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Dragons are fierce, fire-breathing creatures, but a baby dragon is a different story. There's something huggable about a small, winged dragon with big eyes. They are so cute that you'll want to scoop it up and take it home for a pet.
Art by John Kaufmann.
Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! ... YOU are Mine!
Money Protection Spell These instructions need to be diligently followed in order to ensure that this money protection spell’s effectiveness is at its most powerful, and to achieve the most satisfying results. The spell must be performed exactly 1 minute after midnight on any one of these specific dates: April 30, July 31, October 31, or January 31.Materials Needed:
• 1 gold candle • 6 green candles • 9 white candles • pine oil
The interests and practices of those who self-identify as vampires are wide and varied. While it is understood and accepted that the source of vampirism itself is innate, and not merely a lifestyle preference, there are several common threads which tie various segments of the community together; deeper concepts and ideals which serve to strengthen these common ties.
The following article is the first of an ongoing series, designated to appeal to those members of the community who are interested in, or practitioners of, magic/magick.
Within the universe, there are a great number of forces that work all around us. There are forces working for us and those working against us. One of the greatest forces comes not only from the world around us, but from within us. This force is Magick. If used correctly, this force can help you achieve positive change within your life.
Magick, as it's modernly seen, is defined as “the science and art of using the subconscious mind to make powerful changes in the material world.” This term was first defined as such by Gerald Gardener when he set out to establish Wicca. To me, the definition is a bit vague when it comes to the utilization of Magick. Therefore, for the sake of this article, I'll clear things up a bit. Magick can be seen as the energy that exists within and around you, that can be manipulated to change the world around you.
Now one must point out that Magick won't do all the work for you. Let's say you cast a spell for a job. You think “great, my job is done.” So you sit back and wait for it to come. A month later, you're still unemployed. Why? Because Magick is only meant to give an extra boost to your efforts. It would help to point you in the right directions and help you give the right things to say. It would act as a little buddy sitting on your shoulder, giving you small nudges in the right directions around life's obstacles.
Magick can be a very powerful and quick transformation and therefore should always be used with caution. You must be sure that you truly know your intent and make sure you have explored every possible consequence that could come of using Magick. While starting out on the spiritual journey of Witchcraft, or paganism in general, take your time and get to know what you truly believe. In this path, there are no wrong answers; there are only your answers.
In closing, Magick is a wonderful, powerful thing. It isn't complicated and it isn't meant to be mysterious. Learning to use it can take time and therefore, you should slowly enter into practicing its use. Witches have used Magick since the beginning of humankind and it is an old force. Magick, if used properly, can and will improve the quality of your life.
There's a question asked over and over again, in various ways, by various people in the community. What is a vampire? Even here on the Observer, we've published several articles on this very subject; perspectives from different people, different kinds of self-identified vampires, on what their vampirism means to them, and how they would (and do) apply that definition to the broader community. But what if the most commonly discussed question in the real vampire community today suddenly became moot? Where would the conversation go then?
The following article addresses the topic of labeling, and suggests an alternative to the process of refining and redefining the word vampire.
Giving the Vampire Back to Mythology
Vampire. Look it up in a dictionary, and what will it say?
a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.
(in Eastern European folklore) a corpse, animated by an undeparted soul or demon, that periodically leaves the grave and disturbs the living, until it is exhumed and impaled or burned.
Of course, there are also prevalent, modern definitons which encompass individuals who "ruthlessly prey upon others" in a variety of ways. However, the most commonly accepted defintion of what a vampire is (or isn't) is the well-established mythology found in the canon of classical and modern literature, and within the minds of anyone who has ever heard of Bram Stoker's Count Dracula. Granted, mythology and literature will both frequently have noteworthy source material; Stoker based his Count (loosely) on Vlad the Impaler, while Countess Elizabeth Bathory and her infamous 'vampire crimes' continue to inspire fiction today. Oftentimes, one could argue there is indeed a reality which exists behind the thin veil of fiction.
But how does this apply to the self-identified vampire community today? Do members of the community claim to embody such a thing -- a reality that first inspired the mythology, folklore and fiction? No, generally not. What you will find within today's self-identified vampire community are a variety of (often conflicting) definitions, some spiritual and some physical, each established under a common premise: Vampires exist, but they're not what you believe they are.
This poses a few important questions. First and foremost, what right does anyone have to appropriate and redefine an established historical symbol, a mythological being, based on theoretically vague and/or perceived commonalities with it? If it is not the purpose to respect and embody the existing historical/literary vampire archetype, as many will say (with gusto) that it isn't, why use the word at all? Would it not make better sense to sever various existing groups within the vampire community from the word itself, creating brand new groups better suited to focus on very specific common deficiencies, practices and beliefs? By supporting and creating separate communities such as these, leaving the word "vampire" to the tales from which it came, not only putting an end to the never-ending conflict revolving around "what a vampire is", would it not give those individuals (newly free of its stigma) the ability to be more open with their struggles, their ailments, and who they truly are? Furthermore, would it not make those so eager to work closely with the medical and scientific communities more likely to be heard if they allowed this condition to adopt a brand new name?
This is not an article without a proposed solution; this is not a statement in want of direction. The proposition is simple: Those who do not view their condition/state of being as inextricable from the established mythology and archetype of a vampire should very seriously consider finding new terminology to define themselves. And to those within the community who wish to change the very nature of what the word "vampire" means, while disregarding everything it has ever meant before, ask yourselves if you have either the right or the ability to successfully do it.
There are times when unification under a common term, or set of ideals, is appropriate and right. And then there are times when it is wiser to find another way.
In previous articles, contributors to the Observer have discussed what makes a leader; we've explored what qualifies certain individuals to be viewed, and utilized, as mentors within the real vampire community. But, on the other hand, what qualities should its opposite possess? As the real vampire community continues to grow larger every year, both online and off, by what standards should it hold its newest members?
Author and founder of Dark Moon Press, Corvis Nocturnum, brings his vast experience with cultures and subcultures to this topic, as he explains what he means by "the lost and unenlightened".
The Lost and Unenlightened
Of all the comments I see on various discussion boards, forums and social media, what stands out to me is the same old thing. The feeling of being alone and different than others of the ‘normal’ world. Is there any such thing? I am not so certain of it, even after years of watching the communities grow by the thousands, whether it be Vampire, Goth or Pagan groups. To the new people I must say I feel a bit for each of them, and from every side of the perspective. You all have different views coming from your own backgrounds which influence how you think, in sociology it is called cultural norms – that is to say, ones background shapes who we are.
When I first came directly into the vampire Community nearly eight years ago, interviewing people for Embracing the Darkness; Understanding Dark Subcultures, I felt a certain degree of kinship to the lost and misguided young people who were Goth, witch or vampire. I'd been ridiculed for years being an outcast years prior and thought these people need a voice and so I began asking questions, adding history and images to educate the general public, law enforcement and, yes, others like these misguided youths to help them find the truth about themselves; to see if perhaps they would leave behind the Twilight stage (no, not the crappy books and films), as it slowly began to grow and evolve. Were we not, some of us, like this once too?
As such, I don't judge them too harshly; I do feel, out of politeness to the members of a group like this, they should read the rules and follow them -- or not enter our part of the world. Manners go a long way in getting guidance that we, Elders and members of the Community alike, can impart to the lost and unenlightened. For us, we know the difference. We are jaded and tired of years of countless people who scorn us in flaming posts, and poor media exploitation for ratings. We're left feeling the losers should pack their bags, and never dare enter groups online unless it is for role-play alone. It is up to us to steer these people in the right direction, once we understand were they are coming from, or simply show them the door. There is, most certainly, a lack of respect for those who have come before, as every newcomer seems to think all they need do is throw on some fangs, take a webcam picture and call themselves Dark Lord Vlad (or some such nonsense); those who have been around for, oh, say a year or less, proclaiming wisdom and experiences to teach others the ‘way’ of the Vampire -- or any other path they might follow. Back in my day (yes, I know that expression instantly paints me as old) one had to learn from others, and not just from a five-minute "instant expert" Google search. No, we spent years reading real books, you know, the kind with paper and ink – and asked a multitude of questions of those who came before us. In The Craft, or in any secret society dating back to the Knights Templar, a new initiate had to profess loyalty and climb the ranks by passing tests before being elevated to new levels. Sound silly in this day age, you say?
In Satanism, to this day, people are promoted by a secret inner council that judges members by not how much ass-kissing they do, but in what they are willing to do in the mundane world with their talents and determination, utilizing the principals of the path, thus proving who and what value they have. Few rise to Warlock, Reverend and fewer still become Magisters. This is called stratification.
How does this apply to the Vampire community, you ask? Simple. Join a coven, house or grotto if you are new. Ask questions and learn. You do not have to stay forever, least of all if you feel you are getting nowhere, but start somewhere, and do not take everything as gospel. The greatest leaders questioned, and were not blind sheep.
Those who feel lost – you are not alone, and you are in good company. For even those who are Elders, we do not truly know all, and if you ever encounter someone who claims they have all the answers, heed my advice and stay away from that person. None of us, Elders included, have all the answers, as we are always on an ongoing quest for self-improvement, which takes learning and experiencing life to do. Anyone who claims otherwise is a fool.
Magickals.com has exciting news that we want to share with you all. We have just opened today the Magickals.com Social network! Anyone in this group whom is interested in the Paranormal, Supernatural, Unexplained, Magick, etc. this is a site for you.
At Magickals Social website you have the freedom to create your own profile, share pictures, and videos with each other, create interesting groups and topics for discussions. We personally invite everyone here to join and meet like minded individuals; it’s our gift to you! Here is your personal invitation link. Enjoy!
It's October, which means this is the month we're focusing on the different elements of the Samhain season. Today, let's look at some of the history and traditions behind this autumn sabbat - and its secular counterpart, Halloween.
For centuries, people have marked this time of year by honoring the deities of death - as the earth grows cold, we say farewell to our ancestors. Let's look at celebrations of death and dying, as well as the traditions behind many of today's celebrations - trick or treating, carving pumpkins, and even the superstitions of the season!
Death is rarely so apparent than it as at Samhain. The skies have gone gray, the earth is brittle and cold, and the fields have been picked of the last crops. Winter looms on the horizon, and as the Wheel of the Year turns once more, the boundary between our world and the spirit world becomes fragile and thin. In cultures all over the world, the spirit of Death has been honored at this time of the year. Here are just a few of the deities who represent death and the dying of the earth.
Samhain is known by most folks as Halloween, but for Wiccans and Pagans it's considered a Sabbat to honor the ancestors who came before us. It's a good time to contact the spirit world with a seance, because it's the time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest.
Samhain is a time to sit back and honor the spirit world, and call upon those ancestors who came before us. After all, if not for them, we wouldn't be here. We owe them something, some gratitude for their ability to survive, their strength, their spirit. Many Wiccans and Pagans choose Samhain as a time to honor their ancestors.
Much like Yule and Christmas, Samhain and Halloween are two different ways of observing the same time of year. Think of Samhain as the spiritual version, and Halloween as the secular. There's no reason at all why you can't celebrate both if you choose. Reader Mail: Should Pagans Celebrate Halloween?
Vampire Community History Project - Submission Form Updated. We'll be releasing an updated listing in December 2012. If you're able to contribute information to this long-term project please use the submission form provided at the following link. Thank you!
We would like to introduce HowlNET to you! HowlNET is an internet relay chat network for otherkin, therianthropes, vampires, and animal people - as well as for those whom are interested in said topics. HowlNET is run by Wulf Howl's administration.
The purpose of HowlNET is to provide a safe, secure, and fun environment for members of the otherkin, therianthropy, and vampire community to openly chat and share ideas and thoughts. Additionally, HowlNET supports other community sites, and encourages them to start a channel for their group on HowlNET. Although our service is geared towards the otherkin, any individual with an open mind and an open heart is welcome on HowlNET!
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The interests and practices of those who self-identify as vampires are wide and varied. While it is ...
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Ireland is a land of magic and mystery celebrated at Halloween. With our old Irish history and rich cultural past, tales of mystical events and apparitions are weaved into Irish storytelling during Halloween. Ireland has some special traditions that are observed every Halloween, some can be found in other parts of the world and many unique to Ireland.
At an Irish Bed and Breakfast, your B&B host is full of information on local tales of spooky local myths and legends. In every town and village you can be sure to find places steeped in history of years gone by. Get the inside knowledge from your B&B host and prepare to be spooked! Check out the Top 10 Reasons to choose an Irish B&B this Halloween.
Samhain night is finally here. The veil is thin. The dead are near. They come to visit us this day. To share our feast and watch us play. But nothing do we have to fear, For they're our ancestors we hold dear. Their Spirit watches night and day They see us grow and hear us pray. They are whom we descended from And on Samhain night, they're free to come To visit us and share their pride In those who they have left behind. Though they have died and passed beyond They are still here… they are not gone. To be remembered is all they want. They've come to visit… not to haunt So honor them on Samhain day Share your feast and let them play. And let them know throughout the year That you honor, love, and hold them dear.
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When all your face appears most fair, When the comets and meteors gild your hair, And in your eyes the moon and sun Contest, surrender, and burn as one, When ivory Venus smoothes your brow, And Mars recurves your lips' red bow,
Make haste to utter this binding verse And hold the stars on their kindest course... "Figure of fire, That shifts and changes, Planets that move By heaven's hinge, Be siged and fixed Forever here, And close my image Within thy sphere" Measure a yard of golden string Loose from your fingers let it swing, Then tie it in thirteen sturdy knots, Hide it among your scents and pots.
SPELL TO FREE YOURSELF FROM HABITS
If you wish to be free from a habit, thought, idea; if you wish to be rid of past associations, guilt or blockages; take the symbols of that problem - whatever they may be - & throw them onto a raging fire. The fire will consume the symbols & so shall it consume the power they
had over you. For the symbols think a moment - if you overeat, take a portion of your favorite food & throw it onto the fire. Smoking, drinking the same. For problems which utilize no concrete objects, draw a symbol or image & burn. For getting rid of things (like habits, houseguests, etc.), add a bath element. After your ritual, take a bath in the appropriate herbs/oil. During the bath, relax and focus on how your life will be without X. Wash X away from you. When you pull the plug, stay in the tub until the water has completely drained out, watching X go down the drain.
MAGIC RITUAL TO OVERCOME ADDICTION
Ingredients needed: paper and pencil wide-tipped black marker green candle hematite chrysoprase orange calcite or quartz fireproof dish or small cauldron cloth bag (optional) Write your addiction on a piece of paper, then mark through it with a heavy black
liner. Put it aside. Inscribe the candle with your name. Light the candle and say: Healing Ancients, I ask of Thee Take this pain away from me. Remove any trace of this addiction, And heal me of all related afflictions. Hold the hematite to your forehead and say: Grand courage now and healing power Strengthen my will hour by hour. Place this stone on the night side of the candle. Lift the chrysoprase to your forehead and say: Stone of joy and happiness Put my urges now to rest. Place the stone on the left side of the candle. Hold the orange calcite or quartz to your forehead and say: Amplifier of energies Magnify their powers, please. Place this stone in front of the candle. Stand in front of the altar and turn your hands palms up. Say: Powers of the Earth unite Bind the powers of this addiction tight So it will have no hold on me As I will, so mote it be! Take the paper in your hands and say: Chains that bind me, now break free I am power, strength, and resiliency I have the courage to overcome This addiction - go now - run! Be gone from me! Do not return! Your power over me, I burn! Light the paper with a match or lighter, then burn it in the fireproof dish, saying: By flame of Fire, I'm purified Of your delusionary lies. I'm free of you and all the strife That you once cast upon my life. I am healed now, I am free. As I will, so mote it be! When the candle has completely burned out, carry the stones with you either loose or in a cloth pouch. Repeat the ritual as often as necessary to get control of the problem.
FIRE ANTI ADDICTION SPELL
Make an image that represents the disease, injury, condition or problem. This could be a poppet, an ugly thing labeled cancer, lupus, diabetes, or whatever. It could also be a piece of paper with alcoholism, HIV, asthma or drug abuse written on it.
Make the image something that represents the problem, something that will burn. Burn this image inside a circle of white candles, invoking any who appeal to you. If you are making this spell on behalf of someone else, place their photograph or something else that evokes them inside the circle. Say: "By __________ I destroy you. By __________ I am healed." .
SPELL FOR GETTING RID OF BAD HABITS
Take a black candle which has been ritually cleansed and some anointing oil which has also been ritually blessed. Do not use anything for this which has not been cleansed or blessed already. Depending on the desired result, you should choose an oil which
corresponds to this end. At the time of the new moon, or when it first begins to wane, cast a circle or use your 9' cord to create a sacred space. Place the black candle (preferable a taper) on the altar with the oil. Have no unblessed/uncleansed tools in this ritual. Cast the circle. Call the Goddess and her consort. Use a burin to engrave the candle with the spell you wish to cast. Now, anoint the candle using the oil. While you anoint the candle with the oil, speak these words out loud or silently "Tonight no moon, tomorrow the first one. Let this be eroded till my will be done. Candle burn down to remove all ill. Let this spell be cast by the power of my will." And once you have anointed the candle, place it in a safe place to it can burn down completely.
ANTI SMOKING SPELL
Here is the part of the spell to banish negative habits e.g. smoking, During a waning moon, add 3 drops of green food coloring to a bottle of ginger ale. Recap it securely, put the bottle beneath the lunar beams and say "_______, is not a
part of me, when the moon is dark, I will be freed." Fill in the blank with negative habit being banished. From that night, until the new moon, drink a little of the ginger ale every day, focusing on your intention to change. Remember that breaking bad habits is not just a magickal endeavor, but also a function of your own will and honest desire. Heavy smokers need this one... For a portable amulet that provides extra strength in overcoming a negative habit, begin by finding a breakable representation of it. completely crush the token beneath your feet. As you do, Shout "______ Has no dominion over me." Feel yourself stomping that pattern out of your life. Continue until you feel drained, calm and centered. Gather the remnants and mix them with pine needles and lemon rind. Cautiously place this blend in a portable container. Choose a sturdy container (not cloth) so you do not accidentally cut yourself. Each time you feel tempted to slip back into old tendencies, (like smoking) carefully sprinkle a pinch of the mixture on the ground behind you and walk firmly away, repeat your power phrase to reactivate the Magick
Weight Loss Spell: Visualization Losing weight can be a very daunting task. It can be difficult to keep your motivation at its highest when results do not always come quickly. Motivation and self-discipline are key elements in weight loss and in a weight loss spell as well. Patience is also a very important factor.
You will need the following:
1 stick jasmine incense 1 green candle 1 orange candle 1 red candle 1 gold candle (can be substituted for white if you cannot find a gold one.)
A weight loss spell is a lesson in meditation, focus, and self-reflection. On a Waning moon (the day after the Full moon) turn off all the lights and light the incense. Clear your mind completely and do some deep breathing to focus yourself. Place the green candle directly in front you, the red one to your right, the orange one to your left and the gold one halfway between the green and orange candles.
What to Do Light the green candle in front of you first; it represents your personal growth. Once it is burning brightly, pause for a few moments and reflect on the positive ways in which your weight loss will affect your life. Will you be more confident? Will you be more mindful of your health? Next, light the red candle on your right and pause again to reflect. The red candle is indicative of passion and your driving force. Ponder on how much you wish to achieve this goal.
Conjure up images in your mind of a slimmer and healthier you. Move on to light the orange candle on your left, which represents success. Imagine yourself in situations that hinder your weight loss, such as raiding the refrigerator when you are stressed, then picture yourself avoiding those circumstances by engaging in a different activity, such as going for a walk or reading a book. Lastly, light the gold candle which signifies happiness. As you light the gold candle, try to release any negative self-perceptions you may have with regard to your body. For instance, you can imagine that they are gathering in the pit of your stomach and oozing out of you like a black fog. This can be a very powerful visualization and can truly help you on your journey toward a more positive body image. The more focused thought and reflection you bring to a weight loss spell, the more powerful it can be. As you visualize this fog leaving your body, repeat the following words:
My true form lies within, deep within my skin, I beckon thee to appear, Hear my plea, true and clear.
When you are done with the visualization, blow out the green candle, followed by the red one, the orange one and then the gold one. Once all the candles have been extinguished, indulge yourself. Take a long, comfortable bath. Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to the bath water will keep you relaxed and stress-free. Wash your body with care in order to prepare yourself for the coming of your renewed self. Dry yourself, and watch the old body image go down the drain with the bath water. The weight loss spell is complete.
Easy Home Protection Spell:
This is a simple protection spell that will help guard your home against anyone who may wish you misfortune or from any unforeseen disasters.
1 glass jar Multiple pieces of broken glass Red vinegar or lemon juice 3 tablespoons of coarse salt 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
Steps: 1. Place the pieces of broken glass into the jar to fill it at least halfway up. 2. Mix the salt and garlic together to make a paste and drop the mixture into the jar. 3. Fill the jar with the vinegar or lemon juice so that it covers the broken glass. 4. Seal the jar tightly. 5. Turn the jar upside down 3 times. 6. Place the jar behind your front door.
Sabine Baring-Gould in Curious Myths of the Middle Ages (1867) suggests that St Ursula is the Christianised representative of the old Teutonic goddess Freya (Frigg), who, in Thuringia, under the name of Horsel or Ursel, and in Sweden Old Urschel, welcomed the souls of dead maidens. Saint Ursula with her bow and ar
row, her ship and virginal companions, sails up the Rhine as Urschel, the Teutonic moon goddess, sailed before her, with all the graceful attributes of Isis and Diana. She is likely to be one of the saints who has become confused with the old gods, that is, a real martyr's story has been embellished with that particulars of an old myth. A Slavic moon goddess was apparently known as Orsel.
Helen Farias, founder of The Beltane Papers, proposes that Ursula was originally the German bear goddess, Orsel, and conjectures that her companions are the stars surrounding the constellation of the Bear, Ursa Major, the great She-Bear known to us as the Plough or Dipper (Farias, Helen, ‘The TBP Lunar-Solar Festival Calendar,’ The Beltane Papers, Issue 3, Beltane, 1993).
The bear goddess was known to the Greeks as Artemis (daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo) and in China as Matsu Po, Queen of Heaven and the Sea. According to one source, one of Artemis's frequent animal incarnations was the Great She-bear (constellation Ursa Major), ruler of the stars and protectress of the axis mundi, Pole of the World. The Helvetian (Swiss) tribes around what is now Berne, worshipped her as the She-Bear, and she is still their heraldic arms. Berne, in fact, means ‘She-bear’, just as Urus means ‘bear’. Sometimes the Helvetians called her Artio, shortened to ‘Art’ by the Celtic tribes who married her to the Bear-king, Arthur. As Artio's Lord of the Hunt, the medieval god of witches came to be called, ‘Robin son of Art’. In Irish, Art meant ‘God’, but its earlier meaning was ‘Goddess' – more specifically the Bear-goddess.
Waverly Fitzgerald (School of the Seasons) writes that in Norway, on this day, no work was to be done that involved using the wheel, such as spinning, milling, and so on, “suggesting a fascinating connection with the goddess of Fate”.
Saint Ursula is represented in Christian art as a princess holding an arrow, sometimes with maidens under her mantle; or an angel coming to her as she sleeps; or taking leave of her royal parents; in a boat surrounded by maidens and ecclesiastics, as she sails down the Rhine; or she and her companions massacred by archers.
At Cologne, where Ursula is venerated, she is the patroness of unmarried women, drapers, and teachers; invoked for chastity and holy wedlock, and against the plague.
In November, 1493, on his second voyage, Columbus discovered a large island surrounded by an archipelago. He named the largest island Saint Ursula, and the others he called the Once Mil Vigines (the 11,000 Virgins.) They are still known today as the Virgin Islands. Appropriately enough, Saint Ursula's Day is a holiday in the British Virgin Islands.
While Halloween is a modern American name invented by Candy companies, to make a fortune off of children who nag their parents into taking them trick or treating, it does stem from an Occult source. There are many festivals of the dead all over the world on different dates, but Halloween mostly stems from Samhain, the Celtic festival of the dead and New Year that is celebrated in October. It is also called Ancestor night, since the spirit of the dead ancestors rise on this night. It should be noted however, that certain holidays like Samhain are never celebrated on the same days, the day changes acc
It is possible to change your luck. Perhaps you have experienced a string of unfortunate events lately? Or maybe you keep losing out on opportunities? It could be that you have always viewed yourself as an unlucky person. No matter what your reason is for looking into luck spells, there is a way to improve your circumstances.
Luck spells are one of the most common spells performed. They can help increase luck in areas of love, money, health, and virtually any other part of your life. Whatever you wish for; a luck spell can assist you in attaining your goal.
Envision It Getting lucky can be a simple process – it does not require a lot of money or effort on your part. What it does require however, from the onset, is a change in mindset. You must think positive thoughts and view yourself as a lucky person. It is a personal experience, that is, the process that helps your luck improve may not be the same as that of your neighbor’s. However, as your luck increases, you may notice the life of your loved ones improving. Good luck can spread like the ripples of a stone dropped into a pond.
Good Luck Charms Luck spells come in many forms. The simplest way to improve your luck is to add good luck charms in your home, place one in your car, and wear one on your person. Charms can be something as obvious as a horseshoe or a four leaf clover, and it can also be a personal item that you believe to be lucky.
A good luck charm should be placed at the entrance of your home so that anyone coming into your house will be blessed with good fortune. This symbol can also serve as a beacon, summoning positive energies towards your living space. If you place a particular charm in your car or wallet, good luck follows you where ever you go, influencing the life of other people that you encounter in your path.
Lucky Animals Many of nature’s creatures are believed to be symbols of good luck - bats, cats, salamanders, fish, unicorns, and other animals. However, you should not use or sacrifice a live animal when performing any good luck spell; the use of an image is more merciful and will suffice. A candle in the shape of your preferred good luck animal is most efficient when spell working.
Creating a Luck Spell With the oil of a beneficial herb such as rosemary, dandelion, clover, or spearmint, anoint a candle (preferably one in the shape of your lucky animal). It is also advantageous to place a charm inside the candle or next to it. Light the candle every evening for seven nights in a row, seven being a lucky number. On the last evening, let the candle burn all the way to the end, and then bury its remnants. Thereafter, place the charm that has been permeated with the candle’s scent in a meaningful place in your home, or carry it on your person.
Anyone can change their luck. A positive attitude and a little focus on good luck spells can make a big difference in your life.
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