I posted this week on using cord magick to 'capture the wind', and there was some interest in the process, so I thought a blog post would be most suitable!
I work a lot with water and sea magick, and a part of that is weather magick. Weather magick is not something I have much knowledge or experience in, so this was very much a first foray into the world of weather magick. The element of air is one that I work the least with, so I was also keen to find ways to incorporate it into my practice.
We are at the tail end of winter here, and not that long ago we had a few nights where it was blowing a bit of a gale, so I thought it would be an ideal time to try and capture the wind.
Capturing the wind through cord magick is a practice that has been recorded as being prominent back in the days when seafaring was at its peak. It was said that witches would use these knots to catch the wind, then sell or give them to sailors embarking on a voyage. If at any time there was not enough wind to fill the sails, they would release the knots to call on the wind to help them on their way. It was said not to anger a witch, for they could call on the wind to sink ships if they wanted.
I wanted to capture the wind, but more the 'energy' of the wind rather than the wind itself. I don't have any practical need for blustery days, but the properties of the energy of air can be a boon in our workings and every day life.
The first thing to decide is exactly what it is you want to capture this essence for. The element of air is associated with creativity, communication, inspiration, and progress for example. I also associated the wind with cleansing, 'clearing the cobwebs' as such. As someone who does a lot of writing, writers block or fatigue is always on the periphery, especially when you are working on a final manuscript and just want the thing finished! So I decided I wanted to use this energy to uplift and motivate me, or to clear blockages (not necessarily creative) when needed. You may decide you want to use it for another purpose, or you may decide you want to use it to bring additional power to your workings - the more ferocious the wind you capture, the more powerful it will be. Or maybe you want to try and capture the wind itself!
You don't need to wait for it to be blowing up a storm. Even a light breeze can be captured if you are looking for more subtle energies, but it might not be quite as powerful.
The process is very simple. All you will need is cord, or ribbon, long enough to tie several knots in. I personally used a blue ribbon - yellow would have been preferable as it is the colour most associated with air, but blue was all I had. I would caution against using wool or string, as it can be difficult to until the knots - I doubled up the ribbon to make it easier to untie, so you can always do the same if you are using a finer material.
It is best if you can sit outside and experience the wind itself when you perform this, but that isn't always possible. It was pretty dark and cold when I performed this, so I opted to stay inside. Outside is necessary if you are just working with a gentle breeze, but if you are working with a stronger wind, make sure you can at least here it blowing around if you decide to perform this inside.
Get comfortable, and hold the ribbon in your hand. If you want, you could place crystals associated with air around you, or burn some incense, but I'm personally pretty minimal - you don't need these things for this working to be effective.
Focus on the wind. If you are inside, imagine what it must feel like outside. Feel it blowing around you, against your skin, whipping up your hair. It's exhilarating, full of energy! Take a moment to just experience this wind, and how it makes you feel.
Now, focus on your intent, and what it is you want to use the power of the wind for. As I said, for me personally it was to clear any blocks and speed up progress, so I kept this in mind. Merge your intent with the wind, and feel your intent blowing around you. What do you imagine will happen when you release the knots you will create in a minute? For me, I visualised releasing the knots and seeing the energy of the wind rushing in, and blowing whatever was blocking me away in one large gust. Focus on pouring this intent out through your hands and into the ribbon.
When you feel ready, you can start tying the knots. In traditional knot magick, we often use something along the lines of the below:
"With knot of one, my spell begun
With knot of two, my words speak true
With knot of three, I will it be
With knot of four, this power I store
With knot of five, this spell contrive
With knot of six, this spell I fix
With knot of seven, twixt earth and heaven
With knot of eight, is willed by fate
With knot of nine, these powers are mine"
However, we want to be a bit more specific with our intention for this magick. You can include as many knots as you want; I personally went with five, which is considered a magick number.
There is also lots of different methods for the order in which you tie the knots. I decide to stick to one of the more traditional approaches below:
As you tie each knot, focus on 'tying up' the wind in your knots. Tie them slowly, and then yank the ribbon hard to seal it, symbolising that the wind is now caught in the knot, and cannot escape until you release it. As you tie your knots, say something akin to the below:
"I tie, I knot, I capture the storm,
The power of wind to create and transform,
To blow away blockages, to bring clarity of mind
The energy of the winds to these knots I now bind!"
I prefer to repeat this for each knot, but you could spread this out as you tie all of the knots.
When you have finished, affirm what you have just done. For example;
"The wind is mine, captured in these knots
To be released when I desire,
And being me progress and clarity,
So mote it be!"
That's it! Store your cord somewhere safe. When you wish to use it, untie the knots in the reverse order you tied them (so in this example you would start with the middle knot (5), then 4, 3, etc. Revisit that visualisation we performed as to what would happen when you released the knots and see it happening - in my case, the energy of the wind being released and blowing through, removing all that blocks my path. You could say something along the lines of;
"The wind is release, and all that blocks me is now removed. Hail to the power of the wind! So mote it be."
Remember, the wind is a powerful force with the ability to destroy as well as create, so try to keep your intention positive and always thank it once it has done what you require.
I've seen egg cleanses bounding around for a while, but it is something I have always been a bit skeptical of. I'm not sure why; but it's never piqued my interest. However, I believe in not knocking something before you've tried it, so I thought I would give it a go.
The first thing I will admit is that I don't know anything about the history of egg cleanses, and I was really surprised to learn that it has a rich history and has been utilised in many different cultures.
There seem to be two parts to an egg cleanse. Step one is the actual cleanse, and step two (which is optional) is interpreting the cleanse by breaking the egg into water.
So, how does it work? I sat at my altar and lit some incense, and then used the incense spoke to cleanse the egg first off. Next I grounded myself and prepared myself to open myself up to receive the cleansing.
Next I took the egg, and starting at my head, slowly moved it down my body, pausing at the main chakra points. I did this a couple of times; then repeated it down each side of my body, down my arms and legs, and paying particular attention to my hands and feet. As these are key contact areas, they can be most prone to pick up negative energy. As I did this, I focused on the egg pulling out negative energies, whether these are mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual.
That's pretty much it! Very simple. But was it effective? Yes, and a lot more so than I thought it would be! I felt relaxed, I felt as if I had released 'something'. When I thought back on interactions or situations which had stressed me out throughout the past few days, I didn't feel any of that stress again - it was like the emotion had been removed and I could think about it objectively.
Interestingly, I developed a tension headache very soon after, and felt very sleepy. I believe this was my body telling me that I needed to rest and recuperate (so an early night for me). Aside from that, I honestly felt great afterwards, and this carried on well into the next day.
So that's part one, and I can honestly say that I was surprised at how effective it was. I wish I had tried this before, and can see it becoming a very useful practice.
Part two was the interpretation. This was the part I've always been a bit sceptical of, so I was interested to see what the result would be considering I was so impressed by the effect of the cleanse itself.
For this next part, you will need a bowl or glass of water. You simply crack the egg into the water, and interpret how it falls and the patterns it makes in the water.
When I cracked the yolk, the egg immediately sunk to the bottom - no floating, just straight to the bottom. Apparently this is a sign that all negativity has been removed. If even part of the egg floats then it shows that there are still issues or problems that have not yet been dealt with, and another cleanse should be performed. The egg yolk also looked perfectly 'normal'; no discolouring or strange patterns in it, which is again a sign that everything is fine. It is said that if the yolk is grey, cloudy, or even black then someone is wishing negativity onto you. Similarly, if you see an eye in the yolk then someone is sending you the evil eye.
Small bubbles are said to be a sign that negativity has been removed. Bubbles around the yolk (which I had quite a few of) signify that you have guides watching over you, so that's positive. There was one large 'balloon', which apparently represents a situation you are stuck in and can't escape. This could be due to external circumstances, or even of your own making (such as feelings of guilt for your previous actions). To be honest, I couldn't pinpoint exactly what this balloon was referring to. We are currently in lockdown so I am physically confined to my house and the park for walks. I work a 9-5, Mon-Fri (and let's be honest, not having to work at all would be great). There are other things I can think of, but nothing which bothers me or feels like an issue.
There was also a particularly 'webby' bit. Webs are again supposed to represent that there is something entangling you, or that people are jealous of you and want you to fail in something. To be honest, I think this is a bit of a stretch - I don't particularly do anything that anyone would be jealous enough of to try and sabotage me or send negative energy my way!
Looking through the side of the bowl, I could see what are referred to as 'spikes, needles, and threads', from the bottom of the bowl to the top (or top to the bottom). This can represent again negative energy being pulled from the aura, or anger that you have not let go of, people casting 'black magick' on you, or gossip. As above, I really don't feel that this applies to me at all, except maybe that negative energy was removed. For someone who kind of just keeps their head down, it all feels a bit melodramatic.
Other elements to look for when you are interpreting your egg include the water; clear water (which mine was) represents nothing wrong and no further cleanses needed. Cloudy water represents a 'tear' in your aura through which you are losing energy, and can even be a sign of nightmares, phobias and fear, or PTSD. If you find blood in the egg, or red or black spots, this is a sign that someone is hexing you and health issues.
Halo's of egg white surrounding the yolk is s signal that you make decisions too rashly and should take time to think before you act. Seeing flowers in the egg white means that good times are on the way, and seeing a shape of a person represents an enemy.
If the egg break before you get to this stage, then you need to redo the cleanse.
To be honest, I'm not too convinced around the interpretation. Maybe it is something you can learn to interpret with more accuracy if you practice. But as I said, it all feels a bit melodramatic. I'm also quite practical; it is hard to imagine that at least some of these shapes wouldn't appear in the water when adding a substance such as an uncooked egg to it.
So to summarise; egg cleanse, surprisingly effective and would definitely recommend it. The interpretation side of things? I'm not overly convinced, but maybe time will tell.
With today being Valentines Day, I thought it would be an ideal time to talk about love spells. It is probably one of the most common types of spells asked for or searched for. However, love spells should not be taken lightly.
Many witches will tell you that you shouldn't cast love spells and that they are unethical. Do I agree with that? To a point. I believe you shouldn't cast spells to make a specific person fall in love with you, but I believe that spells to strengthen a relationship are a bit of a grey area, and I believe self-love spells or spells to attract love are OK. But I'm not here to tell you what to do. You may have a completely different view, and what one views as ethical is not always exactly the same as what someone else would. However, there are definitely some concerns and some ideals you should take into consideration before you make your decision.
The Ethical Considerations:
The big one is obviously free will. Many witches work by the rule not to work any magick that may interfere with another's free will. Forcing someone to hold romantic feelings for you is a pretty large invasion of one's free will, if you believe that we have free will. Consent is (rightly so) an important issue, and when we cast magick on others, we often don't ask for consent. Even if you do, could you imagine asking someone if you can cast a spell on them to fall in love with you, and them being happy about it?
This brings me to my next point; would those feelings even be real? You may work this magick on someone and have them texting you, cuddling you, holding your hand, but would they really feel love? Or just compulsion? Would you really want to be with someone who didn't truly love you, who just went through the motions of loving you because they had no choice?
What if you cast your magick, it succeeds, and you land the partner you've wanted, but a few weeks or months later you realise that they aren't the person for you. What do you do then? Are you able to break the spell? Is it really fair to make them 'waste' several weeks or months of their life, or having them miss the chance to meet someone who is right for them?
These are just some of the ethical considerations you should take time to ponder over before you cast a love spell on another. Even casting a spell to strengthen an already existing relationship could have consequences. You can never truly tell how happy, or safe, someone is in a relationship.
The only 'safe' types of love spell in my personal opinion are self-love spells. You are casting it on yourself so no issues around consent, and we should all feel happy and confident enough to love ourselves.
Similarly, there is nothing wrong with putting your intention into the universe to help find you love. You could be specific with your requirements, such as 'funny', or 'enjoys reading'. But remember, the more specific you are, the less likely it will be to come to fruition. You could be missing out on someone who is just right but lacking in just one of your 'key requirements'. As long as you never target one specific person, then in my book at least, this is acceptable.
If you do decide a love spell is in order, then red and pink are good colours to incorporate. Other symbols associated with love include hearts, doves, and roses. Crystals associated with love include rose quartz for self-love, and ruby or garnet for love from another.
The Weekly Witch:
Once I week I talk about something 'witchcraft' related I have done with my week. How we incorporate witchcraft into our every day lives is always a topic that has interested me, so I wanted to start this blog to explore it further!