let everyone know you’re an actual real life goddess

(if they haven’t already figured it out).

look, witch, you are a goddess. everything about you screams goddess. your spirit, your smile, your heart, your kindness, your wrath, your inner fire, and your ambition.

but are you hiding this goddess from others, or letting her go forth and claim her fucking space in the world?

now, more than ever, we need goddesses to take charge. we need them to be vocal and visible. we need them to be the role models the next generations need in this world.

so here are ways (just some, i’m sure you can think of thousands more) that you and i can both remind others around us that we are goddesses, not to be fucked with:

  • be in love with yourself. nothing is more goddess than knowing that you are just a stone cold fucking fox. nope, don’t even go ‘but what about my [insert flaw].’ fuck that. look at you. you’re smoking hot. and only your opinion here matters.
  • hold your head up. be so fucking proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished. and what you will accomplish yet. and in a world created to hold you back, no less. you earned it.
  • take up space. goddesses are not mere wisps who cower back into a corner. they stake their claim. they belong here, wherever here is. they triumph over man-spreading and confidently own the space in which they exist.
  • wear whatever the fuck makes you happy. if it makes you feel sexy, wear it. if it makes you feel powerful, wear it. if it makes you feel masculine, wear it. if it makes you feel feminine, wear it. if you want to wear nothing, wear it. point is: you get to make that call.
  • establish strong boundaries. a goddess does only what she wants or feels comfortable with. don’t do anything you don’t want to. don’t go where you don’t want. don’t date someone you don’t like. don’t let others take advantage of you. draw that figurative or literal line in the fucking sand. the word ‘no’ is probably the most magickal word there is.
  • help other goddesses. goddesses, when they combine their power, are unstoppable, like exponentially. but even goddesses sometimes need someone to hold them, reassure them, let them vent, or help them out. goddesses will never win by stepping on each other, but we can conquer literally anything by pulling each other up together.
  • take care of yourself. whether you need to eat better, move more, give yourself a break, get more sleep, or take a damn vacation every once in a while, you have to refill your own cup, goddess. your body is your own literal temple. worship yourself by being accountable to that temple.
  • enjoy the shit out of life. you should not be quieter, smaller, thinner, stronger, less sexual, more sexual, smarter, dumber, or any other thing that is not who you are. you should be seen and heard, in all your glory. do all the things that make you happy and bring you pleasure. redefine what a goddess is.
  • but do be brave. the world has told you what it thinks you should be. but one day, will you look back and be glad that you were her? or will you be glad that you were you?

witches and plastic waste

today is Earth Day, bwitches, and i feel like something needs to be said about how much plastic waste some of us generate or use, especially in our businesses.

product packaging

i include myself in that statement. when i started out seriously pursuing a side hustle in the magickal and occult community, one of the first things i decided was that i would try to get to the smallest possible amount of plastic waste i could. it is, in fact, part of our mission and values here at bwitch.

but that is so incredibly hard to do, especially if you sell anything that goes in a bottle, can, jar, or other container, as those things are either plastic themselves, or, if you happen to commit to using glass or other more eco-friendly materials, you’re still probably using plastic lids, pumps, sprayers, seals, wraps, bags, or other packaging.

when i started to examine just how much plastic was common to many of the products we’re making and selling in this industry, i started becoming extremely aware of the design and purchasing decisions i was making in my own product packaging.

i spend hours agonizing over what to use in my packaging, labeling, and shipping, so as to avoid as much plastic as possible. and i’m happy to do that, as well as proud of the fact that i use minimal plastic in my packaging (the lids on my oils or jars are basically it!).

once i am ready to officially launch those items for sale in my shop, i would welcome feedback on ways we can further reduce plastic waste.

storage

and then we come to storage of magickal items. i started making my high quality textile bags for cards, runes, and crystals as a side project to be creative, but i’ve come to use them very frequently now to store things and avoid plastic bags.

where i need something air-tight, i’ve transitioned to glass jars, and this past week, finally made the move from plastic bags to reusable silicon food-grade storage bags. this was a big source of plastic waste in my house, as we store all kinds of food leftovers (which normally get stored in glass/pyrex, but a handful of things were still going in bags).

make a commitment to use less plastic all around

i currently have about 5 main items in R&D in my basement lab right now, and i have come up with ways to store and package all of them 98% without the use of plastic, so, when it comes time to launch those items for sale, i’m really excited about the minimal environmental impact on that front.

and, as a consumer, i am more than happy to spend the extra $1-2 per product from brands that make it known that they are seriously committed to reducing their plastic waste in packaging. if you happen to own such a brand or business, please get in touch with me so that we can collaborate on how we as an industry can change this paradigm!

i feel like the practice of magick should do no harm to the Earth, including in the production and procurement of the very tools we use to honor her.

our Mother Earth certainly deserves better from us humans, but beyond that, us humans that are the most deeply connected to her can all work together to come up with better solutions for plastic waste generated from our products, businesses, practices, and lives in general.

i can and will do better, and so can we all.

#witcheswithoutplastic should be a thing.

magickal properties of maca root

as a clinician, i work with herbs and roots often with patients, because they can certainly be highly medicinally potent when used correctly. taken internally in the correct doses for the right duration, they can effect many positive changes.

maca, because of its potent adaptogenic properties, is one i work with often with those who are in need of balance in a variety of ways:

  • endocrine (hormones, including sex hormones, adrenals, thyroid)
  • energy (fatigued, drained, burned out)
  • focus (chaotic, restless, and distracted minds)

so it got me thinking, does maca also have properties that would make it an ideal root to work with for spells concerning any of the above outcomes?

a little maca history, first

maca is a root indigenous to parts of South America, principally Peru and Bolivia. it grows mostly in high altitudes, and true maca is grown above 9,000 feet.

natives in this part of the world traditionally used it for a sexual elixir to promote fertility, healthy or virile sperm, and libido; as an energy compound for those who have physically demanding jobs or tasks to perform; and as a mental booster for things like focus, concentration, and even connection with psychic forces or divine beings.

it was even imported to Spain at one point, where it was used by royals for a variety of medicinal purposes, but has since been forgotten, until recently, when interest in this superfood plant surged once again.

forms of maca

you can buy maca root in various forms, including:

  • dried powder (most common)
  • freeze-dried juice
  • gelatinized
  • roasted or cooked (this form may contain goitrogens – compounds that interfere with thyroid function)

how to use it in magickal practice

because of its influence on hormones, sexual function, libido, fertility, energy, and focus, it could be used both symbolically or as a consumed product before or during spell work that concerns these topics.

consider any or all of the following ways to incorporate maca into a spell:

  1. place a small bowl of maca powder on your altar, from which to draw powerful energy to affect desire, libido, hormonal balance, fertility, energy, or mental clarity/focus
  2. blend a teaspoon of maca root into a cup of hot water, add honey to taste and drink before or during your spell, visualizing the vibrations of the root transferring from the powdered plant to yourself as you consume it, instilling in you the energy you seek to bestow for whatever your outcome is
  3. mix a small amount of root or powdered root in with herbs and/or oils of your choice which you burn during your spell as you call upon the energy to balance hormones, libido, fertility, energy, or provide focus or clarity
  4. boil a section of root (1/4 lb or more) in water for 20 minutes; save the water and use it as your ritual offering of water during spells concerning these issues; you can use the boiled root in any of the ways mentioned above in place of powdered root or other forms
  5. make a face mask paste using maca, bentonite clay, a drop or two of essential oils, and a tsp of coconut oil; spread on your face and let dry, as you soak in a therapeutic bath, drink your favorite tea, or just meditate on the problem you are attempting to resolve

other things you might consider would be incorporating it into charms or sachets, which you place under your or someone else’s pillow, consuming it daily with a magickal smoothie, or drinking it daily in tea.

i personally love beauty and bath magic, and came up with the face mask idea a couple weeks ago; i feel like it made my skin super soft, clear, and reduced inflammation. i plan to make this mask in greater quantity and have it up in my shop for those interested. if you’re on my email list, you’ll get notified when that is 🙂

i’m interested to hear what others try and what they find works, so if you give this a whirl, comment and let me know how it turned out

how to use magical sounds during spells and rituals

i know of witches who practice their craft without spoken words and those who shout their intentions and incantations as loudly as possible.

i think either way is fine, as long as your intent is pure and communicated clearly.

but what about other sounds in spells and rituals?

some of the things that can be used to produce meaningful or symbolic sounds during spells and rituals are:

  • bells
  • gongs
  • flutes
  • cymbals
  • clapping
  • finger snaps
  • music (pre-recorded)
  • other instruments
  • humming
  • anything else you want, really

sound can represent several things during a spell or ritual. it could be symbolic of an element, it could represent an animal, person, or thing, it could simply amplify your intent, or it could be used to increase and amplify your energy during the process.

let’s take a look at the first part of that statement – how sounds can represent elements, because this is really interesting and i’ve found that in this context, sound really enhances my spell work.

earth

  • percussion is ruled by the earth sign
  • clapping
  • drums/drumming
  • tapping
  • these are associated with fertility, career, money

water

  • bells are associated with the water element/sign
  • in addition to a brass bell, try hand bells or blowing on a windchime for something different
  • you could also use actual water sounds, like a small fountain or pouring water from one vessel to another
  • these are associated with healing, fertility, friendship, psychic powers, love, beauty, and happiness

air

  • naturally, air-based instruments like flutes, reed instruments, and brass instruments are associated with the air element
  • whistling
  • singing
  • humming
  • these are associated with business, intellectual pursuits, education/learning, and thoughts

fire

  • stringed instruments like violin, viola, cell, bass violin, harb, lyre, and dulcimer are associated with the fire element
  • think of the reverberating sound of the string’s vibration after being drawn or plucked and the flames moving outward from a central spark
  • these are associated with creativity, passion, sensuality, sexuality, enlightenment, inspiration, self-confidence, and energy

how do you incorporate sound into a spell or ritual?

i don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to do this, and i’ve given some suggestions based on what has worked for me in the past, but play around with these and see what feels and works the best for you.

open your spell or ritual with a sound or sounds to call in the element(s) you wish to work most closely with; example: *slowly drumming on an overturned pot or cup* “i call the element of earth and ask its energy to lend me…”

you can also use a sound throughout a spell or ritual, marking pauses or to emphasize important words or statements; example: *plucking a harp string and letting it vibrate* “goddess of inspiration, guide my work” *pluck the string once again* “reveal my path through your wise counsel” *pluck the string once again* …and so forth.

use a sound as a background noise or foundational element in your spell or ritual, symbolizing the element most important during your work; example: playing a recording of wood flute notes during your spell or ritual to enhance the energy of the air element.

there are probably many more ways to use sounds during spell work or rituals, and the ones mentioned here are only a few suggestions specific to the elements. sounds like chanting and humming can also be used to build one’s own energy, or that of a larger group. if you have more ideas and suggestions, share them! i’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

a (self) love spell

ugh, babes, how many of you are spending all this time at home, isolating, introspecting, and picking yourselves apart?

a little self-honesty is important, for sure, but there’s a fine line between being honest with ourselves and being horrible to ourselves, right?

i’m usually totally fine with who i am, where i am, what i look like, how i feel, and where i’m going…99% of the time. but lately, i’ve been having trouble resisting the pull of self-criticism and internally imposed limitations. maybe just all this time i can’t spend doing other things or maybe that particularly rough mercury retrograde, or who knows.

so i created this spell to use with my love spell oil and i have to be honest. i cried this morning repeating this to myself, admitting all the years i wasn’t very nice to myself and said terrible things to myself because, well, that’s what we’re taught as young girls all through life…you’re never good enough.

but i am good enough. you are good enough and we are good enough.

what you will need:

  • a crystal(s) of choice (i used rose quartz and smoky quartz)
  • an oil or blend of oils of choice; i blend special spell oils, but a simple rose essential oil in a carrier base such as almond or jojoba will do the trick nicely if you have nothing else on hand
  • a quiet place

dab the oil on your chest, arms, forehead or any other area you want to focus. simply anointing yourself just over your heart is enough. do not rub the oil in yet, let it run as it will over your skin while you repeat the following, as many times as you feel you need:

“i see me now

in present form

and recognize

how my words have harmed

from this point

i look upon me with loving eyes

all past doubt

and self-hate dies

i am glowing, beautiful

from crown to toes

through my veins

only this love flows”

as you recite this, picture a glowing orb, whatever color represents healing and love to you, beginning from the crystals you hold and radiating into your hands, then flowing up your arms, into your heart, and downward throughout your torso, hips, reaching your legs, knees, and finally your feet. as it does this, it also flows upward through your chest, neck and head, covering your crown. you are glowing with this love.

hold this sensation for several deep breaths and forgive your past harsh words. look at yourself through your third eye and see how beautiful you really are. y0u are a gift.

feel free to open yourself, let emotions out, purge them if you need to. now is the time to let them go. the full moon this week should be a time of growth and anything holding you back does not serve you anymore.

once you feel you are finished and your words have indicated your intent, rub the oil into your skin, taking deep breaths in and out. this is the new you. love this version of you unconditionally.

what is scent magick? (and how do you do it?)

i started out writing this talking about how i ended up here in my magick practice, but that became a whole other post on where i started and where i’ve ended. you can read my (re-)awakening story here.

knowing that bit of background on me, let me just start out by saying most of us experiment with many different modes of magick and our craft before we settle on a few we use most of the time, a few we use sometimes, and a few we use rarely – like special occasions only.

scent magick quickly became one of my primary forms of practice, because it is so so simple for me. i have been making perfumed oils for some time. what started out as a hobby eventually became something i realized had some real value to me in my craft.

Scent magick

this is what i call the practice of magick with the use of scents or smells as powerful visualization tools to either directly bring about your intended outcome, or to amplify your energy and intention during your spell or ritual.

scents can come from probably an unlimited number of sources:

  • incense
  • oils
  • body oils/perfumes
  • burning herbs/plants/etc
  • candles
  • real plants/flowers
  • and so on

but what i specifically do is create a spell oil that contains the elements necessary to create an entire setting in which i want my work to function.

let me explain.

if you’ve ever watched a movie or read a book and thought to yourself that the director or author really made the experience real for you, the setting really felt like you were there, you could virtually smell the scents, feel the textures, and so on, you’ve had a potent sensory experience.

and within that sensory experience, there is a bit of magick. much like Disneyland is universally adept at creating sensory experiences for the guests at their park to forget they are in an amusement park and feel as if they are literally in another world, we too can use sensory elements to create something that functions like a very specific setting in which we feel our magick is most potent.

when you think about a bit of magick you want to perform, where do you picture it happening? or where does the outcome manifest? or what things are present during or after?

let’s say i want to perform a spell that requires working with a spirit. when i think for some time and picture the setting i envision, a strong image of a graveyard comes to mind. we often associate graveyards with the spirit world or afterlife, so, naturally this makes sense for me (what you envision may be totally different, and that’s totally fine).

to me, a graveyard smells of earth, leaves, grass, decaying funeral flowers, maybe some smoky elements, as i associate those with spirits myself, and perhaps moss or other outdoor scents.

i would craft this spell oil over the course of a week or two, depending on how strongly i want the scent to sit. it may take me several mixtures to get the balance just right, but what i’m looking for in the finished product is this:

  • instant transportation in my mind to the setting
  • i can close my eyes and ‘feel’ that graveyard
  • i can picture the every detail very distinctly because of the image being conjured
  • i am somewhere else entirely

once i have achieved this, the spell oil is ready. i don’t have to be in that graveyard in order to perform my spell. i can be in my office, my basement, my backyard. it doesn’t matter, because i’m going to be taken there once i begin.

a well-crafted spell oil will take you there.

when it is ready, that spell oil will be so potent that not only do i feel as if i am there, it will call to the spirit i am working with (or the person i want to attract, or the money i want to receive, and so forth).

other scents used in ritual can potentially do this, but i personally have yet to experience the feeling of actually being transported elsewhere when just smelling incense or a candle burning. many scents are simply symbolic in nature, which is totally fine, and can still be used with intention to get what you want.

but, for my purposes, i want that be as real as possible, so that my intent cannot possibly be mistaken.

Make your own

if you’re into making your own scents for this type of practice, a really good habit to get into when you think about a setting is to note not just how it smells to you, but what it looks like. is it an old library? are you in a dark basement crypt? are you in a bathtub of rose petals with your intended lover?

what else is around you? is it dark? light? day? night? indoor? outdoor? sounds? animals present? think of every single element. these are all important details initially.

write it all down, sketch it out, whatever you need to do to create the entire picture, then start adding scents together.

these can be purely essential oils, but it is difficult to create more complex scents without using at least some fragrance oils (think about leather, tobacco, and smoke – these are all blends of other scents but can be difficult to make on your own if you are new to this).

when your spell oil is ready, it meets those criteria above, most importantly, it takes you there. dab a drop on your wrist and let it settle into your skin for a moment. then close your eyes and when you are still, inhale the scent from your wrist.

where do you go? does it conjure the right setting? are there inconsistencies like things that don’t belong? make sure its exactly what you want before you use it in a spell.

Can you use a spell oil as just a perfumed body oil?

why not? i’ve made a few that make me feel particularly empowered or sexy or otherwise just take me somewhere else when i need to escape reality for a moment. and there’s nothing wrong with that.

but again, a well-crafted spell oil will take you somewhere else. if you don’t need to be particularly present at work or hyperfocused on other things, then yeah, go for it. there’s no harm in that in my opinion.

i do find that my ‘lust spell’ oil makes for a potent aphrodisiac if i wear it out with my partner on a date night or if we’re just chilling around the house, (i guess that means it works?), so in that regard, it can be used as both an intention setting element for your magick in addition to a simple sensory element (if my goal is to create a lustful evening, i may only use this potent spell oil and not need additional ritual or spells, tbh).

i recently had a handful of people reach out to purchase some of the spell oils i have made, so i am working on crafting those into products others can purchase. here are the ones i will initially have available:

  • Love Spell (when you need Cupid’s arrow to strike hard)
  • Lust Spell (when you just need some heat, steam, and passion – love is optional)
  • Wood (for him, which is kind of also for you, right?)
  • Fuck me in the Forest (self-explanatory, really)
  • Grave Situation (for darker spells or work with spirits/daemons)
  • Thin Veil (for general work with spirits)
  • Rich Bwitch (for money or financial spells)

if you want to be the first to know about these as they become available, subscribe below to my email list because that’s where you’ll get initial access to purchase them. if you’re already subscribed, no worries – you won’t miss out!

(re-)awakening your inner witch

there are lots of books and articles out there for new ‘witchlings,’ as it were.

if you’re young and delving into the exploration of the craft or associated beliefs and practices, then welcome! i hope that your witchy journey is everything you want to get out of it.

but what about the stories or ‘guides’ for those of us who are older, who already knew this was our calling, but for one reason or another, drifted away from it, forgot it, suppressed it, or just didn’t nurture it for a while.

what about those of us who re-awakened after many years away?

i guess there doesn’t really need to be a ‘how-to guide’ so much as there should be a ‘while you were away’ guide. my lapse was over 12 years, in which a LOT changed.

for starters, social media didn’t exist when i was a very young witch, not even remotely in the form we’re used to now. if you wanted to look up info on witchery, you could probably find some really poorly designed websites from a Geocities template with alternating neon broomsticks and cat faces flashing at you as you tried to ignore them, scrolling through badly formatted walls of text and blurry images (*shudders*)

but coming back into this a number of years ago, i think i was struck most by how well-connected the entire community is in order to create a strength in numbers. i was also glad to see the outpouring of new books and resources for new witches.

everyone was welcoming, supportive, and there is clearly a push within most circles to provide education and personal growth, while dispelling myths and harmful generalizations.

i don’t want to pull a ‘when i was your age,’ but when i was your age, there were not many good books or ‘how to be a new witch’ guides you could just get your hands on (the internet wasn’t much of a thing back then, but certainly shopping on the internet didn’t exist yet).

so you had to learn from someone else, who often had very strong opinions and dogmatic beliefs about the ‘right way to be a witch’, but those were often incongruent with how you wanted to be a witch.

or, like me, you struck out on your own, learned, experimented, and took note of what you liked, wanted, needed, and enjoyed, even if that made you not quite fit in perfectly with other witches around you.

i started out in witchy endeavors much like a lot new witches: as a teenager, a friend of mine who was really into Wicca gave me deck of tarot cards and it was like a gateway to self-exploration and coming to terms with the feelings, urges, and tug of what i had always known was inside me.

i cannot remember a time when i was young, in childhood or adolescence, that i didn’t feel drawn to the craft, or pagan rituals or traditions. it just clicked and felt right, even despite the years that i fell away from it as an adult who tried desperately to conform to what i thought was ‘acceptable’ in my first marriage, or professional colleagues, or my (fake) social circle at the time.

re-awakening my inner witch took many years after that early adulthood of self-oppression and emptiness. as i slowly let that energy burn brighter in me and accepted myself once again, i began to ask myself what kind of witch i was at this point.

certainly, as a young witch, it had been all exciting with cards, candles, poppets that looked like that girl i hated at school, ‘love’ potions, and all the things that are important to you when your life is no more complicated than high school, after school jobs, and getting high on the weekends with your friends.

but now, in my late 30s, my perspective and experience is astoundingly different, as it should be. i’ve seen some shit. i know the true nature of things and people. and myself, more importantly.

i find myself drawn to many different forms of practice. one day i may be more interested in green magic and the next i may feel that crystals or psychic meditation are going to be best for my purposes.

but, in the midst of all of this, i find that i have always always always been drawn to scent and smell. a well-crafted perfume, body oil, or soap can literally transport your mind, body, and soul somewhere else if you are open to it.

because of that, i started creating ‘spell oils’ for lack of a better term, that are geared toward creating the setting in which i wanted my spell or craft to function. they create the setting for me, as a powerful visualization tool that amplified my intent and i find they are quite potent at getting me the results i want from my spells.

and then i began bwitch. it started out as a creative project, something to let my inner artwitch out to play, but it morphed into something much more powerful: a movement, an ideology, a purpose. and so, there is my abbreviated story of witch > self-oppression > witch again.

if you’re like me, and have experienced a re-awakening for any reason, you may be returning to practice your craft from a totally different perspective than you did at an earlier time in your life. and i think that’s cool. we should all be evolving.

if you have a re-awakening story, i would love to hear it (or even feature it)!

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