otherworld

When you die, only three things will remain of you, since you will abandon all material things on the threshold of the Otherworld: what you have taught to others, what you have created with your hands, and how much love you have spread. So learn more and more in order to teach wise, long-lasting values. Work more and more to leave to the world things of great beauty. And Love, love, love people around you for the light of Love heals everything.
—  FRENCH DRUID TRIAD, FRANÇOIS BOURILLON
Celebrating Samhain- Tips for the closet or low buget witch

My main goal when sharing the knowledge I’ve picked up over the years is to show other witches easy and simple ways to incorporate their practice into everyday life. In a world where young witches hide who they are and old witches have been caught up in the day to day struggles of a modern life, I want to inspire them to keep following the path in their hearts. So with that in mind here is my list of easy ways to celebrate the spookiest sabbat of the year!

1. Decorate your altar
  • remember it doesnt have to be large and extravagant. Especially if you are a witch with a low budget or a closet witch. A small shelf, a window sill, a hidden area of your bedroom closet, or the base of a tree in your yard or a local nearby park are all acceptable places to set up your altar.
  • you do not have to purchase decorations nor do you have to have a million candles, crystals, or decorative skulls. Witchcraft is a nature based practice, meaning you can feel free to decorate with items you find outside such as: dead leaves, acorns, corn stalks, squash, pretty rocks, ect.
  • all altars are beautiful, don’t get caught up scrolling through tumblr posts of “altar aesthetics” Big, elaborate, and beautiful altars are great, but that doesnt make a small and simple altar any less great.
2. Honor your loved ones who have passed on
  • Samhain is similar to the mexican “Day of the Dead” in the fact that we honor the spirits in the otherworld and remember our ancestry and heritage.
  • ways to honor your ancestors include burning a candle, taking a moment of silence, exchanging favorite stories from the deseased life with loved ones, or any other ways you personally show respect for the dead
3. Bake some Soul Cakes
  • these cookie/biscuit like cakes are really simple and easy to make and can be left as offerings at you altar, at the base of a tree, or at loved ones graves.
  • the simplest recipe I found only needs: 1 stick of butter, 1 ½ cup sugar, 1 ½ cup flour, and 1 egg. First mix the butter and sugar thoroughly and then mix in the flour and egg. Then you use the dough to make little cookies, put them on your baking pan, and cook them for 10-15 minutes at 350°
  • if you want to add more to your soul cakes you can also add: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and/or malt vinegar.
4. Prepare yourself for a new year!
  • Along with honoring the spirits of those who have passed before us, Samhain also marks the end of the seasons filled with life and growth. It is the beginning of a season that is dark and dead, but to witches that doesn’t mean anything negative! Its is our new year, and it begins quietly, peacefully, and from a truely blank slate.
  • Now is a good time to cleanse yourself and your tools. So you can begin your year as unburdened and refreshed as possible.
  • take some time to also reflect upon yourself. Congratulate yourself on all the amazing things you have accomplished and forgive your inevitable mistakes. Make peace with your year and open your heart and soul to the future.
I hope I was able to give some other witches out there helpful ideas for this Samhain. As always feel free to add more information and ideas I may have missed. Have a blessed day!
In a land of dreams, I wandered
into a cozy castle, 
swathed by grey mist
and filled with light. 
Keats, of all people, met me 
at the door. 
The others, he said, were out. 
I never asked what he meant,
afraid that I would wake
up. I followed him
to the kitchen, 
where a plate of brownies
and a pitcher of an elixer
I was afraid to touch
were waiting  on 
the table. Death or eternal
life, or maybe just wine?
You should not eat in the Otherworld,
so I ignored the food.
I asked him about
a poem I hoped to write, called
Kingfisher. He seemed 
puzzled. Why a kingfisher? 
Did I think the hunt
was eternal?
No, I said, embarrassed,
but the way they swoop
makes my heart sing.
Before he could answer,
I woke up.
—  Kingfisher
Celtic Otherworlds

The Otherworld(s) of Celtic myth are invisible realms where gods, spirits, elves, giants, etc reside. Some Otherworlds are beautiful heavens, and others are terrible hells. Otherworlds are guarded and hidden by magic.
The Otherworld(s) can be found in places like lakes, caves, forests, rivers, dunes, and islands. An Otherworld may also be a grandiose castle or even a humble cottage. Often times the Otherworld(s) make an appearance at night, but then quickly vanish in the daylight. It is also said that on the eve of Samhain (saah-win) all gates to the Otherworld open and spirits venture into our world from theirs.
The Otherworld(s) have a very different concept of time. Generally, time moves at a much slower slower rate. Spending one year in an Otherworld could mean centuries have passed in our world.

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TorhallasSharingProject pt4

Hi Everyone,
The time has come to start sharing the accumulation of decks in my divinationspace. I had originally only had seven decks to share. When The English Magic Tarot came up on Amazon recently at an extra super bargain, I got carried away (plus the one I opened was bad enough to warrant a defective claim, so they replaced the whole order). Now I do believe this particular printing run had intermittent cutting issues. Reviews over all are good though.

All the decks but 2 (Sweet Twilight Tarot  & The Fey Tarot) are sealed the way they came. When I looked at the open ones they just didn’t click my clock. The cellophane is sealed to the tuck boxes with acid free archival tape. My way to protect them.

There will be Three Winners this fourth time around. Chosen with a RNG.

The winners may choose from the list below.

  • The English Magic Tarot (3 copies)
  • Sweet Twilight (opened but unused) just didn’t click
  • The Slow Holler Tarot 
  • The Fay Tarot (opened but unused) just didn’t click
  • Pagan Otherworlds Tarot 
  • 1889 Lenormand Oracle &
  • Faërie Enchantments Oracle

First place goes first and so on.

Rules as they will appear for each deck as They are posted throughout the year.

  • You don’t have following me.
  • This giveaway lasts for the rest of the year starting February 19th with the first deck. Then approx. every 28 days there after.
  • One entry per person.
  • Reblog this post to enter the giveaway.
  • Likes do not count.
  • Please do not delete or edit the text of this post it will disqualify you.
  • You must be at 18+ years to enter (Tumblr guidelines). 
  • Your ask box must be open so I can contact you.
  • This give-a-way is in no way affiliated with Tumblr.
  • Please do not tag this giveaway or the PTB’s will disappear it.  

The winners will be chosen Monday the 15th of May 2017 at noon MST and notified via Ask

I hope I’ve covered everything.

Good Luck