Merry meet to witches near and far!
Thank you once again to all those who joined in the coven-wide celebrations as part of last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Congrats to the Coven!
With the festivities behind us and the moon growing ever darker in the sky, it’s time to shut off the lights and embrace the night by exploring the more shadowy aspects of magick
The theme for this week’s challenge is…
While the light shines brightly on our best attributes, hidden in the shadows lurks another side. Through Shadow Magick, we can explore things lurking within ourselves and the world around us to reveal their truth.
In the context of the Craft, “Shadow work” is generally considered as any meditation/ritual/magic that forces us to confront the darker, hidden parts of ourselves.
This could be traits that you see as evil and bad, to traits at are annoying, shameful, or pathetic. But the shadow doesn’t have to be only unpleasant parts of your personality. It could be that which has been hidden, not allowed expression, pushed below the surface.
Your shadow might contain positive qualities that you’re not owning , in addition to negative ones you’re not acknowledging.
[From the Spells8 Lunar Shadow Spell]
Shadow Magick is a complex and often difficult aspect of magick, but with practice it can be extremely beneficial. Working with Shadow Magick can help a witch to overcome their fears and remove invisible barriers holding them back
This challenge is all about exploring Shadow Magick and how you can use it your magickal practice
Important Note: This challenge does not condone or encourage “Black Magick” i.e magick cast with the intent to hurt others.
While every witch is welcome to follow their own path and decide their own code of ethics, please be aware that this challenge does not condone harmful magick (sometimes called “Black Magick”- a term easily confused with Shadow Magick).
If you are still discovering your own personal witchy code of ethics, a good place to build your code of casting is by reading through the Spellcasting Safety Tips and the Wiccan Rede (often used by both Wiccans and Eclectic Witches alike).
Are you ready? It’s… CHALLENGE time!
There are many different ways to practice Shadow Magick, so there are many ways to approach this challenge!
Here are just a few shadowy suggestions for how you might practice Shadow Magick this week:
[ [ Shadow Moon Magick ] ]
According to the Moon Calendar through the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the moon is a mere 30% full today (Wednesday) and will continue to dim in the sky over the coming days. It will fade completely into darkness for the New Moon next Monday/Tuesday night (depending on your location)
Draw on the unique energies of the Waning Moon this week by practicing some Waning Moon Magick:
Witches honor the New Moon in different ways. Some call it the Dark Moon and enter a time of rest and reflection . Other witches enjoy this moon phase by practicing some New Moon Magick- the choice is yours!
[ [ Mirror, Mirror on the Wall… ] ]
Mirror Magick is a popular and accessible way to practice Shadow Magick. Use a mirror to peer beyond what the eye can usually see and into the mysterious world beyond.
You may find anything from self-confidence to life-changing answers through the glass
You may also consider using a Book of Mirrors to reflect and explore your shadows through journaling.
[ [ Shadow Magick Resources ] ]
Consider checking out the following resources to help you begin working with Shadow Magick:
[ [ …And More! ] ]
Shadow Magick is a vast and often mysterious aspect of magick. Feel free to explore your shadows in a way that resonates with you and your unique magickal practice!
Note: Shadow Magick can bring up painful memories and things that are hard to face. Be sure to practice safely and consider doing Self-Care Rituals to help recover post-shadow work.
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 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 have to share your experience with the forum.
- About your experience with Shadow Magick
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!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time Zone)
( 2021-05-11T05:00:00Z )
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
The shadows hide all that we fear, but give it some work and all can become clear. A brave witch doesn’t need light, believe that your magick will pierce through the night!