Things You Just Don’t Say – Witch’s Edition (Story time!) | 16-08-17

If you follow me on tumblr  [click here for my blog], you may have seen a post that asks those who wear pentagrams and pentacles to recount their weirdest and/or rudest encounters with fellow humans.

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I reblogged it and added my own anecdote to the post, but I am going to post it here for non-tumblr users to see.
Here it is:

I live in a village that is an hour away from the closest city, a city that is very dear to me.
In my village, everyone knows everyone else, whether the connection is direct or by varying degrees of separation, so I don’t tend to have any trouble with the people here.

My city, however, is a vastly different story.

Due to the size of the city, and its importance to my country, the population is huge and therefore, so is the cultural mix within it.
However, you only really ever see Christian and Catholic preachers – they come in different forms: some have booths set up along the main shopping street; some wear sandwich boards and holler at you through megaphones, their words incomprehensible. Some have little booklets lined up on portables shelves, and others wonder in droves, targeting individuals like prey.

Once upon a time, as I walked alone down the main hgihstreet with my earphones in, a man with a sandwich board and a megaphone stepped straight into my path. I stopped abruptly, muttered an apology and tried to pass him on the left.
He stepped sideways and blocked me.

Panic started to set in at this point, because I tend to avoid confrontational situations and this felt like it could turn into one of those.

I took out my earphones and went to ask the man if he would would kindly step aside.
Instead, as soon as my ears were devoid of music, he started talking. But, he wasn’t talking. His voice was raised – not yet a shout, but close – and he was reciting something.
I don’t think it was a Biblical passage, but it went like this: “She is only a child; cleanse her soul and bring her forth to the kingdom of our Father. Lift her from condemnation!

Naturally, I felt awful at this point because I was being singled out and shouted at/to in a street that lead off from a public square, was lined with shops and banks and eateries, and had a tram stop running down it. The place was absolutely brimming with people.
I said that I was in a rush and had to go and (I will admit to being rude by doing this), I used my elbows to work my way around him and the other people passing by.

As I squeezed past him, he reached out and touched the pentacle that hangs from my tattoo choker (if you look through my tumblr you’ll see the choker in photographs of me) whilst saying, “Condemned to Hell be those within whom Satan works.”

I walked away as quickly as I could, red faced and angry. I was scared, and felt humiliated. I have always wondered why, if he thought I was a child (I was 20) he deemed it justifiable to subject me to that whole shit show.

I never saw what was written on his sandwich board. Or I did see it, and have forgotten the minuscule details of the whole encounter.

I would first like to say, that I am not being rude or trying to tarnish the reputation of Christians and their denominations. It just so happens that this whole debacle happened because a preacher of that faith approached me.
Whilst I was in the city that day, I saw a booth that said “Islamic Literature”, and two or three groups of Mormon missionaries.

There are two reasons why this whole thing has stayed with me since it happened.

  1. Although it is likely that the preacher did not mean to come across as aggressive, his blocking of my path, raised voice and eventual invasion of my personal space came across as such.
    This was exacerbated by the fact that I was alone, clearly had earphones in and have a lot of anxiety surrounding confrontation and sometimes, even just social interaction.
  2. You cannot make assumptions about people like that. You have no right to demonize and humiliate people simply because you want to make often radical assumptions about something you see.

Assumptions can be damaging. Assumptions hurt. Assumptions spread false information if they’re shouted loud enough.

There is nothing wrong with Satanic witches, traditional or LaVeyan, – let’s make that clear – but there is a lot wrong with condemning innocent people to Hell; with scaremongering and hateful comments.

The lesson here, it to engage your brain before your mouth. Think about what you’re doing, and who can be hurt through what you say.

Celtic Tree Lore | 19-06-17

Trees are important in magick, and in paganism. They are often symbolic, and have inherent magickal correspondences and powers that were used and revered by ancient Celtic people and Druids.

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Alder (Aldus Glutinosa):

This tree is sacred to the Druids and is associated with protection and oracular power. You can use Alder to draw Air spirits to you, by binding shoots of it together and creating a whistle.
The wood is oily and water resistant, and thus can be used to make various tools for magickal workings, such as wands. 

  • Magickal Associations: Release, foundations, determination, royalty, focus, strength, confidence.
  • Element: Air and Fire
  • Deities: Bran.
  • Ogham Letter: 4th consonant, “Fearn”.
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Apple (Malus Pumila):

The apple is seen as a symbol of fruitfulness and can be seen as a means to immortality in some myth and folklore. Druids wands are usually made of Apple or Yew. 

  • Magickal Associations: Fae, Samhain, Mabon, Otherworld, death, life, prosperity, knowledge, magick.
  • Element: Water
  • Deities: Olwen, Cerridwen.
  • Ogham Letter: 10th letter, “Quert”.

Ash (Fraximus): 

A sacred tree in Druidry, Ash was also a common wand/stave/staff material. The Ash is one of the sacred Druidic three: “Oak, Ash & Thorn”.

  • Element: Water, fire.
  • Magickal Associations: Power, mastery, psychic power/awareness, healing, health, protection, love, femininity, sea magick, focus, prosperity, prophecy.
  • Deities: Lir and Manannán mac Lir.
  • Ogham Letter: 3rd consonant, “Nion”.
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Aspen (Populus tremula):

Much like the Oak tree, the leaves of the Aspen were listened to for divine messages as Druids and the Celts believed that the wind was,… a messenger of sorts.

  • Element: Air
  • Magickal Associations: protection, combating fear, Mabon, protection from unwanted spirits, property protection, protection from theft.
  • Ogham Letter: 4th vowel, “Eadhadh”.

Beech (Fagus grandifolia):

Beech is significant as it is tied to ancient knowledge and to learning, which is a vital part of practising Druidry.

  • Element: Air and Earth.
  • Magickal Associations: wishes, manifestation, communication, spirit work, deity invocation, luck, success, youth.
  • Deities: Ogma
  • Ogham Letter: Additional consonant, “Phagos”.

Birch (Betulaceae):

Known as “The Lady of the Woods”, Birch was used to bestow fertility upon cattle and newlyweds. Cradles for newborn children were crafted from the wood. 

  • Element: Air and Water
  • Magickal Associations: warding, banishing, courage, healing, new beginnings, purification, protection, creativity, renewal, fertility and birth.
  • Deities: Brigid.
  • Ogham Letter: 1st consonant, “Beith”.
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Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa):

Known as “The Mother of the Woods”, Blackthorn is associated with introspection, whilst also being associated with the strength of fate and outside influences in our lives. 

  • Element: Earth and Fire.
  • Magickal Associations: purification, protection, combating fear and anger, death, curses, Samhain.
  • Deities: The Morrigan.
  • Ogham Letter: “Straif”.
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Elder (Sambucus canadensis):

Elder was used by Druids to both bless, and curse. 
It is said that when one stands beneath an Elder at Midsummer, they are more likely to see the Fae. Wands crafted from Elder have the ability to drive away evil spirits and thought forms, – so do whistles or flutes made from it.

  • Element: Water.
  • Magickal Associations: judgement, transformation, fate, death, regeneration, prosperity, banishment, healing, Fae.
  • Deities: Cerridwen, The Morrigan.
  • Ogham Letter: 13th consonant, “Ruis”.
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Elm (Ulmus campestris):

This tree is oft associated with Goddesses of Earth and Motherhood, or deities with a Mother aspect to them. Elm was used in tool crafting due to its resistance to splitting, and because it adds stability to magick.

  • Element: Water
  • Magickal Associations: balance, love, protection, psychic power, crossroads. the Fae.

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha):

It is said that the Fae are particularly fond of Hawthorn, and wands made from the wood are supposed to be wands that contain much power.

  • Element: Water
  • Magickal Associations: protecion, love, marriage, health, prosperity, fae, hope. magick, fertility, intuition, femininity, happiness.
  • Deities: Olwen and Blodeuwedd.
  • Ogham Letter: 6th consonant, “Huathe”.
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Hazel (Corylus):

The Tree of Immortal Wisdom, Hazel is sacred to the Fae and a wand made of this wood can be used to draw them to you. In Celtic mythology, the Salmon of Knowledge – [click here to learn more about this] – is said to eat the 9 nuts of poetic wisdom dropped into its sacred pool from the Hazel tree growing beside it. Each token of wisdom consumed became a spot on the Salmon.

  • Element: Air
  • Magickal Associations: manifestation, spirit contact, protection, prosperity, divination, dreams, wisdom and knowledge, marriage, fertility, intelligence, inspiration, poetry, the Fae.
  • Deities: Óengus
  • Ogham Letter: 9th consonant, “Coll”.

    Holly (Ilex aquifolium):

    Holly is primarily associated with the death and rebirth aspects of Winter in both pagan and Christian lore. 

    • Elements: Fire
    • Magickal Associations: Lughnasadh, protection, prophecy, healing, animals, sex, vulnerability, good luck, and consecration. It is also said to have the ability to enhance other forms of magick.
    • Deities: Lugh
    • Ogham Letter: 8th consonant, “Tinne”.

    Oak (Quercus):

    One of the Druidic sacred 3 (Oak, Ash and Thorn), the leaves were burned to purify the atmosphere, and listened to and observed by Druids and Priestesses for divinatory messages.
    Oak has been considered sacred by myriad cultures, but it was held in particular esteem by the Norse and Celts because of its size, longevity, and acorns.

    • Element: Water
    • Magickal Associations: Litha, protection, strength, success, stability, healing, fertility, health, money, potency, and good luck. 
    • Deities: The Dagda
    • Ogham Letter: 7th consonant, “Duir”.

    Pine (Pinus):

    It was known to the Druids as one of the seven chieftain trees of the Irish

    • Element: Air and Fire.
    • Magickal Associations: alleviating guilt/identifying guilt, protection, purification, fertility, fortune, abundance, cleansing, stimulation.
    • Deities: Elon
    • Ogham Letter: 1st vowel, “Ailm”.

    Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia):

    Also known as “Witchwood” and “Mountain Ash”, the Rowan was sacred to the Druids and the Goddess Brigit. It is a very magickal tree used for wands, rods, amulets and spells, and runes were carved into sticks made of the wood.

    • Element: Fire
    • Magickal Associations: Imbolc, divination, astral work, strength, protection, initiation, healing, psychic work, spirit work, psychic powers, personal power, and success.
    • Deities: Brigid.
    • Ogham Letter: 2nd consonant, “Luis”.
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    Willow (Salix babylonica):

    Groves of Willows were considered to be magickally potent that priests, priestesses and myriad types of artisans sat among them to gain eloquence, inspiration, skill and prophecies.

    • Element: Water
    • Magickal Associations:
    • Deities: Cerridwen, Brigid
    • Ogham Letter: 5th consonant, “Saille”.
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    Yew (Taxus baccata):

    Yew was used by the Irish to make dagger handles, bows, and wine barrels despite all parts of the tree being poisonous bar the skin of the berries. The wood and/or leaves were laid on graves as a reminder to the spirit of the departed that death is the path to rebirth.

    • Element: Earth and Water.
    • Magickal Associations: enhances magickal and psychic abilities, induces visions. Transformation, reincarnation, eternal life and immortality, death, rebirth, change and regeneration.
    • Deities: Banbha.
    • Ogham Letter: 5th vowel and last letter, “Idho”.

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    Witch Tip: Cascarilla | 18-03-17


    Cascarilla is a powder made from eggshells that can be used in chalked or loose form.

    It repels negative energy and is a potent cleansimg and protecting agent that you can make quite easily at home.
    Cascarilla can be used to make circles outside, – remember that you cannot use salt to create circles outdoors. Why? Salt may kill plantlife and decimate or alter the established ecosystems.

    Samhain Masterpost | 30-10-16

    October is almost Octover, and that means that Hallowe’en and indeed Samhain, draw near.

    Samhain/Samain, pronounced ‘sa-win’, ‘sow-in’ – with the ‘ow’ pronounced as it is in ‘cow’ – or ‘shah-vin’, is a Gaelic festival that marks the end of the harvest season and the onset of the ‘darker half of the year’. It begins at midnight on the 31st of October and celebrations often run into the 2nd of November. It is regarded by many pagans and witches as the end of the year itself.

    Historic Samhain Traditions:

    As at Beltane, bonfires are lit during Samhain at high points, such as hilltops and around them rituals would take place. It was said that a force-fire, – a flame created using friction – also known as a need-fire, was the traditional method of lighting these bonfires. It has been said that fire is a form of sympathetic magick, used often to imitate the Sun during this darker half of the year and that within the flames, there were cleansing and protective powers – something that remains a widespread belief to this day. 
    During this communal ritual, people would take flames from the bonfire and use them to relight the hearths of their homes. This simple practise was said to bind the families of the community together, aw.
    These bonfires were also used in divination and divining rituals. 

    In the Gaelic regions, during household festivities many rituals took place that were intended to divine the future of those gathered, for example, apple bobbing! Yep, you heard me. Bobbing for apples is in fact a very old divination game. How? Well, when young unmarried people try to bite into an apple floating in water or hanging from a string, it is said that the first person to bite into the apple would be the next to be allowed to marry.

    If you didn’t already know this, let me tell you that apples are strongly associated with ancestors and the Otherworld.
    Click here for more about the history of Samhain.

    Let’s talk (quickly) about the thinning of the Veil, a.k.a., the liminality of Samhain:

    You’ve probably heard the whole “the barrier between our world and the spirit world is weaker” spiel, yes? Well, it’s true. Samhain is a liminal time, and that means that the barriers separating the world of the living and of the dead and other spirits, can be crossed more easily than at any other point in the year.

    It is said that spirits/entities known as the ‘aos si’ can slip from the Otherworld and into ours, be it through a summoning or of their own will. During Samhain, to appease any aos si that have come into our realm, we leave libations for them. This is often in the form of food and drink, such as a small portion of a meal or half a up of wine.

    Due to this strong connection with and to the dead, Samhain is a time for honouring those who have passed. It is widely believed that the spirits of loved ones may revisit their former homes seeking hospitality from those within and to provide this, places were set at the dining table or by the hearth to honour them. This is often done in the form of a ‘dumb supper’, which is a silent meal during which you set a place for any visiting spirits, and invite lost loved ones to join you.

    Samhain Associations:

    Colours:
    Red, brown, gold, black, yellow and orange.

    Herbs & Stuff: 
    Rosemary, Mullein, Rue, Mugwort, Calendula, Tobacco, Apple Leaf, Sage, Wormwood, Tarragon, Bay (Leaf), Almond, Hazelnut, Garlic, Hemlock, Mandrake Root, Chrysanthemum, Cedar, Pine Needle, Pennyroyal, Pumpkin, Sandalwood, Yew.

    Symbols:
    Lanterns, candles, acorns, bats, bones, black cats, photos or memoirs of passed loved ones, Jack o’ lanterns (either pumpkins or turnips), crows, ravens, corn dolls and corn stalks, cauldrons, scythes, spiderwebs, masks, mirrors, oak leaves.

    Food & Drink:
    Apples (and dishes with apple in), meat dishes (at Samhain, because it begins to get cold, animals were slaughtered for food as the meat could be better preserved during Winter), potatoes, corn, nuts, turnips, pumpkin (and dishes with pumpkin or roasted pumpkin seeds in), mead, cider, mulled/spiced wine, tea.

    Things to do:
    Divination! Divination! Divination!: scrying, tarot reading, rune casting, pendulum reading, etc., holding a dumb supper for your dearly departed and/or ancestors, consulting and/or remembering the aforementioned, lighting a bonfire, looking into a past life recall, leaving offerings for ancestors, spirits and/or faeries, cooking, feasting, mumming/guising (a.k.a., wearing a mask or costume).

    Stones & Crystals:
    (Black) Obsidian, (Black) Onyx, petrified wood, Hematite, Smokey Quartz, Bloodstone, Clear Quartz, Garnet, Carnelian, Amber, Sandstone.

    Spells, Magick and Rituals:

    Samhain is a time for transformation; for ends and beginnings, so any work pertaining to those is totes apropes for this time. You may also want to work with spirits, deities and do some protection and warding.

    Happy Hallowe’en and Blessed Samhain, my friends!

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    Discovering Witchcraft: My Story | 3-10-16

    People don’t go and find witchcraft, it comes and finds them.
    Terry Pratchett (Wyrd Sisters)

    I have started this post with a quote by the wonderful Terry Pratchett because I feel that it sums up rather well the point I wish to make.

    The reason I chose that particular line is because it resonates quite deeply with me and from conversations with other witches, with them too. Witchcraft isn’t usually something people (and this includes myself) actively get involved with. By that, I mean that it is quite unusual to meet someone who has made a choice to become a witch. Most of us feel something within ourselves for some time, and cannot put a name to it until the world of witchcraft is opened to us.

    I have found that for a lot of us, our paths begin when we stumble upon a book or an article of some kind and as we read, our eyes grow wide with wonder and our hearts begin beating a little faster as a sense of belonging and oft homecoming fills our beings. Our eyes scan the lines quicker and quicker and every bit of intrigue is amplified as we absorb everything and anything that we can.

    Some witches are born into witchcraft or magickal practises and they’re known as hereditary witches as the path they walk is one long established by their families. I love that and I think it is a wonderful thing to create a tradition that can be adopted by generations to come. How lovely, no?

    Even so, hereditary witches take time to discover themselves and their chosen path because no one comes pre-programmed with the knowledge of their craft. Throughout our entire lives, we learn. We take some information in and discard other pieces; we weed out problematic authors and beliefs and we form our own opinions as we go.

    When we find our craft, we find our home.

    Of course, that article or mysterious book is merely the beginning of a lifelong journey and that sense of something bigger than us; that,… awe, never really abates. Every new tidbit brings us joy and excitement, no matter how small it may be.

    Onto My Journey into Witchcraft:

    My journey into witchcraft is one that I assume many witches can identify with and it begins with my Mama. Her name, is Victoria and she is the daughter of a devout Catholic – my Grandma, Mary.
    My Mama is a Kemetic pagan and used to practise witchcraft when she was younger, before I was born and when I was very young. 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

    Witchcraft has brought happiness, confidence and belonging into my life and filled a void that I never thought could be rectified. 

    As the late and great Terry Pratchett said it would, witchcraft found me.

    Psychic Magick: Chiromancy/Palmistry (Part 2) | 06-09-16

    Okay, so in part 1, we covered the basic stuff on lines and mounts, right? Well, now we’re going to cover what a mount or line means if it appears a certain way; basically, we’re going to talk about how to read a palm.

    You should sit your cute butt down and grab some snacks because this is going to be one heck of a long post!

    Where Do I Start?
    You start, by asking whomever you are reading, to turn their hands so that their palms are skyward, naturally.
    But, Roe, which hand do I read!?” I hear you cry, and I say in reply: ideally, both. It is said that the left hand displays the potential of the person and the right displays what that person has done with this potential in this life. 

    You may hear some say that left-handed people should have their right palm read, and vice versa. This is, as a chiromancer, your choice of course, though I tend to stick to both hands.

    Now, this may sound a little ridiculous but trust me, all things factor into it when you’re palm reading. Even the shape of the hand that you’re working on. You heard me correctly: the shape of the hand. 

    Hands:

    In short, there are four main types of hands. I will say that not everyone fits perfectly into one category, but most do. The types of hands are based on the elements and, don’t be surprised or upset if your hand type does not align with your sun zodiac (your main astrological sign). 

    Earth Hands: typically, earthen hands have wide and square-ish palms and fingers to match, and the length of their palm is equal to that of their fingers (my hands fit into this part. The skin may be thick or rough and overall, earthen hands have quite a… flushed or ruddy appearance to them. My hands are earthen hands, for example (minus the rough skin… I have ridiculously soft skin).

    People with Earth hands tend to be of a practical and level-headed nature; they are grounded but don’t mistake that for dullness. As a general rule, they like to experience things and prefer being able to get out into the world and learn by doing. 
    Often, they come across as conservative/adverse to change or quiet and have an intense preference for the outdoors and nature (kind of comes with being connected to the element earth, really). 

    Air Hands: firstly, this sounds like a very strange super-power. Cool.. 
    Air hands usually have a square or rectangular shaped palm and long, slim fingers. They often have projected knuckles, dry skin or low-set thumbs (low-set thumbs means that the thumb is positioned lower and nearer the wrist). Normally, the length of the palm and hands is equal.

    Those with air hands are highly intellectual or academic, are curious and constantly full of and developing new ideas. They carry a restless energy about them and are prone to worry and/or stress. Generally, they are superb at communicating with others, but they are also known to withhold emotions and feelings, meaning that forming and maintaining meaningful and intimate relationships is often difficult.

    Water Hands: (Hi my name is Rowan, and like every responsible almost-20-year old, every time I read this I think of Avatar!) It is said that those with water hands have long, flexible fingers and small oval or circular palms. The palm is usually quite stout; the width is greater than the height. 

    People with this type of hand(s) are usually hyper-emotional. They are motivated by feelings, more often than not and are constantly looking for peace or a peaceful life; they do not handle stress or worry well. They are typically creative and artistic.

    Fire Hands: those with fire hands (now this one sounds like a painful skin condition) typically have smaller hands overall: a square or rectangular palm, shorter fingers and their skin may have a pinkish complexion. 

    Like fire itself, those with fire hands are absolutely bursting with energy and are always ready to go. They get bored easily without variety and can, unfortunately, be a little impatient and/or dogmatic and intolerant. Typically, they make fantastic leaders in almost all situations and are vehement in their individuality.

    So! Hand shapes covered, let’s quickly cover the possible meanings of your hand’s temperature. Yes, even that may mean something!

    Cold hands: you may be kind and generous, but you’re reserved and may come off as what some would describe as a hermit.
    Clammy/sweaty hands: you may be lazy and unstable, but in all you do you have good intentions.
    Warm/hot hands: you may be considered as wild or fierce and successful, but you may come off as insincere to others.

    The Lines

    Alrighty, so we covered which lines were which and what they signify in this post’s predecessor (the link to it is at the top, but if you don’t feel like scrolling back up click here) but now it’s time to go into a lot more detail, whoopie!

    Quirks to Look Out For: 
    Branches: (lines that branch out from the main line) emphasizes strengths.
    Breaks: (a break in the line; if the line is segmented) emphasizes weakness(es).
    Chains: (lots of small circles that run along a line) obscurity in goals or deviations from them.
    Crosses: (one of these ‘x’ on a line) upheaval, violence and struggles.
    Islands: (islands are small circular shapes that are within the line, not running through or over it)delays and issues, injuries or hereditary problems.
    Stars: (one of these ‘*’ on a line) emphasizes luck.

    The Heart Line, concerns everything that ties in with love. May it be romantic, platonic or any other kind. 
    If this line begins under your index finger, it means that you have a love life that you are happy with; a satisfying one, if you will. If it begins beneath your middle finger, it suggests that you are selfish in love. It’s all about you, you, you. 
    If it begins between these two fingers, like mine, it means you are quick to fall in love, and it happens easily. 

    If the line is short, it means that you have little interest in romantic love or romance in general, – you would rather be focusing on other things! If your heart line touches your life line, you suffer heartbreak very easily and the smallest betrayal hits you hard. A long and curving heart line suggests that you are practiced at expressing your feelings and emotions, and you do it well whereas a straight line means that you are practical in love. This is reinforced if your heart line runs parallel to your life line. 
    It is said that if you have a wavy heart line, you have or will have a string of temporary lovers in place of a serious relationship.

    Small lines or breaks in this line may indicate that you have suffered or may suffer some form of emotional trauma, whilst a small circle on the line may signify sadness or depression.

    The Head Line, is indicative of your wisdom and your intellectual power. Generally, a curved line tells us that you are a person of creativity and spontaneity, whereas a straight line says you are a fan of structure and things being done in a practical manner.

    A short head line means that you have a preference for physical achievements opposed to intellectual or academic accomplishments. In short, you’d rather finish a race than a book. 
    A curvy or wavy line that is not deep-set in your palm indicates that your attention span is short, a deep, long line means that you are a focused and profound thinker. If you have a straight head line, it means you are someone who thinks realistically; that does not mean you’re a pessimist, but you tend not to fantasize or day dream about things that are not realistically relevant to you.

    If your head and life lines are separate it means that you are adventurous and have an insatiable appetite for adventure and a never ending lust for life.

    If there is a circle or a cross in your head line, it means that there is some kind of emotional crisis in your life. If there are multiple crosses or a chain present, it means that in your lifetime you will have to make many decisions and a lot of them will be difficult.

    The Life Line, also known as the line of destiny, is indicative of your character and of any important or big events that will take place during your life. Contrary to popular (and scary) belief, your life line does not denote how long you will live! 

    The closer your life line is to your thumb, the less energy you are bound to have and you may be a person who is chronically tired or exhausted. If your life line is the opposite of this, (wide and curvaceous) you are the opposite of this. You will have a plethora of energy! 
    If it is a large, swooping semi-circle, you are a strong person who is bubbling with enthusiasm, but a straight line that does not stray far from the edge of your palm says that you are someone who is very cautious in all relationships. 

    A deep and long life line denotes an inner strength and vitality to be proud of, but a short and shallow line means that you are someone who may find themselves easily manipulated by others. 

    A circle on/in your life line means injury or hospitalization, and a break in the line signifies drastic changes in lifestyle.

    The Fate/Fortune Line, may be read in tandem with the life line when looking at the future (this is one of those lines that not everyone has, so don’t worry if you can’t find yours). 

    If you happen to have a deep-set fate/fortune line, it means that destiny has a pretty strong hand in what happens during your lifetime (if you subscribe to the idea that fate is a thing, of course). Numerous breaks in this line mean that outside forces will influence and cause changes in your life many, many times.

    A fate/fortune line that is joined to the life line means that you are self-made; you have aspirations and goals and you do all you can to achieve them. You make your own fate.
    A line that starts at the bottom of your palm indicates that you will be in the public eye quite often, though this doesn’t always mean on a large scale.

    The Mounts

    Okay! This is the last part I promise! You’ve been so good, reading this whole she-bang, and I’m so proud of you (and also so grateful because let me tell you, this has taken way longer than I planned it to).

    Again, these were covered in the previous post so you can defer back to that if you need to because it’s here,…again!

    The little flesh mountains we all have on our hands, these are the mounts. To ‘read’ them, cup your hand ever so slightly and look at it side-on. You should be able to see which mounts are high, low or flat.

    The Venus Mount, (the one under your thumb) when high can signify that the person is over indulgent in their love life and is promiscuous as a result; they may be someone who demands instant appeasement and satisfaction in such matters.
    A normal mount suggests a passionate person who holds influence over those around them, and has a love for the finer things and the arts. 
    A flat Venus mount is indicative of someone who is quick to criticise and has little to no interest in family or family life.

    The Jupiter Mount, (under your index finger) when high means that you are self-concerned/centred and can often be aggressive and dominating.
    A mount of normal elevation suggests a natural leader; someone intelligent and with ambition whereas a flat mount is suggestive of low confidence and self-belief/esteem.

    The Saturn Mount, (under your middle finger) when high means that you are obstinate and prefer to be alone/your own company. It means you are shy, withdrawn, a cynic and can signify depression. 
    A normal sized mount says that you are responsible and you work hard. You are trusting and friendly.
    A flat or low mount means that you are incredibly disorganised and concerned only with the superficial aspect of things.

    The Apollo/Sun Mount, (beneath your ring finger) when high suggests that you have an elevated sense of pride; you are extravagant and like to praise and compliment/flatter those around you, but you are also quick to anger and have a temper. 
    A normal Apollo/Sun mount means that you are an outgoing and confident individual who is well suited to adapt to changing situations and circumstances.
    A low or flat mount indicates that you have little imaginative capability and making decisions is often a difficult task.

    The Mercury Mount, (beneath your little finger) when high, may mean that you speak too much too often and often speak lies/have a tendency to be untruthful and greedy. 
    A mount of normal elevation means that you are a thoughtful and versatile individual with a wide variety of interests and/or hobbies. Those with this sort of mount flourish in a business environment and are able to read others deftly.
    A low or flat Mercury mount signifies shyness and the inability to communicate well; it also signifies a lack of money or the lacking ability to make money.

    The Luna/Moon Mount, (along the outside of your palm – starts beneath the little finger) when high, indicates that the person lives so much within the realm of their imagination, that it clouds their sense of reality. It suggests a very, very high level of creativity and someone who has a deep-seated love and passion for the arts.
    A low or flat mount suggests that the person lives very much inside their own imagination and mind, but does not share it with those around them. They may be shy and suffer from depression. They will likely be a pessimist.

    Psychic Magick & Divination: Chiromancy/Palmistry (Part 1) | 06-09-16

    Open your hand and look at your palm. There are a series of lines running through it, aren’t there? There should be. I mean, I’d be slightly concerned if the palm of your hand was completely smooth.

    These lines are used in palmistry (a.k.a., palm reading or chiromancy), and depict a number of things. Each of the major lines has it’s own individual meaning and outlines a certain course in a person’s life. 
    These lines come in varying shapes and sizes, and not every person has all six of the major lines – this is what we note when reading someone’s palm. Everyone does, however, have the top three in the list below. The words following the name of the line are the meanings and traits associated with that particular line.

    The Major Lines

    The Heart Line: (the heart line is the horizontal line that runs around half-an-inch beneath your fingers) emotions, insecurities, marriages, dependence and independence and the nature of the relationships you have/will have.

    The Head Line: (the head line/line of mine is the line that runs about a centimetre below the heart line) intellect, reasoning power, prospective career paths/choices, your success potential.

    The Life Line: (the life line is the that starts at the same point as the head line and curves in a reversed ‘c’ shape towards the wrist; it should finish at the heel of your hand) pattern and quality of life, physical vitality, stability or imbalance, willpower and logic, but not necessarily an indication of the length of life.

    The Fate/Fortune Line: (a line that runs vertically from beneath your middle finger and down to your wrist) the strengths of character, career, friendships, daily issues and your personal ability to succeed.

    The Health Line: (a line that begins where the life line ends, and ends beneath the little finger) health related matters, business and adventures; the spirit of discovery.

    The Sun Line: (a line that starts beneath the ring finger (for lefties – for people who are having their right hand read, it’s the same finger I just don’t know what it’s actually called) and is usually a short line that stops when it connects with the line of health) the utilization of creative energies and potential for success through the development of talents.

    The Mounts

    The Mounts of the hand are what I like to call the ‘flesh cushions’ beneath each of the fingers and at the heel of the palm. They each have a personality trait with which they are associated and everyone has mounts. Some people’s may be… fleshier, than others but they are there nonetheless.

    Mercury (☿): (beneath the little finger)

    Apollo/The Sun (☉): (ring finger) creativity/creative genius, fantasy, imagination and happiness.

    Saturn (♄): (middle finger) patience, responsibility; cautiousness.

    Jupiter (♃): (index finger) leadership, honour, ambition, beliefs, philosophies and spirituality/religiousness. 

    Lower Mars (♂): (below Mercury) morals/moral courage and self control.
    Upper Mars (♂): (little fleshy blob above the Venus mount) resistance, coolness of spirit, calmness.

    Venus (♀): (under your thumb; the bit your life line curves around) Love/affection, vitality, sensuality and success(es).

    The Moon/Luna (☾): (runs along the outside of the palm; starts beneath your little finger and runs along the side of your hand) Imagination, creativity and emotion.

    I will make a post about what the shapes/types of lines and mounts signify and link it here.

    Witchcraft 101: Wards & Warding | 06-09-16

    I tried looking for some informative posts about wards and warding, and there are a few out there, but I thought ‘hey, why not bung all of the information you’ve gathered into a nice little post of your own!’, and thus, this post has come to be.

    So, what are wards? Well – to put it simply – wards are a means of protection against negativity, negative energies and any form of ill-will that seeks to harm yourself, your loved ones or your home. They are a form of ‘psychokinetic shield’ if you want to use the fancy terminology, – a thing to deflect nasties. Wards can be cast on objects and items, in the home or a space that you want to protect, such as a workplace or communal space, or they can be cast in certain rooms. Some wards can be cast around the whole perimeter of an area – grounds included. 

    When is the best time to cast these, wards you speak of? Well, my hard rockin’ friend, the short answer is this: whenever you feel is best. I find that whenever your home has been busy, or a high-traffic area, you may want to take down old wards and cast new ones, or perhaps after you’ve had a mad deep clean in your home. That works best for me, anyway!

    Alright, Rowan you’ve got me hooked. Where do I start?


    The first thing you need to do is cleanse
    Cleansing is used in witchcraft all the time; we cleanse our tools and spaces often to make sure no residual energies or nastiness is in, on or around our stuff. It’s the same with wards and warding. When warding, you’re essentially creating a shield using energy and this is often done by visualising and forming a sort of… bubble. Cleansing any tools you plan on using and cleansing the space you intend on protecting (if this is your aim, of course) will wash away any left over energies or anything that you don’t want with the bounds of your ward(s).

    You can cleanse using any of your preferred methods, such as smoke cleansing using incense, or by washing your area/tools/items in a charged water.

    Right, so I’ve cleansed my things. Now what?
    You’re clean, and you’re ready. Okay, cool beans. Let’s get down to business (to defeat, the Huns!).
    You need to decided on just how you want to cast your wards as there are various ways and means of doing so. You don’t have to stick to just one – you’re more than welcome to dabble and to experiment, or use combinations of methods as long as it’s safe and suits your wants and needs.

    • I like using sigils and symbols!
      So, you like sigils, do ya’? Me too! Sigils are a great way of establishing wards in and around the home. You can either choose a sigil that befits your intent, or craft your own – either is fine, and using incense smoke, oil blends or simply your finger and a little bit of visualization and a lot of focus on your intent, draw your sigils on the doors and windows of your home (primary access points), and on door frames and windowsills. If you’re creating wards for a property as a whole, you can engrave or draw sigils onto gates and fence posts too.
    • Incense floats my boat, Roe.
      Ah, good old incense. Now, bear in mind that sometimes using incense smoke may not be possible or appropriate, or perhaps you don’t do well with smoke – totally understandable, lots of people don’t. If this is the case, you can cast wards using water and oil blends instead! This can be done by putting the blend into a spray bottle and then by ‘spritzing’ your object or area.
      When you’re creating an oil blend or an incense, try your best to make sure that your protection herbs (rosemary, bay, cinnamon, salt, etc,.), are authentic because the magick is in your herbs!

    A Quick Step-by-Step Guide to Incense Warding: Smoke or spray/spritz your item, if it is an item that you are warding. If it’s a room/building or space, you need to pick a place to start. If you are not drawn to any area in particular, then starting by your altar (if you are that way inclined!) or at a doorway, would be best.
    *If you’re warding more than one floor, begin at the very top and work your way down.

    Next, begin smoking/spritzing the room. You do this by moving clockwise around the room (to the right). As you do so, visualise the smoke or spray enveloping everything it touches; forming an impenetrable layer on all around you – a shield, if you will. 
    If you have problems with visualisation, then simply focus on your intent: protection, protection, protection. If you’re setting up specific wards, e.g., ones to stop bad spirits or fae, focus on that.

    As you work, follow the layout of the space you are warding. Work from room to room. If you aim to set up a ward that protects an entire property, you may want to establish a perimeter. You do this by walking full circle, including the ground and gardens, if applicable.

    • What if I work better with energy, Roe?
      Then, my friend, the bubble/wall wards will work for you.
      Some people are naturally very good at working with energy and so this form of warding may work best for you, if you are one of those people. Using visualisation, take your object (if, again, that’s what you’re doing, if not and you’re warding a space, apply the following steps to the space you are working in), and channel your energy into it. Do this by envisioning, as best you can, a cord or light or a tendril of some form, coming from yourself and into the object. During this time, focus solely and intently on your intent. Put as much power as you can muster into this. 
      If you are a proficient energy worker, you may be able to build a dome/wall/shield of energy that is capable of warding larger areas.

    To add a little… oomph, to your wards, you may want to chant or add some vocal spellwork into the mix. If you do want to do this, you’ll need to find an applicable chant or create one of your own and then, as you walk through your space, you will need to repeat it over and over whilst keeping your intent in mind. As you cover your home, or space, you’ll need to speak it in each room you wish to protect!