[Witchy tag] The big one!

    Hey guys! I know, I knowAnother witchy tag. I like them. I’m sorry. This one should be the last one for a while, because this is a big one. It is a whopping 77 questions, which I took shamelessly from here. I don’t feel too bad about it because at the end of hers she does tag the reader. With that aside, let’s get to it!

Do you use runes as a written language?

      I do! Or…. I know how to. I learned when I got obsessed with the hobbit and kept a journal in the Elder-Futhark  runes. I remember my step-dad saw me writing in the runes on Christmas and was like… offended? I was literally writing about my day and was drawing a Hurricane symbol because there was a hurricane on the coast I was concerned about. 

Do you feel you have natural gifts such as (premonitions, hearing spirits) and if so do you think this is what led you to this path?

      Like I said in a previous tag, I think it was the first one… or maybe I said something different because I don’t recall mentioning my prophetic dreams. When I was a kid I had prophetic dreams and I’ve always been an empath. I can sense the energy in a room and tell when something is off or when someone is feeling a strong emotion. Sometimes I can feel when someone shuts themselves off to me, it’s like a door slamming in my face. 

What deity do you work with if any and why?

       Right now I do a lot of work with Hecate, because she came forward and claimed me once Athena stepped to the side. I tend to work with a lot of the same goddess for a long period of time and pretty much call the gods as I need them. That’s just because I haven’t been claimed by a god yet. I’m okay with that! If/When I do, though I’m ready! I evidently like to honor my deities with tattoos. Hecate got hers over the weekend.

Witchy Tattoo!- Triple Moon Hecate
The tattoo in question, I designed it myself with the help of an image I was using as reference. There were no tattoos online like this. Had to go and make it myself.

    If you’re interested in the design itself, I posted it to my witchy Instagram, Rowan Lunara Cyrene. The tattoo itself got 130+ likes on instagram, so I figured I’d post the art for it just in case.

Have you always worked with this same deity?

      When you say ‘always’ do you consistently forever? If so, then no. If you mean have I had a relationship with them for the whole time I was a practicing witch, then yes.

Do you use any personal items in your practice, (blood, semen, tears, urine, etc)?

     Nope. Unless you count energy as a personal item.

Do you do pass life readings or have ever had one done; who where you or how did you die?

      I went into this in more detail in the first tag, but I haven’t had a reading done since I grew up, but I do still have a memory from my past life. Long story short, I was a man and my wife and I were helping people evade taxes in England and my wife was taken to the tower to be executed or held at trial. I fled and I can’t recall my death. I just remember them taking her away.

What is your favorite magical tool?

     My gems!

What is a song or type of music that gets you into a witchy mood?

      I don’t have like a witchy soundtrack, but I know I used to vibe to some music from Rouroni Kenshin. I think it was his training music? It sounded like this reed flute and the whole song was beautiful. I do also tend to really like Celtic Flute music for getting me into that the right headspeace. 

Where is the most magical place you have ever been?

       I still don’t have a great answer to this… for me I can feel the magic and the flow of the energy around me when I’m outside under the moonlight and I can almost let it take me away.

What animal is your familiar if any?

     My cat Sebastian is my familiar! 

If you have a familiar, did you choose them or did they choose you?

      I went more into detail in that first tag post, so I’ll not bore you here. But I was called to him and he chose me. So it was a thing where we picked each other. 

What in the craft are you best at (tarot, spells, ritual,) etc?

     I don’t know… I think right now I’m feeling pretty good with my spell work involving protection. 

What in the craft would you say you are weaker at?

     Intuitive reading and probably a lot else, like I was saying in the very last tag post, I fell in and out the path for a good number of years so there’s a lot I need to work on.

What is your most favorite part of your craft (spell writing, divination, etc)?

     The first thing that comes to mind is that I love feeling the energy around me. I love identifying who/what I’m dealing and feeling the emotions come through me. When I was sitting on lunch break and I kept catching frankincense for no reason (for the 3rd day in a row) and Hecate’s name popped into my head. I asked if it was her and the pure elation I felt at the moment was something else.

    I love being able to sense and communicate with spirits even if I have to do it with tools for the time being. 

What was the first witchy tool you ever purchased?

     Do Tarot cards count as a tool? Because, I’m pretty sure it was my first deck of tarot cards.  

What was your first homemade tool for your practice?

     I… don’t think I’ve made anything yet, I’m wanting the first tool-tool I make to be my wand. But for that I need to find wood. I was wanting Rowan but every time I think about a Rowan wand I have the word YEW pop up in my head. So I’m looking for some Yew to make my wand out of.

What are you feelings on raising kids in the craft?

     I don’t think we should raise children to be anything in particular and let them choose the path for themselves like my family did. My mother, though she put me on this path through exposure, gave me the option. She showed me what was here and didn’t pressure me into believing. Because of that, I was able to look into and investigate other faiths and see how they felt to me. 

     Any sort of indoctrination of the future generations would be avoided in a perfect world, we all deserve the right to choose our paths.

If you were a goddess or god, who would you be?

     Athena! I’m very, very protective of those I love. I’m also crafty, I do all manner of matronly crafts like crochet and knitting. And I’ll fight you, though I like to err on the side of diplomacy.          

Do you use astrology in your practice? In what ways?

     I don’t- but it’s something I’m currently looking into.

What if any ways could you practice dark magic and still respect the beliefs of Wicca?

      Like I said in a previous tag, magick is neither light nor dark. The practitioner makes it so. Wiccans, from what I recall, do no magick without the consent of the recipient if it’s anyone but themselves. They don’t affect will or manipulate through magickal means. That being said, in my somewhat small understanding, I don’t think you can do dark magick (dark magick being that which ignores free will, or harms) and respect Wicca.

Do you have any witches in your family?

    I don’t- my mother was as close as I have and she was never like, an actual witch as far as I know. 

What item can you not witch without?

      I can witch without anything, really. It’s the witch that makes the magick, not the tools.

What is your favorite sabbat or time of year ritual?

      Samhain, since it’s the only one I’ve really done. This is my first Yule as a rededicant. 

Have you ever had a YouTube burn out?

      Oh yeah. A lot. That’s when I switch from whatever I’m watching to a different subject matter. I generally cycle between True Crime, Beauty, Horror/Paranormal, Art and Witchy channels. It’s even better if they can combine any number of these. Harmony Nice does Witchy/Wicca videos and sprinkles in crime and paranormal. I love it!

What is your fav witchy shop, and do they have an online store?

      My favorite is probably my first. It’s called Mystical Treasures Emporium and it’s in Montgomery, Alabama. They have a website, but not an online store.

When buying witchy items, do they choose you or do you choose them?

      They choose me… Most of the time. Sometimes I just really, really want something so I pick it online without knowing if it will vibe with me. I do greatly prefer to go in person and see what calls me.

How do you organize your herbs/ingredients?

      I have a lot of little cork bottles, herb jars and small plastic bags. Right now all of my dried herbs are in a white shoe box, though I do want to get another little shelf for my altar so I can make an apothecary shelf for my herbs and oils.   

Do you have interest in other deities that you don’t work with; if so, which ones?

      I particularly like the Norse deities, and the Egyptian though I haven’t worked with Freya or Isis in years and years. I have an interest in Hades, but haven’t worked with him at all.

Do you have a fav time of day to do spell work; if so, why?

     Between 10PM and midnight, for sure. I feel like the energy is just better at this time to perform spell work. 

Are you solitary or do you work with a coven?

     Solitary- I tend to work alone while I figure things out. I want to take in information and figure out what it means to me in particular. Once I have a firm footing, I would love to join a coven. 

If you could pick a certain witchcraft tradition that fits your practice most what would it be (Druid, Celtic, Wicca etc)?

     Honestly? Out of those listed, Wicca. But, I did find that Wicca didn’t feel right to me when I defined myself under that label. I’m eclectic, so I adopt and adapt a lot of different beliefs from across the board into my own path.

What was the most creative spell you have ever done. What did you use?

     Like I said in the previous tag when I answered this question, I’m not really too creative with my spells despite considering myself an artist. I did a prosperity spell bag with lots of herbs and stones, made the bag myself and topped it with a sigil and some yellow yarn to close it off. 🙂

What do you prefer for divination (tarot, oracle, runes ,etc, and why?

     The Tarot cards. No doubt. I have runes but they intimidate me, I have Oracle cards, but I don’t think I like them. I have t̶w̶o̶ Four pendulums and while I do love them, I’m not sure if I’m projecting when I do those readings. My tarot decks all have different personalities and my favorite is the Goddess deck, as it has lots of maternal energy and really tries to tell me what I need to know in the kindest way possible.

What are some ways you keep yourself grounded?

     I’ll generally light my candles and turn out the lights, plop myself in front of them and stare into the flame while taking deep, slow breaths and trying to rein my thoughts and slow them down to a lull.

Have you ever had a spell go horribly wrong?

      I don’t think so… the closest I can figure to a spell going wrong, was a Samhain ritual where I didn’t cast a circle and I spent the next three days feeling like… super dark energy in my altar room. I remember that I snuffed the candles and then basically ran to bed and had the freakiest nightmares.

What are your opinions on initiation rituals?

    I feel like I don’t understand them enough to have an opinion quite yet. Aren’t they only really important in a coven setting?

Have you ever had full contact with your deity; if so, what happened?

     Full Contact? I don’t know what that means in this context. When Athena had claim over me, I would feel her near me and sometimes she would make the Athena card in one of my decks jump out to let me know she was there. Most recently, Hecate made contact with me. Nothing crazy has happened insofar, I was smelling frankincense everywhere for no discernible reason and I kept getting words like her name pop into my head. She’s very responsive.

What about you is un witchy?

     Umm…. just about everything? I draw anime, obsessed with coffee, love technology (yes, I know tech witchery is a thing) and I generally have a lot of areas where I could incorporate witchcraft but I don’t.

For the dating witch, how do you tell a new love interest that you are a witch?

      Honestly? It’s one of the first things I bring up. I’m not particularly shy about it. I wear my Greek coin and pentacle and spell vials…. I don’t really hide it. They know what they’re getting into.

Who is a past witch that has inspired you ,famous or not?

     I… don’t know….

How do you handle rejection from a fellow witch that refuses to do a reading or spell for you?

     I don’t, because I do things on my own and tend not to ask for other witches to cast spells for me. I got this.

Do you think it is necessary to cast a circle when you do spell work or any magical working?

     I’m not going to go too far into this, but I’ll say it’s a good idea. Per my Samhain ritual where I don’t know what I invited into my home, I recommend a circle be cast.

If Steven Spielberg called and wanted to make a movie of your life, who would you want to play as you?

     What kind of question is this? Samuel L Jackson, of course.

What is some advice that was given to you that you pass along because it made an impact on your path?

    I have no guidance from an older witch from any point of my practice. It’s sad.

What is some advice you would give someone who has not found their diety?

    It’ll come to you. Don’t stress it. It’s not really as imperative as some would have you believe. For starters you can either just honor the divine feminine and masculine energies or look for the Pantheons that really speak to you, or for a deity that you’re particularly close to. Start with the witchy basics and learn all you can, your deity will come to you when they’re ready and when you have the skillset under your belt. 

Where do you buy your herbs?

    Ebay or Etsy. I would buy them locally but like, there aren’t any witchy places near me that sell a variety of herbs. Especially not a variety of herbs together and that will get expensive really fast.

How did you feel casting your first circle (silly, scared, stumbling, etc)?

     Definitely felt a little silly. But now that I’m getting more used to casting the circle, I feel more powerful and protected when calling on the elements and my guides/deities. I’m still not sure how I want to open the circle, but that’ll come with time.

What was your first successful spell?

    I don’t know if this it too optimistic but I think my first successful spell was a Storm Calling spell, I don’t know if it was going to rain anyway or if I helped it along but whatever the case it bolstered my confidence for my later spells.

What is your general practice for meditation?

     I still don’t meditate very much, though it’s definitely something I need to do. I went into my cleansing meditation in the previous post.

Are you a day walker or a night comer?

     I had to google this. Penny Dreadful? Really? I don’t believe in devils, so by that logic I guess I’m a day walker?

How and when did you know you wanted to be on this path?

     It wasn’t a specific point where I knew for I wanted to be on this path, I just always knew. From the time I was a child I was casting spells, talking to spirits and making ‘potions’. I mean, I did fall on and off the path, but I’ve always known it’s for me. I just haven’t always known what to do with that information. 

What type of pagan are you (Wiccan, eclectic, hedge, etc)?

     Eclectic, hands down. With some Lunar leanings and Chaos Magick for good measure. I’m incorporating more Green Witchery right now, too!

What candle color do you use most?

     Black, since I’ve been doing a lot of protective work. Otherwise I tend to lean on the white candles for their all purpose capabilities.

What area would you like to see your craft grow in?

     All of them. Is all of them a good answer, because I would like to grow in everything. I guess the main thing I want to expand in is my confidence in my craft. In a recent card spread where I asked how I can better serve Hecate, I was told to trust myself. I think I lack that in almost all aspects of my life, not to get too real on you guys. That pretty much ties in with my other main goal of enhancing my intuition and being more fluid with my cards.

What is your preference, to buy or make your witchy tools?

    Right now it’s to buy tools, because while I know it’s not the look of the tool that matters… I’m still wanting my stuff to look nice, you know? I think the one thing I really want to make myself, is my wand to make sure I have that connection behind it.

What fictional witch book/screen inspired you the most?

     Not a particular witch, but the movie The Craft. Let me tell you, that movie woke up something in me that hasn’t shut up ever since. Also, did you know that when they called on the elements at the beach it was an actual calling of the corners. Every time they filmed that part it would storm, and they eventually had to just keep it as it was.

    I actually found this to illustrate that freaky stuff went down during their calling of the corners.

” During the invocation of the spirit scene on the beach a bunch of spooky shit went down. A colony of bats appeared and lingered on set, the waves rose up and extinguished the candles used for the scene and when Nancy was calling for the spirit to “fill her” the set lost power.

With your first spell where you alone or in a coven?

     Considering I’ve always been solitary, it was alone.

What is your favorite candle, incense scent for magical purposes?

    I’m obsessed with Dragon Blood and sometimes Myrrh for offerings and getting into a headspace to do  witchy spellwork. 

Where is your favorite place to go to reconnect with nature?

     Under the moonlight, pretty much. I’m terrified of woods at night, but a nice peaceful clearing in the woods is also lovely to touch base with Gaia and really feel connected to my own witchy-ness.

Do you believe in fantasy creatures (unicorns, gnomes, elves, fairies, etc)?

     Honestly?? Right now, that’s something I question. Like the belief in Demons, I’m trying to figure out how they all fit into my particular system of beliefs. While I don’t staunchly disbelieve in them, I won’t say that I’m devout either. I will say this, though, I do want to believe. 

Do you believe in ghosts/spirits?

     YES.

Would you ever teach the craft?

    Once I get a good foothold, I don’t see why I wouldn’t teach people witchy things. But I first have to kind of pinpoint what’s integral to me and what sort of Witchcraft I lean towards. I do tend to try to help people if I’m asked something directly or if someone expresses an interest in something I have knowledge in.  

What if any legal herb do you use for moods?

     I… don’t. I did try a CBD lollypop recently and I did notice an elevated mood. But possibly a placebo? I don’t really like to rely on things to perk me up or shift my moods (except for COFFEE, of course!), because I’m stubborn. I do have some Lemongrass oil and it’s hard for me to be angry when I smell that, so maybe essential oils are onto something?

What is the most recent spell/ritual you have done? (slight detail please)

    Do I have to go into detail? I prepared a spell vial with herbs and gems, to facilitate psychic awareness, protection from negative entities and spirit calling. I invoked Hecate to aid me in this goal and did a short ritual to enchant the vial and awaken the herbs/gems. I then placed the vial under the moonlight, thanked Hecate and left her an apple cut shortways as thanks for showing herself to me and aiding me.

Do you have a happy place you go to during meditation?

     I can’t visualize, so nope.

What is your favorite witchy book?

    I don’t have a favorite right now, but I’m really enjoying Scott Cunningham and anything involving Hecate. 

Do you have a ritual to get ready before a ritual or spell? (what is it)

    Not really, though it’s something I’m figuring out.

Do you always use your own spells or do you tweak others?

     It depends if I can find a spell that meshes with my intent, if it’s close but no cigar, I’ll tweak it. Otherwise I generally completely do my own spells from the ground up.

Do you prefer spells/ritual inside or outside?

     The main ritual is indoors with a shorter secondary ritual beneath the moon.

If you are coming from a Christian/catholic background. Did you find the transition hard with family and the whole going to Hell thing? Basically leaving all you been told was right to pursue a witchy things?

     I never felt a connection to the Judeo-Christian faith, and believe me, I tried. I read the bible and took notes. I attended church, I don’t think I ever really gave it too much regard beyond I guess trying to make that connection for my families sake. I remember going to Vacation Bible School and hearing people tell me “Let jesus into your heart!”, all I could do was imagine Jesus knocking on a door and getting exasperated with my utter refusal to let him anywhere near me. 

    It never felt right and actually, felt rather invasive to me. Always being watched by an entity, at all times might be a comfort to some. But for me, it made me deeply uncomfortable. My family did tell me I was going to hell, in fact they also told the children in the family. My dear sweet cousins were also told that their Beloved cousin was going to hell because she hated Jesus. 

    It was always my belief that as long as I don’t go out into the world wreaking havoc and hurting people, then even if I’m wrong, whatever energy is out there that I’m going to meet when I die will know that I was a good person. If I’m going to hell anyway, I’d rather do it honestly. For a little while, I did wrestle with the arguments from my own blood but eventually decided it’s my life and my path literally doesn’t effect them so I embraced my witchy-ness.

What are your totem animals?

     I don’t know if I’ve given that too much deep thought in a few years. I don’t know if I even have one, but I did used to feel a deep connection to moths.

What are some things you reuse after spells/ritual work?

    Everything,  to be honest. I reuse my candles, Athame, offering dish….   

Who helped you most when you starting on your witchy path?

     The library! I used to live in libraries! I would spend hours looking at books and flipping through their pages. This was especially endlessly useful when my family took my books and first altar. It could have been worse, they could have banned me from the library but to be fair, I still would have gone in.

Do you know any good witchy phone apps (like moon phases)?

    I do have the moon phases app, aside from that I use…

  1. Picture This, which identifies plants. You can pay for thr $20 a year subscription or wrack up free identifies by checking in and watching ads. Since I’m doing more green witchey this is super great for me because I’m very interested in knowing what I can use certain plants for.
  2. Labyrinthos is another app I use a fair bit. It’s kind of like tarot flash cards? If you’re trying to learn card meanings, I recommend this! My one qualm is that it doesn’t use the OG Rider-Waite deck, but rather some that are super minimal. I feel like I’d be better at connecting the meanings to the card if I had all of the symbols and illustrations available to me.

What is your favorite witchy/magical study?

        Right now anything to do with correspondences. I’m enjoying learning about what attributes things have. Besides that, I’m enjoying learning all I can about Hecate and her history.    

Outside of the YouTube and Facebook community, do you have a lot of witchy friends in the physical world?

     If you had asked me this when I started this post like a month or more ago, I would have said no. But I’ve managed to make a couple of friends. One is a witch of 10-ish years and another is just starting her path after being called to it by her deity.

Do you feel that the deities we work with are a force from one higher power and that all beliefs and religions are from the same one God/place?

    Honestly, I don’t know. I used to feel like the gods were just one energy source with multiple names to fit your practice. Their very invocation was a tool. But after Hecate reached out to me, I think I’m of the mind that there’s basically an infinite number of gods. I’m still fleshing some stuff out with my own beliefs, but honestly just one huge mega-god creeps me out and I’m inclined to believe there’s more than one and that they don’t watch me while I shower.

35 Witchy Questions tag! (tag one!)

    Hey guys! We have another tag post, this one focusing on the witchy side of JNJ. I figured I’d do a magick tag to sort of introduce this new subject matter. I borrowed this from The Spirit Garden on wordpress, so totally check them out or copy this Tag to fill out yourself! 

1. Do you feel you have natural gifts such as (premonitions, hearing spirits) and if so do you think this is what led you to this path?

  I’m fairly clairsentient, very much an empath. Sometimes it’s hard to pin down where my feelings end and someone else’s begin. I used to be able to sense the energy in rooms very quickly as a child, but as I grew up I started blocking that out. Which is part of why I’m throwing myself back in whole-heartedly, I’m upset that I shut that part of myself off. I don’t know if it lead me to this path though, to be honest.  Really, I can sense environmental energy and spirits to an extent, though it’s muffled. I hope to be be able to connect to them more strongly so I can get a grip on them again.

2. What deity do you work with if any and why? 

     I do! My spell work calls on the Greek Pantheon most times, unless I feel really pulled to invoke someone else. I’ve been doing a fair amount of work with Hecate and Plutus lately.  As for why, I just felt drawn to this Pantheon from a young age. It started with a wild love of Mythology and Athena in particular. 

3. Have you always worked with this same deity? 

     Kind of? I used to work with Hecate when I was just starting off, because she’s considered the Goddess of Witches and has an association with the moon. I’ve always loved to look up at the moon and lose my breath in it’s glow. Then I was called to Athena for years… after finally noticing (like 6 years later). Now I feel like I’m being relinquished from Athena and Hecate is stepping in. I’m not hurt, just kind of honored that the first Goddess I ever worked with is coming forward for me.

4. Do you do past life readings and have you ever had one done? 

      I don’t and I haven’t. Though I do seem to have a memory that may originate from a past life. I want to preface this with saying that my mother and I have known each other before. In this memory I have, I’m a man and I’m tall/slender. I have brown hair kept somewhat long, as it more than brushes my ear lobes. 

     We had a little cottage or hut of some sort outside of London, the image of it is hazy now. It wasn’t very luxe but was warm and safe enough. This was around the time the London Tower was a jail/prison/death sentence. My wife at the time, my current mother, and I were helping people who were unable to pay their dues to the King/Government. I’m not sure if we could afford to pay our dues either, but we were still doing our best to help those who definitely couldn’t.

      Somehow, word got out of what we were doing. It boiled down to straight-up tax evasion. My last memory from this time is them coming to get my wife and I. We were the only ones in our home so we were the only ones to be caught from this, as far as I know. When they came with their wagon with the bars on the windows, I tried to get her to flee with me. She didn’t make it out with me and I had to watch them take her away.

    I remember her face peering through the bars as her hands, still coated in soot from the small fire inside, gripped the bars. I ran. Shamefully, I booked it to the woods as fast and as far as I could. At some point I tripped and my memory ends with me looking at my distraught reflection in a puddle in the middle of a dirt path.

5. What is/are your favorite magickal tool(s)? 

      Gems. Definitely gems. They can do everything and they can bring you power, disperse negativity, ease your mind… gems, hands down. And I suppose, Tarot cards, as I’ve been reading them since I was a child. 

6. Where is the most magickal place you have ever been? 

    I feel like for me it’s any place I am, especially if there’s moonlight beaming down. Or a clearing in the woods with a babbling river nearby. 

7. What animal is your familiar if any? 

      My cat Sebastian is my familiar. When I go to my altar to do spellwork, I close out the cats so they can’t get into my room. He will freak out outside of the door to be let in. When he was a baby, I had my altar stuff boxed up and no matter what I did he would find his way into that box.

    We’re also very emotionally intune with each other.

 

8. If you have a familiar, did you choose them or did they choose you? 

       I think we chose each other. I went to the animal shelter to get a specific cat, his name was Damien. When I went, he was in quarentine for treatment. I almost left and came back another day, but I looked behind the receptionist and say this little grey kitten in one of the compartments. His ear was clipped and he had no tail, he was looking right at me and just screaming. I caved in, I had to see that cat.

    The moment he was placed in my arms he purred up the biggest storm and held on to me. 15 minutes and $80 dollars later I was walking out with him. Best $80 I’ve ever spent. 

9. What in the craft are you best at? 

       My gut instinct is to say “I don’t know”, not to sell myself short or anything but I want to be able to give an actual answer some day!

10. What in the craft would you say you are weaker at? 

       Intuitive reading. Definitely. Because I get in my own way. I’ll have a flash of something in my head and it’ll make perfect sense but I’ll push it away because I don’t know where it came from. To be fair though, I’m probably weak at a fair bit. Just because my path has been kind of bumpy over the year and I’m just now getting back to it despite being a non-practicing witch for over a decade. 

11. What is your most favorite part of your craft? 

      The feeling of connecting to the energy around me. Today when I realized that Hecate was calling me, I got such a feeling of excitement and just pure elation. It’s the feeling of being able to tap into and utilize something greater than myself.  To help not just myself, but those around me. 

    I love that I’m able to work closely with my deities and feel their whispers around me, and their protection. I love how it makes me feel like a whole person now that I’m getting back to it after so long. I’m feeling connected and I feel empowered. It’s doing wonders for my mental health too!

13. What was the first craft tool you ever made? 

     I… don’t think I’ve made a tool, per se. I’ve been making spell vials and satchets lately. Do sigils count as tools? I’ve been brainstorming stuff to make, so I probably should make some tools. If I can find a rowan tree or yew tree, I’ll make a wand!

14. Do you use astrology in your practice?  

      I don’t! Though I’ve been interested in it for a while, I just don’t know how much, if any, credence I give to it beyond just generalized information. I’m looking into it more, like I am with numerology to kind of see where I stand on it. 

15. What, if any, ways could you practice dark magick and still respect the beliefs of Wicca?  

       I’m not Wiccan, though I did used to be years ago. I think magick is all in intent. Magick is neither white nor black, it just is. The witch makes it white or black. With that in mind, so long as you’re not trying to override the will of others or you should be fine.

16. Do you have any other witches in your family? 

      I wish! My mother started me on this path as a child but she transitioned to more an agnostic/almost-christian mindset and I’m not sure where she stands right now. When I came out of the broom closet my parents took all of my books… to this day I wonder what they did with it. And if I’m being honest, I’m still a little sore about that whole ordeal.

17. What magick item can you not witch without? 

     Nothing. Like a good camera doesn’t make a photographer, a tool doesn’t make a witch. Even without the tools, I’d still be a witch. I like to have the tools, though.

18. Do you have a favorite time of day to do spell work? 

     Absolutely! I like 10PM-Midnight for my spell work!

19. Are you solitary or do you work with a coven? 

     Solitary! Though I have met a couple of local witches, I don’t want to tie myself in with a coven yet. I am very interested in covens for my future, though.

20. If you could pick a certain witchcraft tradition that fits your practice most what would it be?

      I feel like I’m mostly eclectic in my path, though I do borrow strongly from Lunar magicks. I do most of my workings around the moon phases and honor Hecate accordingly. 

21. What was the most creative spell you have ever done, and what did you use?  

     I’m really just starting to spread my wings with my spell work, so I don’t view my workings as particularly creative. I view them as juvenile in comparison to other witches. But, I did make a money spell sachet for myself and my fiance to use. I made the bag myself with white cloth and thread. Filled it with every herb that I had to correspond with wealth, prosperity and luck. Likewise tossed in some cleansed and blessed gems to correspond with the goal.  I topped it off with gold/yellow yarn to cinch it closed and put my Prosperity sigil on it.

    It was the first time I had ever used sigil magick in conjunction with anything else, and of course the bag was more than a bag. I also did cast my circle, did an invokation of Plutus (and likewise gave him an offering) after doing the incantation. 

22. What do you prefer to use for divination? 

     I really prefer tarot cards for the most part, though I don’t use them as often as I used to. I’ve taken to pendulums recently, though I don’t know if I can trust them with my subconscious pulling the strings in the background.

   I was recently called quite strongly to get a pendulum from the local occult store though, so I may try connecting to that one more. It’s a beautiful amethyst pendulum which ties in with my whole psychic awareness kick I’m on. 

23. What do you do to ground yourself? 

       Deep breaths and I try to sweep my thoughts from my mind. I don’t know really how to meditate since I have a lovely thing called aphantasia, and a lot of meditations I see are completely centered around visualizations…. which I can’t do. Truthbetold though, that is part of the reason I’m getting to into my craft again. I want to see if I can stimulate my third eye and get that lazy ***** to open. 

24. Have you ever had a spell go horribly wrong? 

      I haven’t!… or not that I’m aware of.

25. What are your opinions on initiation rituals? 

     Honestly? I don’t know anything about them/

26. How do you handle rejection from a fellow witch that refuses to do a reading or spell for you?

     Bold of you to assume that I ask other witches for things. For the most part I do everything for myself, in the event where I’m not doing it for myself, I’m doing it for others. It’s not cool to ask someone to expend their energy for you and then get mad when they say no, but I wouldn’t even ask. 

27. Do you think it is necessary to cast a circle when you do spell work or any magickal working? 

      Not previously… but lately? Yeah. It’s totally necessary to create a protective barrier between yourself and whatever else wants to come forward when you’re opening yourself up. For Samhain 2018, I did a ritual for the Sabbath but I didn’t cast a circle or invoke my deities or my guides for protection and I felt so threatened that I had to leave my room. It took me days to be able to go back in there, because every time I did I felt to oppressed.

    You may not need  do a full circle and invokation every time you work a spell, but I’m of the opinion (now) that it’s a good idea to be protected even if it’s something simple. 

28. What is your general practice for meditation? 

     Generally, I don’t really. I like to (try to) meditate in the bath under a full moon when I’m doing my monthly cleansing. I just (attempt to) visualize or imagine all of the negativity that attached itself to me over the month getting trapped in a ball of white light between my hands until I can feel the ball between my hands. 

    When no more negativity or darkness can fit, I release it skywards to be recycled and purified. I do this three times. Afterwards, I continue with just a pure white ball of light between my hands absorbing the light of the moon and  my intent. Once I can feel that, I wash myself with it (bring my hands to my face and feel the pure light energy enter my being). That is also done three times.

29. When and how did you know you wanted to be on this path? 

     I grew up with my mother showing me the tarot cards and teaching me how to see auras, a skill I have since forgotten. From a young age, I realized that I was much more in tune with the elements rather than the judeo-christian God. I was told I was going to Hell by my family and in my late teens, I tried really hard to find some sliver of myself that was on that Christian path, and it threw me into a depressive tailspin because I felt horrible that everyone else was able to find this love and life and all I found was pain. I thought I was broken.

    In my early twenties, I started calling myself a witch again when I realized that it was the one thing in my life that was constant. In short, the path is my home. When I was a child, before my family tried to crush it out of me, I feel like I had a connection to the path that was true and strong. And now that I’m nearing my 30s it’s back in full swing. I’m back where I belong. 

30. What candle color do you use most? 

       Lately,  black. I’ve been doing a lot of protective work for myself and others, so I’m using lots of black candles. Otherwise, I use a lot of white too, especially for my cleansing rituals.

31. What area would you like to see your craft grow in? 

      Is all of them an option? I feel like I have a lot of room to grow in so many directions. Honestly, I want to see my divination blossom through intuitive reading, I want to be more confident in the runes… I want to be more intune to the rhythms around me and grow my empathy. 

32. What is your preference, to buy or make your tools? 

     I feel like you can make or buy them- like, if you buy them, you can cleanse them of  outside energy and then imbue it with your own. But if you really want that connection with a tool from the start, I’d say making it is your best bet. 

33. What is your favorite candle and/or incense scent for magickal purposes?

     My favorite candle is either black for straight protection, or white for it’s all purpose capabilities. For my incense, I enjoy dragon’s blood (a lot), for meditative practices (when I try) or just ritual work invoking the gods. 

34. Would you ever teach the craft? 

     I’m not averse to teaching it, but I know I have a long way to go before I get to that point. These posts on here are going to be more about my own path and experiences rather than teaching anyone anything. 

35. What are your totem animals? 

     I don’t know if I particularly feel drawn to any animals really, I used to have a lot of experiences with moths a few years ago. I haven’t been feeling any particular tug towards anything in particular, though I do wonder if Owls have a meaning to me because they’re on my mind a lot at the moment. 

Tag; Step into Spring!

    Hey guys, so here’s another instance of me inviting myself to a party that I wasn’t invited to. I really like tags, probably because I kind of had my start on DeviantArt back about a decade ago, when there were so many people doing tags in their posts. That’s not strictly blogging, but I do recall doing so. many. tags. 

     I know that I’ve been quiet this week, I don’t have a reason or excuse other than I just… had no energy. No matter how many coffees I drink to cheer myself up, I still feel lackluster. I’m wondering if the prospect of braving these 49 days to my big trip has me feeling down. It’s really likely.

     Today’s post is another Question and Answer style post, this one in a valiant effort to remind myself that it’s spring. I welcome you guys to take part too on the platform of your choice!

1. What 3 colours remind you most of Spring?

      For me, it’s definitely baby yellow, pastel purple and soft pink. I remember growing up and eating peeps with the rest of the children after hunting for multiple pastel plastic eggs. There’s something so innately spring about pastels to me. 

2. What is the first thing you’d add to your wardrobe in Spring?

      I’m really partial to flowy bohemian style skirts and loose peasant tops for the spring. I tend to start dressing more for casual festivals then everyday life once the weather permits. 

3. What is the first wardrobe item you ditch in Spring?

     I do away with bulkier coats in favor of cardigans and colorful pull-overs. Sadly, I end up pushing any items featuring fuzzy faux fur to the back of my closet in favor of booties that are more season appropriate.

4. What are your ultimate Spring nude and Spring bright lipsticks?
    
    Please don’t judge me too harshly for this one, but I really like the Kylie Lip Kit in Apricot for my springy pink. It’s so soft and almost like a ‘grown-up’ version of the iridescent pinks I wore as a teen. I also favor more rose gold tones for my nudes, my favorite is one I don’t even know the name of.

5. What is your top Spring fragrance?

     You mean people change scents for the season? My favorite scent ever is vanilla. But if I had to pick a spring scent, it would be light and floral. Floral isn’t my usual scent, so I sadly don’t have any to use as an example for this one!

6. What do you add/drop from your skincare routine in Spring?

     My skincare routine is woefully inadequate, to be honest. I pretty much just moisturize in the morning then again at night after taking my makeup off. I try to remember to slap some moisturizer on my face when I don’t wear makeup, but more often than not, I forget.

7. Do you change your hair up in Spring?

    I change my hair up all the time! It doesn’t have to a seasonal thing. It’s just when I’m bored of what i have going on, which is what happened this time. I do notice that my current chop did take place right as the seasons were changing over. Hm. 

8. Are there any exciting beauty releases you’re waiting for this Spring?

    A few that I’m aware of right now! My favorites hail from Colour Pop, personally just for the affordability factor and their superb quality. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I did purchase (I think) 7 items from their Disney Villains collection. I ordered the palette along with Facilier’s set, then tacked on Ursula’s highlight and Cruella’s gloss

    The next one is also from Colour Pop and it’s their actual 2019 spring collection, I purchased the ‘your face is like sunshine‘ set because I have no self control, and really like the colors and the idea of getting lots of items for pretty cheap.     

    There is an honorable mention from MAC, that I haven’t purchased from. I’m lowkey proud that I haven’t gotten something from the Boom, Boom, Bloom collection, but I know it only because when I looked at it, the For the Frill of It gloss was sold out. 

9. What are your top 3 Spring nails shades?

    Definitely have to go with teal, rosy pink and champagne. Champagne is a perfect color for any season, in my humble opinion.

10. Who do you tag to do this post next?

     I did already kind of answer this question before we got started, since I don’t have any friends -sniff- that blog, I tag my lovely readers! If you do participate in this tag, please leave the link in the comments below!

Christmas Tag: Sweater Weather!

     Hey there guys! We’re cresting another day of Blogmas! (Sorry to switch up the names on you!) For today’s adventure, I found this adorable Christmas related tag! Honestly, I encourage you guys to do this one too and share it with us in the comments below! I found this over at Louise Rose’s blog, you can check out her responses hereI did change a few things about this, since they pertained to Thanksgiving and Fall, to be more Winter inclined.

 

 

1. Favourite candle scent?

You guys may remember from Yesterday’s post that I’m totally obsessed with vanilla scents and associate it with pretty much every good thing that’s ever happened to me. I really like the French Vanilla from Yankee Candle and Mainstays has this delicious smelling Hazelnut candle that smells like coffee. So, my favorite is definitely one of those two!

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Do I have to choose? I love all of these. You guys know that for me, Coffee is literally all the time. I do really enjoy tea on ocassion and cocoa is fantastic during this time of year, especially.

3. What’s the best fall memory you have?
This is the first difficult questi9on for me to answer. I guess if I had to choose, it would be when I was child. My mother dressed me as  ghost for Halloween and the entire house smelled like vanilla. I remember the coolness on the air and the promise of candy. As children we really tend to take those mundane moments for granted.

4. Which make up trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eye liner?

Oh goodness. Another toughie. I really love a dark red lip. A lot. But wings also look really great. I think if I could master wings, those would be my pick. But I think I’m going to have to give it to the lips this time. 

5. Best fragrance for fall?
I really like warm spiced scents for the fall and for the winter my favorite scents go more towards sweet and warm… like vanilla. I did recently find a wonderful Hot Cocoa body spray over Black Friday that I love for this season!

6. Favorite Christmas food?
Probably desert! I don’t know if I can really pick one. Maybe my all-time favorite dessert in the world; cheesecake!

7. What is winter weather like where you live?
Fickle, to say the least. This morning it was in the 30s and tonight it’s closer to 70. This is why I get sick, guys! I guess that’s what I signed up for staying in the south. It’s really for the best, because I have no idea what to do with snow.

8. Most worn sweater?
I don’t really have too many sweaters that I default to, other than light cardigans. My usual over-clothes-heating-solution is ordinarily one of my two black jackets. One of which I’ve had for 2 years and has seen better days, and the other a newer acquisition from JCPenny.

9. Must-have nail polish this winter?
I favor lots of Gold and metallic colors for the winter. Especially lighter ones with Holo flecks. Gold, Silver and Bronze are somehow perfect for the cooler seasons!

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
I’ll totally jump in the remaining leaf piles!

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?
Leggings! Because I feel like skinny jeans can have a tendency to accentuate things I may not want them to. Also leggings can sub for pants when you want to wear a skirt!

12. Combat boots or uggs?
Combat boots! BecauseUggs aren’t really my style.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
In my opinion… not really. I generally despise chai or spiced flavors in my drinks or anything. I think the only time I like pumpkin spice is in pumpkin pie.

14. Favourite Winter TV show?
I don’t really watch too much TV. I generally just watch Youtube videos or Hulu. Most of what I watch is true crime or beauty oriented. Sometimes I get sucked into the latest Gossip in the Beauty community.

15. What song really gets you into the Winter spirit?
If I had to pick just one, you know it has to be All I want for Christmas is you! That’s an absolutely must for this season!

Thank you again to Louise, for giving me this idea! Somehow these Christmas related posts are more difficult than I had anticipated!

Please do tweet me or comment below to let me know if/when you complete this tag post. I’m looking forward to reading your answers!

Keep an eye out for tomorrow’s post guys! We’re getting closer and closer to the big day! 🙂