Among scorpions, there exists a religion not of tradition, but rather, one of instinct. Though they lack the neurological sophistication required to comprehend such concepts as God or eternity, their genetic memory leaves just enough room to accommodate one curious ritual.
For an unknown number of generations, scorpions of all species have collaborated to preserve a mere sevendroplets of sacred venom. No gland within their bodies is capable of producing this substance; it can only be obtained from another scorpion, and only through willful transmission. During the rite, the droplet is passed delicately from tail to tail over the course of twelve to fifteen excruciating minutes.
The symptoms caused by this sacred venom are unclear; wild scorpions in possession of the substance have never once been observed injecting it into the body of another creature. Those so endowed only ever engage in combat with their claws, and would sooner die than make use of their tails.
Some scholars believe that these droplets are being preserved for use on a particularly worthy victim: some hard-to-kill creature that will emerge at the end of time, such as the jotun Surtr, or even the Beast from the Sea of Revelation. Others still argue that perhaps these arachnids have never intended to use their sacred venom at all; that, as creatures anatomically composed almost entirely of weapons, such a display is the only means available to them to demonstrate their desire for peace.
All venom used in astronaut initiation is said to be sacred, though true sacred venom has never been used.
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Healing (also called Logurgia) is the thaumaturgical ability to influence in spiritual and physical healing, sometimes performing cures that cannot be explained in terms of accepted medical principles.
There have been healers, saints, shamans and witch doctors in every culture and civilization, and there are countless ceremonies in grimoires and sacred texts that assure to heal wounds, diseases and poisoning.
Even today, despite all the fraudsters and liars, there are miraculous recoveries that have been attributed to gifted and talented thaumaturges.
It contains several methods: hands-on, hands-off, and distant or absent healing, where the patient and healer are in different locations. The ceremonies or sessions can (or cannot) involve ritualistic practice of prayer and gestures, laying on of hands, or a visit to a religious shrine, all depending on the spiritual faith of the healer and the patient.
The witch that goes all out and does intense ritual work and magick everyday, is a witch.
The witch whom only does magick in emergencies or once in a blue moon, is a witch.
The witch who quietly whispers their spells and uses only their mind to manipulate energy, is a witch
A witch who knows everything there is to know on a witchcraft topic but never does spell work or magick themselves, is a witch.
A witch who knows nothing about witchcraft and hasn’t done magick yet but wants to, is a witch
The witch that does witchcraft everyday without knowing it, is a witch…Or just a person if they don’t desire the title. (And that’s ok!)
The witch who curses when wronged, is a witch
The witch who doesn’t believe in cursing, is a witch
The witch who follows a religious path, is a witch
The witch who follows no religion, is a witch
The witch that worships Gods, is a witch
The witch whom worships no one, is a witch
A witch that follows a group or coven, is a witch
A witch whom is solitary, is a witch
The witch that follows a specific way of witchcraft, is a witch
A witch that just does whatever they feel like and has no specific craft, is a witch
A witch that can’t do certain witchcraft because of a disability, is a witch
A witch who is old and wise with years of age on her skin, is a witch
A witch who is young and naive about the world and her craft, is a witch
A person with a penis whom calls themselves a witch instead of wizard, is a witch
A witch that loves sex and celebrates the creation of life through sex, is a witch
A witch whom isn’t sexual and values life without the creation process, is a witch
A witch that is broke and can’t afford to buy witchy thing for their craft, is a witch
A witch on a more negative or forceful path, is a witch
A witch on a passive or positive path, is a witch
The witch that wears all black and whom everyone already suspects is a witch, is a witch
So is the one wearing pink and flower crowns, they are also a witch
A witch, is a witch, is a witch.
Blood, age, color, background, knowledge, gender, or skill level means nothing.
You cannot define witchcraft or a witch. One person’s ‘imagination’ is another persons magick. One person’s ‘prayer’ is another persons invoking ritual. A person wishing upon a shooting star or making a wish on a dandelion is one persons hope and wishful thinking and another persons will to make something happen.
I was recently asked what to do with a spell jar once it’s made. I thought my answer would be simple, but the more I wrote, the more I realized it wasn’t. So here’s a guide for those that need it showing what to do with different bottles depending on your intent.
Positive influence on yourself or in your life: -Place somewhere you will see it very often, like a sunny window, bedside table, desk, or altar. Seeing it every day will help strengthen your intent and remind yourself why you made it. -Place somewhere that you meditate. If you meditate regularly you can take a few moments during that time to hold the jar and focus on the spell, the result that you want, and how to help make that happen. -Keep it on your person throughout the day. If the jar is small enough, it can be kept on you inside a purse/bag, coat pocket, or as a necklace. It will act as a conductor for the positivity that you want.
Beauty/Glamour: -Place on vanity or in bathroom. Placing it at the central point of your daily beauty routine will maximize the use of the spell bottle. -Keep in makeup bag/kit. Keeping it in a container with all of your beauty supplies will infuse it’s intent with everything inside. -Stash inside your dresser or closet with the clothes that correspond to your spell (date clothes, party/club clothes, formal wear, lingerie). -Bury in a pot of flowers and keep by a mirror you use for your daily beauty routine. Flowers are a universal symbol of beauty and having something living channel your spell makes it much stronger. -Keep it on your person throughout the day. If the jar is small enough, it can be kept on you inside a purse/bag, coat pocket, or as a necklace. Keeping the jar close to you will help influence the beauty spell/glamour longer and stronger.
Weight Loss/Gain and Exercise: -Stash inside your gym bag/locker. It will serve as a boost right before you work out. -Keep with your food. If you are using it to control eating habits, keep it in your pantry/fridge IN FRONT of all of your food. It will be a barrier between you and your food. You’ll have to get past the jar before you touch anything else. -Keep it on you’re kitchen table. If you are using it to battle eating disorders and/or increase your eating habits, place it where you eat all of your meals. -Take it with you while you move. If you like to ride your bike for exercise, use an unbreakable/break resistant bottle and tie it to your bike. If you like to walk/run with your kids in a running stroller, put it on the stroller where your child can’t reach it. -Store it with your work out clothes. The spell will bleed over into the clothes so that you have it whenever you put them on. -Keep it on your person. If the jar is small enough, it can be kept on you inside a purse/bag, coat pocket, or as a necklace. It will influence you as well as remind you of our goals all day.
Influence Relationships: -Place in the heart of your home. If you are trying to influence your family or the relationships within, keep it where you’re family spends time together the most (kitchen, livingroom mantle, game room, dining room). If you can’t practice openly at home, use a container that is pretty and not see through, fill it completely so it doesn’t rattle, and glue it shut. That way, to everyone else, it will just be pretty decoration. -Give it as a gift. Decorate the bottle and give it as a gift to the person whose relationship with you, you want to influence. -Keep next to their photo. Keep it next to a photo of the person you wish to change your relationship with. -Keep it on your person. If the jar is small enough, it can be kept on you inside a purse/bag, coat pocket, or as a necklace. The bottle will work it’s magic whenever you are around the specified person.
Health: -Stash in the bedroom. Placing the jar on your nightstand, under your pillow, or under your bed will allow health spells to work while you sleep, especially if you are bedridden. -Store with your medicine. If you have to take medication regularly, store it with your meds. -Keep next to your drinking water. If you use drinking water that isn’t from a tap, store the jar where you store your water. The spell will bleed into your drinking water to influence your health. -Keep it on your person. If the jar is small enough, it can be kept on you inside a purse/bag, coat pocket, or as a necklace. If it is on your person, it can influence your health all day, healing you or protecting you from an illness that is spreading.
Dreams: -Stash in the bedroom. Placing it on your nightstand, under your pillow, or under your bed will keep it close while you sleep so it can influence your dreams. -Store with your pajamas. Storing it with the clothes that you sleep in will infuse them with the spell’s energy (unless you sleep naked of course, but I don’t need to know about that).
Wards/Banishments: -Keep it on your person. If the jar is small enough, it can be kept on you inside a purse/bag, coat pocket, or as a necklace. It will act as a shield to keep away whatever you want. -Bury it in your yard. If you are just trying to banish something/someone from your life or ward them away from your home and family, bury it in your yard. It will act as a shield. -If you are trying to banish something/someone and send them far away from you, bury next to train tracks. -If you are trying to banish thoughts or habits or trying to forget something, bury it in a cemetery. If you can’t bury it in a cemetery, bury it somewhere in the woods and forget it’s location.
If anyone wants to add something that I missed, please feel free!
Here are some quick magickal techniques you can use first thing in the morning to help make your day go a little easier!
Morning Shower Meditation - use the element of water to cleanse yourself of any lingering negativity from the previous day. Use herbal soaps, herbal bags for aromatherapy, oils, or other means to help you focus on your intent to wash away negative energy down the drain.
Light some incense - I do this on most mornings to set a tone for how I want the day to proceed. Aromas can produce powerful emotions and moods. Here’s a brief list of some of my favorites scents and some of their attributes.
Frankincense and Myrrh - uplifting
Amber - comfort, healing, and happiness
Cinnamon - success and strength
Jasmine - love and wisdom
Pine - grounding
Altar Devotion/Invocations - You can light some candles on your altar and speak some invocations for your deities to guide you throughout the day. I do a Goddess Devotion every morning to ask Her for her strength, vitality, love, and intuition to guide me.
Breakfast - Even your breakfast can be spiritual! You are filling yourself with the nourishment that the Earth has provided you with. Be conscious of what you eat. Try fruits, oatmeal, grits, milk, juices, meats, and breads to start your morning by showing your gratitude to all that is.
Glass of Water - Having a glass of water in the morning can be used to cleanse the body, just like the shower. You can even do an herbal tea blend to incite a mood just as the incense does.
Yoga and Exercise - This can also be a form of meditation in the morning.
Dream Journals - You can keep a dream journal by your bed so you can record your dreams in the morning when you first wake up. Writing can also be considered a form of meditation and getting into a routine can become your personal ritual.
Greet the Sun - Going for a walk outside or just watching the sunrise can be a very powerful ritual. The Sun lends us its strength, passion, and love as we go about our busy day. Greet the sun and ask it for guidance.
Cleaning candle holders is probably one of my least favorite things to do, but recently I’ve started collecting left over wax to use in other projects (a post for a much later day) and I was entrusted with a few extra candle holders to clean so what better use of chore than to make a blog post about how I get it done.
There are A LOT of ways to clean candles. This is just the way that I like doing it and I prefer to do things in batches anyways because I’m all about saving some time.
candle holders that need cleaning
a large pot or bowl
a knife (or something you can poke wax out with)
paper towel/something to wipe the candle holders down with
hot water (I boiled my water in my tea kettle and poured it into my bowl)
Use a knife to cut slashes into the wax still in the candle holder
Place candle holders in a large pot and pour hot water into candle holders and around them. Leave sitting for about 15 minutes.
Leftover wax will either float to the top or be soft and cool enough to pull out with a knife
You can either soak them in a fresh batch of warm water or you can wipe off the excess wax with a paper towel (I used the paper bags we save from last minute store runs)
You can set aside the wax for a future project or toss it!
I do this quite often. You can turn anything into a ritual if you become conscious of what you’re doing. You can also hang herbal bags on your shower head and let the steam activate the odors to create a calming sensation and you’re own personal aromatherapy blend!