thequietpagan:

thechandelurequeen:

Being a witch means being able to look at completely random stuff you find and thinking, “I could use that,” all the time.

 

Anonymous asked: Hey, could my zodiac sign help me choose a path, for example becoming a fire witch and worshipping fire gods or becoming a storm witch? Or does your zodiac sign not matter? Blessings

Your zodiac sign can certainly play a part in your path if you want it to. If you feel very connected to the element associated with your zodiac sign and want to do magic primarily associated with the element of fire, you can. Astrology in general is a common practice among witches and it’s a very fascinating topic to research if you are interested in incorporating it into your practice.

Here’s the thing, anon: if it matters to you, then it matters. If you feel drawn to and want to explore that area of magic, then as long as you are being respectful, responsible, and safe (especially when handling fire, to use your example) there is nothing that says you can’t or that it doesn’t matter. Your practice is unique to you! :)

Thanks for your question and I hope this is helpful.

- Sara

sea-sorceress:

pagan-circle:

I have a dead crab, what can I use it for?

Crabs can symbolize protection, adaptability, cycles, regeneration and strength. Doing any spells or rituals that involve those aspects could be done with using the crab itself as a tool. I like to think that a crab can be used to…

Why should you study and practice Magick? Because you can’t help doing it, and you had better do it well than badly.

— Aleister Crowley (via prince-malekith9)

Trees have from time immemorial been closely associated with magic.
These stout members of the vegetable kingdom may stand for as long
as a thousand years, and tower far above our mortal heads. As such
they are symbols and keepers of unlimited power, longevity, and
timelessness. An untouched forest, studded with trees of all ages,
sizes and types, is more than a mysterious, magical place - it is one
of the energy reservoirs of nature. Within its boundaries stand
ancient and new sentinels, guardians of the universal force
which has manifested on the the Earth

Scott Cunningham (via thedruidsteaparty)
paganearth:

Rosemary.
 
Common names: Rosemary, rosemarin, romero, romarin, rosemarinoLatin name: Rosmarinus officinaliFamily: Lamiaceae Part used: Leaves, RootsCommonly used forms: Essential oil (toxic, do NOT ingest), DriedSide Effects: Excessive amounts may cause poisoning
Medicinal Uses: Migraine, Digestion, Neuralgia, Rheumatism, Eczema, Mouthwash
Spell Craft: Protection from evil
Growing & Care
·         Rosemary plants grow to a height of 36 to 48 inches.
·         Rosemary plants should be spaced 18 to 24 inches.
·         Sow indoors in sunny location or under plant grow lights eight weeks before last frost. Rosemary propagates well via stem cuttings.
·         Seed germination period 15 to 25 days.
·         Rosemary grown outdoors prefers full sun.
Average water needs. Water on a regular schedule, do not overwater

Full and New Moon Schedule for the Remainder of 2014

July
Full Moon – Jul 12, 2014
New Moon – Jul 26, 2014

August
Full Moon – Aug 10, 2014
New Moon – Aug 25, 2014

September
Full Moon – Sept 9, 2014
New Moon – Sept 24, 2014

October
Full Moon – Oct 8, 2014
New Moon – Oct 23, 2014

November
Full Moon – Nov 6, 2014
New Moon – Nov 22, 2014

December
Full Moon – Dec 6, 2014
New Moon – Dec 22, 2014

Magickal Uses of Pine

herbalriot:

Planetary Association: Mars

Gender: Air

Elemental Association: Air

Deity Association: Cernunnos, Attis

Magickal Properties: Strength, life and immortality, rejuvenation. External symbol of life and immortality. It is one of the few trees that are androgynous. It was also worshiped by the ancients as a symbol of fire because of its resemblance to a spiral of flame. It is regarded as a very soothing tree to be near. Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A pine wand or pine cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry pine cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with pine oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw pine needles into winter fires for protection, or burn pine incense for purification and divination. Place pine branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a pine branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.

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flickeringwitch asked: Hi tumblrcoven. :) I'd like to ask you for advice. In a couple of days my mum is going abroad for work, for few months. I'd like to make her something, you know, for safe travel, luck and protection, etc. But firstly: I have no idea what to use. And secondly: It has to be something 'normal' since I'm still in the closet. Any ideas? :< Blessed Be. :)

Hi there,

I think some form of jewelry would be perfect for this if she wears jewelry. Whether it is a simple friendship bracelet you wove with intent or a beaded piece you strung / empowered / anointed, you could make something that appears perfectly mundane but carries wards / protection / blessings / etc.

If she isn’t a jewelry wearer, you could make scented candles (also a fun project, slightly more time consuming and a bit more costly!) for her new house. You could make just about any sort of “knick knack” for her new house as a “housewarming gift” and enchant it. I used to do needlepoint and weave house protection magic into them. (I lived in a severely haunted apartment that was impossible to cleanse completely due to the nature of it and I enchanted everygoddamnthing in that house to try to keep it at bay.) you could also get her a potted plant and paint the pot. Easy to paint sigils of good fortune and protection on first and then cover them with something else. If they aren’t destroyed, just layered over, they’re still there. (If you do this be sure to shellac the inside and outside of the pot over the paint because once you water the plant the water will seep through the pot and ruin your paint. You can get shellac at Home Depot.)

Honestly, you could put magic in damn near anything. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination. :)

-Renee (gallowsong)

Anonymous asked: Merry Meet! I am moving into a new house in the next couple of days, and even though I don't feel any negative energies I would still like to cleanse the space. Do you have any tips? Thank you and Blessed Be :) x

Hey, that’s perfectly fair. Even if it’s not necessarily negative energy, it’s not a bad idea to cleanse a new house before moving in, so that any lingering energies from the previous owners can be removed, and you can replace them with your own energies.

The simplest and most effective method, in my experience, would be to perform a smoke cleansing. The herb that’s most commonly used is sage (white sage or common sage, both are fine), but you could also use rosemary, lavender, sweetgrass, pine, or a combination of any of those things. Whatever you end up choosing, all you have to do is light the herbs on fire like you would an incense stick (make sure you go about this safely, using a fire-safe container like a ceramic bowl or an ash tray, and letting the fire burn out leaving only the smoke), and cleanse each area of the house individually.

How you choose to go about performing a smoke cleansing is honestly up to you. Personally, I like to go around the room in a clockwise circle and I go pretty slowly to give the smoke time to reach every corner of the room. When I’m finished with every room, I don’t extinguish the smoke with water or anything. I let the herbs burn until they’ve decided the area is purified. I also make sure all the windows in the house are closed, so the smoke can’t escape.

Best of luck to you with the move! I hope this answers your question.

- Sara

vladimircurse asked: I have a question: what is the most representative physical thing for the element Air? I want to keep little containers with the 4 elements in them. Examples to understand what I mean: For Earth, i put dirt, for Water, well, water, for Fire, ashes. For Air though, no clue :? Any ideas?

Hello there!

Usually, most people use feathers as a symbol for air. There are other things, like herbs and plants and even some stones, that correspond with air as well you could use, but feathers are often the first choice. I hope this helps.

- Sara

Anonymous asked: I am on the search for my patron god/goddess or deity. I'm fairly learned on various pantheons but was wondering if any suggestions could be offered based on my own personality and way of life, suggestions in the sense of providing direction as to which deities to look into. Would any feel comfortable helping with this?

Hi anon,

This is a deeply personal journey that I really seriously believe should be undertaken alone. Every time I tried to find my path with someone else’s help, I got mislaid. It is hard to hear your own intuition when someone else is talking. I spent years questioning and searching and once I stopped looking, the relationship I had wanted so badly became available to me. And guess what? It was the very last god I expected. I was a firm devotee of Bast for ages, then dabbled in the Celtic path and Druidism. I went the Neo-Wiccan route for awhile and threw my lot in with the Great Goddess. It wasn’t until I had all but given up that my patron deity came knocking.

My advice: read everything. Every goddamn thing. See if any figure from any lore calls out to you or piques your interest, and extend some contact if you feel good. Make an offering. Experiment in different traditions. Try different rituals. Try different methods of divination. Try astral projection, lucid dreaming, anything that will open your mind and relax your expectations of what might happen. My next piece of advice: abandon all your expectations of HOW it will happen. If your patron ends up being anything like mine, s/he will be as unconventional and unpredictable as possible. And, like I told another anon the other day, just keep your eyes and ears and intuition peeled. They may be showing you the road signs and you may be too determined to search for them your own way to see them. Just take it one day at a time. Take notes if it helps you to see patterns or symbols or consistencies.

And if you don’t find the perfect patron deity, just take a break. It doesn’t have to happen right away and it probably won’t.

-Renee (gallowsong)