The Caeleste Ursi (Celestial Bears) are spirits who relate to the stars, void, galaxies, and on occasion, planets.
They have colors that vary from blues or purples to black, with eyes that are hollow and glow various colors. The most common eye colors are aqua, soft gold, yellow, pink or white. In the very rare case of albinos, which tends to happen once every few millennia, they are a translucent glowing white with black void eyes. Albino or not, all of them have fur that is laced with bits of star-glow, giving them all the appearance of sparkling.
The energy given off by these spirits reminds me of the vastness of space, the swirling patterns of galaxies and stars, the buzz you hear when there is no other noise, and the cold determination of a protector. However it also has subtle undertones of the warm fire in a library, the smell of ink on parchment paper, and the whispers of secrets transferring from one person to another.
Caeleste Ursi are skilled at anything involving stars, planets, astrology, and astronomy. They have very keen memories and remember most things in vast detail. They also seem to be very good with protection, comforting, and minor healing.
Rihanna by Elicia Donze. Drawn in PS. Please do not remove caption.
[Caption: A realistic digital painting of Rihanna. Portrait is from the waist up. Rihanna has long dark hair, and she’s dressed in a pale gold satin gown, off the shoulders, with a cape gathered around her arms. She’s wearing a diamond necklace and diamond earrings. The background is a gradient from deep warm red to pale lavender overlaid with a lotus design.]
“Come the Morning Light...” dual-action spell/curse
Hello my magickal friends! Today I have a dual-action spell that benefits the caster and gives them power over a specific target. Good for overcoming toxic/abusive people. I based the spell of the Alice in Chains song “Grind”.
(PSA I am not a Wiccan and do not at all believe in the three-fold law. If you want to lecture me about cursing abusers who get away with it otherwise…have at it but I’ll just block you!)
✷ Dried Lotus (I am using Pink, but any color Lotus works)
✷ Cayenne Pepper
✷ Black Pepper
✷ Sunlight (thru a window is fine)
✷ Something representing your target (Piece of hair, their name on paper, poppet, picture, ect…)
Place your object representing your target behind where your candle will be. Dress your candle with Lavender Oil (DILUTED WITH A CARRIER OIL). Sprinkle on your dried Lotus, Black Pepper, and Cayenne. Once you candle is fully dressed in the herbs and oil, Light your incense and focus on your intent. Feel yourself beginning to gain power over whoever the target is. Once your mind is focused, light the candle. Look into the flame and recite:
“Sure to play a part, so you love the game And in truth your lies become one and same I could set you free, rather hear the sound Of your body breaking as I take you down”
Look into the candle some more and visualize your target’s entire being crumbling before you. You have the power now, they are weak. Now recite:
“Come the morning light, it’s a see through show What you may have heard and what you think you know”
Feel the power flowing through you as you say this. Now let yourself soak up a little sunshine (thru a window is fine) and continue visualizing your target becoming weak and pitiful.
Once you feel satisfied with your intent, blow or snuff out your candle (it doesn’t matter, fam) and thank your spirits/deities if you wish.
(Here is the song if you want to listen and sing/dance while doing the spell. [link] It definitely helps me raise my energy when I dance/sing!)
Hi! I remember you saying that you do a lot of work in dreams. I want to try and start doing stuff in the dreamscape, and I was wondering if you had any advice! Techniques or things to keep in mind. Thanks!
Hello lovely anon!
Yes, you’re correct! I do a lot of dream work within my own spiritual practice.
Before you can really benefit from dream work, you need to be able to remember the dreams that you have. There’s no point in having conversations with your deities/spirits, or other visionary dreams if you cannot remember them in the morning!
- Learn about the brain and why we dream
- Tell yourself out loud each time you go to sleep this: “I will remember my dreams”. Say it a few times, solidify it within your unconscious while you doze off to sleep… When I was starting off, I found this to be the kickstarter to remembering my dreams.
- Use spellwork. Create or find reliable sigils for dream recall. Sleep with amethyst under your pillow to enhance dream recall and dream vividness. Create a Dream Sachet using items you associate with dreaming. For me, these items would be (Black, Lavender, Yellow; Mimosa, Juniper Berry, Angelica, Chamomile, Dandelion, Lavender, Peppermint, Lotus, Amethyst, Labradorite, Moonstone, Clear Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Garnet)
NOTE: Marijuana consumption/smoking can impede your dream recall. Try not to consume/smoke less than 6 hours before you go to sleep.
- Keep a schedule of some kind. When you’re a beginner, this is very important! Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and waking up at the same time in the morning (Yes, even on weekends).
- Keep a dream journal. Your mind will want to remember your dreams, if you show importance in them. When you do remember dreams, write them out as detailed as you can within a journal (Try not to use a laptop or other electronic device, as the bright light will wake your mind up faster and make you lose pieces of your dream before you have a chance to write it down)
- Exercise & watch the food you consume. Exercise will help you have a more restful sleep, and will make it easier to slip through the different cycles of sleep. Nutrients and water will help keep your brain healthy and working correctly. Try drinking Chamomile tea if plain water becomes too repetitive for your taste buds.
If you are wanting to get into Lucid Dreaming (Which is best when you are wanting to communicate with deities/spirits), that’s a whole other can of worms that can only be achieved once you’re able to dream recall. Rule of thumb for Lucid Dreams with spirits/deities, is that you will NOT be able to influence the deity/spirit in the dream in any fashion. They will have their own will, and will manipulate the dream as they see fit. It’ll be like two people having control of the same computer. You’ll know what is your doing, and what is theirs.
I did a thing.
I made a protection, calming, beauty charm for a friend.
Incense ash from rose, jasmine, lily, lavender, and lotus. Sea salt hand ground. Hand ground sea shells. Purple wax from a lavender scented candle which also lend to the sealing of the cork.
I gave it to a friend and she was so happy she almost started crying. Told her the care for it and how to use it and she was so welcoming to it.
Everywhere I look, I see people posting and telling about how to set up your altar. And every single f**king one of them has SOME kind of God/goddess representation. Well what if you don't believe in any gods or goddesses? What...how do you make an altar then? Like...help¿ What do you "dedicate" your altar to?
I feel this question in my nontheistic little soul.
I’m actually working on kind of a nontheistic paganism and witchcraft master post (literally right now). However, this post is just helping me write this portion - so seriously, thank you for this question!
For nontheistic pagans and witches, altars are meant to bring a certain energy to a space. Altars don’t have to just honor deities - they can honor an emotion, a certain space, the memory of someone who has passed or the holiday that you’re celebrating.
Also keep in mind that gods and goddesses can be metaphors for human emotion. If you’re looking for something that emphasizes love and fertility, there are many, many gods and goddesses that represent that. I would only use god and goddesses as metaphors if you still have respect and knowledge of their history. Don’t just throw Aphrodite on your altar because you’re wanting something for love and that’s all you really know about her. If that’s the case, I’d simply steer clear of all deity representations.
Here are some altars I have around my house:
I have an altar in my front room that I set up for every sabbat. I secularize the sabbat so that it means something unrelated to deity, typically leaning towards something happening in the natural world. My example above is my Lammas altar. No reference to gods or goddesses anywhere. What I was looking to represent was the corn and wheat of the first harvest. Here’s a very very brief secularization of the sabbats based on my personal beliefs:
Samhain: Last harvest, reverence for the dead. Yule: The shortest day, longest night, the dark, winter. Imbolc: The spark of light in the dark. Ostara: Spring equinox, fertility of the land. Beltane: Personal fertility, fire and passion. Midsummer: Longest day, summer. Lammas: First harvest - wheat and corn. Mabon: Second harvest - apples and grapes. Our Thanksgiving.
Again, this is a very short description. There’s more to it for me, but it again strongly depends on your personal beliefs. Some might view this as a bastardization of the Wheel of the Year, but it works well for those of us who struggle with the story of the Wiccan God and Goddess or who don’t associate particular deities with each sabbat.
House altars are great for bringing a certain energy to a room. Above is my house altar as it was in 2014. It’s changed a bit since then. You might have a living room altar that invokes happiness or togetherness or a bedroom altar for peacefulness or fertility. And none of these altars need to reference a deity if you don’t want them to.
Ancestor or Memory Altars
I primarily work with spirits and ancestors. I don’t know if this is something you believe in, but if you do, an ancestor or memory altar would help with that aspect. If you don’t believe in spirits, having a dedicated place to honor those who have past could still be helpful psychologically. One side of my altar here honors my ancestors through photos and items they’ve given me. The other side honors friends, pets and familiars who have passed away.
My ritual altars are typically decorated for use. Here are some examples!
For Samhain, each member of the circle lit a large candle in memory of a specific person and the small candles were for the people who passed unidentified or forgotten.
This was our Midsummer ritual altar. I had my circle members light incense to call upon spirits, ancestors and deities (my circle is interfaith, so I try to include this for other theistic members). The center candle was lit before ritual and represented the sun. Then, the long tapers were lit for each person to dedicate themselves to something. The vials were thyme and olive oil vials were for those who believed in Fae so that they could dab it on their eyelids and see them. Not everyone in the circle believes in Fae, but some do. It was my effort to incorporate everyone’s beliefs.
Finally, the tea altars are meant to invoke the meaning of each tea. This was an All Seeing Eye tea meant to “enhance third eye and psychic powers,” so I emphasized its meaning with lavender, a lotus flower and a large chunk of raw amethyst. It was a review and, while I may not necessarily believe in the meaning of the tea, my roommate had pretty vivid dreams about Samhain afterward. Who am I to say it didn’t work?
I think that about sums it up! If you have any other questions, let me know!
Ever since she was a little girl, she had been slowly training for this day. The day when she would have to leave her family, and be bought by one of the many lords of the land. It was her duty as one of the middle class families. A woman’s duty was to prepare and learn ways to please her future husband, the man that would eventually come to rule her life. She never particularly enjoyed the thought, but it was the unfortunate circumstance that befell all women in the Feudal Era.
Adjusting the many layers of her kimono, and sits down with a brush, beginning to finger through and brush her long tea-colored strands. Even as a little girl, the very color of her hair sparked curiosity on how it was so light, compared to the mostly dark tones and blacks of normal little girls. At one point, she had even attempted to hide her hair color with colored oils, but to no real effect. People always saw through it, saw her as different. Many even believed her to be ill. That HAD to be it, right??
Today was the day she would be taken to town one last time. One last time in order to be bought off by one of the lords. Her parents were not happy that their only daughter, let alone their only child would leave them, and yet even they knew this day would come.
Hours after preparing, she would sit in the building and simply wait, pulling out her fold-out fan, beginning to carefully fan herself, inspecting each and every one of the men with a judgemental, almost challenging glance. She had a reputation in her village for being difficult towards young men, and that obviously showed in her attitude towards the lords. She wasn’t going to submit without a fight. Her hazel, almost green orbs shift between the potential husbands, before simply fanning herself once more, sitting politely and waiting, hearing price after price, number after number fly around, before finally.. She heard it.. Sold.
The man who bought her seemed to be a slender, smaller redhead, dressed in rather fancy decorum.. Was he really one of the lords of the land? She certainly had never seen him before, nor had she ever seen anyone with such lovely red locks.. He HAD to be foreign, right?? Well, he was certainly wealthy enough to have bought her.. Silently shutting her fan with an almost glare in her hues, she stands up, walking towards him in a slow, almost serene saunter. Surprisingly, despite coming up with some form of witty ting to say in defiance to the man , she felt herself unable to speak, only observe. What was this man going to be like??
From then on, he was going to become her husband.. Her god in a way.. What fate would be out there for her?