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Looking for witchy blogs to follow 🔮

Hey, I’m a queer baby witch looking for more blogs to follow so please like/reblog if you post:

- Witchcraft
- Wicca
- Paganism
- Divination
- How to’s
- Spells
- Nature
- Herbalism
- Crystals
- Witch tips

Can be secular or non-secular, doesn’t matter to me. Just trying to learn more about the community ❤️✨

For new witches who are tentative about divination:

So, I know it can be hard sometimes to see divination exactly how it is. Some people see it as THE ANSWER to any problems they have, some see it as total made up bullcrap. And in all honesty, it’s neither.
Take tarot, for example. Seeking answers in the tarot cards is like going to a wise friend for advice. You sit them down for coffee and they say, “So, what’s going on?”
“Well I really like this person, but x y and z are making me really anxious about doing anything about it. What should I do?” Or whatever the question is.
And because they are wise (not ominous, just very wise), they tell you what they think. “It sounds like _____is really the problem here, so what I would do is…” The oracle is not set in stone. It is up to you whether or not you take their advice. You can say, “I never thought of it that way. That’s a really good idea.” Or, “What are you smoking?! Haha, yeah right.”
And there you have it! Happy divining. 🔮

Ritual Dresses

I woke up at 1:45 am with an idea, ritual Dresses. So for whatever kind of witchcraft you practice, you could craft a dress specifically for the type of witchcraft(s) you practice. You could then wear them for special rituals or ordinary spells to enhance your power. Just an idea I had, I hope to do something with it hopefully, I’ll keep you guys posted!

c: Sorceress.

hello!

my name is ryo, and im a baby witch hoping to learn more about sea and kitchen witchery especially, but im open to just about anything! im looking to follow a lot more blogs, so please like/rb/reply if you post anything like the following:

  • sea witchy stuff
  • kitchen witchy stuff
  • urban witchcraft
  • beginners witchcraft
  • stuff for closeted witches?
  • original spells and recipes! id love to see your work!
  • sigil work
  • atheistic witchcraft
  • witchcraft: sea deity edition
  • divination, especially tarot

thank you so much!!

(ps, ill be following from my main, marineprophecy)

(pps, here are my links!)

Need more witchy blogs to follow 🌲💜

My dash is feeling quite empty lately and I need more inspiration please like/reblog if you are or post about;

🌲spells and magick

🌲herb or green witches

🌲sea witches

🌲are pro LGBTQIA+

🌲Have an online witchy shop of some sort

🌲are a safe space for beginner witches

🌲if your from Australia 🇦🇺 (anywhere is fine also ~ but exciting if your from the same country as me) ☺

🌲Anyone that enjoys or posts about magick or witchcraft

Reblog/like this and I’ll check out your profile THANKYOU ☺🌿

LOOKING FOR MORE WITCHY BLOGS TO FOLLOW (also vegan, inspirational, feminist, new age, and cat blogs)

Baby witch here and I want to be in the lovely place where I never refresh my dash without new posts showing up. I’m especially interested in witchcraft relating to kitchen, spoonie, and divination stuff. I adore spell jars , potions, crystals, bath spells, and tarot so if you post any of those I LOVE YOU.

Reblog or fave so I can follow you! If you want to know what I’m about, feel free to read my introduction here.

Also if you’re a fellow baby witch looking for recommendations, some of my faves so far are @aspelladay @breelandwalker @cosmic-witch @decklove @witchy-woman @death-witch-envy @hellboundwitch @moonlightacademy @kitchenwitchupinthisbitch @kitchenwitchcraft @theouijagirl @theshyoccultist @witchtips @faeriecherrie @torque-witch

Lesson 14: Intro to Tarot

Teacher: Prism

Live class date and time: 1/27/2017 @ 5:00PM

What is Tarot?

As per google, “playing cards, traditionally a pack of 78 with five suits, used for fortune-telling and (especially in Europe) in certain games. The suits are typically swords, cups, coins (or pentacles), batons (or wands), and a permanent suit of trumps.”

It’s thought that Tarot originated after the year 1000, during a liminal period in theological history where religions were able to coexist alongside one another. Given that card games were outlawed in the abbeys of France in 1337 (YES I KNOW OK BUT IT’S TRUE) historians suspect their emergence to be within this period of 300 years or so. It was more than possible at this time to see churches, synagogues and mosques co-existing alongside one another.

It contains esoteric symbols from all three of the aforementioned religious practices; visual symbols that hearken to christianity can be seen in Arcana II, V, XI, XIII, XV and XX. The nameless arcana, now called Death, was originally pictured with the hebrew words “Yad-Hay-Vav-Ha” within its skeletal head. The ten sephirot was illustrated on the Hermit’s (IX) chest.

It is possible that sages from all of the aforementioned religions came together to create what is the foundation of the modern tarot, but whether or not this is the true is purely speculative.

What we do know is that in essence, the Tarot is not divination in the sense that it is able to reveal literal future. It is not predictive but psychoanalytical. All prospective futures that may be revealed within a reading are a projection of the subject given their state of mind, not accounting for the circumstances of their life nor the specifics, but dealing with them in the abstract, as they advance through the stages of their life.

Second, Tarot is often interpreted in the modern age in disparate parts. Symbolism and correspondences are attributed with no explanation and relationships between the cards are not elaborated on. But it is meant to be viewed holistically. In this instance, we will look at it within the context of the mandala, a device as Carl Jung would say, that is a representation of the psyche,  whose essence is essentially unknown. Thus through the tarot we reveal ourselves, the stages of our lives and the deep energies that govern all of us.

The Art of the Holistic Tarot

Archetypes

  • Definition: (in Jungian theory) a primitive mental image inherited from the earliest human ancestors, and supposed to be present in the collective unconscious.
  • Examples; 
      • The Emperor (V) as the key figure of rationalism. Material. Paternal. The Ruler archetype. The abrahamic god. The energy of the five as active but static in the material plane.
      • The Knight of Wands as the master of hidden passions. Sublimation of warlike qualities. Freedom from desire; transcendence. Between the numbers 8 and 9, between total perfection and the step forward into crisis. The Creator archetype. Salvador Dali. The God Amun.
      • The Lovers as the exchange of intimacy. Selfless giving. Companionship. Desire to shape the world in the image of unconditional love. The power of the 6; of beauty, as it mirrors itself. The archetype of the Caregiver. Aphrodite. Princess Diana.

Visual Symbolism

  • There are 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana. They can be distinguished on the basis of their composition; in any given deck, the major arcana are usually presented with an individual image that is distinct from all the others and if not outright labeled, given the number of its respective arcana at the bottom or top. The minor arcana on the other hand, tend to feature repeating patterns and symbols within the purview of their respective suits, which may take many shapes and forms depending on the deck.
  • While I am loosely familiar with in-depth analyses of the classic Tarot of the Marseilles and Rider Waite decks, given the sheer volume and variety of the decks we all read with, I do not believe imparting the specifics would be useful here, save for providing example on how to potentially read different symbolism.
  • If you have a desire however to go to this level of depth with your deck, take time to reflect on the colors and composition of each card. Take each card of the major arcana and put it side by side in two rows, with the Fool and the World at either end. Look at how the cards align with one another. Is the High Priestess looking at the Empress, or looking away? What does the Hanged Man have behind their back? What colors do you see and do they run together? For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to leave it here, but I’m also going to include a brief table of color correspondences below. I’ll also note that these can be found exactly as I’m presenting them in Jorodowsky’s Way of the Tarot. As can most of the information that I’ll be teaching in this lesson, only in far greater detail.
  • Violet
    • + impersonal, wisdom
    • - sacrifice, death
  • White
    • + purity, ecstasy, immortality
    • - mortal chill, egoism
  • Light blue
    • + receptivity to celestial power
    • - dependence, immobility
  • Deep blue
    • + receptivity to earthly powers
    • - despotism, tyranny
  • Light yellow
    • + clairvoyance, active intelligence, awareness
    • - aridity, cruelty, dryness of mind
  • Deep yellow
    • + receptive intelligence
    • - madness, destruction
  • Flesh
    • + humanity, carnal pleasure
    • - materialism , repression
  • Red
    • + animal realm, activity
    • - criminal violence
  • Light green
    • + nature and the celestial
    • - dependence, envy
  • Deep green
    • + nature and the terrestrial
    • - engulfment, absorption
  • Black
    • + creative magma, shadow work
    • - chaos, repression, death impulse/fatalism

Correspondences

The Minor Arcana are typically divided into four suits, though the content of these suits may vary depending on the deck. For the purposes of this lesson, we will adhere to the basics; pentacles, cups, wands and swords.

There are many ways of dealing with these correspondences, but today we’ll break into down into two categories; correspondences by suit and correspondences by element/energy.

The elements as defined by alchemy are usually the way most define the properties of the four different suits. The results of my method will be similar, but with some nuance. These are intended to be more consistent with the arcana themselves, rather than derived arbitrarily from other, albeit related systems.

The sword is a rational symbol, forged and tempered with care and experience. Thus it harkens back to intelligence, the learning of language and transcendent thought. Swords have the power to test the mettle of a thing, much in the same way our rational intellect may scrutinize the integrity and consistency of an abstract ideal. The element of swords would be air, in this case.

The cup, similar to the christian symbol of a Grail, or the pagan symbol of a chalice, is a tool of receptivity and retention. In antiquity, cups have been used as a symbol for love. Cups represent emotional energy, in that the cup is deeply internalizing. What is poured into the cup may stay, adherent to the shape it’s given.  It is emotion used a divine messenger, in this sense, and its reference element would be water.

The wand is not artificially. It grows naturally in the wild, from crystal, gnarled bark or bone. But one can prune and polish it if they choose. Thus it represents growth of sexual or creative power as it occurs naturally in the human being. Sexual magnetism is an independent process, but what we choose to do with this natural state of mind is up to us; do we channel or sublimate it? Or perhaps, we allow it to take the lead. Much in the same way is the element of fire. It occurs as a force its own, but we choose how it is utilized and where it will burn.

The pentacle is solid, material, substantial. Usually represented by a coin, currency or artifact of significant cultural value, it is forged into what it is by human hands. It begins as raw material and is given identity by the choices. Aren’t our human bodies much the same? We are given our base material through biology, but what we do with it is up to us. Thus the pentacles are very much governed by earth energy, physical energy and they often represent the material plane that we inhabit as human beings.

The Diagram of Numerology

Still here with me? Good!

So, we’re about to get started with the numerological aspects of how to read and in particular, decimal numerology.

Why you may ask? Or maybe you didn’t ask. I plan to answer anyway, to further the plot.

Well, from a historical point of view among the most original decks known by man is the Tarot of Marseilles. There is some evidence to suggest that Tarot itself originated in France, though the truth will remain unknown. Regardless, French society itself has a tendency numbers in terms of degrees, particularly the number ten. The major arcana runs in two groupings of ten, excluding the beginnings and endings of the cycles, E.G. arcana zero and arcana twenty one. The number ten is viewed as a number of totality, divided into into ten separate degrees that evolve from one to the next. This creates the basis for relationships that otherwise, the tarot doesn’t have.

So hang on to your hats ladies, gentlemen and non-binary individuals. Now it’s time to pull out a piece of paper.

We’re going to break this down with a diagram. You’ll want the orientation of the paper to be in portrait rather than landscape. Now fold it in half, so that it is split vertically, not horizontally.

You’ve got two halves right? The left side is going to be our receptive side and the right side, our active side. You can label that if you wish, but you don’t have to.

Now fold it again along the horizontal axis. That way it is split into a cross, with four boxes. The top represents heaven (spiritual) and the bottom, earth (material).

Bam. Easy, right?

So we’re about to fold this sucker again. Configure it back into the long rectangle, where it is both horizontally and vertically folded. Now, fold it again, horizontally.

Tadah! If you have four equivalent rectangles on either side of the paper, congratulations. You are an origami champion.

Anyway, now imagine that numbers one and ten are below and above the paper respectively, but not necessarily present. After all, we only have eight squares right? These eight squares are going to represent the eight degrees on our journey through life. All ten degrees will be applicable to the reading of both the major and minor arcana as well as the significance of the hidden degrees, E.G. the energies of the Fool and the World (0 and 21.)

If you have something to write with, go ahead and label the boxes in ascending order from top to bottom, starting on the left side. So it’d be bottom left 2, bottom right 3, then just above 2 goes 4 and ect. You’ll note that all even numbers are on the left and all odd numbers are on the right. Coincidence? I think not!

This represents the organic growth as we grow upwards in the vertical dimension. Humans and plants grow up toward the sky, much in the same way.

The Degrees and their Meaning

If you’re still with me, then good. The mind control ought to be working by now.

Now let’s break down the different degrees and their meaning.

  1. Degree one is represented in the first decimal series by the Magician. A beginner, full of potential. Between choices. Uncertainty. Needing to take the first step into reality. Move to square 2! A newborn child, brought into the world.
  2. The High Priestess. Receptive energy, childhood development. Accumulating knowledge & experience. Gestation. Matter is inert, still growing and changing. Moving toward the realization of identity.
  3. The Empress. Explosive adolescent action. First love, first fight, first real passion. Action with little purpose or direction. Adolescent rebellion. A need to move toward the four, toward adulthood and stability.
  4. The establishment of real material stability. The Emperor. Mastering the material plane. Buying the house, getting the car, establishing a career, a family, a home or the achievement of a material goal. Motionless and capable of great stagnation unless progress is made to the five.
  5. The Pope or the Hierophant. Moving toward the threshold of the heaven square. A passage or a transition into the spiritual or transcendent plane through the temptation of an ideal. A new point of view is achieved. Concern for the Other starts to manifest.
  6. Pleasure, beauty, receptive but transcendent of material considerations. The ultimate artistic positioning in life. Receptive with the danger of becoming narcissistic and self indulgent. In order to continue on, one must move to the action of the seven, rather than hoard the delights of the six. The Lovers.
  7. All forms of global action are engendered here by the Chariot. Humanitarian, artistic or imperial. It can lead to mindless violence, corruption by a static value system and have disastrous consequences. In order for the hero to avoid living long enough to become the villain, they must move to the eight.
  8. Total spiritual and material perfection. Judgement. Perfection in the heaven square. The eighth month of gestation. The judge who is both exacting and wise. There is nothing to be taken away, nothing to be added. But still, the individual must move to the nine in order to complete the cycle, into crisis.
  9. The step off the in this case, literal page. There are no more squares to be had. This is the position of the Hermit. The blind leap of faith. Like a mandala drawn in the sand, the individual must move beyond the perfect balance achieved by the eight into the nine, leaving the sum of all their achievements behind them and prepare for transcendence. To fall back to the eight in this position signifies a fear of death, which has the power to consume them.
  10. The Wheel of Fortune. It is the liminal space between cycles. It is renewal, eternal change, as the wheel continues to turn. The literal card of rebirth. Beginning and end. It is pure karmic energy, the womb from whence we came and where we all inevitably will return. Well…. Figuratively speaking, anyway.

Where do the court cards fit? A question for another day perhaps, but briefly, they are the literal decimals or half steps between the ten degrees. The Page is between two and three, the Queen between four and five, the King between six and seven and the Knight between nine and ten.

These values apply across the board, not just dogmatically to the major arcana. If the six found in the Lovers dictates beauty than this also applies to the six of pentacles, of wands, of swords and of cups. It also applies to the cards in the second decimal series, which carries on into another cycle, the cycle of the old soul, culminating in the card which embodies each phase of evolution; the World.

It begins to give the reader a basis with which to think of the cards beyond arbitrary memorization. For example if in a reading I have a card whose challenged by another card of a lower numeric value, I can safely assume their being held back by energies which are at a lower state of development. However those energies manifest depend on the individual and the context of the reading. As you can see, it begins to build upon relationships within the cards themselves. How would a pentacle feel to be held back the energy of an undeveloped wand? What could it mean to have two cards of different suits of the name numerology at odds with one another? These are the sort of considerations to make during each reading.

In summation to this introduction, which has been a lot of theory I know, one can have a basis from which to start truly deciphering their relationship to the major and minor arcana. Next lesson we’ll be going in depth with the first and second series of the major arcana. I hope to see you all there!

ANY QUESTIONS?!

Tools of the Craft: Runes (Pt. XI)

Oh, the beautiful working altar! It is a place of magic, with lots of shiny and smelly things on it which make me feel at home. But to the new witch, it can sometimes seem daunting, and even downright scary to look at - almost as if it came right out of some dark fantasy story.

But there’s nothing to be afraid of. Each object on the altar is merely a tool to help visually direct energy. In witchcraft, every tool has its significance and its own symbolism, and it often helps to understand what makes these tools so important. In this series of articles, I will endeavor to lift the shroud of mystery from these tools and assist in helping you understand what each tool is used for, where it comes from, and why we use it.

Runes, Pt. XI - Naudiz, the Rune of Necessity

Pronunciation: “Now-dthese”
Meaning: “Need”
God/dess: Skuld
Element: Fire
Tree: Rowan

When Naudiz appears in a spread, it’s like a big flashing neon sign, saying “PAY ATTENTION!” As we go about our lives, we have moments when we develop true needs that must be met for the sake of growth, health, or survival. Naudiz is the rune that alerts you to the fact that perhaps there is something necessary for your growth or health. This rune shows up when it is important to control your emotions, avoid giving into cravings, and ensure that your love is not misplaced. It’s a marker of hardship, but with the promise that you do have enough energy reserved to be able to get through trying times. It’s a rune that looks after your health, but can also be an alarm if you’re not careful.

This rune is tricky, and can easily be misread, as it does have a reverse that can be missed if running through a reading too quickly. Remember to take your time so as to avoid reading Naudiz incorrectly. When reversed, Naudiz encourages you to be more free with your emotions and food, but could also be a warning of superfluous tendencies.

Converse, however, and Naudiz is an omen to be heeded. There’s harm in giving into your desires given the moment, and it is important to practice restraint. In matters of love, however, it could indicate a secret admirer.

Magick

Naudiz is a great rune for working on self-binding spells. When attempting to have restraint in one’s diet or when striving for being a bit more wise with understanding the difference between a need or desire, this rune is sure to be helpful!

In Conclusion…

Naudiz is a rune that definitely shouldn’t be feared, but it’s great proof in how runes can often be firm in their advice. Like Justice in tarot, Naudiz reminds us that we reap what we sow, and that the universe treats us just as fairly as it does anyone else. Rather than cling to desires or wants, it encourages us to focus instead only on what we need in order to live a truly happy life. A firm message, but important for everyone anytime it appears in a rune casting!

Blessed Be! )O(

Tools of the Craft: Runes (Pt. X)

Oh, the beautiful working altar! It is a place of magic, with lots of shiny and smelly things on it which make me feel at home. But to the new witch, it can sometimes seem daunting, and even downright scary to look at - almost as if it came right out of some dark fantasy story.

But there’s nothing to be afraid of. Each object on the altar is merely a tool to help visually direct energy. In witchcraft, every tool has its significance and its own symbolism, and it often helps to understand what makes these tools so important. In this series of articles, I will endeavor to lift the shroud of mystery from these tools and assist in helping you understand what each tool is used for, where it comes from, and why we use it.

Runes, Pt. X - Hagalaz, the Rune of Disruption

Pronunciation: “Hawr-gah-laaz”
Meaning: “Hail”
God/dess: Urd, Heimdall
Element: Water
Tree: Ash

We all have those moments when we must hear bad news that we don’t want, yet need, to hear. Such news comes at us like a storm, rocking the foundations of what we thought was stable, and forcing us to weather through it or make the best of it, even when ice and rain threaten to pummel us into the ground.

Hagalaz is an indicator of storms on the horizon, both literally and figuratively. When linked to other runes, it marks some sort of limitation or interruption, or even a change in the direction your life is taking. It could also represent suffering or illness in matters of the body, or in matters of the heart it could represent negative influences caused by a third party.

A fully symmetrical rune, Hagalaz has no reverse, but its converse represents those hidden storms that may plague us. Unexpected and hidden threats from the natural world (such as earthquakes or flash floods) could be on the horizon, or tasks that appear simple and easy to accomplish have hidden dangers that you may not be considering. In matters of the heart, perhaps a lover is holding something back.

Magick

Hagalaz is an exceptional rune for spells meant to interfere with or bind another individual’s actions. It’s meant to cause disruption and make it more difficult for that person to do what they need to do. As such, Hagalaz can be drawn or stitched onto poppets, or incorporated into taglocks for curses and hexes.

Meanwhile, it can also be used for weather magic. If an area is being plagued with drought or needs some sort of weather-based influence, incorporate Hagalaz into spells that are meant to draw thunder storms or rain (but be careful not to overdo it)!

In Conclusion…

Life is going to have its challenges. We never learn or grow without facing difficulties that make it seem as if we aren’t going to achieve what we set out to do. Whether those challenges come from nature or from the situations surrounding us, Hagalaz reminds us not to shy away from a challenge, but to face it head-on, confident in the knowledge that this time of struggle is nothing more than a stepping stone that will make your goal all the sweeter when achieved. The more daunting the task, the greater the reward!

When considering Hagalaz in comparison to tarot, it can be linked to the Tower. A card focused on collapsing and destroying what we think we know in order to force us out of our comfort zone for the sake of growth, the message of interference or disruption is the same between rune and card.

When it appears in your casting or spread, it can sometimes be disconcerting, but like any challenge in life, don’t approach in fear. Approach instead with determination and the will to weather the storm!

Blessed Be! )O(

Witch Tip

Do you like looking at the moon, planets, stars, or galaxies but not own a telescope? Do you want to learn more about our solar system, the Milky Way, or the universe in general? Go online and look at you local Astronomy Society’s website and see when they are having their next “star party”. A lot of these groups go out a few times a month to a park and bring their fancy telescopes and you can go and look through them for free, and ask any questions you want, they are always really nice and friendly. They also do these parties for important events like eclipses and meteor showers and such.