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Grimoires

Hello Witches!

Today I wanted to talk about grimoires.

A grimoire is a compilation of information used in your craft. It commonly contains things like spells and notes and they’re usually very private items. Generational witches sometimes pass these books along to their children as a family heirloom.

Because grimoires are so personal, a lot of witches try to make theirs as nice as possible. If you would like to have an aesthetically pleasing grimoire, I recommend actually keeping two. The first should be a notebook that you’re not afraid to take notes in and make mistakes. Once you’re confident in the information, it’s then that I recommend you transfer things into a nicer notebook.

Otherwise, it’s important to remember that things can change and you may make mistakes in initially writing something. If you’re not aiming for aesthetic, don’t be afraid to cross things out or make changes.

A grimoire can be a witches greatest tool and it’s probably the only thing I recommend all witches have. It should be something you feel comfortable with though. In meeting other witches and seeing what they use, I’ve seen things from spiral or composition notebooks to binders, leatherbound books, giant journals, and digital copies. The important thing to remember is that this is a reference for you, so make it personal and make it yours.

Personally, I use a leather book that has removable notebooks. It’s a mix between being messy and having nicer aspects. Here’s a few pictures:

Some things that may be good to include in your grimoire are:

  • Favorite spells and notes from casting;
  • Holidays, celebrations, and days of worship for dieties you follow;
  • Reflections on divination readings;
  • Ideas for future rituals;
  • Correspondences;
  • Anything else you can think of because it’s yours!

I don’t mean to come off sounding overenthusiastic about how the right way to do something is your way, but to me so much of witchcraft is like that. It’s constant trial and error and sometimes you just have to go with your gut and do what feels right. The longer you practice, the easier it is to determine what that is.

Once you have a grimoire, there’s a few other things you want to consider. Usually after you begin to use it regularly, you feel a bond with your grimoire. Some people like to keep their grimoire on their alter while others make special lockboxes for it to keep it safe. What you choose may depend on your circumstances. Additionally, it’s not uncommon to cast your circle while writing in your grimoire as it helps to protect the energy and the bond you have with it.

If you have any tips, questions, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment below.

Go in peace.

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How to Cast a Circle

Hello Witches!

I thought a good topic as we’re starting off together here would be to talk about how to cast a circle.

First, a circle is a barrier between you and the world around you. It protects you from outside energies while you’re spellcasting or meditating. There are several ways to create a circle, so I’ll discuss a few here.

My method is also probably the most basic and doesn’t require any tools unless you choose to use them. I simply focus hard on imagining a circle of white light surrounding me and my tools while moving my energy to help shape the circle. This method is based on intent and while it’s simple to perform, it’s also only as strong as you make it. An alternative to this method is using a wand to help you draw a circle physically. Wands help to channel our energy in a specific fashion and this is an excellent choice for those who prefer wand work or have trouble imagining a circle.

Other variations of circle casting involve physical items drawing or marking your circle. One method which I understand to be popular in Wicca in particular is using four candles marking the four directions. These are lit as you ask dieties from each direction to join your circle and put out as you thank them.

If you can’t or don’t want to use candles, there are several options for a physical circle you may prefer better. You may choose to use ribbons whose colors could correspond to your spell’s purpose, salt, which is protective and cleansing, chalk, which can also be protective and may work well outside, crystals which can also correspond with your intent, etc.

The point I’d most like to get across is that your circle is reflective of you and your magick. The best thing you can do to find out what works for you is to try several things.

If you have opinions, questions, or suggestions for casting, please don’t hesitate to comment below.

Go in peace.

How to Gather Graveyard Dirt

Hello Witches!

I thought today I’d go over the process of respectfully collecting graveyard dirt. It’s important to note that the position of the moon on the night of both collection and use can have an effect based on the basic correspondences of the moon phases. For example, new moons would be best for new beginnings whereas full moons are associated with potent energy and cleansing. While you can still collect on other nights, it may help the effectiveness if you keep this in mind.

On the night that you wish to collect, make sure to bring an offering for the spirit whose grave you’re collecting from. I would recommend bringing something as a ward for protection against unwanted energy and spirits. You’ll also want a jar, a rock, spade, or gloves to aid your collection (optional), and potentially something to aid you in communicating with the spirits, such as a pendelum or scrying ball. I also think it’s best to work from a grave of someone you knew or an older grave that is unlikely to have many visitors. This is both for you and the spirit.

When you’ve approached the grave, cast your circle. Kneel next to the grave, not on it. Keeping focused on your preferred method of communication, introduce yourself and explain your purpose. Explain to them what the dirt will be used for and what you’re offering in return. Speak as respectfully as possible. If you do not get an answer, do not try again that night. Thank them anyway, still leave your offering, then close your circle and leave. If you get a positive response, then collect your dirt with a rock, spade, or your hands, leave your offering, thank the spirit, and close your circle.

Remember to be respectful through the process. You’re asking for help from sprits and if you offend them, you could end up hurting yourself or them.

Please let me know if you have any further suggestions or thoughts on the subject.

Go in peace.

A Self Care Glamour Spell

Hello Witches,

I thought I would post my favorite spell for calming anxiety.

You will need:

  • A glass jar or other container
  • Sugar- promotes love and self love
  • Vanilla- promotes happiness, love, energy, and strengthens magick
  • Lavender- for love, peace, and healing
  • Olive oil- a base
  • Candles and music as desired

This spell is designed to be prepared beforehand and used in a ritual bath or shower. I recommend still casting your circle and focusing on the intent of each ingredient as you add it to the jar. Stir the ingredients clockwise to mix.

When you get in the shower, turn out the lights and light your candles. If you’ve chosen to play music, start that as well. Cast your circle and cleanse yourself before using the sugar scrub. As you do so, imagine yourself literally washing off your anxiety and any negativity. Take deep breaths and inhale the sweet, calming smell. Picture your energy cleansing itself and your core brightening.

Once you’ve finished, close your circle, thanking any gods or goddesses you’ve chosen to call upon. I recommend using this spell at night and while I believe it would work better on a new moon (as it promotes fresh beginnings and new loves), you can perform this at any time.

Additionally, this spell is fairly easily changed should you care to use it as inspiration or a base for a spell with a different intent. Coffee or salt would also work as a scrub base if you’re looking for other intents.

Go in peace.

Who is a Witch?

Hello Witches,

I think a lot of people have different opinions on this and I’d like to share mine before getting too far. I’ve been a witch for a few years and there was a bit of an on again, off again feel to the first few years when I was still in highschool. When I first started off I was Wiccan but at this point I consider myself to be Pagan. For me it feels a bit more general which I like, but I do still welcome my Wiccan brothers and sisters.

I feel that in the years I’ve been a witch, I’ve seen two sides of a spectrum from people. The first side are the gatekeepers. They argue that not anyone is a witch just because they want to be but that there are certain practices that they have to do or things they have to believe. The other side are those who think everything and anything is witchcraft if that is your intent. I myself lean more towards the latter. To me, witchcraft works in large part due to your intent. And that’s not to discredit correspondences that aid the craft. I just mean that your desire is the biggest part of the equation. I have no interest in controlling what others do or if they actually count as a witch. It’s not my place nor, do I think, is it the place of anyone else to determine that for you.

That said, the aim for this blog is to explore the craft in general so I will not be limiting my exploration to any particular kind of craft. There are areas that I personally don’t delve into but I would welcome guest articles if someone else were interested in speaking on a subject I can’t.

Additionally, I do still strive for accuracy in history, lore, and practices. If I get something wrong I invite you to send me a message. Please include a source if you do so I can look into it further and I’ll be happy to give you credit for pointing out the problem.

Basically, I want to be welcoming and inclusive to all crafts while still being a good and accurate resource to those just starting on their paths. I’m excited to get started.

Go in peace.

Welcome

Hello Witches!

In making this site, I’m hoping to explore witchcraft and invite you to join me. I’d like to look into a lot of different areas including divination, history, rituals, astronomy, and other areas of the craft that may pop up. I imagine that for the first few weeks I’ll be posting a lot of content to get it going and then modify it to a few times a week. My goals will be into include weekly articles, tarot readings, and discussions.

I’m very excited to start this journey with you and I hope you find it helpful in your own path.

Go in peace.