Well, That's Kind Of Creepy

Eclectic (green mostly) witch and necromancer in training based in the USA. New follower of Hekate. Some of my best friends are dead people. Don't mind me.

hedendom:

Að stúlka unni manni
"To get a girl", this magical stave is used by a man in love to gain the affections of the object of his desires (slightly creepy, yes I know).
The process is to make a small cut or pin prick at the very tip of the thumb on the left hand. The blood that issues forth should be used to draw the stave onto the right palm. One would then take the girl by the hand and recite the incantation:
Legg ég lófa minn í þinn lófa, minn vilja í þinn vilja. Verði þér í beinum semþú brennir öll nema þú unnir mér sem sjálfri þér. Svo heit verði þér orð þessi, svo megn og sterk, sem eilífðin er. Allir töfrar og fjölkynngi fjandans villi vit þitt til ástar og elsku við mig og allar þær vættir sem í jörðu búa séu mér liðsinnandi á þessa leið.
English translation:
My hand I lay in yours, my will in yours. May your bones burn lest you love me as much as I love you. These words shall be as passionate and powerful as eternity. All magic and sorcery turn your mind towards love of me and may all those vættir (earth spirits) who inhabit subterranean abodes assist me in this.
Part of a series of Icelandic Magical Staves

hedendom:

Að stúlka unni manni

"To get a girl", this magical stave is used by a man in love to gain the affections of the object of his desires (slightly creepy, yes I know).

The process is to make a small cut or pin prick at the very tip of the thumb on the left hand. The blood that issues forth should be used to draw the stave onto the right palm. One would then take the girl by the hand and recite the incantation:

Legg ég lófa minn í þinn lófa, minn vilja í þinn vilja. Verði þér í beinum semþú brennir öll nema þú unnir mér sem sjálfri þér. Svo heit verði þér orð þessi, svo megn og sterk, sem eilífðin er. Allir töfrar og fjölkynngi fjandans villi vit þitt til ástar og elsku við mig og allar þær vættir sem í jörðu búa séu mér liðsinnandi á þessa leið.

English translation:

My hand I lay in yours, my will in yours. May your bones burn lest you love me as much as I love you. These words shall be as passionate and powerful as eternity. All magic and sorcery turn your mind towards love of me and may all those vættir (earth spirits) who inhabit subterranean abodes assist me in this.

Part of a series of Icelandic Magical Staves

thewritingcafe:

And now for a Halloween themed post.
HALLOWEEN

Also known as Samhein, Sauin, La Samhna, Samhuiin, Oiche Shamhna, Samain, Hallowmas, Shadowfest, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhuinn, Samhain, Witch’s New Year, Summer’s End, the Third Harvest, Samana, Vigil of Saman, and others.
The name “Samhain”, and its other spellings and similar names, comes from the Old Irish “sam” for summer and “fuin” for end, thus making this holiday the mark of the end of summer.

The celebration of Halloween goes back six thousand years where the Celtic people celebrated the end of the harvest and the coming of winter. This day is traditionally October 31st, though some celebrated it in the early days of November. Its most precise date is when the sun is at 15 degrees Scorpio. In the year of 2013, it will occur on November 7th. The celebration usually began the day before, at sunset.
This day was used to honor the dead and those who had passed away that year, as it was said the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest at this time of year. Rather than mourning the dead, Halloween was a celebration for the death of all things old and the beginning of all things new. 
SUPERSTITIONS

Bird Superstitions:
An owl that circles a house three times is said to be a sign that someone within the house will die soon.
It is said robins gained their red feathers because they attempted to remove the thorn crown from Jesus’s head, but his blood fell on the bird instead.
It is unlucky to kill a robin.
The eye on a peacock feather is said to be the “evil eye” and therefore bad luck to bring inside a home.
There are countless superstitions about birds near homes and windows that signify oncoming death.
Tip your hat at a magpie to avoid back luck.
It’s unlucky to kill sparrows because they carry the souls of the dead.
A crow at the window represents the soul of a dead person.
A nearby robin carries the soul of a deceased family member.
If a bird call comes from the north, misfortune will follow.
If a bird call comes from the west, good luck will follow.
If a bird call comes from the south, a good harvest will follow.
If a bird call comes from the east, love will follow.
Unbaptized children become birds until they are accepted into Heaven.
Pet birds must be informed of important family events or they will die.
It is unlucky to find a dead bird outside the home. 
A raven near a sick person means death is coming.
In Wales, a blind person can regain sight by showing kindness to a raven.
Cardinal Superstitions
Bird Folklore
Crow Folklore
Death Superstitions
Victorian Funeral Customs and Superstitions
Superstitions on Death
Superstitions of Death
13 Superstitions About Death and Dying
Superstitions About Death
Death Superstitions
Superstitions Surrounding Death
General Superstitions:
Put almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
Scatter chili peppers around your house to break a curse.
Never blow out the first candle you lit before you blow out the others or bad luck will follow.
Throw rice in the air to make it rain.
Ask an orange a yes or no question and count the seeds. An even number of seeds means no and an odd number means yes.
In a photograph of three, the person in the middle will die first.
Walk through the branches of a maple tree to have a long life.
Carry peach wood to have a long life.
Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision
Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to repel evil.
Do not whistle at night.
Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
Place chips of cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
If you bite your tongue, someone is talking about you or thinking of you.
Hanging up a new calendar before the year is over will bring bad luck
Animal Superstitions
Irish Superstitions and Folklore
Superstitions
Superstitions From Europe
Superstitions in Shakespeare’s Time
Folklore of Puerto Rico
Old Irish Superstitions
Halloween Superstitions:
Put out all fires in the home the night before Halloween to cleanse negative spirits. Reignite them from a common source on Halloween.
Burying apples along the path is said to serve as food for souls as they pass through our world.
The veil between the living and the dead is said to be thinnest on Halloween.
13 Halloween Superstitions
Halloween Superstitions
Halloween Superstitions and Folklore
Home & Hearth Superstitions:
Hanging a pair of scissors over the front door will cut off negativity
Hanging a cluster of acorns on the front door will protect those who live there
Put thorny branches on your doorstep to keep evil away
Smell dill to get rid of hiccups
Place cotton on an aching tooth to relieve pain
Place a sliced onion in the room of an ill person to draw out the sickness
Hang a pea pod with nine peas above your door to draw your future lover
Place a pine branch above your bed to keep illness away
Love Superstitions:
Cut an apple in half and give one half to your love for a long relationship.
Put pepper inside a piece of cotton and sew it shut to bring back a lost love
It is bad luck for siblings to marry within the same year
If you see a robin on Valentine’s Day, you will marry a crime fighter
Eight Love Superstitions and Their Origins
Superstitions About Love and Marriage
Love Superstitions
Wedding Superstitions
Love Superstitions (highlight to read text)
Sleep Superstitions:
Smell peppermint to help you sleep
Eat a bit of thyme before bed for sweet dreams
Putting garlic under the bed will prevent nightmares
Rub a lettuce leaf on your forehead to help you sleep
Placing a full glass of water by your bed every night will collect any negativity in the room, but don’t drink it
Putting a broom on the bed brings bad luck
If you leave laundry hanging outside during the night, a spirit will attach itself to it and possess the wearer
Never put a hat on the bed
Place morning glory seeds under your bed to cure nightmares
Place an onion underneath your pillow to have prophetic dreams
Never sleep with your head pointing east
Never sleep with your head pointing west
If you go to bed backwards, you will have good dreams
Sea Superstitions:
Superstitions and the Sea
13 Sailor Superstitions
Maritime Superstitions
Seafaring Superstitions
Sailors’ Superstitions
Superstition Bash: Sailors

BOOKS
Best Books to Read for Halloween
Best Halloween Books
Best Halloween Picture Books
Great Reads for Halloween
Halloween Reads
Reading for October Evenings
Spooky Kids Books to Read at Halloween
October Reading List
Witchy Picture Books
Halloween 2012 Must Reads
Killer Ghost Stories
Creepy Halloween Reads
Haunted Reads 2013
All Hallows Reads
Amazing Paranormal Books
Forests in Myth, Folklore, and Fairy Tales
Fantasy Novels Based in Native American Myth
Ghost Story Collections
Asian Folktale Picture Books
Mythology/Folklore

thewritingcafe:

And now for a Halloween themed post.

HALLOWEEN

Also known as Samhein, Sauin, La Samhna, Samhuiin, Oiche Shamhna, Samain, Hallowmas, Shadowfest, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhuinn, Samhain, Witch’s New Year, Summer’s End, the Third Harvest, Samana, Vigil of Saman, and others.

The name “Samhain”, and its other spellings and similar names, comes from the Old Irish “sam” for summer and “fuin” for end, thus making this holiday the mark of the end of summer.

The celebration of Halloween goes back six thousand years where the Celtic people celebrated the end of the harvest and the coming of winter. This day is traditionally October 31st, though some celebrated it in the early days of November. Its most precise date is when the sun is at 15 degrees Scorpio. In the year of 2013, it will occur on November 7th. The celebration usually began the day before, at sunset.

This day was used to honor the dead and those who had passed away that year, as it was said the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest at this time of year. Rather than mourning the dead, Halloween was a celebration for the death of all things old and the beginning of all things new. 

SUPERSTITIONS

Bird Superstitions:

  • An owl that circles a house three times is said to be a sign that someone within the house will die soon.
  • It is said robins gained their red feathers because they attempted to remove the thorn crown from Jesus’s head, but his blood fell on the bird instead.
  • It is unlucky to kill a robin.
  • The eye on a peacock feather is said to be the “evil eye” and therefore bad luck to bring inside a home.
  • There are countless superstitions about birds near homes and windows that signify oncoming death.
  • Tip your hat at a magpie to avoid back luck.
  • It’s unlucky to kill sparrows because they carry the souls of the dead.
  • A crow at the window represents the soul of a dead person.
  • A nearby robin carries the soul of a deceased family member.
  • If a bird call comes from the north, misfortune will follow.
  • If a bird call comes from the west, good luck will follow.
  • If a bird call comes from the south, a good harvest will follow.
  • If a bird call comes from the east, love will follow.
  • Unbaptized children become birds until they are accepted into Heaven.
  • Pet birds must be informed of important family events or they will die.
  • It is unlucky to find a dead bird outside the home. 
  • A raven near a sick person means death is coming.
  • In Wales, a blind person can regain sight by showing kindness to a raven.
  • Cardinal Superstitions
  • Bird Folklore
  • Crow Folklore

Death Superstitions

General Superstitions:

  • Put almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
  • Scatter chili peppers around your house to break a curse.
  • Never blow out the first candle you lit before you blow out the others or bad luck will follow.
  • Throw rice in the air to make it rain.
  • Ask an orange a yes or no question and count the seeds. An even number of seeds means no and an odd number means yes.
  • In a photograph of three, the person in the middle will die first.
  • Walk through the branches of a maple tree to have a long life.
  • Carry peach wood to have a long life.
  • Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision
  • Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to repel evil.
  • Do not whistle at night.
  • Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
  • Place chips of cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
  • If you bite your tongue, someone is talking about you or thinking of you.
  • Hanging up a new calendar before the year is over will bring bad luck
  • Animal Superstitions
  • Irish Superstitions and Folklore
  • Superstitions
  • Superstitions From Europe
  • Superstitions in Shakespeare’s Time
  • Folklore of Puerto Rico
  • Old Irish Superstitions

Halloween Superstitions:

Home & Hearth Superstitions:

  • Hanging a pair of scissors over the front door will cut off negativity
  • Hanging a cluster of acorns on the front door will protect those who live there
  • Put thorny branches on your doorstep to keep evil away
  • Smell dill to get rid of hiccups
  • Place cotton on an aching tooth to relieve pain
  • Place a sliced onion in the room of an ill person to draw out the sickness
  • Hang a pea pod with nine peas above your door to draw your future lover
  • Place a pine branch above your bed to keep illness away

Love Superstitions:

Sleep Superstitions:

  • Smell peppermint to help you sleep
  • Eat a bit of thyme before bed for sweet dreams
  • Putting garlic under the bed will prevent nightmares
  • Rub a lettuce leaf on your forehead to help you sleep
  • Placing a full glass of water by your bed every night will collect any negativity in the room, but don’t drink it
  • Putting a broom on the bed brings bad luck
  • If you leave laundry hanging outside during the night, a spirit will attach itself to it and possess the wearer
  • Never put a hat on the bed
  • Place morning glory seeds under your bed to cure nightmares
  • Place an onion underneath your pillow to have prophetic dreams
  • Never sleep with your head pointing east
  • Never sleep with your head pointing west
  • If you go to bed backwards, you will have good dreams

Sea Superstitions:

BOOKS

poppet-prince:

thesabbit:

cannibalcoalition:

bathsabbath:

duskenpath:

cowardlychristianday:

Christian Day’s “public” apology (which isn’t publicly visible as of this post, 9/9/2014) struck many as bland and inauthentic, coming not from a place of genuine remorse for his actions but motivated purely by the bad press he’s been receiving.  Community support matters in niche markets and Christian was no doubt feeling the pressure from widespread disgust at his willingness to make callous threats and perpetuate rape culture.  Even more telling is his request that folks keep these issues private, as so not to “hurt the Craft” — not to hurt his reputation and pocketbook, more like.

Most telling, however, are the screenshots of comments from Christian’s then-public personal FB page in the hours and days following his original missive against Amorella Moon/Amanda.  Seems our friend Christian *isn’t* as sorry as he claims to be, given his doubling-down about offering no apologies, having no regrets, answering vitriol with vitriol (original conversation can be analyzed for supposed vitriol here: http://cowardlychristianday.tumblr.com/post/96580947717), and suggesting that people deserve to be on the receiving end of his actions because of “poke[ing] the beast.”

This goes out to the girl at pride today that told me he’s so sorry and is losing sleep over it, ‘poor guy ;(‘

Oh man. That guy is such a piece of work. Would anyone mind if we brought back the burning times for this particular asshole?

'Poor guy' indeed. 

I hope he loses book deals over this shit. I honestly hope he loses a foot or something too. Fuck him and his fake apologies.

For anyone who needs to practice their cursing skills

Frideity 24 - Freyja

one-earthbound-angel:

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Norse goddess of love, lust, beauty, fertility, war, sorcery and witchcraft (sometimes called seidr), and death. Daughter of Njord and Nerthus. Twin sister of Freyr. Married to Od, who mysteriously disappeared. Mother of Hnoss and Gersimi.

Freyja, also spelled Freya, was originally a member of the Vanir but when the war between the Aesir and Vanir broke out, She and two others were sent to the Aesir as a peace offering. Honir and Mimir were sent from the Aesir to the Vanir in return.

Freyja rides around in a chariot pulled by cats and has a cloak made of falcon feathers (yes, that one that is oh so famously infamous among Lokeans). She is known for Her beauty and Her love for songs and poetry.

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She was also very fond of jewelry and wore a necklace known as Brisingamen, meaning “flaming” or “glowing”. When She wore it, this necklace became a symbol of the heavens and of the fruits of the earth. She obtained this necklace in a cave inhabited by four dwarves who were just finishing it. She begged them to give it to Her, offering any sum of gold in exchange but the dwarves refused; the dwarves said that they would give Her the necklace if She spent the night with each of them, which She did. But, as is routine in Norse mythology, Loki caught Her in this act and reported back to Odin who then demanded that Loki bring Him this necklace.

After some difficulty entering Her hall Sessrumnir, Loki turned Themself into a fly and slipped through a small hole in the wall. Upon entering Freyja’s room, Loki noted that She was wearing Brisingamen as She slept so They turned Themself into a flea and bit Her. This caused Her to toss and turn, finally revealing the clasp of the necklace. They took the necklace and left; when Freyja woke up, She was most displeased so She went to Odin and complained about Her missing treasure. Odin proclaimed that He would return Her necklace if she would stir up a war in Midgard that caused widespread death and destruction; She did this and brought the fallen heroes back to life. After meeting all of Odin’s terms, Heimdall was ordered to hunt down Loki and reclaim the necklace. Both had turned into seals and fought each other in the water but finally Heimdall got the necklace and dragged Loki back to Odin.

Freyja has first dibs on those who die in battle, even surpassing Odin. Any whom She chooses go to Her hall Sessrumnir in the land of Folkvanger, which means “people’s field”. Once there, Freyja trains Her fallen warriors for the coming battles of Ragnarok.

Source: Viking Mythology

Does anyone know how the Norse gods feel if you honor deities from various pantheons?