wicca basics

today is the start of virgo season which means we can expect a major shift in energy as we exit the intensity of leo season. both mars and mercury went direct this month and, combined with the virgo vibes, it’s going to make us much more productive. now is the time to focus on bringing your dreams into reality. that idea you’ve been putting off for months? now is the time to do the work you need to do in order to make that vision happen. we’re starting to focus on what is really important to us. take action, take action, take action! bonus: the pisces moon is bringing about new surprises, unlocking opportunities for our dreams to actually come true. take those opportunities and roll with them! 

Basic Astrology - The Houses

What the houses mean:

ℋouse One: This is your ‘main’ House and Zodiac sigh. It represents your personality, attitude, the first impression you give, your behaviour, and your temperament. Aries rules this house in the natural Zodiac.

ℋouse Ƭwo: The second house addresses your money and personal goods, such as your finances, possessions, savings, how you spend, your financial security, as well as your personal values. Taurus rules this house.

ℋouse Ƭhree: This house rules communication and small travels; family, neighbours, than letters, phone calls, books, cars, and so on. It additionally represents your mental attitude, learning style, the analytical mind, self expression, speech, and opinions. This house is ruled in the natural Zodiac by Gemini.

ℋouse ℱour: This house represents your domestic life; family, childhood, property, inner emotions, and psychological foundation. Cancer rules this house.

ℋouse ℱive: Children and how one related to them, love affairs (not leading to romance), pleasures, fun,enjoyments, amusement, leisure activities, and self expression through creativity. This house is ruled by Leo.

ℋouse Six: The sixth house is the domain of health and service. It rules schedules, organisation, routines, fitness, diet and exercise, natural and healthy living, helpfulness and being of service to others. It is ruled by Virgo

ℋouse Seven: This house represents marriage, committed relationships, one-on-one relationships, business partnerships, rivals, law, justice, 
(The fifth house rules love affords whereas the seventh represents deep commitments of love. It also shows what one needs from a life partner.)  It is ruled by Libra.

ℋouse ℰight: This is the House of ‘The Phoenix riding up from the ashes.’ It represents rebirth and regeneration. Your birth, death, surgeries, healing, well being, gifts, inheritance, will, legacies, and sex and attitude towards sex. This house is governed by Scorpio.

ℋouse Ɲine: This house represents long distance travel; voyages, the unknown physically and mentally, foreign places, church, religion, theology, philosophy, beliefs, languages, higher learning, literature, truth, justice, and expansion and broadening one’s horizons. Sagittarius rules this house.

ℋouse Ƭen: This house shows career and status; ambitions, aspirations, attainments, success, occupation, reputation, public image, and your identity within communities. Naturally, this house is in the order of Capricorn.

ℋouse ℰleven: Hopes, dreams, wishes… This is where your dreams come true, and if they don’t you have to wait for a specific planetary transition into this house. Aquarius rules here.

ℋouse Ƭwelve: Things that are hidden are in this house; seclusion, secrets, occult activities, psychic matters, escapism, drugs, alcohol, confinement, imprisonment, hospitals, unconscious self, dreams, hidden fears, paranoia, self-undoing, subconscious, and psychological problems. This house is rules by Pisces.

Poem for Sabbats

Samhain begins the witches’ new year, and now Winter soon is here; the leaves fall, the harvest is done, so call your ancestors and let’s have some fun. 

Yule is the longest night, and signals the return of light. Everything is newly remade, and we wait for darkness to fade.

Imbolc we clean, cleanse and prepare for what the Spring may come to bear. Light the candles, light the fire, and build in yourself what does inspire. 

Ostara comes and Spring growth arrives, and all the Earth is truly alive. Winter is over and in it’s stead we bless our homes and our covensteads. 

Beltane, the fine May eve, we thank our gods for fertility. Bless the growing harvest and romance as we eat, drink, sing, and dance.

Litha is the longest day, the sun at it’s brightest but soon will fade. The Earth’s bounty is at it’s top, and abundance aids our spells nonstop. 

Lughnasadh, Lammas, both names are fine, herald the advent of harvest time. When fear and uncertainty are about, we ward our homes and both in and out. 

Mabon is a balance of seasons, where darkness and light remain within reason. The last harvest is called and the Summer is done, we give our thanks and farewell the sun. 

As every cycle begins once again, the wheel spins ‘round and we greet grandly Samhain.

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Witch Tip

Your grimoire doesn’t need to be pretty. Every scribble, crossed out line, or stain adds to the personality and appeal. If I have two books of shadow in front of me, one that’s pristine and white and cute, and one that’s overstuffed and smells like ink and aged paper… I’m always gonna pick reality’s masterpiece, not a man made fantasy.

Holidays: Mabon!

Since Mabon is coming up soon, I figured I’d make a beginners approach to the holidays starting with the closest. I, myself, have not celebrated it before being so new to Wicca/witchcraft, however, I’m excited for what is to come.

Firstly, the holiday usually falls around September 21st to the 23rd. It comes with the Autumnal Equinox. This year it falls on Friday September 22nd. It is a time to reap and harvest the seeds you have sown during the last year (figuratively and literally). It is time to finish old business and ready ourselves for a time of rest, relaxation, and reflection. It is a time of balance and mysteries. It is also a time when it’s perfectly okay to wear your most extravagant clothes and celebrate as lavishly as you wish. (I personally plan on dressing up, staying home, and cooking some good food). 

The symbolism: Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance

Symbols of Mabon: wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seems, and horns of plenty

Herbs of Mabon: acorns, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables

Foods of Mabon: breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as carrots and onions

Incense of Mabon: Autumn blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage

Colors of Mabon: red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold

Stones of Mabon: sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates

Activities of Mabon: making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and see pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed

Spell working of Mabon: protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence, also those of harmony and balance

Dieties of Mabon: Goddesses- Madron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses; Gods- Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man

And there you go! All the essential info about Mabon. Go forth and celebrate! Feel free to tell me how you plan on celebrating/if you’re celebrating.

I’m so excited to read this book! Not only does it seem like a great way for beginners to ease into witchcraft, but it also has a lot of little anecdotes about the history of witches and their involvement with feminist movements. I was really worried that this would be a super cishet centered book because it seems so focused on female witches (which, too be fair, is what I am) but it even mentions non binary and male witches in the intro! Plus it’s aesthetically pleasing. 10/10 can’t wait to read more!!! ✨🔮✨

Witchy Reading List
  1. The Master Book of Herbalism, by Paul Beyerl
  2. The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, and Spells, by Skye Alexander
  3. Out of the Broom Closet, by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
  4. The Tree: The Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft, by Raymond Buckland
  5. A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook, by Janet & Stewart Farrar
  6. The Herb Book, by John Lust
  7. Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, by Nicolas Culpeper
  8. Book of Magical Herbs, by Margaret Picton & Michelle Pickering
  9. The Charge of the Goddess, by Doreen Valiente
  10. Book of Pagan Prayer, by Ceisiwr Serith
  11. The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews, by Scott Cunningham
  12. The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach, by Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian
  13. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, by Scott Cunningham
  14. Supermarket Magic: Creating Spells, Brews, Potions & Powders from Everyday Ingredients, by Michael Furie
  15. The Goodly Spellbook: Olde Spells for Modern Problems, by Lady Passion & Diuvei

Feel free to add any others you particularly like or want to read ^_^

New Years Resolution // New Years Wishing Jar Spell

Hello my dears. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I have been working on creating a simple jar spell to help gather intent and help you reach the goal of your New Years Resolution. Now, I know New Years is not a Wiccan Holiday (Wiccans and other witches choose to celebrate New Years at varying times depending on tradition), but for those of you who choose to celebrate according to the calendar year, please enjoy this little spell!

**I find it easier to have the jar already completed before opening the circle. Just as when you make a wreathe or something that is time consuming, doing it all squatting in the dark by candlelight may be difficult. This, again, is up to you.

What You Will Need:

★ A Jar

★ Whole Bay Leaf (to write your wish/goal. Paper is a fine alternative)

★ A fireproof container to burn your leaf

★ Red Ink (red is to symbolize motivation)

★ An orange or red candle to burn to seal the jar (orange for attraction, or red for motivation)

★ Varying herbs or crystals to fill your jar. I have compiled a short list, which you can find here.

★ A Realistic New Years Resolution (read below).

** When you write your resolution, please keep in mind a few things. First being, always write it as a positive, just as you do when writing a sigil. For example, I will quit smoking as opposed to I won’t smoke. Also, please make your goal realistic. Your goal must be obtainable, something you know in your heart of hearts you will be able to make happen. If you are in need of money your goal may be I will get a job I love…not I will have 1 million dollars in the bank. Maybe someday, but not by the time 2018 rolls around. Many times, people give up on their goals because they set the bar too high.

What You Will Do:

★ 1 – Prepare your jar. Find a nice clean jar that you connect with. I like using mason jars, because I have about 5 billion from all the preserved goods we make. Keep in mind that the bigger it is the more you will need to fill it, though! Once you find your jar, fill it with all of the herbs and stones and other witchy things. You can use flowers, throw in honey to sweeten it up, or even glitter (I know you all love glitter). Make it speak to you.

★ 2 - When your jar is prepared, write your resolution on the bay leaf with your red ink. Remember to make it positive and realistic! When you have it written out, hold it in your hand and meditate. Your resolution is your mantra. Feel it filling you, visualize yourself reaching your goal. You know you can do it! When you feel that time is right, light your bay leaf on fire. Watch it burn, the smoke carrying your wishes to the cosmos, it will become a reality.

★ 3 – When your leaf is finished burning, collect the ashes and sprinkle them in your jar. Tighten your lid and pick your candle. Again, this can be red to motivate, or orange to attract. You could also use a candle that corresponds with your goal. Example: Green for money goals. Pink for love goals. Place your candle on the jar, and light it up. Meditate on your goal some more, try to think about the steps you will take to make it all possible.

★ 4 – When your candle is burned out, you have two options. Burry your jar somewhere on your property, so that you will attract those positive energies into your home. Or, if you are like me and need visual motivation, leave it on your altar or somewhere safe. You can look at it to remind your of your goal and keep you motivated. You can light a new candle on top of it every month to refresh your motivation and commitment.  You can give it a shake whenever you feel defeated. Whatever you choose, make sure it works for you.

❤ Happy New Year’s, my loves! I hope yours is happy, healthy, and magickal! ❤

✪How I dry my herbs and such✪

My mom actually taught me how to dry herbs, and it’s a bit different from what I’ve seen around.

What you’ll need:

  • Plants/herbs
  • String/yarn/twine
  • Maybe thumb tacks

And if you’re gonna be storing it:

  • Air tight container
  • Silica gel packages (optional, but recommended)

✪To start off, take your plants and rinse them off. It’s not as big of a deal if your stuff is home grown, but if what your drying has pesticides or anything else undesirable on it you don’t wanna dry that in. Also, if your gonna be using them for cooking or anything going into your body, be safe and wash ‘em off.

✪You wanna take your yarn and herbs, and tie them into bunches. And make sure they’re upside down too, that helps. You wanna make sure that you don’t over crowd them, you want air getting to all the leaves.

✪Next, take your yarn and do one of two things, either tie it to the pulls on your friendly local ceiling fan, or just thumb tack it to the ceiling. I usually do the ceiling fan, because A, I don’t care for ladders, and B the ceiling fan helps circulate the air around the plant, not only making the whole thing go faster but making sure nothing gets moldy.

✪After that, wait. Dried plants usually either become brittle or leathery, or both.

✪If your plant has a stalk that you’ll be keeping, give it an extra day after you think it’s dry just to be safe. Once your plants are fully dry, it time to store them. Rather simply, stick ‘em in a jar. I like using old bottles from thrift stores and random stores, but mason jars, old clean pill bottles, Ziploc bags or containers, and glass bottles of any kind work wonderfully. I put silica gel packages (harvested from vitamin bottles) in with them so when it gets humid my plants won’t suffer.

Hopefully this helps, happy drying lovelies

Witches’ Journeys: Day One - Grounding

Introduction

Many witches, when starting out, participate in a course called a Year and a Day - a journey spanning the course of the year which plunges them into the basics of witchcraft and teaches them what they need to know in order to eventually be able to perform a self-initiation rite. I feel that sometimes, even when experienced and having practiced for years, we can sometimes benefit from repeating this journey, to help remind us of the basics and return us to our roots.

Witches’ Journeys will be our foray into our own Year and a Day course! If you feel inclined to participate, please do! If you are merely curious, feel free to explore the journey along with us. There is no true right or wrong way to be a witch, and this is simply an option for those interested in getting started in a somewhat traditional manner!

A Little Shopping List

In this first week, we’ll be gathering the first month’s worth of materials. We’ll begin with a simple meditation which many witches refer to as “grounding,” and then exploring some of the concepts of witchcraft, including a little vocabulary, shamanism, and some witchy symbolism. If you haven’t already, get a notebook and devote it specifically to your Journey. We will be writing in it frequently, and it will form the basis of what many witches refer to as a Book of Shadows. It will contain notes on your thoughts during the course, and on the things that you learn along the way.

I should also note that it is best to do each of these exercises as they are scheduled - a day-to-day basis, instead of cramming them all together. Life will sometimes interfere. We can’t always devote time to the craft. Don’t fret. When you are ready, come back and pick up where you left off. But please avoid trying to do two to three days all in one session. Part of why this course is paced as it is, is to allow some time for personal growth and introspection.

Without further ado, here’s the shopping list for the first month!

Materials:

-White taper candle

-Two orange taper candles

-Two green taper candles

-An indigo or blue taper candle

-A compass

-Myrrh resin or powdered orris root

-Self-igniting charcoal

-A Farmer’s Almanac or Witches’ Almanac

-A sweet, earthy herbal blend (meadowsweet and powdered oak bark, or possibly dried jasmine and pine).

Day One: Grounding

Long ago, before we had any notion of a centralized religious doctrine, we had only ourselves and nature to go off of. We relied very heavily on the earth for nourishment, on the sun for warmth and the moon for wisdom. The elements were incredibly important to us, as we were keenly aware of them all moments of the day. Our thoughts on divinity were less focused on some all powerful being in an untouchable plane of existence, and more focused on the spark of wisdom we have which allows us to survive in an ever-changing world.

We understood that everything ebbs and flows in a cycle that encompasses life, from birth through growth and then death and rebirth. Our ancestors understood this even as agrarian society began to rise - after all, it takes an awareness of the seasons in order to understand when it is best to plant and harvest crops. Over time, society has forgotten this aspect of life. We now live in an age where we are mostly independent of the whims of nature, because our food can be bought year-round in a supermarket. We feel the cold and the heat less because our dwellings are designed with ways to counteract the weather. During times of heat and drought, we are capable of turning on the tap and acquiring water even when it should be scarce.

Witchcraft seeks to return us to a balance between ourselves and nature. It teaches us to feel the moment and to sense our deep and primal connections to the earth, the seasons, and the elements. Take some time today to head outside. Find a comfortable and natural spot to sit at - the base of a tree, or a large rock, the bare soil of a garden. Make sure it’s a place where you can be in direct contact with the ground. Remove your shoes and place your bare feet upon the soil. Feel it. Close your eyes, sit comfortably, and imagine a root system extending either from your feet or from the base of your spine. Feel how it connects with the soil, and allow your awareness to spread from there. Feel it connect with the plants, animals, and people around you. Take your time. Breathe deeply and calmly. Don’t force it. Simply relax and feel yourself become part of the planet. If intrusive thoughts show up, acknowledge them and let them pass. Don’t try to force away your thoughts. Sit like this for as long as you possibly can - 5 minutes, or possibly more (I’ve been known to “space out” like this for a good 15 to 20 minutes).

Where is your connection the strongest? Why do you feel that it is as strong as it is? Where is your connection weak, and why do you think that is? What sensations came over you when you meditated like this? How did it alter your mindset?

Write these reflections down in your notebook, and as you go about your business, try to maintain some level of awareness of yourself and the earth and the things going on around you. This mindfulness helps you stay in the moment and develop personal wisdom - you become more aware of how you react to situations.

This practice is known as grounding, and is a very popular and common technique used by witches and non-witches alike to help promote health and positive energy. You may have noticed a calming sensation and a more balanced perspective than you would normally have. This is because grounding is a simple and easy way to drain away negativity and to help heal. Some regular “grounders” have even been known to report chronic pain fading over time because of this practice. If you can do this at least once a day, or feel the desire to, go for it! Grounding is a very beneficial practice, even if it seems incredibly simple! If for any reason you aren’t able to go outside, consider making a dish or pot of soil which you can use as a proxy. Place your hands into the soil and meditate that way!

I understand why a lot of witches use curses, because magick doesn’t really have a morality. But, like if someone wronged you would you go and slap them? If no then why curse? It isn’t evil, or bad per say, but I see it as just an asshole move. Why use the craft to hurt someone (whether they deserve it or not) when you could be banishing, blessing, or both.

Master Post: The Witches’ Journey

So we’re getting further on in our journey together. And as with any large project, it can often become necessary to consolidate all of the articles into one spot. So, as we go through our journey and find others who would like to join us, I shall endeavor to create a lovely road map to help us out! 

The Witches’ Journey
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six
Day Seven
Day Eight
Day Nine
Day Ten
Day Eleven
Day Twelve
Day Thirteen
Day Fourteen
Day Fifteen
Day Sixteen
Day Seventeen
Day Eighteen
Day Nineteen
Day Twenty
Day Twenty-One
Day Twenty-Two
Day Twenty-Three
Day Twenty-Four
Day Twenty-Five
Day Twenty-Six
Day Twenty-Seven
Day Twenty-Eight
Day Twenty-Nine
Day Thirty
Day Thirty-One
Day Thirty-Two
Day Thirty-Three
Day Thirty-Four
Day Thirty-Five
Day Thirty-Six
Day Thirty-Seven
Day Thirty-Eight
Day Thirty-Nine
Day Forty
Day Forty-One
Day Forty-Two
Day Forty-Three
Day Forty-Four
Day Forty-Five
Day Forty-Six
Day Forty-Seven
Day Forty-Eight
Day Forty-Nine
Day Fifty
Day Fifty-One
Day Fifty-Two
Day Fifty-Three
Day Fifty-Four
Day Fifty-Five
Day Fifty-Six
Day Fifty-Seven
Day Fifty-Eight
Day Fifty-Nine
Day Sixty
Day Sixty-One
Day Sixty-Two

Laurel’s Circle Casting 101

In this post I will discuss my own personal way of casting a circle. Please note that there are many ways to cast a circle, and many reasons for doing so. My way is not the only way. Do what is comfortable for you.

For more information about Sacred Space and Circle Casting, please see this post.

Originally posted by yumekaze

What is a “Circle”?

To me, a circle is a protective “bubble” that you cast around your magickal working area. I typically only cast circles when I am performing a ritual, and not necessarily for spell work.

Why do I cast Circles?

I normally cast circles for ritual because I see it as a formal act. Rituals are sacred and formal acts of magick for me, and so I cast a circle to keep with that theme. Very rarely will I cast a circle for spell work unless I find that I need the circle to harness energy or to keep stray energies or spirits from interfering with my spell.

What is Sacred Space?

Sacred Space is what I normally operate in, instead of a circle. Sacred space serves the same basic principle as a circle: to serve as a protective space for magickal purposes. However, a sacred space is constant. I do not have to “cast” a protective space every time I perform a ritual or spell. I choose my area that will serve as my sacred space, and when I need some “spiritual” or “witchy” time, I go to my sacred space.

How do I cast Circles?

My way of casting a circle is more or less, very simple. There are three basic steps I take to create my circle:

- Draw the Circle
- Invite the Elements
- Invite Deity

Keep reading

Be weary of this book!

Okay, this is a bit of a personal rant but here we go. This book is bullshit and the authors should be ashamed of themselves. I was at the library the other day looking for some books on Witchcraft and my friend and I came across this book. We thought it was cute and it was under the Wicca section so we decided to pick it up. That was almost a mistake, I wouldn’t call it a full mistake because now I can warn all of you. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A WITCHCRAFT BOOK DO NOT PICK THIS UP! This is a feminist’s self help book that treats Witchcraft and Wicca like a fad. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for feminism and equality, but I cannot tolerate when they disrespect and disregard an entire religion. Young beginning witches could pick up this book and mistake it for real information about Paganism and Wicca, which it is not. I ask you to warn your Wiccan brothers and sisters to be careful of this book and feel free to leave an angry book review. As a self help book, I’m sure it would be fine, but they should not market it as a witchcraft guide. Thank you for hearing me out.

~Mod Ebony~