30 Day Witchy Journal Challenge: Day 7 | 17-01-17

Day 7:Has your craft changed or transformed since you began? Have any of your beliefs or values changed?

Hoo, boy. 

My craft and my beliefs have changed over the years. As I said in a previous entry: I thought I was Wiccan once upon a time. I learned quite quickly however, that I am 100% not Wiccan and am in fact an eclectic solitary witch. 

Please, for the love of everything, do not take that as an insult towards Wicca. 

I have nothing against Wicca – each to their own! – I just found that many aspects of it didn’t suit me in any manner, so I abandoned that and started practising witchcraft without religious ties and with the intention of forging my own way.

My craft has become a massively diverse mish-mash of anything and everything that interests me, whereas before it was strictly elemental and deity related magick. I am much happier with who I am and what I do now, than I was back then. I do forgive myself for being so restrictive, because I was young and afraid of all the things I did not yet know.

30 Day Witchy Journal Challenge: Day 6 | 16-01-17

Day 6: Where did you learn about witchcraft from? Was it something that just appeared in your life, were you born into a witchy family or did you learn on your own?

Oh, I like this one. Okay, okay.

My introduction into witchcraft was a little bit strange in some ways, but not strange on the whole. It all began with my Mama.

She used to hang sachets on the front door to protect us, and on the night before our (my younger sister and I) first day in the latter half of primary school, she placed a small rose quartz crystal beneath our pillows to draw love and friendship to us.

I was exposed to witchcraft at a young age, and thus it has never been something that I have feared. Instead, it has always intrigued me and I have always had a love of the occult; of paganism and magick and the supernatural, – of all things strange and dark and wonderful.

Years and years ago, I found a box with a red folder and some little packets in it under my Mama’s bed. The packets were herbal sachets and within the folder, was absolutely lots of pieces of paper with spells on them! Love spells, protection spells and potions galore! There were instructions on how to astral project and how to mix and use flying ointments. Mama told me that I could take the folder and read through it, so I did. Well actually, the first thing I did was organise all of the papers. My Mother has terrible document keeping skills, let me tell you that much. It was a mess.

Not long after pilfering the folder and retiring to my bedroom to scour through it all, did something start within me. I know it sounds melodramatic, but it’s almost as if something woke up. I can’t really explain it without it sounding like either poetic drivel or a badly written scene out of a YA novel.

My Mama gave up practising and settled on soft paganism instead. She is still a Kemetic pagan, and has charms and beliefs pertaining to that, she just chose not to practise witchcraft anymore. I understand why. She had myself and my sister to care for full-time, as I developed type 1 diabetes at 3 years old and spending time and money on magick was no longer an option. 

She did, however, encourage me when my interest piqued during my early teens as did my Grandma. I thought she would be somewhat disapproving of the whole venture as she was a devout lifelong Catholic but,… she wasn’t. She pushed me to read up on anything and everything I could find and she would stay up until the early hours of the morning discussing it with me. She would quiz me on crystals and ask me about herbal remedies and teas. She watched me do simple candle magick by the fire and she pushed me to be the best witch I could be.

During high school was when I discovered Wicca. I read up on it, liked it and investigated it further. For a while, it seemed to be my thing but… soon afterwards, I realised that Wicca is quite a strict religious system and as I got a little older, the constraints appealed to me less and less. It didn’t feel right just having a God and Goddess (at this time I hadn’t truly figured out my pagan path) and trying to find a coven seemed like something I didn’t want. I also didn’t like the hierarchical mechanics of it either, as strange as it sounds.

After some soul searching, I came to the conclusion that I am not Wiccan, nor am I a specific type of witch. I am an eclectic solitary secular witch. I practise a craft that I have forged as my own and I do it alone and without the inclusion of any deities. Once I decided this, all seemed to fall into place. My love for all things strange and magickal made sense; a feeling of being incomplete dissipated. My love for the darkness and for stormy skies and dense forests made sense; my affinity for learning became relevant and significant and I had found myself. I have found the best and truest version of who I am and this version is my favourite so far.

Wicca served as a gateway into the craft I love and practise to this day and although I no longer am Wiccan, or really ever was, and there are some things I don’t agree with within the faith, I’ll always be grateful for the world it opened up to me

30 Day Witchy Journal Challenge: Day 5 | 15-01-17

Day 5: If you use herbs in your spells, etc., list three that are safe, and three that are not. Name their correspondences as well.

Unless you have allergies (or something), these three herbs are safe to handle and consume:

  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender

These herbs are not safe and should be handled with extreme care, or not at all:

  • Aconite (a.k.a., Monkshood and Wolfsbane) – all of this plant is neurotoxic, hepatotoxic, and dermatoxic. 
  • Belladonna (a.k.a., Deadly Nightshade) all of this plant is neurotoxic and cardiotoxic. Use of it is often fatal thing.
  • Henbane all of this plant is cardiotoxic and neurotoxic.

Correspondences:

Sage: cleansing, purification, healing, protection, prosperity, luck. 

Rosemary: protection, love, lust, mental clarity, purification, healing, banishing, cleansing.

Lavender: love, peace, dreams, sleep, calm. 

Aconite: consecration, magickal and spiritual awareness, protection.

Belladona: astral magick and flying ointments.

Henbane: used mainly in divination and flying ointments.

“Neurotoxic” – toxic to the neurological system, e.g.,  brain, nerves, spinal cord, etc,.

“Cardiotoxic” – toxic to the heart.

“Hepatotoxic” – toxic to the liver.

30 Day Witchy Journal Challenge: Day 4 | 13-01-17

Day 4: Name five of your favourite tools and why you like to use them. If you don’t use any tools, explain why.

I guess this is going to be somewhat similar to Day 3’s entry.
My favourite tools to use are in no way fancy or complex because I do not have the funds, spare health and often time to work with any level of complexity. It tires me out.

(This is a rather crap predicament because often this also limits the actual magick I can do, but hey. C’est la vie.)

My 5 favourite individual tools to work with are as follows:

  • Selenite (crystal).
  • Obsidian (crystal).
  • Clear Quartz (crystal).
  • Candles.
  • Sage (herb).

I know that all sounds very,… stereotypical, but like I said: we ain’t workin’ complex here.
I’ve always felt a sort of affinity for crystals and thanks to my Ma, they’ve been a part of my life since I was a child. They’ve always been easy to work with (for me) and have become a part of my daily life.

The other stuff on the list are just old faithfuls. They’ve never let me down yet! Need to cleanse? Both will work. Need to protect? Both will work. Need to charge a sigil? Burn the sage on a candle and use the smoke or use the candle to burn the paper – both will work.

Witchcraft 101: Astral Weapons (???) | 11-01-17

Yesterday, whilst answering some of the asks I received for one of those themed ask memes on my tumblr, I stumbled across a term that I haven’t seen before. “Astral weapons.
My first thought was probably very similar to what some of yours are now:

What the ever-living fuck are Astral Weapons?

I have conducted my own research into this and have discovered, that Astral Weapons are exactly what the name says.
They are weapons of your choice (Swords! Swords! Swords!) that are carried into other astral realms and planes whenever your astral body leaves your physical body.
Note, however, that these weapons are not of this plane.
Nuh-uh. Astral Weapons are made up of an energy source of your choice and are projected through visualisation, e.g., once your physical and astral bodies have separated and your higher-self is quite happily travelling, you then use your preferred visualisation technique to manifest your chosen weapon.

Why would I need an astral weapon?

Good question.
When you’re travelling or projecting, you are entering a new plane of existence not inhabited by physical beings and bodies; AT/AP requires you to exist on two separate planes of consciousness simultaneously.

Because of this, both of your bodies – your physical body and the astral one that’s doing all the travelling – are more vulnerable than they would usually be.
Your higher-self may be susceptible to what are known as “attacks” from unpleasant entities that also exist within the astral planes.

These “attacks” will hit right at your energy source and may end up draining you, and putting you at risk. You must remember that your separate bodies are stronger together (two heads are better than one!), and thus weaker apart. If your higher-self is attacked and you have no means of defending and protecting yourself, you may not be strong enough to return to your physical body, and if you do manage to get back, you will feel real-life, physical side effects, such as being exhausted, aching/in pain, and you may feel emotionally unstable or even drained.

In short:

  • Astral Weapons are a means of protection that are created by the traveller (you).
  • They are created by visualisation: use your best visualisation technique to harness your own energy, and create a weapon of your choice.
  • Oh yeah, you heard me. A weapon of your choice.
  • These weapons are used to stop attacks from entities who seek to harm you or drain you of your energies whilst roaming astral planes.

A post about the basics of AT/AP can be found here.

Sources: (X)

30 Day Witchy Journal Challenge: Day 3 | 11-01-17

Day Three:What are five things that you have in your room you can use in a spell or ritual? What could you use them for?

Well, my workspace (a desk with lots of stuff on it, such as jars, candles, cleansing bundles, etc,.) is in my bedroom.

Because of this, pretty much all of my tools are within my bedroom, meaning that I could just list them off. I think I’ll just tell you a few of the things I use the most within my bedroom itself, – I like to “witchcraft all over the damn house.” as my Ma says.

  • Candle(s).
  • My grimoire.
  • Jars of herbs.
  • My box of crystals.
  • Knife.

Candles can be used to represent fire, invoke spirits/deities; they can used to be cleanse; banish; draw things to you; they are a means of activating sigils. They’re amazingly useful in magick.
My grimoire is my journal, my referencing tool, my guide. I use it in pretty much every magickal working as it (usually) holds all the information I’ll need at the time.
The Jars of herbs are again, a multipurpose tool as each herb has different properties and correspondences, e.g., I may use the Sage and Rosemary to cleanse and protect, after I have used the St. John’s Wort to banish.
My Box of Crystals is exactly the same as my herbs, really. I might use my crystals to charge something more than I’d use my herbs, though.
The Knife I use to cut stuff. Cut the stems on plants, cut ribbon and string. I guess it’s not a particularly magickal tool, but it helps when I need to do some preparation before I conduct a spell or ritual.

30 Day Witchy Journal Challenge: Day 2 | 08-01-17

I apologise for being late with this. Health is playing up again.

Day Two:Are you a secular witch, or one who incorporates religion into their craft? If you are secular, what spells do you do most often, and why? If you’re non-secular, which deities do you call on the most, and why?

Although I am a Gaelic polytheist, I don’t mix my paganism and my witchcraft therefore, I am a secular witch. A few people have commented on this and said it’s a little peculiar. I’ve had questions on how, if not through an altar and through magick, do I honour my many deities(!)? There are many ways besides an altar and spellwork. Rest assured.

A lot of the spells I do are healing, – whether that is of physical, emotional or spiritual ailments doesn’t matter.
I do a lot of magick regarding spirits and divination too, and that can include healing, protection and warding, as well as things such as psychic enhancement and focusing spells. I would say that my regular spell arsenal (sparsenal? Arspe- okay, no.) is quite varied, actually. Not complex, but suitably varied.

30 Day Witchy Journal Challenge: Day 1 | 08-01-17

This is part of @shipping-the-gods ​”30 Day Witchy Journal Challenge“. In an attempt to learn more about my craft and myself (and post some original content), I am going to do this to the best of my abilities.

Day One:What type of witchcraft do you relate to the most? Are there more than one paths you like?

I don’t think there is any particular branch of witchcraft that specifically calls yo me. I know that I am good at green magick and divination, and that I thoroughly enjoy practising them, but they don’t actually call to me more than any others.

Saying that, however, I’ve never really branched out too much. I’ve dabbled here and there – tried storm magick, sea magick, sex magick,… I loved it all. I just find some sort of comfort in my herbs and my crystals and my bones (not my bones. My bones suck- they creak and ache, and they just suck. I mean bones that I am the owner of…). Perhaps it’s the feeling of familiarity or solidarity they bring. I do not know with certainty.
Hey. Maybe I’ll figure it out one day. Maybe,… probably not.

Are there more than one paths that I like? Oh. Oh ho ho, oh yeah.

I’ve never been on one path. A very long time ago, I thought I was Wiccan – it was a very long time ago – and I suppose that is one path, but I figured out quickly that I am not even remotely Wiccan and well, here we are. I’ve always loved forging my own path and traditions. To me, that’s what witchcraft is. It’s being yourself and doing your own thing without repercussions or backlash. I’ve always loved dabbling in whatever I can get my hands on and expanding and learning as I go. That’s my aim, really. Keep on learning as much as you can.

A Question by Tumblr User, ‘Hananared’. | 24-12-16

Question:

“Hello there! I have a few questions about witchcraft. When it’s a full moon, but it’s cloudy that night will your crystals still charge? What are some simple beginning spells? Thank you so much for reading and have an amazing day!🌙”

Answer:

Well met, friend.

Your crystals will charge even if the sky is clouded

remember: it is not the actual light of the moon that charges the crystals (this is because the thing we call moonlight is actually reflected sunlight), it is the lunar energy. Clouds are floating wisps of gas and vapour – easily penetrated by lunar energies.

This post has a ton of resources for a beginner witch!

The Mori Witch’s List of Tips, Tricks and Advice for New Witches! | 24-12-16 

We were all beginners once, and Gods know how much help lists would have been for many of us when we started.Therefore, I present you with:

The Mori Witch’s: List of Tips, Tricks and Advice For New Witches!

I think it would be appropriate to start out with some,

General Tips:

  • Read. Before you even think about practising magick, you need to study. It sounds tedious, I know, but witchcraft is not a trivial undertaking. You also need to learn to read critically, and with a pinch of salt! Why? Because, although almost all authors do have some valuable and useful content in their work, some perpetuate problematic ideals, such as racism, sexism, stealing from closed cultures, and the use of Wicca and witchcraft interchangeably.
  • Start a grimoire/Book of Shadows/Journal. You’ll need a safe place to keep all of the information you’ve gathered safe, and a grimoire (as I call mine), is essentially a notebook for that exact purpose. It doesn’t have to be fancy (though you’re welcome to make it as ostentatious as you like), – it can be a bullet journal if that’s easy for you. Within your grimoire, you should keep all gathered information, spells, failures, successes, records of work you’ve done, etc,. Anything that pertains to your craft.
  • Don’t put pressure on yourself to pick a path. You might see a lot of witches who class themselves as one thing or another, e.g., storm witches, kitchen witches, elemental witches, spirit/divination witches; green witches; cosmic witches, and so on. That is cool and their prerogative, but you will also see witches known as eclectic – like me! Eclectic Witches, are simply witches who choose to practise many different types of magick and forge their own path, instead of following only one, or following a pre-established path.
    Basically, there is no need at all, whatsoever, to label yourself. With many of us, our paths found us in time.
  • Research paths, secular witchcraft and religious witchcraft.Witchcraft alone, is a practise. However, some paths are indeed religious, such as Wicca. Make sure you know the difference before you begin actively practising and before you decide on your path, if you do choose to do so.
  • Carry a little notebook on your person.You can’t always carry your grimoire with you, so I personally like to carry a tiny little notebook with me, for those moments when inspiration takes me, or if something captures my imagination or attention. You can add it to your grimoire/BoS later.

Oh, and one more thing: don’t ever stop learning and reading and recording. Witchcraft is a path of continuous learning.

Things to Research:

  • Crystals/gemstones/minerals
  • Herb and crystal correspondences, e.g., such as colour and planetary.
  • Sabbats (also known as “Witches Sabbaths”) and esbats.
  • The basic tools of witchcraft.
  • Altars (if you’re so inclined).
  • Lunar phases.
  • Divination, e.g., tarot, runes, pendulums. 
  • Witchcraft and deities (if you’re so inclined).
  • Traditional witchcraft practises, such as circle casting.
  • SAFETY! What is safe to use/burn/touch/ingest. There are lots of poisonous and potentially fatal plants and ingredients out there.
  • Easy/budget magick/witchcraft.
  • The history of witchcraft, including lore, myths and tales.
  • The importance and use of the elements in magick
  • Research cultural witchcraft. Make sure that your practise does not steal from closed cultures. 

Easy Practises for New Witches:

  • Grounding – grounding is the act of centering your energy and focusing it within yourself. You can ground yourself by being out in nature and using visualising techniques that tie your energies firmly into the ground (very traditional method), or by finding a quiet place that you are content in and meditating.
    • Meditation.
    • Visualisation/visualising.
    • Sigil crafting/creation.
    • Dream interpretation.
    • Charging jewellery/crystals/objects/sigils.
    • Using glamours in makeup/cosmetics/everyday wear.

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