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Holy crap! On the proper disposal of magickal trash

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Holy crap! On the proper disposal of magickal trash

The candles have been extinguished, the circle opened, and the spell completed.  But what do with the leftover stuff?  You probably know how easy it is to get saddled with ritual debris: candle stubs, bits of fabric and string, bottles, bags, and written spells.  Though no longer useful, these items once held great meaning.  Just throwing them away seems inappropriate.   But keeping them around can stunt your magic and clutter up your house.  In this article, we'll consider ways of ethically, safely, and effectively disposing of the physical remnants of spellwork. Re-using ritual items Some ritual items are suitable...

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DFW Pagan Unity Festival 2015

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DFW Pagan Unity Festival 2015

We were thrilled to take part in this year's Pagan Unity Festival.  (Dallas didn't have an "official" Pagan Pride Day in 2015.) 400+ Dallas area Pagans and friends attended the free outdoor festival.  Beautiful weather and tons of activities and vendors made it a day to remember.  See you in 2016! I was peddling lots of awesome wares, including my new lathe-turned wands, leather journals, painted signs, jewelry and pendulums.  It was my first time bringing the whole shebang.  We had a canopy, three tables, and enough merchandise to fill a 10x10 space and boy, was I exhausted.  But it...

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Choosing and using black ritual salt

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Choosing and using black ritual salt

Today, we’ll look at a versatile and inexpensive addition to your spell kit: Black ritual salt. Black salt is a potent ingredient in defensive workings. Black salt combines the grounding properties of salt with the protective power of the color black. (Technically not a color, yes I know). In this article we’ll cover the basics of using black salt in spellworking. Most black salt spells have the same basic purpose: Creating a barrier of protection and/or “earthing” crummy energy to be disposed of later. Types of black salt There are basically two kinds of black salt on the market: Black...

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What plants and herbs are attributed to Fire?

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What plants and herbs are attributed to Fire?

Herbs, spices and incenses with the energy of Fire are a powerful addition to your magick. Fire helps to cleanse and consecrate, banish and protect. Fire is also the element of confidence and fast action--a crucial ingredient in a lot of spellwork. In writing about the elemental rulership of herbs, I've tried not just to make a list. I couldn't possibly list all the herbs on the planet, anyway.  Instead, I wanted to consider what traits cause a plant to belong to one category or another. (This article is the third in a four-part series: Also read about the herbal...

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Grounding in under a minute: Energetic quick fixes

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Grounding in under a minute: Energetic quick fixes

If you've done even basic energetic or ritual work, you're probably familiar with the practice of grounding.  Grounding allows excess psychic energy to be released and re-establishes contact with the physical body.  It's especially important after energy transfers, trance work, and group rituals. While beginners often disdain grounding practices as un-magickal, experienced workers know that it's an essential part of healthy, sustainable psychic work.  Neglecting to ground properly most often results in a mildly unpleasant "spaced-out" feeling.  But it can also lead to loss of appetite, entity attachments, fatigue, and other more serious side effects. Grounding works best and feels...

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