This is the twentieth entry in a series on a set of Pagan guidelines known as the Ordains. The Ordains, as we know them today, can be found in the works of Gerald Gardener. Maiden’s Circle uses a simplified version that has been edited and altered to reflect our core beliefs.
“Witches use the energies around them to assist in raising power.”
This is likely to be a shorter entry than usual, as I don’t know many witches who would argue against this basic truth. In fact, this concept is one of the first things we come to understand when we choose to identify as witches and work the craft.
You can guess by the name that witchcraft is more than simply using energy to raise power. It requires study, understanding on many levels, and a powerful will. However, at it’s core, that’s precisely what magick is: the art of using energy to change things. It doesn’t matter how many tools we have or techniques we learn, our magick doesn’t work without understanding that basic concept.
Of course, to understand it, we’ve got to know how energy works in the metaphysical sense.
Most of us learned in the fourth grade that energy is what we need to do anything. It’s essentially the invisible force that allows everything and every living being to operate. It’s generated at a Mitochondrial level, which is why I believe that all people are capable of working magick. What makes the witch different is an an understanding of why and how magick works through the application and manipulation of that energy.
A lot of practitioners start out using their own energy in spellwork, as it’s the easiest to tap into. We reach deep within ourselves to fuel our desires, which is important because it makes our works that much more personal and sends a strong message out to the Divine. That said, if we’re only using our personal energy, we risk temporary burnout.
If you’ve ever done a spell and felt drained for the next day or even a week afterward, that’s what you’re experiencing. I call it a magickal hangover. It happens because your individual energy is limited. This is due to using the same energy that powers our bodies and minds to affect things outside of ourselves.
That’s where this law comes in.
If we understand that energy exists in all things, and we get that energy is transferred and cannot be created from nothing, we begin to see that even the energy within ourselves had to come from somewhere. Many witches believe that somewhere is everywhere. The wind, the soil, the oceans, the warmth—we share energy with all things that make up our world. So, it stands to reason that we can connect to and use that energy at will.
Learning to do so takes practice, but a great way to start is by connecting with the basic elements—air, earth, water, and fire. We can do this through meditation and physical connection with the elements. That means touching or physically interacting with things like dirt or soil, using water to cleanse and do a million other things, standing in the wind to refresh after a long day, or burning candles to soothe a racing mind.
Naturally, you’ll want to be safe in your interactions with the elements, so don’t go trying to touch fire!
There are billions of methods for connecting with the energy in our environment. Once we figure out the methods that work best for us as individuals, we can use the energy we tap into to drive our craft. Therefore, we’re much less likely to experience that magickal hangover, as we aren’t only using our personal energy. Rather, we’re enhancing it with the energies surrounding us, which helps to hugely improve our magick.
Of course, properly using those energies takes practice. Understanding what kind of energy best suits a work ensures that our intentions are heard and our goals are met. Indeed, a witch who knows how to use the energies around them is a truly powerful individual.
Do you use your environment to fuel your witchcraft? If not, why not? If so, what are some of your favorite methods of tapping into surrounding energy?
From my heart to yours,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA
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