Lessons in Magick: Lucid Dreaming


Image: Anka Zhuraleva

“Man is a genius when he is dreaming.”

Akira Kurosawa

This is highly a requested blog, and I know Lucid Dreaming is something that many people wish to Master, or at least try successfully. Why does Lucid Dreaming elude so many?

For me, I have always been aware that I was dreaming; I even developed at a very young age an escape method to come out of a dream if I went “too far”. I trained myself to blink three times in the Dream State, and it would in turn pull me back to the Awakened State.

First let us define Lucid Dreaming: A Lucid Dream is any dream that you are aware you’re dreaming. In relation to this phenomenon, Greek philosopher Aristotle observed: “often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream”.

Basically a Lucid Dream is when you are within the Dream Consciousness (collective) but you are aware (consciously aware) of every move you make; you are able to manipulate and control your Dream State surroundings.

I am going to give some basic tips to help become more aware when in the Dream State. The first thing I have to say when trying to hone a new skill is that you must remain as grounded as possible, and be patient with yourself.

You must allow the mind, and the Soul to find the same rhythm so that when you are in a sleep state you can have control. People do not seem to realize that everything affects our dreams, and our ability or inability to dream cognitively.

There are many old wise tales that my family has about not eating pickles, chocolate or peppers before bed because they can cause strange dreams. I am sure you have heard of similar stories, and some have proven to be true. Our nutrition affects the chemicals within our bodies, it also creates the fuel for our brains. If we are lacking in good “brain food” then we are wasting away our experience here. I am going to tell you what I have done, and you may take from it what you wish.

The first thing I did was I cut out red meat, this was a personal choice and to be honest a hard choice. It’s cool if meat is your thing, it has been completely cut from my life though;  the vibrations of the meat lowered my own vibrations and I was having a hard time releasing the depression. It is my belief that cows and pigs are hyper aware of their surroundings during slaughter and the Empath in me cannot handle that.

I also found that eating by veggies based on colors of the rainbow has worked wonders. A Hindu friend told me that they (traditionally) incorporate food with their belief; such as fish on Tuesday for Hanuman, as one example, but they also eat by the idea “the brighter the color (of the food, veggie, spice) the more rich in nutrition and vitamins it is to the body and soul”. Most of us Hindus practice this way.

So I try to follow this rule. This also ties into the Hindu concept (more Shaivism) of the three gunas: Satva (or Sattva)- (goodness, constructive, harmonious),  Rajas- (passion, active, confused) and Tamas (darkness, destructive, chaotic).

Click here  to read more about the gunas.

I think it’s also important to note that Shiva (my Patron deity) and his trident (trishul) “signifies that Shiva (the divinity) is above all the three states – waking, dreaming and sleeping, yet is the upholder of these three states. The divinity is beyond the three gunas, but it holds the three gunas together”.

Shul means problems or suffering. Trishul means that which destroys all kind of suffering.

Three types of pain that arise in life:
1. Aadibhautik (physical)
2. Aadhyaatmik (spiritual) and
3. Aadidaivik (ethereal)

To read more, click here.

Dairy is another item that should be cut from our diet, and it’s probably the hardest. Personally, I have cut every dairy product except cheese. I know there is plenty of evidence to suggest the human body does not need any dairy product to sustain itself; some studies even suggest stopping all dairy after the toddler years. Your diet should be as pure, and as fresh as it possibly can be. As you change your diet your vibrations will become more pronounced to yourself and others.  When this happens it allows your mind to reach its full potential. I have suggested many times before to stop with this processed “food like substance” nonsense that is plaguing our shelves in the grocery store. I know that budgets are tight, and not everyone can afford to buy the best of the best, nor do we all have space to grow our own food. We just need to be more aware of how to get our bodies thus our minds to work the best way possible. Be conscious of what you put in your mouth, and the portion size.

If you eat a big meal before bed you are less likely to Lucid dream, you will reach a much deeper sleep where Lucid dreaming is not possible, and you are more likely to wake up early, or have disturbed sleep because you are digesting food when you should be resting.

The next suggestion is something that may sound crazy, but it is proven to work. The whole idea of dreaming is that, just like everything else, our brains are (essentially) in control.

You have to think of your mind as a bottomless pit of storage and knowledge and you can train this mental Abyss to work in your favor but you must train HARD.

Our brains are the best athletes on the planet.

How do we train our brains, you ask?

Well, you start off by randomly asking yourself throughout the day, “Am I dreaming?” I know it sounds crazy, but it works.

This method is based off the idea that whatever we do while awake, we potentially can do while asleep; sex, eating, sleeping, working, talking, etc.

If you train your mind to randomly ask a question, or think a thought, act a certain way, etc. you are more likely to do that exact same habit while in a dream state.

It is not impossible to gain the ability to Lucid Dream, frequently and successfully, I just think people overthink it.

I would like to say a word of caution, once you gain the ability to consciously dream and participate in those dreams, you are more likely to end up on the Astral Plane; if you are not used to projecting this can be a problem. I have seen people come back with attachments because they thought they were consciously dreaming and safe “in their own mind” but in reality they were on the Astral Plane.

Be aware, and have fun but don’t be stupid.

My next suggestion, crystals. I am always ranting and raving (in the best way possible!) about how amazing crystals are because they are a hobby of mine; I collect them, I wear them, I have them surrounding my space and my home, but I always use them in Magick, too.

I think that using a crystal that is good for dreaming is one of the most effective methods of Lucid Dreaming. The more you ream, the more aware you become within those dreams.

I would suggest sleeping with a few crystals under your pillow, or in a pouch next to your bed. You may also use herbs to create your own sachet, and put that near your bed as well.

There is not much that triggers the brain more than scent. Some herbs could be Rosemary, Chamomile, Mint, Sage, Lavender, Jasmine, and Passion Flower. An oil diffuser can help, too.

The crystals I would suggest are: Amethyst, Ametrine, Azurite, Clear Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Moldavite, Kyanite, and for those experienced, Nuummite. I would also suggest having something like Dalmation Jasper to help keep away nightmares, and Black Tourmaline for protection of the physical while in dream or Astral state.

You may also use Sigils near your sleeping body to protect the area. It is up to the individual. You can also write down whatever it is that you do remember. I keep a journal and pen next to my bed, and no matter how tired I am, if I wake up with a dream still in my head, I write it down immediately.

In order for us to be successful in our dream state, we have to take care of our bodies, mind’s and soul’s in the physical. I have a routine for sleep, and also drink a mixture of Peppermint, Valerian root, Rose and Chamomile tea to help relax my mind and body.

Other good herbs are to add for dreaming/relaxation purposes are Skullcap and Mugwort, both as tea and smoking blend Note that Mugwort is bitter (add salt to alkalize it)  and Skullcap can be described as a spiced mint taste.

Taking a hot herbal infused, crystal bath is also recommended but I think a bath is good whenever, so…

Successful Lucid Dreaming is about pampering your mind and body, and if you do that your reward will be issued in the form of wild dreamy adventures.

Lessons in Magick: Simplicity is Key

Tasha Marie

Image: Tasha Marie

“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.”

Natalie Babbitt

I am contacted with questions about Magick a lot, most times it is case specific and has to do with something going on in that person’s life and they simply need another Witch’s eyes, and intuition. I am more than happy to oblige such requests as I do not believe we should hold back knowledge from each other or avoid assisting our Sisters and Brothers; I also do not believe that we should ever pass up the opportunity to teach, in turn learning ourselves.

I also receive the usual spam messages saying things like “teach me black Magick” or “how do I sell my Soul to the Devil”, those get completely ignored.

The rest are questions about the practical side of Magick and as someone who observes, and analyzes, I have realized that in general people overcomplicate Magick as humans tend to overcomplicate everything else.

Magick is never stagnant, it is never still, and if you have reached a point in your Magickal career where you are no longer asking questions, or perplexed by certain aspects, then you are doing it wrong. Your Craft should always challenge you and have you on your toes and you should be prepared to handle anything that is thrown at you; at least build the coping mechanisms to deal with unexplained occurrences with a level head while you figure out a solution.

Magick isn’t necessarily hard, though, either.

It certainly takes discipline, dedication, and a thirst for more, but other than those 3 things, and some talent paired with a strong Will—you should be able to move with relative ease among the Magickal Spectrum.

I wholeheartedly believe in Adepts and Magi of the Craft and/or people who have Mastered aspects of their Craft, but I do not believe we ever stop learning. It seems, though, that people stop once they have reached a plateau, or what they deem to be their “personal best”.

Why stop there?

If I have learned anything in my years of practice it is that there is *always* more. Always.

In the past I have given tips for the Modern Witch, and I am going to do so again today. I give these tips because, again, I don’t think we should hold knowledge from each other, but also to help prove my point of how simple practical Magick can be.

Simple does not mean less powerful, and somewhere along the way that is what our community has come to believe. It seems we are more about show, tools, status, titles, and a need to throw around “power” than actual Witchcraft.

I say leave your pettiness at the door and allow your mind to open and see that it really isn’t that complicated, and we really aren’t that different.

In previous posts I talked about the importance of Grounding. I also talked about how crystals, scents, and meditation can greatly transform your life; both Magick and Mundane. Here is another blog of mine you may find of interest on the art of Protection.

This time around I am going to give a few more Practical tips that anyone can do. For most Witches it seems easier for the Spell to feel completed and firm if tools are used; it also seems easier for the mind to feel “like it has done something” if tools are present; this is not to say that we should become reliant on tools though.

Here are some easy tricks of the trade.

  1. Bay Leaves- I know people usually think of burning bay leaves when wanting to manifest prosperity or burn away negativity, but burning bay is not the only way that you can use this wonderful plant. Bay has a protective property to it, and it should be placed in all thresholds, and windowsills of your home to help ward from ‘evil’ and intruders who wish you harm. The leaves must be dried; you can buy them at your local grocery store already dried, or you can buy it fresh and hang dry it yourself, depends on personal preference.

Once the leaves are dried set your intentions simply by holding them between your palms, place them (point of the leaf facing out, stem facing in) in your doorways, windows, or any other place in your home that you wish to dispel negative energy. You can check the bay leaf for signs of damage, if an attack has been attempted it will turn black or dark brown. You should replace the leaves along with a sage cleansing ritual every 3 months or so. Regular Sage cleansing should be done more often than three months.

Another great use for Bay is that it can be placed upon an Altar for prosperity. I add 1, or 2 green candles (money, also associated with your heart Chakra which will open you up to receive the prosperity), a yellow candle (prosperity and money in Hoodoo) and a white candle (spiritual blessings in Hoodoo). You may also add crystals that help promote prosperity such as Sunstone, Citrine, Ruby in Fuschite, Garnet and Green Aventurine.

  1. Plants- This is not new by any means and the Witches of days past have long known about this. It is said that by keeping many plants around your home, you are not only connecting with Nature, but you are helping to set up early detection for Magick attack, or negative energy. When plants suddenly die, or become diseased, it can be a sign that someone/something has tried, or successfully achieved an attack on you and/or your home. I am not suggesting that every plant that dies in your home is because of a Magickal attack, but if you have a lot of healthy plants and suddenly they start dying (and there is no obvious sign of disease, or furbabies eating them) then you probably should look deeper into the situation.

A Witch’s home is like no other place on Earth, remember that. Always use logic, of course, but sometimes the path we walk and the results that follow are illogical.

  1. Bells and/or Chimes- This again is not something new but is a very effective form of warding your home. Bells and Chimes can also be a way for Spirits to communicate with you. There are bells called Witch’s Bells but yours do not have to be fancy, or labeled anything official to be proficient. Me personally, I use a set of brass bells I picked up at a local Witch Shop. They have 3 pieces of Green Jade, and Ganesha on it; not “Witchy” but personal to me, powerful for me, and useful. Wind chimes can be used as well; you can buy them from the store, cleanse them with sage, set your intentions and hang them up. You may place them in windows, or small bells in doorways. I put mine close to my bed to ward off attacks at night, or to wake me if anything gets too close. Again, it goes back to personal preference and what your gut is telling you. Your intuition will guide you to the weak points in your home, or the necessary points for warning systems. Trust that inner voice.
  1. A Working Altar- Now before anyone gets in a tizzy that I am saying “working altar” let me explain myself. I know that not everyone incorporates ritual, ceremony or offerings into their practice but a working altar or focus point is, in my opinion, necessary. The altar itself does not have to be fancy, ornate, or large, it simply is a place that you can focus your energy for work and discipline, and a meeting point for your Spirits.

I find it is much easier to commune, evoke, and control Spirits when there is one specific place for them to go. Note: When I say control the Spirit I simply mean that I evoke some rather unruly energies at times, and before we establish a firm working relationship they are confined to a small area of my home so that the possibility of an infestation, or leftover residual energy is decreased. I do not believe that Spirits are my pets, or toys and they are to be controlled or manipulated. I do NOT want anyone to misinterpret that because I have seen some horrific treatment of Spirits of late.

  1. Candle Magick- This is a simple and effective part of the craft that so many people overlook! Colors are associated with different desires, manifestations, and energy.

They can be used by simply lighting the candle associated with your desire and meditating in front of it. You may anoint the candle with oils, menstrual blood or sexual fluids, depending on the need. You can also roll the candle in bits of money (prosperity). Cutting up money is illegal, and I would never suggest such a thing. Ha. You can also roll the candle in specific herbs associated with your desire.

Here are some examples of candles and their associated use. I practice Hoodoo primarily, and the colors I use are from that tradition of the Craft.

White: Spiritual Blessings, Purity, Healing, Peace, Attracting Love

Pink: Attraction, Romance, Clean Living, Reconciliation

Red: Love, Affection, Sexual Passion (Sacral Chakra), Body Vigor (Chi, Life Force, Pranic energy, etc) Luck and Energy

Orange: Changing Plans, Opening the Way, New Roads, Prophetic Dreams

Yellow: Devotion, Prayer, Rewards, Happiness

Green: Money, Gambling Luck, Business Success, Good Harvest, Steady Employment

Blue: Peace, Harmony, Marital Fidelity, Joy, Healing

Purple: Mastery, Power, Ambition, Success, Control

Brown: Court Cases, Mediations, Neutrality, The Natural World and Animals

Black: Repulsion, Dark Thoughts, Sorrow, Evil, Harm, Hurt, Curses. I know in many other Pagan traditions burning a black candle will dispel negative energy, or is burned for protection. I use it for both purposes: to protect, and to harm.

You may also use multi colored candles, or burn two at once for different desires.

Red and Black: Love-unjinxing, Returning Evil to Sender

White and Black: Spiritual Healing, Returning Evil to Sender

Green and Black: Money-unjinxing, to get money owed

Black OVER Red: Return every kind of evil to the sender. This is also a very potent mix, and should be approached with caution. Your intentions will only amplify this.

Your candles can be beeswax, or just regular wax—use what is available, don’t stress out that they have to be something particular. You can use taper candles, tealights or votives. You may also use Candles in the shape of deities, or objects to add more power.

Baphomet, Penis, Vulva, Nude Male, Nude Woman, Gargoyle, Black Cat with its tail up, and Horned God (Devil) are some examples of popular candle shapes used in Hoodoo.

Magick does not have to be hard, it does not have to be neat; in fact, I encourage you to get messy with it.

Magick should be personal to you, do not be pressured by other people, or feel overwhelmed that you do not have the same fancy tools, or expensive books that they do. Magick isn’t about show, it’s about being wild, archane, and without inhibitions.

All the knowledge you will ever need is right inside of you, you just have to know where to look.

So, until you find it, I will continue to pass along the knowledge that I have acquired in hopes that it ignites your own inner Divine spark.

Magick is real, and it’s simple; don’t overcomplicate it.

Blessed Are The Witches.