Witchcraft Articles and How-Tos
Today we're going to talk about what's in my Grimoire and how I view magical books in general. As always, topics like this are very personal and so what I say isn't going to be the same as everyone else. You might view a Grimoire, a Book of Shadows, or Book of Mirrors in a completely different manner than I do. That's okay! I’m just here to give a different perspective and give you my thoughts and how I do things.
To dress a candle basically means to add extra stuff to your candle. You can add different ingredients. You can add oils and herbs and stones. Basically, it's a way of dressing it up for a specific purpose. Think of it like you would when you dress up to go on a date. Your normal clothes typically will work fine depending on what you're doing, but you can change the way that you dress to tailor your outfit to the specific event that you're going to.
This topic has been on my mind for at least a week now and I have honestly hesitated in writing this post. I know some people are going to be upset. Some people are going to scream but you have to be inclusive to EVERYONE and honestly, I'm just not here for it anymore. To be fair, this idea didn't just pop into my head. It was sparked by a tweet I saw from Oregon Wood Witch and from there it just spiraled into a mess of thoughts that I haven't quite been able to wrap my head around.
Journaling is a staple in my everyday life. It wasn't always like that but over the years I have come to realize the many benefits journaling has to offer. These benefits go beyond just helping you remember your day or keeping your thoughts straight. I wanted to share them with you because lately, journaling has taken up a large significance in my life.
A blue moon is not actually a blue moon. The moon doesn't turn blue -- even though that would pretty neat for a blue moon -- but there are two different definitions for the term "blue moon". The older definition says that a blue moon refers to the third full moon in a season with four full moons. It has something to do with correcting the lunar cycle and making sure that when people were planting and growing their crops by the moon calendar, that seasons didn't "come too early".
Magick sigil ink is simply that -- a special ink that you create using ingredients chosen with intention and correspondences that fit the sigil's purpose. Today on YouTube, I released a video detailing my very simple method for creating this ink and I wanted to share it with you here, too.
In the pagan and witchcraft - heck, even the spiritual community - the idea of gatekeeping gets thrown around a lot. Today, I want to discuss this topic with you and why it isn't a concept that should be thrown around like salt during a cleansing.
If you work with moon phases, you may be familiar with the term dark moon. This can depend, though, because some witches call it the new moon and skip over the dark moon. That's fine - your practice is your own. I don't tend to skip over the period of the dark moon, though, and I think it is important that you at least consider it in your practice.
If you've ever wondered how to make loose incense yourself, I definitely recommend trying it out. The process is simple! Find the plant you want, dry it out, crush it up, and then burn it. Loose incense can be a smoke-free option for incense if you're in a position where you can't burn things such as a dorm room. This loose incense can be used in an oil diffuser with a candle OR in an electric diffuser for the added benefit of being flame-free. It can also be burned on a charcoal disc, but for this method, I use my oil diffuser.
Poppets have been used for many, many years for all kinds of magick. This particular poppet is going to a friend of mine for some anxiety relief, self-love, and compassion. Make your poppet out fabric, felt, or even paper. Use color and herb correspondences to your advantage by choosing the right fabric and thread colors for your intention. You can also stuff the poppet with herbs, sigils, and crystals. The sky's the limit when it comes to making and using a poppet. How do you use your poppets? Let me know in the comments below!