Altars in Witchcraft and Paganism

Altars can be seen throughout history and faith systems. An altar can be seen as many different things and used for many different purposes, today we're going to explore how they can be used by witches and pagans. What is an Altar? In short, an altar is a sacred space dedicated to your practice. Altars can be temporary or permanent, inside or outside, large or small spaces. The important thing is the intent behind them. An altar can be used for many different purposes. Many people use them as a space dedicated to honoring and praying to deities or ancestors.…

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The Elements in Witchcraft

The elements are a part of many witchcraft and pagan practices. At first believed to be the base of all matter in existence, the classical/Western elements have become a representation of the different energies in our world. Tapping into the energies of the elements can help us find both exploration and balance in our lives. We tend to have a dominant energy and tapping into the others can help us grow! The elements can also be a way to connect with the energies of nature, especially when we live in areas that aren't surrounded by nature itself. Today I'm sharing…

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Intuition – What it is and how to listen

Intuition seems to be one of those things we're just expected to know in the witchy world. You see it referenced everywhere with phrases like "do what feels right to you," "follow your gut," or "pick what you feel drawn to." But how do we do that? And what are we doing when we tap into those feelings? This is our intuition, our guiding force that is here to lead us to our best lives! I believe connecting to our intuition is one of the most important things to do as not only witches, but just as humans in general.…

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Spells and Rituals – What’s the difference?

If you've spent any time at all learning about witchcraft practices you've heard about spells and rituals. I mean come on, in what world does casting a spell not sound bad ass? The words spell and ritual get thrown around a lot, sometimes they are seemingly interchangeable. I realized recently I wasn't completely clear on their differences but I knew there had to be some. So here we are, let's take a look at spells and rituals, how they're different, how they're similar, and how they work together! Spells Spells are essentially a way to direct energy for a purpose.…

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The 12 Universal Laws

This is my first post after my seemingly forever long hiatus from this blog and I have so many juicy things to share with you, starting out with the 12 Universal Laws. I've been spending a lot of time in the "non-magical" spiritual circles where everyone talks about manifestation, carries crystals, uses sage, meditates, performs rituals, reads tarot cards... Witches. They're all witches by my definition and most of them probably don't even know it! If you ask me, a witch is someone who intentionally uses magic, which is simply conciously manipulating energy for a desired outcome. This is exactly…

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Familiars in Witchcraft and Paganism

Familiars are an often talked about and highly debated topic in the witchy world. As with most things, I don't personally believe there is a "right" or "wrong" way to think about them, but there are definitely many options. I'll share a few of them and let you know what I believe! Familiars throughout history Familiars have made appearances for a variety of purposes and in a variety of ways throughout time. Some perspectives view them as demons that inhabit the bodies of small animals like cats, dogs, rats, birds, and toads. They are there to help a witch with…

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Types of Witchcraft and Magic

There are so many different types of witchcraft and magic out there. It would be nearly impossible to list literally every one. This is my best attempt at a wide variety with just a bit about each one. One of my favorite things about witchcraft and magic is the variety that exists. There is a little something for everyone out there and it is so interesting to see what people gravitate to! A couple notes before we get started: I do not believe labels are needed. If you find a handful of practices that you enjoy that are all over…

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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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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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