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‘How to’ Guide on Automatic Writing



To begin, I need to point out that I’ve never read any books on Automatic Writing; neither have I read any blogs, nor have I had any type of formal training regarding them.  So saying, what I call an Automatic Writing Reading (AWR) may be vastly different from those who have written books on the subject and/or formally teach the subject.  So be it.


The only thing I do know for sure about my method is that it works.  Not only does this work for me, but for various clients, family and friends who I’ve given these instructions to over the years.  Some of the aforementioned were psychics with training, some were people who thought they might have some psychic ability (but didn’t know for sure), and then some were just people who were interested, but had no clue if trying my method would even work for them.  Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum, I can tell you that thus far, every single person I gave these instructions to has had success–not to mention some very bizarre and eye opening experiences (lol….).

Okay.  Let’s get started.
What exactly is an AWR: To me, this is sitting before a blank piece of paper with a pen in hand, or before a blank word document on a computer, you stare off into space, ask your deity a question you want answers about, and then, whatever word, picture or feeling pops into your head, no matter how bizarre, you write/type the word, group of words, and/or description of the picture/feeling.
You continue to write words until no more words come to you.
When you are done writing/typing, you will see that coherent sentences, thoughts, ideas, and pictures were formed.  Even more interesting, you will see these sentences have specific meaning to you!
Some people choose to ask specific questions while others just say, “What do you want me to know?”

Here are my steps:
1.  Find a quiet place; no distractions.  The less physical items you have to distract you (books, pictures, toys, knick-knacks) the better.
2.  Find a ‘focal point.’  A focal point is an object you can look at or ‘zone out on’ while you are writing or typing.  I tell people the easiest focal point is a candle flame.  So light one and set it at least 4-5 feet away from you.  (I’ll talk more on different focal points later).
3.  Open a blank word document on your computer.  If you can’t type, then use a piece of paper and a pen.  Typing is better for a variety of reason, so if you are able to type at all without having to look at the keys, I’d suggest typing.  There are no points deducted for typing slow or misspelling words, so don’t worry about that.
4.  Type out the date at the top of the document, skip a line, and type out your question.  Simple questions are best.  For beginners, I always say to start simple; don’t ask any long, convoluted questions.  Also, beginners find that specific questions are better for them.  I’ve been doing this for twenty-plus years, so a lot of times, I’ll ask “What do you want me to know?”  And that will be my only question.  But that’s just me, and I have a very simplistic life, with very few questions about what’s coming for me in the future.  For 99% of the world, that’s abnormal and they will have lots of questions!
5.  Legs uncrossed, hands on ‘home row,’ focus on your candle flame and take 3 deep ‘meditative’ breaths (Meditative breathing is: breath in through the nose, breathe out through the mouth).  You focus on your candle flame and verbally state the question you just typed out.
6.  Verbally (out loud) ask the question you already typed out.  The reason for speaking out loud is that the spoken word is powerful.
7.  Start writing.  Whatever word, or group of words, come into your head, write it down.  It doesn’t matter what the word is, or what the group of words are, type it.  Don’t think about the word, don’t sit there marinating on it and go, “peanut?  Why’d I hear the word ‘peanut’??  If you stop and focus on the weird/bizarre words you heard, you’ll lose part of the reading!
*** With each word or group of words, you will feel a brief ‘pause’–this is the time to hit the ‘enter’ key and start a new line for the next word/sentence.  Don’t worry if you don’t hear or feel a pause.  If you find you end up with one big paragraph of what initially looks like jibberish words thrown together, that’s fine.
8.  You continue to write the words, groups of words, descriptions of pictures and feelings as long as you keep hearing words or seeing pictures.  Once you ‘feel’ a long pause–without any more specific words coming to you–that question has been answered.  If you have more questions, leave a line in between the last words you wrote and you new question.  Type in the next question, go back to step #5 and start again.
*** IMPORTANT:  IF you have more than one question, DO NOT go back and read what you typed out on the first question until you have completed your automatic writing on ALL of your questions!!!  Some people get so curious and excited, they want to go back and read what they wrote.  This is a no-no.  Why?  Because from the time you begin focusing on that candle and type your first word, you’re brain is switching gears.  You’re going from Beta waves (alert/working) to Alpha or Theta (relaxed/meditative).  You want your mind to stay in that ‘zoned out’ place because that is where the true automatic writing reading comes from.  If you take the conscious action of going back over what you typed for the first question, you ‘jerk’ your brain back into the Beta state which is a high alert state.  Once someone ‘jerks’ their mind from a relaxed, meditative state back into the real conscious world, it is more difficult to get back to the relaxed, meditative state you were lulled into while doing the automatic writing.
** This is also the reason why you should have prepared for your session by figuring out what questions you wanted to ask before you began doing your automatic writing for the first question!
9.  After typing out the complete answer to your last question, you’re done!  NOW feel free to look at what you wrote!  Not all that you write will make sense to you at that time.  Heck, most of what you write won’t make sense to you directly after you write it, but save the document so that you can refer back to it.  It is not uncommon for this reading to be the answer to situations that occur a month or more later (and then, if you look back at what you wrote, you’ll find you wrote out the answers a month or three months before it ever happened!)
10. Save your work.  If you lose the work, you may get answers again, but they won’t be the exact same answers.  They never are.  I’ll talk more about this later, b/c talking about it now would only confuse you.
** In saving your AWR’s–I always tell people to create a folder just for their automatic writing readings.  If you know you’re going to be doing this on an ongoing basis, this is an especially good idea!!  Title the folder anything you want, but when you save your reading, save it by the date (ie: 110911, 121711, etc).  This is so that when you go back to look at the readings, you can choose which reading to open by the date that’s listed as the file name–you won’t have to ‘hunt’ for a specific reading that was around a certain time frame you’re interested in, because all of the file names are the date the reading was conducted.    For anyone who is writing out their auto-writing readings via pen & paper, do it in a notebook that is used only for these readings so it will end up being like a diary.

Here is a link to an example of an old automatic writing reading that I did, so you can get a visual idea of what one will look like

Here is a link to an entry that lists just the steps with no explanation, so that you can see the steps without the long explanations in between.

I’m also going to do another entry on some extra tips about Automatic Writing Readings, but I’m too tired to do it tonight, so I’ll put it up later in the week.  The extra tips aren’t essential to you being able to do you test run on an AWR, they are just tips that people may want if they are going to be doing AWR’s on a regular basis.

Have Fun!!

Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham



The correct title of this book is ‘Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.’
I just shortened it for easier reading in the side tab of my blog.

This book is what I consider to be my ‘herb bible.’ Although Cunningham’s book is not the only book I use, it is by far the one I use most when determining which herbs I’ll use as I prepare for a ritual. This may be redundant information for some but if you did not know: different rituals require the use of different herbs or resins.

Some herbs are more powerful for one ritual, whereas that same herb may be detrimental to another ritual. Even if it is a love spell, the same herbs would not always be used. In choosing the best herbs/resins for a love spell, considerations would include: the astrological signs of the people involved, the depth of the relationship prior to casting, the mentality of the people involved, the availability of the people involved, external interferences or influences, and so on.

I consider this an excellent source on herbs for practitioners of magick. I would especially recommend this book for anyone who may be just beginning their magickal journey. Not only is this book a good source for the magical uses of herbs and resins, but it also contains valuable appendices–sort of like cheat sheets!

I have always liked Cunningham’s writing style. He tells you exactly what is, and is not, possible with magick. He gives it to you straight; no sugar coating, no mumbo-jumbo. I like that in a person and like it even better when I find it in an author.

The first couple of chapters of the book are spent explaining how to “charge” herbs for ritual use, basic procedures for rituals (the altar, visualization, preparation for the ritual) and how timing effects a ritual.
The main portion of the book is in an A to Z reference regarding the magickal uses of herbs and resins. After the explanations of the herbs are the appendices. The appendices include: when to use which herbs, planetary rulers and a list of herbs ruled by each planet, elemental rulers and a list of herbs ruled by each element, colors and the best colors to use in a ritual, and magickal properties of oils. There is even a cross reference for the Folk names of the herbs.

Here is an example of the detail given regarding herbs (this is taken word for word from Cunningham’s book):

CEDAR
(Cedrus libani or C. spp.) Leaf, berry: P
Gender: Masculine
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Powers: Healing, Purification, Money, Protection
Magical Uses: The smoke of the cedar is purifying, and also cures the predeliction of having bad dreams. Twigs of the cedar are burned and smouldered, or made into incense. To heal head colds, they are placed upon the hot rocks in sweat baths for purification by some American Indians.
Cedar hung in the home protects against lightning strikes. A cedar stick carved into three prongs is placed prongs up into the ground near the home to protect it against all evil. A piece of cedar kept in the wallet or purse draws money, and cedar is used in money incense. Cedar is added to love sachets and is burned to induce psychic powers.
(*Note: Juniperus verginiana is often used in place of cedar).
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Each herb and resin found in this book contains the same wide range of information. Although it is not a complete book of herbs, it is pretty darn close! There have only been one or two times–that I can remember–where I have gone to this book to search for a particular herb’s uses and the herb wasn’t listed. Being that I have been performing rituals for around two decades, that’s pretty good!

If you can find it, buy it. You will not be disappointed!

Oh, one last thing–like other works by Cunningham, this book was published by Llewellyn Publications. You might be able to find it via their website. Here is a link to Llewellyn: Llewellyn
***If you do not mind a used copy, you could always try eBay, Amazon or another business where used books can be purchased.

Cascarilla (protection, purification, cleansing)


Cascarilla
(pronounced: kas-kah-ree-ya)

I am always surprised how many practitioners of magick are not aware of this awesome stuff because it is so useful in protection, purification and cleansing rites. I look at it as an essential weapon in my arsenal.

The only way someone might have issues with using Cascarilla would be if they are strict Vegans and do not like to even touch any animal byproducts.

Cascarilla is powdered egg shell.  The shells are so finely ground that it feels as soft as baby powder.  Any Botanica or store that caters to New Age and Magick ritual will have Cascarilla.  You will most normally see it packed into what I call a “ketchup cup.”  When removed from the cup, it maintains it’s form and can be used as one would use a soft piece of chalk.  Or, if mixed with water, you will find that the soft-chalk dissolves easily.  If you choose to buy the Cascarilla, you will normally see it packed into what I call a “ketchup cup.”  For most of the purposes, it is used as a piece of chalk, so the shells sold in stores are convenient.

Cascarilla repels negative energy, and the vibration of negative energy.

Different uses:
#1.  Purification baths.  See description of one such bath here: Bath for Purification

2.  As a piece of chalk to draw sigils, and circles of protection for Magickal rituals.

3.  This is great to have if you are going to meditate, astral project or perform visualizations.  You can use it as a powder and “dust” yourself with it or you can use it as a chalk and make the sign of the cross on different areas of your body (back of neck, forehead, temples, hands, chest and bottom of feet).

4.  If you have psychic abilities (Mediumship, Empathic, Clairsentient, Clairvoyant, etc), you can dust yourself or make the sign of the cross as previously mentioned, and it protects you from psychic attack and “energy vampires.”  Cascarilla also keeps away negative spirits.

5.  Cascarilla also keeps away non-corporeal beings (spirits, ghosts, demons, etc).  If you feel like your home may be haunted, this would be a good repellent (after a thorough house cleansing!!).  Be warned, if you have spirits around that you like talking to, you may find it more difficult to communicate with them!  Cascarilla does not discriminate between good and evil–it just provides a barrier between the physical and spiritual world.

6.  House protection: use as a piece of chalk.  Going around the house clockwise, etch the sign of the cross on either side of the door, above the door and on the threshold.  When doing the windows–do above, below, and both sides of the window.  Do this with all doors and all windows of the home.

7.  House protection (perimeter of home).  Click the link for an easy ritual for the perimeter of your house: Protection for the perimeter of your house

There are several other uses for Cascarilla, but these are the main uses.
If you like, you can check back with me.  I’ll be adding directions for different cleansings, rituals, and purification rites, some of which will include the use of Cascarilla.

Qualifications, please!



“Who are you that you feel qualified to give others information on spirituality and magick?”

I think this is a funny question but I do get asked this a lot.  And I’m not anyone important, really.  I don’t have any fancy titles or letters behind my name.  I don’t have a degree from any university on the subjects of metaphysics, spirituality, or magick.  I’ve never attended any seminars or classes on any of the subjects, either.

I am seriously horrible at following other people’s teachings. Being who I am, I have trouble paying attention to teachers and reading books on the subjects often bore me (I have severe ADD & am very easily distracted, which, then turns to boredom).  Any books you see me suggest here?  I’ve made myself read a chapter here or there because I needed material to suggest to other people on their Spiritual and/or Magickal quest.  Additionally, most of the books you’ll see on my “Suggested Reading” pages are usually books dealing with “tools of the trade.”  My ADD-riddled butt does much better with those kind of books because I can just hunt for what’s relevant and not have to read the whole darned thing! 

The knowledge and experience I have to date regarding spirituality and magick began with searching for answers about myself and my Gifts.  I was born with several psychic Gifts, including the Gift of Mediumship.  As I was growing up I made enough FUBARs using my Gifts that I started searching for information (in hopes that I’d stop making FUBARS!) and searching for people like myself.  I didn’t end up finding anyone like me (this was in the age before computers & Google) but I did find a Witch.  In knowing the Witch, I discovered that, to a degree, magick tends to go hand-in-hand with psychic gifts, on certain levels.  So in my quest to learn about myself, I also began learning about magick.

So.  I’ve said all that to say:  My qualifications, so to speak, are from my own experiences.  I do not claim to be the “end-all-be-all” authority on the subjects I write about. I am merely imparting information I’ve gained, and some of my life experiences, in hopes of helping those who are seeking knowledge. 

 

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