When the world lost its magic and became too cold and serious.
As the energy of the April full moon begins to wane, I begin to turn my attention to the next intake of The Wytch’s Circle that will commence on Thursday, 23 May 2019. Unlike previous years the notes for this intake of students will come in the format of a 158 paged book of the same name. Somewhere along the line I came across the following essay, “Living in a World without Magic” by Amy Hoffman. Instead, it can appear that as we grow older, the “magick” of our world tends to diminish. Things that we once stood in awe as a child no longer hold such wonder and fascination as our conscious mind and life’s reality explains things away …. or maybe not.
I, for one, believe in magick, “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will” as magician Aleister Crowley described it. As an adult, I still find awe and wonder in the world around me, believe in the realms that exist alongside our physical reality, and have even experienced the power of the mighty gods that my distant ancestors revered.
But I also agree with Amy, that somewhere along the road that we call life, we, as a human race, have let the magic die. And in doing so, we have failed. So, I will let Amy take it from here.
“We failed ourselves, and we failed future generations. We made babies grow up too fast and become mini adults because there was nothing left to keep them young. Now we live in a world that is cold and dark and lacking in the magic that once upon a time kept us young and happy.
“Look to the past. Not really the recent past, further back than that, before your grandmothers and into a darker age of time where mobile telephones were not even a thought. Heck, telephones were not even a thought yet. Yes, they were simpler times, but they were times when people still believed. Believed in what? Everything. And it depended on where in the world you were as to what you believed in.
Think about it. Think how many different gods and goddesses different cultures have believed in throughout the years. And how about all the tall tales, and folklore and myths and legends that were passed down through generations and used to teach children lessons, and to explain how things worked in simple ways that children understood.
“Children could laugh and skip through life, believing that elves came out at night to cobble their shoes, instead of facing the harsh reality that the poor cobbler worked until his hands bled to make a pathetic amount of money to keep from starving.
“Today’s children get the truth. The cold, hard, unloving truth. There is no fairies left in the world to believe in, except maybe the Tooth Fairy, who let me tell you, inflation has left me a little peeved at her these days.
“But in all seriousness, when kids want to know what or why something is how it is now, we do not give them a beautifully crafted tale of mystery and wonder that leaves their little eyes glimmering with hope and intrigue and their little hearts pounding with excitement.
“We hand them a computer and show them a YouTube video. Here you go kid, you wanted to know why there are rainbows? Watch this, it will tell you exactly how the light refracts and shines through the raindrops and makes the rainbow. What’s wrong? You were hoping for leprechauns and pots of gold? Not in this world.
“And so there you have it. Everyone asks what’s wrong with today’s youth. There it is. The magic is gone. We stopped letting them believe in it while we rushed around in our busy, mundane lives and we stopped having time for fairies and gnomes.
“We stopped telling these tales and myths to them and they stopped caring. We showed them a world that could be explained by science and their tender little hearts grew cold. The twinkle in their eyes dimmed and they started growing up too fast. Sure, we’ve kept the basics, Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and maybe a few other big wigs were spared, but the rest we forgot.
“We stopped telling them to gaze up into the stars on a clear night and look for the man in the moon, or in the case of my childhood, my Japanese grandmother showed me the rabbit with his wooden mallet, pounding the rice into mochi.
“And by god I believed it. I would look up at that big glowing orb and smile when I could make out the shape of the rabbit. We stopped explaining rainbows with leprechauns and we stopped telling them that gremlins and fairies stole missing items.
“We failed them and then we started to wonder why they had no imagination and why they needed an electronic device to entertain them instead of their own minds. The answer was because of us. Because we stopped giving them things to believe in and to imagine.
“I know that they do grow up. It happens to the best of us sadly. But the magic doesn’t need to die, we can take five minutes and set down our phones and tell them stories about fairies and trolls. We can teach them silly little habits, like leaving an offering in a ring of toadstools for the fairies.
“Why? Because it gets them outside, it gets them to observe nature and see the beauty of the world around them. It gives you an opportunity to explain some heavy stuff or really confusing stuff to them without either confusing them further, or giving them information that their little minds shouldn’t really have to process. Bring back the myths, and the legends, bring back the fables.
“Let them live in their imagined worlds a little longer before they have to face the cold world that we have to brave. Let them battle some dragons and evil spirits and hope that the elves bring back their missing socks for just a little longer, and maybe, just maybe you will find that your world feels just a little more magical too. “
The full moon on Friday, 19 April 2019 at 29° Libra is opposite Uranus. This means your need for change, excitement or freedom could make you restless and impulsive. Unexpected events and unpredictable behavior could add much tension to close relationships.
A full moon occurs when the sun is opposite the moon. This highlights opposing forces or polarities in your life such as your work versus home, or what you need versus what you want. Inner tension and external pressures can lead to personal conflict and crises that drain your energy. Your home, family and intimate relationships comes into sharper focus following a full moon.
The lunar qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a full moon. Use you increased emotional strength and intuition to overcome any relationship challenges. Subconscious awareness allows for an impartial and balanced look at your personal relationships. You will clearly see any relationship dynamics or negative feelings causing disharmony.
The strongest influence on a full moon is always sun opposite moon which brings relationship into focus. The next strongest influence on this upcoming full moon is Uranus. Sun conjunct Uranus puts the focus on your need for change, excitement and independence. It brings excitement, unexpected change and freedom. You should feel a strong urge to break free from routine, doing something totally different from your normal activities. But with Moon opposite Uranus, unexpected changes and upsetting disruptions could bring restlessness and nervous tension.
Flexible and open-mindedness will increase the likelihood of more pleasant surprises and thrilling experiences. But if this impulsive energy affects your ego, you could take unnecessary risks or rebel against authority. Aggressive reaction and conflict may follow, with danger to yourself and your reputation.
Moon opposite Uranus can cause emotional upsets and relationship turmoil. Impulsive reactions and emotionally based decisions could turn a minor drama into total chaos. So take extra care when making important decisions, especially about relationships.
A strong need for independence can also be a strongly disruptive force. Unexpected events, mood swings or emotional detachment can put a lot of strain on your home and family as well as intimate relationships.
The full moon quincunx Venus increases your need for love and affection but also increases relationship tension, especially involving women. Tension rises because of an imbalance involving emotional support and love. The amount of loved received is not the same as the amount given.
Seeking satisfaction elsewhere would involve secrecy and the risk of being caught. Emotional comfort may even be sought in sweet food or drugs. Even if you don’t have any problems with others, you could still experience an internal imbalance involving self-love and self-image.
Karmic imbalances may be related to a family member, possibly your mother. Addressing unresolved issues from this relationship is the key to resolving other challenging imbalances in your life. An interfering or overly possessive mother is one challenge you may have to face. Infidelity, addiction or health issues are other possible sources of relationship tension that you may need to deal with.
Asteroid Hybris conjunct the full moon warns against foolish pride, overconfidence and arrogance. Keep this in mind if your ego begins to get carried away by Uranus excitement and impulsiveness. “Pride comes before a fall.”
The April 2019 full moon also highlights relationship imbalances involving emotional support and love. Asteroid Hybris conjunct the full moon calls for compassion and humility to replace overconfidence and arrogance.
A full moon has a relationship to the previous new moon. The goals you made during the new moon on 5 April can now be fine-tuned or completed, it is harvest time. You can make emotional adjustments in response to those new goals. The April full moon lasts for two weeks up to the new moon on 4 May 2019.
This month appears to be rather interesting with many cosmic ups and downs, twists and turns, eccentric insights, and changes and reversals that will definitely keep you on your toes. The themes of Truth, Choice and Action create a channel for transformation that is much like the birth canal. The only way out is by going through it and there is no going back.
:: Truth comes as an inner knowing not yet defined. :: Choice is the emotional commitment that needs no explanation or reason. :: Action is the disciplined follow-through that anchors a new path.
We often think of truth as something connected to our thoughts and intellect, something we can define and explain, but truth in this context is a fuller knowing and more of an insight that does not yet have a mental definition. Truth will come from an intuitive reaction that precedes understanding and will have to be trusted as authentic. This is challenging as truth is very personal and your truth will not be everyone’s experience.
It is important to claim your own truth at the same time allowing others to claim theirs without judgment.
The monkey wrench in all of this is the deceptive quality or the artisan creative energy we have as an underlying theme for the year. This energy supports possibilities for manipulating ‘truth’ to feed the ego and the desires of the false personality.
If your truth is not coming from a place of neutrality and essence but rather from a place of motivation by one of the seven obstacles (Greed, Self–Destruction, Arrogance, Self-Deprecation, Impatience, Martyrdom, Stubbornness) then you are vulnerable to some deception. You will also need to watch for others throwing their ‘truth’ at you that is clearly motivated by ego and full of self-deception.
Any truth that seems to have a neat little definition and explanation is probably compromised by machinations of the false personality.
Watch for projection as a high probability this month and set some good boundaries against taking anything personally that comes at you from others. This goes for your personal behavior as well. Claim your truth but don’t project it onto others. Make sure your truth is motivated by essence and not your false personality.
Choice will follow an insight or inner knowing as the commitment of the heart to make a change or to proceed in a certain direction. This is also an intuitive process that requires trust in your personal truth that is driving the choice.
Action is what follows as the confirmation of your choice. If your truth is an insight that a relationship is not right for you, and the choice is to make a change, then the action step is to physically complete the ending of that relationship. There is a saying, ‘talk is cheap’ and actions speak louder than words. So, you will need to step it up this month and be disciplined about following through with your choices and decisions.
If you don’t follow through with action because of fear, doubt, ambivalence, or worry about what others may think, you may get lost in the limbo place of not being able to move forward.
Magick is a strange interest to have and as such, people are often drawn to it for rather high brow reasons: :: You want to understand the universe and your place in it. :: You want answers to the questions of life, the universe and everything – not just second-hand faith in somebody else’s proclamations. :: You want a heightened sense of personal dignity, integrity and power to achieve the goals that matter to you the most. :: You want enchantment. You want to live an enchanted life – one in which you can immerse yourself in wonders and mysteries, and experience intensity that people who are checked out in front of their phones or TV screens never will. :: You want a heightened reality, or even to quest for absolute reality itself.
The 17th of March each year is St Patrick’s Day, the so-called Irish saint who “banished” the land from snakes, and a time when people find that “mysterious” far-distant relative lurking on some forgotten branch of the family tree to justify why they’ve consumed far too many green dyed pints of beer and wearing some awful hat with a green clover (sorry, shamrock) on it. I doubt that between swilling their Guiness, Beamish, Murphy’s, Harp, Kilkenny, that they have given much thought about the man whose day they are allegedly celebrating.
We have a Mercury retrograde from 6 to 29 March 2019 in Pisces. Generally though, the traditional advice with Mercury retrograde is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” However, the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time. Mercury generally zips between two worlds, or rather, the two hemispheres of our brain.
Within some folk magick traditions, black salt is used as a protective element to drive away negative, or even evil, energies when scattered around your property. It can even be sprinkled into the footprints of people who are bothering you as a way of making them go away and leave you alone. It is said that the salt absorbs and contains negativity.
NOTE : Semantics before all: Energy parasite is a psychic vampire of some sort that accidentally drains energy from another living being, or more living beings. That is the occult definition. However I disagree respectfully, as you need to have conscious desire, at least at lowest level of your conscious being to start any sort of occult attack. In its most basic form energy parasitism is an occult attack. In the text that follows I will be using the terms interchangeably (psychic vampire, energy vampire, and energy vampire and energy parasite).
Ever had that sudden feel of fatigue, tiredness, with no obvious reason? Did this by any chance occur after you dealt with certain person? Have you had that happen before? Think about it, because if the answer on the following question is affirmative, and if you were able to rule out mundane reason for your state (physiology or physiopathology), you might have even more serious problem, occult or paranormal in its nature. An energy drain caused by, what we refer as energy vampires.
Energy vampires are human, or rarely, other living creatures that posses innate ability to steal another people’s vital force, energy sometimes referred as “chi” or or “prana” in esoteric circles, and in occult community in general. There are also, spiritual energy vampires that are simply lowest level astral creatures, or non- living elementals created by other people (like servitors or egregores).
Even psychology, by some point, recognizes that there are humans capable to impose negative emotions upon others, consequently starting to feel better themselves. They call them emotional vampires. While in occultism we approve the fact that some people are able of causing others to feel sad, depressive, melancholic or alike, relying only on every day, or natural means, we strongly think, that emotional vampires, as described in psychology are utterly rare. Meaning, up to some 98-99% of emotional vampires, are psychic vampires as well, or better yet their emotional vampirism is but a consequence of their ability to drain energy from other living being by supernatural means.
The main difference between the two types of vampires, is that emotional vampires have no influence when they are fare from you, and that you can easily resist them, using just will and determination. Psychic vampire – victim relation is masochistic, compelling, and can be severed only using both strong will and supernatural means.
Types of psychic vampires 1. Human psychic vampires a) Solar human psychic vampires: Aggressive, compelling, cruel, pathologically jealous and possessive, dominative, short fuse and abusive, yet highly dependant on their victims. They apologize often, and have episodes of “kind” behavior, which is to reassure their victims in their “good” aims and preventing victims from leaving them. Victims are often afraid and unwilling at same time to disassociate from them. b) Lunar human psychic vampires: Kind, coercive, depressive, sometimes with suicidal tendencies they always fail to fulfill due to lack of courage and fear of pain. They always ask questions, ask for advices, seek help, they always appear to be in trouble and need victims help. The base for this pathological relation ( vampire – victim ) is based on victims sympathy for the vampire, and vampire’s outstandingly keen powers of suggestion and manipulation, subtle yet powerful and will bending.
2. Non-human psychic vampires (spiritual vampires) a) Natural spiritual psychic vampires: Lower level evil parasitic spirits occurring naturally, often inhabiting lower level astral plane, ethereal plane and earthly plane by need. They mostly attack their victims during their sleep, though not rarely they can be attached to their victims almost non stop. People that are gifted and can see energies and energy beings (clairvoyance) gave pretty much uniformed description of these beings, spheral or with sharp cauloids (head region) and with great number of tentacles they use to attach themselves to human chakras. b) Artificial spiritual psychic vampires: servitors created by other people, sometimes fugitives other times sent intentionally to feed on other people’s energies.
Regardless of the type (human, non human) and attributes (solar, lunar, natural, artificial) consequences of their acts are evident and obvious, and always pretty much the same. Therefore the symptoms that will indicate on energetic vampirism, as well as methods of dealing with them are universal.
Recognizing a Psychic Vampire Psychic vampires are always tired, never happy or satisfied individuals, that feel abandoned or rejected and always seek for support and help. They appear obsessed with fulfilling their goals and aims by all costs, they seek opinions and advices that they soak in.
“Some psychic vampires may suffer from physical ailments, unbalanced emotions, or personality disorders. Many possess violent tempers, which are easily aroused”, according to famous occult author Dion Fortune.
Symptoms that indicate vampirism and diagnose Most common and distinctive signs of energetic vampirism include • State of general somatic and psychological fatigue, with no apparent physiological cause • Poor sleep quality, sometimes followed by sleep apnea, or recurring nightmares • Pain in the neck, lower spine and recurring headaches. Also it is commonly reported by victims that their ear rings and they are not hypertonic, and also sense of unease in are of solar plexus • Sensation of ease, when bathing or staying over, or near bodies of water. Specific ease is felt if you make sign of Celtic cross over forehead, solar plexus and heart chakra • Very small ( minute, use magnifying glass ) punctures bellow ears, on neck or down the inner surface of one forearms, lobes of the ears, under breast in women’s and on toe tips, sometimes they become infected and suppurating Most people that have good basic occult knowledge will generally know when they are being attacked by an energy vampire. Anyhow, affirming that one has at least three above listed symptoms is alarming and healing and apotropaic measures are ought to be undertaken.
Warding off and Healing Energy Vampirism The simplest and best way to deal with leeches of these sort, is to disassociate. However even then, we may encounter them accidentally, so we either have to be rather vigilant and carry certain protective items and charms, or we have to coulter their power, restrict their magnetism and say no to their abuse. The easiest, and very effective methods of protection against energy vampires, corporeal or not, include shielding, occult disassociation, and aura sealing, some of which are described in the text bellow. The mentioned methods are also rather temporary and not a definite measure. I will be suggesting some of the means to severe the ties with energy parasites for good, later in this text.
Magickal Disassociation Techniques and Shielding Dion Fortune suggests some of the best methods I’ve heard off in her book Psychic Self Defense. Some are quite simple, actually. Should you find yourself in same room, with energy vampire and forced to speak to them, envision glass wall between you and energy parasite, and envision it clearly, until becomes like tangible between the two of you.
In your mind or in low voice, say to them, how they are away from you and unable to harm or otherwise interact with you, unless how much you allow them to interact. Another method suggested by Dion Fortune in above mentioned work of her, she suggests simple method to close our energy leakage, while near them, and she describes the method as follows:
“When dealing with a person who saps your vitality, interlace your fingers, and lay your folded hands upon your solar plexus, keeping your elbows pressed against your sides. Keep your feet touching each other. You have thus contacted all your own terminals and made of your body a closed circuit. No magnetism will go out from you while you maintain this attitude. Your friend will probably complain of your lack of sympathy, however kindly you may speak.” *
This is also a method of sealing your aura. Another, more specific method author suggest to seal your aura, for the approximate period of four hours is following (from the same book):
Stand upright and cross yourself, by touching forehead, breast, right shoulder and left shoulder, saying, “By the power of the Christ of God within me, whom I serve with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength (extend your hands forward as far as you can reach at the level of the solar plexus, finger tips touching, then sweep them round to the back and touch the finger-tips together again behind you, saying), I encompass myself about with the Divine Circle of His protection, across which no mortal error dares to set its foot.”
This is an old monkish formula. It is very effectual, but its potency only lasts aboutfour hours.” *
A simple method of sealing your aura to prevent energy leakage, and other similar harmful affect that would disrupt your spiritual homeostasis, calls for red yarn (best if it’s the one you soaked in Holy water) to be tied around your waist, bellow your shirt so it remains unseen. This is a simple method both witches and cunning folk use on Balkan peninsula. I was taught to use it even as kid.
Severing the Rapport One of the best methods to deal with energy vampires is to severe the pathological connection that is often created between vampire and their victim. This so called “rapport” is an energy cord, a natural consequence of occult pathological connections between two individuals ( parasite – victim, adept/practitioner – victim, servitor – creator of them, astral being – victim, ghost – human ) , created as permanent energy link between two parties. A soothing analogy is astral cord between physical and astral body.
To cut this tie, an occult ritual is preformed that includes visualization and creation of protection circle, creation of astral weapon (sword), and severing the rapport with it, then setting the remaining alight with spiritual/astral torch. These steps are undertaken via practitioners careful visualization, followed with reciting certain affirmative words of power and using Divine names as symbol of authority and mastery over these adverse creatures and their abusive attacks. For the complete, detailed instructions for the ritual, I shall once again refer you to Psychic Self Defense by Dion Fortune. I must only add that, this ritual would ideally be done by some fellow practitioner, as victims of vampirism are fable of health and their mental focus might not be the best.
I believe I have found another method of severing this type of connection. Experience had taught me that cut and clear Hoodoo formulas, can be used for more than mere cutting away old partners and bad romances. If the Vampire is Human just do a normal Cut and Clear spell, a bath followed by some form of “Cut and clear spell” preferably following some banishment or Hot Footing. To make sure they will not come back finish with “Lost and away type” of work. Also “Cast off evil” formulas are ideal to be combined with “Cut and Clear” here.
If the Vampire is a spiritual leech, simply anoint a top of sharp pointed crystal (like Kunzite or Clear or Smokey Quartz) or dagger (be careful not to cut yourselves) with “Cut and Clear oil” and pass over your chakra points.
Spells to “destroy” Energy Vampires The following are instructions for a typical witchcraft spell, to permanently disable vampire from harming one 1) Make a poppet to represent the vampire, personalize it as much as you can, and add any personal concerns of vampire you can get your hands on in the doll 2) Consecrate or/and baptize the poppet/doll the way you normally do 3) Charge the poppet/doll holding it in your hands, chanting the parasite’s name or simply thinking of them. Your hands should soon start having sensation of tingling 4) Lay the poppet on the altar, placing it between two lit black candles 5) If You have it, previous to lighting, dress the candles with “Cat off evil” oil and dust them with cayenne flakes, Black pepper and Sulphur. Do the same (anointing and dusting) with the poppet 6) Chant the following (or read Psalm 10th , 13th and 91st)
Psychic vampire set me free. No powers have you over me. By number three times number three, All harm you’ve done returns to thee!
7) Drive a wooden stake through a doll’s/puppet’s heart, so to symbolize your triumph over the enemy saying: “So mote it be!” 8) In white cloth along with some salt and dispose away from your property. * Protection Charms and Methods There are quite a few botanicals, animal curios as well as minerals that provide great protection against psychic vampires. Now, keeping in mind that the rapport (link) between energy parasite and their victim is not as strong as one created by most of other aggressors, good protection in most cases is on itself, enough to cut the rapport, by making it inefficient, and consequently gradually “dissolving” it. Still, it is highly advisable to, perform some cleansing work, or any of the methods described earlier. This is strongly advised particularly in cases If the link between vampire and victim is long standing, and If the victim has exposed tendencies to “return” to the parasite.
Here is a list of some useful charms (I have also given the explanations, alongside each item, as to why I think it might be helpful) • High John TC root – to conquer your enemies and overcome their power • Sampson snake root – To give strength and endurance and to make you successful • Mint – for it will give power of mind, and sharpness in need times and intuitions, also has wide range of uncrossing and unjinxing properties • Lemon – Due to it’s cut and clear effect • Poppy seeds – To confuse them and decrease their • Master root – to dominate and master your enemies • Master of the woods – To protect (against) and overcome adverse conditions, and enemies • Green Aventurine stone – Among the best “cures” for energy vampirism, also provides shield for the heart chakra and soothes • Rusty bent nail – Interferes and decreases significantly abilities of vampire attack, as well as any psychic and most of occult attacks • Camphor – Tincture or chunks, because of their powers to disrupt enemies activities
Atypical energy vampires In earlier given classification of energy vampires I have given, I could have added third category of “atypical energy vampires”. The reason I did not do this, due to the fact that they are actually not the same species, kind if You will. Atypical energy vampire are beings varying in terms of origin and species, having the same modus opernadi, the same or similar energy draining abilities, like energy vampires. Some examples are Lamias, Baobhan Sidhe and so on.
Being different kind of beings, their behavior, and methods of dealing with are completely different.
This article is written by myself, but following sources were quoted (as labelled) in text  Dion Fortune Psychic Self-Defense  Dion Fortune Psychic Self-Defense  Gerina Dunwich A Witches Guide to Ghosts and Supernatural , spell was used from this work, but significantly edited by me Other spells and procedures are result of occult experience and are standard measures undertaken when fighting this occult condition, or are suggested by me. Since the article was written and composed by myself, should you wish to use any of the information (or whole text) elsewhere, You are welcome as long as You provide the credits Shadow of Shadows magick place or email@example.com Images used on this post were drawn by me , so should you wish to use them elsewhere, the same rule applies.
When I was younger I recall a teacher warning us that if you try to put yourself out to be something that you are not, you will eventually get caught out. The statement may have been made in relation to cheating on school exams or maybe even the age-old advice as we left the protected life of school and entered the dreaded work force. Regardless of circumstance, there are only a certain about of time that you can “wing it” before you come across people whose eyes you simply cannot pull the wool over.
As the sacred Wheel of the Year is turning towards Lughnasadh and beyond in the Southern Hemisphere, now is the time for bringing in your harvest, for giving thanks for or acknowledging what you have received (whether expecting or not). Sometimes the reasoning behind what we have received is not always clear to us at the time – we need to have “faith” as the underlying meaning will make itself known when the “time is right”. This meaning may even call for an action or direction that we have not been expecting.