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Ask the Witch, Part Two

QUESTION

What do you think about Gerald Gardener Wiccanism, now that the post about him being anti-lgbta and anti-trans came out? 2. What do you think about Satanism? 3. If you have a religion/diety, what is it and how’d you get introduced to it? 4. Do you sometimes get called “Grandma” on this site?

 

ANSWER

I hadn’t actually heard about that. I strayed from Wicca ages ago as it was far too structured for my liking. It has too much of ‘this is right, and this is wrong’ thing going on and that doesn’t leave much room for growth. I strongly believe that disliking someone based on their preferred gender or sexual preference is a huge flaw in character, and I can’t help but dislike people who are so closed minded.

I think Satanism is a very legitimate religion. It’s core values are not far off from I believe. However, I don’t actually know a whole lot more about it. I don’t have a good relationship with Christianity and I feel to recognize it’s ‘Satan’ is to give credit to Christianity. That being said, anyone who is christian or a satanist is not inherently bad, and I don’t automatically dislike them, because that would be wrong. As long as you are kind to others and respect what others believe I will absolutely adore you and be glad that you have found a path that calls to you and works for you.

I identify as Pagan, but I don’t really follow any one diety. I believe in the God, the Goddess and the All, or the combination of the two energies. I use the sun to represent the God, the moon for the Goddess, and the earth. I started on my path as a weird little kid who liked dark things and started secretly researching witchcraft after seeing movies like ‘the craft’. Then I was elated when I found out that it was an actual religion (I wasn’t raised to be religious, just mostly spiritual) and that I might have actually found a belief system that I fit into. Years and years of studying and research have me on this path I am on today. I’m sort of just making it up as I go.

No one has ever called me Grandma. It’s fitting, but man does it make me feel old. haha

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Ask The Witch, Part One

QUESTION

Merry meet! Baby witch here! I was wondering if you had any tips for good travel protection spells or enchantments? My fiancée and I travel a good bit and I haven’t been able to find any consistency in any of the ones I’ve found. Hope you are having a good day!

ANSWER

OoOoOoooooo I love a good reason to be surrounded by all my books! I’m not sure what kind of travelling you will be doing but I came up with some pretty cool stuff (idk maybe not, my opinion is biased lol)

General Protection Correspondences:

Stones – Fire agate, amber, amethyst, bloodstone (enhances ability to act in the present moment), boji stone, chiastolite, iron pyrite (this will deflect harm and danger if worn as a necklace), jade (gives an extra good luck boost), jet (again as a necklace), kunzite, labradorite, obsidian, lapis lazuli, moonstone.

Herbs – dill, comfrey, pepper and angelica are all great for protection, and caraway is a strong theft deterrent.

You can always wear the stones listed, or sprinkle the better smelling herbs in with your luggage (“what do you have in here, rocks?” is something my mom said to me once about my purse… “uh yeah mom, I do”). Simple little talismans go a longgg way, so long as they are charged properly for the purpose you are intending.

I think my favorite idea that came to me is making an elixir to mist over your belongings, and even to drink if you’re going to be venturing out on the town.

*place a cleansed container of purified water in the center of your working space, you will be making a crystal grid around it to infuse it with some powerful protection energies. Pro Tip (and by pro I mean poor and can’t afford as many crystals as it will take to make a grid): take what you do have, and circle them around your container of water, and don’t forget about crystals you may already have that enhance the strength of other crystals, like clear quartz. Use candles in white (or other colors that make you feel safe) as well as herbs. It doesn’t have to be elaborate and complicated. Just make a pretty circle around it and make sure your intention is clear.

Stones that I would use are Angelite (don’t put in water, WILL FADE AND BE SAD STONE). It is a powerful stone for protecting the body and your environment. It raises your conscious awareness and that is key to travelling safely. Having been raised by a police officer I was always taught to be hyper aware of your surroundings (especially if you look like a tourist because that just puts a target on you…hmm I wonder why I am always so anxious….) ANYWAYS, I would also use some Sardonyx, it is great for crime prevention (has another use I will get to in a minute here, double whammy for the win). Prehnite is also an amazing stone, it enhances precognition and attunes you to be prepared, this alone with angelite would be the ultimate powerhouse of making sure you aren’t taken advantage of while abroad. Oh! I almost forgot to mention Garnet, IT STRENGTHENS SURVIVAL INSTINCTS, so you know, Goddess forbid shit hits the fan, you have an enhanced ability to think fast.

MOVING ON. We don’t want to forget about keeping your homestead safe while you aren’t there!

Circling back to the Sardonyx, If you have two of them, recharge them with your intention after the elixir and place one at each side of the front door threshold before you leave. Magickal crime prevention folks! (Also,be smart and don’t forget to tell your trusted neighbor or friend to keep an eye out. AND SET YOUR ALARM SYSTEM. The stones will not call and tell you if something does happen)

Another good one is an anointing oil to put on all entry ways into your home, like windows, side doors, and those creepy cellar door things that go into the basement, usually only seen in scary movies.

Just use equal parts sandalwood and lily, enchant it with a little rhyme and a lil dab here and a lil dab there and bam, home is protected.

*I highly recommend always writing your own spells, enchanments etc, Putting your brain power (AKA energy) into it makes it soooo much more powerful. It’s really invaluable. BUT IF YOU HAVE WRITERS BLOCK TRY THIS:

This home will be protected
while I am away,
This oil will keep
intruders at bay,
Safe my home will stay.
So mote it be.

(don’t judge, I too, am terrible at writing my own)

I hope this helps inspire you! The best part of magick is being creative about how you use your resources. Just remember, it doesn’t matter what tools you have, it is 100000% about what you intend them to do. If you are literally have nothing, go outside, meditate on your intentions and ask the earth to fill you with that energy. It really is that simple.

Happy Travels!!!!

-Carnelia

The Magic of Metal: Pewter

Natural History and Folklore

During the Renaissance and Medieval times this metal was one of the most commonly used, though in recent times it has become more rare. This metal is mostly tin (anywhere from 80% to 99%) The rest of this metal is usually, antimony, copper or sometimes lead (though lead is absent from modern pewter for obvious safety reasons.)

The name pewter is likely a variation of the word ‘spelter’ which is a traditional name for zinc and zinc alloys. Pewter began to be used around the Bronze Age and the earliest piece was found in an Egyptian tomb from 1450 BC.

Chemical Information/ Toxicity
Chemical Symbol: N/A           Melting Point:  170*C /330*F
Atomic Number: N/A             Boiling Point:

As long as your pewter is free of lead, it is safe to keep on your skin or to eat and drink from it.

Physical Properties

A malleable and ductile metal with either a bluish white surface or a bright finish. Pewter is tarnish resistant, keeping its color indefinitely. Most pewter work is unornamented, but those used for display purposes are painted, inlaid with other metals, gilded or enameled. It’s low melting point and ductility make it ideal for shaping and crafting.

Pewter can be cleaned with normal household chemicals and small surface imperfections can be fixed with a simple steel wool pad. Acids, however, over long periods of time an tarnish the metal.

Practical Uses

Pewter was used in tableware by the Egyptians and the Romans, then all the way into the Middle Ages, when it was eventually replaced by pottery and glassware. Some of the most familiar pewter items are lidded and unlidded tankards. More often it is used in collectible statuettes today. Also, since it has a low melting point, pewter is used for candlesticks and jewelry. This makes pewter items less than ideal for being in locations with high heat, such as ovens.

Magical Associations/ Uses

This metal (along with copper and cast iron) is most often related to kitchen witchcraft, stemming from its traditional use in plates, cutlery, and flagons. Traditionally it is associated with ‘common’ magic as opposed to higher magics (i.e. energy work, spirit work, alchemy and the like). It is believed that potions/ brews/ tinctures of any kind work better when brewed in pewter, the same goes for any magical cooking you do.

Due to its connection to decorations throughout history, tin can be used in glamour magics. Used in bronze and other alloys, this might be a good metal to use in magics for softening things, or in magic that needs a softer touch.

Correspondences

  • Protection
  • Home and Family
  • Illumination
  • Divination
  • Softening
  • Zodiac: Capricorn
  • Planet: Saturn

Fun Facts

Pewter is the fourth most precious metal in the world.

Pewter dissolves in hydrochloric acid, producing tin chloride

Pewter is less expensive than silver, but shares its color and shine

The Magic of Metal: Tin

Natural History and Folklore

Tin is one of the older metals known to man, used in combination with copper to form the alloys brass and bronze since the 4th millennia. It’s chemical symbol comes from the Latin ‘Stannum’ though the romans referred to it  by Plumbum Candidum which means ‘white lead’ as a lead and silver alloy. The Romans used it to make mirrors as well as coins. Tin is associated with the god Jupiter.

While the working of iron is referred to as blacksmithing, the working of tin is called ‘whitesmithing.’ The Romans and Greeks referred to the British Isles as the ‘Tin Isles’ for their abundance of tin. It is naturally found in the tin belt through China and Peru in the ore form. The Bronze Age was only possible through Humankind’s use of Tin.

Chemical Information/ Toxicity
Chemical Symbol:                 Melting Point: 231.9*C / 449.5*F
Atomic Number: 50              Boiling Point: 2,602*C / 4,716*F
Physical Properties

Tin is shiny and malleable and since it doesn’t oxidize and is resistant to weathering and corrosion, tin items found in archaeological digs and even shipwrecks appear as if new. It acts as a bactericide and when used in instruments like bells it has a good acoustic quality.
Practical Uses

Tin is used in canning for its non-corrosive nature. It is also used in superconducting magnets, and to coat other metals, again for its non-corrosive nature. Below 13* C it turns into a powder form, albeit slowly. Most window glass is made by floating molten glass on molten tin to make it flat. Tin has been used in various forms for ceramics and gas sensors as well as to make barnacle resistant paint for boats and ships (though this is now outlawed in most place due to its toxic nature.) Tin is also used in solder.
Magical Associations/ Uses

Tin is used in magics related to luck, business success, general prosperity, abundance, expanding your horizons, and in divination. It can be used in rituals involving sex or sexuality, and to bring to you the things which you desire most. Tin tools charged during a lightning storm are potent and powerful magical tools.

It is used in healing music magic, as tin is used to make bells and bowls. As it is used to protect other metals from corrosion, it can also be used in protection magic. Its use in solder can relate to connections and reparations within a magical or ritual setting. It can also be used in glamour magic for its traditional use in mirrors. Illumination magic, knowledge and softening.
Correspondences

  • Element: Air
  • Planet: Jupiter (& the deity)
  • Sagittarius & Pisces
  • Healing
  • Regeneration and rejuvenation
  • Lightning
  • Protection
  • Sex/ Sexuality
  • Beauty
  • Prosperity/ Money/ Abundance

Alchemical Symbol

Image result for alchemical symbol of tin

Fun Facts

The golden oscar statuettes are actually over 90% tin

When bent at room temperature, tin makes a high pitched creak called the ‘tin-cry’

It is the 49th most common element in the Earth’s crust

It does not corrode in water

Tin has more stable isotopes than any other element

The Magic of Metal: Copper

Natural History and Folklore
Humans discovered copper roughly ten thousand years ago. Smelting it began around the Neolithic era in different parts of the world at nearly the same time, beginning the Copper Age. It was used in everything from tools to razors to mirrors.

Copper is commonly found in nugget form and is historically one of the first metals we as humans worked with. Some traditional folklore says to place bits of copper around the home (inside) to attract money to you. In some forms of folk medicine, copper jewelry helps to relieve arthritis.
Chemical Information/ Toxicity
Chemical Symbol: Cu             Melting Point: 1084*C/ 1983.2*F
Atomic Number: 29                Boiling Point: 2562*C/ 4643.6*F

Copper salts give color to turquoise, azurite, and malachite,  and it is located in the 11th column of the periodic table and is a trace dietary mineral.

If you ingest anything stored too long in a copper dish of any kind it can cause copperiedus poisoning. This has been linked to a variety of problems within the body and mind. Elixirs made with copper should be created with indirect methods for safety purposes.
Physical Properties
It is one of the more malleable and ductile metals, making it prime for jewelry making and tool making, though it is too soft to use alone in most tools. It is also used to strengthen some metal alloys or make others more malleable. It is commonly used in wiring and cookware for its conductivity of both heat and electricity. Its natural antimicrobial and antibacterial properties make it useful in things that collect bacteria.

When oxidized, it creates a green patina to protect the metal beneath (think statue of liberty). This ability has made copper and its alloys resist the test of time incredibly well, preserving the integrity of tools and decorations throughout the ages. When not covered in patina, it has a light orange color.

When you clean copper you have to keep in mind that it will eventually turn green, if left alone. Gently polish with baking soda to rid it of the patina and return it to its former shine. Do not leave it soaking, however, as this would not work to clean it.

Copper is non-ferrous, meaning it is not on its own, magnetic. Galvanic corrosion occurs when this metal comes into contact with other metals.
Practical Uses

Upwards of 60% of copper is used for electrical wiring and cables, though it is also used in plumbing, roofing and industrial machinery. Copper alloys like brass and bronze are used when stronger metals are needed in industrial purposes.

Beyond the obvious industrial and technological uses, copper is used in jewelry, decoration, tools, and even in music. Bells, horns, cymbals… a variety of instruments are partially or entirely made of copper or copper alloys such as brass.

It is also used to make pigments for all kinds of art. In architecture it is used for its weather resistance, its corrosion resistance, and its durability.
Magical Uses
Like it’s engineering and scientific uses, in magic it is good for transferring and sending energy. This make wands and staves with copper on them good for directing, sending, and transferring energy.

It is sacred to love goddesses. Called Cyprium by the Romans since it was mined mostly in Cyprus, which was the birthplace of Aphrodite. Evolved into Cuprum where it’s chemical symbol Cu comes from. Also sacred to the sun. Copper is associated with the element of water due to its malleability.

Wearing copper on the receiving side of the body is said to attract positive things to you. Any healing magic done with copper involved is said to have amplified affect. Copper aids in work involved with balance, fertility, prosperity, attractions, and any kind of work where you need to direct energy from one place to another (due to its conductivity) hence its use in healing wands.

Use copper in any magical or ritual working to promote positivity in relationships of absolutely any kind or in any working to connect two things together. Inversely it can be used to draw away negative energies. It can be used to refine the senses. It can be used in magic strengthen oneself (i.e. to make oneself more malleable as opposed to breakable.)

You can use copper for any variety of magical purposes. Use it in money drawing spells, healing spells, energy work of any kind, to do a positive kind of binding spell (via copper wire), creativity (though making art with it or simply using it as a component), for balance and harmony, lowering or raising vibrations. Your imagination is the limit with this amazing metal.

Myths/ Legends

Copper is associated with Aphrodite and other love goddesses due to its lustrous shine and its use in ancient mirrors.
Correspondences

  • Currency
  • Finances
  • Healing
  • Love, Relationships
  • Moving energy/ Directing energy
  • Creativity, inspiration
  • Grounding work
  • Harmony and balance
  • Planet: Venus

Alchemical Symbol 

copper

Fun Facts
Pennies went from 95% copper to roughly 2% after 1982.

Copper is one of the few metals not silver or grey in color.

The human body contains 1.4 to 2.1 mg of copper per kilogram of body mass.

Silver is the only element with a higher conductivity than copper.

Copper is 100% recyclable.

The largest single piece of copper found weight 520 tons