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 […]
Book of Shadows, Grimoire, Witch Book. Call them whatever name you like, but all of them are very near and dear to my heart. I’d also consider myself a bit of an oddball when it comes to my preferences. I really love all different styles. […]
Hello, saplings! It’s time for another Divine with Me, a divination showcase. There are two subjects of this entry, The Milkcap Arcana and The Moon Parlor’s Choose Your Own Adventure spread companion. The Milkcap Arcana The Milkcap Arcana is pogs, divination pogs. Back […]
Can you believe how the time is flying, samplings? We’re already at the end of January. So it’s time for another monthly round up of witch favorites.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
I consider Studio Ponoc to be Studio Ghibli in all but name. And Mary and the Witch’s flower is a beautiful addition to the Ghibli legacy. This movie is based on the book The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, and reminds me of a mixture of My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.
The basic premise is that a young girl named Mary finds a curious flower in the forest, called the Fly by Night, and a mysterious little broom. The flower gives her magic powers, and makes her a witch, but only for one night.
The supernatural elements are set against a background plot of Mary’s mundane life. She’s just moved in with her Great Aunt Charlotte while her parents are abroad. And Mary is bored. And lonely. There are no other children around, and school doesn’t start for at least a week. Mary dislikes her frizzy red hair. It’s all too familiar for anyone who has ever moved somewhere new, ever wished for excitement, or ever been ten years old.
I highly recommend this movie, and will be adding it to my collection when it comes out on DVD.
Art Magic with Molly Roberts
If you’ve been reading this blog, you’re probably getting tired of me gushing about Molly’s newest digital book. So I’ll keep it brief. Art and Magic. Magic and Art. They are intertwined. Magic is Art, and Art is Magic. For someone who loves art supplies, craft supplies, and magic supplies, this is all the encouragement I need. My sketchbooks are ready. I’ll be posting some of my art magic on Instagram. Do you guys think I should put it under my personal account or CedarCopse account?
The Milkcap Arcana
Children of the 1990s, rejoice. Get ready. Are you sitting down? It’s pogs. It’s divination pogs. And, yes, there is a slammer. Yes, you do slam the pogs. And, yes, that’s how you divine with this set. It’s available on etsy and you should absolutely buy it. For details on this set, please read my ‘Divine with Me’ entry for January 2018.
The guide that comes with this set is an origami cootie-catcher—again, straight out of the 1990s. While I bought one set for myself, I also secured one set for my friend. Even if you don’t want to use this set, it’s absolutely a one-of-a-kind set with considerable value as a collector’s piece. But, it’s so fun that I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to use it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post. And if you have, please let me know what your witchy favorites for January 2018 were in the comments below. If you liked this post, please consider reading my other monthly favorite posts on this blog.
Oh boy, saplings. You may know that I’ve been working on a space for my magic craft and my non-magic crafting. But, sometimes synchronicity shows up when you least expect it. I was stuck on the last major furniture pieces for this room when I […]
I have a confession to make, saplings. I’m not very good at growing things. I’m fairly good with animals, and have had reasonable success with even finicky fish. But, I’ve killed everything from ‘un-killable’ succulents to plants that have been described as weeds. It’s gotten […]
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 spirits known as ‘ayakashi’ that linger in the human world. They are associated with, or caused by, negative or traumatic events. Mononoke are a specific kind of these spirits.
The main character is only known as ‘The Medicine Seller.’ Before the Medicine Seller can exorcise the Mononoke, but only once three things have been discovered: the form or shape the Mononoke takes, the Mononoke’s truth, and the rules or reasoning that bind the spirit. Most of the Mononoke are based on or inspired by traditional Japanese spirits or demons.
Mononoke’s visuals are surreal, and kaleidoscopic. All of the colors are bright and saturated, which makes the entire show seem like it takes place in a dream world. It matches the supernatural subject matter and heightens the frantic emotions of every character surrounding the Medicine Seller.
In fact, the Medicine Seller seems to be the only one who isn’t constantly loosing his shit in these situations. His comparatively cool demeanor sets him apart from the human characters. His appearance does as well. But, the series never actually addresses his origins or what, exactly, he is.
Mononoke’s soundtrack is another absolute treat. I recommend it as background music for both art and meditation. But, it would be lovely for ritual work as well. It creates an otherworldly atmosphere that feels somehow just a little sideways from normal life. It’s heavy on traditional Japanese instruments, with an energetic pace that seems like it could tip over into frantic at any moment. Take note: a lot of the music heightens tension, leaving you feel like the atmosphere could change into something out of control. But, it never quite passes that tipping point.
The OST is available on YouTube here.
If you enjoyed this music recommendation, please consider taking a look at some of my other suggestions.
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 […]
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 communities, and that witches generally have busy lives, why wouldn’t they mix with planners?
Come on, guys. Using a planner doesn’t mean you’re organized. Using a planner just means you admit you can’t keep everything about your life in your head. I have trouble keeping track of my mundane day to day activities. January is just a mess of doctor’s appointments and dental cleanings and tax form preparation. Then there’s your household chores and other tasks required to just baseline live. Add magic chores into that, and forget it. I don’t personally think anyone alive can actually remember to do all of that without a little help.
Molly Roberts of HerSpeak made a video on her personal use of bullet journal techniques. I took my witchy journaling one step further into the tech zone, mostly due to my poor handwriting. I also like the ability to copy and paste my weekly habit trackers. But, you can easily change up what you need to by hand, if that’s your jam.
I started using OneNote to keep track of my daily activities. I actually mix my mundane and magic daily activities, just as a way to keep track of my daily activities. It also lets me keep track of my dream diary, my day diary, and any notes together in one place.
I wouldn’t consider this a replacement for a book of shadows or a grimoire. It serves an entirely different purpose. This is more of something you check once in a while to make sure you ordered that book you heard about online. Did you cleanse those crystals? Check the witch planner.
Giving it a shot? Send me some pictures of your spreads in the comments! Let me know how you like the idea.
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 […]