Rosebell’s Thread Magix: Primer & Color Guide
~~~~~Don’t skip this Disclaimer~~~~~
This is not based on traditional sources, or established paths/methods. This is pulled straight from knowledge and my personal practice from the Astral. It is not the only method, nor are these absolute truths. This method is based on a certain context of observation–and may not apply to every situation you encounter. This also means the rules and do’s & don’ts to this method are strictly referring to my method. They are not applicable to pass judgment on any other methods: such as traditional binding rituals, cursing, other cultural interpretations of threads, and other magick used in relation to bonds.
~~~~Thanks for reading the disclaimer, if you haven’t, scroll back up and read it~~~~
I am always hesitant to share thread magix. To do any of it properly and safely, you need to know how to do ALL aspects of it. I’d be advising you poorly if I don’t give this warning. Simple as that. You can’t do thread magix in a vacuum, and often you really need to surrender judgment to a series of filters and outside sources before you move forward with anything.
You don’t lose anything by not doing thread magix. Hence, if it’s not something already in your repertoire, don’t feel inclined to adopt it if it doesn’t feel natural for you, or mesh with your way of doing things (or beliefs).
Otherwise, carry on, do what you will and just be mindful that this is a process that benefits from taking time to learn and observe, before applying action.
What Is Thread Magix?
Thread magix is am umbrella term for magix done for a variety of reasons–using the bonds between beings/spirits/people/etc as the main vehicle for change, and the tool to deliver the outcome.
- Strengthen a union.
- Aid in maintaining connection through turbulent times.
- Aid in direct healing.
- Dismantle a relationship.
- Escape a situation.
- Liberate an old/stale circumstance.
- Determine identity.
And many more reasons that usually fit into one of those categories.
*Manipulation may be done in both offensive and defensive positions. This is strictly circumstantial.
It is important to note that it is not limited to two beings, nor limited to human beings. Multiple parties can be attached to the same thread/bond, and you can be bonded to both sentient and non-sentient things.
“Thread” and “bond” are words used interchangeably, but there is a slight difference. Thread refers to the direct visual link of energy between the people. This is sometimes seen or envisioned as a literal thread connecting two or more parties. Bond refers directly to the connection itself between two or more people–it is intangible but subsequently what keeps them together, and is continually worked on (or dismantled) over time. This influences the color/nature of the thread. They are isolated as you don’t necessarily need to see or believe threads to believe and understand the nature of bonds. Bonds may also have other visual manifestations and symbols outside of threads and ribbons.
How to see threads/bonds?
I cannot instruct you on how to do this anymore than I can instruct you how to see or do anything astrally (I’m working on it, these things take time, writing a book is hard). Like all things, it is a highly individual process. As mentioned, some people will literally see a ribbon when they are contemplating or focusing on the parties in question. Others just get a sensation in their bones. Some just simply “know” in their gut. Others scry. There are eight thousand ways. If you cannot see a thread–don’t freak out. You are not slighted and can’t do anything.
You don’t need to see anything to utilize thread magix. You can opt to abide by the color symbolism and motifs instead and work from a ceremonial perspective instead, fusing intent with the symbols.
Best advice however for seeing or visualizing, is to first, access your feelings for the parties involved–it is easier if you already know the beings, or are bonded to them in some way yourself. Focus on the feelings the relationship(s) give you, and let that indicate mood and nature–from that deduce the color if you are not able to “see”. Otherwise, the contemplation or focus on the relationship(s) will often bring out the vision itself and be relatively easy to see.
Other useful tools if you have limited sight or sight is not a functioning thing for you:
- Pendulums: create a simple board with the colors or descriptive words, let the pendulum guide you.
- Scrying: Smoke and Ink water tend to work best for threads, as they can be the most expressive forms (in my opinion). Pay attention to split images/pairs, soft vs. hard edges, and motifs and symbols that are frequent in your own canon and practices.
- Tarot: This is straightforward. Let the imagery and interpretation guide you.
I am capable of “seeing” but I can’t tell you how many times I use those tools to also discern or confirm for me. I will continually use the tools through out time as well to keep an eye on the threads and see how they’ve developed. Sight is great, but it’s not the be all to end all.
Seeing manifestations of bonds as things other than threads deserves an entry unto itself aside from this primer, so I will not be discussing that here.
Do we risk seeing what we want to see?
It is possible. I mentioned earlier you need to have a system of filters, self honesty, and outside sources to trickle your gathered information through: and let it percolate over time. Avoid doing thread magix in a hasty fashion when possible (unfortunately, sometimes you have to). Get others to see the bond and report back, get both beings related and unrelated to the parties in question. Ask your tools (see above). Ask yourself what you want to see vs. what is being shown, and if you are really in the right position to gauge things. Sit on it and observe again when you’re in an entirely different mood/opinion, and see if the visual results have changed with your opinion or not.
Obviously, this not a 100% accurate safeguard, but with practice you’ll slowly begin to determine rather easily when you’re projecting your wants or current emotions onto your observations.
Requirements for Optimal Results
Mutual consent: Willingness on both ends of the bond will lead to stronger results. Lack of will on either end (or both) will weaken the magix, and dillute its influence. In the case of breaking off from unhealthy bonds with someone(s) who do not wish to let you go, yes it will be harder and the magix will be weaker but this does not mean it’s impossible. Just more difficult to solidify results. The same way it is hard to get a stalker to leave you alone without multiple forms of actions, defense, protection, and outside help.
Paired Action: Bond work is not nearly enough. While it can be powerful in masterful hands–it requires the physical, mundane actions to be aligned with it. If you are cutting a bond per say, doing the thread cutting magix will help, certainly, but you must also take direct action within your life to remove yourself from the situation and establish those boundaries. Thread magix is not a stand alone practice or a substitution for handling your issues.
Morals of Thread Magix
~~~Read the disclaimer again before reading this section~~~
Morals don’t really have a place in this. Not that they should be disregarded–but it is just simple fact that not everyone that practices this, is going to use it like a saint. Nor does anyone have any way of knowing that their judgment is fair or right.
Instead, it is more important to focus and contemplate a few factors before deciding to do thread magix:
-Have I given the situation enough opportunity to change? It’s usually better to just let time handle things. It’s also wiser to make sure you’ve exhausted all avenues of self change, open discussion with the other party, etc.
-Why do I feel the need to do this? Thread magix requires a level of self honesty, and the ability to look outside yourself. Are you doing this for selfish reasons (“they don’t like me but I like them and I want to keep them in my life”–don’t do it. Firstly, the magix will be weak because only one end of the bond is willing. Second, consent is a huge factor of all of my magix. Respect consent, or respect the lack thereof. End of story. Now, if say you’re doing it because you have determined the bond is unhealthy and you’ve tried to escape, or someone else is disrespecting your consent–you may just have a valid reason to start taking matters into your own hands.) Everything is circumstantial on a case by case basis. This is just my opinion.
-Am I capable of undoing what I’m about to do? If you can only handle one side of this, and do not have the skills/knowledge/means to counteract it or handle any consequences, it is likely better to not touch it. Even if it is the right decision to do thread magix, being prepared for all possible outcomes (or receiving new information that changes the decision you would have made if you had the knowledge prior) is an absolute must. Only in dire circumstances should you jump off the cliff without a full extent of knowledge. (Extremely watered down example: you’re cutting a bond to someone that assaulted you and your health and life depend on getting out, but you don’t know how to reverse what you’re about to do–fuck it and do it anyway. It’s safer for you to cut the bond and retreat–and if there is reason to bring it back together, a lot would have to change and by that time you’ll figure it out anyway, and the ex-assaulter would have to pull their weight as well).
Basically, don’t do thread magix if you don’t have to. It’s not really a last resort, but it is a powerful tool with some practice and time–thus should be used only when it is appropriate to use it.
I made a mistake, what do I do?
We all make mistakes and ill decisions, whether its out of naivete, or resting on hard-earned laurels. Firstly, start with preventative measures.
- Keep records. Even if you have an immaculate memory, you might forget you did some thread magix to bind you to your was-to-be-spouse and put it in this box you ended up storing away during a move. Next thing you know you’re breaking off an engagement and the person just won’t leave you alone, months later you uncover the box and realize “oops that might be why”. Keeping a record of the dates/what you do will help avoid this pitfall. (Again, thread magix isn’t going to determine the course of events, but it can have an influence).
- Have a dedicated space for thread magix. Once I made the stupid mistake of cutting a bond in an area I don’t typically work in. I thought I had handled all the remains of the ribbon, but a piece slipped under my altar cabinet and didn’t get rediscovered for months (for I had no reason to look there). This fubar’d the magix as the ritual required the disposal of all segments of the ribbon. Be consistent and you’re more likely to catch these mistakes.
- Try not to use it for newly founded romantic relationships. I’m sure some people would disagree–but really. You can solidify a bond without magix, and let things run their course. Relationships teach us lessons but often not until we’re out of those relationships. Hence, you don’t want to make a binding decision with someone you hardly know or when you’ve little experience in that department. On the flip side, if you’re a chaos-and-learn person, go for it. If you’re ok with fall out, and not let it destroy your life and just learn and move on–go for it.
Secondly, admit to what you did, try to reconcile this face to face with the respective parties, and either leave it alone and let time and the universe do its thing–or attempt an opposite form of thread magix to repair. I opt for time though. If you have poked the hornets nest to the point of explosion–it’s better to just let time sort it out and let the structures rebuild themselves naturally. Otherwise you’ll continue to aggravate the results (hornets), and get no where or make things worse.
Evaluating the Condition of a Thread/Bond
Upon seeing or handling a thread, the work you do with it (or for it) will be dictated by its current condition, as well as the history surrounding the bond (and if accessible: its foreseeable future). For instance, a bond that is strong, but shows signs of wear and tear with mutual consent to heal, will require understanding how it got to be in the beat-up state its in, in the first place. Then, you may choose to either do bond strengthening magix if it is just a matter of resolve, or execration based magic if a stressor or manipulator needs to be eliminated from the bond to restore it to full health.
You can evaluate either by visually observing, or again, by using your tools to indicate influences and condition. Example: if you keep pulling The Tower and The Moon, you can likely discern the bond is troublesome or needs help, and has been brought to this condition via a matter of illusions or being mislead in certain circumstances that lead to destructive results (that may or may not be good for the individuals involved).
Your intuition is a good guide too. However, work with whatever are your strongest tools.
Things to look for to determine the condition of a thread/bond:
Size: Is the thread thick, like a big silk ribbon? Is it small, thin, delicate like the state of the relationship or indicative of the thread being in the early stages of development? The interpretation of size and measure really depends on the circumstances and your own personal experiences. Do take note of it.
Hue/Saturation of color: Fairly straight forward. Healthy bonds should have vibrancy and heavy saturated color to them (not always, pending circumstances. Let say someone has a celestial bond–a thread created from their forms in a “higher” plane, of more ethereal matter might have a pale colored thread to indicate the ethereal energy of the parties). If they are grey’d or desaturated, chances are the bond needs help or severing.
Tampering: Any out of place marks, cuts, tears, symbols, magix, energy, behavior, etc. You’re not the only one in the universe checking out bonds, so it is important to note the hands of others at work.
These are not 100% true all the time. These are the common indications of thread color, but each case is individual. This is meant to only be a guide, point of reference–individually discern always.
A quick note before reading: these colors and associations are largely guided by my personal astral canon and “culture” (if you want to call it that). Within my circle of kin, these are the standard associations and visuals. They need not apply to you if they don’t make sense–you may have your own canon of color associations and that is totally fine. Record them, and build your practice around that.
Red – Bond specific to that lifetime. May indicate romantic connection. Typically non-familial bond. A red thread may repeat through multiple lifetimes, but again indicates the nature of the relationship is one of a bond created between two beings, rather than ordained by time, higher sources, fate, etc–whatever the fuck you believe. “Romantic” is used loosely. This does not mean it must have: actual romance, physical intimacy, or dating/marriage/etc involved. It just means at some point, the parties are fond enough of each other in some way to initiate a bond themselves. Red is one of the most versatile of thread colors when it comes to interpretation.
Varying degrees of red: Bright Crimson, Dark Crimson, Faded Burgundy.
Reds are largely bonds undergoing developments. While green indicates a growing bond, red is a bond that is already there and strongly influential–but is also the most vulnerable to stress, crisis, changes, etc…relationships are work. Red is the epitome of that. Therefore its hue tends to change in regards to what it has been through.
Bright Crismon: This bond is healthy, passionate, strong, current.
Dark Crimson: This bond is deep, older, strong, special to the parties involved.
Faded Burgundy: This bond needs help, it’s been through a lot, the respective parties are in pain/going through struggle, or the bond is weakening and close to severing. Either from internal problems, or outside influence.
Orange – This is a pretty rare color, but I have most often seen it between healthy sibling relationships (both biologically and forged), younger spirits (“young” is a discussion for another day), or mutual spirits that function from the same energy (solar or fire, in this case–sharing common elements). Healthy bond, full of life. However can indicate tension, or that the bond is about to reach a peak where its color or nature will shift.
Yellow – Yellow is a rather uncommon one (in my experience). Generally, denotes a healthy bond, if not one that is still young and developing. Yellow tends to fall under “gold”, which is detailed below under “special colors”. Generally I have seen bonds whose default colors are blues and purples, turn to yellow during certain circumstances (if threads had expressions or changed moods–like that). Occasionally I have seen yellow threads when a bond is ill or toxic from the inside out. This is not a common occurrence though, so I would not count yellow as an “ill” color.
Green – Generally indicates a newly formed bond. If an old bond–tends to mean the relationship is balanced, healthy, but not necessarily deeply attached. Example: The difference between a friend and a best friend. You may be on good terms with someone, know them for a long time, but not necessarily share every aspect of your life with them. Green is a safe color. If a bond is green usually you’ll have no worries unless the color changes. This also means you probably shouldn’t touch it with a ten foot stick–leave it alone and see what it does. All things need time to be allowed to grow and develop without interference.
Blue – I call this the cosmic bond. Indicates an old, very strong, very unified bond. Surpasses other levels of a relationship. Indicates the bond goes beyond temporary desire, romanticism, and friendship. Generally–this being will be with you in every life (tangible or not), and with you for all time unless the bond is broken or tampered with. The status of the relationship can be overlaid with other threads. Ex: You may have a romantic relationship (red) with someone you share a blue thread with–blue just means if the romance dies, the bond itself remains and the respective parties still inextricably connect to each other and care about each other. Often–can’t live without the other person. Occasionally however, it just indicates two beings that continually live parallel lives, bound to meet each other each time–without it being a good relationship (or a relationship of any type at all).
Strong familial relations will also often share blue bonds. Familial does not need a direct lineage to count (can be adopted, or linked to the lineage in a different life/plane). “Familial” is used simply to denote a relationship of kinship outside of romantic relations or friend relations (but again, can overlap).
Purple – Another phase of Blue. Can indicate that a blue thread has aged, deepened. Or that overlaid threads have merged into one coherent solid relationship (ex: red + blue, blue with no relationship that turns into a relationship, etc). Purple by itself can also mean a forged bond that was created from both the parties own initiation as well as outside forces. Usually latent with magix and history. Very hard to sever via outside force.
These are “special” because they generally indicate something much bigger than ourselves, and our immediate comprehension. They are the strongest bonds, the most dangerous bonds, or the rarest bonds.
Black – Dead bond, toxic bond, manipulated bond, corrupted bond, hacked bond, destroyed bond, hidden bond, imprisonment, poisoned, unexpected circumstances. Black threads deserve immediate attention. 99999% of the time they indicate a serious issue that may be obvious, or may require extensive work to uncover and dismantle the problems. Sometimes in extreme circumstances, a black bond is good. It may indicate that something has survived some sort of long drawn out crisis and that being is completely loyal and struggling to restore a bond to something else, or the bond is solidified in hell (which, means it withstands a lot, on the bright side). BUT, that is rare. Take caution.
White – Dead bond, missing member, protected/hidden bond, manipulated bond, empty bond, bond to a source much higher than yourself (deity, godhead, non-sentient things, etc), locational bond, deception, twin bond (of the same being–not independent parties), facet bond.
Silver – The Bond of Purpose: Just as red usually indicates a thread/bond purposefully and willfully created between the parties, Silver is generally of self-initiation/creation too. Most often, for magix purposes. Two or more beings may decide to join together to create and extremely powerful, nearly unbreakable bond. Circumstantial. Perhaps they know they are about to go through something and work together as a team well–survival dependent on team effort, strengthen each other. Foresight indicates something, and so these parties take matters into their own hands to control their fate from the start. A willful advance from a base bond to a stronger bond. Silver is usually healthy. Both parties are cognizant, and the relationship is stable. Extremely difficult to sever.
Gold – Cosmic Bond II: The unbreakable. Basically, these beings are bound by everything in the damned universe, they will seek each other out, they will live in pain without each other, and it is nearly impossible to break (not by self initiation, or even by manipulation of a stronger force). Stress on this bond causes immense pain and emotional/mental distress. Breakage can result in “death”, in whatever form is applicable to the circumstances. Basically, you don’t fuck with a gold bond–gold bond fucks with you. Is survival possible: yes. But it is no damn picnic getting there. This will severely fubar the parties for a long time.
Energetic (CMYK) – CMYK is a printer’s term for cyan magenta yellow black. I use this to indicate anything of a vibrant color, or made of ethereal matter, as they tend to be one of these colors and have a “glow” to them. These may be threads temporarily put in place to replace another thread (place holder), indicate a bond is in the process of being formed, or that the nature/reason of the bond has to deal with magix, creatrix-ing, etc. God bonds, special unique relationships, so on and so forth. Also generally seen between “parent” and “child” bonds that have yet to manifest into any forms. Also most common for non-sentient bonds (bonded to a specific location, or object–such as a ring or pin, or manifested object that represents another bond).
This guide wasn’t meant to be very instructional–it is meant to introduce some of the basic concepts you will run into while doing thread work, as well as be a reference for more in depth guides on specific thread magix (that will be forthcoming).
Hopefully you have a rudimentary understanding of how to start “seeing” and evaluating threads and bonds, understanding the common visual cues (wear and tear or health, color, vibrancy, size), and have a vague idea of the circumstances that shape a thread or bond.
Any questions or comments–just ask.