Tumblr “What Kind of Witch Are You” Tag

Tumblr Tag! Which kind of Witch are you?

 

1. Are you a religious witch? Which religion?

2. What is your preferred herb?
Lavender! I love the scent and smell of lavender. Peppermint is a close second.

3. What is your preferred gem?
Sapphire! I love sapphire. My second favorite “gem” is amber. It reminds me of my grandmother.

4. Do you do divination? Which kind?
I throw bones! Still new to it, but I love it. I’m also desperately trying to learn the Tarot.

5. Favorite Tarot card?
Oh man, I don’t know the Tarot well enough to speak intelligently on that.

6. To Curse or not to Curse?
I’m honestly not sure where I fall on this one. Part of me says that the universe always has a way of evening things out. Not necessarily a Wiccan Rede type thing, but all will equilibrate eventually.

7. Do you have a familiar?
I don’t, but I do have a cat that joins me for ritual. I wouldn’t call him a familiar though.

8. Favorite candle color?
I know it’s cliche, but black.

9. Favorite rune?
I don’t know enough about runes.

10. Do you celebrate the solstices, full moons, etc?
I celebrate the sabbats, and I *should* celebrate full moons and dark moons, but honestly I forget most of the time and am too busy.

11. Do you wear a pentacle?
Sometimes. I have two, but I don’t wear them to work or anything.

12. Do you have a broom?
I do not have a broom. Except for the one I use to clean my house ;P

13. Do you have a pendulum?

I have a bunch! When I first started out that was my favorite tool of choice. I don’t use them so much anymore.

14. Do you have an athame?

I do, but I want to get a new one.

15. How often do you meditate?

I’ll go for months at a time meditating every day, and then months at a time not meditating. So, depends ;P

16. Do you do yoga?

I used to. I was my best self when I was doing yoga, so I really want to get back into it. If I could recommend two books: Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Kundalini Yoga for the West. I’m still in the process of reading them, but I’m finding them very insightful.

17. Whats your favorite herbal tea?

Lavender, but peppermint is a close second.

18. Do you support manipulation magic?

I don’t support anything that alters someone’s free Will.

19. How many alters do you have?

Oh boy….6!

20. Do you do magic outside often?

For seasonal rituals, with my coven, yes.

21. Can you read palms or tea leaves?

Nope!

22. Would you ever open your own metaphysics shop?

Aw man, that’d be livin’ the dream.

23. Is your third eye open?

Lolz prolly like half shut.

24. Do you like Astrology? Whats your sign?

Nope. But Sagittarius.

25. Favorite flower? Or Tree?

I love marigolds. Don’t have a favorite tree.

26. Do you have an animal guide?

Nope! Although a crow has been a symbol in my journeying.

27. Whats your favorite kind of magic?

just… magic. rituals for connecting with deity and getting guidance from them.

28. What time do you feel most like a witch?

When I get to wear black lipstick and wear my pentagram. ;P (I normally wear bright, flowy outfits.)

29. Are you out of the broom closet?

Partially. To my work and half my family, yes. To everyone else, nope.

30. Are you a hereditary witch? Or self discovered?

Self Discovered!

31. Are you in a coven? Or solitary?

I work both in a coven and alone.

32. Do you want to be in a coven? How big?

I’m in one with 8 people.

33. When did you become a witch?

I don’t identify as a witch. I tend to not like labels, but if you had to put me in a box I’d be  a Thelemic Pagan Magician.

34. Do you make your own spells?

Yes, but they’re usually on the fly.

35. Do you make your own sigils?

Yes. Sigils have been very helpful.

36. Why did you choose this path?

I didn’t. This path is who I am.

37. Whats your favorite element?

Earth. I need more groundedness in my life.

38. Do you do any misc. magic? 
(Dragon, Sex, etc.)

I work with Deity, I do sex magick, I do ceremonial magick, I do celebratory magick, etc.

39. Magic or things you will never do?

Anything that affects other people’s Will.

40. Strangest way a spell backfired?

I’m drawing a blank rn.

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Labels

Something that’s been on my mind recently is how we label ourselves. Since joining the OTO and getting into ceremonial magick, I’ve been identifying with the label ‘magician.’ Now that I’m joining a Wiccan coven, I’ve found myself questioning what I should be calling myself. Am I a magician? Am I a pagan? Am I a Wiccan? What am I?

After a long discussion with my husband, he reminded me that labels are all ego. Yes, they can be useful, but it’s good to not get too attached to any one label. So instead, I’ve decided, when people ask me, to name my spiritual practices, that I’ll instead tell them what I do not what I am.

I practice magick, low and high but there’s really no difference between the two of them when you get down to it, labels just help and I have a relationship with deities that falls under the category of it’s all in my head, but how big is my head? (Thanks for that Lon Milo DuQuette.) I’m not a polytheist, but I’m no atheist either. More on that in another post. I also have a belief that everything has its own unique energy that we can tap into.

So that’s what I do, and it makes me who I am.

Update!

So, I’ve been gone for about two years. What’s changed? I took my Minerval, I*, and II* in the OTO. First degree had a profound impact on my life; it had me questioning my identity in a way I hadn’t before. Everything got turned upside down. My partner stuck with me during all of that chaos… he really is a godsend. I have another partner, who’s long distance (unfortunately). He’s really amazing. I might go more into my relationship with him at some point.

I also am in the process of becoming a dedicant in a Wiccan coven. That’s really expanding my view of magick.

I had to take a hiatus from school for my health, for 9 months. I’m back at school and also got married to the partner I’ve been with the longest. That was a really amazing experience.  I might share the wedding ceremony here, with my husband’s permission. (He wrote it.) It’s quite magickal. ;P

Our cat contracted FIP, at only a year old, and we lost her. We got another kitten, and he’s a sweetheart, whom we’ve had since August. We just got another cat, who’s taken a liking to our sweet boy. They’re best friends now, and it’s only been a week since she arrived.

My perspective on the Gods has changed dramatically (which I will go into), as well as my daily magical practices.

What can you expect from this blog? Updates on my religious and spiritual practice. Views on witchcraft and Thelema, and the occasional life update.

30 Weeks of Druidry: Week 10 – Relationships: the Spirits of the Land

Endless Erring

sleeping-woman-2772395_960_720Sitting barefoot in the woodland grove, the Druid listens. The wind whispers the leaves in the beech trees overhead, and blackbirds in the branches sing their songs of Spring, of love and beauty. Through the soles of their feet, the Druid feels the pulse of the land, the slow but steady movement of soil and stone, of worms and tree-roots. In the distance, the Druid hears people walking their dog in the same woods. Silently, the Druid reaches out to the spirits of this place, in honour and friendship.

When I think about spirits of the land in Druidry, I do not think of the popular fantasy perception of fairies, elves, gnomes and the like. While I love a good fairytale as much as the next Pagan, I also try to keep my feet on the ground even when my head is in the clouds.

The way in which our…

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Is belief the right path?

What is belief?

I’ve been dealing with this question a lot recently. How does belief affect my life? Does it affect my life? Should it affect my life?

Do I still consider myself an Atheopagan?

A lot have things have changed for me in the last two years, but in particular, the last six months. To answer the question about Atheopaganism, I think it’s important to note that ultimately what we label ourselves is a matter of ego. Yes, labels are useful when relating to other people, but we shouldn’t get hung up on them. But I am moving away from Atheism in general. I’d say I’ve moved into the realm of agnosticism, but I may be moving out of that soon too.

I’m coming to find that having belief in magic makes it work better. So I’m trying to let go of my preconceived notions about what belief is, and give it a shot. And it’s working out for me really well so far. Do I still think the Gods exist in our brain, largely? As Lon Milo DuQuette said, and I’m paraphrasing, “but how big is our brain?”

There will be more to come on the topic of belief, as I explore it further.

Just do it.

Atheopaganism

I hate that this empowering phrase has been coopted by a sweatshop-operating shoe company, but I’m not going to let them have it, either.

This post is about getting your practice going, and keeping it going.

Paganism–including Atheopaganism–is something you do. It isn’t just about having a particular worldview, although worldviews are, of course, important.

No, Paganism asks that we act: build an altar (Focus), meditate, reflect on Big Questions, conduct rituals, celebrate the passing of the seasons in an intentional manner. It demands that we focus on what we find Sacred, and behave mindfully in a manner that speaks to that love, even if it is in simple ways. (Not every “Pagan ritual” is grand opera with ritual tools and chanting and incense and solemnly intoned Words). It is by adding this dimension of symbolic recognition and observance that we add a layer to our lives which can instill them with…

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“Astral Bodies” by Shepherd King

Humanistic Paganism

♀.

Your dawn foams red in

blushing, dancing waves, teasing

the flesh of the day.

☉.

Shafts of light from your

golden bow pierce clouds and crown

the sakura sky.

☿. 

Heaven-helmed, you hold

aloft the spiral spear, the

shield-wheel of the stars.

☽. 

The cloud-veiled crescent

grail of your smile overflows

and phantom rains fall.

.

Your jade skirt sprouts from

mudslide mountain thighs, smearing

earth with afterbirth.

♂. 

Dogs and serpents feast

on bone-pale flesh, nursing blood

from your rotting breast.

.

Compassion burns and

blossoms forth, fragrant on the

thorned cross of your heart.

♄.

Your torch reflects the

parchment sands, unfolding the

face of time grown old.

♅. 

The dharma shines through

diamond eyes, sparking rainbows

on your lotus feet.

♆. 

Your cosmos swirls like

pearls of milk on the quickened

waters of the void.

♇. 

Scattered ashes dust

your tongue; their grave-dance feeds…

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