This work is Lunar in nature, bolstered by the Saturnian sub-current. On a night of the moon's greatest majesty, toast the Mare-Queen of Night with a Red Meal boasting wine that has been adulterated with a philtre of moon-infused well or spring water, a pinch of dried peppers, and a decoction of mugwort. Have on hand three small measures of dried or fresh mugwort, verbena, and rue, and a black cord or string, and a piece of black or red linen to bind them up in. The charm follows.
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The Son of Light grasps the key That lays open every portal that can be; From She Whom All Fear has the Master won it; So in his celebrated name I pray:
Let the portal to the dark unseen be open To the door of night and dream- Keep that way open for me until I return safely. Good Master and Lord of Spirits, Open that way for me.
In your revealing name I call to the below, To those powers that run like horses in night: To the realm most deep, provenance of life, With the good favors of Aquilo, Of Septentrio and Cautus I make this conjury, And with the notice of their good grooms- You, Supernas, you, Boreas, And Thrascias, and Gallicus, You Circius, and Cotus also, And all of the winds of the Valley of the Nadir: Chasm of the Hag and her Groomsman Death.
These powers I name and gather to me, With the knowledge that they hear all- Say the weirds of the dark winds, "we hear thee."
Winds of spirit, carry my words to the Mistress of Dreams, The Great Mare of Night herself, The White Horse, terror of the living and the dead. I plead and petition Her most wretchedly, To forbid her servants from tormenting ____ With their nightly rades and terrible visions.
And you wicked powers, wild and unjust, Who in delight may torment _____ In the same manner, and in the lonely night, In the name of She before whom all Daimons tremble, I sternly forbid you entry to the mind and soul of ____ The green and dark pastures of his/her mind Must remain untrampled by you, For as long as the pleasure of the Queen may be.
In the name of the Mugwort-wight, The weird of the moon, In the name of stormy weird Verbena, And the wierd of Rue, And in the name of She who is greater Than all who course in the Unseen, I tie up this charm and secure its power, The power to forbid nightmare and night terror: May its potency endure for moons ten and three, Or till the coming of the day.
Such are my words, Such as these are the Master's words, And this the consummation of my spell.
Hedge-crosser. Folklorist. Chess Player. Author of Five Books, with more to come, Fate willing. Herbalist and Root-Doctor. Renegade Mystic. Troublemaker. Student of the Divination Arts. Lover of the Simple Life.
"Traditional Witchcraft is about consciously accessing hidden realities, and doing so to a very intense and extreme degree. It is about accessing extra-sensory reality, or the Underworld itself, looking into the hidden regions of the Weird, all without losing consciousness of what you are doing and experiencing, and "returning" to this seemingly ordinary world with the extraordinary powers you encountered on that "other side" still being carried within you.
One of those extraordinary powers will become your "familiar" power or spirit- a helper, an ally, who will be bonded to you by reciprocal oath and pact and service. He or she may come because one of the ancient spirits that men called "Gods" sends him to you, or it may come on its own, seemingly. Mysterious benefactors in the Unseen may come and grant you a familiar; one can never tell. You may have to find one through great struggle; there is no single formula, though there are some traditional formulas for those who are canny enough."