Posted in Depression, magick, Wicca

The Moon, Wicca, and Me

Last night we were on our way to have some cocktails and dinner. We left the house around 4 or so, and headed east. Moonrise yesterday was at 3:42 PM, so the nearly full moon loomed large in the waning light of the afternoon. It was quite a sight.

I mention this because the moon is very inspiring to me. As a kid, I was really interested in astronomy. I read lots of age appropriate books in grade and middle school about the science, and learned to love the night sky. I always felt drawn to the moon, probably due to its proximity to earth, and how easily visible it is.

When I began my Wiccan path, I came to realize how important the moon, and astronomy itself, is to witchcraft and magick. Read any book about Wicca or witchcraft, and notice how much the moon is mentioned. The phases of the moon are factored in when determining when to perform certain spells. Waning and waxing are important. The new moon signals new beginnings, and is appropriate for magick that draws things toward you. The full moon is thought to be a time when magick is most powerful, and the waning moon provided a good time to work spells that rid you of anything unwanted.

In my life now as a Wiccan, the moon is a steadying influence upon my mental connection to the path. There have been times when my faith in the path has been shaken, when doubts enter my thoughts. But honestly, when I walk outside in the still of the night, look up and see that shining celestial body, something happens to me. All the wonder of the Wiccan path comes flooding back to me. It sounds rather hokey, but it’s the absolute truth.

I’ve come to realize that the phase of the moon is a powerful force in my life. I feel mentally strong from the new moon to the full moon. And since I’ve been tracking this, I’ve noticed that when I do have some serious bouts of melancholia, it tends to happen during the waning period of the moon.

I’d wager that there are spells, magick, herbs, stones, and essential oils that protect you if you are adversely influenced by the waning moon. I’m going to look into that. If you are reading this, and know of anything like that, I would love to hear from you!

Because things sometime come into my life at the right time, I came across the following at Sage Goddess’s Facebook page this morning. Here’s a link to her website and blog. Thanks for reading, and Blessed Be!

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Posted in magick, Spells

Adventures in Chaos Magick

About 9 or so years ago, our business was going through a bit of a rough patch. At the time, I was very interested in chaos magick, and had been using some of the techniques of that path to attempt to increase our business. Chaos magick was an important staple of my path for about a 2 year period. During that time, I learned a lot about ceremonial magick, sex magick, sigils, servitors, and the multitude of ways in which to raise energy. I adopted belief systems, used them for a certain purpose, then moved on to the next set of beliefs.

I created a sigil to give life to a servitor, whose purpose was to magically guide customers to us. It has since resided in a special vessel, and during the time we owned the business, we “fed” the sigil (body fluids, nuff said) to charge the servitor. This magickal technique worked fairly well, especially if we attended to the sigil regularly.

We have since closed the business, and moved onto greener pastures. Part of the guidelines I used when setting this up was that the servitor would be set free when it was no longer needed. This was to be done by burning the sigil. I have been remiss about this part of the magick, and I intend to release the energy of the servitor this week, or early next week. Actually Samhain might just be a great time to do this.

Pictured above is the sigil and the vessel in which it was housed. I can no longer unfold the paper without it crumbling. The servitor’s name was Becdova. I hate to see it go, but the energy should be released for others to use.

If you want to read some online materials about chaos magick, I would suggest this website, which is loaded up with information. Check out the “skullfuck” ritual if you have difficulties remembering your dreams… A great introductory book is Phil Hine’s book, “Condensed Chaos: An Introduction to Chaos Magic.”

I’ve been giving some thought to moving back to a more chaos magick driven path. Very honestly, chaos magick can be a mind challenging path. It’s not easy to adopt and dismiss paradigms, and generally not have any concrete belief system. It is often cautioned that those with mental issues be very wary of this path. I am in a much better mental state now compared to when I was practicing that path in the past. It might be time to revisit this dynamic magickal path.

As always, thanks for reading.

Blessed Be!

Posted in Everyday Life, magick, Paganism, Wicca

Witchcraft Living: Sharing Experiences

13ff8fe7-3c0f-40ad-b99f-f1659a6e9b80When I started down the Craft path, I viewed witchcraft as an activity. Something you visit on a regular basis. Perform a ritual, cast a spell, do some reading, then move on with your day. When I started, most of the websites, and books, to a large extent, focused on the “how-to” of witchcraft. Honestly, once I read about a half a dozen books or so on Wicca, I could pretty much predict what would be the general outline and contents of the next book.

After several years of practice, my interest turned to the practical matter of being a witch. How do I incorporate this into my daily life? Because it became more important to me than something I just did upon occasion. Rather, it became who I was, an inseparable part of me. So how do I live a Wiccan life?

What I discovered was there weren’t many resources from which to draw information about day-to-day witchcraft living. The book market obviously was geared to the beginner, or to the various paths of Paganism or witchcraft practice. Most of the blogs and websites concentrated on spells or technical aspects of witchcraft.

Thankfully, I sense a change in the air with regard to discussions of living as a witch in today’s world. There’s no doubt that there are a lot of us out there. Some of us are way out of the broom closet, some halfway out, and some have yet to grab the door handle. Most of us are armed with books and websites giving us the technical information, so now we want to discuss how to make it a part of our daily lives.

My last post about how to handle social media as a witch was really popular. I was absolutely blown away over it. But after thinking about it, I realized that there are just a lot of us who want some input, and discussion, on how to handle life as witches. Most of us use social media, so we are interested in how others deal with it. The people who read that blog post were simply interested in how others dealt with expressing their Craft or spirituality with others via something we all use nearly every day.

My interest in cottage witchery came about because I wanted to find a way to incorporate witchcraft into daily life. Rather than set aside time to specifically do rituals or magick, I found that I could infuse magick into cleaning the house, cooking, doing laundry, and other mundane tasks.

Social media has made me a better Pagan and Wiccan. Through this blog, Twitter, G+, Instagram, and a few other avenues, I get to share thoughts and ideas on witchcraft with others, while learning so much from others. Honestly, when I first started on Twitter, this blog, and other social media sites, I felt I was simply talking at people. Through our mutual interests in Paganism and witchcraft, I am forming bonds with more people than I ever imagined. We are communicating with each other!

I think that has become the centerpiece of this blog. Sharing our experiences, letting each other know about our social successes as witches, or the bumps in the road. I think it makes us better at our Craft, and more importantly, better human beings.

Thanks for reading, and happy witching!

Blessed Be

Posted in Depression, Paganism, Spells, Wicca

Using Witchcraft to Banish Regret

093853EE-EB63-420B-AD2C-1FE3E42D7FC4It is far easier to preach, rather than practice. The old saying, “Do what I say, not what I do,” has been around for a long time, and has even more relevance in the internet era. I suspect there are lots of “internet experts,” who talk a mean game, but actually practice very little of what they counsel others to do.

In my blogs, I try to be brutally honest. I can’t imagine going on about stuff I’ve never done, or at least attempted to do. I do post about things I’d like to do, but haven’t quite been able to achieve.

At various times, I’ve struggled with my spirituality, depression, and motivation to do all the things I’d like to do or accomplish. But I’m getting better, and things like this blog, and the connections I’ve made with others through social media, who are in similar circumstances, have been of great help.

For the last few years, we have embraced decluttering. Much of it has been physical decluttering, but that has mental implications. Unburdening oneself of physical items, unburdens the mind. It creates a kind of zen calm.

I’ve been reading a lot lately about decluttering the mind of the past. Looking back can be enjoyable at times. It’s why we all take photographs. But looking back at past mistakes, constantly analyzing your life, mulling over your regrets can be extremely unhealthy.

Like a lot of people, I digitalized all my old photos. In doing so, I was able to relive happy times through photographs that have sat in the bottom of boxes for ages. However, another byproduct was churning up past times that led to memories that were not so good. Memories that led to a lot of “what ifs.”

So I’ve worked hard an not repeating that behavior. I now look at the photos as a snapshot in time, thinking about the joy of the moment in the photos, rather than using them as a means to project those what ifs and regrets.

My current life phase, which began about a quarter century ago, is my focus. And while my life does not reflect the hopes and dreams of my life prior to that, there is absolutely no way I can go back in time and change that. No amount of mulling over the past, wracking my brain with regrets will change anything in the past. So I strive to let it go.

Embracing Paganism and Wicca over a dozen years ago, showed me that I can move on from my past and embrace new ideas, new concepts, and even accept an entirely new belief system. Interestingly, I have never had a moment of regret when it comes to dismissing my birth spirituality, and adopting a witchcraft spiritual path. It demonstrates that leaving the past behind mentally is possible.

Witchcraft is a springboard to new heights, whereas mulling over past regrets and mistakes is a ladder to the depths of depression. Soaring metaphorically on that broomstick is the best thing I can do for myself. Staying open to new ideas and possibilities has lifted my spirit, and has served as a means of leaving the past behind.

I believe this is why I’ve become so much less concerned with hiding my Craft path. Outwardly labeling myself as “Pagan” has been freeing. Let people think what they want past that, as I owe them no explanations. Just writing that word in various bio’s is empowering.

From reading lots of blogs and being present on social media, I know a fair number of Pagans and witches struggle with depression. I’m not an expert by any means, but I would urge you to lean on your magical spirituality, hold tightly to your path less traveled by others, open your mind even further to the possibilities of the future a belief in witchcraft affords you. Use divination, meditation, tarot or other means to look to the future, while leaving the past behind. Accept the possibilities and power of magick, even if you have some doubts about the logic of it, and use it to channel energy to propel you to a promising future. Use it to banish the guilt or regrets of the past. Use it to power your here and now.

The path and practices of witchcraft are tool of empowerment.True witches know that we can’t make a pot of gold or a job suddenly appear. But we can use our knowledge of manipulating energy through magick to empower ourselves. That, in turn, can lead to other great things happening in our future. Stop asking others for power, and create your own. Witchcraft puts the power in your hands, not that of a god or goddess, not of others, but your hands. Use it to banish the past, and to give you hope for the future.

Blessed Be

Posted in Spells, Wicca

Creating A Witch Bottle

For some time, I’ve been meaning to create a witch bottle for protection. A while back, I came across this article about creating a witch bottle for protection, written by Jason Mankey. It is basically a step-by-step account of making a protective witch bottle.

I spent this last winter letting my toenails grow longer than is socially acceptable. Since I don’t wear shoes much in the summer, winter was the perfect time to do that. Over the course of the winter, I was able to amass a substantial collection of toenail clippings. I looked around the house for other items to include. I found a razor blade, some nails, some screws, the three dimes mentioned in the article, and some garlic cloves. In addition, I am using some cinnamon bark, and the essential oil of black pepper, cinnamon leaf, and ginger.

Today I put all the items in the bottle, filled it 3/4 full of urine, added 3 drops each of the essential oils, and a bit of salt. In order to make sure it stayed sealed shut, I used electrical tape, then a seal of black candle wax.

Where to bury it? I know that by the front door would be optimal, that area is all landscaped. Near the back door is a good second choice. I wanted to bury it today, but the lawn guys sprayed liquid fertilizer today, so I’ll do it tomorrow after it has soaked in a bit.

Some pictures. First pic is growing the spell ingredients, next is all the stuff going in, then the final, unappealing finished product. That should hopefully keep the nasties away!