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Hello Witches! I’ve decided to start a weekly Withing Paper. Here I’ll feature interviews with witches, and sometimes mine and other witche’s takes on issues within the community, along with spells here and there.

This week, we’re interviewing Tumblr’s own Starborn-Witch! So without further ado!


Name: Amy

Age: 35

Type of witch: Eclectic, but my main focuses are Cosmic Witchcraft, Death Witchcraft (including LOTS of spirit work), and Sea Witchcraft, though I incorporate various paths when I see fit without appropriating practices that are closed to me, of course :)

Favorite color: Blue!! I love any shade though I’m quite partial to aqua ♡

wind-and-wing

When you first became a witch did you mix different path’s together right away, or did it take you some time?

starborn-witch

I definitely started out as eclectic, though at first I only used to identify as a cosmic witch. I was doing spirit work at the same time and already incorporating sea magic right from the get-go. It just seemed easier to keep it simple and identify as one thing. Now I don’t care as much about having one label. It’s better that way for me because then I have some freedom to explore!

wind-and-wing

Do you incorporate witchcraft in your day to day life? Any little rituals in the morning or evening or while cleaning?

starborn-witch

I do! I use magic for just about everything. There are quite a few things that may be considered mundane that I have found ways to make magical. For instance, I’m about to get in the shower now, but it’s not just a shower for me; it’s a daily cleansing ritual that can be quite powerful, despite its simplicity.

My daily witchy practices include:

  • Calling in the 4 cardinal directions when I wake up in the morning and before I go to sleep at night.
  • Daily tarot draws.
  • Ancestor spirit offerings and offering to other spirits I work with.
  • Pendulum divination.
  • Spirit work in the form of automatic writing.
  • Spirit work using ethically sourced animal bones.
  • My cleansing shower ritual.
  • Working out with intent to cleanse my body of toxins, as well as negative energy while I sweat it out at the gym.
  • Adding intent to my food and drink via sigils.
  • Adding intent to literally anything by drawing sigils.
  • Using books as divination tools (flipping to a random page).

wind-and-wing

So you’ve told me about your day to day Witchcraft, what about ceremonial? Do you break out the taper candles, cauldron, and robe that much, or is that a special occasion thing (if at all!)?

starborn-witch

I actually LOVE ceremonial magic and have definitely gone pretty “full out” with some of my spells and rituals, but it doesn’t happen as often as I would like because I’m a spoonie.

 I have done some pretty badass rituals pulling out all the stops, minus the robe, though. I have a cloak on my amazon wishlist for just that purpose. When I’m not broke I intend to buy it and it will probably motivate me to do more ceremonial magic because I know I’ll want to live in it, ha ha!

I should mention that it’s my own form of ceremony, though. I’m not a Thelemite or ritual magician by any means, I just love the concept and I suppose I add my own eclectic spin to it. It’s definitely not “by the book”.

wind-and-wing

Haha. That sounds so badass and awesome! What’s your favorite ritual that you’ve done thus far? You don’t have to go too into detail if you don’t like.

starborn-witch

Thanks! My very favorite so far is a Jovian prosperity ritual that I crafted myself. It was performed over the course of 3 nights, starting the night before the full moon, on the full moon, and the day after.

It was very effective in that my student loan was discharged the following week and that over 14,000 dollars I no longer have to pay back! I’ve been thinking about publishing it on my blog for others to perform if they want to, but it was quite involved an not “low spoons” at all so it might be a bit much for my followers. I’m still thinking about it :D

wind-and-wing

Holy cow! I would sure as hell love to see that spell! But I notice that you’ve mentioned spoonie witches and being a spoonie yourself. What does being a spoonie mean to you, and how does it affect your craft?

starborn-witch

It definitely affects both my daily life and my craft because I often don’t have the energy (whether physical, emotional, or mental) to do the things that I want to do, let alone some things I need to do. There are days where I can’t get out of bed, so I might just blog instead or read something witchcraft related to keep up with my practices. Then there are days where I have physical energy, but it’s a bad mental health day due to any one of my several disorders.

Being in bad headspace can affect everything for me and even lead to physical symptoms of illness if I’m not careful.

The cool thing about being a spoonie witch, is that magic helps me immensely, even on a bad day! Witchcraft has given me so many ways to cope with the shit life throws my way in that there’s always something magical

wind-and-wing

It sounds like being a spoonie has its own set of magical powers. Do you have any advice for any other spoonie witches out there? Or any other witches at all that need help getting the gumption to do their practice?

starborn-witch

Absolutely! Being a spoonie is frustrating for many reasons, but witchcraft can be so beneficial as a coping skill.

My advice to other spoonies would be not to get discouraged by limitations.

Of course, there are going to be practices that may be challenging or downright impossible for a spoonie to do, but this can be motivation to be creative and resourceful with one’s magic.

Witchcraft doesn’t have to be super elaborate to be effective.

Here are some examples of my own low spoons magic:

  • Drawing my ‘anti self-harm’ sigil on my body with a non-toxic marker instead of cutting.
  • Wearing fun socks that correspond to my intent (i.e. I wear my Sailor Venus socks when I feel like I could use some self-love).
  • Wearing a particular color of clothing to infuse my intent.
  • Using my ‘banishing bin’ spell when I’m having intrusive thoughts.
  • Placing a crystal on my forehead to help relieve headaches.
  • Making tea with herbs that correspond to my intent.
  • Using glamour magic to help me cope with random hair loss from autoimmune issues.
  • Drawing sigils in/over my food when I’m struggling with my ED.
  • Doing spirit work in bed.
  • Reading tarot or doing pendulum divination in bed.
  • Writing gratitude lists.
  • Taking cleansing baths/showers.

and honestly, probably a lot more than that. I’m spacing I can send you links to the anti self-harm sigil, the banishing bin, and the hair glamour. I’ve published those spells on my blog so I don’t mind sharing.

wind-and-wing

Is there any message you’d like to give to any and all witches who read this?

starborn-witch

Becoming a witch has been extremely empowering for me.

One of the best things about witchcraft, in my opinion, is how DIY it is.

I love that I can craft spells to help with any number of things life throws my way. As witches, we can incorporate as much, or as little into our practices as we choose.

One of my suggestions for new witches is- don’t feel like you have to do anything you don’t want to do in your craft. It’s also best not to compare one’s craft to another, as we all have different strengths and weaknesses.

I know for me personally that I am always learning new things and expanding my creativity with every new spell I create.

Explore different practices and paths until you find watch suits you. Its okay to have more than one path, too. Just be mindful of appropriation as there are many traditions and paths that require initiation or are from different cultures that aren’t open everyone.

Ultimately, your intent is the most important thing, so you do what works best for you.

wind-and-wing

Tell us something totally mundane about yourself. Let us see a bit of Non-Witchy Amy. The girl behind the pointed hat.

starborn-witch

The most mundane thing I can think of the fact that I’m a US Navy Veteran. There was certainly nothing witchy about my time in the armed forces, ha ha! Most people are pretty surprised to find out I served because I’m not really the military type, but it certainly taught me a lot about life and I learned a lot about myself, too.

There are other mundane things, of course. But that’s the one that really strikes me as non-witchy, ha ha!

wind-and-wing

Wow! Thank you for your time. My grandfather is a purple heart vet, so I respect you all so much. It’s extra close to my heart.

starborn-witch

Aww, thank you so much for sharing that with me! And thank your dear grandfather for his service, that is quite the sacrifice to make!!

wind-and-wing

No problem! Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Amy! It was great and I loved getting to know more about you as a witch and as a person

starborn-witch

You’re so welcome! Thank you for taking the time to do this!! I’m excited to see your interviews!


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Happy New Year’s, lovelies! We’ve finally made it through 2016, thank goodness! Needless to say, 2016 has been rough.. But that’s not what I want to focus on right now. 

For all the tough times, for all the lost finals (that never happened!!!!), it has been such pleasure to meet and get to know more of you. It has been such a relief and comfort throughout this year to log in and “hang out” with you all. Whether it was liveblogging matches, or silly memes, or whatever was going around, I have appreciated it so much. I don’t really know how to thank you all for that.. I suppose this is the best I’ve got for now. The point is, when I talk about how important football is to me, know that you all are a vital part of that. And holy cow, I’m so grateful to know you. 

Before I get to everyone else though, I have to give an extra big shout out to @itsaporcupine and @onceuponalany who welcomed me so warmly to @dailyfrancent this year. I have loved so so much helping out with the blog and talking with you both and sharing our love for les Bleus. It’s honestly meant the world to me. Not to mention that you’re both two of the kindest people I know and I don’t think I could ever thank Hugo enough for indirectly introducing us <3 I love you both so much! Bonne année, mes belles !

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