Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Congrats to the Coven! 🎊

Happy 2nd birthday, Spells8! :partying_face: I thank the gods that you’ve created such a wonderful site @Francisco! Books were a great way for me to begin practicing Wicca, but the amount of information on this site has helped further me along in my Craft.

I’ve worked with various types of Magick over the months and I’ve discovered that the ones that call to me the most are Candle, Draconic, Kitchen, and Tea.

Tea and candle meditations are a great way to cleanse myself before casting spells. :tea: :candle:

I’ve enjoyed learning about the history, health benefits and magicakal properties of herbs. It’s taught me that we don’t always have to take over the counter medication for headaches, nausea, etc. 🪴

Working with dragons has given me the strength I’ve needed during stressful situations and I can’t see myself drifting away from them at anytime along my Path. :dragon:

I can’t say I have a favorite spell per say. I enjoy working with all of them, even if I don’t always get the intended results. The only spells I haven’t cast (that I can remember) are justice spells or protection spells against hexes and I pray I’ll never have to. When I did the self-initials ceremony, I swore that I would never use my Craft to hurt anyone or anything. I suppose that itself is actually a protection spell against curses by attracting positive energies.

Bright blessing, Infinite Roots! :infinity: I look forward to spending many more years here!

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Blessed be! So proud of everyone and everything :black_heart:

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It’s an incredibly humbling thing being allowed a peek into so many amazing lives. :pray: Being a part of Infinite Roots is truly a blessing. :hugs:

Each story is moving and unique in it’s own way. But there is also something familiar. Many of us were looking for renewed or new faith - faith in the world, in others, in ourselves, and in the magic we could feel in and around us. We’ve seen our magic change our lives, our families lives, and the lives of fellow coven members. And although many of us have faced great difficulties we have come out of them not bitter but wiser, not angry but understanding, not defensive but protective of what we love.

I want to respond to each post here but to spare everyone a book I will mention two in particular.


Wade,

My move from radicalized Christianity to where I am today included unbearable depression and anxiety. The journey had signposts like the Tanakh, the Apocrypha, and even a Quran. I am happy you are here and you bring all of your knowledge to us so freely. Thank you.


Rowan,

Like what I said to Siofra earlier this morning, I wouldn’t be here in this forum today if it wasn’t for you. You were another voice that led me from the wilderness. Thank you.


I’ve told enough about my story over the past few months that I won’t :zzz: you all with it again. :joy: For anyone that missed the snippets, I will include links to them below.

I do want to say this, though. I was ready to give up on magic, on faith, on anything spiritual last year. Then I met this wonderful person who made me question such a drastic, life-altering choice. In response, I went looking for answers. While I may never get my new person of the month badge, I devoured everything I could from the site in the first month or two I was here.

Thanks to Francisco, TheTravelWitch, SilverBear, MeganB, and Limeberry I was able to find this safe place to grow again - like a phoenix from the ashes. Thanks to Missa, Christina4, Berta, Janelle, Jeannie1, and Amethyst I was challenged to be a better version of me. And now I am getting to know people like Walter, Saulamay, NickWick, and CelestiaMoon better through their posts and I am moved by what I see.

Happy 2nd Birthday Weekend Spells8. I love you :infinite_roots: Infinite Roots.

  1. A Condensed Story of Praise to the Goddess

  2. Thankful for Renewed Life in 2020

  3. My Long Journey Into Wicca

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Greetings everyone and Happy Birthday to Spells 8! I am like others and fortunate to have found this site, I had seen many things about it on Pinterest and it caught my eye so I started looking into what was available here and then decided to join. This site is just one of a handful of sites I go to when looking for advice and ideas when it comes to spells and Magick. There are so many amazing people here that are willing to provide guidance, I would list them out but I would be afraid that I missed a few so to all of you, and you know who you are, thank you for all that you do to bring this site to life.
For me this feels like a puzzle I have been working on for 50+ years and all the pieces are beginning to fit and come together. And as I progress down this path I realize and discover that some parts have interchangeable pieces depending on the path you choose.
As for what I like the most about all of it it is hard to say. I love the work that goes into preparing for ritual, preparing yourself and your altar, casting the circle and calling on my Deities and the quarters, as well as the elements. Realizing that it is okay to miss a word or two in a prayer or chant as long as the intentions of the act is solid. That tingling vibration I get when I pick up my Tarot cards and you feel the energy they hold. Then there are the rituals themselves and the energy that is generated. There is also the creations of potions and charms and how they can change the energy around you and heighten your senses to a new level.
For this site there is the Energy Exchange that we can all share in, whether we are looking for help from others or we are reaching out to help others. I may not have much, but I am willing to help others when I am able. There are days when I feel lost and I can come here to see so much positivity that it becomes enough to recharge and keep the light shining bright.
Apologies if this became a ramble, but yeah, we have a lot to be thankful for and this site has had a bigger impact than expected so Thank You to everyone involved in making this site what it is. Blessed be.

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First of all, I’ve read all the comments and am honored to be in a coven with you wonderful people. It means the world to me.

My journey to Spells8 was pretty much the usual. Last summer I was having problems with depression and anxiety, as a lot of us have had. Well, earlier in the spring I had bought myself a printer and I was looking for information for my book of shadows and I found this wonderful guide to a book of shadows on YouTube.

I followed that and watched the video, wanting to have such pretty pages for my BOS. So I followed the link to the website. It took me a while to join, but by the Summer Solstice, I had decided to join on a trial basis.

Of course, once I joined and got rid of my shyness, I quickly got dragged into the fun of the activities. It wasn’t long after I joined that @TheTravelWitch did the first weekly challenge and I got my first badge.

It was the fun, the companionship that I got here though that has kept me here. I’ve been looking for a long time for fellow pagans to connect with, trying Meet Up and Facebook and the like. I love the people here, my fellow coven members who encourage and embolden me.

I’ve done more magic in the last year or so than I got the courage to do in the past ten years of reading and knowing the theory. I finally feel like I have the right to call myself a witch. Thank you for that, @Francisco, and for this wonderful community of witches and pagans. My hat goes off to you, kind sir, and to the mods to keep this crazy place running.

Blessed Be.

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I’ve popped my own thread here to explain a little about how I found you:

My Route to Spells8 and Infinite Roots :infinite_roots:

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Iris,
I just got a new package :package: coming in the mail, it’s so I can put all my herbs in really neat. I just didn’t know where to my bottles. I’d like them all to match like yours! It looks so neat. All of my herbs are in bags. So soon when I get my bottles and everything and I will show you all! Thanks for the inspiration!
Also I am thinking of getting a tattoo of infinite roots myself. I been waiting for the right tat. What a great idea thank you and Happy Birthday Infinite Roots! Infinite Roots has been my favorite passing time and has helped me grow infinitely!
Blessed Be
Jeannie

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My mother was raised in a very religious family she didn’t even cut her hair till she was married :flushed: but I’m guessing that is why we were raised without religion she didn’t ever push it on us or even talk about god or pray either . Even though she wasn’t very emotionally connected to us she gave me the best gift in the world which was to think on my own! To listen to the world :earth_americas: she’ll always answer you!

When I was real young (6-8 yrs old) me and my younger sister would take baths together and We would always play princess and the witch, lol. I would bring my hand up as the water would flow down my arm and it looked like it was shooting from my fingertips’ a play curse maybe for the princess’ lol. I look back and realized that was my first spell , play Magic ’ & funny thing, my sister told me just a few years back that she would do the same with her daughter and she thought it was the coolest thing.

Then when I was about 16/17 years old I got into Pilates/Yoga & meditation and didn’t even know I was Calling to the Goddess! I had my first Awakening or 3rd Eye experience after “one of my spiral yoga dances and meditations” and it was pure magic’ I knew that there was something to this ‘ & That’s when I started looking into all religions. I just loved when History and Science came together and still do’ I am a Sagittarius after all’ lol.
Learning Every Day is my favorite!

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I’ve always had a very “Hippy Soul” as my mom would say ; and it’s kinda funny tho. My mom decorates her dinning table for every single season or Holiday known to Human Kind! lol…
…only if she knew :wink::wink:

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I am also a Christian witch,
Having a mixture of both worlds. It feels right. This new coven is a blessing. It allows me as a solitary practitioner to participate with others, support and be a part of something bigger. I may not always comment. But this new coven brings joy to my soul as I peak in on others of like mind. I appreciate you all. Each of us brings something to the table. I am grateful for the experience!

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My dearest girl, I read your intent with each & every word. I found myself nodding & agreeing with everything you said. I find most people that want to be serious about the craft are natural born nurturers. You, Lisa are a natural. We are the lucky ones, you’ve already enriched my life with your honesty & enthusiasm. With open arms, thanks for joining us. Stay positive and stay safe. Garnet

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The recipe for Lamb Curry sounds amazing, @IrisW! :drooling_face: A lovely recipe for the Sabbat! :curry:

That is so sweet that you shared the finding spell, @Liisa! :heart: Your magick worked powerfully and the door to opportunity opened as you wished it. I’m so glad your spell lead you here- we are all so blessed to have you here! Thank you for all of the knowledge you share, and for always being such a bright light. Many blessings to you! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

I’m so glad you enjoyed the challenge, @wade! It looks like your meditative time helped to bring clarity and comfort- what a journey you have had! Your road has been long and enlightening, how wonderful that you can look back at each step along the way and see how it lead you to this moment. I’m so glad you found your way here, and cheers to that! Looking forward to continuing to learn and grow with you as well :pray::heart:

Beautifully written, @Rowan! :two_hearts: You summed everything up so wonderfully and in such heartfelt words. It is an honor to be in the coven with such warm and kind witches such as yourself :hugs: Thank you for sharing your story, and for being such a treasured part of the coven! So much love and thanks back to you :sparkles:

I think you expressed yourself wonderfully, @mary25! Really great post- thank you so much for taking the time to share your journey into magick and Spells8 as you grew into yourself and your own confidence, and also for sharing the lovely gratitude chants! May you continue to learn and grow on your path, delighting in exploring your new talents, Mary! :sparkling_heart: Many blessings to you :blush:

Hooray for your upcoming tattoos, @Magdelina! :star_struck: Thank you for sharing your journey and also for delving into your wonderful talents. You have so much great advice and helpful knowledge- you are truly a witch of many skills and abilities! :two_hearts: Looking forward to the day when we can finally all meet- somehow and somewhere! Until then, sending big virtual hugs your way :hugs:

Congrats on your self discoveries, @Kasandra! Candle, Draconic, Kitchen, and Tea magick are all wonderful aspects of the craft- good for you for exploring your skills and finding the types of magick that resonate best with you :sparkles: Many blessings back to you- and cheers to that! May many more years of learning and growing together be on the horizon :sunrise_over_mountains: :heart:

Strong and bright, you are a noble phoenix @praecog29! And we all know your heart burns just as brightly and warmly :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Many thanks back to you for all that you do here! Your kindness, empthay, and understanding (not to mention the Energy Exchnage Circle you so loving put together!) really mean a lot to so many of us. Big hugs and many blessings to you :heart_decoration:

How wonderful that all of the pieces of your earlier years are fitting into place, making a beautiful picture @Saulamay! :jigsaw: :two_hearts: Thank you for sharing your thoughts and gratitude, and I’m mirroring it back to you! Thank you for all of your input and wisdom that you share. You are a blessing, friend! Love and light to you :sparkles:

You are so wonderful, @Amethyst! Ahhh you always have such a way with words and can express things so perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, and as always- for sharing your kindness and endless love with the coven! :heartpulse: Sharing this space with folks as wonderful as you makes being a mod a delight- you fill the forums with creativity and joy! Many blessings and much love back to you- cheers to the road ahead! :confetti_ball: :blush:

The road has been long for you, @steph- but I am glad your “hippy soul” and beautifully calling to magick have lead you here! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Your enthusiasm for learning shines brightly- many blessings back to you!

Thank you for sharing your magickal history, @linda! :sparkling_heart: It means a lot that you took the time to reach out and share your voice. I am so happy to hear that the coven brings you join, know that you are appreciated as well! Much gratitude and love back to you, friend :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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My entry quickly got too long to squish into the challenge thread, so it has it’s own post! You are welcome to read it here: A Celebration of the Coven - Many Thanks!

There was so much to say and so much gratitude in my heart- I still don’t think I wrote it as eloquently as many of you wrote your beautiful entries, but hopefully it helped to express just how much I love Infinite Roots and how grateful I am to each and every one of you for making this place so special! :sparkles:


Interrupting for a moment to say:

It’s friendly reminder time!

:exclamation: This challenge will close TOMORROW :exclamation:

If you would like to participate and haven’t done so already, please post about your challenge experience(s) by the deadline: Tomorrow: May 4th, 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time Zone)

Blessed be! :pray: :sparkles: :confetti_ball: :heart:

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I do better online than I do in real life. In real life, I tend to babble and stick my foot in my mouth. Either that or not say anything at all. LOL. Thanks so much for the kind words @TheTravelWitch!

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All of these replies are so beautiful! I haven’t gotten the chance to read through every single one, but just know that I will :revolving_hearts: even if you don’t get a response, I see you all :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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I keep coming back to read through all of these again :heartpulse: and every time I get emotional :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I haven’t even been here that long what am I going to be like in a years time?? :joy: ill be a total wreck with emotion :joy: Thank you all so much for being you, don’t you ever change for anyone :heartpulse: Blessed Be :heartpulse:

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This forum, this coven, is a place I keep coming back to and falling in love with time and time again! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: It feels like such a warm and welcoming place, filled with good hearts and intentions. You’ve helped me open up more and more, and again and again whenever something gets my defenses up. I love learning more about you, about myself and the Craft every time I’m visiting. You dear witches are the best! :two_hearts:

I joined last year around Litha, having (re)discovered witchcraft as something that really resonated with me. I like just calling myself a witch, without pinning it down more specifically. Religion was rarely talked about in my family, at least in any positive light. I gravitated towards the “hard” sciences and found a lot of interesting and useful knowledge and a curiosity and love for experiments. I tried to find the answer to Life, Universe and Everything from quantum physics and string theory, but eventually all the math got the better of me :grin: Something very profound I still got from it: everything is energy, everything vibrates, we’re all made of the same stuff (that isn’t really “stuff” at all when you get down to it) and the big one, objective reality doesn’t exist. It’s all exactly as you perceive it. We’re all masters of our own reality, Gods and Goddesses of our own right if you will.

I’ve always had a special relationship to dreams. I could never understand people who so readily dismissed them as “not meaning anything”. Learning that our dreams were a window into our subconscious was a huge thing to me. I got into dream interpretation, and soon it started bearing fruit. The language of the dreams felt so natural to me. I think it might have been through this forum that I learned that it’s the language of correspondences. A language older than any other, that has existed and evolved for as long as there have been brains capable of processing it. Not necessarily even human brains. Maybe millions of years. That is humbling to say the least.

I love making meaningful connections. And I love expressing them, giving them form. Spells and rituals have given me a wonderful outlet for that, and so has potion making. Discovering essential oils has given me a whole new sense to cater to! Senses and sensuality have a very special place in my life. I can’t wait until it’s safe to be close to each other again.

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I basically use oils but I have bought herbs and dried plants to make pain salves. To my utter surprise, they worked!

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Happy Birthday Infinite Roots Coven,
I resonate with everything everyone is saying.
This is truly a magikal place to be.

As many have said i just happened to come across Spells8 in my search of Wicca. I too, had this notion that Wicca did not come from a good place-Even tho i dabbled with Santeria in my younger years. Somehow, if saints were involved- it was ALL GOOD.

Now I’m happy I’ve become a Wiccan and practice witchcraft. Earth Magick is my favorite i think. In the beginning of my journey i thought calling the quarters was a bad thing, until i learned otherwise and continued on my journey.

I’ve had so many spells come true, especially the financial help that i needed throughout the pandemic. ( And of course, dearly thankful to all of you for the positive thoughts and lighted candles you sent my way in the energy circle for my unemployment to come through. Always will be grateful!!:heart::heart::heart:)
It’s the proof that Magick exist and is all around us .

I was so green and nervous in the beginning. Now, I feel enpowered, confident and learned so much within the time I’ve been here. I feel such spiritual peace. No more spiritual struggles or anyone telling me if i don’t believe in a Christian God, i will be damned.
I can worship in as many as i want, or none at all. It’s my decision to make. As a Wiccan i now see the earth and universe in a different light. My intuition has grown and i should do a better job at letting it guide me, without fear or doubts.

I’m still not sure where i stand on the afterlife.
However, i do believe our loved ones that passed on are with us to help us through it and guide us. Because I’ve felt them and seen them in meditations. What is a more beautiful connection than that? I’ve learned that my Wiccan religion is really about LOVE, COMPASSION AND KINDNESS! No judgements exist whatsoever.

Do as you will, and harm to none.
I AM A WICCAN.

Blessed be, my dear coven.

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I think that’s a good way for everyone to go through life! It’s wasted energy to judge someone. Everyone is supposed to be different!

I loved your entry! I’m so happy that you found your way here & that you are doing so well on your path.

I hope you had a great day! Blessed Be! :star2:

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