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upthewitchypunx · 2 days ago
A corn doll and a corn husk doll are two separate things.
Corn just means grain in British English. Maize means what Americans call corn.
Corn Dollies are made from grains like barley and were thought to inhabit the spirit of the grain harvest until next year. They are not even shaped like people or dolls.
Corn husk dolls are indigenous to the Americas (because that's where corn comes from), are made of corn (maize) husks, and are shaped like a human. Many tribes and nations have different folklore surrounding them.
I say this because my British friend was confused and I think a lot of Americans don't even know the difference because they just decorate autumn things with corn husk dolls and call them corn dollies for Mabon.
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thewitchoftheforest · 2 days ago
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🍎A𝕡𝕡𝕝𝕖𝕤 & M𝕒𝕓𝕠𝕟🍎 Apples are a common symbol of Mabon/Autumn Equinox. In magickal terms they are mostly associated with abundance, health and well being, knowledge, self-knowledge, setting seeds of intention, fertility and love. The great thing is that apples can be incorporated into your craft practically in so many. You can pick them, cook with them, use them as decoctions and they can be used as an offering to give thanks for the harvest by burying them. The good thing is, many of these are broom closet friendly making them easier to incorporate into your craft if you’re unable to practice openly. What’s your favourite way to use apples? Lindsay 💜 —————————————————————— #apples #autumn #fall #mabon #autumnequinox #season #samhain #halloween #nature #moon #divination #astrology #greenwitchcraft #energy #tarot #intuition #wicca #pagan #witch #witchcraft #witches #esoteric #witchesofinstagram #witchy #witchyvibes #occult #witchythings #witchystuff #bruja #witchywoman
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witcheringways · a day ago
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🍂🍃🍁 Geralt sat idly watching the Kaer Morhen valley as it shed its last vestige of the summer season and one by one each leaf fell unhurried to the forest floor. The autumn equinox would soon arrive, and with it the end of Lammas as the Velen savead began its next rotation within the eternal wheel of the year... 🍂🍃🍁 { Getting an early jump on celebrating the beginnings of my favorite time of the year! A Blessed Mabon (or Velen if we're going by the Elven calendar) to everyone! }
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oddlittlemiss · 20 hours ago
🍂Mabon Ritual Candle🍂
A candle sprinkled with a blend of Autumn inspired herbs and flowers to celebrate Mabon. Can be used on its own or with a spell.
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1. Using a white candle, coat it with a blend of Chamomile and Patchouli Essential Oil.
2. Immediately roll the candle in a mix of; Sunflower(or Calendula) Petals, Cinnamon Sticks, and Cedar.
3. Feel free to add anything else such as crystals, charms, etc.
If you are having trouble with the cinnamon sticks sticking to the candle you can;
🔥Light another candle and pour the wax over the sticks. 
🔥Use a heat gun or lighter to slightly melt the surface of the candle and immediately place the cinnamon firmly into the candle.
*Disclaimer~ These candles are extra solar powered! Make sure to use a heat-proof dish for safety*
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Nature walk 🍃 Autumn is coming 🍂🍁
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witchpony · 10 months ago
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I love this artwork, it belongs to @paperwitchco 🎃
Hi, witches.
Many people made comments similar to this: “cute, but pls remember that if you aren't native american, you shouldn't be calling smoke cleanses smudging! also, you shouldn't be using white sage because it's going extinct and native peoples need white sage in order to use it for their ceremonies !! witchcraft is a beautiful thing but we need to be respectful of other cultures whilst practicing it ”which makes me very sad, because as my first language is not English, for me it does not have a different meaning, so I did not realize that with this post I was disrespecting the native communities, I’m really sorry. Also, because of my allergies, I don't usually burn anything, but if you do, please do your research so as not to damage ecosystems. ♥️
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the-illuminated-witch · a year ago
Add Some Oomph to Your Spells with Magical Timing
Like herbs, oils, and crystals, you don’t need to work with magical timing for your spell to be successful. You can cast a spell at any time, no matter your intention, and get your desired results. However, working with the energy of the sun, moon, and days of the week can add an extra power boost to your magic.
Think of it this way: certain energies are dominant at certain times. Those energies are easier to connect with because they are closer at hand, so to speak, so you can bring them into your life and your spells more easily and in a more powerful way. That doesn’t mean you can’t call on other energies during these times — it just means that you may not connect to them quite so easily.
If you choose to work with magical timing in your spells, there are several yearly, monthly, weekly, and even daily cycles you can align your spells with.
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The Cycle of the Sun: Solstices and Equinoxes
These are the turning points that mark the solar year, and are associated with the relationships between day and night, light and dark, summer and winter. Each solstice or equinox marks the end of one season and the beginning for the next. Because they are so rare and so potent, these days are a great time for your “big picture” spells or for spells that need a big power boost.
Winter Solstice. The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, and falls between December 20 and December 23, depending on the year. In some pagan traditions the winter solstice, or Yule, marks the beginning of the new year — you may choose to set intentions for the coming year on this solstice. After the winter solstice, the nights start getting shorter and the days start getting longer — so spells related to healing and bringing things into the light are especially effective at this time of year. The winter solstice marks the end of the “dark half” of the year and beginning of the “light half” of the year; at this point, our focus turns from inward reflection to outward manifestation. You may choose to think of the time between the winter solstice and spring equinox as a “planning phase,” where you examine yourself and your desires, decide what you want to work on in the next year, and make plans for manifesting what you want.
Spring Equinox. An equinox occurs when the day and the night are exactly the same length, representing a perfect balance between light and dark. The spring equinox marks the beginning of spring and occurs between March 19 and March 22. The Christian holiday of Easter and the pagan holiday of Ostara are both related to the energy of this equinox. At this time of year, the natural world is coming back to life as winter begins to fade. Plants are beginning to grow, and baby animals are being born. This is a powerful time of year for fertility magic and any magic related to new beginnings. You may choose to think of the time between the spring equinox and the summer solstice as a “planting phase,” where you “plant the seed” of the things you want to manifest and begin doing the work to make it happen.
Summer Solstice. This solstice marks the longest day and shortest night of the year. It occurs between June 19 and June 23. As I am writing this post, we are coming up on the summer solstice (June 20, 2020). Life, fertility, and growth are at their peak during this time of year, which makes this solstice a perfect time for big manifestation spells. At the same time, this marks the end of the “light half” and beginning of the “dark half” of the year, so after the summer solstice our energy shifts from outward manifestation to inward contemplation. You may choose to think of the time between the summer solstice and fall equinox as the “harvest phase,” where you reap the results of your hard work and manifest your desires in the physical world.
Autumn Equinox. This is the other time of year when the day and night are perfectly balanced. The autumn equinox occurs between September 19 and September 23 and marks the beginning of autumn. This is traditionally the time of year when crops are harvested, and many pagan groups celebrate harvest festivals around this time. Nature is beginning to die or go into hibernation in preparation for the coming winter. This is an especially powerful time of year for shadow work or for magic related to endings and transitions. You may choose to think of the time between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice as the “reflection phase,” when you retreat from the outside world to rest, focus on yourself, and do your inner work and self-healing.
Important Note: This post lists dates for the solstices and equinoxes in the Northern hemisphere. In the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. If you live in the Southern hemisphere, you would observe the winter solstice in June, the spring equinox in September, the summer solstice in December, and the fall equinox in March.
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The Cycle of the Moon: Lunar Phases
If you don’t have time to wait for the appropriate solstice or equinox, you can still connect with the cosmos in your magic. One of the biggest pros of the lunar cycle is that it happens roughly every month — so you never have to wait very long for the next full moon. The moon is also associated with magic and spirituality in several traditions, which makes it an especially powerful astral ally for witches.
New Moon. The new moon is when the moon is completely invisible in the night sky, and is the phase opposite the full moon. The new moon is a powerful time for shadow work (because it deals with things that are hidden) and for magic related to new beginnings.
Waxing Moon. The moon is waxing when it appears to be growing in the night sky; this is the phase between the new moon and full moon. This is a powerful time for any magic that deals with drawing something in, building something up, or strengthening something that already exists.
Full Moon. Many witches believe that the full moon is the most powerful time of month for any kind of magic. This is a good time to cast any spell that needs a serious power boost. The full moon is also an especially powerful time to release what no longer serves you or to work healing magic.
Waning Moon. The moon is waning when it appears to be shrinking in the night sky; this is the phase between the full moon and new moon. This is a powerful time for any magic that deals with sending something away, banishing negative energy, or bringing something to an end.
Dark Moon. The dark moon is the three day period immediately before the new moon. In some traditions, it is believed to be bad luck to cast spells during the dark moon. Other traditions hold that the dark moon is the best point in the lunar cycle for destructive magic, such as curses and hexes. Many modern witches don’t recognize the dark moon as a separate moon phase at all. I personally like to use the dark moon as a time for self reflection, and may focus on shadow work during this time.
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Magical Correspondences for the Days of the Week
The days of the week also have their own unique magical energies, and each day is linked to a certain planet and to certain deities.
Sunday. Sunday is, of course, connected to the Sun and solar deities. Sunday is the best day of the week for any manifestation magic that needs an extra boost. Its energy is also associated with healing, personal growth, power, and success.
Monday. Monday is associated with the Moon and lunar deities. Monday is a quiet, introspective day, and can feel very ethereal. It’s the best day for magic related to intuition, nurturing, and shadow work.
Tuesday. Tuesday is associated with Mars and with gods and goddesses of war and action. (It is named for the Norse/Germanic god Tyr/Tiw.) Tuesday is a very “active” day, and is good for magic related to action, activism, victory, or finding courage.
Wednesday. Wednesday is associated with Mercury and with gods and goddesses of wisdom, learning, and communication. (It is named for the Norse/Germanic god Odin/Wodan.) Wednesday is all about mental activity. It’s the best day of the week for magic related to thought, travel, communication (written, spoken, or digital), and learning/study.
Thursday. Thursday is associated with Jupiter and with gods and goddesses of prosperity, wealth, and protection. (It is named after the Norse/Germanic god Thor.) Thursday, like Jupiter in astrology, is all about outward expansion. It’s the best day of the week for magic related to career, prosperity, and wealth.
Friday. Friday is associated with Venus and with gods and goddesses of love, fertility, and sensuality. (It is named after the Norse goddess Freyja, or perhaps the goddess Frigg.) The energy of Friday is fun, lighthearted, and sexy. It’s the best day of the week for magic related to love, beauty, and sex/sexuality.
Saturday. Saturday is associated with Saturn and with time and wisdom. (The day and the planet are both named after the Roman god Saturn.) Saturday is practical and wise, but it does have a little bit of a dark side. It’s the best day of the week for magic related to banishing and protection.
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Magical Times of Day
Okay, so you’d like to start working with magical timing, but what about emergency magic and last-minute spells? What if you don’t have time to wait for the next full moon, or even the next Sunday? You can still align your spell with magical timing! There are several moments of power each day, and each has its own magical associations.
Sunrise. Sunrise is, of course, the birth of the new day. This makes it the perfect time for spells related to new beginnings or expanded possibilities.
Noon. This is the peak or high point of the day. This is a powerful time for healing magic.
Sunset. Sunset is the end of the day, and forms a gateway between light and dark. This is a great time for spells related to accepting endings, releasing that which does not serve, and moving on from the past.
Midnight. If noon is the peak of the day, then midnight is the peak of the night. Midnight has a very ethereal, transformational energy. Like with the full moon, some witches believe that any spell will be more powerful if cast at midnight. This is a powerful time for both banishing and attraction magic.
You Are Magical by Tess Whitehurst
Green Witchcraft by Paige Vanderbeck
Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin [specifically the chapter on the sabbats]
Qabalah Made Easy by David Wells [Note: Qabalah is based on an appropriation of Jewish mysticism, and I am NOT endorsing its practice. However, much of the magical timing associations used in modern witchcraft is shared with Qabalah and other forms of ceremonial magic, which is why it’s referenced here.]
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gh0st--wh0re · a month ago
Wheel of the Year (Sabbats)
This is an interpretation of the general pagan wheel of the year, many of these sabbats have very specific meanings correspondences with the Wiccan god and goddess as well as other Celtic gods and traditions, I am a pagan who does not worship deities ( post about that on my blog too) so this is a basic rendition of how I recognize and celebrate sabbats. Much of this is taken from the book Paganism: an introduction to earth centered religions, by Joyce and River Higgenbotham so go check that out for more detail. diagram is origional by me (@gh0st--wh0re )
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Winter Solstice (Yule)
The first holiday celebrated in the year. When the winter solstice arrives, we know that we are halfway through the dark half of the year. The darkness that has been growing since the Fall Equinox reaches its peak at the winter solstice, making this the shortest day of the year.
Imbolg falls midway between the winter Solstice and the spring equinox and reminds us that daylight is growing and that winter will soon be gone. As a symbol of the growing light, pagans bless and light many candles on this holiday.
Spring Equinox (ostara)
Sunlight has continued to grow since Imbolg. At the spring equinox, daylight has grown to the point where there is as much daylight as darkness in a day. Light and darkness are in perfect balance on this day and will not be again until the fall equinox. Ostara marks the beginning of the light half of the year. It's a time to celebrate balance and the arrival of spring, as well as the freshness of a new day and new beginnings.
Beltane (May Day)
Beltane occurs halfway between the spring Equinox and the summer solstice. This is an exuberant holiday that celebrates sexuality, fertility and the unfolding of spring. A well known Beltane celebration is the Maypole dance, as well as wearing wreaths or crown of flowers, the crowning of May Queen and the lighting of bonfires.
Summer Solstice (Litha)
The summer solstice marks the time when the sun is at its maximum power and is the longest day of the year. It also marks the midpoint in the light half of the year. The themes of this season are growth, fruitfulness, abundance, and strength; the celebration that occurs before solstice day is known as Midsummer's eve, and is considered a night of potent magick. It is common for pagans to light bonfires at the solstice to celebrate the warmth and light of the sun.
The first of the harvest festivals, Lammas marks the beginning of the harvest cycle. Lammas literally means “loaf mass,” and celebrates the first grains harvested for the baking of bread. Lammas is celebrated with feasting, games, and contests. Loaves of bread are baked and blessed and shared by all.
Fall Equinox (Mabon)
As with the spring Equinox, this is the point at which light and darkness are in equal balance. The fall equinox marks the change from the light half of the year to the dark. From the equinox forward until spring, there will be more darkness than daylight everyday. The fall equinox is a time of harvest, appreciation, reflection and preparation for winter. This is a time of transition as we watch gardens fade and leaves turn color and drop. The balance experienced here is different from that of the spring which is poised and ready to leap into action. Here we experience the calm of rest after labor.
Samhain (Halloween)
Samhain (pronounced Sah-ow-un) popularly known as halloween, marks the end of the pagan sacred year. It's the first festival to occur in the dark half of the year. This is the time of year when agricultural societies decide how many animals to slaughter based on available grass and feed, the number of breeding livestock needed for the following year, and the amount of meat required to survive the winter. Serious mistakes in these calculations could mean death and starvation. For the ancient Pagans then, Samhain was a time of death in a very real way. As observed by pagans today, Samhain is a festival that celebrates several things: The end of the harvest, a change from the activities of summer to the quietness of winter, the beginning of the new pagan year and the honoring of ancestors and the dead. It is also a time when we acknowledge and honor the sacrifice of animals we kill in order to live. It is a time when we come to terms with death and are openly encouraged to process our fear of it. It is a time when we acknowledge the hard moments of life that we usually do not think or talk about. If there are things we need to let go of, samhain is a good time to release them. On this night the veil between the worlds is considered at its thinnest and the dead are thought to return and visit. Pagans may encourage this by setting a place at the table for ancestors who care to join them. They may honor their ancestors by speaking their names and recalling fond memories.
Rites of passage
In addition to Sabbats there are also 7 rites of passage that correspond with both the wheel of the year and the circle of life. These rites are listed very basically in the diagram attached and are color coded to what season or sabbat they correspond with.
hope this was helpful to anyone! asks and dms are open as always <3
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auguryandalchemy · 3 months ago
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Wheel of The Year ✧ Yule (December 20th-23rd) ✧ General meanings: winter solstice, new beginnings, rebirth Crystals - Bloodstone, Clear Quartz, Emerald, Ruby, Garnet, Diamond Animals - Bear, Boar, Deer, Eagle, Owl, Tiger, Wren Herbs - Chamomile, Ivy, Mistletoe, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Cedar, Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Juniper, Myrrh, Orange Deities - Odin, Ra, Isis, Brighid, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, Mithra, Lugh ✧Imbolc (February 2nd✧ General meanings: candlemas, hearth, and home Crystals - Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Onyx, Ruby, Turquoise Animals - Burrowing Animals, Bear, Deer, Groundhog, Lamb, Sheep Herbs - Acorns, Angelica, Basil, Bay, Blackberry, Chamomile, Crocus, Jasmine, Lavender, Rosemary Colors - Green, Brown, Red, White, Pink, Yellow Deities - Brigid, Triple Goddess, Eros, Osiris, Pan, Herne, Aradia, Athena ✧Ostara (March 20th-23rd)✧ General meanings: spring equinox, renewal and duality Crystals - Amethyst, Aquamarine, Clear Quartz, Agate, Jasper, Moonstone, Rose Quartz Animals - Butterfly, Chick, Rabbit, Lamb, Robin, Worm Herbs - Clover, Daffodil, Honeysuckle, Iris, Jasmine, Lemon Balm, Lilac, Lilies, Mint, Peonies, Tulips, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Ylang-Ylang, Geranium Colors - Pastels, Gold, Light Green, Blue, Pink, Yellow Deities - Eostre, Astarte, Aurora, Kore, Osiris, Dionysus, Ares, Adonis, Venus, Aphrodite, and Narcissus ✧Beltane (May 1st)✧ General meanings: may day, love, and fertility Crystals - Emerald, Garnet, Malachite, Rose Quartz, Tourmaline Animals - Bee, Cat, Cattle, Dove, Frog, Goat, Leopard, Rabbit, Swallow, Swan Herbs - Coriander, Crocus, Curry, Daffodil, Dandelion, Dragon’s Blood, Fern, Flaxseed, Hawthorn, Nettle, Paprika, Primrose, Snapdragon, Peach, Rose, Vanilla Colors - Bright Greens and Blues, Purples, Yellow and Red Deities - Bel, Pan, Maeve, Tanit, Flora, Gaia, Danu, Herne, Aphrodite, Artemis, Brigid, and Diana ✧Litha (20th-23rd)✧ General meanings: summer solstice, warmth, and the sun Crystals - Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Diamond, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Tiger’s Eye Animals - Bee, Butterfly, Cattle, Horse, Robin, Sea Creatures, Snake, Bird Herbs - Basil, Calendula, Chamomile, Heather, Heather, Mugwort, Wild Thyme, Peony, Roses, Daisy, Sunflower, St. John’s Wort, Cedar, Clove, Lavender, Mint, Pine, Sage Colors - Blue, Gold, Red, White, Yellow, and Green Deities - Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus, Athena, Artemis, Dana Kali, Isis, Juno, Apollo, Helios, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, and Ares ✧Lammas (August 1st)✧ General meanings: first harvest, abundance, and gratefulness Crystals - Citrine, Golden Topaz, Lodestone, Moss Agate, Obsidian, Peridot, Aventurine Animals - Calf, Pig, Rooster, Salmon, Crow Herbs - Apple Leaf, Basil, Clover, Goldenrod, Heather, Ivy, Marigold, Peony, Poppy, Rose, Rosemary, Vervain, Sunflower, Sandalwood, Frankincense Colors - Bronze, Green, Gold, Light Brown, Orange, and Yellow Deities - Lugh, Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and John Barleycorn ✧Mabon (September 20th-23rd)✧ General meanings: autumn equinox, feast, and bounty Crystals - Amber, Citrine, Cat’s Eye, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow Agate Animals - Eagle, Blackbird, Owl, Salmon, Stag, Wild Goose, Wolf Herbs - Bittersweet, Chamomile, Marigold, Rue, Sage, Yarrow, Cinnamon, Myrrh, Frankincense Colors - Brown, Gold, Orange, Red, Yellow, and Green Deities - Mabon, Inanna, Demeter, Persephone, and The Horned God ✧Samhain (October 31st)✧ General meanings: new year, spirit, and potential Crystals - Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Smokey Quartz Animals - Bat, Black Cat, Cat, Owl, Raven, Crow Herbs - Allspice, Calendula, Chrysanthemum, Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, Mint, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Sage, Thistle, Wormwood, Hazel, Benzoin, Sweetgrass Colors - Black, Gold, Orange, Purple, White, and Silver Deities - Crone Goddesses, Hekate, Hel, Lilith, Kali, Ishtar, Arianrhod, Rhiannon, Persephone, Baba Yaga, and Isis
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coffinsandcauldrons · 4 months ago
The witch experience is just
“Oh shit is it the full moon today”
“What do you mean the sabbat is tomorrow?”
“Did I miss the new moon again?”
“I forgot what day the solstice is, wait it’s today???”
“I need to this at exactly midnight, 1am already??”
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thenightaquarian · 3 days ago
Ways to Celebrate Mabon - the Autumn Equinox 🔥🍂
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🍁 Take a walk in nature to observe the transition of the seasons
🍁 Gather fall leaves, acorns, creek stones, and mushrooms
🍁 Gratitude journaling
🍁 Host a bonfire with music & dancing
🍁 Have a potluck or feast with loved ones
🍁 Hang up plants & herbs to dry
🍁 Practice ancestor veneration
🍁 Give offerings to your God or deities
🍁 Works of charity — give to others
🍁 Rituals for prosperity, protection, and power
🍁 Bake bread or fruit pies
🍁 Honor the Harvest Moon
🍁 Decorate your altar to honor and highlight the season
🍁 Visit an orchard or vineyard
🍁 Use grapes and apples in your spellwork
🍁 Pray or set intention for a bountiful harvest, new opportunities, and protection of your blessings
🍁 Pyromancy and fire rites
More detailed tips and info about the Autumn Equinox 🍂 HERE 🍂
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