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Re: Getting Started

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STOCKING A WITCH'S SUPPLY CUPBOARD

Some of the most useful mundane tools are often household items you have on hand. Thrift shop & dollar store shopping, browsing the grocery store baking & international food isles and outdoor specimen collecting can meet most spell needs. Wash bottles & jars & repurpose them to hold your supplies.

A simple starter kit would include things that have properties of the 3-Ps: protection, prosperity & power. Often that which protects also cleanses and banishes, and what brings prosperity also heals & attracts good luck, and power maintains strength & spiritual oomph. Choose a few Kitchen herbs or spices that have any of these 3 properties (see the Table of Correspondences, WC & Wicca 101 section) or Decide for yourself using your reaction to an herb's scent to guide you.

It makes sense to choose aromas that you can tolerate so that you can comfortably use them. Texture & scent are used to determine 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 sting your nose & make you draw back will cleanse and repel harmful vibes. Eye opening, refreshing scents add power. Let the plants themselves & the wisdom of your sensory experience show their practical uses and you will build a relationship quickly & won't constantly need to look things up.

Substitutions: *Rosemary can be substituted for any other herb, *Rose can be substituted for any other flower, *Frankincense can be substituted for any gum resin, *Tobacco can be substituted for any poisonous herb.

Note: ground egg shell or sea shell can serve as a base for sprinkling powders but stinks as incense, whereas sawdust works well in incense & as a powder base. Coffee grinder or blender works well. Final mixing can be done by hand to infuse intent.

Incense: frankincense, copal, dragons blood & myrrh are tree sap resins valued for their cleansing and spiritual properties & scents. 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 aromatic woods cedar &'pine can be found in shavings as pet bedding. 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 then research their likes/dislikes & symbols.

Resins burn slowly in small amounts as long as the 1-inch coal lasts up to 2 hours and will provide a huge amount of smoke; sticks last about 20-30 minutes with less smoke, and smudge bundles of sage, cedar & pine, or cinnamon bark burn only a minute or two, or longer if you fan them.

Oils are used to anoint yourself, your tools and charms, to transfer & hold a psychic charge. Herbs can be added to give an oil added properties. A simple "living" oil with no additives like olive oil will serve quite well to attract and hold orgone energy. It is safe to handle "straight" undiluted & has no side effects. Costly distilled essential oils must be diluted for safety by adding 5-10 drops of EO to a 1/2 tsp of an unscented carrier oil. A little goes a long ways.

Colors are guides to how something will work for magic & color interpretation is very flexible and adaptable to personal preferences. The common, 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. The elements associations are white/yellow-Air, orange/red-Fire, gray/blue-Water, green/black- Earth, purple/white-Spirit. Gold/Sun, Silver/Moon.

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 intense or neutral color values, soft or sharp texture, and sweet or pungent scent to detail the purposes for which it can be used magically (not medicinally!). Use your brain: Do not consume any plant that you couldn't find on the grocer's baking shelf. Many wild plants with sticky or fuzzy leaves can irritate the skin & bitter berries can cause vomiting.

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).

Correspondence short-list:

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

Specimen Hunt:

Note: Plants are living beings, so ask for permission & observe it for response. Take no more than 2/3s of a plant so it regrows. Leave a water or cornmeal offering. .

Bring along:
Map of area & trails
Local plant guide
Carry sack
Folding pocket knife or pruning clippers & garden trowel for digging roots
Newspaper to wrap specimens & pen to label them (droopy plants looks alike at home)
Cornmeal &' bottled water for drinking & offerings
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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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THE POWER IS IN YOU

Mundanely speaking, the four powers of a witch are: to-know which is having knowledge of your craft, to-will is your mindful intention, to-dare requires fearless pursuit of your craft, and to-be-silent is not discussing your craft with outsiders.

Insiders will soon learn the energetic force behind these witch's powers. Knowing becomes a force of quiet airy assurance that a thing is thus/so; Will acts as a fiery force of single-minded intention to see a thing done; Daring serves as the chutzpah to follow your fluid inner wisdom despite nay-sayers, & Silence grounds & sustains the force of inner solitude that let's the voice of wisdom be heard.

These mildly altered states of consciousness have the power to direct the light of thought energy to acquire the Elemental mass it needs to manifest as physical substance & form. It's necessary to get in the zone to cast effectively.

Simple Spell Crafting draws on the witch powers of to know, to will, to dare and to be silent. It uses local supplies that are common to the area we live in to build relationship. Our intent changes but the activation formula to set our intent stays the same. One simple, all-purpose formula is:

1. Belly breathe. Ground & Center to light the fire of intent in the belly (think :serpentrune:)
2. Know your goal - to attract, to repel or to bind/hold something in place.
3. Claim your intent by speaking it with present-tense phrases to own it. "I-have" & not "i-want".
4. Rub your hands together so they tingle; Exhale & push the willful intent of that desire from the fire in your belly & out thru your breath, hands & intense gaze into the item used to hold the spell.
5. Thank the Powers because you Know the thing is done when you're in the zone. Release it.


Belly-breathing is inhaling so as to raise the abdominal muscles first, then the upper chest, followed by full exhale. Centering is to pull your power into your gut, the seat of the will. And fire-in-the-belly is focussed intention.

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OLD RELIABLE SPELLS

Below are tried n' true, old time spells that are likely to be In every witch's repertoire. They're a basic foundation that you can adapt endlessly to suit what you have on hand to work with. They've endured and thus have success from frequent use over centuries.

Candle spells can be adapted to any use. Fire transforms. Any taper can be cut in 1/2 with a sharp kitchen knife to make 2 shorter, faster candles. Rubbing olive oil onto a candle while stating the intent seals our psychic energy to the candle & olive bears fruitful success.

A simple way to prep the candle: Rub 3 dabs of olive oil in your hands, then roll the candle between oiled hands as you state the intent 3 times. Use positive, present-tense words that claim the goal so you own it. Then stand the candle in it's holder (or in its own wax on a saucer) so you can cup both hands around it to charge it. Charging is when you put the zap in & set your intent. Deep breathe. Know your goal in your gut; exhale & push the goal into the candle thru your breath, hands and almighty fierce Witchy gaze. The candle is ready.

The spell: Now light the wick; sit quietly & gaze into the flame. Observe the flame's many layers of color. Breathe and watch the flame's motion for a few minutes until you are only aware of the flame, then give THANKS to the Powers because the deed is already done; the spell is already fulfilled upon the ethers and KNOW this with a certainty. Prepping set the intent so you don't have to visualize. It's done. Let the candle burn all the way down & dispose of candle stubs (if any) in the trash.

If you want to stop a something already in progress name a candle for what must be ended, oil it & stand it upright - stuck in it's own wax - in a bowl. Activate your willful intent. Add water to cover the bottom of the candle & light up. Gaze at the flame for a minute or two knowing it is done & give thanks as above. When the candle burns down to water level it will be extinguished, bringing the unwanted matter to an end. (Can be used to cancel a spell.)

A candle poppet can be made with five straight pins pushed into a taper candle at positions to represent the head at the top, 2 arms at the sides & lower down add 2 legs so that a candle resembles a human figure. If you're using a tea light, votive or jar candle the pins are placed like a Vitruvian Man pentagram into the top surface. Name the poppet for the target person it represents when activating your intention & burn the candle as described above. Dispose of the spent poppet pins by pushing them into the earth beneath a tree. Give thanks to the tree for its underworld connections as you "bury" the poppet.

A witch's bottle is a protection spell in which you fill a small bottle/jar with bent pins to deflect the aim of incoming bad intentions, iron nails or random rusty bits to protect from psychic interference, glass shards and shiny foil bits to serve as mirrors & reflect harmful intent back to the sender. Add some strands of hair as a tag-lock that identifies the one's protected. Add pepper corns & salt to repel & protect. Top off the bottle with vinegar to mark your territory. Activate it. Option: Prepare more bottles and bury or hide one at each corner of your property & definitely 1 at the most used entrance. Adapt a witch-bottle spell to a Wish-Bottle by changing what you put into them, using pleasant herbs & charms that are symbolic of the wish.

A Good-luck charm just for witches is a Nanta Bag & was the original inspiration of a "travel-altar". Miniature charm replicas of the witch's tools (originally a plow blade, broom & cauldron) and a pinch of salt are carried by the witch in a red cloth pouch that is closed with a blue bead (against the evil eye). Consecrate them as if they were the real tools to activate the intent. These replicas symbolize the witch's working tools & transfer their accumulated power to you wherever you go. Old time examples were made by a blacksmith &'fastened on a nail bent into a ring. Hobby stores today sell charms in jewelry making supplies.

A Word Sigil is a spell made up of the letters of your written intention. Write the goal on paper in a few present tense words. Cross out the vowels and duplicate letters so only one of each consonant remains, like a text message (tx msg). Rearrange the remaining letters artfully in any way - upright, reversed, exaggerated - into a pleasing hieroglyph. Cut the sigil out or transfer it to clean paper. Activate it. Then burn it to transform it which is a key step with word sigils. Our words must be transformed to manifest. Dispose of the ash or reuse it in a jar or charm bag.

Knot spells would use a piece of natural fiber twine or woolen yarn as long as your forearm to be tied with 9 knots. Don't pull so tightly that you cannot untie the knots. Use white twine as all-purpose. Say one line of the charm while forming a knot, then blow a breath of power through the loop, or peer at the Moon through the loop just as you pull it closed to capture the Moon in the loop. Repeat the process in sequence for all 9 knots & KNOW that the goal is done.

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
!

Do the knot tying during an appropriate weekday to set the intention & store the string in a safe place until the best moon phase for your goal. Then to release your intent you untie the knots to release the knot's power & then burn the untied string to transform it. You can scatter the ashes or flush them in flowing water. In the days of sailing ships Sailors were known to buy a 3-knot wind spell from wharf witches & untie a knot to release a desirable wind. A knot spell is also a binding spell & as long as the knots remain tied the intent is held in place. To hold/bind permanently you would burn the string without untying the knots. The knots cannot then be undone & are thus bound. You will have changed the last line to "by knot nine (name, thing or deed) is entwined".

A witch's ladder is a different chain of 5 knots for wish-fulfillment, 7 knots for good luck, or 13 knots for protection that are tied in twine with bundled twigs (oak, ash, thorn) or feathers tied into the knots. To activate it the completed chain is swung hypnotically like a pendulum. Lock on a witchy gaze while whispering your purpose 3 times & pushing the fire in the belly into the chain. Then it is hung in a tree to assist traversing the 3 realms as the trees branches reach to the celestial realm, the trunk inhabits the mundane realm, and the roots pierce the underworld. Remember to thank the tree. The ladder spell can be cancelled by tossing the whole chain into a flowing stream.

Stroking Stones can be used to gently stroke across an injury to draw out pain as a healing chant is spoken, as well as used for remote healing & influencing. Choose any water-smoothed stone for healing as Water has life-giving force. Be prepared to spend an hour rocking fore 'n aft &' side-to-side as you stroke the stone while softly chanting: "Stone to stone, bone to bone, flesh to flesh, vein to vein, (name) is whole again." Keep it up until you mentally fade out or have some other indication you've reached your maximum capacity & can stop. Any stone will hold an intent until something dislodges it. Stones are the skeleton of Gaia. Wishing stones have colored bands encircling them symbolizing the circle's cone of power & are stroked to aid manifesting desires. Map stones have lines traversing & intersecting across their surface symbolizing Ley lines & ghost-tracks & can be stroked to aid spirit travel. Wash used stones between spells to clear & reset them.

Ordinary stones we find laying on the ground can have (+) active, Solar energy, or (-) passive, Lunar energy. Employ a pendulum to determine which polarity a stone has. Use the solar stones for dominance, overcoming and repelling, and short-term tasks as the Sun's cycle repeats daily; and use Lunar stones for nurturing, psychism, attraction and long-term tasks as the lunar cycle repeats monthly. Wash stones with running water &'refresh them after use by re-placing them on the earth. 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 more cleansing light to empower them. Stones do need to be psychically charged & any stone will hold an intention until something dislodges it. White Quartz is abundant & in-tune with Gaia's energies so is considered all-purpose.

The witch's cord or "measure" previously described in ritual tools captures the energy signature of the person whose measure is taken with a cord or twine. A proxy-measure can be made when the target is absent from a stick figure drawn in fire pit ash (or with old incense ashes) & named for the target. Use thread to measure head-to-foot (tie knots), then measure from head to chest (tie knot), chest to groin (tie knot). The measure sympathetically captures ailments & injuries & is then burned &'its ash is mixed with the stick-figure-ash & disposed of in flowing water that carries away the ailment.

The witch's own measure is worn on their person during rituals and spell crafting to reinforce their own intent, and should be stored when not use. It can be wrapped around spells-in-the-works that you want to support and let "cook" while you do other things.

Potions can use a tablespoon of each herb that you choose & enough water in the pot to cover the herbs. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by 1/2, then cool & strain. Repeat if a stronger brew is desired. Add brandy or cider vinegar equal to the remaining liquid as a preservative. Serve a teaspoon of this final brew in a cup of tea or wine. Add honey-to-taste. Activate the intent. Use only safe kitchen herbs with the magical properties you want for brews you will drink or add to the bath. Brews used as aerosols usually are added strained & cooled to an equal amount of rubbing alcohol or witch hazel. Brews that get sprinkled across door stoops and pathways or poured around the foundation for protection usually have lots of salt, garlic and peppery "go-away" ingredients and need no preservatives. The simplest brew is a cup of tea, like chamomile to relax, mint to sooth the stomach, rosemary to aid recall after trance. (See "correspondences" in the WC and Wicca 101 section to find herb properties.)

HOW 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.

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 best as the moon grows (waxing moon); repelling/reducing 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's best timing. Associations are shown by weekday, planet, color & purpose:

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, bottle/jar, knots, stone, sigil, or potion & assemble what you have on hand to hold the spell.

Charge to activate your intent by pushing the fire in the belly & the desired goal into the the assembled items. 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 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 identifying tag-locks.

Law of Sympathy - 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

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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

Do you mean how would you cut a branch for table legs without killing the tree? Same as wand-cutting: Use a sturdy hand saw with a drop cloth on the ground to prevent it from touching the sod & losing it's virtue into the earth. Cut at dawn or in cold weather so the sap isn't running. Address the tree and explain the purpose. Leave an offering of bread.

If you take the entire tree down it's possible the roots will regrow in time. You could provide a miniature habitat to replace the one you are taking. Use all of the tree as you would any living creature if you were hunting.
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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

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THINGS THAT ARE BETWEEN

There are special times, things & places all around us that witches believe contribute to 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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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, pg. 4). Energy used in casting circles passes right through walls the same way telepathy & visionary experiences do.

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 make a potion) & 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. Draw a star on a smooth stone with a wet finger for a pentacle nobody else can see after it dries.

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 pouches & decorate with a marking pen
Coffee/Tea/Cocoa - make appealing brewed offerings and add zest to spells used dry
Envelopes - reuse to make spell packets, decorate with pen, & fold compactly
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
Scissors - use to cut-up-to-transform spells as substitute for burning-to-transform
Stones - white quartz=all purpose; smooth=healing, banded=wishing, lined=travel, holy=protection
Twine, Yarn - use for Measure-cord & knot magic
Water - powerful offering; use in potions & transformation spells frozen>wet>steam>evaporate
Weeds, flowers - Make God's Eye & Bridget crosses; equal-armed cross (+) reps 4 Quarters & Center
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