Middle Earth Magic: Inspired Ideas and Seasonal Spells for Your Enchanted Life

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia and learned much about herbs, trees, animals, gardening, foraging  and so much about nature. I incorporate this wisdom I learned from elders in my family into my spellwork. When I finally left the farm, I majored in Medieval Studies, my attempt to emulate my idol, J.R.R. Tolkien. All these influences led me to my own blended brew which I call "middle earth magic," containing a mix of the modern and the time-tested "old ways." 

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Divination Station: Becoming a Seer

From the beginning of time, the one persistent question has been, “How does one make direct contact with the crystal ball?”  Immediately three words present themselves: belief, concentration, and patience.  All three are equally important; seership depends on them.  If an individual has an inborn ability to fix the mind or to concentrate, that person is well on the way to becoming a scryer.  However, none of the three will be as effective if the seer is not at ease physically.  A posture chair will free the scryer from being distracted by the need to seek a more comfortable position. Now breathe. Nothing is more vital than the breath, which is the source of all energy.  It behooves every seer to learn to control the breath.  All professional seers, like all professional clairvoyants, cultivate deep breathing, for they are aware that their psychic powers are enhanced their lung capacity.  Deep breathing is a great aid to concentration, just as physical ease helps to erase irritability and ensure a patient attitude.

 The time factor enters strongly into gazing.  There are three periods during the day that are ideal to consult the crystal ball: sunrise, midday, and sunset.  It is generally accepted that sunrise is the most propitious, for it symbolizes a new beginning.  This does not preclude other hours between dawn and dark times to avoid using the crystal ball are the dark hours from nine o’clock in the evening until dawn.  During that period the scryer is renewing vital powers, either through sleep or meditation.


As a novice scryer, you will notice the clouding of your crystal ball.  This clouding may appear in various forms:


1.     As a milky obscurity

2.     As a smoky, impenetrable mist

3.     As miniscule white clouds drifting through the crystal ball


White clouds are an affirmative indication of coming favors.  If brilliance breaks through the clouds, it is indicative of the sun, which will light the way to better financial circumstances and to improved physical health.  However, if a soft light lacking brilliance appears through the clouds, it is indicative of the moon, which foretells a period of inaction that may be likened to the recuperation of the vital forces.  When the cloud is black, that is the time to be concerned, for a black cloud is unfavorable, even ill-omened.  The seriousness of the prediction is measured by the degree of blackness.  Does the blackness appear in a small portion of the crystal ball, or does it fill the entire globe?  Occasionally the clouds take on a show of color.  If green, blue, or violet suffuse the crystal ball, this is an excellent indication.  When green clouds appear, the individual will be called on to assist as a neighborhood mediator in an educational, political, or religious capacity.  If a blue cloud appears, an occasion will arise that requires shrewd discernment and which will bring both honor and praise to the individual.  When a violet cloud floats through the crystal ball, a latent talent may be recognized, or a worthy philosophical expression will be presented and well received.  When clouds of red, orange, or yellow appear, the portents are ominous.  Red clouds foretell dangerous situations – accidents, serious illness, and grief.  Orange clouds predict loss of material goods and friendship.  Yellow clouds bring deception and ultimate betrayal by supposed friends.



Your questions may regard anything that is uppermost in your mind, such as business, health, housing, matrimony, social activities, or any of myriad subjects.  Clouds that move upward in the crystal ball are positive signs.  Clouds that move downward in the crystal ball are negative.  Every question you have asked earns a “no” or the indications are negative.  However, it must be realized that it is the question itself that causes the cloud to appear and descend.


Clouds that move to the right of the seer announce the presence of spiritual beings.  They are benign and this shows their willingness to assist both the seer and the individual seeking assistance.  Clouds that move to the left of the seer indicate a refusal to continue the “sitting” at that time.  Do not be discouraged!  Dark divination is an excellent tool with which a Dark Moon magician can focus psychic skills.  Like a muscle, your intuition needs exercise.  With this in your arsenal and your bag of magic goodies, you will be a force to reckon with.  With tarot, the pendulum, scrying, and your trusty crystal ball by your side, your power grows and flourishes.


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    Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  


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