Myths & Beliefs
earthly-and-ethereal:

milkywitchguts:

earthly-and-ethereal:

swampseer:

Black mirrors have a special place in my diviner and archiver heart

I want a scrying mirror so bad. I found a post of how to make one a while ago but I can’t find it now.

Argh! When you find it, totally share it with me! I’ve been wanting to make one for years. 

milkywitchguts
I did find this link! It seems simple enough, honestly.
not sure about the rest of the information but the directions on making the mirror itself are on the first page, so I just kind of ignored everything but that.

earthly-and-ethereal:

milkywitchguts:

earthly-and-ethereal:

swampseer:

Black mirrors have a special place in my diviner and archiver heart

I want a scrying mirror so bad. I found a post of how to make one a while ago but I can’t find it now.

Argh! When you find it, totally share it with me! I’ve been wanting to make one for years. 

milkywitchguts

I did find this link! It seems simple enough, honestly.

not sure about the rest of the information but the directions on making the mirror itself are on the first page, so I just kind of ignored everything but that.

Choose Me Jar

althara:

This spell is designed for use after an interview. Obviously you have to impress them, but this is designed to make them pick you. Warning: This is a manipulative spell that directly looks to influence someone’s decision. If that’s not your kind of thing, you won’t want to use this. If you need info on substitutions, message me and I’ll help you work out what’s best to use instead!

Needed:

  • Jar
  • Paper, pens and sellotape
  • Computer, word processing programme, printer and scissors
  • Cinnamon
  • Orange oil
  • Malachite
  • Some of your hair/toenails/spit/blood/etc
  1. First step is on your computer. Open a word doc, type the phrase CHOOSE ME, copy and paste it til you have a page full of that phrase. For me, that meant 376 CHOOSE MEs.
  2. Highlight a section, maybe five or six lines, and colour it black. Highlight the next section and colour it brown. The next section should be green, the next red, the next yellow, and you might have some more black ones at the end. That’s fine. Print the page, in colour!!!!
  3. Now it’s time to cut out each “choose me” phrase. This takes forever, and gets painful. It took me around an hour, and I had to take breaks after each section because my wrist kept cramping. The phrase also lost all meaning after a while - try not to let that happen. Pile up your CHOOSE MEs and put them to one side for later use.
  4. Now it’s time to design your sigils. You’ll need two for this: one representing yourself, and one representing the person, or people, who interviewed you. Use the name they know you by, not your nickname or craft name. I designed my name sigil on the Square of Jupiter, and my interviewer’s sigil from the letters of her name. See here for guide on making your own sigil. Once designed, write these out on two separate pieces of paper.
  5. If you work with deities, spirits, or any variation thereupon, you may wish to write a prayer asking for their help with your spell. Handwrite or print this, it doesn’t matter.
  6. You may also wish to include a copy of the company logo. If you do, print it out but make sure it can be rolled up to fit in your jar!
  7. Now it’s time to start filling the jar. Your name sigil goes in first. Then the prayer and logo if applicable. Next add the piece of malachite, and about a third of your CHOOSE MEs. Then add your hair, the cinnamon (however much you like), and the next third of CHOOSE MEs. Now spit in the jar, and add 6 drops of orange essential oil, and the rest of the CHOOSE MEs. 
  8. Now tape the name of your interviewer to the inside of the lid of the jar. Screw it on firmly, and shake the jar a few times whilst commanding the interviewer to pick you for the position. 
  9. Put the jar wherever you keep your spells. I shook mine every hour, repeating the command, until 5pm that day, then tried to forget about it until I heard.
How to Charge Sigils

pomegranateandivy:

I’ve gotten a TON of asks about this lately, so I’ll go ahead and do this post tonight. This is NOT an inclusive list of ways to charge sigils, it’s what I know of/can think of at the moment.

Firstly, there’s two different schools. Destroying the sigil to charge and release it, and keeping the sigil intact. I’m going to note which school each method falls into.

  1. Destruction: Fire Writing a sigil on anything that’s safe to burn, and throwing it into fire to charge it, as it’s destroyed. This charges the sigil with the energy from the flame, and is a good method for adding passionate, strong, intense energy. (or any other things you associate with fire)
  2. Preservation: Fire Writing a sigil, carving, or engraving it somewhere, and placing it close to a flame where it can absorb the heat and energy from the fire without burning up. Has the same benefits as the above method.
  3. Destruction: Water Writing a sigil in something soluble, and then soaking it in a body of water. This charges the sigil, and more specifically the body of water that the sigil is charged and released into. It’s a good way to incorporate traits from the element of water, such as creativity, strengthened psychic abilities, and the like.
  4. Preservation: Water Writing or carving a sigil in/on something that doesn’t dissolve in water, such as carving a sigil into a chunk of wood. The sigil absorbs energy from the water while it is soaking. Again, has the same added properties as mentioned for the destructive method with water.
  5. Destruction: Earth Writing your sigil on something natural and biodegradable, then burying it. Such as writing a sigil on an acorn or leaf. It then absorbs energy from the earth as it slowly decomposes. A sigil charged this way may take on the additional energy and properties associated with the earth, such as strength, patience, and nurturing.
  6. Preservation: Earth Charge a sigil with a crystal grid, or similar set up, and keep the sigil intact afterwards. It has the same added properties as the above mentioned method for earth.
  7. Preservation: Light Charge your sigil in light, be it daylight or moonlight. The sigil is charged by the light.
  8. Destruction: Light I refer to this as destruction and light, because it deals with visibility and invisibility. Basically, write your sigil in something that will become invisible afterwards. Such as the fog on a bathroom mirror, lemon juice on paper, ect… This is my favorite way for creating/charging sigils dealing with spirits, communication, or “unseen” traits. In this method the sigil charges every time the surface it was written on is exposed to light.
  9. Preservation: Energy Work/Meditation You focus on your sigil, and charge it with energy. You are relying on your own energy for this, not energy from another source to charge the sigil.
  10. Destruction: Energy Work/Meditation Same charging method as mentioned above, but you destroy the sigil in your preferred manner when you’re done, in order to release the spell to work.

More “touchy” methods below the break. TW for a lot of different reasons. Each of these methods can be preservative or destructive, just depending on if you keep the sigil in tact afterwards.

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Mabon General Guide

natural-magics:

Mabon is the second harvest festival of the Wheel of the Year (preceded by Lammas, followed by Samhain). It marks the Autumnal Equinox, which takes place on or around the 21st of September in the Northern Hemisphere and around March 21st in the Southern Hemisphere. Mabon will be taking place on September 23rd of this year (2014). Click here for Mabon lore.

Colors

Orange, red, bronze, yellow, brown, maroon

Flowers, Herbs and Scents

Rue, yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, walnut leaves and husks, mistletoe, saffron, chamomile, almond leaves, passionflower, frankincense, rose hips, bittersweet, sunflower, wheat, oak leaves, dried apple, benzoin, fern, grains, cypress, oakmoss, juniper, cloves, honeysuckle, mums, myrrh, pine, thistle, tobacco, hazel, cedar

Food and Beverages

Cornbread, wheat products, bread, grains, berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, dried seeds, corn, beans, squash, roots (onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), hops, apples, pomegranates, roast goose or mutton, wine, ale, cider, apples, pomegranates 

Symbols, Associations and Decorations

All harvest symbols, corn, autumn flowers, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, acorns, pine cones, oak sprigs, wreaths, vines, grapes, cornucopias, horns of plenty, burial cairns, apples, marigolds, harvested crops, gourds

Activities for Mabon

Offerings to the land, feasting, giving thanks, preparing for cold weather by bringing in harvest, cutting willow wands, leaving apples upon burial cairns and graves as a token of honor, nature walks, fermenting grapes to make wine, stalk bundling, gathering dried herbs

Crystals and Stones

Clear quartz, amber, peridot, diamond, citrine, yellow topaz, yellow aventurine, red aventurine, sunstone, carnelian

Animals

Dogs, wolves, stags, blackbirds, owls, eagles, birds of prey, salmon, goats

Spells and Rituals
Mabon is a good time for spells associated with protection, prosperity, abundance, and self-confidence.

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Also see: Mabon Recipes, Mabon Rituals and Mabon Craft Ideas

A Spell for Bringing About Consequences

spellsfromthegrimoire:

"The complete freedom.
The lack of consequence.
It terrifies you.”

This spell is for those situations where one person or another has gone on too long without their actions having proper consequences.

Perhaps that person you know has been slowly stealing from the place you work for yet despite all evidence just cannot seem to be caught. Perhaps a pot-stirrer who never seems to be affected by the rumours they spread. Perhaps you when for some time it feels like your actions have no effect on the world.

This spell is for reacquainting them with the world, where every action has an equal and opposite reaction. No one can live in a sand box forever, free from consequence; everyone must come home at some point and face up to what they have done or reap the rewards of their training.

"Life has become out of focus, free of consequence."

You will need:

  • A sword (/knife/letter opener)
  • A representation of your target*
  • Utter faith that every action must have a consequence
  • Empathy for your target^
  • A bowl
  • A rainy day

*Try and get some hair of theirs in it, A photo or poppet will do, or you can capture their reflection (get their reflection in a charmed mirror and then cover it up until it is needed). A signature also, or just their name will do in a pinch probably if that’s all you have. n.B. if the target is you, you don’t need a representation.

^This is an “ultimate good” sort of spell, or a “world order” spell if you prefer that wording. The results may or may not be pleasant, but it is not healthy for either the individual or the society for someone to live outside of consequence. You are doing what is best for them by bringing them back.

"All at once, the consequences. All at once you are no longer free."

When it is raining, go outside with your sword, bowl and representation. Somewhere private is best. Place the bowl down where it will fill up with rain. Place the representation down and point your sword at it. If you are the target, CAREFULLY hold the blade between your palms, tip pointing towards your forehead. Say the following, replacing “you” with “me” and “your” with “my” as necessary:

Every action has a reaction. Every move has a consequence.

As this rain wets me, so shall the consequences fall on you.

No more shall you have the complete freedom to do anything in this life;

No more shall you live apart from the cycle of action and reaction;

No more shall your actions have no effect on the world or be unaffected by it.

Pick up the bowl in your other hand. If you are holding the sword towards your forehead, put it down first (also do so if you can’t hold the bowl steady in one hand). Hold it above the representation, or your head. Say:

As this water falls on your head, so shall you feel the effects of your actions.
The consequences are inescapable.
So be it.

Pour the collected rainwater on the representation, or your head. Don’t miss.

Over the coming weeks the consequences that seem to have been lacking will all come around.

"All at once, the consequences. All at once you are no longer free. It all makes sense and you are finally being punished.

You can’t think of a time you have ever been happier.”

Deck: The Manga Tarot, requested to give a spell that would “metaphorically blow my mind”.

Card One: The Knot of Wyrd: Judgement

Card Two: The White Thread: The Lovers

Card Three: The Black Thread: Justice

Card Four: The Red Thread: The Hanged Woman 

Bolded quotations come from Welcome To Night Vale, Episode 13 -A Story About You.

Please note - consequences of your actions can include catching a cold from hanging out in the rain, so be sensible, don’t stay out too long, and dry off properly afterwards.

"You are trapped by the freedom to do anything in this life"

Sea Glass Spell For Love

natural-magics:

Use this simple spell to draw love into your life, be it platonic, romantic or self-love. This is best performed on a Friday during a waxing or full moon.

Materials:

  • a glass bowl
  • a handful of sea glass in any color combination (ideally whatever colors you associate with love)

Cleanse the bowl and sea glass in your preferred method (smoke, water, moonlight, etc) to clear the items of any previous energy. Place the sea glass in the bowl and add enough water to cover. Use sea water if you have access to it, or try to use water collected from a spring, lake or stream.

After you’ve added the water, close your eyes and focus on feelings of love. Avoid thinking about a specific person — focus on the feeling of love itself, giving love and on being loved. Imagine this love is on a distant island, separated from you by the sea. Then, sense love coming closer to you, like a piece of sea glass washed up on the shore. See yourself walking on the beach, waiting, knowing this love is going to find you very soon. Hold your palms over the bowl and say the following:

Love may be far or near —
When it’s time, bring him/her/them here.
As water dries from this dish,
bring me love, grant my wish.

Place the bowl on your altar or on a windowsill until the water has evaporated.

Source: The Book of Crystal Spells by Ember Grant.

Cocytus Water

pomegranateandivy:

Cocytus is one of five rivers that runs through the realm of Hades. Known as the river of wailing, this river joins into Acheron, the river of sorrow, fairly early in the underworld.

Cocytus spell water can be used to draw noise. This can be used to quiet a room or busy mind. It can also be used to create jumbling and confusion, and discomfort.

*Not for Ingestion*

  • nails, screws, little metal bits that make unpleasant sounds when shaken together
  • Cicada husks or Dead Crickets
  • Grave dirt (Note! It is illegal to take dirt from a public graveyard. So, if you are being totally legal about this, it can be dirt from where you buried a dead pet once, or something similar. Buuuut, if you want to grab graveyard dirt I won’t stop you)
  • Clear Alcohol (everclear, rubbing alcohol, ect…)

Metal bits are in there for shaking up and making noise. The wails from Cocytus are supposed to be unbearable, so go with something that produces a sound you hate. This could actually be switched out for a chunk of chalkboard and some finger nail clippings, or that really annoying kazuu your kid brother has. But something that would really get on your nerves and make you want to pull your hair out if you had to listen to it constantly.

Cicada husks, dead crickets, dead hissing cockroaches….these things are incessant in their sound, and they make a lot of peoples skin crawl. Cocytus is an never ending cry, there is ALWAYS sound coming from it, and to me that is super creepy. So the creepy aspect of the bug is just as important as the fact that they’re noisy little buggers.

Grave dirt is the binding agent that ties this one to the underworld because graveyards and graves are quiet. Death is quiet. At least, the living perceive it that way. 

Combine your ingredients, charge, and let set for three nights. The night before the new moon, the new moon, and the night after. Strain out the solid bits, store in a dark bottle, and you’re good to go. you’ve got wailing water to use for spell purposes.

Protection Methods

natural-magics:

stormsorceress:

A few of my personal methods, and by no means a complete list.

  1. Salt, rosemary, and water wash. Combine salt, rosemary, and water into a large bowl. Visualize protective and cleansing energies entering the bowl. Be specific in what you want to be protected from. Use the wash around your home, especially doorways and windows. Create protective sigils using the wash, if you wish.
  2. Chalk sigils. Draw them on the foundation of your house, sidewalks, underneath floorboards, or in the walls if you’re remodeling your home.
  3. Wards. Used to defend against specific things, and keep them away.
    ~ Hex signs - circular painted symbols. Different patterns and colors have different meanings, but you can always create your own.
    ~ Spider houses - specific spaces designated for spiders to live to keep away insects and other creatures that are pests or feed off of energy. I use rocks, boxes, and small flower pots, and draw protective sigils on them.
    ~ Alerts - sound makers hung outside of the home. They alert you of possible harm, and defend against it. Chimes can be purposed to do this. You can also create your own using various items, such as string, wire, beads, shells, bells, anything you can think of that makes noise.
  4. Witch Ball. Clear balls hung up around the home to capture harmful energy, that can be cleansed.
  5. Witch Jar. Jar filled with broken glass, nails, pins, and whatever you feel will protect you. Seal it with wax and bury it in your yard.
  6. Charm bags. Bags filled with protective herbs and items. If you don’t have sachets or fabric, you can use a coffee filter or paper and string or ribbon. Hang them around the house, in a vehicle, or even carry one with you.
  7. Amulets. An item worn, usually jewelry, purposed to protect you from specific harms, such as illness, jealousy, or unwanted spirits.
  8. Glamours. Glamours are intended to make others see you how you want to be seen, or not seen. They can be as simple as a chant, “I will travel unnoticed,” “I will blend in with my surroundings,” “Others will not see me.” Focus on this energy, and push it out of you to create a barrier.
  9. Energy Shield. Choose an element that you feel connected to, and visualize it creating a protective shield around you. For instance, you might visualize yourself surrounded by fire, waves, lightning storms, or tornadoes.
  10. Protection Candle. Charge a candle with protective energy. Visualize the energy as an egg, growing around the candle, yourself, and your home. Light the candle any time you feel you need added protection.
  11. Ask for help. If you work with spirits, ask them if they’re willing to help protect you.

three more ideas: black salt, witches ladders and war water. also, wearing/carrying strong protection stones, such as hematite, black obsidian, black tourmaline, amethyst, or tiger’s eye.

Dime-sized Money Spell

queerseawix:

Needed:

  • Paper and pen
  • Coin (one with sentimental or personal value/connection)
  • Peppermint, allspice, or another herb associated with wealth
  • Green candle

1. Cleanse/wash the coin so it’s free from grime. Make sure to dry it thoroughly.

2. Cut/tear a piece of the paper smaller than the coin. On the paper, write your intention for the spell and/or a sigil charged with this intention. Place the paper on top of the middle of the coin.

3. Sprinkle tiny pieces of peppermint, or whatever herb you are using, over the paper.

4. Use the wax from the green candle to seal the herb and the paper to the coin. Continue to make your intent clear.

5. Allow the wax to cool. Keep the charm wherever you keep your wallet/ purse/ checkbook/ PayPal password/ whatever else.

Grimoire vs. Book of Shadows

onhereticswings:

Originally by snakesandbones

More often than not, the terms grimoire and book of shadows are used in place of each other very often and I figured it was time to set the record straight about the differences and the histories of these two terms and where they come from, what they mean, etc. 

The difference between them? 

A Book of Shadows is usually seen in reference to Wiccans and Neo Wiccans whereas grimoires have no affiliation with any one group or religious section. Both are written from scratch to an extent. The BoS tends to have some things which are basic and will have to be your coven’s book or your personal copy of the book. 

To Go Further:

A Grimoire is a textbook, or manual of magic that also often serves as a spellbook. You can have information on anything from creating talismans and charms, to divination and how to work with or summon Demons, Angels, and the like. Grimoires have been around throughout history- from Egypt to Greece, America and the Middle East- and though they might not have been called grimoires, under the modern day definition they can be classified as such. 

During the 19th century, with the publication of Barrett’s The Magus and the rise of interest in the occult, the term was used in reference to books of magic. Within popular culture, it is used in video games and role playing games as something to help magic spells or a defense card. The most famous version of a fictional grimoire is H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon. Some well know grimoires are Simon Necronomicon, as well as The Magus by Francis Barrett, and Robert Cross Smith’s The Philosophical Merlin in 1822. 

A Book of Shadows is a book of belief, ritual, laws and ethics, healing lore, incantations, chants, and other things which may have something do with the individual’s practice- though the use of a Book of Shadows extends to many areas, including being used as a journal. The Book of Shadows is generally associated with Wicca and Neo Wicca, with both often promoting the fictional lore that Book of Shadows were kept a secret due to a fictitious representation of the events that happened during “The Burning Times” and the Inquisition- though there are some which are published. It is said to be created by Gerald Gardener, whose Book is published and well known throughout the Wiccan and Neo Wiccan community. Some of the most famous references to a BoS in popular culture, is within the series of Charmed as well as The Secret Circle and The Craft.

Another piece of lore is that there was only one book per coven, but there is no one set book of shadows for Wicca in general as each coven often has their own that is passed down to, copied out of, and even sometimes added onto by the coven members. Often as a practitioner of Wicca advances in the hierarchy, the more material they are allowed access to from the Coven’s Book of Shadows. Another piece of lore states that if a practitioner was to leave the coven, they were not allowed to keep their Book, or when a practitioner of Wicca dies their book is destroyed.

In the present day, most every Wiccan or Neo Wiccan has their own book, or their own copy of the coven’s book. A Book of Shadows reflects practices and beliefs of each individual coven and the interests and specialties of the individual practitioner.

Can they be combined? 

It is possible to combine them, though a Book of shadows will generally contain a section that, if removed from the whole, could operate on its own as a Grimoire. 

Do you have to have one? 

No, you don’t. Do whatever the fuck you want. 

Do I have it call it this? 

No, you don’t.  These are just common terms which float around the community. One friend of mine calls hers an Agyr; another on an internet forum refers to theirs as “The Magical 3-Ring Binder of Not-So-Ancient Wisdom”. Feel free to make up your own name for yours, or use common terms. 

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