The Dark Gathering 2019 (Photo Heavy)

Hello Witches!

What a weekend I have had. Saturday 26th October was The Dark Gathering, an event which had been planned for months and finally arrived. To say I was excited is an understatement.

I spent Friday, Satuday and Sunday with my best Witches on an amazing road trip down the country. The Dark Gathering takes place annually in Boscastle, Cornwall at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

Not only did we visit the gorgeous museum but we spent Sunday exploring places in and around the area including a trip through Dartmoor on the way home and a very special visit to King Arthur in Tintegel and walking what I refer to as the bridge of doom!

On the Sunday morning two of us were up early so we went for walk out to Glebe Cliff and watched the sunrise and walked around St Materiana’s Churchyard.

All in all this was a magical and wonderful trip with some gorgeous people. Not only did I go with 3 other amazing Witches but we met up with 2 other fantastic Witches and we had such a good time. It was like we’d all known each other for years.

We’ve decided to make this one of out annual trips. I am already eager for next year:)

Let me know below in the comments if you attended this years Dark Gathering.

If the Dark Gathering isn’t for you then I highly recommend the area, not only is it beautiful but it is rich in folklore, myth and history.

Emma-Louise x

Finding Your People

There are many people who grow up throughout childhood, teen years and adulthood who have a set of friends that are always by their side. They stick together, know each other’s secrets and are there through the good and the bad times.

Unfortunately this isn’t the same for everyone. I moved a lot in my younger years and never really formed a group of friends like that. I had friends but not those that grew with me or I feel connected to.

My nature is to be quite detached, the reasons why don’t need to be disclosed but I have always struggled to trust people which is why there is always an element of myself I hold back until I feel like I can give everything.

But let me tell you something, when you do find those people that you have such a connection with it is a magical experience.

I have 3 friends which I have grown to love just like family. They accept all parts of me as I do them and we are such a wonderful little group. We compliment each other so well and all out different personalities come together in such a special way.

Coincidentally, or perhaps not, we all represent different elements and aspects of the zodiac which makes things really interesting and fun.

But this post isn’t a post for me to brag to you about the amazing people in my life (though they definitely deserve it) but to let you know that I didn’t find this group of people until I was in my mid-thirties so if you haven’t found your people yet please do not despair, it will happen. When you least expect it things will slot into place and you may not even be aware that this is occurring until you pause, reflect and realise you are surrounded by the warmest, kindest and most lovely people in the world.

Don’t give up on finding those people who complete you.

I am going on a road trip with my wonderful ladies next weekend and attending The Dark Gathering and I cannot wait to show you what we get up to!

Emma-Louise x

The Moon and Me

For a long time I used the moon and it’s phases to help my planning for the month ahead. I didn’t know it all but I enjoyed exploring everything, however, I found myself moving away from it not because I didn’t find it helped but because there were people around me who would sneer and belittle those who used the moon and it’s magic.

I thought, naively that I was learning but now when I look back I was so happy to have found people I could relate to that I did what I could to fit in. The reality was, I never fit in, I was not true to myself.

Now I let my true self fly free, and I enjoy everything I want to enjoy. Anyone who tells me I am wrong or not doing things correctly can happily take them selves away.

Anyway back to the point. I have been working with the moon again and taking my studies further, learning not only about the moon, her phases and how she moves sign to sign but also about me. I have been exploring my natal chart and it has been such a positive and wonderful experience. I am learning things about myself that I couldn’t explain before and the inner conflict that I have had has a basis and a way for me to learn and adapt so I am not always fighting myself.

Learning my sun sign (Aries) , moon sign (Aquarius) and rising sign (Cancer) and how they interact with each other. It is a truly unique thing and makes up the smallest and largest parts of us. Not just our personalities but our dreams, desires, passions, emotions, appearances and experiences. There is even ways to look at how we react and interact socially.

There is a world of wonder out there and I am determine to explore every single part of it with an open mind.

If you would like to know more about your natal chart then I highly recommend these two websites

Costarastrology and Astro Cafeastrology

To find out more about our current moon cycle then I recommend these 2 blogs.

The Moon Woman and The Magickal Creatrix

Sarah who runs and owns The Magickal Creatrix also has a wonderful Moon club you can subscribe too and has a lot of journaling info which I have found such an amazing resource to help uncover the hidden parts of me.

If you have any moon or zodiac recommnations, especially books. I woul love for you to let me know down below.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Don’t Feed The Negativity, Control Your Power.

Anyone who has seen Harry Potter knows Herminoe’s quote about fear. I don’t know about you but I agree 100% with this.

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I even would go so far as to say that thoughts can feed energy, giving them power. Whether this is good or bad. I mean isn’t this essentially what ‘Intent’ is?

There are times when we come across people that are not good people, the narcissist,  the manipulator, the liar, the stalker. But for the purpose of this post I am talking about people we meet online not the people we meet face to face because those would need dealing with in a different way.

I have been part of the active Facebook community for many years and I have seen my fair share of these people. The energy-sucking vampires feeding everyone with their negativity and in some cases utter bullshit. I see many posts across the Witchcraft groups I am part of asking for spells to get rid of these people. People who are online only. I always wonder why?, why do they need a spell.  Maybe it’s just me but when there are people you dislike online surely the best way to get rid of them is the most mundane…simply hit block.

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Why give these draining people your precious energy? The best thing you can do is stop thinking about them. Stop giving them the power over you. I am good at building barriers between me and people, without having to block them online I can out up a shield and that’s it, to me they no longer exist. I no longer care about what is going in their lives, no longer see what they do and more importantly no longer care. Their actions do not effect me and I do not allow them the power to effect me.

So after my rambling the point I am trying to make is this…

Your energy is better spent on those who deserve it, don’t waste it on someone who will never waste theirs on you.

 

The Witches Hearth

Hello my fellow Witchy folk!

This is just a little quickie. A few of us have set up a new Facebook group for all our Witchy chats. The group is  all-inclusive and whether you are a Wiccan, Witch,  Pagan or whatever else your path you are more than welcome.

We wanted to create a group where we can all share information and experience judgement free and we have some fab group things planned for the Sabbats.

Please feel free to grab a cuppa and pull up a chair over at The Witches Hearth.

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Magic: Under The Influence

For many of us our journey on the Witchcraft path is one of many up’s, down’s and quite often wrong turns.

We can be influenced by the media, music and T.V. I’m sure I won’t be the only one who was inspired by The Craft. There are, however, often people that we encounter who also leave a lasting mark on our magical self.

Over the years I have met so many people. I have had some amazing experiences and some not so pleasant experiences but non-the-less they have all helped shape me. Through these interactions I have learnt who I am. They have enabled me to know what I want, what I believe, where my moral compass lies and more importantly, what I am not.

Our magic is influenced by everything that we are, what we have become is often the result of action and interaction with others. Sometimes they leave a large imprint and other times a small one but every single thing we learn on our journey often is stemmed from someone else.

This doesn’t mean our magic is wrong, or that their magic is wrong. It is unique to us, the individual.

This unique perspective also applies to how we use our magic. Some Witches believe in light and dark types of magic, others believe in the 3-fold law, some, like me, just do whatever they deem necessary. I have never cast a negative spell against anyone, I don’t see a need. There has not been a situation that I cannot take something from to learn and grow. Saying this, I have cast a Return to Sender spell previously but this is protection, not everyone will see it that way but RoS will only activate should someone else cast against me.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have met some of the most amazing people. I have a select few I am very close too and trust them wholeheartedly, these people nurture me, they help me grow and I cherish every one of them like they are my family.

I urge you to relish every experience, use it to enhance your inner magic and go forward with a better understanding of how you fit into the world around you.

 

Witchery by Juliet Diaz {A Review}

Hey!

I finally finished Witchery by Juliet Diaz and here are my thoughts…

I loved it, every single part of it. It made me question myself and showed me how to love myself and my magic more. I completely connected to it and the way it was written. The rituals, spells etc are extremely helpful and the author explains why she uses what she does and also makes it clear that you should adapt as necessary, stick to your own intent.

I can see me reading this book over and over. It’s so wonderfully insightful and really has taught me to look at things differently.

I feel like this is a book I want to have with me at all times, go read it and then read it again because I know I will get something new and different every single time. It has brought me back down to earth and given me a much needed lift in the magic department.

The first half of the book is about you, getting to know you, getting rid of your demons and really seeing who the core of you is. It takes away all those layers we build around us which block our connection to nature and the world around it.

The second half of the book goes through more pratical motions such as altars, moon phases, rituals, spells and other bits and bobs which are great.

Witchery is a catch of of wonderfully ensightful advice and it is, purely magical.

You can find a copy <here> on Amazon.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Finding My Inner Witch

I have been pretty absent for the last few months. Life became a little overwhelming and I felt a need to close off, to hibernate, to lock myself away in a cave and hide. This happens occassionally. I use to hate it, feel it was oppressive and depressive but I have actually come to see this time as a way to renew and take stock. I get forced to take a good look at my life and see what parts of it I need to cut back on. Usually this means cutting back on everything and going back to basics and rebuilding the walls and cutting down to the foundations.

I find during this time I do not feel very magical or ‘Witchy’ I don’t really cast spells or work any active magic and then I berate myself for being a bad witch. Which is actually bloody stupid.

In an effort to find my inner witch and bring her out I purchased a book which I had seen and really liked the look of. The book was Witchery by Juliet Diaz. Now to be honest with you I haven’t finished reading it but what I have read so far I have loved every second of. I find her enlightening and it was totally what I needed. Juliet writes in a way that makes you look at your magical self in a different way, to learn to appriciate the little things which may appear mundane but are actually magical. In doing these things I have felt myself lift, I feel I am actively harnessing my magic and using it. It does not need to be some grand gesture with candles and herbs it can be as simple as appriciating sun beams upon a flower.

For a long time I felt a bit stuck on my path. In an effort to avoid the ‘Wiccan’ elements I didn’t get along with I avoided everything termed ‘Wiccan’ and stuck purely to what was deemed to be ‘traditional’ in doing this I restricted myself and took out elements which I very much enjoyed.

I do not celebrate dieties nor believe in Gods.

I do not follow a 3 fold or karmic law

I do not call corners and believe in casting spells on specific days.

I enjoy using herbs

I enjoy using candles

I love Runes and adore Sigil work.

I love the moon in all her glory and yes, I am deciding to add the moon to my spell work.

I love crystals and the energy they give off.

My magic has no colour, it does what I need to it for whatever I purpose I need.

I am not Wiccan

I am not Traditional

I am a Witch. Pure. Simple and to the point.

Learn to question yourself less and love yourself more.

 

It’s A Witchy World.

I’ve shared my story previously but it got deleted somehow so here I am, telling you again about myself.

From a young age I was drawn to Witchcraft, I dabbled in the more stereotypical version of it. Learning from what I can find in books and films such as The Craft which came out in my younger teen years. However, as life got busy I left this path to the side.

A few years ago I decided to revisit it, I have always had a play with tarot and loved herbs and nature so this wasn’t exactly a stretch for me.

I devoured every book I purchased, joined numerous Facebook groups, scoured the Internet. There were a lot of things that I took from my reading but also a lot I felt I was rejecting, and that is where I felt lost.

Everything I read stated that I needed certain tools, circles of protection, to use the elements, moon cycles, days of the week and mostly, some form of pantheon or God to follow.

This for me was a big problem. I felt hemmed in by rules, it felt more like a religion than a adaptation of my life. It didn’t feel natural. I certainly didn’t believe in God and couldn’t bring myself too. Whether that God was Greek, Celtic or Christian.

I started to feel very put off. I couldn’t get my head around some of the stuff. Magic is innate, it is natural. If you want to cast a spell for something why should you have to wait for the right moon phase and day of the week. Surely your intention should just be enough.

It was then that I discovered a blog post titled: I’m A Witch, Not A Wiccan and so I opened it and read it 4-5 times. FINALLY! something I could relate too.

This post described exactly what I was feeling. That in fact I was not a Wiccan. I could practice Witchcraft without following a God, without needing to follow moon phases or use certain colours for certain spells.

Shortly after reading that post I joined the group of the lady who wrote it, Bexz from The Village Witch, and I have never looked back.

I openly celebrate what I am and how I practice my craft. If others want to follow other ways, paths and use alternative methods then that is great for them, but it is not for me.

I cast spells when I feel the need too, at any time of the day and I use whatever I have to hand. I make the most of my surroundings and use whatever a Witch would have used hundreds of years ago when items were scarse and people reused whatever they could. I don’t believe in light and dark magic, there is just magic and any one of us is capable of wielding both. Protective spells can be seen as a Hex which would fall under dark magic, but also as they protect they fall under light. Magic is whatever you feed into it and for me sits squarely in the grey. It’s up to us how we use it.

So if you are reading this post and find yourself questioning where you fit in my advice is this. Follow your instinct and trust your gut. Do what feels right to you, not what is written in a book. You have your own magic inside of you, it’s entirely your choice how you use it.

Emma-Louise x

Work Your Magic!

It’s nothing short of miraculous isn’t it, that we exist. Yes, I know the science behind it but still, when you think about how we are here in such a vast wonderful universe, you can’t really tell me that magic doesn’t exist.

 
I often get those looks followed by questions about magic; Do I know it isn’t real? How come I am not a millionaire if I use magic? etc… yada yada yada.

 
Let me tell you this now, just because I believe in magic doesn’t make me a complete idiot. I have studied some level of science, I have a master’s degree, I am actively learning all the time. I don’t believe magic and science cannot co-exist because I see daily that they do.

 
I know that wiggling my nose won’t make something I desire happen. I don’t think flicking a wand around will suddenly rid me of my foes and make me rich beyond my wildest dreams.

 
What I believe is that our core, our instinct is magic. When a Witch casts a spell, we feed that magic into the spell, we pour our hopes, dreams, desires into that and feed it all the energy we have. When I explained this to my non-Witch partner, I told him to think of it as positive mental attitude. Each spell we have is to feed positive energy into something whether that’s our dreams or into negativity we have received.

 
We are putting our positive intent into the universe. Even when people use hexes, bindings or curses there is an element of it that usually comes from a good place, to prevent harm, protect someone, put an end to something which is hurtful.
Of course, I know there are Witches out there who do spell cast without that positivity, who intend nothing but hurt but to be fair, you don’t need to be a Witch to experience those sorts of people. Just turn on the news, it’s probably full of them.

 
I don’t do the whole Wicca Rede, Harm non, 3 x Rule. What I do instead is think about why I am wanting to do something. I won’t act in revenge because I do believe that Karma will have a way of paying me back, I consider those who may also be hurt by anything negative I send out there. There are plenty of people out there who have wronged me at some point but if I respond in the same way, where would it end? Who else would get hurt? It doesn’t take much to realise it isn’t worth it. That I would much rather fill myself with something positive that makes my heart light and puts a smile on my face. I refuse to give arseholes the satisfaction of letting them think they have any sort of hold on me, they don’t.

 
Magic is universal, we all carry it inside of us whether we are Witches or not. Our very reason of existing is magical. Our soul burns with it. Don’t ever feel that you have nothing to offer, that you are un-special because you are not. You are the very essence of magic.
Emma-Louise x