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Ileana Abrev knows what she's talking about. She lives with a teenager. She's a witch. And she recognizes that teens struggle with many of the same issues she did in her day--romance, mid-term exams, homework overload, friendship ups and downs, and family issues. Here in Charm Spells, Abrev offers over 90 spells to make wishes come true in all areas of a teen's life the white magic way. "Magic occurs once you set your mind to accomplish a goal in your life," she writes. "Harm ...
Ileana Abrev knows what she's talking about. She lives with a teenager. She's a witch. And she recognizes that teens struggle with many of the same issues she did in her day--romance, mid-term exams, homework overload, friendship ups and downs, and family issues. Here in Charm Spells, Abrev offers over 90 spells to make wishes come true in all areas of a teen's life the white magic way. "Magic occurs once you set your mind to accomplish a goal in your life," she writes. "Harm none for it will all come back to you in threes."
Charm Spells is a fun, interactive, thorough introduction to the world of witchcraft and spell casting for teens. Illustrated with offbeat, funky drawings, the book shows teens how to get the dates they want, the allowances they dream of, and the friends they need, and introduces them to:
Introduction to Magic
If you use this book wisely, your dreams are sure to come true because we are all beings of light and members of the universal forces. This membership is free to all and does not discriminate against beings of any color, race, or religious belief or background. To join, you only need a positive attitude, an understanding of right and wrong, and the ability to visualize your unselfish needs to the universe.
This membership provides potential much greater than you've ever known, and once the doors open, the possibilities are endless for you to have and to hold. Unfortunately, your membership could be revoked if you do anything against the laws of karma—the universe's justice system that keeps the balance of good and evil—and it may take a few weeks, months, or even years for the "Karma Committee" to let you back in.
This is why you should not use spells just because magic is "in" or "trendy". Magic is not a game or a way to control or manipulate others. If you have this in mind, read on to learn the consequences, and then leave this book behind—you are not mature enough to walk the path and not eligible to join.
Positive thinking and visualization are all you need, and when you add a little bit of this herb and a little bit of that incense, you can make all the necessary changes in your life.
You will only be a teen once in this lifetime, so enjoy the laughter and the tears, and accept them as part of growing up. And while you do, you will learn of the positive and negative sides within you, thereby creating a better understanding of yourself in the years to come.
I once had a young teen approach me and ask what he could do to find the person who stole a few CDs from his best friend's backpack at school—but first he let me know that he didn't believe in any of my "hocus pocus," as he called it. I just laughed and gave him a simple spell that involved using a red candle, sprinkling black pepper around it, and asking the universe to let the person who took the CDs come forth and declare his or her wrong doings.
Two weeks later, he returned and informed me that he had done the spell and, to his surprise, the person who had stolen the CDs did come forward, bragging and admitting that he was the one who took them. My young friend didn't tell me what transpired, but the CDs were returned to his friend's backpack two days later during lunchtime.
This teen wanted to help his friend so badly that there was nothing in his way, nothing to stop him from focusing on finding out what he wanted to know. This is why you guys make such great magicians. The words NO and YOU CAN'T are not yet filed in your teen memory format.
We adults always think, "What if?" but with you guys it's, "Why not?"
If you have a particular need, that need becomes an arrow, ready to strike the red juicy apple. You are so focused on your needs that nothing will stop you from hitting the designated target, and under no circumstances will that juicy apple be let out of your sight. I hate to tell you this, but your hormones drive your determination and direction, and once you set your mind on something, you will stop at nothing to get it. We parents know this all too well.
As a rule, always think before you act. Remember that no one can force you to do anything you don't want to do. Be yourself, and if your peers don't like it, then it becomes their problem, not yours. Just remember, insecurities are brought on by low self esteem and not believing in yourself.
Charm Spells will guide you to understand the universe and its mysteries by having faith in yourself and a positive outlook on life. It will teach you to use natural energies to turn your dreams into reality that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
Before you do any of the spells in Charm Spells, I would strongly suggest that you read the following chapters. I know you are just itching to get started, but it is worth the read, as the following information will help you to perform the spells.
A guide and a code to always remember: Say no when someone wants you to go against your own principles, and you will find a new respect within that no one will ever destroy or change, throughout this existence.
Have fun, help others, and harm none, for this is the code of three, and respect it I will!
Blessed be Ileana
What Are Positive and Negative Magic?
To know magic you must understand the balance of positive and negative, because without it, there is no balance of the soul.
People make a big issue of the white and black side of witchcraft, but a witch is just a witch, neither white nor black. We can all choose how we apply our magic, either negatively or positively.
A soul that is pure and sure is a happy soul that could only practice a positive lifestyle, but souls that are filled with hatred and jealousy could only commit negative actions towards themselves and others. This best describes the black and white side of magic, but between you and me, those souls that seek destruction towards others are not true practitioners.
Magic occurs once you set your mind to accomplish a goal in your life—it has nothing to do with "Hocus Pocus." The power of positive thinking and visualization creates magic. If you believe in your actions, yourself, and the universe, your needs are fulfilled in front of your eyes, and when they are, you can only create positive magic.
Not only can we create positive magic, but sadly we can also create negative magic. If you set yourself to think negatively towards others or even yourself, you will send a wave of negative thought patterns to the universe, and in time they will come back the same way you sent them, negatively. Now, you are most probably wondering something like, "How can I defend myself against the school bully if not by using negative magic?" Well you can, that is the beauty of magic—it's show you use it that counts.
To deal with the school bully, some may light a few black candles and wish that person harm. Now, that is negative magic. With positive magic, you can light a white candle, wish for the bully to leave you alone, and move on.
You do not need to practice negative magic when positive magic works even better, and the perk is that you will always stay in karma's good books, because those who are true practitioners believe and respect the oath:
Harm none for if you do, it will came back to you three fold.
Magic in itself works in mysterious ways, and if a spell is performed in a negative manner, to cause harm, manipulate others, or change someone's destiny, you are asking for trouble and playing with the powerful forces of the universe.
Black and white, positive and negative, male and female, you must be able to understand both, to be in tune with the forces of nature and the universe
Search your heart, look deep into your soul, find your true self, and you will never disturb the balance between you and nature. Above all, never inflict your will on others, and if you still haven't figured it out, try following this principle:
If you don't like someone doing it to you, don't do it to others.
When I was growing up, I used to watch through peepholes as my father practiced his own craft, which always fascinated me. He worked with a lot of candles and herbs—always adding this or that to some spell or herbal medicine he was working on for someone. His practice always left me spellbound, and it still does to this day.
I remember clients constantly coming in and out of our house from the "spiritual room," as he called it. The spiritual room had a small table with three chairs. A sharp scent of cologne was always in the air. White candles would be lit, and dry herbs could always be found in dozens of shoeboxes, all labeled for easy access. In every house my parents lived in over the years, the spiritual room always smelled and looked the same way.
From a young age I was very attracted to what I used to call brujeria, which is Spanish for "witchcraft." I wanted to take my father's beliefs and combine them with my own eclectic beliefs about brujeria and witchcraft, discovering different things and mixing them all together to come out with good results. And that was what I did, thanks to his guidance and teachings.
I love being a witch, but I especially love being a solitary witch, rather than part of a coven, because it allows me to be flexible in the art of spellmaking and to do my own rituals without anyone else looking over my shoulder. This allows me to express my beliefs and feelings to the only ones who really matter—my God and Goddess. I've always loved to mix natural energies together to produce positive results for any given situation, and to help others with their dreams and goals.
People believe witches are the only ones who can do spells and tap into universal energies, but this is not true. Anyone can reach out to the universe to make their dreams a reality, just as a witch can—it is just a matter of having the right frame of mind. Never say, "It will not happen." Always stay positive, and never let a negative thought penetrate to your subconscious mind. Always say things in a positive way, such as: "It will happen." In the process, see it happening in your mind, and play it back over and over again , like a movie! This will strengthen your focus on a positive outcome.
The world has the wrong concept about witches, thanks to Hollywood, which has made us look ugly and evil in about 95 percent of its movies and cartoons. This is far from the truth. We witches a re not ugly, evil, or weird. We witches are mysterious. Some of us are writers, while others are models, doctors, lawyers, and members of a variety of other professions. You may not know we are witches because it's not the way we dress that makes us witches, but the way we carry the craft in our hearts.
The true witch is a physician of the heart, a specialist in spirituality, meditation, and positive visualization. A little bit of this herb, or that oil, is the key to fulfillment of the witch's craft.
Witches are in tune with nature and those around them. The most gratifying aspect of being a witch is being able to aid others in their time of need. Many people call witches the best counselors around. Witches do not tell you to take an aspirin for your headache, but to light a blue candle, run a little bit of lemongrass oil around your temples, and search for the reason for the sudden intrusion of pain into your life.
Witches are able to manifest their dreams with natural energies. They can heal others and themselves, if it is meant to be. Witches understand and protect the innocent. They have the gift of divination to find the answers others need, and to advise in matters of the heart.
Do not be misled. Look around you: There are real-life witches out there, but there are also trendy witches. If you are serious, carry the craft in your heart and not in the way you dress or wear your hair.
The faith in our God and Goddess is pure and true. To love nature is our code. To be true to friends and loved ones is a ritual we practice on a daily basis. We protect and respect every single living thing. We cherish the beauty around us and give thanks to Mother Earth for letting us share it with her.
If you don't know it yet, witchcraft is a true religion, and like any other religion, it deserves your respect, just as you would expect someone else to respect your own beliefs and convictions. It is not a game; witchcraft is as real as it gets.
We witches work with nature's natural energies—we light candles, affirming our intentions, or burn incense, or carry little bags full of herbs or crystals with us. This does not make us evil, but mystical.
Witchcraft has never been and should never be associated with anything Satanic. We witches do not believe in Satan. Witchcraft existed long before Christianity was born, and Satan is a Christian belief. The key to knowledge is to have an open mind and if in doubt, make the library your best friend and find your answers in the written knowledge of those who actually practice witchcraft and not in hearsay or others' misconceptions.
Keep your faith and beliefs within you—don't tell the world about them until you are ready. Sometimes when doing a spell, other people's negativity can get in the way, so you may find it best to work by yourself. Not everyone out there understands magic or witchcraft, and some people like to judge anything they don't understand.
The God and the Goddess
You must know a little about the God and the Goddess to understand the nature of their presence in the craft. These deities are of Pagan origin. You may have been confused in the past because of the numerous gods and goddesses out there, but I will make it easier for you to understand. There is only one God and only one Goddess, but different cultures call them by different names according to their own traditions, which could be from Greek, Celtic, Roman, or even from Egyptian mythology.
Remember when we talked bout a positive and a negative? There is also male and female energy, which is the base of our existence and the essence behind the God and Goddess. I don't wish to put a specific identity on these two very important deities. You may like to do that on your own if you already know that tradition you're most affiliated with. If you have difficulty trying to visualize these powerful deities, you may be able to relate to them as I do.
The Goddess is the bright star in the sky, the full moon, the plants, the flowers, and the blue waters of sea. She is the healer, the one who sits by your side and listens to your sadness and cries with you, as she understands the pain you are going through She holds the hands of sick children all over the universe and brings comfort to those burdened with unanswered questions. The beauty of our plant is the silken, silver veil she wraps around us to bring comfort and peace to our existence, and if it is carelessly torn, she will bring nothing but chaos to those who destroy the beauty of her garment, the Earth. The Goddess must be respected. She is the crone who watches over us, the mother who gives us life, and the young teen who grants wishes if you will only believe.
The God, On the other hand, is the male energy. He is the warrior, the hunter and the protector; the sun and the desert are his hunting grounds. At times forgotten all, but always there in the background with his free, untamed animals, he is seen as a mighty stag roaming the forest as he seeks the death of winter and the birth of spring. The God can also be generous as the Goddess, but you will need to find that out for yourself. You have heard of "getting in touch with your feminine side" Well, you will need to get in touch with your masculine side to understand the God.
If you would like Something to represent the Goddess on your altar you may use a seashell, and for the God an acorn or even pine cones, The Goddess will give you spells for love and compassion!, while the God gives strength and protection to the spells when needed.
Respect both and you will be blessed with their kindness and strength, their love and understanding—but most of all, with the beauty of knowing that they are living energies and are all around us, in every corner of our world. It is just a matter of being in tune with nature and everything around us.
May the God and Goddess always guide you.
Getting Started : Spells, Tools, and Rituals
Each living thing possesses an energy field, within and around it, that is filled with earthbound vibrations. When you combine those natural energies with a positive thought, you generate a high frequency out into the Universe. Your needs are then suspended in cosmic dust, and the energy returns to you, always with positive results. This process is what I call a spell
Spells belong to the mystical science. In spells, objects with natural energies are used, such as herbs, crystals, or candles, and much more. Each one represents and reinforces the art of positive magic, and these are what I call the tools needed to conduct a spell. Without these natural energies, a positive thought sent out to the universe is just a wish.
The tools are there to keep your focus on the task at hand. For example, suppose one of your friends has been ill for a while, and you wish to send him or her some healing energies. As you start to gather the tools needed for the healing spell, such as candles, herbs, or crystals your mind is already focused on one thing, your friend!
Then there is the ritual, which is the art of Sending your needs to the universe with words, feelings, and actions, such as lighting the candles at a certain time and saying a small phrase for the final climactic closing of the spell. Speaking the words out loud transmits your needs verbally to the universe, with strength.
The important three—spells, tools, and rituals—are best explained as:
Spell: The art of visualizing your needs to the universe
Tools: The gathering and use of natural energies to keep focused on your needs and intended results
Ritual: The final climactic step after the spell and tools are together, to send your message out to the universe with power, sometimes using words that rhyme
Excerpted from charm spells by Ileana Abrev. Copyright © 2004 Ileana Abrev. Excerpted by permission of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.
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chapter one Introduction to Magic
chapter two What Are Positive and Negative Magic
chapter three Witches
chapter four The God and the Goddess
chapter five Getting Started: Spells, Tools, and Rituals
chapter six Mini Color Spells
chapter seven A Spell to Go, Please!
chapter eight Spells and Rituals: The Adventure Begins Index of Spells
Posted January 13, 2005
Charm spells is the book of little spells you can do to help yourself at skool,little spells you can do it the morning to make yourself feel refreshed and basic tools and teaching of white magic. And the best bit about it,its for TEENS YAHOO.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.