Crossroads Lost Animal Spell

witchcraftings:

Purpose: To help find a lost pet.

Materials: A crossroads; prayers or religious text to recite (such as Psalms).

This spell should be done…: Just as the sun is setting.*

Instructions:

Go to a crossroads.

Face west, the direction of the setting sun. Bow from the waist nine (9) times. Do…

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houseofeleggua:

Recycling Tips For Greener Witchery

Being a Green Witch is not only brewing nice oils or creating incenses; much more important than those things is the belief that Nature is our true and only source, and that it must be respected and cared for as much as possible. Both for rural or urban witches, reducing our waste and recycling are the biggest steps into a greener, more conscious living, and the ones who make a true Green Witch in my opinion. Here are some helpful and very cheap (if not free) tips that we use on our daily life:

The Garden
- Save the water of boiling potatoes and eggs and water your plants with it. Not only this reduces your water waste, that water is full of nutrients for your plants.
- Any herbal debris from your herbal garden can be saved and used to make “compost tea”: cut all leaves and stems in small pieces with scissors and place them in a piece of fabric (thrifted sheets are perfect). Add a stone or any other heavy object and tie the fabric to make your “tea bag”. Place it on a bucket of water, cover the bucket and leave in a warm place for a few days. Your herbs will love this water! This always works best with fresh herbs.
- Don’t throw away that nettles after you’ve weeded them! Not only they have wonderful properties for your health, they also make the best cold infusion to fill your plants with nutrients.
- Coffee grounds and powdered eggshell make a wonderful organic fertilizer.
- To keep you plants free from most bugs, spray the plants with a garlic infusion; boil the water, put on the garlic cloves (as many as you want, I use a full clove head per gallon of water) and let it sit until it’s back to room temperature. Then, add a glass of apple vinegar and spray your plants with it, specially under the leaves. Most bugs will starve to death as they hate the taste of the infusion. Once you have ended with the bugs, “shower” the plant spraying clean water, to get rid of any residual taste. Note: do this only when you have bugs or you’ll end up with garlic flavoured herbs.

Feathered And Furry Spirits
- Your local birds need extra food on the winter, mainly carbohydrates to create fat to survive the cold season. Make bird food for them recycling stale cereals, muesli, cookies, cakes and bread. Mush your leftover mix to very small pieces and add two teaspoons of honey and a powdered eggshell for extra calcium intake.
- Place some extra bird houses on the warmest wall of your garden. Birds always avoid air drafts, so keep that in mind.
If you have a garden, you can also place sheltering places for animals. Wooden boxes, old buckets, just use your imagination! Leaving a little of your pet’s food outside is no big waste and could help animals who are breeding to avoid starvation.
- Don’t forget your local shelters! Most of them accept donations of all kind, from old blankets, leashes, rubber toys… even if you can’t afford to give money, there is always something we can contribute with.

Graveyard Dirt and Etiquette

thebloodybones:

Warning for personal experience and slants! This is not the be-all end-all to grave work.

This post is written primarily in a deathwork/graveyard work/Fleur de la Mort context, but contains nothing particularly exclusive to any of those. So let’s get started.

The Procurement of Graveyard Dirt

Let’s start here. This is a deceptively simple set of instructions to give:

  1. Learn the name, boundaries, and history of the graveyard if you can.
  2. Cross the threshold of the graveyard, in a proper way (not over a fence or what have you, but through an official or designated entry path). Pay your respects to the spirit of the graveyard as you enter.
  3. Procure your graveyard dirt according to your requirements.
  4. Pay another, informal respect toward the spirit of the graveyard as you leave.
  5. As you leave, do not turn or look back until there is either a barrier between you (such as a car door or a house wall) or the graveyard is entirely out of sight.

A lot of these instructions rely on context, though. The first step, for example, is a matter of etiquette. Not only will such information help you understand the character of the place (much like knowing an area’s history will help you know its land spirits), but it can also clue you in to any red flags or warnings. Are the bodies buried there the bodies of particularly angry or upset spirits? If so, and you have reason to believe that’ll be a problem, then choose another cemetery. Would you be unwelcome among the spirits there? A protester of communism might not like a communist; a prosecuted man might not take kindly to a descendant of the person who prosecuted him. If you have reason to believe you’ll be unwelcome, then at least consider finding another cemetery. I’ve not found any of these warnings to actually make me abruptly change my destination in practice, but it’s worth knowing and taking note of, just in case.

Step two: Why put such emphasis on entering (and leaving) properly, for one? Again, and this is more important in my opinion than the preliminary research, etiquette. Etiquette is everything in the graveyard, 99% of the time. You wouldn’t enter your neighbor’s house through their window and you wouldn’t enter a graveyard by climbing over its wall.

How do you pay respects to the spirit of the graveyard? Well, it depends on the graveyard and the spirit in question. I typically find that a few copper pennies are a good offering/appeasement, if you’re procuring graveyard dirt. Note that I don’t mean that every time you enter a graveyard, you should provide an offering. However, if you’re going to be taking something—like dirt—or doing something that might disturb the spirits of the graveyard or of the dead—like a ritual—then you should give something in exchange. Other offerings that might be acceptable, depending on your practice, are flowers, flags, libations, oblations, or dirt from elsewhere. I find libations and oblations can be hit-or-miss, because some spirits of the dead want food and drink and others have no need for it. Dirt from elsewhere is worth taking note of if you or your local spirits hold that spirits can’t travel: it’s like bringing them a little refreshing piece of elsewhere. Coins, though, haven’t gone wrong in my experience.

Procure your graveyard dirt, or do your ritual. This can go a lot of different ways and so it’s very hard to make generalities, but here’s a few:

  • If you are obtaining graveyard dirt for general, protective, or benevolent purposes, then gather it from the side of the yard, not over any actual graves, in such a way that the landscape isn’t noticeably affected/it isn’t too obvious.
  • If you are obtaining graveyard dirt for a curse, acquire the dirt from the side or back of the yard. When you leave, walk out backwards (see below).
  • If you are obtaining dirt for necromancy purposes, consider your brand of necromancy. If it is to summon a general, ambiguous “spirit of death,” try dirt from a side of the yard or, if there is one, the most well-worn path through the yard. If, however, you are trying to summon the spirit of a dead body in the yard, take the dirt from directly above their grave. If you think that the summoning may be traumatic toward them, or think that they may be violent and wish to appease them in advance, you may wish to leave an additional offering at the grave itself.
  • Dirt obtained from the entrance to the yard can call upon the power of the spirit of the graveyard itself, or the power of death itself, but shouldn’t be taken too often, or too much.
  • Use these guidelines also for where any rituals should be performed.

As you leave, you need to offer another quick thank-you or blessing, if they will receive it, to the spirit of the yard—not another physical offering, but just a brief verbal indication that you are leaving and appreciate the spirit’s permission and presence. If, however, you gathered the dirt for the purpose of a curse, or if you performed a ritual which could be easily interpreted as violent or cursing or similar, then it is traditional (and perhaps wise) to instead walk backwards over the threshold as you leave, supposedly so that the spirit at the threshold cannot see your face and follow you home. Depending on the character of the spirit and just how worried you are, you might find that wise. You could also try a very large appeasement present, or trust in your personal protections. Either way, it’s worth considering.

Finally, why is step five important? Again, tradition. This is a tradition I’ve always personally felt compelled to comply to, however, regardless of my actions while in the graveyard. Perhaps it’s a matter of etiquette; I’ve always felt that, again, it keeps spirits from following you where you go, and that it effectively dissociates you from that graveyard, severing any sort of connections that the spirits within might have attempted to make. Use your best judgement here, as you like.

So What Do I Do With This Dirt?

Oh, man.

There’s a lot of contemporary judgement on what to do with it. Death workers may feel it makes for a good ingredient in protections or protection spells, or personal empowerment spells. But—and this is despite my seeing other people cite it as a good protection item for everybody—I would say that unless you’re attuned to death in such a way, it won’t be as powerful for you, if it works at all. Graveyard dirt keeps the dead at rest, encloses their bodies, and holds their spirits sacred; in much the same way, for the death worker, it keeps you at rest, protects you, and empowers you. For anyone not so attuned, however, using it as a personal empowerment tool might hurt you, and using it as protection probably just won’t do anything. (Like burying yourself up to the neck in a graveyard, the result will probably just be “????”)

That’s not to say it’s useless to anyone who isn’t a death worker. To the contrary, it’s fabulous for anything and everything that has to do with death, from curses to certain types of healing to banishing spirits. Curses: killing curses, yes, but also metaphorically “killing” someone’s happiness, strength, charm, or good looks. Healing: kill a tumor, a virus, an illness. Banishing: particularly nice for banishing ghosts/the spirits of the dead, but also anything from demons to thoughtforms to monsters and beyond. And beyond that, summoning death spirits: certain kakodaimones, energy-draining beasts, violent or angry spirits attuned to the energy. General-use dirt can also be adapted to summon the spirit of a dead person, if the dirt from that person’s grave can’t be attained. It’s also a good ingredient in pouches, bottles, etc. that are meant to attune its owner to a god if the god in question is a death god or a psychopomp. And so forth.

So, in effect, that concludes a VERY VERY basic summary of graveyard dirt and etiquette. [taps chalkboard and pushes glasses up nose] I will field your questions now, please.

fyeahbookbinding:

The Basic Binding of Books, a Tutorial by Jamie Butler.

Follow the rest of it here.

Celtic Gods and Goddess’

witchesjournal:

  •  AlatorThe Celtic god Alator was associated with Mars, the Roman war god. His name is said to mean “he who nourishes the people”.
  • Albiorix - The Celtic god Albiorix was associated with Mars as Mars Albiorix. Albiorix is the “king of the world.”
  • BelenusBelenus is a Celtic god of healing worshiped from Italy to Britain. The worship of Belenus was linked with the healing aspect of Apollo. The etymology of Beltaine may be connected with Belenus. Belenus is also written: Bel, Belenos, Belinos, Belinu, Bellinus, and Belus.
  • BorvoBorvo (Bormanus, Bormo) was a Gallic god of healing springs whom the Romans associated with Apollo. He is depicted with helmet and shield.
  •  BresBres was a Celtic fertility god, the son of the Fomorian prince Elatha and the goddess Eriu. Bres married the goddess Brigid. Bres was a tyrannical ruler, which proved his undoing. In exchange for his life, Bres taught agriculture and made Ireland fertile.
  •  BrigantiaBritish goddess connected with river and water cults, equated with Minerva, by the Romans and possibly linked with the goddess Brigit.
  •  BrigitBrigit is the Celtic goddess of fire, healing, fertility, poetry, cattle, and patroness of smiths. Brigit is also known as Brighid or Brigantia and in Christianity is known as St. Brigit or Brigid. She is compared with the Roman goddesses Minerva and Vesta.
  • CeridwenCeridwen is a Celtic shape-shifting goddess of poetic inspiration. She keeps a cauldron of wisdom. She is the mother of Taliesin.
  • CernunnosCernunnos is a horned god associated with fertility, nature, fruit, grain, the underworld, and wealth, and especially associated with horned animals like the bull, stag, and a ram-headed serpent. Cernunnos is born at the winter solstice and dies at the summer solstice. Julius Caesar associated Cernunnos with the Roman Underworld god Dis Pater.
  • Epona - Epona is a Celtic horse goddess associated with fertility, a cornucopia, horses, asses, mules, and oxen who accompanied the soul on its final journey. Uniquely for the Celtic goddesses, the Romans adopted her and erected a temple to her in Rome.
  • EsusEsus (Hesus) was a Gallic god named along with Taranis and Teutates. Esus is linked with Mercury and Mars and rituals with human sacrifice. He may have been a woodcutter.
  • Lenus - Lenus was a Celtic healing god sometimes equated with the Celtic god Iovantucarus and the Roman god Mars who in this Celtic version was a healing god.
  • Latobius - Latobius was a Celtic god worshipped in Austria. Latobius was a god of mountains and sky equated with the Roman Mars and Jupiter.
  • Lugh - Lugh is a god of craftsmanship or a solar deity, also known as Lamfhada. As leader of theTuatha De Danann, Lugh defeated the Fomorians at the Second Battle of Magh.
  •  MaponusMaponus was a Celtic god of music and poetry in Britain and France, sometimes associated with Apollo.
  • Medb - Medb (or Meadhbh, Méadhbh, Maeve, Maev, Meave, and Maive), goddess of Connacht and Leinster. She had many husbands and figured in the Tain Bo Cuailgne (Cattle Raid of Cooley). She may have been a motyher goddess or historical.
  •  Morrigan - Morrigan is a Celtic goddess of war who hovered over the battlefield as a crow or raven. She has been equated with Medh. Badb, Macha, and Nemain may have been aspects of her or she was part of a trinity of war goddesses, with Badb and Macha. The hero Cu Chulainn rejected her because he failed to recognize her. When he died, Morrigan sat on his shoulder as a crow. She is usually referred to as “the Morrigan”.
  • Nehalennia - Nehalennia was a Celtic goddess of seafarers, fertility and abundance.
  • Nerthus - Nerthus was a Germanic fertility goddess mentioned in Tacitus’ Germania.
  • Nemausicae  Nemausicae was a Celtic mother goddesses of fertility and healing.
  • NuadaNuada (Nudd or Ludd) is the Celtic god of healing and much more. He had an invincible sword that would cut his enemies in half. He lost his hand in battle which meant that he was no longer eligible to rule as king until his brother made him a silver replacement. He was killed by the god of death Balor.
  • Saitada - Saitada was a Celtic goddess from the Tyne Valley in England whose name may mean “goddess of grief.”


Credit. If there’s any inaccurate information please don’t hesitate to message us. If you want to see someone added to this list please don’t hesitate to message us. I also plan on adding a lot more to this list later, but at the moment I just wanted to get something up under the category.

UDT/VDT vs UPG/VPG

spiritualbrainstorms:

spellyalater:

wistful-stray:

littledoomwitch:

spellyalater:

The questions I raised with Whoreofabbadon a couple weeks back got a few users and I talking about how, given the actual definition of UPG, a new term might be necessary to distinguish the spirituality-altering UPG’s from the theories and ideals about the deities which do not actually fundamentally alter our religion and beliefs… But which we do still feel are important and often incorrectly define as UPG.

It also raised the question of what to do to help distance regular (but unsubstantiated) associations with deities (like Athena likes chocolate) from the negative stigma surrounding actual associations of items.

Thus, we present to you, a new set of definitions for your consideration and use.

We have defined alongside the correct definitions of an association, UPG, SPG, and VPG so that you can see the difference between the old terminology and the proposed terminology augmentations (and if we still got the definitions of UPG/SPG/VPG incorrect, please tell me so that we can correct it).

All definitions are below the read more

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I actually really love that we’re working towards this distinction. this is an incredibly important thing.

I imagine it’d be prompt and understandable to replace the “D” with something else, should it apply to something that isn’t necessarily a deity? my go-to word is always entity, so I’d probably say something like “my SET for Purson is that he holds knowledge and dominions over cartography and map-making”. so, Shared Entity Theory.

otherwise, brilliant. 

I love this! I think I’ll make an honest effort to incorporate these terms into my path.

I also like what litledoomwitch said about the entity/etc vs diety.  Those that wish to use “D” for deity still could, and maybe Entity (or similar) could be added to the list?

Base terminology augmentation for the terms proposed in the original post have been changed to UET/SED/VET respectively, at LDW’s suggestion :) So there’d be no need to add additional ones to the list and “Entity” can include all entities, not just deities and there’s be no need to modify the proposed terminology anymore <3

I love these new definitions!

Witchy Names for Herbs

pagan-awareness:

I’ve always found it interesting how witches are portrayed in Hollywood throwing actual animal parts into their cauldrons. So I looked it up since I’ve never seen a spell that truly called for animal parts, “Eye of Newt” and such, though I’m sure there are a few out there. And I stumbled onto this list. I love it! I think everyone should share it. 


A Bone of an Ibis: Buckthorn 
Adders Tongue: Dogstooth Violet 
A Titan’s Blood: Wild Lettuce 
A Lion’s Hairs: Tongue of a Turnip (the leaves of the taproot) 
A Man’s Bile: Turnip Sap 
A Pig’s Tail: Leopard’s Bane 
A Hawk’s Heart: Heart of Wormwood 
An Eagle: Wild Garlic 
Ass’s Foot or Bull’s Foot: Coltsfoot 
Blood: Elder sap or another tree sap 
Blood of Hephaistos: Wormwood 
Burning Bush: White Dittany 
Bread and Cheese Tree: Hawthorne 
Blood from a Head: Lupine 
Bird’s Eye: Germander Speedwell 
Blood of Ares: Purslane 
Blood of a Goose: Mulberry Tree’s Milk 
Bloodwort: Yarrow 
Blood of Hestia: Chamomile 
Blood of an Eye: Tamarisk Gall 
Blood from a Shoulder: Bear’s Breach 
Bat’s Wings: Holly 
Black Sampson: Echinacea 
Bull’s Blood or Seed of Horus: Horehound 
Bear’s Foot: Lady’s Mantle 
Calf’s Snout: Snapdragon 
Cat’s Foot: Canada Snake Root and/or Ground Ivy 
Candelmas Maiden: Snowdrop 
Capon’s Tail: Valerian 
Christ’s Ladder: Centaury 
Cheeses: Marsh Mallow 
Chocolate Flower: Wild Geranium 
Christ’s Eye: Vervain Sage 
Clear-eye: Clary Sage 
Click: Goosegrass 
Cucumber Tree: Magnolia 
Clot: Great Mullein 
Corpse Plant: Indian Pipe 
Crowdy Kit: Figwort 
Cuddy’s Lungs: Great Mullein 
Crow Foot: Cranesbill 
Cuckoo’s Bread: Common Plantain 
Clear Eye: Clary Sage 
Crow’s Foot: Wild Geranium 
Devils Dung: Asafoetida 
Dragon’s Blood: Calamus 
Dog’s Mouth: Snap Dragon 
Daphne: Laurel/Bay 
Devil’s Plaything: Yarrow 
Dove’s Foot: Wild Geranium 
Dew of the Sea: Rosemary 
Dragon Wort: Bistort 
Earth Smoke: Fumitory 
Eye of Christ: Germander Speedwell 
Elf’s Wort: Elecampane 
Enchanter’s Plant: Vervain 
Englishman’s Foot: Common Plantain 
Erba Santa Maria: Spearmint 
Everlasting Friendship: Goosegrass 
Eye of the Day: Common Daisy 
Eye of the Star: Horehound 
Eye Root: Goldenseal 
Eyes: Aster, Daisy, Eyebright 
Frog’s Foot: Bulbous Buttercup 
From the Loins: Chamomile 
Fat from a Head: Spurge 
Fairy Smoke: Indian Pipe 
Felon Herb: Mugwort 
From the Belly: Earth-apple 
From the Foot: Houseleek 
Five Fingers: Cinquefoil 
Fox’s Clote: Burdock 
Graveyard Dust: Mullein 
Goat’s Foot: Ash Weed 
God’s Hair: Hart’s Tongue Fern 
Golden Star: Avens 
Gosling Wing: Goosegrass 
Graveyard Dust: Mullein 
Great Ox-eye: Ox-eye Daisy 
Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Seed 
Hair of Venus: Maidenhair Fern 
Hag’s Taper: Great Mullein 
Hagthorn: Hawthorn 
Hare’s Beard: Great Mullein 
Herb of Grace: Vervain 
Hind’s Tongue: Hart’s Tongue Fern 
Holy Herb: Yerba Santa 
Holy Rope: Hemp Agrimony 
Hook and Arn: Yerba Santa 
Horse Tongue: Hart’s Tongue Fern 
Horse Hoof: Coltsfoot 
Hundred Eyes: Periwinkle 
Innocense: Bluets 
Jacob’s Staff: Great Mullein 
Joy of the Mountain: Marjoram 
Jupiter’s Staff: Great Mullein 
King’s Crown: Black Haw 
Knight’s Milfoil: Yarrow 
Kronos’ Blood: sap of Cedar 
Lady’s Glove: Foxglove 
Lion’s Tooth: Dandelion 
Lad’s Love: Southernwood 
Lamb’s Ears: Betony 
Little Dragon: Tarragon 
Love in Idleness: Pansy 
Love Leaves: Burdock 
Love Lies Bleeding: Amaranth/Anemone 
Love Man: Goosegrass 
Love Parsley: Lovage 
Love Root: Orris Root 
Man’s Health: Ginseng 
Maiden’s Ruin: Southernwood 
Master of the Woods: Woodruff 
May: Black Haw 
May Lily: Lily of the Valley 
May Rose: Black Haw 
Maypops: Passion Flower 
Mistress of the Night: Tuberose 
Mutton Chops: Goosegrass 
Nose Bleed: Yarrow 
Old-Maid’s-Nightcap: Wild Geranium 
Old Man’s Flannel: Great Mullein 
Old Man’s Pepper: Yarrow 
Oliver: Olive 
Password: Primrose 
Pucha-pat: Patchouli 
Peter’s Staff: Great Mullein 
Priest’s Crown: Dandelion leaves 
Poor Man’s Treacle: Garlic 
Queen of the Night: Vanilla Cactus 
Queen of the Meadow: Meadowsweet 
Queen of the Meadow Root: Gravelroot 
Ram’s Head: American Valerian 
Red Cockscomb: Amaranth 
Ring-o-bells: Bluebells 
Robin-run-in-the-grass: Goosegrass 
Semen of Helios: White Hellebore 
Semen of Herakles: Mustard-rocket 
Semen of Hermes: Dill 
Semen of Hephaistos: Fleabane 
Semen of Ammon: Houseleek 
Semen of Ares: Clover 
Seed of Horus: Horehound 
Sparrow’s Tongue: Knotweed 
Soapwort: Comfrey or Daisy 
Shepherd’s Heart: Shepherd’s Purse 
Swine’s Snout: Dandelion leaves 
Shameface: Wild Geranium 
See Bright: Clary Sage 
Scaldhead: Blackberry 
Seven Year’s Love: Yarrow 
Silver Bells: Black Haw 
Sorcerer’s Violet: Periwinkle 
St. John’s Herb: Hemp Agrimony 
St. John’s Plant: Mugwort 
Star Flower: Borage 
Star of the Earth: Avens 
Starweed: Chickweed 
Sweethearts: Goosegrass 
Tarragon: Mugwort 
Tartar Root: Ginseng 
Thousand Weed: Yarrow 
Thunder Plant: House Leek 
Tanner’s Bark: Toadflax 
Torches: Great Mullein 
Tongue of dog: Houndstongue 
Tears of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Juice 
Unicorn Root: Ague Root 
Unicorn’s Horn: False Unicorn 
Unicorn Horn: True Unicorn Root 
Wax Dolls: Fumitory 
Weazel Snout: Yellow Archangel 
White: Ox-eye Daisy 
White Wood: White Cinnamon 
Witch’s Asprin: White Willow Bark 
Witch’s Brier: Brier Hips 
Weasel Snout: Yellow Archangel 
Wolf Foot: Bugle Weed 
Wolf Claw: Club Moss 
Wolf’s Milk: Euphorbia 
Weed: Ox-Eye Daisy 
White Man’s Foot: Common Plantain 

I did not make this list. I found it here: http://lebanon-pagans.tripod.com/id14.html

poppet-prince:

witchy-business:

Spirit Communication

Herbs

Divination

Astronomy

Meditation and Yoga

Birding

Botany and Gardening

Rocks, gems, and minerals

Not the real thing, but

Miscellaneous

*cries tears of euphoria*

Anonymous asked:
i would like to know about some offensive spells that i can use against another witch and if need be on a mundane

thiscrookedcrown:

This is a huge topic so I’ll list a few of each type and purpose. I recommend buying or borrowing Judika Illes’ Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells to find more spells of this nature. Also, these spells are pretty general and aren’t going to cater to any one path. These are also all in addition to whatever’s listed in my resources page. Also, sorry in advance to mobile app users.

Offensive spells are a type of combat spells, to be honest. The ones I deal with are predominantly quick or emergency spells or spells with set up ahead of time. This allows you to attack quickly without having to remember complicated words or rituals. There are hundreds of thousands of ways to use offensive spells and it really depends on your purpose. A curse is an offensive spell and so it the evil eye. Some types of protection spells are offensive, if certain parameters are met.

However, if you’re willing to dole out anything, you need to learn how to properly defend yourself and to be able to set up a powerful protection spell almost instantly.

Both of these are great for magic and while you can use them in a physical confrontation, you’re more likely to freak out or scare someone off by “acting crazy” (as in shouting spell words) than anything else and you should always seek physical protection when necessary whether that be from friends or family or from the police. Keep in mind fight or flight instinct here - not just yours but any attacker’s too. An attacker’s first reaction may not be to run away but instead beat the shit out of you to make you stop. Take that into account when you attempt to use magic in a physical confrontation.

Energy manipulation is quite possibly the fastest and the best at offensive and defensive spells but it’s not required and it’s not the be-all that end’s all. Combining the two or using one or the other is fine but neither one is greater than the other in technical terms. Your practice will, of course, vary.

For your defensive here’s a list of quick spells by purpose: (and no, this is in no way pretending to be a complete list. It’s a sampling.)

Emergency protection spells:

  • Create a magic circle. This can be done with energy manipulation, visualization, or by drawing a circle around you. (You can do this by physically drawing a circle, spinning a circle and pointing at the ground, or whatever else you can come up with). Invoke a deity’s name if you like. A commonly known spell for this is to envision that protective circle and say (or think) “I stand in a circle of light nothing may touch”. You could also create a magical bubble around you to protect from assault from above. This is an incredibly easy and simple technique that can be easily adapted to your personality and needs.

  • Throw salt. This sounds off but having a bottle or pouch of salt tucked away on your person is great against spirits but throwing salt at an attacker will not only surprise the hell out of them but will hopefully get in their eyes and blind them too, allowing you to escape.

  • Glamours. Traditionally glamours are used to subtly adjust and change the perception of people around you so you are more attractive. However, spells that can be grouped as glamours exist for other reasons: to make yourself look more fierce, to make you invisible, to avert the eye, to give the aura of danger, and to tell people subconsciously to fuck off. Develop a glamour that works best for your needs and practice it often to assure that you can summon it in time of need.

  • If possible, use spirits or deities to help out. This can be done by calling out a deity’s name, making a contract with a spirit for protection in time of need (remember to hold up your end of the bargain), or by creating a servitor to appear in times of need.

Set up protection spells:

  • Charm bags. This one requires you to have previously made up a charm bag for your protection and to carry it with you. When in trouble, hold it close.

  • Similar to the above, make a poppet ahead of time in the shape of what you wish to ward off, be that an attacker or witch. You can leave the poppet blank or you can use stereotypes (like drawing a mask over the doll to show a robber) to help it work or detail it as much as your able. Once the poppet’s made, do whatever things come to mind to keep you safe or you can use it to wreck havoc and revenge. Up to you.

  • Create a servitor. As mentioned below, creating a servitor is a lot of work and make require more upkeep than you’re willing. However, they can be incredibly useful when worried about attack. As a bonus, they can also be used offensively.

Against the evil eye, curses, or other witches’ spells:

  • Cosmetics were commonly used to both ward off and protection against enemies and evil spirits and to strike fear into enemies in many cultures. Enchant chapstick, lipstick, eye makeup, or any other cosmetic worn to protect against others and/or to strike fear in the enemy.

  • Wear a single blue bead. If cracked, consider it having deflected or absorbed the spell, bury it with honor and replace it. [1]

  • An eye. Draw or wear an eye to protect yourself. This can be done in enchanted water, stitched into clothing, or as jewelry.

  • A talisman against evil powers: Draw a crescent moon (the corners facing the left) at the center of a spider’s web. On the opposite side write: “Potentiae / Malae / Vos / Teneo” [2]

  • A talisman against evil: Draw a double axe and snakes falling down the curve of the blades (the image shows two crescent shaped blades with a point on the handle. A snake is following down the curve of the crescent blades). On the opposite side write: “Zabin / Nezaza / Sentabba”

  • Find a rusty nail (preferably one rusted by nature and made by hand but not necessary) and drive it into a stone or tree three times, casting out or cursing the evil or spells. This is a pretty pervasive technique and what it’s driven into varies to tradition. Carry the nail with you as a bonus protection.

Against physical assault, sexual assault, and rape:

  • Carry dried heather in a sachet [1],

  • Carry bay laurel and/or invoke Daphne’s name for protection

  • A talisman to be safe from all harm: Draw an six point star as the iris of an eye and the eye inside a sun. On the opposite side write: “Dei omnes / Me servant” [2]

  • See: Emergency protection spells

For the home:

  • Betony, basil, rue, and salt are great for protection but there are hundreds of other plants used for protection.

  • Planting poisons around the home or vine plants are also useful as the poison is a great “keep away” and usually very protective of the ones who care for them while vine plants can entrap and entangle invaders or thieves. Likewise, any plants with spikes on them, like roses or cacti are perfect protection plants.

  • Hanging bells by the door or most used window in either a witch’s ladder, bundle, or by itself can be used to protection the home. You can also enchant this bell to ring whenever something unpleasant comes your way. Bells can also be wore and enchanted to do the same for your person or vehicle.

  • Another option is to create a servitor that defense the home and will repel any and all attackers whether magical or physical. This particular option is quite time consuming, will require you to properly care for the well-being of the servitor, and to be able to properly manage the servitor. If unmanageable or neglected, the servitor may go rouge and become, in short, a pain in the ass.

  • Floor washes mixing protective herbs and washing your floors, walls, windows, doors, or ceilings with it are a great step. You can also use Four Thieves’ Vinegar for this.

  • Witch balls are used by witches, yes, but they’ve also been used against witches, to absorb spells sent at the home owner.

  • Witch bottles and witch ladders are all used for protection in the home and often are used to counter spells from other witches.

  • Hang a mirror that’s been enchanted and charged with reflecting back any negativity or harmful spells. Be specific as sometimes curses are disguised as blessings.

For travel:

  • A talisman for safety in travel: Draw two triangles point to point (so one right side up and the other upside down) and behind it water. On the reverse write: “Zuab / Garin / Sila” [2]

  • Carry a handful of dirt from your property when you travel from home to keep the protections from your home working for you.

Now for offensive spells you have a variety of choices available to you. You could curse, hex, use energy manipulation, binding, banishing, commanding/dominating, reflecting spells back, bringing justice… The list goes on and what you chose depends on your morals, what you’re comfortable with casting, and your intent. You also may need spells to determine who it is that’s sending this at you.

Discovery of the caster:

  • Divination method, any

  • Light a candle and spear a clove on a needle. Pass it just over on into the flame and recite the suspected list of names or a series of questions to determine who it could be.. If the clove pops, explodes, or falls off the needle, the caster has been discovered.

  • Offer up a sacrifice to deities or spirits to gain a sign of the suspect.

Sending it back at the offender or reflecting spells:

  • Get something of theirs whether hair, an article of clothing, whatever. Burn it together with Frankincense and brandish the ashes or incense at the person [1]

  • Throw dirt in the offender’s wake to stop the spell coming at you [1]

For justice:

  • To bring a rapist to justice: Get or make a candle to represent the rapist’s genitals. Carve it with as much information as you know but still leave the candle relatively in tack enough to burn. Charge the candle with your desires, goals, and intent. Visualize the genitals shrinking or simply not working, dress the candle in peppers, Tabasco sauce, and/or Essence of Bend Over. Roll in powdered alum. Burn, turn one’s back, and walk away (although that last step you might want to only do in spirit for fire’s safety sake). Based one [1]

  • A poppet of your target, stuff and dressed with oils to sedate, command, and/or whatever you want to do with them is a good idea. Recite whatever you’d like over them, tie it up in red string, and keep it tucked away somewhere dark until they’re brought to justice. Then bury it in a cemetery, crossroads, or somewhere far from your home.

  • Carry the Justice card from the Tarot deck. They now make jewelry with the image of a tarot deck’s Justice card. This could work wonders.

To bind:

  • Make up a poppet and style it after your target, stuffing it with whatever they’re full of (this could be traits or more nasty things. Get creative here) Gather up red and black cords of some kind (yarn, ribbon, whatever) and tie them around the poppet, maybe demanding that whatever you’re binding is bound to or from them. For a bonus, use a knot spell in the cords and then wrap those knot spell cords around the poppet.

  • Gather cobwebs from the corner of your rooms and put them on a black cloth. Find a dead fly and put that on top of the webs. Write down on paper: “North south east west / Spider’s web shall bind him[/her/xir] best / East west north south / Hold his limbs and stop his mouth / Seal his eyes and choke his breath / Wrap him round in ropes of death” Fold the paper four ties and wrap it, along with the fly and the webs in the black cloth forming a small bag. This should be bound with a long cord and hung or tucked some dark, unused corner undisturbed until it’s covered in dust. Then it can be taken down and buried secretly inn the dirt. [2]

To banish:

  • An all-purpose banishing powder is black pepper, cayenne pepper, and sea salt. You can add anything from sulfur, to iron shavings, or whatever else is nasty.

  • Invite the person that you want to banish over for dinner or a drink. Try to get a bit of food or drink (or tea leaves, coffee ground, etc) from them, then dirt from a place where they’ve stepped or under where they’ve sat. Combine these two with a banishing powder like the one above and sprinkle it on the target’s doorstep, in their car, home, whatever.

  • Four Thieves Vinegar can also be used to banish people. Drip some on a poppet or image of what you want to banish then take the poppet or image and leave it at a crossroads far away.

  • Burning benzoin, sandalwood, frankincense, and sage (among other banishing affiliated herbs and resins) can banish spirits.

  • Tossing seeds or rice on the floor in front of various spirits is said to stop them as many spirits have a compulsion to collect or count all the spilled seeds. This can be used as a distraction or to lead the spirit from your home. Similarly, hanging a colander on the door can be used as protection against spirits as the spirits will be so busy counting the holes (in a continuous circle) that they will not be able to enter the house.

Energy manipulation:

  • Create a weapon of energy to attack with or repel enemy fire.

  • Build and set up “traps” to capture or injure those coming after you

  • One of the easiest energy manipulations is to create a ball of energy (often seen as light or fire) and throw it at a target.

For victory:

  • Sigils, runes, etc are excellent here

  • Carry High John the Conqueror

  • Four Thieves Vinegar

  • Laurel crown

  • Crown of Success oil

To summon help

  • Invoke a spirit or deity

  • Use a servitor

  • To get the police to come: Grab a handful of dirt from the area the police need to come (so where the event happened but but it could be an attacker’s home after the fact too), you’d also need dirt from: a graveyard, crossroads, prison, courthouse, and four different police stations. Blend together. Now burn a black candle for seven days (or seven black candles or a seven day black candle) dressed in Commanding Oil and San Cipriano oil.) Burn the candle in the dirt for a week and on the eighth day when the candle’s burned down, sprinkled everything on the target’s property. While this one take a lot of set up it could be good for people who are afraid to call the police. [1]

  • If you have allies or friends you know will back you up, write their names on a piece of paper and keep it in a charm bag. Whisper their names to call upon them. They may be able to physically arrive in some way (a phone call, for example) or they may be there with you in spirit. This will especially work well if your allies are trusting and willing to give up some hair or a finger nail for the spell or will be willing to enchant an item to signal them to help.

Against deception, lies, and falsehood (this could be defensive or offensive, depending on usage and morality)

  • For a talisman draw on one side a snake curled head to toe in a circle with an eye inside of a sun. On the opposite side write: “The serpent wise / Deals death to lies” [2]

  • Add salt to someone’s food or drink to sour their words. This is especially good against people who are charismatic or eloquent. Just watch it as some people can’t consume salt.

(Stunted) Bibliography:

1 – Illes, Judika. Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells.

2 – Worth, Valerie. The Crone’s Book of Charms and Spells.

smart-and-trashy:

I just made a gif edit of this amazing Rekindle Candle by Benjamin Shine and thought I’d share the non-animated version as well. 

"The Rekindle Candle is a candlestick holder which collects the melting wax to form a new candle.  As the candle burns, melting wax drips from the candle and accumulates inside the transparent stem where a length of wick is centrally located.  Once full, the new molded candle can be removed from the central section to start the process again."