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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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

Reblogged from darkmoonsalem

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

"There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong."

Reblogged from darkmoonsalem

Hindu Teaching (via darkmoontarot)

"Everything is fluid. Just as the clouds in the sky remain ever-changing, ideas about spirituality, personal belief systems & philosophies, priorities and sexuality will often shift as the years pass. You soul is always evolving. Go with the flow."

Reblogged from darkmoonsalem

Kelly (via darkmoontarot)

Psyduck: PRICELESS MOMENT

Reblogged from lumpyspacewitch

psychiccupcake:

So I’m at Starbucks and the local Catholic priest/exorcist walks in. Yes he’s apparently an exorcist. When he sits at the table he places a picture of Jesus on the table and often can be seen counseling people, talking about how he has seen the devil during exorcisms and ranting about how Salem is…

Reblogging from my personal blog for everyone here. This will eventually be part of a chapter of a book of my life lol.

The difference between a Witch & a Wiccan EXPLAINED.

I get extremely annoyed when I hear how so many people describe the difference between Wicca & Witchcraft…the reason being they usually describe it wrong!! If I had a penny for every Wiccan who says: “Wicca is the religion, Witchcraft is the practice” I would be rich. But that statement is NOT correct! 

Witchcraft was around HUNDREDS of years before Wicca even existed. Wicca is simply one branch of the Craft. You don’t need to abide by the Rede to be a Witch. Speaking of the Rede…

The rede that most modern Wiccans recognize & abide by was patented in the 1950s-60s. It’s not ancient like many Wiccans sadly believe. The word Wicca simply means a male Witch. A female Witch is called Wicce. A surprising amount of Wiccans I meet don’t even know that basic fact. Witchcraft isn’t only the practice of metaphysical stuffs & magick…it has been, and continues to be a religion for myself & thousands of people around the globe. The sad part is because of the “Burning Times”, the traditions & beliefs of Witches were often lost & forgotten…but the magickal traditions/remedies often remained. People forget that Witches were often the wise women/shamans of a village. There was a belief system behind what they did…although it has been long lost, it did exist. 

I want to be clear…I have no problem with Wiccans. I am friends with quite a few Wiccans. What bothers me is when some random Wiccan online (usually fresh out of the broom closet) dismisses/degrades myself/my faith for being just a Witch. I do not identify as a Wiccan. It bothers me that, because I don’t identify with modern standards established in modern times to Witchcraft by modern men, that I supposedly lack a religion. What the Wiccan religion is based off of is the beliefs & traditions of Witches…who practiced Witchcraft as a religion. I mean…even their name means Witch. Where do these Wiccans who insult Witchcraft think their traditions came from?? Witchcraft is my religion. Living in Salem, I’ve met some very religious Witches who DO NOT believe in a God/Goddess but instead believe in universal energy, energetic polarity of the masculine & feminine, life force and such. Is their religion devoid of value because they don’t believe in a God or Goddess or abide by the Rede? There actually seems to be more Witches than Wiccans in Salem…Witches often insist Wicca is not a religion and that it’s just a fancy/politically correct name for the Craft. I disagree. I believe Wicca is a religion…I believe it’s ONE branch of the Craft but that it isn’t the only branch. There are a million ways to be a Witch. Wicca isn’t the only magickal path and to de-value a Witch and say they lack a religion because they don’t practice Wicca or identify as Wiccan is wrong. It’s just as wrong for a Witch to say Wicca isn’t a religion…because it is. 

Wicca was the product of a few people who focused their efforts on researching traditions & making a religious standard for the Craft and other related Pagan/magickal beliefs. That means, they took what Witches/Pagans around the world had been doing for hundreds of years and branded it something new. They also added a standard of rules and ethics. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Every religion/branch of a religion has to start somewhere. It’s only harmful when followers think that their way is the ONLY way. This is true for all religions. I’ve seen small “Witch Wars” around Salem spring up about this issue. I think both Wiccans & Witches need to be more accepting and less critical of one another. They are both magical paths…again, they are both different branches on the same tree. 

About me: When I was younger…I used to identify as Wiccan. I thought it was the only way…as I grew older I learned different and found Wicca too restrictive.The reason why I don’t identify as Wiccan is because I follow the “Old Ways” and Wicca is a modern creation. The Rede is modern. They have simply standardized what Pagans, Witches, Druids and followers of the Craft have been doing for HUNDREDS of years. That’s my view. My grandmother did all types of Witchy things without a label. She wasn’t Wiccan…she didn’t call herself a Witch…she was simply a magickal woman. It’s all the magickal traditions that have been passed down in families like mine around the world that make the Craft so special. You can’t always define or confine the Craft. But if you do make a standard…don’t market it like it’s “the only way.”

I really have to emphasize that I don’t hate or dislike Wiccans…I only dislike when I see repeated explanations of Wicca that aren’t correct, that are passed around like fact, and that are hurtful to myself and all the Witches I know who are not Wiccan.

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

Reblogged from karmicconfessions

"Hello.
Can you please give a summary, as brisk and brief as you like, of paganism to me--someone who is completely ignorant of it?"

Asked by noisyprism-deactivated20120720

Oh Goddess…this one is a tough one lol. The thing is, I find Paganism hard to define. To be simple, it is basically, and most commonly defined as the belief in more than one God or Goddess. Thats ONE simple definition. Most Pagans I meet believe in energy, the power of Nature, the power of intention etc…but not all do. There are a bajillion ways to define Paganism and every Pagan I’ve met has their own definition for what they practice as a Pagan…all of them equal and correct. Some Pagans believe in multiple Gods & Goddesses but also believe in one Universal energy that rules everything. Some Pagans I’ve met believe in Nature and its Spirits….not actual Gods and Goddesses. Some Pagans are ritualists, some are not. Some Pagans you meet may be Witches, not all Witches are Pagan & not all Pagans are Witches. You may meet Pagans who believe in reincarnation, while some do not believe in life after death. Since I live & work in Salem, MA I’ve seen almost every interpretation of the term “Pagan” that you can think of. I’ve even met Pagan Christians…yea they exist! I see the word Pagan as an Umbrella term for a ton of valid belief systems. You can research its literal meaning and the history of the word for more info (always an interesting read) but that is the best explanation that I can give for how most modern Pagans that I have met, define the word. Hope that helps! That was an awesome question :)

Many blessings,

Kelly

Everyone…I urge you to read this, pass this on and take action. No matter what your religion or beliefs may be…this needs to end NOW. These children need a voice.

STEPPING STONES NIGERIA: CHILD ‘WITCHES’

"An increasing number of children in the Niger Delta are being forced to the streets and trafficked as a result of a deeply held belief in child ‘witches’ and also due to persistent violent conflicts, poverty, abuse, torture, rape, or being orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

The deeply held belief in and fear of child witchcraft cuts across all tiers of society. This fear stems from the belief that a spiritual spell can be given to a person through food and drink. The soul of the person who eats this spell will then leave the body to be initiated in a gathering of ‘witches’ and ‘wizards’. The initiated person will then have the power to wreak havoc, such as causing diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, typhoid, cancer. All problems in life are seen to be the handiwork of these ‘witches’. In recent times, it is thought children have become the target for initiation by the elderly ‘witches’ as it is believed that they are more susceptible to their spells and are quicker in action.

The following have being identified as the major causes of child witchcraft, abandonment and killing:

Religious profiteering
Extreme poverty
Disintegration of the extended family structure
Ignorance and superstitious beliefs
Broken marriages
THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH

Stepping Stones Nigeria wishes to engage with all faith organisations who believe that children should be protected from harm and cared for. We do not wish to denounce any faith organisation. However, the role of the church, especially some of the new Pentecostals, in spreading the belief in child ‘witches’ cannot be underestimated. There are numerous so-called pastors in the region who are wrongly branding children as ‘witches’ mainly for economic self gain and personal recognition. We therefore call for all people of all faiths to stand up and support the fight to protect innocent children from the abuse that is caused due to the belief in child witchcraft.

THE ROLE OF ‘HOME MOVIES’

Stepping Stones Nigeria’s research has shown that the belief in child ‘witches’ in the Niger Delta is linked to the widespread viewing of Nigerian or Nollywood ‘home movies’. These movies are widely available in markets and are watched by the vast majority of people in this region. Many of these films promote superstitious beliefs, such as that of child witchcraft. By far the most provocative and influential film in this genre is ‘End of the Wicked’. 

HOW SUSPECTED WITCHES ARE TREATED:

*Abandoned, isolated, discriminated, ostracised from the community 
*Taken to the forest and slaughtered

*Disgraced publicly and murdered

*Bathed in acid

*Poisoned to death, often with a poisonous local berry (asire)

*Buried alive

*Chained and tortured in churches in order to extract confession”

Source: STEPPING STONES NIGERIA  

http://www.steppingstonesnigeria.org/witchcraft.html

I must pass the word on about these atrocities and urge you to donate…even if it is just one dollar. If you can’t donate today, at least reblog this post. Maybe one of your followers can contribute something to this charity that is in SO MUCH need of support.

Dark Moon Tarot, the company I work for, will be organizing Several charity events in support of Stepping Stones Nigeria. For future updates on what we will be doing to help this very important cause, find us on FB here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Moon-Tarot/126790330710024

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

Everyone…I urge you to read this, pass this on and take action. No matter what your religion or beliefs may be…this needs to end NOW. These children need a voice.

STEPPING STONES NIGERIA: CHILD ‘WITCHES’

"An increasing number of children in the Niger Delta are being forced to the streets and trafficked as a result of a deeply held belief in child ‘witches’ and also due to persistent violent conflicts, poverty, abuse, torture, rape, or being orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

The deeply held belief in and fear of child witchcraft cuts across all tiers of society. This fear stems from the belief that a spiritual spell can be given to a person through food and drink. The soul of the person who eats this spell will then leave the body to be initiated in a gathering of ‘witches’ and ‘wizards’. The initiated person will then have the power to wreak havoc, such as causing diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, typhoid, cancer. All problems in life are seen to be the handiwork of these ‘witches’. In recent times, it is thought children have become the target for initiation by the elderly ‘witches’ as it is believed that they are more susceptible to their spells and are quicker in action.

The following have being identified as the major causes of child witchcraft, abandonment and killing:

Religious profiteering
Extreme poverty
Disintegration of the extended family structure
Ignorance and superstitious beliefs
Broken marriages

THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH

Stepping Stones Nigeria wishes to engage with all faith organisations who believe that children should be protected from harm and cared for. We do not wish to denounce any faith organisation. However, the role of the church, especially some of the new Pentecostals, in spreading the belief in child ‘witches’ cannot be underestimated. There are numerous so-called pastors in the region who are wrongly branding children as ‘witches’ mainly for economic self gain and personal recognition. We therefore call for all people of all faiths to stand up and support the fight to protect innocent children from the abuse that is caused due to the belief in child witchcraft.

THE ROLE OF ‘HOME MOVIES’

Stepping Stones Nigeria’s research has shown that the belief in child ‘witches’ in the Niger Delta is linked to the widespread viewing of Nigerian or Nollywood ‘home movies’. These movies are widely available in markets and are watched by the vast majority of people in this region. Many of these films promote superstitious beliefs, such as that of child witchcraft. By far the most provocative and influential film in this genre is ‘End of the Wicked’.

HOW SUSPECTED WITCHES ARE TREATED:

*Abandoned, isolated, discriminated, ostracised from the community

*Taken to the forest and slaughtered

*Disgraced publicly and murdered

*Bathed in acid

*Poisoned to death, often with a poisonous local berry (asire)

*Buried alive

*Chained and tortured in churches in order to extract confession”

Source: STEPPING STONES NIGERIA

http://www.steppingstonesnigeria.org/witchcraft.html

I must pass the word on about these atrocities and urge you to donate…even if it is just one dollar. If you can’t donate today, at least reblog this post. Maybe one of your followers can contribute something to this charity that is in SO MUCH need of support.

Dark Moon Tarot, the company I work for, will be organizing Several charity events in support of Stepping Stones Nigeria. For future updates on what we will be doing to help this very important cause, find us on FB here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Moon-Tarot/126790330710024

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

"Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion."

Dalai Lama

"All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness. The important thing is they should be part of our daily lives."

Dalai Lama