Buying Things Does Not Make You A Witch, So What Does?

Today I want to focus on one particular phenomenon that I see among newer witches: stockpiling stuff rather than actually doing witchcraft. Think about those times early in your practice when you found yourself walking into witchcraft and crystal shops with absolutely NO idea what you’re doing. You don’t know what you’re looking for and yet, somehow, you end up walking out with a bunch of stuff. You might learn to use some of it but more than likely, it just accumulates while you feel like you’re spinning your wheels. It’s time to take a closer look at why this happens and how to prevent it in our own practices.

How To Stop Watering Down Your Witchcraft

The surge in the popularity of witchcraft is amazing, as our numbers swell it becomes easier to be open about our practices without getting the “ok, crazy lady” looks we used to get. It’s easier to find community, and it’s easier to find resources. There’s a dark side to this expansion though, a watering down of our practices, a misrepresentation of what we stand for, and an insidious attempt by external forces to control, declaw, and monetize our practices. It’s time for witches to start paying attention to how they can combat this in their own practices.

8 Spells To Try When You Are Camping

Going camping can provide you with a variety of ways to explore your magical practice and deepen your spirituality. It immerses you in the elements and removes many of the potential distractions that you deal with while living in the modern world. If you’re looking for new ways to add magic to your next camping trip, here are 8 ways to have the witchiest camping trip ever!

How To Source Your Craft Locally & Why You Need To

“Buy local!” is a refrain you’ll hear from many groups of people, most of them touting some environmental benefit of living more locally. While this is a fine endeavor, it’s not what we’re going to talk about today. No, as a group witches rarely need to be lectured on the merits of going green, we tend to be an environmentally conscious bunch as it is. Instead, what we’re going to be talking about are the mental and magical benefits to sourcing your ingredients and tools locally and how you can go about making the most of what you find.

How You Can Do Magic In The Shower

Ritual baths are wonderful. They can be incredibly relaxing and powerful at the same time. They’re fun to create as well. You add a little of this and a little of that, and before you know it, you’ve created a spell right there in your bathtub. All you have to do is step in and enjoy the magic. 

But what if you don’t have a bathtub? Can you still tap into the special form of water witchcraft if you’re working with a shower? 

Stop Using These 6 Plants In Your Witchcraft Immediately

While many witches are solitary, this doesn’t exempt us from considering our impact on the collective whole of the planet and society. In fact, with so many of us holding beliefs like animism, polytheism, and working with the energetic forces of the world around us, it would be insane for us to NOT consider the implications of our craft on the world at large. Can you imagine how off kilter you could get if you focused only on your own energy and never thought about how the energies of people and places around you could impact your wellbeing and magic? In the same way, it doesn’t make sense for us to ignore the impact of our practices on the world and in the case of these 6 plants, that impact is huge.

How Can You Make Tarot Cards Work In Magic?

Each tarot card holds a distinctly different energy to support your magical intention. You can combine your tarot cards—calling on the power of each individual tarot card to support a different aspect of your intention. This method gives you an even wider selection of energy to work with when you’re performing spells with your tarot deck. Today we’re going to dig into some ways that you can use these energies not just in divination, but in spellwork.

3 Reliable Spells For Finding The Right Job Quickly

I’ve written these spells as a complete ritual to perform once you’ve found a job you want and have decided to go for it. While they will be most effective when done in order, you can use individual spells as you need them — for example, if you’ve already turned in an application or resume and need to move onto the interview spells, etc. 

How To Create And Use A Ritual Fire In Your Magic

Fire is one of the most versatile and powerful elements we have available to us as witches. It provides many benefits to humans and animals, such as light and warmth. It also has the ability to harm and destroy. Because of this, we often view fire as one of the most dangerous elements. To help you take advantage of the power that fire can bring to your craft safely, today we’re going to be covering the basics of ritual fire building.

What Can You Learn From Marie Laveau About Magic?

For many of us, the onslaught of new in witchcraft can leave us feeling disconnected from our roots and from our predecessors. For any witch looking to deepen their craft, our collective history can be an invaluable tool. Learning about magic wielders from centuries past can give us a sense of connection, inspire us, and help to transform out practice in ways we might not expect. In the same spirit, today we’re going to be looking at the mythos of one of North America’s most famous magical women. There are more than a few witches practicing in Louisiana but there is only one Voodoo Queen!

How To Use The Cups Tarot Cards In Magic

How do you actually choose which cards to use for your spells? Do you stick to only using the Major Arcana? You can, but then you’re leaving a full 56 cards and all of their power on the table, completely untapped. Today, we’re going to take a look at the ways you can use the Minor Arcana to work magic, specifically focusing on the emotional realm of the cups cards.

4 Terrific Spells For Bringing Happiness Into Your Life

I’ve been reading about happiness and joy lately. It’s one thing everybody wishes they had more of in their lives but struggle with. Sometimes we’re happy and don’t realize it, looking back fondly at better times without enjoying the moment we’re living in. Sometimes happiness feels out of reach because we see our happiness tied inextricably with the accomplishment of a goal or the acquisition of a thing we want. If I had A, B or C, then I’d be happy. Whatever the reason for our perceived unhappiness, as witches we have the special ability to focus and manifest happiness pretty simply.

How To Create An Effective Moon Altar For Your Magic

Moon altars are sacred, magical spaces that you create to honor and harness the different energies of the lunar cycle. Like all altars, a moon altar is a place where you can focus and direct energy through your witchcraft. You can perform spells or meditations at your moon altar or simply send your gratitude up to the moon for shining down on you night after night.

How To Use Magic To Find Your Direction In Life

While there are lots of personality tests and career assessments available no one can tell you what you love better than you. Finding this truth may be hard for some because it’s been suppressed or never fully explored. Perhaps you showed an interest in art as a child, but this was never supported, or worse, it was ridiculed. Maybe you, like many, felt pressure to follow a different path that wasn’t your own but pleased someone else. The good news is that even though this purpose hasn’t fully bloomed yet, it’s never too late, and you have the answer (and power to change) within. You just have to find it. 

How To Protect Your Energy When You Live In A Crowded World

The world is full of all kinds of sights, sounds, smells, and sensations. Some people can have stronger reactions to these forms of stimuli than others. We’re all unique, and we all experience situations differently. As a witch, you’re familiar with working with different energies. Because of this, you might be particularly sensitive to specific energies. You might notice that you’re tired or drained after riding public transportation, dealing with a roommate or a difficult boss, or attending an event with a large group of people. If this sounds like you, then listen up. Today we’re going to look at some spells that will help you protect your energy when you’re living in a crowded world.

20 Insects & Animals For Making Your Magic Powerful

In the final installment of this series, we’re going to finish up the animal kingdom with insects and mammals. These two vastly different groups have much to lend to our magic. The similarities and differences between these two types of critters and ourselves can illuminate many of our own strengths, weaknesses, and abilities within the craft.

How To Make & Use Love Potions

Love potions are some of the most coveted potions in witchcraft. Songs have been written about them. Entire movie plots revolve around them. And some companies have even named products after them! If you’re ready to make your own love potions, read on! Here are three love potion recipes that are safe, simple, and powerful!

20 Fascinating Sea & Air Creatures To Focus Your Magic

I had so much fun writing about animals in magic in part one of the animal magic series but there were so many animals I wasn’t able to cover the first time around. I’m going to try to get to everyone’s favorites in the next two parts, and a few intriguing creatures that we may not think about as magical. Animals can lend such a wide variety of energies to a witch’s work that it’s worth it to delve into more of their associations. I hope you enjoy learning about these animals as much as I did!