Sunday, 29 November 2020

Witch Hacks & Tips

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My tips for a new witch would be:

๐Ÿ”ฎ Follow your intuition.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Remember that your path is your own. No matter how learned or experienced someone might be they can’t possibly know what’s best for you.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Read everything and anything you can get your hands on. Second hand bookshops are your friend! 
๐Ÿ”ฎ Take notes. Keep a Grimoire and/or Book of Shadows.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Remember there is no right or wrong way.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Be patient and persevere.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Know that you won’t have all the answers straight a away; the joy is discovering them.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Do the practical work - the only way to truly learn.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Follow the subjects that interest you; your path will unfold.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Know that you don’t have to know everything from the top of your head, you may be like me and have memory/cognition issues and that’s ok - this is what a Grimoire/Book of Shadows is for!
๐Ÿ”ฎ Be humble.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Honing your Intuition

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1vHZCTlnB3bBYTkjVDCQ2BSfnpLYkAlCG

My intuition never lets me down, and has kept me safe over the years. I believe that we all have intuition. Here are my tips for honing it.

Be Open
The first step to honing your intuition is making the intention that you are going to use it.

Pay Attention
Once you are open to the idea of listening to your intuition, it’s time to pay attention to it. Listen to your body, and notice any “strange” feelings that you experience with people or situations. Intuition is like muscle; the more you pay attention to it, the stronger and more toned it becomes.

Be Aware
I watch the world around me, and I often notice patterns in people’s behaviour. I pay attention to my environment. This is all information for the brain, and I believe that subconsciously we often picking up on tiny clues as a result of these observations. Pay attention to your world, it makes all the difference.

Do your Shadow Work
By accepting and loving ourselves we are able to use our energy and minds for other tasks, and consequently we are much more susceptible to receiving higher messages.

Take up Divination 
Learn a divination method, such as tarot. It helps trigger the intuitive part of your brain. When you are using divination listen to the thoughts and feelings coming into your head. Are any of them urgent in nature? What does it feel like if you ignore them? What does it feel like if you pay attention?

Connect with your Higher Self via Meditation 
Meditation is a great tool for tapping in to your inner voice, it calms the brain, allowing it to function better.

Pay Attention to your Dreams
They give us clues on how we are thinking and feeling, and sometimes they carry messages and warnings. Pay attention to them.

Don’t Stress
I liken good intuition to being in a “flow state”. Don’t stress or try to force it, that will only hinder the process.


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Review: Of Blood & Bones by Kate Freuler

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1qNBexexpPVRPI6UTEYu89rMysB69GQKW

My Witch With Books review of Of Blood & Bones: Working with Shadow Magick and the Dark Moon is now up on the Witch With Me blog. 

This book by the wonderful Kate Freuler (@freuler_witch) explores shadow magick and the dark moon current. I thoroughly enjoyed this one as it filled so many gaps in my own personal knowledge and craft.

I have so much to say about this wonderful book! So go over to the blog to find out more! www.witchwithme.com

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Commitment to learning within Witchcraft

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One of the things I love most about Witchcraft is that it’s a path of personal development and self-discovery, and within that is a commitment to learning.

And it IS a commitment. I have been treading this path for 26 years and I am still learning new things every day. Which is an absolute joy. Some days I feel confident in what I do, other days I feel wary of posting because I’ll have a confidence attack, and feel that there are bigger and better voices equipped to discuss whatever topic it is I’m broaching, but I remind myself this is MY journey.

To those that are new to the craft and feel overwhelmed, you have been given a gift.

The gift is the joy of learning. The gift is something that’s as much about the journey as it is the destination. The gift is something that has endless topics to delve into and discover. The gift is finding out the answers, and about yourself, as you travel along. The gift is attaining experience that you can truly claim as your own. The gift is Witchcraft.

Things to remember on your Witchcraft journey:

๐Ÿ”ฎ Don’t rush, you’ll get to where you want to be in the end. You won’t have a lot of the answers at the beginning, but you will find them as you go along.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Don’t compare; comparison is the thief of all joy.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Connect with others in real life. There are plenty of moots and groups that meet up, you can find them through organisations like the Pagan Federation.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Be committed. It’s the only way.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Don’t be afraid to mistakes. It’s the only way to learn, so dive right in.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Take a break if you’re getting tired or bored.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Ask for help. People won’t mind if you have tried looking for the answer first.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Be prepared that your witchcraft journey will be different to others.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Enjoy the journey. It’s a long one. Thank goodness.

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Monday, 23 November 2020

Today’s Tarot Reading

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Sometimes we have to strive boldly and confidently into the unknown. How many possibilities have been lost due to our fears and worries getting in the way? What potential is laying uncovered, ready for us to discover it, if we could only be brave? It’s time to take a leap into the unknown. “What if I fall?” you say. And I say: “but what if you fly?”

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Deck: The Cathar Tarot

Thursday, 19 November 2020

The Healing Power of Witchcraft by Meg Rosenbriar

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1lqJ9lZmJAYSf6Cx8jHv4oUO_YsLloe1m

I had the absolute pleasure and joy of reading and reviewing Meg Rosenbriar’s wonderful new book, The Healing Power of witchcraft: A New Witch’s Guide to Spells and Rituals to Renew Yourself and Your World.

This book is aimed at newer witches, but there are enough beautiful healing spells (100+) to appeal to everyone.

This is definitely a book I wish I’d had 26 years ago when I started out on this path, and I’m so proud of Meg for creating such a masterpiece whilst being super busy supporting other witches via Witch With Me.

To read the review the head over to the Witch With Me blog (www.witchwithme.com

I highly recommend this one - a must have for any witchy bookshelf!

The Genius Loci

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When we think of spirits what do we think of? The spirits of people, and perhaps animals, will most likely spring to mind, especially if you’re not a witch. But what about spirits of the land? The Genius Loci?

It was the Romans who brought the idea of genius loci into our minds and hearts, the idea that each place has a guardian spirit; an essence, almost tangible, that can be felt and understood.

Each home has a genius loci. I referred to ours earlier in my post about Copernicus, one of our House guardians, but of course each place has one, too.

The depth of the connection to the genius loci of the land I live upon came something as a surprise to me this summer. I have only been here two years this month and yet the land wights - the unique spirits that reside in each plant, rock, stone, tree, animal, crystal and mineral - spoke to me by imparting some herbal and local knowledge to me, which upon later research turned out to be true. I can only describe this experience as a sudden and intense “knowing”, like someone had whispered this information in my ear, or the resurrection of information that had somehow been buried deep within me, many years ago, waiting for the right key to unlock it. That day I had definitely immersed myself in the energy and essence of the land, I felt connected to it even before these magical moments.

You can work with genius loci, as it’s a guardian spirit, however you must come to know it first. That means exploring and forming a connection with your local area, be it local or urban. Creating an altar in dedication to the genius loci is a great way to honour it. You can call upon the genius loci in your magical workings, and you can call upon the energy and feeling that the genius loci of a place gives you if you are away from that place.

I am still exploring this subject and look forward to learning more. Do you work with genius loci?

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Monday, 16 November 2020

Genius Loci House Guardians

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This is Copernicus. He is one of the six stone heads that are mounted on the exterior of our home, who I refer to as our House Guardians. (You can see the others on my “Welcome to our Cemetery Lodge - Part Two” Reel).

Copernicus is named after Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance-era mathematician, astronomer and Catholic clergyman, who formulated the idea that the Sun was at the centre of the universe, rather than Earth (a Greek astronomer had actually come up with the same idea some eighteen centuries earlier).

He has been here since the house was built in 1860, “outliving” any of the humans that have stayed here, looking down on us as we enter and depart the building.

I feel the House Guardians - but especially Copernicus, who resides at the back of the house - watch over our home and keep us safe. Whenever we leave the house I petition Copernicus to look after our home, and when we return I thank him. I believe he helps me connect with the genius loci of our home.

We always intended to name the other Guardians, but so far they haven’t come forward with names. Although I don’t feel spirit in those as strongly, they definitely work alongside Copernicus to help keep us safe.

Do you have an animist view? Does the spirit of something other than an animal or human keep you safe? If so what is it? And do you think that modern homes are less protected by spirits than older ones? I’d love to hear your views.

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Friday, 13 November 2020

Daily Card Reading

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Being caught between two positions is not easy. It can literally suck the life out of you. Life is full of tough decisions and sometimes it’s hard to know which way to turn, which fork in the road to choose. Uniting your head and your heart is the only option. Once you do that things will become much clearer and easier.

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Deck: The Hide Tarot 

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

The Magical Correspondences of Mushrooms

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Disclaimer: this article is about the SYMBOLIC nature of mushrooms in spells and rituals. You must never ingest (eat) mushrooms unless you are sure of the type. If you are unsure about collecting or picking mushrooms please enlist the help of an expert.

Mushrooms come in all shapes, sizes and colours, and as such some are conducive to magickal practice.

MAGICKAL CORRESPONDENCES FOR MUSHROOMS

 ✨๐Ÿ„ Chanterelle ๐Ÿ„✨
Abundance, happiness, house warming, fertility, joy.

๐Ÿšซ☠️ Death Cap ☠️๐Ÿšซ
According to folklore, a Death Cap picked under the New Moon has its roots in the Underworld. Associated with binding, curses, hexing, but also abundance and joy.

๐Ÿšซ☠️ Fly Agaric ☠️๐Ÿšซ
Associated with astral travel, divination, forest matters, the Fae, hexes, protection, psychic ability.

๐Ÿšซ☠️ Liberty Caps ☠️๐Ÿšซ
A magical amplifier, Liberty Caps are associated with creativity, and are metaphorical for the night, stars.

✨๐Ÿ„ Oyster Mushroom ๐Ÿ„✨
Aphrodisiac, emotional healing, forgiveness, lust and love.

✨๐Ÿ„ Saffron Milk Cap ๐Ÿ„✨
Change, cleansing, growth, healing, honesty, justice, strength.

✨๐Ÿ„ Shiitake Mushroom ๐Ÿ„✨
Earth, fertility, good health, grounding, healing, strength, virility, youthfulness.

✨๐Ÿ„ True Morels ๐Ÿ„✨
According to folklore the Fae and other elementals make homes in the Morel’s small holes. Used for breaking curses, Fey magick, glamour magick, necromancy, protection, and spirit work.

Do you use mushrooms in your Craft?

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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Courage Spell

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One of the easiest ways to work with the energies of the Earth is by using herbs. I love this spell from Lammas: Celebrating the Fruits of the First Harvest by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason.

✨✨ COURAGE SPELL ✨✨

๐Ÿงก 6 inch square of orange cloth
๐Ÿงถ Red thread or ribbon
๐ŸŒฟ Dried thyme, basil, and a few black peppercorns
๐ŸŠ Sweet orange essential oil

Lay out the cloth, sprinkle the herbs on it and say;
“The strength of the bull, the daring of the boar,
Grant me courage, now and more,
Grant me bravery in my life each day,
To follow my path and have my say.”

Tie the sachet up, and keep it near you. Place beneath your pillow when you sleep.

Every full moon replace the herbs and oil. When the sachet has served its purpose untie the knot and dispose of responsibly.

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Sunday, 8 November 2020

Daily Card Reading

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Deep inside you there is strength. There is determination, and courage, and willpower, even if you‘re not aware of it. Call upon these raw emotions and this animal power, and channel it into movement that will propel you forwards. You have what it takes to overcome any challenge that is put in front of you, at any given moment. You can climb any mountain.

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Deck: Steampunk Tarot

Friday, 6 November 2020

Daily Card Reading

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Commitment - we make promises of commitment to others, but what about the commitment to yourself? Are you showing up for YOU? What intentions have you made for yourself that you will nurture into implementation and completion? Are you showing yourself the same dedication, devotion, and care you would show a partner?  Are you allowing yourself to be nurtured, loved, and cherished by your own actions? Love for others starts with love for the self.

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Deck: The Cathar Tarot 

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Daily Card Readings

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You may have the urge to fix what is broken, but sometimes the best course of action is to simply walk away. No doubt you will have invested a great amount of time, love, energy, and enthusiasm into this situation or person, and it’s deeply hurtful and disappointing to have to call it a day, but the situation is no longer serving you, and quite simply, you deserve more. It may feel like there is a huge void, or a mountain to climb, but eight is a number associated with strength and with doing what’s best, so brush yourself down and know that you will prevail. Better times are coming.

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Deck: The Wild Unknown Tarot 

Liminal Spaces

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This week’s @witch.with.me prompt over on Instagram is “Working with the Cosmos”. Cosmos is originally a Greek word, meaning both "order" and "world”. The ancient Greeks thought that the world was perfectly harmonious and in impeccable order. This got me thinking, and I arrived at liminal spaces.

To be in a liminal space you have not yet left somewhere, and you have not yet arrived somewhere else. It’s a space between an ending and a beginning, a world between worlds, a transition between two phases.

Examples of liminal spaces are cemetery gates, cliff edges, stairwells, doorways, graveyards, crossroads, wells, valleys, abandoned buildings, by large bodies of water.

The veil is considered thin in these places; they’re a boundary between this world and the other world, and as such their energy can increase the power of spells and rituals. They are great places for spirit work, meditation, astral travel and divination.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Daily Card Reading

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If you feel like life has been lacking something recently it may be time to commit to a spiritual practice. Creating small routines, rituals, and traditions will see you through the darkest days, and will bring structure, celebration, and reverence to your life. Developing and cultivating a deeper spiritual awareness will open up the world to you, to be seen with fresh new eyes.

Svefnthorn Sleep Charm by @thorsonnsworkshop

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