We in the spell casting community say it a lot. “With intent”. And whether or not you believe you actually need intent to cast a spell isn’t what I’m putting out for discussion here. That’s someone else’s fight because it goes both ways for me and I don’t particularly care on the nuance of it.
Baby Pagans, Fluffy Bunnies, and Whiny Witches, read this!
Any pop-culture Pagans (or others) use elements from outer space or science fiction in their practices or theology? If so, would you be willing to message me?
edit - or, anyone who uses celestial bodies in their magic or rituals or cosmology. This kind of extends beyond PCPs. Anyone use the sun, the moon, the planets, the stars, the spheres, etc?
Anyone out there in tumblr land consider themselves to be a Sibyl, Pythia, or Volva? (or another type of seer or oracle?) if so, what are your experiences?
Did you take the name/title because you wanted to, or because of other reasons?
What is your experience with oracular visions?
Do you have any herbs/teas/incense/resins/colors/candles/oils/flowers/plants/trees/etc that you use in order to get more in touch with this role?
(For example, the Pythia at Delphi would imbibe volcanic vapors and chew on laurel leaves.)
What are the pros? What are the cons?
Do you call yourself one of these names/titles, do you keep it a secret, do other people address you by these things?
What are general hints, advice, warnings?
Anyone out there make your own inks? How do you get them to thicken up? Do you add water to the gum arabic first, and then mix that into the ink? If you let it sit, will it thicken up? Should I add more powdered gum arabic?
I cannot overemphasize how important just sitting down with a deck and shuffling it is to me. Not even reading with it, just holding it, looking at the pictures, putting the cards back into order and then shuffling it up again. One of the most important things I do.
I encourage people to talk to their decks. Decks and tools have personality, and it’s important to make their acquaintances before just barging in and making demands.
HellBoundWitch has some great advice here!
Does anyone work with Hera? is there a number that is particularly sacred to her? I’m thinking of five but I’m not quite positive…
how to make holy water:
1. accidentally leave bottle of water on altar
2. have holy water
It’s amazing what the construction of an altar can do for the psyche. I hadn’t been feeling in the mood for spring/April/May/Beltane because I’ve been freaking out about school. (let’s just say that by the time this semester is done, there will be blood.)
But as I was trying to avoid homework this weekend I finally put together my little Sexy Time altar, and it’s pretty great. Almost right away my sex drive went up, the weather changed, I dug out my red lipstick and bright blue eyeliner. I stole a few kisses from my husband and I had some Me Time a lot on Monday. (yay!) I downloaded the Wickerman soundtrack (finally), I found some energy to really get some good momentum for my homework assignments (yay again!) and I have a new favorite song that reminds me of being a youth, which is just a wonderful feeling.
I’m getting ideas for our Beltane celebration (building a May Pole this year) and I’m pretty sure I can even set aside some time for Walpurgis and May Day itself, which is great since I’ll still be in school hectically, but the timing works out that I don’t think I’ll have obligations on those days.
These wonderful feelings, goals, energies, thoughts, and events. All because I took an hour out to decorate and devote an altar.
Don’t you just love the frenzy in Lord Summerisle’s eyes?
My money jar:
Dirt from out in the yard. Allowed to dry for a few days on newspaper and sifted. I wrote my debts on paper and burned it. Put it in the jar. Buried my debt with the dirt. Added cinnamon and nutmeg to the dirt as fertilizer then planted a silver quarter. I sealed the bottle with wax and carved the Laguz rune in the cork. I keep it in the window with my plants to grow (charge) and shake when we really need money. It usually brings in sewing work for my husband.
great little charm idea! thanks for sharing =) This is a good example of how charms can be simple but still meaningful.