Jars, bottles, bowls, etc are used in all kinds of religious and spiritual practices. Jars can be used to store things like dried herbs, moon water, salts, tinctures, oils and more.
Jars are used to contain spells or mix up potions. For instance, for Mabon one could assemble a spell in a jar with acorns, leaves, cinnamon sticks, apples and orange oil. You could also add a candle and any other symbols of Fall.
What’s your favorite use of a jar in your practice? Tell us about it in the comments.
Incense. It seems that all magick practitioners burn it. But why?
Some people burn incense during rituals, others burn it when meditating or in prayer, and others just like the way it smells. It is used to purify spaces, make offerings to gods and goddesses, and to amplify intentions as well as other uses. Incense is one of the oldest forms of magick dating back to Egyptian time and even the story of Jesus’s birth had incense as a gift.
Incense comes in all scents including popular patchouli, lovely lavender and earthy eucalyptus. It comes in different varieties like sticks and cones.
What’s your favorite incense scent? Let us know in the comments.
Healers come from all walks of life, religion and places on the globe. Their practices are all different but share one thing in common: to heal. Some healers work with herbs 🌿 others with crystals 🪨 and others with their own inherent powers or magick ✨
Examples of healers include folk healing from the Appalachia Mountain region, Japanese Reiki healers and hoodoo practitioners.
Healer can mean many different things. What does it mean to you? ✨
Grimoires are magical textbooks or a book of spells whose name originated in ancient Europe. Grimoires are a place to save your instructions to create magickal objects (like talismans and amulets), how to perform rituals, spells and divination. Grimoires are also books that show how to summon and invoke spirits and entities like angels and demons.
The books themselves are filled with magickal power and they are unique and sacred to the owner. Grimoires come in all shapes and sizes. Some are handmade while some are purchased and imbued with power. Some are more like a diary and some are more like a long list of ingredients.
When we think of fairies, our first thought is often times of Tinkerbelle. A tiny little sprite with wings. Fairies are often believed to be friendly little winged creatures that possess supernatural powers.
In folklore, fairies are defined as mystical beings that have the power to do good and evil. In fairy folklore, fairies are mischievous. Fairies date back as far as Greek mythology where they were referred to as Nymphs, protectors of Mother Nature.
Some fairies are graceful and beautiful and others are hard to look at and hideous. Traditionally they are depicted as tiny, delicate humanoids with wings. Easily offended, their moods often change at the flutter of their wings.
Some say to never trust the fae. What’s your opinion of fairies? Do you believe they exist? Do some inhabit your garden?
A total eclipse is what we see when the Earth’s shadow completely blocks the moon and it goes full dark for a period of time. Many times the moon looks red as the event takes place. This is what many people think of when they hear the words “lunar eclipse” and it has been an indication of major events in many cultures for a long time.
There are many mentions of eclipse in myths, legends and folklore.
Some practitioners see the eclipse period, which is generally pretty short, as being the equivalent of an entire lunar cycle packed into one brief event. In some modern magical traditions , a lunar eclipse is considered a sort of metaphysical bonus round – in other words, any spell work you do during this period is amplified and has a bit of extra power behind it.
Druid – a priest, magician, or soothsayer in Celtic tradition.
Druidism is a spiritual and/or religious movement that generally promotes harmony, connection and reverence for the natural world. This is commonly extended to include respect for all beings including the environment itself.
The core principle of Druidry is respect and veneration for nature. While Druid beliefs vary widely, some druids participate in ancestor veneration which is the appreciation and worship of ones ancestors. Druidic beliefs include that the natural world is imbued with spirit and thus they regard it as alive and dynamic.
Clairvoyance means “clear seeing” and this means offering the intuitive many opportunities to explore this sense.
Clairvoyant practice is not limited to the usual definition of predicting the future but many may claim to see the future have gifts in precognition or in retrocognition, which is seeing the past or even remote viewing.
This is known to be a psychic ability that allows a person to tap into the collective knowledge of all souls of the universe, including those of the past and those not manifested yet.
Crystal balls are an example of a way to perform clairvoyance.
Have you heard of the myth of witches using brooms to fly? There’s a reason for that but brooms significance has nothing to do with flying. Brooms are known to be mainly used for clearing away negative energy ahead of a ritual.
Brooms are also known as besoms. Brooms symbolically represent protection or it can be used in everyday household cleansing rituals. The broom being a symbol of the feminine and the masculine, it’s other properties of protection make it perfect as an ongoing source of spiritual protection.
Altars are used commonly but vary from practice/religion to practice/religion. We use altars as a physical representation of ones practice. This is a powerful tool for a witch to utilize as it houses your magickal space. Altars can also be seen as a sacred space for you to harness and access powerful source energies, the gods, ancestors and the rest of the spirit world and even our own higher self!
What’s on your altar?
On my own personal altar I have many crystals, objects that represent the four elements – air, fire, water and earth as well as candles, tarot cards, etc.