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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How to Get Started in Witchcraft

If you've made your way to this post chances are you're curious about witchcraft but don't know where to begin. There is so much information out there that it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out how to get started in witchcraft. There are terms you aren't familiar with, different types of witchcraft, everyone seems to teach things differently. How do you know where to start?? This is a little guide for what I personally think is a good way to begin, as well as a few things to avoid. Get in touch with your energy Witchcraft is…

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Cleansing – The Basics

Cleansing is a very important part of most witchy people's practices. We cleanse our spaces, our tools, and even ourselves. This is a practice that can be found in many cultures around the world and across time. There are many tools and methods to use for cleansing. Rather than trying to break all of that down right away, this will be more of an introduction to cleansing, why you should do it, when you should do it, and more of a general method. What is cleansing? There are two main types of cleansing, physical and energetic. This is mainly about…

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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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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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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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Visualization – 5 Exercises to Improve Your Abilities

Visualization is something that is very often used in witchy, as well as more mundane practices.You often hear motivational speakers use phrases like "Picture this" or "Visualize your ideal self" or other commands of that nature. That is them asking you to use visualization!You will also find it in guided meditations, again, for both witchy and mundane purposes.Visualization is used in a variety of spell work making it important for those of a witchy persuasion to be comfortable using it.My history with visualization is a little rocky. It used to come pretty easily to me, this was before I delved…

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