Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Spirit Guides: Need Help? Read This

We all have spirit guides whether we know it or not or whether we are in contact with them or not. They are there and available to help us just for the asking. Spirit Guides may take on many forms, including angels, animal totems, loved ones from our past or past lives, and forms not recognized on this planet. Spirit guides can help with just about anything you need help with. They can help with manifestations, help make life easier by solving problems or offer guidance when you are not sure what to do. They have a wealth of knowledge from a broader perspective than we have just waiting for us to tap into.

Working With Spirit Guides
You do have to remember when asking for help from spirit guides that Universal Laws still apply. So for example if you ask for something and then are not in a mode to receive it you won't get the desired results. It's like asking for a particular gift and when it is being presented to you, you turn it down. The Universe delivers that which you put your attention towards or in other words what you are thinking and feeling. If you have doubts that your guides can help you or express negative thoughts or emotions about your situation then the answers, solutions and help you seek cannot be delivered. Just remember to relax, and be in a mood of joy and gratitude, letting the assistance you seek flow to you. In other words, get out of the way and let your guides do their work. Be open to allowing the assistance to come in whatever way they choose to send it. If you set too many parameters around how, when and where you think the solution should arrive then you are limiting the magical possibilities. And after all if you already had the solution and things were working out doing it your way, then you probably wouldn't be asking for help, right?

Communication Tips
If you have not been communicating with your spirit guides and communication with other beings is new to you, then you may need to have some practice before you get to a point of desperately needing help with a situation. Go ahead and start practicing with small things. For example, ask for help with reserving a parking space close to the door at the mall. Practice with small requests and how you word them. Be sure to always thank your spirit guides in advance after making a request and again after the results are achieved. This practice time gives you the opportunity to hone your communication skills to get the optimal results and practice in finding the various ways communications come to you from various spirit guides. Your guides may communicate to you through signs that you need to be observant enough to catch. Some people hear the answers "in their head". Other times it might be that the right person or resource appears at just the right time and that's your answer. Become accustomed to the types of communications that come from your various guides.

 Letting Go
Remember the story of the man trapped on his house in a flood? He asks God for help. People come by with boats and even a helicopter and he sends them away saying he is waiting for help from God. Finally when he asks God why he didn't help him, God says I sent you a boat and even a helicopter, what else did you want? Help is always available from our spirit guides, we just have to remember to let go of the control of what that help looks like and be open to receiving the answers in whatever form it appears. Magical help is also available on our website. In our articles library we have a whole section called Guidance and Help. Check out the articles there for a variety of magical topics that can help with situations, including more on communicating with spirit guides. If you still have questions, post on our Facebook page where help and guidance is available from a whole magical community.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Or, visit our website for more great resources.

Image courtesy of papaija2008 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Is Magic Real? Yup, Read Why Here

Is Magic real? Yes, it certainly is and has been around for thousands of years. Everyone is born with the abilities to do magic, but our society doesn't place the importance on it that it once did. This causes people today to wonder... is magic real? We see movies, read books, and watch TV shows today showing wonderful magical feats and want to know if that is what real magic is like. The answer to that is Yes and no. The media gives you an idea of what magic can do, but it's not really accurate. For example, Harry Potter and friends use their wands for all sorts of procedures when in reality a wand is the tool for Air energies and only useful for techniques using air energies. 
What can you do with real magic then? Lots! Here are just a few things that can be accomplished with real magic.
  • Manifest what you want in life
  • Use magical self defense techniques to protect yourself and your sacred space
  • Use divination to see what the future may hold
  • Communicate with higher powers and beings
  • Create spells and rituals
  • Use magical healing techniques
One of the principles we teach by is that students' of magic and shamanism need to experience things for themselves rather than taking anyone's word. With this in mind we'd love you to check out our article "Is Magic Real". There you'll find more topics of what you can do with real magic, some explanations of how magic works and a free magical exercise you can try out for yourself. You can also look at all the other magical articles on our website and our blog to see other things magic can do for you. Consider signing up for our email list and be among the first to receive the latest magical articles. Try out the exercises we give and then it's up to you to decide for yourself – Is Magic Real?

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Or, visit our website for more great resources.

Image courtesy of sattva / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to Learn Magic: Free Online Tutorial

Since magic doesn't just come naturally to many people and since there are so many magical topics that can be studied, we offer a free online tutorial on how to learn magic. Magic is a study of using intention and a system of creation as well as a precision science – the science of:
  • deliberate creation
  • effective prayer
  • manifesting Higher Will
  • heightened awareness
  • selective perception
  • dynamic, harmonious relationships
In deciding how to learn magic, you must be familiar with how Universal Law works and the Rules of the Road (laws that govern magical practice). Magical practice also requires an understanding of the 4 elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Other basic topics include:
  • Hand magic
  • Magical self defense
  • Using the magical tools – firebowl, wand, athame, chalice and plate
  • Divination
  • Tarot
  • Sonics
  • Spellwork
These are all basics that one must learn before continuing magical study. From there, many topics are available from healing to creating and performing rituals and communicating with higher powers and beings. Magic opens you up to a new way of living and takes you on a path of spiritual growth. It becomes a way of life as well as a study of all the various magical topics that can be explored according to your interests. For example, if you are interested in healing work, you can study using magical tools with the 4 elements for healing then perhaps move on to studying the use of crystals in healing, learn how to do long-distance healing techniques or learn how to make your own plant based tinctures. As you learn these various techniques and follow your magical passions, you also learn more about yourself, deliberate creation and how to manifest that which you desire in your life.

The first step towards all of this is deciding that you want to start living a magical life and finding out how to learn magic. Take a look at our free tutorial and see if that helps you to get started. You can also join our mailing lists to get our latest posts and see what topics we cover that resonate with you. If you already know of a specific interest that you haven't seen us cover, leave us a comment on Facebook suggesting a topic you'd like to see written about. Any act of intention is a magical act, so set your intention to explore how to learn magic and you will be on your way to a magical way of life.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Or, visit our website for more great resources.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Can Magic Spells Really Help with Your Angry Boss?

Yes. Absolutely. Without a doubt!

What's more, ensuring that your sacred space is NOT invaded by the negative energy of your angry boss is both your right and, if you are a magical practitioner, almost an obligation. This falls under the rules of protection magic.

Here's the basic rule of protection magic:

"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."

If you are not sure what this all means, read the definitive breakdown of this rule in the full blog post HERE.

Magic Spells and Your Angry Boss
So now you know that you have the right to ensure your sacred space against the negative energy of your boss, given the rule above. If your boss is perpetually angry, you would be well advised to use protection magic to prevent your boss' angry energy from affecting you.

Can you really do this with protection magic? Absolutely. Just read this story from Julie S., who took our Magical Self Defense Home Study Course.

"For the last five years I have worked under a chronically angry boss. He was angry when he was tired, cranky when we were behind schedule, ambitiously nervous when we had won a contract... basically a bundle of nerves, mostly negative! I have always been a "Yes" person, and found myself eventually becoming a nervous wreck working under his style of management. When my nerves got wound so tight that I began having digestive issues and constant headaches, I decided that it was time to do something different."

"I was afraid to confront my boss because I had seen my co-workers do that. My boss always got angrier, with a tendency to rant. I knew that the direct approach was not for me. Luckily, I discussed this problem with my friend over drinks one evening. She suggested some protection magic. Magic?!? I was incredulous. Surely not! But my friend assured me that she had used such an approach with an angry relative and had excellent results. Doubtful, I nevertheless ordered the Self Defense Course she recommended."

"After reading up on the method of pulling Red-Orange energy (for anger) and Yellow-Orange energy (for nervousness or anxiety) from another person, I decided to give it a try. The next time my boss stormed into my office with a list of demands, I eased myself over to a light switch, which acted (according to the course) as a ground for any energy I pulled from my boss. The course said that an angry person is literally brimming over with Red-Orange energy, and that if that energy is grounded out, the person cannot remain angry. Having practiced this technique at home, I casually partly extended my left hand and began pulling Red-Orange energy (following the instructions from the course). I flowed that energy across my shoulders, down my right arm, and into the light switch (on which I casually rested my right hand). I kept flowing for about five minutes. I was so concentrated on my task that I barely took in what my boss was yelling about. After three minutes, I wondered if I was accomplishing anything. After five minutes, my boss abruptly stopped in mid-rant, looked confused, and turned on his heel to leave the room. Wow."

"I repeated the same technique with my boss about six more times. The course noted that this protection magic ritual needed to be repeated multiple times until the person stopped being angry in my presence. After I did this magic ritual seven times over the course of about 10 days, I noticed that my boss stopped charging into my office. He stopped yelling at me so much in meetings. He stopped, in fact, acting anything but subdued in my presence. I was amazed, yet didn't fully trust that the effects would last. Well, it's been nine months now, and my boss still hasn't gone crazy angry on me. He doesn't even seem to get anxious or nervous about deadlines anymore, at least not around me. I am flabbergasted that this actually works. I am also very pleased. Thank you for teaching me this wonderful technique to preserve my sacred space. Thank you also for reassuring me that this kind of magic is not only all right by the Universe, but also a kind of obligation. I will never again let someone violate the peace of my sacred space with their angry energy!"

The Proof of Protection Magic is in the Pudding
Well, there you have it... the pudding, so to speak, of protection magic. Does it work? For Julie it does. Does it work for everyone? As long as you follow the rules of Self Defense and use the techniques as given, yes. Does it take practice? For most people, probably. And, as Julie can attest to, this particular protection ritual can require repetition with a repeat offender like a persistently angry boss. It does work, though, and at the end of the day, that's what matters when it comes to protection magic!

Get the scoop on the Magical Self Defense Home Study Course HERE.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Or, visit our website for more great resources.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tarot Card Meanings: Is the Devil Really the Devil?

If you have never explored the Tarot, you may have an advantage over those who have read books and other sources to get tarot card meanings. Memorizing tarot card meanings in a way defies the tradition since the Tarot was originally an oral tradition. It's OK to look at written meanings as a guide to get you started understanding tarot card meanings, but it is best to get meaning from looking at the symbols within each card itself and work towards seeing the meaning of the cards as they pertain to each individual reading. There are also many different Tarot decks available. In our Tarot Homestudy Course and Basic Magic courses, we have students get the Waite-Rider deck and this is our preferred deck for too many reasons to go into in this article. We also have students key their decks as that personalizes the deck to their own energies.

Basics When Looking at Tarot Card Meanings
There are two types of cards in the Tarot deck: Major Arcana and Minor Arcana cards. The Minor Arcana cards are in suits: Wands, Swords, Cups and Discs and are numbered Ace through 10, and the court cards Page, Knight, Queen and King. The Major Arcana cards are all the other cards and have a relationship to the suits, but are not tied to a specific suit. Major Arcana cards represent principles, concepts or ideals. Minor Arcana cards represent the variety of ways those principles can manifest in the everyday or mundane world. The principles represented in the Major Arcana are from past ideas that our culture has not been taught. When interpreting tarot card meanings it is wise to take this into account and avoid applying present day meanings to these past time symbols. Tarot card meanings also vary according to whether the card shows up in a reading in its upright position or is what is called reversed (meaning it is upside down) and according to its position in the reading and what other cards it appears with. This is why just memorizing definitions of cards will not give you the best readings. Having a general idea of what the card represents and being able to relate those meanings to a specific reading will give you a much better interpretation or "picture" of the reading as a whole.

Let's take an example of how to think about a particular Major Arcana card (as we do in our Tarot Homestudy Course) and see examples of the principles behind the card that you can use as a guideline. Notice also how we point out symbols on the card itself and how you might apply them to the meaning when interpreting a particular reading. The Devil card is one many people are familiar with and one that is widely misused in media productions.

The Devil
The Devil card does not represent the Christian Satan or evil. It is concerned more with principles of materialism and how we handle our contracts in the material world. In the Upanisheds, ancient writings from India, we learn there are two major errors. One is to become materialistic and the other is becoming overly concerned with spiritual things thus ignoring the material. Since we as spiritual beings have chosen to be here in physical bodies we have to strive to find a balance between the spiritual and the material. How the Devil card appears in a reading and what other cards it appears with can give us information on how we are doing in this regard. It can relate to how the spiritual being is doing in handling the contracts it makes through having a physical body and in the material world. This card is a good one for long-term contracts such as a house mortgage. If the card is upright, then you are handling these types of things well. If it is reversed, then these types of issues are being mishandled either by you getting too spiritual or too materialistic. In some way the two sides are out of balance.

When looking at the card, notice the pentagram is upside down. In the upright position this signifies going from upper levels to lower. If the card was reversed or upside down the significance would change to imply something going from lower to higher. Also notice the two beings on either side of the Devil. The chains around them are loose implying that they are bound only by their own choice. It can also imply that materialism doesn't have to drag you down, that you have a choice. You can see too that he is perched on a stand and having to maintain balance. Noticing these things in the card can also give you clues as to the meaning.

As we said earlier, much of the interpretation of the card depends on the other cards in the reading and where the card falls in the reading. Here are some other guidelines to consider when looking at The Devil card in a reading:
  • How we spiritually work in the material world
  • How we create an effect in the material world as a spiritual being
  • How we are able to manifest in the material world
  • How we deal with materialism
  • How balanced are we between the spiritual and the material 
  • Could be concerned with higher level contracts, those that cover a long span in our lives and hold to the Rules of the Road (Universal Laws governing magical practice)
  • Contract dealing with birth vision or spiritual contracts made before coming into body

The Devil card deals with the higher and the lower. If you were looking at something to do with a contract just on the material plane then Emperor would be the card to designate this. With the Devil card you are looking at how it affects you on the material and the spiritual planes.

As you can see from this example, just memorizing a single definition would limit your interpretation of a reading severely. Looking at the reading as a whole and considering the arrangement of the cards, looking at symbols in the cards and having a basic understanding of tarot card meanings allows you to put together a much more individualized reading specific to what signifiers you are using and to the person you are doing the reading on. To learn more about how to do Tarot card readings and about tarot card meanings, check out our Tarot course in the Esoteric School store.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Or, visit our website for more great resources.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Magic Spells on the World Level: Blast from the Past

When it comes to magic spells, a wise practitioner must remember the magical principle that "altered procedures produce altered results". When performing a spell or ritual it is very important that the procedures be followed exactly as written and intended. This is one of the reasons that getting spells from outside sources is not always as safe as creating your own. If you have created the spell, then you know the intentions and procedures intimately. In our Kindle book Witchcraft Spell Books series, we stress that the magic spells and rituals provided there have been tested over long periods of time and found to be safe even for beginners, but the instructions must be followed exactly to get the desired results. The first book in our Kindle book series, Learn How To Do Witchcraft Rituals And Spells With Your Bare Hands, gives some examples of how magic spells can backfire when the procedures are not followed exactly or intentions are not specifically set. Here is one story that tells the tale of extreme repercussions for magic spells where intentions are not directly set.

A World War I Story
This story is about the results of the intentions of various groups of people during World War I. According to our magical research, when the entire civilized world prayed that something would rescue Germany from the inflationary depression after World War I (because it was dragging everyone down economically) without specifying what or how, those prayers brought Hitler to power. Hitler tried twice before to take power, but failed both times.

At the same time, the Jews were fervently praying to return to the Holy Land. However, at the time the Jewish population was too large to successfully return to the Holy Land (they would have been killed off by the Arabs)--only a small population could successfully return. The Jewish prayer tied into the prayers that brought Hitler to power, and by the path of least resistance Hitler's methods reduced the Jewish population so that their prayer of returning to the Holy Land could be realized.

The Magic of Kindle
By now you hopefully know about our new Kindle book series, Witchcraft Spell Books. If not, let us get you up to speed. This series was designed to help keep magical knowledge alive and in as many hands as possible. Witchcraft and magic are very real. These practices have existed as precise sciences for thousands of years. More importantly, every single person can learn to do witchcraft and magic. We are all born with the talents and abilities that empower us to do the rituals and spells presented in these books. In the distant past, studies in witchcraft and magic were just as important as math, science, or the arts. These books in a three-part series are dedicated to spreading the knowledge of practical witchcraft and magic around the planet.

The first book in the series, Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands, enables you to learn, step by step, to perform beginner rituals and spells with your bare hands. You can find it HERE. But, don't think you have to have a Kindle to take advantage of this knowledge. You can use your Smart phone or computer and still access these books by getting the Kindle app. Claim your magical birthright, get your copy now, and join the wonder filled world of magic!

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Or, visit our website for more great resources.





Thursday, July 4, 2013

Daily Magic Rituals: Check Your Magical Forecast

Most of us begin our mornings with a cup of coffee or tea, and a quick look at the weather forecast. The weather forecast helps us know how to dress and plan our day.

Since we check the weather forecast on a daily basis, doesn't it make sense to also check our magical forecast for the day as part of our daily magic rituals? Isn't it just as important to know whether the day will be filled with magical assistance as it is to know whether it will rain? For instance, if you know ahead of time that communications will be strained during the day, you can take magical action. You can wear white (the color of communication), hire communication angels, or use your pendulum to "clear the air."

There are many different ways to check your daily magical forecast, so choose one or two with which you are most comfortable. Some of our favorites include:

1. Medicine Cards - pull a card each day and read the meaning and significance in the accompanying book.

2. Runes - select a rune from the bag each day and look up its meaning.

3. Pick a Word - flip a book or magazine open to a random page and point to a word without looking at the page. This word is a single-word forecast for your day.

There are so many different daily magical rituals you could use to forecast your day, in a magical sense. Check out our online store for runes, books, and other forms of divinatory tools.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Or, visit our website for more great resources.