Anonymous asked: Hello I was wondering could you please tell me what is shadow work? :)

I actually wrote a pretty lengthy post about this a few months ago that might be of help to you, here it is: Shadow Work — What it is and how to do it

Scooped up some goodies when I went to Mammoth Cave, KY last week. You can click the photos to read the captions.

Anonymous asked: Hi, I was wondering if you knew about any witchy practice that heavily incorporated painting/drawing/making of art into rituals and spells?

thelivingwiccan:

I can’t think of one particular tradition off the top of my head, but if you’re into art/paintings/etc, I would suggest incorporating them into your own practice!

Have you tried creating your own sigils, or maybe making your spellbook with your own illustrations, etc? I would also suggest drawing ritual circles to work in — those can be great fun!

-TLW

Just to add, I wrote up this list of ideas on incorporating fine art and witchcraft if you were interested!

beautifullyboisterous:

Okay, I was just wondering…how can I make some of my stones into jewelry? I have tons of stones to use, but I have no idea how to get them onto a chain without possibly damaging them. I want to try wire-wrapping, but I’m nervous about them falling out. I’d like to make a ring, necklace, bracelet, and/or headdress.

Anything and everything would be appreciated, no matter how basic or advanced. I am very new in this, and all information would help me out greatly.

Any help/comments/suggestions?

Wire-wrapping isn’t too hard, but you should also look into macrame! I used hemp to wrap a piece of jasper for a talisman, I think I used this tutorial to learn how. It took a couple of tries but I was really pleased with the result.

angeluslorelei:

One of my favorite things to do is to go into antique shops and wander around.  This is because a) I love old things and b) it allows me to practice feeling out and pinpointing spirits.

The only downside to this is whenever I find old dolls.  I find dolls a little creepy anyway, but when you have residual energy or a spirit attached, NOPE!

I love doing this too!! I recently went to our town’s antique mall and it was chock full of weird vibes. There was this painting I found of this creepy blue clown that definitely had some unsettling energy, I noped out of there real quick after finding it.

Anonymous asked: Do you know any blogs run by Pagans who are Agnostic or don't recognize any dieties? I've had a lot of trouble finding blogs to follow that have similar views, and while all these blogs with different belief systems are all amazing, it'd be nice to follow a couple who are more aligned with my own personal stuff as well.

valkyriesquad:

I don’t really know any off the top of my head, but let’s see if anyone will respond to this. So check on the notes if anyone replies or reblogs.

-Lavender

I don’t consider myself an agnostic, because I do believe in the existence of deities, but I don’t worship any, or really have any desire to do so, at least at this point in my life. My belief system is not based around the existence of deities.

Basic Warding Jar

therozpoz:

thegreywitch:

p u r p o s e - To dispel, eradicate, and keep away negative and harmful energy.

s u p p l i e s

  • various herbs and oils*
    (I used mugwort, mint, sage, parsley, eucalyptus, green tea, geranium oil, and sweet marjoram oil)
  • jar with lid
  • dragons blood incense
  • permanent marker

is there an alternative herb I could use from sage?
I’m allergic to it, which makes warding spells difficult for me to craft D:

Yes, actually! For this particular spell, I really recommend using ingredients that you personally associate with safety and protection. So you could use an oil whose scent makes you feel safe at home, or your favorite flower that comforts you, etc. Basically, use whatever makes YOU feel protected.

theshalottfairy:

Hi, 
I’m Elle. 
That’s not my real name but I want this to be anonymous. I’m trying to figure out what I believe in, or rather, what path I want to take…I have no idea where to start or how. I am a cynic by nature and it’s hard to accept that I want to take this seriously or that I might believe in anything, in anyway. I mean, I do believe in things. I believe in the world around me, in the stars, in the sky, in love, friendship and kindness, in animals and nature and science and history and words…I feel a bit silly whenever I talk about it…But I need a hand with this, I really do. I stumbled onto this and I felt like it was where I belonged after years and years of being surrounded by Catholicism and my own personal thoughts of agnosticism and atheism. 

Hey there, welcome! I’m here if you want to talk, and you don’t have to worry about me thinking you’re silly at all. I was in the same boat as you not too long ago!

Anonymous asked: Hello, dear. May I ask something of you? See, I'm really interested in magick and everything as a whole, but I'm rather nervous at starting up, because I know there's a lot that goes into it, and I know that some things aren't for everyone to be able to do. Would you be able to list any helpful tips on how to start up, and maybe some encouraging honest advice?

Hi lovely, I can certainly do that.

  • Don’t commit to anything right away. A lot of people who are new to witchcraft or paganism (note: the two are separate concepts but often go hand in hand) feel the need to “choose” a specific tradition, path, or deity. This is absolutely not necessary, you don’t need to label yourself right away, or even at all. Of course, if you really feel drawn to something, go for it; what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t feel pressure to make up your mind immediately about the direction you’re going to go in, ya feel?

  • Experiment. Something that I figured out when I was starting was that there isn’t always a specific way to do something. For example, astral travel: there isn’t a specific spell or ritual shared among all witches to enable you to astral travel. Certain traditions might have specific ways to do certain things, but witchcraft is really customizable. I always recommend doing what works best for you personally, and to figure that out, you have to experiment with different ways of doing things. Which brings me to my next point…

  • You will make mistakes/fail/be wrong/fuck up sometimes. This is just a fact, and regardless of what they claim, every single witch has done this before, and they’ve probably done it many times. And, people are probably going to get shitty with you about it, especially if your mistake takes place here on Tumblr. Or, you’ll do a spell that totally backfires and does the opposite of what it was supposed to do. Or, you interact with an entity who turns out to be unsavory.

    You cannot let this prevent you from moving forward, or you will never make any progress! But, it’s important that you recognize your mistake(s) and learn from it. If someone calls you out for something, listen to what they have to say, and ask for sources if they don’t give them to you immediately. If you were wrong about something, apologize and move on. If your spell backfired, figure out why, and decide what you’ll do differently in the future. The same goes for unpleasant entity interactions, except you’ll likely want to figure out how to protect against that sort of thing in the future and banish them from your presence for the time being.

Those are the main things I can think of! For the record, I am not one of the people who is going to be mean to you if you have made a mistake, so you can always come to me if you’re nervous. I’m only mean to people who are being assholes.

If you have any other questions about getting started, don’t be afraid to ask me!

thegaypandabear asked: so I'm still new to the mass majority of witchcraft, but what is spirit work?

Hey there! That’s not a problem; I’m not even new to witchcraft and there are still a lot of topics I’m unfamiliar with, so no worries.

Spirit work is basically just what it says: working with spirits. Meaning, honoring spirits, giving offerings to them, asking for favors from them, helping them with stuff, asking them for help with stuff, etc.

I like to work with spirits who I’ve known before, either in this life or in past lives. But many people work with local spirits, folk spirits, or animistic spirits (there might be a better term but I’m not sure what it’d be; I mean river spirits, forest spirits, mountain spirits, etc.).