Just like in the TV Show "Charmed",  here is where we can post any and all magjickal stuff that of course "harms none" and we can openly use.....even the dark magjick that balances it all can be posted here.

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The information is for those who haven't started their BOS (Book Of Shadows) yet and really don't know how to go about doing it. Its just a simple guide really; and just secondary info for the rest of us.

A Book Of Shadows,
Book Of Magik, or Magikal Grimoire

What Is A "Book Of Shadows"
Whether it's called a "Book Of Magik", a "Magikal Grimoire", or a "Book Of Shadows", it's important for every witch to create a book of records. These are your personal notes, a diary of your spiritual or magikal experiences. A book to record your dreams, interpretations, aspirations and affirmations.

In a simplified definition, it is a book kept and used by a witch to record research, thoughts, experiences and spiritual information, such as spells, incantations, potions and so on.
The Shadow's History
As with all spiritual texts, there is large debate about where and how magikal grimoires came into use. Some say they were prevalent during the middle ages, written only in Runic alphabets to hide their magikal meanings. Some say the witches during the middle ages were illiterate and the books did not come into practice until the 14th or 15th centuries. Even then, Runic alphabets were used to protect the owner from persecution and death if it were found by a witch hunter.

Regardless of where they started, they've had just as many varying names. The Golden Grimoire is one of the more famous mythological versions of a magikal book. It's said to be the Book Of Shadows of Merlin the Magician.

The Great Grimoire is another legendary book, reportedly it contains the spells and incantations of the world's first witch, who received this magikal information from Lucifer (the Angel, not the devil). The Great Grimoire supposedly contained all the secret information about God, including his name of creation. When this name is said backwards, the world becomes undone. Riding the universe of the creature called man and returning the heavens to the Archangels. Unfortunately, many educated scholars believe this legend to be a creation of the Catholic Church during the early 12th century. A mythological tale designed to cast doom and gloom upon those who practiced paganism during that time in history.

The "Book of Light and Shadows" is a term that found popular use during the mid-to-late 1800s in Europe. Just about the same time Alester Crowley began to publicize his many works on the Craft. This title is meant to reflect the spiritual information contained within, as well as, the spells and rituals that are performed at night beneath the moon.

"Grimoire" became a popular label for these personal books during the Victorian era. Many a young woman could be found resting in a park, or flower garden writing thoughts, poems and wishes inside a diary. Upon closer review, you might also find remedies passed down from grand mother to child for various ailments. Elixirs and salves for poison ivy, fevers and more serious ailments such as heart problems or arthritis were often shared amongst family members as well as within tight knit communities. It is from these family recipes and remedies that the term "Kitchen Witch" sprang.

Today the most common label for these personal diaries is a "Book Of Shadows", presumably containing spiritual information and energy that is kept hidden until a witch opens the book and springs forth the words into the light.

It doesn't matter what you chose to call your personal magikal diary. It's just important that you start keeping a record of your research, experiences and magikal information.
Starting Your Book Of Shadows
Start by deciding what kind of book you want to use. A spiral notebook is one favorite method. A three hole binder is another, making it easy to maintain sections for organization. Some people purchase hard cover stationary books at their local book store, making various volumes or collections of magikal information.

Which ever you choose, label the book and set it's purpose and energy from the start. You can record the title on the outside or on the page inside the cover. But it's the first thing you should do. After the title, date the book. Some witches create a new book at the beginning of each magikal year during Samhain. While others use the same book over a period of time until it's full and then they start a new volume. It's up to you which way to date your book, but you should enter a date and if possible a volume reference. This will help keep your books organized over the years.

Next, take some time and think of a personal blessing to record on the first page (or after the title page). The book blessing is done as a dedication to your spiritual growth, you path of learning and protection for the information you'll gain and record within the covers of your book. You might write out the blessing on scrap paper until you get just right and then transfer the blessing to your Book of Shadows.

If you find that the book you've chosen loses it's appeal, or isn't adequate for your needs, don't hesitate in finding a new one. You must feel comfortable and well, attached to your book. This gives the book energy and meaning within your spiritual life. Another example of setting it's intent and importance in your life.
What To Keep In A "Book Of Shadows"
You can record as much information as you want, or stick with a bare minimum. Chose to use it as a daily diary, where all your information is kept. Or you can maintain a couple of different books, separating your daily thoughts into one, research and magikal information into an other, with spells and incantations into a third. It's entirely up to you. But keep in mind, you want your book to be well organized. You want to be able to quickly turn to a particular section and page to find some particular information when needed.

Here's a general list and suggested organization for your personal book.
Book Title and Date
Book Blessing
General Index (make a few sections to help organize your book)
The Sections:
Magikal Rules and Principles
Write down your personal principles, beliefs, and/or magikal rules that you chose to follow and believe in. These are your values of life and spiritual path. They should be created from scratch each time you begin a new book. This way you'll be able to review past volumes and see how much you've grown.
Goals and Aspirations
Write down what your short term goals are. Include a date to achieve the goal and outline a few steps you plan to take in order to reach it. Then write down your long term spiritual aspirations, what you feel you need to work on and how you plan on succeeding. What you would like to achieve and by when.
Dream and Divination Records
This section is for messages you receive through dreams, or some type of divination. Either a reading you've given to yourself, or received from someone else. This is the section where you want to record your personal introspection and interpretations.
Research
Here you can record all the research and particular information you receive along your path. You might consider organizing this into sub-sections in alphabetical order. Astrology, candles, crystals, Gods/Goddess, tarot and timeliness research could be some examples.
Classes & Experiences
Every witch should take a few classes or workshops on topics or subjects that you feel most interested in. Within all classes and workshops, you should receive some type of exercise or "how to" instruction. Record your experiences with these. What you liked, what didn't work and what you'd like to do differently next time.
Spells, Incantations & Prayers
Record the spells, incantations and prayers you find along your spiritual path. Those you like and even those you really dislike. There is a message hidden within words you feel very strongly against, write them down and note that you "dislike this one". Later when you have time, re-read the words and try to find the message hidden within for you.
Rituals & Ceremonies
Plan out your rituals and ceremonies. Record your experiences during or after conducting the event. Include your thoughts about what you liked, what worked well and what you'd like to change next time.
Herbal Remedies and Potions
These are your personal recopies. They can cover various herbology information and recopies to specific potions which are to be used in conjunction with a spell or incantation.
Closing Thoughts
At the end of the year, or once the book is filled, save a few pages for a review and reflection of your book of shadows. Note the goals and aspirations you achieved, the reflections of what you learned during the research and practices you made. End this section with a blessing of thanks and gratitude to all those forces, seen and unseen that helped you along this journey and with the lessons contained within this volume.3

Elements & Their Cardinal Directions

Correspondence
Pagans have been making associations between all sorts of things in life, in spirit, and in nature for thousands of years. Partly because of the belief that all things are connected and interconnected. Therefore it makes sense that some things work together, in a similar manner, in a supportive direction, for a common purpose.Earth, Air, Wind & Fire Tools

We relate color to chakras, candles, stones, energy and elements. But Pagans aren't the only ones who do this. We often think of water as being associated with the color blue. Well that makes sense, we're called the Blue Planet because of the amount of water on the earth. But we humans have a need to make associations of things in order to visualize them, to be creative and make connections. Red is associated with love, black is often associated with death and so on.

In the terms of energy and metaphysical principles, how you feel connected to the energy around you helps you to join forces within nature and spirit, and create what you need or desire. The key to all this, is how YOU feel connected to the energy and the associations you create. I strongly recommend you write down your correspondences and keep them up to date. You want to create a consistency with your workings and maintain a balance. There will always be changes, but that's expected as you live, grow and learn.

Elements
The alchemical traditions associate certain elements of nature to the life of the world or the Divine Universe. In order for life to exist in any form, these four elements must exist. And there are only four elements in life: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.

Alchemy helps to explain the relationships between total creation and the position of the parts which compose it. All parts are created from each other part, without all parts, there is nothingness. Without you, the Universe cannot exist. You, and I and all things seen and unseen are needed to make up what the Divine Universe is.

Another way to put it:
Air feeds fire, fire dies by water, water is contained by earth, and earth creates the air. The cycle is meant to show the interconnection of all things, and the cycle of birth, life, change and transition.

We use the elements in magik as the representations and components of Divine Energy. In this form Magik becomes "the science of energy manipulation" through an exercise to pull in energy (the birth), merge it with our own higher energy (life), mold it to our intent (change) and send it out to manifest as desired (transition).

The Elements - Graphics By SpringwolfThe elements also have their own characteristics or correspondences.
Air
The first element of the alchemical tradition.
Air is the essence of intuition and learning, the element of the nature of the mind.
Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
Represented by: Feathers, Birds, incense, fans, flags, flowing garments and sheer material.
Season: Winter
Color: White
Chakra: Crown

Water
The third element of the alchemical tradition.
Water is the essence of love and fertility, the element of the nature of emotions.
Astrological Signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
Represented by: Water, lavender fragrance, Fish, coral and sponges.
Season: Summer
Color: Blue
Chakra: Thyroid

Fire
The second element of the alchemical tradition.
Fire is the essence of purification and change, the element of the nature of the will.
Astrological Signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Represented by: Fire, candles, lights, dragons and the sun.
Season: Spring
Color: Yellow and Green
Chakra: Adrenals & Solar Plexus

Earth
The fourth element of the alchemical tradition.
Earth is the essence of grounding and stability, the element of the nature of balance.
Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
Represented by: Dirt, sand, sage, Gnomes and goblins, a staff or stake, trees and plants.
Season: Autumn
Color: Red
Chakra: Root

Directions
The Corresponding DirectionsThe Cardinal Directions are another characteristic of the Divine Universe that connects us all with nature and spirit. There are many people, books and websites, that say the Directions are set in stone and this is the way it is. If you deviate from that you're workings are wrong. I really can't relate to this static, set in stone kind of thinking. If one thing we have learned about life and spirit is that it's always changing and moving.

Understanding Directional correspondences is similar to Astrological correspondences. There are things in life that are fixed and others that are malleable (can change). The Elements are some what fixed, but the Directions are malleable. So let's discuss that a little.

Where the elements help establish your connection to the Divine Universe through spiritual energy; the Directions help you establish and balance the connection to the Divine Universe through physical energy. Where you are in the world does matter. And that's what makes Directional correspondences malleable.

This principle allows for change and movement of an individual upon the Earth. Keep in mind the Earth is a big magnetic field. And just like the magnetic field around your physical body. But unlike your body the Earth is really 2 mirrored halves of the same field. What you see in the north hemisphere is a mirror of what you see in the southern hemisphere. And it's that mirror that we must keep in mind.

For instance, what the North means to someone who lives in the Northern hemisphere isn't going to mean the same thing as someone who lives in the Southern hemisphere. Here in the U.S. the north can be associated with winter and cold. The farther north you go, the colder it gets. But that's not true for someone who may life in Australia.

Just as the change in hemisphere alters one's connection, so does their location on a continent. Someone who lives on the east coast of the U.S. may not see their connection to the world in the same way as someone on the west coast. The land mass, bodies of water, climate differences and so on all have an affect on how you connect to and relate to the physical world around you.

Corresponding The Elements & Directions
When you're establishing your connection between elements and directions, you need to sit down and look at the world around YOU and how you relate to it. Is the ocean to your east? Or North? Does the land rise to your West or South? How you sit within the work and it's directions is key to how you work with those directions.

Graphic owned by SpringWolfForget about what others tell you, or what lists you've found online or in a book. For that matter, forget about the lists I have here on Pagan's Path. What matters is what you feel within your being. At some point in your spiritual and magikal life you're going to have to sit down by yourself and decide what you think. And here's your chance to do just that.

Write out what you think the elements are in a poetic verse. For instance.
Air The cold wind blows
Water The warm nurturing waters flow
Fire The warm light of the fire rises
Earth The Great Mother Earth rises

For you, the wind might be warm instead of cold. The waters might be cool instead of warm. What do you "feel" when you think of each element? Does the fire rise or flicker? Does the Earth rise or spread out upon a vast land? Make your own saying and then think about where these elements fit within the cardinal directions of your location.

Is it cold in the North or the South? Does the warm water flow to the South or East? Does the sun represent your fire? If so, when it rises in the East or sets in the West? Does the Earth rise up to greet you in the mountains of the East, West, or maybe some other direction?

These are the things that make you connected to the elements, the directions and the Divine Energy around you. It's not how your friend feels, or your partner thinks, or what your Teacher says is right or wrong. None of those outside forces are going to be there when YOU sit down to do a working or to commune with the Divine world around you. So this is your time to think about where you are, and what you believe. You have the answers within yourself. Just sit down, meditate a little and ask your higher self what goes where and why.

Magik, Spells and Casting

Spelling - Magik, Magick, Magique, Magic
First let's talk about the spelling. Magic, Magick, Magik and Magique have all been used to label the art of energy manipulation. Many people see the difference in spelling as a means to distinguish energy magik from sleight of hand entertainments or stage magic. There is debate about the origin of the use of the "ck" and "k". Some point to the writings of Aliseter Crowley, other suggest the use goes back farther.

The American Heritage Dictionary states the etymology comes from Middle English magik, from Old French magique, from Late Latin magica, from Latin magic, from Greek magik, from feminine of magikos, of the Magi, magical, from magos, magician, magus.

Others try to put forth a more intrinsic meaning behind the use of the 'k'. Pointing to the representations of the k in various areas of study. Such as numerology, chemistry, the bible and so on. In my research, only 3 of these associations really make any sense.
Some suggest the 'k' is used to associate the activity of magik with Numerology. the 'k' being the 11th letter of the alphabet. In numerology 11 is a master number representing illumination.
Some suggest the 'k' is used to associate the activity with Chemistry. 'K' being the symbol of the element kalium or what is commonly known as potassium, a silvery-white metallic element that some associate with the silvery-white cord that attaches the physical body to the spiritual body of a being.
Others suggest the 'k' is used in it's representation of 'Kings" from the Bible. Indicating the supreme or preeminent in a particular group, category, or sphere. Or the perfect, omniscient, omnipotent being; God.

Any of these can be touted as the reason behind the spelling of magik. While others can just decide to use it out of preference to distinguish the activity from stage magic.

What is Magik?
Magik is a method of the direction and use of "psychic energy," those natural but invisible forces which surround all living things, connect all things, and connect us to the Divine Consciousness.

The American Heritage dictionary defines magic/magik as:
The art that purports to control or forecast natural events, effects, or forces by invoking the supernatural.
a. The practice of using charms, spells, or rituals to attempt to produce supernatural effects or control events in nature.
b. The charms, spells, and rituals so used.
A mysterious quality of enchantment: “For me the names of those men breathed the magic of the past” (Max Beerbohm).
Adjective:
Of, relating to, or invoking the supernatural: “stubborn unlaid ghost/That breaks his magic chains at curfew time” (John Milton).
Possessing distinctive qualities that produce unaccountable or baffling effects.

In the world of the occult and metaphysics, Magik is the science of energy manipulation. The ability of a person to tap into the energy around them, manipulate it, form it into an intent and send out to the Divine Universe to manifest.

In many ways a spell is like a prayer. The difference is in the manner in which the energy behind the spell or prayer is used. In a prayer, energy is requested and submitted to a Divine being for manifestation. Leaving it up to "God" to grant the prayer. Where as, magik connects with energy up front, focuses this energy into an intent and sends it out to be manifest. There is no solicitation.

This also means that a spell and the use of magik makes the practitioner accountable for not only the desire, but the creation and manipulation of the energy and the results created by it's manifestation. The Law of Accountability takes precedence. In a prayer, the accountability is held with in the person making the prayer, but the results of that prayer are governed by the Divine force being prayed to.

Positive and Negative Magik
Contrary to popular belief, not all magik is negative. Magik is not like what's seen on TV or in Movies and books. While these can be entertaining, they're not really based on reality. Not all practitioners of Witchcraft practice magik. It's a choice, not a requirement.

Those that do, make choices about how they are going to use their magik. Most focus their energy on personal matters, such as manifesting financial abundance, a good job, good health or even addressing a personal issue that they want to change. Such as to lose weight or stop smoking.

Many traditions within Witchcraft expressly forbid or give strong guidance for practitioners to not use their talents that may cause harm. The Wiccan Rede is a good example of this, as it states "An in it harm none". But not all practitioners are Wiccan and some traditions allow for the use of negative magik.

One thing Witchcraft states is that life is about balance. Some traditions believe that if someone does harm, they deserve to have harm done to them. For instance, a woman who is raped might use magik to harm her attacker and help the police catch him and put him in jail. Some traditions would see this as negative magik, while others might see it as the use of magik for justice.

Spellcraft vs. Witchcraft
There is a difference between spellcraft and Witchcraft. Witchcraft is a belief system, a formalized religion with many traditions and approaches that include the utilization of magik. In this form, magik is used in conjunction with a spiritual focus. In other words, Witchcraft believes that magik is performed when a practitioner connects with a God/Goddess or whatever Divine force one aligns them self with.

Spellcraft is the utilization of magik without a connection to a spiritual belief. Most practitioners of spellcraft are often referred to as Ceremonial Mages and not Witches.

The Witch Label
"Witch" is not specific to any one religion. It's merely a label for a person who practices Magik. "Witch", as a label, can exist in any variety of religions, not just pagan ones.

Christian Witches - are Christians who practice magik. Typically you'll find these folk in central and south America. But they do exist all over the world. They believe in Divine Magik, but they also accept Jesus as their savior and lord. They are devout Christians, who simply also believe in magikal practices.

Additionally, there are also Witches within other Abrahamic religions. The Kabbalah is considered by many to be a book of magik. Followers of the beliefs and lessons in the Kabbalah might refer to themselves as Witches. It's not a common label in the Jewish community. But I have meet a few who prefer this title for their Kabbalah practices.

Born Witches
Being a witch is a choice, not a birth right or predestined path. A person can chose to work with energy upon a path of healing; instead of a path of magik. This choice doesn't make the healer a Witch just because they work with energy. Lighting a candle in church or saying a prayer to Jesus, doesn't make someone a Witch either. The act of consciously working with energy to bring about change in a focused manner within the guidelines of magik is what makes a witch.

There is no witch DNA, or witch chromosome. So it's important to know that no one is 'born a witch' or can claim to be a 'natural witch'. Even people with natural talents must first accept them and then chose to use them. And even then, they must chose how they are to be used and what (if any) spiritual path to use them on. Claiming the title of "witch" does not make one a witch.

The Use Of Magik In Rituals
Magik can be invoked in a manner of different ways. A witch can light a candle and recite an incantation to set forth a specific kind of energy. This form of candle magik is one of the most common rituals used by practioners of Witchcraft.

Magik can be put into a spell or incantation to set the intent of the energy and how it's being created for manifestation. There are many ways to construct a spell, and define what you want. There's no one right or wrong way, there's just the inner intent of the practitioner who tries to do the best they can.

Magik is often used in Ritual or Ceremonies to help a practitioner focus their energy. In these rituals a practitioner might use a varying array of tools to help with that focus. These can be physical tools such as an athame, wand, herbs, crystals and so on. These tools are incorporated into the spell ritual to add energy to the incantation, as well as, help the practitioner further focus their intent into the words and movements performed within the ritual.

Additional Reading
There are many articles on PagansPath that can provide additional reading. You may also review the Magik/Shamanism section menu for additional articles specific to tools, candles, herbs and crystals.

Magikal Tools

 Tools For Ceremony and Ritual
Ceremonial tools are used in every religion and spiritual following. The bells of a Buddhist, lighting candles in a Catholic church, or a golden goblet for ceremonial wine during communion are all perfect examples. Witchcraft has a wide range of symbolic tools depending on the tradition you practice. Modern American sects use a bell to announce a spiritual calling, but this practice is rarely found in ancient Celtic ceremonies for instance.
 
The important thing is to find and use the tools that you feel most comfortable with. Second to that is caring for those tools with the proper respect and reverence they deserve. A ceremonial bowl should be kept clean and carefully stored in your magikal cabinet/closet or on your altar. A magikal closet or cabinet is also a good location for storing you magikal tools. This practice was made popular by 'kitchen witches' in the late 1700s. Tools were often hidden in out of the way, locked, or secret cabinets to protect the owner from being found out as a witch. A deadly practice in those days.
 Starting Your Magikal Closet
Our list of Magikal Tools is not all the tools you need in your magik closet. And we will be adding to this list from time to time. But this is a start of the essentials you may want to include. Not all witches use these tools, or if they do, they may use them for different purposes than we mention here. This is just a list of suggestions and what you might use the tool for.
 
Before you use any tool, it should be Cleansed, Cleared and Consecrated for use.
 
 The Bell
To ring in the beginning and ending of a ceremony or ritual.
 Amulets
To symbolize and connect with specific energies for specific ceremonies. For instance, some witches casting healing spells will wear an amulet made of malachite or emeralds to connect with the green healing energy of the divine forces.
 Atham
To symbolize masculine energy or the God force of the Divine.
 Baskets
Used to present offerings such as rose pedals, sage or tobacco to the spirits.
 Bowls
Used for holding salt, water, oils and other mixtures
 Broom
For decoration, sweeping energy, or a spiritual barrier such as "Jumping The Broom" keeping the negative or unwanted forces out of a space.
 Candles
All colors, shapes and sizes. Different colors will be used for different castings, rituals and ceremonies, so be sure you have a variety of colors available.
 Candle holders
Make your altar interesting for yourself. You may have a particular set of candle holders you like to use for one type of ritual, but you may not feel they are appropriate for another.
 Cauldron
Every witch needs a mixing bowl with which to combine energy and essences of nature.
 Crystals and Gems
Different crystals and gems hold different energies. You may want to keep a variety of crystals in your magik cabinet for various rituals.
 Divination Tools
From a crystal ball, to Runes and Tarot cards. Keep your skills sharp, your mind interested and a variety of divination methods at your finger tips.
 Herbs, dried plants and spices
There are various combinations of herbs, plants and spices that add energy and purpose to your rituals. Learn the various uses and keep your favorites handy.
 Incense
Just like the herbs and spices, incense are used for cleansing, clearing, calling in energies and much more.
 Lighters or matches
Don't get into the midst of a ritual and realize you have no way to light your candles or incense.
 Magik Book {A Grimoire, Book Of Shadows, etc.}
A journal to keep your favorite spells nearby, to record your experiences or simply to write your thoughts and feelings.
 Music and Music Players
Music of various types that bring significant spiritual meaning and energies to your sacred space.
 Pentacles, Pentagrams
Used for various purposes
 Ropes
For making a circle. You might keep various lengths at hand. A five foot rope for making a childrens circle and a 10 foot rope for a private circle are examples.
 Sea Salt
For cleansing objects and using in your ritual ceremonies.
 Statues
Any objects that give you spiritual significance for an altar or ceremonial purpose.
 Stirring Utensils
Glass, copper, or wood, various types, sizes and makes.
 Wands
For projecting your energies to other objects, people or dimensions
 Wooden Boxes
For storing sacred objects, such as a deck of tarot cards or other specially consecrated tools.

Creating Your Personal Altar

Setting Up Your Personal Altar
An altar helps to set your focus for rituals, ceremonies and magik workings. This space should be alive and teaming with energy. In other words, don't use it just for decoration or to display decorative items. Items that are used in each ritual and items that provide you focus and inspiration should be maintained on your altar.

This is your work space and it should be large enough for you to conduct your spiritual work upon. So you don't want to overwhelm your space with unnecessary statues, knickknacks and unused objects.

And lastly, the altar should be geared toward your personal beliefs. This is a spiritual altar and you'll want to honor your beliefs and the Divine energies that are present in you space. If your beliefs are aligned with Celtic practices, give your altar a Celtic feeling. If you work with specific Gods or Goddesses, a statue of the appropriate pantheon you align with is a good thing to maintain in your space.
Sacred Cloth
An altar cloth is also called for. You can use more than one cloth in varying colors and patterns, depending on the work at hand. But consider the use of the cloth before you cover the altar. If you are going to be mixing herbs, or creating spiritual objects such as handmade candles, smudge sticks or spiritual tools, then you want the cloth to be inexpensive and practical. If however, you are conducting a ritual to celebrate a holiday, then you might use a more formal cloth, any thing from crushed velvet to black satin or Victorian lace.

The cloth should reflect your personality, your beliefs and one that you feel comfortable with using. A male Witch for instance, may not want to use Victorian lace when casting spells for compassion, healing or love. Rather he might use something that strikes an essence of romance in his heart such as red silk. Whatever you chose to use, the cloth should be large enough to cover the entire altar and fit the work at hand.
What Should Be On Your Altar
There are items that should be included on your altar:
Candles:
A Ceremonial Candle. This is a general purpose candle used to begin and set the focus of your energy and protection.
A Ritual Candle(s). These are candles that you may want to use within your ritual workings.
A set of bowls to hold any ingredients that might be used in your workings. Personally, I have a set of 4 ceramic colored bowls. Each one represents one of the 4 elements. Such as blue for water, white for air and so on.
A mixing bowl or cauldron to combine your working ingredients in.
A ritual plate or serving plate. I use a flat brass candle holder as a serving dish for offerings. Sometimes these are cakes or cookies that I will share with others who are present. Sometimes it holds a small seedling that I will plant in honor of the GreatSpirits. A serving plate has a wide range of uses and often comes in handy.
A ritual cup or goblet. Wither you share wine or grape juice as part of your workings, a decorative cup adds to the essence of your altar.
A place for your Grimoire or Book of Shadows. Wither you're referring to your book for reference, or to record your experiences, there should be a place for your book. Personally I rarely have room on the altar itself for my Grimoire. But I did find a very sturdy and decorative adjustable podium to hold my book for rituals and workings.
What Can Be On Your Altar
There are many items that you may want to add to your altar based on the workings you're doing. If it's a ceremony for a Sabbat or a ritual for magik work, additional items might be needed to connect or cast your energies. This is just a small list of a few examples:
Magikal Tools
Inspirational Statues. If you feel connected to salamanders, then a small ceramic salamander can decorate your space.
If you like incense with your workings, you'll need to add an incense holder. But you might also add a decorative feather for smudging.
Crystals are also helpful energy conductors.
Types of Altars
An altar can be a permanent table you use in a special room designated for spiritual work. It can be a table you put up and take down after use. You can also find portable altars in various forms and shapes. From briefcase type carrying cases where you can store your altar items, so simple tables you set up and collapse to put away out of sight. There are many sites online that offer altar tables, but don't rule out some enterprising shopping at your local stores.
Preparing Your Space
Before you begin any ritual or ceremony, you should Clear and Cleanse the area where the work is to be done. This is especially true when you're first consecrating your sacred space. You should re-cleanse this area each time you begin a ritual or use of this space, but these later efforts will all be affected by how you first set the intent and use of energy in this space for the first time.

You might also like to review the Blessing A New Altar ritual in the Grimoire section for an idea of how you can set the intent of your new altar space.

Creating Your Sacred Space

Setting Up Your Space
Before any spiritual event can occur, you should create or designate a place that can act as your "Sacred Space". Your personal area where only spiritual work and interaction will be conducted. Once you have designated an area, inside or outside, you will need to cleanse the area, energize it and create a "gateway" for spiritual communication and work.
Selecting A Space
Designate an area in your home or outside where your sacred space will be. This should be a place that is undisturbed by other members of your household. If you don't have the space in your home to designate a room as your spiritual area, then set aside a corner or portion of a room. You can use curtains, an attractive room divider or just a special arrangement of furniture.
If you decide to create a space outside, the same considerations apply. You want this area to be undisturbed by other people. A place where your ritual objects will be safe if you leave them outside.

Decorating Your Space
Decorations add to the "essence" of your spiritual space, but they also server as symbolic reminders and tools for your work. If you have a close affinity to the energy of a particular animal, then add a statue or picture of that animal in your area. If you have a particular connection to a pentacle or medicine wheel, then give that object a prominent location in your space.
Some people like to set all natural materials in their space. A solid wood table and chair(s) with natural fiber coverings and so on. These additional practical items are entirely up to you. But if you feel that natural objects help you connect with the natural forces around you, then add these specific items to your space.

Some things you may want to consider putting in your space are:

Table and at least 1 chair.
A small table for a permanent altar.
Candles of varying color.
Crystals and stones for future rituals.
Incense for cleansing and clearing.
Don't forget the matches.
Any other Magikal Tools you may wish to use.

Preparing Your Space
Before you begin any ritual or ceremony, you should Clear and Cleanse the area where the work is to be done. This is especially true when you're first consecrating your sacred space. You should re-cleanse this area each time you begin a ritual or use of this space, but these later efforts will all be affected by how you first set the intent and use of energy in this space for the first time.
Sacred Clothing
Many practioners will not enter or use their sacred space unless they are cloaked in a special garment created by their own hands and consecrated for spiritual use. This robe is unique and special to each person who desires to honor their beliefs in this fashion. A cloak can be consecrated for specific purposes. So you can have more than one cloak, depending on what type of ritual you will be conducting in your sacred space.

Self clothing isn't the only garments you want to consider for your space. An altar cloth is also called for. You can use more than one cloth in varying colors and patterns, depending on the work at hand. But consider the use of the cloth before you cover the altar. If you are going to be mixing herbs, or creating spiritual objects such as handmade candles, smudge sticks or spiritual tools, then you want the cloth to be inexpensive and practical. If however, you are conducting a ritual to celebrate a holiday, then you might use a more formal cloth, anything from crushed velvet to black satin.

The cloth should reflect your personality, your beliefs and one that you feel comfortable with using. A male Witch for instance, may not use Victorian lace when casting spells for compassion, healing or love. Rather he might use something that strikes an essence of romance in his heart such as red silk. Whatever you chose to use, the cloth should be large enough to cover the entire altar and fit the work at hand.

Spell Construction

Creating Your Own Spell
A spell is nothing more than a verbal expression of your desires, wishes and prayers utilizing Magik. Just as with many prayers, or songs, a spell can be both literary and poetic, or simple and to the point. The trick to casting a good spell, is finding the right way to say it and do it for yourself, not based on what someone else says you should do. In other words, if it doesn't feel right, don't do it.

The best spells are the ones you create yourself. Don't stop reading here just because you don't think you have the talent or creativity to create a good spell. You do! Trust me. You just need to follow a few basic steps and you'll be able to perform some of the most beautiful rituals you can imagine.

The Power Of A Spell
A spell or prayer finds it's energy from you and your connection to the energy of Divine Creation. You bring it to life and put it forth on the breath of the universal wind. Once it comes to life, the energy of your words can grow, evolve and manifest into reality. But first you must find the words that have meaning to you. After all you will be the one casting these words and desires upon the wind, if you don't believe in what they say, how are they going to have the will to come to life?

The power of a spell is like the power of a prayer. It finds it's life within your personal intent, your desire, you need to bring the event into manifestation. Ultimately, a spell finds life through your belief.

Constructing A Spell
There are only 12 simple steps to creating a good spell. Get out your Book of Shadows and favorite pen, then begin your construction.
Before you even think of setting up your ritual space, or gathering your tools, you must think about the design of your ritual and the underlying intent or purpose of the spell.
The first section of your spell is a statement of intent. Clearly define what you wish to accomplish with this spell.
Write out the words you want to recite during the rite, so you don't stumble over your words. Create a simple 4 line verse which explains your desire and intent. The verse can rhyme if you like, but it doesn't have to.
The second verse casts the energy of your intent out to universe for creation.
The last verse defines the reason for the casting. Be it healing, spiritual knowledge, or to share your love.
Here's an example of a love spell:
I set forth my heart and wish,
for a loving honey of a dish.
I send out my desire for love,
upon the divine wings of a dove.
To share my spiritual need and life,
with a precious woman who will be my wife. (if you're a guy)
with honor and respect to be his wife. (if you're a girl).
Here's an example of an employment spell from Patricia Telesco:
My goal is sure,
my need is strong,
help me find where I belong.
To meet my needs,
employment I seek,
bring me success by the end of the week.
If you want to invoke a particular alchemical element, decide which one will best represent and compliment the energy you wish to create. If you need help with the elements, read the Alchemy Of Life posting. Once you've decided which element to utilize, select an object or tool that will best represent that energy in your ritual.
Decide how you will visualize your desire as you recite your spell. My favorite scientist, Albert Einstein, once said "Thought is energy. To create energy, use your imagination". This is the principal behind visualization. Saying the words to your spell at the same time visualizing their creation will add energy to your ritual. Don't skimp on your visualization! You might consider doing this part of your ritual within the frame work of a mini-meditation so that you can fully enjoy your visualization journey.
List out all the items and tools you want to use during your ritual. Candles, stones, matches, music, tape player or recorder, your Book Of Shadows, a pen, and so on. Make a check list so you don't forget anything when you're inside your circle.
If you wish to invoke a deity, decide which one. Chose some symbolic object to represent that deity within the ritual. Write out the words for a prayer or blessing to honor the deity you've chosen.
If you practice the Celtic method of honoring by food, decide what type of food to prepare, how to prepare it and how you will incorporate it within your ritual.
Decide where you will conduct your ritual. Where will depend largely upon your physical resources and environment. Make sure the ritual space is clean, and uncluttered. Make sure the place you choose will provide you with at least 30-60 minutes of privacy. And make sure the ritual space is an area where you feel completely comfortable and at ease in.
The last preparation is to decide the time for your ritual. Timing involves a few considerations. If you are invoking a specific deity, you might determine which time of the day, night, week or even month is best suited for that particular deity. You might even decide to conduct your ritual in conjunction with a particular phase of the moon or location of the sun.

Connecting To Grand Mother Moon

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The Energy Of The Moon
For early pagan cultures, the Moon was often referred to as Grand Mother Moon, watching over Mother Earth and preceding Father Sun across the sky. In ancient cultures, the Moon was seen as the dominate force in the sky. It has been suggested that the common chant at full moon rituals "The Sun becomes The Moon" is based on this perspective. However there's no evidence that ancients chanted this phrase and it's purely a modern invention to denote the cycle of energy. It's also an inaccurate view of how the ancients viewed the the moon in relation to the sun. Today we think of the day/sun as the predominate time period and the night/moon following the day. In ancient cultures, time was governed by lunar calendars and the idea that the new day began as the moon rose.

In this modern chant "The Sun Becomes the Moon", The Sun (the God) shines on Mother Earth giving her light and warmth. Grand Mother Moon shines on her at night and directs her flow of energy (the tides of the ocean and our bodies). In this perspective, the Sun allows the Mother to grow and the Grand Mother provides her with guidance through her life.

Another perspective I've come across is that the Sun represents male energy, which in the pagan world is associated with the Physical world. The Moon represents female energy and the spirit world. The phrase then takes on the meaning that we move through under the Sun and under the moon we discover the spirit.

As with most things in the pagan world, there isn't one symbolic meaning or perspective. Different cultures and societies all put their influence on symbols and come up with their own correspondences.

Even in these early times the connection between feminine spirit and energy and Grand Mother Moon was strong. Each phase of the moon brings with it a special energy for that lunar cycle. Everyone knows the moon affects the tides of the world's oceans, but because we are mostly liquid ourselves, these phases also affect us humans too. This is certainly true for women and their monthly cycles. Statistics have shown the majority of new births occur during the phase of a full moon, adding to the mystic of the Moon's connection to feminine energy.

Today you'll find a majority of pagan groups holding special Full Moon Rituals to honor Grand Mother moon. During these rituals practitioners, including men, bring forth the feminine side of their natures and connect to the energy of Grand Mother Moon. Those natures include compassion, love and nurturing of the spirit, the self and those around you in your life.

Anyone who feels drained from life's stress; high paced activities and demands can often feel run down and zapped of energy. Today it's easy to give compassion and nurturing to others at the expense of our self. This is especially true for women who often looked upon as the dominant nurturing force in a family. Taking a little time to connect to the moon can help restore some of that energy and restore that sense of nurturing the self.

Grand Mother Moon Ritual
You don't have to conduct a full moon ritual to benefit from connecting to Grand Mother Moon and her energies. A personal ritual to revitalize your energies can be just as effective.

A Grand Mother Ritual can be done during any phase of the moon, but during a New or Full phase is best. Simply find a quiet place to sit where you won't be disturbed for about 30 minutes. Light a white or pink candle if you'd like and turn on your favorite meditation music.

As you move your thoughts into a relaxed state imagine a silver cord, like an electrical extension cord, traveling from your solar plexus (where the rib cage meets at the bottom of your chest). See this cord traveling out into space and plugging into the Moon. Visualize Grand Mother Moon sending back pink and white Divine light to energize your spirit and body. Imagine this energy filling your physical being as if filling a glass with light until it is spilling over. When you feel an abundance of energy, sit for a moment and see this light re-energizing your physical strength, nurturing your thoughts and consciousness and filling you with a sense of Divine compassion.

When you're ready to end the meditation, say thank you to Grand Mother Moon. Give her any offerings you may have prepared before hand, then imagine your silver cord unplugging from the moon. Watch your silver cord return to your physical being, getting safely tucked back inside. Give yourself a few moments to reorient yourself to your surroundings. Then go about your day or night with a new sense of positive loving energy about you.

It's a simple meditation ritual that can have a great deal of positive influence over an individuals psyche and perspectives. It often leaves a person feeling relaxed, cared for and uplifted. And sometimes, it can even help a person feel a little closer to that giant glowing orb in the night sky with a smile and comforting spiritual hug.

Connecting To Grand Mother Moon

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The Energy Of The Moon
For early pagan cultures, the Moon was often referred to as Grand Mother Moon, watching over Mother Earth and preceding Father Sun across the sky. In ancient cultures, the Moon was seen as the dominate force in the sky. It has been suggested that the common chant at full moon rituals "The Sun becomes The Moon" is based on this perspective. However there's no evidence that ancients chanted this phrase and it's purely a modern invention to denote the cycle of energy. It's also an inaccurate view of how the ancients viewed the the moon in relation to the sun. Today we think of the day/sun as the predominate time period and the night/moon following the day. In ancient cultures, time was governed by lunar calendars and the idea that the new day began as the moon rose.

In this modern chant "The Sun Becomes the Moon", The Sun (the God) shines on Mother Earth giving her light and warmth. Grand Mother Moon shines on her at night and directs her flow of energy (the tides of the ocean and our bodies). In this perspective, the Sun allows the Mother to grow and the Grand Mother provides her with guidance through her life.

Another perspective I've come across is that the Sun represents male energy, which in the pagan world is associated with the Physical world. The Moon represents female energy and the spirit world. The phrase then takes on the meaning that we move through under the Sun and under the moon we discover the spirit.

As with most things in the pagan world, there isn't one symbolic meaning or perspective. Different cultures and societies all put their influence on symbols and come up with their own correspondences.

Even in these early times the connection between feminine spirit and energy and Grand Mother Moon was strong. Each phase of the moon brings with it a special energy for that lunar cycle. Everyone knows the moon affects the tides of the world's oceans, but because we are mostly liquid ourselves, these phases also affect us humans too. This is certainly true for women and their monthly cycles. Statistics have shown the majority of new births occur during the phase of a full moon, adding to the mystic of the Moon's connection to feminine energy.

Today you'll find a majority of pagan groups holding special Full Moon Rituals to honor Grand Mother moon. During these rituals practitioners, including men, bring forth the feminine side of their natures and connect to the energy of Grand Mother Moon. Those natures include compassion, love and nurturing of the spirit, the self and those around you in your life.

Anyone who feels drained from life's stress; high paced activities and demands can often feel run down and zapped of energy. Today it's easy to give compassion and nurturing to others at the expense of our self. This is especially true for women who often looked upon as the dominant nurturing force in a family. Taking a little time to connect to the moon can help restore some of that energy and restore that sense of nurturing the self.

Grand Mother Moon Ritual
You don't have to conduct a full moon ritual to benefit from connecting to Grand Mother Moon and her energies. A personal ritual to revitalize your energies can be just as effective.

A Grand Mother Ritual can be done during any phase of the moon, but during a New or Full phase is best. Simply find a quiet place to sit where you won't be disturbed for about 30 minutes. Light a white or pink candle if you'd like and turn on your favorite meditation music.

As you move your thoughts into a relaxed state imagine a silver cord, like an electrical extension cord, traveling from your solar plexus (where the rib cage meets at the bottom of your chest). See this cord traveling out into space and plugging into the Moon. Visualize Grand Mother Moon sending back pink and white Divine light to energize your spirit and body. Imagine this energy filling your physical being as if filling a glass with light until it is spilling over. When you feel an abundance of energy, sit for a moment and see this light re-energizing your physical strength, nurturing your thoughts and consciousness and filling you with a sense of Divine compassion.

When you're ready to end the meditation, say thank you to Grand Mother Moon. Give her any offerings you may have prepared before hand, then imagine your silver cord unplugging from the moon. Watch your silver cord return to your physical being, getting safely tucked back inside. Give yourself a few moments to reorient yourself to your surroundings. Then go about your day or night with a new sense of positive loving energy about you.

It's a simple meditation ritual that can have a great deal of positive influence over an individuals psyche and perspectives. It often leaves a person feeling relaxed, cared for and uplifted. And sometimes, it can even help a person feel a little closer to that giant glowing orb in the night sky with a smile and comforting spiritual hug.

Amulets were made primarily for protection.These are stones,herbs,words-or wards,spells,crosses,holy water,pentagrams,hexagram,runes,and even meditation.You don't need to spend money on amulets as these can be homemade items and charging them for protection.

Amulet making is an opportunity for creative expression as well as protection magick.

Protective 'charm'

1 part solomon's seal root

1 part pine needles

1 part elder flower or berry

1 part nettles

1 part St. John's wort

1 piece black tourmaline

Mix the ingredients together and empower the 'charm' talisman in a magick circle. Put it in a black bag and carry it with you for protection.

Nettle is always good to put by your door as it keeps away 'unwanted' guests! LOL!

Your welcome

Brigid Valkyree said:

This was nicely put Sstarfyre,thank you,

Sstarfyre Wiseroot said:

Elements & Their Cardinal Directions

Correspondence
Pagans have been making associations between all sorts of things in life, in spirit, and in nature for thousands of years. Partly because of the belief that all things are connected and interconnected. Therefore it makes sense that some things work together, in a similar manner, in a supportive direction, for a common purpose.Earth, Air, Wind & Fire Tools

We relate color to chakras, candles, stones, energy and elements. But Pagans aren't the only ones who do this. We often think of water as being associated with the color blue. Well that makes sense, we're called the Blue Planet because of the amount of water on the earth. But we humans have a need to make associations of things in order to visualize them, to be creative and make connections. Red is associated with love, black is often associated with death and so on.

In the terms of energy and metaphysical principles, how you feel connected to the energy around you helps you to join forces within nature and spirit, and create what you need or desire. The key to all this, is how YOU feel connected to the energy and the associations you create. I strongly recommend you write down your correspondences and keep them up to date. You want to create a consistency with your workings and maintain a balance. There will always be changes, but that's expected as you live, grow and learn.

Elements
The alchemical traditions associate certain elements of nature to the life of the world or the Divine Universe. In order for life to exist in any form, these four elements must exist. And there are only four elements in life: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.

Alchemy helps to explain the relationships between total creation and the position of the parts which compose it. All parts are created from each other part, without all parts, there is nothingness. Without you, the Universe cannot exist. You, and I and all things seen and unseen are needed to make up what the Divine Universe is.

Another way to put it:
Air feeds fire, fire dies by water, water is contained by earth, and earth creates the air. The cycle is meant to show the interconnection of all things, and the cycle of birth, life, change and transition.

We use the elements in magik as the representations and components of Divine Energy. In this form Magik becomes "the science of energy manipulation" through an exercise to pull in energy (the birth), merge it with our own higher energy (life), mold it to our intent (change) and send it out to manifest as desired (transition).

The Elements - Graphics By SpringwolfThe elements also have their own characteristics or correspondences.
Air
The first element of the alchemical tradition.
Air is the essence of intuition and learning, the element of the nature of the mind.
Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
Represented by: Feathers, Birds, incense, fans, flags, flowing garments and sheer material.
Season: Winter
Color: White
Chakra: Crown

Water
The third element of the alchemical tradition.
Water is the essence of love and fertility, the element of the nature of emotions.
Astrological Signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
Represented by: Water, lavender fragrance, Fish, coral and sponges.
Season: Summer
Color: Blue
Chakra: Thyroid

Fire
The second element of the alchemical tradition.
Fire is the essence of purification and change, the element of the nature of the will.
Astrological Signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Represented by: Fire, candles, lights, dragons and the sun.
Season: Spring
Color: Yellow and Green
Chakra: Adrenals & Solar Plexus

Earth
The fourth element of the alchemical tradition.
Earth is the essence of grounding and stability, the element of the nature of balance.
Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
Represented by: Dirt, sand, sage, Gnomes and goblins, a staff or stake, trees and plants.
Season: Autumn
Color: Red
Chakra: Root

Directions
The Corresponding DirectionsThe Cardinal Directions are another characteristic of the Divine Universe that connects us all with nature and spirit. There are many people, books and websites, that say the Directions are set in stone and this is the way it is. If you deviate from that you're workings are wrong. I really can't relate to this static, set in stone kind of thinking. If one thing we have learned about life and spirit is that it's always changing and moving.

Understanding Directional correspondences is similar to Astrological correspondences. There are things in life that are fixed and others that are malleable (can change). The Elements are some what fixed, but the Directions are malleable. So let's discuss that a little.

Where the elements help establish your connection to the Divine Universe through spiritual energy; the Directions help you establish and balance the connection to the Divine Universe through physical energy. Where you are in the world does matter. And that's what makes Directional correspondences malleable.

This principle allows for change and movement of an individual upon the Earth. Keep in mind the Earth is a big magnetic field. And just like the magnetic field around your physical body. But unlike your body the Earth is really 2 mirrored halves of the same field. What you see in the north hemisphere is a mirror of what you see in the southern hemisphere. And it's that mirror that we must keep in mind.

For instance, what the North means to someone who lives in the Northern hemisphere isn't going to mean the same thing as someone who lives in the Southern hemisphere. Here in the U.S. the north can be associated with winter and cold. The farther north you go, the colder it gets. But that's not true for someone who may life in Australia.

Just as the change in hemisphere alters one's connection, so does their location on a continent. Someone who lives on the east coast of the U.S. may not see their connection to the world in the same way as someone on the west coast. The land mass, bodies of water, climate differences and so on all have an affect on how you connect to and relate to the physical world around you.

Corresponding The Elements & Directions
When you're establishing your connection between elements and directions, you need to sit down and look at the world around YOU and how you relate to it. Is the ocean to your east? Or North? Does the land rise to your West or South? How you sit within the work and it's directions is key to how you work with those directions.

Graphic owned by SpringWolfForget about what others tell you, or what lists you've found online or in a book. For that matter, forget about the lists I have here on Pagan's Path. What matters is what you feel within your being. At some point in your spiritual and magikal life you're going to have to sit down by yourself and decide what you think. And here's your chance to do just that.

Write out what you think the elements are in a poetic verse. For instance.
Air The cold wind blows
Water The warm nurturing waters flow
Fire The warm light of the fire rises
Earth The Great Mother Earth rises

For you, the wind might be warm instead of cold. The waters might be cool instead of warm. What do you "feel" when you think of each element? Does the fire rise or flicker? Does the Earth rise or spread out upon a vast land? Make your own saying and then think about where these elements fit within the cardinal directions of your location.

Is it cold in the North or the South? Does the warm water flow to the South or East? Does the sun represent your fire? If so, when it rises in the East or sets in the West? Does the Earth rise up to greet you in the mountains of the East, West, or maybe some other direction?

These are the things that make you connected to the elements, the directions and the Divine Energy around you. It's not how your friend feels, or your partner thinks, or what your Teacher says is right or wrong. None of those outside forces are going to be there when YOU sit down to do a working or to commune with the Divine world around you. So this is your time to think about where you are, and what you believe. You have the answers within yourself. Just sit down, meditate a little and ask your higher self what goes where and why.

Stone Energy

 Where Do Crystals Come From
The word crystal comes from the Greek word krystallos, meaning clear ice. It was thought to be a solid form of water. But crystals are are formed when atoms, molecules or irons are packed under pressure. Crystals start growing by a process called "nucleation". Nucleation can either start with the molecules themselves which is called unassisted nucleation, or with the help of some solid matter already in the solution, this is called assisted nucleation.
 
Unassisted nucleation occurs when molecules are bumping into each other all the time in soil. From rain, rivers, composting of natural materials, nature is always moving. Most of the time molecules join together, have a nice visit and then break apart. But once in a while they stick together and attract other molecules. These aggregates can create what's known as a protocrystal, sort of like a 'love-in' that generates the material of what could be called a 'pre-crystal'.
 
When protocrystalization occurs, other molecules are attracted to it. Eventually the whole thing reaches a critical mass and the protocrystal can no longer remain 'dissolved'. When this happens solute molecules begin to grow into a solid. These solute molecules continue growing on the surface of the solid and it keeps getting bigger and tada a crystal is formed.
 
The same process occurs in assisted nucleation except that when the molecules meet, they do so on a solid surface, such as a stone or brick. Kind of like a party zone, the molecules encounter the surface of the solid and it adsorbs to it. It hangs out and parties for a certain period of time, until other randomizing events knock it off. When this happens solute molecules adsorb and aggregate on the surface and the protocrystal forms. From there the growth occurs in the same manner as it does in unassisted nucleation.
 
 Why Are Crystals Energized
All that bumping and playing together creates a lot of energy within the crystal itself. As with any living organism, a crystal creates an energy pattern. Energy has form, sound, color and movement or what metaphysical people call vibration. When utilized with other energy sources, crystals can act as an amplifier. You might think of a quartz watch as a good example.
 
The property that makes a crystal function as an electronic miracle occurs is compressed or bending. When this occurs, a crystal generates a charge or voltage on its surface. This is a fairly common phenomenon called the Piezoelectric effect. In the same way, if a voltage is applied, quartz will bend or change its shape very slightly. The electronics of a watch initially amplifies the noise at the crystal frequency. This builds into oscillation which starts the crystal ringing. This vibration gets transmitted to the circuits of the watch. The battery of a watch sends a constant charge through the crystal, which releases it at such a precise rate it helps the watch keep a very precise and perfect time.
 
You and everything else in this world are made up of electromagnetic energy. By holding a crystal your electrical impulses interact with the crystal creating this same type of Piezoelectric effect. The crystal begins to vibrate and the energy it creates can be transmitted to your own internal energy circuits.
 
Some say that the crystal itself is not energized, but when stimulated by an external electromagnetic field, oscillates and creates a vibration that can be generated and directed. Others suggest that the crystal holds it's own energy field and when connected to another energy field (such as a physical body) it can stimulate and enhance the similar energy pattern. Much like the molecules that attract other molecules, a formed crystal attracts other energy that it resembles.
 
Personally I'm of the mind that crystals, much like those used in a watch, need electrical interaction to bend or charge the crystal. The electromagnetic field around your body, generates this reaction when it comes in contact with a crystal.
 
 Crystals Energy
All forms of energy have similar characteristics. A color, a vibration which in turn generates a frequency or sound. Because different types of crystals have different densities, each type of crystal will vibrate at different frequencies, thus creating different energy signatures.
 
You can keep a crystal in your pocket, or wear it as a charm to help stimulate that particular energy needed. For instance, someone who is healing from a loss, may want to carry a Rose Quartz crystal with them to help stimulate healing of the heart.
 
Crystals can also be used in spiritual rituals or healing in a similar manner. You can also place them around your meditation space to promote inner peace, and stimulate connection to spirit. Or to amplify Divine energy coming into your space or being sent out from your space; such as during a healing circle.
 
The following is a short list of the most common crystals utilized in metaphysical practices, along with their associated physical connection and what they're used for.
 
Stone Supports & Their Uses
Stone Physical Association Used For
Adventurine Heart Green 
For inner peace and soothing of the emotions. Used for the heart and heartaches. For the acceptance of ones self and of others.
Agate Solar Plexus and Heart Varied 
Compels the truth. Promotes good manners, happiness, intelligence, prosperity, longevity, fertility and good health. Affects the stomach, throat and heart.
Amethyst Crown Violet 
Calming, grounding, a cleanser and spiritual stimulator. Balances the yin yang energies, strengthens the heart, cleanses the liver of toxins and is excellent for lung problems.
Azurite Malachite Heart and Crown Blue/Green 
All purpose healing stone. Effects the etheric body, parathyroid glands, optic 3rd eye nerve, spleen, and pancreas. Used to release repressed emotions and for physical detoxing.
Bloodstone Root Green/Red 
Offers courage, endurance and harmony. Used to stop bleeding and for iron deficiency in the blood. Helps in making decisions, for moving Kundalini energy and to invoke peace in all who are drawn to it.
 Bronzite Crown
Brown
Offers mental clarity and protection against mental disease. Used to provide clear thought.
Chrysoprase Solar Plexus and Heart Green 
Has a quality of compassion and a capacity for fine attunement. Works on the solar plexus and heart areas to soothe emotions. Will help to tranquilize many forms of hysteria and neurosis. Also used to absorb or deflect unwanted energies.
Citrine Solar Plexus Golden 
Generates radiant happy vibrations. Helps thoughts to be clear and emotions controlled. Raises thinking to intuitive levels. On a physical level it can be used to help eliminate toxins from the colon, gall bladder, kidneys and entire eliminative system.
Diamonds Crown Clear White, Blue, Chocolate, Yellow
Diamonds are the hardest stones known to man. They represent resilience, endurance, hard work and fortitude. They are the stone of commitment and add all this in support to any other stones that surround them.
Emeralds Heart Light to Dark Green
The healing stone. Emeralds bring healing energy from the heart with compassion to all situations. Because of this global energy for healing it can be worn to promote emotional and physical balance, happiness, health, psychic and mental clarity and communication.
Fluorite Crown and 3rd eye Clear, Blue, Purple 
Multi dimensional stone. Balances and integrates lower (human) self with higher (spiritual) self. Good for meditation over 3rd eye chakra. Works well with virulent diseases.
Garnet Root Red 
Stimulates happiness, peace, balance, patience, inspiration and persistence. Good for re birthing, menstruation and life passages. Also can be used for blood disorders, fertility and eases arthritis pain.
Hematite Root Gray, Black 
A very grounding stone. Very cooling to the physical body. Uses for fevers, alleviates worry and anxiety as it allows for mental clarity. Often known as the "worry stone".
Herkimer "Diamond" Crown Clear 
Very balancing, is a special variety of quartz crystal. Works with the yin yang energies. Often known as the "Dream Crystal". Aids in bringing teachings of the dream state into conscious awareness, very highly attuned spiritually.
Kyanite Crown and 3rd eye Blue, Black 
Aligns all chakras; if so directed can open chakras. Dispels frustration and anger. Excellent attunement stone, good for meditation. Aids in past life regressions.
Lapus Lazuli Throat and 3rd Eye Blue 
When used over the 3rd eye chakra, it can assist in opening and clarifying inner visions. Provides strength, vitality and self assurance. Used for disorders of the throat, heart, spleen, blood, and skin. It can also counter effects of stroke and epilepsy. It is also good for dream work.
Lithium Crown and Solar Plexus Lavender, with pink Tourmaline
Good preparatory stone for inner spiritual work. Helps to reduce stress and ease depression. Relates to cycles of birth and death and eases transitions. On physical level, helps with digestion.
Moonstone Crown Chakra White Pastel
Stimulates the pituitary gland (or 3rd eye) and assists in stimulating the "feeling" or intuitive energies. Has a very calming effect on the emotions. Eases menstrual pain, alleviates many degenerative conditions in the skin, hair, eyes and body fluids.
Obsidian Crown Chakra Black snowflake 
Used to sharpen both the internal and external visions. One of the most important "teachers" of the New Age stones. Teaches one the truth of oneself in relation to their ego. Depicts the contrasts of life; day and night, darkness and light, truth and error.
Peridot Heart brow Green Yellow / Green 
Used for protection, prosperity, happiness and emotional calming. It can purify and balance. Promotes digestion, eases ailments in the digestive system.
Phantom All Clear Red, or Yellow 
Very powerful tool for the New Age. Used to ground and center while attuning to higher spiritual energies. In healing work used to disperse congested energies.
Pyrite Solar Plexus Gold 
Has a very protecting, shielding aspect which works on the physical, mental, and emotional levels. Shields one from many forms of negative energy. Strengthens circulatory system and clears oxygen in the blood.
Quartz Trans personal point Clear 
All purpose, all healing. Amplifies thought forms, transmutes energy and forms protective shield around ones aura field. Excellent for a meditation stone, color work, aura work and is very energizing.
Irradiated Quartz All Very Black 
Absorbs all forms of negative energy. Can be placed on or near electrical equipment to absorb harmful energies. Ie: T.V., micro wave, computers.
Rose Quartz Heart Pink 
Comforts heart from all wounds and helps heal emotional pain. Enhances love, self love, positive outlook, joy and oneness. Good for the heart, throat, ears, nose, sinuses, kidneys, and hypertension.
Sapphire Heart and Solar Plexus Blue
The Sapphire of heavenly blue signifies the height of celestial hope and faith. It brings Divine protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It promotes the path of spiritual searching within and upon one's own path.
Smoky Quartz Root and Solar Plexus Black, Gray 
Eases depression, fear and panic. Clears the aura, and is very grounding. Enhances positive attitudes, and tranquilizes. Works well with root chakra to release negative blocks, both emotional and physical. Used for menstrual cramps, intestines, stomach and digestion.
Topaz Solar Plexus Yellow 
Draws negativity from chakras. Protects against insomnia and depression. Mood elevator, revitalized, very stimulating to the creative thinking processes. Eases the transition of death.
Tourmaline Root and heart Varied 
Works as a protective shield. Transforms and consumes negative energy without releasing it into the atmosphere. Has to do with visions and "seeing" with compassion. Good for the eyes, teaches to expand limited concepts of thinking. Relates to aspirations for higher love. This is a very complete stone.
Turquoise Heart and Throat Aqua 
Known as the "Sky Stone". Is excellent for spiritual attunement, healing of the energy centers and the physical body. Valuable for grounding as well as for vision quests and astral travel. Purifies all levels of being and is capable of handling strong negativity. Also used for wounds and for damage to bones.

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