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Witch Favorites: December 2017

Witch Favorites: December 2017

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 […]

Media Spotlight: The Circle of Salt

Media Spotlight: The Circle of Salt

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 […]

A Fan of Divination? Divine with Me!

A Fan of Divination? Divine with Me!

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, I come across a lot of interesting things I think you’d all really enjoy.

 

First off, we have Tarot of Hogwarts. It features a collection of geekomantic tarot divination spreads based off of the Harry Potter universe. For beginners, I suggest the Ollivander’s Wand Shop Spread and the Owl Post Spread for practice. The Ollivander’s Wand Shop Spread follows the formula of a ‘get-to-know-you’ spread for each of your decks, but has a delightful Harry Potter flavor to it. The Owl Post Spread seems like a fun change up for daily draws. The Hogwarts Tarot tumblr account boasts a number of other spreads that I haven’t had the pleasure of trying out. But, doesn’t it feel like a magical way to almost write out your own adventure within the universe?

 

Next is a new system. I’m sure many of you have heard of or practice using Norse Runes. But, tumblr user frankincennamon came up with a Greek Alphabet rune system, and I’m in love. I feel like this could really inspire a lot of people to make their own systems with other alphabets or symbols. I’d be interested to hear about any systems you guys come up with on your own. Unfortunately, frankincennamon no longer appears to be active online to answer questions. But, they have graciously left their post detailing the system up for others to read.

 

I may end up making my own rune set based on Chinese characters, since that is a system I can already somewhat read. Please let me know if you have any interest in seeing progress on that project.

 

The last thing I have for you is a method of making Pokemon cards into tarot. Tumblr user dreamptinaugust hasn’t updated her personal deck information for a number of months. But, the posts that remain indicate the user’s choices as well as their thought process for choosing each card to pair with a tarot card. Even if you aren’t a pokemon fan, the exercise of curating another set of cards to match tarot sounds like a pretty promising learning exercise.

 

That’s three things I’ve found online related to divination. I hope that at least one of them appealed to each and every one of you. Please let me know your thoughts in a comment. If you liked this post, please also consider checking out the rest of my blog.

Which Witch Music? The Mushishi OST

Which Witch Music? The Mushishi OST

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 […]

Kyanite: What’s it Good For?

Kyanite: What’s it Good For?

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 […]

Can I Make a Witch Craft Room?

Can I Make a Witch Craft Room?

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Sacred Space

Around June of 2017, I realized I needed space for my craft. The word ‘space’ can refer to actual, physical space, and also emotional space. In this context, it meant both. For a long time, I kept my altar on the desk I’d had since middle school, and that desk lived in the bedroom. The cats walked over it on their way to the windowsill. Occasionally, non-magic items found their way onto that space during room cleanups. I also didn’t feel comfortable working there, since my husband often spent time in that room working on his laptop or playing games on the iPad. It finally occurred to me that one of the reasons I wasn’t getting anything ‘done’ was because the space wasn’t working.

I needed somewhere to put my magical things where they wouldn’t be called into (even well-intentioned) question, and they wouldn’t be disturbed by tidying or cat activity. I needed my own ‘territory’ as it were, one that I didn’t need to share with someone else.

In the same week, a witch that I respected made a post about how some witches, their art, and their magic are tightly woven together. A witch that practices through art and through the act of making should a sacred area set aside for their craft and their Craft. In that same week, my husband encouraged me to start seriously looking at re-doing my craft room—which was a hodge podge of folding tables and a miss-matched collection of storage ‘solutions’ that never quite worked out.

I decided to double the room’s purpose. This would be my craft space, and my Craft space.

Fast forward to October, and I had little accomplished in terms of what I dubbed ‘The Artificery Lab,’ aside from a few sketches regarding how to set up the space. My husband and I gave the room a new wall color, and did the painting ourselves. The gumball pink is gone, replaced with a pale, minty green. I did decide that I wanted cabinets across the East wall, to maximize storage and organization. IKEA came to town that month, and I spent a near month-long nightmare getting everything purchased and installed.

 

Part One: IKEA

Long story short: almost anything that could have gone wrong, did indeed go wrong. Multiple times, if it could. Delivery always came on the incorrect day, at wildly different time from what I scheduled. I was short shipped twice, and then shipped more than what I needed. Here’s a pro-tip, saplings: just rent a truck from Menards or UHaul and transport everything yourself. Or, at least don’t work with an IKEA that’s in its first month of opening day.

In the end, Phase One is complete! I transferred most of my craft supplies into the new space, and it’s looking pretty good! I kept the cabinets white, so the room wouldn’t feel any smaller. There are still a few finishing touches that need doing. But, progress is moving. What do you all think?

I’m definitely very fortunate in that I can take a room like this for myself, and I recognize that a lot of other witches don’t have the physical space or resources to make something like this happen. But, I thought I’d let you all get a peek behind the scenes of the new Laboratory as it’s being completed.

 

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What Should I Get a Witch? A 2017 Gift Guide Part 2

What Should I Get a Witch? A 2017 Gift Guide Part 2

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 […]

Are Fragrant Jewels a Good Gift for a Witch? A Review

Are Fragrant Jewels a Good Gift for a Witch? A Review

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 […]

What Should I Get a Witch? A 2017 Gift Guide Part 1

What Should I Get a Witch? A 2017 Gift Guide Part 1

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

 

Potential witch gift. 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!

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Live Flowers / Plants

Potential witch gift. Roses and a flower press.

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

Potential witch gift. A box of David's Tea tea bags, two perfect tea spoons, and a box of tarot cards.

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.

The Perfect Spoon

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!

What is The Black Tapes Podcast?

What is The Black Tapes Podcast?

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 […]