The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour Merry meet! This is my blog dedicated to all things Pagan, Spiritual, Witchy & Magickal. Everyone is welcome here, even non-Witchy folk & those who are just curious about Witchcraft.

Stop by for a daily dose of magick & feel free to leave any questions you may have in my ask! I am 23 years old. I am a Witch, a reiki practitioner & I work as a licensed psychic so I can probably answer anything you leave me. I don't believe in stupid questions & love educating people about Witchcraft & Paganism so ask away! For long questions or messages, email me directly at witchinghr3@gmail.com 

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"Think of life like this: The pieces that make up the future are falling. It’s up to you to decide where they all eventually land in the present moment. Choose your thoughts, actions & where you focus your energy wisely for it’s those things that determine the ease of your journey & where your path will lead. As you will it, it shall be."

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Kelly @Dark Moon Tarot (via darkmoontarot)

darkmoontarot:

The Old Burying Point is the oldest cemetery in Salem, MA. This is one of my favorite carvings that I’ve found in the cemetery. 

I love the inverted pentagram carving because it gives me a chance to educate the tourists on cemetery tours about how the symbol’s meaning has changed through time. Most people commonly associate pentagrams with modern Witchcraft or even Satanic practices but it hasn’t always had those common associations. 

The pentagram was used by Christians for quite some time as a symbol of the transfiguration of Christ or as a representation of the “Five Wounds/Stigmata of Christ.” An upside down pentagram has also been used as a symbol of Christ’s incarnation. During the medieval times the pentagram was used by many as a talisman to guard against evil. Pentagrams were carved into support beams or were hanged over doors and windows of homes to protect the occupants from demons, evil & sickness. The pentagram was also used to represent health, heavenly wisdom & truth during the medieval time period in Europe.

Between the period of 300-150 BCE, the inverted pentagram was used in the Seal of Jerusalem. A lot of people have also forgotten that the pentagram was considered a sacred symbol to the Pythagoreans as it was associated with the “golden ratio.” Pythagoreans also used the symbol as a password and sign of recognition amongst themselves.

Many modern Witches, Wiccans & some Pagans will often use the pentagram as a representation of the 4 elements in balance with spirit and will wear the pentagram as an amulet of protection amongst other things. The pentagram is also used in ritual and spell-work.

I believe the power of any symbol is in the intent for which it is used but it’s still interesting to look back in history at how the common associations of symbols have changed through the years. These are just a few historic uses of the pentagram, but it’s been used for different reasons in various cultures and religions all around the world. 

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

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darkmoontarot:

The Old Burying Point is the oldest cemetery in Salem, MA. This is one of my favorite carvings that I’ve found in the cemetery.

I love the inverted pentagram carving because it gives me a chance to educate the tourists on cemetery tours about how the symbol’s meaning has changed through time. Most people commonly associate pentagrams with modern Witchcraft or even Satanic practices but it hasn’t always had those common associations.

The pentagram was used by Christians for quite some time as a symbol of the transfiguration of Christ or as a representation of the “Five Wounds/Stigmata of Christ.” An upside down pentagram has also been used as a symbol of Christ’s incarnation. During the medieval times the pentagram was used by many as a talisman to guard against evil. Pentagrams were carved into support beams or were hanged over doors and windows of homes to protect the occupants from demons, evil & sickness. The pentagram was also used to represent health, heavenly wisdom & truth during the medieval time period in Europe.

Between the period of 300-150 BCE, the inverted pentagram was used in the Seal of Jerusalem. A lot of people have also forgotten that the pentagram was considered a sacred symbol to the Pythagoreans as it was associated with the “golden ratio.” Pythagoreans also used the symbol as a password and sign of recognition amongst themselves.

Many modern Witches, Wiccans & some Pagans will often use the pentagram as a representation of the 4 elements in balance with spirit and will wear the pentagram as an amulet of protection amongst other things. The pentagram is also used in ritual and spell-work.

I believe the power of any symbol is in the intent for which it is used but it’s still interesting to look back in history at how the common associations of symbols have changed through the years. These are just a few historic uses of the pentagram, but it’s been used for different reasons in various cultures and religions all around the world.

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

Dark Moon Tarot: How to Cleanse Crystals & Minerals

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psychiccupcake:

darkmoontarot:

Before a crystal is used, it must be cleansed to remove residual energies that it picked up so that those energies aren’t transferred to yourself or others. Buying ethically mined crystals & minerals is important because strip mining is invasive, harmful to the Earth and it imprints that energy in…

If you own crystals you should read this! :D

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darkmoontarot:

NEPTUNE RETROGRADE

Are you having trouble making decisions, feeling scattered and are you itching for a change? It might have something to do with Neptune which is now officially retrograde until November 11th. While Neptune is retrograde people become more aware of the various situations in their lives and personal/psychic awareness is also heightened. This can bring an overwhelming amount of information to process causing some to become filled with anxiety and in others escapist tendencies may surface. Many will feel urges to reconnect with their magickal & ancestral roots during this time. Harness the periods of intense clarity, personal revelations and bursts of creativity during this Neptune retrograde to make plans to better yourself and your life. Put your plans into action after Neptune goes direct as temporary idealism may cloud realistic judgement. It’s very important to wear protective stones such as jet or black tourmaline during Neptune retrograde cycles as many people become “psychic sponges” during this time. Because Neptune rules the sign of Pisces, anyone who is a Pisces or has a lot of Pisces in their chart may feel more of an effect from this retrograde period.

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

The photo above is of my Full Moon altar.

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darkmoontarot:

NEPTUNE RETROGRADE

Are you having trouble making decisions, feeling scattered and are you itching for a change? It might have something to do with Neptune which is now officially retrograde until November 11th. While Neptune is retrograde people become more aware of the various situations in their lives and personal/psychic awareness is also heightened. This can bring an overwhelming amount of information to process causing some to become filled with anxiety and in others escapist tendencies may surface. Many will feel urges to reconnect with their magickal & ancestral roots during this time. Harness the periods of intense clarity, personal revelations and bursts of creativity during this Neptune retrograde to make plans to better yourself and your life. Put your plans into action after Neptune goes direct as temporary idealism may cloud realistic judgement. It’s very important to wear protective stones such as jet or black tourmaline during Neptune retrograde cycles as many people become “psychic sponges” during this time. Because Neptune rules the sign of Pisces, anyone who is a Pisces or has a lot of Pisces in their chart may feel more of an effect from this retrograde period.

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

The photo above is of my Full Moon altar.

fuckyeahpaganism:

I’m overly excited for Samhain. 

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fuckyeahpaganism:

I’m overly excited for Samhain. 

The truth about circle casting…how to do it & why it’s easier than you may think!

I wrote this post awhile ago and wanted to repost it for all of the new followers. Enjoy!

"So…if you have read a few Witchy books and are new to the craft often times casting a circle will make fire-breathing while on a unicycle going down a mountain biking trail seem easy. Books almost always include steps from different branches of Witchcraft (the Gardernerians, Alexandrians etc.) and inadvertantly misinform people by getting them think THAT’S how a circle is cast…and that it always has 421 steps & that it always must be done that way or you are doing it wrong. Then often times those same books will strike a fear into young Witches that if they don’t cast the circle to the book, everything will be screwed up & things in the room could start exploding. So what happens is new Witches will often become obsessed in the details of the craft, missing the bigger, simple picture of it all. Magick is all around us and always at work…so are the energies of the gods, goddesses & ancient ones. It doesn’t take a 1 hour circle casting to harness them to bring power to your magick. And often times in worrying about all the steps in casting, calling in the quarters etc we loose the magick, don’t feel anything and can even feel like what we are doing is “cheesy” or “hokey” because our worry & stress stops us from feeling the magick/energy of the circle. I’m going to explain a simple way of doing it that I wish someone could have taught me years ago when I first started off. There are a million ways to do this…here is a simple method I often use. Always do what feels right with you.

 Items needed to cast a circle (will discuss calling the quarters in my next post):

1. Yourself

2. Your wand

 Now, stand somewhere…anywhere where you won’t be disturbed & where your pets/human friends can’t break your circle.

 Next, walk forward a few steps so you are facing north with your wand in your dominant hand. Begin walking around in a CLOCKWISE circular direction…as you walk say this once “I cast this circle to protect me from all energies & forces that may come to do me harm.” As you walk & say that visualize the bubble forming around you…see the white light shooting from the wand creating the circle.

 Once you get back to where you started, walk around a second time (again clockwise) & if you want say what you said above or just focus on visualizing the energy/white light forming of the circle. Do what feels right in the moment!

 When you get back to where you started, walk around one more time (clockwise)…feel free to repeat the words or focus on visualizing the white light which is forming your circle. Again do what feels right to you in the moment.

 When you finish your third time around the circle pause and say “This circle is cast, so shall it be!” Substitute “so mote it be” or “it is so” or whatever else you can think of for the last part if you wish.

 Your circle is now cast and you can send your intent to the universe/gods/goddesses to be manifested. Calling the quarters is an extra step and is NOT a requirement for the successful manifestation of any spell. I have manifested many spells in circles where I have not called the quarters just fine. I will post a follow up blog talking a little bit more about calling the quarters & a few fun, simple & traditional ways to do it.

Don’t worry about walking widdershins (counterclockwise) within the circle. It’s a silly modern rule created by ritual based magick traditions. Walking clockwise won’t break the circle unless that is the intent for which you are walking & you are making it known that is why you are walking counterclockwise. Nothing will blow up if you do, your spell won’t be rendered useless and the gods/goddesses won’t get angry. I do it all the time and my spells manifest just fine.

 Be sure not to break the circle though…things won’t explode & nothing horrible will usually happen. It’s just scatters your energy among other things…not going to go into tons of details right now but feel free to google it or read about why not to break a circle.

What you do while setting your intentions for your spell varies depending on the spell. I’m just describing casting here which is why I haven’t mentioned candles, calling in the gods/goddesses etc. That’s not part of casting…those are extra steps which I will cover in another post.

 Once you are done working your magick you can close the circle. Walk to the edge of your circle with your wand in your dominant hand and start walking COUNTERCLOCKWISE in a circlular direction. As you walk say something like “This circle is now open. The energy in it remains unaltered/unbroken. So shall/mote it be.”

Feel free to say “Merry meet, merry part, & merry meet again” if you want. It’s not required but a lot of people like incorporating it in closing their circle. Say why feels right in the moment.

 YOU ARE DONE. That’s it. Wasn’t too hard right?

 Hope this helped shine some light on how not everything in the craft has to be complicated, time consuming, involving countless items etc. The less you worry about whether or not you are doing something “right” and “by the book” the more you will actually be able to feel the magick/energy of the circle. It usually feels “hokey” & “cheesy” when you are doing a bunch of things you don’t understand that you are worried that you are doing wrong all while feeling no magick & just the stress of trying to perform well in a circle. If it feels like a play or a pageant you are probably doing something wrong…try simplifying things until you can feel the energy. The more you worry about “getting it right” often the less you will feel the magick/energy. Plus if you are filled with worry & stress and not feeling any energy or magick I doubt your spell will manifest very well if at all. Start off slow and simple & start adding steps when you feel comfortable & confident in doing so.

 Over time you will develop your own unique Witchy style that you feel comfortable with.”

Blessings and Happy Casting!

Kelly

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littlegoldenapple:

Dark jackal God, God of truth, Anubis

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littlegoldenapple:

Dark jackal God, God of truth, Anubis

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Reblog if you’re a Wiccan/Pagan blog.

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