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.

They’re stealin’ our holidays!!

lokavinr:

A little piece of religious studies education.

Some world holidays from late autumn to winter:

Diwali: The “festival of lights.” Hindus celebrate the rescue of Sita by her brave husband Rama, lighting candles to guide them home through the dark night. Feasting and family gatherings abound.

Chanukah: The “festival of lights.” Jews celebrate a miracle of YHWH that allowed the Menorah to burn for eight nights during the re-dedication of the temple. Feasting, candles, gift giving, family time, etc.

Saturnalia: A Roman feast dedicated to the fertility deity, Saturn. Celebrated as the Dies Natalis of Sol Invictus, the Sun God, during the late Roman period. Gift giving, partying, feasting, and wax candles.

Mōdraniht: An Anglo (Celtic?) midwinter festival mentioned by Bede. Probably a time of making sacrifices to the Matronae asking for their blessings and warmth during the long nights. Feasting, community and family time, and probably lights, since, you know, there’s a pattern going here.

Yule (traditional): A Germanic/Scandinavian Midwinter festival honoring fertility deities such as Freyr and Thor. Feasting, lighting fires, community merrymaking, swearing oaths for the new year, and possibly an increase in spiritual activity between the realms of the living and the dead (Odin’s Wild Hunt).

Alban Arthan: “Light of Winter.” A Celtic/Welsh winter solstice celebration marking the longest night and subsequent return of light (the clash of the Holly King and the Oak King). Feasting, mistletoe, and, in Welsh tradition, the birthday of Pryderi by Rhiannon. Sometimes called Meán Geimhridh (Midwinter).

Soyal: A festival celebrated by the Hopi and Zuni nations to welcome back the sun into the world after the longest night. Community blessing, singing, dancing, feasting, and sometimes gifts of kachina replicas for children. A time of setting intentions for the coming season.

Goru: A celebration of the Dogon people of Mali honoring the arrival of humankind via the sky God Amma who arrived in the “Ark of the World.” Offerings to ancestors, feasting, and community gatherings.

Yalda: A Persian winter solstice celebration with Zoroastrian roots. A time of eating special foods, lighting candles, and gathering together with one’s family. When celebrated as part of the religion of Mithraism, this morning after the longest night was believed to be the birthday of Mithra, the angel of light and truth.

Feast of Rozhanitsa: A Russian/East Slavic feast in honor of the antlered winter goddess, Rozhanitsa. Offerings of sweet honey and bread, the making of colorful embroidery, and the gifting of white, deer shaped cookies.

Ziemassvētki: A Latvian/Baltic festival celebrating the birth of Dievs, the high God of light in the Latvian religion. The lighting of fires, community singing and celebration, and a feast for the spirits of the dead believed to arrive on this night in a sleigh.

Şeva Zistanê: “The Night of Winter.” A Kurdish festival honoring the rebirth of the sun. Later seen as a day of victory for God and the angels. Feasting, candles, and the giving of sweets to children.

Christmas: A Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus, the son of God, and the star that shone over his birthplace in Bethlehem guiding travelers to him. Feasting, family gatherings, singing special festival songs, lighting candles and trees, and gift giving.

Mawlid: A late winter festival celebrated in some regions of the Islamic world commemorating the birth of the Prophet. A nighttime festival celebrated with community gatherings, feasting, and public sermons. Earlier celebrations in regions with Sufic influence included animal sacrifice and the lighting of torches.

Kwanzaa: An African American holiday celebrating the blessings of the harvest season and a renewed sense of shared cultural heritage. Decorating the home, lighting candles, feasting, music, and giving respect and offerings to the ancestors.

Yule (Neopagan): A winter solstice celebration commemorating the birth/return of the God (of Light). Feasting, the lighting of the Yule log, and enjoying the warmth of the community during the longest night.

Festivus: For “the rest of us.” A Seinfield-inspired festival for celebrating the winter holiday without the pressures of religion or commercialism.

And many, many more that I have regrettably missed (and hopefully not too many that I have buggered up here).

The long nights of winter and promise of the returning sun inspired countless cultures to gather together, celebrate the warmth of their community through feasting and partying, and light fires to sustain them through the long night. Some customs have influenced others, but nobody owns the rights to this season. There are countless unique cultural celebrations inspired by the astronomical phenomena of the winter season.

Nobody is a “thief” for celebrating their traditional or chosen winter holiday (and believe me, I’m not just talking to the Christians when I say this). Likewise, nobody is trying to “be different” or “ruin it for everyone else” by celebrating something less mainstream during this season. These are all holidays. There are tons of them. They have similarities, and they have differences.

But they’re all equally valid.

Anonymous asked: Do you think that Athena has a problem if someone who worships her is a little bit promiscuous? I'm not out having sex all the time or anything but I have hooked up with people. I've never personally felt anything from her that says she does but it concerns me anyway because I've had someone tell me she would. They weren't even pagan so I thought I would ask someone who was.

natural-magics:

keep in mind that “virgin” in the ancient Greek context is not the same as the one we use today — it meant unmarried. Athena chose her virginity for herself. I don’t think she would look down upon devotees/followers who are sexually active in any sense. if you aren’t getting any nudges of disapproval or anger from her, I think you’re fine. you could also consult her yourself.

noboundries93 asked: Hey, I was told youre good with ghosts and such, so I was wondering what I can do to protect myself. I have been followed by something since I was little and it seems to be getting bad lately, what should I do, if theres anything. :) Thanks.

spooksayer:

I AM SO SORRY THIS TOOK FOREVER TO ANSWER! I really wanted to write out a good list and I just had a lot of work and personal stuff. Sorry! Anyway, I figured I’d take the time to list everything I could to help remove unwanted or following spirits.

Herbs - Angelica, Basil, Beans, Black Pepper, Clove, Cumin, Devil’s Bit, Dragon’s Blood, Elder, Fern, Frankincense, Garlic, Horehound, Horseradish, Juniper, Leek, Lilac, Mallow, Mistletoe, Myrrh, Nettle, Onion, Pine, Red Clover, Rosemary, Sea Salt, Thistle, White Sage, White Sandalwood, Yarrow.

Please research any herb before using as they can be poisonous to ingest or handle with bare hands. Many of these herbs are meant to be used dried or specifically just roots, leaves, or berries.  Place any herb or combination of herbs and amulets in a witch bag and hang above doorways, sprinkle in corners (when safe for humans and pets), or carry on your person.

Stones - Amethyst, Black Onyx, Black Tourmaline,  Botswana Agate, Chiastolite, Citrine, Fire Agate, Flint, Hematite, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Malachite, Obsidian, Pyrite, Selenite, Serpentine, Smokey Quartz, Snakeskin Agate, Sulphur (toxic when raw), Tiger’s Eye, Tourmalated Quartz, Turquoise.

When using stones, the hardness typically affects the ways they should be cleansed or even what stones they work best with, so definitely read up on them. Like the herbs, they can be kept on your person or added to pouches and left in a space that needs it. I think they work most effectively when kept on yourself or even worn in jewelry, just personally.

Symbols - Cross,Pentagram, Evil Eye, Hamsa, Horseshoe, Crescent Moon, Celtic Cross, Devil’s Snare, Eye of Horus, Seal of Solomon, The Sun, Thor’s Hammer. Celtic Knot, Anchor, Ankh, Goddess/Mother Earth, The Traveler, Witch’s Knot, Besom, Arrow Head.

Realistically the list goes on and on. I do not recommend using a symbol outside of your faith system, especially if it comes from a closed religion or even if you do not know much about it. I also do not recommend using any symbol that does not have a personal connection to you in some way (so not using something for the heck of it etc). You can draw these symbols on paper to include in bags, charms, candles, spells etc., they also are effectively worn on the person. Each individual symbol has its own best way for use. Also, most deities typically have some sort of representative symbol that could also be used if fitting.  Many animals are considered symbolic and helpful as well.

Communication - It is sometimes reccomended to try and contact a spirit to find out its motives for following/haunting, to better appease and help the spirit to move on. I would only recommend personally attempting this with calm, non troublesome spirits, and I would avoid objects like pendulums or spirit boards. Instead, speak in a calm but firm voice, like you would a person who also needs help. Seeking the help of a sensitive or medium would also be most effective. If you simply want the spirit to leave, speak firmly and confidently to the spirit, as respectfully as possible, and tell them they need to leave. Explain that this is your space, and they are no longer welcomed. You can also research your home and surroundings to try and identify a specific person or name or incident that could be involved. When a spirit becomes violent and threatening, it is most likely best to get in contact with a professional who specializes in such events.

Taken from The Enclopedia of 5000 Spells -

*Basic Banishing Powder
-black pepper
-cayenne powder
-cinnamon
-sea salt
-sulfur

Sprinkle on clothing, the ground, to enhance spells or other powders etc.

*Banishing Incense
-asafetilda
-bay leaves
-galbanum
-olive leaves
-rue-saint johns wort
-salt
-sulfur

Crumble all the ingredients, grind them into a powder, then burn on incense.

*Banishment Bouqet
Garlic blossoms and angelica flowers tied with a blue ribbon.

*Bean Banishing Spell
Fill rattle with beans and shake to repel low-level spirits. Can also be incorporated in rituals.
*Botanical Spirit Banishing
The following plants, when kept living in or near a house, supposedly make a spirit feel unwelcome - juniper, corn, mugwort, saint johns wort, vervain, wormwood, and yarrow.

*Disperse Evil Incense (1 & 2)
-benzoin, frankincense, and juniper
OR
-benzoin, patchouli, and sandlewood.

*Woodlands Banishing Spell
Burn acorns, mistletoe, and oak bark to repel undesired spiritual guests while murmuring your desire for them to leave.

These were just the simplest spells I picked that I thought would be affective. The book also has a section on exorcism spells but I recommend only seasoned experts attempt them.

Last but not Least - Make sure you are taking care of yourself and your home. Live a healthy lifestyle, eat regularly, get exercise, sleep on a steady cycle, address any medical concerns (physical and emotional), spend time with friends and family, make sure your space is clean and inviting and feels like a home. Let go of any toxic people or influences in your life. Try to diminish added stress in any way that you can. Enjoy relaxing activities.  Tune up your own skills and talents. All of these things aid in your own personal power and defense against things latching on to you. Negativity of any kind is a breeding ground of attraction. Spirits LOVE to feed off of your own energy - don’t give them a reason to.

Sometimes it is also believed that displaying negative images throughout a house (skulls, death, gore etc) can also attract a spirit to stay. There’s also a lot of things involving displaying mirrors and the layout of furniture, but I’m not too particularly versed with that stuff.

Well, this is all I could think of right now to add to this list. I’m sure I’ll think of something else to add later and kick myself. But anyway - please always remember to seek real life help (not just me or anyone else on the internet) if things become bad or too far out of your control. Almost every state has their own paranormal team, but make sure to research them and weed out the hokey, amateur ones. Same goes for psychics and mediums. The best thing I think you can do is take control of your own space and your own life. I really hope this helps!!! ***Side note - I realized a lot of things I posted involve the use of fire in some way, so ALWAYS be cautious when burning herbs or using fire in spells. I personally keep a fire extinguisher in my room for this reason. Please please please be safe.

How to Spot a Racist/White Supremacist in the Heathen Community 101

answersfromvanaheim:

[TW: racism, white supremacy, nazism, links have references to death, violence, assault]

Note: Please be sure to heed all trigger warnings in the links provided. Seriously, there’s some seriously gross racist shit in here.

Since racism and white supremacy are big issues in Heathenry (well, there are plenty of issues with Heathenry, this is just the one everyone thinks of before every other issue) here is a handy guide to spotting racist symbols and language. 

Please note, much of the material in this post is already on the Grumpy Lokean Elder’s tumblr, which I am using with his permission.

Language

18 - This stands for “Adolf Hitler” (A = 1, H = 8)

14/88 This refers to the “14 words” of racist David Lane (“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”) and the 88 refers to his 88 precepts. The number 88 is also associated with white supremacy because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet. I’ll let you fill in the blanks as to what it stands for (Hint: Heil Hitler)

Odinist While it is important to note that not everyone who calls themselves Odinist is necessarily racist, racists seem to prefer this label over others like Heathen or Asatru (although see below).

Symbols

The skinhead laces code - In the US, red laces are referred to as “blood laces”.

The wolfsangel - Also known as the “wolf rune”, this has sometimes been mistaken for an actual Futhark rune or a bindrune. THIS IS NOT A GENUINE RUNE, IT’S ASSOCIATED WITH GROSS NAZI THINGS. Again, since this symbol has been mistaken for a genuine rune, some may promote it without knowing its history.

Nazi flag and Nazi swastika - I probably don’t need to explain these, but here are links to pictures (via Wikipedia). Obviously, use of these symbols probably mean that this is a site/book/whatever you want to avoid.

Heathen Symbols Co-opted by Nazi Scum

Some runes, primarily sowilo (which is used to form the Nazi “SS” symbol and algiz have been co-opted by neonazi and white supremacist groups as has the sun cross. Please note: many people use these perfectly normal runes in magic and ritual. I’ve seen the sun cross (also known as the equal armed cross or sun wheel) used in books about Wicca, and it’s also used by Vanatruar (where it symbolizes, surprise, the sun). It is entirely possible that some folks may see these symbols and assume you are a racist scumbag.

I repeat: the runes listed above are a perfectly normal part of any Heathen’s practice, just be aware that neonazi scum have co-opted these symbols and twisted them.

A note about Folkish Heathens. You will often here (mainly from folkish Heathens themselves) that they are not racist. However, in my (and GLE’s) experience, “folkish” more often than not means “racist asshole”. Pay special attention to terms like, “folk soul”, to use GLE’s wording:

“…which was an invention of the Romantic period (particularly in Germany) to attempt to instill a sense of nationalism. Absorb that fact and think about all the things that happened as a result of German nationalism.”

(Source here.)

Organizations to Avoid

If you’re the kind of person who really doesn’t want this kind of racist grossness in your Heathenry, I would strongly recommend staying away from the Odinic Rite and the Asatru Folk Assembly especially, for reasons outlined at the bottom of GLE’s post on the Nine Noble Virtues.

For an excellent analysis of McNallen’s racist bullshit, please see this link from The Liberty Lamp (it’s a four part series).

Heathenry, Privilege, and Oppressive Bullshit

It’s important to note that no tradition in this racist, sexist, homophobic society is ever 100% free of oppressive ideas and language. Unfortunately, even the most well-meaning Heathens can be racist, or sexist, and it may not be on the same level as any of the orgs and people I discussed above. Heck, the very fact that I’m writing a post like this is a mark of my own white privilege, because, ideally, you should all be listening to the POCs and the like who complain about this shit every day.

I’m digressing a bit. My point is that (at present, at least) racist assholes exist. Hopefully this will serve as a guide for avoiding the most egregious examples of racist asshattery.

For more information, here are links to all the GLE posts I referenced in this:

http://grumpylokeanelder.tumblr.com/post/45782853699/psa-because-i-got-enough-asks-about-it-skinhead-and

http://grumpylokeanelder.tumblr.com/post/52720716860/personal-question-why-you-dont-care-for-the-nnv

http://grumpylokeanelder.tumblr.com/post/45755913428/second-related-post-while-i-am-scanning-artwork

If you have any questions or comments, please send me an ask.

If you are a racist asswipe, kindly fuck off, and get the fuck out of my religion.

Please feel free to spread this around. People need to know that not every Heathen/Norse Pagan/Norse polytheist is a racist asswipe, and people also need to know about these symbols.

lockswitch:

lovelyemilybird:

I have officially decided to curse the misogynistic, cheating, disgusting doctor I work with because

1. He cheated on the girl that he cheated on his wife with. And he cheated on her with a woman who was already married

2. He consistently calls me “darling” or “sweetie”. Ick.

3. Two weeks ago, he told me I looked too ” frumpy”.

4. Today, he told me I looked too “skanky”.

5. He got his current girlfriend pregnant, and when he heard she had a miscarriage, he was happy. HAPPY.

6. He told me he likes dating Asian women because, and I quote, ” they have no morals”.

Any recommendations for an appropriate curse would be greatly appreciated. I never thought I would curse anyone, but this guy has crossed the line too many times.

I have a few good ideas for that.

Witchcraft NOTES

storiesandconjure:

Add a bit of alcohol solution to the glasses of water you offer to spirits if you do that. 

Just a few drops, preferably something drinkable and hot like vodka, rum etc. Or a cologne.

On a spiritual level, it gives spirits additional heat and power to work with.

On a physical level, it helps keep the water cleaner.

I use to do it, and then stopped for a while, because I didn’t have access to an afforable source I felt comfortable using.

And then I began doing it again, and the difference is quiet noticeable for me.

Florida water is quiet inexpensive to purchase, and lasts a while as you don’t need much in formulas and such.

EDIT : (GONNA ADD IT TO THE ORIGINAL), DON’T DO THIS IF THEY HAVE STATED THEY DO NOT WISH TO BE NEAR ALCOHOL AND DRINKS, THEN DEFINITELY SUBSTITUTE WITH THE COLOGNE.

enpatia:

so since valentines day is coming up and since february 14th this year falls on a full moon i thought it would be a good time to cast a powerful sea witch love spell.  small warning, this spell is not intended to be light or peaceful, this spell harnesses the power and intensity of the ocean, tread carefully.

what you will need:

  • 1 jar of sea water, for full effect but for a lesser effect or for the landlocked sea witch, salted water is fine.
  • 4 pink candles, 4 red candles, 8 candles to represent the planet venus, pink and red to represent love and passion.
  • a small bowl filled with rose oil
  • a shell that calls to you and represents love or blessing, angel wing shells are good for this purpose but sea witches often have shells that mean different things to them, use whichever shell calls to you the most. (alternatively for this same purpose if you would like to use this as a revenge love spell you can use a shell that represents pain)

instructions:

  • it is always good to take a salt water bath before you perform such a powerful love spell,to cleanse yourself of any bad energies and to be at one with the ocean.
  • place everything as shown in this diagram, pink representing pink candles, red representing red candlesimage
  • sit inside the triangle, light all of the candles.
  • take your rose oil, say your lovers name twice then dip your finger into the oil and put it on your lips, say their name one more time then pick up your shell, kiss it and drop it into the jar. seal the jar tightly and leave it on your mantlepiece, alter or somewhere very visible until the next full moon.
  • you may tip the water into the garden after the spell is over