How to Easily Manifest Your Wishes

There is great magical power in simplicity ~ David Bowie, in a dream of mine from 1978.

spell-candleIn other words, the simpler you can keep your magical practice, the better. You don’t need fancy chalices, athames, candles in every color of the spectrum, or the most expensive herbs & oils in order to effectively practice magic. Oftentimes, the simplest and least expensive of tools are the most effect.

Here is a case in point.

Two months ago I began a little magical experiment. I often carry out these experiments as I attempt to find other methods & practices that will end up working well for me by helping me to obtain the results I desire as quickly and simply as possible. Over the years it has been my experimentation that has evolved my eclectic Wiccan magical and spiritual practice into what it is today.

I use positive affirmations daily. One I use often as a business owner is:

I am a successful business owner with my services & art in high demand.

This has worked okay for me. I won’t say results have been fantastic because my results from using ONLY this affirmation have not met my expectations or needs, but it was a very good start.

I decided to branch out and create a daily morning ritual for myself that basically sets up my entire day and helps me to be as successful as I can be each day. It’s very simple and requires the following:

  • a cup of coffee or your favorite warm beverage: warm because warm liquids cup-of-coffeeconvey energy more effectively than cold liquids & a cold drink WILL NOT WORK,
  • a sharp knife, preferably a non-serrated steak or butcher knife whose blade can fit inside the size cup you use,
  • your focus and concentration,
  • a positive attitude fueled by positive expectations

Notice that you won’t have to make a special trip to any store in order to purchase any of the materials for this little ritual. Not only is it simple and quick to perform, it’s also cheap! Win-win!

The first thing to do is to create a list of several things you wish to attract into your life. These can be wishes that you hope will one day manifest. Your wish list should be as specific as you can make it. Don’t just wish for a “new car.” Wish for a “new car that is: blue, with a gray interior, with excellent millage, is a comfortable ride for long distances, & is always reliable.” This was a spell from 2009. It resulted in a Subaru Forester that meets all of the above specifications. I always tell my Wicca students “the more specific you are, the more successful you will be in manifesting your wishes.”

So far for this little ritual  I have experimented with 3 – 7 wishes. I have not attempted more than 7 as I intuitively feel that would diffuse the energy too much causing the ritual to become ineffective.

Once you have created your wish list consider who you will ask for help in your endeavor. I highly recommend you call on some form of a higher power. This can be God, Jesus, some pagan deity – it doesn’t matter. What is most important is that you have faith that this form of a higher power can actually help you to manifest your desires.

Once you know upon whom you will call for help it’s time to formulate a simple statement that will encompass your wishes. You create your statement by first calling on your higher power for help, then you enumerate your wishes one after the other. You continue by expressing gratitude to your higher power for granting your wishes. You conclude your little ritual by stating that these wishes are now manifest in your life. They are your reality.

Here is the statement that I use. It varies as I focus on manifesting different things in my life. I also focus on clearing the lack in my life of those things for which I wish.  By focusing on banishing the lack of what I hope to manifest I am conversely attracting to me what I desire while at the SAME TIME blocks are being removed that may have been preventing these wishes from manifesting in my life. I do not need to be consciously aware of actual blocks, but my goddess will be aware and She can work on clearing them for me.

Have your cup of coffee prepared by adding whatever you like in your coffee (or not, your choice), but DO NOT stir it yet. As you vocalize your statement slowly stir your coffee with the knife counterclockwise. This is the direction of banishing in magic. Here, I am focusing upon banishing or removing the lack of what I desire in my life.

My statement is as follows ~

Great Mother Goddess Isis, through Whom all things are possible & nothing is impossible, I ask as I stir with my knife that you remove all lack of financial abundance & prosperity from my life. As I stir with my knife I ask that you remove all lack of healing & good health from my life. As I stir with my knife I ask that you remove all lack of love, happiness, & harmony from my life. Through you, Mighty Isis, all things are possible. Through you, Mighty Isis, nothing is impossible. I thank you for all the blessings you have brought to my family & I and all the blessings yet to come. Thank you for making my wishes manifest in my life. In your holy & most powerful name, Mother Isis, so mote it be. AMEN.

Notice that I use the word “lack” prior to stating what I wish to manifest in my life. I am banishing the lack of the manifestation of specific wishes & desires. Therefore, I stir my coffee counterclockwise with my knife as I envision the knife cutting the lack of what I desire from my life. The knife is metaphorically cutting blockages, obstacles, and whatever else may be working against you or standing in your way. This is why it’s important to use a knife and not a spoon for this ritual.

Next, you visualize yourself enjoying the wishes as they manifest in your life while you enjoy your cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. The beverage can be of any type as long as it’s hot.

drinking-coffeeAs I take that first sip of coffee I see myself being financially prosperous. I take a second sip as I see myself healed and in good health. As I take a third sip I see myself living a life filled with love, harmony, & happiness with my husband & daughter. I then rotate back to my first wish with the fourth sip, and on until I finish my cup of coffee.

Be sure as you take the first few sips of your beverage that you see yourself having what it is you desire. Go right down your list item by item. See yourself enjoying each wish as it manifests in your life and feel the emotions that it would bring up in you if that desire actually was made manifest in your life.

Be sure you use one sip for each specific item on your wish list. As you conclude your wish list go back to the first wish with the next sip and then work your way down your wish list a second time, and continue to do so until you have finished your drink.

I do feel that the more things you wish for then the weaker the energy becomes. I actually do try to keep it to 3 – 4 wishes, but I have focused on as many as 7, but I do think that’s a bit too much. Perhaps focus on 5 wishes at the most until you become more proficient at performing this little ritual and you start to see real changes in your life.

Always remember to express thanks at the conclusion of your wish list. As you finish your beverage also offer up gratitude again, then simply go about your day knowing and having faith that your wishes will find a way to manifest in your life.

As for me, I have been performing this simple little ritual every morning with my cup of coffee for about two months now. As a result of this ritual I have seen an increase not only in the income I gain through my online business, but my husband’s business has really picked up as well. I have also been able to easily fight off what was probably attempting to turn into a sinus infection & I have beaten two sore throats within 24 hours without having any additional symptoms. My family has been severely stressed for a long time due to my husband losing his job in October, 2015 and starting a new business in March, 2016. Now we are back to laughing & joking constantly like we did when my husband was still a banker. We are all much happier and are living more harmonious lives with one another.

All in all, I can honestly say this simple ritual has worked real wonders in my life; and, I sincerely hope that it works as well for you as it has for me.

Wishing you many blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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The Coloring Books of Amy Zerner & Monte Farber

I have enjoyed coloring since I was 2 years old. I have been very pleased with the advent of the adult coloring book phenomenon & extremely pleased that Amy Zerner and Monte Farber have created two delightful adult coloring books for Harper Elixer. Their titles are: The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds. The daughter of classic coloring book & greeting card illustrator, master artist Jessie Spicer Zerner, Amy Zerner followed in the artistic footsteps of her mother and is world renown for her tapestry collage art that has resulted in several tarot and oracle decks as well as unique clothing designs. Both coloring books are dedicated to Amy’s mother. All accompanying text is written by Amy’s husband, Monte Farber, who is an author in his own right, astrologer, and psychic. Together they have been a publishing tour de force for several decades.

enchanted-tarot-coloring-book-coverThe Enchanted Tarot adult coloring book consists of the major arcana and sixteen court cards from the tarot deck of the same title. Amy Zerner provided detailed line drawings of each image. Monte Farber provides the text that accompanies each image that includes the card’s title, positive phrase related to the meaning of the card, and a list of keywords. The text accompanying each image is provided on the facing page so as you work on coloring the image you can easily refer to the text on the left-hand opposite page.

At first glance the drawings for The Enchanted Tarot may appear to be overly intricate, but this is due to Amy Zerner including line demarcations for shading on faces, clothing, and other design elements. This element is not found in most coloring books so artists who enjoy shading to illustrate depth and dimension will appreciate the added line details.

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The Chariot from “The Enchanted Tarot” deck & “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book. Courtesy of Amy Zerner.

As you begin to work in the Enchanted Tarot coloring book I would recommend you begin with the larger areas first and work down toward the smaller more intricate areas of the illustration. Above is the Chariot card from the Enchanted Tarot deck and coloring book. Here is the same illustration again, but now it has been partially colored.

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The Chariot, from “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book, partially colored. Courtesy of Amy Zerner.

Due to the detail of each image I do not recommend using crayons with The Enchanted Tarot coloring book. You will need an artistic medium that allows you a good degree of control over the application of color. Instead of crayons, I have used and recommend the following mediums:

  • Colored pencils
  • watercolor pencils
  • dual-tipped water-based markers (fine point at one end, brush at the other)
  • gel & glitter pens

You will need an artistic medium that allows your hand a great deal of control, so anything that ends in a point will work well. I do not recommend  alcohol-based markers, such as Copics. They will bleed through the paper. More on product specifics regarding coloring below.

Monte Farber describes their other coloring book, Enchanted Worlds, as a “magical enchanted-worlds-coloring-book-coverjourney through the world of imagination.” It clearly delivers on that promise. Whereas Amy Zerner’s illustrations for The Enchanted Tarot coloring book are fine lined & quite detailed, her drawings for the Enchanted Worlds coloring book are drawn with a thicker line. There are also more areas of the illustrations that have been solidly inked in, which adds black to the overall composition that makes colors pop when added by the colorist. I would say that the Enchanted Worlds coloring book is easier to color than The Enchanted Tarot, but as long as you keep your pencils sharpened The Enchanted Tarot makes for a fine coloring book as well. Those of you with less patience, however, I would definitely recommend the Enchanted Worlds coloring book to you over The Enchanted Tarot.

The Enchanted Worlds adult coloring book is organized in the same manner as The Enchanted Tarot coloring book. All text appears on the left-hand page with the image to color on the right-hand page. The text of the Enchanted Worlds is also written by Monte Farber and includes the title of the illustration accompanied by a positive affirmation or a brief description of the symbols included in the illustration. For example, the text accompanying “Gentleness” reads: “[t]he Flower Fairy makes her way across the rosy dreamscape, greeted by awakened birds, elves, and flowers, symbols of gentleness and compassion.”

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“Gentleness,” from “The Enchanted Worlds” coloring book. Photo courtesy of Amy Zerner.

The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds are no ordinary coloring books. If colored with intention the act of coloring becomes meditative and magical. According to the Artist herself:

With my books, while you color, you are meditating on the magic and meaning of each image, with words and affirmations by Monte. It becomes a ritual. We incorporate the intention of each tarot card and affirm each Enchanted World drawing with a message. We always like to balance wise words and images. That is our specialty. There becomes an ebb and flow between image and the silence and the words. In this way, coloring is elevated to a spiritual practice ~ Amy Zerner.

As an artist myself, I can vouch for the fact that the act of artistic creation is a large part of my spiritual practice. I enter a “zone” when I am creating and though I may suffer from artistic frustrations upon occasion, I always come out of a creative session feeling renewed and uplifted. Adult coloring books like The Enchanted Tarot and Enchanted Worlds now make the benefits of creative meditation accessible to everyone regardless of artistic experience.

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The Wheel of Fortune, from “The Enchanted Tarot” coloring book. Colorist: Fortune Buchholtz. Image courtesy of Fortune Buchholtz & Amy Zerner.

The remainder of this review is intended for artists and colorists who wish to know the technical details, which apply to both coloring books and are as follows:

  • Overall size: 8 1/2 x 11 x 5.8″
  • Paperback
  • Page total: The Enchanted Tarot (80) Enchanted Worlds (82)
  • Images: 38
  • Perforation: none
  • Protective sheet: none
  • Paper weight: 80 lbs
  • Recommended artistic mediums:
    • colored pencils ~ layering & burnishing up to 4 layers of colors works well on this paper weight. I have not tried more than 4 layers of color.
    • watercolor pencils ~ 3 layers work well, but use minimal water for blending. I used just enough water to get the colors to blend.
    • water-based markers ~ I used Tomball, Zig, and a generic no-name store brand. This paper holds up well to 3 layers of blended water-based markers. As you add a fourth layer be careful because at this point the color will begin to bleed through the page. If layering more than 3 colors I would recommend inserting a blank sheet of paper to avoid bleed-through on the following image.
    • crayons work well on any type of paper and work well for the Enchanted Worlds coloring book, but due to the intricacy of the illustrations for The Enchanted Tarot coloring book, I do not recommend crayons.

Note: If you are like me you may be hesitant to mar your coloring book with color. There is a simple fix. This is what I do with my coloring books. I basically very carefully take them apart. This is the method I use and so far I have not ruined a single image:

  • I carefully cut or tear the front and back covers from the spine of the coloring book.
  • Next, I begin with the first image (or title page) and carefully bend the page back and forth against the binding. Bend the page along where the paper actually meets the glue of the binding.
  • As you see the page begin to give slightly, VERY carefully pull or rip the page from the book. Do this slowly with patience.
  • Do the same to the last page of the coloring book.
  • Return and repeat the process with the remaining front page, then the remaining back page, and so on until you have pulled all the pages free from the spine.

I keep my coloring page originals in a manila file folder with the book cover for reference. When I wish to color an image I make a copy. Keep in mind that copies made on a printer can bleed based upon what type of ink you use in your printer.

The adult coloring book “fad” appears to be here to stay. A trip to my local book and craft stores have become increasingly dangerous to my pocketbook as increasing numbers of coloring books appear on the shelves. Amy Zerner’s artwork translates very well to the coloring book medium and these books will be enjoyed by anyone who wishes for a bit of creative magic in their life.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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