Merry meet all,
My novel The Eldritch Ghost, is a speculative fiction novel. Most of these types of novels have an element of magic in them and this is what draws readers and audiences to read and watch the books and movies. They come to the stories or movies with expectations.
My main character is a clairvoyantly gifted Witch and professional artist. She uses her magick to help her with dealing with the ghost and the quiet townspeople who are resistant to change. They view her as an outsider, different from their norm, and brimming with magickal though unusual ideas.
She uses herbs, makes candles, owns a magickal candlestick, but she performs her magick to help others. Most Witches use certain tools to aid them in their magick and psychic divination workings. I own two books which helped me with research and of course, working my own magick. The books are: 1) The Witches Book of the Dead by Christian Day, a damn good excellent reference book for darker magic for those who are brave, and 2) Nocturnal Witchcraft by Konstantinos. 3) The Ghost Hunter’s Survival Guide was helpful, too.
Here are some correspondences to guide you in your own nocturnal magick!!
This is a way I would suggest setting up an altar for communing with the dead, You can find this information in some of the books being listed above.
Use a black altar cloth. Black absorbs all colours. Be sure the cloth is clean and yes, ironed. It creates a neater appearance. Use a flat surface such as an altar table or other sturdy flat surface. Set up black taper candles on the altar. Include the figurine of a deity you worship such as Hekate or the Morrigan. Include a silver pentacle, black or silver candleholders, a black and silver athame for tracing a pentacle design in the air, a black cauldron, a cat figurine if you honor Bast. Dragon candleholders add a nice extra bit of power to your magick, and perhaps an owl, cat or spider figurine to the candleholder. Owls, cats and spiders correspond to the dark Underworld and so would be appropriate.
Think Fall. Think Dark. In the fall to winter, we honor the Crone. The Holly King battles the Oak King and reigns over this half of the year.
The herbs to use would be frankincense and myrrh, rue, mandrake, mugwort, rose, patchouli, benzoin, sage, violets, wolf’s bane, black cohosh, dragon’s blood, pomegranates, yew, and sandalwood.
Wear a black robe while raising spirits or performing a seance. Black does absorb all colours.
You could create a potion to aid you in communication with the dead. To make your own salve to aid you in the meditation, follow these steps:
Heat beeswax in a saucepan until slightly warm. Add the essential oils that are suitable for this recipe. Infused essential oils add their energies of oil and herbs infused into the oil.
Stir with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring until the beeswax and oils are combined. Enhance the mix by adding by adding 1 to 2 drops of essential oils to the mixture. Continue stirring. While the recipe is blending in the saucepan, it is optional to add Vitamin E, which acts as a preservative for the salve, offering it a longer shelf life.
Add loose dry herbs and as you blend the ingredients together, stir deosil. Say a chant or sing a song and visualize energies emanating from you into the mix. Concentrate on your intent for this salve if it is for you or someone else, and imbue it with energies.
Set aside a clean sterile jar. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Pour the preparation into the jar and again add your energies. Allow it to cool and solidify.
When the preparation has completely cooled, put on the lid tightly. Put the jar/s into the fridge to complete the solidifying process. After a few moments have passed, remove the jars from the fridge. Label and date them. You can be creative with your labels. Make your own or download them from the Internet. Draw bats and black cats on to your labels.
Be sure to use clean sterile jars and use organic ingredients as much as possible. No toxic chemicals will leach into your salve and no pesticides will remove the nutrients from your salve. The salve will have retained its qualities from the organic ingredients, which is the point of making and using salves.
Hold the jar in your palms and meditate for a moment. Send more energies to the salve and feel the weight and coolness of the jar. Continue to do this until your hands tingle. As you are doing all this, face east. East is the direction of Air, of beginnings and of fiery energy and enthusiasm. It is recommended to use Vitamin E with the salve, which acts as a natural preservative. Return the jar to the fridge. The salve will contain the energies and last longer being stored in the fridge.
The herbs mentioned above are ideally suitable for these potions. Be creative and perhaps offer this salve to friends as a gift idea. You could try this 1 idea, though it is risky and I advise you to use caution. You could use hemlock which induces astral projection as do Dittany of Crete and poplar. Only rub a dime size amount on your skin on either your third eye chakra or on your throat. Be sure to wash your hands after contact with the salve if you use a poisonous ingredient aiding in astral projection.
Good luck with your magickal workings!!
Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch