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This is Joel's Witchcraft blog. Random witch mind vomit and stuff. I do free tarot readings every Tuesday, tagged djinntarottuesday.

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You can call me Lumos, Djinn, or Joel. I answer to all three. :)



1 month ago
02/02/2014
Protection Methods

natural-magics:

stormsorceress:

A few of my personal methods, and by no means a complete list.

  1. Salt, rosemary, and water wash. Combine salt, rosemary, and water into a large bowl. Visualize protective and cleansing energies entering the bowl. Be specific in what you want to be protected from. Use the wash around your home, especially doorways and windows. Create protective sigils using the wash, if you wish.
  2. Chalk sigils. Draw them on the foundation of your house, sidewalks, underneath floorboards, or in the walls if you’re remodeling your home.
  3. Wards. Used to defend against specific things, and keep them away.
    ~ Hex signs - circular painted symbols. Different patterns and colors have different meanings, but you can always create your own.
    ~ Spider houses - specific spaces designated for spiders to live to keep away insects and other creatures that are pests or feed off of energy. I use rocks, boxes, and small flower pots, and draw protective sigils on them.
    ~ Alerts - sound makers hung outside of the home. They alert you of possible harm, and defend against it. Chimes can be purposed to do this. You can also create your own using various items, such as string, wire, beads, shells, bells, anything you can think of that makes noise.
  4. Witch Ball. Clear balls hung up around the home to capture harmful energy, that can be cleansed.
  5. Witch Jar. Jar filled with broken glass, nails, pins, and whatever you feel will protect you. Seal it with wax and bury it in your yard.
  6. Charm bags. Bags filled with protective herbs and items. If you don’t have sachets or fabric, you can use a coffee filter or paper and string or ribbon. Hang them around the house, in a vehicle, or even carry one with you.
  7. Amulets. An item worn, usually jewelry, purposed to protect you from specific harms, such as illness, jealousy, or unwanted spirits.
  8. Glamours. Glamours are intended to make others see you how you want to be seen, or not seen. They can be as simple as a chant, “I will travel unnoticed,” “I will blend in with my surroundings,” “Others will not see me.” Focus on this energy, and push it out of you to create a barrier.
  9. Energy Shield. Choose an element that you feel connected to, and visualize it creating a protective shield around you. For instance, you might visualize yourself surrounded by fire, waves, lightning storms, or tornadoes.
  10. Protection Candle. Charge a candle with protective energy. Visualize the energy as an egg, growing around the candle, yourself, and your home. Light the candle any time you feel you need added protection.
  11. Ask for help. If you work with spirits, ask them if they’re willing to help protect you.

three more ideas: black salt, witches ladders and war water. also, wearing/carrying strong protection stones, such as hematite, black obsidian, black tourmaline, amethyst, or tiger’s eye.

1 month ago
02/02/2014

caterinasforzas:

zombres:

#I’M NOT EVEN JOKING   #THIS IS LEGIT A LIFE GOAL   #SOMEDAY I WILL HAVE A TINY HOUSE IN A SMALL NEIGHBORHOOD   #THE YARD WILL BE OVERGROWN WITH WEEDS AND I’LL NEVER CUT THE GRASS   #(I PREFER DANDELIONS TO ROSES ANYWAY)   #AND THERE WILL BE THICK BLACKOUT CURTAINS AT EVERY WINDOW   #OCCASIONALLY I’LL SIT ON THE FRONT PORCH WITH MY PET CROW   #WHO WILL BE TAUGHT TO CROAK ALL MANNER OF HILARIOUS THINGS   #AND I’LL HAVE THREE CATS   #(ONE OF WHICH WILL BE BLACK WITH ONE EYE AND NAMED NICODEMUS OR SOMETHING SIMILARLYL DEVILISH)   #AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS WILL SPEAK OF ME IN REVERENT TERRIFIED HUSHED TONES   #I WILL BECOME A PLAYGROUND LEGEND - ALL SHALL FEAR ME AND DESPAAAAAAIR   #EXCEPT FOR THE LITTLE KIDS THAT GET PICKED ON OR BULLIED FOR BEING ‘DIFFERENT’   #I’LL BEFRIEND THEM AND THEY’LL KNOW THE TRUTH   #THAT EVEN THOUGH I’M A WITCHY WOMAN I ALSO HAVE COLORFUL MOVIE POSTERS ON MY WALLS   #AND A HELLA RAD BITCHIN’ ENTERTAINMENT CENTER   #AND I MAKE A MEAN PLATE OF OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES   #OH MY GOD I WANT THIS LIFE RIGHT THIS MOMENT

(Source: teflonly)

Sea Witchcraft: “Sinking”

saltwater-phoenix:

What I refer to as “sinking” is another form of grounding and something that I think every sea witch (or any kind of witch) should try.

In the typical grounding practice, one takes time to calm the mind and align your energy with that of the Earth, in sinking you are instead aligning your energy with the ocean. This is good to try before any spell, especially if you want it to pack a bit of a punch.

Now, a few notes that I feel should be taken here;

  •   The ocean is a strong, untamed force of nature. Respect that.
  •  You do not take from its’ power, you simply borrow it.

Alright, now that being said, sinking is very powerful. The first time I tried it I was overwhelmed and had to take a tiny break just because the sensation is a lot stronger than any I’ve ever gotten while grounding. But that’s just me. Anyhow, here we go!

How To Go About Sinking

Things you’ll need:

  • Water. (Sea water if you can but if not, any other kind save for tap is fine.)
  • Sea Salt
  • A sea shell
  • A candle that reminds you of the ocean.
  • A picture or video of the ocean
  • The sound of waves, seagulls etc (easily accessible on Youtube.)

Make sure that you’re somewhere that you can’t be disturbed. Turn your video on or place your picture in front of you and play the ocean sounds. Light your candle as well. Just listen, take it all in for a few minutes. Imagine that you’re actually there, try to picture the way the sand feels against your skin. Once you begin to truly feel the sand and all of that, grab your shell and hold it in your hand. Take all of this in and until you can feel yourself actually by the shore.

Take a pinch of your sea salt and taste it (Do not drink or even sip your sea water! It’ll make you sick!) Tell yourself that the salt in the sea and the salt you have just eaten are one and that the waves that splash against the shore are also in your blood and that the very sea itself rages in your veins.

When you are ready, take your sea water and drip it on your wrists, feet, wherever you would like and feel the water. What I like to do is imagine myself sinking but not struggling for breath, feeling the water, the energy around me and allowing my body to be a receptor of that energy. It moves through you and strengthens you.

Now as I’ve said, this is simply how I do it and what works for me but yeah, there you have it!

1 month ago
25/25/2014
"Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god."
— Aristotle, from Politicsa  (via lavenderwrath)
1 month ago
23/23/2014
Anonymously tell me your feelings for me.

It doesn’t have to be romantic (though if you did feel that way, it’d be perfectly fine). Just how you feel in general. I get curious of people’s impressions of me.

2 months ago
22/22/2014

middle earth meme: [4/5] elves
"the time of the elves is over. do we leave Middle-Earth to its fate? do we let them stand alone?"

2 months ago
21/21/2014

theraindropstreasure said: I wan t to rub m face on your face fuzz

feel free to do so as it will be gone by the end of the month, as soon as I can afford an inustrial strength razor to destroy it.

/hates facial hair on me, loves it on other men

2 months ago
21/21/2014
mccoydarling asked : Please talk forever about Helen and ancient greek you are so enpoint

professorfangirl:

elucipher:

in the iliad helen speaks the last lament for hector. the only man in troy who showed her kindness is slain—and now, helen says, πάντες δέ με πεφρίκασιν, all men shudder at me. she doesn’t speak in the iliiad again.

homer isn’t cruel to helen; her story is cruel enough. in the conjectured era of the trojan war, women are mothers by twelve, grandmothers by twenty-four, and buried by thirty. the lineage of mycenaean families passes through daughters: royal women are kingmakers, and command a little power, but they are bartered like jewels (the iliad speaks again and again of helen and all her wealth). helen is the most beautiful woman in the world, golden with kharis, the seductive grace that arouses desire. she is coveted by men beyond all reason. after she is seized by paris and compelled by aphrodite to love him against her will—in other writings of the myth, she loves him freely—she is never out of danger.

the helen of the iliad is clever and powerful and capricious and kind and melancholy: full of fury toward paris and aphrodite, longing for sparta and its women, fear for her own life. she condemns herself before others can. in book vi, as war blazes and roars below them, helen tells hector, on us the gods have set an evil destiny: that we should be a singer’s theme for generations to come—as if she knows that, in the centuries after, men will rarely write of paris’ vanity and hubris and lust, his violation of the sacred guest-pact, his refusal to relent and avoid war with the achaeans. instead they’ll write and paint the beautiful, perfidious, ruinous woman whose hands are red with the blood of men, and call her not queen of sparta but helen of troy: a forced marriage to the city that desired and hated her. she is an eidolon made of want and rapture and dread and resentment.

homer doesn’t condemn helen—and in the odyssey she’s seen reconciled with menelaus. she’s worshipped in sparta as a symbol of sexual power for centuries, until the end of roman rule: pausanias writes that pilgrims come to see the remains of her birth-egg, hung from the roof of a temple in the spartan acropolis; spartan girls dance and sing songs praising one another’s beauty and strength as part of rites of passage, leading them from parthenos to nýmphē, virgin to bride. cults of helen appear across greece, italy, turkey—as far as palestine—celebrating her shining beauty; they sacrifice to her as if she were a goddess. much of this is quickly forgotten. 

every age finds new words to hate helen, but they are old ways of hating: deceiver and scandal and insatiate whore. she is euripides’ bitchwhore and hesiod’s kalon kakon (“beautiful evil”) and clement of alexandria’s adulterous beauty and whore and shakespeare’s strumpet and proctor’s trull and flurt of whoredom and schiller’s pricktease and levin’s adulterous witch. her lusts damned a golden world to die, they say. pandora’s box lies between a woman’s thighs. helen is a symbol of how men’s desire for women becomes the evidence by which women are condemned, abused, reviled.  

but no cage of words can hold her fast. she is elusive; she yields nothing. she has outlasted civilisations, and is beautiful still. before troy is ash and ruin she has already heard all the slander of the centuries; and at last she turns her face away—as if to say: i am not for you

holy fuck

2 months ago
21/21/2014
Anonymous asked : so if you convert does that mean you'll stop being a witch or what i'm confused, also though i find catholocism interesting, i highly doubt that as witchy and fabulous as you are, you'll find a home in their unfortunately backwards (in so many different paths) ways

Took me a hot second to decide how to respond to this, anon, and then I rambled all over it.

The witch thing: not really, no. You can be a witch and be a part of any religion you want. It’s a secular practice, it can compliment your religion or lack thereof if you wish it to. 

As for the backwardness of Catholicism: I don’t really see…how they’re backwards? Christianity gets a super bad rap because people aren’t practising it correctly, the core of the religion itself is fairly sound and has deep meaning and beauty. Just because the loudest faction is backwards, at the moment, doesn’t mean the entirety is.

There’s a lot of magical practice that melds with Christianity and Catholocism. As a ‘southern witch’, I can settle quite nicely into that nest methinks, because we’ve got a rich heritage of just that: mixing folk magic, magic, etc. with Christian beliefs. Even if you separate Voodoo/Santeria/etc practices from the mix, you still have a shit ton of folk magic all over the place. Even growing up in a Christian school, raised by a VERY Christian household, we have little folk magics all over the place.

As well, I’m not too far into the ‘British/European traditional’ bent for me to be uncomfortable, practice-wise, with Christianity I don’t think. I’ve taken no oaths, pledged myself to no Tradition, have yet to do anything overtly or too blasphemous (though, I do tend to blaspheme often!). I feel a kinship to those Trad witches, though, and a lot of what I know of their practice/mythology. I will admit…dat Horned One. I can definitely appreciate the Himself for all his gifts and talents and the way he appears in dreaming.

I mean, hello sir. Lovely to see you this fine evening.

And when it comes down to it, even the bits of Trad craft that I’ve been absorbing from tumblr blogs and the Facebook group I joined ages ago still have a lot of Biblical meanderings it seems like? Don’t get me started on the growing Cain feels, the Azazel feels, and the Robert Cochrane-is-hella-interesting-lemme-read-the-things feels. It will probably be a forever regret that I don’t feel comfortable joining a tradition, because I want to know all of the things.

Anyway thank you for your question, but I feel like I should be quite fine through it all. 

Alrighty I’m headed to bed, because tomorrow is work day. Before I go though, I want to do a tumblr call for people with credible information on Djinn that’s more in depth than wikipedia articles, and sketchy ebay listings.

I know some of the lore, though not much in depth. I came across a promising set of posts on a blog I found through Scylla’s posts circa 2012, though they never continued with the series.

I would like to know…things. Lore, if possible spellwork and spirit work, personal stories, ideas, etc. etc. Things that’s okay to share, anyway. ‘Outer Court’ material you could say, since there’s a lot of mystery and secrecy shrouding actual practice from what I’ve gathered so far.

Because there’s this thing and it’s not a thing, but it’s totally a thing and I have no clue where to go from here.