Warm greetings to all!
Thank you once again to everyone who joined for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Trick-or-Treat
With full bellies from a frightfully fun weekend, it’s time to turn our gazes up (or down, inwards, or elsewhere!) to say our blessings and seek out the higher powers in our practices.
This week’s challenge was suggested by the gracious @Garnet and is…
Working With Higher Powers
It has been a long while since the previous deities challenge- so consider this to be part two! Although this time the door is open wider to include more than traditional gods and goddesses: now it’s a study in higher powers of any kind, whether they be deities, angels, demons, spirits, or natural forces.
Note: For this challenge, what counts as a “higher power” is largely defined by your personal practice and beliefs.
There are so many potential higher powers that can be called upon, given offerings to, or worshipped. You may choose to call on a higher power for aid in casting, find a connection with a new diety, or simply learn about a being that is interesting to you.
This week’s challenge is all about drawing on higher powers in your magickal practice
So are you ready? Because it’s…
Art by Cocorrina: Hecate
There are many ways you might go about this challenge- here are few initial questions you might ask yourself to help figure out where to get started:
Do you currently worship or draw on a higher power in your practice (divine being, angel, spirit, nature, elements, etc)?
Is there a higher power that has been calling to you/of interest to you?
If you haven’t yet, would you like to try drawing on higher powers/divine beings in your magickal practice?
With the above questions answered, you’ll find yourself with a direction to move forwards to for this challenge!
Learn About a Using Higher Powers in Magick
For those who haven’t worked with higher powers before, a great place to get started is to learn about the process.
In order to connect with a higher power, you might:
Search your memory for any coincidences or any deities that have appeared for you either recently or over the years.
Learn more about how to find and connect with higher powers. The following discussions are great places to find tips and experiences:
→ How Do You Find and Connect With a Deity?
→ Approaching Deities: Reverence is Key
→ Should You Pray to a Deity?
→ Can You Do a Deity Prayer Without Worshipping Them?
→ Having Trouble Connecting With a Pantheon
→ Types of Elementals
→ Can You Use Elements as a Higher Power?
Art by Michell Rosenthal: Five Elements
Learn About a New Power
Ready to begin but don’t have a power or being in mind? A good entry for this challenge could be researching and learning about potential deities, beings, and forces.
Here are a few resources you might pursue:
→ Moon Worship: The Mother of Universal Protection
→ Working With the Fae
→ Gods and Goddesses: Protective Spirits of the Hearth
→ Thoughts on Creatures?
→ The Draconic Code of Honor and previous Dragon Magick Challenge
→ Deities shared in entries for the Dealing in the Divine Challenge and Deities of the Moon Challenge
Deepen Current Bonds
For those who work with a deity that requires exclusivity, are monotheistic, or simply want to deepen their bond with a deity they already work with, perhaps spend time learning more about Them this week.
- Learn more about Their story and history
- Take some time to study Their strengths and weaknesses
- Study Their correspondences
- Make a detailed entry for Them in your Book of Shadows or Grimoire
Worship, Offerings, & Rituals
For those who have a higher power in mind, now is the time to draw on Their strength! Here are few active ways you might call upon a higher power of being in your practice this week:
- Make an offering (based on Their correspondences, art, food, etc.)
- Call on Them in spellwork or ritualwork
- Meditate with Them
- Offer thanks or a gratitude ritual
- Add something to your altar or sacred space in Their honor
As always, challenges are meant to be open- feel free to call upon higher powers and work with divine sources of energy in a way that resonates with you and your unique magickal practice!
Picture from Enchanted Living: How to Make a Nature Altar
Click here for notes about challenge inclusivity
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 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 shout-out, you will have to share your experience with the forum.
- About your experience learning about or drawing on higher powers in your magickal practice 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, November 9th at 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time Zone)
( 2021-11-09T06:00:00Z )
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.
Art by Regrena: Elemental Spirits
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
Art by Mary Curtin: Moon Worship
May those you call upon always hear your prayers and may you always practice with the love and blessings of higher powers