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Resistance Witchcraft: Standing Your Ground

Recent events have called me to a make a post about resistance and witchcraft. Witches, historically, are rebels and warriors against injustice. So it’s only natural that we take a stand now. We cannot allow another genocide to take place. This post will include not just magical stuff, but also practical advice on protesting, safety and being an ally.

Tools of the Trade//

  • Posters and Picket Signs
  • Flyers
  • Chanting
  • Activism Patches, Buttons and T-Shirts

Basic Guidelines//

  • Stay Informed.
  • Educate Yourself and Others.
  • Spread Accurate Information.
  • Donate! Money, Time, Energy, Whatever you can give.
  • Sign Petitions
  • Attend Marches and Protests
  • Vote Any Chance you have to Vote.
  • Practice Protest Safety.
  • Practice Cyber Security.
  • Do not Speak over the Oppressed, Support them.
  • Cast Wards to Protect Protestors.
  • Curse Nazis.

Resistance 101//

How You Can Help//

Resisting as a Witch//

Useful Spells//

 

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OneTreePlanted, What it is, and Why Witches Should Care.

So it has occurred to me that I don’t think enough people know about OneTreePlanted. Why aren’t other witches gushing about this charity? Probably just because they don’t know how awesome it is.

So, here we go, my pitch for OTP.

This would be an especially useful resource for any witches who work with earth, or who involve land spirits in their practice at all. Want to make an offering to an earth deity? Donating to OTP is a safe and affordable way to do it.

You have witchy friends with birthdays or want to get a meaningful gift for them for a holiday? You can buy a tree as a gift and, again, *its one single dollar* How cool is that?

With all the horrible things happening involving gag orders on the EPA and the silencing of climate change advocates, if you want to take action to help save the planet, but don’t have a lot of means or energy to do so, this is the charity for you.

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Stimmy Ideas for Neurodivergent Witches

This is an ongoing post and I will add videos as I make them! 🙂

Before we get into the video resources for sensory crafts, I wanted to share some of my stimmy tips!

I am a Neurodivergent witch (depression-anxiety-ptsd-dissociation), and my main stims are sensory toys, chewing my nails (I’m currently trying to switch from this to using chewelry because my intestinal lining has been damaged by the decade and a half of nail chewing), picking at my nails, rocking, bouncing my leg violently, tapping my feet, pulling/messing with my hair and pacing.

So these are just my personal tips on how to combine magic with stimming!

  • Enchant your stims. To do this, just give each stim an individual task. For example, when I rock back and forth I associate that with astral traveling. When I bounce my leg, I am grounding and shaking off excess energy. When I pace, I am raising energy. The potential for this is pretty much limitless, and all you have to do is tell yourself, “When I ____, it will ____.”
  • Use astral travel to help you cope with dissociation or anxiety. Building mindscapes, astral projecting and astral meditations have been helping me to cope with my dissociation for nearly twenty years.
  • Use energy work to help with anxiety and depression. Even just sitting there and breathing deeply and feeling energy flow through you can help. I like to make energy balls and then send them off with different ‘jobs’ to do (this is how I cast spells). I find that doing this and using deep breathing techniques really calms me down, helps me feel in control and helps me to feel like I have a purpose.
  • Use shadow work to help you confront and heal from traumas or PTSD. This one may be something you do very rarely (I usually average about one Shadow a year…at the most) because it can be VERY exhausting, but I really do always feel good afterwards and it has helped me to heal from quite a few emotional traumas.
  • Cultivate an emotionally and mentally rewarding witchy hobby. It could be anything from drawing sigils, growing and caring for a potted plant, collecting crystals to learning to make slime or sensory toys. Find something you enjoy that is not a very demanding task, something that can relax you and something that makes you happy.
  • Make small goals for yourself and reward yourself when you meet it. It can be anything. Get out of bed or take a shower or go get groceries. This isn’t necessarily a magic-related tip, but it really helps my depression.

Okay! On with the main part of the post! The hyperlinks will take you to my DIY/Stimming videos on youtube so you can make it yourself, or you can check out my etsy shop here to check out my current selection available for purchase!

General Use:

For Green Witches:

For Sea Witches:

For Space Witches:

For Winter Witches:

For Storm Witches:

For Kitchen Witches:

 

 

 

 

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Animal Talk by Penelope Smith

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After reading Animal Speak by Ted Andrews, I was super discouraged. I distanced myself from reading any kind of witchy books that focused on animals because of it. That book was so disgusting and culturally appropriative. I picked this book up because I had heard about the author on the internet. She is an ‘animal therapist’ and instead of magic or witchcraft, her book falls more in line with psychic and telepathic studies. The book covers the history of inter-species telepathic communication and how you yourself can use it to communicate with animals, wild or domestic.

I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. I found no traces of cultural appropriation in this book and it is written in a very non-biased and secular way. The book not only teaches you how to communicate with animals, but also gives you exercises to try and several pages of personal examples from the author involving how to communicate with specific kinds of animals. I really enjoyed it. Smith doesn’t involve religion (I think she mentions her personal beliefs once in one of her personal stories), she doesn’t involve closed cultures, and she explains everything very clearly. I truly believe that after reading this book, with enough practice I will be able to fluently communicate with animals. I’ve always kind of been able to do so to an extent, but it kind of comes and goes. I’m really excited to put the new stuff I learned in this book to the test.

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The Witches Cupboard by Anna Zollinger and Bree NicGarran

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I’m FINALLY getting around to purchasing and reviewing Anna and Bree’s books and I thought I would start with their powder recipe book first. Man, as a certified Herbalist, I keep a lot of herbs around but there were a couple ingredients in here that I had to squint my eyes at for a second because I hadn’t heard of anyone using them for a long-long time. Like, Bloodroot. Or Dogbane. Not something you see everyday! And I have to admit, it was a treat. This little book was SO refreshing.

Anna and Bree do a phenomenal job at getting right down to it. There is only one introductory chapter and it covers the different powder bases and methods of use, as well allllllll the safety concerns when preparing/storing/using said powders. The rest of the book, save for the last couple of pages, is recipes. And wow, there are a lot! I am definitely going to be making some of them as soon as I can get my hands on some empty jars. The last few pages of the book are dedicated to resources, references and author biographies. I really enjoy using powders/dirts/salts in my practice (I have a constant supply of black salt, graveyard dirt, goofer dust, cascarilla powder and hot foot powder on hand at any given time) and I’m really happy to finally have found some new recipes to try.

I’m really excited to get their other book, The Sisters Grimmoire, once I have the funds. I really enjoy their simple and to-the-point writing styles. I highly recommend their work to any witches, beginner or seasoned, as I think any kind of witch would find it very educational and inspiring. Well, I’m off to go make some of Bree’s Banishing Powder!

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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.

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The Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen

The Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen

While I usually try to avoid these kinds of books in my practice, as a knowledge-hungry gemini I’ve always craved reading books about mythology and magical creatures. I will say this right off the bat, that this book should be read for educational purposes only, as many of the creatures mentioned are part of closed cultures or religions and are not open for the use in the practices of outside witches or persons. However, there are certain sections, like certain sections on Mermaids and Dragons, that are open for witches to use in their work. It is just important to be mindful and only work with the critters that are open for you to work with. Don’t go trying to contact a Thunderbird or anything. Come on. Be respectful of closed cultures.

Aside from that, this is a great book. It provides awesome historical accounts and descriptions of hundreds of magical and mythological creatures, which are accompanied by beautiful illustrations. The book is arranged into parts, Fabulous Animals, Creatures from the Shadow World, Nature Spirits and Sacred Creatures. That last chapter is actually more about animalistic deities in religions and cultures than about creatures. While I do recommend this as a good resource for witches, it is absolutely vital that they read it with a grain of salt and not with the intention of trying to work with the creatures that are associated with closed cultures. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from anything involving cultures that have suffered oppression, discrimination or genocide (usually native, indigenous, aboriginal, or minority cultures) at the hands of oppressors (usually european, white and the majority culture). As long as you keep that in mind, this book will do wonders for you. It really enriched my understanding of certain creatures, such as Dragons and Nymphs.

The book is well written from an unbiased perspective, easy to understand, and fun to read. I highly recommend giving it a read, if nothing else but for the wonderful stories in it.

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Leaves in Myth, Magic and Medicine by Alice Thoms Vitale

Leaves in Myth, Magic and Medicine by Alice Thoms Vitale — Reviews ...

While The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants by Susan Gregg is probably my number one resource for plant and herbal information in magic, I would have to say that this is my number one resource for trees in magic. Alice Thoms Vitale is a wonderful author, and this book she has created is a work of art.

The book is a collection of trees and other leafy plants and all their wonderful information. It provides beautiful pressed scans (or maybe they’re very detailed drawings?) of each plant’s leaves, a detailed description of the plant and it’s role in the history of man, the scientific and botanical properties of the plant, the medicinal properties of the plant, and the magical and metaphysical properties of the plant.

While Susan Gregg’s book is an incredible source on herbs, this is an incredible source on trees. I think they are both incredibly useful and vital to my personal practice, not only as a witch, but also as an herbalist. I highly recommend picking up a copy if you are interested in incorporating trees into your practice, or are just interested in botany or green magic in general.

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The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants by Susan Gregg

... edition of The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants

The complete illustrated encyclopedia of magical plants (revised) by Susan Gregg is a wonderful source for anyone thinking about working with herbs and plants in medicinal, metaphysical and magical fields. I started compiling several books on the subject while I was studying for my herbalism certification, and this was one of the few that survived the cut after the fact. Its subtitle is ‘A practical guide to creating healing, protection and prosperity using plants, herbs and flowers’, but in my opinion it accomplishes so much more than that.

The book provides beautiful glossy colored photographs of each plant, which helps with identification, and each plant’s magical, historical, scientific, botanical, medicinal and metaphysical properties are listed. The book is organized in two parts, Enchanting Herbs and Other Magical Plants. The sections aren’t alphabetical, so you kind of have to search for a bit (or use the index in the back of the book) to find the plant you are looking for. But really, that is the only complaint I have. I found no examples of cultural appropriation or inappropriate references or biasedness towards wicca. It approaches the subject from an unbiased and honestly very refreshing point of view.

I think that this is a vital resource for any young witch, herbalist or botanist. Its one of the only ‘complete’ sources that I have managed to find in regards to the magical properties of plants. Susan Gregg does a phenomenal job.

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The Crystal Bible 1 & 2 by Judy Hall

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The Crystal Bible

1 & 2

by Judy Hall

Judy Hall is by far what I consider to be my favorite author in regards to crystal information. She approaches crystals, rocks, minerals, gems and stones from several different perspectives. She lists the history of each crystal, the science behind it, the medicinal properties, the metaphysical properties and of course, the magical properties. Crystals are listed alphabetically, and family groups such as the Jaspers and the Agates, are listed under the main family name. (example: Jasper, red. Jasper, picture. Jasper, rainforest. etc etc) Judy Hall has written several of these books (I have yet to read the third volume), but I only have the first two books of it and I absolutely love them.

The books are crammed with useful information and the majority of my youtube videos and articles written about crystals reference her work as one of my main sources. The book is beautifully illustrated with color photos of the rocks, which helps with identification and there are sections in the front of the book that discusses the origin of crystals and crystal healing and the uses for different shapes of crystals.

These are the only crystal books I actually have kept consistently on my witchy book shelf. So many others are either incomplete, don’t compile enough information to my liking, are rank with wiccan references (cough *scott cunningham* cough) or commit a lot of cultural appropriation. The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was the references made to the use of ‘chakras’, which is more of a Hindu and Buddhist belief. While western cultures do have similar beliefs, I think that the culturally ambiguous term ‘energy point’ would have been better to use. That’s just my opinion though. It doesn’t really take away from the overall value of the books and their extreme usefulness to my practice and daily life. I think every witch and witchling that is interested in working with crystals should at least read these books, if not actually own them.