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)



Hello Lovely

Priestess of the Moon Mother
I don’t know if this technically counts, since it is a broken and sea-smoothed shell, but I found it on a beach in North Carolina.

EDIT: Thanks for this submission! I think it counts! -Renee

Anonymous asked: On which seashores would I be able to find these holy stones or witch stones?? :)

Hi anon,

I think they’re just sort of random to be honest. Probably not at an extremely calm lakeshore or something like that, probably a place with more activity. I found one when I was a kid in a local canyon that sees violent floods during the summer, buuut that place was also part of an ancient Native American settlement and it was more likely manmade. I don’t think they’re localized to one part of the world. I did some internet searching but didn’t find anything besides ebay hits :/ if anyone knows where you can find them I encourage you to write in!

-Renee (gallowsong)


Today is the second New Moon in January making it a Black Moon. The Celts and the Druids seen a Black Moon as a time of great changes and of good luck. This Black Moon is extra special as it is also a Supermoon meaning it is much closer to the earth than at any other time. This will make tides higher than normal, it will also make our emotions feel heightened.
The Aquarius New Moon represents freedom and liberation. Liberate your mind first and your freedom will follow. Aquarius reminds you to follow the beat of your own drum. Be unique. Be original. Be who you really are. Take a walk on the weird side of life. You may find a part of yourself that has been begging for expression. This is the Antiquarian New Moon message.
A new cycle is beginning for you. The Aquarius New Moon can empower you to move in a bold direction. You may break free from bad habits and relationships. You are no longer distracted by fear and doubt. You are ready to be who you were born to be. This is a time of great luck, so go out and try new things, use this lucky time to grow businesses, start new jobs, go to interviews, find a new love.
Change your mind. You change your life. See your challenges from a different perspective. See your challenges as opportunities for growth. They keep your life fresh and lively. Your life can be much freer than you may have realized. In this way, new opportunities will emerge for you. Believe in your dreams coming true. Believe when you wish upon a Star your dreams come true. The Star is shinning on you.  The New Moon is lighting up a new path way for you. Perhaps it was there all along and now your eyes are opened.
The SuperMoons strengthen the impact for change. This is setting the tone for the New Year. Get out of your own way. Move out of your comfort zone. Make bold beginnings.  Uranus is encouraging you to have a fresh start. Be innovative. Don’t allow the negative ego to hold back your dreams. Listen to your intuition. You intuition is your inner knowledge. Allow your Higher Self to guide you to new relationships and goals. Sudden unexpected opportunities can come to you from out of the blue.
There are new perspectives to be enjoyed now and this Moon reminds us that no matter how far we may have strayed from where we want to be we can always get back there as long as there is hope and the will to move and grow yourself. 
The Black Moon opens a portal to other dimensions. Honored by Wiccans and various schools of Magic, the Black Moon is a fertile time to connect with spirits and other realms and the planes where the ascended masters walk. It augurs a cycle of mystery and magic, even more mystical than the Blue Moon. The double New Moons are associated with higher consciousness, altered states of awareness and hidden wisdom. Use the energy well.
Have a Blessed New Moon and may the Goddess watch over you.



Alaxandrian book of shadows

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The sabbats of witchcraft

Complete book of incense and brews

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traewolf asked: Hi! Me again. Do you guys have any recommendations for advanced traditional witchcraft without the ties to Wicca. Thanks for the stuff you gave me last time. I found a few good ones in that batch.

Hello, I would recommend A Grimoire for Modern Cunning Folk: A Practical Guide to Witchcraft on the Crooked Path, Visceral Magick: Bridging the Gap Between Magick and Mundane, and  Enchantment: The Witch’s Art of Manipulation through Gesture, Gaze and Glamour all three by Peter Paddon.



Hag stones, also known as Holey Stones or Witch Stones, are stones that have a naturally occurring hole and are usually found near oceans and other bodies of water. They are said to be powerful protection talismans, and when worn or carried they protect the bearer from curses, hexes, negative spirits, and harm. They have also been used to prevent nightmares, being strung on a bedpost or placed underneath pillows. It is also believed that if you peer through the hole of the stone that you can see the Fae Folk and otherworldly entities. If one broke, it is thought to have used its power to protect a life. 


Simple Smudging for Cleansing a property: A smudge stick is a dried bundle of sage/white sage with sometimes lavender, rosemary or cedar included. I will post instructions on how to make your own later :-) The smoke from a smudge stick can cleanse anything that is holding negativity from crystals to houses or workplaces. You will need:  A smudge stick (bought ones are fine) A large feather/implement to ‘waft’ the smoke, ie. fan A cauldron/bowl to catch ash and embers Light one end of your smudge stick and allow any flames to die down so it is just smoking rather than alight. Place it in your bowl or cauldron so it is easier to carry To smudge your house, walk around each room, wafting the smoke with the feather, making sure you get the smoke into all the corners and over the upholstery. As you do so, recite the words, ‘Spirits of Air and Earth (Air for the smoke, earth for the herbs) please cleanse this space from the negative it holds, I ask you replace the bad with the good and for peace and calm to remain - Blessed Be!’ You can replace the Spirit element with the particular deity you choose to ask for help or simply replace with ‘Goddess’. To smudge an object, simply hold it in the smoke of your smudge stick and say similar words to those above - as with all spellwork, you can create your own words to say or simply adapt the words I use. You can also light the smudge stick, place it in your cauldron on a heat proof surface and leave it smoking for a while to allow the smoke to dissipate around the space. You should try to do this every month Genni )O(  Witchcraft, Paganism & Wiccan
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Smudging is a term that can cause a lot of trouble. Its involving specific ceremonial acts done by NA tribes.
This is called Recanning. Recan 

Smudging & Smoke Cleansing: A Comparative Post
Okay, so I guess we need to talk about smudging vs smoke cleansing (which is not a wide-spread term, but it’s what I’m going to use to help differentiate between the two practices for this post). Now, there are a lot of similarities between traditional smudging and smoke cleansing. Both are methods of cleansing that utilize the smoke of sacred herbs and plants to cleanse and purify a person, place, or thing.   
Here’s a visual, but don’t worry, we’ll discuss below:

First, Smoke Cleansing:
Like traditional smudging, this is the practice of cleansing somewhere, something, or someone with smoke. 
Most commonly, white sage (or, as we call it sacred sage or ceremonial sage) is used in this practice, but other things can be substituted. There are many cultures who have practiced smoke cleansing, so you can find an herb or resin that’s applicable to any path. 
Smoke cleansing is usually done in a circular, sunwise path. The direction in which you being may very depending in your path or tradition, but most books will tell you to begin in the east.
Smoke is fanned into every corner and crevice of whatever you’re cleansing in order to remove spirits, negative energy, and evil. 
Smoke cleansing may be accompanied by a chant or something similar. This can be personal or textbook and is generally said out loud. 
Because this practice is passed down from book to person or from mentor to student, it remains relatively the same between most people who use it—tools, smokes, and chants, on the other hand, may vary. 
Smoke cleansing is considered a very important practice because of the act of cleansing. 
It can be use before, during, or after ritual or spellwork. 
Traditional Smudging:
Traditional smudging is a pre-ceremony element used to cleanse and purify and area of ceremony as well as any of the people who are going to pass into the circle—dancers, veterans, storytellers, etc.
Like a lot of our ceremonial practices, the concept of smudging is usually passed down through oral tradition and generally through a family line. There is not a lot of accurate representation of this practice in books; so, without oral tradition, the practice as Native Americans know it would cease to exist. 
Some elements of smudging will differ from group to group. There is no one way for Native Americans to do things. Every tribe, clan, and family will have their own set of practices; and every person will have their own prayers.
Tools for smudging are usually traditional—at least for ceremonial purpose. Though the actual practices vary, the tools are almost always familiar. 
Smudging is accompanied by constant prayer (generally said in the heart) and uses specific movements when smudging your smudge fan, yourself, or someone else.
The prayers that accompany this practice are not written down and are totally different from person to person. We are never taught how to pray. 
Traditional smudging also utilizes white sage—however, it is usually incorporated into a blend. My family, for example, uses sage, tobacco, and cedar. 
Unlike smoke cleansing, traditional smudging is not often used to get rid of spirits. In fact, because the practice has been used during the prayers of our race since the first people, it’s often thought of as a way to connect with the spirits of our ancestors. Sometimes, it’s taught that our prayers are carried along with their prayers.
The smoke from smudging also serves to put a person into a community mindset. Because we have passed this tradition down from first people, the smell of the smoke evokes a feeling of being at home no matter where you are or who you’re with. It’s something that the entire community can share, whether they are related or not. 
Smudging is considered sacred both because of spiritual practices and the connection to community and is often used as a way to honor ancestors while cleansing. 
EDIT: I forgot to mention we also have specific ways of disposing of ashes. :O

plasticseeds sent in asking about smoke cleansing with sage. This is a good breakdown of the differences between smudging, smoke cleansing and recanning. DISCLAIMER: Tumblrcoven does not endorse the information provided above the signature from “Genni”! Don’t appropriate from closed cultures, please and thank you!

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Anonymous asked: How to undo a curse?

Hi anon,

That depends. Did you curse someone or did someone curse you?

  • If you cursed someone: destroy any materials you have left of the spell (a candle, any notes/papers, poppets, bottles, bags, etc) and announce your revocation of the curse.
  • If someone cursed you: there are about as many ways to remove a curse as there are ways to curse… a purifying & protecting bath, a sachet, any type of self-cleansing, a reflecting spell (to bounce the curse back at the sender) to name a few. Some people give offerings to deities in exchange for having the curse lifted but in my experience that doesn’t always work if your deity thinks you need to learn a lesson.

Hope that helps.

-Renee (gallowsong)

Anonymous asked: Hi, I have this problem that sometimes I just think about a thing and it comes true but I didn't really need can I stop casting spells unnecessarily? Love and hugs :)

Hi anon,

May I suggest thinking about things less intently / stopping yourself from dwelling on any particular subject you don’t wish to affect? Some mental self-discipline is probably the best bet without restricting your skills completely. You could also wear some kind of binding sigil on your person when you aren’t performing magic and remove it when it’s time to do a spell (you could just draw it on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket or something). That said, I don’t actually work with sigils so I don’t know any off the top of my head, but if you do or wish to craft one yourself (which is totally legitimate btw) you can do so! You could also make a list of things you don’t want to affect magically and place the sigil on that piece of paper. I suggest meditating to completely clear your mind once a day for added benefit; right before bed is usually a nice and convenient time.

-Renee (gallowsong)