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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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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Days of the Week Correspondences

There are many things you can consider when planning to do spell work. Colors, candles, herbs, crystals and also days of the week! Each day of the week is ruled by a planet which gives it a unique energy. You can tap into these energies when you want an extra boost to the energy of your spell. Along with the planets come elements, colors, deities, and other correspondences. By knowing the energy of the days of the week you can also pair spell components with similar qualities to add even more of a boost - things like herbs, crystals, and…

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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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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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Why I Don’t Celebrate Sabbats

When you enter the world of witchcraft and paganism you're bound to hear things about the wheel of the year at some point. The wheel of the year is a cycle of eight holidays, called sabbats. These celebrations generally have Celtic or Germanic origins and are most popularly celebrated by practitioners of Wicca. Four of these holidays are marked by the solstices and equinoxes, with the other four being at the midpoints between them. Eventually I'll put together a post that explains all of the sabbats, but I want to discuss something different today... If you're not paying attention to…

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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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Self Love Ritual – Dedicate Valentine’s day to yourself

Whether you're single this Valentine's Day or you're like me and just don't particularly care for it, you may want to use the day for some self love! And if it's not Valentine's day anymore when you're reading it, that's okay! Self love is a great thing to focus on any time of the year. Most people are familiar with the idea of self love and its importance. As a society we often neglect truly appreciating ourselves and even worse, are full of negative self talk. I won't go much further into the topic, we're all aware of it, we…

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Tools In Witchcraft – Why you don’t need them

There is a whole slew of tools that are often seen associated with witchcraft. Everything from candles to wands, divination tools to ritual daggers. There are so many it can get overwhelming to people just starting out on their journey. Tools can be very helpful, but you don't always need them. Why you don't need tools I never really got caught up in the overwhelming need for tools. I think a good part of this is because I have a hard time spending money in general. But I actually attribute most of it to a YouTube video I watched early…

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