Hail and Welcome!
You know, I had the most amazing evening! Our Braucherei Guild had the pleasure of speaking with Jack G. Montgomery for over two hours! I learned so much and he is such an amazing person! For those who don’t know Mr. Montgomery, he is an author, a Professor, a musician and so much more! A student of the famous Lee Gandee — Jack surely knows what he is talking about when it comes to folk magick! He has a new book coming out soon (I’ll let you know the details when I receive them) and if you haven’t had a chance to read his American Shamans — Journeys with Traditional Healers — don’t miss out. You will love this book!
The wonderful thing about Braucherei and Granny Magicks is that these systems don’t depend on specific tools. Spirit Walking around the house, the yard, the job — are encouraged if you feel the need to use an object to help you focus. If you can find a logical link between what is at hand and what you desire to accomplish — then that item will be perfect for your working.
The picture here is an example. This is a court case working where we wanted “the powers that be” to love the individual in question and to make sure that all aspects of the case go her way. We started with an empty Mason jar that had a lid. I always use clean, sterilized jars to begin any jar magick. I like using jars because they can contain all the elements of the spell and, at the same time, will not be eaten by the dog or my husband.
This spell includes items to “sweeten” the system — brown sugar, maple syrup — objects for luck — the 16 bean mix from the grocery store that is easily empowered as lucky beans — and items to open the way and keep the motor running — Abre Camino (road opener herb), Legal Victory Magickal Powder which contains marigold, Casa Sagrada, Buckthorn, Vanilla Bean, Galangal, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds (not salted), and two sigils Ken (Kennaz) and Rad (Radio) runes drawn on paper. I also included a Himmelsbrief to protect her, and the Jupiter sigil, as Jupiter rules courts, the system, and hearings. I cut out the Jupiter sigil and pasted it on the lid of the jar. The Himmelsbrief is wrapped around a picture of the person who you want to protect, folded toward you, and tied with red thread.
When I do jar magick I empower EVERYTHING as it goes into the jar, and then I command everything in the jar to blend together to accomplish my goal. By empower, I mean I run energy with intent into every item I will be using. The jar, itself, is a circle. Once everything is in the jar, I cast a magick circle (I ALWAYS cast a magick circle — always, always, always — this is my form of protective magick). And if I’m really feeling like things are out of whack, I’ll do the LBR (Lesser Banishing Ritual). Whatever works for you. Once everything is in the jar you shake it up a good one. Shake. Shake. Shake, just like the song. This is to get everything going. Like turning the key in the ignition of your car or truck. Vroom!
While the jar is still open, I do the main magick — the whisper magick over the jar, making sure my breath goes in the jar. Normally, I hold the jar between both of my hands when I do this and make sure I can feel that energy zinging into the jar.
Then — you add the Breath of the Divine.
Now, here is how I see it — and if I explain this badly, I apologize. God/The Divine is pure Potential. The Divine is Love. The Divine is Compassion. The Divine is Perfection. One one of the reasons, I think, that Christian Pow-Wow’s get so hot and bothered over who Braucherei historically belongs to is that they have mistaken the power of the universe for the name of a God. Meaning — the totality of Divine energy is so much bigger, and stronger, and more powerful than any God-Goddess-name. Names are used to invoke the energy — they are like a telephone number. I can call a crisis hotline for help or I can call the fire department, or I can call a porn line. I’m still using the phone, I’m still asking someone for help (okay, you are so chuckling on that last one), and I’m still expecting some kind of fulfillment. The difference is in WHERE I’m directing my OPEN LINE for help. Yet, when you practice the breathing, some folks don’t realize that you are connecting to the REAL divine energy, instead, they think the name (the telephone number) IS the god.
Okay, confusing. Think about it. If you disagree, you have at that — it is a big world. No worries.
So, now we’ve run the energy, right? And we’re going to progress by plugging into the Divine. We are going to sync our energy with the potential of the universe. And that’s what I want you to practice this week. I’d like you to “think” about “God/dess” as pure energy. No face. No name. Then, I’d like you to expand your mind outside of your body…
And embrace Divine (as an energy).
And then for ten counts — Breathe in the Divine — not a face, not a name — the energy.
When you breathe out — focus the Divine breath toward someone that needs it.
Back to that spell.
Cast the circle.
State your purpose.
Command the contents of the jar to work together for your purpose (yes, you did it earlier, do it again).
Run energy into the jar, while chanting.
Shake the jar (a good 9 times).
Breath the Divine into the jar (3 times).
Cap the jar.
Shake it 9 times.
For this spell, I put an empowered a Crown of Success candle and put it on the top of the jar — you can do as you like. Here is the Jupiter sigil in case you need it. Jupiter Crossroads Sigil – can be used for Luck, Expansion, Court and Legal Issues, Long Distance Travel, Compassion, Growth, Higher Education, Getting Into a College, and increasing your finances (use with Venus for that).
Seal the working with three equal-armed crosses drawn in the air. Shake the jar every day until what you need comes to pass. If it seems stuck, blow the God Energy onto the sigil 3 times, then shake the jar.
This type of sweet jar can be used for anything you desire. It is called “sweet” because all the ingredients are sugary or smell light or sweet. A Bitter Jar, is a banishing jar, and would contain cleansing herbs like lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, etc. When you complete a bitter jar, you always burn a “sweet” candle or place out “sweet” water to replace the void you have created with good energy.
Let me know how this works for you.
As a side note: I’m not saying don’t ever believe in your “name” God/dess — what I am saying is: For this exercise, go up the food chain.
I cast the above spell back in 2013 — 7 years ago and the woman was successful — although it turned out differently than we all expected. Sometimes I think Spirit just wants to keep us on our toes. You cast the magick toward a base-line of what you want, and then like the top piece of velcro, it sometimes sits askew, ya know? Out of it all she got a lucrative new job, a pension she didn’t expect, AND the opponent (and I am saying this nicely) lost his job and his reputation.
Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature