A warm welcome to all!
Thank you once again to the trailblazers who set the stage and charged ahead as part of last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Passage Into the New Year
After setting the stage for the year to come, it’s time to set out something else- a common and often key part of many magickal practices
The theme for this week’s challenge was suggested by the generous @Amethyst and is…
Making Magickal Offerings
From burying successful spellwork remains, to a plate of favorite foods left at the grave of a lost loved one, to leaving sacred items on the altar for your patron deity- these are all forms of offerings that may be part of a witch’s practice!
For this challenge, we are exploring the world of offerings and how they may play a role in your magickal practice
Picture from Learn Religions: Ideas for Pagan Offerings to the Gods
Offerings come in many different forms and may mean something different to different people- and that’s okay! For the sake of this challenge, an offering is something you are giving as part of a ritual or gesture. It does not matter if the item leaves your ownership or not, nor does it matter if you are giving it freely or expecting something in return.
Offerings can be material things such as food for ancestors , a present for someone dear , spell ingredients for the success of a spell , tokens of appreciation to deities , offerings to nature , etc.
Offerings can also be non- material things. A song or prayer for a deity , a goodwill prayer for the earth , or loving wishes that someone feels better soon could also be considered as offerings.
Before embarking on this challenge, you may want to take a moment to reflect on your own practice.
→ Have you used or do you currently use offerings in your magickal practice?
→ What kind of offerings do you give? Is there a kind of offering you would not give?
→ To whom or what do you offer?
Note that you do not have to give an offering to join the challenge this week if doing so goes against your practice- simply exploring the concept of offerings is plenty enough!
The world of offerings is a vast one- so let’s jump in!
Are you ready?
Because it’s… CHALLENGE TIME!
Picture from Wicca Daily: What You Need to Know When Offering to Your Deities
There are so many ways that you might approach the challenge this week- through making an offering of your own, researching offerings to deities, or theories about offerings. The choice is yours!
To help you get started, here are a few suggestions for how you might pursue your challenge entry this week…
Make an Offering
A great way to explore offerings is to give one!
You may give offerings to deities, spirit guides or animals, your guardian angel, a force of nature, the universe, fate, higher powers, ancestors, spirits, etc. Any force, person, or being that you can call upon or interact with may be worth giving an offering
For inspiration, check out:
- Offerings at Home
- Help With Offerings to Multiple Deities
- Beef Jerky Offerings?
- How Do Offerings Work?
- How Can I Do a Blood Offering?
After the Offering- Disposal Methods
Some offerings are eaten or buried- but what about the ones that linger? How and when do you know to dispose of them? And how do you do so respectfully?
This week, you might consider examining and sharing how you dispose of offerings in a way that aligns with your magickal practice, or perhaps try a new disposal method!
For ideas, you can check out:
- How to Dispose of Spell Remains
- Disposal of Spell Remains for a Closeted Witch
- How Can I Safely Dispose of Salt?
- Water Disposal After a Spell or Ritual
- How Long Do You Keep an Offering?
Research Offering Correspondences
At the Sabbats, what are the best things to offer? What offerings does the deity you work with prefer? Are there certain things that would cause a higher power’s disapproval or rage?
By doing research into offerings, you can explore a new way to work with higher powers and connect with your deity at a deeper level.
Some places to begin your research:
- About Faerie Offerings
- Cernunnos Offerings
- What Kind of Offerings Does Saint Francis Like?
- Offerings for Minerva
- Offerings to Deities Who Like Flowers
- An Offering to Goddess Isis
- Samhain Offerings
From journalling about offerings, to exploring theories or the history of magickal offerings, to sharing a fond memory and more- this challenge is yours to explore!
As always, you are free to be creative with your entry about the theme this week- good luck!
Picture from The Wisdom of Odin on YouTube: How to Give Offerings as a Norse Pagan
Click here for notes about challenge inclusivity
Everyone is 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 public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.
To participate in the challenge, please share:
- How you explored magickal offerings this week
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!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, January 11th at 7:00 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time)
( 2022-01-11T12:00:00Z )
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.
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
An offering as a gift,
Or a gift as a wish-
Your power guides your intent.
With offerings on your altar
And candles alit,
What shall you ask for,
And what shall you receive?