Sep 28, 2013

Black Onyx magick

“Within every onyx is imprisoned an evil nocturnal demon
that causes terror and nightmares to plague any unfortunate
individual who wears this stone to bed or sleeps within its
range of influence, according to ancient gemstone legend.”
Dunwhich Gerina, in “Dunwich’s guide to gemstone   sorcery” 163rd page


Onyx is a mineral that occurs in various colors, though we will be discussing the  black variety here. 
Natural black Onyx with stripes

Onyx is a variety of chalcedony, and is cryptocrystalline, “consisting of fine   intergrowths of the silica minerals quartz and morganite” [1]  We can distinguish  it from Agate, it’s close “relative” ( another variety of chalcedony , which can also occur in similar colors ) by stripes, which appear  in ( natural ) Onyx ,  and are parallel, as opposed  to concentric,  or even chaotic ones that occur in Agate.  Another common form/variey is Sardonyx, which is yellow-brown-orange-ish in color with white stripes, which sometimes You can find  labeled as Yellow Onyx, or Brown Onyx, also Marble Onyx.

On the Moss’ scale, Onyx is said to have 6.5 units firmness ( durability), and the streak is white.

As a semi-precious stone it is very popular among jewelers and  people who buy  and wear jewelry.

When You’re looking to get an Onyx stone, caution is needed though. More so when searching for black Onyx.  Some  of what people offer as Black Onyx is actually a low quality Agate, painted black to look  like it.

Even the common Black Onyxes most of us own, and use in crystal therapy or magick,  are cooked either in honey, oil or sugar syrup, so that the organic matters  infiltrate spaces between microcrystal structures  and give it black tone. After that it’s boiled  in Sulphuric acid  to make the color permanent.  [2]

Now let’s proceed with therapeutic and magickal qualities of Onyx  

Black Onyx in  crystal therapy

On a physical level, Onyx is extremely useful in healing  conditions related to teeth, bones, feet , bone marrow and blood. [3]

It corresponds to root chakra.

Psychologically,  Onyx is a wonderful mental tonic, that helps overcome longstanding conditions of grief, mourning and sorrow.  It helps integrate different aspects ( particularly those negative )  of personality, into personality as whole, and accept them.

It’s an advising  and guiding stone, that helps in difficult time by supporting, and providing  that priceless gift of wisdom,  discernment, and  also helps make the right choices.

Worn around neck it inspires chastity and reduces libido.

 It was once taught that Onyx can be used to prevent premature childbirth, as well  to ease the process itself, when placed on the body [4]

It’s also said to sharpens the senses ,  fortifies  self confidence and strengthens healthy egoism [5]

A German Saint and mystic Hildegard fon Bingen, in her work “De Physica” suggest placing Onyx for a while in mouths , when heavily depressed or tormented mentally, and the stone is said to remove these feelings rather swiftly, but it must then  be cleansed thoroughly.  She  had also suggested   using it in wine to treat swollen glands, as You can see from the  example bellow.

Black Onyx in magick and sorcery

Onyx, as well as jewelry made from it can be worn as amulet to ward off misfortune, protect from evil magick, instill bravery and grant spiritual wisdom.

Here are the correspondences associated with this enticing stone:

·                 Planetary ruler –   Saturn and/or Mars

·                  Elemental ruler – Fire

·                 Numerical correspondence – 6

·                  Energy – projective

·                 Birthstone of  -  Capricorn, Leo

·                  Time of Year* –  Samhain, July ( according to Hebrew  teachings ) and January ( Agripa )

·                Angelic  ruler – Gabriel ( according to Agripa )

Onyx can be used in persuasion and controlling magick, as well as affecting someone’s sleep, which  had to do with it’s Saturnian/al  nature.

Also it can be used to deflect black magick, and send it back to it’s source, which I will illustrate with a spell from a renowned author latter in text.

According to an old magickal treatise , called Book of Wings, from 13th century, Onyx engraved with Camel’s head or a pair of goats among the Myrtles, confers practitioner the power, to conjure and subdue and control demons.  In fact the stone itself, was believed to draw attention of demons, and could possibly cause oppression by them, least worn along with Sard [6]

Onyx spell to induce nightmares

Mix some powdered black Onyx, with powdered  bread crumbs, and sprinkle very discreetly on the bed of the person You wish to induce nightmares to. If this is impossible try this:

Get a picture of person in question and write their name nine times on the back of the picture. Holding an black Onyx stone in Your projective stone, tell it what You want it to do, to cause nightmares and disrupt the peaceful sleep of N.N. Now place it on the picture. Light the incense made from Star Anise, Tobacco and Mullein leafs, and waft the smoke, or better yet blow it, so that it descends  on the Onyx and image of the person, which is bellow it. Do it for 8 more times , so total 9. Each time You do it You may speak some words of power.  Remove the stone in the morning and tear the pic up, saying how You release the person from the spell, least You wish it to be ongoing.  If You ever want to use the Onyx for something else, make sure to clean profoundly prior to use. You can for example bury it in ground for few days, or leave it in salt for 9-21 days.

NOTE: I do advocate casting harmful spells on anyone,  I composed this spell, and included it here for educational and illustrative purposes. Should You decide to use it,  I WILL NOT be held responsible for any possible outcomes. With that being said, use Your brain, think before You act, and this is a good advice in general.

Mental tonic

Make a Mint tea ( You can optionally add few leaves of Sage ) , let it cool down, and pour into a clean transparent glass, or bottle. Place an Onyx inside and then place , the glass/bottle with it atop a healing symbol, such as that one on the picture.  You can also use Cho ku Rei Reiki symbol, and I myself love to use “Flower of life” blueprint, to place bellow all sort of herbal remedies, tonics, and potions.  Solar kamea will do brilliantly as well.

Place Your hands over it and say some soothing words of power. Psalm 3rd or something along these lines will do:

Remove the confusion, banish the pain
Relieve the sorrow, make it vane
Restore the peace and grant the wisdom
Heal the mind , bless it power and freedom

This is  best done sometimes before midday, ideal day for work being Sunday. Then let it sit on exposed to sunlight ( if possible ) from midday to one hour pm. Then remove the Onyx, sweeten with  honey and lemon If You wish, and drink to heal troubled, confused mind, and to end “all-over-the-place” or “air-headed “ state.

Scott Cunningham’s reversal spell with Onyx

I’ve mentioned before how Onyx can, and is used in defensive magick, and I promised an illustrative spell. Here it is:

“A defensive spell: Place a square mirror on your altar. Set a purple
candle before it so that the flame is reflected in the mirror.
Empower nine onyx stones with reflective, or defensive, energy.
Place one piece ofonyx three inches from the candle's right side. Then
place eight more stones in a semicircle around the candle, working
from right to left, until the candle is half-ringed with onyx toward you,
but is clear of it in front of the mirror.
Light the candle. Visualize the onyx as collecting the negativity
and sending it into the candle's flame. Then see the flame acting as a
lens, focusing the negativity and sending it into the mirror.
The mirror is a doorway onto the spiritual plane. The negative
energy is sent through it back to the original sender.” [7]

A wonderful and pragmatic spell, which  employs Saturnian correspondences and natural, protective qualities of Onyx, which I warmly recommend.

Protective and wealth Feng Shui cure  with Onyx

Not a spell per say,  but a rather good Feng shui advice,   quite nifty

Place a  couple of  Pi Yao amulet made from Onyx in Your workplace in Your money area or lucky direction ,  to both protect Your money, Yourself from evil, and inspire steady flow of  wealth  energies. [8]

Crystal charm bag  for difficult times

In a mojo type bag, combine and carry:

·         Black Onyx Stone

·         Unakite

·         Sun Stone

This crystal  charm bag will help You through difficult times, will lift You up when You are to fall,  and when You’re about to give up. It will also provide wisdom and energy needed  so badly, when we are  dealing with challenging tasks,  and in midst of tribulations.   Pouch bag can be purple, white or orange, although the color here, is obviously not an  imperative.
NOTES: This article was written and composed by myself, hence If You wish to use any part of it elsewhere online, feel free, but add credits, Shadow of Shadows magick place, or , or a  direct link to this post.
*While  it’s only natural that certain gemstones take  special place in certain   magickal times, certain periods of the year, be it even a single day , it should be obvious that  this does not imply that these stones can be used only  in/on these  given  times.   Crystals themselves  are pretty much equally powerful all year long, If properly maintained ( cleaned and charged ), of course

[1] About the “intergrowth of Quartz and Morganite” , according to:
[2] According to information in specialized magazine “Blago Zemlje” ( lit. translation “Treasure of Earth” ) , Serbian Edition , by De Agostini  Hellas , no48, 2013th , original “Il magico monod di minerali & gemmi”  , also published in UK in 2007th , in USA published under the name “Real Treasures” , find out more about it  here:
[3]  Judy Hall “ The Encyclopedia of crystals”   pages 206th and 207th
[4] According to writings in “Dunwich’s guide to gemstone   sorcery”  by Dunwich Gerrina, pages 52nd
[5] As stated on this beautiful, informative site :
[6] According to same source  as under [4] page 78th
[7] Retrieved from : “Cunningham’s encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Meatal magick”  page 119th by Cunningham, Scott, Llewellyn publications 1996th year  edition, Minnesota , used here for illustrative, educational and informative purposes, as well as discussion and reviewing, without any ill will.
[8] According to

IMAGE CREDITS: The first image is from used here for illustrative and explanatory purposes, without any ill will, the second picture, with instructions on making an Onyx vine, was made and edited by myself, the third picture depicting  healing symbol  is from , again used here for illustrative and explanatory purposes without any ill will

Sep 22, 2013

Cutting the ties that bind ( Binding removal magick )

A  serious issue in protection and reversal , or apotropaic magick is binding. And also, one so heavily neglected. And If You’ve read this blog before You know I have a thing for researching those, neglected, watered down, vogue concepts, methods and techniques of magick.  I’ve been looking into it for a while now, but what prompted me to share some of the insight about it, that I gained now, is the fact that  a person asked me for help to ease their condition, or remove it, as much as I am able and willing of course. And one of the important aspects of their condition, is the   very fact that  they are bound, to the point where it caused actual physical consequences like blood clots, various cardiovascular problems, and general decrease in health, energy and ability to take care of themselves. As commonly noticed in such cases,  the person feels as if actual, sharp strands binding and restricting them.

If You look it up online, and even in popular occult books, little can be found about unbinding. In fact, You can find plethora of information on binding, love binding, restricting and others, but next to nothing about removing such condition. And this is of essence, as the binding  is, in a way, a form of very severe blocked condition  , which simply causes person to be unable to manipulate their basic ki, and even magickal energies, if they are practitioner , properly. This  further causes all sort of problems to arise , from depression, and inertness, to actual physical  manifestations, a various other problems,  and some we have already discussed here.

With that being said, although I could not encounter many examples of unbinding methods and techniques, the more in depth research of binding itself, showed something of  a base, a  start point ,   that with some intuitive and creative processes, can be used to construct or come up with, potentially life-saving  techniques for removal and cutting the energy ties.  

So  few things that seem to be associated with magickal binding are:

·         The purpose is, in the end line, to control, by meanings of restraining, subduing or tying to oneself or other, person or object

·         Ties are made of astral, ethereal , mental/psychic or elemental energy . This is important as each type of those energies can be  disrupted, interfered, dissolved ( or rather fazed into state that can no longer serve the function of binding  )

·         Ties are a double edged sword !!!  Binding connects two people or people and objects, drawing them closer to each other, hence they are both prone to negative sides of binding depending on strength of binder and the bound

·         Binding creates an energy  link, or rapport ( as referred to by Dion  Fortune in her book “Psychic Self-Defense” )  which can be used cunningly to send "things" to the attacker.

·         Binding and energy binds can be cut, dispelled, removed, dissolved,  severed, and they seem to get stronger If the person afflicted fears them, and succumbs to them. The more they fear the binds are stronger. Their strength also depends on the strength of binder. Technically, If binder would get  severely ill, energy deprived, or die, the ties would disappear simultaneously.

So understanding the basic "anatomy of the binding",  allows one   to  get ideas how to remove them.  Bindings come in various forms, but  few are most common.

1.       Love  ( spell/ritual )  binding – is a typical drawing binding, which serves to energetically tie someone to You, and to affect their “four polar magnet” ( Franz Bardon ) so they’ll perceive similar sensations You do . To me this is a  rather pathetic act, or a  silly cry for an attention, and it can be easily removed by any method of removingand undoing love spells  In fact, thanks to the fact that love spells and love bindings somehow “merged”  into same cetagory, we today still have  enough knowledge about material magicka , which can be used to severe energetic ties.  Such as, for example Lemon verbena and Lemon balm’s power to severe ties with lovers, past loves, even bad friends. The Love uncrossing oil formula of mine ( I posted on here in one of my earlier articles ) can be used to severe  such ties, and pretty much any  binding.  Hoodoo brand “Cut and Clear” as well as “Bon Voyage” and even “Cast off evil oil”, all due to their ingredients are amazing for any kind of unbinding spells not just love ones either.

2.       Restraining/blocking binding – is another common type of binding, which is not much unlike the love binding in methods and way it works, it’s merely done for other reasons. It’s done to “seal” someone’s power, make them less powerful  and thus less threatening,  “tie their chakras”, or more frequently their meridians , blood vessels, or even  the conductin g parts of the urinary tract. One of examples of the last one would be Hoodoo urine stoppage   ritual.  These  are very dangerous and they render person unable to properly defend themselves  or lessen severely their abilities to do so. I will be dealing with removal of such for the most part in this article.

3.       Rapport – is a simple link created between a  practitioner and it’s victim during casting a curse or some stronger, repeated magickal work, or continuous magickal work. It also occurs between people and attached entities ( as referred to in crystal therapy for example ) , or between human and energy parasite    and it can be severed through a ritual which is a combination  of visualization and ceremonial magick, or by using some other methods.

4.       Physical binding – this is the most fair binding at all. It’s most close to mundane binding as You use strings to tie something, and not in a fashion of sympathetic magick. When You tie a doll up, that represents someone , You will still be using  a lot of Your own energy to bind  them, for example. Physical binding I have in  mind here, is the magick of knotting,  tying down problems, much like done with knotweed, wind knots, or  simply when tying up a hex bag or creating witches ladder. Since it ties energy in general, and uses a physical medium, empowered by ritual/spell to do it, it’s a safe and harmless way of attractive/drawing magick, of focusing, grounding and in a way housing energy.

Now, having understood these, we can proceed to methods of unbinding.

Removing, cutting and dispersing binds and ties

Spells, rituals, materia magicka , as well as simple energy/visualization work can be used  to do this
( cut the ties ) .  And we shall  go through few examples bellow, most of which I had to come up and formulate (by/on) myself.

Meditation and visualization  method

Through techniques of own energy manipulation, any attached energy forms from other people or entities can be severed, or destroyed. This however requires both an enormous amount of energy
and very precise control over it, which is a luxury that bound person can hardly ever afford.  But If Your visualization and energy controlling skills are strong enough, and You can think of additional source of energy,  You can attempt this.

1.       Relax Yourself,  and enter meditative state

2.       Center, focus and ground Your energy, middle pillar ritual or alike style, draw energy both from above and below, in a form of  pillar empowering every single  one of Yours 7 main chakras, and connecting them.

3.       Now make sure You have an additional energy source to draw from. Other human beings or spirit guides may help You in this, with their own energy.  A good crystal grid for energy, endurance and empowerment will work too. In any case, draw from the source until You can clearly visualize and feel great amount of energy entering the energy pillar You made in previous step, one connecting and empowering Your chakras.  See it expand and radiate gold or pure white light/energy. Feel this energy being ferocious and threatening as If able to melt anything on it’s way, or better yet , being like laser, able to cut through anything.

4.       Now, in planes parallel with   Your 7 main chakras, expand the pillar in form of circular, planar, energy field ( disc- like ) and see it stretching the binds tied to You, which You can imagine as strands of dark, glowing matter, for example.  See them being lifted a bit from Your body ,  and stretching by the point where they are threatened to break or snap, at any point. Then visualize the energy fields ( discs ) becoming even stronger, more radiant, and starting to spin with an enormous speed. You can also visualize them being serrated on the edges. Once again feel their enormous power, and see them cutting the ties, in places where the chakras are.

5.       Expand them for about a feet more  and have them  visualized rotating for a little more. See the strands falling off and withering or disappearing away, turning into dust and being blown away by wind.   You should feel a great relief.

6.       Protect oneself. And You’re done.

As You see, this is a rough outline of method/way such techniques  can be done, and as You can imagine it requires focus and mental skills of a nearly-sage at least, and energy which would, roughly ,  have to be more intense  than what the binder at given time possess. I  simply included this technique for those people who simply  "won’t have anything to do with any kind of ritual or spell-work", or using magickal tools and materials, and who have trained themselves in energy manipulation instead.  Bound people, as mentioned before ,  are mostly physically, mentally and energetically too exhausted to pull something like this off.

Crystal therapy

Blockages and energy attachments are something pretty much any crystal therapist can relatively easil y deal with. You can try few methods suggested here Yourself, and for them You do not need any  ( special )  additional energy source , as crystals radiate their own, and can by need, be charged even further more.  Here are few tips:

·         Certain crystals, like Laser Quartz, Kunzite, Larimar, Diamond can cut the energy ties as simply as You would do with a sharp scalpel. Running over the body of the afflicted from head to toes, many times, as If trying to “scan” the person complete.   Usually an healing or energizing grid is formed around the person, and followed with chakra balanicing when done. Mind that Diamond, while the strongest of all listed here, is also the most dangerous, more so because most are faceted and thus emanate sharp energy that does not discriminate. On occasions, it has been said ,  to had literarily cut internal organs of clients. Which is why only the people who know how to use it safely,  should use it. This is something that someone should do for You, and they should know that when they are using Laser Quartz, or Quartz Wand they should draw energy from their surrounding ( nature ) through the Crown chakra and then focus it into hand and finally through the quartz, according to Judy Hall [1]

·         Various crystal girds can be used to dissolve energy imprints and attachments to aura, as well as  energy links and bindings. For example combine Chlorite, Amethyst and Smokey Quartz, and set them to form  a pentacle pattern around Your body as You lay down. One Smokey Quartz should go above the head, the two  amethysts should be next to Your extended arms, and the  Chlorites may rest at Your feet, each.  So it’s a typical “men in pentagram” grid pattern. Make sure the crystals are finely charged, and then lay down for as long as You see fit ( not less than 20 minutes though ) and at some point You will feel relief and more freedom, the sensation of loosening those invisible binds that were on You, or complete disappearance of them.

·         Selenite Wands and Smokey quartz Wands and points,  are amazing tool for removing mental imprints other people have placed on Your  aura and subtl e bodie, bindings included. They need to be passed all over the person, or arranged in gird around them. Even tumbled crystals will do, even though Selenite is hardly ever found tumbled. 


Rituals, spells and ritual baths

Now these may seem most complicated, but are probably the swiftest and safest cure. Unbinding and bind breaking rituals employ bind breaking agents , such as botanicals , minerals, candles, Divine names, tools  such as Athame etc. 

Herbs most commonly used are Lemon, Camphor, White Clover,  Lemon verbena, Lemon Balm , Rue etc. The minerals and metals used in this type of operation include , Salt, particularly blessed sea salt, broken silver chains, any of the crystals mentioned previously and so on.

Best time to perform this type of operations are Saturday, Sunday or Monday, just before the dawn, or in corresponding planetary hours of the planets mentioned. Of course, it implies they can be done whenever the need arises, pretty much as  any other kind of spells or ritual work. Also a very good time to perform such spiritual work, and certainly an adjunct to the power, would be the last week or last night of the waning  part of the Moon’s  cycle.  

Candle spell to burn the ties

Get a white figural candle, of correspondent “gender” of the afflicted person. Set it  a saucer, which is placed  on a paper with Divine Name : “Mem Tzadic Resh” inscribed.   Dress it with very lightly (!)  with  “Cut and Clear oil”, “Cast off evil oil” , “Stop Evil oil” , “Bon Voyage oil” or “Uncrossing oil”. 

Now entwine in very carefully from  with a black cord, going very carefully from top down in a descending spiral, making sure that the begging of the cord is quite near the wick, but does not touch it.

As You entwine the candle, say :

I am not tying N.N. , he/she/it was tied by the wicked person. This cord is the bind used, it’s the bindings that  torment N.N. It’s the essence of them, and one with them.  And whatever shall occur with this cord, shall occur with the bindings which restrain N.N. In the name of Father , Son and the Hol y Spirit. Amen

Once again, extremely lightly ( I’d use painting brush for this )  dress the candle with the oil, paying special attention to the areas with the cord. In fact You could dress the cord only.

Now light the candle and say :

Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.” [2]

The read:

Psalm 18th, Psalm 91st 

Let the candle burn all the way down. As it burns it will burn the cord wrapped around it as well, and this shall abolish the  bindings  done on the afflicte d person  .

Dipped doll baby unbinding/bind breaking spell

This one is simplicity itself. You’ll need

·         Waxen doll or  poppet representin g the bound person. A wax figural/image candle will do brilliantly. Cave the name of the person in question on the candle, and If You have     ,  attach also photography of their face on the doll’s head.

·         Jar wide enough to fit the doll in it, and tall enough so that the doll’s head sticks out of the jar, Glass can be used as well

·         Lemon juice, about half a jar’s volume worth

·         Vinegar, about half of the jar’s volume worth

·         Blessed salt, in a three pinches

·         Black cord

A good addition to vinegar here can be red Cayenne pepper whole, or flakes as in Hoodoo they are known to "chase people away" and "break people up"

Consecrate or baptize the waxen image. Attach photo of the face of the person on the image’s head, If You have it, and inscribe their name on the candle before You do.

Now  heat the waxen image tad bit, You don’t want it to melt, just to become bit soft on the surface, then wrap some black cord around it in descending spiral, as You speak :

I am not tying N.N. , he/she/it was tied by the wicked person. This cord is the bind used, it’s the bindings that  torment N.N. It’s the essence of them , and one with them.  And whatever shall occur with this cord, shall occur with the bindings which restrain N.N. In the name of Father , Son and the Hol y Spirit. Amen

Now fill the jar half with Lemon  juice and half with Vinegar. Add Salt and mix quite well. Now dip the doll in, so that the head protrudes whole, freely outside the jar and say 3 times:

“Lemon and Vinegar melt  away the evil bindings done on N.N. Remove them, abolish and render null and void. And so shall be, in the Name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Place the doll in some cold place, where the liquid will not evaporate too soon.  Wax is a parafine, and will not react with the acids, but they will eventually burn or eat out the ties. When they do, the spell is done and the person is free. You can repeat any words of power over the jar daily until it happens.


Cleansing Hoodoo spell to remove negativity, crossing and energy ties and hooks

Gently scratching the affected person’s body   downwards with a chicken’s foot , say this prayer , which can be found in J.G. Hohman’s “Pow wows” :

“  You horsemen and footmen, whom I here conjured at this time, you may pass on in the
name of Jesus Christ, through the word of God and the will of Christ; ride ye on now and
pass . ” [4]

This should be done three times per day, seven days. If You can not get the chicken’s foot,  which You really should try, use Black hen’s feather fan / feather duster / feather whisk  instead, combined with spraying ( using a spray bottle ) mixture of Holy water , Blessed salt and some Lemon juice.

 Hope You've enjoyed reading this little work of mine, and I do sincerely hope it helped You in some way. I must note here that I've originally included more information, but decided it would be too lengthy and perhaps overly detailed for blog platform. This means I will be at certain point, combining it with some other stuff I wrote about and post on Scribd in full form. At that point I will add the link here.
Many Blessings, Shadow :) 
NOTES: This article was written and composed by myself, so If You'd wish to use any part of it elsewhere online , feel free but  add credits: Shadow of Shadow's  magick place, , or a direct link to this post
[1] Judy Hall, Encyclopedia of Crystals
[4] “Pow wow’s or the long lost friend” by John George, Hohman  , page 60th
IMAGE CREDITS: Images used are drawn, and taken by myself

Sep 15, 2013

Increasing Your occult dexterity

Can someone’s aptitude towards learning and gaining  occult skills and faculties  be increased ? Indeed it can.  Formulas, spells and rituals for such compose a great deal of Higher magick and Hoodoo.

Of course that  broadening spiritual awareness and  empowering oneself spiritually come as a result of various meditation and spiritual work techniques, chakra work and other. We shall not be discussing those here today.  Rather we will deal with  what the magick in strict sense has to offer  in terms of methods of increasing Your own occult powers and potential.

Before proceeding  with advices, material magicka and instructions, it would be very wise to note here, that involvement with any kind of spiritual work, particularly If done on regular basis, will naturally increase one’s  “supernatural” talents, and dexterities . People who pray a lot, fast , light candles, incense etc,  will be extremely proficient in any kind of spiritual work. It’s quite logical, If You think a bit about it, it’s like living healthier, makes You healthier.  Exercising makes You better looking.

So the natural process is ideal, but alas,  we live in a world where time, and peace needed to work with oneself, and to engage in more profound spiritual work, on a personal level, have became luxuries. Needles to say, we should never allow this, as our souls are equally, If not more important than any material goods we posses, even the physical body. But should it happen that we need a kick-start, a boost , a helping hand or a lift, there is magickal help. I look on it as taking  ( natural  ) supplements, If needed and taken properly and timely,  not only that they are harmless, but they are very beneficial.

Materia magicka and time

Candle rituals, charms and talismans, potions, all this can be used as form of occult empowerment. Symbolism and ingredients are like always the key.  And timing. Even more in this kind of work, which we can loosely fit under category of “spiritual work” (  magickal work dealing with healing, protection, reversal, broadening spiritual awareness,  necromancy, invocation and evocation  of the spirits , so basically, anything outside the practical cathegories such as money, love, job, glamouring  etc. ) ,  because great works  require time. In more ways than one. Indeed,  why not pick carefully the magickal timing to ensure that You get the best of Your ritual , and so that You are in sync with energy which is  most favorable for the work You are doing. There’s no bad time for money and love spells really,  they are cast as the need arises , the need, necessity and desire make up for improper magickal  timing.  Since elevated spirituality in a higher, more elevated need, it requires more discipline in asking, hence paying attention to all the details.

That being said, the best for working on strengthening Your occult skills are Saturn’s day, hence Saturday, and Saturn’s  planetary hours, which of course, vary depending on the day. A good  day to ensure a success of a spell, or add that “extra oomph” to a spell is Sunday, more so If it’s about healing or  ruling over some situation. Monday is great for working on perceptive occult powers, also extra sensory perception, ESP, clairvoyance, opening the third eye, but also illusionism, and influencing people’s minds.  Mercury’s day aka Wednesday, was reserved , according to old Grimoires like the Key of Solomon , for consecrations, blessing, acquiring tools and materials for magick and operations  which would lead to gaining secret knowledge. So in essence, If You’d like to be taught by a spirit about  minerals and herbs , let’s say an Angel Sophiel [1] , You’ll should pick Mercury. But If You want to increase Your occult powers in general, strengthen Your magickal skills,   the  best day is , as mentioned Saturday. 

Dawn ,  in the moments when the Sun is rising  , or  the clear sky Full Moon nights are the best times  of day, for such work. Holidays  especially beneficial for this type of work include, but are not  limited to:  Samhain  , Imboloc, Beltaine, St. Cyprian's feast day and so on.

Herbs include all those related to Saturn, but also some that are not, and particularly roots such as Mandrake, Galangal, Master root, Sampson’s snake root, Solomon’s seal root, Ginger rhizome, or herbs like Master of the Woods,  Aaron’s rod ( or Mullein ), Mugwort, Verbena, Chamomile, or resins like Myrrh, Frankincense, Benzoin,  Dragon’s blood and Sandalwood, and Jasmine, Gardenia and Rose flower petals will also come handy.

Stones that can be used to increase occult and spiritual powers and abilities include, but  are not limited  to : Staurolite ( keep on altar ),  Heliotrope, Spectrolite ( can be made into grids or carried ),  Lodestone, Hematite, Garnet, Merlinite ( best if worn as pendant, very often ) , Cymophane,  Morganite, Golden Beryl, Alexandrite ,  Chiastolite ( Andalusite ), Lepidolite. [2]

As for symbols,  there are many, equal sided Triangle, Gnostic Star, First pentacle of Sun, Key
"Chalice of Holiness" from "7th Book of Moses"
symbol, Master key pattern,  several pentacles of Mercury,  “Chalice of Holiness”  ( 6th and 7th book of Moses , fig. 2608 ) , Crowned Serpent seal ( also from 6th and 7th book of Moses ,  fig. 2602 ) , Grand Symbol of Solomon ( likewise, fig. 428 ), Pentagram , Hexagram, Spiral, Triskele and so on.
You can also  make and use  mojo bags or conjure hands , many suitable examples I've even posted on  this blog, like the Spirituality mojo with St. Cyprian's image
You can also chose some of the examples suggested above,

for example,  those that I've written in bold letters and combine them, which is just one of many suggestions.

Now let’s go through few examples I’ve composed for posting here:

Spiral and candle spell

Write Your name in continuous spiral, preferably in Dragon’s blood or Indigo, on parchment. Paper will do, as well as common pen. Place a purple candle, dressed with “Master key oil”  over it. Light it and read Psalm 23rd.

The Book and branch ritual

Three days prior to the ritual, fast, pray and take a cleansing spiritual bath each day.
On the day of the ritual, which should be Saturday, light a Frankincense, or Frankincense and Myrrh mixture in  the censer.

In Your right hand hold a Holy Book. I use the Bible and I keep it open on 23rd Psalm. In Your left hand hold the blossoming branch of Almond.  Say the following ( or compose soothing words of power on Your own )

“God Almighty,  Creator of life and everything bellow and above the firmament, I beseech You to illuminate and strengthen me, to guide me, and raise my spirit.  Show me the path of wonders and miracles, and give me authority over elements, and spirits, when it’s in accordance to Your Will. Give unto me skill, and power like You have given to Aaron, Moses and Your Holy people. I ask to grow spiritually,  from You Lord, for I put my trust in You, and to You I send my prayers. Keep me away from pride and evil, and lead me on a path of good and compassion, as I aim not to abuse any gift You may send me. Hear me Lord, and If the time is right and I’m deserving, grant this unto me Lord, I ask You this in the name of Lord Christ Your only Son. Eternal Glory to Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen”

Then finish with the Psalm 23rd .

Incense and candle ritual

Combine Myrrh resin, Frankincense, and White Rose petals to form incense. Place it bellow a chair. In front of the Chair place a white candle dressed with “Power oil” or  “Blessing oil” or “Magnet oil” . Also, “7-11 type of Holy oil” or “Special oil no 20” will work equally fine.  Inscribe the candle with Your name, preferably in continuous ascending spiral.  Light the candle.

Light the incense, sit on the chair, and wrap Yourself and the chair in sheets, so that the sheets finish at Your neck, and Your head protrudes from them. This way the incense smoke forming bellow chair will waft ( on ) Your whole body.   Chant:

“Raise my power, lift my spirit,
Increase my skill, and art with it!”
Or You can come up with some other soothing chant, or read Psalm 23rd.

Spectrolite ( Labradorite ) ritual

Arrange three purple candles so that they form a triangle.  In the very centre place a Spectrolite crystal, and touching it’s tip lightly say the following :

“In this time and in this hour
I beseech the ancient power,
Stone of magick and spirits of aid
Increase  the power with these words said,
Lend me the power, for this  I pray,
Increase my skill without delay.
As above so bellow!”

Light the first candle. Repeat. Light the second candle. Repeat.  Light the third candle.

When the candles have  burnt  all the way down, take the Spectrolite stone and carry it with You. For convenience, it could be a on pendant or even in a  ring.

African JuJu simple trick for power

Many times blockages and lacking  of / in power  are caused by  practitioners   tendency to neglect their spiritual hygiene. This causes bad energy to build up, and consequently that creates a blocked condition. Occasionally, other practitioners will deliberately cross their fellows, or other people to cause blocked condition/s, and thus also decrease their spiritual strength and power. In such case, what You need is a good bath with African JuJu bath salts, which will not only remove the negative condition, but will also empower You spiritually. It's a powerful and versatile formula, which will "kill two flies with one hit" . After a bath You should  follow up by rubbing Your body with "African JuJu oil"  or instead dusting it with powder.

While bathing You can also keep white and purple candles lit, orange ones will do fine too. Even tea lights are fine, as this is really only optional.

While rubbing, or dusting You can say the following prayer, which I've found on Old Style Conjure site, owned by wonderful Mamma Star:
"O God, whose blessed Son hast us to call thee Father, and hast told us that, as a father
gives good things to his children, so that wilt give the Holy Spirit to those that ask Thee,
we ask Thee now for this great gift. We need to be mightily strengthened by Thy Holy
Spirit in the inner man, that we may do the things that Thou commandest, and receive
that which Thou dost promise. We beseech Thee to grant us strength, the strength of Thy
Holy Spirit, the power of Thy Christ, wherein we can do all in his name. Let us this day
feel Thy presence and know Thy power, and being stirred and moved above ourselves, thus
be lifted into knowledge of God, and the hearing of His holy way. Raise our minds to the
contemplation of thy beloved Son, that by feeling His divine power, we may be drawn near
unto Him, and be changed into His image, and empowered to bring every thought into
obedience to Christ, into harmony with His Holy Spirit, for His sake we ask it. Amen."

Hope You'll  find this article helpful. Don't forget the upcoming times of power and the Equinox and September magick
Many Blessings :)
NOTES: This article was written and composed by myself , so should You wish to use any parts of it online, feel free, but add credits: Shadow of Shadow's magick place, or a direct link to this post.
[1] An angel associated with Mercury, that teaches about magick of herbs and stone , according to one of the Mercury Pentacles writings in “Clavicula Solomonis”
[2] List based on comparative study of Judy Hall’s “Crystal Bible”,  Gerina Dunwich’s “Dunwich’s guide to gemstone sorcery” and information on various stones, a listed above, on this wonderful site: .

[3] Retrieved from :  posted here for educational and informative purposes, without any ill will
IMAGE CREDITS: First image was taken and then edited by myself. Second one is from "7th Book of Moses" and is used here for illustrative, explanatory and educational purposes only , without any  ill will.