Tag Locks

Not all the spells you cast are going to be for yourself, many witches cast spells for their loved ones or cast curses on those who deserve it.  Yet the people you’re casting these spells for might not always be near by or able to take the spells with them (if you have them in a physical form), so many witches use tag locks in order to tie the spell to the person.  A tag lock is either something from the person, whether hair, blood, or nails, or something that reminds you of that person.  Many people use pictures of the person they are trying to affect with the spell or curse as well.  The tag lock that you are choosing to use doesn’t have to be something obvious to everyone, recently I made a protection spell with gears for a friend who loves inventing.  As long as it reminds you of the person, it will help direct the universe’s energy towards them.  Just make sure you get permission from the person before using a tag lock for them.

~Elyce

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Bubbling

It’s always important to protect yourself when you’re preforming spells or around draining people.  Whether they’re people from work or family, we all have that one person who seems to take all of your energy when you’re hanging out.  A simple way to help retain your energy is to bubble yourself.

Bubbling is very similar to how it sounds, you create an energy bubble around yourself that keeps your energy inside and the bad energy out.  Close your eyes and visualize your energy forming a layer of protection around yourself.  You can create as many layers are you need and can change the color of the energy depending on the circumstance.  It’s also really easy to practice and a great way to get better at visualization.

~Elyce

Stone Magic-Protection

Stones are a very good resource when it comes to magic.  You can easily carry one with you and they don’t often arouse suspicion for those witches who are still in the broom closet.  They can also be used to enhance spells and charge other items.  Below are a list of protection stones to add to your spells or carry with you.

Protection

Obsidian

Jet

Amethyst

Diamond

Emerald

Fire Agate

Hematite

Onyx

Clear Quartz

Black Tourmaline
~Elyce

Headache Salve

I had a migraine today, so decided to share one of my remedies with you guys today.  While it shouldn’t be the sole replacement for medicine, it really does help with your headaches.

Ingredients

½ Tsp of Pine (you can gather it from the ground)

½ Tsp of Peppermint

½ Tsp of Lemon Balm

2 cups of Olive, Almond, or Sunflower Oil

⅓ cup Beeswax

Peppermint Essential Oil

Jar/Tin

Instructions

  1. Put the oil in a pan and set the stove on low; you want it warm but not simmering (if simmering it’ll cause the oil to go bad faster)
  2. Add the herbs in.  If you have an empty tea bag or muslin bag to put them in, then do so as then you won’t have to strain the oil.
  3. Let this mixture sit for three hours on low heat
  4. Strain herbs out of oil (or remove the tea/muslin bag)
  5. Add beeswax to pot and add oil back in
  6. Wait for the wax to melt, then pour concoction into the jar or tin
  7. Add essential oil
  8. Let cool/harden (putting it into the fridge speeds up the process)
  9. Rub on temples (side of the head) when your head hurts

~Elyce

Healing Salve

This is one of my favorite salves, I use it for chapped skin, lips, and cuts.  Since it contains St. John’s Wort, it’ll also keep away faeries.  It also contains comfrey, which makes the injury close faster, so make sure you clean the injury before using this.

Ingredients

½ Tsp of St. John’s Wort

½ Tsp of Comfrey

½ Tsp of Plantain Leaf

½ Tsp of Calendula

2 cups of Olive, Almond, or Sunflower Oil

⅓ cup Beeswax

Essential Oil of Your Choice

Jar/Tin

Instructions

  1. Put the oil in a pan and set the stove on low; you want it warm but not simmering
  2. Add the herbs in.  If you have an empty tea bag or muslin bag to put them in, then do so as then you won’t have to strain the oil.
  3. Let this mixture sit for three hours on low heat
  4. Strain herbs out of oil (or remove the tea/muslin bag)
  5. Add beeswax to pot and add oil back in
  6. Wait for the wax to melt, then pour concoction into the jar or tin
  7. Add essential oil
  8. Let cool/harden (putting it into the fridge speeds up the process)
  9. Use on light cuts/scrapes or chapped skin/lips

~Elyce

A Tour Through The Greek Afterlife

So you decided to go and die in Ancient Greece did you?  Well you’re in luck, for today only we’ll be having a tour through the Afterlife.  So hold onto your sandals and pray to Hermes for luck because here we go!

The Styx

The first stop on our tour is the River Styx, and sadly, it’s our last stop for many people.  If you’re unlucky enough that your family didn’t put a coin under your tongue or two over your eyes, then I’m afraid you’re out of luck.  The ferryman, Charon, is stingy as Tartarus and never lets people ride for free.  While in some myths he ferries the river Acheron, you’ll still need a coin to get through.  Once across you’ll be taken to the Judges of the Underworld, who will decide where you go.

Notable People:

-Charon: Stingy ferryman and only way to cross the River Styx.  Said to be extremely filthy with eyes like jets of fire (maybe some eye drops man?).

-Cerberus: Three headed guard dog of the underworld.  Known for keeping souls from wandering back to the living and for being a big softie when it comes to music

Tartarus

Oh man, if you ended up here, you did something horrible in life.  Similar to the Christian version of Hell, it’s a huge pit filled with all the people who defied the gods.  From the titans to Tantalus, you’ll probably never be bored here, as you’ll have your eternal punishment to keep you busy.

Notable People:

-Tantalus: Tried to offer his son as a sacrifice to the gods.  Now he stands in a neck high pool of water with fruit hanging above him.  Every time he tries to reach up, the branches move out of his way and every time he tries to drink the water recedes.

-Titans: The precursors to the Greek Gods, they were thrown down here after the great battle.  Missing are Atlas, who holds up the sky, Prometheus, who created humans and then stole the fire from the gods, and Epimetheus, who fell in love with the doomed Pandora.

-Sisyphus: Chained Thanatos (Death) to a pole so that no one could die.  Is forever stuck rolling a boulder up a hill, as it nears the top, it then rolls back down.

Asphodel Meadows

Neither good nor bad, this is the middle ground of the afterlife.  Here you’ll enjoy wandering through never ending fields.  But this is only after you drink from the river Lethe, which will remove your memories from your previous life.

Notable People:

-None: No one remembers who they are

Elysium

The land of heroes, you’re extremely lucky if you end up here.  Filled with every delight you can possibly imagine, it’s only for those who were chosen by the gods or who distinguished themselves throughout their life.  Given the option of reincarnation, if they end up in Elysium three times, then they go to the Isle of the Blessed, and even better afterlife.

Notable People:

-Socrates: Famous philosopher who was forced to end his life by drinking hemlock

-Achilles: Great Greek hero, with one hell of an Achilles’ heel

Other Important People to Know

-Hades: Ruler of the Underworld and eldest of the Gods.  Sometimes considered a god of wealth, he rules the underworld fairly.

-Persephone: Hades’ queen, she is the daughter of Demeter and Zeus.  She lives in the underworld six months out of the year and is known to be a powerful ruler

-Thanatos: Death himself, he guards the gates of death.  Known for having been chained by Sisyphus.

-Erinyes: Also known as the Furies, these are winged women who avenge crimes done by children towards their parents.  Their names are Alecto, Tisiphone, and Megaera.

~Elyce

A Witch’s Bookshelf

So for today I wanted to share with y’all some of the books on my witchcraft shelf.  A lot of them have been helpful through my craft (some of them not so much) and I really enjoyed them.  Please feel free to reblog and add your own favorites.

The Dream Dictionary From A to Z (Teresa Cheung): This one’s really helpful when you’re trying to figure out what your dreams mean.  It lets you look up dreams by either items or events in them and help figure out what they’re trying to tell you.

Grove Daughter Witchery-Practical Spellcraft (Bree NicGarran): Okay, this has to be my all time favorite book on this list.  NicGarran comes at the craft from a non-Wiccan perspective and her practical advice section covers a lot of common questions and concerns.  Her spells are also amazing and my copy is covered in little notes and bookmarks to come back to. (I would also highly recommend following her blog @breelandwalker)

The Kitchen Witch (Soraya): As someone who dabbles in kitchen witchery, this is a good beginning guide to the craft.  There’s a lot of really good recipes in here and it also goes into lotions and teas.  The one issue I have with this book is that the author tends to come off as a little elitist when it comes to cooking; everything has to be homemade down to the broth.  But if you can move past this, the recipes are really good.

Llewellyn’s Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac (Multiple authors): I really like these type of books.  It gives you a crap ton of spells to look through and pick and choose to use.  It can also be helpful when making your own spells because you can see what other people have done.

Wicca-A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Scott Cunningham): This was actually my first witchcraft book and I still refer to it from time to time (these blog posts for instance).  Honestly, any of Cunningham’s books are a wonderful suggestion and he takes the time to explain all the nuances of the craft.  While they are getting a little dated, I would always recommend Cunningham’s books for the new witch.

~Elyce

Mod Speak

Hey guys!

First of all, welcome to all our new followers!  Thanks so much for checking us out.

Just wanted to let you guys know about some updates.  Due to both mods getting jobs (woo finally), we’re going to be switching from posting every day to posting Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

As always, if you guys have any questions, comments, or want to see something talked about, feel free to pop by and say hello!

~Elyce

Sigils

Sigils are magic designs created with a specific intent. They’re actually one of the easiest types of magic to use.  They are perfect for a witch who doesn’t want their practice out in the open or someone who doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on candles, herbs, and stones.  The name sigil derives from the Latin word sigillum, or “seal”, though some believe it is also related to the Hebrew word segula, which means talismen, action, word, or item of spiritual affect.  Sigils are actually a form of chaos magic, meaning magic that doesn’t have a solid structure or strict rules.  This is meant as an introduction post to sigils, designed to help you get started.

Creations

There are a couple different ways to craft sigils.  For the method I normally use, you’re going to need a pen and some scratch paper.  Chose a word or phrase that captures your intent and write it out.  Simplify the word or phrase by removing duplicate letters (some people also remove the vowels).  Now you can either use your normal alphabet or choose a magical alphabet (I use Nordic Runes) for the next step.  Using the remaining letters, combine them to make a singular symbol.  This may take a little bit of time in order to find the perfect design, but find one that calls to you.  Don’t worry if you can’t fit all the letters, sometimes there’s one that just doesn’t work with the design (looking at you Y), but it’ll still work the same. This method has a closer link to languages.

Another method of creating sigils is rather than a word or phrase, finding an image that’s similar to your intent.  For instance, if you’re creating a protection sigil against curses, use an eye as the basis since the Evil Eye is a common protection against curses.  Simplify the design so it’s easier to draw and then you can either add aesthetic to the design or pull in design elements from the other methods of sigil creation. You can also use symbols that are similar to your intent from ancient cultures or religions that aren’t closed. For instance, if you’re a Christian witch, you might enjoy using crosses in your sigils. If you’re not religious, you still might like using hieroglyphics or other symbols in your sigils. In addition, alchemical symbols are are also useful for this method. This method can have a link to languages, like the previous one. However, some of the symbols are used so commonly throughout human culture that they aren’t necessarily tied to any one language or culture. Once you learn some more common metaphysical, religious, and other symbols used in these sigils, you might notice them being used in other people’s sigils and be able to understand the intent of that specific sigil even more.

Both of the above methods can be customized or attuned to the user with a bit of imagination in how one stylizes the sigils.

You can also use number squares or your computer keyboard as ways to create a design.  Here are some links to tutorials on using these as well as examples.

Charging

Charging sigils is how you apply your energy and intent to them.  We wrote a post earlier on different methods of charging, all of which can be used to charge sigils.  You’ll also need to add an activation method into your spell.  This could be something such as destroying the sigil (by burning or tearing) or by putting your hand on the sigil and focusing.  You can also have a sigil that’s active as long as it exists, but remember that this will draw energy from you.  I tend to draw sigils on myself with an eyeliner pencil that charge from my energy and activate when they are washed off.

Other resources

Here are some other resources if you want to learn more.

Examples

These sigils are some of my favorites to use.  All credit to the creators.

~Elyce