|Hello! I'm extremely new to this whole thing, but I just stumbled upon this blog, and I love it :3 Also, just wondering, are there any books or websites that you would reccomend for people who are interested in Wicca but really don't know what they're doing yet?|
I’d suggest books by Scott Cunningham, Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft by Ann Moura, and Wicca & Witchcraft for Dummies by Diane Smith (I know, I know. But’s it’s really quite good).
Witchvox.com is a good starting site, stayathomewitch.com, and wicca-spirituality.com are both good too.
Research is your best friend! Make sure you build your own views and path though, become knowledgeable and then make your own way is my best advice.
▷ How to Use a Pendulum
A pendulum can be easily made, if you are unable to buy one. A simple small object of balanced weight tied to a string will suffice, such as a ring, a round stone, a crystal, a coin…
Hold the end of your pendulum’s string between your thumb and forefinger, letting the weighted end hand down.
Test your pendulum, and figure out what means ‘yes’ and what means ‘no’ for it’s answers. Ask it a question your already know, such as “Is my name ____?”
The way it swings will be it’s answer for ‘yes’. Generally, ‘yes’ is a swing from back and forth, but it’s not always the case.
Then ask it a question your know is false, such as “Is my name John Smith of Gallifrey?”
The way it swings will be it’s answer for ‘no’. Generally, it’s a swing side to side.
The way a pendulum works, is it picks up on slight vibrations in your hand. This is why pendulums are not good tools for telling the future, because it picks up on answers your subconscious already knows, even if you don’t.
As such, examples good questions to ask your pendulum could be;
"Am I wasting my talent?"
"Should I buy a new car?"
"Does he really love me?"
"Should I leave my job?"
You can ask any question that can be given a yes or no answer. (If the pendulum swings in a circle, it could suggest an unknown answer, confusion, or simply an answer you have to feel out for yourself. It all depends on what you sense.)
The pendulum as an infinite number of uses. You can use it to determine good food to eat, holding it over your article of food. You can use it to communicate with spirits, determine decisions, find a good day of the week to plan an event (hold your pendulum over a date on a calendar). Use your imagination! The pendulum is an invaluable resource, and the more you work with it, the more in tune you can become.
▷ Spell for a Good Day
As you wake, or as early as possible in the day, sit down and meditate.
"Air in my lungs, blood in my heart, pouring through my veins
Mind is a’thinking, brain is wakening, cure me of worldly pains
And as I stretch out weary limbs, a new day kisses fingertips
And as I breathe out of my mouth, a new days kisses my lips.
A good day, a grand day, a perfect day, say I, so free,
'Tis my will, and so I say,
So mote it be.”
A shorter version, could be simply;
"A good day, a grand day, a perfect day, say I, so free,
'Tis my will, and so I say, so mote it be.”
▷ Spell to Stay Awake
Imagine fire dancing around you, and energy flowing through your veins as you chant;
"Should my eyes slip softly shut
The silver thread of sleep be cut
And tap me gently, whisper loud
Keep me awake and banish sleeps cloud
Wakefulness is my will, as is my plea
I will stay awake, so mote it be.”
|Can you post more divination methods? I loved the post about tea leaf reading! Maybe make a new navigation tag for divination? I love your blog, thanks! x|
I’ll see what I can do, anon! After I make a few more posts about divination, I’ll set up a navigation link for it. :)
And yes, anybody who has any requests, please head on over to my ask box! Spells, rituals, herbs, or any other witchcraft or pagan related things, feel free to send me some requests for blog content!
▷ Wiccan Herbs; Rosemary
Rosemary was well known to ancient practitioners. It was an herb known for strengthening the memory and helping the brain. Eventually, it also became associated with the fidelity of lovers, and was presented to wedding guests as a gift. In 1607, Roger Hacket said, “Speaking of the powers of rosemary, it overtoppeth all the flowers in the garden, boasting man’s rule. It helpeth the brain, strengtheneth the memorie, and is very medicinable for the head. Another property of the rosemary is, it affects the heart.”
Rosemary was often cultivated in kitchen gardens, and was said to represent the dominance of the lady of the house. One would assume that more than one “master” sabotaged his wife’s garden to assert his own authority! This woody plant was also known to provide delicious flavoring for game and poultry. Later, it was used in wine and cordials, and even as a Christmas decoration.
Roman priests used rosemary as incense in religious ceremonies, and many cultures considered it a herb to use as protection from evil spirits and witches. In England, it was burned in the homes of those who had died from illness, and placed on coffins before the grave was filled with dirt.
For magical use, burn rosemary to rid a home of negative energy, or as an incense while youmeditate. Hang bundles on your front door to keep harmful people, like burglars, from entering. Stuff a healing poppet with dried rosemary to take advantage of its medicinal properties, or mix with juniper berries and burn in a sickroom to promote healthy recovery. In spellwork, rosemary can be used as a substitute for other herbs such as frankincense.
Other Names: Compass weed, Polar plant
Planetary Connection: The sun
▷ A Spell for Artists and Craftsmen
You will need the following items for this spell:
Red candle to represent energy and passion
Blue candle for wisdom
Smoky incense to represent the God’s forge
The tools you use in your craft (paint brushes, pens, hammer, cloth etc.)
This spell appeals to the Hephaestus in his capacity as patron god of artists and craftsmen.He was himself a divine craftsman who was lame as a result of having interfered in a quarrel between his parents Zeus and Hera. It was he who taught humankind the value of work and to excel at one’s craft.
- Place the red candle on the right of yoursacred space, the blue on the left and yourtools in between.
- Put the incense in the middle above yourtools.
- Light your incense and build up a smokyatmosphere.
- Light the candles, red first then blue.
- Pick up the tool you use most, hold it up andsay:
"Hephaestus, God of the forge, Who despite your disability, Fashioned articles of beauty Fit for the Gods Come to my aid Help me to create things of beauty Fit for human use. Help my inability to create those articles I see with the inner eye And cannot make manifest. Help me now I pray."
▷ How to Read Tea Leaves
This simple 6 step procedure to read tea leaves for yourself or a friend. Tea leaf reading is easy, fun and possibly a little bit enlightening!
Step 1: Make a cup of tea.
Choose a white or light colored teacup. Almost any leaf tea will do nicely. My personal preference is Earl Grey. If avoiding caffeine, you might even choose an herbal variety. The herbal options are delicious: jasmine, peppermint, chamomile… the list goes on and on.
If you do not mind the tiny floating bits, you can open a tea bag and sprinkle the tea into a cup of hot water. A middle eastern option is to sprinkle coffee grounds into a cup of coffee.
Step 2: Steep your tea and quiet your mind.
Steeping time is a personal preference. Green and black teas are usually ready in a minute or two, while herbal teas may take longer.
This is a time to quiet your mind and relax. What you are about to exercise is your mental creativity. Pattern recognition and symbol recollection will require focus and concentration. Distracting conversation, music or activity will detract from your experience. As in beginning meditation, attempt to empty your mind of all thoughts.
Step 3: Sip tea while you find your focus.
Once your tea is cool enough, begin sipping. Leaves may be floating, so do the best you can to avoid consuming too many. If you are right-handed, lift your cup with your left. If left-handed, drink with your right. If ambidextrous, reach for your cup, stop, and then use the other hand.
Now that you are quiet and relaxed, identify the issue foremost in your mind. In meditation practice, one attempts to empty the mind — blocking out all thoughts. As you attempt to think of nothing in particular, is there a stubborn thought that keeps returning to your attention? If so, that is the subject of this reading. Focus on that thought.
If nothing in particular comes to mind, then this will be a general tea leaf reading. Focus on your breath and the taste of the tea.
Leave a small amount of tea at the bottom of your cup.
Step 4: Swirl three times and dump.
Hold your nearly empty teacup in your hand and give it three good swirls. The tea leaves will disperse around the interior of cup. Gently dump out the remaining liquid by turning your teacup over into a saucer.
Wait at least three breaths before turning your cup back over. You are ready to begin reading your tea leaves!
Step 5: Identify symbols and jot them down.
Tea leaf reading is a highly personal and subjective process. Because abstract pattern recognition keys into our subconscious, self analysis produces the most relevant reading. One person may see an egg, while another sees a beetle in the same spot. Tea leaf reading is very much like a Rorschach (Ink Blot) Test. We are most likely to recognize symbols having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand. Therefore, you are the most qualified person to read your own tea leaves.
If your cup has a handle, begin there and read clockwise. If your cup has no handle, begin reading from 12 o’clock. Make a notation of the first symbol you see. Mentally divide the cup into three sections: rim, middle and base. The rim area is above the tea level when you first poured your tea. The base is the level of tea left before you dumped out the remainder. The middle section is the area between the rim and bottom. Note where the symbol is located and if it is next to another symbol. Note whether you see bubbles, twigs or droplets in your cup. Work with quiet concentration and take your time.
Step 6: Create your tea leaf reading.
Translating symbols into meaning is just as personal and subjective as their identification. Individual language, cultural exposure, experience, knowledge and mental state contribute to interpretation of symbols. For example, the letter “K” might first bring to mind your friend Kurt rather than your sister Kirstin. Next to each symbol you wrote down, jot down the meaning that comes to mind first.
Again, abstract pattern recognition keys into our subconscious, so self analysis produces the most relevant reading. You are the most qualified person to read your own tea leaves. That being said, this site provides an extensive symbol lexicon to assist you in identifying and recalling symbols.
The first symbol you saw represents your dominant character or someone near or influental. Symbols in the rim section apply to this moment in time. The middle section represents the near future — usually no longer than a fortnight. Both the rim and middle section represent influences in your outcome. The base of your cup represents the ultimate answer or conclusion.
A list of symbols here!
▷ Motivation Spell
If you need to get some work done but are too tired or not motivated enough to do it, this easy spell will help boost your strength and motivate you to get it done.
Sit cross legged in a calm space, and meditate on your need to get the work done. Think about all the consequences of not getting it done, think about how pleased and liberated you’ll be once it’s done.
When you’ve reached a state of calm and focus, chant;
"Pele whisper in my ear
Tell me all I need to hear
Bring me strength and motivation
Ease my weariness and frustration
I’ll get it done, yes I will
For I have strength and I have skill
Pele, Goddess, I thank thee
And ‘tis my will, so mote it be.”
If you have the herbs easy on hand, it can be an added benefit to sprinkle the herbs, Oregano, Raw Ginger, or Nettle around you or your work space.