Modern Wiccan expert Gerina Dunwich guides today’s witches into developing and utilizing your own powers of will and visualization to achieve positive results. Dunwich also reveals the secrets of spellcraft through easy-to-follow, yet highly powerful magickal formulas. Discover the proper craft and use of amulets, potions, mojo bags, poppets, and much more. In addition to the magickal arts, there are sections on the various methods of divination used by witches, the magickal association of herbs, the eight Sabbats of the Wiccan tradition, and an up-to-date directory of occult shops, publications, and services of interest to the Wiccan community. The Wicca Spellbook is a grimoire of modern Wiccan magick for both novice and seasoned Witches and coveners.
“I recommend this book for eclectic Wiccans who want to draw insight and spells from other places and cultures. I have read many Wiccan spellbooks, and I find the spells in this one to be unique.”—The Witches’ Circle, Amino
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"An it harm none, do what thou wilt."
These eight simple words make up the Wiccan Rede, which is the main tenet of the Wiccan religion. What it means, quite simply, is: be free to practice the arts of magick, develop and utilize your psychic powers, and do your own thing, provided that no harm comes to anyone as a result.
It is imperative to bear in mind the Wiccan Rede before performing any magickal spells or rituals, especially those which may be considered unethical or of a manipulative nature.
If you violate the Wiccan Rede (even unintentionally), bad karma will instantly come back to you, whether you believe in it or not.
There is much truth in the expression, "What goes around, comes around," so you should be very careful and think twice before using magick or psychic powers to "get even" with an enemy. Always deal with problems by using positive magickal energy rather than concentrating on the negative.
If you deliberately harm or manipulate another person through black magick or any form of evil, you will pay for it by having the evil return to you threefold.
By the same token, whenever you do something positive or good (such as a healing or helping spell), it will result in threefold good karma instantly returned to you.
This karmic law of retribution is known as the Threefold Law (or the Law of Three) and I've seen it work many times with my very own eyes — even to persons who once thought that instant karma was just the title of a song.
If you feel it is necessary, please feel free to make minor changes or additions to any spell in this chapter to suit your individual needs. (Herbs, oils, incense, and so forth may be substituted with other material as long as the magickal properties remain the same. Do not, however, change the lunar phase in which a spell is intended to be performed, or the results of that spell will be altered.)
After performing a spell or magick ritual, I always give thanks to the Goddess and Her consort for their divine presence and protection. This is usually followed by a relaxing meditation ritual.
To most Wiccans and Neo-Pagans, the Moon is more than just a crater-covered natural satellite that revolves around the Earth and lights up the night sky.
The Moon is a bearer of omens, and a sacred symbol of Nature's cycle of life to death to rebirth. It represents the feminine principle, personified by the Triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, and Crone of wisdom).
The connection between the mystical energy of the Moon and the Craft of the Wise dates back to early times when Witches were believed by many to possess a supernatural ability to literally "draw down the Moon" from the heavens and use it as the source of their magickal power.
The Moon and each of its phases are the most essential parts of modern Wiccan magick, so it is extremely important that all of your spells and rituals are performed during the proper lunar phase. (Performing a magickal spell during the wrong lunar phase could give you the opposite result or no result at all. Therefore, it only makes sense to check with an up-to-date astrological or lunar calendar before casting a spell of any kind.)
All spells and rituals that attract should be performed when the Moon is on the increase. All spells and rituals that banish should be performed when the Moon is on the decrease.
All spells and rituals that involve the element of fire should be performed when the Moon is positioned in one of the three astrological fire signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.
All spells and rituals that involve the element of earth (such as Gaia-healing) should be performed when the Moon is positioned in one of the three astrological earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
All spells and rituals that involve the element of air should be performed when the Moon is positioned in one of the three astrological air signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.
All spells and rituals that involve the element of water should be performed when the Moon is positioned in one of the three astrological water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
WAXING MOON: The time from the New Moon through the first quarter to the Full Moon is the proper time to perform healing rituals, positive magick, and spells that increase love, good luck, growth of any kind, sexual desire, and wealth.
FULL MOON: The period of the Full Moon increases the powers of extrasensory perception, and is the proper time to perform lunar goddess invocations, fertility rituals, transformations, spirit conjurations, and spells that increase psychic abilities and prophetic dreams. According to ancient European folklore, the power of the Full Moon can also magickally transform man into beast, and beast into man.
WANING MOON: The time from the Full Moon through the last quarter to the New Moon is the proper time to perform destructive magick and spells that remove curses, hexes, and jinxes, end bad relationships, reverse love spells and aphrodisiacs, break bad habits and unhealthy addictions, undo negative influences, and decrease fevers and pains.
MOON IN ARIES is the ideal time to cast spells that involve authority, leadership, willpower, warfare, and spiritual conversion or rebirth. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the face, head, or brain. Traditional candle colors: red, crimson, scarlet, burgundy. Traditional metal: iron. Elemental spirits: salamanders.
MOON IN TAURUS is the ideal time to practice all forms of love magick, and to cast spells that involve real estate, material acquisitions, and money. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the throat, neck, or ears. Traditional candle colors: all shades of green, pink, turquoise. Traditional metal: copper. Elemental spirits: gnomes.
MOON IN GEMINI is the ideal time to cast spells that involve communication, change of residence, writing, public relations activities, and travel. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the shoulders, arms, hands, or lungs. Traditional candle color: mauve. Traditional metal: mercury. Elemental spirits: sylphs.
MOON IN CANCER is the ideal time to perform rituals honoring lunar deities, and to cast spells that involve the home and all aspects of domestic life. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the chest or stomach. Traditional candle colors: silver, gray, white. Traditional metal: silver. Elemental spirits: undines.
MOON IN LEO is the ideal time to cast spells that involve authority, power over others, courage, fertility, and childbirth. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the upper back, spine, or heart. Traditional candle colors: gold, yellow, orange. Traditional metal: gold. Elemental spirits: salamanders.
MOON IN VIRGO is the ideal time to cast spells that involve employment, intellectual matters, health, and dietary concerns. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the intestines or nervous system. Traditional candle colors: navy blue, rust-orange. Traditional metal: mercury. Elemental spirits: gnomes.
MOON IN LIBRA is the ideal time to cast spells that involve artistic work, justice, court cases, partnerships and unions, mental stimulation, and karmic, spiritual, or emotional balance. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the lower back or kidneys. Traditional candle color: royal blue. Traditional metal: copper. Elemental spirits: sylphs.
MOON IN SCORPIO is the ideal time to cast spells that involve sexual matters, power, psychic growth, secrets, and fundamental transformations. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the reproductive organs. Traditional candle colors: red, black. Traditional metal: iron. Elemental spirits: undines.
MOON IN SAGITTARIUS is the ideal time to cast spells that involve horses, travel, publications, legal matters, sports activities, and truth. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the liver, thighs, or hips. Traditional candle colors: purple, dark blue. Traditional metal: tin. Elemental spirits: salamanders.
MOON IN CAPRICORN is the ideal time to cast spells that involve organization, ambition, recognition, career, and political matters. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the knees, bones, teeth, or skin. Traditional candle colors: black, dark brown. Traditional metal: lead. Elemental spirits: gnomes.
MOON IN AQUARIUS is the ideal time to cast spells that involve science, freedom, creative expression, problem-solving, extrasensory abilities, friendship, and the breaking of bad habits or unhealthy addictions. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the calves, ankles, or blood. Traditional candle color: light blue. Traditional metal: uranium. Elemental spirits: sylphs.
MOON IN PISCES is the ideal time to cast spells that involve dreamwork, clairvoyance, telepathy, music, and the creative arts. It is also the proper lunar phase in which to perform healing rituals for ailments of the feet or lymph glands. Traditional candle colors: aquamarine, lavender. Traditional metal: tin. Elemental spirits: undines.
Basic Candle Spell
Take a candle of the appropriate color (see the list of candle colors and their corresponding magickal properties below) and anoint it by rubbing a drop or two of myrrh oil on it. Using a straight pin, scratch your desire into the wax and then light the candle and allow it to burn itself completely out.
That's all there is to it. This is a very simple, yet highly potent spell.
BLACK: Meditation rituals, hexwork, uncrossing rituals and spells to banish evil entities and negative forces.
BLUE: Magick that involves honor, loyalty, peace, tranquillity, truth, wisdom, protection during sleep, astral projection, and spells to induce prophetic dreams.
BROWN: Spells to locate lost objects, improve powers of concentration and telepathy, and for protection of familiars and household pets.
GOLD: Spells that attract the power of cosmic influences, and rituals to honor solar deities.
GRAY: Spells to neutralize negative influences.
GREEN: Spells involving fertility, success, good luck, prosperity, money, rejuvenation, and ambition, and rituals to counteract greed and jealousy.
ORANGE: Spells to stimulate energy.
PINK: Love spells and rituals involving friendship or femininity.
PURPLE: Psychic manifestations, healing, and spells involving power, success, independence, and household protection.
RED: Fertility rites, aphrodisiacs, and spells involving sexual passion, love, health, physical strength, revenge, anger, willpower, courage, and magnetism.
SILVER: Spells and rituals to remove negativity, encourage stability, and attract the influence of the Goddess.
WHITE: Consecration rituals, meditation, divination, exorcism, and spells that involve healing, clairvoyance, truth, peace, spiritual strength, and lunar energy.
YELLOW: Spells involving confidence, attraction, charm, and persuasion.
PHOTOGRAPH SPELL: When the Moon is waxing and love is in the air, take a photograph of the man or woman from whom you desire affections and place it face up in a small pink box (an empty heart-shaped candy box is perfect), then cover it with the herb known as ladies thumb. Cover the box and bury it outside next to the front entrance of your home to draw your beloved to you.
TO MAKE LOVE SECURE: Take a lock of hair and/or some fingernail clippings from your lover or spouse, and by the light of a pink, strawberry-scented candle, place them in a hollowed-out apple along with a dried and ground unicorn root, pansy flowers or spikenard, and a lock of your own hair. Pass the apple through the smoke of frankincense and myrrh; wrap it in a piece of white satin; and then bury it in your backyard. (If you do not have a backyard, you can bury the apple in a large flowerpot, preferably one in which a Venus-ruled plant is growing. For a complete list of plants ruled by Venus, please see my book, The Secrets of Love Magick.)
TO ATTRACT THE OPPOSITE SEX: Brew a magickal tea from gentian, marigold, passionflower, rue, sumbul root, or violets. Strain and add some to your bathwater for seven nights in a row.
To Keep Your Lover Faithful
There are many simple, yet highly effective, magickal methods that a Witch can use to ensure that her lover or spouse remains true to her. Five of those methods are as follows:
1. Brew tea from senna herb; strain and pour the liquid into the water of your lover's bath without his or her knowledge.
2. Sprinkle some powdered licorice herb over the footprints of your lover or spouse.
3. Moisten a small amount of linden herb on the palm of your right hand and then dab it on your lover's forehead when he or she is sleeping.
4. Place a handful of marigolds or rosemary in, around, and underneath the bed in which your lover or spouse sleeps.
5. Mix some cumin into your lover's food or drink to keep him or her faithful, especially if you are to be separated for long periods of time.
Aphrodite Love Spell
To attract the love of a particular gentleman or lady, perform this love spell on a Friday evening, preferably when the Moon is in the astrological sign of Taurus:
On a pink, heart-shaped piece of paper, write the full name of your beloved in red ink. To make the spell even more potent, write his or her birthdate or astrological symbol under the name.
Light a stick or cone of jasmine, lemon, myrrh, orange blossom, patchouli, or strawberry incense. Place it in a fireproof burner, and say:
GODDESS OF LOVE AND PASSION MIGHTY,
LOOK DOWN FROM ABOVE AND HEAR MY PRAYER.
GRANT ME A LOVE SO TRUE AND SO FAIR.
With a sterilized pin or needle, prick the tip of your left thumb, squeeze out a drop of blood, and smear it over the name on the paper.
Place a pink votive candle (or a small male or female-shaped candle, depending upon the gender of your intended lover) over the paper. Light the candle and say thrice:
WITH BLOOD AND FIRE THE MAGICK BEGINS.
NOW PANGS OF DESIRE BURN FROM WITHIN.
Focus all of your thoughts and psychic energy upon your beloved, and say:
BEAT FOR ME NOW, O MORTAL HEART,
ACHE FOR ME NOW WHEN WE'RE APART,
DREAM OF ME IN THE MOONLIT NIGHT,
COME TO ME WHEN THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT.
SO MOTE IT BE!
Continue concentrating on the object of your affections until the incense and the candle burn themselves out.
Dream Spells for Lovers
To induce prophetic dreams about your future lover or marriage mate, perform any of the following dream spells:
1. On a night when the Moon is full and bright, take "The Lovers" card from a Tarot deck and place it underneath your pillow before going to sleep.
2. Collect nine leaves from a female holly at the stroke of midnight on a Friday (the day of the week ruled by Venus, the goddess of love). Place them in a three-cornered handkerchief tied with three knots, and place the charm under your pillow before you retire. (Be careful not to utter even one word until the following sunrise or else the power of the charm will be broken.)
3. An old dream-spell from Ireland calls for the gathering of ten ivy leaves in silence on a Samhain eve. Cast one leaf into a fire and place the remaining ones under your pillow before you go to bed.
4. Place any of the following charms underneath your pillow: a petticoat or garter worn by a bride on her wedding day, an onion, daisy roots, a piece of wedding cake wrapped in white satin and lace, a poplar branch tied to your stockings or socks, or two laurel leaves picked by a Witch on Saint Valentine's Day.
5. Before going to sleep, bathe in bathwater containing some lavender oil and rosewater, and then rub your temples with three drops of blood from a white dove. (IMPORTANT NOTE: The best way to obtain the dove's blood is to find a dove that is already dead. Never kill a live dove! If you do, bad luck will surely come your way. Most Wiccans and modern-day Pagans agree that the deliberate taking of any life is unnecessary for modern white magick and is in violation of the Wiccan Rede.)
6. Another lover's dream-spell requiring blood from a dove comes from a medieval treatise on oneiromancy (the art and practice of dream interpretation): Mix together magnet dust and powdered coral with the blood of a white dove to form a dough. Enclose it in a large fig, wrap it in a piece of blue cloth, and then wear it on a gold chain around your neck as you sleep.(Continues…)
Excerpted from "The Wicca Spellbook"
Copyright © 1994 Gerina Dunwich.
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Table of Contents
Also by Gerina Dunwich,
The Magick Circle,
1. Gerina's Grimoire,
2. Amulet Power,
3. Mojo Magick,
4. The Mystical Arts of Divination,
5. The Magickal Association of Herbs,
6. The Sabbats,
7. The Magickal Cookbook,
8. Pagan Resources,
About the Author,