christian-witch

Honestly I share so many symptoms of Complex PTSD that I could probably accurately self diagnose myself with it. Honestly, this is why I need shadow work. I need to do some more self healing spells to deal with some of these things I know I’ve repressed.

AHHH the joys of witchcraft as a coping mechanism.

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2016 Full Moon Dates

January 23, 8:46pm Eastern – Wolf Moon
February 22, 1:20pm Eastern – Snow Moon
March 23, 8:01am Eastern – Worm Moon
April 22, 1:24am Eastern – Pink Moon
May 21, 5:15pm Eastern – Flower Moon
June 20, 7:02am Eastern – Strawberry Moon
July 19, 6:57pm Eastern – Buck Moon
August 18, 5:27am Eastern – Sturgeon Moon
September 16, 3:05pm Eastern – Harvest Moon
October 16, 12:23am Eastern – Hunters Moon
November 14, 8:52am Eastern – Beavers Moon
December 13, 7:05pm Eastern – Cold Moon

2016 New Moon Dates

January 9, 8:30pm Eastern
February 8, 9:39am Eastern
March 8, 8:54pm Eastern
April 7, 7:24am Eastern
May 6, 3:30pm Eastern
June 4, 11:00pm Eastern
July 4, 7:01am Eastern
August 2, 4:45pm Eastern
September 1, 5:03am Eastern
October 1, 12:12am Eastern
October 30, 12:38pm Eastern
November 29, 7:18am Eastern
December 29, 1:53am Eastern

2016 Total Lunar Eclipse

March 8, 8:58pm Eastern

2016 Equinoxes & Solstices

Spring Equinox
March 20, 12:31am Eastern

Summer Solstice
June 20, 6:35pm Eastern

Autumn Equinox
September 22, 10:21am Eastern

Winter Solstice
December 21, 5:45pm Eastern

Check out all of my 2016 calendars here!

Here’s to the witches...

The Satanist Witches.  Who are constantly thrown under the bus by witches who don’t want to associate with you because they want people to know they’re not “evil”.

The Atheist/Secular Witches.  Who have trouble finding spells suited to their beliefs because most other witches insist on calling on gods or goddesses. 

The Abrahamic Witches.  Who are constantly told their paths aren’t valid by people of their religion and witches alike.

The Trans/non-binary Witches.  Who have a hard time finding representation in religion and the craft.  Who are excluded from covens solely due to how they were born

To Non-Wiccan Witches.  Who constantly need to remind people that witch is not synonymous with Wicca.  

Y’all are wonderful.  Keep being awesome witches!

Witch Respect

I respect the solitary witches who blaze your own trails, walk your own paths, and listen to your own gods. It can be a lonely, yet rewarding, life. It is not for the faint of heart. From the solitary we can all learn self-reliance and how to listen to our intuition.

I respect the witch who chooses a traditional coven. Whether it is Gardnerian, Alexandrian, reconstructionist, or another group, it requires an intense amount of devotion and time to learn a tradition. You have earned your titles and should be recognized by our community. From the members of groups and covens we can learn patience and determination.

I respect the kitchen witches who fill your homes with magick and tend the hearthfires. With the ancient elements you nourish your family and remind us all of our human history. From the kitchen witch we can all learn how to create magick from the mundane and appreciate the domestic arts.

I respect the hedgewitch who works with the spirits that surround us. It can be exhausting and misunderstood work. You have gifts that can help the living and the dead, and I admire that. From the hedgewitch we can learn how to communicate better and how to see different points of view.

I respect the sea witch who walks along the dunes at night and gathers kelp. The energy of the sea is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of magick, and is recognized in many cultures. From the sea witch we can learn to work in harmony with the elements and listen to the pull of the moon and tides.

I respect the gray witches who do not look at magick in black and white. Within magick, as within life, we are often called upon to use our own judgement in a situation. I do not condemn my fellow witches for not seeing things as I see them. From the gray witch we can learn to examine a situation from many points of view and realize that there are no rules but those we create for ourselves.

I respect witches of all genders and sexual orientation. Each person deserves to feel welcomed and comfortable in our community and does not need any more judgement than they already experience. From these witches we can all learn how to appreciate diversity and to practice tolerance and kindness.

I respect witches who are in tune with their local environment. It is important to learn about the creatures and plants who live near us and you have much knowledge. From these witches we can learn how to look closely at what is around us and how to be aware of the land we live on.

I respect the witches who are new to the craft and starting out. Most are willing to learn from elders and need to be guided by those of us who are older and have more experience. They do not need to be bullied or insulted, for we are all constantly learning. From the new witches we can learn to be teachers instead of judges and should remember the joys and mistakes of our youth.

I respect Christian witches. I support anyone’s personal beliefs. Perhaps we should view these members of the community as bridge builders. With their help we may be able to open doors and cross the divide that has separated the religions. From the Christian witches we can learn that religious tolerance applies to all spiritual paths.

I respect the witches who try to adhere to the paths of your ancestors. It is not easy to do that in the modern era and you are to be treasured. You truly connect the generations and help pass on information that would otherwise be lost. From these witches we can learn to honor our elders and ancestors.

I respect all members of the pagan community who treat others with respect. It is indeed a circle, and each of us is part of the whole.

For all the paths I forgot to mention, I respect them too, and I will probably add to this as the mood strikes me.

Most importantly, respect yourselves.

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Made some fire salts today!
You can use these bad boys instead of an open flame/candle or in any spells that need a little extra ‘heat’ (example:love spells and curses).

Ingredients:
2 parts sea salt
1 part cayenne pepper
1 part chili powder
1 part red pepper flakes

Stir in a small pan over low heat to infuse the essence of the heat/forew into the mix.

Store in a container once cool enough to handle. (Recipe credit goes to @pomegranateandivy)

I truly believe that if Jesus came back today he would surround himself with

  • people of color
  • women
  • anyone who falls under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella
  • people with mental illnesses
  • people with physical disabilities
  • the homeless
  • the poor
  • the lower classes

I get the feeling he wouldn’t be hanging out with your typical upper class, rich, white, evangelical protestant Christians.  But that’s just a hunch

Great Grimoire/Book of Shadows Options

I found this really cool journal maker called Peter Pauper Press, and their website has quite a few ~gorgeous~ leather-bound journals THAT ARE SUPER AFFORDABLE (although for some reason, they release more versions on Amazon, so those are the ones I will link too.)

I personally use one on these, and it’s amazing and the pages are thick and feel lovely to write on.

Here are a few that are some of my favorites, stylistically:

The Celestial Journal

The Cosmology Journal

The Universe Journal

The Versailles Journal

The Obsidian Journal

The Canterbury Journal

The Labyrinth Journal (what I use)

The Classique Journal

The Persian Splendor Journal

The Bordeaux Journal

All of these are great quality, have lightly lined pages, are VERY study & durable…… AND AVERAGE $10!!!!!

manageable witch-things to do (almost) every day:

  • check your grimoire/book of shadows: you don’t have to necessarily add anything to it, but go through it. if yours is physical, run your hands over its pages. press your intentions for it with the tips of your fingers. if you have a digital copy, like i do, you can still press your intentions into it; it just may not be as literal as with a physical copy. just take a moment to appreciate all the work you’ve put into this thing that is entirely yours.
  • make a list of all the things you want to research. you don’t have to go ahead and research them. just keep a running list of things you may want to include in your grimoire or book of shadows at some point. my list includes adding a section on my god, angels, and saints, as well as fleshing out my correspondence tables and creating a section for prayers.
  • make a list of all the things you want to add to your witchcraft collection. this could be things that you want to buy, things you want to find, whatever. this could be tools you want to incorporate into your practice, that tarot deck you’ve been eyeing, plant clippings - whatever. make your witchy wish list and tuck it somewhere safe, but somewhere you’ll remember to check. 
  • make a list of your goals. where do you want to be in your practice? what do you want to achieve? what is the point you’re trying to reach? i like to set big goals and tiny goals and tiny goals that feel big. a tiny goal that felt big to me: writing my first spell. another goal could be making sigils on a regular basis. it could be adding something to your grimoire or book of shadows each week. give yourself tiny goals that work their way up to your bigger goals. 
  • do something to honor your god(s). light a candle, say a prayer, whatever. it doesn’t have to be big or elaborate. we don’t always have the energy for those types of things and that’s okay! 
  • do something kind for yourself. every list i ever write is going to include this. when you don’t have the energy for anything else, do something kind for yourself. take that bath. lay in that bed. take a nap. you can start again tomorrow, it’s okay. and if you still don’t have the energy tomorrow, don’t get down on yourself. you matter, you’re worth it.