Posted in book reviews, witchy book reviews

The Un-Spell Book by Mya Om

The Un-Spell Book (Pocket)

I bought this book to brush up on my energy work, and boy howdy, was I right to do so. Mya Om wrote another book called Energy Essentials, I think, that is for witchlings and beginners, but this was her second book, geared more towards intermediate work. Mya Om is a Wiccan witch from , and at first I was a little weary to be reading, yet another, Wiccan-wrote witchcraft book, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. While it does carry quite a few Wicca-esque parts (her ritual examples are very Wiccan), she carries a tone that aims to cater to any kind of witchy reader. Meaning, I guess, that she writes with an open mind, as a witch first and a wiccan second. She also was fairly respectful about the few parts where she did mention chakras. I dislike the use of ‘chakras’ and prefer ‘energy points’, but I’ve learned to kind of pick my battles with witchcraft books.

Overall, the book covers mostly energy work. The first 2 chapters are more introductory stuff, but I still found the exercises useful and the information was definitely something I needed to be reminded of. It covers trigger words, centering, grounding, raising, focus, will, intent, energy, etc. All the basics. The last few chapters cover things like elements, rituals and tools. These were really cool. She gave examples of several kinds of ways to connect with the elements and use different tools in rituals. I found this book to be really helpful. I’ve been having a lot of problems with energy work lately, just because I suffer from severe depression and anxiety, so I have no motivation or energy to do magic, but this book really inspired me to try a few new methods.

If you can ignore the subtle undertones (unless you ARE Wiccan, in which case this is perfect for you), then this book is an extremely useful and definitely something you should read. Even if you are a seasoned witch, the exercises and information are still really good to read over and practice to keep you sharp. I have no real complaints about the book, and I really enjoyed it (again, to my surprise). This is probably the first witchy book about energy work that I’ve ever read that wasn’t completely full of crap or full of overbearing Wiccan views. I will be adding this happily to my witchy bookshelf and will definitely be referring back to it often.

Posted in book reviews, witchy book reviews

The Weiser Field Guide to Vampires by J.M. Dixon

The Weiser Field Guide to Vampires: Legends, Practices, and Encounters ...

 For those of you who know me well and read most of my posts, you’ll know that my spouse is what most people would consider to be a ‘modern vampire’. That is to say that he was born with a damaged or broken energy field, and therefore must take energy from outside sources to feel healthy. I knew this about him before we even started dating, and find it fascinating since energy healing and energy fields in general are an interest of mine. He bought this book after finding it at our local metaphysical shop. I remember him saying that it was one of the rare books that actually wrote about vampires as a read phenomenon and not just a myth.

The book contains a chapter on the history of vampires in various cultures, the reality of modern ‘vampires’, the different kinds of feeding, the myths, and of course how to know that you are a vampire through symptoms and signs. I read the book twice now because I found it to be so informative and so…unbiased? It came at the subject from an educational standpoint, one backed by historical facts and scientific perspectives. I found it very refreshing.

The Field Guide itself is very well written and unlike many other kinds of paranormal books, isn’t dry or dull at all. The chapters are relatively short and everything is really easy to follow. I would say that it would probably qualify for middle school or late elementary school levels of reading. The book promotes the idea of consent and healthy relationships as far as ‘feeding’ on energy and such goes, as well as self care and self awareness. Overall, its a great book, especially for those interesting in the ‘paranormal’ and supernatural. I give it a 4/5.

Posted in Witchy Tips

Violet’s Witchy Tips Masterpost

This is a collection of my most popular witchy tips content posts! I will be adding on to this regularly. It is designed to help witchlings and seasoned practitioners alike! If there is a topic you would like for me to writer about that I have not already covered, please contact me and I will make it!

The Basics//

Getting Started/

Elemental Based Craft//

Location Based Craft//

Internal Based Craft//

Hobby Based Craft//

The Craft, Identity and Health//

The Craft and Activism//

Open Pantheons//

Cultural Appropriation//

Other Useful Information//

Posted in Witchy Tips

The Energy in Forces of Nature

This is just a post I was inspired to do by the apparent 5.6 earthquake that hit my area this morning. Of course, I slept through it, but it got me to thinking about the last few natural forces I had been through and how exhilarated they make me in terms of magic. Nature, while beautiful, is also merciless, and while it is good to be wary and careful, we must also respect and appreciate such forces. These are examples of energy I associate with certain events, and have pulled from the events in the past.

 

Earthquakes: Strength, Balance, Bravery

Floods: Banishing, Cleansing, New Beginnings

Tornadoes: Beauty, Change, Harmony

Blizzards: Meditation, Purification, Astral Travel

Wildfires: Purification, Courage, New Growth

Droughts: Rest, Endurance, Incubation

Avalanches: Purification, Power, Bury Negativity

Volcanic Eruptions: Letting Go of Emotions, Energy, Starting Over

Thunder Storms: Power, Growth, Emotions

Hail Storms: Transformation, Change, Divination

 

Natural disasters are destructive, but they are also the earth living and breathing. These events are signs that she is trying to balance out the ongoing changes in our atmosphere and below the crust of this planet. They can be devastating, they take lives, and this post in no way is taking that lightly. The human race has done a lot to poison this earth, and these disasters will only continue to take more lives and to get worse with every passing day. The burning of fossil fuels is rendering the air toxic, the water poisonous, and the melting of the ice caps, which in turn forces the sea to rise and natural disasters to be more frequent and fierce. A huge change needs to be made if we as a species are to survive.

My plan is to go back to school to get a career diploma in conversation, so I can share what I learn, ways we can make a difference and help the health of this planet. I want to make a difference, but I just do not know how yet. I hope that that can change, as well.

 

Posted in Witchy Tips

Energy Curse//

Possibly my favorite, and easiest curse.

You literally only have to catch your victims eye.

Raise your energy/rage and hurtle it towards them as hard as you can.

Imagine it smacking them in the face, making them sick, festering on their skin like a slow burning acid. Visualize it sticking to them and gunking up their life, slowly eating them alive.

Then, turn away, cut the ties to that energy, having given it a job to do, and go your merry way.

Posted in Witchy Tips

Channeling: The Basics of Spirit Work

For as long as humans have walked the earth, so have their deceased brethren. Much like the living, there are nice spirits and asshole spirits. Spirits can be good friends, give advice and even help a witch with their magic. Spirit work and Hedgecraft, the magical practice that focuses on astral work, are very tightly intertwined. My post on Hedgecraft is here.

Communication//

  • Communicating with a spirit can be an essential part of Spirit Work, especially if a spirit has made its presence known.
  • Common methods for Spirit Communication include the Pendulum, Spirit Board, Runes, Tarot, and Astral Travel. Spirit Boards are probably the most preferred method among Spirit Workers.
  • Some general rules when talking to a spirit include: Be polite. If it is bothering you, ask it what it wants, or politely ask it to leave you alone. When you are finished, say goodbye and make sure the spirit also says goodbye. If they do not, respectfully insist that it is time for you to go and they need to say goodbye. Some spirit workers insist that the spirit MUST say goodbye, or bad things will happen.
  • Remember, if you happen upon a spirit from a closed culture, leave it be. Here is a great post that goes into detail.

Magic//

  • Once you have befriended a spirit, whether human or animal, you can call on them in the future to help with your magic. The most common thing witch’s request of spirits is to help with pendulum, tarot and rune readings.
  • If you really connect with a spirit, they will even help you with curses. Using graveyard dirt from this specific spirit’s grave is supposed to be one of the most powerful tools in witchcraft, as the spirit will not only add its energy to the curse, it will also protect you from any backlash.

 Protection//

  • Not all spirits are friendly. It is important to be educated on the risks. Learn the difference between an animal spirit, a human spirit and a demon. Animal spirits often will speak through pictures and images, humans spirit through words and emotions, and demons will often communicate through physical phenomenon and negative energy. For more on Demons, click here.
  • Before and after each session, cleanse yourself and your space. 
  • During a session, it might be a good idea to put up a ward or ward a piece of jewelry or clothing as an extra safeguard.
  • Keep Citrine crystals in or around your work space. They are self cleansing, and require no maintenance. They also cleanse you, the space around them, and provide a strong protection for their users.

Ghosts// 

  • Visible ghosts often come in two main types.
    • Imprints: These appear at the same time every day or night for a few moments and often reenact the same sequence of events. This is not the ghost of a person or creature, but instead is a memory that the physical place has held on to. Certain buildings are very impressionable and will repeat scenes that left strong emotional energy imprinted on them. It is the memory of the event that is haunting the place, not a spirit of an actual individual. Kind of like an old video recording forced to play on a loop over and over again. (Example: In the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas there is a ghostly translucent nurse that walks down a hallway with a cart every night at a specific time. Her route never changes and she never reacts to any outside forces.)
    • Individuals: These are the actual spirits or souls of individual humans who experienced such a strong emotion before their death that they remained tied to our world. Some can physically manifest themselves, while others may only appear as orbs or on camera film, and some are only able to influence the air around them. (Example: Also at the Crescent, there is a spirit of a boy named Michael, who I experienced laying in bed next to me and breathing on the back of my neck. I did not actually see him, but I felt him and I smelled cigarette smoke. I was alone in the room except for my sister, who I could see in the bed across the room, sound asleep.) It is believed that ghosts cannot actually move objects or cause any harm.

 On Animals//

  • Contrary to popular belief, animals do have souls and spirits and some animals even remain as ghosts after they die.
  • Animal spirits can be communicated with, but they will often respond not with words or in a human language, but instead with emotions and images. The easiest way to communicate with an animal spirit is to hold something that either belonged to them or was a part of them, for example: a skull or bone or collar, and talk to them on the Astral Place. Another common way to communicate with deceased animals is with a pendulum. I wouldn’t recommend a Spirit Board, since animals cannot really communicate in human languages.
  • The same process can be applied and used to communicate with the spirits of fossils, therefore extinct animals such as the Mammoth and Dinosaurs. (I’ve actually experimented with this before and hands down, one of the coolest and terrifying things I’ve ever done haha. And I’ve swam with sharks.)

Spirit Companions//

  • These are spirits that you have formed a close bond with and work with regularly. Often the keeper and companion will enter into a ‘contract’ with ‘house rules’ upon the establishment of the partnership.
  • Often Companions will either allow or request to be bound to a physical vessel, which makes interacting and communicating with their Keeper easier for both parties. Though it is entirely possible with a strong enough emotional attachment that the spirit may wish to be bound to the person’s soul instead.
  • Spirit Companions require offerings, the frequency and type of offerings will vary depending on each individual spirit’s likes and taste.
  • Communicating with a Spirit Companion can be done through many different methods, but the most common in my experience speaking with professional Keepers is meditation and through astral travel. I have also heard the use of special pendulums, tarot decks, books and music to be used.
  • While this is not a requirement, many spirit keepers will set up altars for their primary spirit companions, to honor them and give them their own physical space in the keeper’s home, as well as a place where offerings will regularly be presented.
  • Spirit Companions can sometimes be purchased from ‘conjurers’ and shops. It is always wise to approach these with a grain of salt. Never deal with a shop that offers spirits from closed cultures or religions. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Spirit companions may choose to perform a specific role, or be offered a job or task to complete in their companion’s astral space. Some companions don’t have specific roles, and that is okay too. Here is a list of possible roles a spirit may take on.

Thoughtforms//

  • A thoughtform is an entity or spirit created by a spirit worker or witch. A constant flow of energy is needed for the continued survival of the thoughtform, until the entity becomes self sufficient. How quickly this occurs varies depending on the spirit worker’s experience level.
  • A thoughtform is often assigned a specific species, name, pronouns, and a role to perform upon creation. It is very important to not dabble willy nilly in thoughtform creation, as it is possible to accidentally create a hostile or rogue spirit if one is not specific enough. Be very specific! Drawings and use of spirit profiling can be very helpful.
  • Some shops offer custom thoughtform creation. Same as above, exercise caution and trust your vibes.
  • Here is a good thoughtform profile you could use for a starting point.

Crystals for Spirit Workers//

  • Azurite: enhances clairvoyance and psychic communication, helps with guidance and intuition.
  • Amethyst: enhances all psychic abilities, provides protection and a sense of peace.
  • Bloodstone: heightens psychic sense, grounding, centering, healing.
  • Carnelian: helps with the transition of the living to the spirit realm and visa versa, purification, vitality.
  • Citrine: purification, cleansing, protection, emotional balance, abundance,
  • Fluorite: enhances spiritual connections and communications with spirits, balance, healing, amplifier.
  • Iolite: balances the aura, enhances clairvoyance, self awareness, intuition.
  • Labradorite: increases psychic abilities, bridges gap between physical and astral, dreams, strength.
  • Lapis Lazuli: aids in contacting spirits, prevents psychic attacks, enhances intuition and inner power.
  • Malachite: balances energy points, prophetic dreams, repairs emotional wounds, protection.
  • Moonstone: wishes, intuition, inspiration, connection and communication with spirits.
  • Snowflake Obsidian: scrying, divination, balance, centering, emotional support.
  • Sugilite: energy healing, psychic protection, releases negative emotions, stimulates channeling.

Herbs for Spirit Workers//

  • Anise: astral travel, dreams, meditation, divination.
  • Bay Leaves: luck, protection in sleep, enhances clairvoyance, induces visions, banishes negative energies.
  • Mugwort: prophetic dreams, astral travel, enhances all psychic abilities.
  • Wormwood: enhances spiritual communication and clairvoyance, connection with spirits, astral travel.
  • (remember to exercise caution when using herbs. some herbs are not safe to burn or ingest)

 

Posted in Witchy Tips

Psychic Abilities//

Psychic abilities go hand in hand with Witchcraft. Here are just a few of the basic ones and what they are.

•Astral Projection: the ability to have out of body experiences and separate the astral body from the physical body at will.

•Aura Reading: the ability to perceive the energy surrounding a living being.

•Auto-Writing: Writing without conscious thought. An act performed often by mediums.

•Bilocation: Being in many places at once.

•Channeling: Communicating with a spirit.

•Clairalience: Having a smell perception outside the human senses.

•Clairaudience: Having an auditory perception outside the human senses.

•Claircognizence: Having a thought perception outside the human senses.

•Clairgustance: Having a taste perception outside the human senses.

•Clairsentience: Having a physical perception outside the human senses. Related to psychometry.

•Clairvoyance: Having a visual perception outside the human senses.

•Divination: Gaining insight into a situation by use of tools or ritual.

•Dowsing: Ability to locate an object.

•Energy Healing: The ability to mend physical, emotional, energetic and mental wounds with energy.

•Levitation: Flying or floating.

•Precognition: Perception of future events.

•Psychokinesis: The ability to manipulate objects through thought and willpower.

•Psychometry: The ability to learn information about an object, person, memory or event by physically touching a related object.

•Retrocognition: Perception of past events.

•Scrying: Use of a tool to peer into the distance or the future.

•Telepathy: The transfer of thoughts, words or emotions from one mind to another.