If your mother doesn’t know that you’re pagan at all, you might want to consider not telling her. Period. She seems intolerant, and if she’s in a fragile mental and/or emotional state this revelation might not be a good thing. I suggest you get there, settle in, and bide your time. Help her and observe her, then decide whether to tell her and how.
For sure - I’m definitely not going to bust through the door and start burning incense and drawing sigils in chalk on the walls, haha. I certainly plan on waiting until she is stable with herself before letting her in on something that’ll cause more stress.
I believe that after some time I’ll be able to tell her because she actually is less intolerant than she used to be - I think that some of the people she surrounded herself with in the past were very religious, and that rubbed off on her. These days she no longer associates with them, and has become less… enthusiastic over the years about these sorts of things.
I’m thinking pretty far ahead in the future, though. I have enough sense to be discreet about my practices and I can be flexible enough to do what I do without being known… but my mother is a clever lady who can figure things out, so I’m trying to make sure I’m prepared when the time comes. ﾍ(;´Д｀ﾍ)
That does sound good. I’ll have to be careful comparing my beliefs to hers, though, as she’s likely to get defensive. Maybe it’ll be easier for me to show her the similarities first? Or that could backfire, too aaah ( ;°Д°)
But yeah, having credible resources at the ready is a must. I’ll definitely plan for that.
So, very soon I’ll be moving to the coast because my mother needs someone to live with her and help her keep stay safe because she suffers from severe depression that seems to be getting worse.
I love my mother and I’m dropping everything to move and help her. Not even a second thought when I made the decision - but I think I might have a hard time practicing. I already have a habit of being discreet about my beliefs and what I do, but for the most part it’s not difficult because I don’t know many people and I never have guests in my home to see things like my altars and shrines, all my witchy stuffs, or my book collection.
My mother doesn’t know. When I was 12 and obsessed with faeries and Harry Potter, I think she got an idea of the direction I was heading. She deemed both evil works of the devil, and being the pigheaded preteen I was, I dismissed her concerns.
Now, 12 years later, I consider myself a pagan who practices witchcraft. My initial introduction to paganism was not actually inspired by my childhood obsession with faeries and Harry Potter at all. It was inspired by friends I’ve made and experiences I’ve had over the past decade. I know that when I move, it’s not going to be hard for my mom to tell what I’ve been up to, and I don’t want to keep it secret forever.
The issue I’m going to have is trying to explain to her that no, Harry Potter is not the reason I am a witch. Harry Potter is a work of fiction that has had no influence on my beliefs. I’m trying to find ways of explaining this that she’ll understand and it’s difficult for me, I’m at a loss.
You know, I’m not just going to show up and smack her in the face with it. Most of my things will have to stay packed up for a while anyway, since I’m primarily there to help her manage her health.
I’m stressed. Not sure how to handle it yet. (•﹏•;)
tl;dr How do I tell my mom Harry Potter didn’t turn me to Paganism aagh
Anyone have any ideas?
Thank you! It’s still a month away and I’m getting antsy. I haven’t seen the ocean in seven yeeeaaaars (T⌓T)
Aaah! I am finally leaving this desert wasteland for a home by the sea. Living in a landlocked state has never quite felt like home to me, and soon I’ll be living fifteen minutes from the beach.
Aah, all the sea witchery I’ll get up to. Green plants! Trees! Flowers! Super excited to leave the desert. Yaaay ヽ(；▽；)ノ
Bekkathyst’s Prosperity & Success Jar
I just threw together a little jar to help me focus on my work (business has been a bit slow this month), and lift my spirits a bit. These are just the things that work for me, so it might not be the same for everyone. Before I put everything together, I lit a yellow candle and said this little chant. Just to help me focus on my goal.
Here’s what I added and why:
- Basil- Attracts luck, money, success
- Cinnamon stick- Attracts prosperity
- Ginger root- Attracts money
- Lavender- Eases depression, brings peace
- Nutmeg- Attracts luck and prosperity
- Lemon peel- Rids of negativity
- Orange oil- Attracts luck and success
- A drop of seawater- I added this for me because the ocean is my happy place, and I collected that seawater on a trip to my favorite rocky beach with my husband.
- Natural citrine- Brings luck and prosperity, and banishes negative energy
- Amethyst- Rids of negative energy
- Quartz- For it’s cleansing and balancing properties
As I added everything, I said the properties out loud, and I was very focused on my goal of happiness and prosperity. It helps me to visualize the ocean since it’s my happy place, but you must visualize whatever makes you happy and focused.
Spring 2014, finished my house cleaning and finally have a newly primped altar~
pic of the actual disc! love the moon phase art!
What is the artist?
Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Tribute Album~
Making Flying Ointments
Ointments are easily made, they consist simply of herbs or oils and a base.
THE SHORTENING METHOD
Gently heat four parts shortening over low heat until liquefied. Watch that it doesn’t burn. Add one part dried herbal mixture, blend with a wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed, and continue heating until the shortening has extracted the scent, you’ll smell it in the air.
Strain through cheesecloth into a heat proof container, such as a canning jar. Add one half tsp tincture of benzoin to each pint of the ointment as a natural preservative. Store in a cool, dark place like a refrigerator. Let the mixture sit for two weeks prior to using.
Ointments are usually rubbed onto the body to effect various magical changes. When anointing the body with the ointment rub a small amount to your wrist, arches, solar plexus , under arms.
NONTOXIC FLYING OINTMENT
1 pt dittany if Crete
1 pt cinquefoil
1 pt mugwort
1 pt parsley
NONTOXIC FLYING OINTMENT #2
2 drops sandalwood oil
1 drop jasmine oil
1 drop benzoin oil
1 drop mace oil
NONTOXIC FLYING OINTMENT
1 1/2 tsp mugwort
1/2 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp orris root powder
Pintch valerian root
1 drop jasmine oil
TOXIC FLYING OINTMENT
TOXIC FLYING OINTMENT #2
NONTOXIC WITCHES OINTMENT
3 pt vervain
3 pt sandalwood
2 pt cinnamon
1 pt carnation petals
NONTOXIC WITCHES OINTMENT
3 drops frankincense
2 drops myrrh
1 drops sandalwood
1 drops orange
1 drops lemon
TOXIC WITCHES OINTMENT
Do not use flying ointments if you have a heart problem or serious kidney and liver problems. Do not use ointments containing belladonna if you are allergic to morphine and related opiates or you will have a very serious reaction and need to go to the emergency room. Do not mix with serious medications. Do not use when pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth after using the ointment. Keep away from children and pets. Do not drive or operate machinery while under the effects of a flying ointment. Side effects may include temporary dizziness, fatigue, and blurred vision (the latter especially if the ointment contains belladonna). Give yourself 2-5 hours to recover from the experience and get back to normal. In some cases, it may take 1-2 days to get your normal energy levels back.
Sources: Sarah lawless, scott Cunningham, Edain McCoy
she’s surrounded by tarot decks, quartz crystals, and bottles of strange liquids. you don’t look too closely at what’s floating in them.
before the witch is a grimoire of some sort. she leans over the book of spells, she appears to be muttering something under her breath.
you lean in to try and catch what she’s saying:
“i’m at the pizza hut, i’m at the taco bell, i’m at the combination pizza hut and taco bell”