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You are now ready for Exercise #8. If you have not yet perfected Exercise #7, do not let that hold you back, but go to Exercise #8 anyway.

EXERCISE #8

It may be no surprise to you to find that Exercise #8 begins just like Exercise #7 -you may have noticed something of a pattern in this by now.

Begin as usual by finding a comfortable position and releasing all tension and anxiety. Proceed through Exercise #7 just as you normally would, opening a ball of colored light at each Chakra. Continue until you have all seven balls of colored light open.

Instead of closing the seven balls down, however, we're going to change them.

Go back to the red ball of light at the Base Chakra. Imagine it changing from red to white. Make it as clear and bright a white as possible.

Move up to the ball of orange light at your 2nd Chakra. See it turn from orange to white. Again make the light as strong and clear as you can.

Do the same thing for the ball of yellow light at the Solar Chakra. Then the ball of green light at the Heart Chakra. Go through all of the remaining Chakras changing them from the balls of colored light you have already opened, to balls of clear, bright white light. At the end you will have seven balls of white light, one in each Chakra.

Hold this image for a few moments, then shut the balls of white light down, just as you shut down the balls of colored light in Exercise #7. See the ball shrink down and disappear, then imagine a tiny open door and close it. When you finish, clear and release.

When you can do this exercise easily, you will be ready to progress to Exercise #9.

EXERCISE #9

Begin by doing Exercise #8, opening seven balls of colored light, then transforming them into seven balls of white light. When you have all seven balls open, return to the Base Chakra.

See the ball of clear white light in the Base Chakra. Imagine that ball of white light turn into a ball of violet light. Make the violet light as clear and bright as possible.

Now do the same at the 2nd Chakra: see the ball of white light transform into a ball of violet light.

Continue this through each of the Chakras, transforming the balls of white light into balls of violet light. Continue until you have a ball of violet light in each of the seven Chakras.

When you have a ball of violet light in each of the seven Chakras, hold that image for a few moments, then close the balls back down as you have done in the previous exercises: see the ball of violet light shrink away, imagine a tiny open door, and close it.

When you have closed the seven Chakras back down, clear and release.

At this point you should have the following daily sequence: Open seven balls of colored light, one in each Chakra. Transform each ball of colored light into a ball of white light. Now change each ball of white light into a ball of violet light. Then close the Chakras down. Finally, clear and release.

Do this on a daily basis, preferably at the same time each day, just as you have done the previous exercises. You will find this greatly beneficial to your magical and psychic growth.

SPELL OF THE MONTH The Witches' Ladder

The Witches' Ladder is an ancient technique for working a spell, and quite simple to do. What you will need: a length of cord.

Silk cord is nice, but anything will do -such as a piece of string, a shoelace, a scarf or tie, etc...

Before you make your Witches' Ladder you must first be clear on what it is you wish to accomplish. The Witches' Ladder can be used for any purpose, but it is best used to bring about something which is accomplished through an on-going process -such as increasing prosperity, learning a particular skill, losing weight, etc- rather than something which is accomplished in a single event.

As always remember the Wiccan Rede "Do As You Will, But Harm None," and start out with reasonable goals -skill is built through practice.

Begin by placing yourself in a comfortable position, then clear and release. Now imagine a ball of golden light in your Heart Chakra.

Say to yourself "Behold, I am One with the powers of the Universe," and imagine that ball of light growing larger and brighter, radiating out in all directions like a sun inside you. Let the ball of light grow to fill your chest, growing stronger and stronger as it does so.

Now take your cord (and any other items you may be using, if you are doing either of the variations given for this spell) and place it before you.

Make three Tuathail, or counter-clockwise, circles above the cord with your hand. Say something to the effect of "Behold, I cleanse and purify you, sending out for you any impurities which may lie within." Imagine the cord surrounded by a golden light. Imagine it shining brightly, then let the image fade.

Now make three Deosil, or clockwise, circles above the cord and say something like: "Behold, I bless and consecrate you to this purpose!" Imagine the cord surrounded by a blue-white light, shining brightly. Again hold the image for a moment, then let it fade.

Now take the cord in your two hands, or hold your hands to either side of it (palms facing it). Imagine a ball of white light between your hands, surrounding the cord. Concentrate on the goal you wish to bring about through this spell -focus as hard as you can on the goal for several minutes. Imagine the goal inside the ball of light, or some image that represents the goal. See the goal as you want it to be when it is already accomplished and complete -if your goal is to gain a skill for example, imagine yourself already proficient in it. As you imagine this, know that this goal is already accomplished and only needs to be drawn into physical manifestation.

Now let the image of the goal and the ball of light fade, and take up your cord. Continue to focus on your goal, seeing it already accomplished.

Still concentrating on the goal, take the cord and tie a knot near one end of it. Say:

"By Knot of One, the spells begun."

Imagine yourself one step closer to having your goal.

Now tie a second knot a short distance from the first, and say: "By knot of Two, no power undo."

Focus even more strongly on the goal, knowing that each knot draws it closer. Tie a third knot, and say:

"By knot of Three, so mote it be."

With each knot know that your goal comes closer to you, imagine it more strongly and know that it is truly yours. Tie the fourth knot, saying: "By knot of Four, open the door."

Then the fifth:

"By knot of Five, it comes alive." The sixth:

"By knot of Six, the spell is fixed." The seventh:

"By knot of Seven, the boon is given." The eighth:

"By knot of Eight, decreed by Fate."

And lastly tie the ninth knot: "By knot of Nine, now it is mine!"

Now once again imagine white light all around the knotted cord, and place your hands above or beside the cord with palms facing it. Again imagine the image of your goal very strongly. Then release all of your focused energy and concentration directly into the cord -do this just as you do when you clear and release before or after any working: imagine the energy flowing out of you in the form of light or water.

When all of the energy has flowed from you into the knotted cord, take it and seal it in a safe place. It is best to bury it in the Earth, and especially good if you can bury it at the foot of a tree. This symbolizes the physical manifestation of the goal.

In some cases you may wish to keep the Witches' Ladder in your house, rather than burying it out of doors. You can do this by placing it in an Earth pot -a pot filled with soil and kept on the altar or a special place. Or you could make a special box or bottle for it. In any of these instances you will fill the receptical with soil, then bury the completed Witches' ladder in it.

VARIATIONS ON THE WITCHES' LADDER

The simple technique used to make the Witches' Ladder has many variations. These can add to the efficacy of the spell by deepening your connection to it. This deepening is accomplished by appealing to the Higher Self through symbolic means or "Keys." We discussed Keys in LESSON I -Keys are aesthetic or symbolic elements which help you to make the Shift in Consciousness and access your Higher Self, thus facilitating magical work. Anything which appeals to you creativity or your sub-conscious, and puts you in a more "magical" mood can be a Key.

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