Thank you! I’ve got the idea for the Santa Claus half of the spell, the hard part will be doing the Krampus part without sounding like a witch with a B. LOL!
You got this And yes you won!! And if you ever need to vent I am here. So now we need to figure out what to do for this challenge I will give it a try .
Oh goodness, do I have a lot to say about this topic! My post for this week’s challenge is going to end up novel-length, so I’ll be posting it in its own thread and link it to this thread @TheTravelWitch_Bry, I may need your help or help from another admin with that in a few days once I get my post typed up so I can make sure I do it properly
Thank you xxx
@Jewitch, just pop someone from the mod team a message & 1 of us will be happy to assist! I have the same feeling about my post for this one, I started looking into how I wanted to start it & was like… well… this is going to be more than a couple of blurbs… Its own post it is!
@Amethyst you have quite the way with words & will do just fine with the part regarding Krampus. I know very little about Krampus, just what I have learned through here & a couple of holiday specials over the years. I don’t know that Phineas & Ferb is a reliable source even if it is part of the Disney Channel.
@darlene3 if you can think of other things that are opposing that come together, those can be incorporated as well. Black/White, Male/Female, Positive/Negative, Light/Dark… there are a lot &that’s also how I fell into the post longer than a blurb or 2 It will come to you & can be as simple or complex as you would like to make it.
The best part of this challenge, which I think is great considering the time of year, is that it’s extended an extra week, so there’s no rush at this point to finish within the next couple of days.
Mine is already long and I am not done yet either . I am not 100% on how to link it but I will try I have another question I cut my middle finger on my right hand yesterday and this morning I cut my thumb on my left hand any suggestions on what this could mean?
Oh that’s fine, once you are ready… post your entry in the Activities Category & put Dual Wielding Challenge Entry in the title. Once it is seen someone from the mod team can link it or you can send the team a message & we can assist you with how to do it on your side too.
(This is not to say that someone who knows how to link the topics can’t also assist with it)
As far as the cuts, off the cuff, I would say the right & the left would be bringing some kind of balance to something but the different fingers, I’m not sure about… there is also the possibility that there is no actual metaphysical significance & it was just an unhappy accident.
Was there something/someone that you had recently been working on or with? Any events that you are thinking about or trying to figure out?
Well done my love, they’re not easy to escape. I’m so proud of you
I think no matter what we call it everything in life has an opposite. I do love this topic and it definitely brings a new challenge to us all if we are willing to work on it. It’s also, as with almost everything, a form of self help.
It only took me about 3 minutes to figure out I want to do Love and Hate. While this could be a world focus, it is most definitely an internal battle we all have.
Thank you @TheTravelWitch_Bry for this topic.
Heh. Most of what I know is from Something * Positive and an episode of Grimm. I’ll figure it out! Krampus is getting more popular over here in the States.
Thank you. I’m getting there. Some days I feel like I take a few good steps forwards and then others it feels like I’m falling backwards. But I am getting there. It’s just coming to the realisation of what he really was and fully understanding just how bad it really was in our relationship, which I thought was normal. It kind of feels like you have to re-learn everything because you’re so trained in pleasing the narcissist you don’t know any different. I honestly don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for the amazing people, just like you and a lot more in this group who have supported me, listened to me and most of all, simply believed me and offered me just the complete and utter feeling of unconditional love and understanding.
I have figured what I wanted to do with Fire and Water. It’s just linking them together. I have some time to rework it all out. Glad there is extra time for this challenge.
Update on my entry for this challenge: I’m just going to distill it down to its main points here because my draft of it ended up turning into a feminist rant about the traditional concepts of masculine and feminine energies and what they represent, and I feel like this isn’t the place for that, sooooo… This is my entry for this week’s challenge instead.
For my entry this week, at the expense of this turning into a wordy, ranty post too, I thought about my perception of balance as symbolized by yin and yang. I honestly haven’t done much research on the actual symbolism of yin and yang, but my intuitive understanding of it has always been that everything is meant to be balanced and that there can’t be dark without light and vice versa.
This means that, to me, there should be a give and take in relation to anything I do with my personal craft. When I work with my deities, I don’t have any expectations of receiving any benefit from them without me putting in the time and effort to give to them in some way.
The time I have spent meditating on yin and yang and the concept of balance in general has inspired me to take balance into my future workings. When I approach my practice moving forward, I will take balance into account when choosing, writing, and performing any spellwork. I will try to achieve internal and external balance, the balance of light and dark, hot and cold, wet and dry, etc. into the way I engage with my spiritual views.
This extra awareness of balance will help me in other areas of my life as well. It will help with my studies of herbalism, and my desire to use what I learn to help balance out physical and energetic imbalances on myself (I’ll probably never be brave enough to try to help anyone else with herbal knowledge because there are just too many things that can go wrong!). In addition, it will help me be aware of how my actions affect the larger world.
I wish I had the energy to do more this week than just meditate on yin and yang, but finals week is VERY rapidly approaching, so I’ve been trying to stay on top of schoolwork.
Here’s the spell that I was talking about the other day, utilizing fire and water.
Draconic Spell For Stomachache
1 Yellow Candle
Peppermint Essential Oil
- Take three deep breaths and say the following:
Hail Sairys, you who are the leader of the Air Dragons,
I humbly invite you to join me in my ritual today/tonight
By the power of air, I invoke the healing energy of peppermint
Light a yellow candle dressed with peppermint essential oil.
Make a cup of peppermint tea.
Turn off the lights and sit in silence as you wait for the tea to seep.
Once your tea has finished seeping, say the following:
Candle of yellow and tea of peppermint green
clean and wash away what ails my stomach
Take a sip of your tea. As the warm water rushes to your stomach, imagine a dragon the color of peppermint, washing away the pain in your stomach.
Once you finish your tea, blow out the candle and give thanks.
Siofra is right, there’s no rush at all- still over a week to brainstorm and put entries together! I know it is a very hectic time of year so feel free to take this one at your own pace
With several cats around I’m constantly picking up cuts and scratches on my fingers- I’ve never heard of any special symbolism around them It’s a good question though, Darlene- I see Siofra gave a great answer, and perhaps take a look at some of the Palmistry posts for hand symbolism? You could also start a new question in the Q&A Category to get feedback from the coven!
And no worries about a long post- feel free to share your challenge entry whenever you are ready
You’re very welcome, @NoName- I’m so glad you the theme! And ohhhh what a creative combo, Love and Hate are a great pair to work with! I can’t wait to see how you’ll bring these two opposites together
You’ve already got Santa’s part down- I’m sure you’ll be able to find something perfect for Krampus as well! Good luck, Amethyst- you’ve got this challenge!
Bravo, Debra! Wishing you all the best with linking them together, I know you’ll do wonderfully. Have fun with it!
Your meditation on yin and yang revealed some really deep lessons in your Craft, Wade- it looks like you were able to a sense of balance that stretched even further than where you originally began in the meditation, great job! Thanks so much for taking the time to explore this challenge and share your findings. And I wish you all the best with your finals- good luck, you can do it!
Beautiful spellwork, Kasandra! With the holidays here, I’m sure there will be quite a few stomachaches to attend to- this is a great spell to have handy. Well done combining your elements in a healing spell!
Thank you, sweetie!
This is great , my daughter is pregnant and is nauseous all the time this will work great on her.
After that strong start I kinda have trouble coming up with anything practical… I’m having a very theoretical phase right now, I’m absorbing information, reading books… I guess I could read something about duality and I kinda am, but just that as a challenge entry doesn’t feel very satisfying, you know? I’ll try to figure something out
Dualities I can think of beside ones already mentioned…
Theory / practice (lol)
Stillness / action (static / dynamic)
Intuition / reasoning
Private / public
Spiritual / material
Energy / matter
Liquid / solid
Slow / fast
Something I’m personally going through, balancing my life between duality and non-duality, cultivating the ego and surrendering it… feeling one with everything is wonderful but so is the endless dance of hot and cold that makes up our experienced reality… I think I’ve surrendered enough of my fear and expectation based attachments that I’m beginning to see how beautiful it all is
Weekly Witchy Challenge: Dual Wielding
For every action, there is a equal and opposite reaction.
Sir Isaac Newton’s third law .
In its most simplistic explanation, this simple statement explains the totality of every thing.
The ever dangerous Fire = South, Summer & Noon
Fire is thought of as the FIRST element. In the category of light & dark, it comes in as light, providing warmth and protection. It is represented by, innocence, physical and personal vulnerability, relationships with others and self, renewal, self-healing, stress, courage, strength, protection.
Fire, is considered masculine (+ traits) Energetic, daring, passionate, enthusiastic, intelligent, (- traits) Resentful, angry, jealous, stubborn, greedy arrogant
Fire holds the power of both creation and destruction, you use this element to kindle warm emotions or ignite the fiery might of a volcano?
Do you see both good (+) and not good (-)?
Then examine Water= West, Autumn & Sunset, Feminine
Personally, I always thought Water was the opposite of Fire. I was wrong.
Water can represent so many things, solid, liquid, mist and steam. It can also be both creative and destructive. It is equated with creation and birth. Emotions, instincts, and the psyche is represented with water. Although not considered as strong as Earth, it can wear away the hardest stone and change the course of huge rivers, so great is its energy. Yet water can sooth us with its sound. It can quench fire as well as run hand and hand about the earth, bubbling and laughing.
Our beloved Earth = North, Winter, Midnight. Feminine
Earth, came to be, under great pressure, exploding like a million atomic bombs. Hurled into what would become the cosmos. Burning, hot as the sun it hurtled thought the newly formed space, until it was pulled into the gravitational pull of our sun. Slowly cooling, the ice that arrived with the earth melted, steamed, evaporated then condensed until the earth became habitable for that spark that was the seed of life. The earth slowed and patiently cooled. Through the creation to extinction of uncounted species, the earth kept turning. In fact the Buddhists had a saying, “ The Ox is slow, but the earth is patient. “
The planet became everything from Pangea to its split into continents. Forests, jungles, deserts, sustaining us, grounding us yet keeping us humble…fires, volcanoes. Tornados, earthquakes, monsoons…Keeps one humble, does it not.
Now for the Capricious AIR = East, Spring, Sunrise, Male
Light, felt but not seen, a force to be reckoned with. It blows warmth to us but also can blow cold. Air wants to know everything, Ideas, imagination, fantasy, Air is creative genius. Motivated, whirling about, tickling leaves.
But it can also be a beast Pushing storms (tornadoes, monsoons), Fanning flames into a frenzy.
Good or bad, the elements have and will always be our savior and our trial in this thing we call life.
This healing is for Kasandra
For you are filled with sorrow and pain of loss…
I call for power and strength to harness this healing
Come forward elements of the Pentagram
For each of you need attention and care.
I speak to the Earth and Mother Goddess,
Man is destroying the world with its greed and neglect.
I plea for a healing to renew the great Earth
For its wounds and scars, from mining and development
Crisscross the land and it screams out in pain.
Earth, you shake in your pain, tremors that turn into quakes.
Trying to shout out its need for surcease.
Let it be so, Mother, Earth heal your wounds.
Remind man the Earth is only on loan
And that we must take care or our children.
Will inherit nothing but a dead planet.
I ask for renewal and that it harm none.
As I have spoken, let it be done.
I speak to the Water and Mother Goddess,
Our animals die for our waters have fouled
From careless neglect and horrid pollution.
Our babes are born wrong and mothers weep.
The fish and herds decline every week.
The crops are failing and people starve.
Renew the water, I know it will be hard.,
Filter your precious water and make a stand
Calm your rage and give man a chance.
I can’t promise perfection, but the will to try.
Because if we do nothing, everything will die.
If it harms no one, let this be so
As I have asked, please don’t say no
As above, so below
I speak to the Air and Mother Goddess,
Element of Air you are enraged and I understand why,
They have insulted you with smoke and exhaust fumes.
The ozone has thinned, the air warms & the ice melts.
Although it is the circle of life, it is still felt.
Let your zephyr’s blow away strife.
Calm your storms and let there be peace
So with the Mothers help our covenant we’ll keep.
And it harm none and no tears to weep
As I have spoken, so let it be.
I speak to Fire and Mother Goddess,
Incendio you destroy forest and fields
But you allow renewal as the land heals.
And with each fire, you cleanse and purify.
Great flame of the World I ask you
To help heal the land that you do guard.
Calm your volcanoes and the internal fires.
With you, the circle of life will continue.
And it harm none, so mote it be!
@Garnet absolutely beautiful as always. Your words are such a treasure to us all. Thank you so much for sharing xxx