basic uses for herbs

Good Things to Research When You Don't Know What to Research

They don’t exactly teach this stuff in schools. This list is designed for the beginner witch, who keeps hearing the advice “Research!” but wants some better specifics on what exactly that means.

Now, you don’t have to be a complete expert on all of these or even most of these! You don’t even have to incorporate all of them into your practice. They’re just some stuff it’s good to have a basic working knowledge of in the Craft.

🌻Planetary Correspondences- Even if cosmic witchcraft isn’t your thing, a lot (and I mean a LOTTTT) of correspondences in any other category are going to eventually lead back to the planets. Having a basic understanding of what each planet governs is extremely helpful when learning the correspondences of basically anything else.

🌻Herb Correspondences- Herbs and spices are incredibly useful! They’re probably one of the most versatile of the “big categories” since they can be used in herbalism and kitchen witchery, as well as a great add-on to any other variation of witchcraft. It’s good to have a working knowledge of what herbs you can use in a pinch, especially the stuff you already have in your kitchen. When an emergency calls, it’s good to know how that chili powder can help you.

🌻Crystal Correspondences- This is another great add on! Crystals can often be used to enhance and focus the energy of a spell, as well as cleanse any ritual tools you have. Besides, who doesn’t like pretty rocks? Crystals can be particularly great for the witch who has a tactile mind, and likes to have things they can feel and roll around in their hand.

🌻Days of the Week- Knowing the right time to cast a spell can be very important! Casting a love spell on a Friday gives it an added boost, or at the very least creates a path of least resistance. Besides, there’s only seven of them, so it’s easy to learn quickly. You get a lot of bang for your buck!

🌻Phases of the Moon- We have a really big collective crush on the moon, it seems. And for good reason! The moon is a great source of power and mystery even in a completely mundane setting! Understanding the phases of the moon and how it can affect your craft is extremely important. (Hint: you can cast spells even when it isn’t the Full Moon.)

🌻Basic Mythology and Lore- This is an absolute must if you plan on going into any type of spirit work. Even if that isn’t your thing, it’s good to know a little bit. Firstly, because you may draw unwanted attention from spirits, and it’s good to know how to deal with them if it happens. Secondly, because if you draw from a path with any history behind it, it’s good to know how the rules go down on their turf.

🌻Basic Divination- Not everyone has the money or the time to pick up and learn how to read a 78-card Tarot deck, but things like scrying and pendulums are pretty easy to figure out quickly. What’s more, they can be done on little to no budget. Divination’s a useful tool to have on your utility belt, and who wants to pay someone to use a pendulum for them when you can learn it yourself?

🌻Anthropology of different cultures/religions- You don’t have to be a religious witch at all, but witchcraft still has its roots as a religious practice! Lot’s of practices have a cultural context as well, which can be important to know in order to fully understand the action you’re performing. A lot of correspondences, traditions, and rites come from cultural or religious roots. It’s good to know not only what people did, but why they did it! Does X tool have some symbolic meaning or was it just what was available at the time? What was simply a product of the culture around them?

🌻Science- It’s a HUGE category, and I left it that way on purpose. If something interests you, look at the mundane side of it as well! Do you like kitchen witchery? Read up on food chemistry and how different nutrients affect the brain. Into crystals? Learn about how they’re formed! Read about gardening or psychology, anything that can help enhance your path.

Happy researching!

Originally posted by longshankstumblarian

anonymous asked:

Hey, can you help me with something? If yes (that would mean a lot ♡) so, I'm not a witch and I really want to be one ive been reading all blogs that I could find about it but I have no idea of how can I start! You know? I mean, what should I buy? +

+ What book should i read? Everything’s kinda confuse right now… do you have any advices? Or ideas of how can I start? Thank you so much anyway ♡ (it was a bit long, hope you can read it, sorry xx)

It wasn’t too long, and I can read it just fine. :)

But, this is going to be a long ass post. So, yeah, be warned.

First of all, you don’t really need to buy anything if you don’t want to. (Check this post: [“Do I Need a ________ to Be a Witch?”]. The answer: no.) There are some branches of magic that don’t really require any physical components - energy work or sigil magic being the ones that jump to mind first. There are also many average household items that have their own energies that can be used in magic. Sometimes people already have some witchy supplies in their homes that can be used - many people have spice racks and candles and jars from other food, and those are pretty common tools in the craft.

It also highly depends on the sort of magic you want to do. Do you want to work with candles, crystals, herbs, all of the above? Then you’ll want to look into places to find those. (I get my herbs from the grocery store and candles from the dollar store, honestly.) Do you plan on grinding herbs into powders? Then you’ll probably need a mortar and pestle, or something similar. Plan on making poppets or sachets? You’ll need fabric, thread, and sewing needles, though poppets can be made out of paper instead, and you can buy little baggies that can work for sachets. Want to make magical jars? Hit up the dollar store for bottles and containers. Do you want a wand? Do you want a ritual space / altar? Tarot decks / other methods of divination? It seriously comes down to what you want, and what you might plan on doing.

Here is a list of some things that might be useful in your magic, more as a jumping off point of ideas, and in no way absolute or complete:

  • candles
  • crystals
  • herbs
  • jars
  • sachets / tiny pouches
  • sewing needles, thread and fabric
  • thicker string / ribbon
  • paper and writing utensils

You can use almost anything in your magic, though, and many things you can just find outside, like:

  • leaves
  • nuts
  • rocks
  • water from streams or rain
  • feathers (some places have laws about picking up feathers, be sure to check out where you live and if that will be an issue)

Everything has magical potential. You can even enchant regular objects like jewelry to bring about magical effects. This is also good if you have to be super discreet. The options are literally endless. 

Here are a couple of posts, [The Beginner Witch’s Starter Spell Kit] and [New Witch’s Shopping Guide], that I think you should check out as well. Some other useful posts: 

If you are on a budget…

If you need to be discreet…

* not my choice of title

And just because something might be useful, doesn’t mean you have to use it. For example, I find blood to be very useful in magic - it is super potent with energies - but some people aren’t comfortable using it. And that’s fine. If you don’t want to utilize something, you don’t have to.

Notebooks are almost vital as a witch, in my opinion. You’ll want a place to store all the information you’ve learned to access later. It’ll be a place to keep all your spells and correspondences, and notes on any magical workings you do as well. 

However, you can go completely digital and forego a physical book - using programs like OneNote, Google Drive and the like can be another way for you to store your info discreetly, password protected, and have access to it anywhere you have internet and your mobile device. 

As to finding out what you want to do with magic, where you should start, I generally give people this list of questions that will hopefully help them narrow their focus and figure out where it is they want to go:

  • Why were you drawn to the craft in the first place? What got you interested in studying / practicing it?
  • What sorts of expectations do you have, if any, about what you can do with magic?
  • Is magic something you just want to experiment with, or do you want to practice long-term?
  • Are there any things in particular you hope to achieve by doing magic? Do you have any end goals for yourself or your craft? Any expectations?
  • What sorts of things would you like to do (in regards to different varieties of spellwork [candle magic, sachet magic, etc.], divination, etc.)?
  • Do you feel an attraction / affinity to any particular branch of magic (chaos magic, green magic, spirit work, hedgework, etc.)? Why? What in particular makes it appealing to you?
  • Are there things you don’t want to go near no matter what? Why? What bothers you about those things?

Ultimately that’s what matters - what you want, where you want to go. Here is my advice on that front: pick something to start with, and go with it - learn what you can from it, play with it, and when you think you’ve got it covered, try something else, while still keeping in mind what you’ve already learned.

Witchcraft is such a personal practice and area of study - it allows you to experiment and find out what works for you, while also not enforcing anything that you may not be comfortable with. Don’t wanna do this thing? You don’t have to. Maybe you would prefer to focus on this thing? Go right ahead. Oh, wait, you changed your mind, and now you wanna do this? Yep, go for it. It is a beautiful thing.

Here is a list I ended up throwing together of some common branches of magic. You are not bound or excluded to only one - you can practice many of these at any one time, and you are not stuck with it of you happen to pick it up but decide you don’t like it. This list is also not exclusive, but a way to give you an idea of some of the things you can do.

  • energy work
  • candle magic
  • crystal magic
    • crystal grids
  • sachet magic
  • knot magic
  • poppet magic
  • kitchen magic
    • tea magic
  • bath magic
  • traditional magic
  • urban magic
  • chaos magic
    • sigil magic
  • pop culture magic
  • green magic
  • cottage magic
  • hedgework
  • spirit work
  • shadow work
  • blood magic
  • sex magic
  • death magic
    • necromancy

There are so man different veins of magic, and they can blend and mix in such cool ways. Most spells have components of different varieties of magic - you might see a spell call for candles and crystals, or jars and poppets.

It takes some time to build up witchy supplies, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have 20 different herbs in the span of a week. It’s taken me two years to build u the supplies I have, just picking up bits and pieces here and there. A good idea to start would be pick one spell then buy the ingredients for that, and do that spell. Then, decide on a spell you want to do next - you’ll find you might already have some of the ingredients left over from the first one, then you just need to pick up what you’re missing. It is also good to keep lists of substitutions for various herbs if you decide to use them. Not everything has a substitution, but if you can find things with similar correspondences as to what is being used in that spell and why, you should be okay. 

Learning to write your own spells is also a great way to ensure you’ll have the ingredients you need (by basing it off what you have), but that can be a bit daunting, and is in no way necessary, just a handy skill to have.

I am not so sure on the books you should buy - I tend to get my witchcraft resources from online, and this whole blog is my resource compilation. I use Tumblr as my main source of info, along with my discretion of course. I know other witches have lists of book recommendations, and I can give you those:

[Here] is a list of authors you should try to avoid - trigger warning for mention of various disturbing topics. [Here] is a post that talks about why your book on witchcraft might be full of it; if you have any questions as to why that might be, feel free to ask the OP or even myself. [Here] is a post that explains using discretion and critical reading in regards to witchcraft books.

I have a page on my blog, [Advice for Witchlings], that has more advice that can help you out. I also made it into two rebloggable posts if that is easier for you to access: [part 01] and [part 02].

I am also going to toss a huge list of posts here. You don’t need to read them all immediately, but they do all contain various points of interest and things to note, as well as useful information (and sometimes even more links). Witchcraft is a practice of study and learning, after all.

Oh dear gods, okay, I am done with this. Not only because it’s way too long, but because my fingers hurt. xD I really hope that can help you anon, and best of luck! If you have any more specific questions, I’ll do my best to answer, it’s just really hard to get everything in such a broad question. There’s so much (as you can see). But, I hope that answers some of your questions, or gives you an idea on where to look to find them! Again, if you have other questions, I’ll do my best to get into more specifics, just maybe do one at a time so I can break it down a lot easier, and hopefully in not so long a post, lmao. I wish you all the best on your newfound path! :D

Mechanics of a Spell

What makes a spell a spell? What are the moving pieces and the working parts? We get this question a lot, and though there isn’t a super easy answer, this is what we’ve gathered through our practice. 

Intent: 

This is your thought, you desire and your purpose. This is why you perform your spell, this is what gives it meaning.

Examples of Intent: To enhance love, to increase luck, to bring bad luck

Action: 

This is your moving piece. This is what transforms a mere thought into something that is acted upon. This is the glue between your intent and your energy.

Examples of action: Combining ingredients, writing or saying things aloud, burning objects, drawing sigils

Energy: 

This is the driving force of your spell. This is what your intent hinges on, and what will push your intent out into the universe.

Examples of Energy: Energy from an organic or important object, crystals, herbs, materials, consecration and charging 

Using this basic formula, you can create your own spells for any use with any materials on hand! 

Concerning Dark Objects and How to Make Them

Originally posted by psychoticblood

These are inspired by the series The Originals. Davina and Kol started making these cursed objects and I liked the concept so now it’s a real witchy thing! I don’t if anyone came up with these yet, but I’ve never seen them around so here ya go!

What are Dark Objects?

Dark objects are basically active enchanted items. Items which you have linked a spell to, and is activated by a trigger set in place by the caster.

Components of a Dark Object:

The Focus: The Focus is the item itself, so a necklace, a ring, or something like that. I personally really like using jewelry as Foci, but that’s just my aesthetic. You could literally use anything, I’ve used a spoon before.

The Source: The Source is the source of power that fuels the item. The simplest one would be to infuse the object with all the energy needed for the spell. You can play with the source to turn it into more of a trigger.

The Trigger: The Trigger is what, well, triggers the spell. I like using a movement, or a small rhyme, as it’s pretty easy, but you could make it so it’s activated when the object is broken, or when a certain person does a certain thing.

The Link: Related to the trigger, this component is optional. It allows to make the use of this item reserved to a certain person.

The Glyph: This is more of a personal thing, but I like to use a glyph with different geometry in it to relate to the spell itself. It helps to redirect the energy into the object, and to govern the energies better. Circles are used to indicate the flow of energy, and to contain energy. Squares are used to represent the four elements, as each corner represents one direction. Lines are used to link different components to each other (more on that in another post). Triangles are used to implement structure and strength to the enchantment. Spirals are used to direct the energy of the Purpose 

The Purpose: Basically the herbs and objects you would use for the spell if you weren’t going to use it as a cursed object. I don’t reccomend poppets, or other types of representative magic, due to the fact that it could make a monkey’S paw effect take action, but anything else is good.

How to make a Dark Object:

Making these can take a little bit of planning, of course, but I personally think they’re worth it.

First you want to pick a Focus. I reccomend something related to the spell, and easy to carry with you. Then, decide on the spell you want to put into the Object. Gather your Purpose and make sure you have everything you need. Then you want to design the glyph, if you’re going to use one. I reccomend using one of my chalk recipes depending on what you want to do. You should also decide on what you want your trigger to be. I reccomend a rhyme, rubbing the object, destroying it, or doing a certain movement. You also want to set up anything that you’ll be able to draw power from, like candles, crystal elixirs, music, whatever helps you raise energy. 

Trace your glyph out, and set everything up. Place your Purpose on the assigned spots of the glyph, or just throw them in a box. If you’re going to use the glyph, make sure the Purpose is placeed at the end of a spiral going towards the Focus or lines going towards it. If using a glyph, your candles should be used as Purpose, to send power to the Focus. Now, it’s time to start casting.

Write out a contract stating the trigger, and the overall intention of the spell using whichever alphabet you prefer. I like using Ogham or runes, but you can also use regular script. If using a Link, wrap it up in the contract, or smear your blood or the person’s blood unto the word. or phrase stating the trigger. If the Source isn’t physical or premeditated, state what it will be when you need to use the object, for example feelings, or entropic energy. Burn the contract and mix the ashes with water or a brew related to the spell. Anoint the object with the mixture. Now you want to raise energy and direct it into the object. Visualize the object sucking in all the energy of the purpose and the Source, if used. Chant the intention of use of the object, preferably rhyming, and visualizethe use of the object. Act as if you were casting a regular spell, but isntead of sending it into the world, send it into the object so it may act as a vessel.

Using the Dark Object:

You want to carry the object with you for when you use it, obviously. Use your trigger and state the target of the spell. Once cast, the object will probably feel different. Less charged, or lighter even. Once the object has been used, you can reenchant it with the same spell you used, or cleanse it in salt and moonlight for an entire night and use a different spell on it.

Depending on what Source you link to the dark object, for example your feelings, you could probably cast the spell as many times as the Source is powerful enough.

Ideas for Dark Objects:

A pendant used to suddenly make you extremely attractive to all around you.

A bracelet used during a test to remember the answers.

A ring to bring intense luck when gambling.

An earring rubbed to curse that one person who wronged you isntantly.

A knife with storms as Source used to cut the clouds and make the sun shine.

The possibilities are endless! Have fun with it :)

lovelylilgalaxybird  asked:

Do you have any tips for a VERY beginner witch?

Hey there! Sorry this took me so long; my iPhone decided not to notify me of your question, haha.

I’m so psyched you’re asking me this!

Be Yourself! find your craft by doing what feels right and what you love to do. Don’t do stuff your uncomfortable or bored with because you think you should.

Remember there is no right way to ‘witch’.

Be Thrifty! Use what is available and cost-effective. Aesthetics don’t make magick work any better.

Recycle! Save jars and eggshells for spells. Dry or freeze herbs that are going bad for later use!

Basic Spell Ingredients: Salt; Herbs like Rosemary, Basil, and Bay; Spices like Cinnamon, Black Pepper, and Clove.

Find spells and tarot spreads on Tumblr. You can rework them to fit your needs and personal style, and then record them in your grimoire.

Make a Grimoire! It is a great way to record cool stuff you learn. Start with a cheap notebook or make a Tumblr blog for grimoire entries.

First Spell Idea: Make a protection sigil/charm/jar to use for yourself.

I really hope this helps!

Witchcraft 101

I was asked to make a post about some basic information for beginners. This post covers a lot of information to start you off on. :)

I suggest you pick out a topic and start there by studying it and practicing it, and don’t forget that it’s your journey and you decide what you believe to be most important and don’t have tunnel vision ; feel free to expand your horizons.
Some subjects:
Symbols,
Animal magic,
History,
Sacred geometry ,
Herb magic,
Crystal magic,
Spells,
Potions,
Amulets/charms/talismans,
Animal spirits,
Deities ,
Elemental magic,
Esoteric,
Angle magic,
Numerology,
Poison path ,
Hexes,
Alchemy

Some wonderful authors 


Scott Cunningham 


Dugan


Gerna dunwitch


Worth


Eileen holland


Dugan


Judika illes

I do have a list of great beginner books that I suggest . :)

Candlelight spells 
-dunwitch


Spells for the solitary witch
-Holland


Mrs Bs guide to household witchery 
-Kris Bradley


The way of the green witch
-Murphy-Hiscock


Book of Witchery
-Dugan



Cunninghams book of shadows
-Cunningham 


Practical Protection Magic
-Dugan


Pure magic
-Illes

Some tips

1. Do your own research. 


2. Don’t be afraid to read about ‘taboo’ topics. 


3. Libraries are great places (if you can’t find a book your looking for , you can get one shipped from another library for free).


4. Their are many magical subjects to study. 


5. You don’t need any tools.


6. You can work magic in the kitchen with everyday ingredients.


7. You can write your own spells. 


8. Don’t do anything your not comfortable doing.


10. Don’t forget to Take notes (book of shadows)

A book of shadows is a book that one uses to wright about there experiences, there path, and anything they feel is important to add.

Some info for your Book of Shadows
(BOS) and you can put anything you’d like in it. :) few subjects you can go over in the book:


lunar calendar


Info about Your deities 


Herbs


Crystals


Sabbaths 


Correspondences


Tool info


Symbolic info


A bio


Book protection spell


Spells


Charms


Potions


Recipes
Notes from your craft
You can wright about anything in your book as each book is individual to the owner who wrights it. You can also have many BoSs and it’s ok to keep your old ones. :)

~THE BASIC TOOLS OF A WITCH~
**tools do not need to be used but make casting easer and this is not a complete list, as different paths have there own lists.

THE CHALICE 
the chalice is often made of silver, tho it can be made of any material. It is associated with water, and feminine energies.

THE CAULDRON
A tool of fire, often used to burn offerings , fire magic, or mixing potions. Many use cast iron cauldrons as cooking vessels.

DOWSING RODS
A divination tool often used to find lost objects or find underground water for well making.

MAGICAL JOURNAL
A magical journal often called a book of shadows due to pop culture , often used to keep a log of magical experiences, practices and recipes. 
Many believe the power of the written word, I personally believe that there’s more power in writing down it all by hand. You can use you book any way you want and name it what you want. It’s supposed to be personal and over the years you may have a series of books written by you.

THE WAND
A can be made with a verity of materials as well, many use certain woods and crystals while others use copper. They have masculine energies and considered tools of fire/ air. They are used to direct magical energies.
WILLOW: lunar magic
OAK: fire magic
APPLE: love magic
To name a few woods and magical uses.
THE ATHAME 
A double sided blade that is never to be used to cut any physical surface. The Athame is usually considered to be a tool of air/fire. Used to direct energy , it is masculine
THE BESOM
A broomstick it combines both masculine and feminine energies, used to “sweep away unwanted energies” never to be used for mundane but only for the magical, or else you risk loosing any magical power stores in it.
THE SMOKE FAN 
Used to move magical energies in a space, a tool of air as it can be used in combination with sage for a cleansing ritual.

~BASIC TOOL CONSECRATION~
Prior to consecration I rub the wand with fresh lavender ,eucalyptus or mint leaves.
When I consecrate my tools I hold the tool (wand) in my hand and visualize it absorbing my energies, then I purify the tool( wand) from its old energies with the elements , I choose to use the smoke method. While I smoke cleanse the wand I usually say aloud a blessing of the elements.
Elemental blessing: 
I HOLD IN MY HANDS THE (tool), WHICH I DEDICATE AS A TOOL OF THE (name of element) ELEMENT. I DEDICATE IT TO POSITIVE USES AS I WALK THE PATH OF THE WISE

A list of tools and ingredients that you may be interested in.
BASIC HERBS

BASIL (Ocimum Basilicum)
Gender: Hot
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Deities: Krishna , Vishnu 
Basic powers: purification,protection, exorcism, love

CAMOMILE (Anthemis Nobilis) 
Gender: Hot
Planet: Sun
Element: Water 
Part used: Flowers
Basic powers: Prosperity, meditation, money, induces sleep when burned

CATNIP( Nepeta Cataria)
Gender: cold
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Deity: Bast
Part used: leaf
Basic power: love, animal connection, relaxation

HONEYSUCKLE
(Lonicera Caprifolium)
Gender: hot
Planet: Jupiter
Element: earth
Part used: flowers
Basic powers: prosperity, clairvoyance

LAVENDER(Lavendula Officinal) 
Gender: hot
Planet: mercury
Element: Air
Part used: flowers
Basic powers: love, protection, purification

MUGWORT( Artemisa Vulgaris)
Gender: Cold
Planet: Venus 
Element: Air
Deities: Artemis, Diana
Part used: herb
Basic powers: protection, clairvoyance

THYME ( Thymus Vulgaris)
Gender: cold
Planet: Venus 
Element: Air
Part used: Herb
Basic powers: clairvoyance, purification

YARROW(Achillea Millefolium)
Gender: cold
Planet: Venus 
Element: water
Part used: flowers
Basic powers: love, clairvoyance, exercisum
Via:Scott Cunningham

BEGINNERS OIL APOTHECARY >

Almond oil
Gender: masculine
Planet:mercury
Element:air
Powers: love, prosperity, wisdom

Bergamot oil
Gender:masculine
Planet:mercury
Element:air
Powers: prosperity, protection

Eucalyptus oil
Gender:feminine
Planet:moon
Element:water
Powers: cleansing, healing, Protection

Frankincense oil
Gender:masculine
Planet:sun
Element:fire
Powers:Peace, protection,exorcism, spirituality

Jasmine oil
Gender:feminine
Planet:moon
Element:water
Powers: love, sexuality, goddess

Lavender oil
Gender:feminine
Planet:Venus 
Element:water
Powers: cleansing, purification, relaxation, healing

Patchouli oil
Gender:feminine
Planet:Saturn
Element:earth
Powers: love, healing, passion

Sandalwood oil
Gender:feminine
Planet:Venus 
Element:water
Powers: dreams, divination, enhancing psychic abilities
Via Phyllis curott , Scott Cunningham

BEGINNER CRYSTALS

QUARTZ CRYSTAL
planet: sun, moon
Element: fire, water
Powers: protection ,healing,power, lactation

AMETHYST
planet: Jupiter , Neptune
Element: water
Powers: dreams ,overcoming alcoholism ,health, healing ,psychic abilities ,peace ,love ,protection, happiness

TURQUOISE
planet: venus, Neptune
Element: earth
Powers: protection, courage, money, love, friendship, healing, luck

TIGERS EYE
planet: sun
Element: fire
Powers:
money ,protection ,courage ,energy ,luck ,
divination

SUNSTONE
planet: sun
Element: fire
Powers: protection,energy, health ,sexual energy

MOONSTONE
planet: moon
Element: water
Powers: divination ,psychism, sleep ,gardening, protection, youth, dieting

ONYX
planet: Mars, Saturn
Element: fire
Powers: protection, defensive magic ,reducing sexual desires

APACHE TEARS
planet: Saturn
Element: fire
Powers: protection, luck

OBSIDIAN
planet: Saturn
Element: fire
Powers: protection, grounding ,divination ,peace

MALACHITE
planet: Venus
Element: earth
Powers: power, protection ,love ,peace, business success

JET
planet: Saturn
Element: earth
Powers: protection, anti-nightmares, luck , definition ,health

FLUORITE
Powers: mental powers, calming

CARNELIAN
planet: sun
Element: fire
Powers: protection, peace , eloquence, healing, courage

CANDLE COLORS
WHITE
All purpose, unity, purity, cleansing, peace, balance, spirituality, healing, innocence, rain, magick involving young children, truth, consecration, balancing the aura

RED
Passion, vitality, strength, survival, fertility, courage, sexual potency, mercy, action, danger, war, fire element, conflict, sports, independence, assertiveness, competition


BLUE
Communication, will power, focus, forgiveness, good fortune, weight loss, truth, fidelity, patience, domestic harmony, organization, removing bad vibrations, sincerity, astral projection, water element

YELLOW
Masculine divinity, great fortune, abundance, prosperity, male energy, understanding, divination, fast luck, solar/sun energy, positive attitude, justice, health, attraction, luxury

GREEN
Prosperity, abundance, money, physical & emotional healing, growth, luck, marriage, tree/plant magick, acceptance, weather, counteract envy/greed/jealousy

PURPLE
Wisdom, influence, spiritual power, contact with spirits, drive away evil, change luck, independence, government, break habit

PINK
Love, compassion, nurturing, femininity, friendship, romance, partnership, spiritual & emotional healing, protection of children, domestic harmony, self-improvement, maturity

ORANGE
Creativity, self-expression, intellectual matters, overcoming addiction, legal matters/justice, joy, business success, ambition, vitality, fun, action, opportunity, celebration, investments

BROWN
House blessing, animal/pet magick, earth magick, concentration, material goods, stability, locating lost objects, earth element, real estate, construction, food, financial crisis


BLACK
Grounding, wisdom, learning, protection, safety, reversing, uncrossing, unhexing, repelling black magick, banishing negativity, releasing, shapeshifting, defense, scrying, pride


— Casting circles
Using an athame draw a circle around your working area , and then invoke the elements and chosen deities ( optional) then proceed eith your magical workings. There are may ways of casting a circle, everybody does it there own way.
-Invocation of the Elements 
Via Cunningham’s book of shadows
Air,Fire,Water,Earth
Elements of astral birth;
I charge you now; attend to me!
In the circle, rightly cast,
Safe from psychic curse and blast;
I charge you now; attend to me!
From cave and desert, sea and hill
By wand, blade cup, and pentacle
I charge you now ; attend to me!
This is my will, so mote it be!

-Dismissal of the elements
Earth, Water ,fire and Air
Elements both strong and fair,
Return to your abodes now; Flee!
This is my will, so mote it be!

Centering ritual
To be centered means it balanced physically spiritually and then all the set-top bodies as well this concept is a bit intangible most simply know the feeling when we reach it. to use stones to aid centering like those Used in meditation ,stimulate the mind and is recommended for spirituality clear fluorite is a good choice for this task, and restaurants are that are good for both sending and grounding hold the stone hearthstones while the meditate practice breathing exercises are use this out and like music or bells you can also gaze at the stones and practice centering this way in addition using prayer beads can help one become centered and focused.
Chant: 
Body mind and spirit now align
center focus on this goal of mine 
subtile bodies balance to the core
clear and strong I’m ready to explore
-Chan can help create a sense of connectedness
To the sky spirit , rise
with my voice Lift my eyes,
see the sun, moon, and stars 
touch them all, mine and ours
Via Book of Crystal spells 
by Amber Grant

Circle of protection incense
Designed to protect a person, home, or place of business from evil influence.
1 oz powdered sandalwood
1/2 oz powdered 5 finger grass
1/4 oz. powdered frankincense 
1/4 oz grated orange peel
1/4 tsp. saltpeter
1 dram of gardenia oil
2 dram tincture of benzoin
1/8 Fl. Oz =1 dram 
1/4 Fl. Oz = 2 dram
Tincture of benzoin
2 oz powdered benzoin
4 oz water
12 oz alcohol
Keep this mix in a bottle for 2 weeks and shake daily, then strain the liquid for use.
— Ray T. Malbrough


Grounding ritual
You’re well grounded you’re cleared of excess energy you’re probably connected so any excess energy flows to their lack of grounding during Ritual is Dangerous, there are symptoms and nervousness ,short temper, fatigue ,illness other symptoms may be exhausted at your immune system my weekend so that should does may include dizziness and unbalanced feeling ,being confused ,chakra balances and chakra energy disturbances in the aura or subtle bodies.
Select stones to ground and think heavy especially talk Ors Load Stone Scalia and Hematite, bronze and Brett are less commonly used that are both heavy and also good choices aground. Dark Colors like black tourmaline, smoky quartz and Onyx can also be used. experiment, with everyone to fill which one works for you. hold the stone your hand cupping one palm over the other. Popular visualization for grounding it’s imagine yourself as a tree roots digging into the soil, you can also visualize yourself a stone.
Chant:
To The ground I am bound 
see my roots reaching down 
to the weight of the stone 
one with earth, flesh and bone
Via The book of Chrystal spells 
by Ember Grant

-if you have any questions or concerns please send me an ask and we could talk. :) the-darkest-of-lights

HERBAL SUBSTITUTIONS

When you can’t find the right ingredient, you can substitute the following herbs.
* As a basic guide use Rosemary for any other herb, Rose for any flower, either Frankincense or Copal for any gum resin and Tobacco for any poisonous herb. *

Acacia /Acacia Gum = Gum Arabic
Aconite = Tobacco
Arabic Gum = Frankincense, Gum Mastic, Gum Tragacanth (For Binding Wet Ingredients)
Ammoniac Gum = Asafetida
Asafetida = Tobacco, Valerian
Balm Of Gilead = Rose Buds, Gum Mastic
Bdellium , Gum = Copal, Pine Resin, Dragons Blood
Belladonna = Tobacco
Benzoin = Gum Arabic, Gum Mastic
Cachana = Angelica Root
Carnation = Rose Petals Anointed With A Few Drops Of Clove Oil
Cassia = Cinnamon
Castor Bean = A Few Drops Of Castor Oil
Cedar = Sandalwood
Cinquefoil = Clover, Trefoil
Citron = Equal Parts Of Orange Peel & Lemon Peel
Clove = Mace, Nutmeg
Clover = Cinquefoil
Copal = Frankincense, Cedar
Cowbane = Tobacco
Cypress = Juniper, Pine Needles
Deerstongue = Tonka Bean (Not For Internal Use), Woodruff, Vanilla
Dittany Of Crete = Gum Mastic
Dragons Blood = Equal Parts Of Red Sandalwood And Frankincense
Eucalyptus Oil = Camphor Oil, Lavender Oil
Euphorbium = Tobacco
Frankincense = Copal, Pine Resin
Galangal = Ginger Root
Grains Of Paradise = Black Pepper
Gum Ammoniac = Asafetida
Gum Bdellium = Copal, Pine Resin, Dragons Blood
Hellebore = Tobacco, Nettle
Hemlock = Tobacco
Hemp = Nutmeg; Damiana, Star Anise, Bay
Henbane = Tobacco
Hyssop = Lavender
Ivy = Cinquefoil
Jasmine = Rose
Juniper = Pine
Lavender = Rose
Lemongrass = Lemon Peel
Lemon Peel = Lemongrass
Lemon Verbena = Lemongrass, Lemon Peel
Mace = Nutmeg
Mandrake = Tobacco
Mastic Gum = Gum Arabic, Frankincense
Mint (Any Sort) = Sage
Mistletoe = Mint, Sage
Mugwort = Wormwood
Neroli Oil = Orange Oil
Nightshade = Tobacco
Nutmeg = Mace, Cinnamon
Oakmoss = Patchouli
Orange = Tangerine Peel
Orange Flowers = Orange Peel
Patchouli = Oakmoss
Peppermint = Spearmint
Pepperwort = Rue, Grains Of Paradise, Black Pepper
Pine = Juniper
Pine Resin = Frankincense, Copal
Red Sandalwood = Sandalwood Mixed With A Pinch Of Dragons Blood
Rose = Yarrow
Rose Geranium = Rose
Rue = Rosemary Mixed With A Pinch Of Black Pepper
Saffron = Orange Peel
Sandalwood = Cedar
Sarsaparilla = Sassafras
Sassafras = Sarsaparilla
Spearmint = Peppermint
Sulfur = Tobacco, Club Moss, Asafetida
Thyme = Rosemary
Tobacco = Bay
Tonka Bean = Vanilla
Trefoil = Cinquefoil
Valerian = Asafetida
Vanilla = Woodruff, Deerstongue, Tonka Bean
Vetivert = Calamus
Wolfsbane = Tobacco
Wood Aloe = Sandalwood Sprinkled With Ambergris Oil
Woodruff = Deerstongue, Vanilla
Wormwood = Mugwort

Cheap Vegan Staples🌱

A coworker of mine has decided to try out veganism💚💚💚 (yay!) and asked me for a list of some cheap staple food ideas to buy at the grocery store. So I thought this might help out anyone wanting to transition and not really knowing what to buy!

Produce-
Bags of potatoes
Sweet potatoes/ yams (whichever is cheaper atm)
Onions
Mushrooms
Any veggies that are on sale (I tend to go for broccoli, kale/spinach, bell peppers etc)
Lots of bananas (smoothies/nice cream/oatmeal/baking/snacking ) Any fruit that is on sale (also check your stores reduced price produce shelf- there are almost always lots of perfectly ripe bananas, avocados, and lots of other goodies that are “too ripe” to sell at full price aka perfect.)

Dry goods-
Oats
Rice
Lentils
Beans- black + garbanzos are my fav ( canned are a little pricier but nice for convenience)
Bread + tortillas ( also check to see if your store has a discounted bakery area for stuff about to go stale - I always find herb focaccia, raisin bread, and artisan baguettes for under $2 each so I stock up and store in freezer until ready to use)
Cold cereal/granola (buying in bulk is the way to go for this if you don’t want to make your own)
Canned tomatoes (easily turns into sauce, or add to curries, pastas, Mexican style dishes etc)
Pasta
Peanut butter


Refrigerated-
Non dairy milk ( look for what’s on sale or deals on bigger sizes / multipacks + you can find smaller sizes in the dry goods area too if you don’t plan to use this much)
Non dairy butter ( I’ll buy this on sale only + in the largest size tub so I won’t need it again for a long time)

Optional: Tofu (firm - to make tofu scramble+ silken/soft - to make “sour cream”)


All in all I always keep my eye peeled for sales and bulk deals and know when to pass on something that week. Going into the store with a general plan for meals is always a good idea too so that you don’t overbuy or fill your basket with a bunch of random stuff that you have no idea what to do with once you’re home. I did not include “luxury” items like faux meat/cheese/yogurt/ ice cream etc because they aren’t necessary even if some of them are very tasty. I personally don’t eat them often and you may buy them at your own discretion. The only faux meat I always have on hand is tvp (aka textured vegetable protein, a dry and unflavored meat substitute that is made from soy that you rehydrate with veggie broth or water and seasonings that can replace any kind of ground meat or even bacon bits when prepared properly that can either be found in bulk at a natural foods store or the natural foods baking/flour area in your regular grocery store for fairly inexpensive ). I also didn’t include some basic stuff like flour, coffee/tea, sugar, cooking oil etc but I buy all these things in bulk and avoid most brands of white sugar and choose to buy my raw sugar in the bulk area of my local natural foods store where I am sure that it isn’t processed with bone char, I also tend to use coconut oil to cook with but this is totally a personal preference. Condiments are completely up to you but some stuff I use include veganaise, corn syrup-free ketchup, stone ground mustard, liquid aminos (soy sauce substitute), worstishire sauce ( look for one without anchovies), sriracha, cholula, chipotle tabasco, (I’m a hot sauce queen), fruit jam, balsamic and apple cider vinegar . Herbs and spices are also up to you but by far my most used ones are basic salt+pepper, garlic powder, Italian herbs seasoning, curry powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutritional yeast(even if that’s not technically a herb/spice and I buy it in the dry goods bulk area of my local natural foods store), and fresh cilantro. If you have a local Asian market I also highly recommend checking it out- they usually have inexpensive produce including lots of cheap fresh herbs (hello basil I’m looking at you), they also have lots of affordable accidentally vegan ramen/ instant noodle soup packs, and tons of rice noodles in all shapes and sizes in bulk for cheap, I also prefer to buy my rice here in bulk. One last thing I do to save a little money is keep a large bowl or bag in my freezer and fill it with veggie scraps like onion peels, pepper stems, carrot tops etc that I will use to make my own veggie broth after it is extremely full- simply put it all in a large pot, cover with water and simmer for an entire day, add salt to taste and use immediately or store for up to one week in the fridge or up to a few months in the freezer.

I hope this post helps you out and shows you that being vegan can indeed be very cheap if you know how to shop, and gives you some ideas for next time you’re at the grocery store. If you have any questions I’m always ready to help! 💁🏻

Humanized Warrior Cats

- Territory is like really fucking big. The camps alone are the sizes of small towns, and then are surrounded by a huge ass forest (or moor)

- Apprentices are 8-16 years old. And in the Clans, sixteen year olds are considered mature, but are not yet aloud to have children. It’s kind of forbidden for someone to have kids before 18 years of age.

- Warriors don’t share one house, and instead are split into separate ones. Though, apprentices all share one, and their mentors take turns on who has to take care of them for the night

- When Daisy and Ferncloud don’t have kids of their own in the nursery, they go to the apprentices house and read the young ones bedtime stories

- Medicine cats (still calling them that lmao) and med cat apprentices have satchels they use to collect herbs

- Kittypets are basically just humans who live in normal houses and have electricity, go to work, shop in stores ect. (Just normal, modern humans) and loners and rogues are homeless people. Though, Barely is a farmer and so was Daisy.

- BloodClan is literally just a street gang

- Each Clan has different outfits for their warriors. ThunderClans outfits have extra padding and boots and gloves for climbing, Windclan’s are more comfortable, thin, and easy to move around in while running, ShadowClans are dark with hoods and many pockets and such for weapons, and RiverClan has two outfits, one that is similar to ThunderClans but with less padding and no gloves (and obv blue) and one that’s just for swimming

- Medicine cats make their own clothes, and they usually consist of knee length skirts, any kind of shirt, and an apron with literally millions of pockets for herbs

- Since Jayfeather can’t see, Leafpool just made a mini version of her outfit for him to wear. He still doesn’t know

- Though usually all warriors are meat eaters, medicine cats are pretty likely to be vegetarian, vegan etc. It’s because they don’t like the idea of killing, plus they have bomb ass gardens in their backyards

human warrior cats, man

I’ll probably make more later. Feel free to add on if you’d like to x

anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you happen to maybe have a list of some kind for what would make a good basic herb collection? I'm a kinda broke baby witch and would love to start a herb collection, but am kinda overwhelmed by the choice and verity. What herbs are the most versatile and commonly used? Basically, what are herb must haves?

Hmm, personally I would go with…

  • sea salt / table salt
    • the stereotypical staple of witchcraft, though not technically a herb; cleansing, protective, assists with grounding, and used as a base for most powders and mixtures; something I use in every spell
  • rosemary
    • considered the “substitute” herb, that can act as any other herb in spellwork; good for healing and health, energy, memory, mental powers, love, lust, beauty, confidence, happiness, prevents nightmares, dreamwork, cleansing and purification, blessing, removes negativity; I use rosemary in every spell
  • peppercorns / black pepper
    • perhaps not as versatile, but very useful; protection, strength, banishing negativity, dispelling, curse-breaking
  • bay leaves (bay laurel)
    • protection, psychic powers, dreams, luck, success, cleansing and purification, banishing, curse-breaking, strength, healing, love, wishing, divination, wisdom
  • cinnamon
    • success, healing, protection, power, energy, love, lust, luck, strength, prosperity, protection, spirituality, divination, blessing, happiness, money

Those are my top five. After that I would say…

  • basil
  • mint
  • sage
  • thyme
  • paprika
  • dill
  • parsley
  • sugar
  • garlic, dried or powdered

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I hope that helps!

An introduction to witchcraft

Witchcraft 101
I was asked to make a post about some basic information for beginners. This post covers a lot of information to start you off on. :)
I suggest you pick out a topic and start there by studying it and practicing it, and don’t forget that it’s your journey and you decide what you believe to be most important and don’t have tunnel vision ; feel free to expand your horizons. Some subjects: Symbols, Animal magic, History, Sacred geometry , Herb magic, Crystal magic, Spells, Potions, Amulets/charms/talismans, Animal spirits, Deities , Elemental magic, Esoteric, Angle magic, Numerology, Poison path , Hexes, Alchemy
Some wonderful authors
Scott Cunningham
Dugan
Gerna dunwitch
Worth
Eileen holland
Dugan
Judika illes
I do have a list of great beginner books that I suggest . :)
Candlelight spells -dunwitch
Spells for the solitary witch -Holland
Mrs Bs guide to household witchery -Kris Bradley
The way of the green witch -Murphy-Hiscock
Book of Witchery -Dugan
Cunninghams book of shadows -Cunningham
Practical Protection Magic -Dugan
Pure magic -Illes

Some tips
1. Do your own research.
2. Don’t be afraid to read about ‘taboo’ topics.
3. Libraries are great places (if you can’t find a book your looking for , you can get one shipped from another library for free).
4. Their are many magical subjects to study.
5. You don’t need any tools.
6. You can work magic in the kitchen with everyday ingredients.
7. You can write your own spells.
8. Don’t do anything your not comfortable doing.
10. Don’t forget to Take notes (book of shadows)
A book of shadows is a book that one uses to wright about there experiences, there path, and anything they feel is important to add.
Some info for your Book of Shadows (BOS) and you can put anything you’d like in it. :) few subjects you can go over in the book:
lunar calendar
Info about Your deities
Herbs
Crystals
Sabbaths
Correspondences
Tool info
Symbolic info
A bio
Book protection spell
Spells
Charms
Potions
Recipes Notes from your craft
You can wright about anything in your book as each book is individual to the owner who wrights it. You can also have many BoSs and it’s ok to keep your old ones. :)

~THE BASIC TOOLS OF A WITCH~
**tools you do not need to be used but make casting easer and this is not a complete list, as different paths have there own lists.
THE CHALICE the chalice is often made of silver, tho it can be made of any material. It is associated with water, and feminine energies.
THE CAULDRON A tool of fire, often used to burn offerings , fire magic, or mixing potions. Many use cast iron cauldrons as cooking vessels.
DOWSING RODS A divination tool often used to find lost objects or find underground water for well making.
MAGICAL JOURNAL A magical journal often called a book of shadows due to pop culture , often used to keep a log of magical experiences, practices and recipes. Many believe the power of the written word, I personally believe that there’s more power in writing down it all by hand. You can use you book any way you want and name it what you want. It’s supposed to be personal and over the years you may have a series of books written by you.
THE WAND A can be made with a verity of materials as well, many use certain woods and crystals while others use copper. They have masculine energies and considered tools of fire/ air. They are used to direct magical energies. WILLOW: lunar magic OAK: fire magic APPLE: love magic To name a few woods and magical uses. 
THE ATHAME A double sided blade that is never to be used to cut any physical surface. The Athame is usually considered to be a tool of air/fire. Used to direct energy , it is masculine 
THE BESOM A broomstick it combines both masculine and feminine energies, used to “sweep away unwanted energies” never to be used for mundane but only for the magical, or else you risk loosing any magical power stores in it. 
THE SMOKE FAN Used to move magical energies in a space, a tool of air as it can be used in combination with sage for a cleansing ritual.

~BASIC TOOL CONSECRATION~
Prior to consecration I rub the wand with fresh lavender ,eucalyptus or mint leaves. 
When I consecrate my tools I hold the tool (wand) in my hand and visualize it absorbing my energies, then I purify the tool( wand) from its old energies with the elements , I choose to use the smoke method. While I smoke cleanse the wand I usually say aloud a blessing of the elements. 
Elemental blessing: I HOLD IN MY HANDS THE (tool), WHICH I DEDICATE AS A TOOL OF THE (name of element) ELEMENT. I DEDICATE IT TO POSITIVE USES AS I WALK THE PATH OF THE WISE
A list of tools and ingredients that you may be interested in.

BASIC HERBS
BASIL (Ocimum Basilicum) Planet: Mars Element: Fire Deities: Krishna , Vishnu Basic powers: purification,protection, exorcism, love
CAMOMILE (Anthemis Nobilis) Planet: Sun Element: Water Part used: Flowers Basic powers: Prosperity, meditation, money, induces sleep when burned
CATNIP( Nepeta Cataria) Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Bast Part used: leaf Basic power: love, animal connection, relaxation
HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera Caprifolium) Planet: Jupiter Element: earth Part used: flowers Basic powers: prosperity, clairvoyance
LAVENDER(Lavendula Officinal) Planet: mercury Element: Air Part used: flowers Basic powers: love, protection, purification
MUGWORT( Artemisa Vulgaris) Planet: Venus Element: Air Deities: Artemis, Diana Part used: herb Basic powers: protection, clairvoyance
THYME ( Thymus Vulgaris) : Venus Element: Air Part used: Herb Basic powers: clairvoyance, purification
YARROW(Achillea Millefolium) Planet: Venus Element: water Part used: flowers Basic powers: love, clairvoyance, exercisum
Via:Scott Cunningham
BEGINNERS OIL APOTHECARY >
Almond oil Planet:mercury Element:air Powers: love, prosperity, wisdom
Bergamot oil Planet:mercury Element:air Powers: prosperity, protection
Eucalyptus oil Planet:moon Element:water Powers: cleansing, healing, Protection
Frankincense oil Planet:sun Element:fire Powers:Peace, protection,exorcism, spirituality
Jasmine oil Planet:moon Element:water Powers: love, sexuality, goddess
Lavender oil Planet:Venus Element:water Powers: cleansing, purification, relaxation, healing
Patchouli oil Planet:Saturn Element:earth Powers: love, healing, passion
Sandalwood oil Planet:Venus Element:water Powers: dreams, divination, enhancing psychic abilities
Via Phyllis curott , Scott Cunningham

BEGINNER CRYSTALS
QUARTZ CRYSTAL 
planet: sun, moon
Element: fire, water
Powers: protection ,healing,power, lactation
AMETHYST 
planet: Jupiter , Neptune 
Element: water 
Powers: dreams ,overcoming alcoholism ,health, healing ,psychic abilities ,peace ,love ,protection, happiness
TURQUOISE 
planet: venus, Neptune 
Element: earth
Powers: protection, courage, money, love, friendship, healing, luck
TIGERS EYE
planet: sun
Element: fire
Powers:
money ,protection ,courage ,energy ,luck ,
divination
SUNSTONE
planet: sun
Element: fire
Powers: protection,energy, health ,sexual energy
MOONSTONE
planet: moon 
Element: water
Powers: divination ,psychism, sleep ,gardening, protection, youth, dieting
ONYX
planet: Mars, Saturn 
Element: fire
Powers: protection, defensive magic ,reducing sexual desires
APACHE TEARS
planet: Saturn 
Element: fire
Powers: protection, luck
OBSIDIAN 
planet: Saturn 
Element: fire
Powers: protection, grounding ,divination ,peace
MALACHITE
planet: Venus 
Element: earth
Powers: power, protection ,love ,peace, business success
JET
planet: Saturn 
Element: earth 
Powers: protection, anti-nightmares, luck , definition ,health
FLUORITE 
Powers: mental powers, calming
CARNELIAN 
planet: sun
Element: fire
Powers: protection, peace , eloquence, healing, courage
CANDLE COLORS 
WHITE 
All purpose, unity, purity, cleansing, peace, balance, spirituality, healing, innocence, rain, magick involving young children, truth, consecration, balancing the aura
RED
Passion, vitality, strength, survival, fertility, courage, sexual potency, mercy, action, danger, war, fire element, conflict, sports, independence, assertiveness, competition
BLUE 
Communication, will power, focus, forgiveness, good fortune, weight loss, truth, fidelity, patience, domestic harmony, organization, removing bad vibrations, sincerity, astral projection, water element
YELLOW
Masculine divinity, great fortune, abundance, prosperity, male energy, understanding, divination, fast luck, solar/sun energy, positive attitude, justice, health, attraction, luxury
GREEN 
Prosperity, abundance, money, physical & emotional healing, growth, luck, marriage, tree/plant magick, acceptance, weather, counteract envy/greed/jealousy
PURPLE 
Wisdom, influence, spiritual power, contact with spirits, drive away evil, change luck, independence, government, break habit
PINK 
Love, compassion, nurturing, femininity, friendship, romance, partnership, spiritual & emotional healing, protection of children, domestic harmony, self-improvement, maturity
ORANGE 
Creativity, self-expression, intellectual matters, overcoming addiction, legal matters/justice, joy, business success, ambition, vitality, fun, action, opportunity, celebration, investments
BROWN
House blessing, animal/pet magick, earth magick, concentration, material goods, stability, locating lost objects, earth element, real estate, construction, food, financial crisis
BLACK 
Grounding, wisdom, learning, protection, safety, reversing, uncrossing, unhexing, repelling black magick, banishing negativity, releasing, shapeshifting, defense, scrying, pride

— Casting circles
Using an athame draw a circle around your working area , and then invoke the elements and chosen deities ( optional) then proceed eith your magical workings. There are may ways of casting a circle, everybody does it there own way.
-Invocation of the Elements Via Cunningham’s book of shadows
Air,Fire,Water,Earth Elements of astral birth; I charge you now; attend to me!
In the circle, rightly cast, Safe from psychic curse and blast; I charge you now; attend to me!
From cave and desert, sea and hill By wand, blade cup, and pentacle I charge you now ; attend to me! This is my will, so mote it be!

-Dismissal of the elements Earth, Water ,fire and Air Elements both strong and fair, Return to your abodes now; Flee! This is my will, so mote it be!
Centering ritual
To be centered means it balanced physically spiritually and then all the set-top bodies as well this concept is a bit intangible most simply know the feeling when we reach it. to use stones to aid centering like those Used in meditation ,stimulate the mind and is recommended for spirituality clear fluorite is a good choice for this task, and restaurants are that are good for both sending and grounding hold the stone hearthstones while the meditate practice breathing exercises are use this out and like music or bells you can also gaze at the stones and practice centering this way in addition using prayer beads can help one become centered and focused.
Chant: Body mind and spirit now align center focus on this goal of mine subtile bodies balance to the core clear and strong I’m ready to explore

-This can help create a sense of connectedness
To the sky spirit , rise with my voice Lift my eyes, see the sun, moon, and stars touch them all, mine and ours
Via Book of Crystal spells by Amber Grant
Circle of protection incense 
Designed to protect a person, home, or place of business from evil influence.
1 oz powdered sandalwood ½ oz powdered 5 finger grass ¼ oz. powdered frankincense ¼ oz grated orange peel ¼ tsp. saltpeter 1 dram of gardenia oil 2 dram tincture of benzoin 
1/8 Fl. Oz =1 dram ¼ Fl. Oz = 2 dram 
Tincture of benzoin 2 oz powdered benzoin 4 oz water 12 oz alcohol 
Keep this mix in a bottle for 2 weeks and shake daily, then strain the liquid for use. 
— Ray T. Malbrough
Grounding ritual
You’re well grounded you’re cleared of excess energy you’re probably connected so any excess energy flows to their lack of grounding during Ritual is Dangerous, there are symptoms and nervousness ,short temper, fatigue ,illness other symptoms may be exhausted at your immune system my weekend so that should does may include dizziness and unbalanced feeling ,being confused ,chakra balances and chakra energy disturbances in the aura or subtle bodies. 
Select stones to ground and think heavy especially talk Ors Load Stone Scalia and Hematite, bronze and Brett are less commonly used that are both heavy and also good choices aground. Dark Colors like black tourmaline, smoky quartz and Onyx can also be used. experiment, with everyone to fill which one works for you. hold the stone your hand cupping one palm over the other. Popular visualization for grounding it’s imagine yourself as a tree roots digging into the soil, you can also visualize yourself a stone.
Chant: To The ground I am bound see my roots reaching down to the weight of the stone one with earth, flesh and bone
Via The book of Chrystal spells by Ember Grant

-if you have any questions or concerns please send me an ask and we could talk. :) the-darkest-of-lights

WITCHY FAQ

* Firstly I would just like to say that you should do your OWN research before coming to social networking sites to ask about the basics of Witchcraft.  I am happy to answer questions, but do get a little sick of answer basic questions when there is a whole Internet out there. There are so many websites and BOOKS on the subject, and they aren’t very hard to get a hold of! Here’s a post I made about my favourite books; http://the-aries-witch.tumblr.com/post/137661341214/the-aries-witch-a-list-of-my-favourite-witchy 

Anwyays, here we go; A list of questions i frequently get

Q - Can anyone be a Witch?

A - Yes! Regardless of Religion, skin colour, identity, blood line, etc. Magick is inside us all, you can chose to work with it if you wish! All it takes is a little practise.

Q - When can I start calling myself a witch?

A - There isn’t a specific time frame, but I’m not going to pretend that it doesn’t annoy me when a person goes and buys a crystal or something with a pentacle on it and then proclaims themselves a witch. Personally, i think you will know when you are a witch, you will feel your magick awaken and you will know. Owning tools, crystals, books, whatever, doesn’t make you a witch. The feeling inside is what makes you a  witch, you will know it when you feel it.

Q - What advice do you have for a beginner witch or someone new to the craft?

A - Don’t be afraid to try things out! Don’t worry about doing things ‘by the book’ or ‘perfectly’ there is no such thing as doing a spell right or wrong. Do it how you feel you should

Q - How do I get a familiar?

A- You don’t just acquire a familiar.  Your familiar will come when the time is right, and the same as you cannot go pick up any animal (your pet or other) and claim it as your familiar, you cannot force you familiar to appear. Deep meditation and visualisation are some ways you can try to find your familiar, but often, trying too hard will only fail. Just wait and see what happens!

Q - What items would you recommend for basic witchcraft?

A - Although you don’t NEED these items, they’re a great way to start. I would recommend you start with an Athame, Wand, Pentacle, Chalice, A heat proof bowl, Candles, Basic multi-use herbs like lavender, sage, Frankincense and sandalwood, and also clear quartz and amethyst. 

Q - Does your astrological sign have any connection with your magick?

A - If you believe it does, or if you want to incorporate your sign into your magick - Yes

Q- Why do my spells not work sometimes?

A - Spells don’t always work because sometimes they don’t need too! The universe knows what you need and sometime it isn’t what you ask for. 

Q - Which deity should I worship?

A - You do not need to worship one specific deity, But doing research is a great way to find a deity you feel drawn to or most connected with.

Q - What is this circle you speak of and how do I cast one?

A - The sacred circle is a space for you to perform your magick in! I won’t go into the lengthy details on casting it, but basically you envision a bright white sphere of protective energy around yourself and this is the time in which you call in the 4 quarters, the god and goddess and other deities to aid you in your work. ( see my post on a full circle casting ritual here > http://the-aries-witch.tumblr.com/post/137616797936/the-aries-witch-the-aries-witch-a-simple

Q - Should I be in a Coven or a solitary witch

A - Whatever you feel most comfortable doing! You do not have to be in a coven to be a witch, and you do not have to be completely solitary either - you can always invite a witchy friend over and do little rituals and spells together!

Q - Do I need to charge crystals? How can i do so?

A - You can charge crystals by burying them in salt or clean earth or by immersing them in fresh water from a lake or the ocean. The easiest and most common method is leaving them out in the moonlight to absorb the energies, same can be done with the sunlight but as harsh sunlight will fade a lot of crystals, the early morning rays are best

Q - Which crystals/herb/incense should I get for ____

A - this answer would be much better answered if you did your own research so that you could find a whole list of herbs and their attributes and work out what will work best for you.



* I will probably add more to this over time.

anonymous asked:

Do you happen to know if there's a difference in the uses of herbs when they're dried? I'd like to use the ones I have in my spice cabinet that are dried but I'm not sure if they're the same. Thank you 💖

Is there a difference magically? Not really. The difference mainly lies in what you use the herbs for. If you’re baking with them, making salves with them, burning them, or infusing oils with them, it’s better to have them dried. Even if you’re putting them in a bag for a long-term spell it’s better to have them dried, to prevent molding. Some people enjoy using fresh herbs because (1) they like growing them on their property, and growing them there has different magical properties than using them, or (2) they like fresh herbs in cooking.

Basically, using dried mint in a spell is the same as using fresh mint. Normally they’re not altered in any way except that they’re dried. I hope this helps ~ Feel free to use all the spices in your cabinet! That’s what a do (♡´౪`♡)

Have a beautiful day!

anonymous asked:

hi! I'm new to the world of witchiness and Ive been reading a lot of stuff in the past month or two and I want to try to do a spell of some kind. I don't really have anything like herbs & candles except for an old green scented one. I just applied to a job I really want that would be perfect and I desperately need it. That's why I don't really have cash to buy and supplies yet. I've seen a lot about writing things and then burning the paper? Can you recommend something for me? thanks so much!!!

Welcome, witchling! *hugs and gives cup of tea*

A green candle is actually a great place to start for an employment spell. Let me break this down for you.

In color magic, which is the use of color for magical intent, green predominantly represents money, luck, employment, growth, and health. So a green candle can very easily be used for a Get That Job-type spell.

Do you have a spice cabinet? You can raid that for your basic herb stocks. Kitchen herbs are surprisingly useful things, and lots of them are multi-purpose. Basil, for example, is one of the most versatile herbs out there, and it’s useful for employment spells.

Writing down your wishes or intentions and burning the paper is also an effective method for spell-casting. You can also create your own sigils for just about any purpose.

So let’s combine all these things into an employment spell, shall we?

Write down your wish on a small piece of paper. Try to be specific about what you want and close any obvious loopholes. Light the green candle and read your writing over it. This is the spoken portion of the spell. Pour your intent and your will and your focus into those words. Really mean them and visualize what you wish for coming to pass.

Light the paper, place it in a fireproof dish, and let it burn down to ashes. Combine the ashes with a pinch of basil and fold them up in another piece of paper, as flat as you can, and tape it up so nothing leaks.

When you go for your interview, slip that packet into your bag or your pocket or your shoe.

And good luck!

This is part one of what I’m sure will be a long series.

Here are some useful links:

- Subtly practicing the craft 
- Book of Shadows basics 
- Meditation tips
- Top 50 herbs/flowers/crystals/incenses used by practitioners 
- Setting up and maintaining an altar
- Finding your patron Deities 
- Simple spells 
- Chakra basics 
- Lucid dreaming
- Astral Projection
- Finding your Familiar

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Etsy link.

This is a cute little idea I’ve had for the aspiring herbal/kitchen witch. This is 9 essential herbs to beginning herbalism. These are basically all of the herbs you need, since their uses cover all the essential bases of basic magic.
Thyme - health, purification, love, courage.
Mint - money, love, health, protection, exorcism.
Coriander - love
Rosemary - health, purification, protection
Lavender - protection, dreams, peace
Cinnamon - literally everything. this is not an exaggeration. everything you need.
Basil - money, love, exorcism
Pepper – Protection, banishment, exorcism
Valerian – peace, protection, literally everything else
They’re also from Crete, in Greece, so they’re free of all the pesticides used to harvest in the states. They smell very strongly and I gotta admit even making them is pretty relaxing.

Etsy link.

Video Game Taste Test: Sinner's Sandwich (Deadly Premonition)

I can’t believe it’s taken this long for me to try out the infamous “Sinner’s Sandwich”! Especially as the ingredients are so easy to come by. So what is the “Sinner’s Sandwich”? Well, it’s a sandwich (duh) featured in Deadly Premonition and is composed of turkey, strawberry jam and cereal. Here’s a clip from the game where the sandwich is introduced.

For my sandwich, I decided to go with plain white bread with the crusts cut off, strawberry jam, cornflakes, and instead of turkey, roast chicken. The roast chicken was leftovers from yesterday’s sunday lunch. I also had leftover stuffing, so I added that to the layer with the chicken. I also buttered both layers.

WOW! This sandwich is delicious! The strawberry jam goes perfectly with the taste of the roast chicken, the cereal gives it a pleasant crunchy texture, and the stuffing adds some “squishiness” and a nice herby flavour. I really recommend adding stuffing if you try this, even though it’s not in the original recipe. The stuffing I used was home-made, basically just rye bread, chopped fried onions and herbs whizzed in a blender, shaped into balls with some water then baked.

I’m definitely going to make eating this sandwich a regular occurrence! It’s more than a delicious tasty crunch. So says Mr Stewart.

Taste: great combination of flavours- sweet, salty and savoury.

Mouthfeel: soft bread, flaky roast chicken, squishy stuffing and crunchy cereal makes for a killer combination of textures.

Verdict: 10/10

Since I tried to type up properties & correspondences for all my herbs last night only to have Tumblr force close on me, I wised up & did it in my notes 1st then copied & pasted it here.
So, here is the 1st set of herbs I will share info on. Mind you, there are many different uses for the herbs I will be listing but these are the basics:


Bay Laurel—
Folk names: Bay, Bay Tree, Greecian Laurel, Indian Bay, Roman Laurel, Sweet Bay, Baie
Gender: Hot
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Associates Deities: Aesculapius, Apollo, Ceres, Cerridwen
Part used: leaves
Basic powers: protection, clairvoyance, exorcism, purification & healing.
Wear as an amulet to ward of negativity. Put leaves under pillow to induce prophetic dreams. Use in healing incense & sachets.

Sage—
Gender: Hot
Planet: Jupiter
Element: Earth
Part used: the herb
Basic powers: healing & prosperity
Useful in sachets, incense & amulets.

Vervain—
Folk names: Junos tears, herb of grace, pigeons grass, enchanters plant, simplers joy, holy herb, pigeon wood, herb of the cross, verbena, herb of enchantment, vervain, van-van
Gender: Cold
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Associated deities: Mars, Venus, Aradia, Cerridwen, Isis, Jupiter & Thor
Part used: the herb
Basic powers: love, purification & protection. Use non cleansing baths, purification incense, & personal safety amulets.
Hang above bed to rid nightmares. Used in many love protection sachets. Use to attract wealth.

**Just a reminder, any herbs that can be ingested need to be tested to make sure you aren’t allergic or have an contraindications for meds you are on & please be aware of dosing, you can look them up online & don’t ever take anything internally that is not listed as safe to ingest. Common sense will save your life.**

Sourced from Magickal Herbalism by Scott Cunningham