Visualizations and the Elements

paganmoxie:

These are visualizations I use for the elements

Water:
Visualize a brook, with a small water fall into a shallow pool. Wade into the pool and sit in the water. Feel it flow around you. Feel the coolness. Hear the water as it cascades over the rocks. Smell the ozone in the air, like after a heavy rain shower. Taste the water, let it quench your thirst. Enjoy the benefits for cooling you. Understand the power of a tidal wave or current.

Fire:
Visualize an nice fire. Feel the heat. Smell the smoke. See the flames dance, the variety of colors. Hear the crackle. Watch it spark as you toss a new log on the fire. Roast some marshmallows on the fire. Enjoy the benefits of fire for cooking and warming. Understand the power of it when it rages out of control.

Air:
visualize a cool breeze on a hot day. Feel it lift the hair from your scalp as it sends shivers down your spine. Feel the wind tug you in the direction it blows. See the leaves dance in the air, and the trees and plants sway in the breeze. Hear it rustle the leaves, and tinkle the wind chimes. Understand the raw power of a tornado as a wreaks havoc in it’s wake.

Earth:
Visualize a nice cool cave. Smell the scent of rich, fertile earth. See how it supports itself and the life around it. Touch the earth that is dry on top and dig down into the cooler wetter depths of it. Plant a seed. Taste the dirt. Understand the awesome power of the earth as it shakes uncontrollably beneath you.

3 in-public grounding spells

bpdwitch:

(this was designed for school but works anywhere else as long as you have a writing utensil and something to write on)

a problem I encounter a lot in public is when I overload emotionally or start dissociating. these help me focus and remind me of where I am, and are useful for when I’m fighting back tears or have bad anxiety

sorry for the bad formatting. I’m on mobile.

– starry eyes spell

this one is super simple, almost to the point where it could be ruled out as a spell. in the very least, it works. take your writing utensil, and in the margins of your surface, doodle stars. repeatedly and repeatedly. make them messy. you can do it as fast as you want. just keep doing them until you’re able to calm down and maybe stop feeling like you’re floating

– paper pentacle

this one is very simple, too. simply draw a pentacle from left to right (for those who don’t know it’s that image you always see on TV when people summon demons; typically it’s not for that purpose). it should be relatively small. press your finger against it to help gain courage and control

– dammed rivers

draw a “river”, aka a squiggly line. start branching off the river. split it into more rivers, into creeks. continue doing this until you feel like it sufficiently represents the depth of your problems/how many problems you have. slowly, start marking them through the middle, and erasing them, thereby “damming” them. all the while consider what you can do to make it through it (ex. thinking more positively, being candid, etc.). if you truly feel like it is out of your hands, let it represent you overcoming these problems, or at least being able to calm a roaring river.

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 🙂

3CardMay: Day 10

Date: May 10th, 2015
Deck: Shadowscapes Tarot

The Week Ahead…
1st Third
Seven of Swords – escape responsibility, deception, untrustworthy

The first couple of days I’m going to notice an air of negativity at work. I’ll see the little things people aren’t doing, though they should be. I don’t know if I will act on what I see.

2nd Third
King of Swords – authority, intellectual power, leader

I feel I will be using my title more in during this part of the week, but in a calm and precise manner. One with a lot of thought behind my actions.

3rd Third
Four of Pentacles – control, stability, possessions

Something is going to turn out of whack for me and I will not like the feeling of not being in control. I like knowing where things are going to happen and when they will happen. I’m going to cling to my physical things as a way to keep myself standing.

3CardMay: Day 9

day 9

Date: May 9th, 2015
Deck: Shadowscapes Tarot

What I Need To Know
Seven of Cups – illusions, wishful thinking, choices

I can’t tell if my fantasies are blocking my clear headedness or if my clear headedness is blocking my fantasies.  I feel I’m going to have a lot of choices coming my way soon and I need to be able to recognize them.

What I Need To Do
X – The Wheel of Fortune – patterns and cycles, a turning point, life’s threads coming together

I need to understand that things are in the works for me/because of me, but it’s all taking place “back stage.” I need to ride this world and just hold on because nothing I do is going to make these plans move faster, I need to wait until they are ready for me.

What I Need To Embrace
Four of Wands – celebrations, joy, harmony

I need to embrace life in all it’s wonderful glory. Hard work will need to be done but right now I should just dance and have fun.

3CardMay: Day 8

day 8

Date: May 8th, 2015
Deck: Shadowscapes Tarot

Yin
Four of Wands – hope, joy, “…be prepared to continue with the work that has achieved this point.”

My hard work pays off in the end and when it does it is absolutely wonderful.  I’m not one for complete reverie, though, I can still work and play at the same time.

Yang
Six of Cups – good intentions, childhood innocence, simple joys and pleasures

Seems a bit contrary to the first card, wouldn’t you say? But it makes sense to me. I love my work, I love what I do. I love seeing the animals begin to recover hours after surgery. But I’ve filled my life with mostly work these past four or five years that I don’t really have any friends outside of my job. I’ve lost sight of having fun for the sake of having fun instead of joking around with coworkers to knock off some stress.

What I Need To Develop To Stay In The Flow
Nine of Swords – inner turmoil, vulnerability, fear

I don’t think I need to develop this but rather recognize it: I am afraid of going out on my own and making new friends. I like the comfort of the friends I have, though they be but work friends. It’s hard and I want to meet new people… but I’m scared.

3CardMay: Day 7

day 7

Date: May 7th, 2015
Deck: Shadowscapes Tarot

Talent That Needs Development
Three of Wands – explore, expand your horizons

I need to take more risks and get out more. I am such a homebody but this card is telling me to go and seek the unknown. Go to the end of the sidewalk… and keep walking. I’ll find it to be sturdier than I thought.

First Step
I – The Magician – originality, creativity, self-confidence

Be myself.  When I go out I need to take a deep breath and just be me. There’s no need to for pomp and circumstance wherever I’m going, that won’t do, but if I’m just me and show them how I can shine, I’ll be able to fly.

Possible Outcome
Seven of Cups – unlimited possibilities, too many choices, fantasies

I feel that this could be a warning. There is a difference between what the woman sees and what the man sees in the card, but I am being drawn to the woman. The one with the fantasy of reaching the floating castle in the sky and not looking where she will step next. Hubris. I need to learn that I can get what I want but it may be difficult to get there.

3CardMay: Day 6

day 6

Date: May 6th, 2015
Deck: Shadowscapes Tarot

How To Express Anger In A Healthy Way
IV – The Emperor – creating order out of chaos, strength, leadership

I need to not let my anger run rampant, but instead use that intense energy that fills my body and create something good from it. I can let my anger blind me and paralyze me or I can gather my strength and transform it into something I can use.

Benefits of This
II – The High Priestess – wisdom, knowledge, purity

Whenever I get angry and try to create a positive transformation, I will purge my system and be, in a way, cleansed. I will see things in a new light because of this and I will be able to learn more.

Hidden Traps
V – The Hierophant – conformity, tradition

Creating a positive thing out of my anger will not be easy and it will take a lot of practice. Fortunately, I don’t get angry easily or often, but when I do the emotion is all-encompassing and overwhelming. It does blind me and keep me in the current side of the situation by pure instinct.

Focus – How to develop your Craft

batwitch:

One of the problems that a lot of people have coming to witchcraft, and something I struggle with still to this day, is a lack of focus. I don’t mean visualisation and meditation, I’m talking about the fact that witchcraft is not a single skill but a huge collection of different practices; divination by lot, scrying, natural magic, spirit work, trance, sigils, hedgecrossing, wortcunning, energy work, ritual, astrology, ceremonial magic etc. etc.  It can be daunting to realise just how much there is to learn, and to take on too much, too soon. If you set out to memorise the tarot, delve into trance and try to plant a half-acre herb garden in week one, you’re going to burn out fast. You’re also not going to achieve the results you want in any of these areas.

In any other craft, apprentices must practice the same repetitive steps before they move on to a new skill, sometimes for years before they master it. Just because magic makes some things easier, doesn’t mean learning witch crafts can be achieved instantly. There is no rush, you have years to learn these skills and it will take you years. Don’t set deadlines, just put in the hours.

  • Pick one practice you are naturally drawn towards. It might be one form of divination, working with tree spirits, traditional astrology, creating sigils etc, it doesn’t matter. Choose the skill that you desire to learn most passionately, the one you couldn’t imagine living without.
  • Seek training in that skill. It doesn’t have to be from another Witch. I’ve taken courses in Astrology, Tarot and Alchemy from practitioners for whom that is their sole specialisation. Look to other disciplines of the Occult. They have much to teach you.
  • If you are limited to book knowledge, read widely, be discerning and do the work. Reading 20 books on a subject doesn’t make you an expert if you’ve never tried the skills described therein.
  • Practice. Do the work, do it again, record your results, don’t give up when you fail. Work for yourself, work for others (for free at this point) try different methods, experiment, learn by doing.
  • Gain competency; the ability to do something successfully with some measure of efficiency. Read tarot without looking at the book, know which herb to use without having to look it up, identify Jupiter and Venus without using a star chart. You’ll know when you’re there because it will feel natural and automatic.
  • Take on another skill. Once you’ve gained the confidence of achieving competency in one area, you can probably take on a couple of new skills, although it helps if they’re not too similar (learning two forms of divination is like learning two languages at the same time – confusing.)
  • Rinse and repeat until you have a working knowledge and competency of several skills that together form your regular practice. Pat yourself on the back, most people never get this far.
  • Be humble. Competency is not mastering a skill. Don’t suddenly assume the mantle of an adept because you can do a few things passably well. Keep learning and developing those skills. Don’t even think about teaching them until you’ve been practicing for years and years.
  • Challenge yourself. There may be certain practices you’ve avoided out of fear, laziness or disinterest. Try something that pushes you harder, drags you out of your comfort zone. That is how you get beyond the beginner stuff.
  • Whenever you feel overwhelmed – too many books to read, too many divination tools, too many spells planned, too many jars of ingredients lining the shelves, bring it back to the basics. Focus on what you want to achieve and practice the skills that will get you there. Don’t be afraid to take a break from everything else to allow you to work on just one thing.
  • Breathe. You’ll get there, don’t worry too much. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not a witch because you don’t do X. Your practice is yours to define, take pride in the effort you’ve put into it.

Spell for Saying Goodbye

cladinscarlet:

We walked the sacred road as one
Brought together by fate and stars
Although our paths must part for now
In our hearts you’re always ours
The circle stretches further now
The bond is bent but never broken
Our spirit still walks the way with you
Our love in all the words unspoken
Take our prayers and take our blessings
Journey safe and journey well
Know our thoughts will travel with you
And love will go to where you dwell
Go and Goddess hold you safe
And if they choose to grant our boon
Someday we will meet again
And dance beneath the Witch’s moon (2)

(Source: The Goddess is in the Details Wisdom for the Everyday Witch by Deborah Blake)