those around you.
Thirteen powers do the Witches claim
their right of lineage by (say the name of
your patron god or goddess here)’s name.
Tie a knot and say the words
or hand on head―the blessing conferred.
A Witch can give success in love
curse or bless through God/dess above.
Speak to beasts and spirits alike
command the weather; cast out a blight.
Read the heavens and stars of the night
divine the future and give good advice.
Conjure treasure and bring fortune to bear
heal the sick and kill despair.
This poem can be said as a blessing when giving
something to another, and can be included
in any spell by adding:
This is my birthright to have and to share
blessings upon you, (the person’s name),
may the spirits be fair.
This poem itself is very powerful and will create
change. Just be careful what you wish for.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply three or four
times until you feel relaxed and at peace. Imagine
that your entire body is filled with brilliant,
white light. If you like, hold your hands over
your heart, and say:
In the still of the night
while the world around me sleeps
may the angels smile upon me
and the Lady bring me peace.
Blessings upon (list those whom you would
like to remember in your prayers).
I know that You will care for them
and bring them what they need.
Instill in me great harmony
in thought and word and deed.
So mote it be.
Hold the object in your hands.Take several deep
breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly. Visualize
the object glowing with white light. Connect
your mind to Spirit and try to think of nothing
else. Imagine the gift capturing the pure perfection
of the universe. Then say:
Perfect love and perfect peace
the world will dance as one.
I dream the wish to make it real
the magick now is done.
Seal your work by drawing an equal-armed
cross (+) in the air over the object.You can also
empower birthday, get well, and sympathy cards
in this same manner.
Hold your hands over the food, and say each line
below three times. This can be worked into a
fun blessing for the whole family if chanted in a
The table round contains the Earth
and thus becomes the Mother.
We share her bounty in this hour
and bless and love each other.
So mote it be.
Personal Journal/Book Blessing
These words herein are mine alone
fashioned deep inside my bones
each picture, thought, and quote you see
are all reflections of what is me.
Beware the urge to take this book
or read it in some private nook
because its magick isn’t blind
and I will know you’ve touched what’s mine.
Charge of the Goddess
The Charge of the Goddess is one of the most
popular ritual invocations in modern Wicca.
The foundation of the work comes from a book
titled Aradia: Gospel of the Witches (Vangelo delle-
Streghe), written by Charles Leland and published
in 1899. Sometime after 1955, Doreen
Valiente, one of the most gifted poets and
priestesses of Wicca in our time, used the information
in poetry while assisting Gerald Gardner
in compiling the material later used for Gardnerian
instruction.The version written here appeared
in The Grimoire of Lady Sheba, first published
in 1972. In later years, the Charge was
broken into two parts, with the second section
standing alone and titled “The Charge of the
Depending upon personal or coven choice,
the Charge is read:
· At the beginning of a ritual. Members of
the coven may practice deep breathing,
grounding and centering, or meditation.
· Before communion.
· At the end of a ritual, as a closure.
· At some point during an initiation rite.
· During daily devotions.
· During personal spellworking.
The Charge (Part I)
Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who
was of old, called amongst men, Artemis, Astarte,
Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen,
Diana, Arionhod, Bride, and by many other
At mine Altar, the youths of Lacedemon in
Sparta made due sacrifice. Whenever ye have
need of anything, once in the month and better
it be when the Moon is Full, then shall ye assemble
in some secret place and adore the Spirit
of Me, who am Queen of all the Witcheries.
There shall ye assemble, who are feign to learn
all sorceries who have not as yet won my deepest
secrets.To these will I teach that which is as
yet unknown. And ye shall be free from all
slavery and as a sign that ye be really free, ye
shall sing, feast, and make music, all in my
presence. For mine is the ecstasy of the Spirit
and mine is also joy on earth. For my Law is
love unto all beings. Keep pure your highest
ideals, strive ever towards them. Let none stop
you or turn you aside. For mine is the secret
that opens upon the door of youth and mine is
the Cup of the Wine of Life and the Cauldron
of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality.
I am the Gracious Goddess who gives
the gift of joy unto the heart of man upon
earth. I give the knowledge of the Spirit Eternal,
and beyond death I give peace and freedom
and reunion with those that have gone before.
Nor do I demand aught or sacrifice, for behold I
am the Mother of all things, and my love is
poured out upon the earth.
The Charge of the Star Goddess
Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess. She, in
the dust of whose feet are the Hosts of Heaven,
whose body encircleth the universe.
I, who am the beauty of the Green Earth and
the White Moon amongst the stars and the
mystery of the Waters, and the desire of the
heart of man; I call unto thy soul to arise and
come unto me. For I am the Soul of Nature
who giveth life to the universe; from me all
things proceed an unto me all things must return.
You, beloved of the Gods and men, whose
innermost divine self shall be enfolded in the
raptures of the Infinite, let my worship be in the
heart. Rejoiceth, for behold, all acts of love and
pleasure are my rituals; therefore, let there be
beauty and strength―power and compassion―
honor and humility, mirth and reverence―
within you. And thou who thinkest to seek me,
know that thy seeking and yearning avail thee
not, unless thou knowest the mystery―that if
that which thou seekest thou findeth not within
thyself, thou wilt never find it without thee. For
behold! I have been with the from the beginning,
and I am that which is attained at the end
Spirit is a circle whose center is everywhere
and whose circumference is nowhere.
From cave paintings to crowns, halos, and Stonehenge,
circles and spirals figure prominently in
all walks of ancient life, spanning a multitude of
cultures with religious and magickal significance.
Magicians were casting magick circles in
the Middle East during the Assyrian reign from
883–612 B.C.E., and a fellow by the name of
Honi cast a circle and successfully called in rain
during a drought to save the people around 65
B.C.E.,1 as noted in Jewish rabbinical literature.
The story of Honi the Circle Maker is interesting
because it gives us several clues to your heritage
of ancient magick, and how it is still taught
Honi and the Rain2
Since Honi’s story occurred more than 2,000
years ago, there is debate on what he actually
represented in his society.Was he just a plain old
magician, or was he a part of the priesthood?
Some feel that his miracle was remarkable
enough to write down (which they did) but too
dangerous to let the reader think he was operating
outside of the current religious structure of
the day, therefore Honi (in successive tellings of
his story) became part of Jewish rabbinical society.
Honi’s story gives us important clues as to
how magick works and why, 2,000 years later,
we continue to use the magick circle.
In the spring, the people desperately needed
rain, but it did not come.They approached Honi
the Circle Maker and said,“Pray so that the rains
will fall.” Honi told the people to find sufficient
cover for the mud and clay Passover ovens because
they would melt in the rain. In magick,
this is the mental preparation needed to set the
stage for the working. In making the people
move the ovens, Honi was mentally encouraging
them to believe in the magick. Once the ovens
had been covered, Honi prayed, but it did not
rain. He then realized that he had made an
error: he forgot to cast the circle! No wonder
the rains would not come―he had not created a
stable platform for the work to manifest. Honi
then cast a magick circle (possibly with a staff or
rod in the dirt, though the text does not say),
and stood within it.
What is interesting about this story is that
Honi then talked to God as if he were talking to
anyone. He said, “Master of the universe, your
children have turned their faces to me because I
am like a son of the house before you. I swear by
your great name that I am not moving from
here until you have mercy on your children.” In
essence, he gets a bit feisty.
So far, Honi has done four important things.
He’s moved the bake ovens to indicate his faith
in his ability to make rain, a physical act which,
by involving the people, makes them expectant
of a miracle. He’s cast a magick circle to purify
the area because when he “just” prayed, nothing
happened, therefore someone in the crowd
probably wanted to see him fail, and (more than
likely) he wasn’t centered and cast the circle to
put himself in the correct frame of mind. The
next thing he does is connect with deity. Then
he tells Spirit his magickal intent, and very
firmly too. Is he threatening God with that last
statement? Actually, no. Again, looking at this
from a magickal point of view, he’s telling himself
that he’s going to succeed, no matter what. He’s
putting his conviction into the magickal mix
and giving himself a verbal booster at the same
time. He’s being firm, like a Victorian lady who
won’t take no for an answer, yet it is not God he
is pressing, but himself. Honi has been trained
that he must touch the unmanifest to manifest,
which has nothing to do with threatening God
and everything to do with believing in himself.
Evidently, he needed the extra verbal push that
day. And with that push, the rains began to drip.
As dripping was not what he had in mind,
Honi says,“I did not ask for this, but for rains of
sufficient amount to fill cisterns, ditches, and
caves.” Honi has just added visualization to the
proceedings. Those who are unmagickal think
that Honi is continuing to talk to God, but he
isn’t. His dialog is meant for himself. He’s matching
the word to the visualization.
The rains fell with...
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