Sunday, 28 February 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

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

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Today’s Tarot Reading

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 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:


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

Amethyst, bloodstone, garnet, onyx, ruby, turquoise

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

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

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

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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Monday, 22 February 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

Much like the Hermit, the Mirror Guardian appears when it’s time to take some time out from the world, and she asks you to look at your own spiritual strength and beauty. It is a time to reflect, to find the answers within.

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Deck: Angels & Ancestors Oracle

Moonoloy Diary

As well as The Almanac - A Seasonal Guide, I also get the Moonology Diary by Yasmin Boland @moonologydotcom each year.

This brilliant book begins with astrology and the lunar overview for the year ahead, with a section that helps you understand the Lunar Cycle. There is an overview of the astrological houses, and a chapter on how to use the diary.

Each month starts off with a month to view, with the moon phases clearly marked out, and with dates and times. There is information on what to expect, how to make the most of each month, and what each lunation means to you. The diary then proceeds with Week-to-View pages, which I find especially helpful. There are spaces for New Moon wishes and intentions, and Full Moon forgiveness lists.

And can we take a moment to admire that beautiful cover? ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Since I started buying and using this diary I have learned so much, and it’s so useful for organising myself magickally. It comes highly recommended by me.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

My Plant Allies

The prompt for the 16th was “My Plant Allies”. ๐ŸŒฟ

One of my plant allies is Elderflower, which is a hugely magickal plant, and which I can’t wait to see flower again. I call her the “Plant of Preparation”. When I see those beautiful cream flowers at the start of the summer I am reminded that there are Midsummer celebrations to plan, and when I see the dark purple-black berries in the autumn I am reminded that winter is not too far away.

Elderflower features as card no.15 in the Herbs & Flowers Oracle Cards deck @herbsandflowersoraclecards by @taurus_tells who were kind enough to send me one of their beautiful decks (thank you ๐Ÿ’•).

Their beautiful little guidebook says of Elderflower:

“There is a longing to be released from restrictive patterns, people and groups. Showing a new side to the world could confuse a lot of people, but as long as it feels right, it really does not matter what they think. There is no holding back under this vibration, so no fear as boundaries are pushed with a new start and life is lived in the way and style chosen.”

Wise words indeed.

I can’t wait to get to know my herbs and flowers better using this charming deck. It has information and folklore for each plant, as well as a divinatory message and astrological associations. Flick through to the next picture to get a better look. ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒธ

DAY 10 - #100daysofwitchcraft

Know Thy World Mini Challenge #witchwithme
February 16th: My Plant Allies

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The Land I Live On

The view over to Rutland Water taken by The Cemetery Witch showing green fields and blue skies

I’m a “Raddleman” which means I’m an inhabitant of the smallest county in England - Rutland - which is nestled between Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. We measure 18 miles from north to south, and 17 miles from east to west.

We are a beautiful county, steeped in history, folklore and tradition. Much of our county is taken up by Rutland Water, a huge reservoir, which is an important nature reserve serving as an overwintering site for wildfowl and a breeding site for ospreys.

Along with two towns we boast a handful of beautiful hamlets, a flag featuring an upside-down horseshoe and 13 acorns, and our Latin motto: Multum in Parvo which means “much in little”.

Our agricultural landscape boasts hills and valleys, sacred wells, a labyrinth, yew topiary, a Sheela na gig, a castle, a viaduct, a windmill, a Bede house, and lots of churches. Our older cottages are built from local ironstone and many have roofs of Collyweston stone slate, or thatch. We have lots of old inns and public houses.

We have loads of legends, most of them in the form of ghost stories and there are some corkers! From the spectral lady who walks through Braunston holding a candle in front of her, to the haunted HMP Ashwell which now stands empty and hosts ghost hunting evenings, to the magic hedge that would bow down whenever someone walked past it.

This is such a magical little place, and in every sense Rutland lives up to its motto.

Know Thy World Mini Challenge #witchwithme
February 15th: The Land I Live On

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My Witchy Path

Bowls of trinkets, herbs and crystals in shades of blue

“My Witchy Path” was the prompt for the 13th, and so I spent some time thinking what this looks like. If I had to choose the witchy “box” that looks and feels most comfortable for my witchy practice it would be Traditional Witchcraft, however there is no escaping that with taking (and leaving!) what I like, “Eclectic Witch” fits the bill, too.

Learning about the customs, celebrations, superstitions and lives of the people who walked this land previously is really important to me, as is veneration of these land-based ancestors, and those of my family. Learning about plants and herbs, but especially those within my local landscape is really important; as is learning to cook seasonally, for nutrition and celebration.

I have floated between group and solitary practice over the years; through necessity and by choice. Currently I am enjoying working alone and learning more about myself.

I’m a very practical (and perfectionist!) witch, so my Grimoire is a large ring binder that I have added to, and subtracted from, over the last 20 years. I have enjoyed updating and modernising it recently.

My practice is flexible and ever-evolving. I adore the support, joy and appreciation it gives me in my everyday life. This practice is mine to cultivate, love and enjoy.

If you feel so inclined, tell me what you love about your craft.


Wednesday, 10 February 2021


The view over The Cemetery Witch's graveyard in the evening with misty blue hues

For those that haven’t followed me for long, I’m called The Cemetery Witch because I live on a cemetery. Our house is the original cemetery keeper’s lodge from 1860.

Today’s prompt “Home” got me thinking about one of my favourite quotes:

“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?” - Stephanie Perkins

I think the answer is definitely “Yes”...

Hobbit doors 
Winding staircases
Original floors
Pointy chapels
Metre-thick walls 
Wooden halls
Iron gates
Unusual visitors 
Intriguing headstones

A witchy dream come true.  But it’s more than that. 

It’s my sanctuary, my safe place, the home I share with my love, my first home, my whole heart, and indeed, another “person”.

DAY 7 - #100daysofwitchcraft

Know Thyself Mini Challenge #witchwithme
February 10th: Home

Channel Your Goddess Energy by Kirsten Riddle

A copy of the book Channel Your Goddess Energy by Kirsten Riddle

Today for #witchbookwednesday I’m sharing this beautiful book - it’s called Channel Your Goddess Energy by Kirsten Riddle, and it was given to me many moons ago by my lovely friend Cate

This is an absolutely brilliant book which focuses on over 50 goddesses, some of which I have never heard of before. It gives background information, magickal correspondences and suggestions for ritual, for each goddess.

Brightly coloured inside and out it’s an absolute feast for the eyes! The goddesses are divided into five sections: Earth and Creation, Sea and Sky, Sun and Moon, Fire and Ice, and Death and the Underworld.

There is a section on finding your goddess archetype and how to work with your goddess. I haven’t seen this book around, but it’s beautiful, and well worth getting if you ever get the chance.

๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง Coventina - Celtic goddess of springs, wells and rivers ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง

Planet: Moon
Stone: Pearl 
Food/drink: Water 
Flower/plant: Hibiscus, Pine
Scent: Pine
Animal Totem: Fish, Kingfisher 
Miscellaneous: Cup, cauldron, well, spring, leaves, coins, water, pins

#witchwithbooks @witch.with.books

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Spell For a Difficult Situation

A pale blue candle mounted in a bowl of snow surrounded by jars of herbs and crystals

I did this spell - or at least a spell related to this image -  to help me with a really difficult situation that I’m facing right now. I didn’t anticipate this situation coming up quite so soon, and I would have perhaps preferred a different Moon phase to work with, but the Waning Moon energy is helping to take away my fears.

I used snow to represent anxiety over the situation melting away.

A light blue candle with the word “calm” inscribed on it.

Herbs arranged in a horseshoe for luck:
 ๐ŸŒธ Rose petals for self worth, and for protection. 
๐ŸŒฟ Malva flowers for their soothing energy. 
๐ŸŒบTansy to ward off evil.
๐ŸŒฑ Basil to attract and bring in money.

Turquoise for positive thinking, and balancing and aligning energy in relation to this matter.

Six quartz points for amplifying energy and thought - six being a number of abundance.

I also did something secret to keep the spell spinning ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I’m anticipating that this situation will start to be resolved around the Full Moon. I feel so much better about it. Even if the only outcome is feeling more settled, empowered and confident, then it was well worth my time.

DAY 5 - #100daysofwitchcraft

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Today’s Tarot Reading

Life is full of difficult decisions and situations, and when we’re faced with them it’s really tempting to turn our backs and ignore them. Let’s be honest, denial might help in the short term, giving us time to adjust to a painful or stressful scenario, but if it hangs around it’s not going to help get things sorted in the long run. The issue is not likely to resolve itself or go away. We should face the issue by taking our blindfold off, and unite our heart and our head to tackle the challenge. Be strong.

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Deck: The Embroidered Forest @the_embroidered_forest 

Cancer the Crab

The Cemetery Witch in her kitchen wearing a blue top and a matching flower headdress

The first Instgram hashtag challenge of the year has begun, with the first prompt being today - “My Sun Sign”. Mine is Cancer the Crab ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€

Cancer is the cardinal water sign, ruled by the Moon. That means we can be wildly unpredictable. Our moods can ebb and flow, wax and wane, but with considerable less predictability than the Moon or any ocean.

Cancerians are often very direct with tough exteriors, but the truth is we are super soft and sensitive inside. Our emotions run deep and we are extremely tenacious.

Typical of a lot of Cancerians, I am actually very shy until you get to know me. I hate being late, and I pride myself on my integrity. My home is my castle, and I love feeding and taking care of the people I love. I am a good judge of character, I can often see exactly what is going on in a situation, usually before everyone else, and I hate gossipers and liars.
I love being by the ocean, I am generally very cheerful and have a good sense of humour. I never give up.

WORDS ASSOCIATED WITH CANCER: domesticity, family history, tradition, comfort, security, sensitivity, nurturing, dreaming, psychic powers, telepathy. ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€

What is your Sun Sign? ๐ŸŒž Do you know what your ruling planet is? How is your personality shaped by your Sun Sign? Are you typical of the traits you’re meant to have? Tell me about your astrology and your personality!

Know Thyself Mini Challenge #witchwithme
February 7th: My Sun Sign

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Saturday, 6 February 2021

The Witch’s Foot

Nine games dice showing the Witch's Foot symbol

The Witch’s Foot is composed of three lines of equal length; one that runs straight down, and two intersecting at an angle to create a snowflake-type shape.

Its composition is such that you can break it down into several parts, depending on how you look at it. There is one central point; and three long lines, or six short lines radiating from the centre.

The pattern of the world is realised in this device. The power that flows from above, the power that flows from below, and the power that flows from the four cardinal directions, with the witch being the point in the centre.

The central line, the spine, represents the balance between light and shadow, silence and expression, inner and outer influences. The power from above and the power from below, which brings me on to the saying “As above, so below”, the idea that whatever happens in the astral plane is reflected on the Earth, and vice versa. That whatever happens in the microcosm, the world of the individual, affects the macrocosm, and vice versa. The balance in all this is the centre point, where the witch stands, and to keep this line straight and strong to support the other two lines, the witch must accept herself, shadows and all, to find balance.

The diagonal lines represent the four cardinal directions. They represent our emotions and intellect, our experiences and wisdom. I also relate these lines to the Four Planes of Existence, and to the tenet “To know, to will, to dare, to be silent”, the conscious and unconscious mind, and the World of Matter and the World of Spirit.

The witch is where all these lines meet. The witch is where these worlds intersect.

The Witch’s Foot is used in a myriad of ways, and is a powerful device for invoking the presence of Spirit. It is also used for meditation and for Riding the Hedge.

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Thursday, 4 February 2021

Today’s Tarot Reading

This is a significant period of change and transformation. Things are shifting, evolving, transcending, transforming. Whilst this may be a time of anxious worry, it is necessary to clear out the old to make way for the new. Embrace it, great things are coming.

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Deck: Celtic Tarot illustrated by @chrisdownart 

The Almanac - A Seasonal Guide to 2021 by Lia Leendertz

The Almanac - A Seasonal Guide to 2021 by Lia Leendertz surrounded by herbs and crystals

For #witchbookwednesday I’m sharing The Almanac - A Seasonal Guide to 2021 by @lia_leendertz

I buy this beautiful book every year. It’s packed FULL of seasonal goodness: recipes, tide tables, garden tasks, moon phase information, Moon and Sun rise times, songs, nature facts, meditations. The front cover is always a work of art, too!

In fact, these guides are so amazing I keep them, and find myself dipping in to them constantly, and on a practical note I love the little ribbon that helps me know where I am.

Do you use this almanac? If not I really recommend you give this wonderful book a try.

Head over to @witch.with.books for lots of fab witchy recommendations.

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