Monday, November 30, 2015

Magic or Magick?

Which one?

This topic is one that confuses both beginners and advanced witches alike. I learned that Magick is more suitable when describing witchcraft because it differentiates between parlor tricks and "real" magic. states the following: magic: the art of producing illusions as entertainment by the use of sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc.; legerdemain; conjuring: to pull a rabbit out of a hat by  magic

However, right underneath it also states: the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other tehcniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature. 

So, we can see that the word "magic" already includes witchcraft. The k was added later and popularized by Aleister Crowley. He believe that magick is "the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the Will." defines magick as: Archaic. magic. or: a power or effort associated with Wicca.

By this definition many magic practitioners might not want to add the k so that they don't affiliate themselves with Wicca, which is perfectly fine. 

Some, like myself, know that many other Witches and Pagans use the k so that tagged material can be found more easily. So, I guess it all comes down to preference. If you don't want to be associated with Crowley, maybe you won't want to use the term he is linked with. Or, maybe you don't want to be linked with Wicca. Both are valid reasons. 

Either way, make sure to keep tagging posts so that we can all find each other! 


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Reference: Types of Belief

Something I wanted to do on this blog is share reference posts that I have found useful. While many of these won't be my original work I will ALWAYS credit the author. All these posts will have the tag "reference" so that they're easily found. Let's share knowledge - with credit due, of course! 

Types of Belief  by ruinofeventide

Theism: The belief in one or more gods or goddesses. More specifically, it may also mean the belief in God, a god, or gods, who is/are actively involved in maintaining the Universe. (Secondary meaning is shown below.)

Four Major Views of the Role of the Divine
Deism: The view that God created the world but does not interact with it; emphasis on deities’ transcendence.
Theism: (Second definition) The view that God is immanent in the world, yet transcends it.
Panentheism: The view that the world is entirely contained within God, while at the same time God is something greater than just the world.
Pantheism: The view that the world is identical to God; emphasis on deities’ immanence.

Quantitative Definitions
(Within the primary meaning of theism.)
Polytheism: There are several gods.
Monotheism: There is only [one] God.

Within Polytheism there are “Hard” and “Soft” varieties.
Hard Polytheism: Views the gods as being distinct and separate beings.
Soft Polytheism: Views the gods as being subsumed into a greater whole.

Attitudes to the Worship of the Gods
(Within polytheism.)
Monolatry: There are several gods, but only one of them is worshipped.
Henotheism: Several gods are worshipped, but one is seen as supreme.
Kathenotheism: Worship of one god at a time, seeing each as supreme in turn.

(Within monotheism.)
Monistic: One single being, principle, or force.
Dualistic: Two beings, principles, or forces.
Pluralistic: Multiple/numerous, distinct beings, principles, or forces are present and tolerated.

Assertions about Benevolence or Morality
Eutheism: The belief that God exists and is good.
Dystheism: The belief that God exists but is not good.

Existence of Gods
Atheism: Being without theistic beliefs and alternatively the disbelief in the existence of deities.
Agnosticism: The philosophical and theological view that the existence of God, gods or deities is either unknown or inherently unknowable.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Mundane Magick: Washing the Dishes

This will be the first in my "Mundane Magick" photo series. I think they'll help with visualization, so if that's something you struggle with - here you go!

I made this little graphic with an original chant for the next time you have to do the dishes - which I figure is right around now with all those Thanksgiving and holiday dishes happening!

Let me know how it works, if you decide to use it!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Commanding the Universe

Today I’m going to talk about spellwork and magick and about banishing doubts while working magick.

I feel like we’ve all been there, especially if you’re new to magick. There’s that tiny little voice in the back of your head that scoffs at you thinking that “this is never going to work.” Or “you’re doing it wrong.” Or “you look silly.” When I first started I had ALL these thoughts. I thought I was silly, for walking around my room three times and sprinkling water and salt that I would just have to vacuum up later.
Stop it. 
I normally don’t like to tell other people what to do because “live and let live” but I’m making an exception to my self placed rule. Stop doubting yourself right now. 
If you keep on having those negative thoughts then your magick won’t come to fruition or you won’t get the results that you want. You need to know that your magick is going to work because you are just that good. 
Even if you don’t know every correspondence ever you will get the results that you want, because you are going to command the universe to do your bidding.
Sounds kinda powerful huh? Well, magick is powerful. Many Pagans that I know seem to hang onto their Christian backgrounds. I’m not knocking Christianity at all, but they are two separate practices and when you perform magick you aren’t going to be asking for anything. You aren’t going to pray and ask for things to happen because you “might” deserve it.
This isn’t the time for meekness. When I’m performing spellwork it’s usually because I have a need for something. Know the difference between need and want. Needing something is stronger than wanting. When I want something, I save my money so that I can get it. When I need something, I perform spells.
You are a daughter or son or whatever term you want to use of the Universe.
You are made of stars. 
You are the Universe.
When you’re performing spellwork you are commanding the powers that be to do your work for you. No, you aren’t commanding Deities or being disrespectful. The Deities aren’t going to be doing your work for you. You’re doing the work. You’re commanding the energies to do your work. You are those same energies and you’re going to be using that power, that extension of yourself to go forth and to get you what you need.
The easiest way to do this is to come up with a “power saying.” The most common one I see is “as I will it, so mote it be.”
The problem with that statement is that it seems to be so commonplace that there’s no oomph behind it anymore. Come up with a new one that rings true to you. A teacher I had said something along the lines of  “Hearken and hear my words, I am Son of the Universe. Go forth and do my will!”
This is perfect. Try saying that aloud if you can. Do you feel how strong it is, especially at the end? THAT is the oomph you need. Try adapting that saying, or come up with something similar. KNOW that your magick is going to work. KNOW that you are going to receive all that you need. KNOW that you are the Universe and that the energies are yours to command.
It is your right. Use it.
Love and Light,


Sunday, November 8, 2015

How to Fit Spirituality into a Busy Life.

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to be talking about a topic that I have been struggling with for the past few months, ever since I started the Fall 2015 semester at school.

This semester has been filled with school work, a part time job, trying to have a life with my fiancee, rehearsals for the school play I'm in and a whole heap of other things, including NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately with everything else on my mind, my spirituality has often taken the back seat on this crazy train.

After working a six hour shift at work and then heading to a six hour rehearsal, the last thing I have energy for is a ritual or spellwork. Even if I were in the mood for it, I literally don't have the energy needed!

I am sure that many of you are passengers of the crazy train with me: school, work, friends, family, kids, spouses, laundry, dishes etc. ad nauseum all get in the way of a peaceful and spiritual life.

So, what are us busy people supposed to do?
I have found that the best thing to do when I am stressed is to not try to  squeeze one more thing into my already busy schedule, but to rather work it into moments I already have.

I get sick and tired of everyone and their mother preaching to "prioritize" and to "make room for things that mean a lot to you." It's great advice, but it's not for me. No matter how many times I try to rearrange my life to making a more spiritual path, the more I have to schedule it in, the less I want to be bothered. 

I don't want to have a spirituality that can only be done when the clock strikes a certain hour - that's part of the reason why Paganism and I get along so well. My spirituality isn't defined by a certain day of the week, or hour or whatever. I can do my magick where ever and when ever I need to! I just have to remember to do it, that is.

Another tip is to turn habits that I already have into magickal moments. Quick example? Checking the time on my phone. I, like many other people, have fallen into the smart phone pit. I am glued to my phone because of how easy it is to get things done on it. One thing that I do a lot throughout the day is check the time. I also have a lock screen on my phone, so whenever I push the side button to light up the screen, the lock screen and clock are displayed.

In order to make something as mundane as checking the time magickal, I set my lock screen to a tarot card. This way, whenever I check the time I am shown the message that I need. This week it is one card, next week I'll pull another. If you do a daily draw, try setting your screen to the new card everyday. If you don't do the lock screen, maybe your phone wallpaper will do.

Along the same vein, why don't you try to set you computer background as something that has significance to you? Make a sigil, or affirmation on a pretty background. Maybe post a photo of a spiritual place that you want to visit so that you are reminded of ancestors, and goals that you may have. There are lots of options.

I bring up technology, because many Pagans feel like they need to shun technology. Many try to get back to Nature - which is fantastic and I highly recommend this, but don't fight what we have to use in order to survive in this world. That's a lesson I've learned from ancestors. Use what you've got.

Do you have 10 minutes in between classes? Try to eat a granola bar or something else that's small, and imbue it with good vibes. Bathroom break? Take a few extra moments on that porcelain throne and ground yourself and breath out any energetic funk. It's gross to talk/think about but as you're expelling physical waste, it may be a good time to do so energetically as well.  You have to take potty breaks anyway - why not use that time wisely?

Commute? Use the drive to listen to peaceful music - there are tons of free music apps, or you can go old school and burn a CD. While trying to find parking, do a little chant for a free spot.

As you can see, these aren't HUGE things, but all the little moments add up. And you don't have to go and do all of these - or any, for that matter - at once. Try to be more mindful of your daily flow, first. Notice when you have pockets of time that pop up and think about what is something that won't stress you out that will make you feel more connected?

I know you can come up with a bunch! I have faith in you, my lovely reader.

Until next time,


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Your (mini) Guide to Offerings

Hello everyone! Today I have an article for you that I wrote last year for another blog, which has since been taken down. I decided to share this with you for a variety of reasons, mainly because it is still relevant to me!

This is going to be about giving offerings to deities. Every night for just over 2 weeks I have been making an offering to three beings: a Goddess and two guardians, and I have seen such a powerful change in my spirituality just from giving some prayer and candlelight to these amazing forces. I think that offerings don't have to be elaborate and this article, from November 6th, 2014 may help you guys out. Enjoy!

Note: This post mentions my best friend and circle mate, Ivy. Also it mentions "my owl." As cool as it would be to have an owl for a pet  thought I should clarify that my Spirit Guide is a snowy owl, and I also work with a gargoyle. Thought I would add this info in for clarity.