The need for More Than One Candle Holder and Why You Need Different Sizes

A little know fact about the misuse of the name candle holders. My mother was an avid collector of “candle holders” and did some reserched about them. Come to find out through her research that they proper name for them is “candle sticks” not “candle holders.”

If you would link to read a little history about this definition for candlesticks please click on this link: Candlestick

As Witches/Pagans, we use candles for a large variety of things. From holding our person candle and the element of Fire’s candle to those used for a specific purpose in a spell and/or ritual. We also use different sizes depending on how long we want or need the candle to burn for the spell thus the need for multiple candlesticks in different sizes.

You should have at least 2 candlesticks that a taper candle will fit into. 1-7 candlesticks for chime size candles. 1-2 for tea light or votive candles. Again I send you to look at garage or yard sales and thrift shops if you are like me and cannot afford to spend a lot on all the different holders.

Also, Magical Necessities carries a nice selection of candlesticks for all different size candles. They also offer candle snuggers. A candle snugger can be used to place a smaller candle in a larger holder and it will stay upright instead of leaning a little sideways. You may also want a candle snuffer for putting put your candle instead of blowing them out.

This link is for “Candle Accessories” from Magickal Necessities: Candle Accessories

This is a link to Magickal Necessities choices of candlesticks: Candle Holders

Look for my next article on how to use candles in magick for specific reasons. Also how to engrave, bless and empower a candle for a specific use. The controversy on whether you should snuff a candle rather than blowing it out and vise a versa

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The Watchers and the Four Royal Stars

Who are those Watchers, anyway? We’ve all asked that question at one point, at least those of us who regularly cast sacred circles or work with correspondence lists and the effects of the elements or the cardinal directions generally associated with many Pagan traditions, Wicca among them. Just what exactly are the Watchers who watch us from within those Watchtowers?

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What Makes it Witchcraft .1

Cyndi Brannen of Keeping Her Keys recently posed the question, “What is it that makes Witchcraft…Witchcraft?” I love this question because it not only allows us to see the tremendous variability in what Witchcraft involves for different people, but it also encourages me to revisit my own core beliefs. Sometimes, in the craziness that is life, we can lose focus of the fundamental elements that make up our identities as Witches. When feeling overwhelmed or stuck along my path, I have found that it’s immensely helpful to return to this core, to the basic nature of your Craft – in whatever variation that may be. You may be surprised by what new things you can learn!

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What Makes It Witchcraft .2

This morning I’m in a local forest preserve, water bottle in hand, standing at a three-way crossroads waiting for my husband and the dog to return from exploring what I know is a dead-end path. The moon is in waning crescent phase, three nights out from full dark. Alone at the crossroads, I pour a small amount of water at each intersection giving thanks for Hekate’s presence in my life, asking that I may continue to feel Her presence and that I may serve Her well.

A summer breeze, cool and momentarily lifting the humidity, filters through the trees and across the crossroads as I finish my triune prayer, drying the sweat from my skin. The breeze continues to freshen; small fluffy seedpods release themselves from their trees and drift like soft, spangled stars to the ground. I smile and thank Hekate for Her favor; my husband and the dog appear from around the bend, and we continue our walk.

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New Moon Creation Page

The New Moon is a powerful time when the Guardian energies of the Sun and Moon come together to support new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to write down intentions that match the true desires of your heart.

Write them in the way that feels best for you.

I like to phrase each intention in terms of bringing my creations to life with Love.

To read the rest of this information and be able to download your page please click on this link: New Moon Creation Page

To Keep Silent

The witch’s pyramid is a concept with a lot of mystery around it. The actual origins of the witch’s pyramid have been hotly debated, but the first writings come from Eliphas Levi in his Transcendental Magic. The pyramid is made up of four corners or pillars. These four pillars come together in a point, just like a pyramid, as a focus. Combined the pillars direct the power of the witch – the power of magick. The four pillars or points of the witch’s pyramid are: to know, to will, to dare, and to keep silent.

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thewitchesnextdoor/2018/07/to-keep-silent/

The Path of Paganism

 

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An Experience-Based Guide to Modern Pagan Practice
by John Beckett
published by Llewellyn Worldwide
April 2017
320 pages
available from LlewellynAmazon, or Barnes & Noble.

Paganism is a way of seeing the world and your place in it. It means challenging the assumptions of mainstream society and strengthening your relationships with the gods, the universe, your community, and your self. The Path of Paganism provides practical advice and support for honoring your values and living an authentic Pagan life in mainstream Western culture.

Discover tips for establishing or deepening a regular practice. Explore how your spirituality can help you deal with life’s inevitable hardships. Learn the basics of leadership roles and other steps to take as you gain experience and move into more advanced practices. With questions for contemplation as well as rituals to help you integrate new concepts, this book guides you through a profoundly meaningful way of life.

To continue reading please click on link.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/book

 

Discernment, The Spirits, And You: How To Separate Invocation From Ego

This is a topic that comes up again and again for people involved in mystical practices and experiences, magicians, witches, and pretty much every occultist and psychic out there: how can you tell the difference between daimons, deities, and your ego? I’ve blogged in the past on discernment and why it’s necessary, but how do you actually make sure that you’re not taken in by self deception? What steps do you take and what should you expect?

Here’s my list of things to do and/or look for:

To read on please click on link below.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2018/07/separate-invocation-from-ego/

 

Aura and Chakras explained

I feel this video explains the job of the chakras and out auras. There are many other videos listed on the right side of this video. I have not watched all of them so cannot give an opinion on them. Watch them if you want to and your own opinion on whether they are helpful or not.

It would be great to leave the name of the video or videos you watch and your opinion of them in the comment section below. This is a great opportunity for us as a community to earn from each other.

To watch the video referred to in the first paragraph please click on this link: Aura and Chakras

Here is a link to another good video on this subject which also has a list of more videos on the right side. I did watch this video and found it informative. Again please leave your opinions on this videos in the comment section below. Remember to put the name of the video in your comment. Thank you.

To watch this video please click on this link: Understanding the Chakra

Chakras and Auras – How they Work Together

Did you ever wonder what the differences are between chakras and auras?  Or how they work together?  Did you ever think it might be useful to know?  (Hint:  It is)

Understanding these energy centers is one way to enhance your spiritual unfoldment, psychic development, and gain more insight into this wild ride we call life.

An Overview of Chakras and Auras

Your Chakras

Chakras are multi-colored, beautiful spinning wheels in our energy fields.  I like to envision them as the spinning pinwheels I had when I was a kid.

We have seven main chakra points.  (Some people believe we have many, many more, including hundreds of “mini-chakras”.)  Here are the main ones:

To read the rest of this article please click oon this link: Chakras and Auras