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Understanding Concepts in Witchcraft

Originally posted by thepumpkinqueenn

  • Not every witch is wiccan or believes in the threefold law
  • Wicca is not the only religion that has witchcraft
  • Some witches curse and some witches don’t, if they do curse how about we don’t shame them or insist that they will bring accidentally curse themselves or that bad luck will come back around
  • Some witches use materials like blood, bones, or decaying or rotting items but it’s their craft so they are free to do so
  • There’s no right way to practice your craft
  • You do not need an expensive, fancy grimoire or book of shadows, using a binder/notebook or an online grimoire is okay
  • It’s okay to take a break from magick or witchcraft if needed
  • Low budget witchcraft is a things so you don’t need to buy expensive tools to be a “real witch”
  • There are no qualifications to be a “real witch”, if you practice witchcraft boom you’re a real witch.
  • You don’t have to be in a coven
  • Witches can be male, female, or anything they identify as. Witches can also be mentally ill, disabled, POC, or LGBT+
  • Just because a spell doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean it won’t work for everyone else
  • It’s okay to write spells you’ll never use
  • Stop telling other witches how to practice their craft, simply mind your business and worry about your craft
  • Pop culture spells, bath magick, or emoji spells are totally valid forms of magick stop telling people other wise
  • Not all witches are able to perform spells or rituals but you guise are still valid witches

3xsweetrevenge  asked:

I've been searching around for good witchcraft resources online. Do you happen to know any websites or tumblr blogs? Books maybe?? Thank you for your time

This might be a lot but this is my pretty much current witchy faves that i follow in no particular order:
@cosmic-witch
@seafoambeauty
@witchyroses
@the-darkest-of-lights
@simplywitchy
@spellbookbitch
@craftingmagick
@rwt-mystic-corner
@thiscrookedcrown
@spiritvexer
@broomclosetwitches
@breelandwalker
@floralwaterwitch
@harvest-witch-deactivated201606
@nebularmagic
@seashellies
@spellsandseashells
@umbreonwix
@upthewitchypunx
@novas-grimoire
@storm-witch
@witchy-tips
@crookedlycasualwitch
@solitarywitch
@urbanspellcraft
@crystalwitchery
@witchsmoke
@stormbornwitch
@magicksuggestion
@bibliophilicwitch
@popculturepagan
@nerdywitchmomma
@oldmotherredcap
@beewitch
@jade-witch
@crystal-rose-star-witch
@visardistofelphame
@witchy-words
@duskenpath
@oil-water-blood
@magickandmoss
@magic-for-the-masses

Yes i have written this entire list in my Binder of Shadows so i can remember :’>

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13 Steps for the Witch Decluttering Spell

I am getting into spring cleaning this month in a witchy way. Most of the declutter plans out there are not for witches. They say things like get rid of everything that does not bring you joy…well what about curse items? They tell you to get rid of books you have already read and books you have had for a while and not read yet. Uh a lot of a witch’s books are reference books so they get read as needed. The lists tell you to get rid of all paperwork, what about all your book of shadows/grimoire binders/folders? I figured a cluttered witch needs a different declutter plan:

Step 1: Begin by committing to organization with a spell or charm at the full moon. For example, you might make a sigil or a charm based off of the latin and english word “organize.” In my situation I would use my wand and point it around my house and intone “or-gan-ize”

Step 2: Determine generally what kind of witchcraft you do. Are you wiccan? ceremonial? country? city? Celtic? Kemetic? 

Figure the same kind of styles out for your kitchen items, wardrobe, bathing and hair products/make up, art supplies, bedding and library. Are you a cook from scratch maven or more of a microwave george forman grill kinda cook? Do you use all organic products in the bath or all about the neon bath bombs? Goth make up or minimalist? do you read sci-fi, classics, romance? Don’t get too stressed about this labelling its just one key to helping you prioritize later.

Step 3: Make a schedule for decluttering and find a support website or app. Flylady, 40 days 40 bags, Brightnest, Unflith your Habitat, etc. It helps to be accountable.

Step 4: Get together stuff you will need to declutter. If you don’t have 40 bags together for 40 days 40 bags you aren’t gonna get very far. So get any containers like bags and boxes you will need. But do not buy furniture and storage bins for keeping more things and organizing your space yet. Figure out where you can donate locally that fits your values, I like Gaia Movement for clothes and shoes, Scrap for art and craft supplies, and Paws and Claws for household items, and friends of the library for books (most charities are mainstream religious and I have never seen pagan books on their shelves, but I have seen them at the friends of library sales and I saw something sort of new age once at Paws and Claws).

Step 5: Make a hierarchy of decisions about item, like a flow chart that suits you for each category of item. 

For witchcraft mine will look like this: is this (tool, herb, item, loose paper, book) pertinent and useful to traditional witchcraft and fairy faith? is it something I need and use? Is it high enough quality for my standards? then if it doesn’t fit any of those then donate, compost, gift, sell, recycle/re-purpose, use it up right away or throw away. 

For clothes I will start by setting aside two casual outfits for each season, two formal out fits for each season, and then I will go through all my clothes and decide if I can wear them to work, if not they go in a discard pile to divide up donate/rags. If I get anxious about tossing something special I will get a few save items at the end. 

Bathroom stuff. To be honest I am very minimalist here. I am no-poo so I don’t need many hair products besides my henna, natural conditioner, and my hair oil. I need a few combs, a boars bristle brush and hair ties. Make up I have a blemish stick, mascara and eyeliner, powder and a couple lip glosses and one lipstick to even keep. A few nail polishes for fun. Really its time I trash the rest I never wear it.

For library: I already got pretty minimal here but I am going to go through again and reduce again. I am going to do another pagan faire table in the fall so I will cut my library down to what I honestly really truly think I will read and sell or donate the rest.

For art supplies: this is honestly the most difficult area for me. I am still in the midst of my five year plan to make art and craft more of my income. As I get more successful I will have more time to use the supplies I need and less disposable income to buy more supplies. I am going to cut here based on quality. Get rid of art supplies I don’t consider high quality and donate them.

Step 6: After making your flow charts on how to determine what to cut from your possessions, divide everything up very strictly based on those charts. Have an area for each category where even stuff you are having reservations about getting rid of goes–but don’t get rid of anything permanently yet.

Step 7: Cleanse and banish attachment to the piles of to get rid of items. I suggest using a spray of alcohol with cooking sage and/or salt infused in it. Spray this in the air above and around your items while instructing the items to be cleansed of possessive ties. 

Step 8: Now sleep on it. As you go to sleep do a divination with your favorite form and ask for any items that your true intuition knows you will need to appear in your dreams. In the morning if you had any special gut feelings from the divination or dreams to keep a few things go through the piles and remove those few items and put them back to keep. Likewise if you dreamt of items you should dispose of and haven’t add them to the dispose piles. 

Step 9:Take the cut stuff to their new homes (recycling, donation, trash, gifting, or listing for sale) and do a final banishment and cleansing perhaps this time if possible with smoke, I suggest using a dried herb like juniper and bundling and smoking around the items outdoors or in your car as you take them away.

Step 10: After your first cut of things wait a month til the next time the moon is full. Take inventory of how you have done. If everything you have left has a place to go then you can call it all a success and stop however, if your home is still too crowded its time to go through again with new strategies for cutting items. If truly one or two pieces of storage furniture would solve your problem its okay at this point to get them, but this is really only if you don’t have enough places to put things that are reasonable for you to keep.

Step 11: Truly cleanse your home. Do floor washes with cleansing herbs in the soap and sprinkle salt and herbs in areas that can’t get wet and sweep them up. Dust. Organize your books in order (this is one last chance to get rid of excess items as you are cleaning them.)

Step 12: Commit at this point to not buying anything new for a month. Enjoy what you have and go through and read books you already have, wear things you already own, and use things around the house you already have. Now of course if you run out of toothpaste go get some, but I mean don’t go and buy twenty new books this month. Take a break from adding to your clutter and find a center in your clean home the way it is now so you can make it a habit to keep it that way.

Step 13: Celebrate! Have a little party for yourself celebrating and blessing all your items (well of course except curse items) and your home. This is a great time to make new house blessing and protection charms and fill the home up with your joy and magic.

Book of Shadows Binder

So, I am a HUGE planner addict. I have multiple kinds, sizes, etc. Most of them are super customizable too! It occurred to me the other day that since you can add or take out pages super easily, a planner binder would make a great Book of Shadows! 

This is my a5 planner. It’s a 6 ring binder, button snap closure and pockets on the left inner side. Can you imagine this as a BOS? Really, I am dying to try it. 

You can add so much stuff into these 

For instance, this is a plastic pocket I hole punched. I keep stickers in it. There are so many things you could add. Photos that represent the Goddess or God, cards from holidays, the wheel of the year, etc. 

I know that with bound books I was always afraid of the commitment because I tend to get annoyed and rip things out or I’m stuck hating how a page looks. This way I can take out and put in whatever I like! 

SO MANY POSSIBILITIES. 

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This is my personal “Binder of Shadows ”
Its a work in progress for now but its mostly just to get thr information written down and kept somewhere for when i make my actual book for my book of shadows.

Im on mobile and cannoy figure out how to do the cut thing so sorry guys…

First picture is of the outside. I colored the black stripe with sharpie and stuck an old candle decoration in the center because i thought it looked pretty :’) its simple but it works

Second picture is my list of things i for sure want to add in my BoS. I posted a typed up version of the list a week or two ago and ill link it when i get off work so you guys can read it (my handwriting is terrible lol)

Next picture is going to be my cover page for my pop culture pantheon that i work with. I want to do cover pages for each section but i gotta get the information in there too haha. Its a work in progress right now but ill go over it again and do it up nice and pretty :)

Next picture is the ancient ones language from the game kings quest 5 heir today gone tomorrow. Its blurry because my phone sucks but its the start of my languages and alphabets section. I have several more behind that page

Next up is my wip for zodiac things. Just simple pictures for the cover page. After that is my colors section and then last i have a herbs cheat sheet that ive had for forever. It lists some medicinal properties and side effects and i figured itd be a good thing to include in the binder.

So yup there it is. Its not the most beautiful but it gets the job done :)

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anonymous asked:

So I'm underage and expressed that Im using witch craft to my mother for cultural reasons (my family is creole) so i wanted to connect to that. But she said it was a gateway to bad spirits and i can become possessed, so she strongly disapproves and even said she was highly uncomfortable. was wondering if there were ways i can practice in a very discrete way?

Hello there~ ☽♡☾

I know many tricks for witches in the broom closet! There are also many posts on my blog about this sort of thing, so be sure you check there too :) Here are some tips, off the top of my head:

  • Altars can be hidden anywhere; even in plain sight. A shelf or desktop with a cloth, plants, and personal items can serve very well as a beginning altar. Even everyday objects can stand for something witchcraft- related (A stick or chopstick = wand / A kitchen knife = athame / and so on) 
  • If you haven’t made a book of shadows yet, using a binder or simply disguising the book itself can help you keep it under-wraps. 
  • If you have anything particularly witchy that you can’t help but disguise, be sure to hide it in a place your family does not have access to! For example, if you do your own laundry, consider hiding it in the bottom of your laundry basket. Or if you have bookshelves in your room, tuck the item behind the other books. 
  • On sabbats, esbats, or important moon phases, you can celebrate by taking nature walks or meditating quietly. There are also some spells that can even be done without tools, as visual meditation is a very powerful thing. 
  • Investing in crystals would be good for your situation, as they are useful in witchcraft yet are discrete enough to display around your room. 

And here is a master post about broom closet witches that can help you further! Good luck, and have a lovely day ~ I do hope this advice helps you to begin on the path you desire

♒ Rainy