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Magical Materials of the Seven Classical Planets

If you follow or read my blog much, you’ve probably noticed that I’m on a major planetary kick and am hoping to provide more resources for beginners and even experienced witches interested in working with the forces of the seven classical planets. I do plan on expanding beyond that, and will touch on the outer planets, Zodiac, and other concepts in later articles, but this one will continue with my focus on the seven classical celestial spheres. If you’ve missed my previous work on this topic, check out my tag for it here.

I’ve published a lot already about this topic, mostly concerned with simple ways of working the planets that require no materials or tools. For example, I’ve written about the use of planetary septagrams and hexagrams, as well as using the planetary glyphs and sigilization with planetary magic squares. I know a lot of my readers are looking for ways to get in touch with higher forces without collecting ingredients, tools, or material, so most of what I’d written focuses on doing just that. Now, though, I’d like to talk a bit about using traditional correspondences for the seven celestial spheres in magick that uses materials. I know some of my readers focus on herbal workings (as I often do), and I felt it important to address the issue of correspondences (herbal and otherwise) for the planets, particularly the why of it all.

Most books and many websites will just list a series of plants, flowers, roots and stones under the heading “Jupiter” or “Venus,” etc., and fail to address why those materials are associated with that planet traditionally. This, to me, does a disservice to our Craft, because it’s always, in my view, of paramount importance to know why you’re doing any one thing magically, as well as knowing that the reasoning for it is sound. For example, many books associate oak with Jupiter, but any spell using oak to work with the forces of Jupiter will be much stronger if the witch casting it has a better reason for using it than simply, “This book I read said it’s a thing.” I believe that, in most cases, the most personal system of correspondence, fine-tuned to the witch using it, is most effective. Hence, I thought I’d do my best and pull back the curtain a bit, discussing how and why certain plants and stones have particular associations.

This is useful on two levels. First - it solidifies the correspondence in your mind and allows you to evaluate it and decide if it will work for you. If you find it doesn’t suit you, you can develop your own independent of tradition. Oak, for example, makes sense for Jupiter in mind view, but you might disagree, and, though that association is traditional, have another, non-standard association for oak. Also, knowing the criteria traditionally used to classify plants or minerals will allow you to classify unusual or non-traditional material, as well.I’ve written about finding your personal correspondences for a particular material, and once you’ve begun working with planetary forces, believe me, those associations creep in quickly, and soon you’ll find yourself categorizing (for example), energy drinks as Martial and melatonin as Lunar.

Anyways, I’ll now be going through each planet, one by one, and talk a bit about it’s associations and traditional correspondences for it, as well as why they exist. I’ll keep it short, but this should provide a starting-point for further research. You will notice that the associations originate from a variety of starting points, all related to the planet in question. 

Saturn

Saturn is associated with life cycles, time, and death, as well as the deep wax and wane of agricultural periods, as well. Age, wisdom, death, maturity, discipline and restraint are all Saturnian. It is the slowest-moving of the seven classical planets, which perhaps explains some of these associations. It is sometimes referred to in astrology as the Great Malefic, but don’t be frightened by such a title. It’s true that much of what Saturn signifies might be felt negatively by us here on Earth, but such things are also often necessary and useful to us, as well. 

As you might expect due to its association with agriculture and life’s inevitable decay into renewal, Saturn is generally associated with dark, drab, and muted colors, including black, gray, and brown. For this reason, many darker stones such as onyx have a Saturnian association. Plants that correspond with Saturn tend to be those growing closest to Earth - roots and things that grow in dark places, and particularly plants that thrive amidst decay. Many Saturnian plants also tend to have a deep, pungent odor and unpleasant taste, as well, and a good percentage of them have soporific effects on the human body or are even poisonous, so use caution. 

Jupiter

Jupiter is a large and quite visible planet, thus the ancients often associated it with the king or leader figure within their pantheons of godforms. The color purple or royal blue is generally considered Jovian, and richly-colored blue or purple stones belong to this planet. This is because, up until quite recently, those colors were rarely available and mostly worn and associated with nobility, thus making them a fitting color for the “king” planet. Sapphire and lapis lazuli, for me, will always be the archetypal Jovian gemstones, but some also associate amethyst with this planet, both due to its color and also because of its mythological association with sobriety and good decision-making

While actual rulers throughout history varied in their level of corruptness, Jupiter represents the archetypal king and thus embodies the positive traits of a ruler - harmony, justice, balance, wealth, and expansiveness. Jovian plants, thus, tend to embody these qualities, and are usually large and imposing (such as the mighty oak) or hardy, tenacious, expansive and prolific (this is why certain small plants, such as the dandelion, are associated with Jupiter at times).  In terms of chemical effects, many authors class anything with a physicallly soothing effect, such as aloe vera, with Jupiter, owing to Jupiter’s general association with harmony, temperance,  and peace.

Mars

Mars, as a planet, is sometimes compared to Saturn and called the Lesser Malefic. It is true that both of these planets tend to represent things that are not always pleasant for humans, especially Mars, which governs warfare, battle, surgery, sports, and all activities that could be termed violent in any fashion. 

You can easily see, though, that such things are sometimes necessary (surgery certainly is, for example), and thus this planet has an important place in our cosmology. it is associated with the color red, of course, owing perhaps mostly to the planet itself having a reddish color visible even to the ancients, but also due to blood’s red color and the proliferation of blood and viscera in those matters governed by Mars.

Which association came first? We can’t really say, but both work in synergy today. Bood-red stones like carnelian and ruby are governed by Mars, as is bloodstone. Many of these stones have legends and myths associated with them and the bloodier aspects of human experience, making them apt for channeling the essence of victory that Mars represents. 

Martial plants tend to be those with an immediate and painful effect on the human body - stinging nettles, certain plants with thorns, an other irritants like ghost peppers. These differ from the Saturnian plants, which often include slow poisons, in that Mars doesn’t wait, and you feel the effects immediately.

The Sun

The Sun is the center of our solar system, as any child will tell you. Ancient peoples may or may not have known this, but all were aware of how central the Sun was to life on earth, on an almost instinctual level. It is, after all, rather obvious - the sun is the brightest heavenly body and the most readily-observed. In astrology, it is considered the Great Luminary, and represents the heart of an individual’s true nature. 

Religions and related phenomena that revere it as a symbol of absolute divinity or Spirit exist to this day. The sun’s association with the colors yellow, orange, and (especially) gold is understandable, as is its association with gemstones that glimmer in such shades, such as citrine and the aptly-named sunstone.

Plants associated with the sun usually display at least a passing resemblance to the heavenly body, with radial starburst-like symmetry and often bright yellow blossoms, such as is the case with chamomile and dandelion. Herbs commonly used in cooking, such as bay and rosemary, draw Solar associations, as well, from their relationship to nourishment. 

Certain plants may also have a Solar association due to their tendency to perpetually face the sun, shifting, during the day. Because the sun is associated with all-over health and particularly a cheerful disposition, plants like St. John’s Wort that are said to boost the mood have Solar connotations, as do those which help to maintain an individual’s general wellbeing.

Venus

Venus was an exceedingly bright feature in the sky to our ancient forebears, and its radiant beauty led many cultures to associate it with goddess figures and other godforms with love, fertility, and beauty associations. 

Though it appears a pale yellow dot in our sky, it’s commonly associated with the colors pink and green in terms of mythological correspondence. Green was likely chosen for its association with growth, springtime, and fertility. The pink association may perhaps stem from the planet itself’s tendency to appear amid a pinkish atmospheric glow commonly called the Belt of Venus. Regardless, pink and green both have Venusian associations today, and thus green gemstones (emerald being the strongest example) and pink ones (such as rose quartz) are often used as a conduit for Venusian forces.

Venus is associated with both love and fertility, and thus aphrodisiac plants tend to fall under this planet’s domain, as do plants useful in maintaining physical beauty and the image of health for the individual. Other plants, though, are merely associated with Venus due to their rare beauty or sweet smell, which we humans find attractive and alluring. Not content to merely symbolize connubial, sexual, or otherwise physical fertility, Venus also governs mental and emotional fertility, and thus great art, and works of the imagination, as well. All things of great beauty, however created or found, can be used to connect with Venus.

Mercury

Mercury orbits the sun faster than all other planets, and is also one of the smaller bodies visible to the naked eye. For this reason, the ancients came to associate it with Hermes and later Mercury, swift-footed and highly mutable messengers in their respective pantheons. 

Many find the concepts of Mercury difficult to qualify and grasp, which is fitting given its changeable, quickly-shifting nature. Mercury is often seen as a rather neutral planet, lacking the overtly-positive popular associations of Venus and Jupiter, but without any of the usual negativity that gets thrown around with regards to Mars and Saturn. Still, a force to be reckoned with, Mercury governs many areas of human life, such as communication, learning, and the healing arts.

The color orange is commonly associated with Mercury, perhaps due partially (in my opinion) to orange’s stimulating but not overbearing effects on the human psyche. Certain orange or even yellow gemstones such as yellow jasper have a Mercurial association, though some would likely associate them with the Sun instead. Mercury is, though, of course, almost constantly associated with toxic quicksilver due to that metal’s unusual properties and mutability. 

The herbs of Mercury tend to share the physical characteristics of having a multitude of small seeds, blossoms, or tiny leaves (as is the case with lavender), which mirror the small and swift nature of the planet. Herbs of Mercury, as well, tend to have a strong taste or smell that is neither wholly unpleasant nor necessarily always desirable, and many (such as ephedra) have actual psychoactive effects acting as mild stimulants on humans.

The Moon

If the Sun is to be considered the Great Luminary, then we might think of the Moon, which most strongly reflects its light to us here on earth, as the Lesser Luminary. It is often associated with psychism and magick in general, particularly witchcraft. Beyond that, the power of visualization and imagination is sometimes referred to as “Lunar intelligence.” While Mercury speaks to our powers of logic and reason, the Moon harkens us to dream and envision. 

While ancient perspectives on the Moon were varied, we now know that it emits no light itself, and from this we draw the powerful lesson that the intellect and imagination are necessarily fed and enlivened by the core of the self (in this case, represented by the Sun). For obvious reasons, the Moon is most often associated with the color silver. Sometimes, though, it is associated with the pale violet or lilac hue that often fills the sky at dawn and dusk. Gemstones associated with the Moon tend to be iridescent, such as the aptly-named moonstone, and of course, its metal is silver.

Plants associated with the moon often have a crescent shape or otherwise call to mind the physical aspects of the Moon, such as the silvery color of mugwort or the shape of anise. Plants that bloom at night, naturally, are given a Lunar association, as are those (often the same) which have a rare, sweet scent that fades quickly. Jasmine is a great example of this. Still others (including the aforementioned mugwort) also draw Lunar associations from mild (or even severe) psychoactive, hallucinogenic effects that stimulate the imagination.

In Conclusion…

I hope you found this article helpful, and that it unveils at least some of the mystery behind how traditional correspondences for these seven planets work and where they originate. Please realize (and this is very important) that just because something is considered an herb, sold in a health food or occult shop, or is associated with a particular planet, does not make it necessarily safe for human consumption or even contact. Quicksilver, after all, is long associated with the planet Mercury, but most of us well-know that material to be quite poisonous. 

Please do research before consuming or even using any herbs, regardless of what planet they appear to be a conduit for. Even some gemstones can be poisonous or harmful if consumed in some way. So yes, be careful. And realize, as well, that any association you personally have for a material will necessarily be more important than tradition, so if roses seem Lunar rather than Venusian to you, work within that context.

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anonymous asked:

Any beginner books to recommend? ( a thousand apologies if it's in the FAQ! I'm on mobile, sorry)

General Paganism:

General Witchcraft:

These should help! 

Sirdame Snakes

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anonymous asked:

Am interested , where to begin for a newbie?

Beginner resources:

Wiccan reading list:

Ghost

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 :)

Wand Rundown: How to Use, Care for, and Pick a Wand

for @gingernurcloset

from WitchesLore.com

How to Energize Your Wand

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.

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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!

Tarot for Beginners

This list is a work in progress - if you have any suggestions feel free to send us a message.


A step by step guide to read tarot cards *

Biddy tarot *

Choosing the right deck *

How to ask tarot questions

Teaching Yourself Tarot

Divinations cards PSA

Do Tarot cards tell the future?

Getting to know you (tarot spread for a new deck)

If you can’t afford a deck

Galaxy Tarot - android app

One and three card tarot spreads *

Pamela “Pixie” Colman Smith - artist of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck

PSA for baby diviners

Tarot Beginner Information

Things to ask a diviner when you don’t know what to ask

Tips/Suggestions for having a tarot shop

Tricks to have up your sleeve

Top Ten Tips for Tarot Beginners

Upright and Reversed cards - explanation 

Youtube Divination Lessons Masterpost

3 tips for new diviners

100 variations on the 3-card spread

What to do after a reading/For tarot readers who read too much


UPDATED: 1/29/16

* = link to another site

anonymous asked:

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.

Beginner resources:

Wiccan reading list: 

Hope this helps! 

Sirdame Snakes

Beginner Witchcraft Resources Masterpost

General Information Sites:

- Awake The Witch Within

- Witchcraft 101

- World of Wicca

- Spells For Beginners

- Wings For The Spirit

- Spells and Witchcraft (WARNING this site has autoplay music)

Specialized Witchcraft Sites:

- Explore The Types of Witchcraft

- Sea Witchcraft at Book of Tides

- Water Witchcraft at Witches of The Craft

- Faery Witchcraft at Patheos

- Satanic Witchcraft at Spiritual Satanist

- Herbal Witchcraft at The Smart Witch

- Witch’s Herbal Reference

- Kitchen Witchery at Llewellyn Worldwide

- Traditional Witchcraft

- Hedge Witchcraft

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!

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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:

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.

Deities:

Myths:

I hope these help you to find what you are looking for.

Ghost

Master Post

I went through my blog and found some posts that I thought were useful. There’s not a lot yet, but I’ll keep my resource page updated

Witch Tips/Witchcraft 101

Spells/Potions

Divination

Herbalist Related/Etc

Kitchen Witchcraft

Hellenic Polytheism

Deities/General Polytheism