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2nd Guest Post

Merry meet all,

Today we have another awesome guest post- this one tells us about the amazing number of Witches in North America!!

Number of Americans who practice witchcraft estimated to be as high as 1.5 MILLION

Witches now outnumber Presbyterians in America as number of Pagans soar to 1.5 MILLION – and millennials’ love of yoga and star signs is to blame
  • Pew Research Center survey finds there are 1.5 million Wicca or Pagans in U.S.
  • That means there are more Wicca or Pagans than there are Presbyterians
  • Wicca is a Pagan religion which emerged in Britain in the early 20th century 
  • Experts believe that the explosion in the witch population is due to millennial women’s embracing of new-age spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, and yoga 

By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com

Published: 01:07 EST, 19 November 2018 | Updated: 09:23 EST, 19 November 2018

The number of self identified witches in America has soared in recent years to 1.5 million.   

A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 0.4 per cent of Americans, between 1 and 1.5 million – identify as Wicca or Pagan, according toQuartz

That means there are now more witches in the US than there are Presbyterians who have around 1.4 million adherents.

Experts believe that the explosion in the witch population is due to millennial women’s embracing of new-age spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. 

Wicca, also called Witchcraft or The Craft, is a Pagan religion which emerged in Britain in the early 20th century. Based on ‘pre-Christian traditions,’ it was popularized by a retired British civil servant named Gerald Gardner throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Wicca adherents praise nature and nature’s gods and goddesses.

They practice outside in parks, gardens or fields.

They endeavor to achieve self-awakening through dancing, singing, chanting, and with the use of herbs and incense.

Witches, Wiccans, and locals gathered at a Brooklyn metaphysical book store (above) on October 21 to perform a hex ritual on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump, and Senator Mitch McConnell

Despite some depictions, it has no connections with Satanism.

The Wiccan pentacle, a five-pointed star inside a circle, is often confused with symbols of Satanism.

In fact, the five points represent the elements of nature – earth, air, fire and water – and the spirit, within the eternal circle of life.

Before the Pew study, Trinity College in Connecticut conducted three large-scale studies on religion which found that the Wicca population grew significantly between 1990 and 2008.

In 1990, the Wicca in the U.S. numbered an estimated 8,000. By 2008, the number grew to 340,000.

The United Kingdom is also considered home to a sizable population of Wicca. A 2011 government census found that there are 12,000 Wiccans in England and Wales.

Wicca, also called Witchcraft or The Craft, is a Pagan religion which emerged in Britain in the early 20th century. Wicca adherents endeavor to achieve self-awakening through dancing, singing, chanting, and with the use of herbs and incense

This means they are more open to exploring other faiths and customs outside of the mainstream.

While in decades past the term ‘witch’ has misogynistic connotations and was used a pejorative, modern-day witches have adopted the lifestyle as an expression of their feminism.

Social media has been the forum through which witches and witch influencers can gain a mass following.

There’s The Hoodwitch, a witch influencer with 329,000 followers on Instagram.

The Hoodwitch practices ‘everyday magic for the modern mystic.’

Experts say that one does not need to be a Wicca or Pagan in order to be a witch, meaning that the actual number of those who practice witchcraft may be higher. 

WITCHCRAFT AND THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN

Salem’s internationally known and famous Witch Lorelei Stathopoloulos uses dragon powder on a candle in her shop on Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

The word ‘witchcraft’ has three main connotations: the practice of magic or sorcery; the beliefs associated with the Western witch-hunts of the 14th to the 18th century; and varieties of the modern movement called Wicca.

Wicca was first publicized in 1954 by a British civil servant named Gerald Gardner who said the religion dated to an old witch cult that existed in secret for hundreds of years, originating in the pre-Christian Paganism of Europe.

Wicca is recognized as an official religion in the United States. 

It is a primarily Western movement of nature worship based on pre-Christian traditions.

The Wiccan witch religion honors the ‘Elements of Nature’ – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit – and their associated directions – North, East, South, West, Center – in ‘sacred circles’ where rituals are held.

The Wiccan New Year of Samhain is considered a precursor to modern Halloween. 

Today it coincides with Halloween on October 31. 

Historically, it was a Celtic festival held on November 1 where the world of the gods was believed to be made visible to mankind. 

Modern witches say it is a time of year when the ‘veil between the dead and the living is thin.’

Source: Reuters

Blessings Spiderwitch

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Samhain draws near + Magickal Cauldrons

celtic forest resin cauldron

Merry meet all,

I imagine you’re all getting more excited, now that the most magical night of the year is almost here. Your candles are all a-glowin’, jack o’lanterns carved, costumes picked, and you’re watching the clock. I am referring to October 31st!! But you knew that. 

I can’t wait. I’m sure the tension is killing you too.  I watched Sleepy Hollow toight starring the dreamy Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane. The moon is glowing in the night sky above my apartment. But with all the merry making, Samhain can be a solemn time. The ancient Celts honoured their ancestors and those who passed on before them. Samhain is when we too, honour those who passed and our ancestors. If you want to learn how to do that, a great book I recommend to read is Halloween by Silver Ravenwolf. She lavishes great detail on how to lead rituals, perform a dumb supper, and carve pumpkins for spell. I don’t know why the book is called Halloween instead of Samhain, which seems more proper to me, but there you have it. I also read a great book about the history of Samhain titled The Pagan Mysteries of Samhain written by Jean Markale. The book is great and if you are looking for something that goes into satisfying and heavy detail, this book is for you. 

A tip for cauldrons: I love the heavy black potbellied cauldrons. I love burning Celtic Forest resin incense in my cauldron. My Mother gave me a jar of sea salt and true to my witchy self, I used the salt for my cauldron, not cooking. Lol. I put salt in the cauldron, and added a charcoal disc, and discovered that the best way to extinguish or cool the ashes is to put a lid on the cauldron. The cauldron and charcoal cools. I thought I had to drench the disc in water. I like putting a lid on the cauldron now. I save the disc that way. Mmm I can smell Celtic Forest resin incense. I am not so fond of putting the resins exactly on the charcoal tablet. It smokes cool and smells beautiful. But the charcoal tablets can get hot. Otherwise, they spill off the tablet. A young lady asked me what charcoal tablets are for at Little Mysteries. I was proud to be able to answer her questions. (I don’t hog witchy knowledge.) 

Cauldrons are symbolic of the Goddess. The cauldron represents the womb, the power of rebirth, the element of Water-and Fire. Tonight the cauldron represents Fire because I burned resin in it. I burned the resin on a charcoal tablet lying in salt. Salt to me, represents the life-giving forces of water, of the oceans, and Earth. The smoke that billows from the cauldron is Air. The elements are included. The smoke burns upward to Spirit. The five elements are involved when the cauldron is in use. 

I always associated cauldrons with witchcraft and witches. They speak of a world lost in the mists of time. The ancients used cauldrons in the hearth to warm their homes and to gather round. They used cauldrons for cooking. If you want to invoke the Water element and perform a scrying with your cauldron, try using water and droplets of olive oil. How many olive oil drops you see on the surface of the water in the cauldron can tell you the answer to your questions. 

On Samhain eve, I plan to haul my large, I mean large, cauldron outdoors into my back garden and fire her up. I don’t care what the neighbours think. I suspect they figured it out. I would like it that my cauldron could get some outdoor Samhain energy. I will fire her up and do a small ritual. I am fortunate to have a backyard garden. I am attending the annual Samhain Ritual on the Commons. It’s held there every year. And every year, some Dursley worthy muggle sics the Fire Department on us. But we are never deterred. 

I hope you are all busy having fun preparing for Samhain and saying farewell to Mabon. Mabon is magical too. I shall keep you posted about Samhain related bewitching fun. I am bewitched tonight. It must be the moon shining over my home. 

The web address for Little Mysteries, my favourite local metaphysical shop ever, is –

http://www.littlemysteries.com. I love the staff and of course, all the unique ‘provisions’ they carry. 

Blessed be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O( Many Sabbat Blessings

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In anticipation of Mabon

Litha Crafts- Fire Incense

Merry meet all,

An early chill is in the air. The gardens wind down in preparation for fall. Halloween merchandise haunts the store shelves. Yup, no doubt about it. Our favourite time of year is almost here. To celebrate summer’s end, I am attending a workshop led by Starhawk this weekend. I can’t wait for this retreat and I promise to blog all about it. 

If you are searching for some inspiration on how to celebrate the upcoming Sabbats, feel free to peruse my past blog posts about Mabon and Samhain. They brim with ideas and suggestions on how to enjoy Samhain, find a costume, decorate for the Sabbats, and lots more. 

Enjoy the last of the summer warmth. When the chill creeps into the air, the leaves turn, you will know it will be time for the harvest. I always look forward to harvest time. My tomatoes are growing well, I have a new pot of green peas started, and carrots. I wish they would grow faster before the frost arrives. Mother Earth takes her time though. I spied potato leaves. I might get a potato or two before the killing frost. I saved my fern from death. The fern is growing new leaves. I will miss my garden this winter. 

I have a large black cauldron on hold at the local awesome metaphysical store Little Mysteries here. I hope I get to bring it home in time for Samhain. That would be cool because I will dedicate it at Samhain! That would be really cool. I plan to use the ultra large cauldron for spellworkings, charms and as a censer. It is too large for scrying but I am sure I can find ways to use it. Once I get it home, it will never be moved. It is that large. At least, until moving day. 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Witchcraft on the Cheap

Merry Meet All,

Today the snow remains, a bitter sign that winter is not over. My flowers are buried under several inches of snow. Actually, maybe the snow is my imagination and if I wish hard enough, it might go away. Righhht.

This post will be about how to save money as a witch. So sip a cup of tea and sit tight for a cool post. Did you read those magic words correctly- save money? Yes, you did. I have lots of suggestions that should help your wallet rather than empty it and I am sharing them here.

ALTAR CLOTHS

I make my own. Rarely have I bought an altar cloth. I embroider, trim with lace, sew, add beads, or whatever strikes my fancy. You can too. There is and should not be any limit to your imagination. I store them in a beautiful deep brown large wooden basket. I have altar cloths in every colour of the rainbow, or chakra. I keep an eye out at the local fabric store for bargains on material and have beautiful altar cloths suitable for Samhain, Mabon, or Imbolc. I found cool reversible silver and gold material I use only for Yule. All you need is a half to a full meter of fabric and some sewing experience and presto!- an altar cloth.

TOOLS

I sometimes buy them but amazingly, the most witchy stuff I have found has not been from a local metaphysical shop, but from other nonpagan stores. The witch figurines, artificial birds’ nests- which are great for Imbolc and Ostara, btw, and my candleholders and incense burners I bought from local drugstores. So keep your eyes open and you never know where you will find a bargain. I turned the birds’ nest over and honestly, it had three legs like a cauldron. There are also three bird eggs in it. You bet your broomsticks I bought it.

CANDLES

Candles can be found anywhere in varying shapes, sizes, and colours. I go to Little Mysteries http://www.littlemysteries.com/ and their prices are fair. But I also live in an area with three or four other metaphysical shops. So buying candles is not hard. But you can make them too. Although I should leave that to truly accomplished witches. Or it could be I need practice. Save the wax from old candles and your candleholders. Buy candle making supplies and store them so when you want to make a truly magical candle for a spell, everything is there when you need it. I keep old wax, no matter how much or how little, in a plastic ziploc bag.

One thing about tools. Here is a tip on how to clean cast iron. Use coarse salt and a soft sponge. Rinse away the salt and wipe dry. Clean stainless steel white vinegar and a soft cloth. To clean copper (your cauldrons, hint, hint), use lemon and coarse salt. Sprinkle the outside of a sliced lemon half with the salt, rub it over the copper, which will soon gleam. Use mineral oil on wooden cutting boards. You can get more money’s worth by taking care of your tools. I cleaned my candleholders in the sink with soapy dish water and they looked beautiful. Old candle wax is stale energy and your candles will harbour the stale energy. Clean your candle holders. This holds for censers, cauldrons, and even altar cloths. I hand wash mine because of beads, lace trim or embroidery. I buy books of celtic embroidery patterns. Once I cut a pattern out, I put an empty envelope out in the book, staple the envelope to the book, then store my patterns in the envelope. I can reuse them and the patterns are stored neatly in one place.

If you have decorative bottles, use them for dish soap and throw the plastic ones away. I am trying so hard to have no plastic in my home. It is an ongoing battle. Using attractive jars and bottles for holding our magical supplies makes cleaning or storing herbs and gemstones far less of a chore. When you are scrimping money, that can be a huge asset. Keep an eye out at farmers markets where you may find a beautiful earthenware bowl for scrying. You just never know when or where you can find a treasure. It will jump out at you.

I also cover my laptop with a beautiful purple cloth that has a black design on it. I found it at a local ethnic boutique called the Black Market. It cost next to nothing. I hide my laptop with the purple cloth or shawl from would be thieves.

So I hope this inspires you to try something new. May the Goddess guide you on your magical path.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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