One of my favorite quotes about the magic of homemaking comes from Cory Hutcheson, host of the New World Witchery podcast. He says, “Home is a transformational act. It is the thing you do to turn a space into a space… that is full of ritual and significance and meaning. So there is sort of this ongoing relationship you have with the space that makes it a home.”
The act of creating a home, of making a space your own, is inherently magical. But if you want to make your space feel a little more witchy, here are some ideas to get you started.
Charms and Talismans
Making your own magical objects can be a powerful way to bring magic into your space. The best thing about making your own charms is that you can make them look however you want, so it’s easy to disguise them as ordinary household objects. You can make a charm for any intention by combining objects based on their magical correspondences.
I’ve talked about protective charms in previous posts, so I’m not gonna spend a lot of time on it here. The simplest protective charm is keeping a large piece of iron under your bed to keep away nightmares, evil spirits, and negative energy. You could also make your own protection charm, like a witch bottle.
You can create a “happy home” charm to bring peace, harmony, and happiness into your home. This charm could include herbs like basil, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, and/or bay leaves, as well as other items that you associate with peace and good fortune, like lucky coins, crystals, or black cat fur. Write your desires for a harmonious and happy home on a piece of paper, fold it up, and add it to the charm. You could store these items in a green bag, bury them in your backyard (in this case, make sure you’re only using biodegradable plant matter — leave out the coins and crystals), or place it inside a household object like a lamp or an end table.
If you suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues, try making a dream charm to help you sleep well and have sweet dreams. To make a simple dream charm, fill a blue or purple bag with lavender, chamomile, peppermint, and any other objects that you associate with peace, restfulness, and sleep. If you want to have lucid dreams or receive psychic messages in your dreams, include a bit of mugwort. Place the charm in your pillow or under your mattress. (I personally swear by this one, as it’s helped a lot with my insomnia.)
Charms are great for homemaking magic because you’re actually creating a magical object, which can then become a permanent fixture of the space.
You can use magical items to decorate your home to bring certain qualities into that space.
Hanging or displaying a broom is said to bring good fortune, protection from evil, and good hospitality. Cauldrons are used to represent the Goddess, rebirth, and raw potential. Horseshoes hung above door frames bring safety and luck to all who cross under them, and keep unwanted guests away. If you can get them legally and ethically, animal bones, teeth, claws, and feathers can represent the spirit and energy of that animal. You can also put up images of spiritual and occult symbols — I have an image of the Sun tarot card hanging in my bedroom to promote positivity and growth.
If you need to be a little more subtle with your witchy decorations, working with the magic of color is a great way to do that. Gathering a lot of items of a single color in one room changes the energy of that room. Here’s a quick guide to give you some ideas:
- Yellow is associated with divination, mental clarity, the element of air, success, communication, and inspiration.
- Purple is associated with divine power, spiritual awareness, mystery, astral travel, magic, and authority.
- Blue is associated with healing, psychic abilities, the element of water, peace, truth, and patience.
- Red is associated with protection, the fire element, sex, power, vitality, and love.
- Orange is associated with ambition, creativity, breaking through blockages, and career success.
- Pink is associated with romantic love, friendship, self love, compassion, and emotional well-being.
- Green is associated with nature, herbalism, the earth element, money, wealth, prosperity, and luck.
- Brown is associated with grounding, animal magic, stability, and balance.
- White is associated with purification, cleansing, the full moon, new beginnings, healing, and spiritual growth.
- Black is associated with protection, truth, outer space, banishing, and transition.
Decorating your home with colors that are meaningful to you can create a powerful magical space. You may also have your own color associations (for example, yellow is a very “happy” color for me), so feel free to incorporate those into your decor as well!
Growing Magical Houseplants
Most witches feel a very deep connection to nature and draw power from the natural world, but we can’t all live in a cottage in the heart of the forest. Even if you live in a tiny apartment in the city, you can still bring nature into your space by keeping houseplants. Many popular houseplants have magical uses, and many popular magic herbs can be grown inside. Here are a few to get you started.
- Aloe. This is one of my favorite plants. Aloe brings luck and protection, especially protection on an energetic/spiritual level. I like to keep aloe in my bedroom to protect me while I sleep, as well as to bring luck and inspiration while I’m working at my desk.
- Basil. Basil is very popular in money spells, and will attract prosperity and luck to your home. However, it also has protective properties — both spiritual protection and protection from bugs, since basil is a natural insect repellent! Basil can also be used in love spells, and is just generally a good plant to have around for good vibes.
- African Violet. This flowering plant attracts positive spiritual energy into your space. It has associations with the moon and the water element, and is very good for promoting spirituality and psychic power.
- Rosemary. Rosemary is one of those herbs that every witch should have on hand. It’s so darn versatile, it can be used as a substitute for virtually any other herb, and can be used for almost any intention. Some of the most common magical associations for rosemary include: cleansing, purification, protection, healing, mental activity, and enhancing memory. According to author Deborah J. Martin, there’s an old English saying that, “Where rosemary grows, the woman rules the house.” Like basil, rosemary is a natural insect repellent.
- Lavender. Lavender brings peace, love, and gentleness, which makes it a perfect addition to any home. It can be used in spells for cleansing and purification, enhancing psychic abilities, and stress relief. Lavender is also a powerful addition to love spells. Keeping lavender in the bedroom can aid in restful sleep, while lavender in the kitchen will bring harmony to the home.
- Sage. Sage is the most talked about cleansing herb, and with good reason. Unfortunately, a lot of the sage bundles you can buy at metaphysical stores are made with white sage (Salvia apiana), which is sacred to Native American peoples and is endangered due to overharvesting. Instead of buying those, why not grow your own garden sage (Salvia officinalis), which has a lot of the same magical properties? Growing sage in your home will purify the space and protect those who live there. Sage also has an association with wisdom and mental prowess.
- Hoya. Hoya is a common houseplant that you’ve probably seen even if you don’t know it by name. It has a distinctive appearance with waxy, dark green leaves and clusters of white, star-shaped flowers. Hoya aligns and balances the energy centers within your body, as well as in the surrounding space. It’s associated both with grounding and with spiritual openness, so it can be great for balancing the two.
- Peppermint. Peppermint has a variety of magical uses, but my favorite way to use it is for gently opening up blockages and getting things moving. It’s great for cleansing, but is more gentle than rosemary or sage. Place it in any room where you tend to do a lot of healing work, or where you could use some peace and love. Peppermint is also used in dream magic, so growing it in the bedroom may bring on vivid or lucid dreams.
- Orchid. Orchids are used in magic for love and lust. Historically, orchid has been used in folk medicine to promote male virility and “Jezebel root,” used in American folk magic to attract wealthy male lovers, is a type of orchid root. If you live with a significant other, try growing an orchid in the bedroom to promote passion in your sex life. Otherwise, grow orchids in your home to promote love or to attract romance.
- Catnip. If you have cats, they’ll love this one. Catnip is actually a type of mint, and has strong lunar associations. It’s said to make one more charming and attractive, and is especially useful for attracting women. At the same time, catnip promotes courage and fierceness. It is also, of course, associated with cats and feline deities, so this is definitely a plant you’ll want to keep around if the cat is one of your animal guides.
If you have a yard space that you can turn into an outdoor garden, your magical plant options are limited only by your local ecosystem. Some outdoor plants that have magical uses include roses, sunflowers, rue, lemon balm, and strawberries.
Creating an Altar
Altars are focal points of magical and spiritual energy. Many people, both witches and non-witches, find that having a designated space for their spiritual practice creates a deeper sense of sacredness and purpose.
An altar can serve lots of different purposes. Many witches use their altar as a magical work space to prepare spells, meditate, and do divination. You may choose to dedicate your altar to a deity, your ancestors, or some other spirit(s) you work with. You can also build altars for specific intentions, such as a money altar or a love altar — performing rituals at this altar everyday is a powerful method for manifestation. You altar may be some or all of these things, or it may just be a place to sit and connect with the spiritual.
You can set up an altar on any flat surface, like a shelf or table, or inside a container like a jewelry box. Your setup can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. An altar can be huge and complex, with statues and candles and flowers, or it can be as simple as a tealight and an incense burner. It’s all about what appeals to you.
- New World Witchery pocast, “Episode 143 — The Magical Home”
- Southern Cunning: Folkloric Witchcraft in the American South by Aaron Oberon
- Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
- “Candle colors and their meanings” by Michelle Gruben on the Grove and Grotto blog
- Green Witchcraft by Paige Vanderbeck
- A Green Witch’s Cupboard by Deborah J. Martin
- “The Magic of Orchids in Wiccan Love Spells & Rituals” on the Art of the Root blog
In my last post, I talked about different types of spirits that witches may work with. Today, we’re going to discuss how to approach spirits and establish a working relationship.
Keep in mind that these are general guidelines, and every spirit is different. I encourage you to do your own research beyond this post, especially if you plan to work with powerful entities like deities, angels, or fairies.
Remember the Four R’s
It’s important to keep these things in mind when working with spirits:
Respect. The spirits are powerful, and you need to have a healthy respect for that power when working with them. It’s also important to respect them as individual, autonomous beings.
I’m not saying that every interaction you have with the spirits needs to be a full blown ritual with incense and chanting. (In fact, some spirits don’t care for those types of rituals.) But every interaction you have with them should be conducted with an air of respect and reverence.
What this mostly boils down to is good manners. Being polite will get you better results — and it will also keep you from being on the receiving end of spirit mischief. Proper etiquette depends on the type of spirit you’re working with, which is one reason it’s important to do your research. In general, it’s polite to make an offering, use respectful language, and thank the spirits before you leave (unless you’re dealing with fairies — some traditions say you should never thank the fae).
Respecting spirits also means respecting their desires — even if that means respecting their wish not to work with you. Not every spirit you reach out to will want to form a relationship with you, just like not every person you meet in your life will want to be your friend. When a spirit turns you down, respect their decision, politely bid them farewell, and move on.
Reciprocity. The goal of spirit work is to establish a mutually-beneficial partnership — not for one partner to serve the other. On one hand, this means that you can’t just command spirits to do your bidding without giving anything in return. On the other hand, it also means that you won’t be worshiping/honoring them without receiving some kind of boon.
This is why it’s important to make offerings to the spirits you work with. These offerings “feed” the spirits by giving them power, and a good offering will likely make a spirit more willing to work with you. Offerings are not payment for favors from spirits (it’s not quite that simple), but they are a sign that you intent to practice reciprocity in your relationship.
In general, it’s important to make an offering when you first introduce yourself to a spirit and again before you ask them for anything. But you shouldn’t only make offerings when you’re about to ask for something! How would you feel if you had a friend who only did nice things for you when they were about to ask for a favor? You’d probably start avoiding them, right? You might even get angry. To avoid this kind of dynamic in your spirit work, make regular offerings to the spirits you work with. If you’re especially close with a spirit, you may want to offer to them every day.
Relationship. The spirits are not vending machines where you put offerings in and blessings fall out. They are living, sentient beings with feelings, and deserve to be treated as such. Your relationship with the spirits you choose to work with is just that: a relationship. And like any relationship, it requires time, energy, and emotional labor.
If that sounds like more effort than you want to make, there are plenty of ways to do magic without ever working with spirits. You don’t need to do spirit work to be a witch. It may not be your thing, and that’s okay!
But if you choose to work with spirits, it’s important to remember that you are working with them as an equal partner — you’re not their boss, and they are not obligated to like you, help you, or even tolerate you. Relationships with spirits are built over time, through mutual respect and trust.
You wouldn’t drive up to your friend’s house, throw a fast-food burger at them, and then demand a special favor. Likewise, you shouldn’t just dump an offering on your altar and demand something of the spirits. Take the time to sit down with them. Talk to them. Get to know them. Put some thought into your offerings, instead of just offering the same thing every time. Spirit work is, at its core, about building an authentic relationship with the spirits we choose to include in our practice. Enjoy it.
Research. When it comes to spirits, it’s important to know exactly who (and what) you’re dealing with. As previously mentioned, the etiquette for dealing with fairies is very different from other land spirits. Different deities have different standards for their worshipers, which vary from one pantheon to the next. The way you interact with your ancestors will probably be shaped by their personalities, cultures, and values. All this is to say it’s important to know who you’re reaching out to, preferably before you reach out to them.
With deities, this is easy. Most witches who choose to work with deities will feel drawn to a certain pantheon, or even a specific god or goddess. There’s a lot of information out there about most historical pantheons, so researching them is easy. The same goes for angels, saints, demons, and even fairies.
It can be a little more difficult to do your research when you’re dealing with land spirits, spirits of place, or other less well-known figures. In these cases, it’s best to take three steps: 1.) figure out what type of spirit you’re dealing with (land spirit, animal spirit, ancestor, etc.), 2.) find out what this type of spirit is like generally, and 3.) find out how that applies to your specific spirit.
For example: you want to connect with your local land spirits. You do some research to find out how land spirits have been treated in various cultures — you find out that they’re typically benevolent, are closely tied to the natural landscape, and were often given food offerings. Then, you do some research into your local plants and animals — what form might a nature spirit take in your local environment? Would it be a huge moose with snow-covered antlers, or a magnolia tree in full bloom? Is there any local folklore in your area that could be describing a land spirit? Once you have answers to these questions, you’ll have a much better idea of how to approach the spirits and start up a relationship.
Initiating a Relationship with a Spirit
Begin by identifying who this spirit is. For example, let’s say you choose to reach out to a specific ancestor spirit — maybe a deceased grandparent. Make sure you’re familiar with the etiquette for interacting with this type of spirit so you don’t accidentally do something disrespectful. (If your Grandma hated cussing, try not to drop any f-bombs while communing with her.)
Create a special space to communicate with the spirit. This can be as simple as lighting a candle or as elaborate as setting up a special altar. If you’re reaching out to a grandparent, you might set up a small ritual space with a photo of them, any of their belongings that you have access to, and some things that they enjoyed while they were alive. These items may make the connection easier, but you don’t need them to communicate. What matters is that you’ve taken the time to create a special space for this moment. (Like all ritual spaces, it should be clean and tidy, and it’s a good idea to do an energetic cleanse beforehand.)
Make an offering. Make sure your offering is appropriate for the spirit you’re connecting to. Offerings should be made with an air of reverence — don’t just toss a bag of Doritos on your altar and expect it to be well-received.
Introduce yourself. Speak out loud. State your intention and who you are hoping to connect with.
Wait and listen. You may feel a presence or receive some kind of sign — or you may not. Just because you didn’t get a sign doesn’t mean that your offering wasn’t noticed or that you’re being ignored. You may also receive a sign several hours, days, or weeks after you first reach out. Be patient.
Say your farewells. Express your gratitude for the spirit’s presence, and let them know that you are ending your little ritual. It’s up to you whether to invite them to stick around or politely tell them to leave, but if you’re going to give a spirit permission to linger in your home you better be 1000% sure you know who they are and what their intentions with you are.
As you work with this spirit, it is important to establish clear boundaries for the relationship. Be clear about what you want to accomplish by working with them, and make sure you understand what they expect from you in return.
You might want to establish a time limit: for example, maybe you’re choosing to work closely with the goddess Brigid from Imbolc to Samhain, at which point you can choose to continue the relationship or to take a step back. Or, you may choose to work with a spirit on a specific task — for example, working with the goddess Aphrodite to get back on your feet and rebuild your self esteem after a breakup. Once this task is accomplished, you may choose to form a more long-term relationship or to take a step back.
Forming a permanent or long-term working relationship with a spirit is a very big, very serious commitment, and should not be taken lightly. This goes double for anything involving a ritual commitment, such as dedication to a deity. When you make these commitments, you are choosing to make a spirit and their energy a permanent part of your life. This decision requires some very serious introspection and consideration, and should not be made impulsively.
- Southern Cunning: Folkloric Witchcraft in the American South by Aaron Oberon
- A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru by Patricia M. Lafayllve
- Where the Hawthorn Grows and The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens by Morgan Daimler
- Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin
- Azrael Loves Chocolate, Michael’s A Jock: An Insider’s Guide to What Your Angels Are Really Like and The Angel Code by Chantel Lysette
- New World Witchery podcast (several episodes, including “Episode 164 — Irish Folklore and Magic,” “Episode 161 — Practicing Safe Hex,” and “Episode 152 — Honoring Ancestors”)
Reasons To Live: Witch Edition
So, I’ve been struggling with depression lately (as I have been for a while) and my therapist suggests that when I am struggling, to make lists of why I should look forward to another day. I’ve decided to make a witch edition and share it with you guys.
Feel free to add to it!
- Learning more about your practice.
- Learning more about yourself as a witch.
- Watching your grimoire and your knowledge grow slowly but surely.
- If you have a crystal collection, watching your collection grow and become more apart of your every day life.
- Seeing hard spells work.
- Seeing curses work and people get their just desserts.
- Reading new witchy books.
- Rereading old witchy books and discovering new things you didn’t realize before.
- Making more friends who are witches.
- The chance to help another witch who may need knowledge that you have.
- New tarot decks!
- New pendulums!
- The holidays! (If you follow them.).
- Seeing the change of seasons and feeling your power fluctuate and grow as your season approaches.
- Perhaps communicating with a ghost that’s friendly (If you do that).
- Learning about types of divination you have yet to discover.
- Learning about others practices and seeing the witchy world through new sets if eyes.
- Feeling that feeling of connection when you start a spell and you know it’s gonna be a good one.
- The feeling when you wake up and your energy is just good and you feel extra witchy.
- HERBS AND PLANTS.
- Learning and realizing every day that you’re a unique witch. There’s no other witch exactly like you. You make an imprint on this Earth that no one else can make. You’re a witch and remembering you’re a great witch.
MAKING ANIMAL FRIENDS
22.) Seeing the Moon
Hey loves, I don’t want to make this post suuuper long so imagine me blowing a welcome kiss to all of you and let’s get started…
The generic practice of reading fire is called pyromancy.
We can break a candle reading session down to 3 main parts:
- Observation (flame watching)
- Gathering & understanding (decoding fire’s messages)
- Final question & Goodbye (ask if there’s anything else you should know before leaving, thank and salute fire/salamanders)
During the observation phase, watch for:
- Length of the flame 1-2 min to know WHEN-the timing = PAST
- Shape of the flame 2-3 min to know WHAT-the actual matter = PRESENT
- Direction & behavior of the flame 3-4 min to know HOW-the true nature of it = hints at the FUTURE (see where the fire is pointing to know what type of matter it is; concentrate on the opposite direction telling you how to counteract to solve or banish whatever it might be; it also indicates what elemental energy is strongly supporting/protecting you in taking action as well as in related spellwork)
- Presence/Absence of Smoke 2-3 min to understand the SOURCE of your awareness
*Keep a compass handy!
Salamanders/fire will try to communicate with you as soon as you light the fire/candle so pay attention from the very beginning.
Fire energy is impulsive, blunt, active, carefree and wild.
This type of divination detects negativity like WOW because it easily speaks the brutally honest truth regardless of how you feel or what’s happening. It brings up issues that we refuse to deal with. Again, it’s pure blunt energy.
Because of its wild nature, fire will also charge us with optimism and explosive determination to overcome problems and bad news: typically after pyromancy we feel motivated and “ready to go”.
Long-extra long: something has been bothering you for a very long time now (trust your intuition, probably for years) which you never actively faced; you’ve been quiet for too long; unsolved problems from the past are challenging your patience; relevant stuff that had to be cleared much earlier
Medium: Something that has been lurking in the back of your mind for 1-3 months, a plan or an idea that could change/shake your life but is not currently a priority to you; it might be something you heard from another person or a vague thought
Short: something intense that happened within the last couple days, a very recent thing is bothering you and has almost caught you by surprise; unexpected news from day to day, a new sudden event that physically or emotionally shook you
Double: Two things that were generated consequentially or have a common link, two entities/people united by a common theme
Super-thin line: Something you felt or suspected but never had proof of evidence about, a subtle suspicion, a doubt, an insinuation; a sneaky or secretive individual
Regular: Something/someone that you accept and is part of your routine, your own mindset, something very close and not disturbing; a solid milestone in your daily life
Round: One thing in particular that constantly “fills you up”, makes you feel complete, full, exploding or either extremely delighted; a person who represses/suppresses you, someone ghosting you on purpose just to humble you or to make you feel lesser
Steady: things are happening in the background, far from the “public eye” and without you even realizing; you - and people around you- are calm, clueless, peaceful and the surroundings seem safe; good vibes are in the air but definitely keep your eyes open and intuition awake
Shaky, wiggly: things are visibly happening before your eyes, making you confused, uneasy or giving you mood swings; anxiety; you are able to feel bad vibes around you: take control of the situation and protect yourself
Weak, petite & almost extinguished: matter/person X is now annihilating you before the eyes of everybody, but still no one defends you; seek help in others, protect yourself and take action to win this ripe, suffered battle
EAST: AIR - communication, mindset, mental/spoken/written things, logical reasoning, ideas, plans, spring, morning, sunrise, masculine…
WEST: WATER - emotions, unconscious, gut feelings, passivity, illogical reasoning, intangibility, blue, flow, moisture, fall, sunset, feminine…
SOUTH: FIRE - action, guidance, strength, activity, blood, warmth, creativity, masculine, red, impulse, summer, noon…
NORTH: EARTH - stability, firmness, art, finance, grounding, material things, tangibility, stillness, death, birth, winter, midnight, green…
(+ ALL YOUR PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE about the elements and how they can be interpreted, what meanings they have in our lives and their specific correspondences)
Absence: you are the source of awareness: your body and soul have sent you signals about matter X and you had an inner awakening which led you to this reading
Presence: someone else enlightened you with their words and made you fully aware of matter X; something popped up as an obvious proof that you weren’t expecting to find: this has awakened your inquisitive mind and led it to this reading.
Hopefully you’ll get inspired by this post and learn something useful to spice up your divination practice:) I thank you so much for reading,
Water was a requested topic and there was plenty of ways to tackle the topic. I’ve chosen this angle of approach because I know I’ve seen some people struggle with the idea. So let’s talk about it and give some context: if you’ve grown up with the luxury of always having had access to clean water, it’s something you take for granted. I urge you to think of the last time the water was shut off in your house for any reason and how it impacted your comfort.
Water in Ancient Greek life
The Ancient Greeks did not have running water directly in their homes. In Athens, the first hydraulic project is dated between 546 and 527 BC. The city was supplied in water: they had functional lavatories, functional aqueducs and water pumps but those were public commodities, not private ones. In fact, Plutarch tells us that Solon, an Athenian statesman between the 7th and 6th century BC, encouraged individuals to build their own wells if they lived in an area that was not sufficiently supplied and had the right to ask their neighbor for about 40 liters of water a day and make provisions in case of need (Plutarch, Solon, 23). Water safety was a legitimate concern, as it depended on the clemency of weather and could be jeopardized in emergency situations like wars.
The philosophy of water by Thales of Miletus (626/3-548/5 BC)
Without going into the details of Thales’ thought, he theorized the idea that water was the fundation of matter and thus, is the first principle. It is through Aristotle that we know of this hypothesis. While a lot of the theory is scientifically wrong, I think the theory serves its role in showing us how much water mattered as a substance essential to life.
On a religious level
Spring water is potable. It is its greatest difference with sea water, which while abundant, is not drinkable. Poseidon, as the master of seas and Zeus as the bringer of rains play an essential part in the natural cycle of water. Lack of water has catastrophic consequences on living things, and the Ancients knew that they relied on Zeus’ rains for their crops to grow, for their springs to be filled, for their cattle to feed and drink.
So when the Ancient brought water to the altar as an offering, they brought something precious. They sacrificed a substance that they relied on for their own survival. They knew that water supplies were not infinite and that the rains bestowed by Zeus allowed for their well to stay full.
Considering water as a “lazy” offering is just the epitome of privilege. The privilege of not having to worry about your access to water, the privilege of not having to wonder if the water coming from your tap is clean or not. All while forgetting that access to potable water is still a problem today for many. If what you see when you think of offering water is the easiness of turning on your tap and tossing a glass on your altar, then you’ve forgotten what your offering means.
Terje Tvedt, Terje Oestigaard, A History of Water: Water and Urbanization, 2014
- cleanse your house thoroughly
- banish any unwanted energies
- put some time into making solid wards
- rearrange/cleanse your altar space and tools
- take inventory of your supplies
- make new batches of sun and moon waters (and any salts, tinctures, etc. you like to keep on hand)
- start a dream journal now that you have the time
- find a witchy article or book on somewhere like JSTOR and learn something new (and tell other witches about it)
- try kitchen witchcraft if you haven’t already
- create a new sigil or charm to display in your house
- bless or add a glamor to an item in your home (ex. adding a glamour to a centerpiece so the food always looks good or to the welcome mat so people don’t notice the messes so much)
- send a blessing to those who are helping (and donations, if you can)
- or perhaps jinx, hex, curse, or bind those doing harm
- set aside time each day to meditate– it’s the perfect time to start such a habit!
- leave an offering to or commune with a spirit or deity you have not in a while due to time constraints
- try a type of magic you are interested in, but struggle with
- practice with your divination tools to get better at them
- update your grimoire with things you’ve been meaning to write down
- make a crystal grid of your own
- make your own pendulum and board
- make your own oracle deck
- using the items you already have, make a new powder, oil, or tincture for an intent you have often
- make a sigil and set it as your phone background
- paint your phone case with a sigil, a symbol, or a color coordinated with your intention (use acrylic and then coat it in mod podge!)
- create a new talisman
- write a hymn or incantation
- create a playlist to listen to during witchy things
- buy a service from a local witch if you can afford to– many are in need of money right now, especially
- draw, paint, or sculpt a deity you worship and add it to your altar
- use notecards to write down and categorize things you have for each basic intention (ex. write down all of the herbs, crystals, etc. you have for love, for money, etc. so you never have to sit and think hard on what you can use– it’s a quick-reference for yourself)
- write down your favorite spells or ones that you want to try
- in your school or work space, add a sigil or charm for productivity, focus, or stress-relief
- make a new sachet for sleep
- contact a witch friend and facetime them to meditate together or do readings for each other. it’s important to stay in touch!
- make shoebox, on-the-go, or pocket altars so when quarantine is over you’ll keep your practice up in daily life
- write yourself affirmation cards or letters to open in a month/year/whenever you like
- make your own runes
- enchant a piece of clothing or jewelry for stress-relief or motivation
- learn more about your own natal chart
- transfer the info you look for in your grimoire most often to make a quick-reference book of the most important pages for yourself
- learn about the plants and trees around your house and their properties
- sit in your yard for a little while and enjoy nature and it’s sounds
- open your curtains and blinds and windows to let in a little fresh air and sun into the house
- start journaling– being in-tune with yourself will improve you as a witch
- write letters or send care packages to witchy friends with things like bay leaves, sigils, and kind notes
- on your next grocery run, grab some seeds or plants and plant whatever is in season where you are. try something that can grow in your windowsill, if you’re new! this is a way to have sustainable ingredients for your witchcraft that has no pesticides and is cultivated with your energy.
- alternatively, get flower seeds and plant them around your home. this will also give you a reason to step outside to tend to them from time to time.
- learn a new song or hymn and perform it as an offering to your deity of choice
- make a list of this year’s dates of full and new moons, transits, and holidays and mark them in your calendar or put them in the notes of your phone
- take the time to monitor your own energy and take care of yourself <3
So. You’ve covered the basics. You know what every kind of ritual tool does, you understand all the terms that seemed alien to you before and you think you’re finally starting to get a feel for this witchcraft thing. You’re not a baby witch anymore, but… where to from here? Making the move from beginner witch to intermediate witch is a lot more difficult than it seems, purely because resources aimed at intermediate witchcraft are few and far between. But there’s a good reason for that.
There are general rules and ideas that can be applied across all of witchcraft. There’s so much to learn from other witches, but your greatest teacher will always be yourself. There is a reason witchcraft is so customisable to the individual: some things just work better for certain people. Not to mention pretty much every magick practice in history was developed by witches using their intuition! Because of this, it’s hard to create resources that tell somehow how to go from a beginner to an intermediate. However, they do exist! You’ll just find that most of them will act as prompts or scaffolds. They’ll instruct you on how to figure things out for yourself.
This next stage of your craft will involve a lot of introspection, and a lot of trusting your gut. It’s the reason you learnt all that baby witch stuff in the first place. This is where most of the personal growth happens. It can be scary, but it’ll also be magical. It’ll be a while before you actually qualify as an ‘intermediate witch’, and there’s no shame in that. The process of moving from beginner to intermediate is one that can take years, simply because witchcraft is such a deep and complex art. I myself definitely wouldn’t identify as a baby witch, but I’m still a beginner in many aspects despite having been a witch for years.
Without further ado, I present to you witchcraft 102.
- The Problem with Sharing Advanced Magic
- Using Tumblr as a Resource
- How to Stop Being a Beginner Witch
- How to Deepen Your Craft
- Developing Your Craft Beyond Tumblr
- Creating a Spiritual Calendar
- SOAP Journaling: a Devotional Framework
- Devotional Journal (for deity worship)
- Questions for a Deeper Spiritual Practice
- When reading through information, I recommend taking notes on the content, as well as your thoughts on it. Do you notice any connections to other texts or ideas? Do you have any questions you’d like to follow up? This will not only help you remember the information, but encourage you to look at it critically and see the bigger picture. Here is an example of my personal note-taking scaffold which includes some of the notes I took a while ago. I adapted it from the Cornell notes system based on my personal needs.
- At TechnoCoven, a recent online witchcraft convention, there was an hour-long panel about planning in witchcraft called Spirit Papers. Here is a link to the recording. It goes over different organisation systems, notebooks, etc.
- Why you should cite sources
- How to cite sources
- What is an annotated bibliography?
- I would highly recommend setting aside a specific time every day to study witchcraft. This way, you will be improving your craft every day. Even if you only set aside half an hour, you will be doing three and a half hours of study a week. An hour a day totals to seven hours a week. If you can’t find a specific time every day, then find a specific time every week. 6pm-8pm on Tuesday and Saturday, for example, or reserve all of Sunday afternoon. This structure obviously isn’t compulsory, but with it you will advance at a much quicker pace and probably find your craft more fulfilling.
- You should definitely have a grimoire already, but if you don’t, get one. It can be on paper or online, if you’d prefer. OneNote, Evernote, Microsoft Word and Google Docs are all viable digital options. You probably have lots of loose information lying around, whether its physical, in note form or on your Tumblr blog. Categorise it and order it. Then go through it. Document the important and useful parts in your grimoire.
- Elemental Magick in Science
- Elemental Systems
- The Darker Elements
- History of Magick Part 1
- History of Magick Part 2
- History of Magick Part 3
- History of Magick Part 4
- How Location and History Affect Spiritual Practices
- Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health (ebook)
- Stop Learning Tarot Like Flash Cards
- Learning the Major Arcana
- Learning the Court Cards
- Reading Tarot Cards Vertically
- Reading Reversed Cards
- How to Take Notes on a (New) Tarot Deck
- Understanding Yourself Tarot Mega-Spread
- Conceptions of the Self Through Spreads
- Shadow February Divination Challenge
- Daily Tarot Journal Printable
- Introduction to Shadow Work
- 6 Phrases for Shadow Work
- Safety Planning (good to have one of these if you’re doing shadow work and have a mental illness)
- Shadow Working with Stuck Points
- Shadow Work with Hillbillyoracle (pt. 1)
- Shadow Work with Hillbillyoracle (pt. 2)
- Hillbillyoracle’s Personal Shadow Work Framework
- Good Things to Research When You Don’t Know What to Research
- Areas of Research for the Intermediate Witch
- Masterlist of Journals, Articles & Books on Folklore, Mythology and the Occult
- Index of Old Grimoires
- Working with Plants
- Tips on How to Google Correspondences
- The Cornell University Library Witchcraft Collection
- Sacred Text Archive
- Bocastle Museum of Witchcraft
- Occult Library
- Hermetics Library
- Project Gutenberg Paganism Bookshelf
- Legal Free Ebooks Masterpost
- Good Pagan & Wiccan Publishers
- How to Get Use Out of Older Texts
- Finding Experienced Witches
- What to Do When You Fall out of Practice
- Making Your Own Correspondences
- Pendulum Dowsing for Correspondences
- 2019 Grimoire Challenge (a year of grimoire prompts)
- Stones for Advanced Practitioners
- On Tools and Psychodrama
- A Way to Astral Project
- Energy Alignment Identification
- Magic in the Body
- Spell Circles
- Irish Concept of “On the Breath”
- Sky Catch
- Verbal Sigils
- Tea With the Gods
- The Hillbilly Oracle
- Hex Positive
- The History of Witchcraft
- The Empowered Modern Witches Show
- Academy of Affluence
GET OFF TUMBLR (AKA GET SOME VARIETY IN YOUR SOURCES)
I’ve got some examples listed here but there are definitely more out there!
- Bree NicGarran’s Blog
- Luna Luna Magazine (Blog)
- Witchy Words (Blog)
- Mumble & Things (Blog)
- Down the Forest Path (Blog)
- The Travelling Witch (Blog)
- Prisoner’s Apothecary (Blog)
- Harmony Nice (Youtube)
- 6 Books for Advancing Your Craft
- Hellenic Polytheism Books
- Walker Between Worlds by Robert Kirk (I haven’t read it so I can’t vouch for its quality but I’ve heard its a valuable resources for those wanting to learn about the fae)
- The Study of Witchcraft: A Guidebook to Advanced Wicca by Deborah Lipp (I will link to my book review here; this book is essentially a study guide)
- Evolution of Goddess by Emma Mildon (book recommendation) (especially good if you are looking to find a deity but are unsure of where to start)
- The Occult, Witchcraft & Magic: An Illustrated History by Christopher Dell (a fantastic starting place for looking into occult history)
Well, maybe. Maybe not. Here are some little things that may help you figure out if it was really a grand message or not! The more of these you have, the more likely it is.
🦉It’s unusual. Let’s say you saw a deer. Sweet! That’s cool, but if you live in a wooded area and deer are really common, it’s really not that profound. It could be a message, or it could just be a deer.
🦉You asked for a sign. If you asked the universe or a certain deity for a sign, perhaps this is the follow through! For this type of thing, it’s usually good to ask for something specific enough that you couldn’t expect it every day, but not so much that it’s impossible. (My go to is a rose or a purple feather.) That way, you know that X thing is your sign without worrying too hard about it!
🦉It felt… different. Maybe the event isn’t terribly wild on its own, but it just really hit you, or the feeling was incredibly profound. Especially after doing research, and seeing how many things are symbols, your brain will make connections really quickly. That means sometimes we make something out of nothing. A strong emotional response is a good sign of a sign.
🦉It immediately felt like a sign. Let’s say you see a rainbow, and it’s really pretty. You enjoy it for a few minutes then go back inside. Later, you think, “Hm, that could have been a sign.” Maybe. But it also could be your brain going hey, I know things associated with rainbows! (In my opinion, this is the most important one. I feel like if you have to wonder if it was a sign, it wasn’t a sign. You might not know what it’s a sign of, but you will know it’s a sign. That’s just my UPG, though.)
🦉Any post-research lines up. If you get a neat vision and run the details through Google, you may find details that line up with certain lore. Maybe you knew this before, maybe not. If you didn’t, and connections keep happening with surprising accuracy, it’s a pretty good indicator!
🦉Think of why you want it to be a sign, if you do. There’s a big narrative that everybody involved in magic, Paganism, etc. is constantly having these profound religious experiences. This simply isn’t true. There’s no shame in wanting a story to share, or to feel special, or to “fit in” by getting signs from the universe. Sometimes we want signs for the sake of receiving signs, so if you’re trying to manufacture them by pulling on every little thing, you’re distracting yourself from enjoying the world exactly how it is. Don’t worry about signs and enjoy yourself. Animals and rainbows and all that are still pretty great even if every little thing doesn’t have a personal meaning.
Apollo Devotion in Uncertain Times
Tomorrow (May 25 2020), the U.S. will celebrate Memorial Day, which many consider to be the “official” start of summer.
Summer is my absolute favorite time of year, but things have been so unpredictable and unstable both in my personal life and in the global community over the past few months.
And while the world is beginning to come out of total lockdown, there’s still a lot of uncertainty and anxiety about the future. To be perfectly honest, I’m desperate for the world to get back to normal, and I’m struggling to accept that there is no going back. The world as we knew it before the pandemic no longer exists.
Which is a really troubling thought for everyone, let alone a young adult with pre-exisitng anxiety disorders rapidly approaching a major life event (earning my bachelor’s degree and entering the “real” world) while feeling completely unprepared to do so.
Universal anxieties aside, I compiled a quick list of devotions I’m working into my daily routine. Most of these are simple/subtle, as I’m banished to the broom closet while I stay with my parents. Summer is the season of Apollo, the sun, growth- and I want to do my best given the circumstances.
- Incorporating music into daily tasks- simple enough. I am always listening to music, but lately I’m trying to expand my genre interests, singing, and practicing my ukulele more.
- Dancing- this goes along with music, but it has a distinct significance to me. I love all forms of exercise, but dancing is my favorite. I feel better about my body, I feel more optimisic about the day’s challenges, and I feel more connected to Apollo if I devote my dancing to him.
- Gardening/Libations- Since Apollo’s domain is the sun, I associate all things green and growing with him as well. I have a ton of plant babies, and checking on them gives me a good excuse to spend time outside in the sunshine and it feels good to help a little life grow. Gardening is also a good way to offer libations, or an offering of liquid to the Gods. I have a libation jar on my window sill, but I can also make libations while caring for my plants. Since Apollo is associated with birds, I maintain a birdfeeder and bird bath for my local winged friends.
- Journaling- I think every witch should make journaling a part of their daily practice, but I want to incorporate a devotion ritual into my existing habit. My plan is to light a candle I’ve already dedicated to him while I write, and end my journal entry with a word of graditude to Apollo and the day’s blessings.
- Art- Traditionally, Apollo is associated with poetry, but I use all forms of art (writing, drawing, painting, sewing) as a means of devotion. The important thing I have to remember is that I want to create art for the purposes of enjoying and expressing- not for a technically perfect outcome. The technical skill comes through practice, and enjoying the process of creating because it makes me happy.
- Glitter- this one might be considered silly, but I associate all things sparkly with Apollo. Wearing jewelry dedicated to him, or gold eyeshadow or glitter makeup is another form of showing my appreciation.
- Honoring Artemis- While I am not a devotee of Artemis, I think it’s important to acknowledge and make occasional offerings to her, since she’s Apollo’s twin sister. I hold great respect for all the Theoi, and I make sure that I’m acknowledging the power and importance Artemis has on her own, not just because she’s Apollo’s sister.
- Quiet- this is by far the simplest, but it’s something that is underestimated. I can spend 1 minute just silently acknowledging Apollo’s presence. Sometimes I’ll express graditude, other times I’m stuck and I need his guidance. I love doing big, complicated rituals, and expressing my faith in that way- but these little moments mean just as much.
So those are just a few of the things I’m working into my daily routine to maintain my practice and work through these difficult times. I’d love to hear how other Hellenic worshippers practice, even if you’re not devoted to Apollo! It’s always nice to learn, especially since I’m new to the Hellenic aspect of my path.
Though we live in dark times, I wish you the brightest of blessings! May the Divine bring you peace; have faith that each day brings a new hope of positive change. -Kate
When I do candle magic, a lot of times I like to use a white candle and I don’t necessarily want to burn it all the way down (because it seems a bit wasteful).
I’m sure we’ve all heard of tying a string of a certain color around a white candle to set more intention, but I like to take that a step further and tie the string at a certain point to indicate the end of the spell/working. I then allow the candle to burn down to the string rather than burning all the way down!
It works wonders for me and saves me a ton of candles :)
ya know when you’ve finished a spell or ritual or just burned out another candle and all that wax is stuck in the tiny little holder and no matter how hard you try it never all comes out ?? no more, my friends.
simply get a pot, water, a stove, and your candle holder. fill the pot until the candle holder can sit upright completely submerged, turn the heat on, and wait. the water will eventually become hot enough to the point where not only will the wax start to melt but the wax also FLOATS so it’ll just fly right out of your candle holder !!
make sure to:
- use tongs when taking the candle holder out
- drain the candle holder of any wetness and use a towel to clean any excess
- and please don’t use any candle holders that aren’t waterproof
have fun never scrapping wax again !!
✨Baby Witch Tips✨
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re first getting into witchcraft. Here are some easy things to add more magick into your everyday life and some easy tips!
✨You don’t have to have “the best” witchy tools! Thrifted tools, things on sale, things found around the house or even tools from the dollar store work just as well for a better price! Most popular witchcraft stores are overpriced and unnecessary. Look for small community shops or go online if you’re really wanting to buy from a witchcraft shop. Always check reviews and wait for sales!
✨You don’t have to meditate everyday, do spells everyday, cook everyday, or do anything witchy if you’re not feeling it. Start small! It’s better to get rest and recharge than force power out of a drained body. Your health is more important than your craft.
✨Take your time. Don’t rush into the craft. Everything takes time, and make sure you get the basics before doing anything potentially dangerous or too difficult.
✨Find out what makes you feel witchy and embrace it.
✨Easy beginner potion post here.
✨When you get a new magickal resource such as a crystal, a pendulum, amulet etc, cleanse, charm and charge it. Carry it around with you in a little pouch if you can.
✨When cooking and baking, stir clockwise for positive energy and bringing new things and counterclockwise to banish and get rid of negative energy.
✨Save threads to your phones notes and write them down in your BOS/Grimoire later.
✨If you can’t burn anything or use incense, a essential oil diffuser works just as well.
✨DO NOT PUT ESSENTIAL OILS ON YOUR SKIN. Always check a professional source to make sure they’re okay to put on your skin. They use water as a carrier to diffuse but are very dangerous to your skin.
✨Witchcraft isn’t always going to be like those pretty mood boards you see on Pinterest and Tumblr. It will get messy and unorganized, and that’s completely normal. ✨Do what makes you feel comfortable, and remember your magick is unlike anyone else’s.
This post will be updated with more information every now and then. Stay tuned to the Publik Occurrences and blessed be! 💎💕🔮
- Pick a topic and roll with it! Ya like crystals? Research crystals. Ya like fae? Research the fae! Don’t feel tied down to having to know everything, things will piece together once you go on.
- Don’t go around telling everybody you’re a witch (unless your school and parents are cool with it) it can be freeing, but if you’re in a bad place – it’s better not to get strange looks and annoying questions from peers
- Be a skeptic! Always double research things and use your common sense!
- You don’t have to believe what everyone else believes
- Just have fun!
✨Reminders for health and witchcraft✨
- Healing rituals, stones, spells, wards, etc. are *not* a replacement for medical care from a licensed professional
- social distancing doesn’t mean isolation; reach out to online communities for support if you’re house-bound or just staying separate as a precaution.
- if you are immunocompromised, please put your health and safety above everything else; yes, even your craft can wait. I promise, it’s more important that you stay healthy enough to practice when this is all over
- keep those at greater risk for complications in your thoughts. Consider performing blessings, making care packages, or donating food as a way to practice your craft and/or be a kind citizen
- Apollo devotees like myself may want to consider giving greater offerings and asking for healing on behalf of others, as well as devotees of other gods across different traditions who also deal with healing and disease. It’s a small way that we can try to help, especially if we are staying away from others and cannot actively help them
-I cannot stress this enough:
Witchcraft CAN NOT replace doctors, medicine, medical professionals, and testing. Healing stones won’t cure you if you’re immunocompromised and catch an illness; a blessing ritual won’t keep away illnesses if you don’t practice good hygiene; your tarot cards aren’t a medical test. Please seek professional help.
✨Thank you for listening! Stay healthy, and have a safe and blessed next few weeks.✨
A Few Tips for New/Beginning Witches
- Do not feel like you need expensive tools. You can use what you have/afford. Higher price doesn’t mean squat for how well it will work in your craft
- Don’t feel like you have to do what everyone else is doing! Follow your own path. You don’t like tarot? Don’t do tarot! It’s *your* craft and you get to choose what you do and don’t do
- With that, do not fee like you have to work with Gods/Goddesses! Or any entity! It’s all up to you
- Research research research! Certain topics can be difficult to find good resources for, so if need be you can try to ask other for help!
- There is no one way to do witchcraft. There isn’t. Don’t feel like you aren’t a witch because you aren’t like someone else
- It’s okay to take a break. Overwhelmed by school/life/work? Do not force yourself to stay involved in your craft during that time if you can’t handle it. It’ll always be there when you are ready to return
- Lastly, trust your gut. If someone/thing gives you a *very* bad feeling, your gut is probably right. I can list a number of times that I didn’t listen to my gut and things went south fast
Please stay safe out there, friends
Happy witching! ✨
Raine’s Random Thoughts/Ideas #6
Your craft may be important but your health is more so.
Please be sure to take care of yourself during these troubling times, even if that means you do not do as much in your craft as usual ❤️
HERBS & THEIR SIDE EFFECTS:
St. John’s Wort:
Side Effects: Insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, irritability, upset stomach, fatigue, dry mouth, dizziness, headache, skin rash, and diarrhea.
Drug Interactions: Antidepressants, allergy medications, cough medicines, immunosuppressants, HIV medication, birth control, sedatives, anticoagulants, and other drugs.
Side Effects: Insomnia, menstrual problems, breast pain, increased heart rate, high or low blood pressure, headaches, loss of appetite, diarrhea, itching, skin rash, dizziness, mood changes, and vaginal bleeding.
Drug Interactions: Anticoagulants, antidepressants, anti-diabetic medications, aspirin, and morphine
Side Effects: Headaches, excitability, uneasiness, and insomnia.
Drug Interactions: Alcohol, anti-anxiety medications, and sedatives.
Side Effects: Constipation, headaches, skin irritation, and increased appetite.
Drug Interactions: Sedatives
Side Effects: Drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and thinning of the blood.
Drug Interactions: Alcohol, anti-anxiety medications, anticoagulants, anticonvulsants, antifungal drugs, birth control, insomnia medications, and sedatives.
Side Effects: Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, fever, sore throat, muscle or joint pain, dry mouth, headaches, dizziness, confusion, and insomnia.
Drug Interactions: Caffeine, immunosuppressants, and CYP’s
Side Effects: Skin irritation, painful abdominal cramping, and diarrhea.
Drug Interactions: Laxatives, antidiabetes medications, anticoagulants, and diuretic medications.
Side Effects: Nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, intestinal discomfort, bloating, pain, and loss of appetite.
Drug Interactions: CYP’s, cholesterol medications, and estrogen supplements.
WARNING: This is a short list of common herbs used by witches, and in witchcraft, and is by no means a completed list. Most herbs, if not all herbs, have side effects, or can potentially interact with other medications. So, please, never take any herbal supplements, or herbal remedies unless you have consulted with a doctor, or a medical professional beforehand. Stay safe, honey bees!
-when you’re about to sneeze, picture the negative energy going out of you
-when showering, take in that energy from the water! Water contains lots of energy!
-don’t have time to/forget to bless your tea when you make it? Bless the box of teabags with the intent on the energy being released when the tea is brewed bing bang you’re done, time saved
-GROUND YOURSELF ONCE A DAY MINIMUM, TRUST ME
-enchant you’re jewelry for whatever mood or purpose you’re feeling that day
-cleanse your crystals every once in a while
-meditate for five minutes when you are feeling bored
-for my witches who wear glasses, put a spell on them to prevent you from dropping them!
-send a little positive energy into a pen at a bank/office so when the next person picks it up they get a little pick me up, for a little pay-it-forward kindness
-glamours are great spells to put into sunglasses
-brush yourself to rid of negative energy when you’re feeling stressed
-put a lil essential oil in whatever school textbook you dread most to help you feel more positive towards the subject
-protect yourself daily, especially my empaths out there!
-touch your tarot deck/ shuffle it to stay in tune with it’s and your energy even if you don’t do a reading that day
-sigils on shaving razors so that you won’t cut yourself while shaving
-open your third eye when divining
-pick up those heads up pennies you find for good luck
hope this helps! feel free to add something! (Just give me credit and don’t delete my tags when reblogging)
Idk what messy witch needs to see this but, you’ve got annoying wax all over your alter cloth?
1. Wax paper
2. Lay it on the wax and melt the candle wax onto the paper using a clothes iron
3. It’s better now.
The Elements and their correspondences
E A R T H
Earth represents strength, grounding, prosperity, the material, wealth, success, foundations, death and rebirth. Focus on this element if the goal of your spell is about fertility, prosperity, business or stability. Earth spells may take longer to work, but they’re also more firm and are good if you’re looking for long-term solutions.
COLOURS: Green, Brown, Black
ANIMALS: Bears, Deers, Wolves, Badgers
HERBS/PLANTS: Ivy, Ash, Vetiver, Wheats, Oats
INSTRUMENTS: Drums (Percussion instruments)
STAR SIGNS: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
STONES/GEMS: Jade, Onyx, Emerald, Salt
RITUAL TOOLS: Stones, Dirt, Bones, Pentacle, Salt, Crystals
RITUAL FORMS: Burying, Planting, Imprinting to soil or sand
TAROT SUIT: Pentacles
A I R
Air represents intellect and the mind, wisdom, knowledge; logic as well as abstract thought, intuition and higher consciousness. If you’re seeking freedom, travels, or to enhance your memory and focus - focus on Air spells! Air is whimsical and amiable, personally I haven’t found it useful for more serious spells, but it does wonders for my studies.
COLOURS: Yellow, White, Sky Blue, Pastels
ANIMALS: Birds, Spiders, Butterflies
HERBS/PLANTS: Lavender, Birch, Vervain, Dill, Aspen
INSTRUMENTS: Flute (Wind instruments)
STAR SIGNS: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
STONES/GEMS: Amethyst, Opal, Alexandrite, Beryl
RITUAL TOOLS: Incense, Wand
RITUAL FORMS: Fanning, Tossing into air, Suspending in a high place
TAROT SUIT: Swords
F I R E
Fire represents energy, passion, purification, love, inspiration, desire, will, courage, power, leadership, sexuality. In spellcraft, focusing on Fire is good for purification, healing and love spells; it’s the best element for quick, strong spells. Although, Fire is fierce in essence, and Fire spells are susceptible - they should be well thought out.
COLOURS: Red, Orange, Gold
ANIMALS: Snakes, Lions, Horses
HERBS/PLANTS: Cacti, Cinnamon, Pepper, Basil
INSTRUMENTS: Guitar (Stringed instruments)
STAR SIGNS: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
STONES/GEMS: Amber, Citrine, Ruby, Tiger’s Eye
RITUAL TOOLS: Athame, Candles
RITUAL FORMS: Burning, Smouldering, Heating
TAROT SUIT: Wands
W A T E R
Water represents purification as well; though it’s focused more on the soul and the subconscious rather than the physical, material world. Water stands for emotion, intuition, wisdom, eternal movement, reflection, lunar energy. Focusing on the Water element is good for psychic abilities, getting in tune with your inner self, mysteries, friendships, love, dreams and sleep.
COLOURS: Blue, Indigo, Silver
ANIMALS: Otters, Fish, Sea Mammals, Frogs
HERBS/PLANTS: Lotus, Water Lilies, Aloe, Gardenia
INSTRUMENTS: Cymbal, Bell (Resonant instruments)
STAR SIGNS: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
STONES/GEMS: Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl
RITUAL TOOLS: Cauldrons, Chalices, Seashells
RITUAL FORMS: Diluting, Placing into water, washing away, bathing
TAROT SUIT: Cups
Here are some ideas to help you answer those pesky Yes/No questions using Tarot. These are just ways that I’ve found work for me and Yes/No card interpretations that have always given me the answers I seek. Sometimes, this varies from reader to reader, so use this as a springboard to find out what works for you!
- If you pull a Yes card in reverse, it could indicate a “Yes, BUT…” or a “Yes, IF…”. You’ll need to understand what each card means in reverse to determine the caveat for a reversed Yes card.
- Pay attention to the positive meanings for each No card. Sometimes, things aren’t as clear cut as a simple No. Sometimes, it becomes a “No, but…” and gives you clues about how you can change your No into a Yes.
- If you pull a Maybe card, you can often get a feel for your options either way by drawing additional cards to go on either side. For example: Two of Swords is a Maybe card and often represents a difficult choice between two options. You can draw two cards to set on either side of this card that represent the two choices and their pros and cons.
- Major Arcana: Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Emperor, Empress, Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Hermit, Star, Sun, Judgement, World
- Cups: Ace, two, three, six, nine, ten, page, knight, queen, king
- Pentacles: Ace, three, six, eight, nine, ten, page, knight, queen, king
- Swords: Ace, page, knight
- Wands: Ace, two, three, four, six, eight, page, knight, queen, king
- Major Arcana: Death, Devil, Tower, Moon
- Cups: Five, eight
- Pentacles: Four, five
- Swords: Three, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
- Wands: Five, seven, ten
- Major Arcana: Hierophant, Justice, Hanged Man, Wheel of Fortune, Temperance
- Cups: Four, seven
- Pentacles: Two, seven
- Swords: Two, four, queen, king
- Wands: Nine
broke witch hacks 🍄
🌙 use old socks to make spell satchets! these are also great because theyve spent a lot of time with you, so the spell will have an enhanced effect :))
🌙 buy your herbs in bulk!!!!!!!!! never pay more than a dollar for a lil bag of herbs! buy huge bags of them, you wont regret this! i recently bought a huge container of cinnamon sticks, i absolutely love it.
🌙 if you simply cannot get a physical copy of a book, download a pdf of old grimoires and spellbooks! theres so much knowledge out there, you just have to go find it!
🌙 cant afford fancy herbs? thats okay! table salt can be used in almost every recipe, (savory) and has cleansing properties. it can also protect against misfortune. pepper is also good for banishing negativity, and if you can get your hands on some cinnamon or sage those are wonderful for drawing love and happiness, and sage is perfect for cleansing.
🌙 if you cant afford a big fancy leather vintage whatever book for your bos, its okay! a composition book is fine. better yet, you can use the notes app on your phone! this is great for if youre on the go.
🌙 not being able to afford fancy shiny gems and crystals is okay!!!!!! stones you find yourself have a much more sentimental value and can be used just as youd use any other rock.
🌙 you dont have to dress witchy!!!!!!!!! witches can wear whatever, they dont have to wear all black and crystal necklaces! although thats the aesthetic i hope to achieve
🌙 meditate. even if its the only magick you can do! try energy work!!!!
🌙 collect rocks and sticks and stones and plants you find! go outside hunting for cool rocks! talk to the bugs! hug the trees!
🌙 hotels sometimes have tea in the lobby, steal a crap ton of teabags because fuck capitalism
the most magickal tool is yourself. you are divine 💘
A kiss is a very powerful thing, even in fairytales and lore of the past the power of kisses are told of (true love’s kiss, siren/mermaid kiss, first kiss, etc). a kiss can be a powerful tool for any witch. Here are a few suggestions for using kisses and the power they hold.
- Use a kiss to charge objects: crystals, tarot cards, charms, amulets, etc etc. Use it to send your emotions and energy into the object. Love is a good emotion, but any positive energies you wish to charge the object with can be transferred this way. Adding your love to something can really give it a boost as well! Especially if it is for another to use. (Note: do not kiss toxic stones please! Be safe and smart)
- Spell Sealing: Use a kiss to magically seal spells such as jar and bottle spells or use it to strengthen a (cooled!) wax seal. Imagine placing the kiss its like placing an invisible seal upon it, stamping in energy to lock th spell inside.
- For Air and Wind spells: For all of my fellow witches who use air and wind spells, blowing a kiss after a chant or spell to summon a wind in the direction you wish it to blow is a good way to guide the wind but also show it positive reinforcement. Use it to show your gratitude for the wind’s cooperation. It is best for gentler wind spells.
- Glamour and Beauty spells: Kiss the mirror after a beauty or glamour spell. Thank the mirror for its aid and seal any negativity into it. It also a wonderful way to reflect love back at yourself!
- Love Spells: Kisses are great for powering up love spells! Kiss a candle before lighting it (careful if you are using essential oils be sure not to kiss where they are), kiss the written name of the one you desire, kiss a charm or amulet to help bring love into your life, and finally blow a kiss when finishing the the spell to close it.
- Kitchen Magic: blow a kiss to finish a dish (don’t be too close though, don’t want to spread germs) to put a final charge of love into it before serving it to others. Good for with tea and coffee spells too!
- Public Magic: Want to remain discrete while casting a spell in public? Blow a kiss! Its much subtler than pointing or hand motions, especially if it is a positive spell you are casting on another or a friend but it is also good for curses, either way its a wonderful way to send your intentions. Whisper the words or chant needed for the spell (if any) under your breath, imagine them them gathering in an orb of energy at your lips as you do so. Then do a subtle kiss motion on your lips (no hands and no ‘fish lips’, you are trying to be subtle). Then release the energy and words towards the target with a gentle blow of breath, sending the ball of energy in that direction.
- Mourning/Remembrance Rituals: Ending such a ritual with a blown kiss to close it can help release your feelings in a positive manner and close the ritual with love and sincerity.
- Thanking tools: As someone who uses tarot cards and many other divination tools, I like to place gentle kisses to the sides of the decks after using them to help bond with them. To show them my gratitude for assisting me in not only readings but also in my spell work. I also before days where I know i will be doing a lot of divination work, I will kiss them to help charge them up (as said above). It is an excellent way to bond with your tools!
this is a list of magical associations for every tarot card, they can be added into spells to amplify your intentions and strengthen your manifestations
- Wands are connected with the Fire element and is centered around movement, direction, energy, passion
- Swords deal with thinking, communication, perception, and issues dealing with truth, connected to the air element
- Cups are connected with water, and the full spectrum of emotions. every emotion imaginable is covered in the cup’s suit.
- Pentacles are connected with Earth and are symbolic of manifestation, rewards, material wealth and material abundance.
- The Fool creates new beginnings and can be paired with other cards. ex: the fool + the lovers for new romance, the fool + pentacles for new opportunities, etc.
- The Magician increases your power and capability on all levels, willpower, emotional security, balance within yourself, etc.
- The High Priestess increases your psychic abilities, mediumship abilities, and intuition
- The Empress will help you with creativity and creative endeavors
- The Emperor establishes order, structure, and command
- The Hierophant can be used in a lot of ways, my favorites are 1. Pairing it with the fool to attract a new mentor, 2. Using it to summon a spirit guide or ascended master
- The Lovers help invoke and attract love, partnership, mutual relationships, and passion
- The Chariot is amazing for success, and triumph. I always use this in success spells for exams, tests, and projects. The Chariot will help the best possible outcome for a situation to arise
- Strength will help you master your emotions
- The Hermit is good for rituals and meditations based going within and gaining a better understanding of your own self, and life purpose.
- The Wheel of Fortune can be used for luck, change, and getting a desired situation moving
- Justice is great for truth, legal matters, and justice
- The Hanged Man buys you time for a situation you aren’t ready to face, delays events
- The Death card works well for ending situations, closing doors, gaining closure, and new beginnings
- Temperance will restore balance and serenity to any situation
- The Tower is best used for hexing and cursing, brings misfortune, unhappiness and chaos
- The Star card is good for when you are casting spells focused on gaining something, The Star card is centered around healing, openness, and hope
- The Moon helps develops intuitive abilities and can be used to send bad dreams
- The Sun is used in spells for summoning happiness, success, and health
- Judgement will help clear confusion and help you with understanding your life mission similar to the Hermit in that aspect
- The World invokes wholeness and completion
- Page of Wands: works with communication, messages, action, and passion
- Page of Cups: boosts creativity, taps into your spiritual nature to bring out new creativity
- Page of Swords: amplifies ingenuity and creativity, helps deliver messages from one person to another, can be used to attract someone’s attention to yourself
- Page of Pentacles: good for grounding and centering spell work
- Knight of Wands: speeds up any workings involving passion, love, and creativity
- Knight of Cups: speeds up workings dealing with emotions, psychic development, inner strength
- Knight of Swords: speeds up workings involving communication, balance, and thinking
- Knight of Pentacles: speeds up workings dealing with manifesting abundance, material wealth, prosperity, and creativity
- King of Wands: associated with leadership, command, can help you gain authority
- King of Cups: associated with personal feelings, can help you resolve personal conflicts and inner turmoil
- King of Swords: aids in strengthening your communication and speaking skills
- King of Pentacles: invokes luxury, great card for business success
- Queen of Wands: establishes a sense of self security and sufficiency
- Queen of Cups: develops your psychic abilities, also helps with understanding/controlling your emotions
- Queen of Swords: helps you develop stronger focus
- Queen of Pentacles: abundance, creativity, fertility
- Aces: used for new beginnings based on the energy represented in that suit
- Two of Wands: positive progress in any situation whether it be romance, health, career, etc.
- Three of Wands: business prosperity
- Four of Wands: strengthens any type of relationship
- Five of Wands: used in hexes and curses to invoke conflict, and arguments
- Six of Wands: manifests recognition, success,
- Seven of Wands: use this card when you’re in a tough situation, it will help you succeed and come out of it stronger
- Eight of Wands: directs energy and intentions towards a specific goal or purpose, helps to speed up workings
- Nine of Wands: use this card when you come face to face with a difficult task, this card will keep you brave and strong
- Ten of Wands: can either be used to achieve something great, or it can be used in a hex or curse to manifest burdens
- Two of Cups: union, strengthens romantic relationships
- Three of Cups: strengthens a friendship
- Four of Cups: dissatisfaction with surroundings
- Five of Cups: causes despair and sadness
- Six of Cups: lifts your mood when you’re feeling down
- Seven of Cups: illusions and deceptions
- Eight of Cups: used to help you move on from the past
- Nine of Cups: make a wish and use this card’s power to grant your wish, invokes happiness
- Ten of Cups: brings happiness to relationships of all kinds, friends, family, romantic, etc.
- Two of Swords: used in curses and hexes to cause someone to have a limiting mindset
- Three of Swords: heartbreak and emotional strife
- Four of Swords: used in healing spells, sleeping aid
- Five of Swords: manifests conflict, and failed success
- Six of Swords: this card will aid you when you face a difficult change, helps you to move on and move forward
- Seven of Swords: causes betrayal
- Eight of Swords: powerful energy that causes isolation
- Nine of Swords: sends nightmares and anxieties
- Ten of Swords: defeat and betrayal
- Two of Pentacles: brings balance
- Three of Pentacles: strengthens business connections
- Four of Pentacles: manifests financial stability
- Five of Pentacles: financial problem
- Six of Pentacles: prosperity
- Seven of Pentacles: material abundance
- Eight of Pentacles: if you’ve worked hard this card ensures you that your efforts will be rewarded
- Nine of Pentacles: success, luxury, accomplishment
- Ten of Pentacles: success, wealth
- Negative aspects of the cards can be used for hexing and cursing
Oooof, the swords are pretty intimidating in spells…
Always reblog. Some of these may be different for others depending on the deck they have, but it’s really just interpreting the individual card. (just in case any witchlings were worried about a source)
✨ 101 - basics :
there are some accepted standard methods used widely in witchcraft,
- unpacking witchcraft - spell types
- some basic terms to know
- methods for spells
- grounding, a quick how-to
- when to cast a spell - by weekdays
- when to cast a spell - by time of day
- how to cleanse
- how to charge
- nullifying spells
- about jar spells
- jars and mold
- “beginner” spells
- grounding masterpost
- disposing of spell materials
✨ 202 - your own path
your own path is where you diverge from the standard things you learn at first, and may require you to write your own spells or adjust others to your needs.
- how to write your own spells - resources
- understanding herb associations with rosemary
- how to substitute in a spell
- how to write curses
- how to write glamours
- searching spells by ingredient
- how to adjust a spell
- tools of witchcraft overview a witch’s wand
- building a broom/besom
- correspondence resource
- on making moon water
- herbs for spells : grocery store vs. home grown vs. edible wilds
- a witch’s book
✨ you should know:
perhaps it’s a bit too warm for coffee potions, or hot chocolate magic, or even tea spells, but you still want to work a little magic into your day. infused waters! here’s just a couple of suggestions with fruit and even herbs, and their correspondences.
for all recipes, chop, cube, or slice all fresh ingredients. let them sit in a bottle of cool water for a few hours. the longer it waits, the more flavor infuses. afterwards, you can eat the fruit or infuse it again!
Honeydew Melon and Raspberry 🍈 🍇
for fertility, love, beauty, protection, abundance, and lunar magic
Strawberry, Lime, and Cucumber 🍓 🍊 🍠
for love, chastity, fertility, healing, fortune, peace and protection.
Raspberry, Rose Petal, and Vanilla 🍇 🌹 🍃
for love, protection, divination, healing, psychic abilities. happiness, and lust.
Citrus and Cucumber 🍊 🍠
for purification, protection, beauty, divination, purification, and wealth.
Rosemary and Grapefruit 🍃 🍈
for exorcism, healing, love, lust, protection, purification, spirituality and energy
Watermelon and Mint 🍉 🍃
for purification, new beginnings, exorcism, healing, protection, and wealth.
Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil 🍓 🍊 🍃
for courage, exorcism, protection, friendship, purification and love.
Orange and Blueberry 🍊 🍇
for protection, beauty, divination, fortune, love, purification, and wealth
Bedridden Witch: Wheel of the Year Edition
These will be a combo of low energy and bedridden activities! Please note that absolutely nothing is required in order to honor the seasons besides witnessing them and trying to admire the things they bring <3
Purification, spring cleaning, home and hearth. Winter to Spring.
- Light a candle or turn on an electric candle.
- Open the curtains to let light in.
- Crack open all your windows to let in some fresh air.
- Visualize a light cleaning each and every room in your home.
- Spray a cleansing spray throughout your bedroom.
- Clean an area in your home, big or small. (It could be as simple as making a pile of trash so it’s easier to move later.)
- Wash your bedding or rotate your blankets and flip over your pillow.
- Change your pajamas.
- Bathe yourself (either in the tub or sponge bath style). Infuse some herbs/flowers into the water!
- Low energy Imbolc + Imbolc masterpost
- Bedridden witch: Cleansing + Bath Magic
New life, growth, celebration of lusciousness. Spring.
- Water your plants and whisper blessings to them.
- Plant something new! It can be as simple as a beansprout in a paper cup.
- Open the curtains to let light in.
- Crack open all your windows to let in some fresh air.
- Spray floral water in the air and on your bedsheets.
- Have someone bring you some spring flowers.
- Draw flower designs or in pastel colors.
- Make some herbal/floral tea or infusions.
- Burn incense or smoke cleanse.
- Drink lots of water.
- Ostara masterpost
- Bedridden witch: Garden + Pastel
Peak of life, renewal, fire. Spring to Summer.
- Wake up earlier than usual to enjoy a full day of light.
- Make flower crowns with real, fake or paper flowers.
- Braid something (your hair, a bracelet, ribbons, etc.)
- Make sure sunlight and fresh air can reach you.
- Enjoy some fresh fruits, nuts and seeds.
- Drink tea or water infused with fruit.
- Decorate with/wear/create things with bright colors
- Light a candle or turn on an electric candle.
- Decorate a new pot for your plants (painting, sharpies, ribbons, etc.)
- Write a list of things you would like to release and burn them (alternatively: tear it up and place in a glass of water).
- Beltane masterpost
- Bedridden witch: Nature + others linked above.
Sunshine, joy, celebration. Summer.
- Make sure sunlight and fresh air can reach you.
- Try to be awake and witness both the sunrise and sunset.
- Pour an offering of water for the plants (indoors, outside or out the window).
- Decorate with flowers and crystals.
- Have a picnic (outside, on the kitchen floor or in bed).
- Enjoy locally grown fruits and veggies.
- Find a way to incorporate honey into your day (scrubs, food, tea, etc.)
- Burn beeswax candles.
- Listen to music that just sounds like summertime.
- Make sun water or sun tea.
- Bedridden witch: Elements + others linked above.
First harvest, gratitude, abundance. Summer to Autumn.
- Eat grains and local veggies.
- Eat bread or your closest alternative.
- Start a new project like crocheting or knitting. This is also a great time to finish that project you’ve been avoiding.
- Read an entire book, start to finish or finish a book you put down and forgot about.
- Infuse berries into water.
- Wear and decorate and create with browns, golds, dark greens, oranges and yellows.
- Drink rich teas.
- Decorate with sunflowers.
- Make a mug cake (x)
- Low Spoon Ways to Celebrate Lammas
Second harvest, balance, abundance. Autumn.
- Drink apple cider or juice.
- Decorate your home to make it look more like Autumn (fake or real leaves, acorns, paper cutouts, etc.)
- Eat things like breads, nuts, grapes, pomegranates, pies, apples and root vegetables.
- Wear/decorate/create with oranges, reds, golds and browns.
- Write down all of the things you can think of that you’re thankful for.
- Apple magic
- Drink warm drinks like coffee or cocoa and add warming spices (cloves, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)
- Create a picnic/feast wherever is reasonable, with a little bit of everything.
- Pull up a video of leaves falling or a fire crackling.
- Mabon masterpost
Final harvest, honoring ancestors, reflection. Autumn to Winter.
- Spiced apple cider
- Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spiced-things, pumpkin seeds.
- Decorate with small pumpkins, paint them or draw on them if carving is too high-energy.
- Create an altar honoring loved ones who have passed on, either a material one or a photo album online.
- Pull up a video of a burning fire or light candles.
- Turn off all of the lights and sit/lay in darkness.
- Visualize your wards and boost your home protection.
- Do spirit work/leave offerings for the spirits.
- Burn incense/make a spray that smells of spices (cloves, basil, etc.)
- Watch spooky/witchy movies.
Creating, sharing gifts and feasts, warmth. Winter.
- Create an apple pomander with cloves or spiced orange slices.
- Watch videos of fires burning or snow falling.
- Decorate with evergreen boughs, holly, pine cones, etc.
- Make rosehip, peppermint, vanilla, rooibos or spiced tea.
- Step outside/open a window to feel the cold air (if you live somewhere warm, do this in the early morning/night).
- Handcraft gifts for loved ones or write heartfelt cards/letters to the people you care about.
- Put birdseed outside/a bird feeder by your window.
- Make a simmer pot, or use this idea to create a scented spray.
- Wash your face with snow/cold water.
- Drink hot drinks.
- Yule masterpost.
- Bedridden witch: Winter + others linked above.
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