Simple things you can do to bring more love and positivity into the world:
enchant the bus or train you’re on, so that everybody has a pleasant day or a safe travel home
paint protective sigils in the misty windows of buses or shops when it rains, and leave words of encouragement and praise on public bathrooms’ mirrors
bless passing ambulances and firefighter trucks with speed and safety for their patients/destination
wear an enchanted lipstick/gloss for your smile to brighten the day of everybody you meet
enchant your spare change so that it gives luck to the beggars you donate it to; they need it, don’t they?
actually, just enchant your money, so that retail and low-wage workers can have a better day when they serve you
leave blessed acorns and harmless trinkets in various places like buses or waiting rooms; give other people something to wonder about and make their day, and kids an item to roll in their hands mindlessly
bless food and leave it for stray animals; let birds be messangers of hope and miraclous event for everybody that sees them
whisper encouragement to trees and grass you pass by; let them know someone cares, someone sees their beauty, and awaits their bloom
smile at children and pets; provide them with the positive energy that the world is trying to kill in them
leave motivational notes, praise and silly drawings charged with love and hope on post-it notes as you go; they can brighten the day of those that find them
the passive and active. they are opposites, but there is a part of each within the other; both energies exist in all things.
for everything, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
energy is not created or destroyed, it is only changed.
this is to say, all energy is one and the same; expressing and manifesting itself through different lenses, in different forms.
the passive. moon. earth. empathy. external. value of others. shield. existence. tranquility. allowance. creativity. silence.
the active. sun. heaven. strength. internal. value of self. sword. action. strife. control. logic. expression.
neither energy is more or less important or valuable.
if you have more empathy than strength, you bring harm unto yourself.
if you have more strength than empathy, you bring harm unto others.
what is expression without creativity?
what is creativity without expression?
balance is essential.
application to the craft:
most importantly, in my opinion, is learning that balance in all things comes first from balance within. this is something that can- and often does- take a lifetime to attain. to err is human, to err with one energy is natural. but finding an overall acceptance of both energies in and around your life can help bring understanding and peace.
use energies to inform intentions, to guide focus. an active intention may require more activity in your thought, whereas a passive intention may require more tranquility.
use the natural energies of elements and existences around you to help manifest your intentions. use the passive or active phases of the moon to inform and amplify your intentions.
Waning Gibbous – reassessment, letting go, clearing away, cleansing, releasing, undoing bindings, opening up, making amends, making space
Third Quarter – letting go, banishing, breaking bad habits
Waning Crescent – achievement, rest, peace, deep wisdom, completion, banishing
Dark Moon – retreat, reflection of self, destruction, banishing, justice
Blue Moon – achieving goals, focus, major wishes and dreams, divination
– power, manifestation
Days of the Week
Moon - Monday
Sun - Sunday
Mercury - Wednesday
Venus - Friday
Mars - Tuesday
Jupiter - Thursday
Saturn - Saturday
Uranus - Wednesday, Saturday
Neptune - Thursday, Friday
Pluto - Tuesday
Planetary hours utilize the seven classic planets including the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (although the other 3 planets may be used as well). The first planetary hour of any given day will correspond to that day of the week: for example, the first planetary hour on Saturday will be the hour of Saturn, beginning at sunrise on Saturday and ending before sunrise on the following day. The time that the sun rises is different for everyone, so planetary hours are location-specific. To calculate planetary hours, you need to know what time the sun rises and sets in your area. The length of daytime equals the time between sunrise and sunset, so figure out how many minutes are between the two, and divide by 12. This will give you the length of time between each planetary hour. Do the same for nighttime (the time between sunset and sunrise the next day). You can also just visit Lunarium.co.uk to calculate planetary hours for your location: click the link, click “edit” next to the location and date on the page, choose your country/city, and click “Save Preferences.”
The general order of planetary hours based on the Chaldean Order is as follows: • Saturn • Jupiter • Mars • Sun • Venus • Mercury • Moon The Chaldean Order is listed from the slowest moving planet in orbit to the fastest, although, we’ve since discovered that the Earth and other planets actually orbit around the Sun, the Moon orbits the Earth, and that the Sun is a fixed object. Because this system was also put into place before the outer planets were discovered, they usually are not included, but I have still found ways to use them in my personal practice. The outer planets are said to be “higher octaves” of the “lower octave” planets - the associations of lower octave planets are basic, and the higher octave planets take those associations to a more in depth level. Low and High Octave Planets: • Mercury - Uranus • Venus - Neptune • Mars - Pluto With that being said, I like to associate the outer planets with their lower octave counterpart when it comes to using planetary hours and even “day of the week” correspondences.
A collective list of “the best time” to do certain spells - includes days of the week, planet, and lunar phases
Quick idea I had and need to note down before I forget it:
a witch bottle designed not to harm the incoming energies (like most witch bottles seem to be with their nails, thorns and black pepper) or block them (like the protective witch bottles I’ve seen with rosemary and basil), but filter and transmute.
Somebody throwing bad luck at you? Great, you’re giving me energy, I’ll filter it and change it into a blessing.
“When life gives you lemons” sort of idea, inspired by a post I’ve seen floating around about that witches shouldn’t ground bad energy, but filter it and transmute it, because earth only can take as much negative.
I’ve got an actual cocktail recipe for you today centered around the summer solstice/Litha on June 21st!
This is an original recipe.
Sun Seeker Cocktail
2 oz bourbon
1 tbslp honey
3 oz ginger beer (refrigerated)
Grater or microplane
Sprig of rosemary
In a mixing glass pour bourbon and add honey. Stir until honey is dissolved and fully incorporated. Add ice and shake to chill. In a copper mug or lowball glass, pour ginger beer and strain bourbon honey mix into glass. Grate cinnamon over the top. Press rosemary to release oils, and rub around rim of glass (counter clockwise to reverse negativity) and place sprig in glass for garnish. Sip and feel the refreshing warmth deep through you and enjoy!
Whiskey for fire, rosemary for the sun, cinnamon for the warmth of summer, ginger for its healing and deep roots.
Tomorrow I’ll post the recipe to use the rose vodka ;)
all things in the pagan community, I advise you research twice then come to
your own conclusions. Your craft is YOUR CRAFT, this may not be a perfect fit
for you, that it okay. We are all the
tailors of our own spiritual clothes.
course will cover basic terms and tools, the beginner’s theory and practice of
simple rituals and how to construct your own spells.
Things that will NOT be covered in this
course: In-depth explanations of the various areas of magic. I will provide a
basic grand overview, but the purpose of this class is not to delve into any
one concentration of practice. If something you hear strikes your interest,
please feel free to ask me for more information. If I don’t know about what
you’re asking, I’ll find someone that does.
The only thing you need to cast any spells
whatsoever, is a witch. If you’re sitting in for this course, that’s probably
you. You can call yourself any title you choose, practitioner, wizard,
sorcerer, magician, crazy person, spiritualist, whatever… Anyway, to perform
magick, that is the manipulation of energies to bring about an intended result.
This can be done with or without the assistance of deities or entities outside
Generally all workers, even secular ones, have some sort of altar to
use as a work space. These are highly personal spaces. They can be simple,
grand, portable, stationary, cluttered, clean, whatever you like. It doesn’t
have to be fancy or expensive. In traditional Wicca, every tool has a place on
the altar. This is by no means is something most practitioners still prescribe
to. What you choose to have and use in your practice can be as minimalist or
extravagant as you like. You can have all the tools or none of them. It is
entirely up with you.
Statues, fetishes (these are small
carvings,) or some kind of physical representation of gods or goddesses. Many
consider this to be the house that you invite spirits, deities, or entities to
inhabit when calling them for spells or rituals. Obviously if you’re secular
this won’t be part of your practice.
Candles- Let’s be honest, an altar without
a single candle, led or traditional, is a rare one indeed. They’ve a million
uses in spells and have their own branch of magic aptly called candle magic.
Bowl- For keeping stuff in. When doing an
elemental spell this is usually used to hold water, sand, salt, or dirt, but it
can hold anything that needs containing.
Athame- This is a ritual knife. Some people
use swords or daggers, some people use a grubby old pocket knife given to them
by their great uncle. This is generally used for cutting or directing energy.
It is not always sharp and there is a little bit of argument about whether it
should be used for non-ritual purposes. Some say daily use dulls the magick
inside it, others say it enhances it. I say, it is your knife, use it for what
Bolline- A utility knife actually used for
cutting physical objects. If you use your Athame as a functional knife you
probably don’t need this.
Cauldron- If ever there was an image of a
witch it was an old crone bent over a cauldron
stirring away at something nasty bubbling over a fire. These can be used
for bubbling toil and trouble, but also for a holding place for burning things.
Wand- Generally a thin stick thing for
pointing and directing energy. This can be a myriad of objects from one’s
fingers, pencils, spoons, actual sticks or specially crafted wands. Don’t let
anyone tell you something can’t be a wand.
Mortar and Pestle- A small bowl with a
little club for crushing, grinding and mixing herbs and spices. Be advised that
wood, plastics and porous stones can pick up scents and flavours from the
things you put in them. Do not use the same set for non-edible items that you
do for ones you intend on eating.
Chalice- Fancy cup. Usually used for
offering drinks to entities or passing around the group in a coven ritual.
Traditionally this is in a goblet shape, but I’ve used a coffee cup in a pinch.
Make sure whatever you use is food safe and easy to wash. Do not leave
offerings sitting it until they get fuzzy.
Incense- This is sometimes used to
represent air in elemental workings. It is best to avoid purely synthetic
scents when possible. These will require some kind of holder. A fireproof
container filled with sand can serve just as well in a pinch. If working in a
group please be sure to ask about allergies and sensitivities to scents.
Grimoire- This is a witch’s go to book for
all things that are important enough to write down. Just like a woman’s purse,
one should never open and look through another person’s grimoire without
express permission. Taking things that are not freely given from it is
dangerous at best.
Broom- Used for sweeping energies,
especially negative ones. Is wonderful for dissipating said energies. Not for flying on. Sweep your floor and get
the dust out along with the bad stuff.
Drums/bells- Sound can be useful for wards,
driving away negative energy and calling attention. They’re also great for
keeping time when dancing in a group.
Baskets, bottles, bins- For keeping stuff
in. Don’t laugh.
Bucket of water/fire extinguisher- Candles
can go from representations of fire to “oh shit my house is on fire” very
quick. Safety first.
Stones, crystals, cords, fabric, oils,
herbs, salt, flour, chalk - spell ingredients. They’ll end up everywhere unless you
contain them in the baskets, bottles and bins I mentioned earlier. DO NOT CAST CIRCLES OUTSIDE USING SALT. IT
WILL KILL WILDLIFE.
Ritual Clothes- Special clothing is by no
means a requirement, actually some people say this separates them too far from
their craft, like putting on a costume. Others say it enhances the ritual
experience for them. Whatever you are comfortable wearing should be what you
practice in. Skyclad is a way of referring to being naked, by the way.
Divination tools- Tarot cards, runes,
scrying mirrors, crystal balls, tea leaves. Only needed when planning on doing
While none of these things are required to
perform any spells, they can be helpful. No beginner should feel they have to
break the bank to get a bunch of items they may or may not use. Be wary of
materials of anything that will be touching your mouth or eyes. Cheap antique
metals especially can sometimes contain lead.
Used bookshops, thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales can be gold
mines for things to use in your craft.
Many practitioners believe in cleansing and
consecrating their tools before using them. They feel any strange energies
coming into their space that wasn’t invited can contaminate their spells. There
are as many methods of purification as there are stars in the sky, but some
common methods are
Ground, cast a circle and call whatever
energies into play that you wish to work with. Hold the item above your work
space and “sweep” or “cut” away any unwanted energies while calling for the negative
to be dispersed. Then you can set the item down onto your altar and fill it with good energies and intents.
Smoke cleansing, passing a fireproof item
briefly through candle flame, bathing in water (charged, rain or crystal water
are commonly used for this practice), leaving it in direct sun or moonlight for
a few hours or burying overnight in clean soil are also common ways of dealing
with negative energies. Some believe a simple spiritual wipe down is all you
I have heard some practitioners say the
repeat this process any time they use a tool in a ritual, and some simply when
they feel the need recharging.
Whatever process you choose, make sure it
is safe for you to use on the item and that you feel completely comfortable
doing it. If you go into it with uncertainty or negative feelings, you’ll just
be imbuing those into the item instead of cleaning it.
Now that you know what kind of tools you
might be using, you probably are curious what kinds of magic you can perform. I
by no means believe this is a completely comprehensive list. I’m only human
Astral work- The art of using one’s mind to
expand your presence and travel beyond one’s physical body.
Black/Dark/ Left Hand Path- This generally
is anything that falls outside of the realm of white magic. This can include
work that deals with death, blood, hexes, and gathering of power. Not always
evil, not always good. This sometimes includes working with demons or fae, but
certainly not always.
Cosmic- The use of planetary or celestial
bodies in influencing one’s magical workings.
Candle- The use of color and shape
correspondences in spells that use candles extensively.
Crystal/Stone/Lapidary- The use of
correspondences of types of stones and gems in spells, using the natural
energies found within rock.
Herbalism/Green magic- The use of growing
things to make your potions, spells and other magical workings. This generally
includes gardening at some point.
Kitchen/Hearth/Cottage- This is household
magic. Spells are woven into everyday cooking, cleaning and household tasks.
This is a very vast area of magic that can encompass many other sections.
Knot/Cord/String- The use of string and
cord for creating spells or charms. A very portable type of spellcasting.
Music/Sound- The use of singing, humming,
playing musical instruments or otherwise creating sounds for spells.
Divination- Attempting to foretell the
future through various means such as tarot, runes, scrying, reading tea leaves
Sigils, Symbols and Runes- Visual
representations of concepts and intents in one’s craft. This can include
esoteric alphabets and occult imagery.
Elemental- Working with one or all of the
elements to bring about one’s intentions.
Weather- Working in conjunction with and
influencing the weather
White/Light- Generally any magic that does
not fall into the somewhat unsavory realm of “bad” magic. This does not mean
this is the only right kind of magic to do.
There are literal hundreds of types and
branches of magic, including specific pantheons of deities that I am not going
to cover here, and ethnic or regional types of crafts. I always encourage you
to seek out more information on your own.
Before we wind down I want to go over some
other common terms that may or may not come up
Familiar- A companion, usually animal, that
serves as a host to a spiritual entity or energy. They assist with workings and
are generally good to have around. Please take good care of your familiars if
you have them.
Coven- A group of witches or practitioners.
You do not need one if you don’t want one, but they can be a great support
Spell- The working of magic itself.
Incantation- The spoken bit of the spell,
absolutely does not have to rhyme, though that can help with memory recall.
This can be in any language, though one you’re familiar with would probably be
Charm- An object that is created to hold an
enchantment, usually carried or worn by the intended recipient.
Channeling- The controversial process of
becoming host to another spirit of entity.
Three Fold Rule- The idea that whatever you
send out will return to you three times over. This applies to both the good and
Potion- A mixture of ingredients usually
meant to be swallowed by the person the magic is supposed to effect. Please
never make a potion out of toxic or dangerous ingredients.
Ointment/Salve- Lotiony sort of stuff that
goes on your skin.
Poultice- Soft wet mass of stuff you put on
your skin. Usually contains herbs and other ingredients bound together with
moss, gauze or flour and held on with a cloth wrapped around the body part
Correspondence- The relation between an
item and the energy it influences. Like a type of stone being handy for working
with psychic energies, or healing. Black candles being good for banishment and
cleansing. These are not always agreed
upon by every magic user.
Enchant- to fill an item with energy or
Grounding- The release of negative energy
and reaffirming one’s personal boundary of energy and influence
Sabbat- A festival, holiday or gathering
for celebratory or ritual reasons
Pentagram vs Pentacle – If you are involved
in craft that uses the star in the circle emblem, you should know that a
pentagram is just the star, the pentacle is the whole thing within the circle.
Calling it a pentagram makes you look like an ill informed goth kid. Always be
a well informed goth kid.
Casting a circle- the act of creating both
physical and metaphysical barriers for energies.
Shielding/ Warding- the creating of a
protective barrier between your target and bad/unwanted things.
Binding- The attempt to hold someone or
something and keep it from performing any harmful or unwanted actions.
Banishment/Purification- Casting out of bad
energies or influences
Calling the Corners- The concept that the
cardinal directions correspond to guardians or spiritual entities and calling
upon them to serve as protectors for a ritual
Offerings/Sacrifices- Objects that are
surrendered to an entity. Do not perform any kind of animal or blood sacrifice
without fully understanding what you are doing and warning anyone else that
might be involved in the process. Food, drinks, gifts and offerings of effort
are generally more than enough to appease deities or spirits.
Please if you have any questions, please
let me know. I will not be answering any questions about specific regional or
cultural craft that I am unfamiliar with, but will try to find you resources or
someone to speak to about them.
We will be reconvening for class on Sunday
to do basic spellwork and go over some common correspondences. We will be doing
a simple protection charm so please find an item you wish to enchant. It can be
an item you use and keep on you daily or a found item. Any other things you
would like to bring to share with the class of your own workings would be
wonderful. Thank you and I hope you learned something new.
Today’s witch cocktail for the solstice is another original. It can only be done if you’ve made the rose floral vodka I shared last week. https://barberwitch.tumblr.com/post/161749102126/so-in-honor-of-midsummer-and-the-summer-solstice
The Rose of Verona
2 oz Rose Vodka
1 oz simple syrup*
Grapefruit (or lemon) sparkling water
Garnish can be cucumber and rose (I added mint because I can) or, a lemon twist
Mix simple syrup and rose vodka in a glass with ice, stir, don’t shake. Strain into martini glass and top with grapefruit sparkling water. Garnish and serve.
*If you don’t have simple syrup, take about 2 oz water and add in 4 barspoons or 4 teaspoons of powdered sugar and stir until dissolved.
It’s a simple but elegant cocktail, super refreshing and will taste almost like a floral iced tea with some bubbles. No burn or bite of alcohol.
I mentioned the herbal correspondences of the vodka, but adding citrus is the final step. Like in Yule, oranges, lemon, and grapefruit represent the sun. And as the longest day of the year, a little extra sun is needed for the cocktail.
Thanks again @witches-of-ouroboros for inviting me to make some cocktails for you guys! Cheers to you, and cheers to the solstice!
Disclaimer: This will be about using pop culture in your
witchcraft practice, not as a religion. I know we have some members who worship
pop culture gods, I do not however and know very little about it, so I’m going
to just talk about how to use pop culture in your actual practice.
So what is pop culture magick?
Pop culture magick can take many forms: using the lyrics of
a song as a spell, using sigils from tv shows or books, using tools from movies
and so on. Pop cultures is, for the lot of us, part of our everyday lives, so
it’s easy to incorporate into our magical lives as well. It can help with
focusing or describing things. It can help to give power to a spell. You can
use pop culture to drawn power from different characters or channel them. I’ll
go into some more detail on that in a moment.
Why should I use Pop Culture in magick?
Well like most magickal practices, they come from cultural
ties and where you’re from. In today’s modern day world, it’s very easy to use
pop culture because frankly, it IS a part of your culture. Most people watch tv
or get online multiple times everyday. It’s become a part of our life style and
a witch can easily utilize that in his or her practice.
How do I incorporate Pop Culture into my Practice?
There are endless ways to use pop culture in your magickal
practice. Like I said, I’m going to stay away from Pop Culture Deities as I
know very little about them and stick mostly to how you can use pop culture to
help in your witchcraft and your magickal practices.
We can start with manifestation.
Pop culture can help you focus and imagine things a lot
easier because you have something to go by. This is especially helpful for
those who are teaching themselves witchcraft or are solitary witches. For
example, I’ve never seen a real life witch use a wand before because I am a
solitary practitioner. However, I have seen the Harry Potter movies, so what I
do is I use the wand movements from the books and movies in my own practice so
I don’t feel like I’m just waving about a stick. Harry Potter can actually be
used a lot in pop culture magick. If you’re having trouble connecting or
“seeing” your astral familiar, you can use your wand or imagine your
familiar as you would a patronus. Some people even call their familiars a
patronus because it’s easier for them to connect with that term.
Another example is a shielding spell. For most people, they
imagine a sphere surrounding them that bounces away negative energy or so on.
For me, that’s really hard to imagine and form around myself. But I figured out
an easy way to help myself envision a bubble around me. In the TV show Steven
Universe, Steven has the ability to manifest a shield from his gem, but also a
bubble around himself to keep him safe. If I’m needing shielding on a
particular day. I sit down for a moment, I imagine that there is a gem in me
that creates this bubble around me like Steven’s does, and I haven’t had any
problems since manifesting a protective shield.
Spells and curses can be amped up with pop culture ties as
well. Emoji spells and curses can be created and charged with reblogs. You can
use spells or curses from popular TV shows like Charmed or Witches of Eastend
that are already written for you. I like to use lyrics from songs and music as
a spell in itself. For example if I’m wanting to bring myself power or ask the
spirits or gods to guide me on my journey, I might sing the song “Steady
as a Beating Drum” from the movie Pocahontas. If I’m doing a strength
spell or a spell to keep people from hurting me, I’ll sing “stronger than
you” from Steven Universe. Music has always been a really powerful tool in
magick and can be used in substitute for a spell.
In addition to spells from pop culture, you can use words or
phrases as well in your practice and spells. Again, Harry Potter is a good
example. If you’re doing a spell to unlock information or unlock someone’s
heart, you could use “Alohamora” in your spell. Also, if you work
with Mantra’s, phrases from various movies and books can be used as mantras. A mantra
I use a lot comes from the new Star Wars movie: Rogue One. Anytime I feel
drained or I need energy or protection, I take a deep breath, close my eyes and
say, “I am one with the force, the force is with me.” I repeat it
until I feel like it’s helped. If you’re feeling particularly depressed or
maybe you have someone who is sick. You can use the doctor who quote,
“everybody lives, for once everybody lives.” Or “I have been and
always will be an optimist. Hope of far flung hopes and dreamer of impossible
dreams.” This can also be used in a spell to create happiness. Even using
the phrase, “I can do zat” from Star Trek’s Chekov, may sound silly,
but can give you the boost of confidence you need to complete something.
Sigils and symbols can also come from pop culture. If you
believe in demons and want to keep them away from you, you can use the
anti-demon possession tattoo from Supernatural as a sigil. Really any sigil or
symbol from Supernatural can be used. Also if you read the book or watch the
movies/tv show of the Shadowhunters series: the City of Bones, you can use the
symbols from that as their various meanings. I’ll post an example of those in
the reply to voice.
Pop culture magick is incredibly inclusive and can be done
in so many ways.
Having a hard time making a book of shadows? Make or buy one
that looks like the one from Charmed.
Can’t have an altar because you’re in the broomcloset or you
just don’t have enough room? Make an altar in a video game.
If you have a hard time connecting with any tarot decks and
meanings, you can easily make your own tarot cards with images of movie
characters that help you remember meanings. I made my own pop culture tarot
deck with artwork I found on Pinterest and Tumbr.
Tools can also be something you incorporate from pop
culture. I myself have never really been able to find a wand I like or feel
comfortable using until I went to Universal. I found a beautiful and very well
made Sirius Black wand from Harry Potter. Its made out of fine material and has
a heavy rod in the center of it to give it a good weight. I find that the metal
in the center helps me channel my energy when casting a spell, and imagining
I’m a witch from Harry Potter makes me feel less ridiculous waving it around. 😃`
that’s about it! I’ll open it up to questions now and here’s
Homework: Write a spell based off of a tv show, movie, or
book that you really connect with.