I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves - to the point of almost parodic encouragement - we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. - Gillian Flynn
🔮Witch Bottle 🔮
~to protect and bless my home, sacred space and self.~ 🌛🌝🌜
•sharp objects to repel negativity and harm away. (Nails, safety pins, thumbtacks, broken glass, etc.)📌
•unakite stone to aid in protection and balance of spell.💎
•strands of hair or nail clipping to infuse self symbolization and power.〰
•myrrh incense to increase power and bind spell.💨
•herbs: mint (protection), heather (peace and attract friendly spirits), sage (cleansing), rowan (home protection and inspiration), rosemary (purification and health), clove (warding negativity), rose (love), lemon verbena (strength and positive attraction).🌿
•black candle for wax to seal. 🕯
“I conjure the, protective herbs and objects, on this day and in this hour, to be a protection and safeguard against all adversity and evil. Protect this house and all who dwell within. As I will it, so mote it be.” 🗝🔮🌛🌝🌜🔮🗝
The “A Series of Unfortunate Events” Netflix series is so ridiculous and so objectively bad, but it’s also completely perfect. I am so satisfied, a word which here means “this show is everything I could’ve asked for and everything my childhood deserved.”
many people, I saw the new Doctor Strange movie in theaters this
weekend. I expected a fun, visually exciting film (which I got); but I
wasn’t expecting a lot of library screen time, so needless to say, I was
pleasantly surprised! Without spoiling anything, the library is the
scene of some important plot developments, and features some very
interesting set pieces, including books chained to a honeycomb-like
sliding rack alongside the more traditional bookshelves.
the sliding rack may not have been recognizable to librarians of old,
the practice of chaining books certainly was. From the Middle Ages to
the late 17th century, books were expensive and precious objects that
weren’t allowed to be removed from the library willy-nilly. However, due
to both their value as objects and as containers of knowledge, books
were under a very real threat of being borrowed for reference and never
returned. Initially, books were kept in large locking chests for
security, but as libraries began to expand, the chests no longer
provided enough room for storage and the books had to be moved onto open
shelves. And so, much like dogs kept on a leash to prevent them from
running off, the books were chained to the shelves.
It is unclear exactly when and where the first books were chained, but the practice caught on all over Europe.The chains were linked to a metal rod that ran the length of the shelf, which meant that in order to reference the books, readers were literally “chained” to the spot! To remedy this, desk areas were often placed in front of the chained shelves, such as these in the chained library of Hereford Cathedral.
There are some lovely examples of chained libraries that survive today, such as that of Hereford and a smaller one in Chetham’s Library in Manchester. If you get a chance, pay one a visit! It’s amazing to see a snapshot of what a medieval reader would’ve been faced with when entering a library. However, if you can’t make it to Europe, at least you can get a peek of the concept and feeling in Doctor Strange!
Cunning Celt’s Beginner Guide #7 Glossary of Common Terms
Altar - an area, typically a desk or table, designated for religious worship. Used by many pagans, witches, and Wiccans, but not all.
Amulet - an object, typically worn, which provides magical protection.
Asperge - a way to flick water around a place. Often by wetting a bunch of herbs and flicking off the water droplets around a room.
Banish - to send away, often a spiritual entity.
Book of Shadows - a journal kept by witches to record their magical and/or spiritual journey. Gardnerian Wiccans refer to the BoS of Gerald Gardner, but many witches keep their own book.
Charge/Charging - imbuing an object with your energy and magical intent.
Circle - a sacred space, drawn both physically and spiritually, which also offers protection during ritual, spell work, and divination. Not used by all witches.
Coven - a group of witches, usually three or more, who join together to work magic, conduct rituals, and/or worship their chosen deities.
Curse - a spell designed to bring misfortune, pain, or malice upon or against another person.
Divination - a technique or method used to predict the future, find a solution to a problem, or communicate with the divine. Many methods exist, such as Tarot, scrying, tea leaf reading, palm reading, etc.
Diviner - a person who practices divination.
Elements - the four spiritual Elements of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire, often talked about with the fifth Element of Spirit.
Enchant - to give an object a magical property or purpose.
Familiar - a spirit, often but not always in animal form, that guides, protects, and helps a witch upon their path.
Grimoire - a ‘magical textbook’. Typically refers to classical medieval grimoires which usually contained instructions on the summoning, binding, and banishing of demons, among other things. These days, many witches refer to their own Book’s as grimoires, to distance and differentiate them from the Wiccan faith.
Grounding - a method of dispersing excess magical energy and/or calming oneself.
Offering - a gift made to a deity or spirit.
Pagan/Paganism - an umbrella term for pre-Christian, nature based religion. Often but not always Euro-centric. Not all witches are pagan, not all pagans are witches.
Poppet - a doll made to represent a person. Typically but not always made of cloth, paper, clay, wood, or wax.
Potion - any food or drink prepared with magical intent. Often but not always edible.
Psychic - a person who has or can have access to information obtained outside the five natural senses. A natural or innate ability, rather than a practiced technique like divination.
Rite - an action, which when performed in conjunction with other rites, form a ritual. E.g. a typical Wiccan ritual might consist of the Rite of Opening Sacred Space, the Rite of Self Blessing, the Rite or Closing Sacred Space, and the Rite of Wine and Cakes.
Ritual - a series of actions performed ceremoniously, typically for religious or spiritual reasons or celebrations.
Sigil - a symbol, drawing, or design created and charged with magical intent.
Shielding - protecting yourself, often using no more than your own magical energy, against psychic/magical attack or negative influences.
Solitary - a witch who works alone.
Spell - a series of actions performed with intent and energy to bring about change. Often but not always involving the uses of herbs, crystals, candles, and chants.
Summon - to call up or bring forth, often a spiritual entity.
Talisman - an object, typically worn, which provides a benefit to it’s wearer, such as love, luck, power, wisdom, etc.
Wicca - a religion, typically following the worship of a goddess and a god, and celebrating the turning of the seasons and the Wheel of the Year. Created, for all intents and purposes, by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s in England.
Witch - someone who practices witchcraft. May be male, female, or any variation thereupon. May be straight, gay, bi, pan, asexual, or any variation thereupon. May be a follower of any religion at all, or of none. May be spiritual, agnostic, or atheist.
Witchcraft - the use and manipulation of energy or magic to create a desired change or effect. Typically through the use of spells, rituals, potions, sigils, etc.
Disclaimer: these are the definitions that I have found found are most commonly used, but are certainly not the only definitions. Many other witches could have many other meanings for these terms. Nor are these the only terms used in the witchcraft community; these are merely some of the more common.
I have included links to Wikipedia articles on some of the terms, which give a good overview of the subject and offer further reading.
people got such a charge from seeing their names in print. proof of existence. i could picture a squabble of ghosts ripping through piles of newspapers. pointing at a name on the page. see, there i am. i told you i lived. i told you i was.
Light the candle, sage, and incense. Pass the object through the incense to cleanse it of any previous energies. State your intent of enchanting the object and its purpose aloud. Pass the object through the incense smoke (air) and candle flame (fire), and sprinkle some salt (earth) and water on it.
Charge it by the light of the full moon for an extra oomph, especially if the object is a crystal/has crystals on it.
A lot of witchcraft seems to be focused on visualisation as a means of imbuing things with magic, energy work seems almost entirely written to suit those who can visualise images. I am extremely tactile, I am a touchy feely person with busy hands so I decided to share how I “enchant” items.
Enchantment in my book means to take an object and make it magical, whether it be a charm, a ward, an agent of the spell itself.
Kissing things - your lips are far more sensitive than your fingers, they are also very close to your nose so you can incorporate smell into this, too. Take the item, and bring it too your lips gently, place a plush firm kiss whilst focusing on planting your into into the item.
Stroking or brushing - I have heard people try knot magic by braiding their hair, my hair is too short for this, but you could start by brushing your hair. Really smoothing it out, deeply brushing hair or even fur is a great way to transfer magic from your mind to the hands to the object, brushing is very therupeutic and could almost be a trance inducing activity. When I had hair I could sit on, it was a wonderful sensory experience to hand brush it after a wash.
You could also feel the surface of your item by smoothing it with you hands, really get to know the texture, let the magic explore the grain of the wood, the crevices in the stone or the cool touch of the metal.
Crumbling something - You could do this with breadcrumbs for kitchen magic or a bath bomb for bath magic (I wouldn’t crumble a bath bomb imo but I have heard some people prefer to do that.) Guide your intent to your hands and let it over whelm the object in your palms.
Stepping on something - This could be very destructive and great for curses.
Walking around it - Walking around an object features a lot in folk lore, perhaps you could use it to slowly build up intent and magical energy within you?
Throwing or juggling - Juggling is a great skill to learn and I can well and truly say kinetic energy is magical very powerful, throwing and catching something in the air until your satisfied is a fantastic way of enchantment, the weight as you catch it in your hand and watching it fly in the air is just fantastic.
Rubbing it to give it body heat - This is very physical, you can feel the warmth you’ve transferred to this object and its very responsive as well.