Are New Homes Less Protected From Spirits?

I've been catching up on some reading and magical research of my own recently and a thought occurred to me. Are our homes less protected from spirits and outside forces than homes were historically? The short answer is yes, of course they are. Historically speaking, it was culturally relevant to place simple household protections in … Continue reading Are New Homes Less Protected From Spirits?

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Review: The Witch’s Mirror by Mickie Mueller – 4.5/5

The Witch's Mirror: the craft, lore, & magick of the looking glass by Mickie Mueller - 4.5/5 This book is a neat, approachable little technical book written in a conversational tone about magic mirrors. It gives you the basics, runs through different types, gives you DIYs and spells. The only "eh" thing about the whole … Continue reading Review: The Witch’s Mirror by Mickie Mueller – 4.5/5

3 Ways to Magically Reclaim Yourself

Ever been lost in the sea of yourself? You just feel restless and confused and sad. Hopeless yet desperate to move forward. Hoping to find something that will help you keep your head above water yet finding yourself anchored with no where to go. It's a crappy feeling. When you spend several weeks, months, or … Continue reading 3 Ways to Magically Reclaim Yourself

What Makes a Crossroads a Crossroads?

Have you ever looked at a spell and it says something like "leave the object at a crossroads"? Many, many spells end this way and for good reason. Leaving an item at a crossroads magically and energetically disperses the energy. It's good when you're leaving a general offering for spirits. It's great when you're trying … Continue reading What Makes a Crossroads a Crossroads?

Review: Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena & Jess Zimmerman – 4.5/5

Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena & Jess Zimmerman - 4.5/5 - You should be reading this. Heads up: One section covers black/white magic, somewhat out of nowhere. Another talks about familiars but it's uncertain what is meant by familiars, and could possible refer to spirit animals? It's unclear. Lots of talk about sex and adult … Continue reading Review: Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena & Jess Zimmerman – 4.5/5

Pop Culture Spells Are Real Spells

I’m sure you’ve heard it before. “That’s not a real spell” or “You can’t use that spell from Charmed” or my personal favorite “You need to use a spell from a real spell book not one that you made up or stole from TV.” Some of my followers are laughing. You should be. The sad … Continue reading Pop Culture Spells Are Real Spells

7 Tips to Get Your Life Under Control So You Can Get Back to the Magic

We're all busy, right? We've all got a ton of things on our minds and it gets to be so hard to keep track of stuff. It's even harder to fit in spiritual practices and make time for witchcraft. I recently experienced this myself. I took on a lot of projects for This Crooked Crown … Continue reading 7 Tips to Get Your Life Under Control So You Can Get Back to the Magic

Grimoire or Book of Shadows 101

    Grimoire, Book of Shadows, Book of Secrets, Book of Spells... Magical research is often collected into a book (or two) and is known by a specific name. There isn't a universal name that is correct for your book. You can name it whatever you want! Although "grimoire" isn't a technically accurate name for … Continue reading Grimoire or Book of Shadows 101

How to Create a Deity (Pop Culture Paganism)

  A few years ago there was quite a kerfuffle about pop culture paganism. Okay, I'm totally downplaying it. It was pretty much a knock-out drag-down fight where people from all over were weighing in on their private blogs and tumblrs. It was a thing for at least a week. It's a weird thing to … Continue reading How to Create a Deity (Pop Culture Paganism)

Elemental Combinations

I don't really use elements in your traditional ritual set up. I do sometimes use them but it's often in a more alchemical way than an earth-air-fire-water way. One of my favorite ways to use elements is to combine them. A good example is an air plant. An air plant largely lives on air (with … Continue reading Elemental Combinations