heritage witchcraft

Things that make me feel witchy

Films

Coraline

Corpse Bride

Beetlejuice

Alice in Wonderland (IDEK why)

Books

Anything by Terry Pratchett!

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (seriously, read these books omg)

TOLKIEN!

Anything written in an old, or antique book. I have a version of the Arabian Nights from 1907 (it was my great grandad’s) and it’s beautiful.

Random Stuff

Taking a walk after it’s rained

Hearing crows

Graveyards at night

Old castles or houses (if you’re in England get an English Heritage subscription, and a National Trust one if you can. Cheap/ sometimes free entry into HUGE grounds and historical places.

Tea in a cup and saucer from a tea pot

Antique shops

Thunderstorms

Listening to people speaking gaelic (especially my dad, he has the perfect Irish accent it’s great)

Old Libraries (have you seen the one in York?????? I mean look at this!!!!!

people in York should be happy af. 

Pale white witch bitch with black hair dyed green
Black lipstick seeps through the cracks in your mouth, green juice lingers on your tongue
Burn sage to black, claw your painted fingernails, clutch your crystals:
No amount of colour will exorcise the white from your feminism.
Do not cross into the realm where our fires burn and cauldrons bubble
We have no @smallspells of your new age
Our potions we uphold through millennia
Halud and badam, cinnamon and cardamom
Thick sweet moon milk drips from our yellow-stained lips.

Poem by Urvija Banerji

Illustration by Christina Chung

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I wanted to share her on her own here. She is a Chinese folk doll. She was the first thing I saw when I went into the thrift store last night, after having a rather rough week. I immediately picked her up right away. She radiated a beautiful watery energy. I turned her over to see if there are any markings and there is a sticker stamped with red Chinese characters. I was only able to read the first one, 水, which means water. I didn’t know what the second character was, even though it looked familiar to me (my Chinese is at a really basic level only). Regardless, I paid for her (she was $6.99, note that in my own work with water, things tend to come in 3′s) and went home. This morning, still bothered by not knowing what the second character is, I decided to try looking it up. I was having a hard time and I started to cry because I got upset at myself for barely knowing my mother tongue of my heritage. I took a deep breath and asked my ancestors to help me. I tried again and success! I was able to find the second character, 族, which has several meanings, such as race, ethnicity, nationality and clan. So 水族 means “Water Tribe”. At this point, I start bawling my eyes out. Some of my ancestors are water folks, they lived by the waters, such as rivers and the sea, they were fishermans, sailors, known for their friendliness. I have been trying for the past while to work more of my heritage into my practice and this couldn’t have been more perfect, as some of my ancestors would have also been practitioners of magic and I know for certain, a large part of their practices and magic revolves around nature worship and ancestor veneration. Thank you ancestor spirits for always guiding me. Just as you never gave up when you were constantly exiled and treated as outsiders, I will never give up to carry on our traditions and ways. Thank you so much.

Edit to add: This is probably the most important and close to my heart post I have ever written. Thanks for all the support. ♥♥♥

Okay witches, check this out: It is totally fine to learn from and appreciate other cultures and practices, but not okay to appropriate them. Like, maybe a Native American shaman can teach you how to perform a proper smudging, but that doesn’t mean you can call on their ancestors to help you out. Like, you got your own ancestors; use them. Maybe a Voodoo practitioner can teach how to make a gris gris bag, but that doesn’t mean you know how to contact their deities and show them the proper respect. The point I’m trying to make is that you can appreciate without appropriating. Just respect the cultures and heritage of other people.

Okay so this devolved into bloodshed and gore really quickly 😂 I hadn’t originally planned on making DarkBetty/ Betty look like a heart-eater. It was just supposed to be her bloody fingernails, but then I added the witchy flying ponytail and blood and here we are.

A stray thought: what if they don’t introduce Sabrina in Riverdale but Betty is the one who ends up discovering her witchcraft heritage?

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February 2015 : Altar

So I decided I would stop torturing you lovely people with awful potato quality photos via my ipod, and crack out the actual camera for an actually nice photo of the altar. 

I’m leaving for home for a week so I often clean the altar up abit. This time I moved things around, and I actually got around to taking photos of the candle sticks I painted, with the “Abundance & Beginnings” sigils.

I didn’t want to leave any food offerings so I left some dried ones as well as a couple pieces of jewelry that I want to sort of “stew’ there. 

So breaking it down, some of the new stuff you see is the little glass skulls holding the Juniper and Rowan, and my "Old horn” which was a branch / root that my sister gave to me, which I’ve been using in place of a stang ( as the one I have is not here and is far to large for convenience ). Then I’ve got my grandfathers knife, a bell, and moth over in the corner there. ( Still no eyes yet :( but I’m hoping to find some suitable ones soon ).

Anyways, thanks for showing interest and appreciation when it comes to my altar. I know I’m quiet happy with it, even if it comes off as a bit flashy. 

What is Fairy Faith?

Fairy Faith are folkloric traditions and practices that interact with an enchanted class of creatures that live in a realm connected to ours with some cross over between.

People of most any religious or even an areligious belief system can practice fairy faith.

A partial list of fairy faith tradtions and well known teachers and authors regarding:

  • Feri Witchcraft (Victor and Cora Anderson, T Thorn Coyle’s-early work) 
  • Pop Culture Fairy Faith (Brian Froud, Amy Brown …)
  • UnderWorld Faery Traditions (RJ Stewart and Orion Foxwood)
  • Heritage Witchcraft (Ari Devi and Grayson Magnus)
  • Cornish Pellars (Gemma Gary and Jackdaw)
  • Folklore based traditions 
  • Sabbatic Witchcraft (Daniel Schulke and Nigel Jackson’s early work)

So, what exactly does Fairy Faith involve?

To put it simply, it involves fairies. Some traditions focus solely on fairies, but others may only have fairies as a part of a greater number of beliefs and practices. 

An important note to make is that a Fairy Faith isn’t always in itself a religious practice. There are traditions that incorporate Fae into their magical practices or every day lives in a non-religious way. It may also be incorporated into other religious practices and beliefs as well.

Faith:

1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”this restores one’s faith in politicians”

2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

3. a system of religious belief.plural noun: faiths

“the Christian faith”

4. a strongly held belief or theory.

Fairy faiths and practices differ from specific tradition and individual/group. Some focus heavily on the teachings from historical folklore and books (such as The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans-Wentz), while others focus on the personal experiences and teachings they learn from their interactions with the Fae. And others continue living traditions of Fairy Faith going back generations.

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A special thanks to spiritscraft​ for taking the time to help edit this short article <3 

anonymous asked:

Would you be able to tell me what tools traditional witches use? You don't have to of course it's just when I google it I only find Wiccan sources and I don't know how traditional they are.

I answered this question about a week ago, here. I’ll add to it a bit though, just because it’s an interesting topic and it highlights a few important points in traditional witchcraft. 
Unlike Wicca, traditional witchcraft isn’t a structured religion. Wicca has strict traditions that it adheres to as far as tools and rituals go. 
Traditional witchcraft is a very large umbrella term for a vast number of traditions, lineages, and heritages. 
Witchcraft from (or inspired by), let’s say Wales for example, that predates the spread of Wicca, would be considered traditional witchcraft. 
Just the same, there are larger or more popular traditions, like Feri and Cultus Sabbati, that are a part of traditional witchcraft as well. They have their own approach to deities, tools, concepts, etc. 

Essentially, the craft of a traditional witch is extremely individualized. It matches their own ancestry, in both blood and witchery. What lands did they learn from? What witchcraft stuck with them? 
There are no required tools, though tools are highly suggested because they help. 
I personally use a dealgan (Scottish drop spindle) quite a bit. I think I only know one other traditional witch who also uses a drop spindle. Even then, we use it differently, and we use different spindle variants. 
It’s a tool that I connect with, that I find important to my practice, and that assists me in all sorts of witch work. 

I mentioned before that Wicca and traditional witchcraft share a lot of the same tools, and that’s because when both movements were shaping up, they looked at the same sources and interpreted them differently. 
Just as an example, in Wicca, the black handled knife is called the Athame. It’s a tool for directing energy. In ceremonial magic, if was originally a tool for threatening and coercing spirits. Traditional witchcraft maintains the same use for it as the original context. 

Are the tools of Wicca traditional? Very. Inside of Wicca, they have their own traditional uses. Outside of Wicca, they have an even longer history of uses in other kinds of traditions. Sometimes, they’re used for different purposes, are given different symbolism, and sometimes they’re omitted entirely. 

Like I said before, traditional witches follow their cultural and familial roots. The tools found in the hands of the witches of those lands often finds its way into their hands. It’s all unique to the witch. 

How tradition is passed

So of course people enter formal teaching and apprentice relationships and I have done that myself, people join covens to learn and again I have done that too. People read books and practice what the book instructs, that is the passing of a textual tradition we all do that. There is learning from the spirits which is the most vital. But another way we learn is just from each other. We write letters, talk on the phone, chat on fb and reblog and comment on tumblr, meet up and try things, trade tips, look at each other’s Grimoires and copy spells. We are the tradition kids.

Anytime I try something that Ioqayin or Visardistofelphame has written about or meet up with them and do ritual together we are living tradition. We are peers, colleagues and witches, nothing formal is going on here, yet we are the wave of evolving tradition along with everyone else who write and practices in this community. So much if what we are doing is a advancement of the tradition.

According to Cochrane his rituals are done silently, but when we do the treading the mill often we chant something awesome that Ioqayin found in a witch trial and put to melody or that Visardistofelphame wrote or that I learnt from heritage witchcraft or that I wrote. Tradition is what we are building on and keeping going by doing and refining. Will you find our rituals in books? Only the basis of them, everything else comes from the effective spiritual response to our adapting and creating.

Imagine #65 Isaac [Requested]

Isaac Lahey had a naïve mindset regarding romance; gratuitous impulse, resolute faith and a covetous yearning. He was an amazing boyfriend; a compassionate heart, impish humor and a prideful inclination to express his devotion. Not a sole member in the gang was surprised by the news that Isaac had fallen smitten with you; his advances merciless and exposed to prying judgments. They were, however, surprised to learn of your Pagan heritage; the practice of witchcraft. They stumbled across the truth on accident, a supernatural brawl detonated the psychological levee, blasting the cerebral barrier to rubble. A wendigo crouch in a defensive demeanor, a rattling hiss evoked a malicious snarl from Isaac; the werewolf’s incandescent golden irises streamlined on the monster feet away as he snapped his fangs at the threat. The scenario was ill-suited; the menace had dominance over the altercation. He had incomprehensible strength, strategic battle methods and a mouth brimming with threatening razor serrated teeth.

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skychord  asked:

What's fairy faith? It sounds pretty cool

fairy faith

Fairy Faith are folkloric traditions and practices that interact with an enchanted class of creatures that live in a realm connected to ours with some cross over between.

People of most any religious or even an areligious belief system can practice fairy faith.

A partial list of fairy faith tradtions and well known teachers and authors regarding:

  • Feri Witchcraft (Victor and Cora Anderson, T Thorn Coyle’s-early work) 
  • “Pop Culture” Modern Folkloer Fairy Faith (Brian Froud, Amy Brown …)
  • UnderWorld Faery Traditions (RJ Stewart and Orion Foxwood)
  • Heritage Witchcraft (Ari Devi and Grayson Magnus)
  • Cornish Pellars (Gemma Gary and Jackdaw)
  • Folklore based traditions (Morgan Daimler)
  • Sabbatic Witchcraft (Daniel Schulke and Nigel Jackson’s early work)

So, what exactly does Fairy Faith involve?

To put it simply, it involves fairies. Some traditions focus solely on fairies, but others may only have fairies as a part of a greater number of beliefs and practices. 

An important note to make is that a Fairy Faith isn’t always in itself a religious practice. There are traditions that incorporate Fae into their magical practices or every day lives in a non-religious way. It may also be incorporated into other religious practices and beliefs as well.

Faith:

1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”this restores one’s faith in politicians”

2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

3. a system of religious belief.plural noun: faiths

“the Christian faith”

4. a strongly held belief or theory.

Fairy faiths and practices differ from specific tradition and individual/group. Some focus heavily on the teachings from historical folklore and books (such as The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans-Wentz), while others focus on the personal experiences and teachings they learn from their interactions with the Fae. And others continue living traditions of Fairy Faith going back generations.