Anonymous asked: This is probably a dumb question but wouldn't winter & water and earth & autumn make more sense?
Haha you would think, huh? If you take it out of context it makes perfect sense. The problem is we’re not corresponding season with element. We’re doing the correspondences for the cardinal directions. So, in this particular case earth =/= autumn and air =/= winter.
Anonymous asked: Hello, I don't want to be a nuisance, so sorry if this is silly. Basically, I just had to move rooms, and one whole side of my room is covered in stuff so I can't find a way to set up that cardinal point when I'm setting up my circle (sorry if that doesn't make sense) any ideas what to do?
You’re not a nuisance at all! This is what we’re here for so don’t be afraid to ask questions. If they seemed at all silly, trust me, we would most likely let you know. Your question is a great one!
You can always substitute a cardinal direction for any one of its correspondences! The typical and most general correspondences for the cardinal points are:
- New Moon
- Waxing Moon
- Full Moon
- Waning Moon
- Astral travel/Fertility/Divination
I think if you get creative you can find little ways to represent the cardinal directions. Remember: it doesnt need to be big and showy to make an impact. Sometimes less is more.
Anonymous asked: Hello! Are any of you familiar with ouija boards? I've done a couple but it's definitely hard to channel a specific person. It would be awesome if any of you could possibly give me tips on how to specifically channel someone who has passed on. Thank you!
Hi there, Anon!
Sorry for the delay with this reply. I don’t have any personal experience with ouija boards, so I’ve been doing some research for you.
From what I can tell, it’s important to focus on your intent, just like when you perform a spell or a ritual. You have to clearly visualize your end result, what you hope to achieve. As you are using the board, visualize who it is you are hoping to contact. Be very specific in asking the board who you wish to speak to as well. But perhaps you just need to work on this by doing some visualization exercises beforehand? A little practice could help you in the future should you use a ouija board again.
It’s also important to remember to be a good host and treat your guest with respect. Use your manners and don’t pester them too much with too many questions, and just do what you can to make them feel welcome (be careful of allowing them to control the situation—you should be in control, not them). Also, keep in mind that whoever it is you are trying to contact just might not feel like talking much, so it’s important to be patient or accepting of that fact.
Also, I’ve heard that using a ouija board is more effective if you have someone helping you. Again like a spell or a ritual, having someone else with you might make the process more effective. If you have someone you could ask to help you, give it a try! You might achieve better results the next time around.
Finally, as with any magical rite, remember to protect yourself and your space before using the board. You don’t want to leave yourself vulnerable in a situation like this if you end up encountering an unwanted guest. How you choose to do so is really up to you and your personal practice, whether it’s through a spell, a prayer to a deity, a protective charm, etc.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If anyone with more experience with ouija boards would like to chime in, feel free!
Anonymous asked: To cut to the chase, I want to do something magickal, but I disagree with how most people (online and my father) tell me to do it and I think I might know a better way to do it. Who do you think i should listen to? The more experienced people or myself? This is a problem I often come across, but in this particular case it's purifying a crystal.
Hmm, that’s a good question. Normally I would say listen to your gut. If you have a certain way that works for you then go with it. I think the only time I would defer to someone with more experience is when it comes to the crystal’s care and handling. Unless, you’ve gone above and beyond to research the crystal and its geological properties. You wouldn’t believe how many people just assume that it’s a crystal; it feels solid, water or direct sunlight won’t damage it. Yet, there are some out there!
If it’s nothing to do with that and it’s just someone putting their two cents in because they feel they can. Or if it’s a matter of “no you do THIS first, THEN that because it charges better”… ignore them. Everyone has their own rituals and no one thing works perfectly for everyone.
Anonymous asked: My local bookstore has a ton of wicca books to chose from. Can I trust all of it or are there any books you know of that are unreliable or inaccurate and as a new learner I should steer clear from?
Really, there’s no harm in reading them. If a majority of it doesn’t jive with your sensibilities then it may not be the right book for you. Unfortunately, there’s such a huge debate concerning wicca. Traditional versus non-traditional, what is acceptable for which, the author’s personal opinion and what they teach.
I would love to say, “hey its all good! Just pick out what works and throw out what doesnt.” The problem is, wicca doesn’t work that way. Even non-traditional has its rules regarding what you can and cannot do. If you know without a doubt that is what you want, read the books! Try to stay away from anything from Silver Ravenwood, however. She throws a lot of crap in her books and tries to pass it off as truth. Anything written by Scott Cunningham or Ramond Buckland are wonderful, and are great for beginners.
If wicca isn’t necessarily what you are going for but seems the most popular or convenient, I would suggest widening your scope. Try going on Amazon and searching for “pagan” or “witchcraft” books. I love looking on amazon because it gives a good synopsis as well as providing decent reviews. If that doesn’t help, check out our Arcane Archive link on our front page.