Thursday, 13 May 2021

Thor’s Hammer Home Protection

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It’s Protection & Defence Month over at @witch.with.me and this week’s prompt is “Home Protection”.

Displayed here is our Thor’s Hammer, created for us and given to us by a good friend. It was created with protection in mind, and it hangs in the entrance hall of our home. The famous weapon belonging to Thor was not only a symbol of destructive power, but also one of protection against the forces of evil and violence.

The reason we were given a hammer, and not a different protective symbol, is for several reasons. The friend who created it for us hails from Orkney, once a seat of great power in the Norse empire, and it reflects our time spent there, our residence in the Danelaw, plus our own Scandinavian heritage. It also nods to the fact that we have spent some time in the past as Viking reenactors.

Orkney remained part of a Scandinavian kingdom until 1468 when the islands were pawned to the Scottish Crown by Christian I of Denmark as a dowry for his daughter’s  marriage to James III of Scotland. If you ever get a chance to visit Orkney it has some amazing places - the Brough of Birsay, the Broch of Gurness, Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, and St Magnus Cathedral; the medieval cathedral at the heart of the Earldom of Orkney.

Until we get back to those shores, our hammer will keep us safe!

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Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

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When things haven’t turned out the way you expected it’s ok to be sad and disappointed. It’s ok to dwell for a bit while you reflect on what went wrong and how you could have done things differently, but then it’s time to move on! New opportunities will be waiting for you, so have a good cry, brush yourself down, and then move forwards.

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Deck: The DruidCraft Tarot

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

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You may be at a crossroads right now, having to make a huge decision and not fully knowing which way to turn. It’s going to take a blend of intuition and intellect to arrive at the right conclusion. The only way to come up with the answer is to tune in to your Higher Self, and listen to your inner voice, and to take the path which feels most right. Everything will come together.

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Deck: The Enchanted Forest Tarot 

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

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Take time out from the hustle and bustle, and tune into the natural healing energies of the earth. Visit your favourite field, lake, meadow, mountain, forest or beach, or wherever you feel most at home within nature, and breathe in the fresh air. Allow the natural energies of the land attune your soul; making you ready to return to life with enthusiasm, vigour and clarity.

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Deck: The DruidCraft Tarot 

Magickal Attitudes & Personal Protection

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Personal Protection is the prompt for the first week of the Protection & Defence Month over at @witch.with.me

We could discuss the many protective elements of witchcraft; such as crystals, spells, charms and candle colours, but I thought I would talk about something much more mundane, which I believe has a magickal power all of its own: attitude.

I believe that keeping your “vibe high” is a great protective shield against the negativity of others. Whilst it won’t protect you entirely from those who are truly intent on doing harm, I do believe it creates a useful and powerful buffer.

What do I mean by keeping your “vibe high” exactly?

For me this encompasses a lot of things. I believe in enjoying life, and being the best person you can be. I believe in accepting and loving yourself, warts and all, and trying to do better when you can. 
I believe in being grateful, humble and cheerful, and acting with honesty and integrity. I believe in being kind to others, and in championing others, especially those with shared passions and interests ~ there is room for everyone!
I believe in being careful with words ~ it’s called “spelling” for a reason! ~ and standing by promises. I don’t believe in spreading malicious gossip, and I believe in being prepared to say sorry if feelings have been hurt. I believe it’s ok to have boundaries, and it’s ok to distance yourself from people if necessary, and to say “no”.

When you know yourself, others come to know you. When you are comfortable in your own skin, and commit to a life of respect and joy, other people’s negativity is diminished, and simply unable to enter your soul, or that of others. When you are happy and build others up, they are happy too!

What you put out into the world comes back to you, and, if it is good, what you put out into the world protects you.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Chamomile Magick

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Chamomile is a fascinating little plant and it has been used for a multitude of ailments by many cultures for centuries. Used in the mummification process, its use has been documented as far back as the ancient Egyptians.

There's Roman chamomile as well as German chamomile. They're from two different plant families, but are used in the same manner, and their essential oils are popular in aromatherapy. Roman chamomile essential oil is often used for sleep issues, for stress, and to calm and soothe the nerves.

Chamomile is masculine in its energy, and is associated with the Sun, and Sun-related gods such as Helios, Apollo and Ra.

✨✨✨ Using Chamomile in Magick ✨✨✨

๐ŸŒผ Purification
๐ŸŒผ Protection 
๐ŸŒผ Banishing 
๐ŸŒผ Meditation 
๐ŸŒผ Money magick 
๐ŸŒผ Warding off negative energies 
๐ŸŒผ Warding against psychic attack 
๐ŸŒผ Spells relating to sleep 
๐ŸŒผ In incense blends for relaxation

Scott Cunningham says:

"Chamomile is used to attract money and a hand wash of the infusion is sometimes used by gamblers to ensure winnings. It is used in sleep and meditation incenses, and the infusion is also added to the bath to attract love."

How do you use chamomile? What magickal correspondences do you attribute to it?

These little pouches are available in my Witch Starter Kits and Herb Kits, perfect for topping up existing supplies and for new witches at the start of their journey.

Bear Medicine

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What do bears mean to you? My Nan had two carved, wooden bears in her home, I was always fascinated by them as a kid, and for me they symbolise:

๐Ÿป Family
๐Ÿป Leadership
๐Ÿป Protection
๐Ÿป Strength
๐Ÿป Introspection
๐Ÿป Intuition

To many cultures the Bear Spirit is the Great Healer; as bears are known to seek out plants ~ in particular Ligusticum porteri, an antibiotic plant known as “bear root” ~ for their own healing; demonstrating the bear’s deep inner knowing and wisdom. With healing comes balance and harmony, so in that sense, bears represent balance and harmony, too. Bears are active day and night, again representing that balance, and connecting bears to both solar and lunar energy.

Bears represent renewal; they leave their dens after sleeping for the winter, refreshed and invigorated after a long rest. For many, this represents awakening the strong force of the unconscious, and the commencement of a journey after a pause.

Bears are fierce protectors that care deeply for their families. They represent maternal love, maternal instinct, and nurturing. Think of the phrase “Mama Bear” and the way mother bears gently look after their cubs, whilst simultaneously being a fierce predator when the need arises.

Whilst I am no Shaman, I have a deep affinity with animals and so it makes sense for me to call on their energy and spirit when I need help. 
๐Ÿป Call on Bear when you need strength to stand up to injustice. 
๐Ÿป Call on Bear when you need your intuition to lead the way. 
๐Ÿป Call on Bear when dealing with matters of family and security. 
๐Ÿป Call on Bear when you need some inner courage, or protection.

Monday, 26 April 2021

Sunday Witchstack - Tarot Books

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It’s Divination Month over at @witch.with.me #witchwithme and this week’s topic is Divination Books. Yesterday I tagged this for @witch.with.books because, Sunday Witchstack! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ“š #witchwithbooks

These three books are my current go-tos for Tarot; they are:

✨ Everyday Tarot by Brigit Esselmont @biddytarot
✨ The Only Tarot Book You’ll Ever Need by Skye Alexander
✨ Tarot Made Easy by Nancy Garen

Tonight you’ll find me sitting in my little corner, my “Divination Station”, catching up on these. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

Can you recommend a good book on divination, and one on the Tarot? I’d like to invest in some more.

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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

My Favourite Tarot Deck

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It’s Week Three of Divination Month over at Witch With Me and today’s Mini Challenge prompt is “My Favourite Tarot/Oracle Deck”.

My favourite deck of all time is The DruidCraft Tarot by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm. I’ve collected lots of decks over the years but this is my absolute favourite, and the only deck I really love to read with after the Rider Waite Smith. It is described as conveying “the teachings of Druidry and Wicca through the images painted by Will Worthington”. The cards are natural, colourful and relatable. They’re quite large, but I like that about them. The artist painted them using tempera – a method favoured by the Renaissance artists, using ground minerals and egg yolk.

This deck was originally released in 2004, some 17 years ago! Which makes me feel rather old ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜†

What’s your favourite deck? Is it the first deck you made friends with? Do you have a preferred deck for reading? Is it different to your favourite deck? Tell me all about your Tarot preferences!

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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Shop & Patreon - Announcement!

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Time for an announcement - or two! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ Online Store ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ
The Cemetery Witch Online Store launches this Friday 23rd April 2021, at 1900hrs BST.

I will be selling a selection of witchy store cupboard items including Spell Candles, Herb Kits, Witch Starter Kits, The Cemetery Witch Original Incense, Spell Kits and Ritual Jewellery, to name but a few. I will post a link here that evening. 

๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️ Patreon ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️
My Patreon is nearly here! Finally! It will be available to sign up to from Saturday 1st May at 2021 at 1000hrs BST.

There are six tiers to choose from:

The Angel Witch
The Graveyard Witch 
The Headstone Witch 
The Mausoleum Witch
The Mourning Witch 
The Cemetery Witch

✨✨✨ This Patreon will offer: ✨✨✨
๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️ Printable Grimoire pages (A4 PDFs) from my Grimoire 
๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️ Seasonal, eclectic and traditional magick and witchcraft 
๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️ Recipes, spells, crafts, correspondences, customs, folklore, spells, interviews, reviews
๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️ The Cemetery Witch Magickal Monthly Newsletter - exclusive to Patreon patrons
๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️ Cemetery Life behind the scenes 
๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️ Entry into witchy prize draws 
๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️ Gifts and surprises 
๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ‍♀️ Personal Tarot messages 
...and more 

More information to come soon. A link for this Patreon will be provided on Saturday 1st May.

So exciting!

While I’m here, I’d just like to give a little shout-out to my sisters and brothers in the Craft who have encouraged and supported me with these projects. Thank you. ๐Ÿ’•

The Magick of Blossom

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One of the best things about this time of year is the blossom!

Blossom is the flowers of stone fruit trees (genus Prunus), and similar; such as the Apple (Malus). At this time of year they are bursting with flowers, and the loud hum of busy bees collecting pollen.

Apple trees have been grown in U.K. for over a thousand years, and they tend to flower later in the Spring; the last week of April through to May. This blossom is from a cherry, and it has been in flower for a week or so now. Cherries can bloom as early as March if it has been warm - which it hasn’t! There are two native species of cherry in the British Isles; bird cherry and wild cherry. I don’t know enough about cherries to know which type this is, but it is from one of my favourite trees on the cemetery, and I look forward to seeing it every Spring.

I found out yesterday that there are loads of cherries in London! April is Sakura (cherry blossom) Month, and you can see them at Kew Gardens, Kyoto Garden, Greenwich Park, St Paul’s Cathedral and Regent’s Park.

In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse. Their delicate beauty and grace, and their short lived existence - they last about two weeks - are a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, and to many they represent destiny and karma. They represent Spring, and the cycle of life, death and renewal/rebirth. They tie closely into Buddhist themes of mindfulness, mortality, and living in the present.

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Sunday, 18 April 2021

Divination Space

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It’s Week Three of Divination Month over at @witch.with.me and yesterday was the first day of a Mini Challenge. Yesterday’s prompt was “My Divination Space/Altar”, so I’m sharing the little corner of my home where I like to read my cards, and where I do some of my best thinking.

I jokingly call it The Divination Station, and it is actually in one of the coldest parts of the house. I have to light lots of candles for a little bit of heat, and put a blanket on my lap, but that adds to the ambience and the experience. I love this spot because it’s next to a window, so I can look out across the cemetery, and as it’s in a corner it feels protective and safe, leaving me free to wander into my work.

Do you have a special spot for divination?

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Thursday, 15 April 2021

The Pendulum

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It’s Week Two of @witch.with.me ‘s Divination Month and I thought I’d show you guys my pendulum, which I’ve had for about twenty years. If you look closely it’s set in metal which has rusted in that time, which I really wish I could replace ~ any ideas?

I chose a piece of Rose Quartz for my pendulum. It’s such a caring, calming and nurturing stone that I felt it would serve me well; only giving me answers that were necessary and true. I don’t use it on its own very much; I tend to use it in conjunction with my tarot cards when something is unclear and I need clarity.

We have a sort of mutual respect; I only use it when really necessary, and in return it never lets me down. To some, it might be strange having a relationship with an object, but this pendulum of mine is very much an old friend! I think I have been lucky in not having a huge amount of disposable income over my adult life; which means I have only ever really had one of something, and so a deep connection with my tools has developed.

I’ve heard that the general consensus within the spiritual community is that using a wooden pendulum on a thread is the preferred option for receiving the greatest clarity because crystals and metals tend to absorb energies which could cloud or influence information. What do you think?

Do you have a pendulum? How often do you use it? What is it made of?

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Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The Magickal Hydrangea

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One of the things I love most about spring is that some hydrangeas start to flower, and they will continue to do so right through to the autumn. Ruled by the Moon and Neptune for the whole plant, and Jupiter for the root, the feminine hydrangea ~ or hortensia ~  has many magickal uses.

Hydrangea has great hex-breaking properties. It can strewn around the home, used in spells, carried, and burned. Use it for redirecting curses and psychic attacks, and for protecting against them.

Hydrangea can also be used for spells related to understanding, shielding, devotion, friendship, boundary setting, and as a devotional offering to gods and goddesses. Plant it either side of your front door to help maintain boundaries in your home and life. It is associated with Water, so it can help with matters related to psychic awareness and intuition.

Hydrangeas are one of my favourites, they remind me of the beautiful garden we had at the house we grew up in.

Do you use hydrangea in your practice? Do you grow them?

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Monday, 12 April 2021

Dare to Dream...

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“Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass - to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that.”

~ Anthon St. Maarten

Self Care Sunday, Witch Stack Sunday!

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A little post from yesterday that I was too tired to share... 

Witch Stack Sunday! #witchwithbooks

I’m having a #selfcaresunday with my #sundaywitchstack -

๐ŸŒธ The Healing Power of Witchcraft by @megrosenbriar
๐Ÿ’• The Spirit of Reiki - Lรผbeck, Petter, Rand
๐ŸŒท Spells for Peace of Mind by Cerridwen Greenleaf
๐ŸŒบ The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews by Scott Cunningham

I’m going to make some bath salts ahead of my bath tonight, the recipe I’m using is from the Scott Cunningham book:

๐ŸŒธ Flowery Love Bath ๐ŸŒธ

3 parts Epsom salts
2 parts baking soda 
1 part table salt 
3 parts Palmarosa essential oil
2 parts Lavender essential oil 
1 part Rose essential oil 
Optional: pink food colouring

What does your Sunday look like?

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Runes

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Jumping on the @witch.with.me train for Week two of their Divination Month, and we’re talking runes!

Runes are letters that were used to write Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet.

The three best known runic alphabets are the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, the Elder Futhark and the Younger Futhark, a reduced form of the Elder Futhark.

The word “rune” comes from the Germanic root run- meaning “secret” or “whisper”, and can also be found in Baltic languages, meaning “speech”.

In Norse mythology the runes are seen as having a divine origin; the poem Hรกvamรกl explains that they came from Odin, as a result of self-sacrifice:

“I know that I hung on a windy tree nine long nights, wounded with a spear, dedicated to Odin, myself to myself, on that tree of which no man knows from where its roots run.”

I absolutely adore the runes, but my relationship with them is in its infancy. Our resident expert is @marget.inglis_witchcraft - check out her page for lots of information on them.

Do you use runes in your craft?

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Witchy Self-Care Tips

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It’s been a busy few weeks with the kids, I’ve been working towards getting a shop and Patreon launched, I’m enrolled on a magick course, and I’ve had a virus. Unsurprisingly, my M.E. and other chronic illnesses are now flaring, and I’ve hit a wall. I feel seriously unwell, which means I feel decidedly unmagickal.

It got me thinking about the small, low-energy things we can do when we feel this way. Small, simple things to bring that witchy feeling back, without burning ourselves out further. Whilst they may seem obvious when listed, they often get forgotten. Employing them can help us feel better.

✨✨ Low Energy Witchy Self-Care Activities ✨✨

Burning Incense 
This always perks me up! My favourite scent burning ~ Patchouli Forest ~ makes me feel magickal again.

Lighting Candles 
A soft, warm glow rather than bright lights soothes frazzled nerves, and creates a magickal atmosphere; conducive to rest and recuperation.

Books
Whether it be folklore tales, a magical fictional story, or even just a quick flick through a favourite witchy book to look at the pictures; a book is sure to lift the spirits.

Bathing 
A ritual bath, or even just a bath or shower with some special smellies, is bound to make you feel much better.

Witchy Clothes 
Even if it’s just to sit on the sofa, wearing something that makes you feel empowered or special in some way can give you a low-energy boost for the rest of the day.

Witchy Films 
My go-to is The Wicker Man ~ the original version of course ๐Ÿ˜† ~ and is the perfect low-energy activity.

Making a Cup of Tea
I’m not a tea (or a coffee!) drinker, but I imagine a nice witchy brew is a good low-energy activity.

Meditation
I often fall asleep during meditation due to chronic fatigue, but it means I’ve had a rest nonetheless. If you can stay awake during meditation all the better, but if not don’t worry.

Witchy Shopping
Whether you purchase or not, some witchy browsing is a fun, low-energy activity that gets the witchy juices flowing again.

Journalling or adding to a Grimoire 
Adding to your Grimoire is a great use of your time and requires very little energy.

What have I missed from this list? What’s your go-to?

Monday, 5 April 2021

Cloutie Spell for Justice

Cloutie Spell for Justice

A cloutie, or clootie, is a strip of rag or cloth. You may have heard the saying “Ne’er cast a cloot til mey’s oot” which means don’t shed any clothes before May is over (and the Hawthorn has blossomed!) and summer has arrived.

Clouties are usually found at Cloughtie Wells; which are sacred wells and springs, usually with a tree beside them. The pieces of cloth are usually dipped in the holy water and then tied to the tree, as part of a healing rite, with prayers offered to the spirit or goddess of the well.

✨✨ Cloutie Spell to Obtain Justice ✨✨
This spell by Ann-Marie Gallagher is designed to be an Imbolc spell to be carried out as part of your Imbolc celebrations, but you could carry it out any time you are in need. It’s not a spell for revenge, but to redress balance when an injustice has occurred.

You will need:
A charcoal disc in a fireproof dish
Matches or lighter 
A teaspoon of Myrrh
One white candle 
One purple candle 
Thirteen strips of white cotton cloth 
A dead branch, propped up
A tree where your spell will remain undisturbed for as long as possible

Instructions:
๐ŸŒ€ Light the charcoal disc and sprinkle on the Myrrh.

๐ŸŒ€ Light the white candle saying “Brigid is here”.

๐ŸŒ€ Light the purple candle saying “And justice will come”.

๐ŸŒ€ Speaking your anger, fear or despair at the injustice you wish redressed to each strip of cloth, seal them by passing them separately through the incense smoke.

๐ŸŒ€ Hand them loosely on the dead branch and placing your hands on the topmost twig say:
“Brigid, pity this branch
For it is as dead as my enemy’s cause”

๐ŸŒ€ Go out to the tree, and as you tie each cloutie loosely to its lower branches, say:
“May the earth hear me in the roots of this tree,
May the air carry my cry,
May the sun take up my plea,
And the moon decry it,
For with Brigid on my side,
My cause is carried.”

Chase the Ace Tarot Method

Chase the Ace Tarot Method

I’m sharing a Tarot method called ‘Chase the Ace’. You can use this with any of the four Tarot suits to represent something in your life. This method of divination shows you where blockages or issues lie, and to how to move forwards.

For example, use the Ace of Pentacles to represent money matters, in particular cash flow. The card below the Ace is what is stopping the cash flowing in, and the card above the Ace is how to get it moving again.

You could use the Ace of Swords to represent what is causing conflict in life. The card below the Ace is what’s causing the issue, the card above the Ace is how to move forwards.

Here are the four Tarot suits and some ideas of what they could represent:

๐Ÿ—ก SWORDS - action, movement, mental matters, spiritual matters, communication, issues, conflict, clarity, struggle.

๐Ÿช™ PENTACLES - money matters, the material or external world, career or work concerns, health, physical matters, manifestation, proof, prosperity.

๐Ÿช„ WANDS - ideas, growth, ambition, expansion, passion.

☕️ CUPS - emotions, family matters, creativity, love, connections, intuition, healing, desires, experience, Spirit.

You could go a step further and use each suit as a Season; using the card below the Ace to represent things to watch out for, and the card above the Ace as positive things that will happen within that period.

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Thursday, 1 April 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

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We often examine the relationships we have with others, but what about the relationship with ourselves? And what about our relationship with the rest of the world? What are our core values and beliefs? Do we stand by them? Do we have integrity? Do we always do the right thing even when no-one is looking? 
It’s time to study our personal philosophies, standards, and ethics; and make sure we stay true to them.

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Deck: The Embroidered Forest @the_embroidered_forest

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Today’s Tarot 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. Do I go this way, or do I go that? The answer lies in uniting your head with your heart, writing down the pros and cons, and taking your time, if necessary. Once you do that things will become much clearer and easier.

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Deck: The Hide Tarot @hide.tarot 

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

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You are entering a happy period of growth and abundance; the seeds you have sown will blossom and come to life, pushing you forwards in your development. Embrace this fertile time, take up every opportunity that is offered your way, and be sure to take a moment to recognise your achievements. Bask in the joy, reap what you have sown, and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

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Deck: Angels & Ancestors Oracle 

Monday, 29 March 2021

The Wicker Man

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Usually around this time of year we’re gearing up for our annual trip down to Hampshire (my birthplace) for the Beltane celebration at Buster Ancient Farm, where a Wicker Man is burned to celebrate the first stirrings of summer. Each year they have a different Wicker Man; the one shown here was to reflect the one in the 1973 film The Wicker Man, and I had a great time climbing up the ladder and getting in it!

Wicker Men are giant effigies supposedly used by the Druids to perform a human sacrifice, to pay homage to the gods in some way.

In Book VI of his Commentary on the Gallic War, Gaius Julius Caesar writes of the sacrificial rituals of the Gauls. The main evidence for this practice is just one sentence:

"The nation of all the Gauls is extremely devoted to superstitious rites; and on that account they who are troubled with unusually severe diseases and they who are engaged in battles and dangers, either sacrifice men as victims, or vow that they will sacrifice them, and employ the Druids as the performers of those sacrifices; because they think that unless the life of a man be offered for the life of a man, the mind of the immortal gods cannot be rendered propitious, and they have sacrifices of that kind ordained for national purposes. Others have figures of vast size, the limbs of which formed of osiers they fill with living men, which being set on fire, the men perish enveloped in the flames.”

Modern archaeological research has yielded evidence that human sacrifice was practised among the Iron Age tribes of Europe, but scholars are not sure whether to believe Caesar’s claims, as these deaths predate the Roman era.

Historians are not sure if Caesar was reporting an established tradition, what he’d heard from others (for example Posidonius of Rhodes), or if he was simply telling a story he had embellished, for self-promotion or as propaganda.

They also can’t be certain if these practices, if they did exist, were used for human sacrifice in Iron Age Britain, as there’s no evidence for it, despite the popular myth.

Have you ever been to a pagan celebration or an event with a Wicker Man?

Friday, 26 March 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

Sacred Circle Tarot card Strength showing a badger and surrounded by witchy charms


Inside all of us is a warrior. Inside all of us there is an immeasurable amount of strength, power and determination, ready to be tapped in to. When things get tough trust this inner strength; take a deep breath, and remember that you can overcome or achieve absolutely anything you set your mind to.

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Deck: The Sacred Circle Tarot

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

The Cemetery Witch Online Store Coming Soon!

The Cemetery Witch Original Incense shown burning surrounded by metaphysical objects

This week’s challenge for #witchwithme over on Instagram is “Potions, Recipes & Spells” - so I’m sharing a jar of my very own handcrafted, hand-blended incense made here on the cemetery.

Just over a year ago I came up with the the idea of opening my own shop and Patreon, and I have been planning both, which is why it has been taking so long - and why I e been so quiet! I’m pleased to say that I’m finally entering the final stages now - taking photographs, creating inventories and building the website.

There will be incense, spell candles, spell kits, herb kits, and other witchy supplies.

I’m very nervous! I’m such a perfectionist that I’m driving myself a little bit nuts with the photography and all the little details, but I hope to be able to bring you another update very soon.

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Today’s Tarot Reading

The Cemetery Witch daily tarot card reading showing The Hermit card

The Hermit is an invitation to retreat; to travel deep into the recesses of your spirit and soul, to find the answers you seek. The answers are deep within you; some quiet time away from the noise and distraction of everyday life for reflection and introspection is all that you need to draw them out. Trust that the wisdom is within you, trust your experience, trust your inner voice.

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Deck: The After Tarot

Monday, 22 March 2021

Witch With Books - Sunday Witchstack!

The Cemetery Witch book stack for Witch With Books showing a selection of herbal books

My Witchstack Sunday for @witch.with.books #witchwithbooks - just some of my favourite herbal books:

๐ŸŒฟ Magical Aromatherapy by Scott Cunningham 
๐Ÿชด Culpeper’s Complete Herbal 
๐ŸŒณ The Hedgerow Handbook by Adele Nozedar
๐ŸŒฑ The Green Witch by Arun. Irony-Hiscock
๐ŸŽ Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham 
๐ŸŒฒ Herbal Remedies by Anne McIntyre 
☘️ Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs 
๐Ÿƒ The Likely Herbarium by Kate @likelytale.witch

What are your favourite herbal books? Do you have any of the ones in this stack?


Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Aromafume Incense Brick Burner Review

Aromafume brick incense burner situated next to two mortar and pestles alongside some herbs

I’m really grateful to the guys at Aromafume for sending me this incense brick burner and Nag Champa incense - thank you.

I’ve never tried an incense brick burner before as I usually burn hand-blended incense I’ve made myself, or joss sticks. I have to say I was really delighted with it, and so was my husband, and we’ll continue using it.

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The incense brick goes on top, and a tealight goes inside the burner. The burner itself is only small, but to be honest, it doesn’t really need to be any bigger. This makes it really convenient for putting it just about anywhere. This one has a gorgeous Tree of Life punched out of the metal, which lights up when the candle is lit, and the whole thing sits on a lovely wooden base.

The idea of this burner is smokeless incense, which is really ingenious! This would be absolutely perfect for meditation, yoga, therapy sessions or classes, when you’d like to scent the room with incense, but don’t want to breathe in smoke, or don’t want to worry about smoke bothering others. I wish I’d had this burner when I had my holistic therapy clinic.

The instructions say that each incense brick lasts for 1 hour, but they actually burn for much longer, more like two to three hours if you turn them over. There is no ash to clean up or dispose of, the brick goes neatly in the bin, which is fantastic, and the aroma lingers for ages, which I’m really impressed with.

I went on to Aromafume’s website and they’re a Fair Trade-focused company which does not test on animals, does not involve animal testing in any of their processes, and they’re committed to not harming the environment with their products or manufacturing processes.

We have used one box of bricks already and will need to purchase some more soon.

We really loved this, thank you Aromafume!

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Monday, 15 March 2021

Door Knocker Folklore

Intense looking green man door knocker situated on the black door of the Covenstead, Glastonbury

This fabulous door knocker is found on the door of The Covenstead Witchcraft B&B in Glastonbury, where we stayed last September. Isn’t he delightful?

Apparently door knockers are found in England more than any other place. The door knocker at Durham Cathedral, dating from the 11th century, is very special. As far back as 740, the Bishop of Lindisfarne offered sanctuary to any criminal who could reach the White Church (later Durham Cathedral) and strike the knocker.

Heavy door knockers have been a way for people to announce their presence from around the 16th century, but they have also had another use; they are seen as guardians to the home. The lion’s head design has been very popular, it is a symbol of Great Britain, and it symbolises strength, pride, nobility, valour and protection. It is also said that lions are a symbol of the Sun. Lion’s head knockers were popular in America until Eagles overtook them.

Gargoyles and other scary faces have also been used, such as the one shown, to scare away those who would bring trouble to a door. Palm-shaped knockers are also popular, it is thought that they originate from the Hand of Fatima, a palm-shaped amulet used to protected the bearer from the evil eye.

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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

The Eye Tarot card traditionally the Five of Pentacles by the Hide Tarot surrounded by runes

Previously we had the Four of Pentacles, asking us to examine our relationship with money. This card highlights the fact that we might have a lack mindset, or as a result of financial loss or hardship might be moving towards developing one. Often we ended up sabotaging our ability to create abundance, financial or otherwise, because we’re so focused on what we don’t have, that we don’t see what we DO have. If that’s the case it’s a good idea to start a daily gratitude list; writing down everything we are happy with, or grateful for. Pretty soon the blessings will stack up, and the stagnant energy blocking us from moving forwards, or attracting more, will shift.

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Deck: The Hide Tarot @hide.tarot 

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

The Modern Green Witch...

Ornate doorway from a church in Rutland, England

“The modern green witch in the urban setting can sometimes feel lost. Visit your city parks or public gardens to find a place that feels comfortable and calm to you, a place where you can achieve reconnection and rebalancing.”

Taken from The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock.

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Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs shown with some rosemary

I’m sharing another Scott Cunningham book which I think is crucial for any witchy bookshelf: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.

This is a classic, and for good reason! Cunningham provides detailed magickal information for many plants and herbs, including ritual use and magickal use, alongside an illustration of each plant.

There is lots of helpful information on spells and procedures surrounding herbs, for example enchanting herbs; and at the back of the book there are correspondence lists for plant gender, elemental rulers, folk names, planetary rulers, and the magickal properties of oils.

This is such a helpful and comprehensive book.

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Magical Aromatherapy by Scott Cunningham

Cunningham's Magical Aromatherapy book surrounded by herbs and a mortar and pestle

I’m sharing Magical Aromatherapy by Scott Cunningham, which has a foreword by Robert Tisserand.

This is a fantastic book which merges Aromatherapy with magickal practice. It has lots of useful lists at the back, for example affinities of essential oils with crystals, aromas of the elements, and many more magickal correspondences.

As a qualified Clinical Aromatherapist and Witch I was overjoyed to find this. Robert Tisserand is the founder of the Tisserand Institute, the leading organisation of research and education in the art and practice of Aromatherapy. To find a book by one of my favourite magickal authors and endorsed by one of the world’s leading experts is very special indeed.

I wholeheartedly support the use of essential oils for their many wonderful benefits, but essential oils can also be dangerous if not used properly, especially when used therapeutically.

๐ŸŒธ Using Essential Oils Safely ๐ŸŒธ

๐Ÿ’š If anointing candles please dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before use. Dilution should always be 2% or less.

๐Ÿ’š Never use oils neat on the skin. Lavender and Tea Tree oil are exceptions, but can still cause skin irritation.

๐Ÿ’š Never ingest essential oils unless being directed to do so by a qualified aromatherapist, herbalist or naturopath. Oils that are safe used topically can be toxic, or even deadly, when ingested.

๐Ÿ’š With the exception of Lavender oil, avoid essential oil use in pregnancy (unless being directed by a Clinical Aromatherapist).

๐Ÿ’š Never use essential oils with children or babies (unless being directed by a Clinical Aromatherapist).

๐Ÿ’š If diffusing essential oils do so away from pets. Whilst many oils are safe, many are toxic or deadly to domestic animals.

๐Ÿ’š Never give out essential oil advice unless you are a qualified Clinical Aromatherapist, and always seek professional advice if looking to use essential oils therapeutically. Essential oils have the ability to lower/higher blood pressure, trigger epilepsy, asthma, and depressive episodes; and they can be fetotoxic or phototoxic.

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Sunday, 7 March 2021

How To Use a Crystal Ball

A crystal ball shown in the hands of a young girl wearing a green skirt and black top

A modern crystal ball is known as an orbuculum, and is made from glass or crystal. Early crystal gazers - or specularii - used a polished sphere of beryl, well known varieties including Emerald and Aquamarine.

Crystal gazing was commonly practised by the people of Yucatan, the Persians, the Egyptians, the Chinese, and the Incas, to name but a few.

The mythical Merlin supposedly carried a beryl sphere to provide King Arthur with readings whenever he needed them.

Crystal gazing, crystal seeing, crystallism, crystallomancy, gastromancy, and spheromancy are all terms to describe the method of ‘seeing’ by gazing at a crystal, which is a form of Scrying.

✨How To Use a Crystal Ball ✨

๐Ÿ”ฎ Place about 10 inches away. A dimly lit, candle lit room works well.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Before attempting to scry, take some time to centre yourself and to connect in with the task ahead. You can ask for protection from your ancestors or spirit guides. Now is also a good time to set the intention that you will only be shown the truth by the ball.
๐Ÿ”ฎ When you feel ready, gaze into the ball. You can touch it as you fix your gaze; whatever works or “feels” best to you.
๐Ÿ”ฎ Make sure to record what you experienced. This could be pictures or images seen in the ball, or it could be mental visions, thoughts and feelings.

Do you have a crystal ball? Are you good at it? I have to admit to being totally rubbish! What is your preferred method of scrying (or other form of divination)?

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Thursday, 4 March 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

The Witch Tarot Card by the Hide Tarot with crystals and candles around it

This card is a reminder that it’s wise to examine our relationship with money from time to time. If you have been careless with money, or not made good decisions in the past, it’s time to put a plan in place and get your admin and affairs in order. It’s also possible that you have been so careful with money that you loathe to spend it, for fear of losing it altogether. Both situations have their pros and cons. As with most things, balance is the aim here.

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Deck: The Hide Tarot @hide.tarot

Creating a Forest Altar

A path through some evergreen trees in a forest

Yesterday’s prompt for the @witch.with.me hashtag challenge was “Forests & Trees” and it got me thinking about the witchy things you can forage from the forest floor for use in spells and on altars:

๐ŸŒฟ Acorns 
๐ŸŒฟ Oak Galls 
๐ŸŒฟ Pinecones
๐ŸŒฟ Conkers 
๐ŸŒฟ Feathers
๐ŸŒฟ Ferns 
๐ŸŒฟ Rowan berries 
๐ŸŒฟ Leaves 
๐ŸŒฟ Twigs
๐ŸŒฟ Nuts 
๐ŸŒฟ Antlers
๐ŸŒฟ Bones 
๐ŸŒฟ Fur
๐ŸŒฟ Moss 
๐ŸŒฟ Stones

Remember to always follow the Countryside Code - respect others, protect the natural environment, and enjoy the outdoors.

To create a Forest Altar add to your foraged items:
๐ŸŒฟ Potted plants 
๐ŸŒฟ Shades of green and brown 
๐ŸŒฟ Deity statues, for example Herne the Hunter, Elen of the Ways 
๐ŸŒฟ Altar cloth with forest/trees/leaves/mushroom print 
๐ŸŒฟ Forest sounds - birds singing, wind blowing, rainforest, thunderstorms and rain
๐ŸŒฟ Green, brown and cream candles 
๐ŸŒฟ Table top fountain
๐ŸŒฟ Wooden candle holders and incense holders 
๐ŸŒฟ Green and brown crystals for example tiger’s eye and moss agate 
๐ŸŒฟ Musky incense such as sandalwood or patchouli

Have I forgotten anything? If so let me know in the comments! And if you found this post helpful don’t forget to Save it in the folder for later.

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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

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It takes a great deal of strength to see, accept, and work on one’s Shadow Side. We are all human; we all have less than favourable traits, but The Devil shows up to say “that’s ok”. He also asks what you’re going to do about them! In denying these traits within ourselves we avoid many positive opportunities for growth, change, acceptance, peace and creativity. We can waste energy fighting them, or denying such traits exist, or we can accept them and embrace them, making space to deal with them, and leaving time and energy for other things. The Devil says have compassion for yourself and all will be well.

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I Am Grounded...

A view of the chapels at Oakham Cemetery surrounded by mist

March.

I really feel like I’m waking up now, along with the Earth. Today I chose an affirmation which I’m going to use each day for the month ahead, and which I’m sharing for today’s Green Witchcraft prompt “Earth Element” over on @witch.with.me

“I AM GROUNDED.
My spirit is grounded deep in the earth. I am calm, strong, centred, and peaceful. I am able to let go of fear and trust that I am eternally safe. I am worthy of all things beautiful.”

~ Carly Marie

What do you do to feel grounded? What have you got planned for the month of March?

Rosemary

Fresh rosemary next to a bowl of dried rosemary and a mortar and pestle

Today’s prompt for the @witch.with.me hashtag challenge is “Essential Herbs” and first to mind is Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis).

Rosemary is a herb of cognition and mental power. Inhaling rosemary oil helps prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical important for cognition, concentration, and memory. In counteracting forgetfulness, boosting the memory, and helping concentration, it aids mental clarity.

Used as a funerary herb placed at the gravesite it reminds that the departed will never be forgotten, and used in bouquets or headdresses for weddings it reminds betrothed lovers that there is a timeless bond between them. We were given the gift of rosemary at our handfasting, bound with red ribbon.

Medicinally, rosemary stimulates the circulation, reduces stress, calms the nervous system and lifts the spirit, especially at a time of grief. Historically it has been used to cleanse the air in sick rooms, and in healing rituals.

๐Ÿชด๐Ÿชด Rosemary Magickal Correspondences ๐Ÿชด๐Ÿชด

Rosemary Associations: 
๐ŸŒฟ Love 
๐ŸŒฟ Loyalty 
๐ŸŒฟ Protection 
๐ŸŒฟ Healing 
๐ŸŒฟ Purification
๐ŸŒฟ Youth 
๐ŸŒฟ Memory and mental powers 
๐ŸŒฟ Exorcism 
๐ŸŒฟ Sleep

Gender:
๐ŸŒฟ Masculine

Planet:
๐ŸŒฟ The Sun

Element:
๐ŸŒฟ Fire

Sacred to: 
๐ŸŒฟ Venus 
๐ŸŒฟ Aphrodite 
๐ŸŒฟ Hebe 
๐ŸŒฟ The Virgin Mary

Using Rosemary: 
๐ŸŒฟ Grow it by the front door for protection 
๐ŸŒฟ Place under pillow to help remember dreams 
๐ŸŒฟ Stuff into healing poppets 
๐ŸŒฟ Wear it when studying to improve memory 
๐ŸŒฟ Add it to incense blends for home cleansing 
๐ŸŒฟ Use in ritual baths
๐ŸŒฟ Make herbal water for cleansing scared spaces 
๐ŸŒฟ Use in spells related to memory or retaining youth

Note: Rosemary should not be used medicinally by pregnant women. Consult a qualified Herbalist/Clinical Aromatherapist when using herbs/essential oils medicinally, and never use essential oils neat on the skin.

What’s your favourite herb? Which herbs do you consider essential? Which herbs do you grow at home?

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

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Just leaving this message here as I bid you all a good night.

Believe in the impossible.

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Using Salt in Witchcraft

A bowl of salt surrounded by witchy candles and crystals

“Salt! Salt! I put thee into the fire, and may the person who has bewitched me neither eat, drink, nor sleep, until the spell has been broken”.

In the 19th Century it was believed that the power of a witch could be destroyed by sprinkling salt into the fire nine mornings in succession.

There’s an old folk saying “salt does what you tell it to”. Salt is commonly used in Witchcraft, it has endless uses.

White Salt is often used for circle casting (indoors only!), cleansing and purification.
๐Ÿฅฃ Some use it to represent Earth as it is a mineral and can be found on Earth. 
๐Ÿฅฃ Some use it to represent Water as it also comes from the sea
๐Ÿฅฃ Leave it in a bowl on a windowsill under a Full Moon to charge it
๐Ÿฅฃ Check your salt - salt with added Iodine is considered impure for ritual use

Pink Salt is often used for purification, protection, and spiritual awareness. 
๐Ÿฅฃ Use for ritual bathing
๐Ÿฅฃ Use in magick pertaining to love, friendship, harmony, romance, emotional healing, spiritual healing, devotion, faith, self-love and compassion
๐Ÿฅฃ Use it to remove unwanted love spells or love curses
๐Ÿฅฃ Beware that pink salt can sometimes stain

Black salt is often used for banishing, protection, repelling negative and toxic energy. 
๐ŸฅฃSprinkle on to your doorstep to keep away negative energy and unwanted guests
๐Ÿฅฃ Keep a small bag under your pillow for protection at night
๐Ÿฅฃ Use around the home to dispel negativity
๐Ÿฅฃ Add to spring water for scrying during the Dark Moon 
๐Ÿฅฃ Use in spells for protection from known enemies 
๐Ÿฅฃ Hide a small bag in the office or workplace to absorb anger, moodiness and gossip

You can make black salt easily by using charcoal, salt, incense ash and other magickal materials such as herbs. Each witch has their own preferred recipe usually.

Do you use salt in your practice? Do you use all three colours?

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Magickal Attitudes - “Deserving” versus “Entitled”

The Cemetery Witch standing in her kitchen wearing a blue top and smiling

I've done a couple of posts on beliefs and attitudes within magickal practice over the past year, and today I want to talk about Deserving vs. Entitled - something I’ve been pondering over for a while.

To me, feeling deserving is important in magick, it falls under the Will part of "to Know, to Will, to Dare, to Keep Silent" - and magick is the process of absolutely believing that something deserves to happen, and then making it happen.

But “deserving” has a very different energy to “entitled”.

Looking at the definitions of these words, deserving means to merit, to be qualified for, or to be worthy of something. Entitlement is the fact of having a right to something, or the feeling of having a right to something.

It is pretty much the same concept, except there is a small (or huge, depending on your viewpoint) difference.

Deserving is being quietly confident, and has an element of integrity and humbleness about it. Entitlement can be bratty, arrogant and over-confident.

Working with magick is of course all about working with energies, so I feel that the difference in these concepts (attitudes!) is hugely important. I believe that how we think, feel and act - our attitude - is crucial. I believe that if we behave poorly and without honour in our ordinary lives, we are at risk of straying into dangerous territory in our magickal lives, and I can’t help but feel that having an entitled attitude can get in the way of successful spellwork.

Of course this is just my feeling, and my personal opinion; it doesn’t mean I’m right.

What do you think? Does having a good attitude matter? Does having an entitled attitude get in the way of successful magick? Are people with entitled attitudes more or less likely to be successful in their magickal workings compared to someone who is a bit more humble? Let me know what you think.

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Thursday, 25 February 2021

Do I Have To Wear Black? Book Review

Do I Have To Wear Black Book by Mortellus surrounded by red roses

Do I Have To Wear Black? Rituals, Customs & Funerary Etiquette for MODERN PAGANS by Mortellus

I had the joy, the absolute honour, of reading and reviewing this amazing and touching book by @acrowandthedead for @witch.with.books (available now @llewellynbooks) - it was a journey that moved me to tears on more than one occasion.

This book explores the subject of death; and our customs, rituals and etiquette surrounding it. There is a wealth of helpful information, both spiritual and practical, on death, dying, and forward funeral planning. The author writes with authority as a Pagan and a mortician, and shares her personal experiences and beliefs throughout.

Amongst many other insightful and helpful topics, this book includes:

๐Ÿ’€ Views on the Afterlife 
๐Ÿ’€ Customs and Funerary Rites for many Pagan paths 
๐Ÿ’€ Restorative Arts & Crafts 
๐Ÿ’€ Companion Animals
๐Ÿ’€ Loss of a Child 
๐Ÿ’€ Pagan Mourning

This book is a must have for any Pagan bookshelf, and I know it’s only February, but I feel extremely confident in saying that if there is only one book you should read this year, this is it.

Find out more about this fabulous book by reading the review over on the Witch With Me Blog. Get there via the links on @witch.with.books and @witch.with.me

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Today’s Tarot Reading

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After the chaos of The Tower, this card is like a huge sigh of relief. You have come through a particularly difficult time, and now it feels like a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Not only you have been stripped of limiting beliefs holding you back, but in their place the realisation that absolutely everything and anything is possible has settled upon you. You have a new appreciation of who you are, and what you’re about, and this energy will propel you forwards towards good things. You realise you now have a fresh slate to work with, and an opportunity to work your magic. You are truly blessed by the universe. Celebrate!

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Deck: Forest of Enchantment Tarot

Witches I Love

A selection of Instagram witches displayed in a blue grid

(From the 20th February) 

Today’s @witch.with.me prompt over on Instagram is “Witches Who Inspire Me”, and this is a really tough one, because I can honestly say, hand-on-heart, that every single Witch on here is inspiring in some way.

I’ve picked four amazing witches you should check out (sorry for nicking your pictures guys! ๐Ÿ™ˆ) 

Daniel @theanimist_ for his beautiful and insightful page and posts

Gabi @wiccawolfie for her friendship, kindness and her gorgeous Scandinavian page

Aunt Carla @marielizzeau for her wonderful magick and positivity

Inbaal @inbaalpsychic for her amazing tarot reading and beautiful smile

There are simply too many to mention ~ sorry if I’ve missed you out ๐Ÿ˜ญ - but other accounts you should definitely check out are:

@marget.inglis_witchcraft
@love_is_the_law__ 
@thewitchesstone
@megrosenbriar
@heartaches.ofthemoon
@thewildmoongarden
@thegreenwitchwriter
@theintuitivecat
@onebosswitch
@the.tangled.hedgerows
@thejournalsupreme
@josiehelleboreofficial
@wheatandchaff
@thorsonnsworkshop 

I’d also like to give a nod to my lovely husband who lurks on Instagram and who has a magick all of his own ๐Ÿ’™

If you’re not following these guys go check them out! 

A Blessed Imbolc

The chapel spire at Oakham cemetery shot from below looking up to the sky which is clear blue

(From Imbolc) 

A blessed Imbolc everyone! And to those in the Southern Hemisphere a blessed Lughnasadh.

Imbolc is about half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, and this fire festival celebrates the very first stirrings of Spring. This period of growth, gestation, and birth makes it a time of new beginnings, and for me personally it often feels like the beginning of the year, trumping Samhain (the Witches New Year) and January 1st.

When I think of Imbolc I think of the blue skies and sunshine that are now (occasionally!) making an appearance, as opposed to grey skies. We have brighter days with a noticeable change in light quality, and with that comes a change of attitude.

It is a time of magic and transformation; and of hope: the return of the light we celebrated at the Winter Solstice is now confirmed. The Sun is returning!

๐Ÿ•ฏ Imbolc Correspondences ๐Ÿ•ฏ

Stones:
Amethyst, bloodstone, garnet, onyx, ruby, turquoise

Plants:
Angelica, basil, bay, celandine, crocus, heather, iris, snowdrop

Colours:
Brown, light green, orange, pink, red, white, yellow

Foods:
Cheese, cream, garlic, honey, milk, sunflower seeds, poppyseed cakes, pumpkin seeds, wine

Symbols:
Brigid’s cross, corn dollies, dish of snow, flowers, ploughs, snowdrops, sun wheels

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To Know, to Will, to Dare, to Keep Silent...

A lit spell candle mounted in a bowl of snow surrounded by herbs

The best thing about Instagram is the opportunity to learn, share, educate and inspire. The subject of photographing spells and whether it is a good idea or not often comes up in discussion. After all, two key elements of magick are mystery, and letting the energy that has been psychically raised go; off into the universe to do its thing.

A key element of Instagram is sharing pictures. So how do we get around this?

There are lots of ideas you can use if you really want to share that spell you just did:

๐Ÿ”ฎ Take photos ahead of time, before the spell has been done 
๐Ÿ”ฎ Take a photo of a mock up spell 
๐Ÿ”ฎ Share photos long after the spell has been carried out and the aim achieved 
๐Ÿ”ฎ Omit items from the picture
๐Ÿ”ฎ Omit spell information from the post
๐Ÿ”ฎ Use a completely unrelated spell picture. Some might deem this inauthentic, but your magick is your own to protect in whichever way you see fit.

Another common subject of discussion is altars. Seen by many as a private place where one communes privately with their gods and ancestors, how does one share, inspire and educate about magick without crossing a magickal line?

A good idea is to have a separate altar just for Instagram.

It is personal choice whether someone shares their spells or altars, and if someone has specifically stated that they’ve left out some information on a post on purpose, it’s polite not to ask.

I’m the personal choice camp.

What do you think? How do you feel about Social Media and privacy in relation to magickal practice? Is having an Instagram altar a good idea, or a step too far? Have you any ideas on how to maintain privacy whilst sharing? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Having a Childlike Mindset During Spell Casting

Spells & How They Work book by Janet & Stewart Farrar held in a hand with a view of Oakham cemetery behind

There is a wonderful quote in this book ~ Spells and How They Work by Janet & Stewart Farrar ~ from Susa Morgan Black, where she stresses the importance of a childlike frame of mind during spell-working:

“In their minds, children can make anything happen; and sometimes, what the children play at, actually manifests itself in their life. This has happened to me many, many times... Little by little we are discouraged and belittled out of that state of mind, in order to Grow Up. I feel that magic is a return to that wondrous state that “anything can happen”, and that frame of mind is the one we seek to create magick. The closer we can come to that mindset, the more effective our rituals and spells become.”

I’m outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air this morning, whilst pondering this quote. What do you enjoy that is considered childlike? Do you remember to return to this frame of mind during spell-casting?

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