Anonymous asked: What does a shortened lock of hair behind the left ear mean for being a devotee of Lugh? Signed, a rather confused Norse-leaning newbie.
In general, it doesn’t have any specific symbolism. It’s completely personal.
When I made my formal devotions last Mabon, I put two braids in my hair and promised to keep them in until Samhain as a symbol of that bond, and when that night arrived, I would either keep the locks or cut them off.
There was wine and meditation involved once Samhain arrived, but the gist of it is that Brighid’s braid stayed, because I’d been hers longer and she didn’t seem to need the additional proof. Since my devotion to Lugh was newer and I hadn’t proven myself just yet, that braid was cut off and is waiting to be bound up with a formal pledge this summer.
The lock is growing back, albeit slowly. It’s almost down to my shoulder, which looks a little funny since the rest of my hair is down to my hips.
That’s so funny, when I felt drawn toward Laugh the other day, I decided to braid a piece of my hair for Him, and figured I would leave it in as a way to honor him and remind myself of Him when I touch it. I hadn’t read that anywhere, it was just a feeling I had. And you did it too! I wonder why Lugh likes braids…
I just really like her voice and the simplicity of this song
I woke up this morning feeling drawn toward Lugh with every cell of my body. I racked my brain trying to figure this out. I figured it might be because last year I made an offering of zucchini bread (from my garden) to him on Lughnasadh, and I though, maybe he’s like “Hey, tick tock! It’s time to get your garden started so you can make me more bread this year!”
I’m also very attracted to singing, writing and crafting (which I hear are what he rules over). I’m trying to start up a magical crafts store on etsy, and he’s considered a god of commerce. Plus, I love gardening, specifically for plants that I can use (I’ve never really been into growing things just because they’re pretty, they have to have some sort of use for me) and I know he’s the god of harvest. So all these things could have played a role too, I’m sure.
Anyway, I was mostly just looking for more info on Lugh and what it’s like to be a devotee of Lugh (I’ve read he can be really demanding).
Any comments, stories, or recommendations?
Anonymous asked: Hi, I'd like to know how to make a poppet and what you can make them out of. I live in a very conservative house hold so I am currently in the broom closet. I don't have a lot of access to too many supplies. I need a discreet way with minimal supplies to make a poppet. Thank ya.
Poppets are one of my favorite kinds of magic because it’s so versatile!
You can literally use anything to make a poppet. I prefer cloth (scrap fabric or an old tshirt I don’t wear anymore) just because I’m a sewing/crafty person. You can knit/crochet a poppet. You can make one from paper. You can use a ball of string and toothpicks, or a paper lunch bag, tissue paper and cotton balls, anything you can form into a human shape. If you’re feeling extra folk-magic-y you can even use root vegetables (carrot, potato, ginger, etc). People have used roots for poppet magic for centuries, I think because roots can often grow into human-like shapes. For example, I found carrots in my garden growing like this: Looks like two people hugging right? (I named it carrot love :D )
Anyway, it doesn’t really matter what it’s made of, it just has to hold a part of you, so it’s a representation of yourself. I recommend saving some hair from your hairbrush and using that to stuff your poppet, or using it to decorate your poppet with real hair. Or make it look like you, give it a piece of jewelry you always wear, spray it with your regular perfume/cologne.
After that, it’s really up to what you want to use your poppet for. I made a post about a Poppet Money Spell which can help give you ideas for how to tailor it for your own personal spell.
My personal recommendations are to use associated herbs and trinkets inside your poppet, or to use movement or placement of the poppet for your intent (ie. keep it in a black box for protection, in a jar of dirt for connection with the earth, pin it to a map over a specific place to which to wish to travel, etc)
Hope I helped!
Hey, all! Just finished unpacking all of my altar stuff so I put together something quick. Since this is the first real altar I’ve set up, I dont really have a lot of stuff for it (besides candles, obviously. I’ve got lots of those). Ive been visiting goodwill regularly to try to find anything I can use. I’ll keep you all posted on the evolution of my altar!
Anonymous asked: "Everything has a price" anon here... this person was basically telling me that if I did a working to call something very good to me, and I succeeded, then either I would lose something equally good, or have something equally bad happen. I was always careful never to call something negative to myself or anyone, and never to manipulate a person. But she says if I gain something (love, opportunity, money, healing, what have you), in order to preserve balance something must be lost.
Think of it as cashing in your good deeds. I’m sure there are times when you gave love to someone or helped someone out with something. Every day you’re doing things that put your energy out into the world without even realizing it. So, you’re receiving energy without realizing it too.
Without magick, regaining the energy you release is like rolling the dice. It’ll just return to you however it happens to work out. With magick, we’re taking that energy and transforming it into what we need it to be. It would have come back to you anyway, you’re just changing it’s form to best suit your needs.
I hope this makes sense, I know it’s a really abstract idea, but that’s how I personally see the universe and the energy within it. I hope this gives you more confidence!
Anonymous asked: A while ago someone close to me went off on me for practicing magick because "everything has a price; you pay it even if you're not aware of it". It started a whole argument, but I haven't done a working since. I guess she scared me more than I thought. This was something that meant a lot to me, and I miss it, but now I don't know what to think. Any thoughts or advice?
I never really understood the whole “everything has a price” argument. Like, breathing has a price, our heart beating has a price, that doesn’t stop us from living?
I believe it is true though, because physics tells us that energy cannot be created or destroyed, it is simply transferred or transformed. Isn’t that what we’re doing when we’re practicing our craft? Manipulating energy? We cannot create it, we simply borrow it from elsewhere, similarly, we cannot destroy energy so we send it off.
I think of the world in perfect balance. The universe has a balance of positive and negative energy, and you, a sentient being, have that same balance. When you cast off positive energy into the universe, suddenly things are thrown out of balance and that positive energy must be returned to you to restore it. Same with negative energy.
So yes, I do believe it’s true: Everything we do has a price because we borrow everything. We cannot spontaneously create our own energy, it must come from somewhere. This is true of every day life, every minute, every second. Every breath, every heartbeat has a price. So why let it stop you from practicing magick? If it makes you happy, go for it!
rawr-dragons-like-smaug asked: I just want to say that I've been living in the broom closet for years now, only coming out to a few close friends and seeing an entire blog dedicated to that struggle has literally brought me to tears. Tonight I suffered the incredibly painful experience of having my beliefs written off as "lighting tricks and placebo effects" (aura sight and brew/spell use) and your blog was just what I needed today. Thank you so much for being a light in a dark room.
Aww! I’m glad my blog is able to be such an inspiration to you :D I’m sorry you had to deal with having your beliefs mocked. Been there!
On the whole placebo affect thing though, even if it is a placebo effect, it still worked right? Basically what they’re saying is “oh, it’s just your mind changing something physical about your body to make it better” But… that sounds pretty damn magical to me! Like, yeah you’re right, because my mind is that powerful that it can make physical changes to my body, and I can help your mind do the same thing. Your argument is invalid.
I feel bad though because since I moved to my own place I’ve kind of neglected the whole “broom closet” aspect of witchcraft and moved on to more open ways of practicing, just because I’m able to now. I promise I’ll try to be more true to my name. Because even if I’m allowed to be open about my craft, I still prefer it to be secret because it’s personal to me.
I absolutely love blue goldstone, It looks like the universe in one rock!