🎎 Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - A Witch's Collection

Merry meet!

Thank you once again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - The Wheel of the Year: Pagan Holidays :wheel:

After taking some time to appreciate the cycles of the year, we’re stepping away from the calendar- to appreciate something else within our sacred spaces. Calling all collectors! :mega:

The theme for this week’s challenge is…

Witch Collection Spells8 Challenge

:jar: :dolls: A Witch’s Collection :gem: :package:

What things do you collect in your Craft?

As members of the material world, it’s in our nature to be drawn to things- items that bring us joy, help us feel comfort, rekindle precious memories, or simply look nice in our spaces.

While it certainly isn’t necessary to have special tools or items in order to practice magick, many witches find themselves collecting things that help or inspire their Craft. The items one collects often paint a picture about both the person and the type(s) of magick they enjoy most. Having a large assortment of teas and teaware, for example, likely points to someone who enjoys tea rituals, meditation, or tasseography. Someone with a hoard of crystals probably enjoys working with stones, lithomancy, or crystal magick- and so on.

Take some time to look around your space- what do you collect? And what insight do these things offer about your practice? :sparkles:

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This week’s challenge is all about collections - but as always, how you do so is up to you!

So are you ready? Because it’s…

CHALLENGE TIME!

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Art by Brittnie: Witch Library

STEP 1 : Your Beloved Treasures :sparkles:

This challenge is all about how collections- but how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!

Still not sure where to begin? To help you get started, here are a few ways in which a witch might approach this challenge.

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Show Off Your Collection(s) :dolls:

Feel free to show off your treasures this week- let the Coven oohh and ahh over your collection(s)!

Not sure what to look for? Here are a few things that magick-lovers often find themselves collecting:

  • :gem: Crystals and stones
  • :jar: Jars and bottles
  • :diya_lamp: Incense
  • :sake: Essential oils
  • :tea: Teas
  • :herb: Herbs and spices
  • :potted_plant: Plants
  • :books: Books
  • :bone: Bones
  • :flower_playing_cards: Tarot, Oracle, and other decks
  • :cat2: Pets
  • :witch_hat: Magickal clothes and accessories
  • :ring: Jewelry
  • :purse: Amulets and talismans
  • :raido: Runes
  • :shell: Shells
  • :candle: Candles
  • :pendulum: Pendulums

Don’t collect any of the above? No worries! Even if your treasures may appear more mundane than magickal at first, your interests help paint a picture of who you are and what you enjoy most- and you are the heart of your practice! Feel free to share any collection(s) you keep, from coins to dolls to glassware and more.

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Your Dream Collection :star2:

Don’t have a collection yet? Well, now is as great time to start as any! All you need is to set your intention- begin by deciding what type(s) of item you wish to gather.

If material goods don’t appeal to you, then consider making a spiritual collection instead- just as one can gather trinkets, one can collect memories, emotions, or experiences too.

Feel free to share about your spiritual or emotional collections as part of this challenge (note that if your entry contains sensitive content, please share it in the more private A Sacred Space - thank you!)


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… And More! :raised_hands:

The suggestions above are just a few ideas to help kickstart your creativity- if you feel called to explore collections in another way, please feel free to do so! :blush:

As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge theme :star2:


Art by Iguanamouth: Hoard of Kittens from the Hoard Collection



STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

Click here for a note about challenge inclusivity

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you! :blush:

That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.

Getting Your Credit :white_check_mark:

In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it! :pray:

Where Should I Share My Entry? :thinking:

Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry

You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” :repeat: to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!

Alternatively, you could create a new post in the forum (this is good for when you have a lot to share and/or would like to discuss aspects of your entry not related to the current theme)

Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you! :bowing_woman:


Deadline :spiral_calendar:

:exclamation: This challenge will close in 6 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)
2023-08-22T11:00:00Z

(Note that the time zone is ET- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your time zone!)


Prizes :gift:

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.

After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.

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A warm reminder that the challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice :open_book:

If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to your friendly Moderator Team.

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways :hugs:


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What are the things that call to your soul?
The irresistible treasures that make you feel whole?
When you find something that makes you smile,
That warms your heart for a long while
You’ve discovered a key to your inner self-
There’s nothing to do but keep it on your shelf!

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Blessed Be! :dolls::sparkles:

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How lovely. My dream collection, would-be the Aunts house in practical magic. Here’s to dreams. :sparkling_heart:

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Yes, @tracyS and i love the sitting room from the show good witch.

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Challenge Entry

I love this weeks challenge! Im that one weird friend that everyone has who loves seeing how everyone decorates their space. Just walking into someone’s home feeling their energy and seeing how they express themselves is a wonderful experience. I want to apoloigize from the start i added several pictures to my entry.
I love to collect crystals, stones, rocks, books, notebooks, herbs, crystal balls and anything else that calls out to me. I will use some of the rocks and stones to use to decorate lanterns for myself and other people. I had several important people to me that have passed away over the years. So i have a display with the handouts you get at their funerals. I look at them each day and find myself wishing they were here and telling them i love and miss them. The navy uniform in one of the pictures was the one my father wore and he gave to me before her passed away from colon cancer 7 years ago.
I love to sit with a good book and try to learn somwthing new each month. I will also take notes because i have to go back and reread sometimes to be able to optain the knowledge. I find myself since joining this community that i have been alot more reading anot note taking and i believe it will help in the end.

I look forward to seeing and reading what everyone collects.
Blessed be








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Oh, where do I start with this one?!?!

I’ll have to take some pictures of my various collections to share. I am in the process of redoing my gnome garden (been trying to wait on cooler weather).

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Oh no you didn’t!!! :astonished: :hushed: :open_mouth: :laughing: I am a collector by nature and love that I can have collections specific to my craft as well! This is a challenge I can do and can’t wait to gather my things and share my magickal collections!!! :feather: :rock: :herb: :books: :tarot_card: Honestly so excited about this one and can’t wait to get started on it tomorrow! :tada:

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@wendy your collections are beautiful!

I’m pretty sure all of us witches are collectors. Lol! I can’t wait to see everyone’s collections!

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Challenge Entry-A Witch’s Collection
As I’m just starting out, my collection is quite limited, my lack of space and need to keep things concealed imposes a limit. I’ve heard hobbyists say they really have two hobbies: whatever the hobby itself is, and buying things for said hobby. However, I can outline what I would like to have in my collection if space and concealment were no issue.

First, a nice cabinet or set of shelves to store everything in, and a spot to leave an altar set up permanently. Books, definitely, can’t have too many of those. I’d love to have some more crystals, I have little bottles of crystal chips but I know there’s some frequently used ones I don’t have. I’d like to do more with candles, so a nice big pack of spell candles. And a spot to grow herbs, either outside or in pots, and a space to store the dried ones.

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I haven’t had the chance to acquire allot of tools but this first picture is of my essentials candles, crystals, salts ,sage/palo santo, organza bags, parchment paper and what I use most my cauldron. The second picture is all my herbs and the third picture are all the potion bottles I’ve collected and stuff to dress my candles like glitter and foil pieces. I can’t wait to see the other entries this is a fun challenge. :hugs::sparkles::crystal_ball::butterfly:

Almost forgot my tarot :blush:

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It’s the new moon :new_moon_with_face: so I am working on building my relationship with Hecate. Working on the shawdow I am at the crossroads of the threshold and I am honoring the call! This is one of my statues and I have one other and thinking of getting a statue of Persephone Queen of hell! She was guarded by Hecate during the dark soul of the night and so I embrace the darkness calling in the light. I gave our dark mother a fancy feast so I could join her heard. I love the symbolism the key :key: I ask you for the key of wisdom


The keys to the gate that opens for me! Also a gate that closes! I am at the crossroads asking to give me her guidance, guardian, guide and gatekeeper!
Thank you Hecate
Hail Hecate! Mighty Queen of the witches thank you for kliedokus Keeper of the keys! I am attending to you tonight for your protection!
Jeannie

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I’ve always loved that statue everything look’s beautiful :new_moon::heart:

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Crystal,
Your collection of herbs :potted_plant: looks great as well and very organized! Forme I love my tea :tea: from Tamed and Wild monthly subscription
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Great for divination









I am a little embarrassed there is more! I love books I’ve been a seeker of knowledge for some time! I have been blessed with many tarot decks!

But wait there’s more I love music too!

Playing music Lisa Thiel
I hope



I like to play music :notes: and lately it’s all been about Lisa Thiel
I love her music! I love the song Turquoise Woman, Buffalo :bison: Woman,
And soo many more songs I love! Lisa Thiel playlist
Maybe later I’ll share some of my essential oils and herbs :herb: and crystals! I am so blessed! Daughter of the elements, thank you for letting me Share! All of your things are very avocative of the deeper world and has so much meaning in my life!
Jeannie

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Oh this is a good one! I have so many things to share don’t know what one so may post a couple :blush:

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CHALLENGE ENTRY

I’m not organised in my collections, it’s chaotic. :joy:. But I managed to gather some stuff and do photos of it on my table for this challenge. I keep stuff everywhere. In my sock draws there are tarot cards, I have books under the coffee table, by bedside, in kitchen etc. “Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my “stuff”!” (to steal a line from Paul Young’s song). I’m building up a Loki stash of books so they take pride of place.
I don’t keep alot of crystals, herbs, potions. I tend to use substitutes so use alot of garlic, rosemary, white candles, quartz, so this is in the kitchen in general, as opposed to having a witchy kitchen (I still have to be a little “in the closet” for the sake of some extended family, thankfully my chaotic nature seems to “hide” alot of my stuff, or maybe Loki “blinds them?” :person_shrugging:).
Here’s a few pictures.


My Loki books above

My dolls

My favourite pictures of my handsome beastie

My cards n runes

More books and stash :rofl:

My favourite crystals
So there’s more stuff, here and there, throughout the house, but I can’t find it. :joy:
One day I’ll get organized but not today. :sparkling_heart:

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CHALLENGE ENTRY

This is my collection of tarot/oracle cards.

I will admit that i do tend to stick with the Ryder Waite cards most of the time but sometimes the others call out. Most of these were from a magazine subscription that was available here in the UK where you got a new set of cards every fortnight.

I used my Auset oracle daily and my moonology around the different phases of the moon.

Using cards has become part of my daily practice.

Blessed be

Alan

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Awwww, how cute! :blush: :two_hearts: :cat:

Challenge Entry

I have small stashes of witchy things all around my house… :smile_cat:
Let’s take a tour :wink:

Teas

More teas… :smile_cat:

Candles

Candle holders

My apothecary

Crystals

Potion making supplies

Altar tools and other miscellaneous things

Kindle books (there are a few more pages… :blush: )

These are the things that I choose to surround myself with and imbue with my energy as they contribute to mine :blush: :sparkles: :sparkling_heart:

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Challenge Entry

I’ve amassed quite a collection in three years (not all of which I use).

Here’s everything I can list off the top of my head:

• Dragon oracle deck (2)
• Dragon tarot deck
• Cat tarot deck
• Cat oracle deck
• Unicorn oracle deck
• Dragon pencil holder
• BOS with flowers on the front cover
• BOS with a dragon on the front cover
• Post it notes for spells
• Book on herbal medicine
• Black jar with blue dragon scales and a yellow/orange dragon eye for spells
• 2 tall plain jars for spells
• Oak wand inlaid with a clear quartz
• Small cauldron
• Dried flowers and herbs (rose petals, rosebuds, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, peach blossoms, mint)
• Crystal chakra tree
• Taper candle holders
• Too many coffee mugs and teacups to count (one has a dragon and a fairy and another has a cat in the bowl)
• Dragon tea light holder
• Dragon offering bowl
• A dragon light (to represent the Dragon God)
• A statue of a white dragon (to represent the Dragon Goddess)
• A statue of a mother and child dragon
• A statue of a blue and white feathered dragon
• Dragon pencil and pen holder
• A jewelry box for all my witchy jewelry, which includes a pentacle necklace, a key necklace, tiger’s eye, rose quartz, and amethyst necklaces, two dragon necklaces and a dragon ring, a moon necklace with seven crystals inside to represent the chakras
• A box of black tourmaline
• Two pieces of selenite
• A bag of raw cut crystals and polished crystals for chakra meditation
• Essential oil diffuser and a box of essential oils
• A box of multicolor tapered candles
• Tea light candles of every color
• A statue of a baby dragon hatching from a peridot egg (my birthstone)
• Sage and Dragon’s Blood smudge spray
• A witch’s broom/besom
• Dragon clock
• A statue of a dragon on top of a castle holding a crystal
• Cords for binding spells (luckily, I haven’t had to use them that much)
• A statue of a red dragon holding a removable sword (I sometimes use it as an athame)

Umm, I think that’s everything???

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Ohhh…hmm… I think for once, I’m stumped on this challenge! :sweat_smile: I don’t know if I really collect anything. I’ll have to think outside the box for my different collections!

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@tracyS - nice collection those are some beautiful crystals you have and I really like your dolls and your cauldron. :blush::sparkling_heart::two_hearts:

@Cosmic_Curiosity - what an incredible :star_struck:collection of tarot cards you have you’ve got some really beautiful ones and you said you had a subscription where you got them every couple weeks that’s really cool.

@CelestiaMoon - I really enjoyed looking at your apothecary and your potion making items also your Athame is beautiful :heart_eyes: thank you for posting. :blush::butterfly::blue_heart:

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Yeh it also came with a fortnightly magazine which explained the imagery of each deck as well reading techniques, different spreads etc. It cost £7.99 each fortnight so was definitely worth it

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