insync-tarot.comWhen talking about witchcraft, we usually think about black magick and how it has put humankind into danger, whether it is scenes from the books or from movies. Magick and spell-casting are surrounded by myths and misconceptions which eventually buried its true essence and principles. For the followers of magick, they would refer it to magick to differentiate from the illusion created by magicians.

What are these myths and how come they are not real?

Myth 1: Those who practice spell-casting and magick worship the Devil or Satan.

For those who practice and follow witchcraft, good and evil is relevant. What is important is that every magick or spell are carefully though over and it would not harm anyone. In addition to that, Devil or Satan is a Christian construct. It is not included in the witch’s pantheon.

Hell is another Christian construct and Wiccans and pagan believers do not believe it. It does not mean that because they are not concerned with hell they would commit evil acts. Wiccans and pagans commit good acts because they know that this would reflect later on in their lives and even in their next life.

Myth 2: Spells have that visual and sound effects just like in Harry Potter films.

Spells, for Wicca followers and pagan believers, are like prayers for Christians. They can be a way of communicating with the universe your intent or desire. Spells could also be a way of communicating with the gods and goddesses.

Spells do not have the sound and video effects like in movies. In fact, spells do not have or manifest within the next few hours. Usually, it would take weeks or sometimes months before the spells would take effect. Spells could be about wealth, health, energy, peace and even love.

Myth 3. Casting spells would require very rare materials.

Casting spells do not require you to use rare and weird materials, just like in movies. Spell-caters would usually use natural materials like herbs, incense, candles, oils, flowers and other essences. In spell-casting, what is important is the emotion and the intent. Focusing your energy and using materials to contain and direct your energy towards your intent are the things that would make your spell a success.

Myth 4. Spells backfire.

For Wiccans, every spell or action must be carried out as long as it does not cause any harm. They would call this rule, “The Wiccan Rede.” Aside from that, Wiccans and pagan followers strongly believe in the Law of Threefold. Whatever is done would return back in threefold. In this sense, it does not mean that spells backfire, it would just show that whatever is done will come back. Good intentions and positive wishes would not create negative effects.

Myth 5. Spells can make things possible out of thin air.

Spells turn possibilities into reality. They cannot make things happen out of nowhere. A love spell cannot make a superstar singer fall in love with you and croon you love songs if you have not even met him once. A love spell could not turn a beast into a prince charming.

 

Hearing the word Carmen today tells us it is a feminine name and nothing else. Even those Carmens in our day never associated their names to a spell.

In ancient times however, when one speak of carmen, they talk about priests and their ritualistic spells. Long before the dawn of Christianity, carmen is a verse that means a spell, ritual, or incantation. This history of carmen came from the Ancient Rome.

Nowadays, there are only two oldest prayers of ancient Romans known to academicians. They are Carmen Arvale and Carmen Saliare. These prayers are both in Latin. Old libraries were able to preserve some books listing the verses of Carmen Arvale and Carmen Saliare.

The Carmen Arvalium goes like this:

enos Lases iuvate
enos Lases iuvate
enos Lases iuvate

neve lue rue Marmar sins incurrere in pleoris
neve lue rue Marmar sins incurrere in pleoris
neve lue rue Marmar sins incurrere in pleoris

satur fu, fere Mars, limen sali, sta berber
satur fu, fere Mars, limen sali, sta berber
satur fu, fere Mars, limen sali, sta berber

semunis alterni advocapit conctos
semunis alterni advocapit conctos
semunis alterni advocapit conctos

enos Marmor iuvato
enos Marmor iuvato
enos Marmor iuvato

triumpe triumpe triumpe triumpe triumpe

Meanwhile, the Carmen Saliare goes like this:

[fragmentum 1]
divum +empta+ cante, divum deo supplicate
[fragmentum 2]
cume tonas, Leucesie, prae tet tremonti
+quot+ ibet etinei de is cum tonarem
[fragmentum 3]
cozeulodorieso. omnia vero adpatula coemisse.
ian cusianes duonus ceruses dunus Ianusve
vet pom melios eum recumcarmen Saliare
[fragmentum 1]
divum +empta+ cante, divum deo supplicate
[fragmentum 2]
cume tonas, Leucesie, prae tet tremonti
+quot+ ibet etinei de is cum tonarem
[fragmentum 3]
cozeulodorieso. omnia vero adpatula coemisse.
ian cusianes duonus ceruses dunus Ianusve
vet pom melios eum recum

These carmen verses were chanted by different priests, coming from two dissimilar clergies. The Arval priests sang the Carmen Arvale while the Salian priests sang the Carmen Arvale together with a sacred dance.

Both the carmen verses were sung for varied purposes. The Arval priests believed that singing Carmen Arvale would make their land fertile and thus ensure a bountiful harvest for the community. Their rituals were devoted only to goddess Dea Dia.

Meanwhile, the Salian priests performed rituals and dances, including the singing of Carmen Saliare, to ensure military power of their land. They did the rituals to worship Mars, the Roman god of war, and Quirinus, the ancient Roman god equivalent to Janus.

Both the Arval and Salian priests were no ordinary clergies. They came from patrician families and chosen by the country. Most often than not, the Arval priests were the appointed emperor of the Roman Empire. On the other hand, the Salian priests would continue to be priests for the entire duration of their life unless they would have achieved a more prestigious priesthood.

Ambarvalia was the name of the festival where Arval priests sang the Carme Arvale. While, the Salian priests performed a sacred dance and sang the Carmen Saliare every March and October.