Just as the Moon has different phases Witches use as a correspondence for their magicks, the Earth has phases, too that can be harnessed. From the mundane perspective we recognize these phases as Seasons and even if the location of where you live doesn't have recognizable seasons, there still is an energetic shifting that occurs at these times, which can be used as a correspondence when spell casting. Witches recognize these seasons or energetic phases and refer to them as Seasonal Tides.
The seasonal tide is shifting and we're moving from the Harvest season to the Winter; from the energy of the element of air to the energy of the element of earth, which will be prominent with the coming Winter Solstice, but for now we are in the Tide of Planning and for me planning happens when I am resting.
With Samhain behind me I have time to rest and consider all that I experienced up to this point in my life. I contemplate the situations and relationships I released and the situations and relationships I have gained. I consider how these shifts have changed the direction of my life and what it is I still desire for myself in the days ahead.
Being as my spirituality is based within Wicca I have established a relationship with the Quarters or the natural forces of the cardinal points (North, South, East, and West) and during Ritual I will call or summon them within my cast Circle. Each of these Quarters hold a specific energy that I merge with in order to work my magicks, whatever it may be at that time, but my relationship reaches beyond casting a Circle for Ritual or casting a spell for manifestation. As I live my life here in the physical realm I work to balance the energies of the Quarters within me and continuously work with the natural forces of the Cardinal Points to live a life I desire for myself. Some days this practice is more challenging and difficult than others as I am aware of the
Pendulums are simple tools that can be used numerous ways in any Witch’s Craft. The most common use for a pendulum is divination. When my children were younger I had them chose a pendulum at the local metaphysical shop, purchased them, and taught them how to use it to ask simple “yes” or “no” questions. It was their first experience with divination.
In my own Witchcraft practice I’ve used a few different pendulums over the years; metal, rose quartz, and the clear quartz I currently use most often. I have a strong bond with this particular pendulum and don’t see myself exchanging it for a different one any time soon. I encourage anyone interested in trying pendulum work to find one that really calls to them or draws them, just as when choose other tools of the Craft.
Essential Oils have been a part of my Craft since the beginning. I have an emotional and psychological association with the sensation and scent of oils. I was raised within a Roman Catholic home and have been anointed with the Oil of Catechumens to strengthen me to turn away from evil, temptation, and sin when I received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Matrimony. The act of anointing someone or something with oil always made the occasion feel sacred and important and was something I was eager to continue when I transitioned to my Wiccan practice.
Within sympathetic magick it was a common practice to anoint with the fat of sacrificial animals as it was perceived to be a powerful charm second only to the blood of the animal. The practice of anointing with oil is believed to be rooted in this ancient practice, which makes sense to this Witch.
She appeared to me first in a dream. I was confused as to who she was as it was unclear so I reached out to others who I knew had an active relationship with her only to be informed that if it was indeed The Morrigan that I had encountered I would know. So I dismissed the vision as a simple dream and continued my practice without a second thought. I felt the same way about The Morrigan as I did Isis; she seemed trendy. Everyone was working with or they were priestesses of The Morrigan and I didn’t want to be like everyone else so I resisted. But she persisted. She continued to appear to me in dreams and would make her presence known during my meditations. I witnessed murders of crows in the backyard of my home. I found black feathers while on walks in the neighborhood. I couldn’t ignore her so I conceded and acknowledged her.
It was clear that I required her aid. My family was going through a
The concept is simple; as mystics, occultists, magicians, sorcerers, wizards, witches, or whatever label you prefer for yourself ... we are always seeking. We are always searching for the greater knowledge or the hidden knowledge. It is the foundation for all magickal practice and is the first axiom of The Witch's Pyramid; "To Know" and in order to know anything the individual must find it, comprehend it, and learn it. There is so much for the Witch to learn about ourselves and our personal realities without even considering the shared reality of all humanity and any other realities that might exist beyond.
For me, this idea, the idea that I will never stop being a student,
I have had a love for keys since I was a child and would collect any that I found abandoned or that no longer had a valid use for its intended purpose. Car keys, house keys, padlock keys ... old rusty keys, newer keys ... any sort of key was a treasure for me. I would eagerly place the key on a silver key ring or chain and keep them in a safe place. I would pretend to use my found keys to open locked doors whether physical or imagined believing that whatever it was secured behind those doors was important and valuable and available to only me since I held the key.
When I consider the concept of judgment within my Witchcraft I first consider the Tarot card of Judgement XX and what lessons it brings forth when it appears in a spread; making a judgment on a situation or experience, judging others or oneself, facing the reckoning of the gods … when I do so I realize that there are often times when judgment is not only useful and helpful, but necessary. Within my own practice I recognize that judgment forces me to create boundaries where there previously were none or forces me to contemplate my own desires and needs instead of always yielding to others (especially when dealing with a coven or group of other practitioners). While it is certainly true that compromises must be made when I am a member of a larger group there are things that we all should refuse to compromise on, especially if we are uncomfortable with whatever it is being presented to us, though I would also concede that sometimes our own discomfort may indicate that there is a shadow within ourselves that we may want to address.
Invocation is an important part of a Witch's practice because it is one way in which he or she is able to commune with those entities that align with the Spirit Realm. The practice of invocation provides a channel through which communication between planes of existence is achieved. Through invocation a Witch draws a spirit, Spirit force, deity or other non-physical being into her or his body in order to commune with that entity or to be the mouthpiece for that particular entity so that others may have the opportunity to speak and listen to the messages that entity brings to the physical realm. When a successful invocation has taken place the Witch’s personality has been replaced by that of the spiritual being that has been invoked much like a possession.
The role of the High Priestess is greatly misunderstand by many self-taught Wiccans and Witches. The title and role of the High Priestess was one that I assumed during the years I lead Lunar Wisdom Coven, but I no longer assume the position nor the title as the coven dissolved a few years ago and I did not birth another. At the present time I am solitary in my own practice and due to the transition I am experiencing I wouldn’t even suggest that I am a Priestess; I do not work or associate with any one particular personified goddess, god, or pantheon. I am Witch – that is a label that describes me, but beyond that I am uncertain.
Gnosis is defined as esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth that is essential to the liberation of the individual from illusion or ignorance. The spiritual seeker searches for gnosis through numerous practices, striving to gain insight into the nature of the Universe as well as his or herself through these practices. For me these practices include; meditation, contemplation, fasting, Ritual, and any other means I find to communion with the Spirit Realm, but for others it may manifest in a different way. Perhaps the individual perceives deity as the personified god Ganesh and while in meditation that practitioner has a profound interaction with this deity or the Witch works only with the primordial forces of nature and while holding ritual outside in her backyard she witnessed a natural event that uncovered some truth for her. It is these moments when the individual is aligned with deity and the moment when gnosis can be gained if we are opened to the experience. Many times gnosis comes to me in a way I am unprepared for, which places even greater value on the experience for me.
Many new Witches misunderstand the concept of familiars. In discussing the concept with them it is clear to see that they believe that their familiar spirit is their animal companion whether it is their pet cat or dog or bird and that particular animal aids them with their magick or ritual, but the Witch's familiar is much more than a pet and typically their pet is not their familiar. While having an animal companion is pleasant and there are wonderful benefits for the Witch in owning a pet, to believe that your pet cat or dog is your familiar is misinformed and misguided. A Witch's familiar is not owned by the Witch. A familiar is a spiritual entity in its own right possessing freewill and a unique personality. They are spiritual entities with agendas that may or may not align with the Witch at any given time. The familiar chooses the Witch as much as the Witch chooses the familiar; the two cultivate a magickal relationship that is mutually beneficial to both parties involved in the bond.
Everything is made of energy and is connected by the very nature of what it is. While some things appear to be solid material, it is still made of energy just vibrating at a low frequency. Nothing is permanent; everything deteriorates. Life is a vast web of energetic interconnections and human beings experience these connections physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We are connected to our relatives, our friends, our ancestors, the land we live, and situations we experience. We are connected to our possessions, our careers, hobbies, the people with whom we