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

Spell: Banishing Unwanted Spirit

For the waning moon we just had and its powerful banishing properties, I worked a spell to help with protecting a friend of mine and her mother from an unwanted, negative spirit that has followed her around for years.

This particular spirit is quite malevolent and has been named a “demon” by my friend and her mother. It wakes her, hides objects, it has even shown itself to her mother taking form of two cat-like eyes glowing red in the light of dusk.

I’m going to share with you the spell I performed. Please change it to fit your will as not everyone has the same sets of deities, and of course different ingredients will call to you. I will list what I used and also what I could have used but chose not to for reasons that were mostly: I was not able to find them.

What I made was small witch bottles that would sit about the threshold of each entrance into their apartment, as well as one that they would keep on them at all times. The bottles I procured from a dollar store (Ontario,) and the small bags I put them in I have collected over the years or bought from my favorite occult store Odyssey.

Ingredients
-vervain
-lavender
-sage
-rosemary
-st.johns wort
-peppermint
-black obsidian (stone)
-fancy jasper(stone)
-lapis lazuli(stone)


(Other options: delphinium/larkspur, digitalis/foxglove, geranium, basil, dill, marjoram, parsely, agate, amber, calcite, carnelian, citrine, jet, malachite, onyx, quartz, ruby, tigers eye, turquoise.)


I used an incense picked up from Odyssey called “Home Protection” as well as pulling out the tarot card “Strength” and “The Sun”. “Strength” because it is associated with her zodiac Leo, and “The Sun” because of it’s shining, warm, positive light, that it might provide that to her through these charms.

I then cast my circle by walking clockwise with my two fingers on my right hand pointed out, envision my white light creating a circle, and then expanding to form a translucent dome over me and my work space. I then used my sage smudge stick to smudge my circle and myself, ridding everything in the circle of any negative energies.

I got down to business calling in the quarters.

“I call to the element of Earth, please aid me in this spell and lend me your strength.”
I lit the green candle to the North.
“I call to the element of Air, please aid me in this spell and lend me your wisdom.”
I lit the yellow candle to the East.
“I call to the element of Fire, please aid me in this spell and lend me your courage.”
I lit the red candle to the South.
“I call to the element of Water, please aid me in this spell and lend me your love.”
I lit the white candle to the West. (Traditionally you would use blue but I did not have a blue votive candle when I thought I did, and in this case white is the best substitute.)

I then turned my head to the heavens and asked for the assistance of the two Gods I chose.

“I humbly ask the Norse God Vali, The Avenger, to please lend me your power. Help me avenge my friend *name* of her fears and her peace of mind from the demon that haunts her.”

“I humbly ask the Norse God Vidar, God of silence, stealth and revenge, to please lend me your power. Help me seek revenge and banish the demon threatening and terrorising the life of my friend *name*”

I then lit the Gold candle representing the Gods.

“I light the white candle, to add the power of light and of protection to this spell.”
I lit the white taper candle.
“I light the black candle, to add the power of banishment of negativity to this spell.”
I lit the black taper candle.

I then sat down for a few moments and meditated on the protection that would fall on my friends apartment, the line invisible to the mortal eye but feared by negative spirits knowing that they could not cross, enveloping the bored of each window or door like it was a line of Christmas lights.

“I thank you all for joining me in this circle tonight and lending me your powers. I appreciate all of you and your gifts.”

I then got to work by layering the bottom of each bottle with the black obsidian, fancy jasper and lapis lazuli. Next I ground up all the herbs and using a funnel I poured the concoction into each of the 7 jars. (5 for the doors and windows and one for each person.) Once I had corked all of them I ran each jar through each element. I rolled it in the salt for Earth, passed it through the incense smoke for Air, rolled it through the black candle flame for Fire, and gently dipped it in my water jug for Water saying;

“Earth, Air, Fire, Water. I consecrate this charm for protection and banishment.” and then placed each one in its own bag.

When I was done with all the charms I then gave libation and thanks. Since I was out of wine and cakes (poorly planned on my part, oops,) I mixed a gin drink instead. I first thanked the Gods since they were the last entities that entered my circle.

“I thank you Vidar, for accompanying me tonight. Your presence did not go unnoticed and I thank you for any and all help you chose to offer. Good evening.”
I raised my chalice in the air and took a sip of the gin drink.

“I thank you Vali, for accompanying me tonight. Your presence did not go unnoticed and I thank you for any and all help you chose to offer. Good evening.”
I raised my chalice in the air and took a sip of the gin drink, and blew out the gold candle.

I then turned to each of the four corners and did the same.

“I thank you, element of Water, for lending me your love in this spell of protection and banishment for my friend *name*. Your presence did not go unnoticed. Thank you.”
I raised my chalice to the West and took a sip of the gin drink, and blew out the white candle.

“I thank you, element of Fire, for lending me your courage in this spell of protection and banishment for my friend *name*. Your presence did not go unnoticed. Thank you.”
I raised my chalice to the South and took a sip of the gin drink, and blew out the red candle.

“I thank you, element of Air, for lending me your wisdom in this spell of protection and banishment for my friend *name*. Your presence did not go unnoticed. Thank you.”
I raised my chalice to the East and took a sip of the gin drink, and blew out the yellow candle.

“I thank you, element of Earth, for lending me your strength in this spell of protection and banishment for my friend *name*. Your presence did not go unnoticed. Thank you.”
I raised my chalice to the North and took a sip of the gin drink, and blew out the green candle.

I then sage smudged the circle and myself again, before walking counter-clockwise with my two first fingers on my right hand, seemingly sucked in the dome and the first line I drew in protection. When the circle was gone I simply extinguished the black and white taper candles and proceeded to clean up.

The way that these charms will work is that they will be placed somewhere that her two cats cant get at them, so probably thumb tacked somewhere. In this instance I would like to see them tacked to the top of the window frame so that they are always in view of the night sky, this way they can be charged on every full and new moon without fear or having to take them down.

I wrote this spell down in my Book of Shadows, also including the time I started and stopped the spell (about an hour,) the day of the week, the moon phase and what star sign the moon was in, just for any and all reference.

The charms are going to her tomorrow and I believe they will work, and I can’t wait for her to be more calm in her own home.

Have a blessed night.
Merry part.

xo
D

Spell: Banishing Unwanted Spirit

When Should You work Magick?

Anytime!
Yep! You can cast spells at anytime you’d like!
Now, that being said, there are of course specific times of the day, month, year, moon phase, and zodiac that definitely will add power to your spell! But don’t think that just because you need something worked, and it doesn’t coincide with anything that may add extra power, doesn’t make it a less powerful spell or make you a bad witch. Because unless you can know that next Friday you’re going to come down with a head cold and can therefore use the Waning Moons influence right to banish any negative energies or illness, you’re going to wake up Friday feeling like crap and wanting to do a healing spell. At that point, just do it!
The first thing most witches will research when needing a spell and needing it now, is what to put in it not when to do it, since they know when and when is right away! Herbs, candles of specific colours, crystals, sea shells, salt, dirt, water; these are all ingredients that will add the intent and power to your spell.
If you have time to plan; say if you want to do a confidence spell for a job interview, or you’re going to meet your partners family and need to calm some anxiety, you can definitely plan when to do the spell since you know when the day is you’ll be needing the extra boost!
But if you don’t have the time to plan out your spell, don’t feel bad, and don’t feel like it won’t work. The Magic comes from you. You can also re arrange your wording. Instead of trying to banish a sickness on a waning moon, try bringing in health on a waxing or full moon if that’s when you need to do the spell. It’s all in the words and intentions. If they are clear, the spell is clear and the message is clear!
I’ll be putting up future posts on specific timing when it comes to days, seasons, and moon phases. Stay tuned!! 
Blessed be

Xo

D

When Should You work Magick?

Wednesday Witchstagram – _arielle.moon_

Today’s Wednesday Witchstagram is the lovely _arielle.moon_. Here’s her story!

I don’t have a name for my path, as I don’t completely identify with any I’ve learned about. I was fairly young when I started but had no idea that what I was doing actually had a name for it- things like astral projection, meditation, attempting to connect with other beings (ET’s or deities) etc. 

I don’t really talk about it too much to others unless they bring up their own interest in Tarot, crystal healing, dream work, herbs, meditation, and my other primary interests….

But I’m not ashamed either. 

I’ve had a really hard time finding witch related literature I completely identify with, but Sacred Sleep by Scott Cunningham as well as The healing Power of Water by Masaru Emoto have greatly influenced me, along with various geological, and herbal identification books. 

I’m mostly solitary but I’m lucky to have sisters I practice with occasionally on the rare occasions we’re in the same city, lol.

Wednesday Witchstagram – _arielle.moon_

Which Witch are You?

Now this is a trick question. Anyone that is a long time practitioner will immediately answer with; green, kitchen, traditional, Gardenian, eclectic, Wiccan. 
For any of the newbies, you might have gone to where I went when I first read that: good, or bad. 

If you think you need a name, a set of rules, a specific path to be a witch, I want you to wipe that from your mind right now. 
Unlike a lot I’d organized religion that has a set of rules you are required to follow to be seen as “holy” or an acceptable member of their faith, there are little to no rules in the Craft. 

(In fact, its more of a moral guideline in most of the craft practices, boiling down to simply don’t be a shit. Which can also be translated as “treat others the way you want to be treated.” A world known saying parents tell their children.)
That being said, this moral guideline is really only spoken when it comes to a specific path you choose to follow; Wicca, Druidry, Green/Hedge witchcraft, and it mostly refers to being respectful to the earth. But if you really wanted to, like really wanted to, curse someone, there’s nothing that says you can’t. A lot of witches if you ask them to, they won’t, so don’t be surprised when they say no. A lot of us believe in karma, or possibly the rule of 3, stating that what you send out will come back to you eventually. Possibly 3 times as worse. 

So pay attention while you read this; no one, nor ANYONE, has the right to tell you how to practice YOUR craft. Like anything in the world, you might find people who disagree with your path, other people or other witches. But they have no right to tell you how you should be practicing, or telling you you are a “bad witch” for how you practice. 

If you want to talk to plants, talk to plants. If you want to howl at the moon, howl at the moon. If you want to curse, curse. Unless you choose to follow a path where their rules and regulations speak to your inner core, you are not required to follow any guideline that doesn’t sit well with you. 
So when you go searching for a path, make sure not only the craft speaks to you but also their core of ethics. 

Merry part

Xo

D

Which Witch are You?

What’s With Tarot?

If you’re particularly new to witchcraft or paganism, you’ve probably run across some Instagram accounts/websites/etsy stores and the like with a LOT of tarot cards. 

I was given my first deck when I first started my witchcraft path, and that was 12 years ago. I didn’t read it right away, and even then it went south so I didn’t read for many years. About 5 years ago I came across an occult store in my new town and fell in love with a deck. I’ve been reading in and off since then, with it being more on than off in the last year. It can get addicting…but moving on! 

Let’s talk about the deck. A deck of tarot cards has 78 cards; 22 Major Arcana, and 56 Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana are separated into four suits in a similar way that a regular playing card deck is. Where in a playing card deck you have; Hearts, Spades, Clubs and Diamond, in a tarot deck you have Swords, Pentacles (or coins,) Wands and Cups. Each of the four suits is associated with one element, an area of life and three zodiacs. 

  • Pentacles – Earth; Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. The material suit.
  • Wands – Fire; Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. The action suit.  
  • Cups – Water; Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. The emotion suit. 
  • Swords – Air; Libra, Aquarius, Gemini. The wisdom suit. 

Similar to playing cards, there is Ace – 10, and then face cards. In Tarot there are 4 face cards instead of 3 and are as follows.

  • Page/Daughter
  • Knight/Son
  • Queen/Mother
  • King/Father

The names of the court cards can differ depending on the deck you’ve got, but Page-King is the most common. 

You then have the Major Arcana. These are number from 0-21 (or 1-22) and given specific names and attributes as well as different zodiac signs. The Major Arcana are also widely used in rituals or spells when needed to direct energy for a specific purpose. 

  • 0 – The Fool
  • 1 – The Magician
  • 2 – The High Priest
  • 3 – The Empress
  • 4 – The Emperor; Aries
  • 5 – The Hierophant; Taurus
  • 6 – The Lovers; Gemini
  • 7 – The Chariot; Cancer
  • 8 – Strength; Leo
  • 9 – The Hermit; Virgo
  • 10 – Wheel of Fortune
  • 11 – Justice; Libra
  • 12 – The Hanged Man
  • 13 – Death; Scorpio
  • 14 – Temperance; Sagittarius 
  • 15 – The Devil; Capricorn
  • 16 – The Tower
  • 17 – The Star; Aquarius
  • 18 – The Moon; Pisces
  • 19 – The Sun
  • 20 – Judgement 
  • 21 – The World

The meaning behind each card is very extensive so I won’t be going into detail in this post, but you can easily buy a tarot book or look up the meanings online!

So now that we’ve talked a little bit about their foundation, let’s talk about just them. When I bring my tarot cards to work or to family events, I have some folks itching for me to read (not that I’m good enough to read without my guidebook yet, but I’m always available to read,) and then I have some that immediately say “I don’t want to know.” and back away like the cards I’m holding might spontaneously burst into flames and produce a fiery demon that’s going to tell then the exact date, time, and modality of their death. 

Let me tell you, Tarot cards will not predict your demise, and if the cards do start to get extremely and consistently negative or giving you death messages, it’s time to get rid of them. 

“If they aren’t predicting the future then how do they work? What’s the point?” – everyone, ever.

Reading tarot for yourself or for someone else, is a mode of clarification. Whether you’re pulling one card or performing a Celtic Cross, the cards that are pulled are to help you clarify a situation or question. Giving you all the possible angles, or the “this might happen if you continue doing this thing.” It’s like reading the master plan of the architecture that is your life, but as soon as you’ve seen the plan, you can choose to change the position of a wall or add a window. Your life is in your hands

The tarot, like many other divination techniques, are used to allow messages to flow from the universe, SHE, or the deity of your choice, into your life. It’s like texting the universe using only photos. It’s a conversation. 

I currently have four tarot decks. The first 2 I bought, and the second 2 I was gifted. Cards that are gifted are supposed to be more powerful, but it’s whatever you’re drawn to. The first deck I was given I barely used and when I did end up trying I couldn’t see any symbolism, I got headaches and felt ill after using it and started getting dark messages. So I burned them and buried the ashes. But I love all my current decks, with the Wild Unknown being my personal favorite and the one I use every day. 

There are multiple other forms of divination as well if Tarot doesn’t call to you;

  • Runes
  • Crystal scrying
  • Ogham sticks
  • Reading tea leaves

And many more!

You also don’t HAVE to have a divination technique if that’s not what’s in your repertoire. You aren’t a “bad witch” for not using the tarot or anything else. You also don’t need to practice witchcraft if you are drawn to tarot or any other type of divination. 

Test out lots of mediums, you’ll either connect or you won’t and then you’ll know! 

Merry part

D

What’s With Tarot?