|For cord magick you will need a cord, or cingulum as it is sometimes called, that is nine feet long (three times three; the perennial magick number) and is the color appropriate to the magickal working.|
Like your Athame, no one else should ever use your cord but you. Tie a knot in each end to keep it from unraveling. Make sure it is nine feet long. Consecrate the cord, when done. (See Consecration of the Athame or Consecration of the Wand to learn how to do this.)
One magickal use of the cord is as a "storage cell" for the power. The first knot is tied at one end, with the words "By knot of one, the spell's begun." At this point, chanting or meditation is appropriate until you feel it is time to tie another knot.
The second knot is tied on the opposite end with the words: "By knot of two, it cometh true". Take "aim" at this time by visualizing your need or desire being fulfilled. As the power builds, more knots are tied until there are nine knots in the cord.
Here is the pattern of tying, together with the appropriate words:
By knot of ONE, the spell's begun *--------
By knot of TWO, it cometh true *-------*
By knot of THREE, so mote it be *---*---*
By knot of FOUR, this power I store *-*-*---*
By knot of FIVE, the spell's alive *-*-*-*-*
By knot of SIX, this spell I fix ***-*-*-*
By knot of SEVEN, events I'll leaven ***-*-***
By knot of EIGHT, it will be Fate *****-***
By knot of NINE, what's done is mine *********
At the tying of the last (ninth) knot, all the energy is directed into the cord and its knots, with a final visualization of the object of the work. The power has been raised and is now "stored" in these knots in the cord.
Why would you want to store a spell? For some magick, the time for it to happen is important.
Suppose, for example, that you want something constructive to happen but the most propitious time for it to do so happens to be close to the New Moon. Do you do your constructive magick during the Waxing Moon? No. You do it early on, at the Full Moon, using a cord.
Now the power is there, properly raised, but stored for use.
You have nine knots. Although they are all tied in one ritual, these must be released one at a time - one a day - for nine consecutive days. Release them in the same order in which they were tied, NOT the reverse order.
In other words, on the first day untie the knot that was first tied (to know which end you started with, when making the cord, braid in a small wooden bead at one end and always start with this end); on the second day, the second knot tied; and so on.
In this fashion, the last knot untied, on the ninth day, is the ninth knot that was tied at the climax of the tying ritual - the time of greatest power.
Each day, before you actually untie, do your concentration on what is to happen, visualize and again building power. Then, as you release the knot, release the power also with a shout.
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|Handfasting and Wedding Rituals - Welcoming Hera's Blessing|
|Handfasting and Wedding Rituals has everything you need to plan the perfect Pagan wedding!|
You'll find advice and examples to help you with basic wedding planning, writing vows, and ritual construction, along with practical tips and great ideas about everything from low-cost wedding favors to candle and bonfire safety.
Handfasting and Wedding Rituals also includes sixteen full rites honoring a wide variety of Pagan traditions. Rituals in their full form can be used exactly as printed or modified to fit your needs.
Each rite is categorized as level one, two, or three depending on their level of overt Pagan content and degree of participation expected from your guests.
Excerpt from the Book:
The most important (and traditional) part of most modern Neopagan handfastings is the binding together of hands. Traditionally, it goes like this: The bride and groom face each other and hold right hands and left hands together, so that their clasped hands cross. This creates a figure eight, the sign of infinity, when seen from the top down. The clergyperson or some other honored individual (often a child, stepchild, or the maid of honor and best man) ties the cord around one person’s left wrist and the other person’s right wrist. In the infinity position, this is easy to do as they are next to each other, and all the officiant has to do is figure-eight around the two closest arms. The traditional numbers of knots are three, six and nine.
Then, ideally, the couple should stay bound together throughout the entire reception until such time as they can pop off and consummate the marriage. On the other hand, if the two of you are going to be involved in some post-reception activity such as dishwashing, cleanup, or driving home, it’s perhaps better to slip your hands out of the cord as soon as the receiving line is finished. If this is going to be the case, make sure that you inform the cord-tier so that they can tie it loosely enough for both parties to slip out of. The knots themselves should never be untied, unless a divorce ritual is needed some time in the future. Put your cord somewhere safe, where it won’t be disturbed or lost.
If you use a single cord, it should be at least six feet long in order to go several times around both people’s wrists. It should be thick enough to be tied easily and thin enough so as not to be unwieldy. You can braid several cords together using the Goddess/God colors – white, red & black for the Maiden, Mother, & Crone – and green, gold, grey for the Green Man, Sun King, & Sage. The color of the cord is a personal thing. It can be the Bride & Grooms favorite colors, wedding colors, or personally symbolic colors.
Knot Cording for Spell Work
Soft, luxurious, hand-dyed 100% silk fabric sewn into narrow tubing for use in knot magick. Available in 18 inch lengths. Ends come taped so you can bind or finish them as you wish.
Associations and Symbolism
|RED||Signifies: will, passion, strength, fertility, courage, health, vigor, lust, danger,|
Holiday: Yule, Planet: Mars, Day: Tuesday Astrological: Scorpio
|ORANGE||Signifies: encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, plenty, kindness.|
Holiday: Candlemas, Deities: Brigid, Planets: Sun, Mars, Mercury Days: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Astrological:
|YELLOW||Signifies: attraction, charm, confidence, balance, harmony, knowledge, learning, concentration, persuasion, jealousy, joy, comfort,|
Planet: Mercury, Day: Wednesday, Astrological: Gemini, Leo
|GREEN||Signifies: finances, fertility, luck, success energy, charity, growth, rejuvenation, prosperity, nurturing, beauty, health, ambition, counteract greed and jealousy, plants kingdom including herbal healing,|
Planets: Venus, Mercury, Days: Friday, Wednesday Holidays: Spring Equinox, Beltane, Astrological: Taurus Deities: Persephone, Hestia
|BLUE||Signifies: tranquility, understanding, patience, health, truth, devotion, sincerity, honor, loyalty, peace, wisdom, protection during sleep, astral projection|
Light Blue: tranquility, understanding, patience, health
Dark Blue: for a safe journey, longevity, strength
Planets: Moon, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter Days: Monday, Friday, Saturday, Thursday Astrological: Libra, Sagittarius
|VIOLET/PURPLE||Signifies: power, piety, sanctity, sentimentality, tension, sadness amplification of other energies. wisdom, high ideals, spiritual protection and healing, psychic ability, protective energy, strength, progress|
Planet: Jupiter, Day: Thursday Astrological: Sagittarius
|BLACK||strength, empowerment, wisdom, vision, success, pure love, negation without reflecting, unlocking when stuck, banishing evil or negativity.|
Holiday- Samhain, Planet- Saturn, Day - Saturday, Deities- The Crone Astrological - Scorpio & Capricorn
|WHITE||Signifies: purity, consecration, meditation, divination, exorcism, the full moon, healing, peace, spiritual strength, truth, serenity and devotion. May be substituted for any other color.|
Planet: Moon, Day: Monday, Astrological: Cancer
|GRAY||Signifies: balance, neutrality, used in erasing, canceling, neutralizing, and return to the universe without repercussion destructive energies Planet: Moon, Day: Monday Deity: Athena, Astrological: Virgo|
|PINK||Signifies: unity, honor, truth, romance, happiness, healing, familial or emotional love (rather than sexual), friendship, affections, unselfish emotions, spiritual healing, banishing hatred|
Gem: rose quartz Planet:Venus, Day: Friday
|BROWN||Signifies: The Earth, grounding, trees, concentration, telepathy, healing, skills, talent, nurturing, home and hearth, spells to locate lost objects, protection of the familiars, pets, and animals,|
Planets: Moon (tan browns), Venus (all), Saturn (dark browns), Days: Monday/ Friday/ Saturday Deity: Gaia, Astrological: Capricorn Holiday: Mabon
|SILVER||Signifies: purity, the moon, treasure, values, female energy, the unconscious mind, creativity, inspiration, vision, and protection.|
Day: Monday Astrological: Gemini Deity: Artemis and other Moon Goddesses
|GOLD||Signifies: the sun, male energy, wealth, financial wisdom, conscious mind, attracting happiness, activity, intelligence, unity, longevity, prosperity, strength.|
Planet: Sun, Day: Sunday, Astrological: Leo Deity: Apollo and other Sun Gods