In preparation for the eclipse later this month, I am sharing with you this videos from Vox, the lovely CharmingPixieFlora, and Wychcity Magic on the scientific, magical, and spiritual properties of this celestial event. Enjoy!
Magic isn’t black and white or light and dark. In fact, I get irritated when practitioners grandstand about the merits of being aligned exclusively with either side of the craft. Part of the wisdom of working with the gods and nature is that nothing is clear-cut and life is too complex to be confined in a restrictive mentality. That being said, there is such a thing as ethical and unethical witchcraft. Yeah, yeah, I know. Ethics implies that there is a right and a wrong way to approach a situation, and as we established dichotomies suck. But most ethical traditions and systems of personal ethics embrace the grey areas and nuances to every situation. So ethics isn’t a dichotomy so much as a multi-layered approach to acting and reacting. Continue reading
Let me tell you about two spells I did on the same day. The first was an elaborate spell bag I planned for days for a very specific purpose. For the second one, I found out I had to make an emergency trip home, so I threw a few gemstones in a bag, said the fastest possible blessing over them, and threw them in my bag. Both spells worked perfectly. In their basics I did the same things: applied knowledge with wisdom, visualized, and believed in the outcome I desired. But the amount of planning I did for each spell was vastly different. Mind you, I knew the circumstances surrounding the first spell for a few weeks, whereas the second event was a curveball.
The point is that magic doesn’t have to be crazy and elaborate, because let’s be honest who has time to perform ceremonial magic for everything. Sometimes you have to work on instincts and let your knowledge guide you.
So, fellow Witches, what can you do to be successful in your spontaneous spells?
© Ariadne Woods
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For some people it’ll be a great day with your partner. For others experiencing problems in their relationships, the day might seem weird or off. For single ladies and gents, it can be a bittersweet holiday. Whatever your relationship status, this is a time of the year for love.
Which means it is time for the love spell talk.
There is a lot of material out there regarding love magic and ‘snaring a mate.’ Some of it is harmless, for example workings a couple does together to work on and strengthen their relationship. Some of it is deceptive and destructive, such as anything that advocates using a specific person in mind when doing any love spell. Why? Free will. Fucking with it is not only stupid, but also unethical. Not only are you affecting the person’s life, but also the life of the person they are supposed to love. That is a lot of heartbreak going on just because you are lusting after someone. Trust me, it will bite you in the ass.
As someone who was single for a very long time and is adjusting to being single again, I understand your perspective. Maybe you have never been in a relationship and you long for that experience. Maybe you have been dating for a while and are ready to settle down with the right person. Maybe you have had bad relationship after bad relationship and you want to change those patterns. Maybe you recently got out of a relationship and are considering getting back out there. Maybe you have been divorced or widowed and are scared to move on. What do you do? How do you effect change to bring someone fabulous into your life?
Honestly, you have to get your shit together before a partner can come into your life. In my life, the times I have been happy, confident, and comfortable in my own skin are the moments love has come into my life. And when I have lost my way and disliked myself, I have lost love. In fact I didn’t have much of a love life until I embraced the witch in me. I think there is a strong correlation between the love and acceptance of self and the love from others. It’s magnetic, draws the right people to you. As I have seen on many a t-shirt, ‘confidence is sexy.’ Sometimes though, getting your shit together means being alone for a while. Taking the time to consider your life and ethics. Making a few changes. Getting comfortable in your own skin. And that is fine. It’s scary as hell. But it is so worth it.
If self acceptance is an issue for you, there are a few things you can do both magically and mundanely:
Alright so you have been working on yourself and you know you are ready to begin a new relationship. This is the perfect time to consider a little magic. Again, not for a particular person. We have covered that bad idea. The best advice I can give is to stick to qualities, not specific ideas. Write down everything you want in a partner before you do any workings and keep those qualities in mind when doing any sort of magic. Just let the Goddess and God know ‘okay I am ready.’ Put the vibes out there. And starting making room in your life for someone wonderful.
© Ariadne Woods
Spell writing is an art. It takes a little practice, planning, and consideration. For people new to the Craft, the abundant resources online and in books can seem a little daunting. For people well versed in magical ways, sometimes we develop ruts and lose a little creative mojo by doing the same types of spells all of the time. So for all you new and seasoned spell casters, here are a few steps to assist in your magical workings.
© Ariadne Woods
Not everything goes right all of the time. You could have the perfect candle, the best timing, and the freshest herbs, but something still happens and you feel like the spell is going to fail. No worries. Here’s a few pieces of advice to help you keep your cool.
© Ariadne Woods
I dislike the common perceived dichotomy of magical arts in the Pagan, Wiccan, and witch community between light and dark magic. It creates a sense of morality that does not respect the nuances in everyday life. “I am a good witch, therefore I can’t work this kind of magic because it would make me a bad witch.” It boxes the practitioner into a moral box that may not serve their purposes or be practical in everyday life.
In my life magical workings provide not just an outlet to bring love and light into my life, but also a source of protection. Sometimes that means doing spells other practitioners consider “black magic.” Yet I would not consider myself a dark worker by any stretch of the imagination.
So when you read on the internet or in a book that a type of magic is “bad” or “dark” or “black,” consider the nature of the working in the context of your life not just in relation to the label.
© Ariadne Woods