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Making a deity altar

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Making a deity altar

Putting together a special, purpose-built altar is a great way to connect with an individual face of the Divine. You can make an altar for your patron God or Goddess, or another deity who you're interested in learning more about. Altars can be as grand or as humble as you want them to be. You can take them down after a few days, or keep them up indefinitely. All you need is a few supplies and a bit of inspiration. 1. Choose a space. The type of altar you construct is going to depend on the space available to you. ...

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Choosing magickal oils

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Choosing magickal oils

Magickal oils have a long, long history. Long ago, oils were a precious source of food and fuel, and the finest were reserved for sacred applications. Oils were offered to the Gods and used to anoint the newly born and dying. Mages scoured the globe for rare flowers, spices, and resins to create special oils for magic, some of which are still in use today. The popularity of oils in contemporary witchcraft is due to the legacy of medieval magic, the influence of New Orleans-style Voodoo, and the works of the late, great green witch Scott Cunningham—among other sources. The...

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What to bring to a Pagan festival: Your other packing list

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What to bring to a Pagan festival: Your other packing list

From late Spring to Fall, Pagan camping season is in full swing. It's a time to meet up with old friends, share music and ritual, and enjoy some time with Nature. If you're like us, annual campouts with kindred souls may just be the highlight of the year! Any gathering is better when you're well-prepared. Once you've made your list of basic camping gear (bedding, sunscreen, etc.), here's a few more ideas to make your trip a memorable one: Food or drink to share.  Nothing breaks the ice like breaking bread! The ancient ritual of sharing with strangers is dear...

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Magickal timing: Choosing the right day of the week for your spell

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Magickal timing: Choosing the right day of the week for your spell

Planetary magick is a complex system which blends astrology, ancient cosmology, and celestial intelligences in an attempt to bring the most effective results. In this article, we'll discuss the planetary rulers of the seven days of the week, and the best day to perform different types of magick. Planetary magic can seem cumbersome, especially to Witches more accustomed to elemental (Earth) magic.  But you don't have to spend hours drafting talismans or poring over charts to add some planetary flavor to your spellwork. Using a very simple overview of magickal timing, you can make sure your working is aligned with...

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Candle colors and their meanings

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Candle colors and their meanings

Candle magick and color magick are two simple, powerful forms of magic used by beginners and experts alike.  (We once published a list of color meanings in a product description, and it quickly became the most viewed page on the website.)  Each color carries a different energy frequency. In spellwork, the energy of colors is used to generate a specific response in the magick worker, and to attract certain energies through the principle of sympathetic magick.  If you've ever wondered which colors mean what, here's a primer to get you started.  Feel free to supplement this information with color meanings...

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