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I just want to give you a bit of background into how I started practising magick and creating spells. At the age of ten, I wrote a book called “Witch’s Magical Spells.” It contained a variety of spells, written in the style of cooking recipes, complete with illustrations and lashings of sequins and glitter. So, you could say that my curiosity about spell work and herbal recipes started quite early!

Fast forward ten years, I’d completed my Bachelor of Arts in Design, and decided to travel to Scotland to discover the land of my ancestors, and my family history behind the Clan Fraser of Lovat who were from the Inverness-shire area of the Highlands. I wondered if I might find grand castles that my ancestors used to live in, but instead I found myths and legends of fairies and nature spirits, and rich thread of folk magick and ancient rituals running through the modern highland culture that was fascinating. I was intrigued at how food and drink were used in Highland magick and ritual. For example, when drinking whisky, a special cup, the Quiach is used when welcoming guests and friends at weddings to symbolise love and friendship. Another delightful thing I learned is that food is often left out for house spirits known as ‘Brownies.’

I found a strong link between nature and spirituality, the sacredness of trees and woodlands and a respect for the divine beings that control the natural world. I spent a good amount of time running around standing stones, and researching more into the Druids and Celts spiritual practices. I visited Ireland as well, another part of my family history, and discovered the triple spiral at the Neolithic site of Newgrange, which is my sacred symbol and one I have tattooed on my left arm. I found that spending time alone in nature, surrounded by trees and standing stones, and creating rituals using rocks, and plants and flowers so peaceful and healing, that I knew this was the perfect way to express my spirituality.

Next fortnight, we will discover how The Enchanted Spell oracle was created.

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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!

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