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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The Enchanted Spell Oracle 

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 Enchanted Spell Oracle