A Chuckle for Your Today

Even witches can’t get away with texting and driving…lol

Blessed be dear ones.

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Simple Way to Make Your Personal Candle for Your Altar

When setting up your altar you should have a candle that represents you. This candle would be lit first and then used to light the incense if you are using one, and your candle representing Fire or to start burning anything you may need to burn during for ritual.

First chose the type of candle you want, a pillar or a 12 inch/30.48cm taper candle or a smaller candle. Using a smaller candle means making your personal candle more often. I find the taper candle is the easiest to work with when lighting my incense and the Fire elemental candle. If you chose a pillar candle it should be unscented. The color can be any color with the exception of black. The color could be your favorite color or whatever color you feel drawn to make it from. Next using your Atheme or another sharp object if you do not have one yet (You can bless a kitchen knife you rarely use or even a letter opener as an Atheme – some Witches would disagree with me on using one of these objects but as I know how money can be tight and you might not be able to purchase a regular Atheme I figure use what you already have to make the item into one) inscribe your first name and last name you were given at birth or adopted parents surname you grew up and if you have one your Witches/Spirit name. You can write the name or names in the alphabet of your country or with Runes, Ogham or other “Magical” alphabet there are samples of different ones on this website, to find them use the search box and put in the word “alphabet.” Hold the candle in your non-writing hand start your name from the end with the wick showing going downward. Turn the candle each time you write a name so you have a fresh surface to write on, the exception being your given first and last names they should be in the same line.  Next starting from the top and moving in a downward motion use your favorite or an all-purpose essential oil saying this spell “This candle is a sacred representation of me to be used during meditation, spells, and rituals to light my way”. You will use the oil three times turning the candle so it covers different parts of it each time and repeat the spell each time you apply the oil. Pick out a special candle holder that you either already have that has a special meaning for you or you can purchase one that when you hold it, it feels as if it is supposed to be with you from a dollar or thrift store. You can also get out Magical Necessities for one that catches your eye. Some witches say you should not blow a candle out but use a snuffer others, myself included say it is ok to blow them out. I usually blow mine out because of the belief that the smoke carries whatever I used the candle for out into the universe.

Magical Necessities carries many different types of candles, candle holders, essential oils including an all-purpose one on sale at the writing of this post as buy one get one free,

Below are the direct links to the items mentioned above that are for sale at Magickal Necessities:

Candles

Candle Holders

Candle Accessories

BOGOF Oils I suggest even if you buy other oils to get the All-Purpose Oil just incase a spell calls for an oil you do not have on hand

Regular Priced Oils

Ritual Athemes

Any question please write to me at covenlifescoven@gmail.com

 

 

Depression & Witchcraft: Healing the Unexpected Shadow

I went into this year knowing that it would be a hard year of witchcraft. I was going into an intensive year of shadow work at the Temple of Witchcraft as well as Sacred Fires tradition. I carry a lot of trauma from my childhood and while I had mentally processed it and rationalized everything, I hadn’t actually emotionally processed anything.

There are a lot of articles on shadow work out there, particularly from those fairly new to their paths, and I am going to be very honest with you: don’t do it until you are ready. You may never be ready in this life, and that is okay as well. When I was at PantheaCon this past year I met a truly amazing person who had lost someone dear to him because they had jumped into this kind of work without having the skill set to carry them through it. Witchcraft has very real consequences and should be treated appropriately.

 

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The Wiccan Rede and Threefold Law: Not as Stupid as You Think

Not too long ago I wrote about some of the stereotypes that plague Traditional Witchcraft. The overall message was that making broad generalizations or stereotypes about an entire group of people, especially when based off limited knowledge or experience, is never a good thing. Unfortunately, this still happens (for several reasons) and it’s obviously not limited to just Traditional Witches. Wiccans too are faced with many stereotypes and generalizations made about their path. One of the most popular and ridiculous sentiments being that Wicca is “Witchcraft without teeth.”

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New Zodiac Signs: Ophiuchus

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New Zodiac Signs: Ophiuchus

In the world of astronomy there is some shocking news from the Minnesota Planetarium Society which announced that they have discovered the moon’s gravitational pull on Earth and its affect on the alignment of  stars which has  pushed them by about a month.  What’s this mean for those that look to the stars and get a daily scoop on their horoscope to have an insight into their life?  It means the signs may be changing.  For example, when astrologers say that the sun is in Pisces, it really is not in Pisces.

When a person is born, they are born under a sign which is determined by the position of the sun on the day they enter the world.  With the current news, this means that everything we though we knew about our horoscope sign is no longer correct.  Since the inception of astrology it has…

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Ophiuchus- 13th Zodiac Sign

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Ophiuchus- 13th Zodiac Sign

The shocking news announced by  the Minnesota Planetarium Society  introduces our new planetary constellation, Ophiuchus, which has Sagittarians and Capricorns scattering to learn about their new place in the charts and their new sign.  Although the constellation has been around since ancient times, it has not been included as a zodiac sign. Ophiuchus is a large constellation that is located around the celestial equator and is represented as a man that is grasping a snake which is divided into two parts that is represented by the constellation Serpens.

Ophiuchus is located between Serpens, Aquila and Hercules, and northwest of the center of the Milky Way. And is best known as Serpentariaus.  Our new sign is the only sign in the Zodiac that is associated with a  pre-existing man.  The man, Imhotep was a man of the  27th century and considered to have great accomplishments in life…

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Apocalyptic Witchcraft

Apocalyptic Witchcraft
by Peter Grey

 

One of the currents running through modern Western society is the idea that something is badly wrong.  We may not be able to articulate it, or we may try to blame it on a convenient scapegoat, but anyone who’s paying attention understands that new iPhones every year can’t hide the fact that we are living in an age of decline.  Peter Grey isn’t just tapped into this current, he’s got the floodgate wide open.  His new book Apocalyptic Witchcraft is a direct response to our disconnection from and desecration of Nature.

I read Apocalyptic Witchcraft in one evening.  While it is not easy reading, it is captivating reading.  Lots of people see our problems – some even describe them well.  There are far fewer who actually propose solutions.  Grey’s solutions are drastic, hard and fluid… but they ring true.

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