This ritual, while hard to master, is simple to learn. This specific example will describe the steps for communicating with a domestic house cat, the Western world’s most popular companion.
Casting Directions for ‘Talk with Animals’
The most fundamental aspect of telepathic communication with animals is an understanding of grounding. Grounding, within the discipline of electrical theory, is a return path for electric current; a direct link to the ground, typically. So too is it for rituals of natural origin.
Telepathic communication is basically astral; that is, it is of another airplane. As such, a ground is expected through which astral energy can flow freely into our dimension.
For the ritual Speak with Animals, this ground takes the form of an elixir.
1.1 Basic Elixir Principles
They must be taken from natural sources. Ingredients for elixirs should rarely, if ever, be purchased from stores. Their relation to the earth is generally unreliable, if it had been established.
They have to be prepared by the user. This is vital to the achievement of the creation; it relies entirely on your abilities, and will work only for you.
They degrade over time. The rate of corrosion is hard to determine, but it is most important to know: elixirs are potent at the moment of the creation.
This ritual manual will instruct you in the preparation of an elixir specifically for speaking with animals.
1.2 How the Elixir Works
This elixir works by creating a region-specific floor to a particular animals ancestral point of origin. By linking astral energies with this stage, a strong metaphysical bond can be temporarily established.
Telepathic communication is made possible by the connection of astral energies.
In this particular case, the ingredients have been chosen to reflect the target animals ancestral point of origin; the blossoms and anise seed are ingredients of a drink traditionally consumed in the Middle East, the national house cats point of origin; the agate, a precious stone of reputed magical power also located in the region; and several other ingredients associated with such elixirs.
As explained before, this specific elixir will enable users to speak telepathically with one, specific domestic house cat. Ingredients specific to this ritual will be annotated and explained.
Note: Two incarnations of the elixir will be provided herein, and the differences in potency, ritual length, and elixir decay rate will be clarified.
1 lb. Of red grapes (these can be store bought, but must be organic)
4 cups of pure, distilled water
1 cup of raw, organic sugar (this can be store bought)
1 Tbsp of anise seed (this may be store bought, but must be organic)
1 Tsp of sea salt (preferably gathered using the method detailed in the Appendix section)
1 small piece of red or black agate (preferably found)
Notice: These materials are most effective when grounded to the ground, e.g. home-grown. While this can often be difficult or impractical, a very simple process can increase the effectiveness of store-bought, organic materials. Watch re-grounding in Appendix section.
Small bundle of tinder, suitable for burning (should be of natural origin)
Mortar and pestle
Cat (with which to convey)
64 oz Glass vessel (optional)
2.1 Preparing the Elixir
The blossoms should be crushed in a large, preferrably glass, bowl, extracting the juice. Drain the juice from the crushed grapes, saving the juice, and discarding the smashed grapes.
Bring water to a boil, purifying the solution and purging it of contaminants that would negatively influence the ritual. Once the water is boiling, remove it from heat, and mix in sugar. Let the solution cool.
Using a mortal and pestle, crush the anise seed and sea salt.
Once the water is sufficiently cooled (warm to the touch, but no longer), mix it together with the grape juice, anise seed, and salt.
Method 1: Alcoholic Elixir
Transfer the mixture to the glass vessel. Cover the open top with a thin, breathable cloth. Place the vessel, now containing the mixture, in a dark, warm (65 to 75 degrees farenheit) area for 12-14 days.
During this time, the solution will ferment, the natural yeasts present on the grape skin consuming the available sugars. This produces alcohol, and this method should only be used by adults of legal drinking age in their respective countries.
After 12-14 days, wrap the agate in tinder. Set the bundle alight, ensuring that the agate physically contacts fire. While the stone is still hot, pitch it (with the ash onto its surface) to the solution. This will activate the elixir.
Note: This elixir might be preserved for 5-7 days with very little effect to effectiveness if stored properly (see storage method detailed in Appendix section).
Method 2: Non-alcoholic Elixir
Note: This method is equally potent, though the observed decay rate is a lot faster compared to alcoholic elixir.
Immediately after mixing the components, wrap the agate in tinder. Set the bundle alight, ensuring that the agate physically contacts flame. While the stone is still hot, pitch it (with the ash onto its surface) to the solution. This will activate the elixir.
Note: This elixir might be preserved for 2-4 days with very little affect to potency when stored properly (see storage method detailed in Appendix section).
Using the Elixir
Using the elixir is an easy procedure. It needs a quiet, concentrated mind (see focusing techniques in Appendix section), an environment free of distractions, the elixir, and the cat with which the consumer intends to communicate.
Once these components have been achieved, the user should drink the elixir. Because of variation in ingredient quality, user experience, and atmospheric disturbances, there is no accurate recommendation regarding the amount to be consumed. As a general rule, users should begin with small quantities no more than three or four mouthfuls so as to gauge the effects of the elixir. Once a baseline has been established, carefully consume the amount required to the first stage of the ritual.
3.1 Stage One: Cerebral Glow
A frequent feature of elixirs, Cerebral Glow is the beginning phase of any elixir-based ritual. It is characterized by extreme, but soothing, heat experienced in and around the brain.
In this phase, isolate yourself with the goal. There should be no other observable animals in the region. Using your own Glow, attempt to feel the Glow of the target animal.
Note: The cause of the sensation was researched by many mystic religions, each of which have their own concept on its origin. In traditional Hinduism, it is credited to the Ajna chakra; a bridge that allows two minds to communicate. In modern neo-spiritualism, it is commonly thought to originate in the pineal gland, the suspect origin of the spirit molecule.
3.2 Phase Two: Aural Vibration
Often occurring within moments of Cerebral Glow, Aural Vibration is characterized by a gentle, calming, low-frequency vibration sensed both physically and emotionally. It should last for the duration of the ritual, and users should attempt to maintain awareness of it at all times (when engaged in any ritual).
It is likely that, in this phase, you will locate your targets Glow.
Notice: The prevailing theory on Aural Vibration indicates that it is the sound of earths resonant frequency. The perception of the frequency, when coupled with an enhanced awareness of the Ajna or spirit molecule, induces sub-sonic communication, much like radio waves.
3.3 Stage Three: Open Channel
Following a firm sense of Aural Vibration is established, the last stage is initiated. The Open Channel is the connection by which the consumer and the cat will communicate. Unlike previous stages, there are no overt signs that an Open Channel has been achieved. When the time is right, however, youll know it.
Note: The Open Channel is understood through an inference made using preceding stages causes and effects. Both stages contribute to the broadening of the mind, making users aware of subconscious channels, or electric fields. Those channels are then tuned by the elixir, setting the user for a floor, or conduit, through which they may move, allowing the user to consciously manipulate them.
4. Special Considerations
Telepathic communication is a magical art form unto itself. As such, it takes time to enhance ones technique; consequently, you ought not be surprised if you initially find it tough to communicate with your target. As your experience and skill progresses, you’ll discover that both yourself and target creatures are more receptive to communication, and may converse more freely and with greater detail.
Note: It is my experience that some animals are more receptive to telepathic communication. I have especially selected cats for this example because of their highly individual nature. Virtually any cat will present a challenge to communicate with because of their unique and unpredictable personalities.
If using Method 1: Alcoholic Elixir, users must be aware that fermentation is a science, requiring strict control over pH levels, temperature, and other environmental factorsnonetheless, this is not necessary to successfully throw the Speak with Animals ritual (or some other elixir-based ritual, for that matter).
It is necessary, however, that consumers take certain precautions before imbibing an alcoholic elixir.
Ensure there isn’t any mold growth on the surface of the elixir this indicates a pollution of the potion, and as well as ruining its effectiveness, could also sicken the user.
The elixir shouldn’t smell foul. The scent may vary from vaguely fruity to strongly vinegary this is normal.
Notice: Elixir spoilage is commonly brought on by mischief committed by sprites. If your elixir was changed, don’t be discouraged. While sprites are often bothersome, they’re not malicious, and rarely commit the same misdeed twice.
Due to the restricted fermentation period, this type of elixir is only slightly alcoholic, resembling vinegar more tightly than wine. Nevertheless, it does contain alcohol, and should not be abused, abused, or otherwise utilised in a manner not consistent with good-intentioned rituals.