:witch_wisdom: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Wisdom of the Witches

Merry meet!

Thank you once again to all those who joined in last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Tagloks & Tokens :nesting_dolls:

Confident in our abilities to represent outside influences and direct our spells, we’re stepping back to hit the books this week - most specifically, the archives of our mind.

The theme for this week’s challenge was suggested by the wise @georgia and is…

Wisdom of the Witches

:books: :mage: Wisdom of the Witches :witch_wisdom: :thought_balloon:

What wisdom, advice, and tips have been most valuable in your practice?

From gaining confidence casting to finding a meditation strategy that works well for you, working with moon phases to getting the hang of writing chants - each witch develops their own set of magickal skills, and with those skills come experience and wisdom.

What things have you learned in your practice? What useful wisdom have you gained? The things that have helped you are sure to help a fellow witch, too - so help someone out by sharing your tips, wisdom, and experiences with your coven! :handshake: :mage:

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

This week’s challenge is all about witchy wisdom - but as always, how you do so is up to you!

So are you ready? Because it’s…

CHALLENGE TIME!

:bell:


From Spells8: Studying Magick: Types of Spells



STEP 1 : Sharing Your Wisdom :speaking_head:

This challenge is all about witchy wisdom - but 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…

Please make sure you are logged into your Spells8 Account so you can view all of the resources shared!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Reflections :mirror:

Take a moment for reflection - look back at your practice and how far you’ve come. Whether you learned from a magickal teacher, community, school, or follow a particular pagan path, ask yourself:

→ What are the most valuable things I’ve learned on my journey so far?

→ If I could go back and tell myself one thing about magick, what would it be?

→ Is there something I’d like every witch out there to know?

It may be anything from spellcasting tips to magickal theory, advice about your witch type or finding your magickal name, which crystals are safe for water to how to create your own magickal sigil, etc.

All types of magickal wisdom, knowledge, and tips are worth considering!

Whether it was taught to you, gained through experience, or picked up along the way - share your favorite bits of witchy wisdom with the coven as your entry this week.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Learn more :books:

New to your practice, or drawing a blank? No worries! There is a vast archive of magickal resources, wisdom, advice and more around the site. Feel free to explore - share something you discover as your entry this week!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

… And More! :raised_hands:

The suggestions above are just a few ideas to help kickstart your creativity- if you feel called to explore witchy wisdom in another way, you are welcome to do so!

As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge theme :star2:


Circle Chant from Circle FAQ: How to Cast a Circle



STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

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! :blush:

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.

Getting Your Credit :white_check_mark:

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! :pray:

Where Should I Share My Entry? :thinking:

Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry

You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” :repeat: 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! :bowing_woman:


Deadline :spiral_calendar:

:exclamation: This challenge will close in 6 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)
2024-07-16T11:00:00Z

(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!)


Prizes :gift:

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

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.

:gift_heart: :gift: :gift_heart:


Picture from How to Use Seaweed in Magick

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 :open_book:

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 your friendly Moderator Team.

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: 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 :hugs:

Hag-Stone-Example
Picture from Hag Stones: How to Find and Use Them

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

The years and the lessons, so much that you’ve learned
Your skills and your wisdom have all been well earned
So dig through the memories to find treasures anew
Share with the coven what’s been helpful to you!

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

Blessed Be! :witch_wisdom: :sparkles:

20 Likes

Challenge Entry (part 1/?) - Wisdom of the Witches

I’ll start with the prompts

→ What are the most valuable things I’ve learned on my journey so far?

The most valuable thing I’ve learned on my journey so far is to keep exploring and learning new things while staying true to my core principles and practice. It can be easy to get swept up in a new exciting thing or idea or want to be part of the cool kids crowd and be like them. The older I get, the more I am ok with being who I am and staying true to who I am regardless of whether others think I’m cool, or if others don’t think I’m contributing enough, or whether anyone else agrees with me. To me, this is my crone phase (I fully realize using this term will anger some :woman_shrugging: ). I still have things to learn, and things to give, but I know who I am and that gives me comfort and stability that I never had when I was younger / earlier in my practice.

→ If I could go back and tell myself one thing about magick, what would it be?

I would tell myself, don’t try so hard. You don’t have to fit in a mold, You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to have all the right tools or items. Magick should be easy and if it’s hard, you’re trying too hard or trying to force a practice/belief on yourself that doesn’t fit you. I’d also tell my younger self to spend more time outside identifying and learning the plants to learn herbalism earlier in my life.

→ Is there something I’d like every witch out there to know?

:thinking: I guess just that your practice is YOUR own. It doesn’t need to look like anyone else’s nor should it. It should be as unique as you are. Take what works for you and leave the rest behind.

20 Likes

:cherry_blossom: Challenge Entry :cherry_blossom:
Dollar store and birthday candles work just fine for spells. You don’t need fancy candles for your spellwork.

While on the subject of dollar stores, you can find bottles and other witchy items in them. Thrift stores are a treasure trove of them, too! You don’t always have to buy expensive fancy things. It’s okay :pink_heart:

Rose quartz is a good alternative for any missing crystal.

I don’t have one yet, but for those who do, please remember to cover your crystal ball! If the sun hits it weird, it will catch your home on fire.

While tools help with spellwork, it’s okies if you don’t have everything yet. You don’t need to get everything all at once — slowly build your collection when you can. Intention is what matters most in magick!

Sigils you create yourself are more powerful than sigils you find online. Plus, some sigils you see online work only for the person who created them. Universally used sigils, such as the Cho Ku Rei, work for everyone.

Bay leaves are great for writing your wishes and intentions on! I suggest doing so at the start of each month, burning them so the universe can help them come true.

If you don’t have all of the ingredients for a spell or potion, it’s perfectly fine to substitute the missing ingredient with something else.

When using essential oils, please do a skin patch test first to make sure you’re not allergic to anything. And please make sure you keep your essential oils away from pets and children.

21 Likes

Great entry and some awesome advice don’t forget to put challenge Entry if that is your entry Darling :pray: :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

15 Likes

Ah, I forgot to do that! Thank you! :pink_heart: :heartpulse: :pink_heart:

12 Likes

Your welcome baby doll :heart::heart:

12 Likes

@Artemisia and @Nhaama both fabulous entries and both great advice! Love both your entries!

13 Likes

CHALLENGE ENTRY

Beautiful entries @Nhaama @Artemisia

So, Witchy Wisdom. There is so much to say, I too will start with the prompts.

What are the most valuable things I’ve learned so far?

To enjoy the road. Witchcraft is a roadtrip, with motels, sites, stopovers all scattered along the road. There is no map, and the destination is hidden by a fog (at least if you travel the road with Loki). Every motel, you meet someone new who can share a piece of wisdom with you, if you open you’re mind and heart to listen. That wisdom may come from a person, a spirit, a demon/angel, a god. So get in that car, hit the road, when your intuition says pullover, spend the night there, do it. Don’t be afraid. And you’ll meet wonders.

If I could go back and tell myself one thing about Magick, what would that be?

All the gods work together, all the paths are valid. Humans divide, embrace spirit and leave fear behind.

Is there something I’d like every witch out there to know?

Yes, you don’t need an altar, you don’t need a wand, you don’t need to give fancy offerings, you don’t need to buy any stuff. You need: Yourself, your love, your passion, your mind, your heart. Ask the gods you want to learn with them, they’ll answer and all they ask in return, is your gratitude and respect. Be open to receive that guidance from whoever contacts you even if it’s a spirit you least expect. Trust that the Universe will send you who you need at the exact time in your life when you need them, and be prepared to let them go, when it’s time.

Anything else. Yes, enjoy it. Witchcraft is a way of life, not a career. It’s in our everyday mundane world, every bird song, every rain storm, the drive to work, the broken sink that you gotta fix, we’re not Instagram witches that live in a picture perfect magical world, we’re just people that happen to see the world in a different way, and the gods notice that, and help us fly.

Bless :green_heart:

19 Likes

@Mystique @tracyS thank you~! I love your entries too :heartpulse: Also Tracy you put into words what I feel about witchcraft and the deities too. Inspiring and beautifully written :black_cat: :heartpulse: :sparkles:

14 Likes

Aww thankyou :green_heart:

12 Likes

Beautifully said sister! :purple_heart::purple_heart::purple_heart:

12 Likes

CHALLENGE ENTRY

I don’t necessarily do my practice this way, but here is some wisdom I have picked up over my years.

Spells to do on certain days of the week:

Sunday - good day for gaining wisdom. Seek assistance with health, wellness, blessings, property, individuality and power.

Monday - water rituals, healing, fertility, transformation, intuition, and family matters.

Tuesday - works involving aggression, offensive battle strategies, enemy work, protection, Justice, and manipulating testosterone.

Wednesday - communication, transformation, traveling, learning, and luck.

Thursday - wealth, abundance, success, seeking answers to burning questions.

Friday - love, desire, beauty, romance and prosperity work.

Saturday - justified revenge, causing sickness, creating obstacles, banishing, binding, and destroying enemies.

Spells to do during certain times

Dawn until noon - spells designed to draw things to you.

Noon until sunset - spells to remove or eliminate

Both hands of the clock point upward - draw something to you.

Both hands of the clock facing downward - repel negativity

These are not things you have to follow to practice magick. They are suggestions. One reason for suggesting to do certain things at certain times is to prevent doing things on impulse, especially those of the cursing or hexing variety.

16 Likes

Challenge entry

What things have you learned in your practice?

I have learned to explore. Even if I always come back to tarot, the exploration of other forms of divination, of other aspects of witchcraft only serve to strengthen me as a whole.

Intention- super important.

What useful wisdom have I gained?

The more I practice the more I refine who I am and what I stand for. The more I practice, the more I have faith and belief in myself and my ability to work with the energies of life.

If I could go back and tell myself one thing, what would it be?

Don’t let fear stop my journey and dissuade me from continuing. If something comes up the causes me fear then stop, breathe, observe, discern, then continue the journey with appropriate modifications, if necessary.

I was taught that the most important goal in life is “to know thyself”. Being good to others was a close second. I would tell myself to focus on the journey, not the destination. Getting to know me will take my whole lifetime, don’t rush. It is ok to push, to screw up, to do well, and it is ok to coast for awhile. When being good to others it is imperative to be good to myself. There is a difference between being good to myself and being selfish.
It is also ok to not be a master at witchcraft, I can always be a student and keep learning. It is a practice.

Is there something I would like every witch to know?

You are all beautiful!!!

There quotes that I have found useful along my journey of life and my path. They have given my strength and inspiration when I felt I had none. Some are from movies and some are from poets and from philosophers to name a few. I have a whole book so here are some of my favourites. I didn’t always write down who said/ wrote the quote. Some are paraphrased.

“What defines a person is not that they have fallen. What defines us is how well we rise after falling.”

“Fear is the little death, it kills in tiny pieces.”

“My kingdom is as strong as yours, you have no power over me” The Labyrinth

“Blessed is the mighty king who sits beside the weakest man and thinks of all their similarities.”

“Victory is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts” Winston Churchill

“Worrying keeps you trapped. Thinking sets you free”

“No one can see who does not kindle a light of their own” Buddha

“Be like water” Bruce Lee. There is more to this quote but I remind myself regularly of these three words. Very powerful for me.

“That reality is no longer operative” Ronald Regan (this one makes me giggle)

“From a correct relationship to yourself comes a right relationship to all others and the divine”

“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all” Princess Diaries (I believe- it was an Anne Hathaway movie though where I heard it)

TW death

Summary

I used to have tonnes of anxiety and panic attacks. I told my brother that it felt like I was going to die. I was having a hard time leaving the house.
My brother reminded me we will all die. Then he said “you can live dying or die living”. Meaning I can live now before I die or I can basically live in limbo and fear waiting for death.

I have so many more but I will leave it there. These are not really witchcraft based quotes but they have all helped me on my journey toward strengthening me and allowing me to feel strong enough to follow the beat of my own drum.

17 Likes

Great entries @tracyS @Nhaama @Artemisia!

@Mystique i have booked marked your post. Succinct. If I am ever looking for a bit extra for a spell, I can look here for a quick look up.

13 Likes

This is my entry

I learn over the years how to talk to spirits using my magic and casting better love spells to

For the smoke readings I get personal

I write a letter to anyone living or passed on put my spell and wish for it in the letter asking them and thinking them to make it come true. Then I wrote my name as the end

I put bayleaf, rose pettle and a string of my hair in the letter

I fold it all together then burn it in my culdren
After it’s all ashes I blow it out the window

14 Likes

Forgive me, @BryWisteria this is going to be one of those challenges when I flood the thread, coming back to add a bit here and there.

Challenge Entry

I have noticed that illness, weekness, confusion, pain, terror, etc change me in unexpected ways. When I feel good, I want rhyming spells and entwining rituals; when I don’t feel good, I want things as simple as possible so I can chant a word or phrase over and over to the pattern of my breath while I focus on intentions. This is a classic example of how knowing oneself affects one’s practice.

What a wonderful way to look at it!

14 Likes

This is a great point. I’m the same way. With the practice methods shifting at times

12 Likes

This is true of other crystals, too. One auto insurance company gave free crystals to hang on rearview mirrors until they realized the crystals weren’t just casting rainbows- they were catching cars on fire!

Wonderful imagery. Don’t forget to make your own map along the way! I tend to get too finely detailed when mapmaking, so remember to come up for air and climb a tree once in a while for perspective.

Hmm. I’ll have to try this. Thanks! :purple_heart:

14 Likes

“My will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great!” I always used that line, too.

“Whatever must be kept in check must necessarily keep its checker in chains.” - Guy Finley

@john1 Wonderful spell. I used to write personal notes to the Creator in a similar fashion, never realizing these were spells. They did allow me to feel closer to my deities.

13 Likes

Thankyou. Lovely entry :sparkling_heart:

11 Likes