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Grounding

Hello Witches!

I apologise for my brief absence. It’s been hectic and I’ve struggled to keep up with my craft since my last post.

I thought today we could talk about grounding. As a witch it’s important to be connected to the energy around you. Eventually this becomes second nature but a great way to start is this simple exercise.

Close your eyes and take deep breaths. Clear your mind and start with what you hear. Focus on each thing you hear and list it off in your head. Move onto what you smell, then what you feel and maybe even what you taste. Take time to think of each thing or person and what it is doing. Think of what it means to you and how it’s interacting with you. After you’ve done all this, open your eyes. Look at the sources of these things. Take some time to observe more about them than their appearance.

Practice this daily and you’ll find yourself having an easier time connecting to the environment around you.

Go in peace.

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The Depressed Witch

Hello Witches!

Today I wanted to just kind of talk. It’s not a terribly instructive or helpful post, I just wanted to get this off my chest.

I love my craft, really. Being a witch makes me feel so good. But when you’re struggling with depression or anxiety (or any other mental illness, I imagine), it’s so, so draining.

Witchcraft is a process that requires a lot of your own energy to help guide the energy of the universe around you. As such, every spell and ritual can take so much from you.

I hope this doesn’t come off as a complaint about the craft because I still love it. I just don’t see a ton of people talk about this aspect. And when I was a baby witch I imagined doing rituals every night. I quickly learned that wouldn’t be realistic for me. I want new witches to know that they’re not alone if they’re struggling to be consistent in their practice and that doesn’t make them less of a witch.

I don’t have a ton more to say here. I hope to have a small list of suggestions in the future but for now I’ll just say that I hope you’re all doing well and I’m proud of you.

Go in peace.

Lupercalia- A History!

Hello Witches!

In the spirit of the holiday, I thought we could learn more together about the history of Lupercalia. It’s no secret that many modern holidays have Pagan origins and some, though not all, historians believe that Valentine’s day is no different.

The celebration of Lupercalia (from February 13 to February 15) is in honor of twin brothers Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome. The brothers had been ordered to be killed by their uncle but were instead floated down the river in a bakery and saved by a wolf, who kept them safe and healthy. On this day they went back to the cave the wolf lived in, naming it Lupercal.

Ancient celebrations involved ritual sacrifice of a goat and a dog, after which they would have a celebratory feast. Nowadays not all paths support ritual sacrifices, though if yours does, I respect that. That said, you may wish to change the ritual to more modern traditions.

While Valentine’s day is about love, Lupercalia is more about fertility, family, and brotherhood. In ancient sacrificial rituals, two priests would perform the sacrifice, which would involve stripping down, wiping blood from the knives on one another’s faces, then cleaning it with wool dipped in milk and laughing. A more modern ritual could involve grilling on an open fire with a ceremony over the food led by two people, representing the two brothers. Good spirits and laughing were an important part of the ancient ritual so any alteration of the ritual you decide to do, I recommend keeping it light-hearted.

Correspondences of the Wolf: knowledge, loyalty, family, perseverance

Sources: history.com and britannica.com

Go in peace.

A Banishing Spell for the New Moon

Hello Witches!

Ever so slightly late with this post but I thought that today I’d give you a simple banishing spell. New moons are the best time for these spells as they’re associated with cleansing and new beginnings.

For this spell you’ll need:

  • A black candle;
  • Salt;
  • Paper and something to write with;
  • A cleansed bowl or cauldron to collect the ashes.

I recommend going outside to perform this spell, in part because of the fire and in part because you will be releasing negative energy into the world and it’s best to do that in an open space where it will disperse rather than gather and linger.

First cast your circle. As you light your black candle, say:

With this light, I cleanse my life.

With this flame, free me from claim.

On your paper, write the name of the person or the situation which you are removing yourself from. Focus hard on it as you hold it above the flame. Once a part of it catches fire, set it in the cauldron or bowl and let it burn to ashes. As it burns, say:

You no longer have a hold on me. Allow me to go in peace.

Let both the paper and the candle burn down. As the candle starts to go out, carefully mix the ashes with salt and bury them. Once the candle is out, close your circle and thank your dieties.

Note: please be careful with fire and ashes. This is a very basic spell and can easily be altered to fit your personal path.

Go in peace.

How to Make Candles- Candlemas Edition!

Hello Witches!

Happy Imbolc to you all. I hope this celebration finds you in peace and joy. I thought for today’s celebration I would teach you how to make candles.

You will need:

  • Wax (your choice of materials but remember if it’s labeled for either jars or free standing, stick to the lable. Jar wax doesn’t hold it’s shape well but the wax evaporates better than stick wax which will drip.)
  • Wick
  • Pot
  • Glass bowl or double boiler
  • Container or mold
  • Scents, coloring, dry flowers, crystals, etc. (Optional)

Keep in mind that anything you use in this project will forever be covered in wax. If you’re creating a candle for a ritual, I recommend cleansing your space and even going so far as to cast a circle. I also recommend using preshredded wax. You can also grate or chop it to help it melt faster but preshredded is great if you don’t want to spend the time.

Set up your pot of water and get it started boiling. Add your wax to the glass bowl or double boiler and set it on top of the boiling water. If you don’t have a glass bowl, a large pyrex measuring cup also works great. As your wax melts, suspend your wick in the middle of your jar or mold. Once your wax melts completely, remove it from heat and add any scents or colors that you’d like. If you’re adding flowers or crystals to the candles, you may have to pour it in increments, then add the ingredients, let it cool, and add the next layer. Flowers tend to float or stay suspended whereas crystals will sink in hot wax.

Some color correspondences to consider:

  • White: Purity, innocence, cleansing, protection;
  • Green: Money, growth, wealth, fertility;
  • Orange: Success;
  • Yellow: Intelligence
  • Red: Bravery, friendship
  • Pink: Love, friendship
  • Blue: Pysche;
  • Black: Banishing.

I hope you all have a lovely Imbolc!

Go in peace.

Imbolc and Candlemas- A Celebration!

Hello Witches!

We’re just a few short days away from the celebration of Imbolc. As a sabbat, Imbolc traces back to Celtic Pagans celebrating the goddess Brigid (also appearing as other similar names such as Brigitte, Birgid, etc). Brigid is known as the Goddess of flames and is also associated with fertility and protection. The celebration of Imbolc likely began as winter was difficult for the early Pagans who lived off their land and wouldn’t be able to farm for a few months to come. Imbolc helped to bring hope for the spring and summer months soon to come. It was a very common celebration and as Christianity gathered pace, the church adopted Imbolc as the feast day of St. Brigid, a saint associated with fire, fertility, and protection.

It’s common to light candles to celebrate (hence also being known as Candlemas). Other ways to celebrate include using this as a time to cleanse your home, both physically and spiritually. You may choose to create a Brigid’s Cross to hang in your home as a symbol of protection. It’s also a good time to be creative (though when isn’t?). Focus your efforts towards light, new hope, and rebirth.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of Imbolc, my primary resource was Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to the Old Ways by Edain McCoy.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below! Also mention your favorite way to celebrate Imbolc!

Go in peace.

Green Witchcraft- Reducing Our Footprint

Hello Witches!

I’ve been thinking a lot about being a green witch in our world today. For those who don’t know, a green witch is someone whose craft revolves more around nature. I think it’s important to talk about this in a modern setting since it seems to be so contradictory.

For one thing, I don’t think it’s impossible to be a green witch in today’s world, nor do I think you have to have separation of technology and nature in your craft. Ultimately, all of our resources did first come from nature and though they’ve been manipulated since, you can’t separate that completely. Additionally, to try and isolate yourself from technology doesn’t make sense and isn’t necessary. Where would you even draw that line? Electronics? Internet devices? Every physical tool you use is a piece of technology and to deny it or separate yourself from the further development of it isn’t productive or necessary. Everywhere you look, nature finds a way to include itself. It may be the seasons changing in the park or dandelions pushing their way into cracks on the sidewalk. Remember that nature still surrounds you, you just have to find it.

That said, I do think we should be conscious of several things. The first being that our culture of consumerism is destructive and does harm our planet and the people in it. To help, look for ethically sourced products and try to avoid purchasing in excess. Another issue is our land. We are quickly over-developing any lands we can get our hands on and while that’s a problem we need to work out with our society, it makes it all the more important that we be extra cognoscente when we visit protected lands and forests. I’ve been lectured before by witches who disagreed with me on this so I ask you to keep an open mind. You can have been practicing your craft for decades, visit the most desolate place you can think of, and I still don’t think you should take things from it. It’s a concept for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts called Leave No Trace and in addition to meaning you should avoid leaving trash, it means you should avoid leaving any indication you were there, and we’ll get to why this applies to you in a moment. When you are out in nature, you should stay on trails and designated areas, don’t overturn rocks or break branches, and don’t take things home with you. This last part has a lot of people upset but it’s important. What you take, be it a rock or a flower, is part of the nature around you. It’s part of an ecosystem. Even the smallest thing like a rock houses small organisms which you are now taking out of their native environment. When you picked that flower, you’ve taken away a source of seeds to keep that plant thriving in that area. You’ve changed the energy to the ecosystem you are visiting as a guest. Imagine you came into someone’s home. You wouldn’t pocket anything you like because you have a use for it.

Being a green witch in today’s world means preserving the natural areas we have left. If you have a different opinion or something to add, please comment below. Additionally, if you’d be interested in writing about your path, please let me know!

Go in peace.