Warm greetings to all!
Thank you once again to the brilliant souls who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Strength of the Full Moon
After looking up at the full moon in all her beautiful power, you may have felt something deep stir within you- something natural and fierce.
The theme for this week’s challenge answers that call of the wild and is…
Claws, Paws, Tails and Scales - Animals in Magick
From spirit animals to ancient anthropomorphic deities, witches’ familiars to animal whisperers- creatures of all shapes and sorts have earned a place in magickal traditions around the world.
This week is about exploring some of the many ways that we can draw on animal energy in our magickal practices
Are you ready? It’s… CHALLENGE TIME!
STEP 1 : Animals in Magick
Whether you have a furry friend assisting your spellwork or you draw animal energy from within yourself or a higher power, there are so many ways that animals can play a role in your magickal craft!
Here are just a few suggestions for you to consider pursuing for this challenge:
Anthropomorphic and animal deities
Many pantheons around the world honor Gods, Goddesses, and holy creatures with animalistic or anthropomorphic (animal-like) forms. The Egyptian Pantheon is one great example.
The Wiccan God, also called Cernunnos and the Horned God is a deity of nature depicted with the proud antlers of a stag
For those who follow Draconic magick , elemental dragons can be called upon for worship and ritualwork. Consider learning more by reading the Draconic Code of Honor and exploring these Elemental Dragon Invocations.
Working with familiars
A commonly misunderstood subject, the term “familiar” relates to a spirit that serves and protects a witch.
@Silverbear explains what creatures would be considered as familiars (and why there may be a more appropriate term for your magickally-inclined pet) in her post:
Check out Familiars and A Pet to learn more about the important differences between pets and familiars.
Your Spirit Animal / Power Animal / Totem Animal / Animal Guide
There are many terms out there -“spirit animal”, “totem animal” and “power animal” among others- it is easy to get confused! In short, these are all closely related terms that can mean different things depending on the individual.
For those interested in finding their Power Animal or would like more thorough information on these terms, you can learn more in the following threads:
Explore your inner-animal energy through meditation
Draw on the power of animals with an animal meditation. These mediations range from animal inspiration to deep meditations were you can experience the world through different eyes
The Wolf Moon Meditation has a spell and guided meditation allowing you to mentally transform and experience the full moon with your wild pack
This meditation by Ascension Meditation Space helps you to meet your Guardian Dragon
Feel free to let your creativity run wild with this challenge!
STEP 2 : Share Your Experience
No matter how you choose to tackle this challenge, you must share your experience!
- Your experience drawing on animal energy in your magickal practice
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new post in the forums.
If you create a new post, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post - thank you!
This challenge will close in 6 DAYS
To join in, please share your experience by:
2021-04-06T05:00:00Z CET (Central European Time Zone)
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and the a small prize!
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.
A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that reflects their unique practice
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 a moderator.
For those new to challenges, 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
Whether they have claws and paws or tails and scales; creatures of day or beasts of night- your animal magick will guide you right!