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Show Us Your Wands





Show us your wands! A wand is one of the most important tools for a wiccan or pagan ritualist. Despite the fact that there’s some argument over which element it represents and how it’s used, you may find yourself wanting a particular one (or two). Do you use yours to direct energy for a particular purpose, or do you use it to summon the guardians of the elements and deities during ritual? We find ourselves using certain wands for certain things, whether it be ancestral work, protection, or simple meditations. All of the wands here are from Greenwomancrafts in Glastonbury (and on Etsy). We added the rose quartz to the one in the middle.

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Tool Time: The Altar





One of the first things a new wiccan/witch/pagan will do is set up an altar (or several!). An altar is a sacred space you create with a varying range of items that helps you focus on your spirituality. People create meditation altars, altars to specific gods and goddesses, or altars for daily devotionals. Unless you’re following a specific path or system that dictates what you do, it’s totally up to you!

A basic all-purpose altar is likely to include representations of the elements, a candle, your other tools, and miscellaneous items that reflect your spiritual path. It can be totally simple if you need it. Using rocks to represent elements is a great way to avoid having to work with multiple candles, especially if you have to carry your altar to someplace private, or put it up and take it down whenever you want to use it. However you do it, it should be beautiful and comfortable for YOU!

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Show Us Your Wands





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Portable SpellStations





Have you seen our Portable SpellStations? We made these for people who either need to keep a discreet altar or want to do some work on the go. They’re also handy for those of us with overly full altars who find we need a simple place to do spell work or work with oracle or tarot cards.

The Portable SpellStations come in a handy black velvety bag for easy transport, and come with a clear disk and ten circular papers. Use the papers to write a spell on, and put under the disk with a tea light on top, or put colored paper disks underneath to do all color work with a simple white tea light. We also sell supplemental planetary, zodiacal, and elemental disks. Sorry, but the bee disk is kind of a tease–they usually come with either a pentacle or a cross-quarter disk.

Even better, these are sized to fit medium-sized Society6 bags, which come in all sorts of really cool designs. What better way to be witchy on the go?

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FAQ: Who Are Our Books For?





We get asked this a lot, since there’s so many books out there it’s hard to tell what you need when. Our Workbook of Shadows and Workbook of Sabbats are intended for the new wiccan/pagan/eclectic, though certainly someone who’s been practicing for a while might get something out of them. It’s always useful to go back to basics and reality check yourself!

The idea behind them is to help ground you in a practice that is meaningful to you, rather than overwhelming you with information. These workbooks guide you through prompts that encourage you to think about what you enjoy doing and how you can tailor a practice to fit your circumstances and preferences. There’s plenty of books that will give you all the information you need, but that can be like drinking from a fire hose–and even if you don’t choke, much of what you read is most useful once you have idea of what’s important to you in picking and choosing.

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Water Magic





Water magic is about releasing, accepting, flowing around obstacles, anything you might imagine that water is, helps, or does. 

There are many creative ways to work with water. You can do a meditation or a spell in the shower or when you wash your hands, or take a purifying ritual bath as a more special occasion. You can bless your water bottle with a specific intention, or charge it with crystals (be careful to use only ones that are not toxic or just set up a grid around your water bottle).

Many people collect rain water or moon water from different phases of the moon. You can use these during spellwork or meditations. If you use a fountain pen, you could even put your ink cartridges out in the moonlight!

What ways do you work with water?

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Mabon and the Autumn Equinox


Happy Mabon! Today is the pagan sabbat Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, where the days start getting shorter and the nights longer. This is the second harvest, a time to reflect and celebrate before we head into the season of Samhain.

Take the time to soak in some sun! This is a good time to take stock of what you need to keep you healthy and happy and figure out a good self-care routine before things get cooler and darker. What do you need to do more of? What do you need to release or do less of? Don’t forget Vitamin D!

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Mabon and the Autumn Equinox


Happy Mabon! Today is the pagan sabbat Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, where the days start getting shorter and the nights longer. This is the second harvest, a time to reflect and celebrate before we head into the season of Samhain.

Take the time to soak in some sun! This is a good time to take stock of what you need to keep you healthy and happy and figure out a good self-care routine before things get cooler and darker. What do you need to do more of? What do you need to release or do less of? Don’t forget Vitamin D!

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Fire Magic





Fire Magic is a great “entry level” way to get into spells for new practitioners because, well, candles. Most people enjoy candles and they’re easy to find these days in all sorts of colors and sizes. Candles make it really easy to do fire magic in a safe, confined way. 

The main consideration with candles is whether you want to burn your candle to completion for the duration of your spell or meditation. You can buy small spell candles that last only a short time, so you don’t need to worry about leaving them unattended until they burn out. On the other hand, if you want to use a candle to help you commit to a focus or remind you of an intention, you might want something that lasts longer and lets you work over a period of time.

Keep in mind, though, that if you use a larger candle, you need to let it burn fully to the edges the first time you use it or it will tunnel down and be wasteful and eventually unusable.

If you can’t burn a candle where you live, you can use fire-colored crystals (or even yarn!) to connect you with the energies of fire.

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Boundaries and Protection

Let’s talk about boundaries and protection. Many people turn to witchcraft because they want to take control of their lives and feel powerful. These are great goals, but keep in mind that when it comes down to taking care of yourself, the romance and attraction of spells and magic won’t get you that far — it all really comes down to practical skills and consistent intention and focus. 

How are you protecting and taking care of yourself? Do you respect your own boundaries? How are you nurturing your own power, releasing what you don’t need, and taking actual steps forward?