Please be aware that this is an extended challenge- please see deadlines below for more details!
Merry meet to all!
Thank you again to all those who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Catch-Up!
The challenge clock has started once again and we’re jumping right into the deep end- this week is about pushing your creativity to find the balance between opposing forces in magick
This week’s challenge is a two-part task and is…
Dual Wielding: Using Opposing Magickal Forces
From the natural elements to different magickal schools of thought- there are many unique forces at play in the Craft.
Some are tangible -such as the elements or the moon and sun - while other forces are intangible -think of ethical types (black/baneful and white magick) or categories like yin and yang)
When doing spellwork, we often match our intent and what we what from the spell with one or more force: Water Magick for emotional and healing spellwork, Chaos Magick for freedom, Lunar Work to honor a Goddess, etc.
While more advanced spellwork often involves multiple elements, how often do you specifically draw on opposing forces?
This week’s challenge is about just that- the task is to try “dual wielding”: using opposing forces in magick in balance.
Photo by Daniel Vazquez shared on Pinterest
Using opposing forces together requires a greater deal of focus and more time honing your intent for most casters, but there are rewards for the work.
For when two opposing forces come together harmoniously, spellwork can achieve a new level of balance, stability, and peace
Spellwork that brings two opposites together may be especially useful for those looking to solve disputes, help people see something from a new perspective, cast magick for peace, find inner balance, and more.
Art by Milan Loiacono from How Yin Yang Promotes Harmony
This challenge involves Two Steps:
- Choosing two opposite forces that call to you and examining them individually
- Finding one way (or more!) to use them together in your spellwork.
This one is a real, well, challenge ! So are you up for the task?
Remember that the only way to lose is give up before you start, so why not go ahead and give it try!
It’s… CHALLENGE TIME!
Picture from Pixabay
For this challenge, you will need to choose a set of two opposite forces. There are plenty out there- here are just a few possibilities you might consider!
→ Fire and Water
→ Air and Earth
Yin and Yang
Light and Dark
Lunar and Solar (Sun and Moon)
Chaos and Restraint
The Cycle of Life and Death
Hot and Cold
…And more! Feel free to do your own research or use any two opposite forces that call to you- be creative with it!
Before moving to the next step, you should take some time to examine the forces you chose- learn their unique strengths, differences, and uses in magick. Doing so will help you find the best (or new!) ways to combine them
Art by Adult Paint by Number: Sun and Moon
For the second part of this challenge, you will need to use the forces you chose in your magickal practice.
Depending on what you chose, this might be easier said than done!
TIP: Remember the strengths and weaknesses of each force you chose- is there a type of spell that could mitigate the weaknesses while bringing out the best of each?
When you feel ready, go ahead and either create your own or find a pre-made :
… that uses both of the opposite forces you chose.
This is a more challenging challenge, so if you are having any difficulties finding or creating your opposite forces spellwork, please feel free to “phone the coven” by reaching out in the comments below for advice!
Art by Jaclot: Life and Death
Click here for notes about challenge inclusivity
All witches are welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For 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!
That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a shout-out, you will have to share your experience with the forum.
To participate in the challenge, please share:
The opposite forces you chose
How you combined them in your magickal practice
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new thread in the forums.
Note : If you choose to create a new thread, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post so that I can easily find it- thank you!
This is an extended challenge as your friendly challenge moderator will be traveling internationally. The theme is a bit of an extra-challenging task, so please feel free to use the extra time to your advantage
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, December 7th at 7:00 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time)
( 2021-12-07T12:00:00Z )
Please note above- I will be closing the challenge at the same “time” as always, but I will be in a different time zone!
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and 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.
Picture from Pixabay
A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice
And for those new to challenges- welcome! 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
Picture from Pixabay
Powers above and forces below
That constitute all that we know
But what may appear to be far apart
May actually be together at heart