Five Rookie Tarot Mistakes

Five Rookie Tarot MistakesFive Rookie Tarot Mistakes

We all make mistakes, but if you’re making the same Tarot mistakes over and over, you could be missing out on something amazing.

Learning to read Tarot isn’t easy, but what really helped me move ahead was to stop making these rookie mistakes.

  1. Asking the same question to get the ‘right’ results

One we’re all guilty of, but hopefully will grow out of.

I’m lying, sometimes I still do this. But if you’re purchasing or receiving a free reading from another reader, know that this will really piss your Tarot reader off.

Rephrasing your question to get the results you want. Or simply just asking the same question again. Or asking the same question to every Tarot reader until you find a charlatan who tells you what you want to hear. Reshuffling the cards because getting ALL the bad cards CAN’T be the answer to your question right?

STOP.

If you don’t want to know the real answer, don’t ask the question. Whilst Tarot IS a great tool for confirming something you already have a pretty good hunch on, ignoring it when it tells you what you don’t like is a really bad move.

2. Repeating the question

 

That is, asking about the same situation in the same day/week/month – if nothing much has changed. If you’ve done nothing to change the situation, the situation won’t be changed.

Be patient and wait for results!

3. Thinking of the cards in a binary fashion

There are no ‘good’ cards and no ‘bad’ cards. Obviously, there are certain cards that we’d prefer not to see, but assuming that a certain card is always bad, no matter where it’s placed, can really ruin a reading.

For example, a friend was once really fearful because she had received the ‘Devil’ in a reading. Despite the fact that the Devil it’s particular placement meant that she’d no longer be struggling with alcohol abuse, she refused to see it as anything good. I tried to explain, but only got ‘The Devil is ALWAYS bad!’ in response.

Please don’t be that person.

Conversely, the same is true of ‘good’ cards, as well. Sometimes money and power corrupt, or relationships turn sour, or the career you wanted turns out to be awful.

Life isn’t simple.

4. Missing the obvious

Life, however, can be obvious. Make sure you don’t miss it.

You might get great results with your numerology-kabbalah-astrological-Rosicrucian-antiproestablishment Tarot method, and that’s cool. But beware of ignoring what’s in front of your face in favour of spending hours decoding the intricate mysteries of the Universe.

Sometimes the Sun really does mean everything’s going to turn out okay. Sometimes Death really does mean your Nana’s got one last ambulance ride ahead of her. Sometimes Strength means you need to fight, and sometimes the Fool really does mean you’re being an moron about things.

In trying to be a better Tarot reader, never forget the basics. It’s like attempting to make a souffle and forgetting to turn the oven on.

5. Not acting on advice

There’s one mistake that I see people make over and over again, whether they are reading for themselves or purchasing readings from other people.

If you don’t want to take advice, don’t ask for it.

I suspect sometimes people want someone to hold their hand and tell them it will all be okay, and I sympathize, but that’s not what Tarot is for.

I’m not advocating that you should only trust the Tarot and never use your own brain – sometimes you misinterpret, sometimes you’re tired and miss things, sometimes you need to make a decision there and then, and quite frankly, sometimes you need to use your own brain to make sure your brain still works.

But! Don’t ignore the advice of Tarot, and then complain things didn’t turn out the way you hoped. If it tells you to do x, y, AND z, and you only half heartedly do x, don’t throw out your cards because the future it told you didn’t come true.

But what are the mistakes that you first made with Tarot?

Interview with Bree NicGarran

Interview with a witchI’m so pleased to be able to welcome one of my favourite authors onto the blog this week. I’ve followed Bree’s work for a long time.

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Buy It Here: Grovedaughter Witchery: Practical Spellcraft

(Sidenote: This is a longer interview than we usually do – I’m testing out the form. Please let me know which you prefer – comment below. As usual, post may contain affiliate links, but I never sell you products I don’t believe in.)

For most of you, Bree will need no introduction, but I’ll happily oblige those that do:

‘Bree NicGarran grew up in the wilds of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and now resides outside of Williamsburg, VA. She has been a practitioner of cottage witchcraft for over ten years, and specializes in plant-based magics. Her first solo work, “Grovedaughter Witchery,” was published in January 2017 and has been hailed by the online pagan community as the new standard text for beginner witches.

In addition to her writing, Bree maintains a popular blog about her spellwork and witchcraft in general. She lives with her husband and two very spoiled ginger cats, and is very glad that none of them seem to mind having a pagan altar in the living room.’

Here’s the interview – please enjoy!

Why did you decide to start writing books?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, pretty much since I was a kid. Writing a blog on witchcraft was excellent practice, and I saved the articles and spells and recipes that I created for possible collection later, and published some of them on my website. The drive to put together a book was already there, but it needed just the right push.

What happened was that I picked up a certain book from a public library that, according to the title, was full of spells and rituals based on fairy tales. I wasn’t familiar with the author, but I decided to give it a try. Well, it turned out to be a horrible book. Everything in it rubbed me the wrong way. The author had a very skeevy attitude toward young girls, and it showed up in every single chapter. Halfway through, I stopped reading and did some research. Turns out the author was arrested on charges of possessing and intending to distribute child pornography. And having read his book, in which he enthused about how pubescent girls were inherently “more magical” because they “hadn’t lost their eggs through menstruation yet”, I honestly was not surprised. (http://wildhunt.org/2017/04/kenny-klein-convicted-on-child-pornography-charges.html)

So, now that I was good and mad, I returned the book to the library with a strongly-worded note about the contents. On my way home, I raged to myself about how unfair it was that with so much potential in the concept of fairy-tale-based magic, THAT was the best the pagan literary market had to offer. By the time I walked back through my front door, I was firmly resolved to do better. By a fortuitous coincidence, a friend of mine on Tumblr had had a similar idea, so we agreed to team up and write our own book of fairy tale spells. And so The Sisters Grimmoire was born, and I was on my way as a published author.

What were the differences between writing books, writing your Tumblr blog, and writing in a long form fashion on your website?

Of the three, I have to say that blogging is the easiest. There is much more material to work with, and prompts for inspiration in the form of asks and posts from other witches. Plus, there’s very little pressure to deliver things on any kind of deadline, or to write on any particular subject, or to meet a minimum word count. It’s great for brainstorming, especially when writer’s block threatens.

Most the material on my website came from posts that I saved from my blog. Any time I answered a question at length, I’d save the text and many of these later became full-length articles. I posted spells that I’d created and tested in my own practice, and little tidbits of advice that I discovered along the way. These were mostly the things that I wish somebody had told me when I was starting out. (Which, as you know, became the inspiration for Grovedaughter Witchery.)

Writing The Sisters Grimmoire took some definite work. Creating the spells was the bulk of it, and making sure I didn’t repeat myself or make things too complicated or use the same methods too often. Editing was just as difficult; it was like having the write the book over again in places. The Witches’ Cupboard was a little easier, since it was a collection of recipes, and Anna did most of the formatting and wrote the bulk of the introductory material.

And then came Grovedaughter Witchery. My first solo project. The one I like to call “the accidental book.” I looked at my files one day during National Novel Writing Month and realized that I had half a book’s worth of Practical Witchcraft 101 material just sitting there. The other half I had to collect or create, along with refining and editing what was already there. I won’t lie to you – it was tough. Sometimes even discouraging. I pulled numerous all-nighters over the course of two months, ran out of ideas on several occasions, and almost gave up twice. But every single bit of that effort was worth it the day the proof copy arrived and I could actually hold that book in my hands and say, “Yeah…I wrote that. This is my baby.”

If you think there were tears, you are extremely correct.

What was it like working with a co-author? What were the benefits and pitfalls?

It was nice to have the constant support of another creative mind, not to mention the constant motivation of knowing she was working on the project too. Working by myself, sometimes I tend to let my writing projects sit for long periods of time, or lose interest if I don’t get fresh inspiration quickly enough. Having Anna right there on a daily basis with new ideas and as a sounding board made the creative process a lot easier.

That being said, when two witches with very strong wills and differing viewpoints collaborate on a single projects, there’s going to be some…shall we say, differences of opinion on how things were supposed to come together. We were always careful to keep things friendly and professional, but we butted heads a lot during the editing process and nagged each other sometimes when things weren’t progressing as quickly as we might’ve liked. Happens during any team project, really. But we worked things out and put forth a pretty decent book when all was said and done. Splitting the royalties wasn’t exactly fun either, but it was only fair. Again, part of teamwork.

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What was it like working by yourself? What were the benefits and pitfalls of that?

There’s a lot to be said for having full creative control of a project. When you’re not answerable to anyone but yourself and your audience for content, there’s a certain satisfaction in that. I suppose that ties into self-publishing as well. Also, I’m very happy with being able to track how the book is selling and to order copies from CreateSpace on my own schedule, without having to ask someone else for updates. (The collaborative projects were originally published on Anna’s account, since she had more experience, so I had to ask her for sales numbers and such, or to place an order if I wanted print copies. Not a bad thing, but an extra step.)

There’s a flip side to that too, though. You have full control when you’re working alone, but…you are working alone. You have to be your own motivator and your own editor, find your own inspiration, and set your own schedule. The additional creative freedom comes with additional work.

How have the launches of your book been? What techniques did you find beneficial?

When you self-publish, you have to do all your own advertising. CreateSpace does not offer this service like a major publisher or distributor might. Anna and I posted preview spells and general updates ahead of the publication of The Sisters Grimmoire to generate interest, and boy did it ever. The Witches’ Cupboard came as sort of a holiday surprise, so most of the advertising for that was done sort of after the fact.

With Grovedaughter Witchery, I combined what had worked before – previews and progress reports before publication, and regular advertisement after. The online response was very enthusiastic, and it resulted in very good sales for the first couple of months. Around the third month, the numbers started falling, but that’s normal, and I took the opportunity to branch out into wholesale accounts with brick-and-mortar shops.

Keeping up-to-date records of sales leads and numbers and expenses has been invaluable. If you’re going to go into any sort of business, you need good recordkeeping skills, and you need to be proactive in keeping it current and well-organized.

How was writing your latest book different from writing your first? Is it getting easier or harder?

Bit of both, really. It was easier in that I had material to work from, and I’d sort of laid the groundwork already with my blog and my website. Plus, I had an idea of what to expect from the process of writing the first two books with Anna. Like I said before, self-motivating and time management was a challenge. I have a feeling that future projects are going to get more difficult, as I have to come up with more and more new material, but that’s a challenge I’m looking for ward to.

Why did you decide on the topics that you did? Did you see a gap in the market, or were you encouraged by your existing readers? Or something else entirely?

For Grovedaughter Witchery, it was a combination of things. I mentioned noticing that I had a stockpile of material, and that was a big part of it. And I did see a gap in the market. I’ve mentioned on several occasions that the modern pagan literature market is really saturated by Wiccan and Neo-Wiccan authors, because that’s who the major publishers like Llewellyn and WillowTree Press are most willing to work with. So there’s a whole lot of one set of viewpoints and not terribly much for anyone else. So when I realized that I had a chance to write a secular, practical book for beginners, I was pretty excited.

The response to my initial inquiries – sort of “Hey, I’ve got an idea for a book, what do you guys think?” – was more than enthusiastic. I almost want to say “explosive.” I received hundreds of notes and comments to effect of “OH MY GOD, PLEASE WRITE THIS BOOK,” and there was a lot of excitement pretty much right away.

What was the magical/spiritual process of the book like? Did you test and experiment for the books, or did you only share things you’ve done for a long time?

I started out with material that was from personal experience, and methods that I know have worked in my own practice. I did test a number of the new spells and recipes that I came up with for the Grimmoire and for Grovedaughter, just to make sure they would work for a wider audience and be workable for beginners.

Have you done any kind of magic/spells to help move the books along – whether the process of writing it, or selling it? Did you work with Spirits with some parts of it, or not at all?

I put a little glyph on my desk, right underneath where my waterglass would sit. It looks like a little campfire, representing Brighid’s Flame of Inspiration. I also did a couple of spells for abundance and good sales. Apart from that, though, it was just elbow grease.

Are there any other projects in the pipeline?

Yup! The copyright for The Witches’ Cupboard is reverting to Anna in September, and we’re each planning new projects to republish our own material. So I’ve got a book of magical powder and oil recipes nearly finished. The book collects all of my recipes from The Witches’ Cupboard and Grovedaughter Witchery, plus I created a few dozen new ones that haven’t been published anywhere before. It’s called Pestlework, and it’s slated for publication this August.

As promised, I’m working on a second volume of The Sisters Grimmoire too, as another solo project. That will be my main focus after Pestlework is done. I’ve been reading the works of Andrew Lang to get material for new spells, and let me tell you, it’s going to be epic. I’m hoping to top one hundred spells, and it’s looking like I’ll be able to do that. I plan to start posting preview spells sometime this autumn, maybe as a Halloween treat.

I’m also collecting research for a book tentatively titled “The Grovedaughter’s Garden,” which will be a volume of practical advice on plant magic and container gardening for witches who don’t have a yard or plots of open ground to work with for growing herbs and flowers. That’s barely in the pre-writing stages, but I’m excited about it.

In addition to all of this, I have an entire folder of writing prompts for short horror fiction that I return to every now and again. That’s a long-term project that I hope will one day become a personal anthology.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still writing, still researching. Hopefully with more several books published! I’m hoping to get into the festival circuit as well, starting this September when I’ll be making an appearance as a vendor at the Autumn Moon Festival in Virginia Beach, if all goes well. Ideally, I still want to get my books into brick-and-mortar stores, and make a living as a writer, but if I have to keep my day job, then so be it.

And of course, it goes without saying that I’ll still be witching it up!

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Buy It Here: The Sisters Grimmoire: Spells and Charms for Your Happily Ever After

Website: http://BreeNicGarran.wordpress.com

Email: BreeNicGarran@outlook.com (for business inquiries)

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bree-NicGarran/e/B019PYEFWU/

Why Clear Quartz is a Bad Crystal

Why Clear Quartz is bad for youIs Clear Quartz Bad For You?

If I see one more article spreading the ‘joys’ of throwing in a clear quartz to every situation, I’m gonna blow my top.

You all know that I’m passionate about safety in the crystal field, after my post 7 Things Never to Do to Crystals went viral again. Yes, I realise safety is an odd thing to be passionate about (I’m the First Aider at my job too. Fun all round, I assure you.)

Now, the reason I’m so concerned about safety is not because I’m a huge buzzkill (no, really.) It’s because you can do some quite nasty damage to yourself if you mess around in the metaphysical arts without knowing what you’re doing.

The only way you get to be proficient in the metaphysical is being doing it, but reading up actual articles by people who’ve actually done it before you is a great way to skip the pitfalls of level 1 and go straight to level 2.

So why am I ranting about the downfalls of clear quartz?

Isn’t clear quartz a beginner’s crystal? Well, yes, if you use it properly. I’ve read many, many times – and believed it myself – that clear quartz is a good crystal for cleansing.

No.

No, no, no.

All the no.

Clear quartz is an amplifier.

If you use clear quartz with a cleansing crystal, the cleansing will be amplified. If you use clear quartz with an energetic crystal, the general will be amplified.

If you throw in a clear quartz to a bad situation on it’s own, or without correct partners, guess what happens?

Correct. Things get worse, quickly.

Why is clear quartz bad?

Clear quartz CAN be used on it’s own, IF it’s programmed correctly. But programming crystals isn’t as easy as it looks. I’ll not go into programming here, but basically: it’s a several stop process, and can not be substituted for just chucking in a clear quartz here and there.

It’s basically like swigging a handful of paracetamol every time you’re ill or injured. Silly, reckless, and missing the point of paracetamol entirely. Quartz IS a Master Healer, it’s very good for burns, for example. But healing is a lot more complicated that holding a crystal and willing the healing to increase. What else will you be increasing? Immune response? Cancer cells? A fever? Pain?

Crystal work, especially when you’re working with the human body, is more complicated than it seems at first glance.

I’m not saying this to put you off learning – because crystal work is a joy to learn, and it’s very useful. I’m saying this merely to get you to think about which crystals you’re choosing before you march into a situation.  The cure for even the same illness in two different people will be different, so take the time to thoroughly diagnose whatever situation has befallen you – illness*, unwanted Spirit contact, bad luck, etc – before you try and solve it.

Do it right the first time.

*Your first step with illness should always be to get the advice of a trained medical professional.

PS: If you’d like to get started learning about crystals, or want to fill in your knowledge gaps, let me recommend the Encyclopedia of Crystals. This is an affiliate link, meaning I receive a small comission should you buy it, but this is honestly a book I’ve been recommending ever since I received it from Christmas a few years back, whether I’ve been paid or not. It’s great for both identifying crystals, and information on how to use them, and what they can treat. You can buy it here: The Encyclopedia of Crystals

PPS: I wrote a crystal safety guide that you can get for free. I also wrote a lot of small guides to rather more fun subjects, and you can get them all by signing up here.

I’m on the Bold Moves Podcast with Mandie!

How to be FearlessLast month, I was gifted the awesome opportunity to be a guest over on the Bold Moves podcast.

The Bold Moves podcast is run by an awesome lady by the name of Mandie, and she interviews various people who made bold moves into living the life they want. Mandie’s podcast makes for awesome, really inspiring listening so I’d recommend you check it out even if I weren’t on it. 😉

Each week there’s an interview on the Monday, and then each Friday the guest leaves a challenge for the listeners to accomplish. Mandie offers real accountability in a manner that’s encouraging and loving. I was so pleased to be offered the chance to come on board!

My Monday interview is here and my Friday challenge here – which, if you read it, I’ll still hold you to. Really, what is the worst that could happen?

Free Tarot Spread – Mercury Retrograde

Get your copy of the FREE Retro-Tarot Book here.

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This Mercury Retrograde spread looks complicated at first glance, but it’s actually really simple.

 

All you need is to draw each card with the question ‘How can I communicate better with (x)?’ in mind.

Whilst this spread is especially powerful when used under Mercury Retrograde, but you can use it any time of year to see some really great results.

The answers you get can be really interesting! You might find that you need to adjust your attitude in a few specific situations, or  you might find that the cards point to a particular trait or action of yours that you need to radically change.

If you you’ve used this spread, let me know in the comments below!

This spread is an excerpt from the free book, Retro-Tarot. Retro-Tarot contains 10 all-new Tarot spreads inspired by the planets in Retrograde. The best part is, it’s totally free! You can get it here.

Travel Pocket Spell

Travel Protection SpellsTravel pocket spell

Into an empty pocket (cut from a pair of trousers, preferably ones you’ve worn a while) place as many of the following objects:

  • A hagstone (stone with a natural hole in it)
  • An anchor or other nautical charm
  • A wheel or other automobile charm (dice work for this)
  • Dried orange, lemon or grapefruit slices
  • A cinnamon stick
  • An amethyst
  • A carnelian
  • A rose quartz

 

Then sew it shut with brown or orange cord.

 

All of these items either convey protection, travel protection, or fast travel. It breaks down as follows:

Protection

  • An amethyst
  • A carnelian
  • A rose quartz
  • A cinnamon stick
  • Brown cord

Travel Protection

  • Nautical charm
  • Automobile charm

Fast Travel

  • Hagstone
  • Citrus fruit
  • Orange cording

Wearing the pants gives the fabric some of your ‘energy’, and helps to blend it into the spell.

When you break a spell down like this, you can see exactly why certain ingredients have been chosen. This is important, because it allows you to make much better choices about substitutions.

For example, all of the fruits under fast travel are citrus. You wouldn’t swap them for an apple, right? You wouldn’t need to know all of the fruits that might signify fast travel, only that the ones given are citrus. It would be reasonable to assume therefore that citrus fruit would make a reasonable substitution. So you would know you could add lime slices, or maybe an Earl Grey teabag*, and you wouldn’t go too far wrong.

 

*It contains bergamot, which is a citrus fruit. Sometimes you have to go a bit sideways in witchcraft to get what you want.

This lesson is an excerpt from Magical Methods. Buy Magical Methods before June 1st to avoid the price increase!

How to Seal a Witch Bottle

The YouTube video above is taken directly from my free course, Everything You Need to Know About Witch Bottles. You can sign up for that here.

Everything You Need to Know About Witch Bottles is free (forever!) but it’s actually the first module of my larger course, Magical Methods.

Magical Methods is a low cost course with high value impact. Go beyond simple recipes and understand how different spells actually work! Once you know how existing spells are put together, you can create your own with ease.

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What is Witchcraft?

 what is witchcraftWhat is magic?

Magic is simply changing the world by manipulation of energy. The world as you know it is merely a hallucination caused by your senses trying to make sense of it.

Magic is using the rules of the actual Universe to influence it. It can feel a lot like breaking them. You are bending your own mind past what you believe to be true – sensing what is actually there, and trying to make sense of it and use it.

So, what can you actually do with it? Just about anything you like. If you aren’t getting the results that you want, you need to look at what you are doing to get them, and change it. Anything is possible – you just have to know the passwords.

What is witchcraft?

This question can be probably be answered much better in a whole book, although I’ll give it a go.

Witchcraft can be many things. It can be part or whole of a religion like Wicca. It can be a standardized version of what  our ancestors left us, like British Traditional Witchcraft. It can be the magic of the common people, the forgotten people, whatever form that might take. It can be whatever knowledge you crib together in the dark with a pebble and a rosemary plant.

This is my definition:

Most forms of witchcraft tend to involve other objects beyond the magic creator. Some will argue and say that someone who purely uses themselves and pure energy to work can call themselves a witch. That’s up to them. But what I describe below are some methods that have been open to ‘witches’ in a variety of cultures across Europe and the US. These methods have been chosen because I know them and can teach them, not because it’s an exhaustive list.

 

A wise man once said that in a room of 12 witches there are 13 opinions. Another wise person once said that the name for a group of witches is an opinion. Bear this in mind when you study.

Forms of Witchcraft

 

The follow list concerns itself with just creating the future, rather than foretelling it, even though many divinatory traditions are associated with or part of witchcraft ones. You’ll notice, however, that I’ve included things like Tarot and runes as things you can use for spells – because you can!

Dolls and Poppets

Poppets are the English terms for what movie call a ‘voodoo doll’. Voodoo doll is a misnomer, and does nothing for either poppet or Haitian magic.

Poppets can be used for a couple of things – mainly either cursing or healing. This doesn’t always have to be physical curses/cures – poppets can also be used to influence thought patterns.

Dolls can also be used to provide homes for Spirits, or used to create guardians. You can also use a doll as a scapegoat to prevent a curse from latching onto you.

 

Shrinemaking

Shrine making is less a way to create a defined outcome, and more a way of pleasing Spirits who you may later want to call upon. It’s kinda like taking your new neighbours a pie, in case you ever need them to watch the house whilst you’re away. The pie is an overture to a friendly relationship, not direct payment for the house sitting. However, if you just blundered into their garden one day and offered them £100 to watch the house, they’d probably tell you to get lost.

 

Get your local Spirits pies.

 

Shrinemaking can also be used to help bless and protect your home and land. By connecting with the other Spirits that are there, you solidify the relationship, and can work together against intruders.

Bottles and Jars

Witch bottles (or spell jars)  are fun, easy ways to create a variety of effects. As a spell base, they can be effective for:

  • money
  • love
  • friendship
  • animal work
  • protection

Some people define a witch bottle as strictly the traditional version which is used as a scapegoat, and call other spells involving bottles and jars ‘spell jars’. Some people use the term witch bottle to encompass all magics involving jars.

You can learn about all types of bottle magic in this free course.

Candles

Candle magic is a much more modern form of magic than you’d think – especially if we’re talking coloured candles. Candles were very precious objects in the past! However, it was not an unusual item to have, like a hunk of crystal or fairy doll, which is why they became an item to use for undetected witchcraft – like brooms, and cauldrons.

As candles have got cheaper and cheaper and less needed to be used for lighting, much more forms and types of magic have sprung up around them. With the addition of coloured waxes or painted candles, the sorts of magic you can do with candles has grown exponentially.

 

Candles are a subset of fire magic and therefore are fantastic for banishing, but they are often the beginners tool of choice. It’s easy to understand why – easy to get hold of, easy to use, and there’s as much fancy ritual needed as you feel inclined to give it.

 

When you want to expand your knowledge, you can still stick with candles – but investigate the use of oils, herbs and crystals in conjunction with candles.

Crystals and Rocks

Crystals and rocks are often used as ‘ingredients’ in other spells. They are very easy to add to bottles, pouches, dolls and more. However, you can also use crystals in spell work solely on their own by adding them to your pillow, till, money box, plant pot, etc.

Their use goes much further than this, but that enters the realm of energy healing which is a part of many traditions and is a very dedicated and intensive practice all by itself, and too much to explain here.

Air

You can utilize the powers of air in a lot of ways. It’s usually good for cleansing spells – think sweeping with a ritual broom, burning incense (smoke=air, not fire), ringing bells or playing bowls, singing, using flags and wheels. Air methods tend to return quick results.

Earth

Earth brings slow results, but they tend to be larger. Earth practices include enchanting seeds that will bring you money as they grow, burying offerings in the Earth, making vessels and spells out of clay, or writing spells in the mud.

Fire

Fire can bring things into your life, but is much better used to get rid of them – for beginners, anyway. If there is anything in your life that you wish to get rid of, you can write or draw a representation of it and cast it into the fire to remove it.

Water

Water can take the longest time to bring you what you need. However, think of water pounding against a rock. Drips of water became rivers, became waterfalls. Water can often bring you the biggest results, but it may take a long time.

Water spells can include potions (see below), but can also include ritual baths, leaving offers in water, or giving up bad energy or habits to the ocean.

Bones

Bones are a contentious subject in witchcraft. Some people will never use them, some people’s practice is not complete without them.

Some uses for bones are:

 

  • Telling the future (casting bones or lots)
  • Housing the Spirit of the animal so you can work with them
  • Form parts of wands or ritual jewellery or headresses
  • Ingredients in pouches

 

Tarot, Runes and Ogham

You can use all of these fortune telling tools in spells, too! You can choose one of them that has a characteristic or represents an outcome that you’d like. So if you wanted a new job, you might choose the Ace of Pentacles. Then you could do any one of the following with it:

  • Use it to focus a candle spell
  • Add it to a pouch or bag spell
  • Add it to a jar spell
  • Use it in lieu of a sigil
  • Make a vision board around it
  • Even burn it! (You can get single Tarot cards for this purpose on eBay.)

 

Potions and Elixirs

Potion Magic used to be a lot more popular. Whilst elixirs, tisanes and tea blends are still popular for use on yourself, the masses of recipes of potions, philtres and similar recipes have all but died out. That’s because a lot of potion magic is only to be used in desperate circumstances, like love potions and curses. The reason so many old fashioned love potions are beyond creepy and controlling is that woman’s husband was her meal ticket. If he left her, not only would she be blamed, but she would be out of a house, food and her own family probably wouldn’t take her in. She had shamed them all. (Often through no actual fault of her own.)

So dousing  a lover or husband’s food with love potion made a lot more sense then, than it does now.

Thankfully, most of us don’t live in those circumstances any more, so a lot of philtre or potion use has died out. However, there are still some amazing things you can make to ingest yourself:

  • Tea blends
  • Tisanes (herbals teas)
  • Bath spells
  • Lunar or solar water
  • Herbal Oils

Spoken Magic

Spoken Magic can be long and complicated, or very short. It doesn’t have to rhyme (but it can) it doesn’t have to flow like poetry (but it can). You can use spoken incantation to help direct energy when you’re using other methods, but you can also use it on it’s own.

Some examples of spoken magic:

  • Affirmations
  • Words of power
  • Singing
  • Ritual Offerings
  • Wishes

You can even banish Spirit’s solely through your voice. Shouting ‘Leave!’ with the correct intention can be very powerful.

Written Magic

 

Written magic has existed since we could write. Many cultures view writing AS magic. Think about it – 26 (or thereabouts, depends on your alphabet) tiny squiggles can become anything when placed in the right order. Dumbledore was right about the power of words.

Written magic can include:

  • Petitions to Spirits
  • Magic squares
  • Words of power or protection
  • Wishes
  • Tattoos
  • Rune work

Bag and Pouch Magic

There is all kinds of bag magic – from mojo bags, to more modern spell envelopes. The main idea behind bag or pouch magic is that keeping a carefully curated selection of objects together for a certain time period will produce the effects that you want. A lot of bag magic produces indefinite spells  provided they are charged. Such bags usually grant the wearer protection, prosperity, luck or good health. However, there are bag magics wear a specific time limited spell is wanted – invisibility spells, hex breakers and the like.

Enchantments and Glamours

Enchantment covers a variety of spell types, but theme of the spells are pretty much the same. Enchantment covers a lot of the old folklore kind of witchcraft – hidden worlds, changing age, changing into different animals and so on.

Enchanting something fools the viewer into believing something is there when it is not, or isn’t there when it is, or is something completely different.

Think of the Harry Potter scene where Hermione explains that the ceiling of the Great Hall isn’t a real sky, it’s just enchanted to look that way.

Real enchantment can be done for fun, but they can also be useful pieces of magic. You can enchant jewelry, clothes or makeup to bestow certain personality traits upon you. You can enchant your witchy items to look normal if you’re fearful of discovery. The possibilities are just about endless.

 

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5 Essential Oils to Target Anxiety and Stress

5 Essential Oils5 Essential Oils to Target Anxiety & Stress

 

Juggling a 9 to 5 work schedule and a healthy social and home life can be quite a task, and it can all get pretty stressful at times. While you can always sip on a cup of chamomile tea or take a warm bath to calm down your frazzled nerves, why not take it up a notch with some essential oil power?

Keep reading to discover the top 5 essential oils that work wonderfully when it comes to targeting stress and anxiety and find out quick ways to use them too!

 

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is one of the best essential oils for sinus congestion, but not many people know it also works wonders when it comes to tackling anxiety and stress. This oil also tends to improve the flow of blood to the brain, which improves overall brain health.

 

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is one of the best choices when it comes to any mental health concern thanks to its amazing calming and soothing properties. It has been found to exhibit nervous system restorative action, which in turn, brings about peace, better sleep and calms down nervous tension.

 

Vetiver Oil

Vetiver oil has been used in trauma patients since it has a sort of reassuring and grounding energy. When used in the right amount, it acts as a nervous system tonic, which can decrease jitteriness and hypersensitivity.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile extracts have been found to work exceptionally well when it comes to reducing irritability, worry and stress, and helps benefit inner harmony! In fact, some studies have found that this essential oil has the potential to act as a moderately powerful natural antidepressant too!

 

Rose Oil

Rose essential oil, when used alone or in an essential oil blend, has the ability to reduce anxiety and stress quite well. In fact, in some cases, it has also been used as a natural remedy for severe panic attacks and shocks.

 

Using Essential Oils the Right Way!

Though essential oils do work wonders in reducing stress and improving mental health, it is also important to use them the right way to reap their maximum benefits. Here are some quick and actionable tips to use them.

  • Use a couple of drops of any of these essential oils to your bath water to get natural relief from stress.
  • Rubbing a few drops of the essential oil to your pillow can also help.
  • If you have an essential oil diffuser, you can use it as well.

 

This is a guest blog by Enozia Vakil. Please let us know in the comments if you liked it!

Enozia Vakil
www.beautyjunctiononline.com
Enozia Vakil is a writer, editor and social media marketing enthusiast with a special focus on healthy living & eating. She enjoys reading, traveling & working.