Month: November 2011

Day One — 2011 Great Release Challenge!


Hettie the Witch
Clean Out Your Ears...and Choose to Listen

Day One — 2011 Great Release Challenge!
by Silver RavenWolf

Good Morning!  Let’s begin our day with the Braucherei Morning Ritual — a five minute process geared to empower your body, mind, and soul.  I’ve posted the ritual on this blog in the Great Release Challenge category.  You’ll notice one or two little tweaks; but, the ritual is about the same as last year.  I kept it this way for those of you who have done the program before.  With familiarity in a practice comes heightened skill.  If you used the ritual last year, it should out-perform itself this year for you.  If this is your first time, you’ll be amazed at how quickly things start looking up, or better, or calmer…whatever you need…for you!  Follow the ritual with your goal oriented candle (the white tea candle (or whatever color you desire) I mentioned in the prep article posted yesterday).  Mine is for mental clarity, so I’ll light a light blue candle today, simply chanting the word:  “Clarity”.  Be sure to take nice, deep breaths when doing any chanting — this helps to ground and center you, and allows your chi to flow in a healthy way.

Your Mission Today

For The Busy Person:  Clean Out Your Ears.  Yup!  That’s the goal for today.  Then, make as much noise as possible with drum, rattle, or wooden spoon banging on a frying pan.  No kidding!  Its time to break up the negative energy in the home!  Shake it like you mean it, baby!  Then, when you are all done…listen to the silence.  And tell Spirit that you will now take the time to listen to what the universe is trying to tell you.  Your Guardian can’t shout over your internal chatter machine.  Shut off the motor-brain…and listen.  Welcome and accept the Peace that is waiting to enter.

Loud noise really does break up negativity (as well as laughter).  When my children (I raised four) were little and they started to fight, I would break out into song at the top of my lungs — usually a rendition of When the Saints Come Marching In.  It so shocked them that they would shut up, start to laugh, and hold their hands over their ears.

Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

For the Dedicated Challenge Participant:  Clean Out Your Ears…make Mucho noise…and THEN…take a walk through your living area with notebook in hand.  Let’s write down what we might want to clean or get rid of this year — especially those things that have been really bugging you; but, you’ve just been too darned busy, or tired, or stressed, or whatever to take care of it.  Save this item for a day when you are feeling super good and want to do more than the challenge listed, or perhaps you’ve already done the challenge for the day and need something else to do.  If you did the challenge last year, make note of what is all messed up…AGAIN!  Why do you think that is?  And, don’t blame it on someone else.  You live here.  What is it about that one place or area that seems to continually draw dirt, grime, and clutter?  Take your time.  Ruminate over it.  Talk to Spirit about it.  Since you’ve cleaned out your ears, you’ll be able to hear, right?

For Tomorrow:  Have a trash bag ready.  Maybe two.  See you in the morning!

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Braucherei Morning Ritual — 2011 Revised


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
copyright 2010/2011

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 chants this year and one statement.  For best results, try to memorize them.  Don’t panic.  They’re easy, they rhyme, and if you’ve listened to my podcasts, 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 — Sun

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.

New this year is the following statement that you will complete depending upon your desires and that one special goal you want to work on during the program.  The most important words in this statement?  “I know”.   You can say a general statement, or one that is very specific.  For example:

“I know that I will meet all my goals in this thirty-day period.” or…

“I know I will find a solution to…” (and fill in the blank).  End your To Know statement with:

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within.
So Be It!

This short ritual, then, ends with an “I know” statement of your own choice.  Say the statement three times.

That’s all there is to it.  After you finish the “I know” statement, 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 for the best 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 2011 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.

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace within — So Be It

Silver RavenWolf,
1 December 2011
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.