Q:Hello sorry to bother you, but why do you not want people to call it smudging? Curious cause that's how I've always heard it referred to as by people? I'm not attempting to be rude, here, just asking ^_^
Not a problem, it’s good that you asked. :)
Smudging is a term that refers to certain rituals performed by several different Native American nations. These rituals, which involve a lot more than just burning sage bundles, are sacred and not open for use by outsiders.
For some silly reason, New-Age authors seem to think that Native American rituals and practices are open for anyone to use, and that any activity where you wave around burning herbs is the same thing as smudging. They are NOT open, it is NOT smudging, and using the word in that way is appropriative and disrespectful to the people for whom the practice is sacred and reserved. (Remember, witchlings: Cultural appropriation is for assholes who don’t care about other people, so don’t do it.)
Now, mind you, burning herbs for magical or ritual purposes is a widespread practice. This is called “smoke-cleansing,” or “recaning” (pron. “reekening”) if you want to use a fun Anglo-Saxon term.
So go ahead and burn those purification herbs. And if you can, use something other than white sage. Again thanks to the New-Agers, the demand for the plant is so high that wild populations are becoming threatened.
Any of the herbs listed below are viable substitutes for white sage in smoke-cleansing:
- Green or Purple Sage
- Basil (any kind)
- Cedar Tips
i’m in the same boat! i started last year and was 27 at the time. all these young whippersnappers with their tumblr and witchy aesthetics in pop culture are lucky!(hehehe)
I was 28 when I started studying witchcraft so I totally feel ya. I feel like I had a lot of catching up to do. Especially as I spent the first 3 years or so floundering and reading ALL THE BOOK going “ok, this is totally not what I believe but I guess I’ll read it anyway.” I think when I started this tumblr is when things started gelling for me.
"If you don’t have a rat, you can’t be one of us."
OK, I’m out! My partner is playing a show with his synth-pop project LateNightSleepTV tonight. Maybe you’d like to listen along if you aren’t gonna make it to the show in Portland tonight?
I see a future time when we all have stories
Sharp turns, twist of fate and love we had.
Paper hearts, lesson learned and oh, the roaring twenties
Source: SoundCloud / latenightsleept.v.
Also, I’m kid of jealous of you folks that started studying early. I didn’t start studying witchcraft until I was almost 30.
Q:why don't you recommend minors practicing witchcraft?
I’m a liable adult. I can’t actually legally recommend anything to a minor. The last ask was from someone who specifically stated they weren’t going to be a witch until they were 18 and if that is how they feel then I support that.
Q:Hi!! I've been interested in witchcraft for some time, but I don't really know where should I start?? Like , I'm not 18 yet (and I don't really plan to decide being or not a witch until then), but I wanted to know at least the basics, especially when there are so many different paths you can take in witchcraft~ (thanks in advance, and sorry for my bad english, since it's not my first language!)
It might be smart for you to not start studying until you are 18, but I don’t really give minors advice.
However, if I have tagged a bunch of posts with witchling that might be interesting to read for academic research. Mostly, the only way to know is to read lots of things. Read everything about lots of different types of witchcraft and see what you are drawn towards. Witchcraft is a study and a practice. It is something you have to work at, it is not something that just happens to you.You need to do the work. Also, your English is excellent :)
Q:hi I'm kind of interested in witchcraft... but I feel conflicted because I'm a Christian. I know God wouldn't lead me down this path if he didn't support it, and really I'm more worried about my family and friends' reactions... Do you have any advice? I've been enamoured by all things supernatural and occult since as long as I can remember. I'm 17 now, by the way. Also, do you know of any spells to help get creativity flowing and to make your art better? thanks so much!!!
Well, I usually tell folks that are under 18 that I can’t help them because the adult/minor thing.
However, I do know that there are some Christian witches and even Christopagans out there and those might be some good tags to look into (or maybe someone from those tags could scoop up this post?)
I don’t actually give out spells but if I knew an adult looking for a spell for creativity I would tell them about how I do often look at natural-magics ridiculously through spell resource index where I know there is a whole section on creativity.
Q:Do you have an tips on doing yoga at home? What style do you practice? Any favorite videos or instructors? My room cleaning/rearrange means I actually have space to plop down my mat now, buuuuut I suck at forming habits.
I don’t really have a plan. I go through phases. I did keep a print out of a bunch of poses on my wall for awhile to remind me. I should do that again. I’ve also followed some Youtube videos and that was fun for awhile. Sometimes I just focus on one thing and do a lot of spinal twists or something.
Q:do you know of any plants besides cacti that grow well with a lot of sunlight and not a lot of shade? i live in florida and there's a spot for a garden in my backyard but it doesnt get a lot of shade if any
Most culinary herbs like a lot of sunlight but they will need to be watered. I guess it depend on what you are looking for. I live in zone 8 so I’m not totally sure what will grow there.
babywitch problems: being too intimidated to approach more experienced people for spell advice
You can ask me. I even have anon on. I might take awhile (a few days at the most) to get to it, but I answer all I get. (I see you asks sitting there. I’ll get to them when my brain is in it) Sometimes I think I might just bewilder people with my stone soup/brainstorming approach to spells, but that’s how I build them.
Don’t even get me started on bra prices. If you want one that doesn’t fall apart after one wash, you have to pay the price of a solid gold bar like what the heck
I know! I have a $150 gift certificate to Pencil Test burning a hole in my pocket but I just need to get over there. I’m hoping I can get 3 bras, but moe likely 2.5. Sometimes they have some reasonable ones around $30.