Keep it simple. I like to memorize my incantations. It just keeps the spell moving smoothly. So keep it simple, keep it short.
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
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,
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
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 :)
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!
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!
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.
For people who want to learn Japanese but don’t know how to start!
NOTE: This is not a post for resources. I mention some in this post, but you can find way more on posts like this or this. Also, keep in mind that these are just my personal opinions and methods. I tried many different things to get over that beginner hurdle, and I found that this method was most effective. Take away whatever you think will work best for you. Good luck!
1. Make some decisions
First, come up with a couple reasons why you want to learn Japanese. These reasons must be specific and meaningful enough to get you through those times of frustrations. Write them down somewhere.
Next, decide whether or not you want to learn how to handwrite. Handwriting is definitely important and can help in the learning process, but it isn’t completely necessary in this digital age. It takes time out of learning other aspects of the language, and you probably won’t handwrite too often anyway. It really just depends on what your goals are and your reasons for learning.
Lastly, figure out which areas you want to focus on: reading, writing, listening, or speaking (any combination of them or all of them), depending on your reasons for learning. If your main goal is to be able to read Japanese books, you’d obviously want to work more on reading, and if your main goal is to be able to communicate with Japanese people, you’d want to concentrate most on speaking or writing. As with any language, input (reading and listening) is going to be much easier than output (writing and speaking). Of course, focusing on all four will be the best option, but realistically, it will take much longer to master all of them at once compared to focusing on specific ones.
2. Learn hiragana and katakana
In my opinion, romaji (English spellings of Japanese) should not exist in any textbooks at all. The very first thing you should learn is Hiragana, the most basic writing system of the three, so you never have to rely on romaji. You can put off learning Katakana until a little later, but Katakana should be memorized fairly early on as well.
Here is a really good guide to Hiragana by Tofugu. They also have a guide for Katakana here. Use mnemonics! If you like to doodle, make up and draw your own mnemonics. This website is a good place to test yourself. There’s also this website.
For both, aim to be able to recall the character almost immediately after it pops up, in under 2 seconds. You want to be able to recognize them as well as you recognize ABC’s!
My whole life I've been attracted to Wicca. However, my father is religious (Christian) and freaks out about "witchcraft". I've been a non-practicing Christian my whole life. I was wondering if you could link me some Beginner's reading to understand Wicca better and consider becoming Wiccan more seriously.
First wash your hands, light incense and light a rose candle, run
your left hand over your right hand, then your right hand over your
left, keep doing this until you feel the energy building in your hands.
Next pick up your wand in the hand you use for writing, close your eyes
and imagine a stream of silver white light coming from the universe and
entering the top of your head imagine it beaming down and coursing along
your arm into your hand out from your fingertips and going into your
wand you will literally feel the energy flowing as you charge your wand
with power. Make sure when you perform the wand energising ceremony,
there is incense and a lit candle, you can also use some oil essence to
create the appropriate atmosphere.
How to Charge Your Wand
The wand works especially well for healing and enchanting, also for
spell casting, the wand will unblock blocked energy and witches use it
to heal and align themselves, they usually do this by touching the tip
of the wand to their third eye and imagining silver light beaming
through their body and clearing any areas where energy is blocked. The
wand works on the physical, mental and emotional well being.
what's a reliable website(s) that will give information about all the different deities?
No singular website will truly give you reliable information on all of the deities myths. None of these websites are guaranteed to be reliable, take time to do further research from other sources as well. These websites are often divided by archetype as well as the pantheons they come from.
I’ve decided to rewrite and update the list of things I think it’s good for a new witch to know and have. It got so long, however, that it now needs to be divided up into multiple posts to make it easy on the dashboard!
This post is still just advice, my opinion and thoughts; as such, isn’t meant as a “you have to do this, no matter what” type of thing. I personally feel that all of these things are useful to at least ponder when starting out, but that doesn’t mean you need to do them. No matter what I say here, your path and your craft are your own, and it is up to you to decide ultimately where you want to go and what you want to do. I only hope that this post will inspire you, and give you an idea of what may suit or benefit you.
Now that all that is out of the way, I’ll begin…
Where to Start & Research
I am often asked “where should I start?” in regards to witchcraft, and the answer is super simple - where do you want to start? I generally reply to those sorts of questions with questions of my own. I do this in the hopes that, by answering these questions for yourself, you can draw your own conclusions and figure out a direction you’d like to go, hopefully one that best suits you and your preferences / desires. Some of the things I tend to ask are:
Why were you drawn to the craft in the first place? What got you interested in studying / practicing it?
What sorts of expectations do you have, if any, about what you can do with magic?
Is magic something you just want to experiment with, or do you want to practice long-term?
Are there any things in particular you hope to achieve by doing magic? Do you have any end goals for yourself or your craft? Any expectations?
What sorts of things would you like to do (in regards to different varieties of spellwork [candle magic, sachet magic, etc.], divination, etc.)?
Do you feel an attraction / affinity to any particular branch of magic (chaos magic, green magic, spirit work, hedgework, etc.)? Why? What in particular makes it appealing to you?
Are there things you don’t want to go near no matter what? Why? What bothers you about those things?
Ideally, once those kinds of questions have been answered, it leaves one with a sense of direction, and an ideal place to begin looking and studying. Once you know what you want from magic, and what you like about it, you can then set yourself on the right path to get there and do those things. Since I don’t know you, or what you like or dislike, I can’t set you on an exact path on my own; that is up to you to decide where you want to go with magic and what you’d like to do with it. The best thing I think I can offer from a third party perspective, is things that can help you narrow down your path for yourself - no one knows best what you want or like or can do than you.
At this point begins a degree of studying. Yes, you need to do research, though how much research is entirely up to you and what you’re comfortable / capable doing. Like any new subject or craft (not just the magic kind), it is best to learn about what you’re doing. One can’t drive a car successfully without knowing how the car works, or how to control it. A scientist wouldn’t mix together chemicals without knowing how to do so properly, or what the chemicals even are. At least, a safe scientist wouldn’t. Knowing what you’re getting into and what you might be doing, and why, will allow you to proceed safely, and make sure you can avoid any accidents or mistakes. This will also provide you with knowledge that can be used to develop your craft particularly to your own tastes - writing your own spells, creating your own methods, etc. What you learn in this time of study will be like a foundation that you can then use to build the rest of your craft off of.
A lot of my information on witchcraft has been gathered on Tumblr, and I’ve made blogs to compile what I find and learn, so you may just be in the right place for learning! Tumblr isn’t extensive, however, nor should it be relied on completely for all your information. There are many other resources to be found on the internet, including blogs, other websites, and, if you know where to look, entire books in digital format. (This also depends on how comfortable you are pirating - I myself have no issues with it, clearly. Someone recently came into my ask box telling me that downloading books for free like that was wrong, actually, and I just had to chuckle. At this point nothing is going to stop me from downloading stuff the way I do, because I honestly can’t afford otherwise. I am also of the mind frame that knowledge should be free to all people, but that’s not the point here.)
The internet does not hold all there is to learn, so seeking out physical books is not a bad idea. I know it can be hard to find books, depending on your location and whether or not you can be open about your craft, but it shouldn’t be completely ruled out if you have access to them. The library has actually proved to be pretty beneficial for my own research - the selection was limited, but still far more than I expected for the small city I live in. Here are some posts of recommended reading that are a good place to start; however, don’t be afraid to try any book that appeals to you and form your own opinion on them. Also, these books are recommended based off each individual’s personal preferences and opinions, your own may vary.
[Here] is a list of authors you should try to avoid - trigger warning for mention of various disturbing topics. [Here] is a post that talks about why your book on witchcraft might be full of it; if you have any questions as to why that might be, feel free to ask the OP or even myself.
When it comes to studying, it is very important that you take what you read with a grain of salt. There are many problematic authors within the witchcraft community, and not just on Tumblr. Misinformation and cultural appropriation are everywhere, even among well known or renowned authors. It is highly recommended that you use discretion, criticize what you read, and fact check what you learn, if you can; sometimes I use as many as six or seven sources when checking the properties of a single herb. [Here] is a post that explains using discretion and critical reading in regards to witchcraft books.
You are not going to agree with or connect with everything you read. There may be cases where you pick up a book that you have high expectations for, and you read through the whole thing, and pick up nothing from it. It isn’t that you didn’t gain knowledge, but sometimes it doesn’t apply to you or where you wish to take your magic. That is fine. Just because you have the knowledge, doesn’t mean you must use it. And having knowledge without using it isn’t a negative thing either - some day you may want to use that knowledge after all, or it may come in handy when applied with other branches of magic, or it may help you inspire your own path…
With all that being said, there is also nothing wrong with not completing a book if you really aren’t feeling it. Again, it all comes down to you and your preferences, what you want to learn and what you plan to do with that knowledge. If there is anything that you read that makes you uncomfortable, don’t bother incorporating it at all. It is your path, your magic; do with it as you will, and only what you will.
Okay, so this first section just ended up being all about research and stuff. xD The NEXT post will talk more about keeping a grimoire, gathering supplies, and being frugal / discreet. :D
I hope this helps, or gives you something to think about!