🏆 Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Catch-Up! [Challenge #150]

Lol, that random number generator is a good idea tho, why didn’t I think of that?

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Thanks, I hope you get your area clean and get a few done.

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I have been going around and around on what to do for the catch up. I was thinking about reading tea leaves, because I have never done it before. I have a book on tea magic around here somewhere, but of course, I can’t find it at the moment. So off to Kindle Unlimited I go. I found a book Tea & Kitchen Witchcraft: 2 Books in 1: Unlock ALL the Power of Everyday Ingredients and take your Magical Cooking to a Whole New Level with the Most Delicious Spells and Rituals. Kindle Edition

by Alyssa Vera (Author) Format: Kindle Edition

I want to buy the physical book, because it’s really good. I was flipping through it and found a recipe that I am going to try.

Challenge Entry #1 Teas and Infusions
Cold tea infusion

Abundance in Summertime

Ingredients:

2 sprigs mint
1 teaspoon green tea
1 medium chopped cucumber
1 sprig cilantro
1 sliced lime
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 slice jalapeno

Mix all ingredients in four cups of water and refrigerate overnight.

I will let y’all know how it turns out.

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Yay…! It’s been a little while since doing a weekly challenge - I went out on vacation and now I am back.

I set my determination on doing three challenges:

First Catch-up Challenge: #Witchy Media: The Wide World of Witchery

There were so many awesome entries to read through on experiences, reference and sources, as well as favorites! @Cosmic_Curiosity Big fan of the series AHS - Coven! I am a bit of dork when it comes to movies and am partial to the King Arthur adventures especially the movie, “Excalibur” (1981) https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7ueg3c. The magical and mystical fantasy of the background and props, not to mention the characters of Merlin, King Arthur, Lancelot, and Morgana.

For more modern - love and magic conquers all - another favorite “Practical Magic” (1998)
Practical Magic (1998) Official Trailer - Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman Movie HD - YouTube. Need I say anything here… :heart:

Being a newbie, as well as getting “in tune” with podcasts, under the related discussions and topics, I found a topic of “Good witchy apps for beginners”. I appreciate the post from @Amaris_Bane for the references on podcasts that I hadn’t really given thought to! Since I am into herbs, I mainly listen to the herbal and wellness podcasts. These resources are golden in my book - I am grateful! :infinite_roots:

Second Catch-up Challenge: #Technology & Modern Magick

Considering I grew up in a time where computers were not yet available for homeuse - remember those old, clunky, IBM or MACs? The huge brick-style cell phones? Yep, that’s my era. :roll_eyes: I didn’t own a cell phone until 33? 34? :face_with_hand_over_mouth: I went to the library or purchased books off shelves to get the information that I needed. Nowadays we have such an incredible, and detrimental, access to superhighways of information and each having to exercise personal perimeters of how to use it, apply it, as well as time spent utilizing it.

I would like to try some of the magickal spells for communication and digital sigils, reviewing several of the resources provided by members already utilizing on line platforms for their BoS - mine is chaos with papers, photos, and items stuck in books! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: So with that said, I will give my mind a rest and go right to the “Guided Meditations” :heart:

In Spells8 - I frequently utilize the daily rituals with the candle meditations. I feel that these help me to focus, and queue my day with certain aspects and find that it helps in dealing with others or my duties while I am at work. Daily Devotional: Today’s Candle and Magical Correspondences – Spells8

Along with the Daily’s, I frequently follow up on the links and find useful information or magickal courses to take within the Spells8 platform - this also prompts me to look for other resources for self-education, and enrichment in my journey here. Because I am into herbs - my favorite is the The Green Witch: Herbal Witchcraft Course – Spells8. I am presently taking a self-guided course in Elemental Herbalism through an outside platform.

There’s so much out there…I say, and I am borrowing this phrase, “Easy does it”.

For my last and Third Catch-up Challenge: #Flower Power

Ah…the language of flowers…Fun fact: In the Victorian era, feelings were best spoken by delivering your fancy, or enemy, certain flowers that would convey what words could not :face_with_open_eyes_and_hand_over_mouth: I have many favorites for flowers and some I even eat or drink :crazy_face: There are two in particular that I seem to favor which are Orchids - which I have several tattoos of them on my person, and two, I cannot believe I am saying this…Lilies. :roll_eyes: My sibling dislikes them and consistently points out that they are funeral flowers and I need to find another home for them :joy:

So let’s talk about that. There are several families of lilies - Liliaceae family that has 100’s of varietals, and the Amaryllidaceae family. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Lilies are one of the oldest cultivated plant species. Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians utilized certain portions of the Lily in medicinal ointments, as well as for food - and I thought they were just for ornamental purposes! The Ancients have legends written about lilies and one of the famous myths involved Hercules. Zeus stole Hercules from his mother and brought him to Hera to nurse while she lay sleeping, and when she awoke, she refused to feed Hercules. The milk spilled from her breasts fell to earth and created lilies. Another involves the Goddess, Venus, who became jealous of the beautiful flower, and cursed it to grow the spadix - which is the long spike inside the spathe.

I have Tiger Lilies in my yard, but I have a favorite, the Calla Lily. It is not entirely a “true lily” in a sense. The name Calla stems from the Greek word, “calla”, meaning beautiful and is most associated with the Goddess, Hera. To be a little forward here - the species is Zantedeschia aethiopica - named after an Italian Botanist. Medicinal, definitely not as these species are extremely toxic…however, in some South African cultures, the rhizome (root/bulb) has been used medicinally in dressings for wounds. With that said, lilies absorb airborne pollutants! Hummingbird and Butterflies love them :grinning:
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Correspondences:
Solar system : Moon
Zodiac signs: Gemini, Pisces, Scorpio, Virgo
Celebration: Ostara
Element: Water
Energy: Yin
Angel: Gabriel
Goddesses: Asherah, Astarte, Diana, Hera, Juno, Kuan Yin, Ostara, Venus

Most used to represent magnificent beauty, fertility/sexuality, fidelity - hence its uses in weddings; purity, faith, holiness - hence the association with Christians in the symbolism of the resurrection and rebirth, and use in funerals to embrace the idea of purification of a departed soul. White is associated with innocence; yellow - gratitude; pink - appreciation and admiration; purple - passion; and black to convey mystery and elegance. An author wrote that Calla lilies are slightly contradictory in their heritage as their meanings are first life and fertility, then symbolized by death.

While researching for the Calla lily - this delicate excerpt came up while the author gave its description of the Calla lily - I thought it was beautiful:

“Arise and quench thy thirst, was her reply,
And as a shut lily, stricken by the wand
of dewy morning’s vital alchemy,
I rose; and bending at her sweet command -”

Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Triumph of Life

The whole version of the poem can be found here:

Whew!!

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Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Light ‘Em Up! Entry #2

I’ve been feeling a little down today, so I decided to do a happiness spell.

I took yellow beeswax (yellow screams happiness to me), some dried yarrow, a happiness essential oil blend that I made, and clear quartz because it takes away the negative and brings in the positive.


The spell worked. I’m happy now. Lol!

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I love it! @Ostara

I have been smiling ever since you shared the picture of your beautiful sunflowers :sunflower: in Magick Gardens Two! I’m so glad your spell worked for you!

With big smiles :smiling_face: and sunflowers :sunflower: always

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Thank you!

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Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE catch up: Solstice: Festivities of Light – Solstice Celebrant. Thank you, Bry, for another catch-up opportunity! I did not get a chance to post over the summer solstice so I picked this challenge. I made solar water on the Solstice. I read (somewhere) that water charged in the sun on the solstice was full of positive energy :slight_smile: I decorated a jar with positive-vibe stickers. I used spring water. Then I put some of the charged solar water in a small spray bottle and added an essential oil blend of sweet orange e.o (positivity, creativity, mood lifting), lemon e.o. (purifying, cleansing) and cinnamon e.o. (good luck and honestly is there anything cinnamon CAN’T do? It’s like rosemary!). I read that these are associated with the summer solstice. I also popped in a citrine. So this is super-amped solar water spray! I spray it on my forearms when I start to feel blue or discouraged. It smells great and it does cheer me up a bit. The little yellow candleholder, I “made” with a Yoplait jar, some yellow paint, orange and yellow string and a butterfly, a summer symbol. It glows yellow when the light is low and cost nearly nothing to make. Thanks for the challenge and a 2nd chance to get this coveted badge!

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I was as piceses thinking about posidon and laterthat noght the name Asideon came to mindf and i chose it to honor posidon as it was similarplus i just really felt drawn to it. And use it even now as my witch name and truthfullt see no reason why id ever change ot. I love it so much. It truly is me.

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Challenge entry- amulets and talismans



I ordered two talismans from Blessed be Magick Unfortunately they sent me a Lilith necklace instead of the ring I ordered and Lilith is a beautiful Goddess who I admire but hopefully there going to correct my purchase but I wanted to show you all the earrings because I’m super excited about this talisman and if I wait for the ring I might miss the challenge. I will be using sage to cleanse my talisman and lighting a candle to charge my intention.:sparkles:

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Challenge Entry #1 - Solstice – Festival of Light

For the Solstice this year I decided to stay awake until the sunrise. I lit a candle, that I had burning until the first light and after, and burned some Dragon’s Blood incense to cleanse and sanctify the space, and to bring in the energy of Fire :fire: The candlelight also created a lovely and intimate atmosphere, and I was soon called to watch the video for Walpurgisnacht by Faun, while that one is more meant for Beltane the way weather works over here it matches Midsummer / Litha much better :smile_cat: After the first tunes of dancing to the song we paused the video for a while, threw off our shirt, and applied some moon water to our third eye, heart and sacral chakras, and incense ash to our cheeks and breasts. We said some words and then danced to the end of the song, falling into a lovely trance, and continuing on to this beautiful guided meditation. We saluted the God and the Goddess from a kneeling position, then sitting on our legs and bending down all the way to the floor and staying there for a while, beautifully held. It felt really special, all of it :blush: :sparkles:

Writing this I realized that I must have missed my cake day :sweat_smile: :cake: I remember joining three years ago (three years of being a witch! :smiling_face:) and posted a picture of my first altar, one that I had made for Litha :blush: :sun: So much growth has happened in these three years, and I’ve found a lovely home here, I remember a feeling even then that I’m going to spend a lot of time here with these lovely people! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Entry #2: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Catch Up! - Divining Differently – Divination Explorer

Again, thanks for the chance to catch up. My 2nd entry this week is about divination with charm throws.

I have been collecting charms this year and now I have a good many. I use them for divination in two ways. (1) I use them to clarify or add messages to a Tarot draw by reaching into my charm bag and pulling out a small bunch and throwing them across my spread or (2) I just “throw” charms on a table without using Tarot. There are other ways I have not yet experimented with: using a charm throw mat and pulling only a few charms (like one, two or three) to answer one, two or three questions. I think those sound like good methods; I just haven’t tried them yet.

There are two ways I divine messages from charm throws. First, I look at the charms and see if I can intuitively draw any connections to my query or concern (that I had in mind as I threw the charms). I look at which charms are next to each other/far away from each other and see if that lends any significance. And I look at the throw as whole to see if it tells any kind of story or reveals any kind of message.

After my initial, intuitive impressions, I will sometimes look up what the charms signify. I downloaded a list of divinatory messages associated with the symbolism of charms and I refer to that if I want to delve deeper.

Although you don’t have to just use charms for charm throws (you can use other household objects or objects that are meaningful for you, like ring, crystal or coin), I like the uniform quality of metallic charms that are similar in size. I have the numbers 0 through 9 and all the astrological signs, as well as other symbols important to me (like holiday and season symbols). I also strive to have just one or two of the same kind of charm in the bag (e.g., fish, hearts, etc.) and a wide variety of charms in my bag – accumulated from assortments sold at Walmart, Amazon and Michael’s, plus others I have picked up here and there. It’s a fun collecting hobby as well, because whenever I’m in a thrift store, I’m always hunting for charms I can add to my assortment.



Here is an example of a charm throw over a spread I did tonight. I did a three card draw (what do I need to know, what do I need think about and what do I need to do). The cards, at a rough glance, tell me that time is going by, it relates to my finances and I have to make a choice. The fact is I have made a rather big deposit on a cruise vacation and while I don’t have to take it soon, I have to reserve it soon or I risk losing my $. The problem is I have been overwhelmed by my options, also I’m not sure about spending the moolah. I see in the charm throw a ship’s wheel, a palm tree (maybe I need to pick the Florida embarkation instead of the New York one?) the number 8 – should I make that reservation on July 8? Will something happen in August (the 8th month)? And various other charms where the meaning is less evident: bike, Mom, peace symbol, star and oyster. It’s a fun form of divination that makes you think. :slight_smile: Thanks for letting me share for this challenge.

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Challenge entries

@SilverBear has offered these jars and recipies that I can use on my altar as tools to connect to the elements. I’m grateful :pray:

I made a large jar of each for the altar to help call the elements when working there and a small jar to receive the elements daily as I pass them and recognize them in passing.

North is Earth and Being,
East is Air and Knowing,
South is Fire and Doing,
West is Water and Daring
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from Sorgitzak, Old Forest Craft By Veronica Cummer

#1 Of the Element Water

Water is emotions, that which gives meaning to our experience and can get us in so much trouble if not kept in check. Second most valuable element for us. Water is life… and the strongest matter on our planet. It can wear down mountains and dissolve rock in time. Refresh our very soul when cool or mixed with fire a delightful shower. Nourish the plants in our garden, bring calm and beauty.

#2 Of the Element Fire

Fire is the energy behind all we do. Protection as well as destruction. The warmth of the hearth or the terrible forest fire. Like all of the elements it has two sides and can be used in either manner to produce the results we need in magic and the mundane.

#3 Of the Element Air

Air, the first most important. Of the mind and spirit. Gives flight to thought and imagination. The gentle cooling breeze in summer, the driving force of the sailboat or the typhoon in the vast ocean.

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@mary25 your Divining Differently entry is amazing and rather intriguing

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I have been consistently avoiding some challenges and using the RNG forced me to choose. The only issue is I had it pick one of the holiday-specific ones and wasn’t sure how to adapt it…

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Challenge Entry 1: Amulets & Talismans (Charming Witch)

As many know I work with the Morrigan. As such, I have a ritual asking for her protection that I use with my black obsidian bracelet, I try to… recharge :thinking: it during the New Moon & spend some extra time with her also.

I set up my space with her items & an offering. I use a red & black candle dressed with the Morrigan oil & also light Dragon’s Blood incense, & say the prayer/invocation/request :thinking: (It’s been a rough few weeks, words are escaping me right now :face_with_hand_over_mouth:) I use my the Morrigan oil to anoint the bracelet & myself. I thank her for her assistance & then wear the bracelet each day.

I have 3 other bracelets I wear with that one for the same reason, so sometimes I will do the entire ritual but use all 4 bracelets when I am anointing & asking her for protection. The other bracelets are 1 Larvikite & 2 Black Tourmaline.

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@brandy20 - Your runes are gorgeous! I don’t have any personal advice on runes, but we do have the rune course here on Spells8, as well as all the information in the runes tag!

It’s very brave and kind of you to read for your family and others, even as you’re still learning. It sounds like you’re doing a great job! :clap: :heart:


@Artemisia – That Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble sounds yummy! :yum: I’ll be tucking this recipe away for later :laughing: if I can ever find rhubarb near me! I love the journal you created, too! The cover of the journal is beautiful, but the additions you made to really customize it are perfect!

Your crystal grid is beautiful :heart: I hope it helps ease your pain, too!


@Heav3n – I don’t cast circles often either. I don’t think I’ve cast a circle in years if I’m being honest :laughing: I’m glad you’ve added the circle casting to your Book of Shadows and it’s within easy reach when you need it!

It sounds like your abundance spell - with that amazing moon jar - is working just the way you need it to! :clap: That’s awesome!


@Ostara – I hope the Abundance in Summertime tea tastes amazing! It sounds a bit spicy with the cilantro and jalapeno :laughing: but maybe the mint and green tea balance it out!

What a beautiful rolled beeswax candle, too! :honeybee: This has been on my list of things to try, I just haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m glad it lifted your spirits!


@lisa67 – Hooray for making it to the challenge! I loved reading everything you shared here. I didn’t know all of that about lilies, or that Calla Lilies aren’t even considered lilies!


@mary25 – Your solar water sounds supercharged, for sure! :sunny: I’m glad it works for you - and citrine is such a great addition!

I’ve never done charm throws before, so thank you for this quick rundown! I’m gonna tuck this information away for later :heart:


@Asideon – I think that name fits you! Did you want to use this as an entry to one of the challenges?


@crystal59 – Oh my, those are beautiful earrings! :pentacle_tarot: It sucks that they messed up your order, but hopefully it gets situated soon! In the meantime, those earrings make perfect talismans!


@CelestiaMoon – That sounds like a beautiful Solstice ritual :heart_eyes: I stayed up to greet the sun for Winter Solstice, but definitely couldn’t manage it for Summer Solstice :laughing: I was recovering from the all-nighter for days! (oh, and your cakeday here on Spells8 is July 20 :heart: :cake: I checked lol)

I’m so excited that you’ve found a lovely home here with us at Spells8 :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Your presence is a beautiful addition to the coven energy!


@Shadeweaver – I really like how you connected all the elements together in your sacred space, using them as a reminder throughout the day. It’s a beautiful way to bring it all together! :heart:


@Susurrus – Red and black really seem to connect with The Morrigan, for sure. I know it’s been a rough few weeks, but I hope you can find space to do this on a regular basis again. I think you need it! :revolving_hearts:


That happened to me, too. I just chose another random number :laughing: I figured I can save the holiday-specific ones for a catch-up challenge closer to those holidays.

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Weekly Witchy Challenge for Amethyst:
Weather Witchery - Weather Witch

So I wasn’t sure what to do for Weather Witchery, so I wrote a chant to Zeus, one of the most famous weather gods. Hope you like it!

Weather Chant

Mighty Zeus, you who sit on Olympus’ throne,
I ask a boon of you, for which I make myself prone.
Let the winds around my home blow gently,
and the sunshine be complementary.
God of Thunder, Master of lighting,
Spare me from any damaging storms for they are frightening.
Send me fair winds, and rain that falls forgivingly,
With rainbows to shade the sky with wonderful imagery.
All I ask, Mighty Zeus
is that we call a truce!

So mote it be!

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Challenge entry - candle magic
I used a yellow candle for confidence and rolled it in a divination oil I made using yarrow and mugwort. Then I rolled it in roses petals, lavender, mugwort, chamomile and rosemary. I surrounded it with every crystal I own and said mÿ affirmations as I watched the candle burn down so mote it be.:crystal_ball::sparkles::hibiscus:

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Thank you @MeganB i love :heartpulse: these challenges so much! it gives me an opportunity to explore so many aspects of the craft and catch up time is my favorite. I strive to have every badge one day : :revolving_hearts:

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