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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Why Didn't My Spell Work and How to Fix It

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We have made it to the end of the Spellcrafting series! It took me a bit of time to finish this series (2 years...I know), but hopefully, it's been helpful nonetheless. Sometimes we do everything 'right,' but the spell fails. The reason a spell fails often falls into one of two categories: internal and external. An internal cause is something we did before, during, or after the spell that resulted in it failing while an external cause is something that happens outside of our control. Internal causes can usually be avoided through good spell etiquette, while external causes will require a complete reworking of the magic to be successful. 

Before we jump into the internal and external causes of spell failure, let's discuss how to know whether or not your spell failed. Sometimes we think a spell failed, but it manifested in a way we did not expect. First, did you give enough time for the spell to manifest? Did you ask for the spell to manifest in a specific time frame? Some spells can take several weeks or even months to work depending on how much you are trying to manifest. Small amounts of money tend to manifest quickly, while a good-paying job may take a couple weeks to show up. Friendship tends to manifest quickly while meaningful romantic partnerships take much longer. Make sure you have given your spell enough time to manifest before you go around saying it failed because this can harm the spell's outcome if it's still working. Second, are you sure the spell didn't manifest in a way you didn't intend? If you were asking for love but weren't specific in the type of love, you might find yourself being showered with love by your friends and family. If you asked for money, you may have found a quarter on the ground at the grocery store. In this case, try the spell again with a more specific intention.

If you're positive you have given the spell enough time to work and it didn't manifest in an unintended way, then the spell likely failed for one of the reasons below. Let's dive into the internal and external causes of spell failure and how to fix them.

Internal Causes

Internal causes are usually the reason a spell fails. This is often due to poor planning, lack of belief, the use of wrong or conflicting spell ingredients, or even lack of effort. Spells require us to raise a considerable amount of energy without our emotions getting in the way. They also require us to put in mundane effort in order for them to manifest. Below are some of the most common internal causes of spell failure.

1. Your spell intention was too specific or too vague.

An unclear or vague intention is the number one reason a spell will fail. Your intention should be specific enough that the Universe knows what you want, but vague enough to allow the Universe to work in mysterious ways. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to ask for something specific and end with the phrase "or better." This allows you to be specific in your intention but open enough to accept what is best for you. However, your intention should be attainable. Asking to win the lottery is likely not going to work as you are asking for 'too much.' The odds are not in your favor with this one, even with consistent energy raising and work. Magic very rarely brings sudden, great change. Instead, it's more subtle, nudging you in a positive direction. To read more about setting a magical intention that will work, check out How to Set Intentions, Raise Energy, and Manifest Your Desires.

How to fix: Create a specific intention and add "or better" to the end.

2. You didn't put in any mundane effort to manifest the spell.

The second largest reason a spell will fail is a lack of mundane effort. Unfortunately, magic does not behave like it does in the movies or books where we wave a wand and our heart's desire appears. If you want a new job, you have to put in applications, go to interviews, and build your resume. If you want to find a life partner, you need to get out and meet people. By putting in the mundane effort, we continue to raise energy in support of the spell, increasing the chances it will manifest. When you do nothing, you tell the Universe you don't really want whatever you are asking for, so you're less likely to receive it.

How to fix: Meet the Universe halfway by putting in the mundane work to manifest your dreams.

3. You didn't actually want it or didn't believe the spell would work.

The energy you raise, or fail to raise, has consequences on the success of the spell. The Universe knows when you really want something and when you don't. If you don't really want whatever it is you are asking for, or don't believe the spell will work, you are projecting that energy into the spell, increasing the chances that it won't work by sending the Universe mixed messages. It's like saying yes while shaking your head no. It's best not to cast a spell at all if you have conflicting energies. 

How to fix: If you don't really want something, don't ask for it. If you have doubts, rewrite your doubts as positive mantras that can be used to fuel the energy of the spell. 

4. You didn't raise enough energy.

The energy you raise for a spell is the driving force behind it. Without energy, the spell will fizzle quickly and fail to manifest as you intended. Maybe you were tired, your heart wasn't in the work, or you had other things on your mind during the spell. Maybe you did attempt to raise energy but it wasn't enough for the spell you were casting. The amount of energy you raise should be proportionate to how much you are asking for. How do you know when you have raised enough? This is a difficult question to answer. I tend to rely on my intuition to let me know when enough energy has been raised. Sometimes you just feel it deep within you. If you are unsure in the moment, raise your energy for a little bit longer and then release it. You'd rather have more energy behind a spell than less anyway.

How to fix: Don't cast spells if you are tired, anxious, or overwhelmed. When in doubt, raise more energy than you think you need, or don't do it at all.

5. You used unsuitable substitutions or conflicting ingredients.

I am a huge advocate for writing your own correspondences and making substitutions as needed, but not all substitutions are the same. While clear quartz and rosemary, the two most often cited substitutions out there, work great in most spells, they don't work in every spell. Clear quartz is particularly gifted at amplifying your magic and intention, but if you are looking to go unnoticed, clear quartz isn't the crystal for you. Rosemary, on the other hand, is associated with remembrance and therefore won't do you much good in a spell to forget. Not only could your substitutions go against your intention, but they can also work against each other. For example, mixing rue and rose quartz will often cancel each other out as their energy conflicts. One is for banishing and cursing, while the other is for drawing love and friendship. It's possible to use both in a spell, but they would have to be at separate times. I wouldn't put them both in the same spell bottle or sachet, however. To read more about writing your own correspondences and finding suitable substitutions check out How to Write Your Own Correspondences to Enhance Your Spellcrafting.

How to fix: Always double-check and cross-reference the energy and correspondences of your ingredients before using them. If they conflict with each other or your intention, rework the ingredients to better match the magic you are creating. When in doubt, less is more. If you have made this mistake, you should redo your spell.

External Causes

External causes are things that happen outside of our direct control after we have released the spell into the Universe. These causes require you to completely rework the spell with an open mind and are much harder to fix than internal issues. Oftentimes, you won't be able to pinpoint one of these reasons as the cause of your spell's failure, but they are reasons nonetheless.

1. Someone else's intention got in the way.

You aren't the only witch out there casting spells and even the intentions of non-witches can get in the way of your magic. As witches, we know that we are capable of enacting great change so its only logical that others can do the same. This can occur in a multitude of ways. 

First, another witch could also be working a spell for the same 'prize.' That other witch may be in a position to tug hard and take the win, leaving you in the dust. Second, you could be going against another person's will or intentions. This is especially true of love spells. If you are trying to get someone to love you and they feel the exact opposite, your spell isn't likely going to work the way you intend. Finally, maybe you told someone about the spell and they intentionally or unintentionally sabotage your work. If you tell someone you worked some prosperity magic, they may express jealousy over your potential success, which can disrupt your spell. 

This type of spell failure is tricky to fix as it is dependent on the feelings, thoughts, and actions of others that you may or may not be aware of. Meditate, reach out to your guides, or do some divination work to try and figure out why the spell failed. Once you have a grasp on why the spell failed, you can begin troubleshooting potential solutions.

How to fix: Try the spell again. When in doubt, keep your spells a secret until after they manifest.

2. The Universe had other plans for you/it was not meant to be.

Sometimes we do everything right, but the Universe has other plans for us. This can be difficult, especially if we really, really, really want something. You may really want a specific job. Everything about its perfect; better pay, close to home, and good benefits. You cast a perfect spell to get the job and put in all the mundane work and you are still rejected. Don't despair. There is likely a job that is a better fit for you out there. Maybe the bosses weren't great or the company is about to go under. We don't know these things, but the Universe often does. We also have to recognize that we are here to learn lessons and sometimes those lessons hurt. 

How to fix: Trust the process and be open to what the Universe has in store for you and rework the spell to be more open to what the Universe has to bring you.

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Troubleshooting your spells as best you can is the mark of a good witch. Witchcraft, as with life, is full of lessons and growth. You are constantly learning, adjusting, and changing as time goes on. Furthermore, a spell that worked once, might not work again, so repeating the same process over and over again isn't always an option. At the end of the day, it's important to reflect upon both the successes and failures of a spell. Keep a note in your Book of Shadows or Grimoire about the outcome of the spells you cast. If they failed, be sure to include your best guess as to why so that you can learn from your mistakes. Remember, even if a spell fails, it's not the end of the world. Witchcraft requires constant work and practice to master and you don't learn anything if you never fail.

So now that we have finished the series, what are you waiting for?! Get out there and cast some spells! 


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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Book Review: The Path of the Hedge Witch by Joanna van der Hoeven

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Despite not blogging much lately, I have been reading some new and upcoming occult books. Joanna van der Hoeven wrote one of my favorite books on druidism and hedgecraft a couple years ago titled The Book of Hedge Druidry: A Complete Guide for the Solitary Seeker which is included on my hedgecraft resources list. I highly recommend this book to novice hedge witches because it breaks down hedge riding in easy, relatable terms. When I saw she had another book coming out titled The Path of the Hedge Witch, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, I did not feel this book was as good as The Book of Hedge Druidry, but it did offer some valuable insight into hedgecraft if you are new to it. I took a ton of notes on this book, so buckle up!

The Path of the Hedge Witch is broken down into four parts: Defining the Terms & Looking at History, Learning Through Nature, Ritual & the Art of Hedge Riding, and Lore. The first part is very brief and offers a very neopagan/Wiccan view of witchcraft history. In fact, van der Hoeven reiterates Rae Beth's version of a hedge witch, which is just solitary Wicca. This is disappointing as I did not feel she wrote from a Wiccan perspective in her last book, but it's obvious Beth's works played an influential role throughout this book, and are cited multiple times in the bibliography. She also makes the mistake of equating Satanism with worshipping Satan, which is a gross misconception and oversight by the editors. It's disappointing that with our unlimited access to knowledge authorities in witchcraft are still making this mistake. Part 2 introduces deities and basic correspondences of the moon, sun, elements, and fae folk. Honestly, I could have done without much of Part 1 and 2 and if you are a seasoned witch, I would suggest skimming these chapters. She does offer some nuggets of valuable information and suggestions in these sections, but this information is found in basically every single book on witchcraft. 

Despite my encouragement to skim these sections, I did love her perspective on deity work. As a person that doesn't necessarily believe in any deities, it was nice to see my views represented in this chapter. van der Hoeven mentions that some witches believe deities are the forces of nature and therefore do not feel the need to personify them. This is probably the closest someone has gotten to my beliefs on the matter. It's important to note that not all witches believe, worship, or include deities in their practice and this is valid. Furthermore, van der Hoeven makes a wonderful distinction between the Horned God and Antlered God. While the duality of the God and Goddess is heavily Wiccan, I appreciated the distinction between a horned god like Pan that does not lose their horns, versus an antlered god like Cerennous that would lose their antlers. These distinctions are not only scientifically accurate but also more representative of the nature of these deities and their aspects. This part also discusses the different sabbats and I love that she mentions that these festivals are largely a modern invention that pulled holidays from multiple different regions, practices, and cultures and smushed them all together. She encourages her readers to make their craft personal and move sabbats, elements, etc to fit their needs.

While I wasn't a huge fan of Parts 1 and 2, I did enjoy Parts 3 and 4. Part three does an amazing job combining ritual with hedge riding. She offers multiple ways to hedge ride, including using a stang, meditation, and liminal spaces as portals. She includes several personal stories throughout to give her readers an idea of what to expect, which I love. I need concrete examples to fully comprehend what it is I am supposed to be doing, and based on the emails and comments I get, I know many of you require the same examples to be successful. Just be mindful that your practice and hedge riding experiences will likely look very different from that of van der Hoeven and me, and that is normal. The hedge riding section is rather comprehensive, and this part alone is worth the purchase of the book, even if you are experienced in the art of hedge riding. She offers a variety of new and old techniques, including Hallowing the Compass for casting circles, a "roots and branches" meditation that is now my favorite grounding and centering method, treading the mill, how to hedge ride on the physical plane, and even a solo ritual to draw down the moon. van der Hoeven does not, however, support the use of 'drugs' to reach an altered state of consciousness which was traditionally used by hedge witches. I advise against it in most cases as well, but if you are working with another witch, have purchased flying ointments or smoking blends from a reputable herbalist, and have taken the correct precautions and protection measures, I fully support the use of such herbal methods.

The book ends with "Lore" which covers the basics of spellcraft, herbcraft, and countryside lore. This section contains very basic correspondences and how to create your own spells, but she does support the Wiccan idea of harming none. I encourage you to decide for yourself what you deem ethical or not. There are some very basic spells included, as well as a list of commonly used herbs and plants. Each plant has a list of its magical and medicinal uses as well as some recipes, but please be mindful that there is no dosage information and some of the scientific names are incorrectly formatted. I also did not like that this section was not in alphabetical order, which would make it difficult for you to find the plant you are looking for if you wish to quickly reference this book.

Each chapter ends with a little story about a hedge witch. She does use "she" to describe this witch, but I am assuming she is using herself as the witch in the story, and not speaking in general terms. I could be wrong in this, and if I am, please be mindful that men, women, and nonbinary folks engage in witchcraft.

Overall, this book was okay. It wasn't amazing, but it wasn't terrible either. If you are interested in hedge riding or looking for some new information on the topic, I recommend adding this book to your collection. If you are looking for an introduction to hedgecraft or witchcraft in general, I suggest reading some of the other books in my Resources list. The Path of the Hedge Witch by Joanna van der Hoeven is available now.



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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Witches and Pagans

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And so it begins, the holiday season! If I am being completely transparent, the last few weeks (since my last post) has been very difficult. My partner was suspended from work, my mom has fallen ill, a student I taught passed away suddenly, my publisher had massive layoffs and I am not sure my next book is being published (surprise!), my dad's truck was hit by a massive rock that narrowly missed him, and I was hit by a large piece of metal on the highway which broke my windshield. Everyone I know personally has been having similar occurrences in their own lives. I know this is very likely due to the eclipse earlier this month and that all of astrology is saying great change right now, but it's hard to keep my chin up right now. Needless to say, I am excited about the holiday season because there is nothing like twinkling lights, warm cocoa, and a balsam candle to raise my spirits. 

I actually began decorating for Yule a couple of weeks ago and in my depression have decided that I needed another $500 worth of pink, green, and gold Yule decorations, including a massive new haul of bottle brush trees. I don't know what it is about bottle brush trees, but they bring me so much joy. My collection currently boasts 72 trees which I have joyfully placed in almost every room in my home. I understand that may seem like too many, but I assure you I need 100. Haha! Currently, the two bedrooms in my home are devoid of decorations, so I believe we must remedy this situation with more bottle brush trees. I swear I don't have a problem.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, it's time for this year's Holiday Gift Guide for Witches! This year's list is very different from what I have done in the past. It features 15 gifts, 9 stocking stuffers, and 5 DIY gift ideas that are sure to please the witch in your life. I've even included some free gift ideas that can be found almost everywhere for those of you struggling. I know current times are tough for many of us and the best gifts are not the ones that come from the store but the ones that come from the heart. I own many of the items on this list. For those I do not, they come from a brand I trust or highly reviewed and recommended by other witches. I prefer handmade small businesses over large corporations, but you will find a couple of Amazon items on this list because nothing can beat their two-day shipping. If you are running out of gift ideas or don't even know where to start when it comes to the witch in your life, this list is for you. Heck, this list is even for you witches that aren't sure what you want!

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Gift Ideas

1. Green Witchcraft Tea Recipes by Autumn Willow

Yeah yeah yeah, shameless plug, but can you blame me? I am super proud of this book and if the witch in your life is anything like me, they take tea pretty seriously and are likely looking for more recipes and spells utilizing tea. Green witchcraft is all about the power of plants and natural magic—and tea is an essential element of the green witch’s practice. This book combines the timeless ritual of making tea with a collection of spells to help you create restorative, healing, and empowering brews that hone your magical practice. Go beyond other witchcraft books with: A lesson in witchcraft—Explore the philosophies of green witchcraft and tea magic, and discover how they keep you connected to the earth and your sense of self. Your witchy kitchen—Learn the magical properties of individual flowers, herbs, and spices, then find step-by-step guidance on using them to brew powerful teas and tonics. Spells for every intention—Find recipes that are sorted by their desired result, from love and friendship to bodily health and spiritual growth. Heal your body and mind—or just host a magical tea party—with Green Witchcraft Tea Recipes. You can pick up a copy for $10.99 on Amazon!

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2. Spell Candle from Vintage Chic Cauldron

Back in September, I had the pleasure of reviewing one of Samantha's amazing teacup spell candles. Her beautiful work currently adorns my bookshelf, sitting elegantly atop a stack of my book! The magic that radiates from it is one of a kind and one any witch would be happy to receive. There are a variety of candle options available in her shop right now all for under $30. She also sells bath salts, witch balls, witch bottles, charms, and talismans so there is sure to be something the witch in your life will enjoy.

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3. Back Flow Incense Burner from Lucky Incense

This is another product I had the pleasure of reviewing this year. I love incense and have always wanted a backflow incense burner. The physics behind it is fascinating and creates a magical environment perfect for offerings, spell work, and air freshener. Lucky Incense offers a variety of beautiful incense burners featuring animals, mythical creatures, natural environments, and even celestial bodies. Prices vary by size but range from $20-$300. If a backflow incense burners aren't your witch's style, they also sell an array of stick and cone incense holders, as well as incense for every occasion. The incenses are all lightly scented and won't overpower you or your home, unlike other brands on the market. 

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4. Wild Witchcraft by Rebecca Beyer

Wild Witchcraft by Rebecca Beyer is one of the best books I read on witchcraft this year. It is full of folklore, herb craft, herbal remedies and recipes, and how to live more sustainably on our planet. Learn how to cultivate your own magical garden, begin your journey with folk herbalism, and awaken to your place in nature through practical skills from an experienced Appalachian forager and witch. Witchcraft is wild at heart, calling us into a relationship with the untamed world around us. Through the power of developing a relationship with plants, a witch—beginner or experienced—can practice their art more deeply and authentically by interacting with the beings that grow around us all. Bridging the gap between armchair witchcraft and the hedge witches of old, Wild Witchcraft empowers you to work directly with a wide variety of plants and trees safely and sustainably. With Wild Witchcraft, Rebecca Beyer draws from her years of experience as an Appalachian witch and forager to give you a practical guide to herbalism and natural magic that will share: -The history of witchcraft and Western herbalism -How to create and maintain your own herbal garden -Recipes for tinctures, teas, salves, and other potions to use in rites and rituals -Spells, remedies, and rituals created with the wild green world around you, covering a range of topics, from self-healing to love to celebrating the turning of the seasons -And much more! Wild Witchcraft welcomes us home to the natural world we all dwell in by exploring practical folk herbal and magical rites grounded in historical practices and a sustainable, green ethic. A copy of this amazing book will set you back $14.99, but is well worth the price! If you are interested in reading my full review, you can find it here.

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5. Willow Wand from Avalon by Wessex Wisdom

Every witch needs a good wand so why not pick up this one from Wessex Wisdom for the witch in your life? Each wand is hand-whittled using willow gathered locally and finished with a beeswax coat from a local beekeeper. Ruled by the moon, the Willow gives the power of eloquence, prophecy, and inspirational skills through meditation, with a great effect upon the vision-producing subconscious. It has healing properties, and is also a tree of fertility. Each wand is as unique as the wood it was carved from and runs about $40.97.

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6. The Witches' Sabbath by Kelden

This is another book I absolutely loved and if your witch is into spirits, folklore, hedgecraft, hedge riding, or astral travel, this is an important book for them to have. Take flight for a mesmerizing exploration of an event long shrouded in fear and mystery―the Witches' Sabbath. Kelden presents an in-depth examination of the Sabbath's historical and folkloric development as well as its re-emergence within the modern practice of Witchcraft. From discussions on the folklore of flight and the events of nocturnal gatherings to enchanting rituals and recipes, you'll find everything you need to not only understand the nature of the legendary Sabbath, but also journey there yourself. Offering impressive research and compelling stories from across Europe and the early American colonies, this book is the ultimate resource for discovering an oft-misunderstood and overlooked aspect of Witchcraft. Pick up a copy for just $16.99.

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7. The Modern Witch Tarot

The strength of traditional tarot symbols combine with diverse bodies, up-to-the-minute fashion, and the strength and power of twenty-first-century witchcraft, where we make our own magic. The 78 cards of the tarot deck are rich with meaning—archetypes like The Magician, The Empress, and The Chariot reflect our lived experience and are a mirror into the ways in which we interact with the world. Acclaimed artist Lisa Sterle takes these symbols into contemporary life with vibrant art that celebrates the diversity, excitement, and energy of the new kind of magic that is happening in this world. The Modern Witch Tarot Deck is the answer to your questions about the past, the present, and whatever the future may hold, and its empowering messages will help you take the next step toward whatever you desire. This deck is wonderfully inclusive, high-quality, and beautifully detailed. It would make the perfect addition to any witch's tarot collection and costs only $21.99!

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8. Kitchen Witch Half Apron

If your witch works their best magic in the kitchen or spends time wildcrafting and gardening, they are certain to love this beautiful half apron from Tamed Wild. I am a huge fan of everything produced by Tamed Wild, including their subscription box, but this is one of my favorite items yet. Designed for collecting and holding all of your herbs, flowers, spoons, and spells, this half apron with our herbal design is a much-needed tool for wild harvesting and kitchen witchery. At only $12, who can pass on it?!

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9. Norse Fur Altar Cloth

Every witch needs a good altar cloth. They pull an altar together, enhance the sacred space, and even lend energy to the spells and workings performed at the altar. While many witches may prefer the flat surface of fabric, I find an authentic, ethically-sourced fur to be the most powerful. As someone whose ancestors hale from Sweden and the northern reaches of Scotland, furs have always spoken to me. These beautiful Norse-inspired, fur altar cloths from Pagan Treasures Studio are sure to delight the heathen witch in your life. The one features below is my favorite, featuring the magical stave in the center of a runic circle on rabbit fur, representing victory, protection, luck, and connection with the divine. Each design is hand drawn and painted on pelts ethically sourced from food production and hunting and most cost no more than $30 plus shipping. If fur isn't your witch's thing, you can also find candle holders, candles, tiles, and even moon water.

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10. Witchy Mystery Bag Advent

Still not sure what to get the witch in your life or looking to help them get started on their witchcraft journey? Then this is probably the option for you! This mystery advent calendar by The Third Eye Vision Co is filled with lots of witchy items from herbs and spell bottles and spell candles, ritual bath salts, witch balls, crystals, and more. Each box is different and intuitively selected for every order with items ranging in price. You can even request items to be for a specific intention or purpose! Each item is wrapped in kraft paper and labeled with a number for the order to open them on which day. There are two options available: 12-day and 25-day. Currently, The Third Eye Vision Co suggests ordering the 12-day advent if you are looking to surprise your witch this holiday season it will not arrive on time for December 1st. However, why not extend the holiday into January to continue the magic? The 12-day advent runs about $63 while the 25-day advent costs $125.

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11. Pentacle Tobacco Pipe

While this gift might not be for everyone, it certainly has its place. Traditionally, blends of smoking herbs were burned and inhaled to reach an altered state of consciousness, allowing the witch to commune with spirits, the divine, and the dead. If burning loose incense isn't your witch's thing or they prefer good, sweet tobacco, then this is the perfect gift for them. Each pipe is one of a kind and hand wood burned with love and intention and features a beautiful pentacle, a protection symbol featuring the 5 elements: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit in perfect harmony. The pipe alone will set you back about $40, but you can opt to get a gift box upgrade for a few bucks more that features a pagan-themed high-definition print, hemp wick lighter, and a set of pipe cleaners. You must be at least 21 to purchase this product. I suggest purchasing the gift set as well as some smoking blends from The Poisoner's Apothecary!

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12. We Are The Weirdos Mister! Ouija Planchette All Sign

Every witch loves The Craft, so why not surprise your witch with this adorable ouija planchette sign featuring one of the most iconic lines from the film? This cute little witchy decor piece is the perfect addition to your occult art collection or your witchy vibe home. The planchette-shaped wooden sign is 12 inches tall and 9 inches wide (the widest part of the planchette) and painted in black with white painted lettering and sealed with a light top-coat of acrylic sealer. A complimentary hanger has been attached for your hanging ease! At only $35, this sign won't break your budget.

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13. Apothecary Jars

There is nothing quite like a witch's love of a good jar! This set includes 15, 5oz glass jars with cork lids, a cleaning brush, a chalkboard pen, and 40 black labels, which is more than enough to get the witch in your life started on organizing their herb collection. They can also be used to create spell jars, hold sun and moon waters, and so much more and they only cost $15!

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14. Sacred Luxury Skull Candle Set

Embrace the darkness with these beautifully detailed gothic skull candles featuring both a human and raven skull. The black crystal cut glass jar is adorned with black obsidian crystals for protection and rose petals, crafted as a witches cauldron. Shine a light on your darker side. Each candle is made with premium quality black wax and the finest jasmine, rose, and orange blossom essential oils. This candle set is perfect for spell work or to bring a touch of mystery and magic to your home. The set costs just over $30, but is sure to please.

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15. YinYang Tarot

Last, but certainly not least, is the YingYang tarot deck. This unique, Indie tarot features adorable black cats, or as my partner likes to say, little darknesses. Gaze into the eyes of these mystical felines and find out what's in their minds. Yinyang Tarot (BLACK) is a perfect tarot for animal lovers, as well as for all ages. This deck of 78 cards with artwork that is both elegant and cute features Black Cat of the day. It is a unique deck that includes both a general reading and an animal-specific reading. This deck is much more expensive than The Modern Tarot, but if your witch loves black cats, then it's well worth its $70 price tag. Tevada is an authorized reseller of this deck, which is difficult to come by.

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Stocking Stuffers

1. Earings from Silver Cryptid Co

These beautiful, handcrafted earrings make a perfect stocking stuffer! Steph is a Latina earring designer and artist who creates witch and pagan-inspired earrings. A pair of earrings run between $17 and $126, but most fall around $35 a pair. This Friday (11/25/2022), Steph will be launching her Longest Night collection and offering some amazing deals! Between 10am and 11:59am Central, get 40% off your entire order! You can also get 10-20% off after noon on Friday. Unfortunately, she no longer offers clip-on backs so I can not partake in her earrings, but if the witch in your life has their ears pierced, I am sure they would love a pair.

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2. Perfume/Cologne from Black Baccara

This is my favorite perfumer out there by far. "Black Baccara features the olfactory art and mixed media works of artist Kalliope Amorphous. Founded in 2010 as an extension of her work in experimental and conceptual art, Black Baccara is a one-woman operation where each perfume oil is carefully crafted by the artist from beginning to end. From the initial aromatic concept, to the label design, to the final boxing, each perfume is created and hand-poured by Kalliope in either her New York City or Rhode Island studios. Black Baccara blends are unique, complex, original mixed media recipes created by the artist in small batches using the finest perfumery materials to create an evocative sensory experience." My partner and I order scents from Kalliope all the time, and with her ever-evolving collection, there is sure to be a scent the witch in your life will love. Her perfume oils make the perfect stocking stuffer and cost between $15 and $35 depending on size. I personally prefer roller ball bottles as it makes it easier to distribute the scent, but not all perfume oils are available in that size. Unsure what to get? I suggest trying my favorite Midnight Mass or my partner's favorite Baron Samedi.

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3. Full Moon Bath Bomb Set

Every witch loves a nice, warm bath every once in a while, especially a ritual bath. These handmade and swirled bath bombs recreate the Full Moon in a beautiful way. Each bomb contains sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, salt, corn starch, sunflower oil, mica for some shimmer, and light fragrance and won't leave you or your bath feeling greasy, oily, or dry! The set costs just $12 and is the perfect addition to your witch's stocking this holiday season.

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4. Ouija Board Infinity Scarf

I don't know about you, but I am a little obsessed with the ouija board. They are just as iconic as the witch's broom and the perfect tool for communicating with the beyond. No, ouija boards are not evil nor are they capable of opening portals to hell or whatever it is movies keep trying to say. Ouija boards are just another divinatory tool, like tarot, runes, or pendulums. Use wisely and they are a fantastic tool! This beautiful infinity scarf features this iconic witch symbol. It's made from 100% cotton flannel and measures roughly 35 inches long when laying flat. It's long enough to wrap around twice and will keep your witch warm this winter season. Pick up your handmade scarf for just $23!

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5. Crystal Car Vent Clips

I am obsessed with crystals. Part of this is because I have a degree in geology, but the other part is totally because I am a witch. Every witch loves a good rock so why not bring that magic in your vehicle? Lero Lero Custom offers a variety of crystal vent clip options so your witch doesn't continue to lose their crystals in their car. They offer a variety of options including smokey quartz, black tourmaline, amethyst, selenite, clear quartz, lace agate, fluorite, rose quartz, and more to bring protection, happiness, or luck to those within. You can purchase individual clips or sets for between $7 and $40. Just make sure you order the correct clip for the vents in your witch's car.

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6. Apothecary Labels Digital Download

Not only do witches love jars, but we also love labels, especially witchy labels! This digital download goes perfectly with the apothecary jars featured above and features 449 herbs, spices, salts, fruits, and nuts labels with their meaning and correspondences. This digital bundle is more expensive than some at $37, but nothing matches its size and quality. Being a digital download, you will need to print and cut out the labels prior to use. If you have a Cricut or Silhouette, this job will be easy. If not, there is nothing quite as meditative as cutting out labels!

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7. Vintage Witchcraft Stickers

In the same realm as labels come stickers! Stickers are a great way for the witch in your life to express themselves by decorating their tumblers, computers, phones, and more. These vintage witchcraft stickers can also be used to decorate your Book of Shadows or Grimoire and come in 15, 30, 50, and 100-piece sets for between $5 and $20. Order now though to ensure they arrive on time for this holiday season!

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8. Quoth the Raven Incense

Last year I featured Sea Witch Botanical's Hermitage Incense on my list. It's still my favorite incense of all time, but this one is a close second. Quoth the Raven incense from Sea Witch Botanicals features a sultry blend of orange, cinnamon, and clove essential oils. It pairs best with deep dark secrets, the glow of yellow street lamps through the rain on your window, or the scratching of a quill pen across an eager page. Use this incense when you need to connect to your personal power & confidence. Release boredom and self-doubt while you feel the flame of passion & inspiration radiate from within. These incense come in a pack of 20 for $12 or 50 for $24.

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9. Hematite Bracelet

Hematite is a powerful crystal, used for both grounding and protection. These unique properties make it perfect for everyday wear. It helps us to feel grounded and stable, allowing us to access the parts of our mind more in tune with logic and practical thinking. Like a magnet, hematite pulls out any negativity or toxicity you may be harboring in your energetic field, keeping you safe not just from the outside world but also from your own self-limiting thoughts. It has a hardness of 5.5-6.5 which means it can scratch and break if hit against a hard surface, so take care while wearing it. This bracelet from House of Intuition is the perfect addition to your witch's stocking at just $18.

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Finally, found items always make wonderful gifts! Ideas include acorns, pinecones, bones, feathers, seeds, shredded skin, rocks, and fall sticks. Always be sure to ask before taking and leave an offering of water, spit, or hair behind as thanks.


No matter what you decide to get your witch this holiday season, make sure the items are chosen with love and they are sure to be surprised. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!





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Thursday, October 20, 2022

How to Manifest Your Dreams by George K.

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Do you want something in your life so badly that you could taste it? We all have goals and aspirations, whether they are for a new car, a larger home, or a job promotion. The problem is, sometimes, our dreams seem unattainable. We may feel like we’re stuck in a rut and that our wildest dreams are nothing more than pipe dreams. But what if I told you that you have the power to manifest your dreams into reality? Although you will feel it is too good to be true, it's not.

What Is Manifestation? and How To Manifest Dreams Your Dreams?

Manifestation is the belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. This is because our thoughts and feelings attract experiences into our lives.

In other words, if we want to manifest our dreams, we must believe they're possible. We must also take steps to make them a reality.

You can manifest your dreams by following these simple steps:

1. Get Clear On What You Want
The first step to manifesting your dreams is understanding what you want. What dreams do you have? What do you long for? Write it down and be specific. Give as many specifics as you can so that you can visualize them.

Include the address, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the square footage, etc., for instance, if you want to buy a house.

By doing this, you are creating an image of your dream in your subconscious, channeling your mind to act toward achieving it.

2. Visualize It Happening
When you have a clear idea of your desire, start visualizing it. Close your eyes and visualize yourself driving your dream vehicle or living in the house of your dreams. Feel the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair.

Picture yourself at your dream job or taking that long-awaited vacation; you will really feel the emotion of achieving your goal. Your chances of realizing your dream are improved by a visualization that is as vivid and realistic as possible.

3. Believe It's Possible
This step is key to manifesting your dream because, without belief, manifestation is impossible. You have to believe that what you want is within your reach truly. That may mean changing your mindset or letting go of some limiting beliefs.

But once you truly believe that anything is possible, your brain starts channeling your actions toward your dream. Hence, manifestation will become easier and quicker.

4. Get Rid of the Doubts
Once you've decided what you want and started believing it's possible, get rid of doubts or negative thoughts about achieving it.

Doubts will only hold you back from manifesting your dream into reality! So whenever a doubt pops up (e.g., "I'm not good enough," "This will never work," etc.), counter it with an affirmative statement like, "I am capable," or "I will make this happen."

5. Take Action Steps
Just because you're focused on positive thoughts doesn't mean your dream will automatically become a reality—you also need to take action to make it happen!

Figure out what concrete things you can do to achieve your goal (e.g., if your goal is to get a promotion at work, talk to your boss about what you need to do to make that happen). And then take those action steps!

The more consistently you take action, the more you will solidify your belief in yourself, and the closer you'll be to manifesting your dreams into reality!

6. Release it to the Universe
The most crucial step is likely this last one. Once you’ve taken all the steps to achieve your goal, it’s time to let go.

If you really want something, you should send it out into the universe and let the universe take care of the rest. Your dreams will materialize in due course, so let them go into the ether and have faith in them.

It may sound like a leap of faith, but believe me, we are all connected to one another and some greater power.

And so, by releasing your dreams into the universe, you ask for guidance and support in making them a reality. Be patient, as things take their time. And have faith that, eventually, your dreams will come true.

Conclusion

Dreams and Mythology have long been interpreted for their hidden meanings. The power to manifest your dreams is within you—but only if you take action toward making them happen.

So, what's stopping you from manifestation? The answer is quite simple—you. If you want to receive guidance about your dreams, it starts with having an open mind and being willing to grow.

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George K. is an independent researcher and avid writer interested in the meaning and symbolism of myths and dreams. A contributor to multiple blogs and magazines, he has gained the ability to ground complex topics in simple and applicable terms. You can find him at DreamsAndMythology.com or on Instagram and Pinterest @dreamsandmythology




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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Vanilla

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Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Powers: Love, Lust, Wealth
Magical Uses and History: Vanilla, which is derived from three species of orchids that produce a fragrant cured fruit, has a long and rich history in Central and South America before it became widely popularized through colonization. Records indicate the first civilization to use vanilla or xanat (nectar of the gods) was the Totonac peoples of eastern Mexico who used it for medicinal and religious purposes. According to legend, Tenitzli III and his wife, which in some stories is the fertility goddess Xanat, were blessed with a beautiful daughter. She was so beautiful that her parents decided she could not marry just anyone and instead dedicated her life to Tonoacayohua, the goddess of crops and subsistence. She grew up in the temple, spending her time bringing offerings to the goddess. It was during one of her trips from the forest that a young man, in some recounts a prince while in others a commoner, caught sight of her and instantly fell in love. Each day the young man returned to watch the princess walk through the forest until one day she stumbled upon his hiding spot. Upon meeting him, she fell in love and desired to be with him. This is where many stories begin to differ. According to one legend, the princess, in a fit of despair at not being able to be with the man she loved, transformed herself into the orchid with a sensuous flavored fruit to express the depths of her love. In other stories, the young lovers ran off together and were later found and killed by the priests of Tonacayohua. Their still-beating hearts were removed and taken back as an offering to the goddess while their bodies were thrown into a ravine. Shortly after their deaths, a strong bush and later a dainty orchid bloomed where their blood had been shed and when the flowers died, a sweetly perfumed pod was left behind. No matter the story, vanilla is deeply associated with love and passion and therefore can be used in love spells and rituals, recipes, incense, and more, especially if you are looking to ignite passions.

When the Aztecs conquered the Totonac people in the 1400s, they claimed vanilla for their own. It was used almost exclusively by Aztec nobility and in ceremonial rituals where it was combined with cocoa and honey, a drink known as xocolatl or the first hot chocolate. In 1518, Cortes landed off of the Mexican Gulf Coast where he was welcomed by the Aztecs. During their first meeting, Aztec emperor Montezuma shared xocolatl with Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors who were enthralled that such a small pod added such flavor and aroma. They nicknamed vanilla vainilla, Spanish for "little pod," and took it back home with them where the vanilla and cocoa mix became a favorite among the Royal Court and nobility. As such vanilla is associated with wealth, largely due to its difficulty to grow, and therefore can be used in wealth and money spells to 'sweeten,' especially when combined with honey.

Medicinally, vanilla, both scent and flavor, helps reduce stress and anxiety, boosts happiness, and promotes hair growth. Use vanilla in spells to bring happiness and health or in glamour spells and rituals.

Vanilla can be used in a number of spells including:
    Love Spells
    Money Magic
    Healing Spells
    Passion Spells
    Happiness Magic
    Glamour Magic

Medicinal Uses: Vanilla is naturally rich in vanillin, a phenolic compound that is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective. It can be used to boost your immune system, reduce sugar consumption, treat psoriasis, and reduce stress. Vanilla is naturally relaxing, having been shown to reduce the startle reflexes and even sleep apnea in adults and reduce crying in infants. It is this calming relaxation that many rely on to soothe an upset stomach, indigestion, nausea, and even vomiting. Its also considered a mild aphrodisiac and therefore can be used to boost sexual desire.

Preparation and Dosage: Internally, vanilla can be taken as an infusion or tincture and is best combined with cinnamon in both cases, although it can be taken alone. To create an infusion, combine 1/4-1/2 inch of vanilla bean split lengthwise with 1 cup water. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Drink up to three times a day. You can also use vanilla-infused tea leaves for similar benefits. As a tincture take 2-3 drops daily.


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