Witchcraft: 101 FaeryLizzy Edition
I get a lot of questions like “What is Witchcraft?”, “Is it real?”, “Isn’t it evil?”, “Do you have to be Wiccan to practice it?”, and so on.
I’ve decided to make a Witchcraft 101 section, just to clear up confusion. I hope everyone enjoys <3
- I’ll start out with the most common question:What Is Witchcraft?
To put it simply, Witchcraft is a practice of magic. To be more detailed, its a non-religious form of low-based magic. This definition I find to work out pretty well.
What the heck does that mean? Well, Low-based magic is a form of magic that uses more physical items. Witchcraft usually focuses on the use of items and the use of your own power; however, some do mix in their religious beliefs and spirituality in their own brand of Witchcraft. So in some Witchcraft, it can involve otherly entity work, which may or may not include deities, spirits, fae, demons, and so on.
- Wait wait wait….I thought You said Witchcraft was non-religious?
Yes it is. Of course, people like making non-religious things into special, spiritual acts. Painting is non-religious, until the individual artist makes it into a form of prayer and worship.
The same can go with Witchcraft. As a whole it is viewed as non-religious, but the individual and choose to make it apart of their religious worship.
It is important to note that Witchcraft can be 100% secular.
- ???Secular Witchcraft???
Well to make it simple to understand, I’ll provide this lovely example. A pastor is seen as a religious figure; however, he plays baseball. He doesn’t play for the sake of religious purposes, but rather he plays because it is fun.
Secular act: Playing Baseball because it is fun
Religious act: Playing Baseball in honor of your god(s)
The same exact thing can be applied with Witchcraft. Its an act, a practice, an art. People just choose to make their witchcraft religious.
- Does Witchcraft have rules?
There is no set code of conduct, no set rules, no one way to do things. You don’t have to follow the moon, you don’t have to follow the seasons, you don’t even have to work with Nature.
There is a whole lot of different sorts of Witchcraft. Each person’s witchcraft is different from another.
- Alright to the next big question:Is Witchcraft real?
I think a better question would be “Is Magic real?”, and it most certainly is. Some say its a “Mind over Matter” thing or a “Placebo effect”, but these are both incorrect. Well, Witchcraft can have those things; however, it doesn’t go far enough. We all have a power, and whether you look at it from a science view point or a religious view point its there. It exists.
- That was sort of a vague response…
Well of course it was. Everyone has sort of a different view of where our power comes from. Some are more religious, others are more scientific. I suppose it doesn’t matter. Its there, and that is all that matters.
I am a firm believer that you will never believe what you don’t experience.
- Is Witchcraft evil?
“Is Magic evil?”
No, and yes. It all depends. Is Science good? Some might argue that.
The concept of magic doesn’t have a “good” or “evil” mentality. It simply is. Its like going to a Volcano and trying to arrest it for mass murder. It doesn’t make a lot of sense.
So simply, only our concept of “Good and Evil” is what determines it. If we believe it is harmful, then it is harmful. If we believe it is helpful, it is helpful. Our intentions define magic.
- so….what about White and Black magic?
Its a lie, and it doesn’t exist. To label magic, is just like trying to label which building is good and which one is evil. It doesn’t make sense.
- wait…so Magic can’t be labeled with colors? What about Green Witchcraft???
This is a completely different matter. Green Witchcraft is a type of Witchcraft. Black and White Magic? Its trying to label magic in a negative way.
- BUT BUT! I heard Witchcraft is all about Sex and devil worship
Why are those bad things?
Witchcraft is individual. You like those things? You can have a devil orgy for all I care.
Do I do it? NO because its not in my own Witchcraft and religious views. Do you have to do it? No, there is no set moral code or rule book for Witchcraft.
Christians can be Witches, Muslims can be Witches, Satanists can be Witches, Atheists can be Witches. It doesn’t matter.
- Do you have to be Wiccan/follow Wicca to practice Witchcraft?
Absolutely not. Witchcraft, as I stated before, is the non-religious practice of Witchcraft. However, there are groups and individuals that do have religious forms of Witchcraft. Wicca is one of them.
With so much confusion today, a lot of authors and people say Wicca and Witchcraft are the same, but they are not.
One is a religion, and one is a Practice.
- But…so many Witchcraft books talk about a god and goddess…
Its because they are confusing Wicca and Witchcraft as the same thing. Witchcraft is non-religious, so if you don’t want to change your religious views then don’t!
Witchcraft as a whole is free from culture, religion, race, ethnicity, location. Anyone and everyone can practice it.
Witchcraft as a small group or individual is always influenced from culture, religious views, race, ethnicity, and location. (Sorry if this is confusing lol)
- What is a good way to Start Witchcraft?
As a personal suggestion, I would probably suggest starting with Herbal magic, candle magic, or crystal magic, since these three are probably the most popular among Witchcraft topics. They’re easy to learn, and you can pick them up rather quickly.
I would suggest that you learn energy work as well. To understand, feel, and control energy is a very helpful skill in Witchcraft.
Don’t know the magical property of a plant? Pick it up and feel the energy. It will tell you what it is.
- What are some good books to get?
These book lists are fantastic.
- Are there any authors/things I should stay away from?
Anything saying “G*psy magic”
Anything saying “Totem Animal”
careful with Shamanism: Most appropriate things
Anything saying “all you need to know”
Anything that says “It must be done this way and only this way”
Books that don’t give the “Whys” behind things
Anything with “Burning times” or says “Wicca is ancient”
Any thing that confuses Wicca, Paganism, and Witchcraft
Anything that says “Harm none” and ISN’T talking about Wicca
Lizzy’s Posts on Witchcraft
- Elemental Magic Types
- Alternatives to Smoke Cleansing with Sage
- Color Magic
- Magical Properties of Yellow Roses
- Sea Witchcraft tip: cleansing
- Power of Quartz
- Sweater Magic
- Magical Properties of Tears
- Simple Full moon ritual
- tarot magic circle of power
- My Recommended books for witchcraft
Lessons in Witchcraft:
This is perf in every way
To help find what you want
If you want a bit of luck in finding things this charm will help
- quartz crystal
- white candle
- white charm bag
- piece of paper
Take the piece of paper and write what you desire upon it. Burn it, and add the ashes to the mix. Now, make sure to take a moment to relax and let the candle burn. You will add the candle wax to the mix.
Now mix the ashes and herbs together then place them into the bag, add the candle wax, and the quartz crystal.
Take the magnet and chant
What I desire
Shall be given
Now add the magnet to the charm bag and carry the bag around when you shop
Poppet Magick (with really bad mspaint graphics)
Note: This is just my personal practice, part of it I’ve made up on my own and part of it comes from a Raymond Buckland book and various other sources. These are just my opinions and my practices, and people are allowed to have other methods and opinions.
I do a lot of magick with poppets because I personally feel like more of a connection with what I’m doing when I have a physical representation of what I’m hoping to accomplish.
Poppet is basically the same word as ‘puppet’, though most people call these dolls ‘voodoo dolls’ but that’s not a term I’m comfortable using so I generally refer to them just as ‘poppets’ or ‘dolls’.
Poppets aren’t always used for cursing or sticking pins in, they can be used to serve a variety of purposes- love, propserity, luck, happiness, etc. They’re really versatile tools, I often not only use them for magick but also to represent deities.
How to make them:
What you’ll need:
- fabric of chosen colour (discussed below)
- thread in chosen colour (discussed below)
- sewing needle
- acrylic or fabric paint in chosen colour (discussed below)
- small paint brush
- a filling of some sort, such as rice, cotton batting, or other things appropriate to the spell
- Misc. tokens or charms that will go inside your doll to personalize it or strengthen it, such as hair, fingernails, crystals, herbs, dirt, slips of paper, etc whatever you like
On a piece of paper you should draw out the basic shape for your poppet, I usually make a new shape each time I do it so each one can be unique.
They don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be a very simple, basic human shape. Here’s one example:
I also like to personalize these before I go into making the doll itself with the things you will need to include on your doll.
For example, if I was making one of myself to help bring myself happiness and joy this might be what I would draw on:
You can use whatever symbols you like, add more things or take away things you don’t want. I also put breasts on mine but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. (I added the rune Wunjo for joy, harmony, peace)
Then cut out the paper doll from the paper you’ve drawn it on.
When you’ve chosen your intended purpose then you start picking your supplies based on that, everyone has different associations for things so you can use your own choices.
Fabric colour should be chosen to correspond with your chosen purpose (these are my choices, but like I said this can be different for everyone)
- Red: passion, love
- Yellow: joy, happiness
- Green: wealth, propserity
- Orange: fertility
- White: Cleansing
- Blue: Wisdom, peace
- Black: generally used for cursingYou can buy fabric from many stores, not necessarily craft supply stores but often places like wal-mart will have fabric. You can also use old clothes that you don’t use anymore.
(If you’re experienced in cutting fabric or sewing you can skip this part, I’m just breaking it down to some basics)
Fold your fabric in half so you can have two pieces and pin down your cut out paper pattern.
(once again I’m using yellow to represent joy and happiness, but you can use any colour)
Then use chalk to trace the paper pattern, then unpin the doll from the paper, then repin the fabric together (still folded in half).
the chalk doesn’t have to be black (these graphics are just REALLY lazy, sorry), it’s easier to find it in white or other light colours.
Cut the shape out of fabric, and keep the two pieces of fabric in the shape of your doll pinned together. You can keep the excess fabric for other things or throw it away (though I recommend recycling it in some way)
Keeping your poppet pinned you can start sewing it. You can use whatever colour you want that corresponds with your purpose. For example something like this I would use blue thread as it can represent peace and harmony.
Start at the first point on the side of the head and sew around the edges until you get to the other side of the head, but leave the top open so you can stuff it.
Once you’ve sewn to those points, you can begin to put in your special trinkets and such and stuffing in. I recommend filling the legs with your stuffing and then filling the torso with your extra bits. Then resume filling with your stuffing. You have to do a bit of manipulating to fill the limbs, and the neck is a difficult area to fill..
One you have it entirely filled, including the head, you sew it completely up. Then you paint on the symbols you had on your original paper pattern. The colour paint you use is up to you, it’s like I said with the thread colour- use a corresponding colour or colours on it, but if you use acrylic paint you will probably have to do two layers of paint.
If you’d like to do a spell that’s up to you, but not required.
When it’s all done you should keep it in a safe place where it won’t be disturbed, and hold it often, speak to it about what your intended purpose. I sometimes keep mine on my altar.
If/when you want to dispose of it, it’s really up to you. You can burn and bury the ashes or just bury it, and make your intents known.
You can really personalize these and really do more addons and what not with them.
If you need more information or need me to clarify send me a message and I’ll try to answer to the best of my ability.(I’ll even answer questions about cursing dolls as I have made a few.)
Getting Over Someone Spell
You will need:
- 1 Red candle for Strength
- 2 White candles for Healing
- A piece of paper with the persons name whom you wish to get over written on it.
Now you begin by placing the White Candles left and right from the Red Then you light the Red Candle, then the two White Candles. Then Light the piece of paper with the name on it. While doing so you should be Chanting these words…
I Burn Thy name(name of person)So it Shall Be
Cast out of my Memory
Your memory Erased from my Mind
No longer held by the Constraints of time
I accept this now made Manifest, So Shall it Be!
Visualize the person fading from your mind until they disappear from your mental screen.
This spell works best when the Moon is Waning. The Waning Moon is for doing Spells that on things you wish to go away from you.
How do you know if there’s a deity/spirit near
I got a question on how you would know you are in the presence of a spirit or deity, so i asked you guys and this seems to be the general effect it has on the body. However i must note that no-one will be the same, different spirits will have different effects and of course, most of the time you just know.
You may experience:
- vision disturbance
Very true, I tend to get very specific sensations on my head when my “Sense” is activated.
GUISE! GUISE! GUISE!
SHE’S FINALLY DONE!
SHE’S FINALLY FUCKING DONE!
I can’t even with all the feels right now. She’s so perfect <3 I can’t wait to take her down to Kinkos and get her printed out and framed for the kitchen! My kitchen has just felt so completely incomplete without her, ever since I saw that perfect space above the stove <3
So here’s my altar so far…it looks a little bare, but I’m just getting started with it. :3
With a bit of research and thinking, I decided to put down the magical properties of cat hair c:
Cat hair has been used in many different forms of spells, rituals, and charms, among other things. It holds its own magical power that can help magic users. If your familiar is a cat then the power of the hair is much stronger for you.
- Luck- especially black cat hair
- Sensing spirits
- Keeping illness away- white cat hair especially
- Charms (charm bags especially)
- simple candle magic (though burning hair is smelly)
Advice: I would suggest you never take cat hair from a cat directly, wait till it falls out naturally, so you don’t accidentally hurt the cat, or make the kitty look weird with a bunch of fur missing |D
Respect the animal above all else c:
If I missed any of the magical properties let me know~
Blessed be )0(
SAY THANK YOU, it was hard work getting this all together!…took me like 1 hour of my life :)
Staves or magical signs
All of the signs and staves seen here can be found in Icelandic grimoires, some from the 17th century, some from later times though all of them seem to be related. The origin of this peculiar Icelandic magic is difficult to ascertain. Some signs seem to be derived from medieval mysticism and renaissance occultism, while others show some relation to runic culture and the old Germanic belief in Thor and Odinn. Much of the magic mentioned in court records can be found in grimoires kept in various manuscript collections. The purpose of the magic involved tells us something of the concerns of the lower classes that used them to lessen the burden of subsidence living in a harsh climate.