In Neo-pagan witchcraft this is a field of psychic energy or power produced in unison by a coven or group of witches. Sometimes the phenomenon is referred to as raising the power. Other Neo-pagans believe in the phenomenon too.
Witches usually join hands, frequently within the magic circle, while dancing around and chanting to raise the power. The process also employs visualization. The circle is the bottom of the cone. the witches or persons within the circle produce the power which rises to the apex of the cone which extends into infinity. When this psychic power peaks in intensity it is released through the apex to accomplish a goal such as to heal or cast a spell.
It is considered that the psychic energy produced within the cone of power is similar to the power of prayer raised within prayer meetings. Witches who have greatly developed this ability sometimes see the cone of power as a luminous, pulsating cloud flooded with changing colors, or as a silvery-blue light.
The cone of power has been associated with the circle, the symbol of the sun, unity, eternity, rebirth and the triangle. The triangle has been associated with the elements and pyramids which represents the higher spiritual desires of all things. Three is the number of the triangle, which also is an important number in witchcraft, representing the triple Goddess, and in Christianity the Trinity.
Believed incidents of cones of power have been recorded in history. In parts of ancient Syria,the cone was a symbol of Astarte. The cone has been symbolized by tall, conical hats worn by magicians and witches.
Witches have claimed victories against hostile forces with the use of cones of power. In 1588 the helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (See: Sea Witches), and in the 1700 they raised power against Napoleon.
In 1940 there was much fear the Hitler would invade England which resulted in producing “Operation Cone of Power” on Lammas Day, August 1. Hundreds of witches from covens throughout southern England gathered skyclad in New Forest to send Hitler and his generals telepathic thoughts to stay out of England. The German armies never invaded the country. Whether or not the witches’ messages were beneficial is not certain.
But, thirty-one years later in 1971, on Lammas Day, California witches gathered together to perform a similar ceremony to end the war in Vietnam. A.G.H.