Whoa there, pardner! What have you done to make sure that belief or practice actually originates in ancient times and didn't come from the imagination of a repressed Victorian romantic?
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hallow-witxh · 18 hours
Simple Things Baby Witches Might Miss
I was a baby witch once, and there were tons of small, little things that went over my head until later in my practice. I'm hoping that some of these will ring a bell for those who may need to hear them.
When you're cleansing a room, especially if it's a smoke cleanse, you need to open a window. This gives an 'escape route' for what you're cleansing away and also gives the smoke somewhere to go other than sticking to your walls.
Speaking of smoke cleansing, do not smoke cleanse in a room with pets in it. It can be very, very dangerous to them.
When you're doing research, you should be cross-checking across four to six different sources. If something matches across multiple sources, it's more likely to be solid.
You can incorporate your craft into pretty much anything. Showering? You're washing off the bad energy. Cleaning? You're preparing your space. Gardening? You're encouraging growth and prosperity. And delicious tomatoes!
If you're using a smoke cleanse, you can add the burnt portion to salt to make a beginner's black salt.
Spell jars don't have to go on your altar.
Altars are not completely necessary, especially if you're in the broom closet. Work with what you have.
Every herb has benefits and correspondences. You can utilize these without spell jars, burn spells, etc. Kitchen magic is one of my go-tos - cooking with spices and herbs infuses your food with their benefits.
Ask 'dumb' questions. Reach out to people. If they laugh at you for your questions, you know they are not a reliable source of information. (P.S. - my ask box is always open!)
White wax can replace any other color of wax. Get birthday cake candles for easy, fast burning.
Clear quartz can replace other crystals.
Here's a simple color chart.
Here's a simple moon phase chart.
Here's a simple guide to flowers and their correspondences
Here's a simple guide to cascarilla
As always, do your own research. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt until you do research - yes, even from me, because I make mistakes, too. Blessed be, and good luck, baby witches!
Support your local witch on Ko-Fi or at my store, Hallow Grove!
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pageofpomegranates · 2 days
More Art Magic Ideas🎨🕯️
Draw or paint using your non-dominant hand to bring out your inner child
Create a mini oracle set out of bottlecaps or coins
Write odes to the tools, herbs, etc. that you use the most in your craft
Use only natural materials in a work of art- tea, coffee, dirt, plant parts, etc.
Decorate playing cards to act as talismans and keep in your pocket/wallet/bag (i.e. a money drawing card to keep in your wallet)
Bring your inner sacred space to life by drawing/painting/collaging/sculpting it
Use handmade images as offerings to spirits or deities; create personalized images of spirits or deities you're in contact with
Make a poppet of yourself and stuff it with petitions or pictograms of what you wish to embody
Create a powerful protection amulet to hang above the doorway of your home/sacred space. What does protection look like to you? Use materials that reflect the kind of protection that you're looking for.
Crochet or knit a blanket that is enchanted to bring good sleep, good dreams, or for inducing a hypnagogic state
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homericist · 3 days
Gods can be portrayed as darker skinned but they can't be portrayed as a different race without a single trace of Greek or Italian. bro there are people who draw them as black or islanders.
It's been a while since I've physically rolled my eyes at an ask, so thanks ig.
The ancient Greeks depicted their gods as being anthropomorphic, but it was never stipulated that they had to be Mediterranean-looking.
Zeus Aithiops (literally "the Black") was worshipped on the island of Chios during late antiquity (Lycophron, Cass. 537), and an instantiation of Artemis that was surnamed "Aithiopa" was worshipped elsewhere. Already, there is no reason why the gods can't be portrayed as Black. And need I remind you that Afro-Hellenes exist lmao??
IIRC, the Greek gods were also occasionally surnamed Aigyptios/Aigyptia, denoting them as being Egyptian. I know for certain that Dionysos and Artemis were viewed and portrayed as "foreign gods"; Jennifer Larson talks about their "foreignness" (both literal and metaphorical) at length in her book "Ancient Greek Cults: A Guide."
You're demonstrating a severe lack of faith in the agency of the gods, and making yourself out to be historically illiterate.
They are universal gods. The ancient Greeks were eager syncretists, often equating their gods with the divinities of other foreign populations to demonstrate their universality. If you have a problem with the gods being portrayed as not Greek, take it up with the ancient Greeks. There's also the fact that the gods aren't Greek in origin. Scholars maintain that the gods we know are Hellenic instantiations of preexisting gods that were imported from elsewhere. Herodotos even expresses a similar view in his Histories.
My brain is melting having to explain this to you.
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Rules for the woods
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If you see red thread on trees or blocking a path
Do not touch it.
Do not go down that path or near that tree.
Do not not break the thread no matter what.
It is there for a reason.
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donnodubus · 2 days
"Sirona Ryan"
I normally would not stoop to mentioning such a disreputable person as J.K. Rowling, but unfortunately she seems to be invoking the names of Gaulish Gods now, as part of her fanatical bigot campaign:
Hogwarts Legacy has reportedly introduced a trans woman character named Sirona Ryan.
#Sirona is in fact a Gaulish Goddess associated with thermal baths and healing. Her name means something like "Divine Star," and was also spelled Đirona, Θirona, or Serona.
She was often worshipped alongside #Apollo ~ #Grannos, Solar Gods Who were also of healing and thermal baths.
Her iconography was represented by Roman artists as #Hygeia, a Greek Goddess of health and hygiene.
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It was probably not uncommon for both girls and boys to be named after Sirona in antiquity. We have records of widespread personal names like:
Sironis, Siranius, Serana, Seranus, Serania, Serandus, etc.
(Note that spelling differences could arise from linguistic changes or dialectal variants).
But of course, we know that Hogwarts Legacy is not making such an innocent callback to ancient Gallo-Roman culture...
It's obvious, given Rowling's penchant for naming characters with ham-fisted puns, that she intended "Sirona Ryan" as a cryptic, backhanded way to misgender a trans woman (first, for Sirona sounding like "sir", second for the surname sounding like a man's name).
This is an extremely cynical way to troll the trans-rights boycott of her video game. I'm sure we'll never hear the end of people claiming Rowling and Hogwarts Legacy are really inclusive now, since they "even have a trans character."
It disgusts me even more that she chose to sully the name of our glorious Goddess for this despicable act.
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broomsick · 3 days
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It’s another great day to take in the beauty of this world that’s filled with life and spirit!
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Casual(ish) Lokean witch here looking to deepen their practice and feeling a bit frustrated at how difficult it is to find Norse stuff that isn't corrupted by fascists. Does anyone have any recommendations?Currently looking for books and podcasts (I'll take YouTube videos or documentaries too) on Norse mythology and paganism, trolldom, Nordic animism, and runecraft! What are your favourites? I already have Taking Up The Runes by Diana Paxson on my reading list
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My Etsy Store Is Now Open!
Hey everyone! So I've designed Ars Goetia sigil candles and some Baphomet pendants via Printify, and the products are now live on my Etsy store for purchase! ✨
I recently quit my really stressful job, so I wanted to make Etsy my main source of income for now. I'll also be doing some daemon and deity drawings and selling them as art prints at some point, so stay tuned for that. Xx
Your support means the world to me. Thanks heaps if you do choose to buy anything from my Etsy store. As always, more items will be coming to the store soon. 🖤
Also if you have any suggestions for what you would like me to sell, please do let me know! ^.^
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~ Ave Satanis & Blessed Be ~
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arcane-trail · 19 hours
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triciamfoster · 3 days
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Blessed Moon
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ur-folk · 3 days
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Eidsborg Stave Church in Norway. Images from book “The Art of Scandinavia" (1970)
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crazycatsiren · 4 hours
Like, I don't get why people can't just let the horned god and triple moon goddess of Wicca be the horned god and the triple moon goddess.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with them being themselves. Why must modern Wiccan and non Wiccan witches be so dead set on turning other deities from other (completely unrelated) religions into them?
Personally, from a history researcher's perspective, I think they're pretty interesting, just by being the horned god and the triple moon goddess. I can see how they're worshipped in British traditional Wicca, and the roles they play in the Gardnerian Wiccan tradition.
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grimnirs-child · 23 hours
I'm generally begging revivalist polytheists and pagans to internalise that
"this practice doesn't have historical basis"
"this practice is wrong and invalid and you shouldn't do it"
are two different things
so many aspects of my practice have little to no historical basis, and that's completely fine. these are living religions and they need to be able to breathe. just don't claim something is something it's not 🤷‍♀️
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homericist · 3 hours
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The Scorpion's sting spell
If someone wishes you harm then this spell is for you.
What you'll need:
Black paint
black pepper
Lemon juice
Black or red salt { you're choice }
Cayenne pepper or any hot dried pepper of your choice, the hotter the better.
Cedar powder
dried saint John's wort
A mirror
What you'll do:
Take your mirror and cleanse it how you see fit then set it aside. Take your dry ingredients and three drops of lemon juice then mix it with the paint.
Paint the back of your mirror, tell the mirror your intuition, feed it some incense or your own breath then put it in your front window.
This nifty spell will send any curse or hex back at someone but 3 times worse.
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