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Witchy Beginner Guide/FAQ

  I’ve had this blog for about 2 years now, and I’ve noticed that Tumblr has a large population of beginner and often ‘closeted’ witches. Of course, it’s a seemingly perfect place for a sprouting witch to turn to, with an interactive community and boundless fountains of information. I’ve been asked just about every question in the book, and I do my best to answer them. However, there was one question that persisted in my inbox, that I frequently ignored due to the mere vastness of the topic. So, finally, here is my panacea for the swarm of newbie asks.

*This does not mean you cannot ask me questions about these topics! If you feel something wasn’t covered or might be different to your situation, feel free to ask. However, I will probably link you to this if your question is directly addressed.*

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I’m a witch?

The title of a witch is chosen, not born. While certain signs may push you towards a certain diety or spiritual path, the ultimate choice to begin practicing witchcraft is a choice and often happens over time and consideration rather than an all at once ‘initiation.’

Do I have to be Wiccan to practice witchcraft?

Nope! Wicca, or any other religion for that matter, does not own the practice of witchcraft. It is not a closed practice (though certain aspects can be, and are therefor not witchcraft, such as smudging) meaning anyone can practice.

What is paganism?

Paganism, or pagan religions, are religions that are not majorly practiced. It is sometimes used by Christians to identify non-Christians. Paganism is not one religion, but rather an umbrella term for many;.

What are the basic things I need to do a spell?

While Tumblr likes to glamourize spells and the craft with fancy shots of big geodes and perfectly angled teacups, all you really need is intention and your hands. Some easily obtainable things that might help you start are jars, herbs that double as cooking ingredients, candles, notebooks, twigs that double as wands, and boxes. Moon water is a pretty easy first thing to make, and can spice up spells that call for water. In reality, the most important part of a spell is your intention.

Are curses bad?

With the growth of Wicca has come the growth of the term 'white magic,’ and the idea that karma will send your ass to witch hell if you so much as utter poor fortune upon a wrongdoer, let alone use your craft against them. The reality is, no witch should be shamed for their personal choice is magic. Also, for beginners, the terms 'white/black’ magic are associated with racial stereotypes. Try substituting it for negative/positive energy.

How do you start witchcraft?

Just…start. Just go for it. Collect a rock you like on the street, make a potion, read a book about witches. Little things that turn into action. My biggest tip is to start by dedicating a journal to your craft, which will later turn into your Grimoire of sorts, and can help you keep track of your beliefs and how you’ve grown spiritually.

How do you start being Wiccan?

It is popular to start Wicca with an initiation ritual, though not required. Because Wicca is a religion, it’s usually typical to at least do some sort of spell acknowledging and presenting yourself to the deities.

Is Hekate the Wiccan goddess?

Nope. No no! Very common mistake. Hekate isn’t even technically a tri or multiple layered goddess! Hekate also does not aline with Wicca’s core values.

What religion is witchcraft associated with?

None! Witchcraft is an accessory to religions, and belongs to none impartcular.

Top 10 Tips For Beginners

1) There is no singular right or wrong way. Trying to mimic somebody else’s path will only result in dead ends and frustration. Don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never seen done.

2) Don’t force yourself to align with a religion or patron deity. While it may feel comforting to have a god or goddess there for you, if you aren’t prepared to maintain a relationship with one or you don’t really have any interest in them, remember that it’s okay to go solo.

3) Use what you have available. There is no need to spend tens or twenties of dollars on fancy, decorative things. Jars are available for cheap at the dollarstore, and tealight candles are great for starting out.

4) Don’t feel the need to justify your practice with “I only do the positive kind of magic” or “it’s not like…Satanism or anything…” Be confident in your craft. Come out of the 'broom closet’ when you’re ready.

5) Don’t feel like you have to choose to be a 'kind of witch.’ Hardly anyone I know only practices a single 'type’ of magic.

6) Give yourself space to grow. Tumblr makes everything seem awfully black and white, and tiny mistakes can be blown up into death threats. Educate yourself to the best of your ability, acknowledge when you messup, and learn from everything.

7) Spend time in nature! Go hiking, or if you’re a city witch, just take a stroll down the street. Humans are nature. Get outside, is all that matters. Nature is everywhere.

8) Starting a journal to track your beliefs, progress, interests, and attempted spells will make things so much simpler! Plus, it’s fun to look back on when you become more experienced and see how much you’ve changed. The book doesn’t have to be anything fancy. My first was an old composition book.

9) Ask questions. Ask stupid questions. Ask questions you think might be offensive. Bother witches with questions over and over until you get a clear answer.

10) Find magic in the little things, not just grand spells and big holidays or full moons. Find magic in getting dressed, or cleaning, or even driving.

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This is still undergoing some editing and adding to, but I hope it helps someone :)

Much love!

@nature-is-punk

Originally posted by myfoxesandroses

ya’ll for real though, if you don’t own a bathtub and wanna do those “soak in apple cider vinegar” things, get a spray bottle (dollarstore sells ‘em) and put 2/1 ratio of water and vinegar and sit in your shower, lean foreword and let the spray hit your back, and spritz your cooch with the mist and let it soak it in a while before you rinse it

DIY Tropical “Low Poly” Geometric Mural

Altogether, this took about 11 episodes of Lost. 

Supplies used below: 

  • 5x 3in Paintbrushes ($1.48/each)
  • 5x Glidden Flat White Paint 1qt ($8.98/each)
  • >White, Lucious Lime, Splendor Gold, Bella Vista(Blue), Intrigue (Red)1x Ultramarine Blick-brand acrylic paint ($3?) for toning the blue above
  • 4x 1-inch Masking Tape ($5/each)
  • Cheap dollarstore plates for mixing colors.

Before


I looked at a ton of low-poly images before deciding how to paint the triangles.


A bit better view of the colors here. Very tropical!


Before and After, with furniture.

Here are some lessons learned:

  • I probably could have bought sample sized paints and saved $20
  • I should have laid down some newspaper - there were a couple drips of paint (but good thing its just painted concrete, right?)
  • I ran out of blue masking tape briefly and switched to white so I didnt have to go out and brave Irma. Bad idea. Couldnt see my tape at all and slowed me down.
  • I probably would have rather mixed some colors in larger swaths than using plates, but clearly this wasn’t a terrible mistake.
  • Kit: Why are you wearing a crown?
  • Kieran: To let other knows they are in the presences of royalty.
  • Kit: We’re at McDonald’s. And you’re crown is from the dollarstore.
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VEGAN DOLLAR STORE HAUL + EASY MEAL IDEAS (dorm-friendly)

a few tips for the witch on a budget:
  • dollarstore, dollarstore, DOLLARSTORE! they have so much stuff - herbs, jars, incense, flower seeds gardening tools, rocks, sand, candles… I could go on and on. the dollar store will be your best friend! so what if its not fancy stuff, it still works! 
  • utilize plants and flowers native to your area: they will be readily available in forests, rivers, parks, etc. there are lots of powerful things around that you may not even realize
  • sigils! theyre so easy and really don’t require extra purchases here is a really good tutorial on how to make them, and then you can activate them in any way you wish (burn them, erase them, rip up the paper, wash the sigil away, etc.)
  • instead of buying a tarot deck, download an app - theres lots of good ones out there that are available for free! (I use golden thread tarot) 
  • you dont need fancy crystals or altars or herbs or tarot decks or anything really. all you need is you! remember that your power comes from within you and it is stronger the more you access it. Tools simply enhance that, however they are not necessary to witchcraft. You are the magic :) 

The many forms of everyone’s favourite Mugi!

Translations, row by row

Counter Mugi-chan, Shocked Mugi-chan, “Let’s go!” Mugi-chan, Gel-like Mugi-chan, MC Mugi-chan

Entranced Mugi-chan, “Th-this is!?” Mugi-chan, Encore Mugi-chan, Going on a diet Mugi-chan, Not pulling up Mugi-chan (??? [no luck on this one])

Thrash Mugi-chan, Worried Mugi-chan, Dollarstore sweets Mugi-chan, “Sorry” Mugi-chan, Beautician Mugi-chan

Russian Mugi-chan, Waiting for the Tsukkomi (the “straight man” in Japanese comedy routines) Mugi-chan, Sunfish Mugi-chan, Kyoto dialect Mugi-chan, Home Centre Mugi-chan

“I don’t need it!” Mugi-chan, Silkworm Mugi-chan, Sex appeal Mugi-chan, Made Mio cry Mugi-chan, Yuri Mugi-chan

Y’all, gimme that Low Spoon Witch™ positivity

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Support witches who just have a crappy binder or notebook from the dollarstore as their BOS or grimoire. 

Support witches who cant or dont want to write all fancy in their books. Who just quickly scribble down spells and ingredients. 

Support witches who just doodle sigils on sticky notes and slap them on things. 

Support witches that dont have the means to do fancy rituals and just do them by thought and intent. 

Support witches who’s alter is a cluttered mess. 

Support witches who cant afford to buy fancy ingredients or cant get them for other reason and uses what they have. 

Support witches who dont have the spoons to make their own spells, so they use ones others tell them. 

not every witch can be the perfect witch with a flawless BOS, Grimoire, upkept alter, amazing writing and whatever else is expected from them. Let them live. 


plaguey  asked:

Hello! Im going to be in an artist alley for the first time and I've been doing a lot of research. One of the questions I have which I can't seem to find an answer to is how do artists store their prints? Both at home and during the convention to keep them safe?

How exciting! Good luck with your first artist alley!

There’s a whole world of information out there on storing art prints that Google can reveal to you! (Example) That said, a lot of it is targeted for high end art prints. For artist alleys and conventions, your needs are likely more utilitarian, though the same basic ideas apply.

Essentially, you want something that will help keep the prints flat and protect them from exposure (dirt/dust/water/weather elements) and contact with other surfaces/objects that could deform, dent or damage them. Ideally this form of storage is portable and relatively easy to pack - most people don’t transfer their prints from one storage container to another between home and event, it just gets too cumbersome. You also ideally want some way of organizing the prints so that you can find the right one quickly when you’re selling.

The following are a few systems we’ve used and/or seen; you can find pretty much all supplies at your local office supplies shop, dollarstore or art store.

  • Sheet protectors in a binder. Works well for letter-size prints. Another handy thing is that by putting them into individual sheet protectors they’re basically already in packaging that will protect the print from contact with other things! Slip your business card into the back and you’ll have a binder of ready-to-sell prints. (Example) Some people also use the sheet protectors+binder setup for displaying individual sample prints, a bit like a catalog.
  • Expandable/accordion folder. They come in a variety of sizes, and work well for smaller things (e.g., postcard or photo prints, bookmarks, laminated keychains). (Example)
  • Envelopes. Clear poly envelopes are quite popular, available in a number of different sizes (including ones that can accommodate larger prints), and you can separate different prints with a paper/tab insert. (Example)
  • In a box. Appropriate sizes may be provided by the printer if you have a large enough order, and may accommodate some larger sizes (e.g., 11 x 17). Depending on the material of the box, some may be more or less sturdy. Also, this works better if you have more rigid prints (i.e., on thicker cover/card stock).
  • Portfolio. Similar to the sheet protectors in a binder idea, but art portfolios will allow you to accommodate more sizes, and can also be used for display. They’re more expensive than most of the other solutions. (Example)

Depending on your print sizes and also how many you have, some may be more or less appropriate.

At home, depending on your space they could go into a closet, on a shelf or under a bed until you need to drag them out for your next convention.

If anyone has other suggestions, experiences or thoughts, please do share!