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Posted in Witchcraft

Banishing For Your Health And Well-Being

Sometimes you need to do a banishing. Maybe you had some negativity in your home recently (a person, an accident). Perhaps you are banishing a harmful and toxic person from your life (we’ve all been there). It could be that you’re trying to get rid of a ghost (if you’re a believer). Whatever the reason you feel the need to banish, do it! Banishing is an excellent way to allow yourself to let go of the past and of negative things and people.

I’ve been doing banishing spells for years. I wrote the little poem in the featured image of this post a couple of years ago after a falling out with a toxic person who’d been tormenting me. I’ve burned sage for years as a way to dispell ghosts, negativity, and people.

When it comes to banishing, it’s all about your focus – during the banishing, whether you’re burning sage or palo santo, whether you’re chanting a rhyme or yelling “get out,” focus on that person or thing leaving your home, your life, and never returning. When you’re done, let go. Stop thinking about the negative person, stop thinking about the ghost lurking your halls, focus on positivity.

Banishings can include no longer saying someone’s name, doing freezing spells, burning herbs that aid in banishing, burning candles that banish (black is excellent for protection).

In The Craft, Nancy took all of her magical workings to a negative, dark side of things. She was definitely a black witch. Sarah did a binding spell, using only a chant, to get Nancy to stop her rampage. While it didn’t work immediately, Nancy ended up bound in the hospital, strapped to a bed so she couldn’t hurt anyone or herself.

You can banish and bind with words or without words, with smoke or without smoke, with herbs or without herbs. Magic and witchcraft are individual things unless you’re part of a coven that requires you to do spells as a group.

I was 13 when I started practicing witchcraft and became a Pagan. That was in 1988. I did my spells out of the books I owned — followed them line for line. Ten years later, when Charmed began its original run on television, I realized I could blend my love of writing poetry with my practice of witchcraft and create my own rhyming spells.

In the past month, I have done many successful banishing spells. Success is a point-of-view, and what may be a success to me may not always be a success to you. But that’s the thing with life, we all perceive things differently, and that’s okay.

I wrote this article on banishing another person’s negativity from your home a couple of years ago, at the same time, I wrote the chant. It has some great tips to get you started in banishing.

Here are some other things I have used in recent banishing spells:

  • Palo Santo (removes negativity)
  • Sage (cleansing)
  • Mugwort (removes negativity)
  • Lavender (removes negativity)
  • Black candle (protection)
  • Purple candle (healing, enhancing psychic abilities)
  • Holy water (dispels evil)
  • Birch bark (renewal and protection)

I’d share some of my spells with you, but I am in the process of creating a spellbook to publish, and they will be available then.

If you are struggling to banish something/someone from your life, I am available to write/create spells for a minimal donation fee. Reach out to me via the contact page.

What are some of your favorite banishing spell contents?

Posted in Dreams

Dreaming and the Art of Dreams

What do you think are the point of dreams? I’m talking about the dreams you dream at night when you’re asleep, not the dreams that are your hopes and wishes.

If your first thought is that they are a way of playing out the things your mind is trying to work through, then you’re pretty much right. The stories played out in our heads while we’re snoozing are the way the human mind works through all of the stuff we’re dealing with in our waking life. The problem is, sometimes (most of the time, actually), those dreams aren’t straight forward. They’re jumbled and full of symbolism.

So, how does one learn from their dreams? You need to find out what the mean. The best way to do that is through dream interpretation.

While anyone can grab up a book on dream interpreting and look up the meaning of certain things that happened in a dream, it helps to work with someone that has studied the meaning of dreams and has honed their intuition. A lot of what happens in dreams needs an intuitive interpretation because dreams are strange and unusual.

For me to do a dream interpretation, I ask the dreamer to give me as much info from their dream as they can. I don’t want (or need) to know what’s going on in your waking life, I just need to know the details (as many as you can remember) of your dream.

Some things that are important in dream interpretation include:

  • Colors
  • Places
  • Day or night (or both)
  • People and things (man, woman, mom, child, dog, horse, cup, anything that stands out and seems to be even remotely relevant to the story)
  • Holidays

Pretty much everything that stands out. It helps to keep a dream journal by your bed. When you wake up from a dream, immediately write down what you remember of the dream, as much as you remember. The things you forget right away may not have been essential parts of the dream story, so don’t fret if you can’t remember the whole thing.

Dreams may be telling you to make changes in your life. They could be telling you what your next decision should be when it comes to some major life event. Your dream could also be a message being sent to you from a spirit guide or a loved one that has passed, but you might not be able to figure out what that message is on your own.

Recurring dreams are a sign of something as well. Nightmares have meanings, as do those quick dreams where you’re falling.

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Do you have a common theme in some of your dreams, like a specific color or item that always shows up? Let me know what it is, and I will do a short reading for you for free! Just comment on this post, and I will reply to it!

Ps. Did you know that even if you don’t remember dreaming, you probably did have a dream? You can begin remembering your dreams by telling yourself you will remember each night before you go to bed and by keeping a dream journal.

Posted in Astrology and Zodiac

What’s Your Sign?

Like the rest of you, I am a sucker for click-bait and find myself reading garbage articles about what the signs mean. Some of them are all about talking trash about people, some of them try to point out that only certain signs birth serial killers (not factual), and others are written so poorly I can’t stand to read them to figure out what they are about. I’d love to write a retort, or at least an article about what the signs really mean for each person born under them, but that’s not even possible. Seriously. You can’t pigeonhole a person to their zodiac sign alone.

So, what gives? Why is there more to it than being a Scorpio or a Pisces, or whatever sign you are?

The thing is, there are many things that go into how astrology pertains to each person. Your astrological profile contains more than your sun sign traits. You have to get a birth chart done if you want to delve into how astrology affects your personality, your future, and your life in general – and then you still have to look at all of it with an open mind.

Your birth chart, or natal chart, looks at where the moon and other planets were at the time of your birth. It looks at houses and all of the other important aspects of astrology at the exact time you were born. If you’re really into astrology, I highly recommend buying some books on the subject. One can never own too many books.

You can get a decent birth chart for free here. You’ll need your birthdate, exact time of birth, and where you were born (city, state, country). Once you have this info, you can look at the other signs of the zodiac that affect who you are.

Another thing that can make your personality traits different than those you read in books like Astrology For Dummies is when in the month you were born. If your birthday is on or close to the cusp of the zodiac sign before or after yours, you may find traits of that sign in your personality.

A Little About Horoscopes

I know some people scoff at horoscopes. As someone that has been studying astrology since the age of 13, I feel like I have some important insight that might help you enjoy reading your horoscopes a bit more. I used to write horoscopes for a couple of different entities, and writing them easily reminded me that what your horoscope says is always up to your interpretation.

Billions of people may share your zodiac sign, and each of you has the same daily horoscope, but what those words say to the rest of them doesn’t have to be what they say to you. You have to read horoscopes with an open mind and find out how those words of advice fit into your life.

So, why am I talking about Astrology?

I have a few zodiac related projects in the works. The photo in this inaugural blog post is my most recent project. I am creating a set of 4 x 6 collage art zodiac pieces. I will be making postcard prints of them and then selling the originals once I am through all of them.

Right now I have art for all 12 western zodiac signs, which I will be using to create a Zodiac Oracle deck and accompanying guidebook. I plan to create art for the Chinese Zodiac and Native American Zodiac. These will all be part of the oracle deck, as well as part of my alternate collage art project.

 

Keep an eye on the Divination Tools page for updates on these projects!