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Day One of the GREAT Magickal Release Countdown!

Nothing and no one can stop you from thinking Great! Successful! Thoughts!

2010 The GREAT Magickal Release Countdown!
30 Day Challenge to an Awesome New You!
by Silver RavenWolf

Last year several FaceBook and MySpace friends joined me in our first HedgeWitch Year-End RELEASE challenge!  Starting December 1st, each day we made  an effort to release at least one thing from our lives that carried negative feelings, dirt, clutter, or emotional stress!  We realized that if we wanted great, neat, new, cool things to enter our lives, we wouldn’t get them if we didn’t make room for them.  In reality, you can’t receive if you don’t let go.

In the old days they called this release energy — sacrifice — a heavy word that carries too many violent connotations for the modern mind.  Even saying the word can conjure fear, anxiety, or panic — feelings that are not conducive to creating a sound, psychological platform for any spell or working for positive change if your goal is focused on the harmony of the higher mind, body and spirit.  The word — release — indicates we have a choice that carries a positive spin.

It is human nature (I believe) that we all hoard in some form or manner.  There are folks that gather physical stuff and those who collect things we cannot see; but, certainly feel.  Regardless of your type of collection — it doesn’t hurt to do some sort of cleansing on a cyclical basis.  Last year I chose the calendar year-end for a physical and psychological deep cleaning because it can be a time of year when emotional stress reaches its height due to the big four (in America) holidays that roll out in quick succession — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Yule, and New Year’s.   Usually, Halloween is the most fun with the least amount of psycho-drama,  Thanksgiving motors in with its family squabbles, Yule with its financial pressures, and finally the calendar New Year squats in the detritus of the other three holidays.  By January 2nd you are tired, broke, and stuck with a filthy living environment not to mention hurt feelings from some family bullshit that occurred along the way.

Okay…so…that’s for the regular people.  But, we’re not normal, are we?  Nope!  We are the magickal folk  that totally understand we live in the world of energy and if it ain’t going our way — we fix it, because we know how powerful our minds really can be and that what we think — we create.  Which means that putting a little twinkle in our lives to make the world a better place (and ourselves happier) is something we know how to do.  So…why not do it!

To make the Great Magickal Release Challenge more interesting last year, I broke each day’s entry into three parts — the what-you-get-to-do-today section first, and then my diary on how these suggestions were working for me as the second part.  Your posts became the third and vital section, keeping us all working together by adding your own thoughts and feelings.  This worked so well that we’re going to keep the same format this year.  Every day, we’ll focus on one little, itty-bitty, part of our lives or environment with the agreement that by the time we’re done all the small steps we’ve made will culminate in a happy, successful, delightful holiday season.

So!  Beginning today, start pitching, giving away, and letting that ratty old, broken stuff go!  If you start vacillating over something, then ask yourself this:  Have I used this item in the last six months?  If you haven’t, odds are you won’t ever.  If you counter yourself with the — I can fix it — excuse, ask yourself this:  Have you bothered to fix the item in the last three months?  If the answer is No! — its gotta go!  If you think:  I can sell this, — that’s really a great idea; BUT, did you bother to sell it in the last six months?  No?  Out it goes!

December 1st — Today’s Release Suggestion:  Go into your bathroom with a trash bag in hand.  Throw away all those old toiletries, cosmetics, and other junk that tends to gravitate there.  Get rid of the ratty magazines, the crusted and bent toothpaste tube, the errant and wandering old toothbrushes and razors, and that mouthwash brand  your sister left when she was visiting last month.

Join the challenge to discover the whole new, magickal you! Look forward to your goal of January 1st, with an eye on good health, happiness, positive abundance and love.  You can do it!  As often as I can I’ll be posting my own progress.  Be sure to add your comments and include the stuff you’re releasing, too.  By letting go of physical objects and the energy that collects around them we allow the experiences we truly desire to manifest in our lives in a faster easier way.  Don’t delay — start pitching today!

To make things a little more easier for you, I’ve written a special article on a Braucherei daily ritual that takes only minutes to do.  Give it a once over and see if you might like to add it to your own 2010 Great Magickal Release Challenge!

The Rules of this Year’s Challenge

1.  You must get rid of something every single day.  Give it away, throw it away, sell it…whatever.  It must leave your living or working environment on that day.  (Not set aside until tomorrow.)  If you don’t release old, nasty, broken stuff — you won’t be able to get great new stuff in your life because there is no room.  If your living or working area is filthy and a mess — all that dirt hold negativity.  If you can’t walk through a room, how do you expect to run to your goal?

2.  If you’ve already done my suggestion for the day — you don’t get to skate — you must choose something else.  Be creative and share with us!

3.  If you are traveling or not at your place of business or residence, start by cleaning out your purse, travel bag, briefcase, vehicle and make note of what you’ve missed on the general list to do later, when you arrive back home.

That’s it!  One thing, every day.  Oh, yes, we’ll get to that refrigerator, too — I just didn’t want to hit you with the big stuff right away.  Give you a chance to ease into the program; but, don’t worry, the molding food’s days are numbered.

In service

Silver RavenWolf


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Braucherei Morning Ritual — Release Daily Stress!

Braucherei Daily Ritual

Relieve Holiday Stress! Braucherie Morning Ritual That Can Change Your Life! —
A Great Technique that you Can Use With My 30 Day Magickal Release Challenge!
by Silver RavenWolf

Sometimes, when things get rough, or tough, or stressful — we totally forget that we know how to do magick!   Negative emotions seethe or erupt, and all thoughts that we are truly in control fly completely from our minds.  By practicing this Five Minute Braucherei ritual each morning upon rising (whether you are first, second or third shift — when you wake up is fine) you will have a better grip on the day.  The practice takes about seven (7) days to set in (you might see small changes in your life right away); and about 30 days to bring about greater change.  If you are ready to take charge of your life, let go of the crap, and accept the abundance of the world around you, then this is the ritual for you!

Tools: You don’t need any except your mind.  However, if you would like to light a white candle, or incense — that’s fine, too. Whatever spiritual practice that facilitates calm and relaxation within yourself can be used here.

Preparation:  Find a place where you will not be disturbed.  As the ritual only takes about five minutes, you won’t need to lock yourself in the attic.  I know, though, what it is like to be a busy person with family members assuming its okay to interrupt you just-any-old-time.  So!  If the only place you can find peace is the bathroom while taking your morning shower — that’s fine.  Just lock the door.  The beauty about Braucherei is that you often whisper instead of speaking in a normal voice.  With the water running?  No one will hear you.

The Chants:  There are two and for best results, try to memorize them.  Don’t panic.  They’re easy, they rhyme, and if you’ve listened to my podcasts this past year, read my blog or been on FaceBook — you’re probably already familiar with them.

Let’s go through them so you understand exactly what you are doing.  The first chant is a general blessing charm that is thousands of years old, and is recited while facing east.  You can use hand motions (or not) while intoning the charm.  The most important aspect of both charms is to speak slowly, with feeling and with a sense of grace.  You are doing a spiritual thing — it is okay to open up and accept those energies.   Here is the first chant:

Eastwards I stand
For favors I pray
From Goddess Divine
And Lord of the Day
Earth lends Her power
And breath sends the spell
Days end will reveal
That all will be well.

Let’s quickly cover what this chant means and exactly what you are calling.  Eastwards I stand (the place of beginnings and the power of the sun) for favors I pray (you are asking for all the good stuff of this world and all others).  From Goddess Divine (feminine deity, crone/mother energy, moon energy) and the Lord of the Day (male divine, sage/father energy, the sun AND the planet that rules the day).  Together the two deities make One — the Balance.  Here are those daily planets in case you are new or have forgotten:

Monday — Moon
Tuesday — Mars
Wednesday — Mercury
Thursday — Jupiter
Friday — Venus
Saturday — Saturn
Sunday — Success

Earth lends Her power (the spirits of nature, the elements, that which is physical) and breath sends the spell (holy breath, Spirit, and your effort).  Days end will reveal that all will be well.  (You are agreeing that my the end of the day, no matter what, you will accept the favors given and be thankful for them.)

This chant is to be said nine (9) times, slowly, with feeling, and experiencing what you are saying deep within yourself.

The second chant the Seven Planetary Powers, is extremely simple.  First, you intone the name of the day you are experiencing, for example Tuesday, and then follow through with the rest of the chant.  Here is the chant:

Tuesday, Lord of the Day
Bring me Good Fortune in Every Way!

Although very simple, this is a powerful chant.  You are asking the planetary energies of the day to tune into your life and you are agreeing that you will accept the flow of what you have asked for — in this example — Good Fortune.  You can change this chant in to match what you need.  Let’s say you are working on a chronic illness, then you might say:

Tuesday, Lord of the Day
Bring me Good Health in Every Way!

Or, let’s say you are just so stressed out lately:

Tuesday, Lord of the Day
Bring me sweet peace in Every Way!

Like the first chant — take your time.  Say it slowly and with confidence.  Know in your heart that what you have asked for, you will receive.  Remember, that this second chant changes with the day.  If today is Monday, then you intone — Monday, Lord of the Day!  As you speak, reach out and connect with the ‘Lord’ of the day.   Repeat this chant nine (9) times.

That’s all there is to it.  After you finish the last chant, simply draw an equal-armed cross in the air to seal the working.  At the end of the day, give thanks to Spirit and the Lord of the Day for the favors you have received.  Sometimes, we are so busy during the day, we don’t realize that we’ve been given a gift if we don’t stop and think about what happened to us, or what we really spent our time on.  By concluding the working by giving thanks, you allow yourself time to review your experiences.  Be careful not to dwell on negative situations, even though they occurred to teach us something.  Although that kind of review is good and necessary, it isn’t a part of this particular working, which is designed to teach you and continue to aid you in drawing positive energies toward you.  Thinking about the iced tea jug that blew apart all over the backseat of the car is not acceptable in this instance.

If you would like to make this little ritual more powerful, then employ the Lesser Banishing Ritual between the two chants.  You can find this ritual in my Solitary Witch book, my HexCraft book, and in Donald Michael Kraig’s Modern Magick book (excellent book if you haven’t read it — and he’s a super person, too).

Magick Review

Nope, I’m not done.  Whether you are new to magick or an old hand at it, there’s always ways to contemplate, grow and expand.  Let’s review the major building blocks of magick (just quick — I promise).

To Know — This is the most important of the four building blocks.  It means to know within yourself that what you desire WILL come to pass.  It is an assurance within your heart, mind and soul — an agreement of all your senses.  To know always ends with a smile.  It is the thought, the bone structure, of what you desire.  It is the bud that will unfold and bring your desire to fruition.  In Braucherei, ‘ To Know’ is used often and many times stated in a veiled way, sometimes predicated on faith, belief, or a statement of what surely is.  To Know in your heart that things will work out is absolutely vital to magick and getting what you want or need.  You must supersede the monkey-mind and rise above your own doubts.  You must KNOW, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that what you desire will manifest.

To Dare — The total understanding that anything is possible and that the world is filled with unlimited possibilities.  You must DARE to BELIEVE.  And, in that daring moment, move forward to your desire.  You must take action, not sit on your butt and wait for good stuff to show up.  Get out there and start slugging!

To Will — The focus of your mind completely on your goal through thought, conversation, and action.  If you are thinking negatively or speaking badly (complaining, gossiping, whatever) then you just shot yourself in the proverbial foot.  Your will must be golden — do you understand?

To Be Silent — Oh, baby, baby, baby!  Learn to keep your trap shut.  Don’t screw up the field of possibility by sharing your methodology or your desire UNLESS the combined energy of another totally agrees with your goal or in some way will support the outcome AND you’ve shared a statement aloud along this line. To learn more about how not to screw yourself up with your own mind and mouth — you might like reading my book, MindLight.  In other words, don’t taint the field you are living in.  Let me give you a very wild visualization so you totally understand me once and for all.  You live in a field you created that travels with you wherever you go.  Unless I’m mistaken, last time I checked, people don’t shit in a bag and carry it with them so that they can smell it all day.  For example, if you say to me — My family is cursed — I know that you are clutching a mental contractor’s trash bag filled with elephant mind poop from yourself and probably family members.  For some reason, you are holding on to that stuff so tightly that it is oozing all over you.  Curses operate on your guilt, your low self-esteem, and your weaknesses.  And, bet you feel like shit, don’t you?  Let it go!  Change your environment (try my 2010 Great Magickal Release Program), change the way you think, change what you talk about.  Same thing with what you think, say, write, tweet, blog on a daily basis.  Emotional vomit does not make the world a better place — it just keeps the greedy, evil, and downright nasty empowered.  Don’t let ’em win.  You are better than that!  So! As a reminder — What is rolling around in your head is just as important as what comes out of your mouth or onto a keyboard.  Keep it clean.  Keep it silent (meaning — do not play into negativity).  Keep it positive.  You will benefit.

Okay, so there you have it!  Your Holiday Challenge!  I dare you.  I double dare you — to do this little working every day for thirty days.  Tell us, along the way, how you are doing.  Write on my Facebook Wall, add an entry to this blog, keep us posted.  We’re all on this planet together — Believe Buddies are not a figment of your imagination.

In service

Silver RavenWolf, 1 December 2010
The Great Magickal Release Challenge Begins!

Note:  Some of my books that you may find helpful while doing this challenge:

MindLight by Silver RavenWolf, Llewellyn Publications
Solitary Witch — The Ultimate Book of Shadows by Silver RavenWolf, Llewellyn Publications
HedgeWitch! by Silver RavenWolf, Llewellyn Publications
A magickal almanac of your choice that shows moon in the signs and planetary aspects