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Divination

Tell me in the coments what tipe of divination you all want me to talk about. Here some examples: tarot, scrying, palmistry, astragalomancy (dice divination), clairvoyance, rune divination, automatic writing, numerology, tasseography, etc.

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anonymous asked:

Do gods answer the prayers or appreciate the worship of non reconstructionists or do they need things to be done properly like in the past? If they accept non traditional worship, why bother with the old ways at all?

This ask is months old…………..months, I think I had to take two hiatuses before getting to it, then mobile would not let me edit it so I had to write this all on desktop which I did not have the mental energy to do that until very recently. I’m sorry anon if you never see this. 

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In my personal experience, yes the Gods answer non recon/revive prayers. However, its my opinion that they do not “work with” or appreciate those who treat them like correspondences, vending machines, or, in the case of Mesopotamia, as equals. Despite having opinions, I cannot claim with any certainty who they answer and who they do not; I also can’t make any claims beyond the Mesopotamia/ANE and Greek traditions.

My Eclecticism

I’m going to use myself as an example. I was an eclectic for a much longer time than I have been a revivalist. I started off with Wicca but when I couldn’t pull off duotheism I threw off that idea and went with “eclectic neo-pagan.” Many of my books where still Neo-Wicca / Witchcraft.

I started this type of religion at 15/16 years old. My source of information was the books available at Barnes & Nobel’s, in their Religion and New Age/Pagan section. That is literally all I had. Learning anything about non-christian faiths was new to me. I had almost absolutely no online community— I didn’t use Facebook groups, I had no Tumblr, didn’t use Reddit, and wasn’t on any forums. The only online connection I had to other pagans was deviantArt; that community is basically sharing art, crafts, and altar photos. Not exactly learning. I had no internet community until 2017.

I was shit with research and thought I was doing just fine with my books so didn’t exactly surf the web for any of it; especially because I have no community to guide me. To further illustrate how I depended on books I browsed in the store— when I started worshiping Amaterasu-Ōmikami I had no idea that Shinto home worship was a thing. I thought it was all Shrines, Miko, Festivals, etc; basically the information on Shinto in travel books. Why? Because the religion section in  Barnes & Nobel’s had no books on Shinto. So I thought I knew what it was and didn’t investigate. I also went to some pagan fairs but usually felt out of place.

Once I hit college I still had that pagan mindset that a God and a Goddess were sufficient for worshiping (despite not believing in The God and The Goddess) and so I brought a mini altar that had teeny figurines of Isis and Horus. I was deeply mistaken and was much happier when I got representations of Thoth and Athena for the mini altar, the two I had worshiped from the beginning.

I still had no clue Hellenismos existed and it never crossed my mind to look at a multitude of sources until I started learning research. Then sophomore and junior year were…… not great times, so religion took a back seat. I still practiced but research and advancing my knowledge couldn’t be juggled well with school and medical issues, so I simply didn’t do it. Come senior year I get a faith crisis and stop practicing all together.

When I started again it was still in an eclectic fashion. Except this time I had nearly 3.5 years of building intense research abilities behind me, (now I have 6). I can navigate the internet with ease now and look for tons of research. For my senior capstone I was using a lot of ancient early 20th century books only available in print. Every time I went to the library I also grabbed religion books or ANE books. I don’t remember how I found out about Hellenimos but I started learning that too.

Here is the thing with my eclectic practice though: it was always respectful. My humbleness towards the Gods has always been deep. In fact, my use of the septagram has existed since I started worshiping Inana, long before revivalism. Representing humility as Inana had to bow when she entered the last gate of Kur. I have a whole thing about the symbolism in one of my old computer folders. I always made sure I was clean when practicing, made sure my altar stayed cleaned, gave offerings that I could, and always gave them praise not just asking for stuff. And those are essentially the fundamentals for Hellenic and ANE worship: cleanliness, humbleness, offerings (of any kind if not strictly recon), and praise.

Innocent Ignorance

None of this was willful ignorance. It was the result of: 

  • having no community
  • no one to guide me
  • using books almost exclusively
  • using books from a single store only
  • having barely any research skills
  • then when I finally have the skills having to quit research because of life circumstances

Using the library to get info on ANE, having research skills, and learning that recon/revive was an actual thing led to a waterfall of info. Then I joined tumblr and having a community boosted it more.

Some innocent ignorance I have seen is a post like this , the idea is prevalent because its popular in paganism and no one corrects it so if they don’t go digging they assume its true without looking any more, like I used to do; and I don’t really blame them. Another example is if someone takes this quote at face value and believes it, its in a published book by someone with a PhD it must be accurate!… or at least someone without good research skills & experience might think so. Other examples are someone who didn’t know of Aphrodite’s war epithets and someone else that didn’t know Santa Muerta is venerated outside Mexico. When someone has innocent ignorance they are much more open to learning. We are ALL ignorant, every single one of us, about something that is why learning is a thing. 

I’m kinda lucky that my eclectic practice fell in line with the basic ideas of Hellenic/ANE. But if they didn’t and I simply didn’t know better, I don’t think the Gods would fault me for that.

Willful Ignorance

If I had treated the ANE gods as equal in my religious practice and then learned that the ancient Mesopotamians considered themselves servants and the Gods were above them but I didn’t change my attitude/view of the Mesopotamian Gods, then I think the Gods would fault me for that.

Some examples of willful ignorance I can think of: A post about Greek mythology being ruined because the ancient Greeks apparently destroyed a matriarchal culture, a post by a girl refusing to admit that Kamidana were Japanese and should only be used for Kami additionally that Ofuda did not contain the essence of the Kami…then deleted her blog when a Priestess asked her to elaborate. A “oracle” who claimed that what they said was true and you could not be mad at them for contradicting known history and myth because they were just the messenger. The author of the book I linked to above.(I was going to add links but decided against that)

Why is this “willful”?

  • They claim to have “done the research” but provide no sources. Some cases studied it in a single class then speak with authority on the entire topic while also giving no sources. Snub academia for whatever reason. 
  • They are surrounded by a community of both religious worshipers and academics who know these topics. And could learn otherwise but have chosen not to.
  • Clearly don’t want to change their minds when presented with factual evidence that contradicts their claims. Either they completely ignore things presented to them, block, or in at least one case delete their blog (which is unfortunate but I guess it can’t be helped; the priestess was kind and trying to be understanding)

Significantly different then my teenage ignorance simply because I didn’t think and had no one to guide me. I think plenty of new pagans and polytheists are in the same position I was in: young, zip research skills or not well developed ones, zero guidance, and not sure how to be in a community. I will never fault them for that. However, I will fault someone who chooses not to learn when they have the ability to.  Eclecticism doesn’t give people the right to make up history or twist it.

My biggest problems were no guidance and no research skills, its why I started my #sourcing series to hopefully help some people with the latter,

Why bother with the old ways?

I don’t think the old ways are 100% necessary but I think knowing history is important and I think knowing the cultus of their original culture(s) informs us of their nature and what our attitudes should be. 

While you do not have to: 

  • Cleanse with traditional tools such as sweeping or incense
  • Use ancient hymns and incantations
  • Or try to mimic ancient Mesopotamian ways. 

It is my opinion that you do have to: 

  • Be clean and maintain clean spaces or tools whatever they may be in your practice
  • Give prayer and praise, that is NOT just “please gimmi X” 
  • And treat the Mesopotamian Gods with the same respect that the ancients did. Mainly not considering yourself equal. 

All can be done in a non-recon / revive practice

When I see the Mesopotamian Gods (or the Greek too but its more prevalent with ANE) in a way that is not respecting the Gods the way the ancients did, seeing them as equals, and ESPECIALLY spreading false information I do get miffed, I won’t try to deny that. I’m not perfect though, my practice often reverts back to simple cleaning, prayer and offering because its all I can manage. I  am slowly working revivalism in because I’ve only considered myself an actual revivalist for maybe a year and a half? Maybe a bit more… Something like that. My mindset and cosmology and the meaning of things reflect revivalism a lot but atm my practice doesn’t always. (It doesn’t help that being revivalist for Mesopotamian is much more difficult than Hellenic). 

For me being a revivalist deepens my connection to the Gods, helps me personally be more respectful, and helps develop my beliefs concerning cosmology much more easily. I will never knock eclecticism, but I will correct misinformation and abhor willful ignorance. 

Ways You Can Celebrate Litha

  • Make a Wicker Man and burn him in your Litha bon fire
  • Go berry picking. Have the children chose their best berry and throw it back into the berry bushes as they thank the Goddess and the bushes for the fruit.
  • Burn your remnants of your Yule Tree or Wreath in the bon fire or try using Wreaths of Vervain and Mugwort which were burned in ancient times at the end of the festivals to burn away bad luck.
  • Many families placed roses on the altar, as this is the Goddess flower for this time of the year. Try this yourself for a beautiful and fragrant decoration.
  • Leave out milk and honey as an offering to the Fae folk
  • Have a mock battle between the Oak and Holly King. Remember that this is part of the cycle and as the wheel turns the Holly King will rise again at Winter Solstice
  • Put a ring of flowers around your cauldron or around a bowl full of mugwort
  • Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry and use them to spice up a Litha feast of cooked summer vegetables
  • Light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say your own Litha prayer over it, and then let it burn out
  • Make a charm to hang around your neck with a seashell
  • Jump the balefire or cauldron
  • Offer a gift of lavender to the Gods in a bonfire. Pass St. John’s Wort through the smoke and then hang the herb up in the house for protection.
  • Make your own Stonehendge at the beach like you would a sand castle
  • Have an outdoor breakfast picnic to welcome the Solstice
  • Stay up and watch the sun go down on the longest day of the year!
  • Draw a picture of the sun at sunrise and sunset
  • Try a fire divination, stare into the coals of your bonfire as it settles or look for forms in the leaping flames.
  • Create a ritual to bring healing and love to Mother Earth
  • Dispose of those qualities that trouble you: project them into a burn-able (bunch of dry twigs, paper, etc.) and thrust the mass into a cleansing fire
  • make staffs
  • make dream pillows
  • make herb craft items like wreaths
  • make a witches’ ladder
  • Make a Catherine Wheel, or frame of sticks and withies (slender, flexible branches) with flammable material among the spokes. At the climax of your ritual, ignite the wheel and send it rolling down a hillside into a pond or lake. (obviously the hillside should be stone, bare earth, or covered with moist vegetation–no dry grass or underbrush!)

More full moon thoughts 🌕✨👀💖

1. There is no rule of how you should be, no matter what your goal is.

2. There is no rule you should abide any religion or theory unless that is representing your authentic self.

3. There is no job, scholarship, or school subject, family member or friend that can define your authentic self unless you’re the one who chose it.

4. There is no entity ready to accept you and help you as you are, unless you’ve already accepted and loved yourself as you are.

5. There is no person that should love you, family or not, in order for you to accept yourself. You are the first and only person whom you should fully rely on. Others are just the cherry on top of the cake. Be your own foundation, so your safety won’t rely on others.

6. To benefit of the help of spirit guides, ancestors, magic, higher self, you have to first see and acknowledge yourself as you are.

7. You are made of both light and shadow. Without those you have no shape. So, love yourself unconditionally, not because you live “by the rules”, but because you live as your authentic self unconditionally.

Originally posted by allyouneediswall

Strong Sun Moon Spell to Sweeten Someone’s Disposition

June’s full moon is known as the Strong Sun Moon, for obvious reasons. Falling right around the summer solstice, this full moon is associated with bonding with our friends and family, as well as nurturing our gardens and souls. 

You can also work on nurturing your relationships if someone in your life is a bit of a sour puss. Use the spell to sweeten his or her disposition a bit.

You’ll Need:

  • A photo of the individual
  • A brown paper lunch size bag
  • A cup of sugar

Do this working on the night of the full moon.

Place the photo in the bag, pour the sugar and slowly. As you do, say:

Sweeten your life, sweeten your world

Take joy in all that life has to offer, and share your joy with others

Dig a hole under a tree or bush, and bury the bag, sugar and all. The person’s mood and demeanor should improve substantially.

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Found in the Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch by Patti Wigington

What is your lineage/tradition?

My great great mother was Strega, which is Italian witchcraft…mainly based around food and the kitchen. She passed away before she could pass down any of her knowledge.

My grandmother is an eclectic witch and has been for over 30 years.

My mothers is an eclectic witch practicing around 20 years.

I am a 3rd generation hereditary eclectic witch, but leaning more towards celtic. I was brought up in the craft and practiced my whole life.

My daughter, now 8, is slowly starting her practice and will be 4th generation!

Does the craft run in your family? Did you find it on your own? With friends? What traditions do you follow?



or comment and tell me! I’d love to hear your stories!! ❤😊🌹

sending out healing and purification shamanic energy out into the night on this witching hour to all who need it, as i do. vanquishing negative energy and ascending into a plane of higher consciousness and love. release all energy that serves you no more, and take hold of the power you have over your divine feminine energy.

Honoring the Divine Masculine

This is Father’s Day, a time to celebrate male parents. It’s also a great opportunity for honoring the divine masculine. Pagan faiths have many different gods that you can explore.

You’ll need:

  • A brown candle in the candle holder that you can carry safely

Light it and invoke your favorite divine father figure. 

Meditate on all that a father brings to a home, and what a father god brings to his pantheon.

Then walk through all the rooms of your house. Light them up with the glow of his regard.

As you go, say:

Father God, guard my home

And keep us safe and well

Make this place full of love

And good stories to tell

Return to candle to your altar. 

Finish with favorite remembrances of your father or another male role model. Give thanks and let the candle burn out safely.

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Found in Llewellyn’s Witches Spell-a-Day Almanac

Blessed Be

I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend! I just added Amazonite, Rose Quartz, and Amethyst to my crystal collection! I plan to meditate with these crystals later tonight. I also bought “The Tarot Bible” and a set of the Rider Waite Tarot Cards! I’m about 30 or pages into the Tarot Bible and I’ve learned so much already!

I will be preparing for the Full Moon in Sagittarius by writing down my intentions for this cycle, yoga and meditation!

How do you prepare for each moon cycle? Talk to me!

Meditation on the Earth Element

This meditation is intended to help you reconnect with the qualities of the earth element, which is nurturing, grounding, fertile, and stable. Focus on whichever qualities are needed most for you at this time, for example, prosperity or healing

Find objects for your altar that represent the earth element. Plants, flowers, stones, or statues of animals are all good choices.

As you meditate upon the objects of your choice, invite the power of the earth element using this chant:

Field, flower, tree, and stone

Every part of earth is home

Nurture spirit, flesh and bone

Remind us we are not alone

To reinforce the connection, plant something in your garden or buy a potted plant as a reminder of the earth element in your life.

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Found in Llewellyn’s Witches Spell-a-Day Almanac

A theme I wrote for one of my characters/OCs, Armand de Serpentine, for an up-and-coming tabletop thing.

A jurist and a revolutionary, Armand de Serpentine, a member of the snake-like Ramalsa subspecies of humans, is a friend of the people and a foe of the rich and powerful. Cold-blooded and calculated, they scheme in the shadows to topple the corrupt and unworthy - for the good of all.

Driven by a personal desire to avenge their father and political comrades, Armand became a bounty hunter, striking from the shadows against the conspirators that killed their father Amasin along with his comrades, and made their mother disappear.

(album cover is an image made via ganbreeder)

(from a possibly upcoming (?) album titled ‘Drums Abeat, Flags Awave)