Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wanna Do Real Magic? Why You Need a Book of Shadows

One very important tool magical practitioners use is a Book of Shadows. The definition of a Book of Shadows varies among magical and shamanic practitioners depending on which tradition they practice. Some practitioners regard it as a book as used in the TV series, Charmed, where the Halliwell sisters have a big book of spells written by their ancestors which they call a Book of Shadows. Others regard it as a personal journal for Wiccans as described by Gerald Gardner in "Witchcraft Today". Although the definition of a Book of Shadows can vary, there are 3 common usages and purposes that most practitioners can agree on.

#1 Record Spell Details
A Book of Shadows is used to record all the details of spells cast. This includes any divinations prior to the spell, the directors and limiters, methods used, results of divinations to check spell progress, and any results of the spell. Having all these details recorded is especially important if you need to take a spell down because of something going wrong. The way a spell is taken down depends on the way it was cast. For example, if the spell was cast using a carved candle then to take it down the practitioner could break the candle used in the spell and bury the pieces in a garden for a moon cycle.

#2 Track Magical and Shamanic Research
Magical and shamanic practitioners often engage in research such as discovering facts about past lives, divining future events, trying out new techniques or traveling to different planes. In the traditions of the Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, we record the results of walks in the black mirror, a portal to other planes of existence or half-worlds. When we do these walks we use a litany or chant to direct the walk and keep from getting lost. Recording details about the walk upon returning adds to our body of magical knowledge and also records the effectiveness of the chant so it can be used again or fine tuned for future use.

#3 Preserve Magic and Shamanism for the Future
Preserving magical and shamanic knowledge for future practitioners is one of the most important purposes of a Book of Shadows. Most traditions recognize the importance of information and practices passed on from past practitioners. A real Book of Shadows can contain the research and results of multiple generations of practitioners handed down through the years. Each generation of practitioners, not necessarily related, adds their experience to the book.

A real Book of Shadows is a record of magical and shamanic experience that is preserved either for a practitioner's own use or for future use. Some keep individual books and never hand them down because they either have no one to pass them down to or because they are secretive. Whatever your reason, if you are practicing magical arts, you should definitely start a Book of Shadows of your own. It will help you remember what you have done, track your magical experiments and possibly be an asset for the future.

Many traditions use symbols on the front and back of the Book of Shadows either for decoration or more likely for its protection. These can range from very simple to very intricate. If you have a Book of Shadows, we'd love you to share a picture of your cover with our magical communities (Facebook or blog) or to know how you use your book. If you don't have a Book of Shadows already, check out some of the ones we have in our school store. To learn more about magical techniques to include in your Book of Shadows, check out our How to Do Voodoo or Psychic Development ebooks.


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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Are Your Divinations Being Sabotaged? How to Protect Your Readings

Ever notice sometimes when meditating, doing divination, readings or other particular magical procedures, that you realize your mind is interfering with the process? It is not unusual when you have an interest in an outcome to find that your own opinions and beliefs or sometimes outside influences are entering into the equation and skewing your results. There is a very simple solution to this that will help keep your readings, divinations and other magical procedures objective and keep outside influences at bay when meditating. Using a Wisdom and a Protection candle when doing a card reading, divination technique or meditating will accomplish this.

Picking a Candle Color
These candles can be white, powder blue or sun yellow in color. It is usually best to use the same color for both, but there may be circumstances when you would want a different elemental color for one. Grass green is a color that can be used to ward off earthy influences. Water color candles do not usually work well as they tend to stifle the air energies you need for wisdom and understanding in interpreting results.

Placement of Candles
The Wisdom candle goes on the right of the reading, firebowl, plate, pendulum or other divination tool setup. It prevents you from controlling, coercing or tampering with the reading. It also keeps your self importance, beliefs or opinions out. The Protection candle goes to the left and keeps the person being read or anyone else from tampering with the reading or divination or from hitting you energetically while you are performing the reading, divination technique or meditation.

How the Candles Work
The principle behind using these candles is that any two candles in the same area will trade energies. Lighting both candles from the same match creates a fire loop. To do this, light a match from your charged sun candle. First light the Wisdom candle to the right. Then move the match over to light the Protection candle on the left and loop over the reading or divination space to touch the match flame to the Wisdom candle flame again. You may notice the whole area in and around the reading or divination space is brighter once you create this fire loop. This is not something you will notice if you light the candles with separate matches.

Before proceeding with your magical procedure, watch the candles and wait for them both to get a tall working flame. Relax and breathe and don't focus on the outcome of your procedure. If either of the candles (especially the Protection candle) are dampened or flickering, that can mean someone else is energetically pushing on it or trying to influence it. If this happens, take one candle in each hand
and at the same time draw a lemniscate (infinity symbol that looks like a figure 8 laying on its side) with each candle one in front of the other and put the candles back in place. The flames should then return to normal.

Using the Wisdom and Protection candles in this way can help keep your magical procedures of all kinds objective and giving accurate results and interpretations. To share this and other magical tips be sure to sign up for our free twice monthly email newsletter and pass it on to others. You can also find a variety of magical articles on our blog that you can subscribe to by email and find a variety of candles and other magical items in our school store.


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Need Magical Self-Defense? Be Sure You're in the Clear First ...

People ask us all the time how to protect themselves magically using self defense magic. Magical self-defense isn't difficult, but the procedures could boomerang if you are not sure you are in the clear according to self-defense laws. Magicians, having considerable power and force, need to carefully study self defense laws. Using our powers inappropriately can cause severe Universal backlash. We must be sure that we keep our tempers in check and not use our abilities in a reactive manner. Western magical practice states that "You have a right to be here and follow your own path so long as you hinder no one else in doing likewise." This principle asserts our right to exist and follow our own path and thus our right to defend ourselves against those who would seek to prevent us from walking our path.

As we increase our magical abilities, we will attract the attention of beings of different levels and some of these will try to interfere with our path in one way or another. Clarissa Estes, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves, states this as, "If you have beauty in your life, know that it will attract the dark as well as the light. Don't be surprised. Be prepared."

In our Magical Self Defense Homestudy Course here are some of the magical self defense laws that students learn:
"In cases of direct and violent personal harm you are entitled to defend yourself by any means available provided you did nothing to encourage or provoke the attack." Here's some definitions in the magical sense of this rule to make it more clear.

Direct – Means upon body, mind or spirit. A direct threat in spiritual, magical and shamanic definitions includes attempts by any outside force or influence to drain your energy or impose their will upon you.

Violent – Means anything that is damaging to your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual well being. Doesn't matter what the attacker's intentions are, only what he/she does.

Encourage – Means creating or permitting unnecessary opportunities for a know hostile being to attack you.

Provoke – Means being overly pushy when you know someone has a particularly sensitive area or is under a lot of stress whether it be internal or external.

By Any Means Available – Means using any means that you choose to defend yourself when attacked. As long as all the other conditions of this rule are met the Universe does not judge whether your response is excessive.

In some spiritual systems, it is considered a crime not to defend yourself because in so doing you are enabling the attacker to not learn appropriate spiritual behavior and impeding their spiritual growth. Any infringement on your sacred space gives you the right to defend yourself according to magical self defense laws.

Self defense tactics can come in very useful in a variety of situations and even be life saving, just remember to think them through and make sure you are on the right side of the self defense laws. Don't over-react, keep your cool, and make sure you are within your magical rights to use whatever technique you are considering. This will keep you in alignment with the Universe and prevent any backlash coming back at you. If you want to learn more about the magical rules of self defense, protection magic, and magical self defense tactics, check out our Magical Self Defense Homestudy course.


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Got Questions for the Universe? With Real Magic It's Just as Easy to Ask Yourself

"Look inside yourself for the answers - you're the only one who knows what's best for you. Everybody else is only guessing."    -Charles de Lint

According to the esoteric perspective, we have created all the problems we experience so that we can discover the answers. Through the process of daily life we discover ourselves. Our interactions and experiences on a mundane level give us opportunities to self observe and to find those things that we are resistant to or themes of problems that hold life lessons for us. We each have the answers we need inside ourselves. The trick is to access that information. If you find yourself hitting the same roadblocks or having the same problems arise with different people and different situations then it is time to ask yourself what the lesson is you need to learn and what information are you missing. In learning magic, we study many ways of accessing information from higher powers and from the knowledge we have stored within ourselves. Here is one real magic technique you can try out.

Ask yourself one or more questions with your dominant hand and answer them with your other hand. For example, if you are seeking knowledge about what the lesson to learn is from a particular situation, write the question "What lesson am I to learn from [state situation]?" on a piece of paper using your dominant hand. Then switch to your other hand to write the answer. The important thing in this ritual is not to think about the answer. Just write. Whatever your hand feels moved to write, write it. You may be surprised at the answer.

At first your answer may not make sense to you and that is OK. Don't force trying to make sense of it. Just hold what you wrote in your consciousness for a few days and see what happens. Sometimes answers will come in pieces so that they are easier to comprehend. The answer you wrote may be only part of the picture and other events in your life may fill in the missing pieces.

Be patient and enjoy the process of watching the knowledge and understanding unfold. With this ritual we can demonstrate to ourselves the true pleasure in waiting for the knowledge we seek. In esoteric work, the key is to enjoy the journey, not necessarily arriving at the destination. We will always receive in accordance with our ability to process and use the information.

You can learn more rituals to help you achieve your magical goals in our Daily Rituals for Attracting What You Want in Life ebook.


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Psychic Self Defense: How to Use Active and Passive Shields

One of the many techniques magical practitioners have at their disposal in protection magic is the use of active and passive shields. Active shields would be the kind that the practitioner actually constructs. In protection magic these are most effective when made using fire energies. Passive shields are generally objects with symbols that are quite often worn and have been created specifically for protection purposes and keyed to the wearer's energy.



Active Shields
Fire Half Shields – These are shields that you build from fire energy for protection against psychic and energetic attack. They are useful when there is an immediate threat or danger. It is a static shield meaning that it does not move with you and will last for about 30-60 seconds. The more this type of shield is attacked, the stronger it becomes. It is made with the motion that you often see in martial arts by moving one hand in front of you from left to right. If the half shield is made so that it is a concave shield, it will focus and intensify the energy that it sends back. For example, if someone is sending anger your way, a concave shield will intensify the anger into a rage and send it back as more of a rage energy. This can cause the other person to get a headache or in extreme anger situations can cause heart pain. A concave shield should be reserved for serious threats that you need protection magic for. A convex shield is good for scattering sound, psychic or mental blows, for insects and less serious types of threat.

Fire Door Shields – This type of fire shield lasts indefinitely. It uses a technique that creates a shield for a doorway or window area and is keyed to not let whatever you key it against in. So for example, if you have a problem with a certain person coming over and contaminating your space with negative energies, you can put up a fire door shield and key it to keep out anyone who does not have a positive energy or intentions around them. The next time that person shows up and has a negative energy to spread, they won't know why, but they will not feel comfortable about entering your space and will not be able to bring themselves to come in.

Fire Omnils – Omnils are a three-dimensional whirling protective shield. They separate you from time, space and events and can be programmed to deflect certain kinds of energies and experiences. They can also be programmed to pull certain thoughts or influences out of your personal space. Omnils can be made using the Wand with Air energies, but are much stronger and more permanent when made with Fire energy. Omnils can be made with any of the fire energy colors according to the intended purpose. Electric Blue is the color used primarily for protection magic. If you want to maintain or deflect heat, then Bright Red is a good choice and Red or Yellow Orange are useful for attracting attention to yourself. An Electric Blue omnil can be keyed against Electric Blue which will program it to defend against psychic attack. Omnils can be put up around a person or objects for protection. For example, you can put an omnil up around your house or car. Once created, the omnil is then keyed to specifically what you want to protect the person or object from. Unlike Fire Half Shields, omnils are not static and will move with the person or object.

Passive Shields
Passive shields are good for protection magic from all the negative streams of energy that constantly surround us. Active shields are good for specific threats, but are not always practical against the many general negative influences in our everyday environments. You can be influenced even by someone else thinking negative thoughts about you!

Psychic Shields
Wearing a psychic shield is the best way to protect yourself against these types of ongoing negative energies. These shields are generally silver pendants worn on a chain around the neck that are programmed to defend against psychic attack of any kind or degree. If the attack comes from behind you, the shield channels the energy and pulls it harmlessly through you. If the attack comes from in front of you, the shield blocks and scatters the energy. After an attack has been deflected you will see the shield actually look like it has burn or scorch marks on it. If it is a very intense attack, the whole shield and the chain can turn black. It will then need to be polished to clean it up. A psychic shield is keyed to the wearer's energy frequency and will protect you as long as you wear it.

If you find yourself drawn to learning more about protection magic and learning the techniques to create active shields, check out the Basic Magic Online Course or the Magical Self Defense homestudy course. To develop you psychic skills and abilities, take a look at our Psychic Development ebook. The Esoteric School also offers a specially designed psychic Sun Shield and Moon Shield that you can see in our school store. These passive shields come with instructions on how to key them to your own energy.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Do You Know Your Real Magic Fire Colors and How to Use Them?

Each of the 4 elements in real magic have their own correspondences. In elemental magic these correspondences include:
  • direction
  • tool
  • elemental spirit
  • part of person
  • direction of view
  • colors 
  • spiritual aspect
The element fire is any energy, including kinetic energy, which is the force inherent in anything moving. In other words anything that is moving or has movement has fire energy. The colors associated with fire energy are:

Sun Yellow – Affects spirit's vitality and alertness. If feeling spiritually groggy, take on more sun yellow. If feel too excited then dump sun yellow. You can give sun yellow to anyone at anytime safely and it is the one color that you don't have to have their permission to give because it does not negatively affect the person's ability to make choices. If someone is losing life force, sun yellow is a great color to give them.

Yellow Orange – Affects the spirit and physical neural system. This is the color of the energy of reaction. Using this color by either adding more or taking some away can speed up or slow down a person's level of reactivity. Too much yellow orange can make a person jittery, anxious, nervous, jumpy or cranky. Fear is generally a mental-neural phenomenon associated with yellow orange. Conditions resulting from too much yellow orange energy will not have fever or body flushing. That will fall in the category of Red Orange.

Red Orange – Affects the physical neural system and body metabolism. It is similar to Yellow Orange but more physical, more related to the body. Red orange is the color of pain, anger, or fever.

Bright Red – Affects the body's metabolism and temperature and is not related to the neural system at all. Bright red cannot make you angry or irritable. It can be used to raise body temperature to a high level without hurting it or damaging the nervous system. This can be done for a person who is drunk for example, to burn the alcohol out of their system. Increasing bright red is also a way to lose weight by getting rid of hard fats (with soft fats you also have to dump water energy).

Deep Red/Red Purple – Affects the circulatory and glandular systems and fluids, but not the body's metabolism or burning rate. It can be used to boost passion and sexual arousal. It is also a good choice to use with frostbite to safely raise the temperature of the blood without damaging body tissue.

Electric Blue – Has all the bands of color in it, much the same as what many refer to as "white light". It is the color at the bottom of every flame and is the driving force of the Universe. It can be used with a variety of techniques for things such as protection, blasting objects to unkey them and sweeping the body in healing work.

Some conditions are a mix of more than one fire color or fire and another energy color. For example, pain or muscle cramps are somewhere between yellow orange and red orange. Pink is a fire energy with a lot of air energy and is a sedative or relaxing.

Beginning practitioners of real magic should use caution when dealing with fire energies and should not adjust balances on others until they have mastered manipulating their own fire balances. In working with fire, as in working with all the elements, take your time, think it through and do it right. You are literally playing with fire.

To learn more about elemental magic, using the fire element and all the other elements, see the Basic Magic Level I online course.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

You Won't Believe the Simplicity of Making Your Own Real Magic Flower Essences

Flower essences truly are a wonderful addition to your real magic healing toolbox. Many people resist making their own flower essences thinking it will be difficult and time consuming. You may be surprised how simple it is to make your own flower essences.

What Are Flower Essences?
Flower essences use the natural healing properties of flowering plants to create healing effects primarily in the subtle or non-physical bodies. This can include the auric, mental and emotional bodies. Flower essences work well for emotional upheavals, spiritual disconnection, depression, recurring life issues, mental distress, chronic conditions and as first aid in an emergency situation.

Principles of Flower Essences
  • We were born as a part of nature and all parts of nature come together to form a whole.
  • The plants that are natural to our environment were given to us as companions and healers.
  • We are One together in nature, and our relationship is intended to be one of co-operation in the experiences we create and call "life"
  • Flower essences make available to us the vibrational frequencies and individual qualities of plants. The vibration associated with a plant is the personality of the plant or energy signature. Each plant has its own unique signature. 
  • Flower essences are subtle, making them especially suited for healing our subtle bodies (non-physical bodies that occupy the same space as our physical bodies). The subtle bodies are where many diseases begin.
  • Flower essences provide excellent emotional support for anything you want to achieve in life, especially personal goals and aims. They can help support and facilitate the shift in vibrational frequency needed to accomplish the changes you need to have happen to achieve your goal.
Making Flower Essences
The process of making flower essences itself can be both peaceful and refreshing and a way to reconnect yourself with the Nature around you. The items you use in making your flower essences should be reserved only for this purpose so as to avoid other energetic vibrations cluttering up your flower essences. You will need:
  • Tweezers
  • Distilled water
  • Clear glass bowl
  • Alcohol (80 proof vodka) or organic, unfiltered, apple cider vinegar
  • Quart size cobalt or brown jar
  • Several 1 or 2 ounce brown dropper bottles
Steps in Making Flower Essences
1. Communicate with the plant first by sitting quietly by the plant, breathing deeply and opening yourself and your heart. Be in silence and ask the plant Deva for permission to use the plant's blossoms for healing. Speak to the plant the same way you would to anyone, but even more gently. You can either speak out loud or project your thoughts toward the plant. Wait until you hear a response.

2. Say to the plant Deva, "Please infuse this water with your divine essence." You can also leave an offering at the base of the plant so that there is an even exchange of giving and receiving energy. Appropriate offerings can include beautiful rocks, consecrated tobacco or cornmeal or a strand of your own hair.

3. Pour the distilled water into the glass bowl.

4. Use the tweezers to gently remove each blossom at its base and respectfully place it in the water. Another method suggests bending the stem of the plant so that the blossom rests in the water, but not to remove the blossom itself. This method is thought to preserve the integrity of the plant. If you use the blossoms, follow your intuition as to how many and choose only those that are in their prime or just coming into their prime.

5. Place the bowl with water and blossoms or petals in the sun or leave it sitting at the base of the plant for 1-4 hours. Again use your intuition for the amount of time. Also pick the time of day to make the essence depending on the type of energy you want for your essence. For example, dawn energy is good for initiating or beginning energy.

6. Remember throughout the process to remain quietly peaceful, not in a hurry and don't allow your actions to become mechanical. This is a process of communing with nature.

7. Next add alcohol to the mixture to prevent external bacteria from contaminating your essence. The mixture should be 50% alcohol and 50% water. Add the water into the cobalt or brown glass jar, then add the alcohol. This mixture is the "mother tincture". The brown or cobalt glass protects the tincture against light which has its own vibration and can cause the tincture to decompose.

8. Store the mother tincture in a cool, dark place such as a dark closest, freezer, or root cellar.

9. When ready to make your actual flower essence, fill a small brown dropper bottle with distilled water and add one dropper full of the mother tincture to it. Succuss the water by striking the bottom of the bottle on the palm of your hand about 50 times. This mixes the mother tincture with the water and excites the molecules.

To learn more about flower essences, and how to make and use them, look for our Energy Healing for Self and Others ebook in the school store. Share your favorite real magic healing techniques with us on our blog or Facebook and we'll send you a discount code for savings on the ebook.



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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Got Pain? These Two Magical Stones are Real Magic

Pain is something that can be dealt with through a variety of real magic techniques and using magical stones are a good way to ground out pain. These magical stones also work well for anger, frustration and irritation. There are two magical stones in particular that are good for flowing these types of negative energies into as they are capable of holding and channeling away all that stressful energy. Tribal people have been using them for generations for this purpose. Many magical practitioners use crystals for various types of healing work. Crystals however, and in particular quartz crystals, get contaminated easily and need to be magically cleansed quite frequently.

The two stones we recommend for dealing with energies resulting from issues such as pain, anger, and frustration are Apache Tears and Specular Hematite. Apache Tears do not need to go through magical cleansing procedures at all. Specular Hematite does not get as contaminated as crystals, but it does need cleansing at times.

Apache Tears:
Apache Tears are also known as Grandmother's Tears. They are a special form of obsidian made up of feldspar, hornblend, biotite and quartz. Shamanic circles commonly used them to safely transfer negative or unwanted energies into the half worlds. To use this magical stone, hold it in your dominant hand and flow the excess energy into the stone. The stone acts as a portal to the half worlds and none of that energy will come back to you.

Specular Hematite:
Specualar Hematite is another stone that absorbs lots of energy very easily. Hold the stone in your dominant hand and flow energy into it like you did with the Apache Tear. Unlike the Apache Tear, Specular Hematite is not a portal to the half worlds, so you do have to cleanse it of the negative energies it has absorbed regularly by smudging or other magical cleansing techniques such as burying it in the earth for a moon cycle.

Specular Hematite is often easier to find in rock shops and gem stores than Apache Tears. Both make excellent additions to your magical toolkit for pain and stress relief. To learn more ways to bring magical blessings to your life, see our Daily Rituals For Getting What You Want in Life ebook.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Magical Aikido for Self Defense: What to Do if Someone Grabs You

Yes magic can be used for self defense, but magicians must study self defense tactics very carefully before using them. Magicians have considerable power and force and using these powers inappropriately opens one to Universal backlash. Once you are sure you are not reacting from anger and are justified in using magic for self defense, there are many different techniques that can be effective.

To Blast or Not to Blast
Basically a good rule to follow in considering the use of magic for self defense is:
"In cases of direct and violent personal harm you are entitled to defend yourself by any means available provided you did nothing to encourage or provoke the attack." In the world of magic here's how this rule is defined further:

Direct - attempts from any outside force that would drain your energy, impose their will upon you or that is an attack on your body, mind or spirit.

Violent - anything that is damaging to your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual well being.

Encourage – creating or permitting unnecessary opportunities for a known hostile being to attack you

Provoke – being excessively pushy towards someone that you know has a sore spot or is under a lot of stress internally or externally

By Any Means Available – using any means you choose to defend yourself when attacked. As long as all the other parts of the rule are met, the Universe does not judge your response as excessive or not

One note of caution in using magic for self defense. If you are a beginning practitioner, it is not uncommon to go through a period of increased awareness and sensitivity. During this period it can be easy to misinterpret increased sensitivity as being under attack. It is best to err on the side of caution when choosing a technique to employ and use those that cause lesser harm until you are sure that you are meeting the conditions appropriate for the use of magical self defense.

Lightning Rod
Let's take an example of someone grabbing you. That is an easier one to start with and ascertain whether it is a person grabbing you in fun or whether you are being attacked. This is a situation in which using the Lightning Rod technique is a good one. With this technique you are either boosting your own energy or sending back an attacker's energy to them. This is a technique that can do a lot of damage to someone and even be lethal, so make sure you take it seriously and do not use it unless you are truly being attacked. Here's how.

Send Back Attacker's Energy:
Use your body as a lightning rod to pull and store the attacker's energy, then send it back to them in a single blast to a targeted area.
1. Go limp and do not fight against the person grabbing you. This is so that you do not waste your own force.

2. Pull the attacker's energy into your body as quickly as you can. It will probably be a red-orange colored energy and you won't need to pull very hard since they will be radiating it strongly. This will deplete their energy supply.

3. Store the energy you pull in your body and you can add more energy of your own to it from your own anger, pain or fear if you choose to.

4. Keep pulling the attacker's energy until the attacker relaxes or becomes limp.

5. Flow the energy you have stored into your output hand (hand you point with)

6. Send the energy back to the attacker by tapping one or two fingers of our output hand on their forehead, between their eyes, on the throat or over the heart. while flowing the stored energy out your fingers. If your hands are being restrained in such a way that you can not reach any of theses areas flow it wherever you can. It may not do as much damage, but may stun the attacker or cause enough pain to the attacker that you are able to get away.

Boost Own Energy
If you find you have been attacked in such a way that your own energies have been depleted, you can boost your energy to regain the strength for self defense. Find a source to pull fire energies from. The source could be an angry crowd for example. This crowd would be radiating a lot of fire energy, most likely of a red-orange color. You won't have to see it, you will be able to feel it. Pull the fire energy from the source into your own body and store it without grounding it out. This will give you a boost in energy to be able to employ other self defense techniques or give you the strength to get away if the situation warrants that. Only pull enough to regain your own energy level and then stop. You do not want to pull in more fire energy than you need.

Practice Makes You Ready
Protection magic and self defense tactics don't just come naturally to most people. Just like using martial arts for self defense, the moves have to be practiced before they are actually needed in a self defense situation. Waiting until you are under attack to try out your magical self defense tactics can prove to be very ineffective.


If you are ready to learn about magical self defense tactics, body flows, magical colors of defense, and all the other skills necessary in protection magic, take a look at our Magical Self Defense homestudy course.


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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What is Real Magic Anyway?

What is real magic? With all the media attention through books, TV shows and movies, it can be confusing to some people what real magic is all about and how it differs from the practices and techniques they watch Harry Potter and his friends perform. Often people see these amazing things done and wonder is magic real at all. Yes, it is real even though not quite as dramatic as portrayed by the entertainment industry. Real magic in the real world can be every bit as amazing though in the things it can accomplish and changes it can make in people's lives. I believe that makes it even more spectacular than anything I've seen Harry do.

Define Real Magic
Real magic is first of all a precision science. It is the science of:
  • deliberate creation
  • effective prayer
  • manifesting Higher Will on energetic and material planes
  • heightened awareness, selective perception and dynamic, harmonious relationships
Real magic is also the study of intention and a system of creation, not coercion. In fact, every intentional act is an act of magic. It allows us to understand the actual workings of the Universe through direct experience. Real magic is also a path of spiritual growth. A magician must experience and verify everything for him or herself. He or she has the ability to create because he has the tools of divination to test the rituals he creates.

Rules Governing Real Magic
There is a set of rules, we call them "Rules of the Road", that magicians operate under. These are non-changing operational laws of the Universe. The Universe doesn't recognize morals and ethics because they vary from culture to culture and they change over time. Real magic practitioners use these rules to guide them in their practices instead of relying on their own personal value systems.

You can see the entire list of the "Rules of the Road" we practice at the Esoteric School, but there are 2 major rules that they are based on:
1. Whatever is done to the environment or other beings in the environment brings similar effects upon the doer. This is called the Law of Karma by some. The Universe doesn't care why an action was taken, or even if the doer is aware of the Rules of the Road or trained in magic, it only cares that the act was performed and therefore sends the results, negative or positive to the doer.

2. The magical practitioner judges the "goodness" or "badness" of his or her acts, whether conscious or unconscious acts, based on what the Universe reflects back on him or her. The same is true of judging others, entire communities, states or nations.

Magicians wanted
Over time the mundane world and how it operates has gone through great changes. Values, priorities, relationships, technologies, and the way people live are so very different than hundreds of years ago. In the world today, more magicians are needed to update rituals and practices for the issues we face today. Shamans and magicians can create seemingly miraculous things to be a positive influence in world affairs. Each one of you has the ability to learn real magic, raise the consciousness of the planet and create positive manifestations for yourself and others with the help of the Universe. There is nothing very magic about learning real magic. It is a "normal" way of life that most people have simply lost access to.

If you are ready to join forces with other magical practitioners and take control of your birthright to learn real magic, let us know. Our Basic Magic class is online now with no waiting for new classes to begin registration. Share in the comments on our blog below or on our Facebook page what magical topics you would like to learn and we'll send you a discount code for savings on Level I of the Basic Magic course.


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

What Incense Should You Burn for Magical Firebowl Divination?

There are many different incense and plant resins that can be burned for divination, as well as other magical procedures, and each has its own characteristics and classification according to the 4 elements. When it comes to selecting incense or plant resins for divination, don't assume that all vendors have classified the incense they sell accurately by element characteristics and correspondences. Also, there are incense that change drastically once burned in a Firebowl, so that is another consideration. The best way to make sure you are using an incense of the element that you want for a particular divination is to test it out for yourself by burning a small amount in your firebowl as you smell the scent and watch the smoke. The following guidelines in the list below will then help you classify the elemental makeup.

Firebowl Incense Elemental Mixes

1. General Purpose: will have a good mix of 4 elements, usually higher in Air and Fire
  • Smoke – moderate amount of smoke, tends to rise and spread moderately rapid and leaves a slight bluish haze.
  • Scent – Some "edge" or "stickiness" in the scent
  • Examples – Sage, pinion, juniper, Dragon's Blood, frankincense

2. Air: is often pale colored with white or transparent material. Can be used to remember dreams, is good for studying
  • Smoke – rises quickly and dissipates quickly. Has a very light smoke that leaves air fairly clear afterwards
  • Scent – delicate, fast rising scent or no odor
  • Examples – sandalwood, sage, mint, sweet grass

3. Fire: often is red, orange, or yellow, good to liven up energy
  • Smoke – smoke rises quickly and spreads quickly and is red or yellow. Amount of smoke is light or moderate and leaves a slight bluish haze
  • Scent – has a sharp scent that "bites" the nasal passages and sinuses
  • Examples – pine, juniper, frankincense

4. Water: often is pink, blue, dark red or brown and often feels damp. Good for meditation.
  • Smoke – thick smoke that rises and spreads slowly and dissipates slowly
  • Scent – often has a fruit or flower scent or heavy, sweet, wet, thick and cloying scent that can last for days
  • Examples – gardenia, lotus blossom, strawberry

5. Earth: often brown or green. Good for stabilizing an area
  • Smoke – tends not to rise but rather to "boil" out and settle to the floor spreading slowly
  • Scent – heavy, not sweet, not wet "earthy" scent that can last for days. Also a dry scent with a slight "edge" to the nasal passages and sinuses
  • Examples – musk, mosses (be sure to dry before burning), myrrh, dark/heavy pines

For deeper study about divination and characterizing incense and plant resins and their various magical uses, see our How to Do Voodoo ebook or the online Basic Magic class section 1.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Magic 2012: Clock's a-ticking ... Have You Figured Out Your Lesson Yet

Magic 2012 is quickly drawing to an end. As the much prophesied date of December 21, 2012 approaches and we transition into a new era, let's look back at what magic 2012 has been about and what you can still do before the December date arrives.

Magic 2012: Large Life Events
For many people, the year of magic 2012 has been filled with chaotic events and/or the year has seemed to move at a fast speed. We have seen more people dealing with life events of a larger scale this year. Whether it has been in financial, relationship, health, or loss issues, there has been an increased intensity in these life events. The lessons associated with these issues have caused people to have to look beyond the events themselves and turn further inward to gain understanding of the important lessons they have yet to learn. The good news is that magic 2012 has been a time of manifesting quicker and making changes quicker. More people have opened themselves to guidance and help from higher powers and beings, have learned to trust their inner voice and received asked for signs from totems and spirit forces. The lessons may not all have been pleasant, but they have been more profound this year.

Magic 2012: Need Help Getting Your Lesson?
There have also been people for whom this year held significance, but they did not face the craziness and did not have those big life lessons to learn. That could mean there really isn't one for them at this time, but it could be they just haven't been tuned in enough to get it. There is still time. If you haven't figured out your big life lesson for this year, ask. You can ask the 4 winds, angels, your totems, guardians or any number of spiritual beings to send you signs if there is a big lesson for you this year. Spend some extra time meditating and doing self observation. Dig deeper than you have before. If there is something that you have been uncomfortable about or an issue that you haven't really wanted to face, this is the year more than any other that can bring you resolution, peace and a deeper understanding.

This has been a year that many of the tried and true techniques used in the past haven't been working for people the same way. They have had to get more creative, make big changes and seek out alternatives. If you've never taken on doing a daily ritual, this may be the time to do that. Doing a daily ritual insures that we set aside some time everyday to connect with the higher, have some quiet time and create some sacred space for ourselves. This can be meditating, do yoga, reading from an inspirational book or any number of uplifting spiritual endeavors. The key is to do the exercise everyday, thus making it a daily ritual. This opens a doorway through which higher powers and beings can enter your life. If you do a daily ritual and haven't received insight into any deeper life lessons, you may need to change to a different ritual. If you have been doing the same ritual for a period of time, you may be going through your ritual in a mechanical way at this point, thus closing the doorway. Changing to a fresh ritual may engage your centers and allow you to re-open the door.

Remember that any intentional act is an act of magic and in this year of magic 2012 those intentional acts can open you to new possibilities. This year has been best and fastest time to manifest anything, so if you haven't gotten to it yet, it's time to get moving, the clock's a ticking!

Need help figuring out how to get your lesson before the year ends? Post your situation on our Facebook page. Our school staff and a large magical community can help you get ideas of what direction to go.


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

What is a Voodoo Doll in Magical Terms?

Voodoo and voodoo dolls in particular have been portrayed in movies, books and television for a long time as a dark and mysterious type of magic. In actuality, Voodoo is a West African religion also known as Vodun, Vodoun, Vodou, Vudu and Voudou. The voodoo doll is just one part of the practice, but seems to be the one most people are familiar with. They can be a very useful tool for a wide spectrum of magical procedures.

What Is A Voodoo Doll Used For
The voodoo doll has the same use as what many magical practitioners refer to as a simulacrum. A simulacrum is an object that is a likeness of something. Simulacra can also include photographs, pictures, figurines, symbols, lists, and Tarot cards. They are objects used to capture the essence of that which you seek to affect. It is best not to use simulacra made of plastic or rubber as they do not "key" well. If your object is made of wood, make sure it is a dense wood or there may be problems "keying" it as well.

Using simulacra allows you to do magical procedures on people and things you are not in direct physical contact with. In fact the person you affect can be all the way on the other side of the world, or you can affect a global situation. By making a psychic connection, between the simulacrum or voodoo doll and the person or situation, you can perform the magical procedure on the doll or simulacrum and the person or thing it is connected to will get the benefits. By the Universal Law of Similarity, the more likeness between a simulacrum and that which it is keyed to, the greater the psychic connection. So the more your simulacrum looks like the person or the situation you want to affect the greater they will be affected.

How To Key A Voodoo Doll
As an example, take the case of using a voodoo doll to do a long distance healing with someone hundreds of miles away from you. Making the psychic connection or "keying" is done by holding the voodoo doll in your dominant or "output' hand and thinking of everything you know about the person. Continue this until it feels charged, warm, heavy or tingly or some describe it as a feeling that the doll is "alive" or they felt it wiggle. The voodoo doll is then keyed to that person. At this point you must be very careful with the voodoo doll. Anything you do to it will affect the person it is keyed to. So you don't want to go off for the weekend and leave it lying around for the cat to bounce around the room causing injury to the person. You need to do your magical procedure whether it be a healing technique, putting up an omnil for protection or whatever and then unkey the doll or simulacrum.

How To Unkey A Voodoo Doll
To "unkey" a simulacrum, you cut the psychic connection lines with a keyed athame (fire element tool) and throw a blast of electric blue energy at it from your athame. Some Wiccan practitioners also will bury the simulacrum in the earth for a moon cycle to complete the "unkeying" process.

Be sure that any magical operation you are attempting using a voodoo doll or simulacrum has been thought through thoroughly as always and that you are following the Rules of the Road (Universal Laws governing magical practice) to avoid any karmic backlash. Voodoo dolls and other types of simulacra can be extremely useful tools for a wide variety of magical healing, protection, and communication if used appropriately. They help expand the range of using your magical techniques to help others and are a great tool to add to your magical toolbox.

To learn more about how to do voodoo magic, check out our How To Do Voodoo ebook in the Esoteric School Store.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

7 Protection Magic Rituals You Should Practice

When it comes to defending yourself against a variety of forms of attack, protection magic is very effective. However, magicians must be careful when using protection magic because we have considerable power and force. The inappropriate use of that power and force can cause Universal backlash. We therefore must be careful to control our tempers and not use magical protection from attackers in a reactive manner. When it comes to protection magic a good rule of thumb to remember is that you have the right to exist and follow your own path and by extension, your right to defend yourself against those who might seek to prevent you from walking your path.

Protection Magic: 7 Techniques
There are basically 7 protection magic techniques that can be used either separately or in combination. They are:
1. Rooting and Grounding – used with excess noise, aggression, anger or general fire energies in your space.

2. Hand Lightning – used to stop someone invading your space or preventing an attack.

3. Lightning Rod – used to send back an attacker's energy or to boost your own energy.

4. Fireballs – used for self defense from attack and to warm a cold room.

5. Fireball Messages – used for sending extremely severe messages to an adversary.

6. Fire Half Shields – used as energy shield to protect yourself from attack.

7. Sonic Self Defense – used to stop attackers in their tracks with the use of your voice.

Protection Magic: Grounding Exercise
Here's an exercise you can try out on Grounding for magical protection from a person who is angry and directing that anger towards you or using it to disrupt your space.

With Grounding you pull excess fire energy from another person or the environment, flowing it through your body and pushing it into an electrical ground.

  • Find a source of the energy color you want to pull (anger is red-orange) to look at as a reference
     
  • Locate an electrical ground like an outlet, light switch or a sink (uses water pipes running into earth). This is where you will flow the excess fire energy to for it to be safely grounded.
     
  • Put your output hand (hand you point with) or your foot on the electrical ground if possible. If that is not possible, you can point your output hand toward the electrical ground, but make sure no living thing comes between you and the ground.
     
  • Pull excess fire energies in through your input hand, through your body and out of your output hand into the electrical ground.
     
  • Keep pulling until the anger is gone. This usually takes two minutes or less according to how angry the person is, thus how much excess fire energy they have.

You can use this technique discreetly and the person you are pulling the fire energy from need not be aware that you are doing it. All they know is that the anger subsides in them. To develop your own magical self-defense arsenal using magical protection and self defense techniques, check out our homestudy Magical Self Defense course.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Do You Know the Top 5 Reasons People Fail at Real Magic?

We sometimes hear from people that their real magic procedures didn't work and they want to know what went wrong and how to manifest the things they want. They often begin to doubt their magical powers. When real magic seems to have failed, it often turns out to be a matter of we, ourselves getting in the way of manifesting everything we want.

Here are the top 5 reasons we've found that people fail at real magic or that interfere with how to manifest what one wants.

1. We Don't Believe We Can Be, Do, and Have Everything We Want
We are taught that we must make sacrifices to get what we want or that to get one thing we have to give up something else. The Universe however is limitless. We can ask for and manifest everything we want and there still be enough left for everyone else.

2. Negativity is Popular
By the Law of Attraction we attract to our lives that which we focus on. Negativity being as popular and prevalent as it is in our society causes our positive energies to become skewed and thus interferes with our positive manifestations. All the negativity around us serves to keep us distracted from the positive things we desire. No one sits around and dreams of all the negative things they want to have happen in their lives, but most of our attention throughout the day gets focused in negative directions.

3. We are Hypnotized by Daily Life
We tend to get so caught up in daily life matters and act mechanically that we forget to consciously create. Work, family responsibilities, to do lists and all the daily living concerns occupy our minds and don't allow us to spend time or thought manifesting or communicating with higher powers that can help with our manifestations.

4. We are Afraid of Failure
We don't grow up being taught how to attract what we want and we don't get a lot of practice at it. We are taught to abhor failure however so we give up too soon attributing it to failure or don't even bother trying because of the fear of failing. 

5. We Think we Have to "Make it Happen"
We tend to make creating much more difficult than it needs to be. We think we have to "do" it and take on the total responsibility for it. We have been taught that to get ahead or get what we desire takes hard work, nose to the grindstone. Sometimes that can be true, but usually we create with the Universe's help and it doesn't have to be hard at all.

If you find yourself having difficulty with your manifestations, take a look at these 5 reasons people fail at real magic and see if any of them apply to you. Once you have that awareness, you can be on the road to change and finding how to manifest everything you want in your life. You can read more and learn how to expand your magical successes in our Daily Rituals ebook. To get a special discount on the ebook, just go to our Facebook page, give us a like and leave a comment telling why you want to learn more about how daily rituals can help with manifesting what you want in life. Then send us your email address and we'll email you back a code to enter at checkout for a discount. Learning how to manifest what you want and get a special savings, you can't beat that!


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Magic 2012 – How to Look Beyond the Events

As we approach the much prophesied date of December 21, 2012 we are seeing more and more people dealing with large life events. Whether they are dealing with financial crises, major health issues, relationship breakdowns, loss of home and property, job loss, or any number of other manifestations of 2012, people are often filled with questions. They ask questions like:

Why me?
Why is life so unfair?
What do I do now?
Where do I go when I feel like I have no where to turn?


Many times these life events appear to be "bad news" and people tend to focus on the events themselves. People also tend to get stuck in the "Why me?" mode. The key to successfully navigating the events that Magic 2012 tends to throw in our lives is to look beyond the events themselves. Instead of asking questions like, "Why me?" Magic 2012 asks us to dig deeper. We need to be asking questions like, "What is the real message behind this event? What am I meant to learn from this event? In what way is this event asking me to change?"

While these life events may appear to be bad news, don't worry! The good news about Magic 2012 is that it is easier to change yourself and your life in 2012 than it will be in the future or has been in the past. If you need help getting answers or guidance try doing a question circle and asking the Universe for help.

How to Do a Magical Question Circle
Here's what you'll need: a sun yellow candle on a plate or in glass, paper or wooden matches, pen, and paper. You may also need a compass to help you figure out the cardinal directions of east, south, west, and north. Once you've gathered your materials and have located the cardinal directions, light your yellow candle with your matches. Then, follow the steps below.

1) Bring your candle, pen, and paper to the east quarter of your circle. Sit facing the outside of the circle (facing east). Ask the Winds of Knowledge what you need to know about your situation, and get quiet inside as you wait for the answer. Be prepared to write down everything that comes to you. Don't think about it, just write. Keep writing until you no longer receive information. Thank the Winds of Knowledge and move to the next step.

2) Move to the south, and sit facing south. Ask the Winds of Power to show you what actions you need to take for your situation. Again, write any answers that come to you. Thank the Winds of Power.

3) Move to the next quarter, in the west, and sit facing west. Ask the Winds of Feeling what emotional shifts you need to make regarding your situation. In addition, you may want to ask for spiritual enlightenment. Thank the Winds of Feeling, and then move to the next quarter.

4) Move to the north, and sit facing north. Ask the Winds of Strength how you can build a foundation for the future you want. Ask for practical guidance about your situation. Thank the Winds of Strength.

5) Finally, move back to the center of your circle and sit facing east. Read through the answers that have come to you from each direction. Slowly digest the information. You may want to repeat the question circle several times, at different times, until you get clarity on your situation or lessons.

The year 2012 is an interval year, which means that changes not possible before are now very possible. Ask the right questions and you'll get some amazing answers.


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Have Trouble Meditating? Help With Meditation

Need help with meditation? Are you one of the many people who just can't seem to get the hang of sitting quietly and turning off your mind chatter? You are definitely not alone. Yet, a meditation practice is so important in a spiritual practice, as well as having health benefits, that we have a simple exercise to give you help with mediation and get you on your way.

Why Have A Meditation Practice? Benefits of Meditation
There are many benefits of having a mediation practice. On a spiritual level, meditation is used to create peace, joy, harmony and manifestation in your life. It is a way of creating sacred space giving you a place to "get away" from everyday noise and rush. This allows you to be able to commune with nature, listen to messages from higher powers, clear your mind and open yourself to many other magical things. Creating a meditation practice for yourself is a way of inviting in your psychic skills.

On the physical level benefits of meditation include lowering of the blood pressure, strengthening of the immune system and reducing stress. A regular meditation practice has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the body which can help with depression, headaches and insomnia that are associated with low levels.

Help With Meditation: How to Do Meditation
So, now you are sold on the benefits of meditation, but still don't know how to get started or find it frustrating. We hear that a lot. Here are some simple steps to give you help with meditation and show you a simple way of how to do meditation.

1. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, hands in front resting on your lap, right hand cradled in the left. Be aware of your thoughts, yet remain unattached to them. Be aware of your sensations. Make sure you have at least 15 minutes of quiet, undisturbed time to sit. Early in the morning is best. You can sit on the ground, in a chair or where ever you are comfortable.

2. Sitting with a lit candle, burning incense or near a running fountain or moving water can sometimes improve meditation. Burning a botanical such as lavender can help you relax.

3. With your eyes closed, feel your breath moving in and out of your body, but don't try to force the breath or breathe on purpose. Just feel your body breathing by itself.

4. If thoughts come into your mind (and they will), let them simply pass through. It may help to imagine that you are sitting on the shore of a river watching boats go by. The boats are the thoughts that come into your mind. Sometimes you will get so fascinated with a particular boat that you will want to jump on board and investigate. This is what happens when your thoughts carry you away from your quiet place on the shore. When you notice that you have been carried away by one of your thoughts, just return to your quiet place on the shore and notice your breath again. Don't be discouraged or berate yourself when this happens. It is part of the process and over time you will be distracted less and less.

5. If you have great difficulty being interrupted by your thoughts, you can also meditate with your eyes open, focusing on a candle flame or on the smoke from your incense burner. Sometimes having a visual focus will reduce the internal chatter from your mind. The sound of a fountain, which is irregular and difficult for your mind to follow, can also help with mediation.

6. Sit for at least 15 minutes in this quiet meditation. The length of your mediation is not as important as the consistency. It is better to do a shorter mediation daily than to do longer ones sporadically.

7. Do not judge the results of your meditation by how peaceful or disruptive it was. It is the effort to reach a place of inner quiet that matters, not whether or not you achieved total quiet. Enjoy your time of meditation as it is time you are devoting to your own inner development. The more you develop your inner life, the more your outer life will flourish and grow.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Magic and Miracles - Start with Simple Meditation

We often are asked about the best way to meditate as part of a magical practice and our answer is that simple meditation can bring magic and miracles into your life. Meditation does not need to be complicated and in fact can be a very simple process that you do for as little as 3 minutes per day or for as long as you choose. Meditation is a wonderful way to invite magic and miracles into your life because it creates a sacred space or doorway through which magic can enter. Many people think that bringing magic and miracles into their lives has to start with complex spells or rituals, but if you are a busy person or you just like to keep things simple meditation is the practice for you.

There are many different forms and types of meditation to choose from. Here are some steps to begin on simple meditation.
  1. Sit comfortably in a quiet place. Make sure you have at least 15 minutes of quiet, undisturbed time to sit - early in the morning is best. Feel free to sit on the ground, in a chair or anywhere you find comfortable. You do not need to sit in the lotus position, just any position you find comfortable.
  2. You may want to sit with a lit candle, burning incense or a fountain to improve your meditation. You may also want to burnsome incense or botanicals like lavender to help you relax. 
  3. Once you have set up your space and are sitting quietly, close your eyes. Feel the breath moving in and out of your body, but don't try to force the breath or breathe on purpose. Instead, feel your body breathing by itself.
  4. If thoughts come into your mind, let them simply pass through. Here is a metaphor that will help: Imagine that you are sitting on the shore of a river watching boats go by. The boats are the thoughts that come into your mind. Every now and then, you will get so fascinated with a particular boat that you will want to jump on board and investigate. This is what happens when your thoughts carry you away from your quiet place on the shore. When you notice that you have been carried away by one of your thoughts, just return to your quiet place on the shore and notice your breath again. 
  5. If you have great difficulty being interrupted by your thoughts, you can also meditate with your eyes open, focusing on a candle flame or on the smoke from your incense burner. Sometimes having a visual focus will reduce the internal chatter from your mind. The sound of a fountain, which is irregular and difficult for your mind to follow, can also help.
  6. Sit for at least 15 minutes in this quiet meditation, or longer if you desire. The length of your meditation is not as important as the consistency. It is better to do a shorter meditation daily than to do longer ones sporadically.
  7. Do not judge the results of your meditation by how peaceful or disruptive it was. It's the effort to reach a place of inner quiet that matters, regardless of whether you actually reached total quiet. Even a session filled with thoughts and efforts to return to inner quiet can be effective. The results of your simple meditation will appear in your daily life - during daily encounters and events. You will find, over time, a new sort of peace and inner quiet in dealing with all of life's events and people. Most of all, enjoy your time of meditation. It is time you are devoting to your own inner development. The more you develop your inner life, the more your outer life will flourish and grow.

As you can see these steps to simple meditation don’t require any great magical skills, but you will find that doing this daily will bring plenty of magic and miracles to your life.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How to Do VooDoo: If You Want Something to Go Away

Magically, if you want help making something go away, you can look into how to do voodoo. Voodoo or simulacra magic can be used for protection, self-defense, divination and attracting a variety of situations or conditions, but it can also be used to get rid of things. The word voodoo brings to the minds of many the image of the voodoo doll. This is part of voodoo magic in that the doll becomes a simulacrum or object that is a likeness of someone. It is then "keyed" to that person and whatever is done to the doll also affects the person. If you want to know how to do voodoo, you will eventually use the voodoo doll and other simulacra objects. There are many other techniques that will also be used in learning how to do voodoo however.

How to Do Voodoo: Magical Tools
Many of the voodoo techniques require the use of magical tools. The wand is the tool for the element Air, athame for Fire, chalice for Water and plate or pantacle for Earth. There are also a variety of techniques that can handle the same problem in different ways. We will discuss here one technique that is easy to do and does not require special tools or an in-depth knowledge of magic.

How to Do Voodoo: Rules of the Road
Before undertaking any type of magical procedure, you do need to be sure your intentions fall within the "Rules of the Road". These are Universal Laws that govern magical practice. Failure to follow these laws can result in backlash on you. The governing laws we follow at the Esoteric School were developed by Reverend George Dew of the Church of Seven Arrows. The two major rules to consider are:
  1. Whatever is done to the environment or to other beings in the environment brings similar effects upon the doer.
  2.  The magician judges the "goodness" or "badness" of his or her own acts, whether they are conscious or unconscious acts, on the basis of what the Universe reflects back on him or her. The same is true of judging others, entire communities, states, or nations.
You can find a complete listing of all the Rules of the Road we follow in our resources section on our website.

How to Do Voodoo: Making Something Go Away
This is not a technique, as you will see after reading the Rules of the Road, to be used on a person. It can be used for an unwanted attribute of a person, but not the person itself. There are other techniques that can make someone move away from your area. This technique is used to be rid of unwanted things such as debt, a health condition, a relationship. Here are the steps to follow:
  1. Take a piece of fruit, such as an apple to use as a simulacrum
  2. Key the fruit to the unwanted thing
  3. To key the fruit, hold it in your dominant hand (hand you use to point at something)
  4. Energetically flow everything you know about the condition, thing, or issue down your arm and into the fruit
  5. When the fruit feels hot, tingly or has an "alive" feeling to it, it is keyed
  6. Put the fruit on a plate. If you have a pantacle or keyed plate (Earth tool) that can be used, but if not then just a regular plate will suffice
  7. Leave it in a place that it can not be disturbed while it withers. Remember you have keyed this to be a certain thing now so you don't want the cat bouncing it around the room
  8. Once the fruit has withered away, so will the unwanted condition or thing.
This is just one of many voodoo magic techniques. If you are interested in this branch of magic, you can get our How To Do Voodoo ebook in our online school store.


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Magic Spells for a Good Night's Sleep

Magic spells can be useful for a wide variety of purposes. There are even some that will help those of us who have trouble going to sleep or trouble with waking up during the night due to stresses or nightmares. Here are some magic spells that can help you get a good night's sleep.

Shower or Bathtub Litany
This magical ritual helps you get rid of excess Fire energies. In magical terms water carries fire so this ritual works by taking excess Fire energy from your body, mind, and Spirit, and flowing it down the drain with water. For this ritual to work, you combine your intention with some visualization and the magic litany. Using this litany before going to bed can help release stress and tension and get you relaxed and ready for sleep.

The litany can be done in a bathtub filled as full as possible with cool water. Do not use cold water. Instead have the water just below body temperature. Or it can be done in a shower with the showerhead set so the water is hitting you at the base of the skull and running over your back and front sides. Again the water should be just below body temperature, cool but not cold.

In the shower, run your hands down your body to move your Fire energy down to your feet. In the bathtub, lie down in the tub with your feet at the drain and as much of your body as possible under the water. Then see yourself radiating fire energies out of your body and mixing with the water. As you see this and see the water going down the drain in the shower or as you open the drain on the bathtub, repeat the following litany out loud.

All the tension, all the strain,
All the pain with excess flame,
Flow with water, down the drain!


Keep saying it until you feel that the flame is gone in the shower or until all the water has drained out of the bathtub. Speak the litany with authority and power.

Creating Sacred Space for Sleeping
For those who wake up frequently with nightmares, you can burn a yellow or electric blue colored candle in the room. For safety reasons, we recommend using a candle that is enclosed in glass. Do the following steps 30 minutes to an hour before you are ready to go to bed.
Stand or sit in the south facing north with the candle in front of you.
Light the candle with paper or wooden matches. Do not use a lighter.
Hold your hands up to and around the flame, focusing your attention on the candle and flame.
Say the following charge verse in a strong, powerful voice.

Child of Wonder,
Child of Flame,
Nourish My Spirit,
And Protect My Aim!


Continue standing or sitting with the candle in front of you for a few minutes while you visualize your aim of having a peaceful night with uninterrupted sleep. Leave the candle burning for at least 30 minutes and then blow it out (don't snuff it out) Once your sleeping space is cleared of junky energies, it will remain that way through the night.

These and other ritual type magic spells can be helpful in changing your elemental balance to relax you and protect you during the night. To learn more about magic spell rituals, get our Daily Rituals for Attracting What You Want in Life ebook. Whether it's attracting your ideal job, mate or getting a good nights sleep, magic spells and rituals are easy to learn and bring magic into your everyday life.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Magic Online: Can you Learn Real Magic?

We are often asked how magic online classes work and if one can truly learn real magic through an online format. The answer is yes and here's how magic online works.

History of Magic Online
Our school began with traditional type classes where students met once a week in a physical location. As time went on, we wanted to move to a format that would allow for students from a greater geographical area to attend classes and open the study of magic to more people. With that goal in mind, we evolved to doing teleconference classes. We do still have teleconference classes at times, but we soon discovered that this format was still limiting. Students could not jump into a class at anytime. They had to wait for a new class to start and a new registration period. This brought us to the current format of magic online.

What is Magic Online?
Magic online are classes presented through our website. They contain audio files of actual past teleconference classes with actual students, video files showing how to perform certain techniques, class notes to follow along and keep for later reference, and class exercises to practice between classes. In fact, magic online classes have all the same information and materials as the teleconference courses.

Benefits of Magic Online
The advantages to taking an online magic class include:
  •  Able to start right away on your time schedule – no waiting for class to "make" or registration period to open
  •  Students go at their own pace instead attending scheduled weekly class
  •  Open to any student anywhere around the globe that has an internet connection
  •  Able to interact with other students through posted comments
  •  Detailed multi-media step by step instructions (because altered procedures produce altered results)
  •  Attending class does not rely on having a phone and needing to call the long distance teleconference center
  •  Basic Magic offered in 3 levels and can be paid for one at a time
School Is Always in Session
We have found that the magic online format has allowed us to spread the magical knowledge over greater distances with students from around the world able to join in more easily. It also gives students that have difficult schedules a way to schedule their magical learning around what works best for them. Now that you know it is so easy to learn real magic through online courses, what are you waiting for? If you are ready to take your magical studies to a more serious level then classes in magic online are waiting for you.

And just to make it even easier, we are offering 20% off of the Basic Magic Level I course right now. This offer will only be good through September 16, 2012, so now is the time to sign up and take advantage of the savings. You can register for class here where your journey into a magical life is waiting for you.


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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Magic 2012: What's Your Big Lesson

Magic 2012 is a good time to figure out what big life lesson you have yet to learn. Typically, the Universe will offer our lessons to be learned in this Earth School we live in, from a soft approach. We get it, thank the Universe for the help and go on. If the message is ignored however, it will not go away, but will get delivered in a stronger way.

Magic 2012: Getting the Message
Even those of us who live life as magical practitioners sometimes don't always get the message right away in the soft and gentle delivery. We have to wait for the stronger message which can sometimes wreak havoc in our lives. Especially in this year of Magic 2012 when there is so much going on, messages can be difficult to sort out and understand.

Magic 2012: The Two By Four Message
The Universe doesn't stop though just because we don't get it. Each time a message is sent it gets more obvious and not as easy to ignore. Kinda like going from a softly whispered piece of advice to being hit up the side of the head with a two by four. Here's an example.

One of our staff members at the Esoteric School tends to overwork. I won't go so far as to say a work-a-holic, but well if the shoe fits...  When not working for herself, she is constantly working for others. She is extremely competent and skilled in many areas, so it is easy for people to seek her out for help with a variety of projects. Our friend has been getting messages for a long time about needing to slow down, not work so hard and do more for herself instead of so much for others. This lesson, although recognized, has not completely taken hold with her. So this year the Universe through Magic 2012 decided it is time for her to really get it.

First she found herself being tired much of the time and being sick a lot, requiring her to rest more. That wasn't quite enough though for our resident work-a-holic to put down the work load. One of her many skills is working with horses. She is able to take a Mustang raised in the wild, bond with it and end up with not only a horse she can ride, but also participate in horse shows. The next message came in the form of being stepped on by one of her horses, Ouch! Down for a while, but still not a strong enough message to slow down this working girl.

On to the next message, a bit stronger this time. She gets kicked by the horse, is sore for quite a while and develops a bone spur. Still not enough to keep her down and out and the same amount of work goes on because after all how could the world go on without her doing her work and what would the people dependent on her do if she wasn't doing the things they need her to do?

Now the Universe is through messing around. It is time to bring out the two by four. Our friend now is thrown by one of her horses and the horse falls on her. The horse is fine and gets up, but our friend now has a collar bone broken in 2 places and her arm strapped across her chest for the next 4 months. The type of work she does will now be severely affected with the loss of the use of one arm. Doctor's orders are not to use that arm and must get plenty of rest for those 4 months for the break to heal. Lesson learned. It is time for her to not only take care of herself which means less work, less taking care of everybody else's problems and work, but to now allow all those others to help take care of her. And to her surprise the world has continued to function and most amazing of all is the way everyone is so willing to chip in and help her for a change.

Magic 2012: How to Avoid the Two By Four
The above example is just one of many that we have seen people go through in getting the lesson the Universe is trying to deliver. In every case, there was an easier, gentler way to get that message. But when ignored or put off, the Universe does persist. This year of Magic 2012 is especially potent and full of magical messages. Be conscious of this and look for the signs. If you have trouble reading the signs, ask the Universe for help reading them. Indicate that you are not being dismissive, but just need some help understanding. 
Here are some things you can do to ask the Universe for help in understanding:
  • Ask for guidance from totem animals. Then find out what the totem you see means.
  • Spend some extra time in meditation or quiet sitting focusing on the things that are happening in your life that cause you to believe there is a message you are missing. Listen to the voice inside you for guidance.
  • Do a Question Circle to get help from higher beings (see how at http://bit.ly/TYWiks)
  • Do a Tarot reading and take a look at your past, present and future lines. (we offer a homestudy Tarot class )
Knowing your astrological transits can also be helpful. If the lesson is learned before a transit arrives, you either won't have the catastrophe/chaos or will have some major issue, but will also find that you have the resources to handle it right there. Of course if you don't want to learn the lesson, you can always wait and get the Universal two by four.

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