|"Departure pour le sabbat" an artistic depiction of witches flight|
astral one, perhaps?
Even though nowadays , astral projecting is a spiritual technique, and as such, can, and should really be practiced via basic spiritual methods, why not help it with the occult, as in; spells, rituals and formulas ? We must take in consideration that not all people are created equal and that their aptness in certain forms of ether PSI or ESP faculties will vary deepening on many things, mostly their mental profile and overall nature, but also on the most mundane things such as health and mood .
Some people simply find it hard to comprehend the intangible nature of astral and other, more subtle of human bodies, hence this very state in which they cling to material will prevent them from properly and swiftly projecting. In that case they might need an additional help, in form of “ occult mediators” or carriers of a sort. Much like protein carriers in the cell membrane ;)
Furthermore, If we look into old European, and even older shamanistic techniques for such, we will surely encounter entries about hallucinogens, containing all sort of atropines and DMT derived organic compounds , that were used to aid such. It was no accident, nor had our predecessors relied on hallucinations, in fact many of the hallucinogens are also toxic, and/or they have vasoconstrictive effect, they slow the blood rate, and hence cause state similar to anabiosis and catalepsy , in which it’s much easier to let go off the “chains of the physical body” . The only problem was, that in significant number of attempts, practitioner would let go off the body permanently, some due to overdose , and some even enjoyed being free and would feel reluctant to return to physical body, which from, “astral perspective” seemed so limited.
Being this a practical blog, I shall share some formulas and recipes that will help two achieving things, both which are essential when it comes to astral projection:
· Inducing astral projection and
· Protecting the physical body during the astral travel
Astral projection is achieved by few basic spiritual mechanisms:
· Loosening the ties of physical body, hence releasing the subtle body ( anything from sensory deprivation, toxins to trauma and NDE )
· “banishing” or forcing out the astral body out
· Drawing the astral body out, luring with something ( rituals, or invoking spirits that can help, and draw the body out , being just one example )
So whether You chose to simply visualize and meditate, or apply toxic substances that are to be absorbed through Your skin , as You lie by the fireplace, ready to fly out through chimney, and ave the neighbors ( lol ) , the basic mechanism is pretty much the same, as You can see
You can visualize Yourself climbing a ladder, rope, or simply leaving Your body. You can gaze into specific object , focusing on the desire to see the object even when You fall asleep , which should result in realizing, that at certain point, how Your body had indeed fallen asleep, yet You can still see the object. Your consciousness , as well as astral shell, would then be awake and ready to leave physical body by simple act of willing such. The last is called “the gazing technique”
Applying these or any other variety of spiritual techniques, alone, human can project their astral shell ( body ) outside the physical, containing the major part of consciousness within the astral shell. As You see the very concept is tad puzzling, therefore , it is no surprise that many find it hard to accomplish. And as I stated before, occult help, in form of formulas, spells and rituals is a priceless boost in such situation. Indeed, it’s confidence boost and power adjunct. A kick -start , in urban slang terms , If You will J
And as this is a practical blog, we shall now discuss few methods and formulas used in astral projection /ing , some of which I composed myself :
Traditional flying ointment contained some quite peculiar odds and ends, and honestly there was no real need for all of such. Among other, one would often find them containing Belladonna, Aconite or Aconite infusion, in some older records also Henbane and Hemlock. Others would contain the Angeles trumpet ( several species of Datura or Brugmanisa ). Mentioned plants contain alkaloids, such as scopolamine ( highly toxic, found in Henbane, as well as in Datura, along with Hyosocamine ) , atropine ( found mostly in Deadly Nightshade or Belladona and also Datura , along with traces of DMT ), coniine and N-methyconiine ( Hemlock ) and so on. In general , they act as anticholinergics , deliriants, hallucinogens and plainly poisons , with high rate of fatality. However, properly dosed many are used medicinally, and they all have very predictable biochemical mechanism. That by no means says I am advocating use of such , more so without substantial knowledge of applied or clinical biochemistry and human physiology.
The basic role of these was to “numb” the physical body, draw it to cataleptic state and while stimulating certain zones of the brain, even inhibit some rational-oriented zone of cortex telencephali, and even inhibit certain neurotransmitters(s). In all honesty, the biochemical dynamics of such cocktail of toxins and mind altering substances, and it’s ability to cause just the right set of cascade reactions is still fascinating, giving in consideration age when these formulas originated. That just goes to say that fluffy new age authors that claim these people were just “doing drugs and hallucinating” are trying to be bigger Catholics than the Pope >.<
Other, ( normally ) non toxic ingredients would usually be something along the lines of : Chimney soot , and baby’s or black pig’s ( mostly in Eastern Europe ) fat. These seem to be the ingredients included in such formulas solely for their magickal qualities, not their pharmacological effect .
And this is the main downside , in my humble opinion, of the toxic flying ointments. They are crude , dangerous tools which produce effect mostly due to chemical and consequently physical trauma they cause.
For the sake of illustration we will share few common found toxic formulas of such ( Middle age type ones ) listing the ingredients:
1. Parsley, water of aconite, poplar leaves, and soot.
2. Water parsnip, sweet flag, cinquefoil, bat's blood, deadly night. shade, and oil.
3. Baby's fat, juice of water parsnip, aconite, cinquefoil, deadly nightshade, and soot. 
Luckily there is no need for such in modern days magick. Today’s flying oils and ointments contain the nontoxic, often even pleasant an benefactor-y plants , carefully chosen according to their magickal attributes an qualities, not depending on their active ( pharmacologically active ) principles, hence You will be certain that the effects they cause are purely legal, as opposed to delirium, which the improper dosage of the toxic plants would cause, and that could then be confused with the actual experience.
Furthermore, due to the unsophisticated, even traumatic effect the toxic ointments would have on the physical body, the very result was often ethereal projection, which would mean the medium had to be used to carry to practitioner as ethereal body is much more dense then astral and cannot fly or pass through soild matter. As an carrier medium , witches had often used the broom’s astral doppelganger, which served to carry them, and hence, it's ( possibly ) how the broom-flying witch myth and cliché could have com e to existence.
The non toxic formulas often contain plants associated with Moon, Water, Saturn, Jupiter, those associated with spiritual empowerment, precognition, mental powers and spirit in general. Hence such things as Mugwort, Wormwood, Dandelion root, Cinquefoil, Cinnamon, Sandalwood powder , Dragon’s blood, spices such as Vanilla , Saffron , resins such as Benzoin and many other.
Here are some examples;
Non toxic flying ointment according to Sir Cunningham, Scott· 1 part Dittany of Crete
· 1 part Cinquefoil
· 1 part Mugwort
· 1 part Parsley
Prepare using the formula for making an ointment in the herbal section and anoint the body prior to an Astral Projection session. 
Astral projection ointment ( my own formula )
It is assumed here that the reader is familiar with procedure of making ointments, salves and crèmes, and that thus can adopt the ingredients quantity and can chose the best form to use them ( infused oil, essential oil , tincture , dry plant etc. )
Also I will assume that You know how to macerate, infuse , and use double boiler
· Five fingers grass few leafs
· Mugwort dried
· Cinnamon powder, very small amount ( essential oil can substitute in minute amounts for those with less sensitive, and less irritable skin )
· Sandalwood essential oil
· Benzoin tincture
· Dandelion root tincture
· Vanilla or Ylang Ylang essential oil in few drops
This can be made into fine cream, if we make infused oil of Five fingers grass, Mugwort and Cinnamon. I chose seven ingredients as the number 7 is the number of spirit .
Or You can simply make basic ointment and crème adding the following oil :
Astral projection oil:
This one comes from my document Ars Olei, about making magickal oils
This oil formula is designed to help astral projection
• Celery seed
• Mugwort or Wormwood
• Dittany of Crete
• Sandalwood essential oil
• Ylang Ylang essential oil
• Cinnamon essential oil
Following ingredients are called for in astral travel formula to be combined according to the renewed occultist and author Dion Fortune
· Dittany of Crete
· Vanilla bean
Grind all ingredients to fine powder*
Burn it on charcoal to accompany Your travels 
Astral call ritual
I wrote the following ritual, due to being asked by someone, who wanted to meet with another person on astral plane, being that this person was very far away . It might be tad bit of a "fare stretch", but I see no reason why such thing could not be done., quite frankly. Ritual was modeled after principles of sympathetic drawing magick, hence the use of effigy. The burning of the effigy is purely symbolical, to represent the releasing of the spirit, and setting it free from “the shackles of the physical body” , which means, as long as You have no ill intentions towards the person, You will not be harming them. Also, the effigy here is meant to be of "single use" only, as the aim of the ritual is not to try to permanently take control of someone’s sprit. Finally, If this seems unethical to You, skip this one.
Make a voodoo doll baby from purple fabric, and add some Star Anise, Mugwort, and Cinnamon inside, all well dry. Paste the photography of the party on the doll’s face, or add some of the personal concerns inside the doll along with herbs and other stuffing ( let say cotton , must be something that will burn easily ).
Place a fireproof dish on Your altar ( or working surface ), and place three purple candles around it so that they form a triangle. Dress them with some “Magnet oil” .
Baptize ( and/or consecrate, bless ) the doll properly. Light some soothing incense, then place the doll on Your left palm. Dress it’s head with just a few drops of “Astral projection oil” ( see the formula earlier in the text ) as You say :
| The "Rolor" square, once believed to |
enables one to fly like a crow
“May Your head be free of ills, pains and stress , may it become light and powerful, and turned in my direction ! I call You here! May it realize how body is temporary and the spirit is eternal! “
Add few drops of the oil elsewhere on the body and say:
“May Your body become light as a feather, restful, and may Your spirit fly. Let it arise and come to meet me ! So Mote it be !”
Draw a ROLOR square on a piece of parchment or brown paper, and attach it to the doll’s chest, saying:
“May You find it easy to fly like a bird. May You spirit rise easily and swiftly. So mote it be! “
Now lay the doll in the fireproof dish and light the candles. Sprinkle it liberally , with “Astral Travel powder” ( Dion’s Fortune formula, favorable for incense, given previously in the text ) Raise the dish in the air, above the candles and say:
“Released be thy from Earthen tie
Come to me, across the sky,
Over the land and over the seaI conjure You here, come to me
For one night only , Your flesh thy shed
When restfully placed in thy bed ,
Leave Your flash, and fly to me,
Like a bird I set You free
And with the rise of morning Sun
Return to flesh, with harm to none!”
( excuse the rhyme I got bit carried away lol , You can always come up with your own words )
Place the dish back on the table, between the candles , and lay Your hand over the doll. Repeat the words.
“I burn not Your body, I wish You no ill, I simply call You to my side. Let Your Astral body be free , light and swift and come and meet me here. And as this doll baby will be gone with the fire , so shall You be released of this spell with the rays of morning light”Then light a match, and release it into fireproof dish. As the contents burn, repeat the given words once again. When the flames are extinguished , and the vessel ( bowl, censer ) had cool off, take any remaining material and place it in a pouch bag, alongside with the name paper of the party, Your name ,place of meeting ( astral plane, physical plane and where exactly , “dream-world” etc. ) and a small lodestone. Place it bellow Your pillow. Anoint Your forehead, pulse spots, and back of the neck with “Astral projection oil”.
If the spell had worked, release all the contents ( You can keep the lodestone , but make sure to cleanse it ) into a stream or river, in the morning.
Astral Travel spell/ritual**
On one side of the petitioners paper, write Your name seven times, on the other draw the Rolor square. Place atop it, a purple, or white offertory candle, dressed with “Astral projection oil” a nd sprinkled/dusted with “Astral travel powder” , or at least some mixed Cinnamon and Mugwort .Dress Your forehead with the oil as well, and sprinkle but a small pinch of the powder on Your pillow.
Read Psalm 23rd and then 91st , for protection, but also because of the auspicious verses :
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
Which could be seen as petition to Angelic beings, so they would help one to “raise” above their own body, safely , with their help.
Then say the following words:
“ I ask You spirits, to aid me in my attempts of astral projection, lend me Your guiding hand and be by my side. Help me ascend and be safe. BENATIR, CARARKAU , DEDOS, ETINARMI ! So mote it be!” 3XOnce again read the psalms. Place some crystal that is used to aid astral projection bellow the pillow, and go to sleep.
This may take a few attempts, so do not get discouraged so easily.
I’ve chosen, here, a couple of stones that embrace more than simple power of assisting in astral projection. I focused on those stones, that while helping astral travels , may also be used to shield the physical body during the travel, and few of them also help ( safely ) grounding the astral body, once done with travel
Hawks eye – is a very good aid in Astral traveling, and is a great protective talisman during astral travelSodalite – boosts any spiritual abilities and workings, while providing protection against negative spiritual influences
Apophylite - strengthens the connection astral body - physical body  and facilitates transfer of information into astral body. Aids Astral projecting.
Ametrine – to me it’s a par excellence astral projection stone, for it helps astral traveling g greatly while simultaneously ( and constantly ) weakening any spiritual attackLapis Lazouli – Eases any type of spiritual jorney , deflects the spiritual attack
Rutiliated quartz – Induces and eases Astral projection , good all – around protective stoneAngelite – Enables out of body experiences, protects the body from all sort of harmful spiritual influences , and for that can be even taken in form of an elixir ( stone essence )
Kunzite and Moldavite – are widely known as stones that will facilitate Astral projection and make the experience less traumatic and more safe
Amethyst – helps Astral projection, protects and help heal any possible physical trauma, while keeping the mind calm and focusedDouble pointed ( double termination ) Quartz or Quartz with black tourmaline – helps better direction, focus, facilitates astral projections and repels negative influences. Also is great aid in grounding the astral body into physical.
Tunnelite – is another crystal that offers minor help in astral projecting, but greatly strengthens the Astral cord
Alexandrite – Very good for inducing any kind of altered state of consciousness, particularly astral projection, and was often worn as protective talisman. Strenghtens one’s spiritual power and potential
Hope You find this useful, have a blessed say
NOTES: This article was written and composed by myself, therefore If You wish to use any part of it elsewhere, feel free but add the credits : Shadow of Shadow’s magick place, Shadowfirstname.lastname@example.org or a direct link to this post.
CREIDTS AND REFRENCES:
 Formula from : “The Complete Book of incense, oils and brews” by late Sir Cunningham, Scott
 Formula retrieved from work of Judika Illes
 Psalm verses retrieved from http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2091&version=NIV
 Judy Hall, “Crystal Bible”
* If You are to use the formula as an incense , burnt on charcoal, I see no reason for finely powdering it, least You prefer sharper and briefly lasting smell
** Written/composed by myself, If You try it, I’d appreciate any feedback, which You can either post here as a reply or send on Shadowemail@example.com with “spell feedback” in the subject. Thanks
***I composed the list by cross-referencing various sources on Crystal magic, such as various books on crystals by Judy Hall, Gerina Dunwich’s “Gemstone sorcery” , as well as “Encylopeida of Crystal, Gem and Metal magick” by Sir Cunningham Scott. Which means, If You desire to post it elsewhere online, You know the drill, add credits !
IMAGE CREDITS: The first image, depicting a girl , flying on a broom is by Aleph Joseph Penot , called Departure pour le sabbat , and is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Joseph_Penot , used here for illustrative purposes without any ill will. The magickal square and Voodoo doll art are my own scribbles, done using Microsoft word