Thank you once again to all those who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Of Hearth & Home
After indulging in a particularly cozy and homey area of the Craft, it’s time to settle in for some magickal theory. Open up your books and your minds, as we examine a fundamental principle of magick this week!
The theme for this week’s challenge is…
Open up any spell book or list of magickal ingredients and you’re likely to see associations- this may be planets listed alongside herbs, a certain season associated with certain crystals, types of spellwork for moon phases or days of the week, etc. These are all correspondences!
Correspondences (also called associations) are the link between one thing and another, based on the belief that everything in the universe is interconnected. In magick, correspondences are the special ties between certain objects, ingredients, and living beings that help us to channel energy and manifest certain specific intentions.
Magickal correspondences are a fundamental concept in many occult practices, serving as a system of symbolic associations that connect different elements of the universe.
They are based on the idea of “as above, so below,” which suggests that there are meaningful connections between the macrocosm (the universe) and the microcosm (the individual).
Correspondences are used to establish relationships between various elements such as planets, elements, colors, symbols, and more, and are believed to influence and enhance magickal workings, rituals, and spells.
From Spells8: Magickal Correpondences
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This week’s challenge is all about magickal correspondences - how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!
So are you ready? Because it’s…
This challenge is all about associations and correspondences - but as always, how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!
Still not sure where to begin? To help you get started, here are a few ways in which a witch might approach this challenge.
If you’re new to correspondences and how they help us in magick, a great place to begin is at the start- consider studying up on magickal associations this week! Feel free to share what you’ve learned (be it theory, history, folklore, etc) as your entry.
Don’t forget to download and print your Magickal Correspondence Printable Pages- from herbs to planets and much more, it is very handy knowledge to have in your Book of Shadows or Grimoire!
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So many correspondences out there to explore! For your entry this week, feel free to share some general correspondences that you have found in your studies- they may be for herbs, planets, crystals, cards, seasons, elements, etc.
Note that various traditions may associate things differently- and that’s okay! Feel free to explore and share about any correspondences that are of particular interest and/or use in your practice.
Related discussions and resources:
- The Ultimate Correspondences & Intent Spreadsheet
- Best Book of Correspondences?
- Planetary Magick: Ruling Forces, Uses & Correspondences
- Pumpkin Magick & Correspondence
Personal correspondences are associations that you have taken note of- they are most often based on personal experiences. These correspondences are particularly special because they reflect you- they are worth developing and putting to use in your Craft!
Consider sharing how you have developed your own personal associations (for tarot cards, runes, colors, seasons, etc) or share some of your associations that you have found useful as your entry this week!
Related discussions and resources:
The suggestions above are just a few ideas to help kickstart your creativity- if you feel called to explore magickal correspondences in another way, please feel free to do so!
As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge theme
Click here for a note about challenge inclusivity
Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and 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 public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.
In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it!
Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry
You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!
Alternatively, you could create a new post in the forum (this is good for when you have a lot to share and/or would like to discuss aspects of your entry not related to the current theme)
Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)
(Note that the time zone is ET- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your 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. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.
A warm reminder that the 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
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This and that may appear apart,
But look deeper and see the heart.
As above, so too below-
Channel the power of the universe’s flow
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