Wednesday Witchstagram – amethystscars

The interview with @amethystscars

Hi Danielle,
Sydney here from @amethystscars!

Here are my answers from the interview you sent over.

I hope they’re not too long – but feel free to shorten if you need!
I’ve also attached photos just of me, and some of my altar and tarot decks, again use as many or as little as you need!
Thanks again for the profile! Let me know if theres anything else you need!
All the Best,
Sydney
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Do you have a “name” for your craft? Or do you follow a certain path?
Is it too millennial of me to say that I don’t believe in labels? (lol) I guess I can most closely relate to eclectic witchcraft. For me, it’s always about what I connect with. If I can’t feel or find that connection then I can’t authentically practice it, at least in that moment. Right now Tarot, Astrology, and Crystal Work are at the center of my craft. They’re the most guiding in my life and I strongly believe in their properties to maintain self-care. Self-care is the most important path I follow tbh.
How did you find your path? What called you to it?
I actually started by studying Wicca. I had gone through a HORRIBLE breakup and felt completely lost in who I was. Wicca and witchcraft had always been an interest of mine, but never something I spent the time to explore whole-heartedly and this turned into the perfect time to do so. However, I became disheartened after realizing that Wicca wasn’t for me early on. That said, I was lucky enough to come across a witch who told me that you don’t have to be Wiccan to practice witchcraft and that changed everything. After recognizing that truth, I instantly felt that I had found myself. Raised in a Mexican-Catholic family there were just some beliefs I couldn’t fully hold in Wicca even though I don’t identify as Catholic anymore. And once that was let go of, I was able to embrace everything else that I had felt connected to. Basically it was a long journey that started with a shitty guy, but ended with an incredible part of who I am today.
Are you open about it with friends/family?
-I actually have a very small family. I just have my two moms, one is Catholic and the other actually claims psychic abilities but she works with Spirits. I really don’t share much with either but for very different reasons. As for friends, I have a small community that I can share it with openly, another batch that know its part of my life, and another that has really no idea. It varies depending on trust.
Why or why not?
-I don’t share much with my mother who is Catholic as she really fears it and I know she doesn’t want it to be something I “pursue”. My other mom’s abilities are one’s that I guess I in turn fear to engage in. I’ve had experiences with spirit work that I’m not very comfortable with still and she can tell when I’ve been practicing (literally anything) when I come to visit which totally freaks me out in terms of those experiences I mentioned. Even though she practices light work now, she’s had some very dark things happen to her and I feel the need to separate my practice in order to keep my energy and self safe. 
When it comes to my friend group, the ones I share the most with are the ones who believe and practice too! They’re the best support system. From there I have friends who don’t practice anything but I know accept me so they get the inside scoop. And then there are friends who I don’t know well enough, trust enough, or simply don’t think would understand. I don’t always share with them. I believe in protecting your energy and its necessary for what we do. So if I feel that’s by not sharing this part of me, then I don’t think it’s a bad thing. 
Are there any other crafts, or paths, that you’re interested in exploring?
-Astrology and moon rituals are two that I already work with, but would really love to dedicate more time into. Astrology is just such an expansive topic in general I truly believe it takes lifelong study. I also would love to get into herb work. I’ve always seen myself growing into an older woman with an apothecary living the recluse lifestyle we dream about.
What is your favorite thing to do? (Eh; Tarot, crystal work, herb work, or whatever)
-By far Tarot. I’ve always felt connected to it, and believe that I had a gift with it early on. I’ve only seen myself grow more and more and its something that I just love to do. I started my page just to share that passion with others because its just so overwhelming for me, it needs an avenue to flow through. 
Do you practice with others or solitaire?
-Typically, solitaire. Although, recently, I’ve been able to connect with some incredible people who are all latinx and practicing in my area so we’ve started The Valley Brujas. It’s taken me a long time to be open to group work, and to a community for me. I have a large fear of controlling a practice to ensure spiritual safety so I do take a while to fully trust another’s intention before working with them. I’m an empath, I really hold tight to that whole self-preservation/protection theme in all areas.
Do you have a favorite author that is your go to for inspiration?
-Feminist literature. There is something about a feminist (of course female) author that honestly is the most empowering thing and emboldens me in my craft as an individual. I’ve been on the Janet Fitch, Roxanne Gay, Joan Didion, Chloe Caldwell, Rupi Kaur train. But god there’s so many more! Another recent great read was The Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Eses. 
Do you have a favorite Instagram/Tumblr/Website you go to for knowledge or inspiration?
There are so many! Jeff Hinshaw, of @brooklyntarot is by far one of my favorite tarot readers on IG. He’s a genuinely great guy who uses his practice so authentically. I have a few crystals from him actually. Favorite feminist witch doctrine goes to @witchdoctorpoet. Witchy woman fashion inspo goes to @bona_drag. And overall aesthetic and informational pages I love are @sabatmagazine @oldeways @theewhitewitch. To name a few…
Are you willing to allow others to reach out to you to ask you questions?
Absolutely! I share what I know, and am always eager to connect with others who can share with me in all of this, and who can teach me even more.
Where do you hail from? *optional*
-Born and raised and thriving in Los Angeles.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
My path is always growing and evolving and I want others to know that theirs will too. We all could use a little more kindness in this world, and if you know a new witch, or newly practicing tarot reader – be supportive! That said, be mindful about your communities, aesthetic based practicers can often be a negative impact on your energies and protecting yourself is important. 

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Wednesday Witchstagram – amethystscars

Wednesday Witchstagram – hedydd

Today’s feature witch is @hedydd
Do you have a “name” for your craft? Or do you follow a certain path?

I’ve always described my witchcraft practice as “eclectic” – it sounds more honest to me, so to speak, since I’ve not being raised into a specific/strict pagan or spiritual tradition. However, my craft is mainly of hedgewitchery, green witchcraft and Celtic inspiration.

How did you find your path? What called you to it?

The Celtic culture called me through literature (books about Druids and Avalon and stuff…), music and even my birthplace (my town being of Celtic foundation). I began dabbling in green witchcraft and hedgewitchery when I came back home – having attended university in another city – and started spending more time in the countryside, closer to Nature and its cycles.

Are you open about it with friends/family?
I’d say yes, my family knows about my path and at the moment my partner and most of my friends are Pagan as well.

Why or why not?

Because I’ve always been firmly convinced that I wasn’t doing anything to be ashamed of. My family is pretty open-minded so they accepted my choices when they were persuaded that it was nothing dangerous. Hiding everything would have been too much struggle, and I already had anxiety issues for many other reasons!

Are there any other crafts, or paths, that you’re interested in exploring?

I’m fascinated by rootwork at the moment, I’d love to find proper teachers.
What is your favorite thing to do? (Eh; Tarot, crystal work, herb work, or whatever)
That’s a tough one, lol. I’d say crystal/herb work and pathworking.

Do you practice with others or solitaire?

Both. Sometimes I prefer being alone (mainly for little magickal works or divination) but most of the time I’m with my partner and/or our Circle.
Do you have a favorite author that is your go to for inspiration?

I have many, from Starhawk to Gede Parma. 

Do you have a favorite Instagram/Tumblr/Website you go to for knowledge or inspiration?

I find my whole Instagram feed inspiring, I can’t pick just one!
Are you willing to allow others to reach out to you to ask you questions?

Sure, I’d love to hear from anyone!

Where do you hail from?

I’m from northeastern Italy, I live among the mountains known as the Dolomites.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Sharing personal stories and experiences from the community it’s a great idea! In my country many baby witches and newbies struggle to find other people to share and/or compare their path with, so the more other Pagans share, the better!

Wednesday Witchstagram – hedydd

A minor introduction to Astrology

There are two types of people in the world, those who believe in the science behind astrology, and those who don’t.

Those who don’t, don’t ever see it as a science and think of it more as something someone made up based on how many people they knew and when their birthdays ended up falling. Those who do believe, understand that there is years and years and years of study and calculations when it comes to the science of astrology and that it isn’t just determined by your sun sign.

Your horoscope/personality isn’t just made up of “oh I’m a Taurus and these are the characteristics of a Taurus. Just like your body is made up of many a cell and microorganism, your personality is made up of many heavenly bodies. Every planet and every zodiac is associated with your personality, it just happens to be that some may take precedent over others in how strong those attributes may be.

As there are twelve zodiacs, so too are there twelve what we call “houses” of your personality. Out of these houses there is four that are called the angular houses;

-Sun sign
-Moon sign
-Rising sing
-10th house sign

These houses each have areas of your life that they rule over, and coincide with the zodiac sign that falls into each one of them. The houses of function, as they are called, are as follows;

Sun sign – personal character/personality, house of life
Moon sign – latter part of life, house of endings
Rising sign – fortune of marriage, house of relationships
10th house sign – public recognition, house of substance

*the 8 other houses are called Succedent and Cadent respectively, and also fall into the 4 houses of function mentioned above*

I have found that this is the best website for discovering your 4 major aspects.

Mine would be as follows;

Sun Sign – Taurus
Moon Sign – Capricorn
Rising Sign – Scorpio
10th House Sign – Leo

My personality is Taurus, I am stubborn but reliable. I enjoy beautiful things such as music, clothing and art. (I use music as a therapist, I love great comfy clothing not necessarily good looking clothing, and I love to write and paint.) I can also be lazy and greedy. (Everyone has some negative qualities, *shrug*)

My Moon is in Capricorn which is the fourth house, more of a house of the future and what it might hold or how I might work around it. When the Moon is in Capricorn, these people tend to be ambitious and work towards a material goal. “Everything they do is with self-interest in mind” which I do find myself thinking lately and it greatly discourages me.

My Rising or relationship sign is Scorpio. This can be sometimes be read as a partner with Scorpio qualities or that is a Scorpio, but most likely it is read as what you desire in a relationship. The aspects of a Scorpio is a high emotional and sexual drive, someone who goes all-in and doesn’t usually “half-ass” anything.

My 10th House sign is Leo, this house rules work and how people view you. Leo’s tend to be generous but also over-confident and arrogant which can rub people the wrong way (I’ve done that a lot at work…oops…)

None of my zodiac signs are in their natural houses (as they all have houses that they would naturally rule and therefore the aspects of them would be much stronger. The aspects are still quite strong in my life and that is because they are all apart of my angular, or primary, houses.

There are obviously the either other houses and they each have their own meaning that coincides with whichever zodiac and planet is in each one for you.

I am barely scratching the surface on my own natal chart with the knowledge I have gained from Astrology for Beginners by William W. Hewitt, and I can’t do much else with my natal chart until I receive it, (provided the free offer in the book still stands.) All the information in this post has come from his book, that has been sitting on my shelf for far too long and I can’t believe I just opened it now! Click below to get your own copies.

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This blog post has been written to try and help those conquer their retrograde selves or fears, which will be discussed in another post as we have FIVE plants in retrograde over August and September!!

Love & light my friends
BB

xo D

A minor introduction to Astrology

Wednesday Witchstagram – thewitchbone

This weeks feature is @thewitchbone
I particularly like her account for all the Tarot and I love reading Tarot!
Today’s Wednesday Witchstagram is @thewitchbone!
Do you have a “name” for your craft? Or do you follow a certain path?

I’m a Kitchen Witch, I like to dabble in a little bit of everything.
How did you find your path? What called you to it?

I’ve been into witchcraft ever since I was little. I’ve always been interested in tarot, crystals, and the occult.
Are you open about it with friends/family?

Yes, my family knows I’m a witch and a tarot reader.
Why or why not?

-hey find it interesting for the most part, and thankfully there are no negative feelings about it.
Are there any other crafts, or paths, that you’re interested in exploring?

Astrology is another huge passion of mine.
What is your favorite thing to do? (Eg; Tarot, crystal work, herb work, or whatever)

Crystals and tarot mostly.
Do you practice with others or solitary?

I practice my craft solitary.
Do you have a favorite author that is your go to for inspiration?

Stephen King!
Do you have a favorite Instagram/Tumblr/Website you go to for knowledge or inspiration?

All of the amazing witchy instagramers!
Are you willing to allow others to reach out to you to ask you questions?

Of course, always!
Where do you hail from? *optional*

Winchester, Ohio

Wednesday Witchstagram – thewitchbone

Cottage Weekend: Dragonfly

Ever since I got to the dock, there has been dragonflies hanging around. Is it the same one? I have no idea. I know that dragonflies entrance me and so, here I am googling dragonfly meanings and associations. 
What I have found:

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“The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.”

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The dragonfly totem carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal, the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. Those who have this animal as totem may be inclined to delve deep into their emotions and shine their true colors.

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What I’m gathering is that, as I seem to be he only one noticing the dragonfly that keeps hanging around, I’ve either achieved a change in my spirituality or mental state or need to make one.

Personally I think I’ve been making great progress in these areas and I feel now that noticing the dragonfly is a statement saying I have been on the right path. Something I’ve never considered before but am suddenly wanting is a dragonfly tattoo. 
You should never stop changing and growing. The dragonfly is a great constant reminder of this. Especially in the summer when there are numerous ones about. It’s hard to be reminded of this in the winter when there are none around, even in the summer one may not ever see them. Today we have seen a lot (or the same one) of dragonfly(ies) and they have been huge, therefore a large symbol of change and inner growth. 
If you’ve seen a lot of them recently I encourage you to look up more meanings and see if they speak to you, as they have spoken to me. 

Cottage Weekend: Dragonfly

Wednesday Witchstagram – moon.and.bones

Today’s Wednesday Witchstagram Feature is moon.and.bones ! 🌙💀
Do I have a “name” for my craft? 

I suppose I would have to go for “Eclectic Brujeria” because I incorporate spellwork, holidays and deities from so many cultures. Currently I have found myself drawn very intensely to the Yoruban pantheon. Specifically I have been communing and working with Yemaya, Oshun and Ellegua. I have been leaning more and more to these religions and traditions that work with these Orishas and Lwas, such as Voodoo, Hoodoo, Ifa, and Santeria. I am currently I also work closely with Hecate and the triple moon/triple Goddess aspect of paganism. I also have lately felt drawn to the Egyptian pantheon as well. Specifically Isis and Sekhmet.
Am I open to my friends and family? 

Select friends understand the depth of my beliefs, and I’m sure others have their suspicions. Lol! When you come to my house and see my altar and all of my candles and crystals and my herb collection, its fairly obvious something is up! As for my family, I don’t get into it too much with them. They are for the most part Catholic and in the past trying to explain my beliefs to them has caused more harm than good.
I am interested in exploring all paths! Even if I do not choose to incorporate a certain path into my work, I believe all paths are interesting to learn about. For instance, I have several friends who follow the left hand path, I find their perspectives thought provoking. I also am interested in Celtic Paganism, Norse Paganism and I love New Orleans Voodoo. New Orleans Voodoo, and Marie Laveau have had a huge influence on my practice.
My favorite work to do is candle magick, herbalism, oils, tinctures, brews, teas. I love crafting wreaths for Pagan holidays, making Florida water…just doing withchy stuff! Lol, I love it all!
For a very long time I practiced alone. I first got into witchcraft at 12 years old. I had a small collection of books. My mother found them and freaked out and threw them all away. At this point I told myself that my craft was an aspect of myself that I needed to keep secret. Over time, and its taken a long time, I have been more open about it. I started posting little things here and there on social media, and in doing that I discovered my Sister-witch Katrina Fae (bee_witch_tx)!! We’ve been practicing together ever since. We even have an online apothecary that we are just getting off of the ground. Check it out, queens.hive.apothecary on Instagram!! ❤
Do I have a favorite author? 

Goodness, that’s a hard one! I enjoy all of Llewellyns’s publications and the authors that they publish…I also enjoy the late great Scott Cunningham, Ann Moura, and a book I reference CONSTANTLY is The Voodoo Hoodoo spell book by Denise Alvarado.
My fave IG that I go to for inspiration would have to be Haus of Hoodoo, Madame Magnolia, Moma Sarah (conjuredcardea) and Selena Fox.
Am I willing to allow others to reach out to me to ask questions.

Certainly!
Where do I hail from? 

The Hill Country in Texas (Kerrville)

Wednesday Witchstagram – moon.and.bones