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Psychic 101

Merry meet all,

Ostara is almost here!! Ostara, or the spring equinox, is the second Sabbat of spring.This post follows up from the last one. There is nothing wrong with being so clairvoyant or psychic. If you find that you are, celebrate it!

I want to talk about what to expect if you do enter a local metaphysical shop seeking advice. The staff in those shops are generally friendly and knowledgeable. They can answer any questions you may have. They can help you find good books, divination tools, or inform you of upcoming classes or workshops. There are so many awesome books out there about being psychic. Go through several of them and decide what you like.

It is easier to seek help and advice when you are just starting out. Do consider it. You could learn on your own if you want. But it is so much easier on you to try a workshop Psychic 101 then figure the stuff on your own. Perhaps I am a bit biased since I am studying at a witch school. The last year for me studying there has been amazing. I feel better, more directed, and know more than I ever would if I studied alone. I loved every minute of it. I was able to ask questions, obtain correct information on how to use a pendulum, for example, and be with like-minded people. I also was amazed at my progress. I would never have known if I was making progress if I was on my own. That is why seeking help is so valuable.

Now… here is the big one! If you do want a teacher, then go back to the metaphysical shop and chat with them. Finding a reputable person is important here. I say ‘reputable’. There are some shady people out there who may seek to manipulate and take advantage of you for their own selfish reasons. I found good honest people who were too willing to help me. So don’t let bad stuff happen to you.

Usually the classes and workshops offered at witch shops are relatively inexpensive. They range from tarot card lessons to astral travel. Again, go with what you feel comfortable with. But try to keep an open mind. You can learn a lot there. The workshop leaders are friendly- and you may make some new friends. Keeping a journal and regularly writing down your experiences in it can help you track your progress.

You don’t necessarily need to be a Witch to be psychic. You can be you. You can be whatever you want to be. Just because you are sensing spirits and already know who is calling you before you check your Ipad doesn’t mean you have to have a cat and a pentacle. There are many people who are simply clairvoyant and are not Witches. But being psychic could be a part of being a Witch if you want it to be. Just go with how you feel and what works for you and discard the rest. It may not always jive with your religious or spiritual path and that is OK. It doesn’t have to.

I hope this information helped you all. Many Ostara blessings to you all

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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The dark side about being psychic

Merry meet,

It’s great to be psychic, clairvoyant and even clairsentient. I remember when I learned the hard way I had those abilities. This post will show you the dark side of being so psychically gifted and what they don’t tell you.

First off, if you are clairvoyant, it can be hard to know for sure. Here are the signs that you are:

Feel good about it. It means you will likely have more awesome magical experiences in your  life. You sense who is on the phone without picking it up. You glance at your kitty and sense what your favorite furry is thinking. You get a hunch about the piece of jewelry is that you thought you lost and just find it. You have a dream about a friend and then hear from that person the next day. You know stuff without knowing how you know what you know but you just do. You have a dream of a deceased loved one visits you then you find out later that person passed away during the night. You just psychically know where a magazine is in a library and just find it- that happened to me. Basically, what should be impossible becomes possible.

But I still wish I knew what I know now the night I learned I was very psychically gifted. I had to learn everything the hard way. At first, I believed I was cursed. My magical community helped me every step of the way. So go ahead, and find others who are like minded. When you are starting out, you need a crew, tribe, pack, what have you, of like minded people who can help you figure things out. It is harder going it alone. When you are more confident, you can then rely on your own validation.

It takes practice to play. It takes practice to play  the violin, the cello and to perfect anything you want to improve at. Being psychically gifted can be harder work but it is worth it. This is where having a community of like minded people can be an asset. Be patient with yourself. Enroll in classes or workshops. If you can find a local metaphysical witch shop, they offer classes for a reasonable rate. The shops may also have some books to read that are helpful.

Trust yourself that you are clairvoyant and really sensing all that weird stuff. You have to trust that it is real. That can be hard to do if you aren’t used to it and maybe don’t have a few psychic friends to help you make sense of things. But don’t give up. Practice self-care. This can go hand in hand with believing in yourself. A lot of success at believing you are  psychic goes hand in hand with trusting in your own abilities. It will get better with time.

The night I discovered that I was clairsentient and clairvoyant- yes, these terms do mean something. It was a powerful, emotional, frightening night for me. I wasn’t prepared for how to handle it yet I felt like I was expected to know. That didn’t feel fair at all. That was real hard on me. It was made even worse when my family stared at me like I was nuts. I had no control over anything. I wish I did. I may have done things differently but this is the way life is. This is why it is so helpful when you have a thousand burning questions to seek help. It may not at first make sense but it will over time. You don’t become a grand mage over night. You do over time.

Be around people who will praise you, not criticize you. You have to find people who will offer you support during the times when you are new and learning everything. Some people have negative energy and that can drag you down. Just stay confident in yourself and the negative toxic people will eventually leave. We are not all the same. Not everyone is going to walk through the same door as you, when it comes to being psychic. They won’t always understand you but that does not make them evil. They are coming from their own life experiences, their limited perspectives.

When you discover you have those gifts, it is at first either frightening and powerful like it was for me, or it is a calm experience. I can’t determine that for you but I can give you the advice I wish I had at the time. If your experience is anything like mine was, keep reading. You thought you really knew everything about yourself. You will discover more about yourself in the future. You were going on in your merry way in life when BAM! Suddenly you are sensing all kinds of things you don’t know how you can know but you don’t know how you knew it. Relax. This is more normal than you think. It can feel like you have gone crazy. I am here to tell you that you are not crazy. What you are going through is OK. So breathe and keep on going in life. Try to stay calm and start trusting yourself. When you truly know yourself, because there is no one else you have to know so well than yourself, you will be happier and more confident and it will show. The Goddess appeared to someone in a dream. For me, it was a powerful vision and sudden magickal knowing that someone was extremely ill and in need of dire help. The experience differs for every unique being but that is the way it is. Again, this is more normal than you think.

Do try to use the gifts to help others more than yourself. I used to and still want to do intuitive readings for others. I do like to help others. This gift comes hand in hand with a responsibility.With great power comes great responsibility. I don’t know the lottery numbers but I was able to find someone without leaving the house. I didn’t have a conversation with that man. I didn’t ask anyone where I was. I psychically knew. The other point I want to make is don’t get too arrogant. Stay humble and positive. 

You may decide that being psychic/ clairvoyant/ mediumistic, what have you, is not for you. It is OK to decide that. It is OK to feel nervous or uncomfortable about it. You may not feel comfortable psychically knowing stuff about people that they may not know you know. But it can also be to a great advantage to you. Try to think positive about it. You may have your own reasons for why you don’t like it and that is fair. If you decide you are cool with it, that’s great too. You might encounter negativity, or questions about your abilities. Just go with the flow. That’s normal too. The important thing is how you handle it. 

I hope this has helped you all, dear readers, and answered some of your questions.

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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Origins of Shadow People a Mystery

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I have been asking myself a few questions about the shadow people (are they even people) that appear in my home. First we can tackle what they may be. They could be demons (not likely), or just that unexplained phantoms that appear at will. I am trying to answer a scarier question- where did they come from before they manifested in front of me? I literally saw it with my own eyes. And- I have a witness who saw me see the phantom that moved in a weird way. Did it dwell in my home all that time undetected and choose to appear or did it come from an alternate dimension and then just appear at will? I may never know.

Now I know that clairvoyants (like me and maybe some of you) are more likely to encounter these beings. That means we see the unseen, see through the veil or what less psychic or less clairvoyant people will sense. I am OK with that. It took me years of self work to get to being OK with it.

It is hard to know where these beings came from before appearing to me in my kitchen. It was hard enough to understand what it was doing in my kitchen. It appeared for a few seconds. I didn’t get to ask it what it wanted. It disappeared before reaching the kitchen cupboards. That tells me that setting up ‘shields’ and ‘wards’ in our homes, mine included, need to be extremely strong to prevent the beings from appearing. Or maybe I don’t mind having them in my home.

It is cool to get to see them. I won’t deny it. But I just wish I knew more about them. They seldom answer my questions. And I am very critical of what I see on websites about shadow people. How can they know when they have as much likely chance as me to speak with shadow people. It is natural to fear the unknown. It is the very unknown ( here the unknown being the shadow people) because I can’t learn more about them from the shadow people themselves. The only thing I know is that if I can sense them, then they will be attracted to me.

Well one lesson I had to learn was that they will never respond in the way I want them to. That is a selfish request. I have said it here before and I will say it again: they don’t follow our logic. So I may never receive the answers to the burning questions I have. I would just prefer the answers or knowledge I seek not be from a mortal source but that may be all I am offered. I have to live with that.

Well not every thing in life will be explained. Sometimes we don’t always get all the answers we sought so hard. That is how just how life is. Still, if I can see them, it proves they exist. That right there is a hard thing for most people to deal with. They would rather not think there is life after death. I was scared and excited at the same time when I saw the shadow person. I would have loved to had the chance for more interaction with that phantom.

I don’t have a problem with them being in my home. My cat and I are not yet harmed. Until there is harm which is unlikely, there will not be an issue with it. My concern is the chance to get to know more about them. That is the harder challenge. My cat appears calm most of the time. If your kitty or doggie hides from them under the bed, then there is reason for alarm. So I am hoping something else happens. I keep my wish to myself. I don’t want to attract something spectral and worse. I can’t force an apparition to appear. They choose when they appear to. They exist on a different level than us mortals do. I wonder if shadow people were ever even mortal. Hard to say. So many questions, so few answers. 

Maybe next time….

Stay spooky,

Spiderwitch

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Ostara- history of Ostara

Merry meet all,

March is here!! We are getting closer to spring, to the warmer days. The next Sabbat is Ostara. I can’t wait. I am so eager to work on my garden. I already started my veggie seeds indoors. Ostara is the spring equinox or the time of balance. Ostara is the second Spring Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year. 

Today we honor the Witches in Salem who lost their lives on March 1, 1692. I would so flip if someone told me I couldn’t burn candles or chant.

Ostara falls on March 20 this year. That marks the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. The website ThoughtCo. will tell us all about Ostara. For those who want to learn  more, read on!!

History of Ostara, The Spring Equinox


The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it’s also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.

According to History.com,

“At the ruins of Chichen Itza, the ancient Maya city in Mexico, crowds now gather on the spring (and fall) equinox to watch as the afternoon sun creates shadows that resemble a snake moving along the stairs of the 79-foot-tall Pyramid of Kukulkan, also called El Castillo. On the spring equinox, the snake descends the pyramid until it merges with a large, serpent head sculpture at the base of the structure. While the Maya were skilled astronomers, it’s unknown whether they specifically designed the pyramid to align with the equinox and create this visual effect.”

A New Day Begins

A dynasty of Persian kings known as the Achaemenians celebrated the spring equinox with the festival of No Ruz, which means “new day.” It is a celebration of hope and renewal still observed today in many Persian countries, and has its roots in Zoroastrianism. In Iran, a festival called Chahar-Shanbeh Suri takes place right before No Ruz begins, and people purify their homes and leap over fires to welcome the 13-day celebration of No Ruz.

Mad as a March Hare

Spring equinox is a time for fertility and sowing seeds, and so nature’s fertility goes a little crazy. In medieval societies in Europe, the March hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol. This is a species of rabbit that is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins, there are bunnies everywhere all day long. The female of the species is superfecund and can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with a first. As if that wasn’t enough, the males tend to get frustrated when rebuffed by their mates, and bounce around erratically when discouraged.

The Legends of Mithras

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The story of the Roman god, Mithras, is similar to the tale of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Born at the winter solstice and resurrected in the spring, Mithras helped his followers ascend to the realm of light after death. In one legend, Mithras, who was popular amongst members of the Roman military, was ordered by the Sun to sacrifice a white bull. He reluctantly obeyed, but at the moment when his knife entered the creature’s body, a miracle took place. The bull turned into the moon, and Mithras’ cloak became the night sky. Where the bull’s blood fell flowers grew, and stalks of grain sprouted from its tail.

Spring Celebrations Around the World

In ancient Rome, the followers of Cybele believed that their goddess had a consort who was born via a virgin birth. His name was Attis, and he died and was resurrected each year during the time of the vernal equinox on the Julian Calendar (between March 22 and March 25). 

The indigenous Mayan people in Central American have celebrated a spring equinox festival for ten centuries. As the sun sets on the day of the equinox on the great ceremonial pyramid, El Castillo, Mexico, its “western face…is bathed in the late afternoon sunlight. The lengthening shadows appear to run from the top of the pyramid’s northern staircase to the bottom, giving the illusion of a diamond-backed snake in descent.” This has been called “The Return of the Sun Serpent” since ancient times.

According to the Venerable Bede, Eostre was the Saxon version of a Germanic goddess called Ostara. Her feast day was held on the full moon following the vernal equinox–almost the identical calculation as for the Christian Easter in the west. There is very little documented evidence to prove this, but one popular legend is that Eostre found a bird, wounded, on the ground late in winter. To save its life, she transformed it into a hare. But “the transformation was not a complete one. The bird took the appearance of a hare but retained the ability to lay eggs…the hare would decorate these eggs and leave them as gifts to Eostre.”

Modern Celebrations

This is a good time of year to start your seedlings. If you grow an herb garden, start getting the soil ready for late spring plantings. Celebrate the balance of light and dark as the sun begins to tip the scales, and the return of new growth is near.

Many modern Pagans mark Ostara as a time of renewal and rebirth. Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature–walk in a park, lay in the grass, hike through a forest. As you do so, observe all the new things beginning around you–plants, flowers, insects, birds. Meditate upon the ever-moving Wheel of the Year, and celebrate the change of seasons.

Certainly something to look forward to!

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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