A message from Anonymous
Recently a selenite star I was given has broken in a smaller half. =[ I did some research and have seen that sometimes these are warning signs. The person that gave it to me is now going through a terribly difficult time. Do you think these events correlate?

Huh, I had never heard of that before actually. But it would make sense in a way though. Selenite is a stone of calm and tranquility. So if the stone was still connected to your friend, perhaps it is reflecting their inner turmoil/struggle. Also bear in mind that selenite is an incredibly soft stone and it’s easily broken. (So it could just have broken without any particular meaning.) I would say maybe it’s a bit of both situations. :)

Just finished sketching my design into the fox skull I’m about to paint! There will be realistic luna moths onto the sides, a crescent moon in the center, and ivy growing in the back and sides of the skull! Hope it turns out well!!

Just finished sketching my design into the fox skull I’m about to paint! There will be realistic luna moths onto the sides, a crescent moon in the center, and ivy growing in the back and sides of the skull! Hope it turns out well!!

I just found out last night that I am part Italian

I am excited about the new Witchy possibilities! :)

A message from aeklavinraa
Our forest is full of mushrooms this year, both edible and poisonous and I was wondering if you would have any ideas how I could use them in witchcraft? I rarely see mushrooms being used in spells or, well, anywhere. Thank you for your time!
A reply from natural-magics

mushrooms have long been used in folk magic and have been associated with witches (sometimes positively, usually superstitiously). the poisonous Amanita muscaria (aka fly agaric or fly amanita) has been most associated with witches and has long been used in flying ointment recipes. this well known mushroom is also associated with faeries, along with yellow faerie cups (Bisporella citrina) and dryad’s saddle (Polyporus squamosus).

psilocybin mushrooms (hallucinogenic) have long been used for spiritual, religious, shamanistic, and witchcraft purposes in various regions around the world throughout history.  

mushrooms in general are most associated with the element of Earth, the moon, intuition, strength, longevity (even immortality, depending on the culture), psychic energies, and psychic awareness. edible mushrooms are great additions to witchy dishes when you’re looking to improve psychic abilities, encourage dreams and to get better in tune with your intuition (plus, they’re very nutritional). dried mushrooms can be added to charm bags, witch bottles/jars, ground up for use in powders, and oils. 

Mushroom Magic Oil

Best prepared during the new moon phase in the lunar cycle.

Based on 2 dram size bottle:

Fill bottle 1/2 full with hemp seed Oil (blend). Add 9 drops patchouli essential oil and 9 drops bergamot essential oil.

Add to the bottle:

  • 3 mushroom pieces (dried, non-poisonous variety)
  • 3 aventurine chips
  • paint a small mushroom on the bottle

This oil may be used for earth magic, binding, ridding bad habits, and bringing about justice. [x]

folklore and history:

  • In many areas, the appearance of a ring of mushrooms on the ground is cause for either rejoicing or alarm. In Great Britain, these circles are known as fairy rings - and they are where the Fae come to dance and frolic after a rainstorm. However, like many other locations associated with faeries, humans who dare to enter such a ring may find themselves asleep for between seven and one hundred years, or worse yet, whisked off to the land of the wee folk, never to return.
     
  • In Holland, these rings are believed to be left when the Devil sets down his milk churn - once he picks it up, there’s a big circle left in the grass. In some countries, such as France and Austria, these rings are associated with sorcery and malevolent magic, and travelers are well-advised to steer clear of them.
  • One of the best known mushrooms, at least in European culture, is the red-and-white Fly Agaric. This mushroom appears often in illustrations of fairy tales - you might see a gnome or a fairy perched on top of one. Experts believe that the Fly Agaric was used as a hallucinogenic by northern European shamans and religious leaders. Interestingly, it contains two toxins that reduce the body’s response to fear stimulus, so it may have been ingested by warriors prior to battle. In central Europe, the Fly Agaric is associated with the Yule season, and there is a theory that Santa Claus’ red and white suit originated in the colors of this magical mushroom.
     
  • In ancient Egypt, mushrooms were a rare delicacy indeed. They were associated with immortality, and as such, only royalty could consume them - because, after all, royal persons were descended from the Egyptian gods themselves. Hieroglyphs found in Egypt indicate that mushrooms were being consumed with meals as long as 4,500 years ago.
     
  • In China and Japan, mushrooms were associated with longevity and strength - partly because some of the most popular mushrooms that grew there were known for stimulating the immune system. Shiitake and maitake mushrooms, in particular, have been used in herbal remedies for centuries.
     
  • Mushrooms have been used by many cultures throughout time as part of ritual and religion. The toxin psilocybin is found in certain mushrooms, and the use of hallucinogenic fungi has been documented in rituals dating back thousands of years. Entheogen researcher Giorgio Samorini describes the discovery of rock art representing mushroom cults in Libya and Algeria from 7,000 - 9,000 years ago in his article The oldest Representations of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms in the world (Sahara Desert, 9000 - 7000 B.P.).

[x]

warnings: when gathering, be sure to store different types of mushrooms in separate containers or baggies. you don’t want to risk poisonous mushrooms coming in contact with edible ones. a field guide for your region is very important to have and if you have any doubts, take samples to a professional for identification. click here for wildcrafting and foraging tips.

if anyone else has anything to add to this topic, please do!

crazycritterlife:

query-and-echo:

crazycritterlife:

I took Ollie out of the mews yesterday for the first time in a couple weeks and he was just as adorable and cuddly as ever! This bird’s personality amazes me.

Why aren’t you wearing a glove?

Because it’s a kestrel. He’s tiny. Gloves are not necessary. I only use the glove with him during training or feeding. 

crazycritterlife:

query-and-echo:

crazycritterlife:

I took Ollie out of the mews yesterday for the first time in a couple weeks and he was just as adorable and cuddly as ever! This bird’s personality amazes me.

Why aren’t you wearing a glove?

Because it’s a kestrel. He’s tiny. Gloves are not necessary. I only use the glove with him during training or feeding. 

lohrien:

Illustrations by Kevin Nichols

Faery Light- Fluorite and Willow Wand, here:
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Faery Light- Fluorite and Willow Wand, here:

www.etsy.com/listing/203747899/faery-light-fluorite-and-willow-wand?ref=listing-shop-header-0

(Please do not delete my text! It takes a lot of time to make a wand!)

Midnight Magic- Ametrine Wand:
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Midnight Magic- Ametrine Wand:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/203752841/midnight-magic-ametrine-amber-and?ref=shop_home_active_1

(Please don’t delete my text! It takes a lot of time to make a wand!)

A message from lonleyontop
hi! my name is lailah, im middle eastern and lately i have been so lost when it comes to my spirituality and i have been intrigued by paganism and Wicca. i wanted to ask about it, and you are so helpful to others i feel like you could answer my questions. If not then it is more than fine (:

I can do my best and answer your questions! Just shoot them at me!

A message from irishkings
hey your Wiccan list is great and a lot of new stuff I definitely want to check out! Though, I have to ask why did you not recommend anything by Scott Cunningham? Since he's like a staple author in the Wiccan community, I'm curious as to why you excluded him and if there's a specific reason why :)

I personally enjoy reading Scott Cunninghams books, but he is one of those authors that is a little controversial. (Some people love him/hate him/ think he’s fluffy etc.) That’s why I excluded him from the list. I wanted very strong authors on the list. But I do enjoy reading his books. There is just something about the way he writes! :)

A message from Anonymous
I have found my faith in paganism and it brings great serenity in me and i just love learning different things about it. But i have one problem, my mom is a hardcore christian and i don't know how to break it to her. I don't want her to try and change me or kick me out. I feel keeping it a secret is starting to break our relationship and it hurts. Should i start to hint it to her or just sit down and talk? I'm so nervous about this. My friends are starting to notice.

Hi!

Honestly, the best thing you can do is be honest to your mom and your friends (if the situations allows for it.) If you genuinely feel like she’d kick you out, burn your books, and condemn you, then obviously I’d practice quietly until you can move out. lol

If you have a very good relationship with your mom, and you feel like she wouldn’t go nuts, then sit her down and talk to her. Practice in front of a mirror exactly what you are going to say. Be prepared to answer all her questions with educated responses. You’d be really surprised though, the people you think might have the hardest time embracing usually are the most accepting. Same thing with your friends, sit them down and talk to them.

People who genuinely care about you will love and accept you the way you are. If your friends have a problem with the way you believe and feel then they aren’t the friends that you want. At the end of the day you are the one that has to be happy with yourself. Don’t let anyone drag you down!

A message from Anonymous
Hey! Could you point out some good Wiccan/Pagan books for beginners? I'm really curious about the God and Goddess...

 Helloes! Sorry for taking a while to respond!

Here are some books you may be interested in:

1. The Rebirth of Witchcraft by Doreen Valiente (STRONGLY RECOMMEND for the historical aspect. Somethings in the book are a little out dated, but pay attention to the history of the people in the book. Mind you this isn’t a Pagan or Wiccan “practice” book, but it’s important to read never the less.)

2. Wheel of the Year- Living the Magical Life by Pauline Campanelli

3. Ancient Ways- Reclaiming Pagan Traditions by Pauline Campanelli

4. Spiral Dance by Starhawk (It might be helpful if you read this book first!)

5. Power Spellcraft for Life- by Arin Murphey- Hiscock (Yeah, this book isn’t Pagan practice specific, it’s more on actually doing spells etc. but it’s truly an invaluable source for a beginner.

6. In general, if your interested in Wicca, read books by Gerald Gardner, Dorreen Valiente, etc.

Side note: If you are interested in different Pagan Paths, it’s a massive list/overview:

http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/pagantraditions.html

Also if you have never seen this website before it’s fantastic!

http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm

and

witchvox.com

Here is my FAQ page if you have more questions too!

http://eirecrescent.tumblr.com/faq

A message from Anonymous
your blog is so great and calming and i love it! :)

Awww thank you so much!!! <3