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anonymous asked:

Is there a difference between "soul" and "spirit."?

Hello, Anon! So, I think it depends on who you ask, but if you want my opinion (and I’ll try to keep this short, ‘cause I could go on forever), then yes, I think there is a difference and here’s the breakdown of how I define those two things…

Soul: the massive energetic core of who we are. In my belief, this is kinda like a “powerhouse” connected to potentially multiple facets, be it “you” in multiple lifetimes and/or be it “you” living on different planes with severed consciousness, but a shared soul (I may talk about this theory in depth one day, but today is not that day).

Let’s just say that I consider the soul to be something that is… not entirely within us the way that religions like Christianity conceptualize it. For me, it’s more like I’m “plugged into” my soul, but not that it’s wholly manifested within this present form.

Spirit: the far more variable term between the two, in my opinion. It could refer to (1) the facet of the soul that remains after death in the event of trauma, etc preventing that facet from reconnecting with the “source” (the soul entire); (2) the “etheric consciousness,” if you will, of the present facet/life energy, which is what I theorize we “project” into the astral; OR (3) a simple poetic reference to the energy and “vibes” of a person.

And that, in short, is what I feel the difference is. I don’t claim to be any expert on soul theory, so yes, I could be wrong, but so could anyone else with an opinion since it’s hardly something we can prove objectively. -shrug- I hope this gives you something to consider though! Maybe something to build your own theory off of. I’d suggest asking other people’s opinion to see if you notice any common threads of belief (do it for science, haha). <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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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

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!

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 :)

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Mod Note

Lately we’ve been getting a number of questions from people who are just starting out in a given polytheism or paganism, wanting compilations of links that will tell them how to proceed.

We’ve all been there.  Every one of us mods here and the vast majority of the pagan community has been in exactly that position, so we’re sympathetic and we understand how overwhelming, frustrating, and even terrifying it can be.  However, we are not going to provide those kinds of compilations because we most likely already have.  The only exceptions might be for those religions we have not, indeed, compiled information on and made available with a bit of poking around.

  • The FAQ. 

We get some incredibly unique and interesting questions, but we also get a lot of similar ones.  This is why the FAQ (and tags page) exists.

  • The tags page.

I spent a lot of time linking each individual one.  Please use it and make it worth my while.

  • The resource blog, @thepaganstudygroupresourcepage.

This is where we’ll reblog actual spells, rituals, promotions, and anything else we think is useful to the community the way most witchy and pagan blogs do.  We’re having link trouble, so all the paganism-related links are on this Google Doc over here.  There’s a table of contents and everything.

  • Search for tags and keywords.

We’re currently shopping around for a theme that includes a searchbox in the profile.  In the meantime, you can search for any words or phrases in a Tumblr blog by adding “search/keyword” to the blog’s address.  If I wanted to find information on a deity, let’s say Artemis (we don’t list every deity’s tag because that would make the tags page like three times longer), I would enter, “http://thepaganstudygrouppage.tumblr.com/search/artemis.” Then all posts containing her name, whether or not they’re actually tagged with her name, would appear.  You can search for tags in a similar way, but add “tagged/keyword” to the URL instead, e.g. “http://thepaganstudygrouppage.tumblr.com/tagged/artemis.”

There’s something to be said about doing your own research to the best of your ability for at least four reasons:

  1. It shows that you have respect for our time.  The PSG is a work of love, but it’s one that’s done between classes, after a long day at work, during a sorely-needed break at a family event - whenever we can carve out some time in our own lives.
  2. You accidentally find something you didn’t even know you were looking for (and which someone doing the research for you would never have known you needed).
  3. You have to put conscious effort into this.  Our faiths take work, even those that don’t come with formal initiations.
  4. We’re not always right.  We make mistakes, too.  Doing independent research means getting a broader understanding of various perspectives and contexts that help you discern what is or isn’t useful, accurate, or a reasonable conclusion.

So honestly, we do understand through painful personal experience what beginners and “baby pagans” are going through, and we always do our best to help.  However, don’t rely purely on us.

- mountain hound

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:

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!

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.

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.

The signs and their crystals:

  • Aires - Amethyst, Citrine, Garnet, Topaz, Jasper, Jadeite, Bloodstone
  • Taurus - Emerald, Topaz, Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, Selenite
  • Gemini - Tourmaline, Agate, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Tigers Eye, Calcite
  • Cancer - Moonstone, Pearl, Amber, Beryl, Calcite, Opal, Rhodonite
  • Leo - Tigers Eye, Amber, Onyx, Quartz, Turquoise, Citrine, Garnet
  • Virgo - Peridot, Amazonite, Dioptase, Sodalite, Sardonyx, Sugilite
  • Libra - Sapphire, Ametrine, Apophylite, Prehnite, Sunstone, Jade
  • Scorpio - Topaz, Malachite, Beryl, Chariote, Kunzite, Turquoise, Ruby
  • Sagittarius - Amethyst, Azurite, Labradorite, Smoky Quartz, Garnet
  • Capricorn - Jet, Onyx, Amber, Fluorite, Argonite, Galena, Malachite
  • Aquarius, Aquamarine, Angelite, Chrysoprase, Moonstone, Magnetite
  • Pisces - Moonstone, Amethyst, Bloodstone, Sunstone, Turquoise

anonymous asked:

I've approached a lot of deities even ones I felt connected to as a child but no one ever gets back to me and I just don't know where I belong pantheon wise I feel so lost and don't know what to do :/ any advice?

Deities do not always respond; some people never have direct contact or interaction with their deities. It is not necessary to be a pagan or to work with or worship a deity and have responses and communications. I know that Tumblr sensationalizes a lot of things about paganism, and for some it’s probably very true and for others there is probably a certain amount of exaggeration in the moment. Don’t be wholly discouraged if you’re not hearing a response from a deity.

Sometimes the responses are easy to miss if you’re not ready for them or you don’t know what to look for. If you want to double check on things you’ve already done, create a list of the deities you have approached and begin working on finding information for the ways myth says those deities or deities from the same pantheon might show signs, responses, or manifest to people. Once you’ve done that for every deity in the list, think back to when you approached the deity and try to remember the days and weeks following. Maybe one responded and you missed it or just didn’t know it was a response.

Try again. Like with employers and business opportunities, sometimes you have to show you’re actually interested and try more than once to contact them. Do not stress yourself over trying to fix “mistakes” from the first attempt, worry about approaching them, asking them or dealing with what you need and want, and then continuing from there.

Sometimes working with deities can be difficult, and sometimes it’s a lot of 
“Well, I haven’t heard anything back… But that means I haven’t heard any complaints either… So let’s keep going.” Don’t get yourself stressed out or worked up, even if you decide you don’t need one focus deity, it doesn’t mean you cannot choose a pantheon to base your practice in.

Ghost

Moon Phases: What You Should Know

[Image Description: A chart describing the lunar phases and how the sun’s light reflects off of the moon, along with labels naming the phases of the moon. As this chart is very detailed, a fully detailed description can be found at the bottom of this post.]

As you might already know, (and should, if you’re interested in witchcraft), the phases of the moon are incredibly important to some magick users, myself included. While standing as a symbol for the Triple Goddess, the Moon’s phases can have different effects on certain spells, rituals, etc. So here’s a guide to help you to understand what you need to know!

Every phase of the moon carries its own special kind of energy, each energy type effecting both us and everything in the earth.  Each month, the Moon goes through it’s cycle. When not Full or New, it is either Waxing or Waning. The Moon grows stronger as it Waxes, and weaker as it Wanes. Remember this when you cast your spells.

New Moon:
The cycle starts here, at New Moon, when the Moon only just barely begins to show its face. New Moon brings us new, fresh starts. It stands a symbol of hope, faith, and optimism.

Waxing Moon:
The waxing moon has an energy that is excellent for strengthening- just as the moon strengthens itself! It brings us energies that assist in building, accomplishments, creativity, strength, learning, growth, and change. Think of the Maiden!

Full Moon:
The moon is at it’s strongest when you can see it at its fullest! This is the time for abundance, harvest, wishes, desires, sexuality, dreams, and protection! This is also an excellent time to purify and cleanse. Think of the Mother!

Waning Moon:
Just as all things begin, all things must come to an end. Think of the Crone during the Waning Moon.  The Waning Moon is a good time to release any spells that have been cast for too long, to lift curses, and to clear the slate. Let go, continue to cleanse, release, undo bindings, and make space for more magick.

Dark Moon (Ties with New Moon):
When the sky is dark, and no moon is visible, then it’s time to rest, and take time to meditate on what you’ve learned through this lunar cycle. Divination is strongest for some witches at this time.

Of course, there’s always different views on just about everything, so if this Lunar Guide isn’t the right one, keep looking! For example, for a more scientific approach to the Lunar Cycle, you can check out this post right here!
http://thebluechicory.tumblr.com/post/98916528500/moon-phases

Blessed be!

[Image description continued: At the center of the chart is the Earth, shown half shadowed, half lit by the sun. At the top is the moon showing itself half full, the right half visible. It is labeled “First Quarter”. Beneath this is another, smaller, right half moon. To the right of this, going clockwise, is another moon, this one a small crescent-shaped slice of the moon, labeled Waxing Crescent, with a corresponding moon beneath it. Still clockwise is a completely shadowed moon labeled New. Continuing clockwise is another crescent moon, this time with the left side brightened. This is labeled the Waning Crescent. On the very bottom of the image is another moon, this one showing yet another half moon, this one with the left half visible, labeled Third Quarter. The next moon, continuing clockwise, is labeled Waning Gibbous, and features nearly a whole moon, with a crescent missing. Only the left portion is visible. Next is the Full Moon, and is completely visible. Above this is the Waxing Gibbous, with its right portion visible, with only a small crescent hidden. The next moon is the First Quarter Moon, ending the cycle. To the right of this chart is a meter showing the position of the Sun.]

cxnnxr-slxan  asked:

We spoke some time ago about Freya and since then she has come to me in a deep mediation with my Crone and coven/insisted on being present in last nights working. Now I'm very interested in Norse Paganism from a witches standpoint. Could you give me some insight into it and some things to look into/resources? Thanks again! X

Hello friend! I remember, and i’m happy to hear that something happened!

To me, witchcraft was an organic outgrowth of my religious life. While one does not need to be a witch to be a Norse Pagan, for me it felt right and I went with it. It may have something to do with the fact that my main deity is Freyja and that I always felt closer to the Vanir than the Aesir, but such machinations are beyond me!

That being said, as far as i am aware we do not have access to an unbroken tradition of Norse witchcraft, unfortunately. There are bits and pieces of information available to us, which I will enumerate below, but as such my personal practice is just my own brand with these bits and pieces incorporated into it as I see fit/as feels right. (Of course, the people who practiced this work long ago probably did not view these all as distinct categories, but such as it is splitting them up gives us a clearer picture today, I think–especially when laying them out for introduction.)

  • Runes. Perhaps the most well-known aspect of Norse witchcraft, runes make up an Old Norse alphabet (though some speculate they could be of Italic or Semitic origin) and are said to have magical properties. There are 24 in the Elder Futhark, the runic alphabet that is believed to be the oldest, and each rune represents something different. In history and nowadays they were often used as a form of divination, especially to untangle what may lie ahead in one’s wyrd and orlog, which is roughly the Norse concept of fate or individual destiny. They were also used in the past, and are still used today, as magical staves–on their own or when designed into combinations. Resources on the runes can be found here, and here.
  • Galdr. Related to the runes is galdr, a type of oral magic that uses runic pronunciation and chant as a means to invoke their power and cast spells. The simplest method of this would be just chanting the rune and letting it vibrate within you, but there are more complex chants that can be learned and used as well. Resources on galdr can be found here and here.
  • Seidr. This was a practice that was said to have been taught to Odin by Freyja (S/O TO MY LADY). I personally definitely consider this the most mysterious Norse witchcraft that we know about today. Literally translating to “witchcraft” something akin to “to seethe” or “to boil,” it seems to be the most catch-all Norse term–it includes spell casting, cursing, prophecy,  magical healing, spirit work, channeling the gods, amongst others. Resources on seidr can be found here, here, and here. There also might be some stuff in my #seidr tag. 
  • Spa. I don’t know much about spa, but according to The Viking Answer Lady it is simply the art of prophesy/determining one’s wyrd/orlog (again, roughly the Norse concept of fate). It may fall under seidr? 
  • Recaning. Pronounced “reekening,” this is the Old English term for smoke cleansing, whatever kind of cleansing it may be. Juniper and mugwort probably would have been the traditional go-tos! Mugwort has some mild psychoactive properties, though, so just keep that in mind. All the info I’ve found on this has just been here

I hope this helped! I’m by no means an expert but I think this will get you on a fruitful track. Let me know, as always, if you have any questions!

7/23/15 *EDIT* Finally got around to editing the original post to include corrections/clarifications that have been shared with me! Sorry it took so long.