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Healing Routine: How to setup a Healing Ritual

Author: Ambrose Hawk

Copyright © 2000

This is a suggested form for rituals for any healing spell:
First of all, there some things which much be done before the ritual
itself. You need to diagnose your patient so that you know exactly what
kind of healing where in which person you want to accomplish. It is likely
that several different kinds of healing are needed to really bring the
person to recovery. After diagnosis, you should think of which powers and
energies would be most likely to assist in this particular healing. You
should pick a particular focus or foci to receive the energies that you
are generating. Even should the person be right there for you to lay hands
on him/her, there are several reasons for creating such foci. For each of
these considerations: the person, the healing, and the various powers; you
should find symbols which will help you identify them and be applicable in
the work to come.

Let us examine these steps in that order.

First, there are different kinds of healing. I use the following
categories because different kinds of tools work better than others in
each of these categories (for instance, see the use of Healed Crystals and
Double Ended Crystals on the Mystical Grove B.O.S. for healing).

A: Injury this includes trauma, cuts, breaks, operations, and, on a
spiritual level, things like insults, teasing, and abuse; or even curses.

B: Infection this would include colds, viruses, pneumonia, allergies, and
to some degree, things like ulcers and cancer as all of these involve the body responding to something outside of itself. On a psychic level, this would include substance abuse, adoption of destructive thought patterns (say by contamination from the stuff you see and hear everyday as well as the parasitical thought forms floating around), and similar disorders
in spiritual reactions. This spiritual factor often overlaps into the next

C: Dysfunction this would consider such things as genetic disorders or
consequences of
environmental stresses. Indeed stress, clinical depression, and other such
cases are quite
damaging in and of themselves. Dysfunction can be induced by stress, which
brings up
the next thing often called to a healer's attention.

D: Pain the question here is to whether to alleviate suffering or not. In
some cases, the suffering is needed to accentuate the healing process.
This is especially true in psychology where the patient may not really
begin the healing until the agony associated with the problem becomes
unbearable. There are folks, especially those who believe in
sacrificial suffering who may want the pain to only be reduced a little,
and hey, it's their karma. In more cases, however, especially those
associated with injury, pain actually impedes the healing process and the
extra stress it creates can cause the body to sink even further into
disruption. In other cases, such as terminally ill folks, the pain is
simply consequent on the collapse of their systems. You should do some
kind of divination on all of these especially on the healing of pain.
Moreover, you need to be sure that your focus and intent are clearly
represented. The person could be represented by a poppet, a string, a
rock, an article of clothing or hair etc. which were once associated with
the person. Ideally, of course, you have your friend right there to lay
hands on and around them. A purely symbolic representation, such as a
sigil composed from the letters in their name or their birth chart can
work very well too.

After diagnosis, you will find that there may be specific energies and
powers which you will need to involve. Some of these may be elemental
energies, as the work of Chinese medicine has shown this to be an
important factor in health.

Invoking Higher Powers not only amplifies the power of your work, but it
also provides a kind of potential check against error as in the
alleviation of pain. These beings have access to and actually apply once
you've given them the gate the higher wisdom and knowledge. Now every
pantheon will have entities associated with healing, such as Asclepias or
Diancecht or St. Raphael the Archangel or St. Gabriel the Archangel, or
St. Luke "the beloved physician." There are even specialists as with Epona
for horses or St. Blaise for throats, lungs, breathing, and choking. In
addition to these beings, you will want to consider the over all authority
for your work. For instance, invoking Jesus as the Great Healer would be
clearly good when calling on St. Blaise.

Now ideally, you are sitting right there with the person who needs the
healing so that you can do laying on of hands or other vibration healing
techniques. Even so, however, it is good to have a focus or foci to
increase the accessibility and duration of the charm. Various amulets and
talismans are available. While I prefer polished crystals and stones;
other things, such as little parchments, medallions, scapulars, strings,
etc. are also good.

If you are using something on which you are going to write characters, you
must decide what symbols will connect to the person you want to heal, the
specific kind of healing you want to achieve, and the specific Beings you
are going to invoke to participate in that healing. Works such as
Practical Sigil Magic could be of help here.

For all of these steps, since you are attempting a magical healing, I'd
advise you to do some kind of divination: scrying, Tarot spreads, dowsing,
whatever talent you or your circle could bring to bear.
Having done such preparatory work, you have already begun to gather the
healing energies and direct them to the patient. So the time for the
actual ritual approaches. Enter your place of power, your prayer closet,
whatever, and cast the circle. Invoke your quarters and personal tutelary
(deities). Cleanse and bless the foci. Then place them within a large
triangle within another circle where they can be reached without having to
walk out of your own circle. This is not for the standard reason of
protecting yourself from "bad" spirits, but because you are going to be
drawing some powerful energies into these things. Ever notice all the
precautions folks take with X-rays? Obviously, if you are going to be
right there with the patient, she/he needs to be inside of your circle
with you.

Now you need to proclaim the purpose of the ritual. Clearly state the
kinds of healing and the person to be affected.
After declaring your intent, invoke the beings and energies you want to
help in the work. It helps if right after you call on them, you are able
to refer to the tale which gives them the attribute that you need for this
healing. For example: "St. Blaise, as you cleared the throats of the young
men who were choking, now clear the lungs of N.---- here of the fluids and
inflammation which afflict her/him." These powers should be directed first
into the appropriate foci prepared for them so that they will have a
physical fane available for you reach them. Re-invoke the primary tutelary
which you want to control this process to place it all under Divine
Authority. Even if this power has already been invoked when calling on
your personal tutelary, this charge gives it the authority and pattern to
direct and effect the other energies and powers.

The next step would be to raise a cone of power or otherwise generate the
sense of the energies you need to access. When the energies are manifest
and flowing direct that energy into the foci of the work. There link it
with the energies of the powers you've invoked and direct it into the
healing of the patient. In vibration healing, this is done by passages of
the hands and by blowing slowly onto the talismans and or on the body of
the patient. If using candle magic, this is the time to light the specific
candle of this working (If you're doing numerous workings on a single
patient, only one candle is really needed it helps to pick a color which
is would add vitality to all your intents). With knot magic, you'll need
to make a knot for the person, for each specific healing, and for each of
the great powers invoked.

Now declare your limits. This is similar to the "if - then" statements of
computer language so that your real needs are met and the exact task is
accomplished without startling side effects. This protects against
unforeseen side effects of your working and also enables you to bring in
Divine protections against your foolishness as in "an it harm none." Also,
this requires a "stop run" statement in order to be sure that the effects
of your working don't go too far for instance, in drying up the fluids
from pneumonia, you don't want to freeze dry the lungs of your patient.
Also there should be definite periods of time when the charm should be
dissipated. Not only does this prevent loose energies from causing
unintentional havoc, but also it requires you to re-diagnose. If the
original charm needs renewing now, there's a chance you've made a mistake.
Now offer thanks. This accomplishes several things and is very important.
Offering thanks not only maintains the right relationship with the Beings
and the Deity and the patient, it also reinforces the expectation of
success, that elusive element of faith so necessary to effective magic.
Dismiss. You don't need to be recalling these energies to mind for several
reasons. First of all, there's "the watched pot never boils" syndrome. It
is a fact that the more times you observe a process, the slower a process
goes. Next, there's the letting go of the situation to "let it happen."
Until you do, it won't. This letting go and relaxation are key to quite a
few skills of the wizard. Furthermore, the powers that you've evoked have
their own unique agendas and attitudes and could wind up "infecting" your

Moreover, if you don't dismiss, it's not just the good things that you
hang onto, it's also the injury and illness and bad vibes that had to be
summoned so that your healing could reach them. They hang around too. Now
where on earth do you suppose they might decide to show next?
Now in "letting go," it's no use to tell yourself to not think of pink
monkeys (how many did you just see?). Instead, prepare a distraction.
Another work or ritual would do. Even better would be cakes and ale; or
tea and crumpets. Eat, party, and ground yourself.

When using candle magic or incense, I advise allowing the specific candle
or incense that is the focus of this particular working be allowed to burn
completely out. Then discard the remains respectfully. Knot spells and
string spells need to be "put away". In some traditions, this means
burying them. I advise being sure that they are recoverable so that you
can do an ultimate release when the goals have been achieved. For
ceremonial magicians, you may also need to be aware of the correct hours,
days, and astrological conditions which may impede or increase the effect
of your work.

Many healing spells need to be repeated, just like a treatment for a
chronic condition. However, in working your magic, never use a term such
as "chronic" as this implies that the condition will last no matter what
you do. Always speak as if it just happened and as if it will be
completely taken care of right away and hold that image in your mind. This
may be a case of "fake it till you make it." Hey, most magic is like that.
Hope this helps.

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