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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:14 pm

STOCKING A WITCH'S SUPPLY CUPBOARD

Some of the most useful mundane tools are often household items you have on hand. Thrift store shopping, browsing the grocery store baking & international food isles or local farm market, and outdoor specimen collecting can meet most needs.

A simple starter kit for an herb-oil-stone collection would include things that have properties of the 3-Ps: protection, prosperity & power. What protects also cleanses and banishes, what brings prosperity also heals and attracts good luck, and power maintains strength & spiritual oomph. To cover the bases, choose at least one herb or spice & stone that will do one of these 3 tasks. Essential oils are costly. Olive oil or almond oil can be used & have multiple properties (see the Table of Correspondences, Wicca 101 section). This reduces what you need to start & still get the job done. Your supplies are used to support your magical effort, not to do It for you.

It makes sense to choose appealing herbal aromas that you can tolerate so that you can comfortably use them. Scent is very useful in determining a plant's magical uses. As a general guide, if you like the scent the spirits will too; the Goddess/receptive force is associated with florals & citrus & the God/active force is associated with forest and spice scents. Pungent scents that wrinkle your nose will cleanse and repel negative vibes. Eye opening, refreshing scents add power. Let the wisdom of your sensory experience show the practical magical uses of plants and you won't constantly need to look things up.

Incense: frankincense, myrrh, copal and dragons blood are tree sap resins valued for their cleansing and spiritual properties. Resin pieces need to be melted on salte-petre treated coals which need a fire-safe container & heat insulation; these scents are available in stick/cone form as well. The aroma of smoldering incense is used as an offering and to attract the spiritual forces you want. If you wish to work with a specific Deity or spirit, learn what their preferences are.

Resins burn slowly in small amounts as long as the coal lasts up to 2 hours and provide a huge amount of smoke; sticks last about 20-30 minutes, and smudge bundles of sage, cedar & pine, or wood slats of palo santo or cinnamon bark burn only a minute or two.

Oils are used to anoint yourself, your tools and charms, to transfer or hold a psychic charge. Herbs can be added to make an oil compatible with an elemental function. A simple "living" oil with no additives, like olive or almond oil, will serve quite well to attract and hold orgone energy. Costly distilled essential oils must be diluted by adding just a few drops of EO to a 1/2 tsp of an unscented carrier oil. A little goes a long ways.

Ordinary Stones have (+) active, Solar, male energy, or (-) passive, Lunar, female energy. Use a pendulum to determine which polarity a stone has. Use the solar stones for dominance, overcoming and repelling, and short-term tasks (the Sun's cycle repeats daily); and use Lunar stones for nurturing, psi, attraction and long-term tasks (lunar cycle repeats monthly). Cleanse stones by re-placing them on the earth or covering them with dry herbs indoors. Cleansing serves to clear a stone and reset it's polarity when it has completed it's task. Stones are already Earth-powered and do not need to be infused with cleansing light to empower them. They do need to be psychically charged with your intention. They will hold an intention until something dislodges it.

Colors are guides to how something will work for magic. The bare minimum of white can be used as all-purpose (& to purify), and red (empower), & black (protect). These 3 are the colors associated with the triple Moon Goddess as maid, mother & crone. Green is associated with the forest God of the Hunt, and the Earth Mother. Spiritual assistance generally comes under purple. The four elements associations are white/yellow-Air, orange/red-Fire, gray/blue-Water, green/black- Earth, white/gold/silver-Spirit. Color interpretation is very flexible and adaptable to personal preferences.

To identify magical uses of wild plants observe their shapes, scents, colors and growing conditions. Easy elemental associations are that roots represent earth, the stems are associated with water, leaves with air, flowers with fire and fruit/seeds with spirit. The round, flexible stems associate with (-) female polarity and firm, square stems with (+) male polarity. Add color, soft or sharp texture, and scent to detail the purposes for which it can be used magically (not medicinally!). Do not consume any plant that you couldn't find on the grocer's shelf.

Planetary associations: Sun plants have long, strong stems with skyward lifted flowers of white, yellow or orange. Moon plants are water-retaining with large leaves & 'white flowers, if any. Mercury plants grow horizontally (vines) & move with the wind. Venus plants have pastel colored & highly fragrant flowers. Mars plants are prickly with thorns or stinging hairs on the leaves or stems. Jupiter plants are large, over bearing and grow in abundant clumps. Saturn plants are survivors growing in inhospitable areas (cacti).


LISTS OF MISC STUFF

Altar &' Spells:
Flat surface, table top or tray (away from curtains or shelving; fire safety is your first priority)
Matches or lighter (batteries, if you go flameless)
Candles & holders (or flameless substitute)
Incense & holder (or spray mist substitute)
Anointing oil (if used)
Corn meal, oat meal or rice for offerings
Bowl/bottle of water and full salt shaker
Tools: athame, bell, cauldron/fire safe pot, cup/bowl, pentacle/stone, wand/Stang
Divination method: scrying bowl or crystal, Tarot cards, pendulum, runes, Story Cubes
Colored cords for your Measure or cord magic
Assorted color altar cloths, scarves, bandanas, handkerchiefs & pouches
Found bits: bent pins, rusty nails, buttons, thread tangles, unique & holey-stones
Dirt collected from ancestors graves, power centers, home-stead
Quartz stone, raw or tumbled (white quartz is all-purpose & is easily found on the ground)
Notebook & pen, red pen/cil

Brewing:
Heat source (electric hot pot or kettle, crock pot, kitchen stove, BBQ)
Common cooking herbs & spices, Salt
Common tea leaves (the easiest brew is a cuppa tea)
Teapot or tea mug with infuser, or lidded pot
Spoons for stirring & measuring
Knife (or scissors) & cutting board (or use a plate)
Mixing bowl or cauldron
Mortar & pestle (or use a bowl and the back of a spoon)
Storage containers (recycle small jars & bottles)
Water, as pure as available; can be moonlight charged

Specimen Hunt:
Note: Plants are living beings, so ask for permission & observe it for response.
Map of nature trails (if applicable)
Plant guide, or use your mobil phone/Internet
Small flashlight, or mobil phone
Carry sack
Folding knife or scissors to cut stems clean (take no more than 2/3s of a plant, so it regrows)
Hand trowel for digging roots
Newspaper to wrap specimens & pen to label them (droopy plants looks alike at home)
Bottled water for drinking and offering, and/or cornmeal
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Ashrend » Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:16 pm

As you seem to have the fountain of information. How would you go about cutting wood from a tree as part of making an altar? I have a table top that im going to cut to my desired shape. I know how to dry out the wood and treat it with beeswax, but how do you go about actually harvesting the wood directly from the tree to avoid moisture from the ground?

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Re: Getting Started

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SIMPLE SPELLS

These are tried n' true, old time spell forms that are known to work thus are In every witch's repertoire. Once you know these basic, foundation spells you can expand on them and add anything that symbolizes your goal & kick-starts your witchy imagination as you choose.

All spells have a common core of power and everything else is eye candy to help us focus on the goal. Our intent changes but the formula stays the same. Use a pendulum to determine if the intent is a good idea & help tweak a spell design if you want. A simple and repeatable formula is:

1. Raise up some energy by swinging your arms foreward & back to get your body warmed up. Belly breathe & center to light the fire in the belly.
2. Know your goal - to attract something, to repel something or to bind & hold something in place.
3. Rub your hands together so they tingle and charge the spell; push the thought energy of that desire from the fire in your belly & out thru your hands into the item used to hold the spell.


Candle spells suit any goal. There is an extensive post in "WC & Wicca 101" detailing candle spells so no need to repeat that here. I like to simplify so use an all-purpose, white taper candle. Rub 3 dabs of plain olive oil in your palm then roll the candle between your oiled hands as you state your intent 3 times. Use present-tense phrasing ("I have" not "i want"). The oil seals your psychic energy signature to the candle.

Next stand the candle in it's holder & cup both hands around it or make a triangle with your hands to peer through & focus an unyielding, witchy gaze on the candle to charge it. Charging is when you put the zap into a spell & push the fire in the belly into the candle.

Then light the candle and sit quietly while focussing on the flame for a few minutes to give THANKS to the Powers because the deed is already done and the spell is already fulfilled upon the Ethers and you KNOW this with a certainty. This uses the witch-power To Know.

Let the candle burn completely while you do other things. If you can't hang around, snuff it and relight it later for as many sessions as it takes to use up the whole candle for that one intention. Focus on the flame a few minutes for each burn.

A candle poppet can be made with five straight pins pushed into a taper candle at positions to represent the 3rd eye at the top, & at the sides add 2 arms and lower down add 2 legs. If you're using a tea light, votive or jar candle the pins are placed like a Vitruvian Man pentagram into the top surface. The flame is the heart. You should name the poppet for the person it represents.

A witch's jar is a protection spell in which you fill a small jar or bottle with bent pins to deflect the aim of incoming bad intentions, iron nails or rusty bits protect from psychic interference, and shiny foil bits serve as mirrors to reflect harmful intent back to sender. Add some strands of hair as a tag-lock that identifies you as the one protected. If you have other family & pets, include their hair too. Top off the jar with vinegar as a repelling substance to mark your territory. Option: Prepare more jars and bury or hide one at each corner of your property & 1 at the most used entrance. Use steps 1-3 above to empower the spell.

Jar spells are adaptable by changing what you put into them. Use all dry ingredients like clover leaves as good luck charms, written petitions, basil for good luck, and some plain pebbles you charge for luck. Then pretty it up with some ribbon & glitz and display it on a shelf somewhere to attract good luck. Be inspired. Replace the jar with a pouch and carry the spell with you in a pocket.

Stroking Stones can be used for healing or influencing. Use a flat, palm-sized, water-smoothed stone. Wash your stone between uses to refresh it. Be prepared to spend an hour or more rocking foreward and back as you stroke the stone, pushing away from you while softly chanting: "bone to bone, vein to vein, flesh to flesh, (name) is whole again." If it's for self healing then stroke the stone towards you. Keep it up as long as you can until you fade out or have some other indication you've reached your maximum capacity & can stop. You should eat something to restore your energy after.

Knot spells use a nine inch piece of string or yarn to be tied with 9 knots. Use red for love, green for money, black for protection, white or plain brown twine is all purpose. Imagine the goal as if you know it is already accomplished just before you (loosely) tie each knot and say the charm below:

By knot one the spell's begun.
By knot two it comes true.
By knot three so shall it be.
By knot four the power is stored.
By knot five the spell's alive.
By knot six the goal is fixed.
By knot seven it is given.
By knot eight it is fate.
By knot nine it is mine! (or thine)

Do the knot tying during an appropriate moon phase & store the string in a safe place. Then on an appropriate week day you really nail it & untie the knots while repeating the same rhyme to release the spell. Then burn the untied string. You can scatter the ashes on the wind. A knot spell is a binding spell. As long as the knots are tied the intent is bound, held in place. It is by untying the knots that their power will be released. So don't pull so tightly that you cannot untie them. You can do both tying & untying sessions on a full moon, but leave a few hours gap between the sessions so the intention of the knots has time to "cook".

A witch's ladder is similar, but you'd tie bundled twigs & stems of wild plants & feathers into the knots and pull tight enough to hold them. Then hang it in a tree for the wind to dismantle or high up indoors. As the string rots the knots release the charm. Obviously it's a longterm spell often for continuous protection or luck.

TO DESIGN A SPELL:

What do you want?
Know your general goal: prosperity (attracting abundance, health, love); protection (purifying, repelling harm); or power to bind & hold. There are also times when we seek the power of guidance & the wisdom to use it.

When should you do it?
Moon Phase sets the over all forces to working. The Moon was man's first guide. Spells for attraction/gain work as the moon grows (waxing moon); repelling/release is best done when the moon diminishes (waning moon). Personal empowerment & success of endeavors is done at Full Moon.

Week Day will pin down the intent.

Sunday (Sun) yellow, leadership, health, advice
Monday (Moon) white, marriage, family, psychic endeavors
Tuesday (Mars) red, conflict, legal matters
Wednesday (Mercury) light blue-aqua, communication, education, divination
Thursday (Jupiter) blue, finances, job, prosperity, protection
Friday (Venus) green, love, allure, fertility
Saturday (Saturn) black, endings, banishing

Like affects like. What is simpatico with the intention?
You can flesh-out your intention by paying attention to the element that best serves the general category of your purpose. They each have properties & symbolism you can use to build your spell around. Listed below are the elements, what each is generally used for, it's direction, color & symbols.

Air - beginnings, thoughts, knowledge, East, yellow, feathers, flute, smoke/scent, leaves
Fire - vitality, will-power, friendships, South, red, spice, guitar, candle, coals, sun, flowers
Water - feelings, psi, West, blue, potions, shells, citrus, rattle, mist, ice, H2O, moon, stems
Earth - endings, practical changes, home, North, green, grains, stones, drum, cords, roots
Spirit - balance, soul travel, Center, purple, quartz crystal, bell, wings & flight, seeds

(Note: all five elements have healing properties as they are the basis of life itself. Apply Air associations to aid lung issues, Fire to aid nerves, Water to aid the blood, Earth to heal bones & tissues, Spirit to aid the emotions and soul.)

Choose your means I.e., candle, jar, knot or stone & assemble what you have on hand to hold the spell.

Charge the assembled materials with your psychic energy, visualizing the desired goal or the moment you know the spell is done. Recite short, repetitive chants or rhyme you have written that state the goal. Rhyme helps focus the will, and repetition strengthens intent.

It is traditional to never discuss a spell until after it has manifested, lest you deplete and weaken the energy by drawing it back to you like a yo-yo.

Please Note: We remain ethericly connected to a spell as long as it is active (that's why what we send out returns). Breaking your connection to the spell and disposing of spent materials after the spell is fulfilled is as much part of the spell as creating it. Botanicals can be composted or burned, and ashes scattered. Stones can be cleansed & reused or returned to earth. Spent candle stubs can be put in the trash. When dis-assembling the spell, use your spoken intent to decommission it. "The time has come to end this spell. The job is done and all is well." Remember we clean up after ourselves, dismiss energy that was summoned, and end what was begun. Every single time. This important step keeps psychic energy from clinging to us & becoming psychic sludge that attracts negativity which drains our power. The Crafter should periodically do a self-cleansing salt-water or vinegar scrub to remove forgotten links.

MAGICAL LAWS (paraphrased)

Doctrine of Signatures - The attributes without mirror the qualities within. Nature has left clues to the magical uses of an object through it's shape, texture, color, markings, smell & taste.

Law of Contagion - Once together, always together. Whenever two things touch, they leave connecting strands of energy between them. The longer the contact, the stronger the link. Witches tap into these connections as tag-locks.

Law of Sympathy - The finite mirrors the infinite; or this represents that. In magical use, what is willed, intended, or done to the symbol or image, will also impact the material target. The symbol is as real as the thing itself.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:01 pm

DAYS OF POWER

The days of power vary by traditions. Not all standard 8 Sabbats have to be observed because we all live in environmentally different areas. There's a heap of difference between weather and seasonal patterns in the desert, the tropics, the midlands and mountains. We are free to choose to observe the dates that best enhance and express our unity with our location & not rigidly follow a calendar.

The so-called lesser days are when the seasonal power is beginning. These solar dates are the summer and winter solstices when the Sun appears as if it crosses the Earth's equator, lengthening and shortening daylight hours; and the spring and autumn equinoxes when day and night hours are equal. Sunrise & sunset are their liminal, magical times between one season and the next. Times of transition summon power. It takes a bit over 365 days for the Earth to circle the Sun, so the dates vary from the 20th to 23rd of every December, March, June and September.

The greater days are when the season's energies crest. The more familiar themes are Celtic. The dates are October 31/November 1, February 1-2, April 30/May 1, July 31/August 1. Midnight is the magic hour, the crest of the wave when the natural force breaks free.

All-Hallows-November Eve is the end of the old year & beginning of the new. Time & space return to their primordial state "between" & await regeneration. The veil between worlds is thin. The Lord of the Wild Hunt rides the night. Death in the physical world is rebirth into the Otherworld. Candlemas is the February fire festival of illumination and time of the youthful Goddess's emerging from winter retirement & the earth regenerates. Death in the Otherworld is rebirth into the physical world. Two main themes run through Wicca: the sacred marriage between Goddess and God on Beltane-May Eve which bestows fertility (abundance) upon the Earth and hence upon the people; and the sacrifice of the God as Green Man (John Barleycorn) on Lughnasah-August Eve. His death manifests the annual cycle of life-death-rebirth (continuance). Just 2 concepts: fertility and death. If you understand these in relationship to each other, you will understand the Wheel of the Year, as everything dances around these two concepts.

Full Moons (Esbats) occur every 29.5 days which is how long it takes the moon to go around the earth, and get out of the Earth's shadow, to reflect the sunlight as full moon. The Moon's pull affects ocean tides, sap rising and falling, female menstrual cycles & male testosterone. It is a very real force. There are 13 full Moon's annually.

We can expect occasional dry seasons when we feel like everything we've studied is meaningless, and we're ready to quit this nonsense. This is normal. The mind grows. Nature is cyclical & we are part of Nature. It just means that one learning cycle has concluded, and the next has not yet begun. It passes in time as new opportunities arrive.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:18 pm

binxyhollow wrote:As you seem to have the fountain of information. How would you go about cutting wood from a tree as part of making an altar? I have a table top that im going to cut to my desired shape. I know how to dry out the wood and treat it with beeswax, but how do you go about actually harvesting the wood directly from the tree to avoid moisture from the ground?

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I'm sorry, but I have no idea. I imagine once a tree is felled it can be cross cut into slabs if you have the proper saw and strength. It's way beyond me. Wouldn't you think wood slabs should be dried under pressure to prevent warping? How you'd do that, I have no idea, or experience but I'd bet a lumber mill can tell you. The ends of 2x4s are stamped with info that the wood was pressure treated when dried. Go to a Home Depo or Lowes and see their set up.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Ashrend » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:21 pm

I know how to make it. I mean more blessing the ground or tree, how to give it back what you are taking from that tree

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Re: Getting Started

Postby Hagerman420 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:52 pm

binxyhollow wrote:I know how to make it. I mean more blessing the ground or tree, how to give it back what you are taking from that tree

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Maybe plant a seed for new growth of another tree?
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:56 pm

If you were a hunter and killed a deer, how would you honor and give thanks for the gift of it's life force? Cutting down a tree is killing it, taking it's life force, & removing it as a habitat from the forest. Consider how to honor that and provide temporary shelter for the homeless and dispossessed land spirit dwelling within. It needs a place to move into, like a temporary spirit house. The likely place is if a portion of the tree is left intact, probably the roots will remain, but will eventually die. But a bundle of the twigs may be a possibility, or a fairy house.

I'm thinking of the corn dollies, made from the last sheafs of grain in to which the spirit of the harvest has fled. The dolls, like the Yule log, hold the spirit and are over-wintered and then burned and the ashes returned to the field, sort of shoving the spirit out and back into the soil.

A symbolic act is a real act in magic, so fashion a temporary home for the spirit. explain how the tree's sacrifice will be put to use, use up all of the tree eventually, as you would a deer carcass.

If the concept makes you feel foolish, ask yourself why you need to cut the tree down, for an altar of your religion. How will your altar serve the spirit of the tree? And will it serve the Deity with whom you commune? People used to worship trees at one time in history. Can you work with that?

Planting a new seed is a way of providing for the living essence of the tree you cut down.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Hagerman420 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:03 pm

The way the first nation people do it when they kill for food is give thanks to the spirit for allowing for them to take it's life to feed existing life.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Ashrend » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:06 pm

Thank you thats a great set of questions. I wouldnt be killing the tree, just taking a small part of it. I dont know my gods or goddess other than arthemis yet but i know nature is integral to me. I do like the idea of making or buying a bird house to place in the tree for which im harvesting the wood from. I would take fallen branches but they get soaked and ruined easily

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Re: Getting Started

Postby Ashrend » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:13 pm

Would the tools in which i prep the tree branch need blessing or consecrating?

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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:18 pm

No, I don't think so. Your intent will honor the life force. But you might wipe the blade down with alcohol so you don't transfer any tree diseases. I do that when pruning roses from bush to bush. Also the Land is already sacred and you are asking to take something from a living being.

I like your idea of the bird house :mrgreen:

Edit: hmm, I thought about this overnight. I did a head smack as I remembered I had consecrated my gardening tools. But I used them again and again in the same location, as you would use altar tools again and again at the location of your altar. So, I'm gonna fudge out and say it's up to you. Your intent at the occasion of a one-time pruning is sufficient for the purpose.

EDIT: and leave an offering, of course. Doh. Whenever we glean from Nature, leave an offering as apology for disturbing the spirit involved.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Ashrend » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:38 pm

Alright thank you for the info, i think il take my time and either wait for a storm and go searching for one or wait til the time feels right to go harvest the wood. Il consecrating my gardening toola anyway as i want to grow some of my own herbs, so trimming or digging them up il need it

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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:45 pm

THINGS THAT ARE BETWEEN

There are special times, things & places all around us that witches believe contribute to their magical effectiveness. These are "between" one thing and another. They are therefore powerful in that they assist our thoughts to be "between" & thus to manifest.

Bridges - cross living water and are neither this side or that side.
Cacoons - contain a caterpillar changing to moth or butterfly.
Caves - passageways into the Land itself, and to the underworld.
Cemeteries - are links between the mid-world and the underworld.
Chimneys - passageways between indoors and outdoors; connected to the transforming hearth.
Church yard - is neither within the sanctuary or detached from it, but "between" both.
Circles of Stone - as with any circle, it is neither in this world or the next.
Doorways, thresholds - are neither in or out, not in one room or the other.
Eggs - of any air, land or water creature; eggs are one thing & become another thing.
Embankments & Shorelines - are between land and water.
Ember days - between the winter solstice (or Christmas) and Epiphany, Jan 6.
Hill tops, mountains - are between land and sky.
Liminal hours of dawn, noon, dusk, midnight - neither today or tomorrow, morning or night.
Mirrors, reflective surfaces - the world in reverse; the underworld is the reverse of mundane.
Solstices - marking the end of one and beginning of the next half of the annual cycle.
Spirals - ascending or descending, they transmute energy from this to that, and are doorways.
Stairs & ladders - are between one level and the other.
Swings - move back & forth repeating a rhythm & induce trance, as do rocking chairs.
Toads live both in the pond and on the land, crossing between them with ease.
Trees - unite the three realms of above, mundane and below, as do staffs & wands.
Trance - the spirit-body can pass between worlds; the traveler isn't dead, but "living dead".
Wells, underground springs - exist in the underworld and discharge into the mid-land.
Windows - are both inside and outside at the same time & let us see other worlds.
Water transforms between solid ice/snow, liquid/rain and steam/mist.

Well, you get the idea. Add some thoughts of your own.
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Re: Getting Started

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BROOM CLOSET

Many beginners feel a need to keep their practice low key and under wraps. Exploring new beliefs can sometimes be at odds with one's established home life. I don't recommend bold face deceitfulness or deception. However, I do support free-thinking & exploring, but decisions are subject to parental authority until we reach legal age. That's just the way it is. You can be discrete without being sneaky. You don't want to create drama that will injure your relationships.

You can have an altar if you want, hidden in plain sight by substituting symbolic representations of the Elements & Deity and choosing flameless methods. Feed your altar by spending some time there every day. It's a good place to be to write in your plain, uninteresting notebook. You can do spells with household items. You can do a complete ritual in a cramped space, without the encumbrance of a single ritual tool (see Rituals in Cramped Space, this article, pg. 4).

Flameless and smokeless alternatives include substituting battery powered candles, & replacing incense with a dry, spicy potpourri in a bowl or blending a few drops of essential oil or perfume & equal parts witch hazel and water mixed in a spray bottle. Seashells, sea glass, seaweed can represent Water and use stones, seed pods or grains for Earth.

Any household item can be repurposed for supplies & tools if you want them. It's fun & it is traditional to use your witchy thinking to discover magical uses for ordinary items. It's what all witches have done throughout history. Only Priests and Priestesses in religious temples had fancy magical regalia and sacred vessels. The average Crafter made do.

Ordinary things have magical uses:

Bowls, Cups & Saucers - use as chalice &' offering plate/bowl, candle holder/incense holder
Coffee Filters - use to strain potions, use as charm bags & decorate with a marking pen
Coffee/Tea - makes an appealing brewed offering and adds zest used dry
Envelopes - reuse to make spell packets & fold small
Needles, pins, staples, string - use as charm bag fasteners
Paper & Pen/cil - draw word sigils or mandalas as complete spells
Recycled jars - herb storage, spell jars & potion containers
Salt, Pepper, Sugar - use to purify, banish and sweeten situations respectively
Stones - hold any intent, white quartz is all purpose, write sigils on stones with marker pen
String, Yarn - use for Measure, cord & knot magic
Water - powerful offering; use in potions & transformation spells frozen>wet>steam>evaporate
Weeds, flowers - roots rep. earth, stems-water, leaves-air, flower-fire, seeds-spirit; Make God's Eye or Bridget crosses; an equal-armed cross (+) represents the 5 elements (4 & Center) just as a star does.
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