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4 Tips for Creating a Consistent Meditation Practice

I have trouble meditating on a regular basis just because. I get busy or lazy (or both) and sometimes I just forget. I know I can’t be the only one, so I’ve gathered four of my best – and easiest – tips to help you build a consistent meditation practice.

Shadow Work – Embrace the Darkness to Become Whole

We hear about shadow work in the spiritual sphere often, but many people don’t know what it is and what it involves. I think it’s fitting to talk about shadow work at the beginning of the year, especially as we approach the first full moon of 2020. If you Google the term “shadow work”, you’ll find that most of the results that come back to you are going to be psychologically related. This is because shadow work started with psychology and a man named Carl Jung.

Sigil Magick – How to Make a Sigil

Sigil Magick – How to Make a Sigil

A sigil is a magickal symbol created and used for a specific purpose. They are often used in ritual, tarot, and spell crafting to suit the needs of the witch. Each one is unique to a specific phrase or situation, and they can be crafted quickly and discreetly any time you need one. They can be crafted in multiple ways, but there are two techniques that are the most popular.

Hiding in Plain Sight

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Sometimes, practicing your craft and your faith will require hiding in plain sight. This can be for several reasons, but the most common is safety and professionalism. Now, I’m not talking about kids hiding things from their parents or guardians. That’s a different topic and one I will touch on at a later day. I’m talking about needing to hide your faith for specific job-related reasons, or public related reasons.

Do you work with the public? Do you live in an area that is predominately Christian? Do you have a mental illness that makes certain situations hard for you? There’s nothing wrong with needing to keep certain things to yourself to keep you safe, both mentally and physically. If you’ve grown up in an area that is mostly Christian, you might find this strange. In most Christian faiths, it is frowned upon to hide your faith. They expect you to shout your love for their God from the rooftops at any given moment.

That’s not always the case with Paganism and Wicca. If you have a job that requires discretion, it may be best to hide any jewelry or tattoos you have that might pertain to your faith. If you fear for your safety in any way, do not proclaim your faith just to do it. You should never put your safety on the line for your faith.

So what are some things you can do to hide in plain sight?

  1. Wear inconspicuous jewelry
    • Typically, people don’t pay any mind to random symbols that don’t hold a lot of weight. I have a necklace that has the triangular symbol for the element of water. If you didn’t know what it was, you would just think it was a pretty piece of triangular jewelry. Don’t deck yourself out in pentacles if it isn’t safe to do so.
  2. Meditation
    • Meditation doesn’t have to denote any faith at all, and I’ve found that it tends to be safe in most places. If anyone asks about it, you can say you’re doing it for spiritual or mental health reasons.
  3. Practice glamor magick
    • If you wear makeup, glamor magick is something quick and easy you can do on a regular basis. Your lipstick can be enchanted to help you speak with confidence. Your eyeshadow can be enchanted to help you see through murky situations. And best of all? Everyone will just think you’re wearing makeup!
    • Don’t wear makeup? This can be done with any piece of jewelry, handbags, etc. It doesn’t have to be makeup, it can be anything that you wear on your person regularly that wouldn’t bring any unwanted attention.

Do you practice your faith or craft in hidden ways? Leave your suggestions in the comments or reach out to me via e-mail or social media!

Upcycling Candles

Upcycling Candles

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a good tealight candle. However, they’re very limited in their scents and colors. So, what’s a witch to do? Upcycle them, of course! This tutorial came about because my Nana was here visiting and made mention while we were in the store that she wanted some scented tealight candles, but she didn’t want to pay $10 for four candles. That’s fine! I offered to make her some since I have a BUNCH of tealights (I typically buy them in bulk…because witchiness…)

Tealights on the stove!

My mom has some essential oils leftover from when she was a Young Living Distributor, so I just used those. Then, ya know, I have a child who loves to make things too so she offered up some crayons for the color. If you’ve got these lying around, why not take the time to make some candles specifically for you? This is also a helpful thing to do when you have a spell you want to do, but you want to give it an extra boost by having a corresponding candle.

What you’ll need

  1. Tealight Candle(s)
  2. Safe hot surface
  3. Toothpicks
  4. Tweezers
  5. Crayons
  6. Essential Oils (if needed)

So the first thing you’re going to do is get your tealights together. I’ve done this before, so I was comfortable doing nine candles at once. If you’ve never done this before, I recommend starting with one candle and working your way up.

Place your tealights on your heated surface. I used a flat pan and my stove because that’s the easiest for me. Make sure the heat isn’t too high. You want to melt the wax but not burn it.

While your wax is melting, cut off the piece of crayon that you’re going to be using for the color. We used a deep purple color because that’s what my Nana wanted. Keep in mind that the color is going to look really dark when it’s melted, but it will lighten up as it dries.

Once the wax is melted, use the tweezers to carefully pull the wick and wick holder out of the candles. Set these aside, you’re going to need them later.

Place the piece of the crayon into the melted wax and give it a stir with the toothpick. PLEASE BE CAREFUL IN THIS STEP. DO NOT BURN YOURSELF!

Once you’ve got the crayon in the wax, remove the candle from the heat CAREFULLY. Continue stirring the wax with the toothpick until the color has all been incorporated into the wax. Let the candles sit and cool for a minute or two.

If you’re adding essential oils, now is the time to do so. You want the wax to have cooled slightly, but not enough that it’s hard to stir. Add 5-10 drops of essential oil to your candle.

Use the tweezers to place the wick and wick holder back into the center of each candle. If you have to, use another toothpick to hold the wick up and keep it from falling into the wax.

There you go! A personalized candle just for you! You can even use the links below to get supplies from Amazon. These links are affiliate links, just so ya know. See below for links and a printer-friendly version of this tutorial.

Bulk Pack of Tealight Candles
NOW Essential Oils

Upcycle Tealight Candles

A quick and easy guide on remaking tealight candles to suit your needs. Perfect for sprucing up your home as well as creating a corresponding candle for spellwork.

Equipment

  • Tealight Candles
  • Safe Heated Surface
  • Tweezers
  • Toothpicks
  • Crayons
  • Essential Oils (optional)

Instructions

  • Place your candle(s) on the heated surface.
  • Let the wax melt.
  • Use the tweezers to carefully pull the wicks out from the center. Be sure to pull the wick and wick holder from the candle.
  • Break off a piece of the crayon and add it to the melted candle. This will give your candle color. NOTE: The color will not be as dark as it appears. It does dry lighter!
  • Carefully remove the candle(s) from the heat.
  • Slowly mix the crayon and wax together, being careful not to burn yourself.
  • Let the wax sit for 2 minutes.
  • OPTIONAL — Add 5-10 drops of essential oil and slowly stir the wax.
  • Use the tweezers to place the wick that you took out back into the center of the candle. If necessary, use another toothpick to keep the wick from falling into the wax.
  • Let the candles cool!
Color Correspondences – Tradition or Emotion?

Color Correspondences – Tradition or Emotion?

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If you’re not new to Wicca or witchcraft, you’ll know that there are a slew of correspondence lists out there on the internet for different aspects of magick. One of those things is color correspondences. Just a quick search will give you hundreds of tables from many different sources that tell you what each color corresponds with.

Color correspondences are important in your craft, but not in the cookie-cutter way that you find on the internet. A lot of those correspondences might hold true for you, but some of them won’t and that’s ok.

I don’t know where color correspondences came from, or who decided on the meaning for each one. What I do know is that psychology plays just as much a part in the correspondences as magick does. There’s a whole scientific study dedicated to how color affects our mood and behavior. These same scientific principles can be applied to our magickal work.

Color plays a large part in the lives of those of us who can see it. Marketing campaigns, medications, and logos are all researched based on their colors as well as other factors. For example, the color red is seen as a color of extremes. It grabs your attention and can make you feel rushed, anxious, or even angry. Since it is a color that grabs attention, most emergency vehicles incorporate the color red in some form. Firetrucks are red. Some ambulances are red. Even some lights on a police car are often red.

When it comes to color correspondence in your magick, look into the traditional associations with that color, but also take stock in how the color makes you feel and what you associate that color with. Some colors may match your emotions, but some may not depending on your life experiences. Use those to your advantage when working magick. Give it an extra boost!

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