Anonymous asked: Could you recommend some beginner bigs for someone wanting to get into the craft? I'm not new but I feel like I've lost my way and would like to make fresh steps and start my path with something new that will hopefully give me a lighter heart. Thank you and blessed be!
For real though, you’re not the only one who has lost your way so don’t feel like you’re alone in this. Gods, I don’t even think I can count on two hands how many times I’ve stopped and started again. Either from having lost my way like yourself, or just purely from life interfering — which it has a habit of doing, a LOT.
I’m glad you’re trying to get back on the proverbial horse again! That alone is a step in the right direction. I’m not quite clear if by “bigs” you meant either “tips” or “books” but we have our Arcane Archive with many sub-genres of witchy books to try out. If you wanted a few tips, my biggest is “baby steps”. Start with a little thing every couple days for a while before upgrading to everyday. Then do a few little things on the same regimen. Once you get comfortable doing a few little things every day, and want to go for more, then try a few little things and one big thing. Baby steps.
Anonymous asked: Well, you could ether lash out at people, have a melt down and embarrass yourself or take the time to know when you need some space & time for relaxation. If you take on too much it's never going to do you any good and sometimes it's okay to say no to things or hang up a few ties until you're ready to take them on again. No need to be awful to people you don't know, who have turned to you for help, they could be clueless as how to get into doing something properly and are asking you for advice.
Please, I far from embarrassed myself. If you think I was being awful, shucks. You really haven’t seen us get awful, apparently, because we have. Several times.
Sometimes, part of being a mentor to those asking for help, is getting fed up and providing a little tough love. I cant tell you how many times people have asked the same questions over and over again. None of us here have had any problem reiterating ourselves. I also cant even begin to explain how many times myself and my other admins have had to take a step back for “space & time for relaxation”. Yet, at some point we have to get back on the workhorse and begin responding or nothing would get done.
However, is it so difficult — prior to asking any questions — to scroll through our pages and see for themselves if there was anyone else who asked a similar question to which we gave the answer? If for some reason, they didn’t find anything related to their question, we’d try our best to lead them in the right direction…which we have, time and time and time and time and time again. I’m pretty sure that’s why tumblr has an archive built in. If for some reason it’s inaccessible via our homepage, that’s my bad and I’ll do my best to correct that. Regardless, I honestly don’t think it is SO MUCH TO ASK that before asking us questions and expecting us to do the work for another, doing a few jaunty little google searches or taking a trip to a book store is too much to ask…especially if it is something that is so important to the person to know.
What you have to realize on your end is you have NO idea the amount of comments/questions/inquiries we get here daily. If we answered every single one, the research alone would take hours, not even counting the time it would take to respond to each one. Some we just plain old ignore because its the same question we’ve all answered a hundred times over. Some, unfortunately, are just silly enough that they get the brunt of our collective frustration. We don’t do it to be downright mean or rude, it happens because sometimes answering a few people’s comments is like banging our heads against a brick wall. Painful and pointless. We’re human, and we have feelings and our own bad days too. If you don’t like that sad, unfortunate aspect of our own humanity…well, you know where the door is.
Anonymous asked: You are so rude answering people it hurts my soul.
Dude. Seriously, what do you want from me? I’m human. I have shitty days too. You think I don’t get tired after work, and doing research for school, then enjoy coming home and answering people that don’t take the time to do their own research first — expecting myself or any one of the other admins to do it for them? We’re not your personal database for all things witchy at your very beck & call. We’re mentors and advisors — and sometimes that means getting some tough love. We’ve done more than our fair share of research and study, and practice. Is it “so rude” of us to expect or even ask, at the very least, that people do their own research first?
Shit, we even took the time to set up links on our TC page to other blogs that we also took the time to create as well (this isn’t our only one! All of us are running at least 2-3+ separate blogs simultaneously). Forgive us if our patience runs a wee bit thin occasionally.
Personally, I volunteer everyday at an animal shelter while going to school full time, applying for a Bachelor program out of state, applying for financial aid, have homework every night to complete, running FIVE blogs that I try to work on even for a few minutes every- to every other day, dinner to prepare and put on the table before 6 or I get cranky, a wedding to plan, my best friend’s wedding to help plan, my own baby shower to prepare for, AND I’m almost six months pregnant — my back is killing me, my feet are in agony at the end of every day, my ankles are swelling, my baby like to play soccer with my bladder, and I’m hormonal.
MANY, MANY BLESSINGS,
Anonymous asked: I just bought a Ouija from the 60's and am excited to use it on Friday. my boyfriend and I will be doing it. we are both scorpios and have had loved ones pass. we approach the board with much respect and intend to use it for positive purposes only. i'm actually writing a paper on paranormal experiences, and would love to hear of some from whoever reads this. i'm prepared (candles, heather, altar cloths, etc) but do you have any specific suggestions that would help us on Friday? thanks in advance
That’s cool, I don’t really know what being scorpios have anything to do with the subject but — good to know, thanks. My specific suggestion in relation to using a ouiji board, is to not dick with it until you’ve done in-depth research on divination and the use of ouiji boards. They’re not a game. They’re a doorway that is so much more difficult to control than any of the other tools available. If you’re not armed with the proper knowledge and instinct for this type of thing (typically gained through experience with other divination mediums first) there is no candle, heather, altar cloth, etc. that can save you from letting something through that shouldn’t be here.
The fact that you seem to be just teeming with excitement in anticipation of using a ouji board tells me that you don’t even have a healthy respect for the thing. Seriously, it’s not a game. It is a medium of divination, also used for connecting with the spirit world and is to be handled with reverence and respect. I say this because I was you at one point and I got burned from my inexperience and child-like ignorance of what I was actually using. At that point, even my 7 years experience working in witchcraft couldn’t save my ass from the crap that happened afterwards. I’m not the only person out there this has happened to.
I’m glad that you, at least, had the forethought to come and ask us for suggestions. But every single one of us would have told you: just don’t use it. Not until you actually know what you’re dealing with. I hope everything went alright with you and your boyfriend. If it did, you’re one of the lucky ones.
Katy, lead admin.
livingdedgurrl asked: Dearest tumblrWitch, I ask your guidance. I am new to the cult and I am looking for a coven to help me gain a relationship with the Goddess and Horned lord. I am 20 an live in the St. Louis area of Missouri. Do you know of, or could you inquire for me, if there are any accepting churches in my area? Thank you for your time.
ugh, no offense, but I have so many issues with your inquiry…
A. We’re not a cult. Whomever led you to believe that we (as pagans and/or practicing witches) are part of a cult, should be beaten with a cedar broomstick. hard. It’s so damn stereotypical and it’s an image painted of our beliefs and practices that many of us are trying desperately to get rid of. You’re just perpetuating it. Maybe you don’t know any better, but then again, that’s what books are for…not just word of mouth.
B. We don’t have churches. Like, none…We have gathering places, and sacred places (mostly in our own homes or out in nature — typically away from large gatherings of people with the exception of a coven), but we don’t have Churches. Seriously, have you done any research? Any at all? Witchvox.com at the very, very, very least? Google? Anything?
C. Most relationship building done with the God and Goddess is usually done prior to looking for a coven. From personal experience, most covens are very private and when they are looking for members, they’re looking for people whom have already gained much experience in whatever they practice. That being said, if you really are just dead set on looking for a coven…try heading over to your local new age/occult/witchy shop. They usually have community postings on activities and such. Also, going to witchvox.com — though not entirely a reliable resource, it does have a bunch of people whom are active in the pagan community, including covens.
D. Though I would really love to take the time out of my insanely busy schedule to ask around Arizona for an open coven in Missouri — I’m going to leave that up to you. Please realize that there is not a singular administrative entity here at TC. There are many admins from different parts of the country. As much as any of us would like to go do all the searching for you, we cant possibly handle the load. Part of being a part of the community is doing your own work. Kind of like school, (un)fortunately.
I’m really sorry if I come off as snarky or rude. I know half of our upward battle/job is to educate people on what paganism/wicca/witchcraft/etc is all about, but cant we all agree that a little prior research onto the subject should be a common courtesy?
Katy, lead admin.
Anonymous asked: Have any spells actually worked for any of you?
Um, tons! That’s not to say that every single one worked. I firmly believe that’s due to there being higher forces at work and certain spells won’t work if they conflict with those threads. But that’s just me.
Most spells depend on the amount of energy put into the spellwork. If you put ‘eh’ amount of energy into it, you’re going to get an ‘eh’ spell.
Anonymous asked: What spell would recommend to bring a lover back? I've been studying witchcraft for a while and I have spoken to my ex lover on many occasions. I was just wondering if you knew if there was a spell that could make the bond stronger between us so I can win her back
The heart goes where the heart goes. I’m not against using love spells to bring love into your life, I am however against using it to force someone who doesn’t want to be there to stay. Would you want someone to force you to do something against your will without your knowledge?
Witchcraft has no laws, no rules, only our moral code to guide us. Your question makes me question yours. There are certain things you just don’t toy with. You don’t just force someone to love you. If you broke up, there was a good reason why. Either on your part, or theirs. If they don’t come back of their own free will, there is a good reason why.
I curse and I be-spell, but I don’t mess with free will. I won’t help you here.
Anonymous asked: I need help, I'm beginning to loose my faith and patience In witchcraft, I am a beginner and need help in the craft,
Well, I would love to be able to help you but I need to know how, and with what.
Everyone looses patience in the beginning. Most people aren’t prepared for the amount of work it takes to work with witchcraft. Its like any other skill, you have to learn about it and practice constantly. Its not something you take up one day and are an expert at. I mean, I’ve been practicing witchcraft for 16 years and am now only considering myself “fairly skilled” but then I’m also very critical of myself.
You also have to keep in mind that nearly everyone, including myself, has taken a break from witchcraft. Its not a bad thing, it give us a chance to reevaluate its place in our lives. To learn about it (and ourselves) in a different way, and most of us end up coming back with a renewed appreciation for it.
Let us know what [more specific] help you need and we’ll do our best to provide it.
trinifenty asked: omg i was just watching this on goggle the uhh post with the chakras and thinking about getting it tatted.If this isn't a sign idk what is lol
Oh, well that’s awesome! I live when signs pop up like that.
Anonymous asked: So if you're wiccan you pledge your life to Satan right? Doesn't that mean you would go to hell in your after life? Also, in the spirit of AHS: Coven being over, was the show at all accurate or depict witch craft properly? What were your opinions of the shows?
Wicca is a religion said to be started by Gerald B. Gardner in the 1940’s, I believe. Satan has nothing to do with the Wicca religion, so no. Also it generally does not believe in a Hell.
AHS Coven is about witches not Wiccans. It is a fictional show as most shows are. It’s fun to watch but barely holds any truth. Telekinesis and pyrokinesis are psychokinetic phenomena, they are not magic. Foresight, clairvoyance, and telepathy are extrasensory phenomena, also not magic. You can’t bring people back from the dead like that and there is no ‘Supreme’.
You should really look up information and read a bit before asking such questions as these. If you are honestly here to learn and wish to not be ignorant, then you are welcome. Otherwise books can be your friend.