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Monday, October 31, 2005

A Traditional Samhain Ritual

Place upon the altar apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes and other late autumn fruits. Autumn flowers such as marigolds and chrysanthemums are fine too. Write on a piece of paper an aspect of your life which you wish to be free of: anger, a baneful habit, misplaced feelings, disease. The cauldron or some similar tool must be present before the altar as well, on a trivet or some other heat-proof surface (if the legs aren’t long enough). A small, flat dish marked with an eight-spoked wheel symbol should also be there.

Prior to the ritual, sit quietly and think of friends and loved ones who have passed away. Do not despair. Know that they have gone on to greater things. Keep firmly in mind that the physical isn’t the absolute reality, and that souls never die.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.

Recite the Blessing Chant.

Invoke the Goddess and God.

Lift one of the pomegranates and, with your freshly-washed white-handled knife, pierce the skin of the fruit. Remove several seeds and place them on the wheel-marked dish. Raise your wand, face the altar and say:

On this night of Samhain I mark your passing,
O Sun King, through the sunset into the Land of the Young.
I mark also the passing of all who have gone before,
and all who will go after. O Gracious Goddess,
Eternal Mother, You who gives birth to the fallen,
teach me to know that in the time of the greatest
darkness there is the greatest light.

Taste the pomegranate seeds; burst them with your teeth and savour their, bittersweet flavour. Look down at the eight-spooked symbol on the plate; the wheel of the year, the cycle of the seasons, the end and beginning of all creation.

Light a fire within the cauldron (a candle is fine). Sit before it holding the piece of paper, gazing at its flames. Say:

Wise One of the Waning Moon,
Goddess of the starry night,
I create this fire within your cauldron
to transform that which is plaguing me.
May the energies be reversed:
From darkness, light!
From bane, good!
From death, birth!

Light the paper in the cauldron’s flame and drop it inside. As it burns, know that your ill diminishes, lessens and finally leaves you as it is consumed within the universal fires.

If you wish, you may attempt scrying or some other form of divination, for this is a perfect time to look into the past or future. Try to recall past lives too, if you will. But leave the dead in peace. Honour them with your memories but do not call them to you. Release any pain and sense of loos you may feel into the cauldron’s flames.

Works of magic, if necessary, may follow.

Celebrate the Simple Feast.

The circle is released.

Samhain Lore
It is traditional on Samhain night to leave a plate of food outside the home of the souls of the dead. A candle placed in the window guides them to the lands of eternal summer, and burying apples in the hard-packed earth "feeds" the passed ones on their journey.

For food, beets, turnips, apples, corn, nuts, gingerbread, cider, mulled wines and pumpkin dishes are appropriate, as are meat dishes.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Police Officers in Ohio Trained in Occult Crimes

While admitting that all occult activities are not criminal, police officers in Columbus, Ohio, are being trained to identify and investigate occult and religious crimes. Some experts believe those crimes are on the rise. The officers are being trained by the same woman who was called as an expert ritual crimes investigator in the New Orleans satanic child sex abuse case that had ties in Columbus. Among the items shown in the training were voodoo items, dead animals, upside-down crosses, black candles, the Necronomicon, and Enochian writings. Basically, your typical bag of clichés. The expert is currently working on two ritual murder cases in Ohio. Full Story

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Quickie Samhain (Halloween) Spells

Samhain Love Spell

Think of all the things you wish for in a mate. Write them down on a piece of paper. Place some dragon's blood powder or some resin in the middle of the paper and fold it over. Toss the paper in a fire on Halloween.

Samhain Protection Spell

During the period of Samhain, the time when the world of the living is closest to the world of the dead, it is often a good idea to make offerings to the spirits to keep them from doing harm. Traditionally on Halloween night, gifts of milk and barley are left out beneath the stars to aquire the blessings of ghosts and prevent them from harming your household.

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Astrology Considered a Scientific Theory

While the debate over struggles on, a recent court revealed that there's a lot more on trial that ID. , for example, would be considered a scientific theory if judged by the same criteria used by a well-known advocate of Intelligent Design to justify his claim that ID is science, a landmark US trial heard on Tuesday. Under cross examination, an ID proponent and biochemist at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, admitted his definition of “theory” was so broad it would also include astrology. He believes that scientists use the term theory much more loosely than the strict US National Academy of Sciences definition calls for. If the term was defined as scientists actually use it, he claims, ID and astrology would be considered scientific theories. Full Story

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Christian Leaders Remix Halloween Activities

Many Christian church leaders are urging parents to not let their children participate in traditional Halloween celebrations this year, instead repurposing Halloween as a celebration of "good" and "light" and having alternative church parties with that theme. As an example, one pastor in the United Kingdom believes that Halloween festivities can often introduce impressionable children to the world of dangerous beliefs and practices and people should be using October 31 to celebrate goodness and light instead of evil. He is hosting the "Amazing Light Party" at his church on Halloween night. "As a church we take a pretty firm view on Hallowe'en and we think it is dangerous and destructive for children to be involved in trick or treating and dressing up as vampires and ghouls," he said. Full Story Here at Simple Magick, we are left wondering this: If the original pagan celebration of Samhain was created to honor the dead, and later repurposed by Christians as All Hallow's Eve - a day to honor dead Christian saints - why the new spin to adapt Halloween to Christianity? Wasn't that the idea behind All Hallow's Eve?

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Success And Prosperity Talisman

During the waxing moon, or the full moon, place a cauldron upon a hand drawn pentacle drawn in the dirt. Inside the caudron place a small dish. Upon the dish, sprinkle some cinnamon and cedar chips. Place three silver coins in front of the cauldron and place a wand next to them. You are now ready to begin.

For each coin, tap them with the wand and say the following words, to be repeated three times, once upon each coin tap:

"Silvery moon, silvery coins
Bring me wealth from your loins.
Upon my word and upon the Moon,
Bring me wealth, bring me a boon."

Lay the coins upon the dish of cinnamon and cedar while visualizing great wealth coming your way. With your wand stir the air in the cauldron clockwise seven times, each time chanting the following words:

"Herbs of success charge this silver
To bring me the prosperity that you can deliver.
Bring me wealth, all that I can hold,
Fill my coffers with silver and gold."

Remove the coins from the cauldron and place them in a brown or green talisman bag along with the herbs. Leave this bag out in the moonlight for an entire night. Carry the bag with you at all times if possible. If not practical to carry it with you, place it next to your bed in a location where you will see it each night.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Anne Rice's New Novel a Bit Different

Soon Anne Rice, the famous chronicler of , modern and - under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure - of soft-core S&M encounters, will publish "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt," a novel about the 7-year-old Jesus, narrated by Christ himself. "I promised," she says, "that from now on I would write only for the Lord." Many say this is the most startling public turnaround since Bob Dylan's "Slow Train Coming" announced that he'd been born again. After 25 novels in 25 years, Rice, 64, hasn't published a book since 2003's "Blood Canticle," the tenth volume of her best-selling vampire series. The author came close to death last year, when she had surgery for an intestinal blockage, and also back in 1998, when she went into a sudden diabetic coma, that same year she returned to the Roman Catholic Church, which she'd left at 18. Stan Rice, her husband of 41 years, died of a brain tumor in 2002. Many believe these recent tradgedies in her life led to the new material. Full Story

Monday, October 24, 2005

True Paranormal News Stories

To help generate some interest for the new Simple Magick Magazine, we've asked our friends over at our favorite paranormal site, Paranormal Magazine, to show us some love and link to us. They graciously agreed. Paranormal Magazine is a good source for true stories of the strange and unexplained, sort of like the real X-Files. From their description: "The Paranormal Magazine is your guide to exploring phenomena and the unexplained, including , abilities, , earth mysteries, and many more bizarre occurrences." - Paranormal Magazine

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Statue of Constantine's Head Found In Sewer

A 1,700-year-old carved marble head of Emperor Constantine has been found in a sewer in central Rome recently. Archaeologists found the 60cm (2ft) head while clearing an ancient drainage system in the ruins of the Roman Forum. Constantine, who reigned from 306 to 337, is known for ending persecution of Christians and founding Constantinople. Although most of his subjects remained , he is credited with helping to establish Europe's Christian roots by proclaiming religious freedom. "We have concluded that the head did not fall by accident into the passage, but was put there on purpose," an archaeologist said. "It could have been used as a big piece of stone to divert water from the drain, or it could have been put there to symbolise the resentment of a people for their Christian emperor." Full Story

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Wal-Mart Goes Wicca with New Inventory

The retail giant, Wal-Mart, has recently rolled out over 100 items for that can now be found in many of their stores. Most of these items are books, including The Everything Wicca and Book: Unlock the Secrets of Ancient , , Blessings and Sacred Objects; The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca and Neo-Paganism; and The Wicca Bible: The Definitive Guide to Magic and the Craft. There is only one anti-Wicca book, Protecting Your Teen from Today’s Witchcraft: A Parent’s Guide to Confronting Wicca and the . The full story can be found here, but read the article with a grain of salt. The reporter is obviously not into Wicca.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Invisibility Spell

While this spell may not make you actually invisible, it is designed to at least make you go unnoticed.

Begin by creating a mental picture of a black ball suspended in the air around you. As you hold this image in your mind's eye, picture the ball increasing in size so that it totally envelopes your entire body. Imagine that the outside edges of the black ball are bluring the colors around you and drawing them into the ball. Continue this visualization until your entire surroundings have gone gray and are completely devoid of color.

Continue to hold this image in your mind's eye as you move about and you will go unnoticed. This is a very difficult spell to master as it requires great concentration. Do not be discouraged if it doesn't work the first time. Practice makes perfect.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Home Protection Spell Bottle

Find an apothecary bottle or jar that has a lid (an empty candle jar with a cork lid or a canning jar will suffice) and add to it the following botanicals while visualizing your home bathed in a warm protecting energy:

1/4 to 1 cup salt
1 clove garlic
3 bay leaves
7 tsp. dried basil
4 tsp. dill seeds
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. anise
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. fennel

Mix the ingredients well and then seal the jar with white candle wax on a sunny day while you say the following words:

"Spices that protect
Guard my home with energy
As bright as the sun"

Place the jar in a prominent spot in your home and it will protect the home and all within from negative influences, creating a peaceful sanctuary.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Covens and Solitary Witches

One of the biggest questions in or spiritual practice is whether to participate in a group or pursue such matters on one’s own. Whether you decide to be part of a coven (a group) or decide to be a lone practitioner (often called a ‘solitary witch’), either option has pros and cons. Read More

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Samhain Incense Powder

To create an incense to be used in Samhain (Halloween) rituals and spells, combine the following finely crushed dried herbs:

2 tsp Nettles
2 tsp Bayleaf
2 tsp Calendula
2 tsp Sage
2 tsp Tarragon
2 tsp Oak Leaf

To this powder, add 2 drops Frankincense and 2 drops Myrrh oil to create the incense.

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Hospital Refuses to Accept Donations from Wiccans

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital decided it wants no part of a group’s festival. The hospital sent a letter to the Secret Garden Coven demanding it stop listing St. Jude as the beneficiary of the group’s Oct. 29 event in the town of Ramah, Colorado. This comes after Ramah Baptist Fellowship minister Tim Tucker asked the town council in August to block the event, and some members indicated they, too, were concerned about the festival. According to a St. Jude spokesperson, the decision to not accept funds from the group has nothing to do with their beliefs. Rather, they insist it's because they do not want to be associated with negative publicity. The coven's leader said: “This was kind of a slap in the face. It shouldn’t matter where the money’s coming from. The only people that are getting hurt by it are the kids and the families who needed that money." Full Story

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Spell to Speak With Spirits of the Dead

To speak to spirits that have passed on, gather together the following: dried amaranth flowers, dittany of Crete, and wormwood. Using these materials, create an incense for burning. This incense, when burned in a cemetery, will allow you to speak to the dead while also protecting you from malevolent spirits.

Police Forced to Rename "Operation Pagan"

in the UK forced a police department in Kent to change the name of an Halloween-era anti-crime effort because they said it was "grossly irresponsible" to link their religion's name to crime. "Operation Pagan" was to be launched in October and tie into the Halloween season. Police apologized and changed the name, however, when members of the 5,000-strong Federation complained. "They wouldn't have called it Operation Christian, Operation Jew or Operation Muslim for obvious reasons, so why Operation Pagan?," said a Pagan spokesman. Full Story

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Wiccan Priestess Loses Appeal Over Prayers

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal recently from a priestess angry that local leaders would not let her open their sessions with a prayer. Instead, clergy from more traditional religions were invited to pray at governmental meetings in Chesterfield County, VA, a suburb of Richmond. She sued and initially won before a federal judge. The case was appealed and the priestess eventually lost at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which found that the county had changed its policy and directed clerics to avoid invoking the name of Jesus. The county's attorney believed that the county's practice was in line with the Supreme Court's endorsement of legislative prayer as long as it did not proselytize, advance or disparage a particular religion. Full Story

Friday, October 14, 2005

Commission Says Halloween is Anti-Christian

The Diocesan Commission on and Satanism has expressed its opinion on . The Commission pointed out that Halloween is a feast of origin, which makes it incompatible with Christianity. According to the Commission, they believe that whoever wishes to take seriously his Christian faith should not celebrate Halloween. They also fear that celebrating Halloween could lead to the introduction of a neo-pagan and occult culture. Instead, they feel that true Christians should instead choose November 1st to honor their dead, which is The Feast of All Saints, a Christian holiday. Full Story

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Wiccan Priestess Speaks About Theocracy

A Wiccan priestess who is also an Ivy League graduate and attorney practicing in New York City, is currently giving speeches about the "growing danger of American theocracy." As a guest on the O'Reilly show in 1999, she felt she was very welcomed. She believes, however, that she wouldn't get the same courtesy in today's climate. What changed, she said, is that the "theocratic right felt empowered" by the election of President George W. Bush and that today religious tolerance is slumping. According to the priestess, in recent years incidents of discrimination against and their spiritual cousins, , have increased in workplaces, schools and child custody cases. She also believes the theocratic right is pressuring bookstores and publishers to stop carrying books on sex and witchcraft in stores. Full Story

Simple Beauty Spell

Draw a ritual bath of warm water and add to it the petals of fresh roses. Around the bathtub, place some vanilla candles and some cones or sticks of Attraction Incense. Relax in the water while holding in your mind's eye an image of the beauty you would like others to have of you. The image can be an abstract concept of beauty or a specific image, for example an image of you with the hair, facial features, and other marks of beauty you want other to see. While you meditate upon the image, say these words three times:

"Beauty you will see
By the Goddess in my soul
I say it will be."

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Navy Veteran Denied Pentacle Symbol on His Grave

The Defense Department denied a Seattle Navy Veteran the symbol of a pentacle on his grave when he dies because pentacles are not currently allowed on markers in national cemeteries. Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist veterans are allowed to have their religious symbols engraved on military headstones, but not as yet. was finally recognized by the Defense Department in 1996, however the symbol hasn't been recognized by the National Cemetery Association of the Veterans Affairs Department. Wiccans can get the word "Wiccan" or "pentacle" spelled out, but not the actual symbol. Full Story

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Potion For Youth Preservation

They say you are only as old as you feel. To create a potion to feel young and full of spirit (it also helps preserve youthful appearance) combine the following ingredients in a spell bottle:

Fresh, homemade apple juice, cider that has been allowed to age for more than seven days, apple vinegar, clear apple brandy, one ounce of honey, and a drop of wintergreen.

Seal the bottle and carry it with you always. As you are sealing the bottle, chant the following:

"Apple's flesh be mine
Forever preserved in time
As I say in kind"

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Indiana Court Overturns Previous Ban on Wicca

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently upheld the rights of parents to expose their children to in a unanimous ruling. The court declared that a previous judge was out of bounds in approving a divorce decree that also directed the parents to shelter their 10 year old son from non mainstream religious beliefs and rituals. Both the parents were and shared custody of the son. The appeals judge wrote that trial courts can limit parent’s authority if it’s necessary to prevent endangerment to a child’s physical health, or significant impairment of the child’s emotional health. However, the appeal judges did not determine that child was in any physical or emotional harm from the exposure to Wicca. Full Story

Make a Protection Charm Bag

To create a protection charm bag, make a satchet out of white cloth, preferably cotton. On the outside of the satchet, draw or paint a sign of protection. A pentagram will do for the sigil. If you are unable to reproduce this sigil on the outside of the bag, you may instead draw it on a piece of parchment paper and place it inside the bag.

Next, add the following to the bag: Three bay leaves, High John the Conqueror root, eucalyptus, sage, marjoram, mint, and cinnamon.

The final step draws the charm to you. Spit inside the bag and then tie it up with some string soaked in whiskey. Also pour some whiskey upon the bag.

Never let anyone touch your protection charm bag and carry it with you always. You must also repeat the step of pouring whiskey upon it, once a week. This keeps its power fresh.

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Monday, October 10, 2005

A Love Potion

To excite passion in another, this is one of the best love potions available:

To a gill of red wine in a saucepan, add a teaspoon of rosemary leaves, a teaspoon of aniseseed, a teaspoon of cloves, a teaspoon of clear honey, and a teaspoon of orange rind. Also add a pinch of ground cumin and three green leaves of rose geranium.

Stir the mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow the potion to simmer for two minutes. Then remove it from the heat and allow it to cool until it is not steaming before straining the botanicals out through a fine sieve. Finally return the potion to the heat until vapors begin to arise and it is ready to be served to your intended.

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Witchcraft Weddings in Australia Now Legal

Witchcraft weddings are all the rage in Australia now that all states and territories have repealed laws that outlawed the observances of , , , goddess worshippers and . Last month Victoria became the last jurisdiction in Australia to legalize by repealing the Vagrancy Act. On the statute book since 1958, the act had outlawed "fortune telling and pretending to exercise witchcraft" as well as "any occult of crafty science." The act had threatened pagans with punishment for practising "any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration." Full Story

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Witch Claims Broomstick Is Tax Deductable

A Dutch woman has won her fight to make her broomsticks and spell-making lessons tax-deductable. She had to take her case to court when it was first declared that she couldn't deduct the cost of her occult supplies against tax. But authorities have now allowed her to deduct the costs because she teaches apprentices how to become a , making the cost of the supplies a business expense. Full Story

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Floral Health Spell for Flowers and Plants

Gather together a green votive candle and a yellow votive and dress them with patchouli oil. Place the candles near the plant you wish to protect and grow vibrantly and say the following words as you light the candles:

"Floral health
I beseech thee now
Be kind, Flora!"

Allow the candles to burn completely.

In Roman mythology, Flora was a goddess of flowers and the season of spring and calling upon her will ensure the health and well being of your plants. Repeat this spell for every plant in your garden or home.

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Attraction Powder for Wealth and Prosperity

Nutmeg and cinnamon when mixed together are considered an attraction powder for wealth. A good spell using this powder to acquire money is as follows:

Burn a green candle during the new moon while thinking of the amount of money you wish to obtain. In a bowl placed in front of the candle, mix one and a quarter ounce of nutmeg and one and a quarter ounce of cinnamon.

Focus on your goal as you chant:

"Spices for riches
do your best
bring me money
so that I may rest."

Allow the candle to burn out completely and then place the attraction powder in a container. While at work or otherwise occupied with financial gain, sprinkle a small amount of the attraction powder in your coffee or tea. Only a small amount is required (don't shortcut the energy by using it all at once). When you have used up all the attraction powder, your wish will be granted.

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Spell to Bless a Website

During the period of a waxing moon, stand outside where the light from the moon is unobstructed by trees and other objects. Bring a bowl of water that you have dedicated for this purpose and place it beneath the moon light. To the water, sprinkle some sage or rosemary and some crushed rose petals.

Repeat the following three times:

"My mind I will speak
Through this invention of man
Your counsel I seek
For the protection at hand
Web be blessed, so mote it be!"

Place the bowl of water near where you work on your website for a period of three days. During that time, you should make changes to the site's layout, add content, or in some other way give your site some tender loving care. The bowl doesn't have to be right next to your computer, but it should at least be in the same room.

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