Let’s get one thing out of the way – there are many readers and occult-enthusiasts who feel drawn to witchcraft, the supernatural, the occult, and other metaphysical philosophies but ultimately give up because they can’t satisfy the itch of this burning question – is magick even real? How can you prove it is? There is no shame in asking questions. In fact, curiosity, open-mindedness and critical thinking are valuable skills in the domain of the occult. While many mainstream religious ideologies encourage blind obedience and subservience, the beauty of making your very own eclectic path to witchcraft and the occult makes it so that you are well-informed about each step of your practice – what works is left in, what doesn’t is conveniently left out – there is no shame in experimenting. But let’s circle back to the initial question – how can I prove magick or magic is real? As a beginner, what must I do to affirm the existence of magic? Aleister Crowley, founder of Thelema and a renowned occultist defines magick as “the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will.” This brings chaos magick – and sigil magick – into the mix.Continue reading “All About Sigil Magick: A Discussion of Beginner-Friendly Magick”
With the rise of popularity of modern witchcraft, people have found many, many variations of it. There is the sect of sea magic, earth magic, hedge magic, and many more. Witches who practice these types of magic are all centered around nature and are correctly named after that. Not all magic has to be named or involved with nature directly, there is another form of magic and it is simply called Kitchen Magic.Continue reading “What is a Kitchen Witch and How to Do Kitchen Magic?”
Goddess worship and a celebration of women’s mysteries have been garnering more and more attention lately. The activism of those before us has led us to this point in time – where many women, especially in the West (but also globally) are questioning and rediscovering their histories (or rather, herstories), and that is a powerful thing. As mentioned in other places in this blog, religion is a powerful tool for control, information and indoctrination. Because religion touches so many aspects of people’s lives, the fact that most of the world’s conventional religions are male-focused is important. It is critical to be aware of what it means to be a woman living under the patriarchy, and what it means for half of the world’s population to not be able to find herself in leadership positions within religion. Witchcraft, Wicca and pagan practices are viewed as liberating for this reason – here women take on the role of not just practitioner but priestess, not just one of consumption but control, and that is empowering.
Wicca is a religion of orthopraxy – meaning it focuses more on practice than belief and faith. This is why, whereas many people believe you have to be duotheistic to be Wiccan, this is simply not true (in fact, there are atheists that are Wiccan, and they are valid). In any case, the conventional duotheistic model places at the center a God (usually representative of the Divine Masculine) and a Goddess (usually representative of the Divine Feminine). Dianic Wicca focuses on only goddess worship and the divine feminine.
There are many different types of witches, occultists, Wiccans and pagan practitioners. In fact a big draw for people into the world of the occult is how freeing it is. While religions like Christianity, Islam and Buddhism have sects of their own, there is usually a strict rigidity to their practices that feels limiting. Witchcraft, paganism and Wicca offer liberation from a lot of things – the rigidity and shame that often stem from growing up steeped in conventional or Abrahamic religions, as well as the sexism that is inherently limiting women in most of the world’s conventional religions. Religion and belief systems have always been powerful, either believed to be means of salvation and peace, or simply influential to the culture and politics around them. Witchcraft (which does not have to be religious to begin with) is liberating because it allows us to discover tools already present all around us – the Earth, plants, herbs, flowers, water, fire, air, and all other living things including ourselves. With witchcraft, one does not need a Bible, a preacher, a priest, all the tools are right there – just waiting to be discovered and utilized by the practitioner. All the power, then, exists in the practitioner and not the external sources around her.
But that said, because of the openness of witchcraft and the practitioners, there are many divisions or sects of witchcraft as well. Kitchen witch, green witch, sea witch, dark witch, faery witch, goth witch – I am certain you have heard of at least some of these. And it is truly great that such diverse traditions and magickal practices exist because they are beneficial to a wide array of people. But a common concern for a new witch or practitioner is simply, what type of witch am I? Where do I fit in? How do I know?
The world of witchcraft can be one of mystery and confusion, especially when it comes to worshiping a patron deity. Some believe that the Gods of old and new exist, others believe that there are only two Gods: the God and Goddess. This guide/FAQ is to help modern witches and new followers of Wicca to understand how to worship the God and Goddess as well as choosing the patron deity that best represents the Gods to each witch.Continue reading “How to Find Your Patron Deity?”
Maybe you haven’t decided on a deity yet. Maybe you haven’t felt the right call or connection. Maybe you believe nature itself is divine. Or maybe you just don’t believe in deity and instead wish to connect with the universe in a deep and meaningful way. No matter the reason, this guide exists to help you see new ways to dedicate yourself to the universe.
How to Make an Offering to the Universe?
As a modern witch you might find yourself muttering, “okay. I know I want to make an offering, but everywhere I turn I see people talking about pouring wine as libations or leaving other food offerings such as milk, fruit and nuts onto the Earth. There is only one jungle within miles of me, and that is the concrete jungle, so what is there for me to do?” I get that. Trust me. Every day the longing to offer something concrete to the Universe gets you, and every day you feel frustrated about not making the time, not having the right means and resources. So many witches give up entirely because it all seems too expensive and all about consumption. But if you think about it, though, hyper-consumption is antithetical to nature and Earth loving beliefs. Loving the Earth means wanting to protect it and keep it safe, and overloading it with more plastics and wastes couldn’t be further from that ideal.
When people think of conducting a ritual, there is usually some hesitation on account of intimidation – don’t be afraid or intimidated. The knowledge required to connect to the Earth and to your gods is instinctual and already within you – it just needs to be activated. As with all things, practice makes perfect, and practice makes confident. There are many elements to consider when planning out a ritual (and we will delve into many of them) but first let’s get some general things out of the way:
The upcoming Imbolc and Ostara mark crucial points of time in the Wheel of the Year. The coming of spring is an important time that sets the stage for your entire year – not just physically, but psychologically and spiritually as well. This is why, even if you aren’t interested in rituals or complicated spellwork, to imbue magical energy into our sacred living space, and there is no better time for that than now. Planting the seeds of intention are crucial in reaping the rewards that will come as time passes into the cooler months later on through the year. Setting the right intentions, and inviting the right type of energy into your home are all important elements of “spring cleaning.”
Why not imbue your spring cleaning with a little witchy aesthetic and magic? Read on for our top picks!
What is an altar?
Altars are the points on earth where the physical and spiritual meet, where the metaphysical and the concrete are united in a tangible space. Searching across the internet and the wide array of books available points to many possible items that could grace your altar – from athames, to god and goddess statues, candles, pentagrams and many other items – and these are great, but for many of us, space is not as readily available, the budget isn’t unlimited, our lifestyles don’t accommodate due to travel or other requirements, among many other circumstances. For example, for some people it is simply not possible to have a full altar on display because of living conditions – family and roommates certainly complicate things! Whatever your reason, know that altars don’t need to be elaborate or costly to be effective. Altars can be your main places of worship, meditative and reflective corners, creative outlets, places to communicate with and honor deities, or just places you visit to connect with nature or even yourself. Altars are, in a sense, magical points that allow us to communicate with the world beyond that which we see in our day to day lives. As with all magical endeavors, the more personalized and specific the elements on your altar, the more you can hope to get out of it.
Imbolc is regarded as one of the eight Sabbats or festivals from the Wheel of the Year. It is usually celebrated mid-winter as a way to say goodbye to winter and hello to the warmth of springtime. In 2020, Imbolc will be celebrated on February 1st (or 1st August for those in the Southern Hemisphere), though this date can vary by two weeks. Before being part of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year, Imbolc was firstly regarded as an important Gaelic festival dedicated to the Gaelic goddess, Brigid. This was a merry time, often associated with fire cleansing, making Brigid dolls out of straw and lavender, having merry feasts, and even weather divination. While this information and more is readily available in books and across the internet, what follows is a guide for the modern, cost- and time-effective witch who wishes to pay respect to the traditions that connect her to the Earth and its passage of time, without breaking the bank or asking her to go out of her way.