The old Gods are not dead
They are not sleeping
They have always been here, watching
Letting humans practice their free will
Helping those that are wise enough to ask
And blessing those that remember Them
- Read up on their mythology! Highlight and jot down cool facts about them that you find. Take note of their associations, as well as anything that may offend them so that you know what to avoid. Read as much as you can about their entire pantheon. What better way to get to know someone than meeting their friends and family?
- Dedicate a small space for them. This doesn’t need to be an extravagant altar, although it can be if you want it to! It can also be a shelf in your closet, or even a tiny shoebox that you’ve decorated for them!
- Leave them small offerings. Burn some incense with their favourite herbs or scents, a candle, wine, fresh flowers etc. This should be tailored to what their associations are.
- Make them something! Whether it’s colouring a picture, making a little clay sculpture, or maybe even baked cookies, they will love it. It doesn’t matter how it turns out but you should try your best. Think of it as a child making something for their parent.
- Leave things at their altar that you found that made you think of them.
- Make a playlist full of songs you associate with them.
- Have a devotional journal for them. Write poems and hymns for them, letters to them, song lyrics, etc.
- Just sit down, meditate for a bit, and then talk to them! Tell them about your day, your hopes and dreams, and what you love about them.
•uhh i’m a witch and i blended *insert herbs* and now my cat knows the f word
•i?? shoved a *insert crystal* up my ass why am i not blessed yet?
•casting circles in,, weird shapes
•smoke cleansing with sage and getting your house searched because it smells like weed
•spirits causing very very minor inconviniences
•forgetting to close the loopholes in a spell so that you technically got what you asked for but it was the Wrong Thing
•my familar is that rock over there he loves me
•s a l t
•tarot cards calling you the fuck out
•*thing that isn’t directly connected to witchcraft but is enjoyed by many witches* is witchcraft culture
•my name is dementia darkn'ess…
•hellenic polytheism to the MAX
•did i mention salt
What other witches do: cast circles, visualize, use expensive oils/herbs/crystals, set aside time for rituals/Gods
What I do: open the windows and blinds, set a stick on fire, scream “I aint get no sleep cuz of yall, yall ain’t get no sleep cuz of me” at spirits in my house, wave stick fire smoke in circles above my head, use a red dollar store pen to carve sigils into tea candle, throw salt at windows aka “little bitch gtfo my house boy bye”, uses 37493927 emojis in texts to significant otter for good vibes, cries on my dog to ward her and also bc she’s So Good, wines to Zeus about my Problems™, watches Friends with Aphrodite and laughs, whispers “please fix my car” to hephaestus and offers him a burnt match, stares pointedly at Hermes offerings and squints at tip jar
Pallas Athena/Minerva with her aegis. Roman mosaic (3rd cent. CE), surrounded by a modern (18th century) mosaic depicting celestial bodies and geometrical patterns. Now in the Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican City.
I don’t know about y'all, but I’m BIG on using candles and burning incense as offerings for my deities. I love asking them to help me pick out a candle or incense scent that they would like, and burning it in their honor. That’s my standard go-to when I’m at home. But when I move back on campus this fall, I’m going to have to get a bit more creative for the no-burning-things rule and so as not to alert my already suspicious roommate, lol. I thought I’d compile a list of ideas for dorm and roommate-friendly offerings and altars.
Obvs, this can be useful in any situation in which you can’t practice openly for whatever reason. PLEASE, feel free to add your own ideas & your own examples from your practice. I want this to be an interactive list!
Make them a drink (coffee and tea seem to be popular, but anything can work)
Cut out a portion of your lunch to share with them
Draw them (they’ll love it!)
WAX WARMERS!! If you can have them. Closest alternative to a candle
Collect pretty things you find outside that remind you of them. Rocks, feathers, flowers, etc.
Dedicate your work in their domain to them (ex. dedicating your study time to Odin)