crafting magical tools

OK this is for all my Witches and Witchlings.

Don’t let money or tools be the center of your craft.
Don’t wait for the metaphorical planets to align.

Do what you want to or need to do with what you have. Use the three year old candle, the empty jar of yogurt and the half dead potted plant.

Don’t be afraid to do your Craft even if you can’t have 10 tarot decks and four different types of rose quarz.
Clensed and blessed bottle water can be just as effective as rain or river water.

We all want beautiful altars and a dozen self grown herbs for our spells. The problem is, not all of us can have that.
And that’s OK.

You are the center of your magic. What you decide is the most important thing.
You decide if the purple craft glitter represents amethyst or not. You put the magic in the water or the cards or the stone.

Without you there would be no magic.

So please remember, having a lot of different tools is great.
But the most important one, the one that makes everything possible in the first place, is you.

- J. S. Morrigan

Modern Tools for Ancient Arts

Automatic Drip Coffee Maker โ€” The coffee maker not only saves time, but brews flawless infusions, decoctions, and washes. Here are a few tips for using it in magickal efforts:

  • Do not use the same coffee maker to brew both ingestible teas and poisonous liquids. If you plan to use the device for brewing washes that list ingredients unsuitable for human consumption, obtain one solely for that purpose.
  • Between magickal brewings, clean the pot and filter cup with hot soapy water and bleach.
  • When brewing decoctions, place the root or bark in a coffee filter, then close the filter securely by tying it with a string or a rubber band. After the brew cycle, place the pouch in the brew pot and leave it on the warming plate for approximately thirty minutes.

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Tools of the Craft: Runes (Pt. XIV)

Oh, the beautiful working altar! It is a place of magic, with lots of shiny and smelly things on it which make me feel at home. But to the new witch, it can sometimes seem daunting, and even downright scary to look at - almost as if it came right out of some dark fantasy story.

But there’s nothing to be afraid of. Each object on the altar is merely a tool to help visually direct energy. In witchcraft, every tool has its significance and its own symbolism, and it often helps to understand what makes these tools so important. In this series of articles, I will endeavor to lift the shroud of mystery from these tools and assist in helping you understand what each tool is used for, where it comes from, and why we use it.

Runes, Part XIV: Ihwaz, the Rune of Defense

Pronunciation: “Eye-wahz”
Meaning: “Yew tree”
God/dess: Ullr
Element: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water
Tree: Yew

Few runes hold such a huge connection with the tree that corresponds to them. But Ihwaz is linked not only because of its translation but because of what the tree represents. Contrary to the connection to death as a result of the tradition of planting yew trees around grave sites, yew is actually a tree of protection (which is, in fact why the trees were planted in such a way - it’s poisonous, strong, and imposing - a natural wall complete with defenses). As such, Ihwaz holds a similar role in a casting or spread, representing endurance, continuity, and the ability to weather storms while also being able to fight back if needed.

A rune with no reverse, it also represents the cyclical movement we’ve come to recognize with such runes, and so is an important rune to find in your spread, as it can point out moments where change should be accepted and embraced. The only thing that ever stays the same is the fact that everything changes, so it’s important to embrace that.

The converse of Ihwaz is also linked to its defensive properties; it alerts you to moments when your own defenses are dormant and need to be woken, and to moments where dangers can be weathered through with patience and focused effort.

Magick

Ihwaz is the rune that has come to symbolize rune magic as a whole, since it embraces wisdom, protection, and foresight. Use this rune if you feel you are under magical attack or if you feel that you need to create a spell of protection that can also reflect the effects sent to you.

If you feel that you need to focus on developing a better way of defending yourself - maybe the need for wisdom to know the right thing to say in your defense, or perhaps need protection in terms of legal battles - incorporate Ihwaz into spells to enhance that effect.

Don’t disregard Ihwaz’s connection to yew, either. If you work spells which call for yew wood, consider incorporating Ihwaz into it, either by carving or burning the rune into the wood. This works especially well for stangs or wands.

In Conclusion…

Change is not something we should fear. It’s something we need to embrace, and sometimes something which can threaten us. It’s best to accept the changes that come our way, but when conflict comes calling, one must be ready to defend herself. As such, we must be ready to bend and snap back to where we were, and be ready to be the impenetrable yew tree that we need to be in order to weather the storm. Always the case with change, the storm will pass and we can grow into the transformation that comes with it.

Ihwaz reminds us that while it’s great and encouraged to stand our ground and defend ourselves, we should always do so with wisdom. Is this wall a wall of bitter stubbornness, or is it a defense against that which threatens those it is protecting? It’s always best to consider the situation as a whole.

Blessed Be! )O(

Witchy shop owners!!

I’ve reached out to a few of you and am waiting to hear back from some, asking if you would be interested in joining a discord server specially for shop owners to share tips and tricks and build some connections!

I’m looking for more so if you have an etsy/storenvy/witchy store in general please feel free to message me!

Tools of the Craft: Runes (Pt. XXVI)

Oh, the beautiful working altar! It is a place of magic, with lots of shiny and smelly things on it which make me feel at home. But to the new witch, it can sometimes seem daunting, and even downright scary to look at - almost as if it came right out of some dark fantasy story.

But there’s nothing to be afraid of. Each object on the altar is merely a tool to help visually direct energy. In witchcraft, every tool has its significance and its own symbolism, and it often helps to understand what makes these tools so important. In this series of articles, I will endeavor to lift the shroud of mystery from these tools and assist in helping you understand what each tool is used for, where it comes from, and why we use it.

Runes, Pt. XXVI: The Blank Rune

The blank rune is neither traditionally part of the Elder Futhark nor part of traditional rune divination with this set. However, since the 1960′s (and possibly as early as the 16th century), the blank rune has occasionally been used. Many who work with the Elder Futhark (including myself) feel that it’s rather superfluous, but I’ve included it in this series because some - especially those just getting started in rune divination - prefer or benefit from having a blank in their set.

In this case, the blank rune should be used entirely based on intuition. Consider its placement in a casting, and what in means in relation to other runes nearby. The blank rune can also be ascribe to Odin or to Fate, indicating that matters are out of the hands of the recipient of the reading.

Because the blank is the absence of a rune, it has neither a reverse nor a converse. It also doesn’t really have any use in magic outside of divination, either, due to it being a blank surface.

In Conclusion…

The blank rune is included in most rune sets as a spare or for those who maintain its use in divination. While many don’t use it, feel free to do so if you feel the need to.

As we’ve completed our journey through all of the runes in the Elder Futhark, we will be taking a look into how to use these runes next week. Here on the blog, that article will be under my Practical Magic header. In the Circle on Facebook, it will continue to be part of the Runic Friday series. The week after, we will begin looking into another rune set: Ogham!

Blessed Be! )O(

Painted a beach stone I’ve found to use as a palm stone to help ease my worries when I am feeling stressed or anxious by “washing them away” like the waves of the Sea under the Full Moon. Will bless with Full Moon water and Sea water once it dries and will leave out to charge during the next Full Moon as well.

Tools of the Craft: Runes (Pt. III)

Oh, the beautiful working altar! It is a place of magic, with lots of shiny and smelly things on it which make me feel at home. But to the new witch, it can sometimes seem daunting, and even downright scary to look at - almost as if it came right out of some dark fantasy story.

But there’s nothing to be afraid of. Each object on the altar is merely a tool to help visually direct energy. In witchcraft, every tool has its significance and its own symbolism, and it often helps to understand what makes these tools so important. In this series of articles, I will endeavor to lift the shroud of mystery from these tools and assist in helping you understand what each tool is used for, where it comes from, and why we use it.

Runes, Pt. III - Uruz, the Rune of Strength

Pronunciation: “Oo - rooz”
Meaning: “Aurochs”
God/dess: Thor, Urdl
Gender Concept: Masculine
Element: Earth
Tree: Birch

Uruz is the rune of masculinity and strength. Its translation is “Auroch” which refers to the giant wild oxen that went extinct in Europe in the early 17th century. Like the ox, it reflects strength of body and strength of spirit. It is a rune of freedom and raw power, as well as male sexual potency. It implies a coming challenge leading to a significant change in your life.

In divination, Uruz reminds us about both the strengths and dangers of creativity. It is a rune marking independence of thought and physical health, as well as asserting one’s self. As a rune of healing, it reflects energies that restore and regenerate, casting out the corruption of illness and restoring the body to its original blueprint. In your castings, it may also represent the ability to take responsibility for your actions and your ability to control your aggression.

When reversed, Uruz reflects ill health or weak mental fortitude. There is failure to think clearly, signs of weakness, or possible threats to you or your position.

Cast converse, Uruz means that you have hidden strengths that must be realized. If easy and obvious opportunities appear, don’t leap for them blindly, as they are deceptive and not helpful.

Uruz reminds us that we have the strength within us to realize our dreams, but that in this strength there is responsibility. Strength isn’t something to use as a weapon over others, but as a weapon to stop others from lording over you. Use it to stay focused and keep yourself from being knocked down. Don’t let negativity upset you - master yourself and find the strength to succeed!

Magick

In magic, Uruz is ideal for empowerment spells and male fertility spells. If you feel you’re struggling with something and want to work a spell, carve Uruz into your candles or incorporate it into your cooking (I can see Uruz being particularly useful when cooking proteins and meaty foods).

For male fertility, use Uruz on candles or in food… If you’re a hands on kind of person, you can use oil or lubrication before sex on the shaft or head of the penis to draw Uruz so as to promote duration, passion, and masculinity between the sheets.

In addition, use Uruz in healing spells. If you’re a vapo-rub kind of person, use the cream to draw Uruz before rubbing it into the skin. Same can be done with oils for healing.

Similarly, if you wish to make someone struggle with thinking clearly, or you want to turn a threat back on someone else, use the Uruz reversal.

In Conclusion…

Like the ox, we are capable of great strength if we just set our minds to the purpose. Uruz is the reminder to use that strength to the best of our abilities, but with the wisdom to use it for the right reasons. When I consider this rune, I get a strong sense of raw power - the kind of which reasonably applies to Thor and even to the Morrigan and Lugh. Uruz is both warlike and utilitarian depending upon its use, and is an excellent rune for various magics!

togpie222  asked:

If that match up thing is still going on, just a short, heavy set, be-spected bread winner poking in to see. My family and dear friends are really the most important thing to me, though I really do enjoy/NEED my personal space and alone time. I'm a bit of a craft/tool based magic user and most of my mind is taken up by millions upon millions of incomplete stories and characters. Stories and ideas are my breath and blood.

I ship you with…..

Death. The eldest horseman respects your devotion to your own family, being a family-oriented being himself. The two of you crave your own space and you’re very understanding when you need to be alone for a while. He’s not intrusive at all and doesn’t get angry if you don’t feel like being around him all the time. 

Best friends with Jamearah the Scribe. He spends his entire life chronicling events, things that have passed and those which haven’t yet. Stories are the lifeblood that flows through his veins. He happily encourages you to finish some of the stories that rattle around in your own head and he makes for an avid audience. 

Warning: Impending Rant

Okay.

I have been studying and practicing magic for well over two decades at this point in my life. I love it, I live it, it is essentially the lens through which I experience life.

A few years ago I decided to take a part of this love, namely my love for crafting magical tools and apothecary items, and share it with the world as a business.

This has offered many blessings, and quite a few banes as well.

See, once you make it known that you are a spiritual worker and that you are willing to take clients, people often treat you as though you haven’t anything better to do than sit attentively listening while they unload their life struggles on you without solicitation.

You listen, you ask questions, AND THEN when you tell them that there is a fee for the services you offer, whether it be consultation, readings, products, or work, they either disappear, or want you to consult for free.

Time and experience cost money.

This is true of practically ANY profession. Does your doctor, lawyer, therapist, or professor do what they do for free? HELL NO!

Then why the fuck should I?

I have spent years of study and experience to hone my knowledge and skill set.

Additionally, I am not a full time professional practitioner. I have a forty hour a week job, a family, friends, social obligations, and a shop to run which requires work in order to provide for my clients and customers who actually pay.

So when a person wants to lay all of their worry at my feet and then look at me wide-eyed, entitled, and expecting me to invest the time and energy to not only educate them, but come up with a game plan for solving all of their woes in one fell swoop (something next to impossible), it tends at to piss me off and offend me.

I am not your priest. I am not your BFF. I am not your personal savior.

I am a magical practitioner who sincerely loves his work and his clients.

However, a client to me, is a person who sees value in what I offer and behaves in kind.

If a person shows no regard for this then they are no more entitled to my time than any stranger on the street.

It seems the busier I become the more I attract these types. And the busier I become, the less tolerance I have for them.

End Rant

(Bear in mind that this isn’t directed at anyone in particular. There are followers out there who have asked me questions very politely and patiently. These are not the people I am speaking about. This isn’t Tumblr specific.)