Leaving the Past

This is a poem spell to keep the pain of the past in the past.

 

On the outside looking in

the Hell of Past is continuing

I see what I’ve been

Where I am going

I’ve left you within

The circle of flames

burnt to a sin

You are stretched across

a shallow grave

Ashes blowing in the wind

 

No more will you be tormenting

no more will you leave me hurting

No more will you be absorbing

The Chaos

The confusion

The identity

 

I have bound and burned

the skin you used to cut

the heart you used to eat

the mind you used to fuck

 

The pain

The fire

The rebirth

Return to earth

the control I gave

the feelings of you

I forsake!

within these words

within myself

Strenght I take!

So mote it Be!

 

Written by Kaylus the Grey

Reading a bit of Mankey

No, I am not talking about the Mankey that stole Ash’s hat in the early episodes of Pokemon. I acquired a copy of Jason Mankey‘s The Witches Athame this past week.  As a Pagan of twenty plus years, I already knew what and how to use an Athame but that never stops me from reading new and old books. This book is just a year old and packs a good bit of information for its small size and young age. In all my years I never delved into the history of this particular tool. After reading this book, I now know a considerable bit more about the early references and uses of the Athame in witchcraft. The first half of this pocket book is dedicated to the history of the Athame and of ritual blades. A good 80% of the history is new information I have not come across. That in and of itself is something, because I have read lots of pagan 101 books.

The book also offers personal accounts from the Author and a few other notable Pagans. It is a great introduction to Athame rituals and uses in Wiccan practices. The second part of the book contains the uses and rituals for an Athame. If you want to make your own, the book covers the different materials and a few methods of making your own.

All in all this was an entertaining and surprising informative read. So if you have a quiet evening with nothing on your agenda, pick this book up and settled down for a couple hours. you will not be disappointed. Maybe you will but reading is good for the soul!

Until Next time, May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

 

Prayer Beads

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Growing up in America, specifically a Roman Catholic dominated area, I was exposed to rosaries. I still have the one gifted to me for my first holy communion. It is still in the white purse with the never opened prayer book and a saint card, sitting in the attic of my childhood home. My parents where paper Catholics as adults and they attempted to pass Catholicism onto myself and my sister.  I never took to it, though I do use some of the practices, like candle burning, incense, and now prayer beads.  Yes, I know these are all common to a lot of religions not just the domain of Catholicism.

It took many years to be comfortable with prayer beads. I always associated it with being Catholic, not pagan. After reading and learning about history and different religions I came to understand that it is another practice widely used in many religions.

Why would a Pagan, or a Witch use prayer beads? My answer is to create the right atmosphere for your mind to practice magik, receive messages, or to calm your mind. Using a set of prayer beads to put your mind on magik is easy. Before you do any work, grab your prayer beads get comfortable. Stat with holding a bead, then thank each deity, spirit, entity that you work with. If you only have one that you work with, start by thanking that diety. you can then move on to naming all the epithets they may have, listing accomplishments they have, or thank them for the gifts they have given you.

If you have several ingredients in a spell, you may also use your prayer beads to focus on the aspect of each of the ingredients needed for your work. For example, a love spell is what you are going to do today and you are using red candles, rose petals, jasmine incense. You may use just four beads of your prayer beads to focus on each ingredient. Pray to each ingredient, seeing each, feeling each becoming that ingredient for the time period spent holding a bead.  Some people may find this redundant, as they do this already when they do their work. That is ok. Others may find this as a useful key to unlocking greater efficacy of personal work.

How does one make prayer beads? The method is easy.

1. Decide on the number of beads in a set.

2. Decide on the number of sets.

3. Acquire beads and material to string them together.

The colors and types of beads may also be a consideration. In the picture at the beginning of this article is my homemade prayer beads. I chose to keep the traditional number of 5 sets for a rosary, however, I use seven beads and not ten normally used.  The skulls where a bead I liked and I found hematite separator beads to go in between the sets of skull beads. I could not find a suitable metal pendant and had to make my own using a bottle cap. The Santa Muerte pendant was ordered from Frater Setnakh.
Prayer bead may be as simple as a strand of beads, they do not need to emulate any other template. The most important thing is to make it work for you.

Until Next Time,

May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting Rune Sets

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Today I am discussing how to make a rune set out of materials that are not traditional materials.  I have a love of runes that runs deep into my spiritual path. Ever since I first picked up that Big Blue Book 20 years ago, those magick sigils have not left me. I have experimented with store-bought sets, both rock and wood types. I have attempted to created wooden ones( wood crafter I am not).  I have made clay ones, pictured above. Although the most striking set I have made, they clay set did not hold up to repeated use.

Why should you make your own set? Why aren’t purchased sets good? Will a gifted set work? These are all great questions with answers that are different to each person and their set of circumstances. For me creating my own brings me closer to their mystery. That may not be answer suited to your life. You have different priorities than I that do not leave you with time to craft. You may actually dislike crafting. That is fine, it is your path you are walking, own it! Spend time deciding why you want to make your own set versus acquiring a set through the various means available.

Making your own set lets birth yourself into them in ways different than a purchased or gifted set. Those different ways maybe exactly what you need in your life at that time.

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My preferred material of recent years are glass gems. They are available in many colors and sizes. You may buy them box stores to craft stores, to thrift stores, and yard sales. You may find on the sides of streets. They are ubiquitous.

I use acrylic paint to put the runes on each gem. It takes a few coats, and some practice to get the desired result. I also paint the bottom to prevent seeing what rune is on the face. In some readings I do I lay them face down and run my finger over them, other times I pull some out of the cloth, and others times I throw them.

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The one on the right was a new experiment, I tried using mod podge to seal the paint. It did not turn out very well. I use a clear polyurethane spray to seal them.  Once they are dry, I prepare them for use. The preparation is different for each person. The most important thing to remember is, Do what comes naturally from your intuition!

You maybe wondering what to keep them in once they are crafted. I keep mine in a fat quarter.

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It takes me about a day to finish the set, that is with dry time, and final preparation.

Until Next Time,

May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.