Can you do Witchcraft with Tattoos?

So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed through pics or on youtube (if you follow me there) but I am a tattooed lady. I absolutely love tattoos and I actually just got two new ones last week while I was on vacation. I am actually planning on having a nature/wicca based arm sleeve. I know a lot of other Wiccans tend to enjoy tattoos (obviously not all, just making a generalization) so I thought you guys might enjoy talking about how we can make our tattoos magickal.

So when one gets a tattoo there is a good chance that what you’re getting on your body has some sort of meaning. It could be to honour a loved one, to remember a piece of your childhood, to show your love for a certain show/movie/book, etc. Well when doing a spell we do something similar. We give our spell an intent. Infusing a tattoo with magick is much of the same. You find a design you want and you infuse that design with your intent.

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When it comes to what kind of things you may want to put on your body for magickal purposes there are tons of options. You could create a sigil and infuse it with your intent. Some examples of some intentions you may want to give to a tattoo sigil are protection, positivity, love, happiness, laughter, prosperity, etc. You could also get a tattoo that represents your dedication to the wicca path, a specific wiccan tradition, or even a particular deity. I know at some point I want to get a tattoo to dedicate to Gaia.

There are two main ways to go about getting these magickal tattoos. The first option, which is not one I am necessarily recommending as it a bit dangerous, is stick and poke tattoos. If you have a simple design you want to get, you could attempt to do it on your own. This is a great method if you want a more hands on approach to infusing the tattoo with your magickal intent. Make sure you have the proper equipment when you do this though. You can buy kits for this on amazon I believe. The 2nd method, which is what I personally would do, would be to get someone to create me a tattoo design. I then would take the time to focus on giving that design my intent and meditating with it. Then, when it is time to get the artist to tattoo me, I would try my hardest to meditate (or at the very least focus on my intent) while they do their work.

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Thanks for checking out today’s post! Feel free to share any tattoos you have, especially if they are magickal ones or Wicca related in the comments, along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post here and when I upload videos to youtube. Also, I made an instagram so make sure to give that a look too! Until next time, Blessed Be!

Mental Illness Ritual Bath

Hi everyone. Today I wanted to talk about something that affects me. I want to talk about mental illness. However I want to make some disclaimers before I start. Firstly I want to talk about what I am referring to when I say I am affected by mental illness. When it comes to physical sickness there are certain things you go to the hospital for and some things your don’t. A regular cold or a little flu are not hospital worthy. Despite that though you are still sick. When I think of how mental illness affects me I think of it as I have the cold (and occasionally flu) equivalent of mental illness. Do I need meds and a therapist for it? No. Do I still feel unwell? Yes. So I just wanted to put that out there before anyone questions me on just how severe my mental illness is or whatever. My second disclaimer is this: Nothing I say in this post is going to cure your mental illness. May it help you cope? sure. Could it potentially alleviate some symptoms or at least make them slightly more bearable? Maybe, but no promises. Everyone’s journey is different. And I just hope that maybe you can get something out of this.

When it comes to me I always (especially in the mornings) have a higher than average anxiety level, for no good reason at all. And every once in a while I’ll experience symptoms of depression. Usually I’ll be very irritable and very low energy. Last week and the week before I was experiencing this. And by the end of last week I decided enough was enough and that I was going to try and do something to get out of this funk. So I made a ritual self love/happiness bath. I would like to share it with you. I feel that this is a mix of both a spell and a ritual so I will leave this in both of those sections in our BoS.

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Ingredients:

  • Epsom salt
  • Lavender
  • Rose quartz
  • Green Kyanite
  • Green Obsidian
  • Amythest
  • Some seashells
  • Yellow Candle
  • Incense (I used one that’s for the heart chakra)

 

Steps to making the ritual bath:

  1. Sage your crystals and yourself
  2. In some sort of container (I used my big cauldron) mix together the lavender, the epsom salt, the crystals, and the shells while thinking about the intention of your bath
  3. With the bathroom lights off start running your bath and add the ingredients to the water
  4. Have your candle and incense on the bathtub ledge or nearby.
  5. Once in the tub light the candle and the incense
  6. Call upon whoever you wish and ask them to help you find the joy you’ve been lacking and to give you the strength to get through the rough time you’re experiencing. I called upon Gaia and Aphrodite.
  7. Enjoy your bath, you could meditate, do a face mask, watch your favourite show, read a book, whatever brings you joy.
  8. Thank whoever you called upon when you are done.

If you desire to have a sacred circle feel free, you can also make the water sacred by adding rosemary. I don’t always feel the need to do sacred circles especially when I am doing impromptu rituals/spells (like I was in this situation). Please feel free to share your journey with us, or any spells/rituals that you do to aid in your mental health down below, along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

 

All About Sigils

I’m sure I’ve mentioned sigils, in previous posts offhandedly, but we’ve never actually dedicated a post to them, explaining what they are and how you can use them.

What are sigils?

Sigils are symbols that you empower with your intent to bring about change in your life. For example in the fall I was desperately looking for a job. I had interview after interview and other than casual work I was getting nowhere. I thought maybe I would look up a sigil online to help me get a job before going to this one interview. The place I did the interview for while I had the sigil on my arm actually hired me.

How do you come up with a sigil?

I personally get them from the internet honestly. I’m not an overly creative person so making my own I find it hard. I do however know some methods on how to create them yourself.

So before you create your sigil you want to have your intention already predetermined. You want to create a sentence for your intention. For example: I got the job. After you do that you want to get rid of all the vowels in that sentence. For example: g t t h j b. Then you want to get rid of any duplicate letters. For example: g t h j b (notice I removed a t). Then you take all these letters and mush them together to make a sigil. This is the only method I have tried. It didn’t go great for me but if structure is more your thing then this might work great for you. Another method you could try is to meditate while focusing on your intention. You may find that you see a sigil in your mind. If not maybe you could try doodling after your meditation and see if anything feels right for your sigil. You can really go about the process any way that makes you happy and that feels right to you.

How to use a sigil?

There are two thought process when it comes to the first step of the sigil. The first one is that before you can use a sigil you must forget the intention sentence you used to create it before you can use it. The other thought process is that you don’t have to. Some people believe you need to forget it because the point of the sigil is to empower a symbol with your magick that way your sub conscious can’t effect what you’re trying to manifest. So if you still remember what the intention is behind the sigil then you could still be manipulating the magick through your sub conscious. I personally don’t find forgetting necessary.

If you have chosen not to forget then you go straight to the next step. If you choose to forget then you do this as soon as you do forget. You then have to activate your sigil. If you use sacred circles in your practice you can create one around you and your sigil. Even if you’ve used this sigil for something before and now you’re using it for something new, you need to activate it. To activate your sigil you could focus on the sigil while meditating on it’s intention (if you’ve chosen not to go the forgetting route). Let your eyes relax when your are looking at it. Eventually the sigil will start to appear warped. Shortly after this happens the sigil with appear back to normal, this is how you’ll know it is activated. If this doesn’t work for you, you could also burn the sigil, you could charge them with other power sources (sage, the moon, the sun, etc), bake them into food, etc. If an activation method isn’t working for you, don’t worry, just try something else.

You can incorporate them into your craft in many ways. You can use them as a part of another spell, you can use them to protect your home or a loved one, you could use them on your skin to change your mindset, and any other way that you think will benefit you. I created a protection spell bag for my car, to keep everyone safe in it while driving, and I have a sigil on the front of the bag to help power the magick.

Just remember as with all magick, intention is key even if you don’t get the rest right.

Thank you so much for checking out today’s post. Do you use sigils in your practice? Tell me what methods you use to create them down below along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!