Affirmations – Magical Morning Routine Part Two

Welcome to part two of creating a morning routine! This month is all about affirmations. You can read part one here, it's about silence. What are affirmations? Affirmations, specifically positive affirmations, are statements you can use for personal development. They are positive, present tense statements about what you want your life to be like. For example, I tend to get distracted easily, It is often difficult for me to focus on just about anything. So a good affirmation for me would be "I am focused." To make it a little more specific I could say "I am very focused and…

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Divination – Explanation, Uses, and Common Types

Divination is a common tool used by both witchy and non-witchy people. It is often seen in pop culture as crystal ball readers, fortune tellers, and psychics. While those representations are not always accurate, they do hold some merit and are a great way to spark conversations of divination. Today I'll be getting into what divination actually is, how it works, reasons to use it, and types of divination. What is divination and how does it work? Contrary to what is seen in pop culture, divination is not all about "fortune telling" or seeing your future. It is about looking…

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Mojo Bags – What They Are and How to Make Them

Mojo bags come from Hoodoo, they are sort of a spell in a bag that gets carried around with you for an extended period rather than being worked and then set aside or discarded.The practice of making mojo bags varies depending on who you ask. Different traditions of Hoodoo have been developed throughout time so there is not one set way to do it.However, the main components tend to be the same, or at least similar, across the board. Common elements of Mojo Bags These elements are seen in nearly every description of or set of instructions to make mojo…

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Breathing Exercises – How to Use Them in Magic

If you've been keeping up with my 30 Days Magical Roots challenge you know that breath work was a task for one of the earlier days. I didn't get in to too many of my breathing exercises because I wanted to give that topic its own post. So here it is! I absolutely love breath work. I've dealt with anxiety for most of my life and find breathing exercises to be one of the most helpful things to do. I deepened my love for breath work in yoga and with my discovery of meditation. Even when I was a child…

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Moon Phases – The Science and The Magic

For many pagans and witchy folk, and even "muggles", moon phases are very important.Even my dance teacher growing up used to say "it must be a full moon" when her students started to get a little out of hand and energetic.The energy of the moon is felt by many people whether they know it or not. Recognizing the phases of the moon is something I've always done and my relationship with her has been getting stronger as I develop my spirituality and practice.With last night's lunar eclipse and the super full moon that is still happening, I thought it would…

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Sigils – What They Are and How to Make Them

If runes were my first witchy love, sigils were my second. The first bit of spell work I did was to make a sigil.I made a handful more pretty soon after, some worked and some didn't. But it's been months since I've made one and I think it's about time I revisited them!Let's get started! What are sigils? A sigil is a seemingly meaningless symbol that is given power by its creator.According to some sources, demons have sigils tied to them. If you know a demon's sigil you have complete control over them.This is an old use and definitely not…

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Norse Mythology – Basics

Norse mythology is a huge topic. This is only going to be a brief introduction to its structure, deities, and stories. I'm going to do my best keep things fairly simple today. I'm still learning and clarifying things for myself, so don't expect perfection! My main sources at the moment are Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology and Dr. Jackson Crawford's YouTube channel. As I get in to other sources (which I most definitely plan on doing) I may find the need to update/change information in this or add my own personal views when appropriate. Let's start out with the beginning of…

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About my Runes – Story Time

I've decided to make Mondays my days for personal updates, reflections, and story time! This week is a little story time all about my runes! Like I said in my last post which was an introduction to the topic, runes were my first love in my practice. I thought I'd take some time to tell you about why that is, how I found mind, and how I formed a strong connection to them. thinking about my runes Before I even got runes I was thinking about them. When I first got into all this witchy stuff I was a huge…

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Runes – Part One: Introduction, History, and Uses

Runes were my first love in my witchy studies. They are still what I connect with the most. This post is an introduction focusing on the history of runes and their uses. This is not meant in anyway to be an exhaustive resource. Even future posts will only be providing you somewhere to start, a jumping off point for your own research. Runes are something to study and respect, just like any other divination method, if not more so. I am by no means an expert on the runes. I am still learning and will always be learning. My hope…

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Meditation – An Introduction

Since I'm focusing on silence this month for my morning routine, I wanted to give an introduction to my favorite way to spend that time, meditation.I thought it would be nice to dive in to where it came from, how you can benefit, types of meditation, and how to use it in a pagan or magic setting.Let's get started! Origin of Meditation We can't pin down exactly when and where meditation started. Part of this is because it is hard to give it a solid definition.Meditation is more of an umbrella term that can include mindfulness, chanting, contemplation, trance, and…

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