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28 November 2012 @ 09:42 pm
YaaD Work: Class 9: Waving the Wand: The Science of Magick  
This is one of the reflection papers I wrote as part of my Year and a Day (YaaD) of study with Fieldhaven Coven.

The question is drawn from the Greenhaven Tradition; the YaaD course is not published on the Greenhaven Tradition website, but is made available on a person-to-person basis. Material that is not so closely held is available at http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/

Class 9, Paper 1 (after class discussion): Draft a spell, long or short, to accomplish something you desire. Turn in the spell description. You may cast the spell or not, as you choose.

Requirements added by my mentor for me specifically: Please include temporal elements in your defining the spell -- i.e., when you consider would be the ideal time (of day, week, month) to cast it. And just to make this a bit more challenging, once you've listed your *ideal* construction, give me an alternate version of the same spell based on the idea of having to cast it *tonight*. In other words, your ideal version could include items you do not have readily to hand but could obtain by when you'd want to cast the spell -- say, for instance, the next waxing moon. The "tonight" version would be limited to what's immediately, or at least reasonably, available to you.


This paper was accepted but only after an oral examination on the material (e.g., why did you do this, why didn't you do that?)

Assignment submitted July 11, 2012

Writing Assignment: YaaD Class 9 - Waving the Wand: The Science of Magick

To Increase Compassion for Self (and Others)
Ideal Form

Components
  • White candle
  • Lotus flowers or petals (good quality silk or paper if fresh not available)
  • Chalice containing water very slightly sweetened with a natural substance like honey (so that it’s technically sweet, but not sticky)
  • White crystal or white stone


Time
  • During the day
  • April 15th, or third Saturday of the month, or during the waxing or full moon


Location
  • Preferably outside


Before casting
  • As with any magick, it is appropriate to purify and focus.
  • Consider bathing, showering, or even just washing hands to “wash away daily cares” and focus on the spell.
  • Consider taking time to ground, center, and meditate before beginning the spell.


To cast
  • Set out the candle and surround it with lotus flowers or petals.
  • Fill the chalice with sweetened water and set out the white crystal.
  • Optionally, cast a circle by your preferred method.
  • Light the candle and say, “Kuan Yin, Bodhisattva, Goddess of Mercy, I ask for your loving kindness. May I learn to see myself through your gentle eyes; may your compassion temper my harsh judgments of myself.”
    • Optionally, add “… and others” after “myself”.

  • Close eyes and meditate on compassion. Consider using the traditional “Om Mani Padme Hum” (“Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus Flower”) mantra associated with Kuan Yin.
  • When ready, take up the chalice of sweetened water and the crystal. Say, “Beloved Kuan Yin, let this symbolize the sweet dew of life that you pour forth, that I may carry your blessing with me to remind me of your love.”
  • Pour the sweetened water over the crystal.
    • If unable to cast the spell outside, then use a bowl rather than a chalice, and dip the crystal in the water.
    • Consider dipping nine times, or a multiple of nine.

  • Set down the empty chalice and the crystal.
  • Wait for the crystal to dry while again meditating on compassion. Consider “Na Mo Kuan Yin Bodhisattva” (“Hail to Kuan Yin”) repeated nine times, or a multiple of nine.
  • If you cast a circle, open it.
  • Carry the crystal with you.
  • If desired, repeat on the third Saturday of each month.


To Increase Compassion for Self (and Others)
I Need It Today Form

Components: none

Time
  • Preferably during the day, but as needed


Location
  • As needed


Before casting
  • Wash hands to “wash away daily cares” and focus on the spell.
  • Consider taking time to ground, center, and meditate before beginning the spell.


To cast
  • Optionally, cast a circle by your preferred method
  • Say, “Kuan Yin, Bodhisattva, Goddess of Mercy, I ask for your loving kindness. May I learn to see myself through your gentle eyes; may your compassion temper my harsh judgments of myself.”
    • Optionally, add “… and others” after “myself”.

  • Close eyes and meditate on Kuan Yin and/or compassion. Consider using the traditional “Om Mani Padme Hum” (“Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus Flower”) mantra associated with Kuan Yin.
  • When ready, imagine holding a bowl of sweetened water. Say, “Beloved Kuan Yin, let this symbolize the sweet dew of life that you pour forth, that I may carry your blessing with me to remind me of your love,” and visualize pouring the water over yourself.
  • Meditate further on Kuan Yin and/or the nature of compassion. Consider “Na Mo Kuan Yin Bodhisattva” (“Hail to Kuan Yin”) repeated some multiple of nine times.
  • If you cast a circle, open it.
  • If desired, repeat as necessary.


To Increase Compassion for Self (and Others)
I Need It RIGHT NOW Form

Components: none

Time: now

Location: here

Before casting
  • Ground and center.


To cast
  • Say (may be said silently if necessary), “Kuan Yin, Bodhisattva, Goddess of Mercy, I ask for your loving kindness. Help me temper my self-judgment with compassion.”
    • Repeat as desired.

  • Meditate briefly on “Om Mani Padme Hum”, “Na Mo Kuan Yin Bodhisattva”, or any other appropriate phrase.
  • Repeat as necessary.



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Notes on a spell to increase compassion for self
(and others, but I don’t seem to lack that as greatly)

A relevant deity: Kuan Yin (Chinese)

Candle color:


Incense: Myrrh, alfalfa leaf (http://www.mindbodysoulessentials.com/what-is-incense.html)

Essential oils or herbs: those associated with Venus, such as cardamom, rose, rose geranium, spearmint, tonka, ylang-ylang (http://www.teenwitch.com/divination/planets/venusplanet.html)

Stones / gems: white crystal, especially a rosary of it (http://www.mykwanyin.com/kwgoddess.html)

Other: willow, lotus flower, something from which to pour “sweet dew”, the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”. http://kuanyinoracle.com/index.php?page=ritual recommends “Na Mo Kuan Yin Bodhisattva” as a useful mantra.

Time:
  • Because this is to attract / increase a quality, best to perform during the waxing of the moon or a full moon.
  • Since Kuan Yin may be associated with flame, it might be best to perform under the light of the sun.
  • According to http://www.sacredwind.com/kuanyin.php, “Devotees give Kuan Yin's Crystal Rosary on the third Saturday of each month. If we are sincere and our prayers are found worthy we not only open our heart to healing but we also have the opportunity to increase the petals of our heart chakra by the flame of mercy. Healing prayers for the entire planet are also given. Through the giving of the rosary we are calling forth the violet transmuting flame.” Therefore, if a third Saturday falls into the right moon phase, this might be even stronger. On the other hand, since Kuan Yin is likely to be especially aware on that day, it might be appropriate to perform then, regardless of moon phase.
  • According to http://www.paganlibrary.com/reference/basic_spell_construction.php, “The Moon is the astronomical body closest to us and, therefore, has a profound influence upon us, it is very important to choose a time when the Moon is in an astrological sign which is appropriate for your working. For example: Aries/Action - Enthusiasm, Taurus/ Renewal - Sensuality, Gemini/Communication - Curiosity, Cancer/ Emotion - Nurturing, Leo/Vitality - Determined, Virgo/Organizing - Studious, Libra/Balance - Cooperation, Scorpio/Sexual - Philosophical, Capricorn/Authority - Ambitious, Aquarius/Innovation - Social, Pisces/Sensitivity - Idealistic.” Based on this, a time when the moon is in Libra (cooperation), Aquarius (social), or Pisces (sensitivity) would be good. However, I don’t know enough about astronomy / astrology to figure out when that would be, so I’m going to stick with what I do know, as above.
  • According to http://kuanyinoracle.com/index.php?page=ritual , “Each year on April 15th, it is the tradition to perform the Kuan Yin Compassion Ritual, though you may do this at any time.”


Kuan Yin
Kuan Yin is called the Goddess of Mercy because she embodies the flame of mercy and compassion. We can pray to her not only for comfort, healing, guidance and succor but also for mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. She shows us through the flame of forgiveness how to free ourselves from all hardness of heart and teaches us to have compassion for all. She comes as the Mother to dispel all maya (illusion). http://www.sacredwind.com/kuanyin.php


In depictions she is shown with pearls of illumination in one hand; and with the other she pours out "sweet dew", the nectar of Wisdom and Compassion from a small vase, blessing all with physical and spiritual peace. Her cupped hands are a symbol of the womb and the universal feminine principal. She sometimes holds a sheaf of ripe rice, a metaphor for sustenance supplied. The dragon is often seen with her, a symbol of wisdom, strength, and the power of divine transformation. A Divine Mother, always there are children around her or being held by her. There are two small attendants that show up periodically, a "young man of excellent capacities" and the "daughter of the Dragon King," both related to the legendary Miao Shan. As reference to fishermen, sailors and water, she can be seen on a boat or a lotus flower crossing the sea, rising from the sea on the back of a dragon. Other things related to her are a dove, a scroll of prayers which are the teachings of Buddha, a rosary of white crystal beads showing the rounds of rebirth, and a willow spray with which she sprinkles the divine nectar of life.

Kuan Yin is depicted in various forms and poses. She always appears cloaked in white, the color of purity, and her gowns are long and flowing. Often she will be holding a rosary in one hand, a symbol of her devotion to Buddhism and its tenets. She will also have either a book (The Lotus Sutra, which refers back to her origins), or a vase, which symbolizes her pouring compassion on to the world.

Other times, she might be holding a willow branch, which is a symbol of being able to bend (or adapt) but not break. The willow is also used in rituals and has had medicinal purposes as well. Often, she will be seen holding a child, a reminder of her role as the patron saint of barren women. See photo top left.

Another common appearance of Kuan Yin is one having a thousand arms, with eyes in the palms or holding different objects, such as those mentioned above. Her arms allow her to help stop the suffering of those all around the world, while the thousand eyes help her see anyone who may be in need. Or, you might see Kuan Yin standing with a peacock, since the spread tail feathers of a peacock look like they have eyes in them. See photo above.

She might be seated or standing on a lotus blossom, which is one of the main symbols of Buddhist purity, since it a beautiful flower that grows out of mud. The meaning is that our hearts should be pure like the lotus flower, even though our lives might be surrounded by dirty (or impure) people and situations. (http://www.mykwanyin.com/kwgoddess.html)

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