skinlikesnowflakes asked: How does crochet magic work? I crochet and would love to use it in my practice!

witchsmoke:

It’s kind of like knot-magic. Though, I don’t have the focus or patience to focus with EVERY stitch. But I focus on intent while I crochet an item, whether it’s a doily for my altar, or a poppet to stuff, or a spell pouch. There may be others who have a different process of using crochet in magic, but that’s how I do it! It is something I would like to experiment with more.

Anonymous asked: Are there any forms of witchcraft or paganism related to working in graveyards?

thepaganstudygrouppage:

Yes, ancestor veneration/worship, death witchcraft, and spirit work can be related to working in graveyards. Followers of Death/Chthonic deities regardless of pantheon may also work with graveyards. 

-Delffin

Anonymous asked: How many colors of salt are there and what are they used for?

natural-magics:

I’ve only ever heard of black (protection/curses/repelling) and pink (love/calming) witches salts being traditionally used. here’s a blend for green salt (luck/prosperity), though, which suggests either ground up green herbs or food coloring. there are plenty of salt blends out there, usually mixed with herbs. there are some nice salt blends on my kitchen witchcraft blog (click).

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.

Blessings,
Katy

Anonymous asked: Feeling like a shitty witch. My spells don't work and I find myself too lazy to meditate and honestly I feel like smt is seriously wrong. Any idea how to get me out of this witch funk? Anything would help- thanks

thepaganstudygrouppage:

If you think that something is seriously wrong ask a professional concerning the potential problem.When something might be seriously wrong it is better, by far, to be safe rather than be sorry in the long run. If it is something psychological, medical, legal etc seek out a professional in that area and consult them about the issue to make sure that it is nothing serious. You might feel a little foolish is there is absolutely nothing wrong, but you will also feel better knowing that you are healthy and safe.

Other than that, this sounds like everyday life. People hit low periods, not everything works out the first time around, funks and ruts happen, a sort of routine can fall into place. It isn’t anything to be overly concerned about in my opinion.

As for spells not working, are you sure? Spells do not always work in the way that people suspect them to. They may have subtle outcomes, they may not hit their target, they might be redirected elsewhere accidentally, there could have been a forgotten step, were you actually paying attention to the little details for an outcome or a big sign that it worked? Spells do not always work, they do not always work in the way we suspect, they do not always work as largely as we desire, this is not the sign of a “bad” witch.

However, here are some spells that you may like:

Ghost

Anonymous asked: Can you tell me the different kinds of witch and the characteristics of each? I'm attracted and drawn to many, and I practice many different types of witchcraft.

witchy-business:

Before I dig in, it’s important to note that for many witches these “different” kinds of witchcraft overlap. Don’t stress, don’t limit yourself. Focus is good, but don’t feel like you have to exclude things from your craft just because others do. Conversely, don’t feel like you have to include things in your craft because others do. Explore whatever feels right to you. It’s also important to note that there can be no definitive list about witches, and this post is only one witch’s best effort.

Secular Witch: a witch who is non-religious, though most likely spiritual with their craft
Polytheistic Witch: a witch who believes in multiple gods/goddesses, includes Wiccans
Monotheistic Witch: a witch who believes in one god; includes Abrahamic Witches
Atheistic Witch: a witch who does not believe in god, though is most likely spiritual with their craft
Spell caster - individual spell theories vary. here’s one system of magic
Nature Witch/Green Witch- A witch whose craft centers around the natural world and its cycles.
Hedge Witch: a witch whose craft centers around other worlds or realms and their exploration. The term “hedge” signified the boundary of the village and represents the boundary that exists between this world and the spiritual realm.
Kitchen Witch: a witch whose craft centers around cooking, baking, etc.
Cottage Witch: a witch whose craft centers around the home/hearth. May include Kitchen Witch components, as well as any endeavors to make the home a secure, sacred space.
Storm Witch: a witch whose craft centers around storm cycles.
Sea Witch: a witch whose craft centers around the ocean and the shore.(This is the part of the list where you can sub in any kind of nature word before witch — Forest Witch, Desert Witch, etc.)

Now for some supplements to my little (by no means all-inclusive) list, via thebluechicory:

Augury Witch: The augury witch will help to direct those on a spiritual quest by interpreting the signs and symbols the traveler encounters. The term derives from the official Roman augurs, whose function was not to foretell the future but to discover whether or not the gods approved of a proposed course of action by interpreting signs or omen such as the appearance of animals sacred to the gods. It is important to note that augury witches are not “fortune tellers”, as their gifts are of prophecy and not divination. In the context of prophecy, in his Scottish play Shakespeare’s witches appear as augury witches.

Ceremonial Witch: One who combines both the practices of witchcraft and ceremonial magic. They may use a combination of disciplines drawn from tradition, but will often employ more scientific precisions such as sacred mathematics and quantum mysticism as well. They will also call upon an eclectic blend of spiritual entities, leaning towards archetypal figures representative of the energies they wish to manifest.

Eclectic Witch: An individual approach in which the witch picks and chooses from many different traditions and creates a personalized form of witchcraft that meets their individual needs and abilities. They do not follow a particular religion or tradition, but study and learn from many different systems and use what works best for them.

Faery Witch: A witch who seeks to commune with faery folk and nature spirits in their magick workings.

Hereditary Witch: Also known as a Family Tradition Witch, it is someone who has been taught a tradition passed down through the generations of their family. 

Solitary Witch (Solitaire): This is one who practices alone, without a coven and without following any particular tradition.

And for a few supplements from this post:

Urban Witch: This kind of witch is one that works well in a city setting. The supplies this witch uses may differ from the ‘traditional’ tools, replacing them with more easily accessible, store-bought things. (No need for bones here.)

Pop-Culture Witch: Pop-Culture witches use pop culture imagery in their craft. This may include the worship or veneration of celebrities, comic book characters, writers, etc.

Plus some distinctions between diviners, which is really its own category aside from witches, from this post:

  • Augurer - Someone who receives and interprets omens.
  • Seer - A person who can see things that others can’t. This can refer to the future, spirits, yadda yadda. It’s specifically to do with visions.
  • Clair(…) - Clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient, and so on. Someone who can see, hear, know, feel, taste, smell things not of this world, usually spirit-related. Less a diviner than a psychic. 
  • Soothsayer - A truth teller. The common belief is that a soothsayer tells you the inevitable truth, not the changeable truth. Sort of an “This is what’s going to happen, regardless of what you do about it” thing.
  • Fortune Teller - This is applied to basically anyone who divines (usually for money). regardless of the tools they use. 
  • Prognosticator - Someone who divines based on omens and signs, without tools.

There are other things too that are not strictly divination that fall more into communication. Like:

  • Necromancer - Medium. Spirit worker. Spirit whisperer. This can refer to someone who communicates with spirits as a form of divination, but they can also be used for other practices.
  • Prophet - This is someone who speaks with a god or gods and delivers messages. The messages come from the god. They’re delivered strictly and exactly. Usually this is done on a public basis. 
  • Oracle - Someone who communicates with the divine or otherworldly and delivers messages, however the methods are different from prophets in that an oracle will likely reword or interpret the message themselves. They are also considered very wise on their own and are known to give their advice alongside their messages. The oracle speaks for themselves and chooses their own words under the advise of another source (not necessarily a god always), whereas the prophet speaks delivers messages that they believe to come specifically from one god or group of gods. 

Also always keep this post in mind!

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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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:

North: 

  • Earth
  • Winter
  • New Moon
  • Midnight
  • Ancestors
  • Spirituality
  • Healing
  • Learning
  • Brown/Green
  • Grounding/Protection

East:

  • Air
  • Spring
  • Waxing Moon
  • Sunrise
  • Beginnings
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Yellow
  • Divination

South:

  • Fire
  • Summer
  • Full Moon
  • Noon
  • Compassion
  • Passion
  • Empathy
  • Red/Orange/Gold
  • Banishing/Purification

West:

  • Water
  • Autumn
  • Waning Moon
  • Sunset
  • Balance
  • Intuition
  • Judgement
  • Purple/Indigo/Aqua
  • 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. 

Blessings,
Katy

joltij asked: Hi, I read an ask you answered a while ago, about the most important Norse gods and goddesses. And you mentioned Freyja was also the goddess of death and I was wondering how her job was different from Hel who was also the goddess of death? (I know Freyja was somehow associated with war?) I'm just really interested because my name is derived from her name and that was the first I heard about her also being a Goddess of death.

facina-oris:

yeah man the thing with norse mythology is that most gods share traits with each other and that makes it confusing as fuck.

BUT freyja was the god, forget odin rn, that got first choice of the slain in battle and she kept her half of the slain in her own hall, sessrumnir, in folkvangr so that makes her a god of death, in a sense much like odi, but his souls go to valhalla. no one really knows what freyja does with her half of the slain, or why she chooses them but we do know she gets first pick.

hel, on the other hand, is the goddess of the dead and the underworld. some people say she’s the personification of hel itself. she presides over the souls that were NOT KILLED IN BATTLE and it was her job to determine the fate of the souls that entered her realm.

so the main difference between the two goddesses was that freyja only had power over the souls that were slain in battle, this goes for odin as well, and hel dealt with all the other souls.   

pomegranateandivy:

pomegranateandivy:

I want a directory of the tumblr witchcraft community, so that when someone is looking for a particular branch of witchcraft there’s an easy list of the blogs all in one place :)

Feel free to Add your blog to the list, and include a link, you can…

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!

- Sara

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.

Blessings,
Katy

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.

Blessings,
Katy