A Candle and a Galdr – Overcoming Enemies

A Candle and a Galdr – Overcoming Enemies

At some point about seven years ago, I came to a crossroads in my practice of witchcraft. I had put all of my craft supplies away, I rarely lit incense and I couldn't remember the last time I had lit a candle. That's not to say that these things are necessary in every practice, they were simply ways that I would have otherwise regularly manifested my intentions. I had lost myself in my marriage to my now-ex; I could no longer recognize myself. After about a year and a half of living that way, I moved to Alaska and had the most life-changing experience. I had never struggled so much before, just to keep a roof over my head and put food in the fridge--we hadn't prepared enough financially for the move to be comfortable the first few months. It took a long time before I felt comfortable and I couldn't have gotten to that point without the support of new friends in my life. To make this already long story as short as possible, I found myself interested in finding my roots. After a DNA test, I found that a lot of my heritage was Scandinavian and German--I already knew about the German ancestry and had even studied the language for two years while in college. I found myself learning more about the older Scandinavian practices that weren't as widely talked about, as the witchcraft I had spent the previous fifteen years learning and practicing. That's when I discovered galdr--essentially a spell, but with the connotations of being Icelandic in nature--galdr led me to galdrastafur, which is simply-put, Icelandic Stave Magic.

When to Cast… and When Not to

When to Cast… and When Not to

When it comes to casting spells, there can sometimes be confusion as to whether or not it is the appropriate course of action. Of course, there is a spell for everything, from quitting smoking, to landing that great job that you really want--but when is it appropriate to incorporate magic into your life and when is it simply overkill? To be honest, it takes a practiced hand to figure out that magic is not always the best course of action for an everyday problem, but an important part of being a witch is knowing when it is and when it isn't appropriate to cast a spell for something that may or may not deeply affect your life.

Blood Magic: What is it really?

Blood Magic: What is it really?

Blood Magic--the very utterance is something that may bring to mind sacrificial rites that showcase most occult-themed horror movies, where there are either animal sacrifices, virgin sacrifices, or some type of deadly deal with the devil or cut-throat demons. Typically, the story ends badly for everyone, evil triumphing over good and ruining the good night's [...]

Magic or Fantasy?

Magic or Fantasy?

There is what seems like a fine line between real witchcraft and fantasy witchcraft--for example, the difference between Harry Potter and real witchcraft... which many beginners may not realize, is not so much of a fine line, but a huge break in reality. Sometimes newcomers are not aware that magic doesn't manifest in such fantastic visual forms--it can and will manifest in the most mundane ways possible. So much so, that at times it doesn't seem like anything has happened at all, because when we ask for the universe to manifest certain things in our lives they come about in ways that we question whether or not it is just coincidence. In the reality of magic, it can sometimes seem like things aren't happening at all and therefore causes disbelief.

How to Create a Book of Shadows

How to Create a Book of Shadows

What exactly is a Book of Shadows (BOS)? The short answer is it is a book that contains a select amount of information that a witch deems necessary. It's very much up to the individual on what it may contain and we'll get to that in this article, but if you want to know more about what a BOS is, check out the article What is a Book of Shadows?--it will tell you the basics of what you might need to be aware of before you start deciding what is in yours. This article is dedicated to not only what you might actually want to put into your own BOS, but also how to go about creating one. What is included below are merely suggestions to get you started while you're still trying to carve your own path and figure out your own methods in your witchcraft practices. So first, let's talk about how you might construct your BOS.

So You Want to Be a Witch?

So You Want to Be a Witch?

Coming out to the world as a Pagan or a Witch is often the most anxiety-inducing part about having an alternative path in life. Never fear, it's not mandatory to come out and if you prefer to keep your practice to yourself, that is most certainly your choice. Never let anyone tell you that there are mandatory requirements in your practice, because what works for you, is for you, and you alone to decide.

What is a Book of Shadows?

What is a Book of Shadows?

A Book of Shadows (BOS), or a Grimoire is a way for a a witch to keep track of their craft. More than that, it is essentially a journal of everything that a witch has learned, thinks is important, and spells that they have cast or intend to cast. It can contain affirmations of the way they live their life, details on the pantheon of deities that they call upon, uses for herbs and crystals, as well as pertinent information about various divination techniques. Suffice it to say, every witch will have different information available to them in their personal BOS. It is for this reason, that it is silly to think that another witch's BOS or grimoire will necessarily be relevant to your practice.

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Coming out to the world as a Pagan or a Witch is often the most anxiety-inducing part about having an alternative path in life. Never fear, it's not mandatory to come out and if you prefer to keep your practice to yourself, that is most certainly your choice. Never let anyone tell you that there are mandatory requirements in your practice, because what works for you, is for you, and you alone to decide.