Witchcraft, Where to start?

witchy-tips:

I get this question so often, And really, It seems like a simple question

“How do I start practicing Witchcraft?”

But there isn’t a simple Answer.

I can’t say, Read this book, Don’t read that one, Buy this, or have that.

Witchcraft is such a broad spectrum.

Witchcraft is a magical practice. Energy manipulation, Through intention. In simple terms.

It goes by different names, Depending on the tradition.

Conjure, Magick, Brujeria, ect

I think there a few ways to introduce yourself to the Craft.

  • Be realistic. Know that real magic is not like in the Movies. We are not assigned a Fairy Godmother, Or a Magic Wand that will solve all our problems.
  •  Research different Traditions, and Religions (The internet and your public library are great places for this) . Magic is everywhere, But it isn’t always called that. Find one that sticks out to you, And study it.
  • Once you find a path take time to learn the History, How it works, The do’s, The don’ts, And the basics.
  • Dedicate one notebook to document all your leanings. Use this as a reference.
    Research different forms of Divination, And try them out.
  • Be redundant with your studying. This isn’t a small thing you’re learning, And you want to fully understand what you are getting into before you start to cast anything.
  • Be crafty. Try DIY’ing some Witchy items
  • Get connected with Others who are also learning.Tumblr is a  great place for that, As there are many Witch-Blogs here.
  • Lean about your environment. Collect stones, flowers, herbs, barks, feathers, Things that are making themselves known to you.  What trees grow near you. What flowers grow wild? How can you use these magically?

Once you feel like you have reached a level of confidence (Meaning you did all your studying)

(If you chose a religion: Learn what sort of offerings are appropriate)

  • Practice mini spells. Make spell bags for luck, and Confidence, Try out a Glamour Spell, Do blessings, And cleansings, Practice “Energy Feeling” exercises.
  • Be open about your study – To an extent.  (This is how you meet like minded people)
  • Share knowledge with like minded people – Tell others what you have learned, And listen to what they have learned.

Witchcraft 101

magicusersresource:

 And here are some links for beginners to witchcraft and paganism!

Ideas for altar in a small space and hiding altars by singingmountainwitc
Apartment Witchcraft by nieceoftheserpent
Magic on a budget tips by low-budget-witches
Being a Witch on a Budget by borrowednebula
Getting started tips by bibliophilicwitch
Casting a circle by natural-magics
Energy Manipulation and Grounding 101 by stsathyre
Herbs by skinnybitchwitch
Newbie Pagan Resources and Advice by vaporwitch
Good advice by vaporwitch
Advice to a Beginner by stormsorceress and knotted-vines
Free witchy apps by belladonnaswitchblog
Magic Users Directory by pomegranateandivy
Witch Jars 101 by nieceoftheserpent
Cleansing 101 by nieceoftheserpent
101 Articles by merkavahpartyvan
Downloadable Resources by thelivingwiccan
Pagan PDFs by wiccanwonders
Please let us know if you have any links you want us to add!

Ways to Spiritually Protect Yourself

sopherielspeaks:
These are all the ways I’ve learned to ward myself against negative energy either through empathy or from dangerous spirits.
Robe of White Light:
  • Focus for a moment on calming yourself, and once you have a clear mind, imagine a nice fluffy robe around you (I always imagine one like in the game Journey) made of white and protective light. This is the universe’s energy, and nothing ill can penetrate it once it is surrounding you.
  • This is recommended to repeat once or twice a day to maintain the shielding.

Guardian Protection:

  • Ask your guardian spirits (either allowed or through your mind) to protect you.
  • Always command that the guardians who help “come in light.” And if not, say they must leave. You don’t even have to know their name, but if they aren’t here to help, then they shouldn’t be around you. So just command this and all with ill intentions will be forced to leave.
  • Call on them for a need by need basis.

Auric Hardening:

  • Imagine your aura (trust whatever color you see in your mind’s eye), and then imagine it hardening, like it’s calcifying around you. It can get as hard as a rock, or like armor.
  • This can sometimes push away any energy exchanges, so you could feel more distant from positive interactions too.
  • Usually lasts between 4 hours-2 days, depending on the strength of your intention.

Sigil warding:

  • Draw with a pen, marker, or with the tip of your finger (if you don’t need visible lines) a sigil with the intention of protecting yourself. A sigil is most basically an energetic line (or series of them) with an intention. The lines hold the energy and magnify the intention.
  • Here are examples.

I’ll add other ways as I use, remember, or learn them.

Anonymous asked: do you have any tips for people beginning to use spells & meditate?? I’ve tried these things slightly before, but now I’m really dedicated to getting into them.

witchcraftings answered: I have a few tips, but if you have any specific questions, feel free to drop them in my ask! I’d be happy to answer them 🙂

For Meditation:

  • Set aside a few minutes per day to meditate. For the beginner, 5-10 minutes is plenty. But as you develop your skill and you’re able to get relaxed and clear your mind easier, you’ll find yourself being still for 15-20 minutes at a time. I recommend doing this right before bed. This will make it into a habit instead of a chore.
  • Be patient with yourself. I have a hard time clearing my mind and relaxing, so meditation is tough for me. Whereas my friend can get into that relaxed mindset within five minutes. Just because someone you know finds it easy doesn’t mean you will. Give yourself time and try new things to find something you’re comfortable with.
  • Don’t eat or drink heavily before meditating. It may make you feel bloated and sick. On that note, don’t meditate when hungry; you’ll concentrate on your hunger and won’t be able to clear your mind.
  • Not all meditation as to be done sitting with your legs folded. Some of my best meditations have been done standing up or laying on my back. Experiment and figure out what works best for you.
  • If you’re having trouble clearing your mind, select a noise or word to say aloud. A popular one is “ohm.” Find a word without meaning. Grab an English-some other language dictionary at a bookstore and flip through it; find a word and use it, not knowing the meaning or anything. This will give you something to concentrate on.

For Spellwork:

  • Remember that everyone does spells differently. Some cast circles, some call the quarters, some invoke deities, and some do none of the above. I recommend starting out eclectically and taking what you like from different practises; then, start developing your own way of doing things.
  • While spells can be done anywhere, it’s helpful to have a small space — such as an altar — to keep your supplies and do your work. A flat surface near a window works best, as you can open the window if it gets too smoky from incense or too dizzying from herbs. If you have a space, keep it clean — both physically and spiritually.
  • Know how to reverse a spell before casting it (this is just a preference I have; it makes me feel more confident in what I do).
  • Start out simple and work your way up to the big stuff.
  • Remember that spells take their time. My friend asked me when his love spell would work for him, and I replied, “A day. A week. A month. Six months. The spell works on its own time.” Keep your eyes peeled for results but stay patient.
  • Make spellwork into a ritual. Setting up your area by cleansing, laying out your ingredients, lighting candles, and meditating beforehand can be very calming. And being calm during a spell is important.
  • The above being said, sometimes you can’t stay calm during a spell. Curses and love spells, for example, require intense emotions at the time of casting. Letting your emotions overwhelm you is okay when you know you’re being safe (i.e. you don’t want to get overwhelmed with lust and then knock over candles).
  • Above all, if something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.

I hope this helps 🙂

The Magick of Booze: A Correspondence Table

the-brambled-way:

This is my own personal correspondence table for the use of alcohol in magick. It may not match your own usage of alcohol, but if you like anything you see, feel free to adopt it. Some of this is based in what the alcohol is made from, some on its history, and some of this is based in personal experience or associations. This is not about alcohol as an offering, but the usage of it as a spell component. The list is in no way exhaustive and does not include mixed drinks or brands. Just your basics.

Distilled Spirits

  • Absinthe: (Air) Useful in protection work. It is especially useful for safe astral travel. Using it to draw sigils for safe travels on one’s body before leaving it can keep away nasties in the meantime.
  • Gin: (Earth) Useful in spells promoting good health and is good as a binding ingredient for other alcohols’ properties. It can also be a good to use if the caster of the spell lives in poverty and this is pertinent to the spell in some way.
  • Rum: (Water) Useful in money spells or spells for gaining other material possessions. Rum can be especially useful in a spell involving an underhanded motive or intention, especially if the results leave you with more as a side effect of the spell’s main goal.
  • Tequila: (Fire) Tequila is all about timing. Perfect, exact timing. It can be used in spells involving punctuality, appointments, or decision making. It can be used when something has to be done just right, as well. Never use it for something involving the past or anything about the future. Tequila is always for the present, and in this moment, as they come issues.
  • Vodka: (Fire and Water) Good for strength and courage. Lifting yourself up by the bootstraps and carrying on with what needs to be done no matter how hard it is or how tired you are. Can be used in spells involving getting through difficult times, motivation, pushing forward, finishing projects. Shit’s gotta get done? Vodka.
  • Whiskey: (Water) Whiskey can be used in spells to promote change, usually when change is unwanted by someone else. It helps bypass interference and bring the change about in ways that which opposes it does not immediately notice.
  • Brandy: (Earth) Brandy can be used in love spells, especially those for preserving pre-existing love. It can also be used for attracting a long-lasting love as opposed to a fling.

Fermented Beverages

  • Beer: (Earth) Beer is used in spells involving the home, family, and the past. It can also be used in spells involving practicality vs desire.
  • Cider: (Earth) Cider is used in spells for harvesting what you’ve already planted. It helps ensure that the things you’re working towards are successful and your effort is not wasted. But you must put in the effort.
  • Wine: (Earth and Air) Wine can be used in spells for health, stress relief, and blessings. It can also be used for spells involving standing on your own and independence.
  • Mead: (Air) Mead can be used for spells involving inspiration, study, education, scholarly pursuits, the arts, and oratory issues. It can also be used to sweeten the temper of yourself or someone else.
  • Sangria: (Fire) Sangria is good for happiness spells, celebrations, and anything involving good times and fun. It is also good for spells meant to broaden horizons and promote new experiences.

phoenyxangelwitchWhat do you think of spells that don’t work? Why do you think it happens?

cpopcommentariesI haven’t done any spell work in a long time, but essentially, I think it’s sort of like prayer; sometimes we’re answered in the way we want/expect, sometimes we’re not.

You can have all the right intention and reasons, but sometimes it just doesn’t pan out. Maybe the spell in question could’ve been tailored better to the final specifically. Maybe that wouldn’t have made a difference. Maybe it helped somebody else (odd as that sounds, it does happen).

Spells not working usually isn’t a poor reflection of the witch casting them. Sometimes the energy output just has to go somewhere else first. *shrugs*

phoenyxangelwitch: I needed to hear that. Especially the last part. :/ Thank you

cunningcelt: Also, sometimes a spell just isn’t meant to work, for whatever reason. Again, not a poor reflection of the witch. I consider myself a pretty great witch, and I’ve had several spells that haven’t worked, spells which had worked for me in the past.

Daily colors and herbs

the-darkest-of-lights:

When making spells, the days of the week can be used to enhance the power or direction of the spell.

Monday:
Silver, light grey, white, myrtle, violet, willow, wormwood**

Tuesday:
Red, orange, dragons blood, patchouli

Wednesday:
Violet, opal, grey, jasmine, lavender

Thursday:
Blue, indigo, purple, cinnamon, musk, nutmeg, sage

Friday:
Green, aqua, lime, saffron, sandalwood

Saturday:
black, dark grey, indigo, black poppy seeds, myrrh

Sunday:
Gold, orange, yellow, white, frankincense, lemon

-Ann Moura

Magical Properties of Fibers

stitchwitchy:

I did some searching out of curiosity, and found that other than silk, fiber types don’t really have any traditional magical properties. I’ve summarized my own ideas about them here, since I use different types of yarn very often in my spells! If anyone has anything to add, let me know! Especially about silk, I didn’t find as much as I’d have liked on it – other than its frequent use, there’s actually not much information on its magical properties out there!

With all of these, I like to combine the fiber type with color correspondences to find the right yarn for a spell or project.

  • Wool is a good all-purpose fiber. It’s like the white candle of fibers. Inexpensive and sturdy, if I don’t have something else in mind, I always reach for a 100% wool yarn. When knit up into clothing and other items, it’s a wonderful insulator, keeping you warm in the cold. It can absorb up to a third of its weight in water before the rain will soak through. So, I use wool especially for protection.
  • Alpaca, mohair, angora, etc. – Because of their cost, I don’t usually use animal fibers other than wool or silk in my practice. In theory, though, I would use mohair or angora for something I don’t want to be noticed, but still pack a punch – they are incredibly lightweight yet some of the warmest fibers.
  • Silk – Probably the most commonly used fiber in magic, silk is known to deflect or nullify magic. It is a good all-purpose fiber in magic, since it doesn’t its own properties to spells. However, it can be a little expensive. Silk-wool blends are my preference for this reason.
  • Cotton – Unspun, cotton is used for luck, healing, and protection (according to Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs). These properties carry over to yarn and fabric made with it. Cotton and other plant-based fibers are especially light and breathable, making them suitable for spell bags and sachets. They also have little to no “memory”, meaning they don’t stretch or hold a shape. If I have a spell I might want to undo later, I use cotton.
  • Linen – Very similar to cotton, but for me, linen also carries properties of both purity and wealth. I like using a linen-cotton blend for my sachets to let their contents do the heavy lifting. I also keep my crystals in a linen-cotton pouch.
  • Bamboo – Oh, how I do love bamboo fiber. It’s pricey, but I love the way it feels. Magically, Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs advises that it is good for luck, protection, hex-breaking, and wishes. Traditions from different cultures also use it as a symbol of longevity or friendship. I like to tie a knot in bamboo yarn while I make a wish, and use it in spells for health.
  • Acrylic – I tend to avoid acrylic as a general rule. It’s the plastic of yarns. True, there are some nice acrylic and acrylic-blend yarns out there, I do use them in my knitting! But I tend to avoid them for magical things. I once made a tarot card bag of an acrylic-cotton blend and the deck was very unhappy. Acrylic doesn’t burn, it melts, making it unsuitable for quite a few spells. The only time I’ve ever used acrylic to my satisfaction was in a rather nasty binding spell, and that was a very special case.

Anonymous asked: What’s the difference between active protection and passive protection?

breelandwalker answered: This one’s going on the website.

Active protection is any protection that is proactive, counteractive, or reacts with some sort of offense or countermeasure when the circumstances you set for its’ use are encountered.

Passive protection is any protection that is put in place with the idea of deflecting, neutralizing, blocking, or otherwise keeping out harmful forces, persons, or events.

For instance, say you cast a spell to protect yourself from harm. It can go several different ways (and there is some overlap). The spell can:

  • protect you by preventing circumstances in which you’d be harmed
  • protect you by repelling individuals who would do you harm
  • protect you by repelling or neutralizing harmful magics
  • protect you by repelling harmful or malevolent energies
  • protect you by activating a counterattack if a threat appears

All of these are examples of active protection, and are generally used when an active threat or some manner of clear and present danger is expected, i.e. when you’re walking down the street at night or going traveling abroad. The threat could be small, but as long as it’s something you want to avoid, it remains a threat.

However, depending on how you cast it, the spell can also:

  • protect you by blocking the influence of harmful parties
  • protect you by hiding you from the notice of harmful parties
  • protect you by keeping out harmful magics or persons
  • protect you by shielding you from negativity or malevolence
  • protect you by sloughing off negative or malevolent energy

These are all examples of passive protection, and are generally used when a threat is not directly expected, but could arise at any time, or when a protection spell is meant to last, i.e. shielding yourself before you go on a haunted tour or putting wards around a house.

Think of active vs. passive as sword vs. shield. A shield will block and repel with a minimum of counter-activity aside from simply going, “Nope, you shall not pass.” The most you’re going to get from a passive protection spell is the magical equivalent of a shield bash or pushing something away. It’s very effective if all you’re looking to do is keep things out, or if you want your protection spell to last a long time with minimal upkeep.

A sword, on the other hand, will go, “Nope, you shall not pass, and I’m going to make you bleed for trying.” It blocks and repels, but it can also attack. Active protections will go to bat for you and will fight off whatever it is you’re trying to protect yourself from, to a certain degree. These are more effective when you want there to be consequences for anyone or anything that tries to cross that line you just drew in the sand, or when you want your protections to be a bit more aggressive in keeping out whatever unwanted party or influence you’re looking to avoid.

In my own magic, I find it’s most effective to include a little of both types, varying the content according to what I’m warding and how and for what purpose.