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Welcoming Faeries to your Garden

I’ve been talking non-stop it seems like about how to make a garden and organic gardening and celebrating Earth Day. But, how would you like to transform your garden into a Faerie wonderland? It’s actually much simpler then you are probably thinking. 

Welcoming Faeries to your Garden Steps:

  1. Build small houses or caves out of whatever material you have available. 
  2. Craft small chairs and tables, paint them bright colors and wrap them in vining plants. 
  3. Create a circle of stone for a magical place for the Fae.
  4. Make a wind chime (some fae are attracted/associated by the sounds of bells).
  5. Build a bird bath (some fae are attracted/associated with water).
  6. If you’d like to attract them to your flower garden, plant things like sunflowers, tulips, heliotrope and other flowers that typically draw butterflies.

                                             !!WARNING!! 

Be aware that Fae are inherently mischievous and tricky creatures. DO NOT begin interactions with them unless you are completely aware of what you are doing. DO NOT make offerings or promises that you can’t follow through with. DO NOT enter any bargain with Fae unless you know what you are getting into, know what you are getting and what is asked of you in return. And like with any creature respect them and their boundaries. 

(Pictures from Pinterest)

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The episode opens with Will and Chiyo sitting in a dark train headed through  a dreary countryside toward Florence and whispering slowly to each other about Hannibal.

Honestly, I don’t understand why people complain about how dark this show is. I personally have rectified this problem by locking myself into a windowless vault and donning night vision goggles every Thursday night at 10. After making this adjustment, I can 100% see everything on the screen most of the time.

It’s easy, guys. Come on now.

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jephuh  asked:

I am a baby witch! Literally started exploring witchcraft today! I'm so pumped and I've been reading none stop. I'm very excited to see how my magick evolves! My question for you is, is there a type of animal witchcraft? I know about green witches which I'm looking towards but my deepest passion is animals and I would love to get even closer to them! Can you point me in the direction of some readings or websites? Thank you so much. Your blog has been very enlightening and you seem so wondrous!

Hello jephuh!  Welcome to the world of witchcraft ^_^  I’m sorry for making you wait a bit for an answer, but I got a little excited when I saw this question because it’s something that I’ve been giving a lot of thought to recently.

HEADS UP - this is a pretty long response!

And a quick reminder that if any one of my followers has anything to add to this, they should please do so - I may be forgetting something, or be unaware of something entirely <3

So for starter’s - from what I have seen, most practices that focus the most heavily on animals are also closed practices - for instance, shamanism and many other cultural traditional practices (ie Native American traditional practices).  A ‘closed practice’ is any style of craft or worship that is either not open at all to outside or non-native practitioners, or one that at the very least requires an invitation, intensive study and initiation by an established initiated member.

Then there is neo-shamanism, but that practice often borrows from other cultures as well, in ways that can be pretty harmful to the source culture.  I should note that one of the most common aspects of involving animals in witchcraft as a whole, the terms ‘totem animal’ or ‘spirit animal’, is culturally appropriative, along with a few other commonly used neo-shamanic practices.  I’m not necessarily talking about having ‘familiars’ - I’m talking about those two specific terms.  It does not mean that you can’t have specific animals guiding you or representing you, but it does mean that you should avoid those terms <3

If you are spiritual, Wicca and beliefs involving animism may interest you, and there are many, many deities associated with specific animals (special shout out to Kemetic witches!), but that doesn’t seem to be what this question is about.

So!  Where does that leave us?

While the practices of woods witchery, sea witchery, green witchery, death witchery and hedge witchery can and often do involve animals, there isn’t one specific practice that is devoted almost entirely to animals that I’m aware of.  The closest that I could think of would be using vulture culture in your craft as often as you can.

Here’s where it gets interesting: This doesn’t mean that you can’t create a practice that is devoted to animals.

Since witchcraft is so personal, unless you are planning to devote yourself to one specific craft, I would suggest simply incorporating animals into all aspects of your practice to begin with.  

So develop your own style of craft - study the existing styles, and see what works for you.  Read up about neo-shamanism and cultural appropriation; see what practices are from specific cultures, and which ones are more universal.  Speak to green witches, and hedge witches, and habitat witches.  Learn about the folklore and legends associated with different animals, starting with the ones closest to you.

And then you can go beyond that.  All that you have to do is let your mind run with the association of ‘animals’ and ‘witchcraft’, and you may be surprised at how many connections you can make.  For instance, you can:

  • Bless the bird seed that you put outside.
  • Use (clearly abandoned) nests in spells for your own house and family. 
  • Make a witch’s garden and plant botanicals that are beneficial to and/or attract your local wildlife.
  • Write love and fertility spells based on the mating rituals of animals.
  • Write communication spells incorporating the call or song of an animals.
  • Create a spell to synchronize your mind with another’s using the concept of a ‘hive mind’ (or how a flock / school / herd / pack sometimes seems to share a mind).   
  • Write travel spells based on migrations.
  • Create offensive and defensive spells based on the attack styles of certain animals.  
  • Create magickal shields using the defense mechanisms of animals (poisons, etc).
  • Create curses based on things that could cause the death of an animal, or the extinction of a herd (or even species).
  • Use the scattering of a flock when it takes off as a form of divination.
  • Instead of using ‘a lion for strength’ in a spell, study biology to find out what makes a lion so strong and incorporate that instead.
  • Research ways to upcycle / recycle old items into something beneficial to wildlife or pets, and be sure to bless it before you introduce it to them.
  • If you are a vegan or vegetarian please skip this suggestion, but if you eat meat: you can use the attributes of the animal in the same way you would use the attributes of an herb.  There’s really no difference.
  • Volunteer with animals, and perform small spells to make their lives happier and easier.
  • Incorporate a ‘collecting’ animal into prosperity spells.  For instance, many birds (such as magpies and crows) collect items that catch their eye and bring it back to the nest.  
  • For that matter, you can turn a cat’s offering of a dead bird into a prosperity spell.  The cat means well lol
  • Weave spells for your family and community based on pack animals.
  • Create a sketchbook for sketches of the local wildlife, and make note of how often you see the same exact animal.  This will probably only help you identify animals that live by you, since unless you keep on seeing a cobra in Colorado for instance (you should probably call the cops for that though btw) chances are the appearance of one exact animal means nothing special.  However, getting to know your local animals intimately will help inspire you, and should be an integral part of any animal-based craft to begin with (imho).
  • Use ethically sourced animal products in your spells (see: Vulture Culture).

Those are a few ideas, and I’m sure that you’ll be able to think of tons more once you get started <3  The most important thing right now would be to research witchcraft and magick as a whole; you may want to approach your studies as an eclectic witch, so that you can learn about how all of the different witchy styles, paths, and practices incorporate magick into their witchcraft.

A few of the more established of the many, many excellent witchcraft blogs that I would recommend for beginners would be:

But there are tons more and I should really make a page for links to other blogs.  I might start that today, actually.

And one final thought on the matter - let’s say that you spend years developing your personal style of witchcraft.  The central focus is overwhelmingly on animals, it is distinct from currently established paths of witchery, it’s not culturally appropriative or offensive, and it covers many different aspects of magick, divination, and general witchy life; it’s unique, yours, and chock-full of paws and claws.

How old do you think Wicca is?  Not witchcraft, but Wicca.  Many new witches assume that the Wiccan practice has been around forever, but it hasn’t; witchcraft has, but Wicca is a specific practice that started somewhere.  For the most part, when somebody speaks of Wicca, that practice as we know it was pretty much founded by Gerald Gardner

Wicca is about as old as my father is (won’t he be thrilled to know that fact!).

I am in no which way suggesting that you just go run ahead and start a fully established path with followers on your first day as a witch (heavens help us, no lol) - I’m merely trying to emphasize how the non-existence of a specialized witchcraft practice relating to your interests does not prevent there from being one; it just has to be created, is all.  And then, if you learn your personal style well enough, if your knowledge grows and your craft and power develops into something solid, then trust me - others will show interest in it, and will want to learn from you.  Just take your time and learn, grow, and get to know yourself, and you’ll be on the right track ^_^

And in conclusion, a few other links and resources for you:

Good luck! ^_^  Thanks for the question, and apologies for the way-longer-than-you-probably-anticipated response lol