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

Wednesday Witchstagram – witchy.quinzeth

Today’s feature Witch is @witchy.quinzenth!

Do you have a name for your craft?

I consider myself a pagan witch who practices different traditions in my work such as parts of wicca and druidry ect; 
How did you find your path?

I was searching online about deities, and came across goddesses, I was totally fascinated that there were cultures and religions worshiping female deities, this is when I explored Roman, Greek and Egypt cultures deeply and then eventually learned about polytheism, which then lead me to paganism. 
What called you to it?

I have always been a nature lover, I have always been fascinated by divination, tarot cards, physics, magic in movies and Fantasy and so when I discovered witchcraft was a real thing I just knew instantly it was for me.
Are you open about it with friends/family? 

Yes, my family and friends are very understanding and respectful towards it. My grandma was a medium so such things weren’t unusual to my mother. 
Are there any other crafts or paths that you are interested in exploring? 

Druidism, Celtic cultures are my new exploration currently. I have always been a big fan of Egypt and Greek cultures but I am from the UK so we have a big history on Celts and even the Romans so would love to learn more about that. 
What is your favourite thing to do?

Tarots and runes mostly, I love love herbal magick and I am a crystal collector so crystal magick i enjoy also, I love meditation and the chakras and so my crystals play a big part in that. 
Do you practice with others or solitaire?

I practice alone, I have a couple of friends who are interested and so I have taught them a few things about wicca, but I mostly work alone on my path.
Do you have a favourite author that is your go to for inspiration?

I don’t have a favourite, I have quite a few books from different authors, but I have quite a few Anne-Marie Gallagher books. 
Do you have a favourite Insta/Tumblr/Website you go to for knowledge or inspiration? 

I’m a member of several witchcraft and wiccan groups on facebook, I follow a number of witchy people of Instagram and tumblr but my biggest inspiration is Selena Fox. 
Are you willing to allow others to reach out to you to ask you questions? 

Yes most definitely! People message me quite often and I will always help in any way I can!
Where do you hail from?

I am from the north of England in the UK. Surrounded in Roman and Celtic heritage

Wednesday Witchstagram – witchy.quinzeth

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