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Old 12-05-11   #1
Ben Gruagach

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Default 5B. Raising Power

Wicca is a religion based on Witchcraft, and as Witches, we cast spells. In order to power our spells so that they are able to accomplish our goals we must raise power as part of the spell-casting process.

We might also raise power as part of worshipping the Lord and Lady. In that case, magical energy is a gift we are giving Them, a gift of our love.

Magickal energy is the stuff that is behind psychic powers, the mystical force that fills living things in abundance and also most things that we usually consider non-living. In some cultures the energy is called Qi or Ki, or orgone energy, or mana.

Working with magical energy is usually easier if you are in an altered state of consciousness such as a light trance. Many of the methods used for raising energy also tend to put the practitioner into an altered state.

Gardner listed eight methods for magical purposes (trance induction and raising energy) in his Book of Shadows:
Eightfold Path or Ways to the Centre.

1 Meditation or Concentration. This in practice means forming a mental image of what is desired, and forcing yourself to see that it is fulfilled, with the fierce belief and knowledge that it can and will be fulfilled, and that you will go on willing till you force it to be fulfilled. Called for short, "Intent"

2 Trance, projection of the Astral.

3 Rites, Chants, Spells, Runes, Charms, etc.

4 Incense, Drugs, Wine, etc., whatever is used to release the Spirit. (Note. One must be very careful about this. Incense is usually harmless, but you must be careful. If it has bad aftereffects, reduce the amount used, or the duration of the time it is inhaled. Drugs are very dangerous if taken to excess, but it must be remembered that there are drugs that are absolutely harmless, though people talk of them with bated breath, but Hemp is especially dangerous, because it unlocks the inner eye swiftly an d easily, so one is tempted to use it more and more. If it is used at all, it must be with the strictest precautions, to see that the person who uses it has no control over the supply. This should be doled out by some responsible person, and the supply strictly limited.)

5 The Dance, and kindred practices.

6 Blood control (the Cords), Breath Control, and kindred practices.

7 The Scourge.

8 The Great Rite.

These are all the ways. You may combine many of them into the one experiment, the more the better.

The Five Essentials:

1. The most important is "Intention": you must know that you can and will succeed; it is essential in every operation.

2. Preparation. (You must be properly prepared according to the rules of the Art; otherwise you will never succeed.)

3. The Circle must be properly formed and purified.

4. You all must be properly purified, several times if necessary, and this purification should be repeated several times during the rite.

5. You must have properly consecrated tools.

These five essentials and Eight Paths or Ways cannot all be combined in one rite. Meditation and dancing do not combine well, but forming the mental image and the dance may be well combined with Chants. Spells, etc., combined with scourging and No. 6, followed by No. 8, form a splendid combination. Meditation, following scourging, combined with Nos. 3 and 4 and 5, are also very Good. For short cuts concentration, Nos. 5, 6, 7, and 8 are excellent.

Because Gardner was elderly, he tended to use scourging (lightly striking the skin with the the cords of a scourge) while dancing is more popular among the majority of Wiccans today for raising energy.
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