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9 Practical Tips for New Witches

1.  Write down a list of your current passions, interests, goals, and beliefs.  Knowing this information can help you to develop your witchcraft and to make it more personal.  It’s important to feel a deep connection to your own style of craft, so it is incredibly helpful to incorporate the things that you love in life. While it’s a good idea to think of and list serious things, it’s 100% okay if your list mostly contains entries like ‘shiny things, stuff that smells good, My Chemical Romance’; you should definitely add entries like that, because that right there still tells you that you’ll probably enjoy using reflective objects, aromatherapy, and music in your witchcraft.  The entries on your list can help you to creatively think of ways to make your magick yours, while still helping you to identify any pre-existing styles and paths of witchcraft that incorporate elements of your list.

2.  Keep a regular journal, along with any magick journals that you might have.  Keep track of your health, your dreams, your moods, your habits, your life in general. When you are first starting out, it can be difficult to automatically see how magick affects you.  By keeping a mundane, regular journal, you’re better able to reference past events against your magick journals, to see if any changes or unusual entries (negative or positive) occurred at the same time as something witchcraft-related.

3.  Sign up for as many guided nature walks and talks as you can.  It’s always a good idea to know the nature around you, especially if you’re a witch. Guided walks and talks can give you first-hand experience when it comes to identifying plants, animals, and other things that you can find in your area. If it is allowed, remember to bring along a camera and / or a notebook so that you can record and reference your new knowledge afterwards.

4.  Take an interest in cooking.  This is an especially good tip for any witches that are looking to hide their witchcraft.  Learning to cook is a life skill, and doesn’t tend to draw unwanted attention.  The food, herbs, and spices that you use all have their own magickal correspondences and associations, so it really comes down to figuring out some ingredients that match your magick’s intent, and then finding an actual recipe that calls for those ingredients.  

5.  Start your own garden, no matter how small. Seeds can be affordable purchased at most stores with gardening centers, and you can grow some herbs in a leftover tin can.  Really, you don’t need a lot of space or cash to be able to start some sort of garden, whether indoors or outdoors.  Just make sure that wherever you are planting, you have permission to plant there!

6.  Develop your DIY skills.  Crafting, sewing, upcycling – spend some time learning about the ‘Do It Yourself’ culture.  Aside from being an excellent way to learn how to create your own tools and witchy stuff, a lot of the skills that you will learn can be incorporated into your spells.  So can any supplies that you have on hand for regular arts and crafts, for that matter. And when you get right down to it, nobody has to know that your handmade lavender lip-balm is actually an enchanted item and a dual healing / beauty spell.  Making anything by hand helps to give it power, and can be another great way to practice witchcraft under-the-radar; unless you literally announce that your felt-and-an-old-sock plushie is actually a poppet, how can anybody know?

7.  Find places to source your witchy ingredients and supplies. Look up and scout out any local:

o   Book stores

o   Box stores (like Walmart, Target)

o   Craft stores

o   Dollar stores

o   Farm stands

o   Farmer’s markets

o   Flea markets

o   Garden stores / Nurseries

o   Libraries

o   Hiking trails

o   Metaphysical / New Age stores

o   Rockhounding locations

o   Tea / herb stores

o   Thrift stores

o   Rock / crystal / mineral shops

8.  Build a non-fiction library.  Cookbooks, how-to books, field guides, books that teach you skills. History books, scientific magazines and journals, textbooks on any topic.  Read about first-hand accounts, theories and practices, facts and trivia. Read educational books meant for kids, and encyclopedias meant for months of study.  Don’t be afraid to check your material against a different source, either.  Finding multiple sources citing a piece of knowledge is a good habit to develop, especially if your knowledge deals with the safety or danger of anything.  Whether it was posted online or published in a book, make sure that the author’s information is accurate!

9.  Collect and upcycle bottles, jars, tins, and other storage.  It’s a running joke here on Tumbler: ‘witches love jars’. But wow is it an accurate joke.  There have been a couple of times that I’ve come home with new loose supplies like shells or acorns, only to stand there and realize that literally all of my other storage is taken and that unless I want to stick them in a plastic bag, I have to temporarily store them by taking the last few Piroutte cookies out of the tin and giving it a quick cleaning (and now you know the exact moment that I thought of posting about this tip! lol).  Practicing witchcraft can be a really quick way to turn into a self-powered miniature recycling plant; it’s a lot cheaper to clean that jelly jar than it is to go buy an actual Mason jar, and it’s usually better for the environment as well ^_^

Creepypasta #1083: The Fairy Door

Length: Long

It was a little door set into the tree. It was disguised as part of the tree, covered with bark and with a little acorn cap for a knob. It was just the smallest little door, something only a child would think to look for.

My niece Jessie tugged my hand. “Look, a little door! Let’s go see who lives there!”

I let her pull me over. The door had been placed over a little hollow in the tree, so cleverly that I couldn’t even see the hinges. Jessie opened it and made a disappointed noise when there were no fairies, just broken acorn shells.

“Nevermind that,” I told her, “why don’t you leave something for the fairies?”

I took a gum wrapper from my pocket and my eyebrow pencil and told her to write a secret message. She did, with her back turned to me, giggling the whole time. When she was finished she rolled it up real tight like a scroll and we stuck it in the knothole.

Jessie went to one of those new-age schools where they were all about the wonder of nature in this hippy-dippy druid kind of way, so we walked at this park near the river a lot. I figured one of the teachers or maybe a parent had made the door, and maybe they’d talk about it in school.

I was going to tell my sister-in-law Tara about it when we got to her house, but she started off the minute she opened the door.

“Jessi-ca,” she said. The way she said my niece’s name, emphasizing the last syllable, always made me want to flap my arms and go ‘caw caw caw.’ “Mr. Gold hasn’t been fed yet. Do you think he’s been lonely waiting for you to get home?”

My sister-in-law never yelled at my niece, but the way she talked to her, I almost think yelling would be an improvement.

Jessie waved bye as she went inside. I said an awkward goodbye to Tara, who closed the door before I even finished speaking.

I forgot all about the door until the next day. I walked to pick up Jessie and saw her giggling with her friends in a pack.

“Can we go see the fairy door?” she asked when I drew closer.

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anonymous asked:

I just wanted to say I love and adore my Sheldon plush!! I do have a question though how should I clean him if he gets dirty?

I’m glad you like him! I don’t actually quite know the best way to clean the plushes I’m afraid, I’ll see about getting some information from the manufacturer if I can.

The plushes are pretty well made and sturdy, but I would advise against placing them into a washing machine or washing them roughly. The acorn shell is attached with a number of threads that could wear out from that. Spot cleaning is probably your best bet if you want to be safe.

I hope this helps!

His eyes, they weren’t just brown, you know.

They were the colour of earth after rain,
sprinkled with small flecks the shade of acorn shell.

A hue that reminded me of warmth and happiness,
like hot chocolate on a cold winter day.
A vibrance and glow that made it impossible to look away.

They were calming, like water on burning flames.
They were soothing, like a long embrace.

You see, they weren’t just brown, his eyes.

—  Him. (via @madebybella)

I’ve always thought a voice might be content
to dwell inside the place it finds itself.
A voice could just belong to where it is,
to how the creek along its down-dipped stones
becomes the only song of answering
a voice might want to offer to this world.
A voice could be that faint, could find small things
like buckeye bits that fell away on moss,
or leaf-stems stitched to dust, or acorn shells.
A voice need not become a haunted thing,
intent on rectifying how it’s been
misunderstood or set aside. A voice
might find its way by being led along—
in hummed belief for being here, then gone.

Jeff Hardin, “Concerning a Small Thing,” Hudson Review (vol. 70, no 1, Spring 2017)

Lunar (Self) Love Sea/Earth Spell

Bring forward your inner strength by drawing upon that of the Moon Goddess.

Adopted and combined from these two spells.

Preform at night on a Full Moon.


~Ingredients: white or silver tea light float-able candles, quartz, (rose quartz), moonstone, shell or acorn if green witch), rose petals, bowl of water.

~Incantation 1: “By the brightest of days and the darkest of nights; let my inner-power rise by this light.”

~Incantation 2: “Silver moon above, let me learn your love. Fill me with your glowing light, and help me shine–full and bright.”


~Steps:

  • Place crystals in front of you with the candles; forming a crescent shape.
  • Each candle will represent a positive attribute of yourself, that you want to strengthen and draw power from.
  • As you light each candle, speak of this attribute or characteristic; and your intention with it. State Incantation 1 as you light each candle.
  • Focus on the light reflected in the crystals, visualize the light growing with strength and aligning with the light and power of the moon.
  • Touch your fingertips to your crystals and feel the warmth and light coming to you.
  • If using shells or acorns, feel the power of the sea/Earth joining you and the Moon goddess’ energies as well; complimenting, invigorating, and strengthening them. You may add these items to the offering bowl of you wish, or just have them incorporated into your grid.
  • Take the rose petals. For each one, state what you want to love more about yourself and the attributes represented by the candles.
  • You can light each petal by the flame of the complimentary candle if you wish, before dropping it into your offering/spell bowl of water for your ritual.
  • As the petals float in the water, draw the moon goddess’ love to you, while also offering up your love to her. The petals serving as both an offering as well as binding.
  • Place the candles in the offering bowl, visualizing the positivity expanding and being imbued with the love from the petals; all amplified by the water.
  • Stir three times while chanting Incantation 2.
  • Finish by stating: “As I will it, so mote it be. Love and strength come to me; three times three.”
  • Optional: allow all items to stay afolat in the “offering” bowl throughout the remainder of your ritual.
    •  At the end of your ritual, preform a Full Moon Release spell; in which you light candles in representation of any negativity you wish to let go of. Place those candles in the bowl of water, envisioning the negativity dissipating and being drowned out, while the positivity washes over and replaces it.
    • These spells can be like “bookends” of your ritual.

If I could craft a boat for you
I would
I would pinch its matchstick mast into place
thumb prints permanent grain 
and drop down a new-grown leaf 
to float gently into place
to take your boat where ever you wish

Cupped in my hands
in a bed of water
the acorn shell of a body would rock
its little rigging ragging out in the exhaled breeze
tussocking at the corners of adventure

I would blow a kiss
and slowly release my hands into the air
and watch your boat sail away

Into that boat I have put 
all that I could ever say
In it is my laugh
and my half grin
and my complete desire to make you adore me
as I adore you

See how I stand
eyes close
hands in prayer as your boat starts to sail away
and then suddenly my eyes are open
and I am looking up at the sky
shoulders tensed
smile at the ready
eyebrows raised

—  Take It by Elizabeth Starr
Charm Jar: Fertility and a Happy Home

You will need: 

Red Sandalwood: invoking Venus
Star Anise (ground): attraction, lust, physical coupling
Bay Laurel: wish fulfillment, luck
Raspberry Leaf: uterine health, fertility
Salt: purification
Ginger (ground): health, vitality, nausea relief
Acorns: abundance, growth, fertility
One snail shell or sea shell: snail shells represent home, sea shells represent lunar tides and menstrual cycles

Combine salt, ginger, and star anise. Layer in a jar with red sandalwood chips. Top the layers with the larger inclusions (acorns, shell, bay leaf, star anise if using whole pods).

Seal the jar and knot a ribbon around the neck, focusing your energy on fullness, health, and smiling babies.

Optional: anoint the jar with dew drops and charge it under a full moon.

magic-superheroes-fashion  asked:

Hello! I was wondering if you had any tips for witches who don't have access to most crystals and plants? I'm not exactly able to get my hands on these things because I'm a minor and my parents aren't exactly supportive. If you had any tips on ways to use magic without their notice, they'd really help. But you don't have to, of course.

There’s magic in lots of things besides fancy crystals and plants! Here’s some things you can use in your craft that may be easier to get your hands on.


Pebbles, rocks, and stones you can find on the ground are just the same as crystals. They all come from the earth. Sure, some driveway gravel won’t be as aesthetically pleasing as a sparkling amethyst point, but if you go on a walk and find a stone that speaks to you, that has a power all its own. Plus, collecting rocks is super common and no one will think it strange!

You can find an amazing amount of witchy things out in nature. Acorns, shells, pinecones, they can all be used in your craft.

Candles are a great tool, and a pretty common thing to have in your house. Maybe try to get a lavender or rose or some other kind of nice scented candle for your room!

Trinkets and treasures like jewelry, marbles, beach glass, keys, can all be your charms. You can enchant anything just with your mind and spirit and will.