Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Blessed Be! What Blessings Do You Wish for Others for This Coming Year?

The holidays are a time for blessings and goodwill among humanity. Have you got a special blessing, prayer, mantra, or "pay it forward" treat you'd like to share with the rest of the planetary citizens out there? We invite you to do so on our Facebook page. The magical goodie that gets the most likes will receive any of our magical ebooks of his or her choice in the New Year (so be sure to Like our page so we can reach you!). If you don't have any special blessings or prayers to share, then it's about time you got some in your life. Here is a blessing ritual we'll start the ball rolling with.

Nighttime Blessing Ritual
This doesn't have to be saved for night, but many people, couples and families like ending the day with this ritual each night before bedtime. It is a great ritual to incorporate into ceremonies or ritual circles or anytime you want to share peace, goodwill and blessings with others. You will need a Chalice (magical Water element tool), sea salt and spring water. Here's how it's done.

1. Holding the chalice with both hands in front of you flow water blue energy from one hand to the other, through the chalice. Continue until the chalice becomes warm or tingly. This "keys" the Chalice to the person holding it.

2. Pour spring water into the Chalice until it is halfway full and add a pinch of sea salt to it. Swirl the mixture in the Chalice in a clockwise direction.

3. Blow water blue energy into the chalice while swirling the water and salt mixture clockwise. In between each breath, say one line of the verse below:
"Water and earth where you are cast,
Let no spell nor adverse purpose last.
Bless these people and bless their space,
Far from here send baneful trace."
At the end of the verses, blow water blue energy into the chalice and swirl the water one last time. The Chalice is now "charged."

4. Holding the chalice in your left hand, face the first person you will be blessing. Dip your right index finger into the water and draw a vertical line down the center of the person's forehead. The line should be 1 to 1.5 inches long.

5. Now dip your finger in the water again and draw a horizontal line of the same length from left to right through the center of the first line, forming a cross.

6. Then, starting at the right end of the horizontal line, draw a clockwise circle, touching both ends of both lines. As you draw the circle and say to the person, "For the peace of your mind."

7. Repeat the same procedure on the person's chest over their heart. As you draw the circle, say, "For the joy of your heart."

8. Ask the person to take a sip of water from the Chalice and as they sip, say, "And for the health of your body."

9. If there are two people participating in the ritual, reverse roles and repeat the process. If there are many people, one person can bless everyone, and then one person in the group blesses the first person. You can also do this blessing magic ritual on yourself or with your pets.

Have a blessed new year and think about using this blessing ritual to get it off to a great start. Then you can share your experiences using it on our Facebook page and be eligible for the free ebook offering.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays! Get Your Magical Kindle Ebook at No Cost While You Can!

The Esoteric School wishes all a wonderful holiday season! In the spirit of the season, we are offering one of our Kindle ebooks (book 2 in the series) at no cost in the US and UK for today only! Grab your Kindle magic book while you can! Then take a look at the other books in the series and see all the magical skills you can learn in your own time and at your own pace. Just to give you an example of what you have to look forward to, here's an excerpt from Book 2 entitled Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Household Ingredients.

Grounding Out Negative Energies with Grandmother's Tears
Negative energy is something that can be dealt with through a variety of magic or witchcraft rituals. Using magical stones is a good way to ground out these unwanted energies. One stone in particular, called Grandmother's Tears or Apache Tears, is very effective at grounding out any excessive energy you no longer want. This stone is a special form of obsidian (volcanic black glass) made of feldspar, hornblend, biotite, and quartz.

This stone looks opaque black in ordinary light, but appears translucent when held up to strong light. These stones have actually been spewed out from past volcanic explosions, and can be found in and around Superior, AZ. These stones are effective for grounding out excess or negative energies including anger, frustration, pain, or plain irritation. Grounding out these energies into Grandmother's Tears allows you to safely transfer these unwanted energies into the half worlds (a safe place for negative energies). Tribal people have been using these stones for generations for this purpose. Many practitioners use crystals for various types of healing work. However, crystals--and in particular quartz crystals--are easily contaminated, and need to be magically cleansed quite frequently. Because Grandmother's Tears do not actually "hold" energies transferred into them, but instead send those energies into the half worlds, these stones do not need to be cleansed unless desired by the practitioner. The stone acts as a portal to the half worlds, and none of that energy will come back to you. You can find Grandmother's Tears in most gem stores and in online stores. 

Grounding Out Ritual with Grandmother's Tears
The ritual of flowing negative energy into a Grandmother's Tear stone is so easy that it can and should be used as many times as necessary daily. Follow these steps to do this ritual:

1. Figure out whether your left or right hand is your dominant hand by simply pointing at an object in your vicinity. Whichever hand you used to point is your dominant hand.

2. Hold the Grandmother's Tear stone in your dominant hand. Use your intention to flow any unwanted energy into the stone, knowing that the energy will go straight into the half worlds, and will not "bounce back" to you. If you need help "flowing," just bring up every thought, feeling, or physical sensation related to the issue that is bothering you. Use your intention to "push" all these into the stone.

3. When you feel a sense of calm or peace, you may stop flowing energy into the stone. Alternately, the stone may feel warm, heavy, charged, or loaded. At that point, you know that your flowing is complete. Stop flowing and simply breathe, relax, and enjoy the sense of peace.

How To Use Grandmother's Tears
Some people like to carry a Grandmother's Tear stone around with them. You can easily tuck one into your pocket so you can access it whenever you need to flow negative energy. Alternately, some women wear small versions of these stones as pendants on a necklace. If you choose this method, be sure to use a silver chain, since gold is magically a much less stable metal. Other people buy multiple stones and keep them available everywhere--in the car, in the kitchen, next to the phone, and on their desks! All of these techniques work. Just pick the method that fits your personality best. If you ever need to store your stones, the safest way to store them is in a pewter box. Pewter is a metal that has protective magical properties. Pewter protects anything stored from negative energy, and pewter boxes are especially useful for other types of stones, such as crystals, which tend to pick up all kinds of energies with ease. If for any reason your Grandmother's Tear stone start to feel "junky" or overloaded with energy, you can cleanse it several different ways. While this rarely happens to Grandmother's Tears stones, some practitioners prefer to cleanse their stones monthly, just to ensure safety. Two of the easiest ways to cleanse your Grandmother's Tear stone are:

1. Hold it in the smoke of a charged cedar/sage smudge stick

2. Bury the stone in the Earth for a Moon cycle (Mother Earth takes care of all kinds of energies, and is a great magical cleanser!). 

Happy Holidays
We hope you have a peaceful and joyful holiday season and New Year whatever traditions you celebrate. Now that you have seen the type of magical offerings you can receive in our Kindle book, we hope you will take a minute today and give yourself this free magical gift. You don't have to have a Kindle device. Any tablet, Smart phone or computer will work. It's only free today and only for Book 2 of the series so don't pass up your chance.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What Will Your New Year Bring?

Do you know what 2015 will bring for you? Not sure? Itching to know? Then a Tarot reading might be just the thing. The Tarot, as practiced at the Esoteric School, connects the entire Universe to the Tarot deck, in essence shrinking the pertinent factors of the Universe's effect on your life to a manageable size--a reading. Don't know how to throw a Tarot reading? Then give yourself the gift of our Tarot Course this holiday. It's simple, fun, effective, and, best of all, will give you a heads up on what to expect in 2015

How Tarot Works
The Tarot is a method of divination that gives you a direct way of obtaining information by psychic or magical means that are not available to the physical five senses. Magical divination can be used to direct our fates. By throwing tarot spreads for various situations in your life and interpreting tarot card meanings, you can discover the influences, energies and probability lines active in your life that pertain to the specific situation. With this information you can see what influences are affecting your situation and know where to make changes to affect the outcomes in your future lines if you want to. This is why the Tarot is such a valuable tool. Since the future is not pre-destined, you can change the future any time before it happens and using tarot spreads gives you the information you need to decide if and what you want to change.

Making the Tarot Personalized
One of the ways we make Tarot readings more precise and more personalized to a particular person is to use a signifier card that represents and is keyed to a specific person or a specific issue, question or situation. Some of the information we use to select a signifier for a person are the Sun sign and the age of the person. There are exceptions to this method of selection, but it is a place to start. Here are the signs that correspond to the suit of card and age that relates to cards.

Sun Sign Signifier Selection Guidelines:
Air (Wands):

Fire (Swords):

Water (Cups):

Earth (Discs):

Age Signifier Selection Guidelines:
Page – Conception to teenager
Knight – Teenager
Queen – Adult female
King – Adult male

Situational Signifiers
Signifier cards can also be selected for situations and conditions. Some examples of signifiers for situations include:

Ace of Discs – money, the economy, body health
Ace of Swords – spirit vitality
Ace of Wands – mental health
Sun – general health (spiritual, mental, emotional and physical)
Justice – legal matters, lawsuits, legislation
Devil – large or long term material contracts, birth vision, spiritual contracts
8 Discs – job, work, business
10 Cups – marriage – emotional, family
4 Wands – marriage – mental
2 Cups – lovers, relationships, intimate emotional or passionate couple relationships
8 Wands – travel by air
3 Discs – career plans
3 Cups – friendships, emotional sharing among friends

As you can tell there is a lot involved in learning the Tarot, but it is a fascinating and fun magical study that can really pay off in giving you a way to take control of your future and your life. What a great gift to give yourself! Make it your New Year's resolution to learn the Tarot this year. It's easy to work into your own time and at your own pace with our online course.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Get Your Magical Practice Back on Track with Basic Magic

Have you let your magical practice fall by the wayside and find yourself getting caught up in everyday life to the point that you don't really put in much time practicing magic? The saying goes, "What you pay into your practice pays you back." That's true. What's also true is that most magical practitioners allow their magical practice to become stale and mechanical at some point or other. So... if you feel like you need a little magical refresher, try our Basic Magic Online Courses. Dig in and get back to basics before the new year so you can start fresh! In Basic Magic you'll get back to seeing everything in relation to the 4 elements, remember how to use the elements in your everyday life and also get a refresher on topics like:
  • using magical tools
  • healing
  • communication with higher powers and beings
  • magical self defense and protection
  • divination
  • spellwork
  • using simulacra magic
  • Tarot
Just to whet your appetite, here is a sample of one of the techniques you'll learn in the Basic Magic Course.

Firebowl Divination
The Firebowl is one of your magical tools that you will learn to construct yourself. If you don't already have a firebowl, you can find instructions on making one HERE. Divination is a way of obtaining information by psychic or magical means that is not readily available to the 5 senses. By using divination, we are able to discover influences, energies and probability lines that are active in our lives so that we can make changes or adjustments and knowingly exert control over our lives. If you don't like what may be coming in the future you can make a small change in the present to change that possible future. Divination can be done through direct or indirect methods. The Firebowl can provide you with a direct method of divination in that it gives you a visual field that the mind can visually project the information you are seeking. Direct divination methods allow psychic or unconscious perceptions to manifest into the 5 senses so we can understand them. Firebowl divination is very useful for finding people, or objects that you don't know where they are or maybe a lost pet and for looking into the past or the future. To use the Firebowl for divination:

1. Find a quiet place where you will not be distracted or interrupted.

2. Sit in the South facing North with your Firebowl in front of you.

3. You will not charge the Firebowl for divination purposes like you do for other purposes and a water incense is the best medium to burn as the Water element is the psychic element.

4. Start your incense burning in the Firebowl and wait until you have a good column of smoke going. Add more incense onto the charcoal disk if you need to in order to get a good column of smoke.

5. Hold an image of a person or object if they are connected to the information you are seeking and/or get very curious about the topic, question, person or object.

6. You can ask questions to increase your feeling of curiosity such as "Where is...?", "Where was I in [name time period]?", or What is likely to happen if I...?".

7. Peer into the column of smoke and look for images or visual clues to form. Some people find it easier to close their eyes when looking into the smoke to keep visual distraction out.

8. If you get an image, but not in enough detail to make sense to you, keep asking questions until it becomes clearer or you can ask the image to zoom in or out, shift left or shift right so that you can see more details in the "picture".

Remember that the future is not set. Divinations into the future tell you what is likely to happen if everything stays the same in the present. That is one of the beauties of divination; being able to look ahead and make changes now if we don't like what we see.

This is just one of the many magical techniques you'll learn in our Basic Magic Course. Give the Firebowl divination a try and let it help you remember how magical life can be when you use your magic training every day. It doesn't matter how long it's been since you practiced magic. It's never too late to get back on board.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Got Magical Questions? We Got Answers!

Whether you want to know how to invite an angel into your life or you want to discover the procedure for finding your animal totem, we have an entire library for you to browse. Want to know if personal gain is really banned in the use of magic? No, silly! Find out why. In addition to our library, check out the blog, our FB page, and our courses and ebooks and Kindle books. You got questions, and we've definitely got answers!

The Big Magical Questions
There are 2 questions we get asked the most. They are:
1. Is Magic Real?
2. What exactly is real magic?

Our answer is that magic is certainly real. It is the science of understanding and using Universal principles. Since everything in the Universe is made up of some mix of the four elements of air, fire, water, and earth, having an in-depth understanding of these elements is at the foundation of magical practice. What makes these elements magical is the understanding of how they operate not just on physical levels, but also on levels of mind and Spirit. For example, physical level Air is what we breathe. Magically, the Air element is the conduit for psychic communication, enlightenment, understanding, dreaming and more. If you want to attract any of these qualities then you need more magical Air. You can take on more of this element directly or by wearing Air colors such as white or sky blue. Understanding these elements and working with them directly allows us to understand, create or change anything we want to in the Universe.

Magic has been taught as a precision science for thousands of years. Being a precision science means that the techniques are verifiable, repeatable and precise. In the past, the art and science of magic was taught just as math or science might have been and anyone can learn magical techniques. Today our society no longer puts the same emphasis on magic and it is not taught or even accepted as commonly as it was in the past. The most exposure we seem to get to magic these days is through fantasy shows, books and movies like Harry Potter. These are great fun and help to bring attention back to the world of magic, but the techniques are not always very accurate. For example, Harry and his friends use their Wands for just about everything. In reality the Wand is the tool that handles Air element energies only. It would actually explode if you tried to throw firebolts or fireballs with it. We're not saying that fireballs and firebolts can't be done. They are actually good for magical self-defense, but are made using Fire element energies and are better done by hand or using the Fire element tool, the Athame.

What Can Real Magic Do?
Real magic can bring tremendous changes to your life. It isn't just learning a list of techniques, but rather developing a lifestyle that includes magical principles and techniques in everything you do. A few of the major things learning real magic will teach you include:
  • Balancing your energies for healing and manifestation
  • Changing old beliefs you have
  • Defending yourself against physical and psychic attack
  • Healing yourself and others
  • Finding hidden information and seeing possible futures
  • Psychically communicating with other beings
  • Creating sacred space
  • Finding lost people and objects
  • Manifesting what you want and need in life
The bottom line on real magic however is up to each individual person. There are people who will not be able to learn and practice magic. For magic to be real you have to be able to suspend disbelief and have a willingness to not exercise contempt prior to investigation. In other words, one must be open to the belief that magic is real in order for the forces of magic to act. If you can suspend disbelief long enough to try magical techniques out for yourself then it can become real for you too. Seeing and experiencing it for yourself is the only way, as it should be, to develop a magical life. Don't take anyone else's word including ours that magic is real. Give it a try for yourself and through direct experience and observation you will be able to "prove" to yourself that magic is indeed real. A simple way to experience magic and your own magical abilities is working with clouds. Clouds respond to your intention and can easily be moved, shaped and manipulated at a great distance away from you. If you could move clouds suspended hundreds of feet above you that would be quite a magical beginning wouldn't you say? Give it a try for yourself by sending a blank email to clouds@shamanschool.com. The directions will be sent to you right away. We don't use your email address to sign you up for anything or pass on to others so you have nothing to lose and just might gain a perspective into magic that will give you reason to want to explore living a magical life for yourself. 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Need Some Sacred Space? Wear This!

The holiday season has arrived and with it has arrived crazed shoppers, family members (wanted or unwanted), work/life balance crises and more that can all interfere with your sacred space. But fear not! You, as a planetary citizen, are always entitled to your sacred space. To ward off those crazy holiday vibes, just key (personalize) and wear our specially designed seven-pointed faery star psychic shield. Watch those unwanted psychic energy bolts bounce off your now-shielded space. Moon shields for women, Sun shields for men. Both come with directions on how to key to your own energies.

The Faery Star For Magical Protection
The Faery Star, also known as the Elven Star, is a seven point star made by combining a four point square with a three point triangle in a way that creates a constantly circulating shape or shield. This symbol is sacred to many Wiccan and tribal traditions because the number 7 is sacred as being related to the seven planets, seven notes of the diatonic scale, seven directions of North, South, East, West, above, below, and within, and the seven colors of the rainbow. This type of psychic shield once it is keyed becomes an eternally spinning shield. Whereas the pentagram which is a five point star always requires a "push" from outside to set in motion, once the Faery Star is keyed with electric blue energy it never stops rotating.

A psychic shield is a great magical way to protect yourself from negative energies surrounding you. It will not only protect you from all the chaos and noise going on around you and create sacred space for yourself, but will also deflect the energy coming from another person thinking something negative about you. The energy from those types of thoughts from others can actually have a negative influence on you. When you key the shield, you are personalizing it to your own energies and programming it to defend against any kind or degree of psychic attack. An attack coming from behind you will cause the shield to channel the energy from it and pull it harmlessly through you. An attack coming from in front of you causes the shield to block the energy and scatter it. If you see your shield turning black or having burn or scorch marks on it, then you'll know it has been deflecting those negative energies for you. When this happens, just clean it up with silver polish and you may want to hold it over your firebowl with a mixture of pine resin and sage burning in it. Holding the shield over a column of smoke like this until the smoke begins to stick to it will help clear out negative energies too.

Not only does the Faery Star shield protect you from unwanted energies, it also can help you control your magical gifts. Anytime you feel your energies spinning out of control, you can use the shield to ground your energies.

Other Magical Protection

Besides using the shield, which is good because it is easy to take with you where ever you go, it is a good idea to cleanse your other spaces like home, office, and car. Use pine resin and sage or other cleansing herbs, burn a sun yellow candle or even better do a four element cleansing on these areas to clear out all the junky energy that may have accumulated. You can also use symbols or talismans of animal totems, deities or other higher spirit powers that are sacred to you to display in areas of your home for protection. You may also want to ward and bind the mirrors in your home. Silver and black mirrors can both be windows or doorways into other worlds. Silver mirrors access the level or plane that is reflected in them. Black mirrors, often called witch's mirrors, however can access any realm. Magicians and shamans create their own black mirrors for magical reasons such as traveling to other realms, but if you have any type of black reflective surface like on a microwave, dishwasher, computer screen, etc., other beings, magicians or shamans can penetrate your home shields and enter your sacred space. Spirits often use mirrors to take up residence too. Mirrors are also like psychic sponges that absorb all kinds of emotional energies so you never know what they may be accessing at various times. To prevent this, you can ward and bind your mirrors in this way:
  • Perform a 4 element cleansing on the mirror
  • Use your Athame in an edge on position to sweep the mirror from top to bottom with a sheet of electric blue which is one of the fire element colors
  • Ward the mirror by putting the Left Eye of Horus symbol in the lower right hand corner of a square or rectangle shaped mirror. Use a permanent marker or a permanent sticker with the symbol on it. DO NOT use the Right Eye of Horus as that is used to enhance spirit vision, divination, opens things, seeks and pulls which is the opposite of protection. The Left Eye is a natural mirror and glass protector from Egyptian practice. If your mirror is round or oval shaped, put the symbol in the bottom center.
  • Bind the mirror by using your Athame with a beam of electric blue energy projected off the tip and draw an X with the first line drawn from top right to bottom left and the second line drawn from top left to lower right. Lock both beams into the frame or the back of the mirror at the corners.

Where ever you spend your holidays, whether staying at home or traveling, you can magically protect your sacred space and have a peaceful, joy filled time. Energetically and magically clear out your space if you are at home or use a psychic shield at home or away from home and keep the negative energies out of your space. Especially at this time of year, whatever traditions you observe, you have sacred spiritual ceremonies and rituals that you don't want negativity interfering with. Just a little magic can help!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Say Goodbye to A Bad (Magical) Hair Day!

Everyone has a "bad hair day" from time to time that has nothing to do with actual hair! A bad hair day is one of those days when nothing seems to go right, and everything that can go wrong, does! Luckily for you, right now you can sign up for our twice monthly newsletter and get our "10 Magical Quick Fixes" ebook at no cost. These 10 precious magical gems will help you smooth the wrinkles that pop up in everyday life. Here's just one example of what you'll find in the ebook... and remember this is a limited time offer so be sure to sign up soon!

3 Day Question
This is a good magical technique to use when faced with a big life decision that you just can't seem to make a decision about. It brings you guidance from your Spirit or Spirit guides to help you find the right answer for you.
Here's how to do the 3 day question:

1. Decide on a very specific question to ask. For example, you might ask, "Do I take this job or not?" or "Do I move to this state or not?"

2. Find a quiet place to just sit with this question in your mind for about 3 minutes and then ask the question out loud.

3. For the next 3 days, go about your business and put no more attention to the question or decision. If you find yourself starting to think about it, immediately move your attention to something else.

4. At the end of the 3rd day, ask the question out loud. The very first answer you hear is the one for you to accept. You may hear this answer from within yourself like a voice inside your head or from an outside source such as a song on the radio or part of a conversation between others that you overhear. Whatever way the answer comes, go with the very first answer.

The more precise and concise you are with your question, the better this magic technique works. Also, be sure not to obsess or think about your question during the three days as that will interfere with the technique. This magical quick fix is a great way to transform hard decisions into easy ones. Part of living a magical life is about making things easier, so jump on board and sign up for the newsletter and no cost ebook to get started bringing magic into your life.

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