how to use herbs

Anti-anxiety Herbs

A list of herbs that help reduce stress & anxiety & how to use them. 

Chamomile: Top of the list because it’s my personal favourite. Chamomile is very calming, & also helps calm the nervous system, reducing physical & emotional tensions & helping to soothe, & calm the mind. Chamomile tea is very effective in relieving anxiety, & can also be used in combination with other herbs as an edible oil to take internally for an instant relief. The smell of Chamomile alone is very calming & for these reasons it can also be used in aromatherapy remedies as incense or facial mists. 

Lavender: Lavender is also very soothing & has a slight sedative effect. Use Lavender alone, or in combination with other herbs to place inside a pillow to aid in a restful sleep. Lavender can also be drunk as a tea to provide relief from emotional tensions & anxieties, & aid in soothing the nervous system, relieving physical stress as well. 

Green Tea: Helps by relieving heart rate, & blood pressure, & cleans & detoxifies the blood at the same time. Provides mental clarity & reduces anxiety whilst improving focus, preventing one from becoming lethargic. Note that green tea does contain small amounts of caffeine so it may not work for everyone in the same way. 

Hops: Used in sleep pillows, & edible anti-anxiety oils & tinctures. Hops has mild sedative effects.

Valerian: Valerian is a strong sedative herb & can help promote a deep, restful sleep. It produces an unpleasant smell, so is usually taken as a supplement or tincture, but can also be used in combination with other fragrant herbs to drink as tea.Valerian has such strong sedative effects that it is advised only taking this herb in the evening, before bed. A good aid for insomniacs. 

Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm has been used since the middle ages to help reduce stress & anxiety. It is useful in promoting both a calm, & more alert state of mind. Commonly taken as a tea, tincture, or capsule supplement. 

Passionflower: Passionflower has mild sedative properties & helps soothe & calm the nervous system & relieve anxiety. It is also a great aid for insomnia. 

Licorice Root: Helps by stimulating relaxing chemicals in the brain, it helps one in dealing with general stress. Soothes & calms the nervous system. Most commonly drunk in combination with other herbs as a tea, & used in sleep pillows. 

Note: All of these herbs can be used in herbal sachets & other magickal charms to relieve stress & anxiety. 

Remember these are only herbal suggestions, NOT prescribed medicine, if you are already on medication, ask your doctor if it’s ok to use some of these herbs internally as some come can react with medication. Do not take too many sedative supplements at once & consult your doctor before internal use of any herbal supplements if you are pregnant. 

To be honest, the tumblr witchcraft community taught me more than any book on witchcraft I ever read.

Grimoire Challenge - Week 1

05.02.17

Monday: Preparing your grimoire

  • Include your name and the date
  • Create a dedication to put into your grimoire. Dedicate it to whatever or whomever you praise.
  • Write it out and put it into your grimoire. Make sure to ask for protection as well.
  • Create a color magick chart. Correspond ink colors with your intention when writing in your grimoire.
  • Draw sigils that bring protection to your grimoire and wards off unwanted eyes. 
  • Chart out or make a timeline of your witchcraft so far, make it easy to expand and add onto. Include any events that helped shape your path.

Tuesday: Start of the year journal prompts

  • Define your path.
  • When did you begin your path?
  • How has it changed over time (more specifically how has it changed since last year?)
  • What makes witchcraft YOUR path?
  • What does being a witch mean to you?
  • What do you hope to achieve and and learn through witchcraft?
  • How has time affected your beliefs?
  • How did you come across witchcraft?
  • What made you want to practise witchcraft?
  • What do you hope to achieve by doing the 2017 grimoire challenge?
  • Is there anything you fear while following this path?
  • What type of entities do you believe in?
  • Who are your patron Gods and Goddesses, if any?
  • In what ways do you hope to grow?

Wednesday: Goal Setting

  • Set a goal you want to complete by the end of the month.
  • Set five goals you want to complete by the end of the year.
  • What are your witchcraft related life goals?

Thursday: Chosen tools of your craft

  • What is the one tool you use immensely in your craft that you could not practice without? Why? What are its correspondences, properties, uses?
  • List the main tools used in your practice.
  • Do you work with crystals? Bones? Herbs? How do you use them? Why do you use them? What kind or role do they play in your craft? 

Friday: Types of Witches

  • Are you a solitary practitioner or do you practice with a coven? Why do you choose the solitary path or vice versa?
  • Do you use a label?
  • If so, what kind of witch do you label yourself as?
  • If not, what are your reasons for not using a label?
  • Do you agree with the use of labels? Are they used too freely, with not enough thought put into them?
  • Is there a certain witchcraft path that you may not agree with? What is it that you do not agree with?
  • Do some research on it, gather enough knowledge for you to understand their practise. Once you gather enough of an understanding do an entry on it. Make sure to include your opinions before and after you did your research.

Saturday: Full Moon

  • There is a full moon on Saturday, February 11th.
  • Do you have anything planned for the full moon?
  • What is your favorite activity to do during the full moon?
  • Do you perform rituals? Cleanse crystals? Cast spells?
  • Do you have any full moon traditions?
  • Create a correspondence between full moon and the months. Does a certain month influence the moon’s magick?
  • Create a list of 2017′s full moons.

Sunday: February Magick Calendar

  • Draw out the February calendar in your grimoire. Include any important magickal dates such as the full moons, sabbats, retrogrades, eclipses, and any other important magickal workings. Use this to organize when you want to practice magick or meet with your coven.


If you post your progress make sure to use the tag  #moonlight grimoire challenge so I can reblog it here. Good Luck!

Moonlight Grimoire Challenge

a note about jars and herbs and mold

i’ve seen posts that both warn witches not to put herbs in jars because it causes them to mold, and then other posts exclaiming about how jars have been used to store herbs for centuries. and i have yet to see a post that actually focuses on the problem. because they’re both right if they don’t focus on the actual issue

do not put fresh herbs in jars. only put dried herbs in jars. 

you know when you leave bread out of its airtight bag and then it gets stale? that’s the water evaporating from it. now it’s a dried husk. 

same principle, things with water in them, over time the water inside them leaves, evaporates, and then you’re left with something dried up. 

however, when you put fresh herbs in jars, they still have the water in them. if you seal it up, it still naturally seeps out of the herbs, but then it has nowhere to go and collects inside hte jar, and molds. 

tl;dr dry your herbs first so you can avoid moldy jars, store herbs to your little heart’s content

Tips for the urban witch #1: herbs and flowers

Hi everyone! 🌿🌱🍃🌸

As a witch living in a studio apartment in a big city, sometimes I miss being surrounded by nature and fields to pick herbs and flowers for my spells. Luckily, there are still lots of very common but powerful plants that can be easily spotted in city parks and even just growing on the side of the streets. 
I went to a local park today and I found so many interesting things!
The herbs I picked are very common in my area (northern Italy) but I’m sure they are also very easy to find all over Europe and in many other parts of the world. 

🌸  Here’s what I found… 🌸

  • Ornithogalum umbellatum (“Star of Bethlehem”): it can be used to help deal with severe trauma and emotional stress, and it helps to recover from grief, accidents and scary experiences. 
  • Lamium purpureum (“Purple Dead Nettle”, “Red Archangel”): this herb is connected to the Archangel Michael. It can help recover strength and happiness in times of challenge, and to overcome obstacles.
  • Veronica Agrestis (“Eyes of the Madonna”): since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated with these flowers. In Italian folklore, it is said that these flowers are the eyes of Mary, that stare upon us to protect us and guide us. These tiny, blue flowers are incredibly powerful in protection against harm and injustice. But be careful: never use this flower for hexing or for hurting someone else.
  • Glechoma hederacea (“Ground Ivy”): this flower is very powerful in protection against evil magick and psychic attacks. Using this herb will help you in identifying other witches and will help you reveal who is using negative magick against you.
  • Geranium molle (”Vulgar geranium”): these tiny purple flowers are traditionally used as a painkiller in folk medicine. In magick, they can be used to bring calm and peace and to help let go of painful feelings and experiences. 
  • Prunus serrulata ( “Japanese cherry tree”): in these weeks, lots of pink flowers fall from these beautiful trees, covering the earth beneath them in soft, pink carpets. These trees are very common in city parks because of their scenographic beauty. You can pick the fallen flowers while they’re still fresh. Because of their fleeting beauty, they represent the transience of life and can be used in spells to encourage you, or someone else, to “seize the day” and find the courage to act, especially in love matters.
  • Potentilla reptans (“Cinquefoil”, “Five-finger grass”): I was very surprised to see how common this powerful herb is. It’s commonly used in hoodoo to bring good luck and wealth. The five points of the leaf represent love, money, health, power, and wisdom. It’s ideal for success in business and studies. The flowers may also be used in spells to attract money.

🍃  Preservation 🍃
To preserve the colour and properties of these tiny flowers and delicate herbs, I suggest putting them between paper towels and pressing them using heavy books, or using a flower press.  

🌿  Safety 🌿
Even though most of these plants are edible, if you picked them in a city park or in any urban area I wouldn’t suggest eating them or using them in tea for safety and hygienic reasons.

Happy spellcasting! 

Astrea 💎🌸🌙

Knock You the Fuck Out Tea

Hey fellow witches! I have an herbal tea recipe that gets me right to sleep every time I drink it. I wanted to share it because I know how us witchy folk love herbal remedies~

💙💙💙

(all herbs used are in dry form)

✴1/2 teaspoon Passion Flower

✴1/4 teaspoon Lavender Buds/Flowers

✴1/2 teaspoon Lemon Balm

✴pinch of Valerian Root

💙💙💙

Mix all ingredients together in a tea strainer and steep for 10 minutes.

(make sure none of these ingredients disagree with your body/meds. Saftey first)

As my personal grimoire here has grown, I finally felt it was time to begin compiling posts from amazing witches into lists for people to use as references in their own learning (None of this information is my own, I just feel that it needs to be shared).

So here is my current list of posts relating to the magickal properties and uses of herbs, this is an ever growing list so check back to see if there have been any additions or send me a message if you find a post that you think should be on the list and don’t forget to follow the people who originally posted these amazing information sheet, they really deserve your support.

General Information
 Herblore
 List of Herbs and their Uses
 How to use Herbs
 Witch’s Garden
 The Magick of Rosemary
 The Magick of Cloves
 Herbalist Symbols
 Sabbat Herbs + Incense
 Herbal Incense

Storage
☽  Mini herb storage
 How to Store Magickal Herbs
 How to Dry Magickal Herbs

Magickal Associations
☽  Herbs Associated with the Dead
 Herbs in Rituals
 Banishing Herbs

Kitchen Witchery
☽  Kitchen Herbs
 Elder Flower Syrup
 DIY Salves

Pouches
 Sleep Tight Sachet

Baths
☽  Herbal Tea Baths
 Herbal Bath
 Purification Bath

Teas
☽  Herbal Teas
 Calm Anxiety Tea
 Good Day Tea
 Witch’s Brew - Tea Recipes
 Herbal Tea Remedies
 Evening Tea

I will be gradually expanding this list as I find more useful information, I hope this helps someone, I am certainly using all of this information.

Don’t forget to follow the original posters, they post some great information.

☆What to put in your Book Of Shadows!☆

(This post is inspired by a baby witch in our Coven @andtrickfucker)

Starting as up as a witch can often be overwhelming and confusing. We’ve all been there when we sit with our grimoire, a pen out as we stare down at an empty piece of paper, a small (hypothetical) tear rolling down our face as we attempt to write something down, only to discover that we have no idea what to do and where to start. As two witches who have most definitely struggled with this before we decided that it would be very important for us to make a list to help you all out!

Firstly, we’d start out with the very basics of witchcraft! 

(Obviously according to whatever craft you do but lets just assume the general craft for now and work with what we’ve got.)

☆ Ask yourself what path you follow, what sort of craft do you practice? Is there anything specific you what to jot down about your craft? If so, note it at the start of your grimoire! It could be super helpful to you in the future.
      ☆ If you’re not an atheistic witch then you can also mention what deities you worship and those in their pantheon (unless you’re an animistic witch!)
☆ You could write about the elements and moon cycles, as some witches find this to be very important to them! 
☆ Do you have some crystals that are your favourite to work with? Write them down, and what you use them for! (We have some information about this here!)
      ☆ You can even write down how to charge and cleanse them and even how you intended to use them in spells!  
☆ Do you use a lot of herbs and plants? Write them down too! If you’re fairly arty like us don’t be afraid to do a little sketch of whatever you’re writing!
      ☆ Like crystals, you could write down when or how to use them. It doesn’t have to be detailed or complex, just do it in a way that you’ll remember or understand!
☆ Candles are often important too, so (even if you’re not particularly interested in candle magic) it might be helpful to have them in there as well. If you write their correspondences down too, it’ll save you a bunch of time looking through the internet for their meaning, trust me.


Do you practice divination and spirit work?

☆Tarot references can be helpful, especially if you don’t have a book to learn or work from! You could even write down the results of your tarot readings, keeping a note of exactly what you’ve been pulling and how you’ve been doing reading wise!(You might wanna ask for permission if you’re going to write about readings you’ve done on others though!) 
☆ How to use a crystal ball, if you have one!
☆ How to sense auras and what they mean.
☆ If you use rune stones it might be helpful for you to write down their names and meanings!(Wilde uses runes a lot and had to do this because she gets confused and forgets the meanings of runes almost 24/7) Again, if you want, you can write about the outcomes of your readings.
☆ How to use a pendulum.


Spell work

☆ An inventory of different salts, herbs and crystals; branching away from your most used and favourites! you never know, one might catch your eye!
☆ Different types of spells (clearly)! We find it helps if you split them up categorically but if you don’t want to then don’t do it! Write down your hexes, curses, charms and your run of the mill spells, especially ones that you’ve written yourself!


Miscellaneous

☆ How to make sigils and the sigils themselves!
        ☆ If you use other peoples sigils write them down with there meanings too, that way you don’t forget or you don’t use a sigil that you wanted to work with later on!
☆ Notes on how you feel or your specific emotions. This is important because emotions can obviously influence and change the way spells and sigils work! 
☆ Do you use astrology? Write down the zodiac signs and their correspondences, along with the stars, the planets and everything in between!
☆ How to meditate and the benefits of meditation.
☆ Types of salts and their purposes.
☆ How to make different types of oils.
☆ How to make different types of waters!
☆ How to make your own candles.
☆ How to make your own salves!
☆ A magical cookbook!


Remember! Your grimoire doesn’t have to look perfect (Quinn’s is an absolute state) As long as it holds the information you need and as long as you can read it that’s the only thing that matters!

As suggested by @maikawethiel make a digital version to keep with you at all times! You can do this via word online, google documents or even evernote which you can then download onto a portable device! This can be handy for emergancy situations too!

I know this isn’t everything you could possibly put in your grimoire however feel free to reblog and add to it!! Blessed be! -Wilde and Quinn

Druid Week: Druids in the Game

As a DM:

Versatility:

Druids already have a huge part in most roles, so they don’t need much in terms of catering. A bard might need to feel more involved in a campaign, but a support druid can also provide utility, tankiness, damage… they can Wild Shape or cast a spell whenever they need anything! They are one of the most versatile classes in the entire game. If they need encouragement, give them a variety of challenges (as you should always be doing, really) to force them to take more creative problem-solving measures.

Environment:

Make unique landscapes and environments for the druid. You don’t have to do it every time, but every once in a while feel free to go overboard. Floating midair land masses, waterfalls that flow upward, geysers of acid, an insect hive the size of a city… just describe some beauty shot that can really tug at the druid’s magic-strings. They will be interested in the unique plants and animals and magic there, which can influence how you populate such a land. Not to mention the other players will love such a wondrous place, too.

Fauna:

One thing a lot of DMs forget is to give druids a place to excel. Druids fall flat inside an enclosed dungeon. Give them space out in the open; in the wild. Give the druid some non-magical beasts to interact with. DMs always forget that regular threats like lions, tigers, and bears exist and with a druid, these often turn into roleplaying encounters rather than combat ones. Speak with Animals, Animal Friendship, Beast Bond, Beast Sense, Animal Messenger, Dominate Beast, Locate Creature, and Commune with Nature can all interact with beasts in some way. Beasts are everywhere if the druid is looking for them.

Flora:

Another thing to keep in mind is plant life. I just did a whole two-part post about Herbalism as a more fleshed-out system for 5e. Part 1 is just a pipeline of dice tables to make up new herbs. The herb could play a minor role in a story or adventure, or it could simply be a useful tool that exists in your world. For instance, I once had some herbs with yellow flowers that would act as healing potions, but you could only eat them twice within 24 hours or you would get sick. Ever since then, the players could find those herbs elsewhere and have a unique source of HP instead of a boring old potion. Plus they have the a-ha moment of realizing they found something useful on their own instead of opening a chest and finding it there. Part 2 of the Herbalism Guide was more about how to use the herbs as potion ingredients, as medicine, and as spell components. If you want to go the extra mile or want ideas for what herbs could do, use it!

Mood:

Just like clerics, druids can have supernatural senses that can add to the mood of an adventure. Imagine if you were a druid PC and the DM says “The druid senses something off about this forest. It makes you feel sick.” or “This jungle is in agony. You empathize with its pain, which feels like insects stinging you all over your body, and you can almost hear the wails of the trees.” Druids could make an Insight check to try and feel how a beast is feeling in the same way. It singles out the druid, identifies the problem as environmental corruption, and enhances the mood. What more could a DM want.

As a Player:

Get the Most Out of the Game:

Ask your DM questions about the flora and fauna and traits of the setting. When you travel to a new area in-game, be sure to cast Commune with Nature and get a lay of the land. This can add to the experience and provide vital information on targets for Locate spells, herbalism, and beast-influencing spells. Don’t be afraid to ask your DM for strange things that might not exist in the standard rules like “Can my druid think of any herbs that could cure paralysis in this environment?” The DM might find that intriguing and make it a plot point (making things a bit easier on the DM and giving you a potential solution to your problems to boot).

Don’t be afraid to request unique creatures to Wild Shape into, even if they aren’t in the book! I don’t see jellyfish in the Monster Manual but if a player asked me for it, I would just turn them into a Poisonous Snake with no land speed and 10 ft. swim speed, but maybe increase the poison damage a tad. And heck, who says there aren’t Giant Jellyfish in the realm of D&D? Use a Giant Poisonous Snake for that! You could easily reskin monsters like that, especially for cosmetic reasons. In the tropics? Turn into a Giant Parrot instead of a Giant Eagle. In the tundra? Turn into a Snow Hare instead of a Badger to better hide in the snow. In the desert? Turn into a Coyote instead of a Wolf. There are so many animals in the world, there is no excuse for creativity on your end as a druid!

Wild Shape:

Optimize the usage of your Wild Shape. Pick the right animals for the right jobs!

  • Mobility/Scout: Giant Elk, Deer, Hyena, Horses, Flying Snake, Giant Owl, Giant Eagle, Giant Badger, Ape, Panther, Giant Toad, and Giant Crab all have either fast movement or unique movement (fly, swim, climb, burrow).
  • Tackle: Lion, Panther, Allosaurus, Giant Octopus, Crocodile, Giant Constrictor, Giant Toad, and Giant Crab can all knock enemies prone or restrain them.
  • Poison Damage: Poisonous Snake, Giant Scorpion, Giant Spider, and Female Steeder (OotA) all have poison that can deal damage to those not resistant.
  • Sustained Damage: Wolf, Giant Crocodile, Tiger, Giant Boar, Ape, and Dire Wolf all deal reliable damage and have adequate tank.
  • Tank: Warhorse, Black Bear, Giant Constrictor, Rhino, Ankylosaurus, Whale, Elephant, Hulking Crab, Triceratops, and Mammoth all have a bunch of HP and AC.
  • Spy: Mule, Horses, Cat, Frog, Crab, Snakes, and Spiders are great at hiding and some have blindsight! Crag Cat (SKT) has Nondetection as well!
  • Thumbs: APES HAVE THUMBS. Which means that they can manipulate things other animals can’t. Also: You can wield your weapons while in Wild Shape!

Other tips: use summoned minions or your allies to help flank enemies while in Wild Shape. Cast buffs before you Wild Shape, make sue they don’t require concentration if you want them to stack, otherwise you can at least concentrate on one thing while in Wild Shape. If you are in a long dungeon with little to no rest,  save Wild Shape for big fights when the tank is worn down or save it for utility when the other casters are low on spells. Also for grappler beasts knock the enemies down before you grapple. Then they can’t move and when they break grapple they can’t get back up as easily!

Spells:

Buffs: Druids are great for buff spells. Be sure to buff yourself before entering Wild Shape! ex: Enhance Ability, Faerie Fire, Longstrider, Barkskin, Stoneskin, Protection from Energy, Antilife Shell

Zoning: Druids have crowd control spells, but many of them control crowds through zoning. Take advantage of the fact that you are the largest influence on the surrounding environment. You get to change the battlefield to your advantage! These are big, flashy spells that make the druid fun. Use them to put obstacles in front of creatures to slow their advances, make it harder for creatures to dodge, provide cover for your party, or force enemies into a trap. “Oh there’s a Wall of Fire there I better go around it” [gets bottlenecked by ranged PCs instead of taking fire damage] ex: Wind Wall, Wall of Fire, Entangle, Plant Growth, Spike Growth, Flame Sphere, Sleet Storm, Insect Plague, Wall of Stone, Wall of Thorns, Bones of the Earth (such a cool spell)

Minions: In D&D 5e, most ACs are nearly the same thanks to Bounded Accuracy. So more attack rolls equals more damage. Minions help with this, and druids can get plenty using Conjure Elementals, Conjure Fey, Conjure Woodland Beings, and Conjure Animals! Not to mention spells like Awaken and Dominate Beast to get more allies.

Healing: Druids are good at healing. Note that Healing Word is a bonus action and has range, unlike Cure Wounds. Druids also get the Restoration spells and Reincarnate, which is less powerful than Resurrection and such, but hey it’s something!

Damage: Druids can output damage, mostly through their zoning spells, but also with some neat single-target spells. Note that Moonbeam and Blight are rare sources of Radiant and Necrotic damage, respectively.

Utility: Druids have utility. Various divination spells can break the game if you are clever. Several spells help you get where you want to go or get rid of enemy spells. Use them liberally unless you have a Wizard to lighten the necessity for utility spells. ex: Speak with Plants/Animals, Water Breathing, Animal Messenger, Pass Without Trace, Find Traps, Locate Object/Animals/Plants, Gust of Wind, Detect Poison/Disease, Detect Magic, Dispel Magic, Meld into Stone, Scrying, Tree Stride, Commune with Nature

Aesthetic & Mechanics

Originally posted by xosavageexo

In this post, I’m defining aesthetic as the what of my practice and mechanics as the why and how

In other words: Aesthetic is what it looks like and Mechanics are why and how it works.

For a very long time, I was a witch and a pagan with a strong set of mechanics, but I was weak on aesthetic. I chose not to have a consistent aesthetic because it felt stifling to me. 

(It can go the other way too, for the record. I could just as easily have had a very strong aesthetic without much sense of mechanics. For example, if I’d been a green witch who knew what herbs to use for which purposes, knew how to combine them into certain formulas, but didn’t know why those herbs are effective or how they work once they’re deployed.)

The thing is, aesthetic and mechanics can and do inform one other.

I do have a very strong aesthetic now, and it evolved directly from the way I thought about myself as a witch and the way I thought about magic and the way it worked. 

For me, these things were representations of the way the universe was created and how I fit into it, so naturally, a space aesthetic started to develop. Water and the ocean followed suit, bringing their influence to my aesthetic based on the way they fit into the mechanics of my practice. Finish that with a layer of the underworld (or otherworld, if you prefer) and now everything is tied together.

They coalesced into an aesthetic I generally refer to as “Queen of the Void” which is, simply put, star maiden meets evil queen.

You can see the Queen of the Void aesthetic at play on my tumblr @glowingnowhere

Originally posted by rebelartssociety

It works the other way around as well. Aesthetic began to create practices and mechanics once they were put into play in my life.

My Queen of the Void aesthetic is actually slightly more complicated than star maiden and evil queen. I turned several aspects of my beliefs and practices into “characters” that allowed me to easily codify their aesthetic.

So when I say “Evil Queen” what I really mean is, this is magic, this is cursing, this fear, this is rage, these are wounds. 

When I say “Star Maiden” what I’m getting at is, this is hope, this is a piece of the whole, this is a seeker, this is a calling, these are wishes granted.

Of course I’m also saying the same thing each time.

“This is power. This is power. This is power.”

I knew that all these pieces I had made fit together, and I understood they were all just different facets of the same whole practice, the same whole worldview, simply broken down into the media that best expressed their individual function.

I didn’t realize how connected they were to each other and to me until I realized that I was playing out the same cycle in my own life that I had put into theirs. 

Originally posted by mrtykom

Each part of my aesthetic filled a slot on a wheel and then I realized, oh. I’m on that wheel. I’m in that cycle

I suppose my aesthetic actually created a kind of personal mythology for me, and that allowed me to see where I was in my life and what role I was playing, and where I needed to go.

Not only did this give me a deeper understanding of my own aesthetic, but relating to it in that way gave me the tools and the steps that I needed in order to begin healing myself.

In other words, my aesthetic directly led to the creation of new mechanics in my practice and my life.

This is power.

Apothecary Lesson #1: Herbal Salve

     Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Hello everybody, my name is Davide, and today, I’m going to teach you guys how to make a salve. Basically, a salve is an oil and wax mixture that people can use for a bunch of different reasons, ranging from dry skin to muscle rubs. They’re easy to make, if you’re patient, and their variability makes for endless possibilities. Just as a warning though, this will take a goddamn long time to make, and for you to read, so I suggest getting some tea and snackilackage before starting to read. Got it? Good, ¡vamos!


Part One: The Oil

     A key component of your salve is the oil, or more specifically, the herbs in said oil. There’s a plethora of different oils you could in your salve, but for this recipe, we’re using olive oil because it’s fairly hardy and difficult to burn. When it comes to what you should or could put in your oil, there’s waaaaaay too many things for me to mention, so I’ll give a basic rundown: 

  • Mint, Anise, Cinnamon, and Comfrey are good for muscle rubs
  • Calendula, Chamomile, Aloe, and Tea Tree Oil are good for skin
  • Ginger and Turmeric are good as arthritis pain relievers
  • Echinacea, Eucalyptus, and Hibiscus are antibacterial and are good for minor scrapes, cuts and bruises

Now that you’ve got an idea of some herbs to use, let’s get to how to make your oil 

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. Olive oil
  • 3-4 oz. dried and/or ground herbs

Utensils:

  • Double-boiler set up (can be a double-boiler, or a glass container in a saucepan filled with about 1″ of water) 
  • dark-tinted jar w/ label for holding your finished oil

Instructions:

  1. Into your double-boiler (the part without the water…duh), pour in your olive oil and herbs. 
  2. Set your stove/heating receptacle to low heat, placing double-boiler on heat. 
  3. Infuse oils for 1-2 hours (one hour for minimum infusion amount, two hours for maximum infusion amount before oil goes rancid) 
  4. Once oil is done, pour into your dark-tinted jar, and label accordingly
  5. Voila! You have yourself some bonafide herbal oil for the next part of your salve!

Part Two: The Salve

     Alright, now we’re getting to the good stuff–the salve. For this, you’re going to need 2 ingredients (three ingredients is optional, four is overkill): beeswax and your herbal oil. Without further ado, let’s get this over with! :D 

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Beeswax
  • 8 oz. Herbal Oil 
  • *Optional*: ¼ tsp. essential oil
  • *Optional*: the tears and/or blood of your enemies

Utensils:

  • Double-boiler system
  • Containers to hold your salve (the total amount of salve being made is approximately 9 oz., so for the containers, try to prioritize. Like, if you want three different jars of salves, use three 3 oz. jars. Math n’ shit)

Instructions:

  1. Set your stove to medium-low heat
  2. Into your double-boiler, melt your wax
  3. Once the wax has melted–it’s imperative that your wax has to be completely melted before adding the oil–add your herbal oil. 
  4. Stir fully (it’s not weird to see the wax immediately harden once you add the herbal oil, so wait until it fully re-melts)
  5. Once salve is all liquid, pour into your container(s). Do not cover your containers before they harden.
  6. Once salve has cooled at room temperature, it’s ready to use! Store in a cool, dry place. Apply to problem areas, or just lather it all over your body and have really weird sex (You do you boo boo)

Thanks for reading you guys! I’d enjoy a reblog, a reshare, or if you hated it, a strongly worded message to me and probably a few images of you flipping the bird. Have an amazing day/afternoon/night/time-between-night-and-morning

Book of Shadows - Grimoire Writing Prompts
  1. The seven planes of existence - What are they? Do they have anything to do with your path?
  2. The symbol “Ohm” is seen everywhere - What does it mean? Should people use it so randomly or does it has have a spiritual and sacred meaning to you?
  3. What are the best herbs to use in a love spell?
  4. How can you incorporate lighting into your craft? Can you only be a weather witch to work with it?
  5. What are the 8 sabbats? How do you celebrate each one (if you celebrate all of them).
  6. Do you meditate? What type of techniques do you have to keep you focused? What type of environment do you meditate?
  7. What types of tools do you use in your craft? How do you cleanse, clean, and store your tools?
  8. Do you work with spirits? Have you ever invoked one? How do you communicate with them?
  9. Do you have a special song and chant that you like to use? What is it? How often to use it? When do use it?
  10. What is the last book (witchcraft related) that you have read? What are ten (or more) things you have learned? Is it by a new author or is it by an author you are already fan of?  
  11. Do you have a certain sigil you draw on everything? What is it? What does it mean to you?
  12. Do you collect anything? (tarot cards, pendulums, bones, crystal ect.) Do they have a significant meaning to you?
  13. Are you into astrology? What do you love most about it?
  14. Do you keep track of the phases of the moon? What do you do during the full moon? Do you have a favourite phase? Why is it your favourite? What do you do during it?
  15. Do you have your own way to cast a circle? How do you do it? Do you call on the elements? Do you even cast a circle before doing your ritual? Why not?
  16. Do you belong to a coven? Or are you a solitary witch? Why do you prefer being in a coven vs the solitary path (or vise versa)?
  17. What are the main herbs you work with? What do you use them for?
  18. What are the main crystal you work with?  What do you use them for?
  19. Do you use color magick in your craft? What do you use it for? (To pick your candle color or you daily outfits)

==Moonlight Mystics==

it has tons of applicable meaning.

I started with it because it’s the color for domestic violence.  I want it to be the same as pink but $$$ goes to real women in shelters.

I am furious that patriarchal puppies allowed sexual assault to be teal. Dividing everything into 2; when actual survivors and therapist all know there’s no difference.  One is assault with a dick the other a hand and both are held down by the rape culture, and tons of financial & emotional abuse. 

Then I found out about Lavender Menace, lesbian rights.  Still fits perfectly because the best DV & SA advocates are  Come On - even Susan B Anthony. 

I wanted to get away from rape survivor, rape advocate and the smell of lavender related to soothing calm; teaching meditation.  The difference from past feminism is teaching relaxation.  

We already use lavender  as a calming herb so how ideal to use it in your relaxation rituals 

  • then if red = female and male = blue, smack in the middle is purple.
  • purple in history has only been worn by royalty and 
  • lavender is relaxation, centered energy

I believe in the tao and that the goal is middle and if you think about it btw B&W and red & blue is harmony

LAVENDER

The more I embraced it, the more I feel like I’m just seeing that everything is pointing to and karma, magically lining up.  

Hillary’s revolution is the “Purple Revolution.” and every time lesbians push forward; it’s lavender. “Purple Rain” the examples go on and on.

And then Alice Walker, my #LAVENDER queen BEES, who wrote “The Color Purple” and clearly defined womanism.

“Lavender is to Purple; as Feminism is to Womanism.”

This is not my concept.  I do not own it.  

I want you to use it freely to add your #LAVENDER pioneers.  to make our own libraries of our #LAVENDER heroines, unless your expecting for men to build our museums for us. 

I just saw before you that symbolically lavender encompasses everyone equally; perfect harmony.  Centered.  

anonymous asked:

do you perhaps have a big comprehensive list of herbs and their uses? i want to write it all down in my book of shadows so i don't always have to search for it

Hey there!

My current favorite list of herbs is an herb compendium I downloaded from a Tumblr blog; it has a crap ton of plants and resins / incenses listed in a Microsoft Excel document, including botanical and alternate names, as well as planetary and elemental associations. Sadly, I can’t find the post right now, and I am not okay reposting that, since it wasn’t my work and I can’t source / credit the original poster.

I also like to write down lists from books I’ve borrowed from the library. The book of herb correspondences I’m working on now (from the Excel document I mentioned) is my third or fourth list of herb associations. I like to have multiples resources for the same things to cross reference. 

@ashesforeverashes says I should draw little pictures of what each plant looks like at the bottom of each page for that book, and maybe even make sigils for each, but that sounds like a lot of work. xD

I do have some other herb lists floating around on my blog, though, that are still good and will serve the purpose.

Pick one and have at it! :D

3

Solitary Witch - Silver RavenWolf

Overall Score: 2.5/5

Is It Worth Buying: Not if it costs anything above $3.

Quick Overview: Has a few good moments but otherwise filled with inaccuracy, difficult to follow and requires several hundred pinches of salt if dared to be read.

I’d like to leave a note that these thoughts on Silver regard this book and this book alone. While other transgressions she has made in various other publications certainly built up a profile of her in my mind before I even read this, I try to do things with an open mind and as such I won’t be talking about anything she has said in any other book, only what I have learned from this one.

Yes. I can hear your cries of indignation already and I am thriving upon them. The infamous, the legendary, Silver RavenWolf. Mention her name to one person and they will give you a glowing story of how she helped the individual take their first steps into witchcraft. Mention her to someone else and they will tell you she is the death of the modern pagan movement. So. Who is in the right here? Is she the problematic underqueen of hell, or is she misunderstood? I suffered through almost 600 pages and a month of reading to find this very answer out for you.

You’re going to hate me for saying this, but in my mind, she is a little bit of both. I DON’T mindlessly hate her at all. This book has some points that shocked me in how fresh and unique they were. It also had countless pages of garbage. 

Keep reading

4 mindsets to help you with your craft

Since my “How to be witchy and stick to it” article got so popular I decided to continue the series of articles and write another one. This is to help out all of those who want their practice to be unique and to not feel like their are mundane beings performing just silly rituals, because sadly even in witch community it happens a lot and we lose our magic along the way by stopping feeling like we are mystical-like, because guess what? We are.

Disclaimer: As always this is just my own opinion and everybody else is welcome to have a different one.

1. Reality is illusion.

I know what you think. Why, Nat? It feels pretty real to me! And we both will be right. It feels real to you, but is it really? Can you change anything in the physical via your craft? Heal perhaps? Became not noticeable in the crowd when you are scared almost as if you were invisible? See, we are both right. Even if reality is real indeed thinking it is not will help out a great deal to manifest your spells. As all illusions this one can also be broken and/or changed with enough effort. The more people believe something is real the harder it becomes to break but with enough power and time it is  possible to do so.

 Let’s talk about real physical glamouring when you are able to change some aspects of your outer  appearance or make objects invisible  by breaking the illusion for a while. I won’t lie you won’t see it in the mirror and others won’t see it at first with their physical eyes (they will however see it with their subconscious mind), but with enough practice the illusion will break completely and you will be able to change it into something you desire [but only for a limited period of time]. (Yes, I tried it and yes it worked.  It takes a lot of patience and time but the more you try the longer you can keep it up. The change is slight but noticeable by others).

Not only it applies to glamouring but also to any other spells. Thinking you can actually change something by breaking illusions will crease your self-doubt related to witchcraft. It opens your mind to new possibilities ;)

2. Imagination is source of your power.

You don’t need fancy supplies. Once you learn how to use yourself as a tool things like herbs, crystals and candles will only be a bonus. The real fun with witchcraft is that you need to be creative to be a witch. Without creative power you can’t create reality that you wish for, so any for of art and visualization is the best thing you can do to enhance your magic. Convince yourself that whatever you think about has a potential power of manifesting. Just because “it’s all in your head” doesn’t mean it’s not valid. The most powerful rituals I have done were done on the astral exactly “in my head” without use of any physical tools.

3. You are divine. You are Goddess.

I know this will be ridiculous to most of you, especially atheists and agnostics, but thinking you are Goddness is actually helping. This is not to say you are indeed a embodiment of some kind of Goddess, it’s just a type of mindset that helps you feel more powerful and magical at the time when you perform ritual. If you can’t get behind this thinking you can also try thinking you are The Queen or High Priestess or any other title that you like. Give yourself that title the one that suits you, a title that makes you feel like more than just a mere powerless human, and use it during your rituals. Believe it or not but it does helps you feel more mystical and thus making your magic more bonded with your body.

4. Not everything has to be physical. [Magic is energy.]

This is kind of extension of the mindset 3. This time although I will talk about effects of the spell. Not everything that is an effect of your spell will be tangible. That’s why so many witches spend so much time on astral plane. Intangible things often have more value to us than tangible ones. And when it comes to spells you often won’t even notice they actually manifested. Magic is subtle and often chooses the easiest way possible to manifest. The way which to you is barely seen.

Examples: When you cast a curse on someone magic might choose to punish them via nightmares. Will you know about it? No, unless they will tell you. Curse worked but you are not aware of it. You think curse failed, when it actually didn’t. 

On positive aspect: If you cast ‘be rich’ or abundance spell you might not get any money and instead get some answer you were looking for or strengthen your relationships with your friends and loved ones. Spell manifested because abundance and being rich is not only about money, but you will be left thinking it didn’t because you were expecting physical thing to manifest out of thin air. You will get disappointed and doubt your craft once again if you will not aware that magic prefers intangible things to tangible ones. So the rule goes more like that: The more you are rich inside as a person, the more easier it is for you to get the things you desire on the physical.

Stay safe my little hatchlings <3 Be magical and mystical and live the fullest of it <3

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips on how to store the herbs you use for witchcraft? My room is quite small and I don't want to place my witchcraft herbs in the kitchen for my family to use. Any ideas?

Hey!

If you’re pressed for space, I’d advise going minimalist on your practice as a whole: small spells in small jars, if you get my drift. Sure, a giant fuck-off fire fueled by a huge rosemary stem is satisfying, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you do your spells in small batches and use small amounts of herbs for each spell, it will all be generally easier to store in a small space.

As for the storage itself, this really depends on your whole situation - can you buy stuff, or are you pressed for cash as well, what space/furniture you have available… stuff like that.

Still, you may want to try:

  • Small ziplock bags. They are airtight and will keep your herbs fresh, they take up very little space and you can see what’s in them without opening. The downside is that some people might assume you have drugs in them because people are like that.
  • Matchboxes. They also take up little space, they’re practical, and people are not likely to snoop in them. They’re likely to grab a box expecting actual matches, though, so there’s that. Also, possible sulfur residue means you’d best not use the herbs stored in matchboxes for eating or cosmetics, though of course you can keep a plastic bag inside the matchbox.
  • My DIY pouches made from leftover cotton pad packaging. Absolute hit.
  • Any small jars you can get your hands on - leftover cosmetics packaging, pill bottles, things like that.

I know this is all pretty generic, but not knowing your situation I have to be. Still, hope some of this helps!

Brighid



Pronunciation -
Bree-dj, Bree-ihd, Brid, Breet

Titles - Bride, Brigit, Brigid,  Breo-saighead meaning fiery arrow

God of - spring, fertility, healing, prophecy,  poetry, culture, learning, smithcraft, crafts, fire, home and childbirth.

Race -  Tuatha De Danann

Family -
Parents: Dagda (Father), ? (Mother)
Siblings: Cermait, Aengus, Midir and Bodb Derg.
Consorts: Bres
Sons: Ruadán

Symbols - Two oxen, Fe and Men, that graze on a plain named after them, Femen. She also possessed the king of boars, Torc Triath, and Cirb, king of wethers (sheep). She also had an apple orchard in the Otherworld and her bees would bring their magical nectar back to earth.

Description -  It is said that wherever she walked, small flowers and shamrocks would appear. She wears a mantle (cape) that is said to have healing properties. Sometimes portrayed with fiery hair.

Notable Legends -  
The marriage of Brigid to Bres was essentially an alliance to bring peace between two warring factions. She was of the Danu and he of the Fomorians. With the intermarriage, war was hopefully averted. Ruadan, Brigid’s eldest son, used the knowledge of smithing given to him by his maternal kin, the Danu, against them by killing their smith, a sacred position within the tribe. This smith killed Ruadan before dying himself. Brigid’s grief and lamentations were said to be the first heard in Ireland and were not only an expression of mourning for the loss of Her son but also for the enmity between maternal and paternal factions of family

She is also credited with the invention of whistling, which she used to summon her friends to her side. Eventually the love and respect for the goddess Brigid brought unity to the Celts who were spread throughout Europe. Regardless of their differences, they all agreed upon her goodness and compassion.

ne of the most popular tales of the goddess Brigid involved two lepers who appeared at her sacred well at Kildare and asked to be healed. She told them that they were to bathe each other until the skin healed.After the first one was healed, he felt only revulsion for the other and would not touch him to bathe him. Angered, Brigid caused his leprosy to return. Then she gently placed her mantle (cloak) around the other leper who was immediately healed.Ireland is full of springs and wells named after the goddess Brigid. Symbolically, water is seen as a portal to the Otherworld and as a source of wisdom and healing.There is a saying that Brigid rewards any offering to her, so offerings of coins were often tossed into her wells…the forerunner of the modern custom of throwing a penny into a fountain while you make a wish.

She possesses an unusual status as a Sun Goddess, who hangs Her Cloak upon the rays of the Sun and whose dwelling-place radiates light as if on fire. Brigid took over the Cult of the Ewes formerly held by the Goddess Lassar, who also is a Sun Goddess

At her most famous shrine Brigid taught humans how to gather and use herbs for their healing properties, how to care for their livestock, and how to forge iron into tools. As a goddess of childbirth and protector of all children, she is the patroness of midwifery.

Sacred Associations - Forge and hearth. the first sprouts of spring, ox, cows, boar, sheep, apple, honey, cockrel, ewe, snakes, Wells

Holiday - Imbolc

Brighid, Dagda, Lugh, Morrighan

anonymous asked:

Hey Richtor! I'm a stuggling witch that struggles with spells, do you think you could give me a few tips for casting them please? And tips for intent please? Like focusing your intent, what to think etc?? Please!

These are just tips and tidbits, things I think may be useful to know or do. They are not necessarily required, and every witch has their own way of doing things, but I think these things may prove helpful in spell casting.


Tips for Casting Spells

Make sure that you are being safe, first and foremost! Your personal safety matters more than anything else - research and practice proper fire safety techniques, how to handle toxic herbs, etc., before using those things in your spellwork.

★ Try some basic energy work exercises before you begin casting spells for specific desires - this way, you know you are able to direct the energy exactly where you need it to go. (You can find some energy work exercises [here]).

☆ I know some people have troubles with visualizing, and sometimes mental health can also be a hindrance to this, but it can be a very useful technique in witchcraft - if you are able, I really do recommend working on visualization / imagination techniques if it is not your strong point, though I know some people just cannot and that is okay too, it isn’t needed but I do find it very useful. (If you wish, you can find some posts about visualization [here].)

★ It is okay to use another person’s spell - it won’t necessarily be any less effective if you don’t write it yourself, as long as you like it, have the ingredients, and are able to perform the actions of the spell.

☆ Though, I do recommend trying spell writing as soon as you can - it really isn’t as hard as it looks, I promise, and it can really flush out your knowledge of the how’s and why’s of spellcasting and how magic works and fits together. ([Here] are some resources for writing spells.)

★ Try to be as clear in your intent as you can - sometimes not being clear enough can result in the energy not bringing you what you want, or even bringing you something else.

☆ Do what you can to ensure that your actions and energies line up with your intent / the reason you’re doing the spell - some methods may not be appropriate for certain goals, while conflicting energies (and doubt / fear) can prove to be a block for magical success. 

★ Seriously, I know it can be hard, but try to fight the doubt monster off as much as you can - belief is used as a tool in chaos magic for a reason, as it can be very powerful in conjunction with magic. (Think, Law of Attraction.)

☆ It is helpful to know why you are doing what you’re doing, how each step / ingredient of your spell works, and why it will help you get what you need - this way, you can be ensured that your steps are actually beneficial in helping bring about your desire, and you’re not spending thirty minutes doing whatever just to have it not work.

★ If you are able, do your spellwork in a quiet and private environment - distractions can draw your focus and intent away from the spell.

☆ Try to have all the ingredients and tools you need ready and at hand before you start casting - again, drawing your focus away to leave and grab something can hinder the flow of energy.

★ Some people find that the atmosphere can impact their spells too - so, if it matters to you, feel free to light all the candles and incense, dress in witchy garb, play that spooky music, etc., whatever it takes for you to generate that energy for your magic.

☆ Keep a notebook handy, to write down exactly what you did during the spell - this way, if the spell doesn’t work, you can go back and look at your notes to try and discern what you did that could have affected the magic.

★ If you feel that any magical working is getting way too intense, and you need to disengage, absolutely do that - again, your safety and comfort are more important and should always come first. ([What to Do if Witchcraft Suddenly Gets Way Too Intense].)


Tips for Intent

☆ I view intent akin to desire and want, but in a more active / energetic state. Intent is not neutral or immobile, it is active and full of energy and going towards its goal with purpose. So, when doing something with intent, you are doing it with active purpose and with your desires in mind. With that being said, here are some tips I have on focusing your intent in spellwork.

★ Do what you can to ensure that your actions correspond with your intent, as well as each other - it might not be so beneficial to keep a poppet of someone you wish to banish, if you get my train of thought.

☆ The tools you use also play an impact on this as well - making sure they match up with your desires, and don’t contradict one another, can be a big component in making sure your spell manifests as desired.

★ It can be as simple as focusing deeply on what you want to happen in your mind - for example, when I draw my sigils, I repeat the statements I use for them over and over in my mind, solidifying it in my brain.

☆ In regards to what you think, it can be a phrase that you repeat over and over that corresponds with your desires - one or two lines are generally enough.

★ However, some people focus their intent with chants and incantations, almost little poems that match their desires and encompass what they want to happen - traditionally this is done vocally, but I have also repeated chants in my mind, and it is a great way for witches who can’t speak to practice this particular method.

☆ Try to “feel” your intent (as an emotion, energy, etc.), not just think it - this is a good energy work exercise that might take some time and practice, and should prove useful in the long run, though not necessary.

★ Visualizing what you want to happen, your intent in action, is also a good way to utilize it - close your eyes and imagine in your mind what you and your life will look like once the spell has begun working. 


Okay, so that is what I have for now! I will likely expand on this in the future, when I have more ideas, but for now that’s what I’ve got. I hope it has proven useful to you, however, or at least helped you think of some things I might have missed Good luck anon!