Sorcerer Seuss   2 comments

I was just thinking recently about when this whole Witch thing began for me.   I so much wanted to do it “right” and read a boat load of 101 books, most of which agreed on stuff that I didn’t need to know that much, and disagreed on the things I really wanted help on.  Ahh, books.

Anyway, to this day, I don’t read a lot of spell books for my magic.  Or, to clarify, I like to scan through them sometimes for inspiration and to see if I can find anything at all with some history behind it, something old, something passed on for longer than the last 20 years, something really arcane and wicked cool.  Usually, I am looking for anything at all that was NOT written by the most famous of the pagan authors because I’ve read them.  Anyway, I like to read or at least scan a few books and then jump from there but I find I can almost never use people’s words that they want recited.  First of all, I don’t like to read from a paper when doing serious magical work.  Second of all, if there is a lot of memorization involved, I will be wrecking my trance by utilizing my rational mind to try to remember what the frick came next in the incantation.  Some of these things are 8 stanzas long.  What are we going for here, the next Witchy Laureate award?  I can’t handle that.  Not to mention, I tend to work silent and repeat certain phrases over and over in my head, or I let myself just feel with no words at all.  I hardly ever say them out loud.  I sometimes find myself whispering something urgently.

Anyway, back to being a newbie witch.  (Oh and back then I was resistant to the title “witch”.  So much has changed!) Anyway, I read in the book (doesn’t matter which one, they’re all the same) that using rhyming spells helps you to remember them. Okie dokie then.  My first spell type was candle magic and to this day, I happen to use candles often in one way or another.  The book says to use this rhyme:

“Candle of power, candle of might

create my desires here on this night.

Power stream from this candle’s fire

Bring to me my heart’s desire: (name desire here)”

I can do this, I figure.  I can remember something so short.  So then I tried doing it  the first several times because the book said I should and I was new and I certainly didn’t have any better ideas anyway.  Then I found out that a four line rhyme if you are doing it automatically and not concentrating, can still get screwed up.  I would get it out of order or repeat things by accident.  Plus, I started to feel a little silly.  I felt like at any moment, it was going to turn out like:

“Candle of power, candle of might

create my desires here on this night

I do not like green eggs and ham

I do not like them, Sam I Am.”

I just don’t do rhyming spells.  I hate to even verbalize while I work, so when I am with my women’s group it almost kills me to invoke deities with these big formal recitations that I know they all think should be said for it to be a REAL ritual  (they have read the books……) so I do the best I can.

I just try hard not to slip into

“We call to our Goddess, from whom we are sent

for whom all the flowers give forth their scent

I meant what I said and I said what I meant;

an Elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent.”


Posted May 26, 2011 by Jessica in Uncategorized

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  1. OH SO TRUE!!! Mousie & I are constantly joking…quite literally…about “Dr. Seuss spells”. It makes be happy beyond belief that someone outside of my sphere of influence had the same thought!

    True story…when I had a store, and I thought I was a good little Wiccan, I thought to begin lessons. You know, Wicca 1010 stuff. There were enough wicclets interested, so I figured why not, right? I asked a friend to help teach the courses. I had asked her to teach the days we covered ritual as she’d had more actual coven experience than I had. She apparently misunderstood, or thought they were the same. At any rate, she came in that night and began teaching spellwork instead. And this is how she began. She wrote the alphabet out at the top of the page. Why? So she would be able to find rhymes to the last word of each line.

    More bad poetry has been written in the name of witchcraft than for any other reason–even including rock music and torrid love affairs!

    For the record, I can’t do any spellwork that rhymes with a straight face. I’ve found that serious bouts of laughter deride the magical intent, so I don’t do that anymore! 😉

  2. Witty and FUNNY post, Jessica! I had a couple of literal laugh out loud moments! I think it’s because I’m in Dr. Seuss stage with my kids right now, and I could so easily see how ritual could more into Seuss speak!!! Loved it! Oh, and of course, I agree that it is so difficult for me, too, to use formal language when doing ritual. I was in a coven for a while, and I remember doing ritual with pages and pages of script, and none of us knew where we were or we were so intent on reading from the pages, it never felt right. Too contrived. And when I’m working solo, I’m usually silent, too, as it seems too unnatural to speak out loud. Anyway, great post!!!

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