Anonymous asked: To cut to the chase, I want to do something magickal, but I disagree with how most people (online and my father) tell me to do it and I think I might know a better way to do it. Who do you think i should listen to? The more experienced people or myself? This is a problem I often come across, but in this particular case it's purifying a crystal.

Hmm, that’s a good question. Normally I would say listen to your gut. If you have a certain way that works for you then go with it. I think the only time I would defer to someone with more experience is when it comes to the crystal’s care and handling. Unless, you’ve gone above and beyond to research the crystal and its geological properties. You wouldn’t believe how many people just assume that it’s a crystal; it feels solid, water or direct sunlight won’t damage it. Yet, there are some out there!
If it’s nothing to do with that and it’s just someone putting their two cents in because they feel they can. Or if it’s a matter of “no you do THIS first, THEN that because it charges better”… ignore them. Everyone has their own rituals and no one thing works perfectly for everyone.

Blessings,
Katy

Anonymous asked: My local bookstore has a ton of wicca books to chose from. Can I trust all of it or are there any books you know of that are unreliable or inaccurate and as a new learner I should steer clear from?

Really, there’s no harm in reading them. If a majority of it doesn’t jive with your sensibilities then it may not be the right book for you. Unfortunately, there’s such a huge debate concerning wicca. Traditional versus non-traditional, what is acceptable for which, the author’s personal opinion and what they teach.

I would love to say, “hey its all good! Just pick out what works and throw out what doesnt.” The problem is, wicca doesn’t work that way. Even non-traditional has its rules regarding what you can and cannot do. If you know without a doubt that is what you want, read the books! Try to stay away from anything from Silver Ravenwood, however. She throws a lot of crap in her books and tries to pass it off as truth. Anything written by Scott Cunningham or Ramond Buckland are wonderful, and are great for beginners.

If wicca isn’t necessarily what you are going for but seems the most popular or convenient, I would suggest widening your scope. Try going on Amazon and searching for “pagan” or “witchcraft” books. I love looking on amazon because it gives a good synopsis as well as providing decent reviews. If that doesn’t help, check out our Arcane Archive link on our front page.

Blessings,
Katy

constantine-spiritworker:

"I am, I do, I have" Spread
Sometimes we can fall into the ego trap of feeling like we must have certain things, do certain things, in order to be what we want. But when you’re stuck in that mindset, you may often feel like nothing you do can actually achieve that end result, so you keep trying to acquire things, and you keep trying to do things, and you keep not being what you want. This spread can help you stop that vicious cycle once and for all. 
I am enough of this
I do enough of this
I have enough of this
You can also focus this spread onto specific areas. For example, you can angle it towards your tarot practice.
9 of Swords - I am thoughtful enough. (I spend plenty of time examining and thinking about situations from multiple angles; this is a positive look at a card that can represent obsession & anxiety.) Alternatively, I am very aware of different issues, unique thoughts, and complex problems.
The Hierophant - I do enough counseling and teaching, both receiving and giving.
9 of Pentacles - I have enough knowledge and experience.

Blood Magic

natural-magics:

pomegranateandivy:

I know this is a touchy subject, and I’m really hoping that nobody get’s offended by this topic, but blood magic is a valid branch of magic that I practice and it has come to my attention that it’s really hard to find any good sources on blood magic. Keep in mind, I don’t claim to be any kind of authority, and this is all my personal practice. I’m more than willing to hear how others use blood magic, but please, NO SHAMING. If you don’t like blood magic, you’re free to state why, but avoid blanketed statements such as “it’s evil/wrong/sick/ect…” because, just because it’s not okay for you, doesn’t mean your morals and life experiences apply to everyone else.  

Overview

First and foremost, in my experience and learnings, blood magic is not evil. It is powerful. Big difference. Blood has a lot of connotations and associations tied to it, so it packs a bit of a metaphysical punch when you add it to a spell. What you do with that punch is all on you.

Physically, it is you. Or who ever the blood is from. This means a couple things. One, it is a stand in, and possibly the strongest representation of a person in spell work. Now, because it IS a part of your body, your blood only represents you, possibly family with blood ties, your blood can’t be used to represent another person. Also, using your blood in a spell will permanently tie the spell to you. As far as I’ve noticed, it won’t ever lose it’s focus on the target who’s blood is included in the spell.

The other thing I’ve learned about blood magic, is that blood holds “a charge”, be it intent, energy, or whatever, almost indefinitely. This helps keep a spell from fading over time. This is good, and bad. If you want a spell to last essentially forever, then use blood. I’ve come across spellwork from my grandparents that had blood, and it STILL had a very strong and clear intent attached to it. This also means that you have to actively dispel the intent and break the spell if you ever change your mind or decide you’re done with it. How you break the spell varies, depending on the spell itself and your practice, but it’s got to be a good, strong, solid break to the spell.

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Anonymous asked: Do you know of any resources on pop culture witchcraft? I can't find much on it.

natural-magics:

here and here.

Anonymous asked: Do you know any good books for a solitary Wiccan?

natural-magics:

  • Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin
  • Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle by Deborah Lipp
  • Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner and Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Scott Cunningham)
  • The Spiral Dance by Starhawk (most recent edition only, old editions have inaccurate info that has since been updated)

Wicca for the Rest of Usmore resources here.

Anonymous asked: Oh dear me. This question is likely too difficult to answer, but I'd like to throw it out there in case it strikes a chord. As someone who has succeeded as an artist, but hasn't found that path to be finincially solvent. I am looking to create a non- arts career that I can practice that will provide some stability and maybe even a home. I'm getting older, and I have little experience- so I have hesitated on choosing a path. What are some good jobs to have, as someone who happens to be a witch?

There are tons of witches who craft items like jewelry, candles, tinctures, etc and sell them on etsy. I would also imagine a job as a florist, herbologist/aromatherapist, massage therapist, landscaper, or physical therapist would be good paths to take.

Many witches are natural healers, gardeners, and crafters. You have to understand, though, that many of these paths require specific training or education. Many things do these days, unfortunately.

Try looking around to see what the requirements are for jobs like these. It couldn’t hurt!

Blessings,
Katy

20 Clever Altar Ideas

singingmountainwitch:

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Do you have a small apartment? Do you share your space with someone who doesn’t respect your privacy? Do you prefer to keep you altar out of the way of prying eyes, or be able to bring it with you on the go? Use some of these ideas for creating a Pagan altar that will fit into the smallest spaces, be portable, or hidden in plain view.

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awalkinghurricane asked: All my life I've been curious about witchcraft, I've always felt like there was this whole new way of life waiting for me, but I have absolutely no point of direction, where do I start? Any blogs that could teach me some basics, or some insight from you all?

Hi there, awalkinghurricane :)

We have all been where you are at some point. Even after years of practicing, sometimes you get stuck in a rut and feel like you need to start anew again, change the direction of your path, learn new things, etc. 

In either case, we always people to just take baby steps. If you plan to make witchcraft a permanent part of your life, then you have plenty of time to learn and practice, and shouldn’t be in any rush to figure it all out right away. It’s perfectly okay to feel confused and unsure. Like any new skill, you don’t want to attempt too much too soon. In the beginning stages, one of the best things you could do is read and absorb as much knowledge as you can.

For starters, books are a great resource. I highly suggest going on Amazon searching for 101-style books, spell books, witchy encyclopedias, etc. and buying a few that interest you. There may even be some at your local library you could read. If you’d like, you can take a look at our Arcane Archive and see if there are any titles there that interest you. I personally did a lot of reading when I first started to become curious about witchcraft, learning as much as I can about all different kinds of witchcraft practices. There are many ways to practice witchcraft, and over time you’ll start to figure out what gels with you and what doesn’t. You may even start to create practices of your own. 

When you feel ready to start putting it all into practice, start with simple spells or rituals with simple goals. You don’t want to attempt too much too soon when you’ve only just started to learn what witchcraft is and how magic works. Work your way up to the more complex stuff and have patience with yourself as you learn.

If you don’t have access to books, the Internet can be just as helpful. We try to reblog as much helpful information on this blog as possible, so keep an eye out for those posts. We also answer a lot of questions you may find helpful, and if you ever have any specific questions for us, we’ll try our best to answer them! Another blog I recommend you check out is natural-magics, as it’s filled with tons and tons of helpful information. 

I hope this is helpful to you! Thanks for your question and best of luck to you as you start this new chapter in your life :)

- Sara

Anonymous asked: Hello my dear Admin. :) What activities do you suggest to do during super moon? And during full moon in general? One of my ideas is moon water. And I heard about drawing down the moon, but I'm not sure what exactly that is. Thank you in advance. :)

Hello, Anon!

We actually just reblogged a post today with some information about full moon rituals and activities. You can find that by clicking here.

Celebrating a full moon can be as formal or as informal as you’d like. Most full moons, I personally just sit outside and bask in the moon’s glow, feeling its energy and praising its beauty. It’s nice to just be at peace and show appreciation for its existence. I also have a large white candle that I call my “moon candle” that I light only on nights of the full moon or when I’m doing moon-related spells. And yes, full moon water is a great idea as well.

I am not Wiccan, so I don’t have any experience with drawing down the moon myself, however here is an informative article that will explain to you what it is and even a variation of how it’s done. I would definitely suggest reading up on the subject more and practicing some trance meditation techniques if you would ever like to attempt it yourself.

Hope this helps! And I hope you have a blessed full moon. :)

- Sara

Witchy Full Moon Stuff

natural-magics:

southernamericanwitches:

Red Clay to stick things to you, hold them in place, or slowly consume something; Shale for a nice clean cut away or easy detachment.

Anonymous asked: Hey tips for dorm room/residence/student witchcraft? STUDENT ON A BUDGET ALERT! Also tips for hiding beliefs from possible closed minded roomates (precaution). THANK U SO MUCH U LOVELY BUNCH O' MODS

thepaganstudygrouppage:

Hello, this blog here has many resources and ideas for witchcraft and paganism in college. Why not take a moment to look through their blog?

Ghost


Mythological creatures around the world | Humanoid hybrids
Centaurs appear in Greek mythology and have the torso of a human and the body of a horse. They typically live in forests and use bow and arrows as their weapon of choice. They respect and take care of all living creatures and are very skilled at healing, warfare, stargazing and prophecy.