Jail or Detention Center

If this is where you find yourself, you are not a lost cause, but you do have more work ahead of you than others your age. Although many youth facilities will allow you to have books on the Craft, others will not, and it is a fair assumption that you won’t be able to work with what modern Craft considers the standard tools of the trade; however, that doesn’t mean you can’t change your life, work magick, or do ritual. The Witch is the magick, after all, and the work takes place in the mind and culminates in your actions. Thoughts and choices require only your mind.

The most difficult hurtle to overcome at this point is the question: Where is your head at? Although considering what choices put you in this predicament are important, despairing over your fat is not the way to go, and there is one glaring fact: For things to get better, it is absolutely necessary that you want them to get better, and that anything you do from this point on supports that desire! If you plan to work with this book, you’ve already put positive energy in motion, but you will have to follow up in thought, word, and deed. Here are some suggestions:

  • Practice some sort of mental morning devotion. Try the four adorations or make up your own.
  • Work with your chakra system, mentally opening and closing them.
  • Practice nightly meditation using the Body of Light Mediation. Tailor to your own needs.
  • Remove negative self-talk from your mind and replace with positive affirmations.
  • Make positive goals for your future. Visualize yourself attaining these goals.
  • Sprinkle holy water around your area nightly. Don’t make a big deal out of it.
  • Practice grounding and centering.
  • Practice shielding.
  • Try your best to be positive in word and deed.
  • If you are permitted, put your mind and hands to work with something artistic — painting, sewing, composing music, drawing, poetry, journaling, writing stories, ect.
  • Read — not just this book, but books on all subjects. Ignorance is not bless.
  • Practice penmanship. You think I jest? Nope. The clearer your writing, the clearer your mind and the easier it will be to express yourself.
  • Connect with Spirit daily in your own way.
  • Pray with positive words. No whining or being mad at the universe. No groveling.
  • If your counselor tells you that you are in denial, he or she is probably right. At least give them the courtesy of thinking about it, and ask them for what their definition of denial is (in a nice way, please).

As you can see, none of the above require magickal tools, and all of the above require the exercise of your mind, yet these are the basics that all Wiccan students must learn if they wish to reach their goals.

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