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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.

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.

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.