"What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.
Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
- Carl Sagan, excerpt from the 11th epsidode of Cosmos ("The Persistence of Memory")
What is Black Salt *ACTUALLY* Used for?
Black salt (salt made with table salt mixed with ashes/charcoal/iron shavings) is used a fuckton in witchcraft and all witches assume we have to use it, but what's it really for?
Black salt is used for protection, binding, banishing, warding, reversals, cursing and hexing.
Ingredients for this can vary drastically depending on the practitioner but the base components of it is table salt and ashes. That's the easiest way to make it. You can add a crushed up charcoal briquet, iron shavings, cayenne pepper, dragons blood resin, black pepper, or black food coloring. It works just the same any way you make it.
What is a commonplace book
Commonplace books are a method of compiling knowledge into one place, traditionally by handwriting but more recently with computers/word processors. They’re different from journals in that rather than containing exclusively personal thoughts or feelings, they’re a collection of external writings, informations, or other snippets of things recorded whenever it is encountered + usually organised.
To simplify – a commonplace book contains anything that captured it’s owners attention! Poems, extracts of fiction & non fiction writings, remarks or comments by others, anecdotes, observations, pertinent images, or other things along the same lines are all things that belong in a commonplace book!
Commonplace books have quite the history – their uses range between reading logs, reference books for students, and historically they were required by young women to demonstrate their upbringing.
How do they work
The exact system you use in your commonplace book is entirely up to you and what you will remember to use. Usually information is organised under themed/topic-based headings, but this can be as flexible or stiff as the keeper desires. My personal commonplace book is organised by source material – all of my book extracts & notes are kept together and demarcated by paperclips.
A commonplace book has no requirements in terms of physical format, size, page type, etc. As long as it is something you will be able to keep using happily! There is also no rules around decorating any pages with stickers or washi tape, or any rules around using sticky notes to add information on the go.
A commonplace book can also be as expansive or restricted as possible in terms of subject matter. For example, I keep a specific commonplace book for Babalon & Sekhmet. Nothing else enters this book.
What’s their use in religious practice or witchcraft?
A commonplace book can function as an in-between for a Grimoire (a book of magical knowledge and instruction, usually written by someone else and usually for transmitting knowledge within a specific tradition or branch of religion/witchcraft) & a Witchbook/Book of Shadows (more akin to a magical/religious journal for recordkeeping). They’re also exceptionally useful if you read a lot of metaphysical, occult or spiritual/religious books and want to keep organised notes in a hard copy form!
Commonplace books can be used to record interesting information from other, non-metaphysical but useful sources too, foraging notes and recipes are an obvious choice to keep a record of, along with notes about celestial events from astronomy sources.
In some cases, a commonplace book can also be a devotional activity, or a shrine of sorts. Commonplace books as a devotional activity is easy to parse – collecting and mindfully recording information about an entity, deity, divinity or other spirit is a good means to show care and interest.
A commonplace book as a shrine has a similar function to an e-shrine on tumblr, by collecting things that remind or represent an entity, deity, divinity or other spirit, a notebook can be made into a shrine or sacred object. This can also be a useful way to have a sacred touchpoint with an entity and keep it relatively out of sight, for those who are not open about their practice.
More reading on Commonplace books
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonplace_book - The wiki page for Commonplace books that delves into their general & regional history, along with more variations on memory/infokeeping under See Also
https://notebookofghosts.com/2018/02/25/a-brief-guide-to-keeping-a-commonplace-book/ - A brief history & how-to on commonplace books, along with notable people that kept one.
https://bookriot.com/commonplace-book/ - An informal look at commonplace books, including using a tumblr blog/other digital formats as a commonplace book.
https://medium.com/thrive-global/how-and-why-to-keep-a-commonplace-book-ea80e25b63f1 - Information about commonplace books, alternatives to notebooks, and a small guide.
2022 Witch's Calendar
For all my witches out there, here's a handy list of the 2022 dates for the major holidays, full and new moons, and special events. I've listed my sources at the bottom. Dates and times for all events are calculated for Eastern Standard Time, USA, Northern Hemisphere. Adjust for your location as needed. Enjoy!
WOTY Holidays and Solstices
February 1-2 - Imbolc
March 20 - Spring Equinox / Ostara
May 1 - Beltane
June 21 - Summer Solstice / Midsummer
August 1 - Lughnasadh
September 22 - Autumn Equinox / Mabon
October 31 - Samhain
December 21 - Winter Solstice / Yule
January 17 - Wolf Moon ♋️
February 16 - Snow Moon ♌️
March 18 - Worm Moon ♍️
April 16 - Pink Moon ♎️
May 16 - Flower Moon ♏️
June 14 - Strawberry Moon ♐️
July 13 - Thunder Moon (aka Buck Moon) ♑️
August 11 - Sturgeon Moon ♒️
September 10 - Harvest Moon ♓️
October 9 - Hunter's Moon (aka Blood Moon) ♈️
November 8 - Frost Moon ♉️
December 7 - Cold Moon ♊️
Fun Fact: The title of Harvest Moon is given to either the September or October full moon, whichever falls closest to the autumn equinox. In 2022, that month will be September.
January 2 ♑️
February 1 ♒️
March 2 ♓️
April 1 ♈️
April 30 ♉️
May 30 ♊️
June 29 ♋️
July 28 ♌️
August 27 ♍️
September 25 ♎️
October 25 ♏️
November 23 ♐️
December 23 ♑️
April 30 - Black Moon & Partial Solar Eclipse (10:42pm EST)
May 16 - Total Lunar Eclipe (12:11am EST, coinciding with zenith)
June 14 - Supermoon
July 13 - Supermoon
October 25 - Partial Solar Eclipe (11:01am EST)
November 8 - Total Lunar Eclipse (5:59am EST, coinciding with zenith)
Inverse - Full Moon 2022 calendar: Dates, times, schedule, and names for the brightest nights all year
Astroseek - Full Moons 2022 & New Moons
The Pagan Grimoire - The Wheel of the Year: The 8 Festivals in the Wiccan Calendar
Anatomy of a Spell
This post will go over what is needed for a spell to be created!
This is a page from my grimoire and by no means is this a set-in-stone situation. Take what you will and leave what you won't.
Desire or intent. This is the whole point of the spell. What is the desired outcome, what do you want to achieve from this spell?
Planning of ingredients, spell structure, time, and location. This includes the verbal or written aspect of the spell if any.
Protection, there’s really no reason not to have a safeguard on your spell in my opinion but this isn't true for everyone. Do what feels right for you.
Raising, gathering, or building energy for the spell. Energy is how you get your spell to work. This can be done by chanting, breathwork, borrowing energy, and more.
Directing energy into the spell. Self-explanatory, gotta get it in there somehow. Basically just getting the intent/desire from inside you to inside the spell so that it can work its magic (pun intended).
Release any excess energy if needed. Grounding is a good way to do this.
Clear and concise ending; this could be a phrase, word, or physical act that indicates the ending of the spell. It’s best when everyone and everything involved knows when you have ceased doing the spell.
It’s a good idea to record your process and results of the spells you create and cast so that you have a reference for future spells; also you can figure out what went wrong or right.
I personally think it’s a good idea to put a fail-safe in a spell, I usually do this by stating it out loud: i.e. “If I take apart this spell bag then the spell will cease.” or “If I do this spell in reverse the spell will cease/reverse” and so on.
Preparing the physical and non-physical things for the spell; can mean gathering, cleansing, or preparing yourself to be in the headspace needed for the spell. It's better to be prepared than to get blindsided halfway through because you’re missing something!
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A small reminder.
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so you're a bit confused about the different phases of the moon or how and what they do or you're just too lazy to actively hunt down the info and put it in your grimoire. No worries, your witch dad is here to help you :)
new moon, happens every month, start of a new lunar cycle.
cannot be seen, sun behind moon-lighting side faced away from the earth.
best for: new beginnings, setting intentions for the month, best place to make plans and decide what to do.
seen as crescent in the sky, illuminated on right-hand side as sun slowly starts to move from behind the moon. first sign that energy is building and in a few days the moon will be at full power
best for: working on self-confidence/compassion/self-assurance. put plans into place to reach goals. build yourself up
can see a clear half-moon in the sky. at half power. sun is side by side with moon
best for: reflection, taking a pause, revel in what you have been working on and celebrate achievements. think about how u want to celebrate full moon, get ready for serious action.
slither of dark moon left unseen. one step away from full power
best for: one phase away from full, hone in on intentions/goals/actions.
make sure you are paying attention to details and staying mindful of what is externally and internally happening
Big boy moon. Full power. can tap into her energy to help gain insight or to 💫manifest💫. most powerful time of the moon
best for: manifestations, adding more power to your intentions. good for rituals/spells. great time for releasing or banishing rituals, manifestations spells and meditation. good for charging and cleansing. Moon water
winding down of moons power. sun is moving away and taking its light with it.
best for: turn inwards and evaluate what has happened over last few days. think about full moon ritual/meditation and readjust your intentions goals for the rest of the month
illuminated on the left side. back to half power and is fading.
best for: let go of what is holding you back, let go of any negativity in your life. Examples: self-limiting beliefs, people who aren’t great for you or your life, fear and basically anything that isn’t serving you or letting you progress in your life. Cleanse yourself and home.
power of moon is nearly over. small crescent left in night’s sky. nearly time for new moon and new beginnings.
best for: take a deep breath and surrender to whatever happened and what is beyond your power. don't beat yourself up if you didn't complete any of your goals. dust yourself off and pick yourself up and get ready for a new cycle. Remember to be kind and compassionate to yourself.
HOW TO MAKE A NEED-FIRE
this is a burning fire in a cauldron or otherwise fire safe dish to burn herbs and such things in or when you need fire representation on your altar. They don't burn for too long, just a few minutes, but they are big and bright and can get the job done.
PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY FFS.
What you'll need
Isopropyl Alcohol (the higher percent, the bigger the flame)
For every Tbs of salt, add a half Tbs of Alcohol. Gently mix and incorporate.
Carefully light the salt mixture.
It goes up quickly so be careful.
To put the flame out, cover with the cauldron lid or just let it burn out. It will not smoke or leave residue behind aside from the salt.
You can use the leftover salt in black salt. Waste not, want not.
im finally committing to my first real grimoire! this is the basics of the moon chapter 🌙 im always open to learning more, my grimoire is ever changing 🧚♀️
There are 12 Full and New Moons a year (13 every now and then due to calendar synchronisation - called a Blue Moon) this means there is no need to rush intentions and manifestations, spend time practicing, learning and getting things wrong.
→ setting intentions and plans
Waxing Crescent Moon
→ relaxing into and accepting intention
First Quarter Moon
→ take action and push forward
Waxing Gibbous Moon
→ observe, align and trust your intention will form
→ harvest intention, reap rewards or accept intention was not the best for this time, take in the new energy
Waning Gibbous Moon
→ turn inwards and reflect on your intention, or be grateful for the outcome
Last Quarter Moon
→ release old or harmful energy holding you back and give back from your abundance
Waning Crescent Moon
→ reflect with thanks, rest mind body and soul, take peace in the emptiness