Known by many names, including "bat's wings" and "Christ's thorn," the holly is a plant strongly connected to the Yuletide season and highly valued by Witches for its magickal and divinatory powers. It was once believed to safeguard a house and its inhabitants against lightning strikes, evil entities, hauntings, and black magick when planted near the dwelling.

Carrying a wand or walking stick made of holly wood will prevent you from falling victim to all hexes and bewitchments, according to occult folklore.

To avoid bad luck, be sure never to bring holly into your house prior to Christmas Eve. However, not having holly in your house at all on Christmas Day is said to conjure the worst of luck for all members of the family.

It is supposed to be very unlucky to step on a holly berry, cut down a holly tree, sweep a chimney with holly, or burn discarded holly boughs, which some folks believe invites the Angel of Death to claim a member of the family.

The so-called "male" variety of holly (with prickly leaves) brings good luck to all persons of the male gender; while the "female" variety (with smooth leaves) brings good luck to all of the fairer sex.

An old Christian legend holds that the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified was made of holly wood, and it was the blood of Christ that gave the holly berry its deep red color.

It is said that lightning will never strike a holly tree nor anyone who stands under the branches of one during a storm.

It was a widespread belief in the Middle Ages that the holly possessed miraculous curative powers. Pricking or thrashing the feet with holly and then walking barefoot in the snow was once thought to cure chilblains (an inflammatory swelling caused by cold and poor circulation). Another old method for treating chilblains was to rub the ashes of burnt holly berries upon the afflicted areas. To prevent a fever, scratch your legs with a holly branch; and to ease a whooping cough, drink a bit of fresh milk out of a cup or bowl made of holly wood.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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