plenoptic07  asked:

Hey Celt, could you help a beginning Celtic (read: white) witch out? I'm wondering if you've identified magical practices that have been really obviously (or subtly) appropriated by white witches that I need to be sure to avoid? I don't want to invade any closed spiritual/cultural spaces.

The really obvious one that springs to mind is smudging. Smudging is part of closed Native American practices, that involve a lot more than simply burning sage, which you’re not privy to unless you’ve been initiated in that culture. For those of us that are not part of that culture, what we do is smoke cleansing, or ‘censing’ if you’re after a more esoteric term for it.

Followers, any other appropriated practices to watch out for?

What  plants can be used for smudging /healing?

‘Sage’ of (all kinds), cedar, juniper, sweet grass and lavender are plants that are used to make ( sticks) (smudging bundles) for removing negative energy, from  spaces, sacred items and also for healing.

With all the energies moving in and around your home its a great time to set the stage with a quick cleansing. Smudge the entryways and corners with sage, sweetgrass, juniper, or cedar. You can also asperge (sprinkle) with salt water moving counterclockwise from one room to the next. As you work repeat the following:
May the winds inspire you
earth protect you
water heal you, and
fire always warm the hearth
As you move through the space, clap your hands to disperse old, stagnant energy, then use a bell or rattle to welcome fresh, sacred energy. If you have one or more sleigh bells, they’re perfect for this Midwinter cleansing.

Since it is believe, in many cultures, that the plants we use to burn and purify ourselves provides us with access to their soul and power, it is essential that people ask  permission before gathering these plants. To take only what you need without damaging the plant and give thanks for what  you take. ‘My advise is to learn how to grow your own ‘healing plants’ and then use them however you wish’. (Recently I was given some  fresh picked ‘Juniper and cedar’ sticks. they smelled so awesome and I like using them in my house for cleansing)… 

‘Remember if you do not pick these plants yourself, know that someone else did that for you and that you could still give thanks for the life of those plants and the people who did pick them’.  Smudge is not an incense.   Don’t buy smudge sticks from health food stores or from anywhere that you can’t be sure the sacred plant was not treated respectfully  from seedling to harvest, as these are sacred herbs/plants. Please don’t abuse the plant.

image: source from my stumbleupon gif  (2008)

Signs as girlfriends

Aries: the girlfriend who teases you lovingly and plays with your hair a lot, she’ll buy you flowers tons. You’ll notice she tends to always having something burning (ex incense, candles, sage.)

Taurus: the girlfriend who has books and books of pressed flowers, her room is filled with plants. She loves earthy toned colors and her smile is the most beautiful thing ever. She’ll make you feel celestial.

Gemini: the girlfriend who’s not into pda but will smother you when you two are alone, she will give you little gifts and compliment you tons.

Cancer: the girlfriend who wears light colors, she loves dancing (but only when she thinks she’s alone.), she’ll give you nose kisses and call you cute. Loves picnics.

Leo: the girlfriend who’ll make sure everybody knows you two are dating, she’ll probably beat you in sports. She has luminescent eyes and an stunning smile.

Virgo: the girlfriend who is always wondering how you’re doing and what you’re thinking, often very insecure but only due to over thinking. She’ll help you with whatever she can. Much like Aquarius she’ll always want to be touching you.

Libra: the girlfriend with soft lips and a cherry blossom heart, she loves picking flowers and will probably kiss you loads. Loves pda but won’t admit it.

Scorpio:  the girlfriend who loves intensely, she has beautiful eyes and a smirk that’ll knock you off your feet.

Sagittarius: the girlfriend who’ll take you on adventures (even if that’s just going to the grocery store at two am), she’ll hold your hand and yell at anyone who’s rude to you.

Capricorn: the girlfriend who takes you over to the river to paint rocks, she’s not very passonite butll always make sure you know how much she loves you. Which is a whole lot.

Aquarius: the girlfriend who will let you know when you’re wrong, and will beat you in both sports and debates. She’s got beautiful eyes and soft hair. She’ll always want to touch you, and you’ll always want to be touched by her.

Pisces: the girlfriend with warm hands and an even warmer smile. She loves nature walks and visiting pet shelters. Please be soft with her, she’s a good one.

Could you guys please stop passing around the article about the Xicana woman being arrested for burning sage. She is not connected to any Indigenous nation or community. It is very unlikely that if she did find her people that they would have burned sage, most Indigenous Peoples of Mexico do not. Her claims that burning sage is part of her “Native American/Indigenous spirituality” is homogenising. It is appropriating from Northern Nations.

She appropriates my language on her social media with a phrase that is made up, bastardised, incorrectly translated and made popular by New Agers. It goes along with that whole “Hunab Ku”/”cosmic butterfly” thing.

Please look deeper into stuff like this. It is an extremely widespread problem and when people who do this cause big problems Indigenous folks of Mexico and other parts of LatAm get pushed even further away from resources and support.

I really don’t want to put more energy into this right now. I was really hoping that I would see some questioning of the situation or discussion but I haven’t so I felt I had to address it. I am just really worried with all the hype going around about it and with her wanting to fight it in court and claiming its part of her “Native American/Indigenous spirituality” how it will look if and when these things are brought up when there is so much attention on it.

Cleansing Mist Recipes

this cleansing spray is great for either cleansing your altar or sacred space, especially when you are not able to burn sage or incense.  

What you’ll need:

  • A 4-ounce bottle with a fine-mist setting. i personally use glass bottles, because essential oils can eat through plastic.
  • Optional 1-ounce alcohol; Vodka works fine. (dont use isopropyl or rubbing alcohol) the alcohol gives the spray a longer shelf life.
  • 2 ½ ounces of distilled water.
  • Essential oils, preferably organic see recipes below 

keep in mind that If you don’t have one of the oils called for you could substitute it with something different, or leave it out all together. Feel free to play around and get creative. if you find a mixture isn’t strong enough you can always add more oil. 

Altar 1

  • 4 parts Frankincense
  • 3 parts Myrrh
  • 2 parts Sage
  • 2 parts Rosemary 
  • 1 part Lavender

Altar 2

  • 5 drops Sandalwood 
  • 2 drops Cedar Wood 
  • 1 drop Dragon’s Blood
  • 1 drop Lemon 


  • 4 drops Frankincense 
  • 3 drops Myrrh 
  • 2 drops Sandalwood
  • 3 drops Bay
  • 1 drops Cinnamon 
  • 2 drops Rose 
  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 3 drops Rosemary 

Citrus Cleansing 

  • 1 drops Lemongrass 
  • 2 drops Lemon 
  • 3 drops Orange
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Frankincense

Full Moon

  • 3 drops Rose 
  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 2 drops Sandalwood 
  • 2 drops Myrrh


  • 4 drops Ylang-ylang 
  • 1 drop Ginger 
  • 1 drops Rosemary 
  • 2 drops Rose

Peaceful Calm 

  • 3 drops Rose
  • 3 drops Lavender 
  • 1 drop Mint