St Patrick, the Snakes and Paschal Fire

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.

Mercury Retrograde March 2019 ~ Wings Of Wisdom (Marina)

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.

Black Salt for Protection

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.

Energy Parasites (Psychic Vampires) (Shadow)

IMAGE 1: My drawing depicting creation of rapport between energy vampire and unsuspecting sleeper , through heart chakras.

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.

Image 2: My own drawing depicting a visualization used to “cut off” the energy vampires, and their tentacles or rapport created. One visualizes 3 ( or more ) cylinders, extremely sharp rotating with immense speed around their head, heart and navel. In Your visualization, it’s advised that the cylinders rotate in different directions.

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.” *[1]

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.” *[2]

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. *[3]

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
[1] Dion Fortune Psychic Self-Defense
[2] Dion Fortune
Psychic Self-Defense
[3] 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
Images used on this post were drawn by me , so should you wish to use them elsewhere, the same rule applies.

Illusions, Mind Games and the Pagan Way

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.

Reflection on Your Harvest

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.

Lughnasadh – The Festival of the First Harvest

As the Wheel of the Year turns, for those of us residing south of the equator, the festival of Lughnasadh is almost upon us. A Celtic word believed to mean “the commemoration of Lugh”, the Irish God associated with the Sun and agriculture, the festival of Lughnasadh marked the funeral games that Lugh held in honour of his foster mother, Tailte, who died while clearing the Forest of Breg and making it a plain for cultivation. The modern day Telltown (Tailtean) in County Meath, Eire, is believed to have been named after Tailte.

us the Celts were believed to commence the celebrations of their festivals at dusk the previous day and continue through the night until the dawn, in the Southern Hemisphere Lughnasadh is usually celebrated aroond 31 January through until 2 February. With February being associated with some of our hottest weather, the power of the Sun King might seem to be a long way off, however to the more observant, the dwindling hours of light are starting to be noticed.

The first of the three harvest festivals that make up the Wheel of the Year, Lughnasadh is the festival of first fruits, where a blessing of the crop would take place around this time of the year as now was the time that apples were beginning to ripen on the trees, Summer vegetables being picked from the gardens, and the corn, tall and green, awaiting to be harvested. It is the time that we can start gathering in the first harvests of grain, wheat and barley.

To the Anglo-Saxons, this was the festival of Lammas (meaning “loaf-mas day”), marking the harvesting of the grain. The first sheaf of wheat was said to have been ceremonially reaped, threshed, milled and baked into a loaf which is then eaten, providing life. The Christian sacrament of Communion, where the bread is blessed, becomes the body of God and is then eaten to nourish the faithful, echoes the Pagan Mystery of the Grain God.

Grain has always been associated with Gods who are killed and dismembered and then resurrected from the Underworld, such as Tammuz, Osiris and Adonis. The Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone is a story about the cycle of death and rebirth associated with grain. Demeter, the fertility Goddess, will not allow anything to grow until she finds her daughter who has been carried off to the Underworld. The ancient Eleusinian Mysteries, believed to have been celebrated around the Autumn Equinox, culminated in the revelation of a single ear of corn, a symbol to the initiate of the cyclical nature of life, for the corn is both seed and fruit, promise and fulfilment.

Within many traditions of Wicca, the God has moved from His guise as the Solar King to that of the Shadow One. Just like the Sun, His power and energy is waning as He freely gives it to the crops in order to ensure life. The Goddess is also changing, slowly moving from Her guise as the bountiful mother to that of the wise old Crone. While it is the God who figures prominently at this Sabbat, without the Goddess, there would be no crops, no harvest to be thankful for.

Juliet Batten indicates that in the old Maori calendar the eight month was when kua makura te kai; ka kai te tangata i nga kai hou o te tau (“fruits have now set and people eat the first fruits of the year”). Young gourds might now be ready to eat, but the kumara still had much growing to do. Rehua (Antares) was the Summer star, personifying heat and the power to ripen all fruits, the star that governed the migration of whitebait, with many proverbs indicating its importance, or that of his wife, Ruhia.

Kaore ana a Rehua i tatu ki raro (“Rehua has not yet alighted”) referred to the stage before fruit has formed on the trees. On a hot day people would say Kua tahu a Rehau (“Rehua has burnt/kindled”). Other proverbs refer to te paki o Rhuia (“the fine weather of Ruhia”) and the heat that she brings. Another saying was Rehua kai tangata (“people become food for Rehua”), for now that the planting season was over, men were again free for raiding expeditions. Food was scarce now.

Lughnasadh is the festival that reminds us to refresh and vitalise the body and spirit for the important harvesting work that lies ahead. It is also the time of giving thanks for the bountiful harvest that can be seen and felt all around. You should be seeing the efforts of your labour beginning to manifest. Look at your life and see where you have aimed. What have you accomplished that you set out to do? What still needs to be done? Now is the time to stop and look at the big picture – are you still on track? Are you where you want to be? Are you who you want to be? If you are unhappy, not satisfied, are you able to see what needs to be changed? Are you prepared to make that change?

The Goddess provides but only what we are willing to work for and harvest by our own efforts. All that she provides will rot on the vine and grow wild if we do not add our own labour of love and care to her efforts.

Hoof and horn, hoof and horn
All that dies shall be reborn
Corn and grain, corn and grain
All that falls shall rise again.

Billinghurst, Frances, Dancing the Sacred Wheel (TDM Publishing, 2014)
Moorey, Teresa and Brideson, Jane, Wheel of the Year: Myth and Magic through the Seasons (Hodder & Stoughton, 1997)
Rainbird, Ariadne, and Rankine, David, Magick without Peers (Capall Bann Publishing, 2001)
Batten, Juliet, Celebrating the Southern Seasons: Rituals for Aotearoa (Tandem Press, 1995)
Nichols, Mike, The Witches’ Sabbats (Acorn Guild Press, 2005)

The Time of Janus is Upon Us

New yeare forth looking out of Janus gate,
Doth seeme to promise hope of new delight:
And bidding th’old Adieu, his pass’d date
Bids all old thoughts to die in dumpish spright
And calling forth out of sad Winters night,
Fresh love, that long hath slept in cheerlesse bower:
Wils him awake, and soone about him dight
His wanton wings and darts of deadly power.

To the ancient Romans, the dual faced God, Janus, was the God of beginnings and transitions, and as such, he was also perceived to be the God who ruled over gates and doors, doorways and passages, as well as also endings.  With one face looking back into the past, and the other into the future, it is little wonder that as we approach New Year’s Eve, Janus can easily come to mind. 

Clearing a Space for Change

A new calendar year is almost upon us and as such I am currently putting together the finishing touches to my Manifest Your Dreams workshop that I will be hosting on Saturday, 19 January 2019. However I thought I would share the following article from Madisyn Taylor about removing clutter. The two themes are often considered to be connected because if our lives (and our environment) are cluttered then we often lose sight of our dreams and desires. Therefore once the clutter is removed, then we often find ourselves back on track to pursue the things that we truly want.

We hold onto material objects because we think they make us feel secure, when in reality they are cluttering our lives.

In life, we tend to have an easier time acquiring possessions than we do getting rid of them.  Just as we harbour emotional baggage that is difficult to let go of, our lives can tend to be filled with material objects that we may feel compelled to hold on to.  Most people are not conscious of how much they own and how many of their possessions are no longer adding value to their life. They fiercely hold on to material objects because this makes them feel secure or comfortable.  While it is true that the ownership of “stuff” can make you feel good for awhile, it seldom satisfies the deep inner longings that nearly everyone has for fulfilment and satisfaction.  It is only when we are ready to let go of our baggage and be vulnerable that it becomes possible to recognize the emotional hold that our possessions can have on us.

It is not uncommon to hold on to material objects because we are attached to them or fear the empty spaces that will remain if we get rid of them.  Giving away the souvenirs from a beloved voyage may feel like we are erasing the memory of that time in our life.  We may also worry that our loved ones will feel hurt if we do not keep the gifts they have given us.

It is easy to convince ourselves that unused possessions might come in handy someday or that parting with them will cause you emotional pain.  However, when your personal space is filled with objects, there is no room for anything new to enter and stay in your life.  Your collection of belongings may “protect” you from the uncertainties of an unknown future while keeping you stuck in the past.  Holding on to unnecessary possessions often goes hand in hand with holding on to pain, anger, and resentment, and letting go of your material possessions may help you release emotional baggage. 

When you make a conscious decision to fill your personal space with only the objects that you need or bring you joy, your energy level will soar.  Clearing your personal space can lead to mental clarity and an improved memory.  As you learn to have a more practical and temporary relationship to objects, positive changes will happen, and you will have space to create the life that you desire.

If manifesting your dreams and setting a vision for 2019 is something you would like to do then register for the Manifest Your Dreams workshop that will be taking place on Saturday, 19 January 2019.

Limited places are available so book early as this workshop will not be repeated this year.

The Magick of Mid Summer

For those of us residing in the Southern Hemisphere, mid Summer is upon us, marking the time of the year when the sun is allegedly in its glory, being the time of the longest day and the shortest night. 

While the term “Mid Summer” indicates the height of the Summer, there is still an undertone of darkness in the light.  This is because as the power of the sun is celebrated, from this point, it also commences its decline in power as the Southern Hemisphere begins to rotate away from the sun (as in the diagram below).

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