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!

- Sara

Anonymous asked: do you have any suggestions for combining knot craft and storm craft? i'm interested and connected to both but i don't know how to combine them since i'm new to all of this haha.

stormsorceress:

  1. A storm bracelet. Use thread and charms representing the type of storm you want involved in your spell. (Example: Blue and white threads with snowflake charms for making good memories and protection in the winter.)
  2. Seal a cord with mud to hold in power. Wash away the mud to release the power.
  3. Visualize storms while doing knot work.
  4. Incorporate storm imagery into a charm for cord magic. (Example: By knot of one, the storm’s begun. By knot of two, rain protects me and you. By knot of three, lightning I see. By knot of four, thunder is at the door. By knot of five, we feel alive. By knot of six, we build with fallen sticks. By knot of seven, the storm becomes our weapon.)
  5. Combine images of storms and sigils in embroidery.
  6. Crochet using the storm clouds pattern.

Happy Atmosphere Bag/Jar

tearun:

This is a great spell jar or spell bag to upkeep a happy and tranquil atmosphere in your house, apartment, bedroom, dorm room, hotel room, or wherever else you may be staying. It’s made for indoor spaces, so it should work for any indoor space, including offices or lockers as well.

This is great if you’ve just moved into a new place and want to start things out well, of if there’s been a lot of tension or bad energy at home that you want to deal with. If you have witchy friends, this spell has no connection to the caster, and can be given away to others as a gift and have just the same effect. It would make a great gift for housewarming, or for the coming holiday season.

Please be aware that if you have home troubles and experience bad or abusive people in your home, this may help you, but it will not solve the real source of the problem or remove it. If you feel you’re being abused by your parents, siblings, family, friends, housemates or roommates, please seek real, physical help if you can. This will only suppress the symptoms, it will not treat the cause if the cause is not metaphysical.

Required Materials:

Herbs/Plants:

  • 10 Parts Clove
  • 4 Parts Catnip
  • 1 Part Dried Lemon Pulp/Rinds
  • 1 Part Chamomile

Stone (Not required for jar):

  • 1 piece of Quartz, the bigger your bag, the larger the stone should be. Stone should be at least half an inch in length/height/width. (preferably Rose Quartz should be used but not required)

Water (not required for bag):

  • Enough charged water to soak all herbs and the pulp/rind and be moved around as a liquid in the jar.

Container:

  • Jar with good seal. Should be cleansed before use.

or

  • Bag with fine enough weave/knit and tight enough tie that nothing will fall out. Should be cleansed before use. Any color will work, yellow is preferred.

Process (Jar):

  1. Find a jar with a good seal on it and transparent glass. A yellow jar is preferred, but no color is required.
  2. Cleanse it of any energy via your preferred method, whether it be sunlight, moonlight, salt, smoke, or anything else you’ve found to work well.
  3. Get your ingredients all together: 10 parts clove, 4 parts catnip, 1 part lemon rind or pulp, 1 part chamomile. Put all these aside in separate containers.
  4. Get your water ready. The water should be charged with energy of happiness, platonic love, and a love of life. However you wish to charge it is up to you.
  5. Get your empty jar, charged water, and ingredients all together in your workspace. Put up or do whatever you would usually do while doing spell work. Casting circles, lighting candles, putting up boundaries, and so on should all be done now.
  6. Start by putting all the herbs in, in this order. As you do, speak for each herb added:
    Clove, to banish what is adverse (add clove)
    Catnip, to replace the adverse with happiness (add catnip)
    Lemon and Chamomile, to welcome friendship, tranquility, and peace.” (add lemon and chamomile together)
  7. Add your charged water in over the herbs, then move the jar around to mix it up, without putting the lid back on yet. As you do, say the following:
    Charged water, mix within, bring these intents to fruition.” (either say once, or repeat as a chant until you finish pouring the water and mixing it up)
  8. As you put the lid on, and add whatever you may to help seal the jar, either metaphysically or physically, say the following
    Whenever you are mixed again, brings these things to fruition.
  9. Close your space, end your circle, bring down anything you put up, and go put your jar in its new permanent place.
  10. Whenever you need more magic from your jar, shake it up.

Process (Bag):

  1. Find a bag of a fine enough knit or weave so that nothing will fall out of it, as well as a good tie on it to keep it closed. Yellow is the preferred color, but any color will do. Bright colors will work best.
  2. Cleanse your pouch of any energy via your preferred method, whether it be moonlight, sunlight, salt, smoke, or anything else.
  3. Get your ingredients all together: 10 parts clove, 4 parts catnip, 1 part lemon rind or pulp, 1 part chamomile. Put all these aside in separate containers.
  4. Get your stone ready. The stone should cleansed and then charged with energy of happiness, platonic love, and a love of life. However you wish to charge it is up to you.
  5. Get your empty bag, charged stone, and ingredients all together in your workspace. Put up or do whatever you would usually do while doing spell work. Casting circles, lighting candles, putting up boundaries, and so on should all be done now.
  6. Start by putting all the herbs in, in this order. As you do, speak for each herb added:
    Clove, to banish what is adverse (add clove)
    Catnip, to replace the adverse with happiness (add catnip)
    Lemon and Chamomile, to welcome friendship, tranquility, and peace.” (add lemon and chamomile together)
  7. Add your charged stone on top, then crinkle and shimmy the bag to mix up all the herbs and get the stone into the middle, without closing the bag. As you do so, say the following:
    Charged stone, rest within, bring these intents to fruition.” (either say once, or repeat as a chant until you finish mixing it up)
  8. As you tie up the bag and seal it in whatever way you wish, either metaphysically or physically, say the following:
    Whenever you are mixed again, brings these things to fruition.
  9. Close your space, end your circle, bring down anything you put up, and go put your bag in its new permanent place. (Be sure to keep it out of reach of cats)
  10. Whenever you need more magic from your bag, crinkle and mix up the herbs within.

Anonymous asked: Do you happen to know any curses to seek vengence on someone? Curses, or hexes, anything will do. This person is terrorizing my life. I need them to pay, please help me.

upthewitchypunx:

This person is deliberately trying to tear apart my life. They are trying to take my love, and my livelyhood from me. They need to learn what theyre putting me through.

I answered something similar to this a few days ago so I’m just going to copy and paste it here:

Well, I don’t gave away spells but I do point people in directions and I do help brainstorm spells. You could always go for a curse jar filled with a representation of that person plus some other nasty stuff, red pepper flakes, vinegar, piss, rusty nails, etc. Or one of these:

Also, here’s a post I made about protection from curse and mitigating the effects of ones you cast and why I don’t give away my own spells.

Also, I think protection is key to a lot of things. This person is hurting you. So, stop them. Don’t let them hurt you. That involves protection. Here are so post about protecting yourself:

I hope you find something useful!

"A Good Day" Tea Latte - the I’m-in-a-hurry version.

cunningwhimsy:

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cups milk (I use an almond/coconut blend)
  • 2 tsp loose-leaf tea (My seasonal favorite right now is here.) 
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • nutmeg, to taste
  • sweetener - sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.

Basic directions:

  • I like to keep my used tea leaves around for a while. They go in a tea cup and get put on my altar for the day before I head out the door. But you do you.
  • Add the water to a large mug and pop it into the microwave. I usually find about two minutes works well for steeping temperature. While the water is heating, add your loose leaf tea to a steeping ball. (You can also use tea bags, but I’d advise doubling up. When you’re making a tea latte, the brew should be stronger.)
  • When the water is heated, plop your tea ball into the water. Set your timer according to the strength you’d like.
  • While that’s happening, measure out your milk and pop that into the microwave for heating. 
  • When the milk and the tea are both done, set aside your tea ball or tea bags and combine the tea and milk in the large mug. 
  • Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweetener accordingly. 
  • Throw that witchy brew in a travel mug and go, go, go. 

Magical notes to keep in mind:

  • I use my microwave as sort of a magical, kitchen witchy incubator. The more I microwave something, the more intense the properties of that element of a recipe gets. (So if I say that milk stands for calm, microwaving it for two minutes means I’m going to be HELLA calm.) 
  • My correspondences are not the traditional ones. When I whipped up this spell, I just went with my gut, and that included the ingredients I used and what they stood for. That being said, my correspondences are below. 
  • You can also do this the long way - by which I mean you can boil something over the stove. I like to do that on the weekends, because it makes me feel witchier. But man, during the week I ain’t got time for that. Quicky magic works well for me. 
  • I charge each element as I go. That may not be your thing. Whatever works. 
  • This spell works beautifully for me. I do it every morning. Yay. 

Correspondences: 

  • Water - a new and fresh day; wiping away any yucky stuff that might be lingering from the day before.
  • Milk - calm and relaxing. (I deal with anxiety, so this part’s important for me.) 
  • Tea - general contentedness. 
  • Cinnamon - joy and happiness.
  • Nutmeg - bravery and courage to try new things.

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.

Blessings,
Katy

lunasabatica:

Power O’Malley: Beware the Beautiful Witch, 1913.

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. :)

- Sara

foresthoney:

It’s a funny thing. I use knot/cord magic A LOT but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book devoted to it (I like Scott Cunningham’s chapter on it in Earth Power, pg.91). It’s so versatile though that there SHOULD be more about it.

As a newer witch, knot/cord magic is something…

lavenderwrath:

Witchy Tip: Never forget the power of writing in spells. There are many spells that do not require more than a writing utensil and a proper canvas for the words.

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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?

Hello! 

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!

- Sara

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!

- Sara

newmoongoddess:

One of my personal favourite high energy stones. Fire agate is rare and protective, sending any bad energy attack on you, back to sender… Nice eh?! Everyone needs one of these bad boys in their pocket! Find them here—> The love tree.