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Practical Magick for the Feri Practitioner

by valerie walker
©2005

Using the Iron Pentacle for healing

The roundways[1] method of working the Pentacles, especially the Iron, is particularly useful in generating energy to send out for healing spells. Surprisingly, while this and other techniques are excellent for sending energy, many Feri are not in the habit of using them for anything save self-work, as opposed to eclectic Wiccans, who are given to doing healing spells more frequently than any other kind. This is all the more strange, considering how much emphasis Victor Anderson put on healing work.

Psychic Dragonstar[2]

This exercise is done standing and facing in the direction of the person you wish to affect, whether s/he is in the room with you or not. Envision yourself as standing on a round platform, and that the Iron Pentacle is repeatedly produced at your feet, spinning in a clockwise direction and rising up your body, one Pentacle after another (somewhat like the electrical charges in those vertical spark generators seen in almost every monster movie known). Feel the Pentacles spinning around you horizontally, gaining momentum as they rise upward, one after another, and then being released like dragonstars, spinning off in the designated direction with a quick flicking motion. Really feel the energy being released in a sharp burst as each Pentacle is launched. Continue with this process as long as you feel moved to do so, without worrying about the reactions of your patient. Often a sick or hurt person will absorb the energy thus given or sent, but may not show any difference until some time later, when he has had a chance to absorb it and use it. And, of course, some people are too guarded to accept energy from another, even healing energy. There is nothing you can do for these people; but it is always good to try, just to see if they can be persuaded to let down their guard for a moment.

Ill-wishing, Cursing, And Banishing

Of course, if you wish ill to someone, you could do the same exercise, only spinning the pentacles widdershins; but I don't advise this. Feris are well known for disbelief in the Wiccan Rede or the Law of Threefold Return. However, one of my fellow-Composters told me once that your soul/mind/heart is your cauldron, and if you are always using your cauldron to brew poison, there will come a day when you won't be able to do anything else with it, even for yourself. So enlightened self-interest would dictate that the worst you do to anyone is make a shield of your own against him -- a spiritual spam-filter, if you will. And if you believe with Victor that aka threads go both ways, that you get as well as give mana to whomever or whatever you touch, it would be prudent to do no more than shield yourself. Which brings me to binding spells, much less bad for you, but as effective as you might desire. These concentrate on speeding up the process of letting the aka threads between you and the object of your spell wither away naturally.

CyberBinding

My method of choice is thoroughly modern: I take a digital picture of the offender (or a copy of hir signature, or, failing that, type out hir name and use that as the object-link) and put it in PhotoShop, then overlay the picture with a picture of ice cubes, at a percentage of opaqueness such that it is just possible to see the person beneath the ice. I merge layers, save the picture as a .jpeg file, then upload it somewhere on the Internet where it is not likely to be viewed (a photobucket.com archive is a good place to keep this kind of thing.) If you have Flash capability, you can import this picture and cause it to whirl about continuously, as fast or slowly as you choose, and thus confuse your victim and deflect any energy s/he is sending out. (This Flash animation method is good for turning a sigil into a little virtual prayer-wheel, as it will go on spinning forever with no further action from you. Use a deosil spin for beneficent spells, and a widdershins spin for those of ill intent, of course.)

While working on this spell, I repeat "now you freeze as long as I please," generating the feeling that the aka threads which connect me to this person are freezing, becoming brittle, and withering away, and that the person himself is losing his ability to gain any of my energy or send me any ill-wishing of his own. If I feel that I have already been affected in any important way by this person, I print this picture out, put it between two mirrors facing inward, bind it with string, and crazy-glue the whole thing together. Then I store this in my freezer, with the same incantation.

If you intend any operations of ill-wishing or banishment, be sure that you make kala first, and think hard about whether this is the best thing to do in the situation. Operations of this sort should be a method of last resort. And of course, you have to actually let your grudge go, usually the most difficult part of the spell to achieve. If you have been nursing a grudge against someone because secretly it gives you something you need, perhaps it's time to look at the way you typically react to people.

[1] Roundways: going around the points of the pentacle rather than through. In Iron, that would be Sex, Self, Passion, Pride, Power, which is, incidentally, the way Victor originally taught it.

[2] Dragonstar: a (usually) four-, five-, or six-pointed metal star with sharpened blades, used in martial arts as a throwing weapon. These are made of steel, and come in many designs.