A message from Anonymous


What do you practice, if I might ask? (Different anon)

Kind of my own mish-mash of witchcraft/thelema/Kabbalah inspired by different philosophies and practices. I don’t really like to talk about it abstractly because generalizations don’t do anything justice.

A message from Anonymous


hi I'm very new to Wicca and I'm very interested to know about your personal experiences with spells and rituals and any rookie advice! thank you!

Hi,

I don’t practice Wicca so I won’t be able to help you, but if you have some more specific questions about my personal practice I can answer those. :)

A message from coldvanity


Hello there! I've been stuyding witchcraft for over a year now and I changed my mind couple of times on what should I focus on, mostly it's chaos magick but I want to major in herbal use in witchcraft, starting making my own potions etc, so do you have any advice for a beginner like myself?

My biggest piece of advice is never stop reading. Reading religious texts, other peoples perspectives, experiences, opinions, etc. And read a variety of it, not just one blogger’s ideas, not just one authors ideas, because everyone’s magical practice is different.

Also, you don’t have to take everything at face value. When I first started researching, everything I read I took as the law and truth… As it turns out, most of it was crap. There will be things you’re not sure about or not comfortable with, and you don’t have to do them. Always read with a critical eye, and only do what’s right for you.

Common Mistakes About Persephone

proserpinas-garden:

For me most of the common mistakes fall under the category of over-simplifying her. Seeing her as only the Kore or only the Queen of the Underworld. She is both and is multifaceted. She is a goddess of life and death, spring and winter, and I find that people tend to only focus on one aspect and totally write off the other. Which, I mean, do what you want, but I personally consider it a mistake.

Another mistake, to me, is trying to re-write the myth of her abduction/rape and pass it off as canon. There is no source that I am aware of that presents her as anything but unwilling in the myth of her abduction (or her rape by Zeus, actually). The whole “she wanted to be taken/she was tired of being only a daughter/she asked for it/she ran away/but she fell in love eventually so the ends justify the means” is entirely modern UPG, should be labeled as such, and can venture into rape apologist territory. Read more of my thoughts on this here.

On those same lines, it also bothers me when the only UPG concerning that myth are either “she was a helpless victim” or “it never happened because she’s too strong.” I don’t think her struggle has to be erased, but I don’t think she has to be defined by it either. There’s a middle ground there that can present her as an amazingly strong and powerful person, but also one who has known fear, pain and loss.

shivian:

WitchTip fasting before a working, even just skipping dinner until the ritual is done, is a sacrifice the spirits & gods take note of

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From The Pagan Study Group

pagangirl:

Resource List for the VERY Beginner

This list is a mix of web resources and print resources. Web resources have the obvious advantage of being (mostly) free and can’t necessarily be discovered by interloping relatives. That said, print resources are a great resource if you have access to them. Newbies are advised to take everything with a grain of salt - don’t assume something is true/valid/good just because someone decided it ought to be written.

(This list is so far VERY basic, and heavily reflective of our own backgrounds. We will be adding to it over time. If you see a gap that ought to be filled, feel free to send us note over fan mail!)

Paganism (general):

Wicca:

Druidry:

Asatru:

Kitchen/Green Witchery:

Books:

THE PAGAN STUDY GROUP

RESOURCES!

Witch Respect

fawn-and-fang:

I respect the solitary witches who blaze your own trails, walk your own paths, and listen to your own gods. It can be a lonely, yet rewarding, life. It is not for the faint of heart. From the solitary we can all learn self-reliance and how to listen to our intuition.

I respect the witch who chooses a traditional coven. Whether it is Gardnerian, Alexandrian, reconstructionist, or another group, it requires an intense amount of devotion and time to learn a tradition. You have earned your titles and should be recognized by our community. From the members of groups and covens we can learn patience and determination.

I respect the kitchen witches who fill your homes with magick and tend the hearthfires. With the ancient elements you nourish your family and remind us all of our human history. From the kitchen witch we can all learn how to create magick from the mundane and appreciate the domestic arts.

I respect the hedgewitch who works with the spirits that surround us. It can be exhausting and misunderstood work. You have gifts that can help the living and the dead, and I admire that. From the hedgewitch we can learn how to communicate better and how to see different points of view.

I respect the sea witch who walks along the dunes at night and gathers kelp. The energy of the sea is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of magick, and is recognized in many cultures. From the sea witch we can learn to work in harmony with the elements and listen to the pull of the moon and tides.

I respect the gray witches who do not look at magick in black and white. Within magick, as within life, we are often called upon to use our own judgement in a situation. I do not condemn my fellow witches for not seeing things as I see them. From the gray witch we can learn to examine a situation from many points of view and realize that there are no rules but those we create for ourselves.

I respect witches of all genders and sexual orientation. Each person deserves to feel welcomed and comfortable in our community and does not need any more judgement than they already experience. From these witches we can all learn how to appreciate diversity and to practice tolerance and kindness.

I respect witches who are in tune with their local environment. It is important to learn about the creatures and plants who live near us and you have much knowledge. From these witches we can learn how to look closely at what is around us and how to be aware of the land we live on.

I respect the witches who are new to the craft and starting out. Most are willing to learn from elders and need to be guided by those of us who are older and have more experience. They do not need to be bullied or insulted, for we are all constantly learning. From the new witches we can learn to be teachers instead of judges and should remember the joys and mistakes of our youth.

I respect Christian witches. I support anyone’s personal beliefs. Perhaps we should view these members of the community as bridge builders. With their help we may be able to open doors and cross the divide that has separated the religions. From the Christian witches we can learn that religious tolerance applies to all spiritual paths.

I respect the witches who try to adhere to the paths of your ancestors. It is not easy to do that in the modern era and you are to be treasured. You truly connect the generations and help pass on information that would otherwise be lost. From these witches we can learn to honor our elders and ancestors.

I respect all members of the pagan community who treat others with respect. It is indeed a circle, and each of us is part of the whole.

For all the paths I forgot to mention, I respect them too, and I will probably add to this as the mood strikes me.

Most importantly, respect yourselves.

Green Hedge Witchcraft ☽✿☾ Resources List

thedruidsteaparty:

Green Hedge Witch Tags

Green Witchcraft Tags

Hedge Witchcraft Tags

Articles

What is a Green Witch?

Path of the Green Witch

What is a Hedge Witch?

What is Hedge Witchery?

Herbalism & Herb Magic (tags)

Starting Your Herbal Practice 

Deepen Your Herbal Practice

Identifying Your Plant Totem

Raising a Plant Familiar

Communicating with a Plant Spirit

Offering Thanks to Plants & Trees

Nature Friendly Offering

12th Century Herbal Invocation

For Magic & Medicine

List of Herbs for Herb Magic

Magical Herbs

Herbal Grimoire

Magical Herbcraft

Herbs & Their Magical Uses

Magical Names of Herbs

Pantry Folk Magic

Grinding Herbs

Herbal Brews

Herbal Protection Potion

Simple Oi Recipes

Simple Incense Recipes

Healing Herb Sachet

Natural/Earth Magic (Tags 1 2)

Earth (Natural) Magic

Charms, Spell & Enchantments

Plants & Sacred Spaces

Magical Properties of Woods

Spellwork with Scent

Divine Flowers & Plants

How to Make Incense

Heal A Tree

Rite of the Earth: Giving Mama a Hug

Blessings & Being Blessed

Increase Trees

Call Upon Elementals for Empowering Spellwork

Cauldron Spell for All Purposes

An Earth Charm

Three Red Leaves Protection Spell

Psychic Purification

Charm for Psychic Protection

Cloak of Psychic Protection

Ash Solar Amulet

Fae Magic (tags)

Spring Faery Amulet

Increased Awareness of The Fae

Altered Consciousnesses to Commune with the Greenwood 

Faerie Star

Path of the Seven Sights

The Seven

The Seven Sigil

Videos

Susun Weed’s Youtube Channel

EatYourWeeds

HedgeLiving

LearningHerbs

MountainRoseHerbs

The Magic of Herbs part 1 

The Magic of Herbs part 2

The Magic of Herbs part 3

Making Incense on a Budget

How to Make Cone Incense

Magical Trees

Witches Zodiac

The Fairy Tradition (a wee introduction)

How to make Offering Stones

Books I Have Read

Green Witchcraft 

Hedge Witchcraft

Herbalism 

Authors to avoid: 

  • Silver Ravenwolf. 
  • DJ Conway.
  • Edain McCoy, 
  • Ann Moura 

Why you should avoid these authors:  

  • failure to cite sources
  • misinformation
  • historical inaccuracies
  • poorly research 
  • poor or no bibliography 

A message from Anonymous


What is the purpose of marijuana in a tincture? Does it actually have an effect on you (ie do you get high) or just the regular properties of a tincture? Thanks :)

If you look at marijuana from a medicinal stand point, certain strains are good anti-anxiety herbs, like Kava Kava. In the small amount I used (less than 1/8th of a gram), it does not “get me high”, especially when taken in such small doses as two drops, even in tincture form.

Marijuana is made into tinctures for the express purpose of recreation, but that was not my intention in this instance. I imagine a strong enough marijuana tincture would have a similar effect on you that perhaps consuming edibles, or smoking it would.

thetwistedrope:

How Do I Pagan Without Gods?

It probably seems pretty contradictory for a polytheist to be talking about having a polytheistic practice without any main deities in it, but it’s not as confusing as it first seems. Just because our religious practices have a tenet that states that multiple deities exist in some capacity or another doesn’t mean that they necessarily have to be the focal point of your practice.
And just because you don’t have a patron deity doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have a viable polytheistic/pagan practice that functions well.
For this post, I’d like to discuss having a deity-free practice and what that might look like.
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So, this is relevant to almost all of the asks I’ve been receiving.

thetwistedrope:

How Do I Pagan Without Gods?

It probably seems pretty contradictory for a polytheist to be talking about having a polytheistic practice without any main deities in it, but it’s not as confusing as it first seems. Just because our religious practices have a tenet that states that multiple deities exist in some capacity or another doesn’t mean that they necessarily have to be the focal point of your practice.

And just because you don’t have a patron deity doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have a viable polytheistic/pagan practice that functions well.

For this post, I’d like to discuss having a deity-free practice and what that might look like.

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So, this is relevant to almost all of the asks I’ve been receiving.

A message from Anonymous


Is it true that there are spells that require cat sacrifices? Or am I just being ignorant?

Some versions of some spells might, but this is arbitrary if you are not comfortable doing that. There is almost always more than one way to do things, and you shouldn’t do anything that you’re not okay with.

How to Still Practice While at College Pt. 3 - Inconspicuous Shrines

onhereticswings:

Originally by thepaganstudygrouppage

Last week i talked about altar ideas for those at college or still in the broom closet. This week i will discuss inconspicuous shrine ideas.

Pocket shrines are great not only for those in the broom closet, but also for those who are traveling. Altoids tins are perfect for these. You can put an image of your deity on one side and a prayer on the other, with enough room to hold a candle, vile of incense and a tiny bowl for offerings.

http://blog.diylounge.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/shrine.jpg

If you want something more complex you could get a small wooden box instead of the tin.

http://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/6703544/il_fullxfull.324459345.jpg

Other ideas are:

http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/044/5/e/Pocket_Shrines_by_deadgods.jpg

Traveling shrine for Yemaya

The other option is you could put items out on a shelf, desk, dresser or book case that are common everyday items with a simple candle (electric while at college). For Aphrodite you could use a shell and a pearl, Bast a statue of a cat, Athena an owl, Odin an apple, Artemis a photo of the moon and Epona a horse.

Lastly there is devotional jewelry. Find something that represents your deity or “spoke” to you and wear it daily in honor of your god.

Photo Sources: X, X, X, X

~ Autumn

A little bit of shameless self-promotion.

My personal blog is Noreasona, I would appreciate if you checked it out

DIY Primitive Spice Rolled Candles
Easy to do, hand dipped candles for under $5. Materials include bee’s wax candles, tongs, wicks, desired dye color and spices.
(via theoldcountrycupboard)

DIY Primitive Spice Rolled Candles

Easy to do, hand dipped candles for under $5. Materials include bee’s wax candles, tongs, wicks, desired dye color and spices.

(via theoldcountrycupboard)

DIY Mason Jar Herb Oil Lamp
A lovely, quick and easy project that costs under $5 and would make a great addition to any altar or living space.
Materials: Mason jar, smokeless odorless paraffin oil, fiberglass wick, wick holder insert, drill, and herbs, pine cones, nuts, fruits, etc.
(via Heathashli on Flickr)

DIY Mason Jar Herb Oil Lamp

A lovely, quick and easy project that costs under $5 and would make a great addition to any altar or living space.

Materials: Mason jar, smokeless odorless paraffin oil, fiberglass wick, wick holder insert, drill, and herbs, pine cones, nuts, fruits, etc.

(via Heathashli on Flickr)