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DIY Punk Witchery #3: Creating an Earth Talisman

September 13, 2017

DIY Punk Witchery #3: Creating an Earth Talisman

When I think about earth the first thing that springs to mind is literal earth: cold, dark and often damp, gritty, heavy soil.  I think about something that fills our gardens and plant pots, extends for miles upon miles in forests, and that which unfortunately houses the world's waste. It often seems unappealing, whether because I have anxiety about it being traipsed through my house and dirtying the hardwood flooring, the aforementioned landfill sites or because in itself it isn't as dynamic and exciting as the other elements which all feel far more potent in engulfing and empowering us. 

This is true of course as on its own earth is dead and lifeless; it is dependent on the other elements to give it life - it needs air to be activated, water to be fertilised and fire to be ignited - but it is also absolutely essential.  It is the most fixed and stable of all elements, offering us a foundation and structure.  It's dependable, reliable and steadfast.  It is, after all, the basis of our entire planet and the ground on which we stand, on which we grow, on which we flourish. 

Referring to the previous breakdown there are three areas that I'll focus on for spell suggestions:

1. Physical: earth is the physical body, the very structure within which we exist - our bones, teeth, skin, hair and nails - and if harnessed can help improve our physical capabilities and self-sustenance.  It is related to birth, both in terms of reproductive fertility and also physical renewal.  It is also connected to the intestines, encouraging release.  One example in which earth could be utilised is to promote physical endurance and strength, to get through long working days (perhaps) spent entirely stood up, or in dealing with stress that would otherwise drain and deplete. 

If experiencing any (recurring) problems with your physical body please see a medical professional - the below ritual is no substitute for this. 

2. Emotional and mental: earth is perfect for helping us embrace peace and quiet, for becoming steadfast - slow to change and deeply rooted.  It helps us improve our mental endurance and persistence.  With earth, thoughts and ideas take precedence over feelings and emotions, increasing our dependability and patience.  It maintains our focus and facilitates hard work.  If you need help making practical, realistic decisions, earth could help. It could also help in offering very raw and real "down to earth" support. 

3. External: earth is all about the material aspects of life, including business, property, trade and any form of work, as well as money and material possessions.  In that sense, it's perfect for helping to manifest abundance, employment opportunities, material gain and prosperity.  If you need a more stable and solid foundation upon which to build your life, earth can help.

Note that there is a fourth possible area which is far too extensive to summarise in one blog post, and this pertains to enhancing the strengths you already possess (if your sun, moon or rising sign is Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn).  Of course if not an earth sign you can also empower yourself with these strengths, or those associated with Saturn.  In time I will cover the ins and outs of this in a zine, but for now there is significant enough overlap with this blog post to get things started.

Earth is most closely associated with the waning gibbous and last quarter moon phases, with the height of its power coinciding with the last quarter.  The best time of day to work with earth is midnight, and the best day is Saturday (day of Saturn).

Ritual Tools

If possible gather the following:

- palo santo or sage *

- green, brown or black candles (white can be substituted) *

- bowl filled with either salt, sand or soil **

- non-toxic pen or pencil and biodegradable, environmentally-friendly paper***

- earth element pin *

- supporting tarot cards: The World, Death, and the suit of Pentacles, especially the Queen 

- supporting herbs, e.g. bistort, honeysuckle, patchouli 

- supporting stones, e.g. granite, jade, jet, malachite, quartz, tourmaline (clear quartz can be substituted)

- any other items that correspond to earth for you, e.g. annointing oils, altar decor etc. 

* These items are necessary as an absolute minimum
** Part of the ritual will involve burying for which you will require some earth (soil) or something that closely resembles and represents it (salt or sand).  Be mindful of where you collect the soil from.
*** Once the ritual is complete there is the option to re-bury the ritual remnants in the outside world, so please ONLY use environmentally friendly ink or charcoal, as well as paper.  If you can't guarantee that it is environmentally friendly do not bury it outside.  The same is true for the salt - if you intend to bury it outside please use that which is natural and non-iodised.  Please do not contribute to the polluting of our environment.  

Begin by gathering everything you will need for the ritual, laying it out in front of you.

Cleanse yourself and the space within which you will cast the spell, preferably with palo santo or sage, and crack a window open to allow the stagnant air to be released.  Cleanse all of the ritual tools one by one as you set up your altar to focus your dedication to the earth element.  Pay particular attention to the pin - it must be charged to fill it with energy and power, and to be most effective in charging it with your particular intention it must be "clean" without any residual energies.  Ground yourself with a few deep breaths to release any physical tension, shaking out any remaining frustration or stress.  Visualise any distracting or negative energies dispersing.

Cast your circle to protect you from negative energies or psychic attacks.

Engrave your candle(s) with the earth symbol.

Light your candle(s), looking into the flame and start to channel that energy.  Bury the pin in the bowl of salt/sand/soil, stating "from this moment and henceforth, this pin is consecrated with the element earth".

Whilst meditating on either the flame of the candle(s) or the bowl of earth, bring to mind your intention.  When the feeling of resolve and strength reaches your heart, write down absolutely everything that comes to mind regarding the intention.  It doesn't have to be full sentences, any one language, or even words!  In fact, none of it need make any sense to anyone but you.  If you feel it, and it's positive, write it down.  Once you have completed this, bury the piece of paper in the bowl.  Look into the flame and hold the bowl, feeling the energy that has been generated flow into it.  You can cast off with a simple incantation, like "I charge this pin with earth's stability, to achieve my goal so mote it be". 

Ground yourself by visualising any excess energy flowing into the earth.  Clean up. Dismantle the altar if you wish.  Undraw your circle and then do something mundane, like drinking a hot chocolate.

Wear the talisman and be mindful to create, and keep open, channels that enable energy to flow freely between you and your intention.  When you need to tap into that energy, touch the talisman.  Repeat your incantation if you wish (out loud or in your mind) to reassert your intention.  Do this as often as you see fit - the intention is yours, and yours only, so make sure you follow your instinct.  There is the option to bury the ritual remnants, either outside your home or in a place relevant to your intention, e.g. outside a place of employment, home you wish to rent etc.  Please only do this if you're certain it is permitted, and if in by doing so you are not introducing any toxins to the earth.

Photo by: Brodie Vissers

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DIY Punk Witchery #2: Full Moon Fire

September 04, 2017

DIY Punk Witchery #2: Full Moon Fire

So here's the thing from A to Z, you want to get with me you got to listen carefully...

I. Am. Full. Of. Fire.

My sun and moon are in Aries, my rising sign is Leo and my chart signature is Sagittarius.  You have been warned!  But here's the other thing: I have manic depression (bipolar disorder type 2) so there are still times, believe it or not, when even I need to tap into that primal energy and fiery nature.  I share this information because I had to step waaaaay outside of my own fire pit to see things for what they were, acknowledging I don't always need to douse myself in water and that I shouldn't always be so dismissive of my ambition, determination and sheer force of will.  Even though fire is always represented in my rituals, for a long time I was scared to work too closely with it; and yes it can be destructive, egotistical and hot tempered but there are plenty of positive aspects to it as well.  In fact, fire is considered to be the very life blood of existence and therefore essential for survival. 

As for how it's power can be utilised there are three main areas - that pertaining to 1. physical well-being, 2. emotional and mental well-being, as well as 3. external circumstances.  

1. Physical: fire is all about the energy system and metabolism so it's perfect for helping improve basic vitality - note here that it can verge on excess, so be prepared.  It's associated with the cardiovascular system - life blood - as well as the liver due to its ability to cleanse and heal.  One example in which fire could be utilised is to generate enough physical energy and sheer determination to complete tasks that need to be done, especially those you might not like doing.

If experiencing heart irregularities, poor circulation. chronic fatigue, or recurring problems that might be connected to your liver please see a medical professional - the below ritual is no substitute for this. 

2. Emotional and mental: fire is great for helping with creativity and inspiration, and in particular aids original thought.  Once you've had a spark of determination and enthusiasm it keeps the fire burning, so to speak.  It's also great for reinvigorating passion, in whatever that may be, as well as charisma and warmth.  For example, if your thought process is usually slow and methodical it could speed things up, or send it in an exciting new direction.

3. External: fire helps take new beginnings and initiatives to the next stage.  It's great for assisting with the preparation of something and leading it to fruition.  In that sense, it's perfect for growing new projects and opportunities.  If something has become stagnant and needs a new injection of life, fire can help.

Note that there is a fourth possible area which is far too extensive to summarise in one blog post, and this pertains to enhancing the strengths you already possess (if your sun, moon or rising sign is Aries, Leo or Sagittarius).  Of course if not a fire sign you can also empower yourself with these strengths, or those associated with Mars and the Sun. In time I will cover the ins and outs of this in a zine, but for now there is significant enough overlap with this blog post to get things started.

Fire is most closely associated with the waxing gibbous and full moon phases, with the height of its power coinciding with the day of the full moon - and here I do mean day because, as the bringer of heat, fire rituals are best performed at midday.  Sundays and Tuesdays are the best days of the week, although as the next full moon falls on Wednesday (September 6th) the ritual could just as well be done on Tuesday and Wednesday to bolster the power.  

Ritual Tools

If possible gather the following:

- palo santo or sage *

- red, red-orange or gold candles (white can be substituted) *

- a heat-proof receptacle - brass or gold is preferable - and charcoal **

- piece of paper and pen *

- fire element pin *

- supporting tarot cards: Judgement, Knight of Wands

- supporting herbs, e.g. all spice, basil, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, dill, fennel, hibiscus, juniper, mustard, nutmeg, nettle, peppers, tobacco, thistle - basically anything with a bit of zing!

- supporting stones, e.g. bloodstone, carnelian, fire opal, garnet, lava rock, obsidian, peridot, rhodochrosite, ruby, tigers eye (clear quartz can be substituted)

- any other items that correspond to fire for you, e.g. annointing oils, altar decor etc. 

* These items are necessary as an absolute minimum
** For the purpose of this ritual it is preferable to have a fireproof dish and charcoal upon which you will burn corresponding herbs or incense, to which you will add your intention but this is not essential. The only essential aspect is a suitable fireproof dish - even an ashtray or something you use for baking would be appropriate - as you will burn a piece of paper and need somewhere to discard it.

Begin by gathering everything you will need for the ritual, laying it out in front of you.

Cleanse yourself and the space within which you will cast the spell and don't forget to open a window to allow the stagnant air to be released.  Cleanse all of the ritual tools one by one as you set up your altar to focus your dedication to the fire element.  Pay particular attention to the pin - it must be charged to fill it with energy and power, and to be most effective in charging it with your particular intention it must be "clean" without any residual energies.  Ground yourself with a few deep breaths to release any physical tension, shaking out any remaining frustration or stress.  Visualise any distracting or negative energies dispersing.

Cast your circle to protect you from negative energies or psychic attacks.

Engrave your candle(s) with the fire symbol. If you are using supporting herbs or oils, this would be a good time to anoint the candle(s) with them. 

Light your candle(s) and if you are using herbs or incense, get them smouldering.  Look into the candle flame and start to channel that energy.  Being careful not to burn yourself or overheat the pin, pass it through the flame whilst stating "this talisman I will now sire, I consecrate with the element fire".

Hold the pin in your hand(s) and whist still looking into the flame, bring to mind your intention.  When you feel a familiar surge of determination or excitement reach your heart, write down absolutely everything that comes to mind regarding the intention.  It doesn't have to be full sentences, any one language, or even words!  In fact, none of it need make any sense to anyone but you.  If you feel it, and it's positive, write it down.  Once you have completed this, burn the piece of paper.  Look into the flame and hold the pin, feeling the energy that has been generated flow into it.  You can cast off with a simple incantation, like "I charge this pin with fire's energy, to achieve my goal so mote it be". 

Ground yourself by visualising any excess energy flowing into the earth.  Clean up. Dismantle the altar if you wish.  Undraw your circle and then do something mundane, like drinking a hot chocolate.

Wear the talisman and be mindful to create, and keep open, channels that enable energy to flow freely between you and your intention.  When you need to tap into that energy, touch the talisman.  Repeat your incantation if you wish (out loud or in your mind) to reassert your intention.  Do this as often as you see fit - the intention is yours, and yours only, so make sure you follow your instinct.

Note that fire's energy is quickly manifested and potent, so the ritual does not need to be long winded, but as fierce and forceful as it is, it does eventually burn out.  I would suggest repeating the ritual for as long as you need the talisman, preferably when the moon is in Aries/Leo/Sagittarius.

Photo by: Brodie Vissers

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