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In the world of Charly Cutter spells, elixirs and rituals play an important role. Therefore, many spells are revealed here that you can include in your own Book of Shadows. Charly encounters magic at a very early age and records everything he reads about or is taught by the Circle of Twelve after it is revealed to him that there was a magical past.

Charly wants to follow in his mother's footsteps, and Othilia will do everything she can to give him the necessary training so that one day he can face her, Moira Grace Moore herself. For there is this Self-fulfilling Prophecy, which sooner or later will not only confuse his life.

Good and evil must be brought back into balance after Haglot has become the darkest spot on the map of the magical world. So be prepared and collect all the important things in your personal Book of Shadows.

From now on, Tabitha and Magnus Lockhardt, as well as many other witches and wizards will reveal their knowledge here! With each release of a new Charly Cutter adventure, this Book of Shadows will grow as well, and you're welcome to take over.

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Spells and rituals from the Charly Cutter books

What do rituals mean to us?

Our goal must be to educate our children to be self-determined and with respect for every human being and nature - as creatures who are not inferior or even subordinate to us. We are all on the same level. Our children should never feel that they are worth less than adults. That is why it is so important to involve them in all preparations. While there are rituals that we perform without our children, we should tell them about them, perhaps giving them the reason why they are not (yet) allowed to participate in a particular ritual.

But even on full moon and new moon nights rituals can be performed in which our children can participate. And there is no reason why we shouldn't do a ritual with the children before they go to bed and the adults meet for another ritual. Rituals should be performed in a place that is sacred to you. This can be the back garden of the house as well as your own grove or a piece of forest where you can gather undisturbed. When it's raining, there's nothing wrong with celebrating rituals indoors. The living room should then be the place where you gather. Although I have already pointed out how a ritual should be carried out in the chapter The structure of the ritual of my book With children through the witch's year, I would like to point out a few important points here again.

First purify the air with incense (which is suitable for the respective ritual, you can take from the appendix of the book), and then welcome everyone by anointing him/her on forehead, chest, hands and feet. Then say: "Who is there? How do you come? What do you bring?" The participant, no matter if child or adult, now mentions his name and says that he/she comes in perfect love and brings peace. Then everyone takes their place in the circle. Draw the magic circle by running around it three, five or nine times counterclockwise in the direction of the moon (so-called Arieshins). You hum quietly and gradually let your voices become singing. Let your voices intertwine and form a cone of power in which a protected sacred space is created. Then join the circle and call the spirits of the four elements, call a goddess if you want to work with her. As soon as you let cake and tea (or juice) go around, each putting a piece of the cake in his neighbor's mouth with the words: "May you never be hungry" and then passing the cake around, it is important that no one is excluded in the circle. Even the youngest can participate. Then pass the tea or juice around and let everyone drink it, saying the words "May you never be thirsty".After all, everyone kisses their neighbor within the circle and says, "May you always be loved."

After cake and drink have gone around, you can celebrate, talk, and deal with your family's problems or other things while keeping the circle. Finally you dissolve the circle after a while and finish the ritual. If spells have been said or spells cast, collect all candles, spilled wax and other materials like plants, food leftovers etc. and throw them in a closed bag into the garbage or bury the leftovers on your grove or backyard, if this is important for the ritual or the spell. Then go away without looking around again. And when you've completed the ritual in your living room, go to sleep and don't enter the room again until the next morning. Especially with toddlers it should be noted that you do not make the rituals too long, because otherwise the built up energy can also evaporate very quickly. Don't forget that every ritual is a celebration! Although every ritual should be celebrated with seriousness, it should always be a joy to get together. Therefore, we should leave too profound rituals to the patriarchate.

Just as we celebrate the wheel of the year and the waxing and waning of the moon, witches also celebrate and honor the highlights of a woman's life; but male family members do not miss out either. Also for boys, young and adult men there are rituals that will ''weld you together'' as a family - because you are one!

After each ritual you should also take notes. You can also write down everything that seems important to you. Either write these things down in your BOOK OF SHADOWS or in a folder that you put together for your rituals and magical work. If you want to take photos during the rituals, it is important not to take them when they are ''disturbing'' the ritual or the spell. In many witch families, there are numerous books that tell of the previous rituals. Create your own library and traditions. In this way, we renew the past to shape the future.

I (Tabitha Lockhardt) will not only present rituals, but also activities that you can do with your children. Especially (night) wanderings are part of family life; during a wandering you can also give your children the knowledge what makes us witches. Educate your children in plant and herbology, teach them to identify plants, trees and animals in their environment and tell them what we can and cannot eat from nature.

In addition to the eight annual festivals, the 13 full and new moons, other rituals also play an important role in the lives of witches and their families. Rituals give us a sense of order and continuity, of belonging and spirituality, and connect us with the magical community in which we live and through which we find our center. The strong changes and the gradual break-up of social forms cause us to lose our hold and our rituals become alien to us. It is therefore essential to involve our children as early as possible in our rituals and in our spiritual life. Today many celebrations have lost their content and truthfulness, often only empty shells of celebrations are celebrated whose meanings have been lost in the last decades. It is not so difficult to live the meaning of the annual festivals but also of the rituals and to fill them with life and spirituality.

Rituals should be a firm component of our life, because they offer us the possibility to grow, to learn and to experience our innermost self (and the breath of the goddess - Mother Earth). Here I describe the most important rituals, which should not be missing in any witch family. However, it is important not necessarily to adopt the rituals 1:1; rather it makes sense if each family creates its own rituals and associated texts - because nothing is stronger than a family ritual that the family itself has produced. Similar to the annual festivals, the rituals also convey the cycle of time and year to us, since many rituals are repeated every year. Some rituals are experienced only once in one's life and one thinks back with joy when telling one's friends or children about them. Also the own initiation into the circle of the witches remains unforgotten, particularly since these are repeated - depending upon witch tradition - up to four times and are deepened thus. Each initiation reminds us that we have matured lately, that our seed gradually produces its first fruits. Children from the age of 8 can decide for themselves whether they want to be accepted into the circle of witches; and it is not the end of the world if a child decides against it. But children who grow up with rituals and celebrations make the right decisions - all their lives. They know the meaning of the individual festivals and rituals, and they also know what they can pull out of these rituals for themselves: a growth of their own self!

Because magic first changes our own self - rituals let us and our children merge into a world that clings to old values and substance without giving them up for something else that others call celebrations. Especially the community life within the family is strengthened by rituals. It is like a bond that stretches around us. We, who are in this family circle, know that we can rely on each other. Children in witch families are not only extras, they are also not creatures determined by others, but are involved in decisions at an early stage or considered with responsibility.

The structure of the ritual

Preparation: Include your children in all preparations for a ritual or annual celebration because they are in many ways the most important part of the ritual. Just the (pre-)joy for a ritual, the good planning and the meditation on the topic will deepen the experience for all participants and make the magic strong and unerring. If a full moon ritual is to be held, it is advisable to work out the structure for the ritual on the previous new moon. But also the preparations for the annual circle celebrations can be planned weeks in advance. It is often necessary to obtain the necessary materials for a ritual, to produce incense and anointing oils, or to prepare a text.

Children cannot be involved early enough in these preparations, because this work becomes "flesh and blood" for them. However, infants should not participate in any ritual that exceeds their ''horizon''. Young people from the age of 13 can also participate in rituals to gradually familiarize them with them. Often our children form a second circle and watch the more experienced members of the family. Also, children can be given tasks such as calling elements or decorating the altar. They should also be involved in the preparation of food and drink. Especially when fresh ingredients such as herbs, mushrooms and fruits are gathered in the forest immediately before a ritual. Here you can also teach your children how to determine mushrooms or what effects the individual herbs (in our food) have.

It is important that everyone in the family plays a role so that no person is given too much responsibility. On the evening of the ritual, all participants in the ritual take a bath, wash their hair so that their everyday worries can drain away. A joint visit to the sauna or a sweat lodge also cleanses the body. Everyone then puts on clean clothes or a ritual robe - even if many rituals are performed in the sky (i.e. naked). Rituals should always be performed in the great outdoors, preferably in your own grove or in a place where you are undisturbed. There you should place your altar in a safe place where it cannot be knocked over and the candles cannot be blown out by the wind. Depending on the purpose of your ritual, you can also place a symbol, model or image of one of the gods or goddesses you are working with, i.e. virgin, mother or old woman. Decorate the altar with seasonal flowers and matching candles. If you're celebrating a ritual in a room, decorate it with ribbons, shells, wood and whatever else you can.

The altar is in the spiritual center, so put all your love and energy into building it. Then burn incense to purify the place but also the air. In one room, you walk off the four corners of the room with the incense, or walk around the altar when it is outside. Then the magical action can begin. Light the candles and place food and drink around the altar.

Greeting and drawing the circle: The high priestess (or mother) greets each member (of the family), she asks who he/she is and how he/she comes, and the salberess anoints all on forehead, neck, heart, solar plexus, lap, hands and feet. All take their place in the circle. Then the circle is drawn. This is done by running three, five, seven or nine Ariesshins around the circle in the reverse clockwise direction, while the others meditate on the ritual. The circle is a protection for all who are in it; nothing can penetrate it, and if someone wants to leave it before it is lifted, the high priestess must open a door in it and close it again.

Summoning the Four Elements (and the Goddess): The four elements are summoned, usually starting with the earth. You can also use the names of the spirits if you know them; otherwise you will adhere to the symbolism of the four elements found in the appendix of the book. The High Priestess calls the Goddess with similar words. It is best to memorize them. The invocation of the four elements can be as follows: Stand in the circle and call the spirits of the four elements:

Turn north and say:

Earth, Earth, I call you, Earth!

Be with us tonight,

with your power, wrap us up,

with your power embrace us,

hold us, hold us.

Turning south, you call the fire:

Spirits of fire, spirits of fire!

Dance with us tonight,

lend us your energy,

give us your light,

warms our hearts,

warms us, spirits of fire,

warm us!

Turn west and call the water:

Water, water ,

Water cool and clear like crystal,

Water wild and rushing,

Water deep and dark,

Flow around us, flow around us!

Turn east and now conjure up the air:

Wind, wind, listen, wind!

Whirling wind, weeping wind,

howling storm, gentle breeze,

carry us, carry us!

Summon the power or face of the goddess you want to work with. The full moon is connected to the god mother. If you have no special request, it is best to call her:

While drifting the clouds,

when the creek rushes,

when the rabbit walks,

howling of the wolf,

Mother, I'll call you.

With everything that is beautiful and tender,

at the goblin's hidden cave,

in all that is wild and desolate,

and all that is barren and bald,

when the sun is shining

and the darkness of the womb

I'm calling you to me now.

With the softness of your voice,

with the curves of your figure,

by the smell of your hair,

with everything that glitters and shimmers,

when hitting the cymbals,

on the flight of the pigeons

I'm calling you now!

When the incantations are completed, the real magic begins!

Opening the cone of power: The members of the circle now begin to sing and hum and perhaps beat a drum to summon the power. With the power of the spell you bring the goddess into your circle and free the energies. There is always a peak of energy where the singing stops. Keep the energy in your circle and then send it off if you want. It serves as healing energy for people or places, but can also be used to heal the group/family if any members have had illness or quarrel. Now is the moment when you can feel the breath of the goddess.

Visualization: Preparing the Way and Spells - This is where magic comes in. If you want to cast a spell or choose a specific theme for your ritual, such as healing or creativity, now is the time. Otherwise, the High Priestess will lead a visualization phase that should reflect the theme of the ritual.

Earth: Here you can discuss your visualization experiences or the theme of the ritual. If you want to learn something, a member of the family can teach here. If there are any problems in the witch circle (the family), it's best to talk to them now. Every family member should be allowed to speak, participate and ask questions.

Cake and tea: The food and drinks (juice or tea) are passed around and last problems, thoughts or feelings are addressed. A family member who has been assigned as the keeper of time tells when the ritual should be finished and everyone gets up. Give each other your hands!

Farewell to the Four Elements (and the Goddess): The High Priestess first says farewell to the Goddess and thanks her for her presence in the circle. The four cardinal points (north, south, east, west) are also thanked and bid farewell.

Pick up the circle: Finally the circle is broken up, with one of you walking around it several times as in the beginning, only this time clockwise. Only now do the others release their hands.

What rituals do we celebrate?

What rituals can be performed within a witch family? Full moon rituals, new moon rituals, magic rituals, puberty rituals, birthday rituals as well as rituals to the annual circle celebrations and many more! Many places have their own rituals that are related to either agriculture or the culture you live in. Many families have created their own rituals over several generations, which are to be passed on to the children.

Rituals play an important role in the life of a witch family. Beside the 8 annual circle celebrations, which are celebrated in the distance of about six weeks, the year holds still 13 full moons and new moons ready, the so-called Sabbats, which mean nothing else, than holy. Esbats are called the corresponding full moon rituals. The witch year begins with Samhain, October 31st. It is no coincidence that it begins with darkness, the first moon after All Saints' Day, the Day of the Dead. From here it describes the whole cycle from death to life and back to death. Every month at full moon we celebrate our yields, speak special incantations, practice magic and thank for our progress and for the things we have let go of and no longer need. On full moon nights we can also go night walking with our children. But we should never pull them out of their sleep, let alone their sweet dreams. We can use them to collect magic plants and herbs.

Book of Shadows

The mostly handwritten Book of Shadows is nothing more than a witch's diary and notebook. Every family member over the age of 11 should keep their own Book of Shadows. It goes without saying that a child will transfer the family's spells and rituals to his BDS (abbreviation for Book of Shadows), while at the same time deepening the knowledge of what his family has acquired over the years (or generations).

In Meridia there are books that are more than 350 years old. The oldest book of shadows found in Meridia belongs to the Liberum-Barum family, which is another name for such a book of shadows: Liberum Barum stands for Liber Umbarum - the black book! Her family saved and preserved the book despite all the adversity, but above all they were able to supplement it. The origin of her book lies in the year 1634 and was then extended, supplemented and sometimes even mucked out by the following generations, if this appeared necessary. Thus, in all the centuries, a book has been able to develop that has no equal.

But also the book of the Shadows of the Lockhardts could grow over two centuries and many generations. The actual content of these books is quickly explained: everything that produces a magical family is recorded in this book. These include the magical and occult laws as well as the magical and spiritual cosmology, magical exercises, rituals, spells and the classification tables, some of which I have included in this book.

Thus it is far from our intention to claim that the ancient knowledge of wise women has been irretrievably lost. With some suspicion we have observed how self-proclaimed warlocks in the 1950s and 60s claimed to have the sole heritage of that ancient knowledge. Many records have survived - not least in the form of a Book of Shadows. Nowadays, such books are also created in digital form, but the certain charm of a book is lost. However, there is no reason why new media should not be included.

I have already seen digital books in which instructions even appear as video to demonstrate the correct use of the magic tools to the children or how they have to call the four elements. With these digital books, however, I miss a clear goal of these recordings. Because they're not just to be copied, they're to become flesh and blood, and that's what happens best when a book is copied by hand and its rituals and other contents are meditated upon. It is not unusual for entire rituals to have been put on ice or thrown over the top as soon as they have been performed by the next generation.

Another important purpose should not be underestimated. In your own book of shadows you can reflect better on the progress you have made. Here you can clearly see the progress you have made, but also the failures you have taken, in your training as a witch. Speaking of training to become a witch! Many families have another book in addition to the Book of Shadows, the so-called Liber Actios - a training manual designed to help the growing witch become familiar with everything. At this point I would like to briefly mention that my husband, Magnus Lockhardt, is currently working on such a Liber Actios - in digital form. It should serve the children and young people to train themselves in magical arts and skills, even if there is no adult at hand. My husband is making this Liber Actio in collaboration with Lewis Cartwright, principal of Meridia, and Emmett Silverstone, to give a book to all those who are not fortunate enough to be taught at a magical school that will lead them step by step to magic. When exactly the book will be available outside Meridia, I will announce!

But now back to the actual purpose of keeping a Book of Shadows. A Book of Shadows is your personal companion, it tells you where you stand and how much you have developed lately. Everything you consider important belongs in this book. Sometimes these can also be recipes! And the most important thing at the end: Every family member has a right to keep a book of shadows that is not read by anyone!

Knowledge - Willing - Attempting - Silence

You will find these four magic words again and again in magic or in dealing with wizards and witches. But what do they stand for?

Knowledge: You should always know what you are doing, otherwise you won't be able to do anything. The whole magical work revolves around being well prepared for her, mastering the basic techniques of magic and knowing the contents of your own belief systems. We will never stop acquiring knowledge, because everything is worth knowing; witches are disciples for life, they never stop learning. Knowledge gives us power and a clear advantage over others who do not strive to perfect themselves. Our children should also strive for this goal. And we should support them actively.

Willing: Always make it clear that you want something and not just wish for it. Only your will can move mountains. A strong will is necessary in magic and with every spell you want to cast. This is concretely about the iron will to change things or events, to practice magic, to find one's true will or to improve one's magical abilities. The will is characterized by the willingness to master even difficult situations and to accept inconveniences in order to succeed. For us, this ultimately means drawing our children into self-confident creatures. Encourages them in their will!

Attempting: "Who does not dare, does not win". Those who do not have the courage to put their knowledge into practice, to let their will become reality, will be a good theoretical connoisseur of magic, but never a true magician. Magic can be dangerous, no question, a ritual can sometimes go wrong, you can get hellish headaches or in the worst case lose your mind, but all this must not deter the practitioner, the practicing witch, if he/she really wants to achieve something.

However, we should refrain from putting our children in danger. It is also up to us to recognize when our children will be ready to be introduced deeper into magic.

Silence: "Talk is silver, silence is gold." Nothing is more important for a witch, but also for her family members, than to be able to remain silent. Not only should you avoid making a mockery of your fellow human beings who treat your own magical work with suspicion and mistrust, but also for the magical work itself it is important to keep silence about your own actions. A ritual can be talked into pieces before it even begins to work. A spell is like a young plant whose seed was brought into the earth in the ritual. If you now constantly stir up the earth and see whether it has already taken root and is growing, you can be sure that not much can become of it. It is the same when you chat about your work practices.

Another aspect of silence is protection. We don't have to reckon with the same strong and deadly persecution that we did in the Middle Ages, but it can still give you a quieter life today if you don't hang everything you do on the big bell. The latter is especially true for your children. Make them understand that they should not peddle what you do at the annual festivals and rituals. This is something that stays in the family.

Not every one of you will have the good fortune to live in a settlement where only pagans and witches live, like my husband and I. We don't have to hold out behind the fence what happens on our property or what ritual we celebrate. Of course, it is also important to create a certain transparency. So there's nothing to be said against inviting your neighbours, friends and acquaintances to a ritual or annual celebration to show them that there's also another spirituality than those that most of you are up to.

We celebrate Samhain (October 31st)

The traditional witch year begins with Samhain - even if this is seen differently in many places. Because all too often people orient themselves only on a calendar, which was forced upon us centuries ago, without however taking into account the annual circle celebrations and the characteristics in the witch year. And even today, in many countries and cultures, the New Year is still celebrated on the 31st of December; but not with us - the witches! Our new year begins with death and dissolution, but also with rebirth and a new beginning; and on no other day of the year will we be as close to our ancestors as we are to Samhain (All Saints' Day). For witches, Samhain is a time when the connection between both worlds - that of the living and that of the dead - is most permeable.

We, the living, can contact and come into contact with the dead in Samhain, especially by commemorating their dead. In many places, death feasts are celebrated. On this day, the deceased again (increasingly) come to our attention. We become aware that at the end of a life death awaits us, but that death is not goodbye forever. While adult witches get in contact with the ancestors through seances and other oracles to gain knowledge about the underworld, Samhain - also called Halloween - can be celebrated with children in a similarly ghostly way.

Last but not least, Samhain also serves to relieve our children of the horror of death that is part of our lives. Often enough death is tabooed, and silence comes up when people ask about the whereabouts of our deceased. So how can this topic be implemented with our children? First of all, it is important that we remember our ancestors, and that we don't keep them and the memories of them in dusty boxes, i.e. that our ancestors, if not all year long, should at least be the focus of attention on Samhain. Already three days before Samhain the house (or the flat) should be decorated according to the occasion - apples and hazelnuts belong in any case to it! Deceased relatives and friends find themselves now in the picture frames, which we set up in particular in the living area in large numbers (or gather there).

Two days before Samhain you can start preparing food and drinks (as long as no food or drink has a longer preparation time); and as it can be a long night, you should also make sure you have enough cakes and pastries - but please don't buy them in the supermarket! It is best to involve your children in all preparations: decorating the rooms and the altar, preparations in the kitchen and of course in the preparation of all food and drinks. If your children want to go around the houses with other children to play trick-or-treating, there's no reason why they shouldn't think about a costume together beforehand. Most Halloween costumes are of creepy nature, because you don't want to be recognized as a living person by the ghosts and wandering ancestors, who will be on the road that night. And this custom didn't just come into being in America, as is often mistakenly assumed; but this custom of dressing up as Samhain and begging for donations at the doors is an originally pagan festival that was brought to life by the Celts and expanded by the Irish with all sorts of customs. Immigrants from Ireland then brought this custom to America, where it has certainly lost its originality and spirituality. And also to us, after Meridia, this custom came in the year 1861 from Ireland and was able to remember his old roots here.

But now finally an example of how a typical Samhain festival is celebrated here: Already weeks in advance the costumes are tinkered. No child in Meridia would wear a purchased costume, and so the grannies are often hitched to sew the costumes for the children. In many places there are children's parties where the most beautiful and scariest costumes are awarded; not to mention the terrible masks! Traditionally, all kinds of undead are considered for a Halloween costume: vampires, werewolves, mummies ... but also skeletons and ghosts as well as scary figures from the underworld!

After all preparations concerning food and drinks are done, the house (or apartment) should be smoked so that everyone can get in the mood for the upcoming party. Already in the early morning of Samhain there is a pleasant smell in the air. The fresh wholemeal all sorts for the bread basket are taken out of the oven. A common breakfast strengthens for the long day. During the breakfast last things can be discussed, which one does not want to take over into the new year. Now is the best time for discussion and for clearing the table, so that the New Year can begin without resentment or old burdens.

In the morning of Samhain everyone can think about which stories to tell later. In the kitchen, all further preparations for the festival are completed, i.e. as soon as lunch and dinner have been prepared, the fireplaces (or ovens) in many households are polished, because when the ancestors visit you, everything should be beautiful and clean. After lunch has been prepared by all members of the family, the table is set and eaten. The table can be decorated with apples, nuts and willow twigs. Some families also bind a new witch's broom for Samhain, which consists of an ash tree (to protect against drowning), birch twigs (against evil spirits) and willow - and with which the kitchen and the remaining rooms are swept out the next morning. This witch broom stays in the kitchen (or in a chamber) for a year and pulls all evil out of the house. The old broom of the previous year can be burned either solemnly in the fireplace or in a ritual fire.

In the afternoon of Samhain, the first guests usually arrive who belong to the closest family circle and who often stay overnight - because who wants to be on the road that night? Cake and tea will be served. Of course the Samhain cake and Tabithas carrot cake are recommendable here; and just because of the smell: also Samhain apples (better known as baked apple)! The baked apples can also be prepared in small Roman pots directly at the table, which not least brings a certain magic to the living room.

In the early evening of Samhain the children can move around the houses to play trick or treat. It is best for the children to go in small groups of 5 people each, accompanied by an older child or adult. When children come to your front door to beg for sweets, you can put homemade pastries, apples and nuts in their bags. Smaller games can often be played, such as apple dipping, in which the child has to try to dip hands behind their back for apples lying in a water tub. The fastest child gets a special reward, such as Tabitha's token!

By the way: By placing hollowed out pumpkins at your front door you not only signal to the children that they are allowed to knock on your door, but only through these shining pumpkins you enable your ancestors to find their way to you, because they are attracted especially by the yellow light of the pumpkins.

Later in the evening - it's dark outside now - the fireplace in the living room will be lit; and if you don't have a fireplace, light as many candles as possible. Burn some incense and then begin to tell you about the ancestors. You can use the many photos you have taken to remember your ancestors. But you can also sit in a circle and look at old photo albums. Then you can remember the life of your ancestors by commemorating their deeds. Maybe your ancestors left something lasting, a book, a painting or other things still in your house. Tell how the picture or the book came into being... And maybe you even have a book of shadows that has been passed down through generations, where your ancestors have immortalized themselves. Is there possibly a recipe, a spell or a ritual that comes from the ancestor's pen?

If possible, try to go back at least two or three generations. Who were your grandparents, who were your great-grandparents? It's always good to know who belongs to your family tree! By the way! Have you already created your own family tree? If not, a family tree can also be included in the preparations for Samhain. Together with your children you can browse the internet. There are good portals to help you create your own family tree! If you want to have a very special deceased person with you this evening, decorate an altar in his honor, add something the person has worn: maybe a scarf or a hat, or even a magic tool he left you, like an athame, a magic wand or a chalice ...

Cover a plate for this person as well, for every meal you eat that day, even in your circle in the evening, a place of honor should be assigned to this person - a place of honor in your midst! Put some cookies or pastries on a plate (which you will put in front of the front door just before going to sleep). Over a cup of hot chocolate or honey milk, gradually let the evening fade away. Children under the age of 13 should go to bed shortly before noon at the latest! They should also not be torn from their sleep, let alone from their sweet dreams, for any upcoming night hike.

With children over 13 years a nocturnal ritual can still be carried out: the ritual for Samhain! The ritual should be performed outdoors if possible, and preferably where three paths meet. On the way you take a hollowed out shining pumpkin as well as some food for your ancestors. Midnight is a good time, but even better are the darkest hours before dawn. If you have a grove, you should prefer this place. There you'll build (another) altar, decorated with apples, hazelnuts, a wicker basket with three painted eggs (red and black) and some fish. Depending on the tradition in which you grew up, the Samhain ritual can be different. Therefore I will give you here a ritual that has been used many times before.

On the altar there is also a photo of your ancestor with whom you want to get in touch. Red and black candles are used here. And then you are free whether you want to work with the goddess Hekate or Hel, or prefer to work with your ancestor as mediator of the underworld. I'm giving here a ritual that is connected to Hekate: For the goddess Hekate place another silver candle on the altar and burn some incense and sage or other herbs matching the goddess and the season. The ritual is performed naked, but you can also wear a black robe.

Let a chalice with a thick red herb juice (e.g. hibiscus or rose hip) go around, which you have seasoned well with cinnamon, cloves, pimento etc., take a strong sip of it. Burn some mugwort and mandrake in a kettle of iron, tin or other fireproof material. Form a circle as usual (for instructions on how to proceed with a ritual, see the chapter The Structure of the Ritual), and then summon the goddess Hekate by knocking on the earth. Whisper first, then become louder and louder ...

Hekate, Hekate, Hekate, Hekate!

Goddess of the swamp and the heathen.

Goddess of sacred crossroads.

Divine, wise old woman,

Bringer of death, soul eater,

Queen of the Night, Master of Shadows,

Mistress of the Underworld,

we call you ...

Howl now, beat on the ground and on drums, bring out the goddess from the land of the dead with your lamentation:

Sweet secret,

dark knowledge,

hidden wisdom,

Bringer of chaos and madness,

let us enter your world,

so we could get to know you,

we bring libations and gifts.

Show us your dark face,

your bloody, wise secret,

lead us into the shadows,

into the darkest night.

Hekate brings back memories of past burns, torture and betrayal. She brings pain, sorrow and grief. She brings anger, fury and madness. But it also brings peace, acceptance and forgiveness. Accept everything she brings to you. Cry and howl. Scream, squirm, let go (and fall), and do whatever it triggers in you. Hekate is agony and ecstasy, the goddess of wild places. Now each of you goes to the cauldron and sits down in front of it for a while. It contains burning coals; throw some of the incense on it. Take in the holy scents. Let visions and memories rise ... Let the cross-cut apple revealing the secret and the red drink go around. Take the time to talk to others who have already passed through the veil between worlds. Remember them and bless them. Then everyone in your group offers a personal sacrifice that you do not want to take with you into the New Year: a habit, a relationship, a way of thinking (i.e. an idea that is stuck in your head and that becomes stronger the more you energize it). Write the following on a piece of paper, fold it twice lengthwise, go to the kettle with it and burn it with the words:

I clean with fire.

With fire I burn.

With the ending wheel of the year

may you end, too.

With the beginning of the new year

divorce us.

Be blessed!

Finally you thank the goddess Hekate and dissolve the circle. Carry your gifts of fish and eggs to the fork and leave them there. Then go away without looking around again. Nobody asks you to work with the gods and goddesses or even prefabricated rituals. If you live in a Wicca tradition that prefers to do without this work, you can still create your own ritual with which you can do something similar. If your family has a Book of Shadows, you will also find a ritual for Samhain in it. If you're the first in your family to be involved with the Witch Cult, create your own Book of Shadows. By the way: Rituals don't have to be reproduced verbatim, they shouldn't sound memorized. Instead, let your inner voice speak, your gut feeling! Once you have hit the right note, the rituals also work without memorizing long texts.

On November 1st you can visit your dead ancestors in the cemetery. Decorate the grave with apples and nuts. Sing songs to them and then say goodbye to them with joy for a reunion. In Meridia, in the early morning hours of the 1st of November, a druid priest brings the consecrated fire into our house, with which we light our hearth fires again. If you don't have the privilege of a druid in your neighborhood, you can also bring the consecrated fire home from your ritual. Light an orange candle at the ritual fire, which you can safely transport home in your hollowed out pumpkin. The candle should burn for several hours in the kitchen before you light the new hearth fire at dawn. And don't forget: Once you've tied a new witch broom, you'll have to solemnly hand over the old one to the fire during your ritual. You can also tie wish lists to this old broom, which will come true later this year!

Halloween fortune telling

No other festival is as suitable for making prophecies as the night on Halloween. So I want to give you some oracle and prophecy methods. If you're already familiar with runes, you can mark pumpkin seeds with runes on Halloween and then throw them. How to do this is explained in the appendix of this chapter. But it's not just the runes that are a good way to take a look through the veil; numerology is also a great way to create little numeroscopes for you or your friends on Halloween. In this book I will introduce you to the two most commonly used methods, but if you want to learn more about ''Magic Working with Runes & Numbers'', you should buy my husband's book: Magnus Lockhardt gives an introduction to both oracle possibilities - easy to understand and comprehensible for everyone!

I also want to bring the Tarot into conversation at this point. Although I did not explain the Tarot to you due to lack of space, but with the Tarot you can make good prophecies; with them you can take a look into your past, present and future. There are many different tarot decks on the market, from cheap variations to kitschy or even "strange" - but I noticed a tarot deck that I can only recommend to you: The DruidCraft!

This Tarot has succeeded in what no Tarot has succeeded in before; its creators Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm have combined druidism with witchcraft. Their Tarot cards, illustrated by Will Worthington, will help you find a quick introduction to this oracle, as the cards have a wealth of symbols to help you interpret them. So here's my recommendation: If you don't own a Tarot yet, buy DruidCraft - The Druid and Wicca Tarot, it should not be missing in any druid and/or witch household, as it's essential for prophecies. However, his 78 cards cannot be presented in a nutshell, so I will do without them completely here. As I said, Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm did this work for me in an impressive way. Further oracle possibilities on Halloween I will record here in due time.

Copyright of the texts © 2019 Tabitha and Magnus Lockhardt. Editorial Assistant: Marlon Baker
All texts from her book: With children through the witch's year

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