Anonymous asked: My cat recently passed away. He is being cremated and the ashes are being buried, have you any suggestions for how else I should honour him? He'd been I my life for 17 years.
First of all, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing an animal companion is very painful and very sad, and I hope things start to look brighter from here on out.
There are definitely ways you can honor him so that his memory will live on and you can remember him fondly as you grieve and also in the future. I suggest building a shrine for your cat, kind of like a shrine you would build for an ancestor or immediate family member who has passed. Find some available space in your home where you can do this, like a bookshelf, an end table, that sort of thing. Perhaps if your cat had a particular area of your home where he enjoyed spending time, you could put a structure there upon which you could build a shrine.
Start out by blessing the space. How you go about doing this is up to you and your practice, but I personally like smoke cleansing with dried sage. This will help bring good energy into the space. Then, decorate the area with items that remind you of your cat or belonged to him: a framed photograph of him, his favorite toys, catnip, etc. Every now and then, you can leave him offerings of his favorite food or treat, a small bowl of milk, anything he enjoyed while he was alive. You can visit this shrine daily and pay your respects to your cat and remember all the happiness he brought to your life.
Another thing you can do is perform this pet loss ritual, which will help you as you grieve as well as help your cat’s spirit along to its next journey.
So very sorry again for your loss. Hope this information is helpful to you. Please take care!
bitchcraftjournal asked: Hi! I wouldn't wanna ask you to promote my blog cuz that's a little embarrassing and thick-faced, but you seem to be one of the more popular witchcraft tumblr's on here. Could you give me tips or ways on how to increase my audience and get more notes? That would be great. Thanks!
Wow um, thanks for the compliment! I never really considered this blog largely popular but maybe I underestimated it’s popularity.
I would just suggest continuing to reblog and reblog. I, for one, always run through who reblogged what and if I like what I see then it’s an automatic follow. I think that content speaks for itself, and if you post relevant, accurate information then people will follow. I think interacting with people helps also. Reaching out to individuals as well as the community, commenting, leaving opinions, etc. will help tremendously. We didn’t get where we are by ignoring or alienating people.
You do, however, have to allow for time. I mean, I started this blog almost 5-6 years ago. It didn’t happen overnight, if you know what I mean.
Anonymous asked: I feel weird because I've only recently began actively practicing and educating myself about deities; but I've not officially dedicated myself to anyone or anything, but I have a general idea which pantheon feels right for me. I feel like I'm so terribly unknowledgeable about everything, though I research and practice everyday and I realize it's probably expected for me to feel like this, but it makes me feel like I have less value because less experience. I believe but don't feel very magical.
Like you said, anon, it’s to be expected if you’ve only just started to practice regularly. Even those of us who have been doing this for many years have times when we feel this way, whether it’s because we are unsure of our paths, we’re learning something new, or if certain life obligations have made actively going down our paths a bit more difficult.
As normal as this is, do your best to try not to let it consume you, and don’t let it discourage you, either. You arevaluable. It takes time to build knowledge and experience, but you will get there if you keep at it! Don’t let the voice in your head or anyone else convince you otherwise. You’ve taken that first big step and you’ve begun your practice and your studies. That magical feeling will come to you in time. I remember when I first began studying and practicing witchcraft and I just… had a hard time feeling witchy, and had very little confidence in myself in that regard. Now, calling myself a witch is as natural as calling myself by name for the most part. The same goes for many others!
One last thing: don’t believe the notion that you absolutely HAVE to have a patron deity/deities. It’s not something I believe anyone should rush into anyway, since it’s a pretty serious commitment to dedicate yourself to a patron like that. It’s perfectly okay to worship a pantheon of deities, or deities from multiple pantheons, without feeling like you absolutely have to choose one as a patron.
I hope I was able to reassure you, anon. You can always come to us if you need any advice. My biggest tip for you right now is to just keep doing what you’re doing—keep studying, keep practicing. You’re on the right track. :)
fadecoast asked: I've had a lot of spiritual things happen in my life. Mainly in the past month. I've talked to my grandma about it a lot and she's mentioned how she's always felt like our family has had a "witchy vibe". I was really happy when she said that because I've always wanted to become a witch or Wiccan but I don't know what I should do to begin. Any suggestions?
I’m glad to hear that your grandmother has been so encouraging and that you are ready to start your practice. That’s always an exciting time. My biggest piece of advice to you would be to start reading and absorbing as much knowledge about witchcraft as you can. There are a lot of great books on the subject which you can find in libraries, bookstores, and even online. Amazon.com is a great place to start, IMO. On our blog, we also have a great list of books that cover many different topics of witchcraft. Feel free to browse through that and see if there’s anything that strikes your fancy.
Tumblr has become another great resource as well. A search through various witchy tags here on Tumblr can give you a lot of great information as there are many bloggers who post about witchcraft daily. We try to reblog a lot of informative posts here as well, so keep an eye out for those on your dashboard.
If you are particularly interested in learning more about Wicca, I highly suggest you check out the following website: Wicca for the Rest of Us.
As you begin to actually put that knowledge into practice, just remember to be patient with yourself and start small. You have to learn to crawl before you can walk, and then learn to walk before you can run, after all. Start off with simple spells, rituals, blessings, etc. before attempting anything more complicated. The more you practice, the better you will become.
Finally, if you ever need help with anything specific, we are always here to answer your questions, and we will do our best to help point you in the right direction.
Hope this helps!
Anonymous asked: I have psychic abilities, mostly spirit talk among lots of other things, only I blocked it a while ago at the advice of my doctors, and now I want to reconnect with that. My problem is that now, I din't know how to make the difference between my imagination and actual spirit talk/clairvoyance etc anymore. So how can I distinguish between what I imagine and what I actually see/hear with my special abilities?
This can be a difficult thing to accomplish, and I don’t think there’s any one right way to go about doing it. We all experience things a little differently. My advice to you would be to slowly work on reawakening your psychic abilities by doing various small exercises. Practice various meditation techniques, energy sensing techniques, simple methods of divination, etc. I highly recommend looking for how-to books and/or articles written by other psychics, which can explain these exercises in detail. Work on developing your intuition and learn to trust it. It’s okay to have a little doubt, I’m pretty sure it’s normal for all of us. Remember, you’ve done it once before, and can most likely do it again with a little work and a little patience.
Since you mentioned your doctors advised you, I would just like to caution you anything I suggest is not in any way comparable to the advice of a medical professional. Only you and your doctors know your situation, so if they have advised against this at one point in time, it may be smart to speak with them before attempting to reawaken your abilities.
I hope this helps!