I have always associated the cauldron with witchcraft. As a child when I closed my eyes and imagined mysterious witches outside at night casting spells under the full moon they were always in the woods surrounding a cauldron that was bubbling over a fire. I’m aware that this is a stereotypical image, but for me there is a thread of truth to be found there within the exaggeration. Since I’ve lived in New England my entire life I often visited living museums such as Plimouth Plantation and Old Sturbridge Village; both museums present what life would have been like for people living during the 1600’s and 1800’s respectively and every home you visit within the museum centers around the hearth, which always has a cauldron
A short while ago I had a conversation with a friend of mine who identifies as Witch, but who feels as if they may have lost their Craft and asked me if I thought that was possible. He brought up the point that he wasn’t casting spells or actively practicing magick nor had he felt the motivation to do anything “magickal” and questioned if he was even still a Witch or if he ever really was Witch. I was intrigued.
I think the answer to his questions really comes down to how someone defines Witch and that definition would then lead to the answer to his questions. I would surmise that there is no one true answer and ask ten Witches you may get ten different answers. For me, I do not believe that I could ever “lose” my Craft. I also do not believe that I
I have always been fascinated by baphomet. The image has been uncomfortable for me to gaze at, but it never caused me fear even when I was told that he was an image for Satan. I had difficulty wrapping my mind around the concept that this image was what I understood Satan to represent, when I thought and felt that this image, which included so many polarities embodied more than the Christian concept of God’s adversary, the depiction of absolute evil. There was something meaningful encapsulated within this image that enthralled me and still does.
Baphomet symbolizes for me everything that is considered occultism and esoteric knowledge; these are things that I am constantly seeking out and mentally devouring. The first symbolism that I notice is the position of the arms and hands; one pointing to the heavens with the other pointing to the earth. Being a
The following is a poem from my upcoming pagan poetry book titled,
A Witch's Voice.
Here in this forest of primordial mysteries
I have not knowledge, but knowing, whispered secrets
Of the Ancient Ones, of the fae,
Themselves elemental spirits of the wood,
Cloaked, they’re soundlessly watching with interest: my
Movements with the familiar wild
Curiosity of nature, the cloistered
Sanctuary of my Ancestors, they’re hushed abundant
Murmurs to be surmised something more than wind.
Witch, Shadow Weaver, dances, her animated silhouette
Instead of talking about the mechanics, purpose, and correspondences for the athame as you can find most of that in my online Grimoire, which can be found here, I want to discuss my personal relationship with my athame and how it has changed over the years and why I will never release this particular tool from my witchcraft practice even as the structure of my practice might change and grow over the years with my own spiritual growth.
When I first began practicing I didn't know exactly what to think about the blade. I had read numerous books by different authors and all discussed casting Circle with the athame and stressed that the blade was a sacred
I am a member of a facebook group that was created specifically for YouTubers who make videos about paganism or for individuals who watch these types of YouTube videos and want to become involved with the community. Within this group there is a post presenting a YouTube Pagan Challenge for the year 2018. I’ve participated in these types of challenges in years past and decided that this year I would participate, but instead of creating videos I would blog my responses to the prompts. So this year Annika, the founder of the facebook group, suggested that we use the alphabet as a guide and make one video (blog post for me) for every letter of the alphabet by the end of the year. So every other week (some months 3 weeks) I will be posting the blog for this year’s YouTube Pagan Challenge and the other weeks will address other topics. I am behind as we find ourselves in February at the moment and I missed January so I my posts will be a month behind the suggested schedule. Regardless of the delay I do hope you enjoy these YouTube Pagan Challenge posts.
Generally I perceive myself as an optimistic person. I find that I seek out the “good” in people and often times I can find a way to relate to the people I meet. I don’t think much about it; I just begin by ask probing questions until I find something the two of us have in common and I build the connection from that point. I like people … most of the time. There are days that I become frustrated or annoyed by other people’s behavior and lack of consideration for others, but overall I tend to enjoy the exchanges I experience with others. Perhaps it is because I recognize that we are all unified beings and not as separate as one might first imagine. I mean, while it is true that we all have unique personalities that are shaped by our
This game is a fun way to memorize your Key Words and to create a comprehensive narrative (similar to The Fool’s Journey). I have played this game numerous times with my Tarot students and have always been asked to play it again. Everyone enjoys it!
The Tarot Game is best played with three or more people, but can be played with only two (playing by yourself will have limited benefits). I suggest using a standard Rider-Waite Tarot deck or a Rider-Waite inspired deck, but honestly any deck can be used as long as the players are familiar with the images.
Object: Get rid of all cards held while weaving a comprehensive narrative.
If you are a Tarot reader then there is an assumption that you have at least at one time used or are acquainted with the Rider-Waite deck and are familiar with the elemental associations made with each of the suits since many of the images on the cards reflect these obvious associations; Cups with water, Pentacles or Coins with earth, Swords with air, and Wands with fire. Each card of the suits has some symbolism that clearly illustrates these associations. The Cups have images of rivers, streams, waves, and a predominance of the color blue. Pentacles have images of gardens, cities, hills, and mountains. The suits of Swords are filled with images of clouds, butterflies, and light blue colors. Wands have flames, salamanders, and orange hues. While these
I was watching some videos on YouTube yesterday and came across one in which the creator was discussing The Law of Attraction. These videos always intrigue me so I watched it and felt the motivation to write about my thoughts and personal insights to what the individual said within their video. The creator's stance was that The Law of Attraction is dishonest. Obviously this is just her opinion and feelings regarding the concept and she never stated it as fact., but as someone who resonates with The Law of Attraction and who recognizes the similarities between it and witchcraft and magick, I was somewhat offended by her words and I would like to take this opportunity to share my understanding of The
I have found that there are two distinct groups of Tarot readers when it comes to the idea of Tarot and timing. Some readers adamantly believe that the cards cannot predict future events and those who believe that the cards are able to aid with predictions. Personally I tend to find that I align more closely with the second group, but even if you are a reader like me, who believes that the cards are able to predict future events, I am certain you will also agree with the idea that there are limitless possibilities for each of us when it comes to our futures. The mere concept of linear time is a human construct and does not actually exist beyond our physical plane of existence so any attempt to predict an event for anyone is just that – an attempt to do so. When using the Tarot as a divination tool the reader uses his or her psychic abilities to align with the vibrational frequency of the cards and see the images of
The Witch is the sovereign of his or her own power. We are responsible for our own witchcraft. We acknowledge this. We know this. If another being is harnessing our power it is because we've allowed this exchange to occur whether consciously and intentionally or unconsciously and inadvertently because we didn't protect, shield, or ward ourselves and another Witch or magickal practitioner has manipulated us and tapped into our energy. There are reasons why the Witch would allow this to occur; coven workings are a perfect example. When working in a coven there is a merging of individual energies to create powerful spell castings. This type of blending of energy, of personal power is desired by all within the coven.
As a Witch, it is my understanding and belief that I am in control of the energies of myself, both body and spirit, and I am aware of the energies that exist within my environment; whether that environment is the natural world or that which has been constructed by human hands. I recognize that I am attuned and aligned with these free-flowing and ever-shifting energies and it is because of this knowing and understanding, that I do not perceive myself as a victim of anyone or anything. If I find that I am injured or harmed by someone or something then it is because I have aligned myself with that