🌟 Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE- Trying Something New!

Warm greetings to all! :heart:

We have some exciting news! Starting today, we are trying something new! :star2:

The Spells8 Forums will begin offering a WEEKLY CHALLENGE! These challenges will be left fairly open- you are welcome to adapt them to your unique practice and needs. There are no right or wrong answers, and there is no way to ‘lose’ the challenge if you participate! The goal is to provide encouragement, the sharing of new ideas, and to help you to strengthen your practice! :books:

Are you ready? Here we go~!

IT’S CHALLENGE TIME!

In order to complete the challenge, there are two simple parts:

STEP 1: Within the next week, research and try one new aspect of your practice

Have you always wanted to try crystal work :gem: ? Has meditating in the forest always called to you, but you’ve been hesitant to give it a try :evergreen_tree: ? Maybe you’ve set aside a spell but haven’t taken the time to go through with it yet :blue_book: . The time is right- this is a sign to go ahead and give it a try!

:sparkles: For spellcasters: maybe study and try a new spell.
:bread: For kitchen witches, consider giving a new recipe a try.
:candle: For those who like rituals, implement a new aspect (perhaps using a new type of crystal, experimenting with an unfamiliar herb, or learning a new incantation) or try a Daily Devotional
:thread: For crafters, it could be time to try a new project!

:fire: Also a remember that Litha is upon us! If celebrating the summer solstice is something that interests you, why not give a Litha ritual a try? For more information about Litha, take a peek at Litha Altars, Ritual Ideas, and Midsummer FAQ :sunflower:

STEP 2: After you’ve experimented with something new- comment below with your findings!

Feel free to talk about your experience- be sure to mention what it was that you tried! Did it work how you expected it to? Will you use this new method again, adapt it, or put it aside? Would you recommend it to your fellow witches? :thinking: :question:


The challenge will conclude in 7 days- on Friday, June 26th.
When the challenge closes, everyone who gave it a shot will receive a shout-out :loudspeaker: , and there may just be a small prize for all participants :gift: :wink:

The goal of this challenge is to strengthen and diversify your practice with something new. Remember- there is no way to lose as long as you give it a try! Whether you love what you tried or hate it- you gain something either way: a valuable experience! :open_book: If it doesn’t work out- nothing lost! But if your new adventure pays off, then you’ve gained a new skill that you can further adapt and implement in your practice :+1::sparkles:

I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s ideas, and I wish the best of luck to all :heart:

:star: Blessed Be! :star:

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Thanks for organizing this, Bri! :clap: :clap:

Trying new things is always good! Maybe I’ll use this challenge to try some new tea flavors!! I’ll see what I can find! :tea:

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This is a great idea! :clap::clap:

I’m excited to try something new :blush:

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I went out on a limb this weekend and gave a new recipe a try- in honor of the summer solstice! I say “recipe” but I didn’t have any instructions, I let my ingreidents guide me… and this is the result! :yum:

:sun_with_face: Litha Offering Soup :stew: (vegan and gluten-free!)

Ingredients used:
~Cold water purified with sea salt
~Vegetables (chopped): carrots, parsnips, celery root, sweet corn
~Herbs: rosemary, sweet basil
~Spices: ginger, turmeric, sweet paprika, black pepper, salt
-Rice noodles

I boiled the vegetables on the stove for a few hours to get a nice and hearty broth- the spices made the soup turn a lovely yellowish orange that fit the summer solstice theme very well! :yum: I added the rice noodles at the end and let everything cook for a few more minutes :fire:.

Then I brought the soup over to my Litha altar :deer::sun_with_face: and made an offering alongside dates and honey :honey_pot: and raspberry liquor :wine_glass:. All in all, I think it turned out well! Although I wish I added more water- the broth was the best part of the dish :laughing:

I hope everyone had a blessed solstice! :sun_with_face:

I’m excited to see what new things everyone tries out this week- wishing you all the best of luck! :sparkles: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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That looks super tasty!
(and it’s vegan, so I can totally steal your recipe :laughing: :tada:)

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Today i made my first sage smudge stick, so that is new for me :slight_smile:

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Yes, please do! I wish I could send you measurements for an extact recipe, but I usually tend to ‘wing it’ and just go by how it looks (and tastes, of course! :grin:). The great thing about soup is that, unlike baking, it’s pretty easy to add more of an ingredient or spice as you go until it’s just right :ok_hand::yum:

That’s wonderful, @Katt! Congrats on your first smudge stick :blush: How did it go? Is there anything you learned that you would alter if you make another smudge stick in the future? :herb::two_hearts:

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I signed up for a Facebook group, which is new, to learn the runes. I doubt if I’ll learn them all in a week but it’s a start. It’ll be something new to help me connect to my intuition at the very least. :slight_smile:

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I did a tarot card reading yesterday; it was my third time ever trying it! I’ve never really felt a very strong connection to tarot cards, but I had this lovely guide for a Litha spread lying around and wanted to try again :blush:

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I ended up doing a Tea Blessing Ritual that I found in an Herbalism Book :open_book:

Check it out here:

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Well done, @kasie! :clap: That’s so exciting- please let us know how the rune studies go for you! :blush: I’ve had an interest in learning the runes for a while now- they keep appearing to me, but there’s so many that I just don’t know where to get started! :laughing: If the Facebook group turns out to be a good resource for you, please feel free to share it here! :two_hearts:

Thank you so much for sharing your Litha Tarot Spread, @christine4! :two_hearts: And oohhhh your beautiful cards too~ :heart_eyes:

How did the reading go- did you get what you wanted from the cards this time? Did you learn anything new? I hope the reading went well! :flower_playing_cards::heart:

Wonderful, @Francisco! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely tea blessing :tea: I have so many recipes for tea- I’ll have to steal this and adapt it pair with different blends for different purposes! Cheers to tea time! :two_hearts:

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The Facebook group is just starting. We got a pdf sheet on the runes yesterday but that’s about it so far. I think they’re still letting people sign up, it’s the Boho Rune Study Group. Its a private group though, you may have luck going through Supportive Tarot group to get there, that’s how I found out about it. It looks like it’s going to be fun though, I’m looking forward. :grin:

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That’s amazing! Where did you get that spread? I’m curious!

The reading went very well actually; I was surprised given my inexperience with tarot cards :grin: :dizzy: it’s kind of an intense period of time for me right now regarding my career - long story short, I’d like to work for the European Institutions, but to get in you have to pass a pretty long and rigorous application process. I made it to the last exam which will be in September, and the cards actually gave me a lot of reassurance about everything. Definitely needed as I’m very nervous :joy: :see_no_evil:

The spread was part of a Litha Mystery Box I ordered on Etsy! The shop is called HaresEmporium, here is the link - I can’t recommend her enough :blush: :two_hearts:
I actually got my tarot deck from her as well, I believe as part of the Yule Mystery Box.

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:crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers: Luck and fate be at your side, you’ll pass the test with pride!

I loved those mystery boxes! And for the price I can’t believe it came with a tarot deck! :slightly_smiling_face:

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Hi Brianna,

Yesterday I did a banishing spell with black candles, a dragon blood incense, red candles, sea salt, crystals, bay leaves, the cauldron and the athame all based on my gypsy tarot prediction. I’m also learning to read madame lenormand tarot. I found out that a friend is not actually my friend, it’s only a person that it’s envious about my witchcraft practice! Some people are energy vampires so we must protect ourselves from them.

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Thanks for the tip, @kasie! :heart: I just sent a request to join the Supportive Tarot Group- it looks like such a welcoming space! It’ll be nice to get some encouragement about tarot, I can always use a boost of inspiration to study tarot! :flower_playing_cards:

I’m so happy the reading went well for you- it sounds like cards really wanted to reassure you and ease some of your anxiety. But that is so exciting!!! :heart_eyes: Congratulations on making it to the exam- I’m sending you all the best of thoughts and wishes! :star2: I think you’ll do great- usually the hardest part of any test is waiting to take it :spiral_notepad: :laughing:

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Hello @laura6- thank you for sharing your experience with your banishing spell! :sparkles: That’s exciting that you are connecting so well with tarot- and it looks like you found out some important (though unforunate) information too! :flower_playing_cards:

These are great words- and very true! :+1: Many people come into our lives, but not always for the best. It takes strength to be able to step away and focus on your own needs and preserving your own energy :blush:

Thank you again for sharing! :heart:

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the challenge so far- your experiences are inspiring! :heart:

For anyone who hasn’t yet participated but wants to, this is a gentle reminder that the challenge will close: Tomorrow, Friday June 26th.

Blessed Be! :sparkles:

Lisa, the lady who is Supportive Tarot on YouTube, is really nice. I think you’ll like it. She has great videos helping me learn the tarot with memoirs for each card to help you learn the meanings and fun walk throughs and deck reviews. I think you’ll like it!

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