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Lord of the Rings Magic Masterpost

 

So, I first read/watched The Lord of the Rings when I was around ten years old. I have been in love with the story ever since. Many of these spells inspired by the movies/books are to be sung. Ill include video links so you can listen along! They are categorized by [Spell Name] (Purpose-Format).

  • Not All Who Wander (Hope/Peace-Spoken Word)
    • A spoken word poem spell to help you find a sense of hope and peace. Recite aloud to yourself while imagining each word creating a beautiful wisp of clouds as it leaves your lips.
    • “All that is gold does not glitter,
      Not all those who wander are lost;
      The old that is strong does not wither,
      Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

      From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
      A light from the shadows shall spring;
      Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
      The crownless again shall be king.”

  • You Shall Not Pass! (Protection-Ward)
    • To quickly summon a very strong shield of energy around you to protect you from negative energy or spirits.
    • Take a deep breath. Visualize yourself surrounded by a bright blue and white light.
    • Feel energy flow up through your spine, down you arms, to your palms.
    • Create an energy ball. Slowly expand it until it completely surrounds you, creating what you visualized earlier. Feel it. It is strong, solid, unbreakable.
    • Say the phrase, “You shall not pass.” to complete the ward and seal it into place.
  • The Light of Earendil (Hope-Vial/Jar)
    • A spell vial to bring you light and hope when everything seems hopeless.
    • Ingredients: Small vial/jar, blue and silver glitter, blue glitter glue, full moon water.
      • “I give you the light of Earendil, our most beloved star.
      • May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
  • I am No Man! (Confidence-Enchantment)
    • To enchant a hair tie or clip to give you a boost of confidence when you remove it.
    • Take your favorite hair accessory and hold it in your palm.
    • Focus on a time when you felt the most powerful. When you felt really confident in yourself.
    • Channel a burst of energy from your heart down to your hands and into the tie.
  • Houses of Healing (Love-Song)
    • To be used as a love spell to instill or bring forward underlying feelings of longing in a person.
    • “With a sigh, you turn away
      With a deepening heart
      No words to say
      You will find
      That the world has changed
      Forever
      The trees are now turning
      From green to gold
      The sun is now fading
      I wish I could
      Hold you closer.”
  • All Shall Fade (Curse-Song)
    • Use this as a curse to make your subject’s self esteem wither away.
    • “Home is behind the world ahead
      And there are many paths to tread
      Through shadow to the edge of night
      Until the stars are all alight.
      Mist and shadow
      Cloud and shade
      All shall fade
      All shall fade”
  • Not All Tears are an Evil (Emotional Balance-Vial/Jar)
    • Use this to help bring emotional balance and harmony, and to help us realize crying is healthy.
    • Ingredients: Vial/Jar, Tears, New Moon Water, Sea Salt, Rose Quartz gemstone bead, White Glitter.
    • “I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.”
  • What to Do with the Time that is Given to You (Ambition/Perseverance-Writing)
    • This is a spell to help you persevere through a hard time and find hope for the future.
    • Ingredients: Paper, Pen.
    • Think about the thing that has been affecting you lately. Cry about it if you need to. You don’t have to be okay with it, accept it or even move on from it. Just think about it.
    • Now, on your paper, write five things you want to do in the future. It can be anything from eating ice cream to traveling to a place you have always wanted to travel to.
    • As you write, focus on those things. If you don’t get out of bed tomorrow, you won’t get to do those things. Let your emotions be channeled from the pen to the paper. Let it flow, let it out. You can write more than five things, if you want. Or, if you can’t think of five, just write one or two.
    • Say aloud, “I wish none of this had happened….So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.”
    • Seal your paper up in an envelope. On the front of it, write today’s date and what the date will be a year from now. Open it a year from now and see if you completed anything on your list. If you did, then you have made a good use of your time!
  • Hear My Voice! (Summon-Spoken Word)
    • I really love Sindarin (Elvish), and I think it is great for chants and spells.
    • The purpose of this one is to summon a familiar, entity, or element.
    • The phrase is “Lasto beth nin (Law-stow-beh-th-neen)” and it literally means ‘listen to my voice’ or ‘hear my voice’.
    • So for a spell, you could say, “Come to me the powers of water, lasto beth nin!” Or you could even translate your entire command into Sindarin and use that. So, for example, if I wanted to summon Water, I could say “Tolo nin, rimmo, Lasto beth nin!” Which means “Come waters, flow like a current, hear my voice!”
  • Using Sindarin (Elvish) for Spells (Spoken Words)
    • You can use this website to read dialogue from the movies, which extract individual words and give detailed translations. You can use them to build your own spells!

 

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Vi’s Witchy Book Rec List

(This will be an ongoing post. I will add to it as I read and review more books. I’m only adding books to these lists that I personally have read. If you have written a witchy book and would like for me to review it, please contact me)

Books I Recommend:

Books to Avoid:

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Animal Talk by Penelope Smith

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After reading Animal Speak by Ted Andrews, I was super discouraged. I distanced myself from reading any kind of witchy books that focused on animals because of it. That book was so disgusting and culturally appropriative. I picked this book up because I had heard about the author on the internet. She is an ‘animal therapist’ and instead of magic or witchcraft, her book falls more in line with psychic and telepathic studies. The book covers the history of inter-species telepathic communication and how you yourself can use it to communicate with animals, wild or domestic.

I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. I found no traces of cultural appropriation in this book and it is written in a very non-biased and secular way. The book not only teaches you how to communicate with animals, but also gives you exercises to try and several pages of personal examples from the author involving how to communicate with specific kinds of animals. I really enjoyed it. Smith doesn’t involve religion (I think she mentions her personal beliefs once in one of her personal stories), she doesn’t involve closed cultures, and she explains everything very clearly. I truly believe that after reading this book, with enough practice I will be able to fluently communicate with animals. I’ve always kind of been able to do so to an extent, but it kind of comes and goes. I’m really excited to put the new stuff I learned in this book to the test.

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The Witches Cupboard by Anna Zollinger and Bree NicGarran

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I’m FINALLY getting around to purchasing and reviewing Anna and Bree’s books and I thought I would start with their powder recipe book first. Man, as a certified Herbalist, I keep a lot of herbs around but there were a couple ingredients in here that I had to squint my eyes at for a second because I hadn’t heard of anyone using them for a long-long time. Like, Bloodroot. Or Dogbane. Not something you see everyday! And I have to admit, it was a treat. This little book was SO refreshing.

Anna and Bree do a phenomenal job at getting right down to it. There is only one introductory chapter and it covers the different powder bases and methods of use, as well allllllll the safety concerns when preparing/storing/using said powders. The rest of the book, save for the last couple of pages, is recipes. And wow, there are a lot! I am definitely going to be making some of them as soon as I can get my hands on some empty jars. The last few pages of the book are dedicated to resources, references and author biographies. I really enjoy using powders/dirts/salts in my practice (I have a constant supply of black salt, graveyard dirt, goofer dust, cascarilla powder and hot foot powder on hand at any given time) and I’m really happy to finally have found some new recipes to try.

I’m really excited to get their other book, The Sisters Grimmoire, once I have the funds. I really enjoy their simple and to-the-point writing styles. I highly recommend their work to any witches, beginner or seasoned, as I think any kind of witch would find it very educational and inspiring. Well, I’m off to go make some of Bree’s Banishing Powder!

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The Un-Spell Book by Mya Om

The Un-Spell Book (Pocket)

I bought this book to brush up on my energy work, and boy howdy, was I right to do so. Mya Om wrote another book called Energy Essentials, I think, that is for witchlings and beginners, but this was her second book, geared more towards intermediate work. Mya Om is a Wiccan witch from , and at first I was a little weary to be reading, yet another, Wiccan-wrote witchcraft book, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. While it does carry quite a few Wicca-esque parts (her ritual examples are very Wiccan), she carries a tone that aims to cater to any kind of witchy reader. Meaning, I guess, that she writes with an open mind, as a witch first and a wiccan second. She also was fairly respectful about the few parts where she did mention chakras. I dislike the use of ‘chakras’ and prefer ‘energy points’, but I’ve learned to kind of pick my battles with witchcraft books.

Overall, the book covers mostly energy work. The first 2 chapters are more introductory stuff, but I still found the exercises useful and the information was definitely something I needed to be reminded of. It covers trigger words, centering, grounding, raising, focus, will, intent, energy, etc. All the basics. The last few chapters cover things like elements, rituals and tools. These were really cool. She gave examples of several kinds of ways to connect with the elements and use different tools in rituals. I found this book to be really helpful. I’ve been having a lot of problems with energy work lately, just because I suffer from severe depression and anxiety, so I have no motivation or energy to do magic, but this book really inspired me to try a few new methods.

If you can ignore the subtle undertones (unless you ARE Wiccan, in which case this is perfect for you), then this book is an extremely useful and definitely something you should read. Even if you are a seasoned witch, the exercises and information are still really good to read over and practice to keep you sharp. I have no real complaints about the book, and I really enjoyed it (again, to my surprise). This is probably the first witchy book about energy work that I’ve ever read that wasn’t completely full of crap or full of overbearing Wiccan views. I will be adding this happily to my witchy bookshelf and will definitely be referring back to it often.

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The Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen

The Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen

While I usually try to avoid these kinds of books in my practice, as a knowledge-hungry gemini I’ve always craved reading books about mythology and magical creatures. I will say this right off the bat, that this book should be read for educational purposes only, as many of the creatures mentioned are part of closed cultures or religions and are not open for the use in the practices of outside witches or persons. However, there are certain sections, like certain sections on Mermaids and Dragons, that are open for witches to use in their work. It is just important to be mindful and only work with the critters that are open for you to work with. Don’t go trying to contact a Thunderbird or anything. Come on. Be respectful of closed cultures.

Aside from that, this is a great book. It provides awesome historical accounts and descriptions of hundreds of magical and mythological creatures, which are accompanied by beautiful illustrations. The book is arranged into parts, Fabulous Animals, Creatures from the Shadow World, Nature Spirits and Sacred Creatures. That last chapter is actually more about animalistic deities in religions and cultures than about creatures. While I do recommend this as a good resource for witches, it is absolutely vital that they read it with a grain of salt and not with the intention of trying to work with the creatures that are associated with closed cultures. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from anything involving cultures that have suffered oppression, discrimination or genocide (usually native, indigenous, aboriginal, or minority cultures) at the hands of oppressors (usually european, white and the majority culture). As long as you keep that in mind, this book will do wonders for you. It really enriched my understanding of certain creatures, such as Dragons and Nymphs.

The book is well written from an unbiased perspective, easy to understand, and fun to read. I highly recommend giving it a read, if nothing else but for the wonderful stories in it.

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Leaves in Myth, Magic and Medicine by Alice Thoms Vitale

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While The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants by Susan Gregg is probably my number one resource for plant and herbal information in magic, I would have to say that this is my number one resource for trees in magic. Alice Thoms Vitale is a wonderful author, and this book she has created is a work of art.

The book is a collection of trees and other leafy plants and all their wonderful information. It provides beautiful pressed scans (or maybe they’re very detailed drawings?) of each plant’s leaves, a detailed description of the plant and it’s role in the history of man, the scientific and botanical properties of the plant, the medicinal properties of the plant, and the magical and metaphysical properties of the plant.

While Susan Gregg’s book is an incredible source on herbs, this is an incredible source on trees. I think they are both incredibly useful and vital to my personal practice, not only as a witch, but also as an herbalist. I highly recommend picking up a copy if you are interested in incorporating trees into your practice, or are just interested in botany or green magic in general.

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The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants by Susan Gregg

... edition of The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants

The complete illustrated encyclopedia of magical plants (revised) by Susan Gregg is a wonderful source for anyone thinking about working with herbs and plants in medicinal, metaphysical and magical fields. I started compiling several books on the subject while I was studying for my herbalism certification, and this was one of the few that survived the cut after the fact. Its subtitle is ‘A practical guide to creating healing, protection and prosperity using plants, herbs and flowers’, but in my opinion it accomplishes so much more than that.

The book provides beautiful glossy colored photographs of each plant, which helps with identification, and each plant’s magical, historical, scientific, botanical, medicinal and metaphysical properties are listed. The book is organized in two parts, Enchanting Herbs and Other Magical Plants. The sections aren’t alphabetical, so you kind of have to search for a bit (or use the index in the back of the book) to find the plant you are looking for. But really, that is the only complaint I have. I found no examples of cultural appropriation or inappropriate references or biasedness towards wicca. It approaches the subject from an unbiased and honestly very refreshing point of view.

I think that this is a vital resource for any young witch, herbalist or botanist. Its one of the only ‘complete’ sources that I have managed to find in regards to the magical properties of plants. Susan Gregg does a phenomenal job.

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The Crystal Bible 1 & 2 by Judy Hall

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The Crystal Bible

1 & 2

by Judy Hall

Judy Hall is by far what I consider to be my favorite author in regards to crystal information. She approaches crystals, rocks, minerals, gems and stones from several different perspectives. She lists the history of each crystal, the science behind it, the medicinal properties, the metaphysical properties and of course, the magical properties. Crystals are listed alphabetically, and family groups such as the Jaspers and the Agates, are listed under the main family name. (example: Jasper, red. Jasper, picture. Jasper, rainforest. etc etc) Judy Hall has written several of these books (I have yet to read the third volume), but I only have the first two books of it and I absolutely love them.

The books are crammed with useful information and the majority of my youtube videos and articles written about crystals reference her work as one of my main sources. The book is beautifully illustrated with color photos of the rocks, which helps with identification and there are sections in the front of the book that discusses the origin of crystals and crystal healing and the uses for different shapes of crystals.

These are the only crystal books I actually have kept consistently on my witchy book shelf. So many others are either incomplete, don’t compile enough information to my liking, are rank with wiccan references (cough *scott cunningham* cough) or commit a lot of cultural appropriation. The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was the references made to the use of ‘chakras’, which is more of a Hindu and Buddhist belief. While western cultures do have similar beliefs, I think that the culturally ambiguous term ‘energy point’ would have been better to use. That’s just my opinion though. It doesn’t really take away from the overall value of the books and their extreme usefulness to my practice and daily life. I think every witch and witchling that is interested in working with crystals should at least read these books, if not actually own them.

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Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

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I picked this book up at Barnes and Noble a while back while I was taking my Herbalism certification. I’m very interested in getting started with working with poisonous and more dangerous plants. A lot of my fellow witches dabble in this kind of deadly botany, and it is indeed something to approach with caution. You can’t just dive in and not expect to accidentally poison yourself. I personally haven’t ever handled poisonous plants, aside from the basics like Wormwood, Lobelia and such. I have a lot of respect and admiration for people who work with these deadly beauties, though. And I hope to be able to in the future.

Anyway! The book! I honestly believe that any witch or witchling should own this book. It is chock full of wonderful information, not just about the effects and scientific information about the most common and infamous plants (there is a part two of this book, I think), but they also provide lots of examples of interesting appearances throughout literature and history of the plants. The book has some beautiful etchings and artwork by Briony Morrow-Cribbs and Jonathon Rosen, respectively. The plants are listed in alphabetical order and each plant is categorized by whether it is ‘deadly’, ‘illegal’, ‘intoxicating’, ‘dangerous’, ‘destructive’, ‘painful’ and ‘offensive’.

I really value this book and hold it in high esteem. Its educational, entertaining and an incredible resource. It holds a place of honor on my witchy bookshelf and I refer to it often. As I said before, I think everyone interested in botany, plants, herbalism or green magic should own a copy, and if you are a witch you should read it at least once. Not just for the interesting facts, but also to keep yourself safe and prevent any accidents involving these ‘botanical atrocities’.