Lavender

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Lavender has numerous associations; some of which are listed below.

Planet: Mercury

Element: Air

Astrological sign: Virgo

Macgick: Sleep, long life, peace, wishes, protection, love, purification, visions, attracting men, clarity of thought.

There are various uses for lavender in a magickal sense. For example, lavender can be used as an herb to infuse water that is being used to purify objects and spaces. Dried lavender sticks can be burned for smudging and as incense. It is used in spells for sharpening the mind, to encourage and strengthen pure love, and to encourage fertility. You can also use lavender in diffusers or in a bath to help with stress or depression. It can be used as well in spells or by stuffing it in a pillow to aid in sleep and sooth headaches. Lavender is an herb often used by people who do necromancy. It is a good herb to use to get in touch with spirits, to send them messages, and it is said carrying lavender, on your person, can improve your ability to see them.

Hope you guys enjoyed this addition to our book of shadows. What do you use lavender for? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or comments you have. Make sure to follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. And until next time, Blessed Be!

Wheel of the Year: Samhain

Hi everyone! Happy Samhain, or Halloween if you will. Samhain is the minor sabbat that occurs between Mabon (fall equinox) and Yule (winter solstice). It falls on October 31st every year. Even though this sabbat is considered to be a minor one it is actually one of the most celebrated sabbats. We are half way to reaching the darkest day of the year since it was last balanced.

Samhain marks the day that the sun god passes on and goes to the underworld. This causes the veil to the spiritual world to be at it’s thinnest. Due to it being so thin spirits can easily travel to and from their realm and ours. This means we can communicate with them much easier. The goddess also transforms to her crone form on this day and spends the next couple months grieving the loss of her partner.

Since the veil is so thin this is a time we use to reconnect with our ancestors. We invite our ancestors to our home by leaving candles (or pictures of these loved ones) in our windows. We also sometimes have a feast of the dead. This is essentially when we set up an extra place at our table and leave a meal for our ancestors. Ways we may contact our loved ones is through divination (tarot cards, pendulums, scrying, etc) or through a Ouija board (not sure if I recommend this one though, at least not for beginners in necromancy).

After Samhain we look forward to Yule which is when the God is born again and spring is on the horizon.

To celebrate this day you can carve pumpkins (used to protect your home from any extra negative energies lurking around), go trick or treating/dress up (Christian’s used to dress up to disguise themselves from demons and monsters), divination (since the veil is thin messages will come through your cards easier and clearer), witchcraft (since the veil in thin there will be an abundance of energy to do you magick with), go for a walk to see how the seasons are changing, and as always do a ritual to honour your deities.

Some gods you can celebrate during this time are: Anubis (Egyptian), Osiris (Egyptian), Yama (Hindu), and Hades (Greek)

Some goddesses you can celebrate during this time are: Morrigan (Celtic), Hel (Norse), Freya (Norse), Demeter (Greek), Hecate (Greek)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a great Samhain. If you’d like to hear about Samhain instead of reading about it make sure you check my youtube channel  tomorrow! Also, make sure you follow me on here and on twitter to make sure you get notifications when I post. Until next time Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

Spirit Guides

Right before I start this post, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a Q+A (about wicca, my relationship, family, me in general, whatever). If so please leave me some questions in the comments or message me them on twitter.

So, what are spirit guides? Well they are thought to be spirits that watch over you from your birth to your death. They can show themselves in different forms (humans, various animals, mythical creatures, etc) depending on what you’ll be most receptive to.

Spirit guides are thought to be souls that have completed their purpose and no longer need to reincarnate. They are there to watch over you, keep you safe, be your confidant, and to give you advise if you’re open to it. They overall, help guide your soul to completing it’s purpose. Some children are blessed to have found them early on and continue into adulthood to be in contact with them. I have a youtuber I follow (Hailey Reese) who has known her spirit guides a long time. I on the other hand have seen a glimpse of one (she’s an elderly woman, looks kinda stereotypically witchy) but other than that have not have the fortune of being in contact with them.

I do however feel they send me messages through animals. I go through different times of seeing the same animal a lot over a period of time. Most recently it was a butterfly. Some other ways they can send you messages is through signs (seeing something, not just animals, a lot in a period of time), gut feelings, intuitive insights (thoughts that seem to come out of nowhere), sending people into your life, arranging and nudging (spirit guides can cause things to happen in your life. For example, you lost your keys and you’re looking for them, then you get a very important phone call. If it wasn’t for you losing your keys you would have missed the phone call).

Some ways to more directly communicating with your spirit guides is to meditate. There are meditations on youtube designed for helping your find your spirit guides. Also pay attention to dreams as you may just find that the people in your dreams that you don’t recognize, or the animal that’s always in your dream, may just be your spirit guide. There is also divination. You can do tarot spreads to communicate with your spirit guides as well.

All in all keep an open mind and pay attention to your surroundings and you may just get some insight from those that watch over you from birth.

Thanks for reading! Make sure you follow me on here and on twitter (especially now that I’m travelling) for updates and notifications on when I post. Have you been in contact with your spirit guides? Have any thoughts or questions? Tell me about it in the comments. Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

 

Relationship with Prayer

Today, I am going to talk about prayer. Growing up as a Christian I prayed a lot. I prayed probably every night for like an hour. Something that hasn’t changed, despite my change in religion, is that when I pray I often like to talk to deity as if I am talking to a friend. So I used to have these long winded conversations with the Christian’s idea of God. Then I stopped following the Christian faith, so I stopped praying. Then when I found Wicca I had associated it so much with Christianity (which was something I was totally turned off from) that I let myself believe that prayer was still unimportant in Wicca. Every once in a while when I was feeling really troubled and desperate for help I’d pray to Gaia about it. But even that made me uncomfortable. Then I read a book over the weekend called Living Wicca by Scott Cunningham (marvelous read by the way) which talked about prayer and it has started to change my mind.

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Who is to say that prayer should only be for a Christian God that I no longer believe in? What gives that guy the right to prayer and not the deities I worship now. They are just as, if not more, worthy than that God. In Scott Cunningham’s book he talks about there being 3 types of prayer. There is prayer for help, prayer for thanks, and prayer for celebration. While I agree that those are all important reasons for prayer I still think that feeling open and connected with deity enough just for a chat is great and I hope to get into the routine of doing it again. Cunningham also talks about how one should start a prayer to the god and goddess: “O goddess within; O God within; O Goddess of the moon, waters, and earth; O God of the Forests and Mountains,” . This is much like the Christian “Dear God,” but more formal. And since it is so formal I think it makes sense to say such a phrase in a formal prayer (one for thanks, need, or celebration) but when it comes to just conversation between you and deity I think it is suffice to just address who you are talking to without all the elegance. I feel as though deity wants us to connect with them on such a level that we feel comfortable to be ourselves when speaking with them (as long as we remember when warranted that they are indeed deities and we are but just people). 

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In a sort of subcategory within each of the main 3 prayers are some types of prayer that I think are important. There are morning prayers, night time prayers, prayers before food, and many more. Some of these prayers that I found in Living Wicca that I really enjoy are these listed below.

Morning prayer:

Bless this day, sun of fiery light.

Bless this day; prepare me for the night

Before sleep prayer:

O’ gracious Goddess,

O’ gracious God, I now enter the realm of dreams

Weave now, if you will, a web of protective light around me.

Guard both my sleeping form and my spirit.

Watch over me

Until the sun once again

Rules the earth.

O’ gracious Goddess,

O’ gracious God, be with me through the night.

Mealtime prayer:

O Goddess within,

O God within,

I now partake of the fertility of the earth.

Bless this food with your love.

 

I really do hope to make these prayers part of my routine. I encourage you to either create or find formal prayers to do each day for the God and Goddess (or whoever/whatever you worship) as well as find time each day to connect with the God and Goddess in prayer on a personal level.

I hope this post helped you think about you and your feelings about prayer. What’s your relationship like with prayer? If you have any thoughts or questions feel free to let me know in the comments. Make sure you subscribe so you can get notifications when I post. Until next time. Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

My Paranormal Experiences

Hello friends! Today I have a major headache (too much sun exposure I think and not enough water) so I thought today may be good to have a more laid back post. Today I thought it would be fun to talk about my personal paranormal experiences. I’m not a paranormal guru by any means and I have not experienced an extreme amount but I’d say a bit more than your average bear.

So my first story is about back when I was around 11 years old I’d say. It was dark out so there were no sun related shadows happening for the record. I was wheeling our green bin to the curb that night for garbage collection in the morning. As I made it about half way down the driveway I looked up and on the path to my house there was this little girl shadow figure skipping to my front door. I stopped and stared and not long after so did she. She then quickly disappeared. After that I hadn’t really experienced anything too crazy until I moved into the place I am in now.

I moved here originally with my boyfriend (Tristen), our best friend (Kate) and her then boyfriend (Max). Not long after we moved in I noticed there was some weird stuff going on. I found a random baby sock (we have no babies and neither did the previous tenants) in my bedroom. Myself and Max would hear people walking upstairs when no one was up there. One time Kate heard what she thought was the cats running up and down the stairs only to realize they were both napping in the room with her. One time after Tristen and I had left the house for the day, Max said he thought he heard me talking downstairs, only to find out he was home alone. So on Samhain I decided I would use my pendulum during ritual and see if there was anything going on. What I could gather from this was there was a male energy in the house who really got a kick out of scaring us. I did a smudging and he left and what I discovered when he was gone was the energy of a little boy who was being suppressed but the negative dark energy of the previous spirit.

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I talked with this little boy for quite a while using my pendulum. I found out his name was Danny and he was 5 years old. Very sweet spirit, no ill intent at all. He had a tendency to hang out in Kate’s bedroom but tended to keep to himself. Not long before Samhain, Max and Kate had broken up and Max moved out. We found a guy through one of my friends and he moved in, Zach. Zach also seemed sensitive to Danny. One time, around Samhain I had porcelain dolls out for decoration. During the night Kate went to go get a glass of water but one of the dolls had a music box in it (you have to twist it to make it sing) and she could hear it downstairs playing. I’m pretty sure it was Danny. Whenever there is a lot of negative energy in the house that needs clearing Danny gets really quiet in the house. That’s when I know to clear it. Before I made this connection Danny was scratching me to get my intention. It never hurt. I would just find random scratches on my body when it didn’t make sense to have them. Zach has told me that he has felt an presence at the top of our stairs at night which he feels is Danny. One night in the upstairs bathroom, around Zach’s and Kate’s rooms the bluetooth shower speaker went off making a bunch of static noise at top volume. We have no explanation as to why as it has to be manually turned on. Also ,Zach had a friend over who said she saw Danny standing in Zach’s bedroom doorway.

Speaking of seeing things. Back in probably September or October of 2017, in the house I am in now with Kate; Zach; and Tristen, I was sleeping. I woke up and saw a shadow figure standing across the room. I saw it so vividly I jumped (waking Tristen up) and then he was gone. I was so frightened because I thought it was the presence of the negative male energy. After a reading with my pendulum I discovered it was my great grandfather who had passed a number of years prior who had a message for my grandmother which I gave to her (I said I had dream about him rather than saying I saw him in my bedroom).

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I think that’s it for today though. Nothing else comes to mind right now. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you want to see more personal posts like this, if you have any thoughts, and/or questions please let me know in the comments. Before you go, make sure to subscribe so you get notifications when I post. Until next time! Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

Weekly Tarot Reading: Beltane reading

Hi everyone! Today I did a reading for Beltane since it is coming up tomorrow and the day after. I thought it might be fun to give you something to use in any rituals and divination you may be doing for the Sabbat.

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Position 1: Safety. Emotional security. What you need to feel safe. Where are you secure in yourself? A seemingly negative card describes a situation that needs your focused attention. Work with the energy of that card to produce feelings of safety.
Position 2: Abundance. Feelings of plenty. Abundance may encompass monetary prosperity, but it also describes the emotional breadth of your life that is full and sweet. A challenging card directs you to constricted energy flow; by releasing the block of a challenging card, emotional abundance will follow.
Position 3: Regeneration. Exploring the possibilities. The bold action needed to grow and flourish. A challenging card will show you the block that keeps you from your heart’s desire.
Position 4: Love. Emotions and relationships. All forms of love, from friendship to sexual passion. Only you know your heart. Look at the suit of the card: what does it tell you about your life right now? (Wands = passion or anger; Cups = love or friendship; Swords = loving the intellect, heartache, or painful decisions; Pentacles = sensuality, the body, or the value you place on love; Court Cards = personal characteristics in your relationships; Major Arcana cards = the big picture, karma, or the spiritual aspects of your relationships.)
Position 5: The Future. The present conceivable outcome based on the flow of cards one through four. What story do the cards tell? The lessons to be learned and the potential for growth. How does position three, regeneration, relate to the future?

So after doing this reading I have found that this Beltane I need to focus still on my transition from school to work and self reflecting about my romantic relationship. I’ll break it down and show you how I came to this conclusion.

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The cards I drew.

Emotional Security: King of Swords Reversed

Firstly, swords connects back to intellect. Also the king card refers to a completion point, a cycle being complete, and to either consolidate your current position or to begin a new cycle. Due to the fact that this card is reversed I seems to be suggesting I need to focus on starting my new journey. I’m caught up in the idea of school even though its done. In order to feel secure I need to embrace the new change which is work.

What am I abundant in: The Fool Reversed

This card when in reverse means that one is living in the moment and not planning for their future. Anything that may sound too good to be true may indeed be too good to be true. I think it relates to me because I have been depending on the idea of getting hired out of practicum, and not thinking about the possibility that I don’t. I think this is suggesting that to make a back of plan or I will lack abundance.

Exploring Possibilities: Ten of Swords

As we said before swords talks about intellect. The number 10 though talks about the ending and the beginning. It is a point of transition. Also to put your best effort in and to not be okay with just being average. I think this cards for me means that it is time to explore possibilities and move on to the next stage (work and not school). But that if I am going to commit to this change that I can’t settle for mediocrity. I need to try my best and be great at what I do.

Love and Relationships: Judgement

This card says that this a the time to reflect and evaluate ourselves and our actions. It is a period of awakening and that you are coming close to a significant point in your life where you must start to evaluate yourself. I think for me this means I’m going to have a big decision to make in my love life soon and I need to evaluate how I feel in the relationship.

The Future: The Hermit

This cards talks about seeking knowledge from within. It also is about contemplating the need to be alone. You are making an effort to take actions that are authentic and true to you. You’re searching your inner soul for guidance on what is right and what your next steps should be. For me I think it means that in the near future it is going to be important to do some inner reflection. The spread says to relate this card back to the 3rd card about regeneration but my intuition is telling me to relate this card to the 4th card instead. I think a decision is coming in my love life where I’m going to need to think about whats best for me.

So that’s this weeks reading. I hope you get good use out of this spread this Beltane. Feel free to let me know if you think I missed anything or to leave any thoughts or questions in the comments. Thanks for reading and make sure to subscribe so you can get notifications whenever I post. Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

All about Smudging

Hi everyone! I am so sorry for how incredibly flaky I’ve been for like the last month or so. I am wrapping my school career up and it’s been ridiculously busy. I promise once things settle down I’ll be more consistent.

Having said that today I want to talk about smudging. It is something that I think is very important even if you are not native, a wiccan, witch, pagan, etc. At the end of the day our homes, belongings, and ourselves collect unwanted energies that need cleared. I personally smudge my home about once a month but really I do it whenever I feel it needs cleansed. I think I want to start a routine of smudging myself on the daily though. In the morning and before bed. We shall see though.

So essentially smudging is the act of burning herbs/plant material and using the smoke it produces to get rid of unwanted energies and to bring balance. There are different materials people burn. You can burn these herbs on their own or in various combinations with each other. You can burn any herb in your home but some of the most popular herbs to burn are:

White sage: it is typically used to get rid of negative energies (this is what I use in my home)

Sweetgrass: Used to cleanse a sacred space and invites good spirits

Lavender: Used to attract peace, happiness, and a restful sleep. It also aids in divination and meditation. It is often associated with fairies and elves

Cedar: Banishes fear and enhances psychic power. It is considered a guardian spirit and chases away the bad spirits

Tobacco: It is considered an activator of all plants. It helps with communicating with the spirit world.

Just as there are lots of different herbs you can smudge with there are also various ways to smudge. You can burn the end of a bundle of herbs or you can burn loose herbs. I typically burn in a bundle but today I tried loose herbs. I think I will continue with the loose herbs for a while to really give it a shot. When you burn with a bundle there is typically less clean up. Some think you need to burn it in the bundle because it keeps everything evenly cleansed. With loose leaf you have to have a container of some sort to burn it in. I liked doing it that way today because you can offer the remaining herb in your burning dish back to the earth. Some think you need to burn it loose because it brings more air and lightness to the cleansing. It’s really whatever is best for you though. If you are burning loose you have to decide what to burn it in. It obviously needs to be heat resistant. Ceramic is probably a good bet. Some use Abalone shells (I personally do). I think it is a great way to incorporate the element of water into my smudging practice. Some though associate the shell with the mother of the ocean and using the shell is seen as disrespectful. Once again it is up to you.

As for how to smudge, There are numerous methods and I think, as long as you have the best of intentions, a smudging will always work, regardless of if you do it properly or not.  But what I think is most effective for smudging a home is open the doors and windows, if possible, and start in the lowest part of the building. I light my herbs and start off by saying I and the elements fire (the flame), water (the shell), air (the feather/smoke), and earth (the herb) do not welcome any negative energy in this home. Then I go through the house room by room and chant “negative energy you are not welcome here. This is a place of love, peace, and joy”. I go through each room until I feel moved to leave. You may have to relight your sage from time to time. When I smudge the last room I say something along the lines of “the elements, myself, and any gods and goddesses and positive spirits that would like to join me banish any negative energy in the home. This is a place of love, peace, and joy”. After that I smudge myself and my cats. Then, if I have any remains, I pour water on it and give it back to the earth and say thank you.

When smudging yourself I simply take my hands and wash the smoke over my face and heart. I then feather my self starting at my feet and up to my head and then I try and get as much of my back as I can. As for my cats they don’t like it very much so I just give a couple of fans with my feather in their direction. As for objects I light my sage and pass the object I want cleared, through the smoke. As you do that you can chant what you want from the smudging. Ex) you want to cleanse your crystal. So you pass your crystal through the smoke and as you do it chant “this crystal is cleansed of any negative energy”.

Lastly, I just want to make clear that one if you are in a situation where you don’t feel comfortable chanting out loud you can do so in your head. It will work. I just find saying it out loud when I can helps keep my energies up. Also be aware that smudging can take more focus and energy than you realize in the act. Having said that you may be a little drained afterwords, especially if there was a lot of negativity to clear. So sit down for a bit and have some water.

Thank you all for reading. If you have any tips, thoughts, or questions please leave them in the comments! I love to read them. Also remember if you have anything you’d like to share (be it an experience, request for a post, or just a question) feel free to send me an email at wiccans_arent_wicked@hotmail.com Merry Meet and Blessed Be!