shelbymelissa

4k-ultra  asked:

I'm extremely new to the wicca world and I would like to know is there any way to strengthen your ability to feel energies? I don't think I feel energies unless its like strong or dark and foreboding.

Hello!

Here are some links that you may find helpful!

You may also have some specialty in feeling dark and foreboding energies. Maybe find a way to use it to your advantage.

shelby-melissa

anonymous asked:

Is there any way I would know if I'm a witch or if it's just a spiritual awakening?

If you want to be a witch, then you are a witch Anon. It is really as simple as that. 

Here are some resources to get you started!

Good luck!

~ShelbyMelissa

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littlekitten901  asked:

Okay so I'm trying to transition myself into wiccan.. I think it's a beautiful religion and I want to be a part of it. I was raised in a Christian home and I am literally the only non-Christian in my whole family. Can you give me any advice on practicing in secret? Please please help me, I want to be a part of this religion but I cannot be shunned and looked down upon by my family

Hello littlekitten901!

Thank you for your question! We have some links at the resource page that you may find helpful:

You may also find using non-obvious objects helpful, such as seashells on your dresser/bookshelf/desk/etc if you want to represent water or are working with water energies.

However, if you are under 18, your parents are still responsible for you and by law, you have to listen to them and do as they say. In some states in the US, it is actually illegal for you to learn anything religious without their consent. 

Best of luck to you!

-ShelbyMelissa

selenewolfe394-deactivated20150  asked:

Hey, so I've been a Wiccan for a while but I've always had a very easy time meditating. My friend is also a Wiccan but has difficulty focusing, both mentally and physically. I suggested trying something like yoga or Tai Chi while meditating to focus her body, but have you any other suggestions? What stones are good for concentration? (I've been planning to get her incense and some stones or something for Christmas/Yule)

Hello!

Thank you for your question! I am sorry if Christmas/Yule has passed for you, but the Pagan Study Group gets buckets full of asks. Hopefully you will still find this useful!

The common method for meditation is sitting still and emptying the mind. Many find this to be difficult for them, not unlike you friend. However, this is just one method for meditation. Some methods have the individual focus on an object, follow a guided story, or move their body. Sometimes we fall into a meditation like state without even knowing it! This happens to me a lot while driving. Here are some links we have recommended in the past:

And here are some more!

I hope your friend finds something that works for them!

-ShelbyMelissa

anonymous asked:

okay so I'm pretty sure Odin came to me in a dream, do you have any links or advice for me to go about contacting Odin? I don't know anything about this deity and I'm not sure how to approach this.

Hello Anon!

Maybe another mod will be able to jump in and give you more information, but here are some links to get you started.

This first set come from our Resource Page:

Heathenry and Norse Polytheism:

and

Deities: 

Here is a link to posts that have been tagged with “Odin.”

Here is a link to posts that have been tagged with “norse.”

Best of Luck!

~ShelbyMelissa

glittorus  asked:

I was raised very traditionally and have almost no knowledge of paganism/wicca/witchcraft ect outside of pop culture and a few classes that brought up mythology. How do I know if I have any talents or abilities/what they are?

Hello!

First off, what sort of talents or abilities are you talking about? That should give you an idea of where to start. There are various sorts of tests out there that you can take that will tell you if you have a certain talent/ability or what kind you could have.

However, I am a big believer in that almost anyone can develop any sort of talent or ability with practice and determination. Let’s think about painting for a moment. Some people are naturally better at painting than others. Some have to work much harder and practice more to be able to paint on the same level. That is how I tend to see things. You may see it differently.

On this note though, there will be things that you will not have access to or that others will not be willing to teach you. If this is something from a closed culture, I recommend leaving it alone.

Here are some links that you may find helpful. They were taken from the Resource Page.

Paranormal Abilities:

I hope this helps!

~ShelbyMelissa

anonymous asked:

This may sound like a stupid question but I desperately am seeking an answer to this: Do I NEED to cast a circle for every single spell? i come across some spells that just wouldnt make sense in casting a circle because it calls for moving around and going outside and some spells just dont seem like a circle would be necessary, but i dont want to not cast a spell and not feel safe. Please help :/

Hello Anon!

This is not a stupid question! Not at all. I’m glad you asked it.

Do you need to cast a circle? It depends. Some practices may require that a circle is cast every time. Some may require that it is cast for big things like rituals, but not for smaller spells like imbuing food with magic. Some practices may not require a circle be cast at all. If you follow a certain practice, I would say to look there first. If you are more eclectic or forming your own practice, that is for you to decide. I actually don’t use one. I feel that it takes too much time, especially if the spell needs to be cast right away. I do however keep wards and other protective measures around my space, which is my apartment, and I try to regularly cleanse it.

There are also many ways to cast a circle. Some point and say a chant. Some just visualize that they are going through the steps to cast their circle. And some just visualize the circle being there. Visualizing allows for some freedom, in a sense. You can visualize yourself walking the circle so that it is big enough to enclose the entire property. Some people may have opinions on this being too big of a circle, or that a circle must be made a certain way. If you are not following a set practice, it is really up for you to experiment with and decide what works best for you.

So to answer your question, it depends. Think about what you are comfortable with, what works for you, and if you follow a certain practice find out what their guidelines/rules/recommendations are.

Good luck!

-ShelbyMelissa

If you don’t want to cast circle but still feel the need to establish sacred space or have trouble with visualization, you can do so with music, song, simple words, movement, sweeping/vacuuming, smoke cleansing, sprinkled salt and/or water, or whatever else you feel makes a space feel like a clean slate of potential.

As an example for how there’s no one way to do this and informality doesn’t mean a lack of efficacy, I’m usually just, “Dudes, it’s spell time, get the hell out of my kitchen unless you’re gonna help me,” and then I get started.  Some believe that a spell or ritual begins when you conceptualize it, so that may be another angle for you to work with.

- Mountain Hound

Most of the magix that I do doesn’t require a circle at all, and there are many traditions that don’t have circle casting incorporated into them. I usually only ward up my working if I’m worried about security, basically. Which is rarely the case.

So if casting a circle doesn’t work for you, or doesn’t seem to make sense for the spell you’re doing, I say don’t bother with it.

-Devo

anonymous asked:

Hi, I have a problem with deciphering the god's voices/feelings from my own voices and feelings. Intuition vs Imagination or Godphone vs crazy, if you will. I've actually managed to be partially vesseled. I knew what was going on then. And I felt a presence from Sobek once so strongly that it redefined my notions of gender: from a cultural concept to a real energy! These were a long time ago. It seems I've gotten progressively worse at identifying my own voices from my own conscience(s). Help?

Hello Anon!

It can be tough to identify the differences. One way to do so is ask for signs or that something comes up a certain number of times to make it statistically relevant. Another thing you can do is vetting. For example, if you hear or feel that a deity wants you to offer A, you can vet that by checking in with other followers, checking the myths, and receiving divination services from an unknowning third-party.

Here are some links that you may find helpful:

In the end though, it will be up to you to decide which is which. There may be times when it is easier to do and time when it is more difficult.

On the side of attempting to make a better connection- what were you doing then that is different from what you are doing now? Some people find that meditation helps, others find that discernment helps, and some find that a better connection with that deity helps. Sometimes health can come into play as well. Some people report that when they feel sick, they have a harder time hearing or knowing. Some report that by just taking better daily care of themselves, such as eating healthier for their body or exercising, can also help them with clarity.

Hearing or getting feelings from deities is not the only way to have a connection with them, to be religious, or to have a spiritual experience. You may also find it helpful to not focus on this area so much right now and focus on other areas of your life or practice.

And as always, be careful.

Best of luck!

-ShelbyMelissa

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm rather new to witchcraft as a whole and in the last couple of months have been trying to generalize what kind of witch I am; whether that is neo-pagan or Wicca. But, I can't seem to understand what neo-paganism is. I understand the history but I don't see how it is different from paganism, or even Wicca. Do you think you could help me understand?

Hello Anon!

Welcome to the wonderful world of witchcraft! It can definitely be difficult to work out. Maybe this will help!

Paganism is an umbrella term for many different religions. Typically this is described as religions that are not Abrahamic, but many religions do not identify as pagan while some Abrahamic religions do identify as pagan. So it is kind of, if a religion wants to identity that way or not.
Because paganism or pagan is an umbrella term, I see Neo-Paganism as an individual religion that falls within the pagan umbrella. Now what kinds of things Neo-Paganism encompasses specifically, I do not know much about. At least, for sure. Maybe someone else can elaborate on that for us.

~ShelbyMelissa

Neopaganism is the term referring to the European revival that began roughly in the 18th century, give or take a few years, and usually used to differentiate that revival from historical pagan cultures.  Neopaganism and Paganism (both capitalized and lowercase, though I prefer to use capitals for the new stuff, lowercase for the actual historical stuff) tend to be used interchangeably.  The best working definition I’ve heard so far – I think I’m paraphrasing saltyourbones – says that Neopaganism:

  • is a loose collection of religio-spiritual practices which may share one or more similar concepts
  • does not include Abrahamic (which ones consider themselves pagan?), transnational, indigenous, ancestor-based, or diasporic religions
  • must be self-identified

Wicca is a type of Neopaganism introduced in the 1950s by an Englishman named Gerald Gardner, who took a lot of influences from Theosophy and Freemasonry, Kabbalistic-style magic, European occultism, and other things, then squished them together with a new mythology unique to Wicca.  People have claimed it’s a lineage that stretches back to ancient forms of paganism, but it isn’t (unless traditional Wiccan covens know something that academia and everyone else doesn’t) – it’s a Neopagan (or Pagan) creation.

- mountain hound

anonymous asked:

I grew up in the desert (in the US) and I've always felt a very deep spiritual connection with desert landscapes. However, the deserts I've always known and loved have only ever had gods/spirits in Native American cultures (I am white and cultural appropriation is not cool). Are there other desert gods/deities/spirits/etc I could look into?

Hello Anon!

I don’t know of any. However, there may be some in your area that have not been recorded. Maybe strike up a friendship with the local land spirits, animal spirits, and plant spirits? Try building your own connections. You may also want to check out our tags on spirits and thepaganstudygroupresourcepage.

Hopefully this will help you to get started! And maybe some of our followers have some connections of their own that they would be willing to talk with you about!

~ShelbyMelissa

anonymous asked:

I was wondering if meditation actually helps with opening the third eye, and if I should use guided meditation. Also, I found an area I believe to be perfect for my practices, and I was wondering how I'd go about making it my personal space

Hello Anon! 

You have quite a few questions there. I hope I can help answer them all!

Some people find that meditation and guided meditation help them to open their chakras, the third eye being one of these. I suggest you do some readings on chakras if you would like to learn more. As for if you should, that is your choice. I cannot make that choice for you.

I’m glad you found somewhere perfect! As for how to go about making it your personal space, there are a lot of ways to do so and it depends on what space you are using. Are you outside? Are you inside? If you are outside, there are special considerations to take, such as could this harm the environment or the animals? If you are inside, you will want to make sure that things you put up are out of the way of animals and children. Otherwise, there are some steps you can take such as cleansing and protecting. 

If you are into spells, here are some options:

I hope I was able to answer all of your questions!
Good luck!

-ShelbyMelissa

anonymous asked:

SUPER DUMB QUESTION: I have yet to try incense because I am deathly afraid of setting off the fire alarm. Does that often happen to you when you use incense?

Hello Anon! There are no dumb questions!

The fire alarm has not gone off when I have used incense. I don’t usually use incense near a fire alarm. Typically, I have lit incense in my room and the fire alarm is down the hallway.

I hope this helps!

~ShelbyMelissa

anonymous asked:

Hello! I've been a practicing witch for the past three years, however I had always struggled with the religious side of it I wanted but could never figure out. After doing some research and some serious soul searching I discovered the differences between RIght-Hand Path and Left-Hand Path, and I found that most of my personal beliefs were LHP oriented. Digging deeper, I discovered Luciferianism! I've read up on it for a while, and now I would like to talk to find people who would be (cont)

(Cont’d) find people who would be open and willing to talk about their personal experiences as Luciferians with me privately. If you could link me to people or do a quick shout out, I would be grateful. Thank you.

Hello! 

Our Luciferian tag has some blog recommendations. I would take a look there.

~ShelbyMelissa

creammsodaa  asked:

Hi there :) I've always been interested in this kind of work yet never found time or the resources to begin! I love your blog and so far it's really helped me out so thank you for that! Now that I've begun, I'm wondering if you could give me any tips or possibly a site that may help me learn to read auras! Thank you in advance :)

Hello!

I’m glad you are finding the group helpful!

I was looking through our tags and the resource page. It appears as if we don’t have that much on them. Here is one link I found:

There are definitely many resources out there on auras. Different traditions will have some varying opinions on them as well as some consistencies. From my Reiki training I was taught that the aura is an energy field around the body, to put it simply. It can get holes, tears, openings, etc in it that can negatively affect the individual. Reiki can be used to heal or balance it, much like it does with the energy fields within the body. From new age/ neo-wiccan books, I was told that it can have different colors and that one way to see them was to stand yourself or another person against a white wall and sort of play with focusing and unfocusing your eyes. However, this can also cause eye-strain, which they said was not seeing the aura. I am not sure where they got their information and I am less likely to put stock in it. This is sort of a warning to be careful about information.

You may want to look at energy working or healing resources to learn more.

Best of luck!

~ShelbyMelissa

marinasobsession  asked:

Hello! I'm on mobile so Idk if this is In your faq, but to you guys have any tips on how to tell if a website has legitimate spells? Like sometimes I'm not sure if I'm using accurate sources...

Hello!

First, I want to ask you what you consider to be a “legitimate spell.” Is it one that has been passed down historically? That a witch of a perceived caliber or authority created? Is it one that works, and if so, for whom?

Second, I want to ask you what you consider to be an accurate source. Are you looking at the authors? Do they say where they get the spells from? Are they creating the spells? What does that mean for you? Could a spell be “legitimate” even if it doesn’t appear to come from an accurate source?

We have a resource page called thepaganstudygroupresourcepage.tumblr.com, and you may find that helpful.
Natural-magics.tumblr.com has a huge resource list.
And there is a small blog called thewitchsbroom.tumblr.com that has some, but I am not sure if they are still active.

I hope this helps!

~ShelbyMelissa

anonymous asked:

Hello! I have question about offerings. Would it be okay if I eat too, like there will still be a food offering but I also eat something, i don't know why but it makes me feel closer to a deity if I have a nibble of food to. Also could I throw the offering, as long as its animal friendly of course, outside for the animals eat like it's going back to nature, cause I don't want to get ants as we have a problem with them in our neigbourhood. Thank you for helping!

Hello Anon!

I would say that it is totally okay to eat them, but that also depends on the deities and the culture they are from. From what I understand of what the kemetic fandom/community on tumblr has posted, it is actually what you are supposed to do, that is partake of the offering. If you want to know more about that, I suggest speaking with thetwistedrope or satsekhem.

As far as other cultures and religions go, I don’t know for sure. I suggest checking out our tags and other resources. I think there was a post that went around a while ago about what to do with offerings depending on the pantheon and culture.

I hope this helps you to get started!

~ShelbyMelissa

There’s a general consensus in the Gaelic/Irish/Gaulic polytheist communities that offerings become spiritually “dead” as the entity to whom it’s offered consumes it, and it’s usually disposed of (respectfully, of course).  However, sharing the offering at the initial moment of presenting it, like a literal breaking of bread, is accepted, as far as I know, just not the later consumption of the other’s portion when it’s still safe to eat.

- mountain hound