Anonymous asked: Any tips for getting into divination for a traditional witch?

Hi anon,

Well, sure! There are as many methods of divination as there are types of witches, so it really depends on your instincts and what you already lean towards. Trust me, if you are clairvoyantly inclined, the right method of divination will feel very right for you once you find it. However, some people never get the hang of it or never find a method that works for them. Some people just aren’t “programmed” to divine. (For me, I can’t do astral projection. We’ve all got something.)

Here are some methods of divination:

  • Tarot cards
  • Runes (would not suggest unless you are a devotee of a Norse religious path, as I personally find it disrespectful for people who don’t have any relationship with Odin to use the runes)
  • Water scrying (a black-bottomed bowl full of water)
  • Mirror scrying (usually a black mirror)
  • Meditation (some people are able to glean things this way, I sure can’t)
  • Palm reading

There are literally hundreds of methods (wiki link) of divination in existence throughout history and today. When I was first starting out, I just tried a bit of everything here and there until something stuck. I eventually settled into the Norse Recon path, so runes are my schtick. :) Hope this helps!

-Renee (Gallowsong)

Anonymous asked: Any advice to spice things up in the bedroom?

Hi Anon,

That depends. I assume you’re talking about a sexual relationship that you already have that is suffering for some reason. Here at Tumblrcoven, we like to encourage our followers to do the mundane thing first because it often works. I am a firm believer that communication is absolutely key to a healthy sex life. If you and your partner(s?) aren’t talking about what you want out of your relationship, then neither of you have any way of knowing and therefore fulfilling those needs. So, seriously, talk about it. Get graphic. Try not to be critical off the bat (“I really don’t like it when you do ___”), but instead start with things that you DO like and want more of (“I love it when ____” or “it drives me crazy in the best way when you ____”) because the initial positivity of the exchange will help to keep from having feelings hurt. Honestly, do not turn to magic to save your sex life if you are unwilling to have this conversation, because if you are more comfortable having sex than talking about sex, you probably shouldn’t be in this relationship. If you’re afraid of hurting your partner’s feelings, perhaps try to ease into it by complimenting them, going out of your way to initiate and encouraging them when they do something you like. I would also encourage you, if you’re in a romantic relationship with this person and not just sexual, to be sure that the relationship has no underlying issues that may be killing your sex life. If one of you is unhappy with some facet of the actual relationship, that unhappiness will carry into the bedroom.

So, if you hash out all of that and there’s still something lacking, you can turn to magic. I would steer clear of anything terribly manipulative. I have never performed magic to this end so I don’t have any spells for it, but I encourage one of the other moderators to edit one in here if they have anything they wish to share. Some spells you could use would be ones for self-love (for you or for your partner if a lack of confidence is what damages their sex drive), or ones to kindle lust. Kitchen magic is great for this, because it is easy to prepare a meal full of ingredients with correspondences to sex and love. Anything spicy (as long as it isn’t TOO spicy) like medium heat pepper, ginger, garlic etc. works great. You could also use red/pink candles, rose incense/oil, etc. You could make a sachet with herbs and put it under your pillow. There are a lot of possibilities. If your partner is a practitioner of magic, you could get them involved too, but I know even less about actual sex magic than I do about magic to kindle lust! ;)

Hope this helps,
-Renee (gallowsong)

Anonymous asked: what's the difference between being a Wiccan and simply being a witch?

Hi Anon,

Wicca is a closed initiatory religion. Though there are several traditions within and branched off of Wicca, the two main ones— Alexandrian and Gardnerian Wicca— require you to be initiated into an existing coven. Wiccans generally worship a God and a Goddess and have specific rituals for specific things. It tends to have more structure. If you want to get technical, it is also by definition not solitary. Neo-Wicca is very similar but you don’t have to be initiated into an existing coven (meaning you can declare yourself Neo-Wiccan without ever meeting another practitioner). The main distinction for Wicca is that it is inherently religious, and witchcraft is not.

As for being a witch: anyone can be a witch, regardless of religion.

-Renee (gallowsong)

natasha-the-passenger,
1. If you have experienced these occurrences and you have received what you perceive to be validation that you have certain abilities, then yes, you certainly are something. However, how you choose to identify is really up to you and what you choose to focus on. Based on what you have described, to me it sounds like you have some psychic abilities. You could very well call yourself a psychic. If you practice witchcraft in general as well, you can call yourself a psychic witch. You could come up with a word of your own, honestly.
As I’ve said before, the labels we use are really just there to describe what we do. The doing is the most important part, and words like “witch” or “psychic” or whatever you want to call yourself are all just words at the end of the day. We’re humans, we like to categorize the things we do in order to understand them, of course. Of course, some titles need to be earned if you are going through a specific tradition, or are exclusive to certain closed cultural traditions. Otherwise, what you call yourself is very much dependent on what makes you feel the most comfortable, and what you believe best describes what you do.
2. Not necessarily. True, some people have these sort of hereditary abilities (you said so yourself that your grandmother also has psychic abilities), but it’s not always the case! It’s possible that someone in your bloodline has had similar experiences that you have had, but as I said, it’s not always the case. You could be the first, and that’s cool!
3. In my opinion, you should continue to research this phenomenon and learn what you can, soak up all the information you can find. It’s normal to doubt yourself and your abilities, especially when it’s so new, but you are young and have plenty of time to learn more and to continue developing these abilities. Researching and speaking with people who have had similar experiences is a great way to start. I’m sure there are books on the subject you can find our online communities with others who have experience with the subject.
I hope this is helpful to you. :)
- Sara

Anonymous asked: If english is not my first language could i still use spells etc and say them in english? or find appropriate ones in my own language?

Whatever feels the most natural to you. If you want to recite spells in English, go for it. If you’d rather say them in your native language, that’s perfectly fine as well. Some spells don’t even require you to say anything at all, so what language you chose to speak during a spell is really up to you. :)

Hope this helps!

- Sara

Anonymous asked: I've started out in the realm of witchcraft, and I was wondering whether crystal (or rocks in general) magic was a thing?

Yes, it absolutely is. Many witches use crystals in their practice, whether they incorporate them into spells or simply like to keep stones with certain properties in their homes, in their pockets, etc. There is a lot you can do with them! :)

- Sara

Anonymous asked: I'm sorry if this is a weird question but can men be Wiccan ?

Not weird at all, yes they can!

~Fiendlover~

Anonymous asked: I'm not sure if I want to commit, and I am a little skeptic. I was wondering if there is anything minor and easy that I can try, just to see. Please?

What specifically do you want to commit to or are thinking about committing to?  Witchcraft?  Wicca?  And if you’re hoping to do something and quickly get results, that’s not going to happen.  Working in your path or chosen area of practice takes time and effort to develop.  Take baseball, for instance.  You’re not going to be able to hit a home run right away if you’ve never played before.  It takes a lot of practice and dedication to be able to do that.  Same thing with magick.  I’m assuming we’re talking about magick.  It takes practice, lots of practice and researching and trial and error.

If you want to try something out that’s minor and simple, try meditating.  Start out slow with maybe 5 minutes 2-3 times a week.  Then bump it up to maybe 4-5 times a week until you are able to do it about everyday and then when that becomes easy try 10 minutes instead of 5.

Mastering that will help you a lot with magick if you decide to delve into that and if not, meditating in general is great for your everyday life.

I hope that helps you a bit.

~Fiendlover~ 

Anonymous asked: I read your answer to that teens question, are there spells to influence somebody? If so, where could I find them.

Yes, they do exist. You can find them by searching for them or creating them yourself. However, I think Katy made it pretty clear in her response to that question that she is not comfortable with magic that interferes with a person’s free will, and I have to agree with her there. Influencing people’s ability to consent and make their own choices gets you into some questionable territory.

I mean, our stances on what’s typically considered the “darker” aspects of magic have been pretty clear thus far—we’re generally not opposed, and when we know the details of a situation we’re happy to assist you. I would just like to caution you about getting involved in something like this. Your ability to consent is important and to have that taken away from you can be extremely violating. If you wish to do that kind of magic, evaluate your reasons for wanting to do so and what you hope to achieve. For instance, if someone is harming you and you want to make them stop, then you should. But if you just want to play puppet master, well, think about how much it would suck to have that done to you unwarranted.

Ultimately, your decisions are your own, but I hope you understand where we are coming from and why we are hesitant in regards to this subject.

- Sara

Anonymous asked: I was hoping to acquire some assistance, or some insight as to what to do. I am 16, and currently live at home. My mother was a witch, and I have been looking into getting more serious with the practice. However, my father greatly disproves with this. Is there anything I can do to influence him, perhaps a spell or something of the sort?

How about sitting down and having a serious one-on-one conversation with him. .. you’re 16, capable of making your own choices, and your mother practices witchcraft. If necessary, have your mom there with you when you talk to him to help assuage any misgivings he may have about it.

Most times, if you approach the discussion rationally, logically, and with maturity, adults respond better to the situation. But you also may just have to come to terms with the idea that he may never be comfortable with the idea of you practicing. It’s kind of the nature of what we choose to do.
You may not like the fact that he doesn’t approve — and may not ever, but this also doesn’t mean you should mess with his free will. Think about it, how do you think he would feel if you forced him to approve without his consent? It’s a total betrayal, and you just reinforced his original misgivings about you practicing.

Practicing witchcraft requires a level of maturity, and a certain kind of perspective. Most interactions we have with people require us to be the bigger person and address the situation like an adult, whether you are one or not.

- Katy

Anonymous asked: any online, non-tumblr, sites for spells that you recommend/rely/trust?

If I’m ever looking for a spell and can’t find it on Tumblr or in one of my books, I usually turn to Spells of Magic or the Paganism/Wicca About.com page. Keep in mind that some of the spells you see may be written with certain religious/spiritual leanings, but you can always adapt them and tweak them to best suit your practice. 

Also, here is a helpful article about writing your own spells in case you just can’t seem to find what you’re looking for. Personally, I think it’s important for all witches to learn how to write their own spells. While I understand it’s not always possible to build your own spell library right away, it’s still a good thing to know how to do. Some situations you wish to address with magic may respond better to a unique spell you’ve created specifically for that situation, rather than a general spell you found online.

Hope this helps!

- Sara

Anonymous asked: Does consistent deja vu mean anything? My mom's kind of psychic and my uncle can see/read aura and hear dead people (family members). I have it a lot. Like 1-3 times a day. Should I be doing anything about it?

If this is something that runs in your family and you experience multiple times a day, then to me it seems like it could indeed be significant. I have spoken to many people with psychic abilities who actively encourage others to develop their abilities if situations like yours start presenting themselves frequently. If you’ve got the gift, then you should use it!

I personally have some experience in other psychic areas, but deja vu is not my area, so I would really encourage you to do some of your own research on the subject to learn more. Start looking on Amazon for some books, see if you can find any forums for psychics and mediums, and even look for some blogs here on Tumblr! I’m sure there are people here who have gone through this and can point you in the right direction.

If any of our followers have any input, please feel free to reblog this post and share your experiences and any information you may have! Help our anonymous friend out.

- Sara

Anonymous asked: What should I do for my dog that's hurting right now? He has bad arthritis and it kills me to see him hurt. Any spells/remedies I could use?

Honestly, I know this is a difficult thing to discuss…but when it comes to an animal I can NOT, in good consciousness, suggest anything except taking the animal to the vet and ask what their suggestions may be.
A. Remedies made for humans shouldn’t be used on an animal. You have no idea what the side effects may be or what additional harm you may be causing.

B. You may have to consider the quality of life of the animal over your own desire to try and “fix” something that may not be able to be fixed.

The vet may be able to prescribe something for the animal to slow or ease the arthritis, however if this has already been done and whatever the vet has suggested is not working… be the responsible owner and do the right thing.

This is one case where I firmly maintain that mundane actions should be primary, and magic secondary. This isn’t the well-being of yourself or another human who can tell you if something is working or not, or able to describe the level of pain they’re in. This is an animal, and it’s health and happiness is 100% your responsibility, come good or bad.

- Katy