Magick & Neuroscience

Interestingly enough, new studies have shown that there is something about engaging in prayer, rituals or spellwork that can have a profound effect on your brain. You see, performing a spell is really just a creative way to focus positive intent.

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Dementia Care, and a large part of our course is the neuroscience behind how the brain works. I was really surprised to discover that the neural networks in the brain form paths, or highways depending on the thoughts you focus on. The thoughts we have over and over again are the ones that become dominant in our brains, with the neurons creating thicker ‘highways’ or networks for the electrical impulses to travel along. Thinking in a catastrophic manner, or alternatively, thinking in a positive manner becomes a habit.

It is absolutely possible to change your thought patterns. Studies have shown that this takes place at a chemical level. This is called neuroplasticity, and there has been some very exciting research into this concept. It takes at least 21 days to break a habit, and you can make great strides in turning around your habitual ‘pessimistic’ thinking in this time.

I want to point out that chemical and protein imbalances in the brain that cause disease and mental health issues are a different set of studies altogether. What I’m focusing on are the conscious thoughts in the brain that can absolutely be changed.

Creating an enchantment, with confidence and light-hearted intent is not just ‘positive thinking’, it’s ritual, and intention, and focus and uses a practical, hands on approach to hone your attention with the express purpose to create a better life.

Next fortnight, we discover how I came to be a kitchen witch!

Week 4

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Sympathetic Magick

The kind of enchantments I create use the concept of sympathetic magick. Sympathetic magick is using objects that we have an affinity with, or a connection to, in rituals to create a desired outcome. Certain objects will have stronger cultural connotations for certain qualities. For example, traditionally we associate roses with love spells, gold coins for money charms, four-leaf clovers for luck, and white feathers to bring peace and compassion.

Sympathetic magick is not a new concept, it has been practiced by humans for thousands of years, and is often referred to as folk magic, or tribal magic. This kind of magick takes into account the ‘spiritual’ or ‘metaphysical’ properties of natural objects such as fruit, flowers and crystals.

It is believed that every living item has an energetic blue print, and certain items resonate with certain energies. For example, the rose quartz crystal is believed to contain an energetic resonance that opens the heart chakra and brings about love and healing.

The Enchanted Spell Oracle uses items like apples for wishes, or bay leaves for protection and lotus flower for beauty, and you will find that, throughout history, all these plants have been used in spells and charms for similar desires.

Next fortnight, we look at the power of Magick & Neuroscience.

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Spells As Prayers

I was chatting to an Anglican priest the other day, he’s a very open-minded priest and also a friend, but he was curious as to what all this ‘spells and witchcraft’ business was about. I explained that spells are just prayers in action. You have a wish or a desire, and you want to be able to work on this at an energetic level, an unseen level, to bring this wish about.

And he said “Oh, I see! So we Anglicans use candles and incense as tools for our prayers.”

And I said “Yes!, So with spells we get a bit more creative and we make the prayer a bit more personal and ‘hands on’ by using items like flowers we like, or herbs, or crystals that we feel will bring a certain extra energy to the prayer.”

One of the things that is quite special about the Enchanted Spell Oracle is that each card comes with an ‘action item;’ a charm or ritual or recipe to help you focus on the positive quality you would like to bring into your life. Approach these enchantments with a light heart and a sense of fun, and I believe the magick will work!

This image features the spells from the Integrity card, the Love card and the Rebirth card, and you will find each of these recipes in the guidebook.

Next fortnight, we look at the concept of Sympathetic Magick.

Week 2

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Creating Magickal Recipes

 

Hi Everyone

I am artist and author Priestess Moon, and creator of the Enchanted Spell Oracle. I’m starting a fortnightly online course on how to create your own Magickal recipes.

Come on a journey with me through the Enchanted Spell Oracle, and learn how to create simple spells using common kitchen ingredients most people have on hand. Create the life you want with clever Hedgewitch magick and even learn how to make magickal cocktails!

The Enchanted Spell oracle is a 36-card deck and accompanying guidebook that explores the world of herbs and spells and Celtic priestesses. The oracle is inspired by illuminated manuscripts and medieval herbals – which are books containing written knowledge about the healing powers of herbs and plants. Examples include Culpepper’s Herbal and the 11th century Ashmole 1431. I just love anything medieval.

In this course you will learn how to create simple charms and magickal cocktails using common kitchen ingredients that most people have on hand.

I practice Kitchen Witch magick, and for those of you who are unsure as to what a kitchen-witch is – it’s a person who uses cooking ingredients to create magick. For example; the spiritual properties of herbs, spices, fruit, flowers, salts and even vinegars are all pressed into service to create spells and potions. I like to rummage about in my pantry and find ordinary items like potatoes or toothpicks to create fun recipes and rituals.

A Kitchen Witch focuses on seeing the ordinary, as well as the divine, sacred. This involves honouring the Goddess by taking care of hearth and home, blessing daily household tasks and observing the Solstices and Equinoxes. Ideally, everyday cooking is imbibed with light and magick. I just want to point out that this is not always possible with life being as it is, but it’s good to have a life goal!

Next fortnight, we discover the power of spells as prayers.

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The Celtic Zodiac

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So the start of 2017 has seen me working on a new exhibition – The Celtic Zodiac.

What’s this ‘Celtic Zodiac’ business? I hear you ask, well…apparently the date you were born dictates which kind of sacred Celtic tree becomes your mascot. Each tree has a certain personality type, and much like the traditional Astrological zodiac, the time of the month you were born gifts you with certain qualities.

Here’s a quick look, see if you can find your Celtic Zodiac. (Mine’s Ash)

1.Birch, Ambition (December 24 – January 20) Sun, Stag

2.Rowan, Intuition (21 January – 17 February) Uranus, Dragon

3.Ash, Enchantment (18 February – March 17) Neptune, Seahorse

4.Alder, Success (March 18 – April 14) Mars, Hawk

5. Willow, Patience (15 April – 12 May) Moon, Nessie

6. Hawthorn, Inspiration (May 13 – June 9) Mars, Chalice

7.Oak, Strength (June 10 – July 7) Jupiter, Labyrinth

8.Holly, Shine (July 8 – August 4) Earth, Unicorn

9.Hazel, Intellect (August 5 – September 1) Mercury, Fish

10.Vine, Luxury, (September 2 – September 29) Venus, Swan

11.Ivy, Wisdom (September 30 – October 27) Moon, Butterfly

12.Reed, Purity (October 28 – November 24) Pluto, Dog

13.Elder, Rebirth (25 November – 23 December) Saturn, Horse

I’m currently working on 13 illuminated manuscript style paintings, and 13 ‘botanical boxes’- boxed artworks that showcase the leaf and flowers of the featured tree.

Watch this space!