Friday, April 29, 2016

Personal Investment Equals Better Success (& More Power!)



We live in a modern, digital age where there truly LAZY can have just about their every whim sated. There’s little left for anyone to really do other than push buttons since most of the grunt work is being done by slave labor in third world nations like Cambodia, China, India and so on where people work for an entire day what here in the US someone is paid for one hour’s worth of work.

Our modern music sucks because it is devoid of any semblance of emotion and feeling since all you need is just a singer and a computer. And if you can’t sing, you can find software to alter your shitty voice so you sound passable as a singer. In a way today we live in a marvel of a time because of these technological wonders. But there’s one thing missing: personal investment.

For instance, today you can download a song that some schmuck uploaded at a whim because he may have decided he doesn’t like the band ___ so he wants to screw them over and give their new song away free to everyone just to piss the band off and chet them out of any fair monies they could make. “But Moloch, back in the day, we copied songs from the radio, cassettes and records onto cassettes and traded/gave them to others! What’s the difference?”

Plenty! First you had to buy the blank cassette (unless you stole it ya damn thief) then you had to spend time listening to the radio and waiting patiently for the song to come on so you could record it thus you invested time. If you recorded an album or dubbed it from another cassette, you still had to spend the time to set it up and record it. Digital ignores all of that. With digital there’s no investment of you at all. None. Period.

If you borrowed a book from someone to read and copy from, you sat there with either a blank book and pen or some loose leaf pages and a pen and you wrote the pages out by what we called long hand. Time consuming? Yes and it’s called personal investment of time, energy and effort. You don’t get that when you download a book.

See, you punks today are LAZY. All you really want is “McMagic”. You’re just like your McWiccan counterparts who simply show up and pretend to give a shit and are there to put on their drama show for everyone. You’re not interested in real JuJu that works, you want to pare everything down to where it’s so watered down that there’s nothing left that originally looks like the original spell or ritual. That’s not magic; instead that’s McMagic.

You’ve been conditioned to think the Spiritual world owes you something. It doesn’t. You don’t invest anything personal into this so why should the spirits give a rat’s ass what your problems are? You thieve books and don’t even bother to hand copy them into a blank book, (even the passages that you actually care about!) and yet you assume their JuJu should work equally well when you have done jack shit to earn respect from the world of the spirits.

Seriously, look at yourself in the mirror and ask, “HOW can I expect results when I’m not willing to invest in myself?” You’re willing to waste money on bullshit you know you don’t need yet you refuse to buy a book because hey that would cost you a nickel and help an author out. Thus you steal the author’s book, especially the ones still alive, and use it without thought to his or her hard work. You’re a piece of shit and you think the world of the spirits should respect your commands to do what you tell them? Seriously? You're deluded!

Your issue is you fail to see that you have not invested anything be it time, money or effort into this for the author, their book, its system or even the spirits and yet you want money, fame, power, authority, happiness, success, love and more. In other words you want something for nothing. Sorry Charlie, it doesn’t work this way. I hate to tell you but the spirits are real and they put limitations on how much JuJu you can command and use. (As well they should!) When you decide to stop being an ass and start personally investing in your magic and sorcery by buying the books you need or borrowing and hand copying them (like you should!) then perhaps your JuJu will get stronger and more potent.

So your issues need to be resolved. These issues are laziness and stinginess. You can resolve the latter easiest by simply buying the books, even the used ones. Yes I fully understand the used book market is often high dollar to invest in. *shrugs* Take it from someone who has been gouged before it’s not fun. Now with that said, IF you are patient, watchful and wary, you CAN find just about any book you want at an affordable price on any of the used sites out there from Amazon to eBay to Half.com to Abe Books. Just be patient and watchful. I’ve built up my own collection this way and not paid more than $60 for any used book that I wanted badly by doing this with the vast majority of them under $30. If I can do this, you can as well.

Look, you have all sorts of $$$ to blow on bullshit you do NOT need to be spiritual like cigarettes and tobacco, liquor and beer, marijuana and street drugs, junk food, concert and movie tickets, pizza, Tchotchke junk (re: occult/esoteric knick–knacks), and other stuff you don’t need YET if someone asks you to spend $15-$30 for an occult/spiritual book, OMG! Screw you! That’s just too damn much money! I can’t afford that! Really? You’re a liar and you need to stop with your nonsense and take a good hard look at yourself. The magicians in Agrippa’s day didn’t pull this crap and those that did weren’t anyone of important note who aren't remembered today so do you want to be someone remembered down the road or someone forgotten?

Even if you borrow a book from the library and stand at a photocopying machine dropping in quarters to photocopy the pages that you’re only interested in, THAT’S at least investing in it! Hello? Your time and money is being spent. Same if you spend time long hand copying passages or *whew* the entire book. The spirits RESPECT this. They respect practitioners who spend time, money and energy trying to better themselves, not the lazy cretins trying to get something for nothing. Remember that the next time you’re trying to figure out why your JuJu isn’t working the way it ought to or the way you think it should.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How to Make Your N.A.P. Book A Talisman of Power





How to Make Your N.A.P. Book 
A Talisman of Power
by Brother MOLOCH 9.6.9.
© April 2016 molochsorcery.com All Rights Reserved


For this rite to actually work, you must do one of these two things: 

1. Buy an original copy of the the Miracle of the New Avatar Power by Geoff Gray-Cobb.

Or...

2. Copy by hand the how-to contents (minus the case stories) from N.A.P. into a special, brand new, blank book.

The reason for this is that you are showing the spirits you mean business. Just downloading a pirated copy and printing it off shows no personal sacrifice from you, in any way - be it time, effort nor monetary.

You will need:
Your N.A.P. Book
Holy Water
Holy Oil
Blessed Salt
Incense: frankincense & myrrh
2 white work candles (votive, tea light, Shabbat, household or taper are fine)
1 white candle

Instructions:

Pour your Holy Water into a convenient spray bottle. (Most department and dollar stores sell them.) Spritz the candles to wash away any ill affects they may have accumulated and wipe them clean with fresh paper towels. Dress your candles with the Holy oil and place in suitable candle holders. The two work candles you will place at the rear of your work table, one on the right and one on the left. The third white candle will be set in the middle of the work table. Incense holder can be placed anywhere on your work table that’s convenient for you.

Begin by facing east and light your right rear work candle then your left rear work candle. 

Now light your incense. 

Say, “I call out to the spirits of the New Avatar Power system to witness this ritual and to make it holy, sacred and binding!” 

Spritz the eastern corner once with the Holy Water. 

Bow (Do this by slightly by bending your knees and coming straight back up without bending forward thus you’re curtsying.)

Next you will turn right and face west. Repeat the sentence you said in the east, bow and spritz with Holy Water once again. Then you will turn left until you face north. Repeat the sentence, bow and spritz with Holy Water. Turn right to face the south. Repeat as you have in the other three corners. You are ready to begin. 

Set the bottle of Holy Water on your work table. Relax and begin your Miracle of the New Avatar Power relaxation ritual. 

When finished, begin the Central Pillar ritual. 

Then perform the New Avatar Power Circulation ritual.

Next, perform the New Avatar Power Fountain ritual.

Finally, recite the Invocation to Strengthen the Fountain of Your New Avatar Power.

When finished, you will say, “Spirits of the system of the New Avatar Power!” (Lift your N.A.P. book aloft) “I bring this book to you. I have duly sacrificed for it. You are witness to this sacrifice. I ask that you turn this book into a talisman of power so that any time I use it in any ritual manner I choose, it adds to the strength and power of the ritual!”

Now hold your NAP book and pass it gently through the flame of the center white candle and say, “In the presence of the New Avatar spirits, I baptize thee with flame!”

Pass the book gently through the incense smoke and say, “In the presence of the New Avatar spirits, I baptize thee with air!”

Hold book and sprinkle with some salt and say, “In the presence of the New Avatar spirits, I baptize thee with earth!”

Then hold the book and using just a tiny bit of Holy Oil on the tip of your dominant hand’s index finger, gently rub it on the spine of the book and say, “In the presence of the New Avatar spirits, I baptize thee with water!”

Now, facing east, hold the book aloft and gently mist the air above the book with the Holy Water. Allow the misty vapor to land on the book. (You can immediately wipe it off with a clean, fresh paper towel.) As you mist, you will say, “I baptize you, O book of New Avatar Power, as my personal grimoire of power. Work for me and I shall care for you until the end of my days. So be it!”

Now you will bow and then turn right and face west and mist again allowing the vapor to gently land on your book and wipe it off and repeat what you did in the east then repeat each step by turning to the north and then the south. (Remember, you start in the east, then turn right to the west, then turn left to the north then turn right to the south.)

When finished, your book is consecrated. Let it set on your work table with the middle white candle setting next to it in a safe candle holder. When the candle has finally burnt out, your book is ready to be used or put away for safe keeping.

This is now a talisman of power, not a mere book to shove back on the shelf. Thus you will need to treat it special and give it respect. I would wrap it in a white towel or silk sloth and place in a drawer somewhere until you need to use it. You could have a special pouch or slip case made for it to slide the book into when not in use and keep it near your work table.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Seeking A Balance Between Today's Greater and Lesser Authors



There's a trend in modern occultism for practitioners to want to settle only for scholarly material on the occult, as if letters behind a name signifies the author will be accurate and his methodology somehow foolproof. At the same time, there's a growing disdain for anything that doesn't smack of this intellectual elite.

We certainly do need to keep our minds fertile ground for new scholars rising up in the ranks among practitioners. Solid research is needed to convey historical data that, has often in the past, been purely in the realm of conjecture. Today we're seeing newer occult scholars who are gaining ground in learning ancient tongues and scripts which help decipher tablets, scrolls and texts that have often baffled non-occult scholars. Further these young researchers are purging ahead with deciphering not only scripts, but also symbols, glyphs and errata found on old talismans often thought undecipherable such as what Andy Foster has done with the Heilig Pentagram from the 6th & 7th Books of Moses grimoire.

Unfortunately people are wired for ‘either/or’ thinking being usually brought up that way by their parents and schooling and thus what is IN today is OUT when the next thing comes around the bend. So we have people who for years clamored for practical how-to information when all that was available was scholarly material on the occult most of which was historical. Then a shift came about a decade ago where these same folks began to take scholars more seriously since the scholars began to present more than just history, they started to show manuals that were buried in library and museum archives then brought them to the pubic eye. Today the shift has come full circle where nothing is seen worthwhile unless a professor’s name has letters after it which should not be the case since there are some worthwhile scholars rising who have yet to attain any sort of academic recognition.

To make matters worse, there are lesser works of magic and sorcery that are scorned by these intellectual elites (elitism?) who by their snobbery are now using their influence to literally shit on authors that have significance and validity even though these lesser authors are not academics. Granted the lesser authors have a easier time selling their materials as they often "pander to the lowest common denominator in society", quoted by a well known and outspoken ceremonial magicKian even though this same CM fails to realize that the lowest common denominator happens to be PEOPLE WITH PROBLEMS unlike himself who happens to be a deluded savior who thinks he walks on water.

The lesser works of sorcery have always been about helping people with how-to material. In fact, most all of the grimoires going all the way back to ancient Egypt have sorcerous spells that deal with day to day common things like:

  • obtaining love
  • success in business
  • guidance for knowledge/wisdom
  • dealing with adversaries
  • help with weather (for crops)
  • assistance with livestock
  • obtaining a favorable court judgment
  • and so on.


This is why people seek out sorcery and magic in the first place, not to become a scholar in it. The goal of a scholar is most admirable yet I do believe many who have attained this role have let it go to their head much like scholars of the past did when they became kooky and acted odd. After all, once you’re tops in your field, you can do whatever you wish and no one will say anything to you about your behavior. Don’t believe me? Read about the ancient philosophers and their quirky lives. Hell, look at the plethora of odd professors running around universities today acting strange and weird. Intellectuals often are a strange lot but we shouldn’t blame the bushel for a few bad apples.

The lesser works of sorcery do fill a need in our society, our metaphysical society, that must be filled. And yes it is quite true that there are charlatans afoot behind every rock waiting to take someone for every nickel they can bargain. Let’s face it, that is never going to go away. Look at all of the charlatans parading around in the mainstream religions folks; where do you think occult charlatans get their ideas from in the first place? (Why reinvent the wheel?) And to be fair, history has taught us that there have been no small amount of charlatans who posed as scholars to sell a book with false credentials. Medieval manuscripts teach us that there are numerous occult books attributed to the likes of Agrippa or Alpharabius who never penned yet their names are on these forgeries. This begs the question how many such instances of books will be brought forth once the likes of Owen Davies, Richard Kieckefer or Stephen Skinner are long gone? Say in 100 years someone may come out with another meaty manual of magic with Dr. Richard Kieckefer or our own Dr. Stephen Skinner’s name all over it even though he had nothing to do with it. Expect this WILL happen perhaps not with him but someone’s name will get used and most likely smeared as a result.

Scholarship unfortunately is not the handmaiden of practical workings. Why? Most scholars spend their time doing research in libraries and reading which is tedious work. Note taking and cross referencing materials is often drudgery and tiresome, I know because I’ve done this myself on occasion. It’s like why aren’t great mechanics good racers themselves? They build and maintain the vehicle but someone else takes the risks out on the track. The occult research scholar is the mechanic and the practitioner is the racer who takes the risks on the track. But let us remember too that some practitioners write books themselves and while their material isn’t scholarly it can often be usable and worthwhile.

Lately I’ve been turning on the members of my online discussion group to some old occultists that rarely got a chance to shine. Today these late, lesser known occultists get sneered at for various reasons by elitists and yet the members are trying these lesser works of sorcery and discovering for themselves that they have missed out. Many of them have been misinformed by scholars that such books are a waste of time and then taken on a wild ride of history which in itself is fascinating though often dry but has little practical application. The problem with this is when you have scholars preaching opinions instead of presenting facts from research. Some of them begin to sound like “Dr. Ken Hamm” clones who may seem to know what they’re talking about (when it comes to lesser magics)  but in the end they wind up sounding more like kooks bitching for the sake of complaining about the plethora of lesser works on the market.

Some of these lesser occultists have been authors from the  Parker Publishing world such as Anthony Norvell or Theodor Laurence and Geoff Gray-Cobb. I’ve also been introducing folks to the likes of Ophiel whose books on Astral Projection and Creative Visualization are legendary in many occult circles. Anthony Norvell had a strong run at Parker producing some memorable titles in healing and metaphysical uses of chakras. Geoff Gray-Cobb offered both a simple method of spirit summoning and a short catalog of spirits to summon for aid.

Other authors I plan to introduce will be a surprise but for now suffice to say that none of them are academics and they’re not bad authors in the least. Their material is sharp and spot on. Just because they’re not practicing Solomonic material does not exclude them from worthwhile study and use, especially for those of you who are interested in learning how to get things done without having to wait for the planets to align properly as the medieval practitioners most certainly did.

In closing, what I’d like for you to take away from this is to remember that both the greater and lesser authors as well as their works are needed in our metaphysical society. Not everything needs to be fixed with a spirit found in a 14th century manuscript nor must we always consult a post-modern book on sorcery to find answers to nagging questions. Just realize that the balance is a thin line that few dare to walk and none like to stand on for long else the crowd can become hostile wanting to take pot-shots. Employ some common sense and use your noggin. Research, study and grow. Also, be not afraid of modern authors because you may pick up something useful to add to your repertoire.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The 7 Differences Between A Wiccan and A McWiccan



So what exactly is a McWiccan? Many of you have heard me use that term over the years and yeah I coined it well over a decade ago in my old Yahoo Groups. This is the first time I’ve taken to sit down and really explain the idea behind it and why I think it needs to be added to the pagan vocabulary.

First off let’s dichotomize the difference here and now that not all Wiccans are McWiccans, all right? Just like not all Wiccans are Witches because there are Wiccans who do not practice magic, rather they practice the religion of Wicca. Yet when it comes to Wiccans themselves there are exceptions within their own ranks who have common sense and intelligence and those who don’t.

Over the years I’ve met very few actual Wiccans. These are folks who take their practice and the study of their faith very seriously yet are not anal about it. They tend to have a patron god/dess whom they commune with, and seek guidance from regularly and they also have a deep reverence for nature as well as an awareness for the world around them. Many are ‘aware’ or awake as some like to call it where they’re cognizant of not only their immediate surroundings but also the feelings and emotions of others around them, as well as the natural world at large and even the greater political world. Wiccans tend to be deeper thinkers than most, often saying less and listening more and generally when you get a chance to talk with one they ask more questions than they talk.

The Wiccans I’ve known while spiritual realize that they don’t need to take themselves quite so seriously even though they take their faith and their roles seriously in the grand scheme of things. They’re not as likely to engage in gossip or backstabbing nor do many of them name drop when they’ve met some of the big names in the industry. In fact, most of the actual Wiccans I’ve met over the years were quite humble if I had to use one word to describe them. Most of them reminded me of a monk in that manner, offering to share what meager meals they had with them to commune with others in an effort to learn about someone new. 

Further, most of the Wiccans I’ve met were quite knowledgeable about many things not only occult but also history, politics, religion, sciences, crafts, you name it, they tend to be collectors of knowledge and lovers of learning. This is truly a blessing for such folk. It’s sad that their numbers are so few because it would be wonderful to have more of them out there in this world representing the metaphysical community as worthwhile ambassadors.

McWiccans on the other hand, are an entirely different breed. I’ve met a lot of these folks over the years all pretending to be Wiccans but they engaged in behaviors that wasn’t Wiccan but more like a raging Baptist. In fact, it is because of these folks that I left the pursuit of Wicca and went my own way to the study and practice of sorcery back in 1990. Sadly I’m not the only one either as over the years I’ve met more than one reformed Wiccan who had had enough of the McWiccan mindset and just said, “Screw this nonsense!” So what constitute a McWiccan? Here’s some of my own thoughts on the subject...

1. Spiritual Immaturity/Spiritual Bullying: The typical “You shouldn’t do X because Y” nonsense when the McWiccan has not walked a mile in the shoes of the person they're berating. Israel Regardie allegedly had issues with what he called ‘tent women’ (clinically obese, chain smoking, poor hygienic) Wiccan women at festivals who would stand there and lecture others (as recounted by Chris Hyatt). I’ve witnessed this numerous times at some pagan festivals myself over the years and it’s quite disturbing to watch. Reminds me of the holier-than-thou Baptists I had to put up with while growing up always trying to bully me into their way of thinking. Thus McWiccans lack spiritual maturity and engage in spiritual bullying. This is not a pastime that Wiccans themselves engage in because they're a live and let live lot.

2. Gods-of-the-Month-Club: I fully understand that in the beginning a Novice needs to learn about various god/desses from around the globe. The problem is very few ever bother to study the cultures from which these gods hail from and often therein lies the rub. You simply cannot just decide you want to start and erect a shrine to Kali or Cybele and begin to make homage and offerings to her and then after a while decide, “She’s not right for me”. What the hell??? This isn’t like a pair of underwear you take off and toss in the trash; this is a spirit, a very OLD spirit, who has a personality with feelings, attitudes, opinions, prejudices and so on, like you or I. Did you ever meet someone from a different culture you wanted to make as a friend who sat and listened to all of your problems, fears and issues and then out of the blue, you just told them, “Sorry but you don’t feel right about our friendship so I’m gong to stop being friends with you!” ? I’d be surprised if you did because that’s ignorant, selfish and shows a lack of empathy on your part. Wiccans investigate a spirit and its culture thoroughly before they begin to erect a shrine whereas McWiccans just go ahead and do it and then toss it away if it doesn’t “feel right” and then move on to the next god/dess on the list.

3. Preaching: Ugh. Here is where the McWiccans are most like Baptists - ethics, karma and 3 fold return rule. While Wiccans keep their mouths shut and go about their own business as they well should, McWiccans always want to step in and show everyone how much they think they know about karma, ethics and the 3 fold return rule. In fact, many of them act as if they’re evangelists who have to save you from yourself by the manner in which they hammer away at these three subjects. Seriously! How dare you think or act for yourself because gee, you’re not an adult who can make your own decisions. These self-righteous know-it-all’s have to show you how ignorant and stupid you and your ideas really are especially in light of their views on ethics, karma and 3 fold rule. Circumstances that brought you to where you are be damned because they’re always right and you are always wrong - just like a fundamentalist Baptist. So the 'holier-than-thou preaching' is the third trait that McWiccans possess that Wiccans do not.

4. 101 Wiccan Book Collectors: I don’t think I need to go into which Minnesota book publisher puts out sheeple books for the masses with pretty covers for you to know who I’m talking about here do I? The vast majority of their Wiccan books are 101 beginner books of which a very few are really worthwhile to the beginner. The rest that come out are variations on a theme with so little that’s new or added that one really needs, yet McWiccans buy this pablum and brag about it. The bulk of these books are written with a poorly written history section on Wicca sometimes claiming it is an ancient religion when it’s origins date back to Gardner or possibly the late 1800's at best. The next sections are karma and ethics which tends to be the authors lengthiest chapter putting forth their sermon on why you shouldn’t use magic to help yourself because it could harm you or someone else. The sections on magic are typically all about grounding and centering and white light with maybe a chant or two thrown in for good measure. Once in a while someone tosses in the Middle Pillar from lodge style ceremonial magicK but other than that, there’s really very little creativity in the magic section of these 101 books that’s worth collecting. Wiccans on the other hand tend to read intermediate books after they’ve moved beyond the 101 level. Often they look at material by European Witchery authors from the Roebuck or Cunningman traditions or perhaps they study medieval history of witchcraft looking for bits of lore they can learn from and use. They also often delve into specialized studies such as plants & trees, alchemy, astrology, medieval magic, anthropology, archaeology, geology, and so on to further their knowledge.

5. High Priestess/High Priest In One Easy Lesson: Here’s a big one folks on how to tell who is a McWiccan, when you meet a gal who claims she’s a HPS (High Priestess) and she’s had no formal initiation and just read a few books or worse, one book. Same can be said of the HP (High Priest) running around with the HPS. I’m sorry but some form of initiation should come with ordination of priesthood because if you study ancient civilizations and the various religions of the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Norse, Aztecs, Slavs, Africans, South Americans and so on, you WILL find that their respective priesthoods all had rites and rituals which involved formal initiations. “Oh but Moloch I don’t live near anyone to get that!” First off, that's not my problem and secondly if you really want to be a priest/ess, you NEED to go seek out someone and have them first train then initiate you. Why? Because it is a transference of power for one; it is also a form of respect from the line of power; and it is a way of keeping the priesthood strong and sanctified. Further your power and connection to the gods will be MUCH more potent if you do this. There’s nothing wrong with a self-dedication and yes ANY god/dess will respect that but if you really want to wield power in their name, seek out some sort of priesthood who will train and ordinate you and stop the pretending. Reading a dozen or thousand books does not give you the right to call yourself a HPS/HP.

6. Study Groups VS Covens: McWiccans always seem to want to start a study group after they read a cool beginner book on Wicca. To that I applaud them and their enthusiasm. The only problem is that it is only a study group, NOT a coven. Wiccans and Witches have covens because they formally congregate into groups and have bonded together to worship and work magic according to their needs. They do this not out of a lightly held friendship but when they join, it’s often for life because they are spiritually mature and they know that a coven is like a family which will have its share of ups and downs which they know they must learn to work through. They also understand that the group dynamics change with the more individuals you add to a group and Witches/Wiccans often limit how many members are allowed into their coven. McWiccans will claim to join a coven and when someone ‘yells’ (their word) at them or calls them on their BS, they get infuriated and either quit the group or try to find a way to supplant the elder or HPS/HP out of their position. Wiccans see a coven as a long term process whereas a McWiccan sees a coven as a temporary group and if s/he don‘t like it, they’ll just leave and join another or form their own and make themselves HPS/HP.

7. Age & Maturity: I’ve spoken about spiritual maturity but now let’s look at chronological age. Tell me something, how many 19 year old HPS/HP’s do you know that you believe know their ass from a hole in the ground? Up to the age of 25, most youngsters are having a heckuva time trying to figure out who they are and what sort of career they want out of life let alone what type of spiritual leader they are. I mean hello? It’s not that there isn’t that rare exception but the problem is there’s far too many McWiccan wannabes running around out there who are just too young to be a long term group leader as either a HPS or HP are. Not to say that they could not nor should not try their hand at leading a circle session for an esbat. No that’s a terrific idea and if a study group allows its members to take turns doing that, each can learn more about the responsibilities of approaching the spirits and dealing with the needs of the group’s members. But to label oneself HPS/HP is downright foolish and corrupt when you are just too young to even have experienced life itself. The problem is they’re just so excited to get started that many of them let the entire process go to their head and therein begins the whole problem from the get-go.

So there you go folks, my seven reasons of what constitutes a McWiccan and why. I hope this helps to elucidate the issue and make for a better understanding when I or anyone else uses the term McWiccan in conversation.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

You F**ked Up Your Ritual, Is That the End of the World?



Allow me to begin by saying I find the above image disturbing on many levels. First off if you're have these sorts of doubts all popping into your noggin while trying to do a spell or ritual, then you are going about things the wrong way. Sorcery requires your undivided attention. You need to reduce the distractions to a bare minimum and this includes the internal chatter that goes on. If your mind is wandering around like this woman's then stop what you are doing and put your tools away and focus on some concentration exercises. These will help you hone your mind to a more straightforward sense of purpose so that your confidence will be strong and the doubts will be next to nil if not totally absent.

The "what am I doing" is extremely disturbing from both an elder and a teacher viewpoint because JuJu is real, people, it is not some made up psychological trick you use to bypass your psychic censor like new age authors want you to believe. Instead it is about harnessing the power of your mind and making contact with the world of spirits who you can employ for your rite's needs. If you don't know what you're doing, stop and either (preferably) get training or hit the books and study on your own or go through some dry practice runs until it seems more natural to you. A sorcerer who does not know what s/he is doing is the most dangerous kind of sorcerer, bar none.

The "wtf is ylang-ylang?" shows that the student has not bothered to study the spell that she chose to work. Know not only the spell/ritual you plan on performing but also the ingredients as well as tools you plan to use. You should know how each item works in the working. You see each herb, root, stone, crystal, tool and so forth has multiple functions and rare is the ingredient that has just one function. However some ingredients only function in certain ways when combined with other select ingredients for specific needs. Further some herbs and roots are twisters meaning they can do good or ill depending on the recipe and desire of the practitioner. Thus know what you are using and how it's being used.

The bottom two questions: "Am I doing this right?" and "Should I start over?" are questions that every Novice has asked themselves at one point or another. I guarantee you even Agrippa had some sort of doubt somewhere in his early career. It's natural. Butterflies in the tummy they call it for actors. It's just self-doubt mixed with a bit of worry. Nothing to fear. To answer the first question, how would you know how it's done right to begin with? Have you seen someone perform the spell or ritual before? If not, then you have nothing to compare yourself with thus stop worrying. As for starting over, well my question is, "Other than delay you, what would that accomplish?"

There was once where I began a Martial ritual and I made an utter mess of things. Oy! I had on one of those annoying Tau robes with the long sleeves that hung way down and I wasn't paying attention and it knocked over a lit candle which caught the damned altar cloth on fire which caused me to jump up and I caught the sleeve of my Tau robe on fire and I had to run and grab the fire extinguisher and ugh. SO YEAH if you blunder the entire thing you can start over as I did. I was going to hold off but I said, "Know what? I waited too damn long for the conditions for this to be right so screw it! I'm going to start over and I'm taking off this damn tau robe and doing the ritual in my undies!" Needless to say I removed the burnt altar cloth as well and told the spirits, "I don't care! The show must go on!" When finished the talisman was highly charged and I think the Seraphim got one helluva kick outta me and my frustration. (Spirits do enjoy seeing us all flustered, you know!)

Finally, "I fucked up" and to that I say, "So what?" It's not the end of the world. Ask any mainstream occultist, author, blogger, & etc, if they ever fucked up. Hell ask any Houngan or Mambo if they ever fucked up and they'll all tell you, yes. At least once. It's NOT the end of the world! Don't lose your shit over it! Okay? Just take a deep breath and relax. The spirits are more forgiving than you realize. Even the Yorbuan Orisha, as snooty as they are, can be forgiving for an error because we all do err. Worse comes to worse, and if you really feel that bad about, just tap on your altar thrice and announce to your spirits that you apologize for fucking up.

Does a judge throw you in prison for mispronouncing his name? No, you apologize, let the matter drop and continue on. Would a senator who likes JD whiskey have you shot if you gave him a bottle of bourbon instead? No, you'd just apologize for your error and carry on. Social faux pas happen and the spirits expect such as well. Just try to be mindful and learn your craft because the older and more experienced you get, the less forgiving the spirits tend to be. Why? Well by then you SHOULD know how to do X and not make amateur mistakes. Right? ;)




Sunday, February 28, 2016

Your First Summoning

I’ve noticed that there are a growing number of people who are interested in summoning spirits who have their backs against the wall with a serious problem. It seems the occult community and specialists in the spirit field like yours truly have been doing a good job of getting people educated on the subject yet these poor souls have yet to summon their first non-physical entity. What to do?

When the proverbial poo hits the fan is not the time to go summoning the spirit from a grimoire for your first time. Why? Well there are several reasons for this and the first is that you should try your first summoning when your mind is not distracted by the turmoil of whatever it is you need.

Necessity can cause anxiety and worry which can result in all sorts of problems with spirits especially ones that are mischievous and yes there are plenty who can be tagged with that one. It was often said to me by occult teachers over the years, “Always summon spirits while in a state of grace” which implies never in anger nor when you’re needy.

The next thing to consider is that spirits can read you just as easily as reading a book. When you are edgy, nervous or high strung due to being focused on problems in your life, spirits will know about this and can use this against you. Some of the more ornery spirits will use whatever advantage they can to screw with you for their entertainment and amusement.

It’s best to simply wait until the issue has been resolved OR begin your quest now, before things get out of hand, to summon a spirit and learn how this is done. Unfortunately most folks wait until the last moment and thus they’re over a barrel and the spirit knows they are. If you can, hold off or as I suggested, begin in earnest now.

The grimoires themselves paint a bleak picture of both the spirits and the magic they represent. The biggest reason for this is due to the fact that these grimoires were penned by hyper religious clergy men who were cloistered into monasteries during the medieval times. Obviously not all grimoires were written by clergy since some are considered forgeries but of those that were legitimate, have a very ecclesiastical leaning to them.

What you want may not be what you get from them but it will be what you asked for. Thus it is highly suggested you write down all that you desire and seek and read it aloud word for word so that you listen for any ambiguity or wiggle room that a nasty spirit may take and try to screw you with.

In fact, most of what you will ask for will probably be explained how for you to obtain using old fashioned sorcery and magic. Spirits don’t like to think they are our bitches and screaming Hebrew names of Yahweh at them will only serve to honk them off even more.

Your First Summoning

Instead of giving you lots of how-to-do material, I prefer to give you suggestions on who to summon for your first time. This is because all too often would be practitioners go ahead, choose a name at random and go at it willy nilly with nary a thought about it.

These are spiritual beings with a personality and their personality is an egotistical one like the one you have thus if you do not wish to honk them off, learn how to be polite and courteous yet ‘pleasantly persistent’ as they say.

Who should you summon? Well normally I suggest one of the elementals who reside in the elements as they tend to be easier to get in contact with and often their powers are fantastic in that they can do just about anything that a grimoire spirit can do.

My suggestion to Novices is to find out which element you harbor most in your Natal Astrology chart and then summon the ruler of that element. For instance, if you have a lot of earth, then I suggest you summon the ruler of the Gnomes, Queen Ghob. If you have more water in your chart, then Queen Nicksa; if fire, then King Djinn; if air, then King Paralda. These rules are more often than not very congenial to the sincere practitioner but they do not like the ones who simply summon just to settle their idle curiosities.

I started off with Ghob then did Nicksa, then Paralda then Djinn as I did them in order of the element’s density. *shrugs* It’s an old CM thing. I obtained familiars from all of the elemental rulers and was taught a great deal about each element and how to incorporate the element into every day life, not just magic and sorcery.

Now for grimoire spirits, it is hard to go wrong with Orobas of the 72 from the first book known as Goetia from the Lemegeton compilation. Orobas is known for his easy going nature and he will not allow other spirits to harass the karcist (re: magician/summoner). I would NOT go summoning any of the other 72 at this time until you’ve managed to find your sea legs in summoning. Orobas is a great start.

Another easy spirit to work with from the Goetia is Buer as he is a good healer and when the chips are down, who else do you want to work on you? I’ve worked with Buer on many cases and I can vouch for his efficacy and professionalism. He is class, all the way.

Finally, I had great luck summoning some of the spirits from 360 degree zones of the Earth ala Franz Bardon. You are going to find a slew of CM’s who are going to ridicule your decision to summon anything from the Bardon system. Resist the urge to pay attention to these slap-happy shit-for-brains. These spirits work and they will come when you summon them. No threats are necessary and the spirits handle a wide variety yet deeply individual sort of help. Well worth your time to delve into. Trust me on this.

Summoning Methods

I’m not going to go into HOW to summon since that subject is covered in detail by scads of authors most of whom are wannabe karcists. The bulk of the methods known today are post-modern magical methods that are post-1800 and found throughout the western world. There is a growing current of practitioners who seek to study the truly ancient ways of summoning and crafting items the way things were done prior to the 1800's going all the way back to ancient Thrace and it’s exciting.

The latter has more to do with funerary rites than one first understands. When reading the “Geosophia: The Argo of Magic” by Jake Stratton-Kent, one gets the idea that ancient man was not stupid when it came to harnessing the power of the Underworld for a few men knew just how to bring up the dead and then later how to summon forth more powerful beings and make them tow the line.

If you decide to step onto this path, then I highly suggest you obtain a copy of Aaron Leitch’s “Secrets of the Magical Grimoires” as it is a primer on the grimoires and gives you history and plenty of ideas as well as how to. This will be your baptism. Read this text not once, not twice but several times and take copious notes as well as use several highlighter pens.

The next books you’ll want to get are two, first by Dr. Stephen Skinner called “Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic” and then “The Greek Magical Papyri” by Hans Dieter Betz. These two books must be studied hand in hand, side by side to gain the most out of them. Dr. Skinner’s book will help you to decipher and understand Betz’s PGM manual which has tons of folklore, spells, incantations, rituals, formulas and so on, all of which is like candy to the sorcerer.

From the afore mentioned five books, (JSK’s Geosophia is a 2 volume set), you will find plenty to help you flesh out a worthwhile system that will give you everything you need to summon spirits effectively.

Modern methods are varied and range from lodge style systems which rely on pseudo-Masonic style ornate as well as dry oratory to memorize. Essentially it is “ritual drama” aka ritual plays and acting or as I like to call it L.A.R.P.ing for CM’s. (And yet many claim they get results with it).

Other modern methods include thEe KaOs MaGicK types who like to believe all they have to do is chant the spirit’s name and it comes. Well if they’re duly initiated in a valid tradition, perhaps but not from some psychological believing “kaos” paradigm. Now I have known a few Chaotes who were the real deal but they did not buy into the whole psychology = magic nonsense either. Rather they knew that spirits were real and they had to propitiate spirits on Their own terms not just give a spirit what they themselves believed worked like some stupid cum from masturbating onto the spirit’s seal.

Did I ever tell you about the Norwegian Chaote that contacted me some years ago and made claim that he had summoned the ancient Frost Giant god, Ymir by creating a sigil of Ymir’s name and then masturbating on it? Well he’s dead now.

Modern Grimoires?

There are a couple of ways for a Novice to get their feet wet and TRY summoning to see if this is really something they want to do or if it’s something they just want to give up and move on with their lives.

The first book is Frater Malak’s “Mystic Grimoire of Mighty Spells and Rituals” and it uses 12 seals of spirits and images of the four elements for use on an altar. Yes it is cheesy but the system does indeed work as I have used it myself in the past.

The second book is “The Miracle of the New Avatar Power” by Geoff Gray-Cobb and it does not use any spirit seals but rather by putting oneself into an altered state of consciousness and then using incantations to summon the desired beings from within the book. It also uses the Middle Pillar Ritual (called the Central Pillar Rite) as a position of power and it gives suggestions on using it magically.

Mind you, these modern grimoires are NOT accepted by the CM community so do NOT bring them up. Rather just investigate and experiment with them for yourself. You may find you like them. But even so they’re just go help you get your feet wet with summoning and that’s the name of the game.

In Summary

Who you choose to summon is far more important than how you summon them. In fact, how you talk to them is most important of all. You cannot summon a spirit with a personality and expect them to fall all over you as if you’re the prodigal son returning home, can you? No.

Employ some common sense and if you choose to use a system, even if it’s one of the ancient methods, be smart and follow the scholars who are also practitioners like Aaron Leitch and Jake Stratton-Kent instead of just buying how-to occult books from sheeple publishers who have nothing to offer you. If you go the modern route, I highly suggest you give the two books I mentioned a try first then try other methods.

References:

“Secrets of the Magical Grimoires” by Aaron Leitch (Llewellyn Publications; 2005)

“Geosophia: The Argo of Magic, Vols:1&2” by Jake Stratton-Kent (Scarlet Imprint; 2010)

“Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic” by Dr. Stephen Skinner (Llewellyn Publications; 2014)

‘The Mystic Grimoire of Mighty Spells and Rituals” by Frater Malak (Parker Publishing; 1978)

“The Miracle of the New Avatar Power” by Geoff Gray-Cobb (Parker Publishing; 1974)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Pragmatic Magics Excerpt: "Substitution Theory for Sorcerers"

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In my daily email bag I often get this question a lot from the mainstream on a day to day basis, “Moloch, I want to do X and there’s this book I want to use this spell/ritual from, but I don’t have ___ which is required should I improvise and how or just ignore it all together?”

First off as you well know there are a ton of occult books out there especially the do-it-yourself spell and ritual variety out there on the market today. In fact in our modern society you can pop down to your local Barnes and Noble on your lunch hour, grab one and head back to work. You may even have time to peruse the book and locate a spell or two  that catches your fancy.

Now the vast majority of the spell books in print and especially the ones offered on the bookshelves at places like B&N are written by living authors, many of whom are just average folks like you and I. Some of these authors have more experience than you have at magic than you do but in my experience not all that many of these authors are worth reading as you may think. For one thing most are just parrots parroting other parrots so the material they’re presenting is merely rehashed S.O.S.D.B. (Same Old Shit Different Book).

Still, you take time and in browsing your new look the first thing you notice is the author uses a lot of strange ingredients in his spells. Why would you need something like “mother’s milk”? Or maybe another one needs a “scorpion’s tail”? Or a wasp’s nest and three dead wasps. All of a sudden, you’re not in Kansas anymore Dorothy and this is not your typical McWiccan book of scented candles, aromatherapy oils, Reiki, crystals and other new age stuff. No, you’ve got a book based off someone’s personal book of shadows OR the perhaps the author added the exotic ingredients to jazz up his spells to give them more of an authentic lair.

Understand that American Wiccans are a mellower lot than European Wiccans are. Most of our American Wiccans have a lot of new age ideas and practices mixed in with their material (which is not bad per se just explaining the main difference between American VS European Wicca as I see it). Also realize that we have traditions like Hoodoo here in the US that has much more in common with European Wicca by way of the fact if a spell calls for a black cat bone, that is what is needed not a chicken bone. If you’ve never heard of the infamous Toad Bone that is used by European Wiccans then you should do some research as it has some common elements with the Black Cat Bone rite of southern US Hoodoo lore. Thus generally you won’t find the call for such ingredients in your typically American Wicca books of magic.

So you’re reading you nifty new tome, discover something you need and perhaps it’s a vulture’s gizzard so you begin searching the net and you find my website and send me the above question in your innocuous question. Expecting me to side with you fully but discovering that I refuse to comment on another author’s work. Well stop and ask yourself WHY don’t you simply write the author of the book you purchased? You obviously felt confident enough in his book’s pretty cover, layout, charts or whatever it was that lured you into buying it, so look up the author’s name on Facebook and send him/her an email with your question. Asking me about your dilemma is kind of ignorant especially since the author is still living, breathing and willing to answer your questions. Trust me, all small time occult authors have time to answer your questions. They’re not that busy.

Now what if the book’s author is someone like Peter Paddon, Mike Howard or Andrew Chumbley who are no longer alive? Well now this is a entirely different story because if the original author is no longer around to answer your question, then you have no other recourse but to use some common sense and plod on ahead. So let’s look at how I, Brother Moloch, dealt with these issues years ago when I was first starting out and standing in your shoes.

SPELLS TROUBLE AHEAD

There’s this silly belief, especially among the McWiccan community, that the only spells worth knowing and using are the ones you create yourself. That’s moronic thinking. Whoever is teaching and spreading this garbage around, please stop. Why? Because this is akin to a chef believing the only food worth eating is the food he himself makes. Or the only vehicle worth driving is the one a automotive mechanic built for himself.

A novice practitioner should not be going around trying to rouse spiritual forces on his/her own in any manner he sees fit with whatever willy nilly ideas that pop into their fool head. Only a misinformed soul teaches something as outrageous as this. ONE might as well give a child a loaded shot gun and let them wander the neighborhood, eh? Yet that’s what the McWiccans do. The mind of a Novice practitioner is not ready nor spiritually mature enough to go about summoning magic without some sort of structure and recourse in case things go awry.

Remember that some structure is put in there so that the Novice will have a course and a recourse instead of blindly following along and then being scared witless because “Gee this stuff works” and all of a sudden for some reason the Novice now has poltergeist activity in their temple/home. I’ve found after the first few years with some basic structure, guidance and a healthy dose of common sense, most Novices weather the storm well enough and can fly solo.

Now regardless of tradition, a novice practitioner should be monitored and regulated by his teacher, guardian, watcher, HP/HPS, whoever is claiming to be responsible for them. The exercises and techniques given to the Novice should be of a high quality to allow the student to open his psychic abilities without allowing themselves any sort of injurious effect. Typically you do not give a first year Novice the knowledge of how to summon and open doorways into the realms of spirits as that could be disastrous. Even the military is careful giving loaded guns to new recruits and only allow the recruits live ammunition under strict, supervised conditions. Sometimes caution is a good thing.

Also a Novice should be given a technique or ritual (for an example the Middle Pillar) and have it explained on how it is used on a regular basis for practice. All too often today, authors and so-called occult teachers want to hand out rituals to their students only to neglect informing them anything about the ritual and simply have them use it to examine their feelings. Please! This isn’t some philosophical knitting class, it’s the occult!! You want feelings, go talk to Wayne Dyer. Here we’re working on helping the student to develop his/her mystical and sorcerous abilities as best as they can so you do not give them rituals without explanation and tell them how and where such rites should be employed.

Yet often while the Novice is working on these daily techniques and working towards a better tomorrow, life interferes and knocks them for a loop. What to do? More often than not your typical spiritual teacher is a blithering idiot who will spout some claptrap like “It’s the universe’s will” or some such ignorant platitude while you and your family starve because your employer is a damn fool who makes poor judgments in the stock market. Platitudes don’t pay the bills and neither does love, brotherly or otherwise.

So you pick up this nifty looking book you bought on your lunch. You want to do this nifty spell in it for money but it requires the use of some obscure ingredient like a vulture’s gizzard which there is no way you can procure this item legally or otherwise. Hell, you’re not even sure you could find a vulture if you wanted and if you did, you know you don’t have the stomach nor the intestinal fortitude to kill and tear into a living thing like that for such a rare ingredient. And at this juncture let’s presume that author is neither around nor answer emails.

PROCESS OF ELIMINATION

Step One: Ask yourself, “What is the purpose of this ingredient in this spell?” Before you can go changing something, you need to know what it is and how it is used first or the old saw, 'Ya gotta know the rules before you can bend and then break them'. I’ve never interacted with nitroglycerin yet I know what it is, how it's used and no I have no desire to ever touch the stuff. In this example the vulture's gizzard is the key. Here is where you will try to reverse engineer the spell by examining each ingredient and hopefully the book’s author will discuss some of the ingredients and why they’re included. Often though this is not the case so you are left to figure things out on your own.

Step Two: Research the ingredient for its folklore, mythic and historical associations. This is sometimes the most painstaking aspect especially if you have a lot of reference materials to pore though as you can be reading for hours until you find a reference. However the easiest way everyone will take is what? Google. If I had a nickel for every piece of junk link Google brought me regarding a query I entered, I’d have enough to own Google. Research that relies on websurfing is at best juvenile and shows you are not a scholar let alone even a halfway decent HS student.

Obviously you MAY get a hit every now and then on an exotic or strange ingredient however that’s rare. To find such though you have to be smart as well as tenacious in your searching online. Typically to find folklore you have to enter folklore + then enter what it is you’re looking for or in this case it’d be

mythology + folklore + vultures + gizzards

and see what would pop up in Google. It’s possible some old European folklore or perhaps some southern US Hoodoo or Conjure folklore exists online that mentions this. Most likely you’re going to have to references hard copies of reference books on folklore to find information on something like this. Remember the vast majority of websites are wholly misinformed and simply copied from someone else’s work which may or may not be accurate. Most times they're not accurate so don't use the net in your research except to look for book sources and of those look for the scholarly sources first as they're going to be the ones that are most accurate.

There are books on folklore and mythology so it may be you need to look in books on myth and legend to find out who is associated with a vulture. Is there a name of a spirit in the ritual’s words? A deity’s name for example? Something you can look up perhaps in a Larousse book on mythology and find some scant reference to the vulture?

Also, it is possible that the term you’re researching, in this example, vulture gizzard, is a folklore name of a plant known in Medieval and old European times? There are lists of such plants with often horrid sounding names for you to look up. Currently, there is a website called Witchipedia and they have a listing of herbs by folklore names. For instance “Semen of Herakles” is arugula; “Sparrow’s Tongue” is knotweed; “Lion’s Tooth” is dandelion; “Frog’s Foot” is bulbous buttercup; “Calf’s Snout” is Snapdragon; and so on. So before you go presuming that the ingredient IS some animal or insectoid part, check this database and others for plant folklore first. You may be looking for a plant and nothing more.

Step Three: Meditate then sleep on the ingredient. While this may seem a little new age for many of you, I assure you it is not. Too many of you live in books and have lost your way where your abilities and connections to the natural world are concerned. You fear your abilities are not strong enough to make a real connection so you chuck this in favor of books or someone else who can confirm or deny your assumptions. What you need is a healthy dose of self-reliance and self-confidence. Trust your inner instincts. If you do not start now, you will never do so. Also you may get assistance from an ancestor on what the ingredient is and how its used via your dreams.

First try actively meditating on the vulture gizzard and see what your mind can think of when it is entirely focused on the problem. You may be pleasantly surprised that your mind is more brilliant than you give yourself credit for and it may come to you while thinking about it in this manner. Secondly, you can try passive meditation where after you've focused on this issue for a while then you calm your mind and allow whatever to bubble up to the surface. Realize these are not simple techniques that can just be done easily enough as they require time and patience to garner results.

Step Four: Talk to the plant until it begins talking back to you. This is a bit of advice I once obtained from a very old black rootworker in South Florida back in my formative years when I was first starting out. He said that this was how the slaves did it because the plants here were not the same as found in Africa so the witch-doctors who were slaves would spend time talking to plants until the plant’s spirit finally spoke back to them and told them many things about their plant. Now obviously this step won’t work with an animal or insectoid part like it does with a plant so it is an extra step you can use for when you need to use roots and plants in your sorceries. However it DOES work and like all techniques requires patience and commitment for it to work properly.

Step Five: Try Divination. Use divination to see if it’s acceptable to the spirits to delete, alter or change the ingredient and if so what will be the spell’s outcome for doing so. Sometimes this is the only way you can be certain of whether or not this is a wise idea. Further you also need to look at what the end result will be regardless of changing the spell’s dynamic by substitution. Ask the spirits and they will answer you. Here you can use Tarot, Runes, Geomancy or whatever is your preferred method of divination. My suggestion is to use the Holy Astragals as explained elsewhere in this text because the Astragals are a form of sortilege used for direct communication with spirits. Even if you have all of the ingredients, it never hurts to find out how the spirits feel about performing the spell because you may discover doing the spell is unnecessary as the desired result is already on its away.

At this time you should begin to be getting some idea of what the ingredient is used for both in cultural folklore as well as what the ingredient speaks to you through dreams and inspiration. With this knowledge you should be able to research and discover the meanings for plants as well as animal and insectoid parts.

By insectoid I’m speaking of course about crabs, scorpions, and other crustaceans that are often used in spellwork by African Religious Systems as well as the whole of the insect kingdom from ants to wasps. You may not be running into such animal parts if all you are doing is Wiccan or Ceremonial Magic but I can assure you there are workers and workings that involve these parts. However in older works of magic such as the Greek Magical Papyri as translated by Hans Dieter Betz which is a collection of papyrus documents that offer spells, incantations and some of these have very exotic ingredients for their spells.

Putting It All Together

So by now you’ve done some research and you’ve discovered that vultures are sacred to the Greek gods Pallas, Herakles (who slew the vulture who kept tearing out Prometheus’ liver) and in Egypt we find that several deities are associated with this bird such as Isis, Maat and Hathor. Interestingly enough in Egypt the vulture’s name was “Pharaoh’s Hen”. So trying to whittle down which deity the gizzard part may refer to won’t be easy however my first choice would be Prometheus due to his liver (another internal organ) being ripped out and thus an interesting idea of the bird’s gizzard being used in a spell.

Now let’s presume the original example spell is for prosperity that uses a vulture gizzard. How old is this spell purported to be? Modern spells rarely require ingredients form living animals and creatures so this spell might possibly be from hundred plus years ago. Is it one of the Witch herbs using such a name with a common herb? Thus far we find nothing to indicate such so we can rule that out.

When we Google the words “bird’s gizzard”, we come up with:

“Gizzard, in many birds, the hind part of the stomach, especially modified for grinding food. Located between the saclike crop and the intestine, the gizzard has a thick muscular wall and may contain small stones, or gastroliths, that function in the mechanical breakdown of seeds and other foods.”

So we can see that the gizzard’s function is to ‘break down’ food for the bird. In this spell, the function of the bird’s gizzard appears to be to break down the elements of the spell so that it passes onto the spirits more favorably. If such is the case, then we can dispense with the use of this ingredient all together as we have other ways of getting the spirits to favorably accept our spell.

Yet before we go willy-nilly deleting things, we need to look at the rest of the spell and determine whether or not the deletion of this ingredient will put the spell out of balance. If so, then we need to find something to re-establish balance so the spell works properly. Since the gizzard is a grinding mechanism for the bird, we could use a mortar & pestle as a suitable substitute and perhaps a vulture feather sitting inside the mortar next to the pestle. This would make an acceptable substitute for the vulture’s gizzard.

Do you see that there is a thought process at work here? This is not just something we do because we cannot obtain a live vulture. Frankly there are places to buy live vultures if you truly wanted one. However we are modern, adult and cultured individuals not uncouth nor uncivilized Neanderthals running around knocking birds out with rocks and sticks so that we may rob them of their body parts. There are places to buy feathers - including vulture feathers - and you can always buy an inexpensive mortar and pestle for your spellwork at just about any sort of metaphysical store and pharmacy.

Instead of ignoring a cool spell because you can’t find a particular ingredient, think about finding an acceptable substitute as suggested here. Just do NOT go looking on some list of correspondences and choose something which most times won’t work. Rather take time and plan out your rites and spells ahead of time (yes I’m afraid Mr. Procrastinator this means you) so that you have time to review the ingredients needed and can get them if necessary or find suitable substitutes.

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