As much as it annoys me, there is nothing more correlated with improvement as practice. It’s the same for athletics, art, language, or witchcraft. If you want to get better, you have to put in the hours. Every witch is different. Every witch has […]
Hello, saplings! It’s time for Part Two of the 2017 Witch Gift Guide. Just like Part One, this post is meant to suggest gifts that are good for witches and spellcasters of many different traditions. Curiosities Regardless of whether or not the magic-user in question […]
Witches love three things in general: jars, tea, and treating themselves. What’s a good treat-yo-self? Bath bombs. A few months ago, I signed up for a monthly subscription to Fragrant Jewels, and this is my review. Note: I am not an affiliate of Fragrant Jewels […]
Got all your favorite witch’s gifts bought and wrapped? It’s that time of year again, saplings. Whether you are celebrating Yule or Christmas this year, you may not have your holiday shopping done yet. No idea what to get? No problem!
This year, I’m offering a two-part gift guide for any witch or other spooky individual in your life. Part one covers low-cost items that go up to $25 USD. Part two will cover bigger items with a higher price point.
Spell Candles / Chime Candles
These can come for as little as $0.10 to $0.25 individually, so they make great little gifts if you are on a strict budget. Many traditions make use of candles; small candles like these are almost a fail-safe gift. The only exception is for college students—university dormitories often prohibit the use of incense or candles. Many metaphysical stores or occult shops sell these, but be warned that they may be overpriced. Amazon.com has these in stock, and they are often available through Prime.
If the person in question isn’t out as a witch, I would not suggest these. Instead, maybe grab a few of the small candles from the Yankee Candle Company. The brand name may give enough of an illusion of being a mundane product that you can still get away with the gift without blowing the giftee’s cover!
Live Flowers / Plants
A good addition to a large present horde, or as a single gift, live flowers make great gifts for witches. Many grocery stores carry live herbs, and you can easily dress them up with a nice pot from a craft store or nursery if you have a little extra cash. Bouquets are also nice, because a witch could dry the flower petals out for use after the flowers begin wilting. I usually save some money by buying bouquets from the grocery store ‘bargain’ bouquet area and removing any unsightly blooms.
I’m actually very poor at cultivating plants. But, this would make a great and inexpensive gift for anyone with even a mild green thumb. I would not recommend buying seeds from a grocery store, since many of them can be of questionable quality. If the person you want to buy a gift for is great with plants, try a rare heirloom seed packet or two from rareseeds.
In the event of an undercover witch, consider an air plant or something similar from a nursery. Succulents have been popular lately, and that enough might keep any witchcraft under wraps.
Tea / Coffee
I don’t what it is about magic and tea, but there seems to be a huge overlap between people who work magic and people who love tea. Since Teavana is going out of business, it might be a little harder for non tea-snobs to know where to get the Good Stuff.
David’s Tea has holiday gift possibilities in a variety of price ranges. At the low end, the Perfect Spoon isn’t a show-stopper. But, it’s something that’s almost guaranteed to be used and appreciated. There are also a number of tea-infused sweets and lip balms available that I see many of my fellow witches drooling over.
If you get overwhelmed by the choice, my usual stand-by is any gift set that includes the Perfect Spoon, or a Perfect Spoon in addition to a small box of empty tea bags. I’m always running out of the bags. And even if the giftee in question doesn’t drink tea, they could use the tea bags and spoon for herbal bath sachets! Tea is also trending these days, so there is little to no risk of outing your friend with this present.
There you have it, a small selection of gifts and gift sources that are high-success rate items, even if you don’t know a thing about the giftee’s practice. I purposefully stayed away from books, since witches and other magic users can be highly specific about those and other tools of the trade. I tried to make gift suggestions that are pain-free and good for practitioners of many traditions. If you liked this article, please look forward to my upcoming post on higher-priced gifts. Also, tell me what your favorite type of witch gift is!
I am all about podcasts. The first one I ever followed was Welcome to Nightvale, and I’ve been hooked on podcasts ever since. But, I have recently discovered The Black Tapes Podcast, to my absolute delight. Get a drink, and turn out the lights, because […]
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What are metaphors? If you’ve taken high school level English, you’ve probably encountered that term before. A metaphor is a comparison between two things without using the words ‘like’ or ‘as.’
Here is an example. My friend and her significant other planned to visit my house for dinner earlier this month. I asked my friend if her boyfriend was a picky eater, or if there were particular ingredients I should avoid. She laughed and responded, “He is basically a garbage disposal. Make whatever you want, and it will be fine.”
Essentially, my friend described her boyfriend using a comparison to a device in American sinks (composed of whirling blades that’s designed to destroy and take anything shoved into it and make it into pieces small enough to go down the drain). It isn’t exactly the image of a picky eater. Instead, if seems more like the way to describe someone who will inhale food regardless of the ingredients.
In this way, a loyal person might be described as dog-like in a metaphor. Dogs are symbols for loyalty. That is the basis for oracle and tarot decks. What does a rose mean? What does an arrow mean? Some of these images have meanings that are widely understood and common across regional and cultural barriers, but, some meanings are particular to you.
For example: school is usually not a pleasant metaphor or image for me. Many of my school years were very frustrating and quite frankly miserable. So the image of a school has a very different meaning for me than it might have for someone else. Take note of things that pop up in your dreams on a regular basis—and what your feelings about them are. You can do a similar exercise with pictures of tarot cards. The Chariot might translate better into the image of a bullet train or fast sports car these days. What does something like that mean to you? What do you associate with it?
What other exercises have you tried related to personal imagery or metaphors? Let me know in the comments below!
Time for a bit of a strange topic. Information about the dead, spirits and hauntings are common in witchcraft circles, both secular and religious. I have pretty limited experience with the dead, but my experience has lead me to believe that the living are likely to be far more dangerous. And, yes, the living can haunt a home.
Some of you might be wondering what I mean when I say that the living can haunt a place. I mean their energy. Their energy can soak into a home or a building, and it can cause trouble. What makes it worse is that the energy of the living can stir up other spirits like nobody’s business.
My nuclear family is a mess. When I was growing up, my parents had an emotionally abusive relationship with each other, me, and the cousins living in my house. Gas-lighting, manipulation, and many other toxic behaviors were just part of the day to day. I didn’t like being in that building. I especially didn’t feel safe at night, or sometimes even in the day. Several other spiritually sensitive family members confirmed that there was a spirit in the house before I even told them that I had seen it—although it was completely benign.
I started having trouble sleeping when I was thirteen. It stayed that way for years. I would literally wake up in the middle of the night paralyzed with fear nearly every day out of the week. It was difficult to get anything done in school, because there was always this feeling of being watched. Something was always watching and waiting, or at least that was what it felt like. The cats would stare at nothing and hiss.
Fear. Guilt. Self-loathing. Anger. All of that is energy. Those things seeped into the house. Other people reported feeling a sense of dread and other stereotypical haunting ‘symptoms’ like cold spots after a while. My spiritually sensitive family members tried cleansing the house several times while my parents were not home—religion, or faith, or spirituality were not tolerated in that house. But, the problems always came back. Both of my cousins also started experiencing sleep disturbances. What we didn’t consider was that the source was living. It was the family itself, our own dysfunction that haunted that home. We riled up what was already there.
I hear the current residents are doing fine with that house. Since then, I’ve known several people in abusive relationships who reported supernatural activity spike in their residences. Like brings like. If you stir up a peaceful building with toxic energy, it will remember. The other energy there will remember.
My sleep has been a mess the past few years, after nearly a year of peaceful slumber. Why? I started slipping into bad habits, and started unconsciously looking for the approval of the people who I shouldn’t hold onto. It’s taking some work to try and de-program that again. But, I’ve had at least one night of good sleep since beginning Shadow Work again. It’s just another reason to move on from poisonous people. They can haunt you. They can haunt buildings. And by holding onto them, you can, too.
Bad news, everyone. White sage, which is commonly found in sage bundles for smoke-cleansing, is endangered. Yes, those white bundles sold in every new-age and witchcraft store are from a plant that’s becoming endangered. Why? Unfortunately, it’s from over-harvesting. I already own a few bundles, […]