- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Fair Winds Press (September 11, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592338534
- ISBN-13: 978-1592338535
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
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Light Magic for Dark Times: More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis Hardcover – September 11, 2018
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A Mermaid Ritual to Promote Going with the Flow
If you’re the kind of person who always seeks a sense of control or if you simply have a hard time letting go-whether it’s during projects at work or just making downtime for yourself at home-this mermaid ritual can help.
The mermaid, an enduring symbol, is the ocean’s representative-mysterious and fluid, ruled by the changing tides. In this ritual, the ocean’s powers and the archetype of the mermaid will help you let loose.
Disconnect from all technology so you won’t feel the need to respond to anyone. Draw a bath. Sprinkle in some essential oils, bath salts, or some table salt (saltwater is one way of making sea magic). Meditate on how the ocean changes, daily and hourly. Think about how those tides might inspire your life. Maybe you wouldn’t be so stuck on one idea or one single path if you felt more comfortable adapting to high tide, low tide, or stormy seas.
There’s a beautiful Sanskrit phrase, 'Om namo narayani', which translates to 'I surrender to the divine'. Sanskrit is a beautiful language, but if you’d prefer to paraphrase, you might say, 'I trust the universe to do what is best for me'. Speak this to yourself as you sink into the warm, glorious water. Become a mermaid-thank the water for showing you how freeing it is to move fluidly, to change forms, to give in to the tide. When you get out of the water, find the moon, if you can. Dry off in its light (outside or at a window) while thinking about how it controls the ocean. Remember that there are some elements that you cannot entirely control.
- A warm bath
- Your favorite essential oil or bath salts
Earthing: Mother Nature's Mood Magic
The Journal of Inflammation Research found that earthing- connecting with nature by direct skin contact with the surface or waters of the earth-can have profound effects on our health and happiness. That’s because touching the earth is electrically conductive.
A 2015 a study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States found that being in nature calms the part of your brain that is responsible for depression and worry. By taking a walk in the woods or jogging along the beach, you can ease muscular tension, reduce blood pressure, decrease your heart rate, and reduce stress hormones.
Visit a small garden, the beach, or a public park regularly. This can feed your inner magic by helping you ground and focus.
Cleansing is useful when casting a spell or making sure an object like a crystal doesn’t contain old, potentially negative energies. Basically, the space where you’re spell-casting or meditating should be prepped for magic. It can be hard to relax in a messy room, right? The same is true in magic - especially if you performed a particularly heavy ritual or used a crystal to absorb seriously dark energy. Plus, the symbolic act of cleansing your space can help you get into the mind-set of magic. And mind-set is our number one tool.
Cleanse Your Space Or Belongings
- Close your eyes and envision the space clear of all harmful, chaotic, or negative energies.
- Fill a simple spray bottle with water. (You can add a few drops of essential oil or some herbs.)
- Many practitioners burn palo santo, cedar, or sage for a smoke cleanse. Many other traditional herbs will work, too. Please don’t perform a smoke cleanse in rooms or homes where little animals, children, or babies live. And please check with roommates first.
- Salt can cleanse objects like crystals (but be sure to first check that the salt doesn’t harm your type of crystal). For this cleansing technique, you want to submerge the object in salt.
- Moonlight and sunlight can cleanse objects.
"Materials needed: Lisa Marie Basile's Light Magic For Dark Times, a red candle. Light the candle and, holding the book, incant, "I am full of the spectacular. Of golden rays and deep starlight. I can draw comfort close in times of need, and radiate solace in times of plenty." A poet's foray into non-fiction, Light Magic For Dark Times is revelatory -- a richly-brewed infusion of everyday magic exactly when many of us need it most." -- Sonya Vatomsky, author of Salt Is For Curing & staff at Haute Macabre
From the Author
First off, this book is an everyday, no-bullshit grimoire of self-care and coping practices--inspired by witchery. It's written to inspire each reader to explore their own personal magic. You don't need to prescribe to any set of beliefs, nor do you have to have an interest in spells or magic to use it. It's for people who want to use their own intent and energy to effect change. It's fun, it's relaxing, it's creative, and it's intense.
I dedicate it to all the dreamers, thinkers, darklings, light-seekers, shadow-dwellers, rebels, and witches out there. I truly believe that by integrating magic into our lives, we join a legacy of individuality, bravery, and resistance.
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i highly recommend it !