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Astral Travel: Clairvoyance

Alright, so, I’ve talked a bit about how clairvoyance isn’t everything in the astral, and I’ve tried to explain to numerous beginners why they need to drop their “gold standard expectations.” Still, I can’t help but feel I’m not getting through to some of you behind that iron wall of self-doubt.

I’d like to drive my point home once and for all with a visual reference, which is something I’ve never personally encountered (not saying it doesn’t exist out there). Let me give a quick disclaimer that this is based on my personal experience. I’m pretty confident in putting it out there due to the fact that it matches up with what others describe, but don’t panic if this doesn’t ring true for you in some fashion. As a final note, keep in mind that this post is aimed at aspiring astral travellers who are building their skill from the ground up (in other words, folks who weren’t born with their third eye wide open).


The Gold Standard (AKA “What You’re Expecting”)

Behold, the “HD 1800p Clairvoyance” most beginners dream of, aspire to, and hate themselves for not achieving after a stubborn week of practice. Please, please stop that. Listen to me: what you see above is a level of clarity that isn’t even achievable on the physical plane for some people. Think about that. Just sit down and think about that.

Can you see the photo above with natural 20/20 vision? If you said yes, don’t take that for granted, ‘cause that’s a biological privilege. Even more important, if you said yes, ask yourself this: would your experience on this plane be any less real or important if you couldn’t see perfectly (or at all)? Would you doubt the reality of your experiences here? I’m going to assume you just said “no.” Great! Time to hammer this nail a little deeper.

The Common Reality (AKA “What You’re Doubting”)

Are you squinting? I sure am. Kind of frustrating, isn’t it? But it is what it is. Chances are, if you’re just starting out, you’re going to spend a lot of time looking at, well, that. -points above- Know something though? It’s real. If you can’t accept that as your starting point, well… I hate to tell you, but you’re probably going to waste away waiting for a miracle to move you past the years of practice and determination that are required for most folk to sharpen their “second sight.”

That’s about all I have to say on the matter. Remember, “your mileage may vary.” I’m just putting this out there for the sake of those who share my experience. I know a lot of beginners I’ve talked to idolize those of us who seem to astral travel effortlessly. Take this as a friendly reminder: I, for one, was where you are once. I was not born with perfect clairvoyance. I have not achieved “the gold standard.” I depend on ALL my clair senses to have a rich experience on the astral. I did not develop my skills overnight and you shouldn’t expect to either. Chances are? The only thing standing between you and the astral is that big ol’ iron wall of self-doubt. Kick that thing down. Good luck! <3

How to Enchant an Object

1. Always start with intent. What is the goal of the enchantment? Beauty? Fear? Love? Once decided, gather your ingredients. Remember that they can be physical, such as dried herbs or crystals, or it can be your own energy.

2. Select an object to enchant. I find that jewelry works very well with enchantments, but almost any object will do. Personally, I believe that the material of the object you are enchanting will affect how long the spell lasts (I’ve found that metal holds it the longest).

3. Pick a time to do the spell. Depending on your beliefs, the time of day, lunar cycle, or day of week may strengthen or weaken the effects of your enchantment.

4. Place the object amid your spell components. So, if using physical components, place it in a glass bowl (or the floor, a hole in the ground, etc.) with your ingredients. If using energy, place it in your hands, or alternatively, hold your hands over the object (note: or another body part. It doesn’t have to be hands. I have done enchantments that are completed with a kiss, or require stomping. Again, it all depends on the intent).

5. Regardless of the type of ingredients you are using, imagine that your selected object is filling with new powers. The energy from your body - or from your ingredients - is being sucked out and absorbed. What color is this energy? Does it move quickly or slowly? Does it make a sound, or give off a smell? How do you feel imaging it? If it were to talk, what would it say? Know the energy. When you feel as though the object you are enchanting is teeming with new powers, gently bring your mind back to the present. Your enchantment is complete.

Astral Projection

What is astral projection?

Astral projection is also known as an out of body experience. Astral projection can take place whether you are sleeping or awake. It is done when your conscious mind leaves your physical body on earth to a different dimension while staying connected by a silver cord. The cord makes it possible to come back to your earthly self. It enables your spirit body to explore the astral realm.  It is said that Astral Projection helps you become your truest and highest self. Astral Projecting is the floating and lifting of your physical being through the use of your astral body. 

Practices to Help with Astral Travel

  1. Relax and Practice Proper Breathing techniques
  2. Spiritually cleanse
  3. Practice visualization 
  4. Counting up or down while focusing your breathing
  5. Improve your concentration 
  6. Deep breathing exercises 
  7. Become Aware and Mindful
  8. Grounding
  9. Shielding and Protection 
  10. Intent
  11. Spiritual and Physical Protection
  12. Work on your inner energies 
  13. Meditate 

Astral Plane

A place where angels, spirits, deities, and other cosmic beings reside. It is a place where ones astral body travels through. It may also be recognized as the “emotional plane,” because the astral plane reacts to our emotions, thoughts, and desires. 

The Silver Cord

The silver cord anchor’s ones astral body to their physical body. The silver cord allows you to find your way back to the physical realm. It is described as being strong, almost indestructible, yet soft and elastic that can stretch and flex to make sure that the astral body is truly tethered to the physical one.

Risks of Astral Projection

  • Exhaustion 
  • Obscuring your focus causing obsession with the astral plane
  • Demonic Possession - A greatly debated topic, the truth of which is unknown.
  • You may become lost or disconnected from the cord - Some argue that you cannot severe the cord, some believe that becoming disconnected from the cord will cause death. 

Conclusion: The dangers of astral projection are extremely controversial, be sure to do proper research and follow your gut! 

Astral Travel Tips

  • Look after your mental and physical health.
  • Only travel when you have peace of mind, never when anxious or angry. 
  • Release all fear, do not project if you are fearful of the astral plane.
  • STUDY
  • Record your experiences
  • Protect yourself by a visualization of pure white light
  • Wear loose fitting clothing and project in a warm room. 
  • PRACTICE
  • Experiment with different methods

Signs you are astral projecting

  • You’re feeling a sort of numbness or buzzing in your skin
  • You’re hearing all sorts of strange sounds, like going through all sorts of random radio stations really fast
  • Your body is frozen and you can only move your eyes (“sleep paralysis”)
  • You’re feeling or hearing other people or animals in your room
  • Your body turns all liquidy like water and parts of you start floating
  • Your mind is spacing in and out of sleep

Sources: operationmeditation.com, howtolucid.com, wudzink.com, felipephotons.com 

This is a basic guide to astral travel, do your own research before attempting astral travel! Be safe!

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🎃🔥October Magic Tips🔥🎃

🌰Produce In Season🌰
apples, beetroot, black cabbage, butternut squash, chestnuts, cod, crabs, fennel, figs, halibut, leeks, mussels, onions, parsnips, plums, pumpkins, squashes, sea bass, red kale, spinach, sweet corn, turnips, thyme

🍄Wild Foods In Season🍄
beech nuts, blackberry, chickweed, crab apples, elderberries, hare, hazelnut, hawthorn berries, juniper, mallard, sweet chestnut, rowan, rose hips, wild mushrooms, wet walnuts, wood pigeon

🦇October Correspondences🦇

  • Samhain (October 31st) you can decorate your altar with apple, pumpkins, squashes, crows, photos/items of the deceased, bones, dried flowers/herbs
  • The full moon is on the 5th and traditionally known as the Hunter’s Moon or Blood Moon. We’ll be seeing it as the Harvest Moon this year(2017).
  • Yew is the symbolic tree, marigold and red roses are the symbolic flower, rosemary, thyme, and sage are the herbs.
  • Colors are black, red, and orange.
  • October is a month to focus on death and rebirth; personal transformation, seeking wisdom, and a time when the veil between worlds in thinnest.

🔮Witchy Ways To Celebrate October🔮

  • Connect with your ancestors or deceased loved ones; meditate on how they lived and how you can honor them. You can also try reaching out through a spirit board, pendulum, etc.!
  • Did you know gods of death love apples? But seriously, if you have a deity of the dead take this time to leave them an offering and show your respects.
  • Cooking! You can cook a favorite meal of a departed loved one, a favorite meal of your deity(if you have one), or just to celebrate the beginning of a new you!
  • This is a great time to practice divination and it doesn’t really matter which type but try recording your results!
  • Decorate your home or altar with all things spooky! You can hang garlands of sage and dried apples or decorate your altar with the colors and plants mentioned earlier. You do you, this is a great time to honor the dead but also to honor yourself and the start of a new year. 
  • Celebrate the death and rebirth of the earth by setting goals for yourself, letting go of old negative ways, and starting a new.
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Tips for Writing Spell Incantations

Keep it simple. I like to memorize my incantations. It just keeps the spell moving smoothly. So keep it simple, keep it short.

Rhyme. Rhyming helps me get in the witchy mindset. It just feels more like magic to me. It also helps with memorization. Some paths (Wicca, mostly) believe that rhyming binds a spell and increases its chances for a desirable result.

One word can be an incantation. Words can help focus a spell and direct its energy, but the magic itself comes from within you. Repeating one word or phrase over and over again is definitely a good way to approach spell work. For example, my general curse spell simply requires the repetition of the phrase, “Pain, Panic, Dread.”

Find a multi-purpose ending. I was raised Catholic, and while I’m no longer part of the faith, I definitely got into the mental habit of saying ‘Amen’ after a prayer, which to me signaled the end of my Important Communication with Higher Power. So when I started practicing witchcraft, I wanted something that would signal the end of a spell. While I don’t do this for every spell, I tend to end most of them with either, “Let it be done” or “So mote it be.” Note that the latter is a Wiccan phrase, not a general witchcraft phrase.

Find inspiration. Lyrics, poems, and lines from plays or book are all great places to look for words for spells. So if you’re not much of writer, don’t sweat it.

Incantations don’t need to be spoken. If you don’t want to speak, or if you can’t, you can think it or mouth the words. Or, if neither of those work for you, you can also write it down, or go a step further and turn your incantation into a sigil (though I don’t recommend this if you’re using other sigils in your spell).

BUT, if you do speak your incantation, play with your voice. I whisper or hiss for curses, I speak normally for other spells, I sing for glamours and love spells. The way you speak can influence your spell as a whole.

Be confident and comfortable. Whatever you end up saying during a spell, make sure that it is true to you and your craft and that you are comfortable saying it. This is your spell, and you should be proud of it :)

[Book Review] - McGill Korean 1

You guys, I am very excited to be reviewing this book! I first started learning Korean about seven years ago as a first-year student at McGill University. I loved my Korean classes and was so happy to go to class every day, largely thanks to my awesome professor at the time, 김명희 교수님. Well, we still keep in touch, and today I am reviewing a textbook that she wrote and recently got published! So here are my disclaimers for this review: I received my copy of the book for free, as my professor asked the publisher to send me a copy, but I was in no way contacted by the publishing company to review this, and my professor did not ask me to review it either. Rather, I said that I would review the book and post about it here—before she even offered to send me a free copy; I was set to go out and buy it myself—because I like reviewing books and helping you guys find good study material! I will review this book as objectively as possible!

And now, let’s get into it!

Honestly, I love this book. I have a few little gripes about things here and there, but over all, I think this is a great beginner resource. The book is written for classroom usage, but it is structured and written in a way that is very friendly to self-studiers as well! It’s a thin book at just over 200 pages, but it packs in a large amount of information in that space. Also included are accompanying audio files for the book, which must be downloaded from the publisher’s website.

“McGill Korean 1″ starts with a short intro to Hangul that, blessedly, doesn’t use romanization—sort of. What it uses to represent the sounds of the characters is like a simplified version of IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), and either way, it is only seen on those few first pages and never again in the entire book. That is, you must rely on the audio files to develop an ear for the sounds and use that to guide you. The Hangul intro chapter ends with a listen-and-repeat exercise with a fairly large list of words to get you used to hearing and producing the sounds, and then you’re on your own!

The structure of each chapter is generally: Dialogue, related grammar, dialogue 2, related grammar, exercises, and a vocab list. Some chapters even have three dialogue + related grammar sections. The dialogues read smoothly and have accompanying audio files, and the related grammar—there’s a lot of it—is explained clearly and concisely so that even self-studiers should be able to understand. As for the practice exercises, I was surprised by just how many there are! Especially toward the end of the book, as the grammar gets more complicated, you’ll find chapters with three or more pages of practice problems, ranging from listening exercises to fill-in-the-blank, sentence writing, and more. There is an answer key in the back of the book for when you’re done with the problems.

If I were to gripe about anything about this book, it would be that the large majority of the example sentences that accompany the grammar explanations do not have translations. All of them use grammar and vocab that has already appeared in the book and are fairly simple to understand, but I’m sure some people would like having that translation available to make sure that they’re interpreting the sentence correctly. Of course, in a classroom setting this isn’t a problem as one could simply ask the teacher. 

Overall, this book is an excellent beginner resource! With a large amount of useful grammar, clear grammar explanations, and a lot of practice exercises all laid out in a visually appealing package of bright colors and cute illustrations, “McGill Korean 1″ will get you to a solid high beginner level, enough to have simple daily life conversations with people around you.

Diviner Tip #2

Want to speak with your gods or spirits? Here’s a really easy technique that works for beginners and experts alike. Pick up any deck (tarot or oracle) and start overhand shuffling. As you shuffle, converse freely (you may do so aloud or silently, it doesn’t matter). Cards will begin to pop and fall out. When this happens, set the deck down and read the fallen cards as a response to what you were just talking about (even if you were interrupted; friends on the other side can be, ahem, sassy and impatient, as I’m sure you know).

This is an excellent way for people who do not possess clairaudience to speak freely with gods and spirits. For myself, I actually use this technique a lot when I’m just feeling really tired or depressed because I tend to want to have my spirituality tangible in my hands at those times. <3


Note: Do not intentionally shuffle your cards in a sloppy way! If a whole bunch of cards suddenly fall from your hands, that’s probably just you being clumsy. However, if you notice (for example) six cards slip onto the floor into what strikes you as a spread, pay attention! Read the cards as such.

So you want to find your significator

Alternately titled: Why am I doing this at 5 in the morning?????

So, I’ve noticed a lot of newbie tarot readers don’t know what a significator is. Long, winding definitions short, it’s a tarot card that signifies something. It could be you, it could be an event, anything significant. It’s usually a Court or Major Arcana card, but not always. There’s no set rule on how to choose a significator for yourself, but here’s several ways you can discover it:

  • A card that just won’t stop popping up in readings, even for other people. It may not even seem to fit in their reading! If this is the case, check the card’s meaning–be it your own interpretation or the original RW (Rider-Waite) meaning. See if you connect with it–with a Major Arcana, it would be a meaning that has something to do with you in that point in time (The Hermit for someone on a soul vacation; Justice for someone who has to act as a mediator to find a balance between people etc). If it’s a Court card, check that meaning too (The Queen of Cups for someone loving, nurturing, and empathetic, with a strong love for the creative arts; very relaxed and go-with-the-flow). It could also be a regular old Ace through Ten, in which case check to see if that card holds any significance in your life at the moment.
  • Meditate on the deck for a while and shuffle it for a time, wondering about what your significator might be and focusing on the various cards. Take a deep breath and trust your intuition when you feel it’s right to stop shuffling. When you do, draw 3-5 cards but don’t use a spread. Instead, lay them out and start to puzzle them out, how they interconnect, what your deck is trying to tell you about your significator. Sometimes it’ll be in the drawn cards themselves, others you have to think about how they connect as a whole to form the meaning of your significator card. 
  • And finally, trust your intuition. It’s not exactly necessary to have a significator card, and often people change and so do their significators. It’s a constantly evolving card, just as your experiences shape you. If you just got your deck in the mail yesterday, focus on getting to know your deck more rather than going into specifics. You’ll often find the answer will be apparent to you in time :)

If you have any questions or need advice when it comes to tarot, send me an ask and I will help you in any way I can! :) Good luck and happy shuffling!

neanealuv  asked:

Faye! My girlfriend bought me my first succulent to take care if and now I am hooked on plants lol. Can you tell me what plants would be best for improving air quality? And if there were any that would help with anxiety or depression or things of that nature? Thank You!

CONGGRRAAATTSSS ~ 🎉 I literally could not be more excited for you, plants are fantastic and I’m so glad you’re diggin’ them! (Pun intended if you can call it that). Below I’ll have indoor plants listed in the categories you asked for and their proper care as well! As for plants that help with depression and anxiety I don’t know if you mean magically or medicinal/aromatherapy so all plants listed in that area do both. Just to be safe, all of these plants are okay to be around dogs and cats.

Plants for purifying air

  • Spider Plants. They help absorb formaldehyde and xylene. These require watering once every week(more or less depending on temperature), they like bright to moderate lights, water with distilled or filtered water. Water with a good amount of fluoride can make them sick.
  • Bamboo Palm. Helps to remove formaldehyde and is suitable for acting as a natural humidifier for most indoor areas. It can also help to remove xylene and toluene. These like to remain moist but not overwatered, each time after watering remove the drainage plate, cut off all dead leaves as they come, indirect and low light is fine.
  • Wax Plants. Whichever breed you please. Helps to improve overall air quality by removing benzene and formaldehyde from the air. This plant can also increase overall air purification - good for people with asthma! Water it each time it’s dry in the summer but in the winter it needs far less frequent water, just give it a bit more than you would a succulent. Moderate to low sunlight is good, they do like having their leaves misted but do not mist them when they’re budding or have flowers.
  • Lilyturf! This is great because it also helps with insomnia and sleep troubles, and it’s magical properties also offer aid in depression. Helps to remove ammonia, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde from the air. This plant is capable of increasing oxygen levels and can help to improve air quality. If you decide to grow this from seed, you need to soak the seed in warm water for 24 hours NO LESS before sowing. Sow in fall and winter. They do well in all forms of sunlight but like slightly acidic soil with decent drainage, water moderately. 
  • Boston Fern. Helps to remove formaldehyde from the air and is said to act as a natural type of air humidifier. This plant can also remove xylene and toluene. It is said to be one of the best houseplants for air purification. They’re a bit high maintenance, they like cool areas, indirect sunlight, and high humidity especially in the winter. Water moderately.

Plants for depression and anxiety

  • Lavender. Medicinally and magically lavender is fantastic for depression and anxiety, although it can be moderately difficult to grow for beginners. They need full sun at least 6-8 hours a day, let the soil dry out before watering, lavender loves heat. Make sure if you keep it on a windowsill to rotate it every other day so the whole plant gets equal sunlight.
  • Jasmine. Again medicinally and magically good for both depression and anxiety. It needs full light in the spring and summer and indirect in the rest of the seasons, soil should be moist and well drained, be careful about using well/unfiltered water. This is one of my favorites!
  • Rosemary.  A member of the mint family; improves air quality, increases memory function, banishes anxiety. Must become acclimated to less sunlight, never let soil dry out completely, susceptible to powdery mildew so do not mist it and make sure you prune it accordingly.
  • Moth Orchid. These beautiful babies are good magically for anxiety, insecurities, and self love. You can never have too many if you ask me! Make sure you keep them warm but out of sunlight, once a week watering is typically the best you want to keep the soil slightly moist below the surface.
  • Lemon Balm. Another plant that is both medicinal and magical in it’s properties for anxiety and depression. This another favorite of mine, has a similar property to cat nip, and a good beginner plant. Try to give it up to five hours a day of direct sunlight, a steady supply of water, but good drainage is a must - they recover quickly from wilt so it’s better to water too less vs too much.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a great website to reference for growing plants, it’s low key my bible. I hope this helped you out some sweet pea!

anonymous asked:

¡Hola! I'm about to take Spanish 2 (in high school) and was wondering if you had any recommendations for apps, videos, podcasts, music, etc. to help me out. Gracias ^^

¡Hola!

Here are some websites that teach Spanish by levels. 

You can check other sites that I posted here.

Apps:

Podcasts:

Videos:

Music: 

These are my recommendations of easy and slow songs.

You can also listen to Disney songs in Spanish. :)

I hope this was useful :)

(Dis)connection: Analogy of the Gods as Long Distance Friends

The gods are like long distance friends. The kind of friends you meet online and come to love despite that you’ve never seen them in the flesh. Maybe you can’t prove they’re real (or especially that they’re who they say they are), but you’re willing to bet that they are. Once in a while, someone will ask you suspiciously, “How can you ever really be sure?” But you just ignore them. It’s hard to explain. You’ve got your reasons. Or maybe you don’t. But you just know. And you don’t have to justify that to anyone.

How did it all begin? Well, you were probably just scrolling through social media one day and saw an interesting profile. Man, that guy had all kinds of cool stories. He stole what from who?! Wild. You send him a message. No response. Oh well. You check out another profile. Wow, she’s beautiful. You wish you had that kind of confidence. You send her a message. No response.

Wait a minute. She did respond. You almost missed the notification. Oh wow, she wants to get to know you. Well, alright! You start to chat. Learn about each other. Eventually, around the winter holidays, you donate to a charity for battered women on her behalf. She’s so touched, she wants to do something for you in return. You have no idea how she pulls it off, but one day, out of the blue, someone walks up to you and hands you a gift card to a day spa. The mission statement reads: “You deserve to feel beautiful.”

One day, you’re having the worst luck ever. You get home and you can barely hold back your tears. You get on the computer and write to your friend, whose status shows Online. Only her words will bring you comfort today. “Hello, are you there? I really need to talk to someone,” you type out. No response. “Please answer,” you plead. “I need you.” No response.

You’ve held your breath for five minutes when it happens: “✔ Seen 9:35 PM” Instantly, your heart flutters. You wait for a response. Nothing. You fall asleep waiting. When you wake up, there is still no response. You stop hoping.

That morning, you sit down with your coffee and think to yourself, “This is it. We’re over. Why did I even care? Everyone was right. For all I know, my so-called friend is an elderly scam artist from another dimension.” You sigh.

A week goes by and you’ve really truly given up hope. You haven’t even seen your friend come online. Let’s be honest, they probably blocked you. Figures.

But wait. A notification draws your attention. You stare wide eyed at your phone. The new message reads, “I’m so sorry, there was a family emergency. I couldn’t get away from it, but I swear it’s nothing personal. I’ll make it up to you, alright? I hope you understand. Are we okay? How are you? I missed you!”

This is the moment of decision. You swallow your pride and type back, “Hey, that’s okay. It happens. I missed you, too. You would not believe what this guy at work said to me yesterday…”

Thunder rumbles outside your window. The internet connection starts to flicker. You frantically hit “Send,” but it’s too late. Your provider sends an automated message: “There was a problem sending your message. Please try again later.”

Grumbling, you get up and cross the room to glare at your router as though that will fix the problem any quicker. A twinge of anxiety eats at the back of your mind. You really, really hope your friend will understand. These things happen. It could be worse. It could be like that one time you disappeared online because your computer crashed and your phone fell in the toilet in the same week. You grimace at the memory.

Yeah, you think to yourself, the internet will be back when the storm’s over. No sense fretting over it. Maybe it’s time to read that really cool book your friend told you about ages ago. They would be so happy to know you didn’t forget.

And day after day after day, so it goes…

The Best of WitchTips (So Far)

❣ Simple Spell to Attract a Lover

❣ Simple Positivity Spell Demonstration

❣ Celebrating Samhain Discreetly

❣ Ask WitchTips #1

❣ Ask WitchTips #2

❣ Quick Pendulum Demonstration

❣ Witchy Etsy Shops Masterpost

❣ Warding Masterpost

❣ Witches’ Remedies and Painkiller

❣ Full Moons Masterpost

❣ PTSD Treatments Through Witchcraft Masterpost

❣ Quick Online Witchcraft Resources Masterpost

❣ Ways to Use Crystals Masterpost

❣ Plant and Herb Properties by Name Masterpost

❣ WitchTips’ Rebloggable FAQ Part I

❣ Ways to Banish Negative energies and Entities

❣ Organized Crystal Uses

❣ Different Types of Water and Their Magickal Uses

❣ Crystals/Stones and Their Physical and Mental Properties

❣ Herbal Tea Remedies

❣ Questions for New Witches to Ask Themselves

❣ Magickal Tools/Objects Masterpost

❣ Budget Witchcraft Supplies Masterpost

❣ Simple Tricks for Cleansing Your Room

❣ Ceromancy/Pyromancy/Capromancy Masterpost

❣ Beginner Witchcraft Resources Masterpost

❣ Witch Tip #139

❣ Witch Tip #131

❣ Witch Tip #129

❣ Witch Tip #124

❣ Witch Tip #123

❣ Witch Tip #122

❣ Witch Tip #121

❣ Witch Tip #120

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a witchy masterpost [updating 2]

this is my masterpost of all things witchy, and i’ll be adding stuff whenever i find something to add to this post, so it’ll slowly grow to be my ultimate witchy masterpost.  

Spells

a

  • a calming spell for back to school
  • acne aid
  • all purpose healing amulet
  • anti anxiety jar
  • anti-anxiety smelling salts
  • anti-anxiety sock
  • anti-nightmare pouch
  • anti-stress/anxiety bottle

b

  • badass bitch spell
  • basic sleep spell
  • be a better writer spell bag
  • blessed balm spell
  • “boys will love me” romance spell
  • brain bleach - spell to remove unpleasant thoughts
  • brew for you
  • busy bee’s overworked pick me up spell

c

  • cat blessing
  • cheap invisibility spells for anxious witches
  • charm to invoke new love
  • chilling out
  • cleansing spray
  • clear acne
  • connie’s strength and resolve spell

d

  • depression healing from the sun spell
  • diy magic shower disks
  • “do the thing” bottle

e

  • ease heartache
  • energy drink overcharge

f

  • find a true friend
  • for forgetting
  • free yourself from anger
  • friendship mix
  • fuck you, im a pirate today: confidence spell

g

  • gender clarity spell
  • get rid of a headache
  • getting that new years eve kiss
  • “goodnight, sleep tight” sleep-aid satchel
  • graycloak’s gambling powder

h

  • hair color change
  • happiness enchantment
  • healing spells 
  • heal a sore throat
  • heal a tree
  • healing a sore throat potion
  • help bring good luck
  • home protection charm
  • honey jar - for happiness and fortune

i

  • i wash my troubles down
  • ice binding method
  • inner strength jar

k

  • knitting spell (for protection)
  • the krakens tentacles (binding spell)

l

  • letting go banishing spell
  • love bottle charm
  • love blend

m

  • make another happy
  • mama cat’s “evil eye” protection jar
  • money drawing bottle
  • morning after a bad dream spell
  • motivation

p

  • past life spell
  • personal productivity spell
  • positive energy spell
  • powder to repeal an unwanted lover
  • push start to continue
  • promote happiness 
  • protection amulet
  • protection chant by clara
  • protection spell for when coming out as trans
  • protective stone

r

  • “restful sleep” charm bag
  • removal of the evil eye
  • a ring spell for lasting love and marriage

s

  • sachet ideas for attracting love
  • save a penny spell
  • sea witch bath
  • sea witch’s intuition jar spell
  • settle your mind spell
  • short calming ritual
  • simple shower pick me up
  • smother anger
  • spell for artists and craftsmen
  • spell to enchant a sweater
  • spell to make someone fuck off
  • strengthen your third eye
  • study buddy charm/test taking charm
  • summon a storm spell
  • sweet speech lip balm

t

  • talisman of protection
  • to find a lost object
  • tough as a nail, sharp as a thorn - protection spell
  • transgender/nonbinary/intersex magic burn bottle with a bunch of uses 

u

  • unleash your power potion

v

  • vanilla candle spell

w

  • wealth-drawing dragon bath
  • world’s come to an end spell

Spell bundles 

  • anti-anxiety
  • love
  • protection
  • purification
  • wealth

Glamours

  • attraction oil
  • everyday enchantments: accessory edition
  • for going unseen
  • glamour bottle to influence how others read you
  • goddess glamour bath
  • gossip stopping scrub
  • love scrub
  • making your room magical
  • mirror mirror on the wall - glamour spell
  • witch of the waste’s glamour - enchanted jewelry spell

Cursing

  • the bottom of the ocean
  • button eyes
  • curse for abusers
  • curse jar
  • cursing 101
  • hand witch curse
  • hazy smog hex
  • gentle curse
  • “live long and prosper” curse
  • paper poppet
  • self-care after cursing
  • slaughtering a friendship*
  • so you think you’ve been cursed

Divination

Witchy tips

Astrology Masterpost!!

Budgeted Witchcraft

  • 10 witchy tips
  • budgeted witchcraft supplies master post
  • treat yo self, broke witch style

Candles/Essential Oil/Incense

  • 31 diy candles
  • candles and their meanings
  • candle colors
  • candle magic omens
  • candle making tutorials
  • essential healing salve recipes
  • essential oil safety
  • hearth and home incense
  • incenses by use
  • the meaning of incense smoke
  • when to use which incense

Cleansing

  • cleansing and charging
  • methods of cleansing
  • the magical home
  • warding a room

Crystals

  • 5 crystals for a small business owner
  • crystal care
  • crystal charger
  • crystals for anxiety/panic attacks
  • crystals for socially anxious witches
  • crystals for psychic development
  • crystal magic 101
  • crystal prescriptions
  • crystals, stone, and minerals guide
  • crystals/stones and their physical and mental powers
  • gem stone meanings
  • mineral monday
  • stones and their properties
  • stones and crystals

Deities and Spirits

  • determining between good and bad spirits
  • hades and persephone resources
  • hellenic polytheism 101 (mini masterpost)
  • hellenic polytheism 200- weddings
  • how to communicate with spirits, gods, and the unseen 
  • introduction to the underworld…
  • make yourself more sensitive to spirits/non physical entities
  • mermaid offerings
  • mini deity masterpost
  • online temple for nyx
  • personal relationship with spirits and deities
  • underworld deities guide

Energy

  • energy work masterpost
  • grounding
  • learning to sense energy
  • shielding masterpost

Familiars

  • is this my familiar?

Herbs

  • 10 herbs for the lazy witch
  • 20 household herbs and their magical uses
  • autumnal witchcraft
  • cool site
  • herbal sleep and dream pillows
  • homemade floral water
  • green salt
  • if you use herbs in practice
  • mama cat’s beginner witch garden
  • starter herbs
  • what belongs in your witches brew
  • wolfsbane in witchcraft

Holidays

  • celebrate mason
  • celebrate yule
  • five (5) easy yule decorations
  • stovetop incense for samhain
  • winter sabbat wine

Sigils

  • charging sigils
  • guys!! help @pantheism
  • how to charge sigils
  • how to make sigils [@the-darkest-of-lights]
  • how to make sigils [@themooniswatchingoverus]
  • how to use your phone keyboard to make sigils
  • ideas for where to put amulets and sigils for protection
  • some sigils
  • sigil everything!
  • sigil guide
  • spell and sigil directory
  • sigil masterpost

Spells

  • 50 simple charms
  • bath magic - where to begin
  • circle safety
  • cleansing/purification spells
  • important for spell success
  • lush holiday 2015 bath magic
  • masterpost magic for anxiety/depression
  • paper poppet
  • please recreate this bath
  • self care spells
  • spell and sigil directory
  • spells for finals week
  • spells for trans and non binary folk
  • what spells are strongest with the moons
  • writing a spell in 7 steps

Resources

  • adhd focus
  • apps for witches
  • back to school magic
  • beginner witchcraft
  • beginner witchcraft resources master post
  • how to do witchcraft research
  • limited witchcraft masterpost
  • myelectisism’s witch supplies masterpost
  • non wiccan resources
  • resources a new witch needs
  • secular witchcraft resource master post
  • sourcing supplies
  • using songs to make magic
  • urban witch kit
  • where to get supplies
  • witchcraft resources galore
  • witchy books masterpost
  • witchy links masterpost
  • 9 easy to find ingredients that every aspiring witch needs

Teas

  • dei-teas: tea rece for offering to hera
  • tea spells
  • winter sore throat “tea”
  • witch tea: going to class

Techno Witches

  • techno pagan tip

Tips

  • 9 practical tips for new witches
  • tips for the college hedge witch
  • tips for the college green witch
  • witches on a budget

Types of Magic//Magick

  • green witchcraft resources
  • green witch tips
  • how to develop your craft
  • lavenderwhisp’s witch type masterpost
  • makeup magick
  • the phases of the moon + magick
  • practical witchery
  • a sea witch’s guide to seashells
  • water magic master post
  • witch type masterpost
  • types of witches that often go unheard of

Other

  • book-binding tutorial
  • charm making 101
  • expanded moon phase cheat sheet
  • getting spiritually unstuck
  • hypothetical routines for bby witches
  • magical ambiance
  • making coffee magickal
  • secret witch tips - x
  • simple visualization exercises
  • the crossroads
  • wands
  • a witch’s full moon traditions
  • witch podcast
  • witch tip - x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
  • witchy tips for artists
  • witchy things to do for a child
  • witchy things to do for a pet

Masterposts

  • self care masterpost
  • shadow work masterpost
  • tari’s spellbook masterpost

*Couldn’t find the original source

Food for Thought

Just a bit of advice down below, take it or leave it… but there is a tendency in this community to go on the defensive (and even the offensive) when someone writes a post asserting different beliefs. No, I’m not talking about racist ideologies or anything like that. I’m talking about spiritual theory. Hell, I’m even talking about UPG (unverified personal gnosis).

Here’s a few fun activities people seem to enjoy when this happens:

  • blatantly ignoring “disclaimers” and related statements
  • skimming at lightspeed and presuming a full understanding
  • cherry-picking thoughts and phrases to justify an attack
  • absolutely misrepresenting what the author is saying
  • never asking for clarification when sincerely confused
  • shunning the author because how dare they think differently

Having said that, here’s my advice: when you come upon a post that ruffles your feathers (again, we’re not talking about racist ideologies, etc, so please do not twist my words), take a moment to sit with it and think about why it bothers you. Does a spiritual theory make you feel threatened? Why is that? Perhaps it’s that you aren’t as secure in your own beliefs as you thought, and this post just gave you a great opportunity to wrestle with that.

Seriously, that “intellectually threatened” feeling is good. I experienced it a lot, for many years, when I was growing from one belief system into another. In fact, I left my original belief system because my questions had no answers. Because I had no confidence in anything I had always just assumed was the truth. Ultimately, this drove me to seek more solid ground…

But I experienced that threatened feeling with every aspect of my current beliefs, too. For many years, as I said. I did reading and research that left me shaken. I panicked when confronted with oppositional choices gathered under the same general roof of spirituality. I had a lot of self-doubt, confusion, and frustration to work through. It was hard, but I didn’t run from it.

Sometimes I see beginners in this community who, when confronted with self-doubt, immediately run to the nearest experienced individual and plead with them for empty validation. What I mean by that is they pretty much flat out say, “Hey, I suspect you believe X theory, so could you please confirm that X theory is true? I idolize you, so if you believe it, then I know it’s the absolute truth.”

For the love of gods, beginners, please don’t do that. I know it may feel good for a second to have someone say, “Yeah, that’s absolutely true!” But you’re forgetting that those of us with experience under our belt have already wrestled with our truths and, overwhelmingly, feel absolutely confident of them. Truly, there is very little that shakes me these days. Some of you come to me and you want me to help you achieve that same level of confidence on the fly by simply telling you what’s right and what’s wrong. Whatever I say, you accept it because you trust me. That’s really sweet, but please don’t do that.

Allow yourself to be threatened. Allow yourself to be afraid. Allow yourself to be absolutely vulnerable in the face of mystery. I’m not saying don’t seek the experts for advice, but just… don’t make us your infallible prophets or shepherds. One day you’re going to look back and hate us for “misleading” you because your path took a different turn than our own, you know?

Just think about it. Food for thought, like I said. I’m not going to try and stop you if you decide it’s somehow more rewarding to be coddled and live in a safe, soft marshmallow world. I can understand the appeal, even though, for me, that’s not good enough in the long run. But hey, you do you, folks.

My Spells and More Masterpost

This is updated very often, so click here to see the most updated version!

UPDATED 9/26/2017

Sigils

Love/Relationships

Assorted Spells

Communication

Friendship

Happiness

Prosperity/Finances

Luck

Emotions

Protection Spells

Powders

Assorted Posts

Practicing on the DL

Helpful Posts For Beginner Witches

More Practical Posts

Hellenic Polytheism Posts

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Trash witch tips GO

Presented in no particular order with very few rules. These are suggestions and ideas! There is no “school” of trash witchcraft and you can combine it with all sorts of other workings and traditions. Trash witchcraft is all about having a good time and changing the very nature of reality with something you picked up on the way to the bus stop.

What is “trash?” Well, it’s all relative, isn’t it? I think of trash as “stuff someone is no longer using that’s been left somewhere I can get to it.” My trash witchcraft focuses on getting use out of items people thought were useless, and making beautiful things out of what’s been written off as refuse. I’ve also found trash contains things that are unique to it - energies and thoughts from previous possessors, energies of being reused and recycled, energies of BEING trash, entropy, death, life, perseverance, marginalization, chaos, and a strange kind of peaceful order. Just depends on what you find!

Getting Trash

  • Recycle! Save your drink cups and straws and even straw papers.
  • Some low-income hipster/artist areas have “free” boxes on the corner that you can pick amazing stuff out of
  • Thrift stores are great places to buy trash for cheap! It’s usually some pretty good trash, too.
  • Library free book piles, they get a lot of useless donations. Books are sacred on some levels but do not be afraid to rip apart a book on how to use 2005 Microsoft Encarta and turn it into a Sharpie Grimoire. You’re giving it more life than it ever had.
  • You’re gonna look at the ground a lot. You’re gonna look at soda can tabs in new ways.
  • Loose/broken cassette tape used to be common on roadsides but not anymore; you can usually get tapes for something like $1 apiece at a thrift store if you don’t want to wait. The tape inside is useful for all sorts of things, same with VHS tapes!
  • Discarded roadside CDs tho.
  • Rocks aren’t trash but you’ll start finding them if you look at the ground long enough! Even some stuff that’s kinda valuable. Get a rockhounding book and start finding even more treasure!
  • Asphalt and other manmade rock chunks are abundant because roads and sidewalks are constantly being repaired.
  • Near construction you may even find rebar, screws, etc.
  • Dirt is useful. Different kinds of dirt is useful different ways.
  • All sorts of interesting weird bits of metal and glass and plastic!
  • Discarded lighters, some of which still work!
  • Free matchbooks in bars, plus lemons and nuts and cocktail picks.
  • B O T T L E S
  • You will likely find some money even if it’s a bit of change. Spend it or save it for spell stuff (or just because you’re wise).
  • Animal bits are everywhere really.
  • U-Pick/Pick-n-Save/U-Pull-It type car lots will let you go into their broken down/wreckt car lot and pull anything off of vehicles for flat fees and it’s quite cheap.
  • Craigslist: for people who want to take other people’s junk away for them.
  • Freecycle-type trade groups and dumpster diver groups are good places to start on both practices, give em a google.
  • Watch the animals around and see if they lead you to something interesting.

What it’s useful for

  • Anything that has been run over or left on a road long enough has been charged with the energies of the roads. The energy might change depending on the type of road, a slow rural dirt lane will have a different feel than busy urban blacktop.
  • Even empty cups are useful for a jar replacement, especially temporary spells.
  • Straws can be used to build lattices, mock-structures (build a house out of straws and blow it down!), can even be used as temp wands.
  • Straw papers can be braided or written on and then wrapped around things for a binding spell or wish spell. For instance write a wish, wrap the straw paper around the straw, blow through it to charge.
  • Write a spell on the paper of a wrapped straw, then tear open one end and blow through the straw to launch the paper and spell!
  • A cocktail sword is now your tiny ritual knife. Rejoice.
  • Logo/corporate magic: you can use discarded items with a company’s logo with it to draw upon that company for help or even attack it. Use the money attached to the Starbucks brand to make a Starbucks cup the focus of a money jar spell, etc. Or just curse Blockbuster. Oh wait, too late.
  • Glass that changes the light (curved, warped etc) can be used for magnification or focus spells. Colors of glass can add certain aspects depending on how you associate colors. Green is commonly associated with money; there’s lots of green glass out there since it’s a common drink bottle color!
  • All your tiny metal/glass/concrete bits are great jingles for a spell jar that should be shaken, or even a jar bell just for making noise.
  • Flatter lighter shiny clinky bits can be tied up on a frame as a wind chime, gathering wind energy or just being decorative. Add string/knotwork if you want! Great to do with found silverware.
  • A chunk of a place helps call up the presence of that place or draw on the energy of that place or influence that place. This applies to dirt, rocks, roads, concrete, bricks, asphalt, etc. Get macro (a whole city) or micro (this corner of the street) but either way, tap that!
  • Pendant materials abound if you look in the right places, especially if you know how to wire-wrap a weird chunk of chrome.
  • Broken window glass to shatter illusions, break defenses, and expose lies.
  • Broken mirror for scrying mirrors or defensive traps.
  • The right rocks can be used to draw on concrete in lieu of chalk, do a scratch test.
  • Mark the corners of your neighborhood or yard with innocuous, tiny bits of rocks and other things that aren’t likely to be picked up. Even just arbitrarily moving bits of stuff around helps increase your sovereignty over a location. Be aware of who else might control the area though!
  • Trash is useful for shadow work. Find a trash object that you can meditate on or use for an energy focus. A lot of feelings can resonate with trash - the feeling of BEING trash, being discarded or used, being broken. These can be focused on for catharsis or for calm. Walk through the life of this trash item, empathize with its journey, see where its journey parallels yours. Give it a new home if you’ve found some part of yourself you’re reclaiming (a lot of “trash” is actually worth keeping and was mistakenly devalued!); if you’ve found parts of yourself to let go and move on from then throw them away with the object.
  • This can also be a focus for luck or serendipity workings - do a working to find something precious, then do a trash hunt and see what comes up!

Collect safely!

  • Broken glass and sharp metal bits ABOUND in the places where the best trash is. So you’ll want good gloves and I suggest keeping your tetanus shot up to date.
  • Depending on what you’re doing, eyewear may be good too, and I’d wear tough jeans and a shirt you won’t mind getting snagged.
  • Watch where you hunt trash. Some other people may be trying to get returnable bottles or metal for money; I suggest just giving them right of way.
  • People and animals are unpredictable so only work with those you trust and know the rules for if you’re out of your element.
  • Sometimes places with interesting trash are already occupied by belligerent spirit entities who are keeping that as their hoard. Only approach if you’re willing to bargain fairly or otherwise if you’re willing to fight the entity. (I suggest bargaining or leaving. Remember, it’s just trash.)
  • Look, if you pick anything up that’s squishy keep some hand sanitizer on you and some resealable bags.
  • Actually resealable bags are a good idea anyway, stay organized! Label with date/place if you like to draw on specific associations.
  • Add sigils or cleaning/sealing spells to your bags to keep newly-collected materials from causing spiritual/magical problems before you have a chance to take them home and deal with them. If you have an on-the-go cleanse spell then that’s important to use, but sometimes an extra layer helps for really gunky stuff, and trash tends to have a history attached to it.
  • Animal parts - please do some research before you collect so you know how to safely do it and preserve things without violating the Migratory Bird Act and other local laws. There are a lot of “vulture culture” people on tumblr alone, see if you can talk to someone who works with animal spirits so you’ll know how to respectfully harvest materials.
  • If it looks too nasty to touch or reach for or get to, let it go. It’s just trash.
  • Remember that rooting through other people’s trash that’s part of their property is technically crime and a theft. Be aware of when you are trespassing.

Add some stuff! Be trashy with me!

anonymous asked:

what would you recommend to someone starting astral travelling and spirit work as far as maintaining self confidence and expelling self doubt? I've been practising and using discernment techniques but still feel like Im not cut out for this or that Im making things up, even when I had an experienced practitioner confirm one of my spirit guides. Tips? Pep talk? please?

Hello, Anon! <3 I feel for you. This stuff is overwhelming and it’s easy to get discouraged. Many years down the path, you can still find yourself stumbling over doubts you thought you’d put to bed. It’s natural. It’s good, even. Doubt doesn’t have to be our enemy. BUT it doesn’t have to be our best friend, either.

On that note, here is a short list of posts by myself and others that you might find helpful for putting doubt in its place (I dredged up all I could find in my archives that seemed remotely applicable):

Personally, one thing I like to do when I feel doubt edging up on me is just be completely honest about that with both my gods and my spirit companions alike. I tell them straight up, “Look, this is hard. I’m sorry to ask over and over again, but if you could send me a sign or set me up with a moment of validation that I can’t just reason away, I’d really appreciate it.” Be patient. They won’t always answer right away or in the way you expected, but they will answer.

This is a huge topic and I could go on and on. Regrettably, I do struggle with chronic wrist tendinitis and I’ve done a number on my wrists recently, so I’m going to have to cap my advice this time. But I really want to make sure you get all the advice, guidance, and support you need, so how about I link a few blogs (off the top of my head) that have some good, helpful stuff in their archives on these topics? @spiritvexer @duskenpath @urbanspellcraft @spiritconnect @thiscrookedcrown

I hope that helps! Good luck, Anon! <3

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm a relatively young person interested in magic, but I have NO IDEA where to start. I've done a little research, but I'm kind of overwhelmed, and so many things seem conflicting. Any suggestions?

Hi there! Sorry this took me a bit to get to! I appreciate the patience! 

Here are all my posts that may be helpful to a beginner! 

And My personal Favorite, My book list!

I just threw a LOT at you, so I hope you can find something helpful!