The Living Wiccan
We wait, starving for moment of high magic to inspire us, but life is a banquet of common enchantment waiting for our alchemist’s eye to notice
Jacob Nordby (via thedruidsteaparty)
breelandwalker:

Travel Protection Bottle CharmIn your working space, place a vessel of water, a small container candle, a small besom or feather, and a flat, grounded stone (I used petrified wood). Have a small white taper in reserve nearby. Light the container candle.Fill small bottle with Traveller’s Luck Powder. Chant while filling:Water, fire, sky, and groundMay they keep you safe and soundCork the bottle and light the reserved candle. Continue chanting while dripping wax from the white taper candle over the cork until the bottle is sealed. Chip away excess wax until there’s just the clean cap.Brush the bottle with the feather or besom. Recite:With this broom (or feather), I sweep misfortune away….Gather the wax scrapings and drop them into the container candle, saying:…And cast it into the fire.Take a fingertip of water from the vessel and rub the bottle clean. Recite:With this water, I wash away away all danger.Place the bottle on the stone. Recite:With this stone, I bring you safely home once more.Leave the bottle on the stone while you make a knotted string basket for it to sit in (or have one ready). Tie the bottle in securely, leaving a tail for hanging. Anoint with scented oil if desired and present to the person you wish to protect.

breelandwalker:

Travel Protection Bottle Charm

In your working space, place a vessel of water, a small container candle, a small besom or feather, and a flat, grounded stone (I used petrified wood). Have a small white taper in reserve nearby. Light the container candle.

Fill small bottle with Traveller’s Luck Powder. Chant while filling:

Water, fire, sky, and ground
May they keep you safe and sound

Cork the bottle and light the reserved candle. Continue chanting while dripping wax from the white taper candle over the cork until the bottle is sealed. Chip away excess wax until there’s just the clean cap.

Brush the bottle with the feather or besom. Recite:

With this broom (or feather), I sweep misfortune away….

Gather the wax scrapings and drop them into the container candle, saying:

…And cast it into the fire.

Take a fingertip of water from the vessel and rub the bottle clean. Recite:

With this water, I wash away away all danger.

Place the bottle on the stone. Recite:

With this stone, I bring you safely home once more.

Leave the bottle on the stone while you make a knotted string basket for it to sit in (or have one ready). Tie the bottle in securely, leaving a tail for hanging. Anoint with scented oil if desired and present to the person you wish to protect.

spiritscraft:

gloriesofthemousai:

spiritscraft:

khal-winchester:

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They look like this. But, I gotta be honest, if this turns into one of those things that goes from everyone asking Khal what the hell it is to everyone doing it, I might be just a mite pissed off.

I hadn’t seen ones like the little babies and the pants ones before. I have been making the skirted ones since I was little. Those are really cool Khal!

I didn’t know other people did this! My mom and I have been making these every time we eat corn on the cob for forever.

Do you have a magical or spiritual role for them in your practice?

I love making these! So much fun; so much witchcraft.

spiritscraft:

gloriesofthemousai:

spiritscraft:

khal-winchester:

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They look like this. But, I gotta be honest, if this turns into one of those things that goes from everyone asking Khal what the hell it is to everyone doing it, I might be just a mite pissed off.

I hadn’t seen ones like the little babies and the pants ones before. I have been making the skirted ones since I was little. Those are really cool Khal!

I didn’t know other people did this! My mom and I have been making these every time we eat corn on the cob for forever.

Do you have a magical or spiritual role for them in your practice?

I love making these! So much fun; so much witchcraft.

For Restful Sleep

fuckyeahpaganism:

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to ward off insomnia or induce sleep. Hopefully these can help. :)

Sleep Oil 

  • 1/2 ounce carrier oil (sweet almond oil, apricot kernel, or olive work well)
  • 3 drops lavender 
  • 12 drops bergamot 
  • 3 drops cypress 

To increase the benefits of your sleep, apply a few drops behind your ears, spreading the excess out over your jawline (you don’t need much, just a little dab will work). Do this immediately before bed. Please do a spot test on the back of your hand to make sure you’re not allergic. 

Pouch For A Restful Night 

Add these items to a pouch: 

  • Dried hibiscus 
  • Valerian
  • Chamomile flower 
  • lavender 
  • one small amethyst

Mix all of the above together in a small pouch and charge the pouch. Feel free to add a couple of drops of oil such as lavender, rose geranium, lemon balm or any other oil pertaining to sleep. 

Sleep Jar 

  • Blue or brown glass jar 
  • 1/8 cup dried lavender
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2-3/4 tablespoon ground orris root

After everything is well covered by the orris root, store with a tight fitting lid and keep it near your bedside. When you are having trouble sleeping, take out the jar, uncap it and inhale deeply its sweet aroma. Then set it aside, leaving it open on your bedside table, turn off the lights and sleep. 

You can add a piece of moonstone, amethyst, blue lace agate, or blue tourmaline to the mix to make it more effective. 

More Things You Can Do:

  • Drink Chamomile Tea before bed. 
  • Can drink Valerian root tea or chew on a Valerian root 
  • Try to stay on a regular sleep schedule 
  • Try stress relieving activities such as meditation before bed and during free time
Witch Tip:

Cooking, cleaning, baking, bathing:

They can all be extensions of witchcraft, if you want them to be.

damienfuckinggrrshon:

thelivingwiccan:

damienfuckinggrrshon:

my Wolf Hollow Skullthesatanicblog thegoodspellbook witchcraft-satanism-horror thelivingwiccan

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. Next year’s Kaleidoscope Gathering is actually around the “Bone Dance” theme, so that fits pretty well.

Bones shouldn’t be used for dance, and if they have anything hanging around them, then they should be moved as infrequently as possible. Their link with death makes them nearly unstable objects in the physical plane.

I should correct myself: not a literal dance, a metaphorical dance. As in, the theme revolves around the afterlife.

damienfuckinggrrshon:

thelivingwiccan:

damienfuckinggrrshon:

my Wolf Hollow Skull
thesatanicblog thegoodspellbook witchcraft-satanism-horror thelivingwiccan

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. Next year’s Kaleidoscope Gathering is actually around the “Bone Dance” theme, so that fits pretty well.

Bones shouldn’t be used for dance, and if they have anything hanging around them, then they should be moved as infrequently as possible. Their link with death makes them nearly unstable objects in the physical plane.

I should correct myself: not a literal dance, a metaphorical dance. As in, the theme revolves around the afterlife.

I know your family knows you're not a christian, but do they know you're Wiccan? And if so, when did you tell them? How did you know it was the right time? I come from the same kind of position, although my family aren't quite as strict about what I believe. They've accepted that I don't necessarily have the same beliefs as them but my father is a minister in the Lutheran church and so he still wants me to believe what he does. Where would you suggest I go to learn more about Wicca?

hearth-magic:

This is going to be long and rambly. I’m sorry for that.

First of all I am not Wiccan. I am an Eclectic Hellenic Polytheist. I worship the Greek gods as historically as possible while living a modern life and a modern environment.

Since I’m not Wiccan I don’t follow many - if any - solely Wiccan blogs or read Wiccan resources. The one blog I follow that is Wiccan is thelivingwiccan. They’re wonderful and a fantastic resource!! I’m sure they’d be glad to help direct you further in learning.

Now um…

My religion is an intensely personal and private aspect of my life. I’m perfectly content to only have a small amount of people I trust knowing. I mean yeah, my online friends know an obviously all of you -my followers- know but in my personal life only a very small handful know. My grandmother and an aunt know I’m not Christian. My mother, step father, sister and husband know the full extent. My stepfather and my husband don’t care. They’ve both told me whatever makes me happy makes them happy. They’re wonderful. lol.

My sister and I are extremely close and have always enjoyed open and thorough talks on just about everything. She’s Christan and I’ve taught her more about her religion than any church ever has. She has always known, I’ve never hidden anything from her. My religion is a non-issue.

Telling my mother was the hardest part. My mother is a fanatical Christian. Seriously. The woman raised me telling me that Pokemon, Disney, and Harry Potter were the devil. I admire her absolute unbreakable faith but she is Christian at a crazy level. The only reason she knows is because I have made the choice to be open about my religion in my own home. I have an area in the house where I have my books, spell supplies, altar, and shrines. Mom and I had been estranged for a few years and when we made the choice to heal things she wanted to visit. I felt I owed it to her to warn her. She doesn’t agree with my faith but she’s respectful enough to at least keep it to herself most of the time. We don’t talk about my religion. I actually like it that way. However I do still have to listen to her religious rambles. I do so because I don’t take it personally. Christ permeates every aspect of her life. So yeah, it’s going to come out of her mouth a lot. I accept that.

The rest of my family does not know. It’s not important to me that they know. No one ever comes over and if they did and asked “hey what the heck is that?” well… I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. If Christianity is ever brought up when I’m around I just keep my mouth shut and either listen or leave the room. I love my family. I respect their faiths but I recognize that I might not get that respect back and so I’ve made the choice to keep strife out of the equation as much as possible. Keeping the peace is more important to me than being all HEY YA’LL I’M PAGAN HOW ABOUT DEM APPLES all of the time.

Now I have started dropping hints. Being less careful about my likes on Facebook. Wearing my triquetra at all times. (I don’t do pentacles). And I flat out refused to have my son Christened. If they know they know. If not no skin off my back.

My advice to anyone thinking about going public with their religion is always this:

Is it important to you to live your life with your religion public? Would you be happy living with just quietly telling only a few important people? Is it important to you that your friends and family accept that about you? You don’t have to tell people if you don’t want to. Yes, it would be nice if everyone just accepted everyone else’s choices but we don’t live in a perfect society and that doesn’t always happen.

Once you’ve thought about those questions weigh the pros and cons. Is telling them exactly what you believe going to cause strife and pain? Can you deal with that if it happens? Do you know enough to be able to educate them once they start asking questions? They will ask questions eventually. They’re going to wonder, and worry about you.

Are you willing to cut ties with your loved ones as a last resort if acceptance does not happen and issues rise up that you can’t handle? Are you dependent on your family for anything? Is your choice to tell them going to make your environment unsafe? Do you need their financial support in any way? Is telling them going to effect that? Can you afford to financially support yourself in the area they are currently taking care of? If you answered more yes’s than no’s you might want to rethink it, and wait a little longer. I will not encourage anyone to do anything that will put them in harms way. Put yourself and your safety first. Always.

Also please understand that your father is obviously a very devout man. He’s not only made Christ his faith but his profession too. He might not cope well with knowing his own child, a pastor’s child, has made the choice to leave the church. Some Christians take it as personal failure knowing their children have left the church. There is nothing you can do to fix that except to give love and patience. He might come around to it he might not. The big question is how important is it to YOU that he knows and accepts it? Once you have the answer to that you’ll know when you’re ready - if you ever are.

It’s totally ok if you never tell him. No one but you can decide what the right decision really is.

Good luck <3

Thank you for the plug. And that was a lovely story by the way, hearth-magic, thank you for sharing!

-TLW

spooky-thingz:

Hagstone and skeleton key charms. Both are available on Etsy here and here.

outdoormagic:

Gerbera by Hydraheerd on Flickr.
magicalnaturetour:

Chester Zoo 21/12/12 (by Dave Hunt Photography)

magicalnaturetour:

Chester Zoo 21/12/12 (by Dave Hunt Photography)

madame-snarkypants:

lilystormborn:

I’m not sure how legitimate any of it is, as I’ve not yet tried anything from it, but I’ve heard good things about this website, though nothing about it on Tumblr:

http://www.everythingunderthemoon.net/

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That’s because, if I recall the name correctly (it’s been a good few years), it’s not a…particularly good site for info.
But these people are founts of information and also super neat!
*jazz hands*

thelivingwiccan and her spell blog, thelivingspellbook

thedruidsteaparty and her super long list of resources here

natural-magics and their impressively lengthy FAQ

Here is a website called Wicca for the Rest of Us that offers a good range of commentary and info, including a list of books to avoid and why

I wasted money on so many fluffy-bunny books until I realized I kind of only needed the one

Here is an interesting blog by Sarah Anne Lawless

Here is a baby otter because it’s cute af

So, you know, rock on and stuff.

Thanks for the plug!

damienfuckinggrrshon:

my Wolf Hollow Skullthesatanicblog thegoodspellbook witchcraft-satanism-horror thelivingwiccan

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. Next year&#8217;s Kaleidoscope Gathering is actually around the &#8220;Bone Dance&#8221; theme, so that fits pretty well.

damienfuckinggrrshon:

my Wolf Hollow Skull
thesatanicblog thegoodspellbook witchcraft-satanism-horror thelivingwiccan

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. Next year’s Kaleidoscope Gathering is actually around the “Bone Dance” theme, so that fits pretty well.