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10 Secrets to Successful Magic
Here are 10 little ways to improve the overall success quotient of your magic.
 
1. Always start with clutter clearing.
When I want to manifest or shift something, if I have any clutter ***anywhere*** (and let's admit it - we all do unless we just-just-JUST cleared clutter), I start by focusing on that. Nothing unsticks and opens the door to positivity like getting rid of the junk in your physical space.
 
2. Choose intentions with joy behind them.
We always want to look for the JOY. That's our gold, and the clue to our natural divine momentum and flow. When we choose intentions with joy, we get to merge our energetic efforts with the Universe, which of course always works in our favor. 
 
3. Have fun with your rituals and spells.
Fun is the fairy dust and silver bullet that takes your magic from good to great. If your manifestation efforts feel fun and expansive to you, they are always a success. So wait until the idea of the ritual feels fun - or tweak it until it does - before you begin. 
 
4. Make sure your front door is energetically clear.
Your front door is a symbol of the positive flow of energy and blessings into your life experience. If it's dusty or squeaky, covered by a vine, rarely used, or its full range of motion is obstructed by something, this is simply a physical mirror of an energetic block between you and your natural flow of blessings. The good news? You can remedy it easily by washing it, painting it, oiling it, making sure to activate it regularly by opening it to water the plants or get the mail, or moving whatever is obstructing its full range of motion. A new doormat and shiny address numbers won't hurt either. 
 
5. Get your beauty sleep.
Deep and restful sleep helps us align with our intuition and shore up our personal power. So if your sleep has been a little challenged of late, make sure your bedding is super comfy, your bedroom is clutter free, and your caffeine intake isn't too intense (particularly in the second half of the day). Holding a black tourmaline, or keeping it under your pillow or by your head, is another way to enhance the depth and quality of your sleep. Added bonus: it clears and protects your energy while you sleep.
 
6. Exercise to get your energy moving.
We often think of exercising as a way to change the way our body is shaped over time. But just one day of exercising instantly gets your energy moving and increases your electrical emanation (aura) every single time time. And this means your magical power is increased as well. Not to mention, exercise relieves stress and infuses you with a radiant glow. 
 
7. Eat and drink nourishing foods/beverages that your body loves.
Similarly, eating and drinking things that fuel your physical body's health also fuel your magical and spiritual health, and keep your aura and personal power strong. So tune in deeply to what your body is asking for in order to thrive.
 
8. Laugh a lot.
Laughing opens you up to all the beauty and magic of the universe. By lightening your spirit and increasing your electrical emanation (aura), it clears the way for the Divine to flow through you and your life experience. And believe it or not, simply making the decision to laugh more - and then making a point of doing so - actually works. Because the more you laugh, the more others laugh, and then the hilarity bounces back to you again and increases your laughter again. (Notice the added bonus of increasing the overall laughter quotient of the world.)
 
9. Remember you are co-creating with the Divine.
Speaking of clearing the way for the Divine to flow through you, it's important to remember ***this is where the magic comes from.*** When we hold the expectation that the little/finite "me" has to do all the work, we effectively use our free will to shut out the Divine flow that will facilitate our most ideal magical and personal success. So relax, release, lighten up, and open up to Divine miracles and blessings so that your magic will succeed. 
 
10. Cultivate a sense of joyful expectation.
When we do open up to the Divine as our co-creator and magical master of ceremonies, there is a lightness and a joy. We don't feel pressured or desperate or worried, and we feel light and open and free, as if we are certain that the most wonderful possible thing is about to happen. 
 
In fact, you might consider inwardly repeating the affirmation, "Something wonderful is about to happen...Something wonderful is happening now." You'll notice this affirmation brings a secretive smile to your face and a magical magnetism that attracts all kinds of fabulous things.
 
P.S. Stay in the inspiration loop! Registration is now open for The Good Vibe Tribe: my new membership program with new online magic workshops every month, weekly web chats, and a forum to connect with other members. To learn more and watch an introductory video, click here.
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  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Joy--that's the berries, isn't it? We've been de-cluttering since November and OMG, the energy! I hit 2016 running, and I really t

August 2015 106Supplies

  • Items from nature for a collaborative nature mandala: leaves, stones, acorns, seeds, twigs, feathers, and other items from nature (mindfully collected and ideally found on ground). If a group ritual, ask each person to bring a quantity of something to add to the mandala. If it is a family ritual, go out together before moonrise to collect your items. Note: Depending on size, composition, energy, and patience of the group, you may wish to create the mandala together first before beginning the rest of the ritual and then gather around it for the rest of the ritual itself.
  • Paper leaves (can be simply cut out ovals using scrap paper) or dry, fallen leaves + markers to write on them.
  • Optional: drums, rattles, or bells
  • Optional: a candles for each participant (place around outer edge of nature mandala)

Before the ritual: ask each person to respond to the prompt: “my bounty is” and collate the responses into a collaborative bounty poem. If you are working alone, respond to this prompt on your own and form a poem for yourself (example poem)

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DNA and Ancestral Ritual

Science and magic meet. I won't choose between mysticism and science. They can feed each other.

My ancestors are spiritually important to me. So I'm combining science and spirit in a deeply personal way: I ordered an AncestryDNA test kit

A mystic, I travel through the blood in my veins, back through time, to discover the ancient ways my family once practiced. Today, the logical rational side of me does the same by spitting into a vial. This test tube becomes a chalice that arrived by mail, enclosed in plastic. Two supposedly disparate halves of me come together to feed my spirit. 

I mailed my saliva, part of my sacred body, to scientists, who will analyze it to reveal my ethnic background. They'll go back through many generations, the same way my meditations have. Their work will expand my otherworldly travels. 

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  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Honestly I was a bit bummed. My husband had a more interesting mix (and surprising to find out he has a significant amount of Nat
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, I can see how that would be a bummer. But you're such a gorgeous woman, your ancestors must've been beautiful too.
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    I did mine and it was as I expected. European to the very core with that 5% nod to the Sub-Saharan wanderers.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, was it an interesting experience to have what you had always been told confirmed? My dad's side of the family turns out to
  • Kin Roberts
    Kin Roberts says #
    I just received my DNA kit from Ancestry. Looking forward to the results.

I have just returned from a Women and the Land  conference held in Point Reyes, California.  It was a wonderful series of panels, whose presenters were almost all women authors: poets, essayists, and fiction and non fiction writers. Given my interest in how the feminine and ecology fit together  as a unified theme in needed cultural changes that might yet save our nihilistic Western culture, I expected to enjoy it. And I did, far more than I expected.

             That said, this column and the next will deal with an error I heard there, and with its solution. I think the error runs through the thinking of many women and men whose hearts are in the right place. And its solution is easy once we recognize it and take the time to digest its implications. It is also very relevant to Pagans.

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  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega says #
    Thank you Connie. BB
  • Connie Lazenby
    Connie Lazenby says #
    I just loved this. Being very connected to nature and the spirit of a place, i have different rituals that end with the same resul

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PantheaConvergence prt2: The Rituals

The Rite of the Grand Convergence

 

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  • John Halstead
    John Halstead says #
    Devin, I was incredibly excited when I saw your ritual on the P-Con schedule, and immediately depressed when I realized I would ha
  • Devin Hunter
    Devin Hunter says #
    Wow! What an invitation! Please share and tag and let me know if there is anything else I can do. Many blessings.
  • John Halstead
    John Halstead says #
    Great, thanks! Did you use a ritual script or did was it more improvisational?

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I dream of a sacred fire b2ap3_thumbnail_December-2014-127.JPG
where a family circles,
arms linked
as one.

Shared dream,
shared harvest,
shared blessing,
of family, spirit, hearth, and home.

Light the fire
with your children.
Sing with your partner.
Create a temple
of your hearts,
hands,
and bodies.

A simple seed corn ritual is a lovely addition to your New Year's Eve or New Year's Day celebration. It can be completed with a group, a family, or on your own. After reviewing your year and celebrating your accomplishments and successes, consider what you would like to save from this year’s “harvest” to plant in the new year. Take a piece of corn from a pretty dish, close your eyes, and let the seed corn share its dream with you. The above lines are what my seed corn (actually, a piece of unpopped popcorn) had to share with me.

What have you harvested to plant in the new year? What dream are you dreaming?

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  • Courtney
    Courtney says #
    I tried this and was surprised when I got an answer right away! Thanks for sharing!
  • Molly
    Molly says #
    I'm so glad! Thanks for telling me!

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Tattooed Pagans - A ritual in ink

The time for preparation is over. I have eaten. I have stripped down and am bare from the waist up. I have been washed. I have been shaved. I have stepped into the circle I have cast and taken my seat. I've sent words to the gods that I' d like protection and ease and fortitude of mind and body. This ritual is a test. This is my journey to make alone.

Then the buzzing starts. "Are you ready?" I'm asked. I nod and I feel the first sting of the needle as it pierces my skin. Long strokes up and down my spine. The weight of another's arm on my back holding me in place. The concurrent thoughts of "What the hell am I doing?" and "Oh I've waited so long for this, I can't believe it's finally happening". 

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  • Sable Aradia
    Sable Aradia says #
    Hi there Gwion! Thanks for reading my Altars post. I read yours too (nice piece, btw,) and then I saw you had a link to a Tattoo
  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven says #
    gwionraven@comcast.net or you can post it over at the Witches and Pagans face book page if you like. There are now hundreds of tat
  • David LeBarron
    David LeBarron says #
    sure!
  • Gwion Raven
    Gwion Raven says #
    Hello David, Now that's a great story. I'd happily send you my email address if you'd like and you can email a picture to me. I'l
  • David LeBarron
    David LeBarron says #
    I just got an addition to an old tattoo. I added some sacred geometry, smoke and pentagrams. The best part was the tattooist is al

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