One way of raising energy is achieving some kind of meditative state, How do we do this? Some people use shamanic drumming, others use sitting perfectly still on top of Helvellyn (trust me, it’s cold up there).
I use dance and music.
Not just any kind of music, but music that my brain reacts to. There are studies that show certain types of music causing the brain to go into a trance like state, and you can find hours of ‘trance’ music on YouTube just by searching for it:
But here’s the thing: I don’t use either of those.
My top two energy raising genres are folk music, or actual trance electronic music. Folk, as I was brought up on it, creates a feeling of home and high spirits in my brain, and trance…well, I think I just have a natural affinity for getting ‘lost’ in it.
Here are my favourite songs for energy raising. Give them a try and see if any of them work for you!
The way I raise energy is by dancing to this music and feeling the energy from it coursing through me: I am a vessel for the earth’s energy.
Jig of Life: Kate Bush
This is great for me as it taps into the shamanistic drumming, whilst also having a folk dance segment at the end. The words ‘and you will dance with me in the sunlit pools’ are some of my favourite lyrics of all time too. It was really important when I first started and I used this song all the time! Love you Kate ❤
Free Tibet – Vini Vici Remix – Vini Vici
Complete polar opposite, but allowing yourself to sink into this music really works for me.
All Tomorrow’s Parties – The Velvet Underground
You know there’s just those songs where they make you feel like a witch? Well, this one really does. If you recognise it and you’re a big goth like me, you might know it from the end of the Rob Zombie film ‘Lords of Salem’. I’m not going to put The Velvet Underground on this list twice but they also did this song which works really well, too.
Fee Ra Huri – Omnia
Here we are in the pagan aesthetic folk dance genre and I love it. I like to use this one whilst cooking or kneading bread.
Bliss on Mushrooms – Infected Mushroom & Bliss
What can I say? Makes you feel up in the clouds and dancing to this is just….ahhh.
Opening Titles – The Sorcerers
This band was introduced to me by a fellow Witch At Work (WAW) and they’re so nice to just spin slowly to. This whole album is great for it but this is my favourite track.
Hopefully these have given you an idea of what trance-state through music feels like, and how achieving a trance energy is easier than you think!
Early in my journey, I decided the best thing to do would be to go to Manchester Central Library, get everything out of the ‘Occult’ and ‘Alternative Religion’ sections, and just read. I spent hours in the study room, which was honestly so quiet I could hear the guy nearest me breathing. When looking up images to use for this article I actually found a picture of the very room I was in!
Anyway, when I read these, I had to go through a lot of filler – by filler, I mean, I read the whole of Malleus Maleficarum on the offchance I found some spell or whatever. Hint: I found one.
So: what books are helpful? Here’s my top five easy to digest books!
I can’t rave enough about this book. This is a yearly publication, like a diary, and it takes you through each month. I bought the 2020 edition and you’d better believe I’m going to buy the 2021 edition too!
Whilst it doesn’t have spells and isn’t necessarily a grimoire/spellbook. it does have information on moon phases, historical seasonal recipes and even a ‘song of the month’ with the sheet music included! The great thing about this book is that there’s no expectation for you to believe one thing or another – it just gives you information that you can work with. 10/10.
For a beginner, this is a great book as a starting reference point for herbal magic, and just getting to know your ingredients. If you start off using this like a recipe book, you’ll notice certain herbs popping up and then you begin to learn properly through doing!
The introductions to each chapter go into depth on the actual magic used, so if you use this and the Almanac in tandem with each other, you can come up with some pretty potent spells!
It wouldn’t be in character for me if I didn’t fangirl over Pam at least once, would it?
I read this book after I became a regular listener of The Witch Wave podcast (also a must listen!). This book is more for /reading/, rather than a reference point like the other two are. It reiterates how magic can be in everything, and how magic is art and art is magic. It also made me feel more comfortable actually identifying as a witch, as culture nowadays tends to see it as a trend that will come and go. A must read!
When people ask me where they can find spells and feel connected to the power of words, I always say ‘read poetry!’ And this book is a collection of rituals, songs and poetry that really make you feel connected – at least they do for me. I use these in my personal practice, and for any group rituals I lead, and there are some really beautiful contemplative verses in here. These aren’t necessarily labelled as pagan or witchcraft, and sometimes need to be edited to suit your individual beliefs, but as a starting point these verses can form great building blocks for if you want to write your own spells.
I’m unsure if I’ve made a post about it before, but my whole home is my altar, in that, I don’t have a specific space, but I use my whole home.
This book is great whether you’re a hearth witch or even just want to decorate in a nice way! It gives advice about what to put in your home, where to position different ornaments for peak energy flow, and loads of other really useful house things! Perfect for beginners and witch experts alike!
When I first started using sigils, my little skeptical pea-brain was convinced they wouldn’t work. I didn’t think ‘charging’ them would do anything, and I certainly didn’t think that burning them would achieve anything but cinders and an asthma attack. And you know what? None of my sigils worked. At the time, this reinforced to me that they were a waste of time, but then I started reading into it. Millions of witches couldn’t be wrong, could they?
Months passed, and I thought….yeah, I’m going to try and identify why mine don’t work. I went through the steps of what I used to do, and if you like, you can use this as a guide for what NOT to do.
Go on Google Images and search for ‘protection sigil’
Pick a random one without checking that they have been done with either the grid method or the Witches Wheel
Draw it somewhere
I’m going to illustrate why the first and second steps are wrong: people draw sigils for all kinds of reasons, and with their own personal methods. For example, I had a shamanic experience and drew my own sigil for ‘healing’ in my trance state. Will that sigil work for everyone? No, because that trance state was personal to me.
If you don’t want to draw your own sigils, feel free to use mine on my sigils page. These have been drawn using the grid method, and so are about as impersonal as you can get, leaving you to imprint your own energies and magick as you use them.
So, why do they work? Here’s one theory that I found particularly interesting:
I was browsing the 4chan /x/ board – which is normally just full of apocalyptic nonsense but occasionally will have the most interesting gems – and came across a post, which I will paraphrase and condense here. I think this is the most accurate explanation to me of how sigils work.
Symbols have no inherent meaning without what is programmed into them. However, the projected programming causes the symbol to carry energy…and meaning projected onto it, if we are open to receiving the already established energy. So too, at all times, are we projecting energy and programming our environment around us…[things] will carry energy.
Take, for example, the Christian crucifix. For some people, this symbol instils a feeling in them, whether that be through associations, or literally because of the energy they themselves have projected onto that symbol. There’s even a condition called ‘Jerusalem Syndrome’ which you can watch a video on here, where people become overwhelmed and start quoting Bible verses in the street (NB: while this video is good, it is quite skeptical, but the information is there!).
My point is here, that this extends to sigils. If I create a sigil in a trance state, my energy is being channelled into that sigil, and therefore the sigil will retain that energy. If you take an impersonal base sigil, and channel energy into it, that energy will be retained.
Do you have a theory as to why sigils work? Post a comment and let me know!
As I sit here in my little terraced house in Britain writing this, I can see the cloudy grey sky out of my window and I feel the summer ending. I can feel the leaves turning crunchy and everyone’s back to school photos, and with a little twinge of excitement, I can sense the pumpkin spice lattes waking and stretching their little caffeinated arms. Without a doubt, this is the end of summer.
Which means that Mabon is coming, and it means that it’s been a whole year (!) since I started fully practising on Pagan holidays. Over the year, I’ve been refining my skills, bought far too many books and qualified in various different aspects of witchcraft and Pagan culture.
Anyway, with Mabon coming up, I’ve put together a couple of things that you can do if you’re struggling for ideas – especially if you’re in self isolation or local lockdown (like I am, sigh).
It wouldn’t be a Frank post if there wasn’t some reference to food, and so I’ll start with a bit of kitchen witchery. I got this recipe from The Almanac by Lia Leendertz – an absolute must have for anyone wanting to connect more to the earth and its ways. This recipe was tweaked from another book called Cattern Cakes and Lace. As with any of my kitchen witchcraft posts, you can add or remove spices from this as you see fit, and use spices that you feel are connected to Mabon! I would use woody spices, like nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.
Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, then add the butter and rub in until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the water and mix until it becomes a dough, then tip it out on a floured surface and knead it for 10 minutes. Put it in another bowl, cover with a teatowel and leave it somewhere warm to rise for 1 to 2 hours (until it’s doubled in size).
Tip it out and knead in the currants (if using), then divide it into two pieces. Shape them into two loaves and put each in a loaf tin. Leave them to double in size again.
Preheat the oven to 200C, and when the loaves have risen enough, brush them with milk (to make them shiny) and bake them for 45 minutes. Leave them to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then cool them on a wire rack.
Enjoy as part of your Mabon feast or leave as an offering!
Easy Mabon spell bags
I love spell bags. They’re easy to make, and my home is full of them! A neat trick with certain spell bags (ones containing cloves or other whole spices) is to put a bit of water in the top of a wax burner, and ‘boil’ the bags with the tealight underneath. You can take them out, dry them and then use them again and again! You can make them out of cheesecloth and twine: just put the spices/flowers in your cheesecloth, wrap them up like a parcel with twine and make a little string to dangle them if you want to! I have protective ones in my front window which I hang off the window handles.
NB: if you do this, be careful of the bag dripping when you take it out! My carpet is a bit stained from the clove syrup dripping off the bag 🙁
As I mentioned in the recipe, I associate Mabon with falling leaves and woody earthy smells/atmospheres, so for my spell bags, I put in whole cloves, two cinnamon sticks and a ‘stone’ (unsure of the word!) of nutmeg. Hang them around, or use the wax/oil burner trick to make your home smell like Autumn.
Summon a demon
Joking! Joking! Please don’t do this – we have enough issues in the world already.
Thank Mother Earth for the circle of the seasons
Feel free to ignore this one if you don’t believe in prayer, as I will probably post some poetry at some point. I am by no means more qualified to lead a ritual than anyone else, but I have edited this ritual prayer so the solitary practitioner can read and sit in contemplation, or read to a group of practitioners. This prayer is from Seasonal Occult Rituals by William Gray, and this section is The Rite of Autumn.
May the light of sunset shine resplendently on us this Autumn equinox.
Blessed be the sun of Autumn bringing heavenly beauty to the edges of this earth.
Blessed be light so wonderfully shown to us upon its path of power.
We stand between the light and shade
Upon the middle path we made
Where day and night divide,
As we have lived and worked and prayed.
Fire and water bring to birth
With air, the outcome of this earth.
So bless the earth on which we stand
For harvests of the sea and land.
Roots below, fruits above, ripe and ready for our reaping. Blessed be the earth suppoorting life, and air that brings the breath of life to earth. Let us keep our feet well grounded on our earth however high we hold our heads to the sky. So shall we live as upright souls between both ends of our existence.
Make a Cerridwen brew
Cerridwen is the Welsh goddess of transformation, so you could probably brew this at any changing of the seasons. This recipe is toxic and so should not be consumed. Instead, you can sit and absorb the vapours as it boils.
This recipe is from The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews by Scott Cunningham.
Hellebore (you can substitute this with rosemary)
I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you would like me to write one for each corner of the year (ie. Yule, Ostara, Litha and Mabon 2021), please like, share and comment!
[NB: Two things: firstly, sorry for the delay in posting, my mental health hasn’t been great and apologies if my writing isn’t up to scratch with the rest of my posts; secondly, I’ll probably update this post if I find new and relevant information to add!]
I did an interview on Monday for The Brit Witch’s blog, and I was asked why I started my blog. My answer: to help people feel a little bit less overwhelmed.
I made a previous post for beginner witches, but I thought I’d just expand bit on a piece of advice which is probably the most important.
What do YOU believe?
I can never get over how many people I meet that blindly follow without figuring out what they believe in, and its unsurprising that a fair few of these fledgling witches lose interest and end up stopping practising.
By far the most helpful thing for me was actually figuring out what I believe, and by doing this, helped me develop my own craft and spiritual practice, as well as strengthening my faith (because if you’re sceptical about something at first, forcing yourself to believe can have a negative effect on the rest of your learning).
Here are links to interesting information as to why magic works, the reality we live in and even some theories as to the meaning of life. Also: some of these may just be INTERESTING AF, with no relation to spellcraft, but obviously read these at your discretion.
DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of these theories, and also please be careful of trying any of these practices at home – ALWAYS make sure to cleanse and protect.
The Law Of One
“I am Ra. The Law of One, though beyond the limitations of name, as you call vibratory sound complexes, may be approximated by stating that all things are one, that there is no polarity, no right or wrong, no disharmony, but only identity. All is one, and that one is love/light, light/love, the Infinite Creator.
The Law of One messages were channelled by a group of mediums in the 1980s, and these messages supposedly came from a non-human entity called Ra. Here is a link to their website, which includes questions and answers, however in my experience it’s a bit heavy to read – 106 sessions? No way bozo.
The Law of One suggests that there is a Divine Creator, but that Creator is us. My haphazard paraphrasing (which could be nightmarishly wrong but I’m trying my god-damn best) is that we are on a journey to find our path back to the Divine, and these paths can either be service to ourselves or service to others. If we don’t choose either of these paths and find our way back, then we reincarnate until we do.
For people like me (who need TLDRs), here is the synopsis.
This theory implies that in order to harness our true potential, Kundalini yoga is the answer.
Why a snake? The power of this yoga comes from the Kundalini (Sanskrit for “coiled serpent”), an enormous reserve of untapped potential within each of us, located around the sacrum or “sacred bone” at the base of the spine.
You can do a course in it for free, by visiting their website here, or just read up on it by reading the Wiki (yeah, cheating, I know). Interstingly, there was a Netflix documentary about a cult that was based around this practice, but I feel that that’s a really closed-minded way of looking at it. Russell Brand says it’s good, and he doesn’t (really) seem like a cult leader to me, so give it a try! (FYI if Russell Brand did lead a cult I’d be first in line. Love you RB x).
Alternatively, there are several Kundalini videos on Youtube – for example, this one.
I find this interesting as so many people have their own theories as to what Kundalini is (a magical practice or just meditation?)- it’s a rabbit hole worth going down, for sure.
The Language of Arithmetic
Remember when you were in Year 8 and learning about equations and thinking ‘when am I gonna need this’? Well, according to several famous thinkers, the answer is ALL THE TIME.
These philosophers and mathematicians speculated that maths was the language of God, and that the universe was created through a series of equations.
See here for ya boi Pythagoras (remember him from GCSE Maths? I do). He is a theorist of Numerology which is another wonderful labyrinth of info. Here’s a YouTube video, too.
He had this theory about music, which I love:
Pythagoras pioneered the mathematical and experimental study of music. He objectively measured physical quantities, such as the length of a string, and discovered quantitative mathematical relationships of music through arithmetic ratios. Pythagoras attempted to explain subjective psychological and aesthetic feelings, such as the enjoyment of musical harmony.
To go further with the reality is numbers theory, think of binary code and how technology is made up of numbers – isn’t it weird to think that we could be living in a simulated reality made up of numbers? Or a ‘real’ reality that’s also just made up of numbers?
The Fibronacci Sequence
This is a short one, and relates to the last point, but the Fibronacci sequence is too interesting not to share.
Here is the Fibronacci sequence:
Recognise it? It’s probably because a lot of things grow according to this sequence.
The Law of Attraction you’ve probably already heard of: wish for something hard enough and that thing will manifest. This in my mind corresponds to witchcraft as a lot of that is about intention, so here we go:
My only issue with their website is that it reminds me of that episode of The IT Crowd where one of the characters wishes for a helicopter and he got one- it’s the spacey header! (and the fact that the episode was sort of about this). Basically, don’t go too far-fetched and this will most likely benefit you.
Ancient religions and Pantheons
Here are some wikis for different cultures: you may find that you have been a polytheist for some time and have never thought about it! Definitely worth reading and seeing if there are any deities that you specifically connect to.
Animism encompasses the beliefs that all material phenomena have agency, that there exists no hard and fast distinction between the spiritual and physical (or material) world and that soul or spirit or sentience exists not only in humans, but also in other animals, plants, rocks, geographic features such as mountains or rivers or other entities of the natural environment: water sprites, vegetation deities, tree sprites, … . Animism may further attribute a life force to abstract concepts such as words, true names or metaphors in mythology.
Basically what that quote said^. Everything has its own sentience.
Since ancient times, humans have attached sentience to nature spirits, and even inanimate objects like swords and ships. A modern example of this is when I have to put my stuffed animal into the wardrobe when we have visitors and I feel so sorry for him in there, even though deep down I know that he is just cloth and filling (I am 26 years old). It is interesting to see how many others have these feelings, so animism could be a valid philosophy, even if objects are inanimate, they may have some form of sentience.
A creepy theory and valid point of view on this is that we can only perceive what we can perceive: there could be things in the world that have energy vibrations low enough that we simply don’t know they exist.
Some of my thoughts on these theories
Even though nobody asked
When I was researching the Law of Attraction and Vibration, there seemed to be a lot centred around ‘getting what you want’. I personally don’t think this is the right attitude and definitely not the right attitude to be practising in your craft.
Having said that, I do think that all of these theories are worth keeping in mind: I find that numerology is extremely handy for tarot work and sigil making, and that vibrations are really important for energy work and crystal healing.
What out of these Do you believe in? Do you think that there is an omnipresent, one deity? Or multiple? Or that we are god?
Since ‘like, for-EVER’, people have been using trance head spaces. Some use it for recreation (think of the early 2000s club scene), whilst others use it for divination, and others use it to write. I’m not going to harp on and on about the history of trance states, but if you’re interested, here’s the wiki link.
The more you get into this trance headspace, the easier it is to do. I want to point out that when I say ‘trance headspace’, at no point should you be completely unaware of your surroundings, and I mean it as being on a different plane of consciousness.
These tips are what works for me – and as with everything, some things may work for you, others may not. The trance headspace, or feeling detached from your conscious body, will help you in lots of practices: I use it for divination, cooking and spellwork, basically anything I really need to dig into my unconscious mind for.
Some may believe that we can receive messages through our unconscious minds from spirit guides, or apparitions, something which I don’t personally believe in, but these methods should work to help you into that headspace!
What does the headspace feel like?
For me, the headspace feels like disassociation, apart from the opposite way around. We are not focused on our physical forms but we are hyperassociating with our spirit forms.
Remember that part of the Simpsons where Lisa is training Bart to meditate and something in his head just seems to ‘switch’? That’s what we’re aiming for here.
I came across this whilst on a retreat in the Lakes last year. You can either use all elements for this or just one, depending on whether you connect with one more than another.
I used Air as my element, as it’s the one that resonates the most with me.
Sit and just be still. Notice your chosen element, If you are using Fire, you might want to light a candle, or go to a lake if you are using Water.
Fire: Fixate your gaze onto the flame. Notice the warmth energy, how it flickers, its bright colour. How such a small flame could have such a powerful force if uncontrolled.
Water: Notice the sound of the water (if near a body of water), how water is essential for life, how lucky we are that the chemical compounds exist to sustain life on earth.
Air: Feel the air on your face. Think of the twists and turns a leaf makes as it is swept through the sky by the wind. Think of the power of something so invisible yet so strong.
Earth: Imagine having x-ray vision in the soles of your feet. How many layers of the earth are there between you right now and the Earth’s core? Think of how the ground produces our food, materials for our shelter.
Do this until the light switch clicks in your brain. You might not recognise it at first, but then you may start to do something else and notice that you’re a bit too zoned out – that means that you were in the headspace!
Isn’t it wonderful that all human beings since the dawn of time have appreciated music? There is a primeval quality in really connecting to music that can really help your practice.
Do you ever get that feeling when you listen to a song for the first time and you have an almost physical reaction to it? I have always had this with folk music, as have both my parents. This is sign that you’re really connecting.
Personally, I can find it difficult sometimes to entrance myself from songs with vocals in, but I’ve put together some handy Spotify playlists for you to try out if you go to this page. I’ll be updating these regularly so if you connect with any of them, make sure to give them a follow!
What a great time we live in for meditation apps! My favourite one is Insight Timer which is free from the App Store and you can choose different ambient soundtracks to meditate to, like a seafront, or a garden.
A great technique I remember reading about was where you close your eyes and imagine a long staircase, containing 70 steps. Visualise yourself walking down them, counting each one, and when you reach the bottom you should be in that hyper-associative state.
Remember: you can always combine all of these or just some of them! As long as you achieve that ‘switch’
The switch should make you feel a bit like this:
Happy practising! As always, any questions or comments, please leave them below or just email me!
First of all, welcome! I’m so glad that you’ve chosen this path.
Now, you’ve decided to start practising witchcraft, but where on EARTH do you begin????? There are so many different routes to go down, it can feel a bit overwhelming at first. However, most people realise that they’ve actually been practising all their lives, and they’ve just never acknowledged it.
My advice is to start small. Find out who you are – ‘know thyself’ – which element do you relate to? How do you associate with the universe? Which craft feels the best for you? These answers will come in time, here are some links to get you going!
What are your hobbies? Are you a musician, or someone who regularly goes to the gym? Do you enjoy crafts and cooking? Do you connect more with humans or with animals?
It’s always a good idea to find out your astrological birth chart too! (TW: there is a ‘birth name’ field on this form but if you aren’t comfy with this then that’s totally fine, it’s just so they can put a name on your report).
Find out if you can be put into a meditative state with these Spotify playlists, OR if you can meditate with your own certain music. (If you can, you might be a musical meditator!)
Luckily there are so many quizzes out there that can tell you what kind of witchcraft you resonate with, but I would advise to take these with a pinch of salt. A lot of these are either just for fun or inaccurate – basically do what feels right! You may find that you love candles, but not candle magic (ahem, same). This blog article of mine might spur you on a bit and hammers the point home, if I haven’t banged on about it enough. Pinterest can be an ally and an enemy, some spells are inaccurate and may just make you doubt your faith.
Remember: you do not have to fit into any box – this is what is so good about witchcraft, it’s for everyone! Read and speak to other witches and listen to podcasts, just keep learning and you’ll find your way!
I wanted to make this post as it was something that really confused me when I started out! I make my own sigils now through one of two easy methods.
Obviously there are other ways to do this and I’m certainly not invalidating them!
So let’s kick off with my main bae, the Saturn grid.
The Saturn Grid
This is by far my favourite method, as it’s easy and non-confusing. Most of my sigils and protective wards use this method.
First, you will need a reference point for Pythagorean numerology. You can find this by simply googling the table, but for reference I’ll put it here:
See how each letter of the alphabet corresponds with a number?
We can use this, therefore, to help us map our sigil.
I will, for example, use the word ‘PROTECTION’
Cross out the repeated letters – so in this case it would look like PROTECTION – P R O T E C I N
Now we can use the sigil grid to draw these letters. We would start on number 7, for ‘P’, then draw a line up to 9 for ‘R’, etc. Mark the start of your sigil with a circle and finish with a bar, like so:
Then take away the grid and you’ll have this:
The witches wheel
This is a method that I only really use when the Saturn one doesn’t feel right to me. This may be easier for people who may not want to think about Pythagorean numerology when sigil-making (which is totally fair enough). When I was researching the Witches Wheel grid, there seemed to be two versions: the first one, which was this:
Or the second, which was this:
I use the second one of these, for the reason that one of my family names is ‘Qazi’ and those four letters really stuck out to me in the second one! Also, I feel more connected to the vowels’ placement in the second grid.
You can use either, and the method works for either of them.
Do exactly what you did for the Saturn Grid method: cross out any repeated letters, and then trace the letters onto the grid, like so:
There you go! If this all seems like a bit of a carry-on and you’d rather just find one, I will be regularly uploading generic ones on my Sigil Dump page.