Over the years I’ve collected various rituals put forth by other witches. They come from various books I have or from witch sites on the internet. The one I have in my grimoire is from the Gray Witch’s Grimoire by Amethyst Raine. It’s direct and to the point. I do remember changing the first line, To Curse with To Balance. I’m not a fan of cursing. I think it’s judge-y, but honestly, a witch does what a witch does. Circumstances tend to dictate what an appropriate response is, and if a curse is called for, then a curse it is. Anyway, here’s what I have in my grimoire:
To Bring Balance
To Communicate with Spirit
To Communicate with Animals
To Control the Winds
To Divine the Future
To Give Wise Counsel
To Know the Energies of the Herbs
To Know the Energies of the Stones
To See Visions
I think it’s a fairly straightforward list that covers all the bases. Below, however, is a really nice poem by Silver RavenWolf from her book Solitary Witch who conveys the idea so beautifully.
Thirteen powers do the Witches claim
their right of lineage by Goddess’s name.
Tie a knot and say the words
or hand on head – the blessing conferred.
A Witch can give success in love
curse or bless through God/dess above.
Speak to beasts and spirits alike
command the weather, cast out a blight.
Read the heavens and stars of the night
divine the future and give good advice.
Conjure treasure and bring fortune to bear
heal the sick and kill despair
blessings upon you, (the person’s name),
may the spirits be fair.
Witches naturally consider the possibility of. Nothing is off the table as it were. But as you can see by both expressions, witches acknowledge and bless the oneness of all.