a couple recent photos of my Daily Vanity
Practice Makes (Spirit Communication) Perfect
Reposting this reply I left on a Traditional Witchcraft forum (mildly edited for context and to improve quality)…
The more you interface with the spirit world the better and clearer your communications will become (in general). I am not saying that sometimes spirits won’t be hard to understand (or even refuse to give a response), but over time your skill with spirit communication will improve with continued use and practice.
In this example, if you are new to witchcraft and discover something in nature you wish to take home (bones, stones, etc), one might perform divination before (or shortly after) acquisition in order to discover whether or not they should be in your keeping. Further, I would recommend further divinatory work to discern why the spirits wish for you to have them, and what to do with them now that they are entrusted to your keeping.
Most of my witching peers started with very direct divination tools (e.g.: tarot, runes, etc). Later they moved onto more interpretive ones (e.g.: scrying, pendulum, natural omens). Finally, most reached a high-enough success rate and level of confidence that they felt direct spirit communication was ideal for a majority of their praxis. Of course, nearly all will frequently utilize a physical tool to verify important gnosis - as a double-check is never a bad idea.
Is this how everyone “progresses?” No.
Is this actually even a legitimate “progression” from A to B to C? No.
Some people will feel better using tools like tarot or a natural omen no matter how advanced or good they are at direct spirit communication. Others will never touch them preferring direct congress with the spirits in all things. To each their own. Find your bliss!
Q:This is random, but you were in my dream last night (the second time actually, you were in another about a year ago). We were at an ASL conference and there going to be a conference wide prayer session, but I approached you saying we should start a small pagan/non-Christian prayer time where others (especially those in the LGBTQ community) could be more comfortable. You agreed and said you'd already been considering it. The dream didn't last much longer, but our group seemed be around 25 people.
I have found I appear in people’s dreams from time to time. Sometimes it’s just as an image from their subconscious creating me, other times it’s me dream walking ;-)
Love is a wild and unbondable beast…
Love is a wild and unbondable beast with the soul of a raging bonfire and the eyes of the keenest owl. Be it for one’s fellow man, a haunting song, or a beautiful day… when one least expects it, it will descend upon your heart. Sometimes it will slowly drift in like a fog overtaking a valley at dusk. Other times it will come fiercely, a gale force knocking you down as you grin ear to ear in ecstasy. Try not to leash nor cage it, for you will only discover that it was you who has been imprisoned. Allow it to run free, appearing in your life in it’s own wild and unexpected ways. When it manifests, revel in it. Relish the moment, no matter how fleeting. For love is a force we can’t fathom or control, but sometimes we are blessed to live amongst the fullness of it’s majesty; and when we do, all things… even the gods… can be humbled.
I have seen you in action Shivian. Not someone I want to even try to provoke thank you very much.
Shivian, you are quite formidable. That comes across quite clearly. Leave it to a daughter of Sekhmet to know it when she sees it.
WitchTip: not all witches celebrate all holidays, some only celebrate holidays that are important to them or per their tradition
ZOMG BEST EVER!!!
Me singing the Orkney Witch’s Charm. The tune is my making, but the words were recorded by folklorist Walter Traill Dennison in the 1880’s as part of a disappearing tradition whereby would-be sorcerers would become initiated. By turning thrice ‘against the sun’ then lying down to speak this charm between seven stones on a beach at the full moon, they would summon the powers of darkness. “The person must lie quiet for a little time after repeating the Incantation. Then opening his eyes he should turn on his left side, arise, and fling the stones used in the operation into the sea. Each stone must be flung singly; and with the throwing of each a certain malediction was said.”
WitchTip: demons aren’t the only problematic spirits one can petition & send forth to curse your enemies, some even use goblins and pixies!
WitchTip: some witches use human remains (bones, etc) in their rituals as witching tools (be it as a wand, spirit house, or more!)
WitchTip: For many witches, a broom is not necessarily a tool of cleansing but one to ‘cross the hedge’ and enter the spirit world / sabbat
WitchTip: If a mentor treats you like crap when you note an inaccuracy, and never corrects their materials, they are not worth your time.