PSA

Reading up on sea witch spells and seeing people suggest putting offerings in bottles and letting the sea carry then away.
This upsets me.
It’s littering. Please leave your offerings on something that’s not harmful to the environment. A sea shell, rock or even just on the beach. Please don’t use anything that could cause harm to the ocean or its inhabitants. Thank you!

Window Shrines

Window shrines are a great way to communicate with and honor entities you don’t want to invite into your home or entities that wander.

I personally have one window dedicated to a specific being where I practice smoke offerings, leave offerings on the windowsill and even practice methods of communication through forms of divination there. 

You can decorate the curtains, hang items from the frame and decorate the windowsill. This is especially helpful if you have limited space in your home.

Hello there! I’m assuming you two are referring to this post I made earlier.

Generally, when you make offerings to a Deity, They’ll let you know if the offering has been accepted or rejected by a number of ways. If it’s been accepted, you may find a sense of peace around the altar. The area will seem calm, refreshed, and a place of solitude and contentment. I’ve heard many people describe an uneasy or anxious feeling when they put the wrong offering down. 

If you’re putting the offering down as an exchange for a favor, there’s a pretty obvious way to tell if the offering was liked: if They grant you your favor! If They don’t like the offering, there’s very little chance They’ll do what you ask of Them.

Look for little clues in your daily life, as well. Look for messengers of your particular Deity, and little “coincidences”. The universe is rarely so lazy. (10 points for catching the reference) 

For my personal practices, it’s a little different. Horned One generally takes what I give because we’ve been working together so long, I’ve got a pretty good grasp on what He likes. He’ll let me know if I’ve got it wrong, though, nearly immediately.

Usually I’ll figure it out if the offering starts rotting while others don’t, the offering continuously falls off the altar, or He straight-up tells me. 

Finally, a good way to avoid rejected offerings would be research, and a lot of personal work. Make sure you’re not giving Pomegranates to Zeus, for example. Make sure you’re not giving roses to Chang'O. Figure out what your Deity likes, through reading mythology, sacred texts, and prayers. 

Obviously all of this goes the same for sacrifices, as well. I hope this helps!

-TLW

Recipe: Baking Bread/Offerings

I love to bake bread. I mean absolutely love it. I bake bread any chance I can get and I love using it as an offering because I know my time, effort and energy has gone into it. I will scatter it for the wildlife around my house or plant it at the base of some trees, depending on what kind of offering I’m doing.

In any case, I thought I would share my go to recipe with you because it’s pretty fool proof and it’s a good beginner’s loaf. So here we go! This Recipe takes approximately 3 hours from start to finish (but you can go do stuff while it’s rising)!

 This recipe uses standard american measurements, sorry if you live somewhere else and have to convert it!

You will need:

  • A large (plastic) bowl, Saran Wrap, a spatula and a Bread pan plus measuring cups and spoon.
  • 3 cups flour (I use King Arthur Bread Flour but any all purpose or bread flour will do)
  • 1 Packet of quick rise yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • ½ cup milk (can substitute with soy or almond milk for vegans)
  • 1 pinch of ginger (optional)
  • Pam or some other non-stick cooking spray.
  1. In a large bowl combine the water, yeast, sugar, shortening and pinch of ginger. Mix together until yeast is dissolved and set aside for 5 minutes or until it starts to bubble a little.
  2. Add your first two cups of flour one at a time blending it in thoroughly before adding the next one.
  3. Add the third cup of flour, salt and milk. Mix until everything is pretty well together and then start kneading the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5-10 minutes or until all the ingredients are well mixed and the dough is no longer sticky to the touch.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball. Spray the bowl with Pam and place dough ball back in bowl. Spray the dough ball.
  5. Cover the bowl with Saran Wrap and let rise for 60 minutes in a warm spot (if it’s crappy weather and cold you can put it in an oven set at 95 degrees)
  6. Once the dough has doubled in size PUNCH THAT SUCKER DOWN right in the center then let it rest for a few minutes.
  7. Take it out of the bowl and knead on a floured surface for five minutes, again until it feel smooth and not sticky. It should start to feel firm in your hands, kind of like the consistency of play doh.
  8. Grease your bread pan.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375F (190C).
  10. Shape the dough so it will fit in the bread pan evenly then let it rise in the pan for another 30 minutes.
  11. Place in the oven for 40 minutes or until the top is browned and you can tap on it and it sounds hollow (that’s how you can tell the whole loaf is cooked, it will all sound the same).
  12. Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes before turning it out of the pan.
  13. ENJOY!
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Some other news….my new offering set came in the mail from Tsubaki America Jinja! It goes to Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto-sama, Amaterasu Omikami-sama, and Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto-sama.

The ones I had before go to Yatagarasu-sama and Futsunushi-no-Kami-sama. 

Here is a helpful guide that came with the set on how to make offerings! I thought it would be good to share :) 

Significance of Offering Coconuts in Temples

In India one of the most common offerings in a temple is a coconut. Coconut plays a vital role in all puja rituals. The coconut is a satvic fruit.

It is sacred, pure, clean, and health giving, endowed with several properties. It is also offered on occasions like weddings, festivals, the use of a new vehicle, bridge, house etc. It is offered in the sacrificial fire whilst performing homa. The coconut is broken and placed before the Lord. It is later distributed as prasad. The marks on the coconut are even thought to represent the three-eyed Lord Shiva and therefore it is considered to be a means to fulfill our desires.

The coconut resembles the human head in many ways - the coir outside resembles the human’s tuft of hair, the hard nut the skull, the water inside the blood and the kernel is akin to the mental space. Another interpretation equated the outer shell to the human being’s gross physical body and the kernel to the subtle body.

The coconut (Sanskrit: Sriphala = God’s fruit) alone is also used to symbolize ‘God’.

By K.Nagori

Helpful Hints for Witches #5

If you’re working outside, please try to be respectful and kind to the environment.

Don’t leave plastic, synthetic fabric, and other non-biodegradable garbage around as offerings or otherwise. Clean up your workspace when you’re done.

If leaving food offerings, make sure they aren’t toxic to any wildlife that may consume it.

If you’d use salt indoors, consider using birdseed, sand, or flower petals outdoors. Salt will kill plant life.

Be thoughtful and aware of your actions!

thundercunt-deity-101 asked:

Hey so I know you've probably answered this hundreds of times, but I'm trying to study Wicca, specifically Celtic Wicca. I was just wondering if you could give some tips or starter tips on getting to know specific deities, bonding with them or giving offerings and communicating with specific deities? Thanks

Starter tips? Sure thing, lederhosencow! This applies to all Deities, spirits, entities, beings, heck, even people. Not just Celtic. 

1) Research the crap out of those Deities. Look through multiple sources, not just one or two websites. Pick up an old mythology book. Maybe an academic paper pertaining to classics studies.

* Seriously, it comes in handy, trust me. Have that info in the back of your head. For example, did you know that Aphrodite is associated with the myrtle? Well, you do now.

2) Once you know them, you know which Deities call to you, which ones you are attracted to most, research them more. In depth. What’s Their favorite colour? Their favorite food? What flowers are They associated with? Which animals? What time of day? What day of the week? What moon phase?

*(obviously some Deities may have all of these attributes readily written about Them, or only one, or none, or three, etc)

3) All that seemingly random info you just found out? Offer Them that. See how They respond. (Here’s a post I wrote a little earlier this week on offerings and reactions of Deities to the offerings)

* Simple as that!

4) This is where the bonding comes in. Figure out what They like, don’t like, how They like it to be offered, when They like it to be offered. Imagine you’re making a new best friend, and you’re trying to figure out all of their favorite fandoms and books and movies, and you want to make them smile. So you mention those things around them. You read the books they read. You watch the movies with them.

* treat Deities with a little more respect than a new best friend, of course. You may be besties and They may love you, but They’re still a Deity, after all.

5) As for communicating, this comes easier for some than others. Some people have visitations in dreams or meditations from the Deities they work with. Some have very clear conversations or communications with them. Some people know the nuances, and communicate mostly by feeling or by emotion (That’s me, by the way. Hello. -again, 10 points if you catch the reference)

NOTE: If you don’t experience any of these communications or conversations or visitations or ____ations, don’t feel badly. Everyone experiences Deity differently.

(I remember, many years ago, I felt awful for not being able to have conversations with my God. Everyone else seemed to be having profound dialogues, and I was just having little visitations once every few weeks and having a lot of intense feelings. But now I’ve come to realize just how beautiful our system is, He and I. We don’t need words.)

I really hope these 5 steps can help you on the path to a rewarding, satisfying, and beautifully exploratory relationship with Deity, should you choose to work with Them.

-TLW

Offerings PSA

(I had an ask that got eaten, so)

According to the contents and residues around altars, temples, funerary locations, etc of ancient Greece (studied over and over again in so many locations, and by so many people, both via personal testing and confirmation via primary sources):

the most common offerings to the theoi, nymphs, and heroes were dairy, honey, sweet wine, pomegranates, garlic, grapes, and bread.

So, if anyone is looking to start making offerings, but don’t know where to start: here you go.

Note: fresh, potable water is always acceptable for all gods and spirits and is also  very common, but not all theoi will want garlic, as that has cthonic associations (earth, death, underground, etc); the rest is pretty well accepted across he board.

If you’re interested in making more traditional or ancient fare, then recipes abound as well for offerings like spice-mulled wines, honeyed milk, cakes, and flatbreads, bean dishes, fish dishes, etc. It’s all out there, but as a quick primer, here you go.

Are you kidding me, this changes everything 

 "I’ve also heard of people who keep a small container of soil In which to pour libations (wishing to feel a more immediate connection to the original practice), and then occasionally replace it with fresh soil and leave the old outside somewhere.“

 Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored, Sarah Kate Istra Winter

I did this after reading it and it works so well!! Tagging asphodel-grimoire because I think someone just asked you about this?

Alcohol-Free Offering Suggestions

Two months ago I stopped drinking. It wasn’t a big deal and I’m not an alcoholic, so I didn’t suffer any withdrawal or anything like that. However, now that I’m getting back into setting up my altars and performing rituals, I’m stuck with making a choice. I don’t like waste, so whenever I put something out as an offering I usually consume it after I’ve let the gods take what they want. Now that I’m sober I need to make alterations to my offerings so that I don’t waste and they still get what they want. 

This information can be useful if you’re underage, have diabetes or digestive issues, are allergic, if someone in your household struggles with addiction, or if you just don’t care for alcohol.

Links and more info at the bottom. 

ABOUT ALCOHOL

Alcohol is generally split up into 2 categories-

Fermented or Undistilled & Distilled

Fermented alcohols include-
beer, wine, sake, cider, and less common alcohols (in the US, at least,) like chicha, tepache, plum and palm wines, and basi. There are others, this is just a few. 

Distilled alcohols include-
gin, vodka, whisky, rum, tequila, brandy, cognac, and others like guaro, horilka, mezcal, baijiu, and arrack. 

The key to replacing alcohol is to figure out whether the alcohol is fermented or distilled, and what grain/fruit the alcohol is made from. This will make it easy to find appropriate replacements. 

TEA
Tea is a very easy way to get the general energy of the alcohol across, especially since fermented teas, like kambucha, are gaining a lot of popularity in the west. When you expand into herbal and grain teas the possibilities really open up. 

If the deity you want to work with is typically offered up beer, for example, there’s a Japanese style barley tea called mugicha that can easily replace it. There’s also a Korean rice tea called hyeonmi cha, that can replace sake. Of course, you can always buy prepackaged tea bags for both of these, along with other teas with roasted corn and other special grains. With these specialty ones, though, unless you have a multicultural market near by, it might be cheaper to make it at home. 

Herbal teas are also useful, and you can replace things like chartreuse, fernet, sambuca, absinthe, goldschlager, and jagermeister when matched with similar ingredients. 

Kambucha is great because it contains a lot of typical traits of pale ales, cider, and white wine, partially because it goes through a fermentation process as well. It’s also easy to make an infused and flavored kambucha, but home made kambucha can contain around 1% alcohol, so be careful if there are health concerns. 

Most countries also have a “typical” tea that is served, see if you can replicate a tea used in the cuisine your spirit is from. Do your research about the particular alcohol you want to replace and see if there’s a tea with similar properties/ingredients you can use instead. 

JUICE
This one seems obvious, but it’s easy to overlook because it might feel a little silly at times. If you’re replacing something obvious, like wine, choosing a high-quality grape juice is a good idea, and store-bought is better because juicing grapes is a challenge. If possible, try to find a kosher grape juice (it’s less likely to have sugars and unnecessary additives than western grape juice.) Of course, if your budget only allows for your typical juice then go with what you can afford. 

It’s also easy to replace liquors and liqueurs with juices, especially orange juice, which is easy to make at home, and more importantly, cheap. Just use your best judgment, and again, do some research. 

MISC.
Coffee- Now, I couldn’t talk about drink replacement without talking about the glory of coffee. Coffee can be used to replace dark and bitter alcohol, especially dark ales and dark rum. Try infusing coffee with cinnamon, anise, or other pungent flavors to match the coffee to a strong flavored alcohol.
Chocolate- Chocolate based drinks, like cocoa, can also replace alcohol that is meant to be warm and comforting, like brandy. You can also add chocolate to tea/coffee to “thicken”  it very slightly, or to add a bit of bitterness or sweetness to the drink. (Be careful when leaving this out as an offering to make sure your pets don’t drink it, the same goes for coffee.) Chocolate drinks can also be used if the region is famous for chocolate drinks, like in many South American cuisines. 
Milk- While milk shouldn’t be left out and then consumed, it’s always good to figure out if milk makes a good replacement. In a lot of cultures, milk is a major source of vital nutrients. Try and see if the deity/spirit comes from a land where milk is a staple food, like in the Caribbean. It can also be used in reference to a cream alcohol your spirit might enjoy, like creme liqueurs.

You can also use soy, almond, and coconut milk to replace similar alcohols, like almond milk to replace nut-based alcohol like amaretto and frangelico.

Hopefully this helps some of you, and, as always, do your research and don’t make yourself or your family sick from leaving out toxic drinks. 

Here are some links and information.
List of liqueurs
List of alcoholic beverages and their ingredients
Alcohols by origin
National liquors
Make kambucha at home 
Flavoring and bottling kambucha
Herbal teas and their properties
About tea
Infusing milk with natural herbs and flavors
Barley Tea
How to make barley tea
Rice Tea
How to make rice tea

Offerings/Devotional Acts for Aphrodite

Before we get to the list I want to say that in no way is this all you can do or give to Aphrodite. I always encourage people to get creative and personalize their worship. Think about why you decided to become a devotee and try to use those reasons to shape your devotion.  Okay now on to the list!

-Incense/Candle: This is fairly obvious and great for when you don’t have much and/or want to do something simple. I also like to do this when I want to have a long conversation with Aphrodite. It also helps to use incense or candles that represent or are associated with Aphrodite such as rose incense and red/pink candles.

-Food/Drink: If you want to offer something more than a candle or incense you can offer Aphrodite some food or drink. Wine is typically the go to offering, but for those who are underage or who just don’t drink, Apple Juice is a great substitute! As for food, chocolate is always appreciated by Aphrodite. When I first started out I gave Aphrodite some M&Ms as an offering and she did not complain, lol! Also if you are someone who likes to cook/bake you can always offer her some of what you made! She will be so delighted!

-Write/read a poem: If you enjoy poetry you can write your very own poem for Aphrodite. It doesn’t necessarily need to be about her exactly. It can be a love poem or a poem simply inspired by her (you know she’ll love that!). If you don’t consider yourself a writer but have a favorite poem that makes you think of Aphrodite go ahead and read it to her!

-Recite a hymn or myth: This is pretty straightforward. You can find a hymn about Aphrodite that you enjoy and read it to her and the same with the myths. She never grows tired of hearing them I promise you!

-Make an offering bottle: Okay this is actually super easy! This is one of the first offerings I did that wasn’t a candle, incense, or wine. You basically just put certain items associated with Aphrodite into a bottle and give it to her as an offering. For example, my offering bottle consists of roses, myrtle, rose quartz, stones I thought were pretty, and seashells. I put them all in a heart shaped bottle (you can find them at Michaels and AC Moore) and it now sits on my altar. You can add as little or as much as you would like or have access to. You can also decorate the bottle if you feel artsy or creative. It’s up to you!

- Make something: Okay so this is pretty general and can encompass a lot, but that’s the point! Use your talents and interests to make something special for Aphrodite. Draw a picture, write a song, crochet something, knit, sew, sculpt, cut out pictures and make a collage, color a picture in a coloring book that reminds you of Aphrodite, the options are limitless! Use your imagination! Think of it like when you were a kid and made things for your Mom. They weren’t necessarily works of art but your mom loved them regardless because you made it for her. It’s the same concept, so don’t worry about whether its “good” because Aphrodite will love it regardless and show it off to anyone who comes to visit.  So basically she’ll show Ares xD

-Spread the Love: Make a promise to not beat yourself up for a day! Be kind and patient with yourself and learn to love yourself. Also, spread Aphrodite’s mission of self-love! Be kind and supportive to others. Pay compliments instead of insults.

-Pamper yourself: Now this is one of the HUGE benefits to being an Aphrodite devotee. Part of our devotion is doing wonderful things for ourselves. Set aside some time to do some pampering. This can be at home or at a spa, and it can be as long or as short as you see fit. You can take a warm soothing bath and throw in whatever relaxes you. I actually love using Lush bath bombs and they have ones that are great for Aphrodite, such as Rose Queen, Sex Bomb and for my fellow sea lovers you can’t go wrong with Big Blue! You can apply a face mask, paint your nails, or rub on some lotion. Basically anything you see as pampering and you enjoy, just make sure as you do it you think about how beautiful and amazing you are!

-Sex:  Sex, or more specifically your orgasm, can be dedicated and offered to Aphrodite (remember to practice safe sex!). You can also do the same with masturbation. I actually have specific toys that I dedicated to her so I use those when I want to offer my orgasm to her.  I won’t go into too much detail about it but if you would like to know more about this feel free to send me an ask, I also have no problem if you want me to answer privately just say so.

-Smut it up: This is for all my smutty fanfic writers/readers and for all you whose guilty pleasure is reading those terrible (yet so good) romance novels. Keep doing what you are doing just give thanks to Aphrodite for all the smut! This can also apply to movies as well!

-Aphrodite playlist: Make a playlist of all your favorite songs that remind you of Aphrodite and play it when you want to show your respect and appreciation for her.

-Make up: If you are someone who applies makeup you can dedicate your makeup routine to Aphrodite. You can also ask her to bless your makeup to help you feel confident throughout the day.

-Beauty: Since the idea of “beauty” is extremely objective almost anything really can be an offering to Aphrodite, as long as it is something you believe to be beautiful. You can also go outside and appreciate the beauty around you. Take some pictures!

-Think about her: Life gets chaotic at times and you might find it hard to give Aphrodite the type of devotion you feel she deserves. Don’t stress out! I struggle with anxiety and depression so sometimes it’s rough for me to get out of bed let alone make an offering to my wonderful Goddess. At those times I have found that simply thinking about Aphrodite is actually enough. Think about all the things you adore and respect about her. You can even speak it out loud if you want, but saying it all in your head is fine also.