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 […]
It’s time for witch music again, saplings. We’ve got another anime soundtrack recommendation this time. No no. Don’t make that face. Just listen. Mononoke is another anime where the plot and subject matter are, if not straight up witchcraft, witchcraft-adjacent. In this setting, there are […]
Readers, this is not a subject that I like talking about. But, this needs to be discussed. All communities have their fair share of predatory or untrustworthy people, and magical communities are not exempt from this. I moved back to my home state in […]
Can we talk about tarot apps? I mean the kind for smartphones. Specifically, I mean the Labyrinthos Academy app. This app combines the best of any tarot apps I’ve seen in the app store, and does it better than all of them. You may be familiar with the creative minds behind Labyrinthos Academy: they made the Golden Thread Tarot, the Luminous Spirit Tarot, and the Seventh Sphere Lenormand Decks.
If you’re thinking about trying a new app, but don’t want to commit, don’t worry. The price on Labyrinthos Academy is right. And by ‘right,’ I mean completely free. And it isn’t a ‘freemium’ app that requires in-app purchases to get the really good stuff. The entire app is free, 100%. The only way it could get any better would be if these people somehow paid you to use their app.
Features include quizzing on cards, daily draws, and lessons on card meanings. Once you’ve mastered the upright position meanings, you can even move onto reversals. You can also look up past daily draws and your note for them. And I’ve never seen reversals even mentioned in another tarot app. The app itself is stable, and I only ever had a few issues when they were first rolling it out. You also get to choose a little avatar for yourself—which doesn’t leave out non-binary magic users. Nice!
Ease of Use
The app has a short tutorial. But, the interface is very user friendly and intuitive. Clearly the developers knew their stuff, because I have come across many a high-budget app that were nigh unusable. But this is clean, simple, and easy. Love the look as well.
Overall, I give this app 5/5 stars. It’s super handy for public spaces, where you don’t want to pull out your cards or otherwise out yourself to the general public. Everyone and their dead aunt is on their phone these days, so quiz yourself while you’re waiting for the bus.
If you gave Labyrinthos Academy a shot, let me know how you liked it! I’m in no way affiliated with Labyrinthos Academy. I just think they made a cool thing.
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When I first started getting into witchcraft, someone told me that witches and planners don’t mix. That didn’t make sense to me. Any sense. Given that jokes about ‘pagan standard time,’ (i.e. being horribly late to any and all engagements) seem common around many magic […]
Rune S. Emerson coined the terms geekomancer and geekomancy in response to the term ‘pop culture paganism.’ The main difference in the two terms is the ‘pagan’ part. Not all witches and magic users worship as part of their craft. Some have very little to […]
Witches, we’re looking at a wrap on December. So it’s time to name the month’s favorites.
First off, there is The Ancient Magus Bride, based on the manga by Yamazaki Kore. It’s a long standing in-joke that some manga and anime are clearly created by occultist—or at least people who have researched the subject enough to be considered occultists by muggles. Ancient Magus Bride (Mahoutsukai no Yome) has been affectionately dubbed ‘How to TradCraft: the Anime’ by tumblr’s combined witch and fandom community. The original manga is a treat for the eyes, and it’s filled with occult references left and right that have clearly been researched. AMB’s musical score is a delight, and you can preview the opening song here.
Second is my favorite maker of the month. I haven’t gotten anything from Commander Holly’s shop before. But, that Trash Witch washi tape and Baba Yaga enamel pin both hit it right out of the park. They are calling my name, and I’m sure they’re calling yours, too! Her instagram is home to plenty of videos featuring my second-favorite birds in the world: pigeons! Domestic birds are very close to my heart, and pigeons definitely fall into that category.
Third on my favorites list is artist Rooted and Stitched. Their work is surreal and dreamlike, like something that has literally stepped out of a fairy tale by the magic worked by their very own human hands. Even if you can’t afford their pieces, each is worth taking the time to feast your eyeballs upon.
Last on my list of December favorites is my very favorite crow: Canuck. I first started following Canuck’s daily life with his favorite human over facebook this year. But, many of you may remember Canuck as the infamous crow who stole a knife from a crimes scene and few police officers a few years ago. I love watching the daily antics of this very special corvid, and his new girlfriend: Cassier. Canuck is well known to love snacks, and has a fondness for stealing keys and betting tickets at the local horse races. He’s got more than enough attitude for you and me, but he is an infinitely charming character.
Let’s all look forward to January, and new month of favorites! If you liked any of my December favorites, let me know in a comment below!
Haven’t you heard? There’s a hot up-and-coming podcast hosted by two witches, and you need to listen to it. Only a circle of salt can protect the occult community from itself. Circle of Salt isn’t your average occult podcast. First of all, the duo of […]
Good day, saplings! It’s the second to last week of December, and we’re getting into winter. The darker days of the year and the long nights are particularly good for one thing: divination. I wouldn’t call myself an expert or a particularly skilled diviner. But, […]
Happy December, saplings! Now that it’s officially Christmas season, I figured that some of you are probably ready for some new music. Maybe some not Christmas music? It doesn’t matter whether you celebrate the holiday; by mid month a lot of people can agree that they’d like the music to stop or at least switch to something else.
Don’t worry! I’m here to help. This month, I’m introducing the soundtrack from Mushishi, an anime that won my heart when I was in college.
If you aren’t a major anime fan, or a fan at all, I still encourage you to check out this soundtrack. It’s haunting, eerie, and hypnotic. I recommend it for relaxation, meditation, and as background noise for any sort of magic project you have going on. I use it to calm my anxiety and while I work on projects.
The entire soundtrack runs for around four hours, but I think you guys are going to like it within the first couple of songs. For those of you who are interested, Mushishi is about strange creatures that straddle the line between animal and plant, between living and something else. The show’s protagonist, Ginko, is more of an observer than an active participant in his own world. There’s always a sense that there was more to uncover, or more to understand with each episode.
Mushishi presents a unique take on the supernatural, and raises the question of how humans can interact and live peacefully with something so completely unknowable to humanity. The mixture of modern and traditional instruments in this soundtrack mirror that blurring line between something familiar, and something distant from us.
Give the link a listen, and let me know how you liked it in the comments below. If you liked this recommendation, please consider reading some of my other blog posts on this site.
Black kyanite is also known as witch’s broom. It does resemble black broom corn bundled together. Many people call units of kyanite ‘wings’ or ‘blades.’ How rad is that? Kyanite comes in a variety of colors, but this post focuses on black. This […]